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first_imgWINNIPEG – Jackie Hartog opens the door to her white van as she pulls out her cellphone, checking the Ikwe Safe Rides Facebook group to see where she is heading next.She’s been volunteering with the Winnipeg non-profit for about two years and has provided transportation for women around the city.“It’s fantastic. I always tell the women that, during the day, I work with kids. So I’m always talking with kids, that’s my job,” Hartog said with a laugh. “Then I go out in the van and they do me a humongous favour. They talk to me, I talk to them. I listen, they listen to me.”Hartog was one of the first drivers to get behind the wheel when Ikwe was founded in 2016 after Indigenous women came forward about their safety concerns in taxicabs.Ikwe co-director Christine Brouzes was also an early volunteer after facilitating a national roundtable for the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Brouzes left that meeting feeling helpless.“I heard about Ikwe from a friend and a light bulb went off. I thought this is what I can do,” Brouzes said. “I felt that if I could help keep one woman safe by providing a safe transportation ride for her, then that would be my tiny pebble in the river to help this situation.”Ikwe — which means woman in the Anishinaabemowin language — has now provided more than 46,000 rides. The Facebook-based group has more than 15,600 members and 43 drivers.Many of Ikwe’s passengers share stories about inappropriate sexual comments while taking taxis and Brouzes said a small number of women have had violent encounters.Diane Marr is a regular passenger, using the service to get groceries and even go out of town for work as an actress.“I’ve been in a cab before and the driver pulled over and said, ‘Do you want to go for a drink?’ and I said ‘No, take me home, my husband is waiting’,” said Marr, who wasn’t married. “I said that because I felt unsafe.”Anyone identifying as a woman can request access to the group and go through a vetting process. Once in, passengers post a request saying where they’d like to go. A driver replies and then, in a private chat, the two work out the pick-up and negotiate a donation, which goes towards gas and vehicle maintenance.Drivers are also screened, must submit a child abuse registry check and are trained before they hit the road.Similar services have started across the country, but most have not lasted long. A new female ride-hailing service called DriveHer started in Toronto in mid-March and CabShe in Kitchener ran for a short time before being shut down by licensing requirements. In response to the 2017 acquittal of a taxi driver accused of sexual assault, women in Halifax were providing rides through the hashtag #HaliLadyCab, but it was informal and also didn’t last. A different service, Lady Drive Her, does provide rides to and from the city airport.Meanwhile, demand for Ikwe keeps growing. It recently partnered with a vehicle-for-hire company to transport larger groups in Winnipeg.“We exist because we want to provide a safe alternative transportation for women of all backgrounds and cultures and ages and economic statuses in our city. And that shouldn’t be growing,” Brouzes said. “That mandate should be met and not need to exist anymore.”Brouzes said she had hoped changes to regulation within the industry itself would mean safer rides. Instead, new legislation last November — paving the way for ride-hailing companies like Uber — dissolved the Manitoba Taxicab Board which regulated the industry.Indigenous activist Leah Gazan had joined the board to help improve its relationship with the Indigenous community. The previous legislation governing taxis was “archaic,” but Gazan said she’s now concerned there is no oversight.“I totally understand why women are taking charge of our own safety because it’s pretty clear that things are not safe, and it hasn’t been taken seriously enough,” she said.Responsibility has fallen to local municipalities. City of Winnipeg regulations say concerns over service levels, including inappropriate comments from drivers, are directed to the cab companies and criminal complaints go to police.Back behind the wheel, Hartog said she hopes one day all rides will be safe. But, until then, she will keep volunteering to show her daughters it takes a community to protect women.“I want to bring this to my girls and to make sure that they will help whenever they see someone in need.”last_img read more

Biologist fears extent of bird mortality may grow after NL oil spill

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. — At least 15 oiled seabirds have been spotted after Newfoundland’s largest-ever offshore oil spill, but a biologist says past spills indicate the number could be in the thousands.Husky Energy reported the sightings on Wednesday and confirmed one dead bird since an estimated 250,000 litres of oil spilled into the ocean on Friday during an intense storm.The SeaRose platform was attempting to restart production when there was an equipment failure in a subsea line that released the oil.Experts on seabirds say an estimate on the number of birds killed from oiling could be months in the making, but is likely to grow.Gail Fraser, a leading seabird biologist at York University, said even a small number of oiled bird sightings are cause for concern and are likely a sign of much wider harm.“The fact that they have found oiled birds means that there’s probably a lot more oiled birds out there,” Fraser said.Prior oil spills have ended up with estimates of bird deaths that have grown into the thousands, she said.The 2004 Terra Nova spill that released 165,000 litres of oil into the ocean is estimated to have killed around 10,000 birds.The biologist noted the Terra Nova incident spilled less oil into the ocean, but it happened at the same time of year as the latest incident, meaning similar numbers of birds like murres and dovekies would have been in the area.Fraser said “millions” of birds migrate to the region form the Arctic around this time of year, and the weekend’s rough conditions mean getting an accurate count of killed birds may be impossible.“The conditions were terrible and that makes it a challenge to get good estimates of how many seabirds might be killed,” Fraser said. “It becomes kind of a hand-waving exercise and doing our best guess.”The region’s birds are particularly sensitive to oil pollution, Fraser said. The birds can die of hypothermia if even a small amount of oil slicks their plumage.They also have low reproduction rates and long lives, meaning a large hit to the population has a big impact.Fraser thinks these characteristics are not always reflected when companies are fined for hurting seabird populations.Syncrude Canada was fined $3 million in 2008 when more than 1,600 ducks were killed after landing in a tailings pond. By comparison, Petro-Canada was fined $290,000 for the Terra Nova spill believed to have killed 10,000 birds.“To kill 10,000 seabirds is a big deal ecologically and the fine should reflect that.”Scott Tessier, chief executive of the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, said no oil sheens were spotted on the water on Monday or Tuesday, meaning the oil has likely broken down to the point that it cannot be cleaned up.The board is now focused on wildlife monitoring and its investigation into the incident.Operators in Newfoundland’s offshore industry are responsible for following their own safety and environmental plans, and the regulatory board monitors and investigates when necessary.Trevor Pritchard, senior vice-president of Husky Energy in Atlantic Canada, said his team followed the company’s plans and procedures, and his company is investigating what caused the equipment to malfunction.“We’ve seen nothing that tells us we did not follow our internal procedures,” Pritchard said.Husky provides the procedures to the regulatory board but a Husky spokesperson said in an email that the company “does not disclose its specific operating procedures publicly for security and commercial reasons.”Pritchard says Husky won’t restart production until he has “full confidence” in the integrity of the subsea system.“Nobody wanted to see this incident happen. It’s a bad day for us. Can we change things, yes we can. I don’t know what they are yet,” Pritchard said.Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

News That Spain Has Exempted Moroccans From Visa is a Hoax

Casablanca — Several Moroccan news sites have reported that Moroccans will now be exempt from the visa requirement for travel to neighboring Spain. Further investigation into these rumors, however, highly suggest this would simply be a hoax.Moroccan news site AlMaghreb24, for example, reported yesterday that Spain was opening the border for Moroccans without a visa for a length of stay not exceeding 90 days. “The news may seem surreal,” said AlMaghreb24, “but it’s the truth. Several media outlets have revealed that the Spanish government has decided to cancel the visa for the Moroccan passport, and open the border to all Moroccan citizens starting January 2017.” Upon further examination of this news, however, Morocco World News found no trustworthy report by Spanish media or announcement by Spanish authorities proving the allegations. Furthermore, the Moroccan Press Agency (MAP) has not released any statements to this effect, suggesting that these allegations are false.Spain, which is a member of the European Union, would moreover not be able to make such an important decision without prior consultation with and agreement of the EU. Repealing the visa requirement for Moroccans would also mean that Moroccan citizens would also not need a visa for temporary travel to 25 other EU countries such France, Germany or Belgium, Portugal, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, etc. read more

Urgent resources needed to feed Ethiopians stricken by drought warns UN

“All food aid pipelines to groups of needy people in the country could break in September,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in an update on the situation in the Horn of Africa nation.Poor rains in eastern Africa this year has produced crises in the areas of food, nutrition, water and disease among others, leaving some 24 million people in need of aid – up from 17 million last year – across the region, in Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia and parts of Uganda, as well as Ethiopia.OCHA noted that currently food aid distributions planned between September and December face a deficit of some 56,789 metric tons valued at $37.1 million.In addition, a joint mission, consisting of various UN agencies and the Ministry of Health, is in the Amhara region to assess an outbreak of acute watery diarrhoea, which has struck a number of regions, to ensure adequate measures are in place to prevent infections gathering pace in schools and religious and traditional festivals, among other areas.The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that major gaps in the ongoing response to the outbreak include shortages of Case Treatment Centre materials, funds for running the centres, inadequate protection of water sources and poor hygiene practices. 23 September 2009A lack of resources for emergency relief efforts in Ethiopia threatens to cut off food aid delivery to the most vulnerable people in the coming days, the United Nations humanitarian arm warned today. read more

UNESCO chief denounces killing of media workers in Syria

“I condemn the killing of Hamza Al-Hajj Hassan, Mohamed Muntich and Halim Alouh,” the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, said in news release.“There can be no justification for the targeting of media workers, the eyes and ears of civil society, whose work is essential in any attempt to overcome conflict and heal its wounds,” she urged. The crew, which included a reporter, cameraman and technician, was covering clashes in the town of Al-Maaloula for Lebanon’s Al-Manar television on 14 April.These deaths bring to five the number of killings in Syria condemned by the Director-General since January 2014. Their names will be included this year on UNESCO’s dedicated webpage for journalists killed in the line of duty. read more

Mens basketball Ohio State squanders lead Nebraska wins 5857 in Columbus

OSU junior forward Jae’Sean Tate looks to the basket after a shot attempt against Nebraska on Feb. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 58-57. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorNothing was pretty about the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s game against Nebraska on Saturday. The Buckeyes walked away from the Schottenstein Center with yet another conference loss, this time losing 58-57.“We weren’t as dialed in as we needed to be,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “There’s certain times when … the game is ongoing. You don’t get to talk about plays that are coming up and we didn’t do what we needed to do or what we wanted to do down the stretch there.”OSU (15-13, 5-10) failed to lock down on defense on Nebraska senior guard Tai Webster, and struggled to produce points of its own. Webster picked up 17 points, and was a constant threat from the floor, going 7 for 12. Nebraska forward Glynn Watson Jr. picked up 14 points.Nebraska coach Tim Miles brought a light mood after the game, saying he wanted to go straight to questions rather than make an opening statement. He, like everyone else, was perplexed by what had just transpired.“I can’t explain it,” Miles said with a laugh.Sophomore guard C.J. Jackson started the game for OSU instead of sophomore JaQuan Lyle, but Jackson struggled mightily. He finished the game with four turnovers, and just six points.The Buckeyes gained their largest lead with seven minutes left in the first, as Tate dropped in a layup to give OSU a 22-11 lead. On four different occasions in the opening half, the Scarlet and Gray had a lead of 11.As the clock wound down in the first, OSU regained possession of the ball after a missed shot was batted in the air by redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson and found its way into the hands of redshirt junior guard Kam Williams. Although the Buckeyes were given a golden opportunity to increase their 30-24 lead right before the break, OSU struggled to formulate a play and was forced to call a timeout.After failing an alley-oop attempt as the clock struck zero, Lyle was visibly upset, clapping his hands hard together as both teams headed to the locker rooms.OSU increased its lead to 11 on a jumper from Jackson and a 3-pointer from senior Marc Loving coming out of halftime. Nebraska started to reel the Buckeyes back in with back-to-back 3-pointers from Watson and Webster.Webster dropped a dime as he was falling to Nebraska sophomore forward Ed Morrow for a slam, and junior forward Nick Fuller dropped in a layup before Morrow hit another shot to cut the OSU lead down to three.Nebraska continuously fought back all game, which is nothing new according to Miles.“We’ve had resolve all year,” he said. “We’ve come from behind in wins. We’ve hung around in losses.”The Buckeyes turned the ball over, and sophomore forward Jack McVeigh of Nebraska nailed a 3 to tie the game at 43 with 8:45 left. A putback layup by Thompson off a fastbreak by Jackson gave OSU a four-point lead and reenergized the crowd with six minutes remaining.Down the stretch and throughout the game, OSU could not find the range from deep. What OSU lacked in accuracy from deep, Nebraska lacked from the charity stripe. Nebraska hit just 4 of 9 attempts from the free throw line, while the Buckeyes made 5 of 17 attempts from deep.Tate made an acrobatic putback layup with four minutes left to give OSU a five-point lead. Nebraska clawed back to within two, but a traveling violation by the Cornhuskers and a deep 3-pointer from Loving appeared to put the game away.McVeigh nailed a 3-pointer, however, and a jump ball gave the Cornhuskers the ball once again. Watson hit a layup and was fouled, and knocked down his free throw to give Nebraska its first and only lead of the game.Tate received the inbounds pass, but was confused where to pass the ball, and settled for an off-balanced shot, which he missed. OSU led for the entire game, except for 11 seconds.“We gotta be smarter,” Tate said following the game. “We beat ourselves tonight, and we deserved it.”Thompson, who had 13 points and eight rebounds in the game, was nearly silent, offering little in terms of any kind of response too media questions.OSU returns to the Schottenstein Center on Feb. 23 to take on Wisconsin. Last time the two teams met, the Buckeyes were dominated 89-66 in Madison.Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. read more

The 9 at 9 Friday

first_imgEVERY DAY, brings you nine things you should know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #ABORTION: The Oireachtas Health Committee will begin its three day of hearings on proposed abortion law today. Unlike previous hearings, there will be few representatives from advocacy or religious groups giving evidence with contributions coming mainly from experts in medical, legal and psychiatric fields. Read our crash course on today’s hearings here and follow our liveblog throughout the day for updates.2. #SPECIAL NEEDS: A review by the National Council for Special Education, due to be presented to Education Minister Ruairí Quinn today, has recommended a reform of the system for special education allocation, RTÉ reports. The council also expressed concern about the waiting time for diagnosis, putting children without access to private care at a disadvantage.3. #ROBBERY: Two men have been arrested by gardaí in connection with an armed robbery at a supermarket in Rathfarnham, Co Dublin. The men threatened staff with a baseball bat and a gun and escaped with a sum of money which was later recovered by gardaí.4. #BOMBINGS: The Justice for the Forgotten group are holding a a wreath-laying ceremony in Dublin today, to mark the anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings in 1974. In a series of car bombs, 34 people were killed, and the group has called for files on inquiries into the bombings to be opened to the public.5. #GARDAÍ: Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan has said that he anticipates the number of gardaí will drop below 13,000 this year and that he would welcome recruitment. In 2011, payroll and pensions accounted for 86 per cent of garda expenditure, though an extra €28 million spent in connection with the visits of Queen Elizabeth II and President Obama.6. #CHILDREN: Almost 800,000 calls were made to Childline last year but 34 per cent of calls to the service still go unanswered due to the strain on its resources. Childline, which receives no government funding, said today that children’s voices are not being heard and this needs to be addressed with 45,000 making contact because of abuse and welfare and calls about bullying on the rise.7. #HOMOPHOBIA: Almost two-thirds of Europe’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community are still afraid to show their sexuality in public and most feel discriminated against, according to an EU report. Just over a quarter of the respondents also said that they had been physically or verbally assaulted over the last five years.8. #SYRIA: US President Barak Obama has met with the Turkish Prime Minister to try to reach a resolution in the conflict with Syria. Both Obama and Recep Tayyip Erdogen insisted that Assad must step down in order to end the violence that activists say has already taken some 94,000 lives.9. #EVEREST: An 80-year-old Japanese man has started his ascent of Mount Everest in a bid to become the oldest man to reach the top, AFP reports. Back in 1970, the man became the first person to ski down Everest and now he hopes to take the world record from a 71-yeard-old who reached the summit in 2007.Over on One Direction in Ireland jerseys, Cheryl reaches out to Kim K, and the “George Clooney of baking” is single… it’s The Dredge.last_img read more

Concertgoers walk hours home after Marlay Park gig or get lift from

first_img Source: Anne Phelan/Twitter Marlay Park. Awful venue. Walking for an hour and a half now and still in South Dublin. Great service @dublinbusnews— Kevin Purcell (@KevinPurcell_) June 29, 2014 Source: Mícheál Nagle/Twitter Source: Fergal O’Meara/Twitter SOME PEOPLE ATTENDING the Arcade Fire and Pixies gig at Marlay Park in Dublin last night found themselves having to walk for hours when they couldn’t access buses or taxis.In one case, a man got a lift from a Domino’s Pizza delivery driver after he got wind of his difficulty getting home.The park has a capacity of 32,000 people and is located in Rathfarnham, about 9km (5.5 miles) from the city centre of Dublin.Getting thereOne young woman, who didn’t get home until 2am though she left the concert grounds at 11pm, told that there were issues with buses heading into Marlay Park.“We got to Custom House Quay at 5pm and they said there would be no more buses until 6.30pm,” she said.They got a taxi and then walked the rest of the way to the venue, as there was a “big queue” for the buses, run by Marathon Sports Travel, with people who had bought tickets online getting priority.After the concertAt the conclusion of the concert, the person spoke to exited by the left of the stage with her friends.They made their way through the venue grounds and, not finding any buses, ended up exiting by foot onto the M50.However they were still unable to access a bus or taxi, and walked to the Rathfarnham Road before getting in touch with a taxi firm. They eventually got home at 2am after waiting at a service station for over an hour.Another concert-goer told us she had to walk for an hour to get a taxi as there were no buses left.What the transport operators saidIn its comprehensive information guide on transport to the concerts, concert promoter MCD said that Marathon Sports Travel would operate a bus service from Customs House at 2pm, 3pm, and every half hour from 4pm.When contacted Marathon Sports Travel, Francis Roche said that nobody who booked a ticket online with them missed a bus.“We carried all the people [who booked a ticket online],” said Roche.He said that the “big message” is that: @dublinbusnews Finally home from Marlay Park, no thanks to Dublin Bus. Total shambles-couldn’t get shuttle bus as we didn’t travel out on it— Anne Phelan (@AnniePP) June 29, 2014 @thejournal_ie Walked for about an hour and a half and eventually got a spin from a Dominos delivery driver. Thanks Dev!— Mícheál Nagle (@Micheal_Nagle) June 30, 2014 @AnniePP @dublinbusnews complete agree. Just got home 2 1/2 hours after concert. Dundrum still full of people looking for taxis— Fergal O’Meara (@fomeadhra) June 30, 2014 Source: Kevin Purcell/Twitter An awful lot of people just expect that there will be transport there. You can book our transport online with us. If you are going [to Marlay Park], it is a remote site so book in advance. If they book service, they are guaranteed to get service.On the issue of the buses not running exactly to schedule, he said they had experienced a surge of people after the Dublin match, and that in order to manage expectations they told customers that it might be 6.30pm before they could get a bus.However, he said that they had “all those people moved by 6pm”. He said the staff did not sell tickets to people unless they realised they would have to wait longer than expected for the bus.Dublin Bus was also running buses to the venue. A spokesperson said that they put additional buses on their 16c services, with 35 buses in total: 27 bringing people home, and seven going to Marlay park.“We did supplement the service the best we could,” she said.That is what we will be doing for all the gigs in Marlay Park this summer, we will be putting on additional buses to deal with the extra people.On, the issue of public transport to the gig was also discussed, with one user saying that getting home “was a nightmare”.Some people had journeyed from outside Dublin – one said that she had missed her bus to Cork due to the delays, and had to stay in Dublin. were also describing their experiences on Twitter: Source: Malcolm Rule via Twitter Source: Kenneth Hayden via Twitter Source: Barry Quinn via Twiter Source: Damo Kenny via TwitterRead: The Pope ripped up a photo of Miley Cyrus at the Arcade Fire gig last night*>Read: Heading to Arcade Fire tomorrow? Their Glastonbury set had Ireland divided>last_img read more


first_imgNever in the history of the United States has an election embodied a much more epoch making event than the 2016 presidential election. No one had ever expected that a person of African descent would be a two term president of the United States. May be this is the reason why Obama decided to formulate and implement policies that a competent president of the United States would carry out without regard to origin. No one would say that he was a black president of the United States.In the same vein no woman has ever occupied the office of president in the United States. Hillary Clinton has just made history by being the presidential candidate of the Democratic Party of the United States. No woman has ever gone that far in the history of the United States.If Barrack Obama hands over to her it would mean that after discarding colour as a bar to political representation, gender would also be disregarded as a bar for women to occupy the highest of offices. History is in the making in the US and Foroyaa will continue to follow the debate of the presidential candidates of the democrats and republicans in its international news and review section.last_img read more

Budget Passed called Green Awesome by PNP Leaders

first_img Related Items:awesome, budget, green, passed, pnp, premier rufus ewing, washington misick Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Mar 2015 – The $225 million dollar budget presented by the PNP Administration is passed in the House of Assembly and Premier Rufus Ewing wasted no time last night in wrapping up debate on the proposal. Shortly before 8pm, after hours and hours of contributions by the members, the country’s leader called it a long day and called for an adjournment and for the House members to reconvene at 9am Wednesday. It was seconded and agreed. As did many of the members on his side of the aisle, there was lots of praise for the Finance Minister, Hon Washington Misick on delivering the fiscal plan and bringing the country into a state of surplus. Hon Misick called the budget, the ‘green budget’ – humorously citing that everyone will see benefits from the allocations whether PNP or PDM. “It is neither yellow nor blue, I am attempting to present the green budget…”The government side was slammed repeatedly for under spending, for what members called mirrored allotments and for taking credit for the Interim Administration’s strategies which are now bearing fruit. The government side also challenged the nation to watch and see, that this fiscal year there will be spending and fulfillment of campaign promises including a significant hike in monies for scholarships abroad and at home at the Community College, millions devoted to infrastructural enhancements, a quarter of a million earmarked for Civil Service training and $9 million pegged to raises for the public sector resulting from a pay and grade review exercise. In his wrap up, the premier called it an ‘awesome’ budget. TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unitelast_img read more

Sunnis in Iraq capture 3 towns

first_imgBAGHDAD — Sunni insurgents led by an al-Qaida breakaway group expanded their offensive in a volatile western province on Saturday, capturing three strategic towns and the first border crossing with Syria to fall on the Iraqi side. It’s the latest blow against Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who is fighting for his political life even as forces beyond his control are pushing the country toward a sectarian showdown. The towns of Qaim, Rawah and Anah are the first territory seized in predominantly Sunni Anbar province, west of Baghdad, since fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group overran the city of Fallujah and parts of the provincial capital of Ramadi earlier this year.The capture of Rawah on the Euphrates River and the nearby town of Anah appeared to be part of a march toward a key dam in the city of Haditha, which was built in 1986 and has a hydropower station that produces some 1,000 megawatts. Destruction of the dam would adversely impact the country’s electrical grid and cause major flooding.Iraqi military officials said anonymously that more than 2,000 troops were quickly dispatched to protect the dam. Rawah’s mayor, Hussein Ali al-Aujail, said the militants ransacked the town’s government offices and forced local army and police forces to pull out.last_img read more

Macau hotel guests up 62 in October

first_imgMacau’s hotels and guesthouses saw visitation grow by 6.2% year-on-year to 1,163,000 in October, according to latest figures from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC).The increase was largely due to strong growth from the mainland China and Hong Kong markets – up 11.3% to 823,000 and 5.9% to 116,000 respectively – and more than made amends for a fall in visitors from Korea and Taiwan. RelatedPosts JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Load More Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August The average length of stay of guests held steady year-on-year at 1.5 nights, while the average occupancy rate of hotels and guesthouses grew by 0.7% to 89.8%. That number was boosted by a 1.2% increase in occupancy at 5-star hotels to 91.0% and 1.7% increase at 4-star hotels to 90.8%.DSEC numbers also revealed that the number of visitors arriving as part of package tours fell 2.0% in October to 784,000, including a 6.8% decline from mainland China to 615,000. Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launchlast_img read more

Video shows breakin at Broward hotel 5 arrested

first_imgMIRAMAR, FLA. (WSVN) – Officials released surveillance video, Tuesday, of a hotel break-in that caused a SWAT team to respond.The video shows several suspects moving through hallways inside the Hampton Inn last Thursday. Officials said the suspects barged in, possibly armed, and demanded a room key.When they did not receive the key, officials said, they walked through the hotel banging on doors.Police and SWAT responded to the hotel, on Red Road, in Miramar.They arrested five people, who now face multiple charges including armed robbery.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Wilmington Little Leagues Latest Game Summaries

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a recent Wilmington Little League game summary:AAA: Astros vs. Giants on Tuesday, May 21 at Boutwell FieldThe Giants were ready for their game with the Astros on Tuesday with Luke Hurley taking the hill.  He put on a masterful performance racking up the Ks in three solid innings.  Damaino Dicenso came in to finish out the game with a couple of strong innings of his own.  Defensively for the Giants, Caden Meritt and Joey Cavanaugh helped keep order on the base paths.  And speaking of base paths, Brendan Cohen picked up his first two steals of the season with some fierce running after a good piece of hitting.  Behind the plate, Ethan Lydon made a number of good stops while his brother Gabe did the same in the outfield.  Jake Gryglik started for the Astros, striking out four in two innings and making a play on the mound for his second straight dominant performance.  Andrew Santo pitched the next two innings, striking out three and making three plays in the field.  One of them involved tagging the runner out while covering the plate after a great throw from catcher Joey Fennelly who was retrieving the ball from the backstop.  Fennelly later closed the game on the mound and for the second straight game, he was involved in a strange double play.  After a strikeout, he fielded a bloop and when there was confusion between two runners at third base, he just chased them down and tagged them both out to end the game.  Kevin Pruslin, Dylan Costantiello, Tony Cummings, and John Roofe were among others who flashed leather as well, making plays to further the team’s cause.  Cummings had a breakout game at the plate with a double and two singles, setting the pace for the offense.  Gryglik, Owen Wills, Pruslin, Costantiello, Cael Considine, Roofe, and Santo contributed singles throughout the game as well.  Connor Jamieson walked once, and Patrick Moriarty had an interesting day at the plate, reaching three times, twice after being hit by pitches.  Fennelly had one of the hardest hits of the day, drilling a ball into right field.  One of the beauties of Little League baseball is the unpredictability of each game and both teams saw that firsthand this day.(NOTE: Summaries provided by the Wilmington Little League.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”last_img read more

Rashmi Gautam on car accident Why should I be silent when Im

first_imgRashmi GautamTwitterTV host-cum-actress Rashmi Gautam has opened up on her car accident and said that she was not at fault and went to get the victim treated on the grounds of humanity.Rashmi Gautam was returning home in Gajuwaka on Sunday when her car hit a truck driver named Sayyed Abdul on the Agnampudi Highway near Vizag. She immediately rushed him to a nearby hospital and he is doing fine now. A case was filed at the Duvvada police station and the police have taken Rashmi Gautam’s driver MA Gautam into custody.A day after the accident, Rashmi Gautam spoke to a leading daily and defended herself. “I was just 15-20 minutes away from my home when this happened. There were no lights at this part of the highway and this man was running across the road when we unfortunately hit him,” the actress told the Times of India.Rashmi Gautam added, “Unlike many, I stayed there. My first call was to my production team informing them about the accident. Then I called up the ambulance. When I was told that it was at NAD junction almost nearly 30-40 minutes away from us, me and my driver picked him up, carried him to the Agnampudi government hospital.”What disappointed Rashmi Gautam the most was the attitude of the public. The actress claimed that there were hundreds of people gather around, but none literally helped her. Some of them were busy taking pictures and video of the accident, while others kept arguing with her and giving her pieces of advice.Rashmi Gautam said, “Last night, I realised why people hit and run. Because when you take responsibility, people badger you left right and centre. Hundreds of them swarmed around within minutes but there was no help. They were badgering my car. What was more saddening was that they were taking pictures and videos when I rolled down the window glass to inquire about the location.”The Jabardasth host added, “The most disappointing moment of the night was the public’s attitude. Especially there were young boys, who can really act responsibly and help us out sort things but they were busy taking pictures and videos? Moreover, they were unnecessarily complicating things. Except for a couple of guys, there was literally no help for us. This is why nobody wants to take responsibility in a hit and run case.”The actress said that she had several reasons to blame others for this accident, but the priority the moment was to admit him in a hospital and getting treatment. She did it and the victim is recovering.”Why should I be silent when I’m not at fault? What happened was really unfortunate and we took complete responsibility and did what we must. In fact, who should be blamed here? The man who was lazy enough to take a foot over the bridge but crossed the highway or the local authority that did not check on the functionality of the lights on the highway?” asked Rashmi Gautam.last_img read more

Capital City Mambo Sauce Partners with Papa Johns to Add DC Flare

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comDespite Mayor Muriel Bowser’s controversial denunciation of mambo sauce as a D.C. staple last November, most Washingtonians laud the flavor as a true District flavor that adds pizzazz to dishes from the carry out to homemade delights. Now, having recently teamed up with local husband and wife entrepreneurs Charles and Arsha Jones, owners of Capital City Mambo Sauce, Papa John’s chains in the DMV are giving residents a chance to have the District’s dip on wings, chicken poppers or on the side.The AFRO spoke to the Jones family about how Capital City Mambo Sauce came to be, and their most recent business expansion with a nationally renowned franchise such as Papa Johns.Charles and Arsha Jones are a husband and wife duo that started the brand Capital City Mambo Sauce and recently collaborated with local Papa John’s locations. (Courtesy Photo)“We got the idea when we moved out to the suburbs and we loved mambo sauce and couldn’t get it in the area we were living in.  One day Arsha had came out and said, ‘Maybe I should try making this at home for the family,’ because we have four boys as well,” Charles Jones told the AFRO. “And pretty much we used to have tastings with our family and our friends, and somebody was like, ‘Y’all should sell this.’ And one thing led to another and we ended up selling our own product online.”Arsha Jones weighed in explaining that the reason why she and her husband decided to sell their product was about providing for their growing family.“Our family was growing, and we know we needed to supplement our income.  So really that was the only goal, was just bringing more into the house and to be able to take care of our family,” she explained.Since their business launch and boom in 2011, the Jones have seen tremendous growth of the Capital City Mambo Sauce brand, which went from their kitchen, to online, to now selling their product in 630 grocery stores.Collaborating with Papa John’s is the newest, and arguably largest venture in the Capital City Mambo Sauce expansion.“This is probably the biggest deal in terms of partnership and working with restaurant chains,” Arsha Jones told the AFRO.  “A company that knows us reached out to the franchise owners.  Some of the locally owned and operated Papa John’s restaurants thought it’d be a great idea to partner together and get this local flavor and have it offered through the Papa John’s channels in this area.  We thought it was an excellent idea.”Besides the great opportunity, the Joneses felt that the collaboration spreads the mambo sauce wealth further.“Papa John’s serves a lot of the communities that our product is popular in anyway and then it also would give a chance to give people who may have not heard of our product, a chance to try it,” Arsha Jones said.Those who haven’t tried mambo sauce might not understand why the product is important or why this new collaboration with local Papa Johns is a big deal, yet the Joneses explained the significance.“It’s a sense of pride and it comes from the fact that outsiders tend to have this one perception of what Washington, D.C. is.  They think it’s politics, and government and White House and whatever goes on down there, but there is a huge community of people in Washington, D.C. who were born and raised here, and we have slangs, dialects, style, music, dances and food,” Arsha Jones, a native Washingtonian, told the AFRO.“And while other urban cities, like New York and Philadelphia, all have certain food that is associated with their community, mambo sauce is relatively underground, but it’s something that makes us feel like home, so it’s important that our food product- a product of Washington, D.C.- is put on a platform where it can be respected the same way a Chicago deep dish pizza can be respected, or the same way a New York slice of pizza or New York bagel can be respected,” she said.“Our main goal is to make sure that we’re being authentic to our community, but also giving our product and our community a platform, so people outside of this area can know that there is a whole lot of culture in this area,” Arsha Jones emphasized.With incredible growth from the kitchen to local Papa Johns locations, the Joneses hope to encourage other creative entrepreneurs to start selling their own products.“We want people to know that there’s help out here if you really want it, and don’t just think that is just your family sauce and that no one will buy it, or that it’s just a secret for you guys, because you just never know,” Arsha Jones said. “You might be one of those brands that turns into a Sweet Baby Ray’s or Texas Pete hot sauce.For more information on Capital City Mambo Sauce the Joneses encourage people to try their product, particularly with the new Papa John’s collaboration.“We challenge anybody to go out there to Papa John’s to try the chicken wings and the chicken poppers and give us some feedback on our website and social media at,” Charles Jones told the AFRO.last_img read more

Children in Ladysmith encouraged to attend Hinduism classes

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa, Ladysmith Sub-Centre, offers ‘Hinduism for children’ classes every Thursday from 5.30pm to 6.45pm.These classes are held at the Ramakrishna Shrine in Agra Road.Children and youth from pre-primary to Grade 12 are taught by qualified teachers.Age-appropriate and structured classes are held on material ranging from ‘colour and learn’ to the Ramayana.A light meal is served to all children at the end of each class.Examinations are held at the end of each academic year and children are handed certificates at a special awards programme.Each year, a Northern KwaZulu-Natal Children’s Cultural Festival is held where children and youth are given the opportunity to participate in sketches, dances, speeches and songs.Swami Vivekananda believed that education is the manifestation of the divinity already within man.He said “education is not the amount of information that is put into your head and runs riot there; undigested all your life.“We must have life-building, man-building, character-making assimilation of ideas.”These ‘Hinduism for children’ classes not only teach children and youth about Hindu scriptures and philosophy, but are also focused on character-building and imparting valuable life skills, making children and youth well-rounded individuals. Parents are encouraged to send their children to these classes.Should you wish to register your child or find out more information, please contact the following: Dr S Behariram on 036-631-0820; Mrs P Pillay on 036-633-3350; Email: special Sri Saraswati puja and havan will be held to start the curriculum for the new year at the Ramakrishna Centre on Thursday, January 25, commencing at 5.30pm. Enrol your child today.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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first_img News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more News | Clinical Decision Support | July 18, 2019 Johns Hopkins Named Qualified Provider-led Entity to Develop Criteria for Diagnostic Imaging On June 30, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Johns Hopkins University School… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more News | February 20, 2013 Choosing Wisely Campaign Promotes Conversations Between Physicians and Patients About Appropriate Care Testing Leading medical specialty societies are releasing evidence-based lists of tests and procedures that may be overused Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Based on its initial success, the ASE and other specialty groups have each been invited to release a list of “Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question” at a national event in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 21, 2013. ASE will be releasing its list of recommendations, which were selected after careful review of current evidence and clinical guidelines. Each list includes language communicating when a particular test or treatment may be appropriate based on clinical evidence and guidelines.James Thomas, the Charles and Lorraine Moore chair in Cardiovascular Imaging at the Cleveland Clinic, past president of ASE and its Choosing Wisely spokesperson, states, “The American Society of Echocardiography recognizes the great value that echocardiography brings to clinical medicine, allowing complex diagnoses to be established with a safe, noninvasive, and cost-effective test that involves no ionizing radiation and can go to a patient’s bedside and into environments as remote as the International Space Station. At the same time, we know that there are many situations in which an echo should not be done, as when the pretest probability of disease is so low that any positive finding is more likely to be a false positive than not. The ASE fully supports the ABIM Foundation’s efforts in educating the public and practitioners in the appropriate use of echocardiography.”While ASE has taken a bold step in identifying and developing the list, the work does not stop here. Over the coming months and years, ASE will be working with the ABIM Foundation, Consumer Reports and a variety of Choosing Wisely campaign stakeholders to raise awareness of these lists and make them accessible to patients and the public.    For information:, FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 read more News | Digital Pathology | July 16, 2019 Paige Announces Clinical-grade Artificial Intelligence in Pathology July 16, 2019 — Computational pathology… read more last_img read more

Work to resume Thursday on widening of Panama Canal

first_imgRelated posts:Work resumes to expand Panama Canal Strike halts work on Panama Canal expansion Panama Canal claims $737 million in cost overruns Renewal in Panama might be coming at a high cost PANAMA CITY – Work to widen the Panama Canal will resume on Thursday, an official said, two weeks after the huge project was suspended over $1.6 billion in cost overruns.Canal administrator Jorge Quijano told AFP that the consortium involved, Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC), will “resume tomorrow morning as we develop an interim agreement.”Work to expand the canal was suspended earlier this month by the GUPC consortium made up of construction companies Sacyr of Spain, Italy’s Salini-Impreglio, Belgium’s Jan de Nul and Constructora Urbana of Panama.The dispute is over $1.6 billion in cost overruns in the project, the main part of which is to equip the canal with a third set of locks.GUPC wants Panama to add that sum to the initial contract fee of $3.2 billion.The century-old waterway handles five percent of global seaborne trade.GUPC claims unforeseen geological difficulties have forced them to spend much more on cement than expected. They say that they based their estimates on data provided by the Canal Authority that were incorrect.The canal expansion is one of the world’s most ambitious civil engineering projects and was due to be completed this year in time for the 100th anniversary of the fabled canal.The original canal, built by the United States, mostly with workers brought in from the Caribbean, was opened in 1914.Following the delay, the deadline for completing the work is now December 2015. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

South Africas Robben Island Museum goes green

first_imgRobben Island, the prison-turned-tourist-attraction that held Nelson Mandela during his imprisonment amidst the apartheid struggle, has moved to solar energy. The move will reduce Robben Island’s carbon emissions by almost 940 tons.Tourism Minister, Tokozile Xasa handed over a solar power plant to the Robben Island Museum (RIM) as part of the Department of Tourism’s mandate to support sustainable and inclusive tourism development.Minister Tokozile Xasa said, “Preserving our environment and reducing our carbon footprint is critical to the sustainability of the tourism industry. The construction of the solar PV mini-grid on Robben Island is a shining example of what can be achieved when government structures work together to preserve our ecological and cultural tourism assets for future generations.”She concluded that this collaborative initiative has the capability to engineer sustainable energy solutions and inspires a hope that the business of tourism be conducted in an efficient and sustainable manner.Chief Executive Officer for RIM, Mava Dada said that the initiative was an incredible advancement for Robben Island and explained, “Prior to the construction of the solar plant, we relied solely on expensive diesel generators to provide electricity on the Island. This transition will see the island largely powered by the solar plant. This will reduce the Island’s carbon emissions by almost 940 tons per year.”The United Nations General Assembly adopted 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development– inviting a dedicated focus on tourism’s ability to contribute to economic growth, social inclusion, cultural and environmental preservation, peace and mutual understanding. South Africa is readying itself for these new age destination selection filters.“Responsible tourism is everyone’s business, with an immense potential to increase our country’s global competitiveness and I urge the industry to embrace the Green Tourism Incentive Programme and help us build a sustainable and inclusive tourism sector,” said Xasa.last_img read more