Sky is the limit for Powyer

first_imgJonathan Powyer is a high achieving referee with a difference.Jonathan is deaf but this hasn’t stopped him from achieving incredible things in Touch Football. At last weekend’s New South Wales Touch Association Referees Awards night, Jonathan was recognised with an elevation to a state referee, Level 4, currently the highest level a deaf referee has achieved in New South Wales, his next goal will be his Level 5 at the National Touch League.Jonathan is a committee member and one of the driving forces behind Deaf Touch Football, also managing to officiate and play at the Deaf National Championships. The Deaf National Championships is now an annual event with third event being held in Brisbane late last year.Jonathan’s passion for Touch Football has seen him travel around the country, refereeing the sport he loves. With an innate ability to read the game Jonathan’s rise in the refereeing stakes shows no sign of slowing. Touch Football Australia would like to congratulate Jonathan on his achievement and thank him for his contribution to the game.Related LinksNSW Referee Awardslast_img read more

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Recently Retired NFL Star Will Reportedly Join FOX As College Football Analyst

first_imgDallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium in Arlington.ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 25: A general view of kickoff between the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears at AT&T Stadium on September 25, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)DeMarco Murray retired last month, after being cut by the Tennessee Titans. We’ll be seeing him around the sport, but in a different capacity.According to a new report, Murray is the latest former Cowboys star that will enter the football media.Barry Horn, the former sports media columnist for The Dallas Morning News, says that Murray is heading to FOX to be a college football analyst.He broke the DeMarco Murray news via Twitter this afternoon.He says that FOX is set to announce the move soon.Stream of Ex-Cowboys to the booth never ends. Fox set to announce analyst DeMarco Murray joining a college football booth for the upcoming season. You don’t think he landed the job because of his work with the Eagles or Titans do you?— Barry Horn (@bhorn55) August 17, 2018Murray was a star running back at Oklahoma before his NFL career. The Cowboys made him their third round pick in 2011.He played for the team for four years, leading the league in rushing with 1,845 yards in 2014. From there, he spent one year with the Philadelphia Eagles, and two with the Tennessee Titans before his retirement.Murray joins a growing list of recent Cowboy stars in football booths. Tony Romo went from retirement straight to CBS’s top NFL team last fall. Jason Witten is now at ESPN, where he will be part of the Monday Night Football team.last_img read more

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Toho Gas Books More American LNG

first_img My location zoom Japan’s gas supplier Toho Gas has signed a Heads of Agreement with a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation to buy around 200,000 tons of liquefied natural gas (LNG) a year from the US Cameron LNG Project for a period of 20 years starting in 2018.The contract signed with Diamond Gas International is Toho’s second one for LNG from the Cameron Project, following the sale and purchase agreement signed in January 2014 with Mitsui & Co.The two contracts will see Toho receive 500,000 tons of LNG from the Cameron Project annually.Diamond Gas has agreed to arrange transportation for the three yearly shipments from the Cameron LNG to Toho’s receiving terminals in Japan. The destination for the three annual cargoes can be changed if Diamond Gas agrees in advance.Cameron LNG LLC., a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, plans to construct LNG liquefaction facilities in Cameron, Louisiana, with an overall capacity of 12 million tons per annum, to liquefy the US natural gas, including shale gas, and to export it as LNG.Mitsubishi and Mitsui both have a 16.6% stake in the Cameron LNG Project. Print  Closecenter_img 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定last_img read more

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MMIW inquiry in communication with Ontario police watchdog over probe into 9

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsOfficials with the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW) have been in contact with the office of Ontario’s police watchdog over its ongoing probe into the Thunder Bay police’s handling of nine cases involving murdered and missing women from the city.Lead MMIW commission counsel Susan Vella has reached out to Independent Police Review Director Gerry McNeilly’s office’s on the issue as it dovetails with the inquiry’s own review of police conduct on MMIW cases, said Bernée Bolton, the inquiry’s director of communication.“The national inquiry continues to follow (McNeilly’s) investigation regarding the handling of nine death investigations concerning Indigenous women and girls by the Thunder Bay police with great interest,” said Bolton, in an emailed statement. “At this time, we will not be offering further comment regarding the context of communication between McNeilly’s office and the national inquiry because these are active investigations.”McNeilly said in an interview with APTN National News this week that the nine murdered and missing Indigenous women cases primarily stem from 2009 to the present. McNeilly said the nine cases are part of a total of 39 Thunder Bay death cases going back to the 1990s his office is reviewing as part of a wide-ranging probe of the city’s police force over allegations of systemic racism.“The national inquiry is very aware of the situation in Thunder Bay,” said Bolton.The inquiry sent a small team of legal, health and community relations officials to Thunder Bay this week to meet with family members and survivors. The team held one-on-one meetings with families and survivors.The inquiry originally planned to hold full community hearings this week in the city, but it postponed the event to the week of Dec. 4, 2017.The inquiry has been beset by numerous setbacks, including the high profile resignation of top officials and one of its commissioners Marilyn Poitras.Sue Montgomery, the inquiry’s former director of communications, told APTN host Dennis Ward Friday that the commissioners should “stop the process right now and come up with a detailed plan and schedule.”Montgomery said the inquiry has suffered from a lack of leadership.However, the remaining inquiry commissioners have dismissed criticisms and calls for a reset, choosing instead to push on.The inquiry has the support of Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde. Bellegarde, along with Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Chief Bobby Cameron and British Columbia chiefs, short-circuited an attempt by Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Arlen Dumas to pass a resolution calling for the replacement of the inquiry commissioners during the organization’s annual general assembly in Regina this past July.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Cong’s first list out for UP game-changer: Sonia from Rae Bareli, Rahul from Amethi

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Congress on Thursday evening released its first list for the Lok Sabha elections that are just weeks away, naming four candidates in Gujarat and 11 in Uttar Pradesh. While Congress president Rahul Gandhi will contest from his current seat, Amethi, his mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi will fight from her constituency, Rae Bareli.Amethi and Rae Bareli, the Gandhi bastion in Uttar Pradesh, are the only seats Congress had won in the state in the 2014 general elections. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in JammuThe list of 15 candidates does not include Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who had recently announced her political debut and was made the Congress’s General Secretary for UP East. While senior leader Salman Khursheed will contest from Farrukhabad, where he had contested and lost in 2014, RPN Singh will contest from Kushi Nagar. The other leaders on the list for UP are Imran Masood from Saharanpur, Jitin Prasad from Dhaurahra, Annu Tandon from Unnao, Rajaram Pal from Akbarpur, Brij Lal Khabri from Jalaun and Nirmal Khatri from Faizabad. Also Read – Shashi Tharoor writes to PM Modi: Don’t let your ‘mann ki baat’ become ‘maun ki baat’The Congress had recently announced that it will contest all 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh after it was left out of their alliance by Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party’s Mayawati. In Gujarat, senior Congress leader Bharatsinh Solanki will contest from Anand. He had won the Lok Sabha elections from Anand in 2004 and 2009. But he lost to Dilipbhai Patel of the BJP in 2014. Raju Parmar will contest the elections from Ahmedabad West seat, Prashant Patel will contest from Vadodara, and Ranjit Mohansinh Rathwa will contest from Chhota Udaipur seat.last_img read more

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New home for scores of South Sudans displaced

Once a resolution to the “sporadic fighting” was reached, and people expressed their desire to leave the protection camp, UNMISS and its partners worked quickly to establish the temporary housing at the Mangateen site, along with access to clean water, sanitation and health services.The facility traditionally has been managed by South Sudan’s Relief and Rehabilitation Commission.The Government body will continue to be in charge of the site, though aid agencies will provide additional assistance on request.South Sudan is the world’s youngest country, having gained independence in July 2011.However, most of the years since then have been marred by brutal fighting and human rights violations, forcing the displacement of more than four million people, either within the country or across the border. Nearly 200,000 are currently sheltering in PoC sites at six UNMISS bases nationwide.“Hundreds of thousands of people fled to UN protection sites across South Sudan out of fear for their lives during the ongoing conflict. But these camps are not a good long-term option for families,” Mr. Shearer stated.“If people have the trust and confidence that the environment is safe enough for them to voluntarily return home, UNMISS is poised to assist them. But providing that confidence in the security situation very much lies with the Government.” The internally displaced people, who were living at a UN Protection of Civilians (PoC) site, have been moved to a new location at Mangateen, near the central part of the city.“This is the first movement of displaced people of this magnitude out of the UN Juba protection site. Almost all of those relocated were women and children,” said David Shearer, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS. “They had expressed a strong desire to leave the UN site and to be reunited with their husbands and other family members. Early indications and, in my discussions with those who moved, is that they are pleased to be back in the wider community.”The UN mission and humanitarian agencies carried out the relocation after negotiating an end to clashes between various groups in the camp which were posing a threat to those living there. read more

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eFun Nextbook Elite 10 is a dualcore Android 40 tablet for under

first_imgThough you may have thought 2011 was already the year of the tablet, 2012 is shaping up to really be the year of the tablet — and we’re not even a full week in yet. Apart from the possible arrival of a new iPad model or two, it looks like the Android tablet price war is really going to start heating up. That is, if new models like the eFun Nextbook Elite 10 are any indication.The Elite 10 packs a 1.1GHz Broadcomm processor and a 9.7-inch display that’s capable of pumping out 1024×768 pixels. That package is actually somewhat similar to what you’d get in one of those firesale HP TouchPads, but in this case the latest Android OS is pre-loaded — no firmware modifications necessary. There’s also a 2MP front-facing camera for your video conferencing and selfshot needs, and the SlideMe app store comes preinstalled. Does that mean Google’s core apps are missing? Possibly, but eFun hasn’t provided many details about the Elite 10 just yet. It’s due to be on display at CES 2012, so we’ll find out in a few short weeks just how much Ice Cream Sandwich goodness the budget slate is packing.While you might not have heard of eFun before, this isn’t their first venture into the tablet market. Like other lesser-known brands, eFun has built its reputation by offering decently-specced models at low price points. They haven’t always been well-received, with reviewers noting sluggish performance on many of their previous efforts. The BCM28150 processor might just help the Elite 10 buck that trend, however. Its 3D capabilities aren’t quite top-of-the-line, but it’s a very capable chip for most other tablet uses.More at Engadgetlast_img read more

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Oxfam chief executive says criticism over prostitution scandal has been disproportionate

first_img Image: Danny Lawson via PA Images By AFP Saturday 17 Feb 2018, 4:24 PM http://jrnl.ie/3857649 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Oxfam UK chief executive Mark Goldring Image: Danny Lawson via PA Images Feb 17th 2018, 4:24 PM Oxfam UK chief executive Mark Goldringcenter_img Share103 Tweet Email Short URL Oxfam chief executive says criticism over prostitution scandal has been ‘disproportionate’ Chief executive Mark Goldring has repeatedly apologised for failings in the way the charity dealt with claims of sexual misconduct. THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE of the Oxfam charity in Britain has hit back at criticism over the prostitution scandal that he said was “out of proportion”, as the British charity agreed not to bid for more government funds until it cleans up its act.Chief executive Mark Goldring has repeatedly apologised for failings in the way the charity dealt with claims of sexual misconduct by its aid staff but said some people refused to listen to explanations.“The intensity and the ferocity of the attack make you wonder, what did we do?” he said in an interview with The Guardian newspaper.“We murdered babies in their cots? Certainly, the scale and the intensity of the attacks feels out of proportion to the level of culpability. I struggle to understand it.”He suggested that some critics were motivated in part by opposition to taxpayer-funded aid – Oxfam received nearly €36 million from the British government last year.The charity has unveiled an action plan to tackle sexual harassment and abuse and agreed not to bid for any more state funds until reforms were in place.“Oxfam has agreed to withdraw from bidding for any new UK government funding until the Department for International Development is satisfied that they can meet the high standards we expect of our partners,” aid minister Penny Mordaunt said.She said all the government’s charitable partners had been asked to give assurances on their safeguarding and reporting practices by 26 February.“We have been very clear that we will not work with any organisation that does not live up to the high standards on safeguarding and protection that we require,” Mordaunt said.Oxfam has been mired in scandal since revelations one week ago that staff used prostitutes while working in Haiti following a devastating 2010 earthquake.There have since been claims made about aid workers in Chad, Bangladesh, Nepal and the Philippines, and three Oxfam global ambassadors including South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu have quit their roles.Deputy chief executive Penny Lawrence resigned over the Haiti affair earlier this week and on Friday, Oxfam International’s executive director, Winnie Byanyima, said it would haunt the charity.“What happened in Haiti and afterwards is a stain on Oxfam that will shame us for years, and rightly so,” she told the BBC, adding: “From the bottom of my heart, I am asking for forgiveness.”‘Lies and exaggerations’Ministers have demanded Oxfam produce a plan on how to deal with any forthcoming allegations, that it report any staff members involved in the Haiti scandal and that it fully cooperate with the Haitian authorities.The aid group said it would create an independent commission with the power to access records and interview staff, and impose stricter controls on employees.It will also double the number of staff engaged in safeguarding and triple its funding in this area to more than €800,000 euros, while also increasing investment in gender training.Oxfam fired four staff members for gross misconduct and allowed three others to resign following an internal inquiry into what happened in Haiti in 2011.But it admitted on Thursday it had rehired one of those sacked just months later.Roland van Hauwermeiren, Oxfam’s director in Haiti at the time and one of the three who resigned from the charity, dismissed the allegations.“I have never been into a brothel, a nightclub or a bar in that country,” the 68-year-old Belgian said in a four-page letter published on the website of Belgian VTM News.“There were numerous men and women who tried to get into my house with all sorts of excuses to demand money, work, or to offer sexual services. But I never gave into these advances,” he said.Van Hauwermeiren, who has taken part in an internal inquiry at the British charity, said he told Oxfam he had engaged in “intimate relations some three times” at his home.“This was with an honourable, mature woman, who was not an earthquake victim nor a prostitute. And I did not give her any money,” he said, adding that he was, however, “deeply ashamed” of the liaison.© AFP 2018 Read: Oxfam Ireland to take the lead as global charity looks to remove ‘stain’ of sex scandalMore: Archbishop Desmond Tutu quits as Oxfam ambassador in wake of sex scandal 12,426 Views 14 Comments last_img read more

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I think there will be autonomous taxis driving in Ireland within 10

first_img By Fora Staff http://jrnl.ie/3435604 Image: Jason Clarke Photography ONE OF THE first attempts at introducing a precursor to the current generations of taxi apps in Dublin was a bit of a mess.In the early 2000s, mobile phones were coming into their own, and Noel Ebbs of City Cabs decided that these new devices could be an easier way of getting to customers quickly.The Dubliner struck a deal with Vodafone and Esat Digifone to use their network alongside some technology that the company had developed itself.The upshot was that when registered Global Taxi users sent a text to the company saying ‘TAXI’, the company was able to pinpoint where they were through the phone networks and send a cab to their location.That may seem a bit old hat now, but it was pretty advanced for the time. While the service proved popular at first, taking in thousands of booking for the company, people began to get paranoid.“I don’t know how it started, but we got calls coming in from people who thought we were following them,” Ebbs tells Fora. “After the text was sent we had no idea where they were, (but) I couldn’t convince people that we weren’t (following them).“It was an urban myth that got legs and that was it, over a matter of months the service died, it was shelved and just used by the deaf.”The Dublin-based company that Global Taxis morphed into, Lynk, would have better luck with technology, but it wasn’t a straightforward path for either the firm or for Ebbs. Lynk managing director Noel Ebbs Source: Fintan ClarkeShareholder at 16The now 55-year-old was interested in business from a young age, getting spare biscuits that had broken during packaging from a friendly Pat Quinn and then selling them door-to-door.By 16, Ebbs had finished school – after skipping a year “somewhere along the line” – and had built up some savings from his sales and from buying and selling stocks.He had worked part-time in a local bookmakers and asked the owners if he would be able to buy half of the store.Asked if he had an issue with sharing his business with a 16-year-old, Ebbs says: “His business wasn’t doing very well at the time, he was happy to have an investor.”Ebbs partnered with his mother to expand the business, opening two more stores before deciding to sell when he came under pressure from betting multinationals like Ladbrokes.“I had a young family by then. I took a year out to go back to college and study, and used the proceeds of the sale to maintain my family. I was driving a taxi at the time, and I realised that this was a place where I could do a lot of good,” he says.Ebbs started an eponymous taxi firm in the late 90s, which expanded to about 100 drivers by the early 2000s and was renamed City Cabs.After the attempt to introduce the text system failed, the company focused on its core area of corporate customers.It also started acquiring other small taxi firms with a few dozen drivers each, buying about 10 rival operators by 2009. In order to cope with the recession, the company synced up all of its now-disparate operations under another new name, Global Taxis.New techThe company also developed three different basic apps and web portals to take bookings from different clients, however Ebbs wanted to build something better that all of its customers could use.“Technology was moving fast and I realised that my limited knowledge wasn’t enough to do what we needed to do,” Ebbs says.“I wanted to develop a single sophisticated GPS-based app, and I realised I needed to pull a proper IT team together.”“The recession had hit at that stage and some of the brands that we’d acquired were struggling greatly, so we decided to shut down some of the offices and some of the brands like Global Private, which was a more limo-style service in luxury sedans.”The company weathered the recession and continued acquiring smaller rivals, such as 820 cabs, causing its fleet to swell to about 2,000 drivers by 2015. It then released its new taxi booking app to the public and re-branded all of its operations as Lynk taxis. Source: Carlton Screen/YouTubeLynk now has a fleet of cabs spread across Dublin and employs about 75 people on a full-time basis in its Dublin office in areas like marketing, admin, HR, and so on. Its drivers are all independent operators.Drivers register for the app and are free to switch it on and off as they please. However, the company looks to get professional, rather than causal, drivers to use its app, and those signing up have to do an in-person interview with Lynk to verify they are up to standard.Driver modelsThe firm operates a few different models. At its most basic ‘pay-per-job’ level, the firm takes a 10% cut of any fare booked through its app.The company also has a subscription model, where drivers pay €79 a week to be given access to bookings in all of the areas across Dublin that Lynk operates in.Alternatively, cabbies can also pay €59 a week to get access to bookings in a specific local area, such as in Tallaght-Clondalkin. The Lynk app Source: LynkAs part of both of the subscription offers, drivers keep the full fares that they take from general bookings, although they have to pay 10% for work booked through corporate accounts.While Lynk is only operational in Dublin at the moment, it is looking to move into Cork and Galway this year, followed by Limerick and Waterford next year.The firm has also been running beta tests in the UK, most successfully in Newcastle, where it says customers made thousands of bookings over a one-month period.The company is planning to launch in over half a dozen cities in the UK by the end of the year, with major centres such as London, Glasgow, Liverpool and Newcastle on the list.RiideThere were plans for a US launch in the near future, but while Ebbs says that the company is still looking to move across the Atlantic, this likely won’t happen until 2018 as the firm looks to focus on its UK debut.Lynk will partner with other companies for its UK rollout, which will use the Dublin firm’s app and operate under the name ‘Riide’. Ebbs sheepishly admits that the name ‘Riide’ likely wouldn’t be suitable for Ireland, where it will stay as ‘Lynk’.“We decided that the brand wouldn’t work here. In the US and the UK a ‘ride’ is a common way of saying (a journey), here we don’t,” he says.“My colleagues in the UK, when I tell them, think it’s very funny. In Ireland we are happy with Lynk.”While Uber has a presence in Ireland, it has been blocked so far from rolling out its flagship car-hailing product due to Irish rules regulating who can take paying passengers in private cars.This means that Lynk’s chief rival in Ireland is Mytaxi, formerly Hailo, which is part of the much-larger Daimler group and has run into some teething problems since its change of app and branding.Ebbs says that while the prices charged by the company’s are similar, Lynk tries to put an emphasis on local service. Hailo has become Mytaxi Source: Mytaxi“With our €59 subscription model, we promote a local feel. I believe that people should know their drivers, and we strongly encourage local drivers to get to know their local areas,” he says.Autonomous carsLynk is profitable, with its parent company making just over €300,000 last year to bring its accumulated profits to nearly €4 million. Ebbs says that the firm is now focused on continuing to expand by absorbing smaller operators.“We would like a larger share of the Dublin market,” he says.“Organic growth is a challenge because there are not a lot of new drivers coming into the market, but organic growth and mergers and acquisitions have worked for us for the last 20 years and will continue to work.”Looking further ahead, as the driverless car industry continues to grow, Ebbs sees semi-autonomous, and perhaps even fully autonomous, vehicles as the way forward in the taxi industry.“I think (autonomous cars) will happen in 10 years, we already have semi-autonomous cars, just not licensed as taxis,” he says.“I do think that we will have them (autonomous taxis) by 2027. The IFSC down to the Point would be a good run they could do, I could see them working there.”So does Ebbs think that the Irish public would be likely to immediately embrace autonomous taxis, or would they first reject them, as they did with his own attempt to introduce a text-location service?“I think that if Irish people see them abroad they would be more open to them; the legislation would be very difficult. To have autonomous cars mixing with cars manually driven by humans is a challenge.“I’m not sure how I feel about them, on the one hand it is exciting with the technology, on the other hand it is a huge threat to employment and drivers, so there are mixed feelings.”This article is part of our weekly series examining the nuts and bolts of businesses. If you would like to see your company featured please email news@fora.ie.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Fora.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 15 Comments Sunday 11 Jun 2017, 7:15 AM Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: 10,572 Views Image: Jason Clarke Photography Jun 11th 2017, 7:15 AM Share Tweet Email Take me to Fora Short URL ‘I think there will be autonomous taxis driving in Ireland within 10 years’ As part of our How My Business Works series, we profile Dublin-based taxi company Lynk.last_img read more

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Manger des insectes pour sauver la planète

first_imgManger des insectes pour sauver la planète ?Nombre d’experts s’accordent à penser que les Hommes devront dans quelques décennies changer radicalement leurs habitudes alimentaires afin de préserver l’environnement. Et selon une étude réalisée par des chercheurs néerlandais, les insectes pourraient bientôt remplacer la viande dans les rayons de nos supermarchés.Riches sources de protéines, les insectes ont également l’avantage d’être pauvres en graisses, et de ne rejeter que très peu de CO2. Alors que la menace du réchauffement climatique pèse sur la planète, la grande consommation de viande des Hommes inquiète les écologistes. Porc, poulet et viande bovine sont certes riches en protéines, mais ils sont aussi émetteurs de grandes quantités de méthane, un gaz à effet de serre beaucoup plus polluant que le dioxyde de carbone.À lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?”Le jour viendra où un Big Mac coûtera 120 euros et un Bug Mac 12 euros (bug signifie insecte en anglais), où les gens qui mangent des insectes seront plus nombreux que ceux qui mangent de la viande”, a alors assuré l’entomologiste Arnold van Huis lors d’une conférence donnée à l’université de Wageningen, et rapportée par Le Monde. Manger des insectes apparaît comme la meilleure alternative à la viande pour conserver une alimentation à la fois riche et respectueuse de l’environnement. Mais si tout le monde s’accorde sur cette idée, c’est une autre affaire lorsqu’il s’agit de passer à l’action. “Le problème est là. Les gens croient que c’est sale”, déplore Marcel Dicke, le chef du département d’entomologie de l’université de Wageningen. Mais “nous devons manger moins de viande ou trouver une alternative”, insiste le chercheur qui assure manger régulièrement des insectes.En outre, alors que l’agence de l’Onu pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture (FAO) évalue à 9 milliards le nombre d’habitants de la planète en 2050, les terres agricoles ne pourront plus suffire à assurer la consommation de viande de la population. Or dix kilos de végétaux permettraient de produire six à huit kilos d’insectes, contre seulement un kilo de viande.Le 20 janvier 2011 à 16:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Nintendo Switch Preview Tour Starts in January

first_imgStay on target The Nintendo Switch will be released in March 2017, but folks from a few select cities will be able to play the system for themselves before that. Nintendo has just announced that it will launch a Switch Preview tour across North America starting in January. This will be the first time that the public and journalists will be able to get hands-on time with the system.The tour starts on January 13 in New York City and ends on March 5 in Los Angeles. Those in attendance will get to play select Switch games in a variety of different settings. Since the Switch is both a handheld device and a console, the event will let attendees try out both configurations.Below, you’ll find each of the cities that are part of the tour. The first two days of each stop are invite-only, but the third day is open to the public. Space is limited and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.New York – January 13-15Toronto – January 27-29Washington, D.C. – February 10-12Chicago – February 17-19San Francisco – February 24-26Los Angeles – March 3-5In addition to these tour stops, the Switch will be playable at PAX South in San Antonio (Jan 27-29), PAX East in Boston (March 10-12), and at SXSW in Austin, Texas (March 16-18). If you miss your chance to play the Switch during the tour, you can try your luck at one of these events. I stress “try your luck” as lines to play the upcoming system will no doubt be long.We’ve been flooded with news and rumors about the Nintendo Switch for what seems like ages, so it’s great that people will actually get to play it before the official launch. With the Switch coming out in just a few short months, a nationwide tour and appearances at select conventions is a fantastic way of letting the public know about the system.Before the tour starts, Nintendo will hold a special Switch-centric Nintendo Direct on January 12 where we’ll learn more about the system’s launch games and specs. ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President last_img read more

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Alaskas Minimum Wage Will Increase 5 Cents In January

first_imgThe current minimum wage is $9.84 through December 31, 2017. According to Beaty, all actual hours worked in a pay period multiplied by the Alaska minimum wage is the very least an employee can be compensated by an employer. Tips are not part of the equation. The minimum wage will rise from $9.84 to $9.89 effective January 1, 2019. By law, Alaska’s minimum wage must remain at least $1 per hour over the federal minimum wage. Heather Beaty with the State Department of Labor and Workforce Development: “This increase will affect anyone who is working for minimum wage, and this modest increase will help protect minimum wage workers and their families over inflation over time.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska’s minimum wage will see a 5 cent increase as of January 1, 2019, for all workers, regardless of whether their pay is calculated by time, or commission.last_img read more

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Hearings start on fighter jets coming to Eielson

first_imgDownload AudioLocal hearings are happening this week on the planned basing of 54 F-35 fighter jets at Eielson Air Force Base.  The sessions, in North Pole, Delta and Fairbanks, provide opportunity to comment on a draft Environmental Impact Statement on the basing plan.last_img

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New theory suggests some black holes might predate the Big Bang

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Cosmologists Alan Coley from Canada’s Dalhousie University and Bernard Carr from Queen Mary University in London, have published a paper on arXiv, where they suggest that some so-called primordial black holes might have been created in the Big Crunch that came before the Big Bang, which lends support to the theory that the Big Bang was not a single event, but one that occurs over and over again as the universe crunches down to a single point, then blows up again, over and over. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The idea is based on the fact that the Earth, and the rest of the known universe is occasionally bombarded with unexplained bursts of gamma rays; something that could, according to Coley and Carr, be the result of primordial black holes running out of energy and disintegrating.Primordial black holes are thought to be of a different type than the regular kind that are formed when a supernova occurs, leaving a void that is filled by the entity that is commonly known as a black hole. Many theorists support the notion that there does exist other types of black holes that were formed in the first “moments” after the Big Bang; black holes that would be smaller and created by the energy of the Big Bang itself. In this new theory, however, Coley and Carr suggest that some of these black holes, if they do actually exist, might have been created by the collapsing universe as part of the Big Crunch, and then somehow escaped being pulled into the pinpoint singularity comprised of everything else. And then, after the Big Bang, they simply assimilated with the newly formed universe. One problem they agree on is that it would likely be impossible to tell the difference between pre and post Big Bang primordial black holes.It’s all purely speculation of course, as no one has ever actually seen a primordial black hole, or even offered much proof that they exist, but it does raise very difficult questions; ones that are impossible for scientists much less casual observers to answer. Questions such as, if the universe contracts, then blows up, over and over, has this gone on forever? Or is it possible that our view of the universe is so limited that we’re only seeing one tiny fraction of it, and thus, any theories or explanations we offer, are little more than guesses. And finally, maybe the hardest one of all; is it possible that the universe actually goes on forever; that it has no boundaries or borders? Which would mean the Big Bang was actually little more than one tiny event going on in one small part of an endless expanse.It’s possible that no matter how long we as a people survive, we’ll never really know the answers to such questions, which might in the end mean, we’ll just have to take our theories on faith. Citation: New theory suggests some black holes might predate the Big Bang (2011, May 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-theory-black-holes-predate-big.html An artist’s rendering of the M87 black hole. Image credit: Gemini Observatory/AURA/Lynette Cook. More information: Persistence of black holes through a cosmological bounce, B. J. Carr, A.A. Coley, arXiv:1104.3796v1 [astro-ph.CO] arxiv.org/abs/1104.3796AbstractWe discuss whether black holes could persist in a universe which recollapses and then bounces into a new expansion phase. Whether the bounce is of classical or quantum gravitational origin, such cosmological models are of great current interest. In particular, we investigate the mass range in which black holes might survive a bounce and ways of differentiating observationally between black holes formed just after and just before the last bounce. We also discuss the consequences of the universe going through a sequence of dimensional changes as it passes through a bounce. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Scientists glimpse universe before the Big Bang Explore furtherlast_img read more

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first_img News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more October 27, 2008 – INFINITT North America released a 3D-visualization and analysis tool that uses volume rendering and other post-processing techniques to improve nodule detection and clinicians’ workflow in lung cancer screening, diagnosis, presurgical planning and treatment evaluation.INFINITT developed the Xelis line of products as software modules that can be fully-integrated with INFINITT’s web-based PACS, providing fast data loading, visualization of large-volume data sets and web-based access from any Internet-connected PC.Xelis-Lung Solution improves utilization of MDCT (multi-row detector Computed Tomography) data and offers automated nodule detection for both solid and GGO (Ground Glass Opacity) -type nodules. It provides automatic 3D nodule volume measurements and other key statistics useful in nodule classification. The system provides three viewing modes: one for manual-detected nodule review followed by manual-detected nodule review followed by auto-detected review, and one for concurrent manual and automatic detection review. Additional features that are designed to enhance radiologist workflow and ensure accurate diagnosis include the ability to select from various viewing layouts, an easy-to-use segmentation tool, the ability to insert annotations or label each nodule, and automatic job-save to store the working context. For more information: www.infinittna.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more News | October 26, 2008 Web-based PACS Adds Lung Solution, 3D, Analysis Software Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read morelast_img read more

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first_img Image courtesy of NinePoint Medical The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 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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She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 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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News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more September 30, 2009 – The Society of Interventional Radiology presents Catheter Lysis of Thromboembolic Stroke (CLOTS) — an intensive five-day course featuring top interventional radiologists, neurointerventionists, neurologists and neuroradiologists offering doctors the opportunity to gain and/or upgrade skills to incorporate acute ischemic stroke care into their practice. The course, to be held Dec. 6 – 10, 2009, in Dallas, Texas, incorporates lectures, panel discussions, teaching files, case scenarios and hands-on interaction with flow models. It is designed specifically for doctors with Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education training and experience in neuroimaging, catheter-directed cerebral angiography and subselective endovascular catheter-directed therapy. The course will be useful for well-trained specialists, including interventional radiologists, neuroradiologists, neurointerventionists, body interventionalists and—in particular—interventional radiology and neurointerventional fellows.“The Society of Interventional Radiology has assembled a large group of stroke experts to teach the medical management of stroke patients, cerebral imaging, interventional techniques of revascularization and the stroke team concept,” said Carl M. Black, M.D., an interventional radiologist/neuroradiologist at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo. Many topics will be covered including the pathophysiology of ischemic stroke, neurological examination/NIH stroke scale, extensive aspects of neuroimaging, screening for stroke, stroke risk factor management, patient selection (imaging criteria), drugs used in interventional therapy, the nuts and bolts of setting up a stroke center and the role and timing of rehabilitation, said Black.After completing the course, attendees should be able to describe the recent developments in acute stroke therapy and interventions, discuss essential elements of multidisciplinary stroke team development, analyze imaging modalities used in evaluation of acute ischemic stroke, describe intra-arterial techniques for treatment of acute ischemic stroke and demonstrate knowledge of guide catheters, microcatheters, pharmaceuticals and infusion systems. Participants will review teaching cases that will be posted on the SIR Web site, and attendees will have the opportunity to take written and practical exams on completion of this course to assess knowledge of basic principles that were covered.Besides Black, CLOTS program coordinators include Kieran J. Murphy, M.D., FSIR, interventional neuroradiology, University of Toronto, Canada; John W. Cole, M.D., M.S., vascular neurology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore; and David Sacks, M.D., FSIR, interventional radiology, Reading Hospital and Medical Center, West Reading, Pa.Steering Committee members include J.J. “Buddy” Connors, M.D., FSIR, interventional neuroradiology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn.; Rishi Gupta, M.D., interventional neurology, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio; Howard A. Rowley, M.D., neuroradiology/neurology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, and secretary of the American Society of Neuroradiology; M.J. “Bernie” Stallmeyer, M.D., Ph.D., interventional neuroradiology, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, Lafayette, La.; and Joan Wojak, M.D., interventional neuroradiology, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, Lafayette, La.For more information: www.SIRweb.org/CLOTS FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 14, 2019 FDA Clears NvisionVLE Imaging System for Pancreatic and Biliary Applications August 14, 2019 — NinePoint Medical Inc. announced it has received U.S. read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more center_img Related Content Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 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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St Lukes University Health Network Chooses Ambra Health for Image Exchange

first_img News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more November 18, 2016 — Ambra Health and St. Luke’s University Health Network recently announced a new partnership that offers patients a streamlined method of image viewing and exchange.St. Luke’s University Health Network is a non-profit, fully integrated, nationally recognized network that provides services at seven hospitals and more than 200 sites throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. With over 61,000 annual patient admissions, 1,341 physicians and 229,000 annual emergency room visits, medical image exchange throughout the wide network is an enormous part of successful data management and patient care at St. Luke’s.Chad Brisendine, chief information officer at St Luke’s University Health Network, said, “When looking for cloud image management vendors, it was very important to us that the organization had worked with enterprise systems before. Ambra was a best-of-breed cloud image management vendor and had the experience that we were looking for.”Historically, medical images had been provided to patients and referring physicians on CDs — a costly and time-consuming process as patients needed to schedule a pick-time for their images and travel in-person to the patient records office. In addition, with the rise of 3-D mammography, DVD copies, which can take well over an hour to create, added to patient wait time and higher costs for the facility. Today, with Ambra Health, CDs and DVDs are being phased out and medical image upload time through the cloud takes less than three minutes. Secure, electronic sharing of images provides a simple alternative to image distribution via CD and offers significant benefits to both care providers and patients. Once a patient shares medical images with St. Luke’s, they are given the ability to create an account to store medical images in a personal health record.Ambra’s image sharing and automated routing capabilities transform efficiency and the speed of image transfer in trauma situations, second opinion collaboration, and referrals as well as enabling patient uploads. In trauma and critical care situations, Ambra Health said it has greatly sped time-to-care delivery by sending imaging through the web and enabling life-saving data to be in a physician’s hands even before the patient arrives. For more information: www.ambrahealth.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Building the Right Team for Success in the Consolidated Enterprise – Part 2Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:52Loaded: 1.65%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:52 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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Arenal Report

first_imgThe family ofYepi and Rober Sibaja, who died in a landslide Oct. 8, hosted a memorial luncheon after Mass at the Nuevo Arenal Catholic Church Oct. 20. They wished to thank everyone who participated in the heroic effort to rescue Yepi and his son Rober. Yepi’s brother Elkin addressed several hundred people who overflowed the capacity of the church by half.He cited the overwhelming response of the Gringo community, volunteers who prepared and brought food and drink to the scene, police, emergency medical services, fire department, MOPT, Conavi, and all of the Ticos who left their homes and places of work immediately to help. Beautiful memorial cards featuring photos of Yepi and Rober were given to everyone in remembrance of them.The Ladies of the Lake October meeting was hosted by Lee and Lahny McCray at their home. The Christmas Bazaar projects are progressing well. Anyone who would like information on how to be a vendor at the Bazaar should contact Ruth Fountaine at lol4thchristmasbazaar.com. Space is limited, so don’t delay in making your reservation.The Lake Arenal Garden Club will meet at Denyce Parnell’s home at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 7. Denyce is known for her collection of exotic plants, and will conduct a tour of her extensive garden walkways, which feature statuary from several Asian countries.Patrick Hughes, owner of Nuevo Arenal’s Sunset Grill restaurant, has confirmed the restaurant is closed. A gathering place for Gringos and Ticos alike, its famously well-stocked bar (Absinthe, anyone?) made the Sunset a popular watering hole for relaxation. The Boca Bar on NFL football nights provided fans with good eats throughout the season.The Sunset Grill also was home to Sushi Master Oz, whose delectable creations delighted the palates of Arenal’s sushi aficionadas. Devotees of his specialty are hopeful that he will remain in the Arenal area after his return from the U.S.Thanks to Jane Avery for providing information on Ladies of the Lake.-William & Jean Priestjean-pri@comcast.net Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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Environment Ministry reports spike in illegal tours to Arenal Volcanos summit

first_imgEnvironment Ministry (MINAE) officials have reported an increase in the unauthorized entry of tourists to restricted areas ofArenal Volcano National Park, one of Costa Rica’s most popular destinations.Visitors are not allowed within an established perimeter that averages 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from the crater. The measure aims to protect visitors from both volcanic activity and rough terrain.Park administrators said that unlicensed tour guides are increasingly promoting hiking tours to the volcano’s cone, which poses a severe risk for tourists.At riskMINAE officials explained in a news release that because the area around the volcanic cone is not an authorized tourist site, it does not have any infrastructure for visitors. The restricted area lacks tourist trails or proper demarcation, and it includes very steep slopes.“The accumulation of material from the volcano makes the slopes unstable and prone to landslides,” the MINAE report states.Eliécer Duarte, a volcanologist with the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI), told The Tico Times that for the most part, Arenal has been quiet for the past seven years. However, the areas close to the crater still maintain high temperatures and gas spewings.“Temperatures at fumaroles near the crater can reach some 200 degrees Celsius (392 ° F),” he said.Duarte said the biggest risk for those trying to reach the summit are rocks that fall from the sides of the volcano.“We’ve seen falling rocks the size of a house. Some of them measure 13 by 35 meters (42 x 115 feet),” he said.Both the ascent and descent from the cone demand great physical preparation, as each trip represents a four-hour walk on very inhospitable terrain, Duarte said. The terrain’s topography, the dense vegetation and even weather conditions are a significant challenge for many.Ongoing problemMINAE prohibited entrance to the restricted area in 1998. Today, access is allowed only for scientists, as well as staff from MINAE and the ministry’s National System of Conservation Areas.However, Duarte said OVSICORI staff frequently see groups of people walking inside the restricted area and hiking on the volcano’s slopes.“At nights, they look like fireflies. You can see them moving in lines from nearby areas, and even from the roads,” Duarte said.He said unlicensed tour guides are organizing many of these trips.“They are usually near bus stations and other tourist sites. They approach tourists and offer to take them to the crater and other restricted areas,” he said.Many of them also promote their trips on websites and Facebook profiles and then agree on a meeting point.“These so-call guides and their businesses are also hurting the park’s finances, as these people do not pay entrance tickets,” Duarte said.Wilson Barrantes, Regional Director of the Arenal Huetar Conservation Area, told The Tico Times that area officials have witnessed a spike in the illegal entrance of visitors to Arenal.“They are entering areas strictly devoted to conservation, not to visitation, but some people just care about profiting from the park’s resources,” he said.Prison timeBarrantes said the conservation area is increasing surveillance, and noted that National Police or Tourism Police officers will immediately evict anyone found inside a restricted area.They also will file a disobedience of authority complaint against those responsible for illegally taking people into a banned area.According to Costa Rica’s Criminal Code, those found guilty of such a charge could face prison sentences ranging from six months to three years.Barrantes said taking people to the restricted areas is highly irresponsible and “represents a huge risk, as it would take a lot of time and effort for a rescue team to reach and transport someone who is hurt.”He called on visitors to the area to enter the park only at authorized entrances.There are two official trails that explore Arenal National Park: Coladas and Ceibas. The park administration plans to open a third trail, La Península, next weekend, Barrantes said on Tuesday.“The new trail has big common areas, new viewpoints and essential services, all following accessibility standards,” Barrantes said.Recommended: La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano, and the Northern Plains Facebook Comments Related posts:Unlicensed guides are risking tourists’ lives by taking them too close to Costa Rica’s active volcanoes Gas, vapor at Poás Volcano prompts preventive measures UPDATE: Poás Volcano eruption prompts temporary closure of national park National Police announce operation to combat crime wave in Costa Rica’s Northern Zonelast_img read more

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Australian consumers and travel agents invited

first_imgAdventure Canada – Greenland – photo credit Michelle ValbergAustralian consumers and travel agents invitedGrowing demand in Australia for expedition travel to the Arctic has paved the way for the most extensive trade visit yet here this March by eco cruise company, Adventure Canada, which this year enters its fourth decade of offering its award-winning expedition cruises to some of the world’s wildest and most remote destinations.Adventure Canada Expedition Leader and Business Development Director, Matthew James (MJ) Swan – the son of the company’s founder, Matthew Swan – will meet hundreds of travel and cruise agents in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia from March 5-16, 2018, as part of the Ontario-based company’s biggest ever promotional tour to Australia to meet growing demand for authentic wilderness experiences in the Canadian Arctic and beyond.Consumers, travel agents – and their clients – in Sydney, Brisbane and Gold Coast are invited to attend one of five information sessions with MJ Swan.First visiting the Arctic at the age of two, MJ now has more than 50 Arctic journeys under his belt and will share his incredible experiences and Adventure Canada’s biggest-ever program in 2019 with agents and their clients on March 13.Since its birth as a family-owned, expedition cruise line in 1987, Adventure Canada has operated increasingly popular cruises, including complimentary zodiac excursions, to the Canadian Arctic, Greenland, Newfoundland and the famed Northwest Passage. In the 2018 program, Iceland and Scotland was added to the company’s wilderness destinations as part of its summer program aboard the 198-passenger, ice-class ship, Ocean Endeavour, from June to October. And 2019 will see the remote corners of Ireland added to the program for the first time.Agents invited to RSVP to information sessionsTo register for one of the information events in Sydney on March 13, Brisbane on March 5 and Gold Coast on March 6, which will be hosted by Adventure Canada’s Australian representatives, Cruise Traveller, and include light refreshments and exclusive offers for consumers on the day, visit www.cruisetraveller.com.au/AdventureCanadaSeminars to register or email seminars@cruisetraveller.com.au with any questions.“Our life-changing expedition cruises to the Arctic are all about engagement, education, enlightenment and entertainment – all delivered with snowballs of humour – so our March information sessions will be the same, with agents and adventure-seeking travellers able to see how our unique voyages to wild, untouched places open people’s eyes, hearts and minds,” said Mr Swan.“Our business from Australia has been growing every year since Cruise Traveller partnered with us five years ago and the two main reasons why Aussies want to explore the Arctic is to see polar bears in the wild and to meet the indigenous Inuit people who make the Arctic their home,” he said. “The close relationships we have forged with the Inuit people of the Arctic sets us apart and we look forward to showing Australians how we can immerse them in one of the planet’s most inspiring and pristine environments and how we work to keep these places so magical.”Mr Swan said he had committed himself to progressing his father’s trailblazing work in sustainable tourism in the Arctic – work that saw his dad honoured with a Canadian Tourism Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.“We visit very special places on our expeditions and we find we attract very special people who want to expand their horizons and their understanding of the world and those are the types of people we hope will join us at our information sessions in March,” he said.Craig Bowen, the Managing Director of Cruise Traveller, which represents Adventure Canada in Australia, said: “The power of hearing first hand from those who actually lead expeditions can’t be overestimated. It adds a level of excitement and understanding that a brochure or website just can’t replicate.  We have seen it time and time again over the years – these information sessions deliver sales. This is why we are thrilled to facilitate MJ’s Australian visit!”To register for the free agent and client information sessions on March 13 (Sydney); March 5 (Brisbane); and March 6 (Gold Coast), visit www.cruisetraveller.com.au/AdventureCanadaSeminarsThe five info seminars:Sydney (CBD)  Tuesday, March 13 – 2pm to 4pm;   AND  6pm to 8pmBrisbane (CBD)  Monday March 5 – 10am to 12noon;  AND  6pm to 8pmGold Coast (Main Beach) Tuesday March  6 – 10am to 12noon onlySource = Adventure Canadalast_img read more

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