first_imgCHURCHILL, Man. – Residents of Churchill are devastated after learning efforts to restore rail service to the northern Manitoba town have fallen apart.Hudson Bay Railway said talks broke down on Tuesday after months of negotiation to transfer ownership of the crippled rail line — the community’s sole land link — to a consortium of northern communities.The railway, owned by Denver-based Omnitrax, would only say a sale to the consortium may no longer be possible.“Despite our best efforts to find common ground on certain key issues, it now appears that this transaction has fallen apart,” the company said in a statement. “This outcome is unexpected and very unfortunate. We offer our apologies to all those who depend on the line.”That was cold comfort for Rhoda de Meulles, who owns the local hardware store with her husband and can’t afford to keep flying in supplies.“We are not going to make it,” she said.“This town can’t do it,” Dale de Meulles added.The rail line was damaged by severe flooding more than a year ago and Omnitrax has said it cannot afford the repairs. Since then, goods and people have had to be flown into the subarctic community at much higher cost.Federal regulators ruled last month that the Hudson Bay Railway has a legal obligation to fix and maintain the line, although the company has said it will appeal the decision.Christian Sinclair, chief of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation and co-chair of the One North consortium negotiating to take ownership of the rail line, said he was completely surprised by Hudson Bay Railway’s statement.“We were caught by surprise and we are still working together as a consortium to get a deal done here.”Churchill Mayor Mike Spence and Sinclair later put out a brief statement saying the “buying group is united.”“We remain at the table and we fully support the efforts to conclude a reasonable deal.”Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, who was in Churchill on Tuesday, declined an interview request, but his office issued a statement saying Canada will find a solution.“This situation has had significant impacts to the town of Churchill and the communities along the line,” the statement said.Repairs to the railway must start within two weeks if they are to be completed before winter, the de Meulles said. Without the rail, they will have to order a year’s worth of supplies to be brought in by a cargo ship from Quebec.It has meant costs for packaging and shipping are completely unsustainable, they said. But locking the door for good, will be the very last option.“Our life is Churchill,” Dale de Meulles said.“To us, it’s one day at a time and that’s how we operate now, one day at a time,” his wife said. “We see what happens from there.”— With files from Steve Lambert in WinnipegNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misspelled the last name of Rhoda de Meulles.last_img read more

CALGARY — TransCanada has shut down its Keystone pipeline while it investigates an oil spill in South Dakota, the company said Monday.Mark Cooper, a spokesman for TransCanada, said a local landowner noticed signs of an oil spill around noon local time Saturday and informed the company.The pipeline, which carries about 500,000 barrels of oil a day, was shut down in minutes, Cooper said.TransCanada Corp to face just one Energy East injunctionTransCanada Corp upgraded as earnings to become less cyclical“As soon as we got that report in we immediately began efforts to shut down the pipeline and crews were immediately dispatched to the site,” Cooper said.He said it was difficult to determine precisely how much oil was spilled, though the company said it covered a “small surface area” with no significant impact to the environment observed. The company continues to investigate the source of the spill, he added.The spill was found about six kilometres from TransCanada’s Freeman pump station, which sits roughly 60 km southwest of Sioux Falls, S.D.The company said it has notified landowners and local agencies in the area as well as regulatory agencies including the National Response Center and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.The Keystone pipeline carries oil from Hardisty, Alta., east through to Manitoba before it turns south to markets in the American Midwest and U.S. Gulf Coast.TransCanada said it has notified customers that the pipeline running from Hardisty to Cushing, Okla., and to terminals in Illinois would remain shut until at least Friday, while the Gulf Coast extension of the pipeline remains active.The incident comes as TransCanada continues to push forward its proposed 4,600-kilometre Energy East Pipeline that would ship Alberta crude to New Brunswick.The company hit a major setback in its pipeline expansion plans when U.S. President Barack Obama rejected its proposed Keystone XL pipeline last November.Environmental groups had opposed the pipeline, which would have run from Hardisty to Nebraska, both because it would allow increased exports of oilsands crude and because of potential spills. read more

“This Conference must be different than those which preceded it,” the Secretary-General told the inaugural ceremony of the Third UN Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDCs). He said the gathering must produce an agreement not only on goals to be attained but also on the mechanisms needed to reach them, and to measure progress along the way. Later, opening a special event focused on the challenge of eradicating poverty for sustainable development, Mr. Annan stressed the role of trade in achieving this end. He pointed out that “more than any other group of countries, the Least Developed need open markets in which their goods can compete.”The Secretary-General emphasized that the benefits of open markets would accrue to all States, not only the poorest ones. Consumers in more fortunate countries would benefit from wider choices and lower prices, while industries would benefit from competition, he noted.Lauding Europe’s “everything but arms” initiative — which will give full duty and quota-free access to the continent’s markets for all products from the least developed States, other than weapons — the Secretary-General urged other countries to follow suit. He called for a new “development round” of trade negotiations which would aim to eliminate all tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade in agricultural goods, textiles and other products of special interest to the LDCs.In addition to trade measures, the Secretary-General also advocated debt relief, while urging developed countries to meet their stated target of devoting 0.7 per cent of gross national product to development aid.”I urge all developed countries to meet the 0.7 per cent target — and within that, to allocate at least 0.15 per cent of their gross national product to helping the LDCs, as they promised to do at the last LDC conference in Paris, 10 years ago,” Mr. Annan said. He called on those present to ensure “that this Conference, unlike its predecessors, marks a real turning-point in the everyday life of poor people in the poorest countries.” Later in the day, the Secretary-General told the participants of a forum of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), which is running parallel to the Conference, that they were “fighting the battle for human dignity against poverty, ignorance and disease every day.”He expressed support for the proposed “Jubilee 2010” campaign aimed at encouraging open markets in the manner that the Jubilee 2000 campaign had focused on debt cancellation. “I urge you to bring your wonderful energies and campaigning skills to bear on this issue,” Mr. Annan said.Also today, the Secretary-General attended a number of diplomatic functions and held discussions in the margins of the Conference. According to a spokesman for Mr. Annan, during a midday meeting with French President Jacques Chirac, the two leaders discussed the “worrying” situation in West Africa, especially the current conflict involving Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. They also touched on the “encouraging” trends in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as the latest efforts to fight the AIDS, the spokesman said. read more

The team, comprising a military adviser and a security coordinator, arrived in Baghdad today with the primary purpose of liasing with the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) and the coalition forces, spokesman Stephane Dujarric said at a press briefing.”This is very important in achieving enhanced safety and security for our local United Nations personnel, as well as that of UN premises,” he said.He added that the opening of a direct line of communication with the coalition on security matters “is necessary for the planning for the safety and security of UN personnel, activities and assets in Iraq and for an eventual return of UN international staff to Iraq.”A separate field security assessment will be needed should Secretary-General Kofi Annan decide to send in an electoral team, Mr. Dujarric noted. In talks on Monday, Iraqi and coalition officials asked the Secretary-General to consider dispatching an advisory team to Iraq to examine the feasibility of elections – as well as possible alternatives – before the handover of sovereignty at the end of June.In other news, the spokesman also confirmed that Ambassador Robert Blackwell of the United States National Security Council had invited UN Special Adviser Lakhdar Brahimi for consultations Thursday in Washington.The meeting, which took place in the White House and included National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of State Colin Powell, focused on Iraq and Afghanistan, Mr. Dujarric said.He added that, as a senior adviser to the Secretary-General on peace and security issues, it was only normal for Mr. Brahimi to be consulted on Iraq, one of the most pressing international concerns.Noting Mr. Brahimi’s unique mix of talent and experience, the spokesman said it was unsurprising that his views were sought, but added that he has not been offered the job of UN Special Representative for Iraq. As an Adviser, Mr. Brahimi will be based in New York. read more

“If the present trend continues, this month could set a new record for the number of arrivals,” Ron Redmond, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told a press briefing in Geneva.“These are desperate people – mainly Somalis but also large numbers of Ethiopians – who are fleeing insecurity and poverty. For a fee of $40 each, they are crammed into rickety, open fishing vessels. Many making the hazardous voyage will not survive,” he said.Those arriving on Wednesday reported that two male passengers had drowned when they were forced overboard while still in deep water. Four were reported to have drowned from the first boat to arrive this season in early September, according to UNHCR.The smugglers are operating from the commercial port of Bossasso in Puntland, a self-declared autonomous area of north-east Somalia, over 300 kilometres from Yemen. “UNHCR has worked in the region to inform people about the dangers and has called on the international community to press authorities in Puntland to crack down on smugglers,” said Mr. Redmond, noting that “hundreds die before reaching shore each year.”The agency has also asked donors to back international efforts to help in Puntland, “where living conditions encourage acts like sailing to Yemen,” he added.There are currently more than 88,000 registered refugees in Yemen, of whom 84,000 are Somalis. UNHCR operates a reception centre and camp in Yemen. read more

The stars of Europe’s top handball competitions will be playing with a new official ball from the start of the 2016/17 season following the signing of a four-year agreement by the EHF and EHF Marketing GmbH with SELECT SPORT.The deal, which begins on 1 July 2016, will see the Danish company providing the official match ball for all EHF competitions including the VELUX EHF Champions League, WOMEN’S EHF Champions League, Men’s and Women’s EHF Cup as well as the EHF’s flagship national team competition, the EHF European Championships.A new and exclusive ball design will be presented for each competition on an annual basis for the duration of the contract. SELECT will offer the official match ball and replica versions for sale via leading sports retailers worldwide.sele“SELECT has a long history in handball and a real passion for the sport, which is reflected in the quality of its products. This new partnership will offer not only the best possible playing conditions in top competitions but also the opportunity in the coming years for further product development and innovation on the handball market.”SELECT CEO Peter Knap added: “At SELECT we have been developing balls for more than 65 years so we have a solid head start when it comes to ensuring quality in new solutions. SELECT’s 32-panel handball is still the best in terms of bounce, balance and perfect grip. At SELECT we have a deep understanding of the very nature of the sport which enables us to create the best professional solutions. We are thrilled with the agreement and look forward to our cooperation with the EHF.”SELECT – The Players’ ChoiceThe new SELECT match ball is made of extremely hardwearing synthetic leather material. A patented zero-wing bladder inside the ball ensures optimal roundness and specially developed foam gives the EHF match ball an extremely soft feel and great fit in the hand. The ball is light and lively, but above all its constant balance ensures that there are no random bounces. In the best tradition of SELECT, all match balls are all hand-sewn. ← Previous Story ROMANIAN HANDBALL TRAGEDY: Three died, 11 injured in traffic accident Next Story → DIRECT LINE SKOPJE – VELENJE: RK Gorenje sign Matjaž Brumen DohaEHFKatar read more

first_imgThere was a lot of Apple news last week and most of the attention was focused, understandably on OS X Lion, the new MacBook Air, and on the Mac mini. Also, the company’s LED Cinema display became the Thunderbolt display, Apple’s top-of-the-line 27-inch offering. Still priced at a hefty $999 the addition of Thunderbolt to the display didn’t seem like a particularly big deal, but there was more to this update than a move to a different input.The things to know about the new Thunderbolt display is that it has three USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 800, ethernet, and a Thunderbolt port on-board. That’s a pretty extensive setup for a monitor, a peripheral that usually, at best, has a card reader built-in. Also it will only work with a Thunderbolt-enabled Mac.AdChoices广告And that’s when things get interesting–Thunderbolt is a two-way 10Gb/s (very fast connection) which means that while the computer is outputting to the display it can take in high-speed internet and USB (etc.). Then peripherals can be daisy-chained to the monitor, which means that additional displays, storage, and other devices can be added on.The display get’s really interesting when combined with the MacBook Air, a computer that has been dinged for not having enough I/O ports. But now if you use the computer’s single Thunderbolt port to connect to Apple’s display you’ll have a full-fledged system, practically an iMac or MacBook Pro. Unfortunately you’ll still be a bit short on graphics power as Apple didn’t include graphics in the dock, like Sony did with the new Vaio Z laptop, but just about about everything else is taken care of.The use of external graphics combined with the Air’s Core i5/i7 processing could have been really impressive and would have helped justify the price of the display, but it’s wasn’t in the cards just yet. The inclusion of graphics would also help out the new Mac mini, but wouldn’t be much help for MacBook Pro owners less if the external graphics could override or combine with the laptop’s discrete solution.As a related issue, it’s been pointed out that the Thunderbolt display’s capabilities means that it would be possible for Apple to ditch the expensive LCD panel and simply turn the guts of the product into a converter or dock for Thunderbolt. It could be substantially cheaper than the display version and it could make the MacBook’s slightly more business friendly (because business buyers love docks, even if they don’t love OS X).So what Apple did was make a better display for their notebooks. To do this they make a (somewhat) bold move by not allowing it to work with non-Thunderbolt computers, including older MacBooks. Ultimately it’s a rather expensive solution to a problem, but users should find it to be a nice combination of portability and desktop power. Apple probably won’t ever include a Thunderbolt display with on-board graphics (it doesn’t seem very Apple-y does it?) but Thunderbolt/Light Peak can do it and the change could make the MacBook Air a viable system for many more people.last_img read more

first_imgUne ourse s’échappe de la réserve africaine de Sigean dans le sud de la FranceLes responsables de la réserve africaine de Sigean situés dans l’Aude ont annoncé ce week-end que l’une de leurs ourses manquait à l’appel. C’est un homme qui a aperçu l’animal qui a donné l’alerte. L’avis de recherche est lancé depuis dimanche après-midi. Le fugitif : une ourse de 130 kilos. L’animal est un pensionnaire de la réserve africaine de Sigean située dans l’Aude dans le sud de la France. Mais ce week-end, la femelle s’est fait la belle en toute discrétion, sans que quiconque ne s’en apercevoir à la réserve. C’est un homme, Matthieu Burnel, directeur de l’école Narbonne Kite Surf qui a donné l’alerte. Dimanche en début d’après-midi, alors qu’il pratiquait le kite-surf, il a aperçu au loin derrière sa voile, une masse sombre, se déplaçant. Il n’a alors pas mis longtemps à reconnaitre qu’il s’agissait d’un ours et à sortir son smartphone pour photographier la bête. “C’était excitant ! Un vrai safari ! Nous avons vu très nettement les empreintes de ses pattes dans la vase. Il était pépère…Il nous a vus et a passé son chemin”, témoignel’homme cité par l’Independant. Celui-ci a ensuite rapidement appelé les gendarmes.Moins de deux heures plus tard, les gendarmes ont reçu de nouveaux appels cette fois-ci de promeneurs près de Gruissan, à une quinzaine de kilomètres plus loin, a précisé la préfecture de l’Aude. Mais ils ignoraient s’il s’agissait du même animal ou d’un second. Entre temps, l’enquête avait déjà démarré et s’était rapidement tournée vers la réserve africaine de Sigean. En effectuant le compte des animaux, les responsables ont alors constaté qu’il leur manquait bel et bien une ourse, Viviane de son petit nom. Une ourse passée sous la clôture ? La femelle est une ourse du Tibet qui peut mesurer jusqu’à 1,80 m dressée sur ses pattes arrières. Elle possède un pelage noir mais un dessin de poils blancs en forme de V caractéristique sur la poitrine. Si les circonstances de sa fuite restent floues, l’animal pourrait être passée sous la clôture du parc à ours abimée par une inondation survenue en mars 2013. “Nous avons constaté samedi qu’une des grilles protégeant le soubassement de la clôture était soulevée et nous l’avons réparée dans la demi-heure, mais peut-être est-elle passée là pendant ce laps de temps”, estime le président de la réserve africaine Jean-Jacques Boisard cité par l’AFP. En voyant les photos prises au smartphone, ce dernier a confirmé qu’il pouvait bien s’agir de l’ourse née à Sigean en 1982. Depuis son arrivée, la femelle a eu plusieurs portées mais n’a plus eu d’oursons depuis 2008. Aussi, selon M. Boisard, “il est possible qu’elle ait refusé les avances des mâles actuellement en rut et ait voulu s’éloigner”. Actuellement, une vingtaine de gendarmes, une quinzaine de membres du personnel de la réserve et ses deux vétérinaires armés de seringues hypodermiques pour endormir l’animal, sont à la recherche de l’ourse, assistés par un hélicoptère. Lundi, un chien des Pyrénées spécialisé dans la recherche des ours devait également y prendre part.Des consignes de prudence en cas de rencontre Néanmoins, le personnel du zoo a voulu se montrer rassurant. L’animal “est végétarien, tranquille et relativement petits. Il n’est pas du tout agressif et n’a aucune raison qu’il s’en prenne à l’homme”, a précisé Valérie Méjean, assistante de direction à la Réserve citée par le Point. “Il faut savoir que l’ours du Tibet est un excellent nageur et ne craint pas l’eau de mer”, a t-elle ajouté. À lire aussiL’attaque spectaculaire d’un ours polaire affamé sur un phoqueDepuis dimanche, la réserve est fermée “pour dissuader le maximum de gens de se rendre dans le secteur et nous faisons évacuer les camping-cars du voisinage, car plus il y a de monde aux environs, plus l’animal se terre et moins nous avons de chance de le retrouver”, a expliqué à l’AFP le directeur de cabinet du préfet, Nicolas Martrenchard. Toutefois, la préfecture a donné des consignes de prudence à destination de ceux qui croiseraient la route de l’ourse.Elle recommande de ne pas se mettre à courir, de ne pas regarder l’animal dans les yeux, de ne pas essayer de l’approcher mais de s’éloigner tranquillement en gardant un contact visuel. De même, il est fortement déconseillé de lui donner à manger ou de lui tirer dessus. “Si l’animal était blessé il pourrait devenir beaucoup plus agressif et dangereux” selon la préfecture, qui conseille aussi de tenir absolument son chien. Il faut aussi éviter de bloquer l’ourse et s’assurer qu’on lui laisse une possibilité de partir.Enfin, il est recommandé “d’éviter de laisser les poubelles dehors car la nourriture pourrait attirer l’ours”, ajoute la préfecture. Dès que l’on s’est éloigné de l’animal, il est important de contacter la gendarmerie ou la réserve afin d’orienter les recherches. Le 24 juin 2013 à 16:17 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_img Ashlie Rodriguez 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Unified Board voted unanimously to ask Trustee Kevin Beiser to resign. They say he cannot properly help run San Diego’s largest school district and wrestle with a civil lawsuit, claiming sexual harassment and assault.Beiser maintains his innocence but hasn’t communicated with his constituents since the allegations came to light in March. The school he teaches at, Castle Park Middle in Chula Vista, says he’s been put on an indefinite leave of absence without pay.To actually remove Beiser parents would need to gather signatures from 15 percent of the estimated 586,000 registered voters in the school district. Parents have threatened to do just that but it’s not a quick fix. Updated: 3:09 PM April 22, 2019 Posted: April 22, 2019center_img San Diego Unified School Board voted unanimously for Trustee Beiser to resign, but will he? Ashlie Rodriguez, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington residents seeking to further their post secondary school or college education may apply for assistance from the Town of Wilmington Scholarship Fund.Applications are available at the Roman House, Town Hall, Wilmington High School, Shawsheen Tech, Wilmington Memorial Library and online HERE.The application deadline is April 12, 2019.Since 1996, this program has distributed $155,000 in financial aid to 244 scholarship recipients.Individuals, community groups and businesses wishing to contribute to the Town of Wilmington Scholarship Fund may contact the Town Treasurer’s Office or the Town Manager’s Office. Additionally, scholarship donation forms are included with each property tax bill mailing.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the latest Town Topics newsletter.)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… RelatedTown of Wilmington 2017 Scholarship Application Now AvailableIn “Community”Wilmington Town Scholarship Now AvailableIn “Education”Town of Wilmington 2016 Scholarship Application Now AvailableIn “Education”last_img read more

first_imgBaghlingampally: The contract employees who are working in TB Control Programme demanded that the state government regularise their services and address their issues. The employees association met here at Sundaraiah Vignana Kendram on Tuesday.Association leader Venkateshwar Reddy, speaking to media, said that the salaries of all the employees working in national health mission except for those in TB control programme were increased. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Pay revision was not implemented to the employees working in TB Control Programme, he said. Though pay revision was done to a few lab technicians, they too did not get the appropriate hikes according to their seniority, he said. Venkateshwar Reddy demanded the state government to merge their department with General category. The association president Kishan Reddy, working president Venkatapathi, general secretary Chandrashekhar, associate president Naresh Kumar and others attended the meeting.last_img read more

first_imgHandoutThe release date of Saaho is inching closer and expectations on the film are getting higher with each passing day. Slated for release on August 15, the film is directed by Sujeeth Reddy and produced by Vemareddy Vamsi Krishna Reddy and Uppalapati Pramod under UV Creations banner.Currently, the film is undergoing some patchwork and is in the last leg of the schedule. While both the lead actors- Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor have been busy with the patchwork, the other members in the cast have started taking up the post-production work.Recently, Neil Nitin Mukesh, who is playing one of the antagonists in the film took to his official Instagram handle to share the news that he has begun dubbing for Saaho. He shared a photo of himself from the dubbing studio and fans of the actor have commented asking whether he will be dubbing in other languages too. InstagramAlso, Arun Vijay, the Tamil actor, who is having Sye Raa, apart from Saaho, also took to social media to share that he has started dubbing for Saaho. Both the actors have dubbed for their roles in their respective languages and look like they have a lot to offer to their audience. InstagramMeanwhile, let us tell you that the in-house members of UV Creations are very much unhappy with the way the film has come out. We have heard that the makers are in plans of making all the possible money they can with satellite rights and distribution rights.This film has Murali Sharma, Vennela Kishore, Mandira Bedi, Jackie Shroff, Chunky Pandey, Jacqueline Fernandez, Evelyn Sharma and others in key roles.The first single from the film, titled Psycho Saiyaan was released recently and has opened to mixed responses from the audience. Well, there’s a long way to go.last_img read more

first_imgA man looks at a screen across the road displaying the election results on the facade of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai May 16, 2014.Reuters fileIt is no more a secret that the Indian banking sector is in a dire state, but what is new is that the sector has now started impacting the capital market. On Thursday, Nifty PSU Bank index hit a nine-month low on the National Stock Exchange (NSE), Business Standard reported.Shares of public sectors banks (PSBs) are now trading at red for two straight days. Of the 12 PSBs listed on NSE, nine banks’ stocks are having a negative change.The Nifty PSU Bank index hit an intra-day low of 2,995.30 on Thursday, lowest since January. The index has slipped by about 18.5 percent from its recent high of 3,723 on July 31.At 12.30 pm on Thursday, the benchmark Nifty 50 index was marginally high at 10,034.30, up 0.5 percent, while the Nifty PSU Bank index stood at 3,008.75, down 0.7 percent.Going in specific bank stocks, State Bank of India (SBI), Oriental Bank of Commerce, Vijaya Bank, Corporation Bank, Union Bank of India and Punjab National Bank (PNB) have lost anywhere between 19 percent to 22 percent in past two months, BS reported.The sole reason behind bank stocks not performing well is the non-performing assets (NPAs) issue. Subdued growth in the business activities in the last two quarters made it worse.Many market experts believe that events like demonetisation and implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) have affected business and dampened economic growth.”If the credit growth is not picking up, it is difficult for high debt-laden PSU banks to come out of the mess they are in,” the business daily quoted G Chokkalingam, founder and managing director, Equinomics Research as saying.As the September quarter result declaration time is here, most analysts expect PSU banks to report single-digit growth in net interest income (NNI). In this backdrop, Chokkalingam warned investors to be cautious while investing in these stocks at the current levels.”Investors should look at price-to-book value, which should be less than 2-3 time; the net NPA percentage should not be above 4-5 percent and there has to be some visibility of credit growth. Look at these parameters before taking an investment call,” Chokkalingam advises.last_img read more

first_imgWhat qualities of Kajal and Anushka get thumbs down from Prabhas? Saaho star answers.PR HandoutPrabhas has been giving interviews non-stop as part of the promotions of his latest movie Saaho in multiple languages. The actor is encountering a lot of questions about the movie and around his rumoured affair with his Baahubali co-star Anushka Shetty.Amid all the questions related to Saaho and personal life, Prabhas was asked to say positive and negative points of actresses like Kajal Aggarwal and Anushka Shetty in an interview with a Telugu news channel.Kajal (in Darling and Mr Perfect) and Anushka (in Baahubali series, Mirchi and Billa) are the two actresses who had the best on-screen chemistry with Prabhas.Talking about Kajal Aggarwal’s positive aspect, he said that she is beautiful and has a lot of “energy”. He thought for a moment and revealed that he disliked her “dress sense” earlier. “Sometimes, she had average dressing sense. It was earlier… but now it is good. [sic]” he said.On asking the same questions about Anushka, he gave a thumbs-up for her height and hailed her beauty, while complaining that she does not attend calls on time.In the same interview, Prabhas revealed that the 39-year old is not comfortable doing lip-lock scenes. On a funny note, the actor said that he does not want to break the hearts of his female fans which is the reason why he has remained single.When asked about his favourite actors, Prabhas took the names of Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan in Bollywood and Chiranjeevi-Rajinikanth from South Indian films.Prabhas’ latest movie Saaho is releasing on 30 August in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi and Malayalam languages. He has paired up with Shraddha Kapoor in Sujeeth-directorial flick.last_img read more

first_imgGangasagar (WB): Steering skillfully through the treacherous waters at the confluence of Hooghly river and Bay of Bengal, Coast Guard deputy commandant Shruti Mohan Jainpur is keeping a close eye from her hovercraft on lakhs of devotees who have congregated at the Gangasagar mela. Jainpur, one of the seven women pilots who command hovercraft of Indian Coast Guard at different stations in the eastern and western seaboards of the country, said she was always intrigued by the way armed forces functioned and determined to be a part of it when she grew up. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash Bengal “It is amazing, it is something that brings the best out of you,” Jainpur, who is posted at the force’s Haldia Port station, said about her experience in the Coast Guard. Deputy Commandant Sneha Kathayat, another hovercraft pilot posted at Haldia Coast Guard station, joined the force in 2011 and has been serving on the seas since 2015, having graduated from the first batch along with three other women. Jainpur, only child of a retired BARC scientist, has taken to the seas for Gangasagar security for the first time. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed When the ICG opened up combat posts for the female officers, she had volunteered for the sea service. “Army uniforms fascinated me since childhood and I wanted to join the forces. I joined Coast Guard in 2013 as an officer and was trained in administration and logistics,” Jainpur, who did her BTech in information technology from Chennai, said. The Mumbai girl, who has been commanding a hovercraft since June 2018, also said she is thrilled to have got the opportunity to work for security, search and rescue operations of Coast Guard at the Gangasagar Mela, one of the largest annual religious congregations in the country. Devotees from across the country take holy dip at Sagar Island, situated at the confluence of Hoogly river and the Bay of Bengal, during the annual Gangasagar Mela on Makar Sankranti. The Coast Guard is the only armed force in the country to have so far allowed women officers in operations service. “We are treated equally, we take up challenges and responsibilities equally. We are held responsible and accountable,” Jainpur, who has so far completed nearly 160 hours as a pilot, said. “It is helping us break social norms and see the world in a different way,” said the proud officer, whose mother is a homemaker. Kathayat, from the path breaker first batch of ICG’s women pilots, said that the Gangasagar mela is an “excellent occasion to prove a person’s worth and capabilities.” She has manned hovercraft for the mela on previous occasions, too. “I am the first from my family to have joined the forces and enjoying every bit of the experience,” the pilot, daughter of school teacher parents at Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand, said. The Coast Guard has placed a sizeable number of its assets at Gangasagar to ensure foolproof security at the Gangasagar Mela, DIG, chief staff officer (operations) of Coast Guard of North East region, I J Singh told newspersons here. “We have stationed an offshore patrol vessel, two fast patrol vessels, three hovercraft and two helicopters for security, search and rescue operations,” he said. Two Dornier aircraft are also making regular sorties over the mela site, Singh said. The force is also maintaining electronic surveillance at the mela site, he said. “We have a radar station in Haldia which monitors entire coast of Haldia and Sagar Island,” Singh said. He said that movements at the mela site were being monitored live 24 hours a day through the surveillance system, which is part of the coastal security network. “While the 107-metre long offshore patrol vessel ICGS Sujay, with a helicopter on board, is keeping a watch in the deep sea for any threat from the seaward side, the fast patrol vessels and hovercraft are keeping a closer watch at the bathing site to ensure that no untoward incident or accident happens,” he said. The Coast Guard has also deployed a life-saving rapid action team, comprising divers with rubber gemini boats, at the mela site to thwart any threat emanating from the sea or to save people from drowning in case of any exigency.last_img read more

first_img Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. December 2, 2016 Entrepreneurs always look for hacks to do things in a cheaper, faster and more efficient manner. Sometimes, though, the perceived savings aren’t worth the ultimate cost. I’m a serial entrepreneur. Over the past several years, I’ve successfully built and scaled both on-site and remote teams for my startups. I’ve also burned my fingers trying to outsource software development.I’d intended to contract with a few developers to code certain sections of the codebase so the larger team could hit our release deadlines. We were in the bootstrapping phase and thought it seemed like a good idea. It turned out to be a disaster. Here are the key reasons why. 1. Different mindsets lead to misaligned goals.The venture was my baby, and I was fully committed. But to the software developer, we were just another client — and a very small one, at that. When a large client increased its requirement, a resource crunch meant our project suffered delays.Moreover, our hired experts always were trying to convince us to build more features. The company benefited from scope creep while we became distracted from our minimum viable product (MVP) approach. Our two companies had different incentives, and this often led to working at cross-purposes. Related: How to Know When to Bring Software Development In-House2. Contract negotiations can be complex and time-consuming.I spent a great deal of time finalizing the contract with the software company, and my startup simply hadn’t expected this loss of productive hours. We wanted to get off and running quickly. Instead, it took us between three and four weeks to define, negotiate and execute the contract.To be fair, there are some valid reasons for budgeting several weeks to fine-tune a contract. There’s no easy way around defining the scope of work, identifying each party’s responsibilities and putting in place a service-level agreement (SLA). If the contract isn’t well-thought-out, you’ll have even bigger problems down the road. Entrepreneurs are wise to plan for this necessary time lag, not rush through and trust everything will work itself out later. Related: 9 Ways to Negotiate a Contract Like a Boss3. The quality might be hit-and-miss.The quality of developers at outsourcing companies tends to be mixed. In my experience, the quality typically has been below average. Several developers assigned to my startup project didn’t deliver what we needed. We had to haggle with the company to replace them, enduring a painful process that cost us more time and energy. To make matters worse, the code itself wasn’t up to our quality standards and our codebase became fragmented.Related: These 25 Successful Startups Were Built With Outsourced Development4. In-house talent isn’t proficient at managing outsourced project work.Many startups ignore the fact that managing outsourced teams requires expertise and a special skill set. Outsourcing is a fundamentally different process from in-house development.Few startups have a team member who has done it before, and this also increases the chances of failure. Outsourcing firms can gauge your inexperience. Unscrupulous companies might even exploit this weakness to hike their upfront time and cost estimates. To be effective, you’ll need to master a host of challenging and complex tasks:Clearly define your requirements.Assign which modules will be developed in-house and which will be created by the outsourcing vendor.Plan smooth integration of codes in your master codebase.Plan and execute agreed-upon quality-assurance measures and procedures.Monitor timelines.Provide regular feedback.Related: 5 Ways to Manage an Outsourced Team on a Startup BudgetOur startup felt confident going into our outsourcing adventure because our team included someone with prior experience managing external work. He still found it tough to oversee the project. Trust me: It’s not a simple proposition. I strongly advise against outsourcing software development unless a company has its own, in-house expert.5. External issues have a domino effect on your organization.When you run with a small team, issues don’t remain siloed. If your outsourced project isn’t going well, the stress tends to impact other areas of your business. At the very least, it will be a huge distraction to your overall operations.Delays and quality issues are normal and expected with outsourced projects. Yet startups aren’t often aware of this fact and don’t plan for how they’ll mitigate the fallout. When issues started surfacing with our outsourced project, it had a ripple effect. Our CTO was directly involved with the outsourced project and spent a disproportionate amount of his time on project management. As a result, internal employees didn’t get adequate time from him, and they started missing their deadlines.Morale suffered, and workers started slacking off. The tech team’s delays, in turn, caused setbacks in our product and sales divisions. This was particularly frustrating because we’d promised additional functionality to our early clients and risked losing them if we did not deliver. The outsourced project went over budget — something we later realized is a very frequent occurrence. Funding concerns put extra pressure on us as an early-stage startup.Related: 4 Ways to Build Trust and Help Manage Your TeamHere’s the takeaway: We spent much more time, money and effort than we’d expected, and we ended up either not using or rewriting most of the code created by the outsourcing company. In hindsight, it was a mistake. Every business’ situation is unique, and it might work for some organizations. But the chances of thing going wrong are higher when you control fewer elements of the whole, and that’s especially true for startups and smaller organizations.The next time you consider outsourcing your company’s software development, think again. Or at least think about these lessons learned. They’ll help you go in with open eyes and a more realistic picture of what you can achieve. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 6 min readlast_img read more

first_imgSiemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 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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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 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 | June 25, 2012 Imaging Study in JAMA Promising but Incomplete Imaging saves lives and lowers costs when used appropriately The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 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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This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more June 25, 2012 — A study (Smith-Bindman et al) to be published in the upcoming Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) underscores that medical imaging use is down in the last several years, but includes information on current use of scans and their beneficial impact that may be incomplete, incorrect or easily misunderstood.While opportunities remain to ensure appropriate ordering of scans, imaging use in Medicare is down since 2008. Medicare spending on scans is at the same level it was in 2003. Imaging is also the slowest growing of all physician services among privately insured Americans according to the Health Care Cost Institute. A multitude of studies show that medical imaging exams are directly linked to greater life expectancy, declines in mortality rates, and are generally safer and less expensive than the invasive procedures that they replace. Scans also reduce the number of invasive surgeries, unnecessary hospital admissions and length of hospital stays.“Medical imaging use increased in the 1990s and early 2000s because doctors discovered that they could diagnose and treat illness and injury or rule out more serious conditions more safely, quickly and efficiently using scans than by exploratory surgeries or admitting patients to the hospital who did not need to be hospitalized,” said Paul Ellenbogen, M.D., FACR, chair of the American College of Radiology (ACR) Board of Chancellors. “National statistics from Medicare and private insurers demonstrate that imaging use has tightened in recent years as providers have become more educated about when and which scans should be ordered and radiation education efforts more widespread. Imaging scans have undoubtedly been proven to save lives, resources and time. That is the current state of imaging and where responsible efforts to address imaging policy should start.”The government can help ensure appropriate imaging and lower the radiation dose that Americans receive from scans each year by instituting these quality and safety measures:Requiring accreditation of all imaging facilities (including hospitals): ACR accreditation signifies that the equipment is surveyed regularly by a medical physicist to make sure that it is functioning properly and is taking optimal images without unnecessary radiation, that technologists are certified and that interpreting physicians have met stringent education and training standards. This avoids repeat imaging due to poor quality scans and associated radiation exposure.Encouraging/incentivizing use of ACR Appropriateness Criteria-based decision support/exam order entry systems: These systems educate providers on which exam is best for a patient’s condition (or when no scan is warranted). This process is proven to improve quality and lower cost by ensuring appropriate imaging and that providers obtain needed information from the correct scan.Encouraging/incentivizing participation in the ACR Dose Index Registry: Facilities contribute anonymized, HIPAA-compliant dose information on every scan and periodically compare their dose indices to national benchmarks. This ongoing and regular feedback enables facilities to adjust dose accordingly and gauge how their radiation reduction efforts are working over-time.The JAMA article shows that imaging use increased in settings where there was no financial incentive to do imaging — demonstrating that imaging use is driven by a desire for better patient care. A Health Affairs study found that doctors consider scans the most valuable of medical innovations. The New England Journal of Medicine named medical imaging one of the top 10 medical advances of the last 1,000 years.“Medicare and private insurer data show that imaging is not a primary driver of healthcare costs and use is streamlining with advancing protocols, guidelines and appropriateness criteria. Imaging is, however, a primary tool for saving and extending lives. Appropriate growth in imaging use is a good thing. We need to continue to educate providers to more appropriately use these lifesaving tools, not look backward and set arbitrary limits for care. Imaging is the future of medicine. We need to embrace, refine and promote these advances for the good of all of those needing care,” said Ellenbogen. The JAMA study cites that many patients in the health systems studied received higher doses of radiation. However, these were likely cancer patients or others with chronic conditions who required multiple scans to gauge progress of treatment and for which the immediate benefit of having the exams outweighed any long-term risk. The ACR advises that no imaging exam should be performed unless there is a clear medical benefit. The ACR supports the use of the optimal level of radiation needed in imaging exams to achieve necessary results.Patients should keep a record of their X-ray history, and before getting a scan ask their physician:How will having this exam improve my care?Are there alternatives that do not use radiation which are equally as good?Will my child receive a “kid-size” radiation dose (if for pediatric exam)?Is this facility ACR-accredited?Is the physician reading/interpreting my scan board-certified?Is the doctor who will interpret my scan board-certified by the American Board of Radiology?This approach is essential to ACR’s long history of efforts to ensure appropriate imaging and reduce Americans’ exposure to medical radiation, including:Image Gently: ACR is a founding member of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging along with the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT). Image Gently educates providers on opportunities to lower radiation dose used in the imaging of children. The campaign, started in January 2008, now includes 70 medical organizations worldwide.Image Wisely: ACR, along with the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), AAPM and ASRT co-founded the initiative to educate physicians on opportunities to lower dose and ensure appropriate imaging. The initiative also provides patient education materials, including a patient medical imaging record card developed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).Choosing Wisely: ACR identified a list of imaging exams whose necessity (and alternatives) should be discussed before ordering. The ACR partnered with Consumer Reports to distribute patient-friendly resources for consumers and physicians to engage in important conversations regarding these medical imaging exams. The ACR worked with the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation and eight other organizations on the Choosing Wisely campaign.“The benefit of a medically necessary scan always outweighs the small long-term risks. Imaging has undoubtedly saved and extended millions of lives in the last 20 years and serves a vital role in modern healthcare. It is only natural that these exams would be used. What we have to do is help ensure that each exam is appropriate. We have existing tools in place to do so. If the government will work with providers, we can improve quality and safety without interfering in the doctor-patient relationship and keep imaging care safe, effective and accessible to those who need it,” said Ellenbogen.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring 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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Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… 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 Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read morelast_img read more

first_imgU.S. President Barack Obama issued a statement Sunday to mark Costa Rica’s 193rd anniversary of its independence, along with the rest of Central America. In his message, Obama highlighted Costa Rica’s “strong partnership” with the United States, a relationship he said is based on the shared goals of “protecting human rights, freedom of expression, and our environment, especially our oceans.”Obama called Costa Rica “one of Central America’s most stable and prosperous nations,” adding that the Central American country’s “longtime commitment to investing in health, education, environmental protection, and sustainable development should be admired and emulated.”While Obama’s message was diplomatically cordial, a similar statement last Friday by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made him sound almost Tico.“Just as schoolchildren will parade down the streets, shining their faroles in the night, so Costa Rica has been a beacon of light in the world for peace and democracy,” Kerry wrote. He even mentioned – in Spanish – Costa Rica’s National Anthem: “Vivan siempre el trabajo y la paz!”Following are the two letters. First, Obama’s:Dear Mr. President:The American people join me in extending our best wishes to you and the people of Costa Rica as you celebrate the 193rd anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Costa Rica on September 15.The United States and Costa Rica have built a strong partnership based on shared democratic values, including protecting human rights, freedom of expression, and ourenvironment, especially our oceans.  I look forward to working with you to continue to advocate for democratic freedoms throughout the Americas and around the world.Costa Rica is one of Central America’s most stable and prosperous nations, and your longtime commitment to investing in health, education, environmental protection, and sustainable development should be admired and emulated.  The United States stands with you in your efforts to expand trade and grow your high technology economy, so that your people can continue to prosper and thrive.  Your efforts to increase cooperation and integration among Central American nations is an example of the kind of leadership for which Costa Rica is admired.I offer my congratulations to you, your government, and all Costa Ricans as you celebrate your country’s independence.Sincerely,Barack ObamaAnd Kerry’s:On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I send best wishes to the people of Costa Rica as you celebrate 193 years of independence on September 15.The United States and Costa Rica are natural partners rooted in our long history of democracy. We congratulate you on the recent presidential elections, another in a string of peaceful transfers of power. We look forward to continuing our work with President Solis and his administration.Just as schoolchildren will parade down the streets, shining their faroles in the night, so Costa Rica has been a beacon of light in the world for peace and democracy.As the concluding line of your anthem says, “Vivan siempre el trabajo y la paz!”Happy Independence Day, Costa Rica! Facebook Comments Related posts:Independence day and social democracy PHOTOS: Costa Rica Celebrates 193 Years of Independence PHOTOS: Lantern parade and torch kick off Costa Rica Independence Day festivities PHOTOS: Snapshots of Costa Rica’s Independence Day Paradelast_img read more

first_img___Ben Bernanke’s blog: story has been corrected to show the first name of the figure on the $10 bill is Alexander, not Andrew.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. He called the first Treasury secretary “without doubt the best and most foresighted economic policymaker in U.S. history.”By contrast, Jackson, president from 1829 to 1837, was “a man of many unattractive qualities and a poor president.” Jackson opposed attempts to establish a U.S. central bank.“Given his views on central banking,” Bernanke wrote, “Jackson would probably be fine with having his image dropped from a Federal Reserve note.”Treasury last week revealed plans to put a woman on the $10 note, which has featured Hamilton since 1929. Candidates include Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt and Rosa Parks. Treasury says that Hamilton wouldn’t disappear from the redesigned $10 bill and that it might print two bills, one with Hamilton.On his blog, Bernanke was effusive about Hamilton, noting that he helped create the U.S. Constitution and knit 13 fractious states into a single economic unit. The 19 countries that use the euro currency are struggling now with similar issues — which is why Bernanke says he recommended Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography of Hamilton to European Central Bank President Mario Draghi.Bernanke stepped down as Fed chair in 2014 and is a distinguished fellow and blogger at the Brookings Institution. Sponsored Stories WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Federal Reserve chief-turned blogger Ben Bernanke is calling for the U.S. Treasury to abandon plans to drop Alexander Hamilton from his featured spot on the $10 bill and to dump Andrew Jackson from the $20 instead.Bernanke wrote Monday that he is “appalled” by Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew’s plans to replace Hamilton with a woman. In a post entitled “Say it ain’t so, Jack,” Bernanke wrote that adding a woman is “a fine idea, but it shouldn’t come at Hamilton’s expense.” Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   Check your body, save your life New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

first_img4. Shopping in the Eaton CentreToronto boasts some very high end shops in the ‘mink mile’ district on Bloor Street where you can find brands like Louis Vuitton and Chanel. Although great shopping is not limited to this area, the Eaton Centre in the city centre offers shopping for everyone’s budget. They have even made it easier for you in case you get tempted by something you can’t afford. The budget stores are on the bottom level and the higher you go in the centre the more expensive the stores get.Opening Hours: 10am-9.30pm, 10am-7pm on Sundays, 9.30am-9.30pm on SaturdaysTickets: Free to enterAddress: 220 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 2H1 5. See what all the fuss is about at the Hockey Hall of FameIce hockey is a way of life for most Canadians, they eat, breathe and sleep it. So if you want to live like a Canadian you have to visit the Hockey Hall of Fame. Even if you know very little about ice hockey it is hard not to get caught up in the national pride in their favourite sport, although interestingly lacrosse is still Canada’s official national sport. Interactive games, 3D movies and a chance to see the famous Stanley Cup Trophy are some of the highlights.Opening Hours: 10am-5.30pm weekdays, Saturday 9.30am-6.30pm, Sunday 10.30am-5pmTickets: $18CAD per adult, $12CAD per childAddress: 30 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5E 1X8 2. Enjoy a taste of Toronto at the St Lawrence MarketThis is not on the tourist map but it definitely should be. The market has over 120 different stall selling typical farmers’ market fare, showcasing local produce and it is a local favourite, haven been running for over 200 years.Opening Hours: Farmers Market: Saturday 5am-3pmTickets: Free to enterAddress: 93 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1C3 How to get to TorontoYou can catch direct flights from London and Manchester to Toronto. It takes 8 hours to fly across to Canada. You can also catch connecting flights from all other major U.K cities. Search for cheap flights to TorontoWhere to stay on a city break in TorontoIf you’re looking for a hostel:The Travellers Home in Toronto has private, cheap single rooms and it’s just off Alexandra Park.If you’re looking for a hotel:The Metropolitan Hotel has a dim sum restaurant in house – you won’t want to leave.If you’re looking for luxury:The Shangri-La is the ideal place to stay whether you’re here on work, or a city break. With high-speed internet, a Caudalie spa and stunning views of the city, it’s the place to be. Search for hotels in Toronto Looking for cheap flights to Toronto? Search nowReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 11. Get romantic at Casa LomaThis Gothic-revival styled house was originally built for financier Sir Henry Mill Pellatt – having travelled through Europe, he’d developed a taste for fine art and architecture, and thus chose to built Toronto’s romantic House on the Hill. It cost $3,500,000 to create the house and the work of 300 men. Enjoy the fruits of their labour in the 5-acre estate, walk between the stables and the stately rooms of Casa Loma. Opening Hours: 9am-5.30pm dailyTickets: $25CAD per adultAddress: 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, ON M5R 1X8 12. See Gehry’s masterpiece at the Art Gallery of OntarioThis is an amazing place to see both European and Canadian art, housed in one of Frank Gehry’s outlandish designs. Their Art & Dine Fridays and family Sundays are great ways to meet other travellers in the city too. Check their exhibitions online before you go.Opening Hours: 10.30am-5pm weekdays, open til 9pm Wednesday and Friday, 10.30am-5.30pm on weekends, closed on MondaysTickets: $19.50CAD per adult, $11CAD per childAddress: 317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G4 3. Day trip to Niagara FallsWhile you are in Toronto it is definitely worth taking a day trip to Niagara Falls which is just an hour and a half from the city. The Falls connect Canada with the United States. Once you get to Niagara be sure to take a trip on one of the tourist boats like the Hornblower but beware – the ponchos they give you aren’t just for fun, you really do get drenched. The city of Niagara Falls is very commercial so for a more laidback and traditional feel head to Niagara on the Lake, a relaxed little town with some pretty shops and cafes.How far is Toronto from Niagara Falls? It takes an hour and a half in a rental car. You may also want to consider public transport, or going with a private tour.Opening Hours: 24 hoursAddress: Niagara Falls, Ontariocenter_img 7. Go island hopping in Toronto bayJust a couple of hundred metres across Lake Ontario from the city are a cluster of small islands. This is the largest car-free residential area in North America. You can access the islands from a series of small ferries from Ontario harbour which take less than 10 minutes. A good way to view the islands is to take a boat cruise from the harbour which will show you around the islands from the lake whilst giving you some great views of downtown Toronto.Cost of a boat tour, Toronto: Tallships Toronto do tours around the bay for as little as $26 per adult, $15 per child.Address: Tallships depart from 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2B88. Discover the past, present and future at the Royal Ontario MuseumEven if you don’t actually go into the museum you should visit just to see its eye-catching façade. The Michael Lee-Chin Crystal dominates the front of the terracotta brick building. The museum hosts a wide range of collections from ancient history to contemporary culture, one of the most impressive being the ROM’s Chinese collection which is the biggest collection of Chinese artefacts outside of mainland China. Give yourself plenty of time for this one as there is much to see.Opening Hours: 10am-5.30pm, open til 7.30pm on Saturday-MondayTickets: $20CAD per adult, $14CAD per childAddress: 100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C69. Take your pick between The Rogers Centre and The Air Canada CentreSport is very important to Torontonians. There are two major sports stadiums in Toronto, The Rogers Centre home to the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team and the Air Canada Centre which houses the Toronto Maple Leafs Ice Hockey team, the Toronto Raptors basketball team and Toronto Rock the lacrosse team. So whatever time of year you visit Toronto you will be in the middle of a sports season so be sure to try to catch a game. 6. Visit the Distillery DistrictThis is a very industrial yet somehow welcoming part of the city. Once the stomping ground of wealthy Scottish whisky producers, the distillery district is now a thriving tourist attraction. There are a bunch of creative tours around here, a favourite being the Segway tour! Who doesn’t love a Segway? There have also been quite a few famous films shot in Toronto because of its resemblance to New York so look out for some familiar sights.Address: Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4 Search for cheap flights to Toronto1. Take an elevator to the top of the world, CN TowerThe CN tower is the iconic image of Toronto. Initially built as a communications tower, it has become a cult tourist attraction. If you hate heights this might not be the best place for you but if you are brave enough to get the lift to the top you will get 360-degree panoramic views across the city. There is also a revolving restaurant at the top of the tower so you can sit back, relax and take in the view. For the adrenaline junkies out there you can also walk around the top of the tower called the Edge Walk.Opening Hours: 9am-10.30pmTickets: Free to enterAddress: 301 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2T6 13. Get under the sea in Ripley’s Aquarium of CanadaThis is one of Toronto’s all weather attractions – the 16,000 animals inside don’t shy away during the Canadian winter. Hop from the Dangerous Lagoon to the Rainbow Reef for sharks, rays and more. The Canadian waters exhibit is great for learning about the Great Lakes Marine life. Opening Hours: 9am-11pm dailyTickets: $30CAD per adult, $20CAD per child. Discounts available online.Address: 288 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3L914. Get dinner in ChinatownToronto has an extremely diverse population, so it’s no surprise they have an amazing Chinatown (which is now growing to include Thai and Koreatowns). Whilst one of the best times to visit is during Chinese New Year for drago dancers and performances, you don’t need an excuse to hop into Swatow Restaurant for dim sum, oodles of noodles and peking duck. Address: Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W 2H115. Chill out at Kensington MarketIf you’re in Toronto in the summer, come to Kensington to lazily meander between vintage stores, pop-up shops and street vendors selling every type of artisan coffee you can imagine. The entire area is car free on the last Sunday of every month, so the streets are flooded with cyclers, pedestrians and street performers. Opening Hours: 11am-7pmTickets: Free to enterAddress: Bounded by Dundas St., Spadina Ave., Baldwin St., and Augusta Ave., Toronto, Ontario 10. Step through time at The Bata Shoe MuseumNow the clue is in the name for this one and although it might sound a little strange, this is actually worth a visit. The museum explores centuries of history through the medium of shoes. The collections include the shoes of some well-known celebrities including Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Roger Federer and Canada’s own Justin Bieber.Opening Hours: 10am-5pm, Sundays 12pm-5pmTickets: $14CAD per adult, $5CAD per childAddress: 327 Bloor St. W. | (at St. George St.), Toronto, Ontario M5S 1W7last_img read more