Freezing Rain warning issued for Highway 43 to Edmonton

first_imgFreezing rain warnings are issued when rain falling in sub-zero temperatures creates ice build-up and icy surfaces.Warnings4:45 AM MST Friday 09 November 2018Freezing rain warning in effect for:Co. of Grande Prairie near Beaverlodge Hythe and DemmittCo. of Grande Prairie near Grande Prairie and WembleyCo. of Grande Prairie near Sexsmith and La GlaceM.D. of Greenview near DeBoltM.D. of Greenview near Little SmokyM.D. of Greenview near O’Brien Prov. Park and Big Mtn CreekM.D. of Greenview near Sturgeon LakeM.D. of Greenview near Valleyview and New Fish CreekM.D. of Greenview near Wapiti and Shuttler Flats Rec. AreaFreezing rain is expected or occurring.A band of freezing rain is developing early this morning in the Grande Prairie and Whitecourt regions and will track southeastward towards Edmonton and surrounding areas. The freezing rain will end this afternoon.Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions.Freezing rain warnings are issued when rain falling in sub-zero temperatures creates ice build-up and icy surfaces. GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Freezing rain warnings are in place along Highway 43 from the B.C. Alberta border to Edmonton.A band of freezing rain is developing early this morning in the Grande Prairie and Whitecourt regions and will track southeastward towards Edmonton and surrounding areas. The freezing rain will end this afternoon.Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweetlast_img read more

Bahraini Baraka Bank to Open in Morocco This Year

Casablanca – The Executive Director of Bahraini Participatory Bank, Baraka Bank, says his bank will begin operations in Morocco in the first six months of 2017.  In line with the reciprocal interest between Morocco and Islamic Banks in Gulf countries to start operating Islamic banks in the country, Adnane Youssef, Baraka Participatory Bank’s Executive Director. expects that his bank will launch its operations in Morocco within the first six months of the current year.Adnane Youssef revealed in an interview with Arabic-language news source CNN that his bank plans to reach 25 branches throughout Morocco. “The group received an official letter from [Morocco] offering an authorization to establish Baraka Morocco that will operate under the group,” Youssef stated in the same interview.The Executive Director continued by saying that the group would hold 49 percent equity in this establishment, whereas Morocco’s BMCE Bank would own control stake (51 percent). However, the new bank will operate under the “umbrella” of the Bahraini bank, as it has accumulated a long expertise in operating in the Islamic Banking sector in many countries.Youssef said that his group considers Morocco a starting point to access the West African market, which he described as promising, due of Morocco’s strong connections with countries in West Africa.In regards to whether the Moroccan market is capable of bearing the numerous Islamic banks that eye the country, the Executive Director of the Bahraini participatory bank pointed out that the situation is different for it as it spreads through many neighboring countries. read more

400M fund tax changes local news service urged to help restore Canadas

$400M fund, tax changes, local news service urged to help restore Canada’s media by Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 26, 2017 7:59 am MDT Last Updated Jan 26, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Taxing Google and Facebook, reining in the CBC and spending $100 million in taxpayer dollars to foster healthy journalism would help a struggling media sector ferret out “fake news” and ensure the continued health of Canada’s democracy, a major new report released Thursday concludes.The 100-page Public Policy Forum report, authored by veteran journalist Ed Greenspon, also calls for a sales tax on foreign companies selling digital subscriptions in Canada and other tax measures that would provide a “Future of Journalism and Democracy” fund with $300 to $400 million a year, designed to support local and indigenous news, along with research on the role of news in society.The report’s dozen recommendations also include creating a new “local” mandate for The Canadian Press that would operate under a separate, not-for-profit entity; requiring the CBC to share for free the right to publish its news content with other organizations; and ending the public broadcaster’s ability to sell digital ads.Canada’s news industry finds itself in deep crisis, brought on largely by a shift in advertising to digital media sites, that remains a legitimate threat to the health of Canada’s democracy, Greenspon told a news conference Thursday.“Make no mistake: the situation for journalism, and therefore democracy, is getting worse,” he said. “Canada’s news industry is in the midst of an existential crisis. So, therefore, is our democracy.”But while digital news aggregators say they’re open to better ways of partnering with media organizations, Google said the expanded tax measures floated by the report would have a negative effect on Canadian small business.“Such measures would be challenging to implement, reduce the competitiveness of Canadian business and may make it harder for smaller news publishers to thrive,” the company said in a statement.Greenspon said the CBC should have its news content placed under a so-called “creative common” licence that would make it freely available to not-for-profit news entities — a move he acknowledged would need careful handling to protect commercial media operations, including CP.“This open-sourced approach would go a long way toward transforming the CBC from the public broadcasting model of the past to a universal public provider of quality journalism — an important antidote to fake news,” he said.Creating a “local” news service under The Canadian Press umbrella would require a strict mandate and its content would also have to be offered at no cost to all news organizations, said CP president Malcolm Kirk.“It would have to cover issues and events that aren’t already being covered; it has to focus on news from public institutions,” Kirk said.Heritage Minister Melanie Joly ordered the study as part of an overall review of Canada’s media landscape, in particular how it has shifted to the Internet. A Commons committee has also carried out its own study and is expected to report to Parliament by spring.Joly acknowledged the challenges outlined in the report and said her department would review its findings, but said it’s “too early to speculate on possible policy outcomes.”The report comes on the heels of what was just the latest in a series of layoffs by Postmedia, the country’s largest chain of daily-circulation newspapers.The company issued layoff notices Tuesday to employees at the Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette and Windsor Star after it failed to reach a 20 per cent salary reduction target it set for itself last fall.Other news giants, including the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail, have also cut staffing levels as they struggle with declining print advertising revenue.Television and radio newsrooms have also felt the squeeze. Canada’s national broadcast regulator warned last year that nearly half of the country’s local TV stations could be off the air by 2020 without a revenue boost to pay for local news programming.The report — “The Shattered Mirror: News, Democracy and Trust in the Digital Age” — relied on a half-dozen roundtables, polling and focus group research to reach its findings about how Canadians perceive the relationship between the news industry and the country’s democratic institutions.The Canadian Press took part in the roundtables and research.Pollster Allan Gregg, whose firm Earnscliffe Strategy Group played a role in compiling the findings, said Canadians aren’t even aware of a crisis in the news business, since they have faster access to more content than ever before.A majority of those polled are dead-set against taxpayers propping up the industry, Gregg added.The report also recommends allowing non-profit organizations to qualify for charity status under federal law to make it easier for philanthropic foundations to help fund original content — an idea cheered Thursday by Canada’s only all-media union.“We at CWA Canada have been urging this for some time in order to encourage local, non-profit ownership of newspapers rather than the destructive, predatory hedge fund disaster that is Postmedia,” president Martin O’Hanlon said in a statement.Another proposed change would exempt Canadian-owned news outlets from sales tax on advertising and subscription revenue. Greenspon estimated that would cost the federal government up to $50 million annually, with some of that amount recouped by collecting HST or GST on subscriptions and advertising for foreign outlets that are currently exempt from the tax.In April, Joly launched a public consultation on media and Canadian content in a digital world that has heard a range of suggestions, including calls for new fees or taxes on foreign-owned digital media players.Joly’s office has called the shifts in news revenue streams “significant,” and said the government hopes its Canadian content consultations can help it assess how to best support the production of local, credible and reliable news and information.Industry observers expect the minister to release the results of the consultation within days.— Follow @tpedwell on Twitter Edward Greenspon, president and chief executive officer of the Public Policy Forum, holds a news conference to release his report The Shattered Mirror, in Ottawa, Thursday, January 26, 2017. 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Brock to launch innovative ergonomics research lab

A new lab set to open at Brock University will help researchers better understand workplace injuries and what can be done to lower risk factors.Brock’s first Neuromechanics and Ergonomics Lab will officially open in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences’ Department of Kinesiology on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 2 p.m.Led by Michael Holmes, Canada Research Chair in Neuromuscular Mechanics and Ergonomics, research in the lab will study how people move and use their muscles during repetitive jobs. The aim is to find ways to better design workplace tools or change workstations to prevent injuries. In addition, robotic technology is being integrated into the research to improve current rehabilitation protocols for individuals with neurological impairments and workplace injuries.The lab, located in Thistle Complex Room 141, offers an innovative approach to studying workplace injuries by combining techniques from neurophysiology and biomechanics. The lab features state-of-the-art biomechanics, neurophysiology and ergonomics equipment, including motion capture cameras, robotics, brain stimulation and electromyography.Tuesday’s grand opening will include demonstrations of the new equipment and tours of the Department of Kinesiology’s other research labs.What: Brock University Neuromechanics and Ergonomics Lab Grand OpeningWhere: Thistle Complex, Room 141When: Tuesday, Oct. 3 from 2-3 p.m. read more

Sony va relancer le PlayStation Network

first_imgSony va relancer le PlayStation NetworkLe groupe japonais a annoncé que son PlayStation Network allait reprendre du service après avoir été la cible de hackers.Sony a décidé que son PlayStation Network, la plateforme en ligne pour les joueurs utilisant la PlayStation 3, allait redémarrer. “Sony Computer Entertainment et Sony Network Entertainment International vont bientôt redémarrer, par étape et par région, le réseau PlayStation Network et Qriocity, en commençant par remettre en route les services de jeu, de musique et de vidéo”, expliquait ainsi un communiqué du géant nippon, repris par Le Monde. À lire aussiXperia Z et Xperia ZL : Sony dévoile deux nouveaux smartphones”Une actualisation du logiciel de la PlayStation 3 va nécessiter que tous les utilisateurs changent leur mot de passe d’accès au réseau PlayStation et à Qriocity”, a également précisé Sony, qui a annoncé “des mesures pour améliorer la sécurité de son réseau et un programme de satisfaction du consommateur pour remercier les clients de leur patience et de leur loyauté”. Parmi ces mesures, on trouve notamment “un logiciel de surveillance automatique pour se défendre contre de nouvelles attaques, une amélioration de l’encryptage des données, des moyens plus perfectionnés de détection des intrusions sur le réseau et l’ajout de nouveaux pare-feux”. La firme nippone a surtout tenu à rassurer ses clients en précisant n’avoir obtenu “aucune preuve actuellement” que les comptes bancaires de ses clients avaient été utilisés par les hackers. Néanmoins, la prudence sur ce sujet est de mise, les révélations faites par le New York Times vendredi dernier affirmant le contraire.Le 2 mai 2011 à 10:50 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Report Arsenal step up chase for Nicolas Pepe

first_imgArsenal have reportedly stepped up their chase in Lille attacker Nicolas Pepe after potentially losing Danny Welbeck to a probably season-ending injury.The England international suffered a suspected broken ankle in Thursday’s UEFA Europa League 0-0 draw against Sporting Lisbon and is awaiting the results of a scan to determine the true extent of the injury.The North-London club fear that the former Manchester United striker will be out for at least six months, however, taking him through to the end of his current deal with the Gunners, according to Sports Mole.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…Reports in the English press, suggests that attention has now turned to bringing in a new player at the earliest possible opportunity, and Lille winger Pepe is in Unai Emery’s sights.The former Paris Saint-Germain manager watched Pepe play up close during his two-year managerial spell in France.The 23-year-old, who has also been linked with moves to Europe too club’s including German champions, Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Manchester City, is thought to be valued at £45million.last_img read more

How to spot skin cancer with your phone

first_img Brace yourselves for some harsh truths from smart mirrors Tags 11 Photos Now playing: Watch this: 1 Procter & Gamble’s freckle-erasing makeup wand is pure… Early detection of skin cancer could be the difference between a simple mole removal or several rounds of chemotherapy.  SkinVision We are in the height of summer, which for most of us means spending long sunny days outside, and getting exposed to UV rays. The scary part of all that time in the sun is that it can lead to skin cancer, which accounts for more diagnoses each year than all other cancers. The good news is that early detection could be the difference between a simple mole removal or malignant cancer that spreads to other parts of the body. A handful of smartphone apps and devices claim to aid early detection and keep you on track with regular self-exams. You can capture photos of suspicious moles or marks and track them yourself, or send them off to a dermatologist for assessment. Either way, these apps can be helpful, but they do have limitations. Here’s what you need to know about using your smartphone to detect skin cancer. Read more: The best sunscreens to protect your skin in 2019Know the facts about skin cancerEvery year, doctors diagnose more than 4 million cases of nonmelanoma (including basal and squamous cell) skin cancers in the US, and it’s estimated that nearly 200,000 people will receive a melanoma diagnosis in 2019. Basal and squamous cell skin cancers develop on the outer layers of the skin and are more common, though less harmful, than melanoma. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. It forms in the cells responsible for skin pigmentation, called melanocytes. It’s an aggressive form of cancer and accounts for nearly 10,000 deaths each year. Even with early detection, it can be fatal.Symptoms of all types of skin cancers include:Change in the size or color of a mole or other spot on the skinA new growth on the skinOdd skin sensations, such as persistent itchiness or tendernessSpread of pigmentation outside the border of a moleSkin cancer may develop due to a variety of factors, including genetics and exposure to toxic chemicals, but the clearest connection is that of skin cancer and UV exposure. Read more: I got my face scanned for wrinkles, sun damage and acne scars. The results were mind-blowing 1:14 Share your voice Comment How your phone can help you spot skin cancerTelemedicine is a growing field, and skin care is not to be left out: Over the last several years, a handful of skin cancer detection apps popped up allowing you to analyze your skin with your smartphone and artificial intelligence algorithms. Some send photos to a dermatologist, some provide instant feedback and others offer helpful reminders about self-checking your skin and scheduling a doctor’s appointment. Here are a few you can download on iOS and Android. miiskin-appMiiskin uses hi-res digital photography to capture magnified photos of moles on your skin.  Miiskin Miiskin Miiskin uses mole mapping to analyze your skin. Dermatologists perform mole maps as part of a clinical full-body skin exam, using digital dermoscopy (magnified digital photography) to catch suspicious lesions they may not catch with their own eyes. Because they’re so high-definition, dermoscopy photos provide much more information than normal digital photos. The developers behind Miiskin wanted to offer a version of this technology to consumers, so they built an app that takes magnified photos of large areas of your skin, for example, your entire leg. According to the website, anyone with an iPhone with iOS 10 and newer or a phone running Android 4.4 and newer can use Miiskin.The app stores your photos separate from your smartphone library and allows you to compare moles over time, which is helpful in detecting changes. Find it: iOS | AndroidUMSkinCheckThis app comes from researchers at the University of Michigan (UM) school of medicine and allows you to complete a full-body skin cancer self-exam, as well as create and track a history of moles, growths and lesions.The app guides you step-by-step on how to complete the  exam with graphics and written instructions. UMSkinCheck also comes with access to informational videos and articles, as well as a melanoma risk calculator. UMSkinCheck also sends push reminders to encourage people to follow-up on their self-exams and check on the lesions or moles they are tracking. You can decide how often you want to see those reminders in the app.Find it: iOS | AndroidMoleScopemolescopeWith a clip-on camera, MoleScope uses the ABCD method to complete a risk assessment of your moles. MoleScope Like Miiskin, MoleScope uses magnified images to help people determine whether they should see a dermatologist to get their skin checked. A product of MetaOptima (a supplier of clinical dermatology technology) MoleScope is a device that attaches to your smartphone and sends photos to a dermatologist for an online checkup.Though MoleScope itself won’t analyze or diagnose your moles, you can use the ABCD guide in the app to keep tabs on any suspicious moles: The app helps you document your moles with photos and sends them to a dermatologist, who can assess them using the ABCD method:  Asymmetry: the shape of one half doesn’t match the otherBorder: edges are bumpy, ragged or blurredColor: uneven shades of brown, black and tan; odd colors such as red or blueDiameter: a change in size greater than 6 mmUnlike Miiskin, you can only take photos of one mole or small areas with a few moles, rather than large areas like your entire chest or back. Find it: iOS | AndroidSkinVisionSkinVision claims to aid early detection of melanoma. The app uses deep learning to analyze photos of your skin and aid in the early detection of skin cancer. The photos are processed through a machine-learning algorithm that filters image layers based on simple, complex, and more abstract functions and patterns through a technology called convolutional neural network (CNN). SkinVision uses it to check small areas of your skin and come back with a high- or low-risk assessment of that area in less than a minute. SkinVision is backed by a scientific board of dermatologists, but Dr. Daniel Friedmann, a dermatologist at Westlake Dermatology in Austin, Texas, told CNET that even an app with prominent support of scientists has limitations. “I would not recommend that patients avoid these apps, but I would approach their results with cautious skepticism,” Dr. Friedmann said, “and counsel patients that suspicious lesions are best evaluated in-office.” Find it: iOS | AndroidskinvisionSkinVision uses a machine-learning algorithm to analyze spots on the skin. SkinVision Read more: The easiest way to protect your skin from the sun is already on your phoneThe accuracy isn’t there yetOf all the apps discussed here, SkinVision seems to have the most research behind it. Researchers tested the accuracy of the app by analyzing nearly 200 photos of skin lesions that the app had previously analyzed. The researchers found that SkinVision was 81% accurate in detecting melanoma, with 73% sensitivity and 83% specificity, compared to the 88% sensitivity and 97% specificity seen in clinical exams. In the name of scientific integrity, it’s important to note that some of the study authors had affiliations with SkinVision, and the study was funded in part by SkinVision.Regardless of affiliations, the 81% accuracy still isn’t enough to replace a professional exam: The researchers note that “With an accuracy of 81% in detecting melanoma, the algorithm might have some potential in the future …  but is to date insufficient to detect melanoma accurately.”That consensus holds strong in other research. In another study, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, analyzed four smartphone apps that claim to detect skin cancer. We don’t know the exact apps, as they’re named only as Application 1, 2, 3 and 4. Three of the apps used algorithms to send immediate feedback about the person’s risk of skin cancer, and the fourth app sent the photos to a dermatologist.Unsurprisingly, the researchers found the fourth app be the most accurate. The other three apps were found to incorrectly categorize a large number of skin lesions, with one missing nearly 30% of melanomas, classifying them as low-risk lesions.A 2018 Cochrane review of prior research found that AI-based skin cancer detection has “not yet demonstrated sufficient promise in terms of accuracy, and they are associated with a high likelihood of missing melanomas.”To be fair, much of this research took place a few years ago, and the manufacturers may very well have improved their technology since then. More recently, in 2017, a team of researchers at Stanford University announced that their AI does just as well as an in-person dermatologist in detecting skin cancer — showing that these apps and algorithms do hold promise. Potential benefits of skin cancer detection appsHealthcare professionals have expressed two main arguments related to skin cancer detection apps. The first raises concern that people may rely on apps and consumer devices to assess their risk of skin cancer, which could lead to delayed diagnosis. The second praises these apps for raising awareness among the public and encouraging people to take better care of their skin. Both arguments are valid.In the SkinVision study, for example, the researchers say, “We see the main potential for the smartphone applications in the improvement of the patient-doctor communication by making aware of the need of skin cancer screening and by giving a basis of interaction.”Additionally, apps like MoleScope that send images to dermatologists can serve as the first step in receiving a professional exam. All skin cancer biopsies begin with a visual exam, after all. However, you shouldn’t use any at-home app or device to replace professional medical care for any condition. Most skin cancer app developers know this and include a disclaimer on their websites that their app is not a replacement for professional healthcare. The importance of annual examsThe easiest and most effective way to detect skin cancer is to self-check your skin and go to a dermatologist regularly for a check-up. Experts disagree on what groups of people should get annual exams: Some say you only need a screening if you have suspicious moles or risk factors for melanoma; others say everyone should get an annual skin check. A few factors increase your risk of skin cancer, and if you have any of these, you would benefit from a yearly check-up: Fair skin, light eyes and blonde or red hairSkin that burns or freckles easilyA family history of any type of skin cancerHistory of tanning bed useHistory of severe sunburnsUnusual moles or more than 50 moles on your bodyFor now, even though these apps may be helpful in some ways, your best bet is to seek the professional opinion of a dermatologist or doctor if you notice any suspicious moles or other warning signs of skin cancer.   Personal carelast_img read more

13 tipoffs ignored before Gadchiroli blast could have saved 15 C60 commandos

first_imgMaoists torched at least three dozen vehicles belonging to private contractors in Kurkheda sub-district of Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli on May 1, 2019. IANSReports claim that the Gadchiroli Maoist attack in Maharashtra, which killed 16 C-60 commandos of the Quick Response Team (QRT), could have been avoided if authorities had paid heed to a series of tip-offs they got over the past few months.The tip-offs were given on March 21, April 3, April 9, April 11 and April 23. Two warnings were given on April 23. The tip-offs mentioned that there was a Naxal plan targeting security personnel of the Kukheda and Purada police stations in the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra, reports DNA.On May 1, a vehicle carrying 15 C-60 commandos was the target of the Maoists who organised an IED to go off near the vehicle, killing all the 15 commandos in the vehicle as well as the driver.Calling the incident a “major security lapse”, a senior IPS officer in the area said that the deaths could have been avoided.Hours before the attack, Maoists in the area had set 27 vehicles on fire in Dadapur in Purada village. The police had sent QRTs to control the situation. The vehicles torched were cement mixers, trucks, dumpers part of some construction work of the Purada-Yerkad sector of National Highway-136. The vehicles belonged to Amar Infrastructures Ltd.”This was a case of a classic trap deployed by Maoists. First, use arson to force the police to send reinforcement and then attack the reinforcement party by placing landmine blasts. Ideally, in such cases, a ROP (road opening party) is a must. It is a golden rule. However, in this case, it wasn’t pressed. This shows that it was a case of poor planning,” said a former senior IPS officer was quoted as saying by Economic Times.In addition to this, the vehicle had also ignored several protocols required before embarking on the journey. The team, which was travelling in a Mahindra mini-truck, failed to send a patrol team ahead to conduct a recce and make sure that the route was safe. The Gadchiroli police also did not send the team in an anti-landmine vehicle instead of the private one the victims were travelling in.”This was nothing but hubris and a complete failure of intelligence since the men did not follow the basic protocol. I have seen so many ambushes but fail to understand what was the hurry for them to reach the spot (Dadpur) when such an incident had taken place on Tuesday night,” Dr Charanjeet Singh Saluja, known for helping injured soldiers serving in the area, told The Hindu.last_img read more

ESSENCE Embarks on New Journey

first_imgBy Charise Wallace, Special to the AFROOnce a shift of Black ownership tapped into ESSENCE Communications by Shea Moisture founder, Richelieu Dennis a new chapter was began according to the narrative emphasized at “My Journey: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” an event held a celebration and discussion at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.While overlooking the District on March 29, Dennis and ESSENCE Communications President, Michelle Ebanks, joined in on a conversation with {The Real} TV host, comedienne and radio personality of Cafe Mocha Radio, Loni Love, along with Fox 5 anchor, Allison Seymour to discuss the future of the magazine, entrepreneurship from local to global, and creativity to keep the 48-year-old brand standing.Comedienne and Talk Show Host, Loni Love, ESSENCE Communications President, Michelle Ebanks, Richelieu Dennis, new owner of ESSENCE Communications, and Alison Seymour, anchor on Fox 5 News, at the My Journey: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow event at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. (Courtesy Photo)“Susan B. Taylor always says that “ESSENCE has angels’,” said Ebanks, referencing the former Editor and Chief of the brand. “ESSENCE is about story telling with purpose…our minds are wired to understand stories…That’s the beauty of understanding…having this expertise and knowing that it’s been done so that we can truly serve our audience and tell more stories.”The first Black women’s magazine wants to continue expanding the brand by utilizing their “community commerce model” in order to reach African American  female entrepreneurs from all local communities and  then expand to reach global profits.Currently, the platform is looking to provide $100 million worth of funding for Black women businesses.“Every platform will grow expeditiously,” she said. “Our digital platform, our video platform, our live events platform, and our magazine platform because we need to reach more of our women and across more verticals that serve, you know…their needs.”The room was filled with leaders, entrepreneurs, as well as future movers and shakers that got the inside scoop on how to keep their current and future businesses to reach mainstream audiences.“I think that it’s just important to really know who you are…to carry the strength of our ancestors wherever we go,” Seymour said during a Facebook Live interview with AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, Micha Green. “If we have that inside of us…we can be unstoppable, we just gotta get to it.”Dennis, who continues to expand his beauty lines under Sundial Brands to now partnering with Unilever explained the strategies to take ESSENCE on to the next level. “What we’ve had the good fortune of doing was not just disruptive to the current state, but it was also disruptive to the future state,” he said. “What Michelle is talking about is that same model and the excitement that comes around when you don’t think about ESSENCE as any of these other boxes, but simply think about it as we’re here to serve the black community, black women in particular, and where are those opportunities to serve.”The event was presented by Cafe Mocha Radio, Ubiquitous Beauty, Hair and Health Expo, Miles Ahead Entertainment, Toyota Motor North America, Mielle Organics, Metro and more.last_img read more

Black Furloughed Workers Share Grievances at DMV Town Hall

first_imgBy Micha Green AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor mgreen@afro.comThe government shutdown has been going on over a month and furloughed workers are hurting.“It hurts physically and it hurts mentally,” said Tyra McClelland a member of the Local 727 union of the American Federation of Government Employees.On the 31st day of the partial government shutdown, which fell on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday, almost 250 people gathered at Community of Hope Church in Temple Hills, Md., to share grievances, listen, offer hope and take information back to their communities regarding struggling furloughed workers and their families.Furloughed workers, community volunteers and politicians came together for a town hall discussing the impact of the government shutdown on the African American community. (Photo by Micha Green)Organized by the Rev. Leslye Dwight, the town hall was held to discuss the particular struggles facing the Black community during the partial shutdown.  Politicians and furloughed workers alike agreed that while the crisis is affecting all of America, African Americans are really feeling the sting of the furlough.McClelland, who is being forced to work despite not getting paid, broke down what she calls, “furlough math.”For McClelland, and many other families, furlough math is being forced to make certain sacrifices and decisions based off the fact that they’re not sure when they’re getting paid.  Furlough math is having to decide whether or not to fill the gas tank or pay for a child’s school lunch.  Furlough math is holding off on medication because it’s weighing what’s more important- preventative treatment and paying bills.  Furlough math is reducing a child’s shower time to “one Drake song,” McClelland said, adding humor, but honestly shedding light on the sacrifices her family has had to make during the partial shutdown.Fighting through tears, many people shared their personal struggles during the shutdown.“I don’t know when I’m going to be able to feed my family.  I have rent.  I have utilities.  I have a car note.  I have daycare,” said one woman and mother of a two-month-old and eight-year-old, who asked to be anonymous.  “I have to send her to daycare to hold her spot, so that’s $250 a week that I don’t have to provide for my kids. I feel like a pawn,” the woman said crying as she held her infant.Many people noted they were embarrassed to speak up, yet from the anonymous mother sharing her story, Community of Hope’s Pastor, the Rev. Tony Lee, gave her $200 in gift cards and the Rev. William Campbell, pastor at Union Bethel AME offered to pay her childcare.Further, considering the financial burden, the furlough has contributed to mental health issues.Jocelyn Route a social worker and community advocate in Bladensburg, Md., who’s running to represent her ward, pointed out the mental trauma associated with the shutdown.“Depression is real,” Route said, pointing out that one her neighbors has not left the house in 30 days due to the shutdown.  Route told the AFRO she came out to listen to the community and be able to bring back resources to her neighborhood and the people she knows are hurting from the shutdown.“So today I learned about food resources through Prince George’s Department of Social Services.  They have a fresh produce food bank.  I also learned that there are banks that are giving out low interest or no interest loans, and that if you join their bank and you make direct deposits, you don’t have to worry about paying any fees,” Route explained to the AFRO.  “In addition, I learned that WSSC, the people who provide our water service, they are stopping all cut-off notices at this time and their working with people on very liberal payment plans, so at least we’ll have water.  You need water to be able to live.”Several politicians were present for the town hall to listen to their constituents’ concerns, including, Maryland State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy, Prince George’s School Board members Paul Monteiro and Edward Burroughs and Rep. Anthony Brown (D-MD 4th District).  The politicians were not shy in sharing their personal feelings regarding the shutdown and President Trump.“My mom’s furloughed and what can I say?  It just sucks that Donald Trump is president,” Burroughs said.“The president’s got an issue.  And we have our interest, and we have to come up with a negotiated solution,” Brown said.  “He’s not looking for a fix for America, he’s looking for a fix for himself.  So let’s look at how we can give him that fix without doing harm to America.  But we got to get this government open,” the Maryland congressman added.While the conversation was filled with a lot of tears, many speakers tried to remain positive.Never missing a moment to remind the audience that the church’s doors are always open, Pastor Lee prayed for the end of the shutdown.  “We believe that you [God] can shutdown this shutdown,” he said.“What I experienced here is we can laugh through this,” Eric Bunn, national president for District 14 of the American Federation of Government Employees said.“I think from what we’ve heard from so many, is that if we work together, we can work our way through this,” Rep. Brown said.last_img read more

Up Your Cool Factor With a Custom Retro Gaming Cabinet

first_img E3 2019 Has a Shocking Amount of New Arcade MachinesHomemade ‘Super Smash Bros. Melee’ Cabinet Makes Our Hearts … Calling all hipsters and nostalgics: London-based STOA is your new favorite home decor company.The British manufacturer custom builds arcade cabinets, each handcrafted from start to finish for one or two players.Available in a variety of colors and styles, with any number of controller combinations, the machines aim to bring players “the ultimate arcade gaming experience.”“This is important as arcade gaming is a connected and intense experience,” according to the product page. “Something that modern gaming with multiple controls played sat from the sofa lacks.”In place of the cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors of yore, STOA uses modern LCD screens, with a 4:3 aspect ratio and a scanline generator—the latter to replicate the lined appearance older gamers remember. Overhead speaker slots, meanwhile, are controlled by a volume knob at the rear of the cabinet.STOAEvery device comes with a curated selection of games, tailored to the client’s preference and design. Choose from titles like Ms. Pac-Man, Street Fighter II, Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles, Mortal Kombat, Paperboy, Space Invaders, and more.“Replay was created to enable players to experience a revival of games distilled down to their purest form,” the firm said. “Where the simplest of graphics and sounds are full of character and pixel-perfect reactions, and split-second coordination is required.”At five feet tall, the cabinet is built as a show piece—able to complement modern interiors while still having what STOA calls “that retro cool look.”Best of all, customers can customize their box (paint scheme and design, surface finish, joysticks, and buttons) to match specific color schemes. Each Replay usually takes six weeks to complete and will ship worldwide from the UK.STOA’s clever wordplay fits the brand’s creative intentions: In ancient Greek architecture, a stoa is a covered walkway lined with columns—not so different from a structural arcade, often defined as a covered walkway enclosed by a line of arches on one or both sides.Get it? Cause they make arcade cabinets.The standard Replay—with one player joystick, three standard buttons, two player start buttons—starts at £4,495 ($5,600). Additional features come at a price: from £70 ($87) for a classic vertical screen game card to £1,400 ($1,745) for custom two-color stripes/triangles paint design and a clear coat gloss.For more information, contact STOA via email or phone, or stop by their London studio next time you’re in town to talk gaming. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Organ transplant Two patients at SSKM unstable

first_imgKolkata: Three patients who went organ transplants at SSKM Hospital on late Sunday night are stated to be unstable.All the patients have been kept under observation for 72 hours. According to Dr Manimoy Bandopadhya, the director of SSKM Hospital, the patients are still serious and have been kept under close monitoring. The two kidneys which were retrieved from a 13-year-old brain dead patient, Madhusmita Bayen, at Mission Hospital in Durgapur on Sunday evening, were transplanted on two patients at SSKM Hospital. They are Abhsiek Mishra (20) and Mithun Dalal (23). Mishra is a resident of Dum Dum while Dalal is from Ranaghat in Nadia. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to hospital sources, Mishra had been suffering from kidney related ailments for the past four years and Dalal for two years. The liver has been transplanted on 44-year-old Sanjit Bala, a resident of Barrackpore in North 24-Parganas. Madhusmita, who was in an advanced stage of epilepsy, was admitted to a private hospital on November 12 and declared brain dead on November 17. The process of retrieval of organs started at around 4.30 pm and ended at around 7.30 pm on Sunday. The organs were transported to SSKM Hospital through a Green Corridor felicitated both by the city and districts police. Meanwhile, another patient, Rakhal Das (38) who had a heart transplant at Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) on Saturday is stated to be stable. Das is a resident of Asansol. According to a senior official of CMCH, the patient has been kept under observation and responding well. The heart was retrieved from Saikat Lattu (30), a resident of Pujali in South 24-Parganas who was declared brain dead by the Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (ROTTO) at SSKM Hospital on last Friday.last_img read more

Pranab Biswas resigns Hakim likely to contest from Ward 82

first_imgKolkata: Pranab Biswas, Trinamool Congress councillor of Ward 82 resigned on Saturday citing health issues.The octogenarian councillor went to the headquarters of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and submitted his resignation to Mala Roy, KMC’s chairperson. Later, Biswas told newsmen that because of ill health he could not attend the monthly and borough meetings and found it difficult to carry on. “I had to depend on others to look after the Ward and could not attend the meetings. Under this situation, I thought it is wise to resign from the post of councillor.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeMala Roy said earlier Biswas had verbally expressed his willingness to resign. His resignation has been accepted. Mayor Firhad Hakim who also hails from Chetla is likely to contest from the Ward in the by-election. According to the KMC rule, if the Mayor is not a councillor, then he will have to contest a by-election and win within six months from the date of getting the post. Out of 144 Wards in the KMC, the TMC originally had 122 councillors when the civic board was constituted in 2015. Sailen Dasgupta, a councillor from Ward 117, died some time ago bringing down the number of TMC councillors to 121. The by-election in Ward 117 will be held on December 16. BJP has five councillors while the Congress and Left Front have two and 14 respectively in the KMC board.last_img read more

Ghacks Deals Ivacy VPN Lifetime Subscription just 3999

first_imgGhacks Deals: Ivacy VPN: Lifetime Subscription (just $39.99) by Martin Brinkmann on May 02, 2019 in Deals – No commentsIvacy has been around for a long time, and that is a good sign for VPN providers, some of which come and go rather quickly.The deal gives you a lifetime Ivacy VPN account; it is good for 5 simultaneous connections, e.g. on desktop and mobile devices, supports P2P, unlimited bandwidth and speed, an Internet kill switch, support for multiple protocols if you need them, and a strict no logging policy.Ivacy VPN supports other features such as a dedicated KODI app or malware protection. The Singapore-based company operates servers in over 50 countries currently.You can grab a lifetime subscription for the service for just $39.99 currently.Click here to open the Ivacy VPN deal on Ghacks DealsNot for you?If this particular offer is not for you, you may want to check out other VPN offers on Ghacks Deals.Fine print: make sure that you check out the specs and terms of the deal.Disclosure: The deal is provided by StackCommerce in partnership with Ghacks Technology News; you need a StackCommerce account to participate in giveaways or make purchases. Check out the privacy policy and Terms of Service here.Ghacks Technology News benefits from sales made on the Ghacks Deals website through a revenue share agreement. All revenue goes towards the running costs.Advertisementlast_img read more

Donovan Servicer Competition Prevents More Refinancing

first_imgDonovan: Servicer Competition Prevents More Refinancing Agents & Brokers Appraisals Attorneys & Title Companies Bailouts Fannie Mae FHA Freddie Mac HARP Home Prices Housing Affordability Investment Investors Lenders & Servicers Loan-to-Value Ratio Politics Processing Refinance Regulation Senate Banking Committee Service Providers Underwriting Standards 2012-05-08 Ryan Schuette May 8, 2012 488 Views Solvency issues re-emerged for the “”Federal Housing Administration””: in a hearing convened Tuesday by the “”Senate Banking Committee””:, with HUD Secretary “”Shaun Donovan””: calling for lower loan-to-value thresholds and more servicer competition to expand refinance opportunities.[IMAGE]The hearing follows a bill by Sens. “”Barbara Boxer””: (D-California) and “”Robert Menendez””: (D-New Jersey) to roll back refinancing barriers for homeowners with GSE-held mortgages and featured the legislation prominently as lawmakers discussed solutions to the housing crisis.Donovan praised the bill and identified three barriers to refinance opportunities for a broader swath of homeowners, including lower fees, streamlined underwriting practices, and manual appraisals for borrowers even in communities with few recent home sales.The hearing quickly turned to servicer competition, which the HUD official said is lacking in part because of strict underwriting guidelines under “”Fannie Mae””: and “”Freddie Mac””:, inflating home prices and keeping refinance[COLUMN_BREAK]opportunities out of reach for many homeowners.””Servicers who don’t service that loan are being discouraged from competing to refinance those loans,”” he told lawmakers, citing a “”number of changes”” that legislators and regulators could make to remove barriers to homeowners.He faulted existing loan representations and warranties for discouraging servicers from allowing borrowers to refinance at historically low interest rates.””Frankly, we think it doesn’t make a lot of common sense that a homeowner who actually has more equity in their home is a lower-risk borrower… [than] homeowners who may be underwater on their homes,”” he said. “”It’s a question of fairness to make sure refinancing is available across the board.””Sen. “”Richard Shelby””: (R-Alabama), a frequent critic of the FHA’s failure to stay above its 2 percent capital ratio buffer, reiterated concerns about the overcommitted housing agency in his opening remarks and later in questions during the hearing.””Do you share my overall concern about the solvency of FHA?”” he asked Donovan.The HUD official answered by highlighting recent “”substantial premium increases,”” as well as a new rule on lender indemnification that he billed as a measure to protect the FHA’s cash-strapped Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund.””I do think we’re taking series of a number of broad steps to protect the fund,”” he said.The FHA remains a political hotspot for the housing industry, with a recent paper by Joseph Gyourko, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, claiming last fall that it would need anywhere from $50 billion to $100 billion in Treasury draws, if trends persist.center_img in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Sharelast_img read more

50 Degrees North will present a National Arctic A

first_img50 Degrees North will present a National Arctic, Antarctica & Nordic Cruising Roadshow with Hurtigruten in August 2019, covering 12 events in six cities – Newcastle, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide.Both agents and clients are invited to attend the sessions and enjoy tales from the world’s most beautiful ocean voyage, the Hurtigruten Coastal Voyage along the stunning Norwegian coastline. The sessions include a presentation on Antarctica and the Arctic and an opportunity to learn about the revolutionary hybrid powered and eco-friendly ships, MS Fridtjof Nansen and MS Roald Amundsen, as well as Hurtigruten’s other new sustainability innovations.The events feature two guest speakers: Dominic Barrington, a Polar Expedition Photographer for Hurtigruten, will regale stories on the Arctic and Antarctica while Tietse Stelma from 50 Degrees North will detail the ultimate coastal itineraries for travelling in his motherland of Norway. Participating agents will have the chance to be selected for an exclusive Hurtigruten & 50 Degrees North Educational tour ‘Aurora Highlights’, along the Norwegian Coast this December. Members of the general public have the chance to win a voyage for two along the Norwegian Coast on a northbound voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes.Numbers are limited for the free events and bookings are essential. Bookings can be made via the links below, or directly at Agents are welcome to attend both sessions and to bring clients along to the evening sessions. Breakfast Sessions for agents, bookings HERE. 14 Aug 8 – 9.30am Newcastle – Noah’s on the Beach15 Aug 8 – 9.30am Sydney – QT Sydney16 Aug 8 – 9.30am Brisbane – Ovalo Brisbane21 Aug 8 – 9.30am Melbourne – 50 Degrees North office22 Aug 8 – 9.30am Perth – QT Perth23 Aug 8 – 9.30am Adelaide – Glenelg Surf ClubEvening Sessions for the public, bookings HERE. 13 Aug 6 – 8pm Newcastle – Noah’s on the Beach14 Aug 6 – 8pm Sydney – QT Sydney15 Aug 6 – 8pm Brisbane – Ovalo Brisbane20 Aug 6 – 8pm Melbourne – Denmark House21 Aug 6 – 8pm Perth – QT Perth22 Aug 6 – 8pm Adelaide – Glenelg Surf ClubIMAGE: Hurtigruten/Hege Abrahamsen 50 Degrees NorthagentscruiseeventsHurtigrutenroadshowlast_img read more

Related Flight Geek of the Week Laura WilsonFlig

first_img RelatedFlight Geek of the Week – Laura WilsonFlight Geek of the Week – Laura WilsonFlight Geek of the Week – Wit WiechFlight Geek of the Week – Wit WiechFlight Geek of the Week – JonnyIntroducing the flight search geeks that make Skyscanner work **1. What do you do at Skyscanner?**I’m the Head of Search Technology and a database architect. I make sure we have the best software architecture to provide the functionality we need on the website whilst having the capacity and speed for all the users. I don’t do pretty – I do fast, functional and high capacity.2. What kind of flight geek are you?I’m a problem solving geek. I can find loads of solutions to any problem. I’m also a poker geek and can fake-bluff brilliantly to take all your chips (where I pretend I’m bluffing!).3. What best generally describes your travel style?Often it’s up and go with a last minute journey. I enjoy travelling with others but I love the freedom and control of travelling alone. I have travelled so much on flights and done so many long road trips, that long or short journeys don’t faze me anymore – I enjoy the journey as much as getting to the destination. I also love reading, so that helps.4. What’s your ideal holiday?I’m going to be trying out some adventure holidays this year – but traditionally I like going to any place which has awesome food and great nightlife. My favourite places so far include Paros in Greece, for a very chilled out beach and nightlife holiday, Melbourne for partying and New York for music and food; I would love to live there. I’m also rediscovering Scotland which has amazing scenery and is great for mountain biking or walking. In future I will definitely go to Las Vegas to get my bracelet from the World Series Poker.5. Who’s your ideal travel companion? My friend Graham is good fun to travel with but I wouldn’t mind sitting next to Iain M Banks for a while on a plane just for the jabber. Other than that, Salma Hayek would be my preferred travelling companion for hanging out in all the places mentioned in the previous question!6. Do you fly with children?No, but I have no problem with children. It’s the parents who can’t control their children I have a problem with! I’ve travelled with my nephews before and they can make a trip far more enjoyable due to the excitement they have; you get to see a place through fresh eyes.7. How do you decide where you want to go?If I’ve been to a place before and it was good, then I’ll go back – otherwise it’ll be based on hearsay, conjecture and a bit of advice from friends.8. How do you decide when you want to go?Geekily enough I normally base this around the projects I’m working on at Skyscanner. The snowboarding season limits your options for those types of holidays and for summer holidays temperature and season start/end points of the destination play a big part in when to go.Paros, Greece, is perfect in May and September for example but not so good in August when it’s packed with tourists and approaching 35 – 40 degrees C.9. What annoys you most about planning holidays?I find that if I’m looking for ideas on where to go, the biggest problem is identifying recommendations from someone else who is similar to me and likes the same things as me. Facebook holidays would be a good idea to see where all your friends have been travelling.10. What are you doing in your job at Skyscanner to help?We are implementing architecture which will provide things like ‘other people who like this also like…’11. What’s your favourite thing about the Skyscanner site?Definitely the month view – being able to see WHEN it is cheapest to fly is invaluable. I’m sure my favourite thing will change when my dream features are implemented though.12. What’s your dream feature?Recommendations of destinations based on similar user’s behaviour, activities linked to destinations and Google travel queries linking directly to the Skyscanner month view.13. Favourite websites apart from Skyscanner (not necessarily travel) and why?The BBC website amazes me for usability, functionality, scalability and performance – and iPlayer is awesome. Facebook is good for catching up with friends and there are a few blogs I follow too. When it comes to travel sites, Lonely Planet and Trip Advisor are good although I need Trip Advisor to filter out comments by people whose opinion I would never trust in real life. **14. What’s the geekiest thing about you? Your secret geek shame?**I started programming when I was 6 years old. I got my mum to buy me graph paper and I drew and then reprogrammed (hacked!) the animated sprites in Donkey Kong on my brothers C64.I also bought a Das Keyboard a couple of years ago – it’s very fast for typing, lets me get up to speeds approaching 100 words per minute and there are no letters or characters on the keyboard.15. Worst travel experienceOne time when I was coming back home from Australia I’d been up all night saying goodbye before flying and packed my bag in a rush, including my towel from outside, before taxiing it to the airport. When I got there I stank so much and was in such a mess that the security people felt they had to ask me to open my bag and search through it. A massive huntsman spider flew out and legged it across the airport terminal floor scaring both myself and the poor security girl half to death leaving me with some explaining to do in my half-cut state.Meet more Flight Search GeeksReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Introducing the flight search geeks that make Skyscanner worklast_img read more

Read on for our pick of the best flight deals

first_imgRead on for our pick of the best flight deals! *Published January 2017. Any prices are lowest estimated prices at the time of publication, for travel during the cheapest month available, and are subject to change and/or availability.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. Related16 ridiculously cheap places to go on holiday in 2017Want to save pounds on your holiday this year? We’ve put together 16 of the best places for budget travel in 2017, based on flight prices, accommodation, eating out and – most importantly – the average price of a beer. Here’s where’s cheap to travel this year, whether you’re up…How to get to Western Australia for lessSee how you can find cheap flights to Perth, save money on travel, and turn your Western Australia dream holiday into a budget-friendly reality.How to have a family holiday for less than £500It’s not too late to book your August family holiday! We’ve found five holidays in Europe that will set you back less than £500 for flights and accommodation for a family of four, plus a few essentials for any family getaway; ice cream and beer. Check out these amazing value… ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepartReturnCabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Try searching to see if you can find a better deal than we dug up! Under £100Gibraltar: Fly direct to the island from £42.Cyprus: Paphos, in all its sunny, beachy glory, is a £42 flight away.Turkey: For £61, you can fly to Dalaman, and start soaking up the sun, while a flight to historic Istanbul is £70.Iceland: Reykjavik, with its hot springs and cool culture, is a £62 flight away.Finland: See Helsinki for just £62.Ukraine: For £82, you can fly to Kiev.How to find cheap flights with Skyscanner?Whether you’re looking for a bargain flight for that weekend away, or just after inspiration for your next trip, Skyscanner’s unique tools can find it for you. One of our most popular features is search everywhere.All you’ve got to do is search from where you are to ‘everywhere’, and you’ll get a list of destinations you can fly to, cheapest flight first. Once you see a country (or price) that interests you, just click to see which airport(s) you can fly to, and then select your dates. Explore cheap flight deals in the app Under £20Poland: Flights to Szymany start from just £13. For £16, you can visit the country’s capital, Warsaw.Germany: You could soon be sipping bier in Berlin, with flights starting at £20.France: Anyone for a £17 trip to Toulouse?Ireland: Oh, hi Dublin – what nice £17 flights you have.Denmark: Visit Copenhagen from just £14.Romania: the capital city of Timiș County, is located in the west of the country. Flights start at £17Bulgaria: Sofia is known for its beauty. See for yourself from £18.Luxembourg: Fly direct to the land of cheese and chocolate for £18.Latvia: Waterfront views in Riga are just an £18 flight away.Belgium: Brussels beckons, and the journey costs as little as £20.Italy: Look fashionable in Milan for a stylish price (£18, to be exact).Spain: Oh Lanzarote, with your year-round sun and cheap flights. Fly to the sunshine island for £19.Under £30Netherlands: Eindhoven is known as the technology and design hub of the Netherlands, and flights there start at £23.Switzerland: Basel is beautiful, and so is the flight price – just £23.Bosnia and Herzegovina: Flights to Tuzla start from £26.Czech Republic: Brno is known for its mix of modernist architecture and medieval buildings. Flights cost as little as £26.Slovakia: Flights to Slovakian capital Bratislava start at £29.Slovenia: Direct flights to Slovenia’s capital and largest university town start at £27.Lithuania: Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital, is a haven for medieval architecture. Fly there for £28.Norway: Oh, hey Norway. Oslo flights can cost as little as £28.Portugal: Faro flights for £28? Yes please.Sweden: Colourful Stockholm is just a £28 flight away.Austria: Linz straddles the Danube midway between Salzburg and Vienna, making it an ideal base to explore the best of Austria. Get flights from £29.Malta: Luqa, on the southern side of the island, has medieval buildings and stunning waterside views. See for yourself, from £32.Greece: Corfu is one of the most popular islands in Greece for a beach break, and you can fly there from £30.Under £40Croatia: Ta da! Flights to Zadar start at £32.Hungary: See beautiful Budapest, with flights from £34.Morocco: Fly to both Rabat and Fes from just £38.Montenegro: Podgorica is the capital of Montenegro. Flights start from £39. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map We ran a few searches to see how far you could go for your money. These are for return flights from the UK, during 2017 and prices include all taxes. Remember, some airlines now charge extra for services such as taking hold baggage or checking in online – these costs are not included here.last_img read more

Mandarin Oriental New York celebrates the upcomin

first_imgMandarin Oriental, New York celebrates the upcoming summer season with an assortment of fun-filled offerings including a spectacular July 4th fireworks package, complimentary room offers for traveling families, a new Seasonal Restoration detoxifying treatment in The Spa, and a complimentary spa treatment with the purchase of a Spa Summer Series package.July 4th Fireworks PackageMandarin Oriental’s Hudson River rooms offer the perfect viewing venue for this year’s spectacular July 4th Hudson River fireworks show, staged to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s Hudson River exploration. Check-in for your weekend getaway in time for the 9pm show on Saturday, July 4th when fireworks will illuminate the Manhattan skyline for 26 dazzling minutes with over 40,000 colorful lights.Priced from USD 695 nightly, the July 4th Fireworks Package is available July 3 – 6, 2009 and includes one night’s accommodation in a Hudson River View Guestroom and daily American Breakfastfor two in restaurant Asiate or through In Room Dining. This package has a two-night minimum stay and a seven day cancellation policy. Reservations cancelled within seven days prior to 6pm on the day of arrival will incur one night’s room charge. This package is subject to availability.July 4th Fireworks Spectacular PackageHosting friends and family for July 4th? Watch the nation’s largest Independence Day fireworks display from the hotel’s signature Taipan Suite on the 54th floor with prime Hudson River views and a delicious All-American Barbeque for you and your guests. Details:-One night’s accommodation in the one-of-a-kind Taipan Suite -En-suite barbeque “picnic” for up to eight people -Roundtrip airport transfers for up to four people -Daily American Breakfast for up to four peopleReconnect in the City with a Complimentary Connecting RoomCelebrate summer at Mandarin Oriental, New York with family and friends when you book the Reconnect in the City package with a suite and complimentary connecting room.Summer in New York City is the ideal playground for families with Central Park , Broadway Theater, and an abundance of cultural activities just steps away from the hotel. Mandarin Oriental, New York’s spacious connecting room suite with spectacular views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline will be the perfect home away from home for reminiscing, reconnecting and taking in the City sites this summer with loved ones.Summer RestorationHealth is the new wealth and summer is the ideal season to relax, rebalance and rejuvenate. With this in mind, the award-winning Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York has partnered with healthy living-focused David Kirsch Wellness Co. to create Summer Restoration, an intensive cleansing and detoxifying treatment that works to restore optimum health to the mind and body. Your Summer Restoration begins in The Spa with an aromatherapy oil application, followed by a personalized body wrap envelopment selected to best match your body’s mineral needs. The wrap is designed to comfortably raise the body’s temperature and induce perspiration to encourage the elimination of toxins and increase the absorption of therapeutic oils. After this 80-minute treatment, the body is ideally prepared to continue cleansing with David Kirsch Wellness Co’s LemonAid 48 Hour Detox Diet, provided complimentary from May 25, 2009 – September 7, 2009. The red carpet secret of David’s clients Anne Hathaway and Liv Tyler, the lemonaid is a concentrate of lemon, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. Whether you are in need of a quick tune up before the a event or want to kick-start a wellness regimen, David’s detox works to shed pounds and rids your body of toxins in just 48 hours.Summer Spa Series – buy 4 get the 5th complimentaryIn celebration of Mandarin Oriental, New York ’s fifth anniversary, Manhattan ’s only Five-Star spa is delighted to offer a complimentary fifth treatment with the purchase of a four-treatment Summer Spa Series. A Spa Concierge will work with you to develop a customized series of five two-hour treatments to help you achieve better balance and wellness throughout the fun-filled summer through the use of a range of treatments, including the Mandarin Oriental Signature Spa Therapy; the results-driven Vitamin Infusion Facial, which helps treat sun-damaged skin; and the tension-releasing Lanna massage, imported from the mountains of Chiang Mai.www.mandarinoriental.comlast_img read more

Thieves reportedly steal €5000 from Larnaca home

first_imgPolice are looking for thieves who reportedly stole €5,000 from the home of a Lebanese businessman resident in Larnaca.The owner of the house reported on Thursday evening that while he was absent between Wednesday and Thursday the money was stolen from his bedside table.The perpetrators had gained entry by forcing open an aluminium side door.There is no alarm system or CCTV camera installed in the house and it is not yet known whether the items are covered by insurance.You May LikeTopixQuiz: Do You Know Sports Movies?TopixUndoTheDeliteKate Middleton Just Received An Incalculable Anniversary Gift From The QueenTheDeliteUndoHealth & Human Research7 Kidney Detox Herbs To Cleanse Kidney At HomeHealth & Human ResearchUndo LED-lighting the way by 2020UndoHouse rejects presidential veto over repossession lawUndoAt least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more