A NAFTA chapter focused on Indigenous rights will be crucial Bellegarde says

first_imgOTTAWA – The push for an Indigenous chapter in a renegotiated NAFTA could require support from Indigenous Peoples south of the border as well as in Canada, says Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde — a main advocate for its creation.Indigenous Peoples were left out of North American free trade discussions of the 1990s, Bellegarde said, adding he is pleased to see Ottawa is working to change that as it begins hashing out a new agreement.Bellegarde, who is part of an advisory committee on the trade negotiations, said there is a “certain amount of instability” in the White House at the moment and he acknowledges additional pressure may be required to see movement on the part of the U.S.“We also have to reach out and start working with our Indigenous brothers and sisters on the U.S.A. side,” Bellegarde said.“We never created borders. We’ve always had a lot of international trade amongst ourselves as Indigenous Peoples.”For its part, Canada can be viewed as a strong international leader through its full inclusion and involvement of Indigenous Peoples as part of international trade discussions, he added.“By having an Indigenous chapter, you’re going to get a better agreement to create economic certainty for this country, for all three countries,” he said.“It also opens up the door for potential economic development opportunities for Indigenous Peoples and as well making sure we find that strong balance between the environment and the economy.”Last week, as negotiations were about to get underway, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland thanked Bellegarde personally for the suggestion of an Indigenous chapter.“I spoke about it with our officials, and they were also very enthusiastic about that,” she said in Ottawa at the time.“That is another really fresh area for us to work on that is in keeping with Canadian values and with the areas our government is pursuing, and I’m very excited about it.”Specifically, the federal government is looking at how provisions in the agreement can support Indigenous economic development while also considering how to make the pact compliant with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).The International Inter-Tribal Trade and Investment Organization — a group made up of Indigenous and non-Indigenous trade experts — also made a submission to Global Affairs this summer requesting the creation of an Indigenous chapter, including greater protection of cultural property and traditional knowledge.Risa Schwartz, a lawyer and senior research fellow with the Centre for International Governance Innovation who helped the organization with its research, said she is pleased and surprised to see Freeland’s openness to the idea of an Indigenous chapter.There now needs to be real participation from Indigenous people on the content, she said, noting this involves legal commitments Canada must uphold in light of UNDRIP.Article 19 of the UN declaration outlines the need to co-operate in good faith with Indigenous Peoples to obtain free, prior and informed consent before adopting and implementing legislative or administrative measures that may affect them.The section is designed to apply to issues that would affect Indigenous rights, Schwartz said, adding NAFTA could do just that, possibly in an adverse way.Schwartz does not see an Indigenous chapter as a priority for the current U.S. administration, but she said Mexico may be more amenable.“If you look back at the history of NAFTA, there was huge uproar from Indigenous Peoples in Mexico in 1994 so there may be a more serious conversation to be had with Mexico at this point.”—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

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US factories grew again in January but a bit more slowly

first_imgWASHINGTON – American manufacturers expanded again last month, though more slowly than in December.The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, reported Thursday that its manufacturing index dipped to 59.1 in January from a revised 59.3 in December. But any reading above 50 signals growth, and U.S. factories have been expanding for 17 straight months.Among 18 manufacturing industries, 14 grew in January, led by textile mills and makers of fabricated metal products. Export orders grew faster, while manufacturers’ new orders, production and hiring increased more slowly.Overall, American industry remains strong, thanks in large part to a pickup in global economic growth and a weakening dollar, which makes U.S. products less costly in foreign markets.Last week, the Commerce Department said orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rose 2.9 per cent in December, the fastest pace since June, lifted by a surge in orders for commercial aircraft. Excluding the volatile transportation sector, durable goods orders still rose a healthy 0.6 per cent.The American economy as a whole appears to be generally healthy. Economic growth clocked in last year at 2.3 per cent, up from 1.5 per cent in 2016. Unemployment has dropped to a 17-year low 4.1 per cent.last_img read more

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Moroccos Casablanca 3rd Best Weather Place in the World

first_imgFez- According to the March-April issue of the American Magazine Weatherwise, Casablanca ranks the 3rd best weather place in the world with best weather year round. According the data collected by the Magazine, which are based on the World Meteorological Organization, Viña del Mar, in Chile ranks first followed by Las Palmas, Gran Canaria in Spain, the northwestern coast of Morocco, Sassari, Sardinia (Italy), Barcelona, Lisbon, California, Adelaide (Australia), Coastal Western Cape (South Africa), and Manjimup Region of the Extreme South West Region of Western Australia.Referring to weather conditions in the Northwestern coast of Morocco, the author of the survey says: “Strongly moderated by cold currents of the Atlantic Ocean, the weather of the northwestern coast of Morocco experiences little seasonal variability and extremely mild temperatures year round. According to World Meteorological Organization data for Casablanca, which lies in the heart of this region, January experiences an average daily high of 63°F and a mean nighttime low of 45°F.” “The warmest month, August, experiences an average daily high of 80°F and a nighttime low of 70°F. Just 5.75 inches of rain, on average, falls on Casablanca during December, the wettest month. July, the driest month, experiences less than half an inch. Severe weather conditions, of all types, almost never descend on this coastline,” he adds.The author of the survey cites a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, by Richard Lucas and Nicole Lawless, according to which “people who dwell in sunnier areas tend to be happier than those living in cloudier environments.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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Multiple people killed after tour boat capsizes in Missouri

At least 13 people are dead after a duck boat carrying tourists on a Missouri lake capsized and sank.Officials say the boat was carrying 31 people when it capsized Thursday night on Table Rock Lake.An off-duty sheriff’s deputy working security helped rescue people from the water.Of the 14 people who survived, seven are injured.Those who died ranged in age from one to 70 years oldMissouri State Highway Patrol say four other people are still unaccounted for.Stormy weather is believed to be what caused the Ride the Ducks boat to capsize.There was a severe thunderstorm warning in the area at the time with wind speeds reaching about 100 kilometres an hour.

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Indian cyclist activist in Guyana to spread awareness on HIVAIDS …pays

Minister within Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Karen Cummings today (Friday) received a courtesy call from Indian activist for Human Immunodeficiency Virus infection and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) awareness Somen Debnath.Minister within the Ministry of Public Health Dr. Karen Cummings receives a gift from Indian Activist Somen DebnathDebnath made headlines in 2004, when he commenced a global cycling tour titled, “Around the World on Bicycle Tour for HIV/AIDS Awareness and Seminars on Indian Culture 2004-2020”. He explained that goal of his global tour is to cover 191 countries until 2020, spreading a message of HIV/AIDS awareness and social inclusion.Minister Dr. Cummings thanked Debnath for spreading his message to the citizens of Guyana and expressed the hope that the remaining of his tour continues on the route it started. She told Debnath that though the government is working assiduously to reduce the HIV prevalence in Guyana, his support towards highlighting HIV/AIDS among other areas will also help the cause.“We want to thank you for thinking about Guyana and its citizens, to impart your words of wisdom about HIV/AIDS. I know that the people of Guyana are friendly and kind to listen to what you will have to say, especially since the topic is one that the government is working assiduously to reduce and educate”, the Minister said.Debnath said that he is enjoying his stay at Guyana, the persons are welcoming since, “We are one family, we are one world”, and they consider him as one of their family members.The HIV activist said that the neglect and unawareness surrounding HIV started growing after he read an article about AIDS at the age of 14. The article revealed that AIDS was even deadlier than cancer and told the story of a homeless AIDS patient who was abandoned by his village, and left to die alone.He told the health minister that his next stop is Berbice to educate the persons about HIV/AIDS and the other areas he focuses on.The avid cyclist also gives lectures in schools, universities, non-governmental organisations, (NGOs) among other institutions.Since the start of his tour, Debnath has travelled to 130 countries. (DPI) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGlobal Fund injects $28M into Guyana’s HIV/AIDS fightNovember 4, 2016In “Health”Funds from French Gov’t to transform hinterland health centres into hospitalsNovember 6, 2015In “Health”Buxton Health Center to offer more servicesJuly 18, 2015In “Business” read more

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Millers owe Essequibo rice farmer over 132M

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRamsammy, Ramotar meet Essq. Rice Farmers; Payment assuredJuly 14, 2014In “Business”Essequibo rice farmers owed $740M – lament delayed paymentsJanuary 11, 2016In “latest news”Payment to rice farmers expected to be complete in a matter of days –Minister RamsammyJuly 6, 2014In “Politics” – Minister Holder slams non-payment, urges GRDB to explore penalties for errant millers<> has long been reporting about the financial hardships experienced by rice farmers who have been owed millions of dollars by rice millers; Agriculture Minister Noel Holder has concurred with the farmers’ plight and slammed the prolonged delay.According to the Department of Public Information, (DPI), Agriculture Minister Noel Holder on Thursday declared that the delay farmers experience in receiving from millers payment for their produce is a clear violation of the Rice Factories Act, and is a “clear demonstration of unfair business practices”.His comments came after rice farmer and Essequibo Paddy Producers’ Association head, Naith Ram, lamented the farmers’ plight during a recent outreach to Region Two.According to DPI, while saying that rice farmers on the Essequibo Coast “are being held to ransom by many millers”, Ram has identified rice miller Wazir Hussain as owing many of those farmers.Hussain had earlier told this newspaper that it was the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) which owe millers, and the millers, in turn, owe farmers. Nevertheless, Ram cried out that he has been owed since the first crop for 2018. He said that many farmers had to either relinquish cultivating or scale back cultivation significantly.“Farmers have not been paid to date. We have a Factories Act, but farmers will not take millers to court because of fear of victimisation by other millers. We have to devise another system – we have to take some firm action. How can a farmer who is not being paid sustain his family? We have to do something to help the situation in Region Two.” Ram said.DPI quoted Ram as saying that millers continually owing farmers is “negatively affecting the rice industry and the livelihood of rice farmers.” According to the Government Information Service, GRDB noted that millers on the Essequibo Coast owe farmers more than $132 million for paddy supplied from the first crop, with a popular Essequibo miller owing “97% of that figure”.In response, Minister Holder has said millers must not be allowed to mistreat rice farmers and withhold payments.“We have many millers faulting the Board for their not being able to pay farmers, especially recently, for rice shipped to Panama. The Panama deal is not like other arrangements millers have with other buyers; it is a Government-to-Government arrangement. The GRDB approached millers explaining that the Panama market offers 30% more for the rice, but like any Government-to- Government arrangement, funds take a litter longer to process.”Minister Holder pointed out that if millers are not treating farmers justly, the GRDB could explore withholding milling licences, as the law stipulates. “However, this has to be a Board policy…as a member of the GRDB Board of Directors, you can bring that suggestion to the table, (but) the Minister cannot make that decision; it has to be a decision of the Board.” Minister Holder said.Rice farmers on the Essequibo island of Wakenaam were in July paid after waiting for five long months to be paid for their produce. Before this payment was effected, farmers had vented their frustrations at the prolonged delay, saying that the crop would pass without them being paid. However, as media reports highlighted, after months of non-payment that farmers were being made to endure, the farmers finally received the monies that were owed to them.However, the Guyana Rice Millers Association (GRMA) maintained that millers are signing agreements with GRDB, which has a Government-to-Government arrangement with Panama, and as such, GRDB has an obligation to pay millers.GRMA Head, Leekha Rambrich, had observed in June that GRDB was violating laws on its delayed payments to millers under the Panama deal. read more

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Young singer hits top note

first_imgTwenty one year old Australian Greek soprano Jenna Roubos sung her lungs out last Monday at Opera in the Market, the St Vincent’s Hospital charity event held at the Queen Victoria Markets .Ms Roubos sung alongside the 65 member Melbourne Youth Orchestra whilst competing as one of three finalist in the Australian Vocal Scholars Program, a competition whose finals are hosted by Opera in the Market.The Australian Vocal Scholars Program was set up in 1998 with the purpose of offering talented young singers, between the ages of 17 and 26, the opportunity to further develop their talents through a variety of performances.Whilst it was tenor Nick Jones, 21, that took out the scholarship, Roubos was excited to have had the opportunity to perform at such a prestigious event. “There’s that feeling when you’re up there with an orchestra,” said Roubos to Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE). “The atmosphere is uplifting, as if [you are] transcending into heaven.”While the other finalists, soprano Susannah Gidley, 20, and tenor Nick Jones, 21, had performed their final arias two weeks ago at the first Opera in the Market, Roubos’s turn to shine came last week, singing an aria from Weber’s Der Freischutz. Meeting opera star Yvonne Kenny and tenor James Egglestone, who commended her on her performance, was a highlight for Ms Roubos.“It was my first time performing with an orchestra, so to be able to perform with so many famous singers and gain experience of working with the Melbourne Youth Orchestra, was amazing,” she said.Roubos has a long history of hitting the top notes.In 1999 Mr Roubos studied at the Victorian College of The Arts Secondary School and in 2002 won a voice scholarship through the Robert Salzer Foundation. The young soprano completed a Bachelor of Music Performance Degree in 2007 at The Victorian College of The Arts, majoring in classical voice.At the tender age of 21 Roubos can see what her career holds for her.“I’d definitely like to pursue a career as an opera singer. I love it. I want to travel overseas and join an op-era company. To work in Europe is my dream.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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New Planet Discovered Most Likely Candidate For Life Yet

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Stay on target Astronomers have announced that a brand new Earth-like planet has been discovered orbiting a nearby star — and this one holds the best chance yet for life. The star, Ross 128, is a calm red dwarf sitting about 11 light years away. That puts it quite a bit further than our nearest neighbor, Proxima Centauri. And it’s also relatively desolate, so far as we can tell — with just one major, Earth-sized planet that we can detect. But the key here is that Ross 128 is a far more relaxed star than the likes of TRAPPIST-1 or other nearby stellar friends.That’s important, scientists believe because it creates conditions more favorable for life. It’s hard to survive when your parent star is constantly slinging radioactive flares, or rapidly heating or cooling. Proxima, for instance, pelts its planets with high-energy flares all the time. On top of being dangerous for life on its own, these flares can also strip the atmospheres of their planets, weakening any natural radiation shielding that the planet would otherwise enjoy.Life doesn’t like that though. Life likes stability. It likes steady changes over time. And, many of the stars we’ve found planets zipping around thus far are… well… rowdy. “Those flares can sterilize the atmosphere of the planet,” astrophysicist Xavier Bonfils told the New York Times. “Ross 128b is one of the quietest stars in the neighborhood.”All of this and it sits right in the habitable zone of the star, meaning that it’s in an area where conditions may be right for liquid water. Combined with the relatively laidback nature of Ross, we now have our best candidate yet for a life-sustaining world beyond our own system.These findings were published in the academic journal Astronomy and Astrophysics. The team observed the planet using the perturbations in the star’s light caused by the planet. From that reading, astronomers have estimated the new planet is roughly one and a half times the mass of the earth.There is one big catch, however. The planet is much closer to its star and that, combined with the types of radiation the star emits means that life on Ross 128b would be subject to many times the x-ray and ultraviolet radiation. That could still be enough to torch the atmosphere. Still, this is the best shot we’ve got yet.“There is potential for an atmosphere and hence habitability,” William Danchu, a NASA astrophysicist said. “This is an important discovery and well worth many follow-up studies.”It’s fortunate, then that a new crop of telescopes will be able to yield more detailed measurements about the planet, including what types of gases it has in its atmosphere. If we also detect oxygen and nitrogen — which should be relatively easy — then we’ll have a better idea of whether it can sustain life. Science!One final bummer, though, would be the fact that even if it does show some positive signs of life, it’s going to take a while to get there. Even our best ships would take millennia. Space is vast and even our nearest neighbors are many, many years away. But it might be nice, even if we never cross paths, that we aren’t alone in the universe.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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3 displaced after Fort Lauderdale house fire no injuries

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Three people found themselves without a home after a fire broke out in a Fort Lauderdale house.Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the blaze near Southwest 23rd Street and 36th Terrace, Sunday afternoon.Firefighters arrived at the scene to find heavy smoke billowing from the house. They were able to contain the flames to the front portion of the home.No injuries were reported.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Alaska News Nightly Wednesday Feb 21 2017

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowAnchorage skier Kikkan Randall wins Olympic goldEmily Russell, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe Olympic gold ends a 46-year drought for the American women, who had never won a medal before at the winter games.USGS scientist resigns in tussle over release of NPR-A dataLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.A top scientist resigned late last year to protest what he saw as a threat to the agency’s scientific integrity. The deputy secretary of Interior was pressing the USGS to allow a preview of its findings on the oil potential in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.Federal regulators say they don’t have enough information about Alaska’s gasline projectRashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauLast week, the state’s gasline corporation got a letter from the federal agency leading the permitting process for the AlaskaLNG project.Senate president seeks work or volunteer requirement for Medicaid recipientsAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauAlaska Senate President Pete Kelly has introduced a bill that would require people who receive Medicaid to work, engage in subsistence activities, or volunteer. But the legislation faces obstacles in the House, and is raising concern from those who provide healthcare to low-income Alaskans.Alaska Legislature passes bill to legalize industrial hempCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageA bill to legalize the production of industrial hemp has made its way through both the Alaska House and Senate and now awaits the governor’s pen.News report raises questions about mayoral candidate’s pastZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageNewly reported court records are raising questions about the personal history of a prominent candidate in the Anchorage mayor’s race.Hilcorp CEO steps downElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageHildebrand is known for being among the wealthiest people in the world, with a net worth of $7.6 billion, according to Bloomberg.If rental assistance is a lifeline for preventing homelessness, why is it so hard to get?Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageResources exist to help people on the verge of eviction, but how do you find them?last_img read more

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Friday Fun Time Bubba The Tortoise Dazzles Millions Simply By Playing With

first_img Share Bubba is a tortoise when he wakes up, and he remains one when he goes to sleep. But in between, it seems, he likes nothing better than chasing a ball around, looking for all the world like an excited puppy.Bubba became an Internet star this month, after Paul Milham posted a video of his daughter Ciara’s tortoise online. Tens of millions of people have now watched the video, in which Bubba shows off both his ball-hawk skills and speed that might surprise many viewers.“Ciara’s tortoise cracks me up,” Milham said in his Facebook posting of the video earlier this month. “Absolutely nuts!”Others clearly agree: After the video of the British reptile was posted to Facebook by the Unilad site, it was viewed more than 44 million times. Whether they’re simply fascinated or in dire need of a pleasant distraction — or perhaps both — people find it irresistible to watch the perky tortoise scuttle around after a purple ball, chasing a toy that Milham says belongs to the family cat.Since Milham posted the video on Facebook and elsewhere, Bubba has been featured on outlets from the Daily Mail and Mexico’s Posta to Canada’s CTV and, most recently, the BBC, which visited Milham and Ciara, 12, at their home in Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire.Of the video’s appeal, Ciara tells the BBC, “It’s kind of just the fact that it’s a tortoise going so quickly — that’s not what people think tortoises are like.”Milham has also tweeted a short list of answers to frequently asked questions about the video:“It’s not our lounge or kitchen.“He’s a tortoise, not a turtle.“He lives in a heated vivarium.“The underbite is treated.Bubba’s popularity led Milham to license the video to at least three media outlets — something he called “utterly nuts” in a recent Facebook post. He also said, “Sometimes things happen in life that you just can’t quite comprehend.”We’ve sent Milham a message seeking an update, but on Friday he said via Twitter that the appearance on the BBC “draws our media commitments to a close.” He added, “That’s probably enough tortoise stuff now.”In addition to video views, the Unilad Facebook post about Bubba has also generated rich comments. Here’s a sampling:From Angie Ellis: “My tortoise has the run of the house most days, he loves it. Tips the cats biscuit bowl over every day. Chases my cats, sneaks up on them if he gets a chance loves making them jump. Follows me about and comes to you when called.”From Gil Buttersnaps: “All I can think of is the look on the face of the guy at Home Depot when you tell him that you need flooring options that will stand up to the wear and tear of a small but surprisingly fast turtle.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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The Best Horror Movies On Netflix

first_imgCurious as to the best streaming device for your buck? Look here.Netflix and chill? More like Netflix and… kill. Okay, now that we’ve got that out of our system, let’s talk about how the red-colored streaming video service has become an incredible destination for horror movies. Big names and super-obscure slasher flicks sit side by side on the virtual shelves, with hundreds of streaming titles to sift through.But with all that choice, how do you find the truly watchable ones? Geek is here for you, because we’re always here for you. These are, full stop, the best horror movies on Netflix streaming right now. As licenses change and new movies are added, we’ll update this list, but as of February 2017 these eleven movies are the scariest you’ll find.OculusMost horror flicks go pretty easy on the viewer in terms of timeline, but the ambitious Oculus manages to juggle two plotlines 11 years apart with ease and scare the hell out of you doing it. The story concerns a mirror that induces supernatural hallucinations in people near it, and two generations of a family have to contend with its powers. What makes Oculus stand out from the raft of “haunted object” movies is the way it navigates the two timelines in a clever and diabolical way, leading to a third act twist that will blow your mind. It’s rare that we watch a horror film and say “this did something really new,” but this one does.Cabin FeverEli Roth’s 2002 gorefest Cabin Fever starts with one of the hoariest premises in horror history – a group of attractive young people head to a remote house in the woods for a little fun – and twists it until it bleeds. When a grotesque flesh-eating virus infects our leads, things go from bad to worse with madcap speed. Nothing Roth’s made since has lived up to the lean madness of Cabin Fever, including the absolutely unnecessary 2016 remake.Train To BusanZombie movies are a dime a dozen on Netflix, but this one takes some unconventional twists that make it very worth watching. The main thing that makes it interesting is the setting – when the dead rise and start chowing down on the living, our protagonist Seok-woo and his daughter are riding the rails to the city of Busan to visit her mother. When a train attendant gets the bite and turns, it kicks off a claustrophobic tale of survival on a moving vehicle. There’s talk of both a sequel and an American remake on the way.HellraiserIt’s impossible to overstate what a disruptive influence Clive Barker was on the horror industry in his prime. He brought a truly weird sensibility to his novels, dispensing with traditional monsters and frights to dip deep into world mythology, bizarre science and the nightmare that is the human mind. Oh, and he also directed. 1987’s Hellraiser has some weak spots, but the twisted plot and insanely great practical effects make it worth a watch. The design of Pinhead and his fellow Cenobites still ranks as some of the most iconic in horror history.TrollhunterThe “found footage” fad has been a horror mainstay since The Blair Witch Project, but most movies don’t do anything interesting with it. 2010 Norwegian flick Trollhunter is the exception. When a group of college kids head out into the frozen woods to lens a documentary about a bear poacher, they quickly find out they have more than they bargained for. Said poacher is actually engaged in a brutal war against trolls that explode in the sunlight, and their student project turns into a grisly, gory, ridiculous action-horror movie that’s unlike just about anything else.The VoicesBefore he was Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds starred in this horror comedy as Jerry, a cheerful guy who works at a bathtub family and comes home every night to take care of his beloved cat and dog… who talk to him and tell him to murder people. Jerry is a schizophrenic, you see, and when he doesn’t take his medication his pets get chatty. When he accidentally murders a co-worker he has a crush on, things start to go south for Jerry and it kicks off a blood-soaked comedy of errors that has one of the most bizarre endings we’ve ever seen.The ShiningStephen King might be the most-adapted novelist of all time, but he wasn’t satisfied with Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 version of The Shining. That’s bizarre, because it’s widely regarded as one of the best horror movies ever lensed. When writer Jack Torrance takes a job as caretaker of the Overlook Hotel during the winter, he intends to finish his long-delayed book. Unfortunately, the wandering spirits of the Overlook have other plans for him. The film is a gorgeous, incredibly influential piece of work. If you dig it, documentary Room 237, which goes into detail about many conspiracy theories surrounding the flick, is also streaming on Netflix.PontypoolThere are plenty of rious plague turns people into mindless, violent cannibals. Instead of being spread by blood, this one’s a virus in the English language itself, and manifests itself when you start repeating certain words over and over. The afflicted get so nuts that they chew their way through the faces of other people to make it stop. It’s a twisty premise that’s executed amazingly well, even if the ending doesn’t stick as well as it could.A Girl Walks Home Alone At NightHere’s a horror film so unique that many critics didn’t have any idea what to make of it. Ana Lily Amirpour’s 2014 A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night billed itself as “the first Iranian vampire Western,” and that description’s not far off the mark. The atmosphere is unlike anything else on this list, and although the plot is slight – a young Iranian man struggles to take care of his heroin-addicted father until he meets the titular Girl at Night – it’s incredibly engrossing. Horror is changing and growing, and it’s movies like this that are paving the way forward.It FollowsIt’s interesting to see how horror movies evolve with culture and technology. So many classic flicks just wouldn’t work in an era of cell phones and social networking. It Follows is one of the best attempts we’ve seen to put a modern spin on a classic concept. The basic premise is simple: after a sexual encounter, a young woman learns that she will be continually pursued by a supernatural force that can take any shape, and if it catches her she dies and begins to pursue the person who gave it to her. It’s a creepy analogy for the post-AIDS world that delivers shocks and scares at every turn.Tucker & Dale Vs. EvilLet’s close this off with a horror film that takes all of the “college student in the woods” tropes and turns them on their ear. Tucker and Dale are a pair of West Virginia hillbilies who are mistaken for serial killers by a bunch of city folk. A raucous and gory comedy of errors ensues, as the young people are murdered by their own stupidity and paranoia as Tucker and Dale valiantly try to save them. It’s insanely funny and surprisingly merciless in the way it treats its characters. There’s allegedly a sequel in development but who knows if we’ll ever see it.Removed From NeftlixSadly, movies don’t stay streaming forever, and every month the selection on Netflix changes. When a movie gets taken off of the service, we’ll put it down here and let you know where else you can get it.Beyond The Black RainbowIs it horror? Is it science fiction? Is it an art film? Beyond The Black Rainbow is all that and a bag of potato chips. The debut film from Panos Cosmatos is a trippy take on 80s classics like Altered States, featuring a mad doctor experimenting on a psychic girl in a bizarre prismatic prison. Don’t worry if you can’t quite make heads or tails of the plot – this one is a sensory experience more than anything else, a paean to the days when horror was truly outside the realm of human understanding. It’s super great.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoLet The Right One InOne of the coolest things about Netflix’s selection is that it’s truly international, and you’re lucky enough to be able to stream 2008’s brilliant Let The Right One In. Tomas Alfredson’s cold-weather vampire story is a masterpiece of suspense. Young Oskar is a bullied pre-teen who lives with his mother in the Stockholm suburbs, but when he meets a girl named Eli things start to get real weird. Let The Right One In touches on lots of vampire movie tropes – doomed romance, immortality – but does it in such a mysterious and left-handed way that it seems fresh and new.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoThe Cabin In The WoodsDrew Goddard’s 2012 horror comedy was a cult hit upon release, regarded by some as a Scream for a new generation of fans. The setup is as generic as it comes – a group of college students head off into the woods and run into unspeakable evil – but the twists this puppy throws at the unsuspecting viewer are outrageous. We don’t want to spoil the gimmick if you haven’t seen the flick, but be aware that nothing is as it seems, and if you feel like you’ve seen this story before, there’s a very good reason. The tons of sneaky references to other horror franchises make The Cabin In The Woods wicked fun to rewatch.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoThe ExorcistWe’re incredibly blessed to have one of the most seminal horror films of all time available for streaming. William Friedkin’s The Exorcist completely changed the landscape when it came out in 1973, elevating the genre to mass-market accessibility and proving that it could touch on current-day issues in a mature way. It was the first horror flick to garner a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars (even if it lost out to The Sting). If you haven’t seen it, it holds up amazingly well for being almost a half a century old – Linda Blair is a revelation as a young girl possessed by an ancient Assyro-Babylonian demon, and the role defined her entire career.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoRe-AnimatorFew writers have had the lasting impact on the genre as H.P. Lovecraft, and adaptations of his work have ranged from chilling to ridiculous. Stuart Gordon’s 1985 Re-Animator falls squarely on the humorous side of the line, but the gory black comedy was a cult hit on release and still holds up decades later. Dr. Herbert West is the archetypal mad scientist who pushes a little too hard on the barrier between life and death and pays dearly for it, and the effects by practical master Brian Yuzna are absolutely glorious.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoFrom Dusk ‘Til DawnRobert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino teamed up for the first time for this wildly funny, sleazy vampire movie. When a pair of bank robbers hole up at a Mexican strip club, they’re not ready to meet the creatures of the night that call the place home. Salma Hayek launched a thousand sexual awakenings as possessed peeler Satanico Pandemonium, and the film’s third act is a relentless barrage of gore, stunts and witty dialogue. Critics hated it at the time but it stands up well today. The movie inspired a TV series on Rodriguez’s El Rey network that’s also very much worth watching.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoThe Blair Witch ProjectIt’s crazy to think, but before The Blair Witch Project, horror movies were in a pretty serious rut. All it took was a clever low-budget filmmaker with a gimmick – found footage – and a trio of actors willing to play along and the genre was pretty much instantly revitalized. The 1999 flick had audiences fleeing theaters in terror, and even knowing that it was all faked doesn’t strip the movie of much of its potency. The erratic pacing and disturbingly banal “scares” – piles of sticks, a person facing a corner – unsettle even as you try to figure out what the hell is happening.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoThe HostGiant monster movies don’t typically cross the line into all-out horror, but Bong Joon-Ho’s 2006 entry The Host pulled it off to become one of the most successful South Korean movies of all time. When pollution in the Han River creates a murderous creature, it’s up to a family that runs a snack bar to get rid of it. With clever anti-government themes and remarkably effective low-budget effects, The Host delivers on a bunch of different levels. The performances are great and thankfully the unnecessary American remake seems to be dead in the water.Stream on Amazon VideoGremlinsJoe Dante’s brilliant 1984 movie created the template for dozens of knock-offs to come, fusing comedy and horror in a unique and brilliant way. When a young boy gets a strange furry pet for Christmas, he systematically ignores all three rules that come with it and is soon inundated by a gaggle of homicidal green jerks. It’s surprisingly violent in retrospect – especially the scene where one gets nuked in the microwave – but never stops being fun. We’d love to see this style of horror film come back in the modern age, with no CGI Gremlins. Puppets forever.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoThe DescentAre you afraid of the dark? Neil Marshall’s 2005 horror flick embraces that fear by plunging viewers deep into the earth with no way out. When a group of friends goes on a spelunking expedition, things go from bad to worse when a cave-in traps them below. The worse part? They’re not alone. Also down there is a society of sightless, pale humanoid creatures who are very hungry. What follows shouldn’t surprise any seasoned horror watcher, but it’s a hell of a ride. Claustrophobic, violent and packed with twists and turns, this one will keep you glued to the screen until the shocking climax.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoThe BabadookJennifer Kent’s 2014 debut kicked off a wave of imitators, but it still stands as a beautiful and subtle take on parental horror. When a young boy becomes obsessed with fighting an imaginary monster, his mother has to contend with the fact that the Babadook might be more real than she thought. This flick works because of the slow-burning suspense that it crams into every scene. Instead of jump scares and freakouts, The Babadook builds an atmosphere of impending doom that sucks you in and makes you dread the dark corners and quiet moments.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoIf Netflix isn’t doing to for you anymore try the 11 Niche Video Streaming Services You Should Subscribe To. But we can also walk you through that choice with a Simple Guide to Streaming Services. 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Old Postcards that Warned Against Giving Women the Vote

first_imgMen of the early 20th century couldn’t be intimidated by the fear of being “outdone” by women. But that didn’t stop paranoid propagandists from creating postcards that were designed to do just that. In a time when women’s suffrage was just starting to gain traction in the United States, these wacky and outrageous postcards, dating from 1900 to 1914, were designed to scare men into thinking that the suffragettes would soon have every man in America sitting down to pee.Photo by Palczewski, CatherineH Postcard Archive University of Norther Iowa.Ceddar Falls IAPhoto by Palczewski, CatherineH Postcard Archive University of Norther Iowa.Ceddar Falls IAPhoto by Palczewski, CatherineH Postcard Archive University of Norther Iowa.Ceddar Falls IALike any change, the transition from a male-dominated society to a society which valued gender equality scared a lot of people. The suffragists were seen by some as a threat to family values and to man’s place in society. Some of these are clearly acts of satire, but others reflect a genuinely comical paranoia that gripped men with the fear of being “sent back home to care for the children.”They reflect a fear that women who become more politically independent might no longer wish to do work around the house. Consider, for example, the boy bent over a washtub seeming to glare at the “camera,” with the caption reading: “Everyone works but mother, she’s a suffragist.”Photo by Palczewski, CatherineH Postcard Archive University of Norther Iowa.Ceddar Falls IAPhoto by Palczewski, CatherineH Postcard Archive University of Norther Iowa.Ceddar Falls IAPhoto by Palczewski, CatherineH Postcard Archive University of Norther Iowa.Ceddar Falls IAOther postcards depict female suffragists attacking policeman or towering over men, as the men are forced to scrub floors or feed babies. Some mock suffragists as loud, hyper-masculine and unweddable loudmouths who need to be silenced.A few postcards even depict violence, including one of two men “waterboarding” a suffragist with hot soup, and another picture features a woman with her hands tied and her head in a vice. As clever and humorous as some of these postcards are, they were no match for the valid arguments published by the suffragists.For example, in 1910 the National American Woman Suffrage Association condensed their best arguments into a series of postcards entitled: “Think It Over.” One such argument was that if the Declaration of Independence was created and signed by men who were tired of taxation without representation, women should either be free from paying taxes or granted the right to representation through voting.Read another story from us:Teenage Girls in the 1940s – Lifestyle Photos of a Bygone EraAs it turns out, the suffragists got what they wanted, proving that civil arguments eventually win against wacky propaganda.last_img read more

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Businesses in Puebla participate in feeders for dogs program

first_imgChalchicomula de Sesma, Puebla — Local business owners in Ciudad Serdán are showing their support for the city’s stray dogs by providing street feeders.Several streets in the municipality of Ciudad Serdán are outfitted with the food and water dog feeders. The metal structures support a plastic bottle for dry food and a tube for fresh water. Above the structure is a sign that explains the importance of supporting the homeless dogs.Local businesses that take on the program are responsible for the maintenance and care of their dog feeder, which includes paying for the dry kibble food.The initiative was brought to the city by Manuel López, head of the organization Feeders for Dogs who, along with many youth, organize the feeders to ensure homeless dogs do not do hungry in the streets.“Dogs eat the same way we eat, so we do not have to mistreat animals,” said Kevin Lopez, a volunteer with the Feeders for Dogs organization.Out of the seven businesses in the municipality that participate in the program, approximately 15 homeless dogs get fresh food and water each day thanks to the feeders program.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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It is Time for an Honest Dialogue About Healthcare Reform

first_img News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Related Content Preventive CareWe do need to encourage Americans to seek preventive care, which is the most cost-effective approach compared to our current practice of treating diseases in late-stage development, which is extremely expensive and produces less positive patient outcomes. U.S. healthcare spending grew 5.8 percent in 2015, reaching $3.2 trillion, or $9,990 per person. The six reforms to our nation’s healthcare system proposed above could dramatically lower this cost while improving access and increasing the quality of care for everyone.  By developing a healthcare delivery system that rewards providers for keeping people healthy and by committing to become the best in the world for healthcare outcomes, like our previous commitment to put a man on the moon, we will finally be able to measure and evaluate the return on our investment in healthcare delivery. Instead of politicians spending their time talking about “repeal and replace” we can begin to promote how America produces world-class patient outcomes at the lowest cost possible. At that point we can continue to attract the best and the brightest men and women to pursue careers in medicine, nursing and all forms of healthcare delivery.  Dennis C. Miller is a nationally recognized strategic leadership coach who spent over 25 years as a healthcare executive, having served as the president and CEO of Somerset Medical Center and Healthcare Foundation, a major teaching medical center in New Jersey, and executive vice president/chief operating officer of Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck, N.J. He achieved the status of Fellow in the American College of Health Executives (ACHE), and is a graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Public Health; he is also the author of “Moppin’ Floors to CEO: From Hopelessness and Failure to Happiness and Success” (AuthorHouse: 2016). FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more Feature | Radiology Business | July 18, 2019 | By Stefanie Manack and Judy Zakutny Finding A Common Data Language for Radiology Approximately 30 percent of a hospital or health system’s profit comes from imaging according, to… read more John Carrino, M.D., M.Ph., presents “Challenges and Opportunities for Radiology to Prove Value in Alternative Payment Models” at AHRA 2019. Photo by Greg Freiherr Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more Image by rawpixel from Pixabay  Six Suggested ReformsTo create a healthcare system that is of high quality and affordable for all Americans, the following six major reforms are required:1. Pay healthcare providers for keeping patients healthy rather than treating them when they are sick. The current system of paying for each procedure or admission rewards the quantity of services offered versus the quality of care furnished. Hospital systems and physicians have formed accountable care organizations (ACO). The ACO can compete for bundled payment rates per enrollee from all payors. 2. Eliminate, or alter, the employer-based system of purchasing insurance. The main reason Americans have their health insurance from their employer is because during World War II, the National War Labor Board froze wages. Offering health benefits was a way to get around the law to keep attracting and retaining scarce employees. If employers would agree to increase employee salaries by the total amount they are currently paying for the health benefits, both sides would benefit. Employers could also transition to paying a fixed direct contribution to their employees who can negotiate in large association pools for coverage too. 3. Change the culture of Americans expecting someone else to pay for their healthcare needs. This removes individual responsibility for improving one’s own health. We confuse health insurance, which protects against risk of illness, with reimbursement for paying for regular healthcare services. We buy car insurance to protect against accidents and damage, not the purchase price of the car. Providers also charge more for their healthcare services when they know someone else will pay as opposed to what they can afford to pay. 4. Avoid the highly expensive malpractice cost of physicians and providers by establishing clinical best practices. If a provider adheres to best clinical practices, lawsuits would be greatly reduced and the need for “defensive medicine” would cease, saving billions of dollars annually. Trial lawyers in America won’t like this idea, but if we are to lower the cost of healthcare, we can easily begin here. 5. Allow Medicare to be the provider of health coverage for all Americans, with co-payments based on individual income and/or employer direct contributions. Everyone will need to contribute to a national Medicare system for all, but with higher salaries and less interference in the physician patient relationship, everyone will benefit. Develop a pilot program with Medicare for bundled payments. If successful, transition all Americans to a universal system of care. 6. Incorporate the current Medicaid program funded by both the federal government and states into Medicare. Since most physicians don’t accept Medicaid patients, this would dramatically increase access to high-quality medical care for all, especially the poor and underserved. America has the best-trained doctors, nurses and other health professionals in the world. Most of the wealthiest people in the world travel to our country to have their medical care. But our system of delivering healthcare to all is very expensive and produces few positive health outcomes compared to other countries. The World Health Organization ranks the United States dead last on quality, access, efficiency, equity and healthy life expectancy. The major difference of our healthcare system compared to all other countries is the absence of universal health insurance coverage and access to care.center_img Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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But they will not be easy. read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more Feature | Radiology Business | April 11, 2017 | By Dennis Miller It is Time for an Honest Dialogue About Healthcare Reform The six reforms that are essential to creating a high-quality healthcare system for all Americans Feature | Radiology Business | July 22, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Payment Models Seek Traction in Transition from Volume Efforts to reform healthcare are booming, b read more Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  Opposing ViewsDemocrats, who have lost control of the White House, Senate and the House of Representatives, are not planning to support the Trump Administration and Congress’ efforts to repeal the law. More gridlock in our nation’s capital is expected. Even though Obamacare can be dramatically repaired, for the first time in national polls, more Americans, perhaps fearing the actual loss of their healthcare coverage, now support key aspects of Obamacare. They have packed town hall meetings to discuss their displeasure with members of Congress about their plans to repeal the legislation without knowing what they are going to replace it with. Many Republican congressmen are now realizing that replacing Obamacare is not going to be that easy. The major political challenge is building consensus on who will pay for healthcare services for those unable to afford them? Statements like, “We just need to get rid of Obamacare and restore the patient and physician relationship,” and “We need to get the government out of healthcare” have been proclaimed by elected officials opposed to the law. Some have even claimed that Obamacare has destroyed the entire American healthcare system. As a former healthcare executive for nearly 30 years, I felt it was time to encourage a more honest dialogue about health reform in America. The ACA was intended to reform healthcare insurance and not a law to reform the healthcare delivery system. Everyone talks as if Obamacare and healthcare are the same, and they’re not. How ironic is it that the one healthcare payer who interferes the least in the physician and patient relationship is Medicare, a government program for older Americans. Ask any physician and they will tell you that Medicare, as compared to the private insurance marketplace, rarely interferes with the physician from providing any level of care determined by them to be medically appropriate. I wish politicians who claim that Obamacare has interfered with the physician-patient relationship would stop making such false statements. The idea floated by the Trump administration and Health Secretary Tom Price of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services is to allow healthcare insurance companies to sell insurance across state lines. Their argument is that if we could have more competition in the marketplace, we would have less costly premiums. It sounds good, but this does not translate to the healthcare insurance marketplace. It is very naïve to think this is a real solution. Premiums are determined by paid claims. If an insurance carrier from the Midwest with lower premiums wants to compete in another marketplace like New York, they will lose money unless they increase their premiums to reflect the higher claim costs in New York. The ACA was based on a large infusion of funds from the national budget to help individuals afford the cost of healthcare premiums. Many Republicans would prefer to offer tax credits than government subsidies to purchase healthcare insurance. Tax credits can only work when individuals and families can afford to purchase health insurance in the marketplace. Offering tax credits to those unable to afford to purchase insurance is like offering someone a gas credit to buy gasoline when they cannot afford to purchase a car. President Donald J. Trump and the Republican-led Congress have made it loud and clear that they want to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) signed into law in 2010 by former president Barak Obama. This historic legislation, more commonly called “Obamacare,” enabled 20 million more Americans to be covered by healthcare insurance. Even those individuals who had a pre-existing medical condition would now be covered under the ACA. The private insurance market in some states, like California, could no longer deny coverage because of a previous medical history. To gain the support of the private health insurance companies, the ACA promised millions of additional new enrollees to spread the financial risk.The ACA was based on former Republican Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s healthcare reform plan that relied on the private healthcare insurance marketplace to ensure that all state residents would receive affordable quality healthcare.  News | Radiation Oncology | July 17, 2019 CMS Proposes New Alternative Payment Model for Radiation Oncology The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposal for an advanced alternative payment model (APM)… read morelast_img read more

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Collette now guaranteeing all remaining departures for 2018

first_imgCollette now guaranteeing all remaining departures for 2018 Thursday, April 19, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Collette MISSISSAUGA — After announcing in February that all remaining departures through August will be guaranteed, Collette has now made the decision to guarantee all remaining departures throughout the year.According to the company, the move was made to help agent partners sell with confidence, saying that guaranteed departures can be used as a “powerful marketing tool” to ease the process of selling.“We’re offering guaranteed departures to assist agents in growing their business,” said Courtney Iannuccilli, Vice President of Marketing. “We know that guests want the peace of mind to know that their plans will not change and really see this as an advantage for the agent.”To view tours with guaranteed departure dates go to collette.com. Sharelast_img read more

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Nuclear deal shows USIran compromise likely Tuesday

first_imgU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry walks in the garden of Coburg where closed-door nuclear talks with Iran take place in Vienna, Austria, Sunday July 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Sponsored Stories Iranian leaders say the embargo must end as their forces are combating regional scourges such as the Islamic State. And they’re getting support from both Russia and China, who want at least a partial lifting of the restrictions. Moscow, in particular, hopes to expand military cooperation and arms sales to Tehran, including the long-delayed transfer of S-300 advanced air defense systems — a move long opposed by the United States.As a midnight Monday target for a deal approached in Vienna, diplomats said the nuts and bolts of the written nuclear accord had been settled days ago. And Iranian President Hassan Rouhani briefly raised expectations of an imminent breakthrough by proclaiming on Twitter: “Iran Deal is the victory of diplomacy & mutual respect over the outdated paradigm of exclusion & coercion. And this is a good beginning.”Minutes later, Rouhani’s tweet was deleted. He then retransmitted it, adding the word “If” in front of “Iran Deal” to reflect that negotiators weren’t there yet. The proposed pact would impose long-term and verifiable limits on Iran’s nuclear program and provide the Islamic Republic tens of billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions. VIENNA (AP) — A landmark Iran nuclear agreement was taking shape early Tuesday after clearing final obstacles, and a senior diplomat said it included a compromise between Washington and Tehran that would allow U.N. inspectors to press for visits to Iranian military sites as part of their monitoring duties.But access at will to any site would not necessarily be granted and even if so, could be delayed, a condition that critics of the deal are sure to seize on as possibly giving Tehran time to cover any sign of non-compliance with its commitments. Comments   Share   Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Under the deal, Tehran would have the right to challenge the U.N request and an arbitration board composed of Iran and the six world powers that negotiated with it would have to decide on the issue.Still, such an arrangement would be a notable departure from assertions by top Iranian officials that their country would never allow the U.N’s International Atomic Energy Agency into such sites. Iran has argued that such visits by the IAEA would be a cover for spying on its military secrets.On Tuesday morning, the European Union announced that the final plenary of Iran and the six countries negotiating with it will take place at 10:30 Vienna time, followed by a news conference.Contacted shortly before daybreak, the diplomat said final drafting of the deal was still going on. But another diplomat said that the deal was tentatively set to be announced in the afternoon Vienna time. Both demanded anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the confidential negotiations.While access is a key part of monitoring envisaged cuts on Tehran’s present nuclear activities, it is also important for the IAEA as it tries to kick-start nearly a decade of stalled attempts to probe allegations that Iran worked on nuclear arms. Washington says that Iran must cooperate with the IAEA’s probe as part of any overall deal before all sanctions on it are lifted. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories ___Associated Press writer Nasser Karimi contributed from Tehran.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The Iranians insist they have never worked on weapons and have turned down IAEA requests to visit sites where the agency suspects such work was going on, including Parchin, the military complex near Tehran where the agency believes explosives testing linked to setting off a nuclear charge was conducted.Iran’s acceptance in principle of access to military sites will give the agency extra authority in its attempts to go to the site and its demands — previously rejected by Tehran — to interview scientists it suspects were involved in the alleged nuclear weapons work.Any deal will go to the U.N. Security Council, which is expected to endorse by the end of the month, to start the mechanics of implementation — long-term, verifiable limits on Iranian nuclear programs that could be used to make weapons in exchange for an end to sanctions on the Islamic Republic.The deal also must address Iran’s call that an arms embargo on it be lifted or at least modified — and U.S. opposition to the demand. Washington wants to maintain the ban on importing and exporting weapons, concerned that an Iran flush with cash from the nuclear deal would expand its military assistance for Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government, Yemen’s Houthi rebels, the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and other forces opposing America’s Mideast allies such as Saudi Arabia and Israel. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

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Seventh property joins expanding NSW outback tourism stable

first_imgSeventh property joins expanding NSW outback tourism stableSeventh property joins expanding NSW outback tourism stableOutback NSW tourism operator, Out of the Ordinary Outback, which was launched a year ago, has expanded again with the purchase of its seventh accommodation property – The Tourist Lodge in Broken Hill.Aimed at the budget market, the 40-room property is the third accommodation business in Broken Hill for Out of the Ordinary Outback, which bought The Argent motel in March this year opposite The Tourist Lodge and is currently building the brand new, $5 million Broken Hill Outback Resort for an opening in March, 2018Out of the Ordinary Outback, which also owns award-winning tour company, Tri State Safaris, has begun a progressive, five-month program to refurbish and refresh The Tourist Lodge in line with its other six properties across far western NSW where the company has quickly established a niche as the leading tourist business in the region.The Tourist Lodge, which is close to the Broken Hill Visitors Centre and coaches and trains to Sydney, will remain open during the facelift and new management is now in place. The lodge features a pool, garden area, shared bathrooms, kitchen and dining facilities and will be pitched by Out of the Ordinary Outback to miners, tradesmen and other workers staying in Broken Hill as well as school groups and budget travellers. Full board packages will be available.Out of the Ordinary Outback owner, Scott Smith, said the addition of The Tourist Lodge to the company’s portfolio would add diversity to its offerings across far west NSW while the revitalisation of the lodge would enhance its appeal to visiting workers and budget travellers seeking affordable accommodation in the area. “We are incredibly passionate about the beautiful outback of NSW and developing its potential and our latest property will help us cater for a new demographic and draw more visitors to Broken Hill,” Mr Smith said.Accommodation at The Tourist Lodge is available from $55 per night for one person and from $80 for two people, with family rooms for four people available from $110. A full board package including dinner, bed, breakfast and packed lunch is available for $100 per person.Visit www.thetouristlodge.com.auLaunched in October, 2016, Out of the Ordinary Outback encompasses outback tour company, Tri State Safaris, The Argent motel in Broken Hill, Warrawong on the Darling tourist camp and cabins at Wilcannia, the iconic White Cliffs Underground Motel, Cobar’s Copper City Motel, the Ivanhoe Hotel and also the Broken Hill Outback Resort which will open in March, 2018, offering cabin, caravan and camping accommodation. Out of the Ordinary Outback also runs its own visitor centre in Broken Hill.Visit  www.outoftheordinaryoutback.com.au or call 1300 688 225.Source = Out of the Ordinary Outbacklast_img read more

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Emirates to operate extra flights for busy Hajj season

first_imgEmirates to operate extra flights for busy Hajj seasonEmirates to operate extra flights for busy Hajj seasonEmirates will be operating extra flights to Jeddah and Medina to help facilitate travel for pilgrims heading to and from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for Hajj. Emirates will be operating 33 additional flights to Jeddah and Medina from 6 to 31 August to support the journey for pilgrims expected to travel to the Holy City of Mecca during Hajj this year. These services will run in parallel with Emirates’ regularly scheduled services to Jeddah and Medina. These additional flight services are available to travellers holding a valid Hajj visa. This year, top inbound destinations Emirates is expecting Hajj pilgrims to come from are Pakistan, Senegal, the UnitedStates, the UK, Australia, Indonesia, the Ivory Coast and Nigeria.Adil Al Ghaith, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Gulf, Middle East and Iran said: “Hajj travel is an extraordinary journey for Muslims which leaves them with a lifetime of memorable experiences, and we expect over 25,000 pilgrims to travel with Emirates this year. With the significant demand for air travel during this period, Emirates is deploying extra flights to ensure more seamless connections for the scores of pilgrims making their way to the Holy City of Mecca. During their journey, we aim to provide our customers with the best experience that is aligned with the pillars of their faith, particularly during this significant period.”On the ground in Dubai, Emirates has a dedicated airport team whose purpose is to seamlessly facilitate the passenger ground experience for Hajj. In addition, dedicated check-in and transfer counters will be set up for Hajj passengers transiting in Dubai.In the air, several initiatives have been planned in keeping with the values and traditions that pilgrims uphold when travelling for Hajj. Extra provisions will be made to accommodate Hajj traveller needs such as performing ablutions, advising passengers about Al Miqat and Ihram (the phase when pilgrims enter a state of sanctity) and other arrangements that will help ease their journey. Emirates’award winning ice system will also feature a special Hajj video that covers safety, Hajj formalities and information about performing the Hajj pilgrimage. Pilgrims will also be able to tune into the Holy Quran channel.On flights from Jeddah, Hajj passengers can bring up to 5 litres of holy water (Zamzam) which will be placed in special areas in the cargo hold. As with all Emirates flights, Hajj passengers will enjoy extra generous Emirates baggage allowance of up to 35kg in Economy Class, 40kg in Business Class and 50kg in First Class.Source = Emirateslast_img read more

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Home Prices Increased in July as Job Market Improves Demand Rises

first_imgHome Prices Increased in July as Job Market Improves & Demand Rises As the job market continues to improve and buyers move in on a limited supply of homes, home prices increased in July, the Federal Housing Finance Agency reported Tuesday.According to the FHFA’s monthly House Price Index (HPI), house prices climbed 0.6 percent in July, but the previously reported 0.2 percent change in June remains the same.Year-over-year, from July 2014 to July 2015, home prices increased 5.8 percent, the FHFA found. The index is 1.1 percent below the peak reached in March 2007 peak and is about the same as the November 2006 index level.For the nine census divisions, seasonally adjusted monthly price changes from June 2015 to July 2015 ranged from -1.2 percent in the New England division to +1.6 percent in the Mountain division.The 12-month changes were all positive FHFA reported, ranging from +2.1 percent in the New England division to +9.4 percent in the Mountain division.The FHFA HPI is determined using home sales price information from mortgages sold to, or guaranteed by, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.Earlier this month, CoreLogic reported that low mortgage rates and stronger consumer confidence are driving home sales and home prices upward, according to the company’s July 2015 Home Price Index (HPI) Report.The report found that home prices, including distressed sales, rose 6.9 percent year-over-year in July. Home prices rose 6.7 percent excluding distressed sales.”Home sales continued their brisk rebound in July and home prices reflected that, up 6.9 percent from a year ago,” said Dr. Frank Nothaft, chief economist at CoreLogic. “Over the same period, the National Association of Realtors reported existing sales up 10 percent and the Census Bureau reported new home sales up 26 percent in July.””Low mortgage rates and stronger consumer confidence are supporting a resurgence in home sales of late,” said Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic. “Adding to overall housing demand is the benefit of a better labor market which has provided millennials the financial independence to form new households and escape ever-risings rental costs.”Fannie Mae reported in August that as gas prices continue to decline, oil-producing states remain at high-risk for home price decreases, according to the GSE’s recent edition of Housing Insights.Oil price declines within the past two months show no signs of a fast rebound, and the idea of a protracted bust prompts comparisons to the oil price slump of the 1980s, the report says.”While most Americans enjoyed lower gas prices at the time, others felt a negative impact as large employment losses occurred in the oil industry followed by a general economic slowdown in many oil-producing states,” Fannie Mae said. “This often led to house price declines. Prices in Texas, for example, fell 11 percent from 1983-1988 during a time when national home prices rose by 32 percent.” in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, Market Studies, News Sharecenter_img September 23, 2015 526 Views Demand Federal Housing Finance Agency Home Prices Job Market 2015-09-23 Staff Writerlast_img read more

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