Gov’t Making Significant Investments in Banana Production

first_imgMinister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, says the Government has entered into a $100 million arrangement with Jamaica Producers, the island’s largest distributors of banana chips and ripe bananas. The loan is tied to the local farmers providing bananas to Jamaica Producers for the production of chips. In addition, he disclosed that the Ministry has set aside a  $12.5 million facility, to enable banana farmers to access loans at five per cent interest rate. The Minister was addressing the Social Development Commission’s Parish Forum on Thursday, February 21, at St. Mary High School. He noted that over the past two years, up to US$8 million in banana chips has been imported into the country. “That must not happen, it must stop,” Minister Clarke said.  He noted that the Ministry of Finance and Planning has since added stamp duty of 15 per cent on the importation of those chips. In the meantime, Minster Clarke said the parish of St. Mary once again poised to play a critical role in the country’s agricultural development. He noted that St. Mary is often blessed with rainfall when other areas are experiencing drought, and that the Ministry is looking to capitalize on this advantage, to enable farmers to produce more. Minister Clarke revealed that the government has earmarked $50 million to provide farmers with seeds. Additionally, they will pay subsidised rates of 50 per cent for fertiliser, as a means of boosting agricultural output. He said farmers need to “up the ante and produce in a serious way”, crops such as ginger, cocoa and turmeric. “We are going to make St. Mary again become a serious agricultural production area,” he added. Additionally, the parish is set to benefit from a $45 million crop production programme, being spearheaded by the Ministry. The initiative is aimed at assisting farmers to mitigate the serious effects of drought, and to boost production. Prime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, who also addressed the forum, noted that some 1,000 plantain and banana farmers in St. Mary, who are registered with the Banana Board and the Rural Agricultural Development Agency (RADA) are already benefitting from the provision of fertiliser and insecticide, under the European Union’s $13.5 million Banana Support Programme.     The Prime Minister said that the Government is doing its best to help farmers in Portland, upper St. Andrew, and St. Mary to get back on their feet after the adverse effects of Hurricane Sandy. St. Mary, for decades, has been a prime location for banana cultivation in Jamaica. However, the parish has been affected by a series of natural disasters over the years, the most recent of which was Hurricane Sandy, which destroyed some 93 per cent of the banana crop.last_img read more

Déclaration ministérielle rapport intérimaire sur les circonscriptions électorales

first_imgJe remercie les membres de la Commission de délimitation des circonscriptions électorales pour leur rapport intérimaire sur les limites des circonscriptions électorales de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Il s’agit d’un processus important et indépendant, et la commission indépendante a soulevé des questions complexes aujourd’hui. Je demanderai à la présidente de la commission de me rencontrer pour discuter du rapport intérimaire. Je ne ferai pas d’autres commentaires publics à ce sujet avant d’avoir eu la chance de lire le rapport en détail et de discuter de certaines questions avec la présidente. La commission est un organisme indépendant qui a été nommé par un comité spécial de l’Assemblée législative le 30 décembre 2011. L’Assemblée législative a établi le mandat de la commission, dont le rapport final doit être soumis au plus tard le 31 août 2012.Le rapport final doit respecter le mandat établi par l’Assemblée législative. -30-last_img read more

Hayley Wickenheiser Pro womens league badly needed

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) — Is the future of women’s professional hockey in serious jeopardy?Earlier this year, hundreds of players from both sides of the border said they would sit out until a concrete solution is found when it comes to the professional game after the Canadian Women’s Hockey league folded in May.RELATED: Inferno celebrating Clarkson Cup with CalgaryHayley Wickenheiser says the now-former CWHL and current NWHL are not the future and one professional league is badly needed. But, she adds, this could be a watershed moment.“We’re in a growing pain and a bit of a transition time for the game,” she told 660 NEWS during a stop in Calgary to chat about Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart charity. “Olympic hockey isn’t going to sustain women’s hockey forever. That’s no different than men’s side. You need something professional that people can watch it, day in and day out, and really have a following for it.”Wickenheiser says this won’t deter many girls from playing the sport, but wants to make sure they always have somewhere to play in the future.“For me, what the players have done by saying ‘we’re not going to play in any league until we get the right league’ is the best thing to do for the game and the way we have to move forward.”She says the NHL could step in to help, but no official plans are in place.READ MORE: Women’s hockey is at a tipping pointWickenheiser is Canada’s most decorated women’s hockey player with multiple world championship and Olympic gold medals and a recipient of the Order of Canada.WATCH: Women’s hockey stars to sit out in bid for stronger leaguelast_img read more

Morocco Among Three Most Prosperous African Countries Legatum Institute

London – Morocco is among the three most prosperous African countries, the Legatum Institute said in its “Africa Prosperity Report 2016.”South Africa is the highest ranking country followed by Botswana, Morocco, Namibia, Algeria, Tunisia, Senegal, Rwanda, Ghana and Burkina Faso, the London-based think tank pointed out.The 2016 Africa Prosperity Report shows that decades of economic growth across the continent has failed to deliver greater levels of prosperity for many African countries. The Legatum Institute’s 2016 Africa Prosperity Report reveals how economic growth across Africa is not necessarily being translated into higher levels of prosperity in individual countries.Researchers at the international think tank sought to determine what level of prosperity African countries can and should be expected to deliver given their level of wealth.This was done by assessing a country’s level of wealth (GDP per capita) modelled against its overall ranking in the think tank’s own Prosperity Index (which uses eight economic and social factors including Entrepreneurship & Opportunity; Governance; Education; Health; Safety & Security; Personal Freedom; and Social Capital.) read more

Associate Deans announced for Social Sciences

June CormanJune Corman and Ingrid Makus have been named Associate Deans in the Faculty of Social Sciences.Corman, a Sociology professor, and Makus, associate professor of Political Science, were appointed to the positions effective July 12.Ingrid MakusMakus has been at Brock since 1994, Corman since 1991. Both bring years of administrative experience to the roles, as well as experience in research and teaching.“The Faculty of Social Sciences, both in terms of student enrolment and faculty participation in the university, and in the wider international and national community, makes a really important contribution,” Makus said. “I’m excited about making sure that is acknowledged.”Corman wants to continue the initiatives previous Associate Deans have put in place. She wants to work on achieving academic integrity across the Faculty’s courses. She would also like to assist academic advisors in continuing their good work, she said.“I’d like to continue the initiative to develop strong critical thinking and writing skills, and assist in maintaining the strength of the undergraduate curriculum in light of continuing financial difficulties,” she said. read more

US budget deficit running 62 per cent higher than last year through

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The federal government ran a bigger deficit in January, pushing the imbalance so far this budget year up 6.2 per cent from the same period a year ago.The Treasury Department says the deficit for January stood at $17.5 billion compared to $10.3 billion a year ago. For the first four months of the budget year that began in October, the deficit totals $194.2 billion, up from the $182.8 billion deficit incurred during the same period last year.Last year’s deficit was lowered by a $24 billion special payment Freddie Mac made for the support it received during the financial crisis. The Congressional Budget Office is forecasting the deficit for the full 2015 budget year will be 3.1 per cent lower than in 2014. US budget deficit running 6.2 per cent higher than last year through first 4 months by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Feb 11, 2015 12:08 pm MDT read more

Domestic abuse survivors to regain their voices under plans to reform voter

first_imgThe Prime Minister has called tackling domestic abuse a 'priority' Domestic abuse victims are to “regain their voices” with a new law which will make it easier for them to register to vote anonymously, campaigners have said. Victims of domestic violence live in fear of being “hunted down” by those who abused them, meaning they need to appear on the electoral register anonymously. But the process is currently difficult, with victims required to produce a court order or have their application supported by a senior independent witness, such as a police superintendent. Advocates have warned that bureaucracy and fear of being discovered puts many off registering to vote at all.Under plans announced today the law will be changed to increase the number of people who can act as witnesses, to include medical and healthcare workers and refuge staff.  The Prime Minister has called tackling domestic abuse a ‘priority’Credit:Carl Court/Getty Images Europe  Domestic abuse victims often fear being tracked down for a long time afterwards, the charity saidCredit: Dominic Lipinski/PA The required police rank will also be lowered to inspector and the type of order needed will be expanded to include domestic violence protection orders and female genital mutilation protection orders.The changes form part of Prime Minister Theresa May’s reforms to help those who have suffered because of domestic abuse. In Feburary she announced a draft domestic abuse bill, saying reforming the law was a “key priority” and something she attaches a “personal importance to”. She has also committed to introducing new tougher sentences where the violence is committed against a child. Domestic abuse groups said the changes would “give survivors their voice back”. Katie Ghose, chief executive of Women’s Aid, said: “The changes announced today will help survivors of domestic abuse to regain their voices. “For too long these women have been silenced because it was too dangerous for them to sign up to an electoral register, which would reveal their location, and too difficult for them to register anonymously. “For them anonymity is a matter of life or death; with the very real threat of being hunted down by their perpetrator.”center_img Domestic abuse victims often fear being tracked down for a long time afterwards, the charity said Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. She said the charity particularly welcomed the move to allow refuge staff to act as witnesses. Up to 12,000 women are being supported by its refuges at any one time. However, she added that the current need to re-register for anonymity each year also needed to change, so that the anonymous status could instead last indefinitely. “Often women are on the run from domestic abuse for the rest of their lives,” she said. The Cabinet Office added that it would “launch further research to identify and explain other barriers to electoral registration faced by survivors of domestic abuse”. Chris Skidmore, Minister for the Constitution, said: “Ensuring every eligible person is able to vote is a matter of social justice. Every voice matters and this Government will continue to encourage our record levels of democratic participation by ensuring we have a democracy that works for everyone.”last_img read more

Harry and Meghan delay honeymoon for first public appearance at Prince Charles

On Tuesday, they will be back at work at Buckingham Palace, meeting thousands of guests at a party celebrating the charities and patronages the Prince of Wales has dedicated his adult life to. The Prince drew… The gesture, which will no doubt be warmly welcomed by the Prince, follows his unexpected role at the Royal wedding, in which he accompanied Ms Markle up the aisle in the absence of her own father. The newlyweds decided not to travel overseas immediately after their wedding on Saturday, relaxing at Windsor Castle before slipping away on Sunday morning.  The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have delayed their honeymoon in order to celebrate the Prince of Wales’ 70th birthday garden party tomorrow.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.

Sensible Tories holding secret talks with Labour to ensure a soft Brexit

first_img Jun 13th 2017, 7:08 AM Image: Leon Neal/PA Wire By Sean Murray Image: Leon Neal/PA Wire ‘Sensible’ Tories holding secret talks with Labour to ensure a soft Brexit Theresa May is facing pressure on all sides as she looks to form a government to lead the Brexit negotiations. Share75 Tweet Email DUP leader Arlene Foster Source: Niall Carson PA Wire/PA ImagesCrunch time in BrusselsThe political chaos in Westminster comes barely a week before the UK begins the formal negotiation process of leaving the EU.Before that, May will travel to France this evening for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron. They are due to have dinner together before attending the football friendly between France and England at the Stade de France. Source: Dan Kitwood/PA WireThe prime minister had hoped to be in the French capital with a strong popular mandate for a “hard” Brexit.Instead she finds herself weakened and isolated as she meets Macron, a 39-year-old neophyte who rode to victory in last month’s presidential elections and is on course for a landslide victory in France’s legislature.“Being seen to be the prime minister” could help “shore up her authority at home,” according to Colin Talbot, professor of government at the University of Manchester.It could also be the place for May “to change her position on Brexit,” he added.Since coming to power, May has advocated a “hard” Brexit, which would entail Britain leaving the European single market and cutting immigration from the bloc.Macron and May are also expected to discuss the need for closer cooperation at the European level to fight terrorism, which they discussed at the G7 in Italy and at a NATO summit in Brussels late last month.“I would expect that conversation to continue tomorrow. They may well discuss aspects of Brexit but the main focus will be on counterterrorism,” May’s spokesman said yesterday.With reporting from AFPRead: ‘I got us into this mess, I’ll get us out’: Theresa May tries to unify her new CabinetRead: There’s been a 96% drop in EU nurses going to work in the UK since Brexitcenter_img CONSERVATIVE AND LABOUR MPs are said to have met for secret talks, as Theresa May comes under increasing pressure for her failure to win a majority and her approach to Brexit.Yesterday the Evening Standard – whose editor George Osborne was dropped as Chancellor of the Exchequer by May last year – reported that a group of “sensible” Tory MPs were meeting with their Labour counterparts to ensure a soft Brexit in the upcoming negotiations with the EU.A senior cabinet minister told the Standard: “This is no longer a question just for Government. It is clear to me that Parliament will want to assert its role in a way it did not before.”From a position of holding all the cards, Prime Minister May is now left with few options as she strives to reach a deal with the DUP to prop up her party and give it a majority in the House of Commons.She told backbench MPs she was sorry and promised to get “them out of this mess” in a meeting yesterday.In perhaps the strongest indication that May won’t have it all her own way in the Brexit negotiations, Conservative leader in Scotland Ruth Davidson has said that “this isn’t just going to be a Tory Brexit”. Davidson’s position in the party has been strengthened after they won 13 seats in the country. Scottish Conservative Leader Ruth Davidson Source: Yui Mok/PA WireShe told the BBC: “I’m suggesting that the Conservative Party works with those both within the House of Commons and with people without to ensure that as we leave the EU, we have a Brexit that works for the economy and puts that first.There was a real sense around the Cabinet table today, as you would expect from centre right politicians, that is the primacy we’re looking for.Labour and its leader Jeremy Corbyn, meanwhile, were emboldened by Thursday’s election. MP for Streatham Chuka Umunna told LBC radio yesterday that the result had effectively ruled out a hard Brexit.The ongoing negotiations with the DUP look set to delay the Queen’s Speech – the traditional beginning of a parliament where the Queen reads out the priorities of the incoming government.“Obviously until we have that we can’t agree the final details of the Queen’s Speech,” said May’s deputy, Damian Green, referring to an agreement with the DUP.May will meet DUP leader Arlene Foster later today. Short URL Tuesday 13 Jun 2017, 7:08 AM 20 Comments 11,564 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Nintendo Hides Secret Message for Hackers Inside NES Classic

first_img It should come as no surprise that the Nintendo Classic Mini has already been hacked. The system comes with 30 games pre-installed but determined hackers have managed to figure out a way to get more games onto the system. It appears that Nintendo knew that it would only be a matter of time before this happened, and hid a secret message for any would-be hackers inside of their diminutive console.This message was left by a programmer who goes by the handle of “The Hanafuda Captain.” The Hanafuda name is an homage to the hanafuda cards that Nintendo used to sell before becoming a video game company.Here is what the message says:“This is the Hanafuda Captain speaking. Launching emulation in 3…2…1. Many efforts, tears and countless hours have been put into this jewel. So, please keep this place tidied up and don’t break everything! Cheers, the Hanafuda Captain.” The code was posted on Twitter by user bakueikozo:大変!ファミコンミニの内蔵エミュレータの中身をのぞいていたらメッセージを発見したよ … ごめんキャプテン!!ズタボロに壊し始めちゃったwwwwww #ニンテンドークラシックミニ #開発者からのメッセージ #削るとなぜか動かない系とはちょっと違う— ひろみつ(85.1kg) (@bakueikozo) January 6, 2017Getting more games onto the NES Classic involves uploading one’s console memory to their PC, adding in extra ROM files, and then re-uploading them all to the NES Classic. To say that this is borderline illegal would be an understatement. It should be strongly stated that doing this can potentially brick one’s console if not done correctly. Considering how difficult it is to even find these mini NES consoles, putting one in danger like this may not be something you’d want to risk.You can see how the hack works in the video below.One thing that’s interesting about the hack is the discovery that the NES Classic’s operating system has a hard limit of 60 games — double what the console ships with. It’s unclear why Nintendo only loaded 30 games onto the NES Classic when it could have loaded 60. This is merely speculation on my part, but perhaps this means we’ll see an additional 30 games released for the system sometime in the future, once we can find the thing. Stay on target Don’t Expect Any More Nintendo Classic ConsolesKonami Announces Live-Action Contra Film and TV Series last_img read more

Jason Jordan accepts Reigns open challenge Total Divas preview

first_img Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Pinterest Google+ Kurt Angle Shares Message In Support Of Roman Reigns WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins 11 matches scheduled for WWE Clash of Champions tonight in Charlotte, Live Post-Show Jason Jordan accepts Reigns open challengeJason Jordan posted the following on Twitter on Sunday night, appearing to answer and accept WWE Intercontinental Champion Roman Reigns’ open challenges that was teased for tonight’s episode of RAW live from Knoxville.WWE has yet to confirm the match as of this writing.One door closes and another door opens. @WWERomanReigns I WON’T miss this opportunity. Consider your challenge accepted…— Jason Jordan (@JasonJordanJJ) November 27, 2017Total Divas previewThe following synopsis has been released for this week’s episode of Total Divas on E!.“Lana hosts a Name’s Day party for Rusev in Nashville but isn’t ready to give him what he really wants as a present. Nattie buys her parents a house, but soon realizes they are the tenants from hell. Meanwhile, the Bellas miss the adrenaline rush of wrestling and try to find a fix to replace it.”Total Divas will air on Wednesday at 8:00 PM ET on the E! Network.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration -:-/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Remaining Time -0:00 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Comments are closed. Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Shawn Michaels WWE Announces Roman Reigns’ Retirement Aaron David Harwood Twitter Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ronda Rousey 1 COMMENT WELL…. so much for that Videos Articles Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte November 28, 2017 at 9:03 am Facebooklast_img read more

Gun buyback events held in Opalocka Pompano Beach

first_imgPOMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – As crowds flocked to the Fort Lauderdale Gun Show this weekend, some gun owners across South Florida turned over their firearms.At the Broward Sheriff’s Office Pompano Beach Substation, owners had the opportunity to swap their guns for gift cards worth up to $200. About 20 rifles, shotguns and revolvers were turned in, Saturday morning.Officials promised a no hassle, no questions asked police.Meanwhile, Opa-locka Police hosted its biannual gun buyback initiative outside New Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, near Northwest 150th Street and 27th Avenue, Saturday.Another Opa-locka buyback event is scheduled for December.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

What Are Town Boards Committees Talking About Week of June 10 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to the Wilmington Town Clerk’s calendar, below are the town and school board, committee and commission meeting scheduled for the week of Sunday, June 10, 2018.Sunday, June 10No MeetingsMonday, June 11The Wilmington Housing Authority meets at 5pm in Deming Way’s Community Hall. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Historical Commission meets at 7pm at the Town Museum. Read the agenda HERE.Tuesday, June 12The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 6pm in Town Hall’s Room 9 for two town counsel interviews. Read the agenda HERE.Wednesday, June 13The Wilmington Board of Appeals meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington School Committee meets at 7pm in the High School’s Large Instruction Room. Read the agenda HERE.Thursday, June 14The Wilmington Recreation Commission meets at 5pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Friday, June 15No MeetingsSaturday, June 16No MeetingsAll meetings are open to the public unless noted.(NOTE: While unlikely, it is possible additional meetings could be added to this week’s calendar on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.  It’s best to check the Town Clerk’s calendar mid-week.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat’s Happening At Town Meetings This Week? (Week of September 8, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of June 9, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

No sane person can hold ballot like 30 Dec election claims Kamal

first_imgKamal Hossain addressing a discussion organised at Dhaka Reporters` Unity (DRU) marking the Homecoming Day of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on Thursday. Photo: Prothom AloClaiming that no sane person can hold a ‘so-called’ and ‘farcical’ election like that of the 30 December, Jatiya Oikya Front convener Kamal Hossain has called for a national dialogue to find ways for arranging the polls as per the constitution, reports UNB.”National dialogue is a good way…. let’s sit (for dialogue) without creating any crisis. Let’s take the decision through this dialogue how to form an elected government and a parliament through holding the election as per the constitution,” he said on Thursday.Kamal, also Gano Forum president, further said, “A sane person cannot play such a game staged with the country’s 170 million people on 30 December. This can’t be done unless one is mentally imbalanced.”He was addressing a discussion organised by his party at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU) marking the Homecoming Day of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.The Jatiya Oikya Front leader also claimed that they had to see a ‘farce’ on 30 December in the name of an election, saying, “It won’t bring any legality and stability. This can in no way be accepted. It’s not right legally and constitutionally.”He questioned whether anyone can call the 30-December election a free and fair one. “It’s regrettable what happened in the name of election even after the 48 years (of the liberation war). It’s not supposed to happen.”Kamal, also the convener of the Jatiya Oikya Front, said the election was held on the night of 29 December instead of 30 December. “Why did they do that? I would like to ask them the reason behind doing such unusual acts. Is it a game? Is it fair to play a game with the country’s 170 million people?”He said no one should play such a game with the state and its people. “We all are saying the election was not held as per the laws and the constitution. No one is above the constitution. Everyone must obey the constitution.”Stating that people are the owner of the country, the Gano Forum chief said it is not possible to elect people’s representatives without a fair and acceptable election. “Why’re they staging a farce in people’s name?”Kamal also said the 30-December election is a good example of political tricks. “I would like to urge, you please refrain from resorting to political tricks, and do everything as per the constitution through talks. There can be no alternative to that.”He also recalled various events and incidents associated with Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujiubur Rahman during the 1971 liberation war and his homecoming on 10 January, 1972.Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) president ASM Abdur Rob, Gano Forum executive president Subrata Chowdhury, general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu, ex-information minister Abu Sayeed, among others, spoke at the programme.last_img

Whats Really In Public Swimming Pools

first_imgREUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/ PBS NewsHourPublic pools are teeming with parasites and bacteria linked to diarrhea and Legionnaire’s disease, which in some cases could cause serious illnesses, according to the CDC.With summer approaching, public health officials have a cautionary vacation buzzkill: Public pools are teeming with parasites and bacteria linked to diarrhea and Legionnaire’s disease, which in some cases could cause serious illnesses.That’s according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between 2000 and 2014, researchers said, 493 disease outbreaks were reported from public swimming holes, such as hotels and hot tubs. Thirty-two percent of those outbreaks — defined as when at least two people reported similar illnesses — occurred in hotels.In all, more than 27,200 people in that 14-year period became ill after swimming in contaminated water, according to the report, which studied pool-related disease outbreaks across 46 states and Puerto Rico. Eight people died.Here’s what you need to know about swimming in public places this summer.What’s making people sick?If you go for a swim this summer and then feel off, there’s a solid chance you are hosting a gnarly parasite.Cryptosporidium, also known as Crypto, was the worst repeat offender, according to CDC researchers who analyzed confirmed outbreaks included in the study. That’s because this diarrhea-causing protozoan parasite is highly resistant to chlorine, making it tough to tame once the germ enters the water. Crypto accounts for nearly 60 percent of confirmed U.S. pool-related infectious disease outbreaks.If someone accidentally releases Crypto-infected fecal matter into a swimming pool, either while showing off their backstroke or because they didn’t properly clean themselves after using the bathroom, parasites are set loose in the water. People may then swallow Crypto germs, and the cycle continues.Other germs found in outbreaks originating in treated water included Legionella, which is linked to Legionnaires disease and Pontiac fever, as well as Pseudomonas.Michele Hvalsa, who serves as chief of the CDC’s Health Swimming Program, said people often forget how challenging it can be to properly maintain public pools and hotel hot tubs. Draining the pool or hyperchlorinating the water are two ways to get rid of these germs. But Crypto is alive and well in more places than most of us would like to believe, Hvalsa said.“It’s really important not to swim if you’re ill with diarrhea or if your kid is ill with diarrhea,” she said.What are the symptoms?Tell-tale symptoms of Crypto include watery diarrhea, stomach cramps, fever, vomiting and dehydration. For people with compromised immune systems, whether that’s from something like AIDS or from undergoing certain cancer or transplant treatments, this parasite can be deadly. Pregnant women and children are also at heightened risk.What months pose the greatest risk?Summer months — August, July and June — produced the highest rates of outbreaks linked to swimming pools and hot tubs, but March is starting to show more outbreaks, too, especially as more facilities offer indoor water activities, according to the CDC’s data.How to protect yourselfShower before you swim, and don’t get in the water if you have diarrhea. People who host Cryptosporidium can endure long-lasting diarrhea for as much two weeks.Hvalsa said she still swims frequently and usually brings along her two toddlers, but she said she takes precautions and checks a pool’s inspection scores just as she would a restaurant’s inspection grade from the local health department. She said the general public can do the same.REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/PBS NewsHourSwimming towels hang from a fence outside a pool at Tompkins Square Park in New York July 8, 2012.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/PBS NewsHourA few mythsCreating or swallowing poopy water isn’t the only thing to avoid when going for a chlorinated swim this summer. To maintain swimming pools and hot tubs and curb public health problems, the typical U.S. maxim is this: “If a little bit of chlorine is good, a lot must be better.” That’s not true, said Ernest Blatchley, an engineer at Purdue University who studies how ultraviolet radiation (another form of water treatment) and chlorine influence water quality. He said chemical contaminants, such as byproducts of chlorination, can have negative health effects, too.When chlorine comes into contact with human bodily fluids, including urea, the chemical reactions that follow result in dozens, if not hundreds of byproducts. Some of these byproducts — like cyanogen chloride — are highly volatile and toxic, yet there is very little pool-based data, research and understanding of how these chemicals impact our world and well-being, Blatchley said.“There’s never going to be zero risk of infection associated with microbial pathogens in your swimming pool, or your drinking water for matter, but you can approach zero” if you take precautions and properly maintain recreational treated water, Blatchley said.Once an avid swimmer, Blatchley said he doesn’t go as often as he once did; chloramines, another chlorine byproduct, leave him congested, irritating his respiratory system. Instead, Blatchley said he bicycles or skis.REUTERS/Larry Downing/PBS NewsHourKids jump into Banneker Pool to try and beat the heat gripping the nation’s capital while in Washington, July 2, 2012.Why it mattersSwimming is one of the nation’s most popular forms of exercise and deserves more attention, Blatchley said. But aside from the CDC’s guidance in the Model Aquatic Health Code, released in 2014, Blatchley said that few regulations exist for recreational treated pools and water parks.“There are literally hundreds of disinfection byproducts that are identified in swimming pool water,” he said. Most of them are very poorly documented and understood. On “only a handful of them do we have reasonable data [about] how they’re formed and how they decay.” And there’s even less data on how those byproducts interact with the human body. Sharelast_img read more

PEOPLE ACV Transat announce new Sales and BDM positions

first_imgTags: Air Canada Vacations, Transat Posted by Travelweek Group Monday, March 6, 2017 [PEOPLE] ACV, Transat announce new Sales and BDM positionscenter_img Share TORONTO — Air Canada Vacations and Transat have announced new appointments in Sales and Management.At ACV, two new Area Sales Managers in Western Canada have joined the team, effective immediately. Katie Olsson will cover the regions of Vancouver West and the downtown region, Vancouver Island, Northern BC, Richmond, Ladner, North Shore and the Yukon. Olsson most recently held the position of Director, Industry Sales at Intrepid Travel, and can be reached at Relova, meanwhile, will cover the regions of Vancouver East, Burnaby, New West, Surrey, Delta, Fraser Valley, the Ti-Cities and Okanagan. He most recently worked at Transat Holidays in the call centre, revenue management and group sales, and can be reached at at Transat, Tabatha Bradley has been announced as the company’s new Business Development Manager, Downtown Toronto and Northern Ontario. She will be responsible for representing Transat’s Sun, Europe and Cruise package products. She can be reached at or toll-free at 1-888-256-9259. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Minor Hotel Group ha

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Minor Hotel Group has announced the development of their Anantara Desaru Resort in Malaysia. It is a joint venture with Malaysian partner, Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels Sdn. Bhd. (TAR&H), a subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional Berhad.MHG’s shareholding of the 242 million MYR (USD 58 million) project is 60%, with TAR&H holding 40%.Minor Hotel Group are hotel owners, operators and investors, currently with a portfolio of 135 hotels and resorts in 22 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, South America, Africa and the Indian Ocean.Scheduled to open in 2018, the new Anantara Desaru Resort & Villas will be located in Desaru Coast, a resort area located at Malaysia’s south-eastern tip in Johor Bahru and spans over 3,900 acres along a pristine 17 kilometre beachfront facing the South China Sea.It is in close proximity to Iskandar Malaysia and is easily accessible, 45-minutes from Senai International Airport and a two-hour drive from Singapore. Additionally visitors from Singapore can travel to Desaru Coast by ferry followed by a short drive.Facilities will include:103-room resort with deluxe guest rooms and villas20 three- and four-bedroom villasRestaurants and barsTwo swimming poolsLounge and observation barKids’ and teens’ clubsMeeting roomsA gymAnantara SpaWatersport facilities availableLocal attractions will include:Two championship golf courses (27-hole Ernie Els and 18-hole Vijay Singh)A water adventure parkA waterfront retail villageConference centreAdditional world-class hotels and resortsGo back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The new andBeyond Mate

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe new andBeyond Matetsi River Lodge opened near Victoria Falls on 1 August, following an extensive multi-million-dollar rebuild. Situated in a 50,000-hectare private wildlife concession on the Zambezi River, the lodge is set to provide the most luxurious accommodation and most unique wildlife experiences in the area.andBeyond Matetsi River Lodge comprises two camps of nine suites each, including a family suite at each camp. With one camp fully open and operational on 1 August, the remaining camp is scheduled to open in September.Highlighting the area’s cultural heritage, Matetsi is decorated with traditional abstract carvings of wood and stone and features a strong copper theme in homage to the mineral riches of the region. The lodge boasts a generous Safari Shop and state-of-the-art gym, as well as a massage sala and conference facility. A 20-metre-long rim-flow swimming pool stretches along the river’s bank.A sole-use private villa, andBeyond Matetsi River House, adds exclusive accommodation for private groups of up to eight. The four-bedroom villa boasts its own kitchen, indoor and outdoor dining areas, a private verandah overlooking the Zambezi, a swimming pool and its own fire pit. It comes with a dedicated guide, private vehicle, chef and butler.Located on one of the largest wildlife concessions in the area and boasting extensive river frontage, andBeyond Matetsi offers the richest and most exclusive game viewing experience in Victoria Falls. Extensive planning and reserve management has taken place on the concession for almost two years, encouraging wildlife to thrive in this ideal riverside location. A diverse range of habitats is home to an extensive number of species. As part of the ambitious project, 14 new waterholes have been created on the reserve, using strategically placed troughs and solar pumps. Additional pumps were placed at existing boreholes to ensure a steady water supply. A new network of roads has opened up the reserve for game drives, while bush clearing programmes have limited the encroachment of fast-growing plant species, increasing the habitat for plains game.The wildlife population has also benefited from increased security efforts, with both armed National Parks staff and privately sourced employees being utilised for anti-poaching patrols.The meticulous land management means that guests are in for exceptional game viewing on game drives led by highly trained andBeyond guides, including consistent sightings of zebra, giraffe and buffalo, as well as the big herds of elephant that Matetsi is justly renowned for. Wild dogs and hyena are spotted on a regular basis and large prides of lion have made the reserve their home. Cheetah and leopard, as well as the elegant sable and roan antelope, are also among the species seen at Matetsi.With the lodge situated in close proximity to the World Heritage Site of Victoria Falls, a complimentary tour of the falls is included in the rate for a stay of two nights or more at andBeyond Matetsi River Lodge. This interpretive tour, accompanied by andBeyond guides, includes the opportunity explore the beautiful paths around the Victoria Falls Park, visit the Livingstone statue and learn about how the falls were created. Afterwards, guests enjoy a decadent high tea at the Victoria Falls Hotel.“Having originally been involved in the conversion of the Matetsi concession from wildlife hunting to photographic safaris, we are very excited to be relaunching Matetsi to the world,” says Joss Kent, andBeyond CEO. “Not only does this well-loved reserve offer an outstanding guest experience for its stunning location on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, but it also allows them the opportunity to tour the world-famous Victoria Falls in true andBeyond style, using our own vehicles and guides. The lodge itself will without question also set a new standard in Zimbabwe and at Victoria Falls.”Go back to the e-newsletterVictoria Falls, located on the Zambezi River on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.last_img read more

Google ReviewsPhilip Suh Breweries arent new t

first_img Google Reviews/Philip Suh Breweries aren’t new to DIA, as Boulder Beer Tap House and Denver ChopHouse & Brewery have operated within the airport for years. Throughout the past eight months, though, a whopping four additional breweries have been planted inside the airport, offering enough destinations for a bonafide bar crawl before a long flight. To read more about the six breweries that call DIA home and plot your own brewery crawl through the airport, click here.Have you visited any of these spots during recent layovers or pre-flight adventures? We would love to hear your recommendations and favorite brews in the comments below. For information about another fantastic airport addition in the United States, click here. Flickr/BeerAndLoathing Denver International Airport (DIA) sits at 8500 Pena Boulevard in Denver and boasts the title of America’s fifth-busiest airport and the second-largest in the world by area. Since 1995, millions of travelers have made their way through this hub while catching flights for business, vacation, and everything in between. Google Reviews/Kortney Klinkel Stop by Tivoli Brewery outside the terminals for a pre-security line drink, head to Breckenridge Brewery near Gate A79 for a taste of Littleton, meander to Gate C32 for a Blonde Ale from Great Divide Brewing, and sip a pint or two at New Belgium Brewing near Gate B80. When combined with beverages from the airport’s two stalwart breweries, these new additions will undoubtedly help round out the most relaxing layover you’ve ever experienced. Facebook/Denver International Airport As the airport has grown in popularity, its terminal-based amenities have also seen growth – and DIA now houses a grand total of six breweries to keep its seemingly endless crowds of flyers happy. Whether you’re leaving Denver after a Colorado getaway or simply passing through during an extended layover, these fantastic breweries will give you a quick and easy tour of the area’s best beer. July 11, 2019 by Sophie Boudreau There Are Now Six Breweries To Visit Inside This Colorado Airport When you’re dealing with a flight delay or an extra-long layover, the idea of indulging in a beer or two might help melt away some of your stress. While most American airports offer a handful of small bars or restaurants to select from, there’s one airport in Colorado that features enough drinking destinations to constitute a full-on brewery crawl. That’s right: there are now six breweries to explore within the Denver International Airport, and you’ll want to visit each and every one.center_img Posted in Travel News last_img read more

Reported by Elite Traveler the Private Jet Lifest

first_imgReported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineSwiss watchmaker TechnoMarine will unveils its new Cruise Sport collection for global retailers and press at BaselWorld 2010.Cruise has been the iconic pillar of the TechnoMarine brand since it entered the scene in 1997. The fun and flirty designs were the first ever to mix diamonds with plastic. It was a revolutionary concept, especially within the traditional world of Swiss watchmaking, and the designs drew raves from globe-trotting style setters who embraced the glamorous new look.Today, TechnoMarine is on the threshold of renewal. With new leaders at the helm, the brand will once again steer its own course through the industry. The themes that are at the core of the brand—technique and aquatic pursuits—will be more important than ever. The new TechnoMarine will be streamlined and sophisticated. The first hint of what’s in store for the future, Cruise Sport is a revamped interpretation of the signature Cruise collection. The silhouette is straightforward and absent of excessive embellishments. The silicone strap—softer and more flexible than gel-plastic versions used in years past—is an exercise in clean lines and minimalist currents. Water resistant up to 200m, the Cruise Sport is available in a chronograph or three-hand style.Cruise Sport’s black form is punctuated by subtle pops of color along the bezel, minute hand and tachymeter. Carefully selected shades of white, blue, fuchsia, green and orange maintain the brand’s attitude, while accommodating a desire to wear the watch regardless of climate or season. The re-designed bezel takes a smoother, less frenetic form, while the re-envisioned dial, rendered in 3D, has new depth and added impact.The Cruise Sport marks the earliest steps of TechnoMarine’s journey to reclaim its spot at the vanguard of innovation and creativity.For more information visit read more