Chehre team wrap up shoot 4 days early

first_imgMumbai: The team of “Chehre”, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Emraan Hashmi, completed its shoot four days earlier from the actual planned date. Directed by Rumi Jaffrey, the post-production stage will begin soon. After completing the shoot on Thursday, the film’s producer Anand Pandit said in a statement: “It has been an exhilarating experience and I would like to thank the legendary cast and my entire team for the successful completion. “Looking forward to the post-production and the release.” “Chehre” is produced by Anand Pandit Motion Pictures and Saraswati Entertainment Private Limited. The film also stars Kriti Kharbanda, Rhea Chakraborty, Siddhanth Kapoor, Raghubir Yadav and Annu Kapoor. “Chehre” releases on February 21, 2020.last_img

Mani Square celebrates its eleventh anniversary

first_imgMani Square, one of Kolkata’s most popular retail destinations, celebrated their eleventh anniversary recently. Renowned singer Rupankar Bagchi joined Sanjay Jhunjhunwala, CEO, Mani Group to cut a giant 160 lbs cake in the ground floor atrium of the mall at the largest birthday party in town.The eleventh anniversary celebrations – a three day even – started on June 14, with the entire mall decorated for the party in a colourful combination of crafty frames. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveFrom Friday onwards, every evening witnessed fun MC-driven activities and game shows with attractive prizes for the visitors. The action-packed range of performances included: June 14 – MC-driven activities, game shows and instrumental music performances. June 15 – Grand cake cutting by group CEO Sanjay Jhunjhunwala in the presence of renowned playback singer Rupankar Bagchi, followed by a performance by the artiste. June 16 – MC-driven activities, game shows and band performance by ‘Kabyakatha’. Also Read – Physical therapy better for low back painOn the occasion, Prithwiraj Ganguly, Asst. General Manager – Mall Operations, Mani Group, said: “Mani Square has come a long way from June 15, 2008, when it opened its doors for the people of Kolkata. We have always promoted the mall as a complete family destination with a wide range of shopping, eating and entertainment options, and a visit to Mani Square is today a regular habit for most mall visitors that has been internalized over the last few years. We really enjoy the special relationship we share with all of them.” Speaking on the new brands that have set up shop in Mani Square, Ganguly added: “Stores that have opened shutters in the last 12 months since the mall celebrated its 10th Anniversary include popular fashion brands like W, Fabindia, Arrow, Allen Solly, Van Heusen, U.S. Polo Assn., Biba, 109F, Manyavar, Inc.5, Jockey, FCUK, Shopper’s Stop, Lavie, Health & Glow, PC Chandra and Jhalak.” “After Wow Momo, the latest entrants in the ever-popular food court was Moti Mahal with its wide variety of north Indian delicacies; the famous ice-cream brand Baskin Robbins, which began serving its unique cones to soothe the inner soul from the scorching heat; and the world famous coffeehouse chain Starbucks.”last_img read more

Quebec maple syrup producers tapping into strategic reserves after cold spring

first_imgLONGUEUIL, Que. – The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers says it plans to tap into its strategic reserves after a cold spring led to a drop in production.The federation of 13,700 producers says it harvested 53.5 million kilograms of maple syrup in the last season, down from the 69 million kilograms harvested in a record haul in 2017.It says the drop in production, which averaged out to what’s considered a low output of 1.14 kilograms per tap, came as a result of a late spring, very cold weather, and abundant snow.The federation says it will use its strategic maple syrup reserve to avoid wild price swings or supply shortages, but did not specify how much extra syrup it plans to release.Between 2003 and 2007 the federation fully depleted reserves of about 27.2 million kilograms after a series of relatively poor harvests.Quebec produces about 72 per cent of the world’s maple syrup, with the rest of Canada producing eight per cent and the United States producing 20 per cent.last_img read more

Charities Warn Global Goal To End Rabies Impossible Without Ban On Dog

first_imgEighty three animal charities from across the world, including Humane Society International, Change for Animals Foundation, the Jane Goodall Institute, FOUR PAWS, and Animals Asia, have written an open letter calling for stronger action by governments to tackle the significant threat of rabies posed by the brutal and often illegal dog and cat meat trade.An estimated 50,000 – 70,000 people die of rabies globally every year, with approximately 90 percent of cases reported from Asia, and the campaigners including the Dog Meat-Free Indonesia coalition, the Asia Canine Protection Alliance, China’s Capital Animal Welfare Association and Taiwan SPCA, warn that the global goal to end human rabies deaths by 2030 will be impossible to achieve without a robustly enforced ban on the dog meat trade.The organisations, representing groups from across China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Cambodia, Singapore, Taiwan as well as Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States, are highlighting the significant role that the dog meat trade can play in spreading the lethal rabies virus throughout Asia, across countries, islands and provinces and into densely-populated cities. The World Health Organisation and the Global Alliance for Rabies Control have both acknowledged the link between the spread of rabies and the dog meat trade which sees large numbers of dogs of unknown disease status moved vast distances. The trade operates in breach of rabies control recommendations by all leading human and animal health experts including FAO, OIE, WHO and PAHO, as well as national disease control and animal welfare laws and regulations.There is considerable evidence spanning decades from throughout Asia of the link between the dog meat trade and rabies transmission. Studies from Vietnam, China and Indonesia have proven that rabies-positive dogs and carcasses often appear in markets and slaughterhouses — as high as 16.4 percent in Vietnam – and the movement of different strains of the rabies virus in dogs being traded for human consumption has also been tracked. There have also been a number of human rabies deaths directly linked to slaughtering, butchering, handling and even consumption of meat from infected dogs. For example in Vietnam, a 2007 rabies outbreak in Ba Vi saw 30 percent of human deaths linked to exposure during the slaughter and butchery of dogs. And in the same year, research conducted in markets in Indonesia’s North Sulawesi province demonstrated that between 7.8 and 10.6 percent of dogs being sold for human consumption were infected with rabies.Professor Louis Nel of Global Alliance for Rabies Control says: “We may not be able to easily change culture or habit, but we should ensure compliance with proven animal disease prevention measures and stop the smuggling of dogs, to limit the spread of rabies, an endemic disease across Asia. These traders are driven solely by profit and are disregarding the risks to human and animal health.”The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States commented in an email to a Dog Meat-Free Indonesia campaigner: “There are reports that dog-meat markets have a higher rate of rabies than the general dog population, as people often sell dogs to the markets when they act sick; some of these sick dogs have rabies…. Furthermore, there are at least three published reports of humans acquiring rabies from activities associated with the dog meat market, emphasizing that the risk is very real.”The U.S. House of Representatives voted this month to ban the trade of dog and cat meat in the United States.The groups signing the open letter want governments to not just implement bans on the dog meat trade, but to also take action to ensure these bans are enforced. In the Philippines for example, the trade is banned by law but the consumption of dog meat persists. The Philippines has consistently failed to get to grips with its spiraling rabies crisis.In Vietnam, Hanoi’s Vice Mayor Nguyen Van Suu recently urged residents to stop eating dog meat because consuming the meat could lead to the spread of diseases like rabies and leptospirosis. The move is part of a nationwide program to stamp out rabies by 2021, but Humane Society International/Vietnam director, Tham Thi Hong Phuong, says the country needs actions not just advertising campaigns.Phuong says: “We estimate that around 20,000 dogs are transpor­ted every month from the south to the north of Vietnam for slaughter, creating an easy way for rabies to be spread across the country. It’s encouraging to see the Hanoi authorities publicly acknowledge the risk and commit to banning the trade from central districts in Hanoi by 2021, but if they are serious about tackling rabies, they need to get serious about stamping out the dog meat trade across the whole country.”In Indonesia, although the central government made a public pledge in July this year to ban the dog and cat meat trades, the Dog Meat-Free Indonesia coalition is still waiting for Ministers to act, and says that some provincial governments are utterly failing to take the rabies risk or extreme animal cruelty seriously at all.Lola Webber from Change for Animals Foundation, says: “It is estimated that just 7 percent of Indonesia’s population consume dog meat, but the trade continues to jeopardise the health and safety of the entire nation. It is no coincidence that the provinces and regencies with the greatest demand for dog meat are also those with the highest prevalence of rabies, with devastating societal, economic and animal welfare impacts. Attempts to maintain rabies-free statuses of cities and provinces, and to control and eliminate rabies where rabies is still present, will fail without addressing the trade in dogs for human consumption.”The DMFI’s campaign for a ban in Indonesia has received high-profile support from global and Indonesian celebrities including Cameron Diaz, Chelsea Islan, Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres, all calling for urgent action to protect animals and people.In the Kingdom of Cambodia, rabies remains a major public health burden, killing more than 800 people every year. Dr. Katherine Polak from FOUR PAWS explains, “To put it in perspective, the annual incidence of human deaths from rabies in Cambodia is about six per 100,000 citizens. This is comparable to the annual incidence of road deaths in the entire European Union in the mid-2000s. In a country with no national program to address rabies and limited post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), tackling the dog meat trade would be one of the simplest, cheapest, and high-impact interventions the government could take. In neighboring Thailand, we applaud the actions taken by the Thai Department of Livestock to stop the illegal transport of dogs for meat.”Animals Asia Founder and CEO, Jill Robinson MBE said: “It is time to finally wake up to the true cost of the dog meat trade. It is a public health emergency directly responsible for thousands of deaths every year due to the spread of rabies. No meal is worth so many innocent lives.”An estimated 30 million dogs are killed each year across Asia for the meat trade. The groups’ open letter concludes: “Based on mounting evidence from throughout Asia and on decades of experience in successful rabies elimination programs from around the world, it is undeniable that the dog meat trade and rabies elimination efforts are incompatible, and that cities and countries around the world will never be able to maintain rabies-free statuses without addressing the trade in dogs for human consumption. We, the global animal protection community, therefore call on the national and regional governments of all countries where the dog meat trade is prevalent to take strong and urgent actions to end the trade in dogs for human consumption and the sale and consumption of such meat and associated products. If we are serious about eradicating human rabies deaths, we have a global responsibility to end the dog and cat meat trade for good.”Read the full letter here.last_img read more

Immigration officer passenger arrested with gold

The immigration officer was on duty at the arrival lounge at the airport and is a resident of Puttalam. The total weight is 5.1 kg and total value is Rs. 27,153,025.Investigations are being carried out by the Deputy Superintendent of Customs Nishantha Jayasinghe, M.K. Udaya Gamini, Hasantha Guruge, Assistant Superintendent of Customs Nuwan Abeynayaka and A.K.R. Samanjith. (Colombo Gazette) An immigration officer and a passenger were arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) with 5.1 kg of gold, the customs department said.The customs department said that the passenger, a 31 year old resident of Kattankudy arrived from Malaysia this morning. They were both arrested by customs officers at the arrival lounge with four packets containing 392 gold chains weighing 3,300 grams valued at Rs. 18,153,025.00 and 18 gold slabs weighing 1,800 grams valued at Rs. 9,000,000.00, concealed in a brief case belonging to the immigration officer.

Locata extends technology surface mine management partnership with Leica Geosystems

first_imgLeica Geosystems Mining and Locata Corp are extending their exclusive technology partnership in the mine machine automation and mine fleet management market until the end of June 2014. The extension guarantees the ongoing, commercial provision to the global mining industry of the Leica Jigsaw Positioning System (Jps), powered by Locata technology. This comes on the back of a huge body of work, which has resulted in the first successful operational  deployment of the Leica Jps network. The ground-breaking technology at the core of the Leica Jps is a combination of the ‘Local Constellation’ (pioneered by Locata and adopted by the US Air Force), and Leica Geosystems’ technology portfolio.The co-developed Leica Jps network is the only high precision (HP) solution in the world that augments standard RTK GPS/GLONASS signals with Locata signals, ensuring no positioning signal loss or machine down-time – even against highwalls or in the deepest open-pit mines.Haydn Roberts, CEO, Leica Geosystems Mining: “Through this partnership, the Jigsaw Positioning System (Jps) will continue to meet and exceed industry expectations. In being available to augment any GPS/GNSS network on any site, we are truly providing a new capability for mining applications, enabling them to operate with unprecedented signal up time and benefit from the huge associated financial return. And we know it works – we have the data.“Through Jps we offer autonomy from sole reliance on satellite-based positioning networks. In accordance with Leica Geosystems Mining strategy, our technology for machine automation and now HP RTK positioning is completely OEM independent. No longer will machines stop work while waiting for the elusive satellite signal to reconnect. The Jps will seamlessly augment the signals, no matter on what machine, on what system, in what fleet.”Nunzio Gambale, CEO and co-founder of Locata: “Locata is truly delighted to extend, for a further two years, the global exclusive rights Leica Geosystems has to integrate and sell our revolutionary technology into the mining market. They deserve this extension. Haydn Roberts runs a team that is talented, experienced and motivated. They have proven to us many times over that they are some of the finest GPS engineers in the world.”The success of the combined technologies and continued relationship between both parties ensures the Leica Jigsaw Positioning System will be commercially available to the mining industry globally from August this year.last_img read more

Column Im a mother of a special needs child and a prochoice

first_imgI HAVE A child with special needs as some of you will know. She has Dandy-Walker Syndrome, a rare neurological condition that in her case has left her with significant developmental delay, she is still in nappies and cannot walk or stand unaided. She is nearly six years old. Our daughter’s condition was diagnosed prenatally and I have written before about that awful time in our lives.She was diagnosed at 29 weeks of pregnancy and initially the foetal anomaly specialist we were seeing was concerned that she had Edwards’ Syndrome. We opted to have an amniocentesis carried out as I needed to know if our baby was going to live, if she was ever going to come home with us. It was done that same day and we had a few days then to wait for the results. Thankfully the amnio came back fine and her chromosomes are normal.We were allowed to make our own choiceWhile we were waiting for the amnio to be done, a lovely and very gentle midwifery specialist sat with us, letting us talk, cry, ask as many questions as we wanted. One of us – I can’t remember if it was my husband or me – asked what life expectancy the baby would have if she did have Edwards’. Very gently and clearly, she explained to us that every case is so different but that nine out of every ten babies born with Edwards’ Syndrome do not survive beyond their first year and that many do not live beyond the first month.Contemplating the prospect of this was agony. At no time were we pressured into considering a termination. I did ask if the pregnancy would go to term and she explained to us that there was no reason for it not to but that if we wanted to deliver the baby early then we would have to go to England. I don’t recall what I said next but I do remember her holding my hand and saying that some women preferred not to go through the remainder of the pregnancy (remember I was 29 weeks at this point) as they felt it would be too painful dealing with the well-meaning but heart-wrenching comments “ooh when are you due?” “oh you won’t find it coming now” etc all the comments that are made to largely pregnant women every day. That hadn’t occurred to me but I could imagine how distressing that could be.My visceral reaction was that I wanted my daughter born in Ireland and the midwife smiled and said whatever we wanted to do was absolutely fine. So it was our choice. OUR CHOICE.No one has the right to tell someone else to terminate – or continue – a pregnancyI am very open about my pro-choice beliefs, always have been. But I have encountered a number of people who are shocked (their word) that I support the campaign for termination in cases of fatal foetal abnormality. If it had turned out that our daughter did have Edwards’ I don’t know what we would have decided. But it would have been our choice. Not the State’s, not a doctor’s and most certainly not a pressure group who feel they have the right to tell other couples what to do.I don’t consider my role/circumstance/position as the proud mother of an adored and beloved child with special needs to be incompatible with my pro-choice beliefs. No one has the right to make anyone else terminate a pregnancy. Equally no one has the right to stop other people from making the choice that is right for them and their circumstances.Tracey Holsgrove is a blogger and mother of a special needs child. This article first appeared on Musings and Chatterings and was reproduced with the author’s permission.last_img read more

Watch Divers Spot Giant Jellyfish the Size of a Human Off British

first_imgStay on target Divers recently encountered a giant creature of the deep the size of a human off the coast of Cornwall, England. And no, it’s not a shark or a whale — but a jellyfish.Lizzie Daly, a wildlife biologist and a host on BBC Earth Unplugged, was diving off Falmouth when she had the encounter of a lifetime with a barrel jellyfish (Rhizostoma pulmo), also known as a dustbin-lid jellyfish. She said the creature was as big as her body.Woah!!!!! We went diving in Falmouth yesterday to finish off #WildOceanWeek and came across this GIANT barrel jellyfish! What a way to finish off this marine wildlife adventure!— Lizzie Daly (@LizzieRDaly) July 14, 2019“What an unforgettable experience, I know barrel jellyfish get really big in size but I have never seen anything like it before,” Daly, who was filming as part of Wild Ocean Week, posted on Instagram.The barrel jellyfish, which grow up to 35 inches, is the largest jellyfish found in UK waters. They are also called dustbin-lid jellyfish, because they grow as large as dustbin lids, according to the Wildlife Trusts. Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ center_img They have a translucent appearance, with a huge mushroom shaped bell and a bunch of eight frilly tentacles below. These frills actually contain their small stinging tentacles which surround hundreds of little mouths.The sting of the barrel jellyfish is not normally harmful to humans, although experts say it’s best not to handle one as they can still sting even when dead.In the UK, they are often found washed up on beaches in May and June.More on to Deadly Box Jellyfish DiscoveredScientist Discovers Jellyfish-Like Creature With ‘Transient Anus’ Lake Once Filled With Millions of Jellyfish Reopened to the Publiclast_img read more

Planning considering new application of 12storey resort wants public opinions

first_img Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Apr 2015 – The second major move is to have a 12 storey resort constructed in the Leeward area of Provo but an online campaign is now launched among the near 4,000 members of Speak Your Mind TCI on Facebook and it is asking for people to express themselves on the development. Again, this after the PNP Administration said it had a strategic consultation exercise and gained wide acceptance of the notion. Now, the Gazette is telling a new story as the Planning Department is seeking representations on the proposed resort; the Gazette is calling it a revised application submitted on behalf of Sunset Point Development Ltd. Planning says “Anyone wishing to make representations concerning this application may do so in writing to the Director of Planning, South Base, Grand Turk, or through the Department of Planning, Downtown, Town Center Mall, Providenciales, within 28 days of publication of this notice.” Among other things 250 rooms are proposed, reception and conference building, spa building, gym, retail stores and three restaurants. Deadline to respond is the first week of May. Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Related Items:12 story, planning, pnp, speak your mind TCI, sunset point development Recommended for you TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memeslast_img read more

Great Lakes Publishing Acquires Two Regional Titles

first_imgCleveland, Ohio-based Great Lakes Publishing recently added to its portfolio of regional magazines by acquiring Lake Erie Living and Over the Back Fence from LongPoint Media. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Great Lakes—publisher of Cleveland magazine, Ohio magazine, Inside Business magazine as well as several special interest and custom publications—plans to keep the circulations of three-year-old Lake Erie Living (25,000) and Over the Back Fence (14,000), according to president Lute Harmon Jr. Lake Erie Living will publish in March, May, July and September to “coincide with the seasons,” he said. Moving forward, Over the Back Fence will be shipped as “a complement” to Great Lakes’ Ohio magazine.Great Lakes Publishing was advised by Regional Media Advisors in the deal. Part of the reason for acquiring the LongPoint Media titles, Harmon told FOLIO:, “is because we admired them.” “Lake Erie Living has enormous potential,” said Harmon. “If you have a home or cottage on the lake, it’s a part of your life, and we see that it is something you’re passionate about and having enormous potential for publications. We feel the same way about Over the Back Fence.”Great Lakes Publishing plans to retain half of its five full time staffers, Harmon said. The others will stay on in a freelance capacity.last_img read more

Part of Mass Effect 3s dayone DLC found on disc

first_imgBioware has been under heavy fire from fans since it announced the release of the day-one DLC From Ashes for Mass Effect 3. The controversy isn’t over the actual content, but that Bioware and publisher EA might have cut this content out of the core game for some extra cash flow. Bioware’s Associate Producer, Michael Gamble, assured fans that From Ashes was “not completed until well after the main game went into certification.” But there’s some new evidence that may prove otherwise.A recent video has cropped up on YouTube (shown above), adding not only more fuel to the fire, but a buyer’s remorse for many fans that have already purchased the DLC. The user who made the video goes through the files of the PC version of the game, making adjustments, showing how users can unlock the Prothean character, and only the character. The rest of the DLC requires a 628 MB download. The reason the character may be included on the disc is to prevent compatibility issues in multiplayer, much like how Capcom included its future DLCs on the Street Fighter X Tekken disc. However, the inclusion of the Prothean on the Mass Effect 3 disc is still potentially damaging proof, providing credence to many fan’s fears that the content in From Ashes was cut from the core game to make some quick extra cash. However, according to Kotaku, EA released a statement explaining that “certain framework elements and character models needed to be put on disc.” EA added that something similar was done with Zaeed (a DLC that was also set to be a same-day release) and Kasumi DLCs in Mass Effect 2.last_img read more

With the help of VR I became John Wick

first_imgStay on target We couldn’t become Prompto at New York Comic Con, but we became someone even better: John Wick.John Wick Chronicles is a new virtual reality game for HTC Vive by Starbreeze Studios, of Chronicles of Riddick fame. It’s set to launch on Steam around the same time as the movie sequel, John Wick: Chapter 2. I got to try out a demo, titled John Wick Chronicles: An Eye for an Eye at the Lionsgate and Starbreeze booth, and it’s probably my favorite VR experience. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be the Baba Yaga, the most feared and respected assassin in the world?That said, playing games with the Vive headset is a trip. An assistant at the booth helped me strap on the headset, so I couldn’t see. Then he put headphones on my head, so I heard nothing except his voice through a microphone. He handed me, a two gun-like Vive controller, started the demo, and I entered the game’s world, a dark void with a big John Wick logo floating in front of me.A handgun hovers in close proximity. I reach out, pull the Vive controller’s trigger to pick it up, and the pistol’s mine. I turn the gun around so I can soak in its detail. The hammer, the slide, the trigger, even the bullet casings and exhaust that jet out when I fire it. The muzzle flare is right in my face. I aim at the floor and fire—a bullet hole. I fire multiple times—multiple bullet holes. Coooool.via johnwickvr.comThe assistant tells me to shoot the logo and a Loading screen later; I’m in the familiar hotel from the first movie. Lance Reddick, or someone who sounds a lot like him, welcomes me back. I’m standing in the hotel bar. To the right, shelves with a variety of liquor. Behind me, a set of white doors at the far wall, and in front of me, a credenza with a glowing red button. Lance Reddick directs me to press it, and I reach out my hand, and the teaser trailer for John Wick: Chapter 2 plays. Now that’s some synergy.Immediately after the video ends, a bunch of bad guys start shooting at me through the windows behind the movie screen. Laser sights zip and zap around the air, and I duck behind the desk. And I mean actually, physically crouch. With my knees. I would remain crouching, thighs screaming for relief, the rest of the demo. Keanu Reeves must kill at spin class.On the floor, I notice a Payday 2 clown mask—more cross-promotion. I flip it over in my hand and notice numbers written in red ink on the back. I figure this must have something to do with a puzzle, but nope, it’s just an Easter egg. I juggle the mask in my hands, catching it back and forth, left and right, as I pull on the Vive triggers. I do this mainly because I’m unsure what to do, and it’s fun to just toss an object around in virtual reality. But also, the game’s objective is unclear at this point. Bullets are flying above me.via johnwickvr.comUntil I notice another glowing red button, this time beneath the desk. I motion the controller over in its direction, which means I’ve “pressed it” (I didn’t have to pull the trigger) and an elevator rises from the floor behind me. I crouch-walk inside after the doors open and wait for them to close. The lift, somehow, takes me up.Now I’m on the roof. The Empire State Building looms in the distance. Then the shooting gallery begins. Mooks come in pouring from all over; the building behind me, on the left and right, crawling up fire escapes and hiding behind chimneys and chest-high walls. I’m still crouching because that’s the only way to dodge enemy fire. But there’s a cache of weapons sitting right next to me: pistols, sub-machine guns, an M16, and a sniper rifle. I nab the sniper with my right hand—pulling the right controller’s trigger—and instinctively bring up my left hand to steady it. I didn’t even know it was something you could do in the game; it was just something I automatically did after watching decades of action movies. But, yes, in John Wick Chronicles, the weapons gain better stability when you use your left hand!I look through the rifle’s scope, and it actually works—enemies appear magnified. From this point, it’s almost too easy. I pick off guys like I’ve been John Wick all along. The death animations are either simple (they just fall down) or over-exaggerated. One bozo flips up in the air and spins like a windmill after I get him with the SMG.via johnwickvr.comAfter remembering I have an arsenal at my disposal, I try the John Woo-style dual-wielding thing with two pistols for a while, before I trade one handgun for the SMG. Then I drop (by pressing the thumbpad on top of the Vive controller) the other handgun for the sniper rifle, and I feel unstoppable. Then, the difficulty spikes; more and more goons pop up, including a helicopter, complete with a mercenary firing a giant chaingun. Shooting the guy in the chopper does nothing—I’m a sitting duck. The ‘copter flies below and behind buildings, but I can tell where it is based on its sound, similar to the Hind D fight in Metal Gear Solid.Finally, I die, and it’s game over. I get my final score. The assistant helps me remove the sweaty Vive equipment and tells me I should’ve shot the green glowing lights on the helicopter—one near the top rotor, another on the tail—but they were so subtle I didn’t notice them. Oh well. I still became John Wick, sore thighs and all.And it was a fun experience for sure, with smooth, responsive controls and decent graphics—the gun detail alone is impressive. But set the impressive VR technology aside, and John Wick Chronicles is basically an update to old lightgun arcade games like Time Crisis or Silent Scope. Or rather, Police 911, an arcade shooter that used motion sensors to detect body movement, so you didn’t have to press a button to take cover, you had to physically duck. John Wick is the same basic idea, but with a Vive headset.via johnwickvr.comSpeaking of which, the usual VR complaints remain. You’re trapped in a sweaty headset, with a pair of headphones on top of that, and you have a long umbilical cable tied to a PC five feet away, so your movement’s limited. And since it’s Vive, you can only go so far in the game world. A grid wall, like the one from the Holodeck, will pop up sometimes to marks the virtual world’s borders. That cable often got in the way of my footing, too, which got annoying.The game as it is now feels a bit shallow, too. John Wick shoots guys really well, but he also reloads like a champ. In the movie, each time Wick runs out of bullets is a moment to revel in—will he slam the cartridge in and pull the slide back in time before the bad guy comes around the corner? It’s so tense and exciting! But that suspense doesn’t really exist in the game. To reload in John Wick Chronicles, you simply drop your weapon to your waist. Would it have been cooler if you actually had to drop your left hand, pick out a new magazine, slam it into the bottom of the weapon, and cock it? Maybe. Or maybe it would’ve been tiring. It also wasn’t clear that I was close to death. There was some reddening of the screen, Call of Duty-style, but I had no indication exactly how much health I had left, or even that I had died until I saw the score screen.via johnwickvr.comOne last nitpick: Starbreeze Studios made Chronicles of Riddick, so they know how to make great first-person-shooter adventures. Which is why I wish this VR game, neat as it is, wasn’t a VR game. VR is tiring! But Starbreeze is perhaps the perfect developer to make games based on a character as dynamic, dangerous, and fun as John Wick. And they made magic out of movie properties before. Hopefully, we’ll see future “standard” games where you can control the Baba Yaga with a mouse and keyboard or regular console controller. Otherwise, you better sign up for some SoulCycle to strengthen those hams.You can pre-order John Wick Chronicles now in anticipation of its release in Feb. 2017. Watch These Movies Before ‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’‘Fortnite’s’ John Wick Mode Is The Deadliest Crossover… last_img read more

Chilling Animation Depicts the Sinking of Titanic in Harrowing Real Time

first_imgThe sinking of the Titanic has now been brought to you in real time. The RMS Titanic was a British passenger ship that sank in the freezing waters of the North Atlantic Ocean in 1912 after it had struck a fateful iceberg during its maiden voyage. It had been travelling from Southampton to New York City with calls at Cherbourg, France and Cobh, Ireland (then known as Queenstown). There were an estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard, of which more than 1,500 died, making it modern history’s worst peacetime maritime disaster. The Titanic was the largest ship afloat at the time it was commissioned and entered into service but that didn’t mean everything had been taken into consideration. Titanic did have advanced safety features such as watertight compartments and remotely activated watertight doors, but regrettably it only carried enough lifeboats for 1,178 people – which was about half the number of passengers on board, and one third of its total capacity. This seemingly criminal oversight was due to outdated maritime safety regulations at the time. At 11:40pm ship time the Titanic struck an iceberg which opened up 5 of its 16 watertight compartments to the freezing sea. The ship could have only survived four of its compartments being filled. At 2:20am the ship split into two, leaving as many as a thousand people still on board.RMS Titanic departing Southampton on April 10, 1912.As if the thought of this was not enough, a video of the Titanic sinking has been made to shed light on the events that unfolded on that fateful day. The most notable aspect of the video is the amount of time it took for the gigantic liner to sink underwater, which was a lot longer than one may think.The animation video is the effort of Four Funnels Entertainment, a gaming company. The entire video is pretty long, two hours and 40 minutes long to be more precise, which depicts the sinking of the Titanic in a real-time .Animation showing the sequence of Titanic’s sinkingThe video was made as a marketing stunt for the company’s upcoming video game called Titanic: Honor and Glory. The game has very noble cause to educate the players about the horrific sinking of Titanic by bringing them closer to the events  took place during the disaster.The developers had one thing in mind while designing the game, that is to give the viewers a vivid experience of the sinking by fitting in as many historical facts as possible. The said video starts right from the moment the liner collides with the iceberg.Throughout the horrifically slow sinking, various captions appear on the video explaining the major events of the disaster. Some of the major events shown in the video are the launching and loading of the lifeboats, Titanic’s attempts to communicate with other ships, and the desperate attempts by the skipper of the liner Captain Smith along with his crew and passengers.Sinking of the TitanicIf you think watching James Cameron’s Titanic gave you chills, try this animation, and you will never forget the experience.The overall feel of the video is as if the viewer is riding on a massive drone that is observing the sinking of the liner. In the first few minutes Captain Smith can be heard shouting and giving emergency instructions to avoid the collision, but despite the measures the liner side-crashes into the iceberg and carries on seemingly intact. However, soon after this, the Titanic starts to sink.Related Article: Photographs Suggest Human Remains Could Still be Inside the TitanicThe narration reads that at one point that there are “still over 1500 people on board the Titanic”, meanwhile the horrifying screaming of the people on the liner can be heard. When Titanic eventually disappears under water, the caption reads that people who survived reported that they could still hear the sound of Titanic breaking even after it went underwater, and that help did not arrive for another hour and forty minutes.last_img read more

Colins NFL Week 5 Blazin 5 Podcast

first_imgAfter three winning weeks in a row to start the 2018 season, Colin pushed in Week 4 (2-2-1), but still sits comfortably above .500 at 12-7-1 for the year. Colin is ready for a big bounce-back in Week 5 and sits down with RJ Bell from to see where there’s agreement and disagreement from the Vegas wiseguys on this week’s Blazin’ 5 picks.This week, Colin likes the Jets as slight home favorites over the Broncos, but is taking the road team and the points the rest of the way with the Raiders, Vikings, Cardinals, and Redskins.Here are Colin’s Week 5 Blazin’ 5 plays. So, what do the wiseguys say?Broncos vs. Jets (-1.5)Raiders (+5.5) at Chargers Vikings (+3) at EaglesCardinals (+5.5) at NinersRedskins (+6.5) at Saints (MNF)*Bonus Pick: Ravens at Browns (+3)The Blazin’ 5 Prediction Podcast is available every Saturday through the end of the football season. Download and subscribe to it exclusively at, iHeart Radio, Google Play, or iTunes. Don’t be a mark!)Colin’s NFL Week 5 Blazin’ 5last_img read more

Points failure causing delays on trains in StokeonTrent

first_imgWant to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailSome trains travelling through Stoke-on-Trent are delayed by around half an hour due to a points failure this afternoon. Virgin Trains and Cross Country trains are both among the services affected – with some services being diverted. Disruption is expected to continue until around 3.30pm, although the issue itself is understood to have been resolved. A Network Rail spokesman said: “A points failure at Stoke-on-Trent i s causing disruption to journeys through this station. Train services may be delayed by up to 30 minutes. “Disruption is expected until approximately 3.30pm.” A Cross Country spokesman added: “Due to a points failure at Stoke on Trent, the line towards Manchester is currently blocked. Services are subject to diversions via Crewe.” Read MoreFirefighters tackle hay fire at side of roadlast_img read more

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first_img Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 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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Can you tell when someone is lying? read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Related Content Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, 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.  Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more center_img Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more Feature | September 26, 2012 | Prasanna Vadhana Kannan, Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Image-Guided Surgery Tools Facilitate Navigation Their broadening array of uses signals an expanding market and future growth Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read more The discovery of 2-D X-rays more than 100 years ago marked a breakthrough of the most basic form of image-guided surgery tools, enabling surgeons to examine patients in order to perform the appropriate surgical procedure. Due to the fact that all patients’ anatomies are not uniform or identical to the medical text illustrations, the X-ray form of examination can be quite challenging.Rapid progress began with the launch of computers and the development of ways to measure the location of an object precisely, such as through the utilization of a global positioning system (GPS). Medical scientists increasingly began to exploit imaging advances such as computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This can be attributed to the advantageous ability to transfer the imaging data via an optical disk, CD-ROM or computer network to the operating room, where it is loaded into the workstation prior to the surgical procedure.Another notable progress worthy of mention is that of frameless stereotaxy, which involved a stationary device’s assistance in the exact guidance of a surgical instrument. Since then, scientists, surgeons and other radiology experts have constantly strived to comprehend how image-guidance best aids surgeons for preoperative planning, navigating complex anatomy with ease, surgical precision, injury prevention and patient safety.The underlying notion of image-guided surgery is to use diagnostic imaging modalities to provide the surgeon with the capacity to see transparently under the surface of the body. These transparent anatomical structures support safe and effective, minimally invasive surgery. The purveyors of this new technology note that image-guided surgery has overcome both the limitations of conventional surgery, namely, the visual limitations of the human eye and the barriers our body presents to surgeons trying to access hard-to-reach regions.Image-guided robotics is the combination of image guidance technology and automated robotics to deliver precise automated therapy, such as to ablate tissues or implant devices including electrodes or orthopedic joints. Image-guided surgical navigation is presently allowing surgeons to inspect the infected tissue inside of cavities, narrow passageways, interior arteries and tumors positioned deep inside the brain. The total revenue for image-guided surgeries will reach an estimated $819.4 million in 2014, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.1 percent from 2007 to 2014.In its entirety, the emergence of image-guided surgery now enables surgeons to visualize and navigate through the patient’s anatomy in real-time 3-D before, as well as during, surgery. This remarkable advancement is the result of a culmination of futuristic technologies encompassing computers, leading-edge software, specialized surgical instruments and precision position-measurement systems. The utilization of these advances has resulted in greater surgical precision and increased ability to apply minimally invasive surgical procedures. As a result, the patient outcome is superior.Image-Guided Surgery and Medical ApplicationsImage-guided surgical systems have revolutionized conventional surgical techniques by providing a precise treatment guidance system that can help ensure the safety of vital structures, while maintaining the best outcome for patients. This section explores computer-aided detection in selective medical domains:NeurosurgeryThe term neurosurgery entails a wide range of procedures that are carried out within the cranium or spine. Neurosurgeons trust image-guided surgical technologies for performing neurological applications such as craniotomy, shunt replacement, brachytherapy, biopsy and so on. By and large, these systems have gained the surgeon’s credibility, because by using them, any changes in the brain position during surgery can be easily tracked, in addition to the surgeon getting a well-defined view of the surgical field.Reconstructive Orthopedic SurgeryImage-guided surgical systems are helping patients in surgeries like total knee replacement, total hip replacement and percutaneous spine injury, all of which fall under the orthopedic solutions category. Orthopedic image-guided surgeries, including trauma and emergency interventions as well as ligament reconstruction, are well accepted by surgeons because they aid in properly aligning the implant where an error could lead to serious complications, such as leg length discrepancy. Image-guided surgical systems and surgical navigation assist the orthopedic surgeons in preplanning the surgery and choosing the optimum implants, depending on the patient’s anatomy along with performance of soft tissue balancing.Minimally Invasive Revascularization SurgeryThe increasing awareness of image-guided surgeries has led to the expansion and creation of cutting-edge tools and techniques applicable across optimizing beating-heart revascularization. Consistent and reproducible outcomes in patients undergoing beating-heart coronary artery bypass grafting can be achieved by using novel image-guided surgical technologies throughout the procedure.Key Trends in Image-Guided Surgical Tools UtilizationThe image-guided surgical systems, as well as surgical robots, are aiding surgeons to perform procedures with extraordinary precision and adroitness. The major advantage of using these systems is that it helps surgeons handle the most complicated surgeries with superior precision tools. The rate of acceptance of these systems is quite encouraging and in the near future, it is expected that they will ultimately dictate the way most of the surgeries are performed.A number of developments are occurring within the image-guided surgical market, all of which increase the accuracy of the procedure performed and reduce complications to a great level. Applications such as tumor resection, which were performed earlier using open surgical methods, have now been simplified by the use of surgical positioning systems. A recent development noticeable is the endoscopic positioning systems which employ optical, electromechanical and magnetic tracking to perform the same surgery with an incision not more than a few millimeters, in addition to enhanced results and patient satisfaction benefits. Innovations are focused on integrating computer-assisted surgery and imaging technologies to present the best advantages of both the technologies on a single platform.Computer-assisted endoscopy is a novel trend useful in various surgical disciplines. In this development, rigid endoscopes are used in combination with adapted image-guided stereotactic frames. The surgical procedure performed using these endoscopes can help minimize uncertainty when navigating through miniature anatomical regions. Research is currently underway in evaluating the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to provide real-time navigation and surgical planning. These navigation systems help the surgeons guide and ascertain the positioning of his tools within the patient’s anatomy. The development of low-cost, high-performance computers along with advancements in imaging modalities has enabled the widespread acceptance of frameless image-guided stereotactic systems inside the operating room.Analyst Insights and Strategic Recommendations for Fostering GrowthFirms pioneering the development of image-guided surgery devices should be conducting more clinical trials to evaluate their devices in a broad range of applications because the utilization of image-guided surgical systems in valuable applications will justify their investment on these systems aptly. Clinical investigations should be carried out to establish the efficacy and unique benefits of these novel systems.Finally, as the lack of sufficient training in the use of image-guided surgical systems is a major challenge, more surgeons should be encouraged to become proficient in using these systems. This can be achieved through interactive training modules offered to the healthcare providers by device manufacturers.Frost & Sullivan enables clients to accelerate growth and achieve best-in-class positions in growth, innovation and leadership. Its Growth Partnership Service provides the CEO and the CEO’s Growth Team with disciplined research and best-practice models to drive the generation, evaluation and implementation of powerful growth strategies. Frost & Sullivan leverages 50 years of experience in partnering with Global 1,000 companies, emerging businesses and the investment community from offices on six continents. For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 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 Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more last_img read more

Obama and Roberts legacies intertwined in health care law

first_img Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Larry Klayman, head of the conservative group Freedom Watch, said the six justices in the majority had “violated their own long-established rules of interpretation for applying statutes to instead advance their own political objectives or burnish their public persona. … The justices abandoned the rule of law and have become merely a political focus group.”Ten years ago, when Obama was the junior U.S. senator from Illinois, he had his own reservations about the future chief justice. Obama said he feared Roberts would favor the powerful over the weak, and voted against his confirmation. He said Roberts was qualified in temperament and scholarship for most of what comes before the high court, but not for those truly difficult cases where “the critical ingredient is supplied by what is in the judge’s heart.”Tribe speculated that Roberts is no fan of the health care law, “but I don’t think he had any difficulty voting the way he did.”___Associated Press writers Mark Sherman, Erica Werner and Julie Pace contributed to this report.___Following Nancy Benac on Twitter at and Jim Kuhnhenn at Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   WASHINGTON (AP) — The chief justice who once mangled President Barack Obama’s oath of office has once again helped rescue the president’s signature achievement, his health care law.After an awkward first encounter, these two Harvard Law graduates who rose to high positions of power from opposite ends of the political spectrum are bound together in the legacy of a law that the president says has now been “woven into the fabric of America” and that Roberts may not even personally support. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Likewise, the White House shied away from addressing the Obama-Roberts connection, with press secretary Josh Earnest referring to the “business relationship” that the two men have in their respective roles.Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s senior adviser, put the ruling in a historical perspective. “There’s a long history on the Supreme Court of justices exercising their independence,” she said. “That’s part of why they have lifetime appointments. You want to free them up from feeling politically beholden.”But not everyone was ready to accept the ruling as evidence of Roberts’ judicial independence.Carrie Severino, chief counsel to the conservative Judicial Crisis Network and a former law clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas, said the “the two biggest losers today are the English language and the legacy of Chief Justice Roberts.”“If the chief justice is willing to join the court’s liberals in this linguistic farce, it’s time we admitted that our national ‘umpire’ is now playing for one of the teams,” she said, referring to Roberts’ description of a judge as one who impartially calls balls and strikes. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home It was Roberts who wrote the majority opinion in Thursday’s 6-3 ruling that preserved a critical element of the health care law. And it was Roberts who provided the critical vote to uphold the legal underpinnings of the Affordable Care Act in a 5-4 ruling in 2012.“This will be a part of them both,” predicted Harvard’s Laurence Tribe, the constitutional scholar who once had Roberts as a student and later hired Obama as a research assistant.Tribe, a supporter of the health care law, called it a kind of “kismet” that didn’t have to happen that way.This second ruling by Roberts may well have been easier for him than the first: This time, he was the sixth vote, with Justice Anthony Kennedy along for the ride and providing a cushion. And it only made sense that Roberts would back the law rather than gut it, when he’d already been savaged by conservatives for his ruling three years ago.Critics of the health care law were nonetheless quick to castigate the latest decision, although many of those in Congress went the route of championing Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissent rather than focusing on the chief justice personally.House Speaker John Boehner, an ardent critic of the health care law, batted away a question about whether he was disappointed in Roberts, saying, “I’ll let the legal beagles around the country debate the chief justice of the Supreme Court.”last_img read more

May 22 2019

first_imgMay 22 , 2019 PRESS RELEASEThere is only one month to go before Hort Connections 2019, the biggest event in Australian horticulture, kicks off at the Melbourne Convention Centre. This year, over 3,250 local and international industry members throughout the horticulture supply chain will come together to listen to experts and discuss ‘Growing our Food Future’.The premier event for the Australian horticulture industry will take place from 24-26 June 2019 and will cater to all members of the horticulture industry, including primary producers to retailers and the entire supply chain. It is an opportunity for growers and industry members to come together in one central location to build their knowledge and networks, and find out new ways to improve the productivity and profitability of their farms and secure the future of the industry.Hort Connections is a joint initiative between AUSVEG and the Produce Marketing Association Australia-New Zealand (PMA A-NZ) that encompasses the vegetable, fruit, nut, cut floral and nursery sectors.“Delegates will learn from the industry’s leaders during a range of plenary and industry-focused speaker sessions, as well as visit more than 300 booths from the sector’s leading agribusinesses at the Trade how, which is almost at full capacity,” said AUSVEG National Marketing Manager Nathan McIntyre.“Hort Connections 2019 is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for delegates to network with their peers from all areas of horticulture, and to work together to address the biggest issues that our industry is facing to discuss how we can grow horticulture’s future growth and value. You might also be interested incenter_img “If you haven’t already registered, have a look at the event program at and see for yourself the many opportunities on offer for growers and industry members to attend and improve their knowledge.”Key events for Hort Connections 2019 include: Keynote addresses from leading local and global agricultural thought leaders, including former Masterchef winner Adam Liaw, Foodbank Australia CEO Brianna Casey and athlete and inspirational speaker Samantha Gash. A variety of informative, engaging and thought-provoking presentations and expert panels to inspire and educate delegates on all manner of topics, from on-farm productivity to the latest updates on agricultural technology and industry issues affecting the entire supply chain; A celebration of the contribution of the industry’s female growers and industry members at the PMA A-NZ Fresh Perspectives and Women in Horticulture event and networking session; Numerous opportunities for formal and informal networking at organised events and the Trade Show; and  The National Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner where the accomplishments of the industry’s leaders will be acknowledged and celebrated.Registrations are still open and those who are interested in attending any of the three days can also register in person at the event. For more information or to register, please visit CONTACT: Shaun Lindhe, AUSVEG National Manager – Communications Phone: 03 9882 0277, Mobile: 0405 977 789, Email: read more

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