The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers For a Grown-Up Spin on a Slushy, Try A Mangoneada Booze and elections go together like a horse and carriage. Politicians have a long history of buying voters a round to garner some goodwill. In the 19th century, “cooping” was chosen method of being democratically elected: gangs would grab unsuspecting men off the street, ply them with liquor and force them to vote multiple times for a specific candidate, often sporting (no doubt hilariously terrible) fake mustaches and beards to fool poll workers. It has even been suggested that Edgar Allen Poe might have been a victim of an overly-ambitious cooping scheme. But from October 8 through November 8, BOURBON STEAK at the Four Seasons in Washington, DC has a much more agreeable way to toast an election that is most certainly driving the country to drink: presidential cocktails. Head bartender Torrence Swain has created four cocktails inspired by past presidents and ordering one up could win you a night in the Presidential Suite at the Four Seasons! Not in DC? No worries, Swain also gifted us with a recipe for so we can make our own version at home!Bourbon Steak is the brainchild of renowned restaurateur and James Beard-award-winning-chef Michael Mena. The food and atmosphere are contemporary American at its best: an elegant, sophisticated dining room offering a menu of beautifully prepared, all-natural meats and line-caught seafood. Sure, you’ve got your filet mignons and New York Strip, but Mena also incorporates exciting cuts like the Elk Tenderloin and Venison Filet. It’s a meat-lovers Valhalla with incredible service to boot.Torrence Swain, head bartender for the Lounge at Bourbon Steak, is the kind of bartender you want to shoot the shit with and he’s got a gift for creating the perfect drink for each person. In honor of the impending election, Swain chose two Democratic presidents, Harry S. Truman (fun fact, the “S” doesn’t stand for anything) and James Buchanan, and two Republican presidents, Herbert Hoover (of Hoover Dam fame) and Dwight D. Eisenhower, Swain then designed craft cocktails inspired by the four presidents.Torrence SwainSwain tells us about each cocktail and its inspiration:“Give Em Hell, Harry“ – “This is named for the 33rd president, Harry Truman who was a Democrat. Truman was a bourbon man and was known to knock down a shot in the morning. The name comes from a famous incident that took place during Truman’s election when a supporter yelled this line. It stuck and become a slogan. I wanted this drink to have an old-school vibe that reflects his era, so this keeps it simple and classic with Bourbon [of course!] along with Lustau Cream Sherry and House Spiced Tincture.”“Sherry Cobbler” – “This is inspired by our 15th president James Buchanan [Democrat]. Buchanan was known to love sherry and had a large collection. This is an American-born drink that rose to popularity during his presidency so it seemed like a fitting choice. We make ours a little differently than the original with Lustau Sherry, Brandy, Muddled Berries, Lemon Juice, Ginger and Bitters.”“The Chief” – “This cocktail takes its title from Herbert Hoover‘s nickname that he actually picked up decades before being in office. This Republican [who was the 31st president] had only one request while suffering from pneumonia: a good, dry martini. As a nod to this, we use a dry martini and take it up a notch with White Truffles, Absolut Elyx Vodka and House-made Truffle Brine, stirred and served up with a Truffle Pecorino Olive.”“Wizbanger” – “This drink is named for Eisenhower, our 34th president [Republican]. A “Whiz bang” is a classic scotch cocktail that got its name for a shell used in WWI. By adapting this drink, we’re nodding to both Eisenhower’s service in the armed forces and his love of scotch. It’s made with Scotch, Grenadine, Absinthe, Dry Vermouth, Orange Bitters and a twist.”Each cocktail is $20, which may seem a bit steep, but $5 from each drink goes directly to Nonprofit Vote. But here’s where the real fun comes in: you also get an old fashioned ballot with each cocktail where you write in your contact information and toss it into one of the full-sized whiskey barrels by the bar. You’re tossing your ballot into either the Republican barrel, believing the Republican candidate will win on November 8th or into the Democratic barrel, saying the Democratic candidate will triumph. Once the election is over, a ballot will be chosen from the winning barrel and that lucky “voter” will become President for a Day, receiving a free dinner for two at BOURBON STEAK and a night in the Presidential Suite. All hail the chief!Swain has also gifted us with a recipe for “Give ‘Em Hell, Harry” so you’ll have something in hand on the 8th to either toast in celebration or drink the doom away.Give ‘Em Hell, HarryFrom Torrence Swain, Head Bartender, BOURBON STEAK at Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DCYield: 1 cocktailIngredients2 ounces Bourbon1 ounce Cream sherry3 dashes Angostura bitters1 Lemon twist to garnish1 Bourbon cherry [or Maraschino Cherry] to garnish ProcedureStir ingredients over ice and serve up in a coupe glass or in a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a lemon twist and a cherry. 8 Best Rums for Piña Coladas 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Editors’ Recommendations Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie
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Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, says the Logistics Hub Initiative is expected to generate numerous employment opportunities for Jamaicans, irrespective of qualifications.In an interview on the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Issues and Answers’ programme, Mr. Hylton noted that a range of opportunities will be created from the lower end to the highest end of the spectrum.“From the highly skilled to the merely functional supportive kind of role, we believe we can maximise those job possibilities by the preparation we make… getting HEART Trust/NTA and our tertiary institutions involved…getting specialised agencies like the (Caribbean) Maritime Institute, the Aviation College, for the training of the high end and the skilled positions that we know are integral to the process,” the Minister said.He added that unskilled or low skilled individuals will also be catered for in the initiative.“The construction and the build out of the facilities will employ significant numbers and we are talking about projects that span numbers like US$9 billion of investments, a lot of that in physical infrastructure,” the Minister said.Mr. Hylton pointed out that the sustainability of the activities, once the infrastructure is built, will focus on “our services sector and our ability to supply critical services efficiently and in a competitive way, and for that we have to train and bring the range of skill levels up.”The Government’s Global Logistics Hub Initiative is aimed at taking advantage of the anticipated increase in maritime activities from the expansion of the Panama Canal, scheduled to be completed in 2015.Jamaica is deemed ideally positioned for this undertaking, based on the country’s location, midway between North and South America, and in relatively close proximity to the Panama Canal.The key elements of the initiative are: development of the Caymanas Economic Zone; dredging of the Kingston Harbour; expanding the port facility at Fort Augusta and Gordon Cay; establishing a Dry Dock facility at Jackson Bay, Clarendon; establishing a trans-shipment commodity port facility near Yallahs, St. Thomas; and developing an air cargo and passenger facility at Vernamfield, in Clarendon.Contact: Chris Patterson
Head to the iconic Le Cirque at The Leela Palace, Chanakyapuri for a tailor-made Bite-Size fare featuring mini versions of the popular tasting menu thoughtfully curated by Chef Matteo Fontana. Introducing for the first time in the city, ‘Bite-size’ menu is everything that diners are looking out for, especially for one’s in the mood to sample and not indulge.Conceptualised for single diners, and the people interested in a less formal dining format, Bite- Size is on its way to become an unparalleled experience in its own. Historically, a meal out provided people with a chance to interact and catch-up with others, but today, in a world where daily life is awash with conversations both in reality and virtually, people increasingly see it as a chance to be alone – a punctuation point in their hectic lives. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressive”The idea was challenging but turned out to be simply rewarding towards the end. We wanted to create an affordable menu yet be accessible to those who want to sample our cuisine. Thus, we redesigned Chef Matteo’s menu to a meticulously crafted eight-course Bite-size menu”, revealed Louis Sailer, General Manager, The Leela Palace, New Delhi. Bask in the comforts of the New York style Le Cirque Bar and immerse yourself completely while you dig into delicacies like ‘Nonna’s Chicken Liver Pate with Black Truffle and Cognac’, ‘Pan Seared Wild Scallop with Puy Lentils Cassoulet’, and ‘Chilled Heirloom Tomato Consommé with Tomato Salsa Crostini’, to name a few without the added distraction of a social encounter. But it is important to note that only five seats available at the bar, hence prior reservation is a must.
TORONTO – Toronto’s main stock index continued to push higher Thursday as Wall Street veered lower on heightened interest rate expectations from the U.S. Federal Reserve.The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 65.32 points to 15,454.92, with rising energy and financials shares among the key gainers.Following Wednesday’s announcement that the Fed remains on course to raise rates one more time this year and three times in 2018, interest-sensitive names on the TSX have benefited, said portfolio manager Kash Pashootan.“Banks stocks are having a good couple of days here given that higher interest rates help their net interest margins,” said Pashootan, who works at First Avenue Advisory, a Raymond James company.“So although the announcement came from the U.S. it had a spillover effect in Canada.”South of the border, banks and industrials were among the few bright spots on U.S. stock indexes as modest gains from a day earlier were wiped out.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 53.36 points to 22,359.23. The S&P 500 index lost 7.64 points to 2,500.60 and the Nasdaq composite index gave back 33.35 points to 6,422.69.“You’re seeing a hangover effect from yesterday’s Federal Reserve meeting and comments,” said Pashootan. “Really, the take away of course is that if there were any doubts that rates were going to continue to rise, that’s been removed off the table.”As a result, he said, that’s having a bullish effect on the U.S. dollar and putting downward pressure on the loonie.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 81.04 cents US, down 0.44 of a cent.Pashootan said the fact that the market has been fairly boring and inactive in the United States “is a good thing because it’s taking the time needed to digest the news.”“If you think about monetary policy in Canada compared to the U.S., it’s been quite different in the sense that the U.S. has done a better job at speaking ahead and preparing the markets for higher rates,” he said.“The Bank of Canada didn’t prepare the markets as well in advance and you’ve seen the result of that in the Canadian dollar being up double digits in the last six months.”In commodities news, the November crude contract shed 14 cents to US$50.55 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was down 15 cents to US$2.95 per mmBTU.The December gold contract dropped $21.60 to US$1,294.80 an ounce and the December copper contract declined three cents to US$2.93 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter
The High Commissioner read out the message of Prime Minister while the President’s message was read out by Deputy High Commissioner, Dr. Sarfraz Ahmed Khan Sipra.The High Commissioner highlighted that the day of 23rd March 1940 is the most significant day in the history of Pakistan. This day the idea of Pakistan was formalized as a political goal for the Muslims of South Asia in their struggle for obtaining an independent homeland for themselves. It was with the immense sacrifices and tireless efforts of our great forefathers that an independent nation-state of Pakistan came into being on 14thAugust 1947, he elaborated. Pakistan says its relationship with Sri Lanka is based on mutual trust, respect and the desire to promote friendship.The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Maj. Gen. (R) Syed Shakeel Hussain said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka are located at two global strategic junctions on the land and maritime silk route respectively that had always been the meeting places of global civilizations, trade and cultures. Shakeel Hussain conveyed warm regards and best wishes from the government and people of Pakistan to the government and people of Sri Lanka. He said the importance of both countries has increased tremendously in modern times for promoting cultural, civilizational and trade dialogue among the nations of the world. The High Commissioner said this in his message while delivering on the occasion of flag hoisting ceremony on 77th National Day of Pakistan, held at the High Commission of Pakistan premises, today. Hussain said that the relationship between the two peoples exists from time immemorial taking a firm shape through two thousand five hundred years old linkages established during the golden era of Gandhara civilization. He expressed the satisfaction that the relations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka are firmly standing on the pillars of mutual trust, respect and desire to promote friendship. High level visits, exchanges and multiple institutional mechanisms continuously provide renewed vigour to propel and expend the relationship to new heights, he said.The High Commissioner underscored that the Government of Pakistan is engaged in Sri Lanka’s social sector development as well. Some of the projects being sponsored include construction of houses, schools and drinking water wells, setting up computer training centers, upgrading hospitals in rural areas. In addition, Pakistan has been providing educational and technical scholarships to Sri Lankan students over the last many decades, he added.The High Commissioner also expressed his gratitude to the Sri Lanka-Pakistan Friendship, Trade and Investment Association for gifting 35 corneas to the people of Pakistan. The High Commissioner hoisted the Flag of Pakistan and cut National Day Cake with Children during the ceremony attended by a large number of participants from various walks of life including members of the Sri Lanka Pakistan Friendship, Trade and Investment Association, Pakistan Sri Lanka Business Council, prominent Sri Lankan personalities, Pakistani community and wide section of media.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNew VAT regime threatens hundreds of medical jobs – AliDecember 4, 2016In “Local News”Ramkarran chides Govt for abandoning efforts to grow economyDecember 12, 2016In “Politics”Op-Ed: The Waste of Our Human CapitalFebruary 18, 2017In “Opinion” Dear Editor,It is evident that Guyanese have become the most taxed people in this hemisphere, despite being classified by the World Bank as the second poorest in CARICOM ahead of Haiti. In 2015 the World Bank Reports indicated a per capita of US$4,127 (worldbank.org) this minimal increase has pushed Guyana from the lower middle income group into the upper middle income group.But ironically, what this means is that this rating will affect Guyana’s access to loans from the World Bank since Guyanese have apparently become richer.What is more ironic is that Guyanese would never have expected that the improved rating, insignificant as it is, would have ushered drastic increases in the rates of more than 200 taxes, in some cases by as much as 1200% and a deceptive VAT reduction!Even more burdensome is the fact while reducing the VAT to 14% we have seen the removal of many basic necessities from the zero rated category to the exempt category. This sleight of hand has effectively removed whatever benefits would have accrued from the meager 2% reduction. This is further worsened by the fact that VAT is now payable on water and electricity.The late Sir Winston Churchill, who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, made an astounding statement which can be quite applicable to our current situation when he said that, ‘I contend that for a Nation to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift it by the handle.’This was emphasized by the Congressional Research Service of the USA and William McBride of the Tax Foundation. They concluded that ‘tax rates do not influence economic growth’ and that ‘higher tax rates slow economic growth. In other words sensible economic policies are required.This is like a prophecy to our present situation. To destroy savings, consumption and the productive sector will never enable our economy to grow. It is also doubtful that any redistribution of income will be initiated by these increase taxes since it is the poor Guyanese who will face the burden of increased taxation and massive corruption will ensure that Guyanese never receive the full benefits from monies spent.In our present situation, increased taxation can only result in: insufficient disposable income, low wages, high prices, poor quality products, loss of markets, decline in the productive sector, scarcity and shortages, jobs loss, foreclosures, increase in poverty and crime.In this letter I will focus on Value Added Tax (VAT) and its negative effects on the Guyanese economy. As was mentioned above, the 2017 Budget has removed many items from the ‘zero rated’ category and placed them in the ‘exempt’ category. The immediate impact of this is not clear to the lay man who finds it difficult to discriminate between the two categories-they mean the same thing. They see ‘exempt’ as not paying VAT and ‘zero rated’ as not paying VAT-so the question is: Why the big fuss?The Value Added Tax and Excise Handbook published by Ram and McRae clearly shows the difference between the two categories and provides clearly illustrated examples to show the impact on consumers.On page 31 it states that, ‘Zero-rating is applied specifically to protect the consumer from the impact of VAT by allowing the supplier to recover the VAT he has paid to the Revenue Authority and not from the consumer.’ It further stated that, ‘Prior to 2017, the list of zero-rated items was long and comprehensive…but Budget 2017 reversed the majority of the individual items.’ Therefore zero-rated items benefit the consumers.Exempt items means that the supplier cannot reclaim the VAT which was paid. Therefore, if the supplier wants to maintain his profit margin then he must pass on the VAT he has paid to the consumer. This will happen so it means that it is the consumer who pays the VAT incurred by the supplier. The consumers do not benefit but are burdened there from!What is alarming is that basic food items such as bread, rice, brown sugar, cooking oil, milk, baby formula and cereal, fresh fruits (some exclusions), fresh vegetables including onions, garlic and potatoes, dried split peas, chicken peas, kidney beans, black-eye peas, cassareep, eggs, baby chick and live chicken, margarine, cooking salt, and a long list of essential items are now “exempted”. This means that VAT charged during the production or on importation of these products will be passed on to the consumer and will result in increased prices. So where is the benefit from the 2% reduction of VAT?Fuel such as kerosene oil, propane gas, gasoline and diesel will also be exempted.Educational materials such as printed books, educational charts, alphabetical charts, numbers charts, maps and globes are exempted as well as school supplies such as sharpeners, pencils, calculators, rulers and even lunch bags and lunch kits among many other items which are now ‘exempted’.There also a long list of agriculture items and equipment which are exempted. Among these are: paddy, vegetable seeds, fertilizers, harrows, cultivators, weeders, hoes, ice for fishing purposes, fish hooks, etc.Even funeral services and human remains are exempted.Therefore, whatever input VAT is paid on ‘exempted’ items will no longer be eligible for tax credit or refund hence the supplier will have to pass on this VAT to the final consumer in the form of higher prices.However, what is of greater significance is the fact that electricity consumption under $10,000 per month and water consumption under $1,500 per month are zero-rated. On face value it would seem that the small consumers are protected but the fact is that they will have to face the final VAT burden!The Domino effect will ensure that manufacturers, producers and businesses who have to pay the VAT on electricity and water will pass the charges to the consumers to maintain their profit margin. Some business pay as much as $100 million dollars annually therefore 14% or $14 million dollars will be passed on to the consumer in the form of higher prices! What comments are forthcoming from the Minister of Agriculture and the Minister of Business on this?This increased production costs will greatly affect the competitiveness of our local exporters since they will have to now sell at a higher price on the international market. It is important to note that VAT was never designed for the export market but this is exactly what will be the result. Will our local exporters be able to compete with their foreign counterparts? Moreover, this deliberate contraction of the private sector will see thousands of workers on the breadline and increasing poverty.The Finance Minister in his 2017 Budget speech had openly admitted that the manufacturing as well as agriculture and other sectors have declined in 2016. Yet instead of implementing economic policies to stem this decline he has done everything possible to ensure that this decline continues thereby sounding the death knell of the private sector.He should have sought advice from experienced professionals before he made such a horrendous blunder. But non-consultation seems to be inherent modus operandi in the current scheme of things since we have the Mayor and City Council ‘parking’ in that direction as well!It is my humble conclusion that the Finance Minister is more adept at devouring wealth than creating wealth. Furthermore, when we add the increased costs from the ‘exempted’ items to the increased prices resulting from the VAT charges on water and electricity the erosion of the standard of living and the economic development of our country is substantial.It is clear that the 2017 Budget is anti-productive, anti-business, anti-consumer and anti-progressive! ‘The ‘VAT’ runneth over’ but Guyanese definitely have less to drink from it!Yours sincerely,Haseef Yusuf (FCCA;MBA)
Materials handling and size reduction solution providers Gundlach Equipment, Jeffrey Rader and Pennsylvania Crusher, presented their new unified front at MINExpo 2012 recently – the new single company TerraSource Global. The three companies were acquired by Hillenbrand in April 2010, and in July 2012 were organised into a single company that retains the three strong brands in an effort to serve its customers around the globe more effectively: “The restructuring allows us to provide parts, equipment and engineering solutions from all three brands to our entire customer base from any location.” The company also forms the subject of a High Profile article in the November issue of International Mining.As part of the growth strategy for these brands, the creation and development of a single entity by which to market as a whole rather than individually met the brand architecture goal of the organisation. The company says it conducted a careful and thorough process to select a new brand name that reflects the organisation’s focus on providing material handling and process equipment to a global industrial base that utilises natural resources in their processes. Along with the new name, a new logo was developed that graphically depicts the company’s “leadership position in industrial equipment.”MINExpo 2012 represents just the beginning of a major roll out of the new brand name and logo across all marketing platforms and will continue throughout 2013. “Operating as a single company with our market experience and brand recognition gives our global customers and business partners easy access to, and confidence in, our expertise in material handling and size reduction solutions at any of our global locations,” said Mark Kohler, President of TerraSource Global. “We currently have nine locations in five countries, but our growth initiatives are continuous and additional locations may be added to meet the demands of our customers,” Kohler added.There are two organisational groups within TerraSource Global that are industry-specific: The Power and Mining Group and The Engineered Systems Group. The Engineered Systems Group, spearheaded from the Greenville, South Carolina location by Tony Lubiani, Vice President, Engineered Systems, supports forest products and related markets with the Jeffrey Rader brand. In addition, the Engineered Systems Group will work with engineering firms, customers and contractors on a global basis to supply engineered equipment packages that support all the industries and brands. The Power and Mining Group, spearheaded from the Broomall, Pennsylvania by Doug Sublett, Vice President, Power and Mining, supports the power, mining and related markets with all equipment and services from all three brands.TerraSource Global said its mission is to be “the global partner today and tomorrow of industrial users of material handling and processing equipment by providing the best technology, quality and service for their given project.”TerraSource activity so far in 2012 includes the opening of a new parts and sales support center in Kentucky. This office was opened to service the growing demand for parts and service in the West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky regions across all three equipment brands and it includes a stocked warehouse with sales and service capabilities. In the Pennsylvania Crusher range, the well-known Mountaineer Sizer has been upgraded and redesigned. The Mountaineer II Sizer is now available and offers “significant improvements over other standard cantilevered sizer designs.” TerraSource says that the changes are based on what sizer users worldwide have asked for. “I believe the new Mountaineer II Sizer provides the robust features of the orignal design, but incorporates additional maintenance features that add significantly durability to the unit,” stated Doug Sublett, VP of Power & Mining at TerraSource Global.Among the improvements to the Mountaineer II Sizer is an independent modular link gear box used for rotor synchronisation. The isolated link gear box can be quickly changed or repaired without disturbing other drive components. It also features a single base frame with a unique modular approach in servicing drive and rotor components. The rotors are more easily serviced with the timing gears removed from the rotor shaft. New bolt-on tooth segments make changing crushing wear parts easy and reduce maintenance and down-time. The Mountaineer II Sizer uses industry standard off-the-shelf gear reducers and couplings, providing superior availability and customer choice. TerraSource has also incorporated more technology to protect against tramp materials. Plus, smart motor protection switches and torque limiting devices can be included with the new machine or as an aftermarket feature. The Mountaineer II Sizer is available in a wide range of models, handling top size up to 1,500 mm and material strengths to 170 Mpa.
GARDAÍ ARE SEARCHING for an 80-year-old man who is missing from a nursing home in Galway.Frank Helly went missing from Balinahalla Nursing Home in Moycullen, County Galway at about 7pm last night.Frank is described as 5’10” tall, of medium build with short grey hair. When last seen he was wearing beige trousers, a maroon jumper and a blue shirt.Coast Guards and Garda Air Support unit have been searching in the area.Anyone with information is asked to contact Salthill Garda station on 091 514720.
We have already lost Wicklow District Hospital based on a dubious report from HIQA. What the people in Wicklow want is a properly funded hospital they can have confidence in.Imposing the 21,000 users of the essential medical facility on the already overwhelmed St. Vincent’s Hospital simply will not work. Public meetingThis is an issue that has been fought against for some years. In 2011, a public meeting was held by local community groups who wanted to prevent the closure of the emergency department.Speaking at the meeting, Dún Laoghaire TD Richard Boyd Barrett said the proposal to cut the emergency service is a direct result of the EU/IMF deal who argued that the “reconfiguration” of hospitals like Roscommon and Loughlinstown was simply a euphemism for reform and cuts.“As the government finds it more difficult to pay back these unsustainable debts there is an increased demand for privatisation. High on the list is the privatisation of the health service. There is absolutely no coincidence that as Loughlinstown is being downgraded the private Beacon Hospital has been built,” he said.Back in 2011, when the flag was first raised that the emergency department would be closing, Wicklow councillors said they had serious concerns for members of the public that would now have to travel from outer areas of Wicklow to St Vincent’s Hospital for emergency treatment.At a county council meeting, a real life scenario was raised by one councillor, in which it was said that if a man had a heart attack in Arklow, he will have to travel over 40 miles to St Vincent’s Hospital, which according to the AA Route Map, will take at least one hour six minutes one way.Councillor Pat Fitzgerald said that extra distance “could be fatal”.Councillor John Brady said he is calling on Wicklow’s five TD’s seem fight for the retention of the emergency department.Gilmore: ‘We were determined that Ireland would be Europe’s success story’>Why is Dublin dedicating a 300-year-old tree to the city of Barcelona?> THE HSE CONFIRMED this week that the emergency department at St Columcille’s hospital in Loughlinstown is to close at the end of the month.From next month, a local injuries unit will treat minor injuries such as broken bones seven days a week from 8am to 6pm. However, emergency cases will be sent to St Vincent’s hospital.Critical serviceLocal Sinn Fein Councillor and chairperson of the campaign group Save of Services Wicklow (SOS Wicklow) John Brady said the A&E closure is a huge blow and a slap in the face for Wicklow people who depend on the critical service.He said that St.Vincents hospital is already stretched to capacity, adding that “when the A&E in Loughlinstown is downgraded and people are forced to travel to St. Vincents the numbers lying on trolleys will simply increase and compound the problems experienced in that hospital, resulting in a reduction of patient care”.He added:
INDEPENDENT TD, LUKE ‘Ming’ Flanagan is set to defend himself in the Dáil this week following a report in a Sunday newspaper claiming he had penalty points wiped from his record by gardaí.The Sunday Independent reported that Flanagan was stopped by gardaí in June 2011 and issued with a fine of €60 and two penalty points for driving while operating his mobile phone. The report alleges the independent TD insisted that he was on “Dáil business” and in these instances a member of the Oireachtas can request that their points be removed from their licence.Today the TD tweeted that he had actually been contacted by gardaí who offered to remove the points from his record and said he would be addressing the issue on the Dáil this week. In February, Flanagan launched an attack on the government over revelations about penalty points being wiped from the driving licences of well-known public figures. At the time, he suggested that this indicated a degree of corruption within An Garda Síochana.In the Dáil he said the revelations about penalty points showed “quite clearly that in this country some people are more important than others”.When contacted by TheJournal.ie today, Flanagan said he will make a statement during his speaking time in the Dáil on Tuesday and that he would make no further comment until then.Related: Shatter: ‘Difficult not to throw up’ listening to Ming on gardaí>More: Garda Commissioner: Investigation into penalty points cancellations will be ‘rigorous’>
Ford’s new C-Max minivan will get Sync, MyFord Touch, a hands-free auto-open liftgate, a four-cylinder turbocharged Ecoboost engine, and seven-passenger seating in a swoopy package the same size as the aging Ford Escape SUV. It’s one of 10 vehicles Ford will produce based on the chassis created for the 2011 Ford Focus. The C-Max targets young families looking for something less SUV-like. AdChoices广告Ford went out of its way to not say “minivan” in a media backgrounder or in its press material, but that’s what it appears to be, especially with sliding side doors – a minivan, not a tall wagon, not a crossover, not an SUV. Ford calls it an “all-new, affordable transportation alternative” and a vehicle that combines the “best features of a car and minivan.” Does that help? Regardless, it looks nothing like the boxy Dodge Caravan that started it all in the 1980s, or the massive and star-crossed Ford Windstar. Its closest competitor is the Mazda5. What it is, is a 178-inch, er, front-drive minivan with two seats in front, three in the middle, and a smallish third row with two seats. (You can order it without the third row seats.) The middle seat in the middle row can be folded and stowed under the right-hand seat. Very cool. Ford C-Max Technology Bells and Whistles As for technology of the Ford C-Max, some of it is new and even more of it is new in a vehicle this small: — The hands-free liftgate opener is the one you’ll hear about. Wave you foot under the rear of the car and the liftgate pops up. You need the optional keyless entry system (Intelligent Access) and the automatic liftgate. Approach the back of the C-Max with the key in your pocket and two sensors under the back notice the motion and swing up the liftgate. — There’s of course Ford Sync, the pioneering technology that makes Bluetooth and a music adapter free (upscale models) or cheap (typically $395 on mid-range models). — Also available is the extension of the MyFord Touch touchscreen LCD technology first seen on the Ford Edge, the coming Ford Explorer, and (as MyLincoln Touch) on the Lincoln MKX (see review). Touch a color-coded corner of the screen to access functions for phone, navigation, entertainment, and climate control. It’s pretty neat once you know how to use it; Ford and some reviewers have differing opinions about how easy it is to pick up. (See Is MyFord Touch a Safety Hazard (to Already Inattentive Drivers)?) This is the smallest vehicle announced so far with MyFord Touch. –Active park assist. It helps you find a parallel parking spot you can fit into and then backs the car in. You still control throttle and brakes. — Rear view camera. — Four-cylinder turbocharged (Ecoboost), 1.4 liter engine that will deliver 180 hp on premium fuel or 168 hp on regular; your choice. The entry-level engine with be a 2.5-liter, non-turbo engine that gets 168 hp (only) regardless of fuel grade and makes total vehicle weight be 3,743 pounds, 100 more than the turbo version. Ford didn’t describe fuel economy. Both have a six-speed automatic transmission. C-Max: New Model, Not a ReplacementThe C-Max minivan appears to be an addition to the Ford line. The Ford Escape compact SUV likely will continue (using the same platform as the C-Max when it gets renewed d) and will be branded as a more rugged off-road vehicle with all-wheel drive abilities. Ford describes its target market as young families and the C-Max appears to be another vehicle effectively telling baby boomers their time in the sun has passed. Although, as has happened with many other vehicles targeting Gen Y and Millenials, the C-Max may be perfect for boomers downsizing from big SUVs and crossovers. These are the buyers most often looking for high-tech, sometimes high-cost options offered on the costlier, bigger cars they’re moving out of. Ford did not say when the U.S. model will be available but it’s expected to be in the second half of 2011. The current (second) generation C-Max just started shipping in Europe. The U.S. never got the first-gen C-Max. C is a European designation for compact cars, typically referred to as the C-Segment. (The A-segment is mini cars, the B-segment is subcompacts, the D-segment is mid-size cars, is full-size and large midsize cars, and the F-segment is a full-size luxury car.) Bottom line: Everyone who travels to Europe sees amazing cars and wonders, “Why don’t they bring it to the U.S. – I’m sure it would sell.” The Ford C-Max is just that vehicle.
Delta Historical Society member Mary Leith checks out the trail closure at Big Delta State Historical Park. (Photo by Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks)It’s going to cost to access some Interior State Park facilities, where access was free in the past. Alaska State Parks Northern Region Superintendent Brooks Ludwig said user fees are being added at 14 Fairbanks area sites.Listen now”Any area that has infrastructure, parking and access to restrooms, we’re gonna go ahead and start charging a five dollar day-use fee at those sites,” Ludwig said.The sites where fees are being added include two campgrounds, three trailheads, two river access points, two boat launches and a shooting range in the Chena River State Recreation Area, as well as at the Salcha, Clearwater and Delta Recreation sites and the Big Delta State Historical Park.”It’ll be self-registration,” Ludwig said. “We call them iron rangers. There’ll be a sign with a metal box there with envelopes you take out and tear off the receipt, put it on the dash of your vehicle, put the five dollars in, and put it back in the iron ranger.”Ludwig said the additional user fees are projected to yield about 28 thousand dollars, a just under ten percent revenue increase for the State Parks northern region.”Alaska is in dire need of more money, so we’re trying to do our part to be sustainable,” Ludwig said.He notes that half of regional operating costs are covered by user fees. The new charges, which begin May 1st, come as northern region parks face proposed budget cuts specifically targeting Delta area facilities.
Initial D: Drift racing1/8I went from knowing nothing about drift racing to knowing so much that I had no idea which information was real and which was fiction. Initial D brought street racing to the spotlight long before Fast and the Furious ever graced the Hollywood screen. Taking a look at the cars and racing styles in Japan, Initial D is a fascinating look at this underground sport. We weep for the character designs, but damn, those cars looked good.<><> Ash Ketchum from Pokemon isn’t the only guy who’s ever wanted to be the very best like no one ever was. In anime, we see tons of protagonists fueled by their mighty need to reach the top of their games.“Slice of life” anime is a wonderful genre that follows a niche of everyday life in minute detail. Through these kinds of shows, we are lucky enough to get a glimpse of activities we never knew we could be number one at, like cheerleading, making bread, drawing, and so on and so on. Learning about a whole slice of life we never knew about is half the fun of watching anime.Below, check out our list of top anime that show us what life is like for those struggling to be the best at activities we’ve never even given a second thought. If seeing all these everyday life series has put you in the mood to watch some anime, why not head on over to Crunchyroll and get lost in an abundance of slice of life entertainment.
The three men will be presented before the Attorney General. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Puerto Morelos, Q.R. — Three men have been taken into custody in Puerto Morelos after they were found distributing leaflets promoting prostitution. The three were arrested by municipal police after two of the men were seen acting suspiciously. Police were performing surveillance tours for the Sunday elections when they happened upon the pair. In custody, police have 22-year-old Ángel Antonio O.F. and 23-year-old Cristian Alberto O.C. both from Cancún and 35-year-old Mercer O.M. from Isla Mujeres, who is the alleged boss. After a review of the two men, police found they were handing out leaflets offering prostitution services. While arresting the two men, a third man arrived to defend his employees, which is when he was also arrested.
Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Related Content Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more September 28, 2015 — Adult survivors of childhood brain tumors have lower working memory performance compared to healthy adults, according to researchers at Georgia State University and Emory University using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).The findings, published in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society in August, report that adult survivors of pediatric posterior fossa brain tumors performed significantly lower than controls on standardized clinical tests of working memory performance administered in the study.The researchers studied the working memory of adult survivors of childhood posterior fossa brain tumors versus a healthy control sample using fMRI and neuropsychological measures. Each group consisted of 17 participants.During fMRI, the participants completed a measure called the n-back task. They were asked to monitor a series of letters and respond “yes” or “no” with their index or middle finger on a button box if an item was presented “n” items before, ranging from one to three letters back. Accurately recalling a letter two or three letters back represented higher working memory capabilities. Participants also completed other standardized clinical measures.Whole-brain fMRI analyses also found survivors had significantly greater blood-oxygen level dependent (BOLD) activation in the left superior/middle frontal gyri and left parietal lobe of their brain during a verbal working memory task, demonstrating higher activation in these structures. Analyses revealed higher levels of activations in prefrontal regions were associated with lower behavioral performance on higher-load working memory tasks.“Our goal was to identify the neural mechanisms underlying working memory difficulty in adult survivors of childhood brain tumors,” said Tricia King, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Georgia State. “The results suggest that adult survivors of pediatric posterior fossa brain tumors recruited additional resources to control cognitive ability in the prefrontal lobe during increased demands for working memory. This increased prefrontal activation is associated with lower working memory performance.”Adult survivors of childhood brain tumors are at risk for neurocognitive deficits, such as working memory impairment, that contribute to poor long-term outcomes. While advances in diagnosis and treatment have led to improved clinical outcomes and increases in the five-year survival rates of pediatric brain tumor patients, research has shown that long-term childhood brain tumor survivors suffer from adverse health, disrupted quality of life, and impaired cognitive and social outcomes.Working memory deficits are also common in other neurological conditions, such as schizophrenia, multiple sclerosis and traumatic brain injury, because working memory is an essential component for higher-order cognitive processes in humans.Understanding of the neural mechanism underlying working memory impairments in adult survivors of childhood brain tumors is limited and little fMRI research with these survivors has been reported. This study was designed to address this gap in knowledge and improve treatment for survivors of childhood brain tumors.Collaborators for the project include Sabrina Na of Georgia State and Hui Mao of Emory University. The study was funded by the American Cancer Society’s Research Scholar Grant (King) and a Brains and Behavior graduate student fellowship (Na) from Georgia State.For more information: www.psychology.gsu.edu FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Neuro Imaging | September 28, 2015 Functional MRI Shows Childhood Brain Tumors Affect Working Memory of Adult Survivors Study participants demonstrated greater prefrontal region activation than controls News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical School News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. 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Virgin Australia said the alliance is an important strategy to increase competition Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P In an effort to offer customers an enhanced travel experience Virgin Australia has today announced plans to expand its alliance with Skywest Airlines.The partnership will offer corporate customers a single solution for their air travel needs, including scheduled and charter services to regional, domestic and international destinations. Virgin Australia and Skywest received interim approval from the ACCC for the expanded alliance, which would enable the two airlines to jointly contract with corporate customers. Virgin Australia Group Executive of Commercial Liz Savage said the agreement would improve the airline’s ability to meet the growing demand from the resources and mining industries. “By working more closely with Skywest we will be able to provide integrated travel solutions that are tailored to the individual needs of corporate customers,” Ms Savage said.“This will mean a range of benefits including more competitive pricing, enhanced flight connections and a higher quality overall travel experience.“We will also be able to extend our Velocity Frequent Flyer program to Skywest’s charter services, meaning joint corporate customers can earn frequent flyer Points and Status Credits on those services and access preferred seating, priority check-in and Virgin Australia lounges.”Ms Savage added that the alliance is an important part of the airlines strategy to increase competition in the Australian corporate travel market. The ACCC’s interim approval will allow Virgin Australia and Skywest to begin working together on the new alliance immediately.
Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre and HICC has unveiled its fifth season of ‘Colours of Novotel’. The signature series focuses on bringing together artists under one roof and presenting them a platform to showcase some of their best works. This edition is curated by a renowned connoisseur of the field and an artist herself, Rangoli Garg, and showcases over 30 paintings.The series was inaugurated by Neil Paterson, General Manager, Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre and HICC.A collection of exquisite paintings made from acrylic, oil pastels and watercolours are being presented this season. This edition features works from renowned artists like Bala Bhakta Raju, Vasanthula Ramakrishna, Rangoli Garg, Agacharya and Satheesh Khanna that will be available for sale till the October 31, 2016. Live interactive sessions on Lippan work, Tanjore art, bamboo art and bangle making crafts also kept guests involved with the overall theme of the evening.Speaking on the occasion, Paterson said, ‘Colours of Novotel’, has provided a platform for over 25 artists over the last year, and has entered its fifth edition now. The response to the innovative presentation of this edition is very encouraging, and the artists are pleased for having their works showcased on such a platform. An event such as this highlights our dedication towards this country’s diverse culture, while also contributing to the increase in interest towards Indian contemporary art”.
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