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first_imgMONTREAL – Quebec’s efforts to control a deadly deer disease may end up depriving the province of a couple of popular Rudolph stand-ins this holiday season.The province has been grappling with chronic wasting disease detected this year in three farm-raised deer. And Serge Michaud and the red deer he named Rudolph 1 and Rudolph 2 are feeling the impact.Michaud said he was told last week the animals, a fixture at Christmas parades and events in the province, need to stay penned as investigations continue to determine the extent of the disease. He was forced to cancel a parade appearance in Riviere-du-Loup, Que. last Saturday.“They embody Rudolph — the companion of Santa Claus — and we dress up as elves and take part in Christmas parades, at product launches, for photos with the public,” Michaud explained.The province’s Wildlife Department confirmed in September that chronic wasting disease had been detected in a farm-raised animal that was sent to slaughter in late August.Since then, two more cases were confirmed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.The disease, similar to mad cow disease, is an infection of the central nervous system that afflicts deer, elk, reindeer and moose. While it can go undetected for years, the condition eventually causes poor health, behavioural changes, disorientation and death.Biologists have raised fears the highly contagious disease has the potential to decimate the wild deer population if it spreads.Michaud said his animals are both healthy and are seen regularly by a veterinarian. They were born on a livestock farm and have been with Michaud since they were a day old. “They’ve never lived in a herd,” he said.The deer both have a bit of star power — Rudolph 1’s first public appearance was with the Cirque de Soleil while Rudolph 2 appeared in the Hollywood blockbuster “X-Men: Apocalypse.”The province’s Agriculture Department informed Michaud of the travel ban last Friday.In September, officials banned hunting, trapping and off-road activities within a 400-kilometre radius of the farm where the infection was detected. That includes Oka, where Michaud’s animals live.The disease first emerged in the 1960s in the United States. It is nearly impossible to eradicate once it becomes established in the general population. It has spread to 25 U.S. states as well as Alberta and Saskatchewan.Quebec has modelled its intervention plan on that of New York State, which is believed to be the only jurisdiction to have successfully eliminated the disease.“We haven’t finished our investigations, so we’re simply not taking any risks,” Yohan Dallaire-Boily, an Agriculture Department spokesman, said of the need for controls.Michaud said he stands to lose up to $40,000 this year if his deer are not allowed to travel. “The schedule was booked solid, sometimes three events a day,” he said.He acknowledged it might take a Christmas miracle of sorts to get the Rudolphs back on the road.“We’ll leave the door open in the event we get an exemption,” he said.last_img read more

___CEOs of big banks face off with House DemocratsNEW YORK (AP) — The heads of seven of the largest banks in the U.S. fielded sometimes contentious questions from a House committee Wednesday, some dealing with current risks to the financial systems and other focused on more politically-charged topics. The appearance by the chief executives of JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs and five other banks represented the largest gathering of leaders of the banking industry before Congress since the financial crisis.___US budget deficit running 15% higher than a year agoWASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government reported a $146.9 billion deficit in March, causing annual debt to rise 15% for the first half of the budget year compared to the same period in 2018. The Treasury Department says in its monthly report that the fiscal year deficit has so far totalled $691 billion, up from nearly $600 billion in 2018. The Treasury Department expects that the deficit will exceed $1 trillion when the fiscal year ends in September.___Most Fed officials see rates staying on hold for all of 2019WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Federal Reserve officials last month believed that economic conditions would likely warrant keeping the Fed’s benchmark policy unchanged for the rest of this year. Several officials said their view could shift in either direction based on incoming data, according to minutes of the meeting.___Delta profit surges and releases strong outlookDALLAS (AP) — A new credit card deal and rising corporate travel boosted profits for Delta Air Lines in the first quarter, a trend it predicts will continue this spring. The company posted a $730 million profit, a 31% increase over the same period last year. The strong demand for corporate travel offset choppy demand from vacation travellers. Earnings adjusted for one-time items were 96 cents per share, 6 cents better than Wall Street expected, and Delta gave an upbeat forecast for the second quarter.___Facebook cracks down on groups spreading harmful informationMENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook says it is rolling out a wide range of updates aimed at combatting the spread of false and harmful information on the social media site. The updates will limit the visibility of links found to be significantly more prominent on Facebook than across the web as a whole. The company is also expanding its fact-checking program with outside expert sources, including The Associated Press, to vet videos and other material posted on Facebook.___Boeing shareholder alleges investors were misled on Max jetNEW YORK (AP) — A Boeing shareholder is suing the company for allegedly hiding problems with its 737 Max jet to push its shares higher. Shareholder Richard Seeks argues that Boeing should have told investors about safety problems with its bestselling plane after a fatal crash in October. Instead, it pushed the stock up to artificial highs by speaking optimistically about future sales before a second fatal crash in March sent shares tumbling, he says. The federal suit seeks class action status.___May asks EU for Brexit delay, but Macron says no guaranteeBRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders are deciding whether to save Britain from a precipitous and potentially calamitous Brexit, or to give the foot-dragging departing nation a shove over the edge. Prime Minister Theresa May has pleaded with the 27 other EU leaders at an emergency summit to delay Britain’s exit, due on Friday, until June 30 while the U.K. sorts out the mess that Brexit has become.___Amazon’s growing ties to oil industry irks some employeesNEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is getting cozy with the oil and gas companies and some employees aren’t happy about it. The online shopping giant, which already works with BP and Shell, has been trying to woo more oil and gas companies to use its cloud technology and artificial intelligence to help them find drillable oil faster, angering workers who have been pushing Amazon to do more to combat climate change.___Yahoo to pay $117.5M in latest settlement of massive breachSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nearly 200 million people who had sensitive information snatched from their Yahoo accounts will receive two years of free credit-monitoring services and other potential restitution in a legal settlement valued at $117.5 million. The deal revises an earlier agreement was supposed to be worth $50 million. The reworked settlement is part of the fallout from digital burglaries that stole personal information from about 3 billion Yahoo accounts in 2013 and 2014.___Tech companies lead US stocks broadly higherNEW YORK (AP) — Stocks closed higher on Wall Street Wednesday as solid gains by technology companies helped the market recoup some of its losses from a day earlier. Small-company stocks also stood out, beating the rest of the market. Banks, retailers and homebuilders also notched gains. Utilities were the biggest laggard. The rally was a reversal for the market following a slide on Tuesday that ended an eight-day winning streak as investors turned their attention to the next wave of corporate earnings.___The S&P 500 index rose 10.01 points, or 0.3%, to 2,888.21. The 30-stock Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 6.58 points, or less than 0.1%, to 26,157.16. The Nasdaq composite, which is heavily weighted with technology stocks, added 54.97 points, or 0.7%, to 7,964.24. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks picked up 21.87 points, or 1.4%, to 1,581.55.The Associated Press read more

Young people account for half the population in many of the world’s poorest countries, particularly in Africa, yet the meeting’s panelists in Wednesday’s round-table discussion said that they have been neglected as a social category in poverty reduction schemes. Some experts pointed to the urban bias in development policies of the past 30 years that have prevented rural areas from prospering from market economies due to lack of infrastructure and investment. Often for youth in poor rural areas, where employment options are limited, their transition into adulthood is accelerated, thus making it imperative to meet their educational, health and skills training needs. Education and training, especially in agriculture, is particularly key, and rural youth are impeded by a lack of access as well as low-quality schooling. In a separate IFAD meeting today, experts called for enhanced measures for poor rural farmers to allow them to access “value chains,” or activities such as processing and marketing that bring goods from production to consumption, and allow them to better compete against powerful large retailers. Without such actions, efforts to reduce poverty could be undermined. Such initiatives have taken place successfully in countries such as Colombia, where farmers themselves realized that without innovation and new markets for their products, they would not be able to survive. “They went from being passive actors to active actors who also recognized that their own change would affect a whole chain of actors,” said Maria Oliva Lizarazo, Director of the IFAD-backed Rural Microenterprise Development Programme. 15 February 2007New development programmes are necessary to minimize the growing youth crisis, often ignored by policymakers, in the world’s poorest countries, experts said at a meeting of the United Nations International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) held in Rome. read more

He has been remanded till August 2. (Colombo Gazette) Former Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian P H Piyasena was arrested today and remanded after being presented to court.Piyasena was arrested by the Colombo Crimes Division over allegations he misused a Government vehicle.

Vancouver buys CP Rail land for urban greenway, ending long-running dispute VANCOUVER – A long-running dispute between Vancouver and Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) over an old rail corridor through the centre of the city has been settled.The city has agreed to pay $55 million for the railway route, which stretches nine kilometres and consists of almost 17 hectares of open space.Mayor Gregor Robertson said Monday the agreement means the city will be able to transform the area into a greenway that connects neighbourhoods from False Creek near downtown to Marpole on the Fraser River on the south side.Part of the corridor is also slated for use as a light-rail, rapid transit system, which Robertson said would operate alongside the public greenway that will be available for walking and cycling.Residents have been growing gardens and planting trees on the land for over a decade.Talks on the sale had broken off. Then in 2014, the city said CP planned to start clearing the Arbutus corridor for railway use again.Robertson said there was a change in heart by both parties late last fall that led to the deal.Keith Creel, CP’s president and chief operating officer, said the agreement is positive for the city and the railway.“This has been a very contentious issue for Canadian Pacific and the City of Vancouver, probably for the last decade,” Creel said. “With that said, the history of CP in Vancouver dates back to its origins, over 130 years. It’s a been a positive relationship. It’s one that we valued.”CP stopped running trains on the line about 14 years ago.Robertson compared the development to a revitalized part of New York City that has seen an old rail line turned into a park.“This is a historic agreement and a one-in-a-generation opportunity for our city,” he said. “This is really Vancouver’s chance to have a New York-style High Line, repurposing of what was freight railroad.”He said the city will establish an office to oversee the design of the greenway and it will make improvements to the railway corridor before the long-term plan is finalized.Under the agreement, CP will remove existing rails and ties within two years. by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 7, 2016 11:41 am MDT Last Updated Mar 7, 2016 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

first_imgThere may once have been cachet in ploughing one’s way through Ulysses, War and Peace or Kafka’s Metamorphosis.But according to one study, there is no greater cause to boast about reading James Joyce than EL James.All novels contain one of just six possible plots, with similar emotional arcs running though every work from the highbrow to the bodice-ripper, according to researchers. They include the classic ‘rags to riches’ storyline, as detailed in Oliver Twist, the ‘riches to rags’ such as King Lear, and ‘man in a hole’ such as Moby Dick where a protagonist finds himself in a difficult spot before navigating out of it. The ‘Icarus’ plotline sees characters rise before a spectacular fall, ‘Cinderella’ shows the character’s fortunes rise, fall, then rise again and ‘Oedipus’ when the character falls, rises and then falls. Dr Reagan said: “There were only six main emotional storylines.”These include ‘rags to riches’ (sentiment rises), ‘riches to rags’ (fall), ‘man in a hole’ (fall-rise), ‘icarus’ (rise-fall), ‘Cinderella’ (rise-fall-rise), ‘Oedipus’ (fall-rise-fall).”This approach could, in turn, be used to create compelling stories by gaining a better understanding of what has previously made for great storylines.”It could also help teach common sense to artificial intelligence systems.”Our work on emotional arcs is just one part of understanding the ecology of stories.”There is much more to do: Extracting and comparing plots, character paths, comparing across cultures and time periods. But all this now seems possible.”The study was published in EPJ Data Science. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The University of Vermont study was inspired Slaughterhouse 5 author Kurt Vonnegut who originally proposed the similarity of emotional story lines in a Masters’s thesis rejected by the University of Chicago.Dr Andrew Reagan, statistician, said: “Stories help us encode and understand our collective existence, underpin cultures, and help frame the possible.”Describing the ecology of all human stories is an essential scientific enterprise.”With the advent of the internet and massive digitisation this vital work has become, in part, a data-driven one.”There are many aspects of stories to characterise and here we take on just one: The overall emotional trajectory. This year's Man Booker shortlist Even novels some might look down on follow the same basic plot, researchers claim All books, including bestseller 50 Shades of Grey, follow one of six story arcs “In a lecture recorded in 1985, Kurt Vonnegut introduced the idea of quantifying the emotional arcs of stories.”He suggested that ‘Man-in-a-hole’ is a primary kind of shape in the dimension of good-ill fortune. ‘Somebody gets into trouble gets out of it again. People LOVE that story!'”Vonnegut pointed out that computers would be perfectly suited to the task of finding good-ill fortune trajectories, and with this inspiration and today’s computing power, we tested his instincts on a large supply of books.”We extracted and analyzed the emotional arcs of 1,722 novels from the Project Gutenberg corpus using sentiment analysis, and found six common shapes.”The study say scientists use big data and natural language processing to analyse the books’ narrative by deconstructing and distilling its plot lines. Even novels some might look down on follow the same basic plot, researchers claim This year’s Man Booker shortlist All books, including bestseller 50 Shades of Grey, follow one of six story arcslast_img read more

first_img Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Tomás O Mainnín via Twitter 33,350 Views Four identical calves have been born in Co Clare. The farmer couldn’t be happier The odds of four identical calves born are estimated at around a billion to one. Feb 23rd 2017, 4:44 PM Image: Tomás O Mainnín via Twitter Share2117 Tweet Email10 ON SUNDAY, FOUR identical calves were born at a farm outside Ennistymon, Co Clare.The odds of such a birth are about a billion to one, according to geneticists who calculated the chances after a similar situation in Norfolk, England over a decade ago.Today, “the proudest farmer in Ireland” Tom Clair spoke to Áine Lawlor on RTÉ’s News at One about the unlikely birth of the identical quadruplets.He’d been expecting the cow to have twins, due to her size. Clair had last checked on the cow late on Saturday night and thought she’d make it to the morning without giving birth. Tom (on the right) is delighted with the calves. Source: Tomás O Mainnín via Twitter“I came down then at half seven on Sunday morning,” he said, “and when I got down there were two calves standing in front of her.”Then, the farmer noticed a third calf lying by the cow’s side. So, he put the three together before he heard a “another little moo”.I looked down at the three, and knew the little moo wasn’t coming from them.“There he was then standing outside in the yard,” Clair said. “It was unbelievable, Áine.”When asked if he felt like he won the Lotto when he saw the fourth, he said that you get a lot more satisfaction out of a calf any day than you would from winning the Lotto.The mother of the four is a Hereford cross while the father is a Charolais bull.Clair gave the mother all the credit for carrying the identical quadruplets, giving her a chance to rest by hand feeding the calves for the last few days.The farmer added that it was a “pure novelty” for many as people from all over the area came to visit to see the calves.Mia, Rosey, Fluffy and Jenny are doing well and, nearly a week later, Clair is still as excited as the celebrations continue in Ennistymon.Read: Children who grow up on farms less likely to suffer with allergiesRead: ‘Cattle and sheep are being hand-fed and prepped to be taken by criminals’ By Sean Murray 47 Comments Thursday 23 Feb 2017, 4:44 PMlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Australia’s aviation safety authority has banned all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft from flying to or from the country in the wake of two deadly plane crashes involving the brand new aircraft in the past five months.The Civil Aviation Safety Authority said that it was in the best interests of safety to ground the jets, operated here currently by Fiji Airways into Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.“This is a temporary suspension while we wait for more information to review the safety risks of continued operations of the Boeing 737 MAX,” said CASA’s chief executive and director of aviation safety, Shane Carmody.Australia’s suspension comes following those of India, China, Mexico, Ethiopia, Brazil and South Africa in resolving to keep their MAX 8 jets in the wake of the Ethiopian Airlines tragedy.last_img read more

first_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster What’s a superhero without his super powers? A well-coiffed bespectacled man about to get his face sawed in half.Grant Gordon, a.k.a. The Ghost has lost that lovin’ feeling his abilities: “No flying, no X-ray vision, and no super strength,” he tells the Doctor, also strapped into a chair with a buzzing blade creeping closer.“I’m, umm, guessing that means no invulnerability, too,” the impotent defender adds.On Christmas Eve 1992, then-eight-year-old Grant mistakenly swallowed a wish-granting gemstone, gaining superpowers like those in his favorite comic books.Years later, that stone leads the Twelfth Doctor—and Grant, his wife Lucy, and their daughter Jennifer—across space and time to find the other three missing pieces.Since landing in dystopian-future New York City, the Doctor and his groupies reunited with an old foe: Shoal of the Winter Harmony—an independent life form (blue brains with eyes) that migrate between planets, extracting and replacing the central nervous systems of compatible hosts.Now, with Grant and Jennifer off gallivanting somewhere, Lucy finally gets her moment to shine.When they discover the third crystal—used by the Harmony Shoal to suppress and overpower the Zanthians—the Doctor urges Lucy to talk to the people, “tell them what to do.”Confused and unsure of herself, the reporter takes the mic, launching into an empowered speech about moving on and standing up for yourself.“Hiding is not the answer. You need to come out and be your own heroes,” she says, in what could easily be interpreted as a battle call to readers. “Free yourselves of the Harmony Shoal. Find a new way to live, and forge your own future.”Having saved the day (again), Team TARDIS head off to find the fourth and final crystal. But they don’t get very far.The penultimate issue of Titan Comics’ “Doctor Who: Ghost Stories” mini-series is on sale now in print for $3.99.via Titan ComicsAlso available from Titan: the Ninth Doctor Vol. 3 “Official Secrets” collection. Written by Cavan Scott, with art from Adriana Melo and Cris Bolson, the $22.99 tome features the Ninth Time Lord’s adventures numbers six through 10. Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgSami Khedira suffered a knock to his knee and was later substituted in the game between Germany and Spain, which has led many people to believe there is a serious issue with his well-being.However, he himself shared that it was just a precautionary measure and there is no reason to worry about anything at all.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Khedira, who is currently a Juve midfielder, provided the assist for Thomas Muller’s goal at the beginning of the second half. He then had a clash with Thiago Alcantara, which is the discussed event. Just a couple of minutes later, in the 53rd one, he was substituted by Ilkay Gundogan, but then went on to calm everybody down via his personal social media.“It’s been a good match against a very tough opponent. We know that it’s never easy against Spain!” Khedira shared in his twitter account, according to Goal. “By the way, don’t worry about my sub: it was only a precautionary measure after I felt a small induration [sic]. But now everything is fine again!”last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 12, 2017 – Providenciales – The Office of the Deputy Governor is pleased to announced the recent promotion of Ms. Letitia Williams to the role of Financial Manager within the Turks and Caicos  Government Ministry of Finance.Ms. Williams having graduated from Howard University in Washington D.C. in 2013 with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.83, can be considered a scholar.   She holds a Bachelor’s Degree (Hons.) in Business and Economics and since joining the civil service in 2013 as an Auditor, has worked herself up the ranks of Finance Officer in the Ministry of Finance 2014, Senior Finance Officer 2015 and now having excelled to the role of Financial Manager on May 1st, 2017.  Commenting on her recent promotion Ms. Williams said:  “I am proud to be a part of a dynamic and professional team within the Ministry of Finance that plays such an integral role in our Government.   With this new appointment, I plan to continue to deliver the best quality service to the Turks and Caicos Government and by extension the entire Turks and Caicos Islands and look forward to taking on this new challenge.”Deputy Governor Anya Williams commented that she was both honored and proud to congratulate Ms. Williams on her recent achievement:   “I am honored to have the opportunity to congratulate Letitia on her recent accomplishment.   Within a relatively short period since joining the service just under 4 years ago, she has proven to be a valuable member of the team in the Ministry of Finance and has continued to excel.  In her role as Senior Finance Officer she was responsible for assisting the Accounting Officers in the Attorney Generals Chambers and my office in the management of its financial responsibilities such as budgeting, expenditure control, monitoring and procurement and played a vital role in the Treasury in the area of reconciliation and funds account management.    I take this opportunity to thank her for her stewardship throughout the years and wish to encourage her to continue to take advantage of the opportunities available which would allow her to excel even further going forward.”    Press Release: TCIG#LetitiaWilliams#TCIGnewfinancialmanager Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#LetitiaWilliams, #TCIGnewfinancialmanagerlast_img read more

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed they will activate a one-year extension clause in defender Toby Alderweireld’s contractThe Belgian centre-back, who has been linked with a transfer to Manchester United, would have been free to discuss a pre-contract agreement in January with a foreign club.But Spurs will extend his expiring deal by another 12 months with a reported £25m to be activated for the summer transfer window.“Yes, for sure,” said Pochettino on Football London, when asked if Spurs will trigger Alderweireld’s clause.“It is obvious. It is the same situation as Jan (Vertonghen).”After making no signings in the summer, Pochettino suggested that Spurs may go next month without making a new addition to their squad again.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I told you before, we’re always open but it’s going to be difficult – maybe not impossible but difficult, yes,” he said.Although the Argentine did confirm that he has held regular talks with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and chief scout Steve Hitchin over bringing in new players.“Yes maybe every day we talk but it depends on if players are going to leave, and to have space to sign players,” said Pochettino.“It depends on players out and then we’re going to see if we can add some quality to help the team.“But I think it’s not going to be easy to add players in January. For sure it’s going to be tough to add.Spurs beat Bournemouth 5-0 at Wembley on Wednesday to move up to second in the Premier League.last_img read more

first_imgCracks in Bir NibasThe walls are painted in red and green, reflecting the country’s valour, the national flag of Bangladesh. The name ‘Bir Nibas’(house of the brave) is inscribed at the front of the building.Landless freedom fighters across the country were happy to receive these houses as part of the government project to help landless and insolvent war heroes. However, their happiness has begun to fade as cracks appear in the walls of the houses, just within a year of construction. Many freedom fighters allege that the houses are gradually deteriorating due to low-quality materials. In many buildings the plaster has cracked and. The windows are also breaking due to poor quality wood.Many also allege that freedom fighters in many districts have not been properly enlisted. Many well-off freedom fighters also received the houses. Their relatives stay in those houses and some are rented out.The present government took initiative to create these permanent housing facilities, ‘Bir Nibas’, for 2,772 landless and insolvent freedom fighters and their families across the country.Each of the houses has two bedrooms with a balcony and toilet. There are separate sheds for dairy and poultry farms and tube-wells. The ministry of liberation war affairs undertook a project to build 2,971 such houses in every district and upazila of the country. According to the ministry’s website, construction of 855 units has been completed till date. Another 1,074 units are under construction. In addition, 273 tenders for construction are under process. All the work was to be completed by 2016. “We will seek explanation from the builders and contractors who were involved in building the houses. We will definitely investigate who is responsible for the delay and take action accordingly,” said liberation war affairs minister AKM Mozammel Haque. The minister also said that any well-to-do freedom fighter is not eligible to obtain the house under any circumstance. Prothom Alo correspondents have visited a number of houses under ‘Bir Nibas’ project in Madaripur, Brahmanbaria, Faridpur, Gazipur, Jamalpur and Noakhali recently. Many war heroes in those areas said, they were very happy to receive the houses. However, the cracks in the walls broke their hearts, many of them said.Cracks within a yearThere were visible cracks in the walls in more than 31 houses within a year after being transferred to insolvent freedom fighters in Madaripur.The Madaripur correspondent found that the paint of ‘Bir Nibas’ belonging to Akkel Ali Akon from Kauakuri village and Abul Kashem to Jhikorhati village in Madaripur Sadar upazila had faded. The doors and windows were warped due to the use of low-quality wood. The windows cannot be closed at night. The tube well was broken. The other 20 other houses in the area were in the same condition. “The walls are damaged and we are scared of staying in the house,” Akkel Ali told the correspondent. “I have complained this to the engineers and said that the contractor did not do their works properly, but to no avail,” he added.As many as 94 habitations have been constructed in Brahmanbaria district. Most of the houses have cracks, appearing within four years. Visiting more that 15 ‘Bir Nibas’ and talking directly to freedom fighters in Brahmanbaria sadar, Bijoyanagar, Sarail and Akhaura upazila on 11 and 12 December, the Prothom Alo correspondents found out the same incidents.A total of four houses were visited in Boalmari of Faridpur and Alfadanga upazila.The plaster of the wall started disintegrating within three years of construction, said the freedom fighter Ganjar Ali, a resident of Jaladianga village.Wealthy freedom fighters also got ‘Bir Nibas’There are many ‘Bir Nibas’ houses allotted to financially solvent freedom fighters. Some of these houses were rented out or given to relatives while some are abandoned. Such a ‘Bir Nibas’ residence was found locked up in Jamalpur. The owner Abdul Karim is a well-off freedom fighter, also a retired government officer, living currently in Jamalpur town.Another freedom fighter of the upazila Nurul Islam did not receive any house despite being eligible. He complained those who could bribe and lobby received houses. Zakir Hossain, son of a freedom fighter Abdur Sabur of Koltapara village in Kendua union said that he had to bribe Tk 150,000 to get the house, although it was built one year ago. In Gazipur City, a house in ‘Bir Nibas’ was allotted to freedom fighter Syed Ali who owns 10 shops in the local market.A relief at old ageA total of 64 freedom fighters and their families were provided with ‘Bir Nibas’ houses in nine upazilas of Noakhali in past four years. They are very happy receiving the houses.War hero Mafizur Rahman of Bishnupur in Senbagh said that he had to sell family property to raise his children. “I never dreamt of such a reward,” he said.*This report, originally appeared in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakat.last_img read more

first_imgIf poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings, then recitation is a powerful form of art to disseminate these feelings to the entire world. Jayeeta Bhattacharya, the familiar name in Bengali recitation is an ardent devotee of this form of performing art. It’s not just her gifted voice, rather it’s her earnest cohabitation with poetry that recreates the magic.Jayeeta has been nurturing and nourishing a new genre of Bengali recitation for about 20 years now. She was trained by the revered and legendary artist Late Shukla Bandyopadhyay. Being a regular performer at All India Radio Kolkata (General drama), she has also been fortunate to showcase her art on various stages in Kolkata, West Bengal, different parts of India, and even Bangladesh. “The Drama Queen”, her very own YouTube channel born in 2016, makes its way ahead through all odds to ensure her flight of aspirations. Breaking the geographical barriers, 37 episodes so far have already touched hearts in thousands, and have borne the torch for her celestial presentation and unique voice. The journey continues. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Jayeeta is all set to offer an evening of recitation titled ‘Janantike Jayeeta’, on June 8, 2019 at Satyajit Ray Auditorium ( ICCR), 6 pm onward. The evening has three segments like ‘First Person’ – in this special segment of about twenty-five minutes, the audience will enjoy a rendezvous with the artist and rendition of a few evergreen classics. Following will be ‘Sixty Minutes’ Tales’ – one hour exclusive segment where the artist will present only the creations of the renowned poet Anindya Mukhopadhyay. The last segment ‘Drama Queen (un)limited’ will have an absolutely unique audio drama, ‘Prem – Frame’ – a presentation with a difference, that was never experienced before.last_img read more

first_img Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 2 min read October 28, 2013 For children, playing with Tickle Me Elmo is so passé. Toddlers today seem to be spending more time playing with Elmo on a touchscreen.Thirty-eight percent of children under the age of 2 have used mobile devices, including iPhones, tablets and Kindles, up from 10 percent in 2011, according to a survey by Common Sense Media, a nonprofit focused on advocating on behalf of children.This trend encompasses a larger subset – kids in general are turning to mobile. Seventy-two percent of children under 8 have used a mobile device for playing games, watching videos or using apps, up from 38 percent in 2011. And kids are spending considerably more time on their mobile devices. For children who use mobile every day, they are spending on average one hour and seven minutes, an increase from 2011’s findings of 43 minutes.As mobile devices become a staple in U.S. homes — 3 in 4 households own one up from about half in 2011 , it seems inevitable the amount of time kids spend on mobile devices will continue to increase.Related: Why a 12-Year-Old Launched His Own Social NetworkYet, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has advised parents to fight this trend by limiting screen time. In fact, for children under two, the AAP recommends no screen time at all. But most parents are not heeding the AAP’s advice, with children under two spending an hour a day in front of screens, according to the survey Companies are looking to take advantage of this growing demographic. From education tools to games to short movies, the baby and children app space is buzzing with activity. Their marketing push seems to be working. Most kids are native technology users by the time they enter elementary school, with 8 out of 10 5-to-8-year-olds using mobile devices, compared with only half of all children just two years ago.The study is based on a nationally representative internet survey of 1,463 parents with children under 8.Related: From Powering Businesses to Empowering Kidslast_img read more

first_imgIdentifying, tracking and modeling the functional connectome could expose how brain signatures lead to variations in behavior and, in some cases, confer a higher risk of developing certain neuropsychiatric conditions. To this end, Fair and his team systematically search their data for patterns in brain connectivity across scans, studies and, ultimately, clinical populations.Characterizing the ConnectomeTraditional techniques for mapping the functional connectome focus on just two brain regions at a time, using MRI data to correlate how the activity of each changes in relation to the other. Brain regions with signals that vary in unison are assigned a score of 1. If one increases while the other decreases, that merits a –1. If there is no observable relationship between the two, that’s a 0.Damien Fair (at right), an associate professor of neuroscience and psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University, heads a lab that maps how brain areas work together during tasks and behaviors. With colleagues such as assistant professor Oscar Miranda-Dominguez (at center) and research associate Michaela Cordova (at left), Fair turns MRI data from human subjects into profiles of the functional “connectome.”Jordan Sleeth/OHSUThis approach, however, has limitations. For instance, it considers these pairs of regions independently of the rest of the brain, even though each is likely to also be influenced by inputs from neighboring areas, and those extra inputs might mask the true functional connection of any pair. Overcoming such assumptions required looking at cross talk throughout the whole brain, not just a subset, and revealing more widespread, informative patterns in connectivity that might have otherwise gone unnoticed. In 2010, the same year that Fair co-authored the influential Science paper that generated excitement around harnessing functional MRI data to assign brain age, one of Cole’s colleagues led a related effort published in NeuroImage, using anatomical data, because the difference between the inferred brain age and chronological age (the “brain age gap”) might be biologically informative. Tobias Kaufmann, a neuroscientist at the University of Oslo, sees advantages to using automated “deep learning” methods to determine brain age, particularly in conjunction with more traditional techniques.University of OsloTobias Kaufmann, a researcher at the Norwegian Centre for Mental Disorders Research at the University of Oslo, suggested the machine learning techniques used to predict brain age almost don’t matter if the model is properly trained and tuned. The results from different algorithms will typically converge, as Cole found when he compared his GPRs to the neural network.The difference, according to Kaufmann, is that Cole’s deep learning method reduces the need for tedious, time-consuming preprocessing of MRI data. Shortening this step could someday speed up diagnoses in clinics, but for now, it also protects scientists from accidentally imposing biases on the raw data.Richer data sets might also permit more complex predictions, like identifying patterns indicative of mental health. Having all the information in the data set, without transforming or reducing it, might therefore help the science, Kaufmann said. “I think that’s the big advantage of the deep learning method.”Kaufmann is the lead author on a paper currently under review, constituting the largest brain-imaging study on brain age to date. The researchers employed machine learning on structural MRI data to reveal which brain regions showed the strongest aging patterns in people with mental disorders. Next, they took their inquiry one step further, probing which genes underlie brain aging patterns in healthy people. They were intrigued to note that many of the same genes that affected brain age were also involved in common brain disorders, perhaps indicating similar biological pathways. According to Cole, aging affects each person, each brain and even each cell type slightly differently. Precisely why such a “mosaic of aging” exists is a mystery, but Cole will tell you that, at some level, we still don’t know what aging is. Gene expression changes with time, as does metabolism, cell function and cell turnover. Yet organs and cells can change independently; there’s no single gene or hormone that drives the whole aging process.Although it’s widely accepted that different people age at different rates, the notion that various facets of the same person might mature separately is slightly more controversial. As Cole explained, many methods to gauge aging exist, but not many have been combined or compared just yet. The hope is that by measuring many tissues within an individual, researchers will be able to devise a more comprehensive assessment of aging. Cole’s work is a start at doing this with images of brain tissue. The researchers retested their linear model on a new set of brain scans—this time including children—to ensure the connectome remained relatively stable throughout early adolescence. Indeed, the model was sensitive enough to identify individuals despite developmental modifications in their neural connections over the course of a few years.Investigating the role of genetics and environment on brain circuits first involved using a sorting algorithm known as a classifier to divide the tested individuals into two groups, “related” and “unrelated,” based on their functional fingerprints. The model was trained on the children from Oregon, and then tested on a fresh set of children as well as another sample that included adults from the Human Connectome Project.Much as a human observer might posit the relationships between people based on physical features like eye color, hair color and height, the classifier did the same using neural connections. Functional fingerprints appeared most similar between identical twins, followed by fraternal twins, nontwin siblings and, finally, unrelated participants.Research assistant professor Oscar Miranda-Dominguez—a member of Fair’s lab and the first author on the study—was surprised they were able to identify adult siblings using the models trained on children. The models trained on adults could not do this, possibly because the adults’ higher-order systems had already fully matured, making their features less generalizable to young, developing brains. “A further study with larger samples and age spans might clarify the maturation aspect,” Miranda said.The model’s ability to draw nuanced distinctions between family members, he added, was remarkable, because the researchers had trained the classifier to delineate only “related” and “unrelated,” rather than degrees of relatedness. (Their 2014 linear model was able to detect these subtle differences, but more traditional correlational approaches were not.) Michaela Cordova, a research associate and lab manager at Oregon Health and Science University, begins by “de-metaling”: removing rings, watches, gadgets and other sources of metal, double-checking her pockets for overlooked objects that could, in her words, “fly in.” Then she enters the scanning room, raises and lowers the bed, and waves a head coil in the general direction of the viewing window and the iPad camera that’s enabling this virtual lab tour (I’m watching from thousands of miles away in Massachusetts). Her voice is mildly distorted by the microphone embedded in the MRI scanner, which from my slightly blurry vantage point looks less like an industrial cannoli than a beast with a glowing blue mouth. I can’t help but think that eerie description might resonate with her usual clientele.Cordova works with children, assuaging their fears, easing them in and out of the scanner while coaxing them with soft words, Pixar movies and promises of snacks to minimize wiggling. These kids are enrolled in research aimed at mapping the brain’s neural connections.The physical links between brain regions, collectively known as the “connectome,” are part of what distinguish humans cognitively from other species. But they also differentiate us from one another. Scientists are now combining neuroimaging approaches with machine learning to understand the commonalities and differences in brain structure and function across individuals, with the goal of predicting how a given brain will change over time because of genetic and environmental influences.The lab where Cordova works, headed by associate professor Damien Fair, is concerned with the functional connectome, the map of brain regions that coordinate to carry out specific tasks and to influence behavior. Fair has a special name for a person’s distinct neural connections: the functional fingerprint. Like the fingerprints on the tips of our digits, a functional fingerprint is specific to each of us and can serve as a unique identifier.“I could take a fingerprint from my five-year-old, and I’d still be able to know that fingerprint is hers when she’s 25,” Fair said. Even though her finger might get bigger and go through other changes with age and experience, “still the core features are all there.” In the same way, work from Fair’s lab and others hints that the essence of someone’s functional connectome might be identifiably fixed and that normal changes over a lifetime are largely predictable. James Cole, a research fellow at King’s College London, uses neuroimaging data about functional connections within the brain to define an index of “brain age.”King’s College LondonAlthough their twin sample was not big enough to finely parse genetic influences from environmental ones, there’s “no question” in Fair’s mind that the latter plays a large part in shaping the functional fingerprint. Their supplemental materials described a model to differentiate shared environment from shared genetics, but the team is careful not to draw firm conclusions without a larger data set. “Most of what we’re seeing here is about the genetics and less about the environment,” Fair said, “not that the environment doesn’t have a big influence on the connectome, too.”To dissociate the contributions of shared environments from those of shared genetics, Miranda said, “one way to proceed could be to find the brain features that can distinguish identical twins from nonidentical twins, since the two types of twins share the same environment but only identical twins share the same genetic contributions.”Although all the neural circuits they examined demonstrated some level of commonality between siblings, the higher-order systems were the most heritable. These were the same areas exhibiting the most variation among individuals in the study four years prior. As Miranda pointed out, those regions mediate behaviors stemming from the nexus of social interaction and genetics, perhaps predicting a “family identity.” Add “distributed brain activity” to the list of traits that run in families, right after high blood pressure, arthritis and nearsightedness.Seeking Signs of Brain-Predicted AgeWhile Fair and Miranda in Oregon characterize the genetic underpinnings of the functional connectome, at King’s College London the research fellow James Cole is hard at work using neuroimaging and machine learning to decrypt the heritability of brain age. Fair’s team defines brain age in terms of the functional connections between regions, but Cole employs it as an index of atrophy—brain shrinkage—over time. As cells shrivel or die throughout the years, neural volume decreases but the skull remains the same size, and the extra space fills up with cerebrospinal fluid. In a sense, past a certain point in development brains age by withering. If the researchers could compare one person’s functional fingerprint to those of close relatives, they might be able to distinguish between the genetic and environmental forces that shape our neural circuitry.Tracing Neural LineageThe first step in linking genes to brain organization is determining which aspects of the connectome are shared between family members. The task is nuanced: Relatives are known to have brain structures that are similar in terms of volume, shape and white matter integrity, but that does not necessarily imply they have the same connections linking those structures. Since certain mental conditions also tend to run in families, Fair’s mission to detect heritable connections might eventually help discern the parts of the brain and genes that increase a person’s risk of developing specific disorders.As they described in a paper posted in June, the lab set out to create a machine-learning framework to ask whether the cross talk between brain regions was more alike in relatives than in strangers. Later that same year, Cole and his colleagues extended this work by using digital neural networks to assess whether brain-predicted age was more similar between identical twins than fraternal twins. The data came straight off the MRI scanner, and included images of the whole head, complete with nose, ears, tongue, spinal cord and, in some cases, a bit of fat around the neck. With minimal preprocessing, they were fed into the neural network, which, after training and testing, generated its best estimates of brain age. In keeping with the genetic-influence hypothesis, the brain ages of identical twins were more similar than those of fraternal twins.While his results indicate that brain age is likely due in part to genetics, Cole warned not to neglect environmental effects. “Even if you do have a genetic predisposition to having an older-appearing brain,” he said, “chances are if you could modify your environment, that could more than outweigh the damage that your genes might be causing.”The help that neural networks provide to this effort to read brain age comes with trade-offs, at least for now. They can sift through MRI data to find differences between individuals, even when researchers don’t know what features might be relevant. But a general caveat of deep learning is that no one knows what features in a data set the neural net is identifying. Because the raw MRI images he is using included the entire head, Cole acknowledges that perhaps we should call what they are measuring “whole-head age” rather than brain age. As someone once pointed out to him, he said, people’s noses change over time, so what’s to say the algorithm wasn’t tracking that instead?Cole is confident this isn’t the case, however, because his neural networks performed similarly on both raw data and data processed to remove head structures outside the brain. The real payoff from eventually understanding what the neural networks are paying attention to, he expects, will be clues about what specific parts of the brain figure most in the age assessment. The next goal, he said, is to go beyond heritability to unravel the specific pathways and genes involved in brain anatomy and signaling.Although Kaufmann’s approach to decrypting brain age, like Cole’s, focuses on anatomy, he underscored the importance of gauging brain age in terms of connectivity as well. “I think both of these approaches are extremely important to take,” he said. “We need to understand the heritability and the underlying genetic architecture of both brain structure and function.”Cole, for one, has no shortage of further research endeavors in mind. There is something compelling about the need for artificial intelligence to understand our own, underscored by advances that illuminate the connection between genes, brains, behaviors and ancestry. Unless, of course, he finds he’s been studying nose age all along.Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent publication of the Simons Foundation whose mission is to enhance public understanding of science by covering research developments and trends in mathematics and the physical and life sciences. According to their calculations, roughly 30 percent of the connectome is unique to the individual. The majority of these regions tend to govern “higher order” tasks that require more cognitive processing, such as learning, memory and attention—as compared with more basic functions like sensory, motor and visual processing.It makes sense that those areas would be so distinctive, Fair explained, because those higher-order control regions are in essence what make us who we are. Indeed, brain areas like the frontal and parietal cortices developed later in the course of evolution, and enlarged as modern humans emerged.“If you think about what is likely to be most similar across people, it would be the more simple stuff,” Fair said, “like how I move my fingers and how visual information is initially processed.” Those areas vary less across the human population.The 2014 analysis by Damien Fair and his colleagues assessed how much patterns of functional connectivity in the human brain vary across the population. About 30 percent of the connections, mostly in areas linked to greater cognitive processing, were unique to individuals.Lucy Reading-Ikkanda/Quanta Magazine, adapted from considering the unique activity patterns in the distinctive regions, the model could identify an individual based on new scans taken two weeks after the fact. But what’s a few weeks out of a lifetime? Fair and his team began to wonder if someone’s functional fingerprint could persist over the course of years, or even generations. In 2010, Fair co-authored a paper in Science that described using machine learning and MRI scans to take into account every pair of correlations simultaneously, in order to estimate the maturity (or “age”) of a given brain. Although this collaboration wasn’t the only one analyzing patterns across multiple connections at once, it generated a buzz throughout the research community because it was the first to use those patterns to predict the brain age of a given individual.Four years later, in a paper that coined the phrase “functional fingerprinting,” Fair’s team devised their own method of mapping the functional connectome and predicting the activity of single brain regions based on the signals coming from not one but all the regions in combination with one another.In their simple linear model, the activity of a single region is equal to the summed contributions of all the other areas, each of which is weighted, since some lines of communication between regions are stronger than others. The relative contributions of each area are what make a functional fingerprint unique. The researchers needed just 2.5 minutes of high-quality MRI data per participant to generate the linear model. The theoretical framework behind Cole’s approach is relatively straightforward: Feed data from healthy individuals into an algorithm that learns to predict brain age from anatomical data, then test the model on a fresh sample, subtracting the participants’ chronological age from their brain age. If their brain age is greater than their chronological one, this signals an accumulation of age-related changes, possibly due to diseases like Alzheimer’s.In 2017, Cole used algorithms called Gaussian process regressions (GPRs) to generate a brain age for each participant. This allowed him to compare his own assessment of age to other existing measures, such as which regions of the genome are turned on and off by the addition of methyl groups at various ages. Biomarkers like methylation age had been previously used to predict mortality, and Cole suspected brain age could be used to do so as well.Indeed, individuals with brains that appeared older than their chronological age tended to be at a greater risk for poor physical and cognitive health and, ultimately, death. Cole was surprised to learn that having a high neuroimaging-derived brain age didn’t necessarily correlate with a high methylation age. However, if participants had both, their risk of mortality increased.last_img read more

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first_img Travelweek Group Share Posted by Tags: Surfside Inn, Universal ORLANDO — Universal Orlando Resort’s Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites had its grand opening today as the destination’s first Value Category hotel.Universal Orlando says it now offers a hotel “for every style, every family and every budget”, complete with exclusive theme park benefits and a seamless vacation experience. The property is the 7th on-site hotel for Universal Orlando.Surfside Inn and Suites offers guests a relaxed and easy retreat, says UO, with a surf and beach vibe throughout the hotel. The 750-room hotel is the destination’s seventh property in partnership with Loews Hotels & Co., with rates starting at $73 per night for a seven-night stay.At Surfside Inn and Suites, guests can experience all that the hotel and Universal Orlando have to offer including:2 Bedroom Suite. 2-Bedroom Suites: These suites, which make up more than half the rooms at Surfside Inn and Suites, sleep up to six. With two separate rooms, families no longer need connecting rooms for extra space, says UO. There’s also a kitchenette area, a picnic table for meals and hanging out, and a bathroom with separate bath and vanity areas so multiple people can get ready at once. The 2-Bedroom Suites start at $111 for a 7-night stay.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agency. Exclusive Theme Park Benefits: Guests receive exclusive benefits including Early Park Admission to the theme parks, quick complimentary resort-wide shuttle bus transportation, charging privileges with their room key and more.. Beach Break Café: This casual dining food court is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Inspired by food trucks, local joints and backyard BBQs, Beach Break Cafe’s menu will be “super affordable”, says UO, with most dishes under $12.. Surfboard-Shaped Pool: The zero entry pool is in the shape of a surfboard and also boasts a laid-back pool bar, the Sand Bar, which serves refreshing and beach-inspired beverages. Additional hotel amenities include a Universal Orlando Vacation Planning Center, Universal Studios Store, game room and fitness center.. Staying in the Action: Guests who stay at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites are located just minutes away from Universal Orlando’s three theme parks – Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay – as well as its dining and entertainment complex Universal CityWalk. Complimentary resort-wide shuttle bus transportation is available.Entrance to Universal’s Endless Summer ResortSurfside Inn and Suites’ sister property, Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites, is scheduled to open in March 2020. Universal’s Endless Summer Resort will add 2,800 rooms to the destination – bringing the total room count at Universal Orlando Resort to 9,000 rooms by the end of 2020.More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamTo learn more see Opening day, new pics of Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn & Suites << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, June 27, 2019 last_img read more

first_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Comments   Share   (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories Those attending Saturday’s ceremony at a cemetery in the eastern Bosnian town of Visegrad included Amira Murtic, 49. She has lived in Austria since being expelled from her hometown, and she only returns to Visegrad for funerals.Last year she buried her husband, whose body had been found in a mass grave.On Saturday she came to bury her brother Ramiz and said his son came, too, “even though he was so young during the conflict he does not even remember his father.”During the war, thousands of non-Serb civilians from the area were rounded up and killed, their bodies buried in mass graves around the town or dumped into the Drina River from an Ottoman-era bridge in Visegrad.After Saturday’s funeral, families and friends of the victims visited the bridge and threw red roses into the river in honor of Muslim Bosnians victims. The oldest had died at 86, the youngest was 3 1/2 years old.The bodies of those who were thrown into the river in 1992 lodged further down in the artificial Perucac Lake that was created by a dam. The lake was drained in 2010 and skulls and bones emerged in the mud of the banks. Hundreds of volunteers from all over Bosnia helped forensic experts collect 372 bone fragments on the Bosnian side and 79 on the Serbian side of the lake. Associated PressVISEGRAD, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) – Several thousand people held a mass funeral on Saturday for 66 Muslim Bosnians who were killed by Bosnian Serb forces during the country’s 1992-1995 war.The victims’ remains were only discovered two years ago, when a man-made lake that divides Bosnia and Serbia was partially drained for the maintenance of a dam. The remains were then identified through DNA analysis. Sponsored Stories 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Parents, stop beating yourself up More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterIn December 2015, three Michelin star chef Andreas Caminada opened his second restaurant, IGNIV by Andreas Caminada, at the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz. A new offer at the five-star resort combines dinner at the Graubünden chef’s new restaurant with lunch at his gourmet establishment in Fürstenau – and includes a limousine service.Culture for the palateAt IGNIV, Silvio Germann invites guests to enjoy a new and fresh fine-dining sharing experience in the form of a four-course dinner. The young chef from Lucerne and his team surprise diners with perfectly presented courses, served in bowls and on platters and designed to be shared. Chef de service and sommelier Francesco Benvenuto selects the perfect wine to accompany each dish, which are included in the package, from over 600 different wines in his cellar. These include 54 champagnes, delicate regional wines that perfectly complement the local cuisine and international highlights.Guests of the Leading Wellbeing & Medical Health Resort in Europe can enjoy the complimentary IGNIV limousine service, with an Audi Q7 available to take them to the nearby Schauenstein Schloss Restaurant Hotel. Here, a six-course lunch prepared by Andreas Caminada and his team, including aperitif, wine and coffee or tea, awaits them. In the historic castle, the Graubünden chef presents exquisite cuisine with creations that bring out the pure flavour of the products and invite guests on a culinary journey of the senses.Two restaurants – one promiseThe package promises guests the very finest in savoir-vivre and costs CHF 1200 per person (CHF 600 per person and night in a double room). It includes two nights including a breakfast buffet, a welcome drink at the bar, the 36.5° wellbeing package, a four-course dinner including wine and coffee or tea at IGNIV by Andreas Caminada, a six-course lunch including aperitif, wine and coffee or tea at Schauenstein Schloss Restaurant Hotel, limousine service from the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz to Schauenstein Schloss Restaurant Hotel and back and a gift from Andreas Caminada.Overview of the offerTwo nights including a buffet breakfastWelcome drink at the bar36.5° wellbeing package1 × four-course dinner including wine and coffee or tea at IGNIV by Andreas Caminada1 × six-course lunch including aperitif, wine and coffee or tea at Schauenstein Schloss Restaurant HotelLimousine service from the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz to Schauenstein Schloss Restaurant Hotel and backGift from Andreas CaminadaGo back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more