Leading lifestyle designer Kathy Ireland and two of Hollywood’s classic beauties, Jacqueline Bisset and Dyan Cannon, passionate supporters of the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles’ goals of eliminating racism and empowering women, contributed their glamour and passionate belief to the organization’s recent Rhapsody Ball honoring Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey and Union Bank with its highest public service awards.Faye Washington YWCA Greater Los Angeles Chief Executive Officer and Kathy Ireland at 2013 Rhapsody Ball.The three celebrity participants extolled the work of YWCA GLA’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Faye Washington and her organization’s “assistance of the area’s most at-risk population, emancipated foster youth facing survival on their own with no resources and minimal training, and other underserved individuals,” as Ms. Ireland noted. Proceeds of this year’s event will fund Workforce/Youth Development, Sexual Assault Crisis Services, Child Development, and Senior Services.The accolades to Supervisor Molina, District Attorney Lacey and Susan Beat, Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking Treasury Services for Union Bank, were the highlight of the formal fund-raising ball hosted by the Society of Benefactrix, a special donor circle which supports YWCA GLA programs.“While the goal of most young people launching into life is success,” YWCA GLA’s respected chief officer, Faye Washington noted, “our collaborative partnerships achieve that success by assisting other young people whose first and only imperative is survival. No two words beginning with “s” could have more opposite meaning. Our Rhapsody Ball helps us provide assistance to improve the lives of so many of our children, youth, individuals and communities. No task is more important to our becoming a caring and worthwhile society.”Founded in 1893, YWCA Greater Los Angeles addresses the emerging and ongoing needs of the greater Los Angeles area. As a women’s membership movement built on the mission of eliminating racism and empowering women, the organization celebrates more than 119 years of community service. YWCA Greater Los Angeles core initiatives include: Workforce Development, Child Development, Youth Development, Advocacy, Housing, Senior Programs, and Sexual Assault Crisis Services.Source:PR Newswire
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By Imane CherguiCasablanca – Morocco is full of different means of transport, and most of them are disappointing. After trying all of them, I became content with the train. I’ve always liked travelling by train. Though you spend hours shaking from left to right and meeting different people, there are some useful things one can do in it, such as reading and observing. The latter is my favorite. One day, I was heading to Tangier from Casablanca. I spent the whole night planning which train to take in order to arrive early. I had two options: the 9:45 and the 12:45. I chose the first one, for I had a lot of homework to do. My roommate was in Casablanca too, and she called me the night asking to join me. She’s punctual I thought, but only when it comes to strangers. Just to give them a good first impression. So I informed her of my plan. She confirmed and even requested I arrive on time.9:30I was watching the train that had just arrived, waiting, and taking a look at my ticket from time to time. The train was telling me to hop on. No I’m a loyal friend! I will wait for her! Besides, I’ve got ten minutes left. My mother kissed me goodbye and told me, “You better get in, it’s cold out here and you’re going to miss the train.”9:40I called her. The answer was firm: “Don’t worry! I’m coming.”Yes I know you’re coming, but the train is leaving!9:45She was running to buy a ticket, and I was watching the train slowly move towards Tangier. If only I had gotten in and left her alone!!I was boiling with anger; I refused to look at her. Instead, I was following the train like those idiots in old movies following their lovers who went away. She couldn’t stop apologizing during the two hours we spent waiting for the next train.It was cold and I could barely feel my fingers, but the anger was somehow keeping me warm. I discovered something new about myself. I was able to control my anger; however, the images of me screaming and shouting in my head were difficult to get rid of. I always hated screaming–not that I don’t do it, but I usually try to avoid such scenes. Besides, I’m not very good at quarreling, and I hate hurting people.I thought this was the worst thing that was going to happen to me that day.I was wrong.When the train finally arrived, we got in hiding from the cold. We chose a compartment—or rather, my roommate chose it. I finally enjoyed some five minutes of silence when a vagabond joined us.A vagabond indeed, and because of the drugs he consumed during the day he was shaking all over, his body was full of scars, and he was staring at us and claiming that he was the son of some rich king but was abandoned for being too smart. He even invited us to come to his palace, and that HIBA was the password. He kept spelling the word numerous times. Of course, he asked for money.It is funny when I remember it, but at that time I wasn’t really smiling. I was looking at my friend, who was the reason we missed the first train and who was about to cry trying to avoid the vagabond’s looks, and we were all shaking together, he out of drugs and we out of fear, thinking that we may end up with nothing in our pockets or even worse, an unwanted child.Then he started singing a well known song, Aicha by Cheb Khaled, though I heard him call for Naima, Leila, Meriam, Hiba and other names. But Aisha was never mentioned.When he sensed that someone was coming, he opted to leave. Like a friend we’ve known for years, he asked us to take care of ourselves, to study hard, and most importantly to pay him a visit in his palace.The image of the first train leaving me could not be erased from my memory. Never!After a few minutes, three other men came in, and they looked normal. One of them put sunglasses on so that he could practice what I personally call the art of observing. I remembered that I had sunglasses too, so I did the same. We spent two hours observing each other.Indeed it is in such public places (trains, cafés, etc.) that we Moroccans without exception develop this technique, a very enjoyable one in fact. We enjoy wasting our time.The men left. In their place, a family joined us. The father waited outside while the mother and the kids, including a 10-year-old boy who came in was holding what seemed to be peacock feathers. His shape made him look older, and his sister seemed to be more like a teenager, which in Moroccan jargon implies a woman , fit for marriage. The third was a little girl with thick glasses held tight against her hair. The glasses made her eyes look bigger than her head. The aunt and the mother were each wearing yellow and orange djellabas, all of them invading the compartment. She even asked her children to stay quiet because she saw us reading, or at least pretending to read. But she could not stay quiet. They were not talking to each other; they were screaming at each other, like a typical Moroccan family.The boy with the peacock feathers on his head was staring at my computer, amazed with his mouth open. Until his mother gave him a kick. Since she disturbed him, he asked for food. The woman was in a deep discussion with the aunt about some women, food, and hospitality. With a tired look on her face, she pulled out a red bag and gave him a sandwich that smelled like chicken, eggs and fries.All of a sudden everybody wanted to eat. The smell even reached the father who rushed to the compartment and asked for his sandwich.In trains, Moroccans don’t eat because the trip is long or because they are hungry. They eat because they get bored or because it’s compulsory. Fortunately, they always bring extra food for idiots like me who keep staring. In such situations, we had no choice but to smile and eat the sandwich that was offered to us. We ate it in spite of my mother’s constant remarks and advices not to eat a stranger’s food. Here again we could have ended up in another city with probably an unwanted child and peacock feathers.Her mouth full, the mother was threatening to send a teacher to prison. Apparently, the teacher had beaten the children with a wooden stick, and her boy was one of the victims. The aunt, on the teacher’s side, claimed that the kids were throwing stones at her. The mother pretended she didn’t hear that part, claiming that she shouldn’t be violent with the children.I found myself staring at them, mouth open, listening to the woman explain her logic. Well, they were better company than that vagabond.Train stop: we reached Assilah, 32 miles south of Tangier.Photo by Mohammed HassimThe “Adams” family left with the peacock feathers, though I felt like standing up and asking them to stay. They were such good entertainment. Instead I was left alone with my roommate. At least I had the beach as a consolation. The waves were huge, grey and rough, and it reflected me inside. I finally enjoyed some 45 minutes of silence, thinking that it was the best I would expect from this day. My day was not that bad, it was just different. After all, monotony is the human’s worst enemy.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
A woman was killed following a shooting incident in Maligawatta today.The Police said that a 34 year old woman sustained injuries in the shooting incident at the Jumma Junction in Maligawatta. She succumbed to her injuries on admission to hospital. (Colombo Gazette)
“The Indian authorities should unequivocally condemn the killing of Gauri Lankesh, investigate it, bring all the perpetrators – including the masterminds – to account, and take seriously the safety of journalists,” said the Special Rapporteurs on freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, on summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard, and on the situation of human rights defender, Michel Forst.They called the murder of Ms. Lankesh, who was shot dead outside of her home on 5 September a “terrible and painful tragedy” and a “vicious attack” on the freedom of the press. “We urge the authorities in India to take active steps to reverse a political climate that in recent years have become increasingly polarized and hostile, especially to the media and those exercising the freedom of expression,” the Special Rapporteurs said, adding that they are in contact with the Government regarding the situation.According to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Ms. Lankesh was known as a “rationalist,” a term used in India for people who stand against the use of religion in politics. OHCHR confirmed that her killing is the fourth in the last three years of activists who had opposed the rise of Hindu fundamentalism in politics.“Governments have a responsibility to build a safe environment for independent voices, including those of journalists critical of the authorities,” they said.UN Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.
“HES’s new conservation study gives us a detailed understanding of the impact on our own heritage sites and tells us what is required to protect and preserve them for the future.”David Mitchell, director of conservation at HES, said the much-needed funds will be invested in conservation work across the country, including, potentially, repairs at Edinburgh Castle, where an increase in precipitation has damaged masonry and been blamed for a series of rock fall incidents. “We will be planning the allocation to specific projects in the coming weeks in line with our conservation report,” he said. HES estimates that conservation and repair work to the value of £65 million is required over the next decade to restore and protect Scotland’s heritage sites.Yesterday the culture secretary, Fiona Hyslop, announced £6.6 million of funding to support repairs at Scotland’s most threatened attractions.“It is well understood that climate change is speeding up the natural process of decay at heritage sites across the world,” said Hyslop, speaking at Doune Castle, a medieval stronghold in Stirling, yesterday. Perched atop an extinct volcano in Scotland’s medieval capital, Edinburgh Castle is the country’s most popular paid-for attraction, pulling in roughly 1.4 million visitors a year. However, like a growing number of heritage sites across Scotland, this landmark attraction is under increasing threat from a range of factors, particularly climate change.At least that’s according to a new report compiled by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) – a public body set up to care for the nation’s historic monuments – which claims 53 per cent of the 352 sites it assessed are currently “at risk”. Glenbuchat Castle is one of Scotland’s most threatened historic sites, according to the reportCredit:ALAMY “As a result, both original and previously modified architectural detailing can sometimes struggle to deal with the demands of today’s climate.”The report warns that rising sea levels will pose an increasing threat to Scotland’s coastal sites in the coming years. “The changes to our weather patterns observed over previous decades are set to continue and accelerate, and related issues such as rising sea level will have a more significant impact on parts of the estate,” it says. Rising sea levels pose a danger to one of Orkney’s most treasured sitesCredit:ALAMY “Scotland’s climate is changing,” warns the report. “The last century has been characterised by overall warming with altered precipitation patterns leading to wetter winters, drier summers and increased frequency of extreme and unpredictable weather.”The report adds that many of Scotland’s historic monuments – including the Links of Noltland, a neolithic village in Orkney – are struggling to deal with climate change.“These altered precipitation patterns and increased frequency of extreme and unpredictable weather events impose additional stresses on buildings that could not have been foreseen during the construction or subsequent consolidation of historic monuments,” it says. Records show that average precipitation in Scotland has increased by 21 per cent since the Sixties, while annual snow cover has reduced by an average of 32 days in the same period.“These changes are predicted to continue and intensify through the present century, accelerating damaging impacts on Scotland’s environment and infrastructure, with significant consequences for economy and society,” concludes the report.
In 2011, Ironstone Resources contracted Hatch to develop a commercial process to extract iron from its Clear Hills iron and vanadium deposit located in the Peace River area of northwest Alberta, and to produce a direct-reduced iron (DRI) product for use as an iron feedstock for steelmaking. Clear Hills is one of the largest iron deposits of its kind in the world: 560 Mt with an average Fe content of 33.3%, and 2,500 Mt of vanadium pentoxide.Oolite is a sedimentary rock formed from ooids—spherical or egg-like particles with concentric layers.The project presents significant challenges, since no existing commercial technology is capable of economically processing oolitic-limonitic deposits, because of their high silica and phosphorus levels.In response, Hatch developed a novel iron-reduction process—the Hatch–Ironstone Chloride Segregation process (HICS). There will be considerable global interest in the development of this commercial pyrometallurgical process, since it could enable recovery of about 300,000 Mt represented by the world’s top 15 deposits of this type of ore.HICS has been demonstrated at the laboratory scale (3 kg/h), showing that the process is capable of producing commercial-quality DRI containing 90% Fe, 0.12% P, 0.3% C from Clear Hills oolitic iron ores containing 0.75% P and 25–30% Si. Metallising to such a high degree and reducing phosphorous to acceptable levels are clear differentiators of HICS versus other commercial processes.A conceptual economics study based upon the laboratory continuous tests is under way.The innovative new HICS process, being developed at the Clear Hills deposit in northwest Alberta, is expected to enable 300,000 Mt of iron production from similar deposits at 15 sites around the world. Hatch and Ironstone have worked closely with to define the commercial flowsheet for HICS. Hatch and FLSmidth plan to complete a second continuous pilot plant test to provide essential engineering information required as input for a decision to construct a demonstration plant at or near the Clear Hills site.
Sweet something of… someplace! Could Futurama really make yet another comeback? It’s something that Major Nelson seems to think is a good idea. It’s not much to go on, but Larry Hryb recently said on a reddit thread that’s he’s willing to pitch the idea to his Microsoft co-workers. “No promises or confirmation that anything can happen though,” he added, along with a coy emoticon and an acknowledgement that he was trying to “manage expectations.”Some Futurama fans are all too happy to let the show die off with dignity. The final(?) episode was a terrific end (again: ?) to the series, but many think that Futurama has never been the same since Comedy Central revived it back in 2010. Other fans can’t believe that it’s being killed off again while The Simpsons continues to roll along unfazed through its umpteenth season. Whatever your take on the situation, an eighth (and ninth and tenth, etc.) season of Futurama for Xbox Live is well within the realm of possibilities.Creator Matt Groening has said before that he wants another kick at the can. “We would love to continue. We have many more stories to tell,” he told Inside TV earlier this year. All he needs is a willing partner, and Microsoft could certainly be a good match. The company is on the hunt for exclusive content for Xbox Live users, and Futurama’s got a passionate following. Offering a few dozen new episodes that can only be viewed on a Microsoft device could help boost sales of the Xbox 360, Xbox One, and even the oft-maligned Surface.We’re not entirely sure why Netflix hasn’t appeared to approached Matt Groening, though.
A 21-year-old Afghan migrant crawled under an Italy-bound bus in an attempt to smuggle himself out of the country, but was killed when his body was caught in the axle of the vehicle.The incident occurred shortly after midnight on Tuesday at Greece’s northwestern port of Igoumenitsa.The young man apparently hid under the truck as it waited to board a ferry bound for the Italian port of Bari during a coast guard inspection.Meanwhile, coast guard officers in the eastern Aegean on Wednesday intercepted a total of 164 undocumented immigrants – 103 in three different incidents off Lesvos, 46 off Chios and 15 off Leros.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Twitter : le procès de Hacker Croll s’ouvre demainFrance – C’est demain que s’ouvrira le procès de François C., un jeune Auvergnat de 23 ans, connu sous le pseudonyme de Hacker Croll. Il est accusé d’avoir piraté de nombreux comptes Twitter, et notamment celui de Barack Obama.Célèbre pour avoir infiltré en 2009 les comptes Twitter du président américain, de Britney Spears, ou encore d’Evan Williams, l’un des fondateurs de Twitter, Hacker Croll a été interpellé le 24 mars dernier par les cyber-policiers français et américains. Relâché au terme de sa garde à vue, il comparaîtra demain devant le tribunal correctionnel de Clermont-Ferrand.Le jeune Auvergnat encourt jusqu’à deux ans de prison pour “intrusion dans un système de données”. Toutefois, ni Twitter ni l’administration américaine et les propriétaires des comptes piratés ne se sont portés partie civile dans ce procès.Le jeune homme, qui s’était contenté de publier des copies d’écran de ses célèbres cibles sur des forums, plaide pour sa défense : “Je ne suis pas un hacker, je n’ai pas voulu détruire”. Il avait pourtant la possibilité d’accéder à de nombreuses données personnelles et de les monnayer. “J’aurais pu le faire, mais ce n’est pas mon éthique” assure-t-il.Peu de temps avant son interpellation, Hacker Croll disait avoir voulu démontrer que les grandes sociétés “ne sont pas plus en sécurité que n’importe quel internaute”. D’après son avocat, Me Jean-François Canis, l’affaire est “sans gravité particulière” puisqu’il n’y a pas eu de réel préjudice ni d’escroquerie. Le 23 juin 2010 à 15:57 • Emmanuel Perrin
SUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – Officials are investigating a fire that sparked at a barbershop in Sunrise, early Sunday morning.Sunrise Fire-Rescue responded to the scene of the blaze at a strip mall near North University Drive and Northwest 28th Street, at around 4:15 a.m.Fierce flames tore through the barbershop, but crews prevented the fire from spreading to nearby businesses, which did sustain some smoke damage.Officials called the fire “suspicious.” It is now under an arson investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
A sewerage worker went missing after entering a manhole to clean a drainage system near Chalantika intersection on Milk Vita Road in Mirpur-7 in the city on Tuesday afternoon, reports UNB.A group of sewerage workers went down the manhole to clean the line in the afternoon, said M Abdullah Al Arefin, senior station officer of Fire Service and Civil Defense.All except one worker, aged between 18 and 20, subsequently came out, Arefin said.Following this, his colleagues informed Fire Service and Civil Defense.However, fire fighters couldn’t find the missing worker till filing this report around 9:20pm, said Arefin.
Map of BoguraTwo female bus passengers suffered injuries in a bomb attack on the vehicle on Dhaka-Bogura highway at Sajapur in Shahjahanpur upazila on Wednesday noon after the pronouncement of verdicts in two August-21 grenade attack cases, reports UNB.The injured are Munira Begum, 40, wife of Nazrul Islam of Shimulbari village in Jhaldhaka upazila, and Anjuara Begum, 50, wife of Mozammel Haque of Sadar upazila in Nilphamari district.Latiful Islam, officer-in-charge of Shahjahanpur police station, said some miscreants, numbering 8-10, hurled a petrol bomb on the Dhaka-bound ‘Nabil Paribahan’ bus from Nilphamari while crossing the area around 12:45pm, leaving Munira and Anjuara injured.A fire also broke out in the bus following the attack which was doused immediately.Chasing the miscreants, a patrol team of police arrested local Jubo Dal leader Nur Mohammad, 30, a resident of Majira in the upazila.
Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Related Content News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more September 16, 2011 — McKesson Enterprise Medical Imaging will be demonstrating the latest release of its radiology information system (RIS) and picture archiving and communication system (PACS) at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2011 meeting.Their comprehensive radiology solutions – Horizon Medical Imaging and McKesson Radiology Manager are designed to improve workflow. Both products have infrastructure updates and usability enhancements – from order entry, to data storage, image analysis and report distribution.The highly scalable architecture offers a cost-effective solution to facilities requiring a complete storage and information management solution. The company’s disruption-free implementation methodology ensures users achieve shorter time to value realization.Several sites have shared their success stories at how implementing these solutions has reduced costs and improved efficiency, patient care and physician satisfaction:- A small, community hospital implemented Horizon Medical Imaging to help them improve their business and better prepare for the future.- A highly efficient practice that performs more than1.5 million exams/year needed to replace its dated PACS before it significantly impacted their ability to serve users. With the McKesson solutions they were able to increase data availability, with a cost efficient and regulatory compliant storage solution.- A newly constructed facility decided it was time to rebuild from the inside out by consolidating and implementing the enterprise solution from McKesson including improved integrations to numerous third party applications.- A busy facility faced the familiar challenge of not having the necessary staff to manage all the projects on its IT and radiology strategic roadmap to traverse multiple projects as needing a highly skilled PACS administrator and a project manager to handle multiple projects. Based upon her previous history and satisfaction with McKesson as a partner, she turned to their Staff Augmentation services for a solution.McKesson’s devices offer numerous tools to improve radiology workflow, including:- Workflow solutions – Critical Results and Peer Review – to help meet regulatory requirements and streamline workflow without affecting productivity- Web-based tools to organize and share images, teaching files and reference case information- A radiologist productivity tool that is a natural extension to display protocols for efficient analysis of complex, high-volume studies- Newly released “Report Connector” software that addresses the needs of a multi-vendor, heterogeneous environmentFor more information: www.mckesson.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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Apple announced Monday that the iPhone 5 will be available in Costa Rica starting Dec. 14. The company posted on its website availability dates for the new line of smartphones in more than 50 countries.The iPhone 5 hit the market on Sept. 12 and is currently distributed in 47 countries, including the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and the U.K.The device, made of glass and aluminum, follows the previous model’s (iPhone 4S) design, weighs 112 grams and is 20 percent thinner than the 4S (7.6 mm). Its 4-inch screen has better display technology than its predecessor with a resolution of 1136 x 640.In the U.S., the iPhone 5 was released at a suggested price of $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 32GB model and $399 for the 64GB model.Costa Rican cellphone operators (Claro, Movistar and ICE) have not disclosed any information on service plans, but the device already has the certification of approval by the Telecommunications Superintendency (SUTEL), as confirmed by its spokesman, Eduardo Castellón. Facebook Comments No related posts.
Top Stories Sponsored Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Associated PressTEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) – Honduran authorities announced Wednesday that the National Police have busted a rare, makeshift cocaine laboratory hidden in a remote, mountainous region near the Atlantic coast as part of their U.S.-backed anti-drug efforts in Central America.Honduran Minister of Public Safety Ivan Mejia said a six-month investigation led agents Tuesday to the lab, where they found 500 kilograms of cocaine and the paste used to make cocaine. Mejia said authorities also seized barrels containing toxic chemicals used to make the drug, including hydrogen peroxide, potassium permanganate and activated carbon. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day The lab was set up in an ordinary, two-story home, but the operations were sophisticated. Below ground were tanks used to hide money and drugs. Above ground were dryers, stoves and other laboratory equipment. No one arrested.In March 2011, Honduran police busted a cocaine lab in what the U.S. State Department described as the “first of its kind” in Central America in recent years. The labs process relatively cheap cocaine paste from South America into higher priced, more pure cocaine destined for the U.S.While Honduras is a major transit point for drugs heading from South America, Drug Enforcement Administration special agent Jeffrey Todd Scott in Washington said Wednesday that such labs are rare.“While this is one of the first labs we’ve identified in Honduras, we’re always concerned when we find any operational lab,” he said. “We’ll continue working with our counterparts to investigate and dismantle such sites as they are discovered.”Political analyst Robert Naiman, who studies drug policy in the region, said Honduras offers an “attractive location” for traffickers because its law enforcement agencies are plagued with corruption. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments Share “Unfortunately, I fear this development will be used to justify further militarization of U.S. drug policy in Honduras,” he said.___Associated Press writer Freddy Cuevas reported this story in Tegucigalpa and Martha Mendoza reported from Santa Cruz, Calif.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) How do cataracts affect your vision? Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day
Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories The number of American dead reflects an Associated Press count of those members of the armed services killed inside Afghanistan since the U.S.-led invasion on Oct. 7, 2001. Some other news organizations use a count that also includes those killed outside Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, the global anti-terror campaign led by then-President George W. Bush.The 2001 invasion targeted al-Qaida and its Taliban allies after the Sept. 11 attacks, which claimed nearly 3,000 lives in the United States.Victory in Afghanistan seemed to come quickly. Kabul fell within weeks, and the hardline Taliban regime was toppled with few U.S. casualties.But the Bush administration’s shift toward war with Iraq left the Western powers without enough resources on the ground, so by 2006 the Taliban had regrouped into a serious military threat.Obama deployed more troops to Afghanistan, where casualties increased sharply in the last several years. But the American public grew weary of having its military in a perpetual state of conflict, especially after the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq at the end of last year. That war, which began with a U.S.-led invasion in 2003 to oust Saddam Hussein, cost the lives of nearly 4,500 U.S. troops, more than twice as many as have died in Afghanistan so far. 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments Share “There is a challenge for the administration,” O’Hanlon said, “to remind people in the face of such bad news why this campaign requires more perseverance.”___Associated Press writers Heidi Vogt and Rahim Faiez in Kabul and researcher Monika Mathour in Washington contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Four benefits of having a wireless security system Associated PressKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – U.S. military deaths in the Afghan war have reached 2,000, a cold reminder of the human cost of an 11-year-old conflict that garners little public interest at home as the United States prepares to withdraw most of its combat forces by the end of 2014.The toll has climbed steadily in recent months with a spate of attacks by Afghan army and police against American and NATO troops, and questions about whether allied countries will achieve their aim of helping the Afghan government and its forces stand on their own after most foreign troops depart in little more than two years. A U.S. official confirmed the latest death Sunday, saying that an international service member killed in an apparent insider attack by Afghan forces in the east of the country late Saturday was American. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the nationality of those killed had not been formally released.A civilian contractor with NATO and at least two Afghan soldiers also died in the attack, according to a coalition statement and Afghan provincial officials. The nationality of the civilian was not disclosed.At least 1,190 more coalition troops have also died in the Afghanistan war, according to iCasualties.org, an independent organization.According to the Afghanistan index kept by the Brookings Institution, 40.2 percent of the deaths were caused by improvised explosive devices, with the majority of those after 2009 when President Barack Obama ordered a surge of 33,000 troops to combat heightened Taliban activity. According to the Washington-based research center, the second highest cause, 30.6 percent, was hostile fireTracking civilian deaths is much more difficult. According to the U.N., 13,431 civilians were killed in the Afghan conflict between 2007, when the U.N. began keeping statistics, and the end of August. Going back to the U.S.-led invasion in 2001, most estimates put the number of Afghan deaths in the war at more than 20,000. “The tally is modest by the standards of war historically, but every fatality is a tragedy and 11 years is too long,” said Michael O’Hanlon, a fellow at the Brookings. “All that is internalized, however, in an American public that has been watching this campaign for a long time. More newsworthy right now are the insider attacks and the sense of hopelessness they convey to many. “Attacks by Afghan soldiers or police _ or insurgents disguised in their uniforms _ have killed 52 American and other NATO troops so far this year.The so-called insider attacks are considered one of the most serious threats to the U.S. exit strategy from the country. In its latest incarnation, that strategy has focused on training Afghan forces to take over security nationwide _ allowing most foreign troops to go home by the end of 2014.Although Obama has pledged that most U.S. combat troops will leave by the end of 2014, American, NATO and allied troops are still dying in Afghanistan at a rate of one a day.Even with 33,000 American troops back home, the U.S.-led coalition will still have 108,000 troops _ including 68,000 from the U.S. _ fighting in Afghanistan at the end of this year. Many of those will be training the Afghan National Security Forces that are to replace them. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Judges at the 2011 Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold Awards agreed that ‘There’s nothing like Australia’, presenting Tourism Australia with two awards for the tourism campaign. The tourism group walked away with the Grand award and the Gold award for its interactive website. Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy said in an online statement that the interactive element, in which Australians were able to post their ideas and experiences, contributed to the success of the campaign. “These awards are really a pat on the back for the people of Australia, who brought their country to life by sharing their favourite Australian place or experience with the world,” Mr McEvoy said. “They are the experts on what makes Australia unlike anywhere else and getting them to share their stories and experiences has helped make this campaign the huge success it has been. During the first phase of the campaign up to 30,000 Australians posted stories and images to show why visitors should visit the country. As part of the second phase a digital interactive map of Australia was made up of the things Aussies highlighted as special about the country. Mr McEvoy said that while winning the award was an achievement the overall success of the campaign makes it a winner. “Australia’s inbound tourism achieved solid growth of six per cent last year despite major economic challenges in many of our key overseas markets – a very credible achievement when many of our competitors have suffered declines,” Mr McEvoy said.The campaign was launched at in May last year, accompanied with digital advertising plus a video commercial aired in cinemas and online.
29 key Indian travel agents showcased a wide range of Sydney and NSW tourism products, destinations and experiences as part of the Focus on India 2016 Workshop, hosted by Destination NSW. Stuart Ayres, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, NSW said Focus on India 2016 provided a unique opportunity for Indian travel agents to learn more about Australia’s premier tourism and events.“In the year ended December 2015, NSW welcomed 112,300 visitors from India who spent $298 million, up 80% on last year,” said Ayres. “These outstanding figures demonstrate that the NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, is committed to working with key trade partners to promote Sydney and Regional NSW and we look forward to welcoming many more visitors from India as a result of a successful 2016 program.”The week-long trade event included one-on-one appointments between Indian agents and NSW tourism suppliers, and also saw the visiting Indian travel trade group complete a pre and post workshop familiarisation program in Sydney and Regional NSW.“Our State is home to some of the world’s most spectacular scenery, world-class food and wine and unique accommodation options. We are delighted that the recent Focus on India workshop was so successful in helping increase the awareness of NSW destinations and products amongst our key Indian trade partners, better equipping them with the knowledge to build the most compelling travel packages to attract potential visitors to NSW,” said Sandra Chipchase, CEO, Destination NSW.“We look forward to continuing to showcase NSW’s strengths in cooperation with Industry partners, as well as highlighting the welcoming and multi-cultural elements that make NSW an ideal place for Indian visitors,” added Chipchase.
Wallonia in India (AWEX Mumbai), Visit Brussels and Wallonia Belgium Tourism jointly organised a spectacular tourism training event in association with Maratha Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture and TAAP recently in Pune. Emmanuelle Timmermans, Trade and Investment Commissioner from AWEX along with Ellona Pereira from Visit Brussels presented the hidden gems of the tourist destination.Introducing Wallonia to the audience, Emmanuelle Timmermans said, “This event was organised, as we realised that even regular visitors to Belgium are not always aware of some of the hidden gems of Belgium. One of those is the new sensational city of Dinant, which was voted one of Europe’s Best Destinations in 2019.”She further highlighted the most popular tourist attractions in Wallonia. Spa is one of Belgium’s main tourist spots. Spa is famous for its several natural mineral springs. It is also the location of mineral water producer and where the term ‘spa’ originates from.Wallonia is well known for its castles, one of the major attractions being ‘Radhadesh’, a spiritual place which has an impressive castle turned into a temple complex named the ISKON Temple. The castle has been restored and transformed into a spiritual oasis where visitors can explore colourful Indian traditions. Wallonia is home to the second-largest cave in the world called ‘Caves of Han’, an excellent option for MICE tourism and family segments.Educational Tourism is also growing rapidly for a few years and Euro Space Centre experiences a large number of Indian tourists including all major Indian schools. The European Space Centre provides a virtual reality experience. Another major attraction is the upcoming Beer Palace to be opened near the Grand Palace in the City of Brussels. Brussels is the second most cosmopolitan city in the world and is well-known for heritage tours, be it Grand Place, Manneken Pis., Belgian Comic Strip tour, Atomium, Mini Europe or Flying Restaurant, Belgium has it all. It is also called ‘The City of Museums’.The event showcased different itineraries for FIT, Luxury, MICE, Group and Educational Tourism. Wallonia and Brussels also offer amazing Beer Route across the two regions. Most of the breweries are well known for their traditional manufacturing process. The Sweet Experience with chocolate and waffle workshop is also a must.Many hidden truths about the ‘Tourism Gems’ from Wallonia are unknown to the world like the fact that the saxophone was invented in Wallonia and there is a Saxophone Museum on the river Maas at Dinant.Talking on Belgium’s promotional goals for 2019 and 2020, Emmanuelle Timmermans said, “We would like to attract an increased number of visitors from India to our region. Wallonia tourism is truly “Hidden Gems” as many truths are unknown to the world. I have seen tourism trends are changing now, tourists believe more in unique experiences such as amazing activities, beautiful memories, mysterious places. Wallonia is one destination for all generations and for all type of tourism interests, be it FIT, Luxury, family, MICE or educational tourism, Wallonia has lots to offer to everyone.” The event was attended by major Indian tour operators.
in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Share September 21, 2016 559 Views Housing Inventory Housing Supply Trulia 2016-09-21 Seth Welborn While a lack of inventory has been a major headwind for housing nationwide, there have been signs recently that the lack of supply is easing, according to data released by Trulia on Wednesday.The bad news is that inventory continues to fall—in fact, in the second quarter, housing inventory fell for the fifth straight quarter, the longest streak of inventory decline since 2012 when the housing market bottomed out.The good news, according to Trulia chief economist Ralph McLaughlin, is that nothing lasts forever—not even housing inventory shortages.“Despite the decline, there are some signs housing supply is easing. Inventory in a few California and Florida cities is on the rise,” McLaughlin said. “What’s more, many of these markets have seen consecutive quarterly increases in available housing, suggesting an upward trend rather than a one-time blip.”The latest edition of Trulia’s Inventory and Price Watch, analyzed the supply and affordability of starter homes, trade-up homes, and premium homes currently on the market in the largest 100 U.S. metros from July 1, 2015, to July 1, 2016, found that the number of starter and trade-up homes continues to fall at or near double-digit rates over-the-year. Inventory declines have been less for premium homes, which have seen a drop of less than 3.2 percent.The ongoing inventory shortage is having an adverse effect on affordability; buyers of starter and trade-up homes need to spend 1.7 percent and 0.9 percent (respectively) of their incomes on housing compared to this time last year. Meanwhile, housing will cost premium homebuyers only 0.6 percent of their income.“Low inventory has been the talk of the real estate world for much of the year, and rightly so,” McLaughlin said. “Inventory nationally, and in many of the largest markets, has been on the decline over the past several years, dropping by over 8 percent nationally since the third quarter of 2014. But there are signs that relief may be on the way for homebuyers in some markets.”Twenty-one of the 100 largest markets analyzed experienced increases in inventory over the past year, and many of those posted double-digit gains.Approximately half of those 21 markets are located either in Florida or California, with Cape Coral-Fort Myers leading the way at 36.7 percent and 33.1 percent, respectively. Other Florida markets with sizeable income gains over the last year include West Palm Beach (17.8 percent), Fort Lauderdale (15.9 percent), and Sarasota (23.4 percent).Meanwhile, the two least affordable housing markets in the country, San Francisco and San Jose, saw inventory jump by 19.3 percent and 8.7 percent in the last year, respectively. Other California markets with noticeable gains in housing inventory were San Diego (9.4 percent), Bakersfield (10.6 percent) and Fresno (24.4 percent).“This is cautiously optimistic news for frustrated buyers in the Golden State, who have seen prices soar whilst inventory remained flat over the past few years,” McLaughlin said. “While prices aren’t likely to fall anytime soon because of healthy demand, growing inventory may help moderate the strong price gains that these markets have experienced since market bottom in 2012.”Increasing inventory combined with a 5 percent increase in real incomes during 2015—the largest increase on record, according to the U.S. Census Income and Poverty report, may help break what has been a gridlocked housing market, McLaughlin said.Click here to view the full report. Inventory is Making a Comeback in Some Markets