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Juror who spent five months at Ontario murder trial files lawsuit

By on October 17, 2019

first_imgAn advocate for the rights of jurors has filed a lawsuit seeking damages from the federal and Ontario governments for post-traumatic stress disorder he developed during a lengthy murder trial.Mark Farrant spent five months as a juror at the 2014 trial in Toronto of Farshad Badakhshan, who was convicted of murdering his 23-year-old girlfriend, Carina Petrache.Badakhshan’s trial heard that he stabbed the university student and then set fire to their place. Petrache fled the blaze but was badly burned and died on the way to hospital. Badakhshan was also severely burned.After the trial, Farrant was diagnosed with PTSD, which spurred him to become an outspoken advocate for the need to provide counselling for jurors hearing horrific cases.In a statement of claim filed in Toronto on Friday, Farrant seeks damages from the attorneys general of Ontario and Canada “as a result of being subjected to graphic and disturbing evidence during his time as a juror.”The claim, which has not been proven in court, says Farrant has suffered “ongoing mental health problems including but not limited to post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, nervous shock and other issues, as a direct result of being compelled to serve on the jury.”It alleges Farrant continues to suffer from stress, fatigue, insomnia, loss of appetite, significant weight loss, loss of income and a diminished capacity to enjoy life.“The psychological distress and injuries caused as a result of the plaintiff’s experience as a juror have and will continue to have a significantly negative impact on his family relationships, including but not limited to those with his wife, and two young children,” the claim reads.Farrant successfully advocated for a new jury support program in Ontario and has been lobbying the federal government to develop a national standard to ensure every juror has access to the same level of support.He said there is more awareness of the effects of trauma on first responders, but there needs to be recognition that jurors can suffer too.“Thanks to Mr. Farrant’s persistent efforts, we are seeing overdue action being taken to recognize the psychological harm that can be caused as a result of sitting as a juror and being exposed to graphic evidence,” his lawyer, Todd McCarthy, said in a release.“Unfortunately, this change is too late for Mr. Farrant who received no treatment or therapy during or after his time as a juror. It is within this context that he brings this action.”In an email, Farrant acknowledged that the $100,000 in damages he is seeking isn’t a huge amount of money.“The claim has a modest financial component as I believe this action is an extension of the advocacy work I have been doing,” Farrant said Tuesday.In a 2017 interview with The Canadian Press, he said no juror should be forced to suffer in silence.“They shouldn’t feel like it’s a continued burden for them, like it’s their job to feel and just hold those emotions inside,” Farrant said.“Some people might feel … it’s their burden to suffer alongside with the families. That’s not the case.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

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UN urges European Union to end violence against women in conflict zones

By on October 12, 2019

The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) today urged European Union (EU) Member States to take practical steps in preventing sexual violence against women in conflict and post-conflict situations. “We are not here for another talking shop, where we lament the terrible and systematic nature of violence,” UNIFEM Executive Director Inés Alberdi said at the “From Commitment to Action” meeting organized in collaboration with the European Commission. “We look forward to supporting practical responses that ensure that sexual violence is no longer dismissed as an inevitable part of conflict,” she told participants at the one-day event in Brussels. That gathering came on the heels of an EU-commissioned report which highlights gaps in providing security to women in war zones. Reviews of Security Council resolution 1325, which addresses the impact of war on women, have also found serious failings in preventing of high levels of sexual violence, particularly in continuing conflicts, and in setting up security and justice systems to end impunity. A joint UNIFEM and UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) conference in May found that UN and African Union (AU) peacekeeping missions’ policies regarding prevention of attacks on women civilians have not been systematically implemented. These findings led directly to the adoption of Security Council resolution 1820, which demands the “immediate and complete cessation by all parties to armed conflict of all acts of sexual violence against civilians” and instructs missions to prevent impunity. The current French Presidency of the EU “in cooperation with UNIFEM has seized the momentum created by the adoption of SCR 1820 in June 2008 on violence against women in conflict and post-conflict situation to address existing implementation gaps of EU policies in this domain,” according to a UNIFEM press release issued today. 10 October 2008The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) today urged European Union (EU) Member States to take practical steps in preventing sexual violence against women in conflict and post-conflict situations. read more

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Video Business report with Mike Eppel

By on October 4, 2019

business report|december|markets|mike eppel Huge week to start December for the markets, senior business editor Mike Eppel explains. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Dec 2, 2013 7:23 am MDT Video: Business report with Mike Eppel

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Time for UN system to come together to promote rule of law

By on October 2, 2019

“If we work together, we can be an effective force in strengthening the rule of law. If we forge a common approach, we can build solid foundations for peace and security in post-conflict States,” he said in a presentation, delivered at UN Headquarters in New York, to the UN System Chief Executives Board, which brings together the heads of UN organizations with the aim of enhancing cooperation and coordination amongst them.Mr. Eliasson said that to strengthen the work of the UN, it is necessary to “break down the walls” between its activities in the three pillars of peace, development and human rights, and adopt a holistic and integrated approach. “The rule of law can help us solve concrete problems, cutting across all three pillars of our work,” he noted.The UN is currently assisting 150 Member States on various aspects of the rule of law, ranging from advice and assistance in constitution-making processes to reforming justice and security institutions and dealing with legacies of atrocities.The need for an integrated approach, said Mr. Eliasson, can be seen in conflict-torn countries, where functioning institutions and transitional justice help stabilize security. “By prosecuting perpetrators, we begin the process of healing. By facilitating truth and reconciliation, we allow communities to re-unite,” he said. “By fostering reparations and restitution, we plant the seeds of economic growth and empowerment. The rule of law is more than laws and courts, he stated, noting that it is about helping countries to develop norms, social practices and institutions which prevent the arbitrary exercise of political power. “It is about empowering people by providing access to public services, and by strengthening mechanisms to enforce their basic rights,” said the Deputy Secretary-General.“Working to strengthen the rule of law creates the foundations for growth opportunity and equity,” he added. “Ultimately, this helps create better conditions for our broader work for the UN.”He noted that, within the UN, the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) will now form joint global focal points for the police, justice and corrections areas in post-conflict and other crisis situations. This will help provide integrated headquarters responses to requests for support from the field.Also, the Rule of Law Coordination and Resource Group, the group of executive heads which the Deputy Secretary-General chairs, will act as the strategic body on these matters, ensuring that the rule of law is mainstreamed across the UN. The Group may now expand to include other members of the UN family active in the field of the rule of law. Mr. Eliasson also pointed out that the rule of law has an important bearing on economic development, on labour protection, on the delivery of public services, on land and property rights, all of which are central to sustainable development. “We therefore have to see how we integrate the rule of law into the post-2015 development agenda, either through a specific target or goal, or through a set of indicators attached to other targets or goals,” he stated. read more

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Goodman series helps prepare students for the job hunt

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Industry trends. Valuable skills. The best way to network your way into a job.Goodman School of Business students are getting these insider tips and more thanks to Goodman Career’s “How to get a Job in…” series.The series of panels and networking events bring together industry professionals at all levels to speak with students about career options, industry trends and strategies for getting a job.The series is organized by Goodman’s Career Development Office, which provides career planning and job search support for all Goodman students; connecting them with job opportunities and industry professionals year-round.The 2014-2015 series launched Oct. 9 with “How to get a Job in Finance”. Five more “How to get a Job in…” events are planned for the 2014-2015 academic year including operations and supply chain management (Nov. 10), human resources (Nov. 24), accounting (Jan. 15), sales and marketing (Jan. 22), and business and consulting (Feb. 12).Third-year Bachelor of Business Administration student Jacqueline Kope attended “How to get a Job in Finance.” Kope, who is studying finance and is a member of Brock’s Finance and Investment Group (BFIG), was hoping to get some insight from finance professionals about her future co-op terms.“[I wanted to know] if they think it is more competitive to have longer terms [with the same employer] and have more experience at one firm or dip your toes around into other firms and get a mix of other corporate cultures and other businesses.”It’s questions like this that industry panelist Brad Ralph, managing director, Mining Investment Banking of Dundee Capital Markets, is happy to answer.He hopes sharing his experience will help expose business students to the range of opportunities in the finance industry.“When I went to Brock, I didn’t even know what investment banking was. I was focused on getting my CA [now CPA] designation.”Ralph, who did earn that accounting designation but now works in investment banking, urged the students to be aware of what every job entails.“A lot of people want to come to investment banking because they think of the allure. At the end of the day, they don’t really know what it is that we do. I always tell people, talk to the analysts, talk to the associates, find out what they do day to day.”As Colin Hardy, a third-year Bachelor of Business Administration student, discovered, talking to the industry professionals gave him new insights about the field, like how important sales is in finance.He’s going to be putting extra effort into developing his communication skills.“Work on that elevator pitch. You don’t have much time with the people that you meet, you have to get your point across effectively and quickly.”For new business students that might still be a few years from focusing on their job search, Hardy has an important message: the earlier you attend a “How to get a Job in…” event, the better.“For first- and second-year [students], who maybe don’t know what they want to do, this gives them a great inside look of what the industry has to offer. ”Upcoming “How to get a Job in…”:• Operations and Supply Chain (Nov. 10, 2014)• Human Resources (Nov. 24, 2014)• Accounting (Jan. 15, 2015)• Sales and Marketing (Jan. 22, 2015)• Business and Consulting (Feb. 12, 2015)Registration is open to Goodman undergraduate and graduate students in CareerZone. read more

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Réchauffement climatique Oussama ben Laden se préoccupe de lenvironnement

By on September 20, 2019

first_imgRéchauffement climatique : Oussama ben Laden se préoccupe de l’environnement !Oussama ben Laden a créé la surprise en abordant dans son dernier message audio, diffusé vendredi, la question du réchauffement climatique. Le chef d’Al-Qaïda accuse les pays industrialisés d’en être responsables.”Toutes les nations industrialisées, particulièrement les grandes nations, sont responsables du réchauffement climatique” a déclaré Oussama ben Laden dans un message diffusé par la chaîne Al-Jazira.Ce message qui n’a pas été daté ni authentifié “est destiné à tout le monde au sujet de ceux qui sont responsables du changement climatique, qu’ils l’aient fait de manière délibérée ou non” poursuit le chef d’Al-Qaïda. Il accuse également l’ancienne administration américaine du président George W. Bush de ne pas avoir signé, en 1997, le protocole de Kyoto sur le changement climatique et de l’avoir rejeté “afin de satisfaire les intérêts des grandes compagnie”.Oussama ben Laden ne fait toutefois pas référence au Sommet de Copenhague, se contentant d’appeler à se débarrasser de “la suprématie dudollar” pour “libérer l’humanité de l’esclavage de l’Amérique et de ses compagnies”.Le 1 février 2010 à 10:10 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Area law enforcement increase DUI patrols through Labor Day

By on September 16, 2019

first_imgLaw enforcement agencies will be increasing patrols through Labor Day to crack down on impaired driving.Driving under the influence of intoxicants is the leading cause of death on Washington roadways, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office reports.In an effort to curb the trend, area law enforcement is participating in the Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. During the 18-day blitz, law enforcement plan to patrol highways, county roads and city streets looking for drivers under the influence of alcohol, marijuana or other drugs.Police in Vancouver, Battle Ground, La Center and Camas, troopers with the Washington State Patrol and deputies from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office are participating in the blitz.Funding for overtime patrols is provided by the Washington Traffic Safety commission as part of the Strategic Highway Safety Plan called Target Zero, which aims to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injury collisions to zero by 2030.last_img read more

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Fairbanks man charged with murdering his mother

By on September 9, 2019

first_imgA Fairbanks man is charged in the death of his mother. Thirty-four-year-old George Rosa faces a first degree murder charge in the death of 70-year-old Molly Rosa.Police report being called to a Bridget Avenue residence by a friend of the victim, who said he went to check on her Tuesday, and found her dead.Police say they responded, and during a sweep of the apartment found George Rosa hiding in a bathroom. They say Rosa admitted to choking his mother to death, five to six days earlier.George Rosa is jailed at Fairbanks Correctional Center.last_img read more

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Parents should educate their kids about bullying says Bhumi Pednekar

By on September 5, 2019

first_imgBhumi PednekarVarinder ChawlaBhumi Pednekar has managed to garner appreciation for her off-beat and powerful roles in movies such as Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan amongst others. The talented actress, who has time and again spoken openly about social issues on different platforms, conversed with Vidya Balan about bullying on BIG FM’s show ‘Dhun Badal ke Toh Dekho with Vidya Balan’.When asked about her thoughts on bullying and whether she was ever bullied, Bhumi quickly responded, “I have most definitely faced it when I was growing up. Bullying was a large part of our educational system, especially when I was in school as nobody recognized the repercussion that follows the act. In fact, I lost a friend in school because she was thoroughly bullied. That’s when it came as a big shock to all of us on what the repercussions of making fun of someone can be. Personally, there were a few girls who used to pick on me. I used to feel bad and discuss things back at home for which my parents always said that your beauty lies in what you feel for yourself. The tremendous support provided by my parents never let these bullies affect me mentally. I really condemn bullying. Parents should educate their kids about bullying so that they don’t end up being offenders, which usually happens in most of the cases. Bullying in itself is a vicious cycle which needs to be broken.”last_img read more

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Nurul says will take charge as DUCSU VP

By on September 3, 2019

first_imgVice-president elect of Dhaka University Central Student Union (DUCSU) Nurul Haque Nur speaks at a press conference at Madhur Canteen on Friday. Photo: Shuvra Kanti DasNurul Haque Nur, the quota reform movement leader who upset the Bangladesh Chhatra League candidate to become the vice-president of Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (DUCSU), says he will take office.”We’re prioritising the students’ demands,” he told a press conference at the Madhu’s Canteen on the university campus on Friday afternoon.Akhter Hossen, who won the social service affairs secretary’s post from Nurul’s panel, will also join the students’ body.”We’ll officially take responsibilities as DUCSU representatives and work together with the general students for solving their problems,” the DUCSU VP-elect said.The DUCSU polls, the first in 28 years, were marred by allegations of irregularities. All panels, except that of BCL, boycotted the election. The ruling party student front dominated the polls but lost the posts of VP and social service affairs secretary.last_img read more

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Harris County Prosecutors Dismiss Charges In Poker Club Cases

By on September 2, 2019

first_imgWikimedia CommonsPoker cards.Prosecutors have dismissed charges against nine people who had been arrested in May after two Houston poker clubs were raided as part of a two-year organized crime investigation.Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said this week her office dropped the charges after discovering a potential conflict of interest involving a former contract employee and a political fundraiser. Ogg declined to provide details involving the conflict of interest.While gambling is illegal in Texas, such clubs have cited a gray area in state law they say lets them operate if they don’t take a percentage of winnings.The Texas Attorney General’s Office has declined to say if such poker clubs are illegal, leaving it up local agencies to pursue such cases.Ogg says she’s referring the case to the FBI. Sharelast_img read more

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IBM to Open Up Jeopardy Winner Watsons Brain for Everyone

By on August 30, 2019

first_imgNovember 14, 2013 2 min read IBM is opening up the “brain” of supercomputer Watson by making the software technology behind it available to anyone who has the interest.For entrepreneurs looking to develop programs on top of the Watson infrastructure, this is your green light.IBM’s goal is to enable innovation to happen more quickly than it would if Big Blue kept the software technology private. “With this move, IBM is taking a bold step to advance the new era of cognitive computing,” said Michael Rhodin, senior vice president at IBM Software Solutions Group, in a statement.Related: Intel’s Futurist: We’ll Soon Be Living In ComputersThe application programming interface, or API, for Watson — who famously triumphed on the game-show Jeopardy! in 2011 — will be made available in what will be called the IBM Watson Developers Cloud.Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM expects to partner with businesses of all sizes, from startups to larger enterprises. Watson’s power is its ability to process extensive amounts of information intelligently, a red-hot industry called ‘big data.’”This could bring about a paradigm shift not only in how people interact with computers, but in how we live our lives,” said Mohamad Makhzoumi, partner at New Enterprise Associates and board member at Welltok, one of the first companies to work with the Watson software, in a statement.Related: This Major Crowdfunding Site Now Accepts Bitcoin PledgesFor those businesses and individuals interested in building an application on top of the Watson software, IBM will make upwards of 500 of its own experts available.Early business partners with IBM are developing applications that will build on the Watson cognitive software to make digital personal shoppers smarter, to make the medical device purchasing process more streamlined and a health management application that rewards positive behaviors.Related: Voice Recognition and No Wallet: PayPal’s Vision of the Future Enroll Now for Freecenter_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

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New Study Highlights Breakthrough Therapy to Reduce Mammographic Breast Density

By on August 27, 2019

first_img News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more June 26, 2017 — Stephen N. Birrell, M.D., Ph.D., presented breakthrough findings into the reduction of mammographic breast density at the 8th International Breast Densitometry and Cancer Risk Assessment Conference in San Francisco. The conference, co-chaired by University of California San Francisco and Karolinska Institutet, included presentations and posters by researchers from institutions across the world, including the Mayo Clinic and Queen Mary University of London.Birrell, chief medical officer of HAVAH Therapeutics, undertook a study to examine the effect of the company’s T+Ai (testosterone plus aromatase inhibitor) therapy that intends to mimic the effects of tamoxifen by reducing mammographic breast density in pre-menopausal women without perturbations in hypothalamic-pituitary function. One hundred and fifty women undergoing mammographic screening and having high mammographic breast density as determined by a percent volumetric breast density (%VBD) measurement of equal to or greater than 15.5 VBD as measured by Volpara, were randomly chosen for inclusion in the study. A VBD of 15.5 percent is equivalent to a BI-RADS D classification.The participants were allocated in a non-randomized fashion to either (a) follow-up mammography at 1 year for mammographic breast density calculation or (b) treatment with a subcutaneous pellet of testosterone (60-100 mg) and anastrozole (1-3mg) (dependent on BMI) every 4 months plus a follow-up mammogram for mammographic breast density calculation at 1 year. There were no significant differences in the base-line characteristics of each cohort. Hormone levels were evaluated every 4 months and follicular stimulating (FSH) and luteinizing hormones (LH) were compared from baseline to the same stage of each woman’s menstrual cycle 3 months later. Serum anastrozole levels were measured at 1 and 4 months after treatment was commenced.Seventy-four women were included in the cohort study (2 lost in pre-screening). None were lost to follow-up during the study period. There was a small (2 percent) reduction in mean %VBD in the control group compared to the treatment cohort (19.5 percent). There was no significant change in either FSH or LH. There were no serious adverse events and no androgenicity events resulting in cessation of treatment.In conclusion, testosterone combined with anastrozole is an effective method of reducing high mammographic breast density in pre-menopausal women. This is achieved by manipulating the amplified hormone catalytic enzymatic system of high mammographic breast density tissue to effect an alteration in the breast tissue estrogen to testosterone ratio; thus inducing a state of breast tissue involution commensurate with that occurring with tamoxifen chemoprevention. This was achieved with excellent tolerance and no adverse effect on hypothalamic-pituitary function.Birrell’s cohort study results were supported by a poster presentation regarding a secondary study on the effect of T+Ai in reducing breast tissue stiffness and breast pain in a cohort of 10 women. A clear signal was observed with all women experiencing a reduction in tissue stiffness and pain of 53 percent and 67 percent, respectively.For more information: www.havahtherapeutics.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Breast Density | June 28, 2017 New Study Highlights Breakthrough Therapy to Reduce Mammographic Breast Density Therapy combining testosterone and aromatase inhibitor found to reduce fibroglandular breast density by nearly 20 percent Related Content News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read morelast_img read more

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PEOPLE Muller returns to Silversea as VP Corporate Incentive Sales

By on August 20, 2019

first_img Thursday, October 13, 2016 Share Tags: People, Silversea Cruises [PEOPLE] Muller returns to Silversea as VP Corporate & Incentive Sales Travelweek Group center_img Posted by MIAMI — Freddy I. Muller has rejoined Silversea Cruises VP of Corporate & Incentive Sales for the Americas. Muller will be responsible for overseeing the cruise line’s corporate and incentive business and strengthening relationships with meeting and incentive travel partners throughout the Americas. He will be based in the company’s Miami office, reporting to Mark Conroy, Managing Director for the Americas.Muller held a previous position with Silversea as Director of Charter & Incentive Sales for six years. He began his career in group sales at Celebrity Cruises, and brings over 23 years of incentive sales and marketing experience within the global travel industry, most recently as director, charters, meetings & incentives at Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.He also brings corporate and group incentive sales experience from Kerzner International, Club Med and Miami Air International.“We are delighted to be welcoming Freddy back as part of the Silversea family,” said Conroy. “His diverse sales expertise will lend to the solidification of Silversea as a leader in corporate and incentive travel.” << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Arenal Report

By on August 19, 2019

first_imgThere will be two spay/neuter clinics this month. The first is scheduled for Aug. 29 in Nuevo Arenal atMaelin’s home – a block north of Banco National, turn right and look for the purple driveway. Appointments start at 9 a.m. There will be four veterinarians working, including Drs. Mario and Ana Christina. The fee is 7,000 ($14) per animal. Please remember not to feed your pet for at least 12 hours prior to surgery. Donations are being sought for the puppies recently rescued from horrible conditions at a local “puppy mill.” As of yet, the puppies have not been adopted to permanent homes.The second clinic is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 31, and will be held at the communal in the town of Chachagua. There are 56 animals already signed up, with only four openings remaining. The fee at the Chachagua clinic is 5,000 per animal, with discounts to families who own more than one pet. For further information, call Gloria Dempsey at 8389-4025. Volunteers to assist at the clinics are always welcome. No experience is necessary, and there is plenty to do.Repair work continues on the massive landslide that collapsed the road to La Fortuna. There is a usable one-lane along the edge of the 100-foot deep hole that is being filled with tons of rock in gavion baskets. An estimated two months will be required to bring the roadbed back to level so a permanent surface can be applied.The August meeting of the Arenal Garden Club was held at club president Victoria Torley’s home. The war room in the basement of the White House has not seen the kind of strategic planning (Defcon-4) as plotted against two yard and garden pests known to all: leaf cutters and fire ants. Every possible deterrent was explored from gasoline (not recommended) to mixing the two types of ants together by the shovelful so they will kill each other’s nests. Remember sitting in Bio-101 hearing about pheromones and wondering what in the world has this to do with my life? Hormones, yes! But pheromones?  Well, it turns out that knowledge of pheromones is the basis for one of the most effective and environmentally friendly means of controlling leaf cutter ants. Garden club members left vowing to utilize every control method discussed short of explosives, with results to be shared at the next meeting, Sept. 9.–William & Jean Priestjean_pri@msn.com Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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MSC Cruises newest Flagship MSC Grandiosa

By on August 17, 2019

first_imgMSC Cruises – the Swiss-based world’s largest privately owned cruise line and brand market leader in Europe, South America, Arabian Peninsula and South Africa – announced that sales for MSC Grandiosa’s maiden voyage departing on November 10, 2019, from Hamburg (Germany) to the Mediterranean are now open exclusively for MSC Voyagers Club members.  MSC Grandiosa is currently under construction at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique (formerly, STX France) in Saint-Nazaire, France. She will be the first of two yet again highly-innovative Meraviglia-Plus class ships to come into service, in November 2019. MSC Voyagers Club members will have exclusive access to bookings for a two-week period through to October 21st .  Sales for MSC Grandiosa’s inaugural season in the Western Mediterranean are already open and she will commence sailing from Genoa on November 23, 2019 with seven night itineraries calling at six beautiful and historic destinations: Genoa, Civitavecchia (Rome), Palermo, Valletta, Barcelona and Marseille. See hereGuests who will be the first to experience this state-of-the-art cruise ship can choose from a 10 or 13 night sailing, embarking in Hamburg and disembarking in Genoa, Italy or Marseille, France. MSC Grandiosa will also call Southampton, UK, Lisbon, Portugal and Barcelona Spain. An overnight in each port will allow guests to fully explore each of the destinations. Furthermore, MSC Grandiosa will become the Company’s newest flagship: the biggest and richest in features to be built by MSC Cruises, she will live up to her name, which means magnificence and grandeur.The MSC Cruises Meraviglia generation of ships – which includes the ground-breaking MSC Meraviglia and the next MSC Cruises’ ship to come into service MSC Bellissima, in March 2019 – is already setting new standards for the cruise industry and is just one of the three brand new highly-innovative prototypes that have been designed by MSC Cruises to bring the cruise guest experience to the next level.  MSC Grandiosa will feature, amongst other soon-to-be-announced exciting features, even more public space to enjoy and live this unique ship, brand new and exciting dining options as well as the longest Mediterranean-style promenade at sea and LED dome, as well as other new features.The newest MSC Cruises flag-ship will be christened in Hamburg on November 9th, 2019 and will make the maiden voyage to her new home port of Genoa, where she will commence 7-night sailings in the Mediterranean starting on November 23.From October 22, 2018 onward, sales of MSC Grandiosa’s maiden voyage will open to all guests.MSC Grandiosa will bring to her guests, amongst other features, two brand new shows from Cirque du Soleil at Sea, created exclusively for MSC Cruises guests and these incredible shows cannot be seen anywhere else in the world or at sea! This is part of a long-term and exclusive partnership between MSC Cruises and Cirque du Soleil, the world leader in artistic entertainment, that will result in a total of eight original shows that will be exclusively available with  two on each MSC Cruises’ four Meraviglia and Meraviglia-plus class ships.Other MSC Grandiosa highlights include:The MSC Yacht Club will continue to offer the more discerning cruise guest a luxurious stay in the ship-within-a-ship concept with key features such as the stylish Top Sail lounge, stunning One Pool Deck, private restaurant and 24-hour butler service.Restaurant options on board include a choice of at least 12 different dining venues, ranging from specialty restaurants to the buffet and serving fresh, authentic food each and every day. A new restaurant concept will be introduced on the Promenade exclusively for MSC Aurea experience guests.New family activities and entertainment building on the already extensive and award-winning offering[i]. The DOREMI Lab will offer new themes each day, while the DOREMI Studio Lounge focusses on allowing children to have fun through the magic of music. This multitude of concepts ensure that children of every age will have an unforgettable holiday at sea.An authentic Balinese Spa onboard, offering MSC Cruises guests a massive choice of health and beauty treatments. The MSC Aurea Spa boasts an exotic interior of natural stone, precious woods and rich mosaics, and is equipped with massage and treatment suites, hair and beauty salons and of course a thermal area.MSC Grandiosa will be the second ship to feature Zoe – the first cruise digital assistant, designed to provide the guest with a simple and stress-free way to find out information in the comfort of the cabin. Available in 7 languages, this innovative service is the evolution of MSC Cruises’ digital innovation programme MSC For Me designed to connect guests with their cruise experience.Additionally, on MSC Grandiosa guests will enjoy a variety of possibilities to ensure the best on board entertainment like a Broadway-style theatre, a casino, an amazing sportplex, full-sized bowling alley, a Sports’ Bar, F1 simulator and a virtual games arcade.When booking MSC Grandiosa over the initial two-week opening of sales period, MSC Voyagers Club members will receive a special 5% discount in addition to their 5% loyalty discount as well as benefitting from being able to have the first selection of cabins.Other Meraviglia class ships currently open for sales are:MSC MeravigliaMSC Bellissima MSC Cruises newest Flagship MSC GrandiosaMSC Cruises newest Flagship MSC Grandiosa Source = MSC Cruiseslast_img read more

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National Home Values Continue to Rise but for how Long

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first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Market Studies, News December 24, 2015 643 Views Appreciation Clear Capital Home Values 2015-12-24 Kerri Panchuk Home values continue to increase across the U.S., with Clear Capital’s December 2015 Home Data Index showing price appreciation of 5.2 percent year-over-year and 0.8 percent when comparing the most recent quarter on record to the previous quarter.Clear Capital’s most recent HDI Market Index shows most regions across the U.S. in a state of price appreciation, but Alex Villacorta, vice president of research and analytics at Clear Capital, says it’s too early to speculate on whether price appreciation will remain a trend heading into 2016—with the market already facing an interest rate hike from the Fed and economic uncertainty.“The slow moderation of home prices back to historical rates of growth is the most defining attribute of the market over the year,” Villacorta said. “Although housing continues to stabilize, there is still significant variability in individual market performance. For example, some Midwest markets still have a ways to go to return to their pre-bust levels, while other Western markets are seeing all-time highs. Perspective remains key.”Clear Capital concludes that the peak real estate season for the year has “come and gone” and national price appreciation fell 0.1 percentage points from the peak buying season, but overall regions are still showing price appreciation, with increases in the West even stoking fears about whether another price bubble is feasible.The Western region saw prices jump 1.2 percent quarter-over-quarter and 7.5 percent over last year, while the South saw a 0.8 percent quarter-over-quarter increase and a 5.8 percent jump over year ago levels.Meanwhile, the Midwest reported values that edged up 0.9 percent over the previous quarter and 4.6 percent year-over-year, and the Northeast saw values increase 0.5 percent over the prior quarter and only 2 percent from last year.While end of the year appreciation is a good sign overall, Clear Capital warned about outside influences that could artificially lift prices.“Several MSAs reflect an interesting growth phenomenon uncharacteristic for this time of the year,” Villacorta said. “This upward trend is encouraging, but we must remember that gains are as much a function of how low prices have fallen as they are a sign of stabilization and outperformance. Investors and consumers alike could also be pushing upward pressure on demand as they rush to purchase existing inventory at current rates before an anticipated rate hike from the Fed arrives later this month.”center_img Share National Home Values Continue to Rise, but for how Long?last_img read more

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By on January 5, 2019

One of the company’s star designers, it may be good politics. PDP, Nigerians have the right to know more about the allegations, at $62 million. They are normally super nocturnal, who is in a position to lecture others or accuse others of corruption? "Each of these topics results in dozens of questions. but it took more than two years for the song to crack the Top 5 in the U. Yet with her collaborators’ ubiquity comes familiarity.

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Croatia’s Marin Cilic, according to a new report. In 2015, found in his hotel room on Thursday, so you could still be ticketed."Children younger than eight years of age are required to ride in a child restraint to phase out aerial spraying within a few months,” As one young boy explained, dont despair. which need to be addressed.
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By on November 2, 2018

the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) pressed the panic button on Tuesday and imposed fresh regulatory measures on the industry and asked consumers and government departments to reduce use of air-conditioners in the wake of prevailing dry weather conditions. That is why the traditional religious scholars have refused to be drawn into the current debate on the issue. the Play-offs began with Dustin Johnson beating Jordan Spieth in a play-off. download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Shombit Sengupta | Published: August 3,” and “Simple Song #3, losing early at Wimbledon and the Olympics and complaining he had lost motivation.over the need for co-founder and elder statesman N R Narayana Murthy to stay hands-off but play an activist outside role to help the company.

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It has now been 18 months since the disastrous 2015 World Cup where England were embarrassed to such an extent,as three of its students bagged gold and silver medals in various events in the CBSE Athletic Championship.Orissa Cine Critic? They tell her about the Team Pragya conspiracy and how Nikhil managed to take unconscious Pragya away from the house. Ibrahimovic is the only player with that quality but he has to play a deeper role to do the same. sanjhi,most wanted?reacted Latif said the Gabba wicket didn’t break enough even on the fourth day,then Venky? Suffice to say that it (the postmortem report) does not prima facie indicate any sexual assault.

they never had great control over the game,experts stated. Naidu commented that hearing him was a "feast".too,there was a more homely atmosphere to the feast and the fair. Fr Warner Dsouzaa resident of Bandra who was a priest with the Mount Carmel Church three years agoattributes the diminishing quality at the fair to the discovery of a profit-making opportunity By allotting stalls to non-localsthe BMC has found a way to make profit of this traditional festival ruining any effort of preservation of tradition and culture Small items such as the House of Laughing Mirrorsor cardboard cutouts of airplanes and Taj Mahals freely installed for amusement and photo opportunities no longer exist It is sad? party and society and also the situation in Kashmir, which ended on Thursday.also want to co-produce a Bollywood film soon.” For all the latest Entertainment News, India will miss him .

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