Despite tensions Pak stands ready to open Kartarpur Corridor Qureshi

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan on Friday said that despite tensions with India, it stands ready to open the Kartarpur Corridor and welcome the Sikh pilgrims to take part in celebrations in connection with the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said this while speaking to a delegation of civil society and parliamentarians of Afghanistan, which is currently visiting Pakistan for the ‘Track-II dialogue, Beyond Boundaries’. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Tension between India and Pakistan has escalated after New Delhi revoked Article 370 of the Constitution which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories on August 5. “Despite our tensions with India, we have decided go ahead with Kartarpur Corridor and we stand ready to welcome the Sikh pilgrims for the 550th anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak,” Qureshi told the delegation. The Kartarpur corridor will connect Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district and facilitate visa-free movement of Indian Sikh pilgrims, who will have to just obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib, which was established in 1522 by Guru Nanak Dev. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Pakistan is building the corridor from the Indian border to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib while the other part from Dera Baba Nanak up to the border will be constructed by India. Qureshi also told the delegation that current tension with India will not affect Pakistan’s relationship with Afghanistan. Border (with Afghanistan) will not be closed nor trade will stop. Why should Afghans suffer because of the idiosyncratic behaviour of Narendra Modi, Qureshi was quoted as saying. Despite tensions with India, Pakistan is totally focused on the situation and its role in Afghanistan. It (Kashmir situation) can be a huge distraction but we are very clear what we need to do in Afghanistan, he added while responding to a question if escalation of tension with India can distract Pakistan. Qureshi said that Pakistan did not believe in any strategic depth. We want good neighbourly relations with Afghanistan and peaceful co-existence. We have no favourites in the upcoming election. It is not our business who governs Afghanistan. We will not interfere. Whoever you [Afghanistan] will choose, we will work with them.” The foreign minister emphasised that honesty was the best way forward between the two countries. It is foolish to think we can trick each other, he said, adding that blaming each other was not an option. Accusatory statement will not help each other. He also said that we do not want Talibanisation of any region but they [Taliban] are Afghans and they are a reality . He added: We will also support intra-Afghan dialogue. The process has to be Afghan-owned and Afghan-led. Qureshi told the delegation that he had invited the foreign ministers of Afghanistan’s and China for a trilateral meeting. The foreign minister will come to Pakistan in the first week of September for the talks, he added.last_img read more

Celebs Clean Closets For A Cause

first_imgBlue Jeans Go Green (formerly Cotton From Blue to Green) today announced a unique auction designed to raise awareness about textile recycling and to help the program collect its one-millionth piece of denim.Thirteen celebrities, including Hayden Panettiere, Heidi Klum, Adriana Lima, Britney Spears, Ryan Phillippe, Darren Criss and more, have each signed and contributed a pair of jeans for “The Great Denim Challenge,” an online auction in which denim is the currency. The bidding begins today at www.BlueJeansGoGreen.org and concludes on November 3rd.The Blue Jeans Go Green denim recycling program, which began as Cotton From Blue to Green, has diverted over 600 tons of denim from landfills since it began in 2006. The diverted denim has been given new life in the form of nearly 2 million square feet of UltraTouch Denim Insulation, which has been provided to communities in need and public works projects around the U.S.“The denim we have received from campus drives, through promotions with retailers and brands, companies, and consumers around the country have moved us very close to the one-million mark,” explains Andrea Samber, Co-director of Strategic Alliances for Cotton Incorporated. “Thanks to the participation of Hayden and the other celebrities, the auction will help us accelerate the milestone and commemorate it in a unique and memorable way.”The auction puts up for bid 13 pairs of denim jeans, each autographed by its celebrity owner and paired with a note of thanks from the celebrity. Like traditional auctions, the highest bidder will win the item, but the bids are denim – not dollars. The bidder committing to recycle the highest number of denim apparel items for a particular celebrity’s jeans will be the recipient of that item. All the denim collected will be converted into UltraTouch Denim Insulation, a portion of which will be distributed to communities in need.Cotton Incorporated will host a media event in Los Angeles on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, to celebrate the millionth pair milestone.For more information, visit www.BlueJeansGoGreen.org.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

New Ontario Aboriginal business directory set to be announced

first_imgAPTN National NewsSteve Bolduc is a member of the Fort William First Nation. He owns “print three”, a print shop in downtown Toronto, and he’s hoping that his participation in a two-year pilot project set to be announced by the Ontario provincial government nets him some business.The project will compile an Aboriginal business directory, helping people who want to work with Aboriginal service providers find what they need.APTN National News reporter Donna Smith sits down with Bolduc to talk about the directory, and what should be done with the pilot project following its announcement.last_img read more

UNbacked trial against Khmer Rouge official for Cambodian atrocities begins

17 February 2009The first trial of a Khmer Rouge official got underway today at a United Nations-backed tribunal, three decades after hundreds of thousands of Cambodians died as a result of atrocities committed by the regime. Kaing Guek Eav, whose alias is “Duch”, faces charges of crimes against humanity, grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions, in addition to the offences of homicide and torture under Cambodian criminal law.Duch has been indicted by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in Phnom Penh in relation to alleged offences committed while he was chief of the notorious S-21 camp, also known as Toul Sleng, where numerous Cambodians were unlawfully detained, subjected to inhumane conditions and forced labour, tortured and executed in the late 1970s.“The Cambodian people have waited 30 years for this day, to find justice for the suffering in which over a third of the population perished,” said Tony Kranh, the ECCC’s acting Director of Administration.Estimates vary but as many as two million are thought to have died during the rule of the Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1979, which was then followed by a protracted period of civil war in the impoverished South-East Asian country.“This is an historic moment and an important step towards bringing about accountability for crimes and providing justice for the accused and victims of atrocities committed during the Democratic Kampuchea regime in the late 70s,” added Knut Rosandhaug, the Deputy Director of the ECCC, and Coordinator of the UN Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT).Today’s initial hearing signals the formal commencement of Kaing Guek Eav’s trial, which will be followed by a hearing on the substance of the allegations made against him. It also finalized the scheduling of witnesses and experts to be heard at the trial.The ECCC, established in 2003 under an agreement between the UN and Cambodia, is tasked with trying senior leaders and those most responsible for serious violations of Cambodian and international law committed during the Khmer Rouge rule. It is staffed by a mixture of Cambodian and international employees and judges. read more

Canada unveils Superman collector coins to celebrate 75th anniversary

AFP PHOTO/ROYAL CANADIAN MINT TORONTO — Superman has received the Canadian royal treatment.The Royal Canadian Mint unveiled seven coins Monday, each depicting different moments in the superhero’s history.The event — which took place in the downtown Toronto area — marked the character’s 75th anniversary.The coins also feature an engraved message reading “75 years of Superman” in the character’s native language, Kryptonian.One of the coins depicts Superman flying above Metropolis with the famous Fortress of Solitude in the background.The 14-karat gold coin sells for $750 and is supposed to be like the original design of Superman’s Canadian co-creator, Joe Shuster.The other six coins have a price range from $29.75 to $129.75.The designs include a 3-D hologram of Superman flying and an almost pure silver coin of Superman in his latest uniform.CNW Group/Royal Canadian Mint THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michelle Siu AFP PHOTO/ROYAL CANADIAN MINT read more

EAM to seek clarification from UK

The British Foreign Office has warned visitors to Sri Lanka to be mindful of organised and armed gangs known to operate in Sri Lanka who have been responsible for targeted kidnappings and violence. It also says women should take particular care when travelling alone or in small groups, and carry a personal alarm.“Organised and armed gangs are known to operate in Sri Lanka and have been responsible for targeted kidnappings and violence. While there is no evidence to suggest that British nationals are at particular risk, gangs have been known to operate in tourist areas. A British national was killed during a violent attack by a gang in a tourist resort in December 2011,” the travel advice said. Just this week the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka had been summoned by the External Affairs Ministry to seek a clarification on a travel note issued by the US State Department also in May to US citizens visiting Sri Lanka.The US State Department had, in the travel note, cautioned it’s citizens when visiting Sri Lanka of crimes targeting foreigners.As was first reported in the Colombo Gazette on Saturday, the travel information for US citizens visiting Sri Lanka said that while most violent crime occur within the local community reports of violent crime and sexual assaults directed at foreigners have been increasing in recent months. The External Affairs Ministry (EAM) is to seek a clarification from the British High Commission in Colombo regarding a travel advice it had issued in May on Sri Lanka.An External Affairs Ministry official said that it is aware of the travel advice and will be seeking information from the British High Commission on the reasons behind issuing such a strong notice to British citizens visiting Sri Lanka. The Foreign office, in a May 30th update, says while violent crimes against foreigners are infrequent, there have been an increasing number of reports of sexual offences including on minors. It further adds that organized and armed gangs are known to operate in Sri Lanka and have been responsible for targeted kidnappings and violence, although there is no evidence to suggest that U.S. citizens are at particular risk. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN agencies call for action to bolster rights of Europes stateless children

Adopt or amend legislation to include safeguards that grant nationality to all children born in a country who would otherwise be stateless. Properly identify and protect every stateless refugee or migrant child upon arrival in Europe. As the overall number of asylum-seeking children in Europe has grown since 2010, so too has the number of children identified as stateless. In 2017 some 2,100 children were registered as such, representing a four-fold increase compared to seven years earlier. Basic rights and services, including education and healthcare, are denied to children without a nationality. Lacking official documents, they are also at greater risk of violence, trafficking and life-long discrimination. Moreover, along with their families, they are often exposed to arrest and detention.“Every child has the right to a name and a nationality,” said UNICEF Regional Director and Special Coordinator for the Refugee and Migrant Response in Europe, Afshan Khan.He underscored that Governments have a responsibility to adopt safeguards that prevent a child from being born stateless and “to provide legal aid and support to ensure every stateless child realizes their right to citizenship.”The UN agencies said children born stateless are at a particular disadvantage, explaining that they cannot inherit their parents’ nationality due to gender discrimination and gaps in nationality laws. Children born in Europe whose births are not registered are another vulnerable group that includes minority populations, like the Roma.And children from countries with known stateless populations who enter Europe as refugees and asylum-seekers are particularly defenseless.While birth registration rates are high in Europe, UNHCR and UNICEF are pushing for information campaigns that target families most at risk, to help identify and register them.Achieving legal identity for all through birth registration, is one of the goals of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.While UNICEF is working to ensure all children are registered at birth, UNHCR’s #IBelong Campaign aims to end Statelessness by 2024.,What solutions are there to help tackle statelessness? Simplify procedures for stateless children to acquire a nationality as soon as possible. With more than 500,000 people in Europe estimated to be unrecognized as a citizen of any country, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) underscored that children without a nationality have limited access to basic rights and services, like education or healthcare, and can face life-long discrimination. “Life is stacked against a stateless child right from the start”, said UNHCR’s Europe Bureau Director Pascale Moreau, adding that legal obstacles often mean their dreams are “dashed before they are adults, and their potential squandered”. read more

Week In Brussels – Week ending Friday 15 October 2010

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Storms kill 3 in Greece

first_imgSerious flooding caused by heavy rainfall and hailstorms in the Peloponnese and northern Greece has caused massive damage as well as claiming the lives of three people. Apart from the 82-year-old woman who was found drowned near her home in the village of Lithari last Sunday, a 75-year-old motorcyclist was killed on the Ionian island of Corfu when he was struck by a tree uprooted amid strong winds, and in the village of Avlaki in Aetoloacarnania, a 75-year-old woman was crushed when an outdoor structure collapsed under the weight of the snow that had accumulated on it. In northern Greece, several homes were flooded, with the prefectures of Xanthi and Rhodope hit particularly badly. The Peloponnesian prefecture of Ileia, which still hasn’t recovered from massive forest fires that devastated the region in 2007, suffered major damages over the weekend due to extensive flooding. Authorities had declared a state of emergency in the prefecture’s capital of Pyrgos last Monday and had sought to divert the waters of the River Alfeios, which broke its banks following the heavy rainfall, to tributaries. The regional fire service continued to receive dozens of calls from citizens seeking help for flooded basement stores or homes. Meanwhile state inspectors started the tough job of assessing the extent of the damage to homes, public property and farmland. Their task was hampered by fresh rainfall which was set to continue until yesterday, according to meteorologists.In Attica, stormy weather led to several roads being closed due to flooding and knocked out the power supply in several neighbourhoods, especially in southern and western Athens. The fire service was inundated with calls, chiefly reports of trees uprooted by winds reaching ten on the Beaufort scale. Similar problems were reported in several smaller cities.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Espèce menacée naissance exceptionnelle dun lémurien au zoo de Besançon

first_imgEspèce menacée : naissance exceptionnelle d’un lémurien au zoo de BesançonFrance – Un événement exceptionnel s’est produit au jardin zoologique du muséum de Besançon : un grand hapalémur (Hapalemur simus), primate appartenant à la famille des lémuriens, y a vu le jour. Une naissance remarquée, car il n’existe aujourd’hui que seize spécimens en captivité dans le monde.Le bébé hapalémur est né le 20 avril dernier. A l’âge adulte, il atteindra 2,4 kilos mais pour l’instant, il reste bien blotti contre sa mère, Sorja, née il y a dix ans en captivité au zoo de Vincennes.À lire aussiL’étonnante éclosion d’œufs du crapaud de SurinamPour éviter de “casser la cohésion entre la mère et le petit, nous ne l’avons pas encore manipulé, donc nous ne connaissons ni son sexe, ni son poids. D’ici deux mois, il devrait commencer à se détacher de sa mère” a précisé Mélanie Berthet, vétérinaire au zoo de Besançon.Le grand hapalémur est une espèce extrêmement rare. Il n’existe en effet que seize spécimens en captivité dans le monde, et la population de cette espèce de lémuriens en liberté est inférieure à 200 individus dans les forêts de Madagascar.Menacé par l’activité humaine, et notamment le déboisement ou la construction de routes, le grand hapalémur fait l’objet d’un programme d’élevage européen auquel participe le zoo de Besançon. Et pour célébrer la naissance du bébé, le parc organisera les 12 et 13 juin un week-end dédié aux lémuriens. Le public sera alors mis à contribution pour trouver un nom au petit hapalémur.Le 21 mai 2010 à 10:39 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

New whole genome amplification method reduces biases introduced by other methods

first_imgCredit: CC0 Public Domain This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. As scientists continue the quest to fully understand the genome, new tools are constantly being developed. One avenue of research involves delving into the differences between individual cells that are almost identical—embryonic cells, for example—each has its own unique genome,even in the same organism. Prior research has led to tools that amplify differences, or variances between cells, which not only helps to better understand how genomes work, but which has practical applications. One such tool that has been developed and used to study and measure genetic variance among individual cells is MALBAC—it is used for in vitro fertilization to screen embryos. But as the researchers also note, it is subject to allele dropout, which limits its ability to call single-nucleotide variations. In this new effort, the researchers have found a way to improve the technique—the improved version is called Linear Amplification via Transposon Insertion (LIANTI), and they claim it has kilobase resolution.LIANTI works by fragmenting the genetic material in a cell using a transposon the team designed. A transposon is a bit of DNA that is able to alter its position in a genome. It had a 19 base-pair double-stranded transposase binding spot and a single-stranded T7 promoter loop. The transposon carried with it a promoter which was a part of DNA that begins the process of transcription. The promoter was used to amplify the downstream DNA, allowing for the creation of a library that could be sequenced. Initial indications suggested the new technique would outperform other methods.The researchers tested their technique by exposing human cells to ultraviolet light and then measuring their variances—they report their approach covered 97 percent of the genome, which was significantly better than other methods. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers working at Harvard University has developed a new whole-genome amplification method that outperforms other methods currently being used. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes their technique and how well it performed when used to measure single-nucleotide variations in a human cell after exposure to ultraviolet radiation. Citation: New whole genome amplification method reduces biases introduced by other methods (2017, April 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-04-genome-amplification-method-biases-methods.html Breakthrough in detecting mutations in genomes of single cellscenter_img More information: Chongyi Chen et al. Single-cell whole-genome analyses by Linear Amplification via Transposon Insertion (LIANTI), Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aak9787AbstractSingle-cell genomics is important for biology and medicine. However, current whole-genome amplification (WGA) methods are limited by low accuracy of copy-number variation (CNV) detection and low amplification fidelity. Here we report an improved single-cell WGA method, Linear Amplification via Transposon Insertion (LIANTI), which outperforms existing methods, enabling micro-CNV detection with kilobase resolution. This allowed direct observation of stochastic firing of DNA replication origins, which differs from cell to cell. We also show that the predominant cytosine-to-thymine mutations observed in single-cell genomics often arise from the artifact of cytosine deamination upon cell lysis. However, identifying single-nucleotide variations (SNVs) can be accomplished by sequencing kindred cells. We determined the spectrum of SNVs in a single human cell after ultraviolet radiation, revealing their nonrandom genome-wide distribution. Explore further © 2017 Phys.org Journal information: Sciencelast_img read more

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first_imgTechnology | December 08, 2008 Sentinelle Medical Launches Aegis with BRIGHT 2.0 Related Content Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more 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. Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more Sentinelle Medical’s BRIGHT 2.0 is built on Sentinelle’s advanced 3D framework, reportedly offering user friendly graphical interface for analyzing breast MR images and guiding interventional procedures.Advanced features include Thin Client option, time enhancement curves for better understanding of pixel intensity changes and advanced motion correction. Designed to simplify biopsy and localization procedures, the system is highly intuitive, easy to use and adaptable to the needs of clinical practices. With immediate and direct access to MR images, Aegis with BRIGHT computes targeted information quickly and accurately, enabling faster throughput and streamlined workflows. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more last_img read more

VIDEO Retablos the most durable picture frame youve never heard of

first_img“We basically don’t have any competition,” says Michael, although he adds that the company maintains a friendly relationship with other printers and frame shops in the Central Valley. Business has had its ups and downs; the economic slump hit the company hard. But the Ocampos say that JBP-Reyma is climbing back, and they even hope to expand one day. “No one else has the same quality,” he says. “We take a lot of pride in our work.” Alberto Font/The Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:VIDEO: Retablos, the most durable picture frame you’ve never heard of Why this Picasso sold for $180 million and what it tells us about the super rich Group show ‘Valoarte‘ surprises and impresses at Avenida Escazú Artist Justin Griffin-Zúñiga receives first solo show in Costa Rica All over the world, people frame their pictures. They take a work of art – a painting, a photo, even a diploma – and press it between layers of cardboard matting, a hardboard back, a glass cover, and wooden frames of every shape and style. This frame hangs from a wire and lies flat against a wall. Easy.“But in Costa Rica, the air is very humid,” cautions Michael Ocampo, co-owner of Grupo JBP-Reyma, perhaps the most respected independent printing company in the country. “The moisture gets trapped inside the frame and ruins the paper.”The solution: a “retablo,” a style of framing that adheres the artwork directly to a wooden board, which is set apart from the wall by an attached frame on the back. The artwork extends to the edges, which are smooth. The entire construct is lacquered and glossy, like a magazine cover. The retablo is solid, durable, and resistant to dust and water. If you live in the tropics, your artwork may last for decades without so much as a warp or crease. While the retablos are heavy by nature, they have a sleek and streamlined appearance, much like a flat-screen TV. Company founder Rafael Ocampo Segura works closely with a photographer in his Barrio Amón headquarters. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesJBP-Reyma is based in Barrio Amón, and the business occupies two renovated historic buildings that stand across the street from each other – one building is filled with enormous digital printers, the other is a frame shop. The very existence of JBP-Reyma is a Cinderella story: Back in 1977, Michael’s father Rafael Ocampo Segura moved from the Costa Rican countryside to San José in search of a job. He was only 17, but he had an interest in photography. Rafael became an expert in cameras, film development, and printing. (He still remembers when color film first came to Costa Rica). Rafael has seen the industry transform radically over the past four decades, and his business has ballooned from a modest little garret to a booming family business. Indeed, JBP-Reyma provides printing and framing for clients across Costa Rica and receives countless orders from the United States as well.The Ocampo family didn’t invent retablos, and the word traditionally refers to a kind of ecclesiastical art found in Latin American churches. Yet although the process is little-known elsewhere, retablos are widely popular in Costa Rica, and are used to display family photos in most any Costa Rican home. The Ocampos have pioneered the form, and they own and operate their own factory on the edge of San José. Meanwhile, JBP-Reyma attracts a wide range of professional photographers, who often prefer the laminated, museum-style mounting that retablos afford.The Tico Times visited the JBP-Reyma factory to learn how the Ocampos’ trademark frames are created.last_img read more

Walk in the footsteps of Wilde and Beckett at Trinity College

first_img“We receive approximately 600,000 visitors to Trinity College per year of which less than 10 per cent are from Australia,” said Paul Corrigan, Retail and Marketing Manger, The Old Library, Trinity College Dublin. “Currently a number of Australian agents aren’t aware of the massive tourism potential associated with the College, which is a challenge we are trying to overcome.” Located in the heart of Dublin City, Trinity College Library Dublin is one of the world’s great research libraries. The College also houses the Book of Kells – a 9th century gospel, revered as a work of art and famous throughout the world – which is on view alongside other important manuscripts in the “Turning Darkness into light” exhibition in the treasury. Visitors are also able to walk through the Old Library, which is the oldest surviving building in Trinity College, built between 1712 and 1732. The main chamber of the Old Library, the Long Room, houses over 200,000 of the library’s oldest books and was said to have inspired George Lucas’ final battle scene in the “Jedi Archives” during the film Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Trinity College is open seven days a week and entry tickets are valid for a 24-hour period to ensure that visitors get the most out of their visit as possible. Boasting incredible alumni including Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett and Bram Stoker, Trinity College should be included as a ”must see” on the itinerary of all visitors to Dublin. The Long room The book of Kells Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img read more

Scenic is also giving Getaway viewers the opportun

first_imgScenic is also giving Getaway viewers the opportunity to win a 9 Day Eastern Explorer tour for two departing 18 May 2018, worth over $19,000. Included in the prize is return economy airfares from Australia and all activities, sightseeing and exclusive events. To enter the competition, starting Saturday 1 July, visit getaway.scenic.com.au. Winner will be announced on scenic.com.au on Thursday 20 July 2017.Saturday 1 JulyThe first episode airs on Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation and sees David’s journey begin in Toronto. Here he meets a local guide who shows him the sights, including a visit to the historic Casa Loma and CN Tower where he fearlessly steps out onto EdgeWalk, the world’s highest, full circle, hands free walk, around the Tower’s ledge.Only an hour and a half hour’s drive away is one of the major tourist attractions in the world, the imposing Niagara Falls, with the final stop at Lake Ontario.Saturday 8 JulyWelcome to Ottawa – David visits the country’s bi-lingual capital, a modern city with a French passion, cruising along the river and taking in the city’s landmarks. David stays at the spectacular Fairmont Chateau Laurier, and takes a Scenic Freechoice tour of Byward Market, with guide Stefanie. Next stop is a Scenic Enrich activity, a visit to Parc Oméga – home to bears, wolves, wapitis, red deer and beavers before a night at the marvellous Le Chateau Montebello, exclusive to Scenic guests.Saturday 15 JulyDavid explores Montréal, Canada’s second largest city and the second largest French city in the world, visiting the old town and highlights including the Notre Dame Basilica, Place d’Armes, and the ritzy Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel. (Scenic guests will also stay in the iconic Fairmont Câateau Frontenac, where Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill planned D Day during World War II.)Next stop is at Montmorency Falls where the zipline is the main attraction before enjoying authentic, gourmet delicacies on a walking tour of Québec City. CanadacruiseDavid ReyneGetawayRiver cruiseScenic Tune in to Getaway over the next three weeks to watch David Reyne’s adventure through Canada on Scenic’s luxurious Eastern Explorer tour from Toronto to Montreal. The Nine Network will be screening three full half hour episodes on Saturday 1, 8 and 15 July.last_img read more

Carson Palmer drops back for a pass in the Arizona

first_imgCarson Palmer drops back for a pass in the Arizona Cardinals’ 23-20 win against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. (Associated Press) TEMPE, Ariz. — Among the many people who have been blamed for the Arizona Cardinals’ struggles this season, quarterback Carson Palmer has received more than his fair share.To some degree, it makes sense.The veteran quarterback who produced an MVP-caliber season last year has not come close to replicating the performance that helped guide the Cardinals to the NFC Championship Game and position the team as Super Bowl contenders, and he has given away some crucial turnovers. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “Coach continues to talk about the Arizona Cardinals beating the Arizona Cardinals, and we can’t continue to let that happen.”The byproduct of the Cardinals beating the Cardinals has been other teams beating up Palmer.In nine games this season (he missed one due to a concussion) this season he has been sacked 30 times, which is five more than he sustained in 16 games last year.For comparison’s sake, Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck, who missed this past Thursday’s game with a concussion, has been sacked 35 times in 10 games, while Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton has been sacked 29 times in 10 games.Not surprisingly, Arians is concerned about the pressure his 36-year-old passer has been under.“Your quarterback gets hit 20 times,” he said. “I don’t care if he’s 25 years old, if he gets hit 25 times during a game, he’s going to get hurt, sooner or later.”Palmer will turn 37 late next month and yet, hit after hit, he has continued to get up and keep fighting. His teammates notice.“Me, it just shows his selflessness,” running back David Johnson said. “It keeps me striving to help him out and keep the pocket clean. It motivates me to keep going even through my bruises and stuff. But if he doesn’t know who is coming or holds onto the ball too long, well, you know what can happen.Unfortunately for the Cardinals, however, there have been multiple times this season where even when Palmer has gotten the pass away, it has hit the turf due to a receiver dropping it or not running the proper route. Both of Palmer’s interceptions against the Vikings — one of which was returned for a touchdown — could be pinned on his wideouts not doing their jobs properly.And if the receivers don’t do what they are supposed to, Palmer is likely to turn the ball over and deal with more hits.“I can only speak for the receivers, and coach (Darryl) Drake talks to us about it all the time, we need to work on our routes better and do certain things so we won’t’ have to put Carson in that predicament,” John Brown said.Fellow receiver Larry Fitzgerald said he did not think there was any extra focus this week in practice based off of what happened in Minnesota, but understood something was off last week.“I think attention to detail in the game wasn’t where it needed to be,” he said. “I don’t know what to attribute to that, I just know we can’t make those type of mistakes. Top Stories center_img For what it’s worth, Palmer said he knows he has been sacked a lot, but that it doesn’t necessarily feel like it. He feels good and is still enjoying the process and work that goes into being an NFL player.So while analysts may be thinking he is about done, be it due to perceived body language or whatever, Palmer was adamant that this season, albeit disappointing up to this point, has not dampened his inner fire.Besides, he still thinks the Cardinals can be a playoff team.“Regardless of what our record is, that doesn’t control how I feel or how I prepare or how I enjoy the game,” he said. “I enjoy the game. Like I said, I cannot wait until Sunday to get past this next step and move on. Regardless of what our wins and losses are, I look forward to the Sundays and look forward to the preparation.”Follow Adam Green on Twitter Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “Yeah, you’re the bum or the hero, depending on a win or a loss,” Palmer said. “That’s the way the game is played. I learned that in I think fifth grade when I started playing quarterback. That was one of the first things the coach taught us.”Was he actually being called a bum in the fifth grade?“Oh no, always,” Palmer said. “Win or loss, there is always finger pointing, and it’s easy to do that. I got broad shoulders. I’m used to it. I need to play better, there is no doubt about that, and I look forward to playing this Sunday and playing better.”There is a reason why quarterbacks get paid the most money, and Palmer is being rewarded handsomely this season, as he is playing under a contract that has a salary cap hit of more than $18 million. Given that in nine games he has completed 61.5 percent of his passes for 2,642 yards with 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, it may seem like a lot. Maybe even too much.That’s certainly a subject that can be debated, but when it comes to the amount of blame Palmer is receiving — especially from fans — Cardinals coach Bruce Arians believes the angst is misguided.“Well they’re wrong on that one,” he said. “The quarterback and head coach usually, or the offensive coordinator, since I’m both of them, we’ll take all the blame. It goes with the territory. But, Carson, he put a lot trust in some guys that haven’t come through for him.” 0 Comments   Share   “Him being able to do that shows a lot of grit.”That’s not a bad trait to have in a leader.“That’s the type of person Carson is, he’s tough,” Brown said. “But you know, just seeing him back there getting hit like that, I’m thinking we’ve got to push harder, get to our depth faster so we won’t have to put him in that situation.”A veteran of 14 NFL seasons, Palmer’s career is certainly closer to its end than its beginning. His issues this season, both in his play and with the protection (or lack of) he is receiving, has led some analysts and talking heads to believe that he is “not a championship quarterback,” as NFL.com’s Adam Schein opined, or even looks like “he’s about ready to hang e’m up,” as ESPN’s Mark Dominik said.With the extension Palmer signed during training camp, he is under contract through the 2018 season, and the Cardinals have given little indication they are ready to move on from him. However, like Kurt Warner nearly seven years ago, it would not come as a total shock if Palmer walked away from the game before his contract expired.Given the number of hits he has been taking, could you blame him? During his time with the Cardinals, Palmer has never been one to blame his teammates, and that has not changed this season. When asked about his offensive line, he has admitted it’s challenging with many new and inexperienced players being expected to protect him, yet maintained they can get the job done.And when it comes to his receivers, he has expressed nothing but confidence that they are playing well and will start making big plays.But to Arians’ point, while Palmer may not be playing at the level he did last season, few on the offense are, and it’s tough for a quarterback to look like an MVP when the players surrounding him are struggling.Last week against Minnesota, Palmer was under pressure on 27 of his 42 dropbacks, which amounts to nearly 63 percent. He was sacked just four times, but hit 23 times and dropped to the turf 17.“I felt bad for him,” Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said. Goodwin spends much of his time working with the offensive line.“Just from the standpoint of things that we could have done better in my room, we didn’t do a good job.”Goodwin noted there are times where the protection mandates that a rusher will come free, and to that point, there are times where it is up to Palmer to ensure he does not take a hit on a play. If he identifies the right rusher and gets the ball out of his hands quickly, then he should be fine.last_img read more

Rep Chatfield announces August office hours

first_img12Aug Rep. Chatfield announces August office hours State Rep. Lee Chatfield invites residents of the 107th House District to join him during local office hours for the month of August.“Every month, I look forward to the opportunity to sit down and talk with residents one-on-one to listen and find ways to help people,” said Rep. Chatfield, R-Levering. Since taking office, Rep. Chatfield has held monthly office hours in every county that he represents.His August office hours schedule is:Friday, August 14Emmet CountyGrand Traverse Pie Company316 E. Mitchell St. in Petoskey9-10:30 a.m.Cheboygan CountyChristopher’s Cafe3725 S. Straits Highway in Indian River1-2:30 p.m.Friday, August 21Chippewa CountyShipwreck Grill168 S. Ontario St. in De Tour Village9-10:30 a.m.Mackinac CountyAnchor RestaurantW11623 U.S. 2 in Naubinway1-2:30 p.m.No appointment is necessary and there is no cost to attend. Anyone unable to attend may contact Rep. Chatfield’s office by calling (517) 373-2629, via email at leechatfield@house.mi.gov or through his website at www.RepChatfield.com. Categories: Chatfield Newslast_img read more

Rep Somerville encourages local residents to go ice fishing for free

first_img Categories: News State Rep. Pat Somerville encourages anglers to get out to the nearest lake to participate in Free Fishing Weekend, which will take place on Feb. 13 and 14.Free Fishing Weekend is an event hosted twice each year by Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources – once in February, and again in June. On Feb. 13 and 14, fishermen and women are not required to carry a license while fishing. As most Michigan lakes are frozen solid in February, the winter weekend event is traditionally used for ice fishing.“Michigan has more than 46,000 lakes to choose from,” said Rep. Somerville, R-New Boston. “If you’re looking to enjoy the ‘Pure Michigan’ outdoors this season, dropping a line during Free Fishing Weekend is a great way to do so.”Because Michigan temperatures were generally mild until mid-January, Rep. Somerville encourages anglers to take extra safety precautions when venturing out onto the ice to drop a line.A full listing of current and upcoming Free Fishing Weekend activities can be found online at www.michigan.gov/freefishing.### 01Feb Rep. Somerville encourages local residents to go ice fishing for freelast_img read more

Rep Cox welcomes family of fallen hero to Capitol for 911 ceremony

first_imgHelen Szelag (center right) and Martin Szelag (far right), mother and brother of fallen firefighter Walter Szelag, and Livonia Fire Chief Shadd Whitehead (far left) join state Rep. Laura Cox (center left) in the Capitol rotunda as her guest during the annual House of Representatives 9/11 Memorial Ceremony. House members invited first responders and members of the military from their communities to be their guests for the service. The ceremony included the ringing of a fire bell for those who died in the line of duty since Sept. 11, 2015 throughout Michigan. “Captain Szelag was a true hero who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the community,” said Rep. Cox, R-Livonia. “I’m so thankful his family and Chief Whitehead could be here with me today to recognize his heroism and the heroism of all other fallen heroes throughout our state.”Rep. Cox (left) talks with Helen Szelag (right) about her son, firefighter Walter Szelag in the Capitol rotunda who was killed in the line of duty earlier this year.Martin Szelag (left) and Helen Szelag (right), brother and mother of firefighter Walter Szelag stand as House members and guests recognize the family members of fallen heroes of the past year during the House’s annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony on the House floor Thursday.Rep. Cox reads aloud the name of firefighter Walter Szelag who lost his life in the line of duty earlier this year. Categories: Cox News 08Sep Rep. Cox welcomes family of fallen hero to Capitol for 9/11 ceremonylast_img read more