DALLAS — Union leaders say pilots will push American Airlines for more pay and schedule changes they say will reduce flight delays.Daniel Carey, president of the Allied Pilots Association, said that pilots will seek industry-leading wages when their current contract is due for renewal in January 2020.They’re working under a 2015 contract that granted immediate 23 per cent raises plus 3 per cent each year. In 2017, American gave pilots and flight attendants additional pay raises that totalled close to $1 billion and angered some investors.Carey also wants American to reduce its practice of shifting on-duty pilots to fill in for others who call in sick, can’t legally handle a flight because of crew-rest requirements, or other reasons.American has the worst 2018 on-time record of the four largest U.S. airlines.David Koenig, The Associated Press
TORONTO — Stock markets nosedived Thursday as investors continued moving into gold amid escalating political tensions between the United States and North Korea.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index fell 143.08 points to 15,074.25, with nearly all of its sectors moving lower.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average plunged 204.69 points to 21,844.01, while the S&P 500 index dropped 35.81 points to 2,438.21 and the Nasdaq composite index slid 135.46 points to 6,216.87.After seeming to shrug off the heated rhetoric between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea over the last couple of days, investors are becoming more wary as the standoff between the two countries continues ratcheting up, said Michael Currie, vice-president of TD Wealth Private Investment Advice.Strong gains in New York, where the Dow saw repeated record highs up until three day ago, had kept investor optimism high when news of the conflict first broke, Currie said.“But now we’re seeing increasing rather than diminishing tensions,” he said. “I think a few investors are capitulating to it.”Earlier on Thursday, North Korea revealed a plan to launch ballistic missiles toward a major U.S. military hub in the Pacific. Later in the day, President Trump warned the regime to “get their act together” or face extraordinary trouble.The Vix, a measure of how much volatility investors expect in stocks, jumped 34.8 per cent, the biggest increase since May.The price of gold also surged for the second day in a row as the December bullion contract advanced US$10.80 to US$1,290.10 an ounce. The precious metal is often seen as a safe haven for investors during times of uncertainty.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 78.67 cents US, down 0.04 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the September crude contract advanced 20 cents to US$49.76 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was up seven cents to US$2.95 per mmBTU. The September copper contract was down two cents to US$2.91 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.
At a press conference held at UN Headquarters in Geneva after the meeting, Mr. Brahimi spoke alongside Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and United States Secretary of State John Kerry. The two Government officials have been meeting in Geneva since Thursday discussing a Russian proposal for Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control. “The work you are doing is extremely important in itself […] but also important for all those working with you to bring forward the Geneva conference successfully,” Mr. Brahimi told reporters, referring to the long-proposed international peace conference on Syria commonly referred to as “Geneva II.” Mr. Brahimi has been hard at work on the diplomatic front to bring the conference to fruition, including in discussions last week at the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg. The goal of a second Geneva conference would to be to achieve a political solution to the conflict through a comprehensive agreement between the Syrian Government and the opposition for the full implementation of the Geneva communiqué, adopted after the first international meeting on the issue on 30 June 2012.In his comments, Mr. Kerry thanked the United Nations and Mr. Brahimi for hosting discussions on Geneva II. Those discussions have been productive and timely, as he and Mr. Lavrov were meeting on Russia’s recent initiative to “gain control of, remove and destroy chemical weapons in Syria and we would both agree that we have constructive conversations.” “President is Obama is deeply committed to a negotiated solution and we know that Russia is likewise. We are working hard to find common ground to make that happen. We have both agreed to do homework required to make it happen,” Mr. Kerry said, announcing that he and Mr. Lavrov planned to meet in New York during the general debate of the UN General Assembly, which will open on 24 September.While the two leaders would further consider the matter, including possibly settling on a date for the Geneva II conference, much of the way ahead “will depend on achieving success in the next hours and days” on the question of Syria’s chemical weapons, Mr. Kerry said.“Both of us, Sergei Lavrov and I, our countries, our Presidents, are deeply concerned about the death toll and destruction and the acts on all sides that are creating more and more refugees, more and more of a humanitarian catastrophe,” he said, adding that the two Governments were committed to working together. Speaking next, Mr. Lavrov said that now that Syria has signed the legislative decree providing for the accession of Syria to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, “we have to engage our professionals […] and the United Nations to design a road so that the issue is resolved quickly, professionally as soon as practical. “We are very glad that Mr. Brahimi has invited us to discuss a longer term goal for Syria, namely preparations for the so-called Geneva II conference. From the very beginning of the Syrian conflict, Russia and the Russian President have been promoting a peaceful resolution,” he said. Mr Lavrov noted that Russia had initiated of the conference from which had emerged the Geneva communiqué agreed and signed “by nearly all the major players, including the United Nations, countries in the region and the P-5 [the permanent members of the Security Council].” “It is very unfortunate that for a long period the communiqué was basically abandoned and we were not able to have Security Council endorsement of the very important document as is,” he said, thanking Mr. Kerry for his efforts to re-energize the communiqué and work with Russia towards its implementation including through the holding of a new Geneva conference. He said he was very grateful for the discussions with Mr. Brahimi.Meanwhile, the President of the UN Human Rights Council, which is currently in session in Geneva, issued a letter to both Mr. Lavrov and Mr. Kerry drawing their attention o the work of the independent international commission of inquiry on Syria, which the Council established in 2011.The Council President, Ambassador Remigiusz Henczel of Poland stressed that the commission had yet to be granted access to Syria, despite repeated calls on Damascus to allow the experts to enter the country. The Council President suggests that the Russian and US officials might take up the matter during the scope of their meetings in Geneva.The commission presented its latest report to the Human Rights Council on Monday, citing ongoing incidents of murder, rape, torture, widespread attacks on civilians and hostage-taking committed by Syrian forces and anti-Government armed groups. It said that “the perpetrators of these violations and crimes, on all sides, act in defiance of international law. They do not fear accountability.” The panel, which described Syria today as “a battlefield [where] massacres are perpetrated with impunity [and] and untold number of Syrians have disappeared,” reported that Government and pro-Government forces in Syria have continued to conduct widespread attacks on the civilian population with impunity, committing murder, torture, rape and enforced disappearance as crimes against humanity, stressed that there is no military solution to the conflict.
In a few days’ time, Brock University’s Board of Trustees will launch its 2018-19 cycle of meetings, with some new faces at the table. And for the first time in 11 years, I won’t be among them.I remember another September, in 2007, when I first joined Brock’s Board. I was President of Nycomed Pharma in Oakville, still four years from retiring from full-time employment. A Brock alumnus from Biological Sciences (1969-73), I had a long-time affection for the University, and understood its importance to the welfare of this region.My route to the Board was facilitated by my relationship with Ian Brindle. He’d been my lab instructor in 1971-72, and by the time we reconnected he was Vice-President, Research. He asked me for some suggestions regarding a new science building, which would eventually become reality as the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex.As I reflect on my time on the Board, some highlights quickly come to mind. I got to work with three great Presidents: Jack Lightstone, Tom Traves and Gervan Fearon.Jack is a builder. During his tenure, we added or completed numerous major projects, including the Plaza Building, the Cairns Complex and the Marilyn I. Walker School of Performing Arts. He also attracted a lot of capital and generous gifts to Brock, including the Goodman endowment, Marilyn I. Walker’s donation and the gift from Roy Cairns.Tom came in as a fixer, a mature voice of reason after a difficult situation. His extensive experience at Dalhousie University and his solid, down-to-earth solid leadership had a calming effect, right when Brock needed it.And now Gervan has quickly demonstrated a strong grasp of what Brock requires, and has a warm outreaching style, that resonates well with everyone.I also worked with great Board Chairs, including Norris Walker, the late David Howes, Rudi Kroeker and my very dear friend, the late Joe Robertson. It was my time serving as Joe’s vice-chair that gave me the experience and knowledge to become Board Chair in my own right. And now my successor, Gary Comerford, is an excellent Chair.Joining the Brock Board can be intimidating. There’s a lot to learn and know, not least being how to manoeuvre in the bicameral governance system. But I soon found that the Board has three crucial, primary responsibilities:Ensure the organization is well led, by a strong President and Vice-Presidents;Ensure the financial house is in order; andMonitor the development and implementation of the University’s strategic plan.The first two have been accomplished to a very high level, and No. 3 is now in progress, given that a thorough strategic plan was missing upon Gervan’s arrival.Asked about what suggestions I would share with the next generation of Trustees, I’d say:Never back away from the Board’s mandate to insist on balanced budgetsLeadership matters, and a leadership culture needs to be created and nurtured, not just in administration but across the academy, in Deans and Department Chairs. As well, the hiring process for VPs and above needs to be revamped and simplified.The students are central to everything, they are the raison d’etre for all employees and Trustees.Integrity matters a lot and needs to be insisted upon at all levels in the academy.Celebrate success, and strive beyond what has been to what can be. Brock needs to have ambitious aspirations, well beyond the current period and into 2100+.It has been my honour to serve the University, especially my three years as Board Chair. Brock today is stronger than when I arrived, due in part to the efforts of the great Board of Trustees and a highly functioning administration. I am excited about the future, about what Brock can become for Niagara and Ontario and the world, and I will always follow Brock’s progress with great interest and pride.Thank you for this great opportunity. Surgite!John Suk was a member of the Brock University Board of Trustees from 2007-18, and served as Board Chair from 2014-17. He concluded his final term on the Board earlier this summer.
Tailored to suit the curriculum for primary schools in England, it includes more than 1,500 online resources, reviewed by a “quality assurance group” to make them appropriate for a young audience.The Duchess, who was speaking at Roe Green Junior School in Kingsbury, north-west London and wore a coat and dress by Sportmax, added: “I am all too aware, however, of how much we ask teachers to take on. Duchess of Cambridge meets children from Roe Green Junior School in LondonCredit:AP The Duchess of Cambridge has spoken of the pressure on teachers which leaves them unable to find time to help children as much as they would like. The Duchess, who has two young children and is expecting her third in April, said teachers were best placed to help pupils through mental health and emotional issues, but do not have time to “hunt the best information”. In a speech at a London infant school to announce a website aimed at curating tried-and-tested mental health resources for school, she added she hoped to give teachers “easy access” to information. The pilot project, from the Royal Foundation, is called Mentally Healthy Schools, and is expected to be rolled out nationwide in the spring after being monitored and reviewed.In a speech to launch the portal, the Duchess told education professionals and guests from the mental health sector: “I see time and time again that there is so much to be gained from talking of mental health and taking the mental health of our children as seriously as we do their physical health. Later, she joined a group of children making rainbow spectacles that gave them the power to talk positively about themselves, one of the activities highlighted on the new mental health website. “When we intervene early in life, we help avoid problems that are much more challenging to address in adulthood.”My own commitment is to the youngest and most vulnerable in their early years – babies, toddlers and schoolchildren – and to support all those who care for them.” Duchess of Cambridge meets Year 3 pupils during her visit to launch a mental health programme for schoolsCredit:Jonathan Brady She chatted to the youngsters as they coloured in the paper glasses and she quizzed them about their answers to a questionnaire, which asked pupils to define a positive person or resilience.“What does is mean to be resilient?” she asked, reading one of the questions in front of the children. “I like this.”Speaking to one little girl, the Duchess said of her own family: “Charlotte is only two and a half, she’s still very little. “George is four and a half…He is at school today.”Kensington Palace said of the project: “Mental health problems in young people can isolate, disrupt and frighten them, resulting in lower educational attainment, and have a lasting impact on a person’s life.“Teachers and staff play a pivotal role in a young person’s life, but they currently struggle to find the right resources in order to provide the most effective support for children in their care.“Up until now, the array of online resources has been difficult to navigate; it is often unclear whether items are expertly verified, and teachers are often unsure how appropriate the advice is for their particular age-group or issue.” “Teachers want to help, but don’t have the time to go hunting for the best information and advice out there. You need resources you can trust. And you need to have easy access to them at all times. That is what this pilot is all about.”Led by the Royal Foundation, with close collaboration from our Heads Together partners, this new online resource will transform schools’ access to high-quality information, and guide teachers and school leaders towards the best support out there.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The Duchess of Cambridge delivers a speechCredit:Jonathan Brady Duchess Of Cambridge launches Mental Health Programme For SchoolsCredit:Chris Jackson/Getty Mentally Healthy Schools, a website, is intended to provide a resource for teachers and schools, to help them talk to children about issues from bereavement to anxiety to eating disorders. Joining a discussion about mental health, she asked staff: “Do you think teachers are wanting to improve the mental health of their pupils but they’re not able to get the right resources?” Show more Duchess of Cambridge greets children, who are waving Heads Together flagsCredit:Joe Giddens/PA
X-ray Transmission (XRT) ore sorting is being rolled out across the industry, with companies mining metals and minerals from various parts of the periodic table taking advantage of its sensing capabilities.South Africa mineral processing company, Imilingo gave an exclusive world-first preview of its latest innovations in sensor-based sorting at the Electra Mining conference in Johannesburg last year. IM caught up with Managing Director, Jaco Prinsloo, to find out more about the company’s offering.IM: How does Imilingo’s ore sorting offering differ from others on the market?JP: Imilingo utilises mainly XRT sorting, which is at the forefront of sorting technology in diamond and tungsten applications. Imilingo’s iPlant packages the technology in a way that optimises the efficiency of the sorting machines and provides customers the advantage of dealing with a tried and tested system versus a system made up of a combination of components that are possibly less than ideal for their application. The mobility of the plants also plays a big part in providing the client with a workable solution in African countries and abroad.IM: Do you use ore sorters from some of the major suppliers and then integrate them into your iPlant offering?JP: Yes, we have built a strong working relationship with TOMRA Sorting as they are at the forefront of sorting and have a proven track record. The iPlant was specifically developed to prepare material for sorting and delivering the feed material in a clean and well classified state, which increases the efficiency of the sorting process.IM: How does this customisation result in the optimal conditions for an effective sort?JP: Efficient material classification and fines removal is key to the sorting process and that is what we focus on when developing a plant. Factors such as operator safety and equipment reliability come standard with our bespoke plants.IM: Why have you chosen to specialise in diamonds, coal and heavy metals?JP: Diamond recovery is a clean and relatively simple process, which lends itself to the development of standalone modular plants that can easily be expanded based on a client’s requirements. Tungsten has a much higher specific gravity than the host rock containing it, making it a very effective sort and resulting in a very efficient upgrade of run-of-mine ore. In terms of coal, Imilingo had a test plant running in Middelburg (South Africa) that was relatively successful but not commercially viable at the time due to market constraints.IM: Have you carried out any commercial coal installations?JP: No, we have only run our own test plant but believe the coal market is up for the taking in terms of coal sorting. Based on the running of our test plant, we believe that there remains a great opportunity within the coal market for utilising XRT sorting.IM: Since showcasing your offering at Electra Mining in September, what interest have you had from the mining community in terms of using your solutions?JP: We have had many enquiries regarding our sorting and dredging solutions. The nature of mining projects is that time is required for projects to mature and convert into actual sales. We believe the main effect of the Electra show was to establish our name in the marketplace and create awareness of our offering, which has been achieved.The upcoming IM March issue will feature an article on ore sorting
THE CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE of Los Angeles has agreed to pay nearly $10 million to four men who alleged they were molested by a former priest in the 1970s.LA’s Cardinal Roger Mahony approved the deal this month with lawyers for the men and the former priest involved, according to the victims’ attorneys.Last month’s long-delayed release of hundreds of files about abuse claims – which came at the same time as Mahony was stripped of his duties for mishandling the scandals – helped precipitate the settlements, one lawyer said.The priest involved, Reverend Michael Baker, abused the four young victims repeatedly in the 1970s, including on overnight trips to San Diego, according to the legal documents.The lawsuits claim that then-Archbishop Mahony allowed him to continue to minister as a priest even though Baker admitted in 1986 that he had sexually abused minors in the past.Baker was jailed for over 10 years in December 2007 after pleading guilty to 12 felony counts of oral copulation with a minor, involving two of the victims in these lawsuits. He was released in October 2011.Lawyer Vince Finaldi said Baker was scheduled to be a witness, if the lawsuits – filed after the LA archdiocese reached a $660 million settlement with abuse victims in 2007 – had gone to trial.The LA archdiocese released files last month on over 100 clerics accused of sex abuse, as required under the 2007 lawsuit deal, including some showing Mahony discussing how to cover up alleged crimes.Finaldi said the release of the files “played heavily” into the archdiocese’s decision to settle the cases. “Once we got the files, it confirmed everything we had argued for years and years,” he told the LA Times.“Cardinal Mahony’s fingerprints were all over the case,” he added.Lawyers for the victims said they plan to give more details of the cases at a press conference Thursday.Michael Hennigan, a lawyer for the archdiocese, said: “We’re pleased to reach settlement here. We have always taken full responsibility for the misconduct of Michael Baker, so that was never an issue.“It was just a matter of reaching an agreement on a reasonable price, which we’re pleased to have been able to do,” he told AFP.It is not clear what the victims’ press conference will reveal, but Hennigan said there were no secrets about the deal. “I don’t have any idea. That’ll be up to them. But there’s nothing confidential about the settlement.”Mahony travelled to Rome to participate in the conclave to choose a successor to Pope Benedict XVI, despite calls from victims’ groups for him to stay home following the recent revelations about his role in covering up alleged abuse.Mahony, who retired in 2011, was stripped of his remaining church duties in January by his successor Archbishop Jose Gomez for mishandling claims against dozens of priests.The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) hailed the settlement. But they said: “No amount of money can restore the shattered trust and stolen childhoods of deeply wounded victims.“We applaud their courage in stepping forward, seeking justice and reminding us all that this crisis in the church remains far from finished,” SNAP director David Clohessy told AFP.Read: Mistakes in Savile case ‘could happen all over again’
PEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT TD Richard Boyd-Barrett said that he would not take up Stephen Donnelly’s now vacant seat on the banking inquiry if he was offered it.Boyd-Barrett said that he believes that fellow Technical Group member Joe Higgins is next in line to take to take Donnelly’s place, but added that all three were conflicted about sitting on the inquiry in the first instance.“If it was offered to me I wouldn’t take it,” he told TheJournal.ie.“It’s a joke at this point, the Government are trying to control it, there is no serious effort to get to the bottom of what actually happened.”Boyd-Barrett explained that himself, Donnelly and Higgins had essentially drawn lots to be selected as the Technical Group’s representative but even then were unsure whether they should take part.“All of us were torn, both myself and Stephen were very torn as to if we should even put our names forward for it at all.”Donnelly’s withdrawal comes after a week in which the Government lost its majority on the inquiry and then, after failing to remove a Fianna Fáil Senator, added two Government Senators to ensure a majority.Junior Minister and Labour leadership candidate Alex White said this afternoon that the banking inquiry should have been ‘left well alone’ after the initial line-up was completed.Speaking on RTÉ’s The Week in Politics, White said that he would have preferred if the original line-up with four Government members out of nine had remained.Personally I would have left it well alone when the the original choice of members was made. But what’s done is done now and instead of having nine members with a Government majority as was proposed, we now have 11 members with Government majority.White said that he felt it had “not been a good week for politics in this country” after the Government had altered procedure to add an extra Fine Gael and Labour Senator to the inquiry.“I don’t think the inquiry is robbed of all credibility,” he said when asked if Donnelly’s withdrawal had fatally flawed it.“I think what we should do is get on with it now,” he added expressing confidence in chairman of the inquiry, Labour’s Ciarán Lynch TD.Fianna Fáil’s Marc MacSharry, who the Government tried to remove from the inquiry, disagreed that there was understanding that the Government would have a majority:Plan A was to discredit myself which failed spectacularly and then Plan B kicked in which was to rip-up the rules of democracy and do what they wanted.“No party can stand to benefit from the truth coming out more than Fianna Fáil,” he added. “We wanted an independent Leveson style inquiry from the beginning. We didn’t get that.”Speaking on the same programme, Socialist Party TD Ruth Coppinger says that she believes the inquiry should be made up of groups from outside of politics.“I think it’s been really cynical. The people who should be in the majority on that inquiry are the people who are affected by the banking crisis…Not the people who cheerleaded the property bubble, it didn’t happen on one night in 2008,” she said.Read: Stephen Donnelly quits banking inquiry, says Taoiseach stated that he will try to control it >Poll: Is the banking inquiry now irreparably damaged? >
00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Poway Mayor Steve Vaus says he will present an idea for low-cost housing in Poway to the City Council Tuesday night.Vaus’ program is called HOMES or Home On My Extra Space.The proposal says the City of Poway pays construction costs for ADU or granny flat on participating homeowner’s private property.Homeowner allows the unit to be an affordable-housing rental for a specific term, expected to be in the range of 10-12 years.A non-profit, such as Community Housing Works or similar organization, acts as property manager for the ADU – screening tenants, collecting rent, etc.Rental proceeds are divided among the three parties allowing the City to recoup its investment, the housing organization to cover its costs, and the homeowner to see some revenue.At the end of the term the homeowner gains full control/ownership of the unit without additional cost or obligation.Vaus said he plans to create a subcommittee to study the plan. That plan would ultimately require Council approval. Poway mayor proposes city to pay for granny flats Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter February 5, 2019 Posted: February 5, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom,
PORTLAND — Authorities say the convicted bank robber known as the “Where’s Waldo Bandit” for his striped sweater, black-framed glasses and bowl-cut haircut has been arrested on a bank robbery and probation violation warrant.The Oregonian reports that 32-year-old Ryan Homsley was arrested Tuesday night at an Aloha abandoned home after a neighbor called 911.Washington County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Bob Ray says that Homsley appeared ill when he was arrested and was taken to the hospital.Ray saay Homsley was released into the custody of U.S. Marshals and transferred to the Justice Center Jail in Portland where he was booked into custody at 12:20 p.m. Wednesday.Portland police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson says Homsley is a suspect in Monday’s robbery of the U.S. Bank branch.
Fulbright scholars• Program started: 1948.o Alumni: More than 100,000.o Read stories of previous Fulbright scholars at us.fulbrightonline.org.Growing up in Florida, Eric Dexter was the only kid in his class who didn’t want to become a marine biologist. He barely graduated from high school. No one in his family had ever gone to college or traveled outside the country.In September, the Washington State University Vancouver graduate student leaves for the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, on a Fulbright Fellowship. There he will receive specialized training on theoretical research techniques to further his research on invasive aquatic species on Lake Geneva, one of the largest lakes in Western Europe. The subject of aquatic invasive species is a matter of international concern. Dexter has traveled a long way from being the apathetic kid who barely graduated from high school. To accept the Fulbright to study in Switzerland, he also had to be awarded the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship for Foreign Scholars. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program of the United States, with more than 100,000 alumni since the program began in 1948.“If I had set out on this path when I was 18, it would have been a disaster,” Dexter said in an interview at the environmental science aquatic ecology laboratory at WSU Vancouver.Surrounded by shelves of aquatic specimens floating in jars of preservative, Dexter spends hours identifying and photographing invasive plankton under a microscope and sketching them in his field journals.
We are standing by you and with you. Chevy is providing relief to those affected by Hurricane Irma. https://t.co/j3cj0jJIuG pic.twitter.com/guy9ZKsf5o— Keith Pierson Chevy (@keithpiersoncc) September 15, 2017Keith and Claudy Pierson said they are committed to do their part in the relief effort in the aftermath of the deadly storm. The owners have not only committed their time and effort but have have also donated $100,000 in hurricane relief.The dealership, located at 30501 South Dixie Highway, opened in 2016.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. HOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida car dealership is lending a helping hand to victims of Hurricane Irma in the Florida Keys.Keith Pierson Chevrolet Cadillac Super Store in Homestead began donating items to residents in the Keys earlier this week.
Infosys could add Rs. 400 crore in incremental revenue over the third and fourth quarters of the 2016-17 fiscal as part of the Rs. 1,380 crore Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) project won by the company in September last year.The IT major has reportedly started importing and installing the hardware required for the project. Payment for providing the hardware will be made to Infosys by GSTN, a not-for-profit entity owned by the Central and state governments entrusted with the technology administration of GST for the country.”The payments (Rs.400 crore) will be based on various milestones set as per the agreement… payment for the hardware will be done between October and March depending on how the work progresses,” GSTN Chairman Navin Kumar was quoted as saying by the Mint.The hardware cost comes as a breather to India’s second largest IT services exporter after the company lowered revenue guidance to 10.5-12 percent, which came under further pressure as Royal Bank of Scotland cancelled a key contract with Infosys. In dollar terms, the company posted a 4.1 percent sequential decline in net profit for the April-June quarter this year.The $60 million (Rs. 400 crore) payment could lead to 1 percent growth in revenue in the upcoming quarters ending December and March, an added advantage during a lean season when technology companies see their incremental growth slump because of holiday season.”Infosys is excited to be a part of the GST journey. We are working with GSTN and other government agencies towards implementing the system in a timely manner. We are in the development stage of the system,” said an Infosys spokesperson.Kumar told the newspaper that the government expects the beta version of the tax portal to be ready by February next year.Typically, IT companies execute a government project under the build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) model wherein the vendor spends money on readying the hardware and developing software which is earned back through user charges over the stipulated period of the project.Infosys has already been paid around Rs. 150 crore for software services as per the terms of the five-year project, according to a company source cited by the newspaper. The remaining Rs. 800 crore for operations will be paid to the company by the government over the next five years.Aside from subsuming indirect taxes such as the excise, VAT and service tax, the GST portal will have to migrate and store the existing details of the 65-70 lakh taxpayers in a database before the new tax regime can become functional.
State of the art technology is allowing us to look back into the past with more detail and depth than ever before by actually creating a forensic facial reconstruction of a Neolithic dog. The canine was believed to have lived around 4,500 years ago. It was similar to a collie in size and seemingly quite like a wolf in appearance. It was buried, alongside around 20 other dogs and a small group of humans, in the Orkney Islands of Scotland. The dog’s remains were found over a century ago and preserved over the years until today’s modern technology was able to shed new light on the bones.Orkney Islands. Photo by Sentinel CC BY-SA 3.0-igoThe Guardian has reported that this dog is the first to ever undergo forensic facial reconstruction. Its likeness, which was commissioned by the National Museum of Scotland in conjunction with Historic Environment Scotland (HES), will be placed on display for the general public in the Orkney Islands in the months to come.Steve Farrar, a representative of HES, released a statement in which he detailed the alleged importance of dogs to Neolithic peoples. We all know that dogs are popular household pets today and can be used in various jobs like aiding the blind and sniffing out illegal substances, and it seems like they had a part to play in this ancient Orkney society as well.Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn. Photo by © Historic Environment Scotland.Just as the Ancient Egyptians saw cats as sacred and significant, Farrar suggested that these “dog people” might have seen dogs in a special light. The remains of the dogs and people were found at Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn. Sky News revealed that archaeologists have dated this burial mound to around 3,000 BC, but it is believed that the dog was buried there around 2,500 BC.The fact that the dog was buried so many years after the tomb was made suggests that it could have been a very special resting place for the community, perhaps used for ceremonies and rituals.Model created from dog skull discovered at Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn, OrkneyPhoto by © Historic Environment Scotland.There’s a lot we can learn from this discovery, with both historians and scientists having their own theories. The fact that the dogs and humans were buried together may infer that the community believed in an afterlife for both species, and it was clear that the Orkney residents must have had a lot of respect for dogs, perhaps using them for hunting or to help guard their farms.Related Video: 3,500 Year Old Prehistoric Friezes Unearthed Near LimaThe Scotsman revealed that in order to actually make the facial reconstruction of the dog, forensic artist Amy Thornton had to draw over a CT scan, effectively making a 3D image of the canine’s skull. Clay was then used to build up the outer layers of skin and hair onto the skeletal foundation, effectively creating a detailed model of the dog’s head.Photo by © Historic Environment Scotland.The model was then cast in silicone, and Thornton applied the finishing touches of fur in the same style and color of a European grey wolf. Thornton revealed that this process was similar to the ways in which facial reconstruction technology is used to recreate lifelike approximations of human remains, but she added that there was a lot less data for her to work with when preparing a canine reconstruction. There’s been a lot of scientific and historical investigation into the Neolithic people of Orkney in recent years.Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn. Photo by adrazahl CC BY-SA 3.0In 2018, for example, HES unveiled 3D digital images showing what the tomb actually looked like, giving interested users a chance to explore the tomb on their computers.Read another story from us: Sea Creature Found is the Stuff of Tiny NightmaresThis canine facial reconstruction is just the latest in a fascinating series of discoveries and breakthroughs, giving us a powerful and thought-provoking glimpse into a time long ago.
The video will start in 8Cancel Play now Watch Next An image of what the Stafford Western Access Route is set to look like from above Councillor Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader, responded: “Comparing it with Junction 13 I would say there is a major difference; the county council will be doing the Stafford Western Access Route and Highways England are doing Junction 13.” Read MoreProblems on the M6 due to roadworks? Engineers say they now have a solution Speaking after the meeting he added: “The Stafford Western Access Route is an essential part of Stafford’s ambitious growth plans. It will enable future development contained in the borough’s local plan – notably the delivery of thousands of new homes and business, office and retail space. It will also reduce congestion in the town centre, particularly around the railway station. “We’re now looking forward to construction work getting under way in the summer and hope people will come along to the public information day on Monday June 3 to find out more about the scheme.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailWork on a long-awaited link road in Stafford will begin in the coming weeks – and is expected to last for more than two years. The Stafford Western Access Route will link the A518 at Newport Road with the A34 at Foregate Street. Staffordshire County Council announced in 2010 that there would be a bid for Government funding for the project. It said that the route would remove traffic from congested town centre roads, benefiting business and allowing better access to new housing to the west of Stafford. The road is expected to improve traffic flow in Gaol Square, Newport Road east of Kingsway, Station Road, Chell Road, A34 Foregate Street south of the scheme and Doxey Road. Police search for missing woman We pay for stories! Send your videos to email@example.com Residents and businesses can find out more about the scheme at a public information event being held at the Conservative Association in Castle Street, Stafford, on Monday June 3 between 2pm and 7pm. A letter sent to residents and businesses said: “To undertake the works safely there will be a variety of traffic management measures used, including road closures, traffic signal control, give and take, lane closures along the A34 and pedestrian diversion routes, all of which will be advised as the works progress. Read MoreThis is how you can appeal an unfair penalty as the number of private parking tickets increase “Initial construction works include the installation of approximately 1,580 piles to allow for the construction of the viaduct foundations between Greyfriars Place and Doxey Road from July 2019 until January 2020. Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play. Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram. Video will play in Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Motorway drivers pet hate caught on camera by police The route’s entrance by Madford Retail Park off the A34 Foregate Street (Image: Staffordshire County Council) Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Enterprise Partnership secured £16.1million through the Government’s Local Growth Fund and developers are also providing funding. Now the main works for the route are due to begin in July and last until September 2021. Amey Highways will be carrying out the work on behalf of the county council and LEP. The new single carriageway route will be 750 yards (1.2km) long. The scheme is also set to include a shared footway and cycleway; traffic signal-controlled junctions at Foregate Street and Madford Retail Park; a new viaduct and embankment between Greyfriars Place and Doxey Road crossing the River Sow; and roundabouts along Doxey Road, near Doxey Road car park and Saint Gobain. The bypass in Stafford “Inevitably there will be some noise and vibration coming from the site. “We have been working closely with the contractor and Stafford Borough Council’s environmental health team to ensure the noise and vibration is kept to a minimum. “The scheme, by its nature, is large and complex and cannot be carried out without causing disruption to traffic. However, our contractor Amey Highways will work hard to ensure delays are kept to a minimum and access is maintained to properties and businesses. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. “Although every endeavour will be made to minimise disturbance, we apologise for any inconvenience caused to the public during this period.” Speaking at Thursday’s full county council meeting, Stafford West member Carolyn Trowbridge said: “The Stafford Western Access Route is really needed to deliver growth in this area. Is everything in place for it to start in July and do we have contingency in place to get the job finished? “The work on the smart motorway at Junction 13 and 14 is going to cause considerable disruption on the roads on the roads in Stafford. I want reassurance for the people of Stafford the access project will run as smoothly as possible.” Click for Sound Watch again Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to playTap to play Share this video Punter found hiding in bushes Driver named following fatal collision
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 For more information: www.etiam.com, www.rsna.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 “When a hospital utilizes Etiam-Connect, they need not worry about hackers stealing valuable patient data from a remote cloud,” said Ron Chabot, general manager, Etiam Corp. “With Etiam-Connect, no patient information is stored on the cloud. 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The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Related Content November 21, 2013 — Etiam Corp. will demonstrate and launch its Nexus 4.2, the core digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM) router of Etiam-Connect services, Dec. 1-6 at the upcoming Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting (RSNA 2013) in Chicago. At the conference, Etiam will provide attendees with a full test drive of the software during the conference. News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Technology | November 21, 2013 Etiam to Launch Medical Imaging Software Update at RSNA 2013 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. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more 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 The new release of Etiam Nexus 4.2 has a redesigned user interface, optimized for quick and intuitive handling by all medical staff including emergency physicians, radiologists and surgeons. The platform is entirely Web-based, making it accessible from any computer, mobile device or tablet using a Web browser. Based on the latest Web technology, Etiam Nexus 4.2 contains a new HTML5 Web viewer making it possible to view medical images without having to install browser add-ons, further addressing the concerns of information security with patient data. 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 To date, several hundred institutions worldwide are using Etiam-Connect, and more than 100 million medical images are exchanged monthly. Etiam Nexus 4.2 also supports various structured forms that allow healthcare professionals to quickly upload relevant clinical information along with images when collaborating with remote experts. The ability to handle multiple medical forms makes it possible to use Etiam-Connect for needs such as stroke, second advice requests, teleradiolody and teledermatology. 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 The Nexus 4.2, which is the workflow engine behind Etiam-Connect, is an intelligent DICOM router, which allows for the secure and instant exchange of medical files between institutions. Installed within a healthcare institution, Etiam Nexus 4.2 connects to the local picture archiving and communication system (PACS), or any local imaging modality, and allows clinicians to submit opinion requests to remote experts by exchanging both imaging and clinical data securely over the internet using encrypted data exchange services operated by Etiam. News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more
When last week, Janelle Shane, a Research Scientist in optics, fed the infamous rabbit-duck illusion example to the Google Cloud Vision API, it gave “rabbit” as a result. However, when the image was rotated at a different angle, the Google Cloud Vision API predicted a “duck”. Inspired by this, Max Woolf, a data scientist at Buzzfeed, further tested and concluded that the result really varies based on the orientation of the image: Google Cloud Vision provides pretrained API models that allow you to derive insights from input images. The API classifies images into thousands of categories, detects individual objects and faces within images, and reads printed words within images. You can also train custom vision models with AutoML Vision Beta. Woolf used Python for rotating the image and get predictions from the API for each rotation. He built the animations with R, ggplot2, and gganimate. To render these animations he used ffmpeg. Many times, in deep learning, a model is trained using a strategy in which the input images are rotated to help the model better generalize. Seeing the results of the experiment, Woolf concluded, “I suppose the dataset for the Vision API didn’t do that as much / there may be an orientation bias of ducks/rabbits in the training datasets.” The reaction to this experiment was pretty torn. While many Reddit users felt that there might be an orientation bias in the model, others felt that as the image is ambiguous there is no “right answer” and hence there is no problem with the model. One of the Redditor said, “I think this shows how poorly many neural networks are at handling ambiguity.” Another Redditor commented, “This has nothing to do with a shortcoming of deep learning, failure to generalize, or something not being in the training set. It’s an optical illusion drawing meant to be visually ambiguous. Big surprise, it’s visually ambiguous to computer vision as well. There’s not ‘correct’ answer, it’s both a duck and a rabbit, that’s how it was drawn. The fact that the Cloud vision API can see both is actually a strength, not a shortcoming.” Woolf has open-sourced the code used to generate this visualization on his GitHub page, which also includes a CSV of the prediction results at every rotation. In case you are more curious, you can test the Cloud Vision API with the drag-and-drop UI provided by Google. Read Next Google Cloud security launches three new services for better threat detection and protection in enterprises Generating automated image captions using NLP and computer vision [Tutorial] Google Cloud Firestore, the serverless, NoSQL document database, is now generally available
Alex Keerma << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, July 20, 2018 About Latest Posts Alex Keerma Latest posts by Alex Keerma (see all) WestJet adds to network, nonstop flights between Austin and Calgary – May 3, 2019 Senior Travel Advisor – Peterborough Office – April 12, 2019 “I didn’t know she was married”: Kimpton’s social experiment inspires new themed rooms – March 6, 2019 Posted by Share Tags: Sales, Silversea Cruises MIAMI — Dozens of ocean and expedition voyages by Silversea have been announced as part of its new ‘Discover the World’ Sales Event, whereby travellers can enjoy discounts, upgrades and onboard credits.Available on new bookings made by July 31 for sailings through December 2018, the sale includes a 5% discount, a one-category suite upgrade plus a US$1,000 onboard credit per suite. The Sales Event can be combined with most other Silversea offers, including air and all-inclusive promotions.Sample itineraries in ‘Discover the World’ event include:Silver Cloud departs Nov. 22, 2018 on a 10-day roundtrip expedition voyage from Ushuaia, calling at Drake Passage, Antarctic Sound, Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. Fares start at Can$14,000 per guest.Silver Spirit departs Nov. 16, 2018 on a 12-day ocean voyage from Barbados to Fort Lauderdale with calls in Grenada, St. Lucia, Roseau, St. Kitts, St. Barts, Tortola, San Juan, Samana and Key West. Fares start at Can$5,100 per guest.Silver Muse departs Dec. 13, 2018 on an eight-day voyage from Singapore to Bali with calls in Jakarta, Karimunjawa (Java Sea), Semarang (Java) and Lembar Lombok. Fares start at Can$5,200 per guest.Silver Galapagos departs Oct. 6, 2018 on a seven-day expedition voyage from Baltra to San Cristóbal. This north-central itinerary includes a circumnavigation of Isla Daphne and explorations of Bahía Darwin and El Barranco in Genovesa; Galapaguera Cerro Colorado and Punta Pitt in San Cristóbal; Bahía Gardner and Punta Suarez in Española; El Edén, Fausto Llerena Breeding Center and Puerto Ayora in Santa Cruz; as well as Bahía Sullivan, Seymour Norte, Rábida and Plazas Sur. Fares start at Can$8,000 per guest.More news: Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongAntarctica All-Inclusive Package fares include free or reduced economy roundtrip air or business-class air upgrade for Can$3,889 for flights from select U.S. and Canadian gateways to Buenos Aires or Santiago; free one-night, pre-cruise hotel stay; free transfers between airport, hotel and ship; and free economy roundtrip air between Buenos Aires or Santiago and Ushuaia.Caribbean Air Offer features free roundtrip economy air from select U.S. and Canadian gateways and free transfers between airport and ship.Asia All-Inclusive Package fares include free economy roundtrip air or business-class air upgrade for Can$3,299 each way for flights from select U.S. and Canadian gateways; free one-night pre- and post-cruise hotel stay; free transfers between airport, hotel and ship; and at least one free shore excursion in every port.Galápagos All-Inclusive Package fares include free or reduced economy roundtrip air for flights from select U.S. and Canadian gateways to Ecuador; free transfers between airport, hotel and ship; free two-night, pre-cruise hotel stay and free ‘Quito by Night’ tour; free economy roundtrip air between Ecuador and the Galápagos; and all park and porterage fees.More news: TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamFor complete details, please visit https://www.silversea.com/landing-discover-the-world.html. Savings, upgrades and credits with Silversea Sales Event
Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family When South Sudan voted to break away from Sudan last year after decades of war, the people of the Nuba Mountains were caught in the middle. They are black, like those of the south, not Arabs like the northerners of Sudan. Now a full-on war is under way in their homeland.Even once they reach the relative safety of the camp, the threat of war remains. South Sudan’s military is on alert in case border skirmishes with Sudan escalate into a full-scale conflict.The Yida camp is far more militarized than aid workers would like. South Sudan troops move through, as do northern rebel groups fighting Sudan. U.N. and other aid workers quietly say the rebel fighters use the camp for food and rest. International aid groups have dug deep foxholes in their compounds in case Sudan bombs again.New arrivals must walk within 20 yards (meters) of an unexploded bomb dropped by a Sudanese aircraft in November that landed on the road leading to the camp from the north.The rate of new arrivals has risen rapidly in recent days. Aid workers and Nuba leaders say 15,000 or even 30,000 more Nuba could reach Yida in coming weeks.With the rains expected to start around June, WFP is rushing to deliver 5,000 metric tons of food. On a recent day, dozens of Nuba men erected large storage facilities and unloaded sacks of food from the U.S. government’s aid arm, USAID. 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Back in their homeland, the refugees have endured bombardment from Sudanese warplanes and a crisis-level food shortage they blame on Sudan’s president. Aid groups say Sudan _ a mostly Arab nation _ is intentionally trying to starve the black residents of the Nuba Mountains.Refugees report the deaths of young and old back home.“There’s no food where we live. People are eating the leaves of trees, said Amira Tia, who arrived at the camp last week after walking in green flip flops for four days with her four children.“Every morning they go to the bush to collect leaves. There is also a root of a tree that if you soak it for five days and then boil it, it is edible,” she said.Sudan does not allow aid from U.N. or international groups to be delivered to Nuba, and no official assessments have been done about the conditions there.Geoffrey Pinnock, the World Food Program’s emergency officer in Yida, fears that unknown.“What we hear from refugees is that things are bad and getting worse,” he said. “Some people haven’t had solid food in two months and then walk five days” to reach the camp.Muniara Kamal walked for six days, carrying her 9-month-old daughter, Safa, who wore a red sweatshirt with white hearts and swatted feebly at flies while getting medical care. Tia said the group she was walking with was attacked by Sudanese Antonov bombers twice. One man was cut in half by shrapnel, she said. Aid workers say the proud Nuba don’t like to take handouts. Conor Lucas-Roberts, the 29-year-old head of Samaritan’s Purse, the largest aid group here, noted that the refugees build their own homes. People are even starting their own churches and businesses, setting up small shops and a “movie theater” _ a tent with a few chairs and a TV.Hussein Algumbulla, the chief representative for the camp’s residents, said the Nuba hate asking for help. “We need only scythes and next year we can say to WFP, you can come buy food from us,” he said.Algumbulla says he expects the camp’s population to swell to more than 60,000 people in coming months, a number the U.N. refugee agency is also bracing for, according to Peter Trotter, the head UNHCR official at Yida, noting that conditions in the Nuba Mountains will only get worse.“They should be preparing land now but are not. There are reports of people eating their seed stock, so they have nothing to plant,” he said.Amjuma Ali Kuku, a 24-year-old teacher, cares for the camp’s unaccompanied children. At first the job was manageable, but there are now 2,000 children without parents. 0 Comments Share Top Stories Sponsored Stories Associated PressYIDA, South Sudan (AP) – First they ate leaves. Then they ate roots, soaked for five days and boiled until they were just edible. Now many have eaten the planting seed _ and their future with it.There is no food left in the Nuba Mountains, so the stream of tens of thousands of hungry refugees pouring across the militarized Sudan-South Sudan border has almost doubled in the past two months.The Yida camp now holds 31,000 refugees and is bracing for thousands more, as desperate families rush to make the five-day trek south from Sudan on foot before seasonal rains arrive, turning the rough dirt road muddy and impassable, and choking off food deliveries for months. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths The camp has a dirt airstrip, but the rains threaten to make it unusable. Goods could be parachuted in or dropped by helicopter, but both methods are extremely expensive for a large refugee population.Ibrahim Kallo, the head of the International Rescue Committee in Yida, said he’s not counting on the runway being usable after the rains set in. A recent emergency evacuation of a pregnant woman underscores the danger of being isolated by rain.The group sent the woman to Bentiu, the nearest city, a three to four hour journey by truck over a jarringly bumpy dirt road even when it’s dry. The mother made it to the hospital just before some early rains arrived. But on the way back to the camp the truck got stuck, and the mother and her 3-day-old newborn had to spend the night in the truck without food, Kallo said.At Yida, straw huts covered by blue or white UNICEF tarps sit among trees and towering termite mounds spiraling 12 feet high or more.The stick-thin children wear torn or dusty clothes. Most are barefoot. The women vastly outnumber the men, many of whom stayed behind to fight the Sudanese Armed Forces.The U.N. calls Yida a transit camp and wants the residents to move to two camps farther south, but most refugees prefer to be closer to home _ and to the tree cover in Yida that provides protection from the merciless sun. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 “For some of them, when the war broke out, they ran with the teachers and that is why they are here,” she said as dozens of girls played with a tattered ball nearby. “Some of them don’t know if their mothers or fathers are alive.”Of the hundreds of children Kuku oversees, only 16 have been reunited with their parents. Kuku’s compound of teenage and young girls has no security, and food has disappeared, leaving the girls hungry. The WFP is trying to improve security.But Kamal feels safer in Yida than in Nuba, which she hopes can somehow be annexed by the south, something Sudan President Omar al-Bashir is not likely to allow anytime soon. She plans to stay away until there is peace.That may take a long time.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 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Despite natural disasters affecting travel into Japan earlier this year, Qantas’ head Alan Joyce has reaffirmed the carrier’s commitment to launch Jetstar Japan in the coming year, with expectations it may out-perform Jetstar Australia.Speaking at the ATEC’s 2011 Meeting Plan Conference in Sydney earlier this week, Mr Joyce explained that the low-cost brand has been a “great achievement” for the Aussie airline and expects the cheaper model to perform well in the Asian country.Having already been named one of the top brands in Japan last year, the airline’s head said proved “this [Jetstar] has the potential to be bigger than Jetstar in Australia”.“We’re in a position for an Australian airline to already be recognised as one of the top brands in such an important market,” he told attendees.Working with Japan Airlines to launch the brand next year, Mr Joyce said the low-cost carrier would commence with 24 aircraft and explained international services would commence within the first and will include key destinations including China and Southeast Asia.Mr Joyce stressed that while the “Qantas Group will always call Australia home” the carrier will continue to look for opportunities outside of the country to “attain new customers”.He noted that with 16 percent of the world’s middle class expected to be in Asia within the next 20 years, the region was vital to the carrier’s growth.“Whatever happens in the financial markets over the coming weeks and months we know that Asia will continue to play a large part in global economy and a bigger role in the world,” the Australian flag carrier’s head said. “It is already the world’s largest, fastest growing and most profitable aviation market. “We have a historic opportunity to position Australia’s two great airline brands Qantas and Jetstar in Asia and create a funnel to bring more visitors into Australia and we are increasingly getting invitations from potential Asian partners to bring in our Asian aviation experience into this exciting market place.”Other advancements into the region include the addition of a premium carrier in either Singapore or Malaysia.Mr Joyce said offering both the low-cost and business model in the region would help create “tremendous potential” to attract “premium, business and leisure visitors to our shores”. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J