Rahul says Kashmir internal issue Pak instigating violence in JK

Posted On Oct 18 2019 by

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said Kashmir is India’s internal issue and slammed Pakistan for instigating and supporting violence in Jammu and Kashmir. His statement came after the Congress hit out at Pakistan for “mischievously” dragging the name of Rahul Gandhi in its alleged petition moved in the United Nations to justify its “lies” and misinformation on Jammu and Kashmir. The opposition leader said that though he disagrees with the government on many issues, he is clear that Kashmir is an internal issue and there is no room for Pakistan to interfere in it. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “I disagree with this Govt. on many issues. But, let me make this absolutely clear: Kashmir is India’s internal issue and there is no room for Pakistan or any other foreign country to interfere in it,” he said on Twitter. “There is violence in Jammu & Kashmir. There is violence because it is instigated and supported by Pakistan which is known to be the prime supporter of terrorism across the world,” he added. Party’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the “Congress has noticed reports citing an alleged petition moved by Pakistani Government to United Nations on Jammu & Kashmir, wherein name of Shri Rahul Gandhi has been mischievously dragged to justify the pack of lies and deliberate misinformation being spread by Pakistan.” Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “Let no one in the world be in doubt that Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh were, are and shall always remain an integral part of India. No amount of diabolical deception by Pakistan shall change this irrevocable truth,” Surjewala said in a statement. Rahul Gandhi has been attacking the government over the Kashmir situation and had said last week that the opposition and the press got a taste of the “draconian administration” and “brute force” unleashed on the people there when they tried to visit Srinagar. A delegation of opposition leaders, including Gandhi, which wanted to visit the Valley to take stock of the situation after the withdrawal of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, was not allowed to leave the Srinagar airport on Saturday last by the state administration and had to return to the national capital. The visit was organised a day after the Jammu and Kashmir government issued a statement asking political leaders to not visit the Valley as it would disturb the gradual restoration of peace and normal life.last_img read more


Professor of cannabis science is launched at the University of BC

Posted On Oct 17 2019 by

first_imgVANCOUVER — The University of British Columbia is creating a new professorship to study the potential role of marijuana to treat opioid addiction, funded by the provincial government and one of the cannabis industry’s biggest players.  Epidemiologist and research scientist M-J Milloy will be the first Canopy Growth professor of cannabis science at the university.The Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions says in a statement the professorship will lead clinical trials to explore how cannabis can help people with opioid use disorders stay on their treatment plan.The ministry says Milloy’s research has shown that daily cannabis use has been linked to an increased likelihood that people will maintain treatment and to a lower risk of street-involved youth starting to inject drugs.Minister Judy Darcy says Milloy will be the first professor in Canada focused on closing a knowledge gap between cannabis and opioid treatment.Marijuana company Canopy Growth is contributing $2.5 million, while the province is paying $500,000 to UBC and the BC Centre on Substance Use for the position. The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Face to Face – with Grand Chief Terry Nelson

Posted On Oct 14 2019 by

first_imgAPTN National NewsHe’s the former chief of the Roseau River First Nation in Manitoba.The main driver behind the National Day of Action that occurred a while back.And he’s seen as one of the leaders of the American Indian Movement within Canada.last_img


Why the price of gas isnt dropping

Posted On Oct 7 2019 by

00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 If you’re spending more money on gas than you’d like, you’re not alone.Gas prices have hit $1.28 in Hamilton and Oakville. In St. Catharines, it’s not much lower, sitting at $1.26.“What I don’t understand is why when the price of the barrel of oil goes up by $1.50, gas will go up by 12 cents a litre but when it comes down by $1.50, gas goes down by 2 cents,” says one angry driver in Hamilton.Other drivers are asking the same question, but the fact is gas markets are very different from oil markets, and the rising price of gas is due to other factors.“We’ve pushed ourselves into a corner, especially in Eastern Canada, we’ve shut down refineries, We’ve shut one down in Oakville, another one in Montreal, and another in the Maritimes. At some point we’ve got to ask our neighbours, the Americans, for our gas,” says Dan McTeague of tomorrowsgaspricetoday.com. Canada imports almost a third of its gasoline and then there’s the rising price of ethanol.“The blend is pretty substantial, and the price of ethanol has gone through the roof,” says McTeague.This time last year, the average price of gas was $1.22, the year before that it was $1.17.A weakening Canadian dollar is also a factor in why we’re paying more for gas this year.“We’ve lost almost 4 cents of value in the past 8 to 9 weeks. Because we price all of our commodities in U.S. terms, that means you instantaneously have to pay that 4 cent a litre premium.” read more


Dollar Shave Club brings viral concept to Canada – but not quite

Posted On Oct 6 2019 by

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Nov 1, 2012 11:50 am MDT TORONTO – Its name doesn’t quite work north of the border, but a mail-order razor company that went viral with a funny ad campaign in the U.S. is coming to Canada.A witty promo video for Dollar Shave Club, which has been viewed more than seven million times, offers consumers a monthly supply of five razor cartridges for $1, including shipping. Shoppers can also upgrade to higher quality blades for $6 or $9 a month.Now the company is going international, starting with Canada.But it’s not quite the same deal.Here, it’s $3.50 a month, including shipping but not taxes, for a monthly delivery of five two-blade cartridges. The higher quality blades are sold for closer to U.S. prices, at $6.50 per month for four four-blade cartridges and $9.50 for three six-blade cartridges.———On the web: Dollar Shave Club’s viral video http://bit.ly/Y7mVsd Dollar Shave Club brings viral concept to Canada – but not quite for $1 read more


Cars of the Future – SMMT response

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) SMMT response to Transport Select Committee report on Cars of the Future• ‘Great steps already being made’ by motor manufacturers • Manufacturers investing ‘considerable sums in developing and testing new vehicle control systems’• SMMT welcomes the Committee’s call for measures to be backed with adequate fundingSMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan commented, ‘The Cars of the Future report recognises the ‘great steps’ the automotive industry has taken to address the important issues of safety and environmental performance. Government must take a lead in stimulating further R&D to maximise the UK’s competitive advantage in the supply of new technology to global automotive markets.‘By leading the way in developing new technologies and minimising environmental impact, the motor industry is helping to make road transport more sustainable. Government must now heed the Committee’s call to show greater leadership in creating the infrastructure, financial and legal frameworks to allow these new technologies to benefit all road users.’Cleaner vehiclesSMMT welcomes the Committee’s call for a non-prescriptive approach to cleaner fuels and technologies. Incentives are important in generating consumer demand. In the past these have been short lived and too variable, leaving consumers confused and disappointed.When it comes to stimulating consumer demand, the current incentive structure is inadequate. Currently, consumers are not guaranteed to receive a Powershift grant at the time of buying a qualifying car. This does not help encourage people to take up the available technologies.Intelligent transport systemsSMMT welcomes the recognition that the industry is ‘investing considerable sums in developing and testing new systems of vehicle control.’ Advanced braking systems, electronic stability programmes, and lane departure warnings are already available. Government must ensure that there is appropriate co-ordination across regulatory and enforcement authorities to maximise the benefits.Consumer informationThe Committee recommends the introduction of a green labelling scheme for new cars. SMMT is already working with the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership to introduce a new energy efficiency style label for new cars. This voluntary approach to environmental information could be available towards the end of 2005.Motor manufacturers are leading the way in providing the appropriate training for their franchised dealer networks. Environmental performance is only one of the factors consumers take into consideration when buying a new car. The challenge for manufacturers is to deliver a complete package that meets all requirements, including style, price and utility.NoteThe Committee’s report will be available at www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/transport_committee.cfm from Monday 8 November 2004 read more


Why France Is The World Cup Favorite Dont Worry — The US

Posted On Sep 29 2019 by

All of this is before even getting into the specific on-field flaws that might haunt the U.S.’s bid for a second straight World Cup victory.But that’s not to say the USWNT looks weak this time around. The Americans still have the best team in the tournament on paper, and it took every bit of France’s home-field edge to deny the U.S. the favorite status. They have plenty of stars from World Cups past, present and future. There’s a solid chance that they will win it all again. (I personally would love to attend another victory parade down the Canyon of Heroes this summer.) Still, it will be a tougher path than usual, thanks to a vicious combination of geography, the knockout bracket and the parity growing across women’s international soccer. And while that might mean heartbreak for the U.S. and its fans, it should also make for an exciting tournament over the next month.Check out our latest Women’s World Cup predictions. GermanyB4.20.794.2619511 Each team’s specific path through the tournament matters quite a bit as well. The USWNT wasn’t the highest-rated team in the field last time around, but it was our model’s overall favorite despite drawing the dreaded “group of death” for the initial stage of the tournament. This year, the Americans drew one of the easiest groups, at least in terms of bottom-feeders (Chile and Thailand), and the hosting French got stuck in the group of death. But thanks to the persistent presence of longtime nemesis Sweden, the U.S. won’t necessarily be guaranteed to win Group F — and even if it does, the winner of the group will face Group B’s runner-up (most likely either Spain or China, a couple of solid sides defensively) in the round of 16 and then very likely the winner of Group A in the quarterfinals. The most probable team to be waiting there? France.That’s why the Americans’ odds of making the semifinals are just 46 percent this year, compared with 65 percent back in 2015. That year, the USWNT went through Colombia (the team rated fifth-lowest by SPI in the field) in the round of 16 and then China (a middle-of-the-field team by SPI) in the quarterfinals before running into top-rated Germany in the semis. (As neither team was the host, SPI had that match relatively even, and the U.S. won 2-0.) This time, the Americans are more likely to face tougher teams earlier in the tournament — which also has the byproduct of giving those tougher opponents fewer chances to be upset before making their way into the U.S.’s path.And there’s the fact that this year’s field is deeper and more dangerous than perhaps any other in Women’s World Cup history. Among the soccer cognoscenti, there’s a distinct sense that the rest of the world is quickly catching up to the United States in terms of talent on the women’s side, where America has traditionally had a strong first-mover advantage. That’s borne out in the numbers, too: Our model thinks more teams have more of a chance this year than it did four years ago: TeamGroupOff.Def.OverallWin GroupMake KnockoutsWin WC EnglandD3.60.692.755>9910 SPI RatingsChance team will … USAF5.10.797.276>9918 Source: ESPN The favorites in the World Cup fieldTeams with a chance of at least 10 percent to win the 2019 Women’s World Cup, according to the FiveThirtyEight model When the 2019 Women’s World Cup kicks off Friday, the initial match will contain FiveThirtyEight’s pre-tournament championship favorite — and no, the U.S. women won’t be on the field.1The Americans don’t play their first game until June 11. So, yes: With a 20 percent probability of winning the World Cup in our model, France has the best odds of any team in the field this summer, not the United States.Our American readers might be wondering, what gives?2First we declare the Golden State Warriors to not be NBA Finals favorites, and now this? Why is the defending-champion (and world No. 1-ranked) USWNT not the best bet to take home its fourth World Cup in the eight-tournament history of the event? After all, the last time the Americans didn’t win (back in 2011), it was a major upset that required Japan to score a dramatic tying goal in the 117th minute and win on penalties. And U.S. head coach Jill Ellis calls this year’s roster “probably the most talented we’ve had going into a major tournament like this, in my opinion.”But France is playing at home this year, and our model has traditionally given a big boost to the host country in international soccer tournaments. In the past, our research has found that soccer’s home-field advantage is worth two to three times as much as in, say, the NFL. There is recent evidence that this advantage is on the decline, though, so France’s added boost is a bit smaller than what historical World Cup results suggest the host team should receive. But even so, that edge is enough to lift France, the world’s second-most talented team (according to our Soccer Power Index ratings), past the top-ranked Americans for the title of most-likely champs. FranceA4.10.695.371%97%20% read more


Womens Basketball No 9 Ohio State defeats No 14 Stanford to win

Posted On Sep 28 2019 by

Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell shoots a shot during the Buckeyes’ game against Washington on Nov. 19. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThe No. 9 Ohio State women’s basketball team (7-1) trailed No. 14 Stanford (4-3) for the first 35 minutes, but recovered to defeat the Cardinal 94-82 in overtime and win the Play4Kay Showcase in Las Vegas Saturday night.Ohio State preseason All-American senior guard Kelsey Mitchell hit a jumper with eight second remaining to break the tie and give her team a 76-74 lead. But with four second remaining, forward Alanna Smith hit a layup to tie the game and send it into overtime.The Buckeyes dominated the extra period and held an 18-6 edge in overtime. They scored the final 13 points of the contest to clinch the victory.Mitchell set her season-high with 37 points on 8-of-22 shooting. She did most of her damage from the free-throw line, where she hit 19-of-20 shots. Mitchell scored 31 of her points in the second half and overtime.She only hit 2-of-7 3-pointers, highlighting an area of weakness for her team. Ohio State made 8-of-26 triples, while Stanford drilled 8-of-21 3s. The Buckeyes forced Stanford to commit 23 turnovers and picked up nine steals. Ohio State turned the ball over just nine times, though, and had eight assists.Guards Sierra Calhoun and Asia Doss each added 15 points for the Buckeyes. Calhoun went 4-for-9 from beyond the arc. Smith and guard Anna Wilson were the only players in double-figures for Stanford. Smith led the team with 33 points and Wilson added 21 points.Ohio State played a condensed rotation of just seven players despite playing its third game in as many days. Stanford played 10 players at least seven minutes. The Cardinal held a 27-5 edge in bench points.This was Ohio State’s second victory against Stanford of the season. The Buckeyes defeated the Cardinal 85-64 on Nov. 10 to kick off both teams’ respective seasons. In the matchup, redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga scored 23 points and pulled down a program-record 26 rebounds. She had 10 points and nine rebounds against Stanford on Saturday.Ohio State will be back in action against Duke in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at 7 p.m. Thursday in Durham, North Carolina. read more


Missing Vancouver man’s body discovered

Posted On Sep 19 2019 by

first_imgThe body of a Vancouver man, 77-year old Kurt Pahl, was found in Skamania County today, according to the Skamania County Sheriff’s office.No further information was available as of Saturday evening.Days after he disappeared, authorities said they believed Pahl likely went out to a natural area or a hiking trail.He was known to have a passion for the outdoors, but also some serious medical conditions.Pahl was last seen leaving his home on Monday, Dec. 11 in his Buick Regal.On Wednesday police began asking the public for help locating him. The Washington Department of Transportation made his car the subject of a silver alert.last_img read more


CARICOM Chairman Addresses Media After Viewing Hurricane Irmas Impact on Ragged Island

Posted On Sep 17 2019 by

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 18, 2017 – Nassau – CARICOM Chairman and Grenada Prime Minister Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell (right) and Bahamian Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis (centre) addressed members of the media following Dr. Mitchell’s return from Ragged Island where the CARICOM Chairman viewed the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma.Dr. Mitchell was accompanied to Ragged Island by a team of senior Bahamian and Caribbean Community officials. Dr. Mitchell was hosted to a small luncheon immediately upon his return to New Providence.   Prime Minister Minnis attended the luncheon.   Also pictured ( at left) is CARICOM Secretary-General, His Excellency,  Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.(BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more


Salute to Education awards college scholarships to high school students

Posted On Sep 17 2019 by

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: May 3, 2018 May 3, 2018 Mark Mathis, Mark Mathis Hundreds of high school students were awarded scholarships Thursday during San Diego County’s Salute to Education Announcement Ceremony.The event is intended to encourage students to seek higher education after high school.KUSI’s Mark Mathis was LIVE with the story. ‘Salute to Education’ awards college scholarships to high school studentslast_img read more


Vancouver district issues security statement in wake of Conn shootings

Posted On Sep 16 2019 by

first_imgVancouver Public Schools on Monday issued a statement about the district’s increased security measures. Students at all schools will take home a letter from the building principal on Monday afternoon reiterating the district’s additional security measures enacted in the aftermath of the school shooting in Connecticut on Friday. That day, the district sent all district households a recorded phone message that stated: “In light of recent events across the country, Vancouver Public Schools is taking additional precautionary measures, including increased supervision and security, to ensure students and staff members are safe.”Samples of the letters and advice for parents to talk with their children about violent acts are posted on the district website.The district said all staff members are trained in safety procedures and safety drills are conducted routinely at all schools and district buildings.Tuesday is the last day of school before winter break begins in the Vancouver, Evergreen, Hockinson and La Center school districts. Students were released for winter break on Friday in the Battle Ground, Camas and Washougal districts. Thursday is the last day of school for the Ridgefield School District. Both Clark College and WSU Vancouver finished their final exams last week.last_img read more


Prospects for Law Enforcement Officers Reform Seem to Fade

Posted On Sep 1 2019 by

first_imgThe empty chairs of members at the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee (JPR) hearing on the Law Enforcement Officers Bill Of Rights (LEOBR) reform measure could be a sign. If Maryland is to see changes to the controversial law, it will have to find a way around the Senate JPR’s objections to reform.The hearing on Senate Bill 566 (SB 566) – which strips the LEOBR of it’s the provision giving officers 10 days before they can be questioned by superiors about an alleged incident of misconduct, creates new classes of people able to bring forth misconduct allegations, and gives police chiefs an enhanced role in meting out discipline to officers – did not begin until about 7:20 p.m., scheduled to be heard last on a day with testimony on 16 bills.SB 566’s sponsor, vice chair of JPR Sen. Lisa Gladden (D-Baltimore City), was not in the room when the hearing began. So duties to present the bill’s provisions, normally the responsibility of the sponsoring senator, fell to David Rocah of the ACLU, Maryland. When presenting, senators are generally afforded some difference, being allowed to complete their presentation before fielding questions from their colleagues. This accommodation was not extended to Rocah. He was challenged by JPR chair Sen. Bobby Zirkin (D-Baltimore County) when he suggested the 10-day rule drives a perception that police officers are afforded special treatment.“That’s 10 days so that [an officer] can obtain council though, right?” asked Zirkin. “And the reason for that, just to be clear also, the reason for that is because often, if they’re going to be interrogated, or if they’re going to be questioned, this could also lead to criminal charges as well, so the idea, I think, behind that – I’m just trying to be clear on that issue. It’s not just that they are going to the beach for 10 days, it’s 10 days in order to get a lawyer so that they can be advised on their rights, not only within the agency but also any ramifications of a potential criminal charge.”Rocah said in many jurisdictions in Maryland, counsel is available immediately but that the 10-day rule is still adhered to, and that the rule is in play in situations where the alleged misconduct could not lead to criminal charges, making reference to a civil suit against a Maryland State Police officer who accidentally left racist remarks on a woman’s answering machine, something for which he could not be held criminally liable in any way.Zirkin’s approach to the hearing shifted as the hearing went on, however, and particularly when the myriad heads of police departments and Fraternal Order of Police (the police union) officials began testifying in opposition to SB 566. Opponents treated the LEOBR as little more than a piece of employment legislation, delineating rights of public employees with respect to employer initiated disciplinary proceedings and having no bearing on criminal investigations whatsoever.“When people are saying that the officers have never been charged, or have never been in front of a judge, that doesn’t have anything to do with this, does it?” asked Sen. Wayne Norman (R-Cecil and Harford Counties) of Chief John Fitzgerald of the Chevy Chase police department, representing the Maryland Chiefs of Police, and invoking earlier testimony by people who had lost loved ones at the hands of police.“No,” replied Fitzgerald. “As a matter of fact, typically, in a very bad case where there could be criminal charges, the entire employment part of this, the LEOBR is stayed, nothing happens. The 10-day rule – I would like to see perhaps that be shorter – but the point is the 10-day rule is irrelevant. I don’t have somebody interview this person perhaps for a year or more because everything sits still until the conclusion of the criminal investigation and whatever trial might occur.”At this point, the 10-day rule had been presented by those opposed to the bill as both a protection for officers in the event of the possibility of criminal charges, and as irrelevant to criminal investigations altogether. By this late point in the hearing , the interaction between Norman and Fitzgerald occurred around 9:10 p.m., Zirkin had suspended questioning to move things along. The result was that those testifying in opposition to SB 566 rarely had their views challenged, a privilege not extended to supporters of the measure.ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more


ATF Hooq Adds Trio of Original Series Partnership With Vice Media

Posted On Sep 1 2019 by

first_imgFamily-set “Rhino Family” (aka “Keluarga Badak”) moves into second season and from YouTube to Hooq. Full of family banter and quirky observations of everyday Indonesian life, the second season involves wedding anniversary, a family trip and other bungles. The cast is headed by Gita Bebhita as Mamak Dakhlia and fleshed out with a large contingent of local celebrities and YouTube stars as special guests.“TL;DR” is a youth-focused talk show focused on current affairs and trending topics that range from the informative to the absurd.“There is a huge demand for unique, quality stories in Indonesia by all segments of audiences,” said Jennifer Batty, chief content officer of HOOQ.Hooq, which is majority owned by Singtel and counts major investments from Warnermedia and Sony Pictures Television, operates in Southeast Asia and India. It previously enjoyed series success with “Brata” which was released in September. Its Western content roster includes same day as U.S. telecasts of “Supergirl,” “The Flash,” “Marvel’s Runaways,” and library content including “Arrow,” “Gotham,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “ER.” Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Asian video-on-demand service, Hooq has unveiled three Indonesian-made original series, and a partnership with online content group Vice.The new shows range from a talk show “TL;DR” that will be co-produced with Vice, to a full-length series, “Check Out The Store Next Door” (“Cek Toko Sebelah the Series”) and a short form series.The partnership with Vice will also see slate of Vice digital content available on HOOQ’s free layer at launch.“Check Out The Store” is an expansion of 2016 hit movie, a modern comedy and family drama. It sees the character played by Ernest Prakasa try to modernize his father’s corner shop, with unexpected effects on family and the community around him. It also stars Dion Wiyoko, Gisella Anastasia and Adinia Wirasti together with a line-up of stand-up comedians Dodit Mulyadi, Awwe, Adjis Doaibu, Yusril Fahriza.last_img read more


VIDEO Japanese Prime Minister Abe ate it hard into a sand trap

Posted On Aug 30 2019 by

first_imgPresident Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Abe were engaging in some golf course diplomacy during Trump’s Asia trip, but even security details couldn’t prevent an attack from one of the bunkers.After hitting it out of the sand, Abe ended up eating it while trying to climb out, and tumbling backwards into the trap like Abe Simpson. This video is the diplomatic equivalent of a LifeAlert commercial.While playing golf with President Trump, the Prime Minister of Japan took a tumble after trying to get out of a bunker… https://t.co/RmNtwZDb8J (?️: @umekichkun) pic.twitter.com/ynDZobhaDn— GOLF.com (@golf_com) November 8, 2017last_img read more


BingeWatching Is Our New Normal

Posted On Aug 30 2019 by

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Hail to the sweet, sweet release of the television binge, whereupon the cares and the worries of the day melt away as you consume episode after episode of your favorite show. The fact that binge watching has become a common practice isn’t new, but a recent survey of TiVo users suggests that the trend is continuing to gain steam while shedding its associations of shame. Out of the survey’s 12,448 participants, only 30 percent said they saw the activity in a “negative” light, a notable drop from the 53 percent who responded the same way in 2013.That may be because binge watching has become a national pastime. Everyone seems to be doing it. Ninety-two percent of survey respondents said they have engaged in some form of binge-viewing behavior, which the survey defines as watching three or more episodes of the same show in one day or watching one or more entire seasons over multiple days or weeks. (While TiVo users – who are able to record live shows –may be more likely to partake than the average American, a 2013 survey by Netflix found that 61 percent of respondents who watch TV shows online were regular binge watchers.)Related: Will Podcasts Like ‘Serial’ Be the Binge-Worthy Successors to TV?Like most excesses, however, the practice is at once delectable and unpredictable, able to morph – in a flash — from pure enjoyment into cloying guilt, perhaps the byproduct of all those hours spent consuming storylines about fictitious lives instead of living one’s own.Out of TiVo respondents, only 16 percent viewed binge-watching in a “positive” light (up from 11 percent in 2013), and respondents coughed up to forgoing important activities such as sleep (31 percent) and in extreme cases, all other weekend activities (37 percent).In spite of the fact that less than a third of respondents viewed binge-watching negatively, 52 percent said they felt sad after binging on a series. It’s a statistic that directly relates to another recent study, this one from the University of Texas at Austin, which found that depressed and lonely people are more likely to regularly binge-watch than their emotionally healthy counterparts. While that study didn’t fully tease apart why this relationship exists (are lonely, depressed people attracted to mainlining TV content, or do they become that way after binge-watching?) the latest TiVo study contains this potentially illuminating nugget: Approximately half of respondents who said they binge-watched a show or a series reported that they did so alone.Related: Amazon, Netflix Crash the Golden Globes Party June 30, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 3 min readlast_img read more


Controversial tourism documentary receives second release

Posted On Aug 19 2019 by

first_imgCREST found filmmakers Charlene Music and Peter Jordan, a U.S. husband-and-wife team with lots of experience in global and progressive subjects. They interviewed locals on the Pacific Coast and put together a film that illustrated the findings in CREST’s report.When the film was first released in Costa Rica, CREST faced a great deal of criticism.“Basically, we ran into some buzz saws,” said Honey. “It caused a huge uproar, particularly from ICT [the Costa Rican Tourism Board]. And I think some of their criticisms were valid.”While Honey felt that the film was factually accurate, and CREST did not recall the copies that were already available in Costa Rica, they shelved it for two years. But not everyone was happy with this decision, and many organizations lobbied for the film to be rereleased.Before committing to a second round, CREST found two major allies: the Corcovado Foundation, an organization dedicated to protecting Corcovado National Park, and Margarita Penón, former First Lady of Costa Rica (1986-1990) and a past lawmaker. Penón was interviewed in the film and has been one of its most ardent champions.“It is our hope that this film and the CREST study will stimulate a much-needed public discussion of what types of tourism are most appropriate and beneficial in Costa Rica,” Penón said, as quoted in press material. “If properly managed, tourism can bring benefits to communities and to conservation, and Costa Rica can choose now to turn the tourism industry into a green and sustainable industry. It can choose not to kill the goose that lays golden eggs. We hope you will give us a hand in this endeavor.”Still, CREST responded to scrutiny by modifying the original cut.“We basically redid large parts of the film,” Honey said. “This is not a marketing film. This is for education. Costa Rica has the right stuff to do ecotourism well. Those ingredients rarely exist in other developing countries. Costa Rica is kind of an exception – not totally, but it certainly has its advantages: a strong middle class, good infrastructure, and an incredible park system. There’s an entrepreneurial spirit. All those ingredients actually made it possible to move into ecotourism extremely rapidly.”The revised version of “Golden Eggs” had its premiere at the World Bank in 2013, and the film recently debuted at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C. Copies are currently making rounds among policymakers in Costa Rica, and the Corcovado Foundation has been using the film extensively to educate supporters. The film is currently available for download, in Spanish and English, on CREST’s website for $8.98.“We’re very, very pleased,” said Honey of the film’s long road to redistribution. “A film, unlike a report, can really have an impact.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Search continues in Costa Rica’s Corcovado National Park for missing US hiker 8 ways to beat Costa Rica’s rainy season Final search underway for US hiker missing in Corcovado National Park Lonely Planet guide documents a changing Central America Everybody knows that Costa Rica is a tourists’ paradise. But in the documentary “The Goose with the Golden Eggs,” we hear another side to the story: The industry may be a boon in general, but not every kind of tourist is good for the country.Originally titled “Cracking the Golden Egg,” the film stirred controversy in 2011 and was withdrawn from circulation. After significant revision and a new title, the documentary has been re-released and is making rounds at film festivals.An alarming studyWhen Dr. Martha Honey visited Costa Rica in 2008 to do a talk on tourism, she met residents who were concerned about the rampant development on the Pacific Coast of condos and large-scale hotels, along with infrastructure and businesses to accommodate cruise ships.“It became clear that a lot of people were not on top of fast-paced development in Guanacaste and some of the challenges this was presenting,” Honey recently recalled to The Tico Times. “We began talking about the possibility of doing a study. It became clear that this was something that would be welcomed by the Costa Rican government.”A seasoned journalist and expert on tourism development, Honey is co-founder and co-director of The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), a nonprofit research institute based in Standford University and Washington, D.C. Between 2009 and 2010, Honey and a 15-person team studied the impact of the tourism industry on Costa Rica, particularly in the northwestern province of Guanacaste and the Osa Peninsula, in the Southern Zone. The project received a grant from the environmentally focused Blue Moon Fund.Their findings were alarming: Many hotels were not up to code, cruise line passengers contributed little to the local economy, and swimming pools and golf courses were detrimental to local water supplies. One of the leading contributors: Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, which services direct flights from the United States, accelerating the flood of foreigners – and by extension, foreign entrepreneurs.“It happened so quickly that it kind of caught Costa Ricans off-guard,” Honey said. Because of the development hysteria, the study claimed that building projects were often hasty and conducted illegally. “Part of it was bureaucracy, and part of it was that developers found it easier to pay the fines,” she said.A controversial filmThe CREST staff felt it had produced a groundbreaking study, but they couldn’t expect the average citizen to read it. Such studies are often difficult to slog through, and many of the people affected by rampant development are not sophisticated readers. So CREST decided to commission a documentary.“What was missing were the voices of people on the coast – how they had experienced this tremendous growth of tourism,” recalled Honey.last_img read more


Emirates Takes Gold at ICCA Awards

Posted On Aug 17 2019 by

first_imgLeading international airline Emirates has signaled its commitment to Australia’s growing cruise industry by taking on the role of Gold Sponsor for the 2012 Cruise Industry Awards.Presented by the International Cruise Council Australasia, the prestigious annual Cruise Industry Awards event recognises leading cruise travel consultants and agencies from across Australia and New Zealand.ICCA General Manager Brett Jardine said he was delighted to welcome Emirates onboard as the Gold Sponsor of the 2012 Awards night, which will be held in Sydney on February 9, 2013.“Emirates first joined the Council as an associate member in 2007 and, as our cruise line members will attest, has made a point of pro-actively working with the industry to carry Australian passengers to cruise ships around the world,” Mr Jardine said.Emirates Vice President Australasia Barry Brown said the airline was pleased to further strengthen its relationship with the ICCA and to celebrate the achievements of those in the industry.“With a route network that currently includes more than 120 destinations in over 70 countries, and a consistent global service proposition, Emirates is a natural partner for cruising operators worldwide,” Mr Brown said. “In particular, the expansion of Emirates’ European network to more than 30 cities has allowed the airline to build stronger relationships with more cruise professionals, who appreciate the wider flight possibilities for connecting with a variety of European cruise itineraries, conveniently via one-stop in Dubai from Australia.“With the growth of Dubai as a popular cruising destination for Australian travellers in its own right, we look forward to furthering our relationship with the Council in 2012, and supporting our partners as the industry continues to flourish,” Mr Brown said. Source = Emirateslast_img read more


4 Hurghada Egypt

Posted On Aug 10 2019 by

first_img4. Hurghada, Egypt 8. Sydney, AustraliaMore: 10 best things to do in Sydney: a local’s guide – Prohibition bars, gangsters’ hangouts, and fish and chips. 12. Bangkok, ThailandMore: 10 best things to do in Bangkok 10. Las Vegas, USA 1. Bali, IndonesiaMore: Top 10 things to do in Bali – Manta rays, eco cycling and sundowners:10 top off-the-tourist-track tips from a Bali local. 2. Bora Bora, French Polynesia 5. Delhi, India 7. Yangon, Burma 11. Raja Ampat Island, Papua, Indonesiacenter_img 6. Rio de Janeiro, BrazilMore: 10 best things to do in Rio – a local’s guide – Join a Rio local as she shows us round her favourite hip hotspots and cool hangouts. 3. SingaporeMore: 10 best things to do in Singapore – From noodles to the night zoo, our man in Singapore introduces 10 of the best things to do in the Lion City. 14. The Great Wall, China 9. Krabi, Thailand 13. Seoraksan National Park, South Korea 15. Cannibal Bay, New ZealandReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Related10 of the top Christmas and New Year holidays for 2017/2018We’ve put together ten of the best places to visit for Christmas and New Year, whether you want to sun yourself on the beaches of Sydney or Cape Verde, experience a full-on advent extravaganza in the Christmas markets of Vienna and Berlin, or see some truly spectacular Christmas lights in…11 of the world’s craziest airport interiorsBig, beautiful, weird, wonderful, futuristic and fun: the world’s best, and craziest airport interiors.9 best value holiday destinations 2017Fancy a pint for 60p? Hotel for £3? We bring you ten amazing value destinations for 2016, plus the best places to go and beaches to hit when you get there.last_img read more


Paphos to host beach water polo tournament

Posted On Aug 9 2019 by

first_imgPaphos’ second annual beach water polo tournament will take place later this week with 25 International teams taking part.Organised by Cyprus Athletic Tourism- an independent company- with the support of Paphos Municipality, the Beach Water Polo International Tour 2018 will be held from July 13–15.Around 150 athletes from Cyprus, Greece, Israel and Hungary are expected to participate this year.“The teams will pass through a group stage process and then the best two teams of each group will proceed to a knockout stage,” Cyprus Athletic Tourism said in a statement.A spokeswoman for Paphos municipality said the body is offering support to the event as promoting Paphos as a sports destination is a matter of priority.“Paphos is fast gaining an international reputation as a quality sports destination with all sorts of events such as the triathlon, marathon, swimming, cycling and other events.”She added that the aim is to slowly enable and encourage this event to expand each year and establish it on an international level.Cyprus Athletic Tourism said that the ultimate aim of the event is to promote water polo and tempt as many children as possible into the water for exercise.“This year’s programme will also include two additional mini tournaments, one for children up to the age of eleven, and another for children up to thirteen years of age.”Two girls will also give a synchronized swimming display at the opening and closing of the event.The tournament was successfully organised in July last year, when 18 teams and 110 athletes participated, said the spokeswoman.Cyprus Athletic Tourism is an independent company which provides sport related services for individuals and sport teams. It organises training camps and tournaments for water polo, swimming, cycling, triathlon, football and basketball.      You May LikeFood Eat Safe9 Foods to Avoid With ArthritisFood Eat SafeUndoHistory By DayWhat To Watch Tonight? Netflix Best ShowsHistory By DayUndoHealthy Ways7 Drinks to Clean Your Liver Naturally – HealthyWaysHealthy WaysUndo Cyprus’ Dothraki warriorUndoModi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoProtest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more