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first_imgParents and teenagers often find it difficult to talk about sex and alcohol, but a new study suggests that doctors can help. Results published in the journal JAMA Network Open suggest that doctors have an opportunity to help parents and teens communicate about sex and alcohol in ways that will help young people make healthier choices about sexual behaviours and alcohol use. The randomised clinical study evaluated whether interventions targeted at parents in primary care pediatric settings might improve communications between parents and their teenagers about sexual health and alcohol use. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainAccording to the researchers, the study included 118 parents-adolescent pairs, with 38 pairs in a sexual health intervention, 40 pairs in an alcohol prevention intervention, and 40 pairs in a control group for comparison who received usual care. The interventions were selected because in previous research, they have been shown to encourage teens to wait until they are older to have sex, use protection if they do have sex and reduce alcohol use. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardParents in the interventions received coaching on key messages regarding sexual health and alcohol and were encouraged to engage in parent-adolescent communication about it within two weeks, at which time there was a follow-up call to parents from health coaches. Participants were surveyed four months later and the researchers reported an increased frequency of parent-teen communications in the intervention groups compared to the control group.last_img read more


first_imgIn the wake of deadly flooding in the Indian state of Kerala, Canadians with ties to the region fear for friends and relatives left stranded by the disaster that’s been called the worst in the country’s history.More than 300 people have died this week in the wake of the flooding, officials said, and more than 800,000 have been displaced by the floods and landslides that are a result of heavy rains that began on Aug. 8.“No one was prepared for this,” said Prasad Nair, president of the Mississauga Kerala Association, located west of Toronto. “Most people have lost everything that they have.”Nair, who came to Canada from Kerala in 2003, said one of his relatives saw his house fully submerged in water and had to stay on the roof for two days before being rescued.“The house that I lived in during my childhood has been fully submerged in water for five days,” said Nair, 47.The international community needs to understand what’s happening in Kerala because the state will need help, he said.“Most of us here are Canadians and we will always be a part of Canada, but a part of us belongs there too.”Nair said the association will continue to fundraise for the disaster, but urged the Canadian government to pledge to donate, especially to rebuild, as officials estimate over 10,000 kilometres of roads have been damaged.“We are working really hard to get an appointment with the PM’s office,” he said. “But we have not heard anything back from him yet.”“Canada has the technology, ability and experience in these kinds of disaster operations,” he said.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Twitter Saturday that he sends his deepest condolences to those affected, and a spokesperson for Global Affairs did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Joe Thottungal, 46, came to Canada 20 years ago from Kerala and in 2004 opened a restaurant in Ottawa that serves Keralan cuisine.He said it’s devastating to see the state he grew up in face such destruction.He regularly returns to the region, and has for the past three years brought Canadians along with him to explore the state’s food scene.Its tea plantations, backwaters and abundance of spices like cardamom are some of the reasons tourists are so keen to visit, he said.Nelson Abraham, who also owns a restaurant in Ottawa, said some of his Canadian friends who travelled to the province are stuck because the airport is closed.“Everyone that we know is safe, but a lot of people are suffering for the food and the drinkable water,” Abraham said, adding that he will return to India later this year to take care of his family.“My mother is alone there, so I must go,” he said. “I think everything will be all right in the next month … at least I hope so.”Global Affairs Canada said in a statement that its thoughts and sympathies are with the families and friends of those killed in the flood.It said 3,748 Canadians in India have officially registered with the department’s emergency notification system, but this is not necessarily a complete picture of how many Canadians are in the country.— With files from The Associated Press.last_img read more


first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO — Like his “Stranger Things 3” character, Canadian actor Finn Wolfhard is at a crucial point in adolescence.At 16, the shaggy-haired Vancouver star is trying to finish high school while juggling international fame, looming adulthood and goals for his career and garage-rock band, Calpurnia.“I don’t know if I’ll go right off the bat to post-secondary, to college,” Wolfhard said in a recent phone interview.center_img Twitter Finn Wolfhard arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Facebook “I have plans to, after high school, live on my own for a bit and try testing out living in a few different places and just being a kid for a few months, and just write and hang out with friends and stuff.“After ‘Stranger Things 4’ and graduating high school — if ‘Stranger Things 4’ happens, because it’s not official, but if it does — I’d love to just soak up the world a little bit.”He also wants to direct features.“That’s why I wanted to get into acting, is because I wanted to be a director and I thought that if I acted, I could get a lot of experience just on set and learn a lot on set while also having an awesome time,” said Wolfhard, who co-directed the music video “Sonora” for his friend’s band, Spendtime Palace, in 2017 — when he was just 14.“I’m writing something now that I’m still trying to figure out. It’s more of an outline. I’m still developing the acts and stuff.”Helping him along the way are his mentors on the set of Netflix’s Emmy-winning sci-fi/supernatural hit “Stranger Things,” which launched its third season Thursday.Wolfhard said the creators, the Duffer brothers, as well as executive producer/director Shawn Levy and actors David Harbour and Joe Keery, have been “a huge inspiration.”“I love those guys. They’re definitely huge mentors for me. They just teach me a lot about everything — career and life and acting.”Wolfhard has made a splash as freckle-faced unlikely hero Mike Wheeler, part of a group of teens beset by mysterious events, frightening monsters and covert government operations in Hawkins, Ind.good morning ??: Miller Mobley pic.twitter.com/eIzxEMhOAV— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) July 4, 2019This season is set a year after the last one, in the summer of 1985, when another threat looms over the group’s excitement over new love and a new town mall.“It does have more gore and more blood but … it doesn’t take itself more seriously,” Wolfhard said.“It has the fun and charming qualities that season 1 had and going into season 2. We’re amping everything up.”Wolfhard marvelled at how he started “Stranger Things” as “kind of a rookie” a mere three years ago and has come a long way since then.He’s currently starring in a new campaign for French luxury fashion house Saint Laurent and has three major movies coming up this year alone: “It: Chapter Two,” the follow-up to the 2017 hit in which he also had a role; “The Goldfinch,” a drama with Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson, and Luke Wilson based on the acclaimed novel; and an animated remake of “The Addams Family.”Next year he’ll star in the supernatural horror “The Turning,” executive produced by Steven Spielberg, and return to the Netflix animated series “Carmen Sandiego” for its second season.He revealed he’s also in talks to possibly be in a Canadian indie film being developed by Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux, who has directed music videos for Toronto punk band PUP, which has been a big inspiration for Wolfhard’s music group.“I still kind of am a rookie, I consider myself, but I’ve definitely learned a lot since the first season about … film and people and what to say on set and stuff,” Wolfhard said.“I’m excited. Everything I’ve been doing is for a reason. I don’t want to get typecast and I’ve been doing a lot of stuff to make that happen and not be the case.”By Victoria Ahearn ~ The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: Private power producer Tata Power will lead the nation’s renewable energy transition with gradual withdrawal from building new coal fired power plants, a report said. The country’s largest private integrated power company has recently made it clear that it will cease to build new coal-fired power capacity, according to ‘Tata Power: Renewables to Power Growth’ report released by Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) Tuesday. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe report highlights the company’s long-term strategy that will see renewable energy dominate its power capacity build-out going forward. Tata Power’s focus on renewables makes sense given the major energy transformation now occurring, report author Simon Nicholas, Energy Finance Analyst at IEEFA, said in a statement. The company’s Strategic Intent 2025′ plan calls for up to 70 per cent of new capacity additions to come from solar, wind and hydro through to 2025, said Nicholas. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThis represents a significant departure from the accepted wisdom of just a few years ago that a major expansion of coal-fired power would be required to serve India’s growing electricity demand, Nicholas. According to the report, the majority of Tata Power’s thermal capacity is now centred on its Mundra coal-fired power plant – one of the biggest power plants in India – which experienced losses reaching $191 million for the first three-quarters of FY2018-19. The Mundra plant is making consistent, significant losses that are dragging back the company’s overall financial performance, said Nicholas. While a bailout of the plant is being planned, which will increase the tariff burden on consumers and realise a debt write-down for bank lenders, Tata Power has stated it will only halve the losses at Mundra,” said Nicholas Nicholas further said, “Tata Power’s experience at Mundra has helped convince the company to turn away from new coal-fired power. Tim Buckley, IEEFA’s Director of Energy Finance Studies noted that Tata Power’s shift mirrors the transition underway within the Indian power sector as a whole, driven by least cost renewable energy. The shift away from new coal-fired power is moving faster than anyone had predicted, said Buckley. With more than 40 gigawatts of existing coal-fired power plants under financial stress in India, Tata Power is seeking to only add new coal-fired power capacity via fire-sale acquisition, at 30 to 40 per cent of historical investment. It no longer plans to build new coal-fired power plants, the report said.last_img read more


Josh Dawson (MA ’13) will be presenting a talk titled “Emma Bovary, Justine and Juliette: Three Sisters of the Enlightenment” on Friday, Nov. 14  at 1 p.m., International Centre Building, IC 306 as part of the Department of Philosophy’s Research in Progress Colloquium Series.For more information, please consult the Department of Philosophy’s website.This event is free of charge and all are welcome to attend.


by News Staff Posted Jun 7, 2012 5:01 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Australia’s competition regulator has approved the friendly takeover bid of Calgary-based Viterra by European commodities giant Glencore PLC.Viterra says the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will not oppose the $6.1 billion deal.Shareholders at the Canadian agribusiness (TSX:VT) voted overwhelmingly in favour of the deal in May, and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice have already approved the takeover.The federal Competition Bureau had also indicated earlier that it doesn’t plan to intervene.Viterra has said 99.8 per cent of votes cast by its shareholders last month were in favour of accepting the offer of $16.25 per share in cash from the Swiss commodities giant.Viterra expects the transaction to close by the end of July, but adds that could change.It says the closing is still subject to clearances under the Investment Canada Act and the Australian Foreign Investment Review Board.Viterra was formed several years ago after Saskatchewan Wheat Pool bought Agricore United. The company has since expanded beyond Canada.Glencore approached Viterra in March as it was preparing to benefit from the end of the Canadian Wheat Board’s monopoly on the marketing of wheat and barley in Western Canada.The Glencore deal includes a side agreement that will see a large chunk of Viterra’s business sold to two other Canadian companies.Calgary-based Agrium Inc. (TSX:AGU) will pay $1.8 billion for the majority of Viterra’s retail business.Meanwhile, privately held Richardson International of Winnipeg will also acquire a 23 per cent share of Viterra’s grain handling assets in Canada, plus other North American assets.Glencore has also agreed to keep Viterra’s North American head office in Regina. Australian competition regulator approves Glencore takeover of Viterra read more


Boeing tells political leaders that union vote will decide fate of jobs on 777X wing SEATTLE – Boeing Co. told political leaders in the Puget Sound on Monday that this week’s vote by Machinists will determine the fate of some jobs on the new 777X airplane.Local politicians gathered at a press conference in Everett to discuss the importance of approving the revised contract offer. Boeing executive Ray Conner told the government leaders earlier in the day that an accepted contract will ensure that work on the airplane’s wing stays in the Puget Sound, but a vote to reject the deal will ensure the jobs go elsewhere.Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke says there is no other choice but to vote yes. Otherwise, the politicians warned of a decline in the state’s aerospace industry.“We will see the demise of the economic stimulus that Boeing has provided us,” Cooke said.Boeing spokesman Doug Alder declined to discuss details of the company’s conversations with local leaders but said this week will “be the last opportunity for the union to vote prior to Boeing making a decision” on where it will build the 777X.Local union leaders have opposed the contract because they believe it involves too many concessions, including a plan to shift workers away from traditional pensions. National leaders in International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers have scheduled a vote despite the objections of local officials.Since the Machinists rejected a contract offer last month, the company has solicited bids from other states. A total of 22 states have submitted offers to secure work on the 777X.Boeing’s warning on Monday focused on the composite wing needed for the 777X. John Lovick, the Snohomish County executive, said Boeing plans to build a 1.2 million square foot building to construct the wing in the Puget Sound if the Machinists approve the latest offer.The political leaders said the company’s warnings didn’t address where the fuselage would be built if Machinists reject the offer.Still, they said the composite wing is a new technology that will be a critical component for airplanes of the future. If that work goes elsewhere, it likely will mean that future airplane production will go where the wings are built, the government leaders said.“We have an opportunity to either grow the aerospace industry here in Everett … and here in the state of Washington,” said Bob Drewel, former Snohomish County executive, “or, unfortunately and conversely, we will watch that industry shrink in front of us.”Production of Boeing’s 777X would likely secure thousands of well-paying jobs to whatever region wins the work. The plane is a new iteration of its strong-selling 777, and the company recently received orders for 225 new 777X planes from three airlines at the Dubai Airshow.Boeing began offering the 777X in May, but it’s still finalizing plans for the plane and aiming to deliver the first aircraft by the end of the decade. Boeing has said it is expected to carry as many as 400 passengers and be more fuel efficient than the current 777.___Follow AP Writer Mike Baker on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MikeBakerAP by Mike Baker, The Associated Press Posted Dec 30, 2013 12:31 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


Complementing Bangladesh’s continuing efforts, the 2018 appeal aims to bring together more than 100 UN agencies and national and international non-governmental organizations to ensure that refugees and host communities receive the life-saving assistance, protection and the support they desperately need. It also includes contingency planning for 80,000 more refugees in the coming months.“The needs and vulnerabilities of the Rohingya refugee population in Bangladesh are immense,” said William Swing, Director General of    the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM).“Many Governments generously supported the last Rohingya crisis appeal. Given the large scale of the emergency and the amount of humanitarian services needed to ensure lives can be protected with dignity, continued and enhanced support is necessary,” he added.Fifty-four per cent of the appeal is to ensure food, water and sanitation, shelter and other basic aid, with food alone accounting for 25 per cent of the total.While acknowledging great appreciation for the generosity with which the response has been funded, Mia Seppo, UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh, lauded the Government’s efforts.“In terms of being the first responders, in terms of providing land, in terms of keeping its borders open, in terms of providing asylum, in terms of building roads, extending electricity networks, providing food, seconding civil servants, providing police and army to keep order in the camp. The biggest donor to this crisis continues to be the people and the Government of Bangladesh.”The humanitarian response faces immense challenges, including congested conditions, gender-based violence and critical public health concerns, namely measles, diphtheria and diarrhoea.So far, the emergency response from September 2017 to February 2018 has received $321 million of the $434 million required. “We are talking about truly critical needs here both on the part of the Bangladeshi communities who have so generously opened their doors, and of a Stateless and refugee population that even prior to this crisis was among the world’s most marginalised and at risk,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said in Geneva, launching the 2018 Joint Response Plan (JRP) for the rohingya humanitarian crisis.Over the months since the most recent Rohingya influx began, it has become the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis – with tens of thousands fleeing by land and sea daily from Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state at the peak of the emergency.The Bangladesh Government and people have responded with extraordinary generosity and hospitality to the 671,000 Rohingya refugees who have arrived since 25 August.Almost seven months in, refugees continue to arrive and the situation in Cox’s Bazar remains fluid.The Kutupalong-Balukhali site, where some 600,000 refugees are living, is now the largest and most densely populated refugee settlement in the world.Precarious conditions and the ongoing emergency response there are about to be further challenged by the approaching monsoon season, placing more than 150,000 Rohingya refugees at risk of landslides and floods, threatening disaster on top of the current emergency.“The solutions to this crisis lie inside Myanmar, and conditions must be established that will allow refugees to return home,” said Mr. Grandi. “But today we are appealing for help with the immediate needs, and these needs are vast.” read more


Sophomore midfielder Morgan Kile (8) battles for the ball in a game against Saint Louis on Aug. 28 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won 5-0. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz / Asst. Sports EditorOhio State field hockey is set to take on Ball State after coming off a packed yet successful weekend, playing two games in less than 24 hours. The Buckeyes and the Cardinals are set to compete Friday at the Buckeye Varsity Field at 3:30 p.m.With its 3-2 overtime loss Friday against No. 11 Wake Forest and 5-0 victory against Missouri State this weekend, OSU (2-2) has been gaining momentum this week, both on and off the field. Sophomore forward/midfielder Maddy Humphrey has been off to a fast start offensively, leading the team with nine goals, including finding the back of the net in each of the Scarlet and Gray’s four games.Coach Anne Wilkinson, who captured her 302nd career win last Saturday against Missouri State, says she enjoys seeing the team work as a unit in order to promote individual successes.“(Humphrey) is just is a great finisher, she loves to score … and I’m excited when she scores a goal too,” said WIlkinson. “You can just see the whole team really finding each other well on the field and doing a good job setting each other up.”Another standout player from last weekend was sophomore midfielder Morgan Kile, who registered three assists, resulting in her first three points on the season. Kile says she looks to keep up the positive energy from last weekend when squaring off against Ball State.“We need to go into this game keeping our momentum from playing successfully thus far,” Kile said. “I think a team like Ball State is going to come in hard against us … but (in practice) we make each other better every day. There’s an uphill incline happening in our skills and our games together.”Sophomore goalie Liz Tamburro goes into Friday’s game humble, holding a new accolade after being named Big Ten’s defensive player of the week on Tuesday. The Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, native  — who ranks 19th on OSU’s all-time list for career saves with 137 — credits her team’s support for why she is able to have such success.“I feel really honored by it,” Tamburro said. “It’s all due to (the help) of my teammates.”Friday’s game against Ball State is set to be the first meeting between the two teams since last year when the Cardinals knocked off the Buckeyes in overtime, 4-3. Ball State has struggled thus far as it heads to Columbus winless in five attempts. The team’s leading scorer, junior forward/midfielder Lexi Kavanaugh, returns to the field with four points, scoring one goal to go along with dishing out two assists.Wilkinson is looking for OSU to continue passing the ball well to make it hard for the Cardinals and other teams to press them.“We need to see some discipline within our system,” Wilkinson said. “To perform the basic skills with pressure and speed and not getting caught up in making a mistake and going rogue … we need to continue to play together.”Defense holding strongAlong with Tamburro’s defensive accomplishments thus far, senior back Emma Royce alongside a pair of freshmen — back Hannah Pany and midfield/back Courtney Daniels — as well as redshirt sophomore midfield/back Carolina Vergroesen — are successfully safeguarding the field. Thus far, opponents are averaging only 1.5 goals and 9.2 shots per game.OSU stands tall in Big Ten statsThe Buckeyes are faring well amongst their Big Ten foes so far in 2015, and the numbers are there to prove it.Humphrey is tops in the conference for shots per game, with 5.25. She is tied for the lead in both goals (four) and goals per game (one). She also ranks second in points, with nine.Kile holds a share of the conference lead in assists, with three.After the CardinalsFollowing the Buckeyes’ game Friday, the team has a week off before traveling to East Lansing, Michigan, to kick off Big Ten play against Michigan State. The game is set to begin at 3 p.m. read more


Alisha Marcus, the mother of 8-year-old Anellie Hoyte, who was reportedly kidnapped from her school over a week ago, said that he daughter was reportedly found by in the care of a relative of her deceased husband in North East La Penitence.Found: Annelie Hoyte is now in state custodyAlisha Marcus said she found her daughter on Monday at the elderly woman’s home, and Anellie has since been taken into state custody.She explained that the elderly woman related that she was unaware that it was reported that Annelie Hoyte had been kidnapped, and decided to take the child into her care since she claimed that she was seen wandering the streets of Georgetown.According to the child’s mother, her daughter said that a male had taken her to the Vreed-en-Hoop junction in a dark coloured car, and had left her there.The child then reportedly boarded a route 32 minibus, travelled to Georgetown, and was seen by friends of relatives, who took her to the North East La Penitence area.Marcus, however, noted that Annelie’s story is not adding up, hence the reason why she is still in state custody as an investigation has been launched.This publication had reported that the child was allegedly abducted at about 09:00hrs on Wednesday last, as she was about to enter her school’s (Tuschen Primary) compound.She was reportedly grabbed from behind by a male, and was placed in a parked, dark coloured car, which then sped away.Students outside of the school who witnessed the incident quickly reported what transpired to a teacher who made contact with the child’s mother.The matter was also reported at the Leonora Police Station.Marcus had disclosed to this publication that her husband died just over two months ago and ever since, his mother who resides overseas has allegedly been attempting to take her daughter from her.Marcus reported that in making efforts to do so, the woman made contact with the welfare office in Guyana and made claims of her (Marcus) being an unfit mother.The angered woman and mother to two other children relayed that an investigation was carried out by a group of welfare officers.“The claims she and her relatives made against me were found to be false and Annelie was placed back in my care” Marcus disclosed. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMother of kidnapped 8-year-old begging for her return, implicates grandmotherFebruary 9, 2018In “Crime”Two years jail for mother found guilty of burning 9 – year – old daughterJune 12, 2014In “Crime”Kidnapped 5 – Year – old spotted in Berbice with motherSeptember 19, 2014In “Crime” read more


first_img 10 Comments Image: Carol Rosenberg via PA Feb 15th 2018, 9:01 PM By AFP The Army value of the week on display in Guantanamo’s Detention Zone on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in a photo approved for release by the US military. Image: Carol Rosenberg via PA The Army value of the week on display in Guantanamo’s Detention Zone on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in a photo approved for release by the US military. Share22 Tweet Email1 Guantanamo ‘prepared’ for new inmates: US admiral Obama had tried to shut down the detention centre.center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3854738 10,566 Views Short URL A TOP US military official said the prison at Guantanamo Bay is “prepared” to take new detainees, but has not yet received the order to do so.President Donald Trump last month signed an executive order reversing his predecessor Barack Obama’s ultimately fruitless 2009 directive to shutter the much-maligned US prison centre.“We have 41 detainees who are there right now. We are prepared to receive more should they be directed to us,” Admiral Kurt Tidd, who oversees the military’s Southern Command that includes Guantanamo, told lawmakers.“As of today we have not been given a warning order that new detainees might be heading in our direction, but our responsibility will be to integrate them in effectively.”US military officials have been openly discussing the fate of Islamic State group detainees, mainly foreign fighters, held by US-backed militias in northern Syria.Guantanamo has not received any new inmates since 2008 but on the campaign trail, Trump vowed to load the facility with “bad dudes,” and said it would be “fine” if US terror suspects were sent there for trial.During his State of the Union speech in January, Trump said IS captives would in “many cases” end up in Guantanamo.© – AFP, 2018Read: The weapon allegedly used in deadly Florida shooting is known as ‘America’s rifle’ > Thursday 15 Feb 2018, 9:00 PMlast_img read more


first_img Apr 27th 2017, 1:20 PM 10,714 Views http://jrnl.ie/3361222 Government approves selling parts of Irish TV to Irish diaspora newspaper The exact amount of the sale isn’t known. Short URL Thursday 27 Apr 2017, 1:20 PM 13 Comments Share10 Tweet Email2 By Gráinne Ní Aodha Source: gnepphoto/ShutterstockTHE GOVERNMENT HAS approved the sale of parts of the now-defunct Irish TV to a newspaper for the Irish diaspora in Britain.Irish TV, the short-lived station based in County Mayo, went into liquidation late last year after collapsing under millions in losses.The London-based Irish Post announced that it was buying digital and intellectual property from Irish TV, which includes the station’s business name, business databases, website domains, social media and extensive video content library.The sale was awaiting the go-ahead from the state’s competition regulator, which has been officially approved today by the Minister for Communications Denis Naughten.The exact amount of the sale isn’t known.Competition regulator Communications minister Denis Naughten. Source: Sam BoalThe Competition and Consumer Protection Commission cleared the proposed merger on competition grounds, with the Minister notified of the approval in March of this year.The regulator’s examination included determining the merger’s potential effect on the plurality of media in the state.As a result of this examination the Minister made a determination this Wednesday that the proposed media merger will not adversely affect the plurality of media in the state and, as such, that it may be put into effect.Founded in 1970, The Irish Post is a media brand focused on the Irish in Britain. It manages a weekly newspaper and a website.Read: The Irish Post is going to take over parts of Irish TV after its closureRead: Liquidator appointed to oversee wind up of Irish TV Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


first_img Arguably the most shocking, exciting announcement from Nintendo’s recent indie game blowout at PAX was the reveal of Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes. Initially teased at the Switch reveal in January, we finally got a confirmation that the “most hardcore assassin in video games” would be making his return on Nintendo’s console/handheld hybrid.To me, the original No More Heroes from a decade ago is a modern classic, as is its sequel to a somewhat lesser extent. Beyond the novelty of playing a crude and violent action game on the family friendly Wii, making jerk-off motions with your bloody beam katana, the game is true punk art loaded with social meaning and allegory that would make Hideo Kojima blush. The article “No More Heroes is Not Punk” offers its interpretation of the game’s relationship to Western vs Eastern game design and the gaming industry in general. It was one of the first pieces of gaming criticism that really blew my mind, and that’s based on the artistic density of the game itself.However, Travis Strikes Again, which sees Travis and his rival Badman sucked into a haunted game console, appears to be a very different kind of game. It’s not called No More Heroes 3 after all. But every public attempt to explain it, while remaining somewhat coy to preserve surprises, has only left us more confused as to what the game actually is. To settle this, we went to source and interviewed Goichi “Suda51” Suda, the game’s director and head of maverick Japanese game developer Grasshopper Studio.Geek.com: In the trailer Travis talks about reintroducing himself to modern players. Do you think Travis Strikes Again works as a jumping on point for Switch owners who didn’t play previous No More Heroes games? Why bring him back now?Suda51: I actually hope that TSA works as exactly that. While I obviously wanted to create the sort of game that fans of the original NMH series would enjoy as much as they enjoyed the first two, I also wanted to make sure that this game could be picked up by someone who had absolutely no knowledge of Travis or NMH whatsoever and still be enjoyed without having to go back and play the first two games as well.Although it’s definitely not necessary to enjoy this title, I would highly recommend to anyone interested in checking out Travis’ previous adventures to go out and pick up some used copies of the original NMH 1 and 2 for the Nintendo Wii as soon as possible, as the prices have apparently been going up since this game was announced.As for why I decided to bring Travis back now, I’d been wanting to revisit him and see how he’s been doing for years now, as well as to reintroduce him to the newer generation of gamers who may not have had the chance to meet him back during the original run, and with the unveiling of the Nintendo Switch and all its capabilities and features, this felt like the perfect time to do that.Geek.com: How did you get the idea to collaborate with indie developers? We figure you probably can’t reveal more partners yet other than Hotline Miami in the trailer, but are there any devs you wanted to work with that you were unable to?Suda51: I decided to work with indie developers because not only am I a huge fan of indie games, but I feel that Travis would definitely be a huge fan as well. You can see him playing Hotline Miami in the trailer, and if you look closely you can see that he’s actually really close to beating the game – that’s how much of a fan he is.I also wanted to work with indie developers because I still see myself and Grasshopper as indie creators, which is how we began, and I wanted to show my support for these guys and help get the word out as I feel that what they’re doing is truly great and they really deserve all the recognition they can get.As for devs with whom I wanted to work, at this point I can’t mention any specific games apart from Hotline Miami and Shovel Knight, but altogether we’ve got about 15 games lined up for the collaboration and so far nobody has said “no”; they’ve all been really supportive and have all been more than happy to help out.Geek.com: What aspects of past No More Heroes games can fans expect to see in the sequel? How does the indie anthology aspect change things?Suda51: Apart from Travis himself, who, while having possibly matured just a little bit and having had some major changes in his life which will be detailed more in the game, is still the same old Travis at heart, the game will include some of the more iconic elements of the original games. Things like the beam katana and the “charge” using the motion controller, Travis saving his game on the toilet, and the general atmosphere of his trailer – which replaces his apartment from the original games – will all be very recognizable and familiar to fans.The indie collaboration aspect won’t really change much of the game itself. At this point, the only aspect of the indie collaboration which I can speak concretely on would be the t-shirt collaboration, in which Travis will be wearing t-shirts featuring the different games with which we’re collaborating. I definitely want to go even deeper with the collaboration and try out some really cool ideas we’ve come up with, but at the moment I’m afraid that that’s all I can say about that.Geek.com: Do you see a kind of kinship between what modern indie game developers are doing now and what Grasshopper has been doing for years?Suda51: Definitely, yeah. Grasshopper – and myself – started out as a true indie developer, and while we have grown in size somewhat and have worked on some larger titles over the years, I still consider both myself and Grasshopper to be indie creators, and one of the things I hope to accomplish with TSA is sort of getting back to those indie roots, with a smaller team size and more direct control over every aspect of the game.These indie creators out there who you see at PAX and Bit.Summit are really amazing guys, and what they do is truly great stuff, creating the games that they want to create and doing the real “punk” thing by creating things on their own terms and trying stuff that larger companies aren’t willing to try, and I really respect and want to support that.Geek.com: Between the first two games on Wii and now Travis Strikes Again on Switch, is there a particular reason this franchise sticks to Nintendo platforms?Suda 51: I’ve been working with Nintendo since the first two No More Heroes games, and they have always offered an immense amount of support and have always been willing to allow me to try new things and make the games I want to make. Just as the Wii was revolutionary in its time, with its motion controls and the various features it had, the Switch is also a revolutionary console, and I feel that the Switch and Nintendo are really the most “punk” console and maker out there, doing things that nobody else has done yet.On top of that, as always, Nintendo has been extremely supportive and helpful throughout development of Travis Strikes Back as they were with the first two titles, and in addition to the ease and comfort of working with them, I also simply felt that the Switch would be the perfect platform on which to bring Travis back from the first time I saw it demonstrated back when it was still called the “NX”.Thanks to Suda51 for his time and to Nintendo setting up for this interview.View as: One Page Slides1/51. In Travis Strikes Again, the most hardcore assassin in video games returns on Nintendo Switch.2. This time, players are sucked into a haunted video game console, loosely connected to fellow Grasshopper game Let It Die.3. Travis’s nemesis is Badman, who is seeking revenge over the murder of his daughter in the first game.4. Like a true gamer, Travis will wear different shirts featuring actual acclaimed indie games like Hotline Miami and Shovel Knight.5. There’s still so much left to learn about Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes before its launch next year.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President Stay on targetlast_img read more


first_img ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety After five years on the public-relations team at BuzzFeed News, Katie Rayford is leaving to join Slate as the digital publisher’s first director of media relations.Rayford starts at Slate on April 22, and she will be based in the company’s Brooklyn office. She reports to Slate president and chief revenue officer Charlie Kammerer.Slate last month hired Jared Hohlt, veteran of New York magazine, as its new editor-in-chief. According to the company, the Slate.com audience is up over 20% year over year and it has over 150 million podcast downloads to date. Earlier this year Slate announced Supporting Cast, a membership program that lets podcasters and podcast networks offer subscription-only versions of their shows.“With Katie we found a high-energy communications specialist that deeply understands journalism and storytelling and will be an ideal and important part of our leadership team as we grow our business,” Kammerer said in announcing her hire.center_img Rayford in a prepared statement added, “I am thrilled to be joining Slate, a company that produces quality journalism that recalibrates the way their readers think about the biggest news stories and cultural moments of the day.”In a note to BuzzFeed News staffers Monday about Rayford’s departure, senior director of communications Matt Mittenthal praised her work promoting the brand and helping launch new BuzzFeed shows. He also cited her skill dealing with news about recent BuzzFeed layoffs and a response from the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller disputing a BuzzFeed News report that Donald Trump instructed former lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress.“As we’ve been hit with lawsuits, unexplained curveballs from the special counsel’s office, ups and downs in the business, and impossibly bold decisions from our editors, Katie has been unflinching in her defense of BuzzFeed News, and in her commitment to continuing to promote your work and keep business running as usual,” Mittenthal wrote in the memo.last_img read more


first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Scientists overcome key CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing hurdle CRISPR/Cas9 has been in the news a lot of late, as it has been used to edit genes in ways that were never possible before, allowing for a whole host of new research opportunities. The development of the technique has taken a long and winding road as is the case with most modern inventions, with many people from around the world making small contributions to the science of gene editing which eventually led to some researchers having what was needed to develop the new technique. At least two teams of them filed for a patent on the product in the U.S. The first was a team with the University of California, led by Jennifer Doudna, they filed for a patent in late 2013. The second was a team affiliated with MIT and the Broad Institute, headed by Feng Zhang—they filed in early 2014, but, realizing they had something pretty special, they asked for and were granted an expedited process which meant that their patent was granted before the one submitted by the UofC team was completed, leaving the UoC team out in the cold.This past April, attorneys for UoC requested an interference on the case, claiming they should have been granted the patent because they filed first—the request by the MIT team should have been recognized as an interfering party, they claim, because their application interfered with the original.The judge on the case, Deborah Katz, designated the UoC team as the “senior party” which essentially means that the USPTO is starting the hearings with the assumption that the UoC team should hold the patent, leaving the MIT team to prove that it invented the procedure first, regardless of who filed first.There is one minor detail in the case that could turn things in MIT’s favor—when filing for the patent, the UoC team did not include words describing the technique as something to be used on mammalian cells—including humans. They were more general, whereas the MIT team was much more specific regarding how the technique could be used.It is not likely there will be quick resolution to the dispute, both sides will likely be given time to find and compile pertinent evidence and then to present it, and others might be allowed to chime in as well. All in all it could take months, but the effort should be more than worth it as there are millions to be made in licensing fees. Crystal structure of S pyogenes Cas9 in complex with sgRNA and its target DNA at 2.5 A ˚ resolution. Credit: Nishimasu, et al. 2014. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2014.02.001 Genome Editing with CRISPR-Cas9 (Phys.org)—The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) officially agreed this past Monday to move forward with interference hearings regarding the case of the true inventor of the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technique. This sets the stage for a major battle between two groups of scientists, their affiliated institutions and supporters backing one or the other who hope to reap large financial rewards from its use. © 2016 Phys.org Citation: Patent office agrees to move forward with interference hearings on CRISPR/Cas9 inventor case (2016, January 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-01-patent-office-crisprcas9-inventor-case.html Explore furtherlast_img read more


first_img News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD February 6, 2018 – Varian announced it has acquired privately-held Mobius Medical Systems, a radiation oncology Quality Assurance (QA) software company. This acquisition expands Varian’s work in radiation medicine by increasing its portfolio of patient treatment plan QA and machine QA technologies and enables the company to potentially impact more patients around the globe with software solutions designed to assure the quality of treatments.The acquisition of Mobius is consistent with Varian’s long-term growth and value creation strategy and broadens its cancer care portfolio. The integration of additional QA tools into the Varian ecosystem will allow advanced QA processes to be more seamlessly combined into treatment workflows. Additionally, Varian also can ensure that QA methods advance at the same time as Varian introduces new treatment techniques.“Varian places high value on the market-leading Mobius QA products, including Mobius3D and DoseLab, and is dedicated to expanding their global reach,” said Kolleen Kennedy, president of Varian’s Oncology Systems business. “The two companies have similar cultures with deep commitments to enabling quality cancer care for patients around the globe.”The Mobius QA software is in use at over 1000 sites worldwide to ensure patients receive high-quality care. Mobius3D is a 3-D dose verification and IMRT/VMAT treatment delivery QA system. Mobius3D performs 3-D dose verification for patient plans, supports verification checks throughout the entire clinical process for IMRT and VMAT, and includes modular staged testing to reinforce the confidence of the medical physicist in the patient plan and treatment delivery. DoseLab is fast, simple and powerful software for quality assurance of medical linear accelerators.For more information: www.varian.com/mobius FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Quality Assurance (QA) | February 06, 2018 Varian Acquires Mobius Medical Systems The company’s acquisition expands its Quality Assurance tool portfolio News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Related Contentlast_img read more


first_img Check your body, save your life The small plane had been modified from agricultural to skydiving use three months before it crashed near Fox Glacier airfield on Sept. 4, 2010. But owner Skydive New Zealand failed to calculate the proper weight changes before flying the modified aircraft, the Transport Accident Investigation Commission concluded in its report, released Wednesday.It was 17 kilograms (37 pounds) over the weight limit when it crashed and too much of the weight was at the rear of the plane, investigators said.A father of one of the tourists on board blamed the crash on lax New Zealand safety enforcement and a legal system that essentially prevents people from suing for negligence.“To people thinking of going to New Zealand on an adrenaline sport, think twice,” Chris Coker of Britain told the BBC. His son, Bradley Coker, was 24.Adventure tourism is a major economic driver in New Zealand. About 2.6 million people visit the country each year, with one-third participating in an adventure sport such as bungy jumping, skydiving or jet-boating, according to government statistics.Key’s press secretary, Kevin Taylor, said recent industry reviews have improved safety.“While the prime minister understands this is small comfort to Mr. Coker’s family, visitors to New Zealand can be assured that we take safety extremely seriously,” Taylor wrote in an email. “New Zealand is renowned for its adventure tourism activities and, while we will always try to mitigate this risk, it can never be eliminated.” Patients with chronic pain give advice Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories Associated PressWELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – A skydiving plane that crashed near a New Zealand glacier in 2010, killing nine people, was overloaded because modifications for it to carry passengers were poorly managed, investigators concluded.The report has prompted one victim’s father to claim New Zealand’s popular adventure-tourism industry is unsafe _ a claim New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key has rejected. University of Auckland law professor Paul Rishworth said New Zealand’s accident compensation laws ensure accident victims receive compensation while removing the “lottery” of civil lawsuits. He said the system may result in companies having less incentive to follow safety rules, although the threat of criminal proceedings also acts as a deterrent.In an interim report on a separate crash, investigators said Thursday that the pilot of a hot-air balloon that crashed into power lines in January had used marijuana. The investigators did not issue findings on whether his drug-taking contributed to the crash, which killed 11 people.Investigators are recommending New Zealand introduce mandatory drug testing for all drivers and pilots in positions of responsibility, an idea the country’s transport agency has so far rejected.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Top holiday drink recipes Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathslast_img read more


first_imgU.S. Chamber of Commerce v. CFPB Share September 29, 2017 645 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, Newscenter_img CFPB US Chamber of Commerce 2017-09-29 Joey Pizzolato The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) arbitration rule is coming under fire yet again.A group of lobbying groups, including American Bankers Association, Consumer Bankers Association, and Financial Services Roundtable and numerous others, filed a complaint with a Dallas Federal Court against the CFPB Friday on the hotly-debated arbitration clause that was recently passed. The suit has been spearheaded by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.The CFPB, when finalizing the rule, argued that it gave consumers more options when it comes to challenging Big Business, but opponents of the rule say it could have unintended consequences, such as higher interest rates for consumers and an increase in revenue for trial lawyers.In making its arbitration rule, the CFPB conducted a study defending its actions, which were contested by members of both the House and Senate, arguing that the data was skewed, and wasn’t indicative of the real ramifications of eliminating the standard arbitration clause effects.The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency also released findings based on the data which contradicted the CFPB’s findings. According to the Acting Comptroller of the Currency Keith Noreika, “In the published final rule, the CFPB states that analysts were unable to identify any evidence from the data to indicate companies that removed their arbitration agreements raised their prices. The OCC review of the same data, however, shows that there is an 88-percent chance of the total cost of credit increasing as a result of the final rule prohibiting mandatory arbitration to allow consumers to pursue class-action lawsuits and a 56-percent chance that costs will increase by 3 percentage points or more.”The complaint challenges the legality and the constitutionality of the arbitration rule based on four reasons, which according to the complaint are “independently sufficient to require invalidation of the [arbitration] Rule.”Complainants argue that the rule is a product of, “and fatally infected by” the unconstitutional structure of the CFPB, which was provided by Congress in the Dodd-Frank Act. The complaint also argues that the rule violates the Administrative Procedure Act, due to the fact that the CFPB failed to observe legal requirements when making its conclusion based on a study that was “deeply flawed” insofar as it misappropriated data and ignored important considerations when gathering said data.Third, the rule also ignores previous records reported by the Bureau, and such points to the fact that the finding is “the very model of arbitrary and capricious agency action.” Finally, the rule is counterintuitive, in failing to support public interest or consumer health by denying arbitration, an option that is commonly believed to benefit overall consumers in favor of the less beneficial option of class-action lawsuits.Interested parties can read the full, 52 page report, here.last_img read more


first_img RelatedBritish Airways luggage allowance explained and how to maximise your cabin baggage allowanceBritish Airways recently restricted cabin luggage size: find out what the new BA cabin baggage allowance is and what their charges are for hold luggage, plus how to beat the airline fees!Top travel hacks: this is how to make the most of a long layoverWith a little bit of planning, a layover can be transformed from a necessary evil to a positively enjoyable part of your trip. First things first, what exactly IS a layover? It’s the time you spend at an airport in between connecting flights and can be anything from a couple…11 top tips to get through the airport quicklyGet your trip off to a flying start and whizz through the airport like a pro with a little help from our well-travelled staff and top travel bloggers. Here are their top tips on getting through the airport quickly; from speeding through security to navigating your way out at arrivals. There’s a fair amount of jargon in the airline industry and often it can leave us all a bit confused. Skyscanner has put together a list of travel-related words, phrases and acronyms to help you plan your journey.AABTA – the Association of British Travel Agents.APEX – Advance Purchase Excursion (fare). These are usually the cheapest tickets the passenger can get though they are restricted in number.Airport code – the three digit code which is unique to a specific airport. eg. LHR for Heathrow or LGW for Gatwick.BBAA – British Airports Authority. Now known as Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited.Back-to-back ticketing – when the passenger combines two return trips with opposite start and destination points but uses only a single segment from each to achieve a lower overall fare.Baggage allowance – the weight of the luggage the airline allows the traveller to check-in. Economy ticket holders are usually allowed 20kg whilst business and first class passengers able to take between 30-40kg depending on the airline. Hand luggage is fairly standard between the airlines: one piece per passenger and up to 8kg in weight though the dimensions of baggage that is allowed can vary between carriers.Base fare/rate – the basic price of ticket before taxes and other surcharges are added (these are usually a substantial amount particularly on longer flights).Blackout periods – specific days or periods of time when special rates are not available due to high demand for flights.Boarding pass – a card given to the passenger after check-in which allocates a seat number or indicates a boarding pattern. The stub of the card should be retained after going through the boarding gate to show to the flight crew once reaching the aircraft.Budget / Low-cost airlines – these are short-haul flights at bargain prices but with occasional drawbacks. Usually the flights are from secondary airports which could be miles from your ultimate destination. Food and drink is often not included in the price. Fares are usually non-flexible and can incur a hefty charge for changing travel plans. On the plus side, low-cost carriers continue to add to their already impressive list of destinations which can offer real savings for travellers.Bumped – this means that the number of seats on the flight has been oversold. Sometimes you might be lucky and get “bumped” up to business or first class but more often that not, you will simply be put on the next available flight. Try to check-in early to avoid this situationCCancellation charges – penalties that you will incur if you cancel your flights. Most fares have this clause in them so travel insurance is advisable if your plans are likely to change.Capacity-controlled fares – a certain number of seats on a flight to which a cheaper price has been allocated. This percentage changes depending on how quickly the seats are sold.Carrier – the organisation responsible for transporting passengers or goods – in terms of flights, this will be the airline.Carry-on – hand-baggage or luggage that has not been checked-in. See restrictions under Baggage allowance.Charter – an aircraft which is used by a specific group be it customers of a particular holiday company or an individual party.Check-in – the time before departure when your luggage goes onto the airline and boarding cards are issued. For long-haul this is 2 hours whilst short-haul is approximately 1 hour. Be aware that in these times of occasional heightened airport security, the check-in time can vary. To get up-to-date information it is best to confirm timings with the airline.City pair – the chosen cities for departure and arrival.Commission – the percentage of a ticket price which airlines pay their agents.Companion fare – usually part of a promotion where another ticket may be purchased at a lower rate than the original fare. Normally this is dependent on the two passengers travelling together.Contract of carriage – this is the legal contract that the passenger enters into with the airline with the terms outlined when the traveller receives the ticket.Confirmation – oral or written communication which informs the carrier that you will definitely be on a flight or flights.Construction tickets – term given to two single tickets bought to make up a return flight. See SITI, SOTO and Split ticketing. Connecting flights – a journey where the passenger must change planes to reach their final destination.Connecting point – the airport where the traveller changes planes.Consolidators – airlines often sell blocks of seats to a third party who then sell these to passengers at discounted prices. The airlines are reluctant to publicly discount tickets and so mask this process through consolidators. The tickets usually have a number of restrictions on them so check the conditions of your travel arrangements carefully before booking them.Corporate rate – this is the discounted rate that organisations and companies can negotiate with the airlines. Often the company’s country of origin will determine which airline it is – usually one of the national carriers.Coupon – this is part of the ticket that the passenger hands over at check-in and also contains the contract of carriage.DDirect flights – a flight where the passenger does not need to change planes but the aircraft may stop en-route.Discounted tickets – by shopping around you will often be able to find agents selling cheaper tickets than advertised by the airlines but usually you will subject to various restrictions. Airlines also have promotions or special offers so it pays to keep an eye on who is offering what.EETA – Estimated Time of ArrivalEST – Eastern Standard Time (GMT -5 hrs)Excess baggage – checked-in luggage which exceeds the weight of the Baggage allowance. If you are only just over then you might be lucky but be warned that payments on excess weight can be very expensive.FHidden city faring – this is when a passenger organises their flights to achieve a final destination that is different from their official itinerary in order to get a lower fare. For example if there were discounted tickets between London and Hong Kong with a stop in Dubai (which is actually where you wanted to go) then you would be guilty of the practising hidden city faring if you failed to return to the plane in Dubai to complete the final segment of the journey. Airlines consider this practice illegal. GGreenwich** Mean Time (GMT) – **the international time standard (also known as UTC – Coordinated Universal Time).HHub – a major airport where an airline has many flights leaving to smaller destinations.IIATA – International Air Transport AssociationIllegal connection – flights that are booked where the time between landing and taking off on the next flight does not adhere to the legal minimum requirements.Indirect flights – this means the passenger will have to leave the plane at some stage during the journey – either so that it can refuel or possibly so that the traveller can change planes in order to complete the trip.Interline / Interlining – using multiple airlines to reach the final destination. There may be a formal relationship between the carriers to facilitate baggage transfer and ticketing or it could simply be two or more unconnected companies where the traveller is responsible for luggage and connection timings (see Multi-hop).JJoint fare – an arrangement between carriers to charge special rates when a passenger uses their respective airlines. The fares are negotiated by the airlines involved and the price is nearer to what the traveller would pay were they using just one company.LLong haul flight – a flight of considerable distance and time – often with the passengers suffering some significant jet-lag along the way.Lowest Fare Routing (LFR) – the cheapest legal flight to the travellers chosen destination.MMinimum connecting time – the smallest amount of time that is allowed to change planes at an airport. If these conditions are breached it is known as an Illegal connection.Multi-hop or Multi-leg – a journey where the passenger does not just fly between two airports to reach their final destination but where they stop en-route any number of times and perhaps spend time in each of the destinations (see Stopover). The flights do not need to be with the same airline but it is advisable to plan the journey carefully so as to avoid issues with ticket restrictions and onward connections.NNet fare or Net rate – the price of a ticket minus any third party commission or tax.Non-endorsable – a ticket which cannot be used to fly with another airline.Non-stop flight – a flight that goes directly from A to B without landing en-route.Non-transferable – a ticket which is specifically for just one passenger and cannot be used by anyone else.No-shows – the term relating to passengers or either arrive late or do not arrive at all to travel on their booked flight.OOffline connection – a journey where the passenger travels on multiple planes using multiple airlinesOpen-jaw – a ticket that allows the traveller to depart from a different airport to the one in which they landed. For example you could fly from London to Sydney but return to London from Perth. See Surface Sectors.PPackage – flights, hotels and services which are bundled together and sold at a specific price.Passenger coupon – the final portion of a ticket which acts as a receipt for the passenger’s own records.**PDT –Pacific Daylight Time (GMT -8hrs)Penalty fare – the amount the passenger has to pay in order to make a change to the travel arrangements or cancel the ticket once it has been issuedRRestricted to airport check-in – seating allocation and boarding passes which can only be assigned to the passenger at the airport.SSegment – an identifiable leg or part of a journey. Usually defined by departure and arrival destinations.Short-haul flight – one that is brief in terms of distance travelled and time in the air. eg. UK to European destinations. This is the chosen market of most of the low-cost carriers – at least for the moment.Situated In, Ticketed In (SITI) – where you buy the ticket from the country you are leaving. Situated Out, Ticketed Out (SOTO) – where the ticket is bought from your destination country.Split ticketing – when you travel using two single tickets instead of a return in order to obtain a lower fareStandby – this is if a passenger holds a ticket that does not automatically guarantee a reserved seat means instead that they are waiting for availability.Stopover – an overnight stay (or possibly longer) at a location en-route to your final destination. This is usually done to break up a very long journey eg. London to Sydney with a stopover in Hong Kong.Surface sector – the distance between departure airports using an open-jaw ticket. The customer is responsible for organising the travel between the two points of departure.TTicket issuance – purchasing tickets that have previously been reserved.WWindow of convenience – the traveller’s ideal departure or arrival time – plus or minus two hours.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more


first_img by The Associated Press Posted Dec 11, 2018 6:23 am PDT SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. — Floyd Estel Parton, the brother of country singer Dolly Parton, has died.An obituary posted by Atchley Funeral Home in Sevierville, Tennessee, says Parton died Thursday. He was 61.Like his sister, he was involved in the music industry. Floyd Parton was a songwriter and composer. His most famous songs were “Rockin’ Years,” which was recorded by his sister and Ricky Van Shelton, and “Nickels and Dimes,” which was also recorded by his sister and later by George Burns.His family will remember him as a renaissance man who enjoyed the outdoors and cooking.He’s survived by his siblings and their spouses, several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Floyd Parton, brother of Dolly Parton, has diedlast_img read more