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Country music superstar George Jones dies at 81

first_imgAPTN National NewsCountry music superstar George Jones, who rose to stardom with chart toppers like White Lightning and He Stopped Loving Her Today, has died. He was 81.The Texas-born singer was in the middle of a year long farewell tour that was to wrap up in Nashville this fall.The man known as the “The Possum” was supposed to play in Canada last year until doctors ordered him to take a break due to health reasons.“I thank all the fans from the bottom of my heart for their prayers and I look forward to seeing them on the road soon,” Jones said at the time in a statement.Jones battled alcohol and drug addictions throughout his career and was known for his wild reputation in the country music world.Sometimes his rough living led to him having another nickname: “No-Show Jones” for blowing off concert dates.Jones had No. 1 songs from the 1950s to 1990s.He won a Grammy in 1981 for He Stopped Loving Her Today and again in 1999 for Choices.In 1992, he was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.Jones was born Sept. 12, 1931 and the youngest of eight childrenlast_img read more

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Haiti UN launches largestever appeal for natural disaster

Some 1.2 million people need emergency shelter and urgent sanitation and hygiene help, while at least 2 million need food aid in the aftermath of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake which struck Haiti, already the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country before the tragedy, on 12 January.The $1.44 billion appeal was launched today in New York by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who was joined by John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator; Bill Clinton, former United States president and UN Envoy for Haiti; and Ambassador Leo Mérorès of Haiti.Mr. Ban paid tribute to the Haitian people’s resilience, patience and “solidarity amid almost inconceivable hardship,” renewing his vow to help the country recover and rebuild.“Day by day, the humanitarian situation is improving,” he said. “Clearly, however, major needs have yet to be met.”Before last month’s disaster, there was a plan in place to boost Haiti’s long-term development and reconstruction, and the task at hand is to help the country “build back better,” the Secretary-General emphasized.“Done right, we can turn tragedy into opportunity” and convert international aid into an investment in Haiti’s future, he said.Mr. Ban paid tribute to the leadership shown by his envoy Mr. Clinton, who was released from the hospital last Friday, just days after undergoing a heart procedure, praising him for his “customary energy and can-do spirit.”Today’s revised appeal will fold in the $577 million flash appeal issued just days after the earthquake, which was originally intended to cover a six-month period. It is being expanded to meet needs for one year as the hurricane and rainy seasons approach, and its size reflects the scale of the catastrophe and takes into consideration the need for stepped-up early recovery efforts.The original appeal is more than 100 per cent funded, leaving unmet requirements for the revised appeal at $768 million.It aims to support, among other sectors, agriculture, education, emergency shelter, telecommunications, health and nutrition. One third of the funds are earmarked for food aid.The funds will also be used for the cash-for-work initiative, a UN scheme for Haitians to rebuild their country, which currently employs 75,000 people daily and hopes to bring many more on board.“By paying Haitians to work, we are putting money in the people’s hands” to feed families, jump-start the economy and help create a security and social safety net, the Secretary-General said.According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the emergency phase of relief operations will last for many months to come. While strides have been made in reaching those in need with food, health care and others, needs remain great.Previously, the largest appeal issued after a natural disaster was in 2005 following the Indian Ocean tsunami, when the UN and its partners sought $1.41 billion.In a related development, the world body’s top military official in Haiti, Major General Floriano Peixoto Vieira Neto, told reporters that despite losing 24 members of the UN Stabilization Force in the country (MINUSTAH), “the military component was not affected by the earthquake,” playing a crucial role in the hours immediately after the disaster.“The military component has taken part in all moments and events of the Haitian life, providing not only security, but special assistance [for] whatever necessary, in difficult moments such as these that we are living right now,” said Maj.-Gen. Peixoto, who has 8,500 forces from 18 nations under his command.He said that he has been focusing his attentions on two fronts: the provision of security and humanitarian aid. 18 February 2010The United Nations and its aid partners today issued a call for nearly $1.5 billion to assist 3 million Haitians – one third of the Caribbean nation’s population – following last month’s colossal earthquake, making it the largest-ever humanitarian appeal launched in the wake of a natural disaster. read more

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UNESCO chief condemns murder of another Filipino journalist

Just 10 days after deploring the death of a Filipino press photographer, the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the murder of Fernando “Dong” Batul, an outspoken journalist working in the Philippines who was shot dead earlier this month.Koïchiro Matsuura’s statement about the reporter working for the Palawan-based radio DYPR in Puerto Princesa who was killed on 22 May came on the heels of his condemnation of the killing of Albert Orsolino, who was shot and killed by in his car in Calooncan City by two unknown assailants on 16 May. “I condemn the murder of Fernando “Dong” Batul,” the Director-General declared. “I trust that the Philippines authorities will find the culprits of this heinous crime and bring them to justice. This is all the more important in view of the number of journalists assassinated in the country. “It is completely unacceptable that murder be used to silence opinions,” Mr. Matsuura added. “Such violence targets not only its individual victims but society as a whole, because open debate and the basic human right of freedom of expression are indispensable fundamental components of democracy and rule of law.” The Manila-based Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility reported that Mr. Batul was shot dead by two men just one month after receiving death threats. It also said the 34-year-old was the fifth journalist killed in the Philippines this year, bringing to 59 the number of journalists who have died in the line of duty since the restoration of democracy in the Philippines in 1986. Mr. Matsuura has issued frequent condemnations of the murder of journalists around the world in recent years as part of his mandate as UNESCO chief to defend press freedom and freedom of expression. read more

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Right to adequate housing in India a matter of urgency – UN

“I am extremely concerned for the millions of people who experience exclusion, discrimination, evictions, insecure tenure, homelessness and who lack hope of accessing affordable and adequate housing in their lifetimes,” Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, warned at the end of her two-week official visit to the country.Discrimination and social exclusion, urban homelessness, and evictions are among some most complex housing issues, according to the UN rights expert.“I have been told that evictions are most often carried out against the most vulnerable populations, most of whom are living below the poverty line,” said Ms. Farha, adding that “forced evictions are often implemented without any consultation with residents, without sufficient or any notice, and commonly result in homelessness.”While recognizing India’s efforts to address disparities and the living conditions in slums throughout the country, as well as ensuring water, sanitation and electricity in some rehabilitation and redevelopment sites, Ms. Farha stressed that much more needs to be done to improve mounting inequality in urban areas. “A two-track policy response is urgently needed, one that addresses the backlog of housing shortage, and the other that prepares India for upcoming housing needs,” she said.The UN expert further urged the Government to adopt national housing legislation based in both its national and international human rights commitments. A moratorium on evictions, immediate obligations to adequately address homelessness, and that is in line with some of its most progressive state plans for in situ rehabilitation for slum dwellers are of great urgency and priority, Ms. Farha noted.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

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Gallery ESPN College GameDay – Ohio State versus Oklahoma

Lee Corso reacts to being served a ‘Thurmanator’ from The Thurman Cafe in Columbus during the ESPN College GameDay broadcast for the 2017 OSU- Oklahoma game on Sep. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor

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Englands World Cup hero Harry Maguire could have become accountant former teacher

Maguire, being beaten to the line in a 400m race, also showed talents for athletics, rugby and hockeyCredit:St Mary’s Catholic School / SWNS Maguire has become a pivotal and popular member of England's World Cup squad Ms Skoll, a mother to one daughter and two stepchildren, said: “I love Harry Haguire,” she said, “There is something about him. There’s something a bit boyish. He was absolutely charming when I met him. He gets on the pitch and he’s sensational.”  Maguire has become a pivotal and popular member of England’s World Cup squadCredit:Twitter “When he first joined us at 11 you could see he was one of our good players, he stood out. But did I look at him and think he’d be playing in a World Cup quarter-final? Absolutely not.”Growing up in Mosborough, South Yorkshire, not far from fellow England defenders John Stones (Barnsley) and Kyle Walker (Sharrow), Maguire was instilled with a competitiveness from childhood.His older brothers Laurence and Joe also forged careers as professional footballers.In an interview with The Times in May, Maguire said: “I was incredibly competitive, growing up with two brothers, we’d argue and play against each other in the garden continuously. “If we have a competition, I want to beat them.” Maguire has impressed for England during this year's World Cup Maguire has undoubtedly become a key part of Gareth Southgate’s success in steering England to their first World Cup semi-final since 1990 with hopes rising of securing a place in the final for only the second time ever.Lindsay Skoll, 47, Britain’s deputy ambassador to Russia and the most senior diplomat responsible for the UK response to the World Cup, admitted she was besotted Maguire. Maguire (third from the right) excelled in sport at  St Mary's Catholic School in Chesterfield England’s new World Cup hero Harry Maguire has fast become one of the country’s most reliable defenders following a series of impressive performances in Russia.But his former teachers say the 25-year-old could easily have spent the summer crunching numbers instead of making crunching tackles.The Three Lions star showed promise for maths and business along with football and rugby, which may have paved the way for a career in accountancy if sport didn’t work out for him.Sue Cain, deputy headteacher at St Mary’s Catholic High School, in Chesterfield, told the Derbyshire Times: “He was a remarkable pupil who always came in and worked very hard. –– ADVERTISEMENT ––”He was never in any trouble and he had such a good attitude. Martin McKee told The Guardian: “In all honesty at 15 or 16 I thought Harry had the opportunity to possibly make a living playing football but never thought he’d play in the Premier League. “He was very capable academically – he got A* and A grades in his GCSEs. I think he would have gone on to study business or maths and probably have been an accountant.”Maguire rose above Sweden’s backline from an Ashley Young corner to score his and England’s first goal in their quarter final triumph on Saturday.His goal and towering performance capped the meteoric rise of the 25-year-old, who watched England’s ill-fated Euro 2016 campaign as a fan. Maguire, being beaten to the line in a 400m race, also showed talents for rugby and hockey Maguire has impressed for England during this year’s World CupCredit:Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS Ms Skoll met the players at a training session in Repino at the start of the tournament. The footballers met with disadvantaged children as part of the British Embassy’s charitable work in Russia.On Mumsnet, Maguire, among others, has attracted attention from middle-class mothers who posted on the site. “Just all seem like lovely boys,” posted ‘elmo 1980’ singling out Maguire, Kyle Walker and Raheem Sterling for praise. Following a big-money move to former Leicester City last summer, Maguire’s emergence as a Premier League and England star has surprised his former PE teacher. Maguire (third from the right) excelled in sport at  St Mary’s Catholic School in ChesterfieldCredit:St Mary’s Catholic School / SWNS Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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TT Diplomats driver found dead in car trunk

A wrecker removes the Toyota Fortuner belonging to the Embassy of El Salvador from the area off Warren Road, Cunupia, after the body of Jose Tito Rivas was found in its trunk yesterday (ABRAHAM DIAZ)(T&T GUARDIAN) — The body of a work­er em­ployed at the Em­bassy of El Sal­vador was yes­ter­day found in an agri­cul­tur­al area in Cunu­pia.The em­ploy­ee was iden­ti­fied as Jose Tito Ri­vas, 53. He was the of­fi­cial dri­ver of El Sal­vador Am­bas­sador Ray­mun­do Ernesto Ro­driquez Di­az.Ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port, short­ly be­fore mid­day of­fi­cers of the Cunu­pia Po­lice Sta­tion, act­ing up­on in­for­ma­tion re­ceived, went to an area off War­ren Road where they found a blue Toy­ota For­tuner, li­censed PCM 321.A par­ty of po­lice of­fi­cers from the Cen­tral Di­vi­sion, who re­port­ed on the scene short­ly there­after, car­ried out fur­ther checks where they found the body wrapped in a sheet in the trunk of the ve­hi­cle.The body was lat­er pos­i­tive­ly iden­ti­fied as that of Ri­vas.The T&T Guardian was told by in­ves­ti­ga­tors that Ri­vas was last seen leav­ing the Queen’s Hall com­pound in Port-of-Spain at about 9 pm on Thurs­day evening.Ri­vas had re­port­ed­ly took the Am­bas­sador to a diplo­mat­ic event—Brazil­ian Na­tion­al Day cel­e­bra­tions host­ed by the Em­bassy of Brazil—as his fi­nal tour of du­ty that day.Ri­vas was even­tu­al­ly re­port­ed miss­ing by his wife when he failed to re­turn to his home in Val­sayn lat­er that night.A diplo­mat at an­oth­er em­bassy, who wished not to be iden­ti­fied, ex­pressed sad­ness and con­cern at the in­ci­dent. He al­so ex­tend­ed con­do­lences to of­fi­cials at the El Sal­vador Em­bassy. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedT&T woman chopped to deathMay 29, 2017In “latest news”Cops probing double murder in T&T …burned body found in car, man gunned downMarch 30, 2017In “Crime”Cops: T&T students killed in dispute over torched carFebruary 27, 2016In “Crime” read more

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10 interactions socially awkward people are sick of having

first_imgTALKING TO PEOPLE is hard. We all know that. There are so many minefields and pitfalls and traps to fall into that it’s surprising we ever leave the house, to be honest.It’d be great if all of the following things could never happen to any of us, ever again. Can someone please sort that out for us?1. When you’re telling a story, but no one else is listening Source: ReplygifAnd you just fade away, getting quieter and quieter and quieter.It’s possible that the one person who notices this happening gets more embarrassed than than you.2. Realising halfway through a story that you have no point/punchline Source: Flickr/William WardAt this moment your brain goes into overdrive thinking up ways to save yourself. Admit you forgot your point, or make one up? Extremely risky territory.3. When the ‘hilarious’ video you show everyone is met with dead silence“I swear it’s funny…wait until you see this bit! Gas…” Source: WordPress4. When someone overshares with you out of the blue Source: BlogSpotSometimes #realtalk is just not appropriate.How are we supposed to move on from this? What are we supposed to say? Please don’t do this to us.5. Any situation in which you have to say “I guess you had to be there” Source: Flickr/NEXT BerlinThere are legions of other phrases that can send a conversation to its deathbed, of course. This one is just particularly bad.6. When someone tells you that you’re blushing Source: GiphyYeah I noticed. Thanks a whole bleeding bunch.7. When you have to ask someone to repeat themselves more than once Source: D1mxyp5ceukbyaEventually you might just give up and nod, shake your head or chuckle, in the hopes that one of these is the right response.Getting rumbled in this type of situation is excruciating.8. “Hi, how are you?” “Fine, how are you?” “Grand, how are you…” Source: GiphyIf someone could just come up and slam our mouths shut whenever it looks like we’re going to do this, that’d be handy.9. When you’re the only one who thinks your story/joke is funny Source: TumblrYou’re cracking up. Everyone else is gazing at you with sorrow in their eyes. You know you need to stop, but god it’s just. So. Funny.10. Asking who/what people are talking about Source: ShutterstockYou missed the first part of the conversation and you’re not quite sure what’s going on. So now you’re just going to bleat “Who is this?” “What’s going on?” until someone takes pity on you.9 undeniable signs that you love pizza just a little bit too much>7 ways the airport turns people into monsters>last_img read more

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Over 2500 women went skinny dipping on a Wicklow beach and smashed

first_img Short URL Image: Lorraine Teevan WOMEN GATHERED IN the glorious Wicklow sunshine yesterday afternoon and managed to raise hundreds of thousands of euro for charity and break a world record in the process.The “strip and dip” was a fundraiser for Aoibheann’s Pink Tie – a children’s cancer charity – and managed to attract 2,505 women to break the previous record for the world’s largest skinny dip of 786 people, set in Perth in Australia in 2015.This was the sixth year that the strip and dip was held – with just 80 women attending the first edition.The idea came from Deirdre Featherstone, who had a mastectomy as part of treatment for breast cancer, who decided to raise money for childhood cancer.The organisers said in a statement: “There are a lot of women undertaking this who have been through cancer and of course lots of people who have been affected by it. http://jrnl.ie/4062989 By Sean Murray 66 Comments Image: Lorraine Teevan Share3335 Tweet Email4 center_img 100,093 Views Dee would like to send a message that there is life after cancer and also raising awareness of how important it is for ladies to get checked.  It has been a magical day for all involved and a closed format… So only ladies were allowed.At the time of writing, the fundraiser had attracted over €200,000 in charitable donations. Sunday 10 Jun 2018, 12:23 PM Jun 10th 2018, 12:24 PM Over 2,500 women went skinny dipping on a Wicklow beach and smashed a world record The money raised will go towards a children’s cancer charity. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Deadpool 2 May Have its Cable UPDATE

first_imgUPDATE: Deadpool 2 has cast its Cable, and it is not, as rumored below, Michael Shannon. Josh Brolin will play Cable in the upcoming sequel, as well as three movies after that, according to The Hollywood Reporter. After appearing opposite Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool 2, Brolin will likely go on to lead a series of movies based on the X-Force comics. (I can only hope all this leads to an X-Statix movie.)The casting of Cable was an intense process with many great actors being considered for the role, and Brolin’s casting comes as a surprise. Michael Shannon was reportedly the top choice before Twentieth Century Fox decided on Brolin. After him, the studio was considering Stranger Things star David Harbour. Brolin wasn’t even on the list until recently.This will be Brolin’s second time playing a Marvel character, as he plays Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Technically, the X-Men movies take place in a separate universe, so there shouldn’t be any confusion. The chances of the two universes crossing over is close to none as the barrier between the two is protected by the strongest force in all of comics: Lawyers.Original article below.Ever since we all first saw the post-credits Ferris Bueller parody at the end of the first Deadpool, one question has dominated the Deadpool 2 conversation: Who will play Cable? In the final scene, Mr. Pool told the audience the X-Force leader would feature in the sequel, though they didn’t have an actor yet. All they needed was a big guy with a flat top like, he said, Mel Gibson, Dolph Lundgren or Keira Knightly.Well, the producers have a first choice in mind for the role, and it’s none of those people. (Though Knightly would have been awesome. They should at least ask her for a cameo.) Instead, Deadline reports, they’re considering Oscar nominee Michael Shannon. He certainly fits the part, being a big guy with a flat top. He’s also got some superhero experience, playing Zod in Man of Steel. They’re two different universes, so there’s no reason why he can’t be in both. [Update: As stated above, Josh Brolin has since been cast in the role of Cable.]The sequel has previously cast Atlanta’s Zazie Beetz to play Domino, and will probably kick off the X-Force franchise. It has no announced release date yet, but Deadline mentions there is a mysterious untitled Marvel release on Fox’s schedule for March 2, 2018.Poster for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Photo via Disney/Marvel)In other Marvel movie news, do you like Guardians of the Galaxy? Of course, you do, that movie was fantastic. That’s why Marvel is giving us more of it in the sequel. A lot more of it, as it turns out. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, is still two months away, but we already know how long it’s going to be.A listing for the movie appeared on Event Cinemas with a running time of 137 minutes. That’s two hours and 17 minutes of a homicidal raccoon, a single-phrased sapling, and ’70s music.That makes the sequel a full 15 minutes longer than its predecessor, and the fourth-longest movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you’re curious, the first three are Captain America: Civil War at two hours and 27 minutes, The Avengers at two hours and 23 minutes, and Avengers: Age of Ultron at two hours and 21 minutes. It appears whenever there’s a superhero team-up the story takes a lot longer to tell. Of course, these Marvel movie lengths have nothing on their DC competitors. In particular, the extended edition of Batman v. Superman is over three hours long. That might come as a surprise to some, considering it feels like five.Vin Diesel also announced on his facebook page this afternoon that tickets for the film can be purchased tomorrow! Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be in theaters May 5, 2017.Michael Pena in Ant-Man. (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube/Marvel)Long movies aren’t the only thing Marvel will give us more of. Michael Pena has announced he will return in Ant-Man and The Wasp. The sequel is set to begin filming in June, but casting details are still scarce. All we know for sure is that Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily, Michael Douglas and now Pena, will reprise their roles.That’s great news, as Pena was one of Ant-Man‘s most beloved characters. As Scott Lang’s roommate Luis, he brought some great comedic moments to the final film of Marvel’s Phase Two. Despite all the fan love, and Pena being contracted for multiple movies, it wasn’t clear that he would appear in the Ant-Man sequel. According to ComicBook, Pena had not received a call about the film as of three days ago.Now, in an interview with Collider, it appears Marvel finally made the call. “So, I’m doing Extinction next, that’s a Universal movie. And I’m doing Ant-Man part two,” Pena said. At this point, it’s still unclear whether the rest of Luis’s group will return for the sequel.Visit our GotG Gift Guide and get ready for that movie to drop in style!last_img read more

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Group of immigrants arrested on Imperial Beach shoreline

first_img KUSI Newsroom November 1, 2018 Group of immigrants arrested on Imperial Beach shoreline Posted: November 1, 2018 IMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI) – Eight suspected undocumented immigrants who landed on the beach near Border Field State Park Thursday in a small fishing boat were taken into on suspicion of illegally entering the United States.Lifeguards reported seeing the group on the ocean shoreline near the intersection of Coronado Avenue and Imperial Beach Boulevard about 7:45 a.m., according to the U.S. Border Patrol.Personnel with the federal agency arrived in the area a short time later and arrested seven men and one woman, all believed to be Mexican nationals, USBP Supervisory Agent William Rogers said.The detainees were taken to a nearby Border Patrol station to begin the process of determining whether they will be deported or, possibly, charged criminally, Rogers said. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

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Arnada Naturals settles into niche

first_imgFive years have passed since Chris Read opened his small health food store called Arnada Naturals, marking a milestone in a tough niche market.Now in Uptown Village at 2407 Main Street, the store caters to nearby residents who are drawn to its collection of dairy-free and gluten-free foods, natural beauty products and natural vitamins. “We built it by giving folks products they would normally have to drive to get, but in their own neighborhood,” said Read, who has lived in the Arnada neighborhood since 2002.The store also attracts customers from east Vancouver and even Portland, averaging 15 to 50 customers per day. Many of them are regulars on a first-name basis with Read.Read will celebrate five years of business on Nov. 15. Anniversary events will start at 11:15 a.m. and will include demonstrations and samples from local health food companies such as Bright Earth Foods. The store will also hold a drawing for a gift set.last_img read more

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Inside Asian Gaming signs MOU and cooperation agreement with Japans Ohta Publications

first_imgInside Asian Gaming has signed an MOU and cooperation agreement with Japan’s leading B2B hotel and restaurant industry media brand, Ohta Publications Co., Ltd, that will see the two organizations work together on the development of media to cover Japan’s burgeoning Integrated Resort industry.The agreement, which follows some five months of discussions between IAG and Ohta Publications, provides for a number of cooperation initiatives such as content and editorial space exchanges, information and business contact sharing, distribution list development, cross-jurisdictional operations cooperation and business costs minimization. Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR The agreement also contemplates the possibility of an even closer partnership between the parties in the future.“I am extremely pleased to be collaborating with IAG, a company which has been a leader in the gaming industry for many years,” said Susumu Ohta, President of Ohta Publications. “By combining IAG’s know-how with Ohta Publications’ experience spanning over 50 years in the hotel industry, we look forward to providing information that is beneficial to all of those involved in integrated resorts in Japan.”IAG CEO Andrew W Scott added, “We’re absolutely delighted to have signed this deal with Ohta Publications to cooperate in covering the Japanese IR industry.“While IAG is now considered the industry-leading B2B media brand for the IR industry across Asia, we are new to Japan. Having a company like Ohta Publications standing beside us, with more than half a century of experience in the Japanese hospitality industry, will be invaluable. We’ve got to know Susumu and his company over the last five months and our business values and approaches align well.”IAG is set to announce a number of key initiatives related to Japan in the coming months. Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions RelatedPosts Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move Load Morelast_img read more

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Crown cites robust process for junket vetting as government calls for parliamentary

first_img RelatedPosts 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokerage Hong Kong Jockey Club cites “serious integrity concerns” in complaint over Crown Resorts-owned betting exchange Under-fire Australian casino operator Crown Resorts Ltd has responded to criticism of its involvement with Asian-based junket operators, insisting it has a “robust process” for vetting those it works with and constantly reviews its business partnerships.Crown’s comments come after the government ordered an inquiry by the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity following weekend media reports alleging links to Asian crime syndicates and the favorable treatment of high rollers by immigration officials. The reports claim that a criminal syndicate referred to as “The Company” laundered money using “Crown-linked” bank accounts and junket rooms and that members of the syndicate were paid to lure high rollers to Crown’s Melbourne and Perth casinos. The syndicate is also said to have links to drug trafficking.While Crown has maintained radio silence for much of the past three days, it finally issued a lengthy statement on Tuesday in which it defended its regulatory processes and relationships with junkets.“Crown has a robust process for vetting junket operators with whom it deals and undertakes regular ongoing reviews of these operators in the light of new or additional information that comes to its attention,” it said.“Crown has a comprehensive Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Program which is subject to regulatory supervision by AUSTRAC. Crown works closely with all of its regulatory agencies, including law enforcement, both state and federal. In this respect, Crown provides a range of information in a proactive manner consistent with its obligations, including reporting all transactions over $10,000 and suspect transactions of any value.”Crown added that it takes its legal and regulatory responsibilities “very seriously” and would fully co-operate in any investigation.The Australian casino giant, which runs Crown Melbourne and Crown Perth and is currently developing the AU$2.2 billion Crown Sydney, has seen its VIP operations face intense scrutiny since the arrest of 19 staff for promoting gambling in mainland China in 2016. Load More Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in Augustlast_img read more

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Gotham Signs Off for Winter with a Twisted Disturbing Circus

first_img Well, that was something. I thought playing Face/Off with Jerome last week was messed up enough, but Gotham was apparently just getting started. Last night’s episode was everything you’d want out of a midseason finale from this show. It had plenty of action, moved the story forward in some significant ways, and it cemented Jerome/the Joker as the scariest villain on the show.Gotham‘s midseason finale began immediately following the end of last week’s episode. Gotham City’s power has been cut off, allowing the citizens to run wild. Jerome appears to have similar motivations to The Joker in The Dark Knight. He wants to prove that everyone, deep down, is like him. They just need an excuse to act out. We don’t see much of that happening, though, maybe because normal citizens who go outside during the power outage are put in Jerome’s horrific circus. We’ll get to that later.For now, the GCPD is being overrun by clowns. It may be too much for the cops to handle, but they appear to be getting as many in cells as they can. Since Bullock is overwhelmed with phone calls from terrified citizens, Gordon must stop Jerome on his own. And since Lee was the last person he talked to… Well, it wouldn’t be an episode of Gotham without a tense, bitter conversation with Gordon’s ex, now would it?Morena Baccarin in GOTHAM (Credit: Jessica Miglio/FOX.)Lee tells him that the last thing Jerome remembers before dying was that he’s about to kill Bruce Wayne. Gordon runs to the manor, but he’s too late. Jerome and a few henchmen beat him there. Bruce can buy himself some time by convincing Jerome that he needs an audience. Jerome takes Bruce away but leaves Alfred to be killed by the henchmen. Fortunately, Gordon arrives just in time to fight off the goons and save Alfred’s life. The two men track Jerome and Bruce down.Jerome has taken Bruce to his nightmare carnival. All the rides and games you’d expect from a normal carnival are there, but with a sadistic twist. Hit the target and you drop a man into a piranha tank. Play Whack-A-Mole, only with real people. (The blood spatter after this game was shows was especially chilling for some reason.) Once Jerome figures he’s traumatized Bruce enough, it’s time to kill him. He handcuffs the boy to a pole and aims a cannon at him. Fortunately, Alfred and Gordon bust up the party and start punching clowns. That gives Bruce just enough of a distraction to pick open his handcuffs.The cannon goes off, and it looks to Alfred like Bruce didn’t survive. But Bruce Wayne can’t be killed by a cannon. That would go against canon. (Not sorry.) He escapes and leads Jerome into a hall of mirrors. The first showdown between The Joker and proto-Batman is pretty spectacular. Bruce frustrates Jerome by having him waste bullets shooting at mirrors. When Jerome throws down the gun, Bruce tackles him from behind. After a brief struggle, Bruce ends up on top and beats the absolute crap out of Jerome, tearing up his stapled-on face in the process. All the while, Jerome is laughing. It isn’t until Bruce sees himself about to kill Jerome that he realizes he doesn’t want to be a murderer.Donal Logue, Sean Pertwee and Ben McKenzie in GOTHAM (Credit: Jessica Miglio/FOX.)He stops, picks himself up, and goes outside to find Alfred. As the two hug, Jerome comes out with a gun, about to kill them both. Gordon steps up and punches Jerome so hard his face flies off. There’s a disturbing image to haunt your nightmares for the next few months. Thanks, Gotham! It does lead to Bullock’s best line all season: “At least you can say you punched a guy’s face off.” Back at Wayne Manor, Alfred talks to Bruce about rules he’ll have to follow if he wants to protect Gotham. Bruce swears he will not kill and Alfred gets up to continue his training. We’re getting closer to Batman!Elsewhere in the city, Ed Nygma’s plan finally comes to fruition. He reveals everything to Penguin and ties him to a hood of a car. He’s rigged up a bucket to dump acid all over Penguin as soon as a block of ice melts. Penguin tries to tell Nygma that he loves him, but Nygma doesn’t believe it. If Penguin truly loved him, he would have sacrificed his happiness and not killed Isabella. Nygma leaves Penguin to die, but he’s rescued by a slightly dimwitted cop.Back at his home, Penguin is accosted by Tabitha, Barbara, and Butch. They claim they don’t need Nygma anymore and want Penguin’s help to draw him out. If Penguin helps, they’ll let him live. He finally understands what Nygma meant about love being a sacrifice, and refuses to give Nygma up. Nygma walks out of the shadows, having listened to everything. It turns out this was all a ploy to prove that Penguin’s love wasn’t real. Nygma doesn’t know how to react when he sees he was wrong. But of course, this love story doesn’t have a happy ending. Penguin still killed Isabella. Nygma takes him to a dock, shoots him and leaves him for dead in the river. Penguin looks pretty dead, but come on. They’re not going to kill off a major Batman villain like that, right? He’ll be back.Guest star James Remar in GOTHAM (Credit: Jessica Miglio/FOX)Gotham closed out the first half of it season with on hell of a strong episode. Both main plots were engrossing and ended in a satisfying way, which is rare for this show. Jerome’s circus was legitimately disturbing, as was the way Gordon brought him down. Gotham managed to tell a pretty great Joker story, and Cameron Monaghan is perfect for the part. His sense of comedic timing makes you laugh even while he’s scaring the pants off you. It might be a while before we see him again, but I’m already looking forward to more Jerome.The last few moments were spent setting up the rest of the season. The Court of Owls is back, having trained the Bruce Wayne clone (remember him?) for some kind of mission. They also send Gordon’s uncle out to throw another wrench into Jim’s life as well. But the most exciting thing we have to look forward to in the second half of the season is The Riddler. Nygma has (for all intents and purposes) killed the Penguin. Now, he can become the villain we’ve been waiting for since season one. We’ll all get to see what riddles he has in store when the show returns in… April? How are we supposed to wait that long? Stay on target NYCC 18: The Cast of Gotham On Bane, Batman and Saying GoodbyeDC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC News last_img read more

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3DS XL and New Super Mario Bros 2 available today

first_imgThe 3DS XL launched today in the US, almost a month after Japan and Europe with New Super Mario Bros. 2 also putting in an appearance.From today you can upgrade your 3DS to a bigger 3DS XL for $200, but you’re not just paying for bigger screens. The whole design has been re-thought, the buttons are bigger and thicker for easier use, the start, select and home buttons have been redesigned, the screen now has an anti-glare coating applied — meaning you can see the screen easier when playing your 3DS XL outside, and even the battery life has been extended giving you one and half hours worth of extra game time.A recent survey showed that Japanese gamers were happy to pay the extra for the larger version of the handheld, and it has been a big hit for Nintendo in its home territory. In the first first week of release in Japan, nearly 200,000 3DS XL’s were sold. Worldwide, the old 3DS has surpassed 19 million sales and it seems likely the XL is going to pick up where its predecessor left off.New Super Mario Bros. 2 also launched in the US today alongside the new handheld. Again, it’s had great success in Japan. Mario lovers can either buy the game in store or download it online via Nintendo’s e-Shop, although you will be paying more if you choose to download it.Consider you’re only paying $30 extra for a bigger handheld, better battery, and all-round improved feature set, the 3DS XL is worth it. Will you be picking one up today?last_img read more

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You Cant Afford Any of These 4 Mobile App Design Mistakes

first_imgMarch 3, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Mistakes made in the past can come back to haunt you in the present. This fact remains true for mobile app design as well. Designing errors can come back to impact the popularity of your app. They could be the difference between success and failure.Yes, designing errors can destroy your app. In the cut-throat world of mobile apps, you cannot afford to make these errors. As a business, you’re going to spend a lot of money to build an app and you expect it to deliver high ROI. This won’t happen, if you’ve an app whose design is not up to the mark.Let’s take a look at four such design mistakes that have the power to break your app:1. Disregarding first impressions.Think love at first sight, think app design. Saying your app is going to face a lot of competition out there, is an understatement. The competition is going to be humongous. This is why first impressions matter. Your primary aim is t make sure your app captures the attention of users as soon as they open it.This is important because app abandonment rate is as high as 20 percent across all categories. If you don’t want your app to be a part of this 20 percent, start focusing on making a great first impression on your users. This can be done by ensuring your app loads quickly and still takes users through engaging animations that hold their attention. An intro animation is one of the better ways of impressing target users.Related: 3 Push Notification Strategies to Increase App Engagement2. Ignoring onboarding.Designers forget that the app’s target audience will be using the app and its functionalities for the first time. While the app’s usability seems like a breeze to the designers and developers who’ve built it, the same might not be true for first time users. These users expect a walkthrough that illustrates the app’s features.If you haven’t given the necessary importance to “onboarding”, you might lose out on a potential user who is looking for a demonstration of what the app does, to make better sense of its features and functionality.Make the animations you are using right at the start to make a great first impression part of the onboarding process. Designing an optimal walkthrough improves app UX by a long way.There is a school of thought that says the “need to onboard a user” essentially means an app’s design isn’t user friendly. While that argument does have some merit, one needs to understand that “app use” must be stress-free for everybody. This is why onboarding is critical to the success of your app.Related: A Step-by-Step Guide To Building Your First Mobile App3. Lack of consistency.Designers have this tendency to go overboard with their creativity. This leads to a situation wherein the app suffers from designing inconsistencies. The background color differs across all app pages, different typography is used all over the app and navigation patterns differ across the app.What does this lead to? In one word –chaos!If your application design suffers from inconsistent use of design elements and features, its UI goes for a toss. This means your app will require a steep learning curve that’s not appreciated by users.4. Thinking through the Web UX PrismThere are occasions when mobile app designers tend to forget they are not creating a desktop app, but a mobile app. A mobile user has different expectations from an app as compared to somebody who’s using a desktop/laptop. The former do not have the luxury of larger screens, which means you need to focus on design minimalism and ensure only the most relevant design elements are visible onscreen.You also need to keep minute details in mind, for example the width of the human finger to design the “hit” area. Make all clickable buttons as large as possible so that users don’t encounter the “fat finger problem”.So, there you have it, four design mistakes that you must avoid at all costs. A great way of ensuring you don’t make these errors is putting yourself in the shoes of target users. It is user-oriented design that will help your app attract and retain users.Related: 7 Resources That Can Help You Create a Stunning Mobile App Design Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

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SUSE Studio Merges Open Build Service to create SUSE Studio Express

first_imgSUSE Studio Merges Open Build Service to create SUSE Studio Express by Mike Turcotte-McCusker on September 30, 2017 in Linux – Last Update: September 29, 2017 – 5 commentsIf you’ve never heard of SUSE Studio, it’s a service offered by SUSE that allows users to create their own respins of their GNU/Linux Operating System; OBS, is a tool designed for easing package distribution. Both tools use the same engine, and so SUSE has decided to merge the two into one product and rebrand the system, “SUSE Studio Express”Andreas Jaeger, an author for the SUSE blog published an article the merger.In it, Jaeger writes, “Reviewing these offerings and the way the image build situation has evolved, we have decided to merge the two online services, OBS and SUSE Studio, into a common solution. Looking at the feature requests for SUSE Studio on image building and looking at our technologies, we decided to use OBS as the base for our image building service. Since OBS already builds images for various environments, we will first add a new image building GUI to OBS. This combined solution will now be delivered as “SUSE Studio Express”.Some of the features listed on the post for the new SUSE Studio Express are:Collaboration on image building: You can do the usual clone, change, submit, and review cycle to update an image and send it back to the original owner. This also works for image templates that others use as a base.Support for additional architectures: SUSE Studio only handled x86-64. With the SUSE Studio Express, you will build images for all SUSE architectures – not only for Intel/AMD x86-64 but later also for ARM, Power and z Systems.Open Development: The complete source code is available and the development team is blogging about their sprint reports. If you would like to contribute code to the new UI or add image templates, go ahead!We expect OBS will be more flexible, being able to support further imaging tool chains.The development of new images can be done as part of the distribution development, so that images work directly at release of a product. This also allows us to support these images with maintenance updates in the future. In addition, building of images for not yet released distributions will possible.Closing WordsSUSE Studio has been something I have played with in the past, although I never sat down and went deep into making my own respin, but I can say that the customization and power behind the tool is pretty awesome, and surprisingly easy to use. I may one day take a look at this new offering and play around with it myself.What about you? Have you ever used SUSE Studio? Does this new offering sound like something you would be interested in checking out? Let us know in the comments what your thoughts are!SummaryArticle NameSUSE Studio Merges Open Build Service to create SUSE Studio ExpressDescriptionSUSE decided to merge the two product SUSE Studio and OBS into a single product, and rebrand the resulting product as SUSE Studio Express.Author Mike TurcottePublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | July 05, 2011 Proposed Cuts to Medicare Payments for Diagnostic Imaging Will Compromise Patient Care 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.  July 5, 2011 – A statement was issued by Peter W. Carmel, M.D., the president of the American Medical Association (AMA), regarding cuts to Medicare payments for diagnostic imaging.“The AMA strongly opposes a proposal to use significant cuts to Medicare payments for diagnostic imaging to offset the cost of a trade agreement. The stability of our Medicare system should be a top priority for policymakers – not a bargaining chip for unrelated negotiations,” Carmel said.“Patients and physicians are struggling with a broken Medicare physician payment system that will result in a nearly 30 percent cut on January 1, threatening access to care for seniors. Diagnostic imaging in particular has already seen significant reductions over the past five years, with payments for some services down over 60 percent and additional cuts scheduled to occur. These proposed cuts would further threaten patients’ access to care,” Carmel said. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more center_img Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Australian hotels embrace connectivity says TAA

first_imgAustralian hotels embrace connectivity says TAAAn industry wide survey of 3, 4 and 5 star hotels and serviced apartments by Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) has revealed that 96% of Australian hotels surveyed* offer some level of free Wi-Fi to guests.Tourism Accommodation Australia represents the interests of hotels, motels and serviced apartment accommodation operators across Australia, including city, regional and remote areas.Responses from the survey revealed that:99 per cent of hotels currently offer Wi-Fi as a service to guests.The majority of hotels (65 per cent) do not charge for some level of free Wi-Fi access.A further 31 per cent offer it free to customers on a conditional basis (such as loyalty program member, upon booking direct, special inclusion).Less than 5 per cent of hotels require all guests to pay for Wi-Fi.In the past two years, major Australian hotel groups such as Rydges and Meriton have introduced across-the-board free internet access, while other groups have extended free Wi-Fi access to loyalty club members.Installation of high-speed, secure internet access in large hotels can cost over $120,000, especially in hotels with extensive conference facilities, and to satisfy bandwidth requirements at peak times is a premium ongoing cost for most hotels. Hotels in regional and remote areas can face monthly microwave link or satellite connection costs of over $20,000 per month to provide internet services.Tourism Accommodation Australia CEO, Carol Giuseppi, said that there had been a “revolution” in Australian hotels over the past few years with the number of hotels offering some form of free internet access to guests more than doubling.“Today, guests at most hotels in Australia have access to some level of free Wi-Fi coverage, particularly if they are members of a loyalty scheme or have arranged free access via a corporate or conference account,” said Ms Giuseppi.“In the past few years, hotels have had to upgrade their internet provision dramatically as the demand for connectivity has increased with guests often operating multiple devices and demanding ever-increasing bandwidth.“Hotels generally accept that a level of internet access should be provided free so that guests can answer emails or update their social media channels, but when guests want to download or stream items requiring massive bandwidth then it is only fair that they should pay for premium bandwidth usage.“To offset the high cost of internet provision, hotel groups are more likely to provide access for guests who are members of their loyalty club, so we would recommend travellers join the wide range of hotel loyalty clubs that are available.“Providing high-quality, fast, efficient and secure internet service is an important requirement for guests. Australian hotels have answered demands from guests by extending internet access, and our industry is now on par with most hotel sectors around the world.” Tourism Accommodation AustraliaSource = Tourism Accommodation Australialast_img read more

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