Disha PataniPR HandoutHailed as Bollywood’s ‘Jawani Jaaneman’, Disha Patani never fails to grab the attention of the world with her impeccable sense of style and her stunning sartorial choices!Recently, the actress was seen wearing a pretty white strappy maxi dress with a dark blue floral print, taking all inspo from Chinese classic motifs. Disha completed her outfit with gold duster earrings and her long wavy hair. Her eyes were highlighted with a purple and blue shaded eyeliner and her nude lipstick was an add on to her gorgeous look.Disha is no less than a fashion icon and she always succeeds in capturing all the eyeballs with her sartorial picks, each time. Always carrying confidence with her enviable figure, Disha is the one who is setting the style statement straight up high.Recently, the actress was witnessed essaying the role of a trapeze artist in the blockbuster ‘Bharat’ which entered the 100 crore club at the box office. Also, her bodacious dance moves in the hit song ‘Slow Motion’ is receiving all the appreciation and she has taken over the world like a storm.Disha is well known to be one of the fittest actresses in Bollywood and the actress is loved and adored by film-makers. She is the face of several international brands and the constant sneak peeks of her dance and fitness videoes are a treat to the fan-frenzyAfter the back to back success of M.S. Dhoni -An Untold Story and Baaghi 2, which earned more than Rs 100 crore at the box office, now Bharat is galloping towards the Rs 200-crore mark. The talented actress will be seen next in Mohit Suri’s Malang
Police recovered the body of a marine engineer from an under-construction building at Shukrabad in Dhaka early Monday, two days after he went missing from Elephant Road, reports news agency UNB.The deceased is Rafiqul Hasan Rimon, 42, a resident of Uttara.Rimon went missing after had come out from one of his relative’s house on Saturday night.On the following day, his family members filed a General Diary (GD) with New Market police station.Later, a team of police found his body from the ground floor of the 10-storey under-construction building around 1:35 am, said New Market police station sub-inspector Mahbubur Rahman Sarkar.The body was sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsy.
Map of FaridpurAt least 30 people including four policemen were ion Wednesday njured and 20 houses were vandalised during a clash between two groups in Fukra village of Saltha upazila of Faridpur.Police managed to disperse the mob after spreading 24 tear gas shells and firing 32 blank shots in the area, said Md Delwar Hossain, officer-in-charge of Shaltha police station.Local people said the clash ensued following an altercation between Lal Mia and Ruhul Molla of the village, creating a skirmish in the area that continued sporadically up to Wednesday afternoon.On information, police rushed to the spot and managed to bring the situation under control.Four policemen were also injured during the clash as the agitating mob also attacked them as well, the OC added.“Police have arrested seven people for their alleged involvement in the clash.”
Share Courtesy of Dennis AguiluzThis file photo shows Teodoro Aguiluz (center), founder and executive director of Houston-based Central American Resources Center (CRECEN, by its Spanish acronym), speaking at a meeting organized to advocate for maintaining TPS.The more than 16,000 Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries that live in Houston are breathing easier for now after a federal judge ruled this week to maintain protections for people from Haiti, El Salvador, Sudan and Nicaragua. TPS beneficiaries came to the United States after natural disasters and many have lived in the country for decades. The Trump administration is trying to end Temporary Protected Status for thousands of people.U.S. District Judge Edward Chen blocked on Wednesday the administration from ending the TPS protections arguing that it would cause “irreparable harm and great hardship.”The judge said there is evidence that “President Trump harbors an animus against non-white, non-European aliens which influenced his … decision to end the TPS designation.”The ruling cited Trump’s 2015 campaign speech in which he characterized Mexican immigrants as drug dealers and rapists, his call to bar Muslims from entering the United States and his vulgar reference to African countries during a meeting about immigration at the White House in January.The ruling said the government failed to show the harm of continuing the 20-year-old program and that the plaintiffs established how uprooting those immigrants could hurt the local and national economy.“Beneficiaries who have lived, worked, and raised families in the United States (many for more than a decade), will be subject to removal,” Chen wrote.The lawsuit from immigrants who have received the protections alleges the administration’s decision was motivated by racism.Federal government reactionJustice Department spokesman Devin O’Malley said the ruling “usurps the role of the executive branch.”“The Justice Department completely rejects the notion that the White House or the Department of Homeland Security did anything improper. We will continue to fight for the integrity of our immigration laws and our national security,” O’Malley’s statement said.Attorneys for the plaintiffs praised the ruling and issued statements from some of those involved.“I was so happy when I found out about the judge’s decision,” said Crista Ramos, 14, whose Salvadoran mother was in the program. “Ever since the TPS terminations were announced, I have been wondering how I can live a normal life if I am about to lose my mom.”Chen questioned the administration’s motives at a hearing last month. He cited a memo that he said suggested the decision was driven by the administration’s America First policy.He asked an attorney for the U.S. Justice Department to respond to plaintiffs’ allegations that America First meant excluding immigrants who are not white.Adam Kirschner, a government attorney, said the memo showed then-Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke grappling with what to do about temporary protected status. Kirschner said input from the White House was expected on an issue like this, but the final decision was Duke’s.Chen repeated Trump’s vulgar comment about African countries while responding that any influence the White House had on Duke could be relevant to the claims that the administration’s moves were discriminatory.Chen ruled Wednesday that evidence shows Duke’s decision “may have been done in order to implement and justify a pre-ordained result desired by the White House.”El SalvadorEl Salvador was designated for the program in 2001 after an earthquake, and the country’s status was repeatedly renewed. The Trump administration announced in January that the program would expire for El Salvador in September 2019.The administration concluded that El Salvador had received significant international aid to recover from the earthquake, and homes, schools and hospitals there had been rebuilt.The Trump administration ended the program for the other three countries as well.More than 200,000 immigrants could face deportation because of the change, and they have more than 200,000 American children who risk being uprooted from their communities and schools, according to plaintiffs in the lawsuit.A full hearing on protections is supposed to take place later this month.
School’s out for winter, but is it out forever?British tabloid the Daily Mirror last week suggested that, due to low online and on-screen ratings, Doctor Who spin-off Class has been canceled.The eight-episode series premiered on BBC Three in October to a positive reception from critics—but a measly 660,000 initial views, according to the Mirror. To put that number into perspective, the least-watched episode of the Doctor’s ninth season (“Sleep No More”) racked up 5.61 million views.Even in syndication on BBC One early this year, the program fared poorly—figures quickly dropped from 1 million to 300,000, the Mirror reported.Created and written by author Patrick Ness, Class follows students and staff at Coal Hill Academy. The London-based secondary school served as a backdrop to the first Doctor Who episode and appeared again 50 years later as the workplace of companion Clara Oswald (and her love interest, Danny Pink).From left: Vivian Oparah as Tanya, Greg Austin as Charlie, Sophie Hopkins as April, Fady Elsayed as Ram, Katherine Kelly as Miss Quill (BBC)Under the reluctant leadership of physics teacher Miss Quill, five very different students must band together to fight monsters and save the Earth—at the behest of the Twelfth Doctor, who makes a cameo appearance in the first episode.An angsty teenage romp for modern viewers, the show (produced by Who showrunner Steven Moffat and exec producer Brian Minchin) pulls no punches when it comes to navigating high school while battling aliens.But Class struggled to live up to the hype and doesn’t appear to have caught on as easily as spin-offs like K-9 and Company, The Sarah Jane Adventures, and Torchwood.While Patrick Ness did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment, the Beeb told us that “No decision has been made.”Not for fans’ lack of trying: An online petition for the BBC to renew Class for a second season has already racked up more than 2,110 supporters.Class series one is available digitally in HD from the UK iTunes Store, and on Blu-ray and DVD from Amazon.co.uk. All eight episodes aired in Canada and Australia over the fall; the US release is scheduled for April 15, immediately following the season 10 premiere of Doctor Who on BBC America.
Kolkata: The School Service Commission will conduct the third phase of counselling for wait-listed candidates for recruitment of assistant teachers for Classes XI and XII in state-run schools on March 19 and 20.The third phase counselling for wait-listed candidates for recruitment of assistant teachers for Classes IX and X will be held on March 26, 27, 28 29 and April 1. The state level selection test for recruitment of teachers was held in 2016. However, the Hill region will not come under the aegis of this counselling. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe Commission issued a notification on Friday stating that the schedule of counselling and details of vacancies will soon be made available on the School Service Commission website — www.westbengalssc.com. The SSC chairman had announced in January that 42,000 vacant posts of teachers, non-teaching staff and Group D employees from upper primary to the higher secondary level will be filled up in various schools by March 2019. According to a source in the Commission, the upper primary level has the highest number of vacant posts for teachers. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAbout 13,080 teachers are required at the upper primary level and the vacancies for Classes IX and X stands at 12,905. “At the higher secondary level, the number of vacant posts for teachers is 5,711. There are about 1,034 vacancies for the subject of physical education, 1,099 vacancies in work education, 2,057 posts for clerks and 3,955 posts for Group D staff. Most of the vacancies have already been filled up in the initial phases for counselling and the rest will be completed by early April,” the source said. The vacancies exclude 10 per cent that would be filled up by para-teachers as per directions of the court.
Fix Thunderbird won’t let you sign in to Gmail by Martin Brinkmann on August 29, 2016 in Email – Last Update: April 28, 2019 – 46 commentsAs you may know, I use Thunderbid as may main desktop email program. I use it with various email providers, including Gmail.Everything worked fine up until this morning. I received mails to the Gmail account and was able to browse mails and compose them as well.About an hour ago I started to get a popup informing me that I had to sign in to the Google account again.The dialog did display the URL the request came from, it was a Google URL, so I knew it was legitimate. Also, checking to see if I could still access Gmail content in Thunderbird, I noticed that I could not.I entered the Gmail email address and password, and was redirected to a “cookies disabled” page instead of the second verification step of two-factor authentication.I tried again and same result. That was quite puzzling as I did not make any changes to Thunderbird.When I checked the cookies setting in the email client, I noticed that cookies were disabled. That was the reason for me not being able to sign in and authorize the Gmail account for use in Thunderbird.Note: While I experienced this with Gmail, you may experience it with other email services that rely on cookies for authentication.Here is how I fixed the issue:Open the Thunderbird email client.Select Tools > Options > Privacy.Check whether “Accept cookies from sites” is enabled, or if the mail server is listed as an exception.The accept cookies from sites preference was disabled in Thunderbird. I did not do it, and I’m not sure how it reset itself on its own.Anyway, I enabled the option again, and made sure that third-party cookies are not allowed. I entered the Google account information again and it worked this time. Got the second authorization step and regained full access to the Gmail account in Thunderbird.Note that you may also add the Google server to the list of exceptions (imap.googlemail.com) if you prefer to keep cookies disabled for all other services.The same method works for any other email account, and also for calendar syncing. If you have added Google Calendar to Thunderbird for instance, you may run into the same issue. You may also use the same fix to correct the issue.SummaryArticle NameFix Thunderbird won’t let you sign in to GmailDescriptionFind out what you can do if Thunderbird displays a Google sign in popup but won’t sign you in to the account because of blocked cookies.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
It’s a good day for cash-strapped PC gamers. In addition to the Best Buy gaming PC sale, Amazon is discounting a handful of LG gaming monitors. The retailer is taking up to $180 off select LG monitors with prices starting at $115.99. That’s one of the best sales we’ve seen on LG gaming monitors. It includes 24- to 34-inch gaming monitors, many of which offer fast 1ms response times. Shop Amazon’s entire LG Freesync monitor saleLG 24″ 1080p Gaming Monitor: was $157 now $115 @ AmazonThe LG 24MP59G-P boasts a 1ms response time to reduce blurring and ghosting when playing games. Its Black Stabilizer mode senses dark scenes and helps make them brighter, so you can find enemies easier. It’s $41 off. View DealLG 34″ 1080p Gaming Monitor: was $400 now $249 @ AmazonThis LG Monitor supports HDR10 and features FreeSync technology to eliminate tearing and stuttering. Its 21:9 UltraWide aspect ratio delivers a premium viewing experience whether you’re streaming movies or gaming. For a limited time, it’s $150 off.View DealLG 32″ 4K Gaming Monitor: was $500 now $319 @ AmazonWith its 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) display, FreesSync technology, and advanced gaming features, the 32-inch LG 32UD60 monitor delivers an immersive gaming experience. It’s $181 off its normal retail price.View DealAs part of its sale, Amazon has the LG 34WK650-W 34-inch UltraWide Gaming Monitor for $249.99. Normally priced at $400, that’s $150 off and the lowest price we’ve ever seen for this gaming monitor. It features a 21:9 aspect ratio with 2560 x 1080 resolution, HDR10, and FreeSync support. Combined with its massive panel, it’s a great monitor for gaming or watching movies. Amazon’s one-day sale ends on August 13 at 2:59am ET, so act fast to score a PC monitor on the cheap.
Tech This Out: New Nintendo Switch Battery, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus, iPhone 11 LaunchMore 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 UpTech This Out: Samsung Galaxy Note 10, GamesCon and Disney+03:24OffAutomated Captions – en-USLive00:0003:1603:16 (Image credit: Let’s Go Digital)Then there’s the patent for the wraparound phone that uses a foldable display all around the phone but doesn’t really fold. OK. Cool.(Image credit: USPTO)And then Samsung got this one for a foldable phone that actually has detachable screens because, why the hell not, right?(Image credit: Let’s Go Digital)But wait, we are not done yet, because we have a foldable phone made for gamers with physical Nintendo DS-like controls.(Image credit: Let’s Go Digital)Not happy with that, Samsung also patented a rollable Galaxy that made its screen expand sideways (perhaps the best concept of them all).(Image credit: Let’s Go Digital)And if that weren’t enough with rollables, there’s also this vertically rollable galaxy (maybe the weirdest concept yet).(Image credit: Samsung Central)Don’t stop me now, people: Here’s one that is a cool clamshell design too, just like the incoming foldable Motorola Razr.(Image credit: Let’s Go Digital)And this patent of a foldable with wings too, basically a straight copy of Xiaomi’s foldable prototype.(Image credit: Let’s Go Digital)That’s basically it — nah, just kidding. Because the company also patented a foldable phone with an outward screen design like the Mate X.(Image credit: Let’s Go Digital)Now I think we may be really done — if we don’t count Samsung’s foldable wristband phone. I understand that companies need to protect themselves from other companies copying them and that Samsung previously committed to release one new foldable per year, but this is getting ridiculous. Especially when Samsung is actually aping other manufacturers in these patents.So perhaps, Samsung needs to concentrate on releasing phones that don’t break within a day. Or a Galaxy S10 that can actually fight against the photographic power of the Huawei P30 Pro.Come on, Samsung. I know Apple is sleeping, but you can do this.All the Incoming Foldable Phones of 2019 Behold the Galaxy Z-Fold, yet another potential foldable phone by Samsung. This foldable tryptich phone unearthed by Dutch tech patent archaeologists Let’s Go Digital expands from a standard candy bar to a large tablet display thanks to a triple-folding display.How many different foldable formats has this company patented after failing to release the regular Fold and pushing it back multiple times? I’ve lost count. Let’s see.There was the patent for an improved folding mechanism on the Galaxy Fold 2, which was filed before the Fold came out and will hopefully solve all the problems in the incoming Galaxy Fold. I know, confusing.RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…logoCreated with Sketch.
A new investigation into the radiofrequency radiation levels popular smartphones give off has put some smartphone makers on the defensive.The Chicago Tribune and a team of scientists conducted studies on a variety of iPhones and Samsung Galaxy devices, including the iPhones 7, 8, 8 Plus, and X, as well as a the Galaxy S8, S9, and J3. In the testing, which also included phones from Motorola and BLU, the scientists examined whether the phones were emitting more radiofrequency radiation than allowed by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) guidelines.Radiofrequency radiation is a type of low-energy radiation that’s given off by electronic devices such as radios, TVs and microwave ovens in addition to smartphones.The FCC guidelines are used to measure safety with a ratio called the specific absorption rate (SAR). According to the guidelines, any phone that has an absorption rate of 1.6 watts per kilogram of human tissue is considered unsafe.RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…logoCreated with Sketch. Tech This Out: New Nintendo Switch Battery, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus, iPhone 11 LaunchMore 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 UpThe 2019 Kindle Oasis01:26OffAutomated Captions – en-USLive00:0003:1603:16 It’s worth noting, however, that the FCC has made clear that even at 1.6 watts, that absorption rate won’t cause any harmful health effects.Best iPhone XR CasesStill, the SAR matters. And in the testing, the Chicago Tribune scientists found that the iPhone 7 performed among the worst in the roundup, with absorption rates that in some cases were up to two times greater than the FCC’s SAR guideline level.It was a similar story for Samsung’s Galaxy phones, which also saw absorption rates higher than the standard. The Galaxy S8 had a whopping 8.22W/kg reading, according to the testers.But before anyone panics, there are some pretty major caveats in this testing. For one, even the Chicago Tribune acknowledged that the testing was a “worst-case scenario” and the same radiation levels likely wouldn’t happen in real life. Moreover, the FCC said that the testing information it gets from manufacturers is more comprehensive and therefore probably more accurate.That’s an important component in this. Despite the Tribune testing, the phones have been certified by the FCC as having safe levels of exposure that fall in line with its guidelines. On its own website, Apple lists the exposure levels for its iPhones. The apparently offending iPhone 7 has an exposure level of 1.19, according to Apple. The iPhone 8 has secured an exposure level of 1.2. Either way, they’re below the guidelines.According to AppleInsider, which spoke to an Apple spokesperson on the matter, the company believes the Tribune’s testing is “inaccurate due to the test setup not being in accordance with procedures necessary to properly assess the iPhone models.” The company added that it’s confident it’s in compliance with standards.Of course, the word “radiation” is bound to spark concern. High doses of radiofrequency radiation can have harmful effects, which is why the FCC guidelines are in place.The FCC said that it takes all matters related to radiation and its policies seriously. The agency said it will investigate the findings in the coming months to determine whether initial radiation exposure levels are indeed accurate.
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 Related Content 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 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. 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 | April 23, 2015 Cancer Scan Could Remove Need for Radiotherapy for Cured Patients A UK National Cancer Research Institute trial led from The University of Manchester and the Christie NHS Foundation Trust has suggested that in patients with early stage Hodgkin lymphoma, the late effects of radiotherapy could be reduced by using a scan to determine those who actually need it.In a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the scientists show that a positron-emission tomography (PET) scan immediately after treatment with chemotherapy can identify patients who have a very good outcome without additional radiotherapy.Hodgkin lymphoma is a cancer that develops in the lymphatic system, which is a network of vessels and glands spread throughout the body. Around 1,900 people a year, many of whom are teenagers and young adults, are diagnosed in the UK.The current standard treatment is for all Hodgkin lymphoma patients to receive chemotherapy, followed by radiotherapy. However, this radiotherapy comes with undesirable late effects, such as cardiovascular disease and other cancers – despite the fact that they have already been cured of Hodgkin lymphoma.The 602 patients who agreed to take part in the ‘RAPID’ trial had a PET scan performed after their chemotherapy. Patients who tested positive received radiotherapy. Those who tested negative were divided into two groups – one group of 211 patients received no further treatment, while the other group of 209 had the standard radiotherapy. After three years of regular check-ups, the proportion of patients who were alive and free of disease was 94.6 percent in the radiotherapy group, and 90.8 percent in the group which hadn’t received further treatment.Lead researcher, Professor John Radford, is based at The University of Manchester’s Institute of Cancer Sciences and the Christie NHS Foundation Trust. He said: “This research is an important step forward. The results of RAPID show that in early stage Hodgkin lymphoma radiotherapy after initial chemotherapy marginally reduces the recurrence rate, but this is bought at the expense of exposing to radiation all patients with negative PET findings, most of whom are already cured.”Despite the findings from this study the researchers stress that a longer follow-up period is needed in order to determine whether this approach will ultimately lead to fewer late side-effects and improved overall survival.The research was funded by Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Matt Kaiser, M.D., head of research at the charity, said: “This groundbreaking clinical trial shows that, by using scans to predict an individual’s risk of relapse, many patients can remain disease-free with just chemotherapy alone. Radiotherapy can cause a range of long-term problems like heart disease and hard-to-treat second cancers. As many Hodgkin lymphoma patients are relatively young, it is particularly important to avoid using intensive treatment when it is unnecessary.” FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications 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
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 The low dollar – and Trump – are adding to the Canada 150 momentum Travelweek Group Posted by Share Tags: Canada, Trend Watch << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — So many millions of marketing dollars are poured into attracting international travellers to Canada, it’s easy to forget that 80% of travel in Canada is by Canadians.And while most Canadians rely on their travel agent for trip bookings outside the country, rather than within Canada, many Canadians are looking to book special trips in Canada this year to celebrate the country’s 150th anniversary and are on the lookout for unique vacation ideas that require an agent’s expertise.At yesterday’s Best Western Leisure Travel Summit, industry representatives weighed in on how the busy summer travel season is shaping up for both inbound and domestic travel in this landmark year. So much is riding on the Canada 150 celebrations. Can they live up to the hype?Dorothy Dowling, Senior VP and Chief Marketing Officer, Best Western Hotels & Resorts, says that while Best Western has seen 2.4% in this market, most inbound tour operators and wholesalers she’s spoken to are reporting record years so far, “with very high double-digit growth for inbound travel”.Last year was very close to a record year for Canadian tourism, with some 20 million visitors.Credit: Liz Szynkowski.“Canada is topping a lot of must-visit lists. There’s a lot of buzz. We haven’t hit high season yet but we’re expecting it to be a really good year,” said Charlotte Bell, President and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC).Is it the Trump effect? In addition to all the excitement about Canada’s 150th anniversary, are international travellers deciding it’s time for a little Canada rather than risk what they might see as a less-than-warm welcome in the U.S.?More news: Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsDowling says it’s mostly a cost – and currency – issue. “It has a lot to do with the currency valuation and the strength of the U.S. dollar. So many international travellers book their travel to Canada as a package and the conversion factor is extraordinarily noticeable this year. There are a lot of conversations about politics but it really comes down to cost and money.” Compared to the U.S. these days, Canada is a bargain.However Susie Grynol, President of the Hotel Association of Canada, said HAC’s annual Travel Intentions Survey showed that 35% of Canadian travellers who switched their travel plans from the U.S. to Canada attributed that decision as a direct result of President Trump’s election and his government’s policies.Well over half (58%) of Canadian travellers say they’re planning to take 2 – 4 trips this year, a 7% increase, added Grynol.While Canadian hotels are reaping the benefits from this year’s travel boom – properties in Alberta and Newfoundland are charting growth for the first time in three years – sharing economy disruptors like Airbnb continue to be a thorn in the side of the hotel industry.“People renting out their basement and making some money, that’s a great thing. But we’re also seeing the emergence of commercial players, who buy entire buildings and rent out the units on Airbnb. When you’re dealing with that size and scale, you’re running a hotel, aren’t you? But it’s an illegal hotel.”More news: A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerHAC and other hotel associations have long argued that Airbnb and other sharing economy rental companies need to be subject to the same taxes and standards as traditional hotels. “We just want a level playing field … [and then] we’re happy to compete.”Also at the event, Laurel Greatrix, Director, Communications at TripAdvisor, said that while searches for Canada are up this year on TripAdvisor.com, long-time favourite sun and fun destinations are also strong, from Cuba and the D.R. to Las Vegas. Also popping up are ‘new’ destinations like Colombia, and more niche (relatively speaking) spots like South Africa. Both offer good value for money right now, says Greatrix. Travel this summer “is all about making the Canadian dollar work hard for you and finding value.”Also trending: learning holidays. “About 15% of Millennials have taken a learning holiday and I think we’ll see more of those experiential trips,” said Greatrix. “It can be anything from surf holidays in Bali to sushi making classes in Tokyo.”There are now 500 million reviews on TripAdvisor.com. Reviews on everything from travel to consumer goods have changed the way people shop, she noted. “Travel reviews offer transparency. And travel reviews mean travellers can spend smartly.” TripAdvisor users post nearly 300 reviews per minute, she said. Some 390 million people come to TripAdvisor to check out reviews.
Related posts:The Guardian names Costa Rican journalist among ‘young climate campaigners to watch’ ahead of Paris 2015 World failing to meet emissions level required to stave off disastrous global warming, analysts say Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solís nominated for ‘Shark Enemy of the Year’ award Dealing with climate change in Costa Rica’s treasured Monteverde cloud forest As more and more carbon dioxide enters the atmosphere, the ocean is acidifying too quickly for sharks to keep up. For at least one species, the cost could be the vital sense of smell. Without its ability to detect the odors of prey, the smooth dogfish could be left high and dry. And chances are that the smooth dogfish isn’t the only marine life that will see this effect.The finding, in a study published last month in the journal Global Change Biology, continues lead author Danielle Dixson‘s work in clownfish. “We found that the acidification of their water disrupted the fish’s ability to perceive different chemical cues — or their sense of smell,” said Dixson, an assistant professor in the School of Biology at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. “But we wanted to test other organisms, especially ones that, like sharks, rely so much on their sense of smell. They’re practically swimming noses.”In the experiment, the sharks were exposed to the smell of squid — a dogfish delicacy — in pools with different levels of carbon dioxide, which makes the water more acidic. At today’s levels, the sharks swam to the side of the pool that smelled like prey and attacked the odor-emitting objects as expected. At levels that we’re predicted to reach in 50 years, they swam to the correct side but attacked less aggressively. At carbon dioxide levels that the ocean is expected to reach by 2100, the sharks basically stopped being attracted to the squid odor.In clownfish, this effect was caused by the fish’s natural defense mechanisms. To protect themselves from acidic water, the fish produce more bicarbonate — a base — to buffer it. But this interferes with a receptor that controls many of the sensory systems in vertebrates. Dixson believes that the same mechanism causes the change in sharks.Dixson had hoped that sharks would be more resilient to the change in carbon dioxide levels: After all, they once swam in waters that were much more acidic than today’s oceans. “They’re pretty much living fossils — they haven’t changed much, in an evolutionary sense, for a really long time,” she said. “They were around when ocean acidification levels were quite high, so I sort of thought they might have the ability to cope.”Unfortunately, sharks have had a very long time to adapt to the relatively low carbon dioxide levels of our day. At the rate that our oceans are acidifying, there’s no way they’ll be able to adapt back in the other direction in time. “They’ve seen this level, but it’s never happened this quickly,” Dixson said.It gets worse: The predicted carbon dioxide levels that Dixson and her colleagues used are based on a “business as usual” scenario, in which acidifcation continues at a fairly steady rate. Recent research suggests that we may reach those levels much more quickly, and the situation could be much more dire by 2100.Dixson and her colleagues will continue to examine this effect in dogfish and other sharks, as well as expanding the experiments to observe more marine life.© 2014, The Washington PostRecommended: The plight of the Costa Rican manatee Facebook Comments
Related posts:Giving birth through Costa Rica’s public health care system Caja to offer emergency care only on Holy Thursday, Friday Welcome, baby ocelot: It’s Mother’s Day at Zoo Ave, too Arts, culture and Mother’s Day: the week ahead in Costa Rica In honor of Mother’s Day and in hopes of providing useful information to moms and families, The Tico Times is proud to share the first-person accounts of two of our writers who recently gave birth in Costa Rica. Here, freelancer Gabriela Díaz Musmanni recounts her experience at the Hospital CIMA in Escazú.I found out that I was pregnant last year while living in the town of Mysore in southern India. Although a dusty pregnancy test with a disturbingly vintage appearance offered a negative result, I felt pregnant, and a second, less disturbing- looking test confirmed it.Every pregnant couple is faced with the decision of where and how to give birth, and my partner and I had to start by choosing a country. We could have stayed in India, where medical care, like mostly everything else, was dirt cheap – we’re talking 3 USD for a visit to the gynecologist. However, the smells, sights and tastes of India, which normally filled me with awe, made me unbearably nauseous while pregnant, and after a first trimester of hurling at the mere mention of curry, I was desperate for some gallo pinto.Like sea turtles that navigate across oceans to lay their eggs in the exact same spot where they were born, and in spite of not having been born in Costa Rica, I knew that I wanted to give birth surrounded by familiar faces, in my mother tongue and in the country that I called home. My partner Marco fully supported my decision, and four countries later, we arrived in San José ready to nest and design our birth plan.Having heard wonders about the benefits of birthing tubs, we decided to explore this option. We found out that babies born in birthing tubs are apparently soothed by the warm water as they enter the world, which also relaxes the mother’s muscles and eases the pain of contractions. In Costa Rica, water births can happen at home, under the guidance of midwives and doulas, at birthing centers, or at CIMA Hospital in Escazú or Clínica Católica in San José. Dr. Adam Paer is famous for directing water births in Costa Rica, and after meeting this jolly, laid-back gynecologist at his office at Mediplaza in Escazú, we were game.We decided to go for CIMA because it was close to home and my medical insurance covered 80% of the costs, which for Costa Rica, and particularly when compared to India, are certainly not cheap.Right from the start, Dr. Paer was adamant that anything can happen at the moment of birth, so, as in life, it was far better not to stick rigidly to a plan. Water births could turn into C-sections, C-sections into natural births, contractions could disappear with a magical epidural shot.Although his words floated around in my head for the rest of our pregnancy, my partner and I are yogis and we were clear on one thing: we wanted our daughter to be born as naturally as possible. C-sections can be life-saving and are the only way to go in many cases, but we were alarmed to find out that most babies born at private hospitals in Costa Rica are delivered surgically. Why? Were perfectly healthy women being led to believe that this was their only option just to feed a money-making industry? I was ready to fight CIMA physically if it tried to force surgery on us unnecessarily.With the help of a doula named Ansu Coto who teaches a wonderful prenatal course, we crafted an exceedingly naturalistic birth plan that included many details, such as incense and candles, which were completely forgotten once we entered birth mode.At the end of week 41 of our pregnancy, our daughter, Isla, who cooperated by staying in the right position and remaining low-risk, decided it was time to make her entrance into the world. At 2:20 a.m. I realized that I had not been struck by the most excruciatingly painful diarrhea pains of my life, but that I was, in fact, finally having contractions.At around noon that day my family and I made our way to the hospital, and we were greeted by a team of nurses at the maternity ward. My partner gave them our birth plan and we informed them that we were having a water birth with Paer. Through tears of pain I believed I could see “C-section” written all over their faces. They led us to the privacy of our room, where I comfortably howled at my boyfriend every time I was struck by a contraction. At some point I asked to be drugged because I couldn’t stand the pain. He reminded me that I could do it.Over the next few hours, until our daughter popped out at 5:30 p.m., the CIMA staff morphed from unwanted C-section-inducing enemies to some of the kindest, most helpful hospital staff I have encountered.They respected our natural preferences and seemed genuinely compassionate and caring. I was unable to have a water birth because I was fully dilated before Dr. Paer, who was busy tending to other births, could make it to our room to install the tub, so I just pushed. The nurses patiently told me how to push and as I tried several positions, they cheered us on and held my hand.Dr. Paer helped my boyfriend catch our daughter as soon as her body slid out of mine and after the umbilical cord stopped pulsating, Marco snipped it, just as we had envisioned. He placed Isla on my chest, and I experienced the greatest bliss of my life.Later, a nurse explained how to breastfeed and made sure that I could do it properly. Throughout the night we spent there, nurses on guard kept dropping by to make sure that Isla and I were all right.The next day a nurse explained how to give Isla a sponge bath and clean the piece of umbilical cord that dangled from her belly button. We were treated to a courtesy lunch that included pasta, wine and chocolate ice cream, and after our doctor gave us the go-ahead, we went to pay and go home. Our bill came to around 2,700 USD including doctors’ fees.Giving birth at CIMA exceeded my expectations. Our experience made me comfortable enough that if we choose to make a sibling for Isla, we will most likely attempt it at home.See also: Giving birth through Costa Rica’s public health care system Facebook Comments
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