Agents can travel with Tauck with enhanced Agent Rewards program

first_imgAgents can travel with Tauck with enhanced Agent Rewards program Share Posted by Travelweek Group Tags: Tauckcenter_img WILTON, CT — Tauck’s new sales materials will be arriving in Canadian travel agencies starting next week, plus Canadian agencies can participate in the U.S. tour operator’s Agent Rewards program.Tauck is helping its network of travel agents to navigate “the crowded and sometimes confusing European river cruising market” with new sales materials that spell out the differences between Tauck’s river cruises and those offered by other lines.The Tauck sales materials include a River Cruising Sales Guide, an 11” x 17” poster highlighting Tauck’s river cruising innovations and exclusive-to-Tauck onshore experiences, and a printed comparison grid contrasting Tauck and its ships to other lines and their respective vessels. The reverse side of the comparison grid highlights signature elements like onboard experiences, signature experiences ashore and cruise components included in Tauck’s prices.The 24-page River Cruising Sales Guide provides an in-depth explanation of the ‘Four Cornerstones’ that differentiate the company’s river cruises: comprehensive all-inclusive pricing; high service levels provided by the Tauck Cruise Director and three Tauck Directors staffing each Tauck riverboat; the destination experience; and the onboard atmosphere.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterAlso featured in the Sales Guide are details on the typical Tauck river cruise customer, suggestions on different client-types that agents might successfully target, an FAQ and conversion strategies to help agents grow their Tauck river cruise business.The company is also encouraging its agents to gain first-hand experience on Tauck’s river cruises (and its land tours) by enhancing its Agent Rewards travel incentive program. Agents earn US$200 in points for each client booked on a Tauck tour or cruise, and they can accrue up to $12,000 in points every year.Tauck recently automated much of the program and moved it online to the company’s Agent Connect password-protected web. Agents can review their existing points balance, track their pending points from future bookings and apply earned points to their own Tauck travels.“We’re excited to provide these new sales materials to our agents, and to make the Agent Rewards program even more user-friendly,” says Tauck’s Vice President of Global Sales, Steve Spivak. “At Tauck, we are absolutely committed to constant improvement, whether it’s enhancing our tours and cruises, or raising the bar on the level of service and support we provide to our agents.”More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureAgents looking for more information can call Tauck at 1-800-468-2825 or e-mail Friday, September 30, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Search for oneway fares to Canada sees huge increase on US election

first_img TORONTO — The night of the U.S. presidential election, the Canadian Immigration website crashed due to a surge in people – seemingly Americans – trying to access information on how to emigrate to the country. And now, with Donald Trump confirmed as the new President of the United States, has reported a huge increase in searches for one-way flights to Canada during election night as well.According to the company, as of 6 p.m. ET on Election Day, the website experienced more than double the searches for one-way flights to Canada, a 133% increase from the same time frame across the previous four Tuesdays.As polls closed and results started to roll in, the searches accelerated, jumping to more than 900% between 6 p.m. and midnight. And things didn’t slow down the morning after; searches from 6 p.m. until 8 a.m. the morning after were up more than 1,000% over the average volume in the same window over the last four weeks.More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesOther destinations that saw spikes in one-way flight searches throughout the course of the night were Japan, Australia, the UK, New Zealand, South Africa and Germany, all of which jumped more than 500% between midnight and 8 a.m. ET compared to the previous four weeks.In other news, Travelweekly has reported that Royal Jordanian Airlines is poking fun at President-Elect Trump with a new tongue-in-cheek campaign that encourages passengers to “travel to the U.S. while you’re still allowed to!” Trump has continually promised to ban Muslims from entering the country during his run for the presidency. Jordan is a predominantly Sunni Muslim nation. Thursday, November 10, 2016 Search for one-way fares to Canada sees huge increase on U.S. election night Travelweek Group Tags: Canada, LOLcenter_img Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Trafalgars top European destination Think la dolce vita

first_img Posted by Travelweek Group TORONTO — The 17 itineraries in Trafalgar’s new 2018 Italy program include new tours to Sicily and a four-day Aegean Cruise option on the company’s Best of Italy and Greece guided vacation.Clients can take advantage of Trafalgar’s 10% Early Payment Discount. The discount applies to the land-portion of select Trafalgar trips when paid in full by Jan. 11, 2018.“Italy is the number one European destination for our Canadian guests who simply fall under the spell of ‘la dolce vita’ and every year we continue to innovate and further enhance our program with a myriad of authentic experiences,” said Wolf Paunic, President, Trafalgar Canada. “On several of our itineraries, our new exceptional after-hours VIP dining experiences within the Vatican will be available to our clients during the 2018 operating season and the opportunity to be personally welcomed by the Curator of the Ethnological Museum, Padre Mappelli, for a tour of the papal conclave.”More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterA brand new itinerary for 2018, the Regional Explorer 11-day journey Wonders of Italy, is an exploration of Italy’s art, architecture and old-world charm. With a Local Specialist, guests get an exclusive visit to The Vatican Museums. In Tuscany, a Be My Guest dining experience takes place at the Lenzi family home at Fattoria de Petroio where guests can savour lunch with home-baked bread and hand-harvested wine. Friday, December 8, 2017 Trafalgar’s top European destination? Think ‘la dolce vita’center_img Share Tags: Trafalgar << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact [View the story “Punchless Cardinals fall to 49ers ” on Storify]last_img

Go back to the enewsletter Boasting kilometres

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Boasting kilometres of amazing mountain bike trails, a new skate park, the chance to walk to Australia’s highest point atop Mt Kosciuszko, fishing, abseiling and some of the best music festivals in the country, Thredbo claims to have ‘something for everyone’ this summer. Some of the many summer events and activities on offer include the Thredbo Blues Festival, Snowy Mountains Country Music Festival, the international yoga and mindfulness festival Wanderlust, Cannonball Mountain Biking Festival, and the resort’s Australia Day festivities.Key summer events in Thredbo: Cannonball MTB Festival (4 – 6 December 2015) This massive three-day event showcases the diversity of terrain on offer at Thredbo with a number of big events, including the Toyota Australian Downhill. Some of the world’s top mountain bikers, rising stars and amateurs alike will compete in the hopes of taking home their share in the massive $45,000 prize pool.Thredbo Blues Festival (15 – 17 January 2016) Returning with its biggest line-up to date, the Thredbo Blues Festival is hosting 22 big-name acts, including ARIA Hall of Fame inductee Russell Morris, ARIA Award winner Jeff Lang, Blues royalty Ray Beadle and multi-instrumentalist Rick Price.Wanderlust Festival (18 – 21 February 2016) Wanderlust Festival is heading to Thredbo for the first time ever this summer! The four-day celebration of mindful living complete with yoga and meditation instructors, musical performers, speakers, artists and chefs will transform Thredbo into a retreat experience unlike any other.Snowy Mountains Country Music Festival (5 March 2016)Set to be an incredible day of music, with two of country music’s hottest American artists, Kip Moore and Kelsea Ballerini, as well as Aussie music icon Daryl Braithwaite headlining the festival. With a line-up of rising Australian country stars the festival will rock music lovers in Thredbo’s unique concert location and natural amphitheatre.Easter Family Adventure Festival (25 – 28 March 2016) This Easter event will have kids and parents hopping into holiday mode, with plenty of free activities and big events on offer across four fun and chocolate filled days.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

UAEbased pay TV operator YahLive has added a loca

first_imgUAE-based pay TV operator YahLive has added a local version of kids channel Cartoon Network to its DTH platform.Cartoon Network Arabic is now available to YahLive subscribers in HD. The channel airs various international and locally produced kids shows including LazyTown, Ben 10 and Powerpuff Girls.Mohamed Youssif, CEO of YahLive, said: “With Cartoon Network Arabic HD going live on our satellite, we are able to bring children’s favourite cartoon characters to life in high definition. As the home of HD, YahLive is delighted to have Cartoon Network Arabic be a part of our growing channel bouquet and a new addition to the HD hotspot for the region.”last_img

This week weve been reporting on the aftermath o

first_imgThis week, we’ve been reporting on the aftermath of a tragic fire that spread through a low-rent Greensboro apartment earlier this year, killing five young refugee siblings. Their family was placed there by a resettlement agency tasked with finding safe, affordable housing for new North Carolinians. But as the number of low-cost rentals has dwindled here, safe and affordable is becoming increasingly rare.For this chapter of our series “Unsafe Haven,” WFDD’s David Ford surveys the Gate City’s response to a housing crisis that’s been years in the making.“We Can’t Afford To Be Biased”Code enforcement officer for the city of Greensboro Terri Buchanan is following up on repairs that she requested a landlord make to a small, two-bedroom rental house. That’s how it works: a tenant files a complaint with the city, and if warranted, they send out people like Buchanan to inspect.Even though this property owner lives out of town, Buchanan says he’s been extremely responsive. He’s gone above and beyond in resolving the roughly dozen or so code violations that needed to be addressed, the only conflicts arising when contractors he’s hired have cut corners, and they’re easily resolved.City code enforcement officer Terri Buchanan inspects recently installed replacement siding used to cover an entry point for rodents. DAVID FORD/WFDDOther landlords, she says, consistently fail to meet even minimum standards. “We have to be so careful, and we can’t afford to be biased with someone. We can’t afford to let our emotions or our opinions enter in and we don’t,” says Buchanan. “That’s one of our strong points as a team. We may grumble amongst ourselves, but we cannot let those opinions enter into the inspection and the process.”Buchanan acknowledges that this even-handed approach can be frustrating, particularly for the affordable housing advocates, and thousands of low-income renters throughout the city of Greensboro who want bad actors held accountable. But Buchanan contends that the city’s reasoning is sound. “I think that’s been an asset to everybody and eventually helps get landlords back on track if they’ve lost their way, without really pointing fingers at anybody,” she says.But there are many who argue it doesn’t work. Case in point? The Summit-Cone apartment complex near the intersection of Summit Avenue and Cone Boulevard.City inspectors came to investigate living conditions in the sprawling 42-unit complex following the deadly fire there, and after several tenant complaints surfaced in a petition. While there, code enforcement officers discovered 466 code violations.It’s the second time in five years this property has been condemned, so how does it keep happening?”A Tool In Our Toolbox” To find out about one contributing factor, we have to rewind the clock, when state laws changed that made it more difficult for the city to prevent the abuses from happening in the first place. Specifically, the Rental Unit Certificate of Occupancy (RUCO). Mayor Nancy Vaughan says RUCO was groundbreaking in holding more landlords accountable, and it served as a model for other cities.“We were able to go in and do proactive inspections of units before people rented them,” says Vaughan. “And then the legislature took that away not only from Greensboro, who pioneered that legislation, but from the entire state which took away one of the tools in our toolbox.”So, by 2012 RUCO was no more.Brett Byerly with the Greensboro Housing Coalition laments the loss as well, but admits the program also ruffled feathers.City nuisance contractor Bruce Glass (far) boards up a missing window on a condemned rental in East Greensboro. DAVID FORD/WFDD “Philosophically, a lot of it had to do with real estate lobbies feeling like they were being pushed on too hard and overregulated,” says Byerly. “And I get it. Maybe one of the weaknesses of RUCO was that it was an across-the-board inspection program.”So, we’re spending a lot of time inspecting what investors refer to as A and B Class properties. And A and B class properties by definition don’t generally need to be inspected, because the people living in A and B Class properties, if their owner landlord is not taking care of the property, they leave.”Byerly says that, meanwhile, people in C Class properties, without $1,500 in their pocket for a deposit plus the first month’s rent, have no ability to vote with their feet. They’re stuck.With RUCO gone, city code inspectors were invited to investigate properties only after receiving complaints from residents, or petitions—as was the case at Summit-Cone. After inspections, problems are identified to the owners who are then given two months or more to correct them. If no action is taken, the building can be condemned as a last resort, followed by civil penalties and fines levied to further entice them to comply. If the owners still don’t make repairs, it can be pricey, with escalating reinspection fees eventually totaling $400 per unit, per month. And the last resort: demolition.“Are We Doing Enough?”When buildings are condemned, people can’t live in them. That just makes the dearth of affordable housing even worse, says City Councilman Justin Outling.“The fact is there are 26,000 households in our community where people are not able to afford the price they pay for housing.”With regard to making up the affordable housing gap, City Councilman Justin Outling says, “We have to go really far, really fast.” DAVID FORD/WFDD That’s why, after negotiations with housing advocates and real estate officials, the city passed a $25 million bond referendum to support more affordable housing.That’s helping to fund a 176-unit apartment community in East Greensboro called Cottage Grove. It’s being refurbished with a $400,000 investment from the city for energy efficient upgrades.Then in October, the City Council passed a new housing ordinance. Outling says it will target substandard properties, like the Summit-Cone apartments. “That property was in compliance as of 2016,” says Outling. “We know now, 2018, a mere two years later, it’s woefully out of compliance. This revision to the housing ordinance will help address situations like that one to ensure that properties stay in compliance for a longer period of time.”Outling says, that unlike RUCO, this ordinance allows the city to inspect all units of an apartment complex where just one serious threat to safety was found. It also gives them permission to follow up with multiple, rollover inspections there over the course of one year without having to start back at the beginning: scheduling, notifications, hearings, and demolitions. “Are we doing enough?” asks Outling. “The answer is, ‘No, but we’re making tremendous progress.’ If you want to go fast, you go alone. If you want to go far, you go together. On this topic, we have to go really far, really fast.”Construction at Cottage Grove seems to be moving along at a good clip, with a move-in date scheduled for some time this spring.,It was just over six months ago when a tragedy amplified deep issues within the Greensboro community. Our series, “Unsafe Haven,” looks at what happened and the remaining unanswered questions.,In May, a kitchen fire at a low-rent apartment in Greensboro claimed the lives of five refugee children—siblings from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.,Earlier this year, a tragic kitchen fire at the Summit-Cone apartments in Greensboro killed five young refugee children.,On an early morning in May, a kitchen fire swept through a low-income apartment in Greensboro. Inside, a refugee family from the Democratic Republic of the Congo—five young siblings and their father—slept.last_img read more

The underthreat Human Rights Act could be used to

first_imgThe under-threat Human Rights Act could be used to halt the scandal of disabled people who have died after being put through the government’s much-criticised “fitness for work” test regime, according to Labour’s new shadow minister for disabled people.Debbie Abrahams spoke out on the importance of the act as she pledged to fight Conservative attempts to scrap the legislation and replace it with a new bill of rights.She told activists attending a Disability Labour fringe meeting that the act, introduced by a Labour government in 1998, was “definitely something we got right”.She said: “It has managed to hold the state to account, supported peaceful protests, helped rape victims, guarded against slavery, protected people in care and much more.“We should be proud of that impact and that it was a Labour government that brought that in.”She suggested that article two of the Human Rights Act – the right to life – could be used to fight the “ineffective and dehumanising” work capability assessment (WCA).Abrahams said the apparent increased death rates caused by the WCA system in the last five years were “one of the biggest scandals that we have seen”, and that a case taken under article two could be used to stop further loss of life.Two weeks ago, Disability News Service revealed how a coroner had demanded that the government take action after concluding that a disabled man from north London killed himself as a direct result of being found “fit for work”.Labour’s new shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, mentioned the case in his main conference speech, and told delegates that a Labour government would “end this brutal treatment of disabled people”.Victoria Desmond, co-founder of the Labour Campaign for Mental Health, told the fringe meeting that she was concerned that if the Human Rights Act was scrapped, the civil liberties of people with mental health conditions who are sectioned could be even more at risk, because of the “very frightening” Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act.Reema Patel, treasurer of Disability Labour, pointed to the act’s “ability to empower people, to show that this is an issue, this is an infringement”.She added: “I can hold you as a policy-maker and decision-maker to account. It is such an important tool if understood in this way.”Emily Brothers, an executive member of Disability Labour, who chaired the fringe meeting, said the group would work with those Labour shadow ministers addressing the bill of rights issue.She said: “We will not be deflected by the Tory agenda of undermining the framework of human rights and safeguarding people’s liberty and civil rights.”Kate Egerton, a discrimination and human rights solicitor with lawyers Leigh Day, told the meeting that a strategy paper published by the Conservatives last year showed that a new bill of rights would provide a “watered down version” of the rights currently offered by the Human Rights Act.Richard Howitt, Labour MEP and co-president of the European parliament’s all-party disability rights group, said the Conservatives wanted to “make it much harder to enforce any rights”.And he praised “the utterly fantastic” work of Disabled People Against Cuts, which has persuaded the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities to investigate “grave and systematic violations” of the UN disability convention in the UK, over issues such as the closure of the Independent Living Fund and deaths caused by the WCA.He said this was an example of the importance of “fighting for something in international law”.Picture: Delegates at this week’s Labour conference in Brightonlast_img read more

The Department for Work and Pensions DWP has une

first_imgThe Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has unearthed a “draft” report that ministers failed to send to a coroner six years ago, following concerns he raised about a suicide linked to flaws in the “fitness for work” test.The draft report has finally emerged more than three months after Disability News Service (DNS) started questioning why DWP appeared to have failed to respond to a Rule 43 letter about the death of 41-year-old Stephen Carré in January 2010.That letter, sent to DWP by coroner Tom Osborne on 30 March 2010, linked the suicide with serious flaws* in how the work capability assessment (WCA) was used to test the eligibility of people with mental health conditions for out-of-work disability benefits.But letters from Osborne to DWP and the family of Stephen Carré show that ministers never produced an official response to the Rule 43 letter, as they were legally obliged to do.Now DWP has finally admitted that it did exchange letters with Osborne during the summer of 2010, and even produced a “draft final response” to his letter in September 2010.But the department has also admitted that it cannot prove that it sent this final response to Osborne.Instead, a DWP spokeswoman claimed that colleagues had now found “a draft response that we meant to send back to the coroner” in 2010.She said this draft response had now been sent to the coroner “for the avoidance of doubt and for completeness”.She added: “Because we can’t confirm that it was sent [in 2010] and we can’t confirm that the coroner received it, for the avoidance of doubt we have sent the original draft.”The existence of the draft report – and the admission that DWP cannot prove it was ever sent to the coroner – should raise serious questions about the political future of work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith and former employment minister Chris Grayling.They made key decisions in the summer of 2010 about the WCA process that Osborne had linked to Stephen Carré’s death*.Among those decision was that they would roll out the WCA to hundreds of thousands of long-term claimants of incapacity benefit (IB) the following year.They also failed to show the Rule 43 letter to Professor Malcolm Harrington, even though they had commissioned him to review the “fairness and effectiveness” of the WCA. The following year, in December 2011, a long-term IB claimant – Ms D E – took her own life after being told she was not eligible for ESA, a death later linked by the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland to similar WCA failings to those that led to Stephen Carré’s death.And in 2014, another coroner wrote an almost identical letter to Osborne’s, again warning of concerns about the safety of the WCA, after the death of a north London man, Michael O’Sullivan, who also took his own life after being found fit for work.DWP this week claimed that it was unable to confirm that Duncan Smith and Grayling were shown Osborne’s Rule 43 letter – and their department’s draft final response – in 2010.The DWP press office has also been unable to say whether the draft final response has now been shown to Duncan Smith and his current employment minister, Priti Patel, and his disabled people’s minister, Justin Tomlinson.Last November, government-funded research concluded that the programme to reassess people claiming IB using the WCA could have caused 590 suicides in just three years.DNS has been asking DWP about the Rule 43 letter since being shown a letter from Osborne to the Carré family in October 2010 in which he said that DWP had failed to provide a “substantive response” to his letter, despite its legal duty to do so within 56 days of receiving it in early April 2010.At the time the letter was received, DWP was headed by Labour’s Yvette Cooper, but a general election was called within days, and Duncan Smith replaced her as work and pensions secretary in May 2010 after the formation of the coalition government.*Osborne ruled that the trigger for Stephen Carré’s suicide had been DWP’s rejection of his appeal against being found “fit for work”, and he called in his Rule 43 letter for a review of the policy not to seek medical evidence from a GP or psychiatrist if the claimant has a mental health condition.Neither the Atos assessor who assessed Stephen Carré, from Eaton Bray, Bedfordshire, nor the DWP decision-maker who subsequently decided that he was fit for work and therefore ineligible for the new employment and support allowance, had sought information from his GP, his community psychiatric nurse or his psychiatrist.last_img read more

Can You See Me Now

first_img Can You See Me Now? Video calling over the internet with the Asus Videophone Touch AiGuru SV1T Magazine Contributor 1 min read –shares Next Article Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals December 14, 2009 Add to Queue Technology Dan O’Shea Videophones might seem the stuff of myth, like unicorns and flights that take off and land on time. But they’ve been around for many years (videophones, that is, not mythical one-horned horses and efficient airlines), and video calling over the Internet is more common than you might think. Still, we never saw a device truly designed for video calling on the go until recently. The Asus Videophone Touch AiGuru SV1T, certified to work over Internet calling service Skype, has a long name for such a compact, easy-to-use device. It’s ideal if you’re a mobile small-business owner on the go and prefer to see whom you’re talking to. The AiGuru uses Wi-Fi to enable Skype video calls on its 7-inch screen to anywhere in the world that cost next to nothing (and literally nothing for Skype-on-Skype action). The device itself costs about $235, but that seems a pittance for the ability to use Skype sans PC–and for the right to scold your mobile-phone provider for not thinking of this first. This story appears in the January 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

Rapid expansion of interventions could prevent up to 13 million cases of

first_img Source: Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 20 2019Cervical cancer could be eliminated as a public health problem in most countries by the end of the century by rapid expansion of existing interventions, according to a modeling study published in The Lancet Oncology journal.The estimates, which are the first of their kind at a global-scale, indicate that combining high uptake of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and high HPV-based cervical screening rates in all countries from 2020 onwards could prevent up to 13.4 million cases of cervical cancer within 50 years (by 2069), and the average rate of annual cases across all countries could fall to less than 4 cases per 100,000 women by the end of the century–which is a potential threshold for considering cervical cancer to be eliminated as a major public health problem.Under a more gradual scale-up scenario, cervical cancer elimination is expected in countries with very high and high levels of development by the end of the century, but average rates would remain above the threshold in countries with medium (4.4 cases per 100,000) and low (14 per 100,000) levels of development.Without expanding current prevention programs, however, the study predicts that 44.4 million cervical cancer cases would be diagnosed over the next 50 years–rising from 600,000 in 2020 to 1.3 million in 2069 due to population growth and ageing.In May, 2018, the Director General of WHO called for coordinated action globally to eliminate this highly preventable cancer. The findings from this study have helped inform initial discussions of elimination targets as part of the development of the WHO strategy, and future modelling studies will support the development of the final goals and targets for cervical cancer elimination.WHO has called for urgent action to scale up implementation of proven measures towards achieving the elimination of cervical cancer as a global public health problem (including vaccination against HPV, screening and treatment of pre-cancer, early detection and prompt treatment of early invasive cancers and palliative care). A draft global strategy to accelerate cervical cancer elimination, with goals and targets for the period 2020-2030, will be considered at the World Health Assembly in 2020.”Despite the enormity of the problem, our findings suggest that global elimination is within reach with tools that are already available, provided that both high coverage of HPV vaccination and cervical screening can be achieved”, says Professor Karen Canfell from the Cancer Council New South Wales, Sydney, Australia who led the study.”More than two thirds of cases prevented would be in countries with low and medium levels of human development like India, Nigeria, and Malawi, where there has so far been limited access to HPV vaccination or cervical screening. The WHO call-to-action provides an enormous opportunity to increase the level of investment in proven cervical cancer interventions in the world’s poorest countries. Failure to adopt these interventions will lead to millions of avoidable premature deaths.”Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women, with an estimated 570,000 new cases diagnosed worldwide in 2018, of which around 85% occur in less developed regions. HPV, a group of more than 150 viruses, is responsible for the majority of cervical cancers. Proven methods are available to screen for and treat cervical pre-cancers, and broad-spectrum HPV vaccines can potentially prevent up to 84-90% of cervical cancers.Nevertheless, large disparities exist in cervical screening and HPV vaccination coverage between countries. In low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), overall screening rates in 2008 were as low as 19%, compared to 63% in high-income regions; whilst by 2014 less than 3% of females aged 10-20 years in LMICs received the full course of HPV vaccination in 2014, compared to over a third in high-income countries.Related StoriesLiving with advanced breast cancerSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyNovel vaccine against bee sting allergy successfully testedThe authors analysed high-quality registry data from the International Agency for Research on Cancer to predict future trends in cervical cancer if further action is not taken. They then used a dynamic model to calculate the impact of scaling up HPV vaccination and cervical screening on the cervical cancer burden globally, and in 181 countries of all levels of development, between 2020 and the end of the century.The modelling focused on the deployment of vaccination and screening in low- and medium- income countries rather than detailed modelling of all the more recent improvements in countries with high levels of development, which may have underestimated timing to elimination in individual countries with high levels of development.The researchers also predicted the earliest date when rates of cervical cancer might fall enough to achieve elimination (considering a possible elimination threshold of less than 4 cases per 100,000 individuals). The average worldwide age-standardised rate of cervical cancer in 2012 was 12 per 100,000.Results showed that rapid vaccination scale-up to 80-100% coverage globally by 2020 using a broad-spectrum HPV vaccine could prevent 6.7-7.7 million cases–but more than half of these would be averted after 2060.If, in addition, cervical screening were scaled-up to high coverage by 2020 (with all women offered screening twice in their lifetime and 70% coverage globally), this could prevent an additional 5.7-5.8 million cases of cervical cancer in the next 50 years, and substantially speed up elimination.Such efforts could result in cervical cancer being eliminated as a public health problem, with average rates across countries falling to less than 4 cases per 100,000 by 2055-59 in countries with very high levels of development (including the USA, Finland, the UK and Canada); 2065-69 for countries with high levels of development (including Mexico, Brazil, and China); 2070-79 for countries with medium levels of development (including India, Vietnam, and the Philippines); and 2090-2100 onwards for countries with low levels of development (such as Ethiopia, Haiti, and Papua New Guinea).However, rates of less than 4 cases per 100,000 would not be achieved by the end of the century in all individual countries in Africa (eg, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda) even if high coverage vaccination and twice lifetime cervical screening could be achieved by 2020.The authors note several limitations, including that their predictions are constrained by a lack of high-quality cancer incidence data over time, particularly in developing countries. They also note that the model assumed lifetime duration of vaccine protection and did not fully account for geographical differences in sexual behaviour, which might affect the accuracy of the estimates. They also assumed in their rapid scale-up scenarios that very high global vaccination coverage rates (of 80% or higher) would be achievable worldwide–but successfully providing two doses of the HPV vaccine with appropriate spacing is likely to be challenging, particularly in less developed regions. Finally, the rapid scale-up scenario examined in the study did not account for cultural, logistical, and financial barriers to scaling up screening in low-resource settings.last_img read more

EU to curb phone costs set up emergency alert system

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2018 AFP Explore further The price limits follow the EU move last year to end roaming charges for Europeans using mobile phones within the bloc—a public relations coup Citation: EU to curb phone costs, set up emergency alert system (2018, November 14) retrieved 17 July 2019 from The European Parliament voted Wednesday to limit prices for phone calls and text messages between EU countries and to set up an alert system during natural disasters or terror attacks. Emergency alert test going out to mobile phones nationwide Under the new law, which still needs formal approval from member countries, telecom firms will be barred from charging more than 19 eurocents per minute for calls and six cents per text message.Adopted by 584 votes to 42, the price ceilings are set to take effect on May 15, 2019, after the member states informally agreed to it back in June.”There will be no more excessive fees on intra-EU calls and text messages,” said Lambert van Nistelrooij, a Dutch member of parliament from the centre-right EPP group. He said the price limits complement the EU move last year to end roaming charges for Europeans using mobile phones within the bloc—a public relations coup.It meant Europeans calling, texting or using the internet when travelling in other EU nations will be charged the same as they are at home.The measure adopted Wednesday also calls for member countries to introduce within 42 months an emergency system to send alerts by text message or mobile app to people near a natural disaster or terror attack.”If there is an emergency situation, a warning message with instructions will be sent to all mobile phones in the geographic area of the emergency situation,” van Nistelrooij said in a statement. He said MEPs persuaded member states to introduce the system, which will contribute to saving lives in floods, forest fires and terror attacks.A spokesman for van Nistelrooij said the legislation is partly modelled on the Dutch example NL-Alert.Under the system introduced in 2012, authorities can alert mobile phone users in the area of an emergency via nearby cell towers.The spokesman said Romania and Lithuania have implemented a similar system, but many other countries rely on television or radio to disseminate alerts.The European Emergency Number Association, a non-government organisation based in Brussels, hailed the vote.”Take any of the large emergencies in Europe and you will realise that in most cases modern public warning was not in place,” EENA’s Benoit Vivier said.”We have the means and the technology but we have largely failed to put them to good use. The new legislation ensures that from now on we do.”The legislation also paved the way for investments in next generation mobile networks (5G) and very fast internet.last_img read more

Worlds first video game music and sound research journal

first_imgProfessor Stephen Baysted, Professor of Film, TV and Games Composition University of Chichester, and Editor-in-Chief of the new Journal of Sound and Music in Games Credit: University of Chichester The world’s first academic journal devoted to the presentation of peer-reviewed, high-quality research into video game music and sound, is to be hosted by the Department of Creative Digital Technologies at the University of Chichester, based at the Tech Park on its Bognor Regis campus. Explore further Citation: World’s first video game music and sound research journal (2018, November 30) retrieved 17 July 2019 from ‘Journey’ sweeps Game Developers Choice Awardscenter_img The Journal of Sound and Music in Games will be published by the University of California Press in partnership with the Society for the Study of Sound and Music in Games. Professor Stephen Baysted, Professor of Film, TV and Games Composition at the University of Chichester, has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of the journal and he will lead its world-class editorial board.The journal will feature research, comment and editorial from game audio practitioners and researchers from a range of disciplines, including anthropology, computer science, media studies, psychology and sociology, as well as musicology.Professor Baysted commented: “The success of a video game is not simply down to its look—sound and music play an invaluable role in building excitement, drama and tension and in fully-engaging the gamer. Scholarly research around what has, until very recently, considered an embryonic field of enquiry has grown exponentially in the past decade and a half. With the launch of the Journal of Sound and Music in Games, the first of its kind dedicated to the study of sound and music in games, our discipline has come of age.”He added: “We are especially delighted to be working with the University of California Press and the Society of Sound and Music in Games—the vision and aims for this project of both organisations entirely align with our own.”The Department of Creative and Digital Technologies at the University of Chichester prepares graduates and post-graduates for careers in the screen-based creative industries. Courses are taught by award-winning professionals to industry standard.Professor Baysted has been nominated for three prestigious Jerry Goldsmith Awards for best score, two Motion Picture Sound Editors ‘Golden Reel’ Awards for best audio in a game, a Golden Joystick Award for best audio and music in a game, and two Game Audio Network Guild Awards for best audio in a game. He continues to compose scores for video games, television and film.His recent projects include best-selling AAA game scores: Project Cars and Project Cars 2; Red Bull’s Air Race: The Game; Electronic Arts: Need for Speed Shift 2: Unleashed and Need for Speed: Shift; Atari’s Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends; and Robert Kirkman’s: The Walking Dead: Assault. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Provided by University of Chichesterlast_img read more

Turning buildings into energy producers

first_img Provided by Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne Fifteen research institutes, innovative companies, and architecture and construction firms have teamed up for this challenging project, which is being led by EPFL and the CSEM in Neuchâtel. “The use of BIPV in facades and in the construction sector more broadly is expanding rapidly, thanks in part to the pioneering technology developed by EPFL and CSEM,” says Laure-Emmanuelle Perret-Aebi, coordinator of the project at EPFL’s Photovoltaics and Thin Film Electronics Laboratory (PV-Lab). “But we need to make this technology more accessible so that it can be used more extensively and not just in flagship building projects.”Greater uptake of the technology would considerably increase demand for photovoltaic facades, tiles and other construction materials, which would be a boon for Europe’s manufacturing industry. “The technology is different from that used in solar panels, which are designed for mass production and now manufactured primarily in China,” says Perret-Aebi. “But BIPV technology stands to boost European industry.”And this technology runs on solar energy – another of its major assets given recent progress in this area. “Solar energy produces 10 to 20 times less CO2 than conventional thermal power plants,” says Christophe Ballif, a professor at EPFL’s School of Engineering, the head of EPFL PV-Lab and the director of CSEM PV-center. “What’s more, large solar farms are the cheapest way of producing electricity, even in countries that don’t get a lot of sunlight, like Germany.” It is already possible to construct or renovate a building with BIPV. In Switzerland, more than 10,000 roofs have already been built in this way, with photovoltaic panels available in various shapes and colors. Yet there is still a lot of reluctance, and uptake of this technology is slow. While the use of BIPV does drive up construction costs, the extra expense is paid off in 10 to 30 years. And that’s without making use of potential subsidies or selling back the electricity produced. Nor does it account for the reductions in CO2 emissions that can be achieved. The photovoltaic technology used for this project is based on crystalline silicon, which is found in most solar panels. Since the panels need to have a guaranteed lifespan of 30 to 50 years if they are to be integrated into buildings, reliability is essential – and one of the project goals. At the moment, the energy payback period for a solar panel – i.e., the time needed for the panel to generate the same amount of energy used to make it – is between one and three years. According to the project partners, widespread use of this technology in facades and roofs could produce roughly the amount of energy currently consumed in Switzerland. “There is really no reason not to integrate photovoltaic panels into new buildings – it should be the norm,” says Ballif. A self-sufficient home with solar panels installed only on its facade Explore further EPFL has become the coordinator of Be-Smart, an EU research project that aims to step up the deployment of building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) and cut their costs by 75% between now and 2030. The project was launched in response to EU regulations that require new buildings to be nearly zero-energy by 2020. Credit: Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausannecenter_img Photovoltaics can be used directly in building and renovation projects and serve as a construction material in their own right. Integrating solar panels into facades and roofs can transform buildings into electricity producers and reduce CO2 emissions. To develop and promote this technology, Be-Smart project partners will design multifunctional solar panels that not only produce energy but also do the job of other building materials with insulating, soundproofing or aesthetic qualities. The project partners will also develop a methodology for architects and construction companies and find ways to drastically reduce the costs of BIPV. Citation: Turning buildings into energy producers (2019, March 11) retrieved 17 July 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

China vows to tackle dead pig scam amid swine fever epidemic

first_imgBEIJING (Reuters) – Criminal gangs in China are faking outbreaks of African swine fever on farms free of the disease and forcing farmers to sell their healthy pigs at sharply lower prices, the agriculture ministry said on Friday.The gangs are taking advantage of a highly contagious disease that has spread across much of the country and disrupted the world’s biggest pork market. The scam involves dumping dead pigs on farms and then spreading rumours that the farms are infected with African swine fever, which is often fatal for pigs but harmless for humans.The gangs then pressure farmers to sell their hogs at lower prices, violating farmers’ rights and affecting normal pig production, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said in a statement. World 25 Jun 2019 African swine fever hits industrial farms in Vietnam, 2.8 million pigs culled Related News Corporate News 10 Jul 2019 China’s egg prices surge as swine fever boosts demand for chickens {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}center_img Related News World 18 Jun 2019 Vietnam culls 2.5 million pigs to halt African swine fever outbreak – officials The ministry did not give more details but it urged anyone who witnessed such activities to alert the authorities. “All localities should be vigilant and actively guard against it,” it said.Up to half of China’s breeding pigs have either died from African swine fever or been slaughtered because of the spreading disease, twice as many as officially acknowledged, Reuters reported last month. (Reporting by Tom Daly; editing by Darren Schuettler)last_img read more

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