Toronto police reviewing supports after officers overdose death

first_imgTORONTO – The fatal fentanyl overdose of a Toronto drug squad officer has the police force considering what more it could be doing to support those working in its high-risk units.The death of Const. Michael Thompson — which occurred in April, was deemed an overdose in July and was announced by police on Thursday — has raised many questions about what happened to the 37-year-old described as a good officer who was respected by his colleagues.The force is conducting parallel reviews — one into Thompson’s death that includes investigating his professional responsibilities, and the other into support programs for officers in high-risk units, such as the drug squad, human trafficking unit and the emergency task force, said police spokeswoman Meaghan Gray.Investigators haven’t said why Thompson, who was found in medical distress at his home, had fentanyl at his residence. They also haven’t been able to determine if he may have purchased drugs on the street or taken them from police exhibits.But, Gray said, while some questions about Thompson may always remain unanswered, the force is taking a close look at how it supports officers who work on squads like his.“(The force is) looking to see whether what we’re doing is enough and potentially what else we could offer officers,” Gray said. “We want to see if there’s anything that we could be doing differently.”The force already has mandatory wellness visits for officers in high-risk units that include scheduled meetings with psychiatrists, Gray said, but police are looking closely at those supports.“Any time we lose a member it is concerning to us and I think that we would take a look at … what services we’re providing” and make any changes that would benefit all members of the force, she said.The force has said the quantity of fentanyl in Thompson’s system was too large to have been caused by mere contact with the opioid, which is about 100 times stronger than morphine.The synthetic painkiller — which is often mixed into drugs such as cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine — has been blamed for the growing overdose crisis that federal health officials say is expected to claim the lives of more than 3,000 people this year.Tom Stamatakis, president of the Canadian Police Association, said Thompson’s case “is a tragic situation, but it’s a rare situation.”“Generally speaking, police organizations across the country have very rigorous pre-selection screening processes,” Stamatakis said. “We should always keep sight of the need to properly vet people who want to get into policing, so that you can mitigate the risk that someone, once they get into policing, will make bad decisions.”Officers in high-risk units are screened even more carefully by medical professionals such as psychiatrists, he said, and once hired they are assessed regularly to ensure the stresses of the job are not negatively affecting their personal lives.“Stigma is a very huge issue in our culture and that’s why these are scheduled appointments and interventions so that you take away that requirement for the individual to reach out and to say they are struggling,” he said.Stamatakis said although Thompson’s case is most likely an isolated one, police forces should always review their policies and procedures something happens to one of their officers.An addictions specialist at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, called addiction “an equal opportunity disease,” but noted that professionals who have regular access to drugs are considered high risk.“Socio-economic status does not necessarily protect you from addiction,” said Dr. Peter Selby. “It all has to do with access.”While he could not comment directly on Thompson’s case, Selby said workplaces where employees have access to drugs generally have good systems in place to account for the substances.“There has to be some oversight to make sure what’s taken is properly stored, it’s appropriately accounted for and there is usually more than one person involved so it’s not left up to one person to manage it,” he said.“If this loosens up, people who may be vulnerable then will see an opportunity, and unfortunately you don’t have to be addicted to die from opioids. It can even kill someone who is curious and tries just a little bit.”— with files from Peter Cameron.last_img read more

Girl on school ski trip in southern Alberta hits pole dies in

first_imgPINCHER CREEK, Alta. – A 10-year-old girl has died after striking a pole while she was on a school ski trip in southwestern Alberta.The Grade 6 student at Canyon Elementary School in Pincher Creek was on the planned outing Tuesday at the nearby Castle Mountain resort.She had taken a mandatory ski lesson in the morning with other students, said resort spokesman Jason Crawford“We have school groups almost every day,” he said Wednesday. “Once they’re through their lesson, they’re able to ski on the hill.”The school provided chaperones, either teachers or parents, he added.He didn’t know the girl’s level of ski experience but said she had skied at the resort before.The resort is investigating the accident, Crawford said, and it appears the girl was alone on a beginner run when she lost control and went off the run. She struck a wooden pole that was part of a fence marking an out-of-bounds area.Two other students witnessed the crash and went to get help, said RCMP Sgt. Mark Harrison.He said the girl was wearing a helmet but suffered serious head injuries.Resort staff provided first aid before paramedics arrived. Because of strong winds and snow, she could not be air-lifted to hospital, Harrison said.She was taken by ground ambulance to the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary, where she was later pronounced dead.The Livingstone Range School Division said in a statement that it is providing counselling to students at the school and at other division schools.“The Canyon School Community is devastated by this loss,” said Canyon School principal Paul Pichurski.“We send our heartfelt condolences to the family.”last_img read more

Ottawa announces 828 million for Nova Scotia infrastructure projects

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia will get $828 million in federal infrastructure funding over the next 10 years under an agreement announced Tuesday that will see much of the money go to small, cash-strapped communities.The province is the seventh province or territory to sign on to the $180-billion, 12-year Investing in Canada Plan.Premier Stephen McNeil said the money would assist with water and sewer projects and other provincial priorities including the twinning of 100-series highways, the expansion of broadband internet in rural areas, and construction of a new art gallery in Halifax.The money would also allow the province to help fund infrastructure projects in its 13 Mi’kmaq communities, including the cleanup of the Northern Pulp wastewater lagoons which sit on the property of the Pictou Landing First Nation, he said.“We believe there is an important opportunity,” he said. “I made a commitment on behalf of the province that we would deal with the issue of Boat Harbour and this will allow us and the federal government to be part of that.”Treasury Board President Scott Brison said the key for rural communities will be the flexibility of the funding formula, which is calculated to reduce their burden.“The fact we are enabling smaller communities to attain up to 60 per cent of federal funding for their projects is a real game changer,” said Brison. “It’s going to make a difference for a lot of these communities that simply don’t have the tax base to raise the money.”Officials said the municipal funding contribution could go as low as seven per cent of a project’s cost.Geoff Stewart, president of the Nova Scotia Union of Municipalities, said the program would provide some relief for struggling towns and villages.“Municipalities have been struggling for many years to try to maintain a level of service that is expected by the public. This announcement can only enhance the opportunities for better waste water treatment and water treatment.”Reporters also asked McNeil whether there was any opportunity to help fund a Halifax stadium that might attract a potential CFL franchise.McNeil downplayed the possibility, but said the province would look at all projects brought forward under the program.“While this is a substantial amount of money the need is great in our province,” he said. “We need to make sure we address the issues that we have no choice but to do. Municipalities are mandated by law to deal with the water and sewer issues and we have to make sure those are our priority.”McNeil said the long-term nature of the funding would help with planning for projects that will benefit the entire province. He said there would also be the opportunity to draw in private sector help.Under the plan’s first phase, the federal government has approved nearly 3,500 projects across Canada worth $8.4 billion.last_img read more

Drake Gifts Chris Brown 300 OVO Varsity Jacket

first_img Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Both artists share a connection with singer Rihanna. Brown and Rihanna dated, during which he infamously assaulted her. Rihanna and Drake, once frequent collaborators, have also been romantically linked in the past.Drake, 32, and Brown, 29, have not always seen eye-to-eye and were beefing for the better part of six years. Drake and Chris Brown seem to be friends again.The once-feuding hip-hop and R&B artists made amends in October at one of the Aubrey & The Three Amigos Tour Los Angeles concerts. Drizzy brought Breezy onstage for a special performance.It looks like the pair’s friendship is making positive progress. On Wednesday, Brown revealed Drake had gifted him an OVO Varsity Jacket. Price-tag, $300. “Thanks for lacing me I GOT THAT,” Brown captioned the photo, making sure to address his thank yous to Drake. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Will the Warriors Chatter the Bulls 70 Wins 12 Losses Record

By Jamal LaoudiWashington, D.C. – In sports, records and achievements play an important role in defining and establishing legacies for both teams and players.The National Basketball Association (NBA) has some interesting records and phenomena, some may even be described as unbelievable.  Case and point, did any player ever won both the scoring title and the Defensive Player of the Year Award in the same season, emphasis on the same season?  “No way?”  That was my initial reaction but, it happened.  If you had to pick a name, you would probably match my pick and name Michael Jordan, and you would be right.  He did so in the 1987-88 season. Here is another one, any player ever scored a triple double in every game for the entire season?  I’ll spare you the suspense and say yes, Oscar Robertson. He did so in the 1961–62 season when he averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists per game.These days, an NBA’s team record is under assault.  The culprit?  The Golden State Warriors. The victim? The Best Single Season Team Records held by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.The 1995-96 Chicago Bulls hold the current record with 72 wins and 10 losses during the regular season.  Actually, they hold the top three best records with 69 wins, 13 losses, and 67 wins 15 losses in the seasons 1996-97 and 1991-92 respectively.As of yesterday, the Warriors are on an impressive run of 26 wins and a single loss.  They are 12-0 at home, 14-1 on the road with 9-1 in the last 10 games with the loss as the 25th game of the season.  Note that by this point in the Bull’s record breaking season, they had 24 wins and 3 losses.  The Warriors are looking well under way.That said, by no means this is a forgone conclusion.  After all, the regular season is long and hard, and lots can happen before you put in 82 games.  The Warriors can partially influence their destiny.  They need to be mindful of the threat of complacency, beware of the fatigue element, and keep players healthy and inline.No doubt the road is long and hard, and they need luck, lots of it in staying injury free.  Could they do it? I don’t know. Do I want them break that record?  Hello no! I am a die-hard Michael Jordan and ’90s Bulls’ fan.  There was much more excitement in the league back then and it was much harder to win. read more

Spain Moroccan Population Decreases Following the Trend

By Daniela CastroNew York – According to the most recent data, the Moroccan population in Spain decreased 3.03% over 2014, in a context where the total population fell for the third consecutive year.The National Statistics Institute (INE) released on Wednesday its last report on population, based on information from municipal rolls. At January 1, 2015, the total population in Spain dropped 0.31%, a decrease seen since 2012, partly due to the rise in the number of immigrants who are leaving the country. Over 2014, 146,884 Spaniards returned to the country while 293,843 foreigner residents left. Moroccans are the second biggest group by nationality in Spain (750,883), after Rumanians (752,268), and have historically migrated to Spain for economic reasons, mainly looking for jobs in the agricultural and construction sectors, according to Real Instituto Elcano.The Moroccan population in Barcelona – one of the main destinations – has dropped in recent years.  As of January 1, 2012, 141,636 Moroccans lived in Barcelona, but at January 1, 2015 the number fell to 124,470, a 12.11% decrease.Over 2014, Moroccans immigrants between 35 and 39 years of age (102.935) and 30 to 34 (99.933) made up the biggest group by age.Spain is the closest European country to Africa by sea. Across the Strait of Gibraltar, around 10 miles separate Spain from Morocco. Along with France (832,641) and Italy (355,367), Spain is one of the main destinations for Moroccans (521,940), according to figures released by the Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat. read more

SMMT President celebrates 50 years of Automotive Engineering MSc

SMMT President and Ford of Britain chairman, Joe Greenwell has spoken of his optimism for the future of the UK motor industry in a keynote speech given this evening (10 May 2010) in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Cranfield University’s Automotive Product Engineering MSc course.Addressing an audience of current students, alumni and industry representatives, Mr Greenwell spoke of the window of opportunity presented to the automotive sector through the transition to low carbon transportation. Speaking of the renewed enthusiasm for manufacturing among political circles and the strategic partnership formed between government and the industry, he expressed the commitment industry had placed on ensuring the UK becomes a global leader in environmental technology.Stressing the importance of world-class training throughout the sector, he said, “The skills fostered in this country, through courses such as this one here at Cranfield, are utilised across the global industry. These skills are a key export product and one that we should be immensely proud of. This course is a jewel in the automotive industry’s crown and one that SMMT will continue to champion as we encourage new generations to work within UK automotive at what I think is an incredibly exciting time.”A full transcript of Mr Greenwell’s speech can be downloaded here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Sats are no better than teachers at predicting pupils GCSE and ALevel

The research comes ahead of thousands of Year 6 children starting their SATs on Monday.Last month the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn announced that if elected, he would scrap Sats because primary school children are “unique” and should not have to go through “extreme pressure testing”.Mr Corbyn said that children should be “encouraged to be creative” and allowed to “let their imagination roam” rather than be subjected to the “unnecessary pressure of national exams”.A Labour government would replace Sats with an alternative form of assessment that would take into account “the learning needs of each child”, which parents and teachers would be consulted on before it was designed.   Ministers have said that axing Sats would cause “enormous damage” to education and undo decades of improvement in children’s numeracy and literacy.  Earlier this week, the chair of Ofqual said that Sats in primary school are necessary to show that taxpayer money is being well spent. Roger Taylor said that the assessments are necessary so that the public can be “confident” that the education system is fir for purpose. Sats are no better than teachers at predicting pupil’s GCSE and A-Level results, a study has found.Researchers from King’s College London (KCL) say their findings call into question the benefits of standardised exams. The study, published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, found teacher assessments at age 7, 11 and 14 were just as effective as using Sats results to predict pupils’ subsequent exam success.Dr Kaili Rimfeld, one of the report’s lead authors, said: “We have shown for the first time that teacher assessments predict GCSE and A-level results just as well as earlier exam scores.  “The fact that exam scores correlate so highly with the teacher assessments raises questions about the value of the testing culture that characterises compulsory education in the UK.”  Currently children take Sats at the end of their final year of primary school, while the tests for seven-year-olds are being phased out in favour of “baseline assessments” for children at the end of Reception.  The researchers made the comparison by linking data from more than 5,000 twin pairs in the Twins Early Development Study with teacher assessments and exam scores in the National Pupil Database.   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

Where Do You Vote Google Can Help

first_imgIt seems that there’s no end to Google’s usefulness. You can add yet another piece of important information to that seemingly unlimited resource: polling place locations. The search giant offers a simple way to find out where you need to go in order to vote in tomorrow’s mid-term elections.You can either just type “polling place” into Google or visit the Google Voter Info page over at From there, just type in your full address, and Google will let you know exactly where you need to be tomorrow, in order to play your part in democracy.The service also offers a good deal of additional insight into the election, including a list of candidates and information about your location election office.last_img

Stathis Livathinos appointed National Theater artistic director

first_imgGreek director Stathis Livathinos is set to become the Greek National Theatetr’s new artistic director. The announcement was made on Thursday following a decision by Education, Culture and Religious Affairs Minister Aristides Baltas and Alternate Culture Minister Nikos Xydakis.Livathinos is replacing director Sotiris Hatzakis whose contract was terminated recently. According to the ministry, the reasons behind Hatzakis’s ousting included his failure to release information regarding the contracts of the company’s artistic and technical staff. He was also accused of not showing willingness to collaborate with the ministry’s new leadership following the January election.Born in Athens, Livathinos studied acting at the Pelos Katselis Drama School, English literature at the University of Athens and directing at Moscow’s State Institute for Theatre Arts. He was the artistic director of the National Theater’s Experimental Stage from 2001-2007.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Whats the Next Movie Studio to Publish Video Games

first_img Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on target If you’re the child of a billionaire, there’s strong chance you won’t end up a good person. It’s the American way, especially these days. But if you’re Megan Ellison, daughter of Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, you defy that trend and use your privilege to fund cool and artsy indie movies. Thanks to Annapurna Pictures we have fantastic films like The Master, Zero Dark Thirty, Spring Breakers, Everybody Wants Some!!, and Sausage Party. Not content with elevating cinemas, the production company is now taking on video games.Earlier this month we learned that Annapurna Pictures is working to publish indie video games starting next Spring. Annapurna games include What Remains of Edith Finch, the new puzzle game from The Unfinished Swan creators Giant Sparrow, and Gorogoa, a story-heavy puzzle game from Jason Roberts. Annapurna is also working with the makers of quirky yet lovely cult hits like Katamari Damacy and Monument Valley. The Annapurna games team includes folks who’ve worked on Mortal Kombat, Fat Princess, and perhaps most tellingly, ethereal art games from Thatgamecompany like Journey and Flower.“We want to empower artists across this medium to make Annapurna Interactive their home,” said Ellison in a statement. This got us thinking. What’s the next studio primarily associated with movies to make the leap to game publishing? Games are already trying so hard to be like movies, and vice versa, so this seems like a pretty sweet, and lucrative, deal for everyone.There’s already precedent for this. After the success of The Walking Dead Telltale series, Robert Kirkman’s production company Skybound helped publish Oxenfree, another narrative-focused horror adventure game.Along with its subversive cartoons, Adult Swim has quietly become a powerful force in the indie game market. In addition to publishing promising games based on their own material like Rick and Morty, they’ve also helped bring out small but great games like the hilarious and provocative Jazzpunk or upcoming food fighter Battle Chef Brigade.And for better or worse, with games like Batman: Arkham Knight, Injustice, the Lego games, Shadow of Mordor, and more, Warner Bros. can now add “full-fledged AAA publisher” on its resume next to “Superman murderer.”So it’s only a matter of time before more movie studios make video games a part of their business, especially the big studios like Universal and Legendary Entertainment. They can’t all be Disney and decide that games aren’t worth the trouble. But the mind races thinking about the unique flavor some of these smaller production companies could add to games that no one else could.Imagine Adam McKay and Gary Sanchez Productions applying the comedy stylings of Anchorman and Step Brothers to a game. If OWN made video games, Oprah could find yet another medium to conquer. The ending of Inception was already a video game, so Christopher Nolan and Syncopy should just make the real thing already. What if Laika used the Donkey Kong Country technique and scanned in their intricate puppets of Kubo and the Two Strings as sprites for a game? Brad Pitt seems like a dude who plays games. Let him and Plan B try to make one. A24 has collaborated with Annapurna on movies; they should collaborate on games as well.Those are just Western studios. I’d love to see Bollywood studios take a crack at video games. They’d be the most dramatic rhythm games of all time!At the very least, movie studios trying to make video games sounds more promising than video game studios trying to make video games. I still die a little on the inside whenever I see the Ubisoft logo pop up in movie theaters before the Assassin’s Creed trailer. Give me an Amblin or Marv Films or 40 Acres and a Mule logo on my console instead.last_img read more

TCI Final Work Permits to be Upheld says Ministry of Employment

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCIG Press Release Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands – January 16, 2018 – The Department of Employment Services in the Ministry of Border Control and Employment hereby advises the general public that persons in receipt of work permits with the “Final Work Permit” notation on same will not be eligible for consideration for renewal of their work permits, as was done in the past.This measure is a part of the Ministry of Border Control and Employment’s ongoing efforts to regularize migrant employment in the Turks and Caicos Islands. While it is not a new policy directive, it is one that was largely not enforced over the years.This renewed focus will ensure that persons on final work permits are transitioned out of the roles that are being understudied by, or otherwise attainable by, Turks and Caicos Islanders.This will also provide the Ministry with a greater measure of control over the ability of migrants to acquire eligibility for other residency and citizenship status.center_img Related Items:last_img read more

39th Fiesta del Sol

first_img Posted: May 19, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsMore info: Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter May 19, 2018 Updated: 12:20 PM Jason Austell 39th Fiesta del Sol 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsJason Austell interviewed Tina Sharp, Board of Directors, about the weekend event Fiesta del Sol. The event is at Solana Beach and lasts from 9AM to 9PM on Saturday and Sunday, with plenty of food, art, and music for all to enjoy.Featuring music from Hirie, who will be performing Sunday night. Jason Austell, last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Part-Time Guest Service Desk Team Member at TargetPart-Time Package Handler at FedEx WarehouseFull-Time Local Route Delivery Driver at Gordon Food ServiceFull-Time Field Service Scheduler at AGFAPart-Time Package Handler at UPSFull-Time Delivery Driver at FedEx WarehouseFull-Time CNC Programmer at ConforMISFull-Time Manufacturing Technician at ConforMISFull-Time Professional Drivers & Movers at Xpress MoversPart-Time Work at Vector Marketing(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

World of Warcraft lead designer says the MMO needs to go freetoplay

first_imgWorld of Warcraft will remain the most successful subscription MMO ever released for many years to come, maybe forever. But the game’s popularity is waning, with well over a million players walking away this year already. That still leaves 7.7 million subscribers filling Blizzard’s coffers every month, but it’s nowhere near the peak of 12 million a few years ago.Blizzard isn’t ignoring the steady decline, and lead designer Tom Chilton has told Polygon that they intend to do something about it. He points to the Mists of Pandaria expansion as an example of how World of Warcraft is being opened up to more casual players, but also that future expansions are planned and there will be new challenges for the hardcore players.Whether a new experience for the hardcore MMO crowd will be enough to entice long-time players back is unknown. There’s a lot of alternatives out there now, and a growing number of free-to-play options, too. But that is one area where Blizzard may also react.Chilton has stated that it actually makes sense for World of Warcraft to embrace free-to-play eventually. The problem is, it’s risky and there’s no guarantee it would make the situation any better. Chilton acknowledges that other games that made the switch saw player numbers increase substantially, but he doesn’t have data on how long that boost lasted or how profitable it ended up being for the long term.For now, World of Warcraft will remain a subscription-based MMO with new expansions in the works to support hardcore players as well as continuing to embrace the casual market. Then one day it’s likely we’ll get a free-to-play version. But by then, we might all be focused on Titan, a game Blizzard has said probably won’t be a subscription MMO.last_img read more

Agents and clients benefit from AmaWaterways new holiday promo

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Monday, July 15, 2019 Share Agents and clients benefit from AmaWaterways’ new holiday promocenter_img Posted by Tags: AmaWaterways, Promo CALABASAS, CA — AmaWaterways is offering triple the holiday offers with a new promotion that also include bonus commission for travel agents.When guests book select November and December river cruises between June 25 and Aug. 31, 2019, they’ll receive savings of $1,200 per person, a complimentary stateroom upgrade, and a $50 onboard credit per person.This offer applies to 38 holiday sailings along the Rhine and Danube rivers departing between Nov. 22 and Dec. 30, 2019 onboard a selection of ships, including the newly launched AmaMagna and AmaMora. Itineraries include the ‘Iconic Christmas Markets’, ‘Christmas Markets on the Rhine’, ‘Christmas Markets on the Danube’, ‘Magical Christmas Markets’ and New Year departures of ‘Melodies of the Danube’, ‘Romantic Danube’ and Enchanting Rhine’.Guests can also add to the festivities with a pre- or post-cruise land program in Budapest, Prague, Vienna, Amsterdam, Lucerne or Zurich.Plus, AmaWaterways is also extending Yuletide cheer to travel agents with up to 5% bonus commission on eligible FIT bookings.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agency“Travel advisors play a vital role in our success so we’re thrilled to have a special offer for them and their clients for the end of year celebrations,” said Kristin Karst, co-owner and executive vice president. “The holiday season in Europe is one of my favourite times to travel, and I’m excited to have these offers that encourage others to experience this special time of year.”last_img read more

ExpoViajes helps Ticos travel the world

first_imgWith its pristine beaches, vivid rain forests and active wildlife, Costa Rica is many a tourist’s dream of the perfect travel destination. Tourism has dominated the Costa Rican economy since 1999, when it surpassed agriculture as the nation’s largest economic sector.But despite living in what some consider paradise, more and more Ticos are leaving the country to travel than ever before. From 2011-2012, the number of flights leaving Costa Rica increased by more than 1,000, and according to Leonel Bonilla, executive director of Costa Rica’s first-ever ExpoViajes travel fair, the demand is clear.According to the Costa Rican Tourism Board and the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica, 717,000 Costa Ricans traveled out of the country in 2011. The top two destinations for Ticos were Panama and the United States, respectively. More than 407,000 Ticos traveled to a destination in Central America last year, while almost 200,000 Costa Ricans chose North America.“It is just human nature to want to see the world,” Bonilla said. “We live in a beautiful country but most people want to travel and see the world.”Starting Friday, ExpoViajes will feature 96 businesses related to international travel. The expo will bring together airlines, travel agencies, international hotel chains, insurance companies, car-rental companies and other businesses to show off their offerings. Attendees also will have the opportunity to buy raffle tickets to fund their travels from banks at the expo. “We want ExpoViajes to be a tool for people who want to travel to plan their vacation,” Bonilla said. “So many people think that traveling is too expensive or takes too much time; we want to show them that it is possible.”In addition to the expo, the event will host presentations to help people plan their vacations. The U.S. Embassy will lead a discussion on what steps to take to visit the United States, and representatives from different travel destinations worldwide will give presentations on what their areas have to offer tourists.The fair will be held at the Wyndham San José Herradura Hotel and Convention Center, three miles south of the Juan Santamaría International Airport. It opens to the public at 2 p.m. on Friday and will continue through Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. “We are expecting around 6,000 people at the event,” Bonilla said. “Our goal is that these people walk away educated about what all their options are.”Find out more at (Spanish only) or on Facebook at Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Blackouts hit most of 8 states in northeast Brazil

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility It said in a statement that a fire in a rural part of Piaui state caused several transmission lines to go down, eventually leading to the northeastern region being disconnected from the national grid. The statement didn’t provide details on exactly how the fire caused the disruption or how the fire began.The Brazilian government’s electricity regulator, Aneel, said early reports indicated nearly all parts of the eight states were affected, which would mean tens of millions of consumers were involved. The power supply was reduced to just 10 percent of its normal level overall.Officials were focusing on restoring the power before they turned their attention to figuring out the cause, an Aneel spokesman said on condition of anonymity, saying he wasn’t yet authorized to discuss the situation.Power outages used to be more frequent in Brazil and energy rationing was imposed for a time a decade ago. Improvements in infrastructure have been made in the energy sector, but major power outages still happen a few times a year.Hydroelectric plants account for about 80 percent of the electricity generated in Brazil.Earlier this year, reservoirs levels at hydroelectric dams in most of the country dropped to a third of their capacity because of a lack of rainfall. The levels were similar to those registered in 2001, when rationing was imposed and blackouts occurred with frequency. Top Stories Most regions have bounced back, but the reservoir levels in the northeast, in the midst of a severe drought, remain at just 38 percent of capacity, the worst region in Brazil.The government has said that Brazil will not resort again to energy rationing because the country has thermal power plants that can be activated.Brazil has an installed power generating capacity 121,000 megawatts, which the government says will be doubled over the next 10 years.___Associated Press writer Marco Sibaja in Brasilia contributed to this report.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – A widespread power outage hit at least eight states in northeastern Brazil on Wednesday, including four cities that will host matches during football’s World Cup next year, authorities said.About two hours after the outage, power was restored to all the state capitals, but smaller cities in the affected area were still without energy, according to the Electric Energy System Operator, which oversees power generation, transmission and distribution. Men’s health affects baby’s health too Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairylast_img read more

Despite Low Inventory August Housing Starts Point Toward Optimism

first_imgDespite Low Inventory, August Housing Starts Point Toward Optimism in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News, Origination In what might seem contrary to reduced figures on existing-homes for sale in August, produced by the National Association for Realtors, the most recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau on housing starts in August points toward optimism in the housing market.Year-over-year, permits have increased 8.3 percent, and starts have increased 1.4 percent. According to the press release, this increase in permits bodes well for predicting housing starts in the future. Since July, single-family housing starts have increased 1.6 percent to approximately 851,000, which should help with inventory restraints.According to the Census Bureau, residential construction jobs are also increasing at a rate of 3.8 percent year-over-year, which should supplement future housing starts and the ensuing construction. Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American, points out how the construction market differs from other labor divisions.“Home building is a unique labor market in that it does not lend itself to outsourcing and automation, and therefore, growth in residential construction jobs supports further improvement in the pace of home building.”Fleming is confident that August’s labor employment numbers will finally point to an increase in home building, although, he notes, the industry still has quite a way to go in order to reach the year’s peak experienced in February.“Despite this month’s improvement, total housing starts are now 70,000 units below the recent peak of almost 1.3 million units in February of this year, which was a 9.5-year high. The lack of home building is a major reason why the market has been strained by a lack of inventory. Homebuilders continue to complain they cannot find skilled labor, especially framers, and that buildable lots remain in short supply. In fact, earlier this month I discussed the potential implications of Hurricane Harvey and Irma. Damage to the housing stock will, locally, increase that housing supply shortage and further increase demand for construction workers.” Sharecenter_img First American Housing Starts 2017-09-20 Joey Pizzolato September 20, 2017 683 Views last_img read more

Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu is ta

first_imgArizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu is tackled by Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham after he intercepted a pass during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) While MVP-candidate Palmer gets a lot of credit for this team’s 9-2 record and NFL-leading offense, Breer thinks what Arians and Co. are doing with their talent is what makes this team so special.“The team is built with rhyme and reason,” he said. “I think the best part — you see this with Arians and his staff — they really find the right way to use guys. You’ve got Larry Fitzgerald, how are you going to use Michael Floyd and John Brown around him? You’ve got pieces on the offensive line, how do those fit together?”Breer says this is exemplified in the evolution of  Tyrann Mathieu, who was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month on Thursday after 27 tackles and two interceptions in November. The third-year versatile player has four interceptions, one pick-six, 63 tackles and one sack on the season.“Coming out of LSU, he was almost exclusively a corner there,” Breer said. “[The Cardinals] use him as a corner-safety hybrid – they have the past two years.“He’s got incredible football instincts, he just looks like one of those guys who was born to play the game, but he’s got a unique and different skillset, he’s a little limited as size goes. How do you use a guy like that? As much as anything else, it’s about the staff finding ways to use different guys and finding ways to get the best out of guys.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Your browser does not support the audio element. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling When NFL Network analyst Albert Breer looks at this year’s Arizona Cardinals, there’s no doubt he sees a solid, healthy team.“I don’t think there’s any question, the roster is in great shape,” Breer told Bertrand Berry on the show, Off the Edge with B-Train Friday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. They’ve got a lot of good, young rising players. They’ve been able to get a lot out of older veterans, Carson Palmer is the most obvious example of that.” 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo LISTEN: Albert Breer – NFL Network Analyst Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more