Selfrepresented defendants increasingly common but bring challengesexperts

first_imgLegal experts say the spectacle of an accused murderer grilling the father of his alleged victim on the witness stand is an unusual manifestation of an increasingly common occurrence in the Canadian justice system.Self-represented defendants are arguing their criminal cases before a judge or jury with greater frequency, despite the fact that doing so takes an extra toll on all concerned, they say.In one recent example, Dellen Millard, who is accused in the murder of a Toronto woman who vanished five years ago, has been cross examining those close to his alleged victim as he represents himself at trial, leading to some testy exchanges in court.Experts say financial considerations are at the heart of most self-representations, since legal aid frequently will not cover costs when someone is being tried for a minor offence and can’t always be counted on when more serious charges are at play.Lawyers say other common scenarios for self-representation involve either mental illness, distrust of authority or a belief that the defendant is the best person to handle the case.Self-representations, they say, are becoming more common despite the fact that they prolong trials, place additional burdens on judges and take an emotional toll on both witnesses and the accused.Trevor Farrow of York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School said self-representation is inherently at odds with Canada’s court practices.“The system is not designed around the idea of self-represented litigants, it’s designed around parties coming to court with counsel,” Farrow said. “I think self-representation has a significant impact on all aspects of the system.”The Millard case offers a particularly stark illustration of the emotional impact self-representation can have on witnesses involved in the trial.Millard, who is one of two co-accused in the death of Laura Babcock, came face-to-face with the victim’s father on the witness stand on the first day of his trial this week. He acknowledged the potential difficulty for Clayton Babcock, inquiring if he was nervous and found the situation difficult, but proceeded to ask him such questions as whether or not he abused his daughter.Farrow said defendants are also not immune from the strain of self-representation, which forces them to navigate a complex legal system they may not understand.This places an additional burden on judges, who must both safeguard the defendant’s legal rights while filling them in on procedural steps and other details that would typically be handled by a lawyer. The situation frequently leads to prolonged trials, Farrow added.Ingrid Grant, who acted as a legal support to another high-profile self-represented client, said most people who go before court without counsel are not doing so by choice.Grant said most are forced into that position by a dearth of financial resources. Legal aid has stringent criteria for the types of offences they will help with and the financial requirements under which people qualify for support, she noted. Defendants who don’t make the cut often represent themselves as a last resort, she said.Others, like convicted Via Rail terror plotter Chiheb Esseghaier, decline legal help while dealing with mental illness. Esseghaier has appealed his conviction and ensuing life sentence on the basis of his schizophrenia, which was undiagnosed and untreated at the time of the trial.But even without mental illness in the picture, Grant — who was appointed by a court to assist Esseghaier at one point — said self-represented people don’t usually mount effective arguments because of their lack of perspective on the case.“They’re emotionally invested in whatever the allegations are,” she said. “They know a whole history that they want to get out to the judge … They don’t understand what’s relevant and what’s not often, and a judge has to cut through that.”Grant said it’s not unheard of for self-representing defendants to question witnesses with direct relationships to the victims, but said the Criminal Code has provisions to prevent the situation. Prosecutors can file motions requesting that lawyers question witnesses who may be anxious about dealing with the defendant directly, she said.Such a scenario recently played out in a courtroom near Ottawa when Basil Borutski, a man on trial for the slayings of three women he dated, raised questions about the testimony of one of the victims’ sisters. Borutski made notes and drafted questions, but a lawyer was the one to directly cross-examine the witness.Farrow said the growing number of self-representations in the court highlights the need for change in the system.“What we are starting to realize is that we are woefully under-resourced when it comes to supporting people getting legal assistance,” he said. “And we are starting now to understand the cost on individuals, on families, and on society is really high. I think we need to start connecting the dots in terms of the better we support ourselves and each other in the … justice system, the better off the system will be.”last_img read more

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UNP denies attempting to cover up probe

However Senanayake said that no one was found guilty at the time investigations by COPE had stopped with the dissolution of Parliament. (Colombo Gazette) A member of the former COPE committee, Senanayake said that the committee was to meet again today to continue investigations on the bond allegations but Parliament was dissolved on Friday night and as a result COPE was also disbanded. The opposition alleged that Parliament was dissolved as COPE had found that the Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran was guilty in relation to the treasury bond issue. The ruling United National Party (UNP) today denied claims it was attempting to suppress the findings of the Committee On Public Enterprises (COPE) on the bond issue involving the Central Bank Governor.State Minister of Child Development Rosy Senanayake said that the investigations by COPE into the bond issue was not over by the time Parliament was dissolved last Friday. read more

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Guyana Airways never filed an application to operate – GCAA

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDomestic Airways Inc. receives Air Operators CertificateJanuary 15, 2018In “Business”MOU signed for direct flights from Georgetown to ArubaNovember 23, 2018In “latest news”GCAA’s suspension of shuttle operations not a “knee jerk” reaction- FieldsSeptember 14, 2017In “Business” Head of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Egbert Field on Saturday said that the new Guyana Airways, which recently won a Court case against the Government for the use of the name, has never filed an application to operate in Guyana.This was related by the Director General of the GCCA, during an exclusive interview with <<>> on Saturday.“The Civil Aviation Authority onto the time of my departure on Tuesday for the Director General’s Conference in Peru, we have not received any information or any documentation from Guyana Airways…we have not received any application from Guyana Airways,” Field said.Director General of the GCAA, Egbert FieldsAlthough it has been in the air that the proprietor of the airline had submitted his application for operations, the director noted, “they’ll have to submit an application. They never did submit an application before and I want to make it pretty clear.”According to him, Guyana Airways filed an ‘intent of operations’ on the work they intended to pursue. “That was not an application. The application process starts when you provide the application for the operation so we are awaiting, now after the court’s decision, (for) the application from the Guyana Airways,” he explained.Although the airline was hoping to begin operations in February 2019 as was related to this newspaper by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Airways Corporation (GAC), Colin Abrams, this may not be possible since it takes at least 12 or 13 months before the airline’s application is approved, due to the processing requirements.“The normal process when an airline is being approved or going through the five step process for an air operators’ certificate which is what the entity would have to go through before an air operator’s certificate is granted, if it’s a large jet operations because of the intricacies which are involved, it could take as much as a year to 13 months. If it’s a small operation like a domestic caravan or even an islander operation then that process can take between four to six months,” Field explained.The Guyana Airways headquarters on High and Barrack Streets, KingstonThis period, he said, is “absolutely important” as officials would use this phase to ensure that all aspects of the operation are covered such as training for staffers, evaluation of personnel and the documentation of the airline, such as operations manual, flight attendant manual, weight and balance manual, maintenance manual and several others, to outline the procedures for the specific section. He said this phase usually takes up most of time.Further he outlined that the aircraft’s facilities would require inspections and the aircraft itself would require evaluation. These processes he mentioned are important as it would ensure passenger safety among others.Government had taken the private airline to court this year for using the name which was used by two other companies which no longer exist.The inconvenienced business man explained during a previous interview, “Two years after we’ve been registered and putting all this together and spending all this money, they just snuffed the life out of us without a hearing, without anything. We just had a marshal show up at our secretary’s home and that’s it, so they kinda murdered us.”According to him, 110 flight attendants have already been hired for the two airlines which will soon provide flights to Cuba, Barbados and Trinidad for now and will extend its services to the United States of America when Guyana becomes authorized to do so. Meanwhile, some 150 persons in total will be hired to work on the airline. Training for those employees will be done here in Guyana for four weeks and wind down in Miami, USA.Among the cards expected to be thrown out on the table by the airline is that of low cost flights. The CEO noted that flights with Guyana Airways will be of a reduced cost all year round, which will afford Guyanese the opportunity to fly back and forth from North to South America. (Davina Ramdass) read more

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Donald Trump moves to ban bump stocks used in deadly Las Vegas

first_img(Click here if video doesn’t play)US PRESIDENT DONALD Trump has said he has directed to the Attorney General to propose regulations that would ban weapons devices like so-called ‘bump stocks’.Bump stocks allow semi-automatic weapons be fired like automatic weapons and were used by Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock when he killed 58 people and injured over 800 more in October of last year.A total of 12 bump stocks were found in Paddock’s hotel room after he committed the worst mass shooting in US history.Speaking in the White House this evening, Trump said he has signed a memo directing the Attorney General Jeff Sessions to propose regulations to “ban all devices” like bump stocks.“We must move past clichés and tired debates and focus on evidence-based solutions and security measures that actually work,” Trump said this evening.“After the deadly shooting in Las Vegas, I directed the Attorney General to clarify whether certain bump stock devices, like the one used in Las Vegas, are illegal under current law.”That process began in December and just a few moments ago I signed a memorandum directing the Attorney General to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns. I expect that these critical regulations will be finalised, Jeff (Sessions), very soon. http://jrnl.ie/3862790 Short URL .@POTUS: “We cannot merely take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference. We must actually make a difference. We must move past cliches and tired debates and focus on evidence-based solutions.” pic.twitter.com/Pw2uY807Hk— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 20, 2018 By Rónán Duffy Source: Fox News/Twitter Share66 Tweet Email1 19,412 Views Donald Trump moves to ban ‘bump stocks’ used in deadly Las Vegas shooting The US President said it was time to ‘move past clichés and tired debates’. center_img 87 Comments Source: ABC News Politics/Twitter Tuesday 20 Feb 2018, 9:41 PM BREAKING: President Trump says he’s directed Attorney General Sessions to propose regulations to ban “all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns.” https://t.co/kFKRt6pMzE pic.twitter.com/TXr3m18P2J— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) February 20, 2018 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 20th 2018, 9:41 PM (Click here if video doesn’t play)Trump’s announcement comes after legislators were coming under increasing pressure to intervene after last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida in which 17 young people were killed.Trump has also indicated he is open to a limited strengthening of federal background checks on gun purchases.Over the weekend, the White House said he had spoken Friday to Senator John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, about a bipartisan bill designed to strengthen the FBI database of prohibited gun buyers.Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders qualified the support, stressing that talks continue and “revisions are being considered,” but said “the president is supportive of efforts to improve the federal background check system.”- With reporting by Associated PressWATCH: Survivor ‘calls BS’ on Trump’s response to mass shooting at Florida school >Read: A tearful Jimmy Kimmel opened his show with a heartfelt plea for stricter gun control in the US >last_img read more

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Marée noire 2000 personnes évacuées face à la tempête Bonnie

first_imgMarée noire : 2.000 personnes évacuées face à la tempête BonnieGolfe du Mexique – La flotte déployée pour nettoyer la marée noire a dû être évacuée à l’approche de la tempête tropicale Bonnie. Toutefois le dôme qui depuis une semaine, a permis de stopper la fuite de pétrole, reste toujours en place.Les équipages des navires ont reçu jeudi soir l’ordre de suspendre leurs opérations et de quitter la zone de la plateforme Deepwater Horizon vers laquelle se dirige la tempête Bonnie. Quelque 2.000 personnes ont dû être évacuées.Ce vendredi matin, Bonnie qui se situait sur les Bahamas, prenait la direction de la Louisiane et donc du lieu de la catastrophe engendrée par l’explosion et le naufrage de la plateforme exploitée par BP. Selon les autorités américaines, la suspension des travaux destinés à boucher définitivement le puits endommagé, pourrait entraîner un retard de deux semaines avant un arrêt total de la fuite grâce aux puits de dérivation et à l’injection d’un mélange de matières liquides et solides, puis de ciment directement dans le puits.Depuis quelques jours, BP a réussi à stopper provisoirement la fuite de pétrole grâce à un dôme de confinement. Un système que la compagnie laissera en place malgré la tempête, pour éviter une aggravation de la pollution. Dans un communiqué, le groupe assure qu’il continuera à surveiller le site “aussi longtemps que le temps le permettra”.Le 23 juillet 2010 à 17:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Wolves knock Liverpool out of the FA Cup

first_imgLiverpool are out of the Emirates FA Cup thanks to a 2-1 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on Monday night.Jurgen Klopp handed debuts to Rafael Camacho and Curtis Jones while 16-year-old Ki-Jana Hoever came on for the injured Dejan Lovren after just five minutes.Raul Jimenez opened the scoring for Wolves in the 38th minute after a sloppy mistake by James Milner.37′ | #WOL 1-0 #LIVJota wins the ball in midfield and quickly releases Jimenez down the right, the striker bursts into the @LFC box before finishing neatly into the far corner to put Wolves in front.#WOLLIV— Wolves (@Wolves) January 7, 2019With Liverpool’s only shot on target in the game, Divock Origi pulled level six minutes into the second half.51′ | #WOL 1-1 #LIVGoal @LFC. Divock Origi turns on the edge of the Wolves box before firing the visitors level with an accurate effort from 20-yards.#WOLLIV— Wolves (@Wolves) January 7, 2019Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.However, Nuno’s side was very much in control of the game and went ahead again five minutes thanks to a spectacular 30-yard strike by Ruben Neves.56′ | #WOL 2-1 #LIVNeves is picked out in space 25-yards from the @LFC goal, he takes a touch before firing a wonderful effort beyond Simon Mignolet. Wolves back in front!#WOLLIV— Wolves (@Wolves) January 7, 2019Liverpool now record successive 2-1 defeats after their Premier League loss at Manchester City on Thursday and were also knocked out of the League cup by a 2-1 home defeat to Chelsea last year.In an FA Cup fourth-round draw after the match, Wolves will play against either Shrewsbury or Stoke.last_img read more

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Morgan Confab Emphasized Impact of Rites of Passage on Black Mens Health

first_imgAfrican-Americans account for almost 25 percent of deaths due to heart disease despite making up only 13 percent of the American population, and Black men are the most likely to die of cancer of any group or gender, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Both are conditions that one can help prevent by establishing healthy habits early, and a recent conference at Morgan State University tackled the importance of helping young Black men develop healthy masculine identity through rites of passage, and the way such rites can improve health outcomes for Black men.“Rites of passage is something that provides lots of information on proper growing into adulthood, and one of the most important things about growing into adulthood is health literacy,” said Dr. Keith Hunter, one of the organizers of the Nov. 8’s ‘Optimal Health for Black Men Conference’ at Morgan State University, and an anesthesiologist who has been practicing medicine for 33 years, during a conversation with the AFRO prior to the conference.For Hunter, health literacy is about identifying misconceptions, like the idea that you are prostate cancer free if you have no trouble urinating, and correcting such misconceptions with the appropriate information. This is equally true of developing healthy masculine identity, central to avoiding many of the risky behaviors in which young men participate and which can have health consequences now and later in life.According to Dr. Raymond Winbush, director of the Morgan State University Institute for Urban Research, one of the sponsors of the conference, many young Black men receive misguided signals about their entry into adulthood—in the past, various youths have cited to Winbush receiving their driver’s license, the day they became fathers, or the day they became gun owners, as their entry into manhood—and this lack of appropriateand healthy rites of passage into adulthood for Black boys sets them on a path of less than ideal health.Rites of passage programs utilize culturally informed exercises and challenges to help boys learn to master their behaviors and takeresponsibility for their maturation, symbolically guiding them into adulthood. Through this process, these young Black men are then betterequipped to take the necessary preventative steps that ensure a healthy future.“What we’re trying to do is show how rites of passage programs can be used to enhance the healthy development, not only physically butpsychologically, of Black boys,” said WinbushOf course, ensuring healthy development requires not only better lifestyle choices, but also a more robust engagement with the health care system, an industry many African-Americans are reluctant to trust because of a history of abuses against Blacks.“The first anesthesia was tried on some poor brother in South Carolina where they put ether on his face and just left him,” explainedHunter of a problematic history that extends far beyond the notorious Tuskegee experiments, and citing the book ‘Medical Apartheid’ byHarriet Washington. “Gynecological surgeries, cesarean sections, lots of things like that were first tried by a very lauded surgeon namedJ. Marion Sims, but he basically turned his African-American slaves into morphine addicts as he perfected his techniques.”Hunter described this as “a morbid history”, and Winbush noted that this history has stood in the way of better health outcomes for manyAfrican-Americans, who “know and have been the victims of a bad health care system as it is exercised towards Black people.”“Optimal health is when you have knowledge about all aspects of yourself—physically, mentally, spiritually—that you understand how your body works, but that you also understand how your mind and thought processes work,” said Winbush.“It’s understanding what is needed in the community to make you healthy. Being aware of the availability of certain services, how to utilize them. Being healthy is more than just an absence of sickness, it’s being aware of your place in the environment.”ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

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Balto County Settles Housing Discrimination Case

first_imgHUD Secretary Julián Castro says that the agreement should pave the way for more affordable housing in Baltimore County. (Courtesy photo)Baltimore County is trying to move past discriminatory housing policies that have been in place for decades.Baltimore County officials announced March 15 their agreement to dismantle discriminatory housing policies and expand the number of affordable homes in more flourishing communities after five years of negotiations between Baltimore County and U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) officials.The agreement is a result of a complaint filed in 2011 with HUD by the Baltimore County Branch of the NAACP, Baltimore Neighborhoods, a private non-profit fair housing organization, and three individuals. The complaints claimed Baltimore County created affordable housing only in poverty-concentrated areas and failed to affirmatively further fair housing, according to HUD’s press release.“Every person deserves a fair shot at opportunity and that starts with a decent, safe, and affordable place to call home,” said HUD Secretary Julián Castro, in a press release. “This agreement sets Baltimore County on a path to stronger, more inclusive communities where everyone can enjoy equal access to opportunity.”Under the agreement Baltimore County will have to invest $3 million a year for 10 years to create 1,000 housing units, provide Housing Choice Vouchers to at least 2,000 families, market the units to potential tenants who are least likely to apply, and introduce legislation that prohibits discrimination based on source of income.“The agreement is very clear that we are to do what we can to encourage the construction of low-income housing but the county was not going to build its own housing,” said Michael Field, Baltimore County attorney, in a statement.last_img read more

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Your Autonomous Ford Could Have a Removable Steering Wheel and Pedals

first_img Ford, like every other automaker, wants to put an autonomous vehicle in your driveway in the not-too-distant future. They also want you to be able to leave the steering wheel and pedals behind when it takes you for a ride.It’s not like you’d need them in a truly autonomous vehicle anyways, right? Potentially, anyway. Regulators may see things differently, but Ford figures they might as well have a patent on the books just in case the NHTSA one day decides that physical controls for humans are no longer required equipment.Even if (or more likely, when) that day does come, there will still be drivers that want to experience the old-timey thrill of controlling their vehicle’s movements. With Ford’s patented system that’s just a few clicks away and probably a lot less difficult than moving bulky child seats between vehicles.The system does require some rejigging of the vehicle’s safety system. You can’t leave the driver’s airbag in the steering wheel if you’re going to allow someone to remove it, so Ford has tucked it into a small panel that sits just above the “docking port” for the wheel.via US Patent OfficeDriverless cars present some exciting new possibilities for designers, what with people not necessarily needing to look out the windshield (once fully autonomous vehicles are a reality, anyway).Some car makers are kicking around the idea of front seats that can be turned 180 degrees so riders can enjoy face-to-face conversations. A Mercedes concept, for example, turns the car’s interior into a plush space that’s perfect for on-the-go meetings.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Study: Even Self-Driving Cars Are Racist NowBegun, the Humans vs. Driveless Car Wars, Have last_img read more

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Be My Valentine Robotics Relationships 101

first_imgFebruary 14, 2018 5 min read If you ask anyone who has ever been in a relationship to describe what it’s like, the answer is often “it’s complicated.” Relationships of all kinds are complicated, which is why we read one of the thousands of books on the subject or turn to experts in the field for advice. But, what happens when the relationship isn’t with a human, but with a robot?While a relationship with a robot may sound strange, robots are making their way into every aspect of the business world, and not just on a manufacturing floor. The market for robotic process automation (RPA), or software robots, is exploding and it is poised to be a $1.2-billion-dollar market by 2021. The reason? RPA is transforming our job descriptions, one mundane task at a time. This is saving time, money and sanity. But, just like any relationship, those who put in the effort are the ones who see results.For a long-term stable relationship with RPA that leads to business prosperity, it’s important to understand goals, build trust and, ultimately, take the leap.Related: The Savvy Reason There Are Robot Strippers for CESDetermine desirable traits and set long-term goals.Relationships thrive when there is clear communication and a firm understanding of needs and future goals, and technology implementations are no different. Just like the U.S. divorce rate, more than half of all technology projects fail, leaving many companies skeptical of viability and long-term success. However, for all the relationships that go kaput, many are successful because the right groundwork was laid from the very beginning. Recent increases in IT project success rates are attributed to a renewed focus on delivering long-term benefits from the very beginning rather than the traditional approach of time, cost, and resources.For companies, that means first identifying areas for improvement and setting strategic goals. Only then is it possible to identify which solution is right for the project scope and then develop a deployment plan. By having strategic objectives in place before a purchase is made, IT leaders can cultivate buy-in, set realistic expectations, and reap the benefits of RPA success. The proof is in the pudding: companies with a high alignment to strategy have 33 percent fewer project failures and are 38 percent more likely to meet project goals.Related: Bill Gates Believes Robots That Steal Jobs Should Pay TaxesBuild trust and move forward.Building trust is a key element in any relationship, but it doesn’t happen overnight. In the beginning, there can be bumps along the way as both partners learn about each other and understand preferences and behaviors. If it’s worth it, they keep going. Organizations deploy robotics for a variety of reasons, primarily for cost savings, accuracy, improved efficiency and timeline optimization, all of which are worthwhile goals that warrant perseverance. According to McKinsey and Company, case studies showed anywhere from a 30 percent up to 200 percent return on investment in the first year, and that doesn’t even include the long-term benefits.To move beyond the initial stages of the process automation relationship and realize the long-term benefits, organizations must learn to trust in the eventual benefits of the deployment and build the right support system around it.Often, employees are skeptical that RPA will send them straight to the unemployment line, but that’s really not the case. When done correctly, RPA can not only free employees from mundane and menial tasks, it can empower them to be more productive and strategic, especially as they learn to oversee process automation and shape the future of the organization. With the help of RPA, employees can capitalize on new opportunities and that not only expand the organization, but also the market as a whole.While Uber did cost traditional taxi drivers about 10 percent of their income, in some cities, it actually increased independent driver opportunities by as much as 50 percent. So, by reworking internal processes, garnering insights from affected employees, and making adjustments along the way, it’s possible to build trust in the RPA process and see return on technology investment.Related: Here’s How This Company Is Adding Robots But Also Keeping Its WorkersTake the leap.In every relationship, there comes point where it’s time to commit. By recognizing that each person has a unique set of characteristics and skills to bring to the relationship, and learning how to adjust and compromise when it counts, couples can finally take the leap.The same goes for companies looking to implement RPA. The reality is that humans and machines have different skills. It’s impossible for humans to work around the clock and be perfect all the time. At some point, to streamline and optimize processes, brands must commit or risk falling behind: by 2019, it’s projected that 79 percent of organizations will leverage process automation.While relationships can be complicated, it doesn’t mean they aren’t worth the effort. There’s a reason why people keep dating until they find their match, and it’s because with the right person, the right plan and the right amount of work, relationships can offer incredible benefits – and RPA is no different. When implemented correctly, companies can become more efficient, streamline processes and empower people to deliver greater results. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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Adam Sandlers Murder Mystery Breaks Netflix Viewing Records

first_img 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget June 19, 2019 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals While Netflix was famously reticent about releasing viewing statistics, over the last year or so the company has become more open about it. Its latest revelation confirms the theory that someone out there likes Adam Sandler movies, since his latest star-studded joint, Murder Mystery, has racked up the biggest opening weekend ever for a Netflix movie, with 30,869,863 unique accounts watching it in the first three days.As Netflix has previously established, it counts a view as someone watching more than 70 percent of a particular title. 13,374,914 of the accounts were in the U.S. and Canada alone, with the remaining 17 million spread elsewhere worldwide. In 2017 Netflix explained viewers had already streamed over half a billion hours of Adam Sandler, clearing up any doubt about the four-picture deal it signed him to.Suddenly we know more about Netflix viewers’ habits than ever before — probably not coincidentally at the same time there’s more streaming competition joining the party — including that its heist flick Triple Frontier scored a 52 million account opening weekend, or that Bird Box racked up 45 million in one week last year. In the U.K. it even publishes Top Ten lists now.ADAM SANDLER AND JENNIFER ANISTON BREAKING NEWS ALERT30,869,863 accounts watched Murder Mystery in its first 3 days – the biggest opening weekend ever for a Netflix Film. 13,374,914 accounts in the US and Canada, and 17,494,949 more worldwide.— Netflix Is A Joke (@NetflixIsAJoke) June 18, 2019 Register Now »last_img read more

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first_img News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Image courtesy of Imago Systems Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical School July 31, 2014 — Study data presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Copenhagen further demonstrates the diagnostic value of GE Healthcare’s investigational radiopharmaceutical product [18F]flutemetamol in confirming the presence of neuritic amyloid in those patients with early onset dementia. The data demonstrate that the use of [18F]flutemetamol increased diagnostic confidence for physicians, and in many patients, helped to confirm or exclude the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and lead to changes in management.“Early and accurate diagnoses may have implications for both prognosis and treatment among patients with early onset dementia,” said Dr. Marissa Zwan, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam and lead investigator of the study. “Greater diagnostic confidence supports better patient management and helps physicians to determine appropriate treatment options, as well as helping patients and caregivers to plan for the future.”Studies have shown that in early onset dementia, approximately one of three patients has an atypical clinical presentation, often making it challenging to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease, especially in its early phases. In this study, 80 patients with early onset dementia (younger than age 70), and with physician diagnostic confidence less than 90 percent, underwent [18F]flutemetamol positeon emission tomography (PET) scans, which were assessed as either amyloid positive or negative. Clinical diagnosis and diagnostic confidence was determined, both before and after disclosure of the scan results.The data showed that 20 percent of patients had a change in diagnosis following review of the [18F]flutemetamol scan. In particular, for those patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease prior to a [18F]flutemetamol scan and who had an amyloid negative result, clinical diagnosis changed in 12 of 15 patients. Overall, confidence in diagnosis significantly increased from 67(±12) percent to 90(±16) percent after disclosing PET results. Additionally, in 48 percent of patients, [18F]flutemetamol PET results led to a change in patient healthcare management (i.e. medication changes, additional care).In October 2013, [18F]flutemetamol received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where it is marketed as Vizamyl, for PET imaging of the brain to estimate beta amyloid neuritic plaque density in adult patients with cognitive impairment who are being evaluated for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or other causes of cognitive decline. Vizamylis for diagnostic use only and should be used in conjunction with a clinical evaluation. Vizamyl is not licensed in any market for estimating the risk of MCI progression to clinical AD.In June 2014, [18F]flutemetamol received a positive opinion from the European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP), recommending the granting of a marketing authorization for PET imaging of beta amyloid neuritic plaque density in the brains of adult patients with cognitive impairment who are being evaluated for Alzheimer’s disease and other causes of cognitive impairment. It is not yet approved for use in Europe or Japan“These data demonstrate the diagnostic value of [18F]flutemetamol among those with early onset dementia and add to the growing body of evidence that it can help physicians identify the histopathology associated with an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis in specific patients,” said Ger Brophy, Ph.D., chief technology officer, GE Healthcare Life Sciences. “If and when approved in the European Union,[18F]flutemetamol will be an important tool to support assessments of patients with cognitive disorders, including AD.”The results of this study were presented orally by Zwan and as a poster at AAIC entitled “Clinical Impact of [18F]Flutemetamol PET in Young Onset Dementia.” The study was sponsored by GE Healthcare.For more information: newsroom.gehealthcare.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享center_img Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Related Content News | July 31, 2014 Data Supports Diagnostic Value of F-18 Flutemetamol in Early Onset Dementia Study data presented at Alzheimer’s Association International Conference News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more last_img read more

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Rodman Kemp among NBA allstars to play ball in Costa Rica

first_imgFormer NBA stars will face off in Costa Rica as part of the “Legends of Basketball Latin America Tour 2012,” producers Arzeyut announced Tuesday.The event will take place on July 28 at the Palacio de los Deportes in Heredia, north of San José. Featured stars will include:•Dennis Rodman: The notorious hothead and tattooed (and pierced and hair-dyed) rebounding extraordinaire helped Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls build an NBA dynasty in the 1990s. Rodman parlayed his basketball talents into a brief movie career. The badboy dated Madonna and had a short marriage to Carmen Electra.•Gary Payton: “The Glove” is considered one of the greatest point guards and defenders in NBA history. Although best known as the face of the now-defunct Seattle Supersonics, Payton won his lone NBA title in 2006 with the Miami Heat.•Muggsy Bogues: At 5-3, Bogues was the shortest player to ever play in the NBA. He managed 14 yeas in the pros.•Shawn Kemp: Often the butt of jokes for both his bulky weight and the fact that he fathered at least a half-dozen children with multiple women, Kemp was not too shabby on the court as a six-time all-star.•Horace Grant: Best remembered for the goggles he wore while playing, Grant won four NBA titles.•Jayson Williams: The former New Jersey Nets all-star was released from prison in April after serving a 26-month sentence for manslaughter after he accidentally killed his limo driver with a shotgun. Part of his sentence also concerned a separate drunk driving charge.Other NBA players announced for the event are Bonzi Wells and Travis Best. A Costa Rican basketball squad also will be selected to play in the games of pickup basketball.Tickets can be bought at www.publitickets.com or by calling 2582-2323. Forty-eight courtside tickets are available for $200. The full list of ticket prices are:Diamond tickets: $200Platinum: $150Gold: $90East and West Stands: $56North and South Stands: $30 Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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Sheraton Perth Hotel named Best Deluxe Accommodation for

first_imgThroughout 2007 and 2008, Sheraton Perth Hotel’s owning company Success Venture Pty Ltd invested over AU$20 million in the construction of a new Club Lounge, 96 additional Club guest rooms and state of the art meeting facilities, consolidating Sheraton Perth Hotel’s reputation as the hotel of choice for business and leisure travellers, and in turn making the property Western Australia’s largest five star hotel. “We are delighted to accept these prestigious hospitality accolades, which are testament to the exceptional quality our hotel continues to deliver. To be voted ‘Best Deluxe Accommodation’ for three consecutive years and to win ‘Best Front Office’ team is indeed a great honour for Sheraton Perth Hotel and our owning company Success Venture Pty Ltd.  It has been a fruitful year for Sheraton Perth Hotel and winning these awards is a wonderful addition to our 2010 achievements” commented Bruce Humphry, Acting Hotel Manager of Sheraton Perth Hotel. Source = Sheraton Perth Hotelcenter_img Sheraton Perth Hotel has taken out two major awards at the 2010 AHA (WA) Aon Hotel Awards for Excellence held in Perth last Monday night.  The hotel was delighted to win Western Australia’s ‘Deluxe Accommodation’ award for the third consecutive year, inducting the hotel into the prestigious AHA Hall of Fame.  The hotel also won the ‘Front Office / Guest Services’ Award. Considered the premier hospitality awards in Western Australia, the AHA (WA) Aon Hotel Awards for Excellence serve to acknowledge, reward and celebrate the enormous achievements which exemplify excellence in performance and service within the hospitality industry.  Acknowledging contributions to Western Australia’s tourism industry, the event was attended by over 1,200 guests with the presentation of 50 awards. last_img read more

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Hall of Fame and a Hat Trick for Hamilton Island

first_imgHamilton Island’s owners, the Oatley family, and their luxury resort qualia, won a raft of accolades on Friday evening at the 2012 Hotel Management Awards.In front of almost 600 hoteliers, industry leaders and major suppliers, the Oatley Family was inducted into the prestigious Hall of Fame, recognised for their significant contribution to the tourism industry through the ongoing investment in, and development of, Hamilton Island.Honoured to be recognised, on behalf of the Oatley family Sandy said: ‘Our vision for Hamilton Island was, and continues to be, that it is an Island for everyone. We’re blessed that it continues to be recognised as such. With the 10th anniversary of ownership of Hamilton Island coming up next year, it is very special to receive this award’.qualia also took out a trio of awards, including Best Resort, Best Spa for Spa qualia for the second year running, and Best Hotel Chef for Alastair Waddell. In addition, qualia received several Highly Commended awards, including for Luxury Property, Australian Lodge, Hotel Restaurant (Long Pavilion) and Hotel of the Year.Michael Shah, qualia’s General Manager, said: “qualia offers guests an outstanding and unique experience each and every time. From exceptional service, to award-winning cuisine and the best in resort leisure facilities, qualia is a beacon of understated luxury and quintessential Australian charm that simply cannot be discovered anywhere else.’qualia occupies Hamilton Island’s unashamedly beautiful and sun-drenched northern-most tip. A member of Relais & Châteaux, qualia is set amongst native Eucalypts, with breathtaking views of the surrounding Whitsunday Islands and tranquil Coral Sea. The resort’s outstanding facilities include two infinity-edged pools, two bars and exclusive restaurants, a private dining room, library, fitness centre and Spa qualia, an award-winning venue unto itself. qualia also hosts several special events for its guests throughout the year, including the popular Australian Ballet ‘Pas de Deux in Paradise’ and Great Barrier Feast series. Source = Hamilton Islandlast_img read more

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Home Prices Sustained by Falling Supply Rising Demand

first_imgHome Prices Sustained by Falling Supply & Rising Demand December 1, 2015 890 Views CoreLogic Demand Home Prices Inventory 2015-12-01 Staff Writer Home prices continued to keep their rising pace in October 2015 with the help of declining housing supply and increasing consumer demand.CoreLogic’s Home Price Index (HPI) report for October 2015 showed that home prices are up 6.8 percent year-over-year and 1.0 percent month-over-month. Last month, home prices were up 6.4 percent year-over-year and 0.6 percent month-over-month.CoreLogic forecasts home prices to rise 0.1 percent next month and 5.2 percent next year from October 2015 to October 2016.The HPI report also noted that nationally, single-family home prices are 6.8 percent below the peak recorded in April 2006. CoreLogic believes home prices in this sector will reach a new peak in April 2017.“Many markets have experienced a low inventory of homes for sale along with strong buyer demand, which is sustaining upward pressure on home prices. These conditions are likely to persist as we enter 2016,” said Dr. Frank Nothaft, chief economist for CoreLogic.According to CoreLogic, ten states recorded new highs in October: Colorado, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maine, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming. Meanwhile, Louisiana and Mississippi had negative home price appreciation in October at -0.2 percent and -1.7 percent, respectively.New York (8.6 percent), South Carolina (9.0 percent), Oregon (9.4 percent), Washington (9.6 percent), and Colorado (10.5 percent) all has the largest year-over-year home price increases, including distressed sales in October.Excluding distressed sales, Washington (8.9 percent), South Carolina (9.3 percent), New York (9.3 percent), Oregon (9.5 percent), and Colorado (10.1 percent).CoreLogic found that Nevada (-30.4 percent), Florida (-28.0 percent), Arizona (-24.7 percent), Rhode Island (-24.1 percent), and Connecticut (-20.7 percent) all remain furthest from their peak values in October.“The rise in home prices over the past few years has largely been a healthy trend. The shadow inventory has been reduced significantly and home equity levels are now approaching pre-recession levels,” said Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic. “As we move forward, the rise in home prices will need to be better correlated to family income trends over time to avoid homes becoming unaffordable for many. This is especially true in several metropolitan areas where home prices have grown rapidly.”Click here to view the full report.center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Market Studies, News Sharelast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter SeaDream Yacht Club is

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterSeaDream Yacht Club is living up to its “Global Yachting” tagline, offering a whopping 92-day cruise from Hong Kong to Sydney aboard its new ship, SeaDream Innovation, in late 2022.The 15,600-gross-ton, 155-metre-long vessel was revealed in March and will be constructed by Romanian shipyard Damen Shipyards Group, to debut in September 2021.The in-depth voyage is scheduled to depart Hong Kong on 2 October 2022 and will stop at Halong Bay, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam; Sihanoukville in Cambodia; Ko Kut, Bangkok, Hua Hin and Ko Samui in Thailand; and finally Singapore before travelling to Indonesia. In Indonesia, the ship will visit Krakatoa, Semarang, Celukan, Bawang, Bali, Komodo, Flores, Lembata, Kokas, Fakfak and Triton Bay before it enters Australia waters for the first time.In Australia, the 110-suite mega-yacht will stop at Thursday Island in Cape York, the Great Barrier Reef, Lizard Island and Cairns. On 12 November 2022, the vessel will track north to Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia before returning to Australia’s Norfolk Island in the Pacific.On 7 December 2022 SeaDream Innovation will arrive in New Zealand at the Bay of Islands where it will spend 2.5 weeks exploring Auckland, White Island, Napier, Wellington, Picton, Kaikoura, Akaroa, Dunedin, Stewart Island, Christchurch, Picton, Nelson, Dusky Sound and Milford Sound.After two days at sea, the ship will return to Australia where it will visit Hobart on Boxing Day, Wineglass Bay and Flinders Island. The SeaDream Innovation will arrive in Sydney on 30 December where it will spend four days, including New Year’s Eve 2022, on Sydney Harbour. Ultimately, the three-month trip will conclude on 2 January 2023.At this stage, SeaDream hasn’t revealed its 2023 itineraries beyond Sydney in 2023, however, the southern coastline of Australia would be a logical choice for the luxury brand.The 92-day itinerary pictured here can also be booked as a range of smaller trips, including:16-day Bali to Cairns on 27 October 2022;14-day Cairns to Lautoka on 12 November 2022;12-day Lautoka to Auckland on 26 November 2022;10-day Auckland to Christchurch sailing on 8 December 2022 and15-day Christchurch to Sydney on 18 December 2022Fares start at US$64,999 per person twin share for a Suite with ocean view for the entire 92-day cruise, before increasing to US$174,999 per person twin share for the Heyerdahl Suite. Port charges and fees are US$3,680 per guest.For more details on the full cruise, go to bit.ly/SeaDreamInnovationHKGSYDGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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4 Tune Hotels Where Westminster Liverpool Stree

first_img4. Tune HotelsWhere: Westminster, Liverpool Street, Paddington, Kings Cross, Canary WharfPrice: From £55 per nightBest for: No frills but brilliant qualityWhile guests at Tune Hotels shouldn’t expect five-star luxury (TV, towels and WiFi are all extra) you can expect ridiculously comfortable beds, great views from the upper floors and modern, cheery décor at every one of their London hotels. There are no restaurants or bars, but the central locations means you’ll always be just a few metres away from a tube station and some of London’s best pubs and restaurants. Start planning your nights out and take your pick from this list London’s best watering holes. 2. Qbic Where: 42 Adler Street, E1 1EEPrice: From £58 per nightBest for: Eco-friendly folk who want to sleep in styleConcerned about your carbon footprint while travelling the globe? Then head to this compact but quirky hotel, which is one of the greenest in London. Every single piece of waste is recycled, there are solar panels on the roof and there are no chemicals in any of Qbic’s toiletries. It’s also seriously chic, with beautifully styled public areas and surprisingly large bedrooms decorated with trinkets sourced from around the world. Other perks include early check-ins, late check-outs and free bicycle hire. 3. Safestay Holland ParkWhere: Holland Walk, Kensington W8 7QUPrice: From £20 for a bed in a dorm roomBest for: Its West London location and little green spacesThere are 351 beds at this hostel, which can be found inside a beautiful Grade 1-listed Jacobean building. Guests can chill out in a beautifully landscaped garden – complete with pond and fountains – but the interior is equally easy on the eye. The sheets, duvets and modesty curtains in the dorm rooms are all bright purple, and enormous maps cover the walls of public areas. In addition to the dormitories there are several private rooms, and two of these (411 and 414) have huge private terraces. At just £20 a night for a dorm room bed, it’s got to be one of the cheapest places to stay in London. RelatedLondon’s 10 best parks and green spacesLondon boasts a surprising number of green spaces, and every park has a character of its own: from family-friendly Battersea Park with its children’s zoo, to history-packed Greenwich Park, home of the Prime Meridian. Here’s our guide to the best outdoor spaces in the capital, but leave us a comment…10 best cheap hotels and hostels in BangkokHeading to Thailand’s beautiful capital, Bangkok, and looking for a budget-friendly hotel or hostel? Whether you’re after a cheap and cheerful bunk on Khao San Road, or a five-star spa hotel with a swanky rooftop bar in Sukhumvit, we’ve rounded up the best Bangkok accommodation for you.Revealed: flight-booking hacks that can save you cash in 2019Back in the day, smart travellers could make savings by flying out on Tuesdays instead of the weekend, or switching to smaller airports. But times change – and so do airline pricing models. We analysed three years of Skyscanner booking data, and discovered some surprising new money-saving tricks. 7. Wombat’s HostelWhere: 7 Dock Street, E1 8JNPrice: From £19 for a bed in a dorm roomBest for: Central location and charming staffThe Tower of London, Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast and the Shard are all just a short walk away from Wombat’s, which was originally a hostel for sailors. There are plenty of original features, including an exposed brick ceiling and ornate fixtures. Staff are young, multilingual and enthusiastic, and you’ll be given a very welcome free drink on arrival. The real selling point though has to be its outside terrace, which has hammocks for visitors to laze in and great views of Canary Wharf and the Shard. Spend the money you’ve saved by bagging a bed in Wombat’s on a slap-up dinner with one of the best views over the city at the Shard, just one of many skyscraper restaurants in London you could flash the cash in. 6. Dictionary HostelWhere: 10-20 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, E2 8DAPrice: From £15 for a dorm bedBest for: Hipsters who want to save cash and explore East London The best bit about the Dictionary Hostel? The swing in the dormitory room! This is definitely a hostel for hipsters. Hackney’s coolest cocktail bars and restaurants are all close by, and inside, the décor is a mix of graffiti and mismatched furniture. It feels more like a student halls of residence than a hostel – you’ll find travellers strumming guitars in the lobby area and walls are plastered with posters torn from comic books. Although dormitories are small, potted plants and shiny red bunk beds add a welcome splash of colour. Find out how to be a hipster – were to hang out, where to eat, drink and shop – with our guide to 20 of the world’s most hipster neighbourhoods, including London.center_img 1. Trusted House-sittersWhere: All over LondonPrice: FreeBest for: Pet lovers with very few penniesLive like a local and pay no rent with Trusted House-sitters. It costs just £6.60 a month to register with this website. After creating a profile, potential house-sitters are then selected by home-owners who need you to look after their house, water the plants, feed the cat for a few days, weeks or even months. Although many of the house-sitters have full criminal records background checks done, solid experience is just as valued. It’s a win-win situation; home-owners can jet off on their holidays safe in the knowledge that it’s being safe-guarded by someone they trust, and you get a comfortable base from which to explore a completely new area, all for the small price of having to walk the dog and take the bins out. 8. Clink Hostel 261Where: King’s CrossPrice: From £13 for a bed in a dorm roomBest for: Solo travellers looking for free entertainment and friendsThis stylish hostel runs a varied programme of events designed to keep guests’ boredom at bay. For example, local artists can stay for free in return for playing gigs or exhibiting their work, and there are regular movie nights. Although the dorm rooms are on the small side, bright colours and large windows create a feeling of space, and the public areas are kitted out with games consoles and huge television screens. Room categories include private rooms, mixed and single-sex dorms. Search London hotelsLooking for something a bit more unusual? Check out these quirky sleeps:Ice hotels: the world’s coolest places to stayIce, ice, baby: check in to 12 of the world’s most incredible ice hotels, all with stunning pictures.The UK’s most haunted hotelsBelieve in ghosts? No? Are you sure? We reckon you might have a rethink after a stay at one of these haunted hotels where fright night is every night.8 of the world’s best underwater hotelsGet on your snorkel and take a peek at these crazy underwater hotels, from Dubai to the Maldives.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 5. Generator HostelWhere: 37 Tavistock Place, WC1H 9SEPrice: From £17 for a bed in a dorm roomBest for: Party-goers who don’t want to fall far at the end of the nightThis colourful hostel has a whopping 880 beds and accommodation options include dormitories and private rooms. Perhaps unsurprisingly it’s one of London’s livelier bars – the dance floor at the Generator Bar is packed to the rafters most nights of the week. The public area has satellite television, a games room with pool tables, video games and table football, but there’s also a reading room for those craving some peace and quiet. last_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Dec 19, 2018 12:10 am PDT AM-Prep: Cooler Copy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img TRUMP FOUNDATION PROBENEW YORK (AP) — The New York Attorney General’s Office says it blocked President Donald Trump’s foundation from voluntarily going out of business because the charity wanted to do so without oversight.A spokeswoman for Attorney General Barbara Underwood says the Trump Foundation only sought to dissolve after it found itself under investigation two years ago.The sides agreed yesterday to a court-supervised plan for the foundation to fold and distribute its remaining $1.7 million in assets to other charities.Underwood alleged in a lawsuit last spring that Trump operated the foundation as an extension of his businesses and political campaign.Trump Foundation lawyer Alan Futerfas says the foundation had been seeking to dissolve since Trump’s presidential election victory in 2016.The attorney general’s office says doing so without supervision would have been unacceptable.PRADA – BLACKFACENEW YORK (AP) — Prada is no longer selling a line of accessories and displays following complaints that they featured blackface-style imagery.The controversy began last week when a New Yorker complained in a viral Facebook posting after walking past a Prada boutique in Manhattan’s SoHo district and noticing what she described as a “racist and denigrating” caricature in the storefront.The Italian fashion house had recently launched a series of luxury keychains and trinkets, including one showing a character with dark brown skin and exaggerated red lips.Prada Group released a statement saying that it “abhors all forms of racism” and that the imaginary creatures were not intended to “have any reference to the real world and certainly not blackface.”The statement said it was withdrawing the characters in question from display and circulation.A T-REX NAMED SUECHICAGO (AP) — The largest Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever found is ready to go back on display at Chicago’s Field Museum in a new exhibition space.The skeleton — which is named Sue after her discoverer, Sue Hendrickson — is now in a second-floor gallery near other dinosaurs. It opens to the public Friday.The Chicago Tribune reports the 40.5-foot skeleton shares the gallery with the skull of a triceratops and dozens of plant and animal fossils from Sue’s era.Peter Makovicky, the museum’s curator of dinosaurs, says the second floor gallery was always intended to be Sue’s home, but it ended up near the main north door of the museum before being disassembled earlier this year. That space is now filled by a 122-foot-long cast skeleton of a titanosaur.DISPUTED N.C. CONGRESSIONAL RACEBLADENBORO, N.C. (AP) — The attorney for a man at the centre of a controversy in a disputed North Carolina congressional race said he hasn’t broken any campaign laws and ongoing investigations will prove it.Attorney Cynthia Adams Singletary said in a statement Tuesday that any speculation regarding McCrae Dowless and the 9th District election is premature and unwarranted. Singletary said Dowless was “a highly respected member of our community who is routinely sought after for his campaign expertise.”Republican candidate Mark Harris said in an interview last week that it was his decision to hire Dowless, who is the focus in an investigation into how absentee ballots were handled.The state elections board has declined to certify the election results in light of mail-in absentee ballot irregularities in Bladen County and other issues in Robeson County.CUBA – GAY MARRIAGEHAVANA (AP) — Cuba says language promoting the legalization of gay marriage will be removed from the draft of a new constitution after widespread popular rejection of the idea.Gay rights advocates had proposed eliminating the description of marriage as a union of a man and woman, changing it to the union of “two people … with absolutely equal rights and obligations.”That change drew protests from evangelical churches and ordinary citizens in public meetings on the new constitution.Cuba’s National Assembly announced on Twitter yesterday that a powerful commission responsible for revising the constitution has proposed eliminating the language from the new charter “as a way of respecting all opinions.”The constitution would instead be silent on the issue, leaving open the possibility of a future legalization without specifically promoting it.ARIZONA EAGLE CAMLAKE PLEASANT REGIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — The world can get a glimpse of the daily activities of a pair of nesting bald eagles through a video camera set up at Arizona’s Lake Pleasant outside Phoenix.The Arizona Game and Fish Department says the livestream of the nest was made available to the public starting yesterday.Records show bald eagles have inhabited Lake Pleasant since 1979, with the first documented nesting attempt in 1984. No young were born until 1993, but 28 birds have since survived to fly.Arizona’s bald eagle population has increased significantly in recent years.It is the fourth species Arizona wildlife officials have brought to the public through streaming video. They also livestream sandhill cranes in southeastern Arizona, a bat roost at Cluff Ranch Wildlife Area and pupfish through an underwater camera.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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