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Syracuse’s Bowl Situation After The Boston College Win

first_imgEric Dungey throws a pass for Syracuse.SYRACUSE, NY – SEPTEMBER 22: Eric Dungey #2 of the Syracuse Orange passes the ball against the Connecticut Huskies during the fourth quarter at the Carrier Dome on September 22, 2018 in Syracuse, New York. Syracuse defeated Connecticut 51-21. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)For the first time since 2001, Syracuse football has eclipsed eight wins. With a rivalry day win at Boston College, the Orange are 9-3 in the regular season.Syracuse star senior quarterback Eric Dungey had a magnificent day against a tough Eagles defense. After leaving the Notre Dame loss early with what looked like a nasty back issue, Dungey surprised many by getting the start today.He made it count, throwing for 363 yards and three touchdowns, and punching in another three scores on the ground. He was aided by senior running back Dontae Strickland, who had one of his best games in Orange, going for 129 on the ground in the 42-21 win.There goes that man. pic.twitter.com/HitAS52lnt— Syracuse Football (@CuseFootball) November 24, 2018Syracuse football’s bowl outlook is still a bit up in the air, with a few other key ACC games being played as of this writing.A loss at Boston College would have made SU more or less a lock to send Syracuse to a third Pinstripe Bowl, and a second trip to Yankee Stadium this year, after last weekend’s Notre Dame Shamrock Series game.The win makes things more interesting.Because the Orange Bowl is a College Football Playoff semifinal this season, the bowl situation for the ACC is a bit weird. Had SU finished Top 12 in the College Football Playoff rankings, the Peach Bowl would likely be the spot, but at No. 20 this week, they’ll probably be a bit outside.That makes the Camping World Bowl in Orlando the most likely destination. Heading into the week, that was a popular choice in various bowl projections.Both ESPN analysts have Syracuse heading to Orlando. Kyle Bonagura has SU against West Virginia, while Mitch Sherman has them facing Iowa State.247Sports has the same ISU match-up. Bleacher Report has Syracuse taking on the Texas Longhorns, though Tom Herman’s team can vault itself into the New Year’s Six if it beats Oklahoma for the second time this year, in the Big 12 Championship Game.Other projections from earlier in the week were heavy on the Pinstripe Bowl, with potential games against Purdue, Michigan State, and other mid-tier Big Ten squads. That would be much more likely with a loss by the Orange today, but remains in play, as the bowl would love to bring in a team with a huge local alumni base like SU.The Music City Bowl and Sun Bowl are also options, but seem less likely. However, with the ACC being a mess in the middle, and teams like NC State and Pitt still playing, there is still some stuff that needs to be sorted out.last_img read more

Maersk Tankers Ship to Test Wind Propulsion Equipment

first_imgzoom Maersk Tankers, tanker arm of the Danish shipping conglomerate Maersk, has partnered up with Norsepower Oy, The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), and Shell Shipping & Maritime, to install and trial Flettner rotor sails onboard one of the company’s tankers.Maersk Tankers will supply a 109,647-dwt Long Range 2 (LR2) product tanker vessel which will be retrofitted with two 30-meter tall by 5-meter diameter Norsepower Rotor Sails. Combined, these are expected to reduce average fuel consumption on typical global shipping routes by 7-10%.“The project will be the first installation of wind-powered energy technology on a product tanker vessel, and will provide insights into fuel savings and operational experience,” the parties said. The rotor sails will be fitted during the first half of 2018, before undergoing testing and data analysis at sea until the end of 2019.The project is majority funded by the UK’s Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) with contributions from Maersk Tankers and Norsepower. Shell will act as project coordinator, and provide operational and terminal / port consultancy to the project team, while Maersk Tankers will provide technical and operational insight.“Flettner rotors have the potential to reduce ship fuel consumption substantially, especially on tankers and dry bulk carriers. It is one of the few fuel saving technologies that could offer double digit percentage improvements,” Andrew Scott, Programme Manager HDV marine and offshore renewable energy, The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), said.The Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution is a modernised version of the Flettner rotor – a spinning cylinder that uses the Magnus effect to harness wind power to propel a ship.last_img read more

New School for Bridgetown Replaces 1950s Buildings

first_imgStudents and teachers in the Bridgetown area will benefit from a new modern school with state-of-the art program spaces and technologies. “We are proud to continue our strong support and investment in education,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “This new school will provide a modern learning space for students to achieve their goals and will also serve the entire community.” The premier joined students, teachers and staff today, Sept. 25, to celebrate the official opening of the Bridgetown Regional Community School. Almost 500 students are attending the new school. The new school replaces two schools that were both more than 50 years old. The Bridgetown Regional High School and the Bridgetown Regional Elementary School were built in 1952 and 1959, respectively. Students will benefit from facilities for diverse programs in including skilled trades, music and drama, nutrition and textiles. There is also a library, gym and an open area with computers and meeting space for students to interact and do assignments and group work. A village centre creates a connection between the community and the learning environment. Collaboration will foster experimentation, exploration and interaction. The building incorporates environmental design features such as a green roof. The school is on Cromwell Court which was named in recognition of Edith Hope Cromwell, who, in 1934, was the first African Nova Scotian to graduate from Bridgetown High School. She became an admired teacher and principal recognized for leadership and community service in education and cultural diversity. Government invested more than $29 million and worked closely with the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board and the community to create the school for Primary to Grade 12 students.last_img read more

Amber Tuccaro missing in Alberta

first_imgAPTN National NewsA family from Fort McMurray, Alta., is hoping the public will be able to help find their daughter.Amber Alyssa Tuccaro, 21, has been missing for three months.She was last seen in Nisku, Alta., in August.She is described as a First Nations female, with brown eyes, black hair, 155 centimetres tall and weighing about 60 kilograms.last_img

Unethical uses of AI need scrutiny to maintain public support pioneers

MONTREAL — Two artificial intelligence pioneers warn that unscrupulous or unethical uses of the technology risk undermining the public image of an area of research undergoing rapid change.Canadian deep learning “godfather” Yoshua Bengio believes the sector and governments need to address concerns including the building of so-called killer robots and development of facial recognition that can be used by authoritarian regimes to repress their citizens.Facebook’s director of AI Research Yann LeCun adds that large companies involved in the research need to create a partnership to discuss issues such as the potential use of the technology to manipulate democracy and develop guidelines on the appropriate ways to construct, train, test and deploy discoveries.“One danger is that the image of artificial intelligence in the public will degrade because of bad uses of AI,” LeCun told a ReWork Deep Learning Summit panel discussion in Montreal last week.Bengio, the head of the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms, said his greatest concern is the misuse of lethal autonomous weapons.He said governments around the world should sign treaties to ban arms that can kill without human intervention.“I’m hoping that Canada will be among the countries that will push that forward,” Bengio said in an interview.He said some countries have opposed such efforts and that many AI researchers refuse to work on military projects.Bengio has previously said that the risk of job losses due to artificial intelligence is real, and that politicians should plan accordingly.“I believe that governments should start thinking right now about how to adapt to this in the next decade, how to change our social safety net to deal with that,” he added.Also of concern to some is the concentration of power and access to data by large companies.LeCun warned that malice isn’t the only worry: Removing bias from data is also important.Technology can harm people — if AI used to determine who gets out on bail, for example, employs biased data that comes up with biased results.Hundreds of AI experts will gather Nov. 2 and 3 in Montreal for a forum on the socially responsible development of artificial intelligence.“The sense is that there are important social, political and ethical questions raised by recent developments in AI and so it’s putting together people to discuss these issues,” said Christine Tappolet, a University of Montreal philosophy professor and director of the Centre for Ethics Research.“(AI) is going to change the game completely so what you can do now and what probably will be possible in two, five years is massive,” she said.The two-day session plans to develop a Montreal declaration for the ethical development of artificial intelligence that focuses on values, principles and guidelines for promising fields of research.Tappolet said the event is taking place in Montreal because the city has become one of the foremost places for AI research and has a long tradition of being interested in the social implications of technological developments. read more

US stocks move broadly higher as Fed chief signals rate cut

U.S. stocks marched broadly higher in early trading Wednesday, sending the S&P 500 index into record territory, after the head of the Federal Reserve signalled that the central bank is ready to cut interest rates for the first time in a decade.In his semi-annual monetary report to Congress, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said that many Fed officials believe a weakening global economy and rising trade tensions have strengthened the case for a rate cut. The market rallied through much of June after the Fed first signalled that it might cut rates if necessary to shield the U.S. economy.An unexpectedly strong U.S. jobs report Friday briefly dimmed investors’ expectations, sending stocks on a two-day skid. But Powell’s statement on Wednesday allayed those concerns, sending stocks sharply higher.Technology companies and communications services stocks drove much of the gains. Western Digital rose 3.3% and Take-Two Interactive climbed 2.5%.Energy stocks also headed higher as the price of U.S. crude oil climbed 3%. Exxon Mobil gained 1.3%.Bond prices rose sharply, sending the yield in the 10-year Treasury note down to 2.06% from 2.10% shortly before Powell’s remarks were released at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time.The higher yields pushed bank shares higher. Rising bond yields drive the interest rates that lenders charge for mortgages and other loans higher. American Express rose 1.8%.Real estate and utilities stocks lagged the market as investors shifted money out of less risky assets.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index rose 0.6% as of 10:07 a.m. Eastern time. The benchmark index briefly moved above 3,000 for the first time.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 164 points, or 0.6%, to 26,947. The Nasdaq added 0.9% and the Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks climbed 0.6%.Major stock indexes in Europe also headed broadly higher.Signalling A RATE CUT: Powell’s statement kicked off two days of testimony, first before the House Financial Services Committee and then Thursday before the Senate Banking Committee.The Fed’s benchmark rate currently stands in a range of 2.25% to 2.5% after the central bank boosted rates four times last year.In his prepared statement, Powell said that since Fed officials met last month, “uncertainties around trade tensions and concerns about the strength of the global economy continue to weigh on the U.S. economic outlook.” Meanwhile, inflation has fallen farther from the Fed’s target.Many investors have put the odds of a rate cut this month at 100%.SOLID QUARTER: Helen of Troy jumped 10.7% after reporting fiscal first-quarter results that topped Wall Street’s forecasts.SLICK RESULTS: Shares in WD-40 climbed 8.9% after the seller of lubricants delivered fiscal third-quarter earnings and revenue that exceeded analysts’ expectations.NOT A GOOD LOOK: Levi Strauss slumped 11.2% after the jeans maker’s latest quarterly report card showed its profit margins fell due to higher costs. That overshadowed the company’s fiscal second-quarter results, which came in ahead of Wall Street’s forecasts.Alex Veiga, The Associated Press read more

Syria ceasefire holding amid rising concerns about aid delivery and Damascus water

While the ceasefire in Syria is largely holding, the United Nations envoy for the country cautioned today that the truce may be under threat as clashes in villages in the Wadi Barada valley has damaged water infrastructure and left more than five million people in and around Damascus facing water shortages. Speaking to reporters after the latest meeting of the Humanitarian Task Force on Syria, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said the cessation of hostilities brokered by Russia and Turkey last month holding, with some exceptions, and this, in theory, should be providing an opportunity for stepping up humanitarian access to besieged areas. “Unfortunately that is not the case and therefore there has been a pressure by everyone in this [Task force] to insist on the fact that the procedures to get humanitarian access to the very areas which are besieged, now that there is not a lot of military activities [should be a priority],” he said. The main area of concern is Wadi Barada, the site of key water pumping facilities and where ongoing fighting is affecting five million people in the Syrian capital, Damascus. While “the good news” was that five villages in the Wadi area had reportedly reached an agreement with the Government, two villages – in particular, al-Fijah, which hosts the area’s main water supply – have not. “Therefore there is a [substantial danger] that this may develop into a further military escalation, and the consequence of it, unavoidably, [will be there will be] no water solution for the people in Damascus,” stated Mr. de Mistrua.AUDIO: UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura warns that the recent pause in fighting may give way to renewed hostilities as ongoing water shortages continue to affect millions of people in Damascus. Credit: UN NewsAgainst this background, he said that two meetings are taking place – both in Ankara and now probably in Moscow too – which will be discussing this aspect for two reasons: “because water in Damascus is vital, it affects five million people, and [because] it does have the potential, if it escalates, to impact on the Astana talks and meetings which, as you know, are based on the concept of a well-established and potentially even better established cessation of hostilities.”Planned political talks between the Syrian Government and opposition groups, also brokered by Russia and Turkey, are set to take place later this month.“So there is a sense of urgency linked both to water and to Astana and we are definitely in that direction too,” added Mr. de Mistura. Water engineers are standing by to fix repairs caused by fighting between government-backed and opposition forces, but he said their access had been blocked by armed forces.He also told reports that thus far, the focus of the Astana talks would be to strengthen the cessation of hostilities, “with some type of political broad lines which we feel could be a good opportunity of linking them with and bringing them to Geneva for the meetings that we are planning on the target date which is still the […] 8th of February.” read more

FA could lose millions of pounds of public funding in wake of

first_imgThe Commons select committee issued a statement about the failure of the FA to tackle “major failings” in its governance of the sport.”The Culture, Media and Sport Committee has repeatedly urged the football authorities to improve self-governance,” it said.”Although the committee’s recommendations have been backed by successive sports ministers and progress has been promised by the FA, in practice very little has changed: the governance of football is cumbersome, and power lies with the clubs, especially in the Premier League.”Real reform in relation to the ownership of clubs, transfers of players, the influence of fans, the role of agents and investment in the grassroots – amongst other issues – has stalled.” Although progress has been promised by the FA, in practice very little has changedThe Commons select committee The Football Association could lose millions of pounds of public funding in the wake of The Daily Telegraph’s investigation into corruption and greed at the heart of the English game.Greg Clarke, chairman of the FA, has been summoned to give evidence to the Culture, Media and Sport select committee following damaging revelations published by this newspaper.The Commons select committee warned that it is “very unlikely” that the FA would be found to comply with the Government’s “gold standard charter” for the governance of sporting bodies, meaning it could be stripped of up to £40 million worth of public funding. Earlier this year, Sports Minister Tracey Crouch suggested that failure of the FA to reform would result in its £30 million to £40 million of public funding being axed.“I’m not shy to say to the FA ‘if you don’t reform your governance structures, I will give that money to other bodies that deliver football’,” Ms Crouch said in July.She went on: “We’ve made it clear that all sports governing bodies have to reform their governance codes. The FA is not excluded from that, and if they don’t, they won’t get public funding. It’s as simple as that.”A Government report titled “Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation”, published in December 2015 explained that governing sporting bodies should aspire to reach a “gold standard” of governance.“This new UK Sports Governance Code will be mandatory for all sports bodies seeking public funding in the next funding period. Organisations that do not meet the code will not be eligible for public funding,” the report said.The FA’s director of governance and regulation, Darren Bailey, will also be giving evidence before the Select Committee later this month. In the last Parliament, the Committee recommended legislation to enforce good governance if no further progress had been made.center_img 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. Last week the England manager Sam Allardyce stepped down from his job for offering advice on getting around transfer rules and other lapses of judgment after he and a number of high profile figures were secretly filmed in the Telegraph’s 10-month undercover investigation into the game.last_img read more

Mikael Franzen Alingsas HK We hope to have a good season

← Previous Story Youth WCh 2017: Spain and France for the trophy Next Story → French triple crown in generation 1998 The Swedish Alingsas HK stayed the biggest rival of “unbeatable” IFK Kristianstad on domestic level. The runners-up began their season with the tournament in Macedonian city of Struga, just like a year before. The “domestic product” with only one Norwegian player, lost matches against Turkish Besiktas MOGAZ and domestic RK Ohrid 2013, while the last match against host team Struga was just an easy practice for the roster led by experienced coach Mikael Franzen.What coach, who won Swedish championship with Savehof in 2011 and 2012, had to say for Handball-Planet.com, you should hear in our interview…PHOTO: Filip Viranovski

Walker orders Alaska flags lowered in remembrance of Orlando shooting

first_imgIn the wake of the mass shooting early Sunday morning at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Gov. Bill Walker ordered that all Alaska flags be lowered in honor of the victims.In the attack, a gunman opened fire on the Pulse nightclub, killing at least 50 people and injuring at least 53 more. The suspected gunman reportedly died as well. It is reported to be the worst attack in the United States since September 11, 2001.The order from Walker followed a directive from the White House to lower all U.S. flags nationally in remembrance. Walker issued a press release following the shooting.“Many of us are still in shock after this morning’s attack in Orlando,” Walker said. “This terrible act of violence has claimed more than 50 lives, and the effects reach beyond Florida. We here in Alaska stand with our fellow Americans against this act of terrorism.”All United States and Alaska flags are to be lowered to half-staff until sunset on Thursday, June 16.last_img read more

NASA engineer proposes new type of fusion thruster for space travel

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — John J. Chapman, a physicist working for NASA has presented an idea for a new type of fusion thruster for possible use by space traveling vehicles at the IEEE Symposium going on in Chicago this week. In the presentation, as explained on IEEE Spectrum, Chapman suggests that boron be used as an “aneutronic” fuel source, stating that doing so makes the energetic particles easier to deal with than traditional materials. Chapman’s idea is to use an off-the-shelf laser to shoot at a double-layer target. The first would be comprised of a “thick” sheet of metal foil, which would respond to the laser shots by accelerating the protons. The ensuing out-rush of electrons would leave behind an increased positive charge, which would wind up creating an unbalance between the protons left behind, resulting in a small explosion, which in turn would speed up the protons hurtling towards the second layer, a thin slice of boron-11.When those protons hit the boron, carbon nuclei would be formed, excited by the impact, which would immediately decay to a helium-4 nucleus and a beryllium nucleus, which would then decay to a pair of alpha particles. This means that each reaction would result in the creation of three alpha particles, which Chapman describes as “very efficient.” Electromagnetic forces would then force the alpha particles and the stuff it hits, in opposite directions, with the alpha particles exiting out a nozzle. The end result would be the craft carrying the fusion thruster, being pushed forward. With the amounts tested, each blip of the laser should theoretically create 100,000 particles, and with some fine tuning, according to Chapman, that would make it far more efficient than current ion propulsion systems.Unfortunately, as great as this all sounds, it doesn’t mean we’ll have spacecraft utilizing such technology any time soon; even if it pans out as Chapman suggests, he says it would still likely be a decade before anything tangible could be produced, and that’s if a concerted effort were made over that time frame by scientists all over the world to figure out how to make it all work as proposed. Explore further Wave power could contain fusion plasmacenter_img Citation: NASA engineer proposes new type of fusion thruster for space travel (2011, June 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-06-nasa-fusion-thruster-space.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com Illustration: NASA Langley Research Centerlast_img read more

These Headphones are Designed to Help You Fall and Stay Asleep

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Your partner’s incessant snoring. Helicopters flying overhead. Your smartphone buzzing from the bedside table. Music blasting from the neighbor’s place. These are noises that hinder you from getting a good night’s sleep. While you could always block them out by wearing noise-canceling headphones, most earpieces on the market today aren’t suitable to wear to bed. They tend to be uncomfortable when worn for extended periods, especially if you’re the type to sleep on the side.The Bedphones Wireless Sleep Headphones are headphones specially designed to ship you off to dreamland. Ultra-portable and incredibly lightweight, they come with adjustable ear hooks to fit your ears and a 13-hour battery life that let you listen to your favorite podcasts and playlists even on days when you want to sleep in. They also feature a full-range sound which is capable of masking snoring and relieving tinnitus, allowing you to snooze peacefully. Plus, they’re compatible with virtually any Bluetooth-enabled device, so you can connect them with your smartphone, tablet, computer, or even your TV.Get a good night’s sleep with the help of Bedphones Wireless Sleep Headphones. Usually retailing for $149.99, you can pick up a pair on sale now for $99.99. 2 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. July 22, 2019 Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Gay rights lawyer David Buckel dies after setting himself on fire

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Police found the remains of prominent gay rights lawyer David Buckel in Prospect Park in Brooklyn early Saturday (14 April) morning. Gay rights lawyer David Buckel. | Photo: Added Value / YouTube GAYSTARNEWS- Civil rights groups urge court to accept appeal of man who may have been sentenced to death for being gayNew Netflix documentary about life and death of iconic transgender activist Marsha P JohnsonGay man given death penalty after jurors claim he would ‘enjoy’ male prisonRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/gay-rights-lawyer-david-buckel-dies-setting-fire/center_img Authorities also found a suicide note left in a cart not far from the body. Buckel also sent the note in an email to news media outlets like the New York Times.He wrote in the email: ‘Pollution ravages our planet, oozing inhabitability via air, soil, water and weather.‘Most humans on the planet now breathe air made unhealthy by fossil fuels, and many die early deaths as a result — my early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves,’ he said.[embedded content]It is understood he wanted his death to mean increased action against fossil fuels. He said: ‘Honorable purpose in life invites honorable purpose in death.’David Buckel was a former Lambda Legal Marriage Project Director. He led the organization’s work nationwide seeking the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.He was also the lead attorney in Brandon v. County of Richardson. This was a landmark case in which he successfully brought murdered transgender man Brandon Teena to justice. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… ‘We have lost a movement leader’Condolences flooded social media in the aftermath of the news of David Buckel’s death.Camilla Taylor from Lambda Legal said in a statement: ‘The news of David’s death is heartbreaking. This is a tremendous loss for our Lambda Legal family, but also for the entire movement for social justice.‘David was an indefatigable attorney and advocate, and also a dedicated and loving friend to so many. He will be remembered for his kindness, devotion, and vision for justice,’ she said.Professor Ellen Anderson said on Twitter: ‘I knew David Buckel from his time Lambda Legal. He was a lovely, kind, fiercely intelligent man. I’m shocked and saddened by this news.’Gay rights advocate Jim Bennett said: ‘This man, David Buckel, helped me find my path in fighting for marriage equality.’Sharon McGowan from Lambda Legal tweeted: ‘As a young lawyer at the ACLU, I learned so much from David Buckel, one of the giants of Lambda Legal with whom I had the honor of co-counseling a challenge to Nebraska’s “super DOMA.” This is heartbreaking news.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

Woman tragically killed in crash just outside Ladysmith

first_imgAlso read: 2 injured in evening crash in Lyell StreetEmergency services, police, RTI and towing services responded to the scene.One other person was injured in the crash.The roadway was obstructed until the vehicle was towed away.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! A woman tragically lost her life on Saturday (November 18) in a car crash.The cause of the crash is unknown at this stage.It is believed that a vehicle was travelling on the R103, heading towards Colenso, when it rolled on the roadway, killing a female occupant.Also read: 3 injured in crash along Helpmekaar Road, LadysmithAlso read: 10-year-old girl killed in tragic crash on her way to a funeral with her mother just outside Ladysmith WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Port Stephens property invites guest to name their own price

first_imgSource = The Retreat Port Stephens Picnic table by beach in winter – Port StephensPort Stephens property invites guest to name their own priceFor the first time, The Retreat Port Stephens is giving people the chance to name their own price on stays at the secluded retreat during August, 2018.Offering significant savings, the new concept gives the power to the guests on determining the cost of their stay. The Retreat Port Stephens has set a benchmark on the lowest rate possible and all guests have to do is name their price. If the price is above the benchmark, they can book that price and if it is below, The Retreat will invite you to offer another price.Nestled in bushland next to Australia’s largest sand dunes which stretch 32km long, 1.2km wide and up to 50m high between the property and the ocean, The Retreat Port Stephens is the perfect sanctuary to visit in late winter.August is an ideal time to visit the ‘blue water paradise’ of Port Stephens with highlights including:* Local restaurants and eateries showcasing a bounty of the best local cuisine, for which the region is famous, during Port Stephens’ ‘Love Seafood’ month in August.* Whale watching cruises during the migration of an estimated 30,000 humpback whales* 4WD tours over the huge sand dunes* Get in the water with safe sharks and rays at Irukandji Shark and Ray Centre* Scenic bushwalks, golf, paddle-boarding and local marketsThe special ‘Name Your Price’ offer is only available for stays during August, 2018, and bookings will open from July 1, 2018. The deal is for a minimum, two-night stay and the benchmark price is based on two guests in a cabin or four guests in a bungalow. Additional guests can stay for an extra $35 per person, per night.Ideal for couples, families, groups or schools, the tranquil Retreat Port Stephens is located just 10 minutes from Nelson Bay, The Retreat Port Stephens offers self-contained cabins and bungalows accommodating up to six people. The private, 1.6-hectare property boasts camp fires with free wood, barbecue areas, a pool, games room, DVD library and a playground area.Bookings under the ‘Name Your Price’ offer are only available via email or phone. For details, visit the News and Specials page of  www.theretreatportstephens.com.au or call 02 4982 1244.last_img read more

Indonesia really is in line with this years ASEAN

first_imgIndonesia really is in line with this year’s ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF18) theme ‘ASEAN – Sustainable Connectivity, Boundless Prosperity’, which aims to use tourism to create the economic and social opportunities for ASEAN nations, leading to reduction of development gap between all member countries.And in terms of prosperity, Indonesia is leading the way, proving to be one of the fastest growing travel destinations in the world. Based on tourist arrivals statistic from January to November 2017, the number of international visitors to Indonesia reached 12.6 million, around 22% increase compared to the same period in 2016, or three times compared to the growth in the ASEAN region and the rest of the world.This has been achieved by the Indonesian Tourism Ministry with an award-winning branding campaign, destination development, and tourism human resources development.The ministry is developing top 10 priority tourism destinations (Lake Toba, Tanjung Kelayang, Borobudur Temple, Wakatobi Island, Morotai Island, Tanjung Lesung, Thousand Island and Old Town, Mt. Bromo-Tengger- Semeru, Mandalika, and Labuan Bajo), investing in tourism infrastructure and increasing air connectivity.And as tourism is about people, investing in tourism human resources is vital. In 2017, Indonesia Tourism Ministry reached its target of training and certifying 65,000 tourism professionals and operators.Looking ahead to 2018, Indonesia will “GO DIGITAL” not only in its marketing efforts, but also with increased online booking facilities – with the development of a platform that is accessible even for smaller, regional operators.The Ministry’s strategy for 2018, Visit Wonderful Indonesia 2018 (ViWi 2018) incorporates three elements (Attraction, Amenity, and Accessibility) with the development tourism products including ‘Hot Deals!’ packages, a comprehensive Calendar of Events (Color of Indonesia) and ‘Digital Destination’ packages, available online, at www.indonesia.travel and www.bookingina.com.The Calendar of Event package (Color of Indonesia) is a bundling package with an event ticket component. Flagship events include; The 18th ASIAN Games in Jakarta and Palembang by August 2018 and the IMF-WBG Annual Meeting by October 2018 in Bali.The Digital Destination packages are to be experience-based packages, with regional destinations being encouraged to be more creative in thinking and creating object images that are “instagram-able”. Several digital destinations are on offer, including the Pancingan Market – Lombok, Mangrove Market – Batam, Riau Islands, Karetan Market – Kendal, Semarang, Siti Nurbaya Market – Padang, Tahura Market – Lampung, Skyfoot Market – Yogyakarta, and Baba Boen Tjit Market Palembang.For more information, please visit: http: www.indonesia.travellast_img read more

Skyscanner has been ranked as a top ten site for t

first_imgSkyscanner has been ranked as a top ten site for the last six months of 2009, according to Hitwise, the internet traffic monitoring company. RelatedSkyscanner AwardsSkyscanner have won or been shortlisted for numerous awards. Here are our most recent wins:Online travel outlook more optimistic than feared, says SkyscannerSkyscanner traffic grows 32% despite Hitwise flight search downturn reportSkyscanner reports flight search traffic up 54% in first quarter 2009Skyscanner reports flight search traffic up 54% in first quarter 2009 Skyscanner had the tenth biggest market share amongst UK websites in the “Travel – Agencies” industry sector.Barry Smith Co-founder and Development Director commented:“To be consistently ranked as a top ten travel site during one of the worst years for the travel industry is an excellent result for Skyscanner. Skyscanner’s business rocketed during 2009 as more people came to rely on Skyscanner for finding them the cheapest flights.”The award follows several accolades for Skyscanner in 2009, including being placed in Deloitte’s ‘Fast 50 index’, being a ‘Tech Media Invest Top 10 Trailblazer’, and making the short list of ‘Business of the Year’ by Growing Business Magazine.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

State doctor jailed for corruption Updated

first_imgA state doctor was jailed for eight months for corruption on Thursday, following his arrest last year in connection with taking backhanders to refer patients to a private hearing clinic.Dafnis Aristodemou, who was the head of Larnaca hospital’s ENT clinic, was found guilty on 10 charges concerning abuse of power and bribery concerning offences that took place between 2008 and 2011.Court heard that he had received €2,685, in kickbacks which he returned back to the state, following an agreement of his with the owner of Efthymiades Audiology Centre in Nicosia to refer patients to the private company to be fitted with hearing aid in exchange for commission per patient.Part of Aristodemou’s duties was to examine patients with hearing problems and to propose hearing aid if he deemed it was necessary. The kickbacks he received concern the referral of 13 patients to the private clinic.The court ruled out a suspended sentence, as, it said, the nature of the offences, and the fact that they concern a high ranking civil servant “notably his dishonesty” did not justify opting for that option.Offences of this nature, aimed at financial profit, court said, “plague the country and uproot any trust of the citizens to the public sector and its officials”.It added however that it counted as mitigating factors that fact that the defendant did not mislead his patients, his clean criminal record, the small amount he had collected and that he had terminated this illegal practice in 2011.Aristodemou is the second state doctor to be sentenced for the same case.Earlier in the month, the head of the Nicosia general hospital’s ENT clinic, Yiannakis Kyamides, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison after being found guilty of corruption and extortion. Kyamides had received some €128,000, which he also returned.The case emerged after the management of the audiology centre in Nicosia reported to police that the suspects had been paid more than €100,000 in kickbacks between 2008 and 2016.They were allegedly taking advantage the state’s policy of subsidising various programmes for people suffering with hearing problems.Specifically, for people who were born deaf, the state paid a €2,730 subsidy every four years and for pensioners over 65, €175 every four years.The state also granted €23,000 per implant but to be eligible, patients needed to have the approval of a state ENT, and their director.Patients were taking tests at the health centre in question and were then visiting Kyamides at the Nicosia general hospital, where he signed relevant approvals to authorise state aid for their treatment.The court heard that the doctors allegedly received between 20 per cent and 30 per cent of the sale price of the hearing aids.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more