ExTory Senate leader blasts former colleagues for gutting impaired driving bill

October 17, 2019

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first_imgOTTAWA – A former leader of the Conservatives in the Senate is blasting her erstwhile colleagues for spearheading a move to gut a bill aimed at cracking down on impaired driving.Marjory LeBreton, whose daughter and grandson were tragically killed by a drunk driver 22 years ago, says she’s “appalled” that her former colleagues have succeeded in stripping the centrepiece measure out of Bill C-46.The deleted provision would authorize police to conduct random roadside breathalyzer tests, without needing to have reasonable grounds to suspect the driver may be impaired by alcohol.LeBreton noted that an identical measure was championed by former Conservative public safety minister Steven Blaney in a private member’s bill just two years ago, with the support of some of the same senators who now argue it’s unconstitutional. His bill received unanimous approval in principle from all parties in the House of Commons but did not proceed beyond that stage.“I must tell you in all honesty that I am profoundly disappointed by the actions and words of some of my former colleagues in the Senate and wonder how it is that some have completely reversed themselves on the issue of mandatory alcohol screening,” LeBreton told The Canadian Press in an email.LeBreton had particularly harsh words for Conservative Sen. Denise Batters, who last month persuaded her Conservative colleagues, plus one Liberal independent, on the Senate’s legal and constitutional affairs committee to delete the roadside testing measure from the bill.At the time, Batters argued that a “glut” of impaired driving cases has already resulted in major court delays that have caused other more serious cases to be dismissed — a situation she predicted would only be made worse by approving the constitutionally questionable provision on random alcohol testing in C-46.“I know we don’t want to see many more serious criminal charges like murder, sexual assault, serious child abuse cases dismissed because of the massive amount of charter challenges brought because of the random alcohol testing provisions in this bill,” Batters told the committee.LeBreton said she was “shocked and saddened by the insensitivity” of Batters’ words.“For a senator and a lawyer, to cite ‘more serious criminal charges’ in relation to impaired driving proves yet again that our society and, unfortunately, some of our legislators refuse to acknowledge the seriousness of this preventable crime,” she said.“I would like to remind my former colleague that my daughter and my grandson, who were killed by a drunk driver in 1996, are just as dead as those victims who are dead as a result of her ‘more serious’ crime of ‘murder.’”An attempt earlier this week by independent Sen. Marc Gold to reinstate the provision was defeated on a tie vote of 38-38. Twenty-two Conservative senators voted against reinstatement, while just six supported it.And on Thursday, senators approved Bill C-46, as amended without the measure, in a voice vote.It will now go back to the House of Commons, where the Liberal government has already indicated it will reject the deletion of the random roadside testing provision. Senators will then have to decide whether to bow to the will of the elected chamber or dig in for a protracted parliamentary battle.Constitutional experts are divided on the issue, with some agreeing the provision would likely be struck down as a violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and others, including pre-eminent constitutional scholar Peter Hogg, saying it would not.Hogg has argued that the benefit to public safety would be so strong that a court would find the provision to be a justifiable infringement of charter rights.LeBreton, who as government leader in the Senate was a member of Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet from 2006-2013, also doubted a charter challenge would succeed.“The reality is that hundreds of thousands of Canadians are already subject to mandatory screening many times as they go about their lives, whether at airports, entering government buildings, crossing the border or attending pubic events,” said LeBreton, who retired from the Senate in 2015.“I doubt that any Canadian court would rule that these mandatory searches violate one’s charter rights.”To those who contend the existing law on roadside testing, which requires police to have reasonable grounds to suspect alcohol impairment, is working, LeBreton said she’d ask them “if they consider about 1,000 deaths and 60,000 injuries every year (resulting from impaired driving) as a law that is ‘working.’”New Zealand has had mandatory alcohol screening for years and a 2003 study found it’s resulted in a 54 per cent decrease in serious and fatal car crashes, LeBreton said, adding that Ireland has seen a similar reduction since adopting mandatory screening in 2006, along with a big drop in the number of impaired driving charges.Bill C-46 is a companion bill to C-45, the government’s bill to legalize recreational cannabis. However, the roadside testing provision was intended to apply only to alcohol.Liberals suspect Conservative senators’ newfound opposition to the provision has more to do with trying to hold up the government’s plan to legalize cannabis by this summer rather than with its constitutionality.While it would prefer to implement the two bills at the same time, the government has said it will push ahead with legalization without the stiffer impaired driving laws if need be — a position that’s been slammed by Conservative MPs in the Commons.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said two Conservative senators voted for reinstatement.last_img read more


Maliotenam inquiry hears about stolen children and police rape

October 14, 2019

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first_imgPierre Paul Niquay, left, Viviane Echaquan Armand Echaquan family of Lorianna Echaquan at the inquiry Monday. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTN)Tom Fennario APTN News Lorianna Echaquan was two and a half months old when she caught pneumonia and was brought to a hospital three hours away from her home in the Atikamekw First Nation of Manawan.That was in 1973 – her family hasn’t seen her since.“He believes that his daughter is still alive and that there was an exchange of babies,” said Pierre Paul Niquay translating the Atikamekw testimony for Lorainne’s father, Arnaud Echaquan.“He’s still waiting for his baby to come back and see her family.”The Echaquan family was the first to testify Monday at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) in Maliotenam First Nation, about 900 km northeast of Montreal.They spoke of how Lorianna had died upon arrival at the hospital but the family was only alerted to the fact a month later.When they saw her body, they doubted it was her.“What my mother told me was that when she saw the baby in the casket, it didn’t seem to be her own baby,” said Viviane Echaquan, Lorianne’s sister.“What my mother said to me when we arrived at the funeral home, is ‘that’s not my baby because my baby is small.’”(Alain Arsenault at the Maliotenam hearings. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTN)Inquiry lawyer Alain Arsenault said that there will be a lot of these stories at these hearings.“These are stories that we’re only beginning to understand in Quebec,” said Arsenault.“We always said that the 60’s scoop didn’t happen in Quebec, but I think we are about to show that, yes, it did happen in Quebec and this morning is the first case of an Atikamekw family, but there will be others, of Innu families and more.”Inquiry commissioner Michèle Audette agreed that this week’s inquiry will have an emphasis on the “missing” part of their mandate.“Stolen children, or children that got sick and went to the hospital with their mum, and never came back. We thought there was just a few of them, but there’s maybe, 30, 40, 50 of them in this [Innu] nation.Audette says she is taking strength from having this week’s inquiry in her home community of Maliotenam, although there are challenges as well.“When I was in the room yesterday [for the opening ceremonies] and I mentioned having some of my first experiences here, mostly good ones came to my mind, but there are some dark ones that came too,” said Audette, who has spoken of being abused in the past. “ I went to go see an elder to get grounded.”Audette’s experiences of abuse are not unique here.The Innu First Nations of northeastern Quebec, or Nitassian as they call their territory, struggle with high rates of suicide as well as sexual and physical abuse.Monday’s second testimony by Innu Deborah Einish of Matimekush First Nation provided a harrowing example.“There was cement all around, closed up like a dungeon. I was banging the bars, ‘what am doing here? What am I doing in this cell, confined?’ There was a cop with a pill. There were pills. They brought a cot. When I woke up, I was raped, the police officers raped me, I had taken those pills” said Einish sobbing.“My pants were down to my knees. I was pregnant.”Einish said in 1980 police officers in Schefferville, Que. had handcuffed her outside of a bar after there had been a fight that she said didn’t involve her.From there she was brought to a cell where the alleged rape took place.“I kept this to myself for 37 years, I was not ready to talk about what happened,” said Einish, who did recently speak to a crown prosector but was told there was insufficient evidence to pursue charges.“I would like to be well at one point. I’m furious with the police because they never listened to me. I think there are many women who have kept this to themselves.”Einish’s was proven correct in the very next hearing.(Lise Jourdain testifying at the Maliotenam hearings Monday. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTN)Lise Jourdain, an Innu woman, also spoke of being raped by a police officer in Schefferville.“I attempted suicides three times, the last one left me in coma for three days,” said Jourdain, who described how it took years before she could face what happened to her and why she’s chosen to speak out.“I am bringing up girls, no I can no longer be silent, I can’t close my eyes and ears with regards to what’s happening,” Jourdain stresses.Sixty people are expected to be heard from now until Friday, December 1.last_img read more


Feds boost funding for Indigenous police services

October 14, 2019

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first_imgBrittany Hobson APTN News Policing services in First Nations and Inuit communities will receive a boost in federal dollars starting this spring following years of chronic under-funding.The federal government has earmarked $291 million for the First Nations Policing Program that services more than 450 First Nation and Inuit communities across Canada.“It’s budget has been too thin and too short term, subject to periodic extensions and renewals from time to time,” said Ralph Goodale, minister of Public Safety. “The last one of those was in 2013 which locked in agreements with provinces, territories and Indigenous communities until April 1, 2018.”Rick Head, chief of the Dakota Ojibway police (DOPS) in Manitoba, said he hopes this means more support for his officers.“More police officers to place in the various communities that’s what I would hope,” said Head. “A stronger integrated approach so that I can build a team with DOPS that would be oriented to support all the other detachments.”bhobson@aptn.calast_img read more


Security sector reform key to bringing stability to TimorLeste UN says

October 12, 2019

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17 August 2007The United Nations peacekeeping mission helping Timor-Leste recover from fighting last year that drove 15 per cent of the population from their homes has called for improved relations between the police and army, a strengthened legal framework, increased capacity and enhanced civil oversight as part of overall security sector reform. The United Nations peacekeeping mission helping Timor-Leste recover from fighting last year that drove 15 per cent of the population from their homes has called for improved relations between the police and army, a strengthened legal framework, increased capacity and enhanced civil oversight as part of overall security sector reform.At the meeting attended by leaders of the national military and police, President José Ramos-Horta and the Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão both gave opening addresses welcoming UN assistance in addressing the challenges facing the security sector.Participants agreed that civil society should have a larger role in the reform process.Mr. Khare, who heads the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) said he agreed with both the President and Prime Minister about the need to look at the road traveled to avoid pitfalls in the future.The mission enhanced its peacekeeping and policing roles after violence attributed to differences between eastern and western regions broke out in April and May last year, killing at least 37 people and forcing 155,000 others to flee their homes.The country has been beset by renewed unrest this month following the appointment of a new Government after elections in June failed to produce a single outright winner. There have been numerous cases of arson and rock throwing in which nearly 400 houses were burned or damaged, at least 4,000 people driven from their homes, a UN convoy attacked and more than a score of UN vehicles damaged. read more


UN launches new initiative to stimulate green market growth

October 12, 2019

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22 October 2008Boosting investment in clean technologies and natural resources is the best way to spur real global economic growth, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the world’s leading economists said today in London at the launch of the new Green Economic Initiative. The $4 million scheme seeks to seize the historic opportunity to shift the focus of the global economy towards environmentally-friendly investments to simultaneously tackle climate change and trigger employment expansion.UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said that 2008’s triple financial, fuel and food crises are partly due to speculation and governments’ failure to “intelligently manage” markets, as well as leading to losses of nature-based assets and an over-reliance on finite fossil fuels.“The flip side of the coin is the enormous economic, social and environmental benefits likely to arise from combating climate change and re-investing in natural infrastructure – benefits ranging from new green jobs in clean tech and clean energy businesses up to ones in sustainable agriculture and conservation-based enterprises.”Mr. Steiner appealed for “transformational thinking” ahead of the November follow-up International Conference on Financing for Development in Doha, Qatar, along with the proposed summit called for by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and the next round of UN climate change talks in Poznan, Poland, in December.Unless “transformative decisions” are taken, “the alternative is more boom and bust cycles: a climate-stressed world and a collapse of fish stocks and fertile soils up to forest ecosystems – vast, natural ‘utilities’ that for a fraction of the cost of machines store water and carbon, stabilize soils,” and sustain indigenous and rural livelihoods.The Green Economy Initiative has three main pillars: boosting the potential of nature worldwide, stimulating job growth, and clarifying the actions that can be taken to speed up the shift to a more environmentally-friendly economy.Within the next two years, it expects to deliver to all governments – of both developed and developing countries – a comprehensive guide on how to make the transition.The scheme has identified clean energy and technologies; sustainable agriculture; ecosystem infrastructure; reduced emissions; and sustainable urban planning as the five sectors most likely to generate the greatest returns. read more


UN gives technological boost to 500000 Albanian school students

October 11, 2019

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20 July 2009Almost half a million Albanian students now have access to modern computer laboratories, high-speed Internet and training in information technology skills thanks to a new United Nations-backed initiative aiming to improve their employment prospects. As a result of the “e-School” programme, some 379 high schools and 800 elementary schools across Albania have been equipped with up-to-date computer technology, benefiting some 450,000 students and 25,000 teachers.“For us in the Western Balkans ICT or information technologies is a major cornerstone of our activities, particularly with a view to the European Union accession of these countries,” Moises Venancio, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Senior Programme Manager and Team Leader for the Western Balkans told the UN News Centre today.Mr. Venancio underscored the importance of the programme “in terms of helping to train the future generation of Europeans who will have to compete in a far different and far more complicated labour environment than their parents will have done.” Leonik Tomeo Secondary School, with more than 950 students and teachers, is using the tools to produce a school newspaper while, as one student put it, joining the rest of the world’s teenagers on the Internet.Before the “e-schools” project was launched in 2005, the situation in many schools was “very primitive, in some cases perhaps one computer for all the kids in the school,” said Mr. Venancio.“Some of these schools are really in rural areas that are very deprived of anything, in particular any access to any type of new information,” he added. “So this has really enabled kids who live in very poor marginalized rural areas to benefit from the advances of having online access to information and what’s going on in the world.”The initiative was financed with a $25 million loan from the World Bank and support from a number of private and public donors, including Western Union Corporation, the Albanian Banking Association and UFO, a private university. read more


Former SinoForest executives didnt deceive lawyer tells OSC hearing

October 8, 2019

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TORONTO — A lawyer for four former Sino-Forest executives says his clients did not deceive anyone or avoid responsibility for their actions while they worked for the now-defunct forestry company.Markus Koehnen — the lawyer representing Albert Ip, Alfred Hung, George Ho and Simon Yeung — began his closing arguments today in the Ontario Securities Commission case against five former Sino-Forest executives accused of perpetrating fraud before the firm collapsed in 2012.Along with Koehnen’s four clients, former CEO Allen Chan has also been accused of perpetrating fraud. The OSC claims the executives misled investors by issuing false financial statements in every quarter from 2007 to 2010.Sino-Forest Corp’s former CEO was ’controlling mind’ behind alleged frauds, lawyer tells OSC hearingOntario judge won’t review defence fees in Sino-Forest class actionEstablished in 1994, Sino-Forest was the largest foreign-owned forestry company in China.Most of the company’s business was conducted in China, but its headquarters were in Ontario and its shares were traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange.At its peak, Sino-Forest was the most valuable forestry company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange with a market capitalization of $6 billion.From June 2005 to March 2011, the company’s shares rose by 340 per cent from $5.75 per share to $25.30 per share.The securities watchdog alleges the five men took part in “deceitful conduct” that included the fabrication of assets and revenue, undisclosed relationships with suppliers and customers and providing misleading documentation to support the alleged fraud. read more


Free parking in Zone 1 and 2 now underway

October 2, 2019

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Brock’s free parking model that was introduced last spring returned to campus Monday, April 29.Free parking for faculty, staff, students and campus visitors is now underway in Zone 1 and 2 for the Spring and Summer Terms.A permit is not required to park in Zone 1 or 2 on weekdays or weekends until Aug. 31. Parking is still prohibited in both zones from 2 to 5 a.m.Seasonal signage will be posted in the near future to direct drivers to the free lots.  For more information and frequently asked questions about the free parking model, visit brocku.ca/parking read more


Badgers draw blueprint for beating Buckeyes

September 28, 2019

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With Wisconsin handing the Ohio State men’s basketball team its first loss of the 2010–11 season, the Badgers showed the rest of the nation that the Buckeyes are, in fact, beatable. The Badgers knew the only way they could defeat the Buckeyes was to be resilient, and limit OSU’s 3-point and free-throw attempts — and they accomplished all three. Wisconsin never backed down while facing the nation’s No. 1 team. After entering halftime with a two-point lead, the Buckeyes managed to extend their advantage to as many as 15 points in the second half. The Badgers didn’t back down, however, answering the Buckeyes with a 15-0 run to tie the game, and a 10-0 run down the stretch. “We started missing shots and they started making shots,” OSU coach Thad Matta said after the game. “You got to give Wisconsin a ton of credit. They got rolling there and they were banging shots from deep, and they were going in.” The Badgers’ 15-0 run was sparked by the resilience of point guard Jordan Taylor, who unlike previous Big Ten point guards such as Illinois’ Demetri McCamey and Penn State’s Talor Battle, found success against the defense of OSU freshman point guard Aaron Craft. Taylor scored 27 points in the game, 21 of which came in the second half. At one point, Matta switched Craft — who has earned a reputation of being one of the top defensive stoppers in the conference — off of Taylor in favor of OSU fifth-year senior forward David Lighty. “He got rolling,” Matta said of Taylor’s performance. “He hit some challenged, tough shots.” Wisconsin benefited from accurate 3-point shooting, making 12 of its 24 shots from beyond the arc. “A lot of them were contested. A lot of them were off movement, off ball screens, you know, pull up threes and things like that,” Lighty said. “All you can do is hope they miss and run at them.” The Badgers also limited the number of 3-point shots taken by the Buckeyes, with OSU connecting on three of its nine 3-point shot attempts the entire game. One successful attempt was a desperation heave by OSU freshman forward Jared Sullinger, making the score 70-67 with four seconds left. The Buckeyes took 20 3-point attempts in their Feb. 6 win against Minnesota, 15 in their Feb. 3 win against Michigan and 19 in their Jan. 25 win against Purdue. It wasn’t only beyond the arc that the Badgers limited the Buckeyes. Sullinger, the Buckeyes’ leading scorer on the season with 451 total points and an average of 18 points per game, took 12 shots and just four free-throw attempts the entire game — the fewest free throws he’s attempted since OSU’s Jan. 19 win against Iowa, in which he attempted three. Not all is lost for the Buckeyes, though, who despite Taylor’s and Wisconsin’s performance from beyond the arc, found themselves in the position to potentially eke out a close victory at the end of the game. “They had to play perfect for that stretch there to get us, and they did,” Matta said. “They deserve the credit for that.” read more


Queen marks 65 years on British throne with Sapphire Jubilee

September 25, 2019

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDuchess of Cambridge pregnant with third childSeptember 4, 2017In “Entertainment”Commonwealth to choose next head during summitApril 16, 2018In “World”Commonwealth backs Prince Charles as next headApril 20, 2018In “World” Queen Elizabeth is the longest-reigning monarch in British history. Look back at moments from her life so far.Despite relinquishing some of her royal duties to other members of the family, she has continued to maintain an active public presence, appearing in a striking neon green outfit at her official 90th birthday celebrations in June 2016. This 2014 photograph has been reissued for Queen Elizabeth’s Sapphire Anniversary on February 6.The Queen has no public events planned for the anniversary, and will instead spend the day at Sandringham, her country retreat in eastern England, according to a palace spokeswoman.It was on February 6, 1952 that the Queen’s father died and the 25-year-old princess ascended to the throne.The Queen became Britain’s longest reigning monarch in September 2015, after 63 years and 216 days on the throne, surpassing the record set by her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria. London (CNN) Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to reign for 65 years on Monday.Her Sapphire Jubilee is being marked with ceremonial gun salutes at London’s Green Park and the Tower of London, and in several other locations across the United Kingdom. The bells at Westminster Abbey in central London will be rung at 1pm today in honor of the occasion.A photograph taken by British photographer David Bailey in 2014 has been reissued to celebrate the anniversary. In the photo, the Queen is wearing sapphire jewelry that was given to her as a wedding gift by her father King George VI in 1947.The photo was originally taken for the GREAT Britain promotional campaign, which launched soon after the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, marking 60 years of her reign. The then-Prime Minister David Cameron paid tribute to the Queen during those celebrations, describing her as “a rock of strength for our nation” throughout her reign.A ”heavy cold” prevented the Queen from attending church  over the Christmas and New Year period, but she has since recovered, attending a service on January 8 and making an official visit to an exhibition about Fijian art and life in Norwich, near Sandringham, later the same month. read more


Hungary secure place in Olympics qualification tournament

September 22, 2019

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Thanks to their 31:28 win over Poland the Hungarian team didn’t only reach the seventh place at this World Championship but booked their ticket for the Olympics qualification tournaments in April 2012. Poland ranks eight in the end and have to hope for one of the free places for those tournaments which will be decided at the European Championship 2012Placement match 7/8:Poland – Hungary 31:28 (16:14)The spectators saw a first half like a roller coaster, Hungary was in front 3:0 but couldn’t keep the lead, as Poland improved and on their hand extended the gap to 12:8 and 14:10. But suddenly everything changed completely, as Poland lost their rhythm in attacks. It only took some minute, as Hungary had equalized at 14:14, then went to the dressing rooms with a 16:14 lead and even extended it to five goals at 19:14. But nothing was decided as Poland rose like Phoenix from ashes again, but couldn’t come closer than to a two goal gap at 28:30. A penalty goal, scored by Gergö Ivancsik – his eleventh goal in total, decided the game atleast.Fifth place won Croatia with a win over Iceland 34:33.Phots by Sascha Klahn ← Previous Story WC 2011 FINAL: Denmark against France! Next Story → WC 2011 Final: French “Experts” ready to break Wilbek’s “playstation”? (Sunday 17h) read more


One moment offbalance and my leg was gone

September 22, 2019

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first_imgMiraculously, Liam managed to catch the chain attached to the bull’s nose ring and fend off the bull just enough for him to escape. He underwent an eight-hour emergency operation for a broken pelvis, backbone and bowel injuries and has had ten operations since. “If he’d hit me a few inches higher, I’d be in a wheelchair.”In some cases, the farmers did not survive to tell their own stories – one poignant testimony comes from James Murphy, of the IFA National Sheep Committee, whose father was killed by a bull on the home farm.The high-profile deaths of rugby player Nevin Spence, his father and brother in a slurry tank accident last year are echoed in the accident suffered by Galway farmer Eoin Goldrick. He was overcome by toxic fumes from his slurry tank. He said the dangers posed by any deviation from best practice in dealing with slurry tanks were massive:It’s like running into a fire. You will be caught.A spokesperson for the HSA told TheJournal.ie this week that several farmers had been inspired to tell their stories after seeing some initial survivor stories on the Farm Accidents website:The HSA has used research to identify that while most farmers understand the hazards of farming, they perceive their own farm as being safe. Many think it won’t happen to them, but when an accident does happen it can take many years, if ever, to recover.Pat Griffin, a senior inspector with the HSA, said that the testimonies had high impact value and would hopefully lead to other farmers learning from the mistakes and experiences of others. Farmers can carry out a risk assessment on their own working conditions using this guideline document. Some tips and advice on safeguarding farms are here.Last year, 21 people died in Ireland of agricultural accidents. This was one less person than in 2011, but is still DOUBLE the number of fatalities there were in 2009.Farmers’ association urges caution as busy farms signal rise in accidents>How safe is your workplace?> ALMOST A DOZEN farmers have decided to put the stories of their traumatic farm accidents on Youtube to warn others about the dangers of working in agriculture.Amputations, toxic slurry pit gases, chronic injury and near-death run-ins with animals all feature on the moving and honest stories related through the Health and Safety Authority Farm Accidents Youtube channel.One of the latest experiences related to the channel is that of Anthony Flanagan who lost his leg in just a few moments on a combine harvester:via farmaccidents/YoutubeCork dairy farmer Liam O’Keeffe also shares his story of being attacked by a bull on his farm – the animal struck him five or six times in a matter of seconds:I fell down on the ground. I was sure when I was against the wall that I could see the coffin. I thought there’s no way out of here. At that stage, he was trying to stand on top of me.last_img read more


Poll Who Do You Think Voters Will Choose For Best Latin Pop

September 12, 2019

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first_img Claudia Brant, ‘Sincera’ Twitter Choices Poll: Who Do You Think Voters Will Choose For Best Latin Pop Album? Natalia Lafourcade, ‘Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos), Vol. 2’ Facebook Raquel Sofia, ‘2:00 AM’ Pablo Alboran, ‘Prometo’ center_img Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? poll-who-do-you-think-voters-will-choose-best-latin-pop-album Carlos Vives, ‘Vives’ News With Pablo Alboran, Claudia Brant, Natalia Lafourcade, Raquel Sofia, and Carlos Vives nominated in this category, there is no doubt this will be a tough choice for votersJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Dec 26, 2018 – 9:32 am The 61st GRAMMY Awards’ Best Latin Pop Album category reflects not only a diversity of artists from all over Latin America and from Spain, but also a range of experiences, backgrounds and voices that make up the Latin pop genre today.From Spain’s Pablo Alboran incorporating Latin urban rhythms in songs about love on his album Prometo to first-time nominee Argentine singer/songwriter Claudia Brant’s passionate, personally fulfilling Sincera, there’s no doubt this will be a tough choice for voters.Polls Who Do You Think Voters Will Choose For Best Latin Pop Album? Email Mexican singer/songwriter Natalia Lafourcade is also in the running. Lafourcade pays homage to popular Latin American music composers by giving well-known and cherished classics her own touch in Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos), Vol. 2.Or it could go to Puerto Rico’s Raquel Sofia, who dived deep into personal themes, including heartbreak, bringing together soul, jazz, pop and more.And we can’t forget Colombian singer/songwriter Carlos Vives, who on Vives gave us his lively, upbeat sounds, but also brought light to social issues in countries like Mexico.While you’ll have to tune in to the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb.10 to find out who voters chose, you can make your voice heard by voting above. So, which Latin Pop Album would you vote for?Urban Latin Music Dominated 2018, According To Streaming ServicesRead morelast_img read more


Twitch will run an Amazon Prime Day TV shopping channelstyle stream

September 10, 2019

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first_img DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. You can experience Amazon Prime Day in an old-school manner. Twitch Twitch is taking an old school approach to Amazon Prime Day by running a two-day TV shopping channel livestream July 15 and 16. Twitch Sells Out: A Prime Day Special Event will showcase gaming, electronics and other products in two 12-hour broadcasts.The first kicks off on its main /twitchpresents channel on July 15 at 10 a.m. PT and runs until 10 p.m. PT. The second runs at the same times the following day. “Dozens of your favorite Twitch streamers will be showcasing deals on everything from games and gaming peripherals, to kitchenware and electronics,” the streaming service said its release, which noted that the full list will be revealed on July 10. See at Turo JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Read DJI Osmo Action preview $999 50 Photos Read the AirPods review 0 Post a comment DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Tags Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Internet Services Internet See It $999 TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $59 at eBay Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Chris Monroe/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Sprint “They’ll also dive into previously unseen demos and gameplay of some of the most anticipated releases of the year. And you can buy or preorder it all instantly on stream.”Intriguingly, Twitch also promised to highlight some of the weirder items that’ll be on sale. You’ll be able to watch the stream from anywhere in the world, but only people with US Prime memberships will be able to jump on the deals. Best Buy Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Boost Mobile Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) See It $6 at Tidal See it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Sarah Tew/CNET Read Google Home Hub review Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $155 at Google Express Tagscenter_img Angela Lang/CNET Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Sarah Tew/CNET Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Sarah Tew/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. See at Amazon The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $299 at Amazon Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Share your voice $60 at Best Buy Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) 7 The 50 weirdest Amazon Prime Day deals ever Rylo Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR 1:43 Turo Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Read the Rylo camera preview $999 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Amazon Prime Day 2019: Everything to know Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Comments Share your voice Amazon Prime Amazon Twitch,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Apple iPhone XS See It Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $999 Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $210 at Best Buy $520 at HP Now playing: Watch this: The Cheapskate Amazonlast_img read more


Texas Electric Grid Bracing For Another Big Test

September 2, 2019

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first_imgTravis Bubenik/Houston Public MediaWind turbines near Fort Stockton, TexasTexas is bracing for another summer of record-breaking power demand, but the state’s backup power reserves will be at an all-time low.The situation means a heightened risk for blackouts or brownouts, though the grid survived such disruptions during its last big test this year.ERCOT, the grid operator for most of the state, expects demand to reach almost 75,000 megawatts in the coming summer, topping last summer’s record. But this time around, the grid will face the pressure with even lower reserves.How we got hereERCOT says the drop in the state’s planning reserve margin down to 8.1 percent is due to a handful of natural gas plants and renewable energy projects being delayed or canceled (for various economic reasons.)Since the grid operator’s last forecast in May, three natural gas plants and five wind farms that would have added more than 2,800 megawatts of capacity to the grid have been cancelled. Other wind, solar and natural gas projects have been delayed until later in 2019.The West Texas oilfield’s growing need for electricity has added to the problem.ERCOT says “significant” oil and gas activity in the Permian Basin continues to drive power demand, and the grid’s growth isn’t expected to keep up with the boom.“The annual growth rate in peak demand in West Texas is forecasted to be around 8 percent through 2023,” ERCOT said in a statement. “Whereas ERCOT’s annual system-wide load growth rate is 2 percent during the same time.”So…will the lights stay on?ERCOT officials say the grid has handled big tests before, notably when power demand broke records earlier this year.“ERCOT’s ability to meet Texans’ growing power needs through the record-setting summer of 2018 was supported by the actions taken by power suppliers and consumers, and the policymakers who are committed to the success of the ERCOT market,” the grid operator’s CEO Bill Magness said in a statement. “We anticipate the same type of focus on system performance as we head into another year with tight reserves.”On July 19, peak electric demand hit an all-time high of 73,473 megawatts. The peak expected for the summer of 2019 is 651 megawatts higher, at 74,853. (And again, the grid will have lower reserves.)“There certainly is a greater risk that we would enter into an energy emergency situation,” said Pete Warnken, ERCOT’s Manager of Resource Adequacy. “But we don’t know at the present time what the frequency of that might be, or whether we’ll enter them at all.”Warnken said a lot still depends on the weather – how hot it gets, how much the wind blows – and if power plants have unexpected outages. (Last summer was very, very hot, by the way.)The picture of what lies ahead will be clearer when ERCOT releases its next forecast in the spring. Sharelast_img read more


Chrome may block some highrisk downloads soon

August 29, 2019

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first_imgChrome may block some high-risk downloads soon by Martin Brinkmann on April 11, 2019 in Google Chrome – 26 commentsGoogle plans to integrate new functionality in the company’s Chrome web browser to “drive down non-secure downloads” to reduce the impact that malicious downloads have on Chrome users.The company plans to address HTTP downloads that originate on HTTPS sites specifically.While a site may use HTTPS, linked downloads may still use HTTP and not HTTPS. Internet users won’t know about that unless they check the link somehow, e.g. by checking the source code or using the browser’s developer tools (which most probably won’t do).Nirsoft runs a HTTP and HTTPS site side by side.Affected by the change are certain high-risk file types that malware authors use predominantly to spread malware. Google lists the following file types specifically:exe (Windows)dmg (Mac OS X)crx (Chrome extensions)zip, gzip, bzip, tar, rar, and 7z (archive formats)Chrome would use content-type headers or mime-type sniffing to determine the file type of the download.Google considers blocking files that match high-risk file types if the downloads are started on a HTTPS site but use HTTP for the download and not HTTPS. High-risk downloads won’t be blocked currently if the downloads are linked from HTTP pages because users are already informed that the site they are on is not secure in that case.Google has yet to specify plans on how it plans to integrate the feature in the Chrome browser. It is unclear if users are notified about the blocking of the download by the browser and whether users may bypass the block to download the file regardless.The team that is responsible for integration in the Chrome browser will focus on desktop versions of Google Chrome as Chrome’s Android version already supports protective features against malicious apk files.Google appears interested in collaboration with other browser makers. A Mozilla spokesperson told ZDnet that it is interested in “exploring these ideas further” and that the “general idea aligns with the steps” that it has taken previously to protect users from “insecurely delivered content”.Mozilla implemented several protections in previous versions of Firefox already; the organization blocks insecure content from being loaded on HTTPS sites since Firefox 23 for instance.Now You: Do you check download links before you click on them?SummaryArticle NameChrome may block some high-risk downloads soonDescriptionGoogle plans to integrate new functionality in the company’s Chrome web browser to “drive down non-secure downloads” to reduce the impact that malicious downloads have on Chrome users.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more


Purview Releases Publisher for Medical Imaging CD Burning

August 27, 2019

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first_img Carestream Health has signed an agreement to sell its healthcare information systems (HCIS) business to Philips Healthcare. This includes its radiology and cardiology PACS and reporting software. Image by geralt on Pixabay  News | Radiology Business | March 07, 2019 Carestream Health To Sell its Healthcare IT Business To Philips Carestream Health has signed an agr read more Related Content News | Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) | February 07, 2019 Connecticut, California Imaging Centers Deploy Ambra Cloud VNA Ambra Health announced that Naugatuck Valley Radiology and Insight Imaging are among the latest groups of leading… read more Technology | Archive Cloud Storage | November 19, 2018 Intelerad Launches Nuage Disaster Recovery Platform November 19, 2018 — Intelerad Medical Systems announced the launch of the nuage Disaster Recovery (DR) Platform. read more News | Enterprise Imaging | August 31, 2018 Greenville Health System Adopts Agfa HealthCare Enterprise Imaging System Agfa HealthCare and Greenville Health System (GHS), South Carolina, announced the successful implementation of a… read more News | Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) | September 04, 2018 Novarad Highest Rated in Customer Satisfaction on Gartner Peer Insights VNA Category Novarad Healthcare Enterprise Imaging has taken the highest rated spot on Gartner’s Peer Insights technology review… read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 30, 2018 Children’s Hospital Colorado to Manage Medical Images Via the Cloud With Nucleus.io Platform NucleusHealth and Children’s Hospital Colorado’s (Children’s Colorado) Center for Innovation have formed a strategic… read morecenter_img News | Enterprise Imaging | August 09, 2018 Visage Signs Mercy for Visage 7 Open Archive Visage Imaging Inc. announced that it has signed a seven-year contract with Mercy, the fifth largest Catholic health… read more Technology | Archive Cloud Storage | August 23, 2016 Purview Releases Publisher for Medical Imaging CD Burning Purview Publisher enables patients to be the stewards of their own medical imaging and synchronize imaging records News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more News | Archive Cloud Storage | December 20, 2018 IMS Announces Integration of Cloud Image Viewing Platform With Google Cloud International Medical Solutions (IMS) recently announced it will provide Google Cloud account users with the ability to… read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more August 23, 2016 — Purview announced in late July the launch of its new medical image CD burning solution, Purview Publisher.The company said Purview Publisher offers a unique way for patients to coordinate their medical records by allowing physicians to print a proprietary QR code directly onto a CD, which synchronizes patients’ medical imaging to their health records. Patients are thus able to leave a healthcare provider with both a physical hard copy of their X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scans, and ultrasounds in CD form as well as mobile access to view, share and coordinate their records.“Coordination of medical information is of paramount importance to patients today,” said Mark Baganz, M.D., of Chesapeake Medical Imaging (CMI). “As the region’s premier medical imaging facility, we provide radiological reads for over 400 patients a day. We are seeing that more and more patients are frustrated with their scattered medical records and are demanding the ability to have more control.”Up until recently, CMI, based in Annapolis, Md., used a product to publish disks that often malfunctioned, requiring substantial IT maintenance and delaying patients’ access to their critical medical information.By syncing with electronic access to medical imaging, Purview Publisher enables patients to be the stewards of their own medical records. Purview Publisher integrates with the company’s flagship product, Purview ViVA, which currently provides cloud-based DICOM image access to physicians for over one million patients globally.“We have been thrilled with the success of the Purview Publisher in providing critical diagnostic information to patients and referring physicians in a coordinated fashion. We will be converting all eleven of our facilities over to Purview Publishers before the end of the year,” said Baganz.For more information: www.purview.net FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more


Afghan president lashes out at US threats

August 18, 2019

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first_img The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Sponsored Stories PARIS (AP) – Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai lashed out at the United States, accusing it of making threats in the dispute over an agreement to keep U.S. troops in the country beyond 2014.In an interview published Tuesday by the French daily Le Monde, Karzai says the U.S. is “absolutely” acting like a colonial power in its attempts to force him to sign the bilateral security agreement by the end of this year. The paper quoted him as saying: “The threats they are making, `We won’t pay salaries, we’ll drive you into a civil war.’ These are threats.” Patients with chronic pain give advice Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Washington and NATO officials say the pact is critical to the plan to keep thousands of forces in Afghanistan after 2014 for a training and counterterrorism mission.Karzai says he backs the long-delayed security agreement but balks at signing it himself. Although a national assembly of 2,500 delegates known as the Loya Jirga endorsed the deal last month and backed a U.S. request that it be signed by the end of the year, Karzai is deferring that to his successor.Much is at stake if the deal falls apart. Afghanistan could lose up to $15 billion a year in aid, effectively collapsing its fragile economy and making it unable to pay its army and police.In the interview, Karzai said he could “green light” the agreement before presidential elections due next April under two conditions: an end to airstrikes and foreign raids on Afghan homes; and greater U.S. efforts to help broker peace with the Taliban.Civilian deaths at the hands of U.S. and allied soldiers have been a key source of contention, exacerbated last month by a U.S. drone strike that killed a child.Karzai called on the U.S. to use “secret contacts” that he’s convinced it has with the Taliban to help advance the peace process. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Parents, stop beating yourself up Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   The Taliban have refused to talk directly with Karzai, his government or its representatives. U.S.-backed talks between Afghanistan and the Taliban failed in June.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img

Largest indoor waterpark looms for Russia

August 17, 2019

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first_imgLargest indoor waterpark looms for RussiaLargest indoor waterpark looms for RussiaEnduring a Siberian winter means suffering through long months of temperatures that regularly plunge into negative numbers. In the town of Tyumen, Russia, for example, the average temperature in January is -16.7 degrees C (1.9 degrees F). Even during the summer, weather remains cool. The average temperature in July is only 18.6 degrees C (65.5 degrees F). Residents of the Zarechny neighborhood, however, will gain some welcome relief to their frigid climate when a new indoor waterpark – the largest amusement and health complex of its kind – opens next April. The burgeoning waterpark industry in Russia led Polin Waterparks (Turkey) to open an office in the country several years ago specifically to manage the development of these facilities and serve the waterpark industry int he region the best way possible. Now a leader in bringing waterpark attractions to the country, Polin’s previous installations include the Megacenter Gorizont Aquapark in Rostov-on-Don and Gorki Indoor Waterpark just outside Ryazan, H20 Waterpark and many more in different cities of the country. ( Please see our google maps application for all our references in Russia.) Polin will be working with local investment group Sibentel on the facility.Modern AttractionsPlans for the futuristic facility include large translucent domes overhead to let in the sun, while wide expanses of curved glass hold back glacial gales. Palm trees will spread leafy fronds over guests relaxing and swimming within the warm, temperate interior. While those elements might be incentive enough for many to visit the center, the true attraction will likely involve less restful – and more heart-pounding – experiences: a variety of Polin’s most popular waterslides. Among the 10+ waterslides planned for the more than 10,000-square-meter (107,000-square-feet) facility, Polin Waterparks will be installing three of its most popular:Turbolance SlideTyumen will be the first all-season facility in the country to feature this extreme slide. On it, riders’ adrenaline surges seconds into the ride as their two-person rafts shoot through a series of steep drops and curves. Their momentum reaches a maximum as they are propelled uphill on a wide, sweeping, vertical slope. Rushing to the top, just before they seemingly shoot over the edge, gravity safely pulls them backward in a reverse ride. As their raft turns in circles, they are thrust up and over another giant incline before ending in a splash pool.WindigoThis sophisticated thrill ride begins with guests entering alongside one another in enclosed tubes that then spread out to create geometrical curving patterns high above the ground. Each slide curls around, parallel with the others, with from two to four on each side. Eventually, the tubes realign to create a series of side-by-side, high-speed multiracer lanes.Magic HoleAn enclosed slide with tubes that feature a unique elliptical shape with a flat bottom, this ride pushes guests from side to side as they are launched through wide curves. Rafts of varying sizes speed through the circular path before exiting into a splash pool. (A run-out exit is another option.) A separate children’s area will be available for the youngest guests, and several large pools will offer more relaxed recreation, including a wave pool.Additional amenities at the facility will be a 170-room hotel and a complex of baths and saunas – about 15 different types, including Finnish, Scandinavian and Turkish options – that will take advantage of local mineral springs.The facility will be able to accommodate 5,000 visitors a day and anticipates as many as a million a year. Its developer hopes the park will attract residents from nearby cities of Chelyabinsk, Omsk and Yekaterinburg, as well from the Northern Okurgov.Selim Doguoglu, head of the Russian office of Polin Waterparks, says Polin’s reputation in that country created the need for a local office so that he and his staff could more easily oversee operations there.“Polin is a recognized leader for its innovative and smartly engineered aquatic attractions,” he says. “We’ve already built several of the most successful waterpark facilities in the country, and we expect this one in Tyumen will quickly match those.“Being an all-season facility gives it an edge over other entertainment options,” he adds. “Families can enjoy it year-round. There are not a lot of entertainment offerings that accommodate the wide range of ages that families include, from toddlers to seniors. So we have high expectations for Tyumen’s long-term success.”About Polin Waterparks & Pool SystemsPolin was founded in Istanbul in 1976 and has since grown into a leading company in the waterparks industry. Today Polin is a world leader in the design, production and installation of waterparks, waterslides &and water-play attractions. Polin has completed 2,500 waterpark projects in 100 countries around the world and is the biggest waterslide supplier in Eurasia. Working with a wide variety of clients has helped Polin reach several milestones including installing the first waterparks in many countries and many other award-winning rides at parks with world-renowned reputations.Polin offers the industry’s widest range of products, including signature rides such as the patented King Cobra, Magic Sphere, Spheres, Magicone, Space Shuttle and Space Race. Polin is the pioneer in the advancement and application of closed-molded manufacturing technology in waterslide development. First implemented in 2006, 100 percent of Polin’s annual fiberglass production has been converted to resin transfer molding (RTM) and meets the industry’s highest standards. Polin offers both bowl rides and family rides featuring RTM techniques. Polin also offers its unique and patented Natural Light Effects technology and Special Pattern Effects technology in RTM and translucent-RTM waterslides.Polin has been an ISO9001 certificate holder by TUV Germany since 2003, and all Polin slides conform to European norms. All steel parts conform to international DIN standards, all designs conform to ASTM practices, and Polin is also CSEI-approved for projects in China. Polin is the only waterslide company that holds a quality certificate for all of its waterslides by TUV and was the 2012 Export Winner of Turkey in the SMSE Category. Polin is identified as among The Turkey100, a prestigious list of “game-changing entrepreneurs” identified by AllWorld Network. This is the second time that Polin has been privileged with an appearance on the list, as one of the 100 fastest growing companies in Turkey. It was included for the first time in 2013. In total, only 16 companies have received the honor more than once. Polin is listed in top 200 companies in R&D investment by TIM (Turkish Exporters’ Assembly)-2015 and 10 SMCS in holding world wide patents by TPI (Turkish Patent Institute)-2015. Polin is selected as WINNER company in the exports in Machinery and Equipment category by TIM (Turkish Exporters’ Assembly)-2015.Polin oversees a high-capacity design-and-manufacturing facility in Turkey with a team that totals 350 people with five offices throughout the world.Polin is committed to providing the best-quality products and services by investing in continuous research and development. The company plans to further expand its L-RTM line while introducing new signature rides and innovations. 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David Scowsill to leave WTTC in June 2017

August 17, 2019

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first_imgDavid Scowsill to leave WTTC in June 2017The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) announces the departure of David Scowsill, President & CEO, after six years at the helm of the organisation.During his tenure as the third President in the 26 year history of WTTC, he has taken the organisation to new heights, championing the private sector views in high level governmental discussions and promoting the sustainable growth of Travel & Tourism.“It has been a privilege to lead WTTC, representing the global interests of the private sector of Travel & Tourism, through advocacy with governments around the world. The membership of the organisation has doubled in the last period, but more significant has been the work with governments at all levels on the key strategic issues for the sector,” said Scowsill. “By making this announcement now, the Executive Committee has time to identify a successor and to work through a smooth transition in leadership. Working with a very talented team, we have consolidated the position of WTTC as the authority in the sector, whether through research, advocacy, or the impact of the Global Summits. I now look forward to focussing on new opportunities, knowing that I am leaving WTTC in great shape.”David Scowsill has been President & CEO of WTTC since October 2010. Amongst the highlights of his time, the public/private partnership with UNWTO has produced 84 meetings with Presidents and Prime Ministers, where messages about the importance of the sector have been directed to these key leaders. As founder and Chairman of The Global Travel Association Coalition, he ensured that the travel industry spoke to governments with One Voice on the key issues – from travel facilitation and terrorism, to infrastructure development and environmental sustainability.Prior to WTTC, he served as Chairman or Director with various companies, working for six years in Private Equity and Venture Capital to execute a number of deals across the industry. He was Chief Executive of Opodo and the Minit Group, after holding executive and board positions at Hilton Hotels, American Airlines and British Airways.“The Executive Committee thanks David for his service and is very appreciative of the many contributions he has made to the mission, growth and success of the sector over the past 6 years,” said Gerald Lawless, Chairman, WTTC. “Under his leadership and vision, WTTC is clearly positioned as the private sector authority on Travel & Tourism, reflected in the calibre and geographic diversity of the membership group. During this transition period it will be business as usual, as the Executive Committee works to identify a successor.”Source = World Travel & Tourism Council – WTTClast_img read more