Quebec Premier Francois Legault to address secularism bill in video message

first_imgMONTREAL — Quebec Premier Francois Legault will address his government’s controversial secularism bill tonight in a speech delivered via video.Legault’s office says the message will be broadcast on the premier’s official website and Facebook page at 5:30 p.m.The legislation tabled last week would prohibit public servants in positions of authority — including teachers, police officers, Crown prosecutors and prison guards — from wearing religious symbols.The Coalition Avenir Quebec’s legislation also invoked the notwithstanding clause, declaring the provisions of the bill would apply despite certain provisions of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.The government has said the bill respects the wishes of most Quebecers, but critics have denounced it as discriminatory towards women as well as religious minorities such as Muslims, Jews and Sikhs.They say Muslim women wearing a hijab will bear the brunt of the law’s impact, and could face increasing stigmatization and violence in their everyday lives.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Sara Bareilles To Take Part In Adrienne Shelly Foundation 10th Annual Anniversary

first_imgThe Adrienne Shelly Foundation will hold its 10th Annual Anniversary Celebration on December 5, in NYC.The cocktail/dinner event will feature a Special Introduction by Sara Bareilles, as well as a live music performance by Jesse Mueller and Waitress cast members including Charity Angel Dawson and Caitlin Houlahan. It will also feature a reading of The “O” Letters by Hilarie Burton, Michael Cerveris, Rachel Dratch, Julianna Margulies, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Salman Rushdie and Keri Russell, as well as a reading by Salman Rushdie from his novel “The Ground Beneath Her Feet”. This much-anticipated evening will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, food stations, an open-mic in Adrienne’s remembrance.WHEN: Monday, December 5, 2016, 7pm – 10pmWHERE: Angel Orensanz located at 172 Norfolk Street in New York CityMore info can be found here.The Adrienne Shelly Foundation (ASF) was named after Adrienne Shelly, a very talented actor/writer/director (WAITRESS) who was murdered November 1, 2006. The Foundation was created the following month with a simple mission: Supporting Women Filmmakers. It serves as an advocate for female artists, championing them as the precious independent spirits they are, helping them get their work created, produced and onto the public stage. Since its inception, ASF has awarded over 60 production grants to very talented filmmakers across the globe. Its partnerships include The Sundance Institute, American Film Institute, Women in Film, IFP, Tribeca Film Institute, Columbia University, Boston University, Rooftop Films, The Nantucket Film Festival, Athena Film Festival and The Horizon Award. One of its grant recipients, Cynthia Wade, won an Oscar in 2008 for her documentary FREEHELD, which ASF helped fund. Other notable recipients include Sarah Gertrude Shapiro (UNREAL), Dee Rees (PARIAH), Ana Lily Amirpour (A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT), Cherien Dabis (AMREEKA) and Annie Sundberg/Ricki Stern (JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK).last_img read more

UK weather 2018 beats 1976 to become Englands hottest summer on record

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. And autumn looks set to get off to a good start, with high pressure dominating the UK’s weather, with warm, dry and sunny days for many in the first part of September, the forecasters said.The scorching summer could give way to an autumn of “above-average” temperatures, forecasters have said.The three-month outlook – covering August, September and October – shows “an increased chance of high-pressure patterns close to the UK”. Sea surface temperatures at “near-record levels” following the hot weather also make above-average temperatures more likely, according to the long-range prediction system. While a weather warning is not looking likely, thunder and hail storms could hit the UK on Friday, a Met Office spokeswoman said.”On Thursday we are looking at some heavy showers for the northern half of England. There’s some potential for thunder and hail,” she said.”Also on Friday that becomes a little bit more widespread with a chance across much of the country.”Temperatures are forecast to be in the high teens and early 20s towards the weekend. The report said: “This would result in more settled UK weather conditions overall.”The likelihood of above-average temperatures is greater than normal, but while the chances of below-average temperatures are considerably smaller, they remain a realistic possibility.” This year was the hottest summer on record for England, with average temperatures narrowly beating those seen in 1976. But despite the weeks-long heatwaves, 2018 was only the joint-hottest summer on record for the UK as a whole, the Met Office has said.UK temperatures for June to August 2018 reveal that this year is top of the league table in records dating back to 1910, along with 2006, 2003 and 1976, all of which are within 0.03C of each other.To the nearest 0.1C, all four years – 2018, 2006, 2003 and 1976 – saw an average temperature for the summer of 15.8C (60.4F).Summer 2018 was notably dry and sunny too, although the dry, sweltering conditions seen in much of the country in June and July gave way to a much more average August, the Met Office said. read more

EYEWITNESS Tag team…

…in GECOMTag teams are a standard feature in professional wrestling. The trick is to have a “fresh” partner ready to enter the ring to wallop the other wrestler when he’s down. It’s not incidental that professional wrestling is pure theatre with the moves and even the results, totally fixed. Tag teams simply double the variations of the fix.Not endowed with professional wrestlers in Guyana, the PNC-led coalition has introduced the tag-team tactic in the operations of GECOM to pummel the PPP into oblivion, as they struggle for the Constitution and the courts to be obeyed to hold elections by March 19 – three months after their historically successful no-confidence vote. The two members of the PNC tag-team are Chairman James Patterson and CEO Keith Lowenfield.Ex-GDF officer Lowenfield has been a fixture at GECOM for years – holding the Dep CEO position under Gocool Boodhoo. He surreptitiously played a key role in ensuring the hiring practices to staff the Secretariat tilted the scales in favour of the PNC. In electoral matters, the devil invariably lies in the details, controlled by the bureaucracy! But Boodhoo was there to head Lowenfield and the staff off at the pass! The Chairman, Justice James Patterson, of course, was unilaterally appointed as PNC leader David Granger’s ‘fit and proper’ candidate to form the tag team with Lowenfield, now elevated to the CEO’s position.With Patterson, Lowenfield and the GECOM staff all in the PNC camp, they’d hit the elections Trifecta!!If there were any Pollyannas out there who questioned the denunciations of Granger’s arrogant action on Patterson, your Eyewitness is sure their rose- coloured glasses have misted up after December 21.After all, if since 1980 the Constitution had pronounced that the effect of a no-confidence motion was to precipitate General Elections in THREE MONTHS, you’d think the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) of GECOM would’ve had a contingency plan to deal with that eventuality, wouldn’t you?? Isn’t that why the Chair, CEO and Secretariat’s staff draw their (fat) salaries all year round – and not just when elections are scheduled?? And let’s not forget there was already a no-confidence trial balloon floated in 2014!!For the Guyanese people to be told GECOM won’t be ready for elections in less than five months, is like the GDF saying they should’ve received a five-month warning to deal with a Venezuelan incursion!! And to add salt to the wound is the tag team of Lowenfield and Patterson also saying that date depends on when the latter tells the former to begin elections preparations!!Patterson, of course, blames the “Commission”, when he has the CASTING VOTE between the PPP and PNC Commissioners!!Like professional wrestling, it’s a fix!!…with PNC and AFC?The AFC’s doing its darnedest to reprise the tag team role it played after 2011 with the PNC to beat up on the PPP! Sadly, even if PNCites wanted to, the “dead meat” AFC wouldn’t even have the energy to stretch out its hand to be tagged!! It’s a “shad, shad situation” as one local comedian said!! Take the Region Three event the PNC labelled as “opening up its Region Three Congress Place” – but had to bus in hundreds of faithful all the way from Linden.Khemraj Ramjattan showed up to fan-boy Granger and was so cloying, even PNCites cringed! After all, they all knew Ramjattan was trying to pip Nagamootoo for the PM’s slot – devalued as it was! But they also know that neither he nor his erstwhile buddy Nagamootoo are in the running. The PNC’s looking for fresher, younger meat!!And Ramjattan’s bid to project a “big and bad” image by holding that meeting under the “weaponised bottom house” didn’t help his cause.The PNC farms that stuff out to pros!…with City HallNow that the Local Government Commission’s begun implementing the Kennard CoI recommendations on the cesspool of City Hall, Local Government Minister Ronald Bulkan promptly reprimanded them for their use of funds!!Tag teaming with the old Mayor?? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related2,299 polling stations earmarked for May 11April 21, 2015In “Politics”EYEWITNESS: Subverting…January 12, 2019In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Call in the police…September 30, 2017In “EYEWITNESS” read more

CERVAR LESSON TO KRISTIANSSON Knowledge ahead of run and gun

Aron KristianssonEHF CLLino Cervarmetalurg HC Metalurg showed fantastic performance and totally outplayed Danish vice-champions KIF Kolding Kobenhavn at VELUX EHF CL TOP 16. Icelandic coach on Danish bench, Aron Kristiansson was unhappy with the “home advantages” which Macedonians used in the first match in front of 7.000 fans (23:17), rough play and simulations, called for “real handball” in second match which wil his team presents, but he got once again lesson from his older colleague – Lino Červar (30:26):– We played fantastic handball today. There are two types of handball. One is “run and gun” and second is “knowlegde”. We showed knowlegde, big discipline and character of the team. That is very important in handball. I am proud and happy. Thank you all – said to his colleague, Lino Červar at PRESS conference.As big sportsman, legendary KIF goalkeeper, Kasper Hvidt admitted that Metalurg “surprised” them in second match: – They have played with the head. I wasn’t impressed with their play in first match, but today they played much better than we expected. They finding tactical solutions on every tasks which we prepared. They deserved to play at TOP 8. They played very good and left us on -10. In the first match we have seen only Vugrinec, but today also some other guys – concluded Hvidt. ← Previous Story PSG and Kiel to fight for EHF CL F4! Next Story → EHF CUP 1/4 final: Six teams in battle for Berlin! read more

13 things that utterly terrified you as a kid

first_imgFlickr/Danny Nicholson3. The monster lurking under the bed Twitter/alrightlew8. Or thisTwitter/chilltweetss9. (Or this)Twitter/@ChildhoodRuiner10. Accidentally swallowing an apple pipAnd thinking a tree would grow inside you.Flickr/roger.karlsson11. This unholy creation from Toy StoryTwitter/DannyButcherr12. The boiler noiseFlickr/VeloBusDriver13. And worst of all, the wooden spoonFlickr/pinkpuccaNothing was more terrifying than the wooden spoon.What have we missed? Let us have it in the comments…7th Heaven, Little House and MT USA – 8 extreme Sunday telly memories>12 really fast things that still fill us with rage> 1. Being the last one to turn off the downstairs lightsAnd legging it up the stairs because there’s a ghost behind you. Flickr/竜次 ryuuji (via @Jaskahlon)2. Losing your mum while out shopping Flickr/Joelk754. The dark, dark waterTwitter/IsaiahCastle5. This womanFrom Roald Dahl’s The Witches.monroesmile.blogspot.com6. When your mate’s dad lost the head with youSO MUCH WORSE than your own parents.Dad photo via Shutterstock7. The thought of this happeninglast_img read more

Video EnV GM Electric Vehicle

first_imgGeneral Motors was busy making a big splash in the parking lot outside of the Las Vegas Convention Center this week, marking the North American debut of the EN-V–the Electric Networked Vehicle–a diminutive electric car the company thinks will lead the way for autos in the coming years.The vehicle really is the polar opposite of the manner of sports utility vehicles that were all the rage, not so long ago. Six of these cars can fit into on standard American parking space. The two-seater is essentially built around a Segway–a two-wheeled gyroscopic mobility device. The vehicle can also detect obstacles in its way, including people and other cars.GM showed off three different models at this week’s show (the vehicles will be on display again at the North American Auto Show). You can see two of them in action the video after the jump.last_img read more

Do app ports from iOS guarantee Androids future in second place

first_imgThere is a constant battle in the mobile phone space between iOS and Android. With this comes any number of buyers who want to know that their device is somehow the best or the most popular. While Android OS has surpassed Apple’s iOS in terms of market share, a couple of recent releases on Android have left me wondering whether or not device penetration is truly relevant. Recently several iOS apps have been released to Android, and while most people are celebrating, I have found myself seriously questioning what the future of apps on Android will look like if many of the most popular apps are just ports from iOS.Your user experience or mine?The issue, as I see it, comes down to the developers. Take the incredibly popular magazine-style reading app, Zite. Zite is a terrific sort of RSS replacement with a killer UI. You basically build a magazine based on the content you are interested in, and you can then read in a truly pleasing fashion. The app itself is well designed and very functional… on iOS. Zite was built with Apple’s user experience in mind, and because it was on iOS first that makes perfect sense.However, recently Zite decided to release their app to the Google Play Store for Android devices of every shape and size. When you try to use the app on your Android device the user experience is really awkward. In a world of menu keys and long presses, Zite feels incredibly out of place. Accessing the settings for the app happens by swiping across the app until you get to the settings page, instead of behind a menu key that allows me to access the settings anywhere. The app wasn’t optimized for the Android user experience at all — the developers just took the iOS user experience and copied that into Android.Zite is far from the only culprit here, Temple Run comes to mind as well. The massive following that was gained in under 24 hours for Instagram on Android was clearly a sign that there were users interested in the service. The photo-centric social network has had plans to release for Android for some time now, and originally I had hoped that the app was being optimized for the Android experience. I was deeply disappointed to find much of the same iPhone conventions remained on the Android version. Not only does the app have the same menu-less experience as Zite, but when you navigate through the app you soon find back buttons in the top left corner of the app to take you back to the previous screen. This is a particular pet peeve of mine, considering that every Android device on the planet has a very functional back button, one specifically for these tasks. Instead of taking the Instagram experience and optimizing it for Android, the developers decided that the iOS design was good enough.Managing multiple user experiences across any number of devices is no simple task, and I understand that. After all, it’s tough enough that these developers were already developing for the iPhone and the iPad, where the app needs to be optimized for the different screen sizes and resolutions. For smaller apps or smaller companies, I could find some of this acceptable. Instagram however gained over a million users overnight by moving to Android, the least they could do is make the experience function within the capabilities of the OS they are porting to. In fact, had they optimized for Android and used the fragments system, the app would have automatically scaled for Android tablets. It could have been a win for everyone, but instead it sends a clear message that the Android user experience doesn’t really matter, as long as you have something those users want.What’s next for Android?Instagram showed iOS developers that, if your app is popular, you can get a ton of new users very quickly. That is a really great thing on one hand, and a potentially bad thing on another. Worst possible lessons from this would be that you can build yourself a solid brand on iOS and then treat Android as an afterthought. Tons of market research has gone into which platform is more profitable and which OS will get you the most money when you release a concept. With the ability to choose between a paid app, an ad-supported one, or an in-purchase strategy, you can take any app with a good idea and make money on either platform. The important thing is the brand.Most people aren’t even aware that Instagram is a social network. If you ask ten random people that have the app installed right now, more than half of them will tell you it is for putting nice photo effects on pictures, and if you request it, the app will auto-post to Twitter and Facebook. Instagram proper, the actual social network, is a swarm of users engaging in the quest to have the most popular photo. Three hours after being an Instagram user, I received half a dozen requests asking me to like photos taken by others. The brand has been established, and now all that matters in acquiring users.If this becomes a trend, the Android user experience will become the one word that gets misused time and time again: fragmented. Half of the apps on your phone will respect that you have a back button, while the other half will ignore it entirely. Many companies develop apps for Android first, because it is easier to get the app to the people and test it out, and often less expensive than it is for iOS. When the decision comes down to develop the user experience for the app, will the devs look at how Android apps have been developed in the past, or will they be forced to listen to the user who points at his phone and says “make it work like Zite”?This inevitably leads to the question, where is Google in all of this? My social networks were filled yesterday with Googlers celebrating the release of Instagram. Indeed, it was an exciting thing for a huge mass of Android user to have access to this social network, but it can’t stop there. How have Android developer advocates at Google not reached out to Instagram and offered some words of encouragement when it comes to optimizing for this huge, established ecosystem? This indicates that they would rather just have the apps that their users want, regardless of whether or not the experience is in line with the OS they have been molding for the last few years.Final ThoughtsIn the end, the only people who can do anything about this are the developers. If Google has failed to offer a compelling reason to look at the Android user experience, what is the point in optimizing for it? The Instagram brand has plowed onto Android with zero signs of slowing down. As long as it is acceptable for brands that have become successful on iOS to move to Android without a thought toward the user experience, Android will always be in second place, regardless of how many more devices have been put in the hands of users.last_img read more

Rachat dHitachi GST par Western Digital lUE OK

first_imgRachat d’Hitachi GST par Western Digital: l’UE OKLa branche “disques durs” d’Hitachi, nommée Hitachi GST, va être rachetée par WD après validation des autorités européennes.En rachetant son concurrent pour 4,3 milliards de dollars, Western Digital conforte sa place de leader du disque dur, aux coudes à coudes avec Seagate. C’est d’ailleurs ce point qui posait problème à la Comission Européenne car il ne resterait plus que ces deux marques sur le marché, tout en sachant que Toshiba vient de l’investir récemment. C’est pourquoi, après étude du dossier, l’Europe a décidé d’accepter ce rachat à quelques conditions et notamment le transfert de droits de propriété intellectuelle, le transfert d’employés et la fourniture de composants.L’ultime obstacle pour Western Digital est donc de trouver un acquéreur et ainsi conclure le rachat d’Hitachi GST. Il ne devrait y avoir aucune incidence pour nous, consommateurs, si ce n’est un choix restreint dans les marques de disques durs, qui au passage, sont très bien considérées.Le 25 novembre 2011 à 16:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

National Weather Service issues extended wind advisory through Friday night

first_img KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO ( KUSI ) – High winds will buffet the San Diego-area mountains and deserts Thursday evening and Friday, potentially causing driving hazards in some parts of the East County, forecasters advised Thursday.Due to the gusty conditions, the National Weather Service issued a wind advisory, effective through 9 p.m. Friday in the mountains and the deserts.Wind speeds are expected to range from 20 mph to 30 mph with gusts up 50 mph in those areas over the period, the weather service advised.Roadway visibility could be heavily affected by blowing dust and debris due to the winds, meteorologists cautioned. Drivers of large vehicles, such as motor homes and big rigs, were advised to be particularly wary of using desert roads, especially along Interstate 15 across the high desert. Categories: Local San Diego News, Weather FacebookTwitter National Weather Service issues extended wind advisory through Friday night June 20, 2019center_img Updated: 7:26 PM KUSI Newsroom Posted: June 20, 2019last_img read more

Marvel to release video of all Stan Lee MCU movie cameos

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Stan Lee dies at 95: A look back at his most iconic characters on screen “We’ve never done this before, a behind-the-scenes of every cameo,”  Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige told Entertainment Weekly. “All the B-roll that was shot and his stand-ups there. His passing was very emotional for all of us, but it suddenly all came back to me just when I watched it.”The video will include Lee’s cameo in 2008’s Iron Man, where he is mistaken as Playboy magazine icon Hugh Hefner by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) at a red carpet event. Tags Stan Lee has a cameo as a security guard in 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Marvel Studios Spotting comic book legend Stan Lee in Marvel movies, TV series and video games has always been fun for fans.Since Lee’s death in 2018, he’s had posthumous cameos in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Captain Marvel. Avengers: Endgame director Joe Russo recently revealed Lee’s cameo in Avengers: Endgame will be his last MCU appearance. To commemorate all of Lee’s past cameos — which have him playing everything from a bus driver to a librarian — Marvel Studios is making a behind-the-scenes video of Lee’s cameos. Avengers: Endgame will mark Stan Lee’s last Marvel movie cameo Lee’s Captain Marvel cameo made Kevin Smith a ‘blubbering mess’ Lee gets star-studded tribute: He ‘made us proud to be misfits’ TV and Movies Every Stan Lee Marvel movie cameo Post a commentcenter_img There will also be a deleted cameo during The Avengers that shows Captain America (Chris Evans) taking flak from Lee.The video will most likely be released as bonus material on the digital and Blu-ray release of Avengers: Endgame. Avengers: Endgame is scheduled to open in theaters worldwide on April 26.  Share your voice 4:51 More Stan Lee 18 Photos 0 Stan Lee Marvel Captain America The Avengerslast_img read more

Subsistence council proposal would allow bear baiting on federal lands

first_imgBear baiting on federal lands in Southeast may be allowed next year if a proposal by a regional subsistence advisory council is approved. The council also recommended ending a requirement that traps be marked with identifying numbers.Listen nowBoth practices are already allowed by the state. Mike Bangs, chair of the Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council, said the council felt it should match hunting and trapping rules with the Alaska Board of Game when those rules are less restrictive.“It basically just aligned the state’s regulations for bear baiting and they’ve been doing it and it’s been an ongoing thing,” Bangs said. “So it really didn’t change anything except that subsistence hunters can now use bait for bears where it just wasn’t on the books in the federal register.”In other action, the council rejected a proposal to reduce the number of deer that can be taken under the federal designated hunter program. The program allows a hunter to take deer on behalf of another eligible recipient. Advisory councils in Wrangell and Petersburg alleged that some hunters were abusing the program and taking too many deer.But the council’s staff wrote that there are no conservation concerns for the deer population. It also said the proposal could add unnecessary restrictions to traditional hunting practices.“There wasn’t any proof that there had been abuse,” Bangs said. “So we went along with the recommendation to oppose it until we find out more about what the abuse is. It sounded more like a law enforcement problem.”The regional council’s recommendations are non-binding. They still need to be ratified in April by the statewide Federal Subsistence Board before going into force.last_img read more

Twitter suspends accounts of Iranian state media outlets

first_imgWashington: A day after Twitter suspended the accounts of several Iranian state media outlets, the social networking service said Saturday it acted after harassment of people linked to the Baha’i faith. Amid soaring tensions in the region, heightened by Iran’s seizure on Friday of a British-flagged tanker, some of the affected media outlets had speculated that the suspensions were related to their coverage of the seizure. Also Read – Prominent Hong Kong activists targeted in wave of arrests Advertise With Us But Twitter cited what it said was the coordinated and targeted harassment of people linked to the Baha’i faith, a religious minority that has long faced persecution in Iran. It did not name the suspended accounts, and said it was continuing to investigate the matter. “Account suspended. Twitter suspends accounts which violate the Twitter Rules,” read English-language messages on each of the Iranian media outlets’ accounts. Also Read – Weak European inflation bolsters case for stimulus Advertise With Us Mehr news agency, which is close to moderate conservatives in Iran, said its Farsi-language account appeared to have been blocked late Friday following its reports on the seizure of the tanker Stena Impero in the strategic Strait of Hormuz. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said it seized the Swedish-owned tanker for breaking “international maritime rules” in the strait, a chokepoint for around a third of the world’s sea-borne oil. Advertise With Us Mehr’s Farsi-language Twitter page was inaccessible on Saturday, along with those of the official IRNA news agency and the agency of the Young Journalists’ Club. “Since last night and after seizure of a British tanker in the Strait of Hormuz the account of the Young Journalists’ Club and some other users have been suspended,” the YJC said on its website. Mehr noted that its Mehr Diplomacy account, which publishes analysis and interviews on foreign policy, was also offline. Another account taken down belonged to Ali Akbar Raefipoor, a hardline public speaker. None of the owners of the suspended accounts said they had been given any reason for the move by Twitter. The micro-blogging platform is banned in Iran, but many officials still have accounts and people access them by using a virtual private network, or VPN, to bypass censorship.last_img read more

Video The ABCs Of Video Game Storytelling Chapter 1

first_imgIn chapter one of a two-part video series, we follow students at KIPP Academy West who are learning storytelling by designing their own video games. It’s all a part of an experimental approach to teaching language arts from the Houston-based literacy nonprofit Writers in the Schools, or WITS. They’ve teamed up with the instructional design company Histrionix Learning Company, and their national publishing partner E-Line Media, to develop a program that teaches writing and storytelling skills through video game design. Want to see more Imaginarium? New videos drop every Monday on YouTube. Subscribe to our channel. Sharelast_img

CDC Takes Fight Against HIV To Houston

first_img X Share Listen The director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention met with local health officials at Texas Southern University on Monday to discuss the government’s initiative to fight HIV/AIDS.Harris County is one of 50 communities where the CDC is focusing the initiative, which President Donald Trump first announced during his State of the Union address in February.CDC Director Robert Redfield said half of all new HIV infections occur in 48 counties, Washington, D.C., and San Juan, Puerto Rico – all of them urban areas.The goal is to cut new infections by 75% in the next five years and by 90% by 2030, by getting more people diagnosed and getting those most at risk on preventative medication.“We have the tools, the scientific tools, it’s to diagnose, get people into care and treatment, get the treatment so that their viral load becomes suppressed,” Redfield said. “And then once your viral load is suppressed, the ability to transmit the virus to another person is negated.”In order to reach the goal, the CDC is working with local communities, including Harris County.“I always say this initiative is not a Washington-driven initiative,” Redfield said. “It will be locally defined by your health department and your community here and it needs to be by the community, for the community, in the community.”Harris County will develop a plan to submit to the CDC to receive funding for the initiative.For the upcoming fiscal year, the president’s budget allocates $291 million for the program.center_img – / 2 00:00 /00:45 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Wasike Sets New School Record at BU Season Opener

first_imgStory Links Wasike ran a time of 15:25.35 to shatter the previous school record.  She broke Holly Knight’s record of 16:24.70  set at the Meyo Invitational on Feb. 3, 2012.   The redshirt sophomore fell at the 4K mark and then ran her fastest split to finish sixth in a very competitive field.  New Mexico’s Ednah Kurgat won the race with a time of 15:14.78.  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In her first meet of the indoor season, Dorcas Wasike set a new school record in the 5,000 meters at the BU Season Opener on Saturday afternoon. “Truly an amazing performance by Dorcas, responding to one of the worst things that can happen to you with flat out perseverance and refusal to give in,” said assistant coach Joe Walker III.   “There was a moment when I thought the effort was lost but Dorcas refused to believe that.  She ran her fastest split of the race on the next lap to put herself back on the pack and still closed like the fighter she is, It was impressive. She will be ready for them at nationals.”center_img After the holiday break, the Cardinals will begin the 2019 season at the Gene Edmunds Cup on Jan. 12.       Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

One million new seats heading to Mexico this year on international direct

first_img MEXICO CITY — Mexico tourism is expected to get a major boost now that the destination has announced one million new seats on international direct flights this year.According to the Mexico Tourism Board, airlines around the world are adding new routes, additional flights on existing routes and upgrading aircraft models with larger capacities in order to meet travel demand to Mexico. As of January 2017, airline partners have announced the addition of over 1,000,000 new seats scheduled this year on international direct flights to Mexico from more than 20 countries.“This expansion includes service to Mexico from many new international cities to multiple Mexico destinations, which is part of our strategy of international market diversification. We are delighted to see our airline industry partners continue to recognize this momentum and further expand their connectivity,” said Lourdes Berho, CEO of the Mexico Tourism Board.Since 2013, Mexico’s international tourism has grown at an annual average of 10%, double the global industry average. This performance, which includes growing from 24 million international tourists in 2013 to an anticipated 35 million in 2016, has catapulted Mexico from the 15th to the 9th most visited country in the world, according to the UNWTO.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upAs of January 2017, new lift includes:Air Canada Route: Vancouver to CancunAir Transat: Vancouver to Los CabosSunwing Airlines: Winnipeg to MazatlanAeromexico: Seoul Incheon to Mexico City; Amsterdam to Mexico City; Vancouver to Mexico City; Detroit to Monterrey; Detroit to Mexico City; Austin to Mexico City; and Calgary to Mexico CityAlitalia: Rome to Mexico CityAll Nippon Airways (ANA): Tokyo Narita to Mexico CityAmerican Airlines: Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta; Los Angeles to Cancun; Dallas to Merida; and Miami to MeridaCondor & Neckermann: Warsaw to CancunDelta Airlines: Los Angeles to Los CabosEdelweiss Air: Zurich to CancunFinnair: Helsinki to Puerto VallartaInterjet: Chicago to Mexico City; Las Vegas to Mexico City; Los Angeles to Guadalajara; Los Angeles to Cancun; Los Angeles to Mexico City; and Dallas to Mexico CitySouthwest Airlines: Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta; Los Angeles to Los Cabos, Los Angeles to Cancun; Oakland to Puerto Vallarta; and Oakland to Los CabosTUI Poland: Warsaw to CancunUnited Airlines: Chicago to Mexico CityVirgin America: Los Angeles to Los Cabos; Los Angeles to Cancun; and Los Angeles to Puerto VallartaViva Colombia: Medellin to CancunVolaris: New York JFK to Mexico City; Houston to Mexico City; Miami to Mexico City; Phoenix to Culiacan; Seattle to Guadalajara; Los Angeles to Durango; San Francisco to Mexico City; Miami to Guadalajara; Milwaukee to Guadalajara; Austin to Guadalajara; and Denver to MonterreyMore news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaIn addition to new routes, more than 25 existing routes have confirmed additional frequency of flights or upgraded aircraft. Air France, for example, recently launched service to Mexico City and Cancun from Paris on its flagship A380, making it the first airline in the world to fly this aircraft to Mexico. << Previous PostNext Post >> One million new seats heading to Mexico this year on international direct flights Tuesday, January 31, 2017 Tags: Aeromexico, Air Canada, Air Transat, Alitalia, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Finnair, Mexico, Transat, United Airlines, Virgin Groupcenter_img Share Travelweek Group Posted bylast_img read more

Ana Salazar has rejoined Adventure World as Latin

first_imgAna Salazar has re-joined Adventure World as Latin America Product Manager. A native Ecuadorian with over 24 years’ experience promoting South America, Salazar previously directed Adventure World’s Latin America department from 2007 to 2014.Salazar has explored eighteen countries throughout the region, and welcomed the opportunity to put her passion for all things South American back into practice at Adventure World.The Adventure World Latin America product team have recently returned from an exploratory trip in Mexico and Guatemala to further enhance their product offering, with a focus on boutique ‘hacienda style’ accommodations and new off the beaten track itineraries, which will launch in the 2018 collection.“South America has certainly had a buoyant 2016 and we see no signs of that abating in 2017. Central America has experienced a significant increase in demand, largely aided by the ease of air access with routes via Dallas and Los Angeles opening up the destination for Australian travellers,” said managing director Neil Rodgers. Adventure WorldLatin Americalast_img read more

October 21 2016On Wednesday evening Ian McClerin

first_imgOctober 21, 2016On Wednesday evening Ian McClerin and Trinity Divelbiss organized a wonderful pumpkin carving event. Leah Ann Walker took all of the photos, thank you!There was scary music to get into the Halloween Spirit, there was lighting in the Colly Garden to resemble a pumpkin patch, spooky blue lighting in the Vaults.This was a first time pumpkin carving event for some of our International crew.[photo Flavio Borrelli and Ian McClerin]Sean-Paul VonAncken There were buckets to save the pumpkin seeds to roast them for later treats. A wonderful time was had by all! Ivan SeveriZebulon HornbergerErin McLoughlin Juan Diego Montanzelast_img