Joined Luce as Octavia Spencer was part of it

first_imgLos Angeles: Naomi Watts has revealed she agreed to feature in psychological thriller Luce as Octavia Spencer was already attached to star in the project. “In the summer two years ago, I got sent the script and I was told that Octavia was attached to it. Already it was clear that it was going to be read by me by the end of the day just because it was her. I had already worked with her before on that Divergent series, and I had such a great experience with her,” she told Entertainment Weekly. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”And also the projects that she picks, it’s such an endorsement that comes with that. With her name attached it made me read it right away, and the minute I started turning those pages, I felt like it was really rich, dynamic materia,” she added. Watts said the script of the film “got under my skin”. “I loved how the story shifts from character to character, where you’re judging one and then following them and forgiving them, and then moving to the next – you’re just moving all over the place.” “It felt like the audience was going to have to participate in a very active way. It’s very satisfactory as an audience member, but also as a person who is part of the storytelling experience,” she said.last_img read more

Family of Montreal boy who drowned in swim class to sue school

first_imgMONTREAL — The family of a Montreal teen who drowned during a high school gym class say they intend to sue the school board and the city alleging negligence.Blessing Moukoko’s parents and uncle made the announcement at their lawyer’s office this morning.His mother, Evelyne Mavoungou-Tsonga, says she hopes the legal action will shed light on the event and help spare others the nightmare of losing a child.A coroner’s report found the 14-year-old, who did not know how to swim, spent 38 minutes at the bottom of the pool with nobody noticing during a busy high school gym class Feb. 15.Coroner Louis Normandin recommended that gym teachers be required to have a minimum of training if they are to give swimming lessons and that a lifeguard provide full-time surveillance during all courses.The family announced they also intend to start a foundation in Blessing’s name.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Pakistan’s Finance Minister Asad Umar quits ahead of IMF deal

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan’s Finance Minister Asad Umar abruptly quit the Cabinet on Thursday before securing a crucial multi-billion dollar IMF bailout package for the cash-strapped country, amid mounting criticism by the opposition and business community over the handling of the economic crisis. Umar, who recently returned from a trip to the US in which the details of Pakistan’s next International Monetary Fund bailout were finalised, said he has obtained Prime Minister Imran Khan’s consent “to not take any cabinet position”. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “As part of a cabinet reshuffle, prime minister desired that I take the energy minister portfolio instead of finance,” said Umar, one of the close aides of the prime minister. “However, I have obtained his consent to not take any cabinet position.” Later, addressing a press conference here, Umar said that it was time to make some “difficult decisions” to stabilise the economy and that he hopes his replacement would be supported in their efforts. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls “I don’t know if there has been a conspiracy or not (to remove me) but all I know is that my ‘captain’ (Imran Khan) wanted to see me in the role of the energy minister. I did not think that would be a great idea so I refused,” a visibly upset Umar said. Prime Minister Khan-led government and Finance Minister Umar in particular have faced mounting criticism by opposition parties, members of the business community and citizens over the handling of the economic crisis. Cash-strapped Pakistan is seeking USD 8 billion from the IMF to bail itself out from a severe balance-of-payments crisis that threatens to cripple the country’s economy. Pakistan has so far received a total of USD 9.1 billion in financial aid packages from friendly countries like China, Saudi Arabia and the UAE during the current fiscal year. “We have finalised the IMF agreement on much better terms than before. It is the time to take difficult decisions; I have made these decisions, I refused to take the decisions that would have crushed the nation,” Umar said. Responding to a question, the finance minister defended his performance and said “Who says that I have failed in achieving what I wanted to achieve?” He said the new team will look at things with fresh eyes and they can come up with better decisions. “I believe that this decision should be made as soon as possible … we are about to go to the IMF, we are about to present the budget. This is already too late, the next person should have come in earlier, at least a month ago,” Umar told reporters in response to a question on his replacement. It was immediately not clear who will replace Umar. The new finance minister’s first priority would be to finalise the much-needed bailout package with the IMF to overcome the financial crisis. Finance Minister Umar said earlier this month that a mission of the IMF would visit Islamabad soon after the spring meetings of the World Bank Group, which includes the IMF, and an agreement should be signed by the end of this month. On Monday, the Pakistani media reported that a major reshuffle was on the cards in the Finance Ministry. However, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry denied the reports of the reshuffle. “There is no truth in reports regarding changes in posts of federal ministers. The prime minister has the power to change ministers and the media should play a responsible role on this subject,” he tweeted.last_img read more

After Jind episode, Khattar asks CEC if he can stay in poll-bound Chandigarh after campaign ends

first_imgChandigarh: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who had to move the high court after election officials refused to grant him permission for overnight halt in Jind on Friday citing the model code of conduct, has now written to the Election Commission asking if he can stay in state capital Chandigarh when it goes to polls on May 19. Stranded due to bad weather, Khattar was allowed to stay at a guest house in Jind only after the Punjab and Haryana High Court conducted a late night hearing on a plea by his aide. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh Haryana’s Advocate General Baldev Raj Mahajan had said earlier that the Jind deputy commissioner, who is also the Returning Officer, had cited the model code of conduct while refusing permission to Khattar and reasoned that after the campaigning is over, ministers and MLAs cannot stay overnight in constituencies except where they are registered voters. Khattar is a registered voter in Karnal, from where he is an MLA. After the peculiar situation on Khattar’s stay on Friday, his additional principal secretary has now written to Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora seeking clarification on whether he can stay in Chandigarh after the campaigning ends there on Friday. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad The letter written on behalf of the chief minister mentioned the circumstances under which Khattar’s aide had to move the high court earlier on his behalf. . The letter of the law, if taken to its extreme, would mean that the chief executive of the state cannot stay anywhere in the state for any purpose during this period (when campaign ends till polls are held) except where he is a registered voter. This becomes even more piquant in the case of Haryana where the state capital does not fall within the limits of the state jurisdiction. “Thereby, the chief minister would also have to leave his official residence in the state capital in Chandigarh on May 17 evening as elections in UT Chandigarh is due on May 19 and the chief minister is not a registered voter in Union Territory, Khattar’s additional principal secretary wrote to the CEC. The chief minister would like to be advised by the Election Commission of India on the course of action that has to be followed given the circumstances as mentioned, he wrote seeking to know if Khattar can stay in Chandigarh when poll campaigning comes to a close in the UT on Friday. Chandigarh, which is the common capital of both Haryana and Punjab, goes to polls in the seventh and final phase on May 19. The chief minister, whose chopper could not take off for Chandigarh from Sirsa due to inclement weather on Friday evening, had decided to head to the state capital by road, but was stuck due to a dust storm. He then decided to make a night halt at a government guest house at Narwana in Jind, which lies in Sonepat constituency, but the Returning Officer orally informed an aide of the CM that he could not stay overnight there due to the poll code after which the court was approached.last_img read more

Belgian climate minister denounces protest marches as plot

BRUSSELS — A Belgian environment minister has been forced to climb down over accusations that the massive climate demonstrations in Belgium over the past weeks were a plot and that she had state security confirmation.Though regional environment minister Joke Schauvliege said Tuesday she had no such information from state security services, she said would not step down over her remarks.Over the past two months, tens of thousands of protesters have demonstrated across the country for better climate protections and have often targeted her policies.At first she welcomed the marches but over the weekend, she said “a lot of people in these marches don’t realize that they are part of a system which is a setup.” She added that “state security has told me about this.”The Associated Press read more

GM Maven car-sharing stops serving 8 N. American markets

DETROIT — Maven, General Motors’ car-sharing service, is being shut down in about half of the 17 North American markets it operates.The company wouldn’t say Tuesday where Maven will continue to operate, but it confirmed that it’s pulling out of New York and Chicago.GM said in a prepared statement that it’s not scrapping Maven, but rather concentrating on markets where it has the strongest demand and growth potential.Maven, begun in 2016, allowed people to rent GM vehicles for short periods with an app. GM vehicles were strategically placed in in metro areas including Denver, Los Angeles, Baltimore, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Toronto and others.It expanded to leases for ride-sharing drivers and added an app-based service that let owners share vehicles with others.The Associated Press read more

Diamond supply pressures globally offset by firming prices – for now

first_imgThere may be an easing in global demand for diamonds to “slow growth” levels of around 2-3% per annum in a market where prices have risen at least 10% this year, according to a prominent diamond analyst. Addressing the first day of the 2008 Paydirt World Diamond Conference in Perth, Johannesburg-based James Allan, Managing Director of boutique finance house, Allan Hochreiter, said rough diamond prices had climbed anywhere between 5% and 25% through calendar 2008. This has been driven by supply shortfalls as output at Australia’s Argyle diamond mine had eased 6 Mct currently in 2008 compared against 2007 – Canada’s production is down 2 Mct, and Russia and Botswana’s output have eased 1 Mct each,” he said.“The total supply of diamonds worldwide for calendar 2008 is expected to be around 138 Mct – and that has certainly come off the 148 Mct supply evident in 2007,” Allen said. “However, in terms of supply growth in dollar values, the application of an average 13% price increase is boosting diamond supply value from $12.6 billion to $14.3 billion in 2008,” Allen said.“This is being supported by diamond jewellery sales – particularly in the US which accounts for half the world’s diamond jewellery sales – but understandably, there is some nervousness about the key buying period coming up between Thanksgiving and Christmas,” he said. “However, there will be some gradual increases in supply over the next four years. This may see some price decline from next year ranging from 10% to 20% in 2009 as production levels rise and market demand remains low around current growth rates compared to 8.5% in recent years.” About $76 billion worth of diamonds are sold at the retail level each year.last_img read more

Cyprus university now letting you pay fees with Bitcoins

first_imgWITH BITCOINS NOW trading at €406 per coin, the list of things you can spend them on continues to grow. If you’re based in Cyprus, you can now use them to pay for your education.The University of Nicosia announced that it will be accepting Bitcoins as payment for tuition and other fees, making it the first accredited university in the world to accept it.Cyprus was one of the first countries to embrace Bitcoins thanks to a controversial bailout agreed earlier this year. Those who were angry with the terms began putting their savings into Bitcoins instead away from the reach of the banks. This investment kicked off the surge in price which saw it increase 5,000 per cent since the start of the year.The university is also launching a Masters in Digital Currency in Spring 2014, which will be taught both online and on-campus. The course will deal with how digital currency will interact with existing financial systems and how it will evolve.The university is also proposing to the Cyprus government a framework for developing the country into a hub for Bitcoin trading.The university’s Chief Financial Officer Dr. Christos Vlachos said in a statement: We are acutely aware that digital currency is an inevitable technical development that will lead to significant innovation… Digital currency will create more efficient services and will serve as a mechanism for spreading financial services to under-banked regions of the world.Read: China now the biggest market for Bitcoin trading >Read:  Cyprus launches criminal investigation into banking crisis >last_img read more

YouTube rumoured to be working on kids version of site

first_imgYOUTUBE IS SAID to be working on a version of its site designed specifically for children aged ten and under.Having the teen and adult market already wrapped up, The Information is reporting that the site is producing content designed for young children, free from inappropriate videos and comments they could find on the main site.Google has already approached developers and creators to help gauge interest in creating videos aimed towards children.YouTube already has a “safety mode” for filtering out inappropriate content as well as YouTube EDU, a sub-section for schools dedicated to educational videos. Currently, it employs a login system before you can view content suitable for 18+, but not all videos are marked as such.Having a version separate to the main site would eliminate the possibility of children stumbling upon more mature content. It would also put parents’ mind at ease as it wouldn’t require them to constantly moderate the site in case their children watch anything unsuitable.Read: What do Irish people watch most on YouTube? Music videos and comedy >Read: YouTube goes down, millions fear they’d actually have to work >last_img read more

What on earth will happen if Donald Trump DOESNT win the election

first_imgThe prospect of violence after the election might be mitigated if Clinton wins by a large margin and if Republicans who endorsed Trump stand up and declare the voting to have been clean, said Timothy Frye, head of the political science department at Columbia University.“One thing that will be very important to look for is the behaviour of other politicians,” Frye said, citing Trump running mate Mike Pence, who has pledged to respect the results of the elections.President Barack Obama has said that Trump’s claims are irresponsible and show he lacks the thick skin needed to be president.“You start whining before the game’s even over?” Obama said. “I’d advise Mr Trump to stop whining and go try to make his case to get votes.”© – AFP, 2016Read: Phil Hogan says the UK is ‘going to learn a hard lesson’ over BrexitRead: A man accused of murdering his Tinder date has walked free from court in Australia Source: David A. Clarke, Jr./Twitter The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary – but also at many polling places – SAD— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2016 41,553 Views Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter Source: AP/Press Association ImagesMANY AMERICANS ARE appalled by the prospect of Donald Trump winning the US presidency. But many more are just as scared over what might happen if he loses.By insisting the 8 November election is rigged, the Republican nominee has stoked fears that he’s giving his supporters free rein for some kind of morning-after backlash if he loses to Democrat Hillary Clinton.Ominously, the billionaire businessman has also urged his people to go to polling places in minority-rich places like Philadelphia and guard against voter fraud on election day.What will actually happen if Trump loses is anyone’s guess. These are uncharted waters: a US presidential candidate claiming fraud even before the country votes in a highly decentralised system in which electoral rigging is described as practically impossible.But if there is a drum roll of anticipation to see, with Trump’s poll numbers tumbling, if Clinton becomes America’s first female president, there is another triggered by his unsubstantiated claims of electoral shenanigans.Playing with fire“I think Trump is playing with fire and he has been playing with fire for many, many months,” said Matt Dallek, associate professor of political management at George Washington University.And I think it is coming to a crescendo.Violence is not a forgone conclusion, he said, but in a country with more guns than people all it takes is an armed, angry lone wolf Trump supporter for tragedy to occur.Trump’s blustery, law and order campaign has appealed heavily to frustrated middle class and less educated whites and criticised immigrants, Muslims and other minorities.Among other demographics, he has targeted people who feel left out by the globalised economy and embrace his vision of a once-great America – now reduced to mismanaged, crime-ridden mess that cannot create or hold onto jobs, compete abroad, fight Islamist extremists or keep out undocumented migrants.At a Trump rally last Monday night in Wisconsin, 18-year old first time voter and Trump supporter Joseph Wells said he was nervous about what lies ahead if Clinton wins. Saturday 22 Oct 2016, 7:00 PM Share145 Tweet Email1 Oct 22nd 2016, 7:00 PM Short URL What on earth will happen if Donald Trump DOESN’T win the election? Donald Trump seemed to be preparing for a loss by insisting the vote is rigged weeks before the election. But what effect is that having on his more incendiary supporters? It’s incredible that our institutions of gov, WH, Congress, DOJ, and big media are corrupt & all we do is bitch. Pitchforks and torches time— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) October 15, 2016 By AFP ‘Scared’ over aftermath“I don’t want to call Trump supporters violent, but I mean they’ll be ticked off. They’re not going to be happy,” Wells said.I’ll be honest, I’m kind of scared to see how the election and the aftermath is going to unfold.The latest polls show Clinton an average of seven points ahead, having pulled away from Trump as nearly a dozen women came forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct. Trump denies the allegations.The lexicon of campaign Trump is rich with howlers – of late his boast that fame allowed him to get away with grabbing women in the crotch, and other misogynistic remarks.He is quick to resort to violent language when he talks about people who oppose or challenge him. Brawls have broken out at his rallies as Trump supporters traded blows with protesters.But the statement that perhaps horrified people the most was his suggestion in August that gun rights activists might be able to act out somehow if Clinton wins the presidency and appoints Supreme Court justices who favour stricter gun control measures.Referring to the constitutional clause that gives Americans the right to bear arms, Trump said: “If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people – maybe there is, I don’t know.”‘Pitchfork and torches time’A pro-Trump sheriff who has caused alarm by appearing to call for a violent uprising, doubled down on the comments when invited to speak at a Trump rally in Wisconsin this week.“I’ll continue to say it. It is pitchfork and torches time in America,” boomed the Milwaukee official, David Clarke, to a roar of approval from the crowd. 93 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

I remember throwing myself on top of the coffin saying no you

first_img Lorraine Reilly and her husband Warren. Image: RTÉ Investigates Please see attached correspondence from the Coroner in relation to this case. This lady has since the inquest, contacted this office looking for copies of her medical records, which have been supplied…. Obviously, I am concerned that the coroner’s directive to carry out a review, will be discoverable. Can you please advise what is the best way to address this.Following a review being carried out, it was sent to relevant staff in the hospital. Prompting this reply from one doctor:“I believe a simple account of the chronology of the event ought to be sufficient.“May I humbly suggest that much shortened versions sticking completely to the facts and indeed this rather prolonged version… both be submitted to the appropriate person in the clinical indemnity scheme and let them choose which one if any would be appropriate to return to [the coroner].I don’t see any place in the correspondence with [the coroner] where a copy of this is required to be given to the parents of the deceased baby… 11 Comments Lorraine and Warren were shocked at the correspondence.“We just couldn’t believe what we were seeing, it was blatantly obvious that they were trying to cover their tracks,” Lorraine told RTÉ Investigates.In a statement, the HSE Saolta Health Care Group – which has responsibility for Portiuncula Hospital – said:Some of the internal communications identified from 2011 are very concerning and we do not condone the actions/views of others to which you refer… in particular the failure to include and communicate with Lorraine and Warren Reilly.Baby AshaIn 2008 – at 30 weeks pregnant – Lorraine started to experience pain and so went to Portiuncula Hospital. The midwife informed her that she was likely in the early stages of labour and told her to wait as there was no bed available for her at the time.About an hour passed, and Lorraine said she was in a lot of pain.“I needed to go to the toilet so I got in and I had a massive bleed,” she told RTÉ Investigates.Then they cleared a room for me, and they got me in straight away, there seemed to be four or five midwives then in very quickly with me and they started scanning trying to get a heartbeat then for Asha and I knew by their faces already that there was no heartbeat anymore.Lorraine had suffered a massive placental abruption and baby Asha was delivered stillborn.“She was brought out to me by one of the nurses and given to me in the waiting area outside the theatre and I just sat with her and talked to her constantly and cried,” said Lorraine.Suppose we just wanted to cuddle her and take in everything before we had to say goodbye, we took photos and we just spent as much time as we could with her.Second childLorraine and Warren believed that they were just unfortunate with what had happened. Two years later Lorraine was pregnant again.She returned to Portiuncula Hospital when she was at her full-term and in labour.After a midwife showed concern over the baby’s heartbeat, a consultant was called who asked that Lorraine be transferred to theatre for a caesarean section.However this didn’t happen and Lorraine was only transferred to the theatre when the consultant arrived.That night baby Amber was delivered. However she had been without oxygen for an unknown amount of time and was very sick.“I remember looking at her and I turned around the Warren and I said we cannot lose another baby, I said this can’t happen again,” said Lorraine.Baby Amber was transferred to the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin where she died six days later.Lorraine said she and Warren were devastated.I remember just throwing myself on top of the coffin, just over her and I’m saying no, you can’t take her now because I can’t do this again, I can’t do this a second time.Lorraine and Warren believed at the time that they had been doubly unlucky and tried as best as they could to get on with their lives, only finding out years later what had happened.ReviewThe HSE review into their care identified serious failings on behalf of the hospital.Baby Asha’s review identified – among other things – a failure to recognise the signs of placental abruption and a failure to intervene to deliver the baby.Baby Amber’s review concludes there was a failure to identify and respond to abnormal CTG tracings and a failure to follow the guideline in place for the management of a vaginal birth after caesarean.In a statement to RTÉ the HSE Saolta Health Care Group said they have written to Lorraine and Warren Reilly “… to apologise unreservedly and fully for the failures of care delivered to Lorraine that contributed to the likely preventable deaths of Asha and Amber.”After being supplied with the reviews into their children’s care, the Reillys called for the HSE to take real action on all of their recommendations.“A lot of these is actually what was in Amber’s review in 2011 and they obviously were not implemented,” said Lorraine.So now we have to make sure that they are implemented and we’re going to fight and we’re just going to be a nightmare for them because we’re just not going to let it go.RTÉ stated that in the coming days the review team is to sign off on its final overall report on maternity practices at Portiuncula Hospital.Read: HSE: Complacency over vaccines could cause death in IrelandRead: Should drink drivers get an automatic ban? Doctors will be debating that today Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘I remember throwing myself on top of the coffin saying no, you can’t take her because I can’t do this again’ RTÉ Investigates reports on problems in care at Portiuncula Hospital. Share81 Tweet Email Short URLcenter_img Image: RTÉ Investigates By Cormac Fitzgerald 22,764 Views Lorraine Reilly and her husband Warren. Monday 24 Apr 2017, 11:40 PM Apr 24th 2017, 11:40 PM INTERNAL EMAILS AT Portiuncula Hospital show how staff weren’t fully transparent with the parents of a child who died soon after birth.RTÉ Investigates revealed tonight on Claire Byrne Live failures in care in the maternity services at the hospital in Ballinasloe.The programme spoke to a number of families affected by the care at the hospital. One couple, Lorraine and Warren Reilly, lost two children at separate times around their birth.Following the news in January 2015 that the HSE was reviewing the care of a number of babies in Portiuncula, Lorraine and Warren approached the health executive with their own cases.It was in a meeting with the HSE that the couple first learned that a review had already been carried out by the hospital over the circumstances of Lorraine’s second baby’s death in 2011.The cases around the care of their children were added to the HSE’s list of reviews in 2015.The couple in recent weeks received their reports from the HSE review.They received an unreserved apology for the failings in care provided at Portiuncula Hospital. The reports pointed out failings of care during both of Lorraine’s pregnancies.In 2011, the Reillys applied under Data Protection legislation to Portiuncula Hospital for all documentation relating to them and their children.Among this documentation was an email sent from a staff member to the hospital’s insurers, the States Claims Agency, in relation to the death of the Reilly’s second baby, Amber. The email stated:last_img read more

Greek tourism gets a boost from major travel operator

first_imgGreece’s tourist industry is getting ready for yet another blockbuster summer and travel giant Thomas Cook wants a starring role.It has announced it will put $150 million into strengthening its position in the Greek travel industry with the creation of a number of hotels and boutiques.Four new hotels have already opened in Rhodes, Chania, Kos and Hersonissos, but another nine are set to follow by 2019.Thomas Cook chief Peter Fankhausen says the future for travel business is bright for Greece.“Greece has grown fast in the last two years to become Thomas Cook’s second-biggest destination. Since 2016, we have opened up new regions to our customers including northern Greece and added new airline routes into the country and its beautiful islands”, said Fankhausen at the opening of a new hotel in Crete today.Greece’s minister of tourism, Elena Kountoura also attended the opening and welcomed the investment, hailing her country’s attractions in the process.“Greece is a globally attractive destination 365 days a year, emerging as an outstanding choice for unique, truly authentic travel experiences in the Mediterranean and Europe,” she said.“We support and welcome new investment projects in the dynamically growing Greek tourism sector that enhance the experience and the overall quality of our tourist product.“Our strategic partnership is important in further promoting new Greek destinations and expanding our year-round tourism offering, focusing on the benefits yielded for the local communities through sustainable tourism growth”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Move Over Chanel No 5 AI Is Creating Perfumes Now

first_img When I think of perfume, I think of Chanel, Dior, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, or Jo Malone. I don’t think of IBM.Yet, the information technology company this week announced plans to create new scents—using artificial intelligence.In partnership with flavor and fragrance producer Symrise, IBM Research built an AI that can learn about formulas, raw materials, historical success data, and industry trends.Meet Philyra, a system of machine learning algorithms developed to serve up inspiration and “design entirely new fragrance formulas,” according to Richard Goodwin, principal research scientists at IBM Research.Don’t expect the same old vanilla, pumpkin spice, and musk eau de toilettes, though. Philyra, named for the Greek goddess of fragrance, explores the “entire landscape” of scent combinations to find what’s missing and fill in the gaps.“Creating a fine fragrance is an art as well as a science that requires precision, as even the smallest change in the amount of a material can make or break a new perfume,” Goodwin wrote in a blog post.The team’s data-driven approach relies on information about hundreds of thousands of fragrance formulas, families (fruity or floral), raw materials, and historic information.“With this wealth of data, Philyra uses machine learning to generate new combinations of fragrance formulations that fit the specific design objectives,” Goodwin said.Symrise has already taken the AI for a test run, designing two perfumes scheduled to launch next year via global beauty firm O Boticário.A human/machine dream team, Philyra addressed consumer preferences, while perfumers simply focused on perfecting the final product.Moving forward, Symrise hopes to introduce this technology to master perfumers around the world, expanding its use to personal and home care products. The company also plans to embed Philyra into its Perfumery School to help train new generations of fragrance makers.“Our research continues to push the boundaries of augmenting human expertise using AI and demonstrating how AI can assist in domains where creativity is key,” Goodwin wrote.“Now, perfumers can have an AI apprentice by their side,” he continued, “helping to make them more productive, and accelerate the design process by guiding them toward formulas that have never been seen before.”More artificial intelligence coverage on You Pay $10K For This AI-Generated Portrait?Google AI Detects Breast Cancer Better Than HumansThis Is What ‘Solo’ Would Have Looked Like Starring Young Harrison Ford McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS Stay on targetlast_img read more

Homers annual flood of tourists may be eroding its longterm rental market

first_imgHomer Spit. (KBBI Database photo)Homer has a housing problem. Like many rural Alaskan communities, finding a place to live can be a challenge. But the growing tourism industry may be making it more difficult for year-round residents to find long-term housing. With just a handful of hotels in town, visitors have been relying on Air B&Bs and other vacation rentals. That demand may mean fewer rental options for Homer residents to choose from.Listen nowAnna Vanbuskirk is on the hunt for housing during the worst time of year to be looking for a rental in Homer, but after moving to town two years ago, she’s use to the scramble every spring.“The first year I didn’t find anything really, and I ended up living in a 1978 tour bus on a gentlemen’s property because I couldn’t find housing with my dog and I,” Vanbuskirk said.Vanbuskirk has moved four times since then, and she has just two weeks to find another place for the summer. Situations like hers seem to be more common. Daniel Yager with Homer Property Management said several people come in with the same story every spring.“They showed up in the offseason, they found a nice vacation rental that was going for a decent market price. When they talk to the owner, they expressed great interest in long-term tenancy, and those owners told them whatever they needed to hear,” Yager explained. “At the end of the six-month term, the tenant basically just got the notice that the lease agreement isn’t extending and they must move out by this day at this time.”Vanbuskirk said she moved into her house knowing it was just for the winter, but others are moving unexpectedly. Kelli Parker moved into her current house last fall with a six-month lease and the promise that she could sign on for a full year come the spring.Parker signed a year-long lease at the beginning of April, but couple days later, she was told her landlord had not signed the lease because he plans to list the house on Air B&B.“I signed the lease and handed it back to him, not thinking I needed to have him sign his part right then,” Parker recalled. “After so many confirmations over the winter by email and then a personal one-on-one confirmation, I just didn’t see it as that important. I just took him at his word.”Gina Pelaia at Bay Reality said she’s been getting more calls every year from frantic renters like Parker.“I know sometimes when I first answer the phone they say, ‘This isn’t a seasonal place, is it? We aren’t going to have to move out in May are we?’” Pelaia said.Pelaia said more vacation rentals are making the long-term rental market incredibly competitive.“This time of year, I’d say we’re closer to a 1 percent vacancy rate. More in the winter, we’re looking at probably less than a 5 percent vacancy rate,” Pelaia added. “I manage about 150 properties, and I think I have two available apartments right now.”More property owners are capitalizing on the demand for vacation rentals in the summer. According to data Air B&B shared with KBBI, the number of listings in the Homer area have grown over 500 percent since 2014, with 160 hosts listing 250 properties. Almost all of those are either apartments or complete houses.What seems to be driving the growth is profit.“On a monthly rental, the three properties, you bring in around $30,000. On a vacation rental, you can bring in about $60,000,” Kit Barnett said.“And it’s definitely worth the work,” Barnett’s wife Phyllis chimed in.Both Barnetts are retired teachers and they say they need the supplemental income. They listed the upper and lower levels of their duplex on Air B&B and other sites four years ago after one of their long-term tenants moved out. After that filled up consistently, they converted their small house next door from a traditional rental to an Air B&B as well.Phyllis Barnett said she knows plenty of people are jumping into the market, but doesn’t think it’s anywhere near being saturated.“I haven’t heard anybody complaining about their bookings,” Phyllis said with a chuckle. “I don’t know everybody, but nobody I know is complaining about it.”Phyllis Barnett does think vacation rentals will eventually become less profitable as competition grows, but she said if that happens, she’ll turn her properties back into long-term rentals, which would be welcome relief for renters on the housing hunt.last_img read more

Polls as per constitution says Amu

first_imgIndustries minister Amir Hossain Amu. Photo: UNBIndustries minister Amir Hossain Amu on Sunday said the next parliamentary election will be held according to the constitution, not under the supervision of any individual.“Some say the election will be held under Sheikh Hasina’s supervision or leadership. I want to say that the next parliamentary election will be held according to the constitution, not under the supervision of any individual,” said Amu.”We don’t want the constitutional emptiness to be returned. We will not allow any vested quarters to grab power taking the chance of the constitutional weakness or emptiness,” the industries minister added.Amu made the remarks at a discussion titled “Skills for Achieving SDG” marking Public Engineering Day and 47th founding anniversary of the Institution of Diploma Engineers (IDEB) in the auditorium of the Institution, reports UNB.He added, “We have the constitution. The country is being administrated as per the constitution. The election will be conducted according to the constitution. We have no provision in our constitution which promotes the communal politics. But it was introduced in our constitution after Ziaur Rahman had taken the power.”Stressing on the technical education, he said engineers can play a vital role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As the knowledge and experience of the engineers will be needed for attaining the goal, engineers should make the use of technological knowledge popular among the marginal people.Bangladesh Sammyobadi Party general secreatry Dilip Barua, Bangladesh Communist Party president Mujahidul Islam Selim, Jatiya Party presidium member Syed Abu Hossain Babla and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal standing committee member Anwar Hossain took part in the discussion, presided over by the IDEB central committee president  AKMA Hamid.The IDEB was founded on 8 November 1970. The day is being observed every year as Public Engineering Day.last_img read more

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first_img Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 04, 2019 Ann Arbor Startup Launches Augmented Reality MRI Simulator SpellBound, an Ann Arbor startup specializing in augmented reality (AR) tools for children in hospitals, has officially… read more Technology | Advanced Visualization | June 13, 2019 Materialise Receives FDA Clearance for Cardiovascular Planning Software Suite Three-dimensional (3-D) printing software and solutions company Materialise has received U.S. Food and Drug… read more August 20, 2008 — FiatLux Imaging Inc. — a high-tech company founded by former Microsoft software veterans — said the FDA cleared the release of its medical imaging application, the FiatLux Visualize, that capitalizes on advanced video game technology reportedly to create high-quality 3D and 2D image reformations from CT and MRI scans at a fraction of the cost of current medical imaging technology. Engineers at FiatLux Imaging have leveraged the functionality of DirectX game programming protocols reportedly to create a powerful, easy-to-use medical image analysis tool for use by physicians virtually anywhere, anytime. Now available for purchase at under $3,000, FiatLux Visualize runs on off-the-shelf PCs and laptops with standard graphics cards, and offers health care professionals an affordable and portable alternative to traditional 3D/2D processing workstations, which typically have been restricted to hospital radiology departments and radiology centers. This flexible approach potentially broadens the use of 3D/2D image post-processing in surgical planning and patient consultation. The company said it is of particular benefit to neurosurgeons, cardiologists and orthopedists, as well as other specialists such as surgeons. FiatLux Visualize provides physicians with an efficient way of viewing CT and MRI scans that also provides useful information in certain medical applications. For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Artificial Intelligence | June 20, 2019 TeraRecon Receives First-of-Kind FDA Determination for Northstar AI Results Explorer Advanced visualization and artificial intelligence (AI) technology provider TeraRecon has successfully completed a U.S… read more News | Advanced Visualization | July 03, 2019 TeraRecon Unveils iNtuition AI Data Extractor Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced visualization company TeraRecon announced its new iNtuition AI Data Extractor… read more Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 10, 2019 Medivis SurgicalAR Gets FDA Clearance Medivis announced that its augmented reality (AR) technology platform for surgical applications, SurgicalAR, has… read more A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. Henry Ford Hospital’s ViewRay MRIdian linear accelerator system allows real-time MRI-guided radiotherapy. Shown is the support staff for this system. In the center of the photo is Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at Henry Ford Cancer Institute. Second from the right is Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research, radiation oncology.center_img Related Content Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Feature | Henry Ford Hospital | May 21, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Innovations in Radiotherapy and Radiology at Henry Ford Hospital Henry Ford Hospital thought leaders regularly speak at the radiation oncology and radiology conferences about new res read more News | August 19, 2008 FDA Clears Video-Based 3D Image Processing Software News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Feature | Molecular Imaging | July 01, 2019 | By Sharvari Rale Transformations in Molecular Imaging Herald Entry to Novel Applications Diagnostic procedures have always been a cornerstone of early prognosis and patient triaging. read more Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read more last_img read more

Growing Australias visitor economy is important in upcoming ele

first_imgGrowing Australia’s visitor economy is important in upcoming electionThe Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF) is calling on all of Australia’s political parties to develop and announce positive policies that will support and enhance the continuing strong growth of Australia’s visitor economy ahead of the Election on July 2.“This election campaign needs to see some ambition from our political parties to get behind Australia’s visitor economy because it really has been one of the great economic success stories we’ve seen in recent time,” said Margy Osmond, TTF CEO.“We are heartened to hear the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull specifically mention tourism as a key industry in shaping Australia’s economic future. Industry looks forward to Opposition Leader Bill Shorten making similar statements embracing tourism as a key industry driver for the nation’s future economy.“The challenge for all our political leaders is to back up their strong words of support for the tourism sector. We need to see positive policies that will allow the industry to reach its full potential as an economic wealth and jobs generator for Australia.“This is an area that we have continued to see a gulf between words and action in recent times. Now is the time for political parties to get real about support for the visitor economy sectors and the jobs and opportunities they can generate.“Tourism is now generating $47.5 billion – or 3 per cent of the nation’s GDP – and at 5.3 per cent it is growing three times faster than the total Australian economy.“Importantly we are supporting 580,800 direct jobs and when related employment is taken into account we are supporting nearly one million jobs – that is 1 in 10 Australians in the workforce.“Tourism has been an industry in which double digit growth on key indicators has been the norm – and yet we are not getting the attention the industry deserves.“In 2015, 6.8 million international visitors (up 8 per cent) visited Australia in which they stayed 248.1 million nights (up 11 per cent) and spent $36.6 billion (up 18 per cent).“The Chinese market alone is growing at 22 per cent with more than one million now coming to our country every year and spending $8.3 billion – 25 per cent of all international expenditure.“Australia’s domestic visitor economy performance is just as impressive with 87 million overnight trips (up 7 per cent), 322 million visitor nights (up 4 per cent) and $57.9 billion in expenditure (up 6 per cent).“There is potential to do even better than these solid results if we put the visitor economy in its rightful place as one of the key economic and job generators in our economic planning.“The Federal Election will be the opportunity for every political party to release a policy platform that supports the visitor economy and our goals to significantly boost its economic contribution to the nation and create thousands of more jobs.“TTF will be actively working during the campaign to encourage the adoption of policies that encourage more international visitors to travel to Australia by slashing the cost of visas, continuing to freeze the Passenger Movement Charge, scrapping the backpacker tax, investing in destination marketing and building the public transport and visitor infrastructure to make our cities and regions more attractive destinations.” Tourism & Transport Forumbook your Virgin flights hereSource = Tourism & Transport Forumlast_img read more

Housing Economic Sentiments Turn Sour

first_img August 7, 2014 481 Views Share Consumer Confidence Fannie Mae Home Prices Jobs 2014-08-07 Tory Barringer Housing, Economic Sentiments Turn Sourcenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News Americans grew decidedly more pessimistic in July about the current direction of housing and economic growth, a survey from Fannie Mae shows.In its latest National Housing Survey, the company found housing sentiment among U.S. consumers was down in July compared to recent months, with fewer expecting continued growth.According to the findings, only 42 percent of Americans surveyed said they expect home prices to keep rising over the next year, continuing a downward trend that started in April. At the same time, the share of respondents expecting price depreciation also fell, reflecting more tempered expectations as home price increases continue on a slower, but still steady, track.The average price change expectation was also down, falling for the second straight month to an anticipated 2.3 percent over the next year.Doug Duncan, SVP and chief economist at Fannie Mae, said July’s survey results give more weight to the company’s view that the first phase of the housing recovery is decelerating and reinforces its forecast of “mixed housing outcomes” in 2014.”We have always believed that for the housing recovery to be considered robust, we will need strong and sustained full-time job and income growth,” Duncan said. “Recent data indicating the creation of more than 200,000 jobs over each of the last six months, combined with this month’s improvement in the share of consumers reporting significantly higher household income than a year ago, does provide some reason for optimism. If these trends continue, they could lead to some upside in housing in 2015.”While Fannie Mae’s economists are hopeful, consumers seem less optimistic about the path the economy is on: The survey shows 59 percent of respondents believe the economy is on the wrong track, up 5 percentage points from June, while only 35 percent believe the economy is headed in the right direction.Additionally, while more consumers said their income is significantly higher than it was last year—28 percent, a survey high—the share of those who expect their financial situation to improve in the next 12 months dropped to 40 percent, the lowest so far this year.Despite those challenges, Fannie Mae noted a few positive signs in its survey report. “[T]he gap has narrowed between the share of those who say now is a good time to buy a home [67 percent] versus those who say it is a good time to sell [43 percent], indicating a better balance of supply and demand in the market.”The company added, “In addition, the share of consumers who say their home has increased in value since they bought it rose to an all-time survey high, which suggests a long-term positive trend for household balance sheets that may encourage more potential buyers and sellers to enter the market.”last_img read more

8 Monster Chilli Sauce Kit £1399 If you could on

first_img8. Monster Chilli Sauce Kit £13.99If you could only grow your own chillies and make your own sauce while you’re on holiday, then life would be just that little bit better. Self-catering need never be so traumatic with this essential kit, complete with app to tell you what to do if you can’t read the instructions. 10. Travel Ashtray £6.50If you’re busting for a smoke, you can light up wherever you are (well, not on a plane, and plenty of other places) and not worry about ashing on the carpet, with this little baby. Doubles up as a pocket mirror so you can do your make-up on the go. 1. Trunki Travel Chums Wash Bag £6.99Already got aTrunki? Now get the small thing in your life (no, not the cat) a bathroom buddy. Apparently, ‘kids can enjoy packing their toiletries’, it says, and while packing my toiletries was by far the most enjoyable element of my holidays long into my teens, it could have been even better with one of these. 11. Go Travel Full Length Waterproof Travel Raincoat £7.62Just think how jealous your friends will be when you tell them you got a mac for Christmas. They don’t need to know it’s not made by Apple. Stored snugly in your backpack, or even folded up in your pocket, and just pull it out when the heavens open. Ideal for expeditions in Equatorial cloud forests, where moisture can be as maddening as the insect life. Related5 must-have luggage essentials for summerYou’ve sorted out your cheap flights and you have a bit of extra cash to give your travel kit a revamp. Here are some ideas for some essential summer luggage and travel bits and pieces.10 best business travel gifts for Christmas10 great gadget-y gifts for the business traveller.Skyscanner’s essential packing listPacking for your next adventure is never easy. Hours are spent umm-ing and ahh-ing over whether you really need 17 tops for that one-week trip, before you arrive at the airport and realise you’ve left something vitally important… like your passport. Our packing list will help you get yourself organised,… 6. The Really Tiny Book Light £6.75If you don’t have a Kindle Fire (where have you been?), if you need to read bus timetables in a bus shelter on a dark and lonely highway on the outskirts of Plovdiv, or if you find yourself doing some impromptu potholing at night, this little tool may be your saviour. 4. Travel Clothes Line £3.69Make losing underwear a thing of the past. If only I’d had one of these; then I’d have never lost that prized pair of pants that blew off a hotel windowsill in a sudden squall in Bologna. Hopefully someone down below put them to good use. Backpacker off on a round-the-world trip? Teenager taking a gap year? Granny gapper going gonzo?If you need a gift for someone who loves travel this Christmas, look no further. To celebrate Cyber Monday – the year’s busiest day for shopping online – on December 2, we’ve got 12 amazing ideas for the perfect present. 12. Peter Duncan’s Family Travels £10.75Starring ex-Blue Peter and In at the Deep End presenter Peter Duncan, in terms of travel documentaries, you can’t get much better than this. Actually, at first I thought it was Peter Davidson, and how good would that have been?ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 5. The Worst-case Scenario Travel Handbook £8.10From the practical (how to purify water) to the possible (how to escape from a car hanging over the edge of a cliff) to the really rather unlikely (how to foil a UFO abduction), this book provides solutions to commonly-encountered sticky holiday situations. An essential gift for the adventurous traveller in your life.More: 12 Top Travel Books for Christmas 2. Panda Face Eye Travel Sleeping Mask Blindfold, £2.32Need some beauty sleep? Or maybe you just want to look like a panda? Scare the person sitting next to you on the plane by slipping on this sleeping mask and growling at them. Do pandas growl? I have no idea.3. Pug Dog Eyemask £5Need some beauty sleep? Or maybe you just want to look like a pug? 9. Travel Dog Kit In A Tin £6Do you take your dog on holiday with you? No? You don’t have a dog? Oh well, who cares. This handy kit is the ideal present for anyone who likes dogs, or doesn’t. It comes complete with folding water bowl for when Rover gets thirsty, new rave glow-in-the-dark lead, and poop bags. 7. Yellowstone Car Travel Gift Set £9.52The ideal set to keep in your car in case of those unexpected emergencies. Apart from, it doesn’t include a bottle of whisky (to pass the time, and sterilise wounds), membership of the AA (because who in this day and age knows how to change a tyre?) and The Worst-case Scenario Travel Handbook (to know how to foil an alien abduction).last_img read more

Miami Florida – Reported by Elite Traveler the p

first_imgMiami, Florida – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineMichelin-star Executive Chef David Werly recently debuted a tantalizing selection of seasonal share-style dishes at The Restaurant, the luxurious Setai’s decadent eatery. Meals draw upon the culinary traditions of the Far East and West for a contemporary, yet authentic menu sure to please even the most discerning palates.Chef Werly and his expert team use only the finest ingredients, sourced both locally and from around the world, to prepare truly outstanding fare in The Restaurant’s open exhibition kitchen, leading you on a gastronomic journey through The Wok, The Steam, The Tandoor, The Curries and The Rotisserie & Grill.Standouts from fall’s new offerings include:• Sea Bass Pla Pao Rom Fan: Sea bass smoked with jasmine tea, star anis, cinnamon, cucumber and tomato relish, served with sticky coconut rice • Milk Fed Veal Chop: Preserved lemon polenta and lemongrass infused granny smith with sauce grenobloise • Gaika Ghost: Beef short ribs, curry, flavored with cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, and red wine, served with crispy butternut squash • Gai Hor Bai Toy, Chicken wrapped in pandanus leaf with cilantro roots, lemongrass, sesame oil and sweet soy sauceOf course, chef Werly’s signature favorites, including his inspired hamachi and homemade foie gras, still grace the menu.Match your meal with top selections from The Restaurant’s new Bottleshock menu, stocking wines hand-selected from around the globe by expert sommelier Dwayne Savoie, all with a rating of 90 points or higher from Wine Spectator. The likes of Chateau D’Yquem Black Bordeaux, France 2004 and Ducru Beaucaillou St. Julien, Bordeau, France 2005, are offered at 40 percent off.www.setai.comlast_img read more