North Korea says it released Canadian pastor GTA congregation celebrates news

first_imgLim, who has a wife and son living in the Toronto area, started the Light Korean Presbyterian Church nearly three decades ago, shortly after he emigrated from South Korea.He grew the congregation from about a dozen people in 1986 to more than 3,000 members. He also runs a smaller church in downtown Toronto that caters to young people.The church has taken on numerous humanitarian projects in North Korea, one of which prompted Lim’s last trip there in January 2015.Family and friends previously said he was visiting an orphanage, nursery and nursing home in the country at the time of his arrest. The pastor had successfully travelled to North Korea more than 100 times over the past two decades, they added.Baik said the pastor’s ordeal would not deter the church from future humanitarian projects in the country.“Missions will never stop, no matter where they may be,” he said.Family members had urged the Canadian government to put pressure on North Korea to secure Lim’s release.Their calls for action took on fresh urgency in June following the death of Otto Warmbier, an American student who lived only one week after being released from North Korean custody due to health concerns.Lim’s own health was of concern to his family members, who had said the pastor needed medication to manage his blood pressure.A Canadian delegation led by Daniel Jean, the national security adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, was in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang this week to discuss Lim’s case.“Pastor Lim’s health and well-being remain of utmost importance to the government of Canada as we continue to engage on this case,” Cameron Ahmad, a spokesman for the Prime Minister’s Office, told The Canadian Press on Tuesday.Neither Ahmad nor Global Affairs responded to request for comment on Lim’s release.Canada does not have an embassy in North Korea, and has advised against all travel there.With files from The Associated Press A church congregation in the GTA is celebrating news of the release of their pastor from a North Korean prison more than two years after he was arrested in the country.A decision from North Korea’s central court freed Hyeon Soo Lim from the prison where he was serving a life sentence for anti-state activities, the country’s Korean Central News Agency reported Wednesday.The pastor’s release, which came on the heels of an official visit from a Canadian government delegation, was described as “sick bail” by the news agency. No other details were provided.In a brief statement issued early Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was “pleased and relieved” that Lim had been released.“Pastor Lim’s health and well-being remain of utmost importance to the government of Canada, and we are working to ensure that he receives any required medical attention,” said Trudeau.The prime minister also thanked Sweden for its assistance in the matter but said “operational security considerations” prevents the government from discussing the matter further.Lim, a pastor with the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Mississauga had been sentenced by a North Korean court to life in prison with hard labour for what it called crimes against the state.Charges against him included harming the dignity of the supreme leadership, trying to use religion to destroy the North Korean system, disseminating negative propaganda about the North to overseas Koreans, and helping American and South Korean efforts to help people defect from the north.Word of Lim’s release drew members of his congregation to their church, just west of Toronto, where they were seen hugging and crying Wednesday morning.Charles Baik, an associate pastor with the church’s English ministry, said members are ecstatic at the prospect of Lim’s return.“We’re so happy he’s been released,” Baik said from outside the church. Watch the video below or click here.last_img read more

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Sri Lanka fights US resolution

The resolution, first presented to Congress in March 2011 by Republican Representative Michael Grimm, seeks the establishment of an independent international accountability mechanism to investigate Sri Lanka. Grimm is already under a federal grand jury investigation following accusations that he accepted contributions over the legal limit from non-citizen donors. The government feels that the resolution in its current form will be counter-productive for the country. Meanwhile the External Affairs Ministry said that intelligence collected by the Embassy confirms that Congressman Grimm had received a number of campaign contributions from Sri Lankan-American constituents who are the sole supporters behind the push for the resolution. However sources added that Michael Grimm is still lobbying for the resolution to be submitted again and passed in Congress before the end of this year.“Ambassador Wickramasuriya and officials from the Sri Lankan Embassy in the US are working hard to discourage support for the resolution and attempt to withdraw it completely or change the resolution to be supportive of Sri Lanka and focus on positive developments,” sources said.Congress members are being told that following the war Sri Lanka has seen tremendous progress including in the economy, tourism and in the area of resettlement. However there are fears the document, House Resolution 177, may be re-submitted and passed in Congress before January next year. The government has launched a campaign through the Sri Lankan Embassy in the United States to lobby against a resolution presented by a US Congressman on Sri Lanka, the Sunday Leader newspaper reported today.External Affairs Ministry sources told The Sunday Leader that the Sri Lankan Embassy had already managed to have the resolution withdrawn from the calendar for this year. Despite being presented in 2011 the document was never taken for a vote and last month it was submitted again just as Congress convened after a six-week recess.Sources at the External Affairs Ministry said that Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the US Jaliya Wickramasuriya and other top Embassy officials had urgent discussions with Congress members and managed to have the resolution removed from the calendar. read more

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WatchGoogle moves to upend gaming industry with the holy grail A streaming

Google also used its GDC keynote to announce the founding of its own first-party game studio: Stadia Games and Entertainment. The new division will be headed up by Montreal-born Jade Raymond — best known for leading Ubisoft’s Toronto studio for five years — and charged with developing Stadia-exclusive software. There’s no word yet on what its first game will be.However, some key questions regarding Google’s new platform remain unanswered. Perhaps the biggest is how players will pay to play. Stadia could take the form of a Netflix-like subscription service, with players paying a monthly fee for unlimited play, or players may still need to purchase individual games, as most do now. Harrison said that Stadia is in talks with publishers and developers as it works out its business model.Another open question is how both players and game developers will react to some of Stadia’s more unusual features, such as State Share. State Share will allow YouTubers who livestream their play sessions to share a specific game state — a particular moment or scenario within the game — with other Stadia users so that they can instantly jump into the game at the same place and in the same situation as the streamer. This could be used as a means of disseminating demos prior to a game’s release, or YouTubers could use it as a way to create challenges within their communities.And while Google’s network of data centres is massive, Harrison admits that there will be some locations in the world that won’t be close enough for an optimal streaming experience. “Inevitably, there will be some parts of the world that we are not yet able to reach. But the good news is that the Internet continues to grow every day and get faster for more people. And there are technologies just around the corner, like 5G, that we hope will make Stadia accessible to more people.”Harrison is confident that Stadia represents the future of gaming, and that game streaming will one day fully supplant traditional consoles.“Eventually, I’m pretty sure streaming will become (the standard platform for game delivery). It won’t happen overnight. And we don’t expect the transition to be immediate. But we want to position Stadia as the new generation of gaming platforms, purpose-built for the 21st century.” The future of gaming isn’t a box, but rather a place: The cloud. And it will arrive before the end of 2019. So says Google Inc., which unveiled a potentially disruptive new game platform called Stadia during a keynote speech at the Game Developers’ Conference (GDC) in San Francisco on Tuesday.The tech giant’s vision for the future of gaming is a global network of data centres dedicated to hosting and streaming games at maximum fidelity to any and every screen you use — including televisions, laptop and desktop computers, tablets, and phones — via either your Internet browser or a free app. No separate box required.“It’s the most highly tuned platform to meet the needs of every member of the gaming ecosystem, whether you’re a developer, publisher, a YouTube creator, or, crucially, a gamer,” said Google vice president and general manager Phil Harrison, who joined the company last year to head up Stadia after a career working with Microsoft Corp., Sony Corp., and Atari SA. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 review: Polished and playable, right out of the gate Anthem review: Think Destiny, with better storytelling, worse loot and more repetition Crackdown 3 review: Brutal justice made brutally boring Stadia servers will be powered by a new graphics processing unit (GPU) developed in partnership with American semiconductor manufacturer AMD, Inc. Google claims its chips are capable of pushing out in excess of 10 teraflops — more than the combined computing power of Microsoft’s Xbox One X and Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro — and will help deliver games in 4K HDR at 60 frames per second to players wherever they happen to be, regardless of the specifications of the device on which they’re playing.Google presented a live demonstration of Ubisoft Entertainment SA’s Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey to show how Stadia will let players launch a game they just discovered from within their browser in as little as five seconds — a far cry from the hours it currently takes to download and install large game files on traditional consoles. Harrison also demonstrated how players can seamlessly switch between devices and continue playing, so long as each one has an Internet connection.Game streaming has been a holy grail within the industry for years, with startup companies like Gaikai and OnLive attempting to own the space. However, the technology has always been finicky, with latency — the time it takes for player inputs to travel to a server and back — proving problematic.But Google claims to have beaten this problem via a mix of cutting edge technology and a peerless network of data centres scattered across more than 200 countries. The majority of the world’s population lives within close enough proximity to these servers to keep their lag time low. “We have 7,500 locations,” said Harrison, “and they’re connected by a proprietary backbone of Google fibre optic cables covering hundreds of thousands of miles. This helps ensure we have the best performing network possible.”Proof of Stadia’s performance was on display last fall, when Google ran a limited public test of its new platform under the code name Project Stream, handled in part by Google Canada’s Waterloo office, which is also responsible for creating Stadia’s developer- and publisher-facing user experience. It earned rave reviews from both pundits and players.Since Stadia will be accessible through browsers or apps on almost any device and is compatible with most existing USB peripherals, including keyboards, mice, and controllers, consumers won’t need to purchase any new hardware to begin playing. However, Google’s hardware division has created a branded controller for Stadia that will connect to data centres via Wi-Fi and offer players additional perks, like pressing a dedicated Google Assistant button to access tips and tricks for a game without needing to pause play.Stadia supports a variety of existing peripherals, but Google’s Stadia branded controller enables additional perks, including in-game Google Assistant. Courtesy Google read more

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Lack of regulations and policy delay Regina couples Airbnb plans

Regina city councillor Barbara Young sits at a Regina Planning Commission meeting at Regina City Hall, Jan, 9, 2019. BRANDON HARDER / Regina Leader-Post But Ward 3 Coun. Andrew Stevens, who has several Airbnb rentals on his street, disagreed with the criticisms.“I’ve never once been concerned about my children,” he said. “I can’t see why this would be an issue.”According to administration, a report will be coming forward at the December executive committee meeting regarding short term rentals and concerns from the Regina Hotel Association.It will include an initial assessment of the issue of unregulated homestays and some preliminary recommendations, but a full licensing policy framework will not be ready until sometime in the new year.Council approved a motion directing administration to bring forward regulations and a licensing policy framework by the first quarter of 2020.jackerman@postmedia.com Instead of denying the permit, council deferred the Carefoots’ application until regulations and a policy framework are developed in the new year.So far, only one other property owner has sought approval for a residential homestay in accordance with a 2013 bylaw, despite more than 300 rentals in Regina currently listed on Airbnb’s website.Administration says the main difference between the only homestay currently authorized in the city and the Carefoots’ situation is that the Carefoots do not plan to live in the house.But the homeowners insist that doesn’t mean they don’t have a vested interest in the property.“We are there almost daily and we are making sure that our investment is tidy, is well-kept, is safe,” said Theadoshia. “We have young children. We believe in a safe community.”While it is not on the Heritage Holding Bylaw list, nor designated a heritage property, the Carefoots say they believe in saving and restoring beautiful old homes and hope to have it designated a heritage home one day.“We would love nothing more than to open this beautiful home to the community and travellers looking for a home to rest in while visiting our beautiful city,” wrote the Carefoots in a letter to their neighbours asking for support.Despite their reassurances, Ward 2 Coun. Bob Hawkins, who lives in the neighbourhood, voiced serious concerns over how parking and street access may impact children’s safety.“The neighbours in the area are unanimous in speaking to me that they do not want an Airbnb,” said Hawkins. A lack of regulations for short term rentals has delayed one couple’s plans for a unique homestay in Regina’s Lakeview neighbourhood.Fulfilling a dream of her father’s, Theadoshia Carefoot and her husband purchased Mason Manor, which was built in 1913.The couple then applied for a discretionary use application to rezone the home to be used as a short term rental like Airbnb or VRBO.“We did purchase the property with the intent of fixing it up and sharing it with the community,” said Theadoshia. “We felt that this was the best way to do so.”But without a regulatory framework or licensing policy in place, city council says it can’t make an informed decision on whether or not to approve the application.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“(The) planning commission didn’t state disapproval of short term rentals as a form of business, but we see it as an area that requires more information about regulation and enforcement,” said Ward 1 Coun. Barbara Young.The Carefoots’ application was first discussed at a planning commission meeting on Sept. 11. The commission then recommended that council deny the permit at Monday night’s meeting.The commission cited traffic, noise and parking concerns as reasons to deny the permit. A handful of residents also voiced opposition to the proposed homestay.“The planning commission was concerned about the effect on the neighbourhood, which contains several heritage properties and single family homes,” said Young. TROY FLEECE / Regina Leader-Post Ward 2 Coun. Bob Hawkins. read more

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Loonie lower amid disappointing eurozone manufacturing data US jobs growth

Loonie lower amid disappointing eurozone manufacturing data, U.S. jobs growth AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted May 2, 2012 4:27 pm MDT TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed lower Wednesday as prices for oil and metals backed off in the wake of data showing a deepening European economic slump and slowing American job creation.The commodity-sensitive currency lost 0.07 of a cent to 101.37 cents US.Payroll firm ADP reported that the American economy cranked out only 119,000 private sector jobs in April, well below the consensus estimate of 170,000.The report was released two days before the U.S. government non-farm payrolls report for April comes out. Economists are looking for the American economy to have created a total of about 160,000 jobs last month.Another report showed that manufacturing activity across the eurozone shrank at a faster pace than previously estimated in April.The final April Markit purchasing managers index fell to 45.9 from a reading of 47.7 in March and was below an earlier estimate of 46. A reading of less than 50 indicates a contraction in activity.The data showed accelerating downturns for Italy, Spain and Greece.But even eurozone powerhouse Germany saw shrinking activity as its manufacturing PMI fell to a 33-month low at 46.2.Demand concerns sent the June crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down 94 cents to US$105.22 a barrel.Prices for copper, viewed as an economic bellwether since the metal is used in so many industries, also fell with the May contract down six cents to US$3.79 a pound.Gold bullion prices were also lower with the June contract falling $8.40 to US$1,654 an ounce.Also depressing commodity prices was a survey of purchasing managers by HSBC which shows China’s manufacturing contracted in April for the sixth straight month.HSBC said Wednesday that its purchasing managers index for April was 49.3, up from 48.3 in March. The index has remained below 50, the level indicating expansion, since October.The HSBC survey tends to reflect private and export-sector activity more strongly than an official index, released Tuesday, that showed manufacturing gaining last month.The Canadian dollar is down more than half a cent US this week, also pressured by data from Monday showing the Canadian economy contracted 0.2 per cent in February. The weak showing indicated to traders that the Bank of Canada is in no hurry to raise interest rates. read more

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Update on Afghan mining project tenders

first_imgBalkhabSar-I-Pul and BalkhCopperVMS210 km2 and 247km2 BadakhshanBadakhshanGoldQuartz-vein4 x 250km2 ProjectProvinceMineral typeDeposit typeExploration Licence Area(s) ZarkashanGhazniCopper-goldSkarn2 x 242km2center_img The Leader in the April issue examines in detail a number of projects that were put out to tender. The Government of Afghanistan, through the Ministry of Mines of Afghanistan, has just announced that 25 potential bidders have successfully qualified for the next stage of the tender processes for the exploration and subsequent exploitation of four project areas with deposits containing gold and copper, following receipt the Pre-Qualification Questionnaires (PQQs).  The deadline for submission of PQQs was Friday 16 March 2012.Commenting on the announcement, His Excellency Wahidullah Shahrani, Minister of Mines, said: “We are very encouraged by the number of potential bidders that have qualified for the next stage of the tender processes, following receipt of their PQQs. The geographic diversity evident in the potential bidders that have qualified reflects the level of international interest in the rich mineral resources of the country.” “The potential bidders include companies and consortiums from countries including Afghanistan, India, the USA, Canada, the UK, United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Australia.  We look forward to providing further updates on the process as the Ministry continues towards the selection of a final preferred bidder for each of the mineral tenders by the end of 2012.”The tender process for each project is expected to culminate in the granting of an exploration licence and, subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions, will lead to the granting of the requisite exploitation licence.  Canaccord Genuity, SRK Consulting and Mayer Brown are acting as transaction advisers to the Ministry in relation to the tenders for the projects and every effort is reported to be being made to ensure the highest degree of transparency in the process. ShaidaHeratCopperPorphyry250km2last_img read more

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Apple le système dachat dapplications a été piraté

first_imgApple : le système d’achat d’applications a été piratéLe système d’achat d’applications in-app d’Apple a été contourné par des pirates informatiques. Apple tente de fixer le problème alors qu’il est en train de s’ébruiter en ligne…Un collectif de pirates informatiques est parvenu à détourner le système d’achat in-app d’Apple. Les hackers ont même mis au point un outil appelé iAP Cracker. C’est la première fois que les développeurs pour Apple doivent faire face à la possibilité de détournement du système d’achat in-app.À lire aussiUn Français de 17 ans crée une appli pour aider les malvoyants à lire les étiquettes des produitsLa firme de Cupertino avait mis au point un système d’achat (dématérialisé) sans sortir de l’application in-app. Mais celui-ci ne semble plus fiable. En effet, iAP Cracker permet de contourner la protection mise en place par Apple et d’accéder aux applications sans débourser un sou… Le développeur britannique Mobile Pie a indiqué à PocketGamer que l’application My Star avait enregistré au mois d’octobre 14 achats in-app illégaux contre seulement 1 légal. Le développeur Will Luton indique même : “en approfondissant nos recherches, nous avons réalisé que les achats in-app illégaux ont été réalisé sur des téléphones jailbreakés utilisant iAP Cracker”.IAP Cracker se montre redoutablement efficace sur un iPhone jailbreaké, et les applications avec lesquelles il fonctionne est accessible en ligne. Will Luton et son équipe vont tenter de fixer ce problème. Mais Apple n’a pas communiqué sur cet acte de piratage qui pourrait coûter cher à ses auteurs. Le 22 novembre 2011 à 11:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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SPOILER Even more NXT talents scheduled for WWEs Evolution PPV on October

first_imgFacebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Trish Stratus Nikki Bella WhatsApp WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Google+ Videos Articles Did Ronda Rousey Break Alexa Bliss’ Nose? International Superstar Shake-up Dates Confirmed Pinterest Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Videos Articles Alexa Blisscenter_img What Is Ronda Rousey’s Dream Match? Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Twitter Now Playing Up Next Alexa Bliss Reportedly Injured Now Playing Up Next Alexa Bliss Officially Not Wrestling At Evolution PWInsider is reporting that NXT talents Lacey Evans, Mia Yim, NXT UK Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley and Kacy Catanzaro are all scheduled for the Evolution PPV on October 28.It was reported yesterday that NXT talents Bianca Belair, Io Shirai, Jessamyn Duke, Candice LeRae, Dakota Kai and Marina Shafir are also scheduled for the show.WWE is touting that over 50 women from the past and present will take part in the PPV on October 28. The RAW Women’s Championship, Smackdown Women’s Championship, NXT Women’s Championship and NXT UK Women’s Championship will all be defended on the card. The finals of the Mae Young Classic tournament will also be taking place.We reported earlier today about the changes to the card for Evolution in a few weeks.Here is the updated card as of this week:RAW Women’s ChampionshipRonda Rousey (c) vs. Nikki BellaNXT Women’s ChampionshipKairi Sane (c) vs. Shayna BaszlerTrish Stratus and Lita vs. Alexa Bliss and Mickie JamesRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipAlexa Bliss Officially Not Wrestling At EvolutionVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the listlast_img read more

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Juventus midfielder welcomes Ronaldo

first_imgAs report that Cristiano Ronaldo has said “yes” to a switch to Juventus thickens, one of  Juve’s midfielders Blaise Matuidi says “it would be nice to have one of the best players in the world” join their club.The report indicated that the Portuguese superstar has agreed to move to Juventus this summer, in a €100m deal. There are also speculative reports claiming that CR7 is being offered a €30m per season contract, four times what current top earner Gonzalo Higuain earns as well as the report that Adidas could help fund the move.However, Ronaldo signed a ‘lifetime’ deal with Nike just two years ago and is said to be worth $1bn, and will continue even after he retires.LeBron James and Michael Jordan, are the first footballers to land such deal, but Ronaldo has made them the third player to agree to such huge partnership,Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Matuidi was asked about Ronaldo’s move to Juventus in a Press conference at France’s training camp and he said:“We’re at the World Cup,” Matuidi pointed out.“Yes, I’ve heard the talk but for now it’s just a rumour. I won’t lie, it would be nice to have one of the best players in the world at Juventus. It would be fantastic for the club and we Juventus players.“But I’m with France now and there are other things to think about.”last_img read more

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3 more parties join BNP alliance

first_imgLogo of BNPAhead of the 11th parliamentary elections, three new parties joined the BNP-led alliance on Thursday night, turning it into a 23-party one, reports UNB.Leaders of Bangladesh Jatiya Dal, People’s Party of Bangladesh, and Bangladesh Minority Janata Party joined the 20-party alliance by presenting bouquets to its top leaders at Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson’s Gulshan office.Welcoming the three new partners, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said Syed-Ehsanul Huda-led Jatiya Dal, late leader Mashiur Rahman Jadu Miah’s daughter Lita Rahman-led People’s Party of Bangladesh and Supriti Kumar Mandol-led Bangladesh Minority Janata Party have formally been co-opted in the 20-party alliance.The 20-party’s key alliance partner Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) president Oli Ahmed welcomed the alliance partners saying that they have made the 20-party alliance stronger at the bad time of the country by joining it. “We hope we’ll be able to resolve the problems of the country and its people with our united efforts.”Earlier, the 20-party leaders held an emergency meeting to work out their next course of action with Oli in the chair.Briefing the outcome of the meeting, the LDP president said they mainly discussed the issue of sending BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia back to jail from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University without the medical board’s nod. “We think she was sent to jail illegally and unilaterally. We condemn it.”“We also think taking her (Khaleda) back to the solitary and abandoned jail without completing her treatment is a plot to kill her,” Oli added.He demanded the government immediately ensure Khaleda’s treatment and release her. “Otherwise, the path for holding a fair election will be obstructed, and people’s hopes and aspirations will not be reflected on it.”Oli joined the 20-party meeting for the first time since Khaleda was sent to jail after her conviction in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on 8 February last.last_img read more

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Like Texas California Once Had A Maternal Mortality Crisis Heres How The

first_img Share Teleki says her foundation gave money to CMQCC and Stanford University to create a database that links hospital discharge data with birth certificates. She says this allowed the CMQCC to provide metrics to the public about things like elective delivery rates, C-section rates and episiotomies, among other things.“Hospitals see the value in this because they themselves didn’t have this data,” she says. “Most hospitals couldn’t tell you what their C-section rate is, and most doctors can’t tell you what their C-section rate is.”This data center lets anyone see how participating hospitals are doing compared to others. It also gives the hospitals a wider array of metrics (more than are publicly reported), so they drill down and see the rates of individual doctors.“It tries to help the hospital have a dashboard to look at: This is how I’m doing; this is how I’m doing compared to other hospitals in the state,” she says.Teleki says year after year, more hospitals contribute their records to the data center, and the data center’s stats are now available on hospital Yelp pages.This transparency has led to a sharp decline in C-section rates, she says. And the rate of maternal deaths in California has dropped along with them.Teleki says the state is now a positive outlier in the country. While the U.S. rate of maternal deaths is about 22 for every 100,000 births, California’s rate is about 7. Texas’ rate is five times that. Teleki says other states can do what California did and that anyone in Texas who says the state is too big or too diverse or that it will cost too much is wrong.“If California can do it being a large state, being a diverse state, being a state that has had our own share of challenges with budget and things like that,” she says. “I think and I hope that it would be something that other states can look to and replicate.” LYNDA GONZALEZ FOR KUTMaria Vera feeds her newborn son, Jair Alexander, with the help of Melissa Benson, a registered nurse and director of women’s services at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, in December.Part 1 of a three-part series.An alarming number of women die while pregnant or shortly after giving birth in Texas. According to national researchers who say the U.S. as a whole has a serious problem, Texas is an “outlier” when it comes to its high rate of maternal deaths.Last year, Texas lawmakers directed a task force investigating maternal deaths to come up with best practices to curb those deaths. Experts and advocates say that task force should be looking at one state in particular: California.“California reduced its maternal mortality rate more than half, from 14.0 [deaths per 100,000 births] to 6.2 … in four years,” Ted Fox, a retired hospital CEO in San Antonio, told members of the taskforce last fall. That’s a fraction of Texas’ rate of 34 deaths per 100,000 births.“There are some lessons we can learn,” he said.Fox spent decades helping small rural hospitals in Louisiana and California near the Mexican border better serve vulnerable populations. As of late, he has turned his eye to Texas and its sharp rise in maternal deaths.He says the task force, which was created by the state Legislature, has made a series of recommendations that are “too soft” and don’t go far enough to save lives. He and other advocates in Texas say they want the state to adopt some of the initiatives that worked in California.Doctors, nonprofit officials and advocates who played a major part in decreasing California’s maternal death rate agree. And they say the state’s model can be replicated here.Crisis In CaliforniaDr. Elliott Main, the medical director of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC) based at Stanford University, is a central character in the state’s success story.More than a decade ago, he says, California was facing a startling rise in the number of maternal deaths – just like Texas. This took a lot of people by surprise, because maternal mortality was something most public health officials thought was solved.“The Department of Health noted the rise and then engaged a group of physicians, nurses and social scientists to start examining the actual causes of the rise and what could be done,” Main says.He and other advocates and experts in California shared some of the lessons they learned with KUT.Lesson 1: Acknowledge The Problem And Find Smart People To Fix ItMain now leads a maternal death review committee in California.Most states used to have these teams, which carefully review each death and help inform methods for doctors and midwives to reduce the number of women dying in pregnancy, while giving birth or after having a baby. In fact, the committees did such a good job that most states stopped seeing a need for them.Main, who also runs a collaborative in the state, says review committees and collaboratives have been essential to driving down rates in California.“The first thing we ask a state to do is to form a collaborative of your leading physicians, your health department and your hospital association,” he says. “Those are three critical elements to making change.”In health care, there is a lot of talk about the problem of silos: the idea that too often people in different fields don’t get to share their expertise and help each other. Collaboratives address that problem by bringing people together.The role of review committees, Main says, should be focused on collecting data.Lesson 2: Get Good DataMain says the best way to identify maternal deaths is to “link birth certificates to death certificates.”That way, he says, if a woman dies within a year of her child’s birth certificate being filed, folks will be able to flag her death for review. Of course, that doesn’t catch women who die with an ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage, he says. In those cases, the committees comb through news clippings and hospital records.“That actually is a time-consuming part,” he says. “You have to write to hospitals. You have to get authority from your state to get those records … and then review those cases in detail.”Main says data are key to having a clear picture of what the scope of the problem is.Lesson 3: Use Data To Figure Out What Problems To SolveMain says the California review committee’s research found that women were dying in high numbers from heart disease, hemorrhage and complications from hypertension.“This led us to say that there were things that we could do to reduce the rate pretty quickly,” he says. “In turn, that led to the development of quality-improvement toolkits.”These toolkits are like detailed emergency plans. They’re usually hundreds of pages of advice about what to do if something goes wrong and includes a checklist of everything a delivery ward should have available. They combine lessons learned from the data with existing best practices and address a range of issues doctors and nurses might face throughout a delivery. And, Main says, they’ve been effective.CREDIT CHRISTIE HEMM KLOK FOR KUTDr. Katarina Lanner-Cusin, administrative medical director for women’s services at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley, Calif., says quality-improvement toolkits provide step-by-step guides for everyone involved in a delivery.“This is all you need,” Dr. Katarina Lanner-Cusin, an obstetrician-gynecologist, says as she holds one of the toolkits. “This is a toolkit to support vaginal birth and reduce the primary cesarean section,” which tends to lead to more complications than natural births.Lanner-Cusin is the administrative medical director for women’s services at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley, Calif. She says the toolkits are widely used in her department, because they provide a step-by step-guide through the stages of a delivery and give her staff a game plan for pretty much any scenario.“You have a map that you can use to implement this at your own site, which makes it very useful,” she says.Lanner-Cusin says everyone involved in deliveries – from nurses to midwives to surgeons – reads these toolkits so they’re all, literally, on the same page when something goes wrong.Lesson 4: Get Buy-In from The Medical CommunityMain says getting doctors like Lanner-Cusin to use the toolkits is an essential step in improving outcomes in hospitals.Lanner-Cusin says she’s always interested in improving the performance of her delivery ward, so adopting the toolkits felt like an important step.She says improving outcomes for women means she and her team have to do better: “For me, there was definite urgency.”Lanner-Cusin says most doctors are open to trying something new if there is evidence and data to show it’s effective – which she says the toolkits are.“Our cesarean section rate for first-time moms in labor is usually around 20 percent, which is a very low rate,” she says. In 2015, by comparison, the percentage of C-sections nationwide was 32.Lesson 5: AccountabilityAnother big change that led to a drop in maternal mortality in California is that hospitals were being held accountable for different metrics related to a mother’s health.Stephanie Teleki, director of learning and impact for the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF), says her group had been interested in “the transparency and accountability of California’s health care system” since its inception about 20 years ago.“We got into the maternity-care sphere wanting to push California and help in – any way we could – get better metrics on maternity care,” she says.last_img read more

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Phononmediated quantum state transfer and remote qubit entanglement

first_img (A) Qubit state swap via the acoustic channel, with control pulses shown on the left. (B) Acoustic entanglement. With Q1 initially in |e⟩, a control signal applied to G1 releases half a phonon to the channel, captured later by Q2. In (A) and (B), circles and squares are Q1 and Q2 excited-state populations measured simultaneously after a time t. (C and D) Expectation values of two-qubit Pauli operators (C) for the reconstructed Bell state density matrix (D) at t = 0.65 μs. In (C) and (D), solid lines indicate values expected for the ideal Bell state |Ψ⟩=(|eg⟩+|ge⟩)/2–√. In (A) to (D), dashed lines are simulation results including a finite transfer efficiency and qubit imperfections. Credit: Science, doi: 10.1126/science.aaw8415 Citation: Phonon-mediated quantum state transfer and remote qubit entanglement (2019, May 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-phonon-mediated-quantum-state-remote-qubit.html , Physical Review Letters More information: A. Bienfait et al. Phonon-mediated quantum state transfer and remote qubit entanglement, Science (2019). DOI: 10.1126/science.aaw8415 Yu Chen et al. Qubit Architecture with High Coherence and Fast Tunable Coupling, Physical Review Letters (2014). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.220502 K. J. Satzinger et al. Quantum control of surface acoustic-wave phonons, Nature (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0719-5 Journal information: Science LEFT: Simplified circuit diagram, with the gray box indicating elements on the flipped lithium niobate chip. RIGHT: (A-B) Scanning electron micrographs detailing the IDT and Bragg mirrors. (C) Extracted qubit decay rate measured at maximum coupling. Decay is dominated by phonon emission from the IDT. Blue circles are extracted from an exponential decay fit; red dashed line is the predicted circuit model. Credit: Science, doi: 10.1126/science.aaw8415 Thereafter, the scientists demonstrated the interferometric nature of the one-qubit phonon emission and capture process. Since it is challenging to monitor the scheme for quantum entangling and mechanical superposition during quantum decoherence (quantum decay or loss of quantum behavior of particles), Bienfait et al prepared Q1 in a transition state to emit a half-phonon and captured it again with Q1 after one transit. The scientists defined capture as the time reversal of emission and predicted that the two half quanta will either interfere destructively to cause re-excitation of the qubit, or constructively for its total emission in the experimental setup. As predicted, they showed that when the reflected half phonon interfered constructively with the emitted half phonon stored in Q1—the total energy transferred in to the SAW resonator, whereas destructive interference resulted in qubit re-excitation. The scientists used a simulation to include channel loss and qubit dephasing, to replicate experimental observations and credited any mismatch of the simulation to imperfections in the system. In this way, Bienfait et al used the experimental acoustic communication channel to transfer quantum states and generate remote entanglement between the two qubits. For example, surface-acoustic wave (SAW) phonons are proposed as a universal medium to couple remote quantum systems. These phonons can also efficiently convert between microwave and optical frequencies, linking microwave qubits to optical photons. As a result, many proposals have followed experiments to show the coherent emission and detection of traveling SAW phonons by a superconducting qubit, with sound taking on the role of light. Scientists have used traveling SAW phonons to transfer electrons between quantum dots to shuttle transport single electrons, coupled to nitrogen-vacancy centers and even drive silicon carbide spins. In previous work, researchers had also engineered standing-wave SAW phonons coherently coupled to superconducting qubits for the on-demand creation, detection and control of quantum acoustic states. © 2019 Science X Network , Nature The scientists next experimentally showed the emission and capture of a traveling phonon employing a one-qubit, single-phonon “ping-pong” experiment using qubit Q1. In the experiment, they set coupler G1 to a maximum while turning the G2 coupler off to monitor the excited-state population (Pe) of Q1. They showed the emission took about 150 ns, after which Pe remained near zero during phonon transit in the experimental setup. After approximately 0.5 µs, Bienfait et al. were able to recapture the returning phonons with a capture efficiency of 67 percent. During successive transits, the scientists observed a geometric decrease in the capture efficiency, which they credited to losses within the acoustic channel. They then conducted quantum process tomography of the one-qubit release-and-catch operation by reconstructing the process matrix with time. The quantum process tomography technique is the most appropriate and efficient scheme to analyze quantum systems when two-body interactions are not naturally available. Explore furthercenter_img The researchers also demonstrated quantum swap between the two qubits, Q1 and Q2, using the setup. This was possible since the scientists could sequentially store up to three traveling phonons in the SAW resonator. The process had a high fidelity rate, and the scientists credited any deviations to acoustic losses. As before, they used the acoustic channel to generate remote quantum entanglement between Q1 and Q2 to create a Bell state. In this way, Bienfait et al. experimentally showed clear and compelling results for the controlled release and capture of travelling phonons into a confined Fabry-Pérot resonator, primarily limited by acoustic losses. They demonstrated that the emission and capture processes were not determined by the length of the resonator, so the same processes were applicable to a non-resonant acoustic device. In total, the scientists detailed processes to experimentally generate high fidelity entanglement between two qubits. These results will form a step forward to realize fundamental quantum communication protocols with phonons. Scientists connect quantum bits with sound over record distances Experimental device. (A to C) Micrograph of flip-chip assembled device (A), with two superconducting qubits (Q1 and Q2, blue), connected to two tunable couplers (G1 and G2, purple), fabricated on sapphire (B). These are connected via two overlaid inductors (green) to a SAW resonator (C), fabricated on lithium niobate. The SAW resonator comprises two Bragg mirrors (orange), spaced by 2 mm, defining a Fabry-Pérot acoustic cavity probed by an interdigitated transducer (red). The red and blue outlines in (A) represent the locations of (B) and (C), respectively. (D) Simplified circuit diagram, with the gray box indicating elements on the flipped lithium niobate chip. (E) Excited-state population Pe for qubit Q1, with coupler G1 set to maximum and G2 turned off. Q1 is prepared in |e⟩ using a π pulse, its frequency set to ωQ1 (vertical scale) for a time t (horizontal scale), before dispersive readout of its excited population Pe (28). Q1 relaxes owing to phonon emission via the IDT, and if its frequency is within the mirror stop band from 3.91 to 4.03 GHz, the emitted phonon is reflected and generates qubit excitation revivals at times τ (orange line) and 2τ. The inset shows the pulse sequence. (F) Measured qubit energy decay time T1 for ωQ,i/2π=3.95 GHz as a function of the coupler Josephson junction phase δi, showing the qubit emission can be considerably faster than the phonon transit time (orange line), for both Q1 (circles) and Q2 (squares). Credit: Science, doi: 10.1126/science.aaw8415 (A) Calibrated control pulses (inset) ensure the release of a time-symmetric phonon and its efficient capture. Circles represent the measured excited-state population of Q1 when interrupting the sequence after a time t. (B) Measured excited-state population of Q1 while sweeping the delay between the emission and capture control pulses, evidencing a population geometrically decreasing with the number of transits (gray line). (C) Quantum process tomography at the maximum efficiency point of (B), with a process fidelity F1=0.83±0.002. (I) stands for the identity operator and X, Y, and Z for the Pauli operators. In (A) to (C), dashed lines indicate the results of a master equation simulation including a finite transfer efficiency and qubit imperfections. Credit: Science, doi: 10.1126/science.aaw8415 , Science Advances The scientists facilitated phonon transfer from one superconducting qubit (artificial atom) to another and observed the quantum entanglement (quantum state of each particle that cannot be described independently of the state of the other) of the two qubits in an acoustic channel during the study. Bienfait et al. provided a new route to couple hybrid quantum solid-state systems using surface acoustic waves as ‘good vibrations’ in quantum communication for future phononic applications. Phonons, or more specifically, surface acoustic wave phonons, are proposed as a method to coherently couple distant solid-state quantum systems. For instance, individual phonons in a resonant structure can be controlled and detected using superconducting qubits (described as macroscopic, lithographically defined artificial atoms) to generate and measure complex, stationary phonon states coherently. In the present work, Bienfait et al. reported the deterministic emission and capture of traveling surface acoustic wave phonons to allow quantum entanglement of two superconducting qubits in an experimental setup. They used a 2 mm-long acoustic quantum communication channel in the experiments, which allowed an approximately 500-nanosecond delay line, to demonstrate the emission and recapture of phonons. The scientists observed quantum state transfer between the two superconducting qubits with an efficiency of 67 percent and using partial transfer of a phonon, they generated an entangled Bell pair with a fidelity of 84 percent. Electromagnetic waves have played a singular role as carriers of quantum information between distant quantum nodes for distributed quantum information processing. Previous quantum experiments have used microwave photons to demonstrate deterministic and probabilistic remote entanglement generation between superconducting qubits to reach entanglement fidelities ranging from 60 to 95 percent. For some solid-state quantum systems, such as electrostatically defined quantum dots or electronic spins, a quantum property of electrons (also known as spintronics), strong interactions with the host material have made acoustic vibrations (or phonons) a superior alternative compared to the photon candidates. Quantum information platforms are based on qubits that talk to each other and photons (optical and microwave) are the carrier of choice—to date, to transfer quantum states between qubits. However, in some solid-state systems, acoustic vibrational properties of the material themselves known as phonons can be advantageous. In a recent study published on Science Advances, B. Bienfait and colleagues at the interdisciplinary departments of Molecular Engineering, Physics and Materials Science in the U.S. described the deterministic emission and capture of travelling (itinerant) phonons through an acoustic communication channel, to allow phonon-based coherent transfer of quantum states. With Q1 initially prepared in |e⟩, a control signal on G1 releases and subsequently recaptures half a phonon to the resonator. Simultaneously, a 20-MHz detuning pulse of varying duration is applied to Q1 to change its phase by ∆ϕ. (A) Measured Q1 excited-state population when interrupting the sequence after a time t, with a phase difference ∆ϕ = 0 (squares) or π (circles). The inset shows the control sequence. (B) Q1 final state Pe(t=tf) for tf=0.65 μs as a function of the phase difference ∆ϕ between the half-photon and half-phonon. Circles are experimental points. Dashed lines are simulations based on an input-output theory model. Credit: Science, doi: 10.1126/science.aaw8415 Therefore, in the present work, Bienfait et al. used traveling (itinerant) SAW phonons to realize the transfer of quantum states between two superconducting qubits experimentally. In the acoustic part of the device, they used a SAW resonator with an effective Fabry-Pérot mirror spacing 2 mm, to generate a single-pass traveling phonon with a travel time of about 0.5 microseconds (µs). By design, coupling between the qubit and Fabry-Pérot mode in the system allowed the phonon to be completely injected into the acoustic channel. Bienfait et al. then coupled the resonator to two frequency-tunable superconducting “Xmon” qubits, Q1 and Q2 (where ‘Xmon qubits’ were first introduced by Barends et al), while controlling their coupling electronically using two other tunable couplers, G1 and G2. The scientists could switch each coupler from maximum coupling to off in a few nanoseconds to isolate the qubits. The scientists engineered the tunable couplers, qubits and their respective control and readout lines on a sapphire substrate while constructing the SAW resonator on a separate lithium niobate substrate. For the SAW resonator, they used two acoustic mirrors with two Bragg mirrors (dielectric mirrors) on each side of the central acoustic emitter-receiver setup. For the acoustic emitter, they used an interdigital transducer (IDT) connected to a common electrical port. The scientists applied an electric pulse to the IDT to form two symmetric SAW pulses, which traveled in opposite directions, reflecting off the mirrors to complete a round trip in 508 nanoseconds. Bienfait et al controlled the coupling of qubits to IDT, to facilitate time-domain shaped emission of traveling phonons in to the resonator. To characterize emission in the experiments, they excited the qubit first and monitored its excited-state population before taking the decaying state of excitation into account as a product of phonon emission. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Europe 2017 with Insight as exciting and romantic as ever

first_img Friday, October 7, 2016 Posted by TORONTO — Insight Vacations is launching its Europe 2017 program with a new look and feel, as well as three exciting new itineraries that bring guests closer to the showstoppers and lesser-discovered corners of Europe. With early booking bonuses and loyalty savings, now is a great time to book your client’s next trip to Europe.“Travellers are still looking for the comfort and assurances of being part of a tour group. Insight can provide peace of mind and help minimize and avoid any disturbances,” said Cris David, president, Insight Vacations Canada. “Europe is still as exciting and romantic as ever, and early booking bonuses make it a great time to book.”The new-look brochure has been designed to reflect the quality, attention to detail and the style with which guests can expect with an Insight Vacations trip. The brochure highlights each component of an Insight holiday, from the Signature Hotels and Experiences, fine dining and expertise of the Tour Directors to the five different travelling styles available to suit each individual guest.“The new brochure brings out the ‘Insight Difference,’ making it easy to understand why an Insight vacation is so special and memorable – from the premium and Signature Hotels in the best locations to the farmers, artisans, chefs, vineyard owners, storytellers and Local Experts you meet along the way,” said John Boulding, global CEO, Insight Vacations. “We’ve also clearly broken out our trips into travelling styles, so that agents can easily identify the right trip for the right client. For guests looking for more relaxed starts and longer stays in each place, then Easy Pace will be for them, while a Discovery Journey takes in multiple destinations so it’s perfect for the first time visitor to Europe.”More news:  Experience Ireland: the Emerald Isle’s mythical talesInsight will add three new itineraries to the collection for 2017, including the 13-day ‘Country Roads of Southern Scandinavia’, an off-the-beaten track discovery of Scandinavia’s southern mountains, fjords, rivers and vibrant cities. Starting in Oslo and finishing in Copenhagen, highlights include a visit to the market stalls of Bergen, an island-hopping cruise through the fjords, and two nights in vibrant Aarhus.Also new is the 30-day ‘Scandinavian Heritage’, which links the new ‘Country Roads of Southern Scandinavia’ itinerary with the existing ‘Grand Tour of Scandinavia’ trip to form an adventure through Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway. Guests will visit the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, see a working husky farm and enjoy champagne at the Northern Cape.Lastly, the 9-day Warsaw and the Baltic States takes in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Guests will see how well Warsaw has been restored post-WWII, and visit the wonderful red-brick Gothic castle at Trakai, accessible via a wooden footbridge across an idyllic lake.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthIt is easier than ever for clients to make their Europe vacation dreams a reality with Insight’s Early Payment Discount, saving Canadian travellers up to 10% ($2,530 per couple) if booked and paid by Jan. 12, 2017.“To help agents clinch the deal, we’re also offering these trips at better value than ever before, with prices flat or in many cases less than they were in 2016,” said David. “We are also continuing to extend a variety of savings such as Early Payment Discount, huge savings for solo travellers on specific Single Friendly departures and our Club Bon Voyage savings for returning guests.” Europe 2017 with Insight as “exciting and romantic as ever” Sharecenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Insight Vacations Travelweek Group last_img read more

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Americas to open up with TAM JetBlue

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H JetBlue and TAM Airlines have announced a new interline partnership offering passengers of the airlines new connections throughout the Americas via hubs NY and Orlando in the US, and Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Brazil. Under the agreement, TAM customers will be able to connect onward to JetBlue destinations such as Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington DC, while JetBlue customers will be able to connect with South American metropolises Asuncion, Buenos Aires, Montevideo and Santiago among others, as well as 45 cities across Brazil.  JetBlue director of airline partnerships Scott Resnick said the airline was looking forward to “welcoming TAM’s customers to the JetBlue experience and to introducing more Americans to the excitement and beauty of Brazil and other TAM destinations throughout South America”.Similarly, TAM Airlines planning and alliances vice president Nelson Shinzato said JetBlue clients could look forward to the carrier’s “spirit to serve, modern airplanes and high quality services”.“Brazilians are travelling more frequently to other countries and this partnership is important to enhance our reach in the United States, one of the preferred destinations of our clients,” Mr Shinzato said.Offering travellers the ease of one-stop ticketing and baggage check-in, the deal will allow passengers to purchase a single e-ticket itinerary, combining flights on both carriers’ networks. Low cost carrier JetBlue is based in New Yorklast_img read more

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Internationally renowned Ramada brand to debut in Sydney

first_imgInternationally renowned Ramada brand to debut in SydneyTapping into Sydney’s booming western region, Wyndham Hotel Group – the hotel giant with an unmatched global presence of more than 8,400 hotels – today announced plans to introduce its first location in the city under its globally recognised Ramada® brand.Formerly Ibis Styles Sydney Lansvale, the 81-room Ramada Hotel and Suites Sydney Cabramatta will rebrand on March 12 as part of a franchise agreement between Wyndham Hotel Group and property owner Z Hotels Pty Ltd.“Western Sydney has experienced significant tourism growth in recent years, with visitors injecting $4.2 billion into the New South Wales economy in 2016,” said Barry Robinson, President and Managing Director of Wyndham Hotel Group South East Asia and Pacific Rim.“There has never been a better time to debut our global Ramada brand to the capital city. With the predicted influx of international tourists from the planned Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek, as well as the New South Wales Government’s goal of doubling overnight visitor expenditure by 2020, Ramada Cabramatta will be well placed to cater to growing demand for high quality hotels and best-in-class hospitality in the region.”The independently accredited four-star hotel is ideally located on the Hume Highway in Cabramatta, Western Sydney, 27 kilometres from Sydney’s CBD providing easy access to the M5, M7 and M4. It is close to the business centres of Cabramatta, Fairfield and Liverpool, and is a 30-minute drive from Sydney airport.One of the country’s major growth corridors, the Western Sydney region boasts a multicultural population, 3,600 square kilometres of national parks, a strong calendar of major events and popular attractions including the Wet’n’Wild theme park, Sydney Olympic Park, Calmsley Hill City Farm, Warwick Farm Race Course and Riverside Stables.Managing Director of Z Hotels Pty Ltd, Fazila Farhad, said the company was proud to be partnering with Wyndham Hotel Group.“The Ramada brand is known worldwide for delivering personalised service, warm hospitality and excellent facilities, and we think it is an excellent fit for the South West Sydney market as it continues to grow and attract more global travellers,” she said.Ms Fazila Farhad, who also serves as Vice President of the South West Sydney Tourism Task Force Inc NSW, added, “We are passionate about driving tourism in Sydney’s south west and support from businesses like Wyndham Hotel Group, as well as the announcement of major projects such as the new airport and Sydney Zoo, are signs of confidence in the region.”Ramada Cabramatta offers a range of quality accommodation for all types of travellers, from tour groups to independent travellers, families and corporate guests. There are plans to add an extra 19 rooms to the property, bringing the room count to 100 keys before the end of the year.Other features include a meeting room and conference facilities accommodating up to 60 delegates, a swimming pool, complimentary parking and free Wi-Fi. The onsite Milano Grill and Bar is known locally for its modern cuisine, popular events and adjoining TAB/VIP lounge.Upon rebranding, Ramada Cabramatta will join five Wyndham Hotel Group hotels and resorts in key New South Wales destinations under its Wyndham Hotels and Resorts® and Ramada® brand flags, including Sydney CBD, Shoal Bay, Ballina, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.The hotel will participate in Wyndham Rewards®, the simple-to-use, a revolutionary loyalty program that offers members generous points earning structure along with a flat, free-night redemption rate. Visit www.wyndhamrewards.com for more information.Source = Wyndham Hotel Grouplast_img read more

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In the photo are High Desert Heritage Museum membe

first_imgIn the photo are High Desert Heritage Museum member Marylou Brenner, Arcosanti resident and High Desert Heritage Museum treasurer Cliff Hersted, past president Lucy Corder and president Bill Sankard.The High Desert Heritage Museum is located at 19600 East Stagecoach Trail in Cordes Junction, Arizona across from the Family Dollar store.  The Museum also houses the High Desert Tourist Information Center that serves thousands of travelers a year from all over the world. June 13, 2016The High Desert Heritage Museum, Inc. celebrated a double anniversary on Saturday, June 11, 2016.  June marks the tenth anniversary since the Museum was established and the second anniversary at its present physical location in Cordes Junction, Arizona.  Guest speakers for the event included Sharon Day and Julie Ferguson, co-authors of “Abandoned Places, Abandoned Memories” of the desert.  Julie Ferguson is the author of “Arizona’s Back Roads: A Guide to Ghosts, Outlaws and Miners.”  A book signing followed the presentation.  Prescott guitarist and singer Paul T. Morris provided entertainment (sponsored by Yavapai County Assessor Pam Pearsall), and co-president Jeff Stein of the Cosanti Foundation/Arcosanti MC’d the festivities.  Arcosanti subleases a 13 foot wall in the HDVIC to help encourage visitors to experience Arcosanti: to take a tour, have lunch, visit the gallery at Arcosanti, buy a bell and literature, and to stay overnight. A small selection of bronze and ceramic bells are displayed and are for sale at the HDVIC. last_img read more

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Woman whose YouTube video on red lake went viral uploads new photos

first_imgAn American woman, Sarah Funk whose YouTube videos and photos from Mitsero’s red lake in June 2017 have gone viral, has asked in a blog post that people stop contacting her about the murder cases as she does not have any more information than she has already shared apart from a few more unpublished photos.“Recently there has been news that a murderer dumped bodies in Cyprus’s Red Lake. This is terrible and I am devastated for the victims’ families,” Sarah says in her blog post.She said she had visited the red lake in June 2017 and filmed a video about the experience there. “It felt eerie there but I did not see anything completely out of the norm,” she added.According to the suspect’s alleged confession, he dumped three of the victims in the red lake in suitcases, 30-year-old Maricar Valdez Arquila from the Philippines who disappeared in December 2017, and a mother and daughter from Romania, named as Livia Florentina Bunea, 36, and Elena Natalia Bunea, 8 who went missing on September 30, 2016. If the suitcase is one of the ones being retrieved from the lake and was photographed in June 2017 when the water was low, then it contains the body of either Livia or her daughter.A woman’s body was recovered from a suitcase dragged from the lake on Sunday but she has not yet been identified.Sarah’s YouTube video went from around 20,000 views early Sunday to over 125,000 views by Tuesday midday.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1FAiYrCScM“Since the news broke, a lot of people have been contacting me and asking if I have more information. All I can share with you are the photos I have not posted. One of the photos does look suspiciously like a suitcase, but at the time it looked like a log to me.”“Though my heart goes out to the victims’ family, I would ask that people please stop contacting me about this. I don’t have any other information about the lake. This is all of the information I have, and I hope it helps.”The new photos can be found at Sarah’s blog post:https://www.sarahfunky.com/cyprus/2019/4/28/cypruss-red-lakeYou May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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