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Suspended ViceAdmiral Norman to be removed as militarys secondincommand

first_imgOTTAWA – Suspended Vice-Admiral Mark Norman will be shuffled out of his position as the military’s second-in-command on Thursday, as the criminal case against him works its way through the court system.The move comes 18 months after Norman was relieved of his duties as vice chief of defence staff for allegedly leaking government secrets to a Quebec shipyard, for which he faces one charge of breach of trust.The veteran naval officer has denied any wrongdoing and has said he plans to fight the charge in court.Defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance had appointed several other senior officers to fill in on a temporary basis until the case could go through the judicial process.He has also shouldered some of the position’s responsibilities himself.But the Defence Department has confirmed that Vance has tapped army commander Lt.-Gen. Paul Wynnyk to take over as the Forces’ new vice chief, effective July 16.“Command and control, as well as leadership, are critical as the Canadian Armed Forces continue to deploy on operations and implement the defence policy,” DND spokesman Daniel Le Bouthillier said in an email.“The chief of defence staff is grateful for those who have stepped up to fill the gap, but at this juncture … the Canadian Armed Forces require a full-time vice chief of defence staff going forward.”The military just this week began to deploy troops to the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali.Norman will be moved to a supernumerary position within the defence chief’s office, Le Bouthillier added, where he will continue to serve as a member of the Forces until the court case plays out.It is believed Norman was informed of the shuffle ahead of time, as he and Vance have been in constant contact by email and the occasional phone call and letter since January 2017, though it’s unclear whether he agreed to it.The move is likely to spark anger from Norman’s supporters, including many former military members and even some politicians who have contributed thousands of dollars to help pay for his legal defence.The case against Norman revolves around the newly elected Liberal government’s decision in November 2015 to reconsider a $700-million contract the Harper Conservatives had awarded to Quebec-based Davie Shipbuilding.The contract was to convert a civilian vessel, the MV Asterix, into a temporary navy resupply ship that would be leased for five years, with another five-year option, until permanent replacements could be built in Vancouver.While the plan to revisit the contract was supposed to remain secret, court documents released last year show the RCMP suspected Norman was upset with the decision and worried the government would cancel the project.He was commander of the navy at the time and, according to the documents, allegedly worked with Davie to try to pressure the government to stick with the project.None of the allegations against Norman have been tested in court.The Liberals ultimately decided to proceed with the project and the MV Asterix is now being used by the navy.Norman was officially charged on March 9, at which point Vance issued a statement saying he needed to “consider the impact and implications” of the criminal charge against the military’s second-in-command.“This is a complex matter, separate from the judicial process,” Vance said at the time. “I need time to weigh these factors carefully and deliberately.”– Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

Toyota quarterly profit quadruples forecast upbeat on recovery from disasters

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Toyota quarterly profit quadruples, forecast upbeat on recovery from disasters TOKYO – Toyota’s quarterly profit more than quadrupled to 121 billion yen ($1.5 billion), and the automaker gave upbeat forecasts as it recovers from a sales plunge caused by the tsunami in Japan last year.Japan’s No. 1 automaker forecast Wednesday that profit for its business year ending March 2013 would soar to 760 billion yen ($9.5 billion). Net profit plunged 30 per cent to 283.6 billion yen ($3.5 billion) for the just ended business year.The annual results were better than the company projection for a 200 billion yen ($2.5 billion) profit, as well as the FactSet estimate at 279 billion yen ($3.49 billion). That, along with the jump in profit for the January-March quarter, is a sign of a turnaround from last year’s tsunami that hobbled Toyota production around the world.Toyota’s profit for January-March the previous year had been dismal at 25.4 billion yen because of the damage from an earthquake and tsunami that hit March 11, 2011. Flooding in Thailand, which disrupted supplies, added to the decline.Toyota President Akio Toyoda acknowledged the hardships, but also pointed to the strong yen, which erodes the overseas earnings of Japanese exporters such as Toyota.“Our vision is to establish a strong business foundation that will ensure profitability under any kind of difficult business environment,” he said.“But thanks to the concerted efforts of our employees, suppliers and dealers, we were able to recover production and sales faster than anticipated and achieved a strong result.”Toyota, which makes the Prius hybrid, Camry sedan and Lexus luxury models, said its vehicle sales grew in Japan, Europe and Africa, but not in North America. However, it is regaining market share there.The automaker expects to sell 8.7 million vehicles this business year, 1.3 million more vehicles than the nearly 7.4 million vehicles sold for the year ended March.Rising gas prices and concerns about global warming are major plus factors for Toyota and other Japanese automakers that excel at producing compact fuel-efficient models.Toyota’s image suffered in North America over a series of massive recalls since 2009, and its U.S. sales fell last year. But its sales and market share in the U.S. have almost recovered.“It’s no secret that Toyota had a tough year last year due to the production fallout from the Japanese earthquake. In the last few months though, Toyota has made big strides to regain the U.S. market share it lost to its competitors,” said Edmunds.com senior analyst Jessica Caldwell.But she warned Toyota needs to keep coming up with new products to maintain its recovery momentum amid intense competition.Toyota faces an increasingly powerful Hyundai Motor Co., a resurgent General Motors Co. and Volkswagen AG, who all remain hard to beat in key growth markets such as China.Toyota’s sales for the business year ended March 31 totalled 18.58 trillion yen ($232 billion), down 2 per cent.January-March sales rebounded to 5.7 trillion yen ($71.3 billion), up 23 per cent from 4.6 trillion yen a year earlier.The comeback at Toyota is playing out at other Japanese automakers.Last month, Honda Motor Co. reported its January-March profit jumped 61 per cent on robust car and motorcycle sales, and forecast record global sales of 4.3 million vehicles for this fiscal year.Nissan Motor Co. reports fiscal results Friday.Toyoda, the grandson of Toyota’s founder, vowed to lead a full turnaround, promising a range of products targeting emerging markets, in addition to established markets.“In recent years, we have suffered periods of hardship,” he said. “This year, I am determined to show tangible results.”Toyota shares closed unchanged at 3,145 yen ($39) in Tokyo, shortly before earnings were announced.___AP Auto Writer Tom Krisher in Detroit contributed to this report.____Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at http://twitter.com/yurikageyama by News Staff Posted May 9, 2012 8:36 am MDT read more

Brexit row Britain demands free trade talks start by October despite EU

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Five papers will come out this week covering goods and services, confidential documents, civil judicial cooperation, dispute resolution and data protection. The publications – which focus on the technical detail of how Brexit will work – will be discussed at another round of talks at the end of the month.  “The decision has got to be taken about talking about the future relationship at the October EU Council. That’s when it ought to be taken. “The sensible thing to do is talk about it as soon as possible. It’s pretty obvious some aspects of the Ireland issues can’t be solved until you’re talking about how trade will work across the border.”  Mr Davis said: “In the coming days we will demonstrate our thinking even further, with five new papers – all part of our work to drive the talks forward, and make sure we can show beyond doubt that we have made sufficient progress on withdrawal issues by October so that we can move on to discuss our future relationship.”The EU Council – which represents the 27 EU countries – has the power to decide when to start talks about a trade deal. It is hoped the body will agree to widen the remit handed to Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, when it meets in October. But this is likely to be rebutted by Brussels because the UK has made clear that a figure for how much it will pay to leave the EU is unlikely to be settled by then. Mr Davis said this week in a BBC Radio Four interview that people should not expect a Brexit bill figure to be made public in either October or November. Britain is due to formally leave the EU on March 29 2019, though a transition period of up to three years after that will see the changes phased in over time. center_img However they are currently being overshadowed by a bigger row about the EU’s refusal to discuss the future trading relationship after Brexit. The EU is insisting there must be “sufficient progress” on three topics – EU citizens’ rights, the amount Britain will pay and Northern Ireland – before a free trade deal is discussed. However Whitehall sources now believe they will soon have ticked that box and believe further delay would unnecessarily damage the chances of an orderly break. There is particular concern that genuine progress cannot be made without detailed talks about what terms the EU and UK will be trading after Brexit. A senior Whitehall source said: “The UK Government is getting us into a position where it will become obvious that if there’s a problem when we leave with trade it will be the EU who created it, not the UK.  The European Union is damaging the chances of a smooth Brexit by refusing to talk about a future free trade deal, British ministers have claimed.In a warning shot to Brussels, senior Whitehall sources have told this newspaper that the Continent will be to blame for trade disruption unless they agree to widen talks. Ministers want the EU to sign off discussions about a free trade deal in October even if there is no agreement on how much Britain will pay in the so-called ‘Brexit bill’. David Davis has gone public with his concerns over timings, indicating the two-step negotiations process demanded by Brussels could backfire.“With the clock ticking, it wouldn’t be in either of our interests to run aspects of the negotiations twice,” said Mr Davis, the Brexit Secretary, in a statement issued yesterday. The comments mark an escalation in the timings row that is likely to dominate the coming months as Brexit negotiations become more advanced. The UK Government will be publishing a series of position papers on Brexit for the second week in a row after an active summer across Whitehall. last_img read more

ZEB1 hand held laser scanner strikes gold at historic Barberton mine

first_imgA ZEB1 hand held laser mapping system is being used to map excavations at a historic gold mine in South Africa. Mining has been taking place at Barberton Mines in the Mpumalanga province since 1884 during which time mine managers have employed a range of surveying techniques and technologies. The latest innovation in surveying is allowing for 3D measurement of mined out excavations at depths of up to 1,450 m. The ZEB1, purchased from 3D Laser Mapping, is exceeding all expectations in terms of accuracy, productivity and performance.“The results we are getting using the ZEB1, combined with our Mine Works GIS, are better than we could have imagined!” commented Koos Verster, Chief Surveyor of Barberton Mines. “We normally strive for 95% or higher accuracy but this combination is delivering 100%, not to mention the increase in productivity we have achieved. The ZEB1 is also withstanding our difficult environment, performing better than we hoped. It has been to some of the most extreme reaches of the mine, for prolonged periods of time, yet shows no undue effects.”Prior to the introduction of CAD in the early 90’s, Barberton Mine conducted the majority of stope survey work through offsetting with a 2D tabular deposit method. This did not highlight features such as folding, branching, thickening or thinning of mineralisation. Following the introduction of CAD in 1994 measurements were made using a hanging compass and clinometer. This method was far more accurate and enabled the production of 3D models but was, however, very time consuming.“Our previous working practices had been in place for a long time,” continued Verster, “and we often had to make compromises between accuracy and survey time. All of these issues have been overcome since we started working with the ZEB1.”Barberton mine is located 10 km northeast of the gold rush town of Barberton in Mpumalanga province, 260 km to the east of Johannesburg. The lode gold deposit is hosted in a volcanic and sedimentary sequence of the 3.5 billion year old Barberton Super Group. The extreme age and complex structural history of the ore body have resulted in a wide spectrum of lode shapes and dimensions. Various mining methods are employed due to variations in the deposit from the mine entrance level to depths of 1,450 m, but the majority of tonnes mined are by semi-mechanised cut and fill.Developed by CSIRO and commercialised by UK-based 3D Laser Mapping, ZEB1 uses robotic technology called Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM). The ZEB1 system includes a lightweight laser scanner mounted on a simple spring mechanism, which continuously scans as the operator walks through the environment. As the scanner loosely oscillates about the spring it produces a rotation that converts 2D laser measurements into 3D fields of view. Its ability to self-localise makes ZEB1 ideally suited for use indoors, underground and in other covered environments, where traditional solutions that utilise GPS don’t function well.last_img read more

One million Green Card forms sent to motor insurance providers in case

first_img By Órla Ryan As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: File photo Image: Brian Lawless/PA Wire/PA Images https://jrnl.ie/4516751 24,796 Views 10 Comments Image: Brian Lawless/PA Wire/PA Images Wednesday 27 Feb 2019, 10:20 PM Share266 Tweet Email6 Feb 27th 2019, 10:20 PM Short URL “There are thousands of people who cross the border every day for work, school, college, medical appointments and to simply visit family or friends. It is imperative for these people that they can continue in their daily lives without impediments,” Troy said in a statement.Minister for Transport Shane Ross previously said it is not clear if motorists will be prosecuted for failing to carry Green Cards in the event of a no-deal Brexit.Earlier this month he told the Oireachtas Transport Committee: “If there is a no-deal Brexit, Irish-registered vehicles entering UK territory, including Northern Ireland, will be required to carry a Green Card, a document which proves that they have motor insurance.“Likewise UK citizens wishing to take their UK registered motor vehicles into Ireland will also require a Green Card.” There is an urgent responsibility on the government to resolve this issue. To force drivers on this island to apply for and carry an International Motor Insurance Card to travel across the border would be a significant breach of the spirit and ethos of the Good Friday Agreement.“The government must urgently put the case to the European Commission to waive the green card requirement,” Adams said.Robert Troy, Fianna Fáil’s Spokesperson on Transport, noted that around 13,000 cross-border journeys are made by those driving heavy goods vehicles and light goods vehicles every day.Not only will this cause major hardship for businesses and companies but it will be a major hindrance to the people living along the border. File photo One million Green Card forms sent to motor insurance providers in case there’s a no-deal Brexit Drivers who think they may need a card have been advised to apply one month in advance. ONE MILLION GREEN Card forms and electronic application templates have been issued to insurance providers by the  Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland (MIBI) in preparation for a potential no-deal Brexit. The figure was revealed at a special briefing organised for members of the Oireachtas.In January, motorists were told they would require an insurance Green Card to drive in Northern Ireland and the UK in the event of Britain leaving the European Union without a deal. Brexit is meant to officially happen on 29 March but — having previously rejected the draft Withdrawal Agreement struck by the British government and the EU — the House of Commons tonight overwhelmingly backed a proposal that could allow Brexit to be delayed. The MIBI has advised motorists who plan on driving in Northern Ireland and the UK immediately after 29 March to begin applying for their Green Cards from next week, in case a no-deal scenario materialises. Those who plan on travelling after that period have been advised to contact their insurance company or broker one month in advance of their expected travel date.Currently, Irish-registered vehicles that travel within the EU are covered by the terms of the EU Motor Insurance Directive. However, a no-deal Brexit would see the UK withdraw from this directive, meaning Irish motorists will require a Green Card to travel there.While MIBI guidelines state that there is no charge to obtain a Green Card, some insurers say that fees may apply when customers order them.Penalties Green Cards are documents which provide proof of insurance cover to law enforcement agencies in the relevant country. The MIBI has warned that motorists who drive in Northern Ireland or the UK without a Green Card, if no Brexit deal is agreed, “could possibly be subjected to the penalties for driving uninsured after that date”.If a deal is reached, the cards will not be necessary. If Britain seeks to extend Article 50 and delay Brexit, which looks increasingly likely, the need for the cards would also be delayed.Speaking after the Oireachtas briefing, David Fitzgerald, Chief Executive of the MIBI, said: “We still hope that Green Cards will not be required and that the UK will reach an agreement with the EU on an orderly Brexit.”Fitzgerald said that under a no-deal Brexit, Irish insurance documentation “may no longer be recognised by the law enforcement authorities in Northern Ireland or the rest of the UK”. He noted that penalties for driving in these countries without insurance include having your vehicle seized at the side of the road, fines and impoundment.“We don’t want to see that happen to motorists with valid insurance and we urge anyone who thinks this may impact them to apply for a Green Card in sufficient time,” he said.‘Breach of Good Friday Agreement’ The potential need for Green Cards has been criticised by many politicians. Sinn Féin TD Gerry Adams today said there is “an absence of information” about if and how the Green Card system would be implemented, and what powers An Garda Síochána and the PSNI would have if they stopped a driver who didn’t have a Green Card. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Desailly on World Cup France will now surprise everyone

first_imgMarcel Desailly has backed the inexperienced France squad to cause a surprise in the upcoming World Cup in RussiaLes Bleus somewhat struggled in the qualifying stages of the World Cup and have been drawn against the likes of  Australia, Peru and Denmark in Group C for this summer’s tournament.But Desailly, who himself won the 1998 World Cup with France, is convinced that they have the quality to do well in the tournament and believes that their opponents in Group C will be relatively easy compared to the rest of the competition.“They have quality but not the experience, so we hope that the group stage, which is apparently not that difficult, will allow them to build up the confidence that they need,” said the 49-year-old, according to Gulf News.“When you top up confidence plus talent you hope that yes, France will now surprise everyone.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“They surprised us during the Euros when we were not sure they were capable of reaching the final, and they almost won, so maybe they can do the same with the World Cup.“We need a win, it’s been too long. It’s the 20th anniversary of us winning the World Cup, so it would be good if they could win it this year.”France previously finished as the runners-up in Euro 2016, but Desailly warned that a lot has changed since then and fears that team boss Didier Deschamps is yet to find a system to properly utilise the new players in the squad.“We’ve lost all confidence built up during the Euros, we’ve lost our left and right backs in defence (Patrice Evra and Bacary Sagna have retired from international football), and we have new players who have to adapt to each other. Didier Deschamps doesn’t really know about his tactical set-up or his philosophy, so there’s quite a lot of work to do.” said the former Chelsea defender.“The Euros are gone and now you are starting a new movement. You can say they are ready for the next Euros hoping maybe that they are going to surprise everybody at the World Cup — that is the position of France.”last_img read more

BAHAMAS Prime Minister Minnis Awarded JCNs 2017 Person of the Year

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 22, 2018 – Nassau – Jones Communications Network (JCN) honoured Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis as the 2017 ‘Person of The Year’ on Friday evening, January 19, 2018 at JCN.Pictured is the Prime Minister, right, accepting the award from CEO of JCN, Wendall Jones.  In the audience are Cabinet Ministers, family, and friends who attended to share in the special evening.(Photos/Yontalay Bowe, OPM Media Services) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Mollie Dickerson Appointed Guidance Curriculum Team Leader For Wilmington High Wilmington Middle School

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a press release from Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand, announcing the appointment of Ms. Mollie Dickerson as Guidance Curriculum Team Leader:Over the course of the last number of weeks we have launched a search for a permanent Curriculum Team Leader (CTL) for our Guidance Department as we currently have in an interim in the role. Ms. Christine Murray, Coordinator of Behavioral Health and Social Emotional Support coordinated the search with a screening committee that included the following individuals:Jeanette Quirk, Assistant Principal, MSChristopher Phillips, Assistant Principal, HSMaureen O’Mara, HS GuidanceJessica Rugo, HS GuidanceJulie Norton, MS GuidanceMichael Maloney, HS Social Studies TeacherLisa Costantiello, Parent/SEPAC Co‐ChairI want to extend to these individuals my thanks for their time and commitment to this important process.The screening committee reviewed a total of twenty‐two (22) applications from both inside and outside the district and selected a total of five (5) candidates to interview during the week of May 20th. Following the work of the district a total of three (3) candidates were advanced as finalists who then participated in interviews with Ms. Linda Peters, Principal of the Wilmington High School, Mr. Kevin Welch, Interim Principal of the Wilmington Middle School and Ms. Alice Brown‐Legrand, Director of Student Support Services during the week of May 27th.It is with pleasure that I announce the appointment of Ms. Mollie Dickerson as the Guidance Curriculum Team Leader for the Wilmington Public Schools. This position is a key leadership role in leading the school guidance departments and staff in both the middle and high school.Ms. Dickerson was appointed as the Interim Guidance CTL for the 2018‐2019 school year here in WPS. She is credited with several new initiatives in this role such as arranging for Therapy Dog visits, expanding the guidance curriculum to include more workshops for students, serving on the NEASC Steering Committee, and planning and hosting our first Future Teacher Signing Day.Ms. Dickerson completed three years as a guidance counselor at Wilmington High School prior to her appointment this year. Ms. Dickerson is a graduate of Brigham Young University where she received Bachelors of Science in Psychology and English. She received her Masters of Education in Prevention Science and Practice and in Adolescent School Counseling as well as her Certificate of Advanced Studies in School Guidance Counseling from Harvard University.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNAME CHANGE: ‘Guidance Counselors’ Now Referred To As ‘School Counselors’ In WilmingtonIn “Education”NEW ROLES FOR 3 FAMILIAR EDUCATORS: Shelia Burke, Leanne Ebert & Kevin Welch Named To Leadership PositionsIn “Education”50+ PERSONNEL CHANGES: Who Joined & Who Left Wilmington Public Schools Over The Summer?In “Education”last_img read more

The Bip is back 6749 for this versatile Apple Watch alternative

first_img See All This is the Amazfit Bip under sunlight. The reflective color screen is lovely and easy to read. Photo by Rick Broida/CNET It was about a year ago that I first encountered the Amazfit Bip, which at $80 (down from $100) seemed way too good to be true. An always-on screen, a heart-rate monitor, built-in GPS and a battery good for weeks, not days? Yes please.Since then, I’ve shared numerous deals, the lowest being around $61. And I even drew the attention of CNET’s smartwatch expert Scott Stein, who reviewed the Bip and found it “the best low-key casual smartwatch around.”Today, and for a limited time, Amazon has the Amazfit Bip in your choice of colors for $67.49. That’s obviously not the all-time best deal I’ve seen, but it’s close — and it’s excellent.See it at AmazonRead Stein’s review if you want to learn more about the product. I’ll simply add — and reiterate — that even if you use none of the other features, the notifications alone make this worth having. See who’s calling, read incoming texts, get calendar alerts and more, all without touching your phone.I’ll also note that Walmart currently has the Bip for $67.99, which I mention only because of the return option: If you decide you don’t like the Bip, you might find it easier to return to a retail store than to box up and ship. Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 See it News • Amazfit Bip smartwatch dips to $64 (Update: Expired) Comments Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Tags Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See It Share your voice Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Amazfit Bip Apple $79 $79 reading • The Bip is back: $67.49 for this versatile Apple Watch alternative Walmart 4:00 Review • Amazfit Bip review: You won’t believe how great a budget smartwatch can be Read more: The best smartwatches for 2019(This story originally posted on February 11, 2019. The deal is still active as of now.)CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Amazfit Bip vs. Fitbit Versa: Which is more like Pebble? 10 Now playing: Watch this: • Mentioned Above Amazfit Bip (kokoda green) Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Apple Wearable Tech The Cheapskatelast_img read more

More like a Mac iPadOS supports SD cards and external drives

first_img Jun 14 • Apple Music vs. Apple Podcast vs. Apple TV: What’s the difference? WWDC 2019 Aug 19 • iOS 13 and iPadOS: How to join the beta, use the best new features on your iPhone and iPad Now playing: Watch this: reading • iPadOS will let you plug flash drives, memory cards into your iPad Tags 4 Jul 5 • RIP, iTunes. This is what happens to your Apple music now • iPads are getting more and more like Macs. Stephen Shankland/CNET With the upcoming iPadOS, you’ll be able to plug external drives and SD cards into your iPad the way you already can with your Mac or Windows PC.”iPadOS … supports external drives, allowing users to easily plug in USB drives, SD cards or log into an SMB file server, all from within the Files app,” Apple said in a statement Monday at its Worldwide Developer Conference, aka WWDC, in San Jose, California.The new feature reflects how much closer iPads and Macs are becoming. iPads and Macs remain separate product lines, but with software tools like Project Catalyst — formerly called Marzipan — Apple is breaking down the barriers.Another big step: iPadOS also will support mouse pointers, early tests of the beta software indicate.Follow all of today’s Apple news. Jun 30 • iOS 13 and iPadOS public betas: How to download and install them now Apple Share your voice Apple is bringing iPad apps to your Mac Comments 4:32 Mobile See All WWDC 2019last_img read more

India Pins Hopes on Budget 2015 Will it be the Harbinger of

first_imgThe year 2015 will see the Narendra Modi government bring in major reforms in micro- and macro-economic sectors, which would reflect in the Sensex and the GDP growth numbers.Finance minister Arun Jaitley’s Budget 2015/16 would address the reforms needed.In 2014, the Sensex rallied 30%, even as overall economic growth remained rather subdued. A woman speaks on her phone as she walks past the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai.ReutersThe reform push and investments in infrastructure will give a massive fillip to the valuations of companies — ranging from construction, cement and steel to those dealing with housing and finance.Modi emerged onto the national scene in 2014 with a promise to deliver collective growth and has been instrumental in structuring the necessary reforms to act as a base for further reforms.India and the world are looking at Budget 2015 as the harbinger of growth. India has perennially been promising, but has rarely had the chance to deliver on those promises. The budget would also act as an indicator of future growth planning.However, alongside the focus on reforms, another crucial area that needs immediate attention is revenue leak. India struggles to achieve direct and indirect tax targets. The fall in collection of projected revenue exerts severe pressure on the fiscal deficit.Even as Modi government gears up for an improved retail spending, it needs to concentrate on bringing in the section of the population that has historically paid an un-proportionately lower tax.Jaitley has reinforced his commitment to working towards a non-adversarial tax regime, for the corporate sector. Experts expect the bourses to go up by about 15-20%, as the fundamentals get stronger. Since October, the government has gone ahead with reforms on incremental basis; the diesel price deregulation, the auction of coal blocks, etc, with the economic growth remaining muted.The quarters October to December 2014 and current quarter January to March 2015 would see tepid growth numbers, with the momentum unlikely to gain pace on the back of stalled investments, keeping resources locked up. However, the momentum is expected to receive a boost post-Budget, says an HSBC report. ReutersThe bank expects growth to pick up in 2015-16 and 2016-17, fuelled by the revival in investment and increased reforms. It expects the economy to expand by 5.9% in the current quarter.In 2015, the Goods and Services Tax Bill, Land Acquisition Bill, Insurance Bill and the Coal Ordinance will be tabled in the Parliament. The passage of the Bills is critical for the Indian economy. The Winter Session of the Parliament was a complete washout, with the Opposition managing to scuttle the entire session over the reconversion issue.UBS head of India research Gautam Chhaochharia expects 2015 to also be the year where macro- and micro-economic data matters more for the markets. He expects the reforms to be rolled out over the next three- to six-month period, with at least the major ones the market has been banking on, read Economic Times.The Market index acts as an indicator of economic growth, reflecting the economic growth in positive returns, and therefore the stock constituting the index.last_img read more

Road crashes kill 16 in 5 dists

first_imgAt least 16 people were killed in road accidents in Gopalganj, Sirajganj, Tangail, Rajshahi and Pabna districts on Thursday, says UNB.Six of them were killed in Gopalganj while four in Sirajganj and two each in Tangail, Rajshahi and Pabna.In Gopalganj, a bus rammed a microbus at Gerekhola in Kashiani upazila in the morning, killing six people, including five members of a family.Five of the deceased were identified as Halim Akon, a Saudi expatriate, his wife Asma Khatun, their two sons — Sujon and Shihab — and Halim’s brother-in-law Babul Hawladar, of Sharankhola upazila in Bagerhat district.Saidur Rahman Khan, police super of Gopalganj, said the Dhaka-bound bus of ‘Sheba Greenline Paribahan’ crashed into the microbus coming from the opposite direction around 9:45am, leaving the six microbus passengers dead on the spot.The family met the tragic end of their lives while returning home after receiving Halim, who came to Bangladesh from Saudi Arabia in the morning, at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital.In Sirajganj, four people, including three members of a family, were killed and two others injured when a bus hammered a microbus on Dhaka-Bogra highway at Ghurka Beltala in Raiganj upazila in the early hours.The deceased were identified as Mili Begum, 35, wife of Harun-or-Rashid, their son Sagar, 13, Mili’s father-in-law Solaiman, 65, of Kahalu upazila, and Abdul Khalek, 32, the microbus driver hailing from Dupchachia upazila of Bogra district.Abdul Gani, a sergeant of Hatikumrul Highway Police, said the Kurigram-bound bus of ‘Dhanshiri Paribahan’ hit the microbus around 12:45am, leaving its four inmates killed on the spot and two others injured.In Tangail, a Jamalpur-bound microbus ran two women over at Pathanbari of Dhanbari upazila in the morning while they were on a morning walk along Madhupur-Jamalpur road, killing them on the spot.The deceased were Reba Begum, 32, wife of Babul Bakul, and Shahaton Begum, 50, wife of Abdul Mazid, of the area.Mujibur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Dhanbari police station, said the microbus driver fled the scene leaving his vehicle behind.In Rajshahi, a young man and his nephew were killed as a truck hit their motorbike on Rajshahi-Dhaka highway at Pollapukur intersection in Puthia upazila at noon.The deceased were Tushar Hossain, 22, son of Abdul Latif, and Shahin Ali, 20, son of Nazmul Islam of Ramchandrapur Kedurmor area of the city.Police said the truck crashed into the bike of Tushar when he along with his nephew Shahin was going to Natore, leaving the duo dead on the spot.In Pabna, two motorcyclists were killed as their bike skidded on the Dashuriya-Muladuli road in Muladuli area of Ishwardi upazila in the afternoon.The deceased were Asharful Islam, 25, son of Hasibur Rahman, resident of Arjopara village, and Shipon Hossain, 23, son of Khalilur Rahman, resident of Dori Nazirpur village of Atgharia upazila.Sub-inspector Ganesh Chandra Mandal, in-charge of Pakshi highway police outpost, said the motorcycle skidded off the road in front of a sugarcane field when its driver tried to put the brake, leaving the duo dead on the spot.last_img read more

Latest hit game from Japan anime school girls who are horses idols

first_imgOh, Japan. Is there really a dart board in every conference room with random words on it that you use to determine what mishmash of strange genres you will fuse together into the next big thing?The newest moe (cute girl) game from Japan is a Frankenstein’s monster of every trope that has ever existed in anime, manga, games, and possibly life itself. In what can only be called a bold-as-hell move by video game publisher Cygames, you may behold the glory that is their newest venture into moe madness: Uma Musume: Pretty Derby.The premise starts out kind of normal: a bunch of high spirited girls in a boarding school go through trials and tribulations together and are in various clubs. This is the only normal thing about it.The girls are actually human-horse half-breeds. They have horse ears, and a horse tail, so they’re not completely in the realm of scary centaurs. They compete in various horse races, but running on two legs instead of four. Not only are they half horse, the characters are also all based off of real famous horses from Japan’s history.Why? Well, why not!For example, take the very tsundere looking Gold Ship. The original Gold Ship is a famous race-winning thoroughbred, known for his unpredictable temperament.Likewise, the Uma Musume version of Gold Ship has white hair and a harsh attitude, but we know it’s all a front for her hard-to-win love.But these fine fillies aren’t just racing! No, sir-ee, they also do other school sports like swimming and ice skating! And hey, while they are at it, sometimes they fall in love… with each other! Ohh, la la. That was a twist.Of course, what kind of high school would this be without school idols? Don’t worry, there’s about 30 girls in this idol group, so you’re sure to love one of them!You’ll need to train these girls to become number one in this strangely cute game. No details on a release date or platform yet, so you’ll just have to stay tuned until Uma Musume: Pretty Derby comes out!You can find more info at the official Uma Musume website.last_img read more

Review Biometrics Technologies Measure Up Part 13

first_imgBiometric door lock – uses your fingerprint to open – runs off batteries and has key for emergencies Inexpensive print reader for PC security – comes with software – connects to computer via USB port The second most popular device, which has actually been on the market and in use longer, is the hand reader. This device works by measuring the dimensions of your hand – normally the fingers.Everybody has different length fingers. Even if you do run into someone with similar finger length, the combination of various finger lengths essentially eliminates the possibility of false identification. For example: your index finger might be the exact same length as somebody else’s, but the chances that 2 of more of your fingers are the same length are vanishingly small.Backlighting and lasers were used in early models but now electrical conduction is the method of choice to measure fingers – fewer technical problems, lower power requirements.It works by measuring the electrical conduction of your hand. The user places his or her hand on a metal or plastic plate with two or more studs protruding for finger alignment. A second later the device detects a small current at the point where the hand touches the plate. It then measures these areas and compares the findings to an internal database. Unlike fingerprint scanners, hand readers do not require a computer – needed processing is done internally – although some can be connected to a computer for time clock applications via a standard network connection or serial cable.Most units also have a keypad for entering in user data and ID numbers. Available models can store from 50 to over 500 individual hand measurements.This technology also presents some false positives from time to time when users fail to correctly locate their hand on the scanner plate. Many require the keying of an ID code to make identification 100% positive.These units tend to be very robust and ideal for users with dirty or worn hands like factories and assembly plants. Their self-contained nature means they can be installed virtually anywhere.To Be Continued … (in part 2: Eye Scanners, Face Recognition, and Pattern Recognition) Copyright 2005 PhysOrg.com Like any relatively new technology there are problems: Finger prints can be covered by callus or worn smooth from heavy use -dirt can get into the print lines and skin can peel – all making print reading more difficult. Some users have problems with less expensive models due to the lack of a well defined center whorl in the middle – something the device needs to find the center and build a code for the print. Since prints are converted to number codes it’s possible for two prints to have the same code. This means each device is limited as to the number of prints it can read without giving a false positive. More money usually gets you models that manage more prints.A new technology that scans the subsurface of your fingerprint – down five skin layers deep – works even when the print is scuffed or dirty. This technology is still new, however, so most fingerprint scanner systems also require a code or PIN of some type to for 100% positive identification.Some fingerprint readers and their applications: Print reader with magnetic card reader for extra security.Hand Scanners The basic reason is simple: biometrics uses body measurements to make positive personal identification without resorting to ID cards, passwords, PINs and other problematic security technologies. Your ID is your body – or a part of it, anyway. This makes ID counterfeiting much more difficult and also insures that ID doesn’t get left behind – short or a very serious mishap, that is.Various technologies have been used over the years and favorites are slowly emerging – along with a host of ethical and privacy issues.Finger Print ScannersThe most common technology in use today by far is fingerprint scanning. This technology is used everywhere from top secret military installations to supermarkets, cell phones and time clocks.Police departments have long used finger prints to track criminals because of their uniqueness – each finger print is different – making positive identification possible for any given individual. Finger print readers use this uniqueness to generate a code – rarely do they actually use the full print for identification – based on areas where line print lines merge, fork or loop – like the round “whorl” you can find in the middle of all finger prints.These devices work by scanning the print with a light source – either a laser or, more commonly, a LED (Light Emitting Diode) – on to a chip. The chip is either a CCD (Charged Couple Device – the same found in digital cameras) or the less expensive CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor). Integrated circuits then generate the code to identify the print.This code is stored in a database – either in a remote computer for cheaper USB models or in the device itself. When a person scans a print, this device compares the code generated by the print with one in the database to make a positive identification. These “print coding” algorithms are closely guarded secrets.Price is probably the most attractive reason to use this technology. Securing your computer with a fingerprint reading mouse cost less than $100. Time clock systems start at around $500. This makes finger print scanning one of the most affordable of all the biometrics technologies. Explore furthercenter_img Pairing targeted drugs for breast and lung cancer could overcome treatment resistance (Part 1/3) Biometrics technologies have come a long way from a slow start in the early 80s. Now they can be found almost anywhere and soon, almost everywhere. Biometric time and attendance system – works without a connection to a computer Citation: Review: Biometrics Technologies Measure Up (Part 1/3) (2005, November 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2005-11-biometrics-technologies.html 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

3 Mobile Apps to Enhance Your AfterWork Life

first_img We have managed to take care of our daytime work hours perfectly, thanks to some spectacular note-taking, travel-booking and other time-saving apps — but what about after work?Don’t they say, work hard but play harder?I believe in this maxim and try my best to make the most of every moment.Related: 6 Apps That Help You Stick to Your GoalsSo I decided to take time to share three wonderful apps on my phone that help me to take care of my after-work needs. From going out with friends to casual dinners with acquaintances to losing those extra inches, these three apps take care of my pleasure, fitness and entertainment needs in the little time I have for these pursuits.1. FitTime Stats — a gym in your phoneThere can be 1,000 reasons why you can’t hit the gym daily. Perhaps you are traveling or occupied in late-night meetings, or, as is common these days, you are working on an important project and lose track of time. Or you are simply too exhausted to commute all the way to the gym.FitTime Stats fits right into your busy schedule and allows you to take up simple exercises, any time of the day. With three levels of exercises, you can go as slow or as fast as you want, and you don’t need any special equipment for the same. The picture-plus-text layout allows you to understand even the most complex exercises.Moreover, it comes with an alarm, so even if you don’t remember to make time for your daily workout, it will remind you — sorry, no excuses! The best part about the app is it doesn’t restrict you with time constraints, so whether you want a short session or a full-blown two-hour workout, you can do it using the app.What’s more, it has a BRAG ABOUT IT button, so you can share your workout stats with your friends on Facebook. All-in-all, it’s a great after-hours app that allows you to stay fit no matter what time of the day it is.Related: 7 Apps to Help Integrate Tech With Self-Improvement Goals2. iSleight — magic in your phoneEvery once in a while, you will have an occasion to impress a business acquaintance or a date, and a true gentleman is always prepared. So let iSleight help you out. iSleight is basically magic in your phone, literally and figuratively speaking.It features a simple card trick which will help you impress your friends, break ice on a date or just win you some bonus points for bringing magic to a party. The app works by bringing the same card that you’ve predicted, every time.So let’s say I predicted the seven of hearts. I will then give my phone to my friend and ask them to shuffle the cards and pick any one card.They pick the card and behold — it’s the seven of hearts! How? Watch the trailer or download the app to see how it works.On the face of it, it is a simple card-guessing game. But despite letting your friends investigate the app as much as they want, it won’t let them guess the secret of your magic.So go ahead, show off the sleight of your hand — or your magic app to be precise.3. Hello Vino — wine wiz in your phoneSo I am at this networking dinner with a couple of industry bigwigs after a conference. Which wine goes best with spaghetti bolognese? Should I order cabernet or merlot? Aren’t they both red wines after all?Whether you are living in the west or east, making sense of wine pairings and ordering the right wine is difficult. But if you are moving in affluent circles, you need to get your wine basics right. Thanks to Hello Vino, it’s easy for everyone to understand the vast and often mysterious world of wine.Hello Vino comes with a label scanner, wine shopping guide and food pairings guide, so every question you may have about wine is answered in the app — from ordering the right wine to taking care of entertainment in the party to losing weight after savoring that spicy spaghetti bolognese.With these three apps, your after-work life will be much easier, as they collectively offer something cool, healthy and impressive.If you really want to take non-work productivity to the next level, here are some more ideas.Try the gift-tracking app that allows you to sync your gift list and track your gift purchases.Jamie’s 20 Minute Meals lets you fix a decent meal in just 20 minutes.As a good night’s sleep is the key to increased productivity, the last in my list is Sleep Cycle alarm clock that analyzes sleep patterns and wakes you in the lightest phase, so you don’t wake up feeling annoyed or tired.Related: 5 Apps That Can Help Executives Strike Work-Life Balance Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. January 26, 2016 5 min read Register Now »last_img read more

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first_img Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Related Content News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more News | July 24, 2014 Self-Assembling Nanoparticle Could Improve MRI Scanning for Cancer Diagnosis Scientists in London design new self-assembling nanoparticle that targets tumors, to help earlier cancer diagnosis Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more 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 July 24, 2014 — Scientists have designed a new self-assembling nanoparticle that targets tumors, to help doctors diagnose cancer earlier. The new nanoparticle, developed by researchers at Imperial College London, boosts the effectiveness of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanning by specifically seeking out receptors that are found in cancerous cells.The nanoparticle is coated with a special protein, which looks for specific signals given off by tumors, and when it finds a tumor it begins to interact with the cancerous cells. This interaction strips off the protein coating, causing the nanoparticle to self-assemble into a much larger particle so that it is more visible on the scan.A new study published in the journal Angewandte Chemie used cancer cells and mouse models to compare the effects of the self-assembling nanoparticle in MRI scanning against commonly used imaging agents. The study found the nanoparticle produced a more powerful signal and created a clearer MRI image of the tumor.The scientists say the nanoparticle increases the sensitivity of MRI scanning and will ultimately improve doctors’ ability to detect cancerous cells at much earlier stages of development.Nicholas Long, a professor from the department of chemistry at Imperial College London, said the results show real promise for improving cancer diagnosis. “By improving the sensitivity of an MRI examination, our aim is to help doctors spot something that might be cancerous much more quickly. This would enable patients to receive effective treatment sooner, which would hopefully improve survival rates from cancer.””MRI scanners are found in nearly every hospital up and down the country, and they are vital machines used every day to scan patients’ bodies and get to the bottom of what might be wrong. But we are aware that some doctors feel that even though MRI scanners are effective at spotting large tumors, they are perhaps not as good at detecting smaller tumors in the early stages,” added Long.The newly designed nanoparticle provides a tool to improve the sensitivity of MRI scanning, and the scientists are now working to enhance its effectiveness. Said Long: “We would like to improve the design to make it even easier for doctors to spot a tumor and for surgeons to then operate on it. We’re now trying to add an extra optical signal so that the nanoparticle would light up with a luminescent probe once it had found its target, so combined with the better MRI signal it will make it even easier to identify tumors.”Before testing and injecting the non-toxic nanoparticle into mice, the scientists had to make sure that it would not become so big when it self-assembled that it would cause damage. They injected the nanoparticle into a saline solution inside a petri dish and monitored its growth over a four-hour period. The nanoparticle grew from 100 to 800 nanometers– still small enough to not cause any harm.The scientists are now improving the nanoparticle and hope to test their design in a human trial within the next three to five years.Juan Gallo, Ph.D., department of surgery and cancer, Imperial College London, said, “We’re now looking at fine-tuning the size of the final nanoparticle so that it is even smaller but still gives an enhanced MRI image. If it is too small the body will just secrete it out before imaging, but too big and it could be harmful to the body. Getting it just right is really important before moving to a human trial.”For more information: www.imperial.ac.uk FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

InterContinental Hotels Group has signed its fourt

first_imgInterContinental Hotels Group has signed its fourth Australian upscale voco branded property in the NSW Hunter Valley. The group’s Kirkton Park property will be refreshed and rebranded as voco Kirkton Park Hunter Valley in early 2019.IHG took over management of the 70-room hotel in June 2017 and has since built a reputation for being one of the wine region’s most desirable destinations. It’s the second hotel for the brand in an iconic Australian winery destination after IHG announced voco Yarra Valley would open in Victoria in 2021.The confirmation comes a month after voco Gold Coast opened in Queensland (previously the Watermark Hotel & Spa), as the first ever voco property globally.As part of the rebrand, voco Kirkton Park Hunter Valley will make several aesthetic upgrades with the distinctive and luxurious voco brand hallmarks: ‘Come on in’, ‘Me time’, and ‘voco life’. The boutique hotel will once again join forces with luxury interior designer, Greg Natale, to bring the interior design concept to life in a new and inventive way that celebrates its location and surroundings.Located in the heart of Pokolbin and just minutes away from the region’s most popular wineries, the Australian colonial heritage property is complemented by 70 acres of rural surroundings including manicured gardens, a wholesome vegetable garden and picturesque walking trails.Penny Crossley, General Manager of Kirkton Park Hunter Valley, said: “The Hunter Valley is famous for local wineries and produce growers. voco is the perfect fit for us to deliver genuine, passionate service every day. Our approach is personalised, friendly and charming and we want to ensure every stay is memorable. As a hotel, we are connected with the local community, so can offer a truly localised experience as our beautiful country estate serves as the perfect spot to unwind.”See www.kirktonparkhuntervalley.com.aulast_img read more

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first_img3 =Canada 9 1Australia 9.7 The survey results also exposed which Brits were happiest on holiday and found that those on the South Coast had the sunniest outlook on their holidays with residents of Brighton ranking as the no.1 happiest on their travels. Despite a reputation as dour Scots, residents of Edinburgh were actually the third happiest on holiday, and although only 40 miles apart, Manchester and Leeds were eight places apart with Leeds coming in last place.Ranking of ‘holiday happiness’ by region (out of 10): 2Manchester 9 3 =Hungary 9 7Glasgow 8.14 The survey asked travellers to rate how happy they were on their last holiday, and the results showed that on average, UK tourists in Australia scored a massive 9.7 out of for 10 happiness on holiday.The “once in a lifetime” destination has a wealth of activities and natural beauty making it a popular choice for many and perhaps unsurprisingly a destination where it’s easy to be happy. Australia is expecting to see a further increase to this popularity from UK visitors in 2012 following a number of recent innovative campaigns promoting flights to Australia.At the other end of the scale, it appears the economic problems in Greece may be having an impact on the happiness of tourists with the country coming in bottom of the rankings with a score of just 6.2.The top 20 happiest holiday destinations (out of 10): 19France 7.2 11Scandinavia 8.6 8Spain 8.8 Monday 16 January was Blue Monday, officially the most depressing day of the year but a survey conducted by Skyscanner has shown that Brits who escaped to Australia on holiday were happier than in any other country. 8Birmingham 8.12 20Greece 6.2 7USA 8.9 15 =Turkey 8 13 =Croatia 8.2 9 =UK & Ireland 8.7 15 =Portugal 8 ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 13 =Japan 8.2 5London 8.44 3Edinburgh 8.77 17 =Netherlands 7.6 1Brighton 9.33 2Italy 9.2 4Newcastle 8.71 3 =Thailand 9 RelatedTourists must travel far for happiness; Australia is happiest holiday destinationSkyscanner devises formula for happy holidayHolidaying Brits more likely to sunbathe than visit cultural attractionsBrits spend more time sunbathing and drinking in bars than holidaymakers from other European countries.Turkey Vs Greece: Brits swapping Greece for Turkey reveals SkyscannerTurkey Vs Greece: Brits swapping Greece for Turkey reveals Skyscanner 6Belfast 8.16 10Leeds 7.25 9 =Egypt 8.7 17India 7.6 9Liverpool 8 3 =Malta 9 12Germany 8.5last_img read more

Luxury hotel brand Dorchester Collection is set to

first_imgLuxury hotel brand Dorchester Collection is set to open a new 69-room country house hotel, to be called Coworth Park, near Ascot and bordering on Windsor Great Park in Surrey. The hotel, which stands in 200 acres of parkland, will also boast an equestrian center with stabling for up to 40 horses, as well as 2 polo fields and a practice field.Scheduled to open in 2010, Coworth Park will be the ninth property in the Collection. The current portfolio of iconic hotels includes The Dorchester in London, The Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, Le Meurice and Hotel Plaza Athénée in Paris, the Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan, The New York Palace in New York,and Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles. Dorchester Collection recently announced the opening of another London hotel, 45 Park Lane, also anticipated for 2010.Located just 40 minutes from Central London, Coworth Park will be a valuable addition to the Collection’s UK portfolio. It will have 69 rooms, including 30 in the main house and 39 in a converted stable block and adjacent cottages. Guests will be able to enjoy an eco-luxury Spa, a bar and 2 restaurants (including a fine-dining restaurant and casual restaurant with open-air terrace), and outdoor pursuits such as archery and pitch-and-putt golf. Fox Linton has been appointed to manage the interior design and EPR is the architect.www.dorchestercollection.comlast_img read more