Brock prof wins provincial teaching award

After being nationally recognized for his teaching excellence earlier this year, David Hutchison is again being honoured for his efforts in the classroom.A professor in Brock’s Department of Educational Studies and Director of the Centre for Digital Humanities, Hutchison has been awarded a 2017-18 Teaching Award by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA). OCUFA represents 17,000 faculty and academic librarians in 29 Ontario faculty associations. Since 1973, the OCUFA Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards have recognized exceptional professors and librarians for their contributions to higher education in Ontario. Hutchison is one of five Teaching Award recipients from across Ontario this year.   “As a cross-appointed professor at Brock, it has been my privilege to observe so many diverse examples of teaching excellence amongst colleagues, working with students in groups — large and small — in-person and online,” Hutchison said.  “I really see this recognition as a tribute to how well Brock nurtures and values teaching excellence, especially teaching approaches which support experiential cross-program collaborations, which has been one of my goals.” Hutchison’s teaching efforts were widely recognized earlier this year. In February, he was awarded a 3M National Teaching Fellowship, one of Canada’s most prestigious awards for teaching excellence.  “David is an innovative instructor and through his teaching and mentoring of students contributes significantly to our students’ positive experiences and, more broadly, to Brock and the community,” said Michael Owen, Dean of the Faculty of Education. “As his colleagues, we celebrate this well-deserved recognition of his dedication and talent.” Hutchison and his fellow award recipients will be honoured at OCUFA’s 45th annual awards ceremony in Toronto on Saturday, Oct. 20. The ceremony will be hosted by the CBC’s Nana aba Duncan.  “David Hutchison challenges his students to test those perceptions of the world they might take for granted by comparing them against the diverse experiences of others,” said Professor Judy Bornais, Chair of OCUFA’s Award Committee.  “Through his teaching and the experiential learning opportunities he incorporates into his courses, he empowers students to feel like their work matters and that they can affect change.” read more

This NWSL Season Has Been Nuts Heres How We Forecast The Finish

W. New York120.3138.197.811.95.52.699%65%37% RATINGAVG. SIM. SEASONPLAYOFF CHANCES Seattle109.9101.6120. Orlando90.882.1101. Washington115.0123.5104.311.54.44.1965829 Boston63.175.647.51.915.82.4<1<1<1 Houston93.683.6106. Chicago99.689.3112. Portland106.9110.9102. Although our preseason forecast didn’t think it was impossible for both Seattle and Kansas City to miss the playoffs (it assigned roughly a 6 percent chance to that possibility), their drastic decline may indicate that we should re-evaluate some components of the model for next year’s NWSL season. As in many of our sports forecasts, each NWSL team’s rating is reverted toward the league average between seasons to account for factors such as changes in personnel and retirements. For the NWSL, two-thirds of a team’s rating from the previous season carries over into the new season; that amount is based on the first three seasons and is in line with other soccer leagues around the world (both men’s and women’s). This year’s results, however, may indicate that NWSL teams should be reverted further toward the league average each season. Or maybe this is just a crazy season. Only time (and more data) will tell. If at the start of the National Women’s Soccer League season you thought two-time defending champions FC Kansas City would be in third-to-last place just over halfway through the season or that two-time regular-season champions Seattle Reign FC would have almost as many losses as they did in their previous two seasons combined, you’re either psychic or your predictive abilities are far greater than ours.Before this year’s matches got underway, we built a model to forecast the league using the best information we had available: data from the three previous NWSL seasons. But because two of those years were dominated by Seattle and Kansas City, correctly predicting this year’s chaos in the league would have been very difficult. So with the table in tumult and the end of the regular season not far off, we thought this would be good time to update our initial predictions, see what’s changed and look ahead to which four teams are most likely to reach the playoffs this fall. Below is a table showing each team’s overall rating — made up of offensive and defensive components (higher is better for both) — as well as its projected win-loss-tie record and its chances of making the playoffs. Sky Blue97.299.494. Kansas City103.696.1113. TEAMOVERALLOFF.DEF.WLTPLAYOFFSFINALSWIN This year’s surprise standout, the Western New York Flash, has skyrocketed to the top of our table and now has the greatest chance of winning the NWSL championship — 37 percent — up from just a 5 percent chance before the season started. With the league’s top two goal scorers, Lynn Williams and Jessica McDonald (seven and six goals, respectively), the Flash are almost certain to earn a playoff spot. The Washington Spirit will likely grab another — our model gives them a 96 percent chance of making the playoffs.There’s a little less certainty for the third and fourth playoff spots. The Portland Thorns are currently in first place in the league, with 26 points, and have an 86 percent chance of making the postseason. But the team has lost their past two games, in part because several national team players have been absent as they prepare for the Olympics. So Portland may continue to fall in our rankings over the next month. The Chicago Red Stars’ chances of making the playoffs have remained about the same from our initial forecast — dropping to 46 percent from 47 percent — but a strong start to the season has given way to three losses in the past four games.The biggest shock this season, however, has undoubtedly been the rapid descent of the league’s top two teams, Seattle and Kansas City. Both teams were heavily favored in our initial predictions — with a 78 percent and 72 percent chance of making the playoffs, respectively — but at this point, it’s extremely unlikely that either team will earn a playoff berth. There are still six weeks of matches left, but both teams’ chances of winning the championship have plummeted more than 20 percentage points since the season started. read more

Ketamine should be kept off worldwide illegal drugs list doctors say

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. Ketamine is an essential anaesthetic and painkiller, especially in countries with limited options and poor storage facilities in their hospitals.Dr Jannicke Mellin-Olsen The powerful tranquiliser ketamine should be kept off a worldwide illegal drugs list despite it being abused by clubbers, doctors are arguing.They say it should always be treated as a medicine and not be placed under United Nations illicit drug restrictions The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists is calling for global support for its initiative to protect ketamine’s status as an essential medicine for anaesthesia and pain relief.China and other countries which have a problem with ketamine abuse want the drug included on the UN schedule for controlled drugs.Dr Jannicke Mellin-Olsen, newly-elected WFSA President, spoke out at the group’s World Congress in Hong Kong.She said: “Ketamine is an essential anaesthetic and painkiller, especially in countries with limited options and poor storage facilities in their hospitals.”Ketamine is used as the sole available safe anaesthetic in many parts of the world and is widely used in adults and children alike.Experts say it is also easily transported in situations such as disasters, in which vital lifesaving surgery can take place at the scene of the disaster, even outside the hospital. But China and some other Asian countries, including Thailand, have problems with ketamine abuse. They want access to be restricted in the same way that morphine is a scheduled or controlled substance.The UN’s Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) has so far not submitted to their demands. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reviewed ketamine use several times since 2004 when the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) first noted illicit use was a problem and encouraged countries to place the drug under controls.On each occasion, WHO has repeatedly warned that placing ketamine under international control would devastate access to safe surgery for billions.Dr Mellin-Olsen, who is based at Baerum Hospital in Norway, added: “Of course there are legitimate concerns about ketamine abuse, and these shouldn’t be discounted.”However, it also needs to be recognised that there is little to no evidence that abuse occurs in countries where it is the most essential anaesthetic.”The international drug control system has caused immense harm to access to medicines, and the system is still, today, out of balance.” WFSA has launched a “Ketamine is Medicine” campaign against the drug being subjected to international controls.Dr Mellin-Olsen added: “We call on the UN’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence not to recommend any further restrictions on ketamine pending the collection of more reliable and complete data on the effects that this might have on the availability of this essential anaesthetic drug, and on patient outcomes around the world.”Associate Professor Philip Peyton, of Austin Hospital and the University of Melbourne in Australia, told the Congress: “Ketamine’s unique safety profile and effectiveness make it irreplaceable in anaesthetic practice.”However, concerns about ketamine’s recreational abuse have prompted international calls for its withdrawal.”This comes at an unfortunate time, as there is increasing interest in ketamine’s other potential therapeutic effects on chronic pain and postoperative delirium, which are now recognised as common and serious postoperative complications, as well as a possible emerging role in management of severe treatment-resistant depression.”Its unique value in the management of severe pain after surgery or trauma is now widely appreciated.” He added:”Much research still needs to be done to properly define the value of ketamine and its importance in clinical practice before any decisions about the future availability are made.”last_img read more

Chambery Savoie and Fahrudin Melic together until 2022

← Previous Story Roland Mikler to play again in Szeged – Appelgren i(wa)s replacement? Next Story → “SUPERCUP WAS A LACK OF TIME? Valcea – CSM Bucharest 2:0 The leaders of the French Championship Chambery Savoie and right wing Fahrudin Melic extended deal until 2022.This is probably the last contract which is signed by 34-years old lefthander who is currently the TOP scorer of the French Lidl Star Ligue with 32 goals in four matches.Melic came to Chambery from Paris Saint Germain handball in 2016.He played at Paris between 2013 and 2016.Melic is former Montenegrian national team member. Chambery SavoieFahrudin Melic read more

La Wii U devrait avoir son App Store

first_imgLa Wii U devrait avoir son App StoreChez Nintendo, l’héritière de la célèbre Wii, nommée Wii U, devrait certainement proposer l’équivalent d’un App Store pour le téléchargement de jeux ou d’applications pour la tablette tactile qui, rappelons-le, servira de manette.Nous connaissions déjà les plateformes Wiiware et DsiWare, sur la Wii et la Nintendo DSi, où l’on pouvait se procurer des jeux dématérialisés. Avec la Wii U (lien non disponible), le géant japonais du jeu vidéo souhaite  approfondir ce concept, à l’instar des services proposés par Apple (l’App Store) ou Google (l’Android Market). En effet, avec sa tablette de 6,2 pouces (15,5 cm de diagonale) disponible avec la console, la Wii U devrait avoir son lots d’applications spécifiques à son matériel, et ce, même si Big N avait précédemment annoncé que la tablette ne serait pas autonome… On attend donc avec impatience la prochaine présentation de la console pour en savoir davantage sur le contenue de ce Wii U Store et sur les possibilités offertes par ces manettes – tablettes. Le 2 janvier 2012 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Families welcome at fire station open house

first_imgClark County — Residents in the Hazel Dell, Lakeshore, Felida, Salmon Creek, Mt. Vista, Sherwood and Fairground areas are invited to a Clark County Fire District 6 open house from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday.Open house guests can watch an automobile extraction demonstration, see the Clark County Sheriff’s police dogs, learn about Life Flight helicopters and participate in other family activities.Southwest Washington Medical Center will sell low-cost bicycle helmets.Free hot dogs, chips, salads and other refreshments will be available.The fire station is at 8800 N.E. Hazel Dell Ave. in Vancouver. For information, call Fire District 6, 360-576-1195.last_img read more

Angry Birds Rio manages 10 million downloads in 10 days

first_imgIt seems that mobile phone users are still Angry Birds crazy and Rovio may have another hit on its hands. Through the developer’s Twitter account it was tweeted, “10 in 10:-) Angry Birds Rio breaking all records. A massive thanks to all our fans!!!!” That was a bit coded, so after some further investigation it became clear what Rovio meant was the new game has been downloaded over 10 million times in 10 days since its launch on March 22nd.Angry Birds Rio has introduced a number of firsts for its developer including the fact that the game is not traditional for the Angry Birds franchise. It is the first one created as a result of a partnership between Rovio and 20th Century Fox since the game is based on the animated movie RIO. Though you won’t find the Angry Birds characters in the new movie, you will find characters from the movie in the game. Angry Birds Rio breaks from previous games in that the goal is not to smash into pigs. The target for the birds this time is smuggled bird cages in a warehouse. As cages break, the birds within them fly to freedom.Rovio also took quite a bold move with the game when it came to the Android platform. When the developer ported its original Angry Birds game and Angry Birds Seasons to Android it introduced them to users through Google’s Android Marketplace. Rather than offering the game for $0.99 like it did on iTunes, the games were a free download, though players had to deal with ads while playing.When it came to the launch of Angry Birds Rio it seems that the Android Marketplace was not Rovio’s first choice. As a result, Amazon‘s Appstore for Android was the first to offer an ad-free version of the game. It is expected to eventually be offered as a $0.99 download, but for the moment Amazon has decided to offer it for free as part of a limited promotion.Read more at Mobile Entertainmentlast_img read more

Cotton computing goes live at Cornell textiles lab

first_imgConductive cotton ties in to a simple circuit.
 Photo: Cornell University Citation: Cotton computing goes live at Cornell textiles lab (2011, December 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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. Transistors are made from natural cotton fibers Explore further More information: Organic electronics on natural cotton fibres, Organic Electronics, Volume 12, Issue 12, December 2011, Pages 2033-2039.AbstractNanoscale modification of natural cotton fibres with conformal coatings of gold nanoparticles, deposition of thin layers of the conductive polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxithiophene) (PEDOT) and a combination of these two processes were employed to increase conductivity of plain cotton yarns. This innovative approach was especially designed to fabricate two classes of devices: passive devices such as resistors obtained from electrically conductive cotton yarns, and two types of active devices, namely organic electrochemical transistors (OECTs) and organic field effect transistors (OFETs). The detailed electrical and mechanical analysis we performed on treated cotton yarns revealed that they can be used as conductors still maintaining a good flexibility. This study opens an avenue for real integration between organic electronics and traditional textile technology and materials. ( — Researchers from France, Italy and the United States are weaving cotton with transistors for a new look in computing. Based on news about a lab at Cornell University, wearable computing is getting a new twist. Transistors made from cotton fibers are being explored at the Textiles Nanotechnology Laboratory at Cornell for use as clothing to collect, monitor and relay information. © 2011 Envisioned end uses could take form as clothes measuring pollutants, firefighters’ uniforms detecting dangerous chemicals, T-shirts displaying information, medical purposed garments monitoring heart rates and perspiration, as well as carpets in commercial environments measuring allergens or humidity.The group has come up with transistors made from cotton fibers. They use an approach that departs from the practice of attaching sensors or processors to fully formed garments. Instead, they are incorporating their information-retrieving devices directly into the fabric. The Textiles Nanotechnology Laboratory focus is on merging textile science with the emerging area of nanoscale science. In their work to make the fibers conductive, the team coated each strand with gold nanoparticles and with an additional thin layer of PEDOT, poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene), a conductive polymer.The fibers proved to be about one thousand times as conductive as plain cotton, and had slightly stiffer but more elastic qualities than untreated fibers, said reports. The team demonstrated the cotton’s conductivity by making a simple circuit; they knotted one end to a battery and the other to a light emitting diode (LED).Overall, said Annalisa Bonfiglio, a professor in the department of electrical and electronic engineering, University of Cagliari, Italy, whose student Giorgio Mattana worked on the cotton at the Ithaca lab, treating the cotton with these various substances is not very complicated, comparable to dyeing materials.For the immediate future, she added, the most realistic application of their research may be for use as wearable sensors.Juan Hinestroza, director of the Textiles lab at Cornell, said “pretty decent computing power” can be the result if one considers how many fibers in a T-shirt, for example, and how many interconnections there are between the weft and warp of the fabric.His work has not gone unnoticed by those seeing potential in new ways to integrate electronics with traditional textiles. Hinestroza has received funding from federal and state agencies as well as industrial consortiums for his explorations in how to create multifunctional fibers using nanoscale phenomena.While wearable sensors is the most practical near-term application, the more distant future (or perhaps back to the future) might extend elsewhere. Earlier this year, Hinestroza said, “Perhaps one day we can even build computers out of cotton fibers in a similar way as khipus -a recording device based on knots and used by the Inca empire in Peru.”last_img read more

How to Spring Clean Your Website With Content Auditing

first_imgMay 9, 2019 5 min read Hooray! It’s that time of year! Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, sunshine is streaming; and hordes of people are taking the opportunity to clear out their cluttered closets and drawers, reorganize their stuff and give their homes a deep clean.Related: How to Make Your Small Business Website Really, Really EffectiveBut, did you know that your website needs a spring cleaning, too?Of course, you can’t physically dust off your website content to make it look shiny and new. But, nonetheless, you do need to give your website content the proverbial spring cleaning it deserves — with a content audit.Conducting a content audit can provide you actionable insights into what type of content is performing the best with your audience, improve your content’s return on investment (ROI) and improve your content-marketing strategy for the future. Plus, cleaning and organizing is good for you. According to a study reported by Psychology Today, people with clean houses are healthier than those with messy one. The same could be said for people with clean websites.So, to give your website a refresh, follow these steps outlining how to “spring clean” your website, using content auditing.Set clear goals.Before diving into your content audit, first set clear goals. Setting goals for your content audit will help you better determine which content is working well, what needs improving and updating and what needs to be retired. By keeping the goals of your content audit in mind, you’ll find it easier to get the big picture on your goals overall. For instance, in terms of your content audit, do you want to:Improve your SEO results?Increase audience engagement?Improve conversion rates?Depending on your goals, you can consider different criteria for each page or post. For instance, to improve SEO results, you’ll look over and optimize internal linking. To increase audience engagement, you’ll determine what topics your audience is most interested in. And, to improve conversion rates, you’ll identify the most efficient content for each stage of the buyer’s journey.Related: How to Create a Site Structure That Will Enhance SEOCreate a content inventory.Next, you’ll want to create an inventory of all your content. So, compile a list of all your URLs and put them in a spreadsheet. If your site is small, you can easily do this manually.But, if you have a ton of content on your website, this task might be more time-consuming, so consider delegating it to another employee in your company, or hire a freelancer to complete the task or use a crawling tool like Screaming Frog, which is free to use for up to 500 URLs. In the spreadsheet you create, list all the URLS in columns along with other details such as:Title of the contentType of content (blog post, landing page, product description)Date of publication or last modificationAuthor (if you have multiple authors on your site)Stage of the buyer’s journey (awareness, consideration, decision)Number of wordsMetadata (title, description)Metrics such as number of page visits, time spent on page, conversion rate, backlinks, shares, ranking for the main keywords, and so on.Then consult your analytics tool to discover all of the key metrics you need to know. As you build this list of your content inventory, you’ll be able to easily identify which content is underperforming.Assess your content and take action.Once you’ve taken inventory of all your content in an organized spreadsheet, it’s time to assess your content and take action. In this step, you’ll identify what content is performing well for you, what you need to change/update, what you can merge and what you can get rid of.Again, go back to the goals you set for your content audit. If your main goal is to improve conversions, you’ll mainly want to focus on metrics such as conversion rate and time spent on the page as well as what stage of the buyer’s journey your content is for.For instance, when filling out your spreadsheet you may notice that you have lots of content for the decision stage of the buyer’s journey and not enough for the consideration or awareness stages. You can then go ahead and start planning more content to guide users through each stage of the buyer’s journey or edit your existing content as needed.To make the process of assessing your content easier, create another column in your inventory spreadsheet to grade your content. You can use A,B,C,D grading or give your content a score from 1 to 5. If the content is performing well across all metrics, you can give it a top score. Other content that’s not performing as well can then be updated and tweaked to meet your goals.Related: 27 Ways to Increase Traffic to Your WebsiteOver to you”Spring cleaning” has never been more enjoyable, right? By cleaning your website using content auditing, you can enjoy increased organic traffic, a rise in audience engagement and a big boost in conversions. Marie Kondo’s got nothing on you and your spring cleaning skills! Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

Killer Deal 250 Off Every Google Pixel Slate

first_imgCurrently, Amazon has the Google Pixel Slate w/ Core i5 (128GB) on sale for $749. This laptop/tablet hybrid costs $999 direct from Google, so that’s $250 off. It’s the lowest price we’ve seen for this configuration and one of the best 2-in-1 deals of the year. (Best Buy offers the same price).  Even better, Amazon is taking $250 off all configurations of the Pixel Slate. The Pixel Slate sports an anodized aluminum chassis and Midnight Blue finish. Not only is it strong and durable, it looks great in any classroom or a boardroom. At 1.6 pounds and 0.3 inches thick, the Pixel Slate is lighter than the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (1.7 pounds, 0.3 inches) and the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 (1.8 pounds, 0.3 inches). Compared to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2018) (1.4 pounds, 0.2 inches), it’s also heavier and chunkier.  The Google Pixel Slate features a 12.3-inch 3000 x 2000 touch LCD, 1.3GHz Core i5-8200Y dual-core CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. It can be paired with an optional keyboard and stylus pen (sold separately) to maximize your productivity. Google Pixel Slate w/ Core m3 (64GB): was $799 now $549 @ AmazonGoogle Pixel Slate w/ Core i5 (128GB): was $999 now $749 @ AmazonGoogle Pixel Slate w/ Core i7 (256GB): was $1,599 now $1,349 @ Amazon We watched a remastered version of the 1977 film Suspiria. The Google Pixel Slate’s 12.3-inch screen offers such great color and detail that we noticed excellent reproduction of the shining gold that adorns the dance academy’s facade. We also saw a ton of crisp details in the Slate’s 3000 x 2000-pixel panel.  We’re not sure how long this sale will last, so make sure to get Google’s 2-in-1 while you can.  The Google Pixel Slate lasted 9 hours and 51 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test (web browsing at 150 nits), which is above the 8:13 category average. It outlasted the Surface Pro 6 (9:20), but fell short of the iPad Pro (13:14) and the Galaxy Book 2 (10:41).center_img In our Google Pixel Slate review (we reviewed the Core i5 model), we liked its sharp, vibrant screen, great audio and long battery life. Google Pixel Slate ReviewBest Laptop Deals August is peak season for back-to-school deals and if you’re shopping for a hybrid, Amazon is taking a few Benjamins off one of the best 2-in-1 tablets  around. Performance-wise, the Pixel Slate’s hardware configuration offers ample speed for everyday tasks. We experienced no lag while playing a 1080p YouTube video with 12 Chrome tabs open, while Twitter, 1Password, and Discord apps ran in the background.    by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf You Have a Computer, This Strategy Game Is a Must-HaveVikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoCNN International for ANAWhy Tennis Pundits Are Tipping This WomanCNN International for ANAUndoMayo ClinicManaging psoriatic arthritis painMayo ClinicUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYCeline Dion Discusses Her Recent Weight Loss: ‘Everything’s Fine’TODAYUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more

2 Western photographers freed from Syria captivity

first_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories His account would seem to add weight to reports that foreign Islamic fighters are going into Syria to support the rebel side.The Associated Press could not reach the men, who were expected to return home within days, for more details of their ordeal.Oerlemans told Business News Radio that he and Cantlie entered Syria on July 19, and were captured almost immediately.“You go with a donkey caravan over the border,” he said. “It went left, we went right and walked into a camp of 20 tents and in no time we had a circle of men around us with Kalashnikovs and we were taken captive.”The militants accused the men of working for the CIA and took their equipment and documents, he said.Oerlemans said it soon became clear that their captors planned to seek ransom, so the photographers tried to escape. They were quickly intercepted and Oerlemans was shot in the foot and thigh, he said. His captors bandaged his wounds but kept the two men handcuffed and blindfolded after that, he said.“I was wounded, but the bullets missed all the vital parts, and I’m frisky as a puppy and enormously happy that I’ve survived it all, that it ended well,” he said. On Friday morning they were told they would be moved to another location when a group of Syrian rebels stormed the tent and put the photographers in trucks.Suddenly four soldiers from the Syrian Free Army entered the camp and asked them how long they had been held.“They took us with them like a bunch of gangsters,” Oerlemans was quoted in a separate interview with NRC Handelsblad. “Shooting in the air we rode out of there.”Uri Rosenthal, the Netherlands’ foreign minister, said Dutch diplomats were traveling to Oerlemans to help him get home. The British Foreign Office cited privacy concerns in not commenting.Oerlemans is well-known in the Netherlands, having won two national photography awards.Cantlie’s LinkedIn page describes him as a freelance journalist and photographer with 20 years’ experience in “hostile environment reportage.” It says his clients have included British newspapers such as The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph and The Sun; GQ and FHM magazines; and the BBC._____Associated Press reporter Raphael Satter contributed to this story from London.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean The vital role family plays in society New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories Associated PressAMSTERDAM (AP) – Two Western photojournalists in Syria were held captive for a week by Islamic militants before being rescued by Syrian rebels, one of the men said Friday.Jeroen Oerlemans, a prominent Dutch photographer, told Business News Radio of the Netherlands that he is not sure which group held him and John Cantlie of Britain, but said he is sure they were not Syrian.“They all claimed they came from countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh and Chechnya, and they said there was some vague `emir’ at the head of the group,” he said in a seven-minute interview from Turkey, where the men were resting after their ordeal. Oerlemans was also recovering from two gunshot wounds suffered during an escape attempt. Comments   Share   Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img

China loosens regulatory grip foreign airlines benefit

first_imgAs the government eases its enforcement of strict regulatory controls, China has witnessed double-digit booking growth for airlines across all reservation platforms.Since October foreign airlines have had the option of using global distribution systems, following a change in the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) Computerised Reservation System (CRS).This legislative adjustment has enabled a wider network of travel agents to book fares and access content.Previously, the state-controlled reservation system, TravelSky, possessed a near monopoly on the sale of any information technology solutions to the air travel industry.800 million new air travellers are expected to be flying from 2009 to 2014, with at least a quarter coming from China, providing enormous distribution and sales potential. The number of passengers on foreign airlines is growing and non-Chinese airlines account for more than half of the Chinese international flight market, according to CAAC.International bookings by foreign carriers for the China market are estimated to be 16 million this year.Despite this only being a small portion of the total China booking volume, this figure is expected to increase by 10-20 percent in the next few years.The CAAC regulation change provides airlines a choice when deciding on the right distribution partner.“One can choose to be proactive or reactive to these changes, but one thing is certain – being armed with the proper tools and a sense of readiness will give an airline the edge in supporting current and future moves by CAAC,” according to distribution company Abacus. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more

Northeast Sees Highest Property Taxes

first_imgNortheast Sees Highest Property Taxes Property Tax 2017-04-06 Seth Welborn April 6, 2017 546 Views in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, Newscenter_img More than $277 billion in property taxes were levied on U.S. single-family homes in 2016—an average of $3,296 per property, according to a 2016 property tax analysis report released by ATTOM Data Solutions on Thursday.The analysis, which looked at property tax data collected from county tax assessors across the nation, broke down last year’s property taxes and estimated market values at the state-, metro-, and county-level. What it found was an effective national property tax rate of 1.15 percent levied against more than 84 million single-family homes in the U.S.But some geographic areas saw a much higher rate than that, with one state (New Jersey) clocking in with an effective property tax rate of 2.31 percent—more than twice the national average. Also on the high end of tax rates were Illinois (2.13 percent), Texas (2.06 percent), New Hampshire (2.03 percent), and Vermont (2.02 percent.) Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, and Rhode Island weren’t far behind.At a metro level, the highest rates were seen in the Northeast. The Binghamton, New York, area saw the highest property tax rates at 3.10 percent. At No. 2 was Rochester, New York, with a 2.99 percent effective property tax rate, followed by Rockford, Illinois (2.96 percent); Atlantic City, New Jersey (2.77 percent); and Syracuse, New York (2.67 percent.)On the opposite end of the spectrum, the nation’s lowest property tax rates—by state—were in Hawaii (0.32 percent), Alabama (0.48 percent) and Colorado (0.52 percent). Tennessee, Delaware, West Virginia, South Carolina, Nevada, Utah, and Arkansas followed closely after.The metro with the lowest property tax rate was Honolulu, with a 0.32 percent effective rate for 2016. Rounding out the top five were Montgomery, Alabama (0.35 percent); Tuscaloosa, Alabama (0.36 percent); Florence, South Carolina (0.44 percent); and Colorado Springs, Colorado (0.44 percent).Though the national average for property taxes came out to right around $3,300 per home, nine counties in the U.S. averaged annual taxes of $10,000 or more. Those included Westchester, Rockland, and Nassau in New York; Essex, Bergen, Union, and Morris in New Jersey; Marin in California; and Fairfield in Connecticut. Another 32 counties, located mostly in Illinois, Texas, Virginia, and Massachusetts, saw average taxes of $7,000 or more per home.ATTOM’s analysis also found that property tax rates were slightly higher on owner-occupied homes than on investment properties, which had rates of 1.21 percent and 1.03 percent, respectively.To see the full results of the analysis, visit Sharelast_img read more

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HighgateHead north east of Hampstead Heath and you’ll find the charming London suburb of Highgate, where you can indulge in a spot of blue plaque hunting amongst the area’s grand Georgian houses – keep your eyes peeled for mentions of Dickens, John Betjeman, AE Housman, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and JB Priestley to name but a few. Score double points by picking out the house that Coleridge and Priestley both lived in (at different times) on The Grove, one of London’s most prestigious streets. These writers all drank in Highgate’s perfectly preserved old pubs, making it the perfect place for a literary pub crawl. Start at the The Wrestlers, then on to The Bull, followed by one in The Red Lion and Sun. By this stage you’ll be wandering along the High street, where you should visit The Gatehouse and The Prince of Wales. Leave this last establishment by the back door and walk through Pond Square, for one final swift half at William Hogarth’s regular, The Flask. 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Today it caters to the discerning generation of brunch enthusiasts. If you’re looking for a more upmarket spot of lunch, brunch or afternoon tea, check out our guide to London’s best skyscraper restaurants. 3. BloomsburyA walk in Bloomsbury will be at the top of many literary lover’s lists; especially if they’re fans of Virginia Woolf, EM Forster, Lytton Strachey and the rest of the famous ‘Bloomsbury set’. There are blue plaques on every street in this historic quarter of London, which hasn’t changed much for three centuries. Gordon Square is most closely connected to this group of artists and thinkers. In fact, they lived in so many of the houses here that there’s just a single plaque to cover all of the houses that the Bloomsbury Group lived in. 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first_imgCyprus and Austria have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in military matters.The MoU was signed during a meeting on Thursday between Defence Minister Christoforos Fokaides and his Austrian counterpart Hans Peter Doskozil in Nicosia.The two ministers described the MOU as a tangible demonstration of the common will of the two countries to deepen relations in the interests of peace and stability.In statements after the meeting, Fokaides paid tribute to the three Austrian soldiers of UNFICYP who by fulfilling their duty with self-denial and responsibility lost their lives during the Turkish invasion of 1974.He also said that the government and the people of Cyprus were thankful for Austria`s practical help and longstanding principled stance on the Cyprus issue.He said he had briefed his Austrian counterpart on the latest developments in the talks. “Unfortunately, the general observation is that the latest developments in Turkey move the country away from Europe and the rules imposing compliance with international law,” he added.Speaking through an interpreter, Doskozil said information exchange and cooperation with European partners was essential for Austria, especially given the  current state of affairs on political security issues such as terrorism and immigration.He said Cyprus was a partner in this respect, which made the MoU very important in the context of deepening bilateral relations between the defence ministries of Cyprus and Austria.“We have developed cooperation in two main areas, crisis management and military education,” he said, adding that the two countries need to work more closely in the fields of security and defence as well as in military training and in joint exercises.”You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

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