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Pharmacists say rural BC needs injectable treatment in overdose crisis fight

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first_imgVANCOUVER – Chronic opioid users in rural and remote communities in British Columbia need access to supervised injectable treatment that is already available in the Vancouver area, says the head of the BC Pharmacy Association.Geraldine Vance said the overdose epidemic demands immediate involvement by community pharmacists who have the skills to dispense medications, such as the opioid pain reliever hydromorphone, and monitor patients.Vance said Williams Lake and Kelowna are among the communities that need supervised injectable treatment with hydromorphone, which is provided along with pharmaceutical heroin at the Crosstown clinic in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.“Not Kelowna, where on a per capita basis the deaths from overdoses are higher. The problem cannot be contained to a few blocks in Vancouver, and everybody knows that.”Two pilot projects involving hydromorphone are underway in Vancouver, with two pharmacies participating.However, Vance said pharmacists could be involved in up to 20 such projects elsewhere in the province.Vance’s association has been in talks with the BC Centre on Substance Use and the BC Centre for Disease Control since last spring about expanding the role of pharmacists during the opioid epidemic.“Our view at this point is that given the nature of how significant the crisis is in the province as a whole, that we should move forward with those pilots,” she said.A report released last week by the BC Centre on Substance Use listing guidelines for health-care providers for use of hydromorphone missed an opportunity to involve pharmacists in pilot projects, Vance said.The report says there’s a need to increase use of hydromorphone, either through stand-alone clinics like Crosstown or existing facilities, such as hospitals or pharmacies, for patients on a stable dose.“Similar to daily pharmacy-witnessed methadone ingestion, prescribed hydromorphone syringes would be prepared, dispensed, self-administered and witnessed by trained pharmacists,” the report says.Vance said pharmacists in the Fraser Valley who were called on to help during a measles outbreak in 2014 gave nearly 1,300 vaccines and could join other health-care providers in stemming the death toll from the illegal and tainted drug supply.The BC Pharmacy Association submitted a report last week to the select standing committee on finance and government services on the 2018 budget, saying its 3,200 community pharmacists are the most underutilized professionals in the health-care system.“We strongly urge the B.C. government to act now and begin maximizing the expertise of community pharmacists to benefit British Columbians.”“Successive provincial government administrations have failed in leveraging the health human resources and infrastructure that is currently available in community pharmacies,” the report says. “As a result, the province has missed opportunities to both better serve the needs of patients and garner savings in the health-care budget.”Mental Health and Addictions Minister Judy Darcy said last week she has tasked health authorities to look into scaling up the use of hydromorphone across the province.Darcy was not available to comment Monday on the role of pharmacists.Implementation of injectable treatment, including pilot projects, would involve health authorities and the ministries of health and addictions, the B.C. Centre on Substance Use said in a statement.“There is a need to pilot and evaluate these emerging pharmacy-based models of care in communities where embedded or stand-alone models do not meet population needs,” it said.The coroner’s service has said 1,013 people died of illicit-drug overdoses in British Columbia between January and August this year, eclipsing a record 982 deaths in 2016.The highest increase in the death rate per 100,000 people occurred in the Okanagan, where the rate jumped from 20.9 in 2016 to 45.6 between January and August.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

Woman with mental illness raped in Rajarhat

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first_imgKolkata: A mentally-challenged woman was allegedly raped while she wasreturning home late on intervening night of Thursday and Friday at Rajarhat. The incident came to light after she fell ill on Friday morning and narrated the incident to her family members. Later, the police arrested the prime accused. According to the police, on Friday morning, a woman arrived at the Rajarhat police station and said her mentally-challenged sister has been raped around 2am on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday. Immediately police personnel went to the victim’s home and interacted with the her in presence of her family members. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaLater, the police came to know that the victim had been to an event at Arbelia on Thursday evening. She was returning home when Karun Naskar alias Kanai blocked her way at Panchanandatala in Rajarhat. He allegedly dragged her to a bush beside the road and raped her. Then he left for home. On Friday morning victim woman suddenly fell ill and started vomiting and blood was found in her private parts. When victim’s elder sister asked what happened, she told her about the incident. Later, the woman was sent to R G Kar Medical College and Hospital for treatment and medical examination. Police went to Naskar’s home at Jaligachi Naskarpara in Rajarhat and arrested him. Later, the accused confessed to crime. Sources informed that Naskar was a local vegetable vendor. He has been booked under IPC section 376 for raping the woman.last_img read more

India wants deal respected

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He says India is against diluting the powers in the 13th Amendment to the constitution which came about through the Indo-Lanka accord in 1987. The Indian Minister also noted that as the 13th Amendment was part of a joint agreement, any changes being made should be first discussed between both countries. India says the Sri Lankan government must respect the agreement reached between both countries and first discuss any changes bilaterally before going ahead with such changes.Indian Minister of State V. Narayanasamy told the BBC Sandeshiya that India however is not putting undue pressure on the Sri Lankan government with regards to the 13th Amendment. Narayanasamy recalled that President Mahinda Rajapaksa had given an assurance to India that the 13th Amendment will be fully implemented. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Navy detains 24 Indian fishermen in the Northern seas

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Further, a group of naval personnel onboard 2 FACs attached to the North Central Naval Command arrested 15 more Indian fishermen who were poaching in the seas North of Mannar. The Sri Lanka Navy arrested 24 Indian fishermen who were engaged in illegal fishing practices in Sri Lankan waters, the Navy media unit said today.Naval personnel onboard two SLN Fast Attack Craft apprehended 9 Indian fishermen along with two trawlers while poaching in the seas Northeast of Delft Island. Having brought the apprehended fishermen to the Naval Base SLNS Uttara in Kankasanthurai, they were handed over to the Jaffna Fisheries Directorate for onward action. The Navy said that 2 trawlers was also taken into custody during the arrest. The fishermen, fishing gear and other items were produced before the Fisheries Inspector for legal action to be initiated. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Bridging the Gulf

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SMMT’s international team has launched a new report on business opportunities in the key regional markets of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.The Gulf region offers a range of business possibilities for companies which supply automotive components and aftermarket accessories. A unique combination of factors – high levels of vehicle ownership, the lack of an indigenous industry, and a cultural love of customisation – has created a fertile market for UK companies to explore.And, with Dubai acting as a major regional transhipment point and trading post, there are additional opportunities to expand business connections into Central Asia and Africa.SMMT sent International Manager Les Parfitt to analyse the key regional markets, and identify the best business strategies and openings for new entrants. His report is now available from SMMT International Department.Interested parties should contact Pat Shaw on 020 7344 9260, email intern@smmt.co.ukClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

University mourns the passing of Roy Cairns

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Roy Cairns speaks at his family’s donation to Brock’s new health and bioscience research centre, which now bears his name.Brock University President Jack Lightstone has expressed deep sadness and offered condolences on behalf of the institution after learning of the death of Roy Cairns, whom he calls “an inspiring community builder characterized by true vision and generosity.”Cairns, who passed away Oct. 26 at the age of 86 after a lengthy battle with cancer, had a relationship with Brock that spanned nearly half a century.Roy Cairns at Spring Convocation in 2009In 2010, the longtime St. Catharines lawyer and businessman and his family contributed a $6.8-million gift — structured to have a $10-million impact — that is helping the University build the major research facility that now bears their name. The Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex is scheduled to open in the spring of 2012.And in June 2009, he became Dr. Roy Cairns when the University awarded him an honorary doctorate degree in recognition of his commitment to his local community.But as far back as 1962 — two years before the University was even operational — Cairns contributed to the Brock University Founding Fund. His support carried on for decades. He assisted Brock’s Science Development Fund, was a key member of the team who helped build Taro Hall for the Faculty of Business in the 1990s. He also created the Roy Cairns Scholarship in order to help first-year oenology and viticulture students support Niagara’s grape and wine industry.“Roy believed passionately in the importance of community,” said Lightstone. “He was never interested in being in the spotlight himself. He was more interested in working to create important infrastructure that supported a vision so that Niagara would benefit for generations to come.“His commitment to community has few parallels, and Roy’s leadership and presence will be very much missed. We extend our sincere condolences to the Cairns family.”Cairns was a lifelong resident of St. Catharines. In 1953, he was a founding partner of the law firm of Chown Cairns, and in 1973 was appointed Queen’s Counsel. He completed his legal career in 2003 as Senior Counsel at Chown Cairns and was granted a life membership in the Law Society of Upper Canada, having completed 50 years practising law.His long-time financial support went to such causes as prostate cancer research, juvenile diabetes and the United Way. He belonged to or was a director for more than a dozen community organizations, ranging from the Lincoln Law Association and St. Catharines Chamber of Commerce to Branch 24 of the Royal Canadian Legion.There will be a funeral service on Nov. 4 at St. George’s Church at 1 p.m. There will be visitations at the church on Nov. 2 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Nov. 3 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.• Roy Cairns, local philanthropist and lawyer, dies at 86 — St. Catharines StandardRoy Cairns poses with son John, daughter-in-law Kitty and son Jeff at the naming of the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex.Roy Cairns receives an honorary degree from President Jack Lightstone, right, during Spring Convocation in 2009. read more

IMO warns significant progress needed to avert strike as officials examine doctor

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first_imgTEAMS FROM THE Irish Medical Organisation and the HSE will visit two hospitals today to examine rosters for junior doctors, as efforts continue to avert a one day strike next week.As part of the dispute, doctors are demanding an end to shifts for NCHD’s running in excess of 24 hours. They are also calling on the HSE to bring in a plan aimed at achieving compliance with an EU directive on working hours.Following talks at the Labour Relations Commission on Tuesday, it was agreed that officials from the IMO and the HSE would visit two hospitals today as part of a pilot plan for a ‘roster verification process’.That process will involve examining rosters in the two facilities, assessing whether NHCD’s are currently scheduled for shifts of over 24 hours, and deciding what needs to be done to bring working hours into line.It’s hoped that once a process can be agreed to bring rosters into line with the IMO’s demands, then that system can be rolled out to all hospitals.“There are a number of hospitals the HSE say are compliant, and the HSE is acknowledging there are a number that aren’t complaint,” Director of Industrial Relations with the IMO Steve Tweed told TheJournal.ie. “The verification process is to check all the rosters in every hospital.”“If there are changes to be made to make them compliant, then the rosters need to be redesigned and reconfigured and a time frame needs to be put on that.”Tweed said that the threat of strike action remained in place for next Wednesday, and that the union needed to see “significant progress” from the HSE before it altered from that position.He said that the verification process was “what has to be done”. It’s planned the two sides will sit down again at the LRC tomorrow to review progress.Two facilities of different sizes, and within quick travelling distance, were agreed upon as the sites for today’s visits during Tuesday’s talks.Read: INMO confirms nurses won’t carry out doctors’ work during 24 hour strike > Column: Working conditions in hospitals are so bad that sometimes I get no sleep at all >last_img read more

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Man sentenced to 26 months in fatal 2015 crash

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first_imgA Battle Ground man found guilty of causing a deadly 2015 crash on state Highway 503 was sentenced Wednesday to more than two years in prison, but he will remain out of custody while he appeals his convictions.Clark County Superior Court Judge Scott Collier sentenced Dean Imokawa to 26 months in prison, the low end of the sentencing range, in spite of the prosecution’s request for a mid-range sentence of 30 months. Imokawa potentially faced a sentence up to 34 months in prison.Collier acknowledged that the sentence may be hard for the victims to understand but said Imokawa, 48, has no prior criminal history. The court also received about 30 letters of support on behalf of Imokawa from community members.Sentencing to the low end is appropriate in some cases, Collier said, and added that if Imokawa’s case is not an example of that, he didn’t know what is.A jury found Imokawa guilty of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault, both caused by disregarding the safety of others, in January. He was acquitted of a charge of reckless driving, and jurors could not agree on whether recklessness played a factor in the other convictions.last_img read more

Help poor farmers get crop loans officials told Joint

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first_imgEluru: Joint Collector M Venugopala Reddy directed the revenue and agriculture officials to take all steps so that the poor farmers in the district get crop loan. He convened a videoconference with Tahsildars and agriculture officers from Collectorate on Monday. Speaking on the occasion, Reddy said they should ensure that every farmer who possess loan eligibility card gets crop loan. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us Stating that so far 2.02 lakh farmers were issued with loan eligibility cards, the JC instructed the officials to give the cards to all eligible farmers in the district. He asked them to prepare a report with details of eligible farmers. Informing that the district administration has taken up exercise to issue house sites to all the poor families, Reddy said that the machinery had already began the exercise of acquisition of land necessary for the purpose in a big way. Tahsildars should prepare the list of eligible beneficiaries from all mandals. He asked revenue divisional officials to come out with comprehensive reports on details of eligible poor families in Kovvuru, Jangareddigudem, Eluru and Narsapuram divisions.last_img read more

Sun Pharma Q3 profit surges 28 despite lower US sales

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first_imgSun Pharmaceutical Industries has reported a 28 percent increase in its profit to Rs 1,416.6 crore for the December quarter, as the India’s largest drug-maker saw its revenues boosted by other income, lower tax cost and improved operational efficiency.The company’s revenue grew 3.6 percent to Rs 7,082.1 crore in the Oct-Dec quarter, compared to Rs 6,837.6 crore in the previous quarter. On a year-on-year basis, revenue went up by 2 percent.Following the announcement of upbeat results for the third quarter, Sun Pharma shares rose sharply before paring some gains and closed at Rs 848, up 2 percent, on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).”Our results for the third quarter indicates sequentially improving quality of business and performance. This is despite adverse currency movements and increase in R&D investments. The synergy benefits of the Ranbaxy acquisition have begun to reflect in our financials. We remain committed in allocating required resources for enhancing our specialty and complex generics pipeline,” said Dilip Shanghvi, managing director of Sun Pharma.The company’s US sales fell 11 percent to $486 million, compared to the year-ago quarter. Sun Pharma earned 45 percent of its revenue from the US markets in the quarter.”Sales for the quarter were impacted primarily due to competitive pressure on some products and temporary supply constraints arising from remediation efforts at the Halol facility,” the company said in a statement.In December last year, the pharma giant had said that the US drug regulator had issued a warning letter to the company regarding violation of manufacturing norms at its Halol plant in Gujarat. The US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) had conducted inspections at the Sun Pharma’s Halol facility in September 2014.last_img read more

Markets TINA moment Theres no alternative to a crash

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first_imgA man looks at a screen across the road on the facade of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai May 16, 2014.Reuters fileA rout led by the Dow Jones overnight passed through Asian bourses, pushing benchmark Sensex below 34,000 on Friday. What’s the near-term outlook for Indians investors? Is what they see a normal bull market correction, not a crash? Is a bear cycle about to set in? Are the Indian market fundamentals strong enough to reverse the course, and soon enough?US equities lost nearly 4 percent on Thursday on jitters over a hardening rate regime. The Dow Jones lost more than 1,000 points the second time this week. Asian markets followed suit, with China leading with a loss of around 6 percent. Indian equities surprisingly held out against a bloody rout, though the Sensex slipped below 34,000 levels with a more than 500 point loss. The Nifty is now bracing for a fall below 10,000 if the bears linger on for a few more sessions.How long will the bear market continue? There can’t be specific and certain answers. The doomsday theorists are around with grim forecast of the start of the worst-ever bear cycle.However, in a sunshine growth market like India, there will be on display a greater force of investor trust that will dispel wildly negative outlook. Because equities continue to be attractive in the Indian context. With real estate stuck in a continued sulk, and with cash deposits becoming hugely unattractive, there’s pretty little that Indian investors can do than pump money into stocks.Turmoil to lastSensex hit an all time high of 36,000 points and Nifty breached the record 11,000 mark on January 23, 2018. Nine months before that, in April 2017 the benchmark index touched the then record 30,000 mark. So between those two landmarks, investors took home an average of 20 percent returns.So is it right to say that a market bubble was created by the classic case of the TINA syndrome (There Is No Alternative)? Hard-edged believers won’t call this a rout or the popping of a bubble; they would rather call it a healthy correction in a healthy market.However, the obvious fact is that the benchmark index lost more than six percent in about a week and the bears are in control. Market watchers have said the tumult on the bourses will continue into the next week and then settle down. In between there will be episodes of bottom fishing, which in all probability be followed by sessions of profit-taking. Sensex movements since May 2014Reuters fileThe staggering bull run in the last six months or so surprisingly coincided with forecasts that suggested India’s economic growth is likely to remain stunted this fiscal year. On the other hand, there were concerns that the valuations were looking inflated. Before the current rout in the markets the Price to Earning (P/E) ratio of Sensex stocks was above 26, compared with a little above 21 exactly a year ago. In Nifty the ratio was higher at 27.A comparison with the P/E ratio of Sensex stocks before the 2008 bloodbath would be interesting. The ratio was at 28.6 in the run up to the market crash at the end of which the index lost 67 percent before bottoming out.A look at the long-term average P/E ratio for Sensex stocks will place things in better perspective. It’s around 17.8, which means the current valuations simply suggest an asset bubble. The ratios in most developed markets is below 20 during a normal cycle.Bubble in the makingMeanwhile, in India, the ratio of corporate profits to GDP has been much lower than the levels in most advanced economies. India’s corporate earnings to GDP ratio fell to 3.5 percent at the peak of the market. For comparison, in the US markets, which logged a similar boom as India, the corporate profits were at a healthier 9 percent of GDP.When markets outperform the economic fundamentals and corporate profitability, a bubble is in the making. However, some other elements kept sustaining, and driving, the mad rush on the markets. It’s probably the TINA syndrome.The chase of hot returns on the markets in turn generates even more frenetic chase. And then the rush gets wider participation. The rush in the mutual funds segment in recent months was also helped by the wantonly positive media cheerleading and aggressive advertising. The message was loud and clear – There is no alternative.It seems there’s no alternative to a crash as well. The boom-bust cycle is here to stay too. The painful part is getting caught in the tailwinds. Investors might do well to figure out when their cab driver asks for investment tips. And then run to the exit gates.last_img read more

Bus owner held over Akifas death

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first_imgMembers of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in a drive on Sunday arrested the owner of ‘Ganj-e-raj Paribahan’ bus from Faridpur in connection with the death of one-year-old Akifa, who was hit by the bus in Kushtia on 28 August.Tipped off, a team of Rab-8 arrested bus-owner Jainal Abedin from his residence in Jhiltuli area in the morning, said Mohammad Raisuddin, commanding officer of Rab-8.Akifa, a one-year-old daughter of Haruur Rashid, died of head injuries on 30 August, at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).She was critically injured after she fell from her mother Rina Khatun’s lap when the two was hit by the bus in Kushtia on 28 August.They were first taken to General Hospital in the town from where Afifa was referred to the DMCH for better treatment.Later on 31 August, Akifa’s father filed a case against three people, including the bus owner, with Kushtia police station.The other two accused — the driver of the bus and the driver’s assistant– went into hiding after the accident.The video footage of the incident went viral on the social networking site Facebook, sparking uproar among locals.last_img read more

Morgan Students Participate in Design Challenge for Liberian University

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first_imgWar ravaged infrastructure, inconsistent power, and a shortage of hot water were a few of the obstacles Morgan State University School of Architecture and Planning students had to overcome in designing a library and student center, called an E-brary, for William V.S. Tubman University in Harper, Liberia.Thuy Do, Zoia Jenkins, and Zahra Naserdeghan were selected and accompanied by Stan Britt, an adjunct professor at the Morgan school of architecture, to visit the campus of Tubman University during Morgan’s 2014 spring break and participate in a design challenge with students from two other Historically Black Universities:Howard University in Washington D.C. and Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Ala.Each university sent three students along with a faculty adviser. They were then divided into three teams comprised of one student from each school. The teams each came up with a design that they then presented to representatives of Tubman University, local architects, and members of the Liberian government, including Liberia’s vice president Joseph Boakai.Britt, who has lived in Kenya and Ghana, said, “What I saw in Liberia was in many ways worse than anything I’d ever seen in any other African country.”The West African country established by former slaves from the United States, Liberia suffered through 14 years of civil war from 1989 to 2003, according to the CIA’s World Factbook. The lengthy conflict destroyed much of the nation’s infrastructure.That ailing infrastructure meant the students could not incorporate glass into their designs. Four-hundred and twenty-five miles separate Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, and Harper. Previous attempts to ship glass over that distance along the country’s largely unpaved roads had resulted in shattered panes.The conditions of the roads, which were littered with trenches that had been dug by military forces to impede travel, proved a logistical challenge for the students from Morgan, helping to turn what would have been an 18 hour trip to Tubman University from Monrovia into a 36 hour ordeal that included the breakdown of three of the five vehicles that transported them from the capital. While the loss of so much time delayed the submission of final building designs until after the students had returned to the States, it also proved helpful in allowing the students more time to observe and study the local culture and resources of the country, enabling them to better adapt their initial design ideas to the Liberian context in which the building would ultimately be constructed.For Naserdeghan, the experience taught her that “We need to know who we are designing for. We need to know the people, the culture, and the climate, and you have to feel it in order to have a good design.”Do was inspired by her experience to join Architecture for Humanity, a nonprofit specializing in sustainable design efforts in impoverished contexts, according to the organization’s website.“I would like to get more involved in that kind of work,” said Do.Do, Jenkins, and Naserdeghan were selected for the trip based on design concepts they each developed in Britt’s ‘Design Studio’ course in the fall semester of 2013. Do was chosen for her utilization of different elevations in her roof design to aid in ventilation and lighting. Jenkins was selected for her use of local basket weaving patterns in her building facade, while Naserdeghan’s design stood apart for her incorporation of a water collection mechanism in her roof design.last_img read more

Swimming pools to come up in Cooch Behar Subdivisions

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first_imgCooch Behar: To woo the younger generation, the state government will set up swimming pools in every Sub-Division, Rabindra Nath Ghosh said on Tuesday. Ghosh said this after inaugurating the inter-state swimming competition at Toofangunj on Tuesday afternoon.Toofangunj MLA Fazal Karim Mian, Sabhadhipati of Coch Behar Zilla Parishad Puspita Ray Dakua and secretary Toofangunj Sub-division sports board secretary Mohan Saha were presentat the function.Ghosh said organising swimming competition is not the real motto, the main purpose is to attract the future generation to swimming.A swmming pool at an estimated cost of Rs 9 crore will come up beside the Cooch BeharRajbari Stadium. The first phase construction has been completed and the construction of the pool will be taken up shortly. Well known swimmers had recently taken part in the competition and it has successfully attracted many budding swimmers.last_img read more

Iberostar announces new details about upcoming Havana hotel

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first_img Share Posted by Travelweek Group TORONTO — New details have emerged about the new Iberostar Grand Packard, set to debut in Havana, Cuba this November.Following Travelweek’s report last month about Iberostar’s expansion plans in Cuba, the Spanish hotel chain has released further details of the new property, which is being billed as the company’s first luxury hotel in the heart of Old Havana.After a “sensitive restoration”, given the property’s notable architectural value and historic roots, the hotel will debut with 321 luxurious rooms, and a wide array of food and beverage experiences that includes three bars and six restaurants. It will also offer a varied entertainment program featuring musical performances and live dance shows by well-known local artists.Prior to becoming the Iberostar Grand Packard, the historic building once welcomed such notable guests as Pablo Neruda and Marlon Brando. It enjoys an enviable location in Havana, right on Paseo del Prado, which is considered one of the most important avenues in the Old Town.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaThe opening of the historic building will coincide with celebrations for the 500th anniversary of the founding of Havana. It will also mark Iberostar Hotels & Resorts’ 25-year presence on the island.“Cuba has always been one of our priority destinations and one of the favourites of our clients internationally,” said Aurelio Vásquez, COO of the Iberostar Group. “The Iberostar Grand Packard represents not only our commitment to Cuba and respect for its past and present, but also our commitment to excellence, quality and the customer experience.”By the end of 2018, Iberostar will have launched eight new properties in Cuba, reaffirming its commitment to the country as a key destination with a presence in Santiago de Cuba, Holguin and Havana. The company’s objective is to grow its presence on the island by reaching 12,000 rooms by 2020. Wednesday, August 1, 2018 center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Cuba, Havana, IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts Iberostar announces new details about upcoming Havana hotellast_img read more

Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

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first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’center_img Despite an obvious need at the position, the Arizona Cardinals did not draft a quarterback with their first-round pick. They might not even draft one with their second or third round picks, either.But does that worry Coach Ken Whisenhunt?Not at all.“It really goes all back to preparation,” Whisenhunt said as a guest on Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug and Wolf Friday morning. “I think we’ve done a very good job of being prepared for whatever scenario unfolds for us. We’ve put a lot of time [and] a lot of effort into evaluating a number of different players [and] a number of different scenarios and I think we’re prepared to go when we have opportunities.” It’s now evident that Cam Newton, Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder will not be present in any scenario the Cardinals have left. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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first_img by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Jan 7, 2018 9:04 am PDT Last Updated Jan 7, 2018 at 12:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Move over, “Star Wars,” there are some new box office champs this weekend. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” has topped the charts after three weekends in theatres, and newcomer “Insidious: The Last Key” opened in second, pushing “The Last Jedi” into third place.Columbia Pictures says Sunday that the Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart-led “Jumanji” is estimated to have earned an additional $36 million this weekend, bringing its total to $244.4 million.“This is all about ‘Jumanji’s’ staying power,” said Paul Dergarabedian, the senior media analyst for box office tracker comScore. “This is a movie that was overshadowed by all the excitement around ‘The Last Jedi,’ and yet ‘Jumanji’ just kept plugging away and drawing audiences throughout the holiday … This is kind of unheard of for a movie this size.”In second place is the horror film “Insidious: The Last Key,” the fourth in the franchise, which earned $29.3 million. The Universal and Blumhouse Pictures film even outperformed the third chapter in the series. That film launched to $22.7 million in June of 2015.“We could not be more thrilled with that debut. It’s a fantastic result,” said Jim Orr, Universal’s president of domestic distribution. “The release date worked in our favour. There hasn’t been a similar film in a couple of months. “Young audiences drove the “Insidious” box office with 59 per cent under the age of 25. Whether or not they enjoyed the film is another question: It got a scary B- CinemaScore.“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” fell to third place with $23.6 million in its fourth weekend in theatres. The space blockbuster has grossed $572.5 million to date.“The Greatest Showman” took fourth place with $13.8 million and “Pitch Perfect 3” rounded out the top five with $10.2 million.Awards seasons films continue to expand throughout January, too, like Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut “Molly’s Game,” which added over 1,300 theatres this weekend and took in $7 million. The Jessica Chastain-starrer about the real life “poker princess” Molly Bloom is up for two Golden Globe awards Sunday evening — best actress and best screenplay.The Winston Churchill film “Darkest Hour” starring Gary Oldman (who is up for a best actor Golden Globe) also added 790 theatres and took in $6.4 million.The weekend is up around 18 per cent from the same weekend last year, which Dergarabedian sees as a sign that perhaps the 2018 box office will be stronger and more steady than 2017.“2017 was not consistent. It was volatile, it was a rollercoaster,” Dergarabedian said. “This sets the tone for what we’re hoping is a consistent and strong 2018 box office.”Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. 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first_imgSchool officials recommend revoking Cosby’s honorary degree COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Officials with the University of Maryland, College Park, have recommended revoking Bill Cosby’s honorary degree after the comedian’s sexual assault conviction.University spokeswoman Katie Lawson tells The Baltimore Sun the decision by the school’s committee on honorary degrees will be sent to the University System of Maryland office for Board of Regents approval.The newspaper reported Wednesday that Johns Hopkins University revoked Cosby’s honorary degree after jurors convicted him of drugging and molesting a Temple University employee in 2004.Mike Lurie with the University System of Maryland says two other schools from the system are discussing requests to rescind honorary degrees awarded to Cosby.Lurie says the Board of Regents may consider such a request as early as June 22, once it’s submitted to the system. by The Associated Press Posted May 9, 2018 6:48 pm PDT Last Updated May 9, 2018 at 7:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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