The Shape of Waters Guillermo del Toro wins Directors Guild Award

first_img Login/Register With: BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF.—The fantasy romance The Shape of Water added another key prize in its awards season run with Guillermo del Toro’s win at the Directors Guild Awards Saturday.The Shape of Water, about a mute woman who falls in love with an underwater creature, has emerged as the awards season front-runner with a Producers Guild Award and a leading 13 Academy Award nominations.Del Toro said his movie is one that is, “full of many reasons why it shouldn’t work and they are the reasons that it works.” He dedicated the honour to his mother as well as his father, who has been ill. Facebook Advertisement Advertisement He won out over fellow directors Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) and Jordan Peele (Get Out), although Peele did win the prize for first-time feature film for his blockbuster horror film.“This whole thing is a very surreal, conflicting experience. This has been the best year of my life hand’s down,” Peele said. “At the same time I’ve had to balance that with the knowledge that this is not a good year for this country. This is not a good year for many of us.”Other winners Saturday included Matthew Heineman for the documentary City of Ghosts, Jean-Marc Valle for Big Little Lies, Reed Morano for The Handmaid’s Tale and Glenn Weiss for directing the 89th Academy Awards.Morano thanked her producers and Hulu for being, “the rare people who were seeking the opportunity to work with women instead of fearing it.”Representation and the ongoing cultural shift happening in Hollywood and across the country regarding sexual misconduct was at least an undertone of many of the speeches of the evening, as the topics have been throughout the awards season.Directors Guild Award (DGA) President Thomas Schlamme kicked off the evening addressing the moment head on. He stressed a drive toward respectful and inclusive workplaces and said that “we must keep our foot firmly on the pedal and not let up” in their “decades-long fight” to ensure the participation of women and people of colour in the director’s chair.“This is not just a fight by women for women,” Schlamme said. “They didn’t create this problem.”The DGA, which represents more than 17,000 entertainment industry professionals, sent its members a set of guidelines detailing procedures for handling sexual harassment on Thursday. The guild also joined the Anita Hill-chaired Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace.Heineman, who won for City of Ghosts, about a group of citizen journalists who banded together after Daesh, also known as ISIS or ISIL, took over their land, took his moment on stage to spotlight those in his documentary.“In the era of fake news where facts seem to be malleable and journalism is under fire, I think it is important to celebrate groups like RBSS (Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently) that are courageously speaking truth to power,” Heineman said.The Directors Guild also honours directing for live-action and scripted programming and even commercials.Niki Caro, who is directing the live-action Mulan, won her first DGA for directing an episode of Anne with an E in the children’s programs category. Comedy series directing went to Veep’s Beth McCarthy-Miller, who was up against Aziz Ansari in the category. Don Roy King also won a DGA for Saturday Night Live, Brian Smith won for MasterChef and Martin de Thurah was recognized for his commercial work.All directors nominated in the feature category are given “nomination medallions” throughout the ceremony, which includes presentations from their cast or collaborators and speeches before the final award is announced. From Gerwig to Peele, all the nominated directors spoke of their pride of being able to call themselves directors and to be in the guild.The Directors Guild Awards serve as a reliable predictor for who will eventually win the best director prize at the Academy Awards. Last year, La La Land helmer Damien Chazelle won both prizes. This year, all but McDonagh are nominated in the category (Paul Thomas Anderson took the fifth Oscars spot for directing Phantom Thread).Del Toro, like Gerwig, Peele and McDonagh, was a first-time DGA nominee Saturday.“This means the world to me, this coming from my peers,” del Toro said.By LINDSEY BAHR – The Associated Presscenter_img Advertisement Richard Jenkins, from right, and Sally Hawkins pose in the press room with Guillermo del Toro, winner of the award for outstanding directorial achievement in a feature film for The Shape of Water at the 70th annual Directors Guild of America Awards. (CHRIS PIZZELLO / INVISION/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

US agency sees low risk in contaminated blood pressure drugs

WASHINGTON — U.S. health officials are trying to reassure patients that they face very low risks from ongoing contamination issues with blood pressure drugs.Drugmakers have issued more than 50 recalls since last July linked to low levels of a probable cancer-causing chemical found in generic drugs taken by millions of Americans.On Wednesday, a Food and Drug Administration official said the actual risk to patients is likely lower than originally stated by the agency.The FDA said last year that if 8,000 patients took the maximum dose of the drugs for four years, the contamination could cause one extra case of cancer.The agency now says most patients have probably absorbed lower levels of the likely carcinogens than this “worst case scenario.”Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press

Comcast Charter to cooperate as threats from wireless grow

by The Associated Press Posted May 8, 2017 5:59 am MDT Last Updated May 8, 2017 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Comcast, Charter to co-operate as threats from wireless grow FILE – This Wednesday, March 29, 2017, file photo shows a sign outside the Comcast Center in Philadelphia. Cable operators Comcast and Charter Communications have agreed to form a wireless partnership in order to strengthen their positions in the rapidly growing sector. Comcast and Charter Communications Inc. said Monday, May 8, that their partnership will give customers more choice and competitive prices. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Cable operators Comcast and Charter Communications said Monday that they will work together as they prepare to offer cellphone plans to customers.As part of the deal, Comcast and Charter agreed that they wouldn’t buy other wireless companies for one year, or make related deals without consulting each other first.The companies said that while they’ll offer wireless services separately to customers, they’ll work together on behind-the-scenes matters like customer billing and managing the platform customers use to order devices. The cable and internet providers said the agreement will save money and help them compete with national wireless providers.For the most part, Comcast and Charter aren’t direct competitors, as their service territories don’t overlap. The bigger threat comes from the likes of Verizon and AT&T, which are able to offer TV, internet and home phone services, along with wireless.To compete, Philadelphia-based Comcast expects to launch its own wireless plan , Xfinity Mobile, in the next several weeks. Charter, based in Stamford, Connecticut, expects to introduce its unnamed service next year. Both wireless services will lease Verizon’s network.To reduce costs, Comcast and Charter will need to try to encourage customers to use Wi-Fi hotspots over cellular whenever possible. By working together, the two companies can explore way to let customers use each other’s hotspots when they travel. read more

Georgia playoff longshot after Smarts fake punt flops

ATLANTA — Georgia coach Kirby Smart gambled big on a fake punt as he looked for a way to beat No. 1 Alabama and put his team in the College Football Playoff.The fake ended with a flop, and exactly 2 minutes later the Crimson Tide took their first lead, completing a comeback from a two-touchdown deficit for a 35-28 win in the Southeastern Conference championship game.The No. 4 Bulldogs were left with their second devastating loss to Alabama in 11 months and only a longshot hope they’ll be included in the playoff. Putting Georgia (11-2) in the playoff field over a one-loss Power Five conference championship team would require a precedent-setting vote from the playoff committee.Nonetheless, Smart passionately lobbied postgame for his team.But his call for a fake punt helped to seal Georgia’s fate.With the score tied 28-all and only about three minutes remaining, Smart sent backup quarterback Justin Fields on the field with the punt team on a fourth-and-11 play from midfield.Fields took the snap but was unable to find a receiver and was stopped after a run for only 2 yards — far short of the yardage needed for the Bulldogs to keep the ball.Smart said Fields’ intended receiver, running back D’Andre Swift, was momentarily left uncovered.“But in the last second they saw it,” Smart said of the Alabama defence. “And we had a way to check out of it, but we took too long to get it snapped. … It got taken away at the last second, and we didn’t make the play.”Smart stood by his call.“I wanted to be aggressive,” he said. “Look, I wasn’t coming here to play to tie, to play to keep it close. We came here to win the game. We wanted to win the game. These kids deserve to win the game, and we weren’t able to do it.”Fields also supported the call.“He wanted to win the game,” Fields said. “You want to do anything to win. I caught it. I just tried to go out and execute the play to the best of my ability. … It was there at first … and it got covered. There was nowhere to go with the ball.”Georgia (11-2) now awaits Sunday’s announcement of the four-team playoff field. The Bulldogs made the playoff last year after beating Auburn in the SEC championship game and eventually lost to Alabama for the national title.Georgia players know they lost the ability to control their playoff fate.“It’s not up to us obviously,” said tight end Isaac Nauta when asked if he thinks Georgia is one of the top four teams. “Personally, I think we are, but it’s not up to us. It’s something we’re going to have to wait out and see what happens. … It’s out of our hands. It’s up to the committee. We’ll have to wait and see what they say.”Smart and Saban lobbied for the Bulldogs to make the playoff.“Well, it boils down to one thing,” Smart said. “Do you want the four best teams in or not? It’s that simple. … Give that coach across the sideline a vote who he doesn’t want to play. He’ll start with us, I promise you. You don’t want to play us.”Added Saban: “… I think based on what I’ve seen, they’re one of the four best teams in the country. And I also said I don’t want to play them again, which I think is the ultimate compliment, I think, that I can give them.”___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25Charles Odum, The Associated Press read more

After Back Surgery Tiger Woods Still Does Not Know

On his website Monday, Tiger Woods wrote that his recovery from back surgery on March 31 is a “slow process” and that he is uncertain when he will compete in another PGA Tour event.“I made the decision to have surgery because physically I just couldn’t make a golf swing,” Woods wrote. “That pretty much sums it up.“I’m doing everything I can and listening to my doctors and working on a strength program, and then we just have to see how my back is. Some people heal up in three months, some people take longer. I just don’t know.“I haven’t used a sand wedge yet. I’ve just done putting and chip-and-runs using the same length of motion. I haven’t really rotated yet. As far as taking a full swing, I have conference calls with my doctors every couple of weeks to see how my progress is and just kind of chart it out from there. Basically, you just follow a program. It’s tedious because it’s little rehab stuff, but you still have to do it.“That’s where I think the experiences of having gone through the surgeries in the past have really helped because you have to lay the foundation down first before you can do the more arduous activities and then return to form. I’m walking and able to cycle now and started swimming last week.”Back pain at the Honda Classic in March forced Woods to withdraw during the final round. He rehabbed the back and tried to play the following week at the WGC-Cadillac Championship and shot a final-round 78 to finish 25th. Two  weeks later, he pulled out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational and then withdrew from the Masters.“I’ve missed major championships before, so this was not a new experience,” he wrote. “It helps when I’m physically unable to play the game. That’s when it’s easy for me, and I don’t have a problem watching. It’s when I’m playing and closer to getting back out there is when I start getting real antsy about watching events: ‘Can I play, can I not play?’ But when I’m physically unable to play, like in 2008 after my knee surgery, it makes things so much easier.“Once I begin swinging a club again, I’m not sure if I will have to make any changes to protect my back,” Woods said. “That’s up to [coach] Sean Foley and me on what we do. As far as limitations, it’s a building process, just like when I came back from my knee and Achilles injuries. You start from the green and work your way back: putting, chipping, pitching, wedging, mid-irons, long irons, woods and eventually playing. That’s all a process and takes time. We have to make sure my back heals fine and I have the strength and mobility going forward.”One the personal front, Woods said he had the same procedure as the Dallas Cowboys’ Tony Romo and has spoken to the quarterback. He also said he has been rehabbing with girlfriend Lindsey Vonn, the Olympic skier who is recovering from knee surgery. Woods added that he has spent quality time with his children, Samantha and Charlie. read more

Home Players Enjoy Luck Of The Draw At Australian Open

The draw ceremony last week for the Australian Open turned into a draw celebration for the hosts: Australian tennis players got relatively easy matchups in the first round. Their draws were among the most favorable for a host country’s players since Grand Slam tournaments started awarding prize money in 1968. And so far the Aussies have taken advantage, with three men in the third round for the first time since 2004.Host nations’ national tennis associations run the Grand Slam events, and organizers like to be able to showcase home players. So, a draw like this year’s might look suspicious. But there’s no evidence that hosts rig draws in favor of their players. If anything, home-nation players have had rougher matchups than you’d expect by random chance.The difference is small, but the toughest Slam, even including this year’s draw, has been Australia’s. Last year’s was as tough as this year’s was easy, a point hinted at by Craig Tiley, CEO of Tennis Australia, at the draw ceremony last week.Draw luck matters a lot in Grand Slam tennis, because most players are placed randomly. In each of the men’s and women’s singles tournaments, just 1 in 4 players gets a seed, which governs roughly — though not precisely — where they’re placed in the first round. The other three-quarters of players could go anywhere. One-third of them have to face a seed, including one unlucky soul who worked all year to make the tournament, only to face the top seed. The other two-thirds get to play another unseeded player.The winners of those matchups get a seeded player in the second round, unless that favorite was upset in the first round. For unseeded players struggling to make ends meet, good draw luck at one of these lucrative events could mean their biggest paycheck of the year.The draw has been so favorable to Australians that three men have reached third-round matches Friday without having to face an opponent with a Top 20 seed. Two of them face each other, which means an Australian man will reach the fourth round for the first time since 2012.That kind of home advantage has been more the exception than the norm. I checked by looking at men’s singles draws back to 1968 and women’s singles draws back to 1981 at all four Grand Slam tournaments, as provided by Jeff Sackmann, who runs tennisabstract.com. The draw sizes and number of seeds varied in the earliest years in the data set. I tossed the draws that had first-round byes and focused only on unseeded players, because they’re the ones most subject to draw luck. I also excluded host-nation players who made their way through the qualifying draw, because they’re usually slotted in after the rest of the draw has been set. Then for each event, I compared how many seeded opponents the home players could have expected to draw in the first round with how many they did.For instance, this year, with a 128-player draw and 32 seeds, each unseeded player had a 1-in-3 chance of drawing a seed in the first round. Eight Australian men and six Australian women were unseeded and reached the main draw without having to play the qualifying tournament. Just two of them drew seeded opponents in the first round. On average, we’d have expected four and two-thirds of them to draw seeded opponents.That makes this year’s Australian Open one of the luckiest draws for the hosts in our data set of 178 Grand Slam events. Just twice was there both a bigger ratio and a bigger gap between expected and actual seeds drawn: at the 2003 Australian Open, when unseeded home players got two seeded opponents instead of the expected five, and at Wimbledon in 2001, when unseeded British players drew just one seed instead of the expected four and two-thirds.But there is no nefarious pattern here. Last year’s Australian Open was one of the worst for hosts, whose unseeded players could have expected to draw 4.5 seeded opponents but instead drew eight. Wimbledon in 2002 was one of the toughest for hosts, a year after the cushy draw. And the favorable 2003 Australian Open draw followed two straight unfavorable ones for the hosts.Overall in the data set, home-nation unseeded players have drawn 4 percent more seeded opponents in the first round than expected by chance. That’s probably a fluke, particularly for the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, where the difference between actual and expected seeded opponents is in the narrow range between -1 percent to 6 percent. The Australian Open has been the toughest for home players, with 16 percent more seeded opponents than expected. It would take a few more draws like this year’s to even that out. read more

IMT enhances mine maintenance offering with new articulated cranes

first_imgIowa Mold Tooling (IMT) has introduced new 40 t and 50 t class models to its lineup of truck-mounted articulating cranes. Featuring “excellent lift-to-weight ratios, long-reach capabilities and minimised space requirements”, the cranes provide mining and other heavy industry customers with powerful, flexible new options to meet their specific application needs.The 40/275 crane provides a maximum lifting capacity of 8.63 t, while the 50/345 model delivers a maximum lifting capacity of 10.36 t. The 40/275 and 50/345 models can be equipped with up to eight hydraulic extensions for maximum horizontal reaches of 21.3 m and 21.4 m, respectively. The minimised dimensions and lower weight of these cranes allow for additional truck configuration possibilities and increased payload. “IMT is dedicated to offering a spectrum of crane options to match unique customer needs,” said John Field, product manager of material handling at IMT. “The new 40 t and 50 t articulating crane models meet customer demand for particular lift and reach capabilities, minimised space requirements, robust safety features, ease of maintenance and low maintenance costs.”The 40/275 and 50/345 models feature ultra-high tensile steel that provides lower weight, high lift capacity at long reaches and increased payload capabilities. The mounting space required has been reduced to 1,148 mm and 1,198 mm, respectively, expanding truck configuration possibilities. The 40/275 and 50/345 cranes feature a dual power plus link arm system (DL), which is well suited for long reaches and lifting in high positions with demanding equipment (such as fly-jib and winch). In addition, the DL system provides precise and regular movements in the entire working area while offering the best lifting capacities under almost any working conditions.Another feature of the 40/275 and 50/345 models is “over-bending,” which means the working area between the main boom and the outer boom is no less than 195 degrees. Over-bending offers greater flexibility when working through narrow passages and under overhead obstructions, the ability to lift maximum loads in all boom positions, and a lower total height when the crane is stowed on the truck body. A key safety feature standard on all IMT articulating crane models is the RCL (rated capacity limiter) 5300. The RCL system monitors the crane’s load moment, operation and function. In an overload situation, the system warns the operator and interrupts the distribution of oil for crane functions, while allowing functions that reduce load moment to remain operational. The RCL 5300 cooperates with the user and compensates when the RCL senses a situation requiring intervention. The system not only monitors safety during crane operation, but also crane position during transport (stabilisers and boom position).last_img read more

Trumps former adviser will testify in Russia probe if he gets immunity

first_imgTrump’s former adviser will testify in Russia probe ‘if he gets immunity’ “General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit.” Share133 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/3316161 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 14,700 Views Short URL A statement by counsel to General Flynn. pic.twitter.com/JQs90OI2OY— Robert Kelner (@robkelner) March 30, 2017 Source: Robert Kelner/Twittercenter_img Michael Flynn Source: Douliery Olivier/ABACA USA ABACA/PA ImagesOUSTED WHITE HOUSE national security adviser Michael Flynn has offered to provide testimony to officials investigating alleged ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, in exchange for immunity from prosecution.According to the Wall Street Journal, Flynn has proposed his deal to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the House and Senate intelligence committees.Flynn, a close advisor on Trump’s 2016 campaign, was forced to step down last month, after it emerged he had made misleading statements about talks he had held with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak concerning Washington’s sanctions on Moscow over its alleged cyber hacking to meddle in the presidential election to favour a Trump win.The Wall Street Journal said it wasn’t clear what exactly Flynn had offered to discuss. But it quoted one unnamed official as saying the retired army general’s bid for immunity suggested potential “legal jeopardy”.Robert Kelner, a lawyer for Flynn, said in a statement tweeted late yesterday that “General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit.” Friday 31 Mar 2017, 7:30 AM By AFP 81 Comments Mar 31st 2017, 7:30 AM “Out of respect for the committees, we will not comment right now on the details of discussions between counsel for General Flynn and the House and Senate intelligence committees, other than to confirm that those discussions have taken place,” the statement reads.At least four separate congressional investigations are underway into allegations that Moscow tried to swing November’s presidential election in Trump’s favour, as questions swirl about whether some in the Republican’s inner circle colluded with Russia.A former US military intelligence chief, Flynn was generously paid to attend a gala of Russia’s RT television in late 2015, where he sat together with Putin, raising suspicions among some critics about too-close ties with Moscow.His ouster came amid controversy over his discussions with Kislyak in late December, when the Obama administration was hitting Russia with retaliatory sanctions and expulsions for its election interference.Soon after Flynn resigned, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from any Russia-related inquiries, following the revelation that he, too, also met with Kislyak before Trump took office — contrary to Sessions’ testimony during his confirmation hearing before the Senate.- © AFP 2017Read: A ‘vanishing’ congressman, a mysterious White House visit: The latest twists in the Trump/Russia sagaRead: Ivanka Trump taking on unpaid White House joblast_img read more

Greeces National Association of Theologians to boycott new religious studies

first_imgThe National Association of Theologians (NAT) in Greece have taken it upon themselves to launch a boycott campaign against the new religious studies curriculum.Following the new books’ release NAT has been urging school teachers to refuse using the material in religious studies classes as they believe there is no need to emphasise the teaching of other beliefs in a predominantly Orthodox Christian country.President of the Association, Iraklis Rerakis, sent an open letter to primary and secondary school teachers in Greece asking them to “act according to their conscience” urging them to “abstain from the curriculum changes” put forward by SYRIZA “a leftist government” that according to NAT is trying to abolish religion.Mr Rerakis asked the staff to insist on using the previous syllabus and textbooks for religious studies that have not been revised by the SYRIZA administration.On that note, a consortium of religious group representatives united last year, taking legal action against the Greek government winning the case accusing SYRIZA of violating the constitution. The argument was based on a paragraph saying that “schools have a duty to develop the national and religious consciousness of students”.Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education threatens to take disciplinary action against teachers who boycott the new book.“The responsibility for the school curriculum lies exclusively with the state,” said Education Minister Costas Gavroglou.“In our democracy, there are rules and laws. No one is above the law.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Lorigine des chevaux domestiques enfin élucidée

first_imgL’origine des chevaux domestiques enfin élucidéePubliant leurs travaux dans PNAS, des chercheurs britanniques ont établi génétiquement que la domestication du cheval s’est faite dans le centre de l’Eurasie, confirmant mais nuançant des données archéologiques déjà existantes.Jusqu’à présent, archéologie et génétique ne faisaient pas bon ménage quand il s’agissait de situer géographiquement l’origine des chevaux domestiques actuels. La première de ces disciplines voyait les premières domestications apparaître dans l’ouest des steppes eurasiennes, entre l’Ukraine et l’ouest du Kazakhstan – avec des indices tels que la présence de traces de lait de jument dans des pots datant du Néolithique, découverts dans cette région. La seconde approche, au contraire, suggérait une origine multirégionale, la domestication apparaissant ‘simultanément’ dans diverses parties de l’Eurasie – l’ADN mitochondrial des chevaux actuels montrant des lignées maternelles d’origines variées.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Aujourd’hui, des chercheurs de l’Université de Cambridge réconcilient les deux approches en soumettant à des modélisations informatiques des échantillons d’ADN – nucléaire, cette fois-ci, donc ne tenant pas uniquement compte de l’origine maternelle – de plus de 300 chevaux actuels, issus de 8 pays d’Europe et d’Asie. Les résultats suggèrent pour tous ces sujets une origine effectivement localisée entre Ukraine, Russie et Kazakhstan, mais hybridée au fil du temps avec l’apport de gènes de juments sauvages vivant aux quatre coins du continent. Le noyau de premiers chevaux domestiqués a donc essaimé dans toute l’Eurasie, mais les éleveurs néolithiques ont vraisemblablement complété ces troupeaux en y introduisant des femelles reproductrices capturées localement.”Notre recherche montre clairement que la population fondatrice des chevaux domestiques a été établie dans la steppe ouest de l’Eurasie, région où les premières preuves archéologiques de l’existence de chevaux domestiques ont été trouvées. [Mais] la propagation de la domestication du cheval diffère de celle de nombreuses autres espèces animales domestiques, en ce que les troupeaux ont été complétés par des chevaux sauvages locaux sur une échelle sans précédent”, explique le Dr Vera Warmuth, membre de l’équipe d’étude. “Si ces événements de repeuplement ont concerné essentiellement des juments sauvages, nous pouvons expliquer le grand nombre de lignées femelles dans le pool génique du cheval sans avoir à invoquer des origines de domestication multiples”, conclut ce chercheur.Le 12 mai 2012 à 12:47 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Starbucks to enhance parental leave policies for US staff

first_imgStarbucks is to enhance its parental leave policies for both store and non-store based employees in the US.The changes, which will come into effect from 1 October 2017, will enable non-store based employees who are birth mothers to take up to 18 weeks of paid parental leave.Non-birth parents, which includes fathers, foster parents and adoptive parents, who are not based in Starbucks stores will be able to take up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave.For store-based staff, birth mothers will be able to take six weeks of fully-paid leave and 12 weeks of unpaid parental leave, while non-birth parents will be able to take 12 weeks of unpaid parental leave.Kevin Johnson, president and chief operating officer at Starbucks, said: “While we have made substantial investments in our [employees], we want to continue to do more. This is one of many steps we are actively taking to evolve our benefits and create a partner experience that lives up to our aspirations.”last_img read more

Sexual assault survivor advocacy group speak out against sexual predatory behavior

first_imgAnecdotal stories of date rape drugs being slipped into bar-goers drinks have been circulating around Juneau.Listen nowLocal law enforcement and an advocacy agency haven’t flagged a clear trend yet. But it only takes a second for a sexual predator to turn your night – and your world – upside down.One advocate likens date rapists to predators stalking prey in the wild: they try to pick out the youngest, the weakest, the loners.But the truth is anyone can be a target of sexual assault. It happened to Mary Spain.“Something like that has never happened before to me,” Spain said. “I don’t normally go out to places to bars and things like that, we just happened to go out and grab a cocktail.”Spain, 31, lives in Gustavus, but occasionally visits Juneau. She went out downtown with a friend one weekend in November. She bought one drink, her first of the night.“After I’d drank that drink I ended up becoming very sick,” Spain said. “I remember in the bathroom, kind of throwing up. There was a man in there helping, I guess?”Spain couldn’t control what was going on. She said at about midnight someone led her outside. The next thing Spain remembers is walking into her friend’s downtown apartment – six and a half hours later.“I was still kind of out of it. When I went to take a shower I could tell that … I was extremely sore everywhere,” Spain recalled. “But extremely cleaned up. It’s weird. It’s almost as if I was cleaned up afterward, very roughly, inside and out.”Spain said she checked her pants and personal items for evidence of what happened. But there was nothing. She went to the hospital and tested positive for the date rape drug Rohypnol, or roofies.“I also tested positive for chlamydia, which I know I did not have before, because I’ve had a steady partner,” Spain said. “So they put me on antibiotics, however I did not report it. I did not report it to the authorities. I did not report it to the bar. I was very minimal in details in what I told the hospital, too. And I don’t know why that is. And here I am talking to you now.”The Juneau Police Department estimates they’ve received about 28 reports of sexual assault this year. The count varies a lot from year to year. They’re likely under-reported because it’s so personal.“I was afraid the police were going to be involved because the test they already had to do on me were very intrusive and that was a lot to have to deal with after the whole situation. I should have told them,” Spain said, her voice trailing off to an almost-whisper. “I should have reported it. But I didn’t.”For people afraid to go to the police or the hospital, the domestic violence shelter AWARE offers similar services, counseling and guidance.“My hope is that regardless of what the issue is or where your head’s at in terms of what’s happened to you, you can give a call and we can help talk through what might be a good process that’s unique to you that may not apply to anyone else in your life,” AWARE’s deputy director Mandy Cole said.AWARE also provides medical response and rape kits. The organization works with law enforcement, prosecutors and business owners in town to come up with solutions to stop or mitigate sexual assault and violence.Swarupa Toth of AWARE is part of an interagency sexual assault response team. It’s about five people with expertise in survivor advocacy, law enforcement, prosecution and medical care.“Our commitment is to make a victim-survivor focused group of people so that we come together at one time and allow that person to work with us as a trained team,” Toth said. “So it’ll be as easy as possible — it’s not easy — as less traumatizing as possible, because telling your experience right after you’ve had the experience is worse than a nightmare.”The team responds 24/7, ideally within 20 to 40 minutes of someone showing up at the hospital.“We’ll help that person go through the steps that they need to setup a case to be able to prosecute, as well as to take care of the medical situation at the time,” Toth said. “There may be injuries, there may be STIs, there may be pregnancy, there may be things like that to look at. And the advocate is there to help be sort of the thread through the future, no matter what the decision in terms of prosecution or not prosecution.”Another option is to submit a rape kit anonymously, for statistical purposes.When you’re out, Juneau police, AWARE and other groups offered these tips:Take your drinks with you or make sure someone is watching your table,don’t accept drinks from someone you don’t know or isn’t a server, andtravel in groups.“I like pack mentality. I say travel in a pack,” Toth said. “You’re safe. If you’re looking toward … you’re looking to a group and you’re looking to see if people are safe or you notice something and you’re wondering is that something … you can keep in mind that if a person is being predacious or they’re preying on a group, they’re looking for someone who’s vulnerable just like hunting.”And develop an exit plan for the end of the night. Knowing someone’s intentions can help you notice whether a friend is more intoxicated than normal. Cole said that’s a red flag.“You’re going to have to trust what you know of that person, you’re going to have to look out for anyone who might be up in your friend’s business more than feels normal, especially if it’s someone you don’t know so well,” Cole said.This advice is for potential victims. But Cole notes victims aren’t to blame; it’s the predators and a culture that tolerates these assaults.Mary Spain wants others to learn from her story.“I just want anyone to know that if they are in that situation to please not close up, please don’t close up and blame yourself,” Spain said. “It might feel like you’ve been completely violated and nothing in the world matters anymore, but I promise it’ll get better. I promise that you just need to let it out. Don’t blame yourself. You will. You will, but don’t continue that blame.”Spain said she’s been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and has been in counseling since her experience.You can call AWARE’s 24-hour crisis line at 907-586-1090 or toll free at 1-800-478-1090.last_img read more

Rural youth Govt moves to encourage entrepreneurship

first_imgAfter successful launch of ‘Make in India’ campaign to a give a fillip to dying domestic manufacturing industry, the NDA government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to launch Startup Village Entrepreneurship Programme by March this year. The scheme, which is a flagship programme promoted by PM Modi, aims to hone up entrepreneurship skills among rural youths by providing financial assistance as well as training assistance from the Centre. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJITalking to Millennium Post, Rural Development Secretary LC Goyal informed that the structure of PM’s pet project has almost been finalised after consulting different stakeholders. “The final blue print of the scheme would be sent to the PM for his approval by the end of this month. After getting sanctioned from PM Modi, the project would be rolled out across the country within two months.”Giving details about the proposed scheme, Goyal said, “The scheme would help in providing employment to at least 2 lakh rural youth, which will lessen their dependency on rural job scheme. The Rural Development Ministry has planned a corpus fund of Rs 400 crore for the better implementation of village entrepreneurship programme.” Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindOn the question of how it will function, the Rural Development Secretary said, “Suitable villages would be identified at every panchayat level and after that youths with entrepreneurship potential would be selected. The selected youths would be trained to hone up skills.”The financial assistance would be provided for opening of kirana stores, flour mills, toy manufacturing units, etc. There are no details about how many numbers of villages would be selected for first phase of this flagship programme, which will first start for the five years, Goyal said, on the sidelines of a press meet organised to spell out the achievements of Rural ministry in the seven months.“Though, it will too early to speculate about the success of village entrepreneurship programme, but one thing is clear that it will add only confusion among rural youths. In the country where there are about 14 lakh villages, such populist schemes would hardly make any impact,” said Madhuresh, a land reform activist.last_img read more

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This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read more Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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But they will not be easy. read more Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more November 19, 2010 — Lung Cancer Alliance, American Legacy Foundation and Prevent Cancer Foundation have urged the federal government to expedite an immediate review of its recommendations on computed tomography (CT) screening for lung cancer.The letter sent by these three leading health organizations to Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D., the director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), urged an immediate review of U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) guidelines in view of the recent announcement by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) regarding its National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) results, as well as a number of papers reporting on improvements in the clinical management of screen-detected lung cancers.Currently the USPSTF, which rates screening methods to help guide primary care doctors, does not recommend for or against CT screening for lung cancer.However, last week the NCI terminated the NLST, a large-scale randomized controlled trial on lung cancer screening, when the early results indicated that lung cancer deaths in high-risk individuals were dramatically lower in the group screened by CT scans than those receiving a chest X-ray.Laurie Fenton-Ambrose, President and CEO of Lung Cancer Alliance, said, “Now that the NCI has validated low-dose CT scans for those at high risk for lung cancer, we must move rapidly to revise the lung cancer screening recommendations to reflect this life-saving development.”Lung cancer causes more deaths a year than breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers combined, and only 16 percent of cases are being diagnosed at an early, curable stage.“The year I was born, about 10,000 people died of lung cancer,” said Cheryl G. Healton, DrPH, president and CEO of Legacy. “Today, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death, with 160,000 Americans losing their lives to lung cancer each year.”The sense of urgency was echoed by Prevent Cancer Foundation President and Founder Carolyn R. Aldige, who said, “It is critical for men and women at high risk for lung cancer to have access to the most effective screening available for early detection of lung cancer. Prompt review by the USPSTF will initiate this process and ensure that screening is provided only to those most likely to benefit. We simply cannot afford not to take advantage of this breakthrough, and the opportunity to significantly reduce mortality from the number one cancer killer worldwide.”AHRQ’s role is to support the USPSTF, an independent panel of nonfederal experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine which conducts scientific evidence reviews of clinical preventive healthcare services (such as screening, counseling and preventive medications) and develops recommendations for primary care clinicians and health systems.Currently the USPSTF gives CT screening for lung cancer an “I” recommendation, indicating that the evidence is insufficient to recommend for or against that screening method. PSA testing of men under 75 for prostate cancer also has an “I” recommendation.The lung cancer recommendations were last updated by USPSTF in 2004.For more information: www.lungcanceralliance.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | November 19, 2010 National Groups Urge Action on Federal CT Screening Guidelines Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more read more

Avianca Brasil files for bankruptcy protection but says flights will continue to

first_img Posted by Share Avianca Brasil files for bankruptcy protection but says flights will continue to operate << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Avianca, Bankruptcenter_img SAO PAULO — Avianca Brasil has filed for bankruptcy protection.Brazil’s fourth-largest carrier cites soaring fuel costs, currency fluctuations and Brazil’s sluggish economy for its financial troubles. Compounding its problems, reports indicate that three of the carrier’s lessors sued the airline for almost a third of its Airbus fleet.The Star Alliance carrier has been a scheduled airline since 2002. Although the carrier is seeking bankruptcy protection it says flights will continue. The airline’s debts total some US$127 million, according to reports. Travelweek Group Thursday, December 13, 2018 last_img read more

Costa Rica inflation reaches 131 percent in January

first_imgNo related posts. Inflation for the first month of 2013 in Costa Rica registered 1.31 percent, which represents a significant increase compared with 0.17 percent in the same month last year, according to the National Statistics and Census Institute (INEC).INEC said in a press release that of the 292 goods and services included in the monthly study, 57 percent had price increases, 33 percent decreased and the rest remained unchanged.Price increases for goods and services that most influenced January inflation were electricity rates, bus fares, higher education, tourism and food.Inter-annual inflation, which measures inflation accumulated during the last 12 months, stood at 5.74 percent, the highest in the past four years.Costa Rica ended 2012 with an inflation rate of 4.55 percent, the second-lowest figure in the last decade, behind cumulative 4.05 percent in 2009.The Central Bank of Costa Rica set the inflation goal for 2013 between 4 and 6 percent. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Joel Campbell among Costa Rican stars playing in World Cup warmup against

first_img Facebook Comments ¿Cuáles jugadores de la lista de convocados ya está en el mundial? #DM935 pic.twitter.com/t6Ca4de7Pe— Deportes Monumental (@RadioMonumental) February 27, 2014 The Costa Rica Men’s National Team announced its lineup for an international friendly against Paraguay. The match is set for next Wednesday at 8 p.m. in San José’s National Stadium. As expected, head coach Jorge Luis Pinto presented a roster made up of the team’s biggest stars for Costa Rica’s lone home warm-up before the World Cup.Joel Campbell, who thrilled the soccer world this week with a fantastic golazo against Manchester United, leads the group of Ticos returning home for the match. Bryan Ruíz, Álvaro Saborío and breakout star goalie Keylor Navas also are names to watch.Tickets are on sale for the match at www.specialticket.net. Prices range from ₡10,000 ($20) to ₡40,000 ($80).Since Costa Rica qualified for the World Cup last October, the squad has been winless and scoreless in three international friendlies — all against fellow World Cup qualifiers. But Costa Rica played those matches without its most talented players as Pinto evaluated the team’s reserves.A few unexpected faces will try to demonstrate against Paraguay why they deserve a spot on the national team. John Jairo Ruiz, Óscar Duarte, Marco Ureña and Waylon Francis are all intriguing names vying for a spot on the World Cup roster.Notably missing from the roster is Bryan Oviedo, the one Costa Rican currently in England’s vaunted Premier League (Campbell and Ruíz both have contracts with Premier League teams but currently are on loan; Navas could sign his own Premier League contract soon). Oviedo is recovering — rather quickly — from a broken leg that many assumed would keep him out of the World Cup.The visiting Paraguayan team failed to reach the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and finished last in South America qualifying. No South American team is a pushover, but Costa Rica must feel that this is a key opportunity to prove itself and impress with the World Cup a little more than three months away.Costa Rica has friendlies scheduled against World Cup qualifiers Japan and Ghana in late May and early June. Those games will take place in the United States. Costa Rica’s first World Cup match is on June 14 against Uruguay.Here’s the full Costa Rican lineup for the Paraguay match. The list also features four players from the U.S. professional league, including Saborío, the league’s 2013 Latino Player of the Year.center_img Related posts:7 burning questions for Costa Rica before tonight’s key friendly against Paraguay 10 images from Costa Rica’s hard-fought victory over Paraguay Watch Joel Campbell and Álvaro Saborío score in Costa Rica’s 2-1 victory over Paraguay Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas named CONCACAF’s Player of the Yearlast_img read more

Opposition says Putins lifestyle costs billions

first_img Comments   Share   “Putin has been mistaking government property for his own for a long time,” Nemtsov said. “This is an insolent, cynical and luxurious lifestyle at taxpayers’ expense.”Putin’s press service was not immediately available for comment Tuesday but his spokesman had earlier words on the report.“All of this is government property and Putin uses it all legally as an elected president,” Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the RBK daily on Monday after parts of the report had appeared online.The report _ titled “The Life of A Galley Slave” after an epithet Putin used in 2008 to describe the hardships of his first two presidencies _ is based largely on news reports. It includes numerous photographs, including of Putin’s collection of exquisite wristwatches worth about $700,000 _ about his official salary for six years,Putin returned to the Kremlin in May for a third term after four years sitting out as prime minister due to constitutional limits.Opposition members and a handful of Russia’s independent publications have long claimed that Putin had more than a dozen luxurious residencies built or renovated for him throughout Russia _ from an imperial palace in his native St. Petersburg to resorts on the Black Sea to hunting grounds in national parks. Top Stories Associated PressMOSCOW (AP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin is spending billions of taxpayers’ rubles on 20 luxurious residences, 43 jets and four yachts, a top opposition leader claimed Tuesday.All heads of state use government property and funds for presentation purposes, but Boris Nemtsov says Putin’s lifestyle is far more lavish than his Western counterparts.In the report released Tuesday, Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister, estimated that the maintenance of Putin’s residences, jets and cars alone costs $2.5 billion a year. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories center_img They also accused him of appointing his childhood friends, former classmates and KGB colleagues to key government jobs or allowing their businesses to thrive on oil and gas exports or hefty government contracts.Nemtsov said his report will be distributed free of charge or online because he could not find a Russian publisher.Despite a wave of massive protests this winter that followed Russia’s fraud-tainted parliamentary and presidential votes, Putin remains popular among average Russians, largely thanks to government-controlled television networks that critics compare to Soviet propaganda.Nemtsov, who heads the People’s Freedom Party, has already authored another report on the unprecedented rise of corruption among government officials since Putin was first elected in 2000.Graft also has become more institutionalized under Putin. Bosses tend not to punish their employees for taking bribes, but rather demand a share. Observers say the Kremlin has tolerated the wrongdoing because it’s the main source of income for millions of bureaucrats whose support is crucial to Putin.Reflecting that, Transparency International’s corruption perception index has ranked Russia 143rd out of 183 countries. Check your body, save your life Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

Albatros Expeditions reveals second new build vessel

first_imgAlbatros Expeditions reveals second new build vesselAlbatros Expeditions reveals second new build vessel for the Arctic and AntarcticaAlbatros Expeditions has confirmed plans to add a second INFINITY class expedition cruise vessel to its fleet in 2022. The ship, named Ocean Albatros, will operate in both Antarctica and the Arctic, and on cruises between these core expedition areas. The Ocean Albatros will join the new Ocean Victory, that will be operated by Albatros Expeditions in Antarctica from December 2020 and is chartered to Victory Cruise Lines for operations in Alaska for the summer seasons.Ocean Albatros and Ocean Victory are 104 metres long, and 18 metres wide, featuring 93 large cabins, of which 68 benefit from private observation decks and nine with French balconies. The vessel is part of a brand-new generation of low-energy vessels and are of the highest Ice Class 1A, Polar Code 6. They are being built with Safe Return to Port, Dynamic Positioning and Zero Speed Stabilisers. The vessels also feature the X-Bow® by Ulstein Design & Solutions. They are small enough to provide a sense of exclusivity and yet large enough to offer all the facilities and levels of services that you would expect from larger vessels.Albatros has also announced the appointment of Hans Lagerweij as president of its international businesses. Lagerweij has extensive experience in the Expedition and Small Ship cruise industry, and in the past was responsible for managing Quark Expeditions and recently Victory Cruise Lines.Hans Lagerweij, President of its international businesses, said; “Many expedition cruise companies are focusing on features such as under water lounges, helicopters or submarines for their new builds. At Albatros Expeditions, we have chosen vessels that are enhancing an authentic expedition experience which customers are looking for. The proven and patented X-Bow design gives our passengers a more enjoyable sailing, by improving guest comfort and safety, and even reducing seasickness. It provides very low levels of noise and vibration and gives us the ability to better maintain speed, ensuring we keep to our expedition schedules in rougher seas”. Lagerweij is also enthusiastic about the benefits of Dynamic Positioning; “With excellent maneuverability, it is easier and faster to change position during expedition operations like zodiac loading and no anchor handling is required. It also makes operations above underwater treasures like coral reefs easier, eliminating the possibility of any impacts. There will be no need for the sound and vibration of anchoring – so less chance of disturbing wildlife”. Lagerweij also stresses the importance of five zodiac loading points; “Where most expedition vessels only have two, with five this leads to less waiting time for Albatros guests, so they can spend more time off the ship exploring the wonders of our world. Also, it gives us the opportunity to deploy zodiacs more quickly when we have unexpected wildlife encounters. Finally, the highest ice class 1A means that we can safely operate deep into polar waters”.Albatros owner Soren Rasmussen stresses the benefits of the unique Zero Speed Stabilizers; “These offer a proven reduction of the roll of the ship of 80% to 85%, even if the ship is not moving. This offers more comfort to our guests, while at the same time making our zodiac operators easier, even in more challenging conditions”. Despite the vessels being Expedition and Explorer focused, guests will also enjoy all the the modern comforts and amenities of today’s luxury cruise ships. Rasmussen continues; “Next to large cabins, most with balconies, we offer a heated infinity pool, hot tubs, library, spa, gym, three restaurants and two bars. Finally, the vessels also belong to the greenest generation of cruise ships in the world. Its tier 3 compliant engines give up to 80% less emissions and operate on significantly lower fuel consumption. Furthermore, we will remove single use plastics, only use bio-degradable and eco-friendly cleaning and laundry products. We will only offer sustainable seafood, reduce the use of all chemicals and implement an onboard recycling program”.The ‘Safe Return to Port’ feature, following Solas 2012 classification, is not required for ships this size, but will be fully implemented. This means that all the critical equipment, machinery, propulsion and steering as well as pipe, duct and cable tray routings will be redundant on the ship in separate areas. Also, food preparation galleys are fully redundant. In the event of flood, fire or system emergency, passengers and crew can stay safely on board as the ship proceeds to port under her own power, maintaining minimum facilities like food preparation.Source = Albatros Expeditionslast_img read more

Qrius Connect organises an exclusive show MICE CONNECT in Colombo

first_imgQrius Connect has been taking the initiatives to promote a particular destination by curating a B2B platform.In the month of May, they are organising MICE CONNECT in Sri Lanka by hosting the potential MICE agents and wedding planners from India market.“I am delighted to share that this time we are coming up with MICE CONNECT in Sri Lanka at Hilton, Colombo. A concept like MICE CONNECT is definitely a strength to the overall destination to promote it in the MICE segment,” said Nishant Gulliya, Managing Director & CEO, Qrius Connect.MICE CONNECT focuses on promoting Sri Lanka as an emerging MICE and wedding destination.“We try to make a rich blend of destination promotion with the lucrative business development opportunities. I have personally witnessed the emergence and growth of Sri Lanka as one of the most preferred destinations for incentive groups, corporate conferences and destination weddings from India. The key reason behind the growing preferences being it is considered as a budget and pocket-friendly destination with easier accessibility due to significant growth and network expansion showcased by the national carrier Sri Lankan Airlines from Indian regions,” he added.“Through MICE CONNECT, we intend to showcase the premium hospitality of Sri Lanka which is capable to cater the Indian MICE and wedding segment. We wish to keep it exclusive primarily for the standalone hotels and resorts to come in front to showcase their MICE product and services to the decision makers so that the agency can equally guide their partnered DMC for a right selection of hotel to meet their requirement and taste.In terms of the supporting DMCs, we will be having very few selected and premium names as our participants. Our plans are healthier in terms of conducting this show year-on-year with a new touch and value ads to it. Apart from MICE CONNECT we would be organising different other events in a different genre,” concluded Nishant.last_img read more