Expansion de laccès aux services et des programmes parascolaires

first_img Les conseils scolaires seront invités à présenter des soumissions pour l’expansion du programme au printemps 2014. Les sites du programme ÉcolesPlus offrent des services à plus de 135 écoles et se situent dans les huit conseils scolaires de la province. Pour obtenir plus d’information, consultez le http://schoolsplus.ednet.ns.ca (en anglais seulement). « Nous sommes ravis que le programme ÉcolesPlus sera bientôt offert à Sackville, a dit Karla Wolfe, directrice de l’école élémentaire Hillside Park. Le programme offrira davantage de possibilités de soutien et de participation, et comblera les écarts qui existent parfois lorsque nous tentons de diriger les familles vers le soutien et les services appropriés. » Deux autres sites du programme ÉcolesPlus ont été approuvés en 2014-2015 dans les régions suivantes : Annapolis Valley Regional School Board, avec un site à l’école Windsor Elementary School, qui offre des services à la famille d’écoles de West Hants. Tri-County Regional School Board, avec un site à l’école Barrington Municipal High School, qui offre des services à ses écoles nourricières, avec une expansion possible dans le comté de Shelburne. Strait Regional School Board, avec un site à l’école St. Andrew Junior High School, qui offre des services à cinq autres écoles. Conseil scolaire acadien provincial, avec des sites dans les régions du sud-ouest et du nord-est du conseil scolaire. Les nouveaux sites et les sites améliorés seront ouverts à l’automne. Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board, avec un site à l’école Glace Bay High School, qui appuiera six autres écoles. Chignecto Central Regional School Board, avec un site à l’école New Glasgow Junior High, qui appuiera quatre écoles. L’expansion du programme ÉcolesPlus aidera des centaines d’élèves et de familles supplémentaires à accéder à des services de santé, des ressources d’apprentissage et des programmes parascolaires. Les élèves et le personnel de l’école élémentaire Hillside Park de Lower Sackville se sont joints à Ramona Jennex, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance, aujourd’hui 19 juin, pour annoncer six nouveaux sites du programme ÉcolesPlus. Ce programme aide les élèves à obtenir le soutien dont ils ont besoin pour bien réussir à l’école. L’un des nouveaux sites sera dans la famille d’écoles de l’école Sackville High. « Le programme ÉcolesPlus est un modèle fructueux qui aide les élèves, les familles et les collectivités à obtenir une gamme complète de services de soutien en plein cœur de leur communauté, c’est-à-dire dans les écoles, a dit Mme Jennex. Grâce à ce programme, les élèves ont accès à des cliniciens en santé mentale dans les écoles, à des clubs de devoir et des services de mentorat, et à des programmes parascolaires qui n’étaient pas offerts auparavant. » Chaque école est différente, mais les écoles du programme ÉcolesPlus travaillent ensemble pour coordonner et offrir plus d’une centaine de services et d’activités à l’échelle de la province. « Je crois que nous sommes enfin sur la bonne voie pour combler l’écart entre la maison, l’école et les services, a dit Lori Andrews, parent et travailleuse communautaire pour Juniper House, à Digby. Le programme ÉcolesPlus répond aux besoins réels des enfants et des familles. J’en ai fait moi-même l’expérience lorsque ma fille éprouvait des difficultés à l’école. Le programme ÉcolesPlus a offert un endroit sûr et du soutien. » L’étude externe du soutien offert à Rehtaeh Parsons par le Halifax Regional School Board et le plan d’action du gouvernement provincial « Élevons la voix! Plan d’action pour la lutte contre les comportements d’intimidation et de cyberintimidation » recommandaient tous les deux une expansion du programme ÉcolesPlus. Le gouvernement provincial continue d’établir de nouveaux sites du programme chaque année. Le programme ÉcolesPlus, offert dans le cadre du plan Priorité aux jeunes et à l’apprentissage, encourage la collaboration entre le gouvernement, les conseils scolaires et les organismes afin d’offrir aux élèves un endroit où ils peuvent obtenir de l’aide, dans un environnement familier. Le programme réunit toute une gamme de services de santé mentale et d’autres programmes de santé, ainsi que des services de mentorat, d’aide avec les devoirs, de travail social et de justice qui sont offerts dans les écoles, où les enfants, les jeunes et les familles y ont facilement accès. Les autres sites du programme ÉcolesPlus approuvés pour l’année 2013-2014 sont les suivants :last_img read more

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JJ ordered to pay USD 572 million for opioid addiction crisis

first_imgWashington: An Oklahoma judge has ordered US health care giant Johnson & Johnson to pay USD 572 million in damages for its role in fostering the state’s opioid addiction crisis. In the first civil trial of a drugmaker over an epidemic that has caused hundreds of thousands of overdose deaths, Judge Thad Balkman on Monday said prosecutors had demonstrated that J&J contributed to a “public nuisance” in its deceptive promotion of highly addictive prescription painkillers. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal “Those actions compromised the health and safety of thousands of Oklahomans,” he said. According to the ruling, the company and its Janssen pharmaceuticals division will fund an “abatement plan” for care for addicts, families and communities ravaged by the crisis. “The defendants Janssen and Johnson & Johnson’s misleading marketing and promotion of opioids created a nuisance,” Balkman said. J&J was the first pharmaceutical company tried over the US opioid crisis, which fuelled over 70,000 overdose deaths in 2017 alone. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost But there are some 2,000 outstanding lawsuits against many drugmakers and distributors filed by state and local governments, many overwhelmed by the costs of an epidemic that has only slightly abated. Most of those are being rolled into a case to go to trial in October in Ohio that will likely set the basis for potentially many billions of dollars in settlements across the country. Prosecutors had sought USD 17 billion in damages against J&J for an abatement program to be spread over 30 years. But Balkman said the state had not made a strong case for the future costs of the crisis to it and the community beyond one year, and so limited his ruling to that. J&J’s shares rose about two percent to USD 130 in after-market trade following the decision. The company immediately said it would appeal the decision. “Janssen did not cause the opioid crisis in Oklahoma, and neither the facts nor the law support this outcome,” said J&J executive vice president Michael Ullmann. “The unprecedented award for the state’s ‘abatement plan’ has sweeping ramifications for many industries and bears no relation to the company’s medicines or conduct.” J&J argued that the law was being inappropriately applied and that its products had a very small role in the addiction epidemic in Oklahoma and nationally. Balkman said J&J had promoted its drugs by telling doctors and patients that pain was not being treated enough and that “there was a low risk of abuse and a low danger” in the drugs themselves. “The defendants used the phrase ‘pseudoaddiction’ to convince doctors that patients who exhibited signs of addiction… were not actually suffering from addiction, but from the undertreatment of pain,” he said in his decision. He also said the company consciously downplayed risks it knew were present, pointing to the 2007 USD 600 million fine in a Virginia trial of Purdue Pharma, one of the leading prescription opioid makers, for misleading the health industry and the public about the highly addictive properties of its Oxycontin painkiller. J&J is the first drugmaker to go to trial and the case is seen as a bellwether for thousands of possible criminal and civil suits over the seeming uncontrolled distribution of highly addictive painkillers like oxycodone and hydrocodone, and J&J’s Nucynta and Duragesic, between 2000 and 2015. Two other major drugmakers accused in the same suit, Purdue Pharma of the United States and Israel’s Teva, settled with Oklahoma before the case went to trial. Purdue, which produced the widely abused opioid Oxycontin, agreed to pay the state USD 270 million in March and Teva negotiated an USD 85 million settlement. Dozens of local and state governments across the country have also already exacted settlements with opioid manufacturers and distributors to address their problems.last_img read more

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NASA spacecraft lands on Mars to dig deep

first_imgCAPE CANAVERAL, FL – A NASA spacecraft designed to burrow beneath the surface of Mars landed on the red planet Monday after a six-month, 482 million-kilometer journey and a perilous, six-minute descent through the rose-hued atmosphere.After waiting in white-knuckle suspense for confirmation to arrive from space, flight controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, leaped out of their seats and erupted in screams, applause and laughter as the news came in that the three-legged InSight spacecraft had successfully touched down.People hugged, shook hands, exchanged high-fives, pumped their fists, wiped away tears and danced in the aisles.“Flawless,” declared JPL’s chief engineer, Rob Manning.“This is what we really hoped and imagined in our mind’s eye,” he said. “Sometimes things work out in your favor.”A pair of mini satellites trailing InSight since their May liftoff provided practically real-time updates of the spacecraft’s supersonic descent through the reddish skies. The satellite also shot back a quick photo from Mars’ surface.The image was marred by specks of debris on the camera cover. But the quick look at the vista showed a flat surface with few if any rocks — just what scientists were hoping for. Much better pictures will arrive in the hours and days ahead.last_img read more

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Toshiba unveils robot to probe melted Fukushima nuclear fuel

YOKOHAMA, Japan — Toshiba Corp. has unveiled a remote-controlled robot with tongs that it hopes will be able to probe the inside of one of the three damaged reactors at Japan’s tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant and manipulate chunks of melted fuel.The device displayed Monday is designed to slide down an extendable 11-meter (36-foot) long pipe and grip highly radioactive melted fuel inside the Unit 2 reactor’s primary containment vessel.An earlier robot captured images of pieces of melted fuel in the reactor last year, but other details of the fuel’s status remain largely unknown.Toshiba’s energy systems unit said experiments with the new probe planned in February are key to determining the technologies needed to remove the fuel debris, the most challenging part of the decades-long decommissioning process.The Associated Press read more

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Insecurity approaching winter contribute to slower returns to Afghanistan UN reports

The trend, which the agency first reported in August, appears to be continuing, as returns dropped from 35,800 in the first week of September to about 27,000 last week, Kris Janowski said. Since the beginning of the month, many of the Afghan refugees have gone back to central Afghanistan, including Kabul, while about a third have returned to the north, 10 per cent to the west, and 7 per cent to eastern Afghanistan.Only 5 per cent of Afghans went back to the south, a region that shelters more than 300,000 internally displaced persons where persisting drought is discouraging people from returning, according to UNHCR.Meanwhile, the number of refugees leaving Pakistan has declined to levels not seen since March, when the repatriation initiative began. As a result, UNHCR last Sunday closed its registration centres in Islamabad and Quetta. It will also close its centre in Karachi in a week, leaving only the Takhtabaig centre in Peshawar, which earlier this year sometimes processed more than 10,000 people daily, open to register Afghans seeking to return home.In addition, mobile teams available in settlements hosting refugees will continue to register Afghans who want to return home, Mr. Janowski reported. In Iran, consistently large numbers of Afghans seeking repatriation assistance continue to come forward. More than 260,000 Afghans have now returned home from Iran, including over 200,000 refugees who left under the joint programme that got under way in April. More than 60,000 others returned spontaneously. read more

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ICAT outlines wastewater filtration systems for mining

first_imgEnvironmental and resource management services are increasing in demand for an ever growing population, with deteriorating infrastructure and loss of essential skills in maintenance, as well as management. There is a massive demand for skills development in the water industry, not only in education and social understanding about the natural resources, but also in maintenance and proper management of the current and existing infrastructures.Trends and technological advances in Ultra filtration (UF) and Nano-filtration membranes have come a long way as solutions for water treatment, since they were first introduced in the industry. A significant amount of research and development goes into improving these technologies. Most recently mechanical evaporation systems, which ensure effective and environmentally safe reduction in excess wastewater for the mining industry, have also come to the forefront of water management in recent years.I-CAT Director of Business Development and Marketing Lourens Jansen van Rensburg indicates that the company, which caters for both local and international markets, has been awarded several contracts to monitor, manage and recycle water at several mining groups over the years. “Our methods are preferred because we do not believe in using or adding chemicals to wastewater to purify it or to get it to discharge standard. We make mechanical purification systems and have an excellent technical and design team that is focused on innovation and coming up with solutions for challenging projects.”According to van Rensburg, I-CAT Environmental Solutions uses a combination of technologies to provide its clients with the best and most cost effective solutions, while maintaining a consistent awareness of the environment, energy and social demands. “Our filtration systems are cost effective, as they have no recurring chemical costs, require low maintenance and are self-cleaning. The technology we use is considered world-leading, affordable and effective. We have developed solutions to clean process water where many older technologies and processes have failed.”I-CAT Environmental Solutions distributes Hyflux Kristal hollow fibre ultrafiltration (UF) membranes and AZUD filtration systems, which are industrial wastewater filtration solutions. The Kristal UF membrane is installed as a pre-filtration solution that is designed to remove all suspended solids from the water. The AZUD range of filtration products, including the HELIX automatic disc and screen filtration, are used for pre-filtration (micro-filtration) and designed to achieve the most efficient and economic water filtration in various applications.Hyflux Kristal hollow fibre ultrafiltration (UF) membranes are manufactured from reinforced PES (PolyEtherSulfone) material with a high tensile strength for improved hydrophilicity, low fouling and an asymmetric membrane structure with a high flux rate. It features a consistent high quality permeate, sharp rejection profile, a long membrane lifespan and has a small carbon footprint.I-CAT Environmental Solutions also developed and released the I-VAP500 in June 2015. It is an evaporation system, which is used for controlled mechanical evaporation of excess waste water in the mining industries and designed to perform optimally in harsh environments. It produces the finest water droplet particles to maximise evaporation and power efficiency. The I-VAP 500 is capable of handling 500 m3 per 12 hour day. The evaporation rate is measured between 60 to 65%, depending on ambient weather conditions.Jansen van Rensburg highlights that I-CAT ensures that no less than 2,000 litres of ambient air is discharged at a high velocity with every litre of water atomised with the system. “It is a critical ratio to achieve maximum percentage evaporation of water pumped into the air. This ensures the column of air does not become dense to the point which it resembles a sprinkler and guarantees the particles do not cluster together, forming a column of water which impacts aerial evaporation.”The I-VAP500, which is delivered within eight to 12 weeks, is offered in different scopes and options, depending on the site size. It boasts a high velocity air stream and has a large 3.2 mm orifice water fracturing nozzle design to ensure minimal downtime from nozzle blockage, while achieving the finest possible droplet size. I-CAT aims to introduce more of its evaporation solutions to the international market. “Our aim is to become the market leader in any services related to the environment and to be the port of call for any such services to our clients. We will start with introducing mobile, compact and autonomous drinking water plants from AZUD in Angola. We will also give maintenance and training on existing drinking water plants from AZUD in Tanzania on a gold mine, as well as scope for a new drinking water plant to increase capacity,” van Rensburg concludes.last_img read more

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Greek uni student creates lunar habitat as part of Wild Moon Base

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Angelos Chrysovalantis-Alfatzis – a final-year student of architectural engineering at the National Technical University of Athens –  is working with a group of architecture students at the European Space Agency (ESA) to create a new concept for a sustainable lunar habitat.“I always strive to find material and structural solutions in accordance with the resources available on site,” Alfatzis said. “At the moment, my focus is on using unprocessed lunar soil construction and the architectural applications of this (technique).”Developed as a submission idea for the ESA’s Moon Village Association competition in 2018, Alfatzis’s concept involves placing inflatable modules sent to the base of a small crater on the south polar region of the moon. A base model will be placed and partially buried at the bottom of the crater with lunar soil. By doing so, this layer will shield inhabitants from extreme environmental affects and micrometeoroids. Subsequently, additional models each containing a life-support system will be stacked and partially buried one on top of the other with lunar soil.The moon base concept will support human life and protect residents from the extreme conditions of the environment, including radiation exposure and other changes in temperature, terrain and gravity.“The whole experience drove us to think more deeply on the different aspects of lunar construction and habitation, showing us many different possibilities for our future on the moon,” Alfatzis said.last_img read more

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Roman Reigns refers to WWE fans who boo him when his music

first_imgFacebook Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Google+ Yahoo Sports is featuring an interview with WWE star Roman Reigns where he addresses fans that boo him when his music hits at WWE live events.The article, which describes Reigns as being “immensely popular, especially with kids”, talks about the other part of WWE’s audience that treat Reigns like a villain.Reigns had some choice words for this specific fan base.“I think they’re like closet lovers to be honest. You can say whatever you want, but it’s how you say it that matters. The way they deliver it, they’re more connected to me than their so called ‘favorites.’ For me to be able to pull on whatever string I pull on, it just goes to show there’s a deep rooting there.”Reigns contends he doesn’t care about getting these types of negative reactions.“It doesn’t really matter to me, as long as they’re really loud, that’s all I really care about. There could be certain moments where they try to hijack shows and all of that, but by the end of the match, they’re standing up so I’ve been blessed. I really do think that if they love to hate you, they still love you.”The article also notes how Reigns has been involved in the main event of the last four WrestleMania events, something only Hulk Hogan had accomplished previously.“I’ve been very blessed, very favored. It’s been a lot of hard work, a lot of days and nights away from my family or my home. I think when all of my children are grown up, they’ll be able to look at my body of work and know that I was out there doing special things. It was these very special things that took me away from them.” Pinterestcenter_img WhatsApp Twitter WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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Breast Cancer is Two Times Higher in the Caribbean compared to the

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPort of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago,  December 16, 2016 –  In a recent study, researchers from CARPHA and the US CDC found that the rates of death from cervical cancer, breast, prostate and colon cancer are 2-9 times higher in the Caribbean compared to the United States. Only lung cancer was higher in the USA.The study also reported that prostate cancer, a common cause of death among Caribbean men, accounted for 18%-47% of cancer deaths, while lung cancer accounted for 5%-24% and was the second highest cause of cancer deaths among males.   Breast cancer, the main cause of cancer death among females accounted for 14%-30% of cancer deaths; and are up to two times higher compared to the USA.“The large number of deaths from these types of cancers is very alarming since they are mostly preventable. Breast cancer can be detected early and treated successfully.  Cervical cancer is perhaps the most preventable through education, vaccination against the human papilloma virus (HPV), screening, early detection and treatment,” said Dr. James Hospedales, Executive Director, Caribbean Public Health Agency.Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the Caribbean, according to the study, published today in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).   This is the first time that information on cancer mortality for the English and Dutch-speaking Caribbean is published in a prestigious peer review journal.In some of its key findings, the study highlights prostate cancer as the leading cause of death among men of African descent from the Caribbean as well as in the United States and Africa.   The researchers found that for both men and women, colon and rectum cancers are the third most common cause of cancer death in the Caribbean.The leading causes of cancer deaths in the Caribbean can be reduced through prevention, screening, early detection, and effective treatment for cervical, breast and colorectal cancers.“Research has shown that adopting healthy lifestyle choices can contribute to the reduction of cancer cases and as a consequence deaths and costs from the disease in our Region”, said Dr Hospedales.   Prevention measures include avoiding use of tobacco, limiting alcohol use, eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, keeping a healthy weight, and being physically active.CARPHA is committed to working with key partners to reduce the burden of cancer in the Region.   The Agency is collaborating with CDC, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and other global partners to develop and implement the IARC Regional Cancer Registry Hub for the Caribbean.   The Cancer Registry Hub, which will provide essential technical support to strengthen cancer registration for improving cancer prevention and control in Member States, will be launched in 2017.#MagneticMediaNews Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Student Greenhouses Prompt Thorne Bay Restaurant Purchase

first_imgA students works in the Thorne Bay greenhouse. (Courtesy Megan Fitzpatrick)There are no restaurants in the 500-person town of Thorne Bay on Prince of Wales Island. But that looks like it’s going to change. The Southeast Island School District, which serves Thorne Bay and several other rural schools, is buying a vacant restaurant from the city. They’re going to use food from school greenhouses and a bakery to provide fresh meals for residents and business experience for students.Download AudioThe Southeast Island School District, which serves Thorne Bay and several other rural schools, is buying a vacant restaurant from the city. They’re going to use food from school greenhouses and a bakery to provide fresh meals for residents and business experience for students.It will be called the Thorne Bay Café.The Southeast Island School District hired Susan Powell, a restaurant manager from Oregon, to take charge of the café. She listed some of the entree possibilities:“Carnitas tacos, ‘cause we have the great tortillas from Coffman Cove. Maybe a taco salad, you know, some Mexican things. A barbeque pork sandwich. A Philly cheese steak or chicken cheese steak. A couple different kinds of soup every day ‘cause we’re going into winter”She’s still working on the menu. But she plans to use produce from four school greenhouses. And she’ll get bread and tortillas from a small bakery run by the Coffman Cove school.“I think the main goal is to support the schools and promote their products and to have student involvement,” Powell said.Megan Fitzpatrick is Thorne Bay’s 7th through 12th grade teacher. She said this restaurant is one more fruit to spring from the labor and success of the student-run greenhouse. The school district starting operating the hydroponic greenhouse in Thorne Bay in February.“We decided to split the class and run [the greenhouse] like a company. We broke the 20 kids into five or six different departments,” Fitzpatrick said.The departments included construction, business, horticulture, and purchasing and ordering. Fitzpatrick says the students were evaluated on their “youth employ-ability” skills, like work ethic and showing up on time.“[We were ] pushing it home that we’re running a business here and it takes the whole group to keep the business running,” Fitzpatrick said.They grew mostly lettuce – butter lettuce, red leaf, romaine. And they sold it to the school lunch program and local grocery stores. The greenhouse was so successful that the school district is planning to build three more in Naukati, Kasaan and Coffman Cove.So what happened to the Thorne Bay operation after the school year ended?“There were a few kids that were really into it,” Fitzpatrick said. “They worked all summer long. They independently kept the greenhouse running.”The idea to revitalize a vacant restaurant and connect it with the greenhouse came from the students and from Superintendent Lauren Burch.“I think the restaurant might’ve originally come from Mr. Burch but then the kids sort of morphed it so that they can grow the products for it and have a place to sell their products,” Fitzpatrick said.The restaurant used to be in Coffman Cove. Thorne Bay City Administrator Wayne Benner says Thorne Bay bought it and moved it in 2012.“The goal was try to generate some economic development,” Benner said. “Try to get some jobs going in the city of Thorne Bay.”Since then, two operators have leased the restaurant. But both cancelled their leases after less than a year. The city put out a request for proposals again. And the school district was the only bidder.“The City Council approved going into negotiations with the school district,” Benner said.The school district doesn’t want to lease the restaurant, but buy it. The council has to do one more reading of the plan to sell, and then they’ll negotiate an agreement.Fitzpatrick says the students like the idea of a café, not just because it’ll expand their greenhouse business.“They wanted to have café where they go and do homework after school,” she said. “A place to kind of hang out but also get a snack and some food.”Along with the café, the students also want to set up a little shop near the restaurant to sell their goods.Another new development — four schools are getting into the chicken business. So the café will have local eggs.Restaurant manager Susan Powell says she’s looking around at other local food options, like a Coffman Cove oyster farm. The ingredients Powell can’t find on-island will come from national food distributors.She plans to set up a Facebook page where people can check on the day’s menu.Powell thinks if all goes well, Thorne Bay Café could be open in mid-November.last_img read more

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Minister asks AirAsia to resume flight services in

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Minister for Tourism, Culture and Youth Advancement M Srinivasa Rao discussed the possibilities of resuming flight services with the manager of AirAsia Devasish Dutt. Srinivasa Rao asked him to resume the flight services of FD116 – Bangkok–Visakhapatnam and FD117 – Visakhapatnam – Bangkok which were operated four times a week (Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Further, the Minister also wrote a letter to Suresh Naik, India Operations, AirAsia regarding the same. Vizag Terminal manager Karthik also participated in the meeting held in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.last_img read more

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Andhadhun beats Baahubali 2 Crosses Rs 100 crore mark in China

first_imgAndhadhun stillYouTube screenshotThere seems to be no end to the number of records that Andhadhun would make. After sweeping box-office records in India, the Ayushmann Khurrana film is now dominating the screens in China.The film, which was released in China last Wednesday, has managed to garner a whopping number in just a few days. The film made $1.32 million on Wednesday and went onto make $1.78 million on Thursday. Owing to the good word-of-mouth, the film collected an extensive $3.38 million on Friday followed by $4.05 million on Saturday and $3.18 million on Sunday. The total collection of the film in these five days resulted in $13.72 which is Rs 95.38 crore. And, as per Taran Adarsh, the film managed to collect a humongous Rs 106.09 crore on Monday.The Radhika Apte, Tabu and Ayushmann Khurrana starrer has managed to break the record of Baahubali 2, one of the highest grossing Indian films, in China. While the Prabhas and Rana Daggubati starrer film had collected $11 million, Andhadhun has surpassed this figure with a massive difference.Rani Mukerji’s Hichki was also well received in China and had made a business of Rs 150 crore. And the way Andhadhun has been flying, there is no doubt that the film would cross and exceed the collection made by Hichki.Directed by Sriram Raghavan, Andhadhun was a one-of-a-kind crime thriller which was received with thunderous applause by both critics and audience alike. International Business Times, India, had given the film four stars and had said that the multiple twists and turns keep the plot engaging.Andhadhun is highly unpredictable, and it never ceases to surprise you. With so many astonishing turns till the end, you cannot help but wonder if there will be another twist until the credits start appearing on the screen. Andhadhun is top-notch in almost every aspect. Be it performances or direction, story-telling style or the music, this movie is special and it keeps you hooked to the seat all throughout.last_img read more

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Venezuelan protesters clash with police

first_imgDemonstrators protesting against President Nicolas Maduro’s government and riot police clash in Caracas. Photo: AFPProtesters hurling rocks clashed with police firing tear gas Saturday in Venezuela’s fourth demonstration in a week against President Nicolas Maduro and his government.The rally was marked by anger over a ruling from the leftist government banning opposition leader Henrique Capriles from office for 15 years. Around 4,000 people attended the demonstration.Capriles narrowly lost the 2013 presidential election that brought Maduro to power following the death of his mentor Hugo Chavez—father of Venezuela’s “socialist revolution.”The government move, which the 44-year-old Capriles announced on Friday, effectively prevents him from running against Maduro in next year’s general election.Saturday’s violence broke out when protesters gathered in the east of the city changed course at Capriles’s request and headed downtown toward the government ombudsman’s office.The district—seat of many government offices—is a pro-Maduro bastion, and the president’s supporters were holding a “cultural, sporting and recreational rally” there.National Guard police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to force the protesters back.“They received us with gas and rubber bullets. They insist on siding with the dictatorship but we are going to keep moving forward,” said opposition lawmaker Juan Andres Mejia.Masked demonstrators threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at police, said AFP reporters on scene. At least two police officers were hit by the flaming bottles.‘Product of tyranny’Capriles appeared energized by the protests.“He who laughs last, laughs best! We’ll see you on the streets of Venezuela @nicolasmaduro. There will be no rest,” Capriles promised on Twitter.Capriles was also one of the leaders of mass demonstrations against Maduro earlier this week that led to clashes with police. One protester died.“This thing that they just did to Capriles is the product of tyranny,” said Adel Rincones, 61, who clutched a sign that read “Venezuela is wounded in the heart with hunger, misery, corruption, dictatorship.”Others at the rally held pictures of Capriles.“People are tired of so much corruption, hunger and poverty,” said Vanessa Garcia, 37, an optometry student.Protests also erupted in several other cities, including unrest-prone San Cristobal in the west, where masked gunmen reportedly set off explosions, causing demonstrators to flee.‘Administrative irregularities’State comptroller Manuel Galindo imposed the ban on Capriles due to alleged “administrative irregularities” in his post as governor of the northern state of Miranda.Capriles said that he would appeal the decision and stay in his job as governor, which he has held since 2008.Venezuela’s political crisis intensified last week when the Supreme Court issued rulings curbing the powers of the opposition-controlled legislature.The court has consistently ruled in Maduro’s favor since the opposition majority took its seats in the National Assembly legislature in January 2016.It drew international criticism for last week’s rulings, which seized the assembly’s powers and revoked lawmakers’ immunity from prosecution.Opposition intensifiesThe court reversed the rulings days later, but the opposition intensified its protests, prompting police to fire tear gas and water cannon to control them.The opposition then came up with the idea of seeking the dismissal of the Supreme Court’s justices. But the ombudsman’s office blocked the move.Capriles can appeal against his sanction within two weeks to the comptroller and within six months to the Supreme Court.The collapse in prices for Venezuela’s crucial oil exports has sapped the country’s revenues.Ordinary Venezuelans are suffering from shortages of food, medicine and basic goods along with a surge in violent crime.The opposition blames Maduro for the economic crisis. He says it is due to a capitalist conspiracy backed by the United States.New protests are planned for next week.last_img read more

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Scientists develop atomicscale hardware to implement natural computing

first_imgThese traits are very different from those of conventional computers and could be used to solve unique sets of complex problems. The researchers see particular applications in the area of reservoir computing, which has the potential to process information at very high rates.”Potential applications include running multiple simulations of financial markets, recognition of information in error-prone and noisy data, such as vision and speech, all the way to autonomous navigation in changing environments, such as after earthquakes or disasters,” Gimzewski said. “Finally, reservoir computing has a role to play in medicine in the cognitive and neurosciences.”The researchers hope that the new fabrication strategy of seed-directed growth used here will provide a novel hardware platform for reservoir computing and other types of natural computing based on complex systems.”We plan to move towards a hybrid morphic system using the best of conventional computation with our brain-like device capabilities, and to develop a new form of programming that relies on distributed memory and synaptic networks,” Gimzewski said. “This would be a radical step in the real development of AI.” Unfortunately, conventional fabrication methods used for today’s computers cannot be used to realize complex systems to their full potential due to scaling limits—the methods simply cannot make small enough interconnected units. Now in a new paper published in Nanotechnology, researchers at UCLA and the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan have developed a method to fabricate a self-organized complex device called an atomic switch network that is in many ways similar to a brain or other natural or cognitive computing device.”Complex phenomena and self-organization—though ubiquitous in nature, social behavior, and the economy—have never been successfully used in conventional computers for prediction and modelling,” James Gimzewski, Chemistry Professor at UCLA, told Phys.org. “The device we have created is capable of rapidly generating self-organization in a small chip with high speed. Furthermore, it bypasses the issue of exponential machine complexity required as a function of problem complexity as in today’s computers. Our first steps form the basis for a new type of computation that is urgently needed in our ever increasingly connected world.” Journal information: Nanotechnology Researchers seeking to make computer brains smarter by making them more like our own Citation: Scientists develop atomic-scale hardware to implement natural computing (2015, May 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-05-scientists-atomic-scale-hardware-natural.html SEM images of various atomic switch networks consisting of silver nanowires. (a) and (b) lack reliable network density while (c) provides a tunable density of nanowires and spatially defined topology. The network is capable of emergent behavior and constant adaptation, traits of a brain-like complex system. Scale bar = 50 µm. Credit: Demis, et al. ©2015 IOP Publishing (Phys.org)—Despite the many great achievements of computers, no man-made computer can learn from its environment, adapt to its surroundings, spontaneously self-organize, and solve complex problems that require these abilities as well as a biological brain. These abilities arise from the fact that the brain is a complex system capable of emergent behavior, meaning that the system involves interactions between many units resulting in macroscale behavior that cannot be attributed to any individual unit. An atomic switch network, showing (a) the array of platinum electrodes and (b) an SEM image of self-organized silver nanowires on a grid of copper posts. Overlapping junctions of wires form atomic switches. Scale bar = 500 µm. Credit: Demis, et al. ©2015 IOP Publishing Explore further More information: E. C. Demis, et al. “Atomic switch networks—nanoarchitectonic design of a complex system for natural computing.” Nanotechnology. DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/26/20/204003 © 2015 Phys.org As the researchers explain, an atomic switch is a nanoscale device that exhibits memristive resistance, meaning that it adjusts its resistance to an applied current or voltage based on its memory of previous encounters. This trait is essential for complex systems because it underlies the ability to learn, interact with the environment, and address problems in which data is constantly changing or incomplete. Although some natural computing devices use natural materials, the atomic switch network developed here is made entirely of inorganic materials. Lithographically patterned copper posts form a “patterned seed network,” on top of which silver nanowires are grown. The end result is a network of silver sulfide switches and silver nanowires that connect the switches. Experiments demonstrated that the atomic switch network exhibits emergent behavior, in which interactions between the individual atomic switches lead to patterns of electrical activity that cannot be attributed to any individual switch, but only to the network as a whole. The atomic switch network also has an intrinsic capacity for adaptation, since the silver nanowire connections are constantly reconfiguring themselves and the switches are constantly forming and dissolving in different locations in the network. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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5 Reasons to Buy the 2018 MacBook Air and 3 Reasons to

first_img The only 100 percent recycled laptop Crisp Retina display Henry T. Casey, I hope you like your dongles and adapters. The new MacBook Air’s packing dual Thunderbolt 3 class USB Type-C ports, and no other input options. That means the wireless mouse adapter you’ve got won’t plug directly into the Air, and neither will most external hard drives. Sure, these ports are superfast, faster than the sole USB Type-C port in the 12-inch MacBook, but they require an additional accessory purchase.Credit: Laptop Mag Pricey in comparison The MacBook Air may be thin and light, but it produces enough sound to fill some pretty large rooms. Over the weekend, with everyone out of our office, I used the Air as my personal boombox, filling our open-office newsroom with the booming sounds of the post-punk band Idles and pop star Carly Rae Jepsen. Apple says the MacBook Air’s maximum volume is 25 percent higher than the previous generation and that its bass is twice as strong. 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And don’t worry about the reliability of this new material, it looks and feels exactly like the sturdy aluminum that Apple’s used for years. Touch ID sensor adds security If you’ve been using a MacBook Air for years, your biggest gripe is likely its low-res 1440 x 900-pixel screen. It’s not even Full HD. Fortunately, Apple finally solved this issue in the 2018 MacBook Air, which features a crisp Retina Display with 2560 x 1600 pixels. This 13.3-inch panel also provides solid, accurate color reproduction. I noticed the vibrant red and green hues, as well as the inky black tones, in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix. If you’ve been waiting for Apple to give its MacBook Air one of those shiny, sharp Retina displays, the time has finally come. But the 2018 MacBook Air has more going for it than a new screen. From a fingerprint sensor that makes life easier to speakers that turn this MacBook into the life of the party, there’s a solid list of reasons to get Apple’s new laptop. Unfortunately, it’s far from perfect.Here are the biggest reasons to buy and skip the new MacBook Air.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/macbook-air-reasons-to-buy-skip?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46  Henry is a senior writer at Laptop Mag, covering security, Apple and operating systems. Prior to joining Laptop Mag — where he’s the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and wondering why Apple decided to ditch its MagSafe power adapters. Although Apple proudly announced that the MacBook Air features an 8th Gen Intel Core i5 CPU, that chip comes with an asterisk. It’s a Y-series CPU, which is slower than the U-series chips in most similarly priced Windows-based laptops. While the Air’s processor proved enough for multitasking during our testing, Windows machines like the Dell XPS 13 cleaned Apple’s shiny new clock on video editing and spreadsheet macro tests, as well as on synthetic benchmarks. Ho-hum speeds If you’re not firmly planted in Apple’s walled garden, you’re probably looking at the entry-level $1,199 MacBook Air with suspicion. Similarly-spec’d PCs cost up to $300 less, especially when you buy the Air with 256GB of storage (it starts at 128GB, which is far too little). Also, some of those PCs have touch-screen displays, which Apple continues to ignore. No USB Type-A ports A fingerprint sensor is a must-have these days, adding a major layer of security that saves you from entering your password every time you unlock your laptop. The Touch ID sensor that Apple’s added to the MacBook Air provides that perk, and then some. Not only does it enable Apple Pay purchases, but it works with third-party apps, such as my password manager 1Password, a Fort Knox for all my unique, complex passwords. Fantastic sound Author Bio From $1199.00 While the touchpads on Windows laptops can be hit or miss, the oversize Force Touch trackpad on the MacBook Air is silky smooth and accurate. It’s 20 percent larger than the touchpad on the previous Air. And the Force Touch technology makes it feel like the pad is clicking down when it really isn’t. There are plenty of handy gestures, too, such as swiping up with three fingers for Mission Control. Henry T. Casey, onlast_img read more

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University Medical Center Groningen Performs First Automatic Logbased Proton Therapy Patient QA

first_img Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Proton Therapy | June 14, 2019 University Medical Center Groningen Performs First Automatic Log-based Proton Therapy Patient QA Streamlined quality assurance process will allow Netherlands center to treat more patients per day June 14, 2019 – IBA announced the physics team of University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) in the Netherlands has developed and clinically implemented a novel automated treatment log-based patient quality assurance (QA) approach for proton therapy. This enables them to reduce the time needed for the in-beam measurement-based conventional patient QA.With this new approach, the center is now able to streamline and reduce the QA time per patient, extract more clinically relevant information from the QA data and establish continuous quality control of the treatment throughout the course. Furthermore, this will allow them to reduce the time to continue treatment course with adapted plans, when needed, and make a step towards supporting online adaptive workflows.This new automated patient QA approach combines several open source projects: CAPTAIN, an automatic workflow manager using web-technology; a DICOM picture archiving and communication system (PACS) database (Orthanc) providing an interface with the treatment planning system (TPS); computation routines from open-REGGUI and others, developed at UMCG; and a Monte Carlo proton dose engine (MCsquare).CAPTAIN, open-REGGUI and MCsquare are open-source research tools supported by the openPath initiative, which is aimed at researchers, medical physicists and clinicians to accelerate research. It is the first time that a center has applied the extensive internal QA validation of UMCG to use the open source software platform in the clinic.Prof. Stefan Both, head of physics at UMCG, commented, “Thanks to the support of IBA and the OpenPath platform, we managed to develop and implement an automated patient QA process that will allow us to considerably reduce the time to perform patient QA operations from about 45 minutes to 5 minutes. This means we have today the capacity to treat [an] additional 1 to 2 fractions per day, shorten [by] two days the time from simulation to treatment delivery and explore adaptive proton therapy protocols to maximize the clinical potential of the proton treatment beam.”For more information: www.iba-worldwide.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Related Content News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications 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 News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more

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Standard Chartered 1H net profit up 12 pct

first_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationcenter_img Operating profit was up 11 percent to $4.55 billion. The biggest contribution came from Hong Kong at $922 million, followed by Pacific (including China) at $850 million. Barely 11 percent came from the bank’s base in Europe.Standard Chartered shares were up 1.8 percent at 1,491.5 pence in early trading in London.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Parents, stop beating yourself up Comments   Share   LONDON (AP) – Standard Chartered PLC has reported a 12 percent increase in net profit in the first six months of the year, its 10th consecutive record profit in the first half.For the six months ending June 30, the bank said Wednesday, it had a net profit of $2.8 billion compared to $2.5 billion a year earlier.Operating income was up 9 percent to $9.5 billion.The bank announced a 10 percent increase in its interim dividend to 27.23 cents per share. Top Stories last_img read more

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airlinesover 65sSAASouth Africa

first_imgairlinesover 65sSAASouth Africa If you have over 65s clients heading to South Africa they can grab a ‘Young at Heart’ special Business Class fare with SAA until the end of November 2017.The over 65s offer is on sale now and valid for travel until further notice, however, customers must depart Australia on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday and return on the same days, and fares are subject to 30 day advance purchase.“We’re increasingly seeing older travellers wanting to tick Africa off on their “bucket list” and these fares offer a great incentive to travel soon,” said SAA’s Country Manager for Australasia, Tim Clyde-Smith.“With return fares from $3,885 from Australia’s East Coast, these offer unprecedented value. This is particularly compared to our current standard business class Sydney-Johannesburg return fare of $10,080 and promotional fare of $4,990.Due to the need to produce proof of age documents, bookings can’t be made through the SAA website – only through agents or direct to the airline on 1300 435 972.last_img read more

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Its not a big secret that having a dominant edge

first_img It’s not a big secret that having a dominant edge pass rusher is a huge advantage in the National Football League.That little tidbit has been known for a long time, but the Denver Broncos sent a not-so-subtle reminder to the rest of the league when their own edge rushers, Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware, dominated the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, racking up a combined 4.5 sacks in a 24-10 win.The Arizona Cardinals, like many other teams, will be looking for edge pass rushing help this offseason. Their leading sacker, Dwight Freeney, had eight sacks after being signed by the team in October. He’ll be 36-years-old and is a free agent. Rookie Markus Golden showed promise in his first year in the league, registering four sacks and 25 quarterback hurries, which ranked tied for 14th in the league. Outside linebacker Alex Okafor took a step back in 2015, and suffered an off-the-field injury in the postseason which frustrated the franchise. Keim says that often a free agent pass rusher is just too expensive to justify.“One of the things that we’ve noticed over the past several years is when guys get to free agency, and they’re pass rushers, generally they’re getting a million to a million-and-a-half per sack or sack-and-a-half,” Keim said. “So you’re talking about guys who seven, eight or nine sacks getting eight or nine million dollars.“And then you talk about double-digit sack guys … forget about it.”Keim went on to say that there are many “cap casualties” — players who were overpaid by teams who had a need in that area and just didn’t produce at the level that they were being compensated. The whole process can be a very slippery slope for general managers.“It’s a delicate balance. It’s scary sometimes when you think about the big ticket free agents out there,” he said.Keim’s philosophy is to not allow integral players to reach free agency, instead opting to reward them with a new contract before they hit the market. He believes that a player who seemingly has value to a franchise that is allowed to enter free agency might have a “buyer beware” label on them. 0 Comments   Share   Your browser does not support the audio element. So we know the Cardinals will be looking for help in that area, but where will general manager Steve Keim look?Free agency begins March 9 and the draft will take place in Chicago starting on April 28. There will be plenty of edge rushers available regardless of which avenue Keim selects. But the fourth-year general manager has a decided preference.“I would say the draft, for several reasons,” Keim told Doug and Wolf Tuesday morning as part of Newsmakers Week on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “And there’s no doubt that finding pass rushers is one of the most difficult chores a general manager has to do. In my opinion, the three hardest positions to find are quarterback of the future, left tackle and pass rusher.“Which is why, mostly, you see those guys when they get to free agency, or they get to their second contract, those (contract) numbers are so big.”Miller is a perfect example. The Super Bowl MVP is due to become an unrestricted free agent after a season in which he registered 11 sacks before adding five more in the postseason. He’s expected to receive the franchise tag from the Broncos, but would command an enormous contract if that wasn’t the case. LISTEN: Steve Keim, Cardinals general manager “When you have certain players that other teams let get to free agency, you wonder what those teams know internally about that player,” he said. “Sometimes they have the answers to the test. Then all of a sudden, you make a splash in free agency, you sign a player and you find out things you didn’t want to know.“At least in the college game, you have a chance to do your background work. You get to talk to trainers, you get to talk to the equipment managers, the head coaches. You get to know more about them as people. In unrestricted free agency, you don’t have that ability.” – / 15 Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim, right, talks with Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians during an NFL football training camp practice, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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8 Saunton Sands Devon A fair few famous people h

first_img8. Saunton Sands, DevonA fair few famous people have skipped along these shores, including Robbie Williams and Olly Murs, both heart-throbs having chosen Saunton Sands as a music video location. The quaint English seaside town in North Devon is also popular with surfers, so grab a board and hit the waves – first-timers should check out local surf schools Walking on Waves (07786 034403) or Surf South West (01271890400) for lessons. Or perhaps you want to go at a slower pace and enjoy a slice of village life? Hire deck chairs from ‘Jules’ along the seafront and tuck in to seasonal seaside grub at Sands Cafe. Enjoy a relaxing weekend break without stepping foot in a busy airport and find hotels in Devon here. 2. Polzeath, CornwallIn Cornish, Polzeath actually means ‘dry creek’, which is ironic, given the amount of blue stuff that laps the shore here. The long sloping beach makes it ideal for families wanting to splash about in the sunshine (when it appears) and you don’t need to go to Florida to swim with dolphins – they’ve been spotted off the coast right here in Cornwall! If you fancy stretching your legs then follow the coastal road away from the sands and around the corner to Daymer Bay – the waves here are smaller than at Polzeath so it’s a preferred spot for swimmers and windsurfers. If you want to explore the area even more then you can hire a car and drive out to Lundy Bay, Trebarwith Strand and right on to Port Isaac. 7. Tenby, Pembrokeshire, WalesThere’s a lot of history in this tiny seaside town. From the thirteenth century walls that surround it, to the Tudor Merchant’s House, learn a bit about local history and visit some of the 200 listed buildings in Tenby. The beach is usually strewn with stripy deck chairs during summer, as it’s a popular day-tripper destination, with plenty of seafront pubs and cafés nearby. Trains from London and Birmingham take about five hours, so you might want to consider an overnight stop. If the sands get a little bit too crowded, set sail on a tour to Caldey Island on a boat tour, many of which are on offer departing from the harbour. Related10 of the world’s best beaches: in picturesThey’re no hidden gems, but they’re beautiful: feast your eyes on 10 of the world’s best not-so-secret beaches.20 of the best beaches in Europe that the locals don’t want you to know aboutPlanning a beach holiday and looking for a quiet spot where you won’t have to battle for an umbrella? Beat the miserable British summer by planning your escape to one of these secret beaches across Europe that you’ve probably never heard of…Sand and the City: Top 10 Urban BeachesMaximise your holiday time by combining city break with sandy break and visiting an urban beach this summe Credit: ©Grace Smith / CC BY 2.05. Crosby Beach, Merseyside, LiverpoolEscape from the chaos of one of Britain’s leading industrial cities, Liverpool, and head to Crosby beach, spanning the three miles from the Port of Liverpool to the River Alt. Here you’ll find Anthony Gormley’s sculptures, a collection titled Another Place, dotted along the shoreline, inspiring you to contemplate our relationship with nature as the tide reveals these life-size iron casts of the artist’s own body. There’s free parking at Mariners Road, Cambridge Road and Hall Road and dogs are very welcome – as long as they don’t scare away the birds! Want to find more incredible places to visit in the UK? Check these out:Readers’ tips: 10 more of Britain’s best beachesYou shared your beaches in Blighty with us, from Bognor to Barafundle, but did your favourite spot make the cut?10 magical places in the UKYou’ll be spellbound by these pictures of Britain’s most mystical spots.10 beautiful coastal spots in Wales: in pictures Here are ten stunning photographs of Wales’ dramatic coastline.15 unbelievably beautiful places to visit in CornwallPoldark fans, check out these gorgeous film locations from hit TV show, plus more stunning spots in the south of England.Go further afield and see some more stunning sandy spots around the world:10 of the best beautiful secret beaches in Europe Our glorious photo selection of 10 of the most beautiful off-the-beaten-track beaches in Europe.12 of the world’s most beautiful beaches: in picturesFeel the sand between your toes with these sun-drenched pictures of some of the world’s most stunning beaches.Which is your favourite beach in the UK? Tell us in the comment box below!Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels, car hire and trains.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 3. Birling Gap, East SussexThis seaside stop lies on Sussex’s South Downs, not far from Beachy Head, and shares the same stretch of famous white cliffs, which have featured in many films, books and TV shows; Beachy Head hosted Harry Potter’s 1994 Quidditch World Cup. There’s not much in the way of nightlife here, there’s a café, a shop and a visitor centre, all run by the National Trust. But it’s the perfect place for a bracing walk and a rummage in the rockpools.center_img Have we left any of your favourite sandy spots out? Let us know in the comments section below.1. Blackpool, LancashireArguably Britain’s most iconic beach resort, Blackpool is home to bright lights, soft sands and of course, the Pleasure Beach. Whilst many enthusiastic thrill-seekers head down to the Lancashire coast during the summer months to ride the ‘Big One’, you should also check out The Big Switch On, the opening ceremony of the annual Blackpool Illuminations which begins each September and runs until early November. 6. Hunstanton, NorfolkA popular spot for Victorian holidaymakers, Hunstanton (known by locals as ‘Hunston’) has everything you’d expect from a traditional British seaside town. Colourful beach huts? Check. Fairground? Check. Fresh fish and chips? Of course! We recommend Fishers of Hunstanton, which has been serving up vinegar drenched spuds in newspaper cones for over 40 years. Get out on the water with Searles Sea Tours and go on sea safari – the tour lasts an hour and gets you up close to some of the cutest seals on Britain’s shores (£16 for adults, £8 for children under 14). Credit: ©Andrew Bennett / CC BY 2.010. Aldeburgh, SuffolkLooking for a spot to sit on a shingle beach and tuck in to a pot of mussels or vinegary cockles? You won’t get much better than Aldeburgh, whose stony beach has been awarded a Blue Flag for being environmentally friendly and an all-round pretty place. Check out The Scallop, a four-metre tall sculpture of a scallop shell dedicated to one of Suffolk and Norfolk’s most famous residents, composer Benjamin Britten. The easiest way to get here is by train – take the National Express East Anglia service from London Liverpool Street to Saxmundham station and Aldeburgh is just a short 15 minute drive away. 9. Dalmor Beach, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, ScotlandOne half of Lewis and Harris, the largest island in the Scottish Outer Hebrides, the Isle of Lewis is home to plenty of wildlife, including golden eagles and red deer. Being an island that’s battered by the North Atlantic, there are also tons of sweet surf spots catering for all levels, including Dalmor and Dal Beag Beaches. You might want to pack a pretty thick wetsuit though as these waters get pretty nippy! 4. Portbradden, County Antrim, Northern IrelandGone fishing. That’s the most common Facebook status for residents in this ancient salmon fishing station. That is if they can get internet signal. This remote hamlet is the prime place for fishing, and bird watching, but for a bit more action, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and the world famous Giant’s Causeway isn’t far away.last_img read more

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