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Tara Sutaria to star in Nadiadwalas next

first_imgMumbai: Even before her debut film Student of the Year 2 releases, actor Tara Sutaria has bagged her third project, Milan Luthria’s remake of Telugu hit RX100 opposite Ahan Shetty. The film, backed by Sajid Nadiadwala through his Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, is currently in the pre-production stage and is expected to go on floors in June. “We have found our leading lady and I must say Tara is a really proficient actor. I feel they will make a really romantic and an interesting pair for the audiences to see. We shall begin shooting from June,” Sajid said. Luthria, who last directed Baadshaho, said it was extremely critical to get the right casting for the film. “Sajid and I took our time casting the lead opposite Ahan. We’re glad we waited as Tara is the best choice for a very important role. It is also essential for the leads to have a crackling chemistry, which Ahan and Tara do,” the director said. The film will be presented by Fox Star Studios. Tara will also be starring opposite Sidharth Malhotra in Marjawaan.last_img read more

Police Release Picture of London Ghost Attacker

Rabat – A more complete picture of London attacker, Khalid Masood, is starting to come together, but there are still many questions. Metropolitan police have released a photo of the man who killed four people on Wednesday and injured scores more in a lone-wolf attack on Parliament.Police are encouraging anyone with information regarding the man known as Khalid Masood to come forward. Investigators are working hard to piece together Masood’s movements in the days leading up to Wednesday’s carnage.Senior counter-terrorism police officer, Mark Rowley, spoke to the press Friday and gave an indication that the investigation is now focusing, on what happened in Masood’s life to turn him down the road of radicalization. “Clearly that’s the main line of our investigation, is what led him to be radicalized was it through influences in a community, influences from overseas, or through online propaganda.” What We KnowKhalid Masood was born in 1964 as Adrian Russell Ajao, in Kent. High school friends describe him as an outgoing young man and a talented footballer. One unidentified man who knew Masood when he was aged about 15 said he had “a big personality and everyone liked him.” But, it seems, no one was particularly close to him.Police have revealed that Masood went by several aliases and had about a twenty-year history of criminal offences. From 1983-2003, he faced numerous charges of assault, Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) and possession of an offensive weapon.There have been reports of him having 2 or 3 children and a woman witnesses assumed was his wife. There are no direct conversations to relate, however, deepening the picture of Masood as a loner.He spent the last few nights before the attack in a hotel. Manager, Sabeur Toumi, spent several minutes with Masood and described him to Sky News as friendly. “He was normal, in fact friendly, because we spent possibly 5 or 10 minutes talking to him about his background and where he came from.”“A Ghost”Jaharn Mahmood works with Muslim youth to turn them away from the forces of radicalization. At one time, he worked as a counter-terrorist advisor with the British government. Since Wednesday’s events he has been tapping his contacts, searching for clues and warning signs. He’s uncovered nothing.According to the same source, no one in the Muslim community has claimed any knowledge of Masood. In fact, he seems to have gone out of his way to go unnoticed. Even his apartment was located outside the Muslim community. “It seems like this guy was isolated,” Mahmood explained, “and he was working as a lone act.  I have put word out asking for someone who knows this guy and normally I get some feedback, but this guy we have absolutely nothing on him. He’s like a ghost.”Legacy of a Lone WolfApproximately 48 hours into the investigation, 9 people have been arrested and 21 properties have been searched. Investigators have confiscated 2700 pieces of evidence, “including massive amounts of computer data.”  Police presence in London has been doubled and 3500 witnesses have been interviewed, with the investigation showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.Masood’s true legacy will reveal itself only in the questions investigators are able to obtain answers to. For now, it remains a story of tragedy and lost human potential. Four people are dead, more than 50 injured. Lives and families have been irrevocably changed. read more

UK parliamentary speaker warns prime minister to follow law

LONDON — The speaker of Britain’s lower house of parliament has made it abundantly clear he is not going quietly into retirement.House of Commons Speaker John Bercow used a speech Thursday night to warn Prime Minister Boris Johnson to expect Parliament to take aggressive action to make sure its legislation designed to block a “no-deal” Brexit is respected.He says he will allow “procedural creativity” in making sure Johnson does not violate the new law, which took effect this week.It requires Johnson to ask the European Union for an extension of the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline if no deal is reached by mid-October.Johnson has said he will not seek an extension. Bercow says the prime minister must obey the law.Bercow plans to step down from his influential post by the end of October.The Associated Press read more

With Syrian peace talks underway UN urges support for negotiations and impacted

Children use large, plastic buckets to collect drinking water from a nearby water point, in the Fayda informal tented settlement, in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. Photo: UNICEF/Shehzad Noorani Angelina Jolie Pitt calls for global solidarity on 5th anniversary of Syrian conflict. Credit: United Nations“A tragedy of this scale demands solidarity beyond funding. Put simply, we need more countries to share the load by taking a greater share of refugees from what has become the biggest displacement crisis of a generation,” said Mr. Grandi.Five years on, the conflict has spawned 4.8 million refugees in neighbouring countries, hundreds of thousands in Europe, and 6.6 million people displaced inside Syria against a pre-war population of over 20 million. In London last month, Governments pledged $5.9 billion for the 2016 appeal for humanitarian and development aid. In today’s statement, Mr. Grandi called for additional forms of support, including better access to livelihoods and educations, and a greater sharing of responsibility by countries that are limiting and blocking numbers of refugees seeking safety in their borders.The international community is at a “crossroads,” he said, and “if the world fails to work together due to short-term interests, lack of courage and knee-jerk reactions to shift the burden elsewhere, we will look back ruefully on this lost opportunity to act with solidarity and shared humanity.” Call for reason, calm and foresight In Lebanon, Ms. Jolie Pitt today marked the “grim anniversary” by helping the UN agency in an informal refugee settlement in Fayda, in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. “If we miss this opportunity the consequences for the Syrian people and the world are too frightening to contemplate,” the Secretary-General said in a message aimed at the Syrian parties, regional and international stakeholders and the Council. Already in the past five years, more than one-quarter million Syrians have been killed and nearly half of all Syrians have been forced from their homes. Terrorist groups such as Daesh and Al Nusra Front have capitalised on the chaos, with foreign fighters and sectarian militias continuing to pour into Syria, Mr. Ban said. The conflict “has been the scene of the use of chemical weapons, siege and starvation as a tool of war, unlawful detention, torture, and the indiscriminate and criminal shelling and aerial bombardment of civilians,” said Mr. Ban. Syrian men, women and children feel abandoned by the international community, he said, urging those responsible for these crimes to be held to account. “I repeat my call to the Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court,” Mr. Ban said. “In Syria as elsewhere, peace without justice is not sustainable.”Meanwhile, the intra-Syrian talks commenced this week with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura at the helm. The talks are being convened in the context of the full implementation of the Geneva Communiqué as the basis for a Syrian-led political transition. Reacting today to the announcement by President Vladimir Putin that Russia is withdrawing the bulk of its forces from Syria, Mr. de Mistura called it a “significant development” which “we hope will have a positive impact on the progress of the negotiations.” More than funding needed As the peace negotiations continue in Geneva, there are nearly five million refugees who had been forced to flee to neighbouring countries. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, and the agency’s Special Envoy, Angelina Jolie Pitt, today called on Governments to follow through on financial pledges, as well as jobs, education, and other forms of international support for refugees. Speaking to reporters in pouring rain, she urged Governments to focus on the absolute root causes, and to display courage and foresight in their decisions. “My plea today is that we need governments around the world to show leadership: to analyse the situation and understand exactly what their country can do,” she said, to figure out how many refugees can be assisted and in what time frame, and to address the fears among their citizens.“That starts with having a very robust asylum procedure to be able to hear the needs of the desperate families to identify who is most vulnerable and who has a genuine refugee claim,” she explained.She appealed also for Governments to uphold the 1951 Convention on Refugees and basic human rights law: “it is both necessary and possible to protect people fleeing persecution and death and protect citizens at home. It should not be reduced to a choice between one or the other.” The Special Envoy acknowledged that people in many different countries have fears about the refugee situation and its potential impact on their communities, livelihoods and security.“It is not wrong to feel unsettled faced by a crisis of such complexity and such magnitude.But we must not let fears get the better of us,” she said. “It is a time for reason and calm and foresight.” New pathwaysLater this month, UNHCR will host a high-level international conference in Geneva , calling on Governments for a major increase in countries hosting Syrians.To date, some 170,000 such places have been pledged by governments around the world. UNHCR hopes to increase that to at least 10 per cent of the registered refugee population, currently at 4.8 million people in the immediate surrounding region alone, over the next few years.Secretary-General Ban and High Commissioner Grandi will open the ministerial-level meeting on 30 March. read more

Divorce fuels increase in women over 50 learning to drive

Edmund King, president of the AA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Edmund King, president of the AACredit:Oli Scarff/Getty Images Edmund King, president of the AA, told the Sunday Times: “Some women may not have had a driving licence but, following divorce and perhaps moving out of the family home, they find that they need to drive.” The trend, discovered in figures published by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, may also be a result of “urban flight” – when people move from cities to rural areas where public transport can be unreliable. Jim O’Sullivan, head of Highways England, told a conference last month that the fastest-growing demographic among motorists is “women in their fifties learning to drive for the first time”. He said: “They give up living in the city, where they downsize and move out of town, where buses or Tubes [trains] aren’t reliable and they have to learn”.According to the Office for National Statistics, 121,000 more people moved out of cities than into them in the year to July 2017, with 558,000 moving into rural areas and 437,000 into urban environments.Margaret Parsons, 60, who will take her driving test on Tuesday, told the Sunday Times that her decision to get behind the wheel was a result of moving from Scarborough, North Yorkshire to the nearby village of Burniston.She said: “We have one bus an hour, which is not really convenient.  I never needed to drive before.  My children drive and that’s the wrong way around, isn’t it?”  Divorce may be ‘fueling a rise’ in middle-aged women learning to drive in a bid for their independence, the president of the AA has said.Analysis of government figures has revealed that driving tests taken by women over the age of 50 has increased by nearly a third (31%) compared with four years earlier, reaching 17,464 in 2017-18. Those passing their test jumped over the same period, by 33%, from 4,033 to 5,350.Motoring experts have said that the trend could partly be explained by divorce, as women who could previously rely on their partners are forced to become more independent.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––More than 101,000 couples divorced in 2017.  The divorce rate of women between 55 and 59 was 5.8 per 1,000 couples, up from 5.2 ten years earlier. read more

Environmental Clean Technologies update on Coldry brown coal densification progress

first_imgEnvironmental Clean Technologies (ECT) is an Australian company developing a unique, low-cost method to dewater brown coal and transform this abundant but widely unusable resource into a Black Coal Equivalent (BCE). The main thrust of the project is the establishment of a large scale Coldry production plant at the Loy Yang Power Station in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley. International engineering firm Arup is completing the design of the facility.In a recent update, ECT states: “Our key objective is to demonstrate Coldry at a commercial scale to enable the broader global commercial uptake and roll out of the technology, and the Coldry Demonstration Plant (CDP) project is how we intend to do this. With this key objective in mind, we’re on track to begin the final stages of preparation ahead of construction commencement targeted for H1 2014.” Ongoing activities include final site confirmation within the Loy Yang precinct; transition from MoU to formal detailed agreements with AGL Loy Yang for the site, coal supply, electrical supply and waste energy interconnections; a construction package tender issue and final selection of vendors; and project approvals, including planning permits and required EPA approvals. ECT states: “Our work with Arup has delivered a great design, which we’re now finalising along with targeted “value-engineering” driven cost-reduction efforts.”Since February 2013, when ECT advised the market that Arup had largely completed the earlier scoped Design for Tender (DFT) process, engineering work has continued with an emphasis on preparation to deliver the demonstration project. Specifically, in collaboration with McConnell Dowell (MacDow), Arup has prepared initial project cost estimations for the Coldry Demonstration Plant (CDP) based on a ‘generic site’ within the Loy Yang precinct. With the detail available from the estimate, a prioritised list of opportunities to reduce capital cost has been developed. Progress continues in this area, with a few examples resulting in reduced capital estimates being reduced structural requirements through enhanced equipment layout; a modified conditioning belt conveyor structure, reducing the need for complicated pipe and duct systems for air distribution and; simplification of pipe and duct systems stemming from design improvements to the conditioning belt conveyor structure. In addition, a creative solution for distribution conveyors on top of the Packed Bed Dryer structure is to be used, eliminating an entire “tripper” conveyor.Detailed planning is well advanced for the balance of the pre-construction engineering works, as well as initial construction programs, while permit and approval requirements have been identified, and preparatory works have begun, including initial site-specific inspections and reports. Regarding product transportability, further detailed studies have been completed, confirming the low tendency for spontaneous combustion of Coldry versus other regularly transported coals providing confirmation of suitability for bulk handling. Arup has commenced the second round of project estimation works, which will include significantly more detail related to site works, and incorporate the outcomes of the value engineering activities performed to date.Based on research initially conducted by CRA and University of Melbourne in the early 1980′s, the technology – Coldry – is a patented process that changes the naturally porous form of brown coal to produce a dry, dense pellet, via a process referred to as ‘brown coal densification’. The Coldry process offers benefits that according to ECT include:A process that has been tested and proven successful on a wide range of brown coal types;A more energy efficient process for removing water from brown coal than firing the coal in a boiler;Enhanced efficiency in the process of generating electricity through use of Coldry pellets;Evaporative water loss reductions, and optional recovery of high purity water streams as by-productslast_img read more

Shooting update residence was scene of deadly incident in November

first_imgUPDATE:This residence was the scene of a violent death in November. Here is a story from the Nov. 23 Columbian.The Clark County Sheriff’s Office on Monday identified the 25-year-old man who fatally shot himself in the head early Saturday morning at his home in Vancouver.Jeremy A. Wiese was found dead in a back bedroom with a single gunshot wound to the head.Clark County Sheriff’s deputies and Vancouver police officers were called at 2:52 a.m. Saturday to a house at 4213 N.E. 38th St. to a report of a possible suicide or accidental shooting.A preliminary investigation revealed that the man had been showing a newly purchased .357-caliber revolver to his friend when he shot himself. Detectives with the Clark County Major Crimes Unit responded and are conducting the investigation.The house was occupied by numerous adults who had been consuming alcohol at the time of the shooting, authorities said.END UPDATEoooooooooooooooooooooTwo Vancouver residents were shot in the legs by an intruder Saturday night, according to Clark County sheriff’s deputies.Cory S. Bloom, who is about 23, was shot once through his hip and once through his thigh.Sarah A. Godfrey, also about 23, was grazed by a bullet in the calf.The incident began with multiple 911 calls received at 11:38 p.m. summoning deputies to a neighborhood just north of Highway 500 at Falk Road.When officers and paramedics arrived at 4213 N.E. 38th St., they were told a small group of friends including the victims were at the home when an uninvited man entered the house unannounced, threw a duffel bag on the kitchen floor and fired a shot.Fearing the bag contained a bomb, Godfrey threw it out the back door.The intruder then fired several more shots toward the front door, wounding the victims, deputies said.The Metro Explosives Disposal Unit was called out to examine the duffel bag and it was found to be empty.Both victims were transported to a local hospital where they were treated.Witnesses stated that the suspect was wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt and wearing a surgical mask.The Clark County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes unit is investigation this incident.last_img read more

All major rivers flowing above danger level

first_img.The flood situation in the country has taken an alarming turn, with waters in the river systems likely to rise in the next 24 to 72 hours, the Flood Information Centre forecast on Tuesday morning.All major rivers are now flowing above danger level, show records at different points across the country.The Brahmaputra-Jamuna-Ganges-Padma and Surma-Kushiyara rivers are rising steadily, according to the centre.At 9am Tuesday, Dharla in Kurigram was flowing 131cm above the danger mark at Kurigram point, Punarbhaba above 78cm at Dinajpur, Jamuneswari above 126cm at Badarganj, Jamuna above 118cm at Bahadurabad, Dhaleswari above 37cm at Elasin, Little Jamuna above 49cm at Naogaon, Surma above 97cm at Kanaighat, and Kangsha above 181cm at Jariajanjail.Significant rainfall was also recorded at the river stations, the centre added.In its forecast, the Met office said light to moderate rain and thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty winds are likely to occur at most places over Rangpur, Rajshahi, Dhaka, Mymensingh, Khulna, Barisal, Chittagong and Sylhet divisions with moderately heavy to very heavy falls at places all over the country during 24 hours till 6pm Tuesday.last_img read more

CISF nabs two with fake Aadhaar cards over Rs 71 lakh in

first_imgKolkata: Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel have nabbed two persons with fake Aadhaar cards and nearly Rs 72 lakh in US dollars, at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport on Friday afternoon.According to CISF, on Friday at around 12:50 pm during the pre-embarkation security check at the domestic security hold area number 2, a Sub-Inspector (SI) of CISF who was monitoring the display screen of the scanner, saw the suspicious image of an object inside a handbag. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHe immediately segregated the handbag and called the owner. Within a few minutes, a youth came to the SI and identified himself as Dilip Kumar Chawla. In his presence the bag was opened for a physical check. During the check, CISF personnel found 520 100 US dollar notes worth approximately Rs 35.77 lakh, wrapped in a cloth bundle. When Chawala was asked to provide valid documents to substantiate the money as his, he failed to do so. He was supposed to travel to Mumbai but was detained. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateWhile CISF personnel were searching Chawala’s handbag, another CISF officer deployed at the baggage scanner screening noticed another suspicious image in the display screen inside another handbag. The same actions were taken in this instance as well. The passenger in question identified himself as Nihal Vashumal Malhotra. He was also detained and taken to a CISF facility. There his bag was opened and CISF personnel found the same amount of money in US dollars. As he was also supposed to travel to Mumbai in the same flight with Chawala, CISF personnel suspected foulplay. When they were grilled and searched thoroughly, CISF found two fake Aadhaar cards. During interrogation, the duo admitted that the Aadhaar cards which they were carrying are fake. The duo has also admitted that they have impersonated themselves as Chawala and Malhotra while booking flight tickets as well. Later, the duo was identified as Rahul D Sukhwani and Vishal V Bhatija. Following their confession, the duo was handed over to the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of Customs department at the NSCBI Airport.last_img read more

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first_img July 14, 2014 — A new study by radiation oncologists at Mayo Clinic comparing the world’s literature on outcomes of proton beam therapy in the treatment of a variety of advanced head and neck cancers of the skull base compared to intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) has found that proton beam therapy significantly improved disease free survival and tumor control when compared to IMRT. The results appear in the journal Lancet Oncology.“We undertook a systematic review and meta-analysis to compare the clinical outcomes of patients treated with proton therapy with patients receiving photon IMRT,” says senior author Robert Foote, M.D., a radiation oncologist at Mayo Clinic. “Our findings suggest that the theoretical advantages of proton beam therapy may in fact be real.”Researchers reviewed studies of nasal cavity and paranasal sinus tumors through extensive database searches. They included studies of patients who had no previous treatment — neither primary radiation therapy nor adjuvant radiation therapy — and patients who had recurrent disease. Researchers collected data on overall survival, disease-free survival, and tumor control, at five years and at the patient’s longest follow-up. They used random-effect models to pool outcomes across studies and compared event rates of combined outcomes for proton therapy and IMRT using an interaction test.Researchers found disease free survival to be significantly higher at five years for patients receiving proton therapy than for patients receiving IMRT (72% versus 50%). Tumor control did not differ between treatment groups at five years however tumor control was higher for patients receiving proton therapy than for IMRT at the longest follow-up (81% versus 64%).Co-authors include Samir Patel, M.D., Zhen Wang, Ph.D., William Wong, M.D., Mohammad Hassan Murad, M.D., Courtney Buckey, Ph.D., Khaled Mohammed, M.B., B.Ch, Fares Alahdab, M.D., Mohammed Nabhan, M.D., and Steven Schild, M.D., all of Mayo Clinic.The study was funded by the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.For more information:,, FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Related Content 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 | 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 | July 14, 2014 Proton Therapy Has Advantages Over IMRT for Advanced Head and Neck Cancers 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 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 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.  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 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 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 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 | 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 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 | 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

Virtuosos new hotel booking tool assigns online bookings to advisors

first_imgTags: Virtuoso NEW YORK — Virtuoso is giving travellers an easier way to book luxury accommodations with a brand new hotel booking tool that pairs them up with a professional consultant.When visitors to request a reservation at any of the approximately 900 participating luxury hotels available worldwide, the booking will be routed to a Virtuoso travel advisor. If the traveller already works with a Virtuoso advisor, the booking will be sent directly to them. If they do not have a Virtuoso advisor, the tool assigns the booking to one who will service the booking and assist with other aspects of the trip like transfers, private guides and experiences.“Virtuoso’s new hotel booking tool is an advantage for travellers who have been suffering from DIY fatigue, and didn’t realize there was an alternative,” said Virtuoso Senior Vice President of Marketing Terrie Hansen. “We’re offering them the convenience of online booking, but marrying it with the advantages of both our hotel program benefits as well as expert guidance. For many, this will be their first foray into working with a travel advisor. The hotel booking tool is a great example of how technology is actually helping bring travelers back to advisors, rather than driving them away.”More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoWith annual sales of US$21.2 billion, Virtuoso’s clout in the luxury marketplace translates into an array of value-added perks and specially negotiated pricing for its clients. Travelers who book hotel stays at will receive a host of complimentary benefits not available on any other site, worth up to $450 per stay. Those include an upgrade to the next room category when available, breakfast for two, early check-in and late check-out if available, high-speed internet access and an additional perk such as a candlelit dinner or spa treatment. Some properties also offer in-demand experiential perks, such as a wine tasting, language class, guided bike tour or hands-on cooking encounter with a local chef.Virtuoso is launching the hotel booking tool during the 25th anniversary year of its landmark Hotels & Resorts Program. The program, which began as a complement to cruise offerings in 1992, started with just 25 properties. Today, with a total of 1,205 hotels, resorts, lodges, spas, luxury camps and villas across 100 countries, the Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts program is the industry’s longest-running and most prestigious, with more five-star properties than any other organization.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaTo reserve a hotel stay using the new booking tool, visit Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, April 4, 2017 center_img Virtuoso’s new hotel booking tool assigns online bookings to advisors Travelweek Group Posted bylast_img read more

Once a symbol of Somozaera torture Nicaragua prison holds protesters

first_imgFor days, María Magdalena Saldana has hooked a gold chain encircling her waist to the gate bulwarking one of Nicaragua’s most notorious prisons.And she vows to stay there – consuming nothing but water – until President Daniel Ortega’s government releases her son, who was detained last week without explanation during a police raid on his house.“As a mother, I am desperate,” Saldana pleads, her voice cracking through streaming tears as several security guards observe across the fence.“Let the world know what a Nicaraguan mother suffers,” she says, clutching her son’s release order from a Managua appeals court, which she says has gone ignored. “My heart hurts. My soul hurts.” In just one day, Braulio Abarca, a lawyer at the influential Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (CENIDH), says his agency received dozens of cases denouncing “illegal detentions with beatings; with cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment, and with clear signs of torture perpetrated by the National Police.”Some of the detainees, Abarca said, are as young as 15 years old.“The crime in Nicaragua is to be young and defend your homeland,” reads one of several signs protesters hoist outside the prison fence.A few feet away from the chained Saldana, 96-year-old Anastacia Morales Centeno clutches her face in her hands, sobbing for her grandson Bernardo.The tiny woman, her face riven with wrinkles, says he was thrown into a truck early one morning by groups of armed paramilitaries loyal to the president.“I cannot rest easy because I didn’t resist” the forces who arrested him, she says, as a relative uses an umbrella to shield her from the relentless sun.‘State of terror’In the early days of the anti-Ortega protests that began April 18, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) said it documented “a pattern of massive and arbitrary arrests.”Detainees were sometimes stripped of their belongings and deprived of food and water, the agency said, with some “shaved, handcuffed with rigor and subjected to asphyxiating blows.”The legal director of the CENIDH, Gonzalo Carrion, was 18 when the Sandinistas ousted Somoza, and now expresses shock when describing the “tragedy” of the past months.“This police force is at the service of family and power,” he says. On June 12, police forcibly arrested her son Wilder Octavio García Saldana, 37, and took him to the infamous El Chipote prison, shrouded in lush vegetation high atop Managua, Nicaragua’s capital city.The institution’s reputation for brutality is as deeply entrenched as its underground cells, which reach far beneath a rugged hill in the city’s center.Saldana is one of an estimated 2,000 people who have been incarcerated at El Chipote since the start in April of a popular uprising against Ortega, a former leftist guerrilla who since 2007 has gripped power for three consecutive terms.His mother has joined dozens of people protesting the sudden imprisonment of their relatives and friends. At school-turned-command post, Nicaraguan students defy Ortega’s ‘law of the jungle’ “The only ‘crime’ I think my son has committed is to march,” she said, referring to mass anti-government demonstrations that have been met with a bloody crackdown, leaving at least 178 people dead in two months.“He raised the flag of Nicaragua, the patriotic symbol of our country” she cries. “We want liberty.”‘Clear signs of torture’The compound now known as El Chipote once served as a nerve center of military dictatorship under the Somoza political dynasty, where the primary means to squash rebellion was torture.Ortega himself was held at the complex, while fighting with guerrilla forces that ultimately toppled Somoza. But upon assuming power, Ortega opted to keep the infamous prison open.They baptized it El Chipote after the headquarters of the revered Augusto Sandino, a revolutionary who fought U.S. occupation during the 1920s and 1930s, inspiring Ortega-era rebels decades later. Among Nicaraguans today, however, the detention center with dark cells the size of closets still stirs fears equal to those that reverberated under Somoza rule.And the allegation from families of detainees and human rights lawyers that Ortega is allowing thousands of his political opponents to be imprisoned has left a particularly bad taste. Related posts:Sandinista stronghold calls for Nicaraguan leader to end repression At school-turned-command post, Nicaraguan students defy Ortega’s ‘law of the jungle’ PHOTOS: Death toll rises to 10 in Nicaraguan protests PHOTOS: Nicaraguans in Costa Rica gather to support their country during hard timescenter_img Fed up: Nicaragua’s uprising Nicaraguan crisis leaves vital street market with economic bruises As Nicaraguans grapple with what Carrion calls “a state of terror,” the government refuses to acknowledge any wrongdoing.When the Central American country’s Catholic bishops moved to rekindle mediation talks, Ortega’s foreign minister balked at laying blame on pro-government forces. Late Friday, the bishops announced that rival government and civil delegates had struck a deal to create a “verification” commission, and invite groups including the IACHR to probe the violence that almost daily ends in bloodshed.But Saldana has more immediate concerns.“I will not leave until he gets out of that prison. We are constantly under attack,” she says, weeping as relatives chant “freedom” behind her. “I’m disappointed in my beautiful Nicaragua.” Facebook Comments OAS calls on Nicaragua to stop violence against demonstratorslast_img read more

Guatemala Fuego eruption is over officials

first_imgThe most recent eruption of Guatemala’s Fuego volcano ended Saturday, an official source said, with locals escaping a repeat of June’s eruption that killed 190.However, mild to moderate explosions sent smoke swirling up to 940 meters above the crater, while a lava flow measuring 1,200 meters continued.“All of this activity is expected to disappear in the coming hours,” said a bulletin from Guatemala’s government agency for seismology (Insivumeh), without ruling out that it could pick up again in coming days.The latest eruption began in the early hours of Friday, with 62 people evacuated and a highway near the 3,763 meter volcano, 35 kilometers (22 miles) from Guatemala City, closed.Guatemala’s disaster management agency CONRED said two other volcanoes are also being monitored.The Pacaya volcano, located 20 kilometers south of the capital, and the Santiaguito volcano, 117 kilometers west of Guatemala City, have both showed increased activity.A powerful June 3 eruption of the Fuego volcano – located 35 kilometers southwest of the capital – rained rocks, ash and toxic gases on several villages and left 190 people dead and 235 missing. Meet the Costa Rican woman who saved 300 lives in Guatemala Facebook Commentscenter_img Related posts:Meet the Costa Rican woman who saved 300 lives in Guatemala Former Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt dies at 91 Toll rises in Guatemala volcano as more bodies recovered Landslide threat forces suspension of Guatemala volcano searchlast_img read more

Mortgage Applications Ride 92 Increase on Low Interest Rates

first_imgMortgage Applications Ride 9.2% Increase on Low Interest Rates in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing Share May 16, 2012 435 Views center_img Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Agents & Brokers Debt Crisis Euro European Union Fixed-Rate Mortgage Housing Affordability Investment Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Applications Mortgage Bankers Association Processing Service Providers Treasury Department Treasury Yields Zillow 2012-05-16 Ryan Schuette A rash of new concerns in debt-saddled Europe drove investors to U.S. Treasury debt, keeping mortgage rates at all-time lows and leading mortgage application volume to tick up 9.2 percent.[IMAGE]The “”Mortgage Bankers Association””: (MBA) recorded an 8.7 percent increase in applications for the Market Composite Index on a seasonally unadjusted basis.””A flare up of the sovereign debt troubles in Europe once again led investors to flee to the safety of [U.S.] Treasury securities last week. As a result, mortgage rates have reached new lows in our survey, and refinancing application volumes picked up substantially as a result,”” “”Michael Fratantoni””:, MBA’s VP of research and economics, said in a statement.He said that survey participants signaled that interest in the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) waned relative to new volume, with refinance share falling to 28 percent of refinance applications, down from last month.The Refinance Index ticked up by 13 percent from the week before, led by concentrated interest in conventional loans. Government refinance applications hovered at 4 percent last week, while the refinance share of mortgage activity stepped up to 74.9 percent of total volume from 72.1 percent from the week before.The four-week moving average went up 1.88 percent for the Refinance Index, 1.77 percent for the seasonally adjusted Market Index, and 1.57 percent for the Purchase Index.The adjustable-rate mortgage share of activity fell to 5.4 percent from 5.7 percent of total application volume from the last week.Mortgage rates slammed into new lows last week and again this week, according to real estate Web site “”Zillow””:, which found rates for the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage at 3.59 percent, the lowest recorded by the company since it began tracking rates in 2008.Analysts credit an upset in Greek elections last week with the rush by investors to U.S. Treasury debt, with policymakers in the Mediterranean country likely seeing elections next week if the parliament is unable to form a coalition government.last_img read more

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