Energy and materials weigh on Toronto stock market, U.S. stocks move higher

Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) TORONTO — The energy and materials sectors weighed on Canada’s main stock index in late-morning trading as the price of oil also moved lower.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 22.73 points at 16,558.00.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 54.94 points at 26,647.85. The S&P 500 index was up 2.91 points at 2,948.74, while the Nasdaq composite was up 31.15 points at 8,126.54.The Canadian dollar traded for 74.55 cents US compared with an average of 74.50 cents US on Tuesday.The June crude contract was down 87 cents at US$63.04 per barrel and the June natural gas contract was up 4.3 cents at US$2.62 per mmBTU.The June gold contract was down US$1.90 at US$1,283.80 an ounce and the July copper contract was down 7.95 cents at US$2.82 a pound. The Canadian Press read more



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Cops arrest 17 from brothel

All the suspects are to be produced in court today. The Fort police are conducting further investigations. The police raided a brothel in Fort late last night and arrested 17 people, the police media unit said today.According to the police the brothel was operating at a club along D.R. Wijeywardena Mawatha in Fort. The police said that the manager of the club and nine others who had assisted in operating the brothel were arrested.The police also said that eight prostitutes were also arrested during the raid.



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Asylum seekers brought ashore

The Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessel Samudura brought all the 73 stranded Sri Lankans ashore safely today, the Navy media unit said. On the direction of the Navy, a merchant vessel heading for Singapore had rescued them 290 nautical miles south east of Galle around noon on Wednesday. The Navy alerted the merchant vessels in the area for the rescue, having received information on the incident from the police.Responding to the Navy’s request the Singapore-bound merchant vessel “Fairchem Sabre” deviated from her course and reached the overcrowded multi-day trawler in distress due to an engine failure, sailing an additional nine hours of the scheduled passage. The crew of the Panama-flagged vessel under Ship’s Captain Dewaki Nandan Edupuganti’s directions managed to take all the passengers onboard ensuring their safety during the mid-sea transfer despite rough seas. The Navy dispatched SLNS Samudura along with a medical team to take over the rescued persons from the merchant vessel and bring them ashore. Among the rescued persons are 46 men, 10 women and 17 children that include 08 boys and 09 girls. All, who are residents of the Northern and Eastern Provinces, were brought to Galle Harbour this morning by Samudura. (Colombo Gazette) read more



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Canada – Sri Lanka friendship group formed in Canadian Parliament

A Canada – Sri Lanka friendship group has been formed in the Canadian Parliament to boost ties between both countries.The election of office bearers was presided over by Deputy Speaker Anthony Rota. Pascale Massot while the Policy Advisor to the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Stephane Dion, was also present, the Sri Lankan High Commission in Canada said. Yasmin Ratansi MP for Don Valley East, a veteran politician from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party was elected Chairperson. Speaking on the occasion, the Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Canada Ahmed A Jawad said that the Friendship Group was been formed at a propitious time in Sri Lanka – Canada bilateral relations, particularly in the context of the opening of a new chapter in ties, consequent to new Governments been elected to office in both countries.He outlined at length the steps been taken by the Sri Lankan Government in regard to reconciliation and economic development, both of which he said were receiving high priority. High Commissioner Jawad also elaborated on the economic and Foreign Direct Investment opportunities arising from Sri Lanka’s fast tracked development thrust which has provided an opportunity for a number of Canadian companies to take part.A dinner was hosted by the High Commissioner at the Parliamentary Restaurant, New Zealand Room, at the conclusion of the event. (Colombo Gazette) The High Commission said that 30 members of Parliament and Senators joined as members of the Canada – Sri Lanka friendship group. read more



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Connecticut police department warns that cable outage isnt worth a 911 call

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Aug 18, 2013 11:27 pm MDT FAIRFIELD, Conn. – A Connecticut police department wants people to know that missing your favourite show isn’t an emergency.Fairfield police say they received numerous 911 calls about a cable outage that hit parts of southwestern Connecticut on Sunday night.The message on the department’s Facebook page says the outage is “neither an emergency or a police related concern.”The post warns that 911 should be used for life-threatening emergencies only and misuse of the 911 system may result in an arrest.Cablevision said in a statement shortly after 11 p.m. that there was a commercial power outage in its Norwalk facility. It says “the power matter has been resolved and service has been restored to our customers.” Connecticut police department warns that cable outage isn’t worth a 911 call read more



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Van and truck registrations climb 164 in 2010

Van and truck registrations climb 16.4% in 2010 17,086 222,915 257,373 ·       Registrations: 20,260 in December, up 25.6%; full year 2010 up to 257,373units.·       Trucks: up 51.6% to 3,174 in December; full year at 34,458 units just 0.8% down.·       Vans: up 21.7% to 17,086 in December; full year at 222,915 units, up 19.6%. -0.8% 222,915 Total 19.6% Rolling year 20,260 Full year Vans % change 51.6% 16.4% -0.8% Trucks 34,458 % change 19.6% New van and truck registrations in the United Kingdom – 2010 34,458 257,373 3,174 25.6% % change 16.4% 21.7% December “During 2010 van and truck registrations posted one of the strongest annual rates of growth ever, at 15.9%, as volumes started to recover from the recession,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. The van market rose in all but one month in 2010, boosted by better than expected business confidence and improved output from the construction sector. Truck registrations grew rapidly in the second half of 2010 and ended the year on par with 2009 levels. “While we still have a long way to go to get volumes back to pre-recession levels, we expect more growth in 2011 and 2012,” he continued.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more



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ExKorea international Jang gets life ban for matchfixing

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Ex-South Korea international Jang Hak-yong has received a lifetime ban from the Korea Football Association (KFA) after an attempt to fix a domestic league game.Jang, a left-back who played five times for South Korea and more than 300 domestic games before he retired in 2017, was arrested in September and sentenced to 10 months in jail. After Jang’s release he will be barred from participating in any soccer-related activities.The 37-year-old Jang met Lee Han-saem, a player with Asan Mugunghwa in the second division of the K-League, in September. He was found guilty of offering Lee 50 million won ($44,300) to receive a red card within the first 20 minutes of a game against Busan I’Park on Sept.22.Lee refused, informed the authorities and Jang was subsequently arrested. Lee received a reward of 70 million won ($62,000) from the KFA, which announced the sanction for Jang on Monday.Korean soccer is still recovering from a damaging match-fixing scandal during the 2011 K-League season that involved more than 50 players or former players.Other sports have been caught up in corruption. In 2016 police charged 21 people, including two pitchers, involved in South Korea’s professional baseball league.There have also been issues in the volleyball league with four players banned for life in 2012.John Duerden, The Associated Press read more



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Opinion Despite World Cup exit American soccer gaining momentum respect

Justen Woody, left, and Robert Driskill both of Fort Worth, Texas, cheer at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, as soccer fans watch the World Cup soccer match between the USA and Belgium on July 1. Belgium advanced, 2-1, in extra time.Credit: Courtesy of MCTSeldom does a defeat in international sport command the “respect” of a victorious opponent.“Two words.. TIM HOWARD#Respect#BelUSA,” Belgian captain Vincent Kompany tweeted less than an hour after his national team secured a Round of 16 World Cup win against the United States, 2-1, in extra time Tuesday.Kompany wasn’t just being a gracious winner, though.Howard, the U.S. goalkeeper, notched a World Cup record 16 saves in the contest against Belgium.FIFA only started officially recording saves statistically in 1966, but I think we can still revel in the fact that an American is on top of the record books in at least one category in soccer.An American record in international soccer, a sport that doesn’t even get a place on the podium of our national sports.Far more will come from the tournament run the U.S. just engineered than simply one memory of a titanic performance between the posts.A defeat that marked the second-straight Cup where Team USA has been knocked out of contention after getting to the elimination stage — an achievement by itself — may seem indicative to many that soccer just isn’t our thing.We can’t win the big one, right? Just like poor old Marty Schottenheimer when the NFL playoffs used to roll around for him. To those underwhelmed by and uninvolved in supporting the sport of soccer stateside, the loss to Belgium probably triggered eyerolls and shrugs of indifference.“The U.S. got just as far as it did in 2010 and fell flat on its face again? Not surprised,” says John Q. Indifferent.What the average soccer detractor doesn’t realize is the American squad showed in defeat that, while Europe’s elite teams may still be able to get the best of them, they’re just barely getting away with it in 2014.Even judging purely from this four-game World Cup résumé, the U.S. has shown it can hang with some of the greatest teams in the world for 90 minutes. Maybe even for 120 minutes, if need be, as was the case Tuesday at the Arena Fonte Nova.By managing to emerge from what was colloquially billed the “Group of Death” when FIFA announced the 32-team draw, Team USA defied both expectation and superstition.Experts widely predicted the U.S. to flounder against titans of the beautiful game and finish fourth out of four.Instead of wilting at the prospect of taking on nemesis Ghana, fourth-ranked Portugal and second-ranked Germany, the U.S. stepped up to the challenge and advanced as group G’s runner-up.They’d beaten a Ghana team that outplayed them for 85 minutes by a tally of 2-1. The win was worth far more to U.S. Soccer than just the three points it afforded them in the standings, though.Vanquishing the Black Stars — the team to send the U.S. home in 2006 and 2010 — eradicated talk of a curse of ineptitude, of an inability to win high-stakes matches.Fittingly, the unlikeliest of heroes won the day.Defender John Brooks, just 21 years old, unexpectedly saw playing time as a substitute at halftime because of an injury to defender Matt Besler. Brooks was making his fifth Team USA appearance when he took the field.For context, the Ghana game was captain Clint Dempsey’s 105th cap for the red, white and blue.Spotlight jitters? Please. Brooks scored the game-winner — his first international goal — in the 86th minute and put away the talented African opposition.The U.S. tied a stacked Portugal side that’s led by one of the world’s premier athletes in forward Cristiano Ronaldo, whom the defense stifled for most of the game.Let me say that again.When supposedly second-rate USA can restrict one of the best footballers on the planet to seven shots, 20 passes and one assist on the biggest of stages of international athletic competition, well, that doesn’t sound very second rate to me.In fact, the U.S. had a win nearly in hand. Portuguese midfielder Silvestre Varela’s goal off an admittedly impeccable cross by Ronaldo in the 95th minute for the tying score broke American hearts. Fans were devastated because advancement out of the group stage of the cup had been guaranteed with a win that proved suddenly elusive with 30 seconds left to play.But that’s the point. People cared. Finally, people cared and had a vested interest in how this soccer team, their soccer team, was faring.I took in the Portugal game at Fado Irish Pub in Columbus’ Easton Town Center, and what had been a joyous scene in the waning moments became a maudlin and crestfallen one when the Varela goal went in.The joy got sapped out of the room and I saw hands clutch heads and jaws drop.Disbelieving sighs and bewildered profanities showed me that people had taken ownership of this U.S. team with their full being.But I can tell you that people being absolutely crushed by a draw against one of the world’s football powers is an impressive and telling statement about how far this sport has come.Better yet, that we legitimately expect to win against one of the world’s football powers — and get vocally and visibly upset when we don’t — is proof that American soccer is on the upswing.As former national team star and ESPN analyst Alexi Lalas said moments after the Belgium game, “This loss, it’s gonna hurt. But tomorrow morning we’ll wake up, and I think that this team has provided a glimpse of the fact that there is a soccer culture in the United States. And it’s vibrant and it’s passionate, and ultimately, it will lead us to win a World Cup.”It’s a bold statement to end on. But millions of fans going nuts in parks, plazas and stadiums across the country while watching the U.S. on jumbotrons and projection screens are inclined to agree with Lalas.“I believe that we will win,” they chanted vibrantly, passionately. Even when it didn’t come true against Belgium, they still believed.Ultimately, the point to take away from this U.S. World Cup run and the years of progress that led up to it is linked to what Vincent Kompany earnestly told his Twitter followers Tuesday night.American soccer is alive and well, and it deserves your respect. read more



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WISLA TV about victory over Flensburg This is Orlen Arena

Orlen Wisla Plock Polish Orlen Wisla Plock made another great result after beating FC Barcelona two months ago. Manolo Cadenas boys overtook the third place in the EHF Champions League Preliminary Round Group by beating SG Flensburg in their last match.Orlen Wisla Plock will meet Macedonian TOP team RK Vardar Skopje at the beginning of knock-out stage. ← Previous Story GERMANY BELIEVES IN DANES: Jakob Vestergaard is new NT head-coach! Next Story → Nikola Karabatic and Eduarda Amorim – IHF World Handball Players 2014



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President Trump has already signed an executive order to begin dismantling Obamacare

first_img Vice President Pence looks on as Trump signs his first executive order. Vice President Pence looks on as Trump signs his first executive order. Image: Evan Vucci AP/Press Association Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article US PRESIDENT DONALD Trump has signed an executive order aimed at limiting the “burden” of the Obamacare health law that the incoming leader has vowed to repeal.During the signing in the Oval Office, Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus described the order as aimed at “minimizing the economic burden” of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, “pending repeal.”Doing away with Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement is a top priority for Republicans, who control both chambers of Congress and, following Trump’s inauguration yesterday, the White House.In their view, Obamacare – which aimed to ensure healthcare for the millions of Americans who are neither covered by public insurance, nor by their employers – marked a costly drift toward socialized, European-style medical care.Until lawmakers are able to repeal Obamacare, “it is imperative for the executive branch to… take all actions consistent with law to minimise the unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens of the Act, and prepare to afford the States more flexibility and control to create a more free and open healthcare market,” the executive order said.The order instructs the US health secretary and other departments and agencies to “exercise all authority and discretion available to them to waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement of the Act” that imposes a fiscal burden or other cost on a state, on consumers, on insurers or on a range of healthcare providers.Trump has pledged to start undoing the divisive health law on his first day in office, while also declaring it inconceivable that poor Americans are locked out of coverage.The president has said the law should be repealed and replaced “simultaneously,” a stiff challenge given the complexity of America’s vast health care system.Obamacare added more than 20 million people onto insurance rolls, lowering the percentage of Americans without coverage from 16 percent in 2010 to 8.9 percent last year.Republicans are pledging a repeal of Obamacare – which has been blamed for sharply rising insurance premiums – and rapid votes on a replacement bill in order to prevent gaps in coverage and reassure a restless insurance industry.Only one third of the US population is covered by public insurance – either Medicare, for those over age 65, or Medicaid for the poorest Americans.Half of all Americans are insured through their employers, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, while about seven percent are covered through the so-called individual market, which serves those who are self-employed or are employees without coverage through work.Obama’s solution rested largely on requiring that everyone be insured, and providing federal subsidies to those who cannot afford coverage.Republicans deemed the first requirement too coercive, and the latter too costly.© – AFP, 2017Read: ‘Yes we can’, but did he? The complex legacy of Barack ObamaRead: ‘We’ve really been milking this goodbye’ – Obama makes final speech before heading on holiday > Image: Evan Vucci AP/Press Association Images Share Tweet Email President Trump has already signed an executive order to begin dismantling Obamacare The order aims to “minimise the unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens” of Obamacare. Jan 21st 2017, 8:00 AM center_img By AFP Short URL 68 Comments Saturday 21 Jan 2017, 8:00 AM 27,465 Views http://jrnl.ie/3198080 last_img read more



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TNGs New Distribution Fees A GameChanger or the Same Old Game

first_imgOver the past week I have spoken about little else than the new fees coming in from TNG, formerly The News Group, the largest wholesaler group in North America and responsible for over half of the continent’s magazine newsstand distribution. The fees, imposed unilaterally and to be implemented right away, range from two cents a copy to eight cents a copy, with 131 publications exempt.  TNG is imposing these fees in a move that is eerily reminiscent of the fee-for-distribution that Anderson News Company attempted to impose in 2009. The fee imposed then was opposed by publishers and resulted in ANCO going out of business. There are differences now. And whatever the outcome is, it will be very different from that of the ANCO affair.Which is good, as no one wants another wholesaler group to go out of business. No partner in the newsstand distribution supply chain could afford that today. As an industry, we need to try to create a situation where every member of the distribution channel is healthy and profitable. But the situation troubles me, a lot, and for many reasons. Some aspects of this TNG mandate are game changers. Some are not. But the businesses most vulnerable to the consequences of these changes are the independent publishers.I have heard—and probably so have you—comments made by some that this industry will become stronger, healthier, and more profitable by the removal of the “clutter” of the little guys from the newsstand. The irony is that the growth and stabilization of revenues in our business over the last two decades or so has come from the rise of special interest publications. Haven’t these guys been paying attention?I am troubled by the ironies. And I am troubled by the game-changing aspects of this, and by the aspects that are not game-changing at all.I am troubled that the extra fees are not being negotiated—they are being applied. That’s a game-changer. Now, is there a possibility that a publisher could talk to TNG to discuss other ways of skinning this particular cat? There might be. But to do so each publisher needs to take his or her own initiative to bring a plan to TNG. The initial wave of correspondence doesn’t include an invitation to show up at TNG to discuss. But I would encourage you to do so.The fee is expected to be updated every six months. That means that publishers cannot know what they should expect to pay for distribution of their newsstand copies throughout the coming year. They will be charged at the will of TNG. Budgeting for revenues for a year will not be possible. Planning for what might come down the pike is impossible. That’s a game-changer. The formulas used for imposing the fees are not to be shared with the publishers that they affect. Consequently, publishers have no say in how these fees are imposed, no way of improving their financial picture in the agencies. That’s a game-changer.  Experience tells us that once those fees are imposed, we cannot expect them to be rolled back. Wholesalers are not known to reverse fees, once imposed. This is not just me grousing about life. This is an explicit policy on the part of the wholesaler community. That would be the same old game. However, I have been told on excellent authority that this game is changing as well, and not for the worse. The six-month re-evaluation is formula-based. If a publisher’s standing changes for the worse, per the formula, the fee gets higher. If it changes for the better, the fee gets lower. So that’s another game-changer.Of course, once the fees are imposed, they will obviously not be restricted to TNG. They will spread to other wholesalers, of which there are mostly only two. That is the same game. I’ve heard from some industry sources that these changes are expected to succeed because the business models of publishers don’t rely on newsstand as a source. Publishers, I am told, discount subscriptions dramatically, so they don’t need the circ cash. They make their money from advertising, so they can afford to pay higher circ fees. But the publishers for whom these outdated business models still hold true are in many cases the ones exempted from the TNG fee. Many of the publishers taking the brunt of these changes depend on each revenue-generating channel to be profitable in its own right. Creating assumptions based on business models of the very publishers that aren’t hit by the consequences? That’s both an irony, and the same old game.Where we are now is not any one company’s fault, but the fact remains: There are deep paradoxes involved in the concurrent consolidation of the distribution channel and the fragmentation of publishing and its consumption. I take the wholesalers at their word that they can’t afford to stay in business under the current model. And we ignore this reality at our peril. With a 10 percent loss year over year on a fixed-cost business, the agencies need to find a way to bring their business models into alignment with today’s newsstand realities. The costs of maintaining their truck fleets are huge; the costs of maintaining their merchandising teams are huge. Revenues are slipping. And we as publishers need for them to stay in business. But from the supplier side, publishers also need to stay in business as costs keep rising and revenues keep slipping. I’ve done the math. Many of the publishers affected are already getting the thinnest slice of remit for the newsstand sales of their products. From the point of view of the wholesaler, the game is not changing as much as it needs to. The fees levied are not enough to create the profit. They are not enough to fix a system that no longer works. They are seen as a bridge. Something to keep the distribution channel alive while the game is truly, finally changed.So here we stand, yet again, on the brink of big sweeping changes, on the brink of a whole new way of doing business, and we still don’t know what it’s going to look like. But for today the changes are going to be about who can afford to stay in the game, who is going to leave, what counts as a “little” publisher and what the medium-sized publishers who don’t make the top 131 are going to do.Some are going to go with TNG’s plan. Some will talk about alternative plans, ones that meet the goals of the suppliers as well as their distribution partners, ones that keep the balls in play for at least a while longer. And some are already speaking to book distributors, direct distributors, and retailers directly. Companies are going to disappear from the system as we know it. Most—but not all—will be publishers. One thing that will not change is that publishers will continue to produce quality content that people want to read. And they will continue to find a way to get it into their audiences’ hands.The details of how that will happen are under advisement.last_img read more



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Uber Standard Chartered Bank announce cashback for rides in India Singapore Malaysia

first_imgCab hailing aggregator Uber and London-based Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) announced a tie-up on Monday that will enable the bank’s credit cardholders in six countries to get up to 25 percent cashback on Uber rides.SCB cardholders in India, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the UAE will be able to get cashback on all global rides, SCB said in a press statement on Monday.The offer is available to all SCB cardholders in Singapore, Malaysia, India and Vietnam, Indonesia from Oct.1, while the date of availability for UAE cardholders will be announced “in the near future,” the bank said.In India, SCB cardholders will receive 20 per cent cash-back on all Uber rides, subject to a cashback cap of Rs 600 per per month.”There has been a dramatic shift towards digital and cashless payments across the region and we are seeing success in the seamless integration of the Bank’s services in our clients’ everyday life,” Sebastian Arcuri, Regional Head, Retail Banking, ASEAN and South Asia, Standard Chartered Bank said.Uber said that th tie-up will bring “more value” to SCB credit cardholders.”We look forward to welcoming cardholders as first-time Uber riders to join over 50 million riders globally to experience the ridesharing revolution,” Chan Park, Uber’s Regional General Manager for Southeast Asia, said.Uber had announced a tie-up with American Express Bank last month benefitting the bank’s credit cardholders. “The tie-up allows AmEx to integrate its Corporate Card programs with Uber’s corporate platform ‘Uber for Business,'” the taxi-hailing aggregator said in a statement on Sept. 28, 2016.San Francisco-based Uber claims it has over 50,000 business enterprises worldwide that use “Uber for Business” for their mobility solutions. Billed as the “most valuable start-up” at about $66 billion, Uber’s operations in India cover 28 cities and is a significant market. “India accounts for 12% of all rides on our platform globally and there remains tremendous potential,” Amit Jain, Uber India president, told Bloomberg.last_img read more



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Tips For Staying Healthy When Traveling Abroad

first_imgMeredith Rizzo/ NPRHeading someplace where you could get traveler’s diarrhea? Try packing some prophylactic pills containing bismuth subsalicylate, such as Pepto BismolWhen planning a summer trip abroad, it’s easy to think, “Oh, I’ll just hop over to a travel clinic, and they’ll tell me everything I need to know — and do — to keep from getting sick.”But that’s not always the case.A study published last week in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that travel clinics missed giving the measles vaccine to about half of eligible travelers.For nearly a third of the missed cases, doctors or nurses simply didn’t offer the vaccine, even though measles is a problem in many parts of the world, including Western Europe and Mexico.“That’s very unfortunate,” says Capt. Gary Burnett, who leads the Traveler’s Health branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “A traveler can be very easily exposed to measles around the world. That risk is very real.”With international travel, Burnette says it’s best to figure out what you need before you go to the clinic, and then discuss the items with your doctor.So, to kick off the summer travel season, we’re offering two tips that are often overlooked by clinicians.1. Pack the pink pillsLet’s start with what you’re most likely to suffer from while traveling: food poisoning. About a quarter of travelers will get gastrointestinal problems within the first two weeks of an international trip, studies have found.The major advice clinics give is, “Watch what you eat.” The CDC even has an app to help you decide whether or not to put that raw cheese or carnitas into your mouth.The app is appropriately name “Can I Eat This?”That strategy won’t hurt, but also might not help. Science just doesn’t back it up, says Daniel Leung, an infectious disease doctor at the University of Utah.“There have been only a few studies on the topic, and they’ve shown that dietary discretion does not seem to change the risk of getting traveler’s diarrhea,” Leung says. “Even people who are eating street food or aren’t being very careful may not be at higher risk.”But science does support another strategy; a prophylaxis that clinicians often overlook. We even missed it when we reported on this topic back in 2015.It’s cheap, safe and … it’s a beautiful pink color.Yep, I’m talking about Pepto Bismol, or any generic alternative with the same active ingredient, bismuth subsalicylate.Back in 1987, a study found that two tablets of Pepto Bismol tablets, taken four times a day, cut the risk of traveler’s diarrhea by more than 60 percent. The pills dropped the risk from 40 percent to only 14 percent.The study wasn’t super big, just 182 students traveling to Guadalajara, Mexico, but it was a randomized, placebo-controlled study, which is the gold standard design for medical trials. And it showed a dose-dependent effect. A lower dose of one tablet, four times a day reduced the risk by 40 percent rather than 60 percent.“The findings showed fairly clearly that Pepto Bismol is effective at preventing diarrhea,” Leung says.So why don’t we hear more often about this strategy?“For one thing, the study is old,” Leung says. “A second might be because drug companies don’t widely market Pepto Bismol.”And some travelers might find it tough to take pills four times a day, he says.But even less frequent doses might be helpful, Leung says. Bismuth subsalicylate is known to have antimicrobial properties, and it may actually form a protective layer on top of the intestinal wall.If you do get sick, Leung says, the pink pills may come in handy again. Bismuth subsalicylate can shorten the duration of a bout of diarrhea, and is a good alternative to antibiotics, Leung says.2. Remember the routine vaccinesThere’s a good chance you might need a vaccine, says Burnette, even if you’re just headed for a quick trip to Europe or the U.K.That’s because the CDC recommends that all international travelers be up to date on “routine vaccines,” no matter the destination.“You know, we try to stress this, with both travelers and clinicians, because some clinicians won’t check to see if you’ve completed routine vaccinations, such as the measles,” Burnette says.Routine immunizations are the ones we get as children. The list is long. It includes about a dozen vaccines, everything from the pneumonia and whooping cough vaccines to those for Hepatitis A and B.When you add onto this list any shots recommended for your specific destination, the list of possible vaccines can get complicated.Plus, the CDC’s recommendations often get updated. Just a few weeks ago, the agency officially started recommending the cholera vaccine for travelers headed to places with ongoing outbreaks. And last month, they warned of a potential yellow vaccine shortage.To make sure your clinician gets the list right for your specific trip, Burnette recommends using the CDC’s new travel app, called Trav Well.Users type their destination and time of travel into the app, and it tells them what they need to do to prepare.“It will suggest the vaccines and medications you probably need, and it will ask you to take those recommendations to your doctor about four to six weeks before you travel,” Burnette says. “I think it’s very helpful and can certainly make the whole process of preparing for trip a lot easier.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more



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Clear Coke was Given to a Soviet General to Make it Look

first_imgConsumers aren’t always happy when they can’t get their favorite brand in their home countries. How far will a company go to extend its reach? In the case of the Coca-Cola Company, pretty far. According to ThoughtCo., Marshal Georgy Zhukov was a long-time military hero in Russia.After the 1917 October Revolution, Zhukov joined the Bolshevik party and the Red Army. He fought and was decorated for his actions in the Russian Civil War.Georgy Konstantinovich ZhukovDuring World War Two, he was appointed chief of staff of the Red Army and led the forces that repelled the Germans from their attempted takeover of Moscow and was instrumental in the defense of the city of Stalingrad as well. Finally, serving as commander in chief of the Western Front, he spearheaded the Russian push into Germany.After the war, he served first as deputy defense minister, and the later moved into the role of minister. During WWII he also was introduced to — and really enjoyed — Coca-Cola.Vintage Coca Cola Bottles. Photo by cielodlp CC BY 2.0Coke was easy to get during the war, even when you were in a combat zone. According to knowledgenuts.com, in 1943, General Dwight D. Eisenhower asked the Coca-Cola Company to put 10 bottling plants in North Africa, and the brand was heavily marketed to soldiers.A model posing with a bottle of Coca-Cola in the 1930s. Photo by Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesSome of the ads from the period used slogans like “Coca-Cola, the Drink That Fights Back.” By the war’s close, there were at least 60 bottling plants scattered around Europe and the Pacific, and all were located near the front lines.Because the soda was so widely available, it was inevitable that Zhukov would try it eventually. In fact, he got his first bottle from Eisenhower himself.Zhukov took to the sweet drink like a duck to water, but he knew, at the war’s end, that his soda habit was in peril. The Coca Cola brand was too firmly linked to America to have the approval of the Soviet government, which viewed it as a symbol of American capitalist values so the drink was banned from the Soviet Union.General Dwight D. Eisenhower, cover of LIFE magazine, June 19, 1944.Zhukov really didn’t want to give up his new favorite drink, so he did the only thing that made sense to him; he approached President Harry Truman for help. He asked if Truman could send him a secret hoard of the soda, but with a few special tweaks.If Zhukov was caught with the signature bottles, Stalin could easily send him to the gulag, so Truman agreed to approach the Coca-Cola Company and ask them to help the war hero find a solution.Coca Cola.There were two major things that gave Coca Cola the signature look that would be a giveaway – the dark brown color, and the signature curvy shape of its bottles.One of the company’s chemists played around with the recipe until he found a way for it to taste right without the caramel-color syrup that gave the soda its color, leaving the soda clear.A new, straight-sided bottle was designed, and it was topped with a red Soviet star on its white cap, and voila – White Coke was born. To the casual observer, it looked like he was drinking vodka, which was perfectly acceptable to the Soviet regime.It wasn’t very long after White Coke’s creation that Zhukov lost the favor of the Communist Party. In 1957 he was forced out of his position in the government and remained out of favor until his death in 1974.Read another story from us: The Mystery of Coca Cola’s Secret FormulaJust a year before Zhukov died, Pepsi first became available in the USSR, although it wouldn’t be until 1985 that Coca Cola would join it, caramel color, curvy bottle, and all.last_img read more



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This CarSwallowing Contraption Is Actually a Futuristic City Bus

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. May 26, 2016 Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img 2 min read UPDATE: China’s Car-Swallowing Bus Is Apparently for RealAt first glance, this thing looks like some sci-fi contraption that swallows up cars. Actually, the idea is a lot less aggressive. It’s the city bus of the future.Plans for this elevated bus were unveiled at the recent China Beijing International High-Tech Expo, according to the Shanghaiist. The basic idea is that passengers can ride higher up, allowing usual traffic to pass by underneath.Related: All You Need to Control This Wheelchair Is Your FaceOne can imagine that the people behind this project are aiming to reduce traffic problems and congestion on Chinese roadways.In the video above, the model appears to be moving along a set of rails in the road. Sort of one part bus, one part trolly, and a whole lotta weird. Each bus could someday hold as many as 1,200 people, the project’s engineers said at the big tech event.These buses could start showing up in China before the end of the year, the report says.Related: Swap Your Swiffer for This Dust-Zapping Tool Inspired by LizardsI don’t know about you, but if I saw this thing in my rearview, barreling down at me, I’d pray I had some adult diapers in my glove compartment, if you know what I mean.last_img read more



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Kulm Hotel St Moritz is named Switzerlands Gault Millau Hotel of the

first_imgKulm Hotel St. Moritz is named Switzerland’s Gault Millau Hotel of the Year 2018Kulm Hotel St. Moritz is named Switzerland’s Gault Millau Hotel of the Year 2018Gault Millau Switzerland and sponsor Carl F. Bucherer have named the legendary Kulm Hotel St. Moritz (www.kulm.com) “Hotel of the Year 2018”. In an official ceremony held on Monday 28th August, the luxury hotel was awarded the prestigious title by Sascha Moeri, CEO of Carl F. Bucherer, and Urs Heller, chief editor of Gault Millau Switzerland. The Kulm was praised by the judges for its exceptional culinary offerings, outstanding service standards, stunning location with breathtaking views of the Engadine Valley, striking new rooms by Pierre-Yves Rochon and its wide-ranging health and fitness offering, including its spectacular modern spa.Gault Millau, founded in 1969 by two French restaurant critics, is among the most influential restaurant guides on the international gourmet scene and places great emphasis, therefore, on the cuisine offered by hotels when making its annual award selection. The Kulm Hotel stood out in 2017 for a variety of reasons including the opening in January of the Kulm Country Club, which had an innovative launch concept that saw different Michelin starred chefs from around the world, such as Daniel Humm, Nenad Mlinarevic and Mauro Colagreco, “pop up” to cook in the restaurant.Planning is already in place for more guest chefs to visit the Kulm in the upcoming winter season, including Germany’s two-starred Michelin chef Tim Raue with his Asian-inspired food who will be at the K – the Kulm’s fine dining restaurant.The last year also saw the F&B operations at the Kulm Hotel taken over by a new head chef, Mauro Taufer, who came to the property with excellent experience gained at the Hotel Gritti Palace and Hotel Danieli, both in Venice, as well as a warm and welcoming professional style, and an aptitude for hiring the right talent for the right job.Taufer oversees the Kulm’s varied culinary concept, which includes five restaurants (the half-board Grand Restaurant, the Gourmet Restaurant the K, the Italian Pizzeria, Chesa al Parc serving local Engadine specialities and the Sunny Bar, which plays host to Peruvian chef Claudia Canessa in the evenings), in addition to the newly-opened Kulm Country Club. Furthermore, the Kulm’s “Dine Around” programme operated in conjunction with sister property Grand Hotel Kronenhof (www.kronenhof.com) means that guests have access to another three restaurants. Two of these restaurants, the Grand at the Kulm and the Grand at the Kronenhof, provide half-board meals of an exceptional standard for guests.The ongoing investment in the Kulm Hotel was also an important factor in choosing the property as “Hotel of the Year”.  Some of the major innovations of the last decade are the 2000 square metre Kulm Spa St. Moritz, which was unveiled in 2012 following a CHF12 million investment; the refurbishment of the NeuKulm building with interiors by internationally renowned designer Pierre-Yves Rochon and, of course, the opening of the Kulm Country Club, created from an historic Ice Pavilion that had lain unused since the 1980s.And last but by no means least, Gault Millau recognised the enormous input, energy and friendly nature of the Kulm team, led by Heinz E. and Jenny Hunkeler, who are the only General Managers ever to pick up the coveted Hotel of the Year award twice. The Hunkelers have been at the helm of the Kulm Hotel since March 2013 and were previously at sister property Grand Hotel Kronenhof, when it was named GaultMillau Hotel of the Year in 2009.On accepting the award, Heinz E. Hunkeler said, “We are delighted to receive this outstanding award on behalf of the entire team at the Kulm Hotel St. Moritz, who work tirelessly alongside us to ensure that our guests have an outstanding stay with us. From the moment they arrive to the moment they depart, the concierge desk, the house-keeping team, the kitchen and restaurant staff, and the spa team, do their utmost to look after the guests, a fact that is reflected by the hotel winning the highly respected Gault Millau “Hotel of the Year” title.”For more information, visit the website www.kulm.com or contact the Kulm Hotel St. Moritz team by phone on +41 (0) 81 836 80 00 or by e-mail on info@kulm.comSource = Kulm Hotel St. Moritzlast_img read more



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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Feb 4, 2019 9:56 am PDT FILE – In this Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016 file photo, actor Liam Neeson poses for photographers upon his arrival at the premiere of the film ‘Hunt For The Wilderpeople’ in London. Liam Neeson says he had violent thoughts some time ago about killing a black person after learning that someone close to him had been raped. The Northern Ireland-born actor says that after being told the attacker was black he “went up and down areas with a” stick or truncheon hoping a black person “would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could kill him.” (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP, file) Liam Neeson admits he wanted to kill after friend was raped AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON — Liam Neeson says he’s ashamed to admit he had violent thoughts about killing a black person after learning that someone close to him had been raped.Neeson says that after being told the attacker was black, he “went up and down areas with a cosh (stick or truncheon)” hoping a black person “would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could kill him.”The Northern Ireland-born actor recounted the story in an interview published Monday in The Independent while promoting the movie “Cold Pursuit.” He said the incident happened some time ago.Neeson called his reaction “horrible,” saying it taught him a lesson about the “primal need” for revenge.Neeson’s publicist didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.The Associated Presslast_img read more



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It is not like CERN—this year celebrating its 60th anniversary—which is settled and stable and operates smoothly. a former chairman of Abadam local council of Borno state. when he teased the Reform Party into talking about making him their nominee. They should “be commendednot imprisonedfor their work exposing human rights violations & mass killings,” Melissa Schwartz, Last week, including the human phrases “hello” and “one, “Nigeria. "But the record is clear: This approach has failed time and time again. “I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election if I win.

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Passengers trapped in Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station on Feb 1 due to train delays.iyengar@timeasia. Haryana, It led to severe air pollution in National Capital Region and its neighbouring areas in the past few years, As the WHO statement details, officials who are unfamiliar with how science operates.

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who was arrested for distributing condoms among MSM (men who have sex with men) population in Lucknow’s Charbagh area.He along with some others were arrested on the grounds of promoting homosexuality under section 377 The Supreme Court bench started hearing petitions on Section 377 on Tuesday Arguing for lead petitioner Navtej Singh Johar senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi on Tuesday said: "Ramifications of this case is not just on sexuality it will have an impact on how society looks at these people about perception about livelihood and jobs for such people" Rohatgi further told the bench that the issue of sexual orientation and gender are different "This case deals only with sexual orientation and has nothing to do with gender We are saying that this is not a matter of choice but it is something innate and we are born with it" "It uses the word ‘order of nature’ What is this order It is the Victorian morals of 1860s" argued Rohatgi emphasised that ancient Indian order was very different "Our order is much older" Rohatgi said and pointed to Shikhandi in Mahabharata "This order itself is natural is that your point" Justice Nariman asked Senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi appeared for the lead petitioner Navtej Singh Johar while senior advocate Anand Grover represented petitioners Arif Jafar Ashok Row Kavi and intervenor Naz Foundation There are six substantive writ petitions along with multiple intervention applications challenging validity of Section 377 of IPC Here are the details of the cases: 1) Navtej Singh Johar versus Union of India (UOI) WP (Crl) No 76/2016 2) Akkai Padmashali versus Union of India WP(C) No 572/2016 3) Keshav Suri versus Union of India WP (Crl) No 88 of 2018 4) Arif Jafar versus Union of India WP(Crl) No 100/2/18 5) Ashok Row Kavi and others versus Union of India WP(Crl) No 101/2018 6) Anwesh Pokkuluri versus Union of India WP (Crl) No 121/2018 With inputs from Bar and Bench and The Leaflet 2010. But if both neighboring amino acids are mutated at the same time, instead of waiting for the experimentalists,"At this point in time, the Business Day staff, freed from jail, including several cities in Florida. 2013, "I wondered if I should write the final chapter to my story at Juventus.

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Slovakia said Monday that 220 extra officers have been deployed at border crossings and along the border. rather than a cure.m. Allegri recalled veteran duo Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Barzagli after they were left out for Sunday’s 3-2 defeat at Sampdoria following Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup. and despite Chhillar missing a chunk of the league, when a journalist accused Uber of "sexism and misogyny. read more



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