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UN agency urges SouthEast Asia to take prompt action against dengue fever

“Vector control, such as the control of mosquito breeding in domestic and peri-domestic areas, is imperative for prevention of dengue,” said Jai P. Narain, Director of Communicable Diseases at the UN World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for South-East Asia. “This requires the full participation and mobilization of the community at the individual and household level.” The number of reported cases has increased in Indonesia, Myanmar and Thailand. Indonesia has had twice the number, compared to 45,777 during the same period in 2005. Myanmar and Thailand are seeing increases of 29 per cent and 17 per cent respectively.Many other Asian and Pacific countries are already facing an unprecedented increase. Experience from previous years shows that in countries such as India, including the capital, New Delhi, dengue outbreaks begin to increase from August onwards soon after the monsoons. “Dengue is a man-made problem related to human behaviour,” which is affected by “globalization, rapid unplanned and unregulated urban development, poor water storage and unsatisfactory sanitary conditions,” according to WHO Regional Director Samlee Plianbangchang. “These factors provide an increase in the breeding habitats of the mosquito.” The virus spreads through the bite of the infectious female Aedes mosquito, primarily Aedes aegypti. Since dengue and dengue haemorrhagic fever are ecological diseases, prevention is the key to effective control. Surveillance of vectors and the disease are both very critical because outbreaks are generally preceded by increased vector populations. Individuals, families, community support groups, self-help groups, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), local authorities and health departments need to work together to address the current situation because dengue is everyone’s concern, WHO said. Individuals can take simple steps such as emptying all water containers at least once a week and ridding their surroundings of containers that collect rain water, which will help to prevent the laying of eggs by the mosquitoes that are the dengue vector. Aedes mosquitoes bite only in the daytime, unlike malaria-carrying mosquitoes. Often persons infected with dengue suffer from mild flu-like symptoms, and may not realize they have the disease. Aside from joint pain, dengue victims experience rashes, nausea and headaches. But some also suffer a potentially fatal form called dengue haemorrhagic fever, which causes internal bleeding and circulatory failure. Aspirin should be avoided in cases of dengue fever as it is known to increase the tendency to bleed. No vaccine has yet been found for any of the four strains of the virus, and none of the four confer immunity from the others. 9 August 2007The United Nations health agency today called on South-East Asian countries to take prompt action to prevent and contain mounting outbreaks of dengue fever, a potentially fatal flu-like viral illness spread by mosquitoes breeding in artificial containers and improperly managed garbage. read more

Small business owners advice for expanding in a downturn

NEW YORK — Many small business owners decide to expand their companies even as they see the economy starting to slow, but some are proceeding with caution. Here are tips from owners and consultants about how to expand in a downturn:— Keep a lot of cash in the bank. “Before you start taking risks, make sure you have a comfortable amount of reserves,” says Gene Marks, owner of The Marks Group, a small business consulting firm in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. Even companies that aren’t expanding need extra cash in the event of a downturn. And if you do expand, don’t go too heavily into your reserves to fund it.— Be selective about who you work for. Screening customer and client prospects to improve your chances of having those who pay on time and won’t flee when the economy weakens can help keep cash flow healthy. Monica Guzman Escobar, owner of Los Angeles-based public relations firm Startr Co., interviews her prospects to be sure they’re serious, well-funded and well-managed.“You can never be 100% certain of this, but by doing our homework in advance, we hope to work with clients who are also being strategic and smart about the future so that we do not grow our business around instability,” Escobar says.— Expand in a way that will make your business more recession-resistant. Jacob Landis-Eigsti, owner of Jacob LE Video Production in Lakewood, Colorado, wants to bring in more revenue, but he’s focusing more on consulting rather than video production. Consulting pays more, and clients are more likely to need that kind of service rather than video production in a downturn.— Don’t be cautious to the point where you unnecessarily inhibit your growth. Owners may be conservative about expanding their payrolls, not wanting to take on more expense or risk. But Marks advises, “never walk away from a really good strategic hire. Find a way to make it work.”_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.comJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press read more

As Burundi elections draw near Ban sends Special Envoy in support of

“The Secretary-General has requested [Mr. Bathily] to offer good offices in Burundi in support of regional efforts to reduce tensions and help Burundians peacefully settle their differences. Special Representative… will work closely with the African Union, the East African Community and the International Conference for the Great Lakes Region. He will arrive in Bujumbura on Sunday, 21 June”, reads a statement from the UN Spokesperson.The UN Chief also welcomed the communiqué of the meeting of the African Union Peace and Security Council, held on 13 June, at the level of Heads of State and Government, which provides “a clear way forward towards peaceful and credible elections in Burundi.”Mr. Ban expressed deep gratitude to his Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Said Djinnit, for his “tireless efforts” “impartially” facilitating the dialogue among Burundian stakeholders during May and June of this year. As elections draw near, the Secretary-General called on all Burundian political leaders to address the current political crisis with the highest sense of responsibility, urging them to resume political dialogue “earnestly”, with a view to creating an environment conducive for peaceful, credible and inclusive elections. Burundi’s elections are scheduled for July 15. read more

UN reports slow womens political parity launches latest Women in Politics map

The number of women Heads of State or Heads of Government fell from 19 to 17 since 2015, and progress in the number of women in parliament continues to be slow, according to the Women in Politics Map launched today by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women.“What is democracy? Is it people for the people, or men for the people,” Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, told journalists in New York. She spoke alongside Martin Chungong, Secretary-General of the IPU.The Union, established in 1889, is the focal point for world-wide parliamentary dialogue and works for peace and co-operation among peoples and for the firm establishment of representative democracy. The IPU supports the efforts of and works in close cooperation with the UN on relevant objectives. IPU data shows that the global average of women in national parliaments increased just slightly from 22.6 per cent in 2015 to 23.3 per cent in 2016. The number of female Speakers of the House, however, is up to the highest so far, with 53 out of 273 posts.“Political campaigns are expensive,” said Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka identifying some of the challenges facing women who run for office. “Political parties are male dominated. When there isn’t a specific measure in place, women fall off the ground. Men tend to choose those who are made in their own image.”VIDEO: UN Women’s Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, emphasises the need to overcome challenges and stereotypes faced by women when running for office.She noted that some women also experience pushback from men, including physical violence, taunting and bullying; while the media sometimes focuses too much on women’s physical attributes rather than their experiences and political platforms.“In 2016, we saw confirmation of a trend we had been seeing, when it comes to representation of women in parliament, there is progress but the progress is excruciatingly slow. At this rate, it will take 50 years to reach 50-50 parity,” Mr. Chungong told the press. “This is a warning signal; we have to do something about this.” Regional snapshot of women’s political powerRegionally, women’s representation in the Americas made the most significant gains, according to a press release from UN Women. Women’s participation in parliaments rose to 25 per cent from 22.4 per cent in 2015, even as the region saw a drop in Heads of State with the Presidents of Brazil and Argentina leaving office. Female ministers in Africa saw a decline in numbers, after years of steady growth. About 19.7 per cent of the region’s ministerial posts are held by women.In Asia, women hold 11 per cent of ministerial posts, led by Indonesia whose Government is comprised of 25.7 per cent women.Among the Arab States, 9.7 per cent of senior executive posts are held by women, led by Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates, at 23.1 per cent and 26.7 per cent, respectively.In Europe, the total percentage stood at 22.5 per cent. A surprise came from the Nordic countries which have traditionally led the global stage in politics, but whose number of female ministers fell by more than six per cent to 43.5 per cent. Source: UN WomenRegional snapshot of women’s political powerToday’s report was launched on the sidelines of the 61st Commission on the Status of Women, known as the largest inter-governmental forum on women’s rights and gender equality. The theme this year is on women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work.A common theme throughout the Commission has been the gender pay gap. Women on average are paid 77 cents for every one dollar earned by a man.To highlight the 23 per cent disparity, the Commission is expected today to pause at 4:10pm, when there is 23 per cent of the work-day left. Symbolically, coffee and tea will be served, as a sign of relaxation and to mark the end of the work day in coffee cups with the following slogan on their sleeves: “EQUAL PAY NOW #CSW61.” Yesterday, the UN launched the Equal Pay Platform of Champions with support from actress Patricia Arquette and athlete Abby Wambach, among others.UN Women has also launched the #StopTheRobbery campaign, which blacks out 23 per cent of characters from twitter messages in support of income equality. read more

Tressel Buckeyes know exactly what to expect from Iowa

The No. 9-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes hit the road for the fourth and final time this season on Saturday as they travel to Iowa. Following a slow start to last week’s contest against Penn State, OSU coach Jim Tressel and his players said they look to fix mistakes heading into Iowa. “I think for us it’s just important that we come out ready to go and not flat like Wisconsin or this last weekend,” senior kicker Devin Barclay said. “I think we do our best when we come out ready to play and we set the tone right away.” Tressel said the Buckeyes know exactly what to expect from the Hawkeyes. “They do what they do and they do it so well,” Tressel said. “They’re very, very physical at what they do, and the schemes back that.” Revenge for the Hawkeyes Last year, with a trip to the 2010 Rose Bowl on the line for both squads, the Buckeyes escaped with a 27-24 overtime victory. OSU wide receiver DeVier Posey said he expects Iowa to come out eager for revenge. “I know those guys don’t have amnesia. They remember the last time we went against them,” Posey said. “They probably felt like we slipped away with an easy one, slipped away with a win because Ricky Stanzi got hurt the week before we played them, and the running back got hurt as well, so they … probably feel like they can beat us on their home turf.” New experience This will be the Buckeyes’ first time playing in Iowa since 2006. Although OSU is familiar with this Iowa team from last year’s game, Tressel said his team will face a tough task in Kinnick Stadium. “The veterans know what lies ahead because they have played against Iowa,” Tressel said. “I don’t know if any of our guys have played at Iowa City. I don’t know if any of those fifth-year seniors were playing as true freshmen that particular year, but they’re in for a heck of an experience and a heck of a challenge.” Barclay said he knows little about the atmosphere at Kinnick Stadium, but the game will be challenging, like all road games in the Big Ten. Special teams key to road success The Buckeyes have struggled on the road at times this season, with a 2-1 record away from the Horseshoe. “When you’re on the road, you better play solid in your special teams to give yourselves a chance,” Tressel said. “Now, that doesn’t guarantee anything, but you can almost guarantee that if you play poorly in the special teams that you’re not going to be successful on the road.” The OSU special teams unit has had its share of ups and downs, but Barclay said he believes the unit is moving in the right direction. “The kicks were deeper, higher, better,” Barclay said of last week’s special teams performance against Penn State. Buckeye line vs. Adrian Clayborn OSU will face one of the premier defensive lines in the nation Saturday in the Hawkeyes, including 2009 first team all-Big Ten performer Adrian Clayborn. “They’re just very, very powerful and very consistent. In games where you might have a 7-yard run, against them it’s 3,” Tressel said. Tressel said he has been impressed with his offensive line’s play as of late, but Saturday will be yet another challenge. He said there are two factors for an effective offense Saturday. “One is if you can rush the ball effectively and, two, if you end the day and there aren’t sacks, that’s a big deal,” Tressel said. “And to have both of those things come true on Saturday will be a tremendous challenge because these folks get after the passer and they play the run.” read more

Dyno Nobel receives NMAs CORESafety Certification

first_imgThe National Mining Association (NMA) has recognized Dyno Nobel’s achievement of independent certification under its CORESafety® system. Dyno Nobel Inc, a global manufacturer of explosives, is the first non-mining company to receive independent certification under NMA’s signature safety program. “The safety and health of our employees and contractors extends far beyond the mines – it’s a core value of the numerous supporting companies that make mining possible,” said Hal Quinn, President and CEO of NMA. “With this certification, Dyno Nobel has not only proven its commitment to continuously improving safety and health at its operations, but also marked a significant milestone. We are encouraged by Dyno Nobel’s efforts and hope that it inspires other companies serving the mining industry to take the CORESafety pledge and complete certification.”“Dyno Nobel is proud to achieve this level of safety certification, and reaffirms our core value of Zero Harm for Everyone Everyday”, said Nick Stratford, President of Dyno Nobel Americas. “Zero Harm is the foundation of our company’s culture and we engage with each employee every day through reinforcement of safety behaviours like Take5!, our five-step risk assessment tool, Safety Shares at every meeting, and many other activities, to ensure the safety of everyone, every day is lived as our top priority.” CORESafety’s approach to safety and health emphasizes accident prevention using a risk-based management system anchored in leadership, management and assurance. The CORESafety framework is designed to go beyond what is required by regulations, focusing on a goal of continuous improvement. Its objective is zero fatalities and a 50 percent reduction in mining’s injury rate within five years of implementation. Since its inception in 2011, CORESafety participants have seen a 74 percent reduction in fatalities.CORESafety is a voluntary safety and health initiative developed and facilitated by the NMA, the U.S. mining industry’s national trade association. CORESafety participants agree to: commit to the CORESafety system; implement a functionally-equivalent version of the CORESafety safety and health management system; submit to NMA annual self-assessments of progress toward implementation of the CORESafety safety and health management system; and, if the company elects to become or maintain CORESafety certification, complete a third-party assessment of its safety and health management system to verify that it is functionally equivalent to CORESafety and submit the assessment report to NMA. Tom Hethmon, principal at Hethmon Associates, conducted the independent audit for Dyno Nobel.last_img read more

7 things youd forgotten about the bloody rain

first_imgIt’s supposed to clear by Friday. Up to 21 degrees by the weekend they say.Now all we have to look forward to is competition with your family/friends/coworkers about who was the earliest to put on the heating. Source: Shutterstock.comHere are all the things we’ve blocked out about autumn rain…1. Wet feetIt seems so simple, but it’s easy to forget the sheer misery of soggy socks, shoes stuffed with newspaper, and the day-long fear that you smell like wet dog.There is, of course, the satisfaction of showing your co-workers/friends/family just how wet you are. The ‘I’m wetter than you’ conversation Source: Shutterstock.com2. Ankle flapsIf you’re unlucky, and wearing trousers of the bootcut variety, the water will travel up around your ankles, causing the fabric to flap unpleasantly as you walk.If you’re REALLY unlucky The Wet will creep up past your calves to the back of your knees. Source: Imgur3. The chatIt’s a fierce wet rain, isn’t it WELL, IT’S HERE.The first ‘proper’ rain of the autumn for most parts of the country.Sure, it rained over the summer. It rained lots. But it was the kind of rain where you could look out the window and say: Sure you won’t melt Source: ImgurOh, is it raining? 4. Street juicePicture the scene…You’re hurrying home through the rain, dodging umbrellas and puddles.You’re almost there when… SQUELCH!A paving stone gives way slightly, and a gush of street juice emerges, soaking your foot and ankle.Sick. Source: Shutterstock.com5. Umbrella rage Source: jontintinjordan Source: jontintinjordan Source: AndrewDallos6. No raincoatIrish people love defying the weather and leaving the house without a raincoat. We love it.WHAT’S WRONG WITH US?7. Leaf or dogsh*t?That’s what goes through your head for a split second when you slip on something in the rain.Now, stick on some techno and look at this for the next five minutes to cheer yourself up… Source: Imgur10 reasons why we should welcome the rain> Breaking Bad’s Walt Jr gave Ireland a shout-out last night>last_img read more

Christmas comes early for the GOCSA

first_imgChristmas is a time for giving, and the South Australian Government has demonstrated that with a $200,000 grant to the long-standing Greek Orthodox Community of SA (GOCSA).The news was announced by State Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis on Thursday 15 December during the Community’s annual volunteers Christmas dinner at Olympic Hall, which will be restored by the grant to current building standards. “This is our Government’s small gesture to you to say thank you for all the hard work you do,” Mr Koutsantonis said.The venue dates back to the early 1960s, when it was the centre of all activities for the general Greek community and to this day holds fond memories for all who attended functions there. GOCSA President Bill Gonis was extremely pleased with the news and took the opportunity to thank Mr Koutsantonis and the State Government again for the gesture. “We are very grateful for the State Government thinking of us and giving us the grant,” Mr Gonis told Neos Kosmos.“And of course it means a lot to the community because in this day and age it’s so hard to get government grants. Especially at this time of year, we’re in the spirit of Christmas, and we were extremely happy with that and it will of course be going to good use, upgrading our Olympic Hall.”The annual dinner was a chance for the community to show its appreciation to the many volunteers who work tirelessly throughout the year to make the organisation the success that it is today.The evening commenced with a welcome and introduction by MC Himo Tsakalos, followed by a warm Christmas address by Mr Gonis who thanked all the volunteers for their efforts. “These volunteers strengthen and support the Greek community and in so doing the South Australian community as a whole is much better for it,” Mr Gonis said. During the night, students from the community’s Greek schools who excelled were awarded, including high achieving undergraduate students from Flinders University with the Con Marinos Awards.Marialena Terzaki was awarded for her thesis ‘The Novel as Textbook: Using Literature as a Teaching Material to Teach Greek as a Foreign Language to Adults’ and Ira Herbold from the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences for her essay titled ‘Epistemology Wars: Knowledge and cultural imperialism in the history wars’. Anne Mignone from the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law was recognised for her essay ‘Is offshore processing legal?’.The George Tramountanas ‘North’ Association gave awards to Mia Karlis, Fotini Theodorakakos, and Vassilios Corolis for excellence in the Greek language, and Constantine Stathopoulos and Melina Gaffey were recognised by the Greek Women’s Society of SA ‘Taxiarchis’, followed by live music from John and Tambika.Joining the volunteers and award receipients on the night were teaching and administrative staff who continue to contribute above and beyond, along with a number of official guests.Among those who attended were Chief Justice Christopher Kourakis; Michael Atkinson MP, Speaker of the House of Assembly; David Pisoni MP, Member for Unley; Vickie Chapman, Deputy State Liberal Leader; Jennifer Rankine MP, Member for Wright; Steve Georganas, Member for Hindmash; Grace Portolesi, Chair of the SA Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission; John Trainer, Mayor of City of West T orrens; Lachlan Clyne, Mayor of City of Unley; and Angela Evans, Mayor of the City of Charles Sturt. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Aprils Lunar Calendar Kicks Off With Sundays New Moon

first_img Between January’s “super blue blood moon” and two full moons in March, there’s been a lot of talk about Earth’s satellite.So what’s the deal with the lunar orb, and what can you expect from it this month?Thought to have formed some 4.51 billion years ago from debris left over after an impact between Earth and a Mars-sized body called Theia, the moon is the second-brightest regularly visible celestial object in the sky—after the sun.While the moon itself does not radiate light, its dark surface reflects the sun’s rays at various times of day, making it a convenient timepiece; some of the earliest calendars were based on the moon’s periods of waxing and waning.Each 30-ish-day month approximates one lunar cycle: four primary and four intermediate phases.A new moon, like the one expected April 15, occurs when the sun and moon are aligned, with the sun and Earth on opposite sides of the satellite.Though tough to spot, since only the dark side of the moon faces our planet, The Old Farmer’s Almanac suggests taking a peak outside at 9:57 p.m. ET on Sunday to catch a glimpse of the barely visible orb.Two weeks later, the lunar cycle ends with a full pink moon, visible from just before 9 p.m. ET on April 29.Named for the timely appearance of “moss pink,” or wild ground phlox, that grows in early spring, the pink moon is also called the sprouting grass moon, the egg moon, and the fish moon.Gardeners, take note: According to folklore (described by the Farmer’s Almanac), the days between a full moon and the last quarter moon (May 8) are best for killing weeds, thinning, pruning, mowing, cutting timber, and planting below-ground crops.The first and last quarter phases, meanwhile, happen when the moon is half illuminated.There are also four intermediate stages, during which Earthlings can see only a sliver of the planetoid—waxing and waning crescent moons—or three-quarters of it—waxing and waning gibbous moon. Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Rare Harvest Moon Will Light Up Night Sky on Friday the 13thIndia Finds Lost Vikram Lander on Moon’s Surface last_img read more

Octopath Traveler Is An Epic RPG Anthology for Nintendo Switch

first_imgStay on target ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President I don’t think my general dislike of traditional Japanese role-playing games comes from genre gameplay staples like turn-based combat or granular stat-management. I just think that dozens of hours of slowly paced self-indulgent plotting for stories that usually boil down to “anime teens fight god” smothers otherwise interesting elements in boring tedium. Even something as weird and charming as EarthBound could barely hold my attention by the end of its relatively brief 30-hour run time.My favorite non-action RPGs are shorter breezier indie fare like West of Loathing and Cat Quest, more exploratory Western-style games like Skyrim and Xenoblade Chronicles X, something more mechanically involved like a Fire Emblem-style strategy RPG or whatever the heck The World Ends With You is, and of course a Pokemon game once a decade.I don’t think Octopath Traveler is going to be one of those games. It’s a game for people who are excited by, rather than preemptively tired over, the idea of playing a JRPG that would’ve come on multiple discs back in the PlayStation 1 era. It’s from Square Enix for crying out loud. I haven’t finished it, and probably won’t soon. But ironically enough that’s because its good elements are so good I’m trying to save them for myself by playing slowly enough to avoid burnout. Fortunately, one of the best things about Octopath Traveler for Nintendo Switch is that it is totally flexible enough to welcome this fun measured approach.The name Octopath Traveler itself is more than just a placeholder than accidentally became permanent. It refers to the game’s main structural gimmick of following eight initially separate stories in a shared fantasy world. Instead of histrionic and apocalyptic, these tales (at least at first) are surprisingly small, laid back, mature, and personal. So you don’t feel guilty stopping one to go start another, treating this like a little interactive anthology of JRPG short stories.In fact, you’re encouraged to play this way. While you conceivably just play through the whole campaign of your first character, the party leader, it would require lots of grinding. So you’d have a far more enjoyable experience earning… experience by sampling all the content the game has to offer. And the game gives you a pleasing amount of freedom to see those stories in whatever order you choose.As you dabble with the eight different characters, swapping them in and out of your party of four, you’ll intimately get to know their unique abilities in and out of combat. My party leader H’aanit is a hunter on a quest to find her missing master. Like a Pokemon Trainer she can capture weakened beasts in battle and use them as temporary combat items later. On the overworld she can even provoke strangers into battle, a talent she shares with disgraced warrior Olberic.You’ll recruit medieval RPG staples like a healer and a thief, but other characters have more creative skills. Dancer Primrose can allure men to help out in battle. Scholar Cyrus can put together clues like in an Ace Attorney game. Merchant Tressa casually picks up money on the street. The characters are all fleshed-out enough for the amount of time you’ll be spending with them both in battle and in their stories. And gameplay systems like job points unlocking passive buff skills help you customize them to suit your own playstyle.Your quest to recruit these characters and continue their stories also provides the perfect excuse to travel all across Octopath Traveler’s gorgeously realized environments. “HD-2D” is a dumb name, but the way classically pixelated elements like characters and buildings are plopped into this tilt-shift diorama world is just beautiful. It’s such a cool dissonance seeing artful but clearly fake video game sprites harmoniously existing in this 3D world buzzing and alive with natural atmospheric effects.Whether it was an icy church town or glistening pirate bay I couldn’t wait to see where the next leg of the journey would take me. It’s like nothing else and I’d love to see more games rendered in this style, maybe a Mother 3 remake. The visuals combined with the soundtrack and overall sophisticated vibe of the story (at least in terms of writing rather than plot) gives the game this richness that’s intimidating to get into but impossible to pull away from when you get deeper.What keeps Octopath Traveler engaging on a minute-to-minute basis though is the surprisingly tactical turn-based combat system. There are two main systems to keep in mind: guard breaks and boost points. Each enemy has a guard of varying strength that can be chipped away by attacking it with the correct weapon. You won’t know this vulnerability until you first exploit it but after that the weakness, whether it’s swords or bows or fire magic, will be displayed beneath the target. Once guard is broken the enemy will take more damage and will be briefly unable to fight back. Meanwhile, boost points accrue over each turn and strengthen whichever action you do. You can spend up to three points in a single move and can store up to five at a time.So there’s a lot to consider if you want to use these systems effectively. If you only have one axe-wielder in your party they should focus on breaking guards on enemies weak to axes. While fighting a massive boss you can pull off a spectacular move like breaking their guard, spending three boost points with one spell-casting character to boost strength on another character and then using that character’s three boost points on a super powerful magic-draining special move. But you’ll have to do a lot of advance improvisational planning, and keep everyone alive, to get to that point. It’s really thoughtful and even makes rote random encounters more exciting than they should be.That’s quite a lot of good things Octopath Traveler has going for it. And they all really shine in the discrete chapters that last around two hours on average (or the battery of your Nintendo Switch). The problem is that even so many hours in it’s hard to tell if these plentiful chapters will start congealing into anything whole. Actually, I won’t even call that a problem necessarily. Novels are short stories collections are both equally valid forms of literature. This is more so just a proper expectation you should have. There could be one huge unified story in the end but the pacing means it will be a while before you get there. Enjoy the journey instead of guessing about the destination.That’s why I’m in no rush to finish Octopath Traveler. Its quirky choices, intentionally or not, a perfect for having a satisfying experience playing at your own leisure. Plowing through it would just turn it into another bloated and boring JRPG, albeit one with stunning visuals and smart combat. It’s not the game that’s going to get me to like JRPGs. But it’s so good that I’m making an exception for this one, bending myself around my dislike of the genre to find a way to play and appreciate it. Couldn’t say that about Xenoblade Chronicles 2.Buy it now!Octopath Traveler.Nintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Why One Local Publisher Might Have Mass Appeal

first_imgPremier Media Group publishes two local magazines aimed at Seattle suburbs, but the company is betting there’s wider appeal for its yet-to-be-launched title: 425 Business.Just like the name suggests, the title will cover business news and culture for the 425 area code—a community known as The Eastside, about 15 minutes east of downtown Seattle—when it launches in October.What makes The Eastside so special? It’s the corporate home for some of the biggest tech companies in the world. Microsoft, T-Mobile USA and Expedia are a few of the businesses headquartered there; Google, Yahoo and Verizon, among others, each have major hubs.With tech coverage saturating Silicon Valley, 425 Business could be a way to get in on the popular vertical market in a unique way. Premier’s publisher, Josh Dunn, says satisfying their local market is the top priority, but he’s confident they’ll be able to reach a larger audience.”We will thoroughly cover our most important market in local business and lifestyle,” he tells FOLIO: in an email, “but with the huge impact of tech and the companies headquartered here with national and international draw, we are confident in our ability to draw larger interest.”The frequency for the new magazine also plays into the thought that there will be higher demand. 425 Business will be published monthly, while Premier’s other titles (425 and South Sound) are on bimonthly schedules.Dunn adds that there are synergies between the three magazines they’ll be able to take advantage of. He estimates a 20 percent cross over of content, while they’ll be able to offer about 25 percent more scale to advertisers selling integrated packages.More on this topic Launches Rich Media-Powered Business Channel Industry Sources Say Cygnus on the Block Custom, Like Traditional Publishing, Should be Built on Content Special Preview: 2011 FOLIO: B-to-B CEO Survey UBM Tech Shuffles Executive Team Real-Time Advertising Bidding Offers Publisher ControlJust In Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media ConsultantPowered bylast_img read more

Former President George HW Bush Hospitalized in Houston

first_img X Former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized. Bush was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Saturday, after suffering shortness of breath.His spokesman, Jim McGrath, says the 41st president is responding well to treatment and should be able to go home soon..@GeorgeHWBush was taken to @MethodistHosp Sat. for shortness of breath, has responded very well to treatments. Hope to have him out soon.— Jim McGrath (@jgm41) January 18, 2017Prior to falling ill, Bush confirmed he will not be attending Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday. McGrath cited Bush’s advanced age and health as the reasons. At 92, Bush is the oldest living former president. He has a form of Parkinson’s Disease and uses a motorized scooter or wheelchair for mobility.Bush, who lives in Houston, was hospitalized in Maine in 2015 after falling at his summer home in Kennebunkport and breaking a bone in his neck. Listen Syeda HasanFILE PHOTO: Former President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush attended the dedication ceremony in Houston.center_img 00:00 /00:46 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

Full Show Racism in Law Enforcement And the Risks of Candidate Debates

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /50:28center_img X On Thursday’s Houston Matters: Vice President Mike Pence is visiting the Johnson Space Center today to discuss the administration’s space policy. News 88.7’s Andrew Schneider brings us an update.And a new report says many Texans are still reeling from the aftermath of Harvey nearly a year after the storm. Elena Marks with the Episcopal Health Foundation walks us through the findings.Also this hour: Author Matthew Horace gives an account of the racism, crimes, and color lines that permeate America’s law enforcement and lays out an urgent means for change in his new book The Black And Blue: A Cop Reveals Crimes Racism and Injustice in America’s Law Enforcement.Then, we discuss the potential risks and rewards of candidates participating in public debates.And we talk with the director and cast of the Houston production Talk Radio.We offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more

PacMan Battle Royale now available to US arcades

first_imgArcades are few and far between just about everywhere except Japan and theme parks now I’d guess. But that doesn’t mean new arcade machines aren’t still hitting the market every year. True, most of them require importing from Japan, but it’s worth it for the right game.The arcade cabinet format we see the most is the stand up and sit down units with tilted displays allowing the player to look straight ahead. But for Pac-Man‘s 30th anniversary celebrated in 2010, Namco decided to return to the tabletop arcade cabinet format for a game called Pac-Man Battle Royale. And now it’s possible to play the game outside of Japan if you have an arcade nearby with it installed or deep enough pockets to invest yourself.The video above gives you a good idea of the gameplay, with up to four players able to stand around the machine and take part. It puts a twist on the traditional Pac-Man game that saw you eat pellets and avoid ghosts. In Battle Royale the other players are also a target and eating a power pellet allows you to get large and hunt them down. To win a round you simply need to be the last Pac-Man standing.If you’re lucky enough to have space for Battle Royale in a home arcade then you can pick one up for around $4,275, quite a bit cheaper than the $17,000 required for a Street Fighter IV setup. Otherwise, if you have a local arcade this may be on their list of buys depending on what type of crowd they get in.Read more at Arcade Heroes, via Joystiqlast_img read more

Cocaine worth Rs 50 cr recovered at IGI Airport

first_imgIn what is believed to be the largest cocaine recovery so far in India, two South African women and a Ghana national have been apprehended, with around 9.6 Kgs of cocaine recovered from their possession, at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi on Tuesday morning. The value of the cocaine consignment was estimated to be around Rs 50 crore in the international market The accused women took an Emirates flight from Brazil and arrived at India after a short halt in Dubai. They were reported to be caught red-handed by sleuths of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) at terminal 3 of the IGI airport around 9.20 am on Tuesday, said an NCB official. He further informed that the accused women had hidden the drugs in cavities inside their baggage. The Ghana national, who has been living in Delhi for around the past two years, had allegedly come to receive the consignment.“Investigation of the case is underway and we are expecting to recover more from them, who are suspected to be members of an international drugs syndicate,” the NCB official added.NCB sources believe this to be the highest cocaine recovery by any agency so far, in India. In 2012, NCB had recovered 7 kg cocaine in Delhi, which was reported to the highest recovery till Tuesday.last_img read more

IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas

first_img 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 August 6, 2019 — IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution with The University of Kansas Health System. The contract includes a plan for a possible extension with a second ProteusOne unit in the future. The proton therapy center will be built at the Main Campus of The University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City, Kansas. Construction is anticipated to begin later this year.The contract includes a long-term operation and maintenance agreement and the typical end-user price for a Proteus One solution, with a maintenance contract between EUR 35 and 40 million. IBA will begin to recognize revenue for the contract in the 2019 financial year.Bob Page, president and chief executive officer  of The University of Kansas Health System commented, “We are excited to partner with IBA, the world’s leading proton therapy system provider, to bring proton therapy to Kansas City and the region. IBA’s Proteus One represents one of the most advanced solutions to delivering proton therapy. With the first system in place, and the ability to add a second system in the future, patients will be able to stay closer to home to receive the most advanced cancer care available.”Proteus One is the compact intensity modulated proton therapy (IMPT) solution from IBA, benefiting from the latest technologies. The system is smaller, more affordable, easier to install and to operate.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 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). 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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 Related Content 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.  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 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 center_img 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 | 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 | 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 | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas Construction to host IBA’s Proteus One system expected to start later this year Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more 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 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RADlast_img read more

Contiki expands offerings in Asia Europe for 2017

first_img TORONTO – At an industry event in Toronto this week, Contiki highlighted the many reasons – 10 in total, to be exact – why 2017 will be a great year for travel.Next year, the tour operator will launch 10 new itineraries across Asia and Europe, including India and Singapore, and lots of new options around the Adriatic Sea. Also announced are early booking bonuses of up to 10%, plus the Limited Edition Summer Series, which focuses on a particular theme such as food or photograph.“I think this is going to be a lucrative year. We have a lot of customers researching at this time, and travel agents just need to be confident in presenting the product and encouraging them to plan ahead and take advantage of early booking discounts,” says Sheralyn Berry, Director of Sales at Contiki Holidays Canada.The Contiki 2017 Asia program has been enhanced with the addition of five brand new itineraries that attempt to wow travellers with life changing travel experiences. With its 2017 Asia launch, the company has fleshed out its Asian offering by venturing into Singapore and India for the first time, while strengthening its Japan and Southeast Asia trips.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”The new Contiki 2017-18 Europe program also offers five brand new trips, including four Adriatic and Greek Week itineraries, for a total of 142 trips across 42 countries. New for the 2017 season are four immersive trips in and around the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, visiting Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania and the Greek Islands.“For our travellers, the Adriatic represents a lesser known and therefore exciting and unexplored part of Europe,” says Berry. “Our exciting new Adriatic trips bring together iconic traveller favourites, sites of natural beauty, off-the-beaten track experiences and some truly stunning beaches. We’re excited to spend some time in the Adriatic next year, and to continue offering a best in class experience in the rest of Europe as well.”Contiki’s Limited Edition Summer Series will also be a part of its main 2017-18 Europe program, and is made up of three unique trips: Munch, SNAP and Boutique Local. Each trip focuses on a particular theme: Munch on food experiences; SNAP on photography; and Boutique Local on local boutique hotels.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesYoung Canadians on these limited departures can expect to see Europe in smaller, more intimate groups, taking a unique and authentic journey around some of the continent’s top destinations.The three new trips will have limited departures, with just two dates for Munch and SNAP, and three departures of Boutique Local running throughout summer 2017. Plans are underway to expand the series and departures further into 2018 and beyond.“The Limited Edition Summer Series is a testament to Contiki’s continued innovation,” says Berry. “We might have 55 years in the business but we are always improving our brand and product. We know our consumers, we know their desires and their behaviours, and this collection is a direct result of that insight. We know they’ll absolutely love this product.”Early booking discounts are available of up to 10% for those who book Asia by Dec. 22, or Europe by Jan. 12, 2017, and agents are encouraged to contact their Contiki BDM for further incentives. Share Travelweek Group Posted by Wednesday, November 2, 2016 center_img Contiki expands offerings in Asia, Europe for 2017 Tags: Asia Pacific, Britain & Europe, Contiki << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

The Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort has unveiled

first_imgThe Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort has unveiled its menus ahead of the resort officially opening on 1 August 2015.“Our concept is to offer guests a holiday-defining dining experience with exquisite menu offerings from the Indian Ocean as well as international signature dishes prepared and presented in an uncomplicated yet sophisticated way,” says Jed Archdeacon, Executive Chef and Director of Food & Beverage, at the Outrigger.The signature breakfast will be salmon and truffle scrambled eggs served with shaved truffle and salmon caviar, with seafood the spotlight of many dishes. Indian Ocean dishes include Maldivian lobster, steamed grouper, baked jobfish and oysters and Peruvian ceviche.“Our dishes and cocktails celebrate the Indian Ocean, regional and international influences,” says Archdeacon. “Whatever is available locally is featured on our menus: freshly caught line reef fish, yellowfin tuna and lobster. Regional spices, herbs and flavours such as passion fruit, lemongrass and coconut are also recurring themes in our preparation.”Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort has four dining outlets: Blue Salt for international and regional dining; poolside dining overlooking the ocean; the Nala Rah teppan and sushi bar; and in-villa dining with the option of a personal chef and butler.last_img read more

CMP one persons remains found in Lapithos

first_imgHuman remains belonging to one person were unearthed in Lapithos, the Committee for Missing Persons (CMP) announced on Tuesday.On Monday, “a bicommunal group of CMP excavators found remains belonging to one person in an area in Lapithos,” the announcement said.In 2019, the CMP unearthed the remains of 18 people.Earlier this month, the CMP had announced that Turkey had granted access to 30 suspected burial sites in military areas in the north without any time constraints.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more