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HOW CANADIAN ACTORS ERASE ACCENTS FOR US WORK

first_imgWhen Howie Mandel played a Boston doctor on the 1980s medical drama St. Elsewhere it wasn’t the medical jargon he struggled with — it was his Canadian accent.“I can’t tell you how many times they stopped filming on St. Elsewhere because I said ‘intes-tyne’ instead of ‘intest-tin,’ or I said ‘dra-ma’ instead of ‘draw-ma,”‘ says the Toronto-born America’s Got Talentjudge.“They just kicked the Canada out of me.” Advertisement Twitter Over Canada’s 150-year history, the Canuck English accent has varied in sound and strength, depending on the region. And it comes through more in certain words — like about, mouth, pasta, lava and avocado.Howie Mandel remembers saying ‘intes-tyne’ instead of ‘intest-tin,’ as preferred when he played a doctor on the 1980s medical drama St. Elsewhere. (Peter Power/Canadian Press)Though the accent can be subtle at times, it can be a hard one for some homegrown actors to shake when they’re playing non-Canadian characters.“You can’t say ‘drama’ or ‘pasta’ or ‘story,”‘ says Vancouver-born comedy star Seth Rogen, whose AMC series Preacher is into its second season.Only a few words ‘an issue’“I consciously have to not talk like a Canadian, if I’m playing an American character. There are only four or five words for me that really have become an issue.”Big Little Lies star James Tupper of Dartmouth, N.S., says he “went home in tears” while trying to shake his spirited accent in drama school. ‘I just didn’t hear it and it took me forever, but I finally did learn the variations in my tongue and how to make an American sound, and I feel confident with it now.’– Actor James Tupper“I just couldn’t hear it,” he says. “I would say, ‘It’s not very fa-her to the ca-her.’ They would say, ‘It’s not very far to the car.’ I just didn’t hear it and it took me forever, but I finally did learn the variations in my tongue and how to make an American sound, and I feel confident with it now.“But I’ll tell you what — when I go home, the wild Nova Scotian that lives in me comes out. I have the thickest accent of any Nova Scotian you’ve ever imagined.”Big Little Lies star James Tupper says he’s confident he can pass for an American, despite having ‘the thickest accent of any Nova Scotian you’ve ever imagined.’ (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)Property Brothers star Drew Scott says he also worked hard to get rid of his accent while acting in his native Vancouver.“One of the issues I had is a lot of U.S. shows coming to shoot there and they said, ‘You’re a great actor but I can still hear the Canadian-isms,’ and I needed to not have that,” says Scott.Bee-n versus bin“The funny words that you watch out for are ‘tomorrow’ which sounds like ‘tah-more-oh,’ or ‘about,”‘ adds twin brother/co-star Jonathan. “The word ‘been,’ Americans say ‘bin’ but Canadians say ‘bee-n.”‘Still, some actors don’t bother going through such great pains.Toronto-raised Mike Myers, for instance, proudly injected his Canuck accent in his American Wayne’s World character.“Wayne has a Scarborough accent with a Canadian rise. I made no attempt to sound like he was from Chicago,” says Myers, who has a section on the Canadian English accent in his book “Canada.”“(While acting) in England it was, ‘Should I be American, should I be a limey?’ And I was just like, ‘Ah, just be Canadian.”‘According to Charles Boberg, an associate professor of linguistics at McGill University, there are two main differences in Canadian English pronunciation of vowels.‘Canadian rising’ with vowels“One of them is called ‘Canadian rising,’ and this is the stereotype that most Americans have of Canadian English and it involves the ‘OU’ vowel sound and the ‘I’ vowel. It’s referring to raising the pronunciation of the vowel in the mouth,” says Boberg, author of The English Language in Canada.“When we say ‘raising’ we mean that the tongue isn’t as low for pronunciation of words like ‘mouth’ and ‘price’ for Canadians as it is for Americans.”Canadian raising, which Boberg says may have its origins in Scottish English, has stuck with Mandel: “I still don’t hear the Canadian ‘about’ … but I’m told that sometimes I say it — ‘about,’ or ‘house,”‘ he says.Then there’s the “Canadian shift,” which involves vowels moving around in the mouth, leading to subtle pronunciations like “drass” instead of “dress.”Shift on the letter ‘a’The Canadian English accent also comes through in words that hail from other languages and the main vowel sound is spelled with the letter “A.”“An example would be … ‘paw-sta’ is the American pronunciation but ‘pa-sta’ is the Canadian pronunciation and really sounds weird to Americans,” says Boberg.Those on Canada’s West and East Coasts pronounce words differently than those in the central provinces. On the West Coast, for instance, words like “out and about” are pronounced more like “oat and aboat,” says Boberg.Blending in easier for actors from B.C., PrairiesThe western Canadian dialect is similar to that of California, making it easier for homegrown actors from British Columbia or the Prairies to blend in linguistically in Hollywood, he adds.“What’s funny is the hardest time I probably ever had doing (an accent) was when I was in Sarah Polley’s (Canadian) movie (Take This Waltz),” says Rogen.“In the West Coast, we don’t say ‘about’ like how they do in the East Coast of Canada and I was supposed to be a guy from Toronto and I couldn’t for the life of me say ‘about’ like a guy from Toronto does.” Facebook Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Mike Myers, seen here with Dana Carvey in a recreated scene from Wayne’s World, says he proudly kept his Canadian accent while playing a character who was supposed to be from a Chicago suburb. (Mark J. 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French Real Estate Broker Meilleurtaux to Open in Morocco

Rabat – French company Meilleurtaux.com, which specializes in real estate credits and brokering, is opening its first international office in Casablanca with an investment of MAD 5 million.The company seeks to advise individuals looking for a mortgage and puts them in contact with banks likely to give them the best financing solution (credit rate, loan insurance, etc.) based on their profiles and their projects.This investment in Morocco was mainly inspired by Yassin Lahlou, a former banker and real-estate developer, who convinced the company to open a subsidiary in Casablanca. Meilleurtaux.com will ensure a quick processing of mortgage applications with an optimal financing capacity. To do so, the company has signed partnerships with the most important banks, insurance companies, and real estate developers operating in Morocco.“The real estate sector has great potential in Morocco. With the decline in interest rates set by Bank Al Maghrib, rising competitiveness in mortgages and lower price per square meter, Moroccans are more encouraged to become homeowners,” Yassin Lahlou highlighted.Regarding compensation, Meilleurtaux.ma adopts a commission approach: this is set at 1% of the amount borrowed. Meilleurtaux.ma’s objective is to negotiate rates that give customers a much larger benefit. read more

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Higher fuel costs prompt BC Ferries to remove fuel rebate and increase

VICTORIA — The cost of taking a ferry in B.C. is going up as the price of fuel increases on the world market.BC Ferries announced Tuesday that it will remove fuel rebates starting June 27.Rebates and surcharges are used to manage the volatility of fuel prices, and BC Ferries said it doesn’t benefit financially from the mechanisms.Ferries president and CEO Mark Collins said in an interview that over the last 14 years the company has had surcharges, rebates, and periods with neither as the market price of diesel fuel fluctuated.“Ferry users have received rebates as often as they’ve received surcharges, so there’s no net impact on the ferry user over time,” he said.The added costs vary depending on ferry trips, but on major routes an extra 50 cents will be charged for passengers and $1.70 more for a vehicle.Transportation Minister Claire Trevena said in May that she was disappointed BC Ferries planned on removing the rebate and the government was willing to work with the company to avoid an increase.Collins said the company discussed the issue with the government for three weeks, but couldn’t come to an agreement.“We just couldn’t reach a resolution. We didn’t feel they were in the interests of ferry users,” he said.Over the last year the price of fuel has gone up sharply and the rebate should have come off some time ago, Collins said.He acknowledged that affordable travel is important for customers and said the company uses fuel deferral accounts and hedging as tools to help reduce the impact of fluctuating fuel prices.The added fuel cost varies with seasons, he said, noting that it could be $750,000 in the slow season and double that during a busy summer. read more

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Uzbekistan gives UN refugee agency 1 month to end its operations

The Government of Uzbekistan has given the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), which last year helped to relocate more than 400 Uzbeks fleeing violence in their homeland, one month to close down its more than decade-long presence in the Central Asian country, the organization announced today. Expressing regret over the Government’s decision, a UNHCR official said the agency would seek to make alternative arrangements to meet ongoing needs of some 2,000 mainly Afghan refugees and asylum seekers in Uzbekistan.“The basic principles of refugee protection will continue to guide all of our activities on behalf of refugees wherever we operate, even when this might have negative consequences on our relations with a state,” UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Erika Feller declared. “We are fully satisfied that our work in Uzbekistan has been performed in accordance with the mandate given to us by the UN General Assembly to protect and find solutions for refugees,” she added.Last July, UNHCR assisted in the evacuation to Romania of 439 Uzbeks who had fled to neighbouring Kyrgyzstan two months earlier after violence in the eastern city of Andijan may have claimed hundreds of lives.At the time the agency said it was very concerned that other Uzbeks detained by the Kyrgyz authorities not be returned to their homeland, where UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour has said returnees “may face an imminent risk of grave human rights violations, including torture and extra-judicial and summary executions.” Today, UNHCR said it was still concerned about the fate of four detained Uzbek refugees in Kyrgyzstan, two of whom were denied asylum following a Supreme Court decision in mid-February, and it called on the Kyrgyz Government to refrain from any action aimed at forcibly returning them to Uzbekistan.The fate of an increasing number of Uzbek asylum seekers who have been detained in the former Soviet countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and forcibly returned to Uzbekistan is also of continuing concern, UNHCR said.The agency opened its office in Uzbekistan in 1993 to support its operations during the 1992-93 civil war in Tajikistan and in northern Afghanistan. Its work currently focuses on the voluntary repatriation and resettlement of some 2,000 refugees mainly from Afghanistan.In a 17 March communiqué, the Uzbek Ministry of Foreign Affairs said “UNHCR has fully implemented its tasks and there are no evident reasons for its further presence in Uzbekistan. With this regard, the ministry requests UNHCR to close its office in Tashkent (the capital) within one month.”In a report in July on the Andijan violence, the High Commissioner for Human Rights noted that while the Government claimed fewer than 200 people were killed, other sources put the death toll at hundreds more. “It is not excluded, as described by eyewitnesses interviewed, that the Andijan incidents amounted to a ‘mass killing,’” it said.“In light of the consistent pattern of human rights violations in Uzbekistan reflected in the findings of United Nations human rights treaty bodies and the special procedures of the Commission on Human Rights, the international community may also consider the need for the establishment of a public mechanism of scrutiny of the situation in Uzbekistan,” the High Commissioner’s report added. read more

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Beat the heat with these tips from health and safety

The official summer season only started on June 20, and already there’s been waves of hot, humid weather.With the humidex on Wednesday, July 6, it felt like 38C.Health, Safety & Wellness (HSW) urges the Brock community to take some time to review the Heat Related Illness poster to see the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness.Below are some ways to help beat the heat:Keep drapes and shades drawn to avoid radiant light from entering the roomTurn off lights, computers and other equipment where practical and safe to do soWear loose fitting and light clothingLimit the amount of time spent in direct sunAcclimatize and adjust your pace to your work environmentBe aware — do not over exert yourselfDrink enough liquids before, during and after tasks to support your level of activity. If your activity level is high or you are sweating, you should be drinking 250ml of water or electrolytes every 20 minutesTake a break to cool down if you need itBeing knowledgeable of the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness can assist with applying appropriate intervention before heat exhaustion advances to heat stroke, which can be very serious.If you are interested in learning more, the Public Services Health & Safety Association and the Ministry of Labour are two good sources for information. read more

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Buckeye briefs Tidbits from around Ohio State athletics

Even on a rainy, September day when the men’s golf team is the lone Ohio State team in action, there’s still plenty going on in the world of OSU athletics.OSU football’s Oct. 8 meeting with Nebraska will be nationally televised on ABC, according to an athletic department release.The game, scheduled to take place at Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium at 8 p.m., is the Buckeyes’ first-ever trip to Lincoln, Neb., and the teams’ first meeting since 1956.Players on both the OSU men’s and women’s soccer teams grabbed weekly awards from the Big Ten conference.Senior goalkeeper Katie Baumgardner claimed the Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 18. Baumgardner helped lead the Buckeyes to a 2-0-1 record last week, which included a 1-1 tie to Minnesota and a 2-1 win against Illinois. Baumgardner then capped her week with a 2-0 shutout against Northwestern. Thanks in part to Baumgardner, OSU (7-3-1, 2-0-1) remains unbeaten in conference play.On the men’s side, junior midfielder Chris Hegngi was named co-Offensive Player of the Week along with Indiana’s Alec Purdie.Hegngi slid the game-winning goal home for the Buckeyes’ in Sunday’s 3-2 overtime win against Michigan. Hegngi is OSU’s leading scorer on the year with five goals.Hegngi and the men’s team (5-3-1, 1-0-0) will continue play on Wednesday against defending national champion Akron. Kickoff at Akron is set for 7:30 p.m. read more

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Uncovering the real cost of the 2 polo

first_imgThe child models in the latest Target campaign for kids’ school clothes might be beaming, but the price of the product they’re promoting raises serious questions about our values as consumers and the actions of our major retailers.Kmart and Target have come under fire for selling $2 polo shirts while the Bangladeshi factory workers who make them are being paid below levels that cover basic living expenses. Kmart is also offering $5 button-up school shirts made in Bangladesh, while its $2 polos are made in China.The shirts, which are the focus of Target’s ‘Back to School’ campaign, are produced in factories where a monthly income for an employee – based on the country’s official minimum wage – can be as little as $97. Often unscrupulous factory owners pay even less. Meanwhile, the minimum monthly living wage in Bangladesh is estimated at $431.This week Fairfax Media reported that the retail cost of the polos is less than the wholesale amount paid by Best and Less, which was heavily criticised in a 2015 Oxfam report for its lack of transparency.Founder of ethical clothing brand Etiko, Nick Savaidis, told Neos Kosmos he was “shocked” by the pricing, and that the $2 polos “are part of a global trend which pushes these workforces a lot harder”. “It’s not possible to get to those price levels without exploiting someone,” he said.Meanwhile, Target’s general manager of corporate affairs, Kristene Reynolds, defended the company’s record, saying Target was “proud of its ethical sourcing”.“Supply chain transparency is key to improving our responsibility,” she said.Target’s ethical sourcing manager Carly Richards said the retailer had been working with the supplier of the $2 shirts since 2011 and that the factory did not raise concerns.“We do not put price before factory worker welfare,” she said. “We measure factories against our code of conduct and undertake regular announced and unannounced audits.”Ms Richards said Target was working with aid organisations to pay a living wage and developing a worker grievance program, where factory employees could lodge complaints if necessary with Target’s head office.A spokeswoman for Kmart said it had volume agreements that allowed it to “provide prices as low as ethically possible for our customers without compromise to our suppliers and their workers”.The new concern over cheap Australian clothing imports comes three years after Bangladesh’s garment industry experienced the deaths of 1,127 workers during the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse.Poor safety standards and dangerous factory management practices have dogged the Bangladesh clothing industry for decades, despite sales booming by 14 per cent last year. With about 5,000 garment factories employing more than four million people, wages in Bangladesh are some of the lowest in the world. Following the Rana Plaza disaster, Target and Kmart were some of the first companies to sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, but their critics say the retailers are not doing enough to protect the rights of the workers who supply their products.Spokeswoman for Oxfam, Joy Kyriacou, said that while conditions had improved under the accord, the Bangladesh garment industry’s mostly female workforce still faced precarious working conditions, with up to 12-hour days and safety procedures well below international standards.“The weekly minimum wage is less than what many Australians are paid an hour. We would like to see Australian companies move towards paying a decent wage.”Nick Savaidis said the popularity of the $2 school polo shirts was ironic.“There isn’t one school that doesn’t talk about globalisation or have teachers that talk about social justice, and then they go and buy the cheapest school uniform they can,” he said.Savaidis’ message for Australian consumers was to be more discerning.“Buy less, buy better quality, and look for garments that are certified as being ethically made. Shop according to your values. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a $2 polo shirt or $9 jeans, someone has to pay the price of us being able to buy these items so cheaply.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Green House un spa ecofriendly à découvrir en images

first_imgGreen House, un spa eco-friendly à découvrir en imagesVincent Callebaut et son cabinet d’architectes ont récemment remporté un appel d’offres avec leur proposition de Green House (“Maison Verte”) qui consiste en un spa entouré d’un jardin vertical et d’un mur de verdure, conçu pour s’intégrer parfaitement au centre de Royat.  Renommé Thermes de Royat, ce nouveau centre thermal est situé au cœur de la ville, dans une zone que longe une rue flanquée d’arbres et de verdure. A l’intérieur, le spa comprend des vestiaires et deux piscines circulaires – une pour se relaxer et se reposer, l’autre destinée à des activités aquatiques menées par un thérapeute. Les piscines sont alimentées naturellement par une source thermale chaude, rendant l’approvisionnement du lieu en eau écologique et respectueuse de l’environnement. La structure des piscines et du bâtiment est pensée de telle sorte qu’elle ne s’oxyde pas. L’ensemble des installations sont recouvertes par une façade de bois disposé en persiennes pour ne pas se couper de l’extérieur. Le reste des lieux est recouvert d’un espace vert, sorte de jardin vertical. En été, ce mur vivant permet de mieux réguler la température et d’éviter la surchauffe. En hiver, la masse verte sert d’isolation au bâtiment. Une grande verrière et de grandes fenêtres ont été rajoutées afin d’offrir le maximum d’éclairage naturel à l’espace.À lire aussiJournée mondiale de l’environnement : Quelques astuces pour un mode de vie plus écolo au bureauLa ville de Royat est célèbre depuis l’Antiquité pour ses sources thermales et de nombreux visiteurs s’y rendent pour apprécier leurs bienfaits thérapeutiques. Découvrez les images de ce spa eco-friendly : https://www.maxisciences.com/spa/un-nouveau-spa-respectueux-de-l-039-environnement-a-royat_art10016.htmlLe 28 octobre 2010 à 12:56 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Seahawks slowed by lightning downpour of flags in loss to Broncos

first_imgDENVER — The 46-minute lightning delay was one thing. The flurry of flags were quite another.“It just made the game longer,” Demaryius Thomas said after Denver’s 21-16 preseason win over Seattle on Thursday night. “I guess they’re doing what they got to do.”The Super Bowl teams slogged through a preseason opener delayed as much by those 25 flags as by the lightning that struck within an eight-mile perimeter of Sports Authority Field in the first quarter.With such fits and starts, neither the Broncos nor the Seahawks looked much like the teams the oddsmakers have pegged for a Super Bowl rematch in the Arizona desert six months from now.“When you have 25 penalties, it’s going to be kind of messy,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “That kind of shrouded the game I think from both sides.”In between the weather delay, both starting offenses put together long touchdown drives that ate up more than 9 minutes and were kept alive by a wave of yellow flags.last_img read more

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Mother of accused teenage car crook breaks down in court

first_imgAleman and an accomplice first went through the victim’s Mercedes before going to her son’s Jeep, which was also unlocked, and took whatever they could get their hands on. The duo fled the scene in a getaway car.The 7News story helped police identify the suspects after the 14-year-old admitted to a police officer that his friends saw him on TV as he broke into the cars.“I want you to take a look at your mother and see how upsetting it is for your mother to be here,” Santovenia said to Aleman as his mother wept.Aleman’s next hearing is set for Feb. 17.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – A mother at the juvenile courthouse broke down after finding out her teenage son will be held in detention.It was a dramatic day in court for the the 14-year-old’s mother who began to sob and scream upon hearing the news that her son will spend 21 days in jail. Jorge Aleman faces several charges in connection to six car burglaries.Aleman faced a judge and was charged with grand theft, burglary and petty theft. “You’ll be spending 21 days from the point that you were arrested in secured detention,” said Judge Marie de Jesus Santovenia.He is accused of breaking into six cars, including an unmarked police vehicle.7News spoke to one of the victims on Monday who said she’s usually on guard. “I always leave my car locked, and that day, unfortunately, I didn’t,” said victim Silvia Pereira.Pereira showed 7News her home surveillance cameras, which showed the burglary in process, early Saturday morning.“When I got in my car, I saw that my car was a mess, and the glove compartment was open,” Pereira said. last_img read more

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Special session off to slow start despite looming deadlines

first_imgIt was a slow Monday in Juneau, as lawmakers gaveled in for the first day of their fourth special session in two years.Gov. Bill Walker called the legislature back to work this week after it failed to pass a budget by the end of the regular session last Wednesday.Lawmakers now have 30 days to try to accomplish what they couldn’t manage in the last four months: pass a budget and make some progress toward closing the state’s $4 billion deficit.APRN’s Rachel Waldholz is in Juneau this week.Download AudioHouse Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage and House Minority Leader Chris Tuck, D-Anchorage, confer after the first floor session of the legislature’s special session on Monday May 23, 2016 in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney, KTOO – Juneau)LORI TOWNSEND: It sounds like it was a short day down there.RACHEL WALDHOLZ: It definitely was a short day. There wasn’t much action, at least in public. The House met for about 20 minutes and the Senate met for less than 15 minutes. They introduced some of the bills the governor has asked for, and adjourned.The big question is whether they’re going to pick up where they left off last week, or if they’re going to have to start over. When the regular session ended at midnight last Wednesday, all the bills that hadn’t passed essentially died. But they can be brought back to life. It just takes a two-thirds vote in both Houses.The question is whether they can get that two-thirds vote. That’s what the Republican leadership would like, because if they don’t get that vote, they have to start the bills over and go through the whole committee process again. And then it’s going to be a real slog.TOWNSEND: Sounds like it would be. Do they have a plan for how to make the next 30 days any different from the last four months?WALHOLDZ: The short answer is: no. It doesn’t seem like they do. James Brooks, a reporter with the Juneau Empire, asked House Speaker Mike Chenault what the next two weeks will look like. This is what Chenault said:MIKE CHENAULT: I have no clue. (Laughs). My hope is that we pass an operating budget as quick as we can and take that off the table. Not so it’s a bargaining chip or anything, but just… we get it off the table, employees know what’s going on and the state knows what’s going on.WALDHOLZ: You heard him mention employees and the state. That’s because the Legislature is facing two deadlines. If there’s no budget by June 1, layoff notices will go out to state employees, letting them know they might be laid off at the end of the month. If there’s no budget at the end of the month, by July 1, then the state could face the possibility of a government shutdown.The Republican majority would like to pass an operating budget and fund it with savings, for now, and then go back and deal with some of the more contentious revenue issues later — like restructuring the Permanent Fund to use some of the earnings for state government, or looking at taxes, including an income tax. They’d like to do that after passing a budget.TOWNSEND: Does that seem likely?WALDHOLZ: Chenault said the two sides were really close on a budget last week, and he seems to think they could get a budget done by next week.But there are three factions that have to agree. There’s the House majority and the Senate majority, which are both controlled by Republicans; and then there’s the House minority, which is controlled by Democrats.I spoke with House Minority Leader Chris Tuck, and he said, basically, his caucus can’t vote for a budget unless there’s some kind of agreement on an overhaul of oil and gas taxes.This is what he said when I asked about getting a budget done this week:CHRIS TUCK: It all depends on what we do in the oil tax credits again. That was the point of contention, [why] we could not get a budget passed in the regular 121-day session…We just can’t see dipping into our savings to give to the oil industry.TOWNSEND: What’s on the schedule for tomorrow? Are lawmakers lining up hearings so they can get started on these bills and get to work?WALDHOLZ: There are hearings scheduled for tomorrow. The House finance committee will be taking up the governor’s proposal on taxes, including an income tax. House Finance will also be looking at the Governor’s plan to restructure the Permanent Fund. Senate Finance is also meeting [UPDATE: The Senate Finance meetings were canceled.]So it looks like it will be a busier day tomorrow than it has been today.last_img read more

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30 killed in Indonesia flood landslide

first_imgIndonesian residents evacuate their homes in Makassar on 24 January, 2019 as heavy rain and strong winds pounded the southern part of Sulawesi island, swelling rivers that burst their banks and inundating dozens of communities in nine southern districts. Photo: AFPThe death toll from flash floods and landslides in Indonesia has risen to 30, as rescuers raced to find two dozen still missing, the disaster agency said Thursday.Thousands have been evacuated from their homes as heavy rain and strong winds pounded the southern part of Sulawesi island, swelling rivers that burst their banks and inundating dozens of communities in nine southern districts.Parts of the provincial capital Makassar have also been affected.Rescuers and residents waded through streets filled with waist-deep water, some carrying their belongings above their heads.”We urge people to always be aware of the possibility of floods and landslides,” said national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.This handout picture taken and released by Indonesia`s Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB), the accident mitigation agency, on 23 January, 2019 shows an aerial view of the flood situation in Gowa, Sulawesi. Photo: AFPLandslides and flooding are common in Indonesia, especially during the monsoon season between October and April, when rain lashes the vast Southeast Asian archipelago.In October, flash floods and landslides killed at least 22 people in several districts across Sumatra island.On Thursday, the disaster agency said that while flooding in South Sulawesi province was receding “the search and evacuation process is still ongoing”.The death toll had stood at 26 on Thursday morning.More than 3,000 people have been evacuated and at least 46 are being treated at local hospitals and health clinics.The floods also damaged houses, government buildings, schools and bridges.last_img
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Black Women Have a Hard Time in Every Arena

first_imgStephanie Poplar launched her nonprofit formation and public relations business four years ago, seeking the autonomy entrepreneurship offers.“I knew I wanted to go into business for myself because I wanted the freedom and flexibility,” she said.Like other Black female business owners, however, she faced a multitude of challenges—navigating the natural learning curve, having to prove her credibility and capabilities to skeptical clients and the perennial obstacle, lack of capital.“There were times when I was a business owner but had to take a temporary or full-time position” to defray costs, the 40-year-old Baltimore and Prince George’s County resident said.Poplar’s experience mirrors that of findings in {Black Women in the United States, 2014}, a report produced and recently released by the Black Women’s Roundtable.The multi-faceted assessment of the overall conditions of African-American women shows that while significant progress has been made over the past half-century, there are still areas of dire concern.”We look at the tragedies and the triumphs surrounding Black Women’s lives across a variety of different indicators and areas of inquiry,” said Avis Jones-DeWeever, founding president and CEO of Incite Unlimited and editor of the report, in a statement. “Black women have made progress since key historical markers such as the {1964 Civil Rights Act, Brown v. Board of Education,} and the onset of the War on Poverty, but many areas remain that need urgent action.”In business, Black women like Poplar comprise the fastest growing segment of the women-owned business market. Black female business owners trail all other women when it comes to revenue generation, the report showed. Black women receive only 6 percent of the revenue generated by all women-owned businesses, compared to 29 percent received by White women.In education, too, Black women continue to excel despite disadvantages such as disproportionate out-of school suspension rates and schools that are ill-equipped with the courses or trained personnel necessary to prepare them for college.Over the past five decades, the high school graduation rates of Black women have jumped 63 percent, significantly narrowing the gap with White women (7 percent) and virtually eliminating the gap with Asian women (down to 2 percent). And Black women attain college degrees at significantly higher rates than their male counterparts.Poplar, who obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Baltimore, said she pursued her education because she believes learning is “priceless.”“Education is a lifelong process so you should always be a student, looking to learn,” she said. “Education for me has been a key to opportunities.”Politics, too, presented a positive and negative picture. Black women turned out en masse and played key roles in the 2008 and 2012 presidential election. And even in the recent pivotal Virginia gubernatorial election, exceeded all other groups in turning out on Election Day.“We are a strong force when it comes to politics, but we’re not getting the full benefits of our voting,” either in policy or in political representation, said Melanie Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable Public Policy Network.Black women hold only 3 percent of state legislative seats, and less than 3 percent of seats in Congress, the report showed.In other areas the findings were grimmer.-Economically, Black women are at a significant disadvantage. Black women lead all women in labor force participation rates, yet they experience a large wage gap and are overrepresented in low-wage fields. Because of years of poverty-level wages, decreased access to employer-sponsored pension plans and a general lack of wealth accumulation, Black female retirees have the lowest household income of any other group and experience a poverty rate fully five times that of White men (16 percent vs. 3 percent). -In the technology race, Black women lag behind, comprising a mere 2 percent of practicing scientists and engineers in the workforce. Many Black women in college studying STEM disciplines report feelings of isolation and experience toxic environments.-Health presents a particular dark picture as Black women experience particularly poor health outcomes: Black women are three times more likely than women to die in childbirth; they have the highest rates of high blood pressure than any other demographic group in the nation and cancer continues to be a death knell for Black women—five Black women die daily specifically due to disparities in access to treatment for breast cancer, the report showed. Campbell said the report is meant to serve as a road map for the group’s advocacy on behalf of Black women throughout the U.S.“This report is not about crying ‘Woe is me’ it is saying ‘Here’s where we are and what are we going to do about it,’” she told the AFRO. “We wanted to have something factual we could use as a benchmark for our organizing as we decide how to go about advocating for issues that are important to us.”last_img read more

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5 YouTube shows you should be watching

first_imgYouTube is great for two things: cat videos and YouTube poop. Okay fine, there’s some other stuff on there too, like educational shows, nonsensical “react” videos, and serialized stories from filmmakers who use the platform to debut their projects for free. That means there’s a whole program out there for people who are looking for something to watch when all TV shows are off the air, and there’s nothing on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc., etc., etc.Sadly, as I’ve found over the years, it’s tough to find those web series. YouTube’s front page only advertises videos that are “trending” and serves up recommendations from the same five personalities, and many sites that deal with television coverage don’t touch them.Most if what I was considering for this list are things I heard about through word of mouth, whether people were posting gifs on Tumblr or if a friend sat me down in front of a computer. It’s a shame because while many of them mimic the style utilized by general YouTubers–webcam, uncut shots, a first-person narrative–they have stories to tell that you won’t see on TV.Also, many of these filmmakers really like classic literature, so that’s a plus.CarmillaThe v-log, mockumentary style of some classic literature adaptations on YouTube took off following the Lizzie Bennett Diaries, but Carmilla takes it to another level by adapting the Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu novella of the same name. The work, which was published as a serial in the 1870s, is a gothic, vampire love story between two women, which in itself is appealing as a piece of LGBTQ literary history.The web series, sadly, didn’t take place in the 19th century, but it does update the setting to a college dorm room where the main character, Laura, has to deal with Carmilla as a new roommate after her previous one mysteriously vanishes. The series is ripe with sexual tension, along with those supernatural touches that separate it from other college love stories. There are two seasons out on YouTube currently, with the third in production.Inhuman ConditionInhuman Condition is a surprise. The series, which concerns a therapist who specializes in the supernatural, delves into some serious subject matter, such as anxiety, isolation, and the struggle to control our bodies when they seem to be out of control. Whether you’re following the life of a zombie, a werewolf, or a woman with the power to change reality, they all flow into each other, creating a story where fantastical elements seem normal and mundane.It’s less about the powers that exist and more about the feelings of the people who have to deal with them, and each one is three-dimensional and complex enough to hold their own stories. Plus, it stars Torri Higginson from Stargate: Atlantis as a therapist with her own batch of problems and she’s uncomfortably real in the role.Classic AliceAlice is something of an obsessive, deciding that in order to connect more intimately with the materials in her English Literature classes, she needs to perform the same impulsive behaviors as the characters. The example she gives in the first episode is that from The Great Gatsby, the titular character holds parties to somehow attract Daisy Buchanan. It doesn’t end well for Jay.Classic Alice doesn’t go to such tragic depths, but it goes about as well as you’d expect. The exceptional acting by Kate Hackett, along with the story as it unfolds across 100+ episodes is a must for English lit nerds and anyone who tried way too hard to prove something.Future GirlThis was a show I needed to be longer. Created by Amy Dallen from Geek & Sundry, this show is practically a cartoon. A girl named Em has to deal with the struggles of everyday life while sharing her apartment with a time traveler, a talking cat played by voice actor extraordinaire Phil LaMarr, and an actual Viking (who’s really happy that our versions of Viking helmets have horns).It’s a series of wacky, small, and quirky misadventures between the friends. The fun of Future Girl though comes from the overacting, with each main actress hamming it up in front of the camera and having fun with the material. It’s a combination of those episodes of Doctor Who where the 11th Doctor hangs out with James Corden and Bill & Ted and it’s just too charming to ignore.SOS Save Our SkinsThis is the series for people who needed more of Shaun of the Dead. SOS Save Our Skins is a 13-episode web series about two British men who go on a series of adventures after they find that the apocalypse has occurred around them. They just wanted to go to the sci-fi convention!The story isn’t terribly unique and tends to get overlooked amid people who might compare it too much with the Simon Pegg/Nick Frost film, but it manages to hold its own with dry humor and a story that unravels in a well-paced manner over the course of the series. It’s not your typical apocalypse show, and while it’s a couple of years old at the time of this writing, it still deserves a watch–especially if you’re a fan of self-deprecating, misanthropic British television.last_img read more

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Bank freezes trans womans account because she sounds like a man

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Sophia La Reis. | Photo: Facebook This is what it’s like to be bisexual in UgandaFive LGBTI people reveal what it’s like to be young and homelessNashville man attacks lesbian in her car after she rebuffs his advancesRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/santander-bank-transgender-woman/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… ‘I am a very courteous person and I am outgoing but to feel that way when all I asked was for my money to be transferred. I feel mistreated,’ she said.Santander Bank, UK. | Photo: Can Pac Swire / FlickrA spokeswoman for Santander bank responded to the incident and apologized.She said: ‘We have apologized to Miss Reis for the experience she had when using our telephone banking service and offered her a gesture of goodwill.‘It was certainly not our intention to cause any offence, and our service was not as good as it should have been.‘When verifying customers are who they say they are, we have to balance our duty to protect the security of their accounts.‘If a customer rings up with their banking credentials they should be able to pass security with no problems,’ the spokeswoman said.Now Reis wants to make sure this never happens to any trans person again.She said: ‘Santander is a multi-million pound company that should have a flag on their system for people who are a minority like myself.’Gay Star News reached out to Sophia La Reis for commentGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) A transgender woman tried to transfer some money from her bank account last week (30 August), but when she went to confirm her identity, the bank didn’t believe it was her. 47-year-old Sophia La Reis called the phone banking staff at Santander to verify a transfer of £72 ($93) to her friend.The bank denied the transfer and then froze her card, all because the staff said she ‘sounds like a man’.The next day, when Reis tried to make a purchase at the Tesco supermarket, it didn’t go through.So she went to the Clumber Street branch of the bank and demanded an explanation.Reis explained she told the bank she was changing her name and gender identity 18 months ago.She said to the bank staff: ‘You have got all my documentation and I changed my name on 11 November,’ reports the Nottingham Post.According to Reis, they told her that her voice did not match her profile because it ‘sounded like a man on the phone and not a woman.’‘I felt embarrassed about being who I am’Reis said the incident left her feeling embarrassed and humiliated.She explained: ‘I was crying my eyes out and I am not that type of person at all.last_img read more

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first_imgNews | April 12, 2012 Innovative Technology Selected as Finalists in 2012 Medical Design Excellence Awards The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Related Content Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Critical-Care and Emergency Medicine ProductsCardiohelp System for circulatory and pulmonary support. Manufactured by Maquet Medical Systems USA, Wayne, N.J.; submitted by WCG, New York.endOclear wiper device for the cleaning and visualization of endotracheal tubes. Manufactured by EndOclear LLC, San Ramon, Calif.; submitted by Innovative Design LLC, Danvill, Calif.The Freedom portable driver. Manufactured and submitted by SynCardia Systems Inc., Tucson, Ariz.King Vision video laryngoscope. Manufactured and submitted by King Systems, Noblesville, Ind.LS-1 “suitcase” intensive care unit. Manufactured and submitted by Integrated Medical Systems Inc., Signal Hill, Calif.ProSim 4 vital signs simulator. Manufactured and submitted by Fluke Biomedical, Everett, Wash. Video Player is loading.Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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April 12, 2012 — Several innovative cardiovascular and radiology technologies were featured in Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry (MD+DI) magazine’s April issue, which also announced the finalists in the 2012 Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) competition.Sponsored by MD+DI and organized by UBM Canon, MDEA is the premier awards program for the medical technology community. It recognizes the achievements of medical device manufacturers, their suppliers and the many people behind the scenes — engineers, scientists, designers and clinicians — who are responsible for innovations in healthcare. MDEA-finalist and winning entries excel in the areas of product innovation, design and engineering achievement, end-user benefit, and cost-effectiveness in manufacturing and healthcare delivery.The finalists by category include:Radiological and Electromechanical DevicesBodyTom portable full-body multi-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner. Manufactured and submitted by NeuroLogica Corp., Danvers, Mass.Carestream CS 7600 imaging plate system. Manufactured and submitted by Carestream Health Inc., Rochester, N.Y.DermScope imaging accessory for the iPhone. Manufactured by Canfield Scientific Inc., Fairfield, N.J.; submitted by HS Design Inc., Gladstone, N.J.Nomad Pro handheld X-ray system. Manufactured by Aribex Inc., Orem, Utah; submitted by IQMS, Paso Robles, Calif.Planmed Verity extremity scanner. Manufactured and submitted by Planmed Oy, Helsinki, Finland. Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Winning products will be announced at the MDEA Presentation Ceremony held Wednesday, May 23, 2012, in conjunction with the MD&M East Event.For more information: www.MDMEast.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Implant and Tissue-Replacement ProductsConforMIS iTotal CR knee replacement system. Manufactured by ConforMIS Inc., Burlington, Mass.; submitted by Racepoint Group, Waltham, Mass.Gore hybrid vascular graft. Manufactured and submitted by W. L. Gore & Associates Inc., Flagstaff, Ariz.Kamra Corneal Inlay. Manufactured and submitted by AcuFocus Inc., Irvine, Calif. Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Surgical Equipment, Instruments and SuppliesThe ActiViews CT-Guide navigation system. Manufactured and submitted by ActiViews Inc., Wakefield, Mass.Alair Catheter for Bronchial Thermoplasty procedures. Manufactured by Asthmatx, Sunnyvale, Calif.; submitted by Bridge Design, San Francisco.Catalys precision laser system. Manufactured and submitted by OptiMedica Corp., Santa Clara, Calif.EndoSerter corneal endothelial delivery instrument. Manufactured by Ocular Systems Inc., Winston-Salem, N.C.; submitted by Cathtek, Winston Salem, N.C.FMwand ferromagnetic surgical system. Manufactured and submitted by Domain Surgical, Salt Lake City. News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more last_img read more

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Holocaust drama Son of Saul shakes up Cannes audiences

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 ways to recognize low testosterone 0 Comments   Share   How men can have a healthy 2019 It’s rare for a director’s first film to be chosen for Cannes’ main competition, rarer still for it to be met with such an enthusiastic response.Cinematographer Matyas Erdely said Friday the challenge for the filmmakers was “how to show things that are not possible to show.”“The genius idea of Lazlo’s was that we just won’t show things that cannot be shown,” he told reporters. “Basically our approach was to exclude everything that is not fundamental to our story.”“Son of Saul” focuses on an Auschwitz death camp Sonderkommando — one of the Jewish prisoners forced to help dispose of the corpses of those killed in the gas chambers. The Sonderkommandos were given better food and living conditions than other inmates but were inevitably executed after a few months to prevent them from revealing the secrets they knew.Nemes, who has worked as an assistant to Hungarian auteur Bela Tarr, focuses his film almost exclusively on Saul (Geza Rohrig), a character who undertakes a single-minded plan to offer one dead boy a proper burial. The horrors of the concentration camp are not hidden but they unfold in the background, or off to the side of the screen. “We thought that less was more,” the 38-year-old Nemes said, explaining his decision to let viewers’ imaginations fill in the gaps, aided by an unforgettably evocative soundtrack. “What was important for me was to make a film about this hellish experience in a different way. … We wanted to boil everything down to the dimension of a single human being.”“Son of Saul” offers neither hope nor redemption, and many viewers found watching it a draining experience.Rohrig — a New York-based Hungarian poet who fills almost every frame of the movie — said his biggest challenge was to play a character whose horizons and emotions have withered under brutal conditions.“The only way to remain sane and live this type of life was to cease to be a human being, to be detached from your emotions,” Rohrig said. “The challenge of the character was to dance in a very, very small area, in a very minimalist way.”___Follow Jill Lawless on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/JillLawlessCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Director Laszlo Nemes attends a press conference for the film Saul Fia (Son of Saul) at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) CANNES, France (AP) — A Hungarian film that takes viewers into the hellish heart of the Holocaust has left Cannes reeling.“Son of Saul,” the first feature from director Laszlo Nemes, has become an early favorite to win the Palme d’Or and has been praised for reimagining the way the Holocaust is depicted onscreen.The Hollywood Reporter called the film “remarkable — and remarkably intense,” while Variety judged it “terrifyingly accomplished.” The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw said it was “devastating and terrifying” and praised its “gaunt, fierce kind of courage.”center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

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Panama City tourism leader outlines goals for the unknown gem

first_imgAs the first Director of the Panama City Community Development Corporation (CDC), Jennifer Vigil has been entrusted the task of promoting what the city has to offer using revenues drawn from the new Tourist Development Tax, a five percent fee tacked on to short-term rentals.“Panama City is an unknown gem right now,” Vigil said. “You’ve never had a bed tax before and concerted efforts to market the city. I feel like it is the first opportunity Panama City has to introduce itself to the world.” The CDC will use those revenues to promote tourism by marketing to potential visitors, supporting local events and launching other efforts aimed at putting more “heads in beds” at city hotels.The agency is now in the process of determining Panama City’s target visitor markets through a professional study, which will analyse where, when and who to reach. The $134,500 tourist development study will be crafted by a team of consultants and serve as the CDC’s ammunition during its inaugural years.The study will also include a rundown of the city’s assets as they relate to tourism, ways to better utilise those assets and potential new assets that could be developed.last_img read more

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Sushma Chauhan IAS

first_imgThe experience at TTF has been absolutely amazing. TTF is a great platform for many states and countries to showcase their tourism potential and as a participating state, we see this as a great opportunity to attract a lot of people from not only different parts of the country but also from different countries and invite them to my state of Jammu & Kashmir. We are very hoepful that on one hand we will be able to promote Jammu & Kashmir as a top tourist destination and we will be able to invite a lot of clients to the state.last_img read more

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first_imgappointmentscruiseSilversea Cruises During a time of significant growth for Silversea Cruises, the company has announced two new appointments for Australasia. Steve Richards joins the team as Sales Director for Australia & New Zealand, Sandra Cahill has been appointed as Silversea’s newest Business Development Manager, responsible for the Northern NSW territory, and Annie Weinert has been appointed as second Inside Sales Manager to support trade.In his new role, Steve Richards will be responsible for the establishment of new and existing business in both markets. He has previously held positions as Head of Commercial at Best Western, and also as General Manager at Wendy Wu Tours. Sandra Cahill joins Silversea following recent roles at Oman Tourism, Pandaw, Insight Vacations and APT. She takes over from Julie Golding, who has been promoted to Key Accounts Manager. Annie Weinert has been with the Silversea team for over 10 years.Also joining the Silversea team in the last month are Gemma Walker who has been appointed as Commercial Manager; Filomena Maio, who has been appointed as Trade Reservations Team Leader following Tim Pierce’s promotion to Reservations Manager; and Julian De Carlo who takes the role of Sales and Marketing coordinator.IMAGE: Silver Muselast_img read more

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