Tom Fennario APTN NewsA social worker in the Quebec community of Rapid Lake says women and families live in constant fear because of a lack of policing.Located within the territory of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake, Rapid Lake is plagued by social issues and is facing a crisis.The isolated community located four hours north of Montreal is struggling to get the police services it email@example.com@tfennario
Pot producers face pushback over odour smell in Ontario farming townPot producers face pushback over odour smell in Ontario farming town
October 13, 2019October 13, 2019
PELHAM, Ont. — David Ireland is frustrated by the “skunk smell” of pot that wafts down from two cannabis cultivation facilities roughly five kilometres away and lingers outside his home, even in the winter.“On hot humid days, it’s worse because they have to vent more often … You wouldn’t be able to open your windows,” he said.The town of Pelham, Ont., where Ireland lives — an hour away from Toronto, near Niagara Region wine country — has become a hotbed for legal commercial pot growers who have snapped up greenhouses and converted them from flowers and vegetables to the more lucrative crop.There are now six licensed marijuana production operations in the community of 17,500 people, and one cannabis company that has expressed interest, according to Pelham Mayor Marvin Junkin.And while the community is receptive to the jobs the companies bring, mounting complaints about odour and light pollution at night have prompted residents such as Ireland to form a group aimed at keeping the industry in check.As a result, Pelham has banned any new cannabis cultivation facilities and existing ones are prohibited from expanding for one year, under an interim control bylaw put in place on Oct. 15 last year.“Unfortunately, the ones that are here haven’t been the best of corporate citizens,” Junkin said.“It’s a two-edge sword right now,” the mayor said. “As a town we definitely like the jobs… If they can just meet a little bit more halfway on the emissions, light and odour.” This tension in Pelham highlights the growing pains of the cannabis industry as Canadian pot players ramp up production to meet domestic and global demand while balancing the concerns of the communities where they operate.The Green Organic Dutchman, based in Mississauga, Ont., has also faced resistance in Hamilton where it has a planned greenhouse expansion. Meanwhile, more than 30 Ontario municipalities have decided they do not want cannabis retail stores in their communities ahead of a Jan. 22 deadline.The domestic cannabis industry has exploded in recent years in preparation for legalization of adult-use pot last fall.The cannabis market in Canada, including medical, illegal and legal recreational products is expected to generate up to $7.17 billion in total sales in 2019, according to a recent Deloitte report. Of that amount, legal sales are expected to contribute more than half, up to $4.34 billion, in the first year, Deloitte added.Canada has emerged as the world leader in pot, with companies expanding their global reach as more countries around the world legalize the drug for medical use.The result has been an economic bump in communities such as Leamington, Ont. and Smiths Falls, Ont., helping to fill a void left behind by factories that once produced Heinz Ketchup and Hershey chocolate, said Ryerson University business professor Brad Poulos.“It’s had a huge impact, basically brought these communities back to life,” Poulos said.There were 10,400 people employed in cannabis-related jobs in Canada in November, up 7,500 or 266 per cent from a year earlier, according Statistics Canada.Meanwhile, demand for legal recreational pot since Oct. 17 across Canada continues to outstrip supply, with widespread shortages that provinces and territorial suppliers have warned may last for months.The pushback against the industry in Pelham is a constraint on licensed producers such as CannTrust, hampering their ability to expand and cash in on the current supply crunch.“Overall, we consider this to be a potential negative development as a delay in CannTrust’s ramp to full production would limit its ability to capitalize on the near-term under-supplied Canadian market,” said Bank of Montreal analyst Tamy Chen in a recent note to clients.CannTrust opened a hydroponic facility in Pelham last June, which the company has said is capable of producing up to 50,000 kilograms of pot annually. The producer had also planned to expand the facility, in two phases, which would eventually increase its output to 100,000 kilograms. The company has not yet received the needed permits for the latter phase of its expansion. CannTrust chief executive Peter Aceto said those permit applications were submitted before the Oct. 15 bylaw was passed.However, Pelham’s director of community planning Barbara Weins said a sale transaction related to CannTrust’s planned expansion was not completed before Oct. 15 and therefore the permits could not be issued.The company has taken “significant precautions” to control odour at its Pelham facility and it hasn’t received any smell complaints, Aceto said, but it has been contacted by the county about light pollution.“It’s always been really important to us to be a good member of that community,” Aceto said. “So if there is something that is making people unhappy, we want to remedy it.”In any case, CannTrust is exploring other options to expand its production capabilities, such as outdoor growing, acquiring a licensed producer or buying existing greenhouses in other parts of the country, he said.CannTrust executives met with Pelham’s mayor on Friday and had a “productive” visit, according to Junkin.Leviathan Cannabis Group had announced plans for a greenhouse in Pelham, and has made an exemption application to the town, said its chief executive Martin Doane.The Toronto-based company, which is still awaiting its license from Health Canada, intends to build a sealed greenhouse with full shading to contain odour and light, he said.“Our company empathizes… We don’t want to be lumped in with these earlier-generation facilities.”The light pollution, rather than the pungent aroma, is the most pressing concern, said long-time area resident Josh Miner.“At night, it’s ridiculous… I can walk in my backyard and it’s bright as day,” he said.Still, Miner recognizes the economic boost the industry brings and has positioned himself to benefit from it. His business Fenwick Pie Co. is near one of the cannabis cultivators in Pelham, and has seen an influx of customers as a result.“People do need to realize that heavy industry is dead, or it’s on its way to dying. And if people need jobs — that’s a job,” Miner said.A pungent aroma is a common by-product of any industry, he adds.“The way I look at it, we’ve been an agricultural area forever and I grew up near a chicken farm,” Miner said.“So there’s a negative smell there as well, but nobody has stopped raising chickens.” Armina Ligaya, The Canadian Press
Province asking feds for help in battle against wildfiresProvince asking feds for help in battle against wildfires
October 13, 2019October 13, 2019
The provincial government says that there is currently more than 3,400 wildfire personnel including contractors, municipal firefighters, industry personnel and out-of-province crews from Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand, responding to some 600 wildfires currently burning across B.C.Despite this, the provincial government has made the request of the feds, asking for two hundred personnel to perform the mop-up and patrol of fires that have been contained, along with aircraft to reposition wildfire crews and equipment to new fire starts and to evacuate injured personnel and residents in remote areas.“This is an urgent situation, and the safety of British Columbians is our highest priority,” said Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth. “Due to the increase in the number of wildfires affecting communities and the extreme wildfire behaviour we are seeing, we’re asking for federal assistance for additional resources that may be needed to protect the public, property and infrastructure.”Farnworth is scheduled to give a press conference about the Province’s request at 2:00 p.m. VICTORIA, B.C. – The end of the wildfire season in B.C. still weeks away and with no substantial precipitation in the forecast, the provincial government has requested help from the federal government for its firefighting efforts.As of this morning, the 27 evacuation orders currently in effect had forced approximately 3,100 people from their homes.Another 43 evacuation alerts mean that an additional roughly 17,900 B.C. residents need to be ready to leave their homes at a moment’s notice.
UN checks charges of Government bombing in renewed Darfur fightingUN checks charges of Government bombing in renewed Darfur fighting
October 12, 2019October 12, 2019
The team met the local SLA Commander who led then to the site where camels were allegedly stolen and children abducted in the attack on Abu Dengal, about 125 kilometres southeast of Nyala. The team was also taken to a site where four craters, two showing signs of explosions and another two containing unexploded bombs, were observed.Local residents, contending this was the result of bombings by the Government, said there was unexploded ordnance in the village and requested UNAMID help in disposing of the devices.UNAMID has also received indicating that Government Central Reserve Police has allegedly attacked a village held by a faction of the SLA. The rebel group reported that three people were killed and several injured in yesterday’s attack on Um Martei, some 30 kilometres southeast of Dar es Salaam-Waddah.When contacted by UNAMID, the Government liaison officer denied the allegation, which will be verified by UNAMID.Last week Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged all sides to refrain from hostilities following reports of renewed fighting between rebels and Government forces in a conflict that has killed an estimated 300,000 people over the past five years and driven another 2.7 million from their homes. 24 November 2008The joint United Nations-African Union mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has sent a team to verify allegations by the Sudan Liberation Army/Movement (SLA/M) of Government attacks on a village in South Darfur province following reports of renewed fighting in the war-torn region.
Private prosecution launched over 2014 collapse of the Mount Polley damPrivate prosecution launched over 2014 collapse of the Mount Polley dam
October 3, 2019October 3, 2019
WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – An advocacy group has launched a private prosecution under the Fisheries Act against the B.C. government and a mining company over the disastrous consequences of the collapse of the Mount Polley tailings dam.The legal action by MiningWatch Canada says the dam released a torrent of mine waste in B.C.’s Cariboo region, creating a new valley and permanently altering or destroying fish habitat, affecting 20 different fish species.MiningWatch says in a summary of the lawsuit that it is taking action now because the Crown hasn’t laid charges under the Fisheries Act.“(MiningWatch) fears this inaction on the part of Crown sends the wrong signal to the industry across the country and undermines public confidence in the capacity of our regulatory system to work in an effective and speedy matter to protect the environment,” the document says.The charges allege the province and the Mount Polley Mining Corp. violated the act that prohibits serious harm to fish and forbids the deposit of deleterious substances into fish-bearing waters.None of the allegations have been proven in court and neither the provincial government nor Mount Polley Mining could be reached for comment.In August 2014, The dam failed at the Mount Polley gold and copper mine, which is owned by Imperial Metals Corp. (TSX:III). Twenty five million cubic meters of wastewater and mine waste gushed downstream.The Fisheries Act allows any citizen to initiate a private prosecution if they believe that a person has committed an indictable offence.It has been used successfully before when biologist Alexandra Morton laid a private charge against a fish farm company alleging the farmer unlawfully captured wild fish by allowing young salmon to be mixed in the pens of farmed salmon.MiningWatch says in a news release that it is prepared to go to a full trial if necessary, but the cost can be immense.“For this reason, MiningWatch will be asking for the federal Crown to carry the prosecution forward, which can decide to take over the case, or not.”A letter sent to MiningWatch lawyer Lilina Lysenko from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans says investigators from three agencies have served search warrants and obtained evidence relevant to the investigations.“Any charges supporting the evidence will be recommended to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada for their consideration and action,” says the letter, dated Sept. 27. Private prosecution launched over 2014 collapse of the Mount Polley dam by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 18, 2016 3:48 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 18, 2016 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
South Australian ethnic groups join forces to help Greeces fire victimsSouth Australian ethnic groups join forces to help Greeces fire victims
September 21, 2019September 21, 2019
Representatives from various ethnic groups united at a meeting on Monday night at Adelaide’s Olympic Hall to give a helping hand to those devastated by the wildfires in Greece.Over 30 leaders from associations across South Australia’s Greek, Cypriot, Italian, Jewish, Islamic, African and Indian communities were in attendance, along with members of Parliament and community members.Organised by the Greek Orthodox Community of SA (GOCSA), the forum’s primary aim was the formation of a coordinating committee to ensure assistance offered to beneficiaries is targeted and effective.“Especially when you’re sending money overseas, you want to be doing the right thing,” said GOCSA President, Bill Gonis.He explained that the committee would increase public confidence that collected donations will reach individuals and groups that are most in need.“We are getting phone calls not just from the Greek community but from the public asking how we can help and where do we contribute funds.“We want to make sure everything is above board and done in a transparent manner.”In response to the fire catastrophe in Greece, the GOCSA has joined forces with local Greek associations in partnership with the Bank of Sydney and Delphi Bank to establish a Community Relief Fund, amongst other undertakings.The proceeds aim to support people across the Rafina region and other fire affected areas in Greece.Photo: Facebook (Greek Orthodox Community of SA Inc.)Following a minute’s silence at the beginning of the meeting in respect for those who lost their lives in the disaster, speakers including Premier Steven Marshall, Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas, SA Best MLC Frank Pangallo, and former Director of Public Prosecutions Stephen Pallaras QC addressed those gathered.Mr Marshall praised the support that was shown at the meeting.“It is this kind of community spirit that will sustain these Greek communities and families that lost everything last week,” he said.A South Australian aid package is expected to be announced in the coming days, with the support of the state’s opposition.Among suggestions heard, was also the organising of a fundraiser at this weekend’s AFL game between Port Adelaide and the Adelaide Crows.It is hoped that the coordinating committee will be able to set up a plan for the distribution of collected donations within the next eight weeks.Ethnic community representatives at the Greek bush fires relief fund forum. Photo: Facebook (Greek Orthodox Community of SA Inc.) Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Watch Cockroach Delivers Karate Kick to Avoid Becoming a ZombieWatch Cockroach Delivers Karate Kick to Avoid Becoming a Zombie
September 20, 2019September 20, 2019
Stay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend In the natural world, it’s survival of the fittest, which means you either live or die based on your fight strategy. The American cockroach is the latest insect to step into the boxing ring, and this time, it’s serving up the ultimate move to avoid zombification: a swift karate kick.Vanderbilt University research found that some American cockroaches use this defense movement against emerald wasps in one-on-one combat. Emerald wasps are known to prey on cockroaches by stinging them in the head and “zombifying” them into placid egg carriers. The gross part? These cockroaches then become live food for the emerald wasp larvae.Ken Catania, the Vanderbilt University biologist who led the research, studied both insects through ultra slow-speed videography to document cockroaches using the mechanism to prove their strength when they battled emerald wasps. He noticed that before the emerald wasps delivered fatal stings, cockroaches would use their spiny back legs to karate kick their attackers.On a positive note, this strategy worked for 63 percent of adult cockroaches that used it. Unfortunately though, juvenile cockroaches didn’t react quick enough to ward off emerald wasp stings.Frames from Catania’s video capture (Photo Credit: Catania Lab)“The cockroach has a suite of behaviors that it can deploy to fend off the zombie-makers, and this starts out with what I call the ‘en garde’ position, like in fencing,” Catania said. “That allows the roach to move its antenna toward the wasp so it can track an approaching attack and aim kicks at the head and body of the wasp, and that’s one of the most efficient deterrents. It’s reminiscent of what a movie character would do when a zombie is coming after them.”Catania, whose research was supported by the National Science Foundation grant 1456472, aims to study more cockroach and emerald wasp interactions in the future. You can read more about his insect research in the journal, Brain, Behavior and Evolution.More on Geek.com:Small Wonder: A Look at the World’s Smallest Mollusk MuseumWhy SpaceX’s Next-Gen Rockets are Powered by MethaneDogs Can Sense Malaria by Smelling Your Clothes, Research Says
September 17, 2019September 17, 2019
Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 9, 2017 – Detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, Medical Team and the Department of Disaster Management & Emergencies are on the island of Middle Caicos making queries after the body of a male was discovered earlier this morning (Thursday 9th February 2017).The complainant of the Blue Horizon Resort reported to the police around 9:12 pm on Wednesday 8th February 2017 that a slim built Caucasian male, in his early thirty’s checked into the resort since Monday 6th February 2017 was not seen since that day.Around 8:40 am police received information that a lifeless body was seen near the shoreline of the resort.Further updates will be given once received.Press Release: RTCIPF#MagneticMediaNews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo
Full Show Kavanaugh Vote and the Election and Women In Houston HistoryFull Show Kavanaugh Vote and the Election and Women In Houston History
September 2, 2019September 2, 2019
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: On Friday’s Houston Matters: Texas Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn are among those voting today on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. It comes a day after an FBI report on allegations of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh. We consider whether today’s vote — and the contentious debate over his nomination — could influence Greater Houston voters heading into the midterm election.Also this hour: We learn about influential women from Houston’s history ahead of a conference from The Houston History Alliance. Then, our rotating panel of “non-experts” breaks down The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of the week’s news.And writer Lance Scott Walker talks about his books on Houston rap.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share X 00:00 /50:28 Listen
DC Baltimore Gets Mixed Reviews on Body Camera PoliciesDC Baltimore Gets Mixed Reviews on Body Camera Policies
September 1, 2019September 1, 2019
Marvels Cloak and Dagger Makes a Slow but Satisfying First ImpressionMarvels Cloak and Dagger Makes a Slow but Satisfying First Impression
September 1, 2019September 1, 2019
Stay on target Cloak and Dagger opens strong. It begins with a cool dual origin story. A little girl struggles in ballet class that her parents are late picking her up from. A little boy sees his brother being pressured to steal a car radio he and his friends sold. As it starts to rain, the night turns tragic for both of them. The girl’s dad picks her up, but he’s distracted by a phone call from work. A ship mysteriously explodes, causing her dad to veer out of control, crashing the car off the bridge and into the water.The boy steals the radio for his brother, who tries to do the responsible thing to return it. Some cops find them, and it’s clear to everyone they’re not going to buy the “we were returning it” story. The cops give chase, and they all end up at the docks. The brother tries to explain the situation, but the same ship explosion startles the cops, who shoot the kid’s brother. As he falls dead into the water, the kid dives in after him. That boat must have been carrying something because as both the boy and girl are about to drown to death, they’re touched by a mysterious light. Suddenly, the sense each other nearby. In a hauntingly beautiful sequence, they reach toward each other, the boy’s shadowy new powers bringing both of them to safety.Maceo Smedley (Photo via Freeform)The dual storytelling continues when we catch up with both of them as young adults. This whole opening is really cool. The subdued score plays beneath both of their scenes as the episode rapidly cuts back and forth between them. Not surprisingly, neither of them are doing well. The girl, Tandy Bowen, has turned to a life of crime, though you can’t say some of her targets don’t deserve it. She lures a rich club kid back to his place, drugs his drink and steals all his stuff. Then she goes home for some cocaine. Meanwhile, the boy Tyrone Johnson, has been bottling up his fear and anger from his brother’s death all his life. It boils over in the middle of a basketball game where he’s ejected for fighting a guy on the other team.The stories come together for the first time at a party in the woods. Tyrone’s team is celebrating making it to state championships, and Tandy’s there to steal some wallets. When Tyrone figures out he’s been targeted, he chases after her. They touch and their powers show themselves for the first time since they were kids. Light surround her hands, darkness surrounds his. They don’t get nearly as much screen time together in this two-hour premiere as you’d want, but every scene of theirs is fantastic. The two actors have such great chemistry together, you just want to get to the team-up already. That’s going to be a long time coming, though.Aubrey Joseph (Photo via Freeform)This two-hour premiere is slow. It takes almost until the end of the first hour for their powers to start showing through. That slowness does cause the premiere to drag a bit, but it’s not bad enough that it makes me fear for the rest of the series. It feels like they knew they had double the normal running time to work with, so they stretch everything out. For some scenes, it works. Like the scene where Tyrone gets into an argument with his mother and she tells him why she’s so hard on him. She knows it doesn’t matter how well off they are. It doesn’t matter if Tyrone is the perfect responsible kid who does everything right. All it takes is one rogue cop, one who has an uncle that can “fix” things it turns out, to take everything away. Then there are scenes like Tandy’s conversation with her mother. Ones that are slow, stilted and only serve to provide an excuse for them to touch so the show can hint at one of Dagger’s powers.Despite its slowness, I can’t complain about pacing too much. I really like these characters. The dialog might be a little corny (OK, real corny) sometimes. And the religious imagery gets a little overwrought, especially in the second hour, but we have two fascinating, complex, conflicted characters here. They’re linked by a mysterious tragedy, and both faced injustice immediately afterward. The cop who shot Tyrone’s brother got off clean. After Tandy’s dad died, his company, Roxxon (which should sound very familiar to Marvel fans), took everything from the family, sending her mom into poverty and depression, with a side order of alcoholism and drug addiction. They’ve had very different lives growing up, but they’ve both lived with instability ever since their brief meeting as kids. They’re both charming, scrappy and instantly likable. You want to root for them, even as they make mistakes. I just wish they spent more scenes together in these two episodes.Aubrey Joseph, Evita Fusilier (Photo via Freeform)Both episodes take just a little too long to get to the point, but in both cases, it’s a point worth getting too. The conclusions to both are exciting, scary and mysterious. Like any good drama should, they leave you begging for the next one. I like the part of every superhero origin story where the hero doesn’t quite know what’s going on. Where they start instinctively using their powers and have no idea what’s happening. The slow pace of these episodes allows these moments to breathe. The episodes really dive into what these brief flashes of power feel like. Tyrone starts waking up in strange places. First, it’s on top of the Roxxon building. Then, it’s in the trunk of the car belonging to the cop who shot his brother… who happens to be facilitating a coke deal. Something tells me these teleportations aren’t as random as they seem.Tandy, meanwhile, runs into her target from the beginning of the episode. He wants revenge for her heist and decides he’ll get it by raping her. Yeah, this show doesn’t shy away from difficult subject matter. Thankfully, it also doesn’t trivialize it. Yes, it sucks that some kind of sexual assault is somehow always a threat or past trauma for female superheroes. But that doesn’t change the fact that it’s something women disproportionately have to worry about in the real world. Especially, it seems, when dealing with entitled, privileged boys like the character on this show. The scene doesn’t go too far, either. In her fear, Tandy summons a dagger of light and stabs it into the dude’s stomach. As shaken as she is by potentially having murdered someone, nobody argues the guy didn’t deserve it.They spend the entire second hour apart. It mostly focuses on Tandy dealing with the after math of stabbing the guy. She needs a new identity and to get out of town, and that’s going to cost her a ton of money. If we needed any more indication of how much her home life sucks, we soon learn her mother has snorted and spent the money and drugs she’s been hiding for just such an occasion. So she and her boyfriend have to dress up and crash a wedding to steal the rest. Unfortunately for them, Tandy’s attacker’s friends have been talking to the police. Tandy’s able to steal the money, but her boyfriend gets caught and the episode ends with him calling for her help. She’s not going to be able to though, because that’s when the episode finally brings Cloak and Dagger together… right before the very end.Olivia Holt, Aubrey Joseph (Photo via Freeform)I have to say, as much as I wish these two hours had gotten its two leads together more, the way it finally brought their stories together was very cool. I was completely engrossed watching it come together. Tyrone spends the episode stalking the dirty cop who killed his brother. When he realizes the toll his brother’s death is still taking on his mom, he goes after the cop with a gun. But by now, we know that his powers come out during moments of heightened emotions. And man, does that ever describe this situation. So suddenly, as Tandy is about to abandon her arrested boyfriend for her new life, she suddenly has a bullet hole in her windshield and the boy she tried to steal from in her backseat. Then, credits. Damn, Cloak and Dagger, you sure know how to make two straight hours feel like not enough.Despite the slow pace, and the fact that the two leads have great chemistry but only have one scene together, Cloak and Dagger had a really enjoyable premiere. For two episodes full of set up, the fleshed-out, interesting characters pulls you through both. I was hooked on these kids’ stories from moment one. What really worked in this series though, were the scenes where Tyrone and Tandy accidentally used their powers on others in the second episode. Tandy, when she touches someone, can see people’s hopes. As she’s dancing with her boyfriend, she sees his dream of marrying her one day. Tyrone can see people’s fears. When he tries to comfort his mom, he sees she carries with her the fear of having both sons taken from her. These sequences are artistic and entirely emotional. The show pulls them off so well, and their otherworldly look contributes to the show’s overall mesmerizing color palate. (Oh yeah, this show looks fantastic. The way it plays with shadows sets it apart from pretty much everything else on Freeform.) I wanted more of them. And if the preview for next week’s episode is anything to go by, we’re about to see an entire hour of them. Cloak and Dagger’s First Season Sails AwayCloak and Dagger Takes the Heroes to Their Lowest Point Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Researchers find social lifestyle also helps mole rats live a long timeResearchers find social lifestyle also helps mole rats live a long time
August 31, 2019August 31, 2019
Citation: Researchers find social lifestyle also helps mole rats live a long time (2015, January 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-01-social-lifestyle-mole-rats.html (Phys.org)—A pair of researchers based at New York University has found a second explanation for the long lifespan of naked mole rats—their social networks. In their paper published in The Royal Society Proceedings B, Scott Williams and Milena Shattuck describe the statistical analysis they undertook in comparing the lifespan of various species of animals and comparing them against other factors such as size, environment and degree of social behavior and what they found in doing so. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Factor in naked mole rat’s cells enhances protein integrity © 2015 Phys.org More information: Ecology, longevity and naked mole-rats: confounding effects of sociality? Published 28 January 2015. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.1664 Explore further Naked mole rats live a ridiculously long time for their size—they average just three or four inches in length, but live for up to thirty years (underground in parts of Africa). Prior research has found that as a general rule, life spans are longer for animals that are bigger—mice, for example, tend to live just three years. So what gives? After much study, scientists have found that the rodents have a large amount of a certain type of protein in their tissue that appears to ward off aging and things like cancer. The protein appears to do its magic by causing genes to be more careful in how they make new proteins. But how did this protein magic get started in mole rats, and why does it persist? Prior research has shown that their fossorial (living in a burrow) existence is a factor—animals that live underground tend to live longer, partly because it helps them avoid predators. But other underground animals do not live nearly as long, so there has to be another reason—that is what Williams and Shattuck sought to better understand by taking a closer look at their communal lifestyle.Naked mole rats live a lot like bees or ants, with workers doing different jobs and a queen that does the reproducing—an unusual trait for a rodent. Suspecting that it might have something to do with their longevity, the research duo began doing some research, creating a database of different animals (440 mammals) that allowed for comparing longevity with their environment and social habits. Analysis revealed that mammals that both live underground and do so socially, tend to live longer than those that do just one or the other, or neither. Thus it appears that the mole rats remarkable lifespan is at least partly due to both its underground environment and their social lifestyle. naked mole-rat. Credit: Joshua Clark
Queer Eye is saying goodbye to Georgia for Season 3Queer Eye is saying goodbye to Georgia for Season 3
August 29, 2019August 29, 2019
GAYSTARNEWS- The Fab Five in an episode in Georgia | Photo: IMDB/Netflix Goodbye Georgia, hello Missouri! That’s what Queer Eye is saying for Season 3. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The breakout Netflix reboot of the reality show, which only premiered earlier this year but has felt like it’s been around for much longer, is changing locations for the third season.In the first two seasons, the new Fab Five – Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown, and Bobby Berk — operated out of Atlanta, Georgia.An adorable tweet revealed the news today (13 July).Get in, henny! We’re taking a road trip. Are you ready for Season 3? Kansas City, Missouri HERE. WE. COME. pic.twitter.com/ZhtbyAMLtE— Queer Eye (@QueerEye) July 13, 2018It shows the Fab Five (or at least their heads) in an animated road trip sequence. It also features sound bites from the first two seasons and their… interesting driving experiences.‘Road trip!’ Van Ness exclaims. Then, Brown adds: ‘Jesus take the wheel.’ Here’s how the Queer Eye Fab Five reacted to their Emmy nominationsKaramo Brown from Queer Eye is releasing a line of gender-neutral bomber jacketsQueer Eye’s Antoni Porowski giving classic New York diner a makeover for his first restaurantRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/queer-eye-saying-goodbye-georgia-season-3/ Naturally, Van Ness is all about that.When they finally make it, France says with relief: ‘We’re alive, we’re alive.’More fun to be hadThe first two seasons put the spotlight on a variety of people, like the beloved Tom, and Skyler’s trans makeover episode.Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, the original iteration of this show, took place in New York City. However, by moving it out of a so-called ‘coastal bubble’, the new show has been able to tackle different ideas and narratives.Recently, the show earned four Emmy nominations and the Fab Five’s reactions were super adorable.Looks like there might be a chance for more in their future!Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .
Gay man kicked out of Vegas pool party for choice of swimsuitGay man kicked out of Vegas pool party for choice of swimsuit
August 29, 2019August 29, 2019
Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… A Las Vegas pool party kicked out a gay man for his choice of swimwear on Sunday (5 August). Chris Donohoe was kicked out of a Las Vegas pool party for his choice of swimwear. | Photo: Chris Donohoe / Facebook GAYSTARNEWS- Drag Race queen Coco Montrese took to Twitter last night (7 August) to ask a question to the Encore Beach Club.She tweeted: ‘Hey @EncoreBeachClub is it a dress code policy at a pool that men CAN NOT wear speedos but women can wear bikinis?‘Asking for my friends in the entire tourist industry? PLEASE CLARIFY,’ she tweeted.Wynn Resorts responds to the controversyIn response to the viral video, Michael Weaver, CMO at Wynn Resorts released a statement on this incident.According to OUT, the full statement reads: ‘In order to maintain a five-star experience, Wynn Las Vegas requests that guests adhere to certain dress code policies throughout the resort.Encore Beach Club. | Photo: Chris Goldberg / Flickr‘In the Encore Beach Club, we had a policy, clearly posted at the entrance, which prohibited Speedos. Upon receiving a guest complaint, we reviewed the policy and have changed it. The new policy will allow Speedos, but will prohibit risqué and indecent swimwear for both men and women.‘We will include the new policy on entry signage, as well as the club website. In order to help guests plan appropriately and enjoy a welcoming environment. We apologize to the guest who was affected by our previous policy.‘Regarding LGBTQ+ guests, our policy has been clear and consistent for years. Wynn welcomes and appreciates all of our LGBTQ+ guests. Decisions to enforce policies are solely based on guest behavior, or in this case, attire.‘We have always and will continue to apply attire policies equally to all of our guests, regardless of sexual orientation,’ the statement read.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . What it’s really like to run a clothing-optional gay resort in Palm SpringsGay guys tell their horror stories from vacations with their straight friendsEveryday moments of gay history captured on new websiteRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/gay-man-kicked-out-of-vegas-pool-party-for-choice-of-swimsuit/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Chris Donohoe took to Facebook on Monday (6 August) to post a video about the incident at the Encore Beach Club.He wrote in the caption of the video: ‘Yesterday I was kicked out of the Encore Beach Club for being gay.‘I was made to leave the pool for wearing a Mr Turk bathing suit that they said was not “in integrity” with the brand of the pool party. In other words, I was kicked out for being a gay man wearing a bathing suit that was just a little too gay for the The Beach Club Encore Las Vegas to tolerate.‘I was up all night because I couldn’t sleep from being so upset. I’ve cried so much,’ he said.‘This is not a Speedo’In the video, he’s talking with the bouncer about why the Vegas pool party asked him to leave. Donohoe argues the policy is ‘no Speedos’ but technically he is wearing a bathing suit from a different brand.He says: ‘As far as I understand, the policy is no Speedos and this is not a Speedo. So I don’t actually understand why I’m being refused.‘Just technically, and even realistically, this is not a Speedo,’ he adds.The security guard argues it is against the dress code to wear a swimsuit like the one Donohoe is wearing.At the time of writing, the video about the Vegas pool party has almost 80,000 views.
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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. 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 Technology | October 08, 2013 Civco Announces FDA Clearance of Protura Robotic Patient Positioning System Integration with Varian Clinac iX and Trilogy Linacs News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | 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 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Proton Therapy | August 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 | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. October 8, 2013 — Civco Medical Solutions announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance of Protura Robotic Patient Positioning System integration with Varian Medical Systems’ Motion Management Interface.Protura remotely repositions patients with robotic 6 degrees of freedom to ensure sub-millimeter positioning accuracy. Protura’s integration with the Varian Motion Management Interface automatically opens the relevant patient information in Protura software, drawing it from Varian’s 4DTC System, automatically loads patient shift data to match Varian’s On-Board Imager kV imaging system (OBI), and automatically imports the Varian pedestal location.”The integration with Protura will provide our Clinac iX and Trilogy users with a safe and efficient workflow for 6DOF patient set-up corrections,” said Kevin O’Reilly, senior director of marketing, Varian. “The software automation simplifies applying robotic corrections with seamless implementation for all IGRT procedures. Continued integration with Civco’s motion management platform will allow Varian users to immobilize and then provide controlled 6D correction, thus fully utilizing the benefits of their Varian treatment system.”The first clinical use of the Protura and Varian integration was with the Universita Cattolica Sacro Cuore Policlinico (UCSC) where, over the past year the, clinic has been evaluating the impact of the Protura system in a high volume radiotherapy center, surveying geometrical, dosimetric, management and clinical parameters.For more information: www.civco.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | 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 | 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
Achieving Optimum Reject Rate in Digital RadiographyAchieving Optimum Reject Rate in Digital Radiography
August 27, 2019August 27, 2019
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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 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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Reiser shared her experience leading an RRA project for digital X-ray at the University of Chicago beginning in 2014.Reiser acknowledged that prior to 2014, all reject rates were self-reported by technologists. The reasons for this were twofold and largely practical: Reject analysis software was optional for many of the department’s DR units, and the features were turned off for systems that were capable of RRA. This was done, Reiser said, to avoid file storage problems with the limited hard drive space.Quarterly reviews were conducted for each X-ray tech’s workload, and each tech was assigned a quality score for eight randomly chosen exams. (Approximately three exams were chosen per month to ensure a wide range of images were reviewed.) An in-person meeting was conducted with the technologist and the imaging technology coordinator or manager to discuss the findings. Those discussions included:Review of the technologist’s reject rate by category (anatomy, clinical area, artifacts, motion, etc.);Review of any quality improvement (QI) tickets issued and tracked through the PACS by radiologists. Tickets are assigned by improvement category, such as Joint Commission patient safety goals or image quality reasons. Reiser said the QI tickets were kept as an ongoing quality review measure;Changes in reject rates; andIdeas or feedback for future quality improvements. Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | January 29, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Achieving Optimum Reject Rate in Digital Radiography Improved analytics and technology advancements can help minimize the need for X-ray retakes Digital Challenges of Reject AnalysisExamining rejects and reject rates tells a story, according to Alisa Walz-Flannigan, Ph.D., diagnostic medical physicist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Reviewing rejected images (and rejected image data) provides information about image quality standards, inherent imaging problems and modes of failure, as well as how technologists troubleshoot these types of issues.While technological advances have eliminated many of the challenges of screen-film and computed radiography, digital X-rays come with their own set of difficulties:Many hospitals and imaging centers use imaging systems from multiple vendors, and each vendor may collect different bits of data using different methods;As a result, information retrieval may be cumbersome, and some desired information may not be retrievable at all;Reject analysis may require a software add-on at additional cost; orThe reject analysis software could interfere with clinical operation. 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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 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 Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay 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 Defining Rejects and Reject AnalysisBefore the need to retake an X-ray can be determined, it must be decided what constitutes a “rejected” image. According to Ingrid Reiser, Ph.D., DABR, a clinical diagnostic physicist and associate professor of radiology at the University of Chicago, rejects are patient images that are discarded by the technologist without being presented to the radiologist. She shared the definition as part of a presentation on reject rate analysis at the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting.In today’s digital environment, the second part of that definition — without being presented to the radiologist — is the key consideration. A radiologist will only see images that are saved and shared to the picture archiving and communication system (PACS), so they likely have no idea how many images are actually acquired during an exam. In this scenario, having a firm understanding of reject rates is crucial for maintaining high image quality and good workflow. Furthermore, Reiser noted, each image not sent to the radiologist’s workstation represents wasted radiation dose to the patient — a cardinal sin in radiology.Reiser stressed, however, that the goal of reject rate analysis is not to reduce the rate to zero. Poor-quality images are an unavoidable part of diagnostic imaging, and if they are determined to be poor they should be eliminated from consideration. Quality Control for DRWhile imaging standards and practices are unique to every radiology department, there are resources available for practitioners seeking guidance. The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Task Group 151 published a report in 2015 on quality control procedures in digital radiography, with the goal of recommending consistency tests for optimum image acquisition. The task group said the tests should be performed by a medical physicist, or a radiology technologist under the supervision of a medical physicist.One of the main procedures recommended by the task group is defining a fault tree of actions that need to be taken when certain fault conditions are met. The diagram should begin with a particular problem, such as an artifact in a patient image, and run through possible corrective actions based on the source and severity of the artifact.The AAPM report also reinforces the importance of performing reject rate analysis: The task force cites a prior study of 18 radiology departments where 14 percent of patient exposure in projection radiography was deemed to be the result of repeated images.Ultimately, the task group recommends a target reject rate of 8 percent for DR units. A literature review found reject rates for screen-film radiography hovered around 10 percent, with nearly half of all rejects due to exposure errors. The task force arrived at the 8 percent figure for digital with the assumption that exposure errors will be fewer with DR. Ten percent is the recommended threshold for further investigation and possible corrective action. Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more In today’s digital environment, a radiologist only sees images saved and shared to the PACS, so a firm understanding of X-ray reject rates is crucial for high image quality and good workflow.X-rays were the first medical imaging technology to be invented, and they remain one of the most commonly performed exams worldwide today. The technology has evolved immensely since it was first discovered in 1895, progressing from the original screen film to computed radiography (CR) to today’s digital radiography (DR) units. While the technology has changed, the need for high-quality images at the lowest possible dose to the patient has not, and has even heightened as medicine shifts toward value-based care. For DR, this means optimizing protocols and techniques through a robust system of reject rate analysis. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 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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Designing InterventionsReiser concluded by offering advice for department heads looking to design and implement their own reject rate analysis interventions.At the University of Chicago, the radiology department conducts a series of in-service meetings to teach the specific elements of reject analysis. The meetings cover classification of reject categories, a review of current reject rates and discussion of when to reject an image.To focus on image review, separate in-services are conducted for technologists targeting specific exam types. Example focus areas include portable X-ray exams, wrist imaging, chest X-rays and lumbar spine exams. One rejected image is chosen randomly for each rejection category and compared with the “approved” diagnostic image.The goal of these meetings, according to Reiser, is to develop image critique skills as a group, and encourage ownership and accountability for exams performed. For this reason, she recommended using the names of the technologists attached to each image set during discussions, rather than coding for usernames.Walz-Flannigan shared key questions in her RSNA presentation that should be considered during image review:Is the accumulated data accurate?Are standards being followed (with the system setup and technologist use)?Do standards need to be adjusted?Are good images being rejected?What challenges are techs facing? Any corrective actions, if required, are also identified during the in-person meetings. 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. Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more Related Content Reiser concluded that while interventions may not always lead to better reject rates, they may still improve image quality, making them a critical component of patient care. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more
WestJet advances global growth with multiyear distribution agreement with AmadeusWestJet advances global growth with multiyear distribution agreement with Amadeus
August 19, 2019August 19, 2019
Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group WestJet advances global growth with multi-year distribution agreement with Amadeus Tags: Amadeus, WestJet TORONTO — WestJet’s new multi-year agreement with Amadeus comes as the carrier gears up for international expansion, with new destinations on the horizon and more interline agreements designed to expand its global footprint.Under the new agreement Amadeus subscribers worldwide get continued access via the Amadeus GDS to WestJet content. The agreement also provides continued access to the carrier’s ancillary offerings including options such as seat selection, baggage and priority boarding.“As WestJet evolves as a global carrier, our new agreement with Amadeus will enable us to grow and deliver on the needs of travellers and travel professionals wherever they are located,” said WestJet’s Executive Vice-President, Commercial, Ed Sims.WestJet recently announced the purchase of up to 20 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. Last month WestJet confirmed that it is looking to add China flights, filing for regulatory approval with Transport Canada. According to reports WestJet has crunched the numbers on some 70 worldwide destinations, including more cities in Europe beyond the routes it already serves, as well as destinations in the South Pacific. Future options on the table for Europe reportedly include Amsterdam and Rome, and in the South Pacific, Tahiti and Fiji.More news: Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesScott Alvis, Chief Marketing Officer, Amadeus North America, says WestJet “believes in the value of a multi-channel strategy where travel agents and travellers can count on having access to the broadest range of their content and services.”Earlier this year Alvis said that content is king when it comes to providing travel agents with the best booking solutions via GDS. “We have done a lot of work to make sure we are getting those ancillaries into the platform, for example, seat upgrades and baggage fees. Close to 80% of all airlines booking in the system have ancillaries that could be booked with them.”He added: “We want our Points-of-Sale to serve that traveller as best as possible. We want to make sure we’ve got all that ancillary content, all the fare family content, available to the travel agents. So far we’ve been able to do that at a very nice pace.”WestJet recently evolved its merchandising approach using Amadeus’ ancillary technologies, added Alvis. In 2016 the airline implemented Amadeus Airline Ancillary Services, which enables travel agents to book add-on services, as well as Amadeus Airline Fare Families, making its Econo, Flex, Plus Lowest and Plus Flexible bundled fare options available. “This enables travel professionals to best serve their customers by proposing the WestJet fares and options that best match traveller preferences.” Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Share
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La Plaine, Haiti subjected to flooding post Hurricane Sandy. Image: news.com.auMore cruises have been cancelled, itineraries diverted and ports closed in one of the worst storms the U.S. has ever seen. Expected to become an ‘extratropical storm’ the 8:00pm EDT advisory from the National Hurricane Centre indicated that life-threatening storm surge flooding will occur across the mid-Atlantic coast including Long Island Sound and New York Harbour with coastal hurricane winds and heavy Appalachian snows. “I have to say I can’t remember a storm that has affected so many ships and forced the cancellation of ports and in the case of Carnival Glory and Carnival Pride the cancellation of two cruises,” Carnival Cruise Lines senior cruise director John Heald wrote on his Facebook page today. New cruises affected include;Carnival DreamThe ship is currently scheduled to call into Port Canaveral on 28 October between 8:00am and 4:00pm before a day at sea on 29 October instead of visiting Cozumel. Carnival Dream will then call into Cozumel on 30 October instead of Belize between 10:00am and 6:00pm before heading to Belize on 31 October between 8:00am and 6:00pm instead of Roatan. Carnival EcstasyA call into Key West has been cancelled on 28 October with Carnival Ecstasy visiting Port Canaveral instead between 8:00am and 4:00pm.She will visit Nassau, The Bahamas on 29 October at 2:00pm.Carnival FascinationFreeport, The Bahamas will replace a previously scheduled call into Half Moon Cay on 29 October between 8:00am and 5:00pm.Carnival GloryThe ship returned to Norfolk, Williamsburg, Virginia to disembark guests due to the storm, high winds and tidal flooding expected in the region. Carnival Glory’s next cruise has been cancelled with all guests offered a refund in the original form of payment within the next two weeks. Carnival ImaginationAn unscheduled call into Nassau, The Bahamas will be made on 28 October between 8:00am and 5:00pm.Carnival LibertyThe ship will call into Nassau, The Bahamas instead of Half Moon Cay on 28 October between 7:00am and 2:00pm.Carnival MiracleDue to the closure of the port in New York, departure will now take place on 28 October. Check-in will take place between 2:00pm and 5:00pm with sailing slated for 6:00pm from Pier 90. “I will be performing in the ‘Welcome Aboard’ show tonight and am glad that we are avoiding the storm,” Carnival comedian Smiley Joe Wiley told e-Travel Blackboard. In order to make arrangements for supplies to be delivered onboard, the ship will now sail on a revised itinerary as follows:28 October – Depart New York29 October – Day-at-sea30 October – Day-at-sea31 October – Port Canaveral – 7:00am to 6:00pm1 November – Nassau, The Bahamas – 11:00am to 8:00pm2 November – Day-at-sea3 November – Grand Turk – 8:00am to 5:00pm4 November – Day-at-sea5 November – Day-at-sea6 November – Arrive New York 8:00amCarnival PrideThe cruise out of Baltimore has been cancelled due to inclement weather and restrictions imposed by the US Coast Guard on traffic in Chesapeake Bay. All passengers will be disembarked and the Carnival Pride will ride out the storm in a sheltered area. Passengers will be provided with a full refund in the original form of payment within the next two weeks and a 25 percent future cruise discount. Parking expenses will be refunded as guests leave the parking facility and the cruise line has called for all guests who require a hotel room for 28 October to contact a guest logistics team member in the terminal.USD$30 will also be offered per person for dinner on 28 October with all receipts submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.Carnival SensationThe ship arrived late into Port Canaveral on 28 October and is sailing on a revised three-day itinerary with all guests asked to check in between 1:00pm and 2:00pm before sailaway at 3:00pm.She will call into Nassau, The Bahamas between 10:00am and 7:00pm on 30 October before heading to Freeport, The Bahamas between 8:00am and 7:00pm on 31 October. Carnival Sensation will return to Port Canaveral on 1 November and all guests will be offered a one-day pro-rated cruise fare refund in the original form of payment within two weeks.Gratuities will also be adjusted to reflect the shortened voyage, however, the cruise line will not be reimbursing passengers for expenses related to hotels, meals or incidentals unless they purchased Carnival’s Vacation Protection Plan. “The sea is rough…worst I have ever been on…good news is…most of the guests are having a blast! Carnival Sensation cruise director Jimmy reported to John Heald. “I just walked about and nothing but positive comments, although some look a little green. I have teams of entertainment walking around in all areas talking to guests.”Emerald PrincessA port call to Bar Harbor, Boston on 28 October has been replaced with a visit to Port Saguenay between 7:00am and 4:00pm and a call into Newport on 30 October has been replaced with a visit to Corner Brook between 8:00am and 5:00pm.Enchantment of the SeasThe ship will spend three days-at-sea on 28, 29 and 30 October instead of calling into Kings Wharf, Bermuda. Jewel of the SeasRemaining in dock in Boston, Massachusetts on 29 October, Jewel of the Seas will now depart on 30 October on a revised itinerary which will be provided to passengers upon boarding. Monarch of the SeasThe ship will spend the day-at-sea on 28 October instead of CocoCay.Norwegian GemDue to the closure of the Port of New York at 6:00pm 28 October, Norwegian Gem’s arrival will be delayed on 29 October. The US Coast Guard is unable to announce when the Port will re-open and all guests scheduled to sail on the 29 October sailing have been asked not to go to the terminal until requested. Norwegian’s website will be regularly updated.Norwegian DawnA call into Portland, Maine on 30 October has been cancelled with the ship visiting Halifax, Nova Scotia on 29 October from 10:00am to 8:00pm instead. Ruby PrincessThe ship will spend a day-at-sea instead of calling into Princess Cays as originally scheduled. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.A
February 23, 2019February 23, 2019
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