Un village traditionnel mi’kmaq, des concours de danse et de tambour autochtones, des démonstrations par des artisans des Premières nations, un concert gratuit de Buffy Sainte-Marie et une messe en plein air sont les faits saillants des événements prévus dans le cadre des célébrations du 400e anniversaire du baptême du grand chef Henri Membertou. Le premier ministre Darrell Dexter et le directeur provincial de Patrimoine canadien David Burton se sont joints aux députés, aux représentants de la MRH et aux membres du Grand conseil mi’kmaq à Province House, aujourd’hui 21 avril, pour le dévoilement du programme de cinq jours par le comité organisateur Membertou 400. Les célébrations auront lieu à Port-Royal et à Halifax, du 24 au 28 juin. Elles débuteront par une reconstitution historique du baptême au lieu historique national de Port-Royal le 24 juin, puis se poursuivront au Halifax Common où aura lieu le plus grand rassemblement de peuples des Premières nations au Canada atlantique. « Le gouvernement provincial est heureux de reconnaître cet événement unique et très significatif, a dit le premier ministre Dexter. Il s’agit d’une merveilleuse occasion pour les gens de toutes les races et de toutes les religions de se joindre à la nation mi’kmaq pour célébrer sa fière histoire et sa riche culture. » L’événement familial gratuit, qui devrait attirer des milliers de personnes des Premières nations de partout au Canada et d’ailleurs, sera l’un des plus grands pow-wows, ou Mawio’mi en mi’kmaq, du pays. « Il s’agit d’un moment important dans l’histoire des Premières nations et de notre province, a dit Peter Kelly, maire de la MRH. La foi nous a réuni il y a quatre siècles, et cette foi est toujours présente aujourd’hui, nourrie par un esprit de coopération et de respect mutuel. » Le grand keptin Andrew Denny a remercié les gouvernements fédéral, provincial et municipal pour leur appui. « Le peuple mi’kmaq est reconnaissant de l’appui qu’il a reçu de tous les ordres de gouvernement alors qu’il se prépare à rendre hommage à la vie et à l’héritage d’un grand chef mi’kmaq et à célébrer sa culture, a dit M. Denny. L’investissement de Patrimoine canadien nous permettra d’élaborer des outils d’enseignement qui seront l’héritage durable des célébrations Membertou 400, et aussi de joindre l’ensemble de la communauté grâce à un programme extraordinaire d’événements éducatifs et divertissants. » « Nous remercions le ministre du Patrimoine canadien, James Moore, le premier ministre Darrell Dexter et la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax pour nous avoir permis de mettre en vedette le grand chef Membertou et notre culture mi’kmaq. » Le grand chef Henri Membertou était un shaman et prophète mi’kmaq. Le 24 juin 1610, il est devenu la première personne du Dominion du Canada à être baptisée, un acte qui représentait le désir des Mi’kmaq d’établir des relations pacifiques avec les nations européennes. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur les célébrations du 400e anniversaire du baptême du grand chef Membertou, consultez le www.membertou400.com.
Wineries are being invited to apply for funding to grow more grapes as the provincial government invests up to $1 million in expansion. Premier Stephen McNeil, and Kings South MLA Keith Irving, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell, joined members of the Nova Scotia Wine Development Board to announce the Vineyard Development and Expansion program today, Dec. 8, at Avondale Sky Winery in Newport Landing, Hants Co. “Nova Scotia’s wine sector is a growing industry with huge potential and we want to help our growers and producers meet the demand for Nova Scotia’s high-quality wines,” said Premier McNeil. “The value of the wine industry will increase with more grapes available and that’s important to our rural communities because it secures jobs and creates economic spinoffs.” Nova Scotia’s wineries produce about 1.8 million litres of wine annually and had sales of $15.4 million in 2014. The industry wants to increase the amount of grapes grown to 1,000 acres by 2020 from 632 acres in production now. There are 20 wineries in Nova Scotia and the industry accounted for $7.3 million in wages last year. Wineries are important to tourism with 100,000 visitors to winery properties in 2014. The provincial government created the Nova Scotia Wine Development Board in 2014 to receive advice on ways to grow its potential to create jobs and increase sales. The board has identified increasing grape production as a priority. “The two major hurdles to vineyard expansion are the initial capital cost and the time required to achieve production, meaning a substantial investment is needed by a grower or winery,” said Stewart Creaser of Avondale Sky Winery. “The new assistance will help address these challenges, accelerate the rate of vineyard expansion in the province and produce much needed sustainable rural employment opportunities.” Existing growers with a minimum of five acres of grapes planted will be able to apply for up to $6550 in support for each additional acre planted. New entrants to grape growing and smaller producers will also be able to apply for the funding to increase their acreage up to the five-acre minimum. They will need to submit a plan demonstrating how they will achieve that target by March 31, 2018. To qualify for funding all applicants must be a member of either the Winery Association of Nova Scotia or the Grape Growers Association of Nova Scotia. The deadline for applications is Dec. 18. Guidelines and an application form for the program are available at http://novascotia.ca/programs/vineyard-development-and-expansion/.
VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The opioid crisis in Canada can be solved, according to a coalition of healthcare and patient groups.A report from the Coalition for Safe and Effective Pain Management suggests Canadians need more access to other pain management strategies, including psychological treatments and physiotherapy, to reduce reliance on addictive opioids.RELATED: Boys and Girls Clubs to get free supply of opioid overdose-reversing sprayThe report’s authors believe that better coverage of non-pharmacological pain treatments could reduce the use of opioids as a first-line treatment for non-cancer pain.It says that many who become dependent on the drugs were looking for pain relief and didn’t know about alternative pain-management methods, or weren’t able to access them because of limits to funding through public healthcare or insurance.The CSEPM is a coalition of health system experts, associations of health professionals, and patient organizations that share the objective of reducing opioid prescriptions.
LONDON — British competition regulators have blocked J. Sainsbury Plc’s 7.3 billion-pound ($9.4 billion) purchase of Walmart’s Asda unit, which would have created the U.K.’s biggest supermarket chain.The Competition and Markets Authority says the deal would have increased prices and reduced the quality and range of products available to shoppers.Stuart McIntosh, who led the agency’s review of the deal, said Thursday that “we have concluded that there is no effective way of addressing our concerns, other than to block the merger.”Sainsbury announced plans to buy Asda last year as it sought to cut costs amid competition from discount chains that have increased their share of the U.K. grocery market. Walmart is pulling back from its international operations as it faces challenges in exporting its low-price strategy to foreign markets.The Associated Press
The first court martial which found Fonseka guilty of the charges against him in 2010 was led by Major General H.L. Weeratunga and included as the members Major General A.L.R. Wijetunga, Major General D.R.A.B. Jayatilake and the Judge Advocate W.J.S. Fernando. DRAB Jayatilake had decided to answer to the call of the country and serve the Motherland and his Nation. Having enlisted in the Sri Lanka Army as an Officer Cadet on 03rd July 1978 to Intake 11 of the Sri Lanka Military Academy, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant on 10th April 1980. Young robust 2nd Lieutenant DRAB Jayatilake selected the path of soldiering in the family of infantry for his career in the military field and was posted to 1st Battalion Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment. With an extreme feeling of deep sorrow, sincerity and wholehearted emotional sympathy, the Commander of the Army, Officers and all Other Ranks express their sadness on the demise of Major General DRAB Jayatilake RWP RSP VSV USP Ldmc on 18th August 2012.Dukganna Ralalage Aruna Bandara Jayatilake was born on 09th August 1958 in Matale. He studied at St Anthony’s College Katugastota and Government Science College Matale, where along with his distinguished education he shone in many sports during his school career, especially in athletics, karate and was a dynamic character in all aspects. Due to his dedication and commitment towards duties in all fields of military activity, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 10th October 1981, Captain on 04th October 1984, Major on 10th October 1988. His outstanding performance was rewarded by his promotion to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel on 01st February 1994, Colonel on 06th June 1997, Brigadier on 02nd December 2001 and Major General on 06th August 2006.The basis for his being clear headed, logical and intelligent in task assigned to this officer was improved from various local and overseas courses he followed as shown below. Major General D.R.A.B Jayatilake, one of the members of the military court martial which ruled against former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka, has died.Major General Jayatilake held the post of Commandant of the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force (SLAVF), Colonel of the Regiment, Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment (SLSR) and President of the Army Buddhist Association at the time of his untimely death yesterday. The ruling by the first court martial was challenged at the court of appeal by Fonseka. MAJOR GENERAL D.R.A.B JAYATILAKE RWP RSP VSV USP Ldmc
Lecturers have been warned not to pressure students into avoiding classes ahead of the latest round of strikes.Students at Sheffiled University have told The Telegraph how they have been physically blocked from attending classes and made to turn away, while a department head at Sussex University wrote to students urging them to respect their peers’ decisions about whether to cross picket lines. Universities Minister Sam Gyimah said that any suggestion that students are being intimidated when trying to attend classes is “completely unacceptable”. Julia Coulson, a first year student at Sheffield University, told how she was blocked from entering through the main entrance to a faculty building before her seminar, so was forced to use a back entrance, and then was shouted at on the way out.“The lecturers were stood by the gates in a line, about 15 of them…they were asking me not to go [to my seminar], not to cross the picket line,” she said.“I then tried to go and two of them moved and stopped me from going. I felt awful, I felt like such a criminal for going to something that was on.” Universities Minister Sam Gyimah said that any suggestion that students are being intimidated when trying to attend classes is “completely unacceptable” In his email, Professor Andrew Cornwall, head of the School of Global Studies, enclosed a complaint from a student who wrote to express how distressing she found being heckled by her lecturers and peers as she crossed a picket line.The student explained that she needed to enter the university to visit a therapist she was seeing about a recent sexual assault, adding: “I find it completely unacceptable that by attending these services and having to cross the picket line I could be faced with a query as to why I’m not supporting the strike”. “I had my seminar at 9am and there were these people picketing in front of Elmfield not letting anyone in,” she said.“I wanted to get through to get to my seminar but was stopped and asked to leave and to not attend my seminar, as a solidarity with teachers affected by the pensions cuts issue.“They were holding each other’s hands, so there was literally no gap where I could get through them, so I ended up going home.”Meanwhile, a department head at Sussex University wrote to students to urge them to be “respectful” towards one another during the strikes, and asked them to consider the issues raised in an email he received from a concerned student. A spokesperson for UCU said said they are “grateful for the fantastic support we have received from students throughout the action so far”.They added: “Picketing is a legal right and our members are encouraged to put their point of view robustly but politely. In addition to students and many politicians, we have welcomed a number of vice-chancellors to picket lines.” UCU has threatened to go on strike for another 14 days during the summer exam term Dasha Pervuhina, a 21-year-old student at Sheffield University said that she was physically blocked from entering the Politics department Mr Gyimah said: “I have been clear that students should not lose out on the education they are paying for. In the first instance universities should look to provide additional lectures where they are missed due to strike action.”Where a student’s experience has been seriously affected, universities should consider offering compensation, as some, like King’s College London, have already started looking in to.”This week Universities College Union (UCU) threatened to go on strike for another 14 days during the summer exam term, meaning that students at universities across the country face having their final-year exams scaled back or even cancelled altogether.Members of UCU, which represents lecturers and campus staff, are in a dispute with Universities UK (UUK), the vice-Chancellor membership body, over controversial pension reforms which they claim would make them £10,000 worse off each year in retirement.The National Union of Students has urged members to join their lecturers on the picket lines, despite fears that the walk out will harm their exams. A spokesperson at the University of Sheffield said that they have told lecturers that it is not acceptable to harangue students who wish to attend their classes and seminars during the strike action. “No student or member of staff should feel intimidated about crossing any picket line,” the spokesman said. “We have worked closely with both UCU and the Students’ Union who have communicated this clearly to their members and we will continue to ensure this is the case.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Now that things are finally drying out around here, it’s time to get back in the water.Go ahead and try for on the water only. The idea at Ridgefield’s annual Big Paddle Festival is launching as many landlubbers as possible onto Lake River in canoes, kayaks and paddleboards June 3. Staying dry during all that is a nice idea — but splashes do have a way of finding victims.The day is organized around two massive outings: a morning guided tour and a casual afternoon meander. Bring your own vessel or rent one, at the discounted event rate of $25, from Ridgefield Kayak; either way, registration is mandatory so nobody gets lost at sea. (Contacting Ridgefield Kayak ahead of time to reserve your boat is a good idea.)The morning journey, which gets underway at 9:30 a.m., has been titled an “interpretive paddle.” Think of it as a five-mile hike on the water that also celebrates National Trails Day, the first Saturday in June.A flotilla of kayaks and canoes will launch from the Port of Ridgefield at 5 W. Mill St. and paddle five miles, round-trip, to Lake River’s connection with the Columbia River. You’ll hear stories about the area’s rich history, from original inhabitants to the Lewis and Clark expedition’s passage; you’ll also experience the wonders of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge from a unique point of view.The flotilla will include the Chinook Tribe’s 30-foot canoe and the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership’s two 34-foot canoes. This trip lasts approximately two hours and requires a $5 event fee, which gets you a guaranteed seat in one of those big canoes; if you are renting, that fee is deducted from your boat rental, so your total remains $25.
One person wounded in shooting near National City Golf Course April 2, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsLINCOLN ACRES (KUSI) — A suspect who allegedly shot and wounded a woman in a neighborhood near National City Golf Course was taken into custody Monday following a standoff with SWAT officers. KUSI Newsroom, Ashlie Rodriguez UPDATE: @SDSheriff SWAT Standoff in Lincoln Acres over. The suspect was taken into custody without incident. Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this incident. pic.twitter.com/qylmlwSWZx— San Diego Sheriff (@SDSheriff) April 3, 2018The gunfire in the 2800 block of Prospect Street in the unincorporated Lincoln Acres area was reported shortly before 4 p.m., according to sheriff’s officials.Medics took the victim to nearby Paradise Valley Hospital, Lt. David Gilmore said.The patient’s condition was not immediately available, and the circumstances of the shooting were unclear.The suspect was taken into custody following a standoff with SWAT officers, the sheriff’s department announced about 7:30 p.m.Residents were told to shelter in place while the standoff was ongoing, according to reports from the scene that stated the victim was a woman. Updated: 10:13 PM Posted: April 2, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Ashlie Rodriguez, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
In addition, the parent company, Bloomberg LP, is splitting into three units—news, data and financial products. (This part of the revamp is even more complicated than it would first appear. The financial products unit will include “data” products such as the trading systems and analytics tools. Whereas the data unit will house the company’s databases and its law unit.)It’s also worth noting that the restructuring is not related to any financial difficulties at the company. No layoffs are planned. The company continues to be a cash-producing machine.Second, let’s look at the why.Rafat at PaidContent says the restructuring sounds like Bloomberg is planning a spinoff or sale of the multimedia unit.I agree. Particularly since the restructuring comes amid rumors on Wall Street that Merrill Lynch, reeling from the credit crisis, is looking to sell its 20% stake in Bloomberg. (The most likely buyer is the trust of New York mayor and company founder Mike Bloomberg. Value of the stake is somewhere in the neighborhood of $5 billion.)It’s also worth noting that although Bloomberg continues to print money, the company’s core audience of Wall Street bigwigs and traders is hurting. Sales are likely to have declined in recent months. And it would take a very optimistic person indeed to suggest sales will rise in the near term.Third, let’s look at other details.Under the new structure, Matt Winkler, who has run Bloomberg’s news operations since the beginning, will lose control of the multimedia operation. Winkler will maintain control of the text unit.Bloomberg is also launching an incubator unit, dubbed Bloomberg Ventures, which will presumably look for new opportunities and acquisitions. It will be run by Lex Fenwick, the company’s former CEO.Portfolio suggests that the reorg may mean that Bloomberg’s “famously bizarre corporate culture (is) being slowly dismantled.” Certainly I hope that is true. Bloomberg is, by far, the least pleasant place I have ever worked. More importantly, it was a place where truly bizarre personalities tended to thrive. The Portfolio piece says that Bloomberg’s new president, Dan Doctoroff, had come to realize that, in the words of a company insider, “Matt Winkler’s reign of terror and crazy little rules” were hurting the organization.But here’s the part that intrigues me:The restructuring will create two, distinct groups of journalists in the company. One team will be dedicated to print and the terminals. It will report to Winkler. The second team will be dedicated to multimedia and the Web. The company is searching for someone to run that team.But I have to ask: why the split? and why now?Bloomberg’s move comes as the rest of the industry—both b-to-b and b-to-c—struggles to merge print, Web and television operations. Everyone from the Washington Post to Hanley-Wood is looking to create some form of Web-first publishing in which journalists are able to produce news for any medium.But Bloomberg seems to be moving in a different direction. Perhaps this is nothing more than a convoluted way to dilute Winkler’s power without hurting the core product—terminal sales. Or, perhaps, it is nothing more than a way to create two, state-of-the-art news organizations in anticipation of selling one of them. Or, perhaps, Bloomberg has a very different idea of what it will take to run a news company and make money in the future. Today is a day when all of us in b-to-b journalism should pause, look at the news in our industry, and ponder what it means for each of us, because it doesn’t get any bigger than this: Bloomberg LP is restructuring.Bloomberg is arguably the smartest and most profitable news operation in history. It is certainly the biggest money-making operation in the history of b-to-b. (Now that Reuters and Thomson have merged, Bloomberg may or may not be the biggest player in business journalism—depends on how you measure things.)So what does it mean when the best of the best in our industry decides to restructure? Why would it do so? Can other companies extract a lesson?First, let’s look at what is happening.In essence, Bloomberg News is separating its multimedia operation (which includes the Web, television and radio units) from its text operation (the news and data service that is delivered to Wall Street via dedicated terminals. This same unit will continue to rewrite terminal news for publication in client newspapers. The company’s print magazine will also reside in the new text division.)
The Anchorage School Board wants the district administration to look at how consolidating schools could help close the district’s anticipated $22 million budget gap. Preliminary data shows it may hurt more than help in the short term.ASD has compiled some preliminary data about school consolidation. Closing schools can save money on operating expenses – the district could cut administration and maintenance costs. But in most cases, consolidation would cause the district to lose revenue from the state. The state gives less money for each student at larger schools than they do for students at smaller schools.One exception would be closing Central Middle School and moving 6th graders out of Clark and Begich to make room for Central’s displaced 7th and 8th graders. The sixth graders would be redistributed to area elementary schools. That could save the district nearly $300,000.School Board member Pat Higgins says he wouldn’t support consolidating schools this year, but they need to look to the future.“We’re not going to be able to do this just cutting one out of every five teachers and all of the other odds and ends that are going to come out. It’s going to be dramatic.”Chief Financial Officer Mark Foster says school consolidation doesn’t save any money in the short term, but it could in the long term. They’d have fewer boilers and roofs to repair.School Board member Tam Agosti-Gisler says no one on the board wants to make any drastic cuts, but they don’t have a choice.“We do not have the luxury of producing revenue, raising revenue, therefore we are bound by law to put forth a balanced budget. So we are trying to deal with this hand we’ve been dealt.”The board also wants the administration to consider class sizes when making program cuts. They do not want to touch Pre-K or early literacy programs.All of the ideas are only guidance. The administration plans to meet with parents and others to get more input while developing the final budget.
(TriceEdneyWire.com) – It’s amazing how often the news media give big play to an academic report that tells us something Black mothers already knew. Another example of the old wisdom nothing is real until White people discover or acknowledge it. Does that seem harsh? Consider the splashy coverage given to a recent policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics entitled The Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health.The AAP’s statement warned that the health dangers posed to children by racism “have become acute” and that racism, including racism experienced by the mother, “can have devastating long-term effects on children’s health.” It’s received plenty of favorable news coverage.But with all due respect, every Black mother in America has known this for as long as there have been Black mothers in America. And we didn’t need an academic statement to tell us. Every precious baby to whom we have given birth over the course of the last 600 years has come into a world that profoundly devalues Black life. Enola Aird, Esq.What may be new to us is this devastating detail contained in the report: “The stress generated by experiences of racism may start through maternal exposures while in utero and continue after birth with the potential to create toxic stress. This transforms how the brain and body respond to stress, resulting in short- and long-term health impacts on achievement and mental and physical health. We see the manifestations of this stress as preterm births and low birth weights in newborns to subsequent development of heart disease, diabetes and depression as children become adults.”This should set off alarm bells throughout the Black community, particularly for Black mothers.We urgently need to find a way to protect the health and wellbeing of our beloved children in light of this deepening health crisis, the recent mass shootings in which children were among the victims-and the resurgence of White supremacy.Let’s begin with the AAP’s entirely accurate description of racism as “a socially transmitted disease passed down through generations leading to the inequities observed in our population today.”Exactly right. Here in the United States and around the world, Black children are seen as “less than” — less beautiful, less lovable, less capable, less intelligent, less worthy and less valuable.The AAP has made a range of reasonable recommendations using the usual language from our culture’s standard dictionary on racism, including “racial equality,” “racial equity,” “institutional structures,” and “implicit and explicit biases.” They point to the need for strategies to “optimize clinical care, workforce development, professional education, systems engagement and research in a manner designed to reduce the health effects of structural, personally mediated, and internalized racism, and improve the health and well-being of all children.”These are all good ideas, but we’ve heard some version of them before. What’s missing is a diagnosis and a cure that get to the root of the problem.So what can we, Black people, do to open the door to fresh recommendations that will yield something new and much better for our children? We can pinpoint the root cause of all the harms the AAP describes. It is the myth of Black inferiority.That myth – or as I prefer to call it, the lie – of Black inferiority, was devised centuries ago to justify the enslavement of African people. It dehumanized Black people, and placed us and our children at the bottom rung of humanity.Do you wonder why, with all the constitutional amendments and legislation and court decisions aimed at promoting racial equality, the same problems persist- and seem to be getting worse? It’s because the lie continues to negatively affect the world’s perceptions of Black children and Black children’s perceptions of themselves.The lie is at the root of the glaring disparities between Black and White children in health, safety, education, employment, wealth, mass incarceration, and nearly every other area of life. It is the reason why our children’s lives are devalued. It is the reason why doing anything while Black can be dangerous, and even deadly.The lie of Black inferiority is at the root of countless lost dreams, lost hopes, and lost lives. As a Black mother, I say that unless we, Black people, insist that pediatricians and anyone else concerned about the well being of Black children have the insight and courage to name and aggressively address that root cause, our children will continue to be devastated.Established in 2006, Community Healing Network (CHN) is a not-for-profit organization based in New Haven, CT. Since CHN was launched, its primary mission has been to actively address the psychological damage that people of African ancestry have suffered because of the centuries-old “lie” that Black people are inferior. CHN, in collaboration with the Association of Black Psychologists, is leading a global movement to train thousands of Emotional Emancipation (EE) Circle support group leaders across the Diaspora to heal the wounds of racism and create a new culture of emotional healing, wellness and empowerment in Black communities. For more information, go to https://www.communityhealingnet.org By Enola Aird, Esq.,Founder & President, Community Healing Network
Hollywood, get ready to make holograms: Metastage, a new studio for volumetric video capture for virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and holographic experiences, opened its doors at Culver Studios in Culver City, Calif., on Tuesday.Housed on Stage 8 of the historic studio lot, Metastage is using cutting-edge volumetric capture technology developed by Microsoft. The software giant has been working on this technology for close to 8 years, and is operating its own Mixed Reality Capture Studios in San Francisco and Redmond, Wash., as well as licensing it to London’s Dimension Studios. Metastage is the first U.S. partner to license Microsoft’s Mixed Reality Capture Studios technology.“We’re not a technology company, we’re a client-facing production company,” said Metastage CEO Christina Heller, formerly of VR Playhouse. “Our goal is to strip the complication from this as much as possible so by the time the talent gets here, all they have to do is walk on stage and you can say ‘action.’” Heller was impressed with the lack of artifacts in Microsoft’s volumetric capture as well as the company’s compression technology. The latter allows the facility to take the 10 gigabytes of data it captures per second and shrink it down to 10 megabits, allowing producers to easily import the files to Unity and Unreal game engines and use them for streaming mobile AR experiences.While Metastage’s neighbors on the Culver Studios lot include traditional big Hollywood productions such as the ABC series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” it’s not a typical soundstage build with freestanding walls that will be torn down immediately after shooting wraps. Designed by Cassidy Shipley and built by scenic construction company Jet Sets, it has a solid mid-century-industrial-meets-“Star Trek” look, all gray concrete walls, and blue carpet accented by recessed lighting.Visitors entering Metastage walk down a hallway into a waiting area, where they are greeted by four small sculptures of a ballerina in motion suspended over an island in the center of the room.“I wanted this to feel like an experience right when you walked through the door, and also make it a really fun place for people to hang out for hours and hours while we’re doing productions,” Heller said. The first round of projects booked into Metastage include an AR activation by a major newspaper publisher and an immersive documentary by Springbok Entertainment capturing a performance by a ballerina living with terminal cancer.Metastage has a one-year lease on the space, but Heller hopes to be there longer. And if the concept proves popular, they plan to open other Metastage locations internationally.“The real ambition here is to democratize the means of production so other people around the world can spring up and make great content and overcome that barrier to entry,” Grossmann said. CREDIT: Courtesy of Metastage CREDIT: Courtesy of Metastage Partners in Metastage include Magnopus, a production company that has created VR experiences for Disney/Pixar’s “Coco” and Warner Bros.’ “Blade Runner 2049.”“Both Christina and I come from the world of immersive production, and that world looks a lot more like a mad scientist’s laboratory than it does content creation and creativity,” said Magnopus co-founder and CEO Ben Grossmann, who won an Oscar for his work as a visual effects supervisor on 2011’s “Hugo.” “With Metastage, the technology has been vetted, so we don’t have to focus on being the Q laboratory from a James Bond movie.”Applications of volumetric capture — which allows a virtual camera (or viewer) to move around live performers at will — range from games and movie-like experiences to education and training.“If you just put game engine characters in there, the closer they get to reality, the creepier they get,” Grossmann said. And with live capture, “you’re focused on directing an actor rather than a team of engineers or artists to build that performance, which can take months.” CREDIT: Courtesy of Metastage ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Metastage CEO Christina Heller.Metastage has a green room, a wardrobe department, craft services, production offices, a rehearsal space next to the capture stage, and a conference room upstairs. Behind the stage is the server and render farm, enclosed in a concrete structure designed to resemble the power station on the cover of Pink Floyd’s “Animals,” will dual chimneys on top to help vent the heat.The heart of the operation is the capture stage itself, which measures 35 feet in diameter, capable of capturing a space of up to 10 feet in diameter volumetrically. The stage is equipped with 106 cameras (53 RGB and 53 infrared) future-proofed with 12 megapixel sensors, even though the software currently only accommodates 4 megapixels.“It will reveal itself over time, but our expectation is that we may get better captures right off the bat,” Heller said. Popular on Variety
Social media and internet reports can be used to reliably forecast infectious disease outbreaks, especially when data is scarce, a new study has found.”Our study offers proof of concept that publicly available online reports released in real-time by ministries of health, local surveillance systems, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and authoritative media outlets are useful to identify key information on exposure and transmission patterns during epidemic emergencies,” researchers said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Our Internet-based findings on exposure patterns are in good agreement with those derived from traditional epidemiological surveillance data, which can be available after considerable delays,” they said.Mathematical models forecasting disease transmission are often used to guide public health control strategies, but they can be difficult to formulate during the early stages of an outbreak when accurate data are scarce, according to the researchers from the Georgia State University in the US. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”In the absence of detailed epidemiological information rapidly available from traditional surveillance systems, alternative data streams are worth exploring to gain a reliable understanding of disease dynamics in the early stages of an outbreak,” they said.To test the reliability of alternative data streams, researchers tracked and analysed reports from public health authorities and reputable media outlets posted via social media or their websites during the 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic in West Africa and the 2015 Middle East Respiratory Syndrome outbreak in South Korea. Researchers used the reports to collect data on the viruses’ exposure patterns and transmission chains.They also noted the West African Ebola outbreak was a particularly interesting case study because early data were limited to basic weekly case counts at the country level.They were able to use internet reports describing Ebola cases in the three hardest hit countries – Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia – to glean detailed stories about cases arising in clusters within families or through funerals or hospital exposure.”Our analysis of the temporal variation in exposure patterns provides useful information to assess the impact of control measures and behaviour changes during epidemics,” they said.The findings are published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.
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We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. You’ll also find us on Instagram here . 18:45Slow traffic on M6 Northbound between J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) and J19 A556 (Knutsford). In the roadworks area. 17:43Slow traffic on A34 Newcastle Road in both directions near Hawthorne Avenue. 17:13Accident on D RoadReports of A500 D Road Northbound partially blocked due to accident near A50 (Sideway Roundabout).Affecting traffic between Northwood and Mount Pleasant. 17:07Reports of Upper Belgrave Road in both directions partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident near Furnace Road.Affecting traffic between Florence and Normacot. 17:06Reports of A34 Newcastle Road Northbound partially blocked, queueing traffic due to accident at A500 / Peacock Hay Road (Talke Roundabout).Affecting traffic Crackley and Butt Lane. 16:27Stop-start traffic on M6 Northbound between J14 A34 / A5013 / A5013 Creswell Grove (Stafford North) and J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent). 16:13Very slow traffic on M6 Northbound between J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent) and J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe). In the roadworks area. 16:07Fallen tree causing delays in Cheddleton RoadCheddleton Road, Leek (Image: Andrew Bradshaw)14:03Slow traffic on the M6 SouthboundSlow traffic on M6 Southbound between J19 A556 (Knutsford) and J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). In the roadworks area.Within the smart motorway works.12:54A525 reopens A Cheshire Police spokesman said: “The road closures that were in place in Audlem this morning have now been lifted. Thanks for your patience.”A man was left fighting for his life after being found in a critical condition near a pub on the stretch of road. More here.12:31Latest on the A50 Queueing traffic and one lane closed due to broken down lorry and landslip on A50 Westbound between J7 A515 / Derby Road (Cubley) and A518 Derby Road (Racecourse roundabout). Travel time is around 20 minutes.Lane one (of two) is closed. Affecting traffic heading away from Sudbury towards Uttoxeter. 12:05Accident on A50 near NormacotVery slow traffic and one lane blocked due to accident on A50 Eastbound at A50 / Upper Normacot Road, congestion to Stanley Matthews Way (Stadium Junction).11:40Warning to motorists about heavy rain in Cheshire11:29More on broken down lorry One lane blocked and queueing traffic due to broken down lorry and landslip on A50 Westbound between J7 A515 / Derby Road (Cubley) and A518 Derby Road (Racecourse roundabout).Lane one (of two) is blocked. 11:23Slow traffic on the M6 NorthboundSlow traffic on M6 Northbound around J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent). In the roadworks area.Within the smart motorway works.11:19Broken down lorry causing delays on A50 near Staffordshire/Derbyshire borderA Highways England spokesman said:A50 westbound we have a broken down HGV blocking 1 lane between the A515 and A518 DoveridgeBypass/Uttoxeter. Crews are en route. Lond delays on the approach. Please allow plenty of extra journey time. “11:00Firefighters ask motorists to take care in bad weather10:59Motorcyclist dies after collision with tractorThe 56-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene following the accident last night. More here.10:09Man fighting for life after being found with serious injuries near pubThe A525 remains closed following the incident in Audlem – and it is currently unclear how the man came to be injured. More here.10:08Queuing traffic in CongletonQueueing traffic on A54 Holmes Chapel Road Eastbound between Cumberland Road and A34 West Road. 09:57Broken down coach causing delaysM6 Southbound entry slip road partially blocked due to broken down coach at J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). Traffic is coping well. In the roadworks area.Breakdown has occurred at the end of the entry slip. This is as you head from the roundabout down towards the main carriageway. Traffic is still able to join the motorway before the breakdown. 09:49Tree now being clearedWe’re now getting reports from people that the tree on the A521 has been cleared. This is yet to be confirmed.09:34Controlled explosion expected this morning after mortar shells found at Staffordshire building siteA 200m cordon remains in place. More here.The mortar shells found in Burntwood (Image: Staffordshire Police)09:22A525 shut due to police investigationThe A525 Whitchurch Road is currently closed in Audlem. More here.09:21Cordon remains in place after mortar shells found at building siteA Staffordshire Police spokesman said:The 200m cordon in Chasetown remains this morning as colleague from Explosive Ordnance Disposal continue to make the site safe. They are expecting to make one more controlled explosion this morning. Thank you for the local community’s cooperation, we will update you as soon as we can.” 09:11Reports A525 closed in AudlemWe’re getting reports police have closed the A525 in Audlem.09:07Police asking motorists to take extra care due to rain this morningA Central Motorway Police Group spokesman said:Good morning.. ‘A’ unit with you today. Multiple reports of RTCs across the CMPG and West Mercia/Warwickshire areas. Rain and spray is obviously an issue. SLOW DOWN AND LEAVE PLENTY OF ROOM.” 08:40Photo of the fallen tree in Blythe BridgeThe tree has come down near the level crossing. More here.Fallen tree in Blythe Bridge (Image: Sentinel reader)08:25Heavy traffic on the A527 and A50Heavy traffic on A527 Porthill Road Southbound between A500 D Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank) and A500 D Road (Wolstanton Retail Park).There is also slow traffic on the A50 Westbound between A5007 Victoria Place Fenton (Heron Cross / Fenton) and A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). 08:21Road blocked by fallen treePolice are on their way to the scene. More here. Watch again Share this video Watch Next
Related posts:PHOTOS: Nicaraguans in Costa Rica gather to support their country during hard times At school-turned-command post, Nicaraguan students defy Ortega’s ‘law of the jungle’ Once a symbol of Somoza-era torture, Nicaragua prison holds protesters Night of terror leaves 5 dead in Nicaraguan protests León, a northern city that is a bastion of support for Nicaragua’s ruling Sandinista party, wants President Daniel Ortega to put an end to repression and authoritarianism.It’s a message many in the Central American nation want to get across after a week of violent protests that have been met by a robust police response at the cost of at least 27 lives.“I think León is tired. We might be Sandinistas but we’re not Danielistas,” said Eliza Rodríguez, a worker in a shelter where protesters hurt in clashes in León were brought for medical attention. “The people are tired of being repressed, of being intimidated.“I think all of Nicaragua, not only León, wants them to go,” she said, referring to Ortega and his wife and vice president Rosario Murillo. Workers clear the rubble of a restaurant on April 24, 2018 in the Nicaraguan city of León after it was set on fire during protests against President Daniel Ortega’s government. Inti Ocon / AFPIf he could hear them, the comments would be a slap in the face to the president, a 72-year-old former Sandinista guerrilla who has ruled over his country for 22 of the past 39 years.Protesters in the capital, Managua, have been calling for his ouster. But for that desire to be echoed in León demonstrates the rift that has opened between him and communities that were once his base. Sandinista party supporters hang a banner over the rubble of the University Center of Nicaragua’s National University (CUUN) in Leon on April 24, 2018 after it was set on fire during protests against President Daniel Ortega’s government on April 21. Inti Ocon / AFPResentmentWhen the protests started a week ago, initially over pension reforms, retirees in León also held their own march. They were quickly assailed by groups linked to Ortega’s FSLN party.That sowed seeds of resentment and opposition that fueled other long-simmering grievances.“We need total change. More freedom. More official support for the people, and no more authorities hurting the people,” said Carlos Gutiérrez, a 26-year-old builder who watched a university center be torched during the unrest. Workers clear rubble and carry out reparations at the University Center of Nicaragua’s National University (CUUN) in Leon on April 24, 2018 after it was set on fire during protests against President Daniel Ortega’s government on April 21. Inti Ocon / AFPThe fire spread to an adjacent restaurant, reducing it to cinders and leaving its 30 staff without work.“We want change. And if it’s possible, we want them to go,” said María del Socorro Pérez, 32.She said that, in Nicaragua, “there is no freedom of expression, and all the government bodies are stacked.” Flowers placed over the rubble of the University Center of Nicaragua’s National University (CUUN) on April 24, 2018 in the Nicaraguan city of Leon, after it was set on fire during protests against President Daniel Ortega’s government on April 21. Inti Ocon / AFPNot all, however, backed a radical change of leadership.Maria Gutierrez, a 64-year-old receiving a monthly pension of $30 and caring for two grandchildren after her daughter’s death to cancer, said: “I’m sad to see what’s happening. But I don’t want a change of government.”Ortega had made things better for the poor, she said.Radio station torchedLeón, located 70 kilometers (50 miles) northwest of the capital, has backed the left-wing Sandinistas since a 1979 revolution swept out the ruling Somoza dynasty.Its narrow streets and high adobe walls, retaining the architecture inherited from Spanish colonial times, were the backdrop of big battles for independence and the rebellion that brought Ortega to power. The University Center of Nicaragua’s National University (CUUN) in Leon on April 24, 2018 after it was set on fire during protests against President Daniel Ortega’s government on April 21. AFP PHOTO / INTI OCONOn Tuesday, after nearly a week of protests and clashes, the city was slowly reverting to normal life, with shops reopening their doors.But in the Posada del Sol de León district, neighbors recalled last Friday night when a group of youths turned up to set fire to an opposition radio station. Cleaning a restaurant in León after it was set on fire due to the protests against Daniel Ortega’s government. Inti Ocon / AFP“The idea of doing away with the radio is characteristic of what is happening to freedom of expression,” said Lester Hernández, a journalist who managed to escape the flames by jumping out a window along with 13 other people who had been in the station at the time.“It’s horrible what the country is going through. I think it’s time for change,” he said, standing in front of the blackened shell where the radio station once stood.“Ortega is like Somoza. They are the same,” said a former Sandinista rebel, Sergio Medrano, 59. He stressed that he had fought the old Somoza regime “for a better life, to live in freedom.” Flowers placed over the rubble of the University Center of Nicaragua’s National University (CUUN) on April 24, 2018 in the Nicaraguan city of Leon, after it was set on fire during protests against President Daniel Ortega’s government on April 21. Inti Ocon / AFPFor shoe-shiner Francisco Palacios, 17, however, the only hope was to see calm restored.“I call on Comandante Ortega and Mrs. Rosario Murillo to sit down for dialogue,” he said. Students carry posters during a protest demanding the resignation of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, in Managua on April 24, 2018. Inti Ocon / AFP Facebook Comments
in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, News, Uncategorized August 18, 2015 441 Views U.S. Treasury Yields Elevated by Positive Housing Data Housing Data NASDAQ Dow Jones Business News U.S. Treasury Yields 2015-08-18 Staff Writer A positive housing data report raised U.S. Treasury yields on Tuesday, according to a report from NASDAQ Dow Jones Business News.Author Min Zeng noted that the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note was 2.196 percent, compared with 2.15 percent on Monday. She also mentioned that yields go up as prices go down.”The 10-year note’s yield, a bedrock for global finance, is trading near its lowest level since the end of April. Trading volume was lighter than usual amid the typical summer lull, which could exaggerate price moves,” traders said to NASDAQ.The report also found that short-term government debt securities, or T-bills, rose to the highest level in five years.The yield on the one-year T-bill hit 0.39 percent during Tuesday’s session, the highest intraday level since April 2010. By late-afternoon, it was 0.377 percent.Tom Sontag, a money manager in Chicago at Neuberger Berman Group LLC which has $251 billion assets under management, said to NASDAQ that he doesn’t expect a return to 5 percent levels of yield on T-bills.”In order to get that type of yields, you need to see 3 percent plus real economic growth and 2-3 percent inflation,” he said. “We are not in that environment.”Zeng also highlighted that recent mixed housing reports have caused investors to further question if the Federal Reserve will raise short-term interest rates at the next Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting in September. A rise in rates will deprecate the value of outstanding bonds, as buyers will be more attracted to new bonds.Investors and traders see a 36 percent likelihood of a rate increase at the September meeting, compared with 45 percent on Monday, according to data from the CME Group. The odds were 26 percent a month ago.Richard Schlanger, a money manager at Pioneer Investments in Boston, which has more than $40 billion in assets under management, said “the Fed could still tighten in September, but the global uncertainty bolstered the case that the central bank’s tightening cycle would be shallow, which would prevent bond yields from rising significantly.” Share
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires It’s no secret that Arizona Cardinals defensive end Darnell Dockett is an outspoken individual. And he’s never been particularly quiet on Twitter.That was exemplified clearly on Friday, when the 32-year-old tweeted that Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Branden Albert was his “new teammate.”The tweet read: @ddockett: Hey I want every one to follow my homie////new teammate.. Also Newest member of bird gang. 👏👏👏👏 👉👉👉👉 @B_Albert76 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share Top Stories It was deleted soon after it was sent, but several screenshots of the tweet were captured. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Cardinals have been linked to interest in Albert, and left tackle is certainly the most glaring need on the team’s roster, but the NFL doesn’t allow teams to negotiate contracts with unrestricted free agents until 10 a.m. MDT on Saturday and no contracts will be inked until Tuesday at the earliest. Kansas City isn’t expected to re-sign Albert, who is also thought to be highly sought after by the Miami Dolphins.It’s probably worth noting that Dockett has previously sent hundreds of bizarre tweets, particularly those which include pictures. A quick scroll through his feed includes pictures of Miley Cyrus twerking, midgets, O.J. and Nicole Simpson, Harriet Tubman and plenty of similarly random things.Albert, who tweeted after the rumors begin to swirl, seems to have been aware of that.This guy starting trouble….. See y’all later lol— Branden Albert (@B_Albert76) March 7, 2014
1. Stroll in the skyBoating lakes and ice cream stands are usually about as exciting as parks get, but NYC’s High Line takes things in loftier directions. An elevated former freight railway running along Manhattan’s western flank, this unlikely new green space lets you see Chelsea and the Meatpacking District from 30ft up.Stroll the full length from Gansevoort Street to 20th Street in lower Manhattan and check out grassland, wildflowers and woodland stretches poking up through the tracks (in fine contrast to the industrial surroundings). Along the way you can enjoy public art at Chelsea market, lounge at 10th Avenue Square or see the fountain at the Diane Von Furstenberg-sponsored sundeck by West 14th Street. _Picture by Joel Sternfeld_2. Hit the beachThere’s more to New York than skyscrapers and suspension bridges. The urban sprawl gives way to a surprising number of beaches, with Brooklyn’s Coney Island taking the top spot for day-trippers with its carnival rides, freak shows and hefty helpings of tongue-in-cheek seaside seediness.Stick to Brooklyn but delve a little further, though, and you’ll discover the Russian and Ukrainian eateries on Brighton Beach’s boardwalk (which earned it the nickname “Little Odessa”), as well as Manhattan Beach’s family-friendly playgrounds and sports courts. Choppy waters at Rockaway Beach make it Queens’ own surfer’s paradise, while over in the Bronx, the mile-long Orchard Beach heaves with barbeque-cooking, handball-playing groups come summertime.3. Visit rooftop sculpturesEven born-and-bred New Yorkers still get a little giddy at the sight of bird’s eye views of Manhattan – so when the sun’s shining, follow the locals to NYC’s patchwork of sky-high gardens, bars and restaurants.Artsy types will love the Cantor Roof Garden on top of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which has a different big-name sculpture exhibition every summer; this year it’s British artist Anthony Caro. Turn up to see super-sized sculptural works with Central Park rolling north and Midtown spread out south as a backdrop.Looking for more spaces with high-altitude views? The vine-covered Gramercy Terrace at the Gramercy Park Hotel can’t be beat for cocktails and beautiful people, while Hotel Gansevoort in the Meatpacking district’s 45ft rooftop pool is great for a panoramic dip.4. Go market-shoppingSwap dreams of shopping on 5th Avenue for New York City’s artisan markets: stocked with stuff from local, independent suppliers, you’ll find plenty of one-offs here and get a look at neighbourhood life off the tourist trail. Hester Street Fair on the Lower East Side opens up next to Seward Park every Saturday, selling nibbles from foodie-favourites An Choi Thai and Luke’s Lobster as well as vintage jewellery and accessories from up-and-coming NYC designers. ~On Sundays, cross the Hudson to the Brooklyn Flea on Williamsburg’s East River Waterfront between North 6th and North 7th Streets. Vendors sell a mix of handmade and vintage clothes, antique furniture and artisan food with views of Lower Manhattan across the water.5. Going UndergroundA huge hit with both kids and grown-ups, the New York City Transit Museum remains off the beaten track for some only by virtue of being in Brooklyn Heights – and with the neighbourhood’s continuing regeneration, this might not be true for much longer.Set in a disused subway station, you’re able to explore a fleet of MTA cars from every era of the system since 1900, charting every change in period detail from lighting to wall advertisements. Occasionally, tour groups can take nostalgia rides on vintage trains to places like Coney Island and the Bronx. It’s a real gem for finding out about the history of New York and its people through how they travelled.6. Drink teaThink all New Yorkers fit the ‘quawfee-drinkin’ cliché? Well, true to NYC’s spirit of embracing the alternative, the city’s had a full set of tea rooms spring up in recent years: no milky hot water with a teabag on the side here!Tea & Sympathy in Greenwich Village is the most ‘English’ of the bunch (cans of Heinz Baked Beans are up for purchase alongside traditional cream teas), and is a hit with expats Rupert Everett and Tina Brown.Podunk in the East Village mixes things up a bit more with shabby-chic mismatched furniture, homemade cake and hundreds of home-blended infusions to choose from, while Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon near Gramercy Park serves five-course afternoon teas in a Victorian-style drawing room.7. Find an Open HouseIf you’re in New York City in October, you’ve got the chance to discover bits of the city that most locals, let alone visitors, never see. New York’s Open House weekend (this year: 15-16 October) lets you tour architecturally-interesting spaces across the five boroughs that are normally closed to the public, as well as attend a range of talks and family-friendly workshops.Previously, the Art Deco Woolworth Building in Tribeca, New York’s Grand Masonic Lodge, a historic aqueduct on the Harlem River, a sculptor’s studio in Brooklyn and an underground power station in Midtown have thrown open their doors. The best bit? It’s all free, baby.Isabel Clift is a travel blogger living in London who absolutely loves NYC. She writes for budget travel site AnyTrip.com, which has a whole range of cheap New York hotels for your next trip.Find flights to New YorkReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map The seven best-kept secrets of New York CityIn a city as well-known as NYC, it’s easy to think “off the beaten path” trips no longer exist. After all, the city is crammed with well-known sights, and even those who have never been there will recognise NYC’s icons from decades of film and TV including everything from The Godfather to Friends.Dig a bit deeper, though, and a whole range of alternatives to the Empire State-Statue of Liberty-Central Park merry-go-round present themselves. So grab cheap flights to New York, and go under the skin of the Big Apple! 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The economic sentiment index fell in May by 2.9 points, to 116.1, in a month on worsening confidence in the sectors of services, industry, and among consumers, the University of Cyprus said.The decline in confidence in services last month resulted from the interviewed companies’ assessments of business conditions over the past three months combined with a downward revision of expected demand, the Economic Research Centre (ERC) of the university said in a statement on Friday. Companies in the industrial sector cited their inventories of finished products for the declining confidence and a downward revision in expected output.On the other hand, retail trade companies said their assessment of stock volumes improved and expected more sales in May compared to the month before, the ERC said. Construction companies were also upbeat on more favourable assessment of their order book.Consumer confidence fell marginally as households expected their future financial conditions and Cyprus’s economic situation to worsen, it said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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