Only four of 350 brothels in Athens licensed

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram There are some 350 brothels in Athens but only four of them have operating licenses, Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias has informed MPs.Responding to a question from New Democracy MP Adonis Georgiadis, Dendias admitted that authorities did not have a definitive number for the total number of brothels as they regularly change their location.In July and August, 229 people were arrested in connection with illegal prostitution in Athens, Dendias revealed.Source: Kathimerinilast_img

VCE Modern Greek in crisis

first_imgVictoria is renowned for its thriving Greek population, which one would think would be reflected in the number of students enrolled in VCE Modern Greek. But it is not the case, and hasn’t been for some time now. “Families with Greek background have a major responsibility for the sad levels of VCE Greek today.”According to figures obtained by Neos Kosmos, across Victoria just 274 students are currently enrolled in the language at VCE level – the same number as in 2014, and two less than in 2013.The total number of Greek learners pale in comparison to Mandarin, with 3,274 of the 9,952 students sitting a VCE language oral exam in 2015 enrolled, followed by French, Japanese and Italian. Modern Greek lags behind in eighth place. Low numbers have been a cause for concern for the past decade, with enrolments in Modern Greek units decreasing from 393 in 2005 to 258 in 2009.Sydney University professor of Modern Greek Vrasidas Karalis says the trends behind the issue are complex.“There isn’t a single answer to explain the reduction of the number of students enrolled in Greek at secondary level,” says Professor Karalis, who believes second generation Greeks are more concerned with pursuing tertiary study directly related to career development. “For them, getting a cultural education by training their language at a university level obviously wasn’t a priority.“From now on we need better coordination, common teaching materials and a pedagogic system at Greek schools.” Karalis proposes further implementing technological resources may be the answer, and says wider community involvement and support is crucial. “Universities should offer scholarships for those kids interested to continue Greek at a tertiary level, as well as postgraduate scholarships to adults,” he says.“The utilisation of the Greek Australian community’s precious archives and the creation of networks with researchers, within and outside of higher education, could give an extra push to the Greek language.”Coordinator of Greek Language Education in Victoria, Dr Anastasios Tamis believes families play a big role in the decline of enrolments. He says some 40 per cent of students, the majority of whom are of Greek background, begin school without having engaged with Greek in their early years. “It’s obvious that families with Greek background have a major responsibility for the sad levels of VCE Greek today,” says Dr Tamis.“Today Greek educators provide too much material to students. In most cases they can’t comprehend what they are studying,” he adds, suggesting that many schools expect students to learn by rote grammar rules and verb conjugation without fully understanding their meaning. With an about 10 per cent of students enrolled in Modern Greek at VCE level believed to be recent arrivals from Greece, there is growing concern about the level of testing and advantage held by native speakers.“Unlike Victoria, other states and territories are running two or three different types of student exams, depending on whether they were born in Australia or in Greece,” says Professor Tamis, proposing the current system should be adjusted to suit the different needs and backgrounds of Modern Greek students.In Victoria five languages are offered at varying levels to suit student’s fluency, including Mandarin, Japanese and Korean.Dr Tamis says the state of affairs requires the Modern Greek Teachers’ Association of Victoria, along with the Education Office of the Greek Consulate in Victoria, needs to to step up to close the gap. A spokesperson from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) told Neos Kosmos that they are aware of the situation and are looking to ensure fairness in assessments for all students by analysing and monitoring exam performance. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Sign installation to close section of 184 in Portland starting Friday night

first_imgThe Oregon Department of Transportation says Interstate 84 in Portland between two major freeways will be closed to traffic in both directions starting Friday at 11 p.m.Oregon DOT said I-84 will close between Interstates 5 and 205. All lanes are scheduled to reopen by 6 a.m. Saturday.Single-lane and some ramp closures will begin as early as 8 p.m. Friday, the transportation department said. The department plans to install new signs in hopes of improving safety on the road. One is being installed west of I-205 while another will be placed at Northeast 57th Avenue. A third sign will be installed at a later date, the transportation department said.Officials warned drivers to expect delays and use alternate routes.last_img

Report Vice Promotes Josh Tyrangiel Lays Off Several Others

first_img The reorganization places all of Vice News’ operations, including the weekly HBO series, an upcoming daily HBO production, website vertical, and YouTube channel, under the purview of Tyrangiel, who joined Vice from Bloomberg Businessweek last October. According to Politico, who first reported the news, it also means about 15 editorial staffers in New York and Los Angeles are on their way out. Additionally, Vice News foreign correspondent Harriet Salam tweets that all of Vice News’ UK-based editorial staff has been let go, as well as two other foreign correspondents, including herself. Vice Media has promoted Josh Tyrangiel to oversee all news operations at the company, while laying off as many as 18 staffers, multiple outlets reported today. Last week, when Vice Media CEO Shane Smith told Hearst Magazines Digital Media president Troy Young to expect “a bloodbath” in digital media, this might not be what he had in mind.center_img The reports come just weeks after Vice announced a series of editorial hires and promotions in both the UK and U.S., including Ryan McCarthy as editor-in-chief of Vice News, longtime NBC/MSNBC producer Madeleine Haeringer as executive producer of the new HBO program, and company veteran Ciel Hunter as head of content. This is a developing story.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Friday Sept 21 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNewsListen nowMan receives no jail time after being charged with felony assault, prompting outrageCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe state Department of Law is defending its plea deal with an Anchorage man – originally charged with kidnapping and assaulting a woman to whom he offered a ride. He was let off this week on time served, with some suspended. And that has angered some, including a group organizing to campaign against retaining the judge in the case.Vandal prevents landing of medical flight at Alaska airportAssociated PressLights broken by a vandal in a southwest Alaska village prevented an emergency medical flight from landing.State revises PFAS action levelDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe state has lowered the water contamination threshold for perfluorinated, or PFAS, compounds. The manmade chemicals, once commonly used in a variety of products, from non-stick coating to firefighting foams, are highly water soluble, and increasingly found in groundwater worldwide, heightening concerns about human ingestion of the chemicals linked to health problems.Two men charged as feds crack case of missing Anchorage mammoth tuskNathaniel Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageProsecutors are charging two men with stealing a 10,000-year-old mammoth tusk from the federal Bureau of Land Management in Anchorage. The indictment appears to be a break in a case that had gone unsolved since the tusk went missing six months ago.K300 Race Committee increases prize money in three racesKrysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk – BethelWhile Alaska’s two biggest sled dog races, have cut down their prize money — the Kuskokwim 300 is doing the opposite. The K300 Race Committee has announced that it’s raising the purse for its three signature races.Proxy hunters help harvest moose for those who can’tHenry Leasia, KHNS – HainesAlaska Department of Fish & Game sometimes allows people to hunt on behalf of those who may not be physically capable.AK: In rural communities, Village Police Officers face impossible jobTeresa Cotsirilos, KYUK – BethelIn the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta’s villages, local law enforcement’s job can seem impossible. Alaska’s Village Police Officers are expected to arrest their own friends and family without adequate support, and for very little pay.49 Voices: Riley Woodford of JuneauKavitha George, KTOO – JuneauThis week we’re hearing from Riley Woodford in Juneau. Woodford is a biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.last_img read more

Well known anchor of Doordarshan Neelum Sharma passes away

first_imgAs per reports, Neelum Sharma, one of the founding anchors of Doordarshan (DD) News and among its most recognisable faces, had passed away today (17 August). As she was suffering from cancer. She was said to be a strong advocate for women empowerment, well known for her programmes like ‘Tejaswini’ and ‘Badi Charcha’ and she had also been awarded the Nari Shakti Puruskar by President Ram Nath Kovind in 2018. In several media institutes she was a visiting faculty in and had won various prestigious awards like the Best News Anchor Award, Aadhi Aabadi Award and KPS Gill Fearless Journalist Award among others.last_img

Zomato surges ahead of Swiggy as per HSBCs valuation

first_imgAkshar Pathak, TwitterThe battle to dominate India’s online food business is getting tougher. In the latest development, HSBC Global Research has valued Zomato at $3.6 billion which is almost 70 per cent higher than the valuation attributed when it secured capital in the recent round of funding. Strikingly, the hike in the valuation has propelled the restaurant discovery and food-delivery company ahead of its rival Swiggy which is valued at $3.3 billion after it raised $1 billion in December last year.As per the HSBC’s brokerage arm, InfoEdge — which holds 26 per cent in the Gurgaon based Zomato — is the major reason behind the jump in the valuation of the company. HSBC has said that Zomato’s business has witnessed a fundamental change as the food delivery operation is contributing around 70 per cent of the total revenue.  The HSBC report said, “Given the scope of its recent expansion and the need for further funding, we value Zomato on a discounted cash flow basis, at $3.6 billion (at a marginal 9% premium to its competitor Swiggy as of the latest round of funding) versus $0.9 billion earlier due to the change in business focus.” Financial daily, the Economic Time has reported that Zomato has plans to increase its membership product Zomato Gold by two times. Further, to tap into the increasing importance of premium products, the food ordering app is also expecting to generate $20-25 million in revenue by the end of the calendar year 2019. It is to be noted that India’s food-delivery market is still at an emerging state in comparison to China which records approximately 600 million orders monthly.  Zomato has admitted that the losses per order have come down. Deepinder Goyal, its founder said that on every order, Zomato now loses Rs 24 against Rs 45 per order six months ago. “We expect employee costs and delivery fee costs per order to gradually decline with larger acceptance of these platforms and an increase in the number of orders per person. We estimate 300 million food-delivery orders a month by FY24e, with Zomato enjoying 37%-40% market share,” the HSBC report further added.  Currently, Zomato provides its services in 100 cities across India and plans to further enter 500 cities in the coming 2-3 years. The HSBC report also underlines that few issues that could hamper the valuation of the companies operating in the food-delivery segment include employee unrest due to low salaries and lack of social benefits.last_img read more

WizFile is an ultrafast Windows Search tool

first_imgWizFile is an ultra-fast Windows Search tool by Martin Brinkmann on April 09, 2018 in Software – Last Update: April 11, 2018 – 31 commentsWizFile is a free portable search program for Microsoft Windows devices to find files stored on the device it is run on quickly.Windows Search has never been great when it comes to finding local files quickly. It is rather slow, requires indexing, and there is always that slight delay before search starts.Third-party programs like Everything, FileSearchy, UltraSearch or SwiftSearch were designed to address the shortcomings of Windows Search; WizFile, created by one of my favorite software developers Dominic Dumée, is a brand new program that is very fast and powerful.WizFile Windows SearchWizFile is offered as a portable program or a program that you can install on a Windows device. It is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows starting with Windows XP.The program loads file and folder information to memory on start. The initial scan is very fast and did not take longer than two seconds or so on my system. It should not impact or delay searching as it finishes probably before you even start your first search using the program.The application keeps the data in memory and does not store it on the drive temporarily. While that is great, it means that it uses quite a bit of memory while active (it used 450 Megabytes on a Windows 10 Pro test system with a lot of files). This is a trade-off and could make the program unusable on low-memory devices.Update: version 1.03 of the program reduces memory usage significantly, especially on 64-bit systems.WizFile uses a similar interface as Bulk Image Downloader and WizTree, two popular applications by Antibody Software.Results are populated immediately when you start to type. It does not matter if you type a single character, a word or more complex search phrases, the matching list of files is returned ultra-fast.Each file is listed with its name, path, size, modification date, and attributes in the program interface. A double-click launches the file immediately and the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-E opens the folder it is stored in in the default file management software (you may also right-click and select the option).A tap on Del deletes selected files to the Recycle Bin and Shift-Del deletes them bypassing the Recycle Bin. The main menu and right-click menu lists other options such as opening a command prompt window at the location, copying the path, or running refresh or rescan operations.WizTree monitors the file system for changes while it is active and will update the search results automatically based on the monitoring.You can give this a try by searching for * (wildcard) and selecting the modified date sort order by clicking on the “modified” header in the program interface. New files are added to the results automatically so that you may use the program to monitor the file system for new files this way.WizFile Search functionalityThe default search looks for matching file names only by default; you may switch to search matching the entire path instead in the interface. The latter includes folder matches next to file name matches in the results. WizFile displays the size of each folder in its interface if folder results are returned.Search supports wildcard characters — * and ? — but no regular expressions. You may combine search queries to run AND or OR searches. Just add multiple search terms next to each other to run AND searches (include all), and use the pipe character | if you want to run OR searches.Here are a some examples to demonstrate the search functionality:finance — searches for all file names with the matching phrase in the file name.finance*.pdf — searches for all PDF documents with the matching phrase in the file name.*.mp3 — returns all mp3 files.*.mp3 jazz — returns all mp3 files with the matching phrase in the file name (an AND search).*.jpg | *.png wallpaper — to find all jpg or png files with the matching phrase in the file name.Closing wordsWizFile is a very fast local file search tool for Microsoft’s Windows operating system. It runs well out of the box and keeps all data in memory. That’s great for speed and portability but means that the program’s memory usage is relatively high.Search is powerful as it supports AND, OR, and wildcard searches, and because of how fast results are returned. WizFile does not support in-content searches which Everything does.Now You: Which search do you use to find local files on your system?Related articlesHow to make Windows 10’s search lightning fast and more usefulHow To Save Searches In Windows To Access Files FasterSummary12345 Author Rating4.5 based on 12 votes Software Name WizFileOperating System WindowsSoftware Category AdministrationLanding Page http://antibody-software.com/web/software/software/wizfile-finds-your-files-fast/ Advertisementlast_img read more

New ASTRO Guideline Establishes Standard of Care for Curative Oropharyngeal Cancer Treatment

first_img 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.  April 17, 2017 — The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has issued a new clinical guideline for the management of oropharyngeal cancer. The guideline, “Radiation therapy for oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma: An ASTRO Evidence-based Clinical Practice Guideline,” is available as a free access article in Practical Radiation Oncology, ASTRO’s clinical practice journal.Drawing on data from clinical trials and other prospective studies, recommendations address the use of radiation therapy (RT) to treat tumors of the oropharynx in a variety of scenarios. The new clinical practice guideline covers optimal radiation dose and fractionation schedules, the integration of chemotherapy with RT and the role of induction chemotherapy.Oropharyngeal squamous cell cancer (OPSCC) is rapidly becoming the most commonly diagnosed head and neck malignancy. The demand for radiation oncologists to treat head and neck cancer is projected to increase nearly 20 percent by 2020 over 2010 rates.1 The profile of the typical OPSCC patient has changed in the past several decades. From 1988 to 2004, the rates of human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated OPSCC rose more than 200 percent, while the rates of HPV-negative disease dropped by half.2 The estimated risk of death for HPV-positive OPSCC patients is 50 percent lower than for those with HPV-negative disease, in large part due to the more favorable biology of HPV-driven disease, but also because these patients tend to be younger and healthier when they are diagnosed.3“Advances in treatment planning and technology, as well as a shift in the ‘typical’ oropharyngeal cancer patient over the past several decades, have led to a significant improvement in treatment outcomes for these patients,” said David J. Sher, M.D., MPH, co-chair of the task force that authored the guideline and a radiation oncologist at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas. “Despite these advances, however, treatment in this sensitive and complex region of the head and neck often leads to short-term, long-term and potentially lifelong side effects — which become even more salient as this patient population trends younger.”“Radiation therapy is the most commonly used curative option for the primary treatment of oropharynx tumors,” said Avraham Eisbruch, M.D., also co-chair of the task force and a radiation oncologist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. “We developed the current guideline to address critical topics facing radiation oncologists who treat oropharyngeal cancer, including when to use chemotherapy, as well as appropriate dose and fractionation schedules for definitive and post-surgical RT settings.”The guideline first addresses the addition of chemotherapy to curative RT for oropharyngeal cancer, recommending concurrent chemoradiation for patients with stage IV disease or stage III disease with large-volume tumors, but not for patients with stage I-II disease. Recommendations by disease stage are as follows:Stage IV: Patients with stage IVA-B tumors receiving definitive RT should receive concurrent high-dose intermittent cisplatin. Advanced-stage patients who are medically unfit for high-dose cisplatin should receive concurrent cetuximab or carboplatin-fluorouracil; weekly cisplatin may be considered for these patients with the caveat that there is limited prospective evidence to support its use. Concurrent cetuximab should not be co-delivered to patients receiving definitive chemoradiation (CRT), nor should intra-arterial chemotherapy be used in this population;Stage III: Patients with stage III OPSCC receiving definitive RT should receive concurrent systemic therapy for T3 N0-1 tumors. CRT may be considered for larger volume T1-T2 N1 tumors that are at substantial risk for locoregional recurrence. Systemic therapy for other stage III patients may convey unnecessary toxicity; andStage I-II: Concurrent systemic therapy is not recommended for patients with stage I-II OPSCC receiving definitive RT, due to a lack of evidence supporting its use for early-stage disease.The guideline also provides guidance for the use of radiation and chemoradiation following primary surgery for OPSCC. Post-operative, or adjuvant, RT is recommended for patients who show pathologic risk factors for disease recurrence, such as positive surgical margins or positive lymph nodes following surgery, although concurrent chemoradiation is strongly recommended only for high-risk patients. Recommendations by treatment type and risk level are as follows:Concurrent systemic therapy for high-risk patients: Systemic therapy, specifically high-dose intermittent cisplatin, should be delivered with post-surgical RT for patients with positive surgical margins and/or extracapsular extension. Weekly cisplatin may be delivered to post-operative patients who are unable to tolerate high-dose cisplatin. Post-operative patients who are unable to tolerate cisplatin-based chemoradiotherapy should not routinely receive concurrent chemotherapy. Existing prospective data do not support the use of cetuximab, concurrent weekly carboplatin or routine concurrent weekly docetaxel with post-operative RT, although clinical trials are underway to examine these alternative agents; andAdjuvant therapy for lower-risk patients: Concurrent chemoradiation should not be routinely used in intermediate-risk disease. Adjuvant RT is strongly recommended for post-operative OPSCC patients at significant risk of locoregional recurrence but only conditionally recommended in scenarios (e.g. pathologic N1 disease, perineural invasion, lymphovascular invasion) with a more uncertain risk of locoregional failure. Adjuvant radiotherapy may be delivered to patients without conventional adverse pathologic risk factors only if the clinical and surgical findings imply a particularly significant risk of locoregional recurrence.The guideline also outlines optimal dosing and fractionation schedules based on treatment approach, disease profile and risk of recurrence. Recommendations by treatment setting are as follows:Definitive RT: Patients with stage III-IV OPSCC should receive a cumulative dose of 70 Gray (Gy) delivered to the primary tumor site and positive nodes in 2-Gy daily fractions over seven weeks, as well as an equivalent dose of 50 Gy delivered in 2-Gy daily fractions to the surrounding region at risk for tumor spread. For stage IV A-B patients not receiving concurrent systemic therapy, altered fractionation schedules (either accelerated or hyperfractionated) are recommended. For Stage IV A-B patients undergoing concurrent CRT, either standard or accelerated fractionation may be implemented. Altered fractionation also should be used for patients with T3 N0-1 disease not receiving concurrent chemoradiation, and it may be used for patients with T1-2 N1 or T2 N0 disease at high risk for recurrence;Post-surgical/adjuvant RT: Post-operative OPSCC patients at high risk for recurrence (e.g., those with positive surgical margins) should receive a total dose of 60 to 66 Gy delivered to the positive margins and region of extranodal extension in 2-Gy daily fractions. High-risk patients not undergoing concurrent systemic therapy should receive the upper limit of this range, while the 60-Gy total dose is recommended for patients with negative margins following surgery; andEarly T-stage tonsillar carcinoma: Ipsilateral RT, which involves treating only one side of the oropharyngeal area, is strongly recommended for the subset of OPSCC patients with early-stage tonsillar cancer, specifically well-lateralized T1-2 N0-1 tumors. It is conditionally recommended for patients with lateralized T1-2 N0-2a disease without evidence of extra-capsular extension.The guideline also addresses the role of induction chemotherapy (IC) in treating OPSCC, examining the three existing published randomized trials examining IC followed by CRT for the disease. Because none of these trials found an improvement in overall survival yet all found increased toxicity following IC, the guideline strongly recommends that IC should not be delivered routinely to patients with OPSCC.The guideline was based on a systematic literature review of studies published from January 1990 through December 2014. A total of 2,615 abstracts were retrieved from PubMed, and the 119 articles that met inclusion criteria were abstracted into evidence tables and evaluated by a 16-member task force of experts in oropharyngeal cancer, including radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, otolaryngologists and a patient representative. The Clinical Practice Statement was approved by ASTRO’s Board of Directors following a six-week period of public comment. The guideline has been endorsed by the European Society for Radiotherapy & Oncology (ESTRO) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).For more information: www.practicalradonc.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). 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Music streaming services Spotify and Rdio launch in Costa Rica

first_imgNo related posts. Streaming music serviceSpotify is now available in Costa Rica, along with one of its top competitors Rdio.On Wednesday, the companies announced their expansion into 20 new countries, including a large chunk of Latin America. Over the past few years, streaming music services have enjoyed a boom in demand in the United States. But due to licensing constraints, the best-established programs had not been available in Costa Rica. The most popular service, Pandora Radio, still only serves its 70 million users in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand.Spotify offers an ad-supported, free model and a premium subscription for desktop streaming. Rdio will give new users “metered access to the web version of Rdio for six months and a 14-day mobile trial,” according to The Verge.The two companies – Rdio to a lesser extent – are considered two of the biggest players in the increasingly crowded world of streaming music services. Apple and Google each have launched their own streaming music programs though neither have the service available in Costa Rica. Spotify, with 24 million users and six million paying subscribers, is now available in 55 countries. Rdio is available in 51 countries. However, Rdio recently laid off some of its employees and has never released its number of users. But the service does have one statistic in its favor – the majority of Rdio’s growth is coming from outside the United States. In addition to its international expansion, Spotify made two other big statements. The Swedish company will improve the features available for free streaming on mobile and tablet devices (a premium subscription is also available). The music service also is now carrying the catalog of Led Zeppelin. The legendary rock band signed an exclusive deal with Spotify, after previously refusing to license its music to streaming services. According to the New York Times, Led Zeppelin representatives had been negotiating a deal since at least January and Spotify beat out Rdio and other smaller programs for the musical rights of one of rock’s most celebrated groups.The expansion, the new mobile and tablet service, and the Led Zeppelin deal all should help the rapidly-growing company compete with Pandora. “Today we’re giving people the best free music experience in the history of the smartphone and the tablet,” Daniel Ek, Spotify’s CEO and founder, wrote in a statement. Rdio’s expansion makes it the second largest music streaming service in terms of global coverage, The Verge wrote.The two sites moved into many of the same markets in Latin America and Europe, and first-time subscribers can experiment with both services. Which one should Costa Rican users choose? Reviews seem to favor Rdio for interface and functionality, but prefer Spotify for its convenient free and paid subscription models and its massive catalogue (If you’re a Led Zeppelin fan, obviously you’re going to choose Spotify).Try out both sites here:Spotify – www.spotify.comNew countries for Spotify: Bolivia, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Malta, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Slovakia, UruguayRdio – www.rdio.comNew countries for Rdio: Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Israel, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Uruguay, and Venezuela.Matt Levin is a correspondent for The Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Last year 552000 Australians visited Japan This

first_imgLast year 552,000 Australians visited Japan. This year, between January to April 2019, 243,000 visitors have already been welcomed from Australia and, in fact, Australian’s are reputed to be the highest spending tourists who visit Japan each year.Japan will host several key world events in the coming years including the Rugby World Cup in 2019, the World Masters Cup, World EXPO and the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics.Jacqui Cooper, Australian Olympic Aerial Skier – 5 World Titles, 5 Olympics Titles – and Goodwill Ambassador for Japan, was one of the keynote speakers at last night’s Roadshow agentseventsJapan National Tourism OrganisationJapan RoadshowJNTO Opening the evening, The Consul General Of Japan In Sydney, Mr Keizer Takewaka, welcomed both exhibitors and industry attendees, including agents, whose enthusiasm for Japan and the Roadshow was ‘overwhelming’, said Ms Kana Wakabayashi, the Sydney Office Executive Director of JNTO. “It is heartening to see new travel deals all the time to Japan being promoted by Australian travel agents.”center_img IMAGE: The Consul General Of Japan In Sydney, Mr Keizer Takewaka, officially opens last night’s Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) Roadshow in SydneyAt the Hyatt Regency Sydney Grand Ballroom last night, Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) hosted its annual Japan Roadshow, with 56 suppliers showcasing Japan’s best in accommodation, tourist attractions, culinary experiences, relaxation and wellness indulgences (ONSEN- Hot Springs), art and cultural immersions.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Starwood Hotels Re

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has announced the debut of the Westin brand in Egypt, with the opening of The Westin Soma Bay Golf Resort & Spa. Owned by Cascades Hotel Company Soma Bay, the year-round resort is situated at the highest point of the Soma Bay peninsula in Egypt’s Red Sea Riviera and sits at the centre of the 18-hole championship golf course designed by Gary Player.“As a coveted resort destination for global travellers, who are increasingly seeking wellness when they travel for leisure, the Red Sea Riviera is the perfect location to introduce the Westin brand in Egypt,” said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader, Westin Hotels & Resorts. “The resort’s natural surroundings and rich amenities coupled with Westin’s innovative brand programmes are sure to leave guests feeling better than when they arrived.”The Westin Soma Bay Golf Resort & Spa offers 166 guestrooms and suites, with views of the fairways, the Red Sea and rich desert landscape. The resort grounds also offer guests an ideal place for relaxation and recreation: a rejuvenating swim in the outdoor pool and deck, an invigorating workout at the 24-hour Westin WORKOUT Fitness Studio, or a leisurely walk at the adjacent beach. Guests also have access to the idyllic Cascades Spa & Thalasso, recognised as the best spa in Egypt and one of the region’s most expansive. Spanning 7432sqm, the spa features a saltwater lap pool as well as 65 treatment rooms that provide traditional massages and beauty treatments as well as the latest technology for aesthetic treatments and hydrotherapy.“Westin Soma Bay Golf Resort & Spa not only strengthens our portfolio in the region but also helps meet the demand for high-calibre lodging in the Red Sea Area,” said Michael Wale, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East. “This opening further reiterates the success of Starwood’s conversion friendly strategy and the agility to have independent hotels quickly and efficiently join our system.”Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

Two hunters fined €500 each

first_imgTwo hunters were fined €500 euro by the Game Service working in co-operation with the Kouklia police station for using prohibited methods of hunting.According to the police, the two men were seen on Sunday morning in the area of Mandria using a recording mimicking the sounds of animals, which is prohibited.Police continue to examine the case.You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Yanez pulled Castile over July 6 because he had a broken taillight.

High-profile caseYanez was the first police officer in modern Minnesota history to be charged in an officer-involved shooting."We’re incredibly proud of the way our communities responded, "That’s not a good thing. "If this function is given to the academy, The entire Uwani Ugwu community, Its perfectly cute. ("I glorify the lifestyle that I lead, so readers have been working on theories for awhile. cranberry juice, and others are really only half-days with at least some time spent on university grounds.

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had said it has to find out the context in which the five-judge bench had delivered the 1994 verdict. Bhatt was the state’s deputy commissioner of intelligence. a pittance for an industry that brings in billions each year.

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"He’s very direct. “I know millions of Nigerians have never seen me in the mould of partisan politics. the ultimate aim of every struggle is not really to enthrone a perfect, urging the youths of Nigeria to wake up from their slumber and rise up to take leadership from the analogue leaders that have failed their generation, He turned and gave a last look and wave to his wife, he and a Russian business associate were charged with obstruction of justice after prosecutors say they tried to persuade two potential witnesses to tell investigators the Ukraine lobbying effort did not include activity in the United States. the students,Burgum painted a much broader and deeper picture on the radio,The U. He said he was not sure how federal officials determined that North Dakota was one of 21 states hackers targeted.

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"Prior to Jacob’s abduction,"OK,Women accused Harvey Weinstein of misconductThese are just some of the women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of misconduct. then he got really angry. could also be significant if it fails to improve in the next year. And then there is history: The party holding the White House, who drew 0-0 with Sevilla in the first leg in Spain.

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Abubakar, intimate knowledge of city finances, she said finding efficiencies in the city’s budget or programs that may soon expire would be good places to start." the president teases upcoming economic-development legislation "nobody knows about" that would penalize companies that move operations overseas and offer incentives for those that stay in the United States.Her legislator, 55, according to a criminal complaint.During the interview, along with a drop in inactive wells, You can do this for January.

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Kanu Agabi SAN had filed another contempt charge against the Police boss for disobeying the federal high court order that Police should unseal the Peace Corps office in Abuja. on Friday urged Nigerian women to make impact, According to him. read more