Goyette’s short films have won prizes at the Toronto, Sundance and Locarno film festivals, among others. After premièring at the Festival du nouveau cinéma in October and opening in Quebec theatres on Friday, Mes nuits feront écho will make its international debut in competition at the Rotterdam film festival later this month.The director — who also wrote, edited and produced the film, while handling costumes and set design — is taking it all in stride. Developed over a three-year period, and shot in 17 days over the course of 12 months, the project was an adventure in more ways than one, from behind the scenes to on screen. Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Sophie Goyette doesn’t see the world like everyone else. With her bold first feature, Mes nuits feront écho, the Quebec director brings viewers along for the ride, while staking her place among Quebec cinema’s new wave of creative talent.Marked by unusual camera angles, long takes and innovative use of sound, the film follows the existential ruminations of three characters, while travelling from Montreal to Mexico City to an unnamed Asian metropolis, in a quest for something more.It’s an impressive artistic statement from a filmmaker who has been racking up the accolades since dropping out of her microbiology studies at UQAM a decade back to pursue her dream. Advertisement Twitter
Annette FrancisAPTN NewsIn two weeks Ottawa will play host to the Mòshkamo Indigenous Arts Festival.The two week event will feature some of the top Indigenous artists in music, theatre and food.Buffy Sainte Marie, Jeremy Dutcher, Susan Aglukark and Cody Coyote are among the headlining acts.The play “The Unnatural and Accidental Women” from director Marie Clement will put missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls front and centre.The play tells the story of the spirits of 10 women who bear witness to each other’s lives and deaths.Jennifer Brousseau, an actor in the play, says the work “is a bit heavy — but it’s to start tearing down those walls and to be really honest and raw about our stories.“Because the only way to heal through this and the only way for change to happen is to be talking through it,” she explains, “and art is an incredible form to bring these through to the open and to the public.”The play will mark the first production in the first season of the National Arts Centre’s Indigenous Theatre program, led by Artistic Director Kevin Loring.“We’re going to see some amazing stuff,” he says of the festival. “There’s Buffy Sainte Marie, Susan Aglukark with the orchestra — we have theatre, we have dance, we have a main stage, we have our first ever production as Indigenous theatre…it’s going to be amazing.” Mòshkamo Indigenous Arts Festival runs Sept. 11-29 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.firstname.lastname@example.org
YRB is advising drivers to plan this delay in their commute.Check DriveBC for updates, or you can call the after-hours line at 1-888-883-6688. TAYLOR, B.C. – Yellowhead Road and Bridge North Peace have announced that more deck maintenance to be performed on the Taylor Bridge.YRB says deck maintenance will be taking place on the night of March 27 and again on March 28 from 7:00 p.m. to 3:30 a.m.Traffic will be single lane alternating with up to 20-minute delays.
New York – Morocco’s permanent representative to the UN, ambassador Omar Hilale denounced on Thursday the hostile campaign of the United Nations Secretariat.Hilale expressed Morocco’s consternation regarding the leaking of the UN Secretary-General letter’s addressed to King Mohammed VI.“We have received the letter the day before yesterday and twenty-four hours later it was leaked to some stakeholders, which is contrary to the UN ethics and against diplomatic practices,” Hilale told the press. Tackling the UN Secretary-general’s unacceptable actions during his recent visit in the region, the diplomat said “we have unfortunately found that the office of the United Nations spokesman is instrumentalized in a media campaign against Morocco.”This behavior “is contrary to UN practices,” he stressed.Hilale also cited the distortion of MINURSO’s mandate and the mention of the referendum during the visit of Ban Ki-moon in the region, adding that the Security Council and the Assembly general have stopped talking about it since 2004 and 2007 respectively.Morocco “remains at the disposal of the United Nations regarding the military component of MINURSO,” the ambassador noted, praising “the good cooperation” between this component and the local Moroccan authorities.The Moroccan diplomat made it clear in this context that “the latest report of the UN Secretariat said that Minurso’s military component is working under normal conditions.”
By Umnia RaisTetouan – The annual event Jazzablanca festival will be held for the 11th time on April 16-24 in Casablanca and will feature six international jazz performers.Since its inception in 2006, more than 400 musicians have performed in the Jazzablanca Festival and since then, it has become one of the key events for Jazz music lovers around the world. To start off the festival, American singer and song-writer Macy Gray will be performing. The R&B singer has 8 studio albums, one live album, three compilation albums, 27 singles, seven promotional singles, and 21 music videos. Gray has received five Grammy award nominations. She has also appeared in a number of films including Training Day, Spiderman, Scary Movie 3, and For Colored Girls.Jazz bassist and musician Richard Bona will take the stage on day two. Richard has ten albums including “Voices,” “Moyo,” “Kosmo,Mwaliko” and “Beyond Words.” He has released one live album “Bona makes you sweet” in 2008 and one extended play” Kaze ga Kureta Melody” in 2000.The Franco-Moroccan singer Hindi Zahra is set to perform on April 18. Her first album” Handmade” was released 2010 and the second one “Homeland” in 2015. She has performed in more than 300 concerts in one year and half. Her songs are mostly in English, French with some Berber lyrics.Melody Gardot is a Grammy nominated American singer, writer and musician. Her first album “Worrisome Heart” was released in 2008. She released her second album “Me one and Only Thrill” in 2009. Her single ” Who will comfort me?” subsequently became a top 10 hit at Smooth Jazz radio.In 2012, she released her third album “The Absence “and in 2015 her forth “Currency of Man.” Gardot will be performing Jazz, Acoustics and Blues on the Casa-Anfa stage on April 19.Goran Bregovic will perform on the same stage on April 20. He is one of the internationally known Yugoslav modern musicians and composers of the Balkans. Among his better known scores are three of Emir Kusturica’s films: Time of the Gypsies, Arizona Dream and Underground.The Jazz-Pop singer and song-writer Jamie Cullum will also be present on April 21 at Casa-Anfa stage performing varied genres of Jazz. After his first television appearance on Parkinson in 2003, he released three albums with Universal who beat Sony in a bidding war.Cullum’s first studio album “Heard it all before” was released in 1999, his latest album, titled “Interlude,” was released in 2014.
Speaking at the same press conference in Dili, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General Finn Reske-Nielsen stressed the importance of restoring stability throughout the country, particularly ahead of this year’s planned elections in the tiny South-East Asian nation that the UN shepherded to independence from Indonesia in 2002.Wednesday’s arrests were the latest moves by UN Police (UNPOL) and the ISF to help the authorities restore order in Timor-Leste, which continues to see sporadic gang violence and where last year deadly conflict – attributed in part to differences between eastern and western regions – led to the deaths of at least 37 people and forced about 155,000 people, or 15 per cent of the population, to flee their homes.Yesterday afternoon 120 UNMIT (UN Mission in Timor) police officers, including Formed Police Units (FPU) backed up by 100 personnel from ISF conducted a large operation at Bairro Pité and Hudi-Laran in Dili, UN Police Commissioner Rodolfo Tor told the reporters, adding that 47 suspects were arrested and weapons were confiscated. “Found in their possession were a large number of illegal weapons, including some homemade firearms and Molotov cocktails. The suspects are presently under UNMIT custody at the detention centre in Dili for the police to collect more evidence before taking them to court for appropriate measures,” he said.Mr. Reske-Nielsen told the reporters that yesterday’s operation was an indication that the police are “stepping up” their efforts to stop the violence in the capital, adding that in light of this year’s planned polls it was a “major focus” of both the UN and the Government to ensure an adequate police presence throughout the country.“I would like first of all to emphasize the importance of the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections that it be free and fair and that it be conducted without violence and without intimidation and that the results be accepted by the vast majority of the Timorese people as being a true reflection of the will of the people,” he said.“The United Nations through UNMIT and through other members of the UN family is providing a significant amount of support to the electoral process but it is important to bear in mind that the responsibility for conducting the elections rests with the Government of Timor-Leste.”Mr. Reske-Nielsen also highlighted the latest report of the UN’s Independent Electoral Certification Team (ECT), which is made up of three electoral experts charged with overseeing and certifying that all aspects of the election process comply with international standards. He said the team concluded that the electoral process is not yet proceeding in a “satisfactory manner,” and Mr. Reske-Nielsen urged the Timorese authorities to consider the recommendations from this report as well as from two others, relating to a wide range of polling issues, including the legal framework, voter registration and political campaigning.The ECT was appointed by the Secretary-General in October 2006 and is independent of UNMIT. It is mandated to observe each phase of the electoral process and to verify the satisfactory conduct of each of those phases on the basis of benchmarks developed by the Team in consultation with the UN and Timorese electoral authorities. 1 February 2007Continuing efforts to improve security in Timor-Leste, more than 100 United Nations Police officers, backed by troops from the International Security Forces (ISF), have arrested around 50 gang members from two neighbourhoods in the capital Dili, and confiscated homemade firearms, machetes, Molotov cocktails and other weapons, the top UN police official in the country said today.
The short term measures include the prohibition of polythene use for decorations in all events, implementing the prevailing regulations for prohibition of use, sale and production of polythene equals or less than 20 microns, allow the use of polythene less than 20 microns for essential activities only on the approval of Central Environmental Authority, prohibition of the sale, importation and production of lunch sheets, prohibition of the sale, importation and production of containers, plates, cups, spoons made using polystyrene, prohibition of the sale of processed or cooked meals packed in polythene containers, promotion of providing paper, cloth or reed bags or biologically degradable plastics for customers when purchasing items in stores, prohibition of burning polythene and plastic in open places and the introduction and promotion of biologically degradable polythene and plastics. The long term activities approved by the cabinet include the complete prohibition of recycled plastic products. (Colombo Gazette) The midterm activities proposed are the provision of tax concessions in the importation of machinery used in biologically degradable plastic productions and imposing a cess tax of 15% on importation of plastic row material and goods. The use of polythene lunch sheets, rigifoam lunch boxes and shopping bags will be banned from September.A proposal made by President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to implement short term, medium term and long term activities recommended by the committee of intellectuals appointed in this regard, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
The State of Broadband, produced by the UN Broadband Commission and released today, reveals that 57 per cent of the world’s people remain offline and unable to take advantage of the enormous economic and social benefits the Internet can offer.The report, which comes ahead of this week’s summit in New York at which world leaders will adopt the 2030 Agenda which contains the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), stresses that access to information and communication technology (ICT), particularly broadband Internet, has the potential to serve as a major accelerator of development. The importance of ICT connectivity is specifically recognized in the SDGs. “The UN Sustainable Development Goals remind us that we need to measure global development by the number of those being left behind,” said Houlin Zhao, the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), who serves as co-Vice Chair of the Commission with Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). “The 2030 Agenda recognizes the power of new technologies to accelerate human progress, to bridge the digital divide, to develop knowledge societies – we must do everything to support States in reaching these goals, especially developing States,” Ms. Bokova noted. “This calls for stronger efforts by governments and all actors, in ensuring access, use and affordability – it requires also greater work to build the capacities of all women and men to make the most of all new opportunities,” she added.According to the report, the Internet is currently only accessible to 35 per cent of people in developing countries. The situation in the 48 UN-designated Least Developed Countries (LDCs) is particularly critical, with over 90 per cent of people without any kind of Internet connectivity. This year’s figures show that the top ten countries for household Internet penetration are all located in Asia or the Middle East. The Republic of Korea continues to have the world’s highest household broadband penetration, with 98.5 per cent of homes connected, followed by Qatar (98 per cent) and Saudi Arabia (94 per cent).The lowest levels of Internet access are mostly found in sub-Saharan Africa, with Internet available to less than 2 per cent of the populations in Guinea, Somalia, Burundi and Eritrea.
A High Court judge has taken the unusual step of writing to a teenager to explain why he has turned down his wish to be allowed to live with his father.Mr Justice Peter Jackson wrote to the 14-year-old boy, known only as Sam, to inform him that he would not allow him to move to Scandinavia following the collapse of his parents’ marriage.In a near-unprecedented step he set out his judgment in a letter written directly to the teenager, following a family court hearing into the case, during which Sam gave evidence.Turning down his request to be able to follow his father Justice Jackson told the boy that he was a “self-centred” and “troubled” man who exerted too much influence over him and did not appear to have his son’s best interests at heart.He stated in the letter: “I believe your father has in some ways lost sight of what is best for you. I would worry about how it would be for you if things started to go wrong. I think you would find it exciting at first, but when reality set in, you might become sad and isolated. I also don’t think it is good for you to be with your father 24/7.” But Justice Jackson goes on to tell Sam that he has concluded that it would not be in his interests to move abroad with his father.“All fathers influence their sons, but your father goes a lot further than that. I’m quite clear that if he was happy with the present arrangements, you probably would be too. Because he isn’t, you aren’t. My view is that you brought the proceedings mainly as a way of showing your dad how much you love him,” he wrote.Justice Jackson points out that Sam’s father had made no concrete plans for the proposed move to Scandinavia and had made no effort to find work or accommodation there.He ruled that the teenager should remain with his mother until he has finished his education and is old enough to decide for himself where he wants to live.Justice Jackson has previously taken steps to make his family court judgments comprehensible for the children they affect, replacing dry terminology with a down-to-earth phrases and even a smiley face emoji.In a sting in the tail the letter to Sam concludes with a reference to the 1992 film My Cousin Vinny, in which two New Yorkers get their cousin, a newly qualified lawyer, to bail them out of trouble during a trip to rural Alabama. Justice Jackson told Sam: “I wanted to tell you that your dad and I enjoyed finding out that we both love the film My Cousin Vinny, even if it might be for different reasons.“He mentioned it as an example of a miscarriage of justice, while I remember it for the best courtroom scenes in any film, and the fact that justice was done in the end.”In a preamble to the ruling Justice Jackson said Sam, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had received his decision with “apparent equanimity”. 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. Justice Jackson added: “I believe that (maybe sincerely and without realising it) he needs you to fall in with his way of thinking. I also think it would be very harmful to be living so far away from your mum.”The case came to court after Sam’s father announced that he wanted to take him to Scandinavia, despite the objection of his mother – who has had custody of her son since he was a baby – his stepfather and his Cafcass children’s representative.Sam himself said he wanted to move with his father and appeared in court to answer questions from both his parents put to him by the judge.In a move backed by the teeanger’s mother, but opposed by his father, Justice Jackson yesterday published his letter to Sam announcing his decision.In the letter the judge goes on to state: “You told me that you have long wanted to live in Scandinavia and that you could see yourself living there with your dad. You feel that your father helps you more with your education. If your dad goes to Scandinavia without you, you would be extremely unhappy.”He added: “I believe that your feelings are that you love everyone in your family very much, just as they love you. The fact that your parents don’t agree is naturally very stressful for you, and indeed for them. I was impressed with the way you gave evidence. You are of an age where your views carry a lot of weight with me.”
Red Hill Grape FestivalFor over a decade Father Eleftherios Tatsis of the Greek Holy Monastery of Panagia Kamariani in Red Hill has been blessing the grapes reviving one of Hellenism’s most ancient traditions. Members of the local parish, faithful place boxes of grapes at the church backyard Panagia Kamariani’s to be blessed and shared amongst the lucky festivalgoers.Every year Red Hill comes alive with people of all ages from across the Greek Australian community of Victoria gather to celebrate the custom, as part of the Red Hill Panigiri that follows the regular Sunday liturgy. Taking advantage of Sunday’s sunny weather, attendees will get to enjoy a day of music, dancing, souvas and traditional Greek sweets, not to mention fresh grapes. St Haralambos Greek Festival Templestowe and Doncaster parish of St Haralambos are also putting their Greek on for the local church Panigiri.Supported by main sponsor Delphi Bank, the organisers will be running their ‘Guess The Coin’ competition at this year’s St Haralambos Greek Festival.With the auspices of Joannides Funerals, City Auto Group – Accident Repair Centre and Hudson Bond, the parish has managed to put together a local festival that offers activities for everyone, grownups and kids alike.Live Greek music and dancing will take over after Sunday mass for the most daring while Greek mezedes, souvlaki and mouth-watering desserts will be available thanks to Orlando’s Greek Delicatessen and Pitliangas Food Group. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
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An environmental group fighting a proposed drilling operation near Mount St. Helens declared victory Monday after a federal judge in Oregon found earlier review and approval of the proposal to be deficient.In a 70-page opinion issued last week, U.S. District Judge Marco A. Hernandez said a 2012 environmental analysis of the plan violated the National Environmental Policy Act by not considering all alternatives, among other problems. The judge also said a “finding of no significant impact” was not supported with the required analysis.The plan was reviewed by the U.S. Forest Service and federal Bureau of Land Management, which approved it in 2012. Ascot Resources had hoped to carry out exploratory drilling in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, just north of the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument boundary. The Canadian company planned to look for copper, silver, gold and other minerals by drilling 63 holes at 23 different sites north of the mountain.The exploration never happened. After an unsuccessful administrative appeal, the Vancouver-based Gifford Pinchot Task Force filed a lawsuit aiming to block the drilling, citing environmental impacts and other concerns.Last week’s court opinion sided with the plaintiff on many of its key arguments.“The Gifford Pinchot Task Force sincerely hopes that Ascot, the BLM, and the Forest Service will now clearly realize that developing a massive mine in this area is not appropriate and that everyone can instead focus on ways to better protect this area for current and future recreational users,” Niki Terzieff, board chair of the task force, said in a released statement.
For technology publishers that are looking for extra video for their Web sites, IDG says it has the answer. Its IDG TechNetwork recently launched a syndicated video network that enables other publishers to integrate IDG-produced video content and video pre-roll ads onto their sites.According to IDG TechNetwork CEO Peter Longo, many of the business’ network sites have “a strong interest in bringing professional video to their sites, but don’t have the technical platform or access to the right content. By tapping into IDG’s library of video content, we can bring our partner sites engaging video, increase the monetization of their sites and provide a new, high impact way for our advertisers to engage with our tech audiences.”IDG creates video content through a number of brands, including the IDG News Service, which distributes roughly 15 videos weekly. Citing eMarketer numbers, IDG says total online video ad spending this year is expected to increase by more than 48 percent, up from a 39 percent jump in 2009.
Facebook Smokey Robinson Honors Aretha Franklin smokey-robinson-honors-lifelong-friend-aretha-franklin-moving-speech Email His tribute and many more will air on CBS on March 10 as part of “Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul”Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Feb 27, 2019 – 3:00 pm GRAMMY-winning soul music icons Smokey Robinson and Aretha Franklin had a close friendship that began long before either of their singing careers had launched.Robinson moved to Detroit with his family as a young kid, where he would go on to make history with songwriter/producer Berry Gordy and his legendary Motown label. Moving to Detroit was game-changing for young Smokey in more ways than one, as he would also meet a then six-year-old Aretha, who was already turning heads with her angelic singing. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 27, 2019 – 2:59 pm Smokey Robinson Honors Aretha Franklin Following Aretha’s passing last August, the music world united in celebrating her legacy. Her many loved ones celebrated her life with a star-studded, music filled memorial in her hometown of Detroit, and the many artists she inspired and influenced continue to offer musical tributes, including on the 2019 GRAMMY stage.Shortly before the GRAMMYs, the Recording Academy brought together many of these artists to sing Aretha’s praises—and her unforgettable songs—for a powerful tribute concert, which will air on CBS this March.”[It’s] a special night for a special lady, especially a special lady to me.” Robinson shared. “I’ve been hearing Aretha Franklin sing since she was six years old… She could sing the phonebook, really. Everything that she sang was her.”Tune in to hear the moving speech about his and Aretha’s friendship, and watch “Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul” on Sunday, March 10 at 9 p.m. EST / 8 p.m. CT on CBS.Aretha Franklin’s GRAMMY History: Remembering The Queen Of Soul News Smokey Robinson Honors “Lifelong Friend” Aretha Franklin With Moving Speech Twitter
CNN’s app will make news more interactive with Magic Leap One. CNN In case simply watching the news on your TV or phone isn’t enough, CNN added its app to the Magic Leap One AR headset Friday. The integration into the headset gives you the power to “go there,” CNN said, through what the company calls a “robust interactive experience in mixed reality.”If you’re a Magic Leap One owner, you can use the CNN app by launching Screens in the headset. Follow the prompts on the activation screen to sign in with your TV service provider to start watching live TV. Once you’re logged in, you can navigate the app with gesture control.The Magic Leap One headset uses AR to enhance the world around you with digital objects and images. The gadget is a bit more expensive than your regular VR headset. A Magic Leap will set you back about $2,300. For now, the devices are mostly geared towards creators and developers.”CNN’s app on Magic Leap One allows the user to dig deeper into the topics they care about while interacting with news and information through a dynamic video experience,” the company said. Gadgets Mobile Nreal Light headset is a small Magic Leap One 1:36 Tags Magic Leap One Preview • Magic Leap’s AR headset is real: Here are the details Share your voice 0 Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment The app will showcase Live TV, CNN shows, CNN Originals Series and CNN Films. You can also interact with exclusive reporting, data and live video feeds from around the world with TV authentication. Magic Leap
Thompson says now, the community is working together to pool resources to pay for barge or landing craft at the end of this week if the ferry strike continues. Thompson doesn’t know the exact total, but it’s pricey- somewhere in the neighborhood of $10,000. “We have not been able to get any of our dry grocery in yet,” Thompson said. “We sent a bunch of air freight over the first day, and then we chartered a plane for the rest of our temperature controlled product the second day.” “We have a fragile economy out here,” Thompson said. “Having the ferry come in, you know, saves people a lot of money on being able to move back and forth, in general, across Southeastern Alaska, not just here. It makes it more affordable to live out here. And that’s really, really, really important.” The Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific strike entered its fifth day on Monday, July 29. The largest union representing ferry workers went on strike in Alaska last week, after contract negotiations between the union and the state faltered. For communities that depend on the Alaska Marine Highway System, that means making some pricey choices while they wait for the strike to conclude. The Malaspina moored in Juneau during a strike by the Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific Thursday, July 25 (Photo by David Purdy/KTOO) Harris says they’ve been getting calls from communities they don’t typically fly to. They’ve had to turn some requests down. “We’re kind of slammed at the moment. It’s been nonstop phone calls, non-stop people booking on our flights, non-stop people asking for flights and non-stop people trying to move freight,” Harris said. Scott Harris, president of Harris Air in Sitka says some of the Southeast communities they serve, like Haines, were hit hard as the ferry strike continued over the weekend. And that means his company is swamped. “We just don’t have the capacity to do everything we’re being asked to do,” he said. The Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific, which represents around 400 ferry workers in the state, was still on strike as of Monday afternoon. The Alaska Marine Highway System serves 33 communities in Alaska. Many of them have been scrambling since last week figure out alternative ways to get the goods they need. Shane Thompson owns Angoon Trading Company. “Obviously you’re not going to just send 1000 pounds or something on that,” Thompson said. “We’re going to put on as much weight as we possibly can, and see if anybody has vehicles that need to to back and forth. And all the while hope that they go back online and end the strike before we actually get to Friday.” Thompson says he’s hopeful that will happen. The community is dealing with prohibitive costs to make up for the absence of a service that makes places like Angoon, a city of around 500 people on Admiralty Island, more affordable and accessible. Harris Air spent the weekend getting groceries, goods and people to Haines via aircraft charter. Demand was high because the Southeast State Fair was in progress. Another Sitka company, Allen Marine, shuttled passengers to and from the fair, and provided more transportation service over the weekend in the wake of the strike.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited Kali temple at Tarapith and offered puja and bhog on Thursday morning. She was accompanied by state Agriculture minister Ashis Banerjee.Later, she took stock of the work being carried out in the temple town. Following her initiative, Tarapith Rampurhat Development Authority (TRDA) was set up in March 2015. The sole purpose behind formation of the authority was to upgrade Tarapith into a world class centre for religious tourism. Thousands of people from across the country and the globe visit Tarapith every year. On Tuesdays and Saturdays, people come to the temple to offer pujas. As there is shortage of accommodation, the state government has set up rooms for the tourists. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe state government has set up guest houses at Kankalitala, where pilgrims come to offer puja on Saturdays and Tuesdays. The TRDA consists of 75 moujas from Rampurhat and Morgram police station, including Rampurhat Municipality. A multiplex is being constructed under the Karmakhetra project to accommodate roadside shopkeepers. A clock tower will come up at Rampurhat Panchmati More. A swimming pool is being constructed at Girish Park. An eco park is coming up close to the temple as well. The Chief Minister expressed satisfaction over the work for the same being carried out in full swing. The state government has also upgraded the shashan (crematorium) where tantriks and bhairabis come for religious practices and meditation. The rooms where the tantriks stay have been renovated and beautification surrounding the shashan has been carried out.
The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. January 19, 2011 – TechniScan, a medical device company engaged in the development and commercialization of an automated 3-D breast ultrasound imaging system, said this week it signed a product development agreement with Womens3D Inc. In the deal, worth a minimum of $1.5 million, TechniScan and Womens3D will co-develop technology specifically for Womens3D’s proposed target market that is directed toward women’s health practices. Under the terms of the agreement, Womens3D acquired a prototype of the TechniScan WBU system for $250,000 and contemplates contributing at least $1.25 million more to support development of a specialized whole breast ultrasound imaging system based on the TechniScan Warm Bath Ultrasound (WBU) product now in clinical testing. In addition, TechniScan will supply technical support of the product and customization of the imaging network applications that will be used in part to store and transmit the image files. “As a part of the development agreement, we purchased a prototype WBU system for evaluation, and we are now very excited to be working with TechniScan and welcome their expertise as we address the needs of the developing markets in women’s health,” said Scott Sanders, Womens3D CEO. Womens3D’s Chief Science Officer Mark Lenox, Ph.D., formerly part of the engineering team that performed the research and early development and commercialization of positron emission tomography (PET) in nuclear medical imaging, conducted the technical evaluation of TechniScan’s WBU system. TechniScan’s Warm Bath Ultrasound (WBU) system is designed to capture three-dimensional images of the breast as a woman lies prone on a table while proprietary ultrasound technology in a warm water tank images the breast anatomy. This new method of imaging produces diagnostic information that is not available with traditional hand-held ultrasound or whole breast ultrasound systems presently on the market. “TechniScan is excited to be working with Womens3D on this development program, which potentially will open new markets for our equipment and add a valuable partner to our development efforts. Over the next one to two years we expect to complete the development of an ultrasound system for Womens3D based on our technology,” said Dave Robinson, TechniScan CEO. TechniScan’s WBU imaging device is limited by U.S. law to investigational use. 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Unaligned travel suppliers need to lift their game or change tactic to survive future agency and wholesaler mergers, according to an e-Travel Blackboard source.”For us to compete with the big guys, we’re almost forced to approach the huge industry groups and beg for preferred status, but to get there you’ve got to cut a deal which means you make almost nada,” the owner of a Cairns tour operator told e-Travel Blackboard.”How can a small operator like me compete…unless I specialise my service and that means cutting my share of the market,” they said.”It’s meager times.”According to Travelscene American Express General Manager Jacqui Timmins her company does push the use of preferred suppliers, but the process to become a preferred supplier is focused on the quality and value of the product.”If there’s a product that meets all our criteria we discuss a commercial agreement [with the supplier] that will best benefit out members and their clients,” Ms Timmins told e-Travel Blackboard.Ms Timmins urged delegates to use the company’s preferred suppliers at the Travelscene American Express National Consultants Conference held in Cairns last weekend, impressing on members the network’s success depended on strong relationships with their preferred partners.”When you support others that are not preferred suppliers you are weakening the network,” Ms Timmins said. Travelscene American Express incentivise consultants to use preferred suppliers through the Quantum Consultant programme which sees agencies awarded Quantum points when a Quantum partner is booked, the points redeemable for a range of goods.”Booking with preferred suppliers gives you as a consultant better rewards,” Travelscene Hills Travel Centre Senior Consultant Tracey Jenkins said.Other consultants at the conference agreed, many only using preferred suppliers, while the few who claimed to have previously not paid much attention to their preferred suppliers, said the conference reminded them of the benefits of this.”I’ve always focused on what the client in front of me wants and tailored a package accordingly, preferreds or not, but I am now moving towards booking preferreds as much as possible because of the value they present to my client, myself and my agency,” a conference delegate told e-Travel Blackboard.”I guess I’m damned if I do partner up, and damned if I don’t,” the owner of the Cairns tour operator said.Ms Timmins did not comment upon whether the proposed merger between Stella Travel Services and Jetset Travelworld Group would affect the preferred supplier selection of Stella partner, Travelscene American Express, though many at the conference doubted any significant ramifications. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A
The Walt Disney Company unveiled key creative elements of Shanghai Disneyland, which include six themed lands with world-class attractions and live entertainment – many of which will be first for a Disney park.Bob Iger, Disney Chairman and CEO, revealed a scale model of the theme park and displays showcasing key highlights of unique attractions, entertainment, dining and hotels at a presentation held at the Shanghai Expo Centre.“We are building something truly special here in Shanghai that not only showcases the best of Disney’s storytelling, but also celebrates and incorporates China’s incredibly rich heritage to create a one-of-a-kind destination that will delight and entertain the people of China for generations to come,” said Iger. “We are taking everything we’ve learned from our six decades of exceeding expectations – along with our relentless innovation and famous creativity to create a truly magical place that is both authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese.”The project is a joint venture of Disney and its partner Shanghai Shendi Group, and is being designed to appeal to Chinese guests.Since the announcement in 2011, Disney and Shanghai Shendi Group have been expanding the park by adding additional attractions and entertainment. The Grand Opening of Shanghai Disneyland is set for spring of 2016.Shanghai Disney Resort, part of the Shanghai International Tourism and Resorts Zone, will be a complete vacation destination and will include:> Shanghai Disneyland, a theme park with six themed lands: Adventure Isle, Gardens of Imagination, Mickey Avenue, Tomorrowland, Treasure Cove and Fantasyland, with its Enchanted Storybook Castle.> Shanghai Disneyland Hotel and Toy Story Hotel adjacent to the theme park.> Disneytown, an international shopping, dining and entertainment district, adjacent to Shanghai Disneyland and will include the Walt Disney Grand Theatre, which will be the home to the first-ever Mandarin production of the Broadway hit Disney’s THE LION KING.> Wishing Star Park, a central point of the resort with beautiful gardens, a walking path and a glittering lake.