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Gears of War 3 beta first impressions

first_imgWe were lucky enough to snag a beta key for the Gears of War 3 beta, and we spent the whole weekend in the middle of the action, checking the four new maps, three new game modes, and tons of new and re-tooled weapons.The number of changes in the Gears of War 3 beta from what you might be comfortable with from Gears of War 2 is staggering, but most players will like them. The beta shows off some interesting new features that players can look forward to when the full game comes out in September. If you can’t wait that long, take a look at our tips on how to get into the Gears of War 3 beta, and maybe you can start playing early.If you loved Gears of War 2, you’ll love the beta, there’s no doubt about it. Almost everything you loved about the previous title made it into the sequel, and the things that have been changed are clear improvements.The environment is brighter and more open than the previous Gears of War titles: if you really liked the dark and gritty nature of the Gears of War games, you’ll get plenty of “dirty” environments, but it’s not quite as dark and gloomy as the previous titles were. The brighter, more open and spacious maps are a bit reminiscent of Bulletstorm, another Epic Games title released earlier this year.Speaking of the maps, Epic is showing off four maps in the beta: Thrashball, Checkout, Old Town, and Trenches. Thrashball takes place on – you guessed it – a heavily damaged Thrashball court where you and your team need to control the center of the map. Checkout on the other hand takes place in a department store, perfect for fans of close combat and duck-and-cover tactics. Old Town is a European-inspired villa that’s falling apart, but not so much that you can’t find plenty of cover and back-alleys to use to flank the opposing team. Trenches is a madhouse, a dusty, desolate map full of corners you won’t want to just rush around and a massive platform in the center with a mortar on top that you can use to rain death on your enemy.The beta also features three different play modes: Team Deathmatch (where most people will spend their time,) King of the Hill, and Capture the Leader. King of the Hill will remind you of Gears of War 2‘s Annex, and Capture the Leader is essentially capture the flag except you’re going after a person. The fun part is that once you catch them, you use them as a meatshield while you try to keep the other team from doing the same to your leader.In Team Deathmatch has been tweaked to depend a bit more on teamwork. Instead of rushing to rack up kills, each team gets 15 respawns shared between them, and the team that uses all of their first loses. Expect tension on losing teams, and expect new or inexperienced players to be ridiculed for being the weakest link and costing the team unnecessary respawns.The controls have been tweaked from the previous game as well. For example, one complaint a number of players had about Gears of War 2 were that the menus were clunky and difficult to navigate in the middle of battle. The beta gets around that problem with a new tap-versus-hold system that allows you to tap a button to perform quick actions like picking up ammo, reviving teammates, and killing enemies quickly. Holding the same buttons will perform different actions, like picking up a new weapon or performing an execution kill.Gears of War 3 also includes an experience-style system, reminiscent of games like Call of Duty. As you kill enemies and win matches, you earn experience points and levels. Right now those levels don’t net you terribly much, but expect to see more rewards there before the game is released.Epic has also put in a good bit of effort to make sure the title is accessible to new players. Most – but not all – of the controls are pretty intuitive and easy to figure out. Veteran players will have no issue jumping right in and scoring enough points and kills to start unlocking some of the beta goodies, like a beta tester’s medal, Cole’s Thrashball suit, and even a gold-plated Retro Lancer.The graphics have been amped up and the weapon effects are absolutely stunning – especially the new flamethrower effects. The beta crashed our Xbox 360 once, but aside from that hiccup, it ran smoothly and beautifully. The game looks great, and is a lot of fun. If you can get in on the beta, do it – it’ll only serve as more reason why you’ll be glad you pre-ordered the game.last_img read more

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Birthday girl accidentally makes Sweet 16 party public on Facebook 1500 people

first_imgOne girl’s Sweet 16 party ended in tears after she forgot to change a little privacy setting on Facebook, resulting in more than 1,500 people showing up for the party in Hamburg-Bramfeld, Germany this past weekend.The girl quickly left the party, but it took more than a hundred police officers to control the crowd. Eleven people were detained, two small fires broke out, girls wearing flip-flops cut their feet on broken glass, and one cop was injured. All of this happened because the birthday girl, identified as Thessa, forgot to change her party’s status from public to private on Facebook.Besides the injuries and fire, Police spokesman Mirko Streiber told the AP that the party was “quite a hit.” As you can see in the video below, there were quite a lot of people ready to be entertained and enjoy the gathering.Perhaps parents need to stress the importance of Facebook privacy to their kids. Back in March, one Australian teen almost had the same fate as Thessa at her Sweet 16. In this case, the girl, Jess, had 200,000 RSVPs for her party. Fortunately, Jess and her father canceled the party once they realized what had happened and police made sure to patrol the neighborhood in case any eager party-goers showed up.We can’t stress enough how important is to check your privacy settings, but maybe this story will act as a cautionary tale for others to tell and spread the word.Via Business Insider and APlast_img read more

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Super Slim PS3 images leak

first_imgEarlier this month a new PS3 console appeared at the FCC. It carried the model number CECH-4001x, where as the current model is CECH-3000 suggesting a brand new machine was imminent. The redesigned console also looked to be much smaller than the current PS3 Slim.Today, images of what is being referred to as the PS3 Super Slim have appeared. The machine’s final model numbers are CECH-4011A/B/C, and even though it retains the overall look of a PS3 it is clearly much smaller.Sony has copied a few design choices it used when redesigning the PS2. Notably, the disc drive is now accessed via a lid that opens rather than using a disc tray that pulls the disc in for you. Clearly such a design takes up less space and must be cheaper to manufacture due to fewer parts being required.It looks as though Sony is planning three storage options for the 4011. A 160GB, 320GB, and new 500GB hard drive will be offered for anyone who wants to store a serious amount of game or movie data on their machine. The Sony document below lists 16GB instead of 160GB, but that seems unlikely as Sony has never offered such low storage capacity before and has offered 160GB models. It is probably a typo, but then again it could be Sony’s attempt at matching Microsoft with a very cheap entry level machine.I would guess that Sony will keep the current pricing when the new machine is released, but the new design will likely use significantly less power than the 3000 hardware. The PS3 has always been a quiet machine, but the new flip open lid may mean there’s a little more disc noise.As for when we can expect to see this new model released, Sony will definitely want to have it on store shelves for the holidays. The next big gaming event is Gamescon next month in Cologne, so it may be launched or at least previewed there.More at Tecnoblog (translated), via MCVlast_img read more

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Greek doctor advocates for disabilities

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The City of Monash has joined forces with Knox City Council and the Shire of Yarra Ranges to host a free four-session advocacy course for people with a disability. Presented by well-known disability advocate Dr George Taleporos, the course supports advocates to develop their understanding of advocacy principles and strategies for change. “We need to understand that the problem of disability lies in the failure of society to accommodate the needs of people with different abilities and not within the individuals themselves,” says Dr Taleporos. Dr Taleporos would know more than most about the issues of disability as he was born with spinal muscular atrophy, and needs to use an electric wheelchair. “Having been a young person with a disability myself not too long ago has made me aware of the many barriers that young people with disabilities face,” he adds. Dr George is 29 years old and holds a PhD in Psychology and a first class honours degree in sociology. He has been published in several books and international peer-reviewed journals including Social Science and Medicine and Sexuality and Disability. In 2003, he placed third in Victoria out of 280 competitors in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He is also a star of No Limits, an award winning Channel 31 television show that aims to bring the world of disability into people’s living rooms in an informative and entertaining way. Mayor Paul Klisaris welcomed the advocacy course initiative and said it was important for people of all abilities to understand how to work together with boards, committees, government advisories and self help groups for change within our community. “Council is pleased to be able to offer these important training sessions at no cost for local residents with disabilities. The sessions will focus on how to advocate for change and will help participants to develop an understanding of the advocacy principles and strategies that can translate into making real and lasting changes within our community,” he adds. The course consists of four sessions to be held on Friday 6, 13, 20 and 27 March from 12pm to 3.30pm at venues both Knox and Boronia. The course will be fully wheelchair accessible and Auslan interpreters will be on hand. Materials will be available in alternate formats and attendant care support will be fully catered for. For further information or to register, please contact Emma Cramer at the City of Monash on 9518 3655.last_img read more

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Traveling Sauna brings traditional Finnish culture to Battle Ground

first_imgBATTLE GROUND — When Markku Kesala sees a sauna, all he can think is that it’s time to play the music and light the lights.“Growing up in Finland, my family would sauna together every Friday,” Kesala, of Vancouver, said. “My sister and I would always make sure to finish up in time to watch ‘The Muppet Show.’ When I see a sauna now, I hear the theme song.”Kesala’s story was a common one — Muppets aside — shared Saturday afternoon in Battle Ground when 75 or so people came out to celebrate their Finnish heritage at Gerry Adolson’s house. There, members of United Finnish Kaleva Brothers and Sisters Lodge No. 24 greeted visitors traveling around the country with a sauna.The Traveling Sauna tour was dreamed up by Finland natives Risto Sivula and Jouko Sipila, who now both live in Minnesota. They came up with the idea to celebrate Finland’s 100th anniversary of independence.“It used to be that when Finns would settle somewhere, they’d build a sauna before a house,” Sivula said. “It provided shelter and warmth. It was a place to wash yourself, and the place where women gave birth. It’s the place where dead bodies are washed before being buried. The sauna is very important to us.”last_img read more

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Prime Minister Minnis and Mrs Minnis Enjoy the HOPE Gala Ball in

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 23, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis and Mrs. Patricia Minnis attended the Aliv HOPE Gala Ball on Saturday at the Grand Ballroom, Our Lucaya.   The Grand Bahama HOPE Society, organizer of the event, creates initiatives to give awareness, information and support to those diagnosed with cancer, and to celebrate cancer survivors.Prime Minister Minnis is pictured with Mrs. Minnis, right, and President of the Senate the Hon. Katherine Forbes-Smith.   In the background at far right is Grand Bahama Port Authority Vice-Chairman Sarah St. George.    Other photos show Deputy Prime Minister Turnquest and Mrs. Turnquest entering the fanfare, Senator Kwasi Thompson and Mrs. Thompson at the table, and gala ball patrons enjoying the evening. (Photos/Yontalay Bowe, OPM Media Services)Release: BIS Related Items:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Mourinho Rashford is untouchable

first_imgManchester United boss Jose Mourinho is so impressed with Marcus Rashford’s work rate that he sees him as “untouchable”The 21-year-old striker has struggled to hold on to a regular spot in the starting line-up for United over the past year following the arrivals of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez.However, as the star strike duo struggle to rediscover their best form, Rashford has continued to impress in his unfavoured position down the flank.Fans and critics alike have urged Mourinho to start Rashford in the middle of the United attack, where he has performed superbly at for England.And the young star is in fine form right now with two goals and assists in his past two outings for United.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…But it’s Rashford’s work-rate, and not his goals, that has impressed Mourinho the most.“I’m always pleased because he always plays on his limits,” Mourinho told the club website.“He gives absolutely everything and that’s what I demand from players.“After that, more quality, less quality, better performance, not as good, but I think that’s the basic thing of a professional and, at that level, Marcus is untouchable because he’s fantastic in terms of his contribution for the team.”Rashford has managed four goals and five assists in 19 appearances for United this season ahead of today’s game at Liverpool.last_img read more

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Columbia River fishing report September 2014

first_imgChinook retention remains open upstream of Warrior Rock in the Columbia River with any chinook — hatchery or wild — allowed in the bag limit. Washington and Oregon report 25,727 angler trips last week with 6,745 chinook kept, 6,427 chinook released, 560 adult coho kept, 365 adult coho released, 240 steelhead kept and 119 steelhead released.Those numbers are skewed by the hatchery-chinook-only rule last week between Tongue Point and Warrior Rock. In that area, anglers made 13,539 trips with 2,200 chinook kept and 6,309 released.Coho fishing at Buoy 10 still appears smoking hot. Oregon sampled 97 boaters on Tuesday with 248 coho.Angler checks from the Washington (WDFW) and Oregon (ODFW) departments of Fish and Wildlife:Lower Columbia — Longview, 268 boaters with 39 adult chinook, two jack chinook and six coho kept plus 82 adult chinook, one jack chinook and one steelhead released. (WDFW)Cowlitz River mouth, 101 boaters with 23 adult chinook, one jack chinook, 19 adult coho and three steelhead kept plus 37 chinook, nine coho and one steelhead released. (WDFW)Kalama, 230 boaters with 39 adult chinook, one jack chinook, one coho and one steelhead kept plus 116 adult chinook and two coho released; 171 bank rods with 25 adult chinook, one jack chinook and two coho kept plus 94 adult chinook released. (WDFW)last_img read more

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Woman who went viral for dancing with Obamas celebrates 110th birthday

first_img“This year, they feel like maybe it’s too much for me because, I don’t know, they said we want to keep her as long as we can,” she said.McLaurin remains in good spirits.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. What a great moment. Happy 110th, Virginia. https://t.co/FuNZV3RRV4— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 12, 2019Virginia McLaurin’s last few birthdays have all been memorable, including a birthday with the Harlem Globetrotters and receiving a presidential medal.However, one of her most cherished memories was when she met then-President Barack Obama and then-First Lady Michelle Obama in 2016.McLaurin danced with the couple in a video that went viral on social media.However, this year, for her 110th birthday, she decided to keep it a little low-key. A Washington D.C. resident who went viral for dancing with the Obamas just celebrated her 110th birthday.last_img read more

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HyderStewart Border to ReOpen 24Hour Access

first_imgThe border between Hyder, Alaska, and Stewart, British Columbia, soon will be open 24-hours a day.Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s office announced today that after many discussions with her office, the Canadian government has agreed to work with U.S. officials to open the gate — and keep it open, all the time.Here’s Murkowski spokesman, Matthew Felling:“This is an imminent change. This is not something that’s going to happen overnight, we don’t have a timetable. But the good news is that the political obstacles to removing the lock-box and key approach have been removed, and a resolution has been reached.”The border has historically been open 24-hours a day, but starting this spring, Canadian officials decided to cut costs by closing the border between midnight and 8 a.m.The approximately 100 residents of Hyder, who depend on Stewart for medical care, were concerned about access to emergency services. The Canadian government responded with a proposal that emergency providers could have a key to open the gate when needed.There also was concern about how the closure would affect tourism for both communities. Many visitors stay in Stewart and then cross the border early in the morning to visit the popular bear-viewing facility in Hyder.Felling says that with the new agreement in place, people on the Canadian side of the border will be able to cross between midnight and 8 a.m. without stopping or checking in.“For Americans or tourists on the American side of the border going to travel into Canada, there will be some sort of electronic box, a display, a camera, where they report their – it might be a license, it might be a passport – they will have to report in and announce that they’re entering the country.”Felling says there likely will be a faster process available for people needing emergency medical care. He says officials are still figuring out the details on how the system will work, so a precise timeline is not yet known.The overnight border closure went into effect April 1st.last_img read more

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RIP Sushma Swaraj PM Modi Rahul Gandhi condole veteran leaders death

first_imgFormer External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj with world leaders in the United Nations in New York.IANSFormer External Affairs Minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sushma Swaraj died at the AIIMS in New Delhi on Tuesday night following cardiac arrest. She was 67-years-old.The veteran BJP leader was brought to AIIMS in a critical condition after suffering a heart attack but soon passed away. “She was brought to AIIMS at 9.35 p.m.. We gave her CPR as well. She passed away at 10 p.m.,” a source told news agency IANS.Several BJP leaders including Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Prakash Javadekar, and Harsh Vardhan, and BJP Working President JP Nadda arrived at the hospital as they got the news.Her body has been taken to her residence at 6, Jantar Mantar from the AIIMS. Her mortal remains would be kept at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. so that people can pay their last respects.Leaders from across the political spectrum condoled the death of Sushma Swaraj, who had also been the first woman Chief Minister of Delhi.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a series of tweets, remembered the former Foreign Affairs minister and condoled her untimely death. PM Modi said that a “glorious period in Indian politics” had ended and recalled her efforts as External Affairs Minister in his first government in helping any Indians abroad in any trouble.”An excellent administrator, Sushma Ji set high standards in every Ministry she handled. She played a key role in bettering India’s ties with various nations. As a Minister we also saw her compassionate side, helping fellow Indians who were in distress in any part of the world.”A glorious chapter in Indian politics comes to an end. India grieves the demise of a remarkable leader who devoted her life to public service and bettering lives of the poor. Sushma Swaraj Ji was one of her kind, who was a source of inspiration for crores of people,” he said in a series of tweets.Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted: Sushma Swaraj Ji’s death is an irreparable loss to BJP and Indian politics.”A sharp orator, an ideal worker, a beloved people’s leader and a hard-working minister, she has left an indelible mark on Indian politics through her many roles,” Shah added.Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao, former Uttar Pradesh chief ministers Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati, were among those who condoled her death.Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said: “She would call me her brother… I have lost my sister today. Her sudden demise is a shock. She was a great leader. I pray to the almighty that her soul rests in peace.”An emotional Union Minister and senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said: “Her last tweet on Article 370 makes me emotional. It’s a great loss.”Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur tweeted: “India’s most loved Foreign Minister is no more. It is not only a loss for me but for the party and the nation. She has been a guiding force for young leaders like me.”Condolences also poured in from foreign leaders on the death of the former External Affairs Minister.Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid were among those who condoled her demise.Sushma Swaraj did not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections citing poor health conditions.(With agency inputs)last_img read more

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Texas Comptroller The State Bureaucrat Who Can Grind Budgets To A Halt

first_imgGABRIEL C. PÉREZ / KUTHow much money the state spends can be dictated by the Texas Comptroller.The Texas Legislature writes the state budget. The governor signs it into law. But with a single action, the Texas comptroller can kill the entire appropriations process.But before we get to that, let’s start with the real burning issue: How do you pronounce comptroller? Do you pronounce it controller or comptroller?The name, job description and spelling originally come from England. The full title there is Comptroller General of the Receipt and Issue of Her Majesty’s Exchequer and Auditor General of Public Accounts.Anyway, Texas started using it and pronounces it with the P.“It’s really what side of the Red River you’re on is how you pronounce it,” says UT Law School Professor Hugh Brady.OK, pronunciation aside, what does the office do?The simple answer: The office deals with the state’s money.Former state representative and budget writer Talmadge Heflin knows a thing or two about the comptroller’s office. He’s calls the comptroller the chief financial officer of the state.Obviously, watching the state’s bank account is a big part of it. That includes the same kind of accounts receivables/accounts payables operations you’d find at a large corporation.“Tax collector is one of the major duties of the comptroller’s office,” Heflin says. “And then also policing that collection. If people are not paying their taxes, they actually have police power.”Then there’s the role the office plays in spending that money. The comptroller doesn’t write bills, or usually lobby for or against legislation. Rather, by just talking about what a bill costs, the comptroller can have a dramatic effect on what gets passed – and what doesn’t.“If the comptroller likes a piece of legislation they can show that it saves the state money. And if they don’t like a piece of legislation, often they can show that it costs government money,” former state lawmaker Arlene Wohlgemuth says, and thereby seal “the fate of legislation going through,”Then there’s the comptroller’s role in the biggest, most important bill of the legislative session: the state budget. In 2003, then-Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn refused to sign off on the budget because, according to her, the state was short almost $186 million to pay for it. After lawmakers made several cuts, she gave it her stamp of approval. But it was a stunning example of how one office could grind the entire legislative process to a halt. Sharelast_img read more

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The Legend of Mary Bubala

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, syoes@afro.comPeople are still talking about Mary Bubala.On May 2, in the wake of Mayor Catherine Pugh’s resignation, the veteran WJZ television news anchor seemed to disparage the succession of Black women — Sheila Dixon, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Pugh — who have run the city in recent years.“The question I have for you; we have had three female African-American mayors in a row. They were all passionate public servants. Two resigned though. Is it a signal that a different kind of leadership is needed to move Baltimore City forward?” Bubala asked.The comment, during an on-air interview with Dr. Karsonya Wise Whitehead, Loyola University professor, WEAA radio host and AFRO columnist, sparked outrage. Subsequently, Bubala was fired by WJZ for her perceived transgression fraught with racist and sexist undertones.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)Richard Sher, a long-time Baltimore on-air personality voiced the anger of many over Bubala’s firing in a Facebook post on May 7. “WBAL Radio is burning hot today, as listeners from all across the region are fuming by WJZ’s firing of news anchor Mary Bubala,” Sher wrote. “Live television is tough and sometimes we say or ask something that we later realize could have been worded differently. As soon as Mary, who hasn’t a racist or prejudice bone in her body, realized she misspoke, she apologized,” Sher added.First of all, how the hell does Sher know about Bubala’s bones? ‘So and so doesn’t have a racist bone in their body,’ is some silly stuff White people say when another White person says or does something that is, or appears to be racist.I have White friends who I would argue are not racist, but I certainly cannot account for every single bone in their body. The point is only God knows Bubala’s heart. At the end of the day, I don’t know if Bubala is a racist, but I do know that a whole lot of White people and more than a few Black people are thinking what she implied; it may be time for Baltimore to move on from Black women running the city.Well, I think that’s a flatout stupid sentiment.Let’s examine the record. Sheila Dixon was the most effective mayor of my lifetime since William Donald Schaefer. Anybody who thinks she was forced to resign as mayor because she stole $1,500 worth of gift cards, well, I’ve got a bridge in Kent Island I’d like to sell you.Stephanie Rawlings-Blake didn’t leave office in disgrace or because of a scandal real or contrived. SRB decided not to seek re-election because in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray, and the subsequent Uprising, she could not win. The catastrophe of 2015 was not of her making, it was generations in the making.The Pugh fiasco is what it is; she resigned, she didn’t really have a choice. So, the record of the last three (and only) Black women to run the city is dubious at worst.But, what about the 44 White men in a row that occupied the mayor’s chair before Clarence “Du” Burns became the city’s first Black mayor in 1987?The 20th, George W. Brown was arrested and removed from office for being a Confederate sympathiser. The 35th, J. Barry Mahool implemented the first legal ordinance of housing segregation in the United States in 1911, hence Baltimore under Mahool’s leadership officially invented segregation.According to a story in the Washington Post (April 29, 2015), “From 1951 to 1971, 80 to 90 percent of the 25,000 families displaced in Baltimore to build new highways, schools and housing projects were Black. Their neighborhoods, already disinvested and deemed dispensable, were sliced into pieces, the parks where their children played bulldozed,” according to the Post.The White men that occupied the mayor’s chair during those 20 years included: Thomas D’Alesandro Jr., J. Harold Grady, Philip H. Goodman, Theodore McKeldin and Thomas D’Alesandro, III. Dozens of White men (10 resigned from office before Dixon in 2010) presided over, and in many cases orchestrated the subjugation and oppression of Black people for generations in Baltimore. I don’t think the Baltimore Sun, WBAL Radio, WJZ-TV, or any other White-led media organization, or individual White journalist ever called for change of course from White male rule of City Hall. From 1797 to 1987, over nearly 200 years did a member of the White media call for “a different kind of leadership” despite the repeated atrocities perpetrated against the Black community at the hands of local government.Many believe Bubala’s firing was draconian and cowardly on the part of WJZ. Those people may be right. However, during my three years on the air at WEAA during the evening drive Monday through Friday, I made many controversial, sometimes volatile statements. And although me dropping the mic at WEAA was my choice, if I had said something viewed as anti semitic, I would have been unceremoniously yanked out of my chair with a quickness. This is a fact.Sean Yoes is the AFRO’s Baltimore editor and the author of Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories From One of America’s Great Imperiled Cities.last_img read more

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3D printing glass objects

first_img Journal information: Nature Citation: 3-D printing glass objects (2017, April 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-04-d-glass.html Over the past several years 3-D printing has taken off as printers have improved and prices have fallen. Objects made by such printers have become common across the globe, from research institutes to hobbyist’s garages. But despite its popularity, such printers have had one glaring weakness—an inability to print glass objects—3-D printers of today print objects made of plastics, ceramics and even metal, but not glass, which is a shame, the researchers note, because materials made of them offer many advantages such as resistance to thermal and chemical damage. And of course, they are transparent. But now, it appears that has changed, as the team in Germany has found a way to print glass objects using ordinary 3-D printers.The new technique allows for 3-D printing glass objects based on the creation of a “liquid glass” the team developed—a glass nanocomposite with glass nanoparticles suspended in a photocurable prepolymer. In practice, the sandy glass nanoparticles are mixed into a liquid solution and the results are then used as the “ink” for the printer. Once printed in the traditional way, the glass object is transferred to an oven that cures the glass and burns off other extraneous materials. The result is an object made of pure, clear glass. © 2017 Phys.org A microfluidic Tesla mixer cascade chip generated by three-dimensional printing in fused silica glass. Credit: NeptunLab/KIT Explore further A three-dimensional pretzel generated by three-dimensional printing in fused silica glass. Credit: NeptunLab/KIT More information: Frederik Kotz et al. Three-dimensional printing of transparent fused silica glass, Nature (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nature22061AbstractGlass is one of the most important high-performance materials used for scientific research, in industry and in society, mainly owing to its unmatched optical transparency, outstanding mechanical, chemical and thermal resistance as well as its thermal and electrical insulating properties. However, glasses and especially high-purity glasses such as fused silica glass are notoriously difficult to shape, requiring high-temperature melting and casting processes for macroscopic objects or hazardous chemicals for microscopic features. These drawbacks have made glasses inaccessible to modern manufacturing technologies such as three-dimensional printing (3D printing). Using a casting nanocomposite5, here we create transparent fused silica glass components using stereolithography 3D printers at resolutions of a few tens of micrometres. The process uses a photocurable silica nanocomposite that is 3D printed and converted to high-quality fused silica glass via heat treatment. The printed fused silica glass is non-porous, with the optical transparency of commercial fused silica glass, and has a smooth surface with a roughness of a few nanometres. By doping with metal salts, coloured glasses can be created. This work widens the choice of materials for 3D printing, enabling the creation of arbitrary macro- and microstructures in fused silica glass for many applications in both industry and academia. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Molten glass 3-D printer produces optically transparent glass A three-dimensional structure of a castle gate printed in fused silica glass. Credit: NeptunLab/KIT The researchers note that the size and precision of the objects printed are limited only by the precision of the printer used, just as with other 3-D printed objects. To demonstrate their new technique, the researchers printed tiny pretzels and an equally tiny castle and a honeycomb. They suggest the new technique could be used to produce both very large and very small glass objects, from skyscraper facades to tiny camera lenses. They note also that they believe that one day, most people will own a 3-D printer, and because of that, may choose to fashion their own glass objects, such as fine glassware or ornate windows. Credit: Kotz et al. Honeycomb structure printed in fused silica glass exposed to a flame of 800 °C showing the high thermal shock resistance of the printed glass part. Credit: NeptunLab/KIT (Phys.org)—A team of researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany has developed a way to 3-D print objects made of pure glass. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes their technique and the ways they believe their new approach could be used. Karl Ziemelis, Physical, Chemical and Earth Sciences editor for Nature offers a News & Views piece on the work done by the team in the same edition. A three-dimensional pretzel generated by three-dimensional printing in fused silica glass. Credit: NeptunLab/KIT Honeycomb structure printed in fused silica glass exposed to a flame of 800 °C showing the high thermal shock resistance of the printed glass part. Credit: NeptunLab/KITlast_img read more

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WBSU bags place in list of best public varsities in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: For the first time in its 10 year history, West Bengal State University at Barasat has made it to the comprehensive list of the best public varsities in Bengal. The rating by Careers360, which happens to be the country’s largest higher education and career counselling portal, is widely popular among students and helps them to decide which institutions should be targeted for degree program admissions in the state.WBSU, with an overall score of 148.26, has bagged the AAA (Above Average) rating and is one of the newest varsities in the country to have figured in the list. “We are excited and encouraged as this rating has put us in public domain and has showed that WBSU has the potential to excel in academics,” said Basab Chaudhuri, vice-chancellor of WBSU. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsInterestingly, WBSU’s rating is only next to the 62-year-old North Bengal University, which has an overall score of 148.65. Presidency University, with an overall score of 158.08, is only a few steps ahead of WBSU. It may be mentioned that the ranking/rating of Careers360 is based on factors like quality of students, research output, industry interface, referenced publications and academic productivity. The information provided by the portal is based on in-depth research and backed by authenticated data. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedWBSU, since its inception in 2008, had been embroiled in administrative red-tapism and had its first convocation only in 2017. The inordinate delay in the publication of results was one of the major problems in the varsity. After Chaudhuri took over as V-C in September 2015, he streamlined the examination process and results were published without delay. Questions were also raised over the efficiency of the previous vice-chancellor Jyoti Prakash Basu, which had led to his removal in 2015.WBSU presently has as many as 46 colleges in North 24-Parganas affiliated to it. There are as many as 30 departments in the varsity and all traditional subjects taught in Calcutta University are taught in WBSU as well. There are as many as 1.5 lakh students pursuing various courses in the university.last_img read more

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Now click photos inside Victoria Gallery

first_imgKolkata: To facilitate those who visit Victoria Memorial Hall, the authorities have broken the century old tradition and allowed them to take photographs inside the gallery. The Victoria Memorial was constructed between 1906 and 1921. Since the very beginning photography inside the gallery was prohibited.Jayanta Sengupta, Curator and Secretary Victoria Memorial said from May 15 visitors have been allowed to take photos inside the gallery. However, they are not allowed to use flash and tripod. Using flash light might affect the photographs many of which are more than a century old. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe visitors are taking photographs on their cell phones and uploading them on social media channels. This will increase the footfall of one of the finest architectures in India. Many people who have not visited Kolkata but have heard about Victoria Memorial can now see the photographs of the gallery. Hundreds and thousands of students of History from all over the globe visit the place. The new system was introduced from May 15 and in the past 10 days, despite high temperature, the footfall is impressive and most of the visitors in the gallery took photos. To ensure smooth visit of the people, the authorities have introduced online booking and two ticket ATMs have been installed. Particularly in winters, when there is heavy rush of domestic and foreign tourists, the visitors no longer have to wait for hours to buy tickets.last_img read more

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Ayurveda practitioners to be appointed as community health officers

first_imgKolkata: State Ayush department has decided to appoint Ayurveda practitioners as community health officers at the health and wellness centres across the state.According to sources in the Ayush department, the process of recruiting Ayurveda practitioner as the CHO at various health and wellness centres, has been initiated by the state government. The government has already given its approval to induct the Ayurveda practitioners as the CHOs. It may be mentioned here that the process of recruiting the CHO at various community health centre began in 2017. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIn the following year, around 510 nursing staffers were recruited as CHOs at various community health centers in the state. But, Ayurveda practitioners were not brought under this ambit. Many Ayurveda practitioners and their organisations articulated their demands of being recruited as the CHOs and also urged the government in this regard. It was learnt that besides nursing professionals, the Ayurveda practitioners will also be recruited as the CHOs at health and wellness centres. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIt may also be mentioned here that all the community health centres in the districts have already been upgraded to health and wellness centre for providing better health care facilities to the patients. More than 10,300 primary health centres are in the process of getting upgraded to health and wellness centers. State health department has already started training progremmes for the nursing professional before they are inducted as the CHO at these centers. Where there is an acute shortage of doctors at various health and wellness centres in the rural areas, these trained CHOs are supposed to provide primary health care. The Bengal government already started six months bridge course for nurses under the National Health Mission. Around 1920 posts of CHOs have been created in the state for the financial year 2019-20. It is up to the state government to decide in what ratio they would induct the nursing personnel and the ayurveda practitioners. Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee laid enormous emphasis on the development of the Ayurveda infrastructure in the state. The Union Health Ministry earlier urged all the state governments to recruit both Ayurveda practitioners and nurses as CHOs at all the health and wellness centers after they complete the bridge course. The steps have been taken after the Centre found a shortage of doctors at various health centres in the rural areas. The Bengal chapter of National Ayurveda Students’ and Youth Association (NASYA) also urged the top government officials to appoint the Ayurveda practitioners as CHOs. “We are in the process of recruiting Ayurveda practitioners as community health officers at various health wellness centers,” a senior official at the state Ayush department said.last_img read more

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I stopped being gay how one man saved himself from Indonesias homophobia

first_imgFahd plans to share the harrowing ordeal of being taken to a psychiatrist by his mom, and all the times his dad called him a faggot.But his intention is not to be lewd or sensational. Fahd will tie all of his stories back into the state of affairs for LGBTI people in Indonesia.‘The stories are very personal, yes, but they’re actually just a hook to the star of the book: the suffering of LGBTQI+ community in Indonesia,’ he said.‘When talking about how my parents reacted to my queerness, I’d link the story to how most Indonesian parents culturally & religiously worship masculinity; and that affects poorly to “feminine” boys like me.‘When telling the story about dating an engaged “straight” man, I’d link it to the trend in Indonesia that many “straight” married men actually have boyfriends behind their clueless (and usually naive) wives.’[embedded content]Speaking for the voicelessFor Fahd writing this book will bring attention to what is happening in Indonesia and hopefully effect change.He also wants to speak up for the many LGBTI people who do not have the power to do so.‘The LGBT issue in Indonesia is a crucial subject to talk about. Why? Because it’s not illegal to be queer in that country… however, the government, authorities and society in general have been treating us like criminals,’ he said.‘That’s totally unjust, and not many people speak up about it. It’s hard to pass the mic for the voiceless when they still live under such agony, but I’m lucky to have the opportunity and platform to be their loudspeaker.’So I Stopped Being Gay is a not for profit driven agenda for Fahd. Any money the book makes will go directly to ‘an underground LGBTQI+ organization in an Indonesia city’.‘The non-profit organization (managed by six people) has been providing a free shelter for 28 queer teenagers (perhaps more in the future) who were kicked out of the house by their families,’ he said.‘They need money to keep the shelter safe and feed their guests. They request a full confidentiality due to security reasons, obviously.’Fahd is relying on public support to fund the publishing of his book. He hopes people will get behind it because they want to help Indonesia’s LGBTI community.‘I’d love to encourage people who share the same concern on LGBT rights to pre-order my book, so together we can show the world the real face of queer people’s struggles in Indonesia,’ he said.You can donate to the crowdfunding campaign here.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Zulfikar Fahd wants to raise awareness of how bad things are for LGBTI people in Indonesia. | Photo: YouTube A man who gave up a lucrative career to seek asylum in Canada, said moving away from Indonesia stopped him ‘being gay’. GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Zulfikar Fahd, 30, worked for years in public relations and his career was going great.But as a gay Indonesian man he felt increasingly oppressed as the country’s persecution of the LGBTI community escalated. ‘Indonesia is a civilization that’s going backwards. We used to be okay with transgender comedians on TV (some of them were very famous), now the government banned every LGBT-related show,’ Fahd told Gay Star News.‘Aceh became a Islamic province, practicing barbaric and primitive law, and no one dares speak up about it because the whole country is run by Muslim supremacist.’His story of escaping to Canada went viral and he suddenly had hundreds of LGBTI Indonesians reaching out to him.For the first time in his live Fahd, ‘stopped being gay’.‘By fleeing to Canada earlier this year, I decided to “stop” being gay and start being a “normal” person… who lives amongst those who give no second thought to sexual orientation,’ he said.‘I decided to give up my family and friends whom I love dearly, and a bright promising career I’d built for years. I’d given up on my country too, simply because I didn’t want to give up onmyself.’Zulfikar Fahd has applied for asylum in Canada after fleeing Indonesia’s LGBTI persecution. | Photo: Facebook So I Stopped Being gayAfter he saw the impact of his story, Fahd decided he had to share even more about himself. He had to tell the world about the horrors facing LGBTI people in Indonesia.So he’s laying his story bare in a new book. He plans to call it, ‘So I Stopped Being Gay (A Story of Giving Up by a Queer Muslim Indonesian)’.In the book Fahd will share some very personal stories. They even include his first experiences with oral sex and going to a sex club. I gained a superpower when I fled Indonesia to seek asylum in CanadaBurmese actor comes out as gay, shares cheeky kiss with boyfriendCloseted guy in anti-gay country: ‘Drag Race keeps me alive’Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/i-stopped-being-gay-how-one-man-saved-himself-from-indonesias-homophobia/last_img read more

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How Two Providers Use The Cloud To Prepare For Disaster

first_img Videos | Enterprise Imaging | July 09, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 2 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison read more Feature | Archive Cloud Storage | July 05, 2018 | By Greg Freiherr How Two Providers Use The Cloud To Prepare For Disaster Developing a “cloud-first” strategy has helped with efficiency and cost savings Image by rawpixel from Pixabay  Related Content Videos | Enterprise Imaging | July 08, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 1 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison read more Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Building the Right Team for Success in the Consolidated Enterprise – Part 2Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:52Loaded: 1.65%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:52 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Considering OptionsMaking the cloud especially appealing is the potential for savings. Both Faith Regional and ARA have determined that the cloud storage has reduced their costs per terabyte. In its hybrid approach, Faith Regional projected that the costs for capital and cloud storage would be about equal by the end of 2018, a prediction that in early 2018 appeared to be on track. Cost savings at Faith Regional are projected to continue through 2019 and into later years.Quick scaling made possible by the cloud allowed ARA to cut back significantly on local archives, said Thomas, producing “a 35 percent savings in our first year.” But these savings did not come without effort.ARA has learned that “not all files are created equally,” Thomas said. Some files, particularly large ones, can be difficult to handle. “But edge devices can be tweaked to ensure against problems,” he said.Although latency also was a problem, ARA radiologists overcame the challenge by prefetching mammograms from the cloud to their workstations, “so when they come to work the next morning, they can call up a display,” Thomas said.Faith Regional built this prefetching workaround into its workflow from the start. Or they depend on radiologists to be patient. If radiologists “need a study from five years ago, they have to wait a few minutes to get it,” Feilmeier said. “I think they are OK with that, so long as they understand that up front.” Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read morecenter_img Feature | Radiology Business | July 18, 2019 | By Stefanie Manack and Judy Zakutny Finding A Common Data Language for Radiology Approximately 30 percent of a hospital or health system’s profit comes from imaging according, to… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more The need to protect patient images and other clinical data from disasters is increasing, just as doing so is getting tougher.Two providers — a multisite outpatient radiology clinic in Texas, the other a health services clinic and hospital in Tornado Alley 1,000 miles away in Nebraska — reported on their solutions for doing so at the 2018 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference. Although each chose different approaches, both rely heavily on the cloud.Pragmatism has drawn their paths together.Austin Radiological Association (ARA), a chain of imaging clinics headquartered in Austin, Texas, chose initially to go all-in on the cloud. The decision was based partly on the recognition that on-premise storage equipment was about to come off OEM maintenance, explained R. Todd Thomas, ARA chief information officer. Contributing to the decision was the understanding that 3-D breast tomography — with its extensive storage requirements — was soon coming to ARA. Administrators had to decide, said Thomas, “Do we buy more on-premise storage or can we try to put all this in the cloud and never have to deal with capital purchases again?” ARA chose the latter.Faith Regional Health Services, comprised of a hospital and multiple outpatient clinics in Norfolk, Neb., chose a more conservative approach — a hybrid solution that mixes on-premise and cloud storage. Administrators there opted to use the cloud to store only certain data as well as a full data backup. They decided to continue storing radiology data on-premise partly because of an existing maintenance contract, according to IT Director Paul Feilmeier. He said a comprehensive transition to the cloud will not happen at Fair Regional until maintenance contracts associated with on-premise archives are ready to expire.Choices by Faith Regional and ARA both hinged on business considerations. An unanticipated challenge, however, led ARA to keep its on-premise storage longer than expected. News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more Video Player is loading.Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success – Part 1Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:44Loaded: 1.86%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Looking AheadFeilmeier and Thomas agreed that the leaders of business units should be involved when planning a long-term storage approach. Said Thomas, “Where we think some things are super easy, the business units may not necessarily think that way.” Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more Embracing The CloudLatency issues were at the root of this extension. At first, download delays were untenable for the retrieval of images from prior exams, according to Thomas. This was resolved, however, by changing the workflow, he said. Radiologists began “pre-fetching” prior images, he said, in preparation for their interpretation of current exams.In its march to the cloud, ARA — a chain of radiology clinics — has prioritized the cloud storage of images. But eventually all clinical data will be on the cloud, Thomas said. “We have a cloud-first strategy. As departments come to us with different ideas,” he said. “The first thing we ask them is: Can this run on the cloud?”Faith Regional is similarly enthused about using the cloud for storage, even though it plans to continue using on-premise archives for the next few years. “I think the cloud will become the future, although I feel like the hybrid solution is right in the short term,” Feilmeier said.Faith Regional will transition completely to the cloud when on-premise hardware need to be “refreshed,” he said. It is important, when planning future storage, to consider capital investments and equipment service, particularly in the context of budget, Feilmeier explained.last_img read more

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Cronin named Director Sales Marketing Canada for Cathay

first_img Posted by Share Thursday, January 5, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Cronin named Director, Sales & Marketing, Canada for Cathaycenter_img VANCOUVER — Cathay Pacific Airways has promoted Ross Cronin to Director, Sales & Marketing Canada, with overall responsibility for the airline’s passenger sales & marketing communication strategies in Canada.A veteran of the aviation industry, Cronin has spent over 22 years with Cathay Pacific Airways, most recently as Sales Manager, Eastern & Central Canada overseeing passenger sales for the airline in this important region.He joined Cathay Pacific Airways in Vancouver early in 1994 and, later that year, transferred to the management position in Toronto. Prior to this he worked in various roles with Air Canada across Canada.He will relocate to the airline’s Canadian regional office in Vancouver.“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to lead our team of experienced and passionate commercial professionals,” says Cronin. “Canada has long been an important market for Cathay Pacific and, with our Vancouver to Hong Kong service growing to 17 flights weekly in 2017, it’s an exciting time to take up this role.” Travelweek Group Tags: Cathay Pacific, Peoplelast_img read more

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