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Samsung Heavy Delivers Drillship Maersk Valiant

first_imgzoom Maersk Drilling’s second drillship, Maersk Valiant, was delivered Wednesday 16 April 2014 from the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje-Si, South-Korea.Maersk Valiant has begun its voyage towards the US Gulf of Mexico via Singapore to commence a two year contract with ConocoPhillips and Marathon Oil Corporation.The vessel is the second in a series of four ultra deepwater drillships to enter Maersk Drilling’s fleet. The four drillships represent a total investment of $2.6 billion and will be delivered from the SHI shipyard in 2014.Maersk Drilling has been active in the US Gulf of Mexico since 2009 with the ultra deepwater semi-submersible Maersk Developer. With Maersk Viking and Maersk Valiant entering the US Gulf of Mexico, Maersk Drilling is becoming a significant drilling contractor in the US Gulf of Mexico, which together with West Africa, are the target regions for Maersk Drilling’s deepwater activities.The estimated contract value with ConocoPhillips and Marathon Oil Corporation for Maersk Valiant is $694 million including mobilisation, but excluding cost escalation. maerskdrilling, April 16, 2014last_img read more

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MISC Berhad Launches Marginal Fields FPSO

first_imgImage Courtesy: MISC BerhadMalaysia International Shipping Corporation (MISC Berhad) held a sail away ceremony for the Marginal Marine Production Unit (MaMPU 1), which was converted from an oil tanker, at the MMHE East Yard in Pasir Gudang on September 29.MaMPU 1, a fit-for-purpose FPSO for the development of marginal fields, will initially work at Anjung Kecil oil field, offshore Sarawak.Featuring a storage capacity of 318,000 barrels, the vessel can produce 15,000 barrels of oil per day, and has a 25MMscfd gas handling capacity.One transformation technology that MISC has adapted on MaMPU 1 is Sep-iSYSTM, a compact low pressure system that stabilises the crude received from the reservoir for safe storage and subsequent export to the market.Through its Condensate Recovery System (CRS), MaMPU 1 is designed for increased oil production via recovery from unwanted flaring gas.Combined, the two systems will enable the production of an additional 50 barrels of oil per one million square cubic feet of flared gas, MISC said.The company expects that the CRS will contribute to lowering CO2 emission by 25% to 30% on daily flaring rates.last_img read more

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SG Flensburg beat THW Kiel in biggest German derby

The biggest German handball derby is ended with a win of SG Flensburg Handewitt! Team of Ljubomir Vranjes outplayed THW Kiel 30:29 (13:14).SG Flensburg-Handewitt – THW Kiel 30:29 (13:14)SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Andersson (18 saves) – Eggert (1/1), Glandorf (6), Mogensen, Svan (5), Heinl, Toft Hansen (4), Gottfridsson (2), Lauge (4), Mahé (8/2)THW Kiel: Landin (16/1 saves, 1 goal) – Duvnjak (7), Toft Hansen, Vujin (3), Wiencek (2), Ekberg (4/1), Nilsson, Bilyk (5), Zeitz (4), Dahmke (3), Lackovic, SprengerSTANDINGS: 16.TVB Stuttgart185013466:53110 17.Coburg 2000183015442:5236 3.Rhein-Neckar181602534:45332 14.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten195113449:51611 4.Fuchse Berlin181323508:44828 13.Minden196112477:53713 11.MT Melsungen197111518:52515 2.Kiel191603541:45432 9.Erlangen18909474:48218 10.Goppingen198110529:53517 6.Hannover-Burgdorf181107522:49022 7.HSG Wetzlar191108498:47922 ← Previous Story EDITION No.7: Goalkeepers’ paradise in Omis in July Next Story → NIKOLAJ KNOWS TALANT’S PASSWORD: RNL beat Kielce once again! 12.Gummersbach186111465:48613 5.SC Magdeburg191126538:52624 18.Bergischer182115445:5205 15.Lemgo185013489:52610 1.Flensburg-H.191711582:45335 8.Leipzig18918461:45419 read more

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Fourth of July closures

first_img• MAIL: Post offices are closed today. No mail delivery. The postal unit inside the Shell gas station at Fisher’s Landing, 16320 S.E. Cascade Park Drive, is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.• GARBAGE COLLECTION: Collection of trash and recyclables remains on schedule in Vancouver and most of Clark County. Inside Camas city limits, Monday’s trash and recyclables will be picked up Tuesday.West Van Materials Recovery Center, 6601 N.W. Old Lower River Road, open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. Central Transfer and Recycling Center, 1103 N.E. 117th Ave., open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. today.• BUSES: C-Tran will follow reduced service schedule today. TriMet buses and Portland Streetcar will follow Sunday schedule today. MAX will follow Sunday schedule today. No WES service today.• ANIMAL SHELTER: Humane Society for Southwest Washington open regular hours today.• PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Closed today.• COLLEGES: No classes at Clark College and Washington State University Vancouver today.• GOVERNMENT: City, county, state and federal offices closed today. • PUBLIC LIBRARIES: Vancouver Community Library and most branches of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District are closed today; Vancouver Mall Community library is open. Camas Public Library is closed today.last_img read more

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President Trump honors fallen Marines wife 7yearold son

first_img#MemorialDay pic.twitter.com/Iohcuhi4dQ— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2018Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – President Trump paid tribute to fallen service members in his Memorial Day remarks, taking the time to deliver words of encouragement to the family of a Marine who died during a training accident.Marine Sgt. Christopher Jacobs passed away in 2011 when his son Christian was just 8 months old. Trump met the little boy and his mother Brittany in 2017 at Arlington National Cemetery, where Christian wore a full Marines uniform in honor of his dad.“Last year at Arlington Cemetery, I met a young boy named Christian Jacobs. He was special,” Trump said. “He was standing fully in a uniform. His father was a great man to him and he was a great man to me. And Christian was standing over his father’s grave, saluting. It was something I’ll never forget.”“It was a moment I will always remember. Christian, I want you to know that even though your father has left this world, he’s left it for the next. He’s not gone, he’ll never be gone. Your dad’s love, courage, and strength live in you, Christian, and as you grow bigger and stronger, just like him, so, too, does your father’s incredible legacy. So thank you both. That’s so beautiful. Thank you,” the president said in his speech.last_img read more

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With Bristol Bay Borough donation Little Angels Childcare Academy one step closer

first_imgLittle Angels Childcare Academy has acquired a facility use contract to rent an unused room in the Bristol Bay Borough School District for their proposed childcare center. (Photo courtesy of Sharon Thompson)The lack of reliable childcare options in the Bristol Bay Borough impacts parents, children, employers, and the community at large. A group of residents is working on a solution. They now have $80,000 from the Borough to develop a certified childcare center.Listen Now Esther Pepin and her 7-month-old son, Leo, sat on the floor of an empty room in the Bristol Bay Borough School. She explained her vision for the room.“It is probably about 1600 square feet and has very old carpet and old linoleum, and we are looking at renovating and turning it into a safe and beautiful place for children to learn and for teachers to reflect on their learning,” Pepin said.Pepin taught Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten in this class room last year, but after Leo was born, she could not find available, reliable childcare.“I had to quit my job,” Pepin said, “So that I could take care of my 7-month-old. I was a teacher, and I love being a stay at home mom, but when I became one, I realized that my story was reflected in people on a weekly basis. I would see public postings for, ‘I need a baby sitter. I have to go to work. I have a job. I have to meet my rent, and I need somebody to take care of my kid.’”There are no certified childcare centers in the Naknek, South Naknek, and King Salmon communities that make up the Bristol Bay Borough where Pepin lives. In March, she and a group of Bristol Bay residents began meeting to discuss the problem, which they say frequently leads parents to quit their jobs or move away. Their solution: Little Angels Childcare Academy. The non-profit has acquired a facility use contract to rent the room where Pepin used to teach.Sharon Thompson has been a part of the planning committee from the beginning. She recently turned down a job offer because she could not find reliable childcare. Thompson explained their passion for the program.“The brain develops so rapidly during those first couple years of life,” Thompson said. “It’s just—the potential for learning and the need for nurturing and safe and consistent care of children is just critical, and that’s what we want to address.” Thompson says, “It’s not just childcare. It’s early childhood education.”In order to be licensed with the state of Alaska, the facility for Little Angels needs to be ready for inspection. So, on Monday, they took it to the Bristol Bay Borough Assembly meeting to ask for $100,000 in development funds. About a dozen business owners, parents, and childcare workers spoke in support of the program. The room was full, and some who came sat on the floor. Local resident Dave Lax explained how he sees the lack of childcare effect the community.“As an employer, we have three young people working for us now that all suffer from the childcare issue,” Lax said. “And it’s—for a small community like us—I think it’s a tough challenge to try to develop a childcare center that can support that need that the companies in town need have to be able to hire people and provide quality jobs.”The Borough approved a donation of $80,000. Carl Anderson, mayor of the Bristol Bay Borough said after the vote that childcare is something the community needs.“Being a young parent myself, I know we had times where it was hard to find a babysitter or hard to drive all the way across town to drop off a babysitter, so I’m excited for people to have the opportunity to get what they need,” Anderson said.That money, Thompson said, will go toward furniture, equipment, materials, and renovation required to set up the center. Little Angels Childcare Academy hopes to open January 1, 2017 and will initially have spots for 10 students.last_img read more

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Kapu leader Mudragada letter to CM YS Jagan

first_imgEast Godavari: Kapu leader Mudragada Padmanabham has written a letter to AP Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. In the letter, he stated to do justice to the Kapu community. He urged CM YS Jagan to complete the Kapu reservation process which was left unsolved by the former CM Chandrababu Naidu. Mudragada recalled that during the 2019 elections, the Kapu community had voted the YSRCP by keeping aside their caste party. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us Through the letter, Mudragada expressed confidence that YS Jagan’s government can do justice to the Kapu community. He requested CM to consider this issue and do justice to the Kapu. Mudragada Padmanabham said that after believing the issues in the letter as genuine then do the benefit to the Kapu community.last_img read more

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iSmart Shankar box office collection day 1 Puri Jagan scores biggest opener

first_imgAreaCollection CededRs 1.20 Cr NizamRs 3.43 Cr Nellore Rs 0.30 Cr East Rs 0.50 Cr Krishna Rs 0.53 Cr West Rs 0.40 Cr AP/TS TotalRs 7.83 Cr VizagRs 0.86 Cr iSmart ShankarTwitterDirector Puri Jagannath’s iSmart Shankar has made a good collection at the box office in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on the first day and become the biggest opener for Ram Pothineni.Puri Jagannadh and Ram Pothineni are among the popular directors and actors of Telugu film industry. But both of them suffered a severe setback with back-to-back failures in recent years. The two joined hands with each other for the first time to bring back each other’s fallen glory. Hence, there was a lot of hype for iSmart Shankar and its interesting promos doubled the curiosity about the movie.The hype surrounding iSmart Shankar helped the makers sell its theatrical rights for record prices and the distributors released the film in a large number of screens in a bid to cash in the craze, which helped the film register decent advance booking for its first day. After seeing these aspects, trade analysts predicted that the flick would start with a bang at the box office.As per predicted, iSmart Shankar received a fantastic response in the early morning with some theatres running houseful across the Telugu states. The movie has been successful in impressing the audience. Its regular morning shows witnessed unprecedented crowd and the word of mouth boosted its collection in the later shows on the first day.According to reports, iSmart Shankar has collected Rs 10.93 crore gross at the AP/TS box office on the first day. The movie has beaten the record of Nenu Sailaja, which was the biggest opener for Ram Pothineni with its first-day collection of Rs 4.75 crore gross in the Telugu states. It has also become one of the biggest openers for Puri Jagannath in recent years.On its opening day, iSmart Shankar has reportedly earned Rs 7.83 crore for the distributor in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Here is the area-wise share. These numbers may not match with actual figures.AreaAreaCollectionCollectionAreaNizamCollectionRs 3.43 CrAreaCededCollectionRs 1.20 CrAreaVizagCollectionRs 0.86 CrAreaEast CollectionRs 0.50 CrAreaWest CollectionRs 0.40 CrAreaKrishna CollectionRs 0.53 CrAreaGuntur CollectionRs 0.57 CrAreaNellore CollectionRs 0.30 CrAreaAP/TS TotalCollectionRs 7.83 Cr Guntur Rs 0.57 Crlast_img read more

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No plan to shift Khaleda elsewhere Home Minister

first_imgBangladesh home minister Asaduzzaman Khan addresses a programme marking the 23rd Raising Day of the Bangladesh Coast Guard at its Agargaon headquarters in Dhaka on Wednesday. Photo: PIDHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Wednesday said the government has no plan right now to shift Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia elsewhere from the Old Dhaka central jail of Nazimuddin Road.He said this responding to a query of newsmen after attending a programme marking the 23rd Raising Day of the Bangladesh Coast Guard at its Agargaon headquarters in the city, reports UNB.Brushing aside BNP’s allegation of an unhygienic environment in the old prison, the minister said Khaleda Zia has been kept at a place which is the former central jail.“There’s no unhealthy environment. She has been kept in the day care centre of a new building inside the prison. The atmosphere is not unsafe, unhealthy or risky either.”He also said the BNP chief has been given all the facilities as per the jail code.last_img read more

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Top Trump aide Hope Hicks to resign

first_imgWhite House Communications Director Hope Hicks watches as US President Donald Trump takes part in a “listening session” on gun violence with teachers and students in the State Dining Room of the White House on 21 February 2018. AFP file photoHope Hicks, one of Donald Trump’s longest-serving aides and perhaps his most trusted confidante, on Wednesday announced her resignation in the latest of a string of departures from the embattled White House.The 29-year-old former model and PR operative took her first job in politics as spokesperson for the Republican’s victorious campaign, before joining him in the White House where she was named communications director last September.While she cut a discreet figure in the White House—refusing all interviews—the former advisor to Ivanka Trump was known around the West Wing for her close relationship with the president’s family and as a keen defender of his image.She was well known to have the ear of the president, who never publicly voiced even the slightest criticism of her.“There are no words to adequately express my gratitude to President Trump,” the 29-year-old Hicks said in a statement on her departure.Trump paid tribute to Hicks’ “outstanding” contribution over the past three years, calling her “as smart and thoughtful as they come, a truly great person.”“I will miss having her by my side but when she approached me about pursuing other opportunities, I totally understood,” he added. “I am sure we will work together again in the future.”White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said Hicks had “served her country with great distinction.”“To say that she will be missed, is an understatement,” Kelly said.Hicks’ announcement came a day after she testified before a Congressional intelligence committee about the Russia election meddling investigation.She reportedly told lawmakers she had told “white lies” for Trump in the course of her duties, but never over the Russia probe.The White House said Hicks had informed Trump she wished to leave in order to explore other opportunities. Trump’s spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said no timeline had been set for her departure, adding that her exit was not linked to her testimony to Congress.In a sign of the high turnover in Trump’s administration, Hicks was the fourth person to head the communications team—her immediate predecessor, the brash Anthony Scaramucci, having lasted just 10 headspinning days in the role.Thrust into spotlightHicks’ departure follows that of a succession of senior administration figures: from national security advisor Michael Flynn, to Reince Priebus as chief of staff, Sean Spicer as press secretary and Steve Bannon as the president’s chief strategist.As communications director she was responsible for shaping the administration’s message, but Hicks was far less visible to the public than the press secretary Sanders, and before her Sean Spicer.But she was brutally thrust into the spotlight in early February when another top Trump aide with whom she had become romantically involved was accused of domestic abuse by an ex-wife.Former White House staff secretary Rob Porter—who denies the claims—resigned following the allegations.Hicks had helped craft the official response to the scandal, despite her personal involvement with Porter.Sanders denied any link between Hicks’ decision to leave, and her questioning Tuesday by a congressional panel probing Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.During her appearance before the House Intelligence Committee, Trump’s communications director had stuck to answering pre-approved questions, and refused to answer many of the other questions put to her.That meant avoiding questions about her work and White House contacts with Russia, according to lawmakers present at the closed session.last_img read more

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Verizon Slammed Over Unlimited Plans AlwaysOn Throttling

first_img Verizon surprised customers this week by expanding (i.e., complicating) it’s unlimited data plans.All three offerings, as Engadget put it, “come with compromise”: Pay less for throttled speeds and inferior video streaming, or pay more for potentially throttled speeds and slightly less inferior video streaming.Here’s the breakdown:Go Unlimited: For $75 per month, customers get unlimited 4G LTE data—which, “in times of congestion” may be “temporarily slower” (Verizon-speak for “we can suppress your data speeds at any time”).On top of that, video won’t stream above 480p, and your mobile hotspot is limited to a measly 600Kbps.Beyond Unlimited: An additional $10 a month earns you “premium” 4G—720p video on phones! 1080p video on tablets! But, expect strangled data during busy periods and once you’ve used more than 22GB in a single billing cycle.The third plan is aimed at businesses.See for yourself (via Verizon)Verizon ditched unlimited plans in in 2011, moving new and existing customers to tiered plans, allowing folks to pay only for what they use.In February, however, the provider shocked everyone when it announced a new unlimited plan: $80 per month included unlimited data (throttled only if the network was congested AND you went over 22GB) and 10GB of LTE tethering.Now, Verizon unlimited is “evolving” into a more convoluted, less equitable scheme.The company did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.Damning data released early this month by OpenSignal suggests Verizon and AT&T’s data speeds have slowed since the return of their unlimited plans—a response to similar offerings by rivals T-Mobile and Sprint.According to the report, Verizon took the biggest hit, dropping 4G speeds by 2Mbps to 14.9Mbps (versus AT&T’s 1Mbps decline to 12.9Mbps). Verizon countered by highlighting contrasting analytics from RootMetrics, which recently found that its “performance on the national stage was outstanding in all test categories in the first half of 2017.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Rugged BlackBerry Clone With QWERTY Keyboard Hits KickstarterA Smart Speaker Could Save You From Cardiac Arrest last_img read more

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Data Show No Evidence That Teens Social Media Use Predicts Depression Over

first_imgLongitudinal data from adolescents and young adults show no evidence that social media use predicts later depressive symptoms, according to research published in Clinical Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. However, the findings do show that relatively higher depressive symptoms predicted later social media use among adolescent girls. Heffer and colleagues analyzed the data separately for eachage group and gender. To measure depressive symptoms, the researchers used theCenter for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale for the young adults and anage-appropriate version of the same scale for the adolescents. All participantsanswered two questions about their average daily hours spent on social media –one measuring weekday use and the other measuring weekend use. The participantsalso answered questions about other screen time, such as watching TV, andnon-screen activities including doing homework and exercising. This research stands in contrast with recent claims that adolescents’ use of social media may lead to depression, claims based primarily on studies that examined associations between average social media use and average well-being measured at a single point in time. “You have to follow the same people over time in order todraw the conclusion that social media use predictsgreater depressive symptoms,” says lead author Taylor Heffer of BrockUniversity. “By using two large longitudinal samples, we were able toempirically test that assumption.” “This finding contrasts with the idea that people who use alot of social media become more depressed over time. Instead, adolescent girlswho are feeling down may turn to social media to try and make themselves feelbetter,” says Heffer. The results showed that social media use did not predict laterdepressive symptoms among adolescents or college undergraduates. Rather,greater depressive symptoms predicted more social media use over time, but onlyamong adolescent girls. “There may be different groups of people who use socialmedia for different reasons,” Heffer explains. “For example, there may be agroup of people who use social media to make social comparisons or turn to itwhen they are feeling down, while another group of people may use it for morepositive reasons, such as keeping in contact with friends.” Overall, the research suggests that the fear surroundingsocial media use and its impact on mental health may be premature. “When parents read media headlines such as ‘FacebookDepression,’ there is an inherent assumption that social media use leads todepression. Policymakers also have recently been debating ways to tackle theeffects of social media use on mental health,” says Heffer. T. Willoughbyreceived funding for this study from Social Sciences and Humanities ResearchCouncil of Canada and Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Evaluating whether fears about the impacts of social mediahave merit requires prospective longitudinal studies that allow researchers toexamine whether it is social media use that predicts depressive symptoms(rather than the other way around), while controlling for other potentialinfluences. As Heffer and colleagues note, individual differences inpersonality, motivation, and current well-being are likely to play a criticalrole in the relationship between media use and future well-being. Examining the role that these differences play will help clarifythe ways in which social media interacts with mental health, with implicationsfor parents, policymakers, and healthcare professionals alike. Coauthors onthe research include Marie Good of Redeemer University College and Owen Daly,Elliott MacDonnell, and Teena Willoughby, all of Brock University. Beginning in 2017, Heffer and coauthors surveyed 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in Ontario, Canada once a year for two years. The researchers also conducted annual surveys of undergraduate participants, beginning in their first year of university over a span of 6 years.last_img read more

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September in Thailand 12 hip hotels to stay in 2018

first_imgRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/september-in-thailand-12-hip-hotels-to-stay-in-2018/ Thailand is among the fanciest gay destinations to visit in Asia. Especially during its monsoon season, where Thailand becomes more peaceful than ever. If you’ve waited till September to experience Gay Thailand, you’re in for a treat: GAYSTARNEWS- September in Bangkok is quite rainy, but that shouldn’t put you off. The occasional rainfalls during the day are short and quite intense, though the sun shines bright almost every day for a few hours. Don’t worry, the glamorous life of Bangkok remains as colorful as ever!✮ WHERE TO STAYAmara Bangkok is a perfectly located hotel in the heart of Bangkok – very close to BTS Skytrain and at a walking distance from the main gay area, Silom District. The hotel could easily become the reference point of your first trip in Bangkok!Hot TipBangkok’s rooftop bars are currently in the spotlight and the one atop Amara Bangkok is among the best-reviewed. It will definitely become your favourite place to go for a pre-drink, before heading out to Bangkok’s gay bars.Visit the Hotel Website ->U Sathorn offers the perfect contrast to the hustle and bustle of Bangkok’s busiest district with their wonderfully serene rooms. Most of the hotel’s rooms overlook its lush green gardens, making you forget that you are in the center of the city.Hot TipEnjoy an evening at the hotel’s serene swimming pool while sipping your favorite cocktail!Visit the Hotel Website ->✮ MORE SWANKY HOTELS IN THAILANDThere are many reasons to love Thailand, and one of them is its abundance of beautiful villages, towns and cities that you can explore. You can discover the most popular gay destinations in Thailand here, or else, you can find some of the best gay-friendly hotels in Thailand below:AVANI Pattaya Resort & Spa is a tropical paradise in the middle of Pattaya Resort City. Do you want to sunbathe on a golden-sand beach? Or cool off in a luxurious swimming pool? Well, you can do both when staying in this resort!Hot TipGive yourself a present and devote a day at the hotel’s amazing spa. Try authentic massages based on traditional spices, as well as signature scrubs and facials that will truly refresh you!Visit the Hotel Website ->Located on the northern tip of Chaweng Beach, Impiana Resort is a great place to unwind and relax. It offers direct access to the sandy beach, whose crystal-clear waters and serene surroundings will charm you.Hot TipThere are numerous activities to do in and around the resort, making it a perfect option for adventurous travelers. Kayaking, snorkeling, sightseeing, fishing tours, and jungle safari are among the most popular ones.Visit the Hotel Website ->The Shell Sea Krabi has a unique location, adjacent to Fossil Shell Beach, one of the only three similar geological formations in the world. It offers marvelous views over the Andaman Sea, as well as direct access to the golden-sand beach. There are many activities to do but the evening strolls by the beach will steal your heart.Hot TipThe hotel can host the most important event of your life — your wedding! You can either choose a Traditional Thai Wedding or the more common Western Wedding Ceremony. Either way, it will become a memory that you will both remember for a lifetime!Visit the Hotel Website ->Since you have gone all the way to Thailand, why not pay a visit to the nearby country of Vietnam as well? After, all, Vietnam is just an hour away from the main Thai airports, so it will be super easy to get there.The weather in Vietnam in September is much like Thailand – frequent, short rainfalls as well as a bit lower temperature. North Vietnam sees plenty of hot weather and some rain, while South Vietnam has steady high temperatures with plenty dry and bright daylight hours.The country’s biggest city, Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), offers a compact gay nightlife, with several bars that get busy only on Fridays and Saturdays. However, the natural beauty and laid-back character of Vietnam make it an absolute bliss for couples!✮HERE TO STAYJW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & SpaLocated on the Southern Part of Vietnam and, more particularly, in Phu Quoc, JW Marriot Emerald Bay Resort & Spa is a great resort for your September holidays in Vietnam. The resort has a private beach where you can chill out during the day, as well as various facilities to upgrade your Vietnamese holidays.Hot TipEnjoy a delicious meal at Red Rum, the hotel’s beachside restaurant and grill, offering fresh seafood dishes made with locally sourced Vietnam produce.Visit the Hotel Website ->Travel by Interest is a client of Gay Star News.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Thailand is very peaceful, so gay couples are more likely to enjoy their holidays in privacy.Some beaches are still great for swimming, without being overcrowded with people.Despite being low season, gay nightlife in popular destinations (like Phuket and Bangkok) is as vivid as ever.The hotels are cheaper, and most of them offer reduced prices and special packages.But choosing the right hotel is tricky, especially if you’re visiting for the first time. So, we’ve picked the best gay-friendly hotels in the country and highlighted the most enjoyable things to do while you’re there.Phuket in September is magical in its own way. It might rain occasionally, but you will still get to enjoy plenty hours of sunshine everyday. The rainfalls are intense yet short, and they’ll catch you by surprise most days. But Gay life in Phuket in September continues to be as laid-back and as fab as ever.Paradise Complex, where Phuket’s gay life is centered, is bursting with life. The streets transform into performance stages every night, and the bar owners try to lure their customers inside with sexy go-go dancing shows. The bars get very busy on Fridays and Saturdays after 11pm.If the weather allows, you can spend a morning at the gay-friendly Patong Beach. It attracts mixed crowds, mainly families, but you might find a couple of solo gay men as well. ✮WHERE TO STAYKata Rocks Resort in Phuket is all about relaxing and soaking up breathtaking views. The hotel’s main infinity-edge pool overlooks the Andaman Sea, creating the perfect setting for your Instagram photoshoot. Wanna feel like a king for a while? The Signature Sky Villas are to die for!Hot Tip“Dining on the Rocks”: Surprise your partner with a dinner at the ultimate proposal venue in Phuket.Visit the Hotel Website ->Whether you are looking for a romantic place to celebrate your anniversary or a secluded hideaway to enjoy your honeymoon, The Nai Harn is the perfect option for you. The hotel is ideally located on a pristine and secluded beach in Phuket, giving total privacy and seclusion to its guests.Hot TipGive yourself the luxury that you deserve by staying at the Ocean View Suite. The complimentary 30-minute neck massage is surely a great way to get in a mood for vacations!Visit the Hotel Website->Perched at the very tip of Cape Panwa, Sri Panwa Luxury Pool Villa Hotel boasts 360-degree ocean views that will make your heart race. It’s an oasis of relaxation and inspiration, designed to make you feel at home.Hot TipIf you are planning to visit with your kids, Sri Panwa offers great child-friendly activities and facilities like swimming classes, a game room, Batik Art, and Porcelain Painting.  Keep your kids busy and spend some time alone!Visit the Hotel Website ->There are many reasons to love Grand Mercure Hotel in Patong and one of them is its amazing location close to Phuket’s gay nightlife. It’s only 5 minutes’ walk from the popular gay bars and clubs in the city, as well as the most popular gay-friendly beach in Phuket: Patong Beach.Hot TipBefore heading out to explore Phuket’s vivid gay nightlife, we recommend you enjoy a refreshing massage or facial treatment at the hotel’s Ryn Spa. You will feel and look 10 years younger!Visit the Hotel Website ->The Boathouse in Phuket offers a beautiful experience that no words can describe. It has a fantastic location, right on the beach, offering total privacy and seclusion to its guests. The resort is very green, creating the feel of a luxurious man-made rainforest!Hot TipThe Boathouse is a great hotel to stay if you are planning to see all of Phuket. The staff are very friendly and they will help you navigate Phuket easier!Visit the Hotel Website ->Baan Phu Prana Boutique Villa, SurinLocated on a hill above Surin Beach, Baan Phu Prana Boutique Villa stands out for its beautiful views over the ocean and Phuket’s western coast. There are many activities that you can do in and around Ban Phu Prana Boutique Villa, but you can also explore the rest of the island by renting a car from the hotel (keep in mind that free parking at the hotel is also included).Hot TipThe hotel is located in the middle of Phuket and very close to various sightseeing attractions. Don’t hesitate to make it the starting point of your cultural trip!Visit the Hotel Website ->Bangkok is the best city in Thailand to get a glimpse of the country’s gay culture. The gay life of Bangkok is vivid and diverse, while the city has the most active LGBT Community in Asia. The locals are really friendly too.last_img read more

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Congestion on the A34 A50 M6 and A500

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMotorists are experiencing heavy delays around North Staffordshire and South Cheshire today because of accidents on some of the region’s busiest roads. There are delays on the M6 north and southbound this morning because of a two-vehicle collision in Cheshire, as well as a broken down car transporter in Sandbach, an overturned car near Stoke-on-Trent and a vehicle that has left the carriageway. The issues in Cheshire are also causing residual delays around the neighbouring towns and villages while the Staffordshire problems were causing backlogs on the A500. Read MoreLive: Long delays on M6 because of multiple incidents Traffic monitoring company INRIX reports the following issues in the area: A34 Newcastle Road, Brownlow Heath in both directions between Child’s Lane and Watery Lane A34 Talke Road, Newcastle, at Dimsdale Park A50 Stoke-on-Trent, accident and emergency repairs at the Sideway Roundabout. Travel time 30 minutes A50 Uttoxeter, slow traffic between the A522 and Ashbourne Road A50 Newcastle Road between Arclid and Brereton because of the M6 Old Mill Road, Sandbach, congestion because of the M6 A500 queuing traffic between Reginald Mitchell Way and the Basford Roundabout A51 Stone, queuing traffic Biddulph Road, Brindley Ford. Highways England has managed to recover the incidents from the M6 in Cheshire but delays are expected well into rush hour and throughout the morning. Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. You’ll also find us on Instagram here .last_img read more

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MRI May Predict Neurological Outcomes for Cardiac Arrest Survivors

first_img News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more October 18, 2017 — Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based measurements of the functional connections in the brain can help predict long-term recovery in patients who suffer neurological disability after cardiac arrest, according to a clinical study appearing online in the journal Radiology.Cardiac arrest, or abrupt loss in heart function, is a common and often deadly occurrence that affects hundreds of thousands of people every year in the United States alone, according to the American Heart Association. Many patients who survive end up with severe neurological disabilities, as the temporary loss of oxygenated blood flow to the brain can result in widespread neuronal cell death.“Current methods to predict future levels of function for these survivors have limited accuracy,” said study lead author Robert D. Stevens, M.D., from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. “We need better methods to help clinicians understand the magnitude of these injuries and make more accurate predictions on recovery, thereby enabling more informed decision-making.”For the study, Stevens and colleagues used advanced MRI neuro imaging techniques like diffusion tensor imaging and resting-state functional MRI (fMRI) to focus on the brain’s large-scale functional integration. This “network of networks,” or connectome, represents the ensemble of different neuronal populations in the brain that work together to perform tasks.The researchers assessed the brain’s functional connectivity in 46 patients who were in a coma following cardiac arrest. The imaging, performed within two weeks of cardiac arrest, included studies of brain structure and function. Functional imaging focused on four well-characterized networks in the brain, including the default mode network, which is active when a person is not engaged in a specific task, and the salience network, a collection of brain regions that select which stimuli are deserving of our attention.One year after the patients’ cardiac arrests, the researchers assessed the patients with the Cerebral Performance Category Scale, a commonly used measure of neurological function following cardiac arrest. Eleven patients had favorable outcomes. Functional connectivity was stronger in those who achieved higher levels of independence at one year compared with those who were heavily dependent. The changes in functional connectivity between networks predicted outcomes with greater accuracy than any of the MRI structural measures tested.“This is game-changing information about what happens in the brains of people who suffer cardiac arrest,” Stevens said. “We realize that network architectures can be selectively disrupted in this setting.”A key predictor of outcomes was the interaction between the brain’s default mode and salience networks. These two networks are normally anti-correlated, meaning that as the default mode network becomes more active, activity is reduced in the salience network, and vice versa. When researchers compared the brain imaging results of patients who had favorable outcomes with those who did not, they noticed a stark difference.“Anti-correlation was preserved in patients who recovered and abolished in those who did not,” Stevens said. “Relative preservation of this anti-correlation was the most robust signal of a favorable outcome.”The results indicate that connectivity measures could be early markers of long-term recovery potential in patients with cardiac arrest-related brain damage, the researchers said.While researchers don’t expect connectome analysis with MRI to be the single “magic bullet” solution to predicting outcomes, it could increase the confidence that clinicians have in communicating with patients’ families in the wake of cardiac arrest. Additionally, fMRI could aid in the development of therapeutic interventions for neurologically disabled patients.“Connectome studies have the potential to change not only outcome prediction, but to guide treatment as well,” Stevens said.For more information: www.pubs.rsna.org/journal/radiology FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Neuro Imaging | October 18, 2017 MRI May Predict Neurological Outcomes for Cardiac Arrest Survivors Patients showing greater connection between neural networks had greater potential for positive outcomes; findings could help guide future treatment Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. 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Paradatec Announces OneDay Blind Test for Mortgage Files

first_img in Featured, Headlines, Technology Paradatec Announces One-Day Blind Test for Mortgage Files Share Paradatec, a company specializing in advanced Optical Character Recognition (OCR) solutions for mortgage file processing has announced its One-Day Blind Test Challenge Monday at the Mortgage Banker Association’s Convention Expo in Denver. The mortgage OCR library identifies nearly 500 document types typically found in a mortgage file, as well as extracting over 6,000 data fields from said documents. This works in tandem with Paradatec’s sub-second OCR processing engine.“Many of our prospects have been disappointed in the results of past OCR initiatives, so they’re understandably cautious. Our One-Day Blind Test Challenge lets them run samples of their loans through our solution to validate our out-of-the-box performance claims. The Challenge will be conducted on-site rather than at our facilities, due in part to the confidential nature of the content, but to also minimize concerns about our skewing any results behind the scenes,” said Neil Fraser, Paradatec’s Director of US Operations.The Blind Test Challenge takes the provided loan files and indexes them by document type. One hundred data fields are extracted from various key documents, including the Note, Deed of Trust, Closing Disclosure, Appraisal, and W-2, and a bookmarked PDF is created from the produced loan. According to Fraser, other companies make great claims about their “out-of-the-box” mortgage specific functionality, but those interested in OCR automation are disappointed when they find out the functionality is limited.  “The typical experience found with other products is something less impressive.  We believe ours is the most expansive OCR offering available, such that we’ll gladly test it on a blind set of loans to show a prospect what makes Paradatec different.”The full release from Paradtec can be found here.center_img loan mortgage solution Neil Fraser OCR automation Paradatec 2017-10-23 Dean Terrell October 23, 2017 685 Views last_img read more

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THE AIRPLANE You could forgive Joel Embiid for enj

first_imgTHE AIRPLANEYou could forgive Joel Embiid for enjoying the moment. The star Philadelphia 76ers overcame injuries and a rogue digestive system to drop 33 points on the Raptors in Game 3 of this season’s conference semifinal between the teams. Embiid engaged in all manner of celebrations throughout his big game, including spreading his arms and running around like an airplane in flight. When Embiid came back down to Earth and the Sixers dropped Game 5 in Toronto, Drake mocked Embiid with  an airplane celebration of his own. Embiid took the ribbing in stride, telling Drake “I’ll be back for Game 7.” TORONTO — With his team pulling away in the fourth quarter of a pivotal playoff contest, Nick Nurse was standing by the broadcasters’ table and applauding the previously struggling Raptors bench players that had given Toronto a 99-82 lead in Game 4 of its NBA Eastern Conference final against the Milwaukee Bucks.That’s when rap superstar and Raptors superfan Drake left his courtside seat to give the Toronto coach a quick shoulder massage.Nurse tried hard to act like he hadn’t noticed. However, it seems like everyone else watching the game did, and of course social media debates were waged. Did Drake cross a boundary with his act of bonhomie, or were his actions an acceptable part of the NBA’s celebrity-driven culture?The move was in blatant disregard of the NBA’s fan conduct policy, which the Raptors faithful at Scotiabank Arena are lectured on via a jumbotron video several times per game.But Drake is no ordinary fan. Love him or loathe him, he’s an entertainment icon who has used his celebrity to put his hometown on the map. The Raptors, desperate to harness his star power, even made up a job for him back in 2013, granting him the ceremonial title of “global ambassador.”What comes with that vague position? One one hand, he has lent his powerful OVO brand to the team, with his signature black-and-gold colour scheme decorating one of the team’s alternate jerseys — as well as the Scotiabank Arena court during the Raptors’ “Drake Night” promotions — and his owl logo adorning the team’s practice facility. On the other, it seems to involve trolling opposing players, hollering at referees and acting as a part-time masseur.Drake seems to be even more animated in these playoffs, on his feet for most games and taking direct aim at the opposition’s superstars with mocking gestures.Other teams have celebrity fans — the Los Angeles Lakers are the beloved team of actor Jack Nicholson while director Spike Lee has lived and died with the mercurial New York Knicks — but none seem as polarizing as Drake. Whether his courtside actions are innocuous or obnoxious, they are always a talking point.A few playoff highlights include: Ambassador or distraction: Raptors superfan Drake walks a thin line THE LINT ROLLEREven if Drake’s courtside attire at Raptors games often channels high-school gym teacher rather than entertainment icon, he commits to his look. And apparently, that means no lint. While not one of his more demonstrable antics, cameras caught Drake using a lint roller on his pants during Game 2 of Toronto’s first-round series with Brooklyn in the 2013-14 playoffs. The clip went viral, and the team gave away Drake branded lint rollers before Game 5. One of the lint rollers was famously sold on eBay for over $55,000 in 2014.  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img by Curtis Withers, The Canadian Press Posted May 22, 2019 11:15 am PDT THE CLEVELAND CONFRONTATIONGame 1 of the 2017-18 Eastern Conference semifinals was a dark time for the Raptors. The team has just lost their series opener in overtime to bete noire LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers despite leading for much of the game. An agitated Drake had a heated confrontation with Cavaliers centre Kendrick Perkins after the game which included plenty of colourful language from both parties. The NBA reportedly warned Drake to tone down his antics after the incident. GOING AT THE GREEK FREAKBefore this East final, Milwaukee radio station 103.7 KISS-FM invoked a moratorium on playing Drake’s hits, calling the rapper a “big smack-talker on the basketball court.” And so far Drake has not disappointed. When Bucks behemoth Giannis Antetokounmpo fouled out in overtime of Game 3 after being shut down by Raptors superstar Kawhi Leonard, Drake waved a sarcastic goodbye to the MVP candidate as he left the court. Drake was even more animated in Game 4, laughing as Antetokounmpo bricked a free-throw attempt and punctuating his mirth with an exaggerated windmill motion with his arm.Curtis Withers, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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At least 60000 Cypriots suffer from rare diseases

first_imgAt least 60,000 Cypriots suffer from a rare disease President of the Rare Diseases Alliance Androulla Eleftheriou said on the occasion of an awareness event marking Rare Disease Day on Friday.House President Demetris Syllouris also marked Rare Disease Day in an address to the plenary. He spoke of the need to raise awareness and exert pressure so that every country’s health system adapts to rare disease sufferers and aim to cure them.Syllouris said that in 2018 Rare Disease Day is dedicated to the importance of access to holistic care services and to the value of research and exchange of knowledge and resources between EU member states aiming to improve patients’ health and quality of life.During the awareness event, which took place in Nicosia, Eleftheriou said that a disease is considered to be rare if it affects less than 1 in 2,000 people, adding that for the time being there are 6,000 – 8,000 different rare diseases.At least 60,000 Cypriots suffer from rare diseases, she said.In Cyprus, the National Committee on Rare Diseases has undertaken the task of overseeing the implementation of the National Strategy of Rare Diseases, she noted. Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health Christina Yiannaki has been appointed to head the Committee.Addressing the event, Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said the ministry offers services for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of several rare diseases through the specialised clinics, hospitals and scientific centres of both the public and the private sector.The ministry, Ioannou added has always supported in various ways specialisation on rare diseases.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Cyprus scores poorly in competitiveness digital technology

first_imgCyprus ranked 37th among 63 economies in the 2017 world competitiveness rankings compiled by IMD World Competitive Centre, a Swiss business management school.Cyprus, included in the survey for the first time, scored 73,765 points and was ranked just below Saudi Arabia which scored 74,333, Chile with 74,482, and Spain with 74,838, the IMD World Competitiveness Ranking report said. The island beat Poland, which scored 73,721, Portugal with 72,169, and Latvia with 71,846.Hong Kong topped the list with 100 points, followed by Switzerland, Singapore, and the USA, IMD said. Venezuela, the Latin American oil producer mired in economic and political chaos, was at the bottom with 23,463, below Peru, Mongolia, and Ukraine.In terms of digital competitiveness, Cyprus scored even worse, ranking 53rd among 63 other economies with 53,503 points — just below Turkey with 53,867, India with 54,367, and Greece with 54,424, IMD said.Cyprus ranked above Romania with 52,529, Brazil with 52,290, and Jordan with 21,010.The best digital performer was Singapore, followed by Sweden, the US, and Finland, while Venezuela, Peru, Mongolia, and Ukraine were again at the bottom, IMD said.Cyprus’s low digital ranking stemmed from its “very low evaluation of aspects of the technological environment and its readiness to accept future technological developments,” the University of Cyprus’s Economic Research Centre (ERC) commented on the findings in an emailed statement. “In terms of knowledge, Cyprus is ranked 46th, as it shows deficits in the area of student flow from abroad and workers’ training. On the other hand, Cyprus performs well with respect to completing higher education in general and among women”.In terms of technology, Cyprus is ranked 54th as it scored poorly in enforcing contracts and the number of broadband subscribers, the ERC said adding that Cyprus also scored badly in the use of big data and analytics.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Little sign of urgency over plastic bag charge

first_imgA law introducing charges for plastic bags is just a few weeks away from coming into force on July 1, but environmentalists complain far too little has been done to prepare shoppers for the change.In December last year, parliament voted into law a bill that would mean plastic bags between 15 and 50 microns will be charged a minimum of 5 cents plus VAT.The law generously allowed a six-month transition period in which shops could begin charging slowly – at 2 cents per bag – but more crucially, use these six months as a period to run campaigns and inform the public.  It is now mid-June and no major campaigns have been run.According to Greens MP Charlambos Theopemptou what we should have been seeing were TV ads, signs up in shops and supermarkets, something to indicate campaigns were ongoing.The public should have been surrounded by this information he added with suggestions on alternative solutions such as cloth bags for instance.“We haven’t seen any of this and it’s concerning,” Theopemptou told the Sunday Mail.“It would be a good idea to start as the days are fast approaching,” he added.Environment department official Elena Christodoulidou said they would be launching their own campaign starting June 23 until July 8.Asked if it was leaving it too late, she stipulated that they had daily contact with stakeholders throughout the transition period but now the campaign would be more “dynamic”.“This will be a major campaign where we will prepare leaflets, have signs on the road, smart videos, hand out reusable bags,” she told the Sunday Mail.Though the law comes into effect on July 1, Christodoulou said the idea was not to begin punishing those who do not adhere to it but to encourage them to change and adapt, essentially giving them some breathing room in the coming weeks.The law allows for fines up to €3,400.One of the eternal problems when it comes to plastic bags is how often people take extra carrier bags to use for their own home.In Cyprus, the latest figures by the EU Commission are from 2012 and they reveal that the average person used 140 bags per year of which 125 were the carrier bags set to be charged for. The remaining 15 are reusable bags. Currently, the environment department is currently trying to get more up to date figures.In other countries, plastic bag use had been reduced by 50 per cent after charges were introduced, so why not in Cyprus?“I think people are quite accepting of this change, similarly to recycling.” The change came slowly but it is now very much a part of Cypriot life.“Based on what we’re seeing, the reaction is positive.”Lawmakers preparing the law ensured another two key points were enshrined in the legislation.Firstly, the cost will apply to carrier bags alone. This means the very light, flimsy plastic bags used to pack fruits and vegetables, for instance, will continue to be free of charge. Only the bags issued at the check out counter will be charged at 5 cents minimum.Additionally, the money reaped from these sales should not go towards the company’s profit but instead, a special fund aimed at further educating the public.The supermarket association said that while they were ready to begin charging, there was definitely no plan as to how this fund would work.“We had a meeting with the environment department but it was not very specific. We’ll be ready to implement when we have guidelines as to how but we don’t have this information yet,” the spokesman of the association, Andreas Hadjiadamou, told the Sunday Mail.Stefanos Koursaris, the head of small shopkeepers’ union Povek, agreed, saying his members were also not ready and though they had the goodwill to implement the law to the ‘t’ and felt this was a positive change, they’d like to be enlightened as to how it will be done.“Without wanting to belittle (the environment department) a lot more could have been done,” he said.“We still don’t know how this fund will be created, how it will work or how it will be done in a way that will be transparent.”Christodoulou insisted the government had the plan ready but officials were still fine-tuning details to ensure full transparency.Nonetheless, the fund is linked to the campaigns, she stipulated.This is because, as Theopemptou outlined, the responsibility for campaigns lay in the hands of all shops – supermarkets, retailers and any business that will be required to sell plastic bags.The idea, he said, is that they would all come together as a group and run the campaigns.Hadjiadamou, however, said he wasn’t too concerned about implementing the changes as the idea had been around for a long time. Some stores and supermarkets already charge for plastic bags and so the public is aware of it.“We believe the public will adapt to it,” he said.He suggested that the six-month period had been more for plastic manufacturers to make the necessary adjustments as the whole point of charging is to reduce plastic bag use and that means a smaller workforce.Christodoulos Papadopoulos, owner of the plastic bag production company Papadopoulos A & Sons, told the Sunday Mail they were ready to adapt to the changing law.“We know who we’re going to let go and when,” he said.At least 125 people are expected to lose their jobs, Papadopoulos said out of around 200 employees.The bulk of the company’s work is producing the carrier bags that shops will now charge for, making up approximately 75 per cent of their business, Papadopoulos added.“We expect our sales to drop anywhere from 65 to 85 per cent and the respective staff to go too.”You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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