Remain alert against govt actions Mayawati to BSP leaders

first_imgLucknow: BSP supremo Mayawati here on Thursday met office-bearers of her party, asking them to remain alert against “government actions”.”The BSP men should remain alert to save themselves from biased government actions,” she said while expressing concern over “rising” incidents of mob lynching, violence and murder in the state. She also urged them to ensure the victory of party candidates in the upcoming assembly bypolls in the state. ” Mayawati reviewed ground-level activities in the party to increase its base ahead of the assembly bypolls,” a party release said. She said the Dalits, tribals and people belonging to other backward classes were agitated as “reservation was not properly implemented and lakhs of government posts were vacant”. “The economic mess is in news. The purchase power of people has come down. The government should take up issues of poverty and unemployment on a priority,” she added commenting on the economic situation in the country.last_img read more

Natural Gas Transport Truck Exploded sending driver to hospital

first_imgThe driver is in the hospital with injuries that are considered to be serious.For further information on this story; CLICK HERE CHETWYND, B.C. – This past weekend, on Sunday, August 18th at 7:35 am a semi-truck carrying compressed natural gas had an incident that caused the truck to explode and send the driver to the hospital.According to Corporal Madonna Saunderson, Media Relations for the North District RCMP, the incident took place on a windy stretch of road as the vehicle travelled south-west bound towards Chetwynd.There was a single occupant in the vehicle and no other vehicles were involved. There are no causal factors currently identified and the investigation is ongoing.last_img

Foodora union vote ends today but fate could rest on if couriers

TORONTO — Foodora couriers in Toronto will end voting later today on union certification to create Canada’s first unionized workforce in the gig economy.The company, which operates the food delivery service in seven Canadian cities, has objected to a Canadian Union of Postal Workers’ application for certification under a section of the Ontario Labour Relations Act.The union filed its application last week with the Ontario Labour Relations Board, months after a campaign was launched that addressed working conditions.Foodora objected to the board because it contends the couriers are independent contractors rather than employees.A determination of this key point of disagreement could be required before there is any consideration of the vote that started last week.The union says couriers intend to negotiate a better compensation model, as well as health and safety protections for when workers are injured and recognition of basic workers’ rights.Foodora’s workers are paid $4.50 per order plus $1 per kilometre between the restaurant and delivery address, while restaurants pay the company up to about 30 per cent of the order total.The postal workers union says it filed an unfair labour practice complaint with the labour board over what it claims are Foodora Canada’s spreading of misinformation to scare couriers to vote against certification.It says Foodora has attacked the union drive by threatening the income of couriers through emails and directly messaging them on the app.Foodora spokeswoman Sadie Weinstein says the company has and will continue to act in “good faith” and in accordance with Ontario’s labour laws.The Canadian Press read more

Somalia hijackings at sea forces UN food agency to open up arduous

Facing a plague of piracy off the Horn of Africa that has closed its usual supply lines by sea, the United Nations World Food programme (WFP) today announced the arrival in southern Somalia of its first overland truck convoy carrying food aid in almost five years, and called for urgent funding to make up for the increased costs. “This is a great achievement, but sadly it was forced on us by the pirates who have attacked our chartered ships and other vessels this year,” WFP Somalia Country Director Zlatan Milisic said of the 14 trucks that reached the Bakol region yesterday after an arduous 1,200-kilometre drive from the Kenyan port of Mombasa, passing through 25 militia checkpoints in Somalia. “It is 25-30 per cent cheaper to bring our food aid in by sea and boats can carry much more, but we have had to resort to this land route because ship-owners feel it is too risky to sail to the south,” he added. The country has been torn by factional fighting ever since the collapse of President Muhammad Siad Barre’s regime in 1991. WFP distributed some of the food to 720 internally displaced people and returnees on the edge of Wajid town within hours of the convoy’s arrival. Three more trucks, which were delayed by breakdowns, are expected to arrive in Wajid within days. The convoy of WFP-contracted trucks was loaded with 500 tons of food. “We are having to use land convoys just when the humanitarian situation in southern Somalia is deteriorating,” Mr. Milisic said. “It couldn’t happen at a worse time; the current rains in the south are failing and there will be severe food shortages, so WFP must rapidly increase deliveries to the south, and that will be very difficult.” Out of the more than 1 million people in Somalia that WFP aims to reach with food aid in 2005, 640,000 people are in the south. In a worst-case scenario, WFP would need 50,000 tons of food aid for the hungry in the south for the next six months. WFP’s food aid stocks in Somalia are at an all-time low because of the spate of ship hijackings, including the seizure this year of two WFP-chartered vessels, one of which was held for three months. Ship owners are now demanding armed escorts. Waters off Somalia are considered among the world’s most dangerous. Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government signed a two-year contract in November worth more than $50 million with New York-based Topcat Marine Security to take action against the pirates. As well as using the route from Kenya to southern Somalia for the first time since February 2001, WFP is planning to bring in food aid overland from Djibouti into northern Somalia. “We urgently need more funding, given the increasing food needs and rising transport costs, as well as better access to the affected communities,” Mr. Milisic said. To date, the WFP operation has a shortfall of $17 million or 24 per cent of the total. read more

Ohio State softball manhandled by Michigan in 3game sweep

OSU freshman Emily Clark (20) during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Ohio State-Michigan rivalry continued this weekend, but this time, the Wolverines came out on top. The OSU softball team (25-11-1, 9-4-1) suffered its first sweep of the year at the hands No. 2 Michigan (33-4, 11-2), with three lopsided games in Ann Arbor, Michigan.OSU junior Shelby Hursh pitched 11 innings with 10 strikeouts over the three games, taking her record to 13-5. For the Wolverines, junior Megan Betsa dominated in the circle with two complete games and 25 strikeouts.At the plate, freshman Emily Clark continued her confident approach, hitting .500, and senior Cammi Prantl hit .333 with a double in the final game, which brought her within three of tying the program’s all-time record.Game 1The Buckeyes opened their tough weekend with an equally tough loss, an 8-0 shutout in six innings.Clark went 2-for-2 and redshirt senior shortstop Maddy McIntyre went 2-for-3. The pair were the only batters to record hits, as OSU struggled against Michigan junior Megan Betsa, who struck out 13.McIntyre started the game with a single through the left side and a stolen base, but the Buckeyes left her stranded. In the bottom of the first, Michigan earned two bases after Hursh hit two batters, but she recorded two strikeouts to keep the game even.The game remained this way until the bottom of the fourth, when the Wolverines grabbed a one-run lead after junior Abby Ramirez singled to left field to bring in junior outfielder Kelly Christner, who had reached first base on a throwing error. Despite loading the bases on Clark’s single and two walks in the next inning, OSU could not tie the game.Michigan stretched its lead to four on sophomore Aidan Falk’s three-run shot to center field in the bottom of the fifth and pushed the margin to 5-0 on a deep triple by senior Kelsey Susalla in the following inning. The Wolverines continued to dominate at the plate with leadoff hits from sophomore Tera Blanco and junior Lindsay Montemarano and a walkoff single by Falk to end the game after six innings.Game 2In Saturday’s matchup, the Buckeyes were able to score their first run of the weekend, but once again were overwhelmed by the home team in a 5-1 loss.OSU left six runners stranded throughout the game, and Michigan took control of the fifth inning to score three runs with two outs. However, for the first time this season, no Buckeye struck out at the plate, which is somewhat of silver lining amid a tough three-game sweep. Both redshirt junior Alex Bayne and sophomore Taylor White went 2-for-3 with pairs of singles, and sophomore Becca Gavin earned an RBI on a single through the left side. OSU junior Lena Springer and sophomore Shelby McCombs managed to strike out only one batter and gave up seven hits.Like Friday’s game, Michigan scored first on a solo home run by Christner in the bottom of the second. The Wolverines took their lead to two on Susalla’s outfield single to bring in Romero.The Buckeyes briefly responded on Gavin’s hit but could not stop Michigan’s bats from adding three more runs to the scoreboard. Freshman Faith Canfield, on her second homer of the year, senior Sierra Lawrence and senior slugger Sierra Romero recorded big hits to maintain the Wolverines’ hold on the game.The final three innings were unsuccessful for both dugouts, especially for OSU, as its last nine batters of the game went down in order.Game 3Michigan, once again, scored first on a throwing error from behind the plate by Gavin. In the bottom of the third inning, a sacrifice fly to right field by Blanco brought in Lawrence to make the game a 2-0 battle.While OSU got runners aboard, it could not send them around the bases to score. Through the first three innings, the Buckeyes left four stranded with only one hit. White brought the Wolverines’ lead to one with a leadoff inside-the-park home run in the fourth inning, but Gavin, junior Anna Kirk and Leonard went down in order to stifle the rally.The Buckeyes took their first lead of the weekend on Prantl’s double up the middle to bring in freshman Bri Betschel and Bayne in the fifth inning. This lead did not last long, though, after Michigan’s Blanco sent a booming three-run homer over the center-field fence.Heading into the final two innings behind two runs, OSU could not jumpstart a late rally, handing Michigan a 3-0 weekend and another notch in the rivalry history.Up nextOSU is scheduled to take on the Ohio Bobcats in another midweek, intrastate doubleheader Tuesday before returning home for a series with Purdue from Friday to Sunday. The first game against the Bobcats is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. in Athens, Ohio. read more

Sloppy sales see pasta sauces drop £30m in a year as families

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mars Food also own Uncle Ben's Sales of cooking sauces have dropped £30 million in a year after the makers of Dolmio warned product the was so salty it should only be eaten once a week.The latest research showed that Britons are increasingly turning their backs on the cooking sauces category in the wake of health warnings and the soaring popularity of cooking from scratch. Kantar Worldpanel analyst Shannon Brewer told The Grocer: “Part of this decline is driven by the 3.4 per cent growth of ready meals in chilled convenience and the addition of sauces to meat products now in supermarkets.”A spokeswoman for Dolmio said: “We want to help make it a little bit easier for people to cook convenient, healthy, tasty and affordable meals for their families and we’re proud of the commitments we’ve made.”The vast majority of our products like Dolmio Bolognese sauces are absolutely ‘everyday’ meals that deliver on taste, convenience and health. Consumers know they can rely on our brands and they remain some of the UK’s most loved.”Salt levels in Dolmio Bolognese meet the FSA salt targets and most of the sugar in Dolmio Bolognese comes from the tomatoesBrian Walmsley, marketing and category management director at Schwartz, said: “Whilst sales of wet cooking sauces have declined, this is not a segment that Schwartz focuses on and is a very small part of our business.”We have a large portfolio ranging from dry herbs and spices to dry recipe mixes, ensuring that consumers have a wide range of ways to add flavour to their meals to suit a healthy, balanced lifestyle.”As part of our commitment to health and wellness, Schwartz has decreased the salt used in eight of our most popular seasonings by an average of 40 per cent, without compromising on taste and flavour.” But the dramatic downturn has been fuelled by the shock warning from brand owner Mars Food, which also own Uncle Ben’s, last April that some Dolmio products should only eaten once every seven days because of the sugar and salt they contain.Since the high-profile health alert, market leader Dolmio has lost £9.5 million of its value – £1 million a month – with own-label brands overtaking it on growth.center_img 2016 marks the sixth consecutive year of decline and £30.1 million has evaporated from the sector’s value in the past yearThe Grocer The data from analysts Kantar Worldpanel showed that the overall market continues to go off the boil falling 3.7 per cent in value and 4.1 per cent in volume.Trade magazine The Grocer reported: “In fact, 2016 marks the sixth consecutive year of decline and £30.1 million has evaporated from the sector’s value in the past year.”Declining shopper engagement, price pressure from the discounters, the health agenda, the scratch cooking trend and the rise of smaller households are all nibbling away at the sector.”Value and volume has declined across all sub-categories in the past year. Italian and traditional sauces have shouldered over 70 per cent of the total value loss, reflecting the hefty losses of Dolmio, Schwartz and Homepride.”The report says that Britain’s shoppers are also becoming more aware of their health and are looking for less processed options leading to the introduction of sauce kits and pots to add flavour.The study shows that brands have been the biggest casualties with total volume declining by a hefty 9.2 per cent. Mars Food also own Uncle Ben’sCredit:last_img read more

Ive cut the top of my finger off last nights Masterchef Ireland

first_img“WORK, YOU GAMMY b*****d”…. “I’ve cut the top of my finger off”… “We’re done”.Just some of the quotes of the evening from last night’s episode of Masterchef, which has returned to RTE for another season.We’ve summed up the action via the medium of facial expressions.Starving now.last_img

Portumna are the 2014 SHC club champions after victory over Mount Leinster

first_imgScorers for Portumna: Joe Canning 0-10 (0-8f), Ollie Canning, Damien Hayes 0-3 each, Kevin Hayes 0-2, Ronan O’Meara 0-1.Scorers for Mount Leinster Rangers: Denis Murphy 0-5 (0-4f), Paul Coady 0-3, Edward Byrne, John Coady, Hugh Paddy O’Byrne 0-1 each.PORTUMNA: Joe Keane; Conor O’Hare, Eugene McEntee, Gareth Heagney; Peter Smith, Martin Dolphin, Eoin Lynch; Leo Smith, Andrew Smith; Kevin Hayes, Damien Hayes, Ollie Canning; Ronan O’Meara, Joe Canning, Niall Hayes.Subs: Owen Treacy for Peter Smith (43), Patrick Dolphin for Niall Hayes (46), Oisin Royston for O’Meara (60) MOUNT LEINSTER RANGERS: Frank Foley; Michael Doyle, Garry Doyle, Gary Kelly; Diarmuid Byrne, Richard Coady, Edward Coady; Derek Byrne, Padraig Nolan; Paul Coady, Edward Byrne, David Phelan; Denis Murphy, John Coady, Eoin Doyle.Subs: Hugh Paddy O’Byrne for John Coady (35), Jack Murphy for Phelan (50), Willie Hickey for Doyle (56), Brian Nolan for Derek Byrne (60).Referee: Barry Kelly (Westmeath)As it happened: Portumna v Mount Leinster Rangers, AIB All-Ireland SHC club final>LIVE: St Vincent’s v Castlebar Mitchels, AIB All-Ireland SFC club final> Updated at 16.20Portumna 0-19Mount Leinster Rangers 0-11PORTUMNA ARE THE 2014 SHC club champions following a 0-19 to 0-11 win over Mount Leinster Rangers today.They led for the majority of the contest, establishing a 0-9 to 0-5 half-time lead, before consolidating that advantage in the second period.Mount Leinster Rangers threatened a comeback in the second half, with points from Paul Coady and Denis Murphy bringing them back to within four points of their opponents, before they pulled away again to secure an eight-point victory.The Carlow side started brightly with Murphy getting the first point of the game before Joe Canning responded with a strike from a free for their rivals. After points by Edward Byrne and Murphy put Mount Leinster Rangers 0-3 to 0-1 ahead, Portumna subsequently took control of the contest, hitting six unanswered scores.Efforts from Damien Hayes and Joe Canning extended their advantage further, as they earned a four-point lead at the break.The second half acquired a similar pattern, as the Galwegians gradually edged away from their opponents on the scoreboard.With the score at 0-13 to 0-9, four pints from Joe Canning enabled his side to establish an insurmountable lead in the final 10 minutes, ultimately winning the game by a relatively comfortable margin of eight points.In addition, Mount Leinster’s Edward Coady was sent off late on to complete a miserable day for the Carlow champions.It’s Portumna’s fourth All-Ireland senior hurling club title overall, after previous wins in 2006, 2008 and 2009. They now go second with Birr’s Offaly in the overall roll of honour, just behind Kilkenny’s Ballyhale Shamrocks.last_img read more

Arsenal frustrated in Everton stalemate

first_imgARSENAL WASTED A chance to cement their place in the Premier League’s top four as the Gunners were held to a 0-0 draw by Everton on Tuesday.Arsene Wenger’s side would have moved four points clear of fifth placed Tottenham with a win at the Emirates Stadium.But they were forced to settle for a point as obdurate Everton’s physical approach succeeded in frustrating the hosts.Third placed Arsenal are now two points clear of Chelsea and Tottenham in the race to qualify for the Champions League.However Arsenal still have plenty of work to do as Chelsea have two games in hand on Wenger’s team, while Tottenham have played a game less than their north London rivals.Everton remain in sixth place, two points behind Chelsea having played two games more, and a spot in the Europa League now looks their best bet. The best chance of the half fell to Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud.Aaron Ramsey’s burst down the right produced a teasing low cross that picked out Giroud, only for the France international to drag his close-range effort woefully wide. David Moyes’ men should have taken the lead in the opening moments when Steven Pienaar eluded the statuesque Bacary Sagna and raced onto Seamus Coleman’s pass.But with just Wojciech Szczesny to beat, the South African midfielder lifted his shot high over the crossbar. Despite admitting he had rushed Jack Wilshere back from an ankle injury too quickly, Wenger gave the England midfielder his second appearance in four days.And the Frenchman was wincing as Wilshere came in for some rough treatment in the early stages.Crunching challenges from Ross Barkley and Kevin Mirallas left Wilshere writhing on the turf while Wenger leapt to his feet to berate referee Neil Swarbrick for failing to afford his player more protection.Everton’s aggressive approach had knocked Arsenal out of their rhythm and it took a mistake from Marouane Fellaini to gift the Gunners their first sight of goal.Fellaini’s wayward pass was collected by Kieran Gibbs in space on the edge of the penalty area, but the left-back’s powerful strike flashed over the bar.Everton’s attempts to stifle Arsenal were becoming increasingly crude and Darron Gibson’s foul on Theo Walcott finally brought a booking from Swarbrick.Gibson was fortunate to avoid being sent off for a second booking soon after when he barged into Walcott with no attempt to play the ball.Swarbrick settled for a quiet word with the Everton midfielder, in the process infuriating the increasingly exasperated Wenger, who made his feelings clear to fourth official Kevin Friend.The temperature rose even higher when Pienaar was booked for taking out Walcott.But Victor Anichebe went close to opening the scoring when his shot from Barkley’s pass was blocked by Szczesny. Santi Cazorla threatened for Arsenal early in the second half as the Spaniard’s half-volley forced a good save from Tim Howard and moments later Giroud clipped a first-time shot narrowly over.Everton went even closer in the 65th minute when Barkley worked space for a superb strike that beat Szczesny but curled agonisingly past the far post.Wenger responded by taking off Wilshere and Walcott, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski coming on.Oxlade-Chamberlain should have made an immediate impact when Cazorla’s pass sent the England winger through on goal, but instead of shooting he opted to pass to Giroud, allowing Coleman to get back and clear.Arsenal had Moyes’ side on the ropes, yet couldn’t deliver the knockout blow as Giroud lashed over from a tight angle.- © AFP, 2013Drogheda earn impressive win over Sligo while Cork City claim draw in Tallaght>Snapshot: Hooperman pays tribute to Boston Marathon victims>last_img read more

Marijuana dispensaries have to operate as cash only businesses

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Marijuana FacebookTwitter Posted: January 4, 2018 John Soderman January 4, 2018 Updated: 2:53 PMcenter_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsIt’s day three of California’s new marijuana law, but those who want to purchase recreational marijuana are finding out they can’t use their credit cards.That’s because marijuana dispensaries have to operate their businesses as cash only.KUSI’s John Soderman was LIVE with the story. Marijuana dispensaries have to operate as cash only businesses John Soderman, last_img read more

Understanding pensions governance

first_imgFrom April 2015, all firms that operate workplace pension schemes have been required to establish and maintain an independent governance committee (IGC), which has a clear duty to act independently of the business. All IGCs must produce a publicly available annual report setting out information on the schemes’ value for money and how the IGC has complied with requirements to act in members’ best interests. The first of these are due to be published in April 2016.What are the latest developments with IGCs and pensions governance?IGCs have been breaking new ground. This is not something which is well defined in terms of how to go about measuring value for money. So, to some extent, they’ve been working together to help decide how best to achieve that.What would a good outcome be from IGCs being in place? It would be interesting to check against that once the dust has settled on the first reports and whether we are on track to have that outcome.Enhanced trust and confidence in the market is very important. The whole idea of having an independent committee reviewing value for money could in theory increase trust and confidence in the market. So if there were any skeletons in the closet, the idea is that the IGC would find them and therefore that should make sure everyone can trust what providers are saying.Secondly, hopefully they will act as a catalyst in shifting focus to member outcomes and not just considering price in isolation. In the absence of really good explanations of whether value for money is being provided or not, it is very easy to believe that all pensions are the same.And if all pensions are the same then the only thing to worry about is price, therefore, price becomes the big focal point, whether that is for regulators, for the government, for industry commentators, for intermediaries, for employers, for members. Whichever audience you can think of certainly price has become in recent years very much in the spotlight and arguably to the exclusion of other factors that affect member outcomes. So a great result from IGCs being in place is they help people to consider all the main things that affect the member outcome and not just price.As a direct result, IGCs help drive competitors’ behaviours in providers which maximise member outcomes. That is, they create an environment here providers are necessarily focusing on the areas that have the greatest impact on member outcomes.IGCs also encourage providers to take a forward-looking approach. They cannot be too short term if they have got an independent committee reviewing the value for money they provide on an ongoing basis and considering things like how sustainable their approach is.What are the latest developments in the master trust market?The first thing to say is that master trusts need to measure whether good value has been provided so it is very subtly different to what value for money is and the IGCs remit. But, to all intents and purposes, it is the same sort of thing they need to measure to determine that.They also need to publish whether they believe good value is being provided.The second thing there has been some discussion about is there is a nervousness from regulators and the government that there are so many new master trusts arriving on the scene there is a risk that they cannot all provide good value. I think the worry from the regulator and the government is that we have got too many, so they are trying to make sure that the bar is set high enough that master trusts can provide good value.What should employers be looking for when selecting a master trust provider?The first thing is they have got to decide is whether they are an employer which is looking for the lowest-cost solution because it sees a pension as a cost or an employer that is looking for a solution that will be an asset to their business because they see their pension as a way to support recruitment, retention, reward and retirement of the best people in their industry.If it is the former, they will be very interested in what is the lowest cost but robust solution they can go for.If it is the latter, they will be much more interested in things that will affect the member outcomes, such as the quality of engagement with members to help them make the right decision for them, the quality of the investment solutions which helps make sure they get the best level of return for the level of risk they are prepared to take, and the quality of the support around making the right choices when it comes to taking money out of the pension. And underpinning all that, the quality of the experience for both the employer and the member along the road to those outcomes.Should employers communicate the quality of their pension scheme in order to boost engagement?It will be important to the organisation and trustees that individuals value the scheme that they are in, especially if they are in the category which sees the scheme as an asset and not just a cost. If they just see it as a cost then they are probably not expecting their members to care much about it and therefore will not spend very much money communicating it.If they are genuinely setting out to make it an asset to their business, then they will want to make sure people are aware of it and are aware of the fact it is better than alternatives out there in the market. Anything they can do to demonstrate it is a quality solution they are providing is valuable and having an independent committee conclude it is good value can only be beneficial.What impact will these reports have on the future of pensions?In time, it will be very interesting to see to what extent those reports help to build increased trust, increased competition and innovation, increased confidence in the market and ultimately increased saving.Alan Ritchie is head of employer and trustee proposition at Standard Lifelast_img read more

People on the Move 100908

first_imgWomen’s Health named Jill Percia associate beauty editor. Previously, Percia served as associate account executive at ShopPR. Before that, she was an associate beauty and fitness editor at CosmoGirl.E-media strategy and operations firm Go Forward Media appointed Rob Powell director of technology and development. Powell most recently served as director of interactive at Cygnus Business Media.Rolling Stone publisher Wenner Media added Craig Mura to its team as an account director. Mura previously served as a director of non-endemic business at Source Interlink Media’s Motor Trend, Automobile and Hot Rod magazines.Atlantic Media’s National Journal supplemented its fast-growing edit team once again by naming Edmund Andrews managing editor for economics, taxes and budget.  Andrews most recently served as senior Washington correspondent at the Fiscal Times. Before that, he served as an economics correspondent for the New York Times.Courtney Murphy was promoted to creative director at Hearst’s Good Housekeeping. Most recently, Murphy served as design director.Also at Hearst, Town&Country named Sarajane Hoare as a guest fashion director, overseeing the fashion editorial for the March 2011 Spring fashion issue. Hoare previously served as a fashion director of the London Observer, British Vogue, Frank magazine and Glamour (U.S.). The McGraw-Hill Companies has named Gregory Hamilton president of Aviation Week magazine, replacing Tom Henricks, who is leaving the company. Most recently, Hamilton served as publisher of strategic media at Aviation Week. The CFO Alliance, a peer group for senior level financial executives, appointed Ronald Fink as director of content. Over the last two decades, Fink served as including executive editor of Financial Week, deputy editor of CFO Magazine, CFO.com, and Financial World and senior editor of U.S. Banker. ReadyMade magazine named Liz Armstrong as online editor. Most recently, Armstrong served as editor of Vice magazine’s Vice.com.last_img read more

The Mandalorian trailer New Star Wars show hits Disney Plus Nov 12

first_img 2 Oh boy! Oh boy!! #Mandalorian https://t.co/Du2yV4Jv9g— Collingwood Jays 🇨🇦 (@CollingwoodJays) August 24, 2019 On Saturday, Favreau came on stage to give fans a first look: Whether you like the original or the prequels, “we’ve got something for everyone,” he said. Favreau previously revealed that the series would be set seven years after Return of the Jedi (so 23 years before The Force Awakens). At D23, the writer-director said the time period appealed to him because there’s no government, no law, and the world just degrades. What would it be like to be a bounty hunter during that period of lawlessness?  WOWThe Mandalorian looks as good as a Feature length Filmhttps://t.co/SGZB4cPs9e— Jamie Moran (@JamieMoranUK) August 24, 2019 Tags Carl Weathers plays Greef Carga, a man who’s hired the Mandalorian for a job.”He’s kinda the head of this guild of bounty hunters,” Weathers said of his character during Star Wars Celebration, according to CNET’s Sean Keane. “The Mando is a guy who he figures can get the job done.”The Mandalorian also stars Gina Carano as Cara Dune, Omid Abtahi as Dr. Pershing, plus Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow and Werner Herzog in unnamed roles, and the voice acting talents of Taika Waititi.The reaction to the new trailer was almost unanimously positive.  Star Wars: The Mandalorian is set to be the first Disney Plus original series to debut, and it has been a prime feature of the D23 Expo this weekend. The series stars Pedro Pascal as the titular Mandalorian, and was written by Jon Favreau, who is also executive producer along with Dave Filoni (The Clone Wars) and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. All three shed light on how the production came to be, in addition to premiering the first official trailer for the upcoming Disney Plus show.  New details and footage were revealed Friday ahead of the Nov. 12 launch, and Disney teased us with a poster earlier in the day. Droid voice @TaikaWaititi says it’s VERY important to him to have droid representation on film in @themandalorian 😬 #StarWars pic.twitter.com/SEYIzluwoV— cait petrakovitz ➡️ D23 🙌🏽💃🏽 (@misscp) August 24, 2019 Disney Plus Disney Star Wars That MANDALORIAN TRAILER HAS ME SHOOK 🔥 pic.twitter.com/3yqO4yeOtS— Admiral Jackbar (Geeky Gator) (@The_GeekyGator) August 24, 2019 And that reaction is understandable. The spaghetti western tone is evident even in the trailer, and when you close with Werner Herzog in full Grizzly Man voiceover mode, it’s hard to hold back the shivers. If this trailer is anything to go by, we could be in for something pretty cool with The Mandalorian.The Disney D23 Expo runs through Sunday, Aug. 25. Be sure to check out coverage from sister sites GameSpot, TV Guide and ComicBook.com. TV and Movies #TheMandalorian, the first live-action Star Wars series, only on #DisneyPlus. Start streaming November 12. @TheMandalorian pic.twitter.com/Dxum2bZDCa— Disney+ (@disneyplus) August 23, 2019 Speaking at Star Wars Celebration back in April, Pascal gave the lowdown on his gray-area bounty hunter. “He’s got a lot of Clint Eastwood in him,” the actor said, adding that he watched Sergio Leone and Akira Kurosawa movies to prepare. 50 Photos Comments Share your voice 2019 TV shows you can’t miss Yo I am beyond pumped for this. Mandalorian lore is (imo) some of the best Star Wars lore, I cannot wait to see this https://t.co/dv5S1zFDTw— Connor “The Wizard” MacDonald (@SamuraiCorndog) August 24, 2019last_img read more

National Weather Service Issues Freeze Watch For Harris County Until Tuesday Morning

first_imgThe National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Freeze Watch for Harris County in effect from midnight to 8:00 a.m. Tuesday. Temperatures will continue to drop throughout the day to below freezing levels overnight.No precipitation is expected overnight, but areas where temperatures stay below 25 degrees for an extended period of time could experience a hard freeze. Wind chills are expected to be in the low 20’s going into Tuesday morning.Experts recommend protecting people, pets, plants and pipes (the “Four Ps”) from the cold temperatures.You should dress in layers, and check on any elderly family members or neighbors that may need assistance.Bring pets inside and have plenty of food and water for them. It’s also a good idea to cover or bring in delicate plants to keep them from freezing.Finally, cover exposed pipes to prevent freezing and breaks, and disconnect outdoor hoses. Sharelast_img read more

Ward 8 Stepping Up with the Arts

first_imgWhen a conversation on the arts in the District of Columbia comes up, the neighborhoods that usually generate the most discussions are Brookland in Ward 5, the H Street corridor in Ward 6, the downtown sector in Ward 2 and Georgetown, also located in Ward 2.Rarely does Ward 8 get a mention but that is changing.Attendees at a reception for the paintings of the late Lois Mailou Jones at the Congress Heights Arts and Culture Center in Ward 8. (Courtesy photo)On March 31, Ward 8 businessman Phinis Jones hosted a grand re-opening of the Congress Heights Arts & Culture Center, which is located on Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., S.E. Jones showcased his private collection of Lois Mailou Jones paintings on the main floor of the center and the event resembled an upscale art gallery opening with waiters circulating around the 40 people who attended the event with various trays of hors d’oeuvres and there was a cash bar available.Phinis Jones told the {AFRO} that he has been an admirer of the works of Lois Mailou Jones, who taught at Howard University for decades and is credited with paintings that depict life in Africa, the Caribbean and Black America in a respectful manner.Lois Mailou Jones’s paintings showcased Black people, primarily females, in various states of pleasant expression and showed them engaged in work and play. Her paintings are also noted for their varied use of colors and the creative use of thin Black lines to draw characters.D.C. Council member Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4), former Ward 8 D.C. Council members LaRuby May and Sandy Allen, Wanda Lockridge, chief of staff to D.C. Council member Trayon White (D-Ward 8) and Dr. Janette Hoston Harris, the District’s official historian, were among the city leaders that attended the event.Keyonna Jones Lindsay, the executive director of the center and daughter of Phinis Jones, told the {AFRO} that the remodeling of the center and the support that the event got that evening is indicative of how Ward 8 residents view the arts.“When we were telling some people about this event, someone remarked that the grand re-opening was ‘arts in the Hood’,”I had to get them straight,” Jones-Lindsay said. “This space was created for Black people and we want the young people who come here to understand that they are descended from kings and queens. We are creators and we wanted to expose the neighborhood to the level of art.”Jones-Lindsay said that Black people need a creative outlet to deal with the stress of life and she doesn’t buy into the concept of starving artists, making the point that being an artist can be profitable if done correctly. She also said that ward residents of different economic classes enjoy good art.“Ward 8 residents shouldn’t have to go uptown to appreciate fine art,” she said.The center, which is the first gallery in the Congress Heights neighborhood but not in Ward 8, has space for workshops, art classes, professional offices and a rooftop that will have multiple purposes. While the center’s opening has drawn attention, it is by no means the only arts entity in the ward.“The performing arts are big in Ward 8,” Philip Pannell, a longtime activist who has championed bringing the fine arts to the ward, told the {AFRO}. “We have The ARC that has put on plays and other productions and we have the Anacostia Playhouse that is in its fourth season of producing and showing plays, dance performances and concerts. We also have the Anacostia Arts Center on Good Hope Road, plus there are a number of murals on walls around the ward.”Pannell emphasized that “Ward 8 has a thriving arts community” and that the late Marion S. Barry, a former D.C. Council member and four-term mayor of the city, had a role in creating a proactive arts advocacy organization, the 8 Arts & Culture. 8 Arts & Culture’s founder, president and CEO is Tendani Mpulubusi El, told the {AFRO} that while Phinis Jones’ event is fine, there is more going on artistically in the ward.“We don’t focus on one-time art shows,” he said. “We are working to build a community through the creative economy.”last_img read more

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first_img 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. This release… read more News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco PreviousNext Related Content Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more The left image (a) is a proton MRI of normal appearing cartilage (arrow) in a subject after ACL injury. The right image (b) is a sodium overlay in heat scale showing an area of sodium depletion in the cartilage (arrow). News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more GE Healthcares Signa MR750 provides better consistency and improved SAR over previous-generation 3T systems. Feature | June 10, 2009 | Nick Obradovich MRI Taken to the Max New innovations, techniques keep high-field MRI on the forefront of medical imaging. The left image (a) is a proton MRI of normal appearing cartilage (arrow) in a subject after ACL injury. The right image (b) is a sodium overlay in heat scale showing an area of sodium depletion in the cartilage (arrow). Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more New and improved techniques in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are popping up every day, stemming from innovations developed by physicians and manufacturers alike. Many of these new techniques are especially conducive to high-field systems — 3.0 Tesla (3T) systems and higher. 3T AdvancesWhile 3T MR imaging has been around for several years, current-generation systems have overecome previous technical roadblocks, enabling the adoption of new techniques. Lawrence Tanenbaum, M.D., FACR, associate professor of radiology, director of MRI, CT and outpatient/advanced imaging development, Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, says that MRI manufacturers have done a good job of addressing thorny issues that have plagued earlier 3T scanners. These new systems, including GE Healthcare’s SIGNA MR750, have helped imaging consistency from patient to patient, improving specific absorption rate (SAR) management, as well as management of RF inhomogeneity issues for body applications.“They’ve done a wonderful job of improving SAR management over their most recent system by setting a SAR model for each individual patient by virtue of a calibration scan,” Dr. Tanenbaum said. “It has essentially eliminated SAR considerations, even for the most demanding exams such as the pelvis, shoulder and hips.”“The RF inhomogeneity effects are much less perceptible now,” he said. “In the past, we’ve used pads to make the RF environment more homogeneous. On the current system, we no longer use these pads. Even without the use of the pads, the consistency and performance and the homogeneity of the end images is significantly better than it was on the old system with the pads. We’re getting a much better level of image quality.”Dr. Tanenbaum said some of most exciting new techniques are based on volumetric imaging. Volumetric imaging isn’t new, but had a limited range of contrast available, according to Dr. Tanenbaum. The manufacturers have developed volumetric techniques that have a wider range of contrast available that are fast spin echo-based. “This allows us to do T2 or FLAIR for the brain and, proton density and proton density FAT SAT for the brain musculoskeletal system,” Dr. Tanenbaum said. “This augments the previously available volumetric techniques for T1 and cisternography. Volumetric techniques are available on 1.5T and 3T, but they synergize with the higher signal-to-noise of a 3T scanner to make thinner slices of high diagnostic quality. For our routine tumor evaluations we will get volumetric T1, T2 and FLAIR, instead of just doing T2 and FLAIR in one or two individual planes. For our MS studies, we’ll get volumetric FLAIR instead of doing multiplanar separate scans. This saves us about 50 percent on time and gives us sub-millimeter voxels to approve sensitivity to early disease.”Parallel imaging capabilities are also enhanced over the last generation, said Dr. Tanenbaum, allowing radiologists to further leverage the signal-to-noise of 3T. “Recently developed enhancements in parallel imaging such as ARC have enabled higher levels of acceleration,” Dr. Tanenbaum said. “Multiple directions of parallel imaging further stresses the signal-to-noise equation and better leverages the boost to the signal-to-noise advantage that 3T provides over 1.5T. As a result, scan times have been further reduced for many applications.”Sodium MRIA technique dubbed sodium MRI may help diagnose osteoarthritis in knee joints years before the condition fully develops. While traditional MRI works by exciting hydrogen protons in the body, this technique focuses on a structural material in cartilage, glysosaminoglycan, which occurs in a complex with sodium. Sodium has its own set of excitation and relaxation frequencies and is more restricted to cartilage than water is. Since the element is far less common to the body than hydrogen is, using this scanning technique has generally produced inferior image quality, resolution and signal to noise. Recent technological innovations have allowed clinicians to develop sodium MRI into a viable clinical scan, according to Gary Gold, M.D., associate professor of radiology at Stanford School of Medicine.“We thought if we took a new MRI sequence with 3D imaging and short echo times developed by electrical engineers at Stanford, and combined it with a high-quality coil and a 3T scanner, we might be able to get the kind of image resolution that we really need to see cartilage,” said Dr. Gold. Dr. Gold and other clinicians at Stanford have imaged about 17 patients who tore their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the past 10 years in order to see differences in sodium signals between a patient’s injured knee and a healthy knee. “The next step is to use this to understand the time course in changes in the proteoglycans in the cartilage after injury and then try interventions — changes in physical therapy, different surgeries, different drug treatments — that might slow or prevent the arthritis from occurring.”In all cases so far, there has been significant loss of glysosaminoglycan found in the sodium MRI scans within three years of an ACL injury, potentially allowing for accelerated diagnosis. Dr. Gold and other clinicians at Stanford believe that using a 7T MR scanner will potentially yield better sodium MRI images, as a high field strength is needed for the scan. Shutter Speed ModelingSome of the most interesting techniques in MRI involve shutter speed modeling. According to Patrick Bolan, Ph.D., assistant professor, department of radiology, Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, the University of Minnesota, new work on the “shutter speed model” aims to differentiate benign and malignant breast tumors. “The way dynamic breast contrast-enhanced MRI at 1.5 or 3T is done is by acquiring a series of images before and even after the contrast uptake. The typical way of doing it is one image/per minute over both breasts,” said Bolan. “Aurora Imaging Technology goes with a higher time resolution and a lower spatial resolution, so they might get one every two to three minutes. If you can go faster — with prostate, clinicians often do 10-20 second time resolutions — you can do a good job at characterizing the contrast uptake curve. If you knew the gadolinium concentration with high temporal resolution, you can fit that to a model of what the tissue is really represented by. If you can model that carefully, it’s very useful. You can look at the density of the capillaries and the permeability of the capillaries.”Charles Springer, Ph.D., and his team at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), are doing work that involves a refined model with more parameters. “Springer did the study with practical time resolutions. Fitting that with his model, he was able to achieve better separation between benign and malignant tumors. He claims the one small change he made in the model was the most sensitive thing that differentiates between the two tumors. They expect this will be more broadly applicable down the road,” said Bolan. An MRI exam aided by this shutter-speed model analysis may provide a much clearer diagnosis and will become the intermediate step between a mammographic scan and a biopsy intervention, if breast cancer is suspected from both the mammogram and the MRI results, reducing the number of unnecessary biopsies, according to OHSU. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

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first_img 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 News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… 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 more 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 | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more 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 October 5, 2009 – GE Healthcare will be unveiling at the RSNA 2009 annual meeting the latest offering within the Centricity OneView solution suite, Centricity OneView – Global Reading.OneView- Global Reading creates a centralized, web-based radiology reading environment that allows hospitals to consolidate and balance workloads across the system. Fully utilizing the health system network’s radiologist capacity, it also leverages specialists regardless of their physical location. GE will also demonstrate Centricity OneView – Single Patient Jacket which leverages Smart Patient Matching to build a longitudinal patient record from data across disparate RIS and PACS. Designed to plug seamlessly into existing workflows, it allows radiologists to view images and access diagnostic results from prior studies with a single click.Together, the Centricity OneView solution suite offers powerful, web-based information and workflow solutions that affordably bridge the gap between disparate legacy RIS and PACS systems. It enhances the clinical decision-making process through ease of collaboration, leading to greater satisfaction for radiologists and referring physicians, and better clinical outcomes for their patients.For more information: www.gehealthcare.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 Related Content 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 Technology | October 05, 2009 GE Healthcare Will Unveil Centricity OneView last_img read more

Did you know Why flights are longer now than they were in

first_img Travelweek Group Posted by Wednesday, January 11, 2017 TORONTO — The 1970s will always be remembered for disco music and platform shoes, and not so much for technological advances. Back then, computers were big and clunky, phones were still of the rotary kind, and the Walkman was considered a breakthrough achievement. It was not a time known for science and technology, but then how do you explain the fact that commercial flights were actually faster back then compared to those today?According to Business Insider, a flight between New York and Houston took just two hours and 37 minutes in 1973, compared to three hours and 50 minutes today. The reason? Today’s high price of fuel.As it turns out, airlines today are instructing pilots to fly at slower speeds in an effort to save on fuel costs. Business Insider reports that between 2002 and 2012, the price of fuel increased from US$0.70 per gallon to more than $3.Flying slower has paid off for many airlines, including Northwest Airlines, which in 2008 was able to trim 162 gallons of fuel off a flight between Paris and Minneapolis after the pilot cut his average speed by two miles per hour. This reduction in speed resulted in an additional eight minutes to the total flight time, but also saved the airline about $365, reports the Daily Mail.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksSo there you have it. Now when your flight runs over on time, rather than blaming the airline you can actually blame inflation. Did you know? Why flights are longer now than they were in the 1970s Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Down Under on top with Skyscanner

first_imgAustralia popular with Skyscanner users Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H Skyscanner users have voted Australia the place they would most like to visit if money were no object. The Skyscanner Travel Awards, which comprise the opinions of more than 600 travellers collected by the flights comparison website Skyscanner.net, also ranked Australia as the most popular place to live abroad, as well as having the friendliest locals. “Australia’s weird and wonderful wildlife, diverse experiences, friendly locals and laidback lifestyle attract visitors from all over the world,” Tourism Australia UK/Europe general manager Rodney Harrex said. “2011 has got off to a strong start in terms of arrivals and we look forward to welcoming many more holidaymakers over the coming months.” Italy was one of the award’s big winners, taking home the Most Romantic, Best Food and Best Culture awards. “Italy is a very popular destination for British tourists and it’s great to see Italy being recognised for what it can offer; excellent cuisine, romantic cities and a host of great cultural attractions,” Skyscanner Italian country expert Yara Paoli said. Spain was voted best for nightlife and most family friendly destination, while the Caribbean won awards for most spectacular beaches and most relaxing destination. France, home to some of the world’s most famous museums, art galleries and Michelin-starred restaurants, finished without a single gong. Skyscanner 2011 Travel Awards Winners If money was no object, where would you most like to go? Australia Runners Up: New Zealand, CaribbeanMost Romantic: Italy  Runners Up: France, CaribbeanMost Beautiful: New Zealand  Runners Up: Italy, AustraliaMost Spectacular Beaches: Caribbean  Runners Up: Australia, ThailandMost Relaxing Destination: Caribbean  Runners Up: Thailand, GreeceMost Family Friendly: Spain  Runners Up: USA, AustraliaFriendliest Locals: USA and Australia  Runner Up: IrelandBest Food: Italy  Runners Up: France, ThailandBest Nightlife: Spain  Runners Up: UK, USABest Culture: Italy  Runners Up: UK, JapanBest for Business: USA  Runners Up: UK, GermanyIf you had to live abroad, where would you go?: Australia Runners Up: USA, Spainlast_img read more