United We Roll Convoy arrives in Ottawa

first_imgDemonstrators from eastern Canada are also expected to link up with the convoy.A photo of the United We Roll group in Ottawa – @GlenMotz BREAKING: #UnitedWeRollForCanada convoy has now made it to Parliament Hill. Shutting down Wellington St. @ctvottawa #ottnews pic.twitter.com/a3zU9zgay3— Catherine Lathem (@CatherineCTV) February 19, 2019“The core message is we need immediate action for our pipelines to get in the ground, to get to tidewater and to the rest of Canada,” said lead organizer Glen Carritt, the owner of an oilfield fire and safety company in Innisfail, Alta.The protesters want the Liberal government to scrap the carbon tax and two bills that overhaul environmental assessments of energy projects and ban oil tankers from the northern coast of British Columbia. Carritt said participants also are unhappy about the government’s recently signing a non-binding United Nations compact on global migration.Carritt said Canada’s borders “need to be controlled” by Canada and its citizens, not the United Nations.Just got to the Parliament Hill where trucks are blasting their horns and people are beginning to gather #UnitedWeRollForCanada #StarConvoy #yow #ConvoyForCanada #UnitedWeRoll #ConvoyToOttawa pic.twitter.com/byArDCHvgl— Hamdi ‘hamdog’ Issawi (@hamdiissawi) February 19, 2019 Carritt originally referred to his convoy as a “yellow vest convoy” but renamed it United We Roll after it too was linked to people spewing hateful rhetoric against Muslims and immigrants.“After much consideration we have decided to make this convoy about being inclusive and supporting Canadians first and foremost,” Carritt wrote on the protest’s GoFundMe page in late January. “Our new name is United We Roll! Convoy For Canada!”Lead organizer Glen Carritt says the display is about showing support for new oil pipelines and opposition to the federal carbon tax and new rules on oil transportation.The convoy includes members of the Yellow Vest Movement, whose demonstrations across the country have had widely varying agendas, from supporting pipelines to denouncing a United Nations compact on global migration.center_img OTTAWA, O.N. – Hundreds of trucks and people have arrived in Ottawa to protest the federal government’s policies on the oil industry.The main portion of the United We Roll Convoy set out from Red Deer, Alta., last Thursday and made stops in Regina, Dryden, Thunder Bay, and Sault Ste. Marie before mustering at Arnprior, Ont., just outside the capital.The rally is expected to occupy almost a kilometre of Wellington Street, in front of Parliament.last_img read more

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Surge in hiring last month send US stock prices higher on Wall

Surge in hiring last month send US stock prices higher on Wall Street; Bond prices fall by The Associated Press Posted Nov 8, 2013 9:59 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Stocks are moving higher on Wall Street after the government reported an unexpected surge in hiring last month.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 80 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 15,674 as of noon (1700 GMT) Friday.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up 13 points, or 0.8 per cent, at 1,760. The Nasdaq composite was up 45 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 3,902.Bond prices fell after the U.S. reported that employers added 204,000 jobs last month, far more than economists expected. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose sharply, to 2.74 per cent from 2.60 per cent late Thursday.Investors took the hiring gain as a signal that the Federal Reserve might pull back on its big bond-buying program.The Gap rose sharply after reporting higher sales. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Application season underway to spend summer abroad

Rather than taking a break from the books and heading home for the summer, Brock students looking for alternative plans have the chance to explore the world.The University’s International Mobility Office offers an array of opportunities for students interested in spending their break studying abroad.The summer exchange was a perfect fit for Cody Weber (BBA ’18), who wanted to experience new cultures before crossing the stage at Brock’s Convocation last October.Weber spent a final semester at the University of Mannheim in Germany, enrolling in Film Studies, and Intercultural Differences in an Increasingly Globalized World.“You learn how truly different life is on the other side of the world,” said the recent grad. “You get to experience what people in different cultures eat, what they do in their spare time and their thoughts on the world.”The opportunity took Weber outside of his comfort zone, and allowed him to grow as a person.Brock’s International Mobility Office lists more than 20 short-term opportunities online, with host institutions in Australia, England, South Korea and various countries across Europe.“Each destination provides a unique educational experience for students, many of whom will earn academic credit that can be applied to their degree at Brock,” said Jesse Barraza, Brock’s Manager, International Learning Programs.Studying abroad also encourages intercultural and international understanding, fosters leadership and personal development, and provides students with a meaningful opportunity to interact with university staff and faculty outside the formal classroom, he said.Weber encouraged students considering an opportunity abroad to be spontaneous and not overthink the decision. A dedicated team at Brock’s International Mobility Office will provide support with pre-departure sessions and tips to maximize the experience while overseas.While living in a foreign land presented challenges, the opportunity to experience new cultures, meet new people and even paraglide over the Swiss Alps all added up to a life-altering experience that Weber will never forget.“I learned that I am stronger than I realized,” he said. “The world is full of beautiful places and learning experiences — if you take the chance to let it show you. Studying abroad gives you the chance to observe that truth.”Now a client associate with ROC Financial, Weber attributes part of his current success to his international experience he received through Brock.“It helped improve my communication skills with clients, my understanding of their various needs and backgrounds, and my resourcefulness.”Applications for short-term programs abroad must be submitted online through Brock’s International Mobility Office for consideration. Students should note the varying application deadlines for each opportunity, which fall between January and April.For any questions or assistance with the application, please contact the International Mobility Office at intlmobility@brocku.ca. read more

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Australia and India play down Kohli v Paine banter

PERTH, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 17: Virat Kohli of India speaks with Tim Paine of Australia during day four of the second match in the Test series between Australia and India at Perth Stadium on December 17, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)Neither camp believes any line of personal decency was crossed during on-field exchanges between Tim Paine and Virat Kohli during the Perth Test between Australia and India.The series had been incident-free on the first seven days, but on the eighth the two captains exchanged a few verbals, which carried on into the ninth day, and paused momentarily with a cheeky Josh Hazlewood saying Kohli was not the most prized wicket for Australia.It all possibly started in Perth on the third day with Kohli telling Paine he was staring at a 2-0 deficit if he messed up with the bat. Paine responded with telling Kohli he had to bat last on this pitch. The needle continued into the fourth morning where the umpires had to intervene. There nearly was physical contact when Kohli and Paine’s paths crossed as they looked to field the ball and take a single respectively.Two subplots to these confrontations arguably made it bigger than it might have been. Australia find themselves under intense scrutiny for their behaviour after the events in Cape Town and the culture review. The confrontation, coming as it did when India started to feel they were falling behind for the first time in the series, could possibly be seen as a cynical attempt to push the Australian buttons.Australia’s concentration on Kohli – not just the players, but the media, the former players, the broadcasters – has at times been excessive with each move of his being scrutinised. Even after getting Kohli out, Paine used his name for banter with M Vijay, basically asking him how he could possibly like Kohli despite his being the captain.At the press conferences at the end of day four, both sides strove to downplay the incidents as “part of the game”, “bit of fun”, and something that shouldn’t be read too much into. “I think it was all good fun,” Australia fast bowler Hazlewood said. “It’s quite competitive out there as you know, and there’s going to be words from time to time, but it was all in good spirits I think.”Shami was of a similar view. He was asked if he found any inconsistencies with how Australia had promised they would behave and how they have actually gone.“See it is a long match, and there might be some moment where you say something and you get a reply in that moment,” Shami said. “So maybe in that moment, things get heated up but it is not something to be made a big issue out of. According to me, we should leave this here. It is part of the game, and it is a way to enjoy things in the Test match. Sometimes we say things, they get upset and make mistakes. These are the moments, but nothing personal.”When asked if the Australians started it, Shami refused to commit either way. “If there is no sledging, you won’t enjoy the game, the public won’t enjoy the game. If there is aggression, the match becomes more interesting. It is part of the game. As it should be.”Hazlewood was asked if Australia felt frustrated and if they felt the opposition was trying to capitalise on the scrutiny they were under.“No, I don’t think so,” he said. “I think at stages in a game it is going to get heated from time to time. I think we are pretty confident that we can hold that line that we have talked about as a group. It’s more in the heat of the moment, definitely not a ploy to attack any batsman at any stage. It has been really good so far. Just good banter.“I don’t think we read too much into it, we go about our work as we see fit and the Indians can do what they like. We control what we control, and our behaviour is what we control. We’ll worry about that, and let everything else take care of itself.”In a way, Kohli is under similar scrutiny with all the cameras trained at him, scanning every move, be it celebration, reaction to crowd or banter with the opposition. Shami said they didn’t feel concerned about that, but Hazlewood might have made the cheekiest comment yet about the entire thing.Asked if Australia were risking focusing too much on Kohli alone, Hazlewood left with this reply: “I probably see [Cheteshwar] Pujara as the big wicket as far as when I’m bowling,” Hazlewood said. “The glue that holds them together I think. He has batted the most balls this series, and scored nearly the most runs. I see him as a big wicket and [Ajinkya] Rahane as well. So the Nos 3, 4, 5 as the key wickets, and we see it a bit unstable in the other parts of the order. Certainly not all the focus is on Virat.” (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedVirat Kohli in doubt for start of IPLMarch 28, 2017In “latest news”Ponting slams Kohli boos as ‘disgraceful’January 4, 2019In “latest news”Time right for Dhoni to hand over to Kohli – ShastriMay 31, 2016In “Sports” read more

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Twitters Top Trending Topics of the Week Metrodome Scarlett Johansson Taylor Swift

first_imgWe’re sure you’ve been busy running around like a chicken with its head cut off with all the last-minute holiday shopping. If you’ve been too busy to check Twitter this week, we’ve got you covered. We rounded up some of the most talked about topics on Twitter this week so you don’t have to feel out of the loop. Check out the top trending topics on Twitter for the week ending in December 17:1. MazembeMazembe, the African soccer team from the Democratic Republic of Congo, defeated the South American team, Internacional, by 2-0. For the first time, an African team goes to the finals of the FIFA Club World Cup. #Mazembe2. MetrodomeThe roof of the Metrodome, home to the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings, deflated and collapsed, dumping snow on the field below, which forced games to be postponed. #Metrodome3. Scarlett Johansson / Ryan ReynoldsScarlett Johansson and the Sexiest Man of the Year, Ryan Reynolds, are getting a divorce. #ScarlettJohansson4. Text You Get From a StalkerOne of the creepiest hashtags we’ve seen in a while. People are tweeting texts you might get from a stalker. For example, “The view from this tree is good enough for me to see what you’re tweeting right now.” #TextYouGetFromAStalker5. In High SchoolPeople are explaining what they do or did when in they were in high school. If you want to combine two trends from this week, you can use this tweet: “I’ve been following you since we were #inhighschool.Check out the rest of Twitter’s trending topics of the week after the jump! 6. Females Need ToPeople are tweeting what females need to do or say. This sounds like a meme that’s just looking for trouble. #femalesneedto7. If Santa Was BlackA questionable meme…According to Twopular, “People are tweeting comments about Santa, relating to the changed mannerisms, ideas, sayings, clothing and vehicles, if he was of black [i.e. African, African American] skin color”. #IfSantaWasBlack8. Frequently Asked QuestionsPeople are tweeting questions that are frequently asked by their followers or clients of a business, and are then offering answers to these common questions. #frequentlyaskedquestions9. Bernie Sanders / FilibusterSenator Bernie Sander filibustered the tax deal struck by President Obama and Senate Republicans by speaking on the floor of the Senate for eight hours straight. Check out a word cloud of his speech.#BernieSanders10. Taylor SwiftCountry pop star, Taylor Swift, turned 21 this week. Twitter fans wished her a happy birthday and shared memories of her music, concerts, and interviews. Is it true that Jake Gyllenhaal bought Taylor a $10,000 guitar for her birthday? I sure hope not. #TaylorSwiftlast_img read more

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BlackBerry OS 10 screens leak reveal widgets video chat and iOS styling

first_imgBlackBerry 10 OS has already encountered some serious hurdles, like having to give up the name BBX following a trademark dispute in Canada. The forthcoming OS update has been talked about as being a make-or-break release when it arrives later this year on RIM’s first QNX-powered BlackBerry smartphone. Curious as to whether or not RIM has what it takes to right the ship with OS 10? Take a look at these new leaked images and see what you think.It’s clear from these images that BlackBerry 10 is moving further away from RIM’s previous phone operating systems and heading down the path established by the PlayBook. The result so far also takes cues from Android and iOS with an app tray and a greatly simplified status bar along the top of the screen. One thing we can’t see here is how the new OS will handle notifications — hopefully they’ll implement a system that’s much more elegant than the cluttered mess that ate up half the screen on older BlackBerry OSes.Also coming in BlackBerry OS 10 is Android-style widget support. In the image above, you can see a quartet of examples: music, weather, maps, and a slick phone usage widget that tracks your voice minute usage. RIM has also put some polish on the unified inbox, which displays incoming email, SMS, MMS, and BBM messages in one spot.An additional shot of the updated contacts app reveals that BlackBerry 10 OS will feature integrated video calling between BlackBerry users a la Facetime on iOS. Video calling is already built into PlayBook OS, so it’s not really a surprise to see that RIM has enabled it on next-gen BlackBerry handsets, too.More at CrackBerrylast_img read more

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Lobésité masculine nuit à la fertilité

first_imgL’obésité masculine nuit à la fertilitéSelon une étude présentée lundi à Stockholm et menée sur près de 2.000 Français, l’obésité serait nuisible à la qualité du sperme et aurait un impact sur la fertilité. Alors que l’obésité est devenu un réel problème de santé publique, des chercheurs français se sont intéressés aux conséquences du surpoids sur la qualité du sperme. Présentée hier à l’European Society of Human Reproduction (ESHRE), l’étude a été conduite sur près de 2.000 hommes français âgés de 24 à 48 ans et révèle un impact inquiétant de l’obésité sur la fertilité masculine.À lire aussiObésité : quels risques pour la santé ?Au cours des recherches, plusieurs paramètres ont été étudiés, notamment le pH et le volume du sperme mais aussi la concentration en millilitres du nombre de spermatozoïdes. Les chercheurs se sont alors aperçus que dès que l’Indice de Masse Corporelle (IMC) est supérieur à 30, soit le seuil de l’obésité, les phénomènes observés s’aggravent : les spermatozoïdes sont moins rapides et moins nombreux. “Le surpoids entraîne une modification des paramètres du sperme, du fait probablement de désordres hormonaux, avec des déficits en nombre, en mobilité et en vitalité, ce qui entraîne des pertes de possibilité de conception”, a précisé le Dr Cohen-Bacrie à l’AFP. Moins de gamètes chez les obèses Selon les résultats de l’étude, la diminution des gamètes serait même proportionnelle à l’importance du surpoids : le compte total de spermatozoïdes, d’environ 190 millions par millilitre chez les gens de poids normal, baisse à environ 160/185 chez ceux en surpoids, et à 135/155 chez les obèses. Ce n’est pas la première fois que les scientifiques établissent un tel lien entre obésité et fertilité. Le fait que le surpoids pouvait entraîner des troubles de l’ovulation pour la femme était ainsi déjà avéré. Le Dr Cohen-Bacrie, qui a dirigé cette étude précise alors que lorsqu’un “couple cherche à concevoir, il faut aussi regarder le poids de l’homme, une donnée importante”. Par ailleurs, l’étude a aussi démontré que la maigreur entravait la fertilité. Agir sur le poids serait donc une action simple qui pourrait permettre de concevoir naturellement et d’éviter la procréation médicalement assistée. Le 5 juillet 2011 à 15:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Pourquoi y atil bien plus de poissons deau douce que despèces marines

first_imgPourquoi y a-t-il bien plus de poissons d’eau douce que d’espèces marines ?Contrairement à la croyance populaire, il y a peu de poissons dans la mer. Bien qu’ils couvrent 70% de la surface de la Terre, les milieux marins n’abritent en effet que 20% de l’ensemble des espèces de poissons. Une récente étude menée par des chercheurs américains tente d’expliquer ce phénomène.Une équipe de scientifiques a fait une étonnante découverte en étudiant les poissons d’eau douce et les poissons de mer. Les chercheurs affirment que les rivières d’eau douce et les lacs abritent bien plus d’espèces que les océans salés. Pourtant, les zones d’eau douce occupent seulement 2% de la surface de la Terre, quand les océans en couvre 70%.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon les scientifiques qui ont mené cette étude, publiée par la revue Proceedings of the Royal Society B, il pourrait s’agir d’une preuve que la vie s’est elle-même réinventée après les extinctions de masse. Une apocalypse marine peut avoir été suivie d’une ré-émergence de la vie dans des environnements aquatiques sur les terres, souligne l’étude.Dirigée par le Dr John Wiens, de l’Université Stony Brook de New York, l’équipe de chercheurs a étudié la diversité des poissons à nageoires rayonnées, qui représentent 96% de toutes les espèces de poissons. Ce groupe s’est diversifié voilà 100 millions d’années. Il compte à ce jour près de 30.000 espèces, telles que les morues, les truites, les saumons, les thons, ou les espadons. Une disparition des premiers poissons des océans “Nos résultats suggèrent que les extinctions anciennes dans le milieu marin peuvent avoir éliminé les premiers poissons à nageoires rayonnées vivant dans les océans, et que ceux-ci ont ensuite été recolonisés à partir des habitats d’eau douce. Les espèces de poissons marins qui existent aujourd’hui sont les descendants de cette recolonisation” explique le Dr John Wiens cité par le Figaro. “Ce modèle d’extinction et de recolonisation peut aider à comprendre pourquoi les océans sont aujourd’hui si pauvres en espèces, même de poissons” souligne-t-il.Le 10 février 2012 à 13:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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The reason Diego Simeone shouldnt manage Argentina

first_imgWe go in detail to why Argentine manager Diego Pablo Simeone should not agree to manage Argentina in the near future, there are good reasons not to do it.The Argentina National Team currently maintains their search for a manager, their options are quite limited as we have discussed in previous articles but the most coveted option for them is Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone. ‘Cholo’ its currently starting what could arguably be considered his most ambitious project with Atletico Madrid, this is one of the first seasons since he became the Colchoneros’ manager that the club hasn’t sold important players to other squads and they also made an important investment thinking about reaching that 2019 Champions League final at the Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid. It’s very difficult for the Argentine to get tempted by AFA to take on a new project, but they can always make him an offer he can’t refuse and fulfill a dream that any manager from his country has on his bucket list. But there are people who advise him otherwise because the faith in the Argentina Football Association has dropped dramatically to the point that prominent football figures don’t think to bring elite managers like Simeone will be good for their careers.Alejandro Mancuso, amigo de Simeone, contó que el DT “sabe lo que pasa en la Selección, y no le quiere pasar ni cerca”.”¿A qué va a venir? ¿A que lo maten?”, tiró ▶ https://t.co/HI59JdAtOA pic.twitter.com/YlyFNOMtj3— Diario Olé (@DiarioOle) September 4, 2018We look at the example of Alejandro Mancuso, a former assistant manager to Diego Maradona during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, he spoke to Super Radio Deportivo from Argentina and said the following about the possibility of Simeone managing Argentina: “I know how Diego Simeone works, the way he thinks and how much he enjoys winning. I have to say that I don’t see him as the Argentina manager today, he doesn’t even want to get near to everything that’s going on in our country right now. Why would he come for anyway? To get trashed every day by the media and the fans? If ‘Cholo’ who is my friend asks me what to do, I’m obviously going to be honest with him. I would tell him: ‘Why would you want to come if you are the best we have right now?’. We bought Sampaoli because of what he did with Chile, we bought that manager. But the Argentina National Team is not the Chilean National Team. Sampaoli got it all mixed up. All I can say is that this mess wouldn’t have happened with Julio Grondona, these things didn’t happen when he was still around. Grondona never let opinions get divided in Argentinean football and he called all the shots,” said Mancuso.?⚽ @Simeone, attending the @UEFA Elite Coaches Forum?#AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/rWnpSO6vGW— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) September 4, 2018The near future for Simeone.After listening to the radio show in which Mancuso, an insider from the Grondona days, talked about in regards to the possibility of Simeone managing Argentina, we can certainly assume that ‘Cholo’ is not going anywhere. But the press from Argentina is practically begging in every single show they have for someone to convince the Atletico Madrid manager, they are willing to go to unexpected lengths to get him as the boss and they won’t rest until they fulfill what they are trying to accomplish. Simeone keeps saying no to every single phone call from Claudio Tapia, but the AFA president is not giving up that easy and he keeps insisting because he knows that Simeone is the only hope Argentina has to win trophies in the future during his tenure as president. So far in the short season the Atletico Madrid manager is having in Spain, the results are not what he expected this far in the competition and the club’s management doesn’t shy away from the possibility to sack him if this season ends up in a complete disaster.Raheem Sterling, EnglandTop 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…#SelecciónMayor Imágenes de la segunda jornada de entrenamiento de la @Argentina en Estados Unidos ? pic.twitter.com/qarQhC8Qzt— Selección Argentina ?? (@Argentina) September 4, 2018There is a way to convince Diego Simeone.Claudio Tapia is not a stupid man, he knows there are strategies he can take to convince Diego Simeone to take the job in the near future. The latest call-up to his son Giovani who plays in Fiorentina could be a good way to get into Simeone’s good graces. It’s no secret that the boss has been trying to sign his son for the Colchoneros this summer, but Fiorentina hasn’t agreed on a transfer so far because they consider the striker a key part of their squad for this season’s attempt to compete in Serie A. It appears that ‘Cholo’ wants to coach a team in which his son plays, he is determined to do it and this is a good way in which AFA could convince him to manage Argentina for the next years. But this possibility is still not certain, there is a lot of work to do with Simeone and the more likely scenario is that even then he refuses to take the job because of how comfortable he is in Madrid. But AFA can keep on dreaming, even if Simeone’s own compatriots who know how things work in there, advice him to refuse the job.#SelecciónMayor Los futbolistas que llegaron a Los Ángeles tuvieron su primera jornada de actividades bajo las órdenes de @lioscaloni. pic.twitter.com/AWAWq5V2OK— Selección Argentina ?? (@Argentina) September 4, 2018What do you think Diego Simeone should do, stay in Madrid or give Argentina a shot? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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Most read stories on Columbiancom week of Nov 13

first_imgMost read stories on Columbian.com last week:No. 1) Head-on collision kills driver in HockinsonA woman died and another was seriously injured Saturday morning when their vehicles collided head-on on Northeast 182nd Avenue near 139th Street in Hockinson, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.No. 2) Husband who killed Vancouver native attacked in prison The order barked from speakers in the prison yard: “Stop fighting.” But two inmates kept attacking a third, Brian C. Cole, who had arrived the day before at Snake River Correctional Institution. Cole, 38, was doubled up on the sidewalk, taking kicks to his head and stomach.No. 3) Child sex trafficking on rise in Clark County Over the past three years, police in Clark County have seen child sex trafficking emerge as one of the major crimes to watch. It’s no longer just a Portland problem. Fueled by online ads, johns and girls will routinely travel between Vancouver and Portland for “dates,” making the crime a regional issue.No. 4) Violations found in death of Clark County deputy’s sonA Clark County sheriff’s deputy violated policies on firearms storage, off-duty conduct, ethics, competency and employee responsibilities in connection with the 2010 shooting death of his 3-year-old son, according to an internal affairs investigation.No. 5) I-5 south ramp to Fourth Plain reopens after rollover accident The southbound ramp from Interstate 5 to East Fourth Plain Boulevard was temporarily closed Monday afternoon because of a crash involving a 2004 Chevrolet Impala.last_img read more

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Grounded Russian oil tanker leaks into North Pacific

first_imgA Russian tanker carrying 200,000 gallons of oil ran aground off an island in the North Pacific over the weekend. As it continues to leak, it resurrects a debate on how safety can be improved in a region where a major wildlife corridor overlaps with a busy shipping through-point.The tanker struck a reef off the island of Sakhalin during a storm, according to The Siberian Times.Oiled sea birds. Sakhalin Watch and Club Boomerang.The vessel been stuck on that reef since Saturday, leaking oil into the surrounding area. The region’s governor has called it an “ecological disaster.”Oiled cormorant. Photo by Sakhalin Watch and Club BoomerangPictures of an oiled shoreline quickly surfaced online, leading many to worry about the far-reaching effects of the spill.Melanie Smith with Audubon Alaska says along with contaminating the local wildlife, some Alaska species may be affected as well.“There’s a very large sea lion rookery there and several globally significant bird areas are in the region and a number of Alaskan species use those IBAs — important bird areas. So we’re not sure whether individual birds that travel between Sakhalin and Alaska are being affected, but we do know that a number of Alaskan species are present in that area, which is part of our concern.”Audubon Alaska has been working with the Coast Guard to prevent accidents like this one from happening in American waters. Along with designating a specific shipping route for the Bering Strait, Smith says Audubon’s top priority has been to designate areas to be avoided.Sakhalin Watch and Club Boomerang.“And that’s a technical term that designates a place off limits to ships other than those that are accessing local communities. So aside from local traffic, large vessels would avoid those areas whenever they need to deviate from the route that the coast guard identified.”The Bering Strait not only serves as a choke-point for vessel traffic, but also as one of the world’s most active migratory corridors, which in turn helps feed the region’s Native communities.“So you have hundreds of thousands of mammals, about 12 million birds nesting in the region, and really important cultural subsistence areas around all of those communities. So those areas to be avoided that we’ve identified, there are four of them, and they would protect those ecological and cultural values.”Despite those efforts, a spill in the Bering Strait would still be hard to respond to.The Russian tanker that ran aground in the North Pacific was less than 500 feet from a port that has access to clean-up equipment. But, those efforts were stalled due harsh weather.Elena Agarkova is the senior shipping officer at the Worldwide Wildlife Fund’s Arctic Program, says this incident should encourage more infrastructure development.“In the Bering Strait, you know the northern Bering region, we don’t have that kind of response infrastructure, so even if the weather cooperates, it will take a much longer time for any response vessel to reach the potential oil spill location. It’ll be even more difficult for U.S. or Russian forces to respond to an incident like that in the Bering Strait.”And that brings up the final hurdle to ensuring safe shipping through the strait: cooperation between the U.S. and Russia. Agarkova says the WWF has been advocating for more bilateral cooperation.“We’ve been urging the Coast Guard to resume their cooperation with Russia on oil spill preparedness and response including holding actual exercises in the Bering Strait. They were supposed to do those a couple years ago and they were postponed. And because the current political situation its been a challenge to get that process going again.”While cooperation may be a long way off, many on both sides of the strait are hoping the North Pacific storm will soon pass. Meanwhile, oil continues to leak into surrounding waters.An earlier version of this story implied oil was leaking into the Bering Strait. Oil is leaking into the North Pacific. We regret the error.last_img read more

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Fernando Torres announces retirement as fans around the world bid farewell

first_imgFernando Torres at Atletico MadridReuters Spanish football star Fernando Torres took to Twitter to announce his retirement on June 21 as wishes started to pour from all over the world for a good life ahead. He made a video in which he announced a press conference on Sunday, June 23 to put out the details.”I have something very important to announce. After 18 exciting years, the time has come to put an end to my football career. Next Sunday, the 23rd at 10:00 am, local time in Japan, I will have a press conference in Tokyo to explain all the details,” he commented on the post.The video that ‘El Nino’ posted had special moments of his career, from childhood till now. It had the important and best goals scored by him in his life and the trophies he won in his 18-year-old career.I have something very important to announce. After 18 exciting years, the time has come to put an end to my football career. Next Sunday, the 23rd at 10:00AM, local time in Japan, I will have a press conference in Tokyo to explain all the details.See you there. pic.twitter.com/WrKnvRTUIu— Fernando Torres (@Torres) June 21, 2019The former Liverpool striker who had his life’s best few years at Liverpool started his career with Atletico Madrid, before moving to Liverpool, Chelsea and AC Milan.The Spanish striker scored a total of 260 goals in his 760 career appearances, 65 of those goals were for Liverpool. He was bought by Chelsea in 2011 for a record transfer fee of 50 million pounds. But he struggled throughout his entire tenure at Stamford Bridge failing to score more than 20 goals in his stay till 2015. He went to AC Milan on loan for a period of two years and finally in the 2015-16 season, he rejoined Atletico Madrid on loan. After leaving Atletico for a second time at the end of the 2017-18 season, the great man went on to finish his career playing for Sagan Tosu in the Japanese J-League.He has won the Euro Cup twice and the FIFA World Cup once with Spain. ‘El Nino’ netted 38 goals out of 110 appearances for his national team. He was part of the unstoppable Spanish team which is still held as one of the best ever.last_img read more

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Section 144 imposed in Godagari of Rajshahi

first_imgMap of RajshahiLocal administration imposed section 144 at Madarpur Char in Godagari upazila of Rajshahi on Sunday as two factions of ruling Awami League arranged cricket tournament at the same venue and time on the same day, reports UNB.Sources said AL faction led-by local mayor Monirul Islam Babu and Omar Faruk Chowdhury MP have arranged separate cricket tournament at the char on Sunday, creating tension in the upazila.Apprehending trouble, the local administration on Saturday night imposed the emergency section apparently to maintain law and order as two disputing groups did not reach any consensus, said sources at Upazila Nirbahi Officer’s office.last_img

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4 killed in Indian chopper crash

first_imgThe navy and coast guard deployed ships, several boats and aircraft in search and rescue operations. Photo: AFPIndia’s navy said four bodies had been recovered on Saturday after search teams located the wreckage of a helicopter that went missing earlier in the day.The aircraft, carrying five employees of India’s state-run oil exploration arm ONGC and two pilots, lost contact with air traffic control 15 minutes after taking off from the western city at around 10:30am (0500 GMT) Saturday.“Four bodies recovered till now,” the Indian navy said on Twitter, adding that a search for the remaining three was underway.“Crash position indicator of ill-fated @ONGC_ helicopter recovered.”The navy posted photos of boat crews in helmets and life jackets scouring the waters where the debris was found.The Indian Coast Guard said two of the four victims had been identified by the cards in their wallets, posting photos of an ONGC work ID and a driver’s license.The chopper was supposed to land at offshore oil rig Bombay High at 11:00am, the Press Trust of India reported citing unnamed sources.It was 40 nautical miles off the western coast before it went off-radar, the coast guard said.“@indiannavy and @IndiaCoastGuard are extending all possible assistance in the #SAR Search and Rescue of @ONGC_ helicopter and pax on board. Wish for their safety,” Nirmala Sitharaman, India’s defence minister, said on Twitter.The navy and coast guard dispatched ships, several boats and aircraft in search and rescue operations.Civil Aviation Minister Jayant Sinha took to Twitter to express his anguish over the crash and said Indian air accident investigators would launch an inquiry into the matter.ONGC said in a statement that “the reason behind the unfortunate incident is yet to be ascertained”.The helicopter had been leased to ONGC by the state-owned Pawan Hans helicopter firm, in which the oil producer holds 49 per cent stake.In 2015, a Pawan Hans chopper crashed after taking off from Bombay High, killing two pilots.ONGC accounts for about two-thirds of the country’s total natural gas production.It made a significant discovery last year at Bombay High, India’s biggest oil field, of reserves of about 20 million tonnes.last_img read more

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Former USA Gymnastics President Refuses To Answer Questions About Handling Of Larry

first_imgREUTERS/ Leah Millis/Via PBS NewsHourSteve Penny, former president of USA Gymnastics invokes his 5th amendment right to not answer questions during the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee in Washington, D.C.The former president of USA Gymnastics has refused to answer questions from a Senate subcommittee about his handling of allegations of sexual abuse by former team doctor Larry Nassar.Steve Penny invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination six times before he was excused by the panel on Tuesday. As he slowly limped out of the hearing room, former gymnast Amy Compton shouted “Shame!” in his direction. Compton was one of Nassar’s victims.Penny was subpoenaed to appear before the committee. Senators asked him when he found out about the abuse allegations and why he waited to inform law enforcement or Nassar’s employer, Michigan State University.Penny was told of an athlete’s allegation against Nassar in June 2015. Nassar was not arrested until more than a year later.Penny has been named as a defendant in a number of lawsuits by athletes who were victimized by Nassar. His attorney, Robert Bittman, cited “matters that attempt to wrongly shift blame for Nassar’s crimes” in explaining why his client did not testify. Sharelast_img read more

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first_img Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | January 18, 2010 Children’s Hospital Installs CT with Dose Protection Videos | AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Trends in Medical Physics at the AAPM 2019 meeting … read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Medical institutions, such as St. Louis Children’s Hospital, in St. Louis, is recognized as one of the leading pediatric healthcare centers in the United States and enhancing its nationally renowned pediatric care program by using CT with reduced radiation dose technology.“In light of recent studies on radiation dose and best practices for dose reduction, it is essential to employ a CT scanner that can not only ensure some dose reduction, but provide one of the fastest scan speeds, while still maintaining optimal imaging performance,” said Marilyn J. Siegel, M.D., division of diagnostic radiology and professor of radiology and pediatrics, St. Louis Children’s Hospital. “This latest addition to our CT family allows Children’s Hospital to better serve our young patients with safe, effective, quality care.”In the July 2009 issue of Radiology (Deak P., Langner O., Lell M., Kalender W. “Effects of adaptive section collimation on patient radiation dose in multisection spiral CT.” Radiology, vol. 252, issue 1, July 2009) a team of researchers evaluated the potential effectiveness of adaptive collimation in reducing CT radiation dose owing to z-overscanning (one of the factors responsible for radiation burden in spiral CT examinations) by using dose measurements and dose simulations.The data revealed that by using adaptive section collimation, a substantial dose reduction of up to 10 percent was achieved for cardiac and chest CT when measurements were performed free in air and of 7 percent, on average, when measurements were performed in phantoms. For scan ranges smaller than 12 cm, ionization chamber measurements and simulations indicated a dose reduction of up to 38 percent, according to the team’s findings. The research team concluded that adaptive section collimation allows substantial reduction of unnecessary exposure owing to z-overscanning in spiral CT. It can be combined in synergy with other means of dose reduction, such as spectral optimization and automatic exposure control.The hospital will install a SOMATOM Definition AS CT systems from Siemens Healthcare, which provides CARE Dose 4D, a real-time dose modulation technology. The software assists in guaranteeing a combination of maximum image quality at minimum dose for every patient in every spiral scan. The entire SOMATOM Definition AS family of scanners comes with adaptive dose shield and set of pediatric protocols to provide optimal patient care.For more information: www.siemens.com/healthcare FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Related Content Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more Video Player is loading.Mahadevappa Mahesh discusses trends in medical physics at the 2019 AAPM meetingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:01Loaded: 4.04%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:01 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Pilot unions claims dismissed by Qantas

first_imgQantas in negotiations with AIPA Qantas has not made a pilot redundant for nearly 40 years, and it is not about to lay anyone off now, the airline announced yesterday.The assertion by the Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA) that Qantas aviators’ jobs are at risk is merely an attempt to gain leverage for a new enterprise bargaining agreement for international pilots, the carrier have said.   According to the airline, the combined effect of wage demands by AIPA would boost pilot salaries by approximately 26 per cent over three years, and not 2.5 per cent as the union has suggested. Additionally, AIPA has demanded that only Qantas pilots be allowed to fly jets in other Qantas Group airlines, an order the airline said would hurt Jetstar’s ability to compete as a private company with other low-cost carriers.      Qantas are concerned that any industrial action taken against it by AIPA would seriously impact business, as well as cause massive disruptions for passengers. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more

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Indecomm Honored Among Outsourcing Companies

first_img June 17, 2014 450 Views Indecomm Honored Among Outsourcing Companies in News, Uncategorized Company News Indecomm 2014-06-17 Tory Barringercenter_img Indecomm, a provider of consulting and outsourcing solutions for mortgage lending, retail banking, and other industries, has once again ranked among the top global outsourcing companies by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP).The company ranked 54th among the top global 100 companies in the Leaders category for the 2014 Global Outsourcing 100, according to a release. The honor marks the seventh straight year that Indecomm has been recognized by IAOP as a global corporate leader.”Each year the competition to be named to The Global Outsourcing 100 and The World’s Best Outsourcing Advisors lists continues to reach higher levels,” said Jagdish Dalal, chief advisor of thought leadership for IAOP and chairman of the judges’ panel. “Given the strong competition, getting named to these lists is a great recognition and these companies should be proud of achieving excellence in the field.”In addition, Indecomm was also honored among the Best 5 Leaders in Education, the Best 10 Leaders in Corporate Services, and the Best 10 Leaders in Southeast Asia. The firm also ranked among the Best 20 Leaders category in Transaction Processing Services and the Best 20 Companies in India.”The real winners of this award are our business partners. It is with them that we achieve excellence and we are rewarded by seeing our partners grow,” said Naresh Ponnapa, CEO of Indecomm. “Our partners and our professionals have teamed to win these awards.” Sharelast_img read more

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LPS 19 preview South Africa anticipates challeng

first_img LPS ’19 preview: South Africa anticipates challeng … South African avocado export forecast up, EU price … Meanwhile, the harvests in the Northern Cape’s Orange River region – one of the country’s two biggest production areas, along with the Hex River region – are running around 10 to 14 days late, which has put pressure on shipments to China where the Chinese New Year will be celebrated early this year, Bestbier said.Export growth to China yet to take offAlthough South Africa in late 2016 achieved what was described as a “breakthrough” in its export protocol with China, shipments to that market have not yet seen any substantial growth and the Far Eastern market only receives around 3% of exports.Bestbier said while he is grateful for the Chinese authorities for granting the protocol allowing the fruit to be shipped at a more favorable temperature, South Africa needed to boost its performance in the market.”We are formulating a strategy to raise awareness of South African table grapes in China,” he said. “Over the course of the next few months, running into our next season, we are very keen and committed to making much better inroads into the Chinese market.”He said South Africa has a good and rising supply of new grape varieties which are proving to be popular in China, but he emphasized that more work needed to be done to better understand the market.”As an industry, we are still sorting out the technicalities around the protocol. This season we are monitoring quite a few consignments of various varieties under various logistical configurations into China to see exactly what works and what doesn’t work,” he said.”We have to be sure that we have the capacity to land our product in good condition there to compete with any other product, so that’s all the preparatory work that we’re busy with now.” You might also be interested in South Africa: Port operator says NCT backlog will … center_img January 23 , 2019 The South African table grape industry has been enjoying better growing conditions this year with higher water availability and good crops expected in most regions, but an industry representative has said conditions so far have been “tough” in the country’s leading markets.The U.K. and European markets- which generally receive around three-quarters of South Africa’s table grape exports – have been challenging over the last couple of months due to greater volumes shipped from Peru, according to Willem Bestbier, CEO of industry association SATI.High stocks of local fruit in the U.S. last year combined with a marked recovery in Peru’s table grape production this season have led to much more fruit being shipped to South Africa’s key markets. Peru’s table grape exports to Europe by week 1 were 100% higher year-on-year, an industry representative recently said.”We’re finding the market quite tough. The main reason is because of the higher stocks in the U.S., which had the result of when Peru started to pick their grapes, and Chile a bit later, America was not as attractive as it normally is at this time of the year and therefore the other Southern Hemisphere countries also started to send more volumes into our main markets, Europe and the UK.”But he hoped that that now U.S. stocks have returned to normal levels, Chile and Peru might be able to send higher volumes to that market, providing some relief to South Africa.”We’re just not sure how that’s going to turn out, but we’re hoping for a better mid- and late-season,” he said.With the Hex River region now coming online, South Africa is entering its peak export period. The crop forecast is for 63 million to 70 million boxes, which is slightly higher than last year.Good rains last year and normal weather over recent months have created more favorable growing conditions than the previous season. However, Bestbier noted that although the Olifants River region did now have water in its dam, the area seemed to be recovering from its very severe drought slower than initially anticipated. South Africa: Jupiter Group upgrades practices, fa …last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Emirates has announced

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterEmirates has announced that it will introduce a third daily service between Dubai and Cape Town from 4 July 2016.The new service will supplement the two current daily flights between the two cities to meet growing demand on the route, and offer outbound and inbound travellers even more convenience and choice.Operated by Emirates’ popular Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, flight EK 778 will depart Dubai at 1050 hours and arrive in Cape Town at 1830 hours. The return flight, EK 779 will depart Cape Town at 2005 hours and arrive in Dubai at 0730 hours the following morning. The timing of the flights will give Cape Town customers and those from across Emirates’ global network greater flexibility in their travel plans and offer convenient transit times to connecting flights through the airline’s modern hub, Dubai.Cape Town is one of the most popular destinations in the Emirates global network, and the additional flight will help meet the growing demand for seats into and out of the city, further supporting the local tourism and hospitality industry. The increased frequency underscores South Africa’s importance as a major business and tourism destination, and Emirates’ commitment to supporting growth in these sectors by enabling global connectivity through its extensive network of more than 150 destinations.The current codeshare cooperation between Emirates and South African Airways on flights between Dubai and South Africa will also be extended to include the additional Cape Town flight, giving greater access to SAA’s customers on Emirates’ global network.The Boeing 777-300ER, will be in a three class configuration with eight private suites in First Class, 42 lie-flat seats in Business Class and 310 spacious seats in Economy Class. As with all Emirates flights into South Africa, customers will experience the famous on board service from its multi-national cabin crew from 130 countries, including South Africans, and enjoy regionally and internationally inspired meals prepared by gourmet chefs.The aircraft also features Emirates’ award-winning ice entertainment system, offering up to 2500 channels of on demand movies, television programmes, music, audio books and music.In Cape Town, Emirates also offers First Class and Business Class customers a complimentary chauffeur drive service, as well as a dedicated and luxury lounge facility at the airport, which Platinum and Gold members of its Frequent Flyer Programme, Skywards, can also enjoy.Key outbound markets for Cape Town customers include various points in Europe, the United States, Middle East, West Asia and the Asia Pacific region, with the new flight (EK779) enabling convenient connections onto Emirates flights from Dubai, as well as for inbound customers from across the network transiting for the flight (EK778) to the city.The added frequency will also provide up to 23 tonnes of cargo capacity on the aircraft per flight, giving businesses and traders opportunities for increased imports and exports.Emirates first launched services to South Africa 20 years ago, and in addition to Cape Town, the airline also operates four daily flights between Dubai and Johannesburg, and a daily flight between Dubai and Durban.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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