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Brazils Petrobras to be led by privatization advocate

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s president-elect is appointing a pro-market reformer to lead the state oil company Petrobras.The government’s Agencia Brasil on Monday confirmed the appointment of Roberto Castello Branco, a former director of mining company Vale.Castello Branco has advocated privatizing Petrobras, which would be unpopular in sectors that depend on subsidized pricing.Fuel prices set by Petrobras were at the centre of a major trucking strike earlier this year that brought Latin America’s largest nation to a halt.Castello Branco was a board member of Petrobras in 2015 and 2016. He is currently a professor at Fundacao Getulio Vargas, a university and business-focused think-tank .Castello Branco is a long-time friend of Paulo Guedes, expected to oversee widespread privatizations as the next finance minister.Bolsonaro’s administration takes over Jan. 1.Associated Press, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Egyptian Woman Commits Suicide Because of Sexual Harassment

Fez- Last Wednesday, a 19-year-old Egyptian woman jumped off a bridge into the Nile River as a reaction to being sexually harassed in public.Civil society organizations condemned the act and called for a reform in the penal code concerning the gender disparity in order to help stop this endemic. The Egyptian media, however, has remained silent about the incident.The tragic event occurred when an anonymous man attacked the victim while she was walking with her friend, witnesses said.“The attacker did not stop hanging on and touching the victim on the bridge. She and I asked him to stop, but it was in vain. She threatened him, and then jumped into the water. A man tried to save her. She had already drowned when I tried to help,” a witness said. The police tried to hide the truth, but the ‘’I saw harassment’’ association confirmed that the cause of the suicide was street harassment.“Qasr al Nil police’s report concerning the incident is irresponsible and it should be examined. The police should be accused of absolute negligence, as they tried to hide the truth and pretend that the girl committed suicide because of family problems,” said the association in a communiqué.The communiqué also conveyed a direct message to Egyptian women encouraging them to defend themselves from sexual harassment: “You have the right to life, security, and dignity. Do not be ashamed of your body. Celebrate it instead. You are citizens in this country, and all the acts of violence committed against you are violations of human rights”.Sexual harassment in Egypt has become a significant threat to women’s integration into society, as lot of women have been attacked and raped since the Egyptian revolution in 2011.Edited by Timothy Filla read more

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Darfur Ban deplores attack resulting in death of African UnionUN peacekeeper

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned an attack on an African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) convoy that resulted in the death of a peacekeeper, and appealed to Sudanese authorities to ensure that those responsible are held to account.The convoy carrying civilian and military personnel was attacked on Monday evening by six to eight armed men in El Geneina, the capital of West Darfur.“The Secretary-General calls on the Government of Sudan to do its utmost to identify the perpetrators and to hold them accountable for this deadly attack,” his spokesperson said in a statement.Mr. Ban called on all sides involved in the Darfur conflict to respect the integrity of the blue helmets, while underscoring the UN’s commitment to continue peacekeeping, mediation and humanitarian efforts in the war-wracked region on the western flank of Sudan.UNAMID also called on the Sudanese authorities “to speedily investigate this wanton incident to bring the perpetrators to justice,” in a news release condemning the attack.Initial reports say the men opened fire without warning on the convoy, which comprised three vehicles, and stole one of the vehicles. Three military personnel were injured and taken to the El Geneina hospital, and subsequently evacuated by helicopter to the UNAMID hospital in Nyala, South Darfur, more than 300 kilometres from El Geneina. “One of the peacekeepers succumbed to his injuries shortly afterwards,” the Mission stated. A total of 5 UNAMID national and international civilian staff members, 2 non-UNAMID personnel, 13 military troops and 4 military police were involved in the incident, it added. “UNAMID emphasizes that peacekeepers are in Darfur to assist in restoring peace and stability to the region. Any attack on peacekeepers is an attack on peace itself.”Since January 2008, the Mission has been trying to quell the violence in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and 2.7 million others displaced as a result of conflict pitting rebels against Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen since 2003.So far 14 military personnel and three civilian police have been killed as a result of hostile attacks in the strife-torn region.In addition, two of UNAMID’s civilian staff members were abducted from their home in the West Darfur town of Zalingei exactly one month ago. They have still not been released. 29 September 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned an attack on an African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) convoy that resulted in the death of a peacekeeper, and appealed to Sudanese authorities to ensure that those responsible are held to account. read more

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New Acting Associate Dean ready to help Social Sciences realize potential

The Faculty of Social Sciences is pleased to announce the appointment of Dawn Zinga as Acting Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research.Zinga’s appointment follows the appointment of Diane Dupont as the Interim Dean of Graduate Studies. Dupont held the position of Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research in Social Sciences from July, 2013 until Dec. 31, 2017.“We are delighted to welcome Dawn to her new role,” said Ingrid Makus, Interim Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. “We are grateful to her for stepping in and bringing her expertise and knowledge to serve the Faculty.”Thomas Dunk, Interim Provost and Vice-President, Academic, echoed Makus’ enthusiasm for Zinga’s appointment.“We are privileged to have Dawn step into the role,” said Dunk. “Her familiarity with interdisciplinary programs and research and with scholarship and teaching that serves First Nations students is an asset for the Faculty and for all of Brock University.”Zinga joined the Department of Child and Youth Studies in 2002 as an instructor, and by 2005, she held a tenure-track position in the department. In 2015, she became chair of the department — a position she had to leave to accept her appointment in the Dean’s office.A full professor and accomplished researcher and graduate supervisor, Zinga will now facilitate research activities oversee the Faculty’s eleven graduate programs, providing support to Graduate Program Directors and graduate students.Zinga said she’s excited to work more closely with faculty, staff and students throughout Social Sciences.“I believe that both the Faculty and Brock are at pivotal periods and poised to demonstrate the unique opportunities that our many programs have for graduate students,” she said. “I look forward to working collectively to ensure that potential is fully realized.”Makus also expressed gratitude to Diane Dupont for her years of service.“Diane’s dedication to research excellence, commitment to graduate student success, and leadership in moving the Faculty forward on all fronts have been simply outstanding. We are grateful for her extensive contributions to the flourishing of the Faculty and the University and wish her all the best in her new role in the Faculty of Graduate Studies.”Dupont said she enjoyed her time as Associate Dean.“It gave me the opportunity to better understand the broad spectrum of research being undertaken by faculty and students at Brock,” she said. “I particularly enjoyed chairing MA thesis defences and hearing about the many lines of inquiry being investigated by graduate students.”Dupont also expressed gratitude to the many faculty members who provided valuable service in support of research and graduate activities, and to her colleagues in the Dean’s office. read more

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Ryan Shazier Im leaning towards staying at Ohio State

Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier (left) hits Connor Cook after he releases a pass during the Big Ten Championship Game Dec. 7 in Indianapolis. OSU lost, 34-24. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOhio State junior linebacker Ryan Shazier said that although he has not made a decision on whether to forego his senior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft, he is “leaning towards staying” in school.“Right now I’m dead flat in the middle. I don’t know what I’m going to do,” Shazier said Friday. “If I would say anything I would probably be leaning towards staying.”Shazier, a first team All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and media, totaled 12 tackles in OSU’s 34-24 loss to Michigan State Dec. 7 in the Big Ten Championship Game. He led the conference in tackles during the regular season, tallying 122 total to go along with five and a half sacks.The No. 7 Buckeyes (12-1, 8-1) are set to play No. 12 Clemson (10-2, 7-1) in the Orange Bowl Jan. 3 after losing to the Spartans and missing out on a chance to play for the BCS National Championship. Shazier said that will not play a factor into his decision for next year.“This season’s really not playing much of a role in me coming back. It’s just the outcome of whether the coaches and everybody say that’s what’s best for me and my family, what’s best for us,” Shazier said. “I’m just going to look at the evaluations and whatever we just feel is the best decision … how much school I have left, what is the best circumstance. I’m just going to look at everything and how that plays out then make my decision.”A projected first-round pick by CBS Sports, Shazier has been a vital part to the OSU defense during his three years in Columbus. The chance of being selected that high, though, is also not on his mind.“To be honest I really don’t even know right now. I’m not even really focusing up on that I’m just focusing on the game,” Shazier said. read more

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CocaColas Happy Holidays truck tour should be banned say health experts

first_imgHowever Coca-Cola Great Britain said the tour was in line with its “responsible marketing policy”.“We do not provide drinks to under 12s unless their parent or guardian is present and happy for us to do so,” said a spokesman.”The fact is, as government data shows, sugar intake from soft drinks by both children and teenagers continues to decline and consumption of full sugar soft drinks in general has fallen by 44 per cent since 2002.”We will continue to take actions to help people to reduce the sugar they consume from our range of drinks, but the evidence suggests the current focus on sugar and soft drinks alone will not address the problem.” In an open letter, experts including five public health directors and the current president of the Faculty of Public Health, Prof John Middleton, said they were “disappointed and concerned” that Coca-Cola used the holiday period to promote sugar.“Their drinks play a major role in the soaring obesity and type 2 diabetes figures which place a huge and growing strain on the NHS,” the letter said.Writing in the British Medical Journal, Mr Ireland added: “The truck is just the latest of Coca-Cola’s campaigns to become a holiday brand and, indeed, to help brand Santa Claus himself.“Should this form of advertising and marketing be banned, given the growing evidence of the effect that marketing of unhealthy food and drink has on children?“We believe it should and will continue to push for national action from organisations such as Public Health England to stop similar campaigns next Christmas.” Many people turned out over Christmas to have their picture taken with the Coca-Cola truck 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. Coca-Cola’s “Happy Holidays” truck tour should be banned next Christmas because it promotes unhealthy living to children, a group of 108 health experts have said.Over Christmas the lorry visited various locations in Britain offering free cans of fizzy drink, which contain nearly four teaspoons of sugar.But Robin Ireland, director of food charity Food Active, said Coca-Cola was trying to “hijack Christmas” and bring the gift of bad teeth and obesity to children. Show more Data released in November from the National Child Measurement Programme for England showed that nearly one in five 10 to 11-year-olds was obese in the last academic year, with more than one in three (34.2 per cent) now described as overweight or obese.In 2015-16, 19.8 per cent of Year 6 children were obese, meaning they had a body-mass index of 30 or above, a sharp rise on the 19.1 per cent the year before.Last week Public Health England also warned that most children had already eaten half of their daily sugar allowance before they even got to school. Many people turned out over Christmas to have their picture taken with the Coca-Cola truck We do not provide drinks to under 12s unless their parent or guardian is present and happy for us to do soCoca-Cola spokesmanlast_img read more

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Busy times for Duratray with global SDB deliveries

first_imgThese continue to be busy times for Suspended Dump Body specialist, Duratray. The SDB in its various forms combines impact-resistant, shock absorption features and the abrasion-resistant properties of a rubber wear mat and a combination of specialised steels. Variants of the SDB have also been proposed in other mining applications, such as to act as liners in the hopper beds of mobile in-pit truck-loaded sizer stations.In terms of recent deliveries, in Russia at Severstal’s Kostomuksha iron ore mine in Karelia, the first ten 161 m3 CAT 793D bodies have been delivered – the attached photo shows one of the trucks being loaded with an IZ-Kartex EKG-20 shovel. Elsewhere, Newcrest-Lihir and FQML have recently purchased additional CAT 785 SDBs at their operations in PNG and Zambia respectively; while in Canada, De Beers Canada at Gahcho Kué has commissioned four Komatsu 830E SDBs to bring their fleet to 12 units as that mine continues its ramp-up; delivery was via the Ice Road. Finally, Duratray has recently delivered two SDBs and five steel bodies to Downer Mining for the Bowen Basin coalfields; the trucks are near new Komatsu 930E-4SE units which were relocated from the now closed CNR Bloom Lake mine in Canada.last_img read more

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Women Buying AntiPervert Flamethrowers to Protect Themselves from Men

first_img Sexual harassment and molestation are huge problems the world over, but women in China are not fucking around. They have started purchasing portable flame throwers en masse as a creep defense. These devices can hit thousands of degrees and belch flames up to 20 feet. They aren’t too expensive, either — running between $10 and $40.These are pitched as necessities for protection. “No matter where we stand, we can protect [ourselves” one advert reads. Obviously these can do some serious damage, potentially leaving permanent scars, but clearly, the problem is bad enough to warrant extreme measures.According to the Telegraph, one vendor told the Beijing Youth Daily that they “can leave a permanent scar, but are a legal, non-lethal tool. Not a weapon.”That line does somewhat conflict with other marketing messages, however. “At that crucial moment, could… become an anti-terror SWAT,” one site reads.Manufacturers claim they are largely responding to demand. As summer began in China, sexual harassment complaints peaked. Women wanted more and more ways to defend themselves after other methods proved ineffective for dissuasion. So, now flame-throwers are a thing.But, while I have no doubt that the issue is bad enough to warrant miniaturized flamethrowers, it’s also worth noting that these things aren’t exactly safe for the user, either. It’s the old lightsaber problem. Yeah, you’re now wielding something pretty ferocious, but if you’re not real careful, you could set yourself on fire, too. And that’s not to mention the issues people have while carrying them around. The switches could go off accidentally — lighting the user on fire.I won’t try to tell people not to do something that makes them feel safe, but considering risk is important. Plus, Chinese officials say that it is illegal to send these things through post — which many online shops have been doing. It’s possible, then, that they might not be available for long. So if you’re gonna get one… probably do it now.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target China’s First Cloned Kitten Created By Beijing-Based CompanyWatch: Monkey Uses Rock to Shatter Glass Enclosure at China Zoo last_img read more

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BNP defends Khosrus conversation

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday defended the leaked telephonic conversation of the party’s senior leader Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury.“The telephonic conversation of Amir Khosru is not an offence,” Mirza Fakhrul told a media briefing at the party’s Naya Paltan central office after police raided the house of BNP standing committee member Amir Khosru last night.A case was filed against BNP standing committee member Amir Khosru in the port city of Chattogram under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act and Special Powers Act on Saturday night after a reported audio clip of telephonic conversation between Amir Khosru and an unknown boy over intensifying the ongoing student movement went viral on Facebook and YouTube.“I didn’t listen to the conversation. But what I’ve heard he asked: ‘Why are you sitting idle? Take to the streets with students’. This is not an offence, because entire Bangladesh is with the students. People from across the country have taken to the streets. What is the offence?” said Fakhrul.He, however, alleged that manufacturing such audio clip with fake voice is not uncommon.Alleging that Khosru’s house was attacked, the BNP secretary general said such an attack is tantamount to an attack on democracy.He also condemned Saturday’s attack on the US ambassador in Dhaka Marcia Bernicat and said, “Attack on the US ambassador means an attack on the United States.”last_img read more

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Trump ends Obama policy protecting undocumented immigrant families

first_imgTrump. AFPThe Trump administration is canceling an Obama-era policy to allow millions of undocumented immigrant parents of US-born children to stay in the country.But in a statement late Thursday, the government said it would keep the “Dreamers” program that allows people who entered the United States illegally as children to stay if they are in school or working.President Donald Trump had threatened to axe the Dreamers program, which would have put an estimated 1.7 million people, many of them undocumented students in US schools, at risk of deportation.For now the “Dreamers” program-officially, the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) — will remain in place, the Homeland Security Department said.But the 2014 policy to protect from deportation an estimated 3.6 million undocumented parents of children born in the country, many of them established US residents, is being rescinded, DHS said.That policy, known as DAPA-for Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents-has never been implemented due to court challenges.After the Obama administration announced it, 26 states successfully sued in a Texas federal district court to block the program. Last year the US Supreme Court deadlocked on the case, with the effect that the lower court ruling stood.After the Supreme Court decision, DHS Secretary John Kelly said that “there is no credible path forward to litigate the currently enjoined policy.”But the announcement, which DHS said was supported by the Justice Department, made no suggestion of a replacement policy in the works, leaving those potentially protected by DAPA again at risk of deportation.‘We will continue to fight’ -The move comes amid a tough crackdown on illegal immigration ordered by President Donald Trump. During last year’s presidential campaign he had pledged to deport the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country and to end the Dreamers program.Since taking office in January, the government has said its crackdown will focus on illegal immigrants with criminal records and those linked to violent gangs.But raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents have caught up many people with minor legal violations and families that have lived in the country for decades.Pro-migrant groups were cautiously supportive of the stance on Dreamers, though unhappy that DACA would only allow qualifying people to stay in the country on two-year permits before they have to reapply, rather than the three-year permits Obama had set in 2014.The Trump administration “now says it won’t go backward on DACA,” said Cecillia Wang, deputy legal director at the American Civil Liberties Union, in a tweet.“We’ll be watching ICE to hold you to it.”But advocates sharply condemned the rescission of the DAPA policy.“The rescission blocks much-needed deportation relief for our families, as they will be vulnerable to Trump’s deportation machine,” said Cesar Vargas, co-director of the Dream Action Coalition.“We will not let President Trump rip apart families, and we will continue to fight for the 11 million undocumented families until we secure permanent legislative relief,” he said in a statement.last_img read more

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BNP not worried over Zahidurs oath taking BNP

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File photoBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday said their party is not worried over its MP Zahidur Rahman Zahid taking oath as he did it under “government pressure”, reports UNB.“Zahidur Rahman has taken oath violating the party decision. He committed a grievous offence and we’ll surely take organisational action against him,” he said.The BNP leader further said, “Undoubtedly, there is pressure from the government (to take oath). BNP is a party of the people. It is hardly affected by the decision of any individual or quarter. We’re not worried over this matter and there’s no indiscipline in our party.”Fakhrul was talking to reporters after placing wreaths at BNP founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave together with leaders and activists of Jatiyatabadi Mohila Dal.He said there had been efforts on many occasions in the past in Bangladesh to split political parties. “No one could gain anything by hatching plots to split BNP as the party has foiled such efforts and made a turnaround.”Asked whether they are braced for split, the BNP secretary general said they are not thinking of this as they believe BNP will survive as a party of the people and will continue to play an outstanding role in favour of people.He said their other MPs-elect did not say anything about taking oath. “Our decision not to take oath is still intact. We won’t take oath and there shouldn’t be any disagreement over it.”Asked whether their party will write a letter to the speaker challenging the legality of Zahid’s parliament membership as a BNP MP, Fakhrul said their party standing committee will decide it.He said the current government is trying to hang onto power by resorting to various undemocratic tricks since it is not elected with people’s votes.The BNP leader said they are now in a movement to free Khaleda Zia from jail, and they will gradually intensify it, involving people.BNP MP-elect Zahidur Rahman Zahid of (Thakurgaon-3) took oath as a member of the 11th Parliament on Thursday.With Zahidur’s oath taking, 295 MPs-elect out of 300 in the 11th parliamentary polls have so far been sworn in.Now only five BNP MPs-elect, including Fakhrul, are left to take oath. As per the constitution, they must be sworn in by 29 April if they want to remain members of the current parliament.last_img read more

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Google Stadia Gets New Details Games Release Window

first_img Earlier this year Google revealed Stadia, its widely ambitious new cloud platform for streaming and playing the latest and greatest video games directly to any online device in your home no matter how low-spec. While we remain skeptical of the project (What about people with limited internet? What about lag? How can we trust a company that can’t even manage to properly kick Nazis off of YouTube in a timely matter?) we’re still excited to see the current video game console wars get shaken up in such a potentially radical way.Now, just ahead of E3 2019, Google has announced even more details on Stadia in a Nintendo Direct-esque Stadia Connect video.Check it out!This November you’ll be able to play Stadia on Chrome-connected TVs, computers, tablets, and also select phones like Google’s recent Pixel 3a using the Stadia app. Quality ranges from 60FPS 4K HDR with 5.1 audio with 35mbps connections down to 720p 60FPS stereo for 10mbps connections.There’s also a variety of purchasing options. You can just pay for the individual games you want. You can subscribe for $10 per month to Stadia Pro to gain access to an evolving library of Stadia games at the highest quality. And for launch you can pre-order the $130 Founder’s Edition which includes three months of Stadia Pro for you and a friend, a ($69) controller in an exclusive blue color, a Chromecast Ultra, and the complete collection of newly free-to-play post-Activision Destiny 2 including the new Moon-based Shadowkeep expansion. You can even transfer your character since Sony is playing ball.Destiny 2 wasn’t the only game announcement for launch though. The biggest new game reveal by far was Baldur’s Gate 3, the long-awaited return of the classic dark fantasy DnD RPG from Divinity developers Larian Studios. Gylt and Get Packed also look like intriguing smaller games. But the rest of what Google showed off were third-party games that are big but we already knew about, and in some cases already played.Mortal Kombat 11, Tomb Raider, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, The Division 2, Final Fantasy XV, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Doom: Eternal, Samurai Shodown, Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid, Thumper, Football Manager, Darksiders Genesis, Borderlands 3, Trials Rising, a racing game I couldn’t quite identify, and more all coming to Stadia.We still need to actually play Stadia for ourselves to see if this is a way we want to play these games, but at least we know what games are coming and when. Who knows what other big gaming news we can expect soon. Check out our predictions for E3 2019 next week. Stay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits last_img read more

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Ode to the mountains

first_imgThe Beckoning of Gyanganj a fiction written by Chandan K Pathak has been released in the capital. The event took place at the India habitat Centre in the presence of many eminent personalities. Film actor Adil Hussain graced the occasion as the chief guest. Anamika Yaduvanshi- Life Coach and Motivational speaker and president of Astitva Foundation, John Uche Jesus- Nigeria born Indian Fashion designer and CEO of Diamond Ark, Avininder Singh- hospitality professional and Asst. Prof. Manjeet  Baruah- North East Studies from JNU were among others who attended the programme.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Gyanganj is a mystical abode of immortal beings located in the remote Himalayas. It influences series of events from two eras and results in The Beckoning of Gyanganj, a cocktail of Himalayan adventures, spiritualism, love and romance, hatred and politics, sufferings and revolt. Having travelled to the Himalayas number of times in search of elusive true-saints and at times even contemplating to retire to a cave there to meditate for the rest of his life to attain spiritual knowledge, there was a phase of Chandan K Pathak’s life when he juggled with the materialistic and spiritual influences with lots of challenges. Through this book, he has tried to weave his own story encompassing all aspects of love, romance, spiritualism and politics. The Beckoning of Gyanganj is his second book. His first effort Footprints was a collection of short stories which were earlier in form of blogs. Pathak is currently working on his third novel (untitled) which is loosely based on a real life story from 1980s.last_img read more

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first_img 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 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 Related Content Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more 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 Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) is a 222-bed, rural, nonprofit hospital in Portsmouth, Ohio, that serves approximately 120,000 patients in the Appalachian area. The computed tomography (CT) department is a 24/7 operation. It has two Philips iCT scanners — one in the emergency department (ED) and the other in its medical imaging department — and it utilizes the iDose4 iterative reconstruction technique on iCT scans. Modifying imaging protocols for high image quality while achieving doses as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA) has become an endeavor of the imaging department at SOMC.“While CT radiation dose is an important issue in modern times, it is equally important to perform a high-quality exam that adequately addresses the clinical issues affecting our patients,” Scott Logan, M.D., MBA, senior medical director of medical imaging at SOMC, explained. “Managing the appropriate radiation without compromising the image remains critical.”Logan said that image noise is an important determinant of image quality. It is inversely related to the X-ray beam energy, he said, noting, “Although a reduction in tube current and tube current voltage causes a resultant decrease in radiation dose, this also increases image noise, which may compromise image quality.”Because iDose significantly improves spatial resolution and preserves the “natural” appearance of images, image quality improvements are achieved.“We experimented with low-dose/low-energy scans in the past with suboptimal image quality. Therefore, the dose vs. image quality was not beneficial,” said Dean Blair, RT(R)(CT), supervisor of the CT department at SOMC. “Then we installed the iCT with iDose4. Now our results show an increase in image quality at low dose.”In addition to the low-energy, low-dose benefits SOMC has experienced, Blair also noted that SOMC has been able to use low injected contrast imaging as a result of the fast scan times and rotation speeds of the iCT.  By having two iCT scanners, SOMC can provide a continuum of care for advanced cardiovascular studies. In addition, emergency patients, inpatients and outpatients benefit from the range of clinical applications enabled by the sophisticated capabilities of the iCT. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Case Study | June 01, 2012 High-Quality Images at Low Dose Case study by Philips Healthcare Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 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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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 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.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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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 | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro 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 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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This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 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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Costa Rica pummeled by US 40 in Copa America rout

first_imgCHICAGO, Ill. — The customary chant from United States fans of “I believe that we will win” was quickly made too redundant for the home crowd to keep echoing in Costa Rica’s nightmarish 4-0 loss in Copa América group play Tuesday.“La Sele” was beat down from the beginning of the Group A match against the U.S. once Clint Dempsey converted on an early penalty kick in the ninth minute. The Ecuadorian referees booked Tico defender Cristian Gamboa for shoving Bobby Wood in the box.Wood did a good job of selling the penalty, but it wasn’t an atrocious call by any means. It wouldn’t matter anyways, as the U.S. quickly became the aggressor and scored two more goals in the half when Wood and Jermaine Jones connected on open shots near the end of the period.Once again, Costa Rica failed to materialize anything in the front of the field. Marco Ureña came off the field in the 17th minute with an apparent injury and substitute Álvaro Saborío was quickly rendered useless.This team’s star offensive trio of Joel Campbell, Bryan Ruíz, and Celso Borges failed to appear for a second straight match. Costa Rica is not talented enough to afford any of those three playing poorly, let alone all three at the same time. Bobby Wood of the United States gets a hug from teammate Alejandro Bedoya after scoring a goal against Costa Rica during a match in the 2016 Copa América Centenario at Soldier Field on June 7, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Jonathan Daniel/AFPIn the 55th minute, Borges came close to scoring a goal, but chipped the shot just over the top bar. Later on, Ruíz somehow missed a wide open shot with a header that veered from its path on goal towards the left post, providing one last clank for Costa Rica.Patrick Pemberton, Costa Rica’s third string goalie, needs to be given credit for holding up strong in the first game against Paraguay. But the 34-year-old keeper was exposed versus the U.S., coming too far out of the net and being too slow to react on the game’s second and third goals.Star goalie Keylor Navas was missed, as was suspended center back Kendall Waston, who could have helped plug the middle of a defense that the U.S. exploited on multiple occasions. Neither player would have made this a different result, though, as Costa Rica was beat on every level.The worst loss of the Óscar Ramírez era came on the biggest stage in a must-win game. Fortunately for him, Costa Rica is doing well in World Cup qualifiers in a somewhat complicated group. But, at this rate, La Sele’s glaring problems may extend well beyond Chicago’s Soldier Field towards the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Even in victory, this team has been devoid of a consistent offensive attack while relying on a five-man backline.What’s more discouraging is trying to look beyond the current roster for any possible reinforcement in the national system’s front.Young forwards John Jairo Ruíz and David Ramírez have not panned out the way anyone in the country could have hoped. Ariel Rodríguez, who was kept off this roster with an injury, showed promise with a goal in La Sele’s pre-Copa friendly against Venezuela, but he, too, lacks the consistency this offense needs.Ramírez’s defense shouldn’t be immune from reform, either. Though the talent is in place with a solid bookend of wing defenders Ronald Matarrita and Cristian Gamboa, this defense lacks the discipline and effort that made its improbable run through the last World Cup possible. This group has played with little urgency in World Cup qualifiers and recent friendlies, and that passiveness was on full display Tuesday when a very average U.S. side carved up the Ticos.It was the “group of death” that Costa Rica conquered in the 2014 World Cup, and two years later it’s this tournament’s “group of death” that put a dagger through La Sele, possibly piercing through the team’s biggest flaws. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica heads into must-win game against United States Costa Rica ties Paraguay in Copa América opener Final thoughts from Costa Rica’s short-lived Copa América: Is Ramírez in the hot seat? Costa Rica humiliates the United States 4-0 in World Cup qualifierlast_img read more

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SITA introduces fast secure connectivity to Kenya Airways

first_imgSITASITA introduces fast, secure connectivity to Kenya AirwaysSITA, the global air transport communications provider, is to roll out faster, new-generation connectivity across Kenya Airways’ global network, a vital investment in infrastructure needed to support the airline’s renewed focus on cost optimization and airline modernization.Among Africa’s top three airlines, Kenya Airways is seeking to leverage SITA’s latest communication technology to drive new efficiencies in the management of its route network while ensuring the best passenger experience across the airline’s global footprint.Through SITA Connect, the airline will have access to high-speed, secure connectivity, linking employees and sales offices around the world to Kenya Airways’ central systems and applications to manage everything from reservations, check-in and boarding.With a global presence, SITA is able to meet the airline’s complete connectivity requirements with tailored solutions for each location. Central to the delivery is SITA’s AirportHub™, a shared connectivity platform already used in more than 300 airports in over 100 countries. Using SITA’s common-use infrastructure eliminates the complexity of dealing with local telecom providers while enabling Kenya Airways to connect securely to their central systems and applications from any airport in the AirportHub network.Mbuvi Ngunze, Group MD and CEO of Kenya Airways said: “As we seek to position Kenya Airways for the future, we needed a single communications partner that could take care of all our connectivity requirements no matter where we operate. SITA, with its truly global footprint and experience, provided us with a world-class solution supported by a local presence in each destination, connecting even the furthest outstation to our hub in Nairobi.”Hani El-Assaad, SITA President, Middle East, India and Africa said: “Today connectivity on demand is the lifeblood of any airline, ensuring the smooth and rapid exchange of information needed to support effective operations no matter where in the world an airline operates, the size of their operation or their business model. We have used our global experience and presence to provide Kenya Airways with the latest communication solution that is able to cater to their own specific requirements.”Kenya Airways flies to 53 destinations including 43 destinations in Africa, carrying more than 4 million passengers every year. SITASource = SITAlast_img read more

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SWAPA condemns DOT approval of Norwegian Foreign Air Carrier Permit

first_imgSWAPASWAPA condemns DOT approval of Norwegian Foreign Air Carrier PermitThe Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association (SWAPA) strongly condemn the short-sighted, under-cover-of-darkness decision by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to approve a foreign air carrier permit to Norwegian Air International (NAI).  This anti-worker decision runs afoul of the very rules that the Obama Administration itself negotiated and championed only six years ago.“By approving NAI’s application despite it being in direct violation of Article 17 bis of the EU-US Open Skies Agreement, the Obama Administration has unilaterally undermined every trade agreement the U.S. has ever signed – including the Open Skies agreements we have with more than 100 countries across the globe,” said SWAPA President, Captain Jon Weaks. “In the process, President Obama and Secretary Foxx have turned their backs on the tens of thousands of American workers employed in the aviation industry.”“To be clear, this decision gives a single foreign carrier an advantage unavailable to a single one of its competitors – including those in the U.S.,” explained Captain Weaks. “Norwegian Air International will possess an unparalleled advantage over U.S. carriers if allowed to proceed with its Flag of Convenience scheme. This reckless decision sets a dangerous precedent in aviation and further underscores the unwillingness to ensure a level playing field for American workers when executing trade agreements that have been a hallmark of the Obama Administration.”The decision comes on the heels of the American people electing a new president who has vowed to stand up for American workers and negotiate from a position of strength.  Just as he did with the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Indiana Carrier plant, the men and women of SWAPA call upon President-elect Trump to intervene in the NAI decision and undo yet another trade blunder by President Obama.Weaks continued, “SWAPA is committed to protecting the careers of SWAPA pilots and will oppose any trade agreement that places U.S. workers at a disadvantage to foreign competitors. I urge the President-elect to weigh-in on this evening’s ill-advised decision and reverse the approval of NAI’s application. President Obama has yet again proven that he is unwilling to enforce trade agreements and protect U.S. workers, and SWAPA hopes that President-elect Trump will seize the opportunity to undo another Obama mistake.”Norwegian Air Shuttle (NAS), NAI’s parent company, currently flies to the U.S. using Norwegian crews, operating under Norway’s labor and social laws. NAS could expand its current operation to meet its growth plans but instead chooses to evade Norwegian labor and social laws and establish an Irish-based subsidiary. This scheme is in direct violation of Article 17 bis of the U.S.-EU Open Skies agreement.Finally, Captain Weaks noted that “the NAI subsidiary and its use of contract workers hired by a foreign staffing agency also poses potential serious safety risks. Crewmembers working under employment contracts with no direct line of communication to airline management often lack the ability to highlight potential safety or operational issues. Clear and open communication between frontline operators and airline management is critical to running a safe and efficient airline.”SWAPA condemns the DOT decision and calls upon President-elect Trump to preserve a fair and level playing field for U.S. workers by denying NAI the Foreign Carrier Permit unjustly awarded by President Obama.Located in Dallas, Texas, the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association (SWAPA) is a non-profit employee organization representing the more than 8,400 pilots of Southwest Airlines. SWAPA works to provide a secure and rewarding career for Southwest pilots and their families through negotiating contracts, defending contractual rights and actively promoting professionalism and safety. SWAPASource = Southwest Airlineslast_img read more

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Lonely Planet Names Australias Red Centre

first_imgLonely Planet Names Australia’s Red Centre One of 2019’s Top RegionsGlobal travel authority Lonely Planet has chosen The Red Centre, Australia as one of the world’s Top 10 Regions for next year in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2019, released this morning.Best in Travel 2019 is Lonely Planet’s 14th annual agenda-setting collection of the world’s hottest destinations, experiences and trends for the year ahead.  The best-selling inspirational travel yearbook highlights the top 10 regions, cities and countries that Lonely Planet’s experts recommend travellers experience in 2019.The Red Centre, Australia is ranked fourth on the book’s list of Top 10 Regions 2019.“At the spiritual heart of Australia’s Red Centre is the country’s most recognised natural wonder, Uluru,” Lonely Planet says. “In 2019, this sacred site is finally closing to climbers, almost 150 years after explorers decided to ‘conquer the rock’. Instead, visitors will find that this World Heritage site – recognised for its outstanding natural and cultural values – conquers them.”“Learn about the unique world view of the traditional custodians of this place,” the book encourages, “and see the stars and the desert with new eyes. Explore Uluru-Kata Tjuta (Ayers Rock and the Olgas), Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) and Alice Springs nearby.”Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Regions for 2019 are:1. Piedmont, Italy2. The Catskills, USA3. Northern Peru4. The Red Centre, Australia5. Scotland’s Highlands and Islands6. Russian Far East7. Gujarat, India8. Manitoba, Canada9. Normandy, France10. Elqui Valley, ChileThe Northern Territory also features on another of the book’s top 10 lists for 2019 – Best New Openings – #3 Litchfield National Park: “The most visited park in Australia’s Top End, Litchfield is about to undergo extensive improvements to make it even more attractive to visitors seeking adventure. In total, there will be five new swimming spots, at least three new campgrounds and new routes for both mountain biking and 4WDs.”Other Australian destinations and attractions to be ranked on Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2019 lists are:Best New Places to Stay – #9 The Tasman, Hobart: “The Tasman’s doors aren’t opening until 3 June 2019 but it’ll be worth the wait. This luxury hotel is to be set within a group of heritage buildings, including Hobart’s grand, Georgian-style St Mary’s Hospital, built in the 1800s. The historical elements will be merged with modern artworks and cutting-edge glass and steel structures.”Best New Food Experiences – #4 Laura, Mornington Peninsula: “This sophisticated merging of food, wine and art on Point Leo Estate enjoys phenomenal sunsets from all angles. Named after a 7m-high cast-iron statue by Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa, Laura offers views across sparkling Western Port Bay and its sculpture park, one of Australia’s largest privately owned collections.”Best New Attractions for Kids – #2 Live Wire Park, Victoria: “Billing itself as the ‘ultimate elevated adventure’, the park allows children aged between seven and 15 to take part in the Short Circuit, where they have to complete 26 activities involving obstacle courses and suspended trails through the Otway treetops.”In addition, Darwin’s Royal Flying Doctor Service attraction is highlighted in the book’s “Top Trends” feature on “Augmented Attractions”, while Queensland’s Electric Super Highway is showcased as one the “The Great Places for Electric Road-Tripping”.Each year, Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel lists start with nominations from Lonely Planet’s vast community of editors, researchers, locals and influencers, and ultimately are decided and ranked by a panel of judges. The outcome is an eclectic list of destinations with unique, compelling and topical reasons to visit in the year ahead – as well as underlying travel trends to look for.“These are the places to experience in 2019”, says Lonely Planet’s spokesperson Chris Zeiher. “They might be coming into their own, celebrating a once-in-a-lifetime event or simply have been overlooked for too long – whatever the reason, now is the time to plan a trip.”Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2019 landing page, www.lonelyplanet.com/best-in-travel, features tips and videos on visiting each destination as well as a chance to win a trip for two to Lonely Planet’s number-one city for 2019, Copenhagen. Most of the top 10 cities can also be explored with Lonely Planet’s Guides app.Other Best in Travel 2019 highlights include:Top 10 Countries 2019Sri LankaGermanyZimbabwePanamaKyrgyzstanJordanIndonesiaBelarusSão Tomé and PríncipeBelizeTop 10 Cities 2019Copenhagen, DenmarkShēnzhèn, ChinaNovi Sad, SerbiaMiami, Florida, USAKathmandu, NepalMexico City, MexicoDakar, SenegalSeattle, USAZadar, CroatiaMeknès, MoroccoBest Value Destinations 2019Southern Nile Valley, EgyptŁódź, PolandGreat Smoky Mountains National Park, USAMaldivesHouston, USAArgentinaBangladeshAlbaniaEcuadorSloveniaLonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2019Embargo: 10:01am (AEDT) / 8:31am (ACST), 23 October 2018Landing page: www.lonelyplanet.com/best-in-travelImages: Top 10 countries, cities, regions and best value lists available for media use with permissionInterviews: Lonely Planet spokesperson Chris Zeiher is available for interview on requestBehind-the-scenes: www.lonelyplanet.com/blog/2018/10/23/making-best-in-travelTrip competition: Chance to win a trip for two to Copenhagen, in association with Booking.com, Viator and World NomadsHashtag: #BestinTravelAbout Lonely PlanetLonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world’s number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we’ve printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. Lonely Planet can be found on lonelyplanet.com, mobile, video and in 14 languages, nine international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks and more. Visit us at lonelyplanet.com and join our 14 million followers on Facebook (facebook.com/lonelyplanet), Twitter (@lonelyplanet), Instagram (instagram.com/lonelyplanet) and Snapchat (@lonely.planet).Source = Lonely Planetlast_img read more

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Baby Boomer Homeowners Are Remaining in SingleFamily Homes Report Finds

first_imgBaby Boomer Homeowners Are Remaining in Single-Family Homes, Report Finds Share August 20, 2015 557 Views Baby Boomer Fannie Mae Single-Family Homes 2015-08-20 Staff Writercenter_img Many believe that the Baby Boomer generation have begun downsizing from their single-family homes to live in apartments. A recent housing insights report from Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research Group challenges this idea, finding that Baby Boomers are not fleeing to apartments but remaining in their homes.Fannie Mae research found that the Baby Boomer generation, or those born between 1946 and 1965, are not downsizing from their single-family homes in large numbers or moving into apartments, thereby helping to drive the surge in multifamily rental demand.The report found that available data through 2013 showed no significant reduction in the rate at which Baby Boomers occupy single-family detached homes. In addition, although the average number of rooms in single-family homes occupied by Baby Boomers decreased between 2008 and 2011, Boomer home size has increased since then. This suggests that Boomers are not opting for smaller single-family houses, either.”As suggested by the lack of downsizing activity, Boomers have not been a major driver of apartment demand growth,” the report said. “In fact, the number of Boomer apartment dwellers has not budged in recent years, whereas the number of Millennials in multifamily rental units has grown by nearly half a million annually.”The fact that Boomers do not appear to be downsizing does pose certain implication for the housing market, as they do occupy 32 million single-family detached homes and account for half of the nation’s housing wealth. Therefore, any significant changes in their housing consumption could greatly affect the housing market.”Moves by large numbers of Boomers from single-family homes to apartments could put downward pressure on single-family home prices, shift the composition of new housing construction further toward multifamily structures, and change the types of apartments being built,” the report said. “Although Boomers’ consumption of single-family homes will decline eventually, and thus should be watched closely, available data do not yet provide an indication of substantially changed behavior for this market-moving cohort.”Click here to view Fannie Mae’s complete Housing Insights report.  in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Market Studies, Newslast_img read more

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8 Tripe soup Romania If your insides are still f

first_img8. Tripe soup, RomaniaIf your insides are still feeling a little queasy, stop reading here – this Romanian hangover cure may actually be worse than the affliction. Take one cow stomach and boil it up with fat, salt, vegetables, garlic, vinegar and cream. It may be effective, but we bet it doesn’t taste as good as bacon.9. Pickle juice, PolandGlug down some chunky vinegar (essentially what pickle juice is) and blow off that hangover the Polish way. Making you feel sick just thinking about it? You may want to stick with a more conventional breakfast juice option. 5. Green tea, ChinaYou may think green tea is for yoga-bunnies and the super health-conscious but in China, it’s a favourite for those suffering the effects of too much making merry. With a strong track-record, sipped around the world for more than 4000 years, some claim this natural hangover cure can also prevent cancer, treat multiple sclerosis and stop Alzheimer’s disease. A miracle drug in teabag form. 6. Pickled herring, GermanyGermans get over their alcoholic excesses with some pickled fish, aka the main ingredient of popular snack ‘rollmops’. Fillets of preserved herring are wrapped around slices of gherkins or onions and served as part of Katerfrühstück (hangover breakfast), believed to restore lost electrolytes. If you’re not used to such a pungent pick-me-up, taste first to avoid seeing those fishes swim again! 3. Beer, NetherlandsOver in the Netherlands, getting back on it is a popular way of getting over last night’s over-indulgence. While the idea of drinking again may be enough to make your stomach churn, the so-called ‘hair of the dog’ involves neither hair nor canines, but a half or two of beer may just temporarily ease your suffering. Be warned though: too much of the same as the night before and that dog may just come back to bite you! Hangover cures at the ready… it’s time to dive in to the festive season:Our pick of alternative New Year’s Eve parties in the UKFancy doing something different this New Year’s Eve? Check out our guide to the best alternative spots to see in 2016. Get festive in LondonFrom ice skating at Somerset House and the lights along Oxford Street to where to get stuck in to the Christmas cocktails, we’ve got the lowdown on London this Christmas.Where to go on holiday in JanuaryHere’s our guide to the hottest January holiday destinations around the world: the coolest cities to chill out in, the best beaches to top up your winter tan, and the wildest events to make your friends back home jealous.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 2. Pickled plums, JapanPickled fruit – not the first thing you might fancy scoffing when you wake up with a mouth drier than the Sahara after too many Martinis. But these seriously sour plums, or umeboshi, deliver a sucker punch to your saliva glands and are a favourite anti-hangover snack in Japan. If you can stop your face from spasming too much, then you know you’re on the road to recovery. 1. Tomato juice and raw eggs, USAGive your body the vitamin boost it so desperately needs with a tall glass of tomato juice – and add a couple of raw eggs for that protein punch. Spice things up with a dash of Worcestershire sauce and a pinch of black pepper and this quick American hangover cure is bound to knock your socks off and get you feeling tip-top – if you can hold it down long enough. 4. Bacon sandwich, UKCarbs, grease and animal fat; the holy trinity of hangover cures that many Brits swear by, the bacon sandwich is best served with sauce (red or brown?) and in bed. The effectiveness of this age-old treatment is even supported by scientists at the University of Newcastle, who have said that this meaty breakfast bun will ‘make you feel good’ after a night on the booze. We may not be experts, but bacon sarnies never fail to make meat-lovers smile again. 10. Prawn salad, MexicoFeeling like an extra from The Walking Dead? A plate of this zingy Mexican salad vuelva a la vida (‘return to life’) will sort you right out. Made with prawns, lime, onions and tomatoes, you may even find this becomes a choice dish even when you don’t have a hangover – and plenty of Mexicans swear by it after a tequila or two. 7. Sauna, RussiaStop fussing around with weird and wonderful recipes and get yourself straight down the sauna. Russians side-step the gut-churning breakfasts, preferring to sweat it out in the sauna or steam room. This is supposed to ‘flush out the toxins’ and make you feel refreshed. All very civilised. Related15 weirdest foods around the worldFrom chicken feet to tuna eyeballs: here are 15 weird foods to satisfy the most daring of palates.7 foods to avoid on your next flight (unless you want to puke)When you’re killing time before a flight it can be tempting to rock up to the airport Wetherspoons, order a cheeky burger and post photos of a few pints on Instagram. But did you know that what you eat before and during a flight can actually make you feel rubbish…How to survive a flight with the hangover from hellDealing with a hangover is never fun, but adding a long flight into the mix is a recipe for disaster. Our prescription? Skyscanner’s ultimate guide to surviving a flight the morning after the night before…last_img read more

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