Tributes have flooded for Greek Australian teenager, Haylee Glouftsis, that was driving a Holden Astra that crashed in the early hours of Friday morning.The passenger tried to save Haylee after the stolen car had hit a kerb. It then flipped before crashing into a tree in Cooper Street in Epping.Haylee, who was driving the car, was ejected from the driver’s seat. Emily was described by friends as being in a “bad state” after she was found by paramedics trying to save her friend’s life at the scene.The girl, from Wollert in Melbourne’s north, has been described as a popular teenager. She had spent the day at the beach with her friend and they had uploaded photographs on social media showing them enjoying the sun.It is believed that the girls took the stolen car from someone who had stolen it before them.The young girl’s friends and family are distraught and flowers have been laid at the scene since the incident happened. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Real Madrid’s hopes of landing either Neymar or Kylian Mbappe appear to have suffered a big blow with the sporting director of Paris Saint-Germain’s youth academy claiming that the star duo intend to remain at the clubThe forwards have been strongly linked with a switch to the Santiago Bernabeu this summer following Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning €112m departure to Juventus this month.But Luis Fernandez, who himself also used to be the manager of PSG, has insisted that both Neymar and Mbappe intend to remain at the French capital for next season.“Neymar has decided to stay at Paris Saint-Germain. He wants to succeed, after not achieving it at the World Cup. I think that he wants to win titles with PSG,” said Fernandez, as stated on Sky Sports.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Mbappe? He stays too. He has said it, one hundred percent. He wants to win the Champions [League] with PSG. Financial fair play? It does not worry me. The important thing is that both Neymar and Mbappe want to stay at PSG.”PSG are set to make Mbappe a permanent addition to their squad this summer, after signing him on an initial loan deal from AS Monaco last summer, for a €180m transfer fee.The deal will make him the second-most expensive player in history behind Neymar, who the Ligue 1 giants signed from Barcelona last summer for €222m.Real have recently released statements declaring that they have not lodged any bids for either player.
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Two people have been hospitalized after a car crash in Northwest Miami-Dade, early Thursday morning.One car crashed into another car along Northwest 108th Street and Seventh Avenue.Witnesses said the crash was the result of a disagreement that started minutes earlier inside a bar.“Who wanted to put their money in the jukebox first. That’s how this all started off,” said a witness.Two people were rushed to the hospital after the crash. One person was in critical condition.This crash remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
-Six workers of a motor garage died of electrocution near a filling station at Gakulnagar in Raipura upazila of Narsingdi on Wednesday afternoon.The deceased are Barkat Hossain, 18, Hakim Miah, 50, Awal Miah, 20, Kawsar, 30, Miah, 30, Zakaria, 25, and Abul Fazal, 30.Raipura police station officer-in-charge of Delwar Hossain said when the six workers were returning a 20-foot iron ladder to nearby Lalmia filling station on completion of work at the garage, it accidentally came in touch with an overhead high-tension wire around 4:20pm.Five workers died on the spot after being electrocuted while another one suffered serious injuries, he said.The injured, Abul Fazal, died on the way to the Bhairab Hospital, the OC said, adding that the bodies were sent to Narsingdi Sadar Hospital for autopsy.
US President Donald Trump during Liberty University’s commencement ceremony in Lynchburg, Virginia. AFP file photoDonald Trump’s beleaguered White House was rocked Tuesday by a pair of explosive allegations—that he personally tried to quash an FBI investigation, and that he disclosed highly classified information to top Russian officials.The Republican billionaire’s administration, now just barely four months old, was left reeling by the one-two punch, which sparked instant outrage from Democrats demanding a full explanation.Either claim on its own—that he divulged top-secret information to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during an Oval Office meeting, or that he pressed FBI director James Comey to drop a probe into ex-national security advisor Michael Flynn—would plunge any White House into serious crisis.But the reports—both rebutted by Trump’s team—add to a mounting perception of an administration in a perpetual state of chaos.As overwhelmed White House staff struggled to explain Trump’s decision to tell Lavrov about a specific Islamic State bomb threat gleaned by Israeli intelligence, the New York Times dropped another bombshell.The paper—citing two people who read notes written by Comey—reported that when Comey met Trump the day after Flynn resigned, the president tried to halt any FBI investigation.“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Trump is accused of telling Comey, according to a memo written by the former FBI chief, who was sacked last week.“He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”In a letter to acting FBI director Andrew McCabe, the Senate Oversight Committee demanded that all memos and other documents or recordings relating to communications between Trump and Comey be turned over by 24 May.“If true, these memoranda raise questions as to whether the president attempted to influence or impede the FBI’s investigation as it relates to Lieutenant General Flynn,” wrote committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, a Republican.‘Absolute right’ to share intelThe White House quickly denied any suggestion that Trump was trying to obstruct justice—a criminal offense—in his dealings with Comey.“While the president has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the president has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation,” a US official said on condition of anonymity.“The president has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations. This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr Comey.”Trump spent much of the day trying to put to rest separate allegations that he revealed sensitive information to Lavrov and Moscow’s ambassador to Washington, arguing he acted within the law.White House aides refused to say whether the information pertaining to the group’s bombmaking capabilities was classified.But the president took to Twitter to insist he had the “absolute right” to share “facts pertaining… to terrorism and airline flight safety” with Russia.America ‘being tested’Both allegations fueled calls for a special prosecutor to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia and even raised questions about whether he could face impeachment proceedings.“The country is being tested in unprecedented ways. I say to all of my colleagues in the Senate, history is watching,” said top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer.The party’s number two in the Senate, Dick Durbin, said it was “one of the most serious allegations you can make against a leader—that they’re in some way trying to delay or obstruct the administration of justice.”And veteran Republican Senator John McCain called the allegations about the Trump-Lavrov meeting “deeply disturbing.”“The time President Trump spent sharing sensitive information with the Russians was time he did not spend focusing on Russia’s aggressive behavior,” McCain said.The Russian intelligence scandal also threatens to corrode trust among allies who shared classified information with the United States on the understanding it would be handled within the usual guidelines.An administration official confirmed to AFP on condition of anonymity that the original intelligence came from Israel.Trump is scheduled to visit Israel next week—a trip that White House officials indicated would still go ahead.“Israel has full confidence in our intelligence-sharing relationship with the United States and looks forward to deepening that relationship in the years ahead under President Trump,” said Israel’s ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer.No security ‘lapse’ with RussiaEarlier in the day, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster denied Trump had caused a “lapse in national security,” saying it was “wholly appropriate for the president to share whatever information he thinks is necessary to advance the security of the American people.”McMaster also indicated that Trump could not have revealed sensitive sources or methods.“The president wasn’t even aware where this information came from,” he said. “He wasn’t briefed on the source or method of the information either.”Trump, himself, appeared ready to weather the storm.“We had a very successful meeting with the foreign minister of Russia,” he told reporters firing a hail of questions at him.“We’re going to have a lot of great success over the next coming years and we want to get as many to help fight terrorism as possible.”Trump’s meeting with top Russian diplomats last week came one day after he took the rare step of firing Comey.Comey had been overseeing investigations into the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with Russia to tilt the 2016 election in his favor.“On a day when we thought things couldn’t get any worse, they have,” Schumer said.
.The body of a schoolboy, who along with his younger brother went missing in the Jamuna river at Pakuria Char in Sariakandi upazila of Bogura, was recovered on Saturday, reports UNB. The deceased Omar Ali, 15, is son of Atiqur Rahman of Atapara in the upazila and a ninth grader of BAF Shaheen School and College here. Omar Ali and his younger brother Jahid Hasan, 12, went missing in the Jamuna as they jumped into the river to recover a football that slipped into it during a football match being held in its vicinity on Friday afternoon. A team of divers from Rajshahi conducted a rescue operation to recover the siblings and retrieved Omar’s body around 11:00am, but his younger brother still remains missing, said Al Amin, station officer at Sariakandi fire service.
Prince Charles, who turned 70 on November 14th, has waited, patiently, to assume the British throne. What kind of king will he be? A look into his formative years may provide a clue. In a sense, Charles’s early years would be a tug-of-war between family members.As a young boy, he was spoiled by his loving grandmother, the Queen Mother, who appreciated his sensitive, thoughtful nature, and encouraged his love of music and art.The Prince of Wales in December 2017. Photo by Mark Jones CC BY 2.0But her “kid gloves” approach also amplified his less-desirable qualities — among them, insecurity, timidity, and a tendency to whine.Those very traits became a source of irritation for his father, Prince Philip, a strong-minded disciplinarian who often belittled his son, sometimes to the point of bullying.When Charles turned eight, the Queen and Prince Philip decided that he needed the company of other children and sent the boy to Hill House School in London, then to Cheam School, the oldest private school in England. (In fact, Charles would be the first future king or queen to be educated outside the palace.)Alas, the timid little boy had a hard time making friends.Prince Charles with his parents and sister in October 1957.As Charles’s time at Cheam was drawing to a close, a decision had to be made on where he would continue his education. The royal family was divided.The Queen Mother wanted Eton College, the prestigious boarding school which was close to Windsor Castle, stressing in a letter to her daughter, Queen Elizabeth, that Eton was “ideal . . . for one of his character & temperament.”Charles’s great-uncle, Lord Mountbatten, also preferred Eton College.Portrait of Charles, Prince of Wales, in Buckingham Palace, 1974. Photo by Allan Warren CC BY-SA 3.0But the Duke of Edinburgh was intent on his son attending his alma mater, Gordonstoun. His argument was two-fold: First, he argued, the Prince would have more privacy at the school, which was located in a remote part of northeastern Scotland.Secondly — and, one suspects, more to the point — Philip believed the severe discipline and tough terrain of Gordonstoun would toughen up his timid son. Ultimately, the Queen would side with her husband.Gordonstoun House as seen from the South Lawn. Photo by Nibaba CC BY-SA 3.0In May 1962, Philip, a licensed pilot, flew his son to a Royal Air Force base in Scotland, then drove him the rest of the way to school. It would be the start of a miserable experience for Charles — one he would come to refer to as a “prison sentence.”Founded by Kurt Hahn, a Jew who fled Germany during the Nazi uprising, Gordonstoun sought to build character with physical challenges. Philip had a rough time initially, but he would come to love the school, later crediting it with shaping him into the man who would become. He hoped it would do the same for his son.HRH The Duke of Edinburgh with guests at Hillsborough Castle during a visit to present 100 Gold Award Certificates to Duke of Edinburgh’s Award participants. Photo by Aaron McCracken / Harrisons Photo by Northern Ireland Office CC BY 2.0He could not be more wrong. Unlike his outgoing and athletically-gifted father, Charles had trouble fitting in. He despised the school’s Spartan atmosphere. The Prince lived in Windmill Lodge with thirteen other boys.Each day began with an early-morning run before breakfast, followed by an ice-cold shower. The boys slept in dormitories on rock-hard bunks, the windows left open year around, even during the winter. Charles nicknamed the school “Colditz in kilts” (after the German castle that was used as a POW camp during World War II).The Queen visiting Prince Charles at Gordonstoun School on his last day, July 31, 1967. Photo by Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty ImagesWorse, the heir to the throne became a target for classmates and was constantly bullied. He was flattened during rugby matches — even by his own teammates — and mocked for his jug ears. Anyone who did try to befriend him was accused of sucking up to the Prince. Decades later, Ross Benson, a contemporary of Charles’s, would say, “He was crushingly lonely for most of his time there. The wonder is that he survived with his sanity intact.”Indeed, in a letter to his mother, Charles would write: “I hardly get any sleep in the House because I snore and I get hit on the head all the time. It’s absolute hell.” His torment fell on deaf ears, with an unsympathetic Prince Philip penning steely replies, advising his boy to buck up.Prince Charles and Princess Anne with Tricia Nixon, Julie and David Eisenhower.One person the Prince had in his corner was Donald Green. The royal bodyguard, assigned to watch over Charles — in an inconspicuous way — became a father figure of sorts.But he was fired during Charles’s second year at Gordonstoun after allowing the underage Prince to order a cherry brandy on a school outing. (An eagle-eyed tabloid reporter spilled the beans.) With that, Charles had lost his sole source of support.Dead set on making a man out of his son, Philip sent the 17-year-old to Australia for six months, to attend Timbertop, a rural outpost of Melbourne’s Geelong Grammar School.Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip disembark from a British Airways Concord.This decision turned out to be a wise one: The school, far away from home, would be a revelation for the boy.His Australian classmates, friendly and unpretentious, embraced the Prince, accepting him as one of their own — even giving him the nickname “Pommie” (good-natured Australian slang for Englishman).Charles and Diana in Woombye, 1983. Photo by Queensland State Archives CC BY 4.0Like Gordonstoun, the school emphasized physical challenges, but in this friendlier atmosphere, Charles thrived, tackling cross-country hikes in sweltering heat and spending frigid nights camped out in a sleeping bag.What’s more, Charles received high praise from the school’s headmaster, Thomas Garnett, who described him as, “A friendly, intelligent, natural boy with a good sense of humor.”Charles would return to Gordonstoun in 1966 for his final year, graduating in 1967. Leaving the grounds for good, he said all the right things about his time spent at the school — how it taught him self-discipline and helped him grow as a person.Read another story from us: The Unhappy Royal Couple – Charles and Diana’s Loveless MarriageYears later, in fact, the Prince would insist that his supposed hatred of the school was exaggerated. Still, it bears noting that his sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, would attend Eton.
Watch the Watt-shaming:J.J. Watt called out for not wearing #Rockets t-shirt at Toyota Center. Claimed shirt was too small. Not tighter than the one he’s wearing. pic.twitter.com/POMOCK3VVA— Texas Sports Nation (@ChronTXSN) April 17, 2017 Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt was in attendance at the Rockets home playoff opener yesterday and was “too cool” to put on his Rockets promotional fan shirt.Someone with the Rockets saw that Watt wasn’t wearing the shirt, and shamed him into it by throwing him up on the jumbotron with the caption “Put on your shirt.”Shame. Shame. Shame.Watt acted like the shirt was too small, but who was he kidding? He’s never seen a shirt that was too small. He eventually put it on, and avoided further ridicule. Advertisement
Feature | February 26, 2015 Noninvasive Optical Coherence Tomography Could Track Vascular Disease in Diabetics Columbia research team creating novel technology to improve diagnosis of peripheral arterial disease News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. 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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 A comparison between a cross section of a foot in a healthy and a diabetic patient with peripheral artery disease. The optical tomographic imaging technology shows blood perfusion, or the absence of perfusion, in the issue. February 26, 2015 — Approximately 8 to 12 million people in the United States alone are suffering from peripheral arterial disease (PAD), a common vascular problem that is also one of the most serious complications of diabetes. Andreas Hielscher, professor of biomedical engineering, electrical engineering and radiology (physics) at Columbia Engineering, is developing a novel technology that could improve diagnosis of this crippling disease and make it easier to monitor patients.Hielscher and his team received a $2.5 million, five-year grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to build and test a noninvasive, external. dynamic optical tomographic imaging system. This system uses near-infrared light to map the concentration of hemoglobin in the body’s tissue and reveal how well blood is perfusing patients’ hands and feet.“We believe our new vascular optical tomographic imaging (VOTI) system will revolutionize the way we diagnose and monitor peripheral artery disease,” said Hielscher, who leads an interdisciplinary team of Columbia engineers, radiologists and vascular surgeons. He and his colleagues have been working on this research for the last three years, testing a prototype system in clinical pilot studies.Because most patients are asymptomatic and there is no single reliable screening method, PAD is considerably under-diagnosed. Most of the undiagnosed and untreated patients are diabetics who commonly suffer from peripheral neuropathy and therefore do not sense and report symptoms that are early signs of the disease.Hielscher hopes to remedy that with his VOTI system, which relies on near-infrared light that is shone onto different locations on a patient’s foot. Transmitted light intensities are then used to generate spatially resolved maps of oxy- and deoxy-hemoglobin, the two main components of blood.“We’ve successfully used the VOTI to detect PAD in the lower extremities,” said Michael Khalil, a Ph.D. student working in Hielscher’s Biophotonics & Optical Radiology Laboratory. “Unlike other methods, our VOTI technology can provide maps of oxy-, deoxy-, and total hemoglobin concentration throughout the patient’s foot and identify problematic regions that require intervention.”The results of the team’s latest study, involving 20 patients and 20 healthy volunteers, were recently published in the European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery.Hielscher plans to use the NIH funding to build upon research previously funded by a Translational Research Grant from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation and develop a new prototype and test the technology in a larger clinical study.Hielscher also is working with the New York City Partnership (NYCP) fund to commercialize certain aspects of this technology. He has received funding through NYCP’s Bioaccelerate program to develop a commercially viable device that can be used intra-operatively and guide interventions by vascular surgeons. Monitoring wound healing is another promising applications of this technology. His team has already filed a broad patent application and believes that a commercial device could be available within two years.For more information: www.bme.columbia.edu FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more 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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Transat launches Cubamania sale << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Monday, July 29, 2019 Tags: Cuba, Transat MONTREAL — Got Cuba-bound clients? Transat is offering up to $800 savings per couple to those booking all-inclusive Cuba packages for next fall or winter.Featured packages include Hotel Playa Coco in Cayo Coco for seven nights, departing from Toronto on Nov. 14, from $869 (taxes and fees included), and Bravo Club Hotel Arenal in Havana for eight days, departing from Vancouver on Jan. 21, 2020, from $1,249 (+$360 taxes & fees).From Montreal, there’s the Sol Cayo Guillermo for seven day, departing Nov. 23, from $999 (taxes and fees included), while from Winnipeg clients can book eight days at Muthu Playa Varadero departing Jan. 24, 2020 from $789 (+$356 taxes and fees).Other gateways include Halifax, Hamilton, Moncton, Ottawa and Quebec. Transat is reminding agents and clients of Cuba’s many hotspots and the reasons to book, which include the following:Havana: Cuba’s captivating capital cityRum and Cuban cigars, salsa and mambo, Che Guevara murals and vintage cars —these are some of what make Havana one of Latin America’s most iconic cities. And by adding fabulous hotels, you get one of the hottest holiday destinations in the Caribbean.More news: Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongHolguin: Cuba’s northern coastHolguin is known as the cradle of Cuban music; it is the perfect destination for lovers of dancing and partying. The weather is ideal and Cubans consider Holguin to have only two seasons: summer, when the mercury often rises above 30 degrees Celsius, and winter, when it oscillates between 24 and 25 degrees Celsius. Varadero: The perfect sun-drenched holidayVaradero has it all: an idyllic setting and some of Cuba’s most spectacular beaches a. Whether you’re in the mood to simply lounge by the pool or explore the miles and miles of white sand beaches, Varadero promises an unforgettable vacation.Varadero, CubaSantiago de Cuba: Beachside idyll and urban bustleSantiago de Cuba is the country’s second-largest city after Havana. It offers the trademark Caribbean white-sand beaches and world-class diving. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is rich in history with myriad treasures to discover, including numerous palaces and cathedrals.More news: Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backCayo Coco/Cayo Guillermo: an enchanting islandCayo Coco is one of Cuba’s top holiday destinations, but tourism in much of this area is a fairly recent development. As such, visitors can expect stunning, unspoiled beaches near some of the island’s best resorts and hotels.Cayo Santa Maria: Seaside bliss for all, big and smallCuba’s idyllic Cayo Santa Maria offers a selection of adults-only hotels for those who travel in twos. And if you’re craving family time, opt for one of Cayo Santa Maria’s family-friendly resorts for seaside moments with the entire gang.Cayo Santa MariaCayo Largo: Paradise off the Cuban coastCayo Largo was developed 30 years ago purely for touristic purposes, so everything on the island is geared towards creating the perfect Caribbean holiday. All-inclusive hotels stretch out over pristine white sand beaches, coral reefs are prime for snorkelling enthusiasts, and iguanas and flamingos lounge alongside tourists under the sun. Travelweek Group Posted by
The trip, spanning from December 1951 to July 1952, took the 23-year-old revolutionary to Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela.Now, Che’s son Ernesto Guevara wants to honor his father’s famous ride by giving visitors to Cuba a “unique” trip through the country on Harley-Davidson motorcycles.Prices start at $3,000 per person and go up to $5,800 for six- or nine-day trips. Airline costs are not included.The itineraries give visitors a glimpse of “the varied landscapes of this beautiful island,” while also offering “intimate contact with a part of the history of a unique revolution,” according to the website of La Poderosa Tours, run by 49-year-old Ernesto, who is also a lawyer.The company promises a luxury visit, including stays at five-star hotels and a visit to Che’s mausoleum.“We will make your trip a unique experience, an unforgettable memoir. We will personally take care of every detail during your journey,” the website says.The company’s name comes from Che’s own moniker for the British Norton 500 motorbike he rode through South America with Argentine companion Alberto Granado.That trip left a strong impression on the young guerrilla, who was preparing to graduate from medical school at the time.The tour company goes to lengths to emphasize its revolutionary roots. One of the guides is Camilo Sanchez — son of Cuban guerrilla Antonio Sánchez Díaz, also known as “Marcos” — a fighter killed during a 1967 battle.The tour also includes a visit to Che’s base in colonial Havana and a trip to Santa Clara, a city 270 kilometers (168 miles) east of Havana that was the site of a key 1958 battle.Recommended: Once Mexico’s booze of ‘drunks,’ mezcal earns respect Facebook Comments HAVANA, Cuba – The youngest son of Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara has opened an agency offering two-wheel tours of the Caribbean island nation on Harley-Davidsons in a nod to his father’s passion for motorcycles.The Marxist guerrilla’s storied motorbike journey through South America was immortalized in the 2004 film “Motorcycle Diaries,” directed by Brazil’s Walter Salles and starring Mexican actor Gael García Bernal. Related posts:White House travel exemptions to Cuba do not cover tourism Obama’s surprise opening to Cuba sparks cautious reaction among US travel execs There’s a real estate boom in Cuba, but for now, only Cubans can buy American Airlines to launch charter flights to Cuba from LA
Comments Share MEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexico’s dominant television network says it has agreed to conditions set by regulators for allowing it to enter the cellphone market.The cellphone investment has been controversial because it involves the Televisa network buying half of a cell carrier controlled by the owner of the only other national TV broadcaster.Anti-trust regulators have expressed concern the alliance could lead to collusion between the two networks in television as well as phone service. They refused to allow the deal unless the broadcasters agreed to firewalls, protection against bundling practices, and agreed not to interfere with the auction of frequencies for a third TV network. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top holiday drink recipes How do cataracts affect your vision? Televisa announced Monday it will accept the conditions, allowing it to take a 50-percent stake in cell carrier Iusacell.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates
ESKI MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — It was a heart-racing moment. The cigarette smuggler was stuck in line at a checkpoint as, up ahead, Islamic State militants were searching cars. He was running a big risk: The militants have banned smoking and lighting up is punishable with a fine or broken finger. Selling cigarettes can be a death sentence.Falah Abdullah Jamil, 30, relied on his quick wits and silver tongue.When the fighters came to his vehicle at the checkpoint leading to his home village of Eski Mosul in northern Iraq, they asked what he had in his trunk. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The difference between men and women when it comes to pain New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments Share “Nothing,” he lied.They popped open the trunk and found the 125 cartons of cigarettes he’d brought from Rabia, a town near the border with Syria.“I swear, it’s out of hunger,” he said he pleaded with the men. The father of six told them he was the only breadwinner for his extended family and was helping his neighbors as well.The fighters took him to the checkpoint commander, who warned Jamil he’d go to prison and his car would be confiscated. Jamil promised never to do it again. “Just let me go this time for the sake of my children,” he said. “If I don’t have money, what can I do? Should I steal? If I steal, you’ll cut off my hand.”In an interview with The Associated Press in May, Jamil sat in his modest living room, describing how he survived nearly seven months of IS rule before the extremist group was run from town by Kurdish fighters.The checkpoint commander ordered his subordinates out of the room, Jamil recalled. Once they were alone, he made his offer: “I will let you go if you give me cigarettes.” Jamil asked him what brand. “Anything, just give me two cartons,” the commander replied. The Hisba official asked if any cigarettes were in Jamil’s house. Jamil said no.“He said, ‘I will go and inspect your house, and if I find one pack of cigarettes I will execute you.’”Jamil’s bluff had just gotten more dangerous. He had 1,600 cartons of cigarettes hidden at home, he said with a wicked smile.But he stuck by his story. “I told him, ‘Go ahead, I haven’t got anything.”Apparently convinced, the Hisba official had him sign a document vowing to never sell cigarettes or risk execution.“I signed it — but I sold again. I didn’t stop,” Jamil said. “We had no flour, no rice, no food. I have children, and it was winter and was cold and there was no oil, no gas. … We were living a hellish tragedy.”___Associated Press writer Lee Keath in Cairo contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. In this Monday, May 18, 2015 photo, Falah Abdullah Jamil poses for a portrait in Eski Mosul, northern Iraq. He was held as a prisoner by the Islamic State group for selling cigarettes – which are banned by the militants – and was tortured while in jail. When they found the contraband in his trunk, he said, “I swear, it’s out of hunger,” pleading with the IS fighters. He told them he was the only breadwinner for his extended family and was helping his neighbors as well. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)n Top holiday drink recipes 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Sponsored Stories The commander “said he hadn’t had a smoke for three days so when he saw the cigarettes, he was very happy,” Jamil said with a laugh.Iraqi civilians living under IS rule in Mosul, the group’s biggest stronghold, told the AP that the militants actually control the cigarette black market, banning smoking in public while privately controlling the sale of cigarettes at an inflated price. They spoke anonymously for fear of retribution.Saad Eidou, 25, a displaced Iraqi from the town of Sinjar near the Syrian border, said that like everyone else, militants smoke in private. The cigarettes come in through Syria, where movement in and out of Turkey and non-IS areas is easier.“They brought in cigarettes from Syria, where you probably won’t pay more than 250 dinars ($0.20) for a pack, but they were selling it here for 1,000 dinars ($0.80),” said Bilal Abdullah, another resident of Eski Mosul. With IS gone, he took deep draws from a cigarette in public as he spoke.In another incident, Jamil said, he was accused of selling cigarettes by a member of the Hisba, the vice patrol that ruthlessly enforces the group’s regulations. Jamil denied it profusely: “I told him, yes, I used to, but I stopped selling. I told him no one sells anymore since you have forbidden it.”
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J More than a year after announcing it would drop the Blue in its title for a new airline direction, Virgin Australia says its ‘Game On’ as it prepares to launch the next phase of its Game Change Program. Unveiled in its preliminary financial results this morning, the carrier’s chief executive John Borghetti said the airline was “confident” the carrier was ready to unveil the next step in its evolution, which will include new innovative product and service enhancements to deliver “superior” customer experiences.According to Mr Borghetti, Virgin will also utilise growth opportunities in its frequent flyer program, Velocity, to reach its set five million members target within the next three years while its global products will also step into the forefront to capture an additional $150 million per annum in interline and codeshare revenue by the end of financial year 2015. “The Game On phase of the Game Change Program will ensure a sustainable future for Virgin Australia by enabling us to capitalise on our competitive advantages and drive new growth opportunities for the business, while retaining the flexibility and agility to adapt to the changing market,” he said.Other changes over the next phase will also include the implementation of a three-year business efficiency program to deliver productivity gains of up to $400 million by end of the financial year 2015.Earlier today, Virgin announced it had returned to profits this year, with a $90.6 million growth on statutory profit after tax made during the prior financial year.Click here for more information.
Millennial Homeowners Utilizing Home Equity for Extra Funds Those among the older millennial generation (ages 30 to 34) who own a home are likely to tap into their home equity when they need extra cash, according to a survey from Discover Home Equity Loans.In fact, that age cohort was twice as likely than baby boomers ages 55 to 64 to take out a home equity loan, according to the survey of 1,428 adults in March 2016 conducted by research firm Toluna for Discover.The survey found that millennials prefer the cheaper home equity loan interest rate (which averaged 4.88 percent for the week ending August 17) or home equity line of credit rate (4.75 percent) over borrowing using a credit card, where the average interest rate is currently 16.1 percent.“Homeowners who have built equity in their homes have the opportunity to leverage their financial asset to help them pay down debt, update their home or pay for major expenses,” said TJ Freeborn, director of operations strategy for Discover Home Equity Loans. “Home equity loans are a viable option homeowners may want to consider, especially because they offer perks like a fixed rate for the life of the loan and the potential for the interest to be tax deductible.”Out of the 64 percent of older millennials who own a home, 51 percent of them used to have a home equity loan, compared to just 26 percent of baby boomers who own a home, according to the survey.Older millennial homeowners were three times more likely than baby boomers to tap home equity when they need emergency cash (42 percent compared to 14 percent).The survey also showed that older millennials were more likely than baby boomers to use their home as a financial asset by selling it to make money (27 percent compared to 13 percent) and older millennials were also more likely than baby boomers to view their homes as an investment property (25 percent compared to 7 percent).Click here to view the full survey results. Millennials. Home Equity 2016-08-24 Seth Welborn Share August 24, 2016 569 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News
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