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Tempo driver attacks cop with sword

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi Police personnel was attacked with a sword by a tempo driver in North West Delhi’s Mukherjee Nagar area, According to Delhi Police, an accident was caused by a Gramin Sewa tempo to a police vehicle. Thereafter, a police officer was also assaulted on the head by the tempo driver with a sword. Further, the tempo was driven dangerously and caused injuries to a policeman in the leg. “Matter being personally enquired into by Addl DCP & prompt follow up action will be taken,” said police in their statement. In a CCTV video of the alleged incident, it can be seen that a man holding a sword in his hand was talking to policeman. Later the police personnel went back to the police station. Later several policemen came to the spot. A person in plain clothes held a man wearing a turban (holding sword) from the back. The turban man attacked the man in plain clothes. Once the sword is taken from his hand he was beaten by policemen.last_img read more

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Man in hospital after exchange of fire with Iqaluit RCMP

first_img(RCMP at the scene. APTN Photo)APTN National NewsIQALUIT-An Iqaluit man who exchanged gunfire with police Wednesday is in hospital, RCMP said in a statement.Iqaluit RCMP said there was an “exchange of fire” with an armed man in the early morning hours.The man, who was carrying a rifle and aimed it at officers, fled after his face-off with police. He was later found by police found bleeding from the chest.The man was taken to Qikitaani General Hospital where he is in stable but critical condition.The RCMP initially responded to a report of gunshots when they encountered the man.A second man is also in hospital for treatment to non-life threatening injuries related to the incident, RCMP said.More details are expected at a press conference later this afternoon.last_img

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Kiwi PM unaware of payment made to boat with Lankans

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said he had no knowledge of whether Australian officials paid people-smugglers to turn around a boat full of refugees, including 54 Sri Lankans, Radio New Zealand reported.Key told Morning Report he had seen the reports alleging a payment was made but had not been advised that New Zealand was involved or knew about it. “All I was advised of is that there was a boat that was coming, the belief that it had both the capability in terms of the boat itself, and the crewmanship of the sailors was estimated to be good enough for them to potentially do it. So it was all around the logisitics of the boat, but nothing else.” Key was asked what he thought about paying people-smugglers to take their boats back.“I can sort of see the arguments both ways. On the one had they are issues, in terms of a flood of boats, you don’t want that happening. He said New Zealand authorities would have been talking to their Australian counterparts, but that would have been about the boat’s movements. “I think the counter-argument of course would be a pretty simple one, which would simply be my view, and I think most people’s view, of boat smugglers, is a very poor one – these people that prey on people that are in a very difficult position.”Meanwhile, Immigration New Zealand said a police officer from this country is an observer in the Indonesian police-led investigation into the alleged people-smuggling operation.In a statement, a spokesperson said the investigation was supported by the Australian Federal Police, but would not give any further details for operational reasons.Payment claims Speaking from Kupang, Indonesia, Nazmul Hassan, told Morning Report at least $A7200 was paid to the captain and crew for each passenger. Hassan said Indonesian authorities later confiscated much of that money.A Sri Lankan asylum seeker called Kajuran told ABC News a similar story, and an Indonesian police official told Fairfax media he saw bundles of cash allegedly paid by Australian officials to the crew.The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR interviewed all 65 passengers who said the crew received a payment from Australian authorities, spokesman James Lynch said. The boat with 65 people on board was intercepted by an Australian border patrol after setting off from West Java on 5 May. The asylum seekers told police the Australians transferred them to a more seaworthy boat and escorted them back to Indonesian waters.However the vessel crashed onto a reef near the remote Rote Island, off West Papua, in late May, where it was found by fishermen and rescued by the Indonesian navy.One of the migrants told Radio New Zealand that when the boat was intercepted, maritime authorities spent several hours talking to the boat’s captain and crew, after which the captain was seen putting Australian money into his pocket. read more

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Global economy expanding in 2004 UN and partner say

The group has produced a report, “Global Economic Outlook 2004,” under the auspices of Project LINK, founded by Nobel Laureate Lawrence Klein. LINK, which the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the Project LINK Research Centre at the University of Toronto jointly coordinate, makes global projections out of the econometric models governments have developed for themselves.LINK forecasts annual growth in 2004 of better than 4.5 per cent for the United States, slowing to a little over 3.5 per cent in 2005. Given the emergence of China as an Asian economic heavyweight, LINK also questions the role of the US as the sole engine of global growth.”This locomotive has been powered by resources borrowed from the rest of the world,” LINK says. “The current account deficit of the United States, a measure of how much of the spending by the US is financed by borrowing from abroad, is running at more than 5 per cent of GDP.”With the US economic expansion dependent on the willingness of the rest of the world to continue to lend to it by accumulating its assets, “such a cycle of interdependency between the United States and the rest of the world is unlikely to prove sustainable,” it says.In Europe growth of slightly below 2 per cent in 2004 will rise to almost 2.5 per cent in 2005. The United Kingdom’s figures exceed these, with growth of 3.3 per cent in 2004 and 2.7 per cent in 2005.In South and East Asia, the projections are 5.5 per cent in 2004 and 5.2 per cent in 2005. Japan predicts growth of a little over 3 per cent in 2004, which is likely to ease to 2 per cent in 2005. China, which has boosted global demand for commodities and energy, will decline marginally from 8.5 per cent in 2004 to 8.2 per cent in 2005, while India’s projection is 6.3 per cent in 2004 and 6.1 per cent in 2005.Latin America and the Caribbean would produce growth rates of 3.6 in 2004 and 4.1 per cent in 2005. Africa, which the UN has said must reach 7 per cent annual growth to start reducing poverty significantly, will achieve 4.1 per cent in 2004 and 4.8 in 2005, the report says.Listen to UN Radio report read more

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Traffic death in NL triggers air bag investigations in US Canada

by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Aug 4, 2016 11:20 am MDT Last Updated Aug 4, 2016 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DETROIT – The death of a Canadian driver has sparked a new investigation into a potentially deadly airbag problem affecting vehicles on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border.Fatal airbag deployments in Canada are rare, but the July 8 fatality of a motorist in Newfoundland and Labrador marked the first time that a Canadian has been killed by an exploding airbag inflator, Transport Canada says.The ruptured inflator on the 2009 Hyundai Elantra sent metal fragments into the passenger cabin, killing the driver in what officials described as a low-speed collision. The reason the airbag ruptured remains unknown.Transport Canada and the RCMP are investigating the cause of the incident, as well as the manufacturer — ARC Automotive Inc. of Knoxville, Tenn., which is already under investigation by American authorities. Transport Canada said ARC is co-operating with investigators.Transport Canada said it is still determining what model vehicles may be affected by the new airbag problem. The agency’s American counterpart is trying to determine the entire population of ARC inflators in the U.S., which it estimates at eight million in older vehicles made by General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Hyundai and Kia.Transport Canada says the safety benefits of airbags, which rely on controlled explosions that rapidly fill airbags in order to protect people in crashes, continue to outweigh the risks.The death and investigations bring fresh urgency to a probe opened last year by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration after an Ohio woman was injured by an ARC inflator. The U.S. safety agency on Thursday upgraded its investigation to an engineering analysis, a step closer to a recall.In Canada, Transport Minister Marc Garneau could order a recall without having to wait for the company to do so.“Any decision to recall is based on careful, verified information. At this point, the department’s investigation — which is still preliminary — is needed to understand the issue,” said Garneau spokeswoman Delphine Denis.U.S. investigators began looking at ARC inflators in July of last year after getting reports that the Ohio woman was seriously hurt when her 2002 Chrysler Town & Country minivan crashed and the inflator ruptured. The agency said it also found another injury involving someone in a 2004 Kia Optima midsize car. In both cases, the inflators were made at ARC’s factory in Knoxville, according to agency documents.In the probe, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration focused on inflators made from 2000 until September of 2004. The population includes about 2.6 million that were sold to General Motors.According to NHTSA, the Elantra in the Newfoundland crash had an ARC inflator that was made in China, but it’s unknown whether any of the same inflators were used in vehicles sold in the U.S. ARC has confirmed that the Canadian Elantra inflator “was substantially the same design” as the one used in at least one other U.S. model, the 2004 Kia Optima.The administration said in a statement that it would direct the collection and testing of ARC inflators as it tries to determine what caused them to explode with too much force. The agency said it will focus on determining the entire population of ARC inflators in the U.S. and whether any inflators made in China were sold in the U.S.Although the results are similar, the ARC problem is different from one that resulted in the recall of 69 million inflators in the U.S. made by Takata Corp.Takata inflators have been blamed for at least 11 and as many as 14 deaths worldwide, as well as hundreds of injuries. Takata uses the explosive chemical ammonium nitrate to inflate airbags, but the chemical can degrade over time and burn too quickly, blowing apart metal inflator canisters.Canada’s colder — and therefore less humid — climate for most of the year largely minimizes the risk of the chemical degrading and heating too quickly, requiring it to be replaced.ARC uses a small amount of ammonium nitrate to ignite another chemical that inflates airbags, and authorities say they are not looking at ammonium nitrate as the cause. They are looking into whether a manufacturing problem causes a vent to become blocked in the ARC inflators. With no place for the gas to escape, a metal inflator canister can be blown into pieces.____With files from Jordan Press in Ottawa; AP’s Rob Gillies in Toronto and Dee-Ann Durbin in Detroit contributed to this report. Traffic death in N.L. triggers air bag investigations in U.S., Canada This July 14, 2015 photo shows the ARC Automotive manufacturing plant in Knoxville, Tenn. Investigators in the U.S. and Canada on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, are looking into whether the death of a Canadian driver was caused by a faulty air bag inflator made by ARC Automotive Inc. Authorities say the driver was killed when an ARC inflator ruptured in a crash in Newfoundland and sent shrapnel into a 2009 Hyundai Elantra.(Adam Lau/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT read more

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Commentary Ohio State made the right decision to fire Thad Matta at

Coach Thad Matta calls to players. OSU beat Purdue, 63-61, in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament March 13, 2014 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Credit: Shelby Lum | Former Photo EditorThere is never a perfect time to fire the winningest coach in a program’s history. There’s no easy way for Ohio State to move on from the man who took the Buckeyes to the brink of winning their first national championship since 1960. But, the timing of Monday’s firing of now-former coach Thad Matta is particularly bad for OSU.Teams have moved on from the 2016-17 season, are transitioning to the fall and, if necessary, they made a coaching change months ago. No head coach has been hired by a major Division 1 school since New Mexico tabbed Paul Weir as its leader on April 11.The inopportune swap is not lost on OSU Athletics Director Gene Smith, who sat next to Matta at a press conference to announce the end of the three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year’s tenure in Columbus Monday.“No time is optimal, but obviously this time is not the best,” Smith said. “So I need to be sensitive to what I’m dealing with in this window of time.”Since OSU is late to the coaching carousel, it won’t have to jockey with other schools for hot-shot up-and-comers or established coaching talent on the market.But is that a good thing, or does it mean that the coaches who check off both “talented” and “available” boxes do not exist any more? Could the Buckeyes have won over former Dayton coach Archie Miller, who decided to leave the state of Ohio to take over the Indiana program? We’ll never know because OSU’s job wasn’t open when the former Flyers coach was listening to the Hoosiers’ pitch.Established coaches and potential candidates such as Arizona’s Sean Miller, Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall and Virginia’s Tony Bennett are each heading successful programs and have turned down offers from major schools in the past. Given OSU’s lackluster roster and the reality that basketball will never be the university’s most important sport, a fit in Columbus for these coaches is not obvious.Exciting, young coaches such as Xavier’s Chris Mack and Butler’s Chris Holtmann could stay with their programs for another season – both of which bring back talented rosters – and hope to attract a head coach offer from a higher profile school than OSU.Whoever sits in Matta’s former chair in the fall will have a tough job. With just 10 scholarship players, including a former walk-on, and major recent roster turnover, the new head coachBut, it just takes one person to say yes. That’s where optimism should set in. Despite the recent struggles, OSU is still appealing, and there’s an obvious place to start: at the bank.Only two Big Ten coaches – Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Michigan’s John Beilein – made more than Matta in 2017. But if you thought OSU might be cash-strapped as it is buying out Matta’s next three seasons, think again.The athletic department is flush with cash. It is spending $43 million on building a student-athlete development center and $49.7 million on a wrestling facility, and will also be building an arena for volleyball, gymnastics and fencing. They are also reportedly considering building a hockey arena.If OSU thinks it can hire someone to replicate Matta’s success from his first decade as the Buckeyes coach, it would pay up to do so.At Monday’s press conference, Smith said that he didn’t intend to relieve Matta of his duties when the two met on Friday. If that’s true, the pressure is on for him to act quickly and bring in someone who can find the success on the court that has escaped the program in recent years.Only time will tell if the Buckeyes whiffed on their opportunity to find a worthy replacement for Matta in a timely matter. Perhaps Smith has a master plan to land Miller, Villanova coach Jay Wright or Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan.But, maybe he doesn’t.Sometimes, even if the correct decision is made but the window of opportunity is missed, the result is a disappointment. OSU might learn the hard way.Colin Hass-Hill: hass-hill.1@osu.edu and Twitter @chasshill read more

Each Teams Chances Of Winning The College Football Playoff

PROBABILITY OF… Clemson3415 You can read all of our College Football Playoff coverage here. Oklahoma comes into the playoff as the favorite with a 41 percent chance of winning the title despite being the fourth seed. That’s because the Sooners have the highest FPI rating (the metric we use to calculate win probabilities for the playoff games) in FBS football. They’re matched up against Clemson (the third-highest rated team of the four playoff teams, according to FPI), and have a 66 percent chance of beating them and advancing to the final.The other side of the bracket pits Alabama against Michigan St., which made a somewhat surprising move up to No. 3 (our model gave it a 32 percent chance of happening). But that move may not benefit the Spartans. Alabama is better than Clemson according to FPI, and Michigan St. now only has a 32 percent chance to reach the final, rather than the 42 percent chance they would have had if the Spartans faced Clemson. Alabama6834 The college football playoff committee has returned its verdict: No. 1 Clemson, No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Michigan St., No. 4 Oklahoma. Here’s what those final seedings mean for each team’s championship odds, according to FiveThirtyEight’s model: TEAMMAKING FINALNAT. TITLE Oklahoma66%41% Michigan St.3210 read more

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Filip Mirkulovski injured and doubtful for matches with Kielce

Macedonian NT member and one of the best RK Metalurg player so far this season, Filip Mirkulovski got injured (abductor) during match against Spain 17:24 in Skopje at Round 3 of Men’s EHF EURO 2014 Qualification and his appearance on EHF CL TOP 8 matches against Vive Kielce is doubtful:– This is an old injury, which is renewed now. Right now I feel big pain. I have to rest at least two to three weeks. Injury came in the worst possible moment before important matches of my team – Metalurg. I won’t probably go to Spain and I am really sad because of that – says Mirkulovski for official team website.Another Metalurg player, Velko Markovski is also injured against Spain, but expectations are that he will be fit for the next matches…Also Kiril Lazarov was injured during match with Spain, so he went out from the court after just 20 minutes… Filip Mirkulovski injured ← Previous Story Austrians still in the game for Denmark, Johannesson: Small handball nation beat world-class team! Next Story → Men’s EHF EURO 2014 Qual: Derby matches in Veszprem, Malmo and Brno read more

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In a bad mood Chances are your social networks are to blame

first_imgThe study was posted on the scientific journal Plos One.Read: It is not raining anywhere in Ireland right now >Read: Drivers warned to take care in fog and mist this morning > These results imply that emotions themselves might ripple through social networks to generate large-scale synchrony that gives rise to clusters of happy and unhappy individuals.And new technologies online may be increasing this synchrony by giving people more avenues to express themselves to a wider range of social contacts. As a result, we may see greater spikes in global emotion that could generate increased volatility in everything from political systems to financial markets. IF YOU’RE IN the mood to vent about something or want to post a sad update, such an update could negatively impact your friends according to a new study.The study, which was carried out by the University of California, Yale and Facebook, analysed millions of status updates between January 2009 to March 2012 which had a positive or negative focus. Researchers did not personally view any names or words posted by users, and all updates were picked out by Facebook’s algorithm.Unsurprisingly, when it look at the impact of rainy days, it found that such days resulted in fewer positive status updates and more negative ones. When the weather was bad, negative posts increased by 1.16 per cent and positive posts decreased by 1.19 per cent as a result.However, when they looked at the posts of those whose friends were affected by rain, but lived in other cities where it wasn’t raining, they found that such updates had a negative affect on them as well.These friends would post 1.29 more negative posts than they would normally be expected.In comparison, positive posts had a stronger impact on people and were more contagious,  resulting in 1.75 more positive posts being uploaded.The authors of the report said that while there were many factors that affect human emotion, what’s being expressed on social networks does have an impact on how we feel.last_img read more

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Mark Zuckerberg has a stalker ready to die for him

first_imgDoes having a stalker mean you’ve reached the ranks of celebrity status? After appearing on Saturday Night Live, and now getting his first stalker, we believe Mark Zuckerberg may have entered those ranks.However, Zuckerberg isn’t too happy about his 31-year-old stalker named Pradeep Manukonda. So much so, he has taken out a restraining order against him. And we can’t blame him after reading the letter Manukonda sent to Mark which you can see below.The help being asked for is of course money, and in return Manukonda is “ready to die for” Mark. Worrying? Most definitely.AdChoices广告As well as that letter, Manukonda has approached Zuckerberg’s home, tried to gain entrance to Facebook offices, and sent Mark flowers along with a handwritten version of that same letter above.A hearing is scheduled before the end of February after Zuckerberg lodged a complaint against the man. Until that time Manukonda cannot come within 300 yards of Mark, his sister or his girlfriend.If I was in that position I’d also hire someone to keep an eye on the stalker until such time as the courts decide what to do with him. I think there would also be a Taser in my pocket for self defense.Read more at TMZlast_img read more

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Renaming a street after Savita Halappanavar wouldnt be possible under current rules

first_imgRenaming a street after Savita Halappanavar “wouldn’t be possible” under current rules A Dublin City Councillor is bringing forward a motion to rename a street in Dublin after Halppanavar. By Cormac Fitzgerald https://jrnl.ie/3056515 Nov 1st 2016, 4:04 PM 59 Comments To honour the memory of Savita Halappanavar, who tragically lost her life as a consequence of the Irish State’s barbaric and antiquated attitudes to women’s reproductive rights, that a street in our capital city be named in her memory.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, MacVeigh said that the purpose of the motion was to honour the memory of Halappanavar, especially in the context of the current debates around the Eighth Amendment.“The timing was prudent because it was four years this month from her death and the motion would coincide with the anniversary of her death,” MacVeigh said.“It is of course really important to constantly refer to what happened to Savita.With Savita we knew who she was, we knew her face, we knew her story.MacVeigh said Halappanavar’s family were “honoured” by the motion.She said she thought there would be broad support for the motion from her fellow councillors when it is voted on on Monday.“I think because of the debate that is currently ongoing around the repealing the Eighth Amendment and the Citizen’s Assembly that this is an additional gesture that we thought would be a thoughtful, permanent acknowledgement of her memory,” she said.GuidelinesIf the motion passes, it would then be referred the Dublin City Council’s Commemorative Naming Committee.This is where it could fall down under the committee guidelines.The guidelines state that nominations to have aspects of the city named after them will have to have died “at least 20 years previously”.The guidelines state:Nominees will have to have died at least 20 years previously or have passed the centenary of their birth whichever is earlier. A lesser period may be considered by the Committee in very exceptional cases with subsequent agreement by the City Council.Chair of the committee Sinn Féin councillor Micheál Mac Donncha told TheJournal.ie that renaming a street after Halappanavar would most likely not be possible under the current guidelines.“Under the current guidelines a person has to be dead for at least 20 years before they can be nominated,” Mac Donncha said.“Personally I think Savita should be honoured in the most appropriate way.But under the current rules that we have that wouldn’t be possible without those being changed.While the rules acknowledge that a lesser period can considered in “exceptional circumstances” Mac Donncha said that to his knowledge this had never been done.He said he would have to talk to MacVeigh and consider the motion before he could comment any further.MacVeigh said she thought Savita’s case represented “exceptional circumstances” and so she believed the motion would pass.The motion is due to be voted upon on Monday, however given the size of the schedule it may be pushed back until next month.Read: Council and gardaí warn renters of “security deposit” scamRead: “They were broken, full of blood” – four-year-old girl pricked by used syringe in Dublin Image: AP/Press Association Images 17,412 Views File photo of a picture of Savita Halappanavar. Short URL Tuesday 1 Nov 2016, 4:04 PM A MOTION TO rename a street after Savita Halappanavar – who died four years ago – would likely not be possible due to Dublin City Council guidelines, according to the chair of the naming committee.AAA-PBP Dublin city councillor Tina MacVeigh has put forward a motion to be discussed at next Monday’s monthly council meeting around renaming a Dublin street after Halappanavar.Halappanavar was 17 weeks pregnant when she was admitted to University Hospital Galway on 21 October 2012.She died one week later on 28 October after miscarrying and going into septic shock due to E coli in her bloodstream.An inquest into the death heard that Halappanavar asked for a termination on several occasions but was refused because a foetal heartbeat was detected and an abortion could not be carried out under Irish law as her life did not appear to be in danger at that time.MacVeigh is a vocal campaigner around repealing the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution, which grants the equal right to life of the mother and the unborn child.The motion to be voted upon reads: File photo of a picture of Savita Halappanavar. Image: AP/Press Association Images Share652 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Greek charged with Dali theft in NY

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A Greek man proved inept at the art of thievery by swiping a Salvador Dali painting from a New York City gallery as security cameras rolled and, in a panic, later trying to send it back anonymously, authorities said Tuesday.Phivos Istavrioglou also left fingerprints that helped detectives track him down — another misstep in a botched fine art caper that even he found foolish, according to an account of a confession contained in court papers.The second Istavrioglou walked out of the Manhattan gallery last summer with the Dali watercolor and onto Fifth Avenue, he “was scared and couldn’t believe what a stupid thing he did,” the papers say.Istavrioglou, 29, of Athens, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to grand larceny during a brief court appearance in Manhattan at which a judge set bail at $100,000. His attorney had no immediate comment.Prosecutors accused Istavrioglou of stealing “Cartel de Don Juan Tenorio” in broad daylight while visiting New York in June. After pulling it off the wall at the Upper East Side gallery, he stashed it in a shopping bag and flew with it back to Athens, authorities said.“It was almost surreal how this theft was committed — a thief is accused of putting a valuable Salvador Dali drawing into a shopping bag in the middle of the afternoon, in full view of surveillance cameras,” District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said.Shortly after learning authorities had distributed security photos of him that were seen around the world, Istavrioglou took the $150,000 work out of its frame. He then rolled it up in a cardboard tube — “in a manner befitting a college dorm poster” — and mailed it back to New York without a return address, prosecutor Jordan Arnold said.New York Police Department detectives lifted fingerprints from the shipment that matched one from a juice bottle that they say Istavrioglou shoplifted last year from a Whole Foods market, giving them a name, police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. An investigator posing as an art gallery owner later tricked Istavrioglou into returning to New York by offering him a possible position as a consultant.Federal agents intercepted Istavrioglou at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday. While speaking to detectives that afternoon, court papers say, he “indicated he knew the theft would catch up to him and wants to make (the) situation right.” Source: APlast_img read more

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Un astronome amateur découvre une nébuleuse en forme de ballon de foot

first_imgUn astronome amateur découvre une nébuleuse en forme de “ballon de foot”L’agonie d’une étoile en fin de vie a engendré dans l’espace une étonnante nébuleuse, une bulle de gaz qui a pris la forme d’un ballon de foot. Observée par un astronome amateur, cette découverte pourrait offrir aux scientifiques un nouvel éclairage sur la formation des nébuleuses planétaires, ainsi baptisées car les astronomes les ont longtemps confondues avec des planètes.En janvier dernier, Matthias Kronberger, un membre du club d’astronomie Deep Sky Hunters, a observé une nébuleuse planétaire en forme de ballon de foot. Une découverte confirmée lundi à l’International Union symposium qui s’est tenu à Puerto de la Cruz en Espagne, rapporte le National Geographic. Les nébuleuses planétaires, composées de nuages de gaz ionisé et d’hélium, sont engendrées par des étoiles en fin de vie. Elles sont ainsi nommées car au 18e siècle, les astronomes les confondaient avec des planètes. Baptisée Kronberger 61 en hommage à son découvreur, la nébuleuse a été photographiée par l’Observatoire Gemini à Hawaï. Elle se situe à 13.000 années-lumière environ, dans la constellation du Cygne. Presque parfaitement ronde, elle ne ressemble à aucune autre des 3.000 nébuleuses déjà observées. “Très peu de nébuleuses sont aussi sphériques. Elles sont généralement allongées et ressemblent à des papillons, ou à d’autres objets” souligne l’astronome George Jacoby, du Giant Magellan Telescope Organization de Pasadena, en Californie.Une origine mystérieuse Néanmoins, aujourd’hui, la façon dont les nébuleuses peuvent former de telles structures complexes reste un mystère pour les astronomes, qui grâce à la découverte de Matthias Kronberger pourraient en apprendre plus sur un sujet qui les oppose. Certains suggèrent en effet que les étoiles en fin de vie utilisent la gravité et les interférences magnétiques d’une autre étoile proche, ou d’une très grande planète, pour créer ces formes. Mais d’autres scientifiques avancent que les étoiles n’ont pas besoin d’autres corps célestes pour le faire.L’observation de Kronberger 61 sera confiée au télescope spatial Kepler, développé par la Nasa pour détecter des exoplanètes et d’autres corps en orbite autour des étoiles de notre galaxie. Le télescope observera l’étoile en fin de vie au centre de la nébuleuse. Le 28 juillet 2011 à 16:38 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Deputy Premier hands on in missing teenager search

first_img Education Minister tours schools this week Recommended for you Related Items:akierra missick, alicia duncanson, missing, search Ministry of Education introduces pilot program Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Education Minister touts new ICT platform for Public Schools Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 21 Sept 2015 – The Youth Minister and Deputy Premier has joined in the call for anyone with information on Alicia Duncanson to come forward. Hon Akierra Missick reminded that Alicia, also known as ‘Leecie,’ was missing since Wednesday and was seen a couple of times on the weekend. The DP said she has been in conference with both the Police and the Social Welfare Department on the case, informing that a command post has been established to see the 15 year old returned home. I quote the Minister now: “At this moment, the command post has established two arms, one being an investigative arm and the other being a support and counseling arm. Both arms will work in tandem to bring about a swift and lasting resolution to this matter.” The Minister turned her attention, in that press release issued earlier today, to Alicia directly when she said: “Leecie, if you are hearing or seeing this please, I repeat please – contact the social welfare department on 338-2681…” Discretion was also promised by Minister Akierra Missick.last_img read more

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Rural healthcare facilities struggle paying Internet bills as FCC rate review holds

first_imgYKHC consists of a regional hospital in Bethel. Photo Courtesy of YKHC.A program that provides millions of dollars in federal subsidies to help pay rural Alaska healthcare facilities’ high internet bills has been on hold for nearly a year. Internet service providers have not been getting paid what they expected as the Federal Communications Commission conducts a rate review. The result for one facility, the Cordova Medical Center, was a shutoff notice due to an unpaid internet bill of nearly $1 million.Alaska Journal of Commerce reporter Naomi Klouda has been reporting on the delays with the FCC’s Rural Health Care program. She spoke with Alaska Public Media’s Lori Townsend and says the rate review came after the $400 million dollars for rural health care programs across the country ran out.Listen nowKLOUDA: That’s what held up the payment, but it also triggered a rate review because the FCC realized they wanted to understand the rates. How do you justify these costs? What are you charging?TOWNSEND: Naomi, give us a little perspective on this. A million-dollar internet bill… What’s the range of what these hospitals are paying for service?KLOUDA: Well, for example, the Cordova Community Medical Center, because of the fees not getting paid by the FCC, Alaska Communication Services was really having revenue problems. One of the issues was in December, ACS laid off 30 workers, which was a fifth of its workforce. So they sent the letter to the Cordova hospital and said, “Hey, somebody’s gotta start paying these fees.” And it cost roughly $1 million — not quite that, it was 800-some thousand dollars. Now each month is an $80,000 bill at the Cordova Medical Center in order to pay for their telemedicine, just that portion. Of that, because of the way that they wanted to make it fair for rural and urban medical facilities to not be paying these outrageous sums, they are subsidized by the FCC. So Cordova’s portion was $1,060 per month, which is pretty reasonable. So you’ve got about $12,000 to 13,000 per year for that clinic to pay. Now the FCC portion of that was whatever was left over, $78,000 per month — that times 12. So that’s how it ended up being almost a million dollars. Imagine a facility that’s much larger and serving more people like the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation. They would be many, many times that amount.TOWNSEND: Let’s talk about what’s at risk here. Rural healthcare providers need reliable high-speed internet. They’re doing telemedicine. How much is that a part of rural health medicine now?KLOUDA: It’s a huge part, and it really does save lives. We’ve heard lots of stories like, we’re talking about Fort Yukon or Brevik or places outside Kotzebue, those cluster villages, the 56 villages outside of Bethel. We’re talking down King Salmon. So, there’s something like 300,000 people, which is almost half of our Alaska population, that benefits from some form of telemedicine.TOWNSEND: Naomi, you reported some movement on this issue recently. What’s going on? What’s the current situation?KLOUDA: So, back to when there was the $400 million allotment, this pot of money, that wasn’t enough to stretch across the nation — this was the amount of money that was alloted when the program was created in 1996. Now $400 million is like a joke when it comes to all 50 states sharing that. So, they appealed to the FCC and said, “Hey. This needs to be raised somehow.” And Chairman Pai listened; he’s the head of the FCC. He decided, just last week, to go ahead and propose $571 million which would be the amount if $400 million had kept up with inflation during those 20 years. That would be the exact amount it would be today. So that’s under discussion right now. They’ll be voting on it.TOWNSEND: And in the meantime, they have said that the bills will be paid. Is that correct?KLOUDA: Yes. At that point, the FCC spoeksman explained to me just this week that it would be 100% of whatever those invoices are. So going back to ACS, and it’s 70-some thousand dollars per month invoice to the Cordova hospital; that would be repaid to ACS 100%.last_img read more

Official negligence delays construction of Vykuntadhams in

first_imgManakondur: Lack of proper supervision by the village panchayats and the negligence of officials concerned, the scheme of construction works of burial grounds (Vykuntadham) sponsored by the Central government is going on at a snail’s pace and without maintaining quality in the materials used in Manakondur mandal of Karimnagar district.The central government had sanctioned funds of Rs1 lakh each for the construction of Vykuntadhams in every village under Manakondur mandal in November, 2017, under Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGREGS). Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us The village panchayats of respective villages were given responsibility of construction of Vykantadhams. The villager panchayats started the works but they are going on at a snail’s pace in many villages. In Pochampalli Laxmipur, Lalithapur, Vegurupalli, Munjampalli and Veldi villages the construction works of Vykuntadhams have not yet started. Where as in Rangampet, Jaggaiapalli and Chenjarla villages, weeds which are grown in identified land are removed and leveling of soil is done while in Vannaram village the works at pillar stages and in Kondapalkala, Gattududenapalli and Lingapur the works are at a halfway stage and in Manakondur, Pachhunur and Kelleda villages the construction works of Vykuntadhams are at the final stage. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us Only in six villages Srinvasnagar, Gangipalli, Ootur, Maddikunta, Annaram and Khadargudem villages the construction works of Vykuntadhams were completed and are in use. The people of respective villages alleged that even after nearly two years from the time of sanctioning of funds by the Central government, due to lack of proper supervision and negligence of local ruling bodies and the officials concerned the construction works are going on at a slow pace in many villages. Advertise With Us The village panchayats and public representatives are also not exerting pressure on the concern officials to speed up the works, they added. They demanded the State government to take initiation and order concern officials for taking immediate steps for completion of construction works of Vykuntadhams in the respective villages. The Executive Engineer of Manakondur Sathya Prakash said that under the Rural Employement Guarantee scheme Vykuntadhams are sanctioned to all the villages in Mankondur mandal. The construction works of Vykuntadhams were inaugurated by the local representatives of respective villages and the works are in progress in many villages. The construction works of Vykuntadhams in six villages were completed and in five villages the works are at final stage and in the remaining villages the works in progress and will be completed within 15 days, they said.last_img read more

Windows 10 Settings You Should Change Right Away

first_img Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts to Save You Clicks «« Previous Tip 6. Click Yes when warned about unhiding protected files.7. Click Ok. Disable User Account ControlWindows wants to wag a finger at you every time you try to install a program or change a vital setting by popping up a dialog box and making you click Ok to continue. Why warn  you if you already know what you’re doing? Good question. Disable User Account control to stop the needless, annoying dialog boxes.1. Search for “user account control” in the search box.2. Open “Change User Account Control settings.”3. Slide the slider down to “Never notify” and click Ok.4. Click Yes when prompted.Disable the Lock ScreenUnless you have a tablet and, even if you do, the Windows lock screen is an unnecessary decoration that makes you click or swipe one extra time every time you boot or wake your computer. In order to unlock your computer, you have to dismiss the lock screen, but then still have to enter your password or PIN on the login screen. Why not just go straight to the login screen?1. Open the registry editor. You can do that by typing regedit into the run box.2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows.3. Create a registry key called Personalization if one doesn’t already exist. You can create a new key by right clicking in the right pane and selecting Key.4. Create a new DWORD value within the Personalization key and named it NoLockScreen.5. Set NoLockScreen to 1. You set the value by double clicking on NoLockScreen, entering the number and clicking Ok. Change Your Default BrowserIf you upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or 8, you’ll notice that Microsoft Edge is now your default browser, even if Chrome or Firefox was your default before. Edge Browser is a bit faster than Chrome or Firefox, but doesn’t provide the level of extensibility that its competitors offer. If you are a Chrome or Firefox user, you’ll want to change your default right away.1. Navigate to settings.2. Click System.3. Select Default apps from the left pane.4. Click the Microsoft Edge icon under the “Web browser” header. Get to the Desktop in Windows 10 7. Click Close when it is done.If you need to restore from one of these points, you can click the System Restore button on the System Protection tab. If you can’t boot, you can hit F8 or Shift + F8 during boot to get to the emergency menu on some computers. On other PCs, if you can at least get to the log in screen, you can hold down Shift while you select Restart.Show File Extensions and Hidden FilesBy default, Windows 10 hides most file extensions so, when you’re browsing through your files, you can’t easily see what type of file they are. Your quarterly report, for example, will appear as “3dqreport” instead of “3dqreport.pptx” while that web page you saved will display as “homepage” rather than “homepage.htm” or “homepage.html.”Microsoft has been disabling extensions by default for the past several versions of its OS in a misguided effort to simplify the file system for users. However, this approach can create more problems than it solves. For example, I recently ran into a problem when linking to a font file because I referenced it as “myfont.ttf” when the hidden extension was in caps and the real name was “myfont.TTF.” In an effort to protect you from yourself, Microsoft also hides certain operating system files from you by default. But what if you need to find these files or edit them to troubleshoot? And can’t you trust yourself not to delete important files?  Here’s how to show extensions and hidden files in Windows 10.1. Navigate to the control panel. You can get there by hitting Windows + X and selecting Control Panel2. Open File Explorer Options. If you don’t see the icon for it, change the control panel view (in the upper right corner) to large or small icons.3. Navigate to the View tab.4. Toggle “Hidden files and folders” to “Show hidden files, folders and drives.”5. Uncheck “Hide empty drives,” “Hide extensions for known file types” and “Hide protected operating system files.” Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts to Save You Clicks Sync iPhone with Windows 10 Add a Printer Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system offers a lot of compelling features, including Cortana and a new Start menu. However, some of its default settings don’t provide you with the best performance or usability. From showing file extensions to enabling system protection backups, here are seven things you need to change as soon as you get started with Windows 10 after you’ve properly set up the operating system.Enable System Protection / Create a Restore PointWhat happens if you install a bad piece of software or a defective driver and your computer starts acting strangely or you can’t even boot. You’ll want to revert Windows 10 to the previous system restore point, which will turn back the clock on your drivers, programs and settings to a time when the system worked perfectly. However, Windows 10 comes with system protection disabled. If you want to protect yourself — and you should — set up restore points following the instructions below.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/windows-10-settings-to-change?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 1. Search for “restore point” in the Windows search box.2. Launch “Create a restore point” from the results. You should see a list of available drives.3. Select the system drive and click Configure. The system drive is usually the C: drive and has the word “(System)” written after its volume name.4. Toggle Restore Settings to “Turn on system protection,” set the maximum disk space usage by moving the slider and click Ok. We recommend leaving 2 or 3 percent for restore pints but you may be able to get away with the lowest (1 percent).5. Click Create so that you create an initial restore point right away.6. Name the initial restore point when prompted. 7 Settings to Change Right Away Enable or Disable Tablet Mode Next Tip »» Next How-to »» Windows 10 How-tos Eliminate Blue Light With Night Light Control Windows 10 with Your Voice Now that you’ve optimized your Windows 10 laptop, learn how to whitelist programs by opening a port on Windows Firewall. Having issues with Windows 10? Our sister site, Tom’s Hardware, has a team of staffers standing by in the forums to answer your questions 24/7. More Tips Author Bio Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts to Save You Clicks Uninstall Programs in Windows 10 Windows 10 How-toscenter_img Uninstall Programs in Windows 10 Change Your Password in Windows 10 Sync Your Settings Across Devices 5 Ways to Take Screenshots Add a User (Child or Adult) Change Your Password in Windows 10 ✖ The current editor-in-chief of our sister site, Tom’s Hardware, Avram served as editorial director of Laptop from 2007 to 2018. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of our real-world benchmarks, including the Laptop Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU. 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Select the browser you want as your new default (ex: Chrome).Delete the Windows.old FolderIf you upgraded from Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10, the installation program keeps a copy of your previous version of Windows around, just in case you want to roll back. However, those files, which live in a folder called Windows.old, take up 15 to 16GB of disk space. If you plan to stay with Windows 10 (and you should), there’s no reason to keep these archived files around. Unfortunately, deleting them isn’t quite as simple as dragging the Windows.old folder into the recycle bin.1. Navigate to the control panel. You can get there by hitting Windows + X and selecting control panel.2. Open Administrative Tools.3. Launch Disk Cleanup.4. Click Ok, making sure that the C drive is selected.5. Click Clean up System Files.6. Click Ok again.7 Check all the boxes on the “Files to delete” menu, especially “Previous Windows Installations” and “Temporary Windows Installation Files.” Click Ok.8. Click Delete Files. It will take a few minutes to compl9. Click Yes to confirm.It will take a couple of minutes to complete the deletion process.Speed Up Your ShutdownsIf you’re old enough to have used a PC in the 1990s, you’ll remember how quickly it shut off; you just hit the power button and walked away. Though Windows 10 boots very quickly, it can still take a while to shut down or restart. Part of the issue is that the OS waits a long time before exiting any programs you have running.In some cases, Windows 10 even stops and waits indefineitely for you force close open applications. If you decided to reboot your computer, you probably meant to close that Wordpad window with the readme.txt file open in it. You can speed up your shutdowns by setting Windows 10 to kill processes and applications in short order.1. Open regedit by hitting Windows + R and typing “regedit” into the box.2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control.3. Open WaitToKillServiceTimeout.4. Set the value to 2000 and click Ok. This is the amount of time, in milliseconds, that Windows waits to kill an unresponsive service. Most sites recommend you set this no lower than 2000 so that the system has some time to shut these processes without causing a problem.5. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop.6. Create a String Value and name it WaitToKillAppTimeOut. You can create a string value by right clicking in the right pane and selecting New > String Value.7. Open WaitToKillAppTimeOut and set it to 2000.8. Create a String Value called HungAppTimeout and set it to 2000.9. Create another Sting Called AutoEndTasks and set it to 1. Avram Piltch, onlast_img read more

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first_imgTechnology | July 31, 2012 Siemens’ Magnetom Spectra 3.0T MRI System Receives FDA Clearance Cost-optimized system with Tim 4G and Dot technologies facilitates access to premium 3T imaging News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Related Content Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more News | 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 Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco July 31, 2012 — Siemens Healthcare announced that the Magnetom Spectra 3.0T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The latest addition to Siemens’ portfolio of MRI solutions, the Magnetom Spectra system offers premium imaging at a reduced total cost of ownership when compared to other scanners in the product range. Designed for easy and efficient operation, the cost-optimized Magnetom Spectra system is innovative and competitive, two primary goals of Siemens Healthcare’s Agenda 2013 two-year global initiative.“Siemens Healthcare is proud to offer the Magnetom Spectra MRI system, which opens the door to 3.0T imaging technology for a wider range of healthcare facilities,” said Ioannis Panagiotelis, Ph.D., vice president of MR, Siemens Healthcare. “The Magnetom Spectra delivers crisp, high-resolution images that provide the key to a new level of usability and diagnostic confidence for physicians.”The Magnetom Spectra system employs Tim (Total imaging matrix) 4G technology, Siemens’ latest coil generation. This modern array structure allows for high spatial and temporal resolution; previously, images of similar quality could only be produced by 3.0T systems that require a higher investment.The system also consumes less energy than other 3.0T scanners. The magnet-cooling helium is contained in a closed loop, preventing the gas from escaping and reducing the need for costly refills. In addition, various system components help technologists simplify the MRI examination process. For example, the cableless direct-connect coils allow for simple and quick setup, with up to 120 coil elements capable of being combined in a flexible manner. For this reason, even scans with large anatomical coverage up to whole-body scans (205 cm, or 80.71 inches) can be performed in one examination without patient or coil repositioning.The Magnetom Spectra system can be used for a broad spectrum of applications, from diagnosing damaged ankle cartilage to conducting dynamic abdominal examinations and performing functional brain imaging. To reduce exam complexity, the system is equipped with Siemens’ MRI workflow solution Dot (Day optimizing throughput), which enables easy, fast selection of the best scan strategy based on the patient’s condition and the clinical indication. Users benefit from step-by-step guidance throughout the examination, receiving decision-making assistance at critical junctures to support consistent, reproducible scanning across patients.For more information: www.siemens.com/healthcare FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more last_img read more

A week of star treatment is right on brand for Planet Hollywood

first_img By: Tim Johnson A week of star treatment is right on brand for Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica PAPAGAYO — I’ll admit it – I’m not quite ready for my close-up. Having landed in Liberia less than an hour ago, I stash my suitcase with the bell staff and, passport in hand, ready for check-in, stride through the front doors of the resort – and, evidently, onto the red carpet. Like, a real, actual red carpet.Despite my less-than-celebrity-grade ensemble – well-worn cargo shorts and a loose-fitting golf shirt – photographers swarm, grabbing some shots as, a little stunned, I mug, just for a moment, the first flash of my week of star treatment, just ahead.I’m at Planet Hollywood Beach Resort in Costa Rica, a brand new (October 2018) property that sits at the base of the Guanacaste Peninsula on the Pacific coast. All-inclusive and all-suite, with 294 keys, the resort is part of Blue Diamond Resorts, Sunwing Travel Group’s resort division, and the first of a series of Planet Hollywood properties planned for other sun destinations. The focus here: make sure guests have the opportunity to ‘Vacation Like a Star.’PH Spa Pool at Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa RicaI’ve been awarded STAR Class, a cut-above concierge level of service that guests can purchase, and after proceeding past the Green Room – an exclusive lounge just off the main lobby with snacks, drinks, and private check-in/check-out services – I meet my ‘agent’, Felipe.Having an agent is one of the perks, and he shows me to my junior suite which is snuggled, like the rest of the resort, into a verdant hillside, showing me the room features – the Phabulous bed with its hand-crafted custom mattress, the ceiling-mounted rain shower, the balcony with a sweeping ocean view. All room classes also include the above, plus 24-hour room service, a daily-refreshed minibar, and PH Spa bath amenities.Junior Suite Ocean ViewAnd then, it’s time for the rider – just like a rock star. Rather than requesting that Felipe sort my M&Ms by colour or place a chilled bottle of Crystal by my bedside every night, I make a couple simple requests – a bottle of whiskey (one bottle is included in-room for STARs) and a bucket of ice. And while my rider may not run long, Felipe’s services prove invaluable throughout the week — we connect on WhatsApp, and requests that would have required multiple calls (dinner reservations, small maintenance issues) are resolved with a simple text.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTMy STAR Class status also gives me access to an exclusive pool and bar with upgraded beverages, and I make it a nightly ritual to finish each day by taking a dip then stretching out on a lounger there, a tumbler filled with Tallisker in hand as the long, tropical twilight stretches out.Pool loungers at Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa RicaThe Hollywood-glam theme extends throughout the property. The brand owns thousands of pieces of movie memorabilia, and public spaces are adorned with costumes and other items you’ll recognize – a tuxedo worn by Daniel Craig as James Bond, whole displays devoted to Karate Kid, and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.Cabanas feature private plunge pools and a complimentary bottle of bubbles. And shows and events tend toward the glam, too – foam parties in the main pool, neon-bright ribbon dancers in the evening, as well as white parties down at the beach. Even the kids’ club has a full rack of costumes, and children can spend the week writing, directing and acting in their own little movie.Stars Kids ClubThe entertainment theme extends to the dining, too – Guy Fieri, the host of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, has a burger joint by the pool, one of six a la carte restaurants on property, from the Sunset Strip Steakhouse to the So Cal Gourmet Food Emporium. The most entertaining, by far, however, is East Sushi and Teppanyaki Bar, where, at individual stations surrounded by a small number of seats, Japanese-trained chefs juggle their knives and put on a show before slicing and dicing your dinner.Costa Rica is an ideal destination to tour around – and the resort encourages guests to get out and explore through Sunwing Experiences and PH Experiences, their curated list of local adventures, of which I take full advantage.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”On one excursion, joining with a group, we visit the flanks of the Miravalles Volcano, and en route our guide, Hoel, explains the essentially magmatic nature of his country. “Costa Rica is divided into two by volcanoes – they form the Continental Divide,” he observes. “We have 200 volcanoes, and five of them are currently active.”We arrive to find plenty of activity, first hiking over gushing waterfalls on swinging suspension bridges, then winding through the dense canopy past orchids, plumeria, strange, strangling ficus.And then we head to the mud pots, popping almost comically, as sulphurous steam rises from deep inside the earth. We slather on the greyish mud, said to have healing powers, and then wash it all off in a series of nearby hot springs pools, at the same time washing down a few cans of Imperial, the light, thirst-quenching lager pairing perfectly with the super-heated water.And I get out onto the water, too, the next day taking a sunset catamaran cruise. Climbing aboard the double-hulled boat moored near the resort, the Imperial soon flows again, the Latin music pumping, and we make slice our way through the waves to a hidden cove for some snorkelling.Joined by a couple others, I jump off the stern, bringing those beers into the tropical seas to float, and sip, simultaneously. Back on board, lounging on the bow, the sunset comes, but it has some competition.Ahead of us, a huge, looping rainbow begins to develop, becoming more vibrant by the moment, turning into a double-rainbow, at one point looking like it will become a triple rainbow. Behind us, descending quickly to the sea, the sun becomes a ball of fire, illuminating the mountainous islands in our wake.A tumbler of Tallisker, then maybe some teppanyaki await. But for the moment, I’m happy to down another Imperial, relax, and watch the all-natural light show on every side, feeling rather like a star. Share Wednesday, February 20, 2019 Tags: Costa Rica, Planet Hollywood, STAR << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more