Industry and government have launched a tourism plan that addresses the realities of the current global tourism market and sets new directions to ensure Nova Scotia remains competitive. The plan, called New Realities, New Directions, was developed through the industry-led Nova Scotia Tourism Partnership Council. It was launched today, Dec. 4, at the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia’s annual summit. “The Tourism Partnership Council has developed a solid, research-based plan that focuses on delivering exactly what our customers are looking for in vacation experiences,” said Len Goucher, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “It’s an innovative, ambitious plan that will take a number of years to implement. It sets new directions to ensure our industry adapts to change, and continues the long-term trend of growth.” Nova Scotia welcomed nearly 1.9 million visitors by the end of October — on par with the same period in 2005 — and room nights sold were up two per cent provincewide. The preliminary revenue estimate for the year is $1.31 billion, an increase of 1.7 per cent over 2005 and on par with 2004. “The leveling off of our visitor numbers reflects the new realities in our global tourism industry,” said Patricia Lyall, chair of the Tourism Partnership Council. Today’s travelers have less time, want more value and want experiences that match their passions, so we have to adapt our product and our marketing.” “We developed the new multi-year tourism plan with three key strategies to keep Nova Scotia competitive in the face of these changes.” The courtship strategy will make fuller use of the Internet with innovative ways of luring potential customers to novascotia.com, giving them engaging samples of Nova Scotia experiences, and making it easy to buy more tourism products online. The gateway strategy takes advantage of the trend of increasing air travel. Marketing will focus less on large geographic areas and more on target cities with air access to Nova Scotia, such as Washington, New York, Calgary and Frankfurt, while travel by road and ferries will still be promoted. The third strategy is building Nova Scotia’s tourism brand around the core experiences that match customers’ passions, such as food, wine, music and history. New Realities, New Directions can be found on the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage website at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc .
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – In 1829, a uniquely important young woman died of tuberculosis in St. John’s.Shawnadithit was the last living member of the Beothuk — Newfoundland’s lost Indigenous tribe, who died out after Europeans brought violence and disease to the island.She left behind drawings and records that constitute most of what we know about her people.It is the stuff of operas — and is now becoming one.A libretto based on her life is being developed as a co-production between the St. John’s-based Opera on the Avalon and Toronto’s Tapestry Opera.Workshopped for the first time this month at the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John’s, “Shawnadithit” is to make its Toronto debut next summer.The libretto, by Saskatchewan-born, Algonquin writer Yvette Nolan, is structured around the 10 sketches Shawnadithit left behind at the home of explorer William Cormack.Nolan relied on historical texts, including the writings of Cormack — who founded the “Beothic Institution” and sought to preserve Beothuk history — and the work of scholar Ingeborg Marshall.But Nolan said most of her work draws from stories found between the lines of recorded history.“As an Indigenous person and as a feminist, it means we have to read against the grain,” said Nolan. “We have to read what’s not there. But that’s also the story of being Indigenous in this country.”Nolan reached out to Indigenous artists from across the country, including Aria Evans, Michelle Olson, Jerry Evans, Lori Blondeau, and Jordan Bennet, to interpret Shawnadithit’s artwork for the show’s design.“It’s so fascinating to me what she created in that little time, inside that little space,” Nolan said. “It’s not just the artifact that was left, but how it has affected us as Indigenous artists that we get to show the audience.”It tells Shawnadithit’s story from the time she met William Cormack until her death.The workshop paired Nolan’s writing with initial musical compositions from St. John’s-based Dean Burry.Burry had been fascinated by Shawnadithit’s story since his childhood growing up in Gander, N.L. After taking a few runs at writing the opera, Burry asked his longtime friend Nolan to work with him.Once Tapestry Opera came on board, they reached out to Marion Newman to star.Originally from Vancouver Island, Newman is an accomplished mezzo-soprano opera singer of Kwagiulth and Sto:lo heritage. She wasn’t familiar with Shawnadithit’s story, but it was easy for her to find places of connection with the character.“I think any Indigenous person has probably had that feeling, or met up with somebody who said, ‘Oh, I didn’t realize there were still Indigenous people. You’re the first one I’ve ever met.’ Like, that has happened several times in my life,” Newman said.“The idea of actually being a people who is understood to be disappeared resonates.”The task of bringing Shawnadithit’s story to life comes with big challenges — for starters, how to write an authentic story about a people with no surviving members to consult?This was one of the reasons the story is based around Shawnadithit’s drawings. Artist Jerry Evans, who grew up in Grand Falls-Windsor, says consulting with other East Coast Indigenous people has been a crucial part of ensuring the opera’s authenticity, in the music and the language.“You can look at it as being dialectic changes between us, but we have similar things, we have exact words for certain things, for animals and such,” said Evans, who is of Mi’kmaq heritage. “I think we can just look to our cousins.”While little is known about Beothuk musical traditions, Burry says he’s approaching the composition by using natural objects to bring Shawnadithit’s world to life.“Growing up here in Newfoundland, we certainly share the wind, and we share the tides and the rain, and so it was those sounds, those sounds that we all would have heard the same way, that I wanted to start to derive the music from,” said Burry.Burry and Newman say Shawnadithit’s story is well-suited to opera, expressing the idea that music is the universal, emotional language that everyone can understand.“When you think about what opera is, it’s storytelling through music with some instrumentation, rhythm, costumes, makeup, masks, what have you. Most cultures have a tradition of that kind of storytelling through music,” said Newman.After the initial read-through, Burry will compose the majority of the opera’s music, before “Shawnadithit” premieres in Toronto next summer.There’s still creative work to be done, but collaborators like Evans hope they will keep alive her story, and that of the Beothuk people, “so that there’s something more than that footnote.”“They were our relations,” said Evans. “They were people. They were human beings.”Newman says after hearing the initial soundscapes and compositions, she’s starting to feel Shawnadithit come alive.“When the waves are pulling away, that sort of thing paints the whole picture for me — my character, where she’s from, and what her world has been,” said Newman.“Which makes her not just a character on a page, but she’s starting to become human.”
TORONTO — An engineer who approved the plans for a stage that collapsed before a Radiohead concert in Toronto says the drawings contained “very sloppy” mistakes.Domenic Cugliari is testifying at a coroner’s inquest into the death of Scott Johnson, a drum technician who was killed when the structure came crashing down just hours before the show was set to start on June 16, 2012.Cugliari says the stage plans didn’t spell out how to attach beams to the trusses in the roof grid and included “conceptual drawings” that should not have been submitted to the contractor.He says there were also inconsistencies that would likely have been caught if another engineer had reviewed the documents.Cugliari, contractor Optex Staging and the show’s promoter, Live Nation, were charged under provincial health and safety laws in connection with the incident but the case was halted because it took too long to get to trial.The case was thrown off course when the presiding judge was appointed to a higher court, prompting another judge to declare a mistrial. The court eventually agreed with the defence that the delays had violated the accused’s rights to a timely trial.The inquest, which began Monday, will examine the circumstances around Johnson’s death but cannot assign blame. Jurors may make recommendations aimed at preventing such incidents in the future.In his testimony Friday, Cugliari said it would be helpful to have a second engineer look over plans before they are approved and sent to the client.In this case, Cugliari said it was easy to “become complacent” because he was dealing with Optex, a regular client he knew well.“It’s easy to miss something like this because you know the people putting (the stage) up,” he said.He said there should also be special training in university for engineers who work on stages for performances.The inquest previously heard from a Ministry of Labour engineer who helped investigate the collapse, who testified the pickup trusses — metal structures that bore the brunt of the weight of the roof grid — were “the weakest link” in the setup.Saeed Khoorsand said the pickup trusses were the first pieces to fail as the roof gave way. He also said some of the materials used at the site didn’t match what was on the plans.Paola Loriggio , The Canadian Press
CALGARY — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney was met at his Calgary Stampede pancake breakfast by a handful of people voicing opposition to an education law that they say puts gay and transgender students at risk.Kenney was shaking hands and taking photos in a mostly friendly crowd when two women wearing T-shirts reading “outing kids is not in my job description” tried unsuccessfully to have their pictures taken with the premier.The United Conservative government passed legislation last week that erases measures brought in by the previous NDP government to strengthen protections for gay-straight alliances.The clubs are meant to prevent bullying and foster acceptance of LGBTQ kids in schools.The previous law included a ban on school staff informing parents if students join GSAs and a requirement that clubs be set up immediately if students want one.The UCP government has said it does not support automatic parental notification, but that the NDP’s legislation was too blunt an instrument and school staff should be able to use their judgement in certain cases.There have been various protests across the province since the UCP made the Election Act part of its campaign platform in the leadup to the April provincial election.Former NDP Premier Rachel Notley has said the new legislation strips away protections for vulnerable youth.One woman wearing a rainbow “Born this Way” flag as a cape said Monday she was hoping to buttonhole her legislature member at the Stampede breakfast to make her concerns known.“I came here as an ally for the LGBTQ community because the UCP recently passed Bill 8 without adding any of the crucial amendments put forward by the official Opposition that would have helped ensure that GSAs stayed protected both in public and private schools,” Victoria Goleski said.Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press
(Clayton Boucher in his North Battleford, Sask. home in October. Photo: Tamara Pimentel)Kenneth Jackson APTN NewsThe Law Society of Alberta has called in an independent law firm from Manitoba to review complaints against the Crown and defence lawyers in the wrongful conviction of a Metis man in May.It’s done so because defence lawyer Leighton Grey is an adjudicator with the Law Society, as well as the lawyer for Clayton Boucher, 45, who pleaded guilty to drug charges May 30 even though tests showed they weren’t a controlled substance.Only Boucher didn’t know the tests had come back negative.Boucher filed a complaint against Grey and Crown attorney Erwin Schulz in the summer with the Law Society believing his case wasn’t handled properly.The Law Society said Boucher’s complaints, which had been dismissed, are now being reviewed by Allan Fineblit of Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP in Winnipeg.“Mr. Fineblit will review the matter and may be in further contact with you during the review process,” said Paule Armeneau, general counsel and senior manager of regulation with the Law Society.Boucher has maintained he pleaded guilty because he was distraught over losing his wife April 30 in car collision.He spent 129 days in jail and was forced to attend his wife’s funeral in shackles and an orange jail-issued jumpsuit.The convictions would be overturned in September with consent of the prosecution.APTN News first reported Boucher’s wrongful conviction Oct 24.Since then more details have emerged, such as conflicting accounts between Grey and Schulz, as well as when the RCMP got the test results back.Laboratory tests were completed – Feb. 23 and Feb. 24 – on two samples of alleged cocaine according to Health Canada certificates Boucher provided to APTN.The RCMP has refused to tell APTN when it received the results so Boucher said he called the Health Canada lab in British Columbia and asked them.Boucher told APTN he received a call back Friday from the lab informing him the Feb. 24 sample was faxed over that same day, while the Feb. 23 results were faxed Mar. 24 from the lab to the RCMP in Lac La Biche.It is unknown why the Feb. 23 result wasn’t faxed to the RCMP sooner.“I lost more than anyone could imagine,” said Boucher. “I am lost.”Boucher said he was told by the RCMP up to five Mounties face discipline, but the RCMP has only told APTN the matter is under an internal investigation.According to an email from Schulz to the Law Society last month where he defends himself against the complaint filed by Boucher, he wrote the RCMP first informed him the tests came back negative May 3.Schulz provided the Law Society with a timeline following Boucher’s arrest.“May 3, 2017 – The RCMP confirm the seizures did not analyze as cocaine and in turn were buff (cutting agent used to mix with pure cocaine),” Schulz wrote Sept. 28.This is after Schulz said his office requested the results two times – after Mar. 24 – from the RCMP only to be told each time the results were not ready.Also, the Health Canada certificates make no mention of “buff” but rather neither sample was a controlled substance.“May 4, 2017 – I call defence counsel and advise him that the seizures did not analyze as controlled substance. The Crown and counsel agree to a mutual date to have the matter brought forward to May 30, 2017 for summary disposition,” wrote Schulz.On May 15, Grey – Boucher’s Legal Aid-appointed lawyer – contacted Schulz saying Boucher wanted to take a deal and would plead guilty to two counts of simple possession for time served, according to Schulz’s email.However, Grey said Sunday that Schulz informed him the seizures came back with traces of cocaine and that is what he told Boucher.“That is what I was told on 4 May,” wrote Grey to APTN. “The guilty pleas were based upon that.”Boucher confirmed Grey told him the tests found traces.“(Grey) said they found traces of it in the sample bag,” said Boucher recounting the discussion he had with Grey back in May. “He said: ‘Take it. The deal is there.”Based on Grey’s account, Boucher pleaded guilty to under a gram of powder suspected to have just traces of cocaine, something they called “spitballs”.Only there were no traces, at least according to Schulz’s email.At no point in the email does Schulz mention “traces” of cocaine were found. There is also no mention of traces in the Oct. 4 letter from the Law Society dismissing Boucher’s complaint against Schulz.Schulz wrote he and Grey were of the belief the “spitballs” looked and weighed like cocaine and referred directly to the exhibit list.“At no time during the criminal proceeding and sentencing did Mr. Boucher raise concerns that what we alleged to be small amounts of cocaine in his residence with numerous drug paraphernalia was in fact not,” wrote Schulz.However, both Grey and Boucher said he always maintained the so-called drugs were just baking soda.“That is why he instructed me to send several letters asking the Crown to expedite the lab analysis,” Grey wrote. “Mr. Boucher was wronged, but not by me.”Clayton Boucher, 45, looks over court documents related to his wrongful conviction recently in his North Battleford, Sask. home.The Law Society dismissed the complaint against Schulz without two pieces of evidence – the Health Canada certificates and the exhibit list – as well as Schulz writing that the RCMP saying the tests came back negative May 3.“In my view, it does not appear unreasonable for (Schulz) to have incorrectly concluded that the two 0.4 grams were spitballs, especially when you admitted to such when you entered your guilty pleas,” wrote Douglas Morris, information assessment counsel for the Law Society, in his Oct. 4 letter to Boucher.Because Schulz hasn’t responded to questions, APTN went to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC).“At the time of the pleas, the PPSC Agent believed that the smaller amounts Mr. Boucher pleaded guilty to possessing were a controlled substance, and were not the same material for which negative test results had been received,” said spokesperson Nathalie Houle.“When the PPSC agent became aware that the substance was not a controlled substance, defense counsel was notified the same day and the PPSC took immediate steps to consent to the overturn of the conviction and the entering of the acquittal.”Houle replied with the exact same comment when APTN asked – again – how that is possible based on Schulz’s email to the Law Society.APTN also said another fact in the court documents disputed the PPSC theory. On the list of exhibits, Schulz’s evidence, it lists what was seized during the raid of Boucher’s home Jan. 22 in Lac La Biche, Alta, about 200 km northeast of Edmonton.On the list is two .4 gram samples of suspected cocaine with this written exactly below each seizure: “Need to be send to Health Canada.”That is what Boucher pleaded guilty to.“How does the Crown not know their own disclosure?” said Boucher.The same day Boucher was released on May 30 he went to the RCMP detachment to pick up his belongings.He claimed in a complaint against the RCMP in June that an officer there told him tests on the powder had come back negative. That is when he said he first learned there had been tests, he said.“The complainant was crushed by this,” his complaint states, “and it quickly dawned on him that the RCMP knew all along that the substance was not cocaine but allowed him to plead guilty regardless.”Boucher told APTN the officer said it with a “smirk.”The RCMP complaint began to unravel what happened to Boucher as the RCMP called Schulz July 10.“July 10, 2017 – I received a call from the RCMP who advised Mr. Boucher had filed a public complaint. The RCMP advised that the 0.4 grams were not spitballs rather samples taken from the large bags of cocaine which did not analyze,” wrote Schulz.Schulz said he called Grey the same day to let him know.“Counsel of was of the view that Mr. Boucher would appeal,” wrote Schulz.Grey said he learned of the test results July 10.Boucher had already filed his handwritten appeal on June 15 and his convictions for drugs and breaching release conditions, on separate matter, would be overturned Sept. 26 with the consent of the prosecution.As for the “numerous drug paraphernalia” Schulz said was seized, the exhibit list shows Arm & Hammer baking soda was found in the kitchen cupboard, a silver measuring cup, “Chef Elite” Ziploc bags and tinfoil, the RCMP said was “cooked.”Boucher said most of that is found in homes across the country.Police also found in a black bag next to the TV, a crack pipe and three small baggies that were empty.Boucher said no one asked him whose bag it was but said he had a roommate living with him that had personal drug habit.“I have a criminal record. I am not shy about that,” he said. “But I am not a drug dealer.”Boucher was on bail at the time of his arrest for alleged armed robbery of a clothing store in Lac La Biche back in October 2015. Boucher said RCMP allege a crowbar was used.He said there is no security tape, finger print evidence and he has an alibi for the day in question.Contact Kenneth here: email@example.com
HALIFAX – An American family’s striking 57-acre private Nova Scotia island remains unsold, eight years after it went on the market and despite a $2.5-million price drop.Now, realtor Mariana Cowan is suggesting alternate uses for Kaulbach Island, which boasts an 11,000-square-foot main house and encircling sandy beaches that overlook the province’s picturesque Mahone Bay.“This place is really quite remarkable,” said Cowan. “It would make a great resort, a corporate retreat base or a lovely secondary home.”The main house — built by the current owners roughly 12 years ago and dubbed the “Osprey Nest” — features 11 bedrooms, nine bathrooms and 10 fireplaces, and is a short five-minute boat ride from the mainland.“When you arrive you come up this winding driveway and you’re greeted by this magnificent house. It’s hard to believe this home is in the South Shore,” said Cowan.The imposing two-storey structure with grey wood siding and white trim stands in stark contrast to the groomed lawns, lush trees and ponds that comprise the property — navigable by golf carts.Inside, the 12-year-old house evokes a traditional and elegant style. The master bedroom and living room are clad in knotty pine wood panelling. The library features oak walls and oriental rugs, and an adjacent “telephone room” allows guests to make private phone calls.“The whole design was meant to make it feel like an older home, to give it that historic feel. The woodworking, the moulding — everything is made to look like it’s 100 years old,” said Cowan.The seasonal house is equipped with environmentally friendly features, including aquathermal heat.Young, Bella, and the several other islands in the bay can be spotted from the house’s sun room, furnished with french doors, massive windows, slate floors, and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace.The property includes staff living quarters above a double-car garage, a nearby two-level farm house, and a seaside beach house that was built in 2002 — all minutes away from a golf course and sailing club.Cowan listed the property last fall for $7 million, down from $9.5 million when it was first listed in 2010. It has been on and off the market since then.But Kaulbach Island wasn’t always a luxurious destination.The aunt and uncle of the island’s current caretaker owned the property more than 75 years ago and lived off the land, enduring harsh coastal winters that would sometimes trap Ruby and Florence Heisler there for months at a time.“They had no children. It was just the two of them. They had a couple of cows, oxen, pigs and chicken and the land was used for hay,” said Cowan. “There was no power in those days. They used kerosene and the two lighthouses on the island were also run by kerosene.”Caretaker Raymond Hilt believes the island was in his family even before his aunt and uncle took ownership. The Heislers sold it for $11,000 in the early 1970s and moved to the mainland.Since then, Kaulbach Island has changed hands several times, including to two other Americans.Cowan said she’s been looking south of the border and to Europe for the island’s next owners.“The buyer for this property will likely be someone who likes privacy and who appreciates quality,” said Cowan.She said her company is currently speaking with two parties interested in buying the property.
San Francisco: Uber’s next stop is the stock market, where it hopes to pick up more investors willing to bet on a ride-hailing market brimming with potential and conspicuously lacking in profits. The world’s largest ride-hailing service reached a major milestone Thursday when Uber priced its long-awaited initial public offering at $45 price per share to set the stage for its stock to begin trading Friday morning. The IPO came in at the lower end of Uber’s targeted price range of $44 to $50 per share. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe caution may have been driven by escalating doubts about the ability of ride-hailing services to make money since Uber’s main rival, Lyft, went public six weeks ago. Even at the tamped-down price, Uber now has a market value of 82 billion five times more than Lyft’s. No matter how Uber’s stock swings Friday, the IPO has to be considered a triumph for the company most closely associated with an industry that has changed the way millions of people get around. That while also transforming the way millions of more people earn a living in the gig economy. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysThe IPO raised another $8.1 billion for Uber as it tries to fend off Lyft in the U.S. and help cover the cost of giving rides to passengers at unprofitable prices. The San Francisco company already has lost about 9 billion since its inception and acknowledges it could still be years before it turns a profit. That sobering reality is one reason that Uber fell well short of reaching the $120 billion market value that many observers believed its IPO might attain. Another factor working against Uber is the cold shoulder investors have been giving Lyft’s stock after an initial run-up. Lyft’s shares closed Thursday 23 per cent below its April IPO price of $72. Uber “clearly learned from its ‘little brother’ Lyft, and the experience it has gone through,” Wedbush Securities analysts Ygal Arounian and Daniel Ives wrote late Thursday. The jitters about an intensifying U.S. trade war with China also have roiled the stock market this week. Despite all that, Uber’s IPO is the biggest since Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group debuted with a value of $167.6 billion in 2014. “For the market to give you the value, you’ve either got to have a lot of profits or potential for huge growth,” said Sam Abuelsamid, principal analyst at Navigant Research. Uber boasts growth galore. Its revenue last year surged 42% to 11.3 billion while its cars completed 5.2 billion trips around the world either giving rides to 91 million passengers or delivering food.
Rabat – Claims published on several Moroccan news websites that the food aid sent by Morocco to Qatar on Monday was “prepaid in advance” are false, a diplomatic source based in New York told Morocco World News.Expressing “disappointment” at the widespread rumors, the source said that “the information which has been allegedly reported based on a tweet by ‘Meriem Al Thani’ is not trustworthy.”“We don’t know whether she [‘Meriem Al Thani] is real or just a virtual character and whether she represents any governmental entity or not,” the source said. “The Moroccan media rushed to report on this ‘false information’ to deny what was asserted in the statement issued by Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.” The source went on to add that the claims took them by surprise, adding that they immediately searched for the person to whom the “news” is attributed, but to no avail.“We did not find any post about the news on either Twitter or Facebook,” the source said. “We searched for the allegations on Rassd Qatar Facebook page (which was the first to share the claims based on the tweet on Facebook) and we did not find it. Meriam Al Thani’s latest tweet dates back to June 3.”Following the emergence of the claim, the source said that officials had been asked to ascertain its veracity, underscoring that the allegations are “false.”“Qatari officials asserted that no statement about the payment of the goods has been issued by the Qatari government, dispelling the rumors of the possibility of making such statement by Qatari officials in line of respecting the humanitarian initiative of Morocco and its courageous stance.”On Monday, in a written press statement, Morocco’s Foreign Ministry said that King Mohammed VI ordered that food would be sent to Qatar. The ministry stated that the decision is “in line with the teachings of our religion especially during the month of Ramadan where solidarity among Muslim people is required.”The King’s order to send food aid to Qatar followed Morocco’s offer on Sunday to mediate between Qatar and other Gulf countries that had severed last week ties with Doha over its alleged “support of terrorism.”
Justice Lal Rajith Silva and Chandranath Neville Guruge have been appointed as Commissioners to the CIABC. (Colombo Gazette) Justice Titus Budhipala Weerasuriya has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABC).Weerasuriya replaces justice Jagath Balapatabendi who was accused by members of the current Government of being corrupt.
by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 18, 2015 6:32 am MDT Last Updated Sep 18, 2015 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Annual inflation steady as food prices rise and cheap gas helps consumer spending OTTAWA – Lower costs at the pump in August weren’t enough to offset a broad rise in consumer prices including higher prices for restaurant fare, according to the latest inflation report from Statistics Canada.The federal agency said on Friday that Canada’s annual inflation rate held steady at 1.3 per cent in August, unchanged from July.Food prices were the biggest contributor to inflation last month, rising 3.4 per cent, followed by household operations, which includes telecom services such as cable and Internet as well as home furnishings.Restaurant prices increased 2.8 per cent over last year, and prices for store-bought food increased four per cent — but there was some relief for meat-eaters, as the price of beef declined for the second straight month.StatCan’s household operations, furnishings and equipment index increased 2.5 per cent in the 12 months to August.Yet growth actually fell from July, when the index rose by 3.3 per cent, and the agency chalked up the difference to lower prices for telephone services.Seven of the eight components of the consumer price index posted gains, with transportation the only laggard as gas prices fell by 12.6 per cent in the 12 months to August.The transportation sector fell by 2.6 per cent overall as gasoline continued its slide that began late last year, and prices for new passenger vehicles increased less in August than in July.Inflation has been closely watched for signs of flagging consumer spending following the contraction in Canada’s GDP in the first half of the year that raised talk of a recession.RBC senior economist Nathan Janzen said the first-half recession didn’t spill over into the job market, so household incomes have held up despite the downturn.Combined with cheaper gas, that means the purchasing power of the average Canadian has actually gone up, he said.“It’s not surprising that households are still spending and as a result you’re still seeing enough consumer demand to prevent a lot of downward pressure on inflation outside of the energy sector,” he said.The Bank of Canada’s core index, which excludes some of the most volatile items, was up 2.1 per cent from a year ago.The Statistics Canada report was in line with analysts’ expectations.IHS Global Insight Canada economist Arlene Kish said in a research note that the inflation numbers appear to be close to the expectations laid out by the Bank of Canada in its monetary policy report in July.She said that indicates the central bank will sit back and let the market take its course after two rate cuts earlier this year.“There is little for the bank to do now but wait and see how the economy continues to adjust to commodity price volatility and weak global growth,” she wrote.— By Peter Henderson in TorontoFollow @henderburn on Twitter
“The goal must be equitable access for all patients, in all countries, to the highest standards of cancer care, regardless of their country’s level of development,” said Yukiya Amano, Director General of the UN Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).“Around 70 percent of the world’s cancer deaths occur in developing countries. Many of those deaths could be prevented if the right facilities, and trained staff, were available,” he told an IAEA-hosted event in Vienna, Austria, marking World Cancer Day to demonstrate that cancer control is ‘Not Beyond Us’ – slogan of this year’s campaign.To mark the occasion of World Cancer Day, which is marked each year on 4 February, the IAEA’s Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT) hosted a roundtable panel discussion with notable speakers from around the world to address some of the issues regarding comprehensive cancer control in developing countries.IAEA also focused on the growing problem of cancer in Afghanistan.“Like in most developing countries around the whole world, cancer is a growing problem in Afghanistan said the agency in a news release describing how it is helping the country to establish a cancer care centre with in-patient and out-patient facilities that include oncology services. The first and second phases of the project will focus on the population of Kabul and the area surrounding the capital, which is estimated to benefit millions of people.The IAEA, best known for its work as a the UN nuclear watchdog, said it has been working for decades with a global network of partners such as the UN World Health Organization (WHO) to help countries establish comprehensive cancer control programmes that cover diagnosis, treatment and palliative care. According to the Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO), there are 14 million new cases of cancer and over 8 million people die from cancer every year, with 60 per cent of deaths in Africa, Asia and Central and South America. This year, WHO held a Twitter chat with its cancer expert as part of its activities to raise awareness, and shined the spotlight to recall that tobacco is the single biggest cause of cancer in the world and the leading cause of preventable deaths. “Every year, 8.2 million people die from cancer; at least 1.6 million or 20% of these are tobacco-related. In total, more than 6 million people will die this year from tobacco-related diseases including cardiovascular diseases, chronic lung diseases and cancer,” wrote Dr. Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva, Head of the Convention Secretariat, Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.She noted that “televisions, billboards and magazines were covered in advertisements glorifying smoking. Concerts and sporting events were places for the tobacco industry to hand out free products and branded promotional items.“On World Cancer Day, we must recommit to further reduce tobacco use so that a tobacco-free world becomes a reality,” she said.And the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said nearly half of cancer deaths in the Americas are premature, yet many could be prevented by public policies that support healthy lifestyles and early detection and treatment.World Cancer Day, organized by the Union for International Cancer Control is an opportunity to highlight the wide range of actions needed to effectively prevent, treat and control the many forms of cancer. IAEA World Cancer Day Event with this year’s theme “Not Beyond Us” at the Agency headquarters in Vienna, Austria. 4 February 2015. Credit: IAEA
Some 10,000 vulnerable Lebanese and Syrian refugee children received the schools meals in March, the UN World Food Programme announced, allowing them energy to focus more on their studies. “By providing children with daily, nutritious meals at school, WFP can ensure improved nutritional intake for these children as well as encouraging their parents to send them to school regularly,” said WFP Lebanon Country Director Dominik Heinrich. He added that “education is vital to equip the youth of Lebanon and Syria with the tools they will need to contribute to a region that is going through such turmoil and difficulty.” Over the past five years, more than one million Syrian refugees have attended Lebanon’s public schools. In response, more than 250 public schools have introduced a double shirt system, to allow the enrolment of additional students. The WFP school meals programme is funded by the Italian Development Cooperation, and is being carried out in close coordination with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). In addition, WFP assists 600,000 Syrian refugees across Lebanon with monthly food vouchers useable at local markets.
Ohio State junior Lilli Piper rounds third base with the intent to score against Wright State on Sep. 24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternPenn State was unable to answer to Ohio State’s offense on Wednesday, dropping both games of a double-header by a combined score of 16-5. The Buckeyes improved to 26-8 overall and 7-4 in the Big Ten after dispatching the Nittany Lions, one of the worst teams in the conference.Game OneThe Buckeyes came alive in the sixth inning, scoring five runs runs in the bottom of the frame en route to a 9-1 win in the first game of the double-header.With just four hits and three walks, Penn State had no response to the Buckeyes’ offensive prowess..“I think our pitching was clutch when they had runners on and I think we were offensively clutch when we had runners on,” Ohio State head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said. “The combination of those two things limited their runs and helped us get the runs we needed.”Junior right fielder Bri Betschel got the scoring started in the sixth inning with a two-run triple to five the Buckeyes a 6-1 lead. Freshman third baseman Niki Carver followed up the triple with a single that brought Betschel home.Senior center fielder Taylor White joined the hit parade with a triple to center field that scored Carver. White later scored on a wild pitch to make it 9-1.Although the sixth was the most eventful inning, the Buckeyes also scored two runs in the bottom of the first and one each in the third and fourth innings.Junior second baseman Emily Clark hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning, driving in her 100th-career run.Senior left fielder Bailee Sturgeon scored on Clark’s home run and also crossed home plate in the third inning. Sturgeon hit the first triple of her career, then scored on a wild pitch.Senior pitcher Shelby McCombs struck out 10 batters in the winning effort and contributed to the scoring with a home run in the bottom of the fourth.Game Two:Though Ohio State managed 11 hits in the second game of the double-header compared to just nine in the first game, it was unable to cash in as frequently, leading to just a 7-4 victory..Despite the 11-hit performance, Clark, who went 0-for-4, said the Penn State senior pitcher Jessica Cummings kept the Buckeyes guessing during her complete game.“The first pitcher that we faced in the first game, we were kind of all over her and we were able to pick up her pitches pretty well,” said Clark. “The second pitcher was more spin-y and had us second guessing in and out.”Cummings allowed seven runs on 11 hits with two wild pitches, four hit batsmen and four walks.The second game went back and forth with each team answering the other’s runs. But Ohio State put up three runs in the fourth inning and two in the sixth, which proved to be the difference-maker in the win.Penn State scored a pair of runs in the third inning when sophomore pinch hitter Delaney Elling singled up the middle.Two of Ohio State’s runs came from senior first baseman Ashley Goodwin’s home run in the fourth, which was also her 100th career hit. Two additional runs came in the sixth, when Betschel tripled for an RBI allowing sophomore pinch runner Andi Farrah to score. White followed that up with a single to bring Betschel home. Eight of Ohio State’s 11 hits came off the bats of White, Sturgeon and McCombs, who combined to go 8-for-11.Next UpThe Buckeyes head to Evanston, Illinois, next to take on Northwestern in a three-game series beginning on at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Since 1997, real-time strategy fans have been enjoying games carrying the Age of Empires name. But for the most part those games have been limited to Windows and Mac releases. There’s been a couple of Nintendo DS outings, Windows Mobile, PS2, and even an N-Gage port, but nothing on what we’d consider modern mobile operating systems. Microsoft is set to change that, though.The series was originally created by Ensemble Studios, which was then acquired by Microsoft accounting for why it has been such a Windows-focused series of games. But Microsoft is opening up to the fact that there is money to be made on rival platforms, and has decided to develop a new Age of Empires game for release on Android and iOS platforms. Surprisingly, a Windows Phone version is planned, but isn’t a priority and won’t arrive at the same time.Ensemble Studios is no more, so Microsoft has turned to Japanese social games studio KLab to handle development. Little is known about the new game other than it will be a mobile-only release and will appear for sale before the end of March 2014.Although launching a mobile game on the two most popular mobile platforms makes sense from a business point of view, it’s surprising to see Microsoft not focusing on Xbox One and Windows Phone development instead. Surely a new Age of Empires game for Xbox One would be popular? And one that ran on Windows Phone that somehow tied into an Xbox One version could work well, too.As this KLab-developed game is purely a mobile outing that may well be the case. Microsoft revisiting Age of Empires on mobile means they could (and should) also be considering a new console version.
NEW ORLEANS — A second suspect has been arrested in the shooting that injured 20 people at a parade on Mother’s Day, police said Thursday afternoon.Shawn Scott, 24, was arrested Thursday, police Chief Ronal Serpas said. He is the brother of 19-year-old Akein Scott, who was arrested Wednesday night in the shooting.Both face 20 counts of attempted second-degree murder, and Serpas said investigators believe the Scotts worked together in the shooting.Police suspect the brothers were involved in a neighborhood gang and “engaged in a criminal lifestyle by choice,” Serpas said.Akein Scott appeared before a magistrate judge Thursday. His bond was set at $10 million.At a news conference at the shooting site near the French Quarter, Mayor Mitch Landrieu accused the suspects of “callously shooting into crowds of hundreds of citizens.”“The culture of violence is unnatural and unacceptable,” Landrieu said, calling the shooting site “holy ground.”In addition to the Scotts, Serpas said police arrested four people who are accused of helping Akein Scott elude capture. Serpas said their charges are being accessories after the fact to attempted second-degree murder and obstruction of justice. They range in age from 19 to 32, he said.At Thursday’s court appearance, Akein Scott, shackled and wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, stood silently as his court-appointed attorney handled the proceedings.Prosecutors said a witness picked out a photo of Akein Scott, 19, from a lineup. An arrest affidavit said the unidentified witness told investigators that Akein Scott was the person seen in a surveillance video that police released to the public as they searched for him for three days. The witness also said Akein Scott was carrying a silver and black semi-automatic handgun at the shooting scene, according to the affidavit.
Priyank Sharma and Vikas GuptainstagramIf reports are to be believed then Priyank Sharma and Vikas Gupta had an ugly fight a day before the Indian Television Awards 2019 was held. Such was the situation that cops were about to be called for to handle the situation. The incident took place at a 5-star hotel gym in Juhu, Mumbai. Priyank’s girlfriend Benafsha Soonawala was also present at the gym when the fight took place.An eyewitness narrated the entire incident to SpotboyE.com. According to the report, it all started when Vikas was working out in the hotel’s gym and Priyank walked in. After some time Priyank followed Vikas towards the locker room and tried to block the latter’s way. “Priyank put his hand on the wall and blocked Vikas’s way when he tried to leave the locker room. Vikas asked him to get aside but Priyank would not budge,” the eye-witnessed said.The witness revealed: “Priyank pushed Vikas, and before one could blink, Priyank started taking videos of himself and raised an alarm that he had marks on his body which had surfaced because Vikas had beaten him up. At this point, Vikas was running out of the gym but not before Priyank threw a water bottle at him. which thankfully missed Vikas.”The witness added: “Bas phir kya tha. As Vikas ran out, he was shouting that ‘something has gone wrong with Priyank’. Vikas then suggested that they should rather call the police to look into the matter. At this, Benafsha (Priyank’s current love, who had walked into the gym apparently a few minutes after Priyank did) seconded Vikas’s suggestion.”Further, the witness revealed that everyone present in the gym along with the hotel authorities were against the idea of calling the cops. They somehow managed to calm down both Priyank and Vikas.When the web portal tried contacting Priyank, he remained unavailable. However, Vikas said, “I really don’t wish to comment on this and give importance and publicity to people who created this ugly incident and want to be in the news because of it.”On the other hand, Benafsha although didn’t deny the ugly fight, she chose not to divulge much. She said, “I cannot talk about this now as I am in a public place. But I shall call you back.” Vikas and Priyank’s differences started making news when the former went on record revealing his harrowing experience working with Priyank on Puncch Beat. Priyank’s alleged unprofessional behaviour had forced the producer to drop the idea of making Puncch Beat 2. Priyank Sharma and Vikas Guptainstagram
Kolkata: With the election fever having reached its peak, candidates are literally sweating it out in the Sun, as they make their last-ditch effort to woo the electorate. Even as the opposing parties cross words on the battleground, one issue that has served as a unifying factor for the candidates is the travails of canvassing under the scorching sun. Nothing, however, can bog them down at this last-minute as they continue to brave the heat with summer-friendly clothes and a balanced diet. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataFor Saugata Roy, TMCs Dum Dum constituency candidate, a wet towel and insulin injections are a part of his every day campaign kit. “I usually place a wet towel on my head and drink electrolyte water when campaigning in the sun. I have to eat outside on most days, which is not a very healthy thing to do. At times, I even forget to take my insulin injections,” he sighed. Basu, however, warned candidates with diabetes against drinking too much water. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”Candidates often get stressed, when addressing a rally or participating in a debate. It can have a direct impact on sugar levels. It is best to avoid drinking too much water, while sipping watermelon juice instead, once in a while,” he added. Trinamool Congress MLA Mahua Maitra, who is party supremo Mamata Banerjee’s pick for the Krishnanagar Lok Sabha seat, makes it a point to apply sunscreen lotion and wear sunglasses when she leaves home for campaigning. The ruling party nominee also eats less when out in the heat, but drinks water every now and then to stay hydrated. “I usually eat vegetable-based dishes and fruits for lunch. Also, I wear full-sleeve muslin shirts and cotton saris to avoid heat exposure. A strong sunscreen lotion and sunglasses are a must during the peak hours,” she maintained. Union minister and BJP candidate Babul Supriyo, who hits the campaign trail around 9 in the morning, usually carries home-cooked food with him. During lunch break, he visits a party karyakarta’s home, sharing food with his supporters. “I thrive on a sugar-free and gluten-free diet to keep going. There are times, however, when people offer me a sweet or a sherbet which I cannot refuse. Apart from that, music keeps me upbeat under the blazing Sun. I keep humming songs, it helps me maintain my cool,” the singer-turned-politician said. Quite like Supriyo, BJP’s Krishnanagar candidate Kalyan Chowbey loads his vehicle with fruits, coconut water and curd. “My day starts at 7.30 am. I first visit the local market, talk to people before taking to the streets with my team. My day ends sometime around midnight, or even extends beyond that. Only the other day, I participated in a night-long cricket tournament. The love and the adulation you receive from people are your stress-busters in this heat,” Chowbey said. Chowbey is also particular about his choice of clothes for padyatra and roadshows. “During the day, I stick to linen clothes and drink lots of coconut water to stay hydrated. As I am a vegetarian, my diet usually consists of chapatti, dal and sabzi (veggies),” he added. According to preventive medicine specialist Dr Debasish Basu, it is important to have fluids and oil-free food to avoid dehydration under the Sun. “Political candidates or any person for that matter should avoid caffeine and fizzy drinks when out in the Sun for long hours. The sugar in the cold drink gives an immediate kick, but the phosphoric acid in it dehydrates the body. It is important to drink room-temperature water and stick to fruit juices and less-oily food to get going,” he said. Basu also insisted that candidates should wear cotton and linen clothes to stay comfortable. “Cool and breezy clothes help us stay comfortable under the scorching Sun. I would suggest cotton, linen and other breathable fabrics, which allows better air flow, to beat the summer heat,” he added. Unlike Chowbey or Moitra, CPI(M)s Raiganj candidate Mohammed Salim claimed that he does not adopt any particular measure to beat the heat during canvassing as meeting people and party workers in the day is “part of his everyday routine”. “I usually eat less oily food, all round the year. When I am out campaigning, I halt at a local resident’s house for lunch. There are tubewells installed across the constituency. When I am thirsty, I drink water from a tube well,” the 61-year-old leader and sitting MP from Raiganj added.
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Technology | January 10, 2013 Toshiba Releases 640-Slice CT Scanner CT system accurately images patients faster and with less dose Related Content 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 Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The Aquilion One Vision Edition is equipped with a gantry rotation of 0.275 seconds, a 100 kw generator and 320 detector rows (640 unique slices) covering 16 cm in a single rotation, with the industry’s thinnest slices at 500 microns (0.5 mm). The system can accommodate larger patients with its 78 cm bore and fast rotation, including bariatric and patients with high heart rates.Aquilion One Vision Edition also includes Toshiba’s third-generation iterative dose reconstruction software, AIDR 3-D, which incorporates significant system enhancements by reducing radiation dose compared with conventional scanning.The system was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in September 2012 and currently has one install in the United States at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Studies there on CT angiography found coronary scans could be completed in 0.0137 seconds and with less than 1 mSv of dose for an average sized patient. This less-than-a-second scan time allows for single-beat cardiac cycle scans. The 16 cm coverage area also means one scan can acquire the whole volume of the heart, so no image stitching is required.The couch has a 660 lb capacity.The Aquilion One Vision Edition has been installed at Fujita Health University in Japan; the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.; Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre in the Netherlands; Monash Medical Centre Clayton, Southern Health in Australia; Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital in Hong Kong; and Iwate Medical University in Japan. Future installations include University Health Network — Toronto General Hospital in Canada and Rigshospitalet in Denmark.For more information: www.medical.toshiba.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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Crooked CompassEvolution Travel Collective Crooked Compass founder, Lisa Pagotto, says the newly announced partnership for her company and Evolution Travel Collective (ETC) will afford Crooked Compass the “… unique opportunity to launch a Crooked Compass sales team into the market for the very first time.” All reservations enquiries will continue to be directed back to an expert within the Crooked Compass reservation team, with the ETC team to provide on the ground training and support to travel agents across Australia and New Zealand from the start of 2019.“Like us, Crooked Compass wants to challenge the status quo and remain committed to the unique,” says ETC’s CEO and Founder, Pete Rawley. “You only have to look at the way destinations are explored and the development of the Crooked Compass itineraries to see Lisa has developed something unmatched in this space.“Lisa and her team have a true passion for unique travel experiences and a commitment to responsible and ethical tourism which fits perfectly with what we, at ETC, are all about.”IMAGE:Pete Rawley with Lisa Pagotto
CYPRUS can develop into an important energy hub in the Mediterranean, transport minister Marios Demetriades said on Thursday, adding that government policy will include Cyprus’ future maritime transport needs for the island’s hydrocarbons.“Our objective for the future is to consolidate and further develop our role in world shipping and to provide the adequate conditions for a sustainable growth of the shipping sector in Cyprus,” Demetriades said, addressing the opening in Limassol of the East Med Marine and Oil & Gas Exhibition.The minister said that Cyprus has been firmly established as a reputable international maritime centre combining both a sovereign flag and a resident shipping industry which is renowned for its high quality services and standards of safety, adding that the Cyprus Ship Registry today ranks among the leading registries internationally and has the third largest fleet within the European Union.Furthermore, he noted that the discovery of hydrocarbons places new challenges to Cyprus’ shipping industry and creates new prospects for the country and its economy, and a whole new industry is currently emerging in Cyprus to meet the needs of the offshore activities.“Cyprus has the potential to develop into an important energy centre in the Mediterranean. Offshore exploration and production of gas and oil, as well as their transportation ashore, require the operation of specialised ships and equipment and the supply of specialised supporting services. These new developments are very promising and widen the horizons of our shipping industry, creating relevant synergies,” the minister noted.Besides being a successful shipping centre, he said, Cyprus fulfils the criteria to become a trade hub in the region, as well as a transhipment centre for the Europe-Far East trade, due to its strategic location.(CNA)You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboola