TORONTO – Below is a transcript of the full statement released Monday by former Sportsnet baseball analyst Gregg Zaun after he was fired Thursday following complaints by female colleagues of inappropriate behaviour and language.Without any exception whatsoever, I want to issue an absolute apology for any harm or distress which may have been caused by my comments with any female colleagues over the recent past.It has never been my intention to give offence to anyone. I have done a lot of soul searching over the last few days and know that my ignorance of the harm caused by my language does not excuse it — for which I accept responsibility. While I am well recognized for my unfiltered criticism of others within the sports world, which has made many critics and enemies — in ignorance I allowed a similar attitude to influence all aspects of my lifestyle, causing distress for female colleagues.For more than 10 years now, I have had the privilege of working with the most amazing and talented people and I am agonized to learn that they were affected negatively by me. I apologize deeply to all my colleagues and friends for any offence. I cherish and am proud of our achievements working together.In the past, when brought to my attention that I demonstrated poor judgement or language and gave offence, I sought to change my behaviour and apologize for any hurt caused. My remorse in the activities drawn to my attention by Rogers this week affecting unnamed individuals, is that it was never raised before and I naively believed that my language and behaviour were not considered offensive.I regret my blindness to the impact of my actions that I would have corrected at the time, rather than allowing the harm felt to continue to fester.I have been blindsided and emotionally gutted by the allegations and will continue to be regretful. As I look to the future, I am fortunate enough to be surrounded and supported by family, close friends, and colleagues on whom I will continue to rely and thank for their support.
OTTAWA — Travellers, immigration detainees and others who feel they have been mistreated by Canada’s border agency will be able to complain to an independent body under a new measure included in the federal budget.The Liberal government is planning legislative changes to give the RCMP watchdog the additional responsibility of handling public complaints about the Canada Border Services Agency.The budget allocates $24 million over five years, starting in 2019-20, and $7 million a year after that, to expand the mandate of the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP.Border officers can stop travellers for questioning, take blood and breath samples, and search, detain and arrest people without warrants.The agency’s internal recourse directorate handles complaints from the public, while other bodies, including the courts, the federal privacy commissioner and the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, examine various concerns about the agency’s work.But the border agency is not overseen by a dedicated, independent review or complaints body, prompting civil libertarians, refugee lawyers and parliamentary committees to call for stronger arm’s-length monitoring.The Canadian Press
LONGUEUIL, Que. — The Quebec Maple Syrup Producers says the province enjoyed a record harvest this year due to a late spring and cold temperatures.Despite a late start to the season, more than 159 million pounds of syrup was produced in 2019.That’s 41 million pounds more than last year, which was a sub par year and exceeds the 152.2 million pounds produced in 2017.Part of the output increase is due to the addition of taps since the average yield decreased to 3.43 pounds per tap from 3.89 pounds two years ago.Quebec produces 72 per cent of the world’s maple syrup.The provincial agricultural association has set a target of annual sales of 185 million pounds within five years.The Canadian Press
No one has the patience to wait for anything anymore.According to a survey of 2,000 British adults, three-quarters of respondents believe digital technology has made people more impatient than ever before across nearly all aspects of their lives, Study Finds reports.The survey, conducted by OnePoll, was commissioned by stationary supply company BIC. It found 38% of respondents were too impatient to take notes while listening to a speaker during a class or meeting.Jo Hollins, head of marketing & category management at BIC U.K. and Ireland, said in a statement: “Our research highlighted that we’re happy waiting just 2.8 days for an online grocery order to arrive, and 3.7 for a cherished handwritten bit of mail.“Thanks to technology, modern life moves faster than ever but it also seems we’re still willing to wait that little bit longer for a good old-fashioned handwritten letter – an extra day in fact.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Amongst other results, the survey showed that it takes people just 20 seconds to resort to anger when letting the ink dry on a greeting card, become ticked off after waiting 14 minutes for food at a restaurant, and waiting 22 seconds for a movie to load is enough to make them frustrated.Given the ease and convenience of modern technology, instant gratification has become the norm in daily life.Waiting a mere 16 seconds for a web page to load or 25 seconds for a traffic light to change also irked the restless respondents. AIR DELIVERY: UPS launches drone business, seeks to certify multiple pilots Amazon’s new drones to start delivering packages in months The worst culprit? Waiting in line.Forty-five per cent of respondents said that waiting in a line causes them to lose their temper when waiting for an “excessive” amount of time — which amounts to just 30 seconds for some.Despite knowing they are impatient, 95% of respondents agree the old saying ‘patience is a virtue’ still rings true.
Feds unveil plans to stop ‘unfair’ business tax advantages reaped by individuals OTTAWA – The federal government is proposing measures to tighten what it calls “unfair” loopholes for private corporations that enable many wealthy Canadians, including professionals like some doctors, to reduce the amount of tax they pay.Finance Minister Bill Morneau unveiled plans Tuesday designed to prevent some business owners from using a number of legal strategies to shield part of their income in order to gain tax advantages that are out of reach for most Canadians.Even Morneau himself, who had a successful business career before entering politics, admitted that if the changes are introduced he will likely pay more taxes going forward.“We see these approaches to managing people’s affairs through a private corporation as creating an unfair playing field,” Morneau said.“I don’t want to see one small subset of the population advantaged because of our tax code, so it is about creating fairness … All Canadians should be willing to pay that fair share, including myself.”The suggested changes include steps to prevent business owners from using their private corporations as a way to shift some their income to family members, including minors, who are subject to lower personal tax rates — even if those relatives are not involved in the business.The Finance Department believes about 50,000 families in Canada do this, a practice the government calls “income sprinkling.”When asked later Tuesday in an interview to describe the businesses associated with these families, Morneau said “a lot of professionals.”“There’s been a big increase in professionals that have been using these structures,” he said.Morneau said doctors and lawyers are among the examples, but he added that they also include many other types of professionals.To help address income sprinkling, the government is proposing measures such as stricter age-related requirements for family members and tests to ensure their contributions to the business are “reasonable.”Doing so would provide an estimated $250 million per year in additional federal revenue, or about $5,000 per family, the government said.The government also released proposed changes to target those who gain tax relief through passive investment income, which enables corporate owners and employees to make one-time investments from $100,000 of pre-tax income and retain them for 10 years.The feds are calling for the elimination of the tax-deferral advantage on passive income earned by private corporations.Ottawa is also looking to address a tax-planning approach that converts income into capital gains, which are taxed at a lower rate.It has yet to say how much additional federal revenue could be provided by closing those loopholes.There will be a 75-day public consultation period to allow stakeholders to examine and weigh in on the three sets of proposals announced Tuesday.Morneau said he expects to get some push back from Tuesday’s announcement.“Of course, when you change things in a way that make it less advantageous for some people, they’re not going to be happy about it,” he said.The president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business said in an interview Tuesday that he’s concerned Ottawa’s proposed tax changes could have unintended, negative consequences on small and medium businesses.Dan Kelly, whose organization represents more than 100,000 members, said smaller firms in Canada are already preparing to face challenges such as rising minimum wages in some provinces, planned increases in premiums for Employment Insurance and the Canada Pension Plan.He added they are also bracing for changes to NAFTA.“This is a pretty worrisome set of proposals out of the federal government,” Kelly said.“That uncertainty alone, given all the other knocks small businesses are taking right now, is just not a particularly welcome development.”Kelly stressed that he doesn’t take any issue with the government pursuing tax cheats, nor does he have a problem with steps to ensure rules are not abused.The government believes the use of private corporations to lower tax rates is an increasing trend in Canada and has been exacerbated by the shift toward more of a services-based economy.The number of Canadian-controlled private corporations grew from 1.2 million in 2001 to 1.8 million in 2014, the Finance Department said.From 2000 to 2016, the department said the proportion of incorporated, self-employed individuals almost doubled.While these tax-savings practices are legal, Morneau said they are unfair.“I have seen these for years,” Morneau said when asked about whether he came across these practices first-hand during his business career, which included serving as executive chairman of Morneau Shepell, the country’s largest human resources consulting firm.“I have not looked at my personal implications from these changes as we’ve gone through them and I’ve done that on purpose because I want to make sure the system is fair and I don’t want to consider my personal situation.“My expectation is that these changes, over the long term, will mean that I’ll end up paying more tax.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 18, 2017 9:44 am MDT Last Updated Jul 18, 2017 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
According to IARC, a specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization, the disease is a growing global health threat.One in five men and one in six women worldwide, develop cancer during their lifetime, and one in eight men and one in 11 women die from it, IARC’s ’s Global Cancer Observatory says, in its first report since 2012.“These new figures highlight that much remains to be done to address the alarming rise in the cancer burden globally and that prevention has a key role to play,” said IARC Director, Dr. Christopher Wild. “Efficient prevention and early detection policies must be implemented urgently to complement treatments in order to control this devastating disease across the world.”Six years ago, there were an estimated 14.1 million new cancer cases and 8.2 million cancer-related deaths, compared with 12.7 million and 7.6 million, respectively, in 2008.Globally, it’s estimated that Asia will see nearly half of the new cases and more than half of the cancer deaths in 2018, partly because the region has nearly 60 per cent of the world’s population.Europe accounts for nearly a quarter of global cancer cases and one-fifth of cancer deaths, although it has only nine per cent of the global population.The Americas have more than 13 per cent of the global population but account for 21 per cent of cancers and some 14 per cent of global mortality.In Asia and in Africa, cancer deaths (57.3 per cent and 7.3 per cent respectively) are higher than the number identified (48.4 per cent and 5.8 per cent).This is because these regions have a higher frequency of certain cancer types that are associated with poorer prognosis, and higher mortality rates, IARC says, in addition to limited access to diagnosis and treatment.Lung cancer is a leading cause of death for both men and women and is the leading cause of cancer death in women in 28 countries, IARC says.The highest incidence rates of this form of the disease in women are in North America, Northern and Western Europe – notably Denmark and the Netherlands – China, and Australia and New Zealand; with Hungary topping the list.The findings suggest that many countries have much more to do to prevent smoking-related cancers, although a significant number have adopted measures to reduce smoking and exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke.“Given that the tobacco epidemic is at different stages in different regions, and in men and women, the results highlight the need to continue to put in place targeted and effective tobacco control policies in every country of the world,” said Dr. Freddie Bray, IARC’s Head of the Section of Cancer Surveillance.In addition to cancers of the lungs, those that target the female breast and colorectal areas, are the most common types.They are also among the five most dangerous forms of cancer, representing one third of all cancer incidence and mortality worldwide, according to IARC’s GLOBOCAN 2018 database, which provides estimates of incidence and mortality in 185 countries for 36 types of cancer.IARC says that the increasing prevalence of cancer is due to many factors, from population growth and ageing, while a change in the types of cancer diagnosed is linked to social and economic development.This is particularly true in fast-growing economies, IARC says, noting a shift from cancers related to poverty and infection, to cancers associated with lifestyles more typical of industrialized countries.
CONSOL Energy unveiled a state-of-the-art water treatment plant near Mannington, West Virginia, reinforcing CONSOL’s support for coal mining in the region. The new facility is designed to treat a maximum flow of 3500 gallons per minute of mine water. The sources of the water are from underground mine areas on CONSOL Energy’s Blacksville #2, Loveridge and Robinson Run mining operations which is where the water is pretreated for the removal of metals prior to conveyance through around 34 miles of pipeline to the new West Virginia centralised treatment facility.“Nicholas J Deluliis, President of CONSOL Energy said “This facility is significant to CONSOL Energy and West Virginia on many levels. First and foremost, it allows CONSOL Energy to sustain our investment in our longwall mining operation and the numerous family-sustaining jobs required to support those operations in northern West Virginia for the next twenty to thirty years. It also supports our transformation into a truly diversified energy company. When we launched the Water Division one year ago, we laid out our strategy of identifying synergies across our operations to streamline operations, convert liabilities into assets, and minimise our environmental footprint. The Northern West Virginia Advanced Water Treatment Facility is a testament to how rapidly technology has been developed to address energy industry needs and how CONSOL Energy has adapted so we can continue to deliver on our core values of safety, compliance and continuous improvement.“This water treatment facility will allow CONSOL to continue its mining operations while helping to protect our state’s waterways and, in turn, keep West Virginians on the job,” Gov. Tomblin said at the dedication ceremony. Innovations like this plant, keep West Virginia on the forefront of meeting our nation’s energy needs while continuing to improve efforts to protect the environment.”The design at the new facility is based on a Zero Liquid Waste (ZLW) treatment process, which is comprised of a raw water pretreatment system, a reverse osmosis membrane system, evaporation and crystallisation of reverse osmosis reject, and ancillary support systems. The residuals from the treatment process, including softening sludge and mixed salts, will be disposed of in an on-site landfill, ensuring no liquid or solid waste from the water treatment operations will leave CONSOL Energy’s property.Completed in May 2013, the construction of the facility got underway in April 2011, generating 400 new construction jobs over the life of the project as well as 30 full-time permanent jobs required to operate and maintain the facility. CONSOL Energy has entered into an operating agreement with Veolia Water, a division of Veolia Environmental, a global leader in sustainable environmental services. The 10-year operating agreement is backed by a performance guarantee that ensures the future success of the facility.
Videos Articles Bruce Prichard was already working in consultant role with WWE back in January Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling sent this in.Today LuchaLoot.com presents The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling’s ONE YEAR Anniversary special featuring WWE Hall of Famer and Former Intercontinental Champion, Tito Santana. John and Chad sit down with El Matador to discuss his legendary career and go in-depth into the great feuds and matches that helped define a generation of professional wrestling and make names like The Hammer, Macho and The Model house-hold names. We also take a look back at the year that has been in the world of TMPToW as we reflect on the moments and the guests that have helped make the show possible.Listen for a special promotion sponsored by LuchaLoot.com and find out how you can WIN your very own Lucha Loot box courtesy of The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling.Full Episode Download Link:http://tmptow.podomatic.com/entry/2016-01-06T21_00_00-08_00Tito Santana Says He Was Told He Was In Line To Become WWF Champion Before Bret Hart:https://youtu.be/3AkTN9eZf84Tito Santana On Strike Force As A Team & His Matches Against Rick Martel:https://youtu.be/0ngEa_ZOkrQTito Santana On Greg “The Hammer” Valentine & Their EPIC Feud:https://youtu.be/mMKSVE6125EInitially leaving the WWWF under Vince McMahon Sr. & coming back when Vince Jr. was ready to expand and his longevity in the company:When I came back from Louisiana Vince Sr. was still in charge. The only difference when I was working for Vince Sr. it was a much smaller territory. It was regional and when he eventually got sick and he passed the company over to Vince Junior, Vince (Jr.) immediately had big plans and I guess he didn’t dream them overnight and he had been thinking about it for quite a while. But they were different experiences. I had good experiences with both of them and God what a run I had. I think at one point I had been in the WWF in a single run longer than anybody else and up until I left you had Bret Hart follow the time that I did. But for a time I had the longest longevity in the WWF and both Vince Sr. and Vince Jr. treated me good.Being in the first ever match on a WrestleMania & not being in a marquee title match:I never realized it and I was kind of upset because at the time WrestleMania 1 took place I was involved in a really hot feud with Greg “The Hammer” Valentine and we were selling out and we were the Main Event in big buildings and selling out shows that Hulk Hogan wasn’t on and that hadn’t happened too often in the WWF because Hulk Hogan was usually the headliner. So I felt that we had such a hot match that I was very disappointed to not be one of the matches for WrestleMania and I was feeling upset up to about a half hour before we went on. Vince Jr. came up to me and said the reason that you are the first match is because this is the biggest match in the history of the WWF and we need someone to get the people off their ass and I don’t think there is anybody else that can do it better than you can. That made me think that maybe he did appreciate my work and was giving me a bigger position than I even thought I was going to be in and I went ahead and wrestled, did my job and later on interfered in JYD’s match with Greg “The Hammer” Valentine and it turned out to be pretty good. As the years go by I realize just how important the first match of WrestleMania 1 was.Does he think Greg “The Hammer” Valentine vs. Tito Santana for the WWF Intercontinental Title should have been on the show:Well yeah I did and we would have got a pretty good payday but I realized we were still doing monthly shows all over the country and all over the world so if they would have put one match on WrestleMania it would have taken away from going to L.A. and every big town all across the country. I think they were thinking about that also. Valentine and I was a long feud and from what I understand Howard Finkel has made statements that it was the longest feud in the history of the WWF and now there is definitely not going to be any feuds longer than that. We wrestled against each other for a year and a half.Did he ever expect WrestleMania to grow to the level it has reached now and his favorite WrestleMania match:I don’t think outside of Vince and maybe his family that anyone knew where this was going. I know myself, I had no idea the path that it was going to take and where it is now is unbelievable. I think it was WrestleMania 2 when we wrestled in L.A. and I teamed up with The Junkyard Dog and we went up against Terry and Dory Funk. That was a thrill for me to wrestle a guy in a big match who had a part of me getting into professional wrestling in the first place.His history with Hulk Hogan & being a part of the Hulkamania craze:Hulk and I started together in 1977 and he was right behind me and at the beginning he was a really humble guy and I think that I was really blessed because everywhere that Hogan went the territory just seemed to be on fire. The guy got over like a million dollars. We were together in New York in 1979 and both of us went to Japan and then both of us went to the AWA and he went and did the Rocky movie and when he came back Verne Gagne was trying to turn him into a heel and the people just weren’t buying it and the people just kept cheering him because the guy just looked so good. He was the best body in Professional Wrestling and he hit it at the right time and he got over. I made a lot of money throughout my entire career just because I was lucky enough to be in the same territory that Hulk Hogan was in.Tito Santana also discusses his IC Title matches with The Macho Man Randy Savage & his personality beyond the ring, being in multiple successful tag teams, Strike Force, Loving His Matches with Paul Orndorff, Becoming El Matador, Leaving the WWF, Still Working Indy Shows Today and so much more.Please subscribe to The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling on iTunes and via YouTube by searching the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling or visit the OFFICIAL Website of the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling: www.tmptofwrestling.com & twitter.com/twomanpowertrip and also now a part of the TopRopePress.com Radio Network.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipHulk Hogan Says He’s Headed To WWE’s Crown Jewel EventVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration -:-/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0.00%Remaining Time -0:00 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com. Wednesday was a nice day to dry out before the next Pacific weather system was knocking at our door. We have rain and showers today before another weather system rolls in later on Friday. That will bring steady rain and showers over the weekend. There will be plenty of good snow in the Cascades and that will include the mountain passes, with snow falling pretty much non-stop Friday night through Sunday.Then we enjoy perhaps all of next week with sunny skies. It will feel more like December weather with highs in the mid-40s and lows at or below freezing. For those of you that haven’t had a good freeze yet, mainly in the inner city of Vancouver, you will next week. So those summer flowers still showing life in outdoor pots may finally succumb to their end of life.Gusty east winds will blow, adding to the wind chill. This will not be a cold air mass as temperatures in the upper elevations will be in the 40s and 50s. Think inversion. The coldest overnight lows will be, of course, in outlying calm regions of the county.Central and Eastern Washington will get colder each day as warm air aloft traps the colder air near the surface and low clouds will form and bank up against the Cascades. So next week will see plenty of sunshine on the west side, but have that holiday nip in the air, allowing everyone a good chance to be outside without freezing snow and ice.It will be curious to see what nature has up its sleeve later in December as far as a threat of lowland snow. At least we get off to a much better start to December than last year, when it rained almost every day the first week. Overall December 2016 was much colder than normal, with the average mean temperature of 36.8 degrees, nearly 4 degrees below average.
New Mexico is suing the Air Force over contaminated water on and near Cannon and Holloman Air Force bases, the Air Force Times reported. “Today we begin holding them accountable,” New Mexico Environment Secretary James Kenney said when he announced the suit last week….Texas is making a play to get the Space Force headquarters in Houston, according to KTRK-TV. “I hope you will agree with me that the Space Command belongs in Space City,” Gov. Greg Abbott (R) wrote in a letter to President Trump….Port San Antonio is planning a public-private partnership to build a new innovation center and cybersecurity complex, Route Fifty reported. “The future belongs to innovators, and in an increasingly connected world, innovations are grounded in making essential physical and virtual connections,” Port President and CEO Jim Perschbach said in a press release.Texas Gov. Greg Abbott at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Texas, in 2017. Texas Air National Guard photo by Photo by Master Sgt. Sean Cowher ADC AUTHOR
New Delhi: Indo Tibetan Border Police DIG Aparna Kumar has become the first Indian civil servant to scale the Mount Denali in Alaska, the highest mountain peak in North America. The officer climbed the peak on her third attempt, and also completed her “Seven Summits” Challenge, an ITBP statement said here. An IPS officer of 2002 batch from the UP Cadre, Kumar is at present posted as DIG, ITBP Northern Frontier at Dehradun. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us She left India for the mission on June 15 and was expected to reach the summit around July 10. But due to fair weather and also her tenacity, unflinching spirit and unflappable mind, Kumar reached the target much before. She unfurled the Tricolour and the the ITBP flag at the summit. After the spectacular feat, the officer’s next target is to reach the North Pole in the summer of 2020 and complete the “Explorer’s Grand Slam” (Seven Summits and the North and South Pole), which has been achieved only by a handful of people so far.
Declaring him persona non-grata in Kachua upazila, a group of women on Friday brought out a ‘broom procession’ against Awami League-nominated candidate in Chandpur-1 constituency, Golam Hossain.The procession, led by female affairs secretary of upazila AL Rownak Ara Ratna, Mohila AL upazila unit president Salma Sahid and its general secretary Taslima Chowdhury, started from in front of the upazila AL office in the afternoon.It ended at Kachua bypass road after parading the main roads of the upazila headquarters.Later, the processionists burned the effigy of Golam Hossain, also former chairman of National Board of Revenue (NRB).Speaking on the occasion, Ratna said Golam Hossain has no connection with the upazila Awami League.”Leaders and activists of upazila AL and its associate bodies won’t accept anyone except Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir in this constituency,” she said.The ruling party handed out nomination papers to both Mohiuddin and Golam Hossain for contesting the upcoming general election from Chandpur-1 (Kachua) constituency.Both of them also filed nomination papers to the returning officer.
Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad. Reuters.File PhotoMalaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad begins a visit to China Friday, seeking to renegotiate or even cancel major Beijing-backed projects signed under the country’s scandal-plagued, former regime.The 93-year-old leader, who returned for a second stint as premier following a shock election win in May, has railed against a series of deals struck with Chinese state-owned companies by the administration of toppled leader Najib Razak.His government has suspended China-backed projects worth more than $22 billion, including a major rail link, and Mahathir has pledged to raise the issue of what he views as unfair terms related to some of the deals on his five-day trip.During his nine-year rule, Najib was accused of cutting quick deals with Beijing in return for help paying off debts linked to a massive financial scandal that ultimately helped bring down his long-ruling coalition.”We’re looking at the agreements entered into by the previous government,” Mahathir told a press conference this week. “Where we can drop we will drop, where we can modify we will do that — but the most important thing is for us to save money.”Mahathir — who will visit Hangzhou and Beijing, and hold talks with President Xi Jinping during his visit — is seeking to cut Malaysia’s national debt, which has ballooned to some $250 billion.Bilateral ties were warm under the old regime, and Chinese investment into the country surged as Beijing signed deals for major infrastructure and construction projects.But critics said there was often a lack of transparency and the terms, such as interest rates on loans, were unfavourable to Malaysia, fuelling suspicions about Najib’s real motives.Najib and his cronies were accused of plundering billions of dollars from a sovereign wealth fund, 1MDB, in an audacious fraud.Since losing power, Najib has been charged over the scandal and will stand trial. He denies any wrongdoing.As well as the rail link, which would have run from the Thai border to Kuala Lumpur, the government has suspended a China-backed project to build pipelines after alleging that almost all the money for the work was paid out but only a fraction of the project had been completed.Asked about Mahathir’s threat to cancel projects, the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement to AFP that “China and Malaysia’s economic and trade cooperation has maintained a positive growth momentum.”Problems arising from cooperation should be properly handled through friendly dialogue”.Mahathir will also be seeking to strengthen business ties with the world’s number two economy, and will pay a visit to the Hangzhou headquarters of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.China is the top trading partner of Malaysia, which is home to a substantial ethnic Chinese minority.
The company has since begun a private beta test of the Assistant with select Sonos owners, and is looking to scale up the beta test to thousands of homes in the weeks following CES, a spokesperson told Variety Monday. The company will decide on the final schedule for a public roll-out based on the results of that test, she added.Even with the delayed launch, Sonos would still be the first smart speaker to support both Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Assistant. However, getting those two to work together on the same device is becoming a lot less novel. Just this week, Samsung announced that in addition to running its own Bixby assistant, the company’s new TVs will also work with both Alexa and the Google Assistant. Sonos has started a private beta test of Google Assistant on its smart speakers, and is looking to launch the integration to the public this year. Google Assistant will be directly integrated into speakers with voice input, while older models will work in conjunction with Google Home and similar smart speakers.Google highlighted its partnership with Sonos as part of a broader publicity push for the Google Assistant at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Tuesday morning. The company said that Google Assistant would be directly integrated into the Sonos One and Sonos Beam speakers, while older speakers without integrated microphones will receive a software update to make them work with the Assistant.Sonos first announced that it was working with Google when it introduced the Sonos One speaker in late 2017. At the time, the company said that it was aiming to roll out support for the Google Assistant in 2018. However, in a blog post published in November, Sonos admitted that it was going to miss that deadline. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Most PS4 system updates usually consist of “stability updates.” Every once in a while, however, an update brings about a slew of new features and updates. Such is the case with the upcoming 5.50 firmware update (codenamed KEIJI). Though the update is still in beta, Sony has officially revealed the features players can expect when it goes live to everyone.Below is the full list PS4 firmware update 5.50 features via the PlayStation Blog:Play Time Management: This feature helps parents manage PS4 playtime for their children. From their PS4 or a web browser on PC or smartphone, a parent can see how many hours a child has played each day. They can apply restrictions to ensure the child is only playing for a set amount of time or within set playable hours. The child will receive notifications telling them when the time is about to expire so they can save and quit their game. In theory, this is also a way for adult gamers to control their own playtimes.Library UI Updates: This update is to let players better understand what is on their PS4s. In the “This PS4” tab, users can see a list of all applications installed on the PS4. The tab with one’s name/avatar lists all of the apps a user has purchased with their PSN ID. This feature makes it easier to see what games have been purchased but not installed.PS Plus tab: This tab clarifies which games were downloaded from PS Plus’ Monthly Free Games. If one’s PS Plus membership is expired, a PS Plus icon with a lock appears next to games obtained from PS Plus. Users can play these games again once they have re-subscribed to the service.Hide apps: This feature is great for clearing up the clutter in your “Purchased” tab in the Library. You can hide content like betas, trials, and demos. This is the type of content most users will not return to, so it’s nice to know they don’t ever have to see them in their Library.Quick Menu Enhancements: This allows users to quickly access specific friends from their custom list. They can do so via the pulldown menu under the Friends tab in Quick Menu. This also shows which friends are currently online. When listening to music on PS4, users can now access certain shortcuts from the Quick Menu. When listening to Spotify on PlayStation Music, the Square buttons act as the shortcut for volume control. On the Media Player or the USB Music Player, Triangle works as the shortcut for play or pause. Square serves as volume control.Background Music on PS Now: This allows one to listen to their favorite tracks while streaming games through PS Now. Sony notes that, just like when playing a game locally on PS4, some background music may not always be available.Notifications Update: This lets users delete old notifications from their notifications list. This is another feature that’s useful for gamers who don’t want so much clutter on their PS4.Import Custom Wallpapers via USB: Users can now import images and use them as their background wallpaper. Images can be zoomed and cropped to get them looking just right.Customize Tournaments Team Pages: It will now be possible to customize one’s Tournaments team page with a team logo or background imported from a USB stick. Like the previous feature, this one is all about giving players the choice to truly make things their own.Supersampling Mode on PS4 Pro: This feature will no doubt be the one to get PS4 users the most excited. With Supersampling Mode, PS4 Pro owners with 1080p (or lower) TVs can enjoy enhanced visuals. Games that render at a higher resolution on 4K TVs will downscale to match the HDTV. Some games already have supersampling, so this feature is for those without the option. Sony notes that not all games will get better image quality when Supersampling Mode is enabled.Make sure to head over to the PlayStation Blog to get a full rundown on each of firmware 5.50’s features. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target PlayStation 4 Becomes Fastest Console to Sell 100 Million‘Death Stranding’ Is Your PlayStation 4 Holiday Exclusive
The Cowboys made a major statement with a massive 13-10 win over the Saints, and no one was more excited about the big night than former Cowboy Michael “The Playmaker” Irvin, who approached his postgame commentary for NFL Network like he just scored the winning touchdown in the game.To say Irvin was a little excited is an understatement, he was just about ready to head to the locker room and suit up, throw on the old #88 jersey and start cracking skulls. After going on extended rant about the performance, Irvin went ahead and shutdown arch-nemesis Steve Smith’s non-plussed comments with a guttural scream you might expect to hear during an exorcism (1:36).Everyone should find someone that loves them as much as Michael Irvin loves the Dallas Cowboys. The Playmaker was on one tonight..@michaelirvin88 is on Cloud Nine right now! 😂😂📺: #TNF Postgame#DallasCowboys pic.twitter.com/PRHlX6m626— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) November 30, 2018 Advertisement
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JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa sweeps world luxury hotel awardsJW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa sweeps world luxury hotel awardsJW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa was recognized at the 2017 World Luxury Hotel Awards held at the Kulm Hotel St Moritz in Switzerland last week.During the glamourous evening, JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa was the recipient of three awards, namely Global Winner of Luxury Beach Retreat, Global Winner of Luxury Private Beach Resort and Country Winner of Luxury Ocean View Resort – Thailand.“We are extremely proud and truly honored to receive these prestigious awards. It is a testament of the hard work and continuing effort of the entire team who are committed to delivering outstanding guest experiences through service excellence,” commented Keith Massey, General Manager of JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa.“It is particularly gratifying and humbling to receive these honors as they are based on our guests voicing their satisfaction regarding their previous experiences during their stays,” he added.World Luxury Hotel Awards is regarded as the “Oscars of the hospitality industry”. The awards offer recognition for earning the respect of guests and key industry players. Winners are determined by the feedback from over 300,000 international travelers during a four-week online voting period. There are more than 2,000 hotels nominated for the awards in 99 different categories. Source = JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa
At an event hosted by Lynne Clarke, MD of MSC Cruises Australia, MSC Cruises announced its first-ever world cruise and the construction of new vessels.The MSC World Cruise features the industry’s largest and most modern ship to offer this type of extended voyage. MSC Magnifica will depart from Genoa on 5 January 2019 and complete her around-the-world voyage back in Genoa 119 days later. Crossing six continents, calling at 49 unique destinations in 32 countries, this one-of-a-kind world cruise will be an unforgettable dream come true for even the most demanding voyagers, with the comfort and elegance that guests have come to expect from MSC Cruises and its ships.Throughout the 119-day globetrotting voyage, guests will visit some of the most historic ports, bustling cosmopolitan cities and remote, exotic island paradises around the globe. Highlights of this one-of-a-kind cruise include:• Exotic and uncharted destinations:From the warm archipelago of Tonga and the pristine waters of Bora Bora to the thriving culture of Cartagena and oasis of Aqaba, MSC Cruises has selected 49 coveted destinations across the world – many of which are only available to cruise lovers and world travellers alike via this cruise. The MSC World Cruise will also offer guests the opportunity to explore New Zealand, Fiji and the Maldives as well as an expanded comprehensive tour of “off the beaten path” Caribbean islands, with nine ports of call in the region.• Exclusive and unprecedented shore experiences:MSC Cruises continues in its commitment to providing authentic experiences to satisfy the needs of all guests with an extensive choice of excursions. Whether riding the elephants of Pinnawela, snorkelling in the lagoons of Moorea or touring the Nga Bay National Park, guests are able to immerse themselves in local culture and experience the best that each destination has to offer. Furthermore, exclusive to MSC World Cruise, guests will be able to book 15 complimentary shore excursions of their choice to really explore the globe like never before.• True discovery: In order to take advantage of the local culture and activities of each call, MSC World Cruise guests will have plenty of time to explore. With an above-industry average stay of 13 hours on shore per port of call, guests will be able to fully experience and discover at their own pace.• Extended stays in coveted destinations:For popular destinations with a range of activities, MSC Cruises has arranged extended in-port stays that no other cruise line offers, including four full days in Polynesia and three full days in both Hawaii and San Francisco, as well as two days in Los Angeles.• Quality onboard experience:Spending 118 nights on board, MSC Cruises will make guests feel at home thanks to, among others, numerous onboard discounts which include laundry services. Every little detail has been considered to ensure that it is now even easier than ever to make this the voyage of a lifetime.In addition to the immense variety of destinations and experiences to be had whilst on shore, MSC Magnifica will enable guests to travel in real comfort and style. Built in 2009, the ship boasts masterful design and relaxed refinement, with all of the features that distinguish any MSC Cruises ship, including one of the highest ratios of balcony cabins, high-quality service, fresh and authentic dining options including four restaurants and 11 bars, modern and comfortable cabins as well as a wide range of entertainment and leisure activities. From the gourmet restaurants serving cuisine prepared with fresh ingredients and authentic inspiration from around the world to the wide variety of world-class entertainment offerings including a full-scale casino, panoramic discotheque, cigar lounge, 4D cinema and much more – guests will feel the attention to detail in service and design that is a trademark for MSC Cruises.While there are plenty of activities to enjoy at sea, guests can also opt to escape to relaxation at one of the many on board havens. This includes MSC Magnifica’s award-winning MSC Aurea Spa, with traditional Balinese massages found nowhere else at sea in addition to a number of other ultramodern beauty treatments, a sauna, Turkish bath and thalassotherapy room.Under constructionMSC Cruises and STX France have agreed on all the ship specifications and now construction can commence in earnest to meet the required timings. The two next-generation ships – the largest ships ever built for a European cruise line and the second largest globally – will be delivered in October 2019 and September 2020, respectively.The MSC Cruises “Meraviglia-Plus” class is the next-level generation of ships for all seasons, at 331 metres long. Thanks to innovative maritime technology, together with their “Meraviglia” class sister ships, they will be the only ones in their class able to call at all world cruise ports.The two “Meraviglia-Plus” ships’ interior 111-metre-long promenade will feature an LED sky screen ceiling measuring 95 by 6 meters, beaming out visual events and vistas around the clock to create a unique atmospheric experience for guests. The Meraviglia and Bellissima will also feature duplex cabins with private whirlpools.Cirque du Soleil will again bring its unique brand of world-class shows exclusively to MSC Cruises two Meraviglia-Plus ships in a purpose-built dining and entertainment venue in the aft lounge.“Meraviglia-Plus” ships will also feature a unique cultural experience for guests at sea, with the first-of-its-kind classic and contemporary fine art museum. This industry-first feature will enable guests to experience masterpieces from around the globe in collaboration with the world’s premier cultural centres, classic and modern art museums as well as public and private art institutions.Additionally, the “Meraviglia” and “Meraviglia-Plus” ships will feature the latest STX France’s ECORIZON and other next-generation environmental technologies. Among other things, they will result in air emission levels that are already in line with all upcoming 2020 regulatory requirements.
Venues work to include people sensitive to sensory overload by Janet McConnaughey, The Associated Press Posted Mar 3, 2018 5:53 am PDT Last Updated Mar 3, 2018 at 6:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW ORLEANS – A non-profit organization that helps open doors for people with autism has certified the aquarium and zoo in New Orleans as sensory inclusive.The Aquarium of the Americas is the first aquarium to get such certification, and the Audubon Zoo is among the first 10 zoos, according to KultureCity , based in Birmingham, Alabama.The Birmingham Zoo was the test bed for its program, which includes training staffers and volunteers, setting up quiet spaces, and providing “sensory bags” with a “KC VIP” tag on a lanyard, noise-cancelling headphones, “fidget toys” and other items, said co-founder and CEO Julian Maha, an emergency room physician and father of an autistic 10-year-old.KultureCity has certified 40 to 50 attractions around the country, including six NBA arenas, two NFL stadiums and several science museums, Maha said. Another 25 to 30, including the New England Aquarium, probably will be certified within a month, he said.Roger Torbert, the Birmingham Zoo’s vice-president for education, said his zoo uses two pre-training incidents as examples of what not to do. In one, he said, a grandmotherly volunteer put her arm around a weeping little girl and was bitten. In the other, a zookeeper walked up to a boy who’d been reported missing with a loud, cheery, “Hey, buddy!”“The little boy kicked him in the shins and ran away,” Torbert said.Now, he said, staffers and volunteers know to get down to a child’s level, give choices in a quiet voice, and try to look them in the eye without expecting the look to be returned. The most important lesson, he said, is showing parents that they understand what’s happening and will do what they can to help.“Regardless of what’s going on, the parent is the expert on that child,” Torbert said.He said the zoo has six sensory bags and about 50 bag checkouts per quarter.“Feedback from parents is that oftentimes the items in the bag are things they already have, but knowing we have them, they know know we’re more open to them being here,” Torbert said.The Cleveland Cavaliers’ home court was the first NBA arena certified, Maha said. He said that when a fireworks-induced flashback upset an Afghan War veteran who’d come to a Cavs’ home game, someone who’d been through the training spotted his “KC VIP” tag, asked if he needed a quiet place to relax, and showed him to a specially designed quiet room where he calmed himself down.KultureCity also helps develop website features to help guests plan their visits and know what to expect.