(Onion Lake Chief Wallace Fox was not available to comment on the community’s appeal.)APTN National NewsThe Onion Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan is appealing a June court ruling ordering it to release financial information to its band members.The case was brought by Charmaine Stick, who partnered with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation in 2016 to force the band to comply with the First Nations Financial Transparency Act – a law passed by the Stephen Harper Conservatives requiring First Nations to publish salaries and expenses online.“This is like a bad joke,” said Stick who is a member of the Onion Lake band in a statement released Wednesday. “Because the chief and council can’t seriously think they can convince a judge or anyone else that they should be able to spend our community’s money without being open about what they’re spending it on.”In November 2014, Onion Lake launched a $50 million court action against Ottawa over damages suffered as a result of “punitive measures” imposed by the federal Aboriginal Affairs department after the Cree community refused to publicly disclose its finances as required by recently passed legislation.The legal action also seeks to have the Federal Court find that the legislation, known as the First Nation Financial Transparency Act, has no force on Onion Lake Cree Nation and that the legislation breaches the community’s treaty rights. Onion Lake is also seeking a ruling that finds Ottawa has breached its fiduciary duty.Less than a year later, Federal Court of Canada Justice Robert Barnes ordered the federal government to stop pursuing legal action against several First Nations who have yet to submit their public financial disclosure to the federal Aboriginal Affairs department.But according to Stick, 90 per cent of First Nations across the country have complied with the law.“Why are they spending thousands of dollars on legal bills to appeal a court decision in favour of transparency? Grassroots people are demanding transparency and we’ll continue the struggle until we all know what’s happening with the money in First Nations communities,” she said.In its first few months of being in office, the federal Liberals said they would not enforce the compliance measures in the transparency act and lifted sanctions against communities that refused to abide by the law.The government said it would bring in measures in a more cooperative way.An administrator in the Onion Lake band office said officials at the moment have “no comment” about the appeal – but did say the community of 6,200 does have access to the band’s financial records. The administrator would not say if those records included salaries and expenses.2007-2008 was the last time the community filed an audited statement with Indigenous Affairs.firstname.lastname@example.org
TORONTO – Canadian marijuana companies were riding high in the latest quarter as they ramped up production capacity ahead of the deadline for the legalization of recreational cannabis next summer while also extending their reach outside the country’s borders, analysts say.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED), Canada’s largest licensed marijuana producer, was the latest to report its second-quarter earnings, posting a $1.3-million loss attributable to shareholders, despite doubling its revenue compared with a year ago.Still, its chief executive Bruce Linton told analysts Tuesday the company is “driving ahead” and taking actions now needed to position the company for the future, such as strategic partnerships in Denmark and Jamaica.“The international opportunities are now increasingly happening,” Linton said on Tuesday’s conference call.It was a strong quarter for Canadian cannabis companies, said Russell Stanley, an analyst with Echelon Wealth Partners, with many indicating they are on track and on budget with expansion plans ahead of the federal government’s July 2018 deadline for the legalization of recreational marijuana.Still, as marijuana companies gear up for the domestic recreational market amid concerns of a supply shortage, many have also been laying the groundwork to benefit from future growth markets such as Germany and Brazil, he said.“Specifically on the medical front, the potential for exporting to other markets or establishing a partnership on a local basis and produce domestically, in country, is there and very real and in markets that are substantially larger than ours,” Stanley said.For example, MedReleaf (TSX:LEAF) in August completed its first international export of medical cannabis oil to Brazil, Canopy Growth in September signed a supply license agreement to Spain and a strategic partnership in the Danish market, while Aurora Cannabis shipped its first 50 kilograms of dried cannabis flower to Germany through its subsidiary in September.Shares of Aurora (TSX:ACB) shot up more than 28 per cent Monday on the back of its earnings last week that showed a 169 per cent jump in revenues in the quarter ended Sept. 30, and $1.2 million in sales of dried cannabis in Germany, said Chris Damas, the author of the BCMI report.There has been much talk about the potential for international sales from Canadian licensed marijuana producers, but Aurora’s disclosure was the first to quantify them, he said.“These companies are really attacking the export markets… That is really where the growth is going to be. I think most companies and analysts too have come down in their expectations for domestic sales,” Damas said.He noted that the distribution plan for recreational cannabis in Ontario, the largest market, with 40 stores initially is unlikely to support the kind of growth these companies seek.However, the ripple effect of marijuana exports on the domestic supply of the drug is unclear.MedReleaf chief executive Neil Closner told analysts on its second-quarter earnings call that it is there is likely to be more demand than supply when recreational pot is legal.“We may have to make difficult decisions on which markets we initially support and where we allocate our products,” he said on Monday.Stanley says the ongoing medical cannabis shortage is likely to persist in the near term. But with Health Canada ramping up approvals of new licensed producers, to 73 currently, up from 38 at the end of January, the gap is likely to close in the medium and long term, he said.“Whatever supply shortage that we see in the near term, the market’s going to iron them out, ” Stanley said. “Because the single biggest barrier to ironing them out is really no longer much of a barrier.”
BEIJING — Authorities in central China say the death toll in a gas plant explosion has risen to 15 with another 15 seriously injured.China’s Ministry of Emergency Management says about 270 firefighters and rescue workers have completed three rounds of search and rescue since the Friday evening explosion in Yima city in Henan province.The official Xinhua news agency says the explosion occurred in the air separation unit of the Yima gas factory of the Henan Coal Gas (Group) Co., Ltd. It says all production has been stopped.China experiences frequent industrial accidents despite orders from the central government to improve safety at factories, power plants and mines.More than 60 people died in March in a chemical plant explosion in eastern Jiangsu province.The Associated Press
Oxford County OPP closed Potters Road between Middletown Line Road and Summerville Line on Tuesday for much of the day following a single-vehicle collision that left one man dead and several others with serious and life-altering injuries, according to police. The SUV in the crash was eventually removed Tuesday afternoon following a police investigation.KATHLEEN SAYLORS/SENTINEL-REVIEW jpg, WD UPDATE 1 p.m.: OPP Const. Rod LeClair said Tuesday afternoon that two of the four male passengers taken to hospital are now in serious condition. There was no further information at this time, but police expect to issue an update later today. Potters Road remains closed between Middletown line Road and Summerville Line.Two people are dead and police are investigating after two separate crashes in Oxford County overnight and into Tuesday morning. A 52-year-old man who was riding a motorcycle died Monday evening in a crash that also involved a pickup truck. The crash occurred shortly before 11 p.m. on Oxford Road 6 near Road 88 in Zorra Township.Police allege the pickup truck, travelling north, hit a motorcycle that was in the northbound lane.The motorcycle driver suffered life-threatening injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are not releasing his identity pending next-of-kin notification.The driver of the pickup truck was uninjured. The road was closed for eight hours while police investigated.On Tuesday morning, Oxford police responded to a single-vehicle rollover in which another man was also killed.The crash occurred at Potters Road in Norwich around 7 a.m. Emergency crews, including air ambulance, were at the scene Tuesday morning.#OxfordOPP investigating fatal single vehicle #collision on Potters Rd. in #Otterville. Driver deceased, 4 passengers with serious injuries. Potters Rd is now re-opened. Silver SUV involved was e/b on Potters Rd just before 7am. Anyone with information is asked to call #OPP ^rl pic.twitter.com/zFNJxOD8UU— OPP West (@OPP_WR) July 9, 2019According to a statement, Oxford County OPP say an SUV was travelling east on Potters Road when it veered from the road, rolled and came to rest in a nearby field. One male occupant was pronounced dead at the scene while four other male occupants were taken to hospital with other injuries.The name of the deceased is not being released at this time, pending next-of-kin notification.Police are asking anyone with information on either crash to contact OPP at 1-888-310-1122These accidents join a third crash on Monday evening near Dorchester. That multi-vehicle collision left one motorcyclist dead.
OVER THE PAST two days, Web Summit 2013 has played host to hundreds of start-up technology companies.From a way to know when to call it at a night when out in the pub, to a way of helping those with Alzheimer’s disease rekindle old memories, there was a mobile app or computer program on offer that could do pretty much anything you wanted.Here are five of these budding companies TheJournal.ie spoke to at the international conference, and we’ll have more for you tomorrow.LumaFitLumaFit, partly based in Dublin, have created a small device which attaches to your ear and helps you exercise more efficiently.It tracks the progress of work-outs and monitors other elements of your exercise routine such as your heart or breathing rate. It can even help you meditate.CEO Darren Hughes demonstrated the device using some squats:YummyPets.comAs you sit gleefully strolling through Facebook, does your pet ever look up at you with sad, sad eyes, as if to say “Oh I wish I could be social networking like you”?YummyPets.com might help. It’s a social network for pets with thousands of users, and founder Matthieu Glayrouse explains below how it has evolved and helped form real-life relationships between humans:CubeSensorsThis small cube is packed full of, as the name suggests, sensors, which monitor the environment around you.If factors such as the temperature or air quality are sub-standard, the smartphone app that comes with the CubeSensor will tell you how you can fix it. One of those behind this from this Slovenia start-up, Alja Isakovic, explained how it works:RemPadThis app is aimed at benefiting those with Alzheimer’s disease.Aided by their carer, the patient can access old songs or video clips, which often triggers older memories that are still intact, using RemPad, something which can prove to be therapeutic. Julia O’Rouke explains:AlcohootThis plug-in device for your smartphone allows you to track your alcohol intake using a breathalyzer. Once a reading is taken over a set-limit, Alcohoot will prompt you to order a taxi or get some food.Co-founder Jonathan Ofir shows how it works below:All videos by Nicky Ryan/TheJournal.ie. We will be highlighting more start-up companies from the Summit tomorrow.Read: AOL chief issues battle cry at Web Summit >More: Elon Musk’s advice to Enda Kenny on fostering Ireland’s digital economy >
Anyone who had actually seen me playing solitaire on my computer, sipping coffee and wearing a cotton nightshirt with little duckies all over it when I worked would never have doubted that.We reached out to Cecil Adams, administrator of the site, who gave us permission to share some of the Q&As from her post. We’ve slightly edited questions and answers for clarity.Q: Can I ask how you got hired?A: I read about the job in the Help Wanted ads in the local newspaper. There was a group interview in a hotel conference room. In that interview, we were told about the job and given some tips. Those of us who were still interested at the end of the interview were given applications to fill out, and then we did audition calls. After the audition call, a supervisor called us to tell us whether we’d passed and then, we could begin working.Q: How much did it pay?A: When I started, it was $8.00 an hour plus bonus. Bonus was based on requests from people who specifically asked for you. You have to get more than ten requests per month to get a bonus. Most months I ended up averaging about $15.00 hourly. I also got a 1, 2, or 3 percent raise every six months.Q: Did you receive any kind of benefits?A: The only benefit we got was our birthday off with pay. My husband’s job provided the health insurance.Q: Did you have set hours? A separate phone line?A: Yes, my regular shift was 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., which was timed for the kids being in bed. Because of my hours, no separate phone line was needed, but I did disable the call waiting while working.Q: Were you working off a script, improvising within some specific guidelines or just totally making it up as you went along?A: There was no script. It was all improv. We did have some general idea, though, because the call always went to an operator first, who found out what kind of woman the guy was looking for and if he was interested in anything specific. Then the operator would call me and say something like “I have a guy who wants a blonde with …” Then, when she patches the guy through, I already had an idea of what he was looking for. The rest, I was pretty good at drawing out.Q: How did the phone system work?A: At the start of my shift, I’d call in and let the operators know I was ready. They’d clock me in. When a call came, they’d patch it through to me. When the call was over, I’d call the office and let them know I was free again. Break times worked the same way. When my shift was over, I’d call to clock out.Q: Did your employer ever monitor your calls?A: Calls were randomly monitored for training (we did training calls with a trainer who would give us advice on how to improve our performance) and to make sure we weren’t breaking rules. And you never knew you were monitored until after the fact.Q: What do you usually wear while working?A: Well, the coy answer would be “whatever the client wanted me to be wearing.” The truthful answer would be a cotton nightgown or sleep shirt in the summer, sweats in the winter (my office was in the basement, and it got chilly down there).Q: How much variety was there in the kinds of callers you received?A: There was a pretty good variety. I had guys who would call with their girlfriends; I’d have women who may have been gay, or may have just been investigating aspects of their sexuality; I had guys who were into animals, bodily functions, married women who cheat on their husbands, whatever.Q: Did you ever have a call that didn’t go the way you expected?A: Well, probably the closest would be when the guy doesn’t so much want to talk about sex as he just wants to talk. I was pretty good at that, too.Q: What was the strangest call you ever had?A: There was the one guy who wanted to talk to an overweight, 30-something-year-old housewife. And I thought to myself, ‘Boy is he in luck!’Q: How did you keep from just cracking up laughing?A: Boy, it was tough sometimes. In fact, every once in a blue moon, I’d lose it, and fake a coughing fit.Q: Did you ever actually get into it, or did you always fake your enthusiasm?A: Just like anyone else with a normal, healthy sexual appetite, there are certain things that turn me on, and I did have some regular customers that I developed a good rapport with. About 98 percent of the time, I faked it, but the other 2 percent, I sometimes thought, I should be paying him.Q: Were there things you couldn’t talk about on the phone because it’d be against federal law?A: The number one Federal law concerned child pornography. I could not, at any time, portray someone who was under 18 years of age. I couldn’t talk about a time when I was under 18 and had sex (if a customer asked when I lost my virginity, the answer had to be 18 or over).I also was not required (by the company) to participate in rape or forced sex fantasies. Although that was up to me.Q: How did they keep you from taking your best clients and going independent?A: We signed a contract saying we wouldn’t. But when I told one of my regular clients that I was leaving, he told me he wouldn’t talk to anyone else. I told him there was nothing I could do about that. I did however, offer to send him a photograph (not really of me, of course), and when I sent him the photo, I sent him a number I could be reached at, too.I’m sure the company would have been very angry, and I’m not trying to justify my actions, but I really was going to be leaving anyway, and the fact that he was willing to pay me $100.00 an hour versus paying my former employer $85.00 an hour says something. He also calls me by my real name now, and I’ve seen him on TV.Read the full thread with all the Q&As here. Apple discontinued last year’s Apple Watch Series 4 after announcing its brand-new watch — here’s how to decide between the Series 3 and Series 5 (AAPL) The 737 Max will be the safest plane in the skies once it starts flying again Facebook is launching a $149 camera that sits next to your TV and lets you video chat with your WhatsApp and Messenger friends (FB) IF YOU HAVE the right attitude, working on a phone sex hotline isn’t the worst job in the world – according to someone who has done it.A woman who used to work as a “phone sex actress” hosted a Q&A thread on the Straight Dope Message Board, an adjunct to the popular Straight Dope column that’s published in more than 30 newspapers in the US and Canada.“Tonya” says she’s a “nice girl” who worked in the industry from 1994 to 1997 because “the money was better than anything else I was qualified to do (or at least anything else that was legal).”“Hey, as far as I was concerned, it was an acting job,” she wrote. 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GARDAÍ HAVE CONFIRMED the death of a young man in Donegal overnight.The body of the 21-year-old was discovered at a property in St. Johnston at about 4.30am.Gardaí in Carrigans are investigating the circumstances of his death but are treating it as not suspicious.According to local media reports, three other men and a woman who were in the same building were hospitalised.All four had been out celebrating a 21st birthday.BBC News reports a possible drugs link.READ: Gardaí seize ‘Captain America’ LSD after students warned of drug cocktailMore: HSE issues alert as green ecstasy pills kill two people in the last four days
It was bound to happen, right? Sure, we won’t be seeing the real Steve Jobs until he returns from his latest medical leave, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t reflect on some of his greatest moments via the magic of Autotune, right?Video of Jobs’s iPhone announcement in all of its Autotune glory, after the jump. Just ’cause.
Le code source d’Android Jelly Bean révéléGoogle a mis à la disposition des développeurs le code source de son dernier système d’exploitation qui prend la succession d’Ice Cream Sandwich.Très attendue, la libération du code source du nouvel OS Android, Jelly Bean, a été réalisée par Google. A partir de ce jour et conformément à ce qui avait été prévu lors de la conférence Google I/O, les développeurs vont pouvoir travailler leurs applications sur le nouveau système d’exploitation, qui fait suite à Ice Cream Sandwich, l’OS équipant quelque 10% des terminaux Android. On peut d’ailleurs noter qu’au contraire de ce qui s’est passé avec Ice Cream Sandwich, Google a bien fait attention à libérer le code source relativement tôt, précise IT Espresso.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ce code source est placé sous le régime de la licence Android Open Source Project (AOSP) et sera disponible dans la branche jb-dev, sous l’identificateur android-4.1.1_r1. Avec Jelly Bean, Google espère continuer sur la voie tracée par Ice Cream Sandwich, à savoir l’unification des expériences mobiles, sur smartphones ou tablettes. Les développeurs commenceront par travailler sur les images système de la tablette Nexus 7 et du smartphone Galaxy Nexus, avant de passer au Nexus S.On peut noter que des projets indépendants, comme le CyanogenMod (une ROM alternative voulue universelle), vont pouvoir utiliser ce code source, par exemple afin d’offrir une mise à jour de certains terminaux tournant encore sous Android Gingerbread (2.3) ou Honeycomb (3). Une liberté relative qui contraste avec ce qui se passe chez Apple avec iOS ou Microsoft avec le futur Windows 8, beaucoup plus restrictifs sur ce plan. Android Jelly Bean offrira pas mal de nouveautés par rapport à son prédécesseur, les widgets “intelligents”, des actions automatisées, un système de reconnaissance vocale encore améliorée ou encore le compagnon Google Now. Les utilisateurs verront ainsi leur expérience mobile toujours plus simplifiée par ces différents biais. Le 14 juillet 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambert
Gianluigi Buffon admits he regrets missing out on the chance of playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, but adds that he’s at Paris Saint-Germain to help Neymar win the Ballon d’OrThe veteran goalkeeper ended his 17-year association with Juventus last summer in favour of a free transfer to PSG on July 6.Just four days later, Ronaldo completed his €112m switch from Real Madrid to Juventus in an Italian-record deal.While admitting the prospect of teaming up Ronaldo at Turin would have been tempting, however, Buffon revealed that playing with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe at PSG convinced him to prolong his career.“I’ve always liked playing with the best players,” Buffon told Esporte Interativo on Twitter.Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“I think I’ve played with the best players, although it’s clear that you can’t play with everyone, otherwise you should change team every year.“Of course I’d have liked to play with Cristiano Ronaldo, but I have to say that one of the reasons why I kept playing was that I received a call from Paris Saint-Germain, where Neymar and Mbappe play.“They, along with Messi, are the best players in the world, as well as Griezmann. PSG are aiming high and Neymar and Mbappe, I must say, are two important reasons behind my decision [to sign for PSG].“I’m here in Paris to help Neymar win the Ballon d’Or. He has everything to win at least two. He only needs to convince himself.”Buffon has made 13 appearances for PSG in all competitions since arriving at the French capital last summer.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 3, 2017 – Nassau – Police are questioning a man, who was brought in to them for the double homicide which took the precious young life of 8-year old #EugeneWoodside of Chippingham, Nassau. Chief Superintendant Solomon Cash confirmed that they have a suspect, brought in since Thursday.A media report explains that Eugene, a student of Albury Sayle Primary school was studying his spelling words when he was shot in the chest by a stray bullet; also killed in a hail of bullets was the believed intended target, a man in his 20s, Dennis Moss. An eight month old baby boy was killed just weeks prior, also an outrage to The Bahamian public, then too the suspect was turned into Police and has since been charged.#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you Related Items:#EugeneWoodside, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp 25 year old man charged with capital murder of 8 year old boy in Nassau
OLYMPIA (AP) — Washington state has warned a construction company that it will be liable for property damages and firefighting costs if investigators determine its work started a wildfire northwest of Ellensburg.The Washington state Department of Transportation notified Ridgefield-based Conway Construction Co. by letter on Friday that its contract makes the company responsible for safety at the work site, especially risks of fire.The Taylor Bridge Fire is believed to have originated Aug. 13 at a bridge construction site near Cle Elum. The project is under contract to Conway Construction and its subcontractors.The Department of Natural Resources has not yet completed its investigation into the fire’s cause.The fire blackened more than 36 square miles, or 23,500 acres, and destroyed nearly 100 structures. It was fully contained at the end of August.
PORTLAND — A sense of optimism tinged with concern for those left behind in the post-recession economy permeated Greater Portland Inc.’s 7th Annual Economic Summit held Tuesday morning at the Portland Art Museum, an event that attracted a full house of regional business and political leaders, including many from Clark County.Local and national economic development experts praised the region as a place that offers a skilled workforce, abundant water and low energy costs, relatively inexpensive land, and a quality of life that encompasses marriage equality and “bacon on maple bars,” in the words of Alisa Pyszka, a Greater Portland Inc. vice president who was formerly Vancouver’s economic development director.But the Portland region and the nation face the daunting challenges of a 4 percent post-recession decline in median incomes despite productivity increases; a shortage of 5.6 million jobs needed to return to pre-recession employment, adjusted for population growth; and a 23 percent unemployment rate among workers ages 16 to 19.Those numbers were part of a presentation by Amy Liu, co-director of the Brooking Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program. Liu is working on a program called the Global Cities Initiative, co-sponsored by JPMorgan Chase, to help leaders in some 100 U.S. metropolitan regions focus their economies on world markets.In her information-packed presentation, Liu downplayed the importance of competing for business relocations, saying that only 2 percent of new jobs come from such moves, which often require heavy subsidies. Instead of such recruitments, she said, “we need to visibly reward expansion and jobs” from established businesses.
Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Chris Monroe/CNET Comment The Cheapskate Angela Lang/CNET Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. 1 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $6 at Tidal 7 $60 at Best Buy DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $520 at HP Read Google Home Hub review Sprint Amazon Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Share your voice JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) See It An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $999 Boost Mobile Tags Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $210 at Best Buy Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Tags Read the Rylo camera preview Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Share your voice See It Sarah Tew/CNET Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. See at Amazon Internet,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Sarah Tew/CNET Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sarah Tew/CNET $999 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See at Turo Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $59 at eBay See it Turo $999 Best Buy Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Read the AirPods review DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) See It $299 at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 Apple iPhone XS $155 at Google Express Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Rylo Comments Chesnot / Getty Images Twitter on Monday launched its prototype app, “twttr,” which lets testers try out new features and provide feedback. Twttr is the social network’s original name.The Twitter Prototype Program will try to make conversations easier to find and follow. Users can apply to join the program on Twitter’s site. They’ll get an email within a few weeks about their application status. Those who are chosen for the program are asked to use twttr as their primary Twitter app, according to a series of screenshots posted by social media consultant Matt Navarra. They’re also encouraged to tweet screenshots about the new features they’re testing with the hashtag #LetsHaveAConvo, and to share their honest feedback with Twitter through a form. The social media company has been exploring the idea of adding color to replies so that a user who posts an initial tweet will see their responses in grey while replies from followers will be in blue. Twitter has also been considering a new design for replies, such as making them look more round so conversions appear “chat-like.”Some of the features being tested might not be released to the public, or they could change, the company has said. If a feature is successful in testing, it might not be available to the public for months. Twitter has also said that most participants in the prototype program will be English or Japanese speakers. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Read DJI Osmo Action preview Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20)
Download AudioSoutheast Alaska’s largest tribal organization is getting $500,000 from the federal government to make energy efficiency upgrades to its Juneau headquarters.The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska hopes to reduce energy use by 30 percent and save about $15,000 a year with the improvements to the Andrew Hope Building.The tribe will match the federal government’s half-million dollar investment in the project, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. The agency this week announced $6 million will go to 11 organizations nationwide through its Tribal Energy Program.The Andrew Hope Building is about 41,000 square feet and was built in 1983.The Central Council is the tribal government for more than 29,000 Tlingit and Haida Indians worldwide.Tribal officials could not be reached for comment.
A woman assists an injured person after an incident on Westminster Bridge in London, Britain March 22, 2017. Photo: ReutersFour people were killed and at least 50 people from 12 different countries were injured in the terror attack on Wednesday outside Britain’s parliament.The attacker drove through crowds of pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing a British woman picking up her children from school, an American man visiting London with his wife to celebrate their wedding anniversary and a 75-year-old man from London.He then crashed into the gates of the Palace of Westminster before fatally stabbing a police officer and then being shot dead himself.Here is what we know about the victims. ‘Hero’ police officer Keith Palmer, a 48-year-old member of the parliamentary protection force, was fatally stabbed as he stood guard at the Westminster vehicle gates.Prime Minister Theresa May said the husband and father, who had been a police officer for 15 years, was “every inch a hero”.He previously served in the British army alongside James Cleverly, now a Conservative MP, who tweeted: “A lovely man, a friend. I’m heartbroken.”As a tribute, Charlton Athletic football club placed a scarf in its red and white colours on Seat 166 of its stadium, which Palmer held as a season ticket holder.Thousands of people also donated money to Palmer’s family via a crowdfunding page set up by the police force union.By early Friday, it had collected £435,000 ($543,000, 503,000 euros). Mother-of-two Colleagues of Aysha Frade, a mother who was run down as she was on her way to pick up her children, said she was “loved” and would be “deeply missed”.A Spanish diplomatic source told AFP that Frade was a 43-year-old British national whose mother was Spanish.Media reports said her daughters were seven and nine years old.Rachel Borland, principal of DLD College London where Frade worked in the administration team, said she was “highly regarded and loved by our students and by her colleagues”.’A great American’ Kurt Cochran, 54, from Utah in the United States, had been in London with his wife Melissa Payne to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.”Our family is heartbroken,” his brother-in-law Clint Payne said in a statement emailed to AFP.US President Donald Trump took to Twitter to pay tribute to “a great American” adding that his “prayers and condolences are with the family and friends”.Cochran’s wife is reportedly in hospital, where she is recovering from a broken leg and rib and a cut on her head. 75-year-old Londoner Leslie Rhodes, 75, from Streatham in south London, died of his wounds late on Thursday.”The man had been receiving medical treatment in hospital following the attack and life support was withdrawn this evening,” police said, without giving further details of the victim’s background.Injured Police said 31 of at least 50 people wounded were treated in hospital. Two people remained in “critical condition” on Friday, while another has life-threatening injuries.Three French pupils on a school trip to London, all aged 15 or 16, were among those hurt, including two who suffered broken bones but were not reported to be in life-threatening condition.The teenagers are from a high school in Concarneau, in the northwestern Brittany region, and were joined by their families on Wednesday evening. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault also visited them in hospital in London.Five South Korean tourists — four women and a man in their 50s and 60s — were wounded after being knocked to the ground by people fleeing as the assailant mowed down pedestrians, Seoul said.May said that among those hospitalised were 12 Britons as well as two Greeks and two Romanians, one German, one Pole, one Irish citizen, one Chinese national, one Italian and one American.On Thursday, she paid a private visit to some of the victims at London’s Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.A seriously injured woman rescued from the River Thames near Westminster Bridge was believed to be Romanian, as was her fiance, named by local media as Andreea Cristea, a 29-year-old architect, and Andrei Burnez.The injured also included three police officers returning from an event recognising their bravery, two of whom have very significant injuries.Among the injured Britons were four students from Edge Hill University in Ormskirk in northwest England, who were on an educational visit to the parliament.One of them, Travis Frain, 19, was thrown over the bonnet of the car and broke his leg and arm.”He loves politics, that is his ideal trip, going to parliament. He was probably buzzing with excitement,” his mother Angela Frain said.
© 2019 Science X Network Upper panel: Fit of the effective temperature to the first three Balmer lines (labeled) in the MIKE high-resolution spectrum, compared to models at the preferred Teff = 4850 K. The lines are shown on a velocity scale centred on each line, and have been offset vertically. The grey shaded blocks represent the wavelength ranges used in the χ2 minimisation. Middle panel: Fit of the surface gravity to the WiFeS medium-resolution spectrophotometry, with a zoomed inset showing the Balmer jump region, at the preferred log g = 2.0. Lower panel: Example fits to lines of Fe and Mg in the MIKE high-resolution spectrum. In all panels additional models illustrate the sensitivity, and the legend lists the models as shown from top to bottom. Credit: Nordlander et al., 2019. An international team of astronomers has detected a new ultra metal-poor star with the lowest ever measured abundance of iron. Designated SMSS J160540.18−144323.1, the newly found object is the most iron-deficient star for which iron has been detected. The finding is presented in a paper published April 16 on the arXiv pre-print repository. Explore further Astronomers identify a mega metal-poor dwarf star Metal-poor stars are rare objects as only few stars with iron abundances [Fe/H] below –5 have been discovered so far. Currently, SMSS J0313–6708, with metallicity below –7.3, is the most iron-poor star known to date. However, the most iron-poor star where iron has actually been detected is HE 1327−2326 with metallicity at a level of −5.7.Astronomers are interested in expanding the still short list of metal-poor stars as such objects have the potential to improve our knowledge of the chemical evolution of the universe. The early evolution of the universe is believed to be dependent on the properties of the first generation of metal-free stars.Searching for such stars using the SkyMapper telescope in Australia and spectrographs on other ground-based telescopes, a group of astronomers led by Thomas Nordlander of Australian National University, has identified a new addition to the list of stars with extremely low metallicities. The observations found that the star SMSS J160540.18−144323.1 (SMSS 1605−1443 for short), located in the Milky Way’s halo, most likely some 36,000 light years away, has an ultra low abundance of iron.”We report the discovery of SMSS J160540.18−144323.1, a new ultra-metal poor halo star discovered with the SkyMapper telescope,” the researchers wrote in the paper.The research found that SMSS 1605−1443 is a red giant branch star with an effective temperature of about 4,850 K, and has a remarkably low abundances of heavier elements, including an extremely low abundance of iron at a level of -6.2.While chemical abundances of other elements of SMSS 1605−1443 turned out to be compatible with alpha-enhanced chemical composition typical of halo stars, the studied object showcases strong carbon enhancement. This, according to the study, suggests an enrichment from a Population III (the first generation of metal-free stars) mixing-and-fallback supernova. “Population III stars exploding as fallback supernovae may explain both the strong carbon enhancement and the apparent lack of enhancement of odd-Z and neutron-capture element abundances,” the astronomers noted.In concluding remarks, the researchers underlined that SMSS 1605−1443 has the lowest metallicity among the stars for which iron has been detected, exhibits carbon overabundance, and that it does not show strong enhancement nor a strong abundance trend among elements heavier than carbon. Further observations of this star, studying higher-quality spectra, could deliver more detailed chemical analysis, what in result could provide more hints into the nature of its Population III progenitor star. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: New ultra metal-poor star discovered (2019, April 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-ultra-metal-poor-star.html More information: T. Nordlander et al. The lowest detected stellar Fe abundance: The halo star SMSS J160540.18-144323.1. arXiv:1904.07471 [astro-ph.SR]. arxiv.org/abs/1904.07471
Feature | July 17, 2012 | Dave Fornell Latest Cardiac CT Trends Topping the list are lowering and recording dose, perfusion imaging and EVAR and TAVR planning 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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The chart can be accessed in the comparison chart tab at the top of the screen, or www.dicardiology.com/comparison-charts?t=CT+Systems The chart included the following vendors: A calcified stenosis in the left circumflex shown in a multiplanar image from a Philips iCT system.There are currently three major trends in cardiovascular computed tomography (CT) technology — lowering radiation dose, development of myocardial perfusion imaging and the use of CT datasets for procedural planning, especially for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). 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. Impact of the EconomyCT vendors recognize the slow economy has impacted hospitals. Their focus over the past two years has shifted from showing expensive, latest generation systems to showcasing upgradable and more affordable systems. A recent example of this trend is Toshiba’s VeloCT console, which allows new enhancements for patient safety, dose management and workflow for existing Aquilion 32, 64 and CX CT systems manufactured between 2006 and 2012. Part of the upgrade allows hospitals to include needed improvements without the vast expense of a new scanner.The Newest Scanners In April, Siemens launched the Somatom Definition Flash dual-source system. It uses the new Stellar Detector, the first fully integrated microcircuitry detector that eliminates traditional soldered circuit boards. This greatly reduces electronic noise and increases spatial resolution at lower doses. Grousset said this enables easier visualization of coronary stents with less blooming artifact. Toshiba’s Aquilion Prime, introduced in January, offers double-slice technology and the coneXact reconstruction algorithm originally designed for Aquilion One. It can generate 160 unique slices per rotation, enhancing multiplanar reformatting (MPR) and 3-D-rendering. It features an 80-row, 0.5 mm detector, a 7.5 MHU large-capacity tube and 0.35-second scanning. This allows shorter scan times. The system also features a 78 cm aperture gantry, the largest available for bariatric patients. GE released the Optima CT660 in August 2011, a compact system offering ASiR and Snapshot Pulse with adaptive gating to reduce patient dose. It is designed for ease-of-use and is scalable from 32-128 slices through purchasable options. The CT Advantage Workstation cardiovascular system may also help accelerate workflow with enhanced post-processing automation.Hitachi’s Scenaria 64-slice CT scanner, released in April 2011, is designed to be ergonomic, increase patient comfort and deliver sophisticated dose-reduction technologies. It includes a comprehensive package of enhanced dose reduction and awareness features, highlighted by Intelli IP Iterative Reconstruction, Intelli EC 3D automatic exposure control. Dose Check notifies the operator before scanning if a scan protocol selected will result in a patient dose higher than reference levels. Perfusion Imaging is the Next Step Newer CT software can map the levels of iodine contrast agent present in the heart muscle during each phase of the cardiac cycle. Since the contrast is mixed with the blood, it serves as a surrogate measure of perfusion in the myocardium to help identify coronary artery blockages or infarcts. The current gold-standard for myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) is single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), but CT could possibly eliminate the need for the nuclear scan. “The next logical step is for CT to determine how significant is the stenosis. Is it blocking the flow to the myocardium? What is the severity of the stenosis?” Grousset said. He said some patients with chest pain stay overnight at the hospital so they can be scanned when the nuclear imaging department opens in the morning. With CT MPI, the results could be seen within minutes of the scan. CT MPI will take several years to become mainstream, with adoption increasing after a larger amount of clinical validation is acquired. However, CT perfusion imaging is already a well-accepted technique used in neurological imaging for stroke. News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more GE Healthcare – www.gehealthcare.comHitachi Medical Systems America – www.hitachimed.comPhilips Healthcare – www.philips.com/healthcareSiemens Healthcare – www.usa.siemens.com/flashToshiba America Medical Systems – www.medical.toshiba.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Lowering, Recording the Dose“Lately the main topic in the industry has been dominated by dose reduction,” said Guillaume Grousset, Siemens product marketing manager for dual-source CT. He said cardiac CT has traditionally been a very high-dose imaging procedure. To image the heart, a moving object, with previous generations of CT scanners, several cardiac cycles had to be imaged and the best images stitched together to reconstruct each phase. However, with advances in reconstruction software and higher-slice systems, the dose has been brought down significantly in recent years. Some of the biggest advances in CT have been in software, speeding workflow, adding more quantification and reducing dose. The software with the most far-reaching impact on CT is iterative reconstruction, which reduces noise while attempting to maintain image quality on lower-dose scans. New software is also being added to systems to accurately record radiation dose, which became a requirement by law in California in July. Other states are looking at similar laws.Toshiba’s Adaptive Iterative Dose Reduction 3D (AIDR 3D) was released in April. It integrates with Toshiba’s Nema XR 25 dose check software to make users aware of the radiation dose being administered. It includes dose alert and dose notification, addressing the two main components of the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance’s (MITA) CT Dose Check Initiative, as well as tracking and digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM), to further enhance dose awareness.Philips’ iDose iterative reconstruction software has about 500 installs. Its latest version, iDose4, is available on the iCT, Ingenuity CT and Brilliance 64 scanners. The system lets radiologists personalize image quality based on each patient’s specific needs. The advanced algorithms provide up to 57 percent improvement in spatial resolution at low dose; the majority of factory protocols are reconstructed in 60 seconds or less.Siemens’ latest Sinogram Affirmed Iterative Reconstruction (SAFIRE) software reduces dose by up to 60 percent compared to previous filtered back projection techniques. The extremely fast reconstruction speed of 20 images per second enables reconstruction of a typical high-resolution thorax examination of 30 cm in 15 seconds. It is available for Somatom Definition Flash, Definition AS and DS.GE Healthcare’s 510(k)-pending Discovery CT750 HD FREEdom (Fast Registered Energies and ECG) Edition will address issues with coronary motion, high heart rates, calcium blooming, plaque composition and accurate myocardial perfusion. The software will go beyond today’s clinical information by providing plaque material composition assessment and accurate perfusion calculations. CT-Guided Treatment Planning CT datasets can be sliced and diced to create 3-D images of specific anatomy, which can be used for non-invasive surgical planning and better planning and guidance for interventional procedures. CT imaging has been key to the success of endovascular aortic repair (EVAR) for aortic aneurysms, helping vascular surgeons evaluate access routes, determining the collateral vessels involved and getting precise vessel sizing for proper-fitting stent grafts. CT also plays a similar critical role for TAVR in assessing access and annulus device sizing. Datasets are also used to precisely determine the location of the aortic root and the right and left coronary arteries, which is critical for device placement. New software uses CT datasets to create overlays on live angiography for better procedural navigation. CT 3-D renderings are increasingly used as reference images and static overlays on fluoro in cath labs to aid in navigation, especially in tortuous or difficult-to-see anatomy. 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Thursday, September 14, 2017 Share Travelweek Group BELLEVUE, Washington — Thomas Cook has signed a new agreement with Expedia, Inc., one that will provide Thomas Cook clients with access to thousands of additional hotels for the company’s city and domestic holiday businesses.The deal, made possible by Expedia Global Partner Solutions (the partnership arm of Brand Expedia), will also see Thomas Cook’s primary websites, contact centres, stores and distribution to affiliated travel agents powered by Expedia’s platform for various types of travel bookings.“We’ve always had profound respect for the Thomas Cook brand and we believe that our coming together will enhance our abilities to help more people to get out and see the world, while enhancing each of our competitive positions in the European market,” said Aman Bhutani, President, Brand Expedia Group. “Expedia’s Global Partner Solutions business brings to life the ability to leverage the strength of our technology and operations for our partners, powering leading brands with private label booking engines, agent tools, web services and operations for all travel products, including lodging, flights, packages, and car rentals. We are thrilled to add Thomas Cook to our roster of premier clients around the globe.”More news: Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?Peter Fankhauser, Chief Executive Officer, Thomas Cook, said that Expedia’s portfolio of hotels and online technology will “transform Thomas Cook’s city breaks and hotel-only offer for customers.” He also added: “Joining forces with a company that has the global reach and expertise of Expedia will allow Thomas Cook to further simplify our systems and processes, freeing us up to focus on holidays to our own brand and selected partner hotels where we know we can really make a difference to customers. I am confident this marks the first step in a long-term and mutually beneficial relationship with Expedia.” Thomas Cook & Expedia enter into “mutually beneficial relationship” Posted by Tags: Expedia << Previous PostNext Post >>
Novotel Twin Waters ResortShakespeare’s $100 million purchase of Novotel Twin Waters ResortThe Shakespeare Property Group has completed the $100 million purchase of Novotel Twin Waters Resort on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast from the Abacus Property Group.Shakespeare Property Group is an experienced hotel investor in Australia, with a string of projects in major centres along the east coast, including two other hotels managed by AccorHotels – Pullman Cairns International and Novotel Oasis Resort Cairns. This is their fifth major hotel acquisition bringing their total room stock to more than 1,200 rooms.Located between the Maroochy River and Mudjimba Beach, the 36ha Novotel Twin Waters Resort site comprises the low-rise Resort with 361 accommodation rooms, extensive conference facilities, a wide range of leisure activities, and food and beverage outlets.Shakespeare’s immediate intentions are to improve the current facilities to reposition the resort as a leading business events venue and leisure resort in Queensland and create additional employment opportunities within the Sunshine Coast region.Matt Young, Vice President of Operations for AccorHotels in Queensland and Northern Territory said that AccorHotels is proud to strengthen its business partnership with Shakespeare Group.“We look forward to aligning with their new vision for the resort and continuing to position Novotel Twin Waters Resort as a premier facility for leisure and conference guests alike.”The $100 million purchase of the resort comes at a time of unprecedented investment in tourism infrastructure on the Sunshine Coast, with a new runway and terminal facilities being developed for Sunshine Coast Airport, significant upgrades to the Bruce Highway confirmed, and two new 5-star hotels approved over the past six months.Sunny Yang, General Manager – Hospitality Asset at Shakespeare Property Group said that the Sunshine Coast offered outstanding potential to grow tourism in the short and long term.“With the Airport being upgraded to an international airport in 2020 capable of attracting direct flights from Asia and the Pacific, we were very impressed with what the region can offer,” said Mr Yang.“The Sunshine Coast is still relatively under-developed, despite having excellent access to major source markets across Australia. With the vast expenditure in infrastructure development, we think our purchase of the Novotel is very timely.“We have worked closely with AccorHotels on other hotel projects in Queensland and we look forward to working with them on maximising the potential of Novotel Twin Waters Resort.”CEO of Visit Sunshine Coast, Simon Latchford, said that the purchase of 4-star Novotel was a sign that investors are confident in the investment opportunities and growth of Sunshine Coast as a destination.“We are very excited with Shakespeare’s involvement in our region,” he said.“They have an excellent track record in identifying high-potential tourism assets, and the Novotel plays a key role in supporting the region’s leisure and conference business. We welcome their intentions to upgrade and expand the resort’s facilities, as it enjoys a premier location on the Sunshine Coast and can build on its reputation as one of Australia’s most popular family friendly and conference venues.“There is over a billion dollars worth of infrastructure projects approved on the Sunshine Coast which will transform the region’s tourism sector, while still retaining our relaxed, ‘naturally refreshing’ image.”Mr Latchford said that Shakespeare’s purchase of Novotel Twin Waters Resort came just three weeks’ prior to the Sunshine Coast holding its first ever tourism investment event in Sydney, which was aimed at attracting more investment in tourism infrastructure across the Sunshine Coast.Source = Shakespeare Property Group