SpaceX to lay off 10 per cent of workforce

first_imgHAWTHORNE, Calif. — SpaceX is laying off 10 per cent of its roughly 6,000 workers, saying it needs to get leaner so it can succeed in enormous projects such as creating an interplanetary spacecraft.The Los Angeles Times reports that the cuts were announced Friday in an email to employees of the Hawthorne, California-based company.In a statement, Elon Musk’s firm says it needs to trim costs in order to take on ambitious projects that would have bankrupted other organizations.SpaceX has a healthy business launching government and commercial satellites into orbit — including a launch Friday from California — and delivering supplies to the International Space Station.But SpaceX estimates it will need billions to build a spaceship capable of sending astronauts to Mars and a satellite system for global internet service.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Hyundai Motors profit down 12 per cent on China sales

SEOUL, South Korea – Hyundai Motor Co. has reported a 12 per cent drop in its first-quarter net profit as lower sales in China, Russia and Brazil outweighed higher vehicle shipments at home and favourable foreign exchange rates.South Korea’s largest automaker said its January-March net income was 1.7 trillion won ($1.5 billion), compared with 1.91 trillion won a year earlier.The results were better than expected: Analysts expected 1.53 trillion won, according to FactSet, a financial data provider.But the company reported a year-over-year earnings drop for a ninth consecutive quarter.The company blamed weak demand in emerging markets and oil-exporting countries. But the results could reaffirm concerns about its competitiveness in China, the world’s largest auto market.Last year, the rise of Chinese local brands and Chinese consumers’ preference for sports utility vehicles over sedans took a toll on Hyundai and other foreign car makers. The popularity of SUVs in China was not favourable to the South Korean company, whose forte is in passenger sedans such as the Elantra and Avante models.During the first three months of this year, Hyundai’s plants in China, which is the second-largest production base for Hyundai after South Korea, reported an 18 per cent decline in sales. Exports from South Korean plants to overseas dropped while sales in Russia and Brazil fell about 20 per cent each.Sales rose 7 per cent while operating profit dropped 16 per cent. The maker of the Genesis and Sonata sedans has seen its operating income fall year-on-year for the past seven quarters. The logo of Hyundai Motor Co. is seen on a vehicle displayed at the company’s showroom in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Hyundai Motor Co. says its first-quarter net profit has dropped 12 percent over a year earlier as global sales declined.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press Posted Apr 26, 2016 6:51 am MDT Last Updated Apr 26, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Hyundai Motor’s profit down 12 per cent on China sales read more

Judge dismisses Newtown families lawsuit against gun maker

by Dave Collins, The Associated Press Posted Oct 14, 2016 1:48 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 15, 2016 at 3:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Judge dismisses Newtown families’ lawsuit against gun maker HARTFORD, Conn. – A judge on Friday dismissed a wrongful-death lawsuit by Newtown families against the maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre, citing an embattled federal law that shields gun manufacturers from most lawsuits over criminal use of their products.State Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis granted a motion by Remington Arms to strike the lawsuit by the families of nine children and adults killed and a teacher who survived the Dec. 14, 2012, school attack, in which a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six educators with a Bushmaster AR-15-style rifle made by Remington.The families were seeking to hold Remington accountable for selling what their lawyers called a semi-automatic rifle that is too dangerous for the public because it was designed as a military killing machine. Their lawyer vowed an immediate appeal of Friday’s ruling.The judge agreed with attorneys for Madison, North Carolina-based Remington that the lawsuit should be dismissed under the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which was passed by Congress in 2005 and shields gun makers from liability when their firearms are used in crimes.Advocates for gun control and against gun violence have criticized the law as special protection for gun makers. It became an issue in the presidential campaign this year when Hillary Clinton, now the Democratic nominee, criticized then-challenger Bernie Sanders for his support of the law in 2005. Sanders, a Vermont U.S. senator, is now backing a bill to repeal the law.Lawyers for Remington said Congress passed the act after determining such lawsuits were an abuse of the legal system.But the families’ attorneys argued the lawsuit was allowed under an exception in the federal law that allows litigation against companies that know, or should know, that their weapons are likely to be used in a way that risks injury to others, and the judge disagreed.“While the families are obviously disappointed with the judge’s decision, this is not the end of the fight,” said Joshua Koskoff, a lawyer for the families. “We will appeal this decision immediately and continue our work to help prevent the next Sandy Hook from happening.”Jonathan Whitcomb, an attorney for Remington Arms, declined to comment.The company recently had been fighting to keep internal documents requested by the families from public view. The judge issued an order in August allowing certain documents containing trade secrets and other information to be kept from public view, but she said the order did not apply to all other documents in the case.Besides Remington, other defendants in the lawsuit include firearms distributor Camfour and Riverview Gun Sales, the now-closed East Windsor store where the Newtown gunman’s mother legally bought the Bushmaster XM15-E2S rifle used in the shooting.Gunman Adam Lanza, who was 20 years old, shot his mother to death at their Newtown home before driving to the school, where he killed 26 other people. He killed himself as police arrived. read more

Football JT Barrett bids adieu to Ohio Stadium

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett is honored on the field for Senior Day. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorTwo round of fireworks went off and fans loudly chanted “J-T, J-T” while quarterback J.T. Barrett was the final Ohio State senior introduced before Saturday’s game against Illinois.The three-time captain rushed out, showered by the loudest cheers for any of the 19 seniors, carrying flowers to deliver to his parents on the field. But for Barrett, the moment he had talked about during the week, did not happen.“Didn’t see my mom cry,” Barrett said. “I thought today was the day, but no. It’s still 22 years and counting I haven’t seen my mom cry.”Barrett’s entrance through the tunnel onto the field marked the final time he, as a player, would take to the field in Ohio Stadium.In the 52-14 blowout of Illinois, Barrett finished the game quickly, as expected. Barrett had left the game in the second quarter in favor of backup quarterback Dwayne Haskins, but was called back in after the second-stringer proved ineffective. The quarterback, whom some fans wanted replaced with Haskins earlier in the season, was the one to replace Haskins following the backup’s fumble and return for Illinois’ first score.Head coach Urban Meyer said, “I was pissed,” about the mistakes and said he needed to put the starters back in to prevent the game from turning into a “clown show.”“[Meyer] was very upset,” Barrett said. “I saw him and then it was like, well he’s definitely known for sending the starters back in, so let me go find my knee brace and go find my helmet because I didn’t have any of those things. I wasn’t shocked by any means, but I knew when my man [Haskins] fumbled the ball, it was like this is not about to be good.”Barrett entered the game, and after failing to get anything going his first drive back, took the team down the field after Illinois coughed up the punt to extend the Buckeye lead to 45-7.By the time his night finally came to an end, Barrett had completed 11-of-19 passes for 141 yards and two touchdown passes. He also rushed five times for 33 yards, including a touchdown.Along the way, he added some more notes to his crowded resume. He set the program record for the most rushing yards by a quarterback, surpassing Braxton Miller’s total of 3,054, and became the first Ohio State quarterback to throw 100 touchdown passes.When it’s all said and done, Barrett willy be among the most productive quarterbacks in the history of the Big Ten, and the most decorated Ohio State quarterback of all-time. He holds 35 total Big Ten or Ohio State records combined, many of them set in Columbus.If he has any more records left to break, they will come away from Ohio Stadium.“There’s a last thing for everything,” Barrett said. “I was trying to do my best while I was playing here in Ohio Stadium and send everyone out there in a good way as far as seniors today.”The end of Barrett’s time in Ohio Stadium is not the end of his journey as a Buckeye. Though it might be his finale in front of the home crowd, Barrett still has at least three games remaining with the upcoming rivalry game against Michigan, the Big Ten championship against Wisconsin and a bowl game or two.“It’s certainly not a goodbye,” head coach Urban Meyer said. “When we say goodbye, it’s going to be a tough one. But that was not a goodbye. That was a chance for him to tip his hat.”Barrett had his moment to tip his hat. And while he certainly will spend time reflecting on his time spent in Ohio Stadium, his attention will quickly have to turn to the week ahead. As the victory bell started to chime and the band began to play, Barrett, wearing a rain poncho and clutching the Illibuck, walked with the rest of his team in front of the Ohio Stadium student section to sing, “Carmen Ohio” one final time. read more

Alzheimer un nouveau marqueur pour estimer lévolution de la maladie

first_imgAlzheimer : un nouveau marqueur pour estimer l’évolution de la maladieUne étude publiée lundi aux Etats-Unis révèle que des chercheurs ont découvert un nouveau marqueur pour prédire la rapidité du déclin des capacités mentales dû à la maladie d’Alzheimer. Il s’agit d’une protéine présente dans le liquide céphalo-rachidien.Devenue un véritable enjeu de santé publique, la maladie d’Alzheimer fait aujourd’hui l’objet de nombreuses recherches à travers le monde. Des travaux qui apparaissent cruciaux tandis que les spécialistes prédisent une sérieuse hausse du nombre de malades au cours des prochaines années. Ainsi, une nouvelle étude publiée lundi aux Etats-Unis révèle qu’un marqueur pourrait permettre de prédire l’évolution de la maladie une fois celle-ci diagnostiquée.En effet, des chercheurs de la faculté de médecine de l’université Saint-Louis ont découvert que la présence d’une protéine appelée VILIP-1 en quantité élevée dans le liquide céphalo-rachidien était liée à une détérioration plus rapide des capacités mentales. Une observation faite chez 60 malades atteints d’Alzheimer qui n’étaient au départ qu’à un stade précoce de la maladie mais qui ont ensuite connu, au cours des années suivantes, un déclin plus rapide que chez d’autres patients.”VILIP-1 paraît être un très bon indicateur des dommages subis par les cellules cérébrales résultant de la maladie d’Alzheimer”, souligne Rawan Tarawneh, professeur adjointe de neurologie qui travaille désormais à l’Université de Jordanie et auteur principale des travaux parus dans la revue Neurology. Mieux encore, les chercheurs estiment que ce marqueur pourrait être potentiellement supérieur à tous ceux utilisés jusqu’à présent pour prédire la progression d’Alzheimer.Un marqueur libéré par les cellules léséesÀ lire aussiLe mariage aiderait à prévenir les risques de démence, mais pourquoi ?Néanmoins, la piste de VILIP-1 avait déjà été révélée auparavant. Une étude précédente également menée par Rawan Tarawneh et d’autres chercheurs avait montré que des sujets sains mais présentant des niveaux élevés de VILIP-1 présentaient un risque beaucoup plus élevé que la moyenne de développer des problèmes cognitifs et la maladie d’Alzheimer dans les deux ou trois ans à venir.  D’après l’étude, VILIP-1 pourrait en fait agir comme un capteur de calcium dans les cellules cérébrales. La protéine serait alors libérée dans le liquide cérébro-spinal quant les cellules sont lésées. Plus le taux de VILIP-1 est élevé, plus les dommages cellulaires dus à la maladie d’Alzheimer seraient donc importants. Si les scientifiques jugent nécessaires de confirmer ces résultats par des études plus étendues, ceux-ci estiment ainsi que “ce marqueur pourra être très utile pour prédire l’évolution de la maladie et évaluer de nouveaux traitements dans des essais cliniques”.Le 6 mars 2012 à 11:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Thursday June 20 2019

first_imgTime for Murkowski to take a stand on Pebble? She says not yet. Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNews Dunleavy to lawmakers: PFD formula must be approved by popular vote Alaska’s congressional delegation says the state’s fishermen and seafood processors should be included in a federal trade war relief package. The Kuskokwim River has now had three fishing openings for drift gillnets, but many people in Akiak are not happy.  Kirsten Swann, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Amid public outcry over homelessness, Anchorage seeks more shelter beds Dunleavy and lawmakers are engaged in a worthy discussion over the future of Alaska Permanent Fund earnings and dividends. Alaska Congress members ask to tap relief funds for seafood The Anchorage Assembly approved an extension to the city’s cold weather shelter program on Tuesday, allowing some facilities to serve as temporary overnight shelters through September 1. Lawmakers say it’s just one part of the plan to address homelessness in Alaska’s largest city. Appellate court rejects Alaskans appeal in Carnival pollution case Associated Press Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks UAF officials say they’ve got a better idea on completion date of power plant Opponents of the Pebble Mine are doing all they can to get Sen. Lisa Murkowski on their side. But Murkowski is not ready to make a declaration about the mine, for or against. Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau University of Alaska Fairbanks officials say the problems they’ve encountered in getting the 245-million-dollar power plant fully operational have pushed the project behind schedule and over budget. If successful, the appeal would’ve effectively delayed the cruise giant’s recent settlement with the Justice Department for multiple violations of its felony probation. Alaska Mental Health Trust plans new land use permit, fees As summer travel season begins, Fairbanks airport reminds locals of parking regulations Fishing regulations on the Kuskokwim: Do they restrict Yup’ik culture or preserve it? Kirsten Swann, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Henry Leasia, KHNS – Haines The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority owns 1 million acres of land around the state. Now it’s moving forward with a new permit system for recreational users. Following the purchase of Minto Mine, Yukon ore may be shipped from Skagway once again Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau Robyne, KUAC – Fairbanks The Yukon’s Minto Mine is expected to resume copper production in the near future. That means Skagway’s ore terminal may begin loading ships with ore after months of inactivity. But this could complicate the other needs of Skagway’s port. Greg Kim, KYUK – Bethel The summer travel season is well under way. Fairbanks International Airport officials say they’re expecting about 2,000 passengers to depart daily during the season. Almost all of them are dropped off at the curb in front of the terminal. And some of the drivers are leaving their vehicles unattended at the curb, causing traffic congestion. That’s prompted airport police and fire officials to renew their warnings about those double-parked vehicles.last_img read more

Man charged over alleged assault of gay couple in Sydney

first_img‘I think the victim in this matter did an extremely good job of recording the incident; and maintaining early communication with local police to identify a suspect for further investigation,’ Crandell told Gay Star News after the incident.‘Whilst there are universal precautions that can be taken by potential victims of crime like staying in well lit areas and among groups of people where possible, the circumstances of this matter simply shows a good positive reaction, including the recording of a person’s image as the basis for further police investigation.‘I could not ask or expect more from any victim of violence.’Crandell said hate crimes had decreased in Sydney, but if they do happen, people should report them to police.‘I am always concerned about acts of violence and even more so when abuse is accompanied by vilification and bias related comments surrounding a person’s sexual orientation,’ he said.‘Acts of violence in the circumstances described are especially distasteful. Bias crimes motivated by discrimination regarding a person’s sexuality or gender identity is never acceptable.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The alleged perpetrator in a homophobic attack has been charged by police. | Photo: Facebook GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Kurt Johnson and Adrian Kalaiziovksi got out of an Uber in an inner-city suburb last week, when the man allegedly started hurling homophobic slurs at them.After an altercation with the men, he then returned and allegedly physically assaulted them. Paramedics took Kalaiziovksi to the nearby Prince Alfred Hospital with a broken arm.Five days after the incident police arrested and charged a 28-year-old man with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.The man was granted conditional bail to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on 28 May.Shortly after the incident Johnson launched an appeal online to help track down his husband’s attacker.Report hate crimes to policeNew South Wales Police Assistant Commissioner Anthony Crandell said the men’s quick response in reporting the incident helped to track down the alleged criminal.center_img Police have found and charged a man after the alleged assault of a gay couple in Sydney last week. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Married gay man’s arm broken in alleged homophobic attack in SydneyBigot who allegedly knocked two gay men unconscious turns himself inUS teenager charged with starving and terrorizing gay manRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/man-charged-over-alleged-assault-of-gay-couple-in-sydney/last_img read more

School catches fire near Ladysmith

first_imgA high school in Elandslaagte caught fire during the early hours of Wednesday morning (February 7).A section of the school was destroyed in the fire.Also read: 3 shacks completely destroyed in fire in Marula DriveBooks, stationery and other items went up in flames.The Ladysmith Fire Department responded to the scene.No injuries were reported. Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Sandals to reconstruct Jamaica resort into a brand new concept

first_img PORT ANTONIO — In an effort to develop the Port Antonio area of Jamaica, Sandals has announced that it will be investing US$100 million into the reconstruction of Dragon Bay Resort.According to Travel Weekly, Sandals first acquired the property back in 2002 and it has remained closed since then. Sandals CEO Adam Stewart confirmed that the hotel will not be a Beaches or Sandals, but rather a “brand new concept.”The new 157-suite resort is anticipated to debut in 2019.In December 2016, Sandals first announced a joint collaboration with the Jamaican government to develop Port Antonio, an area where airlift has long been an issue. But as Travel Weekly reports, an expansion of the North Coast Highway from Portland to Ocho Rio has been completed, and plans have been announced by the government to expand the runway at Ian Fleming International Airport, both of which will pave the way for further development in Port Antonio. Tags: Jamaica, Sandals Resorts Wednesday, January 25, 2017 Sandals to reconstruct Jamaica resort into a “brand new concept” Posted bycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Travelweek Group last_img read more

Basquefood winegastronomyJoy DoddsMediterranean

first_imgBasquefood & winegastronomyJoy DoddsMediterranean MusingsSpain Read all of JOY DODDS’ previous Mediterranean Musings – from Italy to Spain, and including gastronomic delights …Coastal Euskadi, Basque Spain, exudes tradition and passion.Perched on the Bay of Biscay coast near the border with France, this colourful region – locally known as Euskadi in Basque or País Vasco in Spanish – is an autonomous region with its own government, as well as its own culture and language, its own culinary traditions and a distinctive landscape. Medieval town walls and springtime blossomsThe two largest cities of the region are San Sebastian (Donostia in Basque) on the Bay of La Concha and Bilbao, the provincial capital, both on the coast. San Sebastian’s Old Town (Parte Vieja) is reputed to have the highest concentration of bars per square metre in Spain, and is the undisputed king of Spain’s restaurant scene with countless Michelin restaurants.Bilbao, best known for its architecturally-stunning Museo Guggenheim, a modern art mecca, also boasts the nearby fine arts museum, Museo de Bellas Artes, which holds art works by El Greco, Goya and others. Like San Sebastian, it has a reputation for partying, particularly in the old town, Las Siete Calles, on the right bank of the Ria de Bilbao where the Catedrale de Santiago stands. Bilbao’s beaches, particularly Azkorri, are another great attraction.Neither city, however, is the capital of Pais Vasco, this honour falling to inland Vitoria-Gasteiz, where Spain’s Basque Autonomous Community Parliament building is located. Considered the best-preserved medieval centre in Basque Country, its Renaissance palaces and stone mansions are among its attractions, as well as some of the finest Basque restaurants. Classic Basque farmhousePursuing our easterly coastal route, we passed through both San Sebastian and Bilbao, their attractions well-documented, for the lesser-known but equally fascinating charming coastal town of Hondarribia, or Fuenterrabia in Spanish, in Guipuzcoa province. Perched on Txingudi Bay with Jaizkibel Mountain its magnificent backdrop, this medieval gem, to me, ticks all the boxes as one of the most fascinating sites on the Basque Coast.Puerta de Santa Maria, Hondarribia’s original main gateVoted one of the most beautiful towns in Spain, this former Roman settlement and port is surrounded by magnificent and evocative medieval city walls with huge battlements that overlook the Rio Bidossoa. The original main gate, Puerta de Santa Maria, makes the ideal introduction to the town, the historic centre of which dates from the 15th and 16th centuries. Despite its medieval authenticity, Hondarribia is surprisingly non-commercial in terms of touristy souvenir shops and the like, increasing its appeal.Hondarribia’s historic quarter is a maze of cobbled streets, its elegant buildings in the vicinity of the main plaza, Puerta des Armes, in striking contrast to the joyful colourful houses of the fishermen’s quarter (La Marina), most notably along pedestrian-only Calle San Pedro. Hondarribia’s Fishermen’s Quarter shops and eateriesThe fishermen’s houses have facades painted bright green, red or blue colours, and adorned with wood-carved eaves and wrought iron. The wooden balconies are all cheerfully decorated with flower boxes and pots, creating a picture-perfect scene.Many of these old-fashioned houses now contain bars and restaurants, most serving pintxos (Basque tapas). One of the town’s other great attractions is its gastronomy, its restaurateurs having won countless awards for delicious seafood and pintxos paired with drinks such as txakoli sparkling wine and Basque cider served throughout the village.(See Basque Gastronomy below).The harbourside La Marina is full of seafaring vessels of all sizes, including a huge beached blue and white fishing boat, a tribute to the bravery and persistence of its fishermen and the town’s historic roots.La MarinaOther attractions are the Gothic and Renaissance Castle of Emperor Carlos V, now El Emperador, a brilliant four-star parador and the 16th-century Iglesia del Manzano church. Sandy Hondarribia Beach at the mouth of the Bidasoa River is also picturesque.Out of town, well worth visiting are the 16th century Our Lady of Guadalupe Sanctuary and Hermitage and the Castle of San Telmo on Cape Higuer, while west of the city, on Mount Jaizkibel, is the Guadalupe Fort which was a Spanish Civil War prison.Our comfortable and evocative farm-stay cabinA farm stay in Hondarribia makes a truly authentic experience. Our beautifully-appointed rustic cabin was only five minutes from Pueurta de Santa Maria but located in stunning lush countryside. Exquisitely decorated for comfort and character by our most convivial hosts, our Basque accommodation was perfect. (TEL: B+34 635727120)Rustic decor and well-appointed farm-stay facilities in rural HondarribiaBasque GastronomyHondarribia charcuterie – jambon, cheeses, all proudly displayedWhat can you expect from the highly-acclaimed delicious and distinctive Basque cuisine? Fancy a Basque tapas (pintxos) or ten from our La Marina Bar? Mouth-watering!Menus are rich in meats and fish grilled over hot coals, as well as marmitako (bonito and potato stew) and lamb stews. Monkfish, octopus and cod feature widely along with local specialties such as Tolosa beans, paprikas from Lekeitio, piquillo peppers and artichokes, ideally followed by a plate of delicious Idiazabal sheep’s cheese.We relished the array of pintxos at a brilliant local bar/eatery on Calle San Pedro, not to mention the convivial, laid-back atmosphere and local beer choices. Nearby restaurant La Hermendad de Pescadores is famous throughout Spain for its seafood, the simple blue and white building on the waterfront being best known for its fish soup, or sopa de pecsado. Another Hondarribia restaurant, Almeda, is one of several awarded Michelin stars for fine Basque dining, based on the freshest of locally-sourced seafood.Our choice to explore charming Hondarribia rather than Guipuzcoa Province’s larger well-known icons proved to be an excellent one. All the rich culture and proud traditions renowned in the coastal ancestral lands of the Basque people were there in spades, along with medieval history and acclaimed gastronomy, amid a rugged unspoilt rustic charm. Next week we’ll dig deeper into Basque Country, exploring the Spanish-French mountain regions of the Pyrenees.Coastal view towards Francelast_img read more

Were getting into the spirit of the Winter Olympi

first_imgWe’re getting into the spirit of the Winter Olympics here at Skyscanner. Thinking ahead to the 2014 Games, we’ve sponsored one of the up and coming stars of the slopes, Great Britain Junior Ski Team member TJ Baldwin. RelatedBargains of the week: Sofia | Bratislava | LjubljanaBargains of the week: Sofia | Bratislava | LjubljanaEarly Snow: ten ski resorts for early season skiingWant snow? Want it soon? 10 ski resorts for the best chance of early season snowSkiers heading for Eastern Europe: 154% rise in interest for the eastSkiers heading for Eastern Europe: 154% rise in interest for the east The 18-year old from Norfolk is currently among the top 20 World Junior skiers in 3 of the 5 discipline categories: Downhill, Super G & Super Combined. He also collected four medals at the Panorama competition in British Columbia, Canada last year, which are additions to numerous other high-profile medals and awards he’s won over the years in locations across the planet.The young championship skier who started out dry skiing and first ventured onto snowy slopes in 2000 has come a long way in the past ten years, and over that time has caught the attention of some of the best coaches and analysts in the sport, along with the press. He is a warrior when it comes to dealing with injury, blinding runs, frigid temps and iced-over goggles, and won’t let anything stop him from succeeding.After high hopes of getting a spot at the Vancouver Games, he just barely missed his chance of qualifying at the World Junior Championships this month in France. Although, amazingly enough he was still able to come away with the best result in any event by a male from the UK in 30 years, and also set his own personal record for FIS points in Downhill. Now TJ has his sights set on being able to shine in the next Olympics, and other major events as well.As for now, he is headed back to Austria to start the Europa cup race programme again. He is continually looking to improve his own scores and keep winning big, and Slalom specifically is the next event that he aims to master. “There is still a lot more to come in Slalom. I know I can go faster and reduce my points and world rankings more,” he said.And a few more words from TJ: “I would really like to thank Skyscanner for starting to sponsor me again this year. Their financial help is much appreciated and will help pay for my entry to the World Junior Championships. They are the best and easiest to use flight search website. As we have to travel a lot I know of many other skiers who use them all the time.”There are certainly many more great things to come from TJ, and we can all hopefully look forward to seeing him tear up the hills in Sochi in 2014.To keep up with TJ’s latest accomplishments and to learn more about this ultra-talented athlete, check out his website at http://tj-ski.com.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Montreal orchestra board chair moved as musician

first_imgMontreal orchestra board chair “moved” as musicians recall working with Dutoit by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 4, 2018 9:23 am PDT Last Updated Feb 4, 2018 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email World-renowned conductor Charles Dutoit, right, performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra during a rehearsal in Philadelphia on October 19, 2011. The chair of the board of directors for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra is expressing his sympathy to those who have spoken up about alleged psychological harassment and intimidation by its former artistic director. Several musicians have told Montreal media outlets La Presse and Le Devoir that Charles Dutoit would repeatedly insult, humiliate and verbally lash out at musicians when he was the orchestra’s artistic director from 1977 to 2002. Lucien Bouchard, who in addition to his role with the orchestra is also a former premier of Quebec, says in a statement that the testimonies will strengthen the orchestra’s determination to provide a harmonious working environment. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Alex Brandon center_img MONTREAL – The chair of the board of directors for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra is expressing his sympathy to those who have spoken up about alleged psychological harassment and intimidation by its former artistic director.Several musicians have told Montreal media outlets La Presse and Le Devoir that Charles Dutoit would repeatedly insult, humiliate and verbally lash out at musicians when he was the orchestra’s artistic director from 1977 to 2002.Lucien Bouchard, who in addition to his role with the orchestra is also a former premier of Quebec, says in a statement that the testimonies will strengthen the orchestra’s determination to provide a harmonious working environment.Bouchard pointed out that the orchestra already launched its own independent investigation into sexual harassment in the workplace in December, the day after it received a complaint of that nature against Dutoit.Dutoit is facing allegations of sexual assault by several women who told The Associated Press that Dutoit assaulted them in the United States, France and Canada between 1985 and 2010.The 81-year-old Grammy-winning conductor has emphatically denied the accusations of sexual misconduct. His office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the allegations of psychological harassment.Bouchard said the current administration has worked hard to create and maintain a “climate of respect” in the workplace and will continue to do so.“We are very compassionate and moved by the suffering expressed in these recently published musicians’ testimonies, namely today in LaPresse+ and Le Devoir,” read the statement published late Saturday.“They will serve to strengthen the (orchestra’s) determination to ensure that the dignity and fundamental rights of its musicians and employees are respected at all times.”last_img read more

Learn to make the traditional lace of Athienou

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