Experience Jamaica Campaign Goes to Portmore and Montego Bay

first_imgThe Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) will be staging two road shows as part of the ‘Experience Jamaica’ campaign, geared at encouraging persons living and working in Jamaica to enjoy more of the country’s tourism product and offerings at special rates.The road shows will be held on Saturday, June 8 and 29 at the Portmore Pines Plaza, St. Catherine and the Old Hospital Park in Montego Bay, St. James respectively.Speaking with JIS News, Consultant for the Experience Jamaica campaign, Horace Phillips, explained that these events will feature a range of products, services and entertainment from the businesses that operate in the local tourist industry.“Tourism entities including attractions, transportation, eateries and hotels will be exhibiting, providing information, special discounts and giveaways to persons attending these road shows, all in an effort to heighten awareness about brand Jamaica and the sector’s product offering,” Mr. Phillips highlighted.He informed that under ‘Experience Jamaica’, some 100 tourism entities have partnered with the JTB, to offer special discounts of 10 to 50 per cent to locals from March to December 2013.The names of the participating entities are listed on the JTB’s website at www.visitjamaica.com/experiencejamaica“We want every Jamaican to taste, see, feel and enjoy more of the country’s tourism product and re-discover the cuisine, places and activities that make the island an endearing magnet to visitors from around the world,” Mr. Phillips stated.He noted that for the remainder of the campaign, the marketing thrust will be intensified to include radio, television, newspaper, town crier and the internet, “to make sure that everyone knows about the offerings, participate and inform family and friends.”Contact: Kadian Brownlast_img read more

Dortmund CEO We would have signed Ronaldo if we had the

first_imgHans-Joachim Watzke says Borussia Dortmund would have made an attempt to sign Cristiano Ronaldo if they had “the financial strength” required to handle both the transfer and salary costsAs well as recruiting a new manager in Lucien Favre from OGC Nice in the summer, Dortmund had a busy time in the transfer market.Barcelona’s Paco Alcacer was brought in on loan, before his deal was later made into a permanent one last month, along with Tianjin Quanjian’s Axel Witsel and Werder Bremen’s Thomas Delaney.Despite the high-profile signings though, Dortmund have reportedly posted a €536m profit and will likely be on the lookout for new talent in the January transfer window.But CEO Watzke admits even they have financial limits that restrict them from making a dream signing like Ronaldo.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.The 59-year-old revealed that Dortmund would likely have been unable to pay the additional costs involved in signing Ronaldo, like salary payments.“If we had the financial strength to get and pay Cristiano Ronaldo, we would have done that. But we do not have [that power],” said Watze on Transfermarkt.In the end, Ronaldo left Real Madrid for Juventus in a reported €112m deal and has since enjoyed a stunning start to life in Italy.Although Dortmund themselves aren’t doing too badly either with the club currently leading the Bundesliga with a six-point lead.They’ve also reached the Champions League knockout stages, where they will take on Tottenham in the last-16 next year.last_img read more

Sleepovers with stuffed toys may encourage kids to read

first_imgA sleepover programme – designed to make kids believe that their favourite stuffed toys enjoy reading – can help encourage children to pick up more books, a new study suggests.Stuffed animal sleepover programmes are designed to get children interested in picture books. Children take their toys to a library for the night. At this point, staff and volunteers take photos of the animals exploring the library and reading together.The next day, the children collect their stuffed animals and the photos of what they did during the night. They are also given the books their animals chose to read. Researchers including those from Osaka Institute of Technology in Japan organised a “book-night party”, a typical stuffed animal sleepover programme for about 42 preschool children. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe children’s behaviour was observed on that day, after three days and one month later, to determine the effect and how long it lasts. It was found that before the sleepover the children did not spend time looking at the books in their play area at preschool.Immediately after the sleepover, the number of children who read to the stuffed animals was significantly higher than the number who did not, but after three days the effect had worn off. The researchers also tested an approach for sustaining the effect, they reminded the children of the sleepover a month later, by hiding the stuffed animals and showing them the photos again the next day. This simple method led to a significant increase in the number of children reading to their stuffed animals. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe study reveals for the first time that children who take part in stuffed animal sleepover programs read picture books to their stuffed animals significantly more. “We wanted to know if there really was an effect, and if so, how long it lasts,” said Yoshihiro Okazaki of Okayama University in Japan. “Surprisingly, not only did the children show interest in the picture books, but they also began to read to their stuffed animals,” said Okazaki.Reading is important for the development of children’s language skills and imagination. When parents read to their children, it is a passive form of reading for the child. However, when children read to their stuffed animals, it is a more of a self-directed form of reading, helping them develop into more active readers researchers said. The study was published in the journal Heliyon.last_img read more

Kolkata is City of Hope now Mukesh Ambani

first_imgKOLKATA: Mukesh Ambani, managing director of Reliance India Group, started his speech on the dais of Bengal Global Business Summit 2019, saying that he was happy to be back in the City of Joy, which is also “the City of Hope now.”He went on to laud the remarkable transformation brought about in Bengal by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and said that both the state and Kolkata are reaching new heights of progress. “I had mentioned in my speech at this summit last year that under your leadership, West Bengal is becoming Best Bengal. This is indeed coming true. My warmest congratulations to you and your leadership in taking Bengal to greater heights,” Ambani said to the Chief Minister. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseHe mentioned that Bengal’s GDP has crossed Rs 10 lakh crore, which was less than Rs 4 lakh crore when the Trinamool government came to power in the state. He added that the rate of growth of the state’s GDP is 9.1%, which is higher than the national figure. “Bengal has gained a foothold in the group of the fastest-growing states in India with an all-round turnaround under Didi’s leadership. Agriculture is booming and income of farmers is rising. This state accounts for the highest rise in credit flow to the micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) sector among all Indian states. Bengal’s rise is leading to the rise of the whole of Eastern India. Bengal, along with the other eastern states, will contribute a quarter of India’s GDP by 2035,” said Ambani. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHe said the transformation of Bengal reflects the growth of the entire country, which is all set to become the world’s fifth largest economy in 2019, overtaking the United Kingdom. “We are ahead of all countries except the United States, China, Japan and Germany. In about a decade, India will become the third largest economy with a GDP of over USD 10 trillion – which is about four times the size of our economy today. In two decades, India will become the second largest economy in the world,” he added. He said by 2047, the year when India would celebrate 100 years of its independence, it will be capable of becoming the biggest economic power in the world. “Reliance will be the most trusted partner in the fulfillment of the dreams of nearly ten crore people of Bengal,” he said. He urged the people of Bengal to embrace the revolution of digital technologies and said that it will be one of the biggest factors for both the state and the nation’s growth in future. Ambani concluded his speech saying that Reliance will always be beside the Chief Minister in her efforts to turn the state into “Shonar Bangla”.last_img read more

Children with asthma less likely to finish school

first_imgPeople who suffer with persistent asthma from a young age are more likely to lag behind in studies and drop out from school or university, a study has found. The research also suggests that when this group of children grow up, they are less likely to work in certain non-manual occupations such as police officer, clerk or foreman. “Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases among children and we know that it can interfere with daily life and affect school attendance,” said Christian Schyllert, a clinician at Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”However, we know a lot less about the impact childhood asthma has on subsequent life chances in adulthood,” said Schyllert, a PhD student at Umea University in Sweden. The research was based on children living in three districts in Sweden. In 1996, all children aged between seven and eight years were invited to participate in the study and 97 per cent agreed. Participants were followed-up at age 11– 12, 19 and 27 – 28 years. By 2015, researchers were still in contact with 2,291 (59 per cent) of participants. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAt the start of the study and at each follow-up, researchers noted whether children had asthma. This meant they had been diagnosed with the condition by a doctor, and suffered wheezing or had taken asthma medication during the previous 12 months. Children were considered to have ‘early-onset, persistent asthma’ if they were first diagnosed before the age of 12 years and were still suffering with asthma at 19 years old. Researchers then compared this information with data on when children left education and which occupations they entered. They took into account other factors, such as sex, body weight and smoking, that could have an influence on education and work. The analysis showed that children with early-onset persistent asthma were three and half times more likely than children without asthma to leave school at the age of 16 with only basic education. In terms of their careers, children with early-onset persistent asthma were less than half as likely to enter non-manual occupations, including clerk, nursing assistant, police officer, musician and foreman. “This study suggests that children who are diagnosed with asthma when they are young and continue to suffer with the condition as they grow up have worse life chances when it comes to their education and their future jobs,” Schyllert said.last_img read more

More thunderstorms likely across North Staffordshire as weather warning issued

first_imgDad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Driver named following fatal collision Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMore thunderstorms are expected across North Staffordshire and South Cheshire later this week as the Met Office issued a new Yellow Weather Warning. Residents across Stoke-on-Trent and surrounding areas were woken up in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday July 24) following an impressive display of lightning across a vast swathe of the country that followed a long hot day as a heatwave continues across the UK. The storm brought down branches and a number of trees across North Staffordshire and South Cheshire – with the heavy rainfall that accompanied it lifting a number of drain covers. Shortly before 11am today the Met Office confirmed they had put a new Yellow Weather Warning for thunderstorms in place for much of England – including Stoke-on-Trent, elsewhere in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire. Read MoreDriver in critical condition after accident on A520 Punter found hiding in bushes Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Massive thunderstorms erupted across Staffordshire in the early hours of the morning (Image: Judie Tingle) Police search for missing woman What is a Met Office Weather Warning?The Met Office issue weather warnings when there is a risk of weather causing damage, disruption or danger to life. Generally warnings will be issued for heavy rain, wind, ice or snow. They come in three categories. Yellow: The lowest of the three. Yellow means you should plan ahead about potential disruption to travel and other day-to-day activities. These are the most common. Amber: A step up from Yellow, an Amber warning means there is an increased risk of disruption/danger to life and property. Red: These are only issued when ‘extreme weather’ is expected. When one is issued the Met Office advise immediate action is taken to keep yourself and others safe as widespread damage, disruption and risk to life is likely. Red warnings are extremely rare anywhere in the UK and almost unknown in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire.   The warning is in force from 3pm tomorrow (Thursday July 25) until 4am on Friday (July 26). The latest warning states:  “Following a hot day (in places exceptionally so), scattered thunderstorms are likely to break out from late afternoon onwards. While some areas, particularly in the south of the warning area may well avoid the storms, where they do occur they could produce 20-30 mm of rain in less than an hour, along with frequent lightning, hail and gusty winds. “Perhaps the main focus will be later in the evening and into the first part of the night across northern England and southern and eastern parts of Scotland, where storms could be more widespread and locally intense.” Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram .last_img read more

Sugar operating system A new OS to enhance GPU acceleration security in

first_imgResearchers at the University of California, Irvine presented Sugar (Secure GPU Acceleration), a new OS solution to enhance the security of GPU acceleration for web apps. Their research paper titled, Sugar: Secure GPU Acceleration in Web Browsers, is a collective effort of Zhihao Yao et al. Recently, GPU based graphics acceleration in web apps has become increasingly popular. WebGL is the key component which provides OpenGL–such as graphics for web apps and is currently used in 53% of the top-100 websites. However, several attack vendors have been demonstrated through WebGL making it vulnerable to security attacks. One such example is the Rowhammer attack which took place in May, this year. Although web browsers have patched the vulnerabilities and have added new runtime security checks, the systems are still vulnerable to zero-day vulnerability exploits, especially given the large size of the Trusted Computing Base of the graphics plane. Sugar OS uses a dedicated virtual graphics plane for a web app by leveraging modern GPU virtualization solutions. It enhances the system security since a virtual graphics plane is fully isolated from the rest of the system. Despite GPU virtualization overhead, Sugar achieves high performance. Unlike current systems, Sugar uses two underlying physical GPUs, when available, to co-render the User Interface (UI), One GPU, to provide virtual graphics planes for web apps The other one to provide the primary graphics plane for the rest of the system. Thus, this design not only provides strong security guarantees but also provides enhanced performance isolation. The two GPU designs in Sugar OS for secured web apps The researchers presented two different designs of Sugar in their paper; a single-GPU and a dual-GPU. In both these designs, web apps use the virtual graphics planes created by the virtualizable GPU. The main difference between the two is the primary graphics plane. Single-GPU Design target: They designed a Single-GPU Sugar for machines with a single virtualizable GPU. The main targets of this design are commodity desktops and laptops using Intel processors that incorporate a virtualizable integrated GPU (all Intel Core processors starting from the 4th generation, i.e., Haswell [99]). Primary Graphics plane, in this design, uses the same underlying virtualizable GPU but has exclusive access to the display connected to it. Dual-GPU Design target: The dual-GPU Sugar is designed for machines with two physical GPUs, one of which is virtualizable. The main targets for this design are high-end desktops and laptops that incorporate a second GPU in addition to the virtualizable integrated Intel GPU. Primary graphics plane, here, uses the other GPU, which is connected to the display. However, Dual-GPU Sugar provides better security than single-GPU Sugar, especially against Denial-of-Service attacks. Moreover, dual-GPU Sugar achieves better graphics performance isolation. The researchers demonstrated that Sugar reduces the Trusted Computing Base (TCB) exposed to web apps and thus eliminates various vulnerabilities already reported in the WebGL framework. They also showed that Sugar’s performance is high, providing similar user-visible performance with existing less secure systems. Read more about Sugar OS in detail in its research paper Read Next Introducing MapD Cloud, the first Analytics Platform with GPU Acceleration on Cloud A new WPA/WPA2 security attack in town: Wi-fi routers watch out! 5 examples of Artificial Intelligence in Web appslast_img read more

Delta is the latest airline to raise checked bag fees

first_imgTags: Baggage, Delta Air Lines Share ATLANTA — Delta Air Lines is joining two rivals in raising fees to check a bag on a flight within the United States.Delta on Wednesday posted new fees of US$30 for checking a first bag and $40 for a second bag, increasing the previous fees by $5 each.The changes match increases recently imposed by United Airlines and JetBlue Airways. By midday, American Airlines had not increased bag fees.Southwest Airlines lets passengers check up to two bags free.Airlines have been pulling in more revenue from extra charges for several years. Last year, U.S. carriers raised $7.4 billion from fees on checked bags and ticket changes, led by American, Delta and United.Last month, both Air Canada and WestJet upped their fees for both the first checked bag (from $25 to $30) and the second checked bag (from $30 to $50). Air Canada’s fee hike kicks in on Oct. 5 while WestJet’s start Oct. 1.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckWith files from The Associated Press Posted by Delta is the latest airline to raise checked bag feescenter_img Thursday, September 20, 2018 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Karen Gushue convicted on two counts

first_imgKaren Gushue convicted on two counts MISSISSAUGA — A Fort Erie woman has been convicted on two counts of operating as a travel agent without registration.Karen Gushue, also known as Karen Robinson was previously charged by TICO in 2017 while operating in Fort Erie and elsewhere in Ontario.She was also charged with a number of counts of fraud over $5,000 and fraud under $5,000 under the Criminal Code of Canada.Sentencing proceedings are scheduled to take place on April 12, 2019. Travelweek Group Tags: Conviction, Fraud, TICO Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more