Retailers struggle to keep popular cannabis extract CBD on shelves in Canada

first_imgVANCOUVER — Retailers across Canada are struggling with a shortage of all cannabis, but there’s one product they’re especially desperate to keep on shelves: cannabidiol or CBD, a non-intoxicating extract vaunted for its purported health benefits.The extract, most commonly sold as oil, has been promoted as a natural cure for pain, anxiety and insomnia, despite limited medical research. Many customers are coming in asking for it, especially first-time and older users, store owners say.“I don’t think the licensed producers really realized how popular CBD was, so there’s none available, really,” said Krystian Wetulani, founder of City Cannabis Co. in Vancouver.“When something becomes available on the cannabis wholesale ordering sheet, everybody tries to get all that’s available. It’s like a race. That’s one of the biggest opportunities we’re facing in the legalized market.”Companies are ramping up hemp growth to produce the trendy extract, but observers expect the shortage to persist until late this year. Meanwhile, scientists are working to separate the hype from reality when it comes to medical claims about the drug.While licensed producers were preparing for legalization last year, they assumed most of the demand was going to be for cannabis high in THC, the intoxicating ingredient, said Khurram Malik, CEO of Biome Grow.The buzz around CBD grew with the passage last year of a U.S. law known as the farm bill, which allows for the growing of hemp for the purposes of extracting cannabidiol, he said. Similar regulations came into effect in Canada in October.But it was the U.S. law that drove up media coverage and social-media influencer chatter, Malik said. Kim Kardashian West recently posted on Instagram about her “CBD baby shower,” where she invited guests to make cannabidiol-infused salt scrubs and body oil.“Because of the farm bill passing, the sexiness or the in-vogue profile of CBD went through the roof,” said Malik. “The demand side just blew up and caught everyone by surprise, on both sides of the border.”Extracting CBD from hemp, which is low-THC and high-CBD, is more affordable because the crop can be grown outdoors on a large scale under Canadian rules that are less restrictive than those for producing high-THC marijuana, Malik said.Biome Grow has partnered with CBD Acres, which Malik said will supply his company with up to 20,000 kilograms of cannabidiol concentrate annually in order to serve Canadian and international markets.The CBD shortage affects jurisdictions across Canada, said provincial distributors in British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.“There has been a significant learning curve for licensed producers as they transition into supplying a new market,” said B.C.’s Liquor Distribution Branch in a statement. “Licensed producers are working towards becoming more efficient, however many of their expansion projects have not yet been fully ramped up.”The branch added it expects supply to increase in the second half of 2019 as expansions come online and more producers receive licences to enter the marketplace.Beverley Ware, a spokeswoman for the Nova Scotia Liquor Corp., said while it has “CBD leaning” products, it has not been able to consistently carry pure CBD oil due to the national shortage.Customers looking for CBD products would prefer not to smoke them and don’t want the added THC, said Darrell Smith, spokesman for the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corp.“It has been a challenge to source a steady supply of these products as they are often reserved for the medical cannabis community,” he said.Ivan Ross Vrana, cannabis adviser at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, said he didn’t think that producers failed to anticipate the high demand for CBD.“I think what the industry, given its newness, is grappling with — and a lot of companies are getting a good handle on — is about consistently growing the product that consumers want,” he said.“It’s not easy. I know people think, ‘It’s just a weed. We can grow this no problem.’ It’s not. You’re still growing a plant and Mother Nature has a large say in that.”The legalization of edibles, extracts and topicals later this year is likely to further ramp up demand, Ross Vrana said. CBD-infused creams, beverages, food and even pain-relief products for pets are expected to be growing market segments.Despite the hype, research into the health benefits of cannabidiol has been fairly limited, said Dr. Gabriella Gobbi, a psychiatrist at McGill University who has studied the drug.Gobbi’s team published a study in the journal Pain last October that pinpointed the effective dose of CBD for safe relief of pain and anxiety. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has also approved a CBD drug to treat children with severe epilepsy.But more research is still needed, particularly on CBD’s effects on anxiety and insomnia, Gobbi said.Some patients who try it experience no effects and studies have also indicated a placebo effect in some people with anxiety, depression and pain, she added.“Today there is a dominant culture of cannabis, a dominant culture of everything that is natural is good. This is why … cannabidiol is so popular.”Laura Kane, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Facebook tightens EU political ad rules ahead of election

LONDON — Facebook says it’s tightening up requirements for political ads in the European Union ahead of bloc-wide elections scheduled for the spring, its latest effort to fight misinformation on its platforms.The social media giant said Monday that political ad buyers will need to have their identities confirmed before placing ads, which will also be entered into a public archive.The rules are similar to those the company put in place last year in the U.S., Britain and Brazil.Facebook says it’s also planning to set up two regional operations centres focused on election integrity in Dublin and Singapore, to help support its efforts to combat fake news.Hundreds of millions of people in 27 EU member countries are set to vote in May for 705 lawmakers in the bloc’s parliament.The Associated Press read more

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States bring price fixing suit against generic drug makers

BOSTON — Attorneys general from more than 40 states are alleging the nation’s largest generic drug manufacturers conspired to artificially inflate and manipulate prices for more than 100 different generic drugs, including treatments for diabetes, cancer, arthritis and other medical conditions.The lawsuit, filed in federal court Friday, also names 15 individual senior executives responsible for sales, marketing and pricing.Connecticut Attorney General William Tong, a Democrat, said investigators obtained emails, text messages and telephone records to prove a multi-year conspiracy against 20 firms.A spokesman for Teva Pharmaceuticals, one of the companies named in the suit, said Teva hasn’t engaged in any conduct that would lead to civil or criminal liability.Investigators said the drugs account for billions of dollars of sales in the United States.The Associated Press read more

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Middle East Annans envoy continues intensive diplomacy on current crisis

The Secretary-General’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Terje Roed-Larsen, met on Thursday with envoys from the United States, the European Union and the Russian Federation, according to a UN spokesman. Mr. Roed-Larsen also held talks with German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer and European Union Secretary-General Javier Solana.In addition, Mr. Roed-Larsen and the other envoys had meetings scheduled with Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat “as part of their continuing effort to foster dialogue between the Palestinians and the Israelis,” spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York.Meanwhile, the chairman of a UN Palestinian rights committee has urged Israel to immediately withdraw its forces from all areas under Palestinian control and to refrain from future incursions, according to a document released today at UN Headquarters in New York. In a letter to the Secretary-General, the Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, Papa Louis Fall, notes that the Israel Defence Forces have conducted a series of incursions into a number of Palestinian-controlled areas, “contributing significantly” to the escalation. “As a result of shelling and gunfire from the Israel Defence Forces, more than 20 innocent Palestinian civilians, including children, lost their lives throughout the Palestinian Territory,” Mr. Fall writes.”By occupying areas under the full control of the Palestinian Authority, creating facts on the ground, carrying out extrajudicial assassinations and destroying Palestinian houses and other property, Israel is inflicting great suffering on the Palestinian people and is doing irreparable damage to the principles and foundations of the peace process,” the letter says. Given the potential for the conflict to widen, the Committee chairman says the Security Council should “act decisively in order to prevent further bloodshed and destruction.” read more

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UN mission in Burundi observes first anniversary of massacre

“One year ago, on August 13, 2004, a refugee transit centre in Gatumba, Burundi, was brutally attacked by a large group of armed individuals. During the attack 152 Banyamulenge refugees from the Tutsi communities of South Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo were killed and another 106 people, including Burundian returnees, were wounded,” ONUB said in a statement.ONUB was set up in May 2004 to help cement a multi-party, power-sharing government and pave the way to peace in the small nation after years of civil strife.At the request of the Security Council, ONUB and the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) conducted a joint investigation into the incident and found that Burundi’s National Forces for Liberation (FNL), which is the only rebel group to reject a place in the power-sharing government and which claimed responsibility, could not have been solely responsible.”The search for those responsible for the massacres continues,” ONUB said.Although the Security Council urged the Government of Burundi to carry out a full investigation, with international assistance, if need be, “unfortunately, no investigation report has been issued by the government to date and the authors of the attack remain free,” the mission said.ONUB added: “In the name of the victims and as part of the effort to end impunity for the killings and massacres that have plagued this region for too many years, we urge the Government of Burundi to complete its investigation, issue the report of its findings and bring those responsible to justice.” read more

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General Assembly President to confer with Pope Benedict XVI on human rights

The meeting, at the Pope’s invitation, comes just two days before the inauguration of the new, strengthened UN Human Rights Council, which replaces the much-criticized UN Human Rights Commission, seen by many as ineffective.Mr. Eliasson will make a keynote address to the Council on Monday, as will Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Ahead of the meeting Mr. Eliasson noted that the Council’s creation showed that Member States can overcome differences and deliver outcomes relevant to the people of the world. “I expect the members of the Council to address the challenges before them with the same constructive spirit and commitment. We must show the world that the Council means a fresh start in the United Nations’ work for human rights,” he said.The inaugural session, set to last until 30 June, will bring together high-level representatives from over 100 countries and see delegates begin concrete work to allow the Council to flesh out features that make it a stronger and more effective human rights body than its much-criticized predecessor. These include its higher status as a subsidiary body of the General Assembly, its increased number of meetings throughout the year, equitable geographical representation, and an examination of the human rights records of its own members. read more

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Legion is Just as Unsettling When it Slows Down

first_img Don’t Hold Your Breath For Noah Hawley’s ‘Doctor Doom&…How ‘Legion’ Uses Superpowers to Explore Mental Illness Legion pumped the brakes a little after the conclusion of last week’s episode. Instead of continuing the terrifying horror show of “Chapter Five,” we got a much slower-paced creepiness this week. From the beginning of the episode, we know nothing is real. Everyone is trapped in a memory of Clockworks Mental Hospital where Lenny is their doctor. Nobody seems to realize they aren’t in the real world except Syd.The episode begins with an extended music-less sequence of therapy sessions. As Lenny questions each person, we learn more about what drives each character. It’s essentially a character exposition dump, but given that it’s in the confines of a mental parasite’s warped version of therapy, it works. Ptonomy keeps reliving the memory of his mother dying. Kerry and Cary are too attached to each other, refusing to walk anywhere without touching. Melanie refuses to move forward in life as she waits for her husband to return. We even learn that The Eye developed late as a young teen and was teased for it, which may explain his current violent personality.The two sessions that don’t quite match the others are David’s and Syd’s. Syd deflects the questions about not wanting to be touched and keeps bringing up how nothing feels real. David talks about feeling like he’s in control. Both are soon punished by Amy, who has been turned into an evil, abusive nurse. First, she pats down/gropes Syd, despite her asking not to be touched. Then, she takes away David’s pie, apparently his favorite dessert. As Syd eats her pie, she finds it covered in bugs and throws it to the floor. As the camera zooms in on the cherry filling, we see Lenny’s face.Jeremie Harris as Ptonomy Wallace, Rachel Keller as Syd Barrett, Katie Aselton as Amy Haller, Dan Stevens as David Haller. (Photo via FX)What follows is the coolest, most transfixing, yet still unsettling sequence of the whole episode. Before the pie incident, Syd passed by a bedroom door that didn’t match any of the other hospital doors. She hears something going on behind it but is called away before she can investigate. After we see Lenny’s smiling face in the pie, the scene transitions to the space beyond that door. It’s Lenny dancing through the rooms of David’s mind to Nina Simone’s feeling good. For a second, it even looks like the opening of a James Bond movie, until she starts wreaking havoc through every scene.For most of the episode, Syd is the only person who seems to notice anything’s wrong. David is content to stay in a world with no dilemmas, no hard choices or loud noises that no one else can hear. Cary doesn’t believe that Syd sees a door that sometimes disappears, and interprets his visions of a room made of ice as dreams. It quickly appears that Oliver is mounting a rescue mission from inside the Astral Plane, starting with Cary. He appears in Cary’s room and takes him away. Unfortunately, that leaves Kerry alone and scared. When she investigates his empty room, The Eye corners her and chases her throughout the hospital. That’s where the episode leaves her, which is seriously not cool. I need to know she’s OK; I can’t wait a week!Oliver also leads Melanie outside the Clockworks construct and into what appears to be the real world. Syd is holding David. The Eye fires his automatic rifle at them. Everything is slowed to a near standstill. Melanie tries, but can’t pick the bullets out of the air, so she tries pushing Syd and David out of the way instead. As she does, two giant Lenny eyes open up on the wall. What is going on?Jean Smart as Melanie Bird. (Photo via FX)Meanwhile, back in the fake Clockworks, Syd has found a grotesquely organic piece of the wall with blood coming out of it. That brings up her memories of Lenny trapped in the wall at the real Clockworks, and she remembers everything that followed. As she starts to piece things together, Lenny uses music to put her in a trance and hide her away. When David can’t find her, he goes to Lenny’s office to ask where Syd is.What follows is the creepiest scene of the entire episode, which also showcases just how great an actor Aubrey Plaza is. She has a formidable presence on screen, instantly switching from one tactic to the next as she questions David about love. In a particularly vivid metaphor involving zombie ant fungus (it’s a real thing), we learn all about the Demon with Yellow Eyes.She says David’s real father gave him up for adoption to hide him from Lenny/The Demon. It didn’t work. She found him anyway. She planned to use up his mind and move on, like the ant fungus, but then she realized how powerful David was. She wanted to combine their abilities and become the most powerful mutant in the world. Possibly, she says, more powerful than God. It appears she was close to taking over until David fell in love with Syd, so now she’s got a new tactic in mind. She lock’s David’s mind inside a box and hides it away. Presumably, she’s in control of his body. The episode doesn’t end on a complete downer, though. Just before the credits role, Syd is rescued by Cary wearing Oliver’s diver suit. What could that mean?Dan Stevens as David Haller, Aubrey Plaza as Lenny “Cornflakes” Busker. (Photo via FX)After last week, Legion needed an episode to breath and slowed the pace down a bit. Last night proved that even a slower episode doesn’t have to be boring. It was still just as stylish, surreal and creepy as the show’s best episodes. It just took its time in getting to the big reveals. Aubrey Plaza’s performance was also a highlight. She’s been good as Lenny throughout the season, but she got to shine this week, switching from over-the-top malevolent demon to subtle, gaslighting psychiatrist in an instant. The transitions felt natural, which of course made them all the more unpredictable and scary. Legion has given us a unique, surreal take on the superhero TV series that consistently produces great TV. At this point, I’m just sad there are only two episodes left. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Pensioners Elect New Board Representative

first_imgBy: Kebba AF Touray Pensioners have converged at a hotel in Bakau on Saturday May 5th, to elect their representative at the Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation (SSHFC) Board.The event started with the refund of D 500 as transport fees for those members who came last week when the meeting was postponed due to the “set setal”.Mr. Sulayman Nyassi, PRO of the Corporation, in a pre-election opening ceremony, emphasized that the convergence was for the pensioners to elect their representatives at the said Board, following the expiry of the outgoing representative, Mr. Malick Foon.Mr. Alhagie K Jeng, Head of Operations at the IEC, explained that the election is in accordance with Section 7, subsection 1 of the SSHFC Act which calls for a new Representative to be elected after the expiry of the 3-year term of the incumbent. “A person can nominate and be nominated but has the right to reject or accept the nomination if he or she deems fit,” he said.Nomination of Candidates:Mr. Bakary E Jammeh  Mr. Youssupha Jaiteh Mr. Jeffrey Rener  Mr. Alhagie FaalThe nomination was an opened one, with interested candidates Mr. Bakary E Jammeh, Mr. Jeffrey Rener, Alhagie Faal, Youssupha Jaiteh, Alhagie Alieu Mboge and Malick Foon, nominated. However, Malick Foon and Alhagie Alieu Mboge, declined their nominations, making it a four-horse race, between Mr. Bakary E Jammeh, Mr. Jeffrey Rener, Alhagie Faal and Youssupha Jaiteh.All four candidates were given five minutes to address their electorate, by putting their programs before the pensioners, who were to elect them as their representatives at the Board.Respect for the rights of the pensioners, increment in their monthly salaries and benefits and the refund of their seven years drawbacks were highlighted by the aspirants as their main priorities, when elected. Subsequently, the voting ground and materials were set up and the voting started. Voting was done using paper ballots, conducted by IEC Officials.A total of 197 votes was cast, Mr. Jeffrey Rener pulled out 126 votes, Mr. Alhagie Faal got 52 votes, Mr. Bakary E Jammeh scored 10 votes, Mr Youssupha Jaiteh secured 9 votes, and thus Mr. Jeffrey Rener was duly elected as the pensioner’s representative at the SSHFC Board of Directors.last_img read more

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Turks and Caicos pitching medical Tourism at Canada expo

first_img Digicel & NBA team up again, 60 TCI children to benefit Cheshire Hall explains Monday power outage at hospital Related Items:destination health, takara bain, tci hospitals Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 Aug 2015 – The Turks and Caicos will for the next few days be on display at an expo in Canada as an ideal spot to get well. The TCI Hospitals today informed that they are showcasing the hospitals at Destination Health, which is the first medical tourism event to take place on Canadian soil. A delegation of three from the ICA hospitals is attending and reports are they are presenting on the various services at the Cheshire Hall and Cockburn Town medical centers. Marketing Manager, Takara Bain called it just the beginning for promotions in medical care to visitors – that the TCI Hospitals are confident of positive feedback from health professionals and patients. TCI Hospital Gets New Executivelast_img read more

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Valencia boss backs strikers to end drought

first_imgValencia boss Marcelino believes Rodrigo Moreno and Michy Batshuayi will end their goal droughts despite his side’s 1-0 narrow win at Getafe.Dani Parejo’s VAR penalty saved the blushes of Rodrigo who had not scored since the opening day of the season, while Batshuayi was absent from the squad, leaving the Chelsea loanee on just two goals for the campaign.“Winning always matters,” Marcelino told Football Espana after Valencia won back-to-back games for the first time in 2018-19.“I saw a very good Valencia in the first half, but we had to be comfortably ahead at half-time.“When you’re forgiving, you usually pay and Getafe threatened to make us do that early in the second half.“However, the VAR helped us. It went against us last week and ultimately we won because of it. It imparted justice.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“Rodrigo’s drought is football. It’s a situation that, no matter how much you think about it, has no explanation.“The important thing is that he’s a very good player. We need Rodrigo at his best. He had a great game against Young Boys the other night.“What he missed here were three clear goals, but he’ll eventually score with his back.“His work in the last third is good, he’s just lacking that edge to his finishing. He’ll be back scoring after the international break.“I’m not unhappy with Batshuayi. I’m always positive, I try to help and transmit things to the players, but I also demand things at the same time.“It’s tough. I always try to be fair and in this situation, I have to make decisions. The hardest thing for a Coach is to pick a matchday squad of 18 players and 11 to start after that because it’s discriminating.”last_img read more

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80 participate in sharesave schemes because they are a convenient way to

first_imgFour-fifths (80%) of respondents who participate sharesave employee share schemes do so because they believe they are a convenient way to save, according to research by Proshare.Its Attitudes to employee share ownership report, which surveyed 1,699 employees across 11 UK organisations, also found that 67% of respondents find the matching shares that are available as part of a share incentive plan (Sip) are valuable to them, and 58% cite that the tax advantages of the plan are valuable to them.The research also found:75% of respondents who participate in a sharesave scheme do so because they want to profit from the shares and 38% took part in order to own shares in the organisation.46% of male respondents who take part in a sharesave scheme do so for share ownership, compared to 26% of female respondents.40% of respondents who do not participate in a sharesave scheme admit this is because they cannot afford to participate. Other reasons to not participate include that the respondent may not be with the organisation long enough to benefit (16%), that they have other arrangements (21%), or they do not understand how the scheme works (6%).84% of respondents are aware that sharesave savings could be repaid at their request at any time, 86% are aware of a choice in savings terms, 92% are aware of the option price discount, and 58% are aware that they can take up to six months’ break from contributions.54% of respondents who have been with their organisation for five to 10 years cite affordability as the reason why they do not participate in sharesave schemes, compared to 18% of respondents who have worked at their organisation for less than a year.48% of respondents who do not participate in a sharesave scheme think that a shorter savings terms would encourage them to join the scheme, compared to 46% who would consider joining if they could vary their monthly contribution amount.69% of respondents are aware of Sips, with 80% aware that they must hold their shares for five years for them to be tax-free and 42% are aware that the free share maximum award value is £3,600 per tax year.68% of male respondents value the tax advantages of Sips, compared to 28% of female respondents.70% of full-time respondents participate in Sips to gain profit from the shares, compared to 46% of part-time respondents.25% of respondents do not participate in Sips because they do not understand how it works, 32% cannot afford to participate, 17% are not aware of the plan, 24% believe shares are a risky investment and 24% think they may not be with the organisation long enough to benefit.66% of respondents who do not participate in a Sip would consider joining if there was a greater maximum value of free shares at award, 49% would be encouraged to participate if there was an improved matching ratio, and 38% would think about participating if the maximum holding period was shorter than five years but longer than three years.Gabbi Stopp (pictured), head of employee share ownership at Proshare, said: “When [sharesave] was introduced the aspiration was that it would democratise share ownership, improve employer and employee relations and act as a retention tool. The evidence now suggests that the very features that were originally designed to encourage retention are now discouraging increasing numbers of employees from participating.“There is a long-established link between employee share ownership, employee engagement and increased productivity. But the length of time that an employee is required to commit to a share plan, for example, five years minimum for Sip, and the penalties if she or he doesn’t stay with their employer for this length of time, simply does not match up to the current average tenure for millennial employees of 2.2 years, compared to 4.4 years average overall.“[Under a quarter (24%)] of all non-joiner employees say they don’t join their [organisation’s] Sip because they wouldn’t be there long enough to benefit from it. This figure leaps to 48% among millennials and 50% among employees with less than one year’s service.“To ensure both employers and employees continue to benefit from share ownership we need to remove some of these barriers to entry, introduce more flexibility and promote the benefits to young workers.”last_img read more

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BNP to stage demo after Jumma prayers

first_imgBNP men clash with law enforcement in Dhaka on Thursday. Photo: Prothom AloBNP will stage countrywide demonstrations on Friday protesting the sentence its chairperson Khaleda Zia had been handed in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.As part of their two-day demonstration programme, party leaders and activists will stage demonstrations across the country after Jumma prayers, reports UNB.Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday made the announcement immediately after the verdict.Amid heightening tensions and various speculations, a special court on Thursday convicted the former prime minister and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the much-talked-about Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.last_img

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3 burnt to death as microbus catches fire

first_imgDamaged and burnt microbus that catches fire after being hit and dragged by a covered van in Mirsarai, Chattogram on Dhaka-Chittagong highway on 12 February. Photo: Prothom AloThree persons were burnt to death while two others sustained injuries after the microbus they were travelling stuck with a covered van and caught fire on Dhaka Chittagong highway in Mirsarai upazila of Chattogram on Tuesday.Mirsarai fire service official Rabiul Islam confirmed the accident.”The identity of the victims could not be known immediately,” he added.Both the vehicles were heading to Chattogram. At one stage, the covered van hit the microbus and its bumper got stuck with the microbus, according to the police and fire service officials.The microbus caught fire when the covered van dragged it to at least 100 metres on the street leaving its three passengers dead and two others injured, they added.The injured were sent to Mirsarai Upazila Health Complex.last_img read more

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Will Houston Host World Cup Matches In 2026

first_img X Share Martin Meissner/APThe World Cup trophy on display prior to the final match between France and Croatia in 2018. 00:00 /15:17 Houston is one of 17 American cities that’s a finalist to host matches when the FIFA World Cup is held in North America in 2026.The United States, Canada and Mexico will all host games — but which American cities has yet to be decided, and there are only 10 spots. It’s not clear when FIFA will make its decision.This week, business leaders, soccer experts and marketers will meet to discuss Houston’s efforts to host the huge international event.Michael Hagerty/Houston Public MediaThe exterior of the George R. Brown Convention Center during Super Bowl Live events.Houston, of course, is no stranger to hosting big sporting events. In just the last few years, the city has hosted a Super Bowl, the NCAA Final Four and three World Series games.So, what lessons could Houston take from those experiences in order to make a case for hosting World Cup matches?All host cities have to meet specific guidelines for FIFA, such as airport access, hotel availability, transportation and stadium requirements.Gail Delaughter/Houston Public MediaMetro’s Super Bowl train with the Houston skyline in the background.In the audio above, economist Victor Matheson from College of the Holy Cross talks with Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn about what economic benefit cities truly gain when they host such major sporting events.Then, Houston Matters host Craig Cohen talks with Chris Canetti, who heads the committee making the bid. Canetti formerly served as president of the Houston Dynamo and Dash soccer clubs.center_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

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Avengers Endgame Again Tops Studios TV Ad Spending

first_imgIn this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by TV ad measurement and attribution company iSpot.tv, Marvel claims the top spot in spending for the second week in a row with “Avengers: Endgame.”Ads placed for the superhero film had an estimated media value of $6.54 million through Sunday for 1,082 national ad airings on 40 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from April 22-28. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Marvel prioritized spend across networks including ABC, NBC and ESPN, and during programming such as NBA Basketball, the 2019 NFL Draft and “The Voice.”Just behind “Avengers: Endgame” in second place: Lionsgate’s “Long Shot,” which saw 1,145 national ad airings across 27 networks, with an estimated media value of $4.57 million. Is Disney’s Domination Good for the Box Office? Impressions: 136,772,887Attention Score: 90.12Attention Index: 79National Airings: 332Networks: 24Most Spend On: TNT, ESPNCreative Versions: 8Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $11.2MStudio: LionsgateStarted Airing: 01/20/19 Impressions: 531,273,365Attention Score: 91.69Attention Index: 93National Airings: 1,082Networks: 40Most Spend On: ABC, NBCCreative Versions: 104Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $20.74MStudio: MarvelStarted Airing: 12/06/2018 $2.9M – John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Popular on Variety $4.57M – Long Shot TV ad placements for Universal Pictures’ “A Dog’s Journey” (EMV: $4.06 million), Warner Bros.’ “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” ($3.45 million) and Lionsgate’s “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” ($2.9 million) round out the chart. Related Impressions: 431,990,830Attention Score: 91.61Attention Index: 93National Airings: 1,145Networks: 27Most Spend On: ABC, Comedy CentralCreative Versions: 28Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $19.96MStudio: LionsgateStarted Airing: 05/03/19 $4.06M – A Dog’s Journey ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Gets Re-Release With New Scene Top Movie Commercials by Weekly TV SpendData provided by iSpot.tv $3.45M – Pokémon Detective Pikachu Impressions: 260,184,271Attention Score: 92.89Attention Index: 109National Airings: 782Networks: 39Most Spend On: NBC, TNTCreative Versions: 9Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $6.53MStudio: Universal PicturesStarted Airing: 01/31/2019 Notably, “A Dog’s Journey” has the best iSpot Attention Index (109) in the ranking, getting 9% fewer interruptions than the average movie ad (interruptions include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV). Impressions: 250,510,965Attention Score: 92.35Attention Index: 102National Airings: 835Networks: 52Most Spend On: ABC, TNTCreative Versions: 24Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $15.61MStudio: Warner Bros.Started Airing: 11/11/18 1 Movie titles with a minimum spend of $100,000 for airings detected between 04/22/2019 and 04/28/2019.* TV Impressions – Total TV ad impressions delivered for the brand or spot.* Attention Score – Measures the propensity of consumers to interrupt an ad play on TV. The higher the score, the more complete views. Actions that interrupt an ad play include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV.* Attention Index – Represents the Attention of a specific creative or program placement vs the average. The average is represented by a score of 100, and the total index range is from 0 through 200. For example, an attention index of 125 means that there are 25% fewer interrupted ad plays compared to the average.Variety has partnered with iSpot.tv, the TV ad measurement and attribution company, to bring you this weekly look at what studios are spending to market their movies on TV. Learn more about the iSpot.tv platform and methodology. $6.54M – Avengers: Endgame ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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The Imperial to host an exotic French affair

first_imgThe great global event, ‘Goût de France / Good France’ will be celebrating its 5th annual edition on March 21, 2019, and ‘Nostalgia’ at ‘1911 Brasserie’ – a proud purveyor of classic western cuisine in the capital since 2011 – is chosen to be a part of the largest dinner in the world featuring 5000 restaurants across 5 continents. The Good France menu at Nostalgia, The Imperial will pay a tribute to the excellence of French cuisine and will showcase a menu using fresh and seasonal regional produce. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA combination of old world charm coupled with an unparalleled French menu featuring authentic recipes across aperitif and canapés, entrée, main course and dessert promises a distinct dining experience. More than 70 restaurants have been selected across India by the committee of international chefs headed by Chef Alain Ducasse, placing India among the top participating countries. The traditional and rare European theme around which ‘Nostalgia’ at ‘1911 Brasserie’ makes it an ideal property to promote this glorious French dinner. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThis extraordinary evening will have a delectable array of signature French dishes, in the backdrop of a venue that makes you experience the old Hollywood glamour. Chef Prem K Pogakula, Executive Chef at The Imperial will be cooking up a French-style dinner, with a focus on more responsible cuisine. “French food is based on local sourcing of very simple ingredients paired with good-old wine and hand-picked variety of cheese. The cuisine has already been influenced in terms of standardising menus and presentation so the day is not far when Indians will be more familiar with French specialties and classic ingredients. The French culinary events like Good France is a great initiative to promote French gastronomy in India and it’s an honour for The Imperial to be part of an international gourmet at a global level. We at ‘Nostalgia’ use exclusive French cheese, cream, butter, and meats to keep the local flavors intact and these local ingredients only help in achieving a perfect dish which the French guests relish,” said Chef Prem.last_img read more

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Riviera Maya hotel robbery leads police to Playa del Carmen

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — Two vehicles that police say were part of a Riviera Maya hotel robbery were found in a residential area of Playa del Carmen.On Thursday morning, several armed men arrived at the hotel Iberostar Playa Paraíso where they attempted to take the hotel’s two ATM machines.Elements of the municipal and ministerial Police have since seized two vehicles in the El Petén neighborhood of Playa del Carmen. The vehicles were found Thursday night and are believed to be two of those used in the hotel’s robbery.According to the State Attorney General’s Office, five armed men broke into the hotel and physically assaulted several of the hotel staff. The break and enter took place at 3:00 a.m. when the five arrived at the Iberostar Paraíso hotel security booth.The 32-year-old hotel security guard told police that the men arrived aboard three vehicles, one of which was a suburban-type and began physically assaulting him. They then dragged him to an ATM, but when they were unable to move it, they began to assault him for a second time.The security guard was left on the floor of the hotel semi-conscious. When he did not respond to calls from his supervisor, the hotel’s head of security went to the security booth where the armed men were still located. He too, was physically assaulted.A total of four hotel staff were wounded, two more who were found and robbed of their possessions by the five before they left the hotel.The five men boarded their vehicles and fled in an unknown direction. Police say the five left after they were unable to remove the two ATMs. Vehicles matching the description of those used to rob the hotel were called in. Police located two in the Petén district of Playa del Carmen.Police say neither of the vehicles were reported as stolen.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Watch others when washing Japan unveils 26 new tourist signs

first_img‘Watch others when washing’: Japan unveils 26 new tourist signs Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Posted by The Canadian Press << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Japan TOKYO — There’s nothing more frustrating to a traveller than arriving in a new country and not being able to understand local signage. But Japan, already known for its innovation and love of all things quirky, is going above and beyond to ensure this age-old problem is finally put to rest.Hot on the heels of another campaign that attempted to teach tourists how to properly use local toilets, the ‘Ten ways to make travellers happy’ campaign has been rolled out across the Iawate Prefecture and includes 26 signs that better explain local rules and guidelines. Like modern-day hieroglyphs, the signs include basic caricatures that are witty, culturally sensitive and reflect the Japanese’s penchant for laugh-out-loud humour.Here are our favourites:Japan is rolling out new signs to help tourists. Image: Morioka Regional Development BureauJapan is rolling out new signs to help tourists. Image: Morioka Regional Development BureauJapan is rolling out new signs to help tourists. Image: Morioka Regional Development BureauJapan is rolling out new signs to help tourists. Image: Morioka Regional Development BureauJapan is rolling out new signs to help tourists. Image: Morioka Regional Development BureauJapan is rolling out new signs to help tourists. Image: Morioka Regional Development BureauJapan is rolling out new signs to help tourists. Image: Morioka Regional Development Bureaulast_img read more

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Evacuation could have saved lives in Japan typhoon

first_img 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean “There is concern that perhaps more lives could have been saved if there had been an evacuation. We have concluded this and must apologize,” Mayor Masafumi Kawashima said at a news conference. “It’s my deepest regret and I will not forget this.”About 1,100 rescuers were searching through huge piles of trees and destroyed homes swept downhill by mudslides, shouting in hopes of finding survivors. The search was hampered by the slippery mud.Town officials had issued repeated warnings of river flooding early Wednesday morning, during the worst of the torrential downpour, but stopped short of ordering any areas evacuated.Initially, Kawashima defended the decision, saying Wednesday night that he feared a middle-of-the-night evacuation under such harsh conditions would do more harm than good.Disaster management minister Keiji Furuya told reporters that the central government was looking into the case and that he planned to send a team of experts to the island later this week to “investigate what exactly happened and why.”The areas affected by the mudslides were indicated as hazardous zones on maps, he said, adding that the government was checking to see whether there was any factual basis for complaints that an evacuation order should have been issued. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement TOKYO (AP) – The mayor of a Japanese island devastated by a deadly typhoon apologized Thursday for failing to issue an evacuation order, as rescue workers combed through mountains of debris searching for the missing.Typhoon Wipha, which swept up Japan’s east coast on Wednesday, killed at least 22 people, and more than 30 others are missing, government officials said. Most of the victims were on the island of Izu Oshima, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) south of Tokyo.center_img Sponsored Stories Kawashima, the mayor, was also under fire for being away during the crisis. He had to be airlifted home by a military helicopter from another island he was visiting for work, returning more than half a day later.More than 350 homes were damaged or destroyed, including 283 on Izu Oshima, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said.___Associated Press writer Elaine Kurtenbach contributed to this report.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The damage was almost exclusively concentrated in the town of Motomachi on the northwest corner of the island, which sits on slightly steeper ground.“That caught us by surprise,” said a town official who spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the sensitivity of the issue. He added that the Motomachi area had survived past record-level storms. “So we hardly had any sense of crisis,” he said.Izu Oshima is the largest island in the Izu chain. It has one of Japan’s most active volcanoes, Mount Mihara, and is a major base for growing camellias. About 8,200 people live on the island, which is accessible by ferry from Tokyo.Yoshiharu Ishikawa, an expert of surface runoff at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, said he believed the top layer of volcanic ash from recent explosions had been washed off by the massive rainfall and quickly slid down on the solid bedrock of hardened lava, knocking down trees and washing down houses.“It must have flowed down very fast,” Ishikawa told public broadcaster NHK on Thursday, as he inspected the disaster site. “Fallen trees added to the intensity of the mudslide, hitting the houses harder and washing them down.” Patients with chronic pain give advice Comments   Share   last_img read more

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Guardian Goes with MortgageFlex

first_img Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2011-08-17 Abby Gregory in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Guardian Goes with MortgageFlexcenter_img “”MortgageFlex Systems, Inc.””:http://www.mortgageflex.com/ has added a new client to its admirable roster, recently signing “”Guardian Mortgage Company, Inc.””:http://www.guardianmortgageonline.com/ as a customer. Guardian plans to use MortgageFlex to enhance its unique requirements for origination processing.[IMAGE]Specializing in facilitating new home financing for families, Guardian needed a technology partner that could accommodate easy, speedy, safe, and streamlined communication with borrowers. MortgageFlex’s product helped achieve the company’s goal of offering clients a platform in which the loan officer could begin the origination transaction, yet allow a borrower to complete the required applications at their leisure.[COLUMN_BREAK]””With MortgageFlex, we will be able to respond to an application much faster than before. Accuracy is also improved as we don’t need to re-enter application data into a different system to process the application. We conducted an in-depth due diligence review of all of the available origination systems and discovered that MortgageFlex had the only system that could satisfy our requirements,”” said Greg Sweet, senior vice president of Guardian.Also influencing Guardian’s choice was the advantage of remote capabilities available through MortgageFlex’s program, as well as the companies’ shared philosophy of open, transparent borrower relations. Guardian exercised a thorough review and testing process to determine MortgageFlex’s suitability, and the software’s Microsoft .Net integration and restructured database confirmed the company’s decision to select the technology.Commenting on the partnership, MortgageFlex’s vice president of business development, John McCrea, said, “”Customer satisfaction and responsive technology go hand-in-hand. It’s very gratifying to see such a good fit for a partner’s needs. We were happy to provide remote access demonstrations from Texas to our hosting center in Florida to illustrate the real-time display and transaction capabilities of our origination system.”” August 17, 2011 439 Views last_img read more

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