first_imgMONTREAL – Archeologists digging up the site of a pre-Confederation parliament in Montreal this summer came across plenty of items they expected to find hidden deep in the earth — and a few they didn’t.Digging began in late July at the Old Montreal site that housed the parliament of the United Province of Canada between 1844 and 1849, when it was burned to the ground.A handful of the 300,000 unique items plucked from the site in the last few months were put on display Tuesday by officials at Montreal’s history museum.Dishes, plates, bowls and cutlery likely used in the parliamentary restaurant were uncovered, as were oyster shells — the seafood apparently being a rich parliamentarian snack of the day.In addition, grooming items were also found — toiletries like a straight razor, a basin for washing and a pair of scissors.But the prize of this year’s digging were two stamps, which were used to authenticate official documents.“To find some unexpected things is at the heart of archeology,” said Louise Pothier, chief archeologist at Pointe-a-Calliere museum. “This summer, we found some very incredible artifacts.”One of the stamps, believed to be made of a copper alloy, was found in an area thought to house the clerk’s office and was inscribed with the words “legislative assembly Canada” in capital letters.The other was marked “legislative council library” and was located where historical documents suggest the library would have been. It was also near where charred books were found.“These are very precious items, very rare,” Pothier said. “They’re probably the only ones in Canadian collections.”The parliament was housed in a building known as St-Ann’s Market, which was rebuilt following the fire and then razed in 1901.After that, the site was used as a parking lot for several decades, enabling it to be preserved as a sort of time capsule.In all, about 50 per cent of the former building was excavated in 2017.The items from this summer will be added to the 500,000 items found in two previous digs dating back to 2010.Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre was on hand Tuesday after the city spent $6 million on the dig as part of its 375th-anniversary celebrations.“It’s great to know where we’re coming from and learn from the past,” Coderre said.Many of the items will take on added significance in the months to come, says Hendrik Van Gijseghem, the museum’s project manager.“We can expect more discoveries because there are a lot of artifacts that have been taken from the ground and waiting to be processed,” he said.“It’s often during cleaning and during inventory … we find things.”Work is expected to wrap up by mid-November with the site to be filled in with sand for future generations to explore.last_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – As the election campaign begins, the leaders of three of the main parties have a united target – Justin Trudeau. The leaders of the NDP, Conservatives and Greens launched their campaigns Wednesday with some choice words about Canada’s incumbent prime minister.At a campaign kickoff in London, Ontario, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh had a quick answer to a question this morning as he got off his campaign bus: “I’m ready.”Singh said four years ago, Trudeau charmed Canadians with pretty words and empty promises.“He didn’t really ask people or consult whether Canada could afford to buy a pipeline, and he spent $4.5 billion on a pipeline.”The election is on! #elxn43For too long, governments in Ottawa have made life easier for the rich & harder for everybody else – and over the next 40 days we’re going to show Canadians how we’ll make a difference in their lives – because we’re #InItForYou. pic.twitter.com/sOAf4Mtlir— Jagmeet Singh (@theJagmeetSingh) September 11, 2019Conservative leader Andrew Scheer didn’t wait for the writ to drop before attacking Trudeau again over the SNC-Lavalin affair, and as he launched his campaign in Quebec, he took another swing.“We have been telling Canadians and showing Canadians how Justin Trudeau has consistently misled them – he has lied,” Scheer said.It’s time for you to get ahead! And I’m launching our campaign for a new Conservative government that lives within its means and puts more money in your pocket so you can get ahead. WATCH: https://t.co/7RL8fG4EKO— Andrew Scheer (@AndrewScheer) September 11, 2019And Green Party leader Elizabeth May was in Victoria, stressing trust in leadership.“When you know you’re voting for a candidate, a party, and a leader who has your back, who earns your trust, who never lets you down,” she said.Elizabeth May’s #elxn43 speech (thread): “This election is the most important in history.It’s time for every so-called leader to join us and accept the climate targets that are driven by science, not by politics. Driven by courage, not by fear.— Green Party Canada (@CanadianGreens) September 11, 2019Scheer is headed to the Toronto area on Wednesday night, while Trudeau is expected in Vancouver.The candidates have 40 days of campaigning ahead of them. The election takes place Oct. 21.last_img read more

first_imgCALGARY – The growing frenzy around bitcoin and other cryptocurrency offerings has prompted warnings from a range of financial heavyweights on the risks that current and potential investors should keep in mind.Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz sounded the alarm last week, saying that buying into the trend is “closer to gambling than investing”, while Canada’s securities regulators association issued a special warning on Monday about the high level of risk associated with digital currency-linked products.Top of mind for many is the question of just how big a bubble bitcoin is in. Virtually worthless in early 2009, the cryptocurrency hit US$1,000 by early 2017 and then soared to its current price of just under US$17,000, a 12-month gain of more than 1,900 per cent.The disruptive potential of bitcoin and its underlying blockchain technology is only helping fuel the speculation and could lead it to go higher still, said BMO Financial Group chief economist Doug Porter.“Bubbles start off with a very compelling story, a fundamental change that triggers a lot of enthusiasm and attracts a lot of investment, and often what we see happen is a good thing goes crazy.”“These sorts of things, whenever you get into the speculative mania, they can go a lot further and higher than many people believe is possible,” he said.Even those who fully believe bitcoin will keep growing and help to disrupt financial systems expect the price volatility to continue.“Even if there are corrections along the way, it will come back even stronger than before, so I’m not too worried about corrections. But for sure there is going to be volatility,” said William Mougayar, a cryptocurrency investor and author of The Business Blockchain.But with such an astounding run-up already this year, investors are turning to the debut of other coin launches in the hopes of repeating the astounding profits that have come to early bitcoin speculators.The rise of initial coin offerings (ICOs) or token offerings used by blockchain start-ups to raise money has, however, led to other risks for the casual investor.With little regulation and more than US$3.6 billion raised in 234 offerings this year according to CoinSchedule, a cryptocurrency and ICO website, the area has been ripe for abuse, said University of Waterloo associate professor Jean-Paul Lam.“There has been quite a lot of fraud already, with companies taking advantage of the frenzy in ICOs and investors thinking they can make a quick return on their investment and they would invest in a lot of these projects without doing any due diligence.”“What has surprised me is the frenzy with people not assessing risk,” said Lam.The SEC has already cracked down on two such offerings this month, including one by Quebec-based PlexCorps that it said raised up to US$15 million from thousands of investors since August by promising a 13-fold profit in less than a month.Another seldom-mentioned risk is as old as money itself: taxes.While some believe their offshore wallets and decentralized ledger will allow them to hide their gains, Toronto tax lawyer Evan Kwok said the Canada Revenue Agency is actively looking into the issue and could begin a crackdown at any time.Active traders of digital currencies will likely have their profits taxed as business income, while those who have sat on their holdings would be taxed under capital gains, said Kwok.However, keeping track of gains can become complicated, since the digital exchanges don’t always provide complete transaction history, while those who actually use bitcoin to buy real-world items have to keep track of those transactions as well.“Once you transact away from that currency, let’s say you buy a coffee using bitcoin, that triggers a capital gain, you actually used it and liquidated your position.”Investors also have to understand the basics of the technology, including the public wallet, private key, and how to secure your private key, said Jean-Philippe Vergne, co-director of the Scotiabank Digital Banking Lab at Western University.He said investors also have to be wary of the cryptocurrency exchanges, as there have been numerous hacks, including a South Korean exchange that shut down Tuesday after a cyberattack.But despite the risks, Vergne said it could still be a way to diversify holdings for certain investors.“I think for investors who are interested in adding maybe five to 10 per cent of their savings in cryptocurrency, which is a nice way to diversify and gain exposure to an up-and-coming sector of the economy, why not, it may be a good idea.”last_img read more

first_imgby Selim SAHEB ETTABAGAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories– It was the publicity stunt of the year in Hamas-ruled Gaza: the delivery of Kentucky Fried Chicken from a branch in Egypt through a tunnel under their shared border.But since the service was launched in spring, the Hamas-friendly Egyptian government of Mohamed Mursi has been toppled in an army coup. And since then, Egypt’s military has destroyed hundreds of the tunnels, sending the takeaway orders into free-fall with the rest of Gaza’s economy, already squeezed by trade restrictions imposed by its other neighbor, Israel.In Rafah, the sprawling city which straddles the Gaza-Egypt border, the dust raised by hectic smuggling activity has settled in the wake of the Egyptian army’s campaign against the tunnels.Just a few scattered diggers are working under tarpaulins covering the entrances to abandoned tunnels, excavating “for the future”.“Is there a future for tunnels? Not with Sisi,” sighs a Gazan border police officer, referring to Egyptian military chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.The flow of state-subsidized Egyptian fuel to Gaza has all but dried up since the July coup, dwindling from about a million liters a day in June to 10,000-20,000 liters a week now, according to the latest report of the U.N. Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.The shortage caused the shutdown on November 1 of the Palestinian territory’s only power plant, which provided about a third of the strip’s electricity.The closure has resulted in power cuts for 16 hours a day.Without electricity, water treatment stations have stopped working, and last week sewage began spilling onto the streets of several neighborhoods in Gaza City.Now the Al-Yamama delivery company is looking back nostalgically on its days of delivering Egyptian KFC.“Despite the high prices because of transport costs, people paid to have something that does not exist here,” said Haitham al-Shami, a 29-year-old partner in the business.“It was a challenge,” he said, “to show that Gaza is not only war and death. We love life, but we have nothing.”‘Ketchup and mayonnaise’His subterranean fast food service, largely conceived to promote Al-Yamama’s business, lasted only a month before being banned by Hamas “for public health reasons” even before the tunnel crackdown, Shami said.According to Palestinian economist Omar Shaaban, Gazans had developed a taste for small luxuries, which Israeli and Egyptian restrictions have taken away again.“Gaza is a modern society. People in Gaza know Nescafe and cappuccino and these products,” he said.“Now we have become a relief society — we depend on international humanitarian assistance for food.”Israel first imposed its land, sea and air blockade on the coastal strip in 2006 after militants there seized an Israeli soldier, who was eventually freed in a lop-sided prisoner swap in 2011.It was further tightened in mid-2007 when the Islamic militant group Hamas took control of Gaza.Israel eased the blockade slightly following an international outcry after its botched commando raid on a Turkish Gaza-bound flotilla in 2010, allowing food and some building materials to be trucked in.“The siege destroyed the industrial productive sector, the siege prevented any export from Gaza, only five or six items were allowed,” said Shaban, director of local think-tank Palthink.“We’re not suffering because of a lack of rain or because we don’t have food. It’s a man-made catastrophe, because somebody decided to make our life difficult,” he added.“We are a hostage by four kidnappers,” he said, naming Israel, Hamas, the Western-backed Palestinian Authority which rules the West Bank, and the international community.Palestinian negotiator Mohammed Shtayyeh wrote last month in left-leaning Israeli daily Haaretz that token Israeli economic measures would not change the Palestinians’ lives.“In recent years, some international parties have tried to convince the world that solutions begin by removing a roadblock or allowing ketchup and mayonnaise into Gaza,” he said.“What Palestine needs is ending the Israeli occupation, which is the only way for Palestine to reach its full economic potential.”last_img read more

HALIFAX — Canada’s largest cryptocurrency exchange is due in court tomorrow as it seeks creditor protection in the wake of the sudden death of its founder and chief executive in December and missing cryptocurrency worth roughly $190-million.Vancouver-based Quadriga says it filed an application for creditor protection on Jan. 31 and the Nova Scotia Supreme Court will be asked on Feb. 5 to appoint a monitor to oversee the proceedings.In Quadriga’s application it says it currently owes roughly 115,000 users $70 million in currency and an additional amount of cryptocurrency coins valued at approximately $180 million based on market prices in December.Court documents show that Quadriga had been facing liquidity issues over the past year but a major issue arose in January 2018 when CIBC froze roughly $25.7 million of its funds held in the account of a third-party processor.In an affidavit, the widow of Gerald Cotten, Quadriga’s founder, CEO and sole director, said he died suddenly on Dec. 9 due to complications from Crohn’s disease.Court filings show that after his death, Quadriga employees have been unable to locate or access cryptocurrencies worth roughly $190-million.The Canadian Press read more

As the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Centre was officially opened in Accra, a UN official read the message hailing its establishment in an era of rising demands for trained peacekeepers. “The Centre provides an important forum for sharing the expertise,” he said in a message delivered on his behalf by Alfred Fawundu, the UN’s Resident Coordinator in Ghana. Mr. Annan noted that UN peacekeeping “has undergone a dramatic surge in activity,” with six operations currently underway in Africa alone and several others planned. “The UN is increasingly discharging wide-ranging, complex and often unprecedented tasks,” he said, calling for “sustained and practical” international support for peacekeeping. A national of Ghana, the Secretary-General said he was “deeply honoured” that the Centre, which was established by the Ghanaian Government and armed forces, has been named after him. Mr. Annan also praised the international peacekeeping role played by Ghana over the past 40 years. Ghanaians have served in 29 UN missions, while 98 of the country’s personnel have lost their lives in the course of duty. read more

American Apparel files for bankruptcy protection, again WASHINGTON – American Apparel is seeking bankruptcy protection for the second time in just over a year, unable to find its footing even after a contentious fight for control with founder Dov Charney.Canada’s Gildan Activewear is buying the brand, notorious for its advertising campaigns, for $66 million.The Los Angeles retailer first filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October 2015, about a year after it fired Charney for violating its sexual harassment policy. Charney’s legal campaign to retake control of the company was rejected by a bankruptcy court judge in January.Charney denies the sexual harassment charges and has claimed the company was taken from him in a “coup.”American Apparel has lost money every year since 2010. by The Associated Press Posted Nov 14, 2016 9:21 am MDT Last Updated Nov 14, 2016 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

“Needs continue to outpace response,” said Kyung-wha Kang, as she delivered the briefing on behalf of Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs. “The relentless violence and destruction in Syria has led to one of the worst displacements of people the world has seen in decades.”Ms. Kang said the Syria response is now contained in a single plan and appeal, inclusive of assistance both from within the country and through cross-border operations, adding that the response to people inside Syria will require $2.9 billion this year to assist the 7.6 million people displaced within the country, and the 3.8 million refugees.“Last year, we received 48 per cent of the amount requested,” she said. “Lack of funding, for example, for the winterization programme, means that hundreds of thousands among the 3.3 million people targeted for assistance have not received assistance, during this particularly harsh winter.”Despite the lack of resources and the extremely difficult and unsafe operating environment inside Syria, humanitarian organizations continued to help with, among others, distributing food to over 3.6 million people, water and sanitation interventions to 1.5 million, medical assistance to over 680,000 and emergency non-food items to over 500,000.She said UN’s cross-border deliveries from Turkey and Jordan into Syria totalled 59 under Security Council resolutions 2165 (2014) and 2191(2014), providing food assistance to over 702,000 people, non-food items for over 615,000, water and sanitation supplies for 311,000, and medical supplies for over 468,000 people. The World Food Programme (WFP) had reached 315,000 people in rural areas and Aleppo city in December, planning to reach more next month, but needing more funds to do so.Key FiguresAs the conflict entered its fifth year, “extreme violence and brutality” continued to characterize it. Populated areas were attacked with explosives by both sides, with the Government still using barrel bombs in airstrikes, and implicated in reports of attacks on schools, medical facilities and medical personnel. Meanwhile “atrocities meted out by ISIL” continued, including reports of executions and “brutal subjugation” of women and girls.“Infrastructure for essential services continues to come under deliberate and indiscriminate attack,” she added, describing Al-Nusra Front’s cutting of water supplies to the 600,000 population of Idleb city and the response by local government authorities of stopping aid deliveries to opposition-controlled areas.“At the beginning of the conflict, nearly four years ago, 1 million people needed humanitarian assistance inside the country,” she said. “Today, that figure stands at 12.2 million. 3.8 million people have fled to neighbouring countries.”Of the 12.2 million, she said 40 per cent resided in areas where they struggle to receive basic services and secure basic staples and where humanitarian access remains a significant challenge. UN agencies were unable to deliver food to the entire caseload of 600,000 people in ISIL-controlled Raqqa and Deir ez Zor.In December, she said, injectable medicines and surgical supplies were denied to areas in Eastern Ghouta. In January, despite support from the Governor of Homs, Government security forces removed all surgical items, diarrhoea kits, midwifery kits and reproductive health kits from the interagency convoy to Al Wa’er, in breach of international humanitarian law.A total of 212,000 people remained besieged, 185,000 by Government forces, and though 9,000 were able to evacuate towns in Eastern Ghouta, aid deliveries remain heavily restricted. At the same time, no assistance had reached Yarmouk camp for Palestinians since 6 December due to fighting in and around the camp, while there had been no progress on addressing the administrative constraints placed on international non-governmental organizations by the Government of Syria.“The Security Council must find a way to end the conflict in Syria,” Ms. Kang urged. “We must not allow the world to forget Syria and the atrocities being committed against its people.” read more

WESTERN CONF. TEAMRECORDWIN %EASTERN CONF. TEAMRECORDWIN % Conference48-5447.1Conference54-4852.9 Spurs5-455.676ers5-455.6 Timberwolves2-340.0Wizards4-450.0 Trail Blazers2-340.0Pacers4-450.0 Suns3-442.9Magic4-450.0 INTERCONFERENCEINTERCONFERENCE Source: Basketball-Reference.com Warriors7-277.8Pistons5-183.3 The East is better than the West (for now)Records from games between teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences in the 2017-18 season Thunder5-183.3%Celtics5-0100.0% Nuggets6-366.7Bucks4-266.7 Grizzlies0-40.0Nets3-633.3 Mavericks2-340.0Hornets3-350.0 Jazz2-528.6Heat3-442.9 Lakers3-537.5Cavaliers2-250.0 Kings1-712.5Hawks2-340.0 Rockets6-275.0Raptors6-366.7 For most of this millennium, the West has ruled the NBA with zero debate, boasting a long list of superstar players, including Tim Duncan, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, James Harden and Russell Westbrook, to name just a few. Meanwhile, in the East, there has been LeBron James — and 14 teams that each year served essentially as LeBron James cannon fodder. The NBA’s lopsided conference balance seemed to grow even more drastic this summer, when we saw a migration of top NBA talent from the East to the West. As we detailed at the time, 22 of the league’s 30 best players started the 2017-18 season out West — the largest such number for one conference since the 1970s — after the likes of Jimmy Butler, Paul George and Paul Millsap were all either traded to or signed with Western teams.But about a month into the season, something odd is happening: The East is flipping the script.When the Celtics beat Golden State on Thursday, they cemented themselves (not LeBron’s Cavaliers — who have been mediocre so far) as the hottest team in the NBA right now.1The Celtics beat Atlanta on Sunday for their 15th straight win. And Boston isn’t the only Eastern Conference team off to a good start this season. So far, the East has a 54-48 record against the West in interconference games — a stunning development after an offseason spent fretting about how the West would dominate to an unprecedented degree.Conference disparity has long been an NBA talking point — in the 2015 playoffs, the No. 8 seed in the West would have been the No. 6 seed in the East, and just a year earlier, the West’s eighth seed had a better record than the East’s third seed. It’s an issue that was a hot topic around the league before the most recent exodus — and one that commissioner Adam Silver has publicly stated will continue to be looked at. Since 1999, there’s been only one season (2008-09) in which teams in the East have finished with a winning percentage above .500 against teams in the West. The player inequality of this offseason appeared to only pile on to the league’s growing problem.But as Silver and his team were mulling possible solutions, the league started playing games — and somehow the East began to hold its own (and then some). Through the opening month of the season, the East has won 53 percent of its games against the West, talent exodus be damned. And it’s not as if the best in the East has just been beating up on the worst in the West: According to our Elo model, Eastern Conference underdogs are 31-30 in cross-conference games so far this season — about 12 games better than the Elo ratings said they “should” be. Pelicans4-357.1Knicks4-266.7 Clippers0-50.0Bulls0-60.0 This isn’t by any means enough of a sample size to conclude that the conference imbalance is over, but you can already say that the East has far exceeded any preseason predictions. Before the season, Elo predicted that certain teams at the top of the East would have enough talent to jostle with the top teams in the West — and sure enough, Boston and Toronto have stood out so far. But others — we’re looking at you, Cleveland — haven’t. Instead, it’s been the likes of the Pistons, the Knicks and the Sixers, whose win totals FiveThirtyEight projected to be in the lower half of the league, that have beaten our projections most and outperformed their counterparts in the West. The dregs of the East simply aren’t the pushovers we’re used to them being in recent seasons.A wild start to the season may have helped as well. So far in 2017-18, Elo favorites have won only 60 percent of their games, which — if it holds up — would shatter the 2001-02 season’s mark (64 percent) for the lowest winning percentage by favorites since the 1976 ABA-NBA merger. This topsy-turvy NBA season has been ripe for conference balance to be flipped on its head.Either way, there’s plenty of basketball left to be played — and reason to think things will even out before season’s end. First and foremost, the talent disparity favoring the West hasn’t really gone anywhere; even though some East players are performing above expectations, all the players who departed the East for the West should start asserting themselves eventually. Another sign the balance may tip back into the West’s favor: The West is still outscoring the East by an average of 0.3 points per game in cross-conference games, despite its sub-.500 record. And we’ve been here before — at this stage of the 2015-16 season, the East was also above water, and it ended up getting humbled over the rest of the schedule.So the East still may not actually be better than the West. But it will only need to finish the season at a .492 clip (roughly 40 wins in an 82-game season) to end with a .500 record against its counterpart. Given all the factors working against it going into the year, that might be the single most astonishing thing that happens during the entire 2017-18 NBA season.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

← Previous Story “NOBODY” IS NOW HERO: Barachet decides derby against Veszprem Next Story → OLYMPIC GIRLS: South Korea – the fifth team in Rio 2016! He came to replace Hendrik Pekeler, but only few months were enough to show his class. Spanish NT line-player Rafael Baena (32) will stay in Rhein Neckar Lowen much longer than it was expected. Spaniard with fighting-spirit extended contract with the leader of DKB Bundesliga until 2018.Rhein Neckar Lowen are currently the first team of the best world’s league with 11 wins in a row at the start of the season.Baena’s career:Club Balonmano Estepa (1996-2000)Balonmano Dos Hermanas (2000-2003)ARS Palma del Río (2003-2008)Balonmano Antequera (2008-2011)Reale Ademar de León (2011-2012)US Créteil HB (2012-2014)Ángel Ximenez-Puente Genil (2014-2015)Rhein-Neckar Löwen (2015-¿?)PHOTO: Rhein Neckar Lowen handball transfersRafael BaenaRhein Neckar Lowen read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A world first study from Western Sydney University and the University of Sydney has found that dancing can decrease the risk of heart disease in people over forty.The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, draws on data from 48,390 Great Britain residents without cardiovascular problems between 1994 and 2008.Researchers recruited people for over a decade to track the impact of dance on mortality from heart disease. The survey included tests about frequency, duration and intensity of dancing and walking over time and the data was linked to the National Death Registry.According to senior author and Associate Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis from the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre and School of Public Health, dancing is one of the best ways to protect from cardiovascular disease death.“We should not underestimate the playful social interaction aspects of dancing which, when coupled with some more intense movement, can be a very powerful stress relief and heart health promoting pastime,” he said. Those who participated and were at least slightly out of breath or sweaty while dancing had 46 per cent lower risk of cardiovascular death over a decade compared to those who lightly, rarely or never danced.Lead author Associate Professor Dafna Merom, from the Western Sydney University School of Science and Health added that “compared to fast walking, dancing further reduced the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by 21%.”“Furthermore dancers are often dancers for life, so we don’t see the drop in and out as much as we do in regular exercise classes.”To read the study go to www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-3797(16)00030-1/abstractlast_img read more

first_imgThe Court of Appeal has refused an appeal by television broadcasting organisation ITV, which sought to challenge additional evidence submitted by The Pensions Regulator (TPR) in a long-running pensions anti-avoidance case.The Court of Appeal has agreed with an Upper Tribunal decision in 2016 to allow TPR to submit new evidence in its anti-avoidance case against the Box Clever Group Pension Scheme.Box Clever, which was formed in 2000, was the result of a merger between television rental organisations Granada (now ITV) and Thorn, now known as Carmelite. Prior to the organisation’s collapse, employees affected by the merger were transferred into a Box Clever pension scheme when they moved to the new organisation. This was to ensure that staff received the same benefits they would have gained from their previous pension arrangements. The Box Clever pension scheme currently has approximately 2,800 members, and a buy-out deficit of over £90 million.TPR opened anti-avoidance action in December 2011, to issue financial support directions (FSD) to five organisations that form part of the ITV Group. The FSDs required the organisations to propose how they would financially support the Box Clever pension scheme.ITV originally referred to the Upper Tribunal in January 2012 to question TPR’s determination to issue FSDs in this instance. The broadcasting organisation then challenged TPR’s ability to submit additional evidence to the anti-avoidance case in 2013. Both the Court of Appeal and the Upper Tribunal have ruled in favour of TPR and refused ITV permission to appeal.This latest ruling confirmed that TPR is not bound by the original case it presented to the Determinations Panel, but that it is entitled to raise matters not previously raised where a determination is referred to the Upper Tribunal.The hearing to examine TPR’s decision to issue the FSDs is scheduled to start on 29 January 2018 and is expected to continue for two weeks.A spokesperson at ITV said: “ITV has never participated in the Box Clever scheme and has had no control over the growth of its deficit.“ITV believes strongly that there will be cases in which it is appropriate for the regulator to use its powers, but equally strongly that Box Clever is not one of them, and that the case against it is wholly unmeritorious. The tribunal previously stated in its judgment that the regulator has not alleged, and does not allege now, that there was anything improper or negligent about ITV’s conduct. Yet ITV is being pursued for unquantified sums in relation to a transaction that took place 17 years ago, before the regulator ever existed, and before the current powers it seeks to evoke were even on the statute book.  ITV has defended the case robustly over the last six years and will continue to do so.”Mike Birch, director of case management at TPR, added: “It is vital for us to be able to introduce new evidence where appropriate when we are pursuing anti-avoidance and so we welcome this latest important ruling. The ruling also brings closer the prospect of greater certainty for members of the Box Clever Group Pension Scheme which due to legal challenges by ITV has been delayed for six years.“We have fought at every stage to bring our case for an FSD and are pleased the courts have agreed with our position. This sends a clear message that we will not shy away from pursuing regulatory action to protect workplace pensions.”last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Members of the Matua community staged demonstrations at different parts of the state, protesting against the exclusion of the names of 40 lakh Bengalis in the final draft of Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC).It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had stated that with exclusion of their names, the people have turned refugees in their own country and it is the outcome of BJP’s “vote politics”.Stating that the “people are being isolated”, the Chief Minister had said: “BJP’s divide and rule policy to isolate people has led to the situation.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Chief Minister, who is in Delhi at present, criticised the government at the Centre over Assam’s NRC issue.The protest started at around 8 am and continued till noon. People from the community carried out agitation mainly in North 24-Parganas and Nadia districts. They also put up a symbolic railway blockade at Panihati Railway Station.With the protest, there was a disruption in train services since morning at different stations of Sealdah Division. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThere were obstructions at various stations of the Sealdah-Ranaghat Main Line, Sealdah-Bangaon, Sealdah-Dankuni and Barasat Hansnabad sections.There were obstructions at Sandalia, New Barrackpore, Gobardanga, Dum Dum, Belghoria, Ichhapur, Kanchrapara, Chakdaha, Halisahar, Bira, Naihati, Titagarh, Palta, Baranagar, Sodepur, Dankuni, Machlandapur, Habra, Ashoknagar, Duttapukur, Bamangachi, Barrackpore, Badkulla,Bongaon, Ranaghat, Akaipur, and Thakurnagar. The train services resumed at around 12 noon. There was cancellation of 51 local trains of Sealdah Division.People from the Matua community also protested against the move by putting up a roadblock at Bagnan in Howrah on National Highway 6, demanding immediate steps so that people do not turn refugees in their own country.There were long queues of vehicles on the national highway. It took some time to normalise the traffic movement after the demonstration was withdrawn.Commuters were greatly inconvenienced as train services in the main section were badly hit. The demonstration was lifted and train services became normal from noon.last_img read more

first_img The new Intravoxel Incoherent Motion (IVIM) MR application in Synapse 3D Technology | Lung Cancer | October 05, 2018 Body Vision Medical Announces Release of LungVision Body Vision Medical, a medical device company specializing in lung cancer diagnostics, announced the launch of its… read more Videos | Advanced Visualization | March 05, 2019 VIDEO: Virtual Endoscopic Navigation Planning Tool For Pancreatic Cancer This is an example of a new endoscopic 3-D imaging simulator created from a patient’s computed tomography (CT) scan u read more Videos | Advanced Visualization | March 05, 2019 VIDEO: Virtual Endoscopic Peritoneal Inflation on Imaging for Procedure Preplanning This is an example of a new endoscopic virtual peritoneal inflation tool on the patient’s computed tomography (CT) im read more Virtual peritoneal space inflation for endoscopy on imaging Fujifilm HIMSS19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:35Loaded: 27.79%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:35 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | January 12, 2012 Fujifilm Adds Fujinon Endoscopy to its Imaging Portfolio News | Endoscopes | April 02, 2018 WATS3D Endoscopy Device Improves Esophageal Cancer Detection by 80 Percent Results from a recent prospective trial found the Wide Area Transepithelial Sampling with 3D Tissue Analysis (WATS3D)… read morecenter_img News | Oncology Diagnostics | April 25, 2018 El Camino Hospital Performs First U.S. Robotic Lung Cancer Bronchoscopy The interventional pulmonology team at the Taft Center for Clinical Research at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View,… read more Technology | Lung Cancer | May 09, 2018 Body Vision Medical Receives FDA Clearance for LungVision Tool Body Vision Medical received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market their LungVision Tool… read more January 12, 2012 – Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc. announced that the endoscopy equipment provider Fujinon will fully integrate as a division of the diagnostic imaging and medical informatics company. Fujinon had previously operated as a subsidiary of Fujifilm.Under the new structure, the Fujinon brand will remain in place and build upon the expanding Fujifilm medical systems portfolio. Fujinon’s advanced technologies include the first commercially available flexible video endoscope, the first high-resolution charge-coupled device (CCD) super image flexible video endoscope, the first high definition flexible endoscopes, and the only endoscopic system – double balloon endoscopy – capable of reaching the entire small bowel. Fujifilm’s medical systems products include digital radiography solutions for most conventional x-ray needs, including flat-panel detectors, portable systems, room replacements and full field digital mammography as well as the Synapse line of medical informatics products.As part of the merger, Keiichi Nagata will join Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc.’s Executive Leadership Team as the division president of the company’s endoscopy division.For more information: www.fujinonendoscopy.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Ultrasound Imaging | June 04, 2018 Olympus and Hitachi Healthcare Americas Introduce Arietta 850 Olympus, a global technology leader in designing and delivering innovative solutions for medical and surgical procedu read more Technology | Advanced Visualization | February 08, 2019 Fujifilm Launches Latest Synapse 3D Version at HIMSS 2019 Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. will debut the latest version of its Synapse 3D solution at the Healthcare Information… read more News | Endoscopes | June 11, 2018 American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and Touch Surgery Pilot Video-Based Endoscopic Simulations During the 2018 Digestive Disease Week (DDW) conference June 2-5 in Washington, D.C., the American Society for… read more News | Endoscopes | March 14, 2019 Hologic Receives CE Mark for Three-in-One Omni Hysteroscope Hologic Inc. announced it has received a CE mark in Europe for its Omni hysteroscope, a three-in-one modular scope with… read more last_img read more

first_img Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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There seems to be a general sense of delayed reaction within the healthcare arena when it comes to preparation for California’s Senate Bill (SB) 1237 and Assembly Bill (AB) 510 and other pending legislation that adopts regulations regarding the capture and reporting of radiation dosing.  (See sidebar below for details about the bills.) The looming threat of violating California law with the potential for fine implications has begun to sink in, yet the bigger picture seems to be lost in translation.Currently, it seems as though many organizations do not consider that dose monitoring is essential to improving healthcare or that an analysis of the dose data, not just a screen capture, allows physicists and healthcare providers to improve the safety and well-being of their patients. Some organizations have taken initial steps to implement a system to record radiation doses, but then do not consider the critical next steps. They either undervalue or misunderstand what these reported doses mean, when they should be reported and/or rectified and who is responsible for the communication of the data being captured.Healthcare organizations need to fully understand that this new breadth of information is going to expand further to drive the development of new and modified workflows that will take into consideration a larger radiation safety initiative and patient awareness. The creation and understanding of these new workflows and procedures will help ensure full user adoption, not only of a software product, but also the larger purpose of dose monitoring — overall patient safety and radiation performance.By incorporating a dose monitoring solution into a healthcare environment, organizations take on the responsibility of implementing a program, not a product, which necessitates review and support around workflow design, protocol review and revision, policies and procedures, training development, change management and communication with both clinicians and patients. In order to achieve user adoption and enhance patient safety, it is important to define these processes within your organization.Current and Future State WorkflowsPrior to mapping out your organization’s workflows related to dose monitoring, your organization first should assess how dose information is currently stored (assuming storage has already begun) and how it will be stored in the future. From there, the questions can be exhausting: How do you currently, or plan to, track and report dose information? Which values are captured and reported, who is responsible for this task and how often are the values captured and tracked? How will clinicians be notified? Will the alert reach the technologist, radiologist or ordering physician before the exam is performed?These questions are critical. Your organization must know the “who, what, when, where, why and how” with regard to technologist and physician workflows.Protocol Review and RevisionAnother important issue to address is your organization’s computed tomography (CT) protocols. Are they currently over the recommended dose thresholds? If so, this needs to be addressed. If the dose thresholds are not set, there is absolutely no reason that this should not be resolved immediately.Having a dose monitoring system that automatically collects and organizes dose exposure data makes this process much easier. With a dose monitoring system, you have the ability to quickly look up and manage radiation dose exposure delivered to patients. This facilitates better control of quality and use of existing modalities. Current protocols can be baselined and then adjusted to ensure the lowest possible dose to the patient, while maintaining the diagnostic quality of the images.Policies and ProceduresEach organization should produce policies and procedures for incorporation into its ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable) program, with the critical identifier being a patient’s potential exposure to radiation that exceeds the organization’s dose thresholds. The thresholds should follow the American College of Radiology (ACR) CT Accreditation Requirements and American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Dose Check Guidelines.The policies and procedures should outline a codified set of processes that proactively assess a patient’s aggregate and proposed exposure indices from the use of medical nontherapeutic ionizing radiation. They also should outline a process for tracking and reporting of events where exposure exceeds the organization’s predetermined exposure thresholds and the necessary response path.Training DevelopmentIf you have implemented, or you plan to implement, a dose monitoring system, do you know what you will do with it? Have you identified who will be trained on the new system and the workflow they will follow?The training plan should cover end-user training as well as the clinical workflow training. These should not be considered separate training environments, as the effectiveness of an organization’s radiation safety program is dependent upon proper results in both areas.Change Management and CommunicationMost large organizations have a change management process, but not every organization does. You must assess if your organization is equipped to handle the change in process associated with the implementation of a dose monitoring system. Having a change management plan in place will help to ensure efficient and prompt handling of the required process changes and prevent incidents that affect the quality of patient care.Communication is a critical key to the success of dose monitoring. Ensuring patient safety in any medical activity requires effective communication between clinicians and patients. What is your organization currently communicating to patients regarding patient radiation safety? Do patients know whether or not they are receiving the lowest possible dose?Healthcare providers are beginning to realize the powerful marketing implications that come from accreditation and an effective radiation safety program. As the new legislature in California influences other states and the federal government, patients will become more educated regarding radiation doses. Your orgnization should be initiating conversations about dose, not the patient. Printed publications regarding your organization’s radiation safety program should be readily available and distributed. Patients should feel confident that all aspects of their care have been accounted for and addressed.Making the decision to add a dose monitor product into your organization is a huge leap forward in acknowledging the necessity and urgency of this long-standing, but newly acknowledged, matter of radiation safety. Implementing a dose monitoring program to accompany a product is where true value can be created through the enhancement of workflows, changes in protocols and sharing of knowledge.Don’t just collect the data, use the data. The dose data collected by healthcare organizations over the next few years will provide a wealth of knowledge surrounding best practices for CT and will ultimately open the door to data collection and best practices for all radiography modalities.If your organization is located outside of California, then it is your decision whether or not to adopt the only known legislative mandates at this time. However, indications are that other state and federal legislative authorities will utilize the California legislative language as a baseline for adoption to be applied nationwide. The standard of practice with regards to radiation dose is changing. Is your organization being proactive in protecting patients?Neomi Mullens is a project manager and Brandon Taggart is a project manager and consultant at Ascendian Healthcare Consulting. For more information: www.ascendian.com California Legislation Takes Effect in JulyCalifornia legislation (SB 1237) was introduced in 2010 and subsequently passed, regarding reportable events from the use of computed tomography (CT). According to the California Department of Public Health, it was enacted “in response to multiple events where patients were exposed to excessive radiation of diagnostic CT scanners. The intent of the law is to prevent such events. However, if excessive exposures do occur, systems need to be alerted and corrected as expeditiously as possible so that patients can be assured that they are receiving quality medical care.”The law, which was slightly amended in Assembly Bill 510 in mid-April, will go into effect for all hospitals and clinics in California on July 1. The new requirements, as recapped by LegiScan, [1,2] are that these facilities:• Record the dose of radiation on every CT study produced during a CT exam, except studies used for therapeutic radiation treatment planning or delivery;• send each CT study and protocol page listing technical factors and radiation dose to the picture archiving and communication system (PACS);• include the radiation dose in the radiology report of a CT study, either by recording the dose within the report or attaching to the report the protocol page that includes the radiation dose; and• until July 1, 2013, displayed doses must be verified annually by a medical physicist for the facility’s standard adult brain, adult abdomen and pediatric brain protocols, to ensure they are within 20 percent of the true measured dose (dose is defined as either the computed tomography index volume [CTDI VOL] and dose length  product [DLP] or the dose unit as recommended by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine [AAPM]). A facility that has an accredited CT system can elect not to perform such verification, however. After July 1, 2013, CT systems must be accredited.This is all providing that the CT system is capable of calculating and displaying the dose, the legislation states.Other provisions require the reporting of events in which radiation results in the following:• Repeating of a CT exam, if certain specified dose values are exceeded;• a CT exam that doesn’t include the intended area of the body, if certain specified dose values are exceeded;• CT or therapeutic exposure that results in unanticipated permanent functional damage to an organ or a physiological system, hair loss or erythema;• CT or therapeutic dose to an embryo or fetus that is greater than 50 mSv, that is a result of radiation to a known pregnant individual unless the dose was specifically approved in advanced by a qualified physician;• the wrong individual or treatment site receives dose; or• the total delivered dose varies from the prescribed dose by 20 percent or more, except in situations where the radiation was for palliative care.While this currently is the only legislation of its kind, the state’s Department of Public Health has indicated that it has had inquiries from other states or agencies, which are monitoring progress and reaction to California’s law.For more, visit www.leginfo.ca.govReferences:1 “Bill Text: CA Senate Bill 1237 – 2009-2010 Session” http://legiscan.com/gaits/text/61208. Accessed 4/27/2012.2 “Bill Text: CA Assembly Bill 510 – 2011-2012 Session” http://legiscan.com/gaits/text/628437. Accessed 4/27/2012. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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first_imgFormer U.S. President William J. Clinton (1993-2001) will visit Costa Rica next Tuesday, July 1, as part of the inauguration of a new medical research and teaching facility at the Universidad Latina in San Pedro, east of San José.Clinton, an honorary ambassador for Laureate International Universities, makes his visit as part of Universidad Latina’s 25th anniversary celebrations.Laureate operates two private universities in Costa Rica, the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica and the Universidad Americana, also known by its acronym, UAM. The network runs 75 universities in 30 countries around the world.Clinton, founder of the eponymous foundation, will speak with Universidad Latina Chancellor Clotilde Fonseca about leadership and entrepreneurship in the 21st century on Tuesday after a private tour of the new five-story health care facility.This is not “don Bill’s” first visit to Costa Rica. The 42nd U.S. president visited the country in 1997 to attend the Summit of the Americas. During the same trip he and then Frst Lady Hillary Clinton visited Braulio Carrillo in office and again in 2012 for the Sustainability and Happiness Business Forum. Facebook Comments Related posts:Former US President Bill Clinton lauds Costa Rica, urges students to make most of their futures How the Clintons went from ‘dead broke’ to rich Talent and good policy are key targets for improving Costa Rica’s competitiveness, forum experts say National Instruments to hire 170 new workers at Costa Rica operationlast_img read more

first_imgPilots leave aircraft and 166 pax in the hands of hostesses. Image: PFG Two Air India pilots have been suspended after allegedly putting a plane carrying 166 passengers from Bangkok to New Delhi in autopilot and leaving airhostesses in charge as they took a nap in business class.The pilot and the co-pilot reportedly gave two cabin crew members instructions on how-to fly the A320 before falling asleep, The Daily Mail reported.However, the duo were quick called back to take control of the aircraft when the hostesses accidently switched autopilot off.A senior member of the airline’s cabin crew, brought the issue to India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation, after witnessing the incident.Air India has confirmed air staff were in change of the cockpit for up to 20 minutes, however, sources say it was more than 40 minutes.Although pilots are able to leave the aircraft in autopilot, they are still required to monitor the aircraft’s flight path.“It is a serious matter,” Mr Mishra said.“We are investigating the case.”Source = e-travel Blackboard: NJlast_img read more

first_imgHousing Market Snapshot 2018-07-05 Radhika Ojha Share A new down payment program by Freddie Mac, the efforts of the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs), especially Fannie Mae, on making financing for condos easier, and how virtual e-closing expanding across the country are some of the latest trends that are shaping the housing market this month.Matt Ishbia, President, and CEO of United Wholesale Mortgage (UWM) gives an industry view on these trends and how they’re likely to impact the housing market in the near term. In this video, Ishbia points to the Freddie Mac Home One program that’s launching on July 29. This is a 3 percent down conventional program for homebuyers regardless of income and geography, according to Ishbia and though it is a bit more expensive than a similar program by Fannie Mae, it’s still a “better option than FHA.”He also gives an update on condos and the announcements by the GSEs as well as FHA on making the financing process for these properties easier and more accessible. Some of the changes include Fannie and Freddie’s initiatives to treat detached condos as SFR as well as FHA’s list of approved condos. “Condos are going to become easier for all of us in the industry,” said Ishbia.Additionally, e-closing has now extended to 20 states across the country including the District of Columbia. According to Ishbia, “e-closing has really grown right now and is expected to expand.”<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>center_img July 5, 2018 734 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newslast_img read more

first_imgThailand’s Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Tourism & Sports have launched the “Buy With Confidence” program, in collaboration with leading Thai jewellery retailers to issue certification of quality and standard of Thai gems and jewellery.The new initiative is aimed at providing reassurances to international consumers, when they purchase gems and jewellery in Thailand, that they can ‘buy with confidence’ and accreditation. Minister of Commerce, Sontirat Sontijirawong, says that the Thai gem and jewellery industry is one of the key industries in the country, ranking third in exports after automotive and computers, and generating 435 billion baht in exports. Foreign tourists are key buyers of gem and jewellery products, with approximately 35.38 million tourists visiting Thailand in 2017.The Ministry of Commerce has assigned The Gem and Jewellery Institute of Thailand, or GIT, to carry out the Buy With Confidence (BWC) program, according to government policy through the certification issued by GIT.“GIT’s facilities include a world-class gem and jewellery laboratory that is supervised by the Thai government,” said Commerce Minister, Sontirat Sontijirawong. “Staffed with highly experienced gemologists and equipped with the world’s most advanced instruments, GIT’s services are trustworthy and widely recognised in the worldwide industry. Consumers can be confident that every piece of jewellery certified by GIT is trustworthy and is qualified according to the accompanying Gem and Jewellery Certification document. The institute has selected gem, gold and jewellery shops and businesses that pass the qualifying standards to participate as members of the program. Currently nearly 140 companies have applied for membership to this program, with 68 passing the initial standard. In 2018, GIT aims to expand membership of the BWC program to 500 companies, targeting cities such as Bangkok, Chanthaburi and other key tourist destinations.”If any issue should arise between buyers and shops in the BWC program, buyers may make a complaint at hotline 1166 (Office of the Consumer Protection Board) 1155 (Tourist Police Bureau) or 1569 (Department of Internal Trade) which are partners of the institute. jewellerythailandlast_img read more

first_img RelatedWestJet announces new routes to MexicoCanadian cheap flights carrier WestJet has announced that it will launch a new non-stop seasonal serviceWestJet announces launch of four new flightsWestJet announces launch of four new flightsWestJet launches new flight between Calgary and KamloopsWestJet launches new flight between Calgary and Kamloops Canadian cheap flights carrier WestJet has announced a new partnership with Mokulele Airlines, an inter-island carrier based in Hawaii.The partnership, which is designed to offer an improved service for inter-island travellers, follows WestJet’s recent decision to increase the number of its Hawaiian services to 23 a week.Commenting on the deal, WestJet executive vice-president Hugh Dunleavy said that the airline’s long-term goal was to be the first choice carrier between Canada and Hawaii.”This partnership will provide our guests greater access across the Hawaiian Islands and will assist our guests booking with WestJet Vacations in planning their ideal vacation,” he said.The partnership will allow passengers greater access and convenience in terms of connecting to the off-islands, which are currently served by Mokulele flights.WestJet yesterday (December 9th) commented on the successful conclusion of the Canada-European Union air transport agreement.The airline currently offers services to 51 cities across North America and the Caribbean, and is considered a pioneer of low-cost air travel in Canada. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more