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Hedley fans consider impact of Hoggard charges on their devotion to the

first_imgTORONTO – Their songs were the soundtrack to many fans’ formative years, but as frontman Jacob Hoggard heads to court on sexual-assault charges, some Hedley followers are considering how the news impacts their devotion to the band.As Hedley forged ahead with their tour earlier this year amid online accusations suggesting inappropriate encounters with young fans, 37-year-old Jodie Rae of North Battleford, Sask., said she sat down for a talk with her 10- and 11-year-old sons.The family decided they would go ahead with plans to see Hedley’s live performance in Saskatoon in March, because at that point, no charges had been laid against any band members.But since Hoggard was arrested and charged Monday, Rae said she has been wrestling with conflicting feelings about the singer.She said as a feminist, she can’t just “jump on the bandwagon” and support Hoggard.“I don’t blindly just follow and have faith in somebody I don’t know. All I can go off of are my experiences, which were amazing,” she said. “Sometimes, you’re going through something and the music just speaks to you, and you can’t take that away.”Hoggard, 34, is scheduled to appear in a Toronto courtroom on Thursday to face one count of sexual interference and two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm.Police allege the offences happened on three dates in 2016 after a man met with a woman and a girl on separate occasions.Hoggard’s lawyer declined to comment on the charges.Hoggard, who is from Vancouver, has previously denied ever engaging in non-consensual sexual behaviour, but has said he behaved in a way that objectifies women.But many Hedley fans say it’s been hard to reconcile the charges against Hoggard with the man they feel they’ve come to know during the band’s many meet-and-greets.Rae said she has been following Hoggard’s rise since his 2004 turn on “Canadian Idol.” When her sons grew old enough, she started taking them to Hedley’s concerts, and she said the pop rockers always made sure her family walked away with two souvenirs, one for each of her boys.“Until there’s more information out, I just have to take it as it is and only go off of my own experiences, which were really great,” she said.Despite her ambivalence towards Hoggard, Rae said she’ll listen to Hedley’s music “forever” on the CD player in her “old beater car.”Laura Carruthers, 32, handed out flyers in support of Hedley at the band’s final concert in Kelowna, B.C., before the group went on an “indefinite hiatus” in March.Carruthers said she was defending Hoggard against what she saw as a trial by social media, and now she hopes he’ll have a chance to clear his name in court.“They haven’t gone through the justice system yet, so I’m still standing with them,” she said in an interview Wednesday. “It’s also only one member of the band, too. There’s three other guys.”After years of involvement with the group, Carruthers she sees the music that has comforted her through hard times, and the band members who feel like “part of my family” as “one and one whole.”Emma, a former fan who asked that her last name not be used due to fears of online harassment, felt a similar devotion to the band during her eight years being known as “that Hedley girl.”But after the allegations surfaced, the Toronto university student said she returned to her hometown and tore down the Hedley posters that had covered her childhood bedroom “from ceiling to floor.”“A lot of people are talking about ‘you need to separate the artist from their art,’ and with this, I can’t do that,” she said.Jackie Naccache, a 24-year-old in Waterloo, Ont., said as an aspiring music therapist at Wilfrid Laurier University, she is of two minds about whether Hedley’s songs can be separated from the allegations against Hoggard, which left her feeling disappointed.Her background as a classical musician enables her to differentiate between songs and those who play them, she said, but she also understands that music can engender deep emotional connections to certain periods in one’s life, particularly during the tumult of adolescence.She understands that the allegations may hinder some listeners from enjoying Hedley’s songs, but she doesn’t think we should be “policing” the music that may still hold special meaning for others.“There a lot of emotions that are tied to the nostalgia that music gives,” she said. “I don’t think we should be taking other people’s memories away by putting them down.”— with files from Victoria Ahearnlast_img read more

Taylor Swift Helps Ryan Seacrest Open Studio At Childrens Hospital

first_imgTaylor Swift joined Ryan Seacrest at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt last week to open the 10th Ryan Seacrest Foundation Seacrest Studio.Three patients joined the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, Ryan Seacrest and Taylor Swift for the ribbon cutting.Credit/Copyright: FacebookThe Seacrest Studio is a partnership between Vanderbilt and Ryan Seacrest Foundation, which has been building broadcast media centers in pediatric hospitals across the country since 2010.Taylor Swift joins Ryan Seacrest to open Seacrest StudioCredit/Copyright: FacebookThe studio enables patients to explore the creative realms of radio, television, and new media right from their hospital rooms. RSF’s mission is to help sick and injured children heal by providing access to multimedia experiences that brings patients exciting, stimulating adventures which encourage optimistic thoughts during treatment.To find out more, click here.last_img read more

Several dozen miners believed trapped after Zimbabwe floods

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Media in Zimbabwe say several dozen artisanal miners are missing after rains flooded mines while they were underground.State broadcaster ZBC said late Wednesday that 38 miners were trapped underground, while the state-run Herald newspaper put the number at 23.Reports say the gold miners went underground near the town of Kadoma before heavy rains destroyed a dam wall, resulting in massive flooding. Police say rescue teams and pumps to drain the water were mobilized.Large groups of men, women and children using picks, shovels and hoes are a common sight in Zimbabwe’s mineral-rich fields. The artisanal miners operate without regulation and safety standards are hardly practiced.Illegal mining has become rampant in a country where many people are unemployed.The Associated Press read more

Loans obtained from China will not be cancelled

The government said that it had no plans of cancelling loans obtained from China and added that such loans were vital for the development of the country.Cabinet Spokesperson Dr. Rajitha Senaratne told reporters today that the government was renegotiating the terms for the Chinese loans which had been obtained but had no plans to exit from such loans. The matter had been discussed by the Sri Lankan cabinet on Wednesday when it convened for its weekly meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena. Meanwhile, the government also said that Sri Lanka hopes to resume fish exports to EU countries by next year.Rajitha Senaratne said that Sri Lanka had become a prominent fisheries product exporter to the countries of the European Union and following an action plan implemented by the government to lift the ban, it hoped to resume exports by 2016. During the past 10 years, at the request of the government, China has provided loans amounting several billion US dollars in supporting of Sri Lanka’s economic and social development, among which more than half are at the interest rates of only 2 percent. The 28-nation European Union’s European Commission proposed a ban on imports of fish from Sri Lanka from January for not taking steps to combat illegal fishing in the deep seas, thus including Sri Lanka in its ‘Red List’.The European Commission said Sri Lanka did not even have proper legislation in place to prevent and fight illegal fishing and this led the Commission to propose the import ban.“The government’s action plan has 36 aims and Sri Lanka has fulfilled 30 out of the 36 aims and the rest will be fulfilled soon. A satisfactory progress has been achieved regarding the resolving of issues and it is being reported to the EU monthly,” Senaratne said. “We are only renegotiating the terms of the Chinese loans. We have absolutely no plans to retire from them,” he said. “Considering this information presented by the Minister of Fisheries, the cabinet of ministers has noted that as Sri Lanka has dealt satisfactorily in this issue the sanction could be lifted by 2016,” Senaratne noted.Sri Lanka is one of the largest exporters to the European Union of high value fishery products such as swordfish and tuna. EU imports in 2013 amounted to 7,400 tonnes of fish worth 74 million euros (US$94 million), according to the Commission.Last year, Sri Lanka exported over 5000 metric tones of fisheries products and made an income of Rs. 9,103 million. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Access to social media in Sri Lanka blocked again

Access to several social media sites in Sri Lanka have been temporarily blocked again.The Government Information Department said that Facebook, WhatsApp and Viber have been temporarily blocked. However the sites were blocked again temporarily after violence erupted in Negombo a few days later. The move comes after the Police imposed overnight curfew in Chilaw, Kuliyapitiya, Bingiriya and Dummalasuriya yesterday following violence targeting Muslims.Sri Lankan authorities blocked social media after the Easter Sunday Attacks and lifted it a week later. read more

Its not EU its me UK files for EU divorce after 44

British Union flag waves in front of the Elizabeth Tower at Houses of Parliament containing the bell know as “Big Ben” in central London, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Britain will begin divorce proceedings from the European Union later on March 29, starting the clock on two years of intense political and economic negotiations that will fundamentally change both the nation and its European neighbors. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) It’s not EU, it’s me: UK files for EU divorce after 44 years by Jill Lawless And Raf Casert, The Associated Press Posted Mar 29, 2017 9:04 am MDT Last Updated Mar 30, 2017 at 6:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – Britain filed for divorce from the European Union on Wednesday, with fond words and promises of friendship that could not disguise the historic nature of the schism — or the years of argument and hard-nosed bargaining ahead as the U.K. leaves the embrace of the bloc for an uncertain future as “global Britain.”Prime Minister Theresa May triggered the two-year divorce process in a six-page letter to EU Council President Donald Tusk, vowing that Britain will maintain a “deep and special partnership” with its neighbours in the bloc. In response, Tusk told Britain: “We already miss you.”May’s invocation of Article 50 of the EU’s key treaty sets the clock ticking on two years of negotiations until Britain becomes the first major nation to leave the union — as Big Ben bongs midnight on March 29, 2019.The U.K. joined what was then called the European Economic Community in 1973. Its departure could not come at a worse time for the EU, which has grown from six founding members six decades ago to a largely borderless span of 28 nations and a half billion people. Nationalist and populist parties are on the march across the continent in revolt against the bloc’s mission of “ever-closer union.” And in Washington, President Donald Trump has derided the EU, NATO and other pillars of Western order built up since World War II.“This is an historic moment from which there can be no turning back,” May told lawmakers in the House of Commons, moments after her letter was hand-delivered to Tusk in Brussels by Britain’s ambassador to the EU, Tim Barrow.In the letter, May said the two sides should “engage with one another constructively and respectfully, in a spirit of sincere co-operation.”But for all the warmth, the next two years will be a tough test of the notion that divorcees can remain good friends.May is under pressure from her Conservative Party and Britain’s largely Euroskeptic press not to concede too much in exchange for a good trade deal with the EU. For their part, the other 27 members of the bloc will need to stick together and stand firm as they ride out the biggest threat in the union’s history.Brexit has been hailed by populists across Europe — including French far-right leader Marine Le Pen — who hope the U.K. is only the first in a series of departures. EU leaders are determined to stop that happening.“The European Union is a historically unique success story,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in Berlin. “It remains one even after Britain’s withdrawal. We will take care of that.”Britons voted 52 per cent to 48 per cent in favour of leaving the bloc in a referendum nine months ago, and they remain deeply divided over Brexit.In the pro-Brexit heartland of Dover on England’s south coast — whose white cliffs face toward France — some were jubilant as May pulled the trigger.“I’m a local church minister, and I said to my wife, ‘All I want to do before I die is see my country free from the shackles of Europe,’” said 70-year-old Mike Piper, buying a copy of the Sun tabloid with the front-page headline “Dover and Out.”Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage, who campaigned for years to take Brexit from a fringe cause to a reality, said Britain had passed “the point of no return.”“I can still, to be honest with you, scarcely believe today has come,” he said.But many young Britons who have grown up in the EU and voted overwhelmingly for Britain to remain a member worry about how much they could lose.“I’m really anxious about it. It was a bad idea,” said Elaine Morrison, an 18-year-old who was travelling to Barcelona with friends. “I like travelling to other countries And it will be a trouble now. The pound is weaker so it will cost more to buy the euros, and the costs of travel will be more expensive. And there will be red tape.”People in London’s financial district, the City, are anxious about the uncertainty.“No one knows how this is going to go,” said City worker Nicola Gibson. “It’s a gamble, it’s a risk.”May’s six-page letter to Tusk was conciliatory, stressing that Britons want to remain “committed partners and allies to our friends across the continent.”But there was a hint of steel in May’s assertion that without a good deal, “our co-operation in the fight against crime and terrorism would be weakened.”That could be seen by some in Europe as a threat to withdraw British security co-operation if the U.K. does not get its way.European Parliament Brexit co-ordinator Guy Verhofstadt responded diplomatically: “I cannot, as a gentleman, even imagine that a lady as Mrs. May is using blackmail, is thinking of blackmail.”Tusk said he will respond by Friday with draft negotiating guidelines for the remaining 27 member states to consider. They’ll meet April 29 to finalize their platform. Talks between the EU’s chief negotiator, French diplomat Michel Barnier, and his British counterpart, Brexit Secretary David Davis, are likely to start in the second half of May.As in many divorces, the first area of conflict is likely to be money. The EU wants Britain to pay a bill of as much as 50 billion euros ($63 billion) to cover pension liabilities for EU staff and other commitments the U.K. has agreed to.Britain acknowledges it will have to pay something, but is sure to quibble over the size of the tab. May did not indicate Wednesday how much Britain would be willing to pay, saying only that it will no longer pay “significant sums of money on an annual basis” to the EU.But, May added: “We’re a law-abiding nation. We will meet obligations that we have.”Negotiations will also soon hit a major contraction: Britain wants to strike “a bold and ambitious free trade agreement” with the bloc of some 500 million people, but says it will restore control of immigration, ending the right of EU citizens to live and work in Britain. The EU says Britain can’t have full access to the single market if it doesn’t accept free movement, one of the bloc’s key principles.Both Britain and the EU say a top priority will be guaranteeing the rights of 3 million EU citizens living in Britain, and 1 million Britons living elsewhere in the bloc. In her letter, May said “we should aim to strike an early agreement about their rights” — but for now they remain in limbo.The two sides also appear to disagree on how the talks will unfold. EU officials say the divorce terms must be settled before negotiators can turn to the U.K.’s future relationship with the bloc, while Britain wants the two things discussed simultaneously.Britain wants to seal a new trade deal within two years, but Verhofstadt told The Associated Press there would have to be a further transition period of “no more than three years to discuss, to detail the content of this future.”A final deal must be approved by both the British and European parliaments — and Verhofstadt said EU lawmakers “will use our veto power” if they do not like the outcome.Brexit has profound implications for Britain’s economy, society and even unity. The divisive decision has given new impetus to the drive for Scottish independence and shaken the foundations of Northern Ireland’s peace settlement. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who says the Brexit vote means Scotland should get a referendum on independence, accused May of making “a reckless gamble.”But anti-EU politicians saluted Wednesday as the day Britain regained its sovereignty from Brussels bureaucrats.“If you’ve been locked inside a dark and cramped dungeon and you step out into sunlight, it’s going to be a bit intimidating,” pro-Brexit lawmaker Douglas Carswell said. “We as a country have got to rediscover the art of self-governance.”___Jill Lawless on Twitter: http://Twitter.com/JillLawless___Associated Press writer Jill Lawless reported this story in London and AP writer Raf Casert reported from Brussels. AP writers Danica Kirka, Siobhan Starrs and Jonathan Shenfield in London, Lorne Cook in Brussels, Geir Moulson in Berlin, Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen and Monika Scislowska in Warsaw contributed to this report. read more

Fairs Fair Books closing Mount Royal store

Fair’s Fair Books closing Mount Royal store AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email (Pixabay) by 660 NEWS Staff Posted Jul 20, 2017 7:21 am MDT A popular used bookstore is closing in Mount Royal.The owners of the local chain Fair’s Fair confirmed on Facebook this week, the 14 Street and 17 Avenue SW location will be shutting its doors at the end of August.They say real estate costs have made it difficult to continue operations.Two other locations, in Inglewood and the Chinook/Warehouse, will continue selling and buying books.Fair’s Fair was also forced to close another location last April in Ranchlands. read more

Beside The Points For Thursday Dec 21 2017

See more NBA predictions NBA Things That Caught My EyeFive years is kind of a hard capMarvin Lewis was head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals for 15 years and never managed to win a Super Bowl. Reality is, coach-quarterback combos that work tend to be the ones that click early. Every coach/starting quarterback combination who won a Super Bowl did so within their first five seasons of working together. [FiveThirtyEight]Yeah I had a nasty case of the “Vegas Flu” once and learned I probably shouldn’t play roulette anymoreThe Las Vegas Golden Knights are doing really well, and here’s one theory as to why their opponents appear off their game: They play hockey in Las Vegas, a fun place with booze and gambling and late nights on the town before hockey games. “Hockey flus” have historically spread in certain cities, be they “Roxy Flu” in Vancouver thanks to the Roxy club, or “Philadelphia Flu” because the team was a bit punchier than a typical squad. Vegas has played seven teams this season that as of Tuesday appear playoff bound, and all those good teams lost in Vegas. House always wins. [ESPN]Fiesta Bowl pivots to OverwatchThere’s a groundswell of colleges and universities fielding competitive esports teams, and Thursday the Fiesta Bowl organization announced they’ll be partnering up with Blizzard Entertainment, the company behind Overwatch, to put on the Fiesta Bowl Overwatch Collegiate National Championships in February. It’s the first time a collegiate bowl organization and a games publisher have collaborated, and comes just as the Overwatch League, a competitive league with the backing of several NFL owners, is about to kick off. [ESPN]40 bowls, each slightly betterThis year there are 40 collegiate football bowls, the first season of bowl contraction since 1995, thanks to the Poinsettia Bowl folding. Yes, this year has what an analysis of Elo scores indicates is the worst bowl matchup in the past 30 years, Georgia State vs. Western Kentucky. But overall, quality is up based on the average matchup Elo score compare to last year, which had some rough bowls. [FiveThirtyEight]Try out our fun new interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Slash & burnScoring is up in the NHL this season, but it’s not the fault of the goalies. A number of rule changes — including higher enforcement of slashing penalties — means an average of 3.3 power plays per game, which kickstarts scoring opportunities and plausibly scoring. [FiveThirtyEight]Figure skating in DetroitA program spun off from Figure Skating in Harlem offers ice skates, uniforms, coaching and instruction to girls who commit to practicing two hours a day four days a week and maintaining a B average or higher in the city of Detroit. For a sport that can cost into the tens of thousands for high-level instruction, the program — which seeks to recruit 300 girls by year end 2018 — is trying to be an on-ramp for those who aren’t born into affluence. [The Undefeated]Make sure to try your hand at our fun NFL can you beat the FiveThirtyEight predictions? game!Big Number0.69 first downs per target with GronkRob Gronkowski gives the Patriots offense a massive kickstart. When Gronkowski is off the field, the team this season notched 72 receptions, 771 yards, 100 targets and 0.32 first downs per target. When Gronk was on the field — even if he’s not the one getting the ball, just if he’s there and needing to be covered — the team notched 277 receptions, 3,429 yards, 400 targets and 0.69 first downs per target. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slack: kyle:College basketball rankings: OU’s Trae Young has stats better than Steph Curry’scbs going hardneil::fire: :fire: :fire: :fire:In fairness, these numbers are pretty insanePredictions NFL All newsletters College Football Oh, and don’t forgetWes, you ham We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe See more college football predictions See more NFL predictions read more

The strike continues as conciliation fails

Education Minister and Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson at a recent meeting with parentsThe third round of conciliation at the Social Protection Ministry’s Labour Department did not attain the desired outcome, as both the Education Ministry and the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) held steadfast to their positions.As such, the nationwide strike where teachers are demanding increased wages remains enforced which was confirmed by GTU General Secretary Coretta McDonald on Thursday.“The strike continues,” she asserted, following the meeting which was chaired by operatives of the Labour Department.The GTU had earlier expressed no confidence in this labour team since it comprised Government officers who were advocating on the Education Ministry’s behalf. The first conciliation meeting did not go off as planned as the GTU was a no-show but the second round held earlier this week ended in impasse. When the interested parties engaged in discussions for a second time on Thursday, the Education Ministry came equipped with ‘position paper’ outlining its terms why conciliation should be exhausted before arbitration commences.The Ministry proposed again that both parties be allowed to benefit from conciliation in accordance with the labour laws. Like the Union, it also proposes that there be no victimisation by either side.According to a release issued on Thursday, Chief Labour Officer Charles Ogle maintained that the conciliatory process must be exhausted before arbitration can take place, having reiterated his earlier plea to the Union to call off the Strike so that the conciliation process can continue. The Social Protection Ministry said in light of the differing positions, the meeting was adjourned.Meanwhile, Education Minister Nicolette Henry while speaking to teachers and parents at the Hope Secondary School, East Bank Demerara, said that during the negotiations held between the Ministry of Education and the GTU, the government had agreed to proceed with the seven non-salary agreements, even as the two parties continued the negotiations on salary increases.“These are things we have agreed to, I went so far where the collective bargaining speaks to the implementation of what you would have agreed to within 72 hours, and I am on record having said that.  And I said could we go ahead with what we agreed on so that the teachers could start benefitting from these measures. The union said no, they couldn’t do that and they said they wanted to wait until there was a complete resolution” Henry was quoted by the Department of Public Information (DPI) as saying.Teachers are seeking increases of 40 per cent under a multi-year arrangement up to 2020. However, Government maintained that it just cannot afford this proposal.Classes are scheduled to open from Monday, September but it is unclear how many teachers will be present in the classroom. Government, as stated by Education Minister Nicolette Henry, is moving full steam ahead with its contingency plan which will see striking teachers being substituted with recent Cyril Potter College Education (CPCE) graduates, trainees and retired teachers. However, some parents are of the view that their children could be shortchanged by the Government’s decision.This position was shared with former CPCE lecturer and Mathematics teacher, Tamashwar Boodhoo who suggested Thursday that Government’s proposal could run against stipulations. “Someone has not done their homework and provide poor advice to this poor lady. Trainee teachers cannot take school registers. The law is clear you must be employed by the TSC (Teaching Service Commission) or the school board or the Ministry of Education in order to do take attendance in school,” Boodhoo noted.He observed that a register is a legal document that can be used in the courts and that there are guidelines that govern the marking of attendance registers. He claimed that trainee teachers are “not allowed to make daily log entries in the school log book” adding that retired teachers are similarly prohibited unless they are issued contracts.The educator noted too that credit hours are required for graduation since these students will be losing class time. He stressed that “there is nothing in the training manual” that allows for first-year trainee unsupervised practice in the classroom.“I am disappointed that the CPCE administration agrees to put the trainees in the classroom unsupervised. It was the same administration that had trainees repeat classroom practices because of unsupervised practicum,” he pointed out. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’No regrets in offering salary increases to Ministers’ – President GrangerAugust 31, 2018In “latest news”GTU boycotts meeting with Labour DepartmentSeptember 26, 2018In “latest news”GTU, MoE set to go to arbitration- Chief Labour OfficerSeptember 6, 2018In “latest news” read more

Douglas Costa misses out from the Brazil squad

first_imgJuventus winger Douglas Costa is a major absentee from the Brazil squad following his indecent behaviour against Sassuolo.Costa, 28 has been given a four-game Serie A ban for spitting at Federico Di Francesco and may face a lengthy spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury in the win over Valencia.“As I’ve said on other occasions, there will be a chance for those who were out,” Tite said at the Press conference to announce his squad.“With specific regard to Douglas Costa, he won’t be called for two reasons: the injury, and the incident which happened in the league.“It was an act which showed a lack of discipline.”Douglas Costa’s Juventus teammate Alex Sandro has been called-up, as has Miranda of Inter.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.Brazil will play Saudi Arabia and rivals Argentina next month.Brazil squad:Goalkeepers: Alisson [Liverpool], Ederson [Man City], Phelipe [Gremio].Defenders: Marquinhos [PSG], Miranda [Inter], Pablo [Bordeaux], Alex Sandro [Juventus], Danilo [Man City], Eder Militao [Porto], Fabinho [Liverpool], Marcelo [Real Madrid].Midfielders: Arthur [Barcelona], Casermiro [Real Madrid], Fred [Manchester United], Philippe Coutinho [Barcelona], Renato Augusto [Beijing Guoan], Wallace [Hannover].Forwards: Everton [Gremio], Roberto Firmino [Liverpool], Gabriel Jesus [Man City], Malcom [Barcelona], Neymar [PSG], Richarlison [Everton]last_img read more

Inslee brings gubernatorial campaign to Vancouver

first_imgU.S. Rep. Jay Inslee told a small crowd of Democratic supporters and elected officials at a Vancouver shipyard Tuesday that if elected Washington’s next governor, he’ll work to bring high-tech jobs to Southwest Washington, which continues to struggle with double-digit unemployment.Flanked by two enormous yachts at Christensen Shipyards — one under construction, the other in for a refit — the 60-year-old Democratic congressman from Bainbridge Island vowed to use his personal influence as governor to spur innovation and boost technology business clusters across the state, including in Clark County.Inslee also pledged to support funding for the Columbia River Crossing, calling it “one of the largest economic development proposals” in the state. “We are still going to build a new bridge across the Columbia River so people can have more convenience in their lives and spend more time with their families,” he said. “We’re going to get that job done.”At a Seattle press conference formally announcing his candidacy on Monday, Inslee proposed tapping the state pension fund to invest money in startup companies that pledge to remain in Washington. Inslee repeated that idea in Vancouver.“I want to help Washington businesses get access to capital,” he said. “The state of Washington needs to start directing part of its capital to entrepreneurs.”last_img read more

Why vaping has been all over the news recently

first_img Tags Sept. 12, 2018 — FDA calls teen vaping an “epidemic”Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the FDA commissioner at the time, issues a statement calling teen vaping an “epidemic” and urges the e-cigarette industry to address the problem or risk having their flavored products pulled from the market.Sept. 31, 2018 — FDA inspectors seize documents from Juul Labs HQThe FDA conducted an unannounced inspection of Juul Labs’ San Francisco headquarters, seeking more information about the company’s sales and marketing practices. Inspectors collected “over a thousand pages of documents,” according to the agency.Nov. 18, 2018 — Juul Labs shuts down social media accountsAfter the FDA expresses concern that Juul is luring in underage users, the company shuts down Facebook and Instagram accounts, and limits its Twitter presence to “non-promotional communications only.”Tobacco Free CampusThe University of California, San Francisco was ahead of the curve. It’s been a smoke- and tobacco-free campus since Aug. 1, 2017. Getty Images March 13, 2019 — FDA restricts sale of flavored tobacco productsFDA issues new guidelines restricting the sale of most flavored tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, at convenience stores, gas stations and pharmacies. The FDA also asks that all e-cigarette manufacturers submit applications showing their products meet current regulations by Aug. 8, 2021.March 27, 2019 — Health experts sue FDA over delay of e-cigarette reviewSeven public health and medical groups and several pediatricians file suit against the FDA for not following proper requirements when the agency gave e-cigarette companies more time to submit their products for review.April 3, 2019 — FDA announces investigation into potential link between seizures and vapingThe FDA notifies the public that it has received reports of people experiencing a seizure following the use of e-cigarettes.June 25, 2019 — San Francisco bans e-cigarettesSan Francisco, home to Juul’s headquarters, becomes the first city in the US to ban the sale of e-cigarettes.July 12, 2019 –E-cigarette marketing application submission deadline setA US District Court judge in Maryland gave e-cigarette companies until May 12, 2020 to submit premarket tobacco applications to the FDA for approval.July 23, 2019 — FDA launches anti-vaping ads to combat teen vapingThe FDA launches new anti-vaping commercials as part of “The Real Cost,” the agency’s nearly $60 million smoking prevention campaign. In the TV ads, a street magician uses tricks to educate teens on the risks of using e-cigarettes.July 24, 2019 — Facebook, Instagram restrict e-cigarette contentFacebook issues a new policy that will restrict sales of and limit content related to alcohol and tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, across Facebook and Instagram.July 26, 2019 — WHO issues global tobacco epidemic reportIn a report, the World Health Organization calls for more research and regulation of e-cigarettes and specifically names Juul as one of the new industry players that “continue to subvert tobacco control.”Aug. 7, 2019 — FDA says it has received 127 reports of vaping-related seizuresFDA releases a statement saying it’s now received a total of 127 reports of seizure or other neurological symptoms, such as fainting or tremors, that occurred after vaping between 2010 and 2019.Aug. 14, 2019 — Vaping industry group sues FDAThe Vapor Technology Association, which represents hundreds of vaping companies, files suit against the FDA to delay regulators’ review of the e-cigarettes currently on the market.Aug. 16, 2019 — Investors still bullish on Juul LabsJuul Labs raised another $325 million from investors, despite growing health and legal concerns, according to regulatory filings.juul-and-podsJuul Labs was founded by former smokers with the goal of eliminating cigarettes, according to the company’s mission statement. truthinitiative.org Aug. 17, 2019 — CDC opens probe into vaping-related lung diseaseState and federal health officials team up to explore whether e-cigarettes caused severe pulmonary issues in 153 people (and counting).Aug. 19, 2019 — Juul Labs sued over marketing practicesA 19-year-old Juul user sues the company for targeting minors and using deceptive marketing practices, saying the practices led to his nicotine addiction. The lawsuit also names tobacco giant Philip Morris and its parent company Altria, a Juul investor.Aug. 19, 2019 — Health officials report more than 150 people have been hospitalizedState and federal health officials report that 153 people — many of them young adults — across 16 states have been treated for respiratory issues that occurred after vaping.Aug. 20, 2019 — Juul Labs leaves Vapor Technology AssociationSix days after the VTA issued a lawsuit against the FDA, Juul Labs announces that it will not renew its membership to the industry group, citing differences on “critical policy issues.”Aug. 23, 2019 — Illinois reports a patient dying after vapingThe Illinois Department of Public Health said a person who had “recently vaped and was hospitalized with severe respiratory illness” had died. The death may be the first tied to vaping in the US, according to the Associated Press.Aug. 28, 2019 — Juul CEO says respiratory illness cases are ‘worrisome’Juul CEO Kevin Burns calls the recent string of lung illnesses potentially linked to vaping “worrisome” and urges nonsmokers to avoid using Juul. “If there was any indication that there was an adverse health condition related to our product, I think we’d take very swift action,” Burns said in a CBS This Morning interview.Aug. 29, 2019 — FTC launches an investigation into Juul’s marketing practicesThe Federal Trade Commission has launched an investigation into whether Juul practiced deceptive marketing, including targeting minors and may seek monetary damages, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.Note: The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.  6 Share your voice Wellness Comments 5:37 Target Marijuana tech is evolving Now playing: Watch this: E-cigarette manufacturers hoping to stay on the market must submit a premarket tobacco product application to the FDA as part of the agency’s evolving regulation of the vaping industry. Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images In recent weeks, there’s been a surge of reports about people ending up in the hospital with lung issues, seizures and other health concerns after vaping. These issues — which are affecting many teenagers and young adults — are troubling, and we are just starting to understand all of the dangers of vaping.E-cigarettes hit the US market about a decade ago, touted as a safer alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes. However, they didn’t really gain any traction until 2015, when Juul Labs (then part of Pax Labs) debuted its discreet USB-sized vaporizer, quickly becoming the industry leader.The result was a spike in e-cigarette use, especially among young adults, a segment of the population that, until then, had been using fewer tobacco products, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized a rule extending its authority to regulate all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, the repercussions of which are still playing out today.Below we go through what’s happened over the last year as health officials and the vaping industry try to adapt within this rapidly changing regulatory landscape.last_img read more

Trump scraps Obama climate policies

first_imgUS President Donald Trump (C) speaks before signing the Energy Independence Executive Order at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Headquarters in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPUS president Donald Trump declared the end of a “war on coal” Tuesday, as he moved to curb rules that underpin American emissions targets and a major global climate accord.Following through on an election promise, Trump signed an order to review some of his predecessor Barack Obama’s climate legacy, declaring an end to “job-killing regulations.”In a maiden trip to the Environmental Protection Agency, he ordered a review of emission limits for coal-fired power plants and eased up restrictions on federal leasing for coal production.Trump said the measures herald “a new era in American energy and production and job creation.”Critics say that rolling back Obama’s Clean Power Plan is unlikely to result in a boost to production or to create substantial numbers of jobs.America’s coal industry has long been in decline, with natural gas, cheap renewable energy, automation and tricky geology making the sooty fuel a less lucrative prospect.In 2008 there were 88,000 coal miners in the United States, according to the US Energy Information Administration.Today, the number of coal miners has fallen around 25 percent. More people work in Whole Foods, an upscale supermarket chain.But some experts and environmental groups warned Trump’s order could be the opening salvo of an effort to undermine internationally agreed targets under the Paris Climate Accord.Curbing emissions from coal-fired power plants was a pillar of America’s commitment to cut carbon emissions by 26-28 percent by 2025.“It will make it virtually impossible” for the US to meet its target said Bob Ward, a climate specialist at the London School of Economics.The Trump administration has not said whether it will pull out of the Paris deal. “Whether we stay in or not is still under discussion,” a senior administration official told AFP.Veterans of the Obama administration played down the impact of Trump’s actions.Obama’s former chief environmental advisor described the executive order as “terrible” but said “it isn’t the ball game.”He added that any damage can be mitigated in the courts and in states, which are tasked with coming up with emissions reduction plans.Already the states of California and New York—two of the most populous states—have said they will press ahead with climate mitigation plans.Politics at playDuring the 2016 election campaign Trump donned a hard hat and embraced miners from Kentucky to West Virginia, promising to return jobs to long-ravaged communities. He won both states by a landslide.Miners were by his side again on Tuesday. “Our incredible coal miners, we love our coal miners, great people,” he said.Trump’s words may have been less well received in the corridors of the EPA’s imposing Washington headquarters.His repeated questioning of humans’ role in warming the planet had prompted environmentalist critics to charge the fox is guarding the hen house.Trump has done little to assuage those fears, vowing to slash EPA funding by a third, appointing anti-climate litigator Scott Pruitt as head of the EPA and Exxon’s CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State.But Trump’s climate skepticism has struck a chord with many Republican voters.Some 68 percent of Americans believe climate change is caused by humans, but just 40 percent of Republicans say they worry about it, according to Gallup.‘War on coal’Some experts warn the economic payoff from abandoning Obama’s Clean Power Plan will be limited.“In my view, it will have virtually no impact,” said professor James Van Nostrand of West Virginia University, who said the decline of coal had more to do with higher mining costs and cheaper natural gas and renewables.“Defunding or dismantling the EPA and repealing its regulations is not going to bring the coal industry back.”“The constant narrative about the ‘war on coal’ and the alleged devastating impact of EPA’s regulations on West Virginia’s coal industry will now be exposed for its inherent speciousness,” he predicted.Referring to the plan, the senior administration official told AFP: “It’s going to take some time.”The United States is the world’s second largest polluter. Around 37 percent of domestic carbon dioxide emissions come from electricity generation.last_img read more

Third woman enters flashpoint Indian temple

first_imgIndian Hindu activist hold placards bearing the image of chief minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan and shout slogans outside Kerala State house, during a demonstration over two women entering the Sabarimala Ayyapa temple in the southern state of Kerala, in New Delhi on 3 January, 2019. Photo: AFPIndian police said Friday that a third woman has defied traditionalists to enter one of Hinduism’s holiest temples, stoking tensions after two days of clashes that left some 275 people injured.The Sabarimala temple in the southern state of Kerala has been at the centre of a prolonged showdown since India’s top court overturned in September a ban on women aged 10 to 50 setting foot inside.Before dawn on Wednesday two women in their 40s, escorted by police, wrong-footed devotees to become the first to access the shrine since the landmark verdict, sneaking in via a side entrance.The third to enter the temple, on Thursday night amid the throng of thousands of other devotees, was a Sri Lankan woman who reportedly lives with her family in France.“She entered the temple yesterday night. She is 47 years old and came as a devotee. We were aware and watched the situation,” Balram Kumar Upadhyay, a police official, told AFP.Upadhyay said that the situation at the temple on Friday was “normal for now”.Thousands of Hindu hardliners—many of them female—had previously succeeded in preventing women from accessing the site in the weeks following the landmark ruling, with some hardliners throwing stones at police and assaulting female journalists.Wednesday’s news sparked uproar among Hindu devotees, including many in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who believe that women of menstruating age should not enter the temple because its diety, Ayyappa, was celibate.Arrests -Chaotic and sporadic clashes erupted on Wednesday and Thursday among devotees, activists linked to Kerala’s ruling leftist alliance and riot police firing tear gas and water cannon.One man died in the unrest and 129 people were injured, as well as 135 police officers and 10 media employees, police said late Friday.A total of 1,718 people were arrested, with a further 1,009 taken into preventive custody across Kerala.“Today there were some processions and stone-pelting incidents in some parts of the state and prohibitory orders have been issued in parts of three state districts,” police spokesman V.P. Pramod Kumar told AFP.“Overall, the situation is calm, especially around the Sabarimala temple where large number of devotees continue to visit,” he said.Much of the sporadic violence this week took place as Hindu hardliners sought to force shopkeepers to comply with a dawn-til-dusk “hartal” shutdown called by the Sabarimala temple hierarchy, media reports said.On Tuesday tens of thousands of women, in an initiative backed by the state government, had formed a huge human chain called the “Women’s Wall” across Kerala to back the access demand.The Supreme Court is to start hearing a legal challenge on its temple ruling—the latest in a series of verdicts to upset traditionalists and reflect a more liberal outlook in Indian society—from 22 January.Women are barred from a handful of Hindu temples in India. The entry of women of menstruating age to Sabarimala was taboo for generations and formalised by the Kerala High Court in 1991.last_img read more

AMCs BestofBritish Streamer Acorn TV Launches in 30 New Territories

first_imgGraham highlighted “Doc Martin,” Iain Glen’s Irish detective drama “Jack Taylor,” and Toby Jones miniseries “The Secret Agent” as some of the service’s key titles.Graham said that Acorn will reach out directly to consumers, but that discussions are also underway with platforms and other partners. “We see the international market shaping up much as it has in the U.S., which is [that] you have a direct-to-consumer piece, which is important for understanding the consumer and making programming decisions, and then you have a business-to-business piece with the telcos and cable operators who can be fabulous partners and help you grow quickly,” he said.It was a big news day Tuesday in terms of international launches for specialized streaming services. Major players such as AMC and NBCUniversal, which rolled out reality-TV SVOD service hayu in Benelux, are betting that consumers will shell out for multiple streaming services as well as the more generalist offerings from giants like Amazon and Netflix.The likes of Discovery and Turner are also making direct-to-consumer plays. Disney is expected to enter the fray next year.“We know that the vast majority of our subscribers are also subscribing to Netflix and Amazon and Hulu, and we’re very comfortable being an a la carte add-on to that mix,” he said. “We are a very reliable source for a particular type of very high-quality content, and it’s a real challenge for the big services to be able to deliver content with such a curated focus.”Together with SVOD stablemate Urban Movie Channel, Acorn TV had more than 800,000 subscribers by mid-2018. Its current trajectory suggests it will hit the million-subscriber mark in early 2019. Popular on Variety Acorn TV launched in 30 new markets Tuesday, the biggest wave of international launches to date for the AMC-owned streaming service, which focuses on British and English-language drama.The platform is now live in Australia and New Zealand, India, Spain, the Nordics, the Benelux countries and South Africa. The international rollout started in June, when Acorn TV launched in a plethora of markets in Latin America. More territories in that region were added as part of Tuesday’s wave.AMC Networks has just closed a $65 million deal to buy Acorn TV parent company RLJ Entertainment, but the international rollout plans were being put into place ahead of that.Rights deals mean that not every show from the service in the U.S. will be immediately available in every territory. Matthew Graham, SVP and GM for Acorn TV, told Variety that the “strategy has been to start with a focused offering of key titles that we feel define the service and then, as we do in the U.S., add content on a weekly basis and keep building that library so that it expands relatively quickly.”center_img ×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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first_img Feature | Radiology Business | July 22, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Payment Models Seek Traction in Transition from Volume Efforts to reform healthcare are booming, b read more Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more Image by rawpixel from Pixabay  News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 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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But they will not be easy. read more Feature | Radiology Business | July 18, 2019 | By Stefanie Manack and Judy Zakutny Finding A Common Data Language for Radiology Approximately 30 percent of a hospital or health system’s profit comes from imaging according, to… read more Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Related Content News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  News | October 13, 2014 New Report Projects $5.7B Drop in Hospitals’ Uncompensated Care Costs Because of the Affordable Care Act Hospitals in states that have expanded Medicaid will receive about 74 percent of the total savings nationally October 13, 2014 — A report released by the Department of Health and Human Services projects that hospitals will save $5.7 billion this year in uncompensated care costs because of the Affordable Care Act, with states that have expanded Medicaid seeing about 74 percent of the total savings nationally compared to states that have not expanded Medicaid.For more than decade prior to the Affordable Care Act, the percentage of the American population that was uninsured had been growing steadily. But with the significant expansion of coverage under the health care law through the Health Insurance Marketplace and Medicaid, the uninsurance rate is at historic lows.  As a result, the volume of uncompensated care provided in hospitals and emergency departments has fallen substantially in the last year, particularly in Medicaid expansion states.“Hospitals have long been on the front lines of caring for the uninsured, who often cannot pay the full costs of their care,” said HHS Secretary M. Sylvia Burwell. “Today’s news is good for families, businesses, and taxpayers alike.  It’s yet another example of how the Affordable Care Act is working in terms of affordability, access, and quality.”Projections from today’s report suggest that hospitals in states that have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act will see greater savings than hospitals in states that have not expanded Medicaid. Hospitals in states that have expanded Medicaid are projected to save up to $4.2 billion, which makes up about 74 percent of the total savings nationally this year. Hospitals in states that have opted not to expand Medicaid are projected to save up to $1.5 billion this year, and which is only 26 percent of the total savings nationally.Medicaid expansion continues to help an unprecedented number of Americans access health coverage, many for the very first time.  According to a recent report, as of July, nearly 8 million additional individuals are now enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), compared to before open enrollment in the Marketplace began in October 2013.Because of the Affordable Care Act, states have new opportunities to expand Medicaid coverage to individuals with family incomes at or below 133 percent of the federal poverty level (generally $31,322 for a family of four in 2013). This expansion includes non-elderly adults without dependent children, who have not previously been eligible for Medicaid in most states. Twenty-eight states, including the District of Columbia have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.For more information: aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2014/UncompensatedCare/ib_UncompensatedCare.pdf, medicaid.gov/AffordableCareAct/Medicaid-Moving-Forward-2014/Medicaid-Moving-Forward-2014.html FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Oncology | July 17, 2019 CMS Proposes New Alternative Payment Model for Radiation Oncology The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposal for an advanced alternative payment model (APM)… read morelast_img read more

Air Astana The official air carrier for Astana Expo 2017

first_imgJSC NC Astana EXPO-2017 has signed a memorandum of cooperation with Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s flag carrier, to become a partner in this major international exhibition and hold the exclusive status of “Official Air Carrier of EXPO-2017”. The official signing ceremony was held in Astana today, with the signatories being JSC NC Astana EXPO-2017’s Chairman, Akhmetzhan Yesimov and JSC Air Astana President, Peter Foster.“Air Astana is the largest airline in Kazakhstan, and the memorandum signed today will be the first step in our cooperation. With its international reach across Asia, Central Asia, Europe and the Middle East, the airline will be able to promote this major project around the world. We have agreed to place the EXPO 2017 logo on all of Air Astana’s aircraft and to develop a joint promotional plan for the exhibition, which will be enormously beneficial to building international awareness,” said Akhmetzhan Yesimov.“The theme of EXPO 17 will be “Future Energy” and the event will focus on innovative and practical energy solutions and their global impact. The airline industry is a contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, and at Air Astana we continue to take corrective action through the introduction of greener technology. At the recent Paris air show we announced our intention to acquire a fleet of Airbus A320 family NEO aircraft, whose new engine technology should save up to 15% of emissions. The NEOs will be introduced from 2016. The EXPO 17 site is well underway, and we look forward to supporting what will be a fascinating and enjoyable extended event, as Astana opens its arms to the world,” added Peter Foster.Within the framework of the memorandum of cooperation , there are plans to integrate the airline’s online reservation system onto the event web site www.expo2017astana.com and also activate a joint PR-campaign. Additionally all Astana transit and arriving in passengers will be given tickets to the exhibition in 2017.ABOUT JSC NC ASTANA EXPO 2017JSC NC Astana EXPO 2017 was established in January 2015 to plan and implement the international exhibition EXPO 2017, with the event being held in Astana from 10th June to 10th September. The event is expected to attract exhibitors from more than 100 countries, with participation by 10 international organizations and 10 leading innovation & technology companies. EXPO 2017 is targeting more than 2 million visitors.ABOUT AIR ASTANAAir Astana is a joint venture between Kazakhstan’s national wealth fund, Samruk Kazyna, and BAE Systems, with respective shares of 51% and 49%. Air Astana commenced regular flight operations on 15 May 2002 and currently operates a network of over 60 international and domestic routes from hubs in Almaty and Astana. The airline’s fleet consists of 30 Boeing 767-300ER, Boeing 757-200, Airbus A320 and Embraer E190 aircraft.Source = Air Astanalast_img read more

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