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Canadian man charged by US authorities in alleged human smuggling

first_imgREGINA – A Canadian man has been charged in the United States with harbouring and transporting an alien in connection with a human smuggling investigation.Victor Omoruyi made his first court appearance Wednesday in Grand Forks, N.D.Omoruyi’s lawyer, identified by court records as David Dusek, declined to comment.Court documents signed by border agents say Omoruyi was arrested April 14 after an SUV was stopped south of the North Dakota-Saskatchewan border.The documents say Omoruyi entered the U.S. that afternoon and told border officers he was going to meet friends and shop in Minot N.D. He said he planned to return to Canada the next day.They say authorities started watching him because they allege he was identified “as a human smuggler that has previously provided transportation … for individuals who have then entered into Canada illegally.”The affidavit details how border agents followed Omoruyi for several hours.At one point, five adults and four children left a hotel and got into Omoruyi’s vehicle, the documents say.The SUV stopped for gas before heading north toward the border, at which point a U.S. border agent called the RCMP.The documents say photos of Omoruyi, his vehicle and his passengers were captured by border patrol surveillance cameras in an area of open farm fields near the border.“Omoruyi was clearly seen stopping his vehicle, exiting from the driver’s seat and opening rear doors. All other occupants then exited the vehicle. Omoruyi appeared to help the children exit the vehicle. Once all of the passengers were out of the vehicle, Omoruyi got back into the driver’s seat and departed the same way he arrived,” according to the affidavit.The documents say an RCMP officer saw the nine passengers walk north, through an open field, to Canada and make it to a vehicle waiting to pick them up.Authorities say the SUV then met with a sedan before officers stopped the SUV and arrested Omoruyi, along with another Canadian and a Nigerian citizen.The Canadian is identified as a woman named Tosin Johnson, who was born in Nigeria. The Nigerian citizen is a man named Success Okundia. They have both been charged by U.S. authorities with illegal entry.The documents say that in an interview with U.S. authorities, Omoruyi denied driving anyone from Minot.None of the allegations has been proven in court.Last week, Omoruyi’s wife, Michelle, was charged with human smuggling and conspiracy to commit human smuggling.RCMP said that a woman was stopped April 14 on the Canadian side of the border between the North Portal and Northgate crossings, the legal entry points into Saskatchewan from North Dakota. Police said nine people from West Africa were in her vehicle.They were processed by the Canada Border Services Agency and have been released into Canada. All nine have made refugee claims.last_img read more

Youre out A list of federal election candidates forced to step down

first_imgOTTAWA — A list of candidates forced to step down, or resigned since the start of the campaign on Sept. 11, which doesn’t include, for instance, the Liberal decision to oust candidate Hassan Guillet (Saint Leonard—Saint-Michel) in late August over alleged anti-Semitic social-media posts.LiberalNone since the start of the election campaign.ConservativeSept. 12: Cameron Ogilvie (Winnipeg North) over incendiary comments in social-media posts.NDPSept. 11: Dock Currie (Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo) over online comments. Olivier Mathieu (LaSalle—Emard—Verdun) over domestic abuse allegations.GreenSept. 12: Erik Schomann (Simcoe North) over a social-media post that talked about sending pig meat to Muslims.People’s PartySept. 12: Brian Misera (Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam). Misera linked his dismissal to a series of social-media videos critical of leader Maxime Bernier for not doing enough to distance the party from racist candidates. The party says it was because he was acting as his own financial agent, in violation of election rules.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

TransCanada profit beats expectations

CALGARY — TransCanada Corp. reported a better-than-expected first quarter as it earned $734 million, up from $643 million a year ago.The pipeline company says the profit amounted to 83 cents per share for the quarter ended March 31 compared with 74 cents per share in the same quarter last year.Revenue totalled $3.42 billion, up from nearly $3.41 billion.Comparable earnings for the quarter, which exclude certain items, amounted to $870 million or 98 cents per share, up from $698 million or 81 cents per share a year ago.Analysts on average had expected 84 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters.TransCanada says the improvement reflected the strong performance of its legacy assets and contributions from projects that were placed into service over the last 12 months. read more

Logistical problems put strain on voter registration process in DR of Congo

Video of press briefing [44mins] “It is moving forward, but we are facing major logistical problems in getting the electoral materials out to the field,” Margaret Carey, Principal Officer of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations’ African Division, told journalists during a briefing at UN headquarters in New York. However, she said although there may be some delays as a result, the DRC should manage to generally adhere to envisioned polling schedules. The polls will choose candidates to form the first democratic Government in DRC in about 40 years and to replace the present transitional multi-party administration, which took power as several regions of the vast country emerged from the conflicts over ethnicity and land ownership which still erupt sporadically in the east. Ms. Carey said the key for the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) is the Secretary-General’s request of 26 May, now under consideration by the Security Council, for additional logistic, police and military resources. Voter registration in the DRC began on 20 June in Kinshasa and will continue on a rolling basis for logistical and security reasons. Plans call for the process to be completed by the end of September. The registration process will be followed by a referendum on the new constitution, scheduled for 27 November, followed by adoption by the parliament of the electoral law. The election itself is scheduled for March and April with the idea of having the inauguration in May. But the exact dates will depend on electoral law, she said. read more

UNbacked drama on Lao TV spotlights perils of child trafficking

“Lessons of Life” is the result of collaboration between the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, Lao National Television, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Lao Art Media production company. “The Lessons of Life TV drama project is an expression of UNICEF’s ongoing commitment to advocate against child trafficking and help people understand the long-term damage it can do to the lives of children and their families,” UNICEF Representative Olivia Yambi said.“We are proud this innovative production brings together such a broad range of partners, and that it will reach audiences across the country,” she added. In addition to the TV drama, UNICEF is providing ongoing legal support to the Lao Government, including assistance in drafting laws against the trafficking of women and children. “All our cooperation is focused on supporting the Lao Government to create a protective environment for all Lao children. We are working to build awareness, and to ensure that the legal system is strengthened so victims’ rights are upheld, and exploiters are prosecuted,” Ms. Yambi said. ‘Lessons of Life’ was developed from actual child trafficking case studies. It follows the story of Noi, a Laotian teenage girl whose family is facing financial and emotional problems. Noi is persuaded by a woman in her community to accept an apparently attractive job in neighbouring Thailand.Once away from home, she realizes too late that she has been trafficked, and her hopes of a better life are soon shattered as she suffers both physical and sexual abuse. Noi finally manages to escape with the help of Thai and Lao authorities and, in the final sequence she takes a small boat across the Mekong River back to Laos. read more

Visiting region top political official assures Central African leader of UN engagement

Jeffrey Feltman, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, assured CAR Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye yesterday of continued support for implementation of the Libreville Accords signed with a rebel coalition that ousted his Government from the CAR capital, Bangui, on 24 March, according to a UN spokesperson. Since the Séléka rebel coalition launched an offensive in December, 1.2 million people have been cut off from essential services and human rights violations have been widespread. At least 4.1 million people, almost half of whom are children, have been directly affected by the crisis and more than 37,000 people have fled the country in the past four months due to the violence. The Libreville Agreements were signed on 11 of January in Gabon, and call for the establishment of National Transitional Council that would elect a transitional government. The rebels have claimed that the Government is not complying with its obligations under the accord. According to the spokesperson, Mr. Feltman underscored Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s deep concern over the alarming situation regarding security and human rights in the country and the lack of public order and the rule of law. He welcomed the Prime Minister’s public condemnation of violence and looting and urged him to exercise his leadership in helping to restore calm through the country. Mr. Feltman also affirmed that the UN will remain engaged with the Central African Republic’s regional and international partners to provide humanitarian assistance, as security conditions permit. Last week, Mr. Ban welcomed regional efforts and called on the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and the African Union (AU) to take urgent measures to address the gravity of the security situation with the assistance of the international community. read more

Man charged with 5 counts of armed robbery remanded

A father of two hailing from Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara (ECD) was on Friday brought before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court and charged with five counts of robbery under arms.Lloyd Saffon, 36, denied the offences read to him by the Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan.He is being charged with carrying out an armed robbery on Merwin Gobin at Caneview Avenue, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, carting off with the man’s cell phone, cash, laptop and other items worth a total value of $220,000, in addition to robbing Gary Primo of items amounting to $1.9 million.Moreover, Saffon is also charged with robbing Neelan Jacqueline on December 31, 2018, at South Ruimveldt of items valuing $65,000 and Norwel Bowen of items valuing $85,000.Finally, he is being charged with robbing Maxwell Bowen of items valuing $140,000 on December 31, 2017, at South Ruimveldt.Saffon told the Chief Magistrate that he was at home at the time of all the robberies and has surveillance footage present at his home to attest to this.He noted that he explained same to the Police who, he said, refused to even view the footage.The defendant further explained to Magistrate McLennan that the Police are also yet to visit his home to inspect for the stolen items which he supposedly possesses.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield did not present the facts of the case but however objected to bail based on the seriousness and prevalence of the offences.He also revealed that the accused was identified by one of the Virtual Complainants (VCs) in an Identification Parade.As such, Saffon was remanded to prison and is expected to return on February 2, 2018, for statements. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDuo charged for robbery under arms, forgeryJanuary 19, 2018In “Court”Miner facing 3 counts of robbery under arms remandedJanuary 16, 2018In “Court”Wanted man remanded on armed robbery chargesJanuary 11, 2019In “Court” read more

CM Punk on his frustrations with main event scene in WWE

first_img Joe Rogan Says Floyd Mayweather Should Fight CM Punk in MMA Debut Facebook Floyd Mayweather Will CM Punk Ever Fight In The UFC Again? Another Top UFC fighter Is Calling Conor McGregor ‘Irrelevant’ Google+ Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next CM Punk to appear at Starrcast III, Scheduled for interview and meet-and-greet Videos Articles Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Cm Punkcenter_img Now Playing Up Next CM Punk recently did an interview with The Associated Press and writer Dan Gleston about signing with the UFC and his frustrations with the WWE main event scene.On if he would ever return to WWE:“They didn’t like me long before I left and there’s no reason to pretend there needs to be any kind of working relationship.”On frustrations when he was in the WWE main event scene:“Imagine if UFC took Conor McGregor and they just put him on Fight Pass prelims, and they wouldn’t let him main event the big PPV or a big show. That’s how I felt. I was the main event on all the house shows, I was the only guy that was touring live every single day. When it came time for the PPV main event, oh, someone else is coming in.” CM Punk set for real fight game with UFC debutRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipJoe Rogan Says Floyd Mayweather Should Fight CM Punk in MMA DebutVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:33/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 12.66%0:01Remaining Time -0:32 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Pinterest CM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror Movie The Young Bucks on CM Punk coming to AEW, Cody’s chairshot, nearly signing with WWE Did CM Punk Make A Secret Return To Wrestling? Joe Rogan Videos Articles Twitter Chris Jericho on being disappointed with his WrestleMania 18 main event matchlast_img read more

Port of Vancouver Commissioner Oliver will run for second term

first_imgJerry Oliver Port of Vancouver Commissioner Jerry Oliver said today he will run for a second six-year term representing District 3 on the port’s three-member board. In a news release, Oliver said that during his first term in office the port has pursued the rail-focused $275 million West Vancouver Freight Access project, aimed at speeding the movement of freight, and attracting more employers and jobs to Vancouver. More than half of the project is complete.“Over 20,000 of my fellow Clark County citizens go to bed every night without a job and wanting one,” Oliver said in his news release. “That motivates us at the Port of Vancouver to help our existing customers grow and to attract new ones.”Oliver, who currently serves as president of the port’s commission, also is president of the Washington Public Ports Association’s board.last_img read more

DCs appointed in 2 districts

first_imgThe government has appointed new deputy commissioners (DCs) to two districts, reports news agency UNB.The public administration ministry issued a notification in this regard on Sunday afternoon to make the decision effective immediately.According to the notification, deputy secretary of Road Transport and Highways division Nazrul Islam Sarker has been made DC of Chuadanga while Pratap Chandra Biswas, deputy secretary of environment, forest and climate change ministry has been appointed DC of Khagrachhari.last_img read more

Impact of Roe v Wade on Black Community an Ongoing Debate

first_img“This is the first in a series of articles about laws that have significantly impacted Black women in America. Protestors of all races at a pro-choice rally in Washington, D.C., January 2012. (Debra Sweet/Flickr/CreativeCommons)In 1967, Dr. Dorothy Lavinia Brown, the first African-American woman surgeon in the South and a Tennessee state assemblywoman, was the first American lawmaker to sponsor a proposed bill to fully legalize abortion. The proposal failed. But, in 1970, pregnant Dallas-area resident Norma L. McCorvey (“Jane Roe”) sued then-District Attorney Henry Wade, claiming that a Texas law criminalizing most abortions violated McCorvey’s constitutional rights. On Jan. 22, 1973, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in Roe’s favour, asserting that the “right of privacy, whether it be founded in the Fourteenth Amendment’s concept of personal liberty and restrictions upon state action…or… in the Ninth Amendment’s reservation of rights to the people, is broad enough to encompass a woman’s decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy.”The high court’s controversial ruling in Roe v. Wade, which allowed women to have an abortion in the early stages of her pregnancy without government interference, has reverberated throughout the nation and across the decades. Divisive in nature, it has spawned acrimonious debate, sharp political partisanship and even violence.Undoubtedly, however, Roe v. Wade has had an undeniable impact on American women, particularly African-American women—though the nature of the effect is, as expected, a source of debate. “This was a landmark case that absolutely changed the game for women of color in this country,” said Monica Simpson, executive director, Sistersong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective.“This is the first case that really helped alleviate reproductive oppression and allowed women to make their own decisions over their body.”On the other hand, pro-life advocates say the death of millions through abortion, rather than being a source of “justice,” has instead unleashed a “holocaust” and “genocide” in the African-American community.That idea burst back into the mainstream during 2010’s Black History Month when the Radiance Foundation, a Georgia-based antiabortion group, erected dozens of billboards proclaiming the message, “Black children are an endangered species.” The following year,  the group Life Always sparked outrage with a billboard in lower Manhattan that declared, The most dangerous place for an African-American is the womb.”Both groups, and other anti-abortion activists, have identified Planned Parenthood – the international non-profit and provider of reproductive health services, including abortion – as the villain in this so-called genocide. For example, in New York, the home of Planned Parenthood, more Black babies are aborted than are born alive (1,223 to 1,000), according to the Radiance Foundation, which cited the state’s health department. Activists say the group targets African Americans, pointing to its founder Margaret Sanger’s connection to the eugenics movement—which sought to cull the population of those considered “unfit,” usually the disabled, poor and minorities—and the location of the group’s clinics in poorer, minority communities.The AFRO reached out to Planned Parenthood but did not receive a statement by deadline.Protestors of all races at a pro-choice rally in Washington, D.C., January 2012. (Debra Sweet/Flickr/CreativeCommons)“As someone who is Black and has worked in the community all my life, I think Roe v. Wade has had a devastating impact on the Black community,” Ryan Scott Bomberger, chief creative officer and founder of the Radiance Foundation, told the AFRO. He added, “If you go off of the United Nations’ definition of genocide, it is exactly what has happened in the Black community.”Fuelling these claims is the long-held fact: the comparatively high abortion rates among Black women. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2008 (the last year for which information is available), White women accounted for 37.2 percent of abortions, Black women for 35.5 percent, Hispanic women for 21.1 percent and other races for 6.3 percent. But, Black women have the highest rates and ratios of abortion – almost four times that of White women: 33.5 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years and 472 abortions per 1,000 live births compared to 8.7 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years and 140 abortions per 1,000 live births. Reproductive rights and health advocates attribute the disproportionate number of abortions among Black women to the higher number of unintended pregnancy rates within the group. These higher unintended pregnancy rates reflect the challenge faced by many women of color in accessing high-quality contraceptive services and in using them consistently, they say, and also reflect the broader realities of racial and ethnic disparities in health care access and outcomes. For example, it was only when President Obama passed the Affordable Care Act that health insurance companies were required to offer free birth control coverage, and Medicaid—the source of health coverage for many low-income, minorities—is still not required to offer free contraceptives. Sonya Michel, an expert in women’s history, University of Maryland—College Park and senior scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, said because of their relatively low incomes and lack of access to quality health care, AfricanAmerican women did not always have the full reproductive freedom other groups enjoyed.“One of the ironies when you look across the political spectrum, the people who are the most opposed to abortion are also opposed to providing affordable birth control and welfare benefits to African-American people,” Michel said, adding that such detractors are basically saying Black people shouldn’t have sex.The abortion-as-genocide supporters however, decry those claims, seeing abortion as another in a set of attempts—some government-sponsored—to decimate the Black community. Such fears are grounded in a history of medical—including reproductive health—abuses within the Black community.“We’ve been accused of promoting conspiracy theories, but it is not conspiracy, it’s history,” Bomberger said.In her book, Killing the Black Body author Dorothy Roberts outlines the history of the control and manipulation of the Black woman’s womb as a tool of racial oppression in the United States.Some of the memes and online posters from the Radiance Foundation, which purports that abortion has been a form of genocide in the Black community. (Courtesy Image)“The systematic, institutionalized denial of reproductive freedom has uniquely marked Black women’s history in America,” she wrote. “Considering this history—from slave masters’ economic stake in bonded women’s fertility to the racist strains of early birth control policy to sterilization abuse of Black women in the 1960s and 1970s to the current campaign to inject Norplant and Depo-Provera in the arms of Black teenagers and welfare mothers—paints a powerful picture of the powerful link between race and reproductive freedom in America.”That tainted history prompted several within the Civil Rights and Black Nationalist movements to view birth control and abortion as a form of “race suicide,” and encouraged Black fertility as a means of empowering the Black race.Bomberger echoes those sentiments, which—for him—is grounded in a deep personal history. The product of rape—which has long been accepted as a rationale for abortion—Bomberger was instead given up for adoption and raised in a Christian family of 15 children—10 of whom were adopted. He is, himself, the parent of two adopted children.“It is a huge blow to Black voting power” and to other aspects of the Black community, he said of the “epidemic” of abortions.“We’ve heard the term #BlackLivesMatter, but when do they matter?” Bomberger questioned, later adding, “We want to stop the destruction of beautiful possibility in the Black community, not only of the unborn children who are killed, but of potential mothers and fathers…. For a people who have overcome such a heinous past to believe killing our future is something to celebrate baffles me.”Conversely, pro-choice advocates see the nation’s history of abuse against the Black woman and the costs of involuntary motherhood as even more reason why Roe v Wade is a matter of justice.Among African female slaves, abortion and birth control methods were part of their heritage—used as part of their basic health care but also as a form of self-determination, protection of potential children from the horrors of slavery and protest against enslavers that viewed them as mere brood mares.In an 1856 medical essay, Dr. E.M. Pendleton noted complaints by plantation owners that their slaves seemed to be “possessed of a secret by which they destroy the foetus at an early age of gestation.”But the indigenous knowledge of those African slaves were lost as the gap between the generations grew wider–and as modern-day Black women began to lean more heavily on institutionalized medical care, Simpson said. And, then-illegal abortion became dangerous.“Women were taking extreme measures to rid themselves of unwanted pregnancies,” the reproductive justice activist said. “Most of the women who lost their lives before Roe v. Wade were women of color.”Given those and other socio-political realities, Simpson said it is “completely ridiculous” to “pressure” Black women with these abortion-as-genocide memes void of further discussion about the role of Black men who abandon their families, void of discussions about the economic inequalities Black women face, void of social issues such as police violence against young Black men, void of discussions about the lack of comprehensive sex education for Black boys and girls, etc.“It is absolutely absurd and cruel to shame Black women in this way because at the end of the day, we don’t know why a woman may choose not to have a child,” she said. “What trips me out is people think women are making these choices lightly. This is never an easy decision for any person to make.”last_img read more

Family Matters Camp Enriches Area Youth

first_imgBob Levey; Trina Alexander Eaddy; Eddie Adkins; Jeff Mendell; Michael Preston (rear); Jerry Smallwood; and Tonya Jackson Smallwood in front of the recently built amphitheatre at Camp Moss Hollow. (Courtesy of Family Matters)Each year a local organization sets plans to better serve youth from the D.C. metropolitan area by providing a summer and winter camp that aims at educating participants in academics, life skills and social interaction.The camp, facilitated by Family Matters of Greater Washington, enables area youth to leave the city and its surrounding suburbs to gain a new experience on life. Area youth, from seven to 14 years old, are currently attending the organization’s Camp Moss Hollow located in Markham, Virginia. The camp was formed in 1966.“Camp Moss Hollow is one of the signature programs of Family Matters of Greater Washington,” Tonya Jackson Smallwood, president and CEO of the organization told the AFRO on June 30. “It’s very inspirational, it’s an opportunity to connect educationally, academically, also socially with other people. We’ve been trying to do more and more things to create that powerful ambiance for kids where they can’t wait to come to Camp Moss Hollow in the summers and the winters.”The organization recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the camp on June 30 for a new amphitheatre, in addition to remodeling the swimming pool and building a tennis court and a softball diamond. But, the plans don’t stop there.According to Jennifer Devlin, media contact for the organization, Family Matters also plans to finish a “running track” and purchase additional beds for the cabins at the camp.Also, in a partnership with the D.C. Department of Human Services, Family Matters is currently funding 12 District youth who are homeless and living in a shelter to attend the camp.“I just saw what a gem it was and that one of the most important things I could do was to expand the camp amenities and to make this camp available to more people, more children, more families, seniors, veterans, etc.,” Smallwood said.Moss Hollow provides campers with more than just a fun week in the wilderness; campers are also enriched by academic and survival classes.“We’re always focused on education,” Smallwood said, referring to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities, such as gardening for the campers.“It’s an amazing place and it’s a dream come true,” she said.Xavier Stewart, a rising fifth grader at Clinton Grove Elementary School in Maryland, agreed. “It’s fun,” he said. “It was easy to make friends and I was excited because I wanted to try something new.”Every year Family Matters holds a “Send a Kid to Camp” campaign to raise money for children in the D.C. area to attend the camp. This year, the organization set a goal of $500,000 in which it has raised $176,554 to-date.To donate to the campaign, visit The campaign will run until August 21.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Friday January 13

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: review of some of the top news stories of the week directly from the pages of the AFRO, with managing editor Kamau High. Plus, we’ll speak with former Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby about him being selected to represent the 40th District of Baltimore City in the House of Delegates.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img

PocketRun Pool and Other Great Zach Gage Mobile Games

first_img Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits Stay on target I have a lot of thoughts on mobile games. It’s my job, and my pleasure, to have a lot of thoughts on all video games, period. But I especially have a lot of thoughts on mobile games. I witnessed the entire modern era of the subcategory emerge about a decade ago on the original iPhones. I watched mobile games disrupt the dedicated gaming handheld business with its speed and convenience. I balked as mobile gaming’s gross free-to-play economic tactics infected even AAA console games. And, without exaggeration, I’ve probably reviewed nearly 500 individual mobile games for iPhone, iPad, Android devices, and even Windows Phone.So I have a bunch of mobile gaming opinions, and these days most of them are pretty negative. After a creatively fertile first few years of innovative touch controls and unbelievably easy digital distribution for smaller games, eventually the entire market unfortunately just devolved into gross free-to-play cash grab clones. Not even Nintendo could push back against the prevailing wisdom that the only acceptable mobile games are “free” ones designed with malicious psychological traps to suck infinite money from players after the fact. Mobile gaming as a platform still has great reach and potential, but there are so few pure mobile games left.That’s why I’ve always enjoyed the work of Zach Gage, awesome indie mobile game designer. Gage’s games understand that the best mobile games are immediately fun, easy to play with one thumb, deceptively deep with their mechanics, and work best when drawing from game types everyone has heard of. They’re casual games. But being casual isn’t an excuse to not be artful, smart, original, ethical, and well-designed.AdChoices广告Take for example Pocket-Run Pool, the newest Zach Gage game out this week on iOS, and what I described as “the most Zach Gage-ass premise for a video game I’ve ever heard.” It’s a billiards game. You hit balls at other balls to knock them in holes. Everyone knows that. And the physics are very realistic. You feel that you yourself are to blame for a bad shot before it even finishes.But from that familiar base small yet smart tweaks turn Pocket-Run Pool into an enjoyable mobile game. Adjusting the cue with your thumb, and then swiping from the side to hit, makes shots feel precise. Instead of playing against an unfairly all-powerful or purposefully nerfed computer, you’re playing for high scores by sinking as many shots as possible with a limited number of scratches and chances to miss. And score values for pockets are constantly rotating, so that combined with the inherently chaotic nature of how the balls break (unless you’re playing that week’s standardized puzzle break) means your pool skills are always put to the test in new and creative ways. See also Pool Panic coming soon to Nintendo Switch.And so it is with pretty much all of Zach Gage’s games. Familiar casual clubhouse gaming concepts mechanically flipped on their heads to remind you why they are so beloved in the first place, topped off with cute and pleasant minimalist visuals and music.Modern solitaire variants Sage Solitaire and Flipflop Solitaire are more fun that what you’d find in most casinos. In an App Store overflowing with word games, TypeShift and SpellTower still shine. Really Bad Chess is chess but with randomized pieces, which is a concept smarter than most chess players. And fishing/shooting game Ridiculous Fishing (developed along with other mobile gaming luminaries like Greg Wohlwend and Vlambeer) might be a top ten greatest mobile game of all time.Even the pricing models for most of Gage’s games are Mobile Gaming Done Right. There are typically free versions with ads and affordable one-time fees for fully featured premium versions. Even if you’re engaging with in-app purchases like extra chances to screw up, you aren’t bullied into staying on the hook forever to keep having fun.Gage really clicked for me as an artist though when I checked out some of his non-gaming art a few years ago. “Glaciers” was an art exhibit here in New York showcasing a series of e-ink screens each displaying the top three Google auto-complete answers for certain search phrases. Presumably, these three-line tech-powered poems would slowly but surely change over time alongside Google’s algorithms.Shakespeare truly never wrote anything as beautiful and elegant as “Against the Law to offend someone. Against the law to write on money. Against the law to leave dog in car.” or “All my friends want to do is smoke weed. All my friends want to do is party. All my friends want to kill themselves.” Whether it’s a breezy little puzzle game on your phone or art installations mining humanity from modern monolithic tech systems, Gage’s design craft is just impeccable.I’m still unsure about the future of mobile games. They’ll probably keep on existing since people still keep buying smartphones. And the lines between “mobile” and “traditional” games will just get blurrier as smash cross-platform success like Fortnite become more common. But if you want to play in an oasis of what mobile games simply should be, and not what they depressingly are, check Pocket-Run Pool and any one of the awesome mobile games of Zach Gage.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Colins 2018 NFL Mock Draft 40

first_img2. Giants: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State – The Giants front office appears to be content rolling with Eli Manning and will pass on taking a QB with the second overall pick, which Colin thinks this is a massive, shortsighted mistake.  Instead, they add the best running back in the draft in Saquon Barkley. Along with newly signed tackle Nate Solder, Barkley will provide a home run threat and balance in the run game. They could regret not using the pick to find  replacement for Eli.(1.0 – Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA) (2.0, 3.0 – Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State) 3. Jets (From Colts): Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA – Colin’s last mock had the Cardinals trading up to the third slot after missing out on Kirk Cousins, but the Jets beat them to the punch.  Even after signing Teddy Bridgewater, Rosen is the pick and long term answer. Most scouts think he’s the most refined passer in the draft, and is equipped to handle the glare of the New York media.(Colts: 1.0 – Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State) (Colts: 2.0 – Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State)Josh Rosen with a Dan Marino FAKE SPIKE— Eric Elizondo (@EricElizondo8) September 4, 2017 10. Raiders: Marcus Davenport, DE, Texas-San Antonio – Colin had the Raiders taking Roquon Smith (LB, Georgia) in his last mock, but Davenport returns this week. He’s a relatively unknown pass rusher with limitless athletic ability, and Jon Gruden needs defensive help. Davenport may be unknown, but made his presence known by dominating the competition at the Senior Bowl. Khalil Mack and Davenport would make a formidable duo.(1.0, 2.0 – Marcus Davenport, DE, Texas San-Antonio) (3.0 Roquon Smith, LB, Georgia)Wanna see some hands and nuanced footwork, check out Marcus Davenport here. Makes it seem like such an easy sack, but if you watch how well he sets up the tackle you see why— Coach Coker (@filmstudybuddy) February 6, 2018 11. Dolphins: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma – Colin has been critical of Mayfield for maturity issues, but Ryan Tannehill is coming off a serious knee injury, and doesn’t look like he’s the answer. Colin has said on numerous occasions that he wouldn’t take Mayfield, but Miami is comfortable enough to make the call.Showing off the arm!! @bakermayfield feeling good throwing deep balls to his guys on @OU_Football Pro Day #Sooners #proday #OUDNA— Sooner Sports TV (@SoonerSportsTV) March 14, 2018 5. Broncos: Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State – No change here. With Case Keenum in now in the fold, Denver is out on drafting a QB. Instead, they go best available player with explosive pass rusher Chubb. The Broncos D has been on a slow decline since winning the Super Bowl and Chubb would help reignite the pass rush opposite Von Miller.(1.0 – Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama) (2.0 – Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA) (3.0 – Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State)Whew. Bradley Chubb speed rush 🔥🔥🔥— Billy Marshall (@BillyM_91) February 18, 2018 4. Browns (From Houston):  Denzel Ward, DB, Ohio State –  The Browns’ best cover corner, Jason McCourty, signed with New England so Cleveland grabs the draft’s corner in Ward. He ran a 4.32 40-yard dash at the combine and his stock is rising as fast as any of this year’s prospects. He’s also not afraid to make a tackle. Cleveland getting a franchise QB and a shut down corner in the first four picks is a nice haul.(1.0, 2.0 – Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama) (3.0 – Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame)Does Denzel Ward get docked for doing this?— Marcus Chai (@OaklandScout) February 1, 2018 7. Bucs: Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama – For the second mock in a row, Colin has Fitzpatrick falling to the Bucs. Tampa needs secondary help and Fitzpatrick is the prototype hybrid DB that can play safety or cover the slot. He provides attitude and leadership to a Tampa D that’s been average.(1.0, 2.0 – Quenton Nelson, OL, Notre Dame) (3.0 – Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama)Minkah is a God.— The Mick Nartin™ (@themicknartin) February 11, 2018 6. Colts (From Jets) : Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame –  After trading down with the Jets and amassing more picks, new GM Chris Ballard continues to rebuild the roster with the “can’t bust” prospect in this year’s draft in Nelson. He’s a nastier version of Cowboys Pro Bowl guard Zach Martin, and will step in and play at a high level immediately. Andrew Luck needs protection, Nelson can step in right away to help keep him upright.(1.0 – Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State) (2.0, 3.0 – Calvin  Ridley, WR, Alabama)Quenton Nelson (LG #56) is an elite prospect. Blocks like this are why 😳— J.R. (@JReidDraftScout) January 29, 2018 9. Bills (From Niners): Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming – John Lynch decides to trade down and Buffalo slides into the 9 slot to grab Josh Allen. Allen’s size and huge arm make him a perfect fit for the harsh AFC East elements in the second half of the season, IF he pans out. He’s the biggest boom or bust player in the draft, but the Bills step in and swing for the fences.(1.0 – Niners: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State) (2.0, 3.0 – Josh Allen – QB, Wyoming)Amazing stuff from Josh Allen at the NFL Combine. Has looked the best out of the first group. Baker, Rudolph and Rosen are in the second group.— Buffalo Sports Talk (@BUFSportsTalk) March 3, 2018 8. Bears: Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech – The Bears have an underrated roster but bolster their pass rush with the Edwards. He’s a quick twitch athlete, and helped his stock with a 4.55 40-yard dash at the combine. The Bears get a fast, explosive disruptor to add to the mix.(1.0 – Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M) (2.0, 3.0 – Denzel Ward, DB, Ohio State)👀 STONED LACK DRAFT WATCH – Tremaine Edmunds👀(1/7)Tremaine Edmunds, LB, VT6‘5” 253lbs#rannfl #rannflsuechtig #PathToTheDraft #nfldraft #ProDay #HardSmartTough #Hokies #Hokienation @alex_lacki @maine_savage23 @HokiesFB @VT_Football— STONED LACK (@StonedLack) March 16, 2018 Advertisement After the Jets pulled off a trade with the Colts to move up to the third pick, Colin had to run back and re-work his mock draft. Mock draft 4.0 has a big shake up at the top based on a domino effect from deal. Here’s how Colin sees the top of the draft playing out for the fourth time.Browns: Sam Darnold, QB, USC – After four mocks, Darnold is still the #1 pick. He’s got a body that can withstand the punishment of the AFC North, loves football, has a franchise quarterback personality, and is just scratching the surface of his overall potential. With the Jets moving into the 3 slot, the Browns can’t afford to pass on a QB. They get the best one in the draft.(1.0, 2.0, 3.0 – Sam Darnold, QB, USC)Non mais quelle fin de match ! QB Sam Darnold pour WR Deontay Burnett. TD Trojans !USC 24, Texas 17— TBP College Football (@thebluepennant) September 17, 2017 Here’s Colin to run it down:The Colts-Jets trade caused a major shakeup atop the NFL Draft@ColinCowherd unveils his Mock Draft 4.0— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) March 19, 2018last_img read more

4 Security Questions to Ask When Outsourcing IT Operations to Make Sure

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Outsourcing IT operations to managed IT services providers (MSP) is a common trend for a business looking to maintain its operational efficiency while cutting down on cost. In addition to assisting with IT infrastructure management, 38 percent of businesses that hire an MSP do so with the expectation that their business will have enhanced security and meet regulatory compliance requirements. However, it is critical to understand that “IT management” and “IT security” are not synonymous. Failing to understand the difference between the two can result in dangerous and expensive outcomes for your business.IT shortcomings affect security.“There’s nothing you can do. Just pay it,” a business owner was told by his MSP after his firm was hit with a $50,000 ransomware attack. It’s not an answer any company wants to hear after falling victim to hackers, and it was not long after this conversation that our incident response team received a call wondering if something could be done besides “just paying it” or losing data.Further conversations revealed important details about the firm’s post-attack situation. The victim had no data backups or records of security events. Additionally, all files had been deleted from the affected laptop, and the phishing email that initiated the incident was destroyed by the MSP in a misguided attempt to respond to the incident. These combined factors turned what should have been an easily manageable ransomware situation into an unnecessarily complicated and costly incident. Furthermore, all actions taken after the attack were completely reactionary and no measures were taken to prevent the same attack from being successful again in the future.Related: 4 Easy Ways to Protect Your Company From a Cyber AttackUnfortunately, this scenario is not unique. Cases of incidents that could have been avoided by simple, low-cost IT configurations and user training are cropping up at our office with increasing frequency. In the past six months alone, we have seen the following issues while responding to security incidents:Clients and MSPs with no incident response planClients with no data backups or clients who did not fully understand how their data was being backed upNo tools in place to keep records of important, security-related actions that have taken place in the company network or these tools not being properly utilized“24/7” IT service providers that were completely unresponsive during weekendsCorporate and guest WiFi networks that are not properly separated from one another and securedEach of these shortcomings can make preventing, detecting and responding to security incidents much more difficult or even impossible. Related: We Scored High on this Cybersecurity Quiz. How About You? Questions to ask before choosing an MSPSecurity issues, like the ones listed above, result from providers underperforming or misrepresenting their capabilities. However, others are due to the customer not understanding or requesting the services and solutions they need.  Most organizations that contract MSPs do so because they do not have the expertise to effectively handle these issues in-house. It is obvious to these businesses they need help to keep their IT resources running, but failing to consider security when choosing an MSP presents risk. With this in mind, business leaders searching for IT help should include the following considerations in their decision-making process:1. Make sure you understand what security services you need and ask for them by name.Ask specific questions to ensure that you understand what you are getting. For example, if you are purchasing data backup services, make sure that you know where the data is backed up, how long it is stored, how many versions of your data are kept and how long it takes for data to be restored from backups. If you are satisfied with the answer, make sure to get it in writing.2. Ask about the MSP’s own incident response plans and how they will help you handle potential security incidents.What is their response time? Do they perform incident response services? Do they have a partner or recommended firm for these actions? A lack of an incident response plan for their own business security should be a major red flag.Related: The Worst Hacks of 2017 — So Far3. Have a “technical translator.”Asking MSPs security-related questions is only valuable to your firm if you can understand the answers and determine what it means to your business. If your team does not have any security-minded people on staff to conduct interviews with MSPs, consider hiring a security consultant that can speak with service providers with you or on your behalf. Upon engaging an MSP, a third-party security consultant can work with you and potential service providers to ensure your IT infrastructure is designed with your business’s best interests in mind.4. Make sure your security measures are effectively implemented.Once the systems and services are in place, have your security consultant perform an audit of their solutions and services to ensure that all security measures and processes are implemented in manner that allows your business to be operational without putting your business’ security on the line.It cannot be assumed that a MSP will fill the role of a trained security specialist. Being mindful of the differences between IT and security and understanding their roles and implications of your business is critical to having business operations that are both functional and secure. Being upfront with MSP candidates about your security concerns, asking pointed questions about your security needs and being prepared to interpret technical answers is critical for all businesses choosing an MSP. April 3, 2017 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 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Windows 10 20H1 Preview Your Phone App gets a massive boost

first_imgWindows 10 20H1 Preview: Your Phone App gets a massive boost by Martin Brinkmann on May 30, 2019 in Google Android, Windows – Last Update: May 30, 2019 – 11 commentsMicrosoft released a new Windows 10 version 20H1 build to the Insider Preview channel on May 29, 2019 that brings the version to 18908.The new build introduces massive improvements to the Your Phone application. Your Phone and the companion app for Android and iOS, links mobile devices and Windows 10 PCs so that mobile phone functionality becomes available on the Windows 10 PC.Microsoft focuses on the Android version of Your Phone currently and most of the changes outlined below apply only to it currently.The current version of Your Phone for Windows 10 version 1903 has limited functionality. Depending on your device, you may use it to reply to SMS messages, view phone notifications, transfer photos, or use screen mirroring.Microsoft published a support article recently in which it confirmed that the Your Phone application cannot be uninstalled on Windows 10 PCs because of its importance.The new Insider Preview build improves the functionality of the Your Phone application significantly. Here is an overview of the new functionality:Screen Reading: TalkBalk users may enable the Your Phone Companion in this build in the Android accessibility settings for “smoother cross-device reading”. Narrator on the Windows PC will describe what is happening on the phone screen when you activate the feature.Focus Tracking: Focus Tracking is another accessibility feature that magnifies content around the mouse cursor. The feature requires that you enable the Your Phone Companion in the accessibility settings of the Android device. One turned on, use the PC magnifier shortcut Windows+ to get started.Keyboard language and layout: A new icon to set the preferred keyboard language and layout for the physical keyboard of the PC.New Phone Screen support: Phone screen supports more Samsung phone models including Samsung Galaxy A8 and A8+.New Messaging features: A large number of new messaging features landed in this build:Send and receive MMS messages.New unread message indicator.Sync contact thumbnails for all contacts.In-line reply functionality.Emoji Picker.Mobile Data Sync: Previous versions of Your Phone required that you connect the Android device to the Wi-Fi network. The new version introduces support for mobile data syncing so that this is not necessary anymore. Just open the Your Phone Companion app settings and check the “sync over mobile data” option in the settings to enable the option.The changes are available in the latest preview builds of the first feature update release in 2020. It is possible that some will change or be removed before the release of the final version of Windows 10 in 2020.Closing WordsI can see Your Phone becoming popular to some user groups, e.g. business users who work on Windows 10 PCs and mobile devices. If you need to reply to customers regularly on your phone, you may prefer using a keyboard for that and that is one of the core features that Your Phone delivers.It is not the first Android app that offers the functionality but it is the first that is tightly integrated into the Windows operating system.Now You: What is your take on the Your Phone app?SummaryArticle NameWindows 10 20H1 Preview: Your Phone App gets a massive boostDescriptionMicrosoft released a new Windows 10 version 20H1 build to the Insider Preview channel on May 29, 2019 that brings the version to 18908.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Brain SPECT Imaging Helps Distinguish Dementia From Depression

first_img News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Representative brain SPECT scans in a patient with Alzheimer’s dementia showing substantially reduced brain blood flow in the temporal and parietal lobes compared to a person with depression with mild decreased frontal lobe blood flow. Image courtesy of Amen Clinics.February 22, 2017 — Does a patient have depression or a cognitive disorder (CD) such as Alzheimer’s disease or both? Since both disorders have overlapping symptoms, how can a clinician tell them apart to make an appropriate diagnosis? In a new article published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, researchers have found that single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) can help to distinguish between these diagnostic categories.”This is a critical clinical question that has practical implications for patient management and treatment,” explained lead researcher and psychiatrist Daniel G. Amen, M.D. “These disorders have very different prognoses and treatments and being able to improve diagnostic accuracy can improve outcomes for some patients.”The authors write, “Cognitive impairment is present in approximately half of persons who have late onset depression and depression is evident in 9-65 percent of individuals with dementia. Studies have indicated that the prevalence of depression in patients with mild cognitive impairment is 25 percent. Consequently, it is often challenging to diagnostically disentangle depression and cognitive disorders from one another.”Traditionally, depression can be diagnosed using tools such as the Beck Depression Inventory. However, there was no statistically significant difference in the burden of depression symptoms on this inventory between persons with both depression and CDs compared to persons with either condition. This increases the difficulty of distinguishing these disorders on the basis of depression symptom severity alone.”One of the greatest new insights of the past decade is the linkage of depression to the psychology of late life cognitive decline. Raji and coworkers extend the approach to the biological substrate by an elegant imaging approach. These studies further place brain aging on a firm biological basis,” added George Perry, Ph.D., editor-in-chief of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and dean and professor of biology at the University of Texas at San Antonio.In one of the largest studies of its kind, 4,541 subjects were examined, 847 of whom had been diagnosed with dementia, 3,269 with depression and 425 with both conditions. Using brain SPECT imaging, a nuclear medicine study that measures blood flow and activity, researchers found that people with cognitive disorders had reduced blood flow in multiple brain areas compared to those with depression, particularly in the hippocampus, temporal and parietal lobes. They also found that SPECT could distinguish depression from CDs with 86 percent accuracy. In addition, brain SPECT imaging showed the ability to distinguish depression or dementia in people with both with 83 percent accuracy.For more information: www.j-alz.comReferencesAmen, D.G., Krishnamani, P., Meysami, S., Newberg, A., et al. “Classification of Depression, Cognitive Disorders, and Co-Morbid Depression and Cognitive Disorders with Perfusion SPECT Neuroimaging,” Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Published Feb. 10, 2017. DOI: 10.3233/JAD-161232 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. 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Hilton Sydney collects a host of awards at the HM Awards

first_imgSource = Hilton Hotels & Resorts Hilton Sydney has won the coveted awards for ‘Australian General Manager’ (Paul Hutton), ‘Hotel Bar of the Year’ (Zeta Bar), Hotel Engineer (Craig Cavers) and Hotel Brand at the ninth annual HM Awards for Hotel & Accommodation Excellence.Regarded as the leading awards in the industry, the HM Awards recognise excellence in people and departments, properties and chains in 48 categories across properties in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Paul Hutton, General Manager of Hilton Sydney, whose hospitality career spans 25 years across destinations worldwide, said, “I feel tremendously proud of this accolade and it is testament to the hard work and impeccable standards of an internationally diverse Hilton Sydney team. “A mid-city icon for four decades, Hilton Sydney firmly re-established itself after a two and a half year closure and its re-opening in July 2005 as a more exciting and vibrant property than ever. This honour sets the tone for next year and beyond and will see Hilton Sydney continue to take its place as a truly iconic Australian hotel offering world-class service.“I’m delighted to see Zeta Bar collect the 20th award in its six-year history, making it the most awarded cocktail bar in Australia. This is an outstanding achievement and proves that we continue to lead the way in cutting-edge bar trends and set internationally pioneering standards.“Lastly, but by no means least, it’s always pleasing to see individual recognition so I am thrilled for Craig Cavers’ thoroughly deserved engineering award. He is a vital cog in the Hilton Sydney machine, so I congratulate Craig and thank his team wholeheartedly.”Ashley Spencer, Vice President Operations, Australasia, Hilton Worldwide, accepted the Hotel Brand award during the ceremony and said, “I am thrilled to accept this major award and showcase to the Australasian hospitality industry why Hilton is the number one hotel brand in Australasia; a success which demonstrates the strength of our international team.“In addition, it was extremely pleasing to see Hilton Lake Taupo take the award for New Zealand Regional Property and highly commended recognitions going to Hilton Queenstown (New Zealand Hotel), Hilton Melbourne South Wharf (Marketing Campaign) and Hilton Cairns (Service to the Community). It was undoubtedly an outstanding night for Hilton and one which we should all be proud of.”Hilton Sydney also received three highly commended awards for Tech Hotel (recognised for the third year running), Business Hotel (recognised for the second year running), and Environmental Program at the ceremony, which was held at the Sydney Town Hall. The awards were co-hosted by James Wilkinson, managing editor of HM – Hotel & Accommodation Management magazine and the charismatic Larry Edmur, Channel Seven’s Morning Show host who entertained more than 600 guests at the ‘Night at the Opera’-themed gala. The HM Awards judging panel is made up of over 50 industry professionals and travel media who decide on all of the finalists and the winners. Written submissions for each category are considered and all judging decisions remain anonymous. All results are audited by Ernst & Young.last_img read more

Travellers choose laughs over looks

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Research has revealed that humour was a favourable characteristic when selecting a travel buddy, with 39 percent of men listing it above all other qualities and 57 percent of females opting for an amusing cohort.When seeking a travel companion men value beauty above all other qualities, while women regard a good sense of humour as the most important feature, according to research conducted by percent of males consider beauty to be the chief attribute when considering a travel partner, while only 13 percent of female respondents valued attractiveness in a travelling counterpart.19 percent of males value a woman with intelligence above all other qualities, yet only 7.5 percent of women prefer a brainy travel mate.                                 22 percent of females listed value, generosity and wealth above all other qualities.Other features such as spontaneity and being well-travelled were irrelevant for both male and females.Results were derived from a survey of 4000 males and females between the ages 18-45.last_img read more