PETA has declared 2017 the Year of the Vegan Wonder Women in its annual Sexiest Vegan Celebrity contest, handing the title to Jenna Dewan Tatum, Ruby Rose, and Maggie Q in its first-ever three-way, all-female tie.“Not all superheroes wear capes, and these three prove it by being a superhero to animals every day by choosing not to eat them,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “Jenna, Ruby, and Maggie are fierce, strong, and kind women, and PETA honors them for being beautiful inside and out.”World of Dance host Tatum, who previously starred in a sexy vegan fashion campaign for PETA, told the Los Angeles Times last year that she encourages everyone to go plant-based since it’s better for animals, our health, and the environment: “It’s a huge one-for-three action. There aren’t many things in life that let you affect the world so profoundly with just one decision.”“We can be the change,” says Orange Is the New Black star Ruby Rose, who is constantly tweeting about the benefits of vegan food and cruelty-free products to her more than 1.3 million followers.Designated Survivor star Maggie Q, who starred as a nude and bodypainted Mother Earth in a PETA ad, agrees that the best way to fight climate change is by going vegan. She says, “I know that when I’m eating … I’m not hurting the planet, I’m not hurting other people on this planet, I’m not hurting animals, … and I’m not hurting nature.”Other top contenders this year included two more wonder women who prove that vegan eating may be the key to eternal youth — Jessica Lange and Michelle Pfeiffer — as well as Kate McKinnon, Bridget Malcolm, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ellie Goulding, Joaquin Phoenix, Colin Kaepernick, Swizz Beatz, Ricky Gervais, Travis Barker, RZA, Peter Dinklage, and Waka Flocka Flame.Past winners of PETA’s annual contest include Liam Hemsworth, Miley Cyrus, Jhené Aiko, Ellen Page, Jared Leto, Kristen Bell, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Russell Brand, Carrie Underwood, Natalie Portman, Shania Twain, Leona Lewis, André 3000, Tobey Maguire, and Alicia Silverstone.
The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai in this file photo on November 9, 2016 (representational image).IANSCadila Healthcare shares flared up on the BSE on Thursday after the Zydus Cadila Group company informed the bourses that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did not find any observation (under number 483). The stock closed 19.94 percent higher at Rs 429, lifting in the process, many pharma stocks such as Sun Pharma, Aurobindo Pharma and Jubilant Lifesciences.”We are pleased to announce that the US FDA inspected our Moraiya facility from February 6 to 15, 2017. At the end of the inspection, no observation (483) is issued,” Cadila Healthcare said in a regulatory filing to the BSE on Thursday. The Moraiya facility generates ~60 percent of US revenues for the company.Read: Nasscom could give a projection of 6-8% for FY 2018; TCS to consider share buybackThe BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty snapped their two-day losing streak on Thursday. The 30-scrip benchmark index Sensex closed 146 points higher at 28,301, while the NSE Nifty ended 53 points up at 8,778. Top Sensex gainers were Sun Pharma, Infosys, Maruti Suzuki, Tata Steel and Tata Motors.The BSE Healthcare index outperformed the Sensex and closed 2.46 percent higher.A rise in metal prices on the London Metal Exchange (LME) aided the rally on Indian stock markets. “Metal stocks recorded smart rally on account of increased base metal price on LME. Vedanta climbed up 6 percent to close at Rs 263. Hindalco gained percent to close at Rs188,” brokerage Motilal Oswal Securities said in a note.State Bank of India and associate banks SBBJ and SBT also gained on the clearance given for the merger of associate banks with the parent entity.Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) were net sellers of Indian equities worth Rs 216 crore on Thursday, according to provisional data released by the NSE.The Indian rupee closed 17 paise lower at 67.07 to the US dollar, while gold prices gained Rs 75 to end at Rs 29,700.
Brien Straw | Houston Public MediaHarvey flooding in KingwoodThe chances of a hurricane flooding parts of Texas, like Hurricane Harvey did, have soared sixfold in just 25 years because of global warming and will likely triple once again before the end of the century, a new study says.Study author Kerry Emanuel, a meteorology professor and hurricane expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, found that what was once an extremely rare event — 20 inches of rain over a large area of Texas — could soon be almost common.From 1981 to 2000, the probability of 20 inches of rain happening somewhere over a large chunk of Texas was 1 in 100 or even less, Emanuel said. Now it’s 6 in 100 and by 2081, those odds will be 18 in 100, he said.“The changes in probabilities are because of global warming,” Emanuel said.The study was released Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Emanuel said he hurried the study to help Houston officials think about what conditions they should consider when they rebuild.Texas state climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon said he was struck by the potential for much higher rainfall that Emanuel’s simulations predict for the future and how important it is for the design of critical structures like dams and nuclear facilities.“If the worst-case precipitation scenario is getting worse, as Kerry’s study and other evidence implies, that safety margin is shrinking,” Nielsen-Gammon said in an email, highlighting Emanuel’s results that also show the worst-case storms becoming wetter and more common.Gabriel Vecchi, a climate scientist at Princeton who wasn’t part of the study, said the study confirms what scientists have already thought: “that the most extreme rainfall events will become more likely as the planet warms.”“These results highlight the importance of finding ways to incorporate our understanding of climate change in long-term urban planning, storm water management and in flood mapping,” Vecchi said in an email.To do the study Emanuel had to use some innovative modeling techniques. Global climate models used for future warming studies aren’t detailed enough to simulate hurricanes. Hurricane models don’t say anything about the larger climate. So Emanuel combined the models and then created thousands and thousands of fictional storm “seedlings” to see what would happen.Emanuel’s calculations used the 20-inch (half a meter) rainfall total because that was the initial figure discussed as the storm was dying down.Later measurements showed that Harvey’s rain was far heavier — and far rarer — than initially reported. After Emanuel had started his work, records showed Harvey’s Houston-wide rainfall ended up closer to 33 inches (84 centimeters). And in individual areas pit peaked at 60 inches (1.5 meters).Emanuel called those numbers “biblical.”“By the standards of the average climate during 1981-2000, Harvey’s rainfall in Houston was ‘biblical’ in the sense that it likely occurred around once since the Old Testament was written,” Emanuel’s study said.While several scientists praised the study’s technique, Christopher Landsea, science operations chief at the National Hurricane Center, had some reservations. He said Emanuel’s results don’t fit with other climate change model projections which do show higher rainfall totals but also show a decrease in the number of storms. Share
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<< Previous PostNext Post >> ACV introduces Top Selections sun brochure, aims to strengthen Disney product Tags: Air Canada Vacations, Disney Thursday, January 5, 2017 Travelweek Group Posted by Share MONTREAL — Air Canada Vacations has released a mini digital sun brochure highlighting the operator’s top resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean.Most of the featured properties offer free stay for kids and fitness and spa facilities, and are part of ACV’s Privileges collection including preferred room locations, early check-in, late checkout, free Internet and guaranteed à la carte dinnersThe brochure also includes 18 Sandals resorts that are part of ACV’s Privileges collection and offer free wedding packages. Air Canada offers nonstop, year-round flights from Toronto to all Sandals and Beaches properties. It’s also the only tour operator that flies to Great Exuma, Bahamas.“Our product team has done a fantastic job in adding exclusive and popular properties to ACV’s Sun product line,” said Nino Montagnese, Managing Director, Sun Markets, Air Canada Vacations. “We found it necessary to highlight some of our top picks and cultivate a mini brochure for our trade partners to reference during consultations. It is a great booking tool and we encourage agents to share it with their clients.”A French version of the Top Selection digital brochure will be available shortly.To better serve clients ACV has increased frequency from several home locations to popular destinations. Frequency has been added between Toronto-Cayo Coco, Varadero, Curaçao, Puerto Plata, Samana, Huatulco, Saint Lucia and Turks & Caicos. A larger aircraft has been added to the Punta Cana route flying five times a week and a new route to Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago was launched in December.For Montreal, ACV has added new flights to Puerto Vallarta and San Jose, Costa Rica, and frequency has increased to Cancun and Turks & Caicos.More news: Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaThe new B767 aircraft from Air Canada Rouge leaving Vancouver has increased in capacity and frequency. Nonstop flights to Cancun on Monday and Thursday and to Puerto Vallarta on Tuesday and Friday have been added. ACV has also increased capacity to Ixtapa on Wednesday and Los Cabos on Sunday.Nonstop flights to Puerto Plata operating on Fridays will be leaving from HalifaxAs a reminder, agents can earn ACV&ME loyalty points for every group, air and hotel package or cruise package booked. Points can be redeemed for Aeroplan Miles, travel vouchers or VISA cash cards.Air Canada Vacations is also highlighting its partnership with Disney and the different resorts and packages it offers.There are currently seven daily flights during peak winter season to Walt Disney Resort in Orlando; up to 18 daily flights during peak summer season to Los Angeles, a short drive to Disneyland Resort in Anaheim; up to eight flights per week during peak winter season to Honolulu for Aulani, Disney Resort and Spa; and frequent flights from all Canadian gateways to the Mediterranean and the Caribbean where the Disney Cruise Line.“Air Canada Vacations provides the most lift out of any other Canadian tour operator to Disney destinations,” said Montagnese. “Along with our expansive flight network, we also sell all things Disney including accommodations, theme park tickets, dining packages and more. We are poised and prepared to become the top Disney provider and are confident that we can do it with the support of our travel agents partners. We want their clients to automatically think of booking with ACV when they hear the word ‘Disney’.”More news: AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsFeatured ACV Disney promotions include:Walt Disney World ResortsCanada Resident Ticket Offer – clients will receive a 25% discount on 4-10 day Magic Your Way ticket products including the Base Ticket, Park Hopper, Water Park Fun & More and Park Hopper & Water Park Fun & More options. Offer expires Feb. 28 for travel anytime.Disneyland ResortCanada Resident Ticket Offer – The Disneyland Ticket offer represents a 25% discount on the 3-5 day ticket products including the 1-Park per day and Park Hopper options. Offer valid until Feb. 28.Room Only Offer – Until March 27, guests will receive 20% savings on Standard room types and 25% savings on Premium room types at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and the Disneyland Hotel. A 10 per cent discount will apply on Standard room types and Premium room types at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.Aulani, A Disney Resort & SpaBroad Room Only Offer – Until Feb. 23, guests will receive 20 to 30% in savings on four night stays and 25 to 35% savings on 5-14 night says depending on view booked.Disney Cruise LineFeatured cruise packages include a seven-night Mediterranean sailing (Barcelona, Spain) from $1,750 per person for an Aug. 26, 2017 departure aboard Disney Magic; a seven-Night Western Caribbean Cruise (Port Canaveral, Florida) from $1,785 per person for a September 30, 2017 departure aboard Disney Fantasy; and a seven-Night Southern Caribbean Cruise (San Juan, Puerto Rico) from $1,316 per person for an April 16, 2017 departure aboard Disney Magic. All cruise packages are based on double occupancy.
Clients save up to 20% off with Contiki’s ‘Europe Everyday’ campaign Share Posted by Friday, June 8, 2018 TORONTO – As part of its new campaign, Contiki has penned a “love letter to Europe” in an effort to encourage young Canadians to book a trip during the peak summer months.The ‘Europe Everyday’ campaign, which runs until July 31, allows clients to save up to 20% off on a selection of last-minute Summer Europe adventures that depart this summer, as well as up to $365 off select trips to Europe this fall, winter and spring 2019.“We’re excited to launch this new campaign as an ode to such a beautiful region,” said Sheralyn Berry, President of Contiki Canada. “From the snow-capped mountains of Switzerland to the sheer romanticism of Paris during springtime, we want young Canadians to fall in love with Europe every day of the year.”According to Contiki, while Europe is still primarily seen as a summer vacation destination, the continent has seen a new trend among young travellers visiting during the off-season. Canadians are now seeing endless possibilities in off-peak months, which typically offer lower prices, fewer crowds and Christmas markets.More news: Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyHere are samples of last-minute summer deals, available at up to 20% off:Greek Island Hopping: Three nights in Mykonos, Ios, Santorini and AthensCroatia Island Escape: Island hopping from Hvar, Split, Dubrovnik and other hotspotsMediterranean Escape: Starts in Rome, to the Amalfi coast, ends in AthensHere are autumn itineraries, with savings up to $365 off, departing between October 2018 to March 2019:Simply Italy: 12-day journey that visits Rome, Florence, Milan, Venice and moreMediterranean Highlights: Highlights include Rome, the French Riviera, Barcelona and MadridSpanish Spree: A two-week journey that includes San Sebastian, Ibiza and moreWinter itineraries include the following, with savings up to $365 off, departing between October 2018 to March 2019:Iceland: This four-day adventure includes the Blue Lagoon and a search for the Northern LightsBerlin to Budapest: Ideal for the refined traveller, this journey includes everything from a goulash cooking class to Czech craft beer samplingEuropean Discovery: On this nine-country trip, highlights include a traditional German beer hall and gelateria in RomeMore news: Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsSpring itineraries include the following:Eastern Road: Clients can start in Berlin with the option to loop back around or end in WarsawSpain, Morocco & Portugal: Clients will visit medinas and mosques, cathedrals and kasbahs, and see seven World Heritage SitesWestern Quest: This one-week itinerary highlights the bustling city of Barcelona, the wine region of Bordeaux and the seaside town of San SebastianFor more information go to www.contiki.com/ca/en/activity/europe-everyday. << Previous PostNext Post >> Michael Smith Tags: Coktiki, Europe
The Medical College of Wisconsin.The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. recently awarded a $400,000 grant to a Medical College of Wisconsin program focused on accelerating drug discoveries.MCW’s Therapeutic Accelerator Program, housed within the school’s Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology’s Drug Discovery Center, works with academic scientists to bring their drug discoveries from concept to commercialization.The WEDC grant will support the program’s collaborations with other regional biohealth institutions and companies, according to MCW’s announcement.“We are extremely excited about the new partnership between TAP and the WEDC,” said John Imig, director of the Drug Discovery Center and professor of pharmacology and toxicology at MCW. “This partnership will further enable TAP to make a major impact in southeastern Wisconsin by developing drugs and therapeutics for improving health and quality of life.” MCW said TAP takes “a pioneering approach to developing new therapeutics” to reduce risk and increase the value of the project for commercialization. Upon the completion of milestones in a funding cycle, TAP plans the next steps and goals to help facilitate licensing, partnerships with biotechnology companies or the launch of a startup.The grant was awarded through WEDC’s Targeted Industry Projects program, which supports industry cluster and sector development in Wisconsin.“WEDC’s investment in MCW’s TAP program is a significant gain for southeast Wisconsin,” said Vincent Rice, vice president of sector strategy development for WEDC. “The fund will allow MCW’s program and facilities to reach a larger education community while enabling growth of the entire state’s drug discovery capabilities. This is a major expansion of Wisconsin’s biohealth footprint.”BizTimes Milwaukee recently spoke with Kevin Boggs, director of MCW’s Office of Technology Development, regarding his department’s efforts to expedite the process of bringing MCW research and inventions to the marketplace. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe
MTN Marketing Senior Manager, Entreprise Solution address press duing the launch Advertisement MTN Uganda today announced a long-awaited product to its Internet offering; allowing customers to purchase monthly Unlimited Internet packages. The move is significant as it offers customers a chance to enjoy high speed Internet with no data caps and no MBs to recharge.MTN is already known for providing the fastest speeds since its introduction of 4G LTE connectivity 2 years ago. MTN’s 4G LTE network is the largest in the country, spanning across all major towns countrywide.As part of its vision to lead the delivery of a bold new Digital World, MTN continuously invests heavily in technologies to achieve this. – Advertisement – The introduction of unlimited packages represents a major shift in customer demands for heavy Internet usage, away from the traditional bundles characterized by data caps. The MTN Unlimited packages are available for as low as 99,000/- per month.PackageAvailabilityPrice (UGX)ValidityMTN Unlimited Internet – PremiumAll day,all night330,00030 DaysMTN Unlimited Internet – BasicAll day,all night179,00030 DaysMTN Unlimited Internet – NightMidnight – 6am99,00030 Days“We are excited to be championing initiatives that enable our customers to do more with the Internet at affordable rates. This is line with our vision; to deliver a bold, new digital world to our customers,” said the MTN Chief Executive Officer, Wim Vanhelleputte while addressing the media at the MTN offices in Kololo.“MTN has over the years continued to invest in infrastructure and technology that guarantee a world-class experience for customers using our Internet. Today we would like to give them the freedom to use the internet unlimited and enjoy a truly amazing high speed experience,” he concluded.1 of 4 Teleconference session between MTN executive team and the press MTN Marketing Senior Manager, Entreprise Solution address press duing the launch Some of the guests at the Unlimited Internet Launch The General Manager MTN Business Anthony Katamba noted, “With widespread changes in information technology that have enabled business and lifestyle cloud services, it is no longer convenient to maintain data caps on all Internet packages and we are delighted to have been able to develop a solution that allows users to connect to these services without any barriers.”“We are definitely aware of the fact that Unlimited Internet around the world runs the risk of abuse, and therefore, this product has been designed to guard against such behavior through promoting the spirit of fair usage,” Mr. Katamba explained.How to activate to the new MTN Unlimited InternetYou can use airtime from your smartphone or any other data device by doing any of the following:Dial *150*55#OK and following the prompts, orDial *160#OK and follow the prompts, orUsing the MyMTN appYou can also get the Unlimited packages through your Mobile Money account:Dial *165#OK select option 7 to buy bundles and follow the prompts, orDial *150*55# and follow the prompts to select Mobile Money payment option, orUsing the MyMTN appIn addition, you can visit any MTN Service centreCall customer service on 100 (for MTN customers), 0771001000 for customers on other networksMTN Business Customers can contact their account managers for scheduled activations to multiple numbers using the MTN Business Bulk Activation service for businesses.[related-posts]