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RCMP warning prompts communities in New Brunswick to threaten drug dealers after

By on October 14, 2019

first_img(One of the pills confiscated in Esgenoopetitj. The pill says Percocet but according to officials, it is fentanyl)APTN National NewsA warning from the RCMP about the deadly opioid fentanyl has pushed two First Nation communities to threaten drug dealers with expulsion if caught selling.The warning comes after there was a death in Esgenoopetitj, from fentanyl.“Today the Chief and Council unanimously passed a resolution on Drug trafficking banishment, if you are trafficking drugs in Tobique,” said a message posted on Facebook Thursday by the Neqotkuk chief and council. “This is your warning. The risk is too high and we felt it was only a matter of time before some takes a fatal dose.”In Elsipogtog a similar warning was released early Thursday evening.“The Chief and council are fully prepared to invoke extreme measures by expelling and banning those from our community who engage in trafficking in Fentanyl or other deadly opioids,” said the release.In Esgenoopetitj, Chief Alvery Paul posted a picture of a blue pill on his Facebook page.“Here is a picture of the BLUE PILL FENTENAL that is been sold here in Esgenoopetitj,” said Paul. “Looking carefully at the pic it’s labeled PERCOET 5.”He said the community is putting together a crisis team at the wellness centre.“We as parents, family and community must work together to stop the selling of drugs entering our community,” said Esgenoopetitj Chief Alvery Paul. “I undertstand this is a battle that we can’t win overnitebut we have to educate our young children, we are in the process of planning an information session at the school with the RCMP, Alcohol & Drug Program to discuss the dangers of drug abuse.”Communities across the country have been bracing for the arrival of the drug that has killed hundreds of Canadians.The rate of overdose deaths in British Columbia forced officials to declare a public health emergency.APTN has learned that community members in Elsipogtog are policing the community. Warrior Chief John Levi is asking people to report drug dealers to help keep the community safe.news@aptn.calast_img read more

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TCI Hospital PSAs receive Special Customer Service Training from respected Community Figure

By on September 17, 2019

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 22, 2017 – Providenciales – Patient Service Assistants at TCI Hospital are receiving special courses from a leading local trainer in the hospitality sector on the knowledge, skills, and competencies required to strengthen customer service and increase patient satisfaction.   The first session was held on Saturday, May 6th and additional sessions are underway. Popular hospitality sector figure, Blythe Clare was ideally selected due to her expansive track record in the fields of education and customer service training with public and private organizations.   Healthcare delivery, similar to tourism, is a service-centered industry and patients expect to be treated with compassion and sensitivity during their most vulnerable moments. Customer service in a medical setting has a unique set of challenges.    Some of these challenges were thrashed out during the course.    PSA’s are an essential component to patient satisfaction and these frontline employees are often the first point of engagement for persons in need of healthcare services, and bear the responsibility of shaping first impressions.  Patient satisfaction surveys continuously reveal that attitudes, manners and amenities encountered during patient experiences at medical facilities are equally important as treatment processes.    Therefore, health care management teams at TCI Hospital are reemphasizing that health care, from the patient’s perspective, are as much consumer focused as other service industries and should be delivered with the same regard.   Customer Service Training is also facilitated by the Education Department at TCI Hospital as part of mandatory training for all employees, year-round.  Commenting on the special courses facilitated by Ms. Blythe Clare, Chief of Medical Services, Dr. Denise Braithwaite-Tennant said: “Effective customer service optimizes the patient experience and reduces their anxiety about the unknown.   One of the simplest, least complicated, yet often overlooked aspects of delivering health care is practicing good customer service skills.   How we communicate with our patients from the first point of contact and even after they have left the hospital is an important part of the continuum of care.   Patient satisfaction survey results internationally support the importance of effective customer service in health care on patient engagement and satisfaction.  TCI Hospital – InterHealth Canada (TCI) Ltd is committed to a great patient experience and to this end, we have begun to strategically supplement our existing customer service training program with support from recognized local leaders in training.   It was during the TCI Care workshop where we were attendees, Ms. Blythe Clare offered us her training services and we were delighted for the opportunity for partnership.    We are thankful for Ms. Clare for her comprehensive, energetic, interactive and contextual training that was well received by our Patient Services team.”Press Release: interHealthCanada#psareceivecustomerservicetraining Related Items:#psareceivecustomerservicetraining Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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San Diego Countys 35th Annual Blood Drive

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first_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County’s Annual Blood Drive kicked-offed at the County Administration building this morning.The blood drive saw a familiar face, County Supervisor Greg Cox, who’s donated 16 and a half gallons over the years.The drive also included a young plasma recipient who wants to say thank you.Locations and times on the Blood Bank’s website– sandiegobloodbank.org. KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 8, 2019 Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img San Diego County’s 35th Annual Blood Drive Updated: 9:06 PM April 8, 2019last_img read more

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Lawmakers want to crack down on hidden fees in your phone internet

By on September 10, 2019

first_imgLawmakers want to crack down on surprise phone, internet bills.  Getty Images Have you been surprised by the charges on your monthly phone or internet bills? Lawmakers want to get rid of those hidden fees.Sen. Edward Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, and Rep. Anna Eshoo, a Democrat from California, last week introduced the Truth-in-Billing, Remedies and User Empowerment over Fees (‘TRUE Fees’) Act. If passed, the bill will require phone, cable and internet companies to include all charges in the prices they advertise for services as well as provide consumers solutions when they’re wrongfully charged.”For too long customers have been surprised each month to find that their cable, phone and internet bills are much higher than the advertised price. The TRUE Fees Act would put an end to these advertising practices that only confuse consumers about the true costs,” Markey said in a release. “If phone, cable and internet companies won’t be fully transparent with consumers, then Congress should act.”Hidden phone and internet fees aren’t rare experiences for consumers. AT&T in June quietly doubled its administrative fee from 76 cents to $1.99, which could help the company rake in $800 million more in revenue. These “below the line” charges aren’t considered to be part of the regular service fee customers pay each month. Instead, they’re generally listed with local and state taxes at the bottom of a bill, though the fees aren’t required by the government.This bill would also allow customers to end their contract early without a penalty if the provider increases prices, prevent providers from increasing equipment fees unless the equipment is improved, and prohibit forced arbitration clauses for wrongful billing errors. Lawmakers who backed the bill include House Reps. Mark Takano, Eleanor Norton, Tim Ryan, Earl Blumenauer, Jamie Raskin, Joe Courtney, Donald Beyer, Janice Schakowsky and Mike Thompson, along with Sens. Richard Blumenthal, Amy Klobuchar, Ben Cardin, Elizabeth Warren, Ron Wyden and Tina Smith.  Share your voice Tags Politics Mobilecenter_img 2 Commentslast_img read more

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Foxconn to Tie up with Adani Group Plans to Set up 4

By on September 5, 2019

first_imgTaiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group, which recently announced that it would set up around 10 to 12 manufacturing units in India, is planning to tie up with Gujarat-based Adani Group to start at least four electronics manufacturing plants in the country.Earlier this month, senior executives of Apple iPhone assembler Foxconn toured a few states such as Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat to scout for sites suitable for manufacturing units, The Times of India reported.Vincent Tong Wen-Hsin, chairman and director of investments at Foxconn International Holdings (FIH) Mobile, and CEO of the company Calvin Chih reportedly held extensive talks with the Karnataka government.”It could become a $5-billion investment. They visited some other states too. We are hoping that Karnataka’s talent pool and fiscal incentives would make them decide to locate a facility here,” said a Karnataka government official.Earlier, Foxconn had said it would set up 10 to 12 manufacturing units in India by 2020. The electronics contract manufacturer seems to be in discussions with its top client Apple on the proposed investments in India.”A lot of our customers, especially Chinese customers, need us to manufacture … in India, to make phones, tablets, TVs, as soon as possible,” Foxconn group chairman Terry Gou told Reuters in May.Each facility is expected to employ at least 10,000 people and the company plans to invest about $2 billion (₹12,700 crore) towards setting up these facilities over the next five years, The Economic Times reported.”We are talking to Foxconn almost every week to get them to Karnataka. Under our mega projects policy, we can tailor-make incentives for them,” a Karnataka government official said.The Taiwanese tech giant has reportedly started its operations at a leased facility in Sri City, located in southern part of Andhra Pradesh. The plant is expected to produce 10,000 phones per day for Chinese handset vendo Xiaomi Corp.last_img read more

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Study results suggest slower seismic waves due to quakes may signal weak

By on August 31, 2019

first_img Explore further Citation: Study results suggest slower seismic waves due to quakes may signal weak spots in crust (2016, January 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-01-results-slower-seismic-due-quakes.html Figuring out how to predict when and where major earth quakes may strike is an ongoing process—scientists have learned a lot, but they still cannot say with any degree of accuracy when a major quake might strike a given area. In this new effort, the research pair believes they have uncovered another geological clue that might help predict future quakes.Recognizing that earthquakes generate powerful seismic waves that travel through underground rock, the researchers wondered if it might be possible to figure out if and where such seismic waves cause underground damage that could cause another area to be more susceptible to a quake. They focused their attention on Nicoya Peninsula, which is located on the Pacifica coast of Costa Rica, for two reasons. The first was because the area experienced a major earthquake just three years ago; the other was because seismic wave speed tests had been conducted in the area before the quake struck. They ran similar speed tests after the quake to see if there might be any difference—if so, this would suggest that damage had occurred to the rock, causing breaks, which would slow the speed of seismic waves passing through. And if that were the case, it would suggest that the rock in that location was weaker than it had been, and thus the area would be more likely to experience a quake of its own.In conducting seismic tests in the area, the research pair found places where the waves traveled approximately 0.6 percent slower after the big quake, than they had before it occurred. Their finding also added credence to a theory that suggests that fluids underground can make rock more susceptible to fracturing when a nearby earthquake occurs. Prior research had shown that there was highly pressurized fluid under the peninsula, which the new researchers propose, contributed to fracturing and slowed seismic wave speed. The researchers suggest this means that an earthquake is likely to happen sooner in those areas than it would have prior to the impact of the 2012 earthquake. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Science Advances More information: E. J. Chaves et al. Monitoring transient changes within overpressured regions of subduction zones using ambient seismic noise, Science Advances (2016). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501289AbstractIn subduction zones, elevated pore fluid pressure, generally linked to metamorphic dehydration reactions, has a profound influence on the mechanical behavior of the plate interface and forearc crust through its control on effective stress. We use seismic noise–based monitoring to characterize seismic velocity variations following the 2012 Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica earthquake [Mw (moment magnitude) 7.6] that we attribute to the presence of pressurized pore fluids. Our study reveals a strong velocity reduction (~0.6%) in a region where previous work identified high forearc pore fluid pressure. The depth of this velocity reduction is constrained to be below 5 km and therefore not the result of near-surface damage due to strong ground motions; rather, we posit that it is caused by fracturing of the fluid-pressurized weakened crust due to dynamic stresses. Although pressurized fluids have been implicated in causing coseismic velocity reductions beneath the Japanese volcanic arc, this is the first report of a similar phenomenon in a subduction zone setting. It demonstrates the potential to identify pressurized fluids in subduction zones using temporal variations of seismic velocity inferred from ambient seismic noise correlations.center_img (Phys.org)—A pair or researchers, both with the University of California, Santa Cruz has found via field study that seismic waves passing through rock can be slowed down due to cracking by an earthquake. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, Esteban Chaves and Susan Schwartz suggest that their findings may indicate that it is possible to identify weakened places in the crust following earthquakes that may make other places more vulnerable to a future quake. © 2016 Phys.org Researchers find cascading elastic perturbation likely contributed to small earthquakes in Japan Seismogram being recorded by a seismograph at the Weston Observatory in Massachusetts, USA. Credit: Wikipedialast_img read more

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Kissimmees vacation homes come with hotellike amenities – and commission for agents

By on August 19, 2019

first_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> KISSIMMEE — If Kissimmee’s vacation homes sound like Airbnb, they’re not. Nor are they timeshares. Similar to a hotel, they come with amenities including concierge service, restaurants and pools. For travel agents, “it’s just like working with a hotel,” says Experience Kissimmee’s Juliana Cadiz.Kissimmee isn’t just the vacation home capital of Florida, it’s the ‘Vacation Home Capital of the World’ – they even trademarked it. Most major tour operators in Canada offer vacation home rentals in Kissimmee, so there are commission opportunities too.Next to Orlando and bordering the Everglades, Kissimmee offers easy access to theme parks and natural attractions – such as ziplining through the treetops and alligator spotting aboard an airboat – with 50,000 accommodation options, including more than 22,000 vacation homes.“In 10 minutes from the vacation homes you can be in Orlando,” says Cadiz, Communications Senior Manager with Experience Kissimmee, official tourism authority for Osceola County, Florida. Travelweek took part in a recent press trip to the destination. “By law you cannot have a vacation home in Orlando – the [law] only allows you to rent for long term, a minimum of seven months to a year,” says Cadiz.Kissimmee, on the other hand, caters to short-term rentals, particularly families and groups. The destination’s vacation homes offer fully equipped kitchens, so guests can self-cater, but they typically also include on-site dining. In Kissimmee, vacation homes range from two-bedroom condos to multi-bedroom homes and villas, but in almost all cases, each bedroom has its own bathroom.“We have our own concierge team who takes care of guests’ needs,” said Karen Tookuni, marketing manager with Magic Village Resort. The gated resort spans 20 acres with 180 vacation homes, with three- or four-bedroom suite layouts and amenities such as a 24-hour clubhouse, on-site restaurant, pool, fitness centre, WiFi, housekeeping and on-call concierge. Located less than two kilometres away from Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, it’s close enough for guests to watch the nightly fireworks show.White-glove services include airport transportation, car rentals, private party coordination and private chef dinners. “If you want grocery service, we can buy the groceries at the market … and when you arrive here everything is ready for you,” said Tookuni. “If you’re celebrating a special day like an anniversary, we have a private chef that can go to the house and prepare a special dinner.”Other vacation home rentals in Kissimmee include the AAA Four Diamond-rated Reunion Resort, spread across 2,300 acres with 360 resort-style accommodations ranging from luxury suites and condos to private vacation homes. Exclusive custom-built villas and mansions are available, up to 12 bedrooms.Reunion Resort features three championship golf courses (designed by Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson), as well as casual and fine dining, multiple pools, a water park with lazy river, tennis courts, full-service spa and rooftop lounge Eleven, known for its steak and panoramic views of Orlando – including nightly Disney fireworks displays.Kissimmee’s 20,000 vacation homes are also close to nearby attractions, including Disney and Universal Studios. So, along with arranging accommodations, agents can also help clients with add-ons such as park passes and attraction tickets.Disney’s brand-new Toy Story Land, for example, opened in June at Hollywood Studios, with new attractions that allow guests to shrink down to toy-size for adventures with the Toy Story characters, including Slinky Dog Dash, a new coaster inspired by the classic toy, and Alien Swirling Saucers, a galactic adventure led by the film’s green aliens.Pandora – The World of Avatar, which opened last year, continues to be a big draw at Disney’s Animal Kingdom with two attractions: Avatar Flight of Passage is an immersive virtual experience where guests ride a winged mountain banshee over the world of Pandora, and on the Na’vi River Journey they float down a sacred river into a bioluminescent rainforest aboard reed boats.Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, FloridaUniversal Orlando Resort’s newest attraction is Fast & Furious – Supercharged, where guests buckle up for a high-octane chase with Vin Diesel and The Rock through the streets of San Francisco; the ride features the new Virtual Line system (where guests can select a time to ride via the mobile app or kiosk). Just a short drive away is the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex, Legoland Florida and Busch Gardens.But there’s more to Central Florida than theme parks. Its well-preserved natural environment offers outdoor attractions where visitors can reconnect with nature. At Forever Florida, visitors might spot alligators, armadillos and white-tailed deer while zipping through the treetops on the 7 Zip Adventure – a two-and-a-half-hour aerial adventure spanning seven ziplines and three sky-bridges – or on the Rattlesnake Adventure, the only zipline rollercoaster in the U.S.Sightseeing via zip line at Forever FloridaOn the edge of the Everglades, visitors can glide through swampland on an airboat tour with Spirit of the Swamp, where they’ll explore marshes and swamps that are home to 4,200 alligators. The operator offers small airboats (only six people per airboat) for better viewing opportunities; private airboat rides can be arranged at the same price or less than non-private rides.Or guests can see it all from above on a hot air balloon ride. Orlando Balloon Rides offers sunrise flights seven days a week, weather permitting. Flights take about one hour, ascending anywhere from just above the tree tops to several thousand feet in the air, followed by a traditional champagne toast upon landing.Agents can also arrange special dinners at popular spots such as The Boathouse, an upscale waterfront restaurant at Disney Springs with Florida-style surf and turf, or Columbia Restaurant in the quaint town of Celebration (located within Kissimmee), with fine Cuban cuisine and tableside sangria service.To learn more about the destination and Experience Kissimmee, represented in Canada by VoX International, visit experiencekissimmee.com. Posted by Friday, August 17, 2018 About Latest Posts Vawn HimmelsbachContributor at TravelweekVawn Himmelsbach has been writing about travel for more than a decade for media outlets such as CBC.ca, Metro News, Flare, Sweet Travel, PlanetEye Traveler and Hotelier, among others. She is co-founder of Chic Savvy Travels, a travel website for women, has contributed to a guidebook on China, and has been published in a book of non-fiction, called Emails from India. She has spent more than three years working and traveling abroad in Asia and Latin America. Latest posts by Vawn Himmelsbach (see all) More storefronts, new zero interest payment option for The Travel Agent Next Door – May 7, 2019 Smooth sailing onboard Uniworld’s newest super ship in Bordeaux – April 24, 2019 Sandals promotes social groups with new booking option for agents, perks for clients – January 17, 2019 Kissimmee’s vacation homes come with hotel-like amenities – and commission for agents Vawn Himmelsbach Tags: Kissimmee, Vacation Homelast_img read more

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