NS now only province that requires a doctors referral for abortion advocates

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first_imgHALIFAX – Five years ago, Melanie Mackenzie got pregnant. Her birth control had failed, and the then 29-year-old knew she didn’t want to have a baby. She wanted an abortion.“I found out I was pregnant almost immediately. You just get that feeling,” the Halifax resident said in an interview. “I hadn’t even missed a period yet.”After taking a positive home pregnancy test, Mackenzie went to her family doctor — Nova Scotia is the only province in Canada where women must obtain a physician’s referral before making an abortion appointment.“I said flat out ‘I’m pregnant and I don’t want to be. I want an abortion.’”Mackenzie was told there was a waiting period, and was sent for a battery of tests including blood work and an ultrasound. It took two months for her to finally obtain an abortion, at nearly 12 weeks pregnant.“It was the worst two months of my life,” she said. “The whole thing felt like a punishment.”Advocates say Nova Scotia is now one of the most difficult provinces in the country in which to access abortion, with women requiring a referral for a surgical abortion, lengthy wait times for the time-sensitive procedure and no provincial coverage for medical abortions using pills.The province also has no private or freestanding abortion clinics located outside of a hospital. Halifax’s Morgentaler clinic, where women had to pay out-of-pocket, closed in 2003.The Termination of Pregnancy Unit at Halifax’s QEII Health Sciences Centre — where more than 85 per cent of the province’s abortions are performed — will only book appointments for women who are at least eight weeks pregnant.With few doctors prescribing the abortion pill Mifegymiso — and no universal coverage of the costly medication in the province — women seeking to terminate early pregnancies are forced to wait.“Nova Scotia is one of the worst places in Canada to get an abortion. The situation for abortion access is extremely grim,” said Darrah Teitel, public affairs officer for Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights.After her blood work came back positive, Mackenzie recalled the nurse congratulating her on the pregnancy in front of other patients.“I never regretted my decision to have an abortion,” she said. “But it felt like that waiting period and all those tests were to shame me, to make me feel like an irresponsible slut, to punish me. It felt like it was a price I had to pay to obtain an abortion in a country where my right to choose is legally protected.”In Canada, abortion care is a patchwork of widely differing degrees of accessibility and options depending on the province and region. Abortion access is largely provided in big urban centres, leaving women in small communities or rural areas footing the bill for travel and accommodation.Nova Scotia once had the region’s least restrictive abortion access, but both New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island have changed their policies in the last three years.In 2014, New Brunswick lifted the so-called two-doctor rule requiring two physicians to certify an abortion as medically necessary.Abortions became available in P.E.I. for the first time earlier this year. Women on the Island can call a toll-free number to make an appointment without the need for a referral.Women in Nova Scotia still require a referral and tests before obtaining an appointment for an abortion.“We do require our patients to get referred to our clinic,” Lianne Yoshida, medical co-director of the QEII’s Termination of Pregnancy Unit, said in an interview. “It’s been identified as a barrier and it’s an issue we’re working on. The issue of referral and ultrasound does delay a woman’s ability to see us.”It also may be unconstitutional, said Teitel.She said the provincial rule requiring a physician’s referral is at odds with the Supreme Court’s 1988 R v. Morgentaler decision. Evidence presented during the trial showed that the unnecessary wait times involved in physician referrals were creating unsafe conditions for women, Teitel said.“These delays are still being forced on women in Nova Scotia, and there is no earthly reason why abortions cannot be granted upon self-referral, as in the rest of the country,” she said.In addition to the referral rule, it’s unclear whether delays are exacerbated by a policy enforcing a wait time, restrictions on early abortions or simply a lack of sufficient resources.While Yoshida said there are surgical issues with abortions performed too early, she said that tends to be around four weeks gestational age.Still, a receptionist reached at the QEII clinic said abortions are not scheduled before eight weeks — something confirmed in multiple interviews.Nova Scotia does not appear to keep statistics on how long it takes women to obtain an abortion after a referral.Several women interviewed for this story spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear of the stigma surrounding abortions and the backlash they could face at work or in the community.Their stories had recurrent themes. The condom broke. The pill didn’t work. The IUD shifted. Contraception fails. Accidents happen.While some were referred for an abortion by a family doctor without delay, others describe having to “jump through hoops” to get a referral. Wait times tended to be four to six weeks, a delay they described as “agonizing” and “cruel.”Jennifer Fishman, associate professor in the Biomedical Ethics Unit of the Social Studies of Medicine Department at McGill University, said the ethical problems that arise from making women wait for an abortion are enormous.“The idea that there is differential access to abortions across the provinces, given that abortion is funded and legal and a medical procedure covered under the Canada Health Act, which operates under principles of universality and accessibility, is incredibly problematic,” Fishman said. “It’s unjust and inequitable to make some women wait while others don’t have to.”Another ethical problem is the mental health impact of waiting, she said.“There is definitely a psychological cost to carrying an unwanted pregnancy,” Fishman said. “Some research shows women will even consider some kind of self-induction, which can be dangerous.”One woman told The Canadian Press she had four appointments with her family doctor before she obtained a referral for an abortion. Her doctor quizzed her on her knowledge of the fetus and sent her to a psychologist before finally agreeing to refer her.“At some point, before my doctor agreed to write the referral, I remember standing in the kitchen with a pair of scissors, thinking maybe I’d just cut it out. I considered going to the emergency room and saying I would commit suicide if they wouldn’t give me an abortion. The waiting, and the threat of not being able to access an abortion, was emotionally traumatic.”Fishman said another troubling issue with making women wait until later in their pregnancy to obtain an abortion are the physical health risks.“Second trimester abortions have much higher rates of complications,” Fishman said. “It’s a much more complicated procedure. They are higher risk and they are more expensive.”Meanwhile, a new method has emerged that would give Nova Scotia women another option in early pregnancy.Mifegymiso, an alternative to surgical abortion, is an abortion pill that can be used to terminate a pregnancy of up to 49 days.Advocates say the two-step process using the drugs mifepristone and misoprosto could increase access, provide women with more choices and shorten wait times.The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada says 171 physicians and pharmacists in Nova Scotia have either registered for or taken a training course on Mifegymiso.But at a cost of about $350, the pill remains out of reach for many women.While Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick have all said they would provide at least some coverage for the drug, Nova Scotia has stayed silent on the issue.A Health Department spokeswoman said the Nova Scotia government is looking at coverage for Mifegymiso, but a decision has not yet been made.Meanwhile, it’s unclear why women in Nova Scotia must obtain a referral.Health spokeswoman Sarah Levy MacLeod confirmed that a referral and an ultrasound are required before an abortion can be booked, but she referred questions on the policy to the Nova Scotia Health Authority.The health authority referred questions to the co-director of the QEII Termination of Pregnancy Unit — the same doctor, Lianne Yoshida, who called the need for a referral a barrier to access that needs to be addressed.“I don’t think it’s necessarily political. It’s sort of just the way it’s always been,” Yoshida said. “It’s recognized as a problem.”last_img read more


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first_imgTORONTO — Health authorities in Canada are closely monitoring increasing reports in the United States of respiratory illnesses in hundreds of people, mostly teenagers, potentially linked to vaping.There have been at least 450 possible cases, including five deaths, identified in the U.S. this year and many said they had been vaping THC, the chemical that gives marijuana its high.There have been no reports of the same sickness in Canada, but Health Canada issued a warning recently, urging people who vape to watch for symptoms such as a cough, shortness of breath and chest pain. It also said that health-care professionals should ask patients about their use of e-cigarette products if they have respiratory symptoms.The Public Health Agency of Canada has asked provincial officials to report any possible incidents of pulmonary illness associated with vaping.Alberta has started legally requiring health-care professionals in that province to report suspected cases under their public health act.Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province’s chief medical officer of health, said in light of the cases in the U.S. she is reinforcing a message that there a risks to vaping.“Vaping is a relatively new technology that we don’t know what all the health implications might be and we’re adding to that message of course with the recent events in the States to remind people that vaping is not without risk,” she said.“Young people, pregnant women and those who don’t use tobacco products should not vape and also that any vaping products that are bought on the illicit market or if people are altering their own vaping devices, that those kinds of things could increase the risk.”In Ontario, Health Minister Christine Elliott is looking to bring experts together through informal roundtables to understand what is happening and look for potential solutions.“We take this issue very seriously,” Elliott said in an interview. “This is a situation that appears to be growing, not abating…We are looking at what the situation is here in Ontario and what can and should be done.”Vaping was also recently added as a new topic in Ontario’s health and physical education curriculum for elementary students. The risks are explored as part of the Grade 4 curriculum on substance use and addictions, but it is also listed as an example of behaviours that can be harmful to a person’s health in the curriculum starting in Grade 1.Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health has said he is sending informal email inquiries to respiratory specialists and intensive care units at Nova Scotia hospitals to see if there are any similar cases to what is happening in the U.S.British Columbia’s health ministry said it has been preparing a response to the issue, including education and awareness as part of a strategy to reduce the number of youth vaping in the province.American officials have urged people to stop vaping until they can figure out the case of the mysterious illnesses. No single vaping device, liquid or ingredient has been tied to all the illnesses.Symptoms have included shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain and vomiting. Doctors say the illnesses resemble an inhalation injury, with the body apparently reacting to a caustic substance that someone breathed in.The Centers for Disease Control in the U.S. said it doesn’t know if the illness is new or just newly recognized.New York state has focused its investigation on an ingredient called Vitamin E acetate, which has been used to thicken marijuana vape juice but is considered dangerous if heated and inhaled. State investigators have found the substance in 13 cartridges collected from eight patients.— With files from The Associated PressAllison Jones, The Canadian Presslast_img read more


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first_img Historic scholarships awarded by Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation Historic scholarships from Latin GRAMMY Foundation historic-scholarships-awarded-latin-grammy-cultural-foundation News Twitter Facebook Record-setting amounts awarded to select music students around the world by the Latin GRAMMY Cultural FoundationBrian HaackGRAMMYs Jul 28, 2017 – 1:24 pm GRAMMY.comThe Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation’s charitable support for music education programs around the world has topped more than $2.5 million in just the few short years since the Foundation launched in 2015.However, just this week, the Foundation has announced its largest-ever series of scholarship awards for a single year, with a whopping $870,000 being awarded to 44 select Latin music students from around the world.The monies include the Foundation’s yearly flagship Miguel Bosé Scholarship, which this year will provide $200,000 in tuition support for 22-year-old Dominican electric bassist Ernesto Núñez, who will be entering Berklee College of Music this fall to study contemporary writing and production.Additional Gifted Tuition Scholarship awards were presented to Andres Guerra, 21, a classical guitarist from Venezuela; Nikola Vasiljevic, 17, a Dominican bassist; and Carolina Mercado, 22, a tenor saxophonist from Mexico, in the amounts of up to $100,000 for each student.Guerra and Vasilijevic will each be attending Berklee, while Mercado will attend the School Of Jazz at New York City’s prestigious The New School.Rounding out the distribution, 40 additional students attending various schools in Colombia, Mexica, and Spain will also receive Tuition Assistance Scholarship grants of up to $10,000 each.”Thanks to our generous donors, involved artists, and compassionate partners, we continue to be in a strong position to provide support to truly talented Latin music students in need and with the tools to pursue their dreams to follow in the footsteps of their Latin music icons,” Said Manolo Díaz, Senior Vice President of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation.Alejandro Sanz named 2017 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Email last_img read more


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first_img Post a comment Share your voice Getting greener There’s sometimes confusion about what exactly “styrofoam” refers to. It’s a trademarked brand name for an insulation board created by Dow Chemical. It’s also used casually to refer to those white cups designed to hold hot drinks as well as various types of protective packaging materials.WSU calls out styrofoam for creating pollution when it burns and for not being able to degrade naturally. The new plant-based material is made of up 75% cellulose nanocrystals from wood pulp with polyvinyl alcohol added to make a more elastic foam. The lightweight material can support up to 200 times its weight without deforming. bouncebackEnlarge ImageThe researchers demonstrated how the water-soaked foam can bounce back into shape after being pushed down. Video screenshot by CNET Others have developed plant-based foams. You’re probably familiar with biodegradable packing peanuts that dissolve in water. Previous foam efforts don’t have the insulation properties, strength and durability of the newly developed material.”Our results demonstrate the potential of renewable materials, such as nanocellulose, for high-performance thermal insulation materials that can contribute to energy savings, less usage of petroleum-based materials, and reduction of adverse environmental impacts,” said mechanical engineer Amir Ameli, a lead researcher on the project. The initial research is promising, but it’s still early days. You won’t find this stuff insulating your house or your coffee for a while. The scientists are now working on creating stronger and more durable versions of the material while investigating how to take it from the laboratory into the real world.  13 ancient mysteries unlocked by modern science This plant-based material could one day usurp styrofoam. WSI Styrofoam, despite being environmentally problematic, is everywhere because it works so well. It makes for a great coffee cup. It insulates buildings. It protects products during shipping. But it’s also made from petroleum, a finite resource. Researchers at Washington State University (WSU) announced on Thursday that they’ve developed a plant-based alternative material “that for the first time works better than Styrofoam for insulation.” The team published its work online this week in the journal Carbohydrate Polymers.  0center_img Sci-Tech 13 Photos See ya, Styrofoam: We test the Igloo Recool, a $10 biodegradable cooler Earth Day 2019: Go greener with these cool eco-friendly products Tags Green techlast_img read more


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first_img Not disclosed, but Apple claims it will last 90 min. longer than iPhone 8 Plus Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR specs 5.3 oz.; 150 g Boost Mobile CNET may get a commission from retail offers. • Phones £669 Samsung Galaxy S10E 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle) 3,100mAh 5.6 x 2.8 x 0.27 in 6.1-inch LCD Retina Display; 1,792×828-pixels Dimensions (Millimeters) 5.9 x 3.0 x 0.33 in 6GB, 8GB Display size, resolution 128GB, 256GB Camera Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Expandable storage Headphone jack Battery See It Single 12-megapixel 438ppi Sprint 5.8-inch AMOLED; 2,280×1,080-pixels Video capture Weight (Ounces, Grams) 4K Processor Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI iPhone XR See All Meet the Galaxy S10E, Samsung’s colorful answer to the iPhone XR. Sarah Tew/CNET Apple launched the wallet-friendly iPhone XR last fall and now it’s got a rival. The most affordable iPhone kept most of the features of the iPhone XS, but it was $250 cheaper. On Wednesday at its Unpacked event in San Francisco, Samsung launched the Galaxy S10E — its answer to the XR. The S10E has most of the features of the Galaxy S10 but costs $150 less.Both the Galaxy S10E and iPhone XR are natural competitors: Both cost $750 and offer quite the flagship value. But there are many differences including screen size, processor power, number of rear cameras and headphone jack.Editor’s note, March 13, 2019: Our Galaxy S10 Plus review and our Galaxy S10E review are both now live. Keep reading for more about the Galaxy S10, S10 E, S10 Plus and Galaxy S10 5G. And here’s more about the Galaxy Fold, Samsung’s first foldable phone.Compare these specs and more below. Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10E: Every camera lens and curve 7-megapixel with Face ID Power button Apple 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm Price (GBP) Share your voice 10-megapixel Connector Storage Fingerprint sensor Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XR (64GB, black) Comments $749 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019center_img Yes See it 6.8 oz.; 194 g See It Special features Best Buy Water-resistant: IP67, dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging; Face ID; Memoji Not disclosed $750 64GB, 128GB, 256GB No Lightning Tags £749 (64GB), £799 (128GB), £899 (256GB) AU$1,199 USB-C RAM Apple iPhone XR Mobile software Pixel density None 326ppi Wireless PowerShare; hole punch screen notch; water resistant (IP68); Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 6 $749 Apple A12 Bionic $749 $749 Dimensions (Inches) See It Samsung Apple AU$1,229 (64GB), AU$1,299 (128GB), AU$1,479 (256GB) Review • iPhone XR review: The best iPhone value in years Preview • iPhone XR: Why the cheapest 2018 iPhone might be the one you want None (Face ID) $749 (64GB), $799 (128GB), $899 (256GB) Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Price off-contract (USD) 142 x 70 x 7.9 mm reading • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared Samsung Event Mobile World Congress 2019 Price (AUD) iOS 12 Up to 512GB Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Front-facing camera 4K 64 Photos Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy?last_img read more


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first_imgProtesters gather around as pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong confronts police after taking part in a march to the West Kowloon rail terminus against the proposed extradition bill in Hong Kong on 7 July, 2019. Photo: AFPTens of thousands of anti-government protesters rallied outside a controversial train station linking Hong Kong to the Chinese mainland on Sunday, the latest mass show of anger as activists try to keep pressure on the city’s pro-Beijing leaders.The rally was the first large-scale protest since last Monday’s unprecedented storming of parliament by largely young, masked protesters — which plunged the international financial hub further into crisis.Hong Kong has been rocked by a month of huge marches as well as a series of separate violent confrontations with police, sparked by a law that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China.The bill has since been postponed in response to the intense backlash but that has done little to quell public anger, which has evolved into a wider movement calling for democratic reforms and a halt to sliding freedoms in the semi-autonomous city.Organisers said some 230,000 people snaked their way through streets in the harbour-front district of Tsim Sha Tsui, an area popular with Chinese tourists. Police said 56,000 turned out at the protest’s peak.The march was billed as an opportunity to explain to mainlanders in the city what their protest movement is about.Inside China, where news and information are heavily censored, the Hong Kong protests have been portrayed as a primarily violent, foreign-funded plot to destabilise the motherland, not a mass popular movement over Beijing’s increased shadow over the semi-autonomous hub.”We want to show tourists, including mainland China tourists what is happening in Hong Kong and we hope they can take this concept back to China,” Eddison Ng, an 18-year-old demonstrator, told AFP.Bluetooth and loud-hailers Hong Kongers speak Cantonese but protesters were using Bluetooth to send leaflets in Mandarin — the predominant language on the mainland — to nearby phones, hoping to spread the word to mainlanders by digital word of mouth.”Why are there still so many people coming out to protest now?” one man said in Mandarin through a loudspeaker. “Because the Hong Kong government didn’t listen to our demands.”Many protest banners were written with the Simplified Chinese characters used on the mainland, not the Traditional Chinese system used in Hong Kong and Taiwan.And a lawmaker had to coach crowds how to chant “Students are not rioters” using the correct Mandarin pronunciation.Protesters are demanding the postponed extradition bill be scrapped entirely, an independent inquiry into police use of tear gas and rubber bullets, amnesty for those arrested, and for the city’s unelected leader Carrie Lam to step down.Beijing has thrown its full support behind Lam, calling on Hong Kong police to pursue anyone involved in the parliament storming and other clashes.In an interview with the BBC on Sunday, China’s ambassador to Britain said the extradition bill was needed to “plug loopholes” and that Beijing has “full confidence in the Hong Kong government”.Sunday’s protest began on the waterfront — the first time a rally has taken place off the main island — and made its way to West Kowloon, a recently opened multi-billion-dollar station that links to China’s high-speed rail network.Police placed the glass and steel structure in virtual lockdown and only those with previously purchased tickets were being allowed in.Controversial station Throughout the evening small groups of young protesters, most masked, taunted the police at multiple places as crowds returned home, but there were no major clashes.Particular ire was directed towards a senior white police officer who protesters believe played a key role in commanding units to fire tear gas and rubber bullets last month.The terminus is controversial because Chinese law operates in the parts of the station dealing with immigration and customs, as well as the platforms, even though West Kowloon is kilometres from the border.Critics say that move gave away part of the city’s territory to an increasingly assertive Beijing.Under Hong Kong’s mini-constitution China’s national laws do not apply to the city apart from in limited areas, including defence.Hong Kong also enjoys rights unseen on the mainland, including freedom of speech, protected by a deal made before the city was handed back to China by Britain in 1997.But there are growing fears those liberties are being eroded.Among recent watershed moments critics point to are the disappearance into mainland custody of dissident booksellers, the disqualification of prominent politicians, the de facto expulsion of a foreign journalist and the jailing of democracy protest leaders.last_img read more


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first_img X Share Listen Harris Health had a rough year, but it looks a lot better now that it’s over. At the start of the fiscal year that that began last March, board members and executives faced a projected deficit of more than $70 million.“That was the result of what we call ‘the perfect storm,’ explained President and CEO George Masi. “Increased patient volumes, no expansion of Medicaid in Texas — and that had a profound effect on Harris Health — and just the inflationary factors associated with healthcare.”To cope, managers stopped filling vacancies, eliminated raises for most workers, and laid off almost 100 people. The personnel changes alone saved almost $17 million.Masi said it was painful to do: “These were real people, doing real jobs, with real work.”Managers also found savings in pharmacy, laboratory and supply chain costs.Masi says strategic streamlining also helped save money. For example, Harris Health is so overwhelmed with cases that managers had been paying other hospitals to perform certain surgeries on its patients. But it stopped that outsourcing last year, and saved more than $7 million from those contracts.“These are not emergent cases, these are cases like a gallbladder, maybe a hernia repair that could wait, sometimes wait inordinately long times, to be managed,” Masi said.“But we pulled those all back in, and actually just expanded our hours, worked harder, pushed the staff a great deal to get that done, and they did,” he added.  Finally, just a few weeks ago, there was what Masi calls a “February Christmas present” — $14 million more in tax revenues than expected.That eliminated the budget hole, with $1.1 million left over.“It’s like the little train that could,” Masi said. “There are not a whole lot of people who thought we could make up that kind of ground. It was a lot of sacrifice, on the part of a lot of folks associated with the organization, that allowed us to make that margin.”But the pressure isn’t off yet.This fiscal year, Masi faces a new deficit of $8 million. Even if he overcomes that, he’s not able to save and recapitalize for maintenance, new equipment and growth, he said. Too many years in that state are not sustainable, he said, and so he will continue to push Texas politicians to expand Medicaid using federal dollars. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:38last_img read more


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first_img 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. Citation: AMD Athlon X2 7750 Black Edition 2.7GHz CPU (2008, December 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-12-amd-athlon-x2-black-27ghz.html Cinematic Shooter to Leverage AMD’s Advanced 64-bit Architecture for Improved Game Performance AMD has now taken everything they have learned with the Phenom series and built on it for the AMD Athlon X2. The Athlon X2 Series offers some of the same features as the past Athlon X2 series processors, but adds new ones, like an L3 Cache, HyperTransport 3.0 and a max TDP of 95 watts.The Athlon X2 7750 has 2 x 512MB of L2 Cache and 2MB shared of L3 Cache. This new version of the Athlon X2 now runs on a HyperTransport 3.0 bus, which for the X2 7750, with an HT speed of 1800MHz gives you a maximum 3,600MTs or 7,200MBs. The X2 7750 also features a maximum TDP (thermal design power) of 95 watts. According to AMD this is the maximum amount of power the CPU will draw and dissipate under normal operating conditions.The new AMD Athlon series comprises the 2.5GHz Athlon X2 7550, which will be available only to system builders, and the 2.7GHz Athlon X2 7750 BE (Black Edition) with an unlocked multiplier for improved overclocking priced at $79. © 2008 PhysOrg.comcenter_img (PhysOrg.com) — AMD has introduced a new dual-core desktop processors aimed at the value end of the consumer market. The new Athlon X2 7000 series, which is available now, are the company’s first dual core chips based on its Phenom quad design. Explore furtherlast_img read more


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first_imgPassport photos are never flattering but this one might be the worst yet Posted by Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Share “Chelsey was furious,” said Ramos’ boyfriend, who posted the image on Reddit. “And rightly so. She paid good money for an official ID from the State Department and it came out wrong, completely wrong, wouldn’t-pass-through-customs wrong.”“As soon as I saw it I just started laughing,” said Ramos. “It’s one of the funniest ‘bloopers’ I’ve ever seen … and it wasn’t mine!”The couple are looking to travel to Germany in September, according to HuffPost. Let’s hope Ramos gets everything sorted out by then. Tags: LOL Travelweek Group AUSTIN — A woman from Austin, Texas definitely deserves a refund from the passport office.Chelsey Ramos’ passport photo is making the rounds on the Internet, and with good reason: a passport office snafu turned the image of her face from a normal passport pic into something that makes her look like she belongs in the Coneheads movie. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more


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first_img Thursday, January 18, 2018 Busabout boasts 80% growth in 2018 trade bookings; gets ready to offer USA product in 2019 Posted by Travelweek Group TORONTO — Busabout hosted a fun trivia evening in Toronto last night, during which the company shared news of exciting developments with its travel agent partners. According to Busabout, agents are largely responsible for an 80% increase in bookings for 2018, a year that will include new itineraries, price reductions and FAM incentives.Even more exciting was news that the company will soon offer USA product for the first time starting in 2019, which will complement its existing Europe and Asia offerings.Busabout offers clients complete autonomy on their trip, allowing them to do Europe their way, with a unique hop-on, hop-off network that links up 47 European destinations across 15 countries. A similar Busabout system also exists in South East Asia aimed at independent travellers who want the ultimate in flexibility, freedom and value. They then have the ability to decide where to visit and for how long, creating their own adventure.Canadian bookings for 2018 departures are up 80%, while overall sales are up 103%, undoubtedly due to the hard work of regional team members Damien Bennett, Vice-President of Sales in North America, and Adam Bubowsky, National Sales Manager.“Agents don’t have a massive amount of products they can use for FIT. We are a great option because we allow all the flexibility of FIT, but you also get the social, guided and safety elements of more traditional tours, so we really are the best of both worlds,” says Bubowsky. “We really try to get agents to focus on the value that Busabout can add for their clients.”Busabout has some serious savings to consider for 2018 travel, with many price reductions announced. For example, the two-week pass for Europe is down 8% in price, while the one-month pass is down 20%. Also on offer for Asia is the Unlimited Pass, where for $5,999 clients can travel once on all Busabout Asia trips within a three-month period. Finally, the Early Booking Deals booking incentive has been extended until the end of January where an additional 15% savings in possible.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJTo incentivize agents, Busabout is offering a spot on the All-Star Greece FAM with all expenses paid, including flights. The trip will include both a mainland itinerary as well as island hopping. The top two selling agents from the region will be invited, plus another three wildcards.“We don’t hold anything back on this FAM and it is a ton of fun,” says Bennett. “The agents love it because it’s a multi-region FAM, so it’s not just Canadians with Canadians, but you get to experience the Busabout product, the Busabout way, which is with people from all over the world having a good time.”The company recently announced that it will be entering the USA market in 2019, offering a similar hop-on-hop-off bus network for independent travellers who are looking for flexibility. No details on destinations, routes or pricing have been announced at this time.“85% of our product operates in Europe, which is where we started, then South East Asia, and now we are planning to move into the U.S. in 2019,” says Bennett. “This will be a brand new destination for us, and again this is market driven. We have customers who have done Europe then Asia, they love the product, love the brand, love the way we operate, and they are looking for more so we are expanding our destinations.”New winter ski itineraries will also be on offer for the 2018-19 ski season.Other highlights from the new 2018-19 program include:NEW 2-day Croatian Adventure: A much sought-after itinerary with travellers, this trip visits the iconic Plitvice National Park and its spectacular waterfalls, as well as Krka National Park where visitors are able to swim amongst the waterfalls. As these magnificent sites are difficult to visit independently, Busabout takes out all the hassle.NEW Ultimate Eastern Adventure (+ Eastern Highlights and Eastern Trail): This incredible 15-day itinerary explores not only the highlights of Eastern Europe, but some truly off-the-beaten-path gems across Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia.NEW Ski Festivals – Above & Below Ski Adventure and Rise Festival: For the 2018/19 winter season, Busabout is offering the ultimate freestyle Winter Adventures – passengers can ski down the pristine slopes of the French Alps, party in mountain bars and check out those incredible views.NEW Hop-On Hop-Off destinations: Bologna, Austrian Alps, Zakopane, Evora, Santiago de Compostela; now featuring 47 destinations in 15 countries across Europe.5-day Southern Thailand Adventure – Embrace the heat, swim in jungle rivers and explore the everchanging culture and landscapes of Thailand. Busabout guests will stay on floating riverside bungalows, visit a sustainable elephant sanctuary, explore Bangkok’s off-the-beaten track sights such as Chinatown, discover the incredible Wat Arun and Wat Pho temples and spend lazy days on the beach.6-day Southern Vietnam Adventure – Gain insight into the daily life of this previously war-torn country. Now including an overnight train from Hoi An to Nha Trang, meaning Busabout travellers gain a whole extra day in Hoi An, making sure there is enough time to enjoy this amazing UNESCO town and all the intoxicating street food it has to offer.10-day Thai Island Hopper – Gorging on curries, dancing until dawn and chilling out on amazing beaches, travellers should be ready for the perfect balance of party and relaxation. This year, Busabout has built in twin-share accommodation into this island-hopping trip, with the option to upgrade to hotel and resort stays. Not only that, they are taking travellers to islands with fewer crowds, visiting the next big thing in the Thai Islands, the hidden gem, Koh Lanta.24-day Vietnam and Cambodia Adventure – Ready to fall in love with traditions, tastes and temples? In 2018 guests will gain two extra nights in Phnom Penh before they move onto a countryside bike tour in Battambang, visiting several local homes throughout the Cambodian village to learn about the livelihoods of the community.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthFor more information, visit busabout.com.center_img Share Tags: Busabout << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more