Indigenous energy summit includes session on pipeline ownership options

Indigenous energy summit includes session on pipeline ownership options

13 October 0

first_imgCompanies mentioned in this article: (TSX:CN, TSX:KML)The Canadian Press CALGARY — First Nations that produce oil and gas in Canada will hear presentations Wednesday at the Indigenous Energy Summit on how they might take ownership of major energy projects, including the Trans Mountain pipeline.Steven Saddleback of the Indian Resource Council says a session will feature presentations on financing models that could be followed to allow ownership of major projects including the oil pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C.When the federal government bought Trans Mountain and its controversial expansion project from Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. last year for $4.5 billion, it signalled that it did not intend to hold it for the long term and that potential buyers included Indigenous groups.Saddleback says other potential “long-term viable opportunities” to be discussed at the summit on the Tsuut’ina Nation outside Calgary include Canadian National Railway Co.’s proposal to make pellets from oilsands bitumen — dubbed “CanaPux” — for easier transportation to customers in Asia.The Indian Resource Council, which has about 130 members, is to hold its annual general meeting on Thursday.IRC member Bernard Shepherd, a councillor for Saskatchewan’s Whitebear First Nation, says Trans Mountain could be a good long-term investment and financing would not necessarily be an insurmountable obstacle.“Some of the other activities going on around the pipeline offer short-term jobs but I think actually investing in it, owning it, I think that’s where there’s a long-term revenue stream,” he said.He said he doesn’t think Indigenous ownership would necessarily help ensure the pipeline expansion is built, given the opposition from some environmental and Indigenous groups.last_img read more

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Torontoarea retailer to test Loop reusable packaging system later this year

Torontoarea retailer to test Loop reusable packaging system later this year

12 October 0

TORONTO — Canadian efforts to reduce single-use plastic will get a boost this year when a major retailer is slated to launch a test of reusable packaging in the most populated part of the country.The chain’s identity is expected to be unveiled this spring with online operations starting by year-end, says the founder of recycler TerraCycle’s Loop.“I say this as a Canadian, I’m super excited about getting Loop to Canada. I think it will resonate really well with the public there,” says Tom Szaky, who grew up in Toronto.Residents within a 200- to 300-hundred kilometre radius of Canada’s largest city will be able to purchase hundreds of products in reusable packaging made by some of the world’s leading brands, including Proctor & Gamble, Unilever and Nestle.Goods ranging from Haagen-Dazs ice cream to shampoo, toothbrushes and laundry detergent packaged in especially designed reusable containers will be ordered online from the retailer’s e-commerce site and delivered along with other store purchases. In-store purchases are expected to follow about six months later.Cold-pressed juice startup Greenhouse Juice Co. will also participate in the project, demonstrating that it’s not just suitable for “big behemoths,” he said.The system is akin to the old milkman delivery service that was ubiquitous in the 1950s and 1960s. “Loop is very much a reboot of an old idea but done in a very modern setting,” said Szaky.A deposit will be charged for the container which will be refunded when the unwashed vessel is returned at the next delivery or at the store.The recycling effort is being launched as corporations — including large retailers, airlines and fast-food chains — have joined a global bandwagon aimed at reducing single-use plastics. The material has attracted negative attention from images of a floating garbage island in the Pacific Ocean and tangled ocean wildlife.Retailers including Ikea, Walmart, KFC, A&W, Starbucks and Subway have promised to eliminate plastic straws and are looking for plastic alternatives for lids and cutlery. Air Canada says it will replace millions of plastic stir sticks with wood on all flights starting this summer. Tim Hortons’ parent company says it will unveil efforts to tackle the issue in the coming months, begin testing a new strawless lid this year and increase the amount of recycled content in packaging.Retailers, suppliers, consumer goods companies and governments are taking action after research has disclosed the size of the challenge, says Kathleen McLaughlin, chief sustainability officer at Walmart Inc.The world’s largest retailer has promised in Canada to further reduce check-out plastic bags, replace plastic straws with paper and eliminate “hard-to-recycle” PVC, expanded polystyrene and unnecessary plastic packaging in all its own private brand products. McLaughlin denies that Walmart is merely engaging in public-relations exercise.“No this is real action,” she said in an interview. “We are trying to change the way that people produce and consume products.”Loblaw Companies Ltd. says it is looking for solutions both to plastic and food waste and has taken action to reduce plastic check-out bags, increase recyclable packaging and eliminate synthetic microbeads in its private label products.“The challenge of plastics won’t be solved by one-off actions. It requires the work of industry, government and consumers – and a system built to address the environmental, social and business opportunities and risks associated with waste,” spokesman Kevin Groh wrote in an email.Metro Inc. expects to unveil its approach to reducing waste, including plastic by mid-year. Sobey’s says it agrees with customers who complain that there is too much plastic packaging, adding it is working with suppliers and industry partners to reduce the amount of plastic used in packaging and other products.While agreeing that plastic waste is unacceptable, the Canadian plastics industry pushes back against attacks on a lightweight, cost-efficient product that extends the life of produce and supports food safety.“I don’t think these companies are fully looking at the science,” said Joe Hruska, vice-president of sustainability at the Canadian Plastics Industry Association. “They are like any company, reacting to consumer pressure and the consumers just don’t know the facts.”He points to a 2016 study by Trucost, an environmental data and risk analysis firm, that concludes replacing plastics with alternative materials would almost quadruple environmental costs because less plastic material is used “throughout the whole lifecycle” of the products.Canadians generate about 3.25 million tonnes of plastic waste, or about 140,000 garbage trucks’ worth, each year, according to Greenpeace Canada.Sarah King, head of an oceans and plastics campaign for the environmental group, says there’s too much reliance on improving the recyclability or increasing recycled content even though just 10 to 12 per cent of goods are recycled in Canada.For too long the onus has been unfairly placed on consumers to recycle better and dispose of things properly instead of requiring major corporations that produce the packaging to find alternatives, said King.“We want to go back to a model that is more holistic and is more not so disposal-centric,” she said.Szaky said Loop puts the ownership of the containers back to manufacturers who will then be motivated to make packaging durable.The system will launch in New York and Paris this spring.Additional Canadian cities, likely starting in western provinces, will be added as a distribution network is built.Loop is just one of many strategies that have to be implemented to tackle the problem, says Tony Walker, assistant professor at the School for Resource and Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University.“There’s no one answer to this problem. It’s a very complex environmental challenge so there’s no one silver bullet. We just have to hit it with many solutions.”Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press read more

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Top Shaw Communications executive Paul Robertson dies from pancreatic cancer

Top Shaw Communications executive Paul Robertson dies from pancreatic cancer

08 October 0

CALGARY — A top executive at Shaw Communications Inc. has died from pancreatic cancer.Paul Robertson, the executive vice-president and president of Shaw Media, died on Tuesday. He was 59.“Paul’s passionate contribution to the Canadian media industry, his warm, personal leadership style and infectious sense of humour made him truly one of a kind,” the company said in a statement Wednesday.Before joining Shaw in 2010, Robertson was the president of television at Corus Entertainment, and the senior vice-president of sales and marketing at CTV.Shaw Communications Inc. is a communications and media company that provides consumers with broadband cable television, high-speed Internet, home phone, serving 3.2 million customers. It operates Global Television and 19 specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY and Showcase.Robertson is survived by his wife, Carole, and daughter, Danielle. read more

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UNbacked meeting opens Monday on curbing worlds most dangerous pollutants

UNbacked meeting opens Monday on curbing worlds most dangerous pollutants

06 October 0

As part of a United Nations-backed effort to rid the planet of some of the worst pollutants tied to cancer, birth defects and immune system damage, 800 government officials and observers from 130 countries will gather next week in Uruguay for the first meeting of a treaty banning the world’s most dangerous pesticides and chemicals.The UN-backed Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), which entered into force on 17 May 2004, targets 12 hazardous pesticides and industrial chemicals, and a key task of the five-day conference, known formally as the First Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention, is to establish a process for evaluating future candidates to add to the initial list.“The Stockholm Convention will save lives and protect the natural environment – particularly in the poorest communities and countries,” said Executive Director Klaus Toepfer of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), under whose auspices the Convention was adopted in 2001.“Eliminating POPs, however, will cost billions of dollars and require countries to adopt new methods and technologies to replace these toxic substances. The hard work has only just begun,” he said of next week’s gathering in Punta del Este.Every human in the world carries in his or her body traces of POPs, which circulate globally through a process known as the “grasshopper effect” and include such chemicals as dioxins, furans, DDT and PCBs, agents that that can kill people, damage the nervous and immune systems, cause cancer and reproductive disorders and interfere with normal infant and child development.POPs released in one part of the world can, through a repeated process of evaporation and deposit, be transported through the atmosphere to regions far away from the original source. Though not soluble in water, they are readily absorbed in fatty tissue, where concentrations can become magnified by up to 70,000 times background levels. Fish, predatory birds and mammals in the food chain absorb them. When they travel, POPs go with them.One of the main challenges to meeting the Convention’s goal involves minimizing and eliminating releases of dioxins and furans, by-products of combustion and industrial processes, which will require expensive new technologies. The meeting aims to advance this with Guidelines on Best Available Techniques and Environmental Practices.Also high on the agenda is the phasing out of DDT without undermining the fight against malaria, a major killer in many tropical regions. Until safe and affordable alternatives are in place, governments can continue using DDT, and the conference will evaluate the continued need and consider next steps.Alternatives also need to be developed to combating termites, which cause billions of dollars in economic damage, and the meeting will consider procedures for handling future requests by governments for exemptions enabling them to continue using three POPs termiticides.Another major challenge involves cleaning up polychlorinated biphenols (PCBs) from ageing equipment. PCBs have been used in electrical transformers and other equipment for decades, and must be replaced over the next 20 years. But most developing countries currently lack facilities, funds and expertise to do so.The 12 POPs include nine pesticides (aldrin, chlordane, DDT, dieldrin, endrin, heptachlor, hexachlorobenzene, mirex and toxaphene); two industrial chemicals (PCBs as well as hexachlorobenzene, also used as a pesticide); and unintentional by-products, most importantly dioxins and furans. read more

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General Electric earnings rise slightly in 2Q beat forecasts by a penny

General Electric earnings rise slightly in 2Q beat forecasts by a penny

04 October 0

NEW YORK, N.Y. – An improving outlook for the U.S. economy and signs of stabilization in Europe sent General Electric shares to their highest level since 2008 despite modest quarterly results.“Orders in the U.S. were the strongest in some time,” CEO Jeff Immelt said on a conference call with investors following the release of the company’s second-quarter results Friday.Immelt said the U.S. economic environment remained “mixed,” but his outlook marked an improvement from recent quarters, when he expressed more caution about the U.S. market.GE, based in Fairfield, Conn., has a broad view of the global economy because it sells a wide variety of industrial equipment and appliances around the world, including jet engines, medical diagnostic equipment, oil and gas drilling equipment and washing machines.GE’s net income rose 6 per cent in the first half of the year, and the improved outlook raised hopes of even better growth in the second half.GE shares rose $1.09, or 4.6 per cent, to close at $24.72 Friday. They went as high as $24.95, the highest intraday level since September of 2008, when the shares were in the midst of a plunge brought on by the financial crisis.The recovery in GE shares is not quite complete — shares would have to rise another 15 per cent to reach the roughly $30 per share they were trading at before the financial crisis hit.But the improvement in the company’s share price represents confidence in the company’s transformation to a more focused industrial conglomerate. GE is dramatically shrinking its banking division — the giant financial services arm that threatened to pull the company apart during the financial crisis — and shed media and other non-industrial businesses.“A GE back to its core roots is a very compelling investment story,” wrote Scott Davis, an analyst at Barclays. “This is the GE we grew up with.”At the same time, the company has beefed up divisions that industrial equipment such as gas-fired turbines and oil and gas drilling equipment.GE earned $3.13 billion in the second quarter, up from $3.11 billion a year earlier. On a per share basis, the company earned 30 cents, up from 29 cents. Revenue fell 4 per cent, to $35.12 billion from $36.5 billion.Adjusted to reflect earnings from continuing operations, GE earned 36 cents per share. That’s 2 cents less than adjusted earnings last year, but one cent better than analysts polled by FactSet had expected.GE said orders for new equipment and services grew 20 per cent in the U.S. during the quarter. In Europe, orders grew 2 per cent after falling 17 per cent in the first quarter, helped by oil and gas orders in the North Sea and aviation equipment and services.“In the GE world at least (Europe) seems to have stabilized,” Immelt said.Emerging markets remained strong, he said.The company’s total orders for new business rose $7 billion, or 4 per cent, last quarter to a record $223 billion. Orders for oil and gas drilling equipment and energy management equipment showed especially strong growth; orders for transportation and power and water equipment fell.Profit margins for industrial segments rose 0.5 per cent in the quarter and remain on track to post growth of 0.7 per cent for the full year, GE said. GE Capital earnings fell 9 per cent for the year.Christian Mayes, an analyst at Edward Jones, called the quarter “ho-hum” but noticed some encouraging signs for GE. Revenue slipped at the company’s power and water division, which sells and services gas-fired turbines, wind turbines, and water treatment equipment, but the division’s profits returned to more normal levels after a first quarter he called “a mess.”He was also encouraged by the improved outlook for the U.S., echoing recent comments by other industrial companies, and by GE’s push to further improve profit margins later this year.“The back half of the year should be better for GE,” he said.____Follow Jonathan Fahey on Twitter at http://twitter.com/JonathanFahey . AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email General Electric earnings rise slightly in 2Q, beat forecasts by a penny; US business picks up by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press Posted Jul 19, 2013 6:54 am MDT read more

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AP Source Volkswagen reaches 147B emissions settlement

AP Source Volkswagen reaches 147B emissions settlement

03 October 0

SAN FRANCISCO – Volkswagen would repair or buy back polluting diesel vehicles and pay each owner as much as $10,000 under a $14.7 billion deal the car maker has reached to settle lawsuits stemming from its emissions cheating scandal, a person briefed on the settlement talks said Monday.The figure would be the largest auto scandal settlement in U.S. history and a huge step in Volkswagen’s efforts to address the legal fallout from its admission that its vehicles were designed to fool emissions tests.The deal sets aside $10 billion to repair or buy back roughly 475,000 polluting Volkswagen vehicles with 2-litre diesel engines, and to compensate each owner with an additional payment of between $5,100 and $10,000, the person said. The person asked not to be identified because the deal will not be filed in court until Tuesday, and a judge has ordered attorneys not to talk about it before then.How VW would repair the vehicles to bring them into compliance with clean air laws has not yet been finalized, the person said.Owners who choose to have VW buy back their cars would get the clean trade-in value from before the scandal became public on Sept. 18, 2015. The average value of a VW diesel has dropped 19 per cent since just before the scandal began. In August of 2015, the average was $13,196, and this May it was $10,674, according to Kelley Blue Book.The settlement still requires a judge’s approval before it can go into effect. Owners can choose to decline Volkswagen’s offer and sue the company on their own.The settlement also includes $2.7 billion for environmental mitigation and another $2 billion for research on zero-emissions technology, the person said.Don Marron, a banker from Allentown, Pennsylvania, who owns a 2012 Jetta SportWagen diesel, said he’s glad Volkswagen is offering more compensation than earlier reports had suggested. But Marron wants assurance that if Volkswagen fixes his car but he doesn’t like the way it performs, the company will still buy it back. And if he keeps his car and saves Volkswagen money, he wants compensation for doing that.“At this moment, I don’t know anything more than I did a couple of months ago,” he said.The scandal erupted in September when it was learned that the German automaker had fitted many of its cars with software to fool emissions tests and had put dirty vehicles on the road. Investigators determined that the cars emitted more than 40 times the legal limit of nitrogen oxide, which can cause respiratory problems in humans. Car owners and the U.S. Department of Justice sued.VW is still facing billions more in fines and penalties, a lawsuit by state attorneys general and potential criminal charges.The $14.7 billion settlement also does not include another roughly 90,000 3-litre Volkswagen diesels, which had another version of cheating software.VW in April took an $18.2 billion charge to cover the cost of the global scandal, which includes a total of 11 million vehicles worldwide.The company has admitted developing sophisticated software that determined when the cars were being tested by the EPA on a treadmill-like device called a dynamometer and turned on the pollution controls. Once all wheels began spinning and the steering wheel was turned, the controls were turned off.The company, which knew the EPA’s testing routine, got away with the scam for seven years before being caught by the International Council on Clean Transportation, which hired West Virginia University to test a VW in real roads conditions.___Krisher reported from Detroit. Associated Press writer Dee-Ann Durbin in Detroit contributed to this report. by Tom Krisher And Sudhin Thanawala, The Associated Press Posted Jun 27, 2016 4:01 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 27, 2016 at 8:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email AP Source: Volkswagen reaches $14.7B emissions settlement FILE – In this Feb. 14, 2013, file photo, the Volkswagen logo is seen on the grill of a Volkswagen on display in Pittsburgh. Volkswagen would repair or buy back polluting vehicles and pay each owner as much as $10,000 under a $14.7 billion deal the car maker has reached to settle lawsuits stemming from its emissions cheating scandal, a person briefed on the settlement talks said Monday, June 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) read more

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SMMT Update – 28 July 2011

SMMT Update – 28 July 2011

02 October 0

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Research grant and award deadlines nearing

Research grant and award deadlines nearing

02 October 0

The Office of Research Services is reminding faculty of upcoming internal and external applications in March:Chancellors Chair for Research Excellence, March 1, 4:30 p.m.Distinguished Researcher and Creative Activity Award, March 1, 4:30 p.m.Match of Minds (research employment opportunities for students), March 2, noonJohn Evans Leadership Fund (JELF), Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), March 28, 4:30 p.m.For more information or application forms, click on the links provided or contact Biljana Vasilevska, Research Officer, bvasilevska@brocku.ca. read more

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Buckeyes Matta in favor of tournament expansion

Buckeyes Matta in favor of tournament expansion

28 September 0

You can never have too much of a good thing. Just ask the NCAA.Although the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is one of the more popular sporting events in the country, coaches, school presidents and athletic directors from around the nation met last week to discuss a possible change. The discussions focused on a potential increase of the tournament from 65 to as many as 96 teams.A final decision was not made, nor is it expected to be anytime soon.The possible expansion has received mixed reviews throughout the country, but Ohio State coach Thad Matta said he loves the idea.“I think it would be excellent, I really do,” Matta said. “I think that you look at what used to be 16 [teams] and then I think they took it to 24 then to 32, 48 and 64. I think that that would be a great thing.”Some speculate that the longer list of tournament invitees would give teams from mid-major conferences a better chance to play in the postseason. It is possible that the extra round could serve as a play-in round for smaller schools that would otherwise be denied the opportunity.Others, however, suggest that the extra round would be filled with more teams from the power conferences, such as the Big Ten. It is thought that teams that finish at or near .500 in their conference could get the nod over the smaller schools to fill the additional spots.Matta made it very clear which side of the argument he supports.“I’d say the Big Ten,” Matta said when asked whether he’d like to see teams from his own conference or mid-major conferences make the tournament. “I know this [conference] is hard. I know what it takes to go through a stretch like we do of 18 Big Ten games.”One concern Matta did express with the expansion was a potential decreased interest in the regular season — games that the coach said are what makes college basketball so great.“The greatest thing I ever heard was from John Wooden and he said, ‘People put too much emphasis on the last game of the year,’” Matta said. “There is so much excitement along the way and I think that we lose the sight of what’s happening now as it’s all geared toward getting into the NCAA Tournament. There is so much great basketball to be played in the month of February and even in early March.”A possible solution to Matta’s problem would be an increase in high-profile, out-of-conference matchups, a change that he said would be rather easy.“[A larger tournament] allows you to be a little more risky in your non-conference schedule,” he said. “We’ve [played] Tennessee, we’ve done Florida and we’ve done LSU, but you can get out and do those things a little bit better and know that you’re going to be rewarded.”Even given his concern, Matta was clear that he felt an expanded tournament would be in the best interest of college basketball. There are some, like OSU junior David Lighty, who see the situation a little differently.Lighty doesn’t see a need for a change, but unlike his coach who seemed concerned about bettering the entire sport, his opinion was based on more selfish reasoning.“I like it how it is,” Lighty said. “As long as we’re in it.” read more

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Early bed time could be warning sign for heart problems in men

Early bed time could be warning sign for heart problems in men

25 September 0

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. While early nights were linked with higher blood pressure, getting more sleep was unlikely to do anything to help the condition, they cautioned. Despite going to bed earlier, those with high blood pressure managed no more sleep overall – and scored significantly worse in tools used to measure the quality of slumber. On average, those with high blood pressure – also called hypertension – scored 5.3 in assessments, where a score of five or more indicted poor sleep quality. Among those with normal blood pressure, the score was 4.7, according to the study findings, presented at the European Society of Cardiology, in Rome. Men who want an early night could be showing a warning sign of heart problems, medics have warned.A study of 2,400 adults found that among men, bed times were significantly earlier among those suffering from high blood pressure.On average, those with the condition – one of the key risks for heart disease – retired for the night 18 minutes earlier than those without it.And once they got to bed, those with high blood pressure were significantly more likely to spent the night tossing and turning, the Japanese study found. Researchers said the desire to turn in early could be a clue to health problems which might otherwise be missed. Lead researcher Dr Nobuo Sasaki, from Hiroshima University, said: “Early bed times were associated with hypertension independent of anything else.”Researchers said those with high blood pressure might tend to prefer earlier nights because their underlying health was worse, making them more tired. But they said it was also possible that the condition could alter the body clock, causing “abnormal circadian rhythms” which left them exhausted in the evenings, but likely to lie awake at night. The study, of adults aged between 40 and 60, showed that the average bed time of those with high blood pressure was  11.10pm, while for those with normal pressure it was  11.28pm.British experts said anyone with concerns about blood pressure should get it checked.Both groups slept for an average of 6.2 hours – though the group with high blood pressure lay awake for longer.  Professor Jeremy Pearson, Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, said: “People often have raised blood pressure without knowing it, but it is unlikely that a tendency to go to bed early is the best way to detect this – you should check your blood pressure regularly and see your GP if you are concerned.”last_img read more

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Bartosz Jurecki to leave Magdeburg after 9 years

Bartosz Jurecki to leave Magdeburg after 9 years

22 September 0

One of the most experienced Polish players, Bartosz Jurecki (35) will leave SC Magdeburg after nine years of playing there. Negotiations between the “Gladiators” and Jurecki about the contract extension wasn’t successful, so Polish NT line-player will leave the team next summer – 2015 and probably take the chance to play some more years in some of the domestic teams.Jurecki came to SC Magdeburg in 2006, just at the beginning of the Polish handball revolution which started with the silver medal at World Championship 2007 in Germany. ← Previous Story TOP 20 TRANSFERS IN WOMEN’S HANDBALL: Bulatovic and Penezic the names of summer 2014! Next Story → “Kiel for free” only in Zagreb! Bartosz JureckiSC Magdeburg read more

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Lucky escape for pilot after helicopter crashes in field next to primary

Lucky escape for pilot after helicopter crashes in field next to primary

22 September 0

first_img[Alan Hoare Photography]A HELICOPTER PILOT had a lucky escape this afternoon, after his aircraft crashed into a field and was almost broken in two in Kinnity, Co Offaly.According to witnesses at the scene, the small craft hit overhead cables as it was coming in to land next to Kinnity National School, at around 3.40pm.The pilot – who was the only occupant – was uninjured in the incident, according to a Garda spokesperson.The local fire service also responded to the scene. [Alan Hoare Photography]A couple had hired the aircraft to bring them from their wedding reception to a hotel in Roscrea.The Department of Transport’s Air Accident Investigation Unit has been informed of the crash, and is expected to carry out an investigation.Read: Strike by Irish Rail workers to hit All-Ireland semi and finalsRead: Strike by Irish Rail workers to hit All-Ireland semi and finalslast_img read more

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Google investit une nouvelle fois dans lénergie éolienne

Google investit une nouvelle fois dans lénergie éolienne

20 September 0

first_imgGoogle investit une nouvelle fois dans l’énergie éolienneÉtats-Unis – Le géant de la recherche sur Internet vient de signer un contrat sur vingt ans avec la société NextEra Energy Resources, afin de s’approvisionner à prix fixe en énergie éolienne.Déjà très investi dans les technologies vertes et notamment dans l’énergie solaire, Google a annoncé sur son blog avoir conclu un accord d’une durée de vingt ans avec un fournisseur d’énergie éolienne. Un parc éolien situé dans l’Iowa devrait fournir 114 mégawatts d’énergie renouvelable à la firme de Moutain View.À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?Google ne précise pas quelle utilisation sera faite de cette électricité. Il pourrait en revendre une partie grâce au statut de distributeur d’électricité qu’il a obtenu en début d’année par l’intermédiaire de sa filière Google Energy. “Notre engagement à long terme libère directement des capitaux permettant de construire d’autres projets éoliens”, souligne Google. Et d’ajouter : “Incorporer une aussi grande quantité d’énergie dans notre portefeuille est compliqué (…) mais cette énergie est suffisante pour alimenter plusieurs data centers”, ces derniers étant particulièrement énergivores.Google qui affiche depuis 2007 un objectif de bilan carbone neutre, a déjà investi 40 millions de dollars en mai dernier dans deux parcs éoliens du Dakota du Nord, eux aussi développés par NextEra.Le 23 juillet 2010 à 14:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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78yearold iconic Elite Cinema of Kolkata closed forever

31 August 0

first_imgKolkata: Once owned by 20th Century Fox, the iconic Elite Cinema here has joined the list of single screens dropping curtains forever, unable to cope with competition in an era of multiplexes and the internet. The 78-year old auditorium in central Kolkata ended its journey with a notice pasted at the entrance that announced “permanent and irrevocable closure” with effect from June 1.Manager Shambhukumar Batabyal admitted that the owners have been incurring huge losses. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”We have 1,228 seats…. the average of seat occupancy throughout the year is just 1-2 per cent, which makes it difficult for us to run it,” he said. An IANS correspondent on Wednesday found the gates of Elite Cinema locked with none of its employees seen in the vicinity.Located in the bustling Dharamsala area, the hall till a few years back was a popular draw among the youth as also families. It boasts of an enviable guest list including the likes of Raj Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedWith the advent of multiplexes and fast internet, Elite cinema, like most other single screens, had lost its sheen.”It pulled huge crowds in the past, but the struggle began since last five years. Everyone now visits a multiplex in a mall or streams videos on their mobile,” said Tarachand, the owner of an adjoining betel shop running for almost 60 years.Elite Cinema was opened on August 2, 1940 and was thronged by the ‘elite’ of erstwhile Calcutta, but on May 31 it ended its last show silently owing to the lack of audience. The notice mentions that the management is unable to run the theatre due to heavy losses and debts. All the terminated employees have been asked to collect all their legal dues.Elite Cinema was once owned by 20th Century Fox and famous photographic studio Bourne & Shepherd. Classics like “Gone with the Wind”, “Sound of Music” and “My Fair Lady” had been screened here successfully for the audience.Old timers still recall the mammoth queues during the screening of Amitabh Bachchan-starrer “Shahenshah”.The cinema hall also had a bar attached which managed to attract a few footfalls. It was also closed in the month of March.”The bar still managed to bring some business but with its closure on March 31, that also started diminishing,” said the betel shop owner.Previously, many other halls in the city have ended their show. Metro, Grace, Ujjwala, Orient, Purna have become a part of history.last_img read more

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Colin is sick of people telling him Deshaun Watson isnt the 1

30 August 0

first_img Advertisement Colin also can’t wrap his head around how so many NFL experts were in love with Johnny Manziel during the pre-draft process, despite his personal baggage, but can’t get on board with Watson.From a physical standpoint, Watson has a similar skill set to Manziel, with superior talent, and none of the dark personal issues. People were ready to go to the mat for JFF, but can’t seem to get there with Watson. It’s baffling.“How in the world can you love Johnny Manziel and you don’t get Deshaun Watson?I get all the maturity, coachability, size with Deshaun Watson without all the Samsonite baggage of johnny Manziel. I don’t get it.”Here’s Colin’s full rant on Watson getting jobbed in the NFL pre-draft process: Colin has been consistent in saying that he thinks Clemson’s Deshaun Watson is the best quarterback in this year’s NFL Draft class, and he just can’t understand the lengths to which some critics in the draft process will go to point out his weaknesses. He was clearly the best quarterback at the combine, but some scouts and front office people still aren’t ready to commit. What more do you want to see?Colin doesn’t think Watson is an elite NFL prospect along the lines of Luck, and he did throw a lot of picks in college, but he loves his high completion percentage, high number of starts and that he played his best games against the best teams in the biggest moments. He just beat Nick Saban and Alabama to win a national championship in case your TV was broken.It baffles him how a quarterback like DeShone Kizer, who had a 12-11 record as a starter at Notre Dame, a completion percentage below 60%, and was awful late in games, is touted in the pre-draft process for his measurables and “high ceiling.” In his game film from this year, his measurables and upside looked terrible.I’m watching this draft and everyone keeps telling me Deshaun Watson has a “low ceiling.”Hey, a “low ceiling” is a luxury item for all the teams that can get Deshaun Watson. Here’s what you get. Maturity. Stability. Success. Workaholic. Production.Don’t worry about the ceiling, get guys who are reliable.”last_img read more

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27 August 0

first_imgFeature | June 29, 2011 | By Kathy Schilling, M.D., Medical Director of Imaging and Intervention, Women?s Center/Center for Breast Care, Boca Raton Regional Hospital PET-Guided Breast Biopsy: A Case Study Positron emission mammography helps verify that targeted tissues are sampled News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more These photos compare the screening mammogram and the diagnostic PEM.Image-guided percutaneous vacuum-assisted core biopsy plays a crucial role in the initial diagnosis and subsequent pre-surgical planning of women with breast cancer. Stereotactic X-rays, ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) have been used to guide biopsies. The choice of the imaging modality used is typically based on the modality that visualizes the lesion best, the size and location of the target lesion, and equipment availability.Functional imaging with positron emission tomography (PET) using fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) has an advantage in that it relies on differences in cellular metabolic activity. One could then hypothesize that if this form of molecular imaging achieved high enough spatial resolution, it could be used to guide the tissue sampling and may allow for a more reliable sampling of viable tumor tissue. Positron emission mammography (PEM), a high-resolution breast PET scanner, relies on differences in glucose metabolism to identify breast cancers from normal breast cells. Using PEM, we have an opportunity to find cancers at an even earlier stage than that detected with breast MRI, and we may even have the opportunity to find atypia because it changes cellular metabolism prior to the advent of neoangiogenesis. PEM has been shown in recently published prospective data to have similar sensitivity and superior specificity to breast MRI.PEM Biopsy Provides Quick FeedbackThe Naviscan PEM scanner is a small, compact, mobile device, similar in size to conventional ultrasound devices. It uses plates that house detectors which are able to mimic mammographic views and permit imaging in the CC and MLO projections, as well as visualization of the axilla with mere gentle immobilization. Since 2008, the Stereo Navigator PEM-guided biopsy accessory has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This necessary additional tool allows biopsy of lesions down to 1.3 mm, which may only be visible or accessible on PEM. The biopsy procedure is similar to an upright stereotactic biopsy, with the patient seated with her head resting on the paddle. In our experience, this procedure seems to be well-tolerated by patients, particularly if they are claustrophobic, kyphotic or otherwise contraindicated for MRI. After the procedure is completed, specimens are imaged to confirm uptake above level of background with immediate feedback that biopsy has been successful. This is unlike MRI biopsy, where we are required to wait for final pathologic diagnosis by the pathologist to determine concordance.A Case Study Illustrates this ApproachThe following case study demonstrates the strength of this PET-guided biopsy approach. A 55-year-old post-menopausal woman presented for routine screening mammogram. Bilateral mammography showed scattered fibro-glandular densities. A new 5 mm irregular spiculated density was seen in the right breast at the 1 o’clock position, 7 cm posterior to the nipple, and evaluated as BIRADS-5, highly suspicious of malignancy. (See photos.) A targeted ultrasound failed to identify the lesion. A biopsy under stereotactic guidance was recommended.The pathology from the stereotactic biopsy was benign glandular tissue, which was thought to be discordant. In addition, the patient suffered a large hematoma. A delayed right breast needle-localized excisional biopsy of the tissue marker was performed after resolution of the hematoma and development of two new areas of fat necrosis. Pathology yielded discordant benign results once again, but the patient remained BIRADS-5. MRI could not be performed due to the patient’s weight. Subsequent organ-specific breast PET or PEM imaging showed a post-surgical rim of 18 F-FDG uptake consistent with granulation at the site of excisional biopsy with modest uptake of FDG. In addition, a 9 mm oval lesion of intense FDG uptake was identified contiguous with the inferior aspect of the biopsy cavity consistent with suspected malignancy. (See photo.) Two adjacent areas of mild FDG uptake were consistent in location and activity with areas of fat necrosis seen mammographically. The patient then underwent one of the first PET-guided breast biopsies as part of a clinical trial.High-resolution breast PET-guided biopsy was performed using Naviscan’s Stereo Navigator software to target the lesion and provide direction on the best approach for vacuum-assisted biopsy (done using a Suros ATEC 9 gauge from Hologic). The four-scan biopsy process typically takes about 20 minutes.The Stereo Navigator targets the lesion in three dimensions. Two biopsy passes were made to ensure adequate sampling. The biopsy cores were imaged on the PEM scanner and showed high levels of FDG uptake, confirming that the lesion had been accurately sampled, similar to how calcifications are imaged using stereotactic methods. Histopathology of the core biopsy found Grade III infiltrating ductal carcinoma, finally, concordant pathology. The patient was referred for definitive surgical excision. Final surgical pathology showed residual high-grade intraductal carcinoma. This patient’s case illustrates how PEM confirmed that the lesion seen on anatomical imaging, which was worrisome for malignancy, can be localized confidently by the high FDG uptake levels. It also demonstrates the accuracy of PEM-guided biopsy to localize, target and verify that targeted tissues have been sampled. Further, this case highlights how molecular imaging, PEM in particular, can be used to problem-solve, even when a women’s imaging center has access to stereotactic-, ultrasound- and MRI-guided biopsy approaches. “This case beautifully shows how PEM not only identifies lesion location, but also can assist in identifying lesion pathology by assessing the quantitative uptake of FDG,” said Schilling. “In this case, we absolutely knew exactly which area of uptake corresponded to the suspected cancer. This patient, although not well suited for MRI, was successfully diagnosed using our newest tool, PEM.”Kathy Schilling, M.D., is medical director of imaging and intervention, Women’s Center/Center for Breast Care, Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Boca Raton, Fla. 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Bid to restore Sovietera Moscow statue raises controversy

18 August 0

first_img 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean MOSCOW (AP) — The Moscow city legislature on Wednesday gave the go-ahead for a popular vote on whether to restore the statue of the Soviet secret police’s founder to a square in central Moscow, but the city election commission vowed to block the motion.The statue of Felix Dzerzhinsky, the Bolshevik revolutionary nicknamed Iron Felix, stood outside KGB headquarters in Moscow until it was toppled by protesters in 1991 when the Soviet Union was heading to its breakup. 0 Comments   Share   Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Quick workouts for men Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober A statue of Felix Dzerzhinsky, the founder of the Soviet secret police, stands in the Museon Park, also known as Fallen Monument Park, in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. The Moscow city legislature has agreed to allow residents to decide whether the statue of Felix Dzerzhinsky should be restored to a square in central Moscow. The statue of the Bolshevik revolutionary known as Iron Felix stood outside KGB headquarters in Moscow until it was toppled by protesters in 1991 in the final months of the Soviet Union. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) Top holiday drink recipes Images of demonstrators dismantling the towering figure with the help of a construction crane were among the most iconic symbols of the Soviet collapse.Since then, Dzerzhinsky’s statue has remained in a downtown park along with other sculptures of Soviet leaders removed from their locations.Communists and other hardliners long have pushed for restoring the Dzerzhinsky monument to its original place, but authorities had ignored their demands until now.The main KGB successor, the FSB, has its main headquarters in the imposing building on Moscow’s Lubyanka Square.Wednesday’s decision by the city legislature allowed the Communist Party to go ahead and collect the nearly 150,000 signatures needed to hold a referendum in September.However, Moscow Election Commission spokesman Dmitry Reut said later that it wouldn’t allow the collection of signatures to start. Speaking to the Interfax news agency, he pointed at a law allowing the commission to act in such a way and said it would formally refuse on Thursday to register a group that would collect signatures for holding the vote.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Preferred Hotels Res

11 August 0

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterPreferred Hotels & Resorts has announced the addition of 35 new member hotels and resorts across 17 countries between 1 January to 31 March 2018. Whether looking to experience China, South America or a multitude of destinations in between, travellers can now enjoy #ThePreferredLife while staying at distinctive independent properties in even more exciting locales around the world.Highlights of the new hotel additions include:One World Hotel (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) – This elegant, award-winning hotel, offering 438 spacious rooms and suites and 4 on-site restaurants, is located in the heart of Petaling Jaya within walking distance to major shopping, entertainment, finance and business centres. One World Hotel is connected to one of the largest shopping malls in the world that boasts exciting recreational facilities such as Indoor Skydiving, a Surf Centre, two cinemas, Asia’s largest Indoor Climbing gym and a 36-lane bowling alley.Discover #ThePreferredLife – For a respite from city life, the concierge at the hotel can arrange a day trip to the Batu Caves, a limestone hill comprising three major caves and a 100-year-old Hindu temple that is regarded as an important religious landmark by devotees. The limestone formations within the caves are said to be around 400 million years old.Wanda Vista Beijing (Beijing, China) – Strategically located in the heart of Beijing’s CBD, the Wanda Vista Beijing is 5 minutes from the Guo Mao subway station that connects travellers to historical attractions like the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the shopping haven of Wangfujing Street. Guests will appreciate the hotel’s 417 rooms and suites that offer views of Beijing’s cityscape through floor-to-ceiling windows, the on-site Club Reign Spa that features a traditional Turkish bath and sumptuous international cuisine available at the hotel’s 5 dining venues.Discover #ThePreferredLife– Take a step back in time and delve into the rich cultural history of China with a visit to Beijing’s longest Hutong (an old residential lane or alley), Dong Xi Jiao Min Xiang, located a leisurely stroll away from Tiananmen Square.Hotel Unique (Sao Paulo, Brazil) – Located in the heart of Jardins, one of Sao Paulo’s most upmarket neighbourhoods, this award-winning hotel is designed by renowned architect Ruy Ohtake. Its distinctive crescent-shaped structure is considered an urban work of art and an architectural gem in Brazil. Featuring 84 modern rooms and 10 suites, Hotel Unique’s rooftop pool offers 360-degree views of the city, while its Skye Restaurant and Bar is consistently ranked among the world’s best.Discover #ThePreferredLife– Explore Ibirapuera Park, a lush green oasis just a 5-minute stroll from the hotel that boasts running trails, tree-lined walkways, bike paths, outdoor yoga and capoeira classes, as well as a handful of museums and galleries including the Museu Afro Brasil and Auditório Ibirapuera.The Source Hotel (Denver, Colorado) – Scheduled to open this summer, this new hotel will offer 100 Scandinavian modern-minimalistic styled rooms saturated with natural light and amazing views of the Denver skyline and the Rocky Mountains. The Source Hotel is adjacent to the Source Market, which has two market halls providing a collection of 25 artisans including a bakery, taqueria, modern wood-fired pizza restaurant, barber, art gallery, coffee shop, kitchen goods store, apparel shop, florist, brewery, barbecue and frequent pop-up events.Discover #ThePreferredLife– Enjoy freshly brewed micro-batch beers crafted from the on-site New Belgium Brewery at The Woods, the hotel’s rooftop gastropub and beer garden-themed restaurant while taking in Denver’s sunset city views.Le Richemond (Geneva, Switzerland) – This exquisite heritage hotel is located along the southern banks of Lake Geneva, offering guests picturesque views of the majestic Mont Blanc and the Jet d’Eau fountain in the distance. Featuring 109 elegantly appointed rooms and suites and the only Spa by Sisley in the country, Le Richemond is located just 10 minutes from the city centre, the Place du Bourg-de-Four (Geneva’s oldest public square), museums by Patek Philippe and Barbier Mueller, as well as the famous L’Horloge Fleurie (Flower Clock).Discover #ThePreferredLife– Hotel guests will be delighted with the close proximity of the Rue du Rhone shopping district, where the most prestigious brands in the world from horology, jewellery and fashion to master chocolatiers all converge in one fashionable street.Additional member hotels to join Preferred Hotels & Resorts in the first quarter of 2018 include:Asia Pacific:Reethi Faru Resort – MaldivesFeathers – A Radha Hotel Chennai – IndiaFortune Inn Promenadem Vadodara – IndiaAmericas:The Dominick – New York, USAAKA West Hollywood – California, USAThe Sunset Marquis Hotel & Villas – Los Angeles, California, USARoyalton Park Avenue – New York, USAHotel Xcaret Mexico – Playa del Carmen, MexicoHotel Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa – Cabo San Lucas, MexicoCasa Del Mar Golf Resort & Spa – San Jose del Cabo, MexicoSophy-Hyde Park – Chicago, Illinois, USAARC THE. Hotel – Washington DC, USAThe Park Hotel London – Ontario, CanadaEurope:Tamburlaine – Cambridge, United KingdomThe Grand Hotel & Spa – York, United KingdomThe Square Milano Duomo – Milan, ItalyGrand Hotel Poltu Quatu – Arzachena, ItalyCopperhill Mountain Resort – Are, Swedeneast Hamburg – Hamburg, GermanyHotel Miro – Bilbao, SpainHotel Santo Domingo – Madrid, SpainVilla Padierna Palace Hotel – Marbella, SpainSmetana Hotel – Prague, Czech RepublicHotel Stein – Salzburg, AustriaMiddle East:Atana Musandam – OmanAtana Khasab – OmanSalalah Gardens Hotel – Salalah, OmanSafir Hotel and Residences Kuwait – KuwaitVivienda Al Hada – Ridyadh, Saudi ArabiaVivienda Turk Al Awal – Ridyadh, Saudi ArabiaGo back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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Dear Skyscanner Im a real foodie and I know au

10 August 0

first_img_Dear Skyscanner,_I’m a real foodie and I know autumn is the time for food festivals – are there any particularly foodie cities you could recommend with festivals going on between now and Christmas?Mia, PlymouthDear Mia,Autumn is a wonderful time for food-themed breaks, and France is an obvious place to start – it’s a country of gastronomes who scoff at foreign food, but despite the pretensions, the food does (mostly) live up to the hype.Mollusc fans will be well aware that there’s an ‘R’ in the month for the first time in four months once we hit September – so it’s not surprising that this is the best time of year for seafood festivals. The Scallop Festival in mid-November is in Port-en-Bessin in Normandy – a major fishing port and this is high season for scallops. There is just three months to enjoy scallops, or coquilles St Jacques, at their peak, and here they are a fraction of the price you’ll pay in the UK.The festival lasts two days, when the whole town will celebrate with tastings, exhibitions, guided tours of the fish market and visits of the shipyard and fishing boats – a total immersion in to the world of the fishermen.The town is also close to two of the D-Day landing beaches so has some fascinating World War II history as well as being near Bayeux, famous for the eponymous tapestry depicting William the Conqueror in 1066. Bistrot sur le Quai is another good option – and you can guess its location – even at the weekend it is crammed with locals, all drinking Normandy cider rather than wine with their seafood platters.Brittany has always been popular with seafood fans – if you go in September you’ll miss the crowds and the coach parties – and in Brittany you don’t need a festival as an excuse to enjoy the fruits de mer – you can get a dozen oysters for £3 in Brittany – what you’d pay for one in England! Pay another £1 and they’ll be opened for you and squirted with fresh lemon juice so you can eat them on the quay. The best place to get them is Cancel Oyster market, along the town’s boardwalk, where you’ll see locals and tourists sat on the sea wall slurping from oyster shells and washing it down with carafes of wine or cider, throwing the empty shells into the mud afterwards. Also a good spot to see Mont St Michel – the medieval abbey on an island off the coast and France’s second most visited site after the Eiffel Tower. Rivals in food – as well as football – Italy also has its fair share of foodie treats. The International White Truffle Fair, held annually in Piedmont in northern Italy is in October/November this year over the course of a few weeks.It completely transforms the sleepy harbour town of Alba into a gastronomes heaven. You can smell the strong truffle scent – woody and garlicky – oozing out of every shop and restaurant – and you can also meet the trifulau – the truffle seekers, and the dogs that sniff out the truffles. The legendary “White Diamonds”, tartufo bianco, are the white truffles that they’re all after.Further off the beaten track, in Hungary, it’s all about bangers over autumn – both sausages and fireworks.At the end of October, carnivores descend on Békéscsaba – home of the Csaba sausage – for its annual Sausage Festival. It’s more like spicy salami than the conventional British sausage, but there’s a lot of enthusiasm and a great party spirit at the event.The tourist board describes it as “Four weeks of slaughtering pigs, making sausage, competing, eating and drinking, interspersed with entertainment” and there’s plenty of wine to wash it all down with.During September there’s a big festival hosted in Kalocsa, which celebrates the annual harvest. Known as the Kalocsa Paprika Days, it features an exhibition of food products and agricultural machinery, a professional conference on the topic of paprika, various sports events, a “Paprika Cup” international chess tournament, and a fish soup cooking contest.But the highlight of all this is the Paprika Harvest Parade, complete with local bands and colourful folk-dancing groups, followed that same night by a Paprika Harvest Ball – there’s also fireworks.The weather should still be warm in early September and the crowds will have cleared at Lake Balaton, a summer holiday destination already renowned among central Europeans.Bon appétit!Answer by Ginny Light – TimesOnline travel editorGot a travel question? Email sam@skyscanner.net and we’ll get our panel of travel experts to answer your question.Read more: Ask SkyscannerReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedAutumn leaf peeping? Ask SkyscannerAutumn leaf peeping? Ask Skyscanner7 coolest places to visit in Europe this autumnFrom festivals to late-season sun, the coolest stuff to do in the hippest places in Europe this autumn.Bargains of the week-European Feastivals: Galway | Naples | FranceBargains of the week-European Feastivals: Galway | Naples | Francelast_img read more

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