Everything You Need to Know About Soarin’ Around the World

first_imgShare This!You’re going on vacation to Walt Disney World! The only problem? You’re not sure which attractions are right for you and your kiddos and you have questions. Which attractions are too intense for little ones? What rides do I really need a FastPass+ reservation for? What’s the disability access like for certain attractions? We’re answering all those questions and more in our Everything You Need to Know attraction series with today’s focus on Soarin’ Around the World at Epcot.What is Soarin’ Around the World?Soarin’ is an elevated simulated hang-glider tour around the world! This popular Epcot attraction lifts guests into the air and uses gentle motion, scents, and wind effects to create the sensation of flight as they take in an aerial view of world landmarks shown on a 180-degree, 80-foot IMAX digital projection dome.Where is Soarin’ Around the World?Soarin’ is located inside of The Land pavilion at Epcot. Upon entering the pavilion, guests should move down the stairs or escalator to the first floor and look for the attraction marquee to enter the attraction.What is the History of Soarin’ Around the World?©DisneySoarin’ Over California was an opening day attraction at Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort in 2001. Due to its popularity, a twin version of the attraction came to The Land pavilion at Epcot in 2005 and quickly became one of the most popular attractions at Walt Disney World as well.The original film had guests soaring over California landmarks, such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Napa Valley, Malibu, and Los Angeles to a gorgeous score written by Academy Award-winner Jerry Goldsmith.The clever ride design allowing guests to be loaded on one level and then being lifted up and towards the screen in three levels was created by Imagineer Mark Sumner. He designed the model for this design with an Erector set!Both Epcot and Disney California Adventure received a new version of Soarin’ in 2016 titled Soarin’ Around the World following the debut of Shanghai Disneyland’s Soaring over the Horizon. In this rendition, guests fly over the world instead of solely California to a score adapted from the original by composer Bruce Broughton. The finale scene depends on the location of the attraction, with the Florida version ending with a flight over Epcot.What Do You Need to Know About the Queue for Soarin’ Around the World?The queue for Soarin’ is a long winding path with the vibe of a sleek, minimalist airport terminal. While it lacks the signature detail of other attraction queues at Walt Disney World, guests can play the Soarin’ Challenge game on the Play Disney Parks app which allows guests to compete in geographical trivia against one another.Once guests reach the end of this long, long path, they are sent to one of three different theaters or concourses. Once assigned to a row, guests watch a pre-board video illustrating the different landmarks they will see during their flight. This is followed by a now famous safety video starring Patrick Warburton. Following the video, a Cast Member ushers guests into the theater to board.What are the Ride Vehicles Like for Soarin ‘ Around the World?The ride vehicle for Soarin’ is a long bench seat with a tall back with a capacity of ten guests per vehicle. Each seat has safety belt and a mesh bag underneath for personal items. Once the ride begins, the ride vehicle swings forward and up toward the screen leaving guests legs dangling during the ride. It also acts as a flight simulator in that it gently tilts and lifts in sync with the film to create the feeling of flight.What Do You Need to Know About the Ride Experience on Soarin’ Around the World?Once the ride begins, the flight simulator ride vehicles will move forward, up, and out toward the massive bowl-shaped screen. Since hang gliding is the ride’s premise, all of the footage is from an aerial perspective and includes landmarks such as the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps, Greenland’s Isfjord, Australia’s Sydney Harbor, Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany, and Mt. Kilimanjaro. From there, guests glide over the Great Wall of China, the Great Pyramids of Egypt, India’s Taj Mahal, Utah’s Monument Valley, Fiji, South America’s Igazu Falls, and then the Eiffel Tower in Paris. For the finale, guests soar over Epcot where fireworks explode over Spaceship Earth!As this is a flight simulator, the ride vehicle moves with the film and succeeds in making guests feel as if they’re flying! It’s not a thrill ride, but it’s certainly an exhilarating one. To further enhance the experience, special effects such as wind, sound, and smell are employed as well.The film relies heavily on computer animation, and it’s kind of obvious in some scenes. Close calls with computer animated animals and objects are also used to transition from one scene to another. Be warned that a few of these transitions, particularly those with a near collision with a seaplane and an eagle, are a little startling! The firework finale can be a little intense as well, particularly for those who are already wary of fireworks and loud noises.While Soarin’ is an amazing attraction, a huge complaint is the vertical landmarks appear drastically curved and distorted for those riding on the left or right of the screen. To avoid this, once you’re directed to one of the three concourses, politely request to wait an extra cycle for seats in row B1 to have an ideal view.The ride time lasts about 5 minutes.What Do You Need to Know About the Accessibility for Soarin’ Around the World?Wheelchair and ECV users must transfer to the ride vehicle on their own. It’s also important to note that service animals are not permitted on this attraction.What Do You Need to Know About the Health and Safety Advisories for Soarin’ Around the World?Guests with a fear of heights may experience difficulty. Motion sickness is a possible, but this isn’t an issue for most guests. I would also warn against those with a fear of fireworks or loud noises.What are the Height Restrictions for Soarin’ Around the World?Guests must be at least 40 in. to experience Soarin’. This attraction also offers Rider Swap.What Do You Need to Know About the FastPass+ for Soarin’ Around the World?While Test Track, Mission: Space, and Frozen Ever After are popular attractions, Soarin’ succeeds at appealing to all age groups. FastPass+ is definitely recommended even though obtaining a reservation isn’t as difficult as other headliner attractions at Disney World. Expect same-day reservations to be gone by 10 a.m. most days.Does Weather Affect Soarin’ Around the World?Soarin’ and its queue are located indoors and out of the elements so weather will not affect this attraction.What’s the Best Time of Day to Ride Soarin’ Around the World?Due to its mass appeal, try to ride Soarin’ before 9:30 a.m. on most days.This chart shows you roughly how long you’ll wait for Soarin’ when you visit on a day with a given Epcot Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average “peak” wait time (that is, how long the line will be at its busiest). The bottom and top black lines represent the range of peak wait times to expect (for you fellow nerds out there: it’s the 5th percentile and 95th percentile of peak wait times). Please note that these are estimates, and for a better forecast for your travel dates, see Soarin’ Wait Times.Did I answer all of your questions about Soarin’ Around the World? Is this attraction at the top of your family’s vacation to-do list? 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Google Publishes C++, Go, Java and Scala Performance Benchmarks

first_imgklint finley Tags:#Analysis#hack Why You Love Online Quizzes Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?center_img Related Posts Google has published a paper (PDF) comparing performance of four programming languages, C++, its own language Go, Java and Scala. A team at Google created a “simple and compact” benchmark that didn’t take advantage of language-specific features. An algorithm was implemented using each language’s “idiomatic container classes, looping constructs, and memory/object allocation schemes.”However, the paper notes: “While the benchmark itself is simple and compact, it employs many language features, in particular, higher-level data structures (lists, maps, lists and arrays of sets and lists), a few algorithms (union/find, dfs/deep recursion, and loop recognition based on Tarjan), iterations over collection types, some object oriented features, and interesting memory allocation patterns.”Above: Run-time measurements, including a few optimizations.After benchmark tests were published within Google various employees took a stab at optimizing the code for specific languages.The conclusions:C++ provides the best performance by far, but it requires the most extensive language-specific tuning.Scala provides the most concise notation and optimization of code complexity.The algorithm was simplest to implement in Java, but garbage collection settings make both Java and Scala difficult to benchmark accurately.Go offers concise notion and very fast compile time, but is still immature.The phrase “lies, damn lies and benchmarks” is by now a cliche. Suffice it to say, benchmarks never tell the full story, and there are many factors to consider when choosing a programming language. That said, you may find parts of this paper enlightening, especially with regards to Scala performance. 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…last_img read more

Drug, HIV crises hit HHS nominee Price close to home

first_imgRepresentative Tom Price (R–GA), the physician and congressman who is Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), represents a wealthy suburban district just north of Atlanta that is regularly ranked by Forbes and others as one of the best places to live in the country.But Price’s district is also experiencing some public health crises that he will likely be dealing with as HHS secretary: a serious heroin and opioid abuse epidemic, as well as elevated HIV infection rates.The heroin problem was described in great detail in this investigative special by the local NBC affiliate 11Alive, which aired in March.  The narrator introduces the multipart series with the following stark facts:Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) “Just north of Atlanta, heroin is killing more of our young people than violent crime. Atlanta’s most affluent area is dealing with a nearly 4000% increase in heroin-related deaths over the past 5 years.” She names as particular problems towns including Alpharetta, Roswell, and Johns Creek—all in the heart of Price’s district.Data released this week by the Big Cities Health Coalition Project further flesh out the picture. It shows Fulton County—which takes up a chunk of Price’s district, as well as much of the city of Atlanta—with a higher rate of HIV diagnoses in 2013 and of accidental deaths from opioid overdoses in 2014 than all but one of 28 cities studied.The problem has clearly caught the attention of some in the Price household. Price’s wife, Betty Price, an anesthesiologist who since 2015 has represented the couple’s home district in the Georgia House of Representatives, pushed through the Georgia House this last March a bill that would have liberalized state needle exchange programs. (Dirty needles used by injectable drug users are a prime source of HIV and hepatitis C infections.) Betty Price’s bill would have allowed counselors, programs for the homeless, drug treatment centers, and other organizations, in addition to doctors and pharmacists, to distribute sterile syringes to intravenous drug users. However, the bill failed in the state Senate, “due to some controversial aspects,” Betty Price told Georgia Health News.The other Dr. Price, on the other hand, voted to block U.S. funding for needle exchange programs in 2009, several years into his now-12-year stint representing Georgia’s sixth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He also voted in 2007 to prevent the District of Columbia from using its own, nonfederal funds on needle exchange programs.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Institute of Medicine, and numerous other scientific bodies have found needle exchange programs to be highly effective in preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C.It’s unclear whether, and to what extent, Tom Price’s experience of the opioid epidemic plaguing his home district will influence his priorities should the Senate confirm him as HHS secretary; neither of the doctors Price was available for comment.At least one advocacy group, however, is not optimistic about the impact of a Tom Price tenure as secretary of the $1 trillion HHS. The Washington, D.C.–based group Communities Advocating Emergency AIDS Relief issued a 30 November statement pronouncing itself “deeply concerned” by Price’s nomination, not least because of his intent to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which has allowed full health insurance coverage for many more people living with HIV.In the meantime, the new U.S. representative from Georgia’s sixth district could end up voting differently on needle exchange than the current occupant of that seat: Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper, reports this week that Betty Price may be running for her husband’s seat.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement The 14th annual Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF) returns with a strong, diverse, and bold programming which highlights the tales and events that have challenged conventions, left a distinctive mark on our times, and changed how we see the world. Advertisement Montreal – The Montreal International Black Film Festival team (MIBFF) has unveiled the programming for its 14th year, which will be held from September 25 to 30, 2018. 72 films from 25 countries to inspire you to see the world differently and take action! MIBFF is thrilled to welcome back Spike Lee for the 3rd time as an honorary guest; this time for an intimate conversation where festivalgoers get to hear the Academy Award winning director discuss his journey as a filmmaker as well as his views on today’s socio-economic environment. This will be Spike Lee’s first return in Canada since he won the Grand Prix du Jury at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival for his latest film Blackkklansman.AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH SPIKE LEEAt the Montreal International Black Film Festival!Presented by Quebecor and Global NewsWednesday, September 26, 2018 – Imperial Cinema7PM: VIP Meet & Greet – Cocktail | 8PM: Conference$35 (Gen. Admission) | $150 (VIP)Spike Lee like you’ve never heard him before in Montreal! An intimate conference where he will discuss his journey as a filmmaker, writer, actor and producer; his take and advice on filmmaking today – how to maximize new technology to get your film made; how he sees the future of Black films and diversity off/on screen; as well as his view on today’s social-economic issues. A privileged moment with the legendary director of Do the right thing, Malcolm X, Blakklansman. Tickets are on sale here.“We are delighted and honoured to have Spike Lee back to the Festival for a 3rd time, which is a testament to his great support for the MIBFF – another huge achievement for Montreal and for the Festival. Spike Lee is a pioneer and a source of inspiration and motivation for a whole generation. His commitment to independent cinema, his strength, determination, and activism in achieving social justice really make a difference in a world that, too often, tends to silence us.” – Fabienne Colas, president and founder of the MIBFF.Created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, Canada’s biggest black film festival returns for a breathtaking 14th year that promises to entertain but most importantly to inspire through thought-provoking films. MIBFF’s mission remains, as always, to give minorities a voice on and off screen and to shine the spotlight on diversity within the industry. Besides Spike Lee’s intimate talk, the program features 72 films among which some are world, international, North American, Canadian or Quebec premieres; the MIBFF Black Marketspace dedicated to the cinema industry and introducing the first MIBFF Kids Program.Our absolute favourites are inspiring stories that combine cultural heritage, the struggle against injustice, and inequality with passion, determination, strength, and great feats. You don’t want to miss: Obey, Dead Women Walking, The Foreigner’s Home, Azali (Fate), Congo – une tragédie politque, Beyond The River, The color of medicine, Correndo Atras (Running After), La Negrada (The Black Mexicans), Supa Modo, Time for Ilhan, United Skates, Bessie Coleman, Première Aviatrice Noire, Bigger than Africa, Runaway, Vagabonds, The Deliverer, Accidentals, the Orphan, Bilal: A new Breed a Hero, Liyana, Buffalo soldiers: A quest for Freedom…SPOKESPEOPLEAuthor, composer, singer, and actor Manuel Tadros, who has enjoyed a 40-year career in Quebec, and Entrepreneur, actress and filmmaker Fabienne Colas, who was named 2018 Canada’s Top 40 under 40, are the spokespeople for this 14th edition.OPENING FILM – OBEY – By Jamie JonesWinner of best cinematography as international film at 2018 Tribeca Film FestivalPresented by QuebecorTuesday, September 25 – 7PM – Cinéma Impérial | $25The clashing of two very different worlds results in a tragic love story in the heady days leading up to dramatic social unrest. OBEY is about Leon, a nineteen-year-old boy with an alcoholic mother who has grown up in and out of care. Oppressed at home and hunted on the streets by local gangs, Leon’s existence is suffocating, and all too real. When he meets Twiggy, a beautiful blond girl living in a local squat something stirs inside of him. He is in love for the first time and for a moment escapes the reality of his unrelenting existence. But naïve to the affluent world supporting Twiggy’s hedonistic lifestyle, Leon is unprepared when Twiggy no longer wants him around. Leon withdraws allowing his raw and unhampered emotions to take over in the blind fight against his unjust existence with terrifying and brutal consequences. Raw and uncompromising, OBEY draws inspiration from films such as Catch Me Daddy, Fish Tank, This is England and KIDS.CLOSING FILM: DEAD WOMEN WALKING – By Hagar Ben-AsherPresented by the Fabienne Colas FoundationSunday, September 30 – 7PM – Cinema Imperial – $20 As described by Tribeca Film Festival’s Liza Domnitz, “Told through nine moving vignettes, each anchored by a subtle, yet overwhelming performance, Dead Women Walking traces the final days of a series of women on death row, from two weeks before one inmate’s execution to mere minutes before another’s. As these narratives develop, the human toll of the death penalty – not only on the women convicted of violent crimes, but also on their families, prison officials, and ministers and counselors coaching them through their final days – comes into clear focus. Looming over Dead Women Walking are two questions: Why did they do it? And, more implicit and rarely asked: How does society grapple with women’s violence?”1st MIBFF KIDS PROGRAMSunday, September 30, 2018 – 1PM till 6PM – Cinema du Parc$12 Adult | $6 Kids (12 years and under) – Proof of age may be requested on site. The Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF), created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation and presented by Quebecor, is thrilled to be introducing the MIBFF Kids Program!MISSION: MIBFF Kids Program wants to inspire and empower children through the discovery of filmmaking, animation, story-telling and more. The Festival wants to offer kids a cool environment where they can learn, be creative and express themselves in a fun way while being exposed to black history and black stories.PROGRAM SUMMARY: A total of 6 animated films will be presented for this first edition:Bilal: A New Breed of Hero, by Ayman Jamal, Khurram H. Alavi (United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia)Wireless, by Tayo Odesanya (UK)Minga et la cuillère cassée, by Claye Edou (Cameroon)L’arbre à Palimpseste, by Ingrid Agbo, Sacha Perrin-Bayard (France)Liyana, by Aaron Kopp, Amanda Kopp (Swaziland, USA)Cut Bait, by Robert Walkine (USA)THE MIBFF BLACK MARKETPresented by the Canada Council for the Arts, CALQ and Telefilm CanadaSeptember 29 & 30 – L’Inis – Schedule on Festival Website | Free (reserve online)If you want to succeed in the film industry, the MIBFF Black Market returns with a master class and workshop that you won’t want to miss. Established Canadian and international filmmakers will share their knowledge and experiences of film creation, financing, production, distribution, and the festival circuit. A panel featuring public grant organizations will also be part of this series of four workshops, ideal for people to know how they can find obtain funding in the film industry.JURY MEMBERSNarrative features: Rosey Ugo Edeh (president), Nathalie MacNeil, Richard BurnettFeature documentaries: Brian Bronfman (presdient), Balarama Holness, Ely BonderMid-Length and short films: Kim Gurgerson (president), Thierry Lindor, Catherine Beauchamp Twitter Facebookcenter_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement TICKETS & PASSES*VIP Card Total Access: VIP Package – See details on website: $195Passport Card Access to all films at Cinéma du Parc + Cinémathèque Québécoise: $95INDIVIDUAL TICKETS*:Regular film ticket – $12 | Opening evening – $25 | Closing evening – $20 | Spike Lee’s conference – $35 (Reg) or $150 (VIP) | MIBFF Kids Program $6 (12 years and under) – $12 (adult)*Fees: All prices are subject to services charges and taxesVENUESCinéma Impérial: Centre Sandra and Leo Kolber: 1430, rue de Bleury, MontréalCinémathèque: 335, boul. de Maisonneuve E., MontréalCinéma du Parc: 3575, av. du Parc, MontréalL’Inis: 301, boul. de Maisonneuve E., MontréalThe 14th Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF), created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation and presented by Quebecor, will be held from September 25 to 30, 2018. About the Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF)Created in 2005 by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, the Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF) is currently the largest Canadian film festival entirely dedicated to black realities from all four corners of the globe. It aims to offer the public the most spectacular productions in black cinema and debate the great cultural, social, and socio-economic issues facing society. The MIBFF goal is to promote the development of the independent film industry and showcase more films depicting black realities around the world. The festival seeks to prioritize local and international films that do not necessarily come under the spotlight, a new cinema that moves its audience and raises awareness – and a few eyebrows. In so doing, the MIBFF addresses issues and showcases art that makes you think and smile, provokes, bewilders, and shocks you – a new, fresh look at black cinema from all four corners of the globe! www.montrealblackfilm.comlast_img read more

US employers added a stellar 312000 jobs in December

first_imgWASHINGTON — U.S. employers dramatically stepped up their hiring in December, adding 312,000 jobs in an encouraging display of strength for an economy in the midst of a trade war, slowing global growth and a partial shutdown of the federal government.The Labor Department says the unemployment rate rose slightly to 3.9 per cent, but that reflected a surge in jobseekers— a positive for growth.Average hourly pay improved 3.2 per cent from a year ago.The health care, food services, construction, and manufacturing sectors were the primary contributors to last month’s hiring.The strong job gains suggest that the tumbling stock market has yet to depress expectations that the economy will expand for a 10th straight year. Still, growth is likely to slow as the stimulus from last year’s tax cuts wane.Josh Boak, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Netflix UnitedHealth and Edwards climb Wells Fargo dips

first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday:Netflix Inc., up $21.70 to $354.64The video streaming company said it will raise prices for its U.S. subscribers.Microsoft Corp., up $2.96 to $105.01Technology stocks got a boost from news that China is moving to stimulate economic growth.Wells Fargo & Co., down 75 cents to $47.67The consumer bank’s revenue fell short of expectations as its business remains restrained by federal regulators.Sherwin-Williams Co., down $16.36 to $381.44The paint and coatings maker gave disappointing forecasts and said its sales weakened in October and November.CVS Health Corp., down $1.60 to $63.74The company said Walmart is leaving its Caremark pharmacy benefits management business.UnitedHealth Group Inc., up $8.81 to $256.87The largest U.S. health insurer had a stronger-than-expected fourth quarter.Edwards Lifesciences Corp., up $12.60 to $162.09The medical device company said it paid $180 million to settle a series of patent disputes with Boston Scientific.First Republic Bank, up $9.99 to $94.33The bank’s profit was better than analysts expected and its revenue was far higher than anticipated.The Associated Presslast_img read more

PRRD hosting Connecting Communities Trails Workshop Tuesday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. -The Peace River Regional District is hosting their Connecting Communities Trails Workshop this Tuesday.The workshop aims to investigate the feasibility of trails that could connect Dawson Creek with Pouce Coupe, and Fort St John with Charlie Lake. The study will consider possible routes, types of uses, as well as costs and benefits of building trails.The PRRD is looking for the public’s help in giving feedback on why they believe the communities need the trails. Feedback will be integral in determining whether the PRRD will develop the trails in the long run. Costs of the project will depend on the public’s feedback. For example, paved trails would cost more than gravel trails.Once the feasibility study concludes it will be brought forward to the Regional Board to consider whether the project moves to the construction phase.The workshop will be held at the North Peace Cultural Centre from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. this Tuesday.last_img read more

Your neighbourhood may make you obese

first_imgMoving to a neighbourhood with a high obesity rate is likely to make a person become overweight, say researchers who suggest that your social circles can inadvertently influence your weight. “Social contagion in obesity means that if more people around you are obese, then that may increase your own chances of becoming obese,” said Ashlesha Datar, a senior economist at University of Southern California in the US. “In other words, living in a community where obesity is more common can make sedentary lifestyles, unhealthy eating and overweight or obesity more socially acceptable,” said Datar, one of the authors of the study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainObesity is linked to many factors, including eating and exercise habits, genetics and the environment. Research shows that living in certain communities carries a higher risk of obesity than living in other communities, but this association has been challenging for scientists to explain. Researchers studied military families to assess whether living in communities with greater obesity increased their own risk of being overweight or obese. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardMilitary families, they reasoned, cannot choose where they live –rather, they are assigned to installations. Some of those installations are in counties with higher rates of obesity. “We found that the families assigned to installations in counties with higher obesity rates were more likely to be overweight or obese than those assigned to installations in counties with lower rates of obesity,” Datar said. The researchers recruited families of US Army personnel at 38 military installations in the country to participate in surveys and measurements. In all, 1,314 parents and 1,111 children participated. Three-fourths of the parents and about one-fourth of the children were overweight or obese – reflective of the national rates. Researchers found that the family’s risk of obesity may increase or decrease, depending on the county obesity rate where they live. Moving to a county with a lower rate decreases the family’s chances of becoming overweight or obese. To assess whether shared environments could explain these results, the study accounted for extensive data on the food and activity opportunities in the county and neighbourhood, such as gyms and grocery stores.last_img read more

A fall to escape death turns fatal

first_imgKolkata: A crane operator at the Haldia Port died after he reportedly jumped off from his cabin to escape a fire that broke out in the crane on Saturday.It is alleged that there were no trained Disaster Management Group (DMG) personnel to deal with such kind of situations at the port. According to sources, on Saturday, around 8:30 am, a ship at the Haldia port was being loaded with coal. A mobile harbour crane was being used for the job. While doing so, somehow fire broke out in the crane. Soon, the fire started spreading on the berth number 13 where the ship was anchored. The fire brigade and port authorities were immediately informed. In the beginning, five fire tenders were pressed into action. But, as the intensity of the fire was high and the flames started spreading, five more fire tenders were sent later. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAfter the crane caught fire, the operator, Dravin Rai, (29) started shouting for help. He was desperately asking for help as he was stuck in the crane. To save him, some people on the ground arranged a net and spread it so that Rai could jump on it. They asked Rai to jump from the crane but as they were not trained for such situations and holding net, rescuers held the net close to the ground. When they asked Rai to jump on the net, he jumped to save himself from the fire. But the people who volunteered to help him could not hold the net tightly when he fell on it. Despite Rai jumped on the net, he hit the ground hard. As a result, he sustained serious injuries on his head and suffered multiple fractures on his body. Rai was immediately rushed to a hospital in Haldia. Later, he was further referred to a hospital in Kolkata. Though Rai was shifted quickly, but he succumbed to his injuries on Saturday night at the hospital in Kolkata. It is alleged that despite repeated requests port authorities have not taken any steps to look into the security of the workers at the Haldia Port. Employees of Haldia Port have sought concrete steps for proper safety and security of the staff.last_img read more