Darwinian cancer drug plan

first_imgA few days ago a global study projected that cancers are expected to rise from 17 million to 26 million between 2018 and 2040 and a large proportion of those patients are likely to use chemotherapy. Treatments such as chemotherapy sometimes fail because the deadliest cancer cells adapt and survive, causing the patient to relapse. Thus, the ability of cancer cells to adapt, evolve and become drug resistant is the cause of the vast majority of deaths from the disease and the biggest challenge we face in fighting it. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyThe good news is that the world’s first ‘Darwinian’ cancer drug programme may soon see the light of day. Developed by the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), it is specially designed to tackle cancer’s lethal ability to evolve resistance to treatment and is to be launched in a £75 million state-of-the-art global centre of expertise in anti-evolution therapies in London. Scientists aim to harness evolutionary science within a new Centre for Cancer Drug Discovery to ‘herd’ cancers with anti-evolution drugs and combinations. They believe this new approach can deliver long-term control and effective cures, just as comparable approaches have with HIV. Also Read – The future is here!More cancer patients are living longer and with fewer side effects, but “unfortunately, cancer can become resistant very quickly to new drugs—and this is the greatest challenge we face”, says Olivia Rossanese, the newly appointed head of biology in the Centre for Cancer Drug Discovery. So, this programme focuses on meeting the challenge of cancer evolution and drug resistance through completely new ways of attacking the disease. The researchers at ICR have shown that it is possible to use artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced maths to forecast how cancers will react when treated with a particular drug. By selecting an initial drug treatment they have found they can force cancer cells to adapt in a way that makes them highly susceptible to a second drug or pushes them into an evolutionary dead end. The sequential use of cancer drugs would herd cancer cells which would either eradicate the disease or turn incurable disease into a manageable chronic condition. The ICR is also creating drugs to target cancers’ ability to evolve and become resistant to treatment. These drugs are being designed to stop the action of a molecule called APOBEC to reduce the rate of mutation in cancer cells, slow down evolution and delay resistance. Christine O’Connell, 46, from south west London, who was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in February 2018 says that. “Treatingcancer as a chronic condition that can be managed on a long-term basis may seem a modest ambition compared to efforts to cure it entirely, but for patients like myself this would be a significant victory.”(The author is Information Manager, Environment Resource Unit, Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Timorese force takes over policing duties from UN in eighth district

The Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General noted that some challenges will still need to be overcome and pledged that the UN will step up its support, including mentoring members of the Polícia Nacional de Timor-Leste (PNTL).“The long-term stability of the country depends to a large extent on the development of an effective and professional police service in which the community can have confidence,” Shigeru Mochida said at the handover ceremony, which was also presided over by Vice Prime Minister José Luís Guterres.“This is a big responsibility for all police officers, and we are all grateful to you for taking on this responsibility,” he added. The PNTL was established in March 2000 by the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET), which was set up to assist the country during its transition to independence, which it attained in 2002.In the aftermath of the violence that erupted in 2006, a UN police force was established to maintain law and order in the country until the national police could be reorganized and restructured. The UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) was set up to oversee the process.UN Police will maintain their presence in the districts where the PNTL have resumed responsibilities to monitor, advise and support the national police, including in the area of human rights protection.The resumption process is being implemented jointly by the Government and UNMIT on a district-by-district basis following an assessment of the PNTL’s readiness to assume primary policing responsibilities. In addition to the districts that have been handed over since the process began last year, the PNTL has assumed responsibility for the administration and management of the Police Training Centre, the Maritime Police Unit and the Police Intelligence Service. 11 September 2010The Timorese national police force on Friday resumed primary policing responsibilities in Ermera, the eighth district to be handed over from the United Nations since the gradual transfer of security functions began in May 2009. read more

WatchMexico threw Canada under the bus with bilateral trade deal with US

OTTAWA — Canada and Mexico are dealing with lingering hard feelings over last summer’s surprise Mexican trade deal with the United States as their new continental trade pact awaits a final stamp of political approval.Two weeks ago, the head of a visiting delegation of Canadian parliamentarians told the newly installed Mexican foreign minister his country threw Canada “under the bus” last August when it forged a bilateral trade deal with the United States during the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.A top Mexican trade official tells The Canadian Press that while there may have been a misunderstanding, the U.S. side deal was the work of the previous Mexican government, and Canada and Mexico’s new leaders are moving forward constructively. Not ratifying NAFTA will be a ‘catastrophe,’ U.S. trade czar says, as U.S. works to lift metals tariffs Half of Canadian executives say old NAFTA better for our economy than USMCA Canada won’t ratify new NAFTA until steel and aluminum tariffs lifted, warns key U.S. Senator The side deal between the U.S. and Mexico appeared to blindside the Trudeau government, forcing Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland to abort a three-country trip to Europe.Canada and U.S. negotiators reached an 11th-hour agreement that was signed two months later on Nov. 30 by the country’s three leaders — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Donald Trump and former Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto, who was on his last official day in office.The deal must now be ratified by the legislatures of all three countries, but with turmoil in Washington, and a slowly-shuttering political window in Ottawa with a fall federal election on the horizon, that is far from certain.Moreover, Canada and Mexico insist the Trump administration will have to lift its punishing tariffs on their steel and aluminum exports, which the mercurial president imposed under a controversial national security clause in U.S. trade law both countries say was illegal.Canadian and Mexican politicians have been holding a series of regular meetings and exchanges, including a two-day session of parliamentarians in Ottawa this week, and a gathering of the ParlAmericas group, a network of legislators from 35 Western Hemisphere countries, earlier this month.The head of Canadian ParlAmericas chapter, Liberal MP Bob Nault, expressed Canada’s dissatisfaction about last August’s Mexican side deal with the country’s new foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, during the organization’s Mexico City meeting earlier this month.President Donald Trump shakes hands with Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto, left, as Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, looks on after participating in the USMCA signing ceremony, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS “We did say very clearly in our last meeting in Mexico with the foreign affairs minister that we were frustrated with the feeling that Mexico was sort of moving away from the trilateral agreement,” Nault said in an interview.Nault said he was concerned about “the way it unfolded at the end,” and a perception “that Canada got thrown under the bus by Mexico.” He said that represented a break from “what we originally felt was the approach, that is, Mexico and Canada had to be very close to each other to make sure we got a good deal for our countries and make sure the U.S. didn’t overtake us.”The Canadian Press has previously reported, citing anonymous sources, that Freeland gave Mexican negotiators an upbraiding over their bilateral deal during an August meeting in Washington.“I think it’s getting better,” Nault said this week of the relationship. “Overall, we both have the same position: we want the tariffs removed. We want them removed now. We want to move forward with ratification.”Luz Maria de la Mora, Mexico’s deputy trade minister, acknowledged the past Canadian complaints, but she said the two countries are moving forward constructively.“That was part of the negotiation process … right now, it’s over,” de la Mora said in an interview.“The previous administration in Mexico was responsible for doing that. But at the end of the day, it might have been the case that it actually helped the process.”The Mexico-U.S. side deal marked the start of nearly two months of intense talks between Canadian and American negotiators because the Trump administration imposed a Sept. 30 deadline for Canada to sign on to the U.S.-Mexico pact or potentially be cast adrift.De la Mora succeeded Juan Carlos Baker, one of Mexico’s top negotiators, when the new Mexican government of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was sworn in on Dec. 1.Lopez Obrador won the Mexican presidency in July, branding himself a socialist reformer dedicated to ending decades of corruption and improving the plight of Mexican workers. His term didn’t begin until Dec. 1, which left a window for the Pena Nieto government to finish negotiating a trade deal that Lopez Obrador would have to sell to his country’s lawmakers.During the transition, members of Lopez Obrador’s team joined the Mexican negotiators, but de la Mora said they acted as observers, not participants. She said that extended to the Mexican decision to move forward with a bilateral deal with Canada.“We were not involved in that decision at all,” de la Mora said.“If at some point during the negotiations there were misunderstandings or miscommunications, those moments are over.”She cited the fact that half a dozen of her cabinet colleagues visited Ottawa in November before they were sworn in, in order to forge a good working relationship.“It would be very positive that the three countries have this agreement approved this year, really. It would be something that would send a really good signal to the markets.” read more

GFMS sees coppers underlying fundamentals bringing higher prices each year out to

first_imgPrecious metals consultancy GFMS reports in its 3-Year Copper Forecast – August 2009 publication that although prices have slipped by around 5% since the recent high of $6,419/t, the underlying fundamentals are still there. On an average annual basis, it expects higher copper prices each year out to 2012. It also said that a strong recovery in consumption coupled with slower mine production (and by implication refined production) growth have caused it to predit an 88,000 t deficit for 2010. In addition to the direct impact of the improvement of the fundamentals on prices, the swing of the market to deficit (as well as the improvements in the wider commodities complex) is also expected to trigger additional investor interest in the metal, which will further boost prices. In 2010 it forecasts copper cash prices to top $7,500/t, averaging $6,500/t.Inevitably, the focus of the market in late July/early August has been on the impact of investment funds. However, there has been support from the underlying fundamentals. The tightness stems from the shortage of concentrate. GFMS forecasts that global concentrate production will decline by 1.6% this year following no growth in 2008. Latest developments in spot treatment charges reflect this situation, and the decline in spot treatment charges is sending ‘bullish’ long-term signals to the copper market. In the key Chinese market, spot TC/RCs in early August have fallen to $20/t from $40/t in June and $90/t at the beginning of the year.The deficit is expected to persist throughout the rest of the forecast period, and its magnitude in fact grows in 2011 and 2012, to 121,000 t and 176,000 t respectively. It should be noted that not all of the inventory reduction will take place on the LME as GFMS believes that there has been a build of unreported inventories within China. Therefore its supply-demand balance projections suggest that LME inventories will trend lower over the forecast period but may not reach the levels of under 100,000 t briefly seen in the recent bull market.Its 2009 figures have been revised on account of strong Chinese consumption, coupled with expectations for a recovery outside of the country to commence late in the year. This has led the consultancy to predict marginal growth for the full year in terms of demand. The forecasts for production, in contrast, remain more or less unchanged. As a result, it has reduced its forecast of the likely surplus for 2009 to just 245,000 t from an earlier estimate of 441,000 t.The 245,000 t surplus forecast for the year does not, in GFMS’view, necessarily contradict the decline in LME inventories registered this year-to-date as much of that material found its way into unreported inventories, largely in China. As these inventories begin to weigh on the local market, it expects imports into China to fall, resulting in LME stocks beginning to once again rise. Indeed this has already started, with initial import data for July (which covers both metal and products) showing a 15% month-on-month decline.Coupled with some profit-taking by investors, this will drive a decline in copper prices in the short-term. Nevertheless, as the trends in supply and demand are clearly suggestive of a noteworthy improvement thereafter, this is expected to be short lived, with funds and end user front-running triggering a move to deficit in 2010, setting a positive trend for the price from Q4 this year. At that stage, the consultancy would not be surprised to see prices topping $6,500/t and generating a Q4 average of $6,000/t, resulting in a full-year figure of $4,900/t.last_img read more

Womens Junior WCh 2014 Russia and Korea for the title

handball finalKorea HandballRussia handballrussia vs korea handballSouth Korea handballwomen’s junior world handball championship Russia and Korea will meet at the final of the Women’s Junior World Championship 2014 in Croatia. Two teams secured places in the battle for the gold after quality performance in the semi-finals. Russia beat Denmark 31:29 (17:13), while Korean girls had no problem with Germans 28:24 (15:11). Korea reached the first Junior final since 1991, while Russian girls will try to repeat success from Youth WCh, when they won the gold two years ago…Romania and France will play for the fifth place. Romanian girls beat Hungary 25:24, while France won against Netherlands 31:25. ← Previous Story QATAR 2015 DRAW: The strongest and weakest possible groups are… Next Story → VfL Gummersbach begin preparation for season 2014/2015 read more

Is Greek coffee the secret to long life

first_imgDrinking Greek coffee could help people live longer by warding off heart disease, a study by researchers at the University fo Athens has found. But drinking coffee is a deeply embedded social tradition in Greek culture which made it imperative to probe on this island of ‘high life-expectancy’. The researchers at the University of Athens have carried out the study and found that drinking a cup of coffee everyday improves elasticity of the arteries, which can stave off heart disease. The study analysed 485 people with high blood pressure between 65 and 100 who live on the Greek island of Ikaria, an island renowned for the longevity of its residents. Dr Christina Chrysohoou, who led the study, said there was conflicting evidence about the effect of coffee drinking on heart health, with some research showing it aggravated high blood pressure. “But drinking coffee is a deeply embedded social tradition in Greek culture which made it imperative to probe on this island of ‘high life-expectancy,” she said. In the study, the subjects’ arteries were assessed for distensibility – or elasticity. The 56 per cent who were moderate coffee drinkers consuming between one and two cups a day, had best arterial health, with their blood vessels behaving like those found in younger people. Their arteries were more elastic than those measured in people who drank little or no coffee. Around one in 10 who drank three or more cups a day had the least elasticity. Dr Chrysohoou said moderate coffee drinkers were drinking strong Greek coffee but other types might work as well. She suggested that ingredients such as caffeine and antioxidants may partly improve arterial function by increasing the ability to take up nitric oxide, which is impaired in hypertensive patients. The findings were released at European Society of Cardiology Congress in Stockholm. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Le Diatryma un féroce prédateur de lEocène était en fait végétarien

first_imgLe Diatryma, un “féroce prédateur” de l’Eocène était en fait végétarienPubliant leurs travaux dans la revue Paleontology, des chercheurs américains ont étudié des empreintes de pas fossilisées laissées par le Diatryma, un oiseau géant de l’Éocène réputé carnivore. Ils suggèrent ainsi que cet animal était en fin de compte un paisible végétarien.Avec ses 2,13 mètres de haut, son énorme tête et son bec puissant, le Diatryma, oiseau géant de l’Éocène inférieur incapable de voler, est communément décrit comme un féroce prédateur dans les ouvrages scientifiques et les médias populaires. Un comportement notamment confirmé par le fait que le premier squelette a été découvert à côté d’ossements fossiles de mammifères modestes. Ces derniers avaient alors été interprétés comme les restes de ses proies. Toutefois, il n’en serait rien si l’on en croit une nouvelle étude.À lire aussiL’effrayante attaque d’un crabe de cocotier sur un oiseauEn effet, des chercheurs de l’Université du Washington à Bellingham ont récemment étudié les traces de pas fossilisées – uniques – que l’oiseau a laissées dans le grès de Chuckanut, dans l’état de Washington (États-Unis) voici 55,8 à 48,6 millions d’années. De leurs observations, ils ont alors que l’oiseau était… probablement végétarien. Comme ils l’expliquent dans leurs travaux, l’absence de traces de griffes du type ‘raptor’ sur ces empreintes ne cadre pas avec un régime carnivore. “[Ces traces] montrent clairement que ces animaux n’avaient pas de griffes longues, mais des ongles assez courts. Cela plaide contre l’idée d’un animal qui attrape des proies et utilise ses griffes pour les maintenir. Les oiseaux carnivores ont tous de longues griffes pointues”, explique le paléontologue David Tucker cité par la BBC. Mais là n’est pas la seule remarque anatomique qui ne colle pas avec un comportement carnivore puisque le Diatryma (également appelé Gastornis) possédait également des pattes courtes, peu faites pour courser des proies. Il était également dépourvu d’extrémité crochue à son bec – comme en arborent tous les rapaces, ce qui les aide à maintenir les proies ou à déchirer les carcasses. “Un scénario plus probable est celui d’un paisible Diatryma qui utilisait son bec pour manger le feuillage, les fruits et les graines des forêts subtropicales qu’il habitait”, conclut ainsi George Mustoe, autre membre de l’équipe.Le 1 décembre 2012 à 15:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Vancouver Tennis Center has two sets of triplets picking up racquets

first_imgThe answers spurt out simultaneously, all three kids speaking in unison.“10.”“Gresham Arthur Academy.”“Fourth.”“Since we could walk.”Patrick, Haley and Lauren Wood have a tendency to respond to inquiries at the exact same time, which is fitting since they were born close together. The 10-year-old triplets from Gresham, Ore., aren’t just unique because triplets represent fewer than 0.1 percent of annual births in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.They’re also unique in that they just so happen to be one of two sets of triplets currently honing their tennis skills at the Vancouver Tennis Center.There’s also Camas residents Amelia, Madeline and Fiona Chang, all 4, who picked up the sport after having fun at the tennis center during a Halloween party last year.Siblings playing tennis isn’t anything new. Sisters Serena and Venus Williams have won individually and have accrued 14 Grand Slam Women’s Doubles titles. Bob and Mike Bryan, identical twins, won an Olympic gold medal for doubles in 2012. But as Wendy Chang, the mother of the Chang triplets, points out, pairing three siblings is a conundrum.“I don’t know what they are going to do about tennis,” Chang said. “There’s three, so you’re missing one if you play against each other. If you’re playing doubles, you have one extra. I’ll have to figure that out.”last_img read more

Man shot and killed in El Cajon police investigating

first_img EL CAJON (KUSI) — A man was shot to death Saturday in El Cajon.At 5:44 p.m. El Cajon Police Department received calls on shots fired on Emerald Avenue.Authorities found a Hispanic male with gunshot wounds at the scene, and were unable to resuscitate him.Emerald Ave will be closed between Chambers and Washington while ECPD finishes its investigation.No further information was available. Man shot and killed in El Cajon, police investigating Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter September 29, 2018 Posted: September 29, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Engine Failure Forces USCG Cutter to Return to Dutch Harbor

first_imgThe Coast Guard Cutter Sherman had to return to Dutch Harbor a few days early this week. The cutter and its crew were forced to turn back from a regular patrol in the Bering Sea when one of the ship’s diesel engines malfunctioned.Download AudioThe vessel’s public affairs specialist Alex Oswald says the coast Guard Cutter Sherman has a long history.  It was first launched in 1968. “So the ship’s very, very old.” Oswald is a Junior Officer on board. “It’s actually on its way out. This class of ship is call the legend class cutters and they’re in the process of being replaced.  This one is one of the last ones t be decommissioned.”The Sherman has two turbines and two main diesel engines.  Oswald says one of those engines failed. “I can’t disclose the specifics of what happened, but basically we just had a problem with the engine. We couldn’t get it to work the way we wanted it to, so we shut it don completely and we were just operating on one engine, so we had to come into port to fix the problem.”Oswald says equipment was shipped into Dutch Harbor as part of the repair work.  He wasn’t able to say if some of that work was contracted locally.The Sherman is home-ported in San Diego.  In 2001, it became the first coast guard cutter to circumnavigate the globe. The ship and its crew are in Alaska this summer to enforce fisheries regulations and provide search and rescue support. They are slated to depart again Monday.last_img read more

Khaleda Zia taken to court from BSMMU

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on way to a makeshift court at the abandoned central jail from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University on Thursday. Photo: Sajid HossainBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was taken to a makeshift court at the abandoned central jail from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Thursday to be produced before it for hearing of Niko graft case.A black SUV carrying Khaleda reached the old central jail in the capital’s Nazimuddin Road around 11:40am, reports news agency UNB, quoting jail sources.Following the hearing, she will be taken back to the jail, they said.Several police vehicles escorted her to the abandoned central jail from the hospital in the morning.On Wednesday, the law ministry issued a gazette notification saying that the trial of Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia and others accused in the Niko corruption case will be held at a makeshift court in Old Dhaka central jail.The ministry issued the gazette notification transferring the court citing security reasons.According to the gazette, room no 7 of the old central jail’s administration building will be the venue for the makeshift court.Meanwhile, a huge number of police, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Detective Branch (DB) of police and Ansar members were deployed in and around Nazimuddin Road to maintain law and order as well as security.Khaleda Zia was admitted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) after prison authorities shifted her there from jail on 6 October for better treatment in response to a court order.On 4 October, the High Court directed the government to immediately admit Khaleda Zia to the BSMMU and form a 5-member medical board afresh for her treatment.Khaleda Zia was in the abandoned Dhaka central jail at Nazimuddin Road since she was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on 8 February this year.last_img read more

Texans Star JJ Watt Breaks Left Leg Against Chiefs

first_img Share Twitter User @LA_BroadusTexans player JJ Watt has a tibial plateau fracture and will miss the rest of the season.J.J. Watt broke his left leg on Sunday night against the Kansas City Chiefs, leaving the Houston Texans without one of their biggest stars for the second straight season. The team announced that he sustained a tibial plateau fracture. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year returned this season after missing the last 13 games of last season after his second back surgery. He played every game in his first five seasons in the NFL before his injury last year. “I feel terrible for the guy,” O’Brien said. “But … just knowing him and knowing the type of guy that he is, he’s an amazing human being. And he will work extremely hard to be back to play for this football team. I know that.” Houston linebacker Whitney Mercilus was also injured in the first quarter and was ruled out with a chest injury. O’Brien said he was concerned about his injury, but did not provide any further details on it after the game. Veteran cornerback Johnathan Joseph said it was difficult to see two key members of the defense go down on the same drive. “You think about it because obviously you’re human and you feel for the guy and it’s obviously a loss and it makes you do different things on defense,” he said. “But at the end of the day you’ve got to continue to play. It’s got to be the next guy up mentality you’ve got to always have … I’m not saying we’re going to replace J.J.’s level of play but the next guy’s got to step in and pick it up.” Watt was injured while being blocked midway through the first quarter and fell to the ground. The defensive end remained on his hands and knees for a couple of minutes while trainers checked on him. They flipped him onto his back and were looking at his left leg. He was then helped to his feet and looked to be in a lot of pain and didn’t appear to be able to put any weight on the leg as he was helped off the field by two Texans officials. He remained on the sideline under a tent for a few minutes before being taken to the locker room on a cart. About 30 minutes later, television footage showed Watt walking on crutches to an ambulance before sitting on a stretcher, being moved into the ambulance and taken away. The 28-year-old Watt had 15 tackles this season, but didn’t get a sack in five games. He had 1 ½ sacks last season, after leading the NFL with 17 ½ sacks in 2015 and finishing second in 2014 with 20 ½. The Texans know that it’s a big blow to lose a player of his caliber again, but they have to figure out a way to move on like they did last year when the defense allowed the fewest yards in the NFL despite his absence. “He’s a big piece, but … you’ve still got to step up and play,” nose tackle D.J. Reader said. “Somebody’s got to go out there and play. Nobody feels sorry for you. The other 31 teams in the league don’t feel sorry for you.”last_img read more

Snuba comes to Costa Rica

first_imgIn the waters surrounding Catalina Island off the northern Pacific coast, divers can encounter giant schools of neon-colored fish, octopi, manta rays and even sharks. Most who have seen sea life like this in the wild has done so with a giant tank strapped to their backs, a wet suit squeezing their limbs and hours of training under their belts. But a new dive shop near Tamarindo is now offering an easier way to get under the water: snuba diving.Blending the ease and safety of snorekeling with the below-the-surface exploration of scuba diving, snuba divers can reach depths of 25-30 feet while breathing from long hoses attached to oxygen tanks at the surface. Though the word snuba sounds like a fusion of snorkel and scuba, snuba is actually its own acronym, standing for surface nexus underwater breathing apparatus. Snuba has been around for about 20 years, but this month SNUBA Costa Rica opened its doors, becoming the first SNUBA operator in Costa Rica. “We are definitely excited about being in Costa Rica,” said Kyle Mayfield, SNUBA’s director of water operations and safety. Like so many before him, Michael Wunderlich came to Costa Rica and fell in love with scuba diving. He was already an experienced diver, but during his first dive off Costa Rica’s shores he swam with giant manta rays. On ever dive after, he saw just as many incredible creatures.“I decided I was going to stay here and try to make a living in the water,” he said.Wunderlich had tried snuba in Hawaii and, after some research, decided to open a snuba franchise. He convinced his Costa Rican partner, Paula Saenz, to join the project and the two moved out to the Tamarindo area in the northwestern province of Guanacaste last December. After months of practice runs, the co-owners began taking customers out last week.Unlike scuba diving, snuba requires no training or experience. Anyone eight years or older who knows how to swim can do it.“If you can snorkel you can snuba,” Wunderlich said. “If you are 90 years old and have the spirit to do snuba, you can do it.”In the 20 years since its invention, snuba divers have never reported a serious dive-related injury. The depth limits in snuba eliminate the most dangerous risks associated with diving, like the decompression sickness and lung expansion. Divers do not exceed one bar of pressure while underwater, making the sport about as safe as walking on land.SNUBA Costa Rica is a full dive shop, also offering scuba and snorkeling so families with different dive preferences can still dive together. Rafts floating on the surface provide oxygen to snuba divers. Lindsay Fendtcenter_img Going there: All of SNUBA Costa Rica’s dives leave from Playa Flamingo, a 20-minute drive north of Tamarindo and an hour drive from the Liberia airport. Tours include transportation to and from Tamarindo. A one-tank snuba dive is $95 per person and a two-tank dive is $135 per person.Phone: 8523-3649, 8864-0742Website: www.snubacostarica.com Facebook Comments Related posts:Fine Diving Reported on Both Coasts Diving Conditions Good All Over Condominium “Village” Offers Water Sports, Diving, Fishing, Beaches and Other Amenities Spinning sea creature sings our tunelast_img read more

Accor achieves record results in 2014

first_imgThe Accor Group have released the entire 2014 year results today and the figures show that it was a strong year for Group, recording a growth in revenue of 3.8 per cent, up to €5,454 million.Net profit sat at EUR €223 million, which was helped by a solid operating performance in the second-half of 2014, thanks to a steady business level.Accor chairman and chief executive officer Sébastien Bazin, said that the in-depth transformation being carried out by Accor started to pay off in 2014.“The Group posted excellent results in both its businesses – HotelServices and HotelInvest – and strengthening its leadership position. In 2015, the economic environment is expected to continue to vary significantly from one region to another,” Mr Bazin said.“Accor is a robust company with strong brands, dedicated teams and clearly defined objectives. This year, we will demonstrate once again our capacity to deliver on our objectives with determination and discipline – driving further progress in our strategy and our operating and financial performance.”The hotel group had a number of highlights in 2014, some of those are the complete reorganization of the Group around the HotelServices and HotelInvest businesses and also various refinancing transactions carried out in support of the Group’s strategy, for a total amount of EUR €3.7 billion.Accor also invested a total of EUR €1 billion in the Group’s property portfolio and launched the new Digital Plan, valued at EUR €225 million.Growth in the Group’s hotel portfolio picked up pace during the year and as a result, a total of 29,556 new rooms or 208 hotels were opened. Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

CT Partners has appointed Nicole Hague as its new

first_imgCT Partners has appointed Nicole Hague as its new General Manager – Supplier Relations. Hague will join CT Partners executive management team in November and will meet with CT Partners’ members at their national conference in Bangkok in late October. Hague is presently Commercial Director Air Commerc for Travelport Worldwide, based in Singapore, and is responsible for Travelport’s relationships with airlines on the Indian Subcontinent and the Philippines. Prior to this assignment she was in Sydney as Commercial Manager Global Distribution Sales & Services – Pacific. She has previously held management roles with Helloworld and Harvey World Travel.According to Grant Wilson, Chairman of CT Partners, “Nicole’s appointment comes at an exciting time as CT Partners posts record growth over the past 12 months including over $300m in additional volume from new members. We are privileged to have Nicole join CT Partners, she has a wealth of industry experience including supplier contracting and a deep understanding of the dynamics of the industry.” appointmentsCT Partnerslast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterLuxury cruise line Cunard has announced the world-class team of designers recruited to create the interiors for its eagerly anticipated new ship, set to launch in 2022. Working in concert with the project’s world-renowned Creative Director, Adam D. Tihany, will be award-winning designers Simon Rawlings of David Collins Studio, Terry McGillicuddy of Richmond International and Sybille de Margerie, known for her eponymous design company.“Cunard has amassed the most talented interior designers in the industry to bring our new ship to life. Each member of the team brings a unique skill set to the project and, working in symphony with legendary Adam D. Tihany, will ensure a product that is one-of-a-kind and uniquely Cunard,” said Josh Leibowitz, SVP Cunard North America.Adam D. Tihany, Creative Director, added: “We have assembled a dynamic, passionate team of talented creatives whose unique design sensibilities and innate understanding of the Cunard brand will move the dial forward while recapturing the beloved spirit of Cunard travel in this next-generation cruiseliner.”While design details of the new ship are still under wraps, Cunard can confirm some of the key spaces that the expert design teams will be bringing to life.Luxury interior design team, David Collins Studio – whose projects have included Kerridge’s Bar and Grill, Corinthia London, The Apartment at The Connaught and Bob Bob Ricard – will be responsible for a show-stopping atrium, the Grand Lobby, the Queens Grill Suites and the main dining room. This will be Simon Rawlings’ very first interior afloat.Richmond International, which counts The Langham London and the award-winning Four Seasons Budapest among its clients, will be responsible for the theatre, new and exciting entertainment spaces and the outside deck space.Renowned French interior studio, Sybille de Margerie Paris – whose projects have included The Mandarin Oriental Paris and Cheval Blanc in Courchevel – will be responsible for the retail spaces, the spa and the flagship event space, the Queens Room. This will also be Sybille de Margerie’s first ship interior.The new ship will be the 249th vessel to sail under the Cunard flag and will bring the luxury line’s fleet up to four, for the first time since the 1980s. The ship will be built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. She joins Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth and flagship Queen Mary 2.Lead image: David Collins Studio, Richmond International and Sybille de Margerie confirmed as designers for Cunard’s fourth ship – pictured with Adam D Tihany, Creative Director (second from left)Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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