No judgement yet in Anthony Lyons sentence appeal for Griffith Avenue sexual

first_imgA DUBLIN COURT reserved judgement on a sentence appeal by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in its case against businessman Anthony Lyons who has been found guilty of a sexual assault.A three-judge panel in the Court of Criminal Appeal today heard from both sides following a ruling that the initial sentence handed down for the 2010 attack on Griffth Avenue in Dublin was unduly lenient.The aviation broker had already been found guilty of the offence and sentenced to six years. However, the presiding judge suspended five-and-a-half years of the term and ordered Lyons to pay the 27-year-old victim €75,000 in compensation.Last November, the Director of Public Prosecutions was successful in its appeal against the leniency of the sentence. The Court of Criminal Appeal cited an “error in principle” in its ruling.During today’s hearing, the DPP said it did not take issue with the sentence but with “the undue weight the judge put on mitigating factors” such as compensation and remorse.Gravity of offenceSenior Counsel Caroline Biggs, representing the DPP told the court the it is their submission that the trial judge who sentenced Lyons “lost sight of the gravity of the offence and place undue weight” on the compensations aspect of the case.Justice John Murray, who is leading the Court of Criminal Appeal, said that the trial judge had a “duty” to consider compensation in the case, “not as a measurement – by any means – but in addition, to provide something to the victim”.Judge Murray said that sentencing should be a deterrent for the accused of a crime and also for society. He said:Women should be able to walk the streets of Dublin.Senior Counsel for Lyons, Patrick Gageby disagreed that the sentencing was unduly lenient stating that the conviction was “public condemnation”.He said that the crime was a “unique” piece of criminal activity taking place in Lyons “51st year” by a man who was, as he described, “of completely good character and substance”.Gageby said that many of his friends and families made statements to this effect, he said, adding that Lyons has no previous convictions.LenientGageby acknowledged that the 6 month custodial term was lenient, but said the conviction, having to notify the police when he is travelling, being on the sexual offenders register, as well as the “enormous loss of reputation” has impacted on Lyons.Gageby said he would make the same statement had the accused been an unemployed man.“The consequence of sentencing has had a big affect on the claimant,” Gageby said.He added that the media coverage of the trial had a profound impact on Lyons and his family and that he could no longer work in the country.“My client will never be forgotten. He will always be notorious,” said Gageby.Outlining “the totality of hardship” Gageby cited incidents of harassment of his client and family, stating that his business had suffered and that he had been asked to leave his golf club.He said the “sustained coverage” had forced him to move to the UK where he now faces a “lifetime of supervision” by the British police, he said.Going through a large portfolio of media articles, the defense said Lyons was branded a “sex beast” and put on the front pages with the same cohort as convicted rapist Larry Murphy.Judge Murray said this did much to misrepresent what Lyons was convicted for, which was sexual assault which included digital penetration of his victim.However, he did say that the offence committed against the victim was “the ultimate attack on human dignity”.The Court of Criminal Appeal reserved its judgment to a later date.During the initial trial, Lyons admitted to the attack but argued that a combination medication and alcohol were causal factors.Read: Appeal court finds Anthony Lyons sentence too lenient >Read: ‘Unusual sentence’ for sex offender raises doubts about system’s fairness >last_img read more

West Ham to bar fans for life over antiSemitic chants captured on

first_imgWest Ham to bar fans for life over anti-Semitic chants captured on video The video surfaced of supporters on their way to yesterday’s Premier League away match with Manchester United. Sunday 14 Apr 2019, 3:30 PM 11,486 Views West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini Image: Martin Rickett 14 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Share3 Tweet Email By AFP Apr 14th 2019, 3:31 PM West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini WEST HAM FANS identified in a video chanting anti-Semitic slogans will be barred for life, the Premier League club says.The video surfaced of the supporters chants on their way to yesterday’s Premier League away match with Manchester United.This follows days after a video captured Chelsea fans singing an Islamophobic song about Liverpool’s Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah, before their Europa League match against Czech side Slavia Prague.Three of the six people in the video were identified and barred.A similar fate awaits the West Hams supporters.“We are disgusted by the contents of the video,” said a West Ham spokesperson. These people are not welcome at our club — they are not welcome in civilised society.- © AFP, 2019 Image: Martin Rickettlast_img read more

House prices

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram I’m often asked about property: when to buy, when to sell, what’s happening to the market, have we reached bottom yet? The latest RP Data-Rismark Home Value Index reflects a mixed bag, showing capital city house prices fell by 1.2 per cent in May – disappointing given the Reserve Bank’s rate reduction to the historically low 2.75 per cent at the start of May. Still, while monthly stats are informative, most of us need more perspective. The May figures must be put beside the year-on-year house price index, which shows house prices rising in capital cities by 2.9 per cent between May 2012 and May 2013. A city-specific look illustrates this further. While Sydney saw a drop in house prices of 1.0 per cent in May, it also experienced a rise of 3.9 per cent over the previous year. Melbourne recorded a decline of 2.1 per cent in May but saw a rise in house prices of 2.1 per cent over the year. Close followers of house prices are often investors who look for total return on their properties, which combines rental yield and capital appreciation. This can be a good test of overall property health. RP Data has Sydney’s ‘total gross return’ on property at a solid 8.5 per cent, and Melbourne at a respectable 6.0 per cent. These are not as high as most investors want (or as high as Perth 11.3 per cent, Darwin 11.2 per cent and Canberra 7.8 per cent), but they are not low enough to dump property and move into stocks and bonds. We also have to put house prices alongside the Bureau of Statistics’ housing approval numbers. April housing approvals were very small (0.4 per cent growth) but the year to April saw 6.3 per cent growth. So the picture for property – while divided by geography and seeming to be going backwards – is actually showing a slow recovery. Moreover, I always urge people interested in property to take this market in 5 to 10 year windows. Take a look at RP Data’s longer series: the median dwelling price in the three months to May 2013 was $491,000. If you compared this to the median price in 2010 – $507,446 – you’d think you’d gone backwards. But compare the current median price to May 2008 when it was $446,488. That’s a rise of $44,512, or just under 10 per cent growth in five years – five years of global turmoil and financial crisis. Property, in the end, is a medium/long term asset: one step back can be countered by three steps forward. But you have to be patient and strategic: your investment needs time. It can’t reach the peaks if you sell in the troughs. So I suggest people act upon what’s under their control rather than becoming unnerved by property headlines. This means looking at what affects you, and acting on what you can. With the lowest interest rates I’ve ever seen, with unemployment low, and property prices recovering, this is a good time for smart buying. * Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Mark with any queries you may have or check for your nearest branch.last_img read more

Father Joes Villages shelters more tonight due to rain

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- Tonight Father Joe’s Villages will be temporarily expanding services to the homeless due to all the rainy weather.They have transformed their dining room into a temporary overnight shelter for up to 250 people needing a dry place to sleep overnight.In addition, they will be providing overnight guests with a warm meal, all with support from the city of San Diego and the San Diego Housing Commission. Posted: November 29, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Father Joe’s Villages shelters more tonight due to rain November 29, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

BtoB CEO Arrested on Embezzlement Charges

first_imgGittlitz was fired from his post at ICD in July 2007. The publisher subsequently filed a lawsuit against him, alleging “fraudulent acts and a breach of fiduciary responsibility.” He partnered with his son, Seth Gittlitz, in the acquisition of Travel Trade magazine last year.ICD owns several hospitality trade magazines, including Hotel Business, HomeWorld Business and Hotel Journal.[PHOTO: Courtesy of Lincolnshire Police Department] Ian Gittlitz, former president and CEO of b-to-b publisher ICD Publications, was arrested Sunday in Chicago on charges that he allegedly embezzled more than $2 million from the publishing company. He is being held on a $2 million bond.Gittlitz [pictured], a New York resident, was apprehended by police while attending the International Home & Housewares Show at McCormick Place in Chicago, Lincolnshire, Illinois Police detective John-Erik Anderson told FOLIO:. Gittlitz was reportedly traveling with a hired guard. If convicted, Gittlitz faces four to 15 years in prison, Anderson said.last_img read more

Murkowski Energy Bill Avoids Hot Buttons

first_imgSen. Lisa Murkowski today released a national energy policy bill. It’s been one of her highest priorities as chairman of the Senate Energy Committee, and she produced the bill jointly with the top Democrat on the committee, Maria Cantwell of Washington. Murkowski says it required compromise; the bill doesn’t include some of the big items on Murkowski’s energy agenda.Download AudioThis bill is heavy on energy efficiency and weatherization, modernizing the electric grid and new technologies. Murkowski says she wants a bill that can actually pass.“This has been an effort through months and months to find common ground on energy issues that not only impact Alaskans, but impact people around the country.”It’s a pragmatist’s bill designed for a polarized Congress. It does not include controversies like the Keystone XL Pipeline and offshore revenue-sharing for states, let alone anything that would open the Arctic Refuge to oil drilling. It also does not include one of Murkowski’s biggest national priorities – ending the ban on exporting crude oil. The senator says she’ll work on that separately.“What you will see is a base bill that is bipartisan in nature, that does not have everything that I would like, but it doesn’t have everything the other side would like. That’s the nature of legislation.”The bill doesn’t direct federal resources to Alaska, or create Alaska-only programs. That would trigger the congressional ban on earmarking. But Murkowski and her staff say the bill has provisions Alaska is well positioned to benefit from. It authorizes federal research on geothermal energy, for instance, and promotes the development of hybrid micro-grid systems, like the wind-and-diesel combos that now power some Alaska villages. It supports state energy programs with loan guarantees, and includes training to produce workers who can build and maintain modern power systems. It doesn’t have financing for the big Alaska natural gas pipeline, but it does speed up the processing of LNG export permits.The Senate Energy Committee will take the bill up next week, and after that it will go to the Senate floor, where, Murkowski, senators will be allowed to offer amendments.“I’ve said before this is not a messaging bill, this is a time to update energy policy, and we’re doing it in the regular course of business.”Murkowski says the bill would reclassify hydropower as a renewable energy.She’s especially proud that the bill would repeal lots of old and redundant energy laws. That, she says, will cut down on the scores of reports Congress requires the Energy Department to produce that no one reads.last_img read more

Potential Deportation Of Food Truck Operator Spreads Fear In Southwest Houston

first_img Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /01:10 Listen Al OrtizArmando ‘Piro’ García used to operate the Taquería Gómez food truck, but ICE agents detained him on February 8th and he is now waiting for his removal from the United States.The recent detention of an undocumented man who ran a popular food truck in southwest Houston has some immigrants in the area worried.Armando García, known as Piro by his friends, used to operate the food truck Taquería Gómez, but he is not doing it anymoreAgents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained him on February 8th.A statement from ICE says García had originally been deported to Guatemala in 1994.He re-entered the country and was convicted of misdemeanor assault in 2002.He remains in ICE custody, waiting for his removal from the United States.Yazmin, who declined to give us her last name, works at the food truck and says they have had fewer Latino customers since García was detained.Al OrtizJosé, a Mexican immigrant who used to buy his lunch from Armando ‘Piro’ García, says the topic of deportation keeps now coming up in everyday conversations since ICE detained him on February 8th.“People got scared about what happened and it’s gone down a little bit,” Yazmin noted, speaking in Spanish.José, who didn’t want to use his last name either, usually bought lunch from García.Originally from Mexico and undocumented, he notes the fear of deportation is spreading in this part of town.“It wasn’t like that before. Now, you just go out, talk a little bit and that topic comes up,” explained José, also speaking in Spanish.José adds that he is now sending more of his money to his home country because he doesn’t want to lose his savings if he also ends up deported.García’s common law wife Rosie told Houston Public Media immigration lawyers she has consulted with have told her there are few chances García will be allowed to stay in the country.A campaign has been launched on to raise funds to pay for García’s legal defense.last_img read more

New Texas Law Allows Merchants To Decline Card Purchases Without ID

first_img Share Austin Price / The Texas TribuneA customer uses a credit card to pay for lunch. A new law in Texas will enable retailers to ask for photo identification with credit or debit card purchases and turn down a transaction if buyers won’t show it.A law that takes effect in January will allow Texas merchants to ask for photo identification for credit and debit card purchases – and turn down transactions if a buyer won’t show it.The aim of the law — which the Legislature passed during the regular session that ended in May — is to reduce debit and credit card fraud. Though merchants will sometimes pick up the tab for money lost to fraud, it often falls to banks to absorb the losses and replace compromised cards. “We end up taking a lot of losses,” said Kevin Monk, executive vice president and chief operations officer at Alliance Bank, based in Sulphur Springs. “One card breach can have a significant impact.”Merchants can ask to see photo ID, but contracts they have with credit card companies often bar them from declining a transaction if a customer refuses to show it. “I think most people, like me, were surprised that merchants cannot already do this,” said state Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, who authored the legislation. “The intent of the law is to give Texas businesses the right to take this common sense step of asking for an ID for a credit card transaction,” especially as fraud and identity theft become more common. Payments made using a mobile wallet are exempt from the photo ID measure.Despite the law’s intent, Hughes said that some credit card companies “are taking the position that their agreements (with merchants) will supersede or override” it.Because the new law says merchants may – instead of must – decline a transaction if ID is not provided, “it’s not necessarily requiring them to violate their contract,” said Colin Marks, a professor at St. Mary’s University School of Law and an expert on contracts. Credit card companies could tell merchants that the law “doesn’t require you to turn (customers who don’t show ID) down, and you contractually agreed that you would not,” he said.That’s what Keith Strama, a lobbyist for Visa, suggested to lawmakers during hearings on the bill in April. He said that the law would be confusing to retailers.“The last thing we want to do is get in a legal dispute about how this bill applies to our contracts,” Strama said.Strama told legislators the measure could penalize Texans without photo identification who rely on debit cards issued by the government for certain benefit programs. He added that the law goes against an industry push to get customers’ information out of the hands of store clerks who could be bad actors.Several other groups opposed the legislation, including a state retailers association whose lobbyist suggested that letting employees determine which customers must show an ID could be perceived as discriminatory or biased.Stephen Scurlock, executive vice president of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas, said at the hearings he was “baffled” by the “hostile fire” the bill had drawn. “It is totally permissive. There are no liability shifts. There are are no mandates, and there are no penalties.”Losses from fraud are a major concern for community banks across the state, said Scurlock, whose organization pushed for the measure.Litigation would likely be needed to determine if state law overrules the credit card companies’ contracts, Marks said. A card company, for example, might sue a Texas merchant that declines to process card transactions.Even if the state law takes precedence over current contracts, supporters and opponents of the measure don’t think it alone will stymie many instances of fraud. They say chip-card readers and biometric identification – like the fingerprint used to unlock some phones – could help better protect card holders. And they hope progress will be made on different fraud prevention technologies by 2023, when the law is set to expire.“I don’t think it will stop a significant amount of fraud,” Monk said of the new law. But “I think anything we can do will help.”last_img read more

WATCH Five Things We Can All Do On A Great Houston Day

first_img Share With fall upon us, the weather is some of the best Houstonians get to enjoy all year with less humidity and cooler temperatures.  So with that in mind, we went out out to explore five things we should all be doing to enjoy the great outdoors – in our own backyards!    last_img

CBI raids house of SAIL employee

first_imgKolkata: Officers of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) conducted a raid at the house and offices of an attendant-cum-assistant (technical), security department of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) at Burnpur in West Burdwan on Wednesday. The central investigating agency had initiated a case against the official, Kapil Mondal, on charges of having a property which is “disproportionate to his known source of income”.According to the sources in CBI, the official has amassed assets to the tune of around Rs 1.38 crore during the period April 2009 to January 2017. The case was also started against Mondal’s Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightswife and son.After preliminary investigation, the CBI officers conducted a raid at the house and offices of Mondal at Kulti neat Burnpur in West Burdwan. During the search operation, police have recovered Rs 10 lakh cash from the house and office premises of Mondal. The investigating officers have also recovered a pistol with six live cartridges. CBI is carrying out further probe in this connection. It is learnt that the CBI officers have also gone through various documents in connection to this incident to reach the root of the incident.last_img read more

Monochrome visions

first_imgFrequently we find students claiming themselves to be ‘film buffs’, but do they really know about films? While they beat their own drums to label themselves as movie buffs, some film admirers beg to differ.“Young people should be sensitized about good films, to begin with. Once they are exposed to good international and national cinema, they’ll understand the value of films,” says, Ranjan Ghosh, director of Hrid Majhare, a Bengali film. “The idea that black and white movies are boring has developed because young uninitiated students have been shown works of the masters, for which they were still not ready,” adds Ghosh. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Outstanding films go unwatched by the self proclaimed movie enthusiasts. Rather films with mindless drama and commotion find place in the must watch list of these ‘movie buffs’. Most youngsters tend to stick to their preferred genre rather than exploring the vast expanse of cinema, yet claim to be movie maniacs. Classics have been listed over the years, but among them the black and white films go mostly unnoticed by the present youth as they identify the monochrome films to be ‘boring’. There are several interesting black and white films, both products of Bollywood and Hollywood, which comprise of both full length feature films and shorts films.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixCultures have changed over the years and so have the movies. Yet some ageless masterpieces rule the must watch list for movie addicts. But are the young minds aware of the ageless black and white cinema or are they looking out only for the recent quality films?Pradipta Bhattacharyya, director of Bakita Byaktigoto, winner of the best feature film in Bengali at the 61st National Film Awards, believes that people these days are more aware of films and they do understand movies better than what people used to do a decade ago. He suggests some black and white must watches for film enthusiasts—Battleship Potempkin(1925), films of Charlie Chaplin, films of Akira Kurosawa, Jean Renoir, Federico Fellini, and Citizen Kane (1941) from around the world, and masterpieces of Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Ritwik Ghatak, Shyam Benegal, Guru Dutt and Bimal Roy. “I was especially inspired by Ray’s Pather Panchali and it is undoubtedly one of my favourite films of all time,” says the director. Actor Aryann Bhowmik (Detective Byomkesh Bakshy fame) said, “Bringing out the colour from just Black and White is some serious and exciting art that I have always admired.” Kartikey Tripathi, an actor and screenwriter thinks that if people can understand the basics of film studies then they can understand its value too. “Listing good monochrome movies will be limiting the periphery of the movie world. If black and white films are boring how come we all have watched the likes of Casablanca and Psycho every time we got the chance of watching it?” adds Tripathi.“I feel monochrome is even better than colour. An expression or a feeling can be best explained by it. Monochrome has a crazy expressive tone. Some of my personal favourites are Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane, John Ford’s Stagecoach, Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times and Mani Kaul’s Uski Roti” said Uppanishad Ghosh, a recent pass-out from the Department of Film Studies, Jadavpur University. Meghan Hooper, an ex-student of New York Film Academy says, “I think that it should be compulsory for movie lovers to watch and know at least one movie from every genre.” Her favourite monochrome films have been His Girl Friday and Holiday Inn.A suggestive tiny list of some very interesting monochromatic films would inspire young film enthusiasts:It’s a Wonderful Life(1946), Bicycle Thieves(1948), Rashomon (1950), Roman Holiday (1953), 12 Angry Men (1957), 400 Blows(1959), Psycho(1960), An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1962), Do Bigha Zamin(1953), Pyasa(1957), Mughal-e-Azam(1960), Dosti(1964).last_img read more

Left Front responsible for transport dept losses says Suvendu Adhikari

first_imgKolkata: State Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari on Friday held the erstwhile Left Front government responsible for huge losses incurred by the transport Corporations and reiterated that his department has taken several corrective measures for the losses developing ‘Corporations’ under the aegis of his department.”The wrong policy of the erstwhile Left Front government has contributed to the ‘Corporations’ incurring huge losses. Before 2010-11, the ratio of a bus to its employees was 1:11, higher than the national average which is 1:5.17 . I have standardised this to 1:4.48. Our thrust is to ensure the best of transport facilities for the common people and to make the Corporations free from running it with subsidy. We have ushered in professionalism in the functioning of the Corporations,” Adhikari said in response to a query from Congress MLA Asit Mitra at the state Assembly. Adhikari said that the Left government had left a debt of Rs 132 crore on the Transport department in 2011. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHe maintained that his department has adopted a clear policy in introducing buses only in those routes that are economically viable. “We run buses only in those routes where we get at least 50 percent return of the cost incurred in operating the buses. We do not take any bank loan for functioning of the Corporations,” Adhikari said. The state Transport department now runs 3,592 buses across the state and has 14514 employees involved for running the show. He added that the government has already introduced 20 electric buses and will roll out another 60 by the end of July. Altogether, 55 charging stations have been set up. Asserting the measures taken for leakage of revenue, the minister said that electronic ticketing system has been introduced in state run buses. ” The buses in North Bengal will also be equipped with this system by September,” Adhikari said.last_img read more

LGBTI people violently attacked more than any other group in Greece

first_imgViolence against the LGBTI community still outnumbers all other kinds of violence in Greece. But in some good news, the number of attacks dropped last year.Greece’s Racist Violence Recording Network (RVRN) documented violence faced by various groups. They looked at the levels of violence against migrants and refugees, to human rights defenders and LGBTI people.RVRN found racist violence and hate crime ‘continue to plague Greece’.Disturbingly, the RVRN found a growth in pre-meditated violence. It found attackers seem to be acting on instructions given to them by organizations.‘The RVRN alarmingly observes an increase in the number of assaults committed by groups employing “hit-and-run” like practices,’ the report said.Despite the violence the RVRN discovered ‘the coexistence of opposing trends in Greek society’. LGBTI violence outnumbers all other groups in Greece. | Photo: Facebook/Colour Youth via Nadine Violette Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Public attacks of gay couples, muggings and homophobic groups disrupting Pride parades are just some of the types of violence LGBTI people in Greece face. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img ‘On the one hand, the presence of groups with xenophobic ideologies and acts of organized violence against organizations of refugees, immigrants, LGBTQI and their defenders was strengthened,’ said RVRN’s assistant coordinator, Tina Stavrinaki.‘On the other hand, the authorities have developed clearer and faster responses.’LGBTI violence underreportedAnother study is needed to understand why violence against LGBTI people dropped last year. But the RVRN noted there was a lot of underreporting of LGBTI violence across Europe.Colour Youth is a LGBTQ youth community group in Athens. At last year’s Pride parade, ‘particularly well-built’ men dressed in military gear turned up to intimidate members of Colour Youth.They attacked them verbally and spread homophobic pamphlets with messages such as, ‘Pride means integrity, NOT beavers in dresses’.A representative of Colour Youth, Thanasis Theofilopoulos, wanted authorities to make it easier for the LGBTI people to approach them.‘Authorities and trade unions (must) take measures to help LGBTQI persons speak out more easily and get the support they need,’ he said.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- Russia website wants users to hunt gays in Saw-inspired horror ‘game’Brave Nigerians take to the streets to protest LGBTI violenceThe gay agenda is finally revealed and it’s beautifulRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

Gamma Knife RapidArc Equally Effective for Brain Metastases

first_img News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Leksell Gamma Knife Icon image courtesy of ElektaFebruary 25, 2016 — While two advanced radiosurgery approaches — Gamma Knife and RapidArc — offer different strengths, they are equally effective at eradicating cancer in the brain, say researchers at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Philadelphia.Their study, published online January 25 in Frontiers in Oncology, compared the two different devices in brain radiosurgery. Six patients, each with three or four brain metastases, were studied.The Gamma Knife was slightly more effective than RapidArc at focusing the beam of radiation, thus limiting spread to normal tissue, and RapidArc offered much quicker treatment compared to the Gamma Knife, researchers said. Gamma Knife treatment usually take 60-100 minutes, about 3-5 times longer than RapidArc, they said.“In the end, using one or the other doesn’t make a significant clinical difference and that is important to know because physicians and patients now know they have a choice of treatments,” said the study’s senior author, associate professor Wenyin Shi, M.D., Ph.D., co-director of the Jefferson Brain Tumor Program.Understanding the benefits of advanced radiosurgery technology is essential because there has been, and will continue to be, an increase in cases of brain metastases — tumors that spread to the brain from cancer somewhere else in the body, said co-author Adam Dicker, M.D., Ph.D., chair and professor of radiation oncology, pharmacology and experimental therapeutics at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University.“As drug therapy for cancer becomes better at controlling systemic cancer, disease in the brain increases over time. The brain is a sanctuary for cancer — chemotherapies and targeted agents can’t reach the brain and the central nervous system because of the blood-brain barrier,” Dicker said. “The results are that a number of different cancers are now showing up in the brain.”Radiosurgery delivers a focused dose of radiation on tumors in order to shrink or kill the cancer, while sparing normal brain tissue. The Gamma Knife, invented in Sweden, features a circular array of 201 beams of gamma radiation that meet at a single point. The downside of the treatment, which is very accurate, is that patients wear a helmet that is fixed to the skull, Shi said. The procedure can also take a long time, he said.RapidArc radiation is a type of linear accelerator that emits high-energy X-rays (also known as photons). Very small beams with varying intensities are aimed at a tumor and then rotated around the patient. This results in attacking the target in a complete three-dimensional manner. A single treatment can take as little as 10-15 minutes.Study co-authors include Haisong Liu, Ph.D.; David W. Andrews, M.D.; James J. Evans, M.D.; Maria Werner-Wasik, M.D.; and Yan Yu, Ph.D., MBA, from Thomas Jefferson University.The study was funded by Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center and Varian Medical.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Image courtesy of Imago Systems The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec.center_img News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Radiation Therapy | February 25, 2016 Gamma Knife, RapidArc Equally Effective for Brain Metastases Study finds Gamma Knife focuses radiation more effectively while RapidArc offers quicker treatment News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Related Content News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more last_img read more

Air Canada to follow highly satisfying 2016 with milestone 80th anniversary

first_imgAir Canada to follow “highly satisfying” 2016 with milestone 80th anniversary Tags: Air Canada Michael Smith Wednesday, January 4, 2017 Sharecenter_img MONTREAL — This year marks Air Canada’s 80th anniversary, a major milestone that caps off a “highly satisfying” 2016 that included the launch of 28 new routes and a slew of rewards.According to Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer, the airline produced record EBITDAR financial results during each of the first three quarters of 2016, as well as significantly increased its global footprint with 28 new routes, including 15 new international and 12 U.S. trans-border routes. And with new service to Morocco, Air Canada “joined the elite club of global carriers serving all six continents,” he said.In addition, the airline created 1,500 new jobs in Canada last year between its mainline, rouge and Express services, with Air Canada now employing approximately 30,000 people.“We generated greater customer engagement, serving approximately 45 million people on our expanded network,” Rovinescu added.As the icing on the cake, Air Canada raked in several awards in 2016, including the distinction of being named the fastest growing brand among Canada’s largest companies and the only Four Star international network carrier in North America by Skytrax. The airline was also named among Canada’s Top 100 Employers for a fourth year in a row.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next month“We invested significantly in our fleet and product, taking delivery of nine new Boeing 787 Dreamliners in 2016 with nine more planned for 2017, reconfiguring our entire Boeing 777 fleet with our state-of-the-art Dreamliner cabin configuration and inflight entertainment systems, and completing our milestone order for up to 75 Bombardier C Series aircraft,” he said. “Shareholders took note as well. Our common shares returned nearly 34% over the year, outperforming all of our North American airline peers, the Dow Jones U.S. Airlines Index and the S&P/TSX Composite Index.” Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Iraqis face long future of fear as attacks mount

first_img Quick workouts for men New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Tensions simmer between Iraq’s Sunni and Shiite communities, yet they share an increasingly widespread despair. Al-Qaida-style attacks are on the rise, faith in the government’s ability to keep people safe is on the wane and a fatalistic acceptance of a life of fear is perniciously settling in.Nine years after the U.S. led an invasion of Iraq that overthrew dictator Saddam Hussein _ purging the leadership and military of his supporters and leading to a fight against insurgents in a bloody guerrilla war that left more than 100,000 dead _ Iraq’s outlook is increasingly bleak in summer 2012.Instead of a Western-style democracy functioning in peace and cooperation, what’s been left behind is dysfunctional and increasingly violent. Many of the attacks of the past month have targeted Shiites on annual religious pilgrimages, raising fears of a return to the deadly cycle of destructive violence between Sunni and Shiite communities.“The Sunnis should be warned that there will be retaliation if the attacks against Shiites continue,” Hashim, 18, said Wednesday in Baghdad’s Sadr City neighborhood. The impoverished area in the capital’s northeast is home to the Shiite Mahdi Army militia that battled al-Qaida during Iraq’s darkest days between 2006 and 2008. “They messed up the country, and they had to reorganize it and to rebuild what they demolished,” he said. “Right up until now, nothing has been rebuilt.”Others, like Baghdad shopkeeper Ali Izzat, a Sunni, said he’s happy the Americans are gone. “They were occupiers, and we see them as oppressors.”Izzat isn’t fazed much by the recent attacks, though he allowed it might be because he’s seen so much worse: His shop in Baghdad’s mostly Sunni Harthiya neighborhood damaged by bombs three times in 2007.“We feel sorry for the victims, of course,” he said, when asked if Iraq’s bloody past month worries him, displaying his innate sense of pessimism: “But because of all we have seen in the past, we are almost used to it.”___Associated Press Writers Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Sameer N. Yacoub in Baghdad, Nabil al-Jurani in Basra, Iraq, and Yahya Barzanji in Kirkuk, Iraq, contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories center_img Associated PressBAGHDAD (AP) – Whenever he leaves his home, Mohammed Jabar, a Sunni Muslim, carries his cellphone so his family can find out quickly whether he is safe if a deadly bomb attack hits. Shukria Mahmud, another Sunni, rarely ventures from her house because of the rash of violence that is gripping Iraq.Laith Hashim, a young Shiite Muslim, is considering moving away from Iraq if security continues to disintegrate. Such a breakdown, he fears, would spark a new round of bitter sectarian fighting of the kind that brought the nation to the brink of civil war just a few years ago. “Patience can’t last forever,” he warned.Iraqi officials and experts say worries of an impending blowup is exactly what Sunni extremists linked to al-Qaida are banking on. Dozens of bloody bombings and drive-by shootings that have killed 286 people over the past four weeks, including 11 on Wednesday, bear the terrorist network’s hallmarks. Most of the victims have been Shiite pilgrims, security forces and government officials _ three of al-Qaida’s prime targets.So far the surge in violence has fallen well short of open warfare. Iraqis fear it’s more likely they’re destined to struggle through years of misery without fully hitting bottom, before things get much better.Part of the problem is the dysfunctional Iraqi government that, so far this year, has failed to protect its public or settle internal power squabbles.“We do not have the right to think about the future, because nobody is sure whether he is going to stay alive even for the next few minutes,” said Jabar, 22, a hotel employee in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk. “We might die anytime and anywhere, so it is useless to think about what will happen for the years ahead.” Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice But starting in June, no more than three days passed without a major attack, showing the insurgency’s ability to regroup more quickly. Experts say the extremists may have been emboldened by the government’s obvious distraction by feuding between Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his political rivals among Sunnis, Kurds and some other Shiite politicians who complain he is amassing too much power in his own hands.Iraqis, certainly, mince no words in blaming their leaders for the violence.“The security situation will be improved only when the politicians stop their daily fighting over personal ambitions,” said Qassim Salman, 65, a Shiite who owns a video arcade in the southern city of Basra.Whatever the cause, the surge in violence has rekindled a gloomy sense among Iraqis _ a feeling that nine years later, the Americans have moved on, and they are left facing an immediate future of grinding violence.“This is not a normal life. How long do we have to live in fear?” asked Fuad Karim, 63, a Shiite who runs a laundry in Baghdad’s Kazimiyah neighborhood.Karim opposed the U.S. invasion, but he also said the American pullout, completed Dec. 18, was a mistake. Several people interviewed across Iraq on Wednesday said there’s no doubt their lives have gone downhill recently, and hope for improvement is waning.“We used to say that tomorrow will be better than today,” said Firas Hadi, 41, a Shiite who owns car accessory shop in Baghdad. “But today, we say today is better than tomorrow.”Mahmud, 57, the Sunni woman, said the violence has made her think twice about going outside, although “we have to leave every once in a while to get some fresh air.” Walking with her niece in the Sunni-dominated Mansour neighborhood in Baghdad, she observed, “We can’t just stay home forever.”What’s worrying about Iraq’s recent wave of attacks is how they’ve increased in frequency and size. In the months before U.S. troops left, extremists were still launching large-scale attacks that killed dozens every few weeks, but analysts said they needed the time in between to coordinate and gather explosives.A relative drop in the number of attacks in recent months had raised cautious hopes that life might inch back toward normal, despite political struggles, the corruption and an administration that can’t even provide more than a few hours of electricity each day in the capital.last_img read more

Balkans region hit by worst drought in decades

first_imgAssociated PressBELGRADE, Serbia (AP) – Wildfires are destroying forests, rivers are being reduced to a trickle, crops are wilting on the scorched farmland and electricity supplies are running low.After the harshest winter in decades, the Balkans region in the southeast of Europe is now facing its hottest summer and the worst drought across the area in nearly 40 years, officials say.The record-setting average temperatures _ which have been steadily rising for years because of global warming, according to scientists _ have ravaged crops, vegetables, fruit, and power production in a region that already is badly hit by the global economic crisis. Abdyladi Krasniqi said, “In my 73 years, I do not remember the river being so low and the heat being as severe.”Back at the Sarajevo market, Nermina Hasanovic, 52, is selling eggs and a handful of vegetables from the small part of her garden that she has been able to water.“They are so small and wrinkled. They look like they are already cooked. I’ll probably end up feeding them to the cows,” she said.Somehow, as they did during the wars of the 1990s, Bosnians are using dry humor to keep their spirits up.“We were wondering,” Hasanovic said, “if the Americans will be able to grow something on Mars? Meanwhile, we will grow cactus. Can you eat cactus?”___Aida Cerkez, Irena Knezevic, Eldar Emric, Radul Radovanovic, Amer Cohadzic from Bosnia; Jovana Gec, Marko Drobnjakovic, Darko Vojinovic from Serbia; Veselin Toshkov from Bulgaria, Alison Mutler from Romania and Nebi Qena from Kosovo contributed.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement But forestry specialist Dalibor Ballian in Sarajevo said warm southern winds made the snow melt and evaporate quickly. “Therefore, we entered the spring with a deficit of water in the ground,” he said. “Now this deficit has hit the record. We will suffer for several years to come.”Again, in less than a year, water levels of the Danube in Serbia and Bulgaria are below those required for safe shipping, officials said.Bulgarian authorities banned ships with large loads from several stretches of the river. Recently, a cruise ship with 100 tourists hit ground near the Bulgarian town of Svishtov because of the low water level, and the passengers remained stuck in the shallow water until the vessel was towed.In Romania, exporters of forest fruit _ blackberries, blackcurrants and raspberries _ in Transylvania have been hit by the dry spell, and small-time farmers have been unable to produce quotas they need to export the fruit to Germany and other Western European countries.“We used to produce 100 tons. Now it’s hard for us to collect 10 tons,” said Adrian Parlea, spokesman for the Forestry Department in the Romanian county of Mures, a major region for forest fruit supplies. This year, farmers all over the Balkans are turning to the heavens for help.“This is lost,” Ljubisav Tomic, a Serbian farmer said, pointing to his corn field, yellow and dried out with cracks in the soil. “Only God can help us, only heaven can save us.”In Bosnia, Ajsa Velagic prays to Allah before offering potatoes at the market in Sarajevo, the capital. The 64-year-old said, “There are no large ones, the drought is killing everything.”Adding to the troubles are dozens of wildfires, also fueled by the extreme heat.Blazes have destroyed hundreds of acres of forests and bush in Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia and Montenegro. Some of the fires raging on the border between Serbia and Kosovo are beyond control because of minefields left over from the war over the former Serbian province in 1999.Potato crops and corn farms are among the worst hit by the drought as irrigation systems in the former Yugoslavia, built under communism, remain clogged and out of date, leaving most of the farmland at nature’s mercy.The drought in the Balkans is being compared to a similar disaster now under way in the United States, with the economies such as Russia likely to profit by exporting food, wheat and other crops to the Balkan states. The dryness is best seen in small rivers and lakes around the region, with the water levels dropping to only a few centimeters (inches) in some cases.Hydropower plants in Serbia, Bosnia and Macedonia have scaled down production because of the lack of water, and authorities say electricity will have to be imported as the result.In Macedonia, officials have warned that even the supply of drinking water could be in jeopardy.“The level of water in the lakes and rivers is very low, and it is possible that we’ll be without drinking water,” hydrologist Konstantin Ugrinski told local media. “That is why we call on people to use water extremely rationally, only for drinking and washing.”In Serbia, the Palic Lake in the north has been artificially filled with thousands of gallons of water from a river to save its fish and ecological system.One of Bosnia’s main rivers _ Bosna _ has turned into a “drainage channel, and entire animal and plant populations have disappeared,” said Ballian.In western Kosovo, the town of Prizren that is a UNESCO heritage site and the home to medieval Serb Orthodox Christian churches and Ottoman mosques, has seen the river Bistrica reduced to a trickle. 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Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top holiday drink recipes Because of the drought’s effect on livestock, analysts forecast a sharp increase in the retail price of meat and milk, adding to the hardship of one of Europe’s poorest regions.“This year’s damage from drought is 30-80 percent, in some areas even 100 percent,” Tihomir Jakovina, Croatia’s Agriculture minister, said during a tour this week of his country’s eastern farmlands.In Serbia, the agriculture ministry said the corn and soya harvest _ the country’s main export items _ will be halved compared to last year, triggering losses of more than $1 billion ((EURO)800 million).In Bosnia, the heat has destroyed almost 70 percent of vegetables and corn, said Sead Jelec, an official at the Association of Agriculture Producers.“The past six years have been very dry in this region, but this one is definitely the worst, we can say catastrophic,” Jelec said. People in the Balkans “should brace for a really bad year.”The region also had a very dry autumn, which emptied the rivers, including the mighty Danube _ Europe’s biggest waterway. That was good news at first because last winter was extremely snowy and cold in the Balkans, and there were fears of floods once the snow starts melting. Top Stories Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Legal League 100 Summit Unites Legal Mortgage Servicer Reps

first_img Five Star Institute Legal League 100 Legal League 100 Servicer Summit LL100 2018-04-30 David Wharton April 30, 2018 660 Views Legal League 100 Summit Unites Legal, Mortgage Servicer Reps in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Government, journal, News, Servicingcenter_img Kicking off with a member reception Monday night at the historic Joule Hotel in Dallas, Texas, the 11th semi-annual Legal League 100 Servicer Summit continues on Tuesday with a day full of education and networking. The event brings together mortgage servicers, government representatives, and legal experts from financial services law firms around the country.Tuesday’s curriculum lineup includes panels of subject matter experts discussing topics such as default litigation, legal issues in fintech, reverse mortgages, government agency requirements, and servicer oversight. Yvette Gilmore, VP, Servicing Performance Management, Freddie Mac, is delivering the keynote address at 12:15 p.m. CST, and the day is set to conclude with a reception at 3 p.m. CST.“We are proud to host these discussions,” said Ed Delgado, President and CEO of The Five Star Institute. “The heart of any good working relationship is communication. Today’s conversations are an important step toward the development of improved best practices, which benefit both the industry and, ultimately, the homeowner.”Guests at this year’s Legal League 100 Spring Servicer Summit include LL100 membership law firms alongside representatives from organizations including Bank of America, Bayview Loan Servicing, BSI Financial  Services, Caliber Home Loans, Cendera Funding, Champion Mortgage, Direct Access Capital, Fay Servicing, Flagstar Bank, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, JPMorgan Chase, loanDepot, Mr. Cooper, Pacific Union Financial, Reverse Mortgage Solutions, Rushmore Loan Management Services, SN Servicing Corporation, and more.The event is sponsored by a360inc;; BDF Law Group; McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC; ProVest, LLC; Robertson, Anschutz & Schneid, P.L.; and Stern & Eisenberg, P.C.The Legal League 100, created in collaboration with the Five Star Institute, is a membership group for default servicing law firms and select service providers. The Legal League 100 acts as an advocate on behalf of its members to affect change in the industry from Wall Street to Washington, D.C.Made of up leaders in the default servicing industry, the Legal League 100 is committed to supporting the mortgage servicing industry through education, communication, and relationship development. It supports its multifaceted membership by serving as a leading force for industry standards, education, and market research. Sharelast_img read more

6 Flushing Meadows NYCs second biggest park you

first_img6. Flushing MeadowsNYC’s second biggest park, you’ll definitely need more than a few hours to take in the whole of Flushing Meadows. Start with a visit to the hi-tech New York Hall of Science Museum (111th Street Station) before stopping by to drop your jaw at the biggest tennis stadium in the world, the Arthur Ashe Stadium. Kids will love the enormous skate park, boating lake and aquatic centre, but the bit you’ll probably recognise from movies like Iron Man 2, Men in Black, as well as an episode of The Simpsons, is the 43 metre-tall Unisphere, the giant globe which was erected for the 1964 World’s Fair. 9. Inwood Hill ParkWe all know New York’s got a fascinating past, but to really delve deep into the land itself, head to Manhattan’s Inwood Hill Park, a fifteen minute walk from Dyckman Street subway. Many of the caves and valleys were formed as a result of shifting glaciers and here, it’s almost possible to imagine what these islands once looked like before the mass settlements and the skyscrapers. Tour the hiking and bike trails to leave the noise of the city behind you, and you might even spot a bald eagle – the park rangers launched a release programme in 2002. Picnicking in the park? Grab a Venezuelan bite from Cachapas Y Mas on Dyckman Street for some of the most interesting fast food you’re likely to eat, including plantain sandwiches from $6. 3. The High LineRise above the crowded pavements with a wander through this unique New York park-in-the-sky. The High Line is a linear park which sits in the footprint of a former freight railway, connecting West 30th Street with West 34th Street. The northernmost section has the best views over the Hudson Bay, along with funky benches (one of which is shaped like a xylophone), while the stretch near West 15th Street has Terroir on the Porch a fantastic bar where punters can sip their coffee while gazing out over the city (opens for the summer on May 1). One of the most popular sections is the stretch which runs between 13th and 14th Street and on Tuesdays between April and October, amateur and professional astronomers gather here for stargazing sessions. Didn’t pack your telescope? Fret not, there are always a few provided by the Amateur Astronomers’ Association. 4. Hudson River ParkThis 550-acre park is a strip of green which runs from Battery Park to 59th Street. It’s a place to bag a bench and watch the world go by, but it’s also a fun place to work out in the great outdoors. You can cycle and skateboard through the park and during the summer months there’s an extensive programme of activities, with kayaking sessions leaving from five different pier locations including Pier 40 in popular boho-chic neighbourhood, Greenwich Village. Make sure you bring a camera, because the views of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty are magnificent. 5. Prospect ParkThis park is one of New York’s greenest, the perfect antidote to a morning of frantic sightseeing around the congested avenues. Look out for 50 species of butterfly, 25 species of dragonfly and several nine-foot-tall eagles as you wander through the 30,000 trees which populate the park. These particular birds of prey are actually statues guarding the park’s main entrance, proudly marking the Union’s victories in the American Civil War. Don’t miss the Ravine, near the entrance on 15th Street and Prospect Park West: a dramatic, densely forested narrow gorge designed by the same duo responsible for Central Park, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. Once you re-emerge from nature, there are a clutch of good restaurants around this corner of the park, including the Double Windsor, for the irresistible combination of a craft beer and fried catfish sandwich. 2. Central ParkOne of the best-loved New York City landmarks covers a whopping 843 acres – an area the same size as Monaco. In fact, it’s so large that until 1975, the entire New York marathon was run inside the park. You’ll need the best part of a day to thoroughly explore the European-style gardens and rolling meadows, but there’s also an outdoor theatre, a memorial to Beatles front-man John Lennon and a zoo. There are regular free tours for visitors keen to get their bearings – find out what’s on by keeping an eye on the tours webpage. If you’re going it alone, there are many Metro stops to make your start from, including Central Park North, and 81st Street, for the Natural History Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Art. As the evening draws in, romance your better half with a horse and carriage ride around the park – and try to resist the urge to pop the question! Central Park also made our list of the best places to picnic and we’ve got more tips on where to enjoy some alfresco dining around the world, here. 1. Brooklyn Bridge ParkHead to Brooklyn Bridge Park to burn off some energy with a walk along the promenade, before taking a breather and soaking up the views over Brooklyn’s ever-changing waterfront. Strung out along a series of piers on the East River (including a beach at Pier 4) this park is especially popular with active types – there are volleyball courts, basketball courts and several playgrounds along with a large roller-skating rink, so get your neon leg-warmers at the ready! Get off the B25 bus at Fulton Ferry Landing and don’t forget to take a spin on Jane’s Carousel either, located near to the DUMBO ferry terminal – this retro restored fairground ride dates back to the 1920s. Brooklyn is also one of the best places to get pizza in New York, so you can refuel after burning off all those calories having way to much fun on your feet. Follow our foodie guide for more tips on where to head for the best local dishes. Image: Kristine Paulus, CC BY 2.0.Fly to NYC Want more tips for exploring the Great Outdoors? Read on…13 adventure holidays in the Cairngorms, ScotlandWant to get back to nature and discover some of the wonderful wildlife we have right here in the UK? Steam trains to zip wires, hiking mountains to floating down river: here are 13 ways to go wild in the Cairngorms National Park.Best places to view the leaves changing this autumnPlanning an outdoor trip next autumn? Here’s where to go for the most incredible colour shows on Earth.See in spring in the finest UK gardensHere are ten of the very best British gardens in full bloom this spring.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedBig Green Apple: 9 gorgeous parks in New York CityDid you know that 14% of New York City is covered with green space? Getting dizzy at the top of the Empire State is all very well but make sure you have a peaceful place to recover, with our guide to NYC’s best parks, from riverside retreats in Brooklyn to…20 Things to do in New York for $1 or Less20 Things to do in New York for $1 or Less11 best things to do in New York for freeFancy a transatlantic holiday but you’re on a budget? NYC may be notoriously expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. From culture and sculpture to bridges and boats, here’s our pick of free things to do in New York. 7. Pelham Bay ParkPelham Bay Park in the Bronx is a chunk of land which juts out into the Long Island Sound, and this leafy paradise feels more like New Hampshire than New York. Amazingly, it’s three times the size of Central Park, and its lush interior is criss-crossed with cycle paths and hiking trails. It’s one of the best places to spot New York’s wildlife, including the fearsome osprey. But if you’re into birdies of the golf kind, head for one of the two courses on site. It’s also worth making time for a visit to the Bartow-Pell Mansion – a National Historic Landmark which dates back to 1654. Pelham Bay Park station is the last stop on the IRT 6 line. 8. Conference House ParkTucked away from the more obvious New York attractions, this park sits on Staten Island, framed by dramatic clay bluffs. History fans have always flocked here, for both the ancient Lenape Indian burial ground and by contrast, the imposing stone manor house which dates back to 1680. Commonly referred to as New York’s South Pole, it’s as far south as you can go in New York State and although it’s one of the city’s smaller parks, the recently refurbished playground and visitor centre are top-notch. Ride across on the Staten Island ferry from Manhattan to get here; it’s absolutely free, takes half an hour each way and the journey boasts some of the best views of the NYC skyline. Connect to Metro trains going south to the park once you dock. There are tons more great things to do in New York for no money at all, so check out our guide before you fly!last_img read more