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Pak anticorruption court extends Zardaris remand by 10 days

first_imgIslamabad: A Pakistani anti-corruption court on Monday extended former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister’s remand by 10 days in the fake accounts case, according to a media report. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) presented the 63-year-old Pakistan People’s Party leader and his sister Faryal Talpur in the accountability court amid strict security, Geo News reported. The Bureau pleaded to the court in Islamabad for an extension of two weeks in Zardari’s remand in the case. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe court, however, extended the remand by 10 days only and ordered that the suspects should be presented before it again on August 10. According to NAB, Zardari is being investigated for his alleged involvement in extending loans and other misappropriation by Parthenon Private Limited, Park Lane Estate Private Limited and others. Zardari is the husband of the country’s first woman prime minister Benazir Bhutto. He was arrested by NAB officials in the Park Lane case on July 1. He was already in NAB custody since June 10 after the Islamabad High Court dismissed his pre-arrest bail petition in the fake accounts case. Zardari, the 11th President of Pakistan from 2008 to 2013, has denied any link with the fake accounts. He has said the allegation was part of a vilification campaign by the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party to malign opposition leaders. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHis political career has been overshadowed by the allegations of corruption due to which he has spent several years in custody although he was never convicted. Meanwhile, PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said on Monday that his father was not using an air conditioner (AC) facility in prison. Bilawal said the former president was not using the AC facility after Prime Minister Imran Khan during his recent visit to the US announced that A-class jail facilities for jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and Zardari would be withdrawn.last_img read more

US Court Orders Google to Remove Anti –Islamic Innocence of Islam

first_imgCasablanca – Everyone remembers the unprecedented outrage that the anti-Islamic documentary “Innocence of Islam” had caused among Muslims across the world. On Wednesday, a U.S. appeals court ordered Google Inc to remove the documentary from YouTube.According to Haaretz, the Court turned down Google’s assertion that removing “Innocence of Islam” from YouTube would be unconstitutional. Cindy Lee Garcia, the plaintiff and one of the actors in the documentary, had objected to the film after she discovered that a clip she had shot for a different film was included in the anti-Islamic documentary. In the clip, Garcia appears asking, “Is your Mohammed a child molester?”However, Google did not accept the Court’s decision and stated that “we strongly disagree with this ruling and will fight it.”“Ordering YouTube and Google to take down the film was the right thing to do,” Garcia’s lawyer, Cris Armenta, stated after hearing the Court’s verdict.Google claimed that while Garcia could have legal claims against the film director, she should not have won a copyright case against Google. The giant company also claimed that the video should not be removed because it had become part of public debate.Before resorting to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Garcia’s claim for copyright was addressed in a lower court, where her request to have the documentary removed from YouTube was rejected.The documentary depicted the Prophet Mohmmaed as a fool and a sexually neurotic individual.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

British Minister Alok Sharma in Sri Lanka next week

“We must give Sri Lanka time to fully implement the October 2015 resolution and post-conflict measures required to embed stability, reconciliation and justice,” he said.Sharma later had talks with Samaraweera on the sidelines of the 34th session of the UNHRC. The British government had told the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) recently to give Sri Lanka time to fully implement the October 2015 resolution. Sharma, told the Council during the high-level segment of the last session he welcomes Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s constructive engagement at the UNHRC. British Minister for Asia and the Pacific at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Alok Sharma is to visit Sri Lanka next week.Apart from holding meetings with the government, Sharma will also speak at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute on April 21 on challenges in a post Brexit world. “Discussed the need to embed stability, reconciliation & justice in #SriLanka,” Sharma tweeted on his meeting with  Samaraweera. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN marks launch of Kwibuka20 to remember unite renew after Rwanda genocide

“We must speak out forcefully whenever communities are threatened by mass atrocities or their precursors,” Mr. Ban said in New York ahead of the official observance of the Day on 7 April. He described the collective failure to prevent atrocities in Syria over the past three years as a “shameful indictment of the international community.” He also noted the “worrying trends” of rising bias against groups of people in Europe and elsewhere, and the establishment of an inquiry to probe human rights violations in the Central African Republic.The theme for Kwibuka 20 is “Remember, Unite, Renew,” aiming to remember the people murdered in Rwanda, draw inspiration from the ability of the Rwandan people to unite and reconcile, and marvel at their determination to renew their country.“Twenty years after the tragedy, many challenges remain and the country still needs strong support from the international community to assist victims in areas such as housing, healthcare, welfare or education,” said President of the General Assembly John Ashe, who was also participating in the launch. The audience included Eugene-Richard Gasana who is the Rwandan Minister in Charge of Cooperation and Permanent Representative to the UN, and Jean-Baptiste Rudatsikira, President of the Rwandan Community in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.As part of this year’s observance of the anniversary, the Kwibuka Flame of Remembrance has been on a nationwide tour since 7 January. The flame, which symbolizes remembrance as well as the resilience and courage of Rwandans over the past 20 years, is carried in a simple lamp and lights other lamps in communities around Rwanda.It will return to Kigali on 7 April where Rwandan President Paul Kagame will use it to light the National Flame of Mourning and start the national mourning period.Last May, Mr. Ban visited the Gisozi Genocide Memorial in Kigali, where he said the UN had played a key role in helping Rwanda recover by establishing the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) set up to bring justice to perpetrators of the massacres.“I was moved to tears by the enormity of the violence that targeted a range of Rwanda’s people – Tutsis, Twa, moderate Hutu and others,” Mr. Ban said remembering the visit. Nearly one million Rwandans were massacred by militia and Government forces over a period of just 100 days. This occurred despite the existence of the Genocide Convention of 1948, which makes it a crime to commit genocide. Calling the lack of response to the genocide “an epic failure,” Mr. Ban noted that the international community has since learned important lessons. “We know more keenly than ever that genocide is not a single event but a process that evolves over time, and requires planning and resources to carry out,” he said. “As chilling as that sounds, it also means that with adequate information, mobilization, courage and political will, genocide can be prevented.”Among the actions the UN is taking to prevent genocide, Mr. Ban created the “Rights up Front” Action Plan to strengthen the Organization’s ability to prevent large-scale violations of human rights, including the imperative for an early response to the risk of mass atrocities and the realization that prevention is a common responsibility of the entire UN system.Launched in December 2013, the Plan includes training for UN staff on the world body’s core purpose of promoting respect for human rights; providing Member States with the information needed to respond to human rights violations; and ensuring that UN personnel around the world are more attuned to situations where there is a risk of serious human rights abuses and are equipped for the responsibilities that such potential crises entail.Speaking at an event at the UN headquarters in January, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson urged the international community to never forget the collective failure to prevent the Rwandan genocide.“Repeating the phrase ‘never again’ is in itself a sign of continued failure,” he said. read more

Investing in disaster resilience vital for sustainable development – senior UN official

“The report is a wake-up call for countries to increase their commitment to invest in smart solutions to strengthen resilience to disasters,” according to UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström whose Office prepared the 2015 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction.Stressing that strengthened disaster risk reduction is essential to make development sustainable, the report, launched today by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at UN Headquarters, comes 10 days before of the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, where some 8,000 delegates will be gathering from 14-18 March to adopt a framework to success the landmark Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), Ms. Wahlström told a press conference.Born in 2005 out of the World Conference on Disaster Reduction, the Hyogo Framework is a 10-year plan, the first to explain, describe and detail the work that is required to reduce disaster losses.The Sendai conference will be the first landmark meeting of a particularly crucial UN year as the Organization is set to lead the global development and climate agenda at a number of major international events: an international meeting in Paris in December on the adoption of a universal text on climate change; the UN special summit in September for the adoption of a global sustainability agenda; and a major conference in July in Addis Ababa, to renew commitment to global development financing.Ms. Wahlström told reporters the new framework to be agreed in Sendai would address technological categories such as nuclear hazards linked to natural disasters, citing the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster that occurred in wake of the earthquake-induced tsunami in northern Japan.She also said the new framework would include heath and health hazards driven by global epidemics and pandemics in recent years such as SARS [Severe acute respiratory syndrome] and the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Both Ms. Wahlström and the report’s author, Andrew Maskrey, spoke of the importance of investment with risk and resilience at the core. “We need to look at how we can get risk management fully hardwired into the DNA of development,” he said.Mr. Maskrey said the world risks some $300 billion from disaster losses, which he said translates into $70 per working age person on this planet, which the report said “two months’ income for people living below the poverty line: an existential risk for people already struggling for survival on a daily basis.“If we do not address risk reduction, future losses from disaster will increase and this will impact countries’ capacity to invest money in other areas such as health and education, explained Ms. Wahlström. “If we do not take the necessary measures now, it will be difficult to achieve development, let alone sustainable development.”In response to a question from a reporter on climate change, Mr. Maskrey cited that in the Caribbean, for example, the average annual losses associated with tropical cyclone winds alone are projected to increase by as much as $1.4 billion by 2050.And the report said that by 2050, it is estimated that 40 per cent of the global population will be living in river basins that experience severe water stress, particularly in Africa and Asia.“You have to plan what is going to happen in the future,” Mr. Maskrey told reporters.According to the report, an annual global investment of $6 billion in disaster risk management strategies would generate total benefits in terms of risk reduction of $360 billion. This is equivalent to a 20 per cent reduction of new and additional annual economic losses. read more

After two years of conflict situation in eastern Ukraine remains grim –

Galina walks along the main street in Nikishino village, in eastern Ukraine, after salvaging. Photo: UNHCR According to the latest report on Ukraine by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), some 9,371 people have been killed and 21,532 others have been injured in eastern Ukraine since the conflict began in mid-April 2014. “The situation in east Ukraine remains deeply worrying. Without additional efforts and creative solutions ton implement the Minsk agreement, it could well develop into a ‘protracted conflict’ that would be harmful to human rights for many years to come; or it could escalate again, with dire consequences for a civilian population which has already suffered terribly,” warned the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonovic, at the end of a seven-day visit to Ukraine. “The increase in heavy weaponry near the contact line, and the hostilities around Avdiivka and Yasynutava, in the Donetsk region since early March, are all indicators that the crisis is far from over and should not fall off the radar of the international community,” he added. OHCHR said that civilians living close to the contact line and in territories under the control of armed groups are particularly vulnerable to human rights violations and abuses. Many are exposed to the risk of explosive remnants of war and mines. Their freedom of movement continues to be severely curtailed, with more than 20,000 people trying to cross the contact line each day, often facing long lines and precarious conditions for hours on end, OHCHR said. On 27 April, for example, four civilians were killed and eight others were injured by shelling while waiting at a checkpoint in armed group-controlled territory on the road between Mariupol and Donetsk city. These restrictions on movement have a direct impact on the daily life of civilians, who also have difficulties obtaining official civil documentation, receiving pensions and securing access to proper medical care, according to OHCHR. The 2.7 million people living in armed group-controlled areas are also suffering from the severe curtailing of their freedoms of expression, assembly and association, and are faced with tough living conditions. “During my mission to Donetsk, I urged the representatives of the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ to allow access for humanitarian actors and to stop depriving the population of humanitarian assistance,” Mr. Šimonovic said. The new UN report also documents persistent patterns of human rights violations in eastern Ukraine. “Enforced disappearances, arbitrary detention, torture and ill-treatment remain deeply entrenched practices, both in the territories controlled by the armed groups and in the territories controlled by the Government,” the report concluded. “Independent visits by international experts to all places where people are deprived of liberty are a must, firstly to prevent torture, and secondly as a pre-condition for a successful ‘all for all’ release of detainees, as envisaged by the Minsk Agreement,” said Mr. Šimonovic. OHCHR also said that UN human rights staff has documented several cases of conflict-related sexual violence in Ukraine. “The majority of allegations suggest that threats of rape and other forms of sexual violence are used as a method of ill-treatment and torture in the context of arbitrary or illegal detention, both towards men and women,” the report found. Impunity continues to be a key pattern of the conflict, according to the report. “Impunity of law enforcement and security elements for human rights violations remains widespread, and is often justified by the challenges posed by the ongoing armed conflict. In territories controlled by the armed groups, law and order has collapsed and illegal parallel structures have developed,” it says. Two years after the Maidan events in Kyiv, there has been no meaningful progress in the investigation and high-level officials that bear responsibility for ordering and overseeing the violence have so far eluded justice. The report also highlights that “interference in the independence of the judiciary remains the key obstacle to the prosecution of identified perpetrators in the 2 May 2014 Odesa violence.” “It is also imperative to clarify the fate of the many people who have gone missing since April 2014 and I have strongly argued for exchange of information and cooperation between Government and armed groups on this critical issue during my mission,” said Mr. Šimonovic, welcoming the draft law on missing people that has been prepared by the Ministry of Justice. He also highlighted the deteriorating human rights situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. “Anti-extremism and anti-terrorism laws have been used to criminalize non-violent behaviour and stifle dissenting opinion, while the judicial and law enforcement systems have been instrumentalized to clamp down on opposition voices. Worst affected are Crimean Tatars, whose main representatives bodies, Mejlis, has been banned, and whose representatives I met during my visit,” said Mr. Šimonovic. “After two years of conflict, the human rights picture in eastern Ukraine remains extremely grim. This crisis started with demands for human rights and freedoms, and these demands remain today on either side of the contact line. Leaders should listen to their people on both sides. I have heard them loud and clear: they want peace, human rights and rule of law,” he added. “Only the full implementation of the Minsk agreement will allow for the respect of everyone’s human rights, and a chance to lead a normal life and even a decent living,” he said. The report is the 14th in a series produced by the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, which was deployed by the OHCHR to Ukraine in March 2014 upon the invitation of the Government of Ukraine. The report, which covers the period from 16 February to 15 May 2016, documented 113 conflict-related civilian casualties in eastern Ukraine, with 14 people killed and 99 others injured. read more

Gold Reserve and Crystallex meet with venezuelan environment ministry

first_imgGold Reserve reports that it was invited to a meeting held on June 18, 2008 with the Venezuelan Ministry of Environment (“MinAmb”), led by Vice Minister of Environmental Planning and Administration, Ing. Merly Garcia and assisted by legal advisor Dra. Lucy Vidal. Crystallex International also attended the meeting. According to Vice Minister Garcia, the objective of the meeting was to inform both companies of the decision taken by the government to reconsider the permitting process for both projects, subject to meeting certain criteria. Vice Minister Garcia requested the parties at the meeting to submit individual proposals to the Ministry regarding further optimising enhancements to the social projects and programs in the area, enhancing the mitigation plans from the effect of the current mine plan, and improving the mine closure remediation plans at the end of the mine life including remediation of the past environmental damage caused by the artisan miners who had worked in the vicinity of the project area. Regarding the company, she indicated that if these issues could be resolved in an acceptable manner to the Ministry this would enable the issuance of the full Permit to Affect. The MinAmb representatives stated that the company’s proposal will be reviewed with the participation of other appropriate entities of the government and asked for a timely response so that this matter could be resolved as quickly as possible.Doug Belanger, President of Gold Reserve, stated, “We believe it is premature to predict the outcome of this initiative by the government. Although we are enthusiastic with MinAmb’s initiative, we are also trying to reconcile Environmental Minister Ortega’s statements related to the potential banning of open pit mining in the Imataca Forest Reserve. The company is also closely following any changes in mining policies and/or the legal framework in Venezuela as has been stated in recent years by the Ministry of Basic Industries and Mines (MIBAM) to determine any potential impact on the Brisas project.“We believe the company’s sustainable development projects and programs satisfy MinAmb’s request in addition to meeting the criteria set by the Equator Principles. The company is currently reviewing our project remediation plans and mine closure program in order to clarify them according to MinAmb’s suggestions.”Belanger further stated, “The company is currently working its way through these matters and would like to thank the 21 local, indigenous and Creole communities from the KM88 area whom through the “Liaison Commission Community – Brisas Project” have addressed our permitting issue to the government. It has been very gratifying in this difficult time and we thank them for their continued strong support.”last_img read more

Ivanhoe KamoaKakula studies reveal plan for worlds second largest copper mine

first_imgIvanhoe Mines has released the prefeasibility study for an initial 6 Mt/y copper mine at the Kakula deposit in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in addition to an updated preliminary economic assessment (PEA) combining both Kakula and Kamoa into an 18 Mt/y operation.The Kakula deposit is in the southerly portion of the Kamoa-Kakula project’s discovery area and would form the first of three deposits to be mined in the 18 Mt/y scenario.For the 6 Mt/y Kakula option, the PFS envisages an average annual production rate of 291,000 t of copper at a mine-site cash cost of $0.46/ Ib ($1,014/t) of copper and total cash cost of $1.11/lb copper for the first 10 years of operations. Annual copper production would step up to 360,000 t by year four, the company said.This option came with an initial capital cost of $1.1 billion and would result in an after-tax net present value (8% discount) of $5.4 billion factoring in an average copper price of $3.10/lb.Ivanhoe said Kakula would benefit from an ultra-high, average feed grade of 6.8% Cu over the first five years of operations, and 5.5% Cu on average over a 25-year mine life.Basic engineering for the project is already underway and is expected to be completed around mid-year, running in parallel with a definitive feasibility study expected to be completed around year-end, Ivanhoe said.“Development of twin underground declines has been completed at Kakula, with ongoing underground development activities, including access drives and ventilation raises. In addition, a box cut for a ventilation decline on the southern side of the Kakula orebody is nearing completion,” the company added.The updated Kamoa-Kakula 2019 PEA presents the alternative development option of a three-phase, sequential operation on Kamoa-Kakula’s copper deposits (pictured below).Initial production would occur at a rate of 6 Mt/y from the Kakula mine, before increasing to 12 Mt/y with mill feed from the Kansoko mine. A third 6 Mt/y mine would then be developed at Kakula West, bringing the total production rate to 18 Mt/y.“As resources at Kakula and Kansoko are mined, the PEA envisages that production would begin at several mines in the Kamoa North area to maintain 18 Mt/y throughput over a 37-year mine life,” Ivanhoe said.For this option, the PEA envisages $1.1 billion in initial capital costs, with future expansion at the Kansoko Mine, Kakula West Mine and subsequent extensions funded by cash flows from the Kakula mine. This resulted in an after-tax NPV (8% discount) of $10 billion using the same long-term copper price of $3.10/Ib.Under this approach, the PEA also includes the construction of a direct-to-blister flash copper smelter at the Kakula plant site with a capacity of 1 Mt/y of copper concentrate to be funded from internal cash flows. This would be completed in year five of operations, achieving significant savings in treatment charges and transportation costs, according to the company.The 18 Mt/y scenario would deliver average annual production of 382,000 t of copper at a total cash cost of $0.93/lb copper during the first 10 years of operations and production of 740,000 t/y by year 12. “At this future production rate, Kamoa-Kakula would rank as the world’s second largest copper mine,” Ivanhoe said.Robert Friedland, Co-Chairman of Ivanhoe Mines, was at the Mining Indaba event in Cape Town, South Africa to announce these results.He said: “These studies clearly prove our long-standing conviction that Kamoa-Kakula is firmly on track to become one of the absolute greatest copper mining complexes in the world, helping to restore Katanga’s rightful position as the world’s largest copper producing region. This would not have happened without the extraordinary efforts of the Ivanhoe discovery team and our investment of more than $800 million in exploration and development.“We now look forward to working with the new government of the DRC and the Congolese people to develop Kamoa-Kakula to its full potential, generating widely shared economic benefits that will help to uplift local communities, and provide skills training to help ensure that young Congolese can qualify for the thousands of meaningful direct and indirect jobs that will be created.”last_img read more

Geek deals 250 off Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro ultrabook 79 for a

first_imgLenovo won a lot of awards last year for its cool little Yoga ultrabooks. The premise was simple, yet grand: a hinge designed to rotate the screen 360 degrees and a variety of new ways to use an ultrabook, from laptop to tablet and everything in between. When the 2013 model went to the drawing board, they set out to improve on the original Yoga and definitely succeeded.The star of the show here is clear: the 13.3-inch QHD+ IPS multi-touch screen. For those not in on the display resolution lingo, QHD+ comes out to 3200×1800 across 13.3-inches for an effective ppi (pixels per inch) of 282, compared to the MacBook Pro 13-incher’s shameful 227 ppi. It still rotates 360 degrees around and has a suite of pre-loaded Lenovo apps that are designed to maximize your use of the Yoga 2 Pro in its various usage modes.Of course a new laptop wouldn’t be complete without Intel’s 4th gen processors, so the Yoga 2 Pro gets your choice of Core i3, i5, or i7 variants. Every model comes standard with a 128GB (or bigger) SSD, a nice change over the slower mSATA SSD caches we typically see on entry-level ultrabooks. Extras like wireless-n, Bluetooth, an HD webcam, USB 3.0, and micro HDMI, all come standard.Despite all these features, the Yoga 2 Pro measures 0.61-inches thick and 3.06 lbs. Battery life is rated at 6 hours of 1080p video playback and 9 hours of idle usage, so expect your own experience to fall somewhere in there. Speaking of experience, it comes with the Windows 8.1 out of the box.Despite this model just going on sale yesterday, it’s already got some hefty discounts. Right now you can snag an upgraded model with Core i5, 8GB RAM, and 256GB SSD for $1149. That’s $250 off the list price and only $100 more than the base model (Core i3/4GB/128GB).Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro 13.3-inch Core i5 QHD+ convertible ultrabook with 256GB SSD for $1149 + free shipping (reg. $1399)Our other top deals:Dell P2212H 21.5-inch 1080p LED-backlit monitor with 3-year warranty for $116.99 + free shipping (reg. $199.99 | use coupon 9QB025WNJ3X$MJ | via Dell)OCZ Vertex 450 128GB SSD for $79.99 + free shipping (reg. $104.99 | via NewEgg)Halo 4 (Xbox 360) for $9.99 + free in-store pickup (reg. $29.99 | via Best Buy)last_img read more

Try This Season sets on market

first_imgThis is the last weekend to find that perfect vegetable at the Vancouver Farmers Market, as the market draws to a close on another season. It’s the season for pumpkins, nuts, apples, corn and mushrooms, along with locally made baked goods, food and crafts. Keep an eye out for the special harvest and holiday markets that will pop up in late November.When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.Where: Along Sixth and Esther streets, downtown Vancouver.Telephone: 360-737-8298.Web: http://vancouverfarmersmarket.comThe farmers market is among many options for getting out and about this weekend.Art showThe Society of Washington Artists presents the Fall Exhibit and Sale, featuring the work of 125 members of all ages, skill levels and mediums. Discover art from oil paintings to pen and ink drawings. The Society of Washington Artists is one of the oldest arts organizations in Clark County. The artists’ reception and awards ceremony will be from 6 to 8 tonight, with music by David Hu.When: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today.Where: Harley Hall Building, 10000 N.E. Seventh Ave., Vancouver.Admission: Free.Web: http://societyofwashingtonartists.comApple-tasticHow many ounces of apple cider will 8,000 pounds of apples make? Visitors can help press Cedar Creek Grist Mill’s barrels and barrels of apples into homemade cider for tasting and to take home. The popular Apple Cider Pressing will run until all the apples are gone. There is a requested $3 donation per bottle of cider.When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.Where: 43907 N.E. Grist Mill Road, Woodland.Admission: Free, donations accepted.Telephone: 360-225-5832.Web: cedarcreekgristmill.comBats, bugs and zoo animals, oh myWashington State University Vancouver professor Christine Portfors will host an annual Bat Talk for children and their families to learn about the role bats play in the ecosystem and dispel some popular myths about them. Meet live bats and participate in hands-on activities.When: 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday.Where: Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110, 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave., Vancouver.Admission: Free.Web: Bug Chicks will bring their love of creepy crawlies to the Water Resources Education Center. Entomologists Kristie Reddick and Jessica Honaker will teach families about the world of insects, spiders and other arthropods.last_img read more

The Big Gamble Is Sports Betting Really a 7 Billion Media Windfall

first_img Popular on Variety GamblingCompliance has a more conservative revenue estimate than DiClemente and others, forecasting that sports betting will generate about $1 billion this year and between $2 billion and $6 billion per year in five years. As a comparison: Traditional casinos bring in $40 billion per year. “It’s quite a low-margin business,” cautioned GamblingCompliance analyst James Kilsby.How much the industry will ultimately bring in also depends on coming legislation. Some states may only allow sports betting at casinos or race tracks. Others may offer online wagering as well, which is estimated to bring in much more revenue. “There are many moving parts,” said Kilsby. “This is early in the game.”Update: 10:10 a.m. PT: This post was updated with details on Paddy Power Betfair’s FanDuel acquisition. The benefits of the court decision will extend beyond dedicated sports betting sites, argued The Action Network head of media Chad Millman, who was previously editor in chief of ESPN The Magazine. “Fans who have money on a game watch more sports,” he said.This could also lead to the emergence of online video services dedicated to streaming niche sports events, said Jim O’Neill, principal analyst at video platform provider Ooyala. “It could be a collection of sports leagues in the U.S., or international plays, but there’s a strong likelihood that we’ll see a burst of new events,” he said.And then there is the ad windfall, which could benefit the entire industry, if recent history is any indication. Back in 2015, DraftKings and FanDuel were battling for the No. 1 spot in fantasy sports. Together, the two companies bought $305.5 million worth of TV advertising that year, according to estimates from Ads from both brands aired more than 80,000 times in 2015.The fantasy sports ad revenue came to a near standstill in 2016, as the two companies came under regulatory scrutiny and explored an ultimately failed merger. FanDuel ads have been virtually absent from TV since early 2017. DraftKings continues to run spots, but at a very low level. Many are now waiting for the two, and other contenders, to turn on the ad spigot again.But not everyone is as optimistic about the size of the U.S. sports gambling market as DiClemente, who estimated that sports betting operators could net $13 billion in 2019.One reason to be cautions: It may take time for the court decision to have a material impact, as legislators will have to come up with legal frameworks for sports betting on a state-by-state basis. GamblingCompliance, a company that tracks the activity across the U.S. and Europe, estimates that in addition to Nevada, five states will have legalized sports gambling before the end of the year. In five years, the number could grow to as many as 38. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img These forecasts come on the heels of the last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), a 1992 law that banned such wagers.With that decision, the judges paved the way for States to institute their own local laws to regulate sports betting — and the chips have been falling quickly ever since the court published the ruling early last week. A mere week later, Ireland-based bookmaker Paddy Power Betfair confirmed that it is acquiring fantasy sports giant FanDuel to get a foothold in the U.S. sports betting market.FanDuel was valued at $1.2 billion in 2017, and generated revenues of $124 million that year. Together, the two companies now want to get ready to take on the U.S. sports betting market. “The Group has leading sports betting operating capabilities globally and strong operations on the ground in the US,” said Paddy Power Betfair CEO Peter Jackson Wednesday. “Together with our substantial financial firepower, we believe we are now well placed to target the prospective US sports betting opportunity.”FanDuel has made no secret of its desire to get in on the action once states legalize online gambling. “We have the product design, we have the tech team working on it and we are gonna be ready to go,” FanDuel CEO Nigel Eccles said on CNBC last week.The fantasy sports start-up isn’t the only media company excited about the future of wagering. Competitor DraftKings is also preparing a sports betting product to launch in time for the NFL season, and a number of media companies are hoping to cash in on the opportunity as well.These include The Action Network, a Chernin Group-backed subscription-based online service that gives sports fans tools to track betting odds alongside other data and analysis. The company clocked record downloads for its mobile apps the day the Supreme Court decision came down, said CEO Noah Szubski. “This validates our mission.”To prepare for the new interest in wagering, The Action Network has been hiring seasoned sports commentators like veteran golf journalist Jason Sobel and former MLB catcher Paul Lo Duca. “It is an entire culture,” said Szubski about sports betting. “No one is doing what we are doing.” Updated. The Supreme Court’s decision to effectively legalize sports betting could be a big boon for media companies, according to a forecast from Evercore ISI analyst Anthony DiClemente. “Sports betting could drive $7bn incremental US ad spend in 2019,” DiClemente wrote in a note to investors this weekend, estimating that about half of that money would go to digital advertising.DiClemente isn’t alone with his assessment. Barclays analyst Ross Sandler told investors in a research note last week that he “wouldn’t be surprised if the online and offline casino and betting brands ‘scorch the earth’ with marketing spend right out of the gate.” Sandler estimated that sports betting ads could contribute as much as 4% to Google’s 2019 revenue and 7% to Facebook’s alone.last_img read more

Kolkata Police to organise Safe Drive Save Life programme

first_imgKolkata: The Traffic Guard Headquarters of Kolkata Traffic Police will organise a Safe Drive Save Life programme on Friday. The programme will be held at Rangers Club, which senior police officers will be attending.At the same time, in a bid to create awareness on road safety, an inter-school slogan and poster competition was also organised, the final of which is going to be held on Friday. Around 10 students of classes 4 to 12 participated in the same. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAn orientation workshop for commuters and drivers will also be organised on Friday. Around 100 people, including 50 drivers of buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws will be attending the workshop. The programme would commence at 12 noon.A video that was prepared by the officers of the Traffic Guard Headquarters to create awareness on road safety, will be shown to the drivers in the orientation workshop. The video was selected as the third best in a competition organised by Kolkata Police.It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had launched the statewide Safe Drive Save Life campaign to check the number of road accidents and it has helped in bringing down the number significantly.last_img read more

Minor Hotels launches Mekong Kingdoms luxury cruises

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Thematic tours of Mekong subregion have best potentialMexico’s premier LGBT destination to host major LGBT events in 2016 and 2017Thai Tourism records good growth in May 2017 SAWASDEE: Bangkok, 6 January, 2018 – Minor Hotels is launching a selection of river cruises replete with the colonial romance of river travel but with a modern twist and bespoke itineraries. Mekong Kingdoms cruises recreates and elevates the concept of river travel with their fleet of five vessels where guests can enjoy first-class services from gourmet meals to plush cabins with unique, curated experiences both aboard and ashore along the way.Cruising along the mighty Mekong River from Thailand’s Golden Triangle to the ancient Lao capital and now UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang, conjures up images of old Indochina, ofcenter_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… You can read full article here: read more

Find out what First Bus drivers really see from passionate kisses to

first_img The video will start in 8Cancel Play now Share this video We pay for stories! Send your videos to Regular bus passenger Sharon Murfin, aged 54, from Stamer Street, Stoke, said: “I’ve seen people having arguments on the bus and teenagers refusing to give up their seats for old people. “But the worst thing is always waiting for a bus, especially in the cold – and then sometimes you get people jumping the queue, which riles me. “The drivers are always polite and we always have a laugh on the bus. “There’s a few people I see regularly, I call them my ‘bus buddies’, we always have a natter.” Read MoreGreat news for drivers as parking charges set to be slashed in this town centre Ann Belfield, aged 74, of Selwyn Street, Stoke, said: “I have seen teenagers being very rude on the bus. They won’t give up their seat for an old person. “But I’ve had many a laugh on the bus and a few sing-songs as well.” Video Loading Video Unavailable Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailThe typical bus driver has witnessed 43 toddler tantrums, 24 rows between couples, had 20 passengers trying to tell them a ‘better’ route and 55 people being rude to them over the last year. But, according to a poll carried out by bus operator First, they have also witnessed 11 on-board marriage proposals, 20 acts of kindness between strangers, and enjoyed 18 passenger sing-a-longs. In fact overall, 71 per cent of First bus drivers say they see far more good in the world than bad, and half of them believe they are in a privileged position to see all walks of life embark on their bus. Read MoreFirst Potteries confirms MORE changes (and here’s the routes affected) Drivers who have, on average, been behind the wheel of Britain’s buses for at least nine years, said kind gestures from their passengers make them smile to themselves 11 times a day and estimate they are on the receiving end of 169 ‘thank-yous’ on a typical shift. First Bus customer experience director, Melanie Rees, said: “Very few people are in the privileged position to see such a varied snapshot of British life. Our bus drivers are the heart of our business and they have one of the toughest jobs – they get to see Britain at its best, and worst. In the last 12 months the typical bus driver has witnessed…24 Rows between couples 11 Marriage proposals 43 Toddler tantrums 10 Breastfeeding mums 41 Stroppy teenagers 32 Teenagers having fun 17 Political debates 18 Students finishing their homework 50 Customers moaning about the weather 53 Customers moaning about the price of the bus fare 33 Strangers chatting to each other 20 Acts of kindness between strangers 18 Sing-songs 14 Passionate kisses 36 Exhausted parents 9 Childbirth / water breaking 12 Relationship break-ups 25 People falling asleep 20 People trying to tell you a better route 63 People saying thank you 55 People being rude 6 Heart attacks or seizures 61 People struggling to find the right change for their fare 46 Instances of road rage (by the driver of another vehicle) 22 instances of money or valuable property left on the bus 13 Customers crying inconsolably 16 Hen/stag dos on their way out 17 Customers in fancy dress 8 Newly weds 8 Incidents requiring medical assistance “As one of the UK’s biggest bus operators, we know how important the bus service is to local communities and we’re working hard to make it better for our customers. “Our customer app makes it easy to plan journeys and means customers can see when their bus is coming and all our buses now offer contactless, which means customers don’t need to worry about having the right change to give to their bus driver. “We’re also investing in new training programmes for our drivers to help them deliver a better service for all our customers and to keep smiling, whatever the day brings!” Watch again Click for Sound Click to playTap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now Video will play in  We pay for stories! Send your videos to The research conducted by First found that the typical bus driver has also witnessed 14 passionate kisses and 18 students finishing off their homework. In addition to that, 50 people moaned about the weather, 25 have nodded off, 17 have boarded the bus in fancy dress and there have been 10 breastfeeding mums. Drivers have called for medical assistance eight times in the last 12 months, observed 13 people crying uncontrollably and witnessed 46 episodes of road rage. Click for Sound Bus drivers have revealed the sort of behaviour they witness every day Seventy-one-year-old Hazel Crooke, from Weston Coyney, said: “You get some very nice drivers. There was a bus driver who would lead a sing-song.” Janet Kelsall, aged 43, from Longton, said: “I remember one time on the bus when there was all the snow, the bus driver took us on a detour to get through. “He was going down different roads to make sure everyone got dropped off. There was a really nice atmosphere on the bus. You get some nice drivers.” “But I’ve had many a laugh on the bus and a few sing-songs as well.” Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. Hazel Crooke, aged 71, of Weston Coyney, said: “You get some very nice drivers. There was a bus driver who would lead a sing-song.” Janet Kelsall, aged 43, of Longton, said: “I remember one time on the bus when there was all the snow, the bus driver took us on a detour to get through. He was going down different roads to make sure everyone got dropped off. There was a really nice atmosphere on the bus.” “You get some nice drivers.” Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive. Watch again Click to playTap to play Video Loading Video Unavailable Video will play in  Share this video 12 annoying people you’ve met on your commute Watch Next Watch Nextlast_img read more

First Costa Rican to receive UNESCO silver medal – meet Nago de

first_imgRelated posts:17 photos from Nicoya’s annexation festival After Scottish independence referendum, could Guanacaste be next? Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica PHOTOS: Guanacaste celebrates 192 years of being part of Costa Rica Costa Rican singer, songwriter, poet, and folklorist Abdénago Torres Melendez; better known as “Nago de Nicoya” is a one-man force of nature when it comes to sharing Costa Rican with the world. His unique contributions were recognized on Jan. 22 the International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts (CIOFF), an association that forms part of UNESCO, gave him a silver medal for his pioneering work. Torres is one of the founders of the CIOFF in the Americas, and is the honorary president of CIOFF Costa Rica. He is the very first Costa Rican ever to receive this recognition, and fourth in the Americas.We visited Nago, who is the father of Tico Times creative director Haime Luna, at his home at Sámara Beach in the northwestern province of Guanacaste. He kindly offered us a cup of coffee and, always with a smile on his face, told us his story and played us some songs on his guitar.“People never expect that in a little town or in a little country, a person who is seen as ‘less’ can actually do something,” he said. “People think that only those from the big cities will do something important. I was born in a little town, a community of traditions. But sometimes you are inside a community full of beautiful traditions and you don’t notice it.” (Courtesy of Abdenago Tores)Nago, instead of singing the traditional rancheras and other rhythms from Guanacaste, wanted at first to become an opera singer and a piano player.“What I liked was to sing opera, ballads, not what I grew up on,” he explained. “Anyone would say I had to sing ‘Caballito Nicoyano’ or other ‘rancheras’, but no, I liked the opera, because that was what I felt inside. But later, things switched. I became the recovery of the culture of my people.”“I left [for San José] really young expecting to get into Castella High School to study piano and opera, but there were no spaces, so I had to study at Monseñor Sanabria Highschool. There, I created an orchestra and started doing raffles to raise money for instruments. I started to sing: ballads, rock music.”During his high-school years, Nago also founded a rock band named The Beast Boys and, as a soloist, sang ballads in other languages such as French and Portuguese. He says this surprised people because of his rural background: “You see, you don’t have the right to do something just because you come from a specific place.”After a while, Nago decided to take the culture of his people and transmit it to the world, and to tell the stories of a Costa Rica that many ignored.“I took off that costume I was wearing [in denying my roots], and said ‘I want to be me. I don’t want to sing those songs in other languages anymore. I want to sing to my people, to sing what I feel.’ Because, otherwise, I wouldn’t have been able to transcend,” he recalls, describing how he began to dress for performances as a Samareño with bull horn, water gourd and caites, traditional leather sandals. “I sang about what I had always had, but hadn’t noticed.” “Nago de Nicoya” in traditional Samareño dress. (Courtesy of The Voice of Guanacaste)This shift opened the path for Nago to create the folkloric group CURIME during the 1970s, made up of approximately 75 people. This would one of Costa Rica’s most significant musical groups: it traveled all around the world, spreading Costa Rican culture through folkloric music. Many of its former members now direct their own folkloric groups around the country. CURIME’s success opened doors so that future Costa Rican musicians to travel and share their work.Nago says one of his best songs was “Mundo de Amigos” (“World of Friends”): “Voy a recorrer el mundo, voy a navegar los mares, voy a caminar la tierra para encontrar mas amigos. Mundo, mundo, hermoso mundo de amigos.” (“I’m going to travel the world, to sail the seven seas, to walk the earth to find my friends. World, world, beautiful world of friends.”)He also likes to speak about the song “Costa Rica 500 años” (“Costa Rica 500 Years”), which speaks about the story of Nicoya, a cradle of Costa Rican and American history. Nago proudly recounts that the song “was used in a World Congress of historians held in Nicoya many years ago.” It features contemporary instruments mixed with indigenous instruments and narrates the events that followed the arrival of the Spaniards.“When I founded CURIME and we started traveling around the world, I discovered that’s what I actually [dreamed of] since childhood,” Nago said. “When I was a child I pretended that I had a big group of artists, like a circus. I dreamed about having that circus and being part of it. And, actually, I did. With Sarita Montiel, and other artists, and me singing there.“Deep inside you, there’s always something you haven’t discovered. [That’s what happened to me with folk music.] It’s about beginning to discover yourself, and starting to like yourself. You have to feel it, because as long as you feel it, it will stay alive.” CURIME performs at Melico Salazar Theater in 1984. (Courtesy of Grupo Folklorico Curime Facebook page)Nago also worked at the Ministry of Culture from 1972 to 2008, where he had to “dream,” as he says, in order to develop ambitious projects around the country. Reaffirming his work as a pioneer of Costa Rican culture, he “created many cultural centers (Casa de Cultura) and culture committees nationwide. I visited the towns, I created the Matambu Reserve; I proposed the creation of the Miners’ Park and Barra Honda National Park, and even proposed turning Sámara into a National Park, but, sadly, that didn’t happen.“I got to the Culture Minister dreaming of doing things for the others,” he said with evident satisfaction. “I wanted to use all the deficiencies I had when I was a child as a reference to make things easier for the others [to avoid them experiencing the same deficits].”Now, “Nago de Nicoya” has received what he says is the biggest recognition he could imagine. It represents his love of his people and his country, and his diverse experiences visiting locations worldwide. Torres receives the medal. (Courtesy of Abdénago Torres)“I don’t do things expecting a recognition, but if they do come, it is because of my love of my people,” he says, explaining that he become involved in the UNESCO-based CIOFF organization after meeting some of its founders during a trip to Europe several years ago. He joined the organization and successfully lobbied for its expansion to the Americas, an achievement that made it easier for American artists to share their work in Europe. The silver medal was awarded in a special ceremony organized by CIOFF Costa Rica in Nicoya.“I have had plenty of recognitions around the world, and have sung to big personalities, as well as to humble people, and of course, I enjoyed it. The thing is that this recognition, seems to me, that is part of a life trayectory, that’s why I like it.” The CIOFF Silver Medal. (Courtesy of Abdénago Torres)Sámara, his home today, is a place he visited as a child and has always loved, he says.“[Actually] I have always lived here, but in my dreams,” he said. “I used to come as a child, and I remember we slept on the beach.” Said Nago happily. “My parents later bought us [Nago and his siblings] this property. I had the opportunity to work in Cordova, and also in the Costa Rican Embassy in Paris, but I decided I wouldn’t leave Sámara.”Nago refused to state his age for our interview.“Age is just a number,” he said. “It seems silly to me. It doesn’t exist, and I don’t like what doesn’t exist… I don’t want to travel anymore. I came here to be calm. The goal now is to re-think; you can always help in other ways. I’m thinking about a park here; also, people [who come to the beach] need bathrooms, places to keep their belongings. I want Sámara to be a place that offers all kind of services. I want people to have the basic conditions to be happy.”He also continues writing songs and poems, and playing his guitar surrounded by his loved ones.“My life is to write a song: first, to feel it, to sing it and to love it. Then, if someone likes it, ¡qué dicha! That’s great. But I [have never written songs] to sell albums. I write songs because I feel them, and that’s the important to me. I can go on for years without writing a song, or I can write many songs in just one minute, [because] it is in the moment that [inspiration] strikes.“People like me fall in love every day. I fall in love every day. If not, my life makes no sense. I have to fall in love every single day to do something, to feel something, to write something. We poets dream easily. The important thing is to be able to catch happiness in one second.”<a href=””>Costa Rica 500 años by Nago de Nicoya</a> Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Bus crash in central Senegal kills 23

first_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Men’s health affects baby’s health too Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img Road accidents in Senegal are often caused by the bad state of vehicles and roads, and also undisciplined drivers.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) DAKAR, Senegal (AP) – Senegal’s official press agency says that a bus collided with a truck killing at least 23 people.The official news agency reported Tuesday that the collision took place in a village of the city of Kaffrine in central Senegal. It said that 19 people died at the scene and four others later died from their injuries.The dead were transported to the morgue at the regional hospital in Kaolack, the largest city in central Senegal. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona 0 Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Amnesty Mexico bodies report highlights shocking crisis

first_img___Associated Press writer Maria Verza contributed to this report.___Peter Orsi on Twitter: © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MEXICO CITY (AP) — The discovery of 129 bodies in clandestine graves during months of searching for 43 missing students highlights a crisis of disappearances in Mexico, Amnesty International said Monday.The international human rights watchdog called the situation troubling not only in the state of Guerrero, where the students disappeared last September, but in other parts of the country.“This latest macabre revelation confirms what we had already found: The sheer magnitude of the crisis of enforced disappearances in Guerrero and elsewhere in Mexico is truly shocking,” Erika Guevara-Rosas, Amnesty’s Americas director, said in a statement. According to the most recent figures provided by the Interior Department, nearly 25,000 people are officially listed as missing or disappeared in Mexico since 2007.Amnesty’s statement came in response an Associated Press report Sunday in which federal officials, acting on a freedom of information request, said the bodies had been found in 60 clandestine graves between October and May. Only 16 of the remains had been identified as of July 13.Amnesty considers “enforced disappearances” to be those that happen at the hands of or with the complicity of authorities. It is not known how many of the 129 victims may fit that description.None of the corpses have been matched to the students from the Ayotzinapa rural teachers college, who disappeared after a deadly clash with police Sept. 26 in the city of Iguala. Prosecutors say the 43 students were seized by police, handed over to drug gang members, killed and incinerated at a garbage dump.The victims’ families and many others doubt the official story, however. Relatives continue to pressure the government for an account they deem credible, and the high-profile case has drawn international attention to the broader problem of people going missing in regions afflicted by drug cartel violence. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall “If it weren’t for the persistent determination of the families of the Ayotzinapa students, as well as human rights defenders and journalists in demanding from the Mexican authorities a comprehensive response to the enforced disappearance of the young men, we might never even have known about these mass graves and the dimensions of the crisis,” Guevara-Rosas said.Since the students’ disappearance, community police groups, victims’ relatives, activists and authorities have collaborated to search for clandestine graves. Each Sunday they comb the hills around Iguala looking for any sign of disturbance to the terrain, marking anything they find and then reporting it to forensic experts.The number of bodies and graves found could possibly be higher, the federal attorney general’s office said, because its response to the freedom of information request covers only those instances in which its mass grave specialists got involved.Of the 25,000 people listed by the government as missing, more than 11,000 of the cases were registered since President Enrique Pena Nieto took office Dec. 1, 2012.Pena Nieto’s government has agreed to create a national database of the disappeared that would be comprehensive and include DNA evidence. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Top Stories Relatives of the 43 missing students from the Isidro Burgos rural teachers college march holding pictures of their missing loved ones during a protest in Mexico City, Sunday, July 26, 2015.The search for 43 missing college students in the southern state of Guerrero has turned up at least 60 clandestine graves and 129 bodies over the last 10 months, Mexico’s attorney general’s office says. None of the remains has been connected to the youths who disappeared after a clash with police in the city of Iguala on Sept. 26, and authorities do not believe any will be. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte) Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Beachside destinations

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterBeachside destinations and wineries within a few hours of capital cities on Australia’s east coast are being considered as sites for a new Ovolo Hotels sub-brand. Leisure locations such as the Gold Coast, Noosa and Byron Bay are on the radar, CFO and CEO Dave Baswal says.“We’re very interested in finding a leisure asset. Something that is two hours’ drive from one of the metropolitan cities, or north of Sydney,” Baswal told LATTE.“A market that is not too far from the feeder markets – so a destination that is a two-hour drive from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne or Adelaide, would probably be what we are looking at.”Ideally, the asset would be between 40 and 80 rooms in a “lively” location.“A unique place which has an identity in the market; Byron would be perfect for that.”Baswal said nothing has been set in stone for the new Ovolo leisure brand, and said the company was undecided if the unit would carry the Ovolo branding. “We don’t know yet, but we have interest in creating a leisure interpretation of Ovolo brand,” he explained.He said the brand would be positioned in the upmarket lifestyle space, but not too “elite”.“With no disrespect, it’s not Wolgan Valley. It’s not Six Senses. We create amazing communal spaces and we like to bring people together. Ovolo guests feel like they are experiencing something unique, so the leisure brand would carry the same ethos,” Baswal said.He said the leisure brand wouldn’t be centred on the burgeoning ‘wellness’ space, “but I never say never. We might do it in the future”.“The obvious direction for Ovolo in leisure is going to be the lifestyle, young-at-heart, a-little-bit-playful market. They are a place you go with your friends, with a partner, not just to relax but to have a great experience.”“Something like Halcyon House; something like Jackalope – it’s not too elite. Jackalope is great because the food and beverage in the area is amazing, the restaurant is amazing, the vineyard is amazing. It’s out and about and makes you excited. Halcyon has its own twist on lifestyle. You can actually take the whole house and hold a big party, or a wedding, and this is the direction we like to see for Ovolo,” Baswal told LATTE.Jackalope in Victoria’s Mornington PeninsulaFor the core Ovolo brand, the group’s CFO is also intent on adding additional locations in Melbourne and Sydney, saying both cities are “obvious places to grow”.With Ovolo properties already in Brisbane and Canberra, Baswal says other state capitals would make sense.“Adelaide has a lot of good-quality hotels coming up, and I would love to manage one of them. Would we like to build something in Adelaide? Probably not. If we find an existing hotel which is for sale that we can repurpose and make as an Ovolo, then yes. Adelaide is definitely on a list of where we would be happy to invest and happy to operate.”A location in Perth is still some time away, with Baswal suggesting that market has a “little more pain still to go through” due to the cycle of downturn. “I would look at investment in probably another 12–18 months. Not too early.”Last week LATTE exclusively revealed Ovolo Hotels was weighing up the Downtown Los Angeles market as an entry point into the US market.Lead image: Byron Bay “would be perfect” for Ovolo’s new leisure brandGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

With the 55th Eurovision song contest taking place

first_imgWith the 55th Eurovision song contest taking place on Oslo this weekend (29th May 2010), Skyscanner judges the destinations that really deserve ‘douze points’.SpainThe Spanish haven’t won Eurovision since 1969, but Spain still gets full marks from British travellers and remains our most popular destination. With ferries and flights to Spain delivering over 16 million British visitors each year, it’s clear that when it comes to holidays, the UK awards Spain ‘douze points’.NorwayBasking in the glory from their Eurovision win in 2009, host nation Norway will be hoping to notch up a fourth title this year. Norway is often seen as an expensive destination by British travellers, but the beauty of its fjords, mountains and lakes is obviously a price worth paying for the 250,000 UK visitors that make the trip each year. Find flights to NorwayGreeceThe Greeks may have only won Eurovision once, but the country deserves full marks for its beautiful Aegean islands, delicious cuisine and great weather, which draw over two million UK visitors each year. Unrest in the country may dent tourist numbers this summer, but a Eurovision win could help bring back the punters. Find flights to GreeceIrelandThe Emerald Isle has won Eurovision more than any other country, though some believe this may have something to do with the popularity of Irish pubs abroad, as much as their singing talent! Although Ireland has not had a Eurovision victory since 1996, its winning blend of hospitality, greenery and history draws almost four million Brits each year. Find flights to IrelandLuxembourgAlong with France and the UK, little Luxembourg is a Eurovision superpower, having won the contest five times, more than any other country apart from Ireland. Top marks go to its attractive architecture, fine wine and haute cuisine, as well as the Mullerthal region which offers expansive valleys, rugged cliffs and cascading waterfalls, all of which draws 120,000 British visitors each year. Find flights to LuxembourgReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedSummer travel trends: winners and losers of British tourist trafficSkyscanner reveals this summer’s fastest growing destinations for British holidaymakersUK’s favourite summer holiday countries revealedUK’s favourite summer holiday countries revealed49% of travellers plan to take two or three trips in 2010Almost half of the respondents said they would be taking 2-3 trips abroad during 2010.last_img read more

TORONTO — A monthlong bid by the Art Gallery of O

first_img TORONTO — A month-long bid by the Art Gallery of Ontario to raise $1.3 million for an Infinity Mirror Room is ending today well short of the goal.And so the Toronto gallery says it is accepting donations for several more days, until Tuesday.The AGO’s crowdfunding campaign was still more than $700,000 short when the extension was announced at noon Friday.The funds will go towards purchasing a $2-million piece by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama and pay for its installation. Kusama’s Instagram-friendly contemporary art drew more than 169,000 visitors to an AGO exhibition last spring.The AGO foundation has committed $1 million towards the plan.The gallery is asking the public to provide the rest through online donations on the AGO website.The Canadian Press by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 30, 2018 9:09 am PDT A woman looks at Yayoi Kusama’s “Love Forever,” part of the “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors,” exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto on February 27, 2018. A month-long bid by the Art Gallery of Ontario to raise $1.3 million for an Infinity Mirror Room is ending today well short of the goal. And so the Toronto gallery says it is accepting donations for several more days, until Tuesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email AGO extends monthlong campaign to collect donations for Infinity Mirrors roomlast_img read more