Province Offers Condolences to Families of Virginia Tech Shooting Victims

first_imgThe government of Nova Scotia offers its condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the victims of the tragic shooting at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Among the victims is former Colchester County resident Jocelyne Couture-Nowak. Mrs. Couture-Nowak taught French for a number of years at Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Bible Hill before moving to be a French professor at Virginia Tech in 2001. “This tragic event has touched the lives of many people, particularly those who knew Mrs. Couture-Nowak and her family,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “We offer our deepest sympathies to the Nowak family and to all those whose lives she touched when she lived in the Truro area as a professor of French and a mentor for francophone Nova Scotians. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this terrible time, as they are for all our American neighbours.” Mrs. Couture-Nowak’s husband Jerzy Nowak had been a professor and department head at Nova Scotia Agricultural College until 2001, when he became head of the department of Horticulture at Virginia Tech. Over the past several years, the Nova Scotia Agriculture College and Virginia Tech have partnered on an international academic program with a focus on sustainable agriculture and aquaculture. “We are also relieved to know that the three NSAC students, two from Nova Scotia and one from Prince Edward Island, who are currently at Virginia Tech as part of this exchange program, are safe,” said Agriculture Minister Brooke Taylor. “We are shocked by this sad, horrible and senseless act. We hope that the families and friends gain strength from one another and know that so many people are thinking of their well-being at this time,” said Mr. Taylor. “The Acadian and francophone community are saddened by the loss of Mrs. Couture-Nowak,” said Chris d’Entremont, Minister of Acadian Affairs. “She has made a great contribution to the francophone community, particularly with the development of École acadienne in Truro, and she will be sadly missed.” Counselling assistance for NSAC faculty and staff has been made available. A community memorial service in the Alumni Theatre at NSAC is planned for Friday at 1 p.m.last_img read more

Need of the hour is to conserve water stop its wastage CM

first_imgKolkata: The state government will observe July 12 every year as “Save Water Day”, according to a tweet uploaded by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on social media on Saturday.A rally titled “Save Water Save Life” will be organised on July 12 at 3 pm from Jorasanko to Gandhi Statue in which Banerjee will also take part. The state government has urged the NGOs, clubs, various organisations and students to participate in the procession. In the tweet, Banerjee expressed concern over the sharp fall in the groundwater level and global warming. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersShe tweeted: “Due to extreme depletion of groundwater and inadequate availability of surface water several states like Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Gujarat are reeling under severe water scarcity. Finally water to drink has become a huge challenge in many places. In West Bengal a review was done and it was found that groundwater level was a point of concern in some blocks.” The state government is doing constant monitoring and three lakh water bodies have been dug under the flagship project “Jal Dharo, Jal Bharo”. Around 500 check dams have been constructed and 41,000 acres of land have been brought under irrigation in water scarce areas of Jangalmahal and saline areas of the Sunderbans under the “Jal Tirtha” programme. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaShe further mentioned: “The need of the hour is to conserve water and stop its wastage and misuse. Also finding ways to develop and adopt highly sustainable water use systems and policies.” It may be mentioned that Mayor Firhad Hakim has proposed to introduce rainwater harvesting in the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) area. He has urged people not to waste water. The KMC will install meters to find out the usage of water. Steps have been taken to stop wastage of water through leaks that have come up on the KMC water supply line. The KMC is planning to set up a separate zone to wash cars with unfiltered water. It may be mentioned that there used to be a pumping station to lift unfiltered water at Mallickghat off Burrabazar, which is almost defunct now. The unfiltered water was used to clean roads and for washing purposes. Every household had tanks to keep unfiltered water. In New Town, awareness campaigns to conserve water will be held on July 12. The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) conserves 30 gallons of filtered water every day by recycling wastewater which is used to water roadside trees and gardens.last_img read more

36 arrested for consuming liquor on Noida roads

first_imgNew Delhi: Three dozen people have been arrested here for consuming liquor at a public place and creating a nuisance, police said Saturday.The arrests were made from 9 pm onwards on Friday during an inspection by teams of the Sector 20 and Sector 39 police stations, a senior official said. “Thirty-six people were arrested during the inspection. 21 of them from Sector 94, while 15 from Sector 29,” Senior Superintendent of Police, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Vaibhav Krishna, said. They have been booked under Indian Penal Code section 290 (public nuisance in cases not otherwise provided for), he said. “Order on roads is necessary to ensure law and order in society, therefore this action was carried out and would be repeated from time to time,” Krishna said. On July 6, the Noida Police had arrested 474 people in Noida and Greater Noida for consuming alcohol at public places and drunk driving in three hours under its ‘Operation Clean’.last_img read more

Satellite images show oil tankers allegedly sabotaged

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — New satellite photos obtained by The Associated Press show the oil tankers that Gulf officials alleged were the targets of “sabotage” off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.The images, provided Tuesday by Colorado-based Maxar Technologies, show the oil tankers. Two are from Saudi Arabia, one is Norwegian and the other is Emirati.A boom surrounds the Emirati oil tanker, suggesting officials worry about an oil leak from the vessel.Otherwise, the vessels do not show signs of massive damage. The Norwegian ship sustained a hole just above its hull in the incident.A U.S. official, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation, said all the ships sustained similar damage.___Lolita C. Baldor in Washington contributed to this report.The Associated Press read more

UN pressed by increasing requests for electoral help in countries Annan

“The most important challenge facing the Electoral Assistance Division stems from its increased workload. This is a product of success,” Mr. Annan states.He stresses that the Division requires additional resources, in terms of both staff and finances if it is to meet the demands. “The existing pool of electoral staff will be severely taxed over the next several years. The quality of United Nations electoral assistance depend on the availability of properly trained staff,” he says.Mr. Annan says the provision of sufficient resources is essential in allowing the Division to fulfil its General Assembly mandate to meet every request and therefore to “maintain the consistency of approach that guarantees the integrity of the electoral assistance.”This need is best met by tapping into capacities that already exist within the world body, he states. “It would be highly useful, for example, for institutional relationships within the United Nations system to develop to allow for the temporary secondment of United Nations staff, both in the field and at headquarters, for the purpose of participating during peak periods in electoral operations,” Mr. Annan notes.Major missions that were not anticipated two years ago include those in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia and possibly Iraq. read more

Pipeline protesters vow to stay camped on federal land

by James MacPherson, The Associated Press Posted Nov 26, 2016 9:59 am MDT Last Updated Nov 26, 2016 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Pipeline protesters vow to stay camped on federal land CANNON BALL, N.D. – Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters will not follow a government directive to leave the federal land where hundreds have camped for months, organizers said Saturday, despite state officials encouraging them to do so.Standing Rock Sioux tribal leader Dave Archambault and other protest organizers confidently explained that they’ll stay at the Oceti Sakowin camp and continue with nonviolent protests a day after Archambault received a letter from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that said all federal lands north of the Cannonball River will be closed to public access Dec. 5 for “safety concerns.”The Corps cited the oncoming winter and increasingly contentious clashes between protesters, who believe the pipeline could harm drinking water and Native American cultural sites, and police.Standing Rock tribal members believe the land in which the encampment is on is owned by the Sioux through a more than century-old treaty with the U.S. government.“We are wardens of this land. This is our land and they can’t remove us,” said protester Isaac Weston, who is an Oglala Sioux member from South Dakota. “We have every right to be here to protect our land and to protect our water.”The vast majority of the several hundred people fighting against the four-state, $3.8 billion pipeline have created a self-sustaining community at the sprawling camp, which is on Corps land in southern North Dakota, and have put up semi-permanent structures or brought motor homes and trailers in advance of the harsh winter.On the unseasonably warm Saturday, people were chopping wood and setting up tents at the encampment, which is more than a mile from a Missouri River reservoir where the final large segment of the pipeline is yet to be completed due to the Corps consulting with the tribe. Authorities had set up a staging area about a mile away on a hill overlooking the site.Dallas Goldtooth, a protest organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network, said it is “an atrocious example that colonization has not ended for us here as indigenous people,” and that the government’s request will escalate already rocky tensions.Representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers didn’t immediately return multiple messages Friday or Saturday seeking comment and verification of the letter. Last month, the Corps said it would not evict the encampment, which started as overflow from smaller private and permitted protest sites nearby and began growing in August.President Barack Obama raised the possibility of rerouting the pipeline in that area earlier this month, something Kelcy Warren, CEO of Texas-based pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners, told The Associated Press is not an option from the company’s standpoint. Obama said his administration is monitoring the “challenging situation” but would “let it play out for several more weeks.”Some of the protests have resulted in violent confrontations — one woman suffered a serious arm injury last weekend — and more than 500 people have been arrested since August.The Corps’ letter, according to Archambault, said that those who stay on the land after Dec. 5 may be prosecuted, and that there’ll be a free speech zone south of the river.Archambault said Saturday that he doesn’t believe the Corps will forcibly evict people from the camp, adding that the tribe is working to provide protesters protection from the elements on its reservation, which is south of the Cannonball River, but offered few details.It’s the federal government’s job to peacefully close the camp because it allowed people to stay there in the first place, Gov. Jack Dalrymple said in a statement Saturday.“Our state and local law enforcement agencies continue to do all they can to keep private property and public infrastructure free from unpermitted protest activities, and its past time that the federal government provides the law enforcement resources … to enforce their own order to vacate,” the Republican said.That sentiment was echoed by Morton County Commission chairman Cody Schulz, who said county and state leaders have been seeking federal law enforcement help for months. “It’s now time for the federal government to live up to its obligations” said Schulz.Republican U.S. Sen. John Hoeven and Democratic U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said the protesters need to move for public safety.“The well-being and property of ranchers, farmers and everyone else living in the region should not be threatened by protesters who are willing to commit acts of violence,” Hoeven said in a statement Friday. He also called on the Obama administration to let work on the pipeline move forward, saying, “this difficult situation has gone on too long and we need to get it resolved.”Heitkamp said the Corps’ order is “a needed step to support the safety of residents, workers, protesters and law enforcement.” Organizers of protests against construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline speak at a news conference on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, near Cannon Ball, N.D. They said they have a right to remain on land where they have been camped for months. They made the statement a day after tribal leaders received a letter from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, telling them the land would be closed to the public on Dec. 5. (AP Photo/James MacPherson) read more

UN agencies call for end to violence and discrimination against LGBTI community

“This is the first time that so many members of the UN family have joined forces in defence of the basic rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people,” said Charles Radcliffe, the Chief of Global Issues for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). “It’s both an expression of commitment on the part of UN agencies, and a powerful call to action for Governments around the world to do more to tackle homophobic and transphobic violence and discrimination and abuses against intersex people,” he added in a news release.At a high-level event on LGBT rights, held in New York on the margins of the annual debate of the General Assembly, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon applauded the agencies for “speaking in one voice” on this critical issue.“When the human rights of LGBT people are abused, all of us are diminished. Every human life is precious – none is worth more than another,” he stated. “This United Nations I lead will never shirk in the fight against discrimination. We will never shy away from protecting the most marginalized and vulnerable people. This is not just a personal commitment – it is an institutional one.”The event highlighted the linkages between protecting the rights of LGBT people and progress towards achieving the new set of global development goals that world leaders adopted last week. “There are 17 sustainable development goals all based on a single, guiding principle: to leave no one behind. We will only realize this vision if we reach all people regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” Mr. Ban stated.Ending marginalization and exclusion of LGBT people is a human rights priority – and a development imperative, he continued. “We are here together to break down the barriers that prevent LGBT people from exercising their full human rights. When we do that, we will liberate them to fully and productively contribute to our common economic progress…. We can show future generations that the best way to advance our shared goals is to embrace all members of our human family – regardless of who they are or whom they love.”In at least 76 countries, discriminatory laws criminalize private, consensual same-sex relationships, exposing millions of individuals to the risk of arrest, prosecution and imprisonment – and even, in at least five countries, the death penalty.The joint statement outlines how laws are used to harass, detain, and discriminate against LGBTI people, while laws that criminalize cross-dressing are used to arrest and punish transgender people. These discriminatory laws perpetuate stigma and discrimination, police abuse and torture, and negatively affect public health by hampering vital access to health and HIV treatment and services.In addition, the statement sets out steps for Governments to stop violence and discrimination against the LGBTI community, including measures to improve the monitoring, reporting and investigation of hate crimes. In addition to OHCHR, the joint statement has been endorsed by the following UN entities: the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the World Health Organization (WHO). read more

Agile multilateral response vital to combat terrorism – UN chief Guterres

‘Trust’ key to enable information sharing – UN counter-terrorism officialAlso on Thursday, Michèle Coninsx, the Executive Director of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, highlighted the need for timely access to critical information for effective counter-terrorism efforts.She, however, added that there are many “potential barriers” to sharing information at the national, regional or international levels, but the “central issue” is trust.“No-one will share information without trust, or if they believe that doing so may have negative consequences. That is why it is imperative to respect human rights when sharing information,” she said.In her remarks, Ms. Coninsx also spoke of the importance of cooperation at all levels as well as of the full and effective implementation of laws and policies by competent State officials. Addressing a high-level conference on counter-terrorism, Secretary-General António Guterres underscored that working together must be the “top priority.”“We must strengthen the capacities of our counter-terrorism structures and institutions and we must complement our counter-terrorism efforts in the security realm with concerted efforts to identify and address the root causes.”He also highlighted the need to strengthen resilience and build cohesion in societies.“Communities and the State need to be joined with the common purpose of rejecting terrorist ideologies and challenging those who espouse them,” stated the UN chief.Terrorism is a grave and complex threat. Ending it demands that we work together flexibly, intelligently and openly – Secretary-General GuterresSupport should also be provided to civil society which has a major role to play in preventing violent extremism and there should be more engagement with women and young people, so they can play “meaningful roles” in combatting the scourge, he added.Mr. Guterres also cautioned that the “frontline” against terrorism is increasingly in cyberspace, with terrorists exploiting social media, encrypted communications and the so-called “dark web” to spread propaganda and coordinate attacks.There has also been a shift towards “less sophisticated attacks” against “softer targets” that are more difficult to detect and prevent, he said; noting that following military defeat in one region of the world, foreign terrorist fighters are likely to move elsewhere – either returning home or relocating to other conflict zones.The transnational nature of terrorism “means we need multilateral cooperation,” he highlighted.Convened by the Secretary-General on 28-29 June, under the overarching theme of “strengthening international cooperation to combat the evolving threat of terrorism”, the high-level conference aims to forge a new partnership for multilateral cooperation to strengthen the international community’s counter-terrorism efforts.“Terrorism is a grave and complex threat. Ending it demands that we work together flexibly, intelligently and openly,” said Mr. Guterres.In his remarks, the Secretary-General outlined the goals of the conference.These include:A strengthened international counter-terrorism cooperation.A renewed and sustained focus on preventing terrorism.Full respect for human rights while tackling terrorism.The need for “strategic investment” in young people to counter terrorism and prevent violent extremism.Recognizing the “tragic human cost” of terrorism.And strengthening the role of the United Nations in assisting its Member States to tackle terrorism. read more

Van volumes deliver but demand for Euro6 trucks still subdued

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Total commercial vehicle registrations increase by 25.8% in July, up 13.1% for the year-to-date and 18.4% over the rolling year.Van market maintains a period of strong growth, up 34.5% in July and 18.9% over the year-to-date to more than 180,000 units.Truck registrations fell by 16.3% in July, down 21.9% over the year-to-date following a surge towards the end of 2013 due to the introduction of Euro-6. The rolling year total remains up 16.4%, following increased activity last year.UK van and truck registrations: 2014 and % change on 2013“The commercial vehicle market has delivered another strong month overall, driven by an impressive number of van registrations. This reflects growing business confidence in the economy and the variety of highly capable and efficient vans on the market,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “The truck sector is continuing a downward trend brought about by an influx of orders at the end of 2013 due to incoming Euro-6 standards. There is increasing positivity in the market, however, which should see registrations return to normal levels over the coming months.”Van and truck registrations – rolling year trends Jan 2010 to dateClick through to download the full July 2014 commercial vehicle news release and data tables. read more

Jane Austen airbrushed on new £10 note campaigners complain

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The portrait of Jane Austen which appears on new polymer £10 notes has provoked outrage for having been “airbrushed.”The new notes feature the Sense and Sensibility author in a portrait painted by her nephew after her death, in which she appears noticeably prettier and less drawn than in the only contemporary painting which exists.Lucy Worsley, the TV presenter and historian, told The Sunday Times: “It’s deeply ironic that the image chosen by the Bank of England isn’t really her… It’s an author publicity portrait after she died in which she’s been given the Georgian equivalent of an airbrushing.” The paper fivers featuring prison reformer Elizabeth Fry are being replaced with unrippable polymer notes with a picture of Winston Churchill, which came into circulation last year.More than 35,000 people had signed a petition calling for the new £10 notes to feature a female face.The Bank of England started printing the controversial Jane Austen notes last October and will formally unveil the design on July 18 on the 200th anniversary of the author’s death.The event will take place at Winchester Cathedral, where Austen was buried in 1817. Jane Austen by Cassandra AustenCredit: National Portrait Gallerycenter_img The 1817 portrait used for the notes shows Austen with plump cheeks and a calm expression. It was commissioned after her death at the age of 41.However the original sketch on which the portrait is based, by her sister Cassandra, shows her with thin lips, a pointed chin, and bags under her eyes.The sketch is the only confirmed portrait of Austen to have been made during her lifetime and is on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London.Jane Austen will be the only woman – apart from the Queen – to be featured on bank notes once the withdrawal of old £5 notes is completed. Jane Austen by Cassandra Austenlast_img read more

LabGrown InsulinProducing Cells Open Door to Type 1 Diabetes Cure

first_img This Insulin-Delivering Pill Could Replace Injections for DiabeticsIs Type 2 Diabetes Actually Five Separate Diseases? Scientists at the University of California San Francisco made a major breakthrough in the effort to cure diabetes mellitus type 1.For the first time, researchers transformed human stem cells into mature insulin-producing cells, which could replace those lost in patients with the autoimmune disorder.There is currently no known way to prevent type 1 (T1) diabetes, which destroys insulin production in the pancreas, limits glucose regulation, and results in high blood sugar levels.The condition can be managed with regular shots of insulin, but people with the disease often experience serious health complications like kidney failure, heart disease, and stroke.“We can now generate insulin-producing cells that look and act a lot like the pancreatic beta cells you and I have in our bodies,” according to Matthias Hebrok, senior author of a study published last week in the journal Nature Cell Biology.“This is a critical step toward our goal of creating cells that could be transplanted into patients with diabetes,” Hebrok, director of the UCSF Diabetes Center, said in a statement.Clusters of pancreatic beta cells derived from human stem cells in a lab dish (via Matthias Hebrok Lab/University of California San Francisco)Life-threatening complications may earn patients a place on the pancreas transplant list, but the wait is long and the procedure is risky. Transplants of the pancreatic “islets”—clusters of healthy beta cells—are in clinical trials, but still rely on organs from deceased donors.Which is why Hebrok’s groundbreaking method is such a huge win for diabetes research.Moving forward, Hebrok & Co. are considering various options for making regenerative therapies a reality. The controversial CRISPR gene editing technique, for instance, could allow scientists to transplant cells into patients without immune-suppressing drugs.“Current therapeutics like insulin injections only treat the symptoms of the disease,” study co-author Gopika Nair, a postdoctoral fellow at UCSF, explained. “Our work points to several exciting avenues to finally finding a cure.”In 2017, medical device firm Viacyte began trials of its “functional cure” for diabetes: PEC-Direct, a credit card-sized device contains cells that respond to rises in blood sugar and begin producing insulin, just as the body should.PEC-Direct allows blood vessels to grow into the gadget itself; a special fabric helps foster growth, though patients still need to take steroids or other drugs to keep their body in check.More on Geek.com:Is Type 2 Diabetes Actually Five Separate Diseases?Artificial Pancreas Improves Quality of Life for Type 1 Diabetes PatientsCDC Links Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak to Pet Hedgehogs Stay on targetlast_img read more

Muggles Had to Wait 10 Hours to Ride New ‘Harry Potter’ Roller Coaster

first_imgHagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure was AMAZING! I am SO glad I did this…it’s a day and a ride I will NEVER forget! The wait was worth it! @KCCINews #HagridsMagicalCreatures #UniversalOrlando pic.twitter.com/u4c0R0YEbd— Jenipher Sutherland (@TeachSutherland) June 14, 2019 After 10 hours of waiting, through weather, downtime’s, and making friends in line we officially made it #HagridsMagicalCreatures @UniversalORL pic.twitter.com/zESDblBkYm— Payne Peters (@payne1394) June 13, 2019 Catholic School Bans ‘Harry Potter’ Books Because SpellsToy Tuesday: The Best Animal Toys More on Geek.com:New Harry Potter-Themed Roller Coaster Arrives in JuneWatch: Harry Potter Fans Freak Out Over ‘Dobby Creature’ in Eerie VideoHarry Potter x Vans Collection Unveils ‘Magical’ Footwear for Fans After a 10 hour wait due to weather, I can honestly say Hagrid’s Magical Creatures ride was worth every minute of that wait. Freaking incredible!!! #hagrid #HagridsMagicalCreatures #HagridsMagicalCreaturesMotorbikeAdventure pic.twitter.com/s58b8ceW4i— Micah Taylor (@tvfreak13) June 13, 2019 Worth the wait guys. One of the best rides in Orlando IMO pic.twitter.com/dCJ1hIhDu6— Jonathan Cooper (@dxwwf3) June 13, 2019 The 10 hr wait time at Hagrids @UniversalORL got me thinking. If waiting 10 hrs meant you would NEVER have to wait in line again, (skip the line for the rest of your life, but ONLY this ride) would you do it?#HagridsMagicalCreatures #HagridsMotorbikeAdventure #HarryPotter— Living Lambeaux (@LivingLambeaux) June 13, 2019 Harry Potter fans waited hours in line and braved stormy weather to ride the new Hagrid Roller Coaster in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.“Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure” drew in large crowds to the theme park before it opened on June 13. Once the devoted muggles were inside the park, the wait time for the new ride was 600 minutes around 9:30 a.m. EST, CBS Miami reported. At 2 p.m. EST, visitors were informed that the wait time decreased to a mere 300 minutes, or five hours, for the roller coaster.According to Universal Studios, the roller coaster features seven launches and as of now, it’s the state’s longest roller coaster track that features a crazy drop-track moment.Here’s how it goes down: Hagrid invites guests to his latest Care of Magical Creatures class, with Arthur Weasley turning a single motorcycle and its sidecar into a long train with plenty of seating. From there, visitors are whisked off on a high-speed adventure through the Forbidden Forest, where they’ll run into several Harry Potter magical creatures, including blast-ended skrewts, Cornish pixies, centaurs, and Fluffy, Hagrid’s infamous three-headed canine.Despite really long wait periods, fans were eager to stay for the ride. Some shared their experiences on Twitter and commented on how cool the roller coaster was, despite spending a lot of time in line. It looks like a lot of muggles will be heading to this “magical location” over the next few weeks.I waited 11 hours for Hagrid’s Motorbike Adventure. Was it worth it? Yes! Best coaster in Orlando? Possibly, Mako is awesome but the theming and other special features is no comparison. The roller coaster is a combination of Verbolten, Cheetah Hunt, and Wave Breaker. pic.twitter.com/46AEfaAxBI— Jordan (@jpeek8) June 14, 2019 Stay on targetlast_img read more

TC Invest concept revived somewhat Minister never agreed with closure

first_img TCI European Union money could be lost due to UK referendum on membership Related Items:john rutherford, tc invest, washington misick Recommended for you Cabinet Ministers get to spend more, CFO stays on the job Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Preview of Budget reveals salary hikes, millions is saving with retired of UK bail out loan Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Jan 2016 – The Minister of Finance is thrilled to see some semblance of an investment and business building arm return to governance in the Turks and Caicos, as during the launch on Monday for Invest Turks and Caicos, Hon Washington Misick struggled to say why TC Invest was shut down in the first place. It was the interim administration under former Governor, Damian Ric Todd that dismantled TC Invest and established a controversial collection agency to retrieve outstanding funds.Now, under Minister Misick, there is a new agency which will also share promotional responsibility with the TCI Tourist Board. Invest Turks and Caicos is headed by Chief Executive, John Rutherford and is located in Butterfield Square, down town Providenciales.last_img read more

San Diego students create play about human trafficking

first_img April 30, 2019 Updated: 7:10 PM KUSI Newsroom, San Diego students create play about human trafficking Posted: April 30, 2019center_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) – Today was the culmination of months of hard work for some students at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts.Teenagers created and produced a play about human trafficking for their peers.Why? Because more and more children are being lured into what’s being described as modern-day slavery.KUSI News Elizabeth Alvarez has the details.It’s called Tapped. A simple yet powerful play put on by students at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. It’s about a very dark and dangerous crime that is rampant in San Diego.“The Department of Justice and the (San Diego Human Trafficking) Task Force approach us and said ‘we have a need. We’re finding that younger children are being pulled into human trafficking rings.’” Said Roxane Carraso, SCPA Teacher.“They wanted us to help them create a play for awareness, a softer way to explain to younger children how this happens and how to avoid making this happen.”MaeLin Janus, student production lead explains the story is about a girl Sage and a boy named Dylan. “He makes her feel safe then things start getting pretty dark. It goes from Instagram to text messaging to exchanging pictures and they start FaceTiming it gets really involved fast.”Students worked with a professional play right to create a play based on the eight stages of what happens in the human trafficking world.Trapped was created and produced by students for students.It was the vision of the San Diego human trafficking task force.The students involved in the production all went through a seminar to learn about the problem. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

New Xbox One model to cut price to match PS4 report says

first_imgIt’s been well-documented that Sony’s PS4 has thoroughly beaten Microsoft’s Xbox One in sales since both consoles released back in November. The Xbox One isn’t floundering by any means, though, but the perception and fact that it’s in second place will only hurt the console in the long run, especially with the PS4’s looming release in its home market of Japan on February 22 poised to significantly grow the gap between the two consoles. The one strategy Microsoft can employ to mitigate some of Sony’s impending sales explosion is to change the Xbox One’s price to one that can compete with the PS4. A new report claims that Microsoft will indeed employ this strategy, and cut the price of the Xbox One to compete with the PS4, which is currently priced at $399.A generation or two ago, this significant of a price cut within one year of a new console’s release would mostly be unprecedented, but Nintendo employed the strategy with both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U after facing financial disaster. While news of the price cut is from a “well-respected source,” Microsoft has faced a number of leaks this week, from a white Xbox One to a model that comes equipped with a 1TB hard drive. While anything coming from the omniscient and omnipresent Anonymous Sources should be taken with a shipping crate full of shakers of salt, Microsoft is reportedly looking to take legal action upon the leaker of the news, which does add an air of legitimacy to the details.A white Xbox One is rumored for release.While the other tidbits leaked aren’t too surprising — another Forza is in the works, Crackdown will get another sequel, Halo 2 will get an anniversary edition — the price cut is easily the most juicy. The current $499 price makes it very difficult to favor the Xbox One over the PS4 from a consumer standpoint. The PS4 is $100 less for more powerful hardware, doesn’t force an Xbox Live-like paywall on top of your other subscription services like Netflix or MMOs, has a larger install base of people to game with, has what many are calling the most comfortable controller ever made, and arguably has developers that create more impactful exclusives. If the Xbox One does drop to the same price, then the argument becomes a little more difficult — you get the sophisticated Kinect and the Xbox One’s cable integration for “free,” as well as Microsoft’s more competent online service — that might lessen the blow of somewhat inferior hardware.Supposedly, the price cut will hit sometime this year, but as this year has just begun, we could be in for a long wait.Powered bylast_img read more

Sahara dust storm could hit Cancun this weekend

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — A Sahara dust storm has made its way across the seas and into the Mexican Caribbean as it continues toward the US.A satellite image from NASA shows the massive plume of dust that stretches from Africa into the Caribbean. The Sahara dust cloud is currently over the Caribbean Sea and portions of the Atlantic Ocean.NASA’s forecast model shows the westernmost portion of the dust plume spreading across Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and into coastal Texas late this week and into the weekend.According to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the dust is expected to continue westward into the Gulf of Mexico Thursday and Friday where it could affect Cancun before arriving in east Texas over the weekend.Meteorologist say that the haze, which is actually dust, occurs often during the summer months, however, it is not common for the sand to make its way to Texas. They say this particular journey is more than 5,000 miles long.According to Chris Dole of Weather.com, hazy skies have already appeared across the Caribbean Islands, contributing to the brilliant sunrise in the Dominican Republic Tuesday morning.Saharan dust tracks as far west as the Caribbean Sea, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico multiple times each year and can affect tropical development, sometimes squelching thunderstorm chances for a particular day.Strong winds associated with the dusty air mass known as the Saharan air layer, can also lead to an increase in vertical wind shear, hindering tropical development.Depending on wind trajectory, the dust could reach Cancun and the tip of the Yucatan Thursday or Friday before continuing toward Texas.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Its the one time on holiday where windy weather a

first_imgIt’s the one time on holiday where windy weather and getting wet are welcome.Take to the water with Skyscanner’s selection of surf spots, as windsurfing and kitesurfing expert Gareth Bayley introduces 6 of the best places to get on your board.El Médano, TenerifeOnly 10 minutes drive from Tenerife Sur airport, El Medano is a wind and kite surfers’ paradise, featuring year-round cross-onshore winds from the left and water temperatures where you can get away with board shorts and rash vest (if you’re hardy) or a shorty wetsuit (if you’re a wuss). Water temps are around 17 C in mid-winter and 25-26 C in summer.The wind is strongest and most reliable in summer, but the wind stats are pretty good all year round, thanks to a north-east trade wind strengthened further by a thermal effect. In summer, leave your big kites and sails at home; kiters here tend to use just 7m kites or smaller, and the windsurfers are looking at between 3.5m and 5m sails. Travel: find cheap flights to TenerifeHot spots: El Medano Bay – suitable for any level with a mixture of chop and small waves. The wind tends to fill in as the morning progresses, and then remains steady throughout the day, with surfers out right until sunset. El Médano is not the easiest place for learners, but there are schools right on the beach for both kitesurfing and windsurfing, with fully qualified instructors.Cabezo – further upwind, featuring waves and only for the more advanced rider.Sotavento, FuerteventuraLike Tenerife, there’s very good and reliable wind in Fuerteventura, and off-water fun aplenty if the wind should drop, although Fuerte is so blessed with wind that it’s become a fixture of one of the major kitesurf world tours. Travel: find cheap flights to Fuerteventura airport.Hot SpotsSotavento Beach – wide and long with a lagoon for learners to pick up the sport. On the outside, a mixture of chop and waves pulls in the more advanced.Sotavento is around 40-50 minutes from Fuerteventura Puerto del Rosario airport. Flag Beach – the other main location on Fuerte for wind. Situated in the north east.**Cabarete, Dominican Republic north coast**Another legendary spot in the Caribbean for wind and kitesurfers, with a chilled out beach atmosphere in which to recover from tricks gone awry. This is very much the place to mix a Caribbean holiday with your wind pursuits. Cabarete’s wind is most reliable in the summer months. Find cheap flights to the Dominican RepublicHot SpotsKite Beach – this imaginatively named kite spot can get busy due to its relatively smooth waters protected by a reef but there is plenty of space to spread out in Cabarete, including at Bozo Beach a bit nearer to town, but featuring chop and small waves. If you get bored quickly, then there’s always a guided downwinder you can take.Cabarete is about 30 minutes drive from the nearest airport, Puerto Plata. It’s quite a bit further to the next airport, Santo Domingo, around three-four hours drive away.There’s a good range of accommodation for any taste and budget. And there’s a great variety of bars and restaurants on Cabarete’s main beach drag.If the wind drops, you can always explore inland, cheaply hiring a car or motorcycle in Cabarete.Aruba, CaribbeanAruba, a Dutch dependency located off the coast of Venezuela, has some of the most reliable wind stats on Earth. Not a big island, you nevertheless need to hire a car if you’re going to get the best out of the two wind spots, at either end of the island. Hot SpotsFishermen’s Huts – this area provides off-shore wind and therefore flat water conditions. For a small fee, someone will keep an eye on you and bring you back in if you can’t stay upwind. Time is divided between kitesurfing (morning and late afternoon) and windsurfing (day). Boca Grande – located at the other end of the island, the cross on-shore winds, chop and small waves at will keep you entertained for days. It’s not a huge bay for launching, but once you’re on the outside, there’s the whole Caribbean to play in. Aruba is also great for diving, on wrecks as well as reefs. And for the ultimate dive sensation, head to Aruba’s sister island of Bonaire, the entire coast of which is a designated marine park, and rightly so. The water temperature is always balmy, so surfers can leave their wetsuits at home.Aruba is the perfect place for a couple or family who want to be doing different things on their holidays. Beach bums can head to the brilliant (and cooler to the touch) coral sand beaches outside the main hotels. Watersports nuts can head off to the windsurfing, kiting and diving. And all can get together again in the evening, for the laidback but delicious Aruban cuisine.Travel: Find cheap flights to ArubaRed Sea, EgyptThere are a number of places around the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba, perfect for windsurfing, kitesurfing and diving.Hot SpotsDahab – the “Goa of Egypt” but with plenty more wind averaging over 300 days a year of sailable weather. Dahab is laidback, friendly and always sunny, and along with Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada, is also world renowned for good diving. Travel: find cheap flights to Sharm el-Sheikh (just 1 hour away.)Sharm el-Sheikh – not quite as windy as Dahab, but Sharm’s still got it. The main reason to come to Sharm, however, is to sample the world famous diving, including on the “Thistlegorm”, the wreck of a World War 2 freighter complete with its wartime cargo. Plenty of dive schools here to choose from, as well as charter boats to join going out to the main sites on day trips or longer liveaboard excursions. Travel: find cheap flights to Sharm el-Sheikh, just minutes away.Safaga – South of Hurghada, but with a much quieter vibe. Again, great wind statistics and different conditions for all levels. And did we mention the diving? Again, world class.Moon Beach – for something a little bit different, try Moonbeachretreat.com, equidistant from Sharm el-Sheikh airport and Cairo International Airport. Moon Beach is a get away from it all kind of place, tucked away on the east coast of the Gulf of Suez, near Ras Sudr. There, you can try kitesurfing, windsurfing and yoga for when your limbs fail you. The Moon Beach team arrange windsurfing from your doorstep. The kitesurfing is run out of a resort twenty minutes up the road. The wind of course is great and reliable. No diving, though. Travel: find cheap flights to Cairo**Tarifa, Spain **The European Mecca of windsurfing and kitesurfing, Tarifa needs little introduction. Situated west of Algeciras on Spain’s Atlantic coast, Tarifa benefits from the effect of winds funnelling through the Straits of Gibraltar from the east (the “Levante”) and the west (the “Poniente”).In summer, the Levante can get quite mental, occasionally hitting Force 10! But in general expect more manageable wind and a relaxed but hip off-water life, centred around the funky and compact Tarifa old town.The water is a mixture of chop and small waves. Water temperatures are high in the summer, so you only need board shorts and rash vest. In the autumn and winter, you’re going to need a full wetsuit.Off the water, there’s plenty to see and do, so hire a car and make some trips to fishing villages, mountain towns and the sherry capital of Jerez.Travel: Find cheap flights to Jerez, Gibraltar (an hour) and Malaga (two hours). Next time, we’ll be looking at the best canoe and kayak holidays.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedQuick Sand: best beaches for a quick breakSkyscanner reveals seven places to get a quick sand fix7 ways to holiday like a local in TenerifeLeave the crowded beaches behind and see another side to Tenerife and holiday like a local.Top 16 attractions and things to do in TenerifeTenerife is known for its holiday resorts, Blue Flag beaches and vibrant nightlife scene but the island’s natural landscape and great climate offer a great deal beyond this. With volcanoes, Spain’s highest mountain peak, water sports, whale watching, natural parks and caves, Tenerife is a great weekend destination for the…last_img read more

Key Largo Florida After just one month of sales

first_img[Key Largo, Florida] After just one month of sales, The Residence Club at Fisherman’s Cove is nearly 25 percent sold out, despite Florida’s struggling real estate market. The exclusive waterfront property on Florida Bay at Mile Marker 104 Bayside provides an ideal way to own luxurious vacation real estate in Key Largo at a fraction of the price. As Florida’s property tax and insurance costs have slowed down the real estate market, Fisherman’s Cove buyers have discovered the Equity Residence ClubSM concept to be an appealing alternative to whole ownership because several owners share those costs. As a result of strong sales, the property is now selling at $329,000, up from $295,000. Throughout the Keys during 2007, average sale prices have declined in the face of large inventory. While the number of sales was down 54 percent from 2005, Fisherman’s Cove is proving to be a more comfortable purchase for otherwise reluctant buyers. “We understand the public is hesitant about buying real estate at the moment, so we are therefore thrilled that the property is being so well received,” says Fort Lauderdale-based developer Bill Thies. “This pre-opening phase is still a great time to purchase before any further price increases.” In 2007 the average sale price for a waterfront home in the Upper Keys was $1.97 million. Not only are Fisherman’s Cove owners paying a fraction of that, but they also receive much more with their purchase. “Members enjoy the luxuries associated with a fine hotel,” Thies comments. “This largely explains why this type of second home ownership is becoming more popular. Owners enjoy services, amenities and conveniences that they simply would not have with a privately owned home. The property’s success can further be explained by trends sited in the 2007 National Leisure Travel Monitor. The survey found that visiting with friends and relatives is the most popular type of vacation for Americans, followed by beach/lake vacations. Florida also topped the list of destinations travelers would like to visit within the next two years. With its waterfront location and spacious residences, Fisherman’s Cove offers a convenient and affordable way to satisfy these latest vacation trends coupled with the services and amenities of a world-class hotel. New purchaser Michael Curry says, “Given the state of the market in Florida these days, I was initially hesitant about purchasing a vacation home. However, when I came upon Fisherman’s Cove, I found it to be the safest and most logical way own.” He adds, “Also appealing is the affordability of ownership without the need for owners to be preoccupied with maintenance and upkeep. Given Florida’s exorbitant property taxes and hurricane insurance, sharing these costs with the other owners is the most sensible way to have a luxurious waterfront getaway.” The Club’s staff oversees maintenance and security and offers full concierge service. Owners have use of Club-owned Hydra-Sports center console boats and private docks for their own boats. Additional amenities include a cabana-lined pool, rooftop terrace with plunge pool, state-of-the-art fitness center , on-site restaurant The Big Chill and a Tiki bar. The Club will store personal belongings on the premises and have them ready for owners upon arrival. For avid fishermen and boaters, a private concierge will be on hand to fuel boats and stock them with fishing bait, drinks and food to make for hassle-free excursions on the water. Fisherman’s Cove follows DCP International’s Equity Residence ClubSM model that was successfully launched 15 years ago. Owners enjoy generous and flexible usage. They can reserve planned, short notice, and space-available vacations, allowing for virtually unlimited access to their residence. These policies explain the success of private residence clubs in the U.S. and overseas. Industry consulting firm Ragatz Associates reports the luxury shared ownership concept has grown into a $2.1 billion industry. Although often confused with timeshares and destination clubs, private residence club owners actually purchase deeded real estate which can be sold, willed or placed in a trust just like any other form of real estate. The Residence Club at Fisherman’s Cove will be open for owner use in March, 2008, and The Big Chill will open to the public in mid-February, 2008.last_img read more

The Latest NAACP Image Awards kicks off 50th annu

first_imgThe Latest: NAACP Image Awards kicks off 50th annual show HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — The Latest on the 50th annual NAACP Image Awards, which are being presented Saturday at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. (all times local):___6 p.m.The 50th annual NAACP Image Awards have kicked off at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California.Anthony Anderson returned as host of the show honouring entertainers and writers of colour on Saturday. He opened the awards speaking about “black excellence” in film, hoping his behaviour doesn’t get him removed as host and made several jokes including one about Kanye West not being invited to cookouts.The awards ceremony is airing live on TV One.Donald Glover, Beyonce and “Black Panther” will be honoured and vie for awards in a night where Jay-Z will receive the President’s Award for his public service achievements.Glover is nominated for acting and directing on “Atlanta,” which is up for best comedy series. Glover’s alter-ego, Childish Gambino, is nominated for top male performer, and his song “This is America” is nominated for best video and song.___11:31 a.m.The NAACP will celebrate its 50th Image Awards by paying homage to stars including Donald Glover, Beyonce and the film “Black Panther.”Anthony Anderson returns as host of the show honouring entertainers and writers of colour at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Saturday evening. It airs live on TV One.Glover is nominated for acting and directing on “Atlanta,” which is up for best comedy series. Glover’s alter-ego Childish Gambino is nominated for top male performer and his song “This is America” is nominated for best video and song.“Black Panther” is nominated for 14 awards, with star Chadwick Boseman and director Ryan Coogler contending for entertainer of the year along with Beyonce, LeBron James and Regina King.One nominee who’s not planning to attend is embattled “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.The Associated Press Issa Rae arrives at the 50th annual NAACP Image Awards on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Mar 30, 2019 6:24 pm PDTlast_img read more

January 15 2016New York native Sifu Salvatore is

first_imgJanuary 15, 2016New York native Sifu Salvatore is part of Shaolin temple and is a frequent visitor to Arcosanti as he makes his way across the country. Throughout his visits he has engaged several community members and even took the time to share his knowledge of Kung Fu.[photos by Laura Villa Baroncelli, text by Hildemar Cruz]Traditionally trained in Shaolin style martial arts, he spend several days teaching residents a full sequence of moves. The training came about when planning manager Flavio Borrelli stumbled upon him practicing and Sifu extended an invitation to join. Every day thereafter a new participant joined the training, hopping from one community space to another until they found their way to the roof top of the East Crescent.Although this training is available for a limited time only, while Sifu remains at Arcosanti during his travels, the collective physical exchange is always very welcomed.last_img read more