Attack on UN vehicle in Afghan capital leaves one staff member dead

“The United Nations condemns violence against any of its personnel under any circumstances,” the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said in a statement. “Those responsible for this killing should be brought to justice without delay.” Two Afghan staff members were travelling in the vehicle when it came under fire, reportedly at a busy traffic circle in the city. The other staff member was unharmed. “The circumstances of the shooting are not yet clear,” the mission stated, adding that UN security teams are working with Afghan security institutions to assist investigations. The UN offered its sincere condolences to the family of the deceased staff member, whose name has not yet been released. Last October five UN staff members lost their lives and several others were injured during an attack on a UN guesthouse in Kabul, for which the Taliban claimed responsibility. 29 June 2010The United Nations has confirmed that one of its vehicles was shot at this morning in the Afghan capital, Kabul, resulting in the death of one staff member. read more

UN joins China in launching new smallbusiness fund to empower women

14 September 2011The United Nations joined Chinese groups today in launching a new small-business fund that seeks to further empower women in the world’s most populous country. “Investing in women and girls is not only the right thing to do but the smart thing to do from a social and economics point of view,” UN Development Programme (UNDP) Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan said at the launch in Beijing of the new partnership between the All-China Women’s Federation, Mary Kay China, and UNDP.“All studies clearly suggest than one of the main accelerators to achieve all the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is investing in women and girls and through the political and economic empowering of women,” she added of the eight ambitious targets set by the UN Millennium Summit in 2000 to slash hunger and poverty, maternal and infant mortality, a host of diseases and lack of access to education and health care, all by 2015.Ms. Grynspan noted that over the last decade, the All-China Women’s Federation and Mary Kay had forged “a truly exceptional partnership” to provide female entrepreneurs with the financial and intellectual support, guidance and confidence that they need to excel, and she praised the strong progress China has made both in achieving the MDGs and advancing gender equity.Yet despite this progress, “women across the country and indeed, throughout the world, are still less empowered than men, be it economically, politically or socially,” she said.“There is no country in the world that has achieved gender equality, and as in China we find all around the globe women being disadvantage with respect to salary differentials, labour force participation, access to social protection, access to property rights, political representation and the challenge of gender-based violence,” she added.She blamed the “invisibility and undervalue” of women’s role and their contribution to society and the blindness of many policies and decisions for the persistence of inequality. “That is why we are convinced that progress will be slow if we leave it to a natural evolution,” she added.“We need to help progress by coming together, educate and raise awareness of women’s needs and valuable contributions to society and to progress, recognizing that the form and evolution of this progress will be specific to each context.” read more

Fishermen alerted public cautioned as cyclone develops

Fishing boats in the Eastern seas have also been taken ashore to prevent any damage being caused by the cyclone. The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said that fishermen have been advised to stay away from engaging in fishing activities in the Eastern seas and between Hambantota and Jaffna. Fishermen have been alerted and the public have been cautioned as a cyclone is developing just off Sri Lanka.The Department of Meteorology said that a deep depression located southeast of the Bay of Bengal is likely to develop into a cyclone and affect Sri Lanka over the next couple of days. Meanwhile, the National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) has also urged the public to be on alert over possible landslides.The DMC has also been placed on alert to respond to any disaster which may occur as a result of the cyclone. (Colombo Gazette) read more

US OKs genetically engineered BC apples for sale south of border

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 13, 2015 6:41 pm MDT VANCOUVER – A British Columbia firm that created a controversial apple genetically engineered not to turn brown has been given a stamp of approval by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. of Summerland, B.C., spent almost five years getting the U.S. approval after engineering its Arctic apples to retain their colour after being exposed to air.The U.S. government body announced Friday the apple is unlikely to pose a risk to agriculture or plants inside the country and the company can now market the product to growers.Company president Neal Carter said critics of the apple need to understand the fruit is safe for consumption.“This is a very, very arduous, rigorous and comprehensive review in science and regulatory oversight. These are the safest apples in the world,” he said. “They’re certainly the most tested apples in the world.”Unlike conventional breeding for a new variety of apple, spending years cross pollinating varieties, this process targeted a single gene of the apple, he said.“In our case it’s very specific. We know exactly the gene we’re targeting,” he said. “It’s the equivalent of sort of flicking a light switch versus turning off the power grid to New York City.”Fred Steele of the B.C. Fruit Growers Association said that while the U.S. government and scientists may approve of the product, consumers may not, and the apple poses a risk to the organic market.But Carter said the Arctic apples are a huge opportunity to introduce the product to the food-service industry.He said baby carrots changed consumers’ consumption in the 1990s and the Arctic apple could do the same thing.“We’re going to see apples in new shapes and forms in products and that’s going to be really exciting.”Carter said he expects the golden and granny varieties of the apple to be available on U.S. grocery shelves by late 2016 and he hopes the Canadian government will make a decision on the product soon.(CKFR, The Canadian Press) U.S. OK’s genetically engineered B.C. apples for sale south of border read more

Therapy dog Elka found by The Vikings film crew

first_imgA THERAPY DOG named Elka has been found after she went missing on Saturday evening.Her owner told TheJournal.ie that he lost her at Luggala, Sally Gap, county Wicklow.However, The Vikings film crew recovered Elka at Lough Tay beach and returned her today.He explained that she is very valuable due to her training as a therapy dog.She looks after patients as an emotional support animal.The gardaí sent out an appeal for the dog on social media and have now thanked the public for their efforts. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Read: Dog pukes up missing wedding ring five years after it was lost>last_img

Groupon CEO Baffled By Super Bowl Ad Response

first_imgAgain, context that perhaps might have changed the original reaction to the pricey spot Christopher Guest-directed spot.It’s also worth noting that the spot (as well a its sister spots, “A Fragile Balance,” “A Resource in Jeopardy,” and “Lend a Hand,” starring Cube Gooding Jr., Elizabeth Hurley, and Sheryl Crow, respectively) was the brainchild of the ad firm Crispin Porter + Bogusky, the company behind Burger King’s much criticized “Whopper Virgins” ad campaign, which brought the fastfoodstuff to remote areas of the world. [I]f you’ve saved enough money for yourself and feel like saving something else, you can donate to mission-driven organizations that are doing great work for the causes featured in our PSA parodies. If you guys pony up, Groupon will contribute matching donations of up to $100,000 for three featured charities – Rainforest Action Network, buildOn, and the Tibet Fund — and Groupon credit of up to $100,000 for contributions made to Greenpeace. Believe it or not, one aspect of last night’s Super Bowl broadcast actually managed to garner worse reviews that the Steelers’ first-half performance and that trainwreck of a half-time show. Groupon got slammed with nearly universal outrage online, after the airing of its Tibet ad during last night game. The ad, which abruptly shifts from a seeming impassioned plea for Tibet to a light-hearted spot for online savings, was largely regarded as insensitive exploitation of the plight of a nation. The spot almost immediately drew comparison’s to Kenneth Cole’s recent attempt at humor in the wake of massive Egyptian protests.The site’s CEO, Andrew Mason, doesn’t really get what all of the fuss is about. Mason told The Wall Street Journal that the spot was just “a spoof” and that he really didn’t regard it as offensive. Groupon for its part, was working on raising funds for Tibet prior to the airing of the ad–a bit of information that would have no doubt lend some context to the ads that were quickly dismissed as insensitive. Here’s a bit from something Mason posted to the Groupon blog prior to the airing of the ad,Since we grew out of a collective action and philanthropy site (ThePoint.com) and ended up selling coupons, we loved the idea of poking fun at ourselves by talking about discounts as a noble cause. Groupon planned to use the spots to raise more donations for worthy causes, including Tibet. Again, from Mason,last_img read more

Une plante fait de lécho pour attirer ses pollinisateurs

first_imgUne plante fait de l’écho pour attirer ses pollinisateursDes scientifiques ont découvert qu’une vigne de la forêt pluviale des Caraïbes avait développé un système ingénieux afin d’attirer les chauves-souris qui les pollinisent.   C’est une découverte étonnante dont ont fait part des chercheurs anglais et allemands dans la revue Science. Au fin fond de la forêt pluviale, ceux-ci ont identifié une plante capable d’attirer les chauves-souris qui la pollinisent. Plus précisément, cette vigne baptisée Marcgravia evenia aurait développé un système ingénieux qui permet à ces feuilles de renvoyer les pulsations sonores dont se servent les mammifères volants pour naviguer. Un système qui permettrait de localiser plus facilement la plante. À lire aussiPourquoi le son de notre voix nous paraît-il si étrange sur un enregistrement ?L’un des auteurs de l’étude, Marc Holderied de l’Université de Bristol explique : “Nous savions déjà que les plantes pouvaient utiliser les couleurs vives de leurs pétales pour attirer les pollinisateurs. Mais ce que nous avons découvert, c’est l’effet équivalent aux fleurs colorées de l’écholocation. Nous avons aujourd’hui un modèle qui produit un écho, une sorte de balise échoacoustique”.  Un parfait attracteur de chauve-souris Pour en savoir plus, Marc Holderied et ses collègues ont donc ramené la plante dans leur laboratoire afin de mesurer l’intensité de cet effet, en envoyant des pulsations sonores et en regardant comme celles-ci faisaient écho. Puis, ils ont voulu voir comment les chauves-souris y répondaient. Ils ont alors pris un groupe de ces mammifères appartenant à l’espèce Glossophaga soricina qu’ils ont placés dans une pièce noire afin de mesurer le temps que ceux-ci mettaient à localiser la plante. Conclusion : les chauves-souris ont mis deux fois moins de temps à situer Marcgravia evenia que lorsque les chercheurs en ont retiré les “feuilles à écho”.Outre les couleurs des fleurs, les signaux acoustiques semblent donc être des éléments essentiels dans le processus de pollinisation. Et Marcgravia evenia pourrait bien ne pas être la seule plante à utiliser un tel système.  Le 31 juillet 2011 à 11:53 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

British MPs seek new path for Brexit

first_imgThis handout photograph taken and released by the UK Parliament on 29 March 2019 shows Britain`s Attorney General Geoffrey Cox stand and speak during a debate in the House of Commons on the Government`s EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill. Photo: AFPBritish MPs will attempt to chart a new Brexit path on Monday after rejecting prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal for a third time, leaving her strategy in tatters and the country in limbo.With less than two weeks to go until the day Britain risks crashing out of the European Union, MPs will hold a series of votes to try and find a majority-backed plan to end the current crisis.Britain voted by 52 per cent to leave the EU in a 2016 referendum but the process has been mired in divisions between Brexit supporters over the terms of the divorce and what kind of future ties to seek.The government struck a deal with the EU in November but parliament has refused to ratify it, forcing the government to seek a delay to the originally planned departure date of 29 March.The EU’s offer of an extension until 22 May was conditional on MPs approving the deal last week.Despite May’s promise to step down if they voted for the deal — an attempt to get Brexit hardliners to vote for it — they failed to do so.No more delayThe government must now make a new request to the European Union at an extraordinary summit on 10 April or leave the bloc without a deal on 12 April with potentially chaotic economic consequences.A longer delay beyond 22 May would have the bizarre consequence of Britain having to hold European Parliament elections like other member states.Parliament seized the initiative for one day last week but failed to unite around a single option that could replace May’s deal.But there appears to be momentum behind a plan to seek a deal that would see Britain stay in some kind of customs union with the European Union.While this may satisfy the pro-EU members of May’s cabinet, it threatens mass rebellion among the rest of her ministers, posing a serious threat to the government’s survival.Brexit-supporting minister Andrea Leadsom has organised a letter signed by 10 cabinet members demanding that there be no further extension beyond 22 May, the Sunday Telegraph reported.The letter also spells out that May must stand by her party’s manifesto pledge to leave the customs union in order to be able to strike post-Brexit trade deals with other countries.General election threatAgreeing to seek a customs union, if demanded by MPs, could therefore trigger a mass ministerial walkout.But so could ignoring MPs’ instructions, with pro-EU ministers having already quit to vote against the government.All of which leaves a general election looking ever more likely, with May herself last week warning after the third rejection of her deal that “I fear we are reaching the limits of this process in this House.”But Conservative MPs across the board said they would block such a move, which requires two-thirds support in parliament.Polling on Sunday signalled why.The party has slipped 7 per cent, according to the Sunday Mail, putting Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour on course to be the largest party if an election were held.Conservative Party deputy chairman James Cleverly said on Sunday that the party was not preparing for a snap election.”I don’t think an election would solve anything. Time is of the essence, we have got Brexit to deliver. We don’t want to add any more unnecessary delay,” he told Sophy Ridge on Sky News.The slip in support coincides with the party’s failure to deliver Brexit on 29 March, upsetting its supporters, who voted heavily in favour of leaving the EU.The poll also found narrow support for a second referendum.May is also facing mass calls from her own MPs to quit immediately as leader of the party — and country — rather than wait until the divorce phase of Brexit has been resolved, as promised.She has yet to give up on her deal despite it being rejected three times by parliament, and is reportedly considering whether to bring it back for a fourth vote, potentially this week.last_img

Hogan Holds on to Governorship as Prince Georges Decides on Board of

first_imgBy Hamil R. Harris, Special to the AFROMaryland voters gave Governor Larry Hogan a second term in office Tuesday night after challenger Ben Jealous failed to glean enough votes in a state where Democrats have a 2-to-1 advantage over Republicans.“I want to thank all of you who worked so hard to accomplish this seemingly impossible mission,” Hogan told a cheering crowd Tuesday night in Annapolis. “Thank you so much for believing in us. I am deeply humbled by the trust the people of Maryland have placed in me.”Ben Jealous, who was defeated by incumbent Governor Larry Hogan in the gubernatorial race, takes a selfie with the next Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks. (Courtesy Photo)With 98 perecent of the precincts reporting, Hogan received 1,193,669 votes or 56.3 percent of the vote while Jealous received 905,541 votes for 42 percent of the vote on a night when voters in five polling places were still in line and trying to vote at 10 p.m. because election officials ran out of paper ballots and more had to be retrieved.In his Baltimore concession speech, Jealous said “I want to thank each of you and our neighbors across the state for the support given to me in this uphill fight. It was said it was going from K2 to Everest.”Indeed it was.From the streets of Baltimore to the Maryland suburbs of the nation’s capital, from early in the campaign Jealous didn’t mount much of a ground game as African Americans and veteran Democrats separated Hogan from President Donald Trump and re-elected him- becoming the first Republican in more than 50 years to be re-elected.The Maryland race came on a night when the Democrats regained control of House, the Republicans widened their margins in the US Senate and African Americans Andrew Gillum and Stacy Abrams lost their bids to become governor in Florida and Georgia respectively.Hogan’s win was made possible because huge support he received from African American Democrat’s and regular people who collectively embraced a man who went from being a political novice, to fighting cancer to earning the respect of people across the state.“Governor Hogan has earned my respect because of his consistency, character and because of his attention to the affairs of this state and his moral example means a lot to me,” said Pastor Charles Talbert, 73, who along with his wife, voted early Tuesday at Charles Carroll Middle School in New Carrollton.During a national teleconference hosted by Melanie Campbell, executive director of the National Coalition of Black Civic Participation, activists from Alabama, Florida, Georgia and nearly a dozen other states chimed in to say that voter turnout was heavy and incidents were few, but when it came to Maryland, Rev. Tony Lee, pastor of the Community of Hope in Temple Hills said that after visiting Florida and Georgia, “the get out to vote in Maryland wasn’t as concentrated.”Tuesday’s election was basically a coronation for other Democratic candidates, including U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Attorney General Brian Frosh and State Comptroller Peter Franchot who easily won re-election along with U.S. Representatives Anthony Brown, Elijah Cummings and Steny Hoyer.  In addition Democrats Mel Franklin and Calvin Hawkins won At-large seats on the Prince George’s County Council along with lawmakers in nine various Districts.In four contested Prince George’s County Board Of Education races, Joshua M. Thomas, Pamela Boozer-Strother, Belinda Queen and Sonya Williams won.last_img read more

ATOAI Convention to take place in Kumarakom from September 1821 2017

first_imgAdventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) will host its 13th Annual Convention at Backwater Ripples Resort in Kumarakom, Kerala, from September 18-21, 2017. The theme of the convention is ‘Emerging Pathways’ and it will accentuate on turning India as the adventure capital of the world. The convention will have key stakeholders of the industry including representatives of the government, tourism boards and other players.last_img

3 Ways Alternative Data Offers Mortgage Lenders a Competitive Edge

first_img Alternative Data Lenders TransUnion 2016-02-10 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News, Origination Share As new credit populations emerge in the housing market and competition among lenders heats up, other data avenues must be considered to accommodate new borrowers.A survey of 317 lenders from TransUnion showed that there is still a significant amount of unrealized opportunity for lenders to use alternative data, or any information that is not captured in a traditional credit score, or data points that are incremental to the credit bureau report, including property, tax and deed records, checking/debit account, and payday lending information, among other sources, to reach more creditworthy consumers.”Evolving consumer behaviors and the post-recession economy have created new markets and a necessity to reach consumers in new ways. Some borrowers are shut out of traditional credit offerings, and others are not scored using all available data,” the report stated. “To stay competitive, lenders are increasingly exploring new ways to fill the unmet needs of consumers who do not meet traditional standards of creditworthiness.”TransUnion’s survey concluded that by using alternative data, lenders can:Open opportunities in new marketsExtend reach to more creditworthy borrowersImprove the competitive position of a variety of lendersrises.The survey found that 75 percent of lenders said it is increasingly difficult to find and gain new customers, while nearly the same amount indicated that the challenges from the low interest rate environment is encouraging more competition for a pool of consumers who receive multiple credit offers.Of those surveyed, 87 percent noted that they decline at least some credit applicants because they cannot be scored and do not meet risk guidelines when assessed with strictly traditional credit bureau information. However, 83 percent of lenders that use alternative data to score credit applicants report seeing tangible benefits and 64 percent have already seen positive results in the first year of using the method.“Competition for new borrowers has not been this fierce in the lending space since prior to the recession. Our survey results and core performance data point to a new lending environment,” said Steve Chaouki, EVP and the Head of TransUnion’s Financial Services Business Unit. “Millions of previously unscorable consumers—now scorable by way of alternative data, which is not traditionally found on a credit file—could have access to new loans. Importantly, many of these borrowers are expected to be good risks and welcome additions into lender portfolios.”Click here to view the full report.center_img February 10, 2016 707 Views 3 Ways Alternative Data Offers Mortgage Lenders a Competitive Edgelast_img read more

Where to go on holiday next 5 travel gurus share their top

first_imgOur top travel tip: “We knew we wanted to go to South East Asia and the cheapest flights to the region from the UK were to the island of Bali, so that was that, we booked our flights to Bali and off we went! We spent the next four weeks there, exploring beautiful beaches in Uluwatu, climbing a volcano and watching our favourite sunrise to date, over the famous Mount Agung, as well as visiting wondrous waterfalls and lush green rice terraces in Ubud. RelatedWorld’s most travelled man: The Fred Finn interviewSo you thought you were well travelled?10 Questions with MyDestination.comCo-founder of MyDestination.com on Air Force One, how Sharm el Sheikh is overrated, and why Brazil is going to be the next big thingIs it safe to travel to Turkey in 2017?Bookings for holidays to Turkey, one of the long-time favourite destinations for British travellers, were reportedly down by at least one-third this summer*. Are concerns about the country justified? The Independent’s travel correspondent Simon Calder tackles the key questions for Skyscanner users and provides his tips on travel to Turkey… Photo credit: Marco Saracco Photo credit: benstevens “Visiting Turkey was one of the most memorable experiences of my life” There are lots of different ways to experience the Norway in a Nutshell cruise, but wherever you choose to start your journey from (Oslo, Bergen, Voss or Flåm), we recommend opting for the extended adventure and making stops en route. Stop off in Flåm and book a safari through the UNESCO protected fjords, in an open boat. A local guide will tell you all about the small surrounding villages and waterfalls. Download the Skyscanner app Jessica Rooks (@travelwithmeko) booked a bucket-list tour of Europe, combining days on the beach with city tours. She made her best travel memories ticking off the sights of Greece, Italy and Morocco… all while pregnant. Jack and Becky (@twotickets.toanywhere) have been travelling the world for more than 15 months and have visited 35 countries together. They picked a cheap long-haul flight and have made their best memories exploring and island hopping. “After an amazing time in Bali, we took the speedboat over to the neighbouring Gili Islands to see what else Indonesia had to offer. We took advantage of the beautiful white sandy beaches, went snorkelling with turtles in the crystal-clear waters, and enjoyed some of our most incredible sunsets with a cold cocktail in hand. Next on our agenda was the island of Lombok. We spent our last few days discovering its jungle and secluded beaches, taking surfing lessons and really experiencing the Indonesian way of life.” To help you plan your next adventure, we asked five travel gurus to share their very best travel stories. These are the trips and experiences that you need to book now and we’ve got the top tips to help you make them a reality… Fly to Mykonos from only £64 Fly to Istanbul from only £104Find hotels in Istanbul ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map “Everything I saw in that part of Norway during November was just amazing! I went on a Norway in a Nutshell cruise, and I felt like I experienced all four seasons in that one trip. I didn’t mind spending my birthday alone; that travel experience in Norway was enough to make my birthday a happy one. It was definitely one of the most amazing long weekend trips I’ve had.” Get your hot-air balloon fix from April to June or September to October for the calmest conditions. Book a sunrise flight to see the dramatic landscape at its best – this may come with a higher price tag but the experience will be greater than any amount of Turkish lira. Photo credit: Gyula Gyukli “We booked two tickets to Bali and never looked back” Fly to Norway from only £25Find hotels in Flåm Faye Douglas (@fayedougg) travelled to Turkey with friends and stumbled across an experience she’ll never forget.center_img Find hotel dealsCheck-inCheck-outGuests12345678910Rooms12345Search hotels As Southeast Asia sits along the equator, whichever island you visit, you’re pretty much guaranteed warm weather, so plan your trip around the rainfall levels instead. January to March and June to September will give you drier days, so you can pack in all those activities and leave the umbrella at home. “My friends and I recently travelled to Turkey, stopping in Istanbul for a few days to visit the Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar, then carrying on to Göreme via Kayseri Airport. Göreme is the most surreal place I have ever visited, with boutique cave hotels, beautiful Turkish lamp and tapestry shops, skies filled with hot-air balloons, and it’s very own fairy chimneys, all packed into one charming little village. From 6am you can hear the flames firing outside your room – the sky is full of these huge beautiful hot-air balloons floating above. My friends and I were booked in for a ride the following day and I can honestly say that floating through the sky watching the sun rise over this beautiful landscape will stay with me forever. It was one of the most memorable experiences of my life.” Find your hire car “I ended up touring Europe after searching for flights ‘everywhere’ on Skyscanner“ Find hotels in Mykonos Photo credit: Getty “Taking a boat tour to snorkel on the island of Mykonos was the best way to start exploring these crystal clear Mediterranean waters. Then, in Santorini, we witnessed some of the most amazing sunsets and blue churches on the side of the hill. Wanting to experience city life in Greece, too, we ended up in the historical city of Athens. We hiked all the way up to the top of the Parthenon in 30-degree heat with no shade. We took lots of breaks, but nothing could stop us from seeing that mythical structured building.  “Then my pregnancy cravings were calling for something else – authentic Italian food! Italy is one of our favourite countries and it stole our hearts. It was such an exciting feeling to run through the city of Rome showing off the Roman ruins and Colosseum to our daughter. Then, in Marrakech, we quickly learnt a new meaning of “hustle and bustle” in the Jemaa el-Fnaa market. We witnessed snake and monkey performers, women giving henna tattoos, rug and clothes sellers, as well as Moroccan oils being sold. Each stall had its own unique way of inviting buyers in. Later, we even went on a wild adventure trotting through the desert on a 6-foot camel – while I was 26 weeks pregnant, and with a toddler! And we immersed ourselves in Moroccan culture, dressed like the locals and even sipped Moroccan tea with them.” Our top travel tip: Fly to Bali from only £296 Our top travel tip: Sim Cabasang (@psymerslacker) set off on a solo adventure to Norway and found the best way to discover the whole country in one trip. Ready to create your own travel stories? Search ‘everywhere’ below and get exploring. Find hotels in Bali “While travelling solo in Norway, I experienced all four seasons in one trip” “It was in November 2013 when I was trying to find a travel destination one week before my birthday. I went onto the Skyscanner website and probably unintentionally selected ‘everywhere’ as a destination. After doing a little research, the next thing I know, I was booking a flight to Bergen, Norway. And off I went! When you get to Mykonos, hire a moped to help you get around the winding roads and back streets. Then to get to those harder-to-reach secluded spots, catch a kaiki (a small boat), which will ferry you to Platis Yialos, a beach that remains relatively quiet in comparison to the other beaches, even in peak season. The clear calm waters there are great for water sports too. All flight and prices mentioned in this article are estimates of the cheapest prices based on Skyscanner’s flight search tools. These are subject to change and were correct at time of writing on 15 April 2019. Our top travel tip: last_img read more

Orphanides case back in court

first_imgLarnaca district court on Thursday heard arguments for mitigating the sentence on businessman Christos Oprhanides, who back in May was found guilty on four counts of bouncing cheques worth €400,000 to an advertising company.The court set September 26 for sentencing.Orphanides’ lawyer presented several arguments for mitigation, including the fact that since the verdict, his client has repaid the advertisers.He cited Orphanides’ health problems, and argued that jailing his client would complicate his efforts to reach a settlement with his other creditors.The lawyer asked for a suspended jail sentence.The director of the now-defunct Orphanides Supermarkets chain is being hounded by several creditors.In October 2015 Orphanides and his wife were found guilty of bouncing cheques worth some €20,000 to one of their supermarket suppliers – the first time the businessman had been held accountable for his company’s bad debts.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoBon VoyagedCelebrity Mega Yachts That Are Out Of This World – Step AboardBon VoyagedUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

July coffee hours announced for state Rep Holly Hughes

first_img16Jul July coffee hours announced for state Rep. Holly Hughes State Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, invites residents of the 91st House District to meet with her during coffee hours for the month July to discuss state and local issues of interest.District office hours for Rep. Hughes will be Friday, July 24th in Ravenna, Norton Shores, Fruitport, and Whitehall.Additional details regarding Rep. Hughes’s district office hours are as follows:Friday, July 248 to 9 a.m.Ravenna Round Table12396 Stafford St., Ravenna, MI 49451Friday, July 2410 to 11 a.m.Toast N’ Jams3462 Henry St., Norton Shores, MI 49441Friday, July 2411:30 to 12:30 p.m.Village Inn340 N. 3rd Ave., Fruitport, MI 49415Friday, July 241:30 to 2:30Gary’s Restaurant906 E Colby St., Whitehall, MI 49461No appointment is necessary for district office hours. Residents unable to meet Rep. Hughes during the above scheduled times can contact her office toll free at 877-633-0331, or via email at HollyHughes@house.mi.gov.### Categories: Hughes Newslast_img read more

VanderWall announces new grant opportunity for local beekeepers

first_img07May VanderWall announces new grant opportunity for local beekeepers Categories: VanderWall News State Rep. Curt VanderWall today said a new grant is available to help local beekeepers prevent bears from raiding their apiaries.VanderWall, of Ludington, helped secure the grant funding during the state budget process last year after hearing from local beekeepers who were having problems with bears.“Black bears are known to wipe out apiaries. They eat all of the honey and brood, kill the colony and damage equipment in the process,” said VanderWall, of Ludington. “These grants are a great resource for beekeepers in areas where bears are known to be a problem.”Many food crops depend on bees for pollination, but Michigan honey bees have been dying off at alarming rates since 2006.“Commercial and hobbyist beekeepers are incredibly important to the success of Michigan’s agriculture industry, especially our fruit farms,” VanderWall said. “Between honey production and the role they play in crop production, pollinators contribute an estimated $1 billion in value to Michigan’s agricultural economy each year.”VanderWall said beekeepers planning to install electronic bear fences could be eligible for matching funds of up to $250 per location from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.Information about electronic bear fence options is available at michiganbees.org/bears. Download a grant application by vising RepVanderWall.com and clicking on “apiary grant form” at the top of the page.###last_img read more

Rep Coles committee hears about underground corridor proposal connecting the Lower Peninsula

first_img16May Rep. Cole’s committee hears about underground corridor proposal connecting the Lower Peninsula to the U.P. Michigan Technological University students explain senior design projectMichigan Technological University students discuss their senior design project to design an underground utility corridor crossing the Straits of Mackinac.State Rep. Triston Cole this week welcomed students from Michigan Technological University to discuss their senior project to design an underground utility corridor crossing the Straits of Mackinac.Students Michael Prast, Jeremy Dziewit, Gavin Bodnar, Aaron Crapsey and industry advisor James A. Morrison attended a joint House-Senate Transportation Committee meeting to give a presentation about the concept, design and construction of the senior design project.The mission of the senior design project was to design a single, dedicated tunnel to accommodate all utilities crossing the Straits of Mackinac.“The Michigan Tech senior design project is a great example of showing transportation alternatives that can impact northern Michigan,” said Cole, of Mancelona. “Reducing utility costs and promoting economic development in northern Michigan are advantages of this tunnel.”If considered, the Michigan Tech students estimated a total cost of $570 million and would take seven years to complete.#### Categories: Cole Newslast_img read more

Sports celebrity channel Trace Sports will launch

first_imgSports celebrity channel Trace Sports will launch in the UK on Sky’s pay TV platform later today.The sports lifestyle channel will air exclusive content in the run up to the Olympic Games, including 100 Days To Go as well as lifestyle magazine show Number 5, which is presented by Manchester United player Rio Ferdinand. It will be available from 21:30 tonight in Sky’s Entertainment Extra package.Rob Webster, director of Sky’s commercial group, said, “We’re delighted to welcome Trace Sports to our pay TV line-up. With a fresh and distinctive approach to sports broadcasting, Trace will offer Sky’s customers a new and interesting perspective on the lives of our sporting heroes. This will be a big summer of sports for Sky customers, in HD, 3D and on the go and Trace will only extend the choice and quality available to Sky customers.”Trace Sports is available in 70 countries and operator Trace plans to reach over 30 million subscribers by the end of 2012.last_img read more

TiVo has partnered with PayPal to offer its users

first_imgTiVo has partnered with PayPal to offer its users the ability to purchase products featured in interactive advertisements on the TiVo user interface.After setting up an account, users will be able to instantly purchase products using the remote control. The solution will be made available to TiVo’s MSO customers, which include Virgin Media in the UK and Ono in Spain.“In today’s fragmented TV viewing world it is harder than ever before for advertisers to reach their audiences, and it’s important to find creative ways to get in front of viewers,” said Tara Maitra, senior vice-president, general manager, content and media sales, TiVo. “TiVo’s interactive ads allow advertisers to grab the attention of viewers in unobtrusive ways and on the viewer’s terms. By teaming with PayPal consumers will be able to instantly purchase products with just a few clicks of the remote after an easy, one-time account setup. PayPal’s expertise in online payments, customer service, and working directly with merchants and sellers makes the entire payment process easy and trustworthy and will create a valuable experience for TiVo users and advertisers.”last_img read more

The BBC is launching a new video player that will

The BBC is launching a new video player that will allow Android smartphone and tablet users to use iPlayer when Adobe removes its support for the Flash Player plug-in on the devices.The broadcaster previously used Adobe Flash to stream content from its catch-up platform to Android devices. Next week it will release the BBC Media Player for Android. The player will work on newer Android devices running the JellyBean operating system and will be compatible with earlier operating systems, including the most widely used Gingerbread and FroYo.“We want people to have the best experience possible when they’re watching BBC TV programmes or listening to BBC radio programmes. This means, amongst other things, making them available on as many devices as is practical,” said Chris Yanda, executive product manager at BBC Future Media. read more

Russian pay TV operator NTV Plus has launched a di

first_imgRussian pay TV operator NTV Plus has launched a discount offer on its services for purchasers of Thomson DSI-4000NTV set-top boxes.Subscribers living in Russia that can receive signals from the Eutelsat W4 satellites who buy a Thomson receiver will receive a discount of RUB4,700 (€116) on NTV’s services. The offer will be valid from November 22 until March 31 next year.last_img