Samson Cree residents searching for answers after another deadly shooting

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe people of the Samson Cree First Nation in Alberta are once again in shock and in mourning.Another member of their community has been killed in a late-night shooting believed to be gang related.The victim is the aunt of a little boy who died after being shot in an unsolved drive-by two months ago.APTN National News reporter Keith Laboucan has the details.last_img

Canada urges Sri Lanka to end impunity

Canada today urged Sri Lanka to end impunity by enacting domestic legislation that criminalizes violations of international law without statutes of limitation.The Canadian Government welcomed the report on Sri Lanka by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and acknowledged the importance of Sri Lanka’s co-sponsorship of Resolution 40/1. Canada noted that a process of accountability that has the trust and confidence of the victims is critical to peace and reconciliation.Canada called on Sri Lanka to establish a judicial mechanism with special counsel to prosecute violations of international law with the involvement of international investigators, prosecutors and judges. Canada noted that justice demands that resolution 30/1 be implemented in its entirety.Canada urged the Government of Sri Lanka to set a time-bound strategy for full implementation of the commitments it has made to its own people. Canada says it stands ready to support Sri Lanka in its efforts to meet these commitments under the renewed resolution. (Colombo Gazette) “We note the steps taken by Sri Lanka in establishing the Office of Missing Persons, the release of some civilian lands, the release of some prisoners held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, and efforts to establish an Office of Reparations. These initial steps, however, are insufficient as we mark the tenth anniversary of the end of the armed conflict,” the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations in Geneva said. The Mission acknowledged the increased level of frustration of the victims by the lack of substantive progress in advancing accountability and compounded by inconsistent messaging from Sri Lanka. read more

The Scilly Isles Is that in Scotland

first_imgscilly2 Seven in 10 assumed that Northern Ireland counted as part of Great Britain.Strikingly, a century after the Easter Rising, one in seven Britons surveyed thought the Republic of Ireland is still part of the UK.Researchers surveyed 2,000 people as part of preparations for Ordnance Survey’s National Map Reading Week initiative next month.It comes amid fears that dependence on satnav and mobile phones are destroying people’s ability to read a basic map.Overall 86 per cent of respondents thought they had a reasonable sense of direction, with more than half describing their knowledge of geographical locations in Britain as good or excellent.But only 14 per cent correctly located Edinburgh on a map, with only 15 per cent managing to mark Birmingham correctly and just 22 per cent pinpointing Manchester. A long way from Scotland: the Scilly IslesCredit:Alamy When asked to locate the Isles of Scilly, which are found off the coast of Cornwall, almost one in 10 put them where the Isle of Man should go and another one in 20 relocated them off the western coast of Scotland.A spokesman for Ordnance Survey said: “Great Britain is relatively small, yet it seems many of us struggle to pinpoint the positions of cities and locations which may not even be that far from where we live.“Despite this, many claim to have a good sense of direction – although maybe not those who believe the Isles of Scilly are off the Scottish coast.“Many people are lacking in both the basic knowledge of where places are in Britain, and the ability to read a traditional map.“This could be due to our increasing reliance on technology like satnav and mobile devices to tell us where we are.“Map reading is an essential skill for exploring Britain safely.“While GPS devices can be really convenient, they can run into problems with battery life.“We always recommend carrying a paper map and compass – it could be a life-saver.” Even the capital city left many people stumped, with more than four in 10 unable to locate it correctly.Perhaps unsurprisingly in the wake of Team GB’s Olympic and Paralympic triumphs, the distinction between the UK and Great Britain – which refers only to mainland Britain – left most Britons baffled. london-wherecenter_img The British might once have ruled the waves with an empire covering almost a third of the globe but nowadays, it seems, most of us do not know one end of the country from another.When a sample of the public were set a simple geography test by Ordnance Survey, only a minority were able to pinpoint major cities including Birmingham, Newcastle and Edinburgh on unlabelled map.A small but significant minority thought that the Isles of Scilly could be found off the coast of Scotland. Where is London: some respondents located it in the far north of ScotlandCredit:SWNS Many claim to have a good sense of direction – although maybe not those who believe the Isles of Scilly are off the Scottish coastOrdnance Survey spokesman 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.last_img read more

Ten bodies recovered in freezing search of Quebec nursing home fire

first_imgSEARCH CREWS HAVE so far recovered 10 bodies from the site of a massive fire at a Quebec seniors’ home.The efforts have been hampered by ice-covered rubble, frigid temperatures and swirling snowThe cause of Thursday’s blaze remains under investigation. Media reports suggest that the fire began in the room of a resident who was smoking a cigarette, but police said that was just one possibility among many.Emergency workers resume the search. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)Quebec police said poor visibility, blowing snow and frigid conditions forced authorities to temporarily suspend searches early Sunday — the fourth day of the excruciating search. Police later resumed the search, a day after the remains of only two more people were pulled from the rubble.“It makes the work quite difficult. We had to make our rotations shorter because it was very cold out there,” Quebec Police Lt. Guy Lapointe said.The owner of the residence has offered his condolences to the families of the 32 people feared dead.Roch Bernier received a standing ovation from the more than 1,000 people in attendance at a remembrance Mass yesterday.“What you’re living inside, we are living it inside as well,” he told the gathering. “We will try to find the strength to get through this.”His “tremendous courage” was praised by Mayor Ursule Theriault.He’s been deeply affected by this, but he spoke to us, and I think that’s what marked me the most today.On Saturday, search teams brought in equipment normally used to de-ice ships that pushes out very hot air to melt down ice that police said was 60 centimeters (2 feet) thick in certain places.Quebec Premier Pauline Marois cut short a trip to Europe to visit L’Isle-Verte on Sunday, where she met with the mayor and went to the scene of Thursday’s fire.Quebec Premier Pauline Marois visits the site of the fatal fire. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)The premier told a news conference that everything is being done to provide support for those who survived the fire and to give closure to those still awaiting word on their loved ones. She called the blaze “unacceptable” and said the provincial government is prepared to bring about any changes that are necessary to increase safety in senior residences.“First of all, we will wait for the inquiry because now, we don’t have the results of this evaluation and examination,” Marois said. “After that, we will see if there are some new rules to adopt.”Emergency workers searching the site. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)Marois said a working committee has been in place for one year studying a number of issues, including whether mandatory sprinklers are necessary in these types of buildings. Quebec’s Department of Social Services said the Residence du Havre was up to code and had a proper evacuation plan. A Quebec Health Department document indicates the home, which has operated since 1997, had only a partial sprinkler system. The home expanded around 2002, and the sprinklers in the new part of the building triggered the alarm.“If they recommend to us to change the rules, to change the laws and implement (mandatory) sprinklers, we will do that,” Marois saidA total of 10 bodies have been recovered as of Sunday evening. The coroner’s office formally identified a third victim on Sunday — Louis-Philippe Roy, 89. About 20 elderly residents survived the fire.Background: Thirty people missing after fire at home for the elderly >Read: Grim search begins for victims >last_img read more

Sony thought to have suspended PS4 development

first_imgWhen Sony revealed the PSP 2 (NGP) it was hard not to be impressed. A handheld machine that looks powerful enough to match a PS3 in terms of graphics combined with dual thumbsticks, an innovative touch panel on the back, and the promise of a price point gamers can afford.It’s clear Sony has spent a lot of time getting the successor to the PSP right. But a rumor coming out of Japan suggests the PSP 2 may be the successor to the PS3 as well.AdChoices广告According to Japanese website PC Watch:Hiroshige Goto says SCEI suspended PS4 development. They were working on a PowerPC based system at IBM Rochester after the Larrabee fall out, then shelved it. They are betting the farm on PSP2 as they expect handhelds to displace consoles. If true, it would mean the PS3 is the last home console Sony plans to produce, instead turning to a handheld-only strategy for games.Read more at Beyond3D Forum and PC Watch (Japanese), via LazygamerMatthew’s OpinionI find it hard to believe that Sony would decide now to not release a PS4 in the future. We all know that the PS3 has a planned long shelf life, but eventually it will need replacing. That replacement is quite probably several years away.What’s more believable is Sony has changed its focus. Knowing the PS4 won’t arrive for a few years it has switched to concentrating on PSP 2 for the time being. That makes a lot of sense as the competition is mounting in the mobile games sector from iPhone, iPod touch, and Android devices. Sony needs to re-establish itself alongside the growing app stores and cheap games they offer.So I suspect PS4 development may have been suspended temporarily as Sony focuses on reinforcing its presence in the mobile sector. After the release of the PSP 2 the PS4 development roadmap will once again become a priority.We also need to consider Microsoft in this. If Sony walked away from the home console market Microsoft certainly would not. The Xbox 720 would only have Nintendo as a competitor and therefore have a much easier time on the market. Sony would not want to allow that to happen in my opinion.last_img read more

The Barrow Administration After One Year

first_imgLessons are beginning to be drawn. The Barrow administration should take stock. What did it promise the nation? What has it achieved? Journalists are conducting their interviews. Different stakeholders are beginning to make their assessments. Foroyaa will start the countdown to the 19th of January 2018.The Barrow administration will be one year old on the 19th of January 2018 and the nation will be 53 in a month from today. 53 years of nationhood and one year of Barrow’s administration will soon be weighed on the balance. In our view, the fundamental objective of Barrow’s administration is to make the slogan ‘One Gambia, One Nation, One People’ a reality.A sovereign republic should have a sovereign people who are not divided by their ethno linguistic, gender, or religious diversity but are united by their love of country and a deep sense of belonging to it. This is what is missing.The Gambia has been a sovereign republic for 47 years but little work has been done to build a sovereign people who will defend their republic and the rights of their fellow citizens. If the Barrow administration can achieve this, it would have been considered to have achieved the most important mission in Gambian history. All those who have such an aspiration would have the task of exercising their authority to govern to promote the prosperity of the people. However if the people are divided into warring factions based on ethno linguistic or partisan loyalties, there would be no basis of building a prosperous homeland.Hence one would expect that a person who is elected on a non-partisan, non-religious and non-ethno linguistic ticket, should be able to be a defender of the rights of all citizens and would facilitate that all are rewarded on the basis without fear or favour, affection or ill will. This is the primary task which is expected of the Barrow administration and Foroyaa this year will be judging the Barrow administration on the basis of this golden rule.last_img read more

Digicel service restored in sections of Turks and Caicos

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 12, 2017 – Providenciales – In the wake of Hurricane Irma, Digicel can announce that its mobile service is steadily being restored across the Turks and Caicos.Communities in Providenciales in and around: Richmond Hills, Blue Hills, Tabernacle Church, Lower Bight, Grace Bay, Venetian, Cinema and Wheeland can now connect with their families and friends.The Digicel Turks and Caicos team activated its recovery plan as soon as the all-clear was given with an additional response team from across the Caribbean arriving in to Turks and Caicos shortly after.   This fleet of engineers is working round the clock to restore service with steady progress being made.As the relief and recovery efforts continue, Digicel would like to encourage the public to heed all relevant advice from the appropriate agencies and take all necessary precautions to stay safe.last_img read more

Ambassador Carey delivers remarks during UN high level meeting on trafficking in

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited States, September 30, 2017 – New York -A High-Level Meeting of the plenary of the General Assembly was convened 27 to 28 September 2017 at United Nations Headquarters in New York to appraise progress achieved and to assess gaps and challenges in the implementation of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons.   On behalf of The Bahamas, Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the United Nations, H.E. Ms. Sheila Carey, delivered the national statement.Ambassador Carey informed the high-level meeting that The Bahamas considers trafficking in person a heinous crime.   For this reason, she added, it is committed to taking a serious and proactive approach to combat it.   Using examples, Ambassador Carey illustrated the significant strides The Bahamas has made regarding trafficking in persons.   The Bahamas UN Representative reaffirmed the commitment of The Bahamas to eliminating trafficking in persons.   In concluding, she recognized the vast reach of human trafficking rings and encouraged global partnership to secure a sustainable and peaceful future. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

The top 10 most read stories 410 July 2019

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 4 and 10 July 2019 were:Molson Coors Brewing Company launches life leave for 2,000 employeesGovernment to consult on gender pay gap metrics as part of gender equality roadmapRolls-Royce and Vodafone among FTSE 100 employers that publish parental leave policiesSalesforce, Apple and Deloitte listed as best places to work in the UK and USAsda employees receive £62 million through employee share schemeMaryland seeks official cookie tasterHilton and Mars UK recognised among UK’s Best workplaces for women 2019Sodexo staff at Charing Cross Hospital hold protest picnic in pay disputeBBC spent £158.6m for on-air talent in 2018-2019EXCLUSIVE: Four-fifths use digital communications to boost benefits engagementlast_img read more

Hyderabad man dies after being administered wrong injection

first_imgA wrong injection given by a medical shop owner claimed the life of a 41-year-old man here at Vengal Rao Nagar in SR Nagar on Friday. Following a complaint by the victim’s employer, the police arrested the accused. The victim, Sanjay, a native of Odisha was working as daily wage labourer here in the city. On Friday, he went to a clinic as he was suffering from fever. However, the medical shop owner, Naveen administered an injection in the absence of the doctor. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us A day after getting the injection done, there was huge swelling on the victim’s thighs and his health deteriorated. Sanjay again visited Naveen who took him to a private hospital. The victim was then shifted to another hospital for advanced healthcare where he died while undergoing treatment. The police arrested Naveen and he will be produced before court today.last_img read more

The Undertaker returns to Raw Faceoff with Goldberg on the cards

first_imgWill Undertaker and Goldberg have a face-off on RawWWEOne of the greatest WWE stars of all time, The Undertaker will be making his long-awaited comeback to WWE programming on June 3 episode of Raw. This appearance comes as a result of a new lucrative contract that Mark Calaway, the real man behind the character, has signed with the company. After appearing on some interviews outside the WWE framework, The Phenom is back under the umbrella of Vince McMahon’s company.So, what can we expect from The Deadman when he walks down the ramp and enters the squared circle? He is set to face WWE Hall of Famer Goldberg at the company’s special event in Saudi Arabia, Super ShowDown, on June 7. Will he talk about that match and his opponent? If he does, will there be any immediate response from Goldberg, maybe even a surprise appearance?What will he do?These are some of the possibilities that are present in relation to The Deadman’s comeback to Raw. While the prospects of the actual match in Saudi Arabia don’t look all that good, there is a possibility that an in-ring face-off between the two men will be quite entertaining. The unique persona of the man who had the unparalleled winning streak at Wrestlemania and that of Goldberg may create a highly interesting scene for the fans. We will probably get to see what shape The Deadman is inWikimedia Commons/Vishal SomaiyaWhat’s more, since these two legends have never been involved in a storyline before, the novelty factor is also going to draw a lot of attention. There is almost a certainty that these two won’t have any physical altercation. Both are going into the match as semi-retired legends and faces. The company would like to keep it that way. However, WWE is full of surprises and nothing can be completely ruled out.For the loyal fans of The Undertaker, the sight of him going through his ominous walk towards the ring with the iconic music in the background and speaking in his grave voice would be another moment to savour. We will also get to see whether he looks in good shape or not. Perhaps, he may be interrupted by a jobber and will get an opportunity to show-off his fitness for the upcoming match. Elias may be the sacrificial lamb once again.As to what he is going to say, it’s nearly impossible to surmise. It could be anything from a threat to his opponent Goldberg to a re-assertion of his want for dominance. Whatever may be the case, the verbal battle between him and his opponent at Super ShowDown may well be better than the actual match.last_img read more

People Talk Candidly About Living With Kidney Disease

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterStephanie Dixon, was a mother of two children living and working in Manhattan in 2001. She had survived 911, but the stress of the event had taken its toll. There was a curfew in the city and she had to go through blockades to get to her own house. “It was utter chaos,” Dixon recalled.Dixon said she wasn’t feeling well and a few months later found herself in the emergency room.Stephanie Dixon, a mother of two living with kidney disease and advocate for the health community and educates about kidney failure. (Courtesy Photo)“I wasn’t told I had kidney disease. I was told I needed dialysis,” Dixon said. “I didn’t think to ask, ‘what is dialysis?’”“I was told if you don’t get it, you are going to die. All I heard was ‘you are going to die.’”She recalled hearing the doctors but not quite understanding what they were saying to her at the time, a condition she now recognized as dialysis fog.She said she remembered the fear she had in asking her teen daughter at the time to listen to the doctors and interpret what they were saying to her and tell her what to do.“I turned my life over to my child,” Dixon said.Since then Dixon has been on dialysis for over 17 years. She is an active voice in New York, where she lives, and she talks to people on a regular basis about kidney failure. But her story is one of many people who face kidney disease everyday.This month the AFRO has been reporting on how African-Americans are disproportionately impacted by Kidney Failure. The American Kidney Fund (AKF) recently released a fact sheet with alarming data.About 30 million people currently have kidney disease and about 20 million more are at risk of developing it. It’s the ninth leading cause of death. And while African-Americans only represent about 13 percent of the population, they account for more than 35 percent of Americans with kidney failure. In fact, African-Americans are 3 times as likely to develop kidney failure than Caucasians, according to the AKF.And D.C. in particular is more vulnerable than any other city in the U.S. as the AFRO reported.AKF’s president and CEO, LaVarne A. Burton said in a statement: “The District of Columbia has the highest percentage of residents with kidney failure in the country, creating an enormous public health challenge and placing a very serious physical and financial burden on those living with the disease. The nation’s capital is a perfect storm of risk factors for kidney disease. Neighborhoods with soaring rates of diabetes and high blood pressure, the leading causes of kidney failure, are predominantly minority. Minorities, in turn, are at higher risk for kidney disease and kidney failure.”As a continuation of National Kidney Month, the AFRO spoke to kidney failure survivors about their journeys.Melissa Baker, a mother of an adopted 6-year-old son living with kidney disease, hopes that other people living with kidney failure educate themselves in order to properly advocate for themselves with health practitioners. (Courtesy Photo)Melissia Baker, 47, of Philadelphia was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 10. But it wasn’t until her last 30s that she faced kidney failure.Even though she had undergone one transplant operation her optimism showed even through her phone conversation with a reporter. During her transplant, Baker said, “I only waited nine months for a transplant which was really quick.” She received a kidney and a pancreas from a donor. She had those two organs for six years before she went to pancreatic kidney failure again, and she had to start dialysis.Baker started hemodialysis, at a center. After treatment she found herself exhausted and was down for the remainder of the day. “My days were shot. It was a really rough time,” Baker admitted. Her schedule meant she went to dialysis for three days and then endured long recovery times.“By the time you felt better it was time to go again,” Baker said. “My life was consumed with just going to dialysis.Then she started peritoneal dialysis which was at home. However, with this process you did it everyday. And there were other considerations as well. “I found it to be really isolating because your not around your kidney community anymore. Everything is on you.”“So if I found my kidney machine had gone off which it does for various reasons you have to troubleshoot it yourself. And sometimes you have to make phone calls yourself.”Baker said the process also accumulated a lot of waste and boxes from treatment shipments. Her travel was limited.“It made me feel like my life was consumed with dialysis,” Baker said.Around that time Baker discovered a nocturnal dialysis center. “It was just so much better for me,” Baker said. “It’s the best of a difficult situation.” She goes three nights a week for 8 and a half hours per treatment, from 7 p.m. until 4:15 a.m. then she goes home and rests, and then gets started with her day at about 10 a.m.Baker said since starting dialysis she hasn’t been able to work because the treatment leaves her so fatigued, along with anemia and navigating many doctor’s visits. Luckily she has a strong community- her parents, siblings and doctors- to provide support, encouragement and information. However, it’s her six and a half year-old adopted son who brings Baker her biggest gift – hope.“We work well together, he needs me and I need him,” Baker said. “He keeps me going and keeps me pushing forward and gives me a reason to be motivated. He gives me a reason to press on.”Looking back on her journey, Baker had some advice for people who may be facing similar health challenges.“As an African American, when you are going to the doctor, unfortunately I still think there is some unconscious bias that a lot of physicians don’t think you know what you are talking about,” Baker said. “But it is our responsibility to educate ourselves on our healthcare and what chronic or health care conditions we may be facing, so you know your body, your symptoms and the treatment choices before you go to the doctor.”David White, who has kidney disease, has turned his health around by working out, eating healthier, no longer smoking and serving as an advocate for himself and others suffering with kidney failure. (Courtesy Photo)David White, 57, of Temple Hill, MD. learned the hard way the results of ignoring your body and your healthcare professionals. In October of 2009 he found out he had kidney failure. His wife had insisted that he go get himself checked out as she knew something was wrong, saying. “I was still pretty much in denial,” about his health.But White knew his health had been declining, saying, “I had a laundry list of poor health habits for many years including, smoking cigarettes, drinking too much alcohol, not eating right, eating too much of the wrong food.” White said at one point he weighed over 300 pounds.He had started exercising for a while to improve his life, but had gotten tired of it and didn’t know why. White said he continued to lose the weight however and thought, “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.”He dropped down all the way to 200 pounds. But at 190 he did admit to feeling something might be wrong. His wife dragged him to George Washington University Hospital’s emergency room. White recalled that day.“The emergency rooms had two flights of stairs,” he said. “I made it up the first flight under my own power. I couldn’t make it up the second flight of stairs.” After running some blood tests he found out his kidneys had stopped working and he was “Beyond stage five which is the worst of the five stages of kidney disease.”He started dialysis immediately and was in the hospital for three weeks, but said, “I was completely not ready for what was happening. I was still in denial and shock and angry and didn’t know how to process things. I didn’t think I needed a machine to keep me alive.”For the first six months he was stubborn about treatment. It wasn’t until his first care meeting, a discussion on how to continue health treatment, that things got real.“My first care plan meeting was a special one, it was really an intervention,” White said.“The last thing they said was, ‘if you don’t start going to dialysis three times a week you’re not going to be around much longer.’ Those words took hold that evening.”White said he was able to get the assistance he needed from SSDI to help financially pay for treatment, even a Metro pass to be able to get to dialysis treatments. He decided to make some positive changes.He quit smoking on New Year’s Eve of 2010. He then began exercising again. At the start he couldn’t do a single push up. Slowly he worked his way up completing over 15,264 push-ups, and by August 29, 2017 White said he had completed 100,000 push-ups.Since his diagnosis he has become a vocal advocate for other people dealing with kidney failure. He joined a PAC, a patient advisory committee, and learned how to help others through this process. He is now a fulltime advocate, and hoping to go back to work fulltime, and lean into entrepreneurship.White also had advice for people with questions about kidney failure.“First step is get a check-up” White said. “For some people in our community going to the doctor is a sign of weakness. The second hurdle is get your kidney tested.”For a list of upcoming free kidney screenings in D.C. and to learn more about kidney failure click here, or go to www.kidneyfund.org.last_img read more

Ecarmas Named USTA Kentucky Tennis Family of the Year

first_imgThe Ecarma family has been very involve in the local tennis community, both on and off the court. Rex Ecarma has served as a coach on the junior level for the past two years, while sons Xavier and Landon have won several titles. Story Links University of Louisville men’s tennis coach Rex Ecarma and his family were recently named United States Tennis Association (USTA) Kentucky 2018 Tennis Family of the Year. “We are honored to receive this award,” said Ecarma. “Xavier is one of the only juniors in Kentucky tennis history to win four National doubles tournaments in one calendar year and was the highest-ranked junior boy nationally in Kentucky for most of the year. Landon also won a national doubles title and moved up from No. 68 to No. 18 in the Southern USA Rankings. I was happy to serve as 2017 USTA 16 and Under Team South coach in 2017 and the 12 and Under Team Kentucky Coach in 2018.” “But the star of our family is my wife, Melissa. She keeps us all on the same page and loves us through our wins and losses. She always encourages us to put Jesus Christ and our family relationships as the main priorities in our lives. We thank the USTA/Kentucky for this prestigious award.” Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Pandora – The World of Avatar opens May 27 at Disneys Animal

first_imgPandora – The World of Avatar opens May 27 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom; Star Wars lands in 2019 Tags: Disney Travelweek Group LAKE BUENA VISTA — Inspired by James Cameron’s box-office hit, Avatar, the new 12-acre Pandora – The World of Avatar will open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on Saturday, May 27.Guests will be immersed in the lush world of Pandora about a generation after the film’s human-Na’vi conflict. The magical new land promises to transport guests to a mystical world of bioluminescent rainforests, floating mountains and soaring Banshees.Two main adventures will beckon Disney’s Animal Kingdom guests. Riding a Mountain Banshee, guests will soar across Pandora on Avatar Flight of Passage. The high-tech adventure will offer a thrilling flight through the jungles and floating mountains, and over the majestic oceans of this colourful world.And on the family-friendly Na’vi River Journey guests will sail down a sacred river hidden within a glowing rainforest. The expedition will end in an unforgettable encounter with a Na’vi Shaman, a figure who has a deep connection to the life force of Pandora.Guests will also be able to dine at Satu’li Canteen, grab a drink at Pongu Pongu or shop for Na’vi cultural items, toys, science kits, and more at Windtraders.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthThe expansion completes the transformation of Disney’s Animal Kingdom from a day into nighttime theme park with extended entertainment.In other Disney news, Disney CEO Bob Iger says the company will open its Star Wars-themed lands at California’s Disneyland and Florida’s Walt Disney World in 2019.The 14-acre attractions were announced in 2015 and are under construction at the parks. Disney says the lands will include attractions and entertainment alongside aliens and droids. The attractions represent the parks’ largest single themed land expansion ever. Posted bycenter_img Wednesday, February 8, 2017 Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Increase in water tariffs proposed to reduce consumption

first_imgNo related posts. Do you think higher water rates would force people to save water?  Yes. Money is always a good motivation.  No. People will continue to consume just as much water.  No response. Increase in water rates The Regulatory Authority for Public Services proposed a temporary increase in water tariffs as way to conserve water during the dry season, which in Costa Rica runs from December through May.The temporary rate would be applied gradually, starting from a monthly consumption of 15 cubic meters.Records from the National Meteorological Institute (IMN) show a reduction of 10-25 percent in the volume of rainfall in 2012, and IMN forecasts similar figures for this year.The Water and Sewer Institute (AyA) last week began a regulated supply of water in some cantons of the Central Valley, and it does not rule out the possibility of extending the rationing until June.A study released by AyA in 2012 showed that Ticos consume 8 percent more water than the global average.The proposal is still under study and will be submitted to a public consultation in coming days.Tico Times Poll: Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Here are photos of a rare white marlin caught off Costa Ricas

first_imgAnglers on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast recently spotted a rare beauty of a fish.Sport fishing out of the Los Sueños Marina in Herradura, Puntarenas, near the beach resort town of Jacó, the men brought in a rare white blue marlin this week, reported The Billfish Report on Tuesday. Capt. Juan Carlos Zamora, Carlos Espinoza and Roberto Salinas of the Spanish Fly caught the fair-skinned fish.The photos of the marlin jumping out of the water near the boat may be one of a kind, the sport-fishing website suggested.One commenter wrote that the blue marlin, usually seen with a dark blue strip along the dorsal side, might not be an albino, as originally reported by The Billfish Report. Instead, it could be leucistic, the report said, noting that true albinos have pink or red eyes. Leucism is a condition where reduced pigmentation in the skin, fur or feathers leaves the animal white.Gizmodo reported that the anglers released the marlin. The white blue marlin thrashes boat side and fishermen reel it in. Courtesy The Billfish Report Facebook Comments Related posts:Offshore World Championship begins with 764 billfish releases Tuna company, fishermen and environmental groups squabble over unpublished fishing decree The Foxi Lady is on fire! 5 US boaters rescued at sea after onboard fire sinks ship Solís signs tuna fishing decree, but will it help Costa Rica’s oceans?last_img read more

ChristmasEuropeIncentivenew year

first_imgChristmasEuropeIncentivenew year Make sure your clients don’t miss out on securing the tour of their European Christmas dreams – it may only be March butAlbatross Tours has just released its 2018/19 European Christmas, New Year and Winter Wonderland Tours brochure to tempt travellers to experience the joy of the European Festive Season.New for 2018/19 are two European festive tours – An Alpine Christmas Adventure 17 day tour, and celebrating with the locals on the Spain, Portugal & the Three Kings Festival 18 day tour.Albatross is also offering an amazing opportunity for travel agents to WIN a magical Pre-Christmas Festive tour for two, with one entry per passenger booked before 31 May 2018. Full competition details are available HERE. Albatross Tours 2018 Festive Christmas, New Year & Winter Wonderland tours brochure is being delivered by TIFs over the next week. Or order your copy by calling 1300 135 015. last_img read more

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