ICBC and RCMP remind drivers to travel with care this long weekend

first_imgICBC says if you’re caught speeding, you can end up paying in a number of ways – from increased insurance premiums to fines and impoundment.The penalties also apply to drivers that choose to drive impaired or distracted.More driver safety tips can be found on ICBC’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – ICBC and the RCMP are reminding drivers across British Columbia to travel with care this holiday weekend.While you may be tempted to speed to get to your destination sooner, ICBC says it is not worth the risk as speeding increases your chances of crashing.According to ICBC, speeding is the top contributing factor in fatal crashes in B.C. with an average of four people killed and 630 people injured in 2,300 collisions across the province over the B.C. Day long weekend.last_img

Muslim Miss World Australia Answers Racist Calls for Her to Give

Toronto – Since her crowning last Friday, Australia’s Esma Voloder, has been hit with a barrage of anti-Muslim sentiment and repeated calls for her to relinquish her title.Although she has also received much support in Australia for her win, Voloder has endured social media attacks based solely on her status as a practicing Muslim:Yeah, #Islam. The #religion of #peace. Are you kidding? They suppress/abuse women, #gays, etc. #MissWorldAustralia https://t.co/c8cksh3A0u— PastLifeTherapyCntr (@PLTC_PastLives) July 17, 2017The stupidity of Esma Voloder Muslim #MissWorldAustrali 2017.She loves the Quran & says Islam is peaceful!https://t.co/1m10KIWbXF pic.twitter.com/ZozRNTMXOl— Kirralie Smith (@KirralieS) July 19, 2017The daughter of Bosnian war refugees, herself born in a refugee camp, Voloder has opted to view the attacks as an opportunity to demonstrate what she views as the true heart of Islam; “I believe Islam is about peace, unity, prosperity and inclusion,” she stated in an interview with Australian newspaper, The Daily Telegraph. As part of the same interview, Miss World Australia’s national director, Deborah Miller revealed that, since Voloder’s win, the organization has received numerous “awful and mean” calls demanding that Voloder’s title be rescinded.“People have said ‘How did you let a Muslim win?’” Miller explained. “We believe Esma is a strong woman and represents a multicultural Australia.”According to the same source, believing the criticism stems from a lack of understanding, Voloder says she forgives them, adding that “Life is too short for negativity.”“People tend to blame religion for the atrocities that are happening, but if we do that we take responsibility away from the individual,” she said. “I am hoping to break down barriers by just being me.”Voloder has vowed the backlash will not prevent her from travelling to China in November where she will compete for the Miss World title for 2017. read more

UNESCO condemns killing of Philippine radio journalist

21 October 2011The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today deplored the murder of a radio commentator from the southern Philippines who had campaigned against mining operators and their impact on local indigenous communities. Roy Bagtikan Gallego was shot dead last Friday in the town of Lianga as he was about to launch a new programme on the station known as 92.7 Smile FM San Francisco, according to a statement issued by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).The agency’s Director-General Irina Bokova condemned the killing and called for a thorough investigation, noting that the crime impinged on the entire society’s freedom of expression.“Impunity for those who use gun power to silence debate and possible dissent must be stopped for the Philippines to benefit from the essential contribution of free and independent media to democracy and rule of law,” she said.UNESCO said Mr. Gallego, who was also a Manobo indigenous community leader, “had campaigned against mining operators, claiming that their activities violated the rights of indigenous people in the region.” read more

Communitybased projects help disabled persons but need more funding UN reports

Community-based rehabilitation programmes have a profoundly positive impact on disabled persons but are too small and under-resourced to make a qualitative difference in the lives of more than a fraction of those in developing countries, according to a report released today by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).The report, conducted in collaboration with the Swedish Organizations of Disabled Persons International Aid Association and launched in conjunction with the International Day of Disabled Persons, is based on interviews with those concerned in Ghana, Guyana and Nepal.In general, the report notes that community-based rehabilitation programmes seek to foster the equalization of opportunities and social integration of children and adults with physical, sensorial, psychological and mental disabilities. The programmes also aim to eliminate stigma and increase the recognition of disabled persons as resourceful members of societies.The study calls for increased participation of disabled persons as role models, self-advocates and employed experts in these programmes, noting that such plans “largely continue to regard persons with disabilities as beneficiaries and not as participants with a voice and a choice.”In addition, it points out that the limited participation in school, work and social activities experienced by disabled people is largely a result of societal barriers, and calls for combined efforts of community members, policy makers and legislators to improve conditions for persons with disabilities. read more

UNICEF calls for concerted action to improve Afghan womens education health

With the deck stacked against Afghan girls from early childhood in the only country in the world where men live longer than women, the United Nations, the Government and other partners must take concerted action to improve education and health care for women, a senior UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) official said today. Outlining the “journey of a typical Afghan girl,” UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia Cecilia Lotse recited a litany of woes: beyond the general statistics of one child in seven dying before the end of the first year and one of every five survivors not living beyond five, girls face additional deficits in education and health.“If our young Afghan girl celebrates her fifth birthday, she may be lucky enough to go school – or she could join the two out of every three girls who remain at home, denied the chance of intellectual stimulation and development that is so critical to her future progress,” Ms. Lotse told a news briefing in Kabul, the Afghan capital, noting that the female illiteracy rates is as high as 85 per cent.“Even if she enjoys a primary level education, there is a high chance that our young girl will drop out of school within a few years,” she added, wrapping up a week-long visit. Girls’ enrolment in secondary school is under 10 per cent and without a solid education, the chances of the girl becoming married early increase.UNICEF estimates that some 40 per cent of all women today in Afghanistan were married before the age of 18, and a third of them became mothers before the age of 18. The younger the bride, the younger the mother, the higher the risks are of complications in pregnancy, the less opportunity for her social development.“And finally, if our young girl makes it to this stage of her life in reasonable health, maybe with some education – the statistics tell us that her life expectancy will still be less than that of men. Afghanistan, I believe, is the only country in the world where men live longer than women,” Ms. Lotse said.“But my visit was not all doom and gloom. Indeed I end my trip here with some degree of hope,” she added, noting progress, including an obstetric care centre in Kandahar caring for mothers with pregnancy complications and a community-based school that seeks to overcome problems faced by girls living too far from the nearest formal classroom.“I also got the sense that the Government has a strategic vision for the future, that it knows in which direction we need to move, in order to tackle the problems facing the people,” she said.“It is essential that all of us – the Government, the UN, and others – prioritize investments in education, that we increase the quality and accessibility of health care for women. We have to build a new generation of female health workers, we have to encourage women to become teachers,” she added. read more

Top California regulator accused of secret dealings with utility to leave post

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAN FRANCISCO – California’s chief utility regulator, under fire over emails showing secret dealings with the state’s largest utility, said Thursday that he will not seek reappointment when his term ends at the end of the year.California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey made the announcement after a state lawmaker said he would bring legislation to block Peevey’s reappointment to a third term. Democratic state Sen. Jerry Hill applauded Peevey’s decision, saying it was “more than just a great first step.”“We can stop fighting and start rebuilding the commission,” he said.Peevey was under fire in connection with a series of emails describing alleged backroom dealings between him and others at the commission and California’s biggest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric Co.In emails released by PG&E on Monday, a utility official described Peevey pressing the utility for more than $1 million in campaign donations and other gifts during a dinner in which the two also discussed at least five PG&E regulatory matters before the commission.The emails were the latest released by the utility and others that show PG&E executives privately hashing out utility-rate cases, financial penalties and other regulation with California Public Utilities Commission officials.The company has said prosecutors have informed the utility that federal authorities are investigating the legality of five years of back-channel communications between it and the utility commission. The U.S. attorney’s office said it would have no comment.Officials from the San Francisco suburb of San Bruno — among the sharpest critics of both PG&E and its regulators since a 2010 PG&E gas line blast killed eight people in the city — said the emails showed a cozy relationship between the regulators and PG&E. The company is facing federal criminal charges in connection with the explosion.Peevey said in a statement only that 12 years as head of the utilities commission was enough.As recently as August , California Gov. Jerry Brown publicly defended the regulator as a man who “gets things done,” especially on Brown’s priority of promoting renewable energy. Brown has been silent as three separate releases of emails showed Peevey privately negotiating utility fines with PG&E and pressing PG&E executives for donations.Brown’s spokesman, asked for comment Thursday, repeated the response he’d given earlier about the utilities chief’s fitness to regulate utilities: If Brown has anything to say, “we’ll let you know,” spokesman Jim Evans said in an email.Brown is headed into a November re-election ballot with a wide lead over his little-known Republican challenger. He had nothing to gain politically from taking public note of a scandal that still was below many voters’ radar, said Jessica Levinson, a Loyola University law professor, political analyst and vice-president of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission.Brown late last month vetoed ethics bills — regulating campaign donations and gifts — that lawmakers had presented in response to other political scandals.“I don’t think that he’s running on a pro-reform platform right now,” Levinson noted. With Peevey stepping aside, “Brown’s breezy re-election has just gotten even breezier.”A watchdog group called The Utility Reform Network said Thursday that Peevey should leave immediately, noting he has more than two months left before his term expires. So did Peevey’s immediate predecessor.“Why is he voting on anything that benefits the regulated entities that he has shaken down for money?” asked Loretta Lynch, the former utilities commission chief.Then-Gov. Gray Davis appointed Peevey in December 2002, hoping Peevey’s experience in utilities would help resolve a state energy crisis then causing widespread blackouts. Peevey previously served as president of energy company Edison International and its subsidiary, Southern California Edison. He is married to Democratic state Sen. Carol Liu.The utilities commission has said it initiated a third-party review of its communications with regulators.PG&E’s legal counsel has sought to portray the back-channel contacts in the emails as rare events rather than standard practice and stressed that the utility let go the three executives it believed were responsible.___Sudhin Thanawala and Olga Rodriguez contributed from San Francisco. Juliet A. Williams contributed from Sacramento. by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press Posted Oct 9, 2014 12:15 pm MDT Top California regulator accused of secret dealings with utility to leave post at end of year read more

US wholesale inventories up 01 per cent in May

FILE – In this Saturday, June 6, 2015, file photo, Maria Cantellano, left, talks with a customer while looking over crates of watermelons at her stand at the Atlanta Farmers Market in Atlanta. The Commerce Department releases wholesale trade inventories for May on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File) by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jul 12, 2016 8:04 am MDT Last Updated Jul 12, 2016 at 11:07 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US wholesale inventories up 0.1 per cent in May WASHINGTON – U.S. wholesale businesses increased their stockpiles by a modest amount in May while growth in their sales slowed slightly.The Commerce Department says inventories at the wholesale level edged up a slight 0.1 per cent in May following a much bigger 0.7 per cent gain in April. Sales increased for a third straight month, rising 0.5 per cent after a 0.8 per cent increase in April and a 0.6 per cent rise in March. Sales had fallen in January and February.Since late last year, businesses have been slowing the rebuilding of their stockpiles in the face of weaker domestic sales and a fall in export sales. The slowdown in inventory restocking dampened overall economic growth late last year and early this year. But economists believe inventories added to growth in the second quarter. read more

Stroke patient warned she would not recover by NHS doctors is back

first_imgA stroke patient who was warned she had ‘no capacity for recovery’ by NHS doctors is almost back to full fitness after her husband took her for rehabilitation in South Africa.Rita Guthrie, a former laboratory chemist of Essex, was given just 30 per cent chance of survival and left physically and mentally disabled following a hemorrhage in 2008. She could barely walk, her behaviour became erratic and she was left permanently incontinent.After two years of sporadic care by the NHS and social services, her husband David was told there was no chance she could get any better, and was advised to move her to a care home. Figures by the Stroke Association show that nearly half of stroke survivors feel abandoned when they leave hospital, a finding that the charity described as ‘deeply concerning.’A survey of more than 1,000 patients for the charity found more than one third reported that they returned home without a care plan or appropriate support in place for their recovery.Almost half said they were not contacted by a healthcare professional when they returned home from hospital while 39 per cent said they did not received a six month assessment of their social care needs. Mrs Guthrie can now enjoy hikes again  “It’s a sad state of affairs that Rita’s recovery relied on the manpower and expertise of another nation but I hope ‘Pushing the Boundaries’ and other similar stories of fortitude can help to change our mindset in the UK.”   Pushing the Boundaries, a Personal Account of Recovery from Stroke” is available through York Publishing Services Ltd and on Amazon. Mrs Guthrie’s entire treatment programme in South Africa is estimated to have cost £20,000, less than half of the annual cost of a care home in Britain.“It is nonsense to suggest that the straightforward therapy used in Fish Hoek could not be easily set up in the UK,” said Mr Guthrie.“Seven years on from that trip to South Africa, Rita is almost back to full health although short term memory can be a little suspect at times.“Apart from that she’s as fit and alert as any 78-year-old would expect to be. I’ve got my wife back. We are able to do five kilometre hikes together and she was able to nurse me when I developed pneumonia. 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. A carer working to improve Mrs Guthrie’s balance and coordination  David Guthrie has written a book to encourage stroke survivors to seek better treatment David Guthrie has written a book to encourage stroke survivors to seek better treatment Credit:David Guthrie center_img A carer working to improve Mrs Guthrie's balance and coordination  However after a friend suggested the couple try a change of climate, Mr Guthrie took his wife to Fish Hoek near Cape Town where she underwent 18 months of intensive rehabilitation over several years, which included tailor-made exercises, walking  and hydrotherapy. “The experience was awful for both of us and I hate to see anyone else having to go through a similar situation,” said Mr Guthrie, 80, who met his wife when they both worked UK Atomic Energy Authority at Dounreay, Caithness.“The lack of support or practical help from the outset in the UK left Rita being diagnosed as having ‘no capacity for recovery.“The treatment available locally for Rita in no way matched the well-documented recommendations, such as the National Stroke Strategy, for Stroke recovery in the UK. Nor did I receive any form of training in how to cope as a carer.“The South African therapists started with the positive assumption that Rita was able to recover, a full about turn from the conclusions drawn by our own health system which had taken a very negative view of her prospects.” Now mother of-three Mrs Guthrie, 78, is back to full health, and has only been left with damage to her short term memory.Mr Guthrie has written a new book, entitled Pushing the Boundaries, to encourage other Britons in a similar situation to look elsewhere for treatment. All profits will go to stroke charities. Mrs Guthrie can now enjoy hikes again  It’s a sad state of affairs that Rita’s recovery relied on the manpower and expertise of another nationDavid Guthrie Around 152,000 people in Britain suffer a stroke each year and two thirds of those will leave hospital with a disability.  But recent figures from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy found 85 per cent of health trusts do not offer stroke victims physiotherapy within two weeks of leaving hospital. A fifth make them wait at least 13 weeks and 4 per cent cannot offer sessions until after 18 weeks.last_img read more

Rostov Don wins Russian Cup

Rostov Don handballRussian handballRussian handball Cupzvezda Zvenizgorod handball Current vice-champion and Play Off semifinalist, Rostov Don wins Russian Cup. Sen, Suslina and Co celebrated triumph over Zvezda Zvenizgorod 22:19 (13:11).Zvezda – Rostov-Don 19-22 (11:13)Zvezda: Pasecnik 1, Postnova 4, Dmitireva 3, Kuznecova 5, Vyahireva 1,Uskova 2, Dronina 2, Spiridon 1Rostov: Artamonova 2, Slivinskaya 2, Petrova 3, Zhitlova 1, Svytnako 3, Sen 1,Shimkute 7, Garbuz 1, Vaschuk 2Third place:Kuban – Lada 27-39 (8:22)Kuban: Cvirinko 2, Gorodilova 1, Ordina 1, Smirnova S. 4, Artamonova 1, Krasko 7, Lambevska 4, Gadonova 7Lada: Kolokolceva 2, Gorshkova 4, Bliznova 2, Klimova 4, Smirnova 3, Nikitina 2, Garanina 2, Shipilova 4, Davydenko 3, V.Zlinskayte 4, Chernoivanenko 6, Gorhsenina 1, Muravyeva 2In the Championship Play Off Final will play Rostov Don against Dinamo Volgograd. ← Previous Story Turkish Women’s Super League: Muratpasa wins title! Next Story → 1800 HP Fans decided: Bojana Popovic is EHF CL 2011/2012 MVP! read more

Whistleblowers gagged under new GP contract claims IMO

first_img28.4.4: The Service Provider (GP) shall not do anything to prejudice the name or reputation of the HSE.Walley described this as “little more than a gagging clause which would prevent a GP from highlighting cases of wrong doing and effectively stops GPs advocating for their patients”.Dr Walley said that the situation “raises serious concerns about how much – if any – involvement the Minister for Health has had in relation to this proposed contract which is an attempt to fundamentally alter the relationship between GPs and the HSE”.He said the above clause is one of a number of “major flaws” in the proposed new GP contract, and that the IMO believes it “will not deliver an equitable or sustainable service to patients”.The IMO wants urgent and comprehensive negotiations on the Minister’s plans for the revised GP contract for all patients.Read: It’s not only nurses that have emigrated to find work. Guess how many GPs have?>Read: Tánaiste: Shatter should ‘clear up’ claims whistleblowers did not cooperate> A NEW CONTRACT for GPs contains a clause that will ‘gag’ whistleblowers, the Irish Medical Organisation has said.Today, the IMO has accused the Minister for Health Dr James Reilly of hypocrisy by claiming he is in favour of whistleblowers.They said that at the same time he is trying impose a new contract on GPs which includes a ‘gagging clause’.The organisation claims the clause “will prevent GP whistleblowers from drawing attention to HSE mistakes – even where there is a threat to patient safety”.ContradictionChairman of the GP Committee of the IMO, Dr Ray Walley, said that the contract directly contradicts Minister Reilly’s pro-whistleblower statements that he made on RTÉ radio show Morning Ireland today.According to the IMO, the draft contract includes the following provision:last_img read more

Get Rid Of Your Stove And Compost Instead

first_imgIf you’re reading this blog, chances are you already compost. But you may not know about another use for that decomposing pile in your backyard: cooking.Because compost piles can get particularly warm, especially during summer months, it’s possible to use them to actually cook food. You just need to be patient. A hard-boiled egg can take 24 hours if you find the right spot and it’s even possible to cook a medium rare roast. If you have a few days to wait, that is.It’s certainly an interesting, if not entirely effective and potentially gross, way of saving energy. Just be sure to wrap up your food carefully before putting it in the compost cooker.Via GOODlast_img

Lécoute des extraterrestres en suspens aux EtatsUnis

first_imgL’écoute des extraterrestres en suspens aux Etats-UnisLe SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) est une organisation à but non lucratif américaine qui a pour mission de détecter et de capter d’éventuelles communications extraterrestres. Faute de fonds, ce système s’est arrêté le 15 avril.   Fondé en 1984, le SETI est installé en Californie. L’organisation dispose de 42 radiotélescopes (“Allen Telescope Array” ou ATA) qui cherchent à capter d’éventuels messages extraterrestres. Depuis le 15 avril dernier, “l’ATA a été placé en hibernation à cause d’un manque de financement pour le fonctionnement des radiotélescopes de Hat Creek [HCRO] où ils sont situés”, a indiqué le patron du SETI dans un courrier adressé à d’éventuels mécènes. Tom Pierson précise que “la mise en hibernation signifie qu’à partir de cette semaine, les équipements ne sont plus disponibles pour des observations de routine et leur maintenance est assurée par des équipes fortement réduites”.  Selon le patron du SETI, 1,5 million de dollars par an sont nécessaires au fonctionnement de l’organisation, rapporte l’AFP. Un million supplémentaire devrait couvrir les coûts de la recherche scientifique. Tom Pierson indique qu’il tente “d’obtenir des donations d’un montant de cinq millions de dollars pour couvrir la recherche des mondes de Kepler”. Il s’agit-là des 1.235 exoplanètes (donc situées en dehors du système solaire) potentiellement habitables détectées par le télescope spatial américain Kepler. Le 27 avril 2011 à 13:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Joe vs Gargano on tonights 120 WWE NXT on WWE Network

first_img Sasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa Bliss Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinals Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Trish Stratus Videos Articles Alexa Bliss Google+ Alexa Bliss Injury Update Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Chris Jericho takes on Hangman Page to crown first AEW Champion tonight on All Out Alexa Bliss Officially Not Wrestling At Evolution Facebookcenter_img Alexa Bliss Reportedly Injured Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Alexa Bliss Will Be In The Royal Rumble Twitter The following is scheduled for tonight’s 1/20 WWE NXT on the WWE Network:* Samoa Joe vs. Johnny Gargano* Sami Zayn vs. Adam Rose* Baron Corbin vs. Rich Swann* NXT Women’s Champion Bayley & Carmella vs. Emma & Alexa Bliss* Apollo Crews vs. Tye DillingerCheck back later this week for a recap of NXT on Wrestleview.com. Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipAlexa Bliss Reportedly InjuredVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Ronda Rousey 11 matches scheduled for WWE Clash of Champions tonight in Charlotte, Live Post-Show Now Playing Up Next WhatsApplast_img read more

Cowlitz Jail guard assaulted with own pepper spray

first_imgKELSO — A Cowlitz County Jail inmate is facing charges of assaulting a guard and attempting to escape after spraying the officer with her own pepper spray.Officer Tina M. Huft was spitting and coughing with her eyes swollen shut after a struggle Saturday at the jail. The jail staff heard her radio for help and subdued the 19-year-old inmate.The Daily News reports reports Huft had been trying to handcuff Jeran R. Applefield to mover her to another cell when Applefield snatched the pepper spray off Huft’s belt and sprayed her in the face.last_img

Another Royal Bengal Tiger on the run One cow calf critically injured

Another Royal Bengal Tiger on the run One cow calf critically injured

first_imgKolkata: Once again, residents of Lalgarh are spending sleepless nights being scared that a tiger might have entered the village.The fear has hit the entire village of Lalgarh in Jhargram after one full grown cow and a calf were found critically injured in an attack by an unidentified animal on Saturday morning.The Forest department officials are yet to confirm the animal that had attacked the cow and a calf. A search was conducted by the Forest department officials on Sunday but they have failed to trace the animal. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that a full grown Royal Bengal tiger was found dead a few months ago in the same area where the incident took place on Saturday.The tiger had strayed into the forests of Lalgarh, from a tiger habitat, hundreds of kilometres away. It was found dead inside the Baghghara forest area in April this year with multiple injury marks on his neck and eyes. The villagers have claimed to have found pug marks at various places in the past few days. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe Forest department is yet to confirm whether the footprints found in the Lalgarh forests are of a tiger. Senior forest department officials suspect that they might be of some other animal. A probe has been started in this regard.It was learnt that one Aswini Manna, a resident of Baghghara forest, had taken his four cows and a calf for grazing in the forest on Saturday morning. He left the cows inside the forest and returned home. In the afternoon, three cows returned home, however, the other two did not.Manna went back into the forest only to find his cow and calf serious injured. Several deep injury marks were there on various parts of their bodies. The injuries were caused by sharp claws, suspect the villagers.A senior forest department official in the district said they are looked into matter.Forest personnel have already started a search operation in the area. There is nothing to spread panic, the official said.last_img read more

Oaks debuts in Northern Territory

Oaks debuts in Northern Territory

first_imgLeading accommodation provider Oaks Hotels & Resorts, a division of Minor Hotel Group (MHG), is set to make its Northern Territory debut, today announcing the acquisition of Elan Soho Suites, its first property in the territory’s capital city of Darwin, in a deal worth AUD$57.1 million.Rebranding as Oaks Elan Darwin, the 301-room hotel, which was completed in 2014, will officially launch on 1 September 2015, marking the 52nd property in operation for Oaks Hotels & Resorts.The opening will also see the company make its first foray into a sixth Australian state and territory as it expands its Australian presence, joining properties in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South and Western Australia in addition to its overseas properties in the UAE, Thailand and New Zealand.Chief Executive Officer of Minor Hotel Group, Mr. Dillip Rajakarier, said the acquisition of Elan Soho Suites comes as MHG continues to make strategic investments in Australia, “As part of our business expansion strategy both in Australia and abroad, we have been focused on accumulating quality assets in a number of regional locations alongside extending our portfolio of management properties in both city and resort destinations.“Darwin has always been on our wish list and we are thrilled that Minor Hotel Group will now be represented in the Northern Territory.”Since acquiring the Oaks brand in 2011, MHG has continued to grow the brand with major acquisitions including Oaks Oasis on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast in 2011, Cypress Lakes Resort by Oaks and its onsite Golf & Country Club in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley in 2013, and the new-build Oaks Grand Gladstone and neighboring Grand Hotel, which opened in early 2014.“The decision to purchase Elan Soho Suites in Darwin is a natural progression for the Oaks Hotels & Resorts brand as we continue to expand our foothold in key Australian markets,” Mr. Rajakarier said.“We also saw a major long-term growth opportunity with Darwin’s domestic leisure market, which grew more than 10 per cent over the past year.“As a gateway to South East Asia, Darwin is also an increasingly popular destination with international visitors, so we welcome the opportunity to target these inbound overseas markets, underpinned by Minor Hotel Group’s strong international brand presence.”Located on Woods Street in the CBD, the 4.5 star Oaks Elan Darwin will rise over 27 floors and offer the choice of 301 hotel rooms, studios and one and two bedroom self-contained apartments.The acquisition also includes onsite restaurant, Seoul Food, a unique dining experience with fusion Korean cuisine, which will be open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.Oaks Elan Darwin is located just 17 minutes from the Darwin International Airport and is within close proximity to a number of local attractions and the city’s dining, entertainment and shopping hub. Stay at an Oaks hotelSource = Oaks Hotels & Resortslast_img read more

FILE In this Jan 18 2018 file photo LL Cool J

FILE In this Jan 18 2018 file photo LL Cool J

first_img FILE – In this Jan. 18, 2018 file photo, LL Cool J attends the Lip Sync Battle Live: A Michael Jackson Celebration in Los Angeles. Organizers announced that LL Cool J, along with DJ Z-Trip, will perform at The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Friday, May 4. The festival is scheduled April 27-29 and May 3-6 at the New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) LL Cool J added to 2018 Jazz Fest lineup by The Associated Press Posted Feb 6, 2018 12:46 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 6, 2018 at 2:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is adding rapper LL Cool J to its 2018 lineup.Organizers announced the addition to the bill on Tuesday. He will perform on Friday, May 4.The event is scheduled April 27-29 and May 3-6 at the New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course.Others scheduled to perform include Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, Sting, Jack White, Beck, Lionel Richie, Anita Baker, Bonnie Raitt, Khalid (KUH-leed), Common, Sheryl Crow, Smokey Robinson and Aaron Neville.Advance tickets for the festival are $65. The gate price will be $80.last_img read more

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