Orchard Renewal Agreement Signed

first_imgNova Scotia apple growers will replace older apple trees with a new variety thanks to a $235,000 annual investment from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Chris d’Entremont, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, and Waldo Walsh, president of the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers’ Association, signed a five-year agreement today, Nov. 3, that will see about 240 hectares (600 acres) of new apple trees planted. “We are pleased to support the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers’ Association and their vitalization strategy for the apple industry through this orchard renewal program,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries recognizes that this is a great opportunity to help sustain this important Nova Scotia industry in rural communities.” About 240 hectares (600 acres) of honeycrisp apple trees will be planted over the life of the agreement. The Nova Scotia Fruit Growers’ Association will administer the program. “Our vitalization strategy is a long-term, integrated plan that allows the apple industry to remain sustainable for many years to come,” said Mr. Walsh. “We are pleased that the Nova Scotia government is sharing our vision of a successful industry through this investment.” There are 115 members in the association with a farm gate value of $13 million.last_img read more

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Bank of Canada raises rate signals future hikes could arrive sooner

first_imgOTTAWA – The Bank of Canada raised its trend-setting interest rate Wednesday and sent signals that future hikes could be upon Canadians sooner than previously expected.With a big source of trade uncertainty finally out of the way, the central bank delivered a quarter-point rate increase for the fifth time since the summer of 2017. The move lifted benchmark to 1.75 per cent — its highest level in about a decade.The hike arrived with Canada’s economy showing resilience and the unemployment rate hovering near four-decade lows.The increase followed governor Stephen Poloz’s first policy meeting since Canada agreed with the United States and Mexico earlier this month on an updated North American free trade deal. The bank said the new trade agreement will reduce uncertainty, which it described as “an important curb” on business confidence and investment.The removal of one of the trade shackles also coincided with a notable change: a single word yanked from the bank’s statement.Recent post-policy-meeting statements used the word “gradual” to help explain how the bank’s governing council would approach the timing of future rate increases.This time around, however, the bank decided to leave the word out. Some observers interpreted the omission as a signal of the bank’s shift to a faster, more-aggressive hiking path.Poloz insisted the word’s exclusion was designed to give the bank more flexibility when it comes to the speed at which it chooses to proceed.“Markets seem to have settled on ‘gradual’ meaning we would only move on every second meeting, to put it most bluntly,” Poloz told reporters Wednesday when asked about the change.“We thought, well, we really don’t want to reinforce that as a locked-in, mechanical expectation. And so, this is serving notice that it could be faster or it could be slower.”Either way, the bank sent the a clear message that more increases will be needed to bring the rate to a “neutral stance” in order to keep inflation from running too hot. Poloz’s team has pegged the neutral rate at between 2.5 and 3.5 per cent, so several more increases are likely on the way.The bank stressed the pace of future hikes will be guided by how well households are adjusting to the higher interest rates, given their high levels of debt.So far, the bank said Canadians have been making spending adjustments in response to earlier rate hikes and stricter mortgage policies — and credit growth continues to moderate. Household vulnerabilities — while still elevated — have edged down as a result, it said.“You always need to see more data because it’s still relatively early days, but they seem to be adjusting as we had expected,” senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins said.“I think higher interest rates are always difficult when people haven’t seen them in a long time.”Poloz said he understands rate increases can be difficult for some people, but he argued the economy is running at its capacity and no longer needs stimulus.“It’s our job to prevent the thing from overheating and creating inflation pressures down the road,” he said.Until the hike Wednesday, the interest rate hadn’t been above 1.5 per cent since December 2008. At that time, during the financial crisis, the bank made a three-quarter-point cut to the benchmark, bringing it to 1.5 per cent from 2.25 per cent.Moving forward, the bank predicts the economy to remain solid.Consumer spending is expected to continue expanding at a “healthy pace,” thanks in large part to the steady rise of incomes and the strength of consumer confidence.It projects exports to keep growing at a moderate clip, even though they will face limitations from several factors — including transportation capacity constraints, global trade uncertainty and stiff competition, particularly from the U.S.The report predicted business investment — outside the oil and gas sector — to expand due to solid domestic and foreign demand.The bank noted, however, that Canada is still grappling with competitiveness challenges linked to major U.S. tax and regulatory changes as well as ongoing uncertainties around pipeline approval. It anticipates these factors will encourage some exporters to delay their investments or to make them outside Canada.Following the new North American trade agreement, the bank now expects lingering trade tensions — such as U.S. metals tariffs and Canada’s countermeasures — to lower business investment by just 0.7 per cent by the end of 2020, compared with the 1.4 per cent reduction it had predicted in July. Exports are now expected to take a negative hit of just 0.3 per cent compared to the previous prediction of a 0.7 per cent reduction.The bank also released its latest monetary policy report, which predicted Canada’s real gross domestic product to expand 2.1 per cent in 2019, down from its July call of 2.2 per cent, and by 1.9 per cent in 2020. Its growth projection for this year has been increased slightly to 2.1 per cent, up from its previous prediction of two per cent.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

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UN peacekeepers plant trees in Côte dIvoire to fight climate change

30 November 2009United Nations peacekeepers planted nearly 600 trees in a botanical garden in Côte d’Ivoire over the weekend, a small but symbolic step in a project to combat climate change that has already surpassed its target of 7 billion trees – one for every person in the world. The planting in the town of Bingerville follows a similar ceremony in neighbouring Liberia where UN blue helmets planted 1,000 trees earlier this year as part of the initiative launched by UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to plant 7 billion trees by the end of 2009, a goal it reached in September. With the destruction of natural forests emitting more greenhouse gases every year than the transport sector, planting trees – which absorb carbon dioxide and store nearly 300 gigatons of carbon in their biomass – provides a crucial defence in the fight against global warming. Blue helmets have already planted nearly 30,000 saplings in 11 peacekeeping missions worldwide, in countries including Timor-Leste, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Georgia and Lebanon. The one-hectare lot in Bingerville botanical garden will now be known as ONUCI, the initials of the UN peacekeeping mission that has been stationed in Côte d’Ivoire since 2004 to help ensure a ceasefire and pave the way for permanent peace and democratic elections after civil war in 2002 split the West African country into a Government-ruled south and a rebel-controlled north. Reauthorized repeatedly since then, most recently until 31 January 2010, it currently comprises nearly 8,400 uniformed personnel, as well as 407 international civilian staff. read more

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Building on early childhood gains UN calls for increased investment in adolescents

In its 2011 State of the World’s Children report released today, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) cites one startling example: in Brazil the lives of 26,000 children under one were saved between 1998 and 2008, leading to a sharp decrease in infant mortality, yet in the same period 81,000 adolescents aged 15-19 were murdered.“Surely, we do not want to save children in their first decade of life only to lose them in the second,” UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake says in a foreword to the report, entitled ‘Adolescence: An Age of Opportunity.’“Adolescence is a pivot point, an opportunity to consolidate the gains we have made in early childhood or risk seeing those gains wiped out,” he adds, calling for investment in education, training and employment programmes.Given the magnitude of threats to children under the age of five, it made sense to focus investment there and that attention produced “stunning success,” with the number of children under five dying every day from preventable causes cut by one third from 34,000 in 1990 to around 22,000 in 2009, Mr. Lake stresses. Yet the challenges of adolescence must be tackled too.“If we want to break the cycle of poverty and build a stronger and more equitable world, we must also focus on adolescence,” UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Hilde Frafjord Johnson told a news conference in New York to launch the report, noting that nearly one out of every five people on the planet today is an adolescent.The vast majority of today’s adolescents, 88 per cent, live in developing countries, and the report catalogues “in heart-wrenching detail” the array of dangers they face: injuries that kill 400,000 of them each year; early pregnancy and childbirth, a primary cause of death for teenage girls; pressures that keep 70 million out of school; exploitation, violent conflict and the worst kind of abuse at the hands of adults.It also examines the dangers posed by emerging trends like climate change, whose intensifying effects in many developing countries already undermine so many adolescents’ well-being, and by labour trends, which reveal a profound lack of employment opportunities for the young, especially those in poor countries.The report calls for targeted investments in education and training; expanding opportunities for youth to participate in national forums and other avenues to make their voices heard; promoting laws, policies and programmes to protect their rights and enable them to overcome barriers to essential services; and stepping up the fight against poverty and inequity through child-sensitive programmes to prevent adolescents from being prematurely catapulted into adulthood.Although adolescents around the world are generally healthier today than in the past, many health risks remain significant, including injuries, eating disorders and substance abuse. It is estimated that around one in every five adolescents suffers from a mental health or behavioural problem.Youth unemployment remains a concern in almost every country. An increasingly technological labour market requires skills that many young people do not possess. In many countries large teenage populations are a unique demographic asset that is often overlooked, the report stresses. By investing in adolescent education and training, countries can reap a large and productive workforce, contributing significantly to the growth of national economies. “We need to focus more attention now on reaching adolescents, especially adolescent girls, investing in education, health and other measures to engage them in the process of improving their own lives,” Mr. Lake writes.   “Through a wealth of concrete examples, The State of the World’s Children 2011 makes clear that sustainable progress is possible. It also draws on recent research to show that we can achieve that progress more quickly and cost-effectively by focusing first on the poorest children in the hardest-to-reach places. Such a focus on equity will help all children, including adolescents. How can we delay?” 25 February 2011With 20 years of strong investment producing “stunning” gains for children up to the age of 10, including a 33 per cent drop in under-five mortality rates, the United Nations is calling for equal focus on the world’s 1.2 billion adolescents to break entrenched cycles of poverty and inequity. read more

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TN parties protest naming Rajapaksa as Sri Lankan PM

Sri Lanka plunged into a constitutional crisis on Friday after President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Ranil Wickremesinghe from PM’s post and made former strongman Rajapaksa the new premier. Political parties in Tamil Nadu have expressed concerns over Mahinda Rajapaksa being sworn-in as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. Rajapaksa has been accused of committing atrocities against Tamils in the 2009 civil war in the island nation, DNA India reported.Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said his party AIADMK’s stand had always been that Rajapaksa should be tried for war crimes against Tamils. “When Amma [Jayalalithaa] was the chief minister, she had sought Rajapaksa to be a war criminal by the international court of justice. Even if she is no more, the AIADMK government will stand by her statement.” MDMK chief Vaiko recalled the pending cases against Rajapaksa in the United Nations Human Rights Council. “During the Eelam war, when Rajapaksa was the president, Sirisena was part of the government. Thus, both are against Tamils,” said Vaiko.PMK founder Dr S Ramadoss and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi president Thol Thirumavalavan also raised concerns over the return of Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette) Palaniswami said the state was committed to protecting fishermen from Tamil Nadu who are often harassed by the Lankan Navy. The CM said he and the state fisheries minister recently met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and stressed the need to protect the fishermen. DMK chief MK Stalin echoed the views of his rival party. “To the shock of Tamils world over, Rajapaksa has been appointed as the Prime Minister,” he said, adding that this is while the sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe insists he continues to be in office.Stalin said that the political developments in Sri Lanka followed Rajapaksa’s visit to India and his meeting with PM Modi a few weeks ago and the subsequent tour of Wickremesinghe to New Delhi. Pointing to the reports of Sirisena’s allegation of a RAW plot to kill him and his denial, Stalin said the Centre should explain its interactions with the Lankan political leaders and the charges against RAW. read more

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Funds needed to avert disaster for millions of Southern African children UN

The agencies said the UN has so far received $324 million, or just over half of the $642 million it requested from international donors when it launched a bid last July to fund this year’s relief efforts in Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.Only $24 million of the money received is for non-food activities – just 14 per cent of what the UN estimates is necessary to meet urgent needs in these countries.The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the triple threat of severe drought, the HIV/AIDS pandemic and weakened government capacity had left millions of people across the region extremely vulnerable.The UN’s Special Envoy for Humanitarian Affairs in Southern Africa, James T. Morris, said 3 million children in the region have already lost one or both parents. “We cannot stand idly by and see them lose their futures too,” he said.He warned that crucial projects across the region would have to be scaled back unless international donors provide additional funds. “After millions of children have been saved from starvation, it is tragic that their lives now remain at risk from a lack of clean water, adequate sanitation and proper health care,” added Mr. Morris, who also heads the UN World Food Programme (WFP).OCHA said orphaned children are particularly in jeopardy, with many lacking access to food and health care while being forced to drop out of school.The eight agencies involved are: OCHA, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UN Population Fund (UNFPA), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN Development Programme (UNDP), Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), World Health Organization (WHO) and WFP. read more

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USAA pulling ads from Hannitys Fox News show

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Financial services firm USAA is adding itself to the list of companies that have pulled advertising from Sean Hannity’s Fox News Channel show.But the company, which caters to members of the U.S. military and their families, says the move had nothing to do with pressure on Hannity’s advertisers. Some groups have called for an advertiser boycott after Hannity’s focus on a discredited story involving a murdered Democratic National Committee employee. On Wednesday, Hannity he would no longer talk about the story of murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich.USAA said Thursday it has a policy not to advertise on any opinion-based programing.“There was an error which led to our ads running during certain opinion-based programs, and as soon as that was discovered, the error was corrected,” the San Antonio, Texas-based company said. “We will continually review our ad placements to ensure we are consistent with our policy.”Liberal lobby group Media Matters for America lists six other advertisers that announced they are leaving Hannity, including Cars.com and Crown Plaza Hotels. Hannity has accused Media Matters of mounting a campaign to silence him, which the group denied.Hannity is the sole survivor from Fox’s once stable and powerful prime-time lineup. He has been a strong backer of President Donald Trump and believes the president is under attack from media and opponents who want to destroy him. USAA pulling ads from Hannity’s Fox News show by The Associated Press Posted May 25, 2017 6:03 pm MDT Last Updated May 25, 2017 at 6:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Father of Kenneth Noyes victim feels totally let down that M25 killer

first_imgMr Cameron told the paper: “I feel totally let down. I’ve had a few tears. That’s not justice for Stephen.”In open prison Noye will have day trips out and can go home for Christmas. That’s not justice. I’m gutted.”I was told he’s been a really good boy, has done an anger management course and rehabilitation courses so he doesn’t reoffend.”He says what they want to hear and knows how to play the game because he’s spent half his life in prison.”The justice system has let us down. He had a fight with Stephen, he instigated it but Stephen gave him a good hiding so he went to his car to get a knife.”He could have driven off but decided to go back and murder Stephen. He should be in for at least 25 years.” Kenneth Noye wearing glasses and beard whilst travelling under the false name of Alan Green Kenneth Noye wearing glasses and beard whilst travelling under the false name of Alan GreenCredit:FIONA HANSON/PA Noye was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 16 years for Stephen’s murder.After the killing Noye went on the run and was arrested in Spain two years later.Last month the Parole Board said it was not directing Noye’s release, but recommended that he be transferred to “open conditions”.The advice was passed to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) for the final decision, and the department confirmed on Tuesday that Justice Secretary David Lidington had accepted the recommendation.Noye had previously won a High Court challenge against a decision by then justice secretary Michael Gove to block a recommendation made by the Parole Board in September 2015 that Noye be moved to an open jail.His counsel argued the decision was “unlawful and irrational”.An MoJ spokesman said: “Public protection is our top priority and transfers to open conditions are made after a thorough, expert risk assessment carried out by the independent Parole Board.”center_img The angry father of road rage victim Stephen Cameron has spoken out after it was revealed that his killer is to be moved to an open prison.Ken Cameron told the Mirror he felt “totally let down” that Kenneth Noye was to be transferred after the Justice Secretary rubber-stamped a recommendation from the Parole Board.Noye, now 70, was convicted of murder in April 2000 after stabbing 21-year-old Mr Cameron to death in an attack on the M25 in Kent in 1996. 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

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DeZURIKs new ANSI class knife gate valve for severe services

first_imgDeZURIK’s new KSV severe service knife gate valve is designed especially for highly abrasive services. The company says these valves “have superior features and workmanship including ANSI B16.34 Class 150 and 300 pressure ratings; bi-directional dead end shutoff capability; bi-directional drip tight seal; bonnetless design for ANSI 300 service; and a wide variety of hardened seat materials” The KSV valve has proven itself in numerous abrasive slurry applications such as the oils sands mines in Northern Alberta, Canada. In addition, the KSV valve is being successfully installed in a variety of applications in other industries including high density (10-12%) pulp stock; digester blow down isolation, bio-fuels production and municipal sludge.last_img

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Apples AirPlay bested by HTC One and Media Link HD

first_imgOf the many features and accessories touted as highlights that make the HTC One special, the Media Link HD adapter is not often among them. If you’ve been looking for a real AirPlay competitor, look no further than what HTC has accomplished here.Apple has maintained a dominance over all the other with AirPlay. Despite many attempts that offer similar features, nothing manages to match what Apple has accomplished feature for feature with AirPlay. It’s a service that, at its core, allows for quick sharing of whatever is on your iPhone, iPad, or MacBook with the television.This simple mirroring tool is an invaluable addition to the Apple lineup for some, and there has yet to be a platform-wide equivalent anywhere else. Google has tried by adding Miracast support into Android, but has yet to be able to deliver the same seamless and mostly lag-free experience. HTC seems to have picked up this dropped ball with their Media Link HD adapter and, combined with the One, offers an experience that easily beats AirPlay.HTC’s Media Link adapter allows for screen mirroring over WiFi between a compatible HTC phone and a TV through the HDMI connected dongle. The adapter itself has been around for a little while now, but previous HTC hardware wasn’t quite powerful enough to drive content to the TV without lag or terrible battery drain. The HTC One is more than enough phone for the job, and is capable of streaming movies, music, and games in HD. I have found that simple games like Angry Birds Space stream with close to zero lag, while more complex games, like Qualcomm’s Reign of Amira, occasionally stutter during demanding combat areas.Pushing content to the adapter is as simple as a three finger gesture. No matter what you are doing on the One, the phone will automatically format the UI to fill the screen. This is a vast improvement over Apple’s AirPlay mirroring. Additionally, the IR blaster and remote control app on the HTC One guarantee that you can quickly switch to the adapter from your phone and push your content immediately after. The experience is effortless, and outside of the initial pin-based pairing process the setup is nonexistent. You can have multiple phones paired with no issues, and Media Link will give priority to whichever phone pushed content last.Obviously Media Link isn’t as widely available as Apple’s AirPlay, but it is hard to argue with the results offered by combining Android, the HTC One and Media Link HD. If you’ve already purchased a One, or are considering one in the future, the $90 adapter from HTC is a great addition.last_img read more

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Heating oil price drops

first_imgThe sale of heating oil for this winter will begin this week under particularly favourable conditions thanks to the rapid decline of international oil rates.The price of heating fuel for households entitled to the relevant benefit is returning to the lower end of the range, last seen before the special consumption tax on heating oil was levelled with that on diesel a couple of years ago. Regular consumers will be able to purchase their heating oil for about 1.05-1.06 euros per litre, while those receiving the benefit will only pay 0.72 euros/lt, with an increase expected in remote parts of the country.The low starting price this season is attributed to the drop in crude oil rates by 20 per cent in the last three months and the reduction of the special consumption tax by 30 per cent.Nevertheless fuel station owners report that 70 per cent of those based outside the country’s main urban centres are not yet ready to sell heating oil after failing to install inflow-outflow monitoring systems. The law bans the sale of heating oil by stations without the system or by those that fail to send their data on a daily basis to the Finance Ministry. The market anticipates a short grace period in the country’s remote areas.Source: Kathimerini. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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A question of faith

first_imgFor some time, the Greek Orthodox Church has been experiencing an unprecedented shortage of priests to continue its ministry. A priest’s position in society remains valid as a respected vocation, but what drives a young man in the 21st century to dedicate his life to God in the face of declining community participation? Assistant parish priest Father Leonidas Ioannou (29) of the Church of The Presentation of Our Lord in Coburg, is not that different from every man his age. Married with two children, he says he knew from the start that the priesthood was for him. “Becoming a priest was a calling – not so much a decision. It was something I felt from a young age,” said Father Leonidas.“I had a beautiful experience from about the age of five, I felt a strong pull towards the church – like a magnet.”On migrating to Australia, his journey of faith continued, becoming an altar boy and attending his local church youth group. “I just felt every time I was in church, that was where I was supposed to be,” he explains.The eldest of six children, by the age of 10 he had already revealed to his spiritual father his desire to enter the priesthood. “He encouraged me. He said, ‘if this is something you really like, you should be careful about how you live your life, because one day you may become a priest’.” Before pursuing his calling, he went on to study visual arts and new media at Swinburne University, after which he worked as an iconographer. It was his wife who finally encouraged him to pursue his dream, before enrolling at St Andrews Greek Orthodox Theological College. “[It] formed me firstly as a person, and as an Orthodox Christian in ways I never thought could happen,” he says.“The truth is, the day my wife wrote the letter to accept me being ordained, she signed me away to the church. I miss out on a lot of family time,” he admits.“I try to take my daughter to school every day I don’t do liturgies, but I’ve missed out on a lot of my son’s life.”Despite that, Father Leonidas feels he is where he belongs, and is concerned that there are not enough priests to go around. “Orthodoxy is for all people – it is not limited to a particular cultural group. Here there is a need for young priests who know English and can relate to the next generation.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Swimmings Pig Pub Staff Praised for Delivering Coworkers Baby

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #womangivsbirthinrestaurant Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 12, 2017 – Baha Mar – The staff at the Swimming’s Pig Pub in Baha Mar is being hailed as heroes after safely delivering a co-worker’s baby on Saturday, June 11.The young woman, believed to have been unaware of her pregnancy, went into labour and gave birth in the restaurant’s VIP area with the help of two co-workers.Colleagues at the restaurant expressed that they had no idea that their coworker was pregnant as she did not appear to be with child. The woman, who is a server at the restaurant, went into distress while working on Saturday. It soon became clear to her coworkers that she was in labour.Another server, one of two coworkers that assisted with the delivery of the baby, recalled the incident, saying “It all happened so quickly. It was shocking.”The server told the Nassau Guardian newspaper that the woman toppled over in pain at 11:00 AM and those around her thought she was ill. From her own experience as a mother, the server realized that her coworker was in labour and she sprung into action.Giovanni Tagliamonte, the restaurant’s manager said that he was very proud of the staff who delivered the baby. He beamed with pride, adding that “I feel like it is a blessing to our restaurant.”The mother and her baby girl are reportedly doing fine.#magneticmedianews#womangivsbirthinrestaurantlast_img read more

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Santana Los Tigres Del Norte Kings Of Leon Set To Play RodeoHouston

first_img Twitter Santana, Los Tigres Del Norte, Kings Of Leon Set To Play RodeoHouston The lineup for the predominantly country concert series was notably low on female performers, with Musgraves as the only woman associated with the country genre.Women in country have been outspoken about the lack of airplay they have received on the radio.READ: Why Carrie Underwood’s Calling Out Country RadioThe annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has been open since 1932 and promotes agriculture, supports Texas Youth and highlights Western culture. The event also features a ranching and wildlife expo, a carnival, food and rodeo competitions.Coachella Announces “Every One” Initiative To Fight Harassment And Assault News While the concert series will feature a new surge of genre diversity, it is notably low on women performers Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Jan 4, 2019 – 12:06 pm It’s finally 2019 and RodeoHouston’s lineup is ready to bring all of Houston an array of musical artists to look forward to with its diverse genres from Feb. 25–March 17.Kacey Musgraves will open the rodeo concert series a part of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on Feb. 25, while Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen will close it out on March 17. Cardi B, Prince Royce, Tim McGraw, Zedd, Los Tigres Del Norte, Santana, Camila Cabello and Kings Of Leon are among other performers.center_img Santana, Kings Of Leon, More To Play RodeoHouston santana-los-tigres-del-norte-kings-leon-set-play-rodeohouston Email Facebook last_img read more

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Be Pro at Shopping Online Best Cyber Monday Deals on Clothes Shoes

first_imgCyber Monday is internet’s answer to Black Friday where online stores will offer incredible deals on many products.ReutersCome Monday, almost every adult with an internet connection is expected to be busy in front of their smart devices, attempting to get a hold of the cheapest deals available. With the anticipated heavy traffic on every shopping website, serious shoppers must focus on what they want and where they can find it before the D-day.The smartest thing for you to do is sort through everything you need and save or bookmark them all in advance so that all you need to do is click “buy” at the right time. Here are some of the online stores offering the best Cyber Monday deals on clothes, shoes and accessories.Bloomingdale’s, the American upscale chain of department stores owned by Macy’s is offering 25% discount on select items on not just Cyber Monday, but also Cyber Sunday, 30 November.Ann Taylor, the chain of clothing stores targeted at affluent career women, is offering 50% off on the entire purchase amount.Swedish retail clothing company H&M is offering 30% off on the overall bill and free shipping on all orders over $50.Aritzia, the Canadian women’s fashion boutique is not only offering a 60% discount on fall, winter, and holiday styles, but also free shipping.DKNY, the New York-based fashion house specialising in fashion goods for men and women is offering 20% off on every item in their site, except for fragrances.Shopbop, the retailer of designer clothing and accessories for women owned by Amazon is offering a discount range of 15-25%, on over 400 brands, including Oscar de la Renta, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Vita Fede, Giuseppe Zanotti, Michael Kors, Karen Walker and Etre Cecile.Adore Me, which prides in providing affordable lingerie to women, is giving new shoppers their first lingerie set for $20, a 50% reduction from their actual sales price ($40).ASOS, the British online fashion and beauty store, primarily aimed at young adults, is offering 30% off all products on using the code “ILOVEMONDAYS” and 20% off on all products with the code: “CYBERWKND20”. Just enter the code “BEJEWELED” to get 50% of all items sold at Elizabeth Cole jewelry, American heritage jewellery brand for the modern woman.TOMS Shoes, the for-profit company is offering 25% off on most items in their online store with the code: “CHEER”.Nordstorm, the American upscale fashion retailer has sales for up to 40% for Cyber Monday and is offering extra Nordstrom Reward points when shopping onlinelast_img read more

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Congress hails Priyankas appointment as general secretary for UP East

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal unit of Congress on Wednesday welcomed Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s appointment as general secretary for Uttar Pradesh East, and said it would boost the morale of the party ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. Ending years of speculation, Priyanka Gandhi formally entered politics in a move reflecting the party’s intent to go full throttle in the state ahead of the general elections. “We welcome Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s appointment as Congress general secretary, as it would further boost the morale of the party ahead of Lok Sabha polls. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”This move will also further strengthen the organisation in the country, especially Uttar Pradesh,” senior Congress leader and MP Pradip Bhattacharya said. Several other top state Congress leaders, too, welcomed the move and congratulated Priyanka Gandhi. Carrying posters of Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi, West Bengal Congress workers in different parts of the state celebrated her appointment by distributing sweets and bursting crackers.last_img read more

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Bridal flower trends for wedding season

first_imgThis wedding season, opt for bridal flower trends that will not fail to impress anyone. Experts pen down a few trends to keep in mind this wedding season: -Maang Tikas: Break through the traditional diamond studded or rubied gold maang tikkas and earrings with preserved flowers of your choice. The sense of freshness won’t just keep you bright during the festivities but also the memory to be preserved. -Haathpool: Try something unconventional with preserved flowers for the haathpool. Groove to the sangeet and mehandi dance with a garland of customizable flowers, matching the theme and colour of your wedding. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf-Trinkets: As fresh flowers may lose their sparkle over the course of the day; long lasting ones can be explored instead. Don with style the new floral trinkets, which can be customized according to the apparel you have. -Hair accessories: Imagine floral hair embellishments specifically designed to celebrate your wedding! These small yet detailed hair pieces can be fashioned to suit any hairstyle and outfit. -Tiara: Go beyond the traditional by wearing a crown of preserved flowers, customised to suit your wedding palate. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive-Themed decor is definitely in right now. At Sonam Kapoor’s mehendi, the theme was all white and the gorgeous Rajnigandha was purely used for all aspects with mogra flowers. -Bouquet concepts are now completely outdated with the idea of flowers in a boxes definitely kicking it. -Often, personalised gift is placed inside the box along with the flowers. Down South, a lot of weddings are replacing the Thambula with a traditionally done flower box.last_img read more

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The Small Town Which Claims to be the Most Haunted Place in

first_imgEvery year, in the run-up to Halloween, stories of the supernatural emerge in small towns across the United States. Whether you are a believer or a cynic, every town has its own spooky history, and it’s easy to find tales of ghosts, haunting, and unexplained events that would make even the most determined skeptics think twice.There’s one small Midwestern town that claims to be the most haunted place in the United States.Alton, Illinois is a town of less than 30,000 people, but it has a big history. This unassuming, sleepy place is home to many ghosts of the past, who continue to haunt its present-day inhabitants.Panorama of Alton across the Mississippi River. Alton, Illinois, USA.During the Civil War, Alton was the site of America’s first penitentiary. According to the New York Times, thousands of Confederate prisoners were held here, and many lost their lives in the great smallpox epidemic of 1863-1864.Railroad station in Alton, 1925.To the north of Alton lies a mass grave and a memorial, honoring the memory of the 2,000 men that perished in the prison.The spirits of these men are said to continue to haunt the town, and many ghost sightings in Alton allegedly feature men in Confederate uniforms.Bridge across the Mississippi River in Alton, Illinois.According to Visit Alton, there are also a number of important sites around the town that are regularly visited by supernatural agents.In particular, the McPike Mansion is well known throughout the United States as being one of the most haunted houses in the country.This imposing, spooky building attracts a constant stream of mediums, paranormal investigators and ghost hunters, all keen to unearth its eerie secrets.Alton underwater in 1993.The house was originally built in 1869 on Mount Lookout, one of the highest points in Alton. It was named after its original owner, mayor of Alton and local businessman Henry McPike, who lived in the mansion until his death in 1910.Since then, inhabitants have reported strange, unexplained noises and lights, combined with multiple ghost sightings.Visit Alton tells us that paranormal investigators have been drawn to the McPike Mansion as a result of these persistent reports, and many have stated that they detected the presence of spirits. However, no-one knows who these spirits might be, and why they continue to haunt the house.McPike Mansion, September 2017. Photo by Mcpikemansioncrew CC BY-SA 4.0Some believe that Henry McPike himself, together with his wife, continues to roam the mansion, while others have suggested that the ghost is actually the spirit of a woman who died in a bath inside the house in unexplained circumstances.Either way, the McPike Mansion, with its tall, imposing columns and dark interior, certainly looks the part of one of America’s most haunted houses.The mansion in 2003. Photo by Aaron & Mariona – Flickr CC BY 2.0However, this is not the only haunted building in Alton. The First Unitarian Church, originally founded in 1830, also has a dark and mysterious past.According to Visit Alton, in the fall of 1934 the church’s minister and preacher, Reverend Philip Mercer, died in unexplained and mysterious circumstances.Elijah Lovejoy’s Printing Office in Alton Illinois – scanned 1887 engraving.While visiting a member of the congregation, Mercer suddenly fell ill, suffering from violent tremors and an inability to speak. He had no idea what afflicted him and became very distressed.He returned home to his office at the church, and several days later was found there, hanging from the ceiling. Many members of the community believed that he had been possessed by an evil spirit, which had caused him to commit suicide.Alton, Illinois.Since Mercer’s untimely death, the church has been the site of a number of unexplained events. Doors and windows suddenly open and close, whispering voices can often be heard, and the piano has even been known to play itself. Allegedly, the preacher’s spirit lives on within the walls of the church, haunting parishioners just as he himself had been tormented by evil spirits.A similar story is told about Alton’s oldest school, the Milton School House.According to local legend, a young girl named Mary was murdered in particularly gruesome circumstances inside the school.One night, Mary stayed behind to work on extra classwork. She disappeared, only to be found the next day in the girl’s locker room, covered in blood.Since this time, her spirit has haunted the building. Objects have been known to mysteriously move out of place, and light footsteps can often be heard running up and down the long corridors.Read another story from us:  A “Do It Yourself” Haunted House Ordered from Sears in the 1920s is Still StandingAlthough this may be the stuff of local legend, Alton certainly has enough spooky stories to keep the paranormal investigators busy. This small American town continues to be haunted by its dark and mysterious past.last_img read more

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Olympic Update Costa Rica still in search of defining moment in Rio

first_imgSix Costa Rican athletes have been eliminated from the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio after six days of competition.Beach volleyball duo Karen Cope and Nathalia Alfaro fell for the third straight time in the group stages Wednesday against Venezuela, bowing out from Costa Rica’s first ever inclusion into Olympic beach volleyball.They were the latest Tico athletes to go home empty-handed from Rio, along with cyclists Andrey Amador and Milagro Mena, judo fighter Miguel Murillo and swimmer Mary Laura Meza.As the majority of the country’s 11 athletes have now been eliminated, Costa Rica’s slim chances of earning a medal coming into the 2016 Summer Games are now paper thin. Maybe the only person who has any chance of medaling is veteran sprinter Nery Brenes, who has been running well lately. Still, Brenes’ record time of 44.60 seconds in his preferred race, the 400-meter dash, is a full second behind the best time for gold medal favorite LaShawn Merritt of the United States.Brenes will compete Friday in Round 1 of the 400-meter dash. In his two other Olympic appearances, in 2008 and 2012, Brenes failed to get out of the first round. Should he advance, the semifinals will be held Saturday and the finals on Sunday.The Tico sprinter will have a much harder time trying to find the podium in a stacked field in the 200-meter dash, which includes the legendary Usain Bolt, among other medal favorites like Justin Gatlin and Yohan Blake. Costa Rica’s Miguel Murillo (left) lost to eventual gold medalist Shohei Ono of Japan at the men’s -73kg judo Round of 32 match at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Monday. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFPCosta Rica’s other track and field athletes looking for big time performances are Roberto Sawyer and Sharolyn Scott. Sawyer, who competes in the hammer throw, will debut in the qualifying rounds on Wednesday and could potentially advance to the finals two days later. The 29-year-old athlete, whose best throw is 77.15 meters, will need a record distance to compete. For comparison’s sake, gold-medal favorite Pawel Fajdek of Poland, who has already recorded the nine longest throws of 2016, has a personal best of 83.93 meters.Scott, 32, is the oldest Costa Rican athlete in these games and is taking part in her second Olympic Games in the women’s 400-meter hurdles. She’ll open up in Round 1 on Monday. Scott failed to get out of the first round in London 2012 with a time of 57.03 seconds.Dalilah Muhammad and Ashley Spencer of the United States are two likely medalists in this year’s field.Leo Chacón will compete in the triathlon on Thursday, Aug. 18, where he is looking to improve on his 48th place finish from the last Summer Olympics. The men’s triathlon field is made up of 55 competitors and any finish in the top half of the field for Chacón should be considered a huge victory.The Brownlee brothers of Great Britain, who both took the podium at home in London in 2012, are favorites to medal once again in Rio.Mountain biker Andrey Fonseca will be Costa Rica’s last athlete, having to wait until the final day of the Olympics to compete in the men’s mountain biking final. The 23-year-old scored a second-place finish at the 2011 World Junior Championships and a bronze at the 2013 Central American Championship.Nino Schurter of Switzerland is a five-time world champion and virtual lock to medal among an expansive field of riders.The good news for Costa Rica? At least it has surfing to look forward to in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica women’s beach volleyball team qualifies for first ever Olympic Games Costa Rica’s Nery Brenes qualifies for 200-meter dash in Olympics with new national record WATCH: Costa Rican sprinter Nery Brenes sets new personal record in 400-meter dash victory Complete guide to Costa Rica’s 2016 Olympic athletes and eventslast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter A fourmasted barquent

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterA four-masted barquentine and remote lagoons in Thailand made famous by James Bond star together in a new fly-cruise tour next April now on sale through Cruise Express.The 12-night South East Asia Adventure includes a week-long cruise through Thailand’s tropical islands in the Andaman Sea aboard the 170-passenger schooner, Star Clipper. Boasting 16 billowing sails and masts up to 69 metres high, two pools, elegant restaurant, Edwardian library and gleaming brass, teak and mahogany, the sailing ship offers guests a relaxed fusion of romantic heritage and modern comfort.The holiday package begins with a flight from Australia to Phuket on 27 April 2017, with two nights’ luxury accommodation and a welcome barbecue dinner on the beach. From Phuket, guests will board Star Clipper for a seven-night cruise to Singapore via some of Asia’s most beautiful islands, beaches and lagoons, beginning with the Similan Islands, renowned for their turquoise waters and white beaches.Tracing the west coast of the Malay Peninsula in Thailand, Star Clipper will then take guests to the sheer limestone islands of Phang Nga Bay, made famous by the 1974 James Bond film, ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’.The more remote, jungle-clad and coral-ringed islands of Ko Adang – inhabited only by national park rangers – and Ko Hong appear next on the horizon, with passengers able to venture ashore to explore deserted coves, palm-lined beaches and hidden lagoons. Star Clipper will also call into the two colonial ports of Penang and Malacca in Malaysia.Disembarking in Singapore, guests then spend two nights in a luxury hotel in Singapore, with a spectacular evening tour and farewell dinner included in the package.Including return flights from Australia, the 12-night South East Asia Adventure Unique Journey is available from $4990 per person, twin-share, or from $6490 for solo travellers.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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