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first_imgWayanad (Kerala): Sister Lucy Kalapurakkal, who was dismissed recently from the Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC) of the Catholic Church over grounds of indiscipline, has accused the Church of harassing her. The nun made the charge a day after the Kerala police registered an FIR against the convent accusing it of her illegal confinement. Speaking to the media at the convent on Tuesday, Sister Kalapurakkal said after the police action, the Church was now circulating a fake video that shows her in poor light. She said she would take legal steps against those who are circulating video. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Sister Kalapurakkal was dismissed from the FCC on August 7 for having supported an agitation by nuns demanding the arrest of Bishop Franco Mulakkal, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese in Jalandhar, who accused in a rape case. She was given 10 days to vacate the convent. On Tuesday morning Sister Kalapurakkal’s brother came to see her. “So far we knew what came out in the media. But after coming here and meeting her, we realised that things are much worse than what is being shown in the media. We will support her against the injustice meted out to her,” said her brother.last_img read more

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first_imgBIG TROUT LAKE, Ont. — Officials say a mother and four children have died following a house fire in a northern Ontario First Nation.A spokesman for the chief and council of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation, located 600 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, Ont., says the blaze broke out on Thursday morning.Sam McKay says the victims were a single mother and four of her children.He says investigators have yet to arrive at the scene, so there’s no word on what caused the fire.McKay says the entire community is devastated by the loss.Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler of Nishnawbe Aski Nation says a team of crisis and support workers will be sent to the community, which is also known as Big Trout Lake.More coming.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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“There will not be any point in us defeating the Tigers if through the northern province elections the aim of dividing the country is met,” he said.The Minister says Sri Lanka is now faced with a key national challenge to ensure the northern province does not fall into the hands of separatist forces and by virtue of that into the hands of international forces looking at dividing the country. (Colombo Gazette) Weerawanse said that if separatist forces contest and win the election they will gradually ask for police and land powers. Elections for the northern provincial council are scheduled to take place in September this year. Government Minister Wimal Weerawanse says the northern provincial council should not be allowed to fall into the hands of separatist forces.He warned that if such elements obtain power in the council following the scheduled elections later this year, they will look at dividing the country once again. CLICK TO PLAY AUDIO read more

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OTTAWA — A new commemorative loonie is sparking concern among academics and advocates who fear it could perpetuate myths about Canada’s treatment of lesbian, gay, transgender, queer and two spirited persons.The Royal Canadian Mint will unveil the new one dollar coin in Toronto next week as it joins government departments and agencies to mark “50 years of progress for LGBTQ2 Canadians.”A spokeswoman said Tuesday the mint takes great pride in celebrating Canada’s culture, history and values, adding that 50 years ago, Parliament passed an act that “initiated the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada.”The mint is largely informed by the Department of Canadian Heritage and its “anniversaries of significance”, the spokeswoman said.However, York University historian Tom Hooper said Tuesday that legal reforms unveiled in 1969 did not amount to decriminalization and charges for consensual gay sex among adults went up in the ensuing decades.“Normally, I would expect decriminalization means a reduction in arrests,” he said. “This is the opposite.”Hooper, who is part of a network of activists and academics seeking to examine myths surrounding the 1969 Criminal Code reform, said he doesn’t have the ability to counter the message of about three million coins expected to be produced.“Ultimately this coin is stamped in metal and I can’t change that,” he said in an interview.He said he would prefer to see a celebration of the first national demonstration on gay and lesbian rights held on Parliament Hill in 1971.“That protest was held on the second anniversary of the 1969 reforms coming into effect,” Hooper said.“Our community called for an actual decriminalization at that protest. So I would recommend that they would make a coin based on that protest.”It would have been meaningful had the federal government indeed repealed gross indecency in 1969, he added, noting it may very well have prevented the historic Toronto bathhouse raids from happening by police on Feb. 5, 1981.Helen Kennedy, executive director for the advocacy group Egale Canada, said the commemorative coin should be taken with the spirit with which it is intended, which is to commemorate a “significant moment” in Canada history.“I think it is really important of the discourse of Canadian history to mark this occasion and to have these conversations to know that we still have a lot of work to do for full inclusion in Canadian society of marginalized groups,” she said.There is room in the conversation for academic historians to point out issues, Kennedy added.“These are important issues and I don’t want to (in) any way undermine the value that they bring to the conversation,” Kennedy said. “I also want to take a moment to commemorate the significance of the moment.” read more

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The Advisory Committee on Polio Eradication (ACPE) advised the four polio-endemic countries to set realistic target dates for stopping transmission, noting that improvements in immunizing all children in these areas have been only incremental, and that these countries will take more than 12 months to end polio.Given that all children paralysed by polio in the world this year were infected by virus originating in one of the four endemic countries, polio-free countries are now taking new measures to protect themselves, the committee said in its latest update. As an example it cited the Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia, which will be enforcing stringent polio immunization requirements for the upcoming annual pilgrimage to Mecca.The ACPE oversees the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, spearheaded by the UN World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), national governments, Rotary International, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and many private sector foundations.Global polio eradication efforts reduced the number of cases from 350,000 in 1988 to 1,403 as at 10 October this year, of which 1,300 are in the four endemic countries where transmission has never been stopped, the lowest number of endemic countries in history.In addition to strengthened political ownership in the remaining endemic countries, key to success is the ongoing commitment of the international donor community, WHO said in a news release.For 2006, a further $50 million is urgently needed to ensure that planned immunization activities through to the rest of the year can proceed. Additional funding of $390 million is required for 2007-2008, of which $100 million is needed for activities in the first half of 2007. read more

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Coach Thad Matta speaks to players during a timeout of a game against Purdue on March 1 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 65-61.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorOhio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta has 296 wins with the Buckeyes.The program’s all-time wins leader is Fred Taylor with 297. That means Sam Thompson and his teammates can help their coach tie that record with a win against Penn State on Wednesday night.But for Thompson, a tie means nothing.“He is one from tying, right?” the senior forward asked during a Tuesday press conference. “No one wants to tie. No one cares about a tie.”Thompson explained that the Buckeyes will likely put more focus on the record if they win in State College, Pa., but that’s not the focus going in.“I’m sure I will think about that more after tomorrow or after the fact,” he said. “But no matter what we do tomorrow, we can’t get the record.”Matta himself said he hasn’t put much weight on the record, and only even found out he was approaching it when associate strength and conditioning coach Dave Richardson told him “one day in the weight room.”“Honestly, I haven’t thought about it,” Matta said during the Tuesday press conference. “It’s more in terms of I know this team still has a lot that it has to accomplish, it can accomplish. I think if it happens I may take a deep breath and say, ‘Hey, let me think about what it really means to me.’”A regular-season Big Ten title isn’t among the things OSU can still accomplish this season, but a higher seed in the conference tournament is. The Buckeyes, who returned to the Associated Press top 25 at No. 23 on Monday, are 21-8 overall, and 10-6 in Big Ten play.That conference record puts them in a tie for fourth with Iowa and Michigan State, but tiebreakers would make OSU the sixth seed in the Big Ten Tournament, set to begin March 11 in Chicago. Earning a top-four seed would mean the Buckeyes wouldn’t have to start their time in the tournament until the third round.In order to earn that fourth seed, OSU will likely have to beat Penn State and then win again on Sunday against No. 6 Wisconsin at home.Thompson said the prospect of getting Matta the OSU wins record doesn’t change anything when it comes to motivation for winning those final two games.“The goal remains the same,” Thompson said. “That’s beat Penn State tomorrow and beat Wisconsin on Sunday, so there’s no added pressure.”Thompson’s mindset goes even further than the end of the regular season, as he said he has goals of making a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.“I have hopes to play in the Final Four, I want to play in the Final Four,” he said. “I think we have an opportunity to play in the Final Four.”Thompson has been around for 106 of Matta’s OSU wins, and that includes a run to the Final Four in 2012 and a loss in the Elite Eight in 2013.Matta said he likes to hear that Thompson has his sights set on the Final Four already, but for the 11th-year OSU coach, the goals don’t yet extend beyond Wednesday evening, when the Buckeyes are set to play Penn State at 6 p.m.“From my perspective, honestly, I just want to win tomorrow night’s game and play as well as we can,” Matta said. read more

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first_imgDEBATE ROOM: Is the insurance industry to blame for spiralling insurance prices? A damning new report concluded that lack of transparency from the insurance industry is a major contributing factor to the rising cost of motor insurance. 59 Comments Dec 8th 2016, 8:00 PM Thursday 8 Dec 2016, 8:00 PM Share Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3125381 THE JOINT COMMITTEE on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform’s report found average premiums had increased by 37% in the past year. Some motorists have had premium hikes of 300%. The insurance industry argues that it has been losing money on motor cover, and that the high cost of claims is driving up premiums. But according to the report, it’s the lack of transparency about the cost of claims and the lack of data – 70% of claims are settled privately by insurance companies – that’s the real problem. We asked Pearse Doherty TD and Kevin Thompson of Insurance Ireland to give their views.Pearse Doherty, TD and Finance Spokesperson for Sinn FéinDID YOU KNOW you are to blame for a 70% increase in the price of motor insurance over two years? The lawyers, doctors and politicians are to blame too. Fraudsters, the EU and fly by night foreign firms are to blame too.In fact blame is to be spread like a farmer fertilising a field. The only people who are not to blame for insurance increases are the insurance industry.Insurance industry are insulting driversThe above is the line the insurance industry has been admirably peddling for two years now. They have heroically stuck to it in the face of evidence from all sides that their argument does not stack up. They have spun and spun in an attempt to brush off the blindingly obvious. There are indeed many factors why motor insurance premium are increasing but the idea that the industry is blameless is absurd and is insulting to every driver.Through a Freedom of Information request I have produced evidence that in August 2015 the Governor of the Central Bank was writing to the Minister for Finance pointing out that:“a number of non-life insurance companies took a very optimistic view of the future economic outlook, built up an unsustainable overhead and followed an imprudent pricing and underwriting approach.”In other words the industry made mistakes leaving itself exposed to shocks. In an age of zero percent interest rates the old model of relying on returns from investments and bonds has failed them and us.Fraud and regulationOf course, fraud, extra regulation and other factors contribute to the price of a premium. The question is how much have these factors changed. The answer seems to be very little so the answer to why premiums have increased cannot be put down to these static factors.That is the approach taken by the Finance Committee in its report following my suggestion that it look at this issue, call in the stakeholders and report back.I do not agree with every conclusion or recommendation the report reaches but its general finding that:“the net impact (of the broken model) is that the insurance companies lost a lot of money and with motor insurance comprising 40% of the total market in Ireland, the obvious and “soft” means of re-capitalising and re-reserving was to target motor insurance premiums.”Many of the solutions put forward by the industry are pure distractions or completely unworkable. They willingly spin the need for the Book of Quantum to reflect international norms. They know well that the Book of Quantum is merely a factual record of awards given and it can’t be made fit a certain narrative because the industry is uncomfortable with the facts.Insurers haven’t been transparentMost brazenly of all the insurers are still not prepared to accept that they have been less than transparent. Backroom deals, unrecorded awards and a lack of information to consumers suits only one side: the insurers.The Finance Committee’s report identifies 12 actions needed to bring about more transparency and to empower consumers. That concentration is a reflection of the fact that expert after expert honed in on the lack of data and transparency as the key to bringing down prices.Home, flood and health insurance are all now rising beyond inflation. Doubtlessly that is your and my fault too. Motor insurance is compulsory for all drivers. A private industry that is being investigated for anti-competitive practices cannot dismiss the anger and the social and economic effects of their decisions and mistakes.The Finance Committee Report is a start in stripping away the excuses and calling out the insurers so they can start playing their role in the economy, a role which has earned them huge profits in recent years.Kevin Thompson, CEO Insurance Ireland Source: Robbie Reynolds PhotographyA CLEAR FOCUS on the causes is the only way to address motor insurance costs.On reading the Oireachtas Finance Committee’s report on the Rising Costs of Motor Insurance, I was reminded of the words by Daniel Kahneman, who was awarded the 2002 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences:“You build the best possible story from the information available to you, and if it is a good story, you believe it. Paradoxically, it is easier to construct a coherent story when you know little, when there are fewer pieces to fit into the puzzle.”Or put simply, the apparently obvious story is not always the most robust.The insurance industry accepts that its answers are complex and require people to accept the points made by the companies applying rising claims costs in premiums. This is understandable, but it does not give a green light to inaccurate statements.For instance, the Committee stated that insurers failed “to supply supporting evidence” for our points. The Committee did not agree with our evidence, however Insurance Ireland published the sources for each assertion made on claims costs.TransparencyInsurance Ireland’s opening statement to the Committee made clear our responsibility for past under-pricing and the impact of a falloff in investment returns. These are not the admissions of an industry with a “closed mentality”.Much has been made of a supposed lack of data, yet data on all industry claims paid for 2013 and 2014 was provided to the Injuries Board to update the recent Book of Quantum, the reference guide for personal injury awards.Similarly, insurers provide huge amounts of data to the Central Bank of Ireland, the industry’s independent regulator, for its reports. The most recent Central Bank “blue book” shows a key figure of an additional €200 million in claims costs in 2015 compared to 2014.The motor insurance industry implemented and adheres to the recommendations addressed to it from the old MIAB – a body rightly praised by the Committee for its good work.The industry recognises that more can be done in terms of data, however, surely it serves everybody to reflect the true cost for drivers and interrogate the information already available so we land on the right solutions instead of the path of least resistance.The next steps – the right solutionsThe Oireachtas Committee’s recommendations and the emerging recommendations published by Minister Eoghan Murphy are welcome, and reflect many solutions we have been calling for.However, with so many recommendations the danger is we do not prioritise. If we are to move the dial on the cost of insurance then the focus needs to be on where the bulk of premiums are spent, which is the cost of claims.As a first step, we must internationally benchmark the Book of Quantum. We also need to reinforce the powers of the Injuries Board to handle more claims and bring consistency to awards.Whiplash must be tackled as it accounts for eight out of every 10 motor injury claims and awards here, and is three times the UK awards (€15,000 versus €5,000). Premiums are a function of the cost of claims, so high awards mean higher premiums.If our actions are not correctly prioritised, we will not resolve the cost of claims issues affecting customers. Such failure can only result in further consumer hardship which would be an unforgivable missed opportunity.So what do you think? Do we need more transparency and is it fair to blame the insurance industry? Let us know in the comments below.Prime Time exposé to show how insurance fraudsters stage bogus crashes>‘Thrown to the wolves’: There’s no justification for 300% price hike in car insurance, says committee>center_img Caitriona O’Neill and William Gallagher Short URL 268 Views By Caitriona O’Neill and William Gallagher Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s 300 deputies attended the swearing-in ceremony at Parliament last week. Ex-Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis was applauded by his party’s MPs on his first public appearance since the October 4 election loss.The new PASOK government plans to enhance the role that Parliament plays in decision making and wants to change the electoral law to create smaller constituencies, similar to the system that operates in Germany.In a speech to the party’s 160 MPs, Prime Minister George Papandreou set out his vision for a fairer, more democratic Greece that will be free of corruption.“We have been given a mandate to turn the page,” said the Prime Minister. Papandreou identified “an attitude of favouritism and clientelism” as the most serious problem in Greek politics, leading to “corruption, a lack of transparency and disregard for laws.”The Prime Minister said that he would make it his government’s priority to change the current electoral law of reinforced proportionality. “The new law will be a strong blow against slush money and is a proposal that safeguards the independence and dignity of deputies,” he said.Currently, there are 57 electoral districts, where parties draw up a list of candidates from which voters can pick up to four. Papandreou believes this system allows MPs to be beholden to constituents who offer their support in return for favours. Instead, the Prime Minister is proposing a system of 160 to 170 single-seat districts, which will equate to about 50,000 voters per constituency. The first party past the post will still get a bonus of 40 seats. PASOK is hoping to convince New Democracy to back the law so that it can get the votes of the 200 deputies that are needed for it to apply as of the next general elections.The government also wants to boost the role of Parliament. The premier said that every draft law will go through a period of public consultation and a change to parliamentary regulations will mean that no amendments to a bill can be tabled after the discussion of the draft law has ended. He added that any changes to laws would be submitted to Parliament as if they were completely new legislation to allow for a proper debate.The House will also have the final say on large state contracts, including arms procurement deals and it will also hold hearings to approve the appointment of top judges.last_img read more

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first_imgAmazon écoule 3 millions de KindleDepuis son lancement en 2007, le Kindle d’Amazon aurait été vendu à 3 millions d’exemplaires. Un succès qui pourrait en grande partie être à l’origine du bond de 71% du bénéfice net  enregistré au dernier trimestre 2009 par la boutique en ligne.Il y a quelques jours, Jeff Bezos, le fondateur et PDG d’Amazon, assurait que “des millions de gens possèdent un Kindle”, son livre électronique. S’il n’a précisé aucun chiffre, TechCrunch qui cite une source proche du site marchand s’en est chargé, annonçant que ce sont quelque 3 millions de Kindle qui auraient été vendus depuis le lancement de l’objet en 2007.En 2009, Amazon a réalisé un chiffre d’affaires de 24,5 milliards de dollars, soit une augmentation de près de 28% par rapport à 2008. Son bénéfice net a quant à lui augmenté de 40% pour atteindre 902 millions de dollars sur l’année 2009. Dans le communiqué annonçant ces chiffres, le site de vente en ligne laissait entendre que ces excellents résultats étaient en grande partie dus au succès du Kindle. “Lorsque nous avons les deux éditions (d’un même ouvrage), nous vendons 6 livres Kindle pour 10 éditions papier” a déclaré Jeff Bezos, précisant que ce chiffre n’inclut que les livres payants.Le 4 février 2010 à 09:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_imgL’Aquarium de Paris met un coup de projecteur sur les crustacés avec l’exposition “Ça pince !”Du 17 janvier au 5 avril 2013, l’Aquarium de Paris fait grimper crabes, homard, langoustes et autre bernard l’ermite sur le devant de la scène, avec une exposition intitulée “Ça pince !”. Autour de plusieurs pôles d’événements,  les visiteurs peuvent prendre la mesure de l’importance de ces précieux petits organismes marins, au sein d’une chaîne alimentaire fragile. Gentside Découvertes vous livre ses premières impressions.Des crabes, des langoustes, des écrevisses, des homards, des crevettes des araignées de mer… C’est une véritable armada de crustacés qui viennent prendre d’assaut l’Aquarium de Paris, pour un temps limité dans le cadre de l’exposition les mettant en valeur et sobrement intitulée : “Ça pince !”.Du 17 janvier au 5 avril, le homard et sa bande sont l’objet de conférences (autour du rôle des pinces, de la biodiversité chez les crustacés tropicaux…), de films, à travers 4 magnifiques documentaires de la chaîne National Geographic Wild, d’ateliers pour enfants, avec la confection d’une couronne “tête de crabes”, de deux expositions graphiques, ou encore de bassins tactiles où petits et grands peuvent comprendre, au toucher, la force et la fragilité de ces organismes précieux pour la biosphère côtière et marine.”Les crustacés sont un élément essentiel pour les fonds sous-marins, omniprésents dans les océans et cours d’eau, on observe une très grande diversité de crustacés et l’on continue de découvrir de nouvelles espèces. Nombreux sont détritivores et nettoient les mers. Les crustacés sont un maillon important dans la chaîne alimentaire, le premier crustacé est le zooplancton, enfin, de nombreuses populations vivent de leurs pêches”, explique Alexis L.Powilewicz, président administrateur Général de l’Aquarium de Paris.De l’omniprésence du crustacéÀ lire aussiUn aquarium annule le rendez-vous galant de sa pieuvre géante pour risque… de cannibalismeS’il est vrai que la majorité des “coins événements”de l’exposition semblaient rencontrer un vif succès auprès de tous les âges, il est également à noter l’art et la manière avec lesquels les différents crustacés sont introduits parmi les autres “habitants” des aquariums, faisant prendre conscience d’une admirable cohésion d’existence entre espèces. Pour chaque allée, une colonne d’explications informent des conditions de vie, des spécificités et du rôle de chaque espèce. De quoi vouloir serrer plus chaleureusement la pince à ces drôles de crustacés, dont 42 espèces emblématiques viennent peupler les différents aquariums du site durant le temps de l’exposition : crabe honteux, langouste rouge, grande araignée de mer, langouste porcelaine et petite cigale de mer viennent agrémenter l’une des plus belles balades sous-marines de la capitale. Une belle exposition à ne pas manquer !Pour en savoir plus sur l’exposition, rendez-vous sur le site de l’Aquarium de ParisLe 3 février 2013 à 12:25 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imgReal Madrid left-back Marcelo recently made a stunning revelation about his future suggesting he will leave this summer if the club wants him to.Marcelo, 30, has enjoyed a decorated career with Los Blancos having won 20 trophies including four Champions Leagues over more than a decade at the Bernabeu.But has fallen down the pecking order with coach Santi Solari preferring youth team graduate Sergio Reguilon at left-back.The Brazil international has been regularly linked with a move to reunite with Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus. And he recently opened up about a possible exit.“If I am on the list of players [Madrid] want to sell, then they can pay me up and all is sorted,” Marcelo said via ESPN.“I trust in myself, in my work, but if a day comes when Real Madrid do not want me, I’ll go. I will be sad, but I’ll go. But I am sure I will not be kicked out.”Rumours are rife Ronaldo is trying to engineer the move to Juve, but Marcelo played down the prospect when asked again about the possibility of a move to Turin.Marcelo on when Cristiano told him he was leaving: “F*ck, we were training for the Champions League Final and he told me, ‘I’m leaving!’ Juve is a spectacular club with a great history but I have a contract with Real Madrid and I love being at this club.” [Esporte Interactivo] pic.twitter.com/7JxrwTtexJGerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…— SB (@Realmadridplace) February 11, 2019“I have seen mock-ups [of me] with the Juventus jersey, and they are a spectacular team,” he said. “But I am at Real Madrid, I have a contract here.”Marcelo has been under scrutiny for his below-par performances at the club, something he attributed to injuries.“The level I have been showing is difficult to always maintain,” he said. “I am a little below that level at the moment, but my career has been like that, some little dips, and unfortunately this season I had three injuries in two months. I went through a difficult period in my football and within the club.“But that phase is over now, I need to play to get back to my usual form and confidence. But I feel good now, physically good, I am training strongly. I need to play to get back my confidence, but physically I am good.”Solari is expected to keep faith with Reguilon for Wednesday’s Champions League round of 16 first leg at Ajax.last_img read more

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first_img Korea recovery continues as Paradise Co sees June revenue soar 25.9% Visitors from Mainland China increased by 13.5% year-on-year to 1,752,222 in June, with those travelling under the Individual Visit Scheme rising by 15.0% to 810,339. Mainland visitors came primarily from Guangdong Province (698,795), Hunan Province (84,683) and Fujian Province (67,856).Visitors from Hong Kong (501,451) and Taiwan (92,897) increased by 2.0% and 7.8% respectively while those from Korea (57,787) dropped by 13.4%.Visitors from the United States (16,405) and the United Kingdom (4,031) registered year-on-year growth, whereas those from Australia (5,860) and Canada (4,484) decreased.Analyzed by mode of transport, visitor arrivals by land grew by 12.1% year-on-year to 1,478,786, with those arriving through the Border Gate (1,274,010) increasing by 12.1%. Visitor arrivals by sea went up by 1.4% year-on-year to 854,073 including an 8.3% increase via Taipa Ferry Terminal to 363,267.Visitor arrivals by air totaled 269,994, up 24.7% year-on-year.June’s numbers took the total number of visitors during the first half of the year to 16,814,190, an increase of 8.0% year-on-year. Overnight visitors (8,767,071) and same-day visitors (8,047,119) increased by 8.3%  and 7.8% respectively during that time.Visitors from Mainland China (11,705,164) increased by 13.3% year-on-year in the first six months of the year while those from the Republic of Korea (423,952) and Hong Kong (3,000,131) dropped by 2.2% and 3.7% respectively.Visitors from the United States (96,586) recorded year-on-year growth, whereas those from Australia (44,776), Canada (36,859) and the United Kingdom (28,195) declined. The number of visitors to Macau grew 9.4% year-on-year to 2,602,853 in June, according to latest figures from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC).It included a 7.2% increase in overnight visitors (1,445,431) and 12.4% increase in same-day visitors (1,157,422) with the average length of stay holding steady year-on-year at 1.3 days. Macau sees 20.6% increase in visitors in 1H19 but length of stay falling RelatedPosts Macau hotels record fewer bookings in June Load Morelast_img read more

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Sunday, February 24, 2019:Animal Control Officer transported an injured cat on Clark Street to the Woburn Cat Coalition. (9:43am)Police notified Public Buildings Department that the green light at Route 62 and 93 South Exit 39 was out. (1:08pm)A walk-in party reported a past motor vehicle accident. Party reported that he backed into a tan or gold Subaru at approximately 12:20pm in the As Good As It Gets parking lot. Party believes there was no damage. Party was advised he should have called police at the time of the incident. (5:27pm)During a check of Town Hall, police spotted suspicious vehicle in lot. Party was lost and police gave directions. (7:08pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 11: Incidents Not What They Seem; Marijuana Confiscated From Vehicle; Missing Woman FoundIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 9: Man Peeing In The Woods?; Neighbor DisputeIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 4: Lowell Man Arrested On Warrant; Bad Crash In Front Of Rocco’s; Syringe FoundIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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first_img“Chinook salmon, Yukon Delta NWR.” Photo: Craig Springer, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Via Flickr Creative Commons.Last year, Yukon River subsistence fishermen got their first chance to target king salmon since 2012. More of the same might occur this year, as preseason projections for the 2017 Yukon king run suggest a slight improvement over last year.Listen nowA project that studies young salmon as they are heading out to sea is helping managers get a clearer picture of future salmon runs.Since 2003, Dr. Katie Howard from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and her crew of researchers have operated small-mesh trawl surveys in between St. Lawrence Island and the Yukon Delta, catching several hundred young salmon of various species. Through genetic testing, researchers are able to determine where the fish are from. Most juvenile salmon caught are just emerging from the rivers to spend their first winter at sea, and most come from the Yukon River drainage.Howard reported that the offshore sampling project has measured an increased abundance of juvenile Yukon River king salmon since 2013, and that bodes well for king returns starting this summer.“Those fish that we first saw in 2013, those should be coming back to the river as six-year-old fish this year,” Howard said. “So we are expecting approximately between 90,000 and 130,000 Canadian-origin Chinook to the Yukon this year.”Combined with kings bound for spawning grounds in the American part of the drainage, the overall Yukon king run this year should be slightly larger than last year’s, when an estimated 177,000 kings made it past the Pilot Station sonar – the highest estimate since 2009.Using the juvenile off-shore sampling data, Howard has been able to generate a king salmon run forecast for each run since 2013, and the actual runs have fallen within the range of her predictions each year except 2015.Howard explains that her run predictions seem to working well because they gather data at a critical point in the life cycle of a salmon.“It’s at a point that is after whatever it is that is causing good abundance versus bad abundance is occurring,” Howard said. “What we are seeing when we measure these fish in September of their first year in the ocean is that after that point, marine survival is pretty stable from year to year to year. About five percent of all of the fish that we see out in the ocean tend to survive and come back to the river.”Department of Fish and Game Yukon River Summer Season Manager Holly Carroll said that the juvenile sampling data helps fine-tune the traditional forecast derived from escapement estimates, which might predict a fairly wide range of potential outcomes.“For the last few years, the juvenile forecast has come in a little higher than our forecast,” Carroll said. “That just tells us that we may be looking at the upper end of our forecast range.”Though she is encouraged by the upward trend that the juvenile sampling project is suggesting for the next few Yukon king runs, Carroll remains cautious and doesn’t want to reorient the official run forecast upwards.“It just kind of keeps people remembering that these runs are half the size they used to be, that we are still in conservation mode,” Carroll said. “And while there may be just a little bit of subsistence harvest, we are not out of the woods yet.”Subsistence fishermen on the Yukon should expect a similar management strategy as last year, according to Carroll. That means that king fishing will be prohibited during the early part of the run, and only selective gear types like dip nets and beach seines will be allowed to target summer chum. If the king run comes back as strongly as anticipated, then Fish and Game would allow for retention of kings later in the run, and possibly schedule directed openings for kings using 7.5-inch mesh nets.The juvenile offshore sampling project is planning to operate this year as well. The work has operated largely from grant funds and lacks any consistent financial support from the state or federal government. This year’s work will be paid for largely by the Alaska Sustainable Salmon Fund and in-kind contributions for staff and gear. Howard hopes to expand the use of genetics in her work to support a drainage-wide forecast for king salmon, and to begin forecasting Yukon coho returns, for which there is a shortage of solid escapement data.last_img read more

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first_imgRelated posts:Meatless Monday initiative launches in Costa Rica VIDEO: This is how you cup coffee Delicious eats for your holiday celebrations Fishy dreams: Turning passion into Poke with Canadian chef William Ayre As you plan the menu for feeding your family, have you considered serving moreguaro?The Costa Rican Chamber of Restaurants (CACORE) on Tuesday unveiled its 2015 Gastronomic Laboratory, in which 24 restaurants have pledged to use local but unconventional foods, including nontraditional cuts of meat, plants native to Costa Rica and yes, Costa Rica’s cane-sugar firewater, Cacique’s guaro. A Cacique guaro concoction was offered at the 9 a.m. news conference. Karl Kahler/The Tico Times“The purpose of the plan is to integrate those national, local ingredients that have not been included on menus in restaurants,” said Alfredo Echeverría, director of the Epicurean Gastronomy Club. “In other words, we’ve been producing ‘globalized’ food.”In March, Vice President Ana Helena Chacón released a statement from Casa Presidencial declaring Costa Rican cuisine a matter of public interest. The National Plan for Sustainable and Healthy Costa Rican Gastronomy seeks to promote the consumption of diverse, nontraditional local foods as an expression of national cultural identity.“We’re planting the seeds for Costa Rica to have a sustainable and healthy gastronomy,” said Alejandro Madrigal, the executive director of CACORE, at a news conference Tuesday in San José. Alejandro Madrigal, executive director of CACORE. Karl Kahler/The Tico TimesA list of 22 native plants that will be used in the Gastronomic Laboratory includes tacaco, a small squash endemic to Costa Rica; cubaces, which are large beans; ñame, a root vegetable; and more familiar items like avocado, cacao and guayaba.“We’re making history at this moment, because it’s a process of evolving and maturing,” Echeverría said. “Some of these ingredients have not been and are not easy to find. … That’s what we’re proposing through this laboratory: to provoke the search for these ingredients that are not traditionally used in restaurants’ recipes.” Alfredo Echeverría, director of the Epicurean Gastronomy Club. Karl Kahler/The Tico TimesSome of the recipes developed by participating restaurants include nectar of Cacique and cas, a type of guava, a caramelized guayaba salad with a wine and blackberry dressing and ceviche made from palm heart and sweet papaya.CACORE suggests the ingredients, but leaves cooking techniques to be evaluated by customers, who will ultimately decide if a given combination of flavors works, Echeverría said.“This is an experiment,” he said. “This is a laboratory.” Some of the foods on display at the news conference. Karl Kahler/The Tico TimesJorge Figueroa, president of CACORE, said Costa Rica has to take advantage of its own biodiversity in cooking, and make the country’s cuisine a matter of national pride.“I believe Costa Rican gastronomy, in 15 or 20 years, will be on the same level as Peruvian, Mexican or Italian food,” he said. “There’s no doubt.”Contact Karl Kahler at kkahler@ticotimes.net. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgWith the largest cyclone to hit the QLD coast since 1918 moving closer at a steady rate, there are already reports that 3000 houses have experienced power outages in Airlie Beach, which is well out of the path of destruction.  Currently travelling at 290km/h the Northern most area expected to be hit has now moved further south to Cape Flattery and Cyclone Yasi is now well within the Cairns radar system. Qantas has suspended flights in and out of Cairns and Townsville until Friday 4 February and will monitor weather conditions closely before making the decision to resume flights. Fare waiver options are available for Qantas customers holding bookings for flights in the affected regions and the airline is reviewing these on a continuing basis as more information comes to hand. 10,680 residents and tourists are recorded as being held in 20 evacuation centres within the region and Premier Anna Bligh has pleaded with people not to leave their chosen bunker areas until it is safe to do so, possibly up to 12 hours after the cyclone passes. “I know you’re in the thoughts of every Australian,” Ms Bligh said in her press conference this afternoon. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Alast_img read more

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first_imgWellington presents HighballWellington presents Highball, NZ’s first spirits and cocktail festivalFrom the team that brings you Visa Wellington On a Plate and Beervana, the Wellington Culinary Events Trust is thrilled to announce the launch of New Zealand’s first dedicated spirits and cocktail festival, Highball.Held over two days on 11-12 May 2019 at Wellington’s historic Embassy Theatre, Highball is an immersive celebration of cocktails and spirits, where people can explore fine distills, rare exports and other libations, presented by local and international distilleries, as well as the best of Wellington’s cocktail bars and talent.Highball is partnering with Liquorland to showcase 16 regional and international distilleries, including House of Angostura, Glenfiddich and Johnnie Walker, as well as Kiwi craft spirits producers, like Reid & Reid, Denzien Urban Gin Distillery, Thomson Whisky and Sacred Spring.Festival goers can learn directly from 14 local and international cocktail and spirits experts at the Highball Seminar Series on topics such as the history of cocktails, Tiki culture and the many different ways spirits can be used as ingredients to enhance your beverage of choice.In true Wellington style there will gastronomic delights from some of Wellington’s best restaurants and local live musical acts for all to enjoy.Sarah Meikle, Wellington Culinary Trust Chief Executive, says Wellington is the perfect home to New Zealand’s first cocktail festival.“What better city to host New Zealand’s first cocktail and spirits festival than Wellington? We’re gaining an international reputation as one of the world’s great culinary cities and established two very successful annual food and beer festivals,” she says.“We thought it was high time we added cocktails and spirits to this line-up. It’s the perfect way to recognise and celebrate the cocktail and spirits industry, the talent within it, and also offer something new and exciting for the public to get behind.”The festival launches with the inaugural New Zealand Spirits Awards on the Friday of Highball weekend (10 May) and is followed by the first annual Wellington Cocktail Week, showcasing the capital’s rich and colourful cocktail scene with a series of events, special menus and masterclasses in restaurants, bars and cafes.Robert Brewer, Chief Executive of industry body and Highball supporting partner, Spirits New Zealand, says Highball is a wonderful opportunity to bring the best of New Zealand’s spirit producers and talent together with its international counterparts to consumers.“We’re also pleased to see there is a strong component of spirits education; using spirits as an ingredient in an informed way and enjoying spirits in a socially responsible manner.”Tickets for Highball go on sale on 25 March at www.highball.co.nz.For more information, contact:JoAnne Carr, Wellington Culinary Events Trust Phone: + 64 27 694 1506 Email: joiecarr@gmail.comSource = New Zealand Spirits Awardslast_img read more

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