From screen to page National Film Board of Canada forays into book

first_img Facebook Advertisement Firefly Books will be the official book publisher of the NFB. The new partnership will see a series of literary adaptations of celebrated NFB animated and documentary films and media projects. Advertisement TORONTO — The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is translating its works from the screen to the printed page with a new literary venture. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment In its 78-year history, the NFB had produced more than 13,000 animated films, documentaries, fiction features and interactive productions, which have won more than 5,000 awards, including 12 Oscars. Advertisement The inaugural program will launch this fall with the publication of a pair of children’s books adapted from Oscar-nominated films: “The Cat Came Back” by Cordell Barker and “My Grandmother Ironed the King’s Shirts” by Torill Kove. Login/Register With: Twitter It will also include the publication of “George Hunter’s Canada: Iconic Images from Canada’s Most Prolific Photographer,” an adaptation from the photo essay “Legacies 150 — George Hunter” featuring the work of the late pioneering photojournalist.last_img read more

Alaska utility halts study of buying power from company

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — An electric utility in eastern Alaska has stopped a study on the costs of buying power from a Colorado company’s wind turbines and propane generators.The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the Golden Valley Electric Association announced last week it had halted the study, saying Eco Green Generation had not filed paperwork with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to become certified to sell power.The Colorado company in December had approached the Fairbanks utility and Doyon Utilities, which serves military bases in Alaska, requesting to link its proposed power network to the established power grids.The Fairbanks utility had said it would hire a consultant to study the costs.The utility says the company filed an application with state regulators, but not with the federal commission.___Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.comThe Associated Press read more

Arab journalists urged to give full picture of UNs work in region

“I, for one, am convinced that if people in the region are better able to understand what we are and what we do, they will support our efforts,” the Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, Shashi Tharoor, told experts gathered in Beirut for the Strategic Communications Meeting for the Middle East and the Arab Region.With upheaval in Iraq and the ongoing suffering of the Palestinian people, Mr. Tharoor said that, perhaps more so than at any other time in recent memory, this was a time of profound unease, “reflection and self-questioning in the Arab world.”But with the daily struggle of ordinary people for dignity and justice, the many UN activities designed to improve the lives of Arabs deserve to be better known in the region, he said. “We…want to find ways to help you inform your constituents and your audiences of UN Development Programme (UNDP) projects to eradicate poverty and of UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) efforts to eradicate polio.”He said that the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) wanted journalists to join mine-clearing teams in south Lebanon and TV camera crews to document water desalination and environmental projects in Cairo. “We want to help you highlight (the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees) UNRWA’s income-generation projects in the occupied Palestinian territories,” he said, appealing to the media in the region to present the full picture – “a picture that is far more complex and diverse than most people imagine.”Mr. Tharoor said the meeting also planned to discuss how best to strengthen the role of civil society in the region, as it was “an increasingly important partner in our efforts to advance the noble goals of the UN Charter.” He said one way “might be to re-energize and, where necessary, reactivate the work of the Arab United Nations Associations.”But the aim was not to divert attention away from the “big ticket” issues of Iraq and the occupied territories, he said, noting that the discussions in Beirut were a follow up to a 2003 meeting held in New York where UN system communications experts had pooled their knowledge and their skills, and developed a strategic framework that is now serving as the foundation of the world body’s efforts to help the Arab world better understand the Organization.That meeting had come as “the United Nations was looking down the barrel of a regional crisis of confidence in the Organization,” brought about largely, but not entirely, by events in Iraq, Mr. Tharoor noted. DPI had subsequently joined with the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) to organize today’s follow-up to “put more flesh on the bones” of the 2003 meeting, in particular by building a concrete Plan of Action to deliver on that strategic framework, he said. read more

Stephen Hawkings voice to be beamed into black hole while his ashes

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. One thousand members of the public, from more than 100 countries, have been offered the opportunity to attend the thanksgiving service, after a ballot attracted 25,000 applications for tickets.Guests will be welcomed by volunteers from the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Paralympic Games.Prof Hawking died in March this year after a lengthy battle with motor neurone disease. She added: “The broadcast will be beamed towards the nearest black hole, 1A 0620-00, which lives in a binary system with a fairly ordinary orange dwarf star.”It is a message of peace and hope, about unity and the need for us to live together in harmony on this planet.” Professor Stephen Hawking’s voice will be beamed live into a black hole while his ashes are being interred at Westminster Abbey, his family revealed.The late scientist’s words have been set to an original piece of music, composed by Vangelis, for the Service of Thanksgiving, and offer a message of peace and hope, Prof Hawking’s daughter said.The broadcast in space is set to take place following a memorial service on Friday which will feature readings and addresses from a number of people including Benedict Cumberbatch, who played the physicist in a BBC drama, and astronaut Tim Peake.Prof Hawking’s children have expressed their gratitude to Westminster Abbey for allowing their father to have a “distinguished” final resting place between the graves of Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.His daughter Lucy described the Vangelis composition as a “beautiful and symbolic gesture that creates a link between our father’s presence on this planet, his wish to go into space and his explorations of the universe in his mind”. read more

Anger of Birmingham pub bombing families over decision not to name those

Julie Hambleton, sister of Birmingham pub bombings victim Maxine HambletonCredit:Ben Birchall/PA Members of the relatives’ campaign group Justice4the21 said they were seeking legal advice with a view to appealing against yesterday’s decision.The bombings, carried out on November 21, killed 21 people and injured 182 enjoying a night out, making it the deadliest peacetime attack in the UK at the time.Six men, known as the Birmingham Six, were wrongly imprisoned for the murders and served 17 years behind bars in what was one of Britain’s most infamous miscarriages of justice. Their convictions were quashed by the Court of Appeal in 1991.Five West Midlands Police officers were charged with perverting the course of justice in connection with the original investigation, but in 1993 a judge ruled that a fair trial would be impossible.Hayes was named by Granada TV in 1990 as one of two men who had planted the bombs.Last year he spoke publicly for the first time, telling BBC News that he and the other members of his IRA unit in Birmingham were “horrified when we heard [the result of the bombings] because it was not intended”. Firefighters at Birmingham's Mulberry Bush pub following the blast The High Court decision followed a judicial review brought on behalf of the bereaved families by Julie Hambleton, whose sister Maxine was just 18 when she was killed in the bombings.Speaking in the grounds of Birmingham’s Anglican Cathedral, near a memorial to the victims, Mrs Hambleton said: “Without the perpetrator issue being a part of the scope (of the inquest) how can you ever possibly finish the jigsaw? You have got a major part of it missing.”We feel as though we’ve been punched in the stomach again. What we do, we do for 21 people who aren’t here to do it for themselves.”They don’t have a voice, they don’t have a physical presence, but we do so we are their voice.”Mrs Hambleton added: “We are clearly very disappointed and we feel rejected but we will continue to fight for truth, justice and accountability.”We will take stock, speak to our legal team and get their assessment of the decision – and then either decide to appeal or just to continue on with the inquest process. But Lord Burnett, Lady Justice Hallett and Lord Justice McCombe yesterday ruled that the coroner’s decision “is not open to legal objection”. Julie Hambleton, sister of Birmingham pub bombings victim Maxine Hambleton The Birmingham Six outside the Old bailey in London, after their convictions were quashedCredit:Sean Dempsey/PA Firefighters at Birmingham’s Mulberry Bush pub following the blastCredit:The Daily Telegraph 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. “We are continually traumatised every single time we have to do interviews and go to court, but we will dust ourselves down and continue to fight.” The Birmingham Six outside the Old bailey in London, after their convictions were quashed He went on to claim he personally defused a third bomb, but refused to say whether he had been one of the two men to plant the device or name those who did. Hugh Southey QC, representing the families, told the appeal judges: “There is the utmost public interest in the proper investigation of who was responsible for the Birmingham bombings.”The families of the deceased said to the appellant (Sir Peter) that the investigation of this issue was so important to them that if it did not form part of the scope of the inquest ‘we may as well not have an inquest at all’.”Hugh Southey QC, representing the families, told the appeal judges: “There is the utmost public interest in the proper investigation of who was responsible for the Birmingham bombings”But in giving a summary of the court’s judgment, Lord Burnett said Sir Peter “was invited to explore as a distinct issue at the inquests the identities of those responsible for the bombings.”The statutory scheme provides that neither he nor the jury can name anyone they believe responsible; and exhaustive police inquiries since the acquittal of those originally convicted for the bombings have been unable to do so.” The families of those killed in the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings said they had been robbed of the chance of justice after the Court of Appeal upheld a coroner’s decision not to name those responsible for the outrage.Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett and two other Court of Appeal judges ruled that Sir Peter Thornton QC had made “no error of law” in reaching his decision not to investigate the identities of those who carried out the atrocity.Relatives of the 21 people killed when the IRA blew up the Mulberry Bush and the Tavern in the Town in Birmingham city centre said they felt as if they had been “punched in the stomach” following the decision, but vowed to keep fighting for the truth.A self-confessed IRA bomb maker last year apologised for the deaths and injuries he had caused, saying it was not the IRA’s intention to kill innocent people.But Michael Christopher Hayes, who now lives in south Belfast, refused to name other members of the IRA cell he says planted the devices, saying he would rather die than become an “informer”.In January, two High Court judges sitting in Birmingham ordered Sir Peter to reconsider his decision not to name the suspected bomber, following a successful judicial review action by bereaved families. read more

EHF RANKING German and Hungarian teams at the TOP

EHF Ranking 2018/2019 ← Previous Story DKB Bundesliga derby: RNL walkover Fuchse Berlin! Next Story → HANDBALL ABBA: Swedish girls absolutely hit Germany is still at the TOP of the EHF club’s power ranking for the upcoming season 2018/2019. Germans kept the leading position but with smaller advantage than before as DKB Bundesliga teams didn’t qualified for the VELUX EHF CL Final4 in Cologne this year.The second nation is Spanish ahead of Hungarian, which is the only chance in TOP 5.RANKINGHungarian women’s team are still the most succesful in European Cups. The second place, as usual, is occupied by Denmark. Russia is at the third place, while Romania overtook fourth position from Norway.RANKING read more

Coby Launches Android Tablet

first_imgWe all knew this day was coming soon, right? Coby, the brand you likely know best for offering cheap takes on popular electronics, has finally gotten into the tablet game. The company today introduced a seven inch touchscreen tablet called the Kyros MID7015.The device, naturally, runs Android 2.1. It has 4GB of built-in memory, plus an SD slot, which lets you expand to 32 GB. Inside there’s a TTC8902 processor and 802.11 b/g. The thing has a USB 2.0 port, HDMI output, and a built-in speaker. The Kryos is available now “at major retailers nationwide.” It’ll run you $249.99.last_img read more

CurioPets is 90s Nostalgia Wrapped in Modern AR

first_img Microsoft HoloLens 2 Augments Reality AgainPut Women on U.S. Currency With Google’s AR App Everything old is new again—especially when you can experience it in augmented reality.With Apple’s AR-equipped iOS 11 set to drop on Tuesday, start-up CurioPets is poised to take over the mobile gaming market with its Pokemon Go-meets-Tamagotchi app.The multiplayer pet simulator lets users care for and interact with a virtual animal in the real world.“CurioPets takes place in your home, your neighborhood, your friend’s house, your city, your world,” the product page said.Creatures (like hat-wearing Coop, featured on the game’s website) travel alongside their human companion to collect “curious energy,” generated by the “innate curiosity of living beings.”Look for Curio Spheres in parks and buildings, or at various historical landmarks; or earn digital energy during multiplayer battles with friends. Each rare item your pet discovers helps to boost its exploration ranking, and allows you to buy treats, outfits, decorations, and more in-game accessories.Hangin out, maxin, relaxin all cool with an augmented reality dog (via CurioPets)If my pre-teen Tamagotchi skills were any indication, my CurioPet will not be long for this augmented world: Players must remember to feed and play with their pet daily. (Though there is a specified penalty for maltreating the animals.)“Explore this new reality by using your phone as the looking glass that enables you to see your companion and the reality it lives in,” the company said.I never touched Pokemon Go, perhaps for the same reason I’ve steered clear of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Switch game: For fear it will take over my life.But it’s been nearly two decades since I last resurrected a dead digital animal, and the wagging tail of pixelated Coop the Explorer is just too cute to ignore. So, goodbye personal responsibilities, and hello virtually furry friend!At launch, CurioPets will be available exclusively to Apple devices running iOS 11. An Android version, however, is under development and expected “in the near future.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Mahatma Gandhi to be health ambassador for children in new

first_imgNew Delhi: A new initiative that projects Mahatma Gandhi as ‘health ambassador’ to create awareness among school children for pursuing a lifestyle that ensures their well being has been launched by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). “The Gandhian virtues and philosophy of good health, which he preached and practised, are relevant even in today’s time. To keep this philosophy alive, ICMR scientists and officers are visiting the schools for active interaction with children to raise awareness regarding values for good health,” the apex health research body said. The initiative, called ‘Mission SHAKTTI’ (School-based Health Awareness, Knowledge Test and Training Initiative), was recently launched in collaboration with the National Gandhi Museum and Directorate of Education, Delhi government, to commemorate 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. A total of 36 schools in Delhi will be participating in the programme. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Rajni Kant, scientist and director at the ICMR-Regional Medical Research Centre, Gorakhpur, and also project coordinator of the programme said, “Health is the most important aspect of life. In this era of rising lifestyle-related diseases, imbibing and following Gandhiji’s mantra for good health from school time itself would lead to a healthy life in the long run. “In fact, Gandhiji’s teachings of cleanliness for prevention of communicable diseases like malaria, dengue holds true at all times,” he said. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us During an event at a school here recently, Kant taught children the best practices for a healthy body, healthy mind and a healthy environment, citing events from Mahatma Gandhi’s life. Kalyan Ganguly, scientist, ICMR and convener of the event said, “Social and behavioural changes as per Gandhiji’s health philosophy taught to school children could lead to monumental changes in the society as they are the future of the nation.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship Swachh Bharat Mission also popularises Mahatma Gandhi’s ideas of cleanliness and sanitation.last_img read more

IT team member receives Indian Police Medal

first_imgOngole: The IT core team member from Prakasam district, ARSI Kalluri Ravi was selected by the union government for the Indian Police Medal as one of the 14 members from the state. He received the medal from Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy at the 73rd Independence Day celebrations celebrated at IGM Stadium in Vijayawada on Thursday. Ravi joined the police force in 1989 as a constable in armed reserve forces. Having interest in information technology, Ravi attended over 50 technical and computer training programmes since 1995 and became an expert in the use of computer technology by the district police department. Also Read – Fit India rally held in Vijayawada Advertise With Us He is instrumental in solving many cases from the tenure of SPs Kishore Kumar, Balasubrahmanyam, Mahesh Chandra Ladha and to present SP Siddharth Kaushal and received 200 plus GSEs and around 20 appreciation certificates. He became a member of Andhra Pradesh State Police Software Committee in 2007 and received Andhra Pradesh Police Service Medal in 2013. Also Read – PV Sindhu visits Tirumala temple Advertise With Us Having experience of being helpful in solving more than 100 sensational cases, Ravi has trained around 4,000 police personnel on the use of various technologies. Being a person who fought successfully with a brain tumour, and the unsung hero in keeping Prakasam district in the lead in solving IT related crimes for nearly 20 years, Ravi won the hearts of many superior officers on duty.last_img read more

Houston Charter School Victims To Receive More Than 600000 In Restitution

first_img Share More than 4,000 parents of students who attended a Houston charter school whose founders have been imprisoned for mail fraud and tax evasion will receive more than $600,000 in restitution, the Department of Justice announced on Tuesday.The Varnett Public School is a charter school with three locations in Houston. In August 2017, founding superintendent Marian Annette Cluff, 70, and her husband Alsie Cluff Jr., 69, who worked as facilities and operations manager, pleaded guilty to mail fraud and conspiracy to commit tax evasion charges for embezzling millions of dollars from the school.The couple received a combined prison sentence of 13 years –10 years for Mrs. Cluff and three years for her husband– and was ordered to pay a total of $4.4 million in restitution. Last month, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen ordered the payments be distributed to the identified victim parents in the case.The U.S. District Clerk’s Office said the restitution payments to the parents will be handled on an “expedited basis.” Specifically, the amount reserved for restitution is $604,889.The Cluffs embezzled millions of dollars in funds that were intended for the operation and function of the charter school and its programs, according to court records. Prosecutors say the couple took money that mostly low-income parents paid for school field trips, book fairs, student fundraisers, and other school activities, and used the funds to support a lavish lifestyle that included trips on private jets, multiple properties, designer clothes and jewelry. The investigation found that the couple also diverted and concealed money received from vendors of the school, insurance companies and federal agencies into off-book accounts for their personal use and benefit.The Cluffs concealed the accounts from the charter school office manager, the school’s external accountant and their income tax preparer.last_img read more

5 magical things to do in Oslo Norway that dont involve overpriced

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Then, get an Oslo Pass which permits free, unlimited travel by bus, tram, underground, boat and local trains, and for 72 hours costs: 745 NOK (€78, £68, $91).Exploit it to all hell, and learn the other reasons why Oslo really is an priceless gem of a city…I arrived here 90 minutes before closing and now wish I’d spent the whole day. It’s a gigantic open air museum of over 140 rebuilt barns, farmhouses, townhouses and more. Expect a delightful insight into Norway from the 14th to the 19th centuries, complete actors playing rural workers in full folk dress.The centerpiece is the exquisite chocolate cake-like Gol Stave Church. It was originally built between 1157–1216 and traveled 189.8 km from its old home in Gol to be perfectly reconstructed in Oslo.Photo: Instagram/jamietabbererThis might be the coolest attraction I’ve ever visited, although it’s painfully small – not that this can be helped. It’s headlined by the monumental Oseberg Ship – a remarkably unharmed 22m Viking ship, built possibly before the year 800 and excavated from its grave in a Tønsberg farm between 1904-1905.The Gokstad and Tune ships aren’t as well-preserved, but they still induce gasps. The artefact exhibits – of carved dragon heads, and other otherworldly creatures that would’ve been mounted on the ships’ stems – are fascinating, if not as staggering as the ships themselves.I once painted a direct rip off of Edvard Munch’s The Scream series as a teenager and hung it in my bedroom, such was my love for Norway’s most famous artist’s angst. Oslo’s National Gallery has an entire room dedicated to Munch: a permanent display of 15-20 of his most most iconic works.Seeing at least one version of that ghostly figure for real – along with the haunting Madonna, who looks like a modern day hipster diva, and Inger in Black and White, who looks like Nelly Furtado in the Try video – was a dream come true. Monet, Modigliani and many more are also represented.Photo: YouTubeThere’s naturally more Munch on display at the Munch Museum. It features such lovely-titled works as Vampire, Anxiety and Death in the Sickroom. The museum’s current size and location are too small and north of center for this amount of talent. As such, in 2019, the Munch Museum will become the 12-storey waterfront Lambda in Bjørvika. Above is an artist’s impression of the tilting structure.It’s really no wonder Oslo’s Munch collection is so staggering. According to Visit Oslo, Munch himself donated around 28 000 paintings, sketches, photographs and sculptures to the city upon his death.A moody, low-lit hipster station attracting Oslo’s young and trendy, Smalhans’ set dinner menu is a whistle-stop tour of Norwegian faves with a flourish. Says the website: ‘Every day, the kitchen puts together flavours depending on the catch of the day – be it from the sea, forest or farm’.On the day of my visit, this was a cured meat with a pork pate, a meaty char with Jerusalem artichoke and rye, sumptuous grilled mussels with herbs and aioli and a fleshy baked pumpkin with Västerbotten (hard Swedish cheese) and lemon thyme. Smalhans translates to ‘scarcity’ or ‘poverty’: the price point could’ve been more reasonable to reflect this, but it definitely wasn’t the most excruciating we encountered. (That would be the aforementioned apple and cinnamon muffin in the Nobel Peace Center, that I bought anyway, and was the best, moistest muffin I’ve ever eaten. Sometimes it’s just worth shelling out…)For more information about Oslo, head to and a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . And I’m not the only one. This sort-of-pint-sized capital (population: 545,000) gets even sleepier of a February evening, when people hunker down early for the night.Oslo’s eye-catching architecture | Photo: WikiI pass a quiet, cozy bar; the lure of an open fire proves too tempting. I step inside, and I’m not in Oslo anymore. Rather, I’m Alice in Emerald-Isle-Wonderland.Never did I expect my first beverage in the city to be an Australian beer in an Irish pub. Then again, I’ve eaten Italian food in Bangkok, and Chinese food across America, and we’re living in an increasingly globalized world, right? Well, ultimately, I do live to regret my decision, when the time comes to settle up.‘That’ll be €14 please,’ says the local bartender, recognizing me as a British tourist, nonplussed by the look of sheer horror on my face.Yep, I’m definitely in Oslo after all.The striking exterior of Oslo Opera House | Photo: PixabayTigerstaden, or ‘The Tiger City’Oslo was nicknamed Tiger City in the 19th century when, according to the Chicago Tribune, ‘country boys visited the wild and crazy “New York City of Norway,” [and] it made “a mark on their soul”‘.I feel it fits because Oslo’s so ferociously costly. Seriously, type ‘Why is Oslo…’ into Google. The words ‘…so expensive?’ follow.So, let’s address this now and move on. I’ve been (semi-) pleasantly surprised by the price points of many Scandinavian countries. Iceland, for example, wasn’t as bad as I dreaded. But not Norway. At one point, I couldn’t even afford a muffin in the surprisingly small and underwhelming Nobel Peace Center.It’s ironic, really, considering the the rapid growth of Norwegian Air. This staggeringly cheap budget airline is opening Norway up to far-flung corners of the globe in a way never seen before.Acrobat Bridge | Photo: PixabayAnyway, it’s something you’re better off accepting. The cost of living is Oslo is high, but so are wages. This is a country where things just work. It’s reflected in the friendly, contented, beautiful faces of the service people, and their bulging tip jars. It’s also reflected in Norway’s World Happiness Report score: it came first in 2017, second in 2018 (after Finland).For me, it’s also reflected in Oslo’s supercity-style architecture. Here, the the tallest building is the Tyholttårnet, clocking in at just 124m. Everything is neat, boxy and contained, as if in respect for the breathtaking natural fjords, forests and mountains right on the city’s doorstep. (Such as the Oslo Fjord, pictured at the top. Be sure to grab a bench on the waterfront at sunset).Oslo Airport | Photo: WikiBut the structures, too, are awe-inspiring. The shimmering, sloping Opera House, for example, and the jutting boxes of Statoil HQ. Even the absolutely gorgeous airport, which to my mind looks like a futuristic train station.My advice: get out, walk about, look at things, and cap yourself at about four drinks across the weekend like I did. (Oslo only has a small handful of queer bars anyway. The pubbish rabbit-warren that is Elsker bar is the best. It has pool tables, drag shows, and a Viking-esque interior). eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Walking like a geisha through Oslo’s sleet-laden streets, I curse my lack of layers.I wanted to explore the area around my hostel; five minutes later, my teeth are clattering too much to continue. Gay Bermuda tourism CEO: LGBTI boycott ‘counter-intuitive’ after marriage equality reversalGay guys tell their horror stories from vacations with their straight friendsGoing to pride at university inspired me to come out as bisexualRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

PHOTOS Presidentelect Carlos Alvarado visits Casa Presidencial

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica meets its new presidential candidates – fresh from the middle of the pack Watch Carlos Alvarado and Justin Trudeau’s first conversation More of our favorite pics from Costa Rica’s inauguration Legislative assembly president bikes to Costa Rica’s inauguration ceremony President-elect Carlos Alvarado visited Casa Presidencial in the eastern San José district of Zapote this week, meeting with outgoing President Luis Guillermo Solís and presidential staffers.Alvarado and his wife, Claudia Dobles, toured the presidential offices with Alvarado’s former boss – the president-elect once served in the Cabinet of President Solís – and First Lady Mercedes Peña.The newly elected leader is in the midst of an abbreviated presidential transition. Because no one candidate reached 40 percent of the vote in Costa Rica’s first election on Feb. 4, Alvarado participated in a runoff against conservative candidate Fabricio Alvarado on April 1. The victor will take office on May 8 at the Plaza de la Democracia in downtown San José. Alvarado addresses Casa Presidencial staff. AFP Photo / Ezequiel Becerra From left to right, Costa Rican First Lady Mercedes Penas, President-elect Carlos Alvarado, President Luis Guillermo Solis and future First Lady Claudia Dobles meet in the Office of the President. AFP Photo / Ezequiel Becerra Alvarado signs the guest book. AFP Photo / Ezequiel Becerra Back in January, this is not an image pollsters thought we’d be seeing at Casa Presidencial in April 2018. AFP Photo / Ezequiel Becerra Facebook Commentslast_img read more

MATTA aims tourist arrivals from Ahmedabad Pune and Mumbai

first_imgThe Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) organised its MATTA Sales Mission to India, to cities of Ahmedabad, Pune and Mumbai from August 6 to 10 with the support of Tourism Malaysia to grow arrivals from India, with the market showing strong promise last year. India is one of the most important markets to the Malaysia tourism industry as it is strategically closer to the country. According to Tourism Malaysia, tourist arrivals to Malaysia in 2017 from India was at 552,739. The MATTA Sales Mission to India is participated by 23 delegates consisting of 17 travel agents and six hotelier and theme parks together with Tourism Malaysia. The demand for better knowledge and information on tourist destinations in Malaysia from the Indian market has been encouraging. Through the sales mission, MATTA aims to allow its operators to develop strategic alliance and promotion of their services to local travel and tour companies in India. This includes updating on the latest development on new destinations and products in Malaysia. With over 230 weekly flights offering more than 41,000 seats from India to Malaysia, the Malaysian tourism promotion efforts are multi-pronged and target all segments of potential travellers throughout cities of India.Since January 2018, MATTA has been looking into aggressive overseas promotion through sales mission, trade show, hosting overseas travel agents and online marketing influencers to create awareness on local destinations amongst other initiatives.MATTA believes that the sales mission is among the perfect platform to showcase and promote Malaysia’s new destinations and products to boost tourist arrivals from India while creating more business opportunities to members.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter A 46 hectare behindth

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterA 4.6 hectare behind-the-scenes area of Singapore Zoo is set to be converted into a 366-room resort operated by Banyan Tree Holdings. Currently home to back-of-house facilities, the resort will be integrated into the site and aims to encourage guests to be conscious of – and care for – the plants and animals in the surrounding Mandai rainforest.The resort’s design is inspired by the native flora and fauna, and the architecture and interior design will showcase the biodiversity of Mandai for guests to appreciate and learn from. When completed, the building and the landscape will become a holistic, immersive experience.In line with this theme of celebrating nature, the resort’s standard and family rooms will offer views into the rainforest. 24 elevated treehouses are being designed in the shape of seed-pods and will be set among the trees surrounding the resort.Wildlife parks and nature-themed indoor attractions will be available from the doorstep of the resort, giving guests immediate access to a specially curated program of activities, including behind-the-scenes programmes, guided nature walks and hands-on activities. These activities will promote a conscious way of life, one that is more in harmony with the natural world.The new eco-friendly retreat is earmarked to open in 2023.All images supplied by Banyan Tree Holdings.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

PUNTA MITA MEXICO – DINE Mexicos premier real e

first_imgPUNTA MITA, MEXICO – DINE, Mexico’s premier real estate developer, announced today the launch of the Las Cañadas, an enclave of large private mountainside homes set within the gated 1,500 acre Punta Mita resort community. Punta Mita is located on a spear-shaped peninsula surrounded on three sides by nine miles of white sandy beaches on the Pacific Coast, some 30 miles northwest of Puerto Vallarta.Located on the dramatic Careyeros mountainside, the Las Cañadas community will boast panoramic views of the gorgeous Jack Nicklaus Signature golf courses out to the crystal blue pacific, in a wooded setting unlike no other on the peninsula. Las Cañadas casitas are priced from $1.45 million to $2.35 million.Each of the 14 distinctive properties available in the first release offers a mountainside wooded setting, large property size, stunning vistas and lots of privacy. The value proposition is truly unprecedented,” says Andres Rossetto, Managing Director of Resort Development for Punta Mita and DINE, owner and developer of Punta Mita. Las Cañadas promises to redefine quality of living and value in Punta Mita, with innovative designs and top-quality finishings.”Each home in Las Cañadas is a collection of modular designed casitas constructed on large home sites. The main house is a gathering place for family and friends, while a separate master suite and garden suites provide intimate areas. The casitas will feature three or four bedroom configurations in layouts designed to maximize views from living areas.Casitas offer a high level of finish and fixtures, including tropical wood doors, private covered parking, gourmet kitchens with disposals and granite countertops, natural stone or marble floors, hardwood cabinetry, bathrooms with twin lavatories, a tub in the master bath and spacious tiled showers.Buyers of Las Cañadas property qualify for membership in the private Club Punta Mita, with an array of amenities, including the existing 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, a second Jack Nicklaus course (opening October 2008), the Punta Mita Tennis Club (managed by Four Seasons) and access to Punta Mita’s three Resident’s Beach Clubs, one of which is open on the west side of the peninsula; the second is under construction on the north side in the Kupuri area and slated to open in 2009. The third and final club is planned to open in the Ranchos area of Punta Mita on the Bay of Banderas. Residents also have access to a complete menu of services and activities through Punta Mita’s Residential Concierge Services.Punta Mita boasts a Four Seasons Resort and several villa, condo and private home residence projects either completed or under development.DINE foresees a strong outlook for residential sales at Punta Mita in 2008, thanks to the opening of Punta Mita’s second 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, and the 120-room St. Regis Resort Punta Mita in October, complemented by several high-end residential offerings. DINE has been at the forefront of large-scale, high-end commercial, residential and resort communities in Mexico. The company reported more than $104 million in sales closed for 2007 at Punta Mita, which was a 30 percent increase from 2006. DINE has invested $150 million so far in the project’s infrastructure. At full build-out, Punta Mita will have a real estate value of approximately $2 billion.For more information about Las Cañadas , visit, or contact the Punta Mita Properties Real Estate Center toll-free from the U.S. at 888-647-0979 or via email at Punta Mita, Mexico Punta Mita is an innovative resort and residential community covering more than 1,500 acres on a spear-shaped peninsula surrounded on three sides by white sand beaches, Pacific Ocean waters and lush tropical flora. It is currently home to Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, various residential homes and the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course at Punta Mita, ranked World’s Best Golf Resort by readers of Condè Nast Traveler 2008 and one of the best golf courses by Travel + Leisure Golf in 2006. The master plan of Punta Mita includes several luxury developments in the works, including the St. Regis Resort & Residences (October 2008) with a second Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, and a variety of exclusive residential offerings and estate lots to complete this very privileged resort community., Mexico’s premier real estate development company, is the owner and developer of Punta Mita. DINE’s real estate portfolio includes commercial, residential and master planned communities throughout Mexico. DINE was founded in 1978 to serve the specific needs of the highest income sectors in Mexico, establishing unprecedented design quality in residential, commercial, leisure and corporate real estate development. read more

Building permit expected soon for Troodos observatory

first_imgConstruction of the observatory in Troodos is expected to start in the near future, with the building permit expected to be issued soon, the Cyprus News Agency reported on Wednesday.The site of the astronomical research centre on top of a 1,200 metre hill near Agridia, Chandria, was chosen because there is little light pollution, and humidity is usually at low levels.Agridia is considered to be a convenient location, as it is a 45-minute drive from both Limassol and Nicosia and near the main road from Agros to Troodos.Agros and Kyperounda also offer agrotourist accommodation ten minutes from the site.The observatory is intended for children, amateur astronomers and tourists. It aims to attract visitors and thus contribute to economic growth.There will be two telescopes, a solar one for use during the day and a lunar one to watch the stars and moon at night. The idea is that different groups of people will be able to make use of the space.The project is expected to cost €1.6 million, half of which will be used to construct the building while the other half is earmarked for purchasing the equipment.The building is going to be in the shape of a spaceship, inspired by science fiction movies, especially Star Wars.Architectural plans have already attracted the interest of international media, and an article about the project has been published in Dezeen, the prestigious architectural magazine, in 2017.The designer who won the planning permission are Elena and brother Nicodemus Tsolakis who run Kyriakos Tsolakis architects, a firm established by their father. The architectural practice was founded in 1973 by Kyriakos Tsolakis in Melbourne where It was engaged in 520 projects around the city. The current practice in Cyprus opened in 2008.Several other partners are involved in the project, the forestry department, the Troodos development company, the Agridia community council and the University of Nicosia, which will look after technical issues and digital applications.You May LikeHealevateShe Bought A Bag From Goodwill, But Wasn’t Expecting To Find This InsideHealevateUndoDubai Properties | Search AdsDubai Real Estate Properties Might Surprise YouDubai Properties | Search AdsUndoMyStyleMile15 Cutest Animals in the WorldMyStyleMileUndo Modi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoGreece to overturn law that made universities no-go zone for policeUndoFour dead in California garlic festival shootingUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more


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