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Cabello reflects on overcoming anxiety

first_imgLos Angeles: Camila Cabello has opened up about her battle with anxiety and encouraged people to fight for themselves as they are “the most worthwhile one”. She revealed how as a child she would never perform in front of her family and friends as she would get “flustered” when they would ask her to. “I feel like my whole life there’s been two Camila’s in me. There’s little Camila that is terrified of the unknown, is aware of all the ways everything can go wrong… and thinks it’s safer to stay home than to play ball. Then there’s other Camila. And she knows what she wants out of life, is aware of how little time I have to let little Camila run the show while time passes by, and grabs young me by the hand and forces her out the door saying ‘Let’s go. You’ll survive, and I’m not gonna miss out on this.” This is how she has navigated up till now.last_img read more

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Halifax men get four months for prison assault of accused killer Dennis

first_imgMIRAMICHI, N.B. – Two Halifax men have been sentenced to four months in jail for assaulting Dennis Oland in a New Brunswick prison last year.Convicted killer Cody Alexander Muise and Aaron Marriott, who was convicted in a 2008 drug shooting, attacked Oland at Atlantic Institution in Renous, N.B., on July 31 of last year.Both men pleaded guilty in September as their trial was set to begin.Oland, a Saint John, N.B., financial planner, was in jail after being convicted of second-degree murder in the 2011 bludgeoning of his multi-millionaire father, businessman Richard Oland. The conviction has since been overturned and Oland released on bail pending a new trial.On Thursday, the Crown and defence jointly recommended the four-month sentences for Marriott and Muise, who will serve the time concurrently to their current prison terms.“Although this is an assault on another inmate, all assaults are assaults and it is a criminal charge and will have sanctions,” provincial court Judge Natalie LeBlanc said Thursday.“In order for our institutions to work properly, inmates must obey and follow all the rules in relation to the peace officers but also in relation to one another. Therefore when people make choices to not follow the rules there will be consequences each and every time,” she said.Muise, 28, and Marriott, 27, will also each have to pay a $200 victim fine surcharge.In September, Crown prosecutor Melanie MacAulay told the court Muise and Marriott attacked Oland, 48, in the visitation area as he hosted two visitors.“Inmate Muise and inmate Marriott walked up to where they were. Mr. Oland would’ve been standing up at this point. Mr. Muise and Mr. Marriott would have both walked up to the table and began swinging at him, striking him in the head. He fell to the ground and they attempted to punch and kick him,” MacAulay said.“The visitors that were with Mr. Oland actually got up and got between the aggressors and the victim. Guards were also on the scene quickly and separated all subjects. Mr. Oland would have received facial injuries and was treated at the institution,” she said.Muise and Marriott both appeared Thursday by video link from prison. They were sentenced separately. Both wore blue prison garb as they sat behind a table in a small room at the Atlantic Institution.Oland was not present in court and did not give a victim impact statement.The Oland family founded Moosehead Breweries, whose executive chairman Derek Oland has been a steadfast supporter of his nephew Dennis Oland through his legal battle.Oland’s new trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 10, 2018, and court documents say it could go 65 days — the same length as the original trial.Muise was convicted of first-degree murder for killing Brandon Hatcher in December 2010 in a gun battle in suburban Halifax, and is serving a life sentence.Marriott was sentenced to 15 years for a 2008 drug shooting outside the IWK Health Centre in Halifax.last_img read more

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National Capital Commission trying again on major Ottawa land development

first_imgOTTAWA — The government of Canada is once again trying to offload billions of dollars worth of Crown land next to Parliament Hill that has remained virtually empty since the 1960s.The National Capital Commission will issue a new call for proposals to develop the LeBreton Flats area of Ottawa after a former redevelopment plan, which featured a new arena for the Ottawa Senators, ended in failed mediation and lawsuits.The federal agency says a new vision for the 22-hectare site will be created that will include the potential for a new “major events centre” — but this centre might not include the Ottawa Senators.The NHL team’s owner, Eugene Melnyk, had joined with Trinity Group founder John Ruddy to come up with a $4.1-billion plan for the land that included a new hockey arena, but the partnership soured and finally ended last week without a settlement after weeks of mediation talks led by a retired judge.Both partners have since launched legal actions against one another, claiming over $1.7 billion in damages between them.National Capital Commission CEO Tobi Nussbaum said today the agency remains committed to developing LeBreton Flats, but this time the process will include a phased approach — beginning with certain parcels of land — and tighter timelines for negotiations. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Sahrawis Protest Algeria Polisario at Mijek MINURSO Headquarters

Rabat – Three Sahrawi merchants have spoken about alleged injustices in the Tindouf camps in Algeria and called on the United Nations to intervene.The Sahrawis have been carrying out a sit-in since Wednesday, October 17, in front of MINURSO headquarters in Mijek, a town near the Mauritanian border 670 kilometers southwest of Tindouf.The Sahrawis, named Moulay Laafou Aabid El Aarbi, Hamoudi Shari El Saleh, and Khateri Said Hamdi, shared videos on social media, where they spoke on the behalf of Sahrawis in the Tindouf camps. One of the Sahrawis called on the UN to pressure the Polisario Front to lift “heavy restrictions” imposed on merchants. He also asserted that Algeria supports the front.Crackdown on tradeLast week, Moroccan newspaper Al Massae reported that dozens of Sahrawis have fled the Tindouf camps to northern Mauritania.The newspaper linked the exodus of Sahrawis to heavy taxes imposed by Algeria on small businesses in the camps.Algeria takes heavy fees from all trucks and light vehicles entering or leaving Tindouf. The newspaper explained that all trucks with goods leaving Tindouf for Mauritania cannot re-enter Algeria within one month. The measure aims to slow trade between small Sahrawi traders who operate between the Tindouf camps and northern Mauritania, Al Massae added.Several NGOs and human rights activists have denounced the embezzlement of humanitarian aid from the camps.Pro-Polisario news outlets, including Futuro Sahara, reported that Sahrawis were surprised to find popular aid products on display in Algerian grocery shops.‘Sahrawis just want dignity’Former Polisario member Mustapha Salma Ould Sidi Mouloud condemned Polisario’s actions in the Tindouf camps in several Facebook posts.In one of his posts, Salama said that Sahrawis are not interested in “independence” or “integrity” anymore. For him, Sahrawis  now are more interested to live in “dignity and to have a future” for their children in a place “where they will not live [through] what their parents experienced.”Salama, a former police chief in the Tindouf camps, has condemned Polisario’s actions in the Tindouf camps over the years.The Mijek sit-in is the first of its kind held in front of the MINURSO headquarters. The protest comes at a sensitive time as the Security Council will meet on October 29 to adopt a new resolution on Western Sahara and to decide on the mandate of MINURSO in the region.Algeria has been reluctant to admit responsibility in the conflict, claiming that the conflict should be solved between Morocco and Polisario.Algeria also has not allowed UNHCR to conduct a census of the population in the Tindouf camps.) read more

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Expulsion of UN humanitarian official from South Darfur sparks concern

Preliminary reports indicate that Wael al-Haj-Ibrahim, the head of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Sudan, has not been rendered persona non grata by the national Government, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters yesterday. Rather, he has been forced to leave South Darfur under a directive from the State Governor, and the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Ameerah Haq has taken up the issue with the authorities in Khartoum, the national capital. Ms. Okabe said the UN was extremely concerned about the potential ramification of the expulsion decision, especially given that it violated the letter and spirit of the Joint Communiqué on the Facilitation of Humanitarian Assistance in Darfur that was signed earlier this year by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. OCHA is extremely active in South Darfur – one of three states that comprise the war-torn Darfur region – and works with the Sudanese Government, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and donors to assist up to one million internally displaced persons (IDPs). In total, more than 2.2 million Darfurians are now displaced because of the conflict there between rebels, Government forces and allied militias. Another 200,000 people have been killed since fighting began in 2003, and the UN and the African Union are in the process of deploying a landmark hybrid peacekeeping force (UNAMID) to try to quell the violence and suffering. Meanwhile, the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees L. Craig Johnstone has arrived in West Darfur state for a four-day mission to review the agency’s operations. Mr. Johnstone plans to visit IDP settlements to obtain a first-hand understanding of the situation across the vast region. 8 November 2007The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan is in contact with the country’s authorities to find out why a senior UN humanitarian official has been expelled from South Darfur. read more

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Knowledge divide must be narrowed through education – UNESCO

The report, “Towards Knowledge Societies,” launched today on the eve of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), analyses the increasingly important role played by knowledge in economic growth and advances that it can serve as a new springboard for development in the countries of the South.”Those countries and communities that don’t recognize this huge reliance on knowledge as a driving force will be left behind,” Elizabeth Longworth, Director of UNESCO’s Information Society Division, told a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York.She added that those countries and communities that recognize the importance of cognitive skills and make the resulting investment in education, lifelong learning and cultural facilities and in their research and innovation systems will prosper.Knowledge societies contribute to the well-being of individuals and communities, and encompass social, ethical and political dimensions while information societies are based on technological breakthroughs that risk providing little more than “a mass of indistinct data” for those who don’t have the skills to benefit from it, according to the report.An example of a successful “knowledge society” is Singapore, which started out as a developing country of shantytowns at independence and achieved economic growth rates that surpass those of most industrialized nations in just four decades by promoting education and creativity.The work is the first in a new series of UNESCO reports, to be published every two years, focusing on subjects at the heart of the Organization’s mission such as cultural diversity and sustainable development. read more

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Merchandise trade deficit shrinks in August mostly due to drop in imports

OTTAWA – Canada’s trade deficit with the world narrowed in August to $1.3 billion from $2.5 billion in July due mostly to a drop in imports, further evidence economists said of the impact of the sluggish global economy on the country.David Watt, chief economist at HSBC Bank Canada, said the trade gap narrowed for the wrong reason — weakness here in Canada.“Canada’s trade deficit narrowed in August, and though rising energy prices suggest that the decline was for the right reasons, that is higher prices for key exports, in fact, the narrowing had more to do with slumping imports,” Watt said.Statistics Canada said Thursday that merchandise imports fell 3.1 per cent to $38.8 billion, with declines in every sector except energy products.Exports edged down 0.1 per cent in August to $37.5 billion as exports of industrial goods and materials slipped and exports of energy products increased after six consecutive monthly declines.Watt acknowledged Thursday that a strong jobs report last week will quell debate about rate cuts by the central bank, but the data now suggests the Bank of Canada should remain on the sidelines.“The evidence on trade and the apparent slowdown in domestic demand should offset the impact of the employment data from last week and again points toward the Bank of Canada removing the last vestiges of its hawkish bias,” he wrote in a report.The central bank has continued to suggest that interest rates will rise over the medium term, even as many economists have said the sluggish global economy has taken its toll on Canada.The Bank of Canada’s key interest rate has been set at one per cent for more than two years.The latest look at the trade picture came as the Macdonald-Laurier Institute released its new composite leading indicator index, which rose 0.1 per cent in August, after four consecutive months of gains of 0.2 per cent.The institute said the steady growth of the index suggests the Canadian economy will avert a downturn in 2012, despite the turmoil around the world.Statistics Canada also reported its new housing price index rose 0.2 per cent in August, after a 0.1 per cent increase in July, pushed higher by the markets in Toronto and Oshawa, Ont.TD Bank economist Francis Fong said the trade report was consistent with a weak third quarter for the Canadian economy.“Looking ahead, this trend may persist for a few months yet, given a sub-par pace of growth both in the U.S. and globally,” Fong wrote in a note to clients.Imports from the United States fell 4.3 per to $24.2 billion and exports rose 1.4 per cent to $27.6 billion, raising the trade surplus with the U.S. to $3.5 billion from $2 billion in July.Exports to countries other than the United States fell 3.9 per cent to $9.8 billion, while imports declined one per cent to $14.6 billion.The trade deficit with countries other than the U.S. rose to $4.8 billion from $4.5 billion in July.Exports of industrial goods and materials fell by 6.1 per cent to $8.8 billion, as exports of fertilizers and fertilizer materials fell 22.3 per cent and iron ores, concentrates and scrap dropped 26.8 per cent.Automotive product exports also fell declined 2.3 per cent to $5.7 billion in August as exports of parts fell six per cent to $1.5 billion on lower volumes.Exports of energy products rose 5.5 per cent to $8.6 billion after six consecutive monthly decreases. Agricultural and fishing products also added 6.5 per cent to reach $3.6 billion as wheat exports gained 57.5 per cent.Meanwhile, imports of industrial goods and materials fell 7.4 per cent to $7.9 billion in August, while imports of machinery and equipment dropped 3.8 per cent to $10.4 billion.Automotive imports fell 3.3 per cent to $6.7 billion, while energy imports climbed 6.1 per cent to $4.1 billion. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Merchandise trade deficit shrinks in August, mostly due to drop in imports by News Staff Posted Oct 11, 2012 1:12 pm MDT read more

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Free MSHA Training for Graduating Seniors in Castle Country

Graduating seniors in Carbon and Emery counties are being offered a way to launch into a new career following graduation thanks to Jenmar Services.For those graduating from Carbon, Emery, Pinnacle or Lighthouse high schools in 2019, Jenmar Services is offering the 32-hour MSHA surface and underground training course free of charge.“Jennmar Services would like to congratulate the class of 2019,” Jenmar staff shared. “Welcome to the next phase of your lifetime.”The training certification is required for anyone working at any mining location. Space is limited, so graduating seniors are encouraged to register as soon as possible by calling (435) 637-9300.Jenmar is known for its work in placing experienced and inexperienced surface and underground miners into careers that could last a lifetime. With offices in Price as well as Colorado, Jenmar Services provides training and support to secure high-paying jobs with benefits for the local workforce. However, the company’s scope expands past the mining industry.“Jennmar Services also works with companies from a variety of industries, so even if mining isn’t in your future, come and see us,” staff shared. “We will try to help find you a job, whether it be a part-time summer job before college or a construction or industry job, we will try to help you find a job.”For more information and a list of current job openings, please click here. read more

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Nick Vannett drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the third round

Former OSU tight end Nick Vannett (81) celebrates after one of his 2 1st-half touchdowns during a game against Rutgers on Oct. 18 at Ohio Stadium.  Credit: Lantern File photoOhio State continued its dominance of the 2016 NFL draft, as tight end Nick Vannett became the 10th Buckeye to be selected. Overall, Vannett is the 94th player picked, after his name was called by the Seahawks.This selection sets a new record, as the Buckeyes are the first program to have 10 selections in the opening trio of rounds of the draft.The Westerville, Ohio, native was used sparingly in the OSU offense throughout his tenure, producing 55 receptions for 585 yards and six touchdowns. After redshirting his freshman year, Vannett played throughout his remaining four years, totaling 53 games played.Although the production numbers were low compared to the rest of the offensive starters for OSU, many NFL scouts valued the 6-foot-6, 260-pound tight end for his athleticism.During the 2014 championship run for the Scarlet and Gray, Vannett enjoyed his highest level of production, hauling in five touchdowns, as well as appearing in a career-high 15 games.It is worth noting that the predecessor to Vannett, former OSU tight end Jeff Heuerman, produced similar numbers (52 receptions, 792 yards, seven touchdowns) to those of Vannett and was selected by the Denver Broncos last year in the third round.Although his athleticism gives Vannett immense upside, there has been some concern over how effective he can be as a blocker, a skill tight ends in the spread offense aren’t called upon regularly to employ. With his large frame and proven strength for the position, the Seahawks will focus on developing Vannett as an establish blocker, while also benefiting from his versatility as a pass-catcher.  With Jimmy Graham the primary tight end in Seattle, it seems as though it will take time before Vannett sees consistent playing time. read more

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The 5 at 5 Thursday

first_imgEACH WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you hit the road.1. #SHATTER: Alan Shatter will accept around €50,000 worth of severance payments and donate it to the Jack and Jill Foundation.2. #KILDARE: An investigation has been launched following the death of a young man in garda custody.3. #COUP D’ETAT: Thailand’s military took control of the country today, seizing power in a television address to the kingdom.4. #BUS DEATH: RTÉ reports that Edward Connors (30), has been convicted of killing Eoghan Dudley (28) by knocking him under a bus in Dublin city centre in 2012.5. #MORATORIUM: Ahead of tomorrow’s elections, broadcasters are precluded from talking about taking about it. Here’s the moratorium explained.last_img read more

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HTC will no longer use locked bootloaders

first_imgThe locked bootloaders shipped by some smartphone manufacturers are a consistent pain for enthusiasts and modders. HTC and Motorola especially have drawn the ire of developers because of their affinity for locking Android devices. You can now, however, cross one of those companies off your homebrew gripe list: HTC CEO Peter Chou has decreed that locked bootloaders will no longer be used.In a brief post to the HTC Facebook page, Chou tips his hat to the passionate homebrew community and says that “overwhelming customer feedback” showed the desire for open bootloaders. The post has already garnered more than 6,600 likes on Facebook and nearly 2,000 comments — nearly all of which thank Chou and HTC. There are, of course, a few “about time” shouts and posts from users of older HTC devices asking for a ticket to the dance as well, but we’ll have to wait and see if that’s in the cards.AdChoices广告A someone who struggled with a locked HTC loader on my original Droid Incredible, this is definitely welcome news. I remember the frustration of waiting for the Unrevoked team to announce that support for my phone was finally available, and the tremendous relief when I could at last painlessly root my phone with their updated tool.Here’s hoping HTC’s about-face on locking spells an end to that kind of bothersome thumb-twiddling. Now, of course, HTC users can get back to bombarding the company with requests to make the updated Sense 3.0 available to older phones as well…More at Engadget and the HTC Facebook pagelast_img read more

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PDX to reopen north airport runway

first_imgPORTLAND — Portland International Airport’s north runway was expected to reopen Friday evening, marking the end of a $68 million, five-month construction project to extend the runway to accommodate larger aircraft takeoffs. The extension of the north runway was needed to keep flights on schedule next year while the airport’s longer, south runway will be closed for rehabilitation.The project is the second phase of a three-phase project to improve the runway system, according to the Port of Portland, which operates PDX.last_img read more

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I dont care Jammu and Kashmir Governor on Adhir Ranjan

first_imgNew Delhi: After Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury suggested Satya Pal Malik be made the president of BJP’s Jammu and Kashmir unit, the Governor hit back at him and said that he does not care about such remarks. “By saying what he said in Parliament, he buried his party in the grave. What do I say on his knowledge? I’m doing my work with utmost devotion. I don’t care about these remarks,” Malik told ANI here when asked about Chowdhury’s statement. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us Chowdhury had over the weekend said that the Jammu and Kashmir Governor statements are like those given by the BJP leaders and he should be made the chief of BJP in J and K. “Jammu and Kashmir Governor should be made the president of the state BJP unit. His comments and statements are like those of BJP leaders. The way he talks doesn’t uphold the integrity of the constitutional office of Governor,” Chowdhury said. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us “Schools and colleges are closed in Jammu and Kashmir. People are not allowed to speak. Those who want to visit there are not being allowed to go to Jammu and Kashmir,” he added. His comments came after a delegation of Opposition leaders including Rahul Gandhi were stopped at Srinagar airport by the authorities and were sent back to Delhi. Opposition leaders, who had flown to take stock of the ground situation in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, alleged that they were detained at the airport in Srinagar in an ‘unconstitutional’ and ‘undemocratic’ manner.last_img read more

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Blizzard reportedly working on StarCraft HD with enhanced graphics

first_imgThe original StarCraft is still one of the finest real-time strategy games ever made, and a whole new generation of gamers might soon learn just why. Blizzard is reportedly aiming to release an HD version of the original StarCraft, and will officially announce it this September.This news comes to us from iNews24, a trusted online Korean newspaper. A Google-translated version of the site reveals that many sources have told them that StarCraft HD (obviously not a confirmed title) will feature enhanced graphics and improved user interface (UI), and that it will also faithfully replicate the original’s gameplay and balance. Blizzard would certainly have a riot on their hands if they didn’t. As we all know, StarCraft is as close to a national sport in Korea as it gets, and we’ve seen many announcements for the series made there first. According to the paper the original currently ranks number seven in the top 10 list of most-played internet cafe games in the country! That’s what’s called staying power.But, as with all rumors, take this with a grain of salt, even if an HD version would make a lot of sense for Blizzard. The original was released way back in 1998, with an excellent expansion called Brood War released the following year and expanding the story greatly. It’s definitely been enough time for even the most hardcore fans to want to revisit it, while allowing younger players to easily jump in and experience the wonderful game for themselves.There are still plenty of questions that fans will need answered. Will this remaster just feature better resolution graphics, new art, or perhaps utilize the StarCraft II engine? Will it include Brood War and the addictive multiplayer (and how could it not?)While the announcement will reportedly come next month, more information will undoubtedly be revealed at November’s BlizzCon, Blizzard’s annual video game convention. We’ve reached out to Activision Blizzard for confirmation on StarCraft HD but haven’t heard back at time of publication.last_img read more

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Siddh Nath Singh becomes the new Chairman of CEPC

first_imgThe first Vice-Chairman of CEPC – Siddh Nath Singh has been appointed as the Chairman of the Council on June 18, as directed by the office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India.The ceremony took place at CEPC’s head office, New Delhi in the august presence of Sanjay Kumar, Executive Director, CEPC; Kuldeep R Wattal, Ex-Chairman, CEPC; Members COA – Gulam Nabi Bhat, Bodh Raj Malhotra, Satish Wattal; and Shiv Kumar Gupta, Ex-Executive Director, CEPC. Ministry has further directed CEPC to hold the EGM afresh immediately after incorporating the required amendments in the Memorandum and Articles of Associations and Election Rules of the Council.last_img read more

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INFOGRAPHIC Mustknow facts about swine flu

first_imgRecently, KwaZulu-Natal confirmed two reports of swine flu in Amanzimtoti, after a pupil and teacher were diagnosed with the virus. Another case in the province was also confirmed in Phoenix this month.Symptoms of the disease include: Because they are similar to the usual seasonal flu, it can take some time before realising that someone has swine flu.Watch: Protect yourself from swine flu in these easy steps In some cases, nausea or vomiting has been used as a distinguishing factor between the two flu strains.Despite the name, you can’t catch swine flu from eating bacon or pork. Infected fluids that spread from coughing, sneezing or touching tend to be the culprit that spread the virus even faster from one sick person to another.A flu vaccine is the best protection against the virus.Sources: BBC, Mayo Clinic, www.flu.gov, The Citizen What is swine flu?The H1N1 virus’s symptoms are often similar to that of a usual flu, which can make it difficult to distinguish between the two.The H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, is a respiratory disease that is caused by a particular influenza virus strain. The disease adopted the name “swine flu” because of its similarities to a flu strain found among pigs.According to a BBC report, it was only in April 2009 in Mexico that a new strain that affected humans was recognised. This prompted the World Health Organisation to declare it a global pandemic because of its contagious nature.A pandemic is a disease that can spread to millions across the globe, whereas an epidemic tends to spread within a particular geographical region. By May, over 4,000 people around the globe had died from the disease.By July in the same year, over 180,000 worldwide cases had been confirmed. A vaccine was finally found and distributed globally to fight the virus, and by 2010 only a handful of cases had been reported.New cases reported in KwaZulu-Natalcenter_img WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Its a joyfilled toy

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterIt’s a joy-filled, toy-filled world as only Disney can create, and it’s now open.The new Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World Resort, inspired by Pixar Animation Studios’ Toy Story films, turns guests of all ages into “honourary toys” and allows them to PLAY BIG in the whimsical world of a child’s imagination.In Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Woody, Jessie, Buzz Lightyear, Slinky Dog, Green Army Men and other fun-loving Toy Story characters come to life in the outdoor setting of Andy’s backyard. A world of toys surrounds guests: giant building blocks, Tinkertoys, yo-yos, board-game pieces, dominoes, Scrabble tiles, and even a giant roller coaster set.Toy Story Land includes two all-new attractions and a new entrance for an enduring favourite. Guests hop on Slinky Dog for a family-friendly roller coaster ride, take a spin with the little green Aliens from Pizza Planet and go for the high score in midway games populated by beloved Toy Story toys.Toy Story Land also celebrates what defines entertainment for kids of all ages. Crayola crayons, a Rubik’s Cube, Cooties, and other toys and games pour on the nostalgia for park-goers – and fascinate young ones.With building blocks around every corner, there are lampposts shaped like Tinkertoys and benches built from Lincoln Logs and K’nex pieces. A balsa-wood glider, a Barrel of Monkeys, giant playing cards and jacks add to the visual tapestry of the new land.Sheriff Woody, standing six-metres tall, welcomes all to Toy Story Land by jauntily leaning on a tall assemblage of colourful wooden blocks, tipping his wide-brimmed hat to guests while holding onto his trusty lasso.“With set pieces, staging, attractions and experiences, Toy Story Land represents the best of Walt Disney Imagineering’s collaboration with our storytelling partners at Pixar Animation Studios,” said Bob Chapek, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products.“This new land will place guests inside the wondrous world of Woody, Buzz and their pals – and invite everyone to experience the joy of being a toy.” Slinky Dog DashFrom his Dash & Dodge Mega Coaster Kit, Andy has assembled his roller coaster for maximum family fun. But instead of just using the roller coaster vehicle that came with the kit, Andy has put his Slinky Dog on the track. The result is a family-friendly thrill ride around the backyard that includes two launches. To complete his creation, Andy picked everyone’s favourite floppy-eared dachshund with a stretching coil body – Slinky Dog – and dropped it onto the coaster track.In each 18-passenger coaster train, riders zip around and above Toy Story Land, catching great vistas of all the new land has to offer. In a first for a Disney coaster, Slinky Dog Dash features a second launch at its midpoint as riders experience cool sound effects and spinning lights, darting through a series of rings on their way to the attraction’s finale featuring Wheezy, the squeaky penguin from the Toy Story films. Alien Swirling SaucersAlien Swirling Saucers immerses guests in the playful world of Andy’s imagination. This galactic space toy is designed as a playset Andy won at the Pizza Planet restaurant. The little green Aliens from Pixar Animation Studios’ Toy Story swirl about in toy rocket ships with guests in tow, while “The Claw” hangs overhead.To add to the fun, Woody, Jessie, Buzz and their pals appear throughout the land. The Green Army Drum Corps creates a playfully percussive rhythm, and Sarge and the Green Army Patrol march through the land, playing games with guests in a fun and interactive boot camp – ten-hut!Toy Story Land is part of a multi-year re-imagining of Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the largest expansion in the theme park’s history. Next year will see the premier of the all-new, 5.7-hectare Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.Photo credit, all images – Matt Stroshanecenter_img Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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Higueron Hotel Malaga Curio Collection opens doors in Spain

first_imgNewerMarriott expands in Tanzania with new Four Points property OlderWebb Ellis trophy touches down in Tokyo, Japan, ahead of Rugby World Cup Hilton has unveiled its latest Spanish property, Higueron Hotel Malaga, Curio Collection.From the city that gave the world Picasso, the new hotel boasts 177 guest rooms, Malaga’s only sustainable Michelin-starred restaurant and jaw-dropping views of the Mediterranean Sea.Nestled behind the breath-taking Montes de Malaga, the hotel is conveniently located near Malaga’s vibrant city centre. Famously known as the heart of the Costa del Sol, the city offers something for guests of all ages, with its unique art districts, pristine sandy beaches and lively nightlife.“Malaga is one of Europe’s most popular destinations, with 12.5 million tourists flocking to its sunny shores last year,” said Simon Vincent, president, EMEA, Hilton. ADVERTISEMENT“With €1 in every €7 generated from travel and tourism in Spain, we are excited to expand our portfolio by 50 per cent in the next three to five years.”Each of the hotel’s elegant guest rooms feature unique Spanish touches, such as original lithography made with local materials. The hotel is set to add an additional 113 premium suites in 2020, bringing the total number of rooms available up to 290.With six different restaurants and bars, guests can savour fantastic farm-to-table produce and local dining. The Michelin-starred Sollo by Diego Gallegos serves innovative dishes based on river fish and caviar, all cultivated onsite at the hotel’s own hydroponic farm. “Higueron Hotel Malaga is the latest hotspot in the beautiful Costa del Sol, offering a truly unique experience to wind down and explore everything this remarkable location has to offer,” said Mark Nogal, global head, Curio Collection by Hilton. “As we continue to expand our one-of-a-kind collection of hotels to new and exciting destinations, we are thrilled to have opened in the charming city of Malaga, offering guests and locals alike unrivalled dining, spa and meetings experiences.”The hotel is located 12 kilometres from Malaga-Costa del Sol International Airport, which operates extensive routes to key destinations such as France, the United Kingdom and, most recently, the United Arab Emirates.last_img read more

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Cabrits Resort Spa Kempinski Dominica to open in October

first_imgNewerRyanair signs with Bartolini Air for new pilot training scheme The new Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica will open its doors to guests and exclusive clientele on the October 14th.The resort will be the second venture of Kempinski Hotels in this region and Dominica’s first-ever five-star resort.“Bringing this project to fruition is another remarkable milestone for Kempinski Hotels,” said Michael Schoonewagen, general manager, Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica. “We are especially proud of this property because it will give travellers the chance to experience Dominica like never before by bringing together the timeless opulence of Kempinski with the destination’s pristine, untouched landscape to create a transcendent experience where luxury meets nature.”Nestled between Guadeloupe and Martinique, the beautiful, unspoiled island of Dominica is the Caribbean’s best-kept secret. ADVERTISEMENTSecluded from mass tourism, the island attracts both eco-adventurers and those simply wishing to disconnect from everyday life. Surrounded by Cabrits National Park, the resort’s unobtrusive design honours and preserves the natural beauty and ecosystem of this stunning, unexplored volcanic island. The resort is committed to protecting the authenticity of this pristine paradise for future generations of travellers to come, while today offers an enriching guest experience that strikes a natural balance between land and sea.Largely covered by wooded mountains and lush tropical rainforest, Dominica is known to have other Caribbean islands “green” with envy. In fact, when it came to describing Dominica to Queen Isabella of Spain, Christopher Columbus was at a loss for words. Now, more than 500 years later, the island’s dramatic peaks, ravines and adventure-filled terrain are still leaving visitors speechless. All of the resort’s 151 guestrooms and suites are luxuriously appointed, from deluxe and superior rooms featuring mountain or ocean views to spacious suites and two-bedroom duplexes, and villas.Inspired by the island’s natural beauty, each features a soothing palette of coastal colours, detailed wood accents and ample natural lighting, bringing the beauty of the outdoors in. While worlds away, guests will find all of the modern conveniences of home right at their fingertips, from flat screen televisions and complimentary Wi-Fi service to in-room espresso machines and luxurious bath amenities. OlderGoing on a summer holiday with Travelodgelast_img read more

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Auditorgeneral flags overpayments in 2017 report handed to president

first_imgInadequate controls over the payment of benefits, duplicate payments for the treatment of patients overseas, and shortcomings in record-keeping are some of the issues flagged by the auditor-general in his report for the year 2017.The report, delivered to President Nicos Anastasiades on Thursday, found wanting, among others, the verification of benefits paid out by the ministry of labour and social insurance.In a number of cases persons ineligible for Guaranteed Minimum Income received the benefit anyway, while people who were eligible were paid more than what they were entitled to.The report also noted delays in compensating individuals for land appropriated by the state. By law, compensation for land appropriation must be paid in cash and in advance.The auditor-general questioned the practice of the payment of state grants to governmental organisations with robust bank deposits.For example, the Youth Board of Cyprus and the Cyprus Olympic Committee were found to have received grants where the top-up of funds was not necessary.Meanwhile the state overpaid for the referral of patients abroad for treatment. For patient referrals to Germany alone, an overpayment to the tune of some €400,000 was partly due to duplicate invoicing.Other findings included a lack of proper record-keeping relating to accounts and the preparation of financial statements, as well as weaknesses in archiving and internal audit processes.As a result of the latter, the Audit Office said, it was not possible to verify whether data on public hospital receipts were complete or accurate.There were also question marks over state grants given to the various sewerage boards relating to infrastructure projects.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more