Assam man gets 7-year jail for killing hog deer

first_imgA man in Assam has been sentenced to seven years of imprisonment for killing a hog deer (Axis pornicus), an endangered species of mammal listed in Schedule III of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972.On October 3, the court of additional sessions judge A. Hakim in eastern Assam’s Tinsukia handed one Ashik Barua of Uparlaopani village the seven-year sentence along with a fine of ₹50,000. The judge also prescribed an additional year of imprisonment “in default” of the fine.The case was based on an FIR lodged by security guard Mridul Sonowal on March 18, 2018, at Saikhowa police station in Tinsukia district. Mr. Sonowal, patrolling the Dhola-Sadiya bridge, said he and his colleague had that day caught a man carrying a dead hog deer on a two-wheeler. On interrogation, the man disclosed the hunter’s name as Ashik Barua, who was arrested and sent to jail.A veterinarian who examined the hog deer said it was female weighing 45 kg and had a lacerated wound on the forehead caused by a blunt object. The deer also had a fractured rib and cut mark on the neck and right foreleg and bled excessively through the nose.The evidence in the case was recorded five times by the additional sessions court between September 20, 2018, and July 25 this year.Delivering the sentence, the judge said that the period of detention already served by the accused shall be set off against the seven-year sentence under a relevant section of the Code of Criminal Procedure.Wildlife specialists welcomed the “unprecedented” sentence. “This is a major judgement in terms of killing a so-called non-charismatic animal,” said Rathin Barman who heads the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation at Kaziranga.last_img read more

Malaysia bans travel to North Korea, football match postponed

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City St. Benilde, San Beda sweep their way to NCAA table tennis titles Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City In this March 9, 2017, file photo, the North Korean flag is seen behind razor wire on top of a wall at the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysia has banned its citizens from traveling to North Korea as the country faces increasing diplomatic pressure over its weapons programs. The foreign ministry announced the ban in a statement Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, and said it would last until further notice. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia on Thursday banned its citizens from traveling to North Korea as the country faces increasing diplomatic pressure over its weapons programs.The travel ban prompted the region’s football governing body to postpone for the third time an Asian Cup qualifier match between Malaysia and North Korea scheduled for Oct. 5 in Pyongyang. The match has already been delayed twice due to security issues.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Asian Football Confederation said in a statement it will have to decide on the future status of the match.Malaysia’s foreign ministry cited North Korea’s missile tests and related developments as the reasons for the travel ban and said it would last until further notice.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNorth Korea has been targeted in recent months by stricter sanctions and increasing diplomatic pressure, with Kuwait and Mexico expelling its envoys in recent weeks. Since July, North Korea has launched its first intercontinental ballistic missiles, has flown midrange missiles over Japan into the Pacific and has detonated its sixth nuclear test.Malaysia is one of its few remaining diplomatic partners in the world, even though tensions escalated after the North Korean leader’s estranged half brother was killed at the Kuala Lumpur airport in February. Both countries imposed travel bans on the other’s citizens that were lifted after a deal was reached in March. LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:13US says it will resume talks with North Korea soon01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img Two women from Vietnam and Indonesia have been charged in the murder, widely believed to have been orchestrated by North Korea. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View commentslast_img read more

Banff World Media Festival RealityTV pioneer Jonathan Murray on how unscripted television

first_imgOstensibly, the award was for A&E’s unexpected hit Born This Way, an unscripted program that follows the lives of a group of seven young-adult friends with Down syndrome.But Murray says diversity has been a driving force in his company since its first hit 25 years ago, MTV’s The Real World.“In that first season there was a gay person, there was a really articulate black guy from Harlem, there was black woman — a rapper from Jersey City — there was a young woman from Birmingham, Alabama,” says Murray, in an interview at the Banff World Media Festival. “Out of that diversity came some conflict and out of that conflict came growth and that was the story arc for each season of the Real World. What we really discovered is that there were a lot of stories that weren’t being told in television.” Twitter Login/Register With: READ MORE Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Diversity was a hot topic this year at the Banff World Media Festival.From the oppressed women in the dystopian series The Handmaid’s Tale, to the race and class conflicts of John Ridley’s American Crime, to the working moms of Workin’ Moms, there were recurring discussions about how to tell stories from people who don’t often have a voice on mainstream television.But the actual Diversity Award went to Jonathan Murray and his company Bunim-Murray Productions,  who are pioneers in the world of unscripted television and, as it turns out, diverse casting. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Family environment big for Ohio State mens hockey Canadian freshmen

Freshman goalkeeper Matt Tomkins (31) saves the puck during a game against Michigan State Jan. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. The teams tied, 1-1.Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternThe biggest difference – the “lingo.”Ohio State men’s hockey freshman goalie Matt Tomkins said that was the most noticeable difference between his home country, Canada, and the United States.“Us Canadians get a kick out of some of the things we hear (in the U.S.), but I’m sure the local people say the same thing after having a conversation with us,” Tomkins said.OSU (11-6-1, 1-2-1) recruited two international freshmen to join the Buckeyes in the 2013-14 season along with five other players from within the U.S.“It’s pretty special being a part of the Buckeye family and (it) is something you know will be special before you get here, but you don’t really understand the magnitude of how special it is until you are actually a part of it,” Tomkins said. “Having the opportunity to play for one of the most respected sports programs in the country was extremely exciting and is still pretty surreal to this day.”Though exciting and surreal, the change from Canadian to American culture has brought on some challenges for the players.“Here in Ohio, all they play on TV is football and basketball, and the people can’t stop talking about those two sports either,” freshman defenseman and Alberta native Josh Healey said. “So (it’s) just two opposites really, but I don’t mind the change.“I come from a place where all they talk about it hockey, everyone plays hockey whether it be in an organized league or on the outdoor rink,” Healey said.Healey said aside from the sports cultural differences, America is very similar to Canada. However, both athletes have found comfort in their teammates to help make the adjustments easier.“A big part of making the transition easy was obviously coming in to an environment such as I did where I was part of a team and family right away, with many people ready to help me with anything we needed,” Tomkins said.Healey said he receives support both on and off the ice.“Whether it be advice from a senior or help getting set up in the dorms, someone has always been there,” he said.Aside from adjusting to the new environment and balancing school with hockey, Tomkins and Healey said they feel like any other college freshman adjusting to the new phase of college life.“I love Columbus so far.” Tomkins said. “I am especially excited to have a car next year and be able to explore the city and area even more.”Next up the team is scheduled to take part in the Hockey City Classic against Minnesota Friday at 9 p.m. in Minneapolis. read more

Ohio State wide receivers cleared to fly against Spartans

Senior wide receiver Devin Smith (9) attempts to escape a tackle from Michigan State redshirt-sophomore linebacker Riley Bullough (30) during a Nov. 8 game in East Lansing, Mich. OSU won, 49-37. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorJust seconds after Michigan State missed a 39-yard field goal, Ohio State took over possession and wide receiver Michael Thomas was sure of one thing.He was going to be in the end zone.“Before the play came I knew I was going to score,” the redshirt-sophomore Thomas said. “I just had to do my job, run my route. I feel like no one can guard me.”Thomas caught a slant from redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett and took the pass 79 yards to the end zone, tying the game at 21.The Buckeyes didn’t trail for the remainder of the game.Just minutes later, Barrett found senior wide receiver Devin Smith for a 44-yard touchdown, giving the Buckeyes a 28-21 halftime score.Barrett, who had seemed to struggle on deep throws for a portion of the season, said after the game that he is getting more confidence in his deep shots as the season progresses.“I’m getting more comfortable each and every week,” he said. “We just make sure we’re getting that connection in practice so we can bring it out on gameday.”Barrett’s performance earned praise from Michigan State’s defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, who said he was slightly surprised at how well the redshirt-freshman played.“That guy made about every pass he could. He hadn’t shown to do that really consistently, but we had a lot of respect for him. He is a great football player,” Narduzzi said after the game. “He played big in a big game. He didn’t throw off the mark at all and those guys were ready to make the catch. That goes to having a guy who throws the ball where it needs to be thrown. He is a heck of a quarterback.”OSU coach Urban Meyer tied Barrett’s performance in with Smith’s, complimenting both on their breakout games.“JT, boy, is he playing well. He was 16-of-26, 300 yards throwing and very accurate on the deep balls,” Meyer said. “Also Devin Smith, that’s his best game that we’ve had in the past three years. He’s one of the best, if not the best, deep ball players we’ve ever had. He tracks the ball very well.”Smith has had a knack for making big plays in scarlet and gray, as the Buckeyes are a perfect 20-0 when he catches a touchdown for OSU. The senior from Massillon, Ohio, finished the game with a season-high 129 yards receiving on six receptions to go along with the touchdown.Prior to his touchdown catch, Smith made what was arguably the biggest play of the game as he hauled in a 43-yard reception from Barrett up the Spartan sideline with OSU facing a third and 23, trailing, 14-7.Smith had a similar response to Thomas’ about the third-down pickup.“No disrespect to their team, but I felt all night they couldn’t hang with us. I told coach that constantly,” Smith said. “I told coach they needed to keep throwing it to us, and we had a good first half throwing the ball.”With his big game, Smith separated himself from former OSU-great Santonio Holmes on the Buckeyes’ all-time touchdown receptions list. Smith moved into sole possession of third place on the list with his 26th as a member of the Scarlet and Gray.Smith said following the game that his motivation to play well came from many people picking the Spartans to win, along with Michigan State’s nicknamed secondary.“Coming into this game, everybody had us losing and it kind of made me a little mad,” Smith said. “Then the whole ‘no fly zone’ stuff and all that. We had one job, and that was to come up here and win.”The combination of Smith and Thomas accounted for 220 of Barrett’s 300 passing yards, something Thomas said came from preparation and motivation.“It’s like a tag-team. That’s what we are trained to do,” Thomas said of his play alongside Smith’s. “We lost a lot of respect. And the only way to get back respect in this league, the Big Ten, is to step up and win this game.”With the win, the Buckeyes sit alone atop the Big Ten East standings, as they are set to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday in Minneapolis. Kickoff is scheduled for noon. read more

Toure thanks everyone at Man City

first_imgYaya Toure has thanked everyone at Manchester City for a “very special night” after playing his final home game for the club in their 3-1 win against BrightonThe 34-year-old will be leaving the Premier League champions at the end of the season after eight years.City paid tribute to their long-serving midfielder by starting him for their final home game of the season against Brighton at the Etihad Stadium and made him the captain for the night, as Toure led the club to breaking three Premier League record that were all previously held by Chelsea.Prior to his last home match, Toure was presented with a framed shirt, a mosaic plaque and a lifetime season ticket with his older brother, Kolo Toure, at his side and has now taken to social media to thank everyone.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“Thank you to everyone for a very special night at the Etihad! It really means a lot,” wrote the Ivorian on Twitter.Thank you to everyone for a very special night at the Etihad! It really means a lot. ??#ComeOnCity ???? pic.twitter.com/tbMN2ZvOGT— Yaya Touré (@YayaToure) May 10, 2018last_img read more

Germany begin life after World Cup with a draw

first_imgThe German national men’s football team have begun life after an embarrassing outing at the just concluded FIFA World Cup in Russia with a draw against France, according to DFB.de.The Die Mannschaft held the current world champions to a goalless draw at the Allianz Arena in Germany.After much debate, Joachim Low decided to stick with majority of the team that underperformed in Russia with Manuel Neuer started between the sticks for Germany, behind a back four of Matthias Ginter, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Antonio Rüdiger. Joshua Kimmich started at defensive midfield with Leon Goretzka and Toni Kroos in front of him.Thomas Müller, Timo Werner and Marco Reus completed the starting XI as a front three. The German side started with purpose and soon got on the front foot, albeit without creating a clear-cut chance. For the majority of the half, the teams were in deadlock and headed into the changing rooms for half time with no more than a couple of shots on target to reflect on.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…Low’s team continued to try to carve out opportunities in the wider areas but they couldn’t open up the French defence with the crucial final pass. In the 34th minute, for example, Rüdiger nearly got on the end of a dangerous cross from Kroos before Olivier Giroud tested Manuel Neuer with a header at the other end. The captain then parried a Kylian Mbappé free-kick from 20 metres out in the 43rd minute. The last chance of the first half fell to the world champions as a heel flick from Giroud went wide of the goal.Didier Deschamps’ French team started the second half as the better side as an Antoine Griezmann shot was saved by Neuer (48’). Timo Werner then tested Areola’s reflexes in the French goal from an acute angle (57’). Neither team could create many clear opportunities in front of goal with much of the game being contested in midfield. The next chance also fell to Griezmann, who attempted a shot from long distance (64’). At the other end, Areola spectacularly denied Reus with a fingertip save around the post (65’).A lack of cutting edge from both sides saw their first competitive meeting since 2016 end in a goalless stalemate.last_img read more

Luis Enrique plays down club differences

first_imgLuis Enrique has given credit to Real Madrid as the core of the Spanish national team after their 6-0 demolition of Croatia.However, the new Spain manager maintained his team is a United front irrespective of where the players ply their trade.“It doesn’t make sense to compare national teams and club sides,” the former Barcelona boss said after the Nations League clash.“We have our idea of playing football and today everything went wonderfully. We started with some doubts, but after that, we were brilliant and scored some incredible goals.“We were very effective. We want to get back to how good we were before. What I’ve liked most in these 10 days is the attitude of the players.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“From what I’ve seen, regardless of the results, I’m delighted. When I hear my name sung, I feel proud, but it’s the players who deserve it. Still, I appreciate it.“There are many things to improve on. Everything can change in a day. I’m not one of those who exaggerate in victory or martyr in defeat.“I’m looking for balance. I didn’t know there were six Real Madrid players in the XI, neither do I care;“They play for the Spanish national team, that’s it. They don’t play for one team or another. Our base is from Real Madrid and it looks good to me.“No-one from Barcelona? I only see a shirt, the national team’s one. Qualification? We still have to beat England and Croatia again.last_img read more

Trump Inks Huge Increase In Military Appropriations

first_imgSenator Dan Sullivan R-AK: “For that reason, our strategic location, and our strong support from the communities, we’re getting a lot of military construction dollars headed towards our great state.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享With the signing of the FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act into law on Tuesday, President Donald Trump set into motion a robust military expansion in Alaska. It also authorizes an early Christmas present: news that all military members will receive 2.4% pay raises. Senator Dan Sullivan R-AKSenator Dan Sullivan R-AK: “Part of the funding is 28 additional interceptors at Fort Greely, so a whole new field.  It has $200M military construction authorization for just that portion.  That is going to be good for country’s missile defence, but it’s also going to be good for Alaska’s economy.” Sullivan says that the bill includes funding for advancing key missile defense technologies and for beginning to build a space-based sensor layer. Sullivan thinks that the numbers add up to a lot of construction jobs in Alaska, in 2018.  He says that over the last three military authorizations, over a billion dollars in construction has been invested in Alaska. It also authorizes funding needed to procure an additional 20 missile interceptors required to operationalize the field.center_img As the hub for air combat power for the Asia-Pacific and the Arctic, Sullivan says that Alaska will be home to more than 100 fifth generation fighter aircraft – probably more than any other place in the world. The Act includes authorization of $12.3B for the Missile Defense Agency. Additionally, it authorizes $168.9 million pointed at supporting the beddown of two squadrons of F-35As at Eielson AFB. Other initiatives include authorization to build a new heavy-class polar icebreaker, a U.S Navy study on ice-hardening its ships, and provisions aimed at improving and increasing the Alaska Guard’s combat search and rescue capabilities. Story as aired:http://www.radiokenai.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Dorene-on-trump-inks-huge-increase-in-military-appropriations.mp3last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Former Miceli Aide Ann Marie Casey Endorses Judy

first_imgDear Editor and Residents of the 19th Middlesex District,Please accept this letter as my personal endorsement of Judy O’Connell for State Representative. Wilmington is my hometown, and Judy and I are lifelong friends. We attended Wilmington High School together and played softball throughout that time. It’s been stated a number of times throughout this campaign that Judy is a tremendous athlete and team player, and I can personally attest to this. My love of the game outweighed my talent, yet Judy was always patient, encouraging and willing to help me and others that did not possess her natural athletic ability. These are the qualities that embody a true leader. Judy was a leader then, and she continues to be one now.As a former Aide to Representative Jim Miceli, I know first-hand what the job of State Representative for the 19th Middlesex District entails. Listening to and assisting the people of Tewksbury and Wilmington with personal and community issues, advocating for funding for better state and municipal services, and helping to shape public policy on behalf of the district are just a few of these responsibilities. Jim Miceli was a champion for the 19th Middlesex District. He never gave up on the people in the district even when the outcome of a constituent case looked dire. He would not accept no for an answer, and I’m sure that many readers today have been helped by or know someone that was helped by him. Rest in Peace, Jim.Judy O’Connell shares Jim’s passion for the district and the people in it, and I do believe that she was born to do this job. Her achievements throughout her college career and into her adulthood never surprised me. Academically, athletically, professionally and in her pursuits of public service, Judy has always been a standout. She accepts nothing less than her best, and she’ll bring that “A” game to the State House.In my current role as a director of a Massachusetts Regional Tourism Council, I work with members of the legislature from all over the state. From the Berkshires to Cape Cod, I’ve observed that one of the most important characteristics of a successful legislator is his/her ability to work cooperatively with state and municipal colleagues, community associations, private business and citizens. Those are the legislators that get results for their district. It is true in almost any industry that people do business with people they like. For those of you that haven’t met Judy yet, I’m certain that when you do, you’ll like her. If the 19th Middlesex District has the good judgement to elect Judy O’Connell as the next State Representative, expect great things.I am proud to call Judy O’Connell my friend, and I will be proud to cast my vote for her on September 4th.Sincerely,Ann Marie CaseyWilmingtonLike 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… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Judy O’Connell Addresses Allegations Of Federal Tax Liens On Her HomeIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: School Committee Member Jennifer Bryson Endorses Judy O’Connell For State RepIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Judy O’Connell Discusses State Rep Pay, Environmental IssuesIn “Government”last_img read more

Newtok feeling nervous about relocation timeline

first_imgLocals say the “Nignlick” riverbank has been eroding since the 70s. (Photo by Charles Enoch/KYUK)Download AudioResidents in the small coastal village of Newtok in Southwest Alaska have been preparing to move as erosion eats away at their village.  A dispute over who has tribal authority has slowed the process,but now that dispute has been decided by federal courts and a new set of tribal officials are getting the relocation effort underway again. With climate change accelerating the erosion many are getting anxious that the move can’t happen soon enough.Newtok resident Nathan Tom is living in the house closest to the eroding shoreline. This isn’t the first interview for the 31-year old. In a piece by The Guardian, he explained he wasn’t too concerned, but that was 2 years ago.“Last time I said I wasn’t worried, but now I am,” said Tom.That’s because now the home he grew up in is about a hundred feet away from the water. Increased storm surges and warming permafrost are washing away between 50 to 75 feet of land each year. Tom predicts he has a couple years before his house is literally on the brink, and like most residents he says the move can’t come sooner.“I don’t know how they’re going to do it. We don’t exactly don’t know how they’re going to do it. I don’t wanna lose this house ‘cause it was my grandma’s house, who raised me since I was a baby,”said Tom.His house was one of over 20 that were inspected and deemed stable enough to be relocated 9 miles south to the new site called Mertarvik, or “a place to pack water” in Yup’ik, located across the Baird Inlet. However, getting there won’t be easy, as there are no connecting roads in the region.This time of year people get around on foot or ATVs, all while navigating a system of sinking boardwalks barely able to keep them out of the mud.You wouldn’t notice the sense of urgency, as many from the village are out hunting moose or picking berries on the tundra. However, the village has been waiting for a decision on a legal dispute between the old tribal council, called the Newtok Traditional Council, and the new one, called the Newtok Village Council.The old Traditional Council was in charge of the move since its inception in the 1980s. As state and federal funding became available, many in Newtok began to wonder if their leaders were properly managing the relocation process.A Newtok resident of 49 years, Teddy Tom, says residents were eventually fed up with the way the old council was running things.“We started to ask questions, ‘When’s this road project going to happen?’ and they say ‘It’s going to happen next year and it doesn’t,’ and they say, ‘We’re going to move next year, too’ and [it] never happened. We got tired of being lied to,” Tom said.Tom, and many others, say villagers petitioned the Traditional Council to hold an official election.  The council never followed up.With the help of state agencies Newtok residents held their own vote in October, 2012 to elect a new council. The results would have swept the old leadership away, but the Traditional Council said that election wasn’t valid. This left the funding agencies with no clear tribal entity to work with.That conflict was resolved in August of this year when the Interior Board of Indian Appeals upheld a 2013 BIA ruling, and sided with the new Village Council providing the new leadership with tribal legitimacy.Now the Newtok Village Council is spearheading the effort, and they say the groundbreaking project is coming together. Romy Cadiente is the Village Council’s tribal coordinator.  He says there is little room for error this time around.“You look at the eroding shoreline and the imminent flood. We don’t have very much time; we need to get this thing right. We need to get it right this time.”Cadiente says they are currently re-establishing connections with state and federal agencies to provide funding for the move. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates the move could cost upwards of $80 to $130 million. Cadiente says there are plans to use barges to transport the buildings, though nothing is concrete as of yet.The new tribal administrator, Thom John, says it will be a relief when it happens.“This new site has beautiful scenery, especially on a clear sunny day. The view is very beautiful, and its on higher ground, [we] wouldn’t have to worry about high floods,” John said.The new site already has six houses. The plans for the new site include two intersecting airport runways, plots for houses, a wind farm, a water plant, a small boat harbor and a community garden; facilities that Newtok residents do not currently have.There is also a foundation for what was supposed to be an evacuation and community center, a critical piece that would have served as a multipurpose building during the move, if it were completed. Thom John says without access to the old council’s documentation it’s hard to know exactly what happened.“The council dissolved the MOA with Department of Transportation and public facilities, and from there it seemed like everything stopped,” John said.According to an audit done by the State of Alaska Division of Community and Regional Affairs the legislature awarded $4 million to the project in 2010, and $2.5 million again in 2011. The audit highlighted questionable spending and poor accounting practices. The FBI has made inquiries into the matter, according to the Alaska Dispatch.John says only about $1.9 million is left and no one knows for sure how the other part was spent.KYUK contacted several former officials with the Newtok Traditional Council but they declined to interview.Back at Thom John’s home in Newtok, his wife Bernice John says it will be hard to move for some since it has been their home for a long time, but she adds it could have some benefits.“Oh, it’ll be a good time for sorting my house out anyway,” said Berncie.According to locals the Yup’ik name of the village, Nugtaq , means ‘the village that moved,’ a reference to the relocation effort in the 50s and 60s to move the community closer to a barge landing. And Bernice says moving has always been a part of her ancestor’s lives.“They’ve always been adapting, ‘cause they’re always moving back and fourth. In springtime they disperse to their fishing and hunting grounds, and by wintertime they would head back to a whole village site,” said Bernice.But she hopes this move is permanent. It won’t be decided by the seasons, but rather the Newtok Village Council’s ability to win and manage government funding. They hope to begin moving some homes as early as 2018, but given the setbacks it could be later.Former KYUK News Director Daysha Eaton contributed to this story.last_img read more

Kabul suicide attack targeting foreign forces kills one

first_img.A suicide car bomb targeting a foreign forces convoy rocked eastern Kabul early Friday, killing at least one civilian and injuring four in an area where many expatriates reside, the Afghan interior ministry said.“Unfortunately around 9:00 am, a car bombing took place in (the) Qabil Bay area of Kabul,” ministry spokesman Najib Danish told AFP, giving the toll and adding that police are investigating.Earlier, Danish had said the explosion took place “in” the vehicle, which he initially said belonged to an international contractor.Another interior ministry spokesman, Nasrat Rahimi, said it was not clear if there were foreign casualties following the blast.Local media showed extensive damage to the facades of nearby houses, and witnesses reported a strong explosion.No group immediately claimed the attack, which is the latest to hit Kabul, one of the deadliest places in Afghanistan for civilians as both the Taliban and the expanding Islamic State group step up their assaults on the city.The bombing also comes just days after Afghan president Ashraf Ghani unveiled a plan for peace talks with the Taliban, including a proposal to eventually recognise them as a political party.Ghani revealed his plans in a speech during international peace talks in Kabul this week that went better than expected, with officials in Washington daring to hold out hope that the longest war in US history may be heading to a negotiated settlement.But Kabul remains on high alert, fearing further violence.Since mid-January, militants have stormed a luxury hotel, bombed a crowded street, raided a military compound and launched a suicide attack during morning rush hour in the capital, killing more than 130 people.last_img read more

Flight passenger dies at Kolkata Airport

first_imgKolkata: A passenger of a Kolkata-Chennai flight died on Monday due to cardiac arrest at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport. He felt uneasy after boarding the flight and was taken to the medical facility at the Kolkata Airport and later rushed to R G Kar Medical College and Hospital where he was declared brought dead. Sources informed that the passenger, identified as Himangshu Das (30), came to Kolkata Airport from Silchar with two of his family members on Monday morning. He was going to Chennai for medical purpose. Around 3 pm, he along with his family members boarded the Air India Kolkata-Chennai flight. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeWhen the flight was about to start, Das told his family members that he was feeling unwell and collapsed on the seat. As he became unconscious, his family members immediately informed the flight crew about his health. Without wasting any time, a medical emergency was declared and on-duty doctor was called in. Das was taken to the airport’s medical facility. Later the doctor from the airport authority suggested to admit Das to a hospital. Immediately, an ambulance was arranged and Das was taken to R G Kar where he was declared brought dead. Doctors suspect that Das had a cardiac arrest just after boarding the flight. Due to this, the flight’s take off from Kolkata happened a few minutes later. Police was informed about the incident. Later cops took charge of the body and sent it for autopsy examination.last_img read more

BlackBerry Launches New HighSecurity Tablet

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read March 16, 2015 This story originally appeared on Reuters Register Now » Seeking to extend its range of secure mobile devices, BlackBerry Ltd said on Saturday it was launching a high-security tablet, developed with International Business Machines Corp and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.The SecuTABLET, based on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and being presented by BlackBerry unit Secusmart at tech fair CeBIT 2015 in Germany, reflects the Canadian company’s stress on secure connections for governments and businesses as it seeks to preserve a niche market after a drubbing in recent years at the hands of emerging smartphone makers such as Apple Inc.“Security is ingrained in every part of BlackBerry’s portfolio, which includes voice and data encryption solutions,” said Dr. Hans-Christoph Quelle, chief executive officer of Secusmart GmbH, in a statement on the new device.The device was undergoing certification by the German Federal Office for Information Security for secure rating, the statement said, adding that the new tablet used the same security technology as the Secusmart Security Card.”Working alongside IBM and Samsung, we have added the last link in the chain of the Federal Security Network. Subject to certification of the SecuTABLET, German government agencies will have a new way to access BlackBerry’s most secure and complete communications network in the world,” Quelle said.(Writing by Frances Kerry; Editing by Marguerita Choy) Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

5 Ways to Participate in the Bitcoin Revolution

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min read July 20, 2016 Bitcoin is the most successful digital currency to date. It is a new form of crypto-currency in which encryption techniques are used to control the creation of new bitcoins and to verify transactions.Enthusiasts for bitcoin include Bill Gates, the founder and ex-CEO of Microsoft; Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group; ex-US vice president Al Gore; and Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google. “At our venture firm, we continue to see an escalating stream of fascinating new bitcoin uses, cases and applications from entrepreneurs,” says legendary venture capitalist Marc Andreessen.Related: Why Billionaire Investor Reid Hoffman Is Betting Big on BitcoinHere are five ways to participate in the biggest financial revolution of the century:1. Acquire bitcoins.There are three popular ways to acquire bitcoins. You can do it by accepting bitcoin payments, mining for bitcoins, or purchasing them on a bitcoin exchange.A.) Accepting bitcoin payments: The easiest way to get into bitcoin as an entrepreneur is to start accepting bitcoin payments through a merchant solution. In 2015, there were more than 100,000 retailers that had already started to accept bitcoin payments through bitcoin payment processors such as Coinbase, BitPay and Coinify. These retailers now include high-profile businesses like Amazon, Tesla and Microsoft.B.) Mining bitcoins: Mining bitcoins is like mining for gold, except that instead of mining in a physical geographic location, you mine bitcoins on the online bitcoin network. Your tools for bitcoin mining are not gold pans and buckets but a powerful computer and specialized software. You mine bitcoins by solving complex math puzzles. As of July 2016, miners compete for a reward of 25 bitcoins approximately every 10 minutes when they successfully solve a puzzle. The supply of new bitcoins will continue to drop by half every four years.When bitcoin mining was still new, you could mine using an off-the-shelf computer. Now that there are a lot more people competing to mine, you need to spend more money for faster hardware. A cheaper alternative is to combine your computer power with other groups of bitcoin miners through mining pools like Slush’s Pool. Bitcoins mined are divided among the group in line with what has been contributed to the pool.C.) Purchasing bitcoins: You can purchase bitcoins using cash through a bitcoin exchange and then transfer the bitcoins to your bitcoin wallet. A bitcoin wallet is used to store your private keys which are matched to your bitcoin address as evidence of your ownership of the bitcoin.Related: How a Teenage Entrepreneur Built a Startup on Bitcoin RichesYou can also purchase bitcoins from individuals in your area on sites like localbitcoins.com. 2. Engage in services for bitcoin.“The bitcoin world is this new ecosystem where it doesn’t cost that much to start a new bitcoin company, it doesn’t cost much to start owning bitcoin either, and it is a much more efficient way of moving money around the world,” says Tim Draper, venture capitalist.If you don’t know where to start with bitcoin, take a look at some of the existing business ideas that have already succeeded within the bitcoin world:A.) Digital or hardware wallet services: All owners of bitcoins need a secure place to store their bitcoins. At the moment, they store them in a digital or hardware wallet that is similar to a virtual bank account. The biggest threat to digital wallets are hackers. Hackers have been known to break into digital wallets. These bitcoins are not backed by any government or the Federal Reserve. Once stolen, owners have no way of getting back their bitcoins or have much recourse against the hackers. Online security for digital wallets will probably be extremely important for bitcoin’s future.To protect your bitcoins, you can use cold wallets. These are hardware wallets that aren’t connected to the internet, which keeps them away from hackers.B.) Bitcoin payment processors: Also known as bitcoin exchanges, there are multiple bitcoin payment processors that have received substantial funding from venture capitalists to create services to process payments on behalf of vendors. Large businesses like Amazon, Microsoft and Dell all use these services.3. Provide solutions for bitcoin acceptance.One of the biggest challenges that bitcoin faces for its survival is to find acceptance among non-users. Current bitcoin owners are invested in the success of bitcoin’s future. If you can create a way to make bitcoin more widely understood and accepted by the public, you are onto a winner.4. Leverage blockchain technology.Blockchain is the technology that makes bitcoin digital currency possible. It is a public digital ledger of all executed bitcoin transactions.Related: Blockchain.info CEO: This Is Why You Shouldn’t Fear Bitcoin For many financial institutions, the blockchain recording system holds promise as a secure, improved and transparent method to speed up transactions, cut costs and eliminate fraud. Because of this, some organizations, including financial institutions, are looking for ways to leverage blockchain technology for their own businesses.This represents a huge opportunity for entrepreneurs to find new ways to leverage blockchain technology in order to create better systems and services for these organizations.For example, the blockchain technology enables Bitwage, a payroll company, to process international payroll in minutes instead of days through the traditional banking system.5. Invest in bitcoin.One reason that bitcoin has been popular as an investment vehicle is because the numbers are limited. There are only a maximum of 21 million bitcoins to be mined. Currently, there are 15 million bitcoins in circulation; that is, 74 percent of bitcoins have already been mined. The limited amount of bitcoins available makes bitcoin an attractive investment tool for many, although the price of bitcoins has been highly volatile. For example, entrepreneurs have been able to profit by buying low when the bitcoin first came out and selling high when its price rose.If you are a savvy investor, you may be able to find a way to profit from the changing price of bitcoin.Related: Hong Kong’s Central Bank Warns Against Investing in Bitcoin in Wake of Alleged Pyramid SchemeThese are just five ways you can participate in the bitcoin revolution. They are not risk-free so make sure that you do your research, understand the technology, and perform due diligence before making your first move. 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Study finds key gut immune molecule links obesity the microbiome and metabolic

first_img AllMedX Powered by Lupus basic review articles & clinical guidelines: Access on AllMedx.com. New research led by a team of scientists in Canada has demonstrated how a high-fat diet can disrupt levels of an intestinal immune cell known to help regulate microbial populations in the gut. The study describes how low levels of this molecule result in increased growth of harmful gut bacteria, leading to inflammation and insulin resistance.Immunoglobulin A (IgA) is a major immune molecule produced by mucosal secretions in the gut. This new study started off with the hypothesis that IgA could be the crucial mechanistic link connecting the gut microbiome with both inflammation and blood sugar levels related to type 2 diabetes.”IgA is naturally produced by our bodies and is crucial to regulating the bacteria that live in our gut,” explains Helen Luck, lead author on the new study. “It acts as a defense mechanism that helps neutralize potentially dangerous bacteria that take advantage of changes to the environment, such as when we consume an imbalanced or fatty diet.”Using a series of different mouse models the new research demonstrated high-fat diets directly resulted in a drop in IgA levels. The low IgA levels resulted in worsening blood sugar levels, and a higher propensity for leaky gut syndrome. To test whether these metabolic changes were mediated by gut bacteria, the researchers transplanted the microbiome of obese IgA-deficient animals into germ-free mice with no pre-existing gut microbial population. This indeed did seem to transfer the metabolic phenotype across to the germ-free mice, suggesting the gut microbiome alterations do cause insulin resistance and inflammation. Looking at human populations the research found fecal IgA levels rising in obese patients following bariatric surgery. This suggests the results should track consistently from animals to humans, particularly in regards to this relationship between diet, IgA levels, and the gut immune system. While prior research has uncovered compelling interactions between our gut microbiome and our immune system, this is the first study to suggest intestinal homeostasis is regulated by IgA levels. What this means is that combatting diabetes and obesity may involve looking at ways to boost IgA levels.”If we can boost these IgA B cells or their products, then we may be able to control the type of bacteria in the gut. Especially the ones that are more likely to be linked to inflammation and ultimately insulin resistance,” says Daniel Winer, corresponding author on the new research.The next step for the research is to investigate this mechanism more closely in human subjects to better understand how interconnected IgA deficiency is with obesity, gut microbiome dysbiosis, and metabolic disorders. The new study was published in the journal Nature Communications.Source: University Health Network Lupus treatment: Current challenges & developments on AllMedx.com. I consent to the use of Google Analytics and related cookies across the TrendMD network (widget, website, blog). Learn more AllMedX AllMedX We recommend What are the signs & symptoms of lupus? Discover details on AllMedx.com. Treating lupus: New studies, recent developments, clinical tips, on AllMedx.com. Google Analytics settings Managine lupus: Recent research & review articles on AllMedx.com.https://allmedx.com/q/manage+lupus AllMedX Lupus treatment clinical pearls, guidelines, & drug info on AllMedx.com. Privacy policy AllMedX AllMedX Yes Nolast_img read more

Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Hello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Friday, July 5. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . 17:42Lane closed for barrier repairsOne lane closed due to emergency repairs on M6 Northbound from J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe) to J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of four) remains closed following an accident which occurred yesterday evening for barrier repairs. Also causing delays on the A534 Northbound.16:56Police warning about increase in Fiat 500 thefts after car takenPolice are advising motorists to park their cars in garages or block them in on driveways. More here.16:56Police name passenger, 79, who died in two-vehicle collision on busy roadThe air ambulance was sent to the scene but nothing could be done to save him. More here.15:25Broken down vehicle causing delays on M6One lane closed and queueing traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound between J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent) and Stafford Services. Travel time is 20 minutes.Lane one (of three) is closed. Traffic was already slow here due to a separate break down between Stafford Services and J14. Stafford Services is located between J15 and J14. 15:08Accident on M6One lane closed and queueing traffic due to accident on M6 Southbound between Stafford Services and J14 A34 (Stafford North). Congestion to J15 (Stoke-On-Trent). Travel time is 20 minutes.Lane one (of three) is closed. Stafford Services is located between J15 and J14. 13:32Police called after man seen carrying sword in Stoke-on-Trent street (Image: Google)A 32-year-old man is being quizzed by detectives on suspicion of possessing a sword in public. Read more. 13:16Break down on M6 in StaffordshireOne lane closed and queuing traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound between J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent) and Stafford Services. Congestion to the Hanford Interchange for traffic travelling on the Southbound A500 towards the M6. Lane one (of three) is closed. There was a separate break down along this stretch earlier. Stafford Services is located between J15 and J14.12:15Slow in Nantwich Slow traffic on A530 Nantwich Road in both directions near the Rising Sun Inn. In the roadworks area. Temporary traffic lights are in operation.12:15Congestion on M6 Traffic heavier than normal on M6 Southbound from J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe) to J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe). Possibly due to extra traffic exiting the motorway at J16 to avoid the problems further South near J15. 12:02A34 Newcastle RoadA34 Newcastle Road busy but moving between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange).11:51Lane closed on M6 in Staffordshire One lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound from J12 A5 (Gailey) to J13 A449 (Stafford South). Traffic is coping well. Lane one (of four) is closed. 11:03Smallthorne Roundabouts congestedUsual congestion on B5051 Moorland Road / Ford Green Road at A5272 High Lane (Smallthorne Roundabout).10:50Leek Road busy A52 Leek Road in both directions busy but moving at A50 Lichfield Street (Joiners Square). 10:43Traffic flowing well10:41A34 Trent Vale A34 Newcastle Road busy but moving between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange).10:38Emergency services called to ‘man in distress’ in North Staffordshire street (Image: Google)The emergency services raced to a North Staffordshire street after a ‘man in distress’ sustained injuries. Full story.10:13A500 D-Roads A500 D Road Southbound busy but moving before M6 J15. Created at 10:06 Updated at 10:06 09:42Werrington Road slow A52 Werrington Road Westbound busy but moving before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights).09:13Waterloo Road congestion Usual congestion on Waterloo Road from Cobridge Traffic Lights towards Hanley Town centre (Vale Place). 09:00All lanes open on M6 All lanes open, earlier broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound from J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) to J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe). Lane one (of four) was closed.08:59Woman freed from car and taken to hospital after two-vehicle collision (Image: Stoke Sentinel / Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service)A woman in her twenties had to be rescued from her can and taken to hospital following a two-vehicle collision on the A34. Read more.08:59Longport busy Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street busy but moving between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall.08:53Whitmore collision Reports of queuing traffic due to accident on A53 Whitmore Road Eastbound from Three Mile Lane (Whitmore) to A5182 Trentham Road (Whitmore roundabout, Butterton). 08:37One lane closed on M6 One lane closed due to lorry having a tyre changed on M6 Northbound from J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) to J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe). Traffic is coping well. Lane one (of four) is closed.08:37A34 Springfield RoadA34 Newcastle Road busy but moving between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange).08:09Chell Street congestion Usual congestion on A5272 Chell Street at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square).08:04Police investigate fire at North Staffordshire carpet shop (Image: Google)An investigation has been launched after firefighters tackled a small blaze in the entrance to a North Staffordshire carpet shop. Full story. 07:39A50 accident cleared Accident cleared on A50 Westbound between A50 (Uttoxeter / Upper Tean, Uttoxeter) and A521 (Blythe Bridge Roundabout / Draycot, Blythe Bridge). Affecting traffic passing through the Checkley Bank area.07:39Werrington Road busyA52 Werrington Road Westbound busy but moving before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). 07:39Smallthorne roundabouts Heavy traffic on B5051 Moorland Road / Ford Green Road at A5272 High Lane (Smallthorne Roundabout).center_img Driver named following fatal collision Police search for missing womanlast_img read more

Another goround at a passenger bill of rights with Garneaus new legislation

first_img OTTAWA — Transport Minister Marc Garneau has introduced legislation to create a new passenger bill of rights, which will give travellers a better idea of when airlines will have to compensate them.The legislation is part of a package of changes to the Canada Transportation Act, which also introduces new foreign ownership limits for airlines, requires railways to install voice and video recorders in locomotives and improves transparency and efficiency in the freight rail industry.Garneau promised the bill of rights last month in the wake of widespread alarm after a United Airlines passenger was injured when he was dragged from a plane in Chicago.Garneau has already told airlines operating in Canada such an incident is not to happen here, but the bill lays out more rules for the industry to follow and spells out in clear language that no one can be involuntarily removed from a plane due to overbooking.The bill will enable the government to force airlines to create clear standards of treatment and compensation for circumstances including being denied boarding, delays while already on board and lost or damaged baggage.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthAirlines will not be able to charge parents a fee to be able to sit next to their children, and carriers will also have to have standards for transporting musical instruments. Tags: Canada Share Posted by Another go-round at a passenger bill of rights with Garneau’s new legislationcenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, May 16, 2017 The Canadian Press last_img read more

Searching for my inner Van Gogh on an Active Discovery sailing with

first_imgSearching for my inner Van Gogh on an Active Discovery sailing with Avalon Waterways Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Avalon Waterways, Britain & Europe, River Cruising Thursday, December 28, 2017 WURZBURG — It’s a rather unusual pursuit, coming off a European river ship. Strolling through the streets of scenic Wurzburg on the Main River, our small group winds our way toward a rather lofty goal: the city’s famous hilltop, 12th-century castle. “It remains relatively unexplored, mostly because it’s hard to get to,” our guide, Florian Brunn, explains.Soon, I see what he’s talking about. Digging into the paved path, we begin to ascend and I try to act cool as my heart begins to pound and a light sheen of sweat pops on my brow. “Most people who see it, only do so from the sun decks of river ships,” says Brunn with a light German accent, encouraging me as I lay my foot onto the bottom step of a staircase that disappears into a small hillside forest – and, to my eye, seems to stretch to the sky.Marienberg Fortress, WurzburgI’m on board the Avalon Expression, one of Avalon’s fleet of 18 river ships plying the waterways of Europe and Southeast Asia. Seeking a younger demographic (the current, typical age of a river cruiser is around 65), Avalon has introduced a new type of itinerary, called Active Discovery cruises. They debuted this year on the Danube (sailing nine days between Linz and Budapest) and will be rolled out next year on the Rhine (eight days between Amsterdam and either Frankfurt or Wiesbaden in Germany). Itineraries differ from traditional Avalon cruises, offering shorter sailing times and more time to explore in port, as well as different ports of call.Supported by a North American ad campaign that features an attractive, young-ish couple navigating adventurous paths before flopping on the bed of their Panorama Suite, these cruises offer options for deeper discovery. My sneak peek took me along the Rhine and Main from Amsterdam to Nuremberg. Each day on an Active Discovery itinerary, cruisers are offered three tour options – the usual, classic excursions, plus an active choice (hiking, biking) and a discovery option (a culturally rich, immersive experience). It’s Avalon’s fastest growing category, and the company is already seeing younger cruisers and multi-generation groups on these Active Discovery voyages.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”On the second day of my cruise, I experience a ‘discovery’ option, walking a few blocks from the ship to an art studio called Ateliers Westerdok, where I’m welcomed with tea, Dutch apple pie, stroopwafels – and a lecture on, arguably, this country’s most famous artist. Showing our small group some of his early work, which depicts the streets of this city, instructor Sanne Verdult told us, somewhat ambitiously, “You have everything you need to make your own Van Gogh today.”Van Gogh MuseumVan Gogh, I am not – and my efforts on the canvas demonstrated that clearly for all of those willing to take a look at the work my brushstrokes produced. Verdult gave us some practical instruction on our use of colour (cool versus warm) and other techniques, like the use of shadows to give texture, then presented a choice of still-life muses. I went for a flourishing plume of flowers, slathering acrylic paint in a tangential interpretation that only somewhat resembled the beauty before me.But, it felt good – to have brush in hand, creating an artwork (of sorts) in the country that produced Van Gogh, and Rembrandt, and so many others. Rather than just seeing their masterpieces in the Rijksmuseum, I was creating, and so was everybody else around me. Half the fun was walking around and seeing the other canvases, and how my fellow-painters had interpreted the items before us.RijksmuseumThe active discovery continued as we rolled down the river. In Rüdesheim, a place famous for its Riesling, we rode a cable car to a hilltop, then, led by a local winery owner, hiked back to town through the vineyards, stopping for a tasting from the back of a truck halfway down.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesIn Bamberg the group wound through the streets of that scenic town on bicycles. In Cologne, we went off the beaten path with an immersive neighbourhood tour, the guide leading through the funky, quirky charms of the Belgian Quarter, a favourite part of the city for locals to shop and drink, and almost entirely unvisited by tourists.BambergAnd while we could have augmented our healthy activities by dining on Avalon Fresh – a menu created exclusively for the company by the chefs at Wrenkh, a Michelin-starred vegetarian restaurant in Vienna – we instead opted for the decadent, multiple courses at the small Panorama Bistro near the bow of the ship.And, of course, in Wurzburg, we hiked toward the sky. Actually, as luck would have it, the path soon evened out and took us right through the thick walls of the castle, which dated all the way back to 1168. Luxuriating in the space – we were practically the only ones there – we toured the sumptuous, well-guarded home of prince bishops from the 12th to the 18th centuries. And then I descended, again, through vineyards, feeling a little smug that I’d seen something special – and indeed, a place that few will ever have the chance to experience. By: Tim Johnsonlast_img read more

Anzac Day holiday boosting hotel bookings

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/172bc/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> A spike in travel is back this month as Australians take advantage of this year’s Anzac Day public holiday after missing out last year.Travel and lifestyle website lastminute.com.au said hotel bookings on the website for the Anzac Day long weekend had increased 36 percent compared to the Anzac weekend last year.“With the Anzac holiday back again this year, it’s no surprise that the number of hotel bookings have increased dramatically” said the website’s spokesperson Mia Carter.“Aussies are making up for lost time by treating themselves to a short getaway.”Carter said the top three most heavily booked destinations for hotels over the long weekend were Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast respectively.   Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.Llast_img read more