Teck Resources lowers Q1 coal sales guidance works to complete Elkview repairs

first_imgVANCOUVER – Teck Resources Ltd. lowered its guidance for steelmaking coal sales for the first quarter as it worked to finish repairs to its coal drying complex in B.C. that was damaged earlier this year.The company says steelmaking coal sales volumes for the quarter are now expected to be about six million tonnes compared with earlier guidance for 6.3 million to 6.5 million tonnes.The coal dryer at Teck’s Elkview operations was damaged in January in what a union executive described as an explosion.Teck says the coal dryer has been recommissioned after a “pressure event” and full commercial production is expected to resume early next week.Production lost due to the incident was estimated to be about 200,000 tonnes of clean coal and repairs were estimated at less than $10 million, in line with earlier estimates.Teck says coal sales continued to be hurt by logistics issues during the quarter, particularly ongoing poor performance at Westshore Terminals.Companies in this story: (TSX:TECK.B)last_img read more

16Yearold Hind Jamili Canoeing Champion to Represent Morocco in Rio de

Rabat – Canoeing gold medalist Hind Jamili will represent Morocco at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.The 16-year-old female athlete will be the youngest competitor in the canoeing category at Rio 2016, according to Telquel news website.Hind Jamili qualified to the Olympics after her performance at the 2015 African Canoe Slalom Championships in Nairobi last November. She won gold and silver medals at the African Championship in Kenya, which qualified her after finishing 3.27 seconds ahead of her compatriot Celia Jodar, the Olympic Qualifiers website noted.“I saw my coach coming toward me and he jumped in my arms and he said ‘we succeeded’ (…) I called my parents and I knew I was going to the Olympics,” Jamili revealed during a televised interview on 2M.Hind was born in Oyonnax in the Rhône-Alpes region in France. Her mother is from Tangier and her father, from the Kabyle region, in Algeria.“Morocco is my country, I am proud to wear its colors, red and green,” the young athlete said.According to the same source, her coach, David Ikra expressed his joy to coach the Moroccan champion, and praised all the support she receives from everyone.“I am happy to accompany her on this adventure, everyone follows her, her parents, her family, her school, her country; all this is perfect,” Ikra said.Preparing for the Olympics is a unique opportunity for any athlete, yet challenging when combined with a full-time school schedule. Hind is still studying in high school and she will not be able to pass her baccalaureate in 2016, the same source noted.Jamili’s school principal has created a special school-year calendar for her, which will give her more time and allow her to take two years instead of one to finish high school.The canoeing champion will reportedly train for the Olympic Games in France, before going to Rio de Janeiro for final intensive training ahead of the competition.Jamili’s 17th birthday will be an unforgettable day for the Moroccan teenager, for it will coincide with Rio 2016’s opening day on August 5. read more

India warns will fine Lankan fishermen

The BJP had meanwhile already ruled out an alliance with the DMK in the ensuing Assembly elections in the State, he said. (Colombo Gazette) India has warned it may need to consider imposing a fine on Sri Lankan fishermen who poach in Indian waters if Sri Lanka decides to do the same with Indian fishermen.Union Minister of State for Shipping and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Pon. Radhakrishnan on Monday met Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president M. Karunanidhi and extended an invitation for a family wedding. Speaking to reporters after his meeting with the DMK leader, Radhakrishnan said that if reports of the Sri Lankan government wanting to heavily fine Indian fishermen who transgressed into its territorial waters were true, the Indian government too may have to take similar measure, The Hindu newspaper reported. read more

Pace picks up for signing of UNmanaged nuclear inspection protocol

“On the whole, 2005 has been a good year in terms of States concluding comprehensive safeguards agreements and additional protocols,” IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei said.”However, it is important that we continue and accelerate this trend.” The additional protocol must become the universal standard for verifying nuclear non-proliferation commitments, Dr. ElBaradei recently reaffirmed, noting that the expanded access provided by the additional protocol “had proven its worth”.The Model Additional Protocol was agreed upon in 1997 to strengthen the IAEA safeguards system, based on the wake-up call caused by the discovery of Iraq’s pre-1991 nuclear weapons programme.Once in force, such protocols provide IAEA inspectors with better tools to ensure that States have no undeclared nuclear material or activities that should have been reported to the Agency. read more

Greek Australians ready for a Glendi filled weekend

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Lonsdale Street (Antipodes) Festival, one of the most prestigious events for the Greek community, is set to transform Melbourne into a huge and free street party on Saturday 14 and Sunday 14 February.International performers Dimitris Basis and Zoi Konstandopoulou will take the stage on Valentine’s Day, sharing their songs with hundreds of thousands of people, alongside local and other acclaimed international performers. “I’m excited to be travelling to Melbourne to perform at the 2015 Lonsdale Street Festival. To see such a large celebration of Greek culture so far away from Greece is a testament to the strength of the Greek community in sharing our culture with the rest of Australia,” said Dimitris Basis. It is a great success for the festival to be hosting these two renowned Greek singers, who have collaborated with Christos Nikolopoulos and Lavrentis Machairitsas, as well as with some of Greece’s premium musicians.The festival’s main stage will also feature performances by Melbourne’s Ravaisi band, an outfit made up of young Australians playing traditional tunes from all over Greece. Local bands Meraklides Group, Nea Vradia, Mojo Sisters, The Apocalypse Boys, Santa Tarabta, along with singer Anthea Sidiropoulos and Melbourne-born singer/songwriter Stelios Antoniou, will perform some of their popular hits as well. For those who wish to prove themselves on stage, Greek karaoke will be waiting at the Delphi Bank Stage.The Lonsdale Street Festival is not only about the music but is bound to offer some of the most delectable mouth-watering Greek delicacies to its attendees with many food stalls spanning across the festival space this weekend, not to mention a great range of imported Greek beverages. Leading Greek chefs and cooks the likes of Phil Vakos, Kathy Tsaples, Angie Giannakodakis, Greek twins Helena and Vikki, and non-Greek contestants from My Kitchen Rules will meet at the Flavours of Greece Stage.Nitrogen-based instant ice-cream, which is creamier and natural without any added colours, stabilisers or preservatives, and Greek-style frappe and freddo coffees will be waiting next to 100 per cent natural, hand-made gelato pops, kaimaki, gourmet fairy floss and a variety of frozen Greek yoghurt on wheels. It doesn’t end there. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free, decadent fast food from a solar-powered food truck will compete with tasty seafood and traditional lamb, pork, chicken, even beef souvlakia, kalamakia and spit rotisseries. Since in Greece there is always room for dessert, a modern spin of traditional loukoumades and waffles will also be there to blow the minds of even the most eclectic visitors. Moreover, Lonsdale Street Festival has plenty of activities to keep the little ones entertained, such as face painting, balloon sculpting and storytelling at the Kids Corner, whilst classic carnival rides and giant inflatables offer an adrenaline fix for the festival’s hyper young fans. Last but not least, this jubilant congregation offers a chance to dance your way to Greece and receive a return economy flight to a Greek island with the courtesy of Qatar Airways and Touchdown Tours, if you ‘Zorba ’til You Drop’, on the Delphi Bank Stage on Saturday 14 February.last_img read more

Samesex marriage photos Please share

first_imgThe first same-sex marriages in Washington happened Dec. 9, 2012 — nearly five years ago. As part of a story detailing this anniversary, reporter Patty Hastings is seeking engagement and/or wedding photos from same-gender couples living in Clark County. The photos will go in an online gallery. Email photos to patty.hastings@columbian.com and include a caption that explains what’s happening and identifies who is in the photos. She is also interested in interviewing local married couples who have started families.last_img

After FLL shooting Florida senator supports concealed guns in airports

first_imgSARASOTA, Fla. (WSVN) — In the wake of Friday’s deadly shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, a Florida lawmaker said more guns are the answer.The politician from Sarasota told CNN, he thinks responsible gun owners with a conceal-carry permit should be allowed to tote guns in places where they’re not currently allowed.State Senator Greg Steube is working on a bill to allow guns in airports. He said legally owned and concealed guns are needed now more than ever. “What my bill does is allow for people that have a conceal carry permit in the state of Florida to on the non-secure side of that airport, which is where the shooting occurred, to carry their firearm just like they carry in other parts of our state,” he said.Steube believes law-abiding firearm carriers could be better protected and even stop somebody from committing mass murder. “The Pulse nightclub, where other shootings have occurred have been in gun-free zones,” he said. “In that airport, no conceal permit carry holder was legally able to carry at that airport because currently they’re restricted from carrying.”When asked if he thought the tragedy could have been minimized had people in that area of the airport had guns with them, Steube said, “Certainly could have. I as a conceal carry holder have the right to defend myself.”The Senator, however, never addressed the chaos, confusion and fear that came well after the terminal shooting at the airport in Fort Lauderdale. “No licensed, conceal carry permit holder legally could carry in that airport, and that didn’t stop an individual from coming and shooting and killing individuals,” he said. “So why would repealing that, giving law abiding citizens like myself and others, who have the training and ability to protect themselves, why wouldn’t we want to give them that ability just like we have in any other places in our state.”Senator Steube also wants to change Florida law to repeal gun-free zones on college campuses. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

The Blind Spot Beyond NoMans Land

first_imgAt the low end, prevention measures costs the State of Alaska $9 per point of contact. Intensive substance abuse treatment costs $49,502 per person on average. Chart courtesy of the Division of Behavioral Health, DHSS.In spite of the alarmingly high rates of substance abuse among teens in Anchorage, many officials say there are reasons for optimism.All this week, as part of our series “The Blind Spot,” we’ve been exploring holes in the safety net for teens struggling with drugs and alcohol. Now, we look toward solutions.Download AudioState officials and non-profit workers told us policy measures are dove-tailing with new evidence that perceptions about drinking are starkly different from realities on the ground.Under the umbrella of the Department of Health and Human Services, the state is currently trying to shift the paradigm on community health in Alaska, developing new tools to measure what’s working. Diane Casto is the Prevention Manager for the Division of Behavioral Health, and is part of finding new means of assessment, ““Just doing a walk-around, and looking at your community.”The division’s focus has zoomed out, examining health at the social rather than individual level. “What’s the density of alcohol outlets in your community?” Casto asks, “What are the policies and procedures and practices in your community related to alcohol and drug issues?”Casto has been doing prevention-related work since 1978, and has seen a wide range of approaches pursued in Alaska. The current trend is away from reactive intervention, and towards prevention.“The more we work on the front-end, and prevent these issues from becoming catastrophic, the better we will be,” Casto said. A part of the Division’s interest is simple economics: when it comes to substance abuse, preventative measures are significantly less expensive than providing treatment, residential care, and continuing assistance. It is a “reap what you sow” approach.It costs Casto’s Division about $9 per person to put on a promotional event like a health fair. That is a bargain compared to the $49,502 it costs to provide long-term care to an individual working through acute psychiatric care and recovery. That doesn’t mean every person who stops by a health fair will “just say no” for their whole life. Nor are the expenditures perfect analogues: DBH  measures prevention measures as points of contact, where as hospitalization could be days or weeks of intensive management. But on balance, Casto sees prevention as sounder policy.The Alaska Wellness Coalition has a similar aim. The group is trying to prevent underage drinking by changing community-wide perceptions. The Center for Disease Control’s most recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey says that three-quarters of youth reported not drinking in the past month. The Coalition is using that data to show teens that drinking is actually not the norm.“What this campaign intends to do is start the conversation,” said campaign coordinator Hope Finkelstein. “Even if people don’t believe that 78%of the kids don’t drink, that’s fine. That is okay, because people will start questioning.”The Coalition finds youth around the state want to talk about alcohol but haven’t been able to.  A similar campaign was launched in Homer a few years ago, when data showed that people there didn’t drink nearly as much as was commonly thought. When the data were released people didn’t believe it. However, it got them talking about it.There is also an effort to get kids in trouble better. Or, at the very least, to develop an improved system from the Minor Consuming Alcohol charges currently on the books. At the state level, Senate Bill 99 this session attempts to amend Title 4, the state’s alcohol code. The legislation did not advance far, but supporters like Cynthia Franklin, Director of the Alcoholic Beverages Control Board, believe its introduction sets the wheels in motion for meaningful reforms next session.Professor Marny Rivera at University of Alaska Anchorage’s Justice Center works on the issue, and wants the MCA citation to be replaced with a ticket–like the kinds issued for speeding or parking. Rivera has spent the last few years examining state statutes on alcohol, talking with experts, as well as prosecutors and employees within the Division of Juvenile Justice.“What we realized is that MCA’s are almost like a gap, or a no-man’s land,” Rivera explained in her office, “DJJ doesn’t deal with these youth until they’ve already come to the attention of the criminal justice system three times.”Though it may sound counter-intuitive, Rivera wants to help at-risk kids by increasing the number of times they get in trouble, and to ensure the sanctions are meaningful rather than arbitrary.Police and lawyers know what a long, drawn-out process it can be to see an MCA go through the courts, Rivera said. And they have hearts: they know an MCA makes your name pop up in CourtView, which can jeopardize a young person’s future. Prosecutors across the state regularly decline trying MCA cases, explained the ABC Board’s Franklin, herself a former prosecutor. As a result, kids get slapped on the wrist without an official citation ever being issued. And that is exactly the kind of space where addictive behaviors have room to intensify.“There’re very few cases where you actually see a habitual status offender or a third time Minor Consuming,” Rivera said. She believes that if underage drinking is a simpler offense it will become easier for officers to write those tickets. And the kids getting ticketed all the time will appear on the justice system’s radar, raising the possibility of early detection and treatment that could have significant impact.But as the many experts told us, there is no silver bullet. Even if the MCA system is improved, some kids will still end up back where this series started: At the McLaughlin Youth Center.Ross Blocker stands inside one of the aging treatment cottages on the McLaughlin campus, his fingers interwoven like a nest. Originally from southern Georgia, he’s been in charge of McLaughlin’s Transitional Services Unit for a decade. His goal is making sure kids leave the youth center with the skills they need to survive in the chaotic world.“You just can’t do all that work then pat ’em on the back, put ’em out the door, and say ‘have a nice day,’” Blocker said. He and his team take the initial treatment plan developed for a new resident at McLaughlin, and draft yet another blue-print to address that kid’s risks and goals. Then, they figure out how to support those elements once the youth has left McLaughlin for the outside.“Medical needs, mental health, counseling needs, substance abuse needs,” Blocker rattles off, “if they’ve gone through intensive substance abuse here, it just makes sense that they need some kind of support system there.”Blocker’s treatment unit works with partners in Anchorage like the school district and the Mental Health Trust, and tries to check in on everyone who went through recovery so that they don’t leave 24-hour-a-day structure and enter a total vacuum. They try to give the youth the support they need to keep them out of the statistics.The Blind Spot: Spaces Between StatisticsThe Blind Spot: A System of Order Over ChaosThe Blind Spot: Harm Reduction at the Transit CenterThe Blind Spot: Quitting Meth Alone, Together Anne Hillman and Zachariah Hughes received Alaska Press Club data journalism fellowships, which helped them produce this story. This coverage is supported by the Recover Alaska Journalism Project fund at the Alaska Community Foundation. Contributors to the fund are Alaska Children’s Trust, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, Bristol Bay Native Corporation, John S. And James L. Knight Foundation, Mat-Su Health Foundation, Providence Health & Services Alaska, Rasmuson Foundation and Wells Fargo. More information can be found at www.recoveralaska.org.last_img read more

Nintendo 3DS only gets 35 hours per charge unless you turn 3D

first_imgIt’s been suspected for a while now that the Nintendo 3DS was going to have some pretty short battery life. The first indication came way back in October, when Nintendo went around advising everyone to put the 3DS back in its charging cradle the second they got home. That raised some eyebrows. Then, a couple weeks ago, we heard that the Nintendo 3DS’s battery life was only three to five hours long. That can’t be right, can it?Unfortunately, it is. At Nintendo’s North American presser yesterday, they confirmed the abysmal battery life with Kotaku, saying that the 3DS would last between three to five hours a charge, and take approximately 3.5 hours to recharge. That’s pretty terrible, but there’s good news: that’s only with 3D turned on. Nintendo says that if you turn 3D off, you’ll get as much as eight hours battery life per charge, which is roughly the same as you can expect from the DS Lite.So, ironically, it seems that the 3DS’s battery life is both as bad and significantly better than feared. One thing’s for sure, though: if you can live without the 3D, you’ll be able to game for significantly longer.Read more at Kotakulast_img read more

Crysis 3 runs best on a Core i7 and 8GB RAM

first_img“Can it run Crysis?” has become a very well known phrase/meme among gamers. So with the launch of Crysis 3 in February next year, everyone is eager to see what kind of PC you will need to run the latest in this series of FPS. And developer Crytek has just delivered by revealing the minimum, recommended, and high performance specification.In order to run the game you will need at least the following:Dual-core CPU (Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz or Athlon64 X2 2.7GHz)2GB RAM (3GB for Windows Vista)Nvidia GTS 450 or AMD Radeon HD5770If that’s your rig, then expect to turn off a load of graphical niceties and turn down the resolution, but still have an enjoyable experience. However, if you want to play the game as intended, you’ll need to be hitting the recommended spec, which is some combination of the following:Quad-core CPU (Core i3-530 or Phenom II X2 565)4GB RAMNvidia GTX 560 or AMD Radeon HD5870Of course, Crytek also cater to those gamers who have high-end components and want to experience everything a DirectX 11 game can throw at them. So there’s also a high performance PC recommendation to see the game in all its glory:Quad-core CPU (Core i7-2600K or Bulldozer FX4150)8GB RAMNvidia GTX 680 or AMD Radeon HD7970In all cases you need a DirectX 11-capable machine and have a choice of running Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8.Don’t forget, if you are going to pick up Crysis 3 on launch day then it’s worth considering pre-ordering. EA is offering a free download copy of Crysis if you pre-order Crysis 3 Hunter Edition. If you opt for the more expensive Crysis 3 Digital Deluxe Edition though, you get a free copy of Crysis 2 as well.via Crysislast_img read more

Student killed one injured in bike mishap

first_imgKolkata: A Class 12 student was killed and his friend seriously injured when their bike skidded off the road on the Vidyasagar Setu here, police said on Sunday. Laloo Sahani (18) died and his friend Amit Balmiki (19) riding pillion received injuries after the bike hit the divider on the bridge and veered off the track on Saturday, a police officer said. Balmiki is undergoing treatment at the S S K M Hospital. The two, without wearing helmets, were coming from the Princep Ghat side at high speeds, he said, adding, Sahani was seen performing some stunts before the accident took place. Police is examining CCTV footage to ascertain the exact cause of the mishap.last_img

South Bengal to experience light to moderate rain in next 24 hours

first_imgKolkata: Light to moderate rainfall that hit several parts of South Bengal on Friday brought temporary relief to the people from the sweltering heat.According to the prediction of the Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore, more rain is expected in various South Bengal districts in the next 24 hours. The coastal districts may receive heavy rainfall until Saturday, the prediction said. A weather official added that there may be heavy showers accompanied with lightning in North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, West Midnapore and East Midnapore districts in the next 24 hours. Districts including Burdwan, Birbhum, Nadia, Murshidabad, Bankura, Purulia and Kolkata will receive moderate rainfall. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe weather office has issued an alert to the fishermen in the coastal districts asking them not to venture into the sea for the next couple of days as it may remain turbulent following the formation of a low-pressure trough over the Bay of Bengal. Those fishermen who had earlier ventured into the sea have been asked to return to shore due to bad weather conditions. The city also received light to moderate rainfall on Friday morning. Kolkata mostly remained cloudy from the morning and the humidity level also dropped by few notches providing some relief to the city dwellers from the persistent discomfort. Rain, however, did not last for long. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe weather office said that the city and the adjoining areas may also receive some more rainfall in the next 24 hours pushing down the mercury a bit. In the evening hours, there was light drizzle. It may be mentioned here that a deficit in rainfall has been recorded in entire South Bengal in June and the current month which is worrying the farmers. They are looking for some more Monsoon showers during the rest of the month so that they can recover the damage caused by the scarcity in rainfall.last_img read more

Here are some of the best Pride photos from Mike Pences hometown

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Over the weekend, Columbus, Indiana held its very first Pride. The place also happens to be the hometown of one Vice President Mike Pence, known for his anti-LGBTQ politics. Mike Pence says he’s ‘proud’ that his hometown is hosting it’s first PrideThe best photos from Ohio’s ‘Big LGBTQ Dance Party’ greeting Mike PenceWinter Olympics 2018: Fox News pulls column complaining about gay and black athletesRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/pride-photos-mike-pence-hometown/ #ColumbusInPrideSpread the word…young activists organizing first Pride festival in @VP hometown #ColumbusIn https://t.co/LFi1xknDN2— Beth Hardesty (@bahardesty) April 7, 2018 Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… “More fornication, less hate”! #ColumbusINPride #LoveIsLove pic.twitter.com/tYzA20NeEy— Christopher Stroop (@C_Stroop) April 14, 2018Organizer Erin Bailey also took to Twitter, thanking everyone for turning out.I just want to give a huge thanks to everyone who came out to Columbus Pride Festival yesterday to celebrate love!! #ColumbusINPride pic.twitter.com/hTUtoflO91— Erin Bailey (@erindigsplants) April 15, 2018 Pence said he was ‘proud’ of his hometown.Alyssa Farah, a representative for Pence, said: ‘Vice President Pence commends Erin Bailey [organizer of Columbus Pride] for her activism and engagement in the civic process.‘As a proud Hoosier and Columbus native, [Pence] is heartened to see young people from his hometown getting involved in the political process.’The power to summon an army of queersThough Pence said he supported the event, he didn’t attend and there was still plenty of references to the Veep throughout the day.One of the most visibile was Mike ‘Hot’ Pence himself making an appearance!Just look at those legs | Photo: Instagram @mikehotpenceHe came out with his trademark outfit — a suit sans pants and a rainbow tie. He also carried around a jar taking donations for LGBTQ youth.Mike Hot-Pence is here collecting money for Indiana Youth Group at #ColumbusINpride. Lots of people stopping for photos. pic.twitter.com/qJF1eGAfpg— Barbara Brosher (@BabsofBtown) April 14, 2018Plenty of people walked around taking pictures with him too.Mike Hot Pence with attendees | Photo: Instagram @emma.the.teal.tigerEveryone else also brought out their best for the day.It was a rousing success and a huge win for the town of 46,850 people.Drag performer August Celestial showed up and had a grand time.August Celestial in Columbus | Photo: Instagram @august.celestial‘This weekend Columbus Indiana held their first ever pride ever and they tore it UP!!!’ Celestial wrote on Instagram. ‘I am so incredibly proud of @erinlikesplants who started this whole thing! Girl you now have the power to summon an army of queers!!’People during the parade | Photo: Instagram @tony.vasquez_ Organizer Erin Bailey at Pride | Photo: Twitter @erindigsplants Under a rainbow arch | Photo: Instagram @_.wade_hall._‘I’m lucky to be living in a time where love is ok to love,’ one user, Wade Hall, wrote.‘Love comes in colors, shapes, sizes, that’s what so great about it. We all seem to be caught up in it. Though it seems to be as if this world doesn’t have enough. No matter the age, we should be taught to love. Love will make our home a better place.’@VP you should feel extra proud of your hometown today.#ColumbusINPride pic.twitter.com/QVNsvprb0m— megan (@meganfurber) April 14, 2018There was still criticism of Pence, though.Bartholomew County Democrats. #ColumbusINPride pic.twitter.com/YuiCiUpgdG— Christopher Stroop (@C_Stroop) April 14, 2018last_img read more

Tiny Belize gets ready for its first bigname luxury resort

first_imgTags: Belize, Hilton, Luxury Travel Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Posted by SAN PEDRO — Belize’s first luxury resort from a global brand, built from the ground up on Ambergris Caye, is set to open this winter.Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club, Curio – A Collection By Hilton, will open its doors in December 2017. The island resort is set on 60 acres and geared to guests looking for “relaxed adventure”. In all Mahogany Bay will have 205 cottages and villa-style accommodations with colonial-style detailing, heirloom-quality furnishings and sustainably-harvested local Belizean hardwoods.The resort’s General Manager, Niklaus Leuenberger, says Mahogany Bay “will be a one-of-a-kind, authentic, Belizean resort.” He adds: “Building a new property on an island as striking as Ambergris Caye has been a real labour of love. Every detail of the resort has been meticulously thought out – from the interior design to the selection of amenities, from the guestrooms to the public spaces. Local flavour has been infused throughout the entire resort, and we have worked hard to provide guests with what will be an exceptional product. I know I speak for the entire team, when I say we are eager for guests to experience Mahogany Bay when we officially open our doors at the end of this year.”Mahogany Bay Resort, BelizeMahogany Bay Resort, BelizeMahogany Bay Resort, BelizeLeuenberger has served as General Manager for The Peninsula Hotels in Philippines, Hong Kong, and New York over the course of 19 years. He was also Managing Director of The New York Palace Hotel and most recently held the position as Senior Vice President of Resort Operations of Baha Mar Casino & Hotel in Nassau.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionMahogany Bay amenities include the Bay Club with pool and bar and the private, white sand Beach Club, a short boat ride from the on-site marina. The property’s focal point is a 22,000-square foot Great House featuring a signature restaurant and bar, 8,000-square-feet of event space, the largest in Belize, plus a wrap-around covered veranda.The resort’s Director of Sales & Marketing, Edward Donaldson, has 30 years of global leisure and luxury sales experience including a stint as Director of Sales & Marketing for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts’ Tucker’s Point in Bermuda. “We are already receiving exciting feedback about Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club within the marketplace, and from my many years of experience, I am confident that the resort will be very well received when we officially open our doors this winter,” said Donaldson.Nightly rates start at US$369 for garden cottage accommodations. See mahoganybayvillage.com. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tiny Belize gets ready for its first big-name luxury resort Travelweek Group last_img read more

Save up to 40 off accommodations with Summer Only In Cayman campaign

first_img Posted by Travelweek Group Thursday, April 25, 2019 Tags: Cayman Islands Sharecenter_img Save up to 40% off accommodations with Summer Only In Cayman campaign TORONTO — Fresh off its best month ever for Canadian visitation, the Cayman Islands has launched its Summer Only In Cayman campaign, featuring savings of up to 40% off on accommodations.According to the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, a total of 4,567 Canadian visitors were recorded in February 2019, making it the best month in recorded history.With the Islands just a flight away from Canada, summer is the best time to visit, says the Department. Both Air Canada and WestJet offer twice weekly, nonstop, four-hour flights from Toronto to Grand Cayman, as well as easy connections from Canadian gateways. Packages are also available through Air Canada Vacations and WestJet Vacations.The limited-time Summer Only in Cayman campaign, which is available to book until June 30, 2019 for travel between April and Dec. 19, 2019, includes special offers on airfare, accommodations, watersports, dining and more.Participating accommodations are offering resort credits an exclusive deals for Cayman Islands only experiences at reduced rates of up to 40% off. These:Kimpton Seafire Resort + SpaGrand Cayman Marriott Beach ResortThe Ritz-Carlton, Grand CaymanGrand Caymanian ResortWyndham Reef Resort Grand CaymanCoral Beach VillaSunset Cove CondosThe Heritage ClubHoliday Inn Resort Grand CaymanAvalon CondominiumsIslands Club CondosMargaritaville Beach Resort Grand CaymanMore news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?Participating attractions, watersports and restaurants include:Pedro St. James National Historic SiteQueen Elizabeth II Botanic ParkRocky’s Diamond GalleryCaptain Marvin’s Watersports Ltd.Cobalt Custom ChartersCobalt Coast Grand Cayman ResortCayman Brac Beach ResortLittle Cayman Beach ResortAgua RestaurantCatch RestaurantFor more information go to visitcaymanislands.ca. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

LONDON– Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park London has st

first_imgLONDON– Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London has started taking reservations for the ultimate traditional London Christmas for their “Christmas Extravaganza” experience which includes priority arrangements at Harrods ‘Christmas Grotto’, the Royal Albert Hall’s ‘Christmas Carols by Candlelight Concert’, ‘Winter Wonderland Ice-skating’ in glorious Hyde Park, and a helpful gift collection and wrapping service.Guests are invited to spend the festive season in one of the most spectacular buildings of the Victorian era, for a time-honoured English Christmas with all the trimmings, unparalleled warmth, hospitality and service. Furthermore, the hotel’s concierge has created seamless arrangements to the most popular traditional Christmas festivities in the area.Priced from GBP 2525.00, the ‘Christmas Extravaganza’ programme includes:• Accommodation for a family of four over three nights in two deluxe inter-connecting rooms, adorned with individual Christmas stockings, festive decorations, a bijou Christmas tree, and festive goodies at turn-down every evening • Full English Breakfast at a family table in The Park restaurant every morning • A Golden Pass to the Harrods Children’s Christmas Grotto between at 12.30 or 1pm on Christmas Eve • Access to the Mandarin Oriental box at the Royal Albert Hall for the Raymond Gubbay ‘Christmas Carols by Candlelight’ concert at 7pm on Christmas Eve • Christmas Day Lunch in The Park with a special appearance from Father Christmas and gifts for the children • A family pass to London’s largest outdoor ice skating rink at the magical Winter Wonderland in adjacent Hyde Park • Complimentary porter gift collection for Christmas gifts from nearby Harrods, Harvey Nichols and the surrounding luxury boutiques of KnightsbridgeTerms and conditions:Prices are based on 2 inter-connecting rooms for a 3 night stay arriving 24 December 2008, for 2 adults and 2 children (0-12 years only) including a guaranteed early check-in at 9am and late check out to 4pm. This package is subject to availability and is non-combinable with any other offer or promotion, and excludes 17.5% VAT and 5% discretionary service charge. Bookings must be made two weeks prior to arrival. Additional nights are available at prevailing rates.http://www.mandarinoriental.com/london/http://www.mandarinoriental.com/london/tempting%5Foffers/festive%5Fseasons/Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel directly on +44 (0) 207 235 2000, or through Mandarin Oriental’s worldwide sales and reservations offices or the Group’s direct on-line reservations service, www.mandarinoriental.com. Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world’s most prestigious hotels and resorts. Mandarin Oriental now operates, or has under development, over 10,000 rooms in 23 countries with 16 hotels in Asia, 14 in The Americas and nine in Europe and North Africa.last_img read more

August 18 2014The Agua Fria river runs through th

first_imgAugust 18, 2014The Agua Fria river runs through the Cosanti Foundation property, during the summer a green ribbon of cottonwood trees that soothes the eye from the harsh greys and browns of the surrounding stone desert.[photos by Steven Bochinski, text by Sue Kirsch]In the Arizona heat, from late spring to fall, part of the river goes underground and the dry riverbed becomes a favored shaded hiking path where you can find all manner of twisted roots and stones of brilliant colors.Lots of birds have their homes along the riverbed and in the cliffs surrounding it. Among many different kinds of birds there is a family of hawks and one of four raucous ravens, a beautiful woodpecker has been sighted and sometimes at night one can hear owls calling to each other. Arizonas ‘Monsoon’ season usually starts the middle of July and we are warned to hike within the river bed with a weary eye. The run-off from rain around us collects in ever widening washes flowing into the Agua Fria, and before you know it a tremendous flash flood might be coming up behind you.We have had several such within the last few weeks. Here are photos by Arcosanti resident Steven Bochinski, taken last Wednesday August 13. 2014, a day after the main storm.You can see how high the water rose. Many of the steep banks along the river are silt and after each major storm the landscape of the rivers bed is changed.last_img read more

Turkish foreign ministry criticises Med7 joint declaration Updated

first_imgThe criticism by Turkey of the Rome declaration shows how annoyed the country is that the position of Cyprus on security and guarantees also reflects that of the international community, government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said on Saturday.In a statement on Friday the Turkish foreign ministry said that the seventh paragraph of the joint declaration adopted at the fourth summit of the Southern European Union Countries (Med7), held in Rome last Wednesday with the participation of Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Malta and Cyprus, ‘contains distorted and unconstructive statements regarding the Cyprus settlement process’.“These statements reflect the Greek Cypriot stance that was the main reason for the failure of the negotiation process which began on the Island in 2008 and ended in 2017 with the closure of the Conference on Cyprus without an outcome,” the announcement said.It added that this was yet another example of how the Greek Cypriot side takes advantage of its EU membership in its efforts to hinder a settlement.“What is mentioned in the joint declaration of Rome is the position of seven EU member-states, it is the position of the entire European Union, is what the UN secretary-general himself is saying, it is what the international community believes regarding the chapter on security and guarantees,” Christodoulides said.What appears to have annoyed Turkey is the mention of no guarantees and that Cyprus’ EU membership ‘is the best safeguard for a reunified Cyprus’. Turkey – a guarantor power along with Greece and the UK under the 1960 Treaty of Guarantee – is not willing to give up its status citing security concerns of Turkish Cypriots and has several times said it disagrees with the Greek Cypriot sides’ position – echoed by EU officials – that the best guarantee for security is being a functional state, and particularly being a member of the bloc.The paragraph of the declaration titled Bringing the EU forward in 2018 contested by Turkey said: “We closely follow and reiterate our support for a viable comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem, in line with the UNSC resolutions and the EU acquis, that reunifies Cyprus and its people, and which safeguards Cyprus’ sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, without guarantees. The Republic of Cyprus is and will remain a member of the European Union after the settlement, and EU membership is the best safeguard for a reunified Cyprus.”“The fact that such statements, which are far from being impartial and exclusively reflect the position of the Greek Cypriots, were allowed in a declaration by the Med7, a grouping containing several prominent EU members, does not provide any positive contribution to the efforts to reach a settlement in the Cyprus issue,” the Turkish foreign ministry said.The declaration proves the annoyance of Turkey that this position also reflects the position of the entire international community on the issue of security and guarantees, Christodoulides said.The sooner Turkey and some circles in the north realise that, Christodoulides added, ‘the sooner we will achieve the settlement of the Cyprus problem’.He said that the government is not interested in making a good impression.“What interests us is the settlement of the Cyprus problem and we hope that Turkey realises soon that only through the framework described in the declaration in question a solution of the Cyprus problem can be achieved”.One of the key disagreements between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot sides is whether, following a settlement solution, Turkey’s security guarantees for the new, federal state are required to address security concerns among the Turkish Cypriot community, as their leader argues, or an outdated notion, insistence on which would breed suspicion among Greek Cypriots, as the latter’s leadership believes.You May LikeProstaGenix SupplementHow To: Boost Prostate Health (Do This Daily)ProstaGenix SupplementUndoSenior Living | Search AdsSee Why Cheap Senior Apartments in Rowland Heights Are Turning HeadsSenior Living | Search AdsUndoHead CrampVet Brings Home Baby Deer With A Missing Leg Only To Discover That He’s Not Everything He SeemsHead CrampUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep Lucido seeks discussion on financing for retirement plans

first_img LANSING – State Rep. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township, issued the following statement in response to the state Legislature deciding to not advance legislation involving municipal retirement health care and teacher pension plans before the end of the current state House of Representatives’ session:“It benefits everyone that the state House did not pursue major reform during the lame duck session. You can be assured I would not vote to make any changes to current municipal or teacher retiree plans, as I believe the benefits which were negotiated in good faith should be honored.“However, we must have a discussion at the state level about retirement programs for our first responders and educators for the simple reason that too many plans are underfunded and we must have an absolute and clear understanding as to why. Our current and future retirees agreed to a deal, so why are actuaries, finance managers, and local government and union leadership not keeping up their end of the deal? How is it we have certain retirement plans in one community over funded, while the next county over has its programs funded by only 60 percent or less?“This discussion will not be easy, but it has to happen as we cannot allow our local governments to go bankrupt, public services to be drastically eroded and the retirement plans for teachers, police officers, librarians, firefighters, and county road commission employees be subject to any type of cuts without an open hearing. Hopefully, we can have that in 2017.”### 09Dec Rep. Lucido seeks discussion on financing for retirement plans Categories: Lucido News,Newslast_img read more