Escape to this billionaire island in Fiji on your next vacation

first_imgRearing its head out of the Pacific Ocean is a hat-shaped island resort that prides itself on offering the ultimate luxury escape.Vatuvara and the neighbouring island of Kaibu in Fiji, about eight miles away, were snapped up by the billionaire founder of Oakley, Jim Jannard, for an undisclosed sum in 2009 and three top-of-the-range villas were built on their sandy shores.The dreamy abodes are available to book, with nightly stays starting at $5,375 (Rs 3,69,040 approx), bringing a week-long break to a grand $37,625 (Rs 25,83,270 approx).The fee is inclusive of roundtrip plane transfers from Fiji’s main international airport. Food and drink is also thrown in and guests are given their own personal masseuses, with spa areas inside each villa.Other features of the luxurious one-bedroom lodges include spacious lounge areas, open-air bathrooms, and private infinity pools.Finishing things off, there are flat-screen TVs, surround-sound stereos and bars stocked with wine and spirits. And so that guests can stay connected, there is high speed WiFi running throughout the properties. Soak in the sunset on the outside deck of the Saku Villa, which is surrounded by tropical beauty.On the activity front, there are water sports on offer, from sailing and kayaking to diving. On land, yoga classes can be arranged and there is a four-hole golf course on the site, complete with a putting green and club pavilion.To get a flavour of local culture, guests can take part in cooking classes and there is Fijian musical entertainment on offer.While the Vatu and Saku villas are listed on, their larger sibling, Delana, starts at $7,250 (Rs 4,97,750).advertisementFor those wanting ultimate privacy, the entire Vatuvara resort is also available for private hire.ALSO READ: This winter is your best chance to see Northern Lights in 50 yearsALSO WATCH: Chadar trekking: A paradise for adventure touristslast_img read more

Nayanthara watches Trisha’s 96 with Vignesh Shivan and friends. See pics

first_imgNayanthara and Trisha are two leading actresses in Kollywood, and they have ruled the roost for over a decade. Today, they are the go-to actresses for women-centric roles.The actresses also share a great rapport with each other andare known to be best friends. Recently, Nayanthara and Vignesh Shivan watched Trisha and Vijay Sethupathi’s 96 with their friends in Chennai.Vignesh Shivan took to Instagram to share few pics and wrote, “Watched 96 with my bunch of friends last night! Honest attempt from the entire team! Hope u all watch it along wit your friends! (sic)”Here are the photos: Nayanthara and Vignesh Shivan with friends Nayanthara and Vignesh Shivan with friendsAlong with Nayanthara and Vignesh Shivan, television anchor-actress Dhivyadharshini, music director Dharan were also present.Nayanthara was seen sporting a white and black checked dress and looked resplendent in it. After watching the film, Dhivyadharshini took to Twitter to share her opinion about the movie.She wrote, “If ur someone who went 2 a co-ed school n someone who purely liked someone in ur school days without knowing wat 2name that feeling then, n now if ur that someone, watching #96theMovie ur Gaali. FAB JOB by each n everyone sply adolescent actors in d movie vry hapy Trisha (sic)”If ur someone who went 2 a co-ed school n someone who purely liked someone in ur school days without knowing wat 2name that feeling then, n now if ur that someone,watching #96theMovie ur GaaliFAB JOB by each n everyone sply adolescent actors in d movie vry hapy TrishaadvertisementDD Neelakandan (@DhivyaDharshini) October 5, 2018Nayanthara and Trisha’s friendship went for a toss, a few years ago. In an earlier interview, the Imaikaa Nodigal actress stated that they lost touch with each other because of their work commitments. Eventually, they revived their friendship and are said to be in good terms with each other now.ALSO SEE | 96 Movie Review: Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha shine in poignant love storyALSO WATCH | I-T raids conducted at residences of Tamil actors Vijaya, Samantha, Nayantaralast_img read more



Avalon Announces New Ship For 2020

first_imgLITTLETON, Colorado – February 12, 2019 – Mastering the art of blending luxury with comfort isn’t easy. Nor is it easy to blur the lines between outside and in. Avalon Waterways’ Panorama Suites – available on two full decks of EVERY ship in Avalon’s fleet have done just that. And that’s not all. In addition to launching the NEW Avalon Envision in April with godmother and best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert, the river cruise company is announcing plans to launch the NEW Avalon View in 2020. Providing travelers with the the most consistent ship and stateroom experience fleet-wide available from any river cruise operator across the globe, the NEW Avalon View will mark Avalon Waterways’ 14th Suite Ship in Europe; its 17th Suite Ship worldwide. In fact, Avalon Waterways is exclusively sailing new, Suite Ships with an average age of just six-years-old. “On Avalon’s signature Suite Ships, we provide our guests with two full decks of 200-square-foot, one-of-a-kind Panorama Suites,” said Pam Hoffee, managing director of Avalon Waterways. “And, this year, for the first time, there’s only one point-of-view on an Avalon Waterways river cruise: The suite view. Avalon’s entire fleet of ships, worldwide, is comprised of new Suite Ships giving our travelers exclusive access to the industry’s only Open-Air Balconies and beds facing the incredible views for which river cruising is famous.” Avalon’s Suite Ships have made a splash in river cruising since the Avalon Panorama debuted just eight years ago (in 2011) and have not only garnered industry awards – including the “Best Cabins” in river cruising from Cruise Critic for four years in a row; they have also won-over river cruisers across the globe. According to a survey of nearly 700 past Avalon cruisers:95% prefer Avalon’s Panorama Suites to other cruise line cabins and would choose Avalon Waterways again, based on their Panorama Suite experience.95% also would choose Avalon’s Open-Air Balconies to traditional French balconies.Further, 92% of travelers said beds facing the views is “important” or “extremely important” when booking a river cruise. Avalon’s Open-Air Balconies for the “win.” According to survey respondents, their favorite feature of Avalon’s Panorama Suites are Open-Air Balconies which feature wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows that offer the widest-opening windows on two full decks (they open 7-feet wide in Europe; 11-feet wide in SE Asia) to invite the outside-in, without compromising room space. Avalon’s Panorama Suites also feature large marble bathrooms and beds facing the views. Both the Avalon Envision (new for 2019) and Avalon View (new for 2020) are 443-feet long with two Royal Suites (300-square-feet) and 65 Panorama Suites (200-square-feet) on two full decks, as well as 16, 170-square foot staterooms. The Avalon Envision will sail on the legendary Danube River while the Avalon View will ply the romantic Rhine River. The Suite Life Sales Event: Book a 2020 Europe cruise early and receive $299 air and SAVE $1,000 per couple on select sailings.  ABOUT AVALON WATERWAYSTravelers wanting to see the world need only cruise down its legendary rivers. For those interested in seeing more of the world, there’s Avalon Waterways®. Our entire fleet of Suite Ships® feature one-of-a-kind Panorama SuitesSM, with the widest opening windows in river cruising, the industry’s only Open-Air BalconySM and beds facing the incredible views. Beyond our wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows is a world waiting to be explored – YourWay – with customizable vacation options, from start to finish. Whether travelers want to enjoy a guided walking tour of one of Europe’s great cities, join a cooking class or paddle a canoe, our Avalon Choice® selections of Classic, Discovery and Active excursions offer a wide range of possibilities. When they prefer to explore on their own, we can help with all the recommendations, information and gear travelers need with our Adventure Center and AvalonGO mobile app. And when it’s time to refuel, Avalon’s FlexDining® program gives guests the choices they crave. With Avalon Waterways, the possibilities are as wide open as the views. For more information, visit travel agents can visit read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img RICHMOND COUNTY: Port Royal Bridge Port Royal Bridge, Port Royal Road on Isle Madame, is closed until further notice. A detour is in place on MacEachern Road. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY/HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102 northbound, toward Truro, between Exit 7 and Exit 8 will be closed (both lanes) from Friday, March 1 at 7 p.m. to Saturday, March 2 at 10:30 a.m. for bridge repairs. Detour in place at Exit 7. Because of the repairs the highway between the exits will also be down to one lane before and after the work until Thursday, March 7. Reduce speed, be prepared to stop and expect delays. INVERNESS COUNTY: Cranton Bridge, Margaree Centre Cranton Bridge, Margaree Centre, is closed until further notice due to safety concerns. A replacement bridge is expected this year. A detour is in place via East Big Intervale Road, Crowdis Cross Road and West Big Intervale Road. CONTINUING WORK HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102/103 – Bicentennial Highway Blasting is taking place on Highway 102 between Exit 2A and Exit 1D and Highway 103 between Exit 2A and Exit 1B. Work is for the new 102/103 interchange. Blasting will take place twice a day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for ten-minute intervals. Work is expected to continue until Sunday, March 31. LUNENBURG COUNTY: LaHave Island Bridge The LaHave Island Bridge will be undergoing repairs until Friday March 8. During this time, the bridge will be closed to motorists from 8:30 a.m. to noon, and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. The bridge will be open to pedestrians and emergency vehicles. NEW WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge Trunk 2 Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge over the Nappan River on Trunk 2, outside Amherst, is closed until further notice. A detour is available on Route 302, Southampton Road and Smith Road. Traffic approaching Amherst is being rerouted a short distance on the Nappan and Lower Porter Roads, while traffic leaving Amherst is required to detour on Smith Road. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Cape Forchu Bridge, Route 304 Cape Forchu Bridge on Route 304, Yarmouth Bar, is reduced to one lane for repairs until Sunday, March 31. Traffic lights and traffic control personnel will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. -30-last_img read more

Attention intensifies around Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Invictus Games

first_imgTORONTO – The appearance of Prince Harry’s girlfriend over the weekend at the opening ceremonies of the Invictus Games in Toronto continues to be scrutinized by royal watchers, who have commented on everything from how far they sat from each other to where the American actress purchased her outfit.“This is just part of the fabric of modern-day living for the Royal Family,” says Damian Radcliffe, a British media researcher who teaches journalism at the University of Oregon.“There’s always been a huge amount of column inches about nothing much in particular. It’s just that now we have a great proliferation of media outlets willing to talk about that, which is why there’s so much coverage of this on both sides of the Atlantic.”Meghan Markle, who films the hit legal drama “Suits” in Toronto, cheered on the athletes from around the world Saturday while Harry, who founded the Games in 2014, sat a few rows away next to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. first lady Melania Trump.By Sunday morning, tabloids such as the Daily Mail were reporting how different Markle’s burgundy dress and leather jacket was from the demure outfit Kate Middleton — now the Duchess of Cambridge — wore at her first public outing with Harry’s brother and second in line to the throne, Prince William.Since this year’s Invictus Games are taking place where Markle lives and shoots “Suits,” there has been intense speculation about if and when the couple will make a public appearance together. They have publicly acknowledged their relationship but have not been seen together, except for long-lens photos taken without their knowledge and from a great distance.“Everyone is expecting Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to appear together at some point this week,” says Chris Ship, Royal Editor for ITV News in the U.K. “The common-held view among the British royal press is that there will be an official outing, their first outing as a couple, as it were.”Ship says it’s likely the two didn’t sit together at the opening ceremonies because it might have distracted from the Games themselves. In attending the same event but doing so separately, he says the couple is taking “baby steps.”“She appears at the Invictus Games opening ceremonies because she knows how much the Games mean to her boyfriend, and yet they didn’t want to sit her next to him because they knew that would overshadow the opening ceremonies,” he says. “So the choreography has actually been very clever.”Competition is high among freelance and tabloid photographers, for whom the first photos of the couple would be very profitable.“I don’t doubt that there are probably paparazzi photographers in and around Toronto hanging out in hedges, trying to find Harry and Meghan Markle out together in the evening, because they know that there’s a lot of money if they could capture that picture and they could sell it around the world,” Ship says.He says he’s made an effort to keep the focus of his coverage on the inspiring stories of athletes competing at the Invictus Games.“There is a balance to be struck between public interest in Harry and Meghan’s romance, set against (the fact that) he does have the right to a private life, and he shouldn’t have cameras hanging out of bushes and trees in order to get a picture of him,” Ship says.Radcliffe agrees.“It’s kind of a non-story,” he says. “The story is arguably more the Games, rather than how far they sat away from one another, and what she was wearing.”Royal historian Carolyn Harris, author of “Raising Royalty: A Thousand Years of Royal Parenting,” says there are several reasons for the intense interest in Markle and Prince Harry’s relationship at this moment.Interest in the Royal Family spiked at the beginning of September when Kensington Palace officials announced that Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William are expecting their third child, she says. The 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death has also led to many retrospectives about her legacy, and about her sons.Harris says the modernity of Harry and Markle’s relationship is another factor that makes them interesting to the public.“When we look at previous generations in the Royal Family, often the courtship was comparatively short before an engagement,” she says. “Charles and Diana, for instance, spent very little time together before becoming engaged. But in William and Harry’s generation, that has changed.”The fact that they have publicly acknowledged their relationship is also “unusual in many ways,” Harris says. In November, Harry issued a statement condemning media harassment of Markle, who he identified as his girlfriend, and earlier this month she spoke to Vanity Fair about their relationship.“It’s interesting, over the course of the Queen’s reign, there’s been changing views in terms of who are suitable spouses for royalty,” Harris says. When Queen Victoria’s eldest son was preparing to marry, his choices were quite limited: his wife had to be royal, and she had to be a Protestant.“It was determined there were about seven eligible women he could marry,” Harris says.“Now, with members of the Royal Family going to university and having the opportunity to have some degree of a private life and dating before getting married, we’re seeing a much wider pool of potential spouses for royalty.”Radcliffe says the intense interest in royal relationships is nothing new — it’s just the way audiences consume that news that has changed.“This is just the start of a whole new media circus for this couple, in this iteration of how the lives of the Royal Family play out in the social media age,” he says. “We’re going to see a lot more of this, I’m sure.”last_img read more

Canadas ambassador meets with second detainee in China

first_imgOTTAWA – Canadian diplomats have been granted consular access to Michael Spavor, one of two Canadians arrested in China earlier this week.In a statement, Global Affairs says John McCallum, Canada’s ambassador to China, met with Spavor today.The department says Canadian officials will assist Spavor and his family on an ongoing basis, but provided no other details.Canadian diplomats met today with the second Canadian detained in China. Statement from Global Affairs to @CityNews – more tonight at 6.— Caryn Ceolin (@carynceolin) December 16, 2018On Friday, McCallum met with detainee Michael Kovrig, who is on a leave of absence from Global Affairs.Spavor and Kovrig were taken into custody days after Canadian authorities arrested leading senior Chinese executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver so she can be extradited to the U.S. to face fraud charges.Global Affairs says today that Canadian consular officials are also continuing to provide services to Kovrig and his family.last_img read more

Nationwide Mourning in Egypt After at Least 235 Worshippers Killed in

Rabat – Egypt has announced a three-day nationwide mourning after at least 235 people were killed and 130 were injured in a terrorist attack at Al Rawda mosque in Egypt’s North Sinai on Friday.Masked terrorists unleashed a suicide bomb before gunfire broke out during the Friday prayer on the worshipers, some of whom were Egyptian army conscripts.The attack occurred in the village of Bir Al-Abed, 40 kilometers away from El Arish, the capital of North Sinai province. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi denounced the attack, describing it as “criminal and “cowardly” in a televised statement on Friday.He also said that the attack “will not go unpunished,” adding that the police will achieve vengeance for those who were killed.“The armed forces and the police will avenge our martyrs and restore security and stability with the utmost force,” said the president.The Egyptian military have also unleashed air strikes on targets in mountainous places around Bir al-Abed just hours after the attack, reported Qatari news outlet Al Jazeera.Since the removal of the former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi by the Egyptian army, terrorist groups, including the Egyptian branch of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS), have continuously attacked the Egyptian security forces in northern Sinai.Many police and soldiers, as well as civilians, were killed in these attacks.Egypt is also threatened by al-Qaeda-linked jihadists operating from Libya on the country’s western border.A group called Ansar al-Islam, “the Supporters of Islam,” claimed an ambush in October in the western Egyptian desert that killed at least 16 policemen. read more

Hants Family Named Woodland Owners of the Year

For this year’s top woodland owner, working in the woods has been a family affair for three generations. Spence Managed Forest, Ellershouse, Hants Co., has been named the provincial 2019 Woodland Owner of the Year. Ian Spence credits his father and grandfather’s vision for how the company operates today. “By balancing industry with ecology, they laid the groundwork for land to be enjoyed and sustainably managed for generations to come,” said Mr. Spence. “We are following their example by looking forward with everything that we do.” The Spence family owns 810-hectares of a diverse variety of tree species and ages. It is a favourite location for many outdoor enthusiasts. Recreational activities have been enjoyed in the area alongside the forestry operations for decades. “The Spences are a great example of how we can successfully balance the use of our natural resources,” said Iain Rankin, Minister of Lands and Forestry. “It is my pleasure to help recognize their good work and the good work of others in our forestry industry as we all move to a more ecologically based approach.” There will be a public field day on the Spence property Saturday, Sept. 28. Cindy and Sherm Embree from Sable River in Shelburne County are the winners for the western region. Their focus on sustainability puts an emphasis on balancing wildlife, forestry, and education. This includes taking steps to help sustain the boreal felt lichen by protecting part of their property where it grows. Terry Cameron from near Cape George in Antigonish County is the winner for the eastern region. He also emphasizes sustainability in his practices and welcomes hikers and bikers to enjoy the trails that run across his property. The department has presented the Woodland Owner of the Year award since 1990. Nova Scotia residents who own 20 to 2,000 hectares (50 to 5,000 acres) of woodland are eligible for woodland owner awards. Nominations are accepted until April 15 each year. More information is available on the department’s website at . read more

Minister Ince Participating in Youth Leadership Event in Africa

African Nova Scotian Affairs Minister Tony Ince will be joining a small delegation of youth travelling to Ghana, Africa for the African Youth and Governance Convergence event, Aug. 11 to 18. It is hosted by the Youth Bridge Foundation and brings together youth of African descent from more than 35 countries to provide leadership training, mentorship opportunities and to discuss issues affecting Africa’s development. The delegates will work to find solutions to overcome difficulties and challenges facing the continent. “This is truly an experience of a lifetime,” said Mr. Ince. “I am excited to speak at the event and to serve as a youth mentor on critical aspects of leadership, governance and development.” This year, Ghana is commemorating the 400-year anniversary of the first enslaved Africans arriving in North America. To learn more about the Youth Bridge Foundation visit . For more information on the event visit . read more

Film Production Announced

Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) announced a newly approved production through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund today, Aug. 27. Documentary TV Series, The Big Downsize Season 2, produced by Downsize Me Media II Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $147,483 based on an eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $475,750. More details about productions approved for incentives through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund are available on the NSBI website at . the fund applies to eligible costs such as labour, goods or services purchased from a Nova Scotia-based supplier when an application is approved, NSBI issues an incentive agreement which can be used for the financing process when the production is approved for a funding commitment, the funds are placed in reserve when the production is complete the applicant submits a final claim to NSBI for processing and disbursement all applications and claims are processed and approved by NSBI Additional Resources: For more about the application process, eligible costs and guidelines, go to . Quick facts: -30- read more

Progress on Crane Removal Project

Quick Facts: The removal of the crane which collapsed during Hurricane Dorian will begin once final inspections are completed over the weekend. The process will begin with strapping down and stabilizing the fallen crane to ensure it does not move during removal operations. Anchoring the crane will begin Sunday. Once the crane is safely secured, work can begin on dismantling the tower. With the complexity of the project, estimated timelines and approach will likely be revised as work begins. The safety of the public and workers will continue to be the first priority. Further updates will be provided early next week. the crane collapsed during Hurricane Dorian on Sept. 7 on a building on South Park Street in Halifax government declared a localized state of emergency at the site where the crane rests on Sept. 18. It remains in effect for 14 days unless government ends or extends it. the localized emergency area is defined as the city block within the boundaries of South Park Street, and bordered by Brenton Street, Brenton Place and Spring Garden Road Halifax Fire and Emergency Services is responsible for the evacuation order affecting residential and business tenants -30- read more

Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend

New Delhi: Shares of Ashok Leyland plunged over 5 per cent on Monday after the company said it will suspend manufacturing operations at its various plants for up to 15 days in October. On the BSE, the stock slumped 5.29 per cent to Rs 64.50. The scrip plunged 5.36 per cent to Rs 64.40 on the NSE. The commercial vehicle major on Friday said it will suspend manufacturing at its various plants for up to 15 days this month in order to adjust production to market demand. “To align our production in line with our sales, the company’s plants at various locations will be observing non-working days ranging from 2-15 days, during the month of October,” the Hinduja flagship said in a regulatory filing on Friday. read more


Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Actor Luca Marinelli is shown in this undated handout image from the film “Martin Eden”. An epic cinematic adaptation of Jack London’s novel “Martin Eden” has won the Toronto International Film Festival’s Platform Prize. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-TIFF The Platform jury included movie director Athina Rachel Tsangari, Hollywood trade publication Variety’s international film critic Jessica Kiang and Carlo Chatrian, the newly appointed artistic director of the Berlin Film Festival.Honourable mention was given to Toronto-raised filmmaker Kazik Radwanski’s “Anne at 13,000 ft,” about a socially awkward young woman navigating her career and dating life.French director Alice Winocour’s “Proxima,” about a mother trying to balance raising her daughter with physical training for a space mission, also received an honourable mention.The FIPRESCI Prize, an award given by the International Federation of Film Critics for TIFF’s Discovery program, went to Saint John, N.B.-raised filmmaker Heather Young for “Murmur,” about a woman who becomes obsessed with pet adoption after being order to perform community service for a DUI.The FIPRESCI Prize for the Special Presentations program went to London-based director Coky Giedroyc for “How to Build a Girl.”David Friend ~ The Canadian PressFollow @dfriend on Twitter Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO — An epic cinematic adaptation of Jack London’s novel “Martin Eden” has won the Toronto International Film Festival’s Platform Prize.Italian director Pietro Marcello’s film picked up the $20,000 jury award for its story of a sailor who is trying to reinvent himself as a writer.The production is the first to be awarded under TIFF’s new jury composition, which used to be only made up of filmmakers but now includes a more diverse range of voices from the entertainment industry. read more

Stars Support Surfriders United States And Oceans Of America This 4th Of

To celebrate this Independence Day, thousands of coastal defenders, including Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, marine biologist Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, legendary musician Jack Johnson and three-time world champion surfer, Carissa Moore, have been flying a new flag, standing up to declare ‘we are The United States and Oceans of America (#USOA).’Video: United States and Oceans of America – Summer 2019 – Full LengthAs part of the campaign, the Surfrider Foundation today launched a short film to emphasize that it is up to all Americans to help protect the ‘land and oceans of the free and the home and waves of the brave.’“This 4th of July, the day we celebrate the freedom of our country, we recognize that our nation doesn’t end at the shoreline,” said Surfrider’s Marketing Director, Eddie Anaya. “With growing threats from plastic pollution, offshore drilling and climate change, we are witnessing the largest assault on our ocean in American history. These problems are daunting and we’re calling on everyone who cares about our ocean and coasts to join together to protect the places we love for the future.”The U.S. is made up of more water than land. In fact, America’s oceans cover nearly 4.5 million square miles, which is about 20% greater than U.S. landmass. The Surfrider Foundation’s USOA flag design is an artistic emblem that represents the nation’s connection to the land and sea.“It’s nice to have a flag as a symbol to remind us that the entire country, no matter where you live, is connected to the sea, and our well-being depends on it,” said marine biologist and founder of Ocean Collectiv, Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson.The coast is a top tourist destination with more than 100 million people visiting our nation’s beaches annually. In addition, ocean recreation and tourism constitute 2.3 million jobs and contribute more than $124 billion to the nation’s economy every year.However, the nation’s oceans and coasts are increasingly at risk. Pollution at recreational beaches and waters across the U.S. costs the economy more than $2.2 billion and results in 20,000 health advisories annually. At least 5.25 trillion plastic particles are currently floating at sea. The threat of new offshore oil drilling puts the nation’s economies, jobs, communities and livelihoods at risk of a catastrophic oil spill.“I owe so much to this ocean… and that’s why I’m holding this flag as a commitment to stand up for healthier seas and coastlines free of plastic for everyone around the world who enjoys or depends on the ocean, for all the future generations,” said iconic singer and songwriter Jack Johnson. “We are the United States and Oceans of America.”The USOA initiative was developed in collaboration with creative agency, Activista, and their award-winning creative directors, Roberto Fernandez and Paco Conde, who are committed to driving social, cultural and economic change through the power of ideas.Join the Surfrider Foundation and take action at read more

UNHCR Announces Global Humanitarian Award Ceremony

Venezuelan singer Danny Ocean is part of a global line-up of performers who will be honouring the winner of the 2019 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award at a ceremony in Geneva on 7 October.For 65 years, UNHCR’s Nansen Refugee Award has honoured everyday heroes who make extraordinary efforts to protect refugees, displaced and stateless people. From a surgeon risking his life in a war zone, to local heroes rescuing refugees from the sea; Nansen Award winners all share a deep dedication to helping people in great need.“I know how hard it is to leave behind family, friends and everything you know to build a life again somewhere new,” said Ocean, who rose to global fame with his hit Me Rehuso, in which he sings about the love he left behind when he moved from his native Venezuela to the United States of America.“Millions of people each year are forced into making this decision to protect themselves and their families. For those refugees who have lost everything, the humanity and support of others is their only lifeline. For many years the winners of the Nansen Refugee Award have been that lifeline. It is an honour for me to play a part in celebrating their extraordinary achievement.”The 2019 winner will be announced on 2 October before being presented with the award at the iconic Bâtiment des Forces Motrices theatre in Geneva, Switzerland.The ceremony will also feature a keynote address by Nadine Labaki, the Lebanese director of the Cannes Jury Prize winner, and Oscar-nominated film, Capernaum, and will be hosted by award-winning South African TV presenter Leanne Manas. Other performers joining them on the night will be Swiss musician Flèche Love and German poets and stage performers Babak Ghassim and Usama Elyas.Recent winners of the Nansen Refugee Award include South Sudanese surgeon Dr. Evan Atar Adaha, Sister Angelique Namaika from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Zannah Mustapha, a lawyer and mediator from Borno state in north-eastern Nigeria. read more

Tyquan Lewis having outstanding spring for Ohio State as defensive line depth

Redshirt-sophomore defensive lineman Tyquan Lewis (59) performs a drill during a March 26 practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorUrban Meyer’s call might have been answered this spring after the Ohio State coach spent most of the 2014 season preaching the need for depth at defensive line.Despite losing starters Michael Bennett and Steve Miller to graduation, OSU defensive line coach Larry Johnson said redshirt-sophomore Tyquan Lewis, sophomore Jalyn Holmes and redshirt-freshman Sam Hubbard have stood out through the first 10 practices this spring.“Tyquan is having a great spring, really great spring,” Johnson said Thursday. “Jalyn is starting to be the player we think he can be. Sam’s kinda out of nowhere, but really got a chance to be really dynamic also.”Lewis and Holmes combined for a total of 20 tackles last season, with Hubbard sitting out as a redshirt. Holmes totaled 11 tackles, one for loss, and Lewis added nine tackles with half a sack.Of the three, Johnson said Lewis has made the biggest strides since OSU’s victory in the College Football Playoff National Championship in January.“It’s clicked in his mind, the kind of player he has to be,” Johnson said. “He’s playing much faster than he played last year. And I think he understands the defensive concept much more than he did last year. But he’s had a really outstanding spring.”While Lewis played in 13 of the Buckeyes’ 15 games last season, he never cracked the regular rotation. Now with the goal of defending its national title, OSU is looking to replace the production of Bennett and Miller, who combined for 75 total tackles and eight sacks as seniors.The Buckeyes’ most productive defensive lineman, junior Joey Bosa, is set to return after totaling 55 tackles, 21 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks on his way to being named a unanimous All-American. Bosa acknowledged that there wasn’t much depth on the line last year, but added the confidence he has in his backups has changed this spring.“Last year, we didn’t feel too comfortable with putting some backups in,” Bosa said Thursday. “But this year is a completely different feeling, we have a bunch of guys ready to go.”Like his coach, Bosa said Lewis has been the standout player of the bunch. He said Lewis has earned the starting spot opposite himself at defensive end, and added that he’s done “an unbelievable job” in practice.“He’s out there killing it, going hard every day,” Bosa said. “We’re all so happily surprised to see him do that, and I’m excited to have another end doing that.”Bosa said Lewis has speed and physicality, calling him a “freak” on the field.But while one player has stood out, Bosa added that Holmes and Hubbard have come out strong as well.“Jalyn Holmes and Sam Hubbard, my little protégés,” Bosa said. “They’re doing great, too. They’re out there working, Sam’s gotten so unbelievably better.”Overall, Johnson said he likes where OSU’s defensive line is going as spring practice winds down.The Buckeyes are scheduled to take the field for their annual Spring Game on April 18 before taking on Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va., to open the regular season. read more

BREAKING Man breaks out of Lusignan Prison

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGPF recaptures Lusignan Prison escapeeOctober 24, 2016In “Crime”Lusignan prison escapee accused of rape recaptured- PoliceOctober 6, 2017In “Crime”Prison escapee sentenced to life for murder of minibus driverJune 21, 2019In “Court” A former Guyana Defence Force (GDF) rank who was serving time on drug related charges has  escaped from the Lusignan Prison, East Coast Demerara (ECD).The escapee has been identified as 24-year-old John Lambert of Lot 158 North Haslington, ECD.He is said to have been serving a four-year sentence for possession if narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.The convict escaped from the Lusignan Prison about 03:39 hrs on 2019.04.07 by scaling an eastern fence at Holding Bay 3.According to the police, a manhunt has been launched to recapture the convicted prisoner who is on the run.Anyone with information that may lead to the recapture of the escape is asked to contact the police on 229-2750,229-2019 or the nearest police station read more

Pomeroon residents to benefit from free internet by September

Residents of Jacklow Village, Lower Pomeroon, will have internet access in and around their community before the end of September 2019.The primary school in the community will be connected and residents will be able to access e-Government services for the first time via satellite.This was promised to the residents by Public Telecommunications Minister Catherine Hughes during a recent community meeting at the Jacklow Primary School.According to the schedule drawn up by the National Data Management Authority (NDMA) e-Government Unit, the satellite dish that was installed recently in Jacklow will go live in August. Minister Hughes gave a commitment that soon, thereafter, she would return to deliver computer tablets for students to use.“The computers will be of immense help to all the students, and my Ministry’s Training Department will come back and hold computer literacy classes for anyone in this community,” she assured them.“When you are able to connect to the internet, it means that you will not have to travel up the river to Charity, or go all the way to Georgetown to conduct your business with the NIS, the GRA or the Passport office. You will be able to talk to family and friends on the internet anywhere, whether they are in Guyana or not”.Jacklow is one of seven communities along the Pomeroon River soon to benefit from internet connectivity via satellite dishes. The dishes were installed in recent months in Kabakaburi, Siriki, Saint Nicholas Mission, Jacklow, St Monica-Karawab and Akawini. They will all be activated before September.Minister Hughes said that this initiative is part of the Government’s programme to supply the means for citizens to become computer literate at least, no matter where in Guyana they live and work.To date, the NDMA/e-Government Unit has installed connections for free internet at more than 170 community Information and Communications Technology (ICT) hubs, 175 primary schools, 102 secondary schools, 37 technical and other tertiary institutes, and 120 government ministries and agencies. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNDMA conducting needs assessment for internet connectivity in Region 9February 16, 2018In “Internet”Passport applications among Govt services to go digitalMarch 5, 2017In “Internet”Improved internet, telecommunications services under US$17M GRIF projectFebruary 19, 2018In “latest news” read more

Teen stabbed to death while purchasing fish chips

Eighteen-year-old Ravildo “Michael” Williams was on Sunday evening stabbed to death by a group of men at main access road to the Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD).Dead, Ravildo “Michael” WilliamsBased on information received, the young man of Lot 37 Friendship, East Bank Demerara left a wedding reception at Grove, EBD but as he was heading home, he stopped to purchase fish and chips.However, a group of men who were at the location were seen suddenly fleeing the scene. Upon checking, Williams was found lying on the ground with stab wounds to the left side of his body.He was picked up and taken to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre where he was pronounced dead on arrival.The Police have arrested one person in connection with the murder. He is assisting Police with their investigations. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related1 dead, another injured in Soesdyke stabbing altercationJuly 9, 2018In “Crime”Man stabbed to death at bar in SoesdykeJuly 19, 2015In “Crime”UPDATE: Victim in Soesdyke fatal stabbing identified as teenagerJuly 9, 2018In “Crime” read more