European Union pledges Euro 42 million to Sri Lanka

The programme will strengthen the governance of reconciliation processes by seeking institutional consensus across various government entities and civil society, in addition to contributing to strengthening the linkages between the government and the grassroots population.The programme will also facilitate initiatives that link reconciliation and non-recurrence by addressing language barriers and psycho-social needs, as well as using arts and culture to break down barriers between communities. The Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany and the British Council will also contribute EUR 2.4 million and EUR 0.1 million respectively to the programme on reconciliation. The programme aimed at Strengthening Reconciliation Processes in Sri Lanka is a direct result of the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) conclusions on Sri Lanka in October 2015, which envisaged “new opportunities for the EU to engage with the Government of Sri Lanka in making further progress on reconciliation and support priorities of good governance including tackling corruption, promoting respect for human rights and the rule of law”. The European Union (EU) will step up its assistance to Sri Lanka, by providing Euro 42 million (approximately LKR 6.93 billion) for the implementation of two programmes: Support to the Modernisation of the Agricultural Sector in Sri Lanka (EUR 30 million) and Strengthening Reconciliation Processes in Sri Lanka (EUR 12 million).Secretary to the Ministry of Finance, Dr. R. H. S. Samaratunge signed the agreements on behalf of the Government in the presence of Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives for the Delegation of the European Union, H.E. Tung Lai Margue. The EU aims to help modernise the agriculture sector by improving the Government’s institutional capacities and by introducing innovative packages and associated market and production infrastructure. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Iraq elections could be held by end of 2004 if conditions are

Video of the press briefing [31mins] Credible elections are not possible in Iraq before the 30 June planned handover of sovereignty but they can be organized by the end of this year or in early 2005 given the establishment of certain conditions, including a legal framework for the process, a United Nations fact-finding mission to the country says in a report released today.Lakhdar Brahimi, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Advisor, led the team which was dispatched in response to requests from the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), the Iraqi Governing Council and others concerned to study the feasibility of early elections and possible alternatives.In an agreement reached last November, the CPA and the Governing Council envisaged regional caucuses to choose members of a transitional national assembly, but the UN team found that the caucus-style system “does not appear to enjoy sufficient support among Iraqis to be a viable option.”While in Iraq, the team met with a range of Iraqi stakeholders and was told that political agreement on a legal framework for the balloting could be secured by May. If this is the case, and if other conditions are met, the team concluded that “elections could be held by the end of 2004 or shortly after.”All Iraqi stakeholders would have to agree as soon as possible on the electoral framework so that preparations for operational work can begin, according to the report, which anticipates that the preparatory process would take at least eight months after a legal and institutional framework has been established.The report recommends setting up an Iraqi Electoral Commission to start working immediately towards a well-organized process that would result in polling as soon as possible. The report adds that once basic agreements are reached, a precise polling date should be set and announced.The mission backs agreement among “many” Iraqis that a single assembly should be chosen through elections held by the end of this year or shortly after with the dual functions of drafting a constitution and acting as the principal law-making body. It also underscores the prevailing consensus in Iraq on keeping the 30 June handover date.Regarding the transfer of sovereignty, the team says the UN would be willing to help in building consensus among Iraqis on the specific powers, structure and composition of a provisional governance body and the process for its establishment, and could provide advisory services and technical assistance for the electoral process.Ultimately, the Iraqi people must decide on these issues and implement them, the report stresses. “They are more than capable of doing so.”The team, which visited Iraq from 6 to 13 February, calls for intensified discussions on security within the Iraqi Governing Council and the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) to complete arrangements for expanding UN activities in the country. “The United Nations is ready to play a supporting role – in helping to facilitate political consensus, as well as in offering technical advice on elections – if the people of Iraq so request it, the Security Council mandates the Organization to play that role, and appropriate arrangements are made to provide security for our own personnel.”These conclusions are echoed by the Secretary-General in his letter transmitting the report to the President of the Security Council. “[A] precondition for the United Nations to succeed in Iraq is the clear and unambiguous support of a united Security Council and the establishment of a secure environment,” he emphasizes.Team member Carina Perelli, Director of the UN Electoral Assistance Division, told reporters in New York today that the UN will act in response to the wishes of the Iraqi people. “We will now wait to hear from the Iraqis and the CPA to see whether they accept the report and our recommendations and what are the future steps,” she said. “The UN and the UN Electoral Assistance Division stands ready to contribute to this process if the Iraqis and the CPA at this point consider that our help is necessary.” read more

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UN mission in Afghanistan worried about abducted colleagues

“It is seven days since they have been taken and, given the extreme harsh conditions, we have serious concerns for their health,” said Manoel de Almeida e Silva, spokesman for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). “The psychological pressure must be tremendous not knowing what will happen from one day to the next, away from their friends and families.”We ask those holding them to release them immediately and unharmed.”Shqipe Hebibi, Annetta Flanigan and Angelito Nayan were abducted by armed gunmen from their UN vehicle on 28 October in the Afghan capital of Kabul. They had been contracted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to work on the country’s first-ever presidential elections last month.Mr. de Almeida e Silva expressed the UN’s gratitude for the work of the Afghan authorities to obtain their release, adding that the United Nations was doing all it could to support those efforts.Meanwhile, the Afghan Interior Ministry has set up a telephone hotline so that people can call to provide information on the case. On Tuesday, a coalition of Afghan religious authorities condemned the abduction of the three UN workers, saying it was contrary to Islamic principles. read more

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UN report explores ways urbanization can be a catalyst for rural development

Meeting the rising urban demand for food can increase the incomes of the rural poor, most of whom derive their livelihoods from small and family farm agriculture, said the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General, José Graziano da Silva. “But growing urban demand will not automatically benefit small farmers, so we must look for solutions that can seize on the opportunities, and avoid the downside of increasing urbanization,” he said in a new release on the report presented by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and FAO. Better roads, reliable and extensive electrification, refrigerated transportation and better storage facilities are all key to success, Mr. Graziano da Silva said, noting that such transformation would also lead farmers to grow higher-value and more nutritious produce, which is essential for the proper nutrition of growing urban populations. The report notes that growing urban populations will be especially visible in Africa, as a majority of the continent’s fast-growing population will be living in cities by 2030. Globally, some 2.5 billion more people will be living in urban areas than do today. Africa and Asia will account for 90 per cent of the increase. Quality concerns over locally produced food by urban residents in many developing countries often result in greater preference for imported varieties, according to the report. Better vertical integration of the domestic food value chain – requiring improved processing, milling, cleaning, marketing, bagging, branding and possibly even supermarkets – could remedy that. Such an effort would produce a host of agribusiness jobs and enhance the agricultural sector’s ability to make productivity-boosting investments. The report also highlights the role of intermediate towns, which can play a catalyzing role in mediating the urban-rural nexus. The vicinity of such towns tends to provide smallholder farmers with greater opportunities to market their products and share in the gains from economic growth. Smaller towns also offer migration destinations that more likely help the rural poor escape from poverty than big cities do. “Intermediate cities can be, and most of the time, are, the effective promoter of rural development,” said Mr. Graziano da Silva. read more

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October boosts UK engine production output past 2 million

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,Domestic demand drove growth in UK engine output for the 10th consecutive month in October, as multi-billion pound investments in plants to serve Britain’s resurgent vehicle manufacturing sector continue to be realised. However, with more than half of all engines built here still exported, it is vital that the competitive conditions that have driven this sector’s success – and that of the vehicle manufacturing sector on which it relies – are secured for the future.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) UK engine manufacturing rises 8.9% in October, with 239,086 units produced.Domestic vehicle makers drive growth, with demand up 29.1% in the month.Overall year-to-date output reaches 2.1 million – a 6.4% uplift on the first 10 months in 2015. read more

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HSG Wetzlar to sign Metalurgs refugee – Vladan Lipovina

handball transfersHSG WetzlarLuka CindricVladan Lipovinavuko borozan One of the best young players on the right back position in Europe Vladan Lipovina (20) was a free agent for only one day, since he ended contract with RK Metalurg Skopje by mutual agreement. Talented lefthander came to Skopje last summer from Spanish Quenca with an idea to make big step in professional career in work with Lino Červar, but all went bad with the money and relationship of all the players with Croatian coach.RK Metalurg’s players are in boycott, they don’t practice, while on the other side, Lino Červar and club’s owner Minčo Jordanov have only a few juniors on the training sessions. Today is the last day for some deal between Management and suspended players because until midnight RK Metalurg have to declare squad for the upcoming match in EHF Champions League against La Rioja.If they don’t, consequences will be tragic.One thing is sure, Vladan Lipovina won’t be a part of the team. He stated on his FB profile that “he left Metalurg”, a few hours before he was promoted as a new member of HSG Wetzlar.That isn’t the only RK Metalurg’s “refugee” for whom is HSG Wetzlar interested. Another two names are Vuko Borozan (20, left back) and Luka Cindric (22, playmaker), two hot prospect for the future… ← Previous Story HANDBALL SUAREZ: Marko Kopljar gets two months suspension Next Story → WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2014: 75.000 votes for 48 hours! read more

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MIRACLE in Celje – Norway avoid battles for 1316th place

← Previous Story U20 EHF EURO 2018: France to meet Germany in semi-final Next Story → How far Pick Szeged can go with six new players? Suprisingly average level of performance of Norwegian national team at Men’s U20 EHF EURO 2018, somehow, became TOP in the 60 minutes of an important clash with Sweden 23:16, in which Norge boys avoided battles for the place 13-16 in Celje – Norway lost against Israel 25:30 in Preliminary Round, Sweden beat Israel 29:22 so victory with four goals and more was necessary for Norwegians to put Israelis behind them. On the other side, Swedish team could allow defeat up to eight goals to stay among TOP 2 in the Group and continue to place 9-12 battles. STANDINGS:Norway 4Sweden 4Israel 0Romania 0Norway will meet Hungary, while Sweden going to play against Denmark for placement 9-12.Israel VS Russia and Poland VS Romania will decide who will be the last at the end…PHOTO: Slavko Kolar read more

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Greek hairdresser takes out national LOreal trophy

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Frank Apostolopoulos has taken out Australia’s Golden Globes of hairdressing for his magazine cover look interpretation. The BIBA Fitzroy hairdresser, together with fellow hairdresser Mariam Enegd was awarded the L’Oreal Professionnel Colour Trophy Award last Sunday at the Melbourne Convention Centre. Apostolopoulos along with 25 finalists from around the country reproduced a magazine cover look in front of a panel of high profile judges. His messy, street inspired men’s cover look also earned him the L’Oreal Professionel Men’s Colour Award. “The experience was surreal… and the first time ever that someone had won two awards in the competition,” said Apostolopoulos.Judges included Director of L’Oreal International Professional Development, Michel Claire from France, Editor of Marie Claire Australia Jackie Frank and L’Oreal Paris Make Up Director Rae Morris.The winners now share in over $250,000 of prizes, education and national endorsements including trips to London to attend an industry hair seminar.last_img read more

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Cirrhose symptômes causes traitement définition de quoi sagitil

first_imgCirrhose : symptômes, causes, traitement, définition, de quoi s’agit-il ?La cirrhose est une grave affection du foie responsable de nombreux décès. Mais quels sont les symptômes de la cirrhose et à quoi est-elle due ? Retour sur cette maladie.Définition : la cirrhose qu’est-ce que c’est ?Le foie est un organe vital et l’un des plus volumineux du corps humain. Situé dans la partie droite de l’abdomen entre le diaphragme et l’estomac, le foie a de nombreuses fonctions : il filtre les toxines, emmagasine et transforme les nutriments absorbés par les intestins. Il fabrique aussi des protéines contribuant à la coagulation du sang, produit la bile permettant l’absorption les graisses, et contribue à réguler les taux de glucose de certaines hormones.La cirrhose est une maladie du foie. Elle est caractérisée par un remplacement progressif des tissus sains du foie par des nodules et du tissu fibreux, ce qui altère progressivement la fonction hépatique. Il s’agit d’une maladie grave et irréversible qui peut rester stable ou bien évoluer.Causes : comment survient la cirrhose ?La cirrhose résulte le plus souvent d’une atteinte chronique du foie. Elle est causée dans 75 à 90% par l’abus d’alcool. Dans une moindre mesure, elle peut aussi être provoquée par une infection virale, notamment une hépatite B (5% des cas) ou une hépatite C (15 à 25% des cas).Symptômes : comment se manifeste la cirrhose ?La cirrhose est une maladie silencieuse qui ne se manifeste qu’une fois que 80% des cellules du foie sont touchées. Ce n’est qu’à ce moment-là que les symptômes apparaissent. Ils comprennent :- une grande fatigue, accompagnée d’une perte d’appétit et d’un amaigrissement (premiers signes)- nausées et diarrhées- augmentation du volume de l’abdomen (accumulation de liquide dans le ventre)- jaunisse- hémorragie digestive due à une hypertension portale (urgence médicale). Elle se traduit par des vomis de sang ou des selles très noiresCes symptômes généraux conduisent souvent les malades à consulter et à réaliser un bilan de santé.  En cas de suspicion de cirrhose, le médecin va tenter de palper le foie, la rate et va rechercher la présence de rougeurs au niveau des paumes des mains ou de la peau. Pour confirmer le diagnostic, une biopsie du foie doit être réalisée afin de visualiser les lésions fibreuses caractéristiques. Un bilan sanguin va permettre d’évaluer le fonctionnement du foie et une échographie va aider à préciser l’aspect de l’organe. Ces examens vont également fournir des pistes quant à la cause de la maladie.Traitement : comment traiter la cirrhose ?La cirrhose est une maladie irréversible. Il n’existe pas de traitement efficace pour la soigner, outre la greffe de foie. Le malade peut cependant limiter les facteurs aggravant en traitant la cause de la maladie.Lorsque la cirrhose est dite alcoolique, le sevrage est inévitable. Dans le cas d’une cirrhose associée à un syndrome métabolique, comme le diabète, le patient doit perdre du poids, contrôler son diabète et abaisser le taux de lipides dans le sang. Enfin, lorsqu’elle est causée par une hépatite virale, des traitements antiviraux doivent être administrés. Dans une moindre mesure, le patient atteint de cirrhose doit modifier son mode de vie. D’abord en cessant sa consommation d’alcool. Parce qu’elle aggrave la maladie, la consommation de tabac doit aussi être arrêtée. Certains médicaments et drogues peuvent avoir un effet toxique sur le foie et doivent être évités. Parlez-en à votre médecin.Les complications de la cirrhose À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Sans prise en charge ou avec une hygiène de vie inadaptée, la cirrhose du foie va conduire à un stade appelé décompensation, où l’organe n’est plus capable d’assurer ses fonctions. Cela conduit à l’apparition de complications comme un ictère (la peau et le blanc des yeux deviennent jaunes), une encéphalopathie ou l’apparition de varices au niveau de l’œsophage.  La cirrhose du foie peut également provoquer une augmentation des infections bactériennes ainsi qu’un cancer du foie. Lorsque la cirrhose est avancée au point de menacer la vie du malade, la seule option envisageable est la transplantation hépatique, ou greffe de foie.Néanmoins, l’opération n’est pas sans risque et requiert de trouver un donneur compatible. Les délais d’attente peuvent ainsi être longs. Le 17 novembre 2015 à 17:21 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Geek deals Save on the Hudway glass headsup navigation display

first_imgLooking away from the road when you’re driving can be dangerous. Even if you’re just taking a quick glance at the GPS on your dash, that can delay your reaction, and maybe even cause an accident. To solve this problem, the folks at Hudway have created a transparent heads-up display to help you navigate.• Hudway glass heads-up navigation display for $49.95Pair your smartphone to the heads-up display, mount it to your dashboard, and you’ll be able to see exactly what you need to do without looking away from the road. And the best part? It works with nearly any modern smartphone and nearly any dashboard.Whether you’re a veteran driver or brand new, this tool is extremely useful. GPS navigation enables low-stress traveling in unfamiliar locations, and now you can view it safely by yourself. No need for a navigator in the passenger seat. No more unsafe glances away from the road.And since this display is compatible with pretty much every HUD-based app, you’re not locked into a single navigation app. There’s a lot of flexibility here, and this asking price is hard to pass up.When you order from StackSocial, you can get shipping across the contiguous Unites States. And when you order today, you can expect it between February 19th and February 22nd.Note: All sales final. Terms and conditions apply. See the StackSocial website for more information.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.For more great deals head over to TechBargains.last_img read more

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Clark County deputies seek theft suspects

first_imgClark County sheriff’s deputies are asking for the public’s help in identifying two alleged thieves in two separate cases, according to social media posts.On Aug. 10, a man stole a $400 stroller and car seat from the Hazel Dell Target, 8801 N.E. Hazel Dell Ave.Then, on Aug. 15, someone committed a residential burglary in the area of Northeast Boutelle Road, north of Battle Ground. Deputies did not specify the gender of the suspect, but surveillance photos of the suspect show a woman.The thief stole multiple credit cards, jewelry and “personal identifying information for the victim,” the sheriff’s office said. She then used the credit cards to make purchases at Clark County businesses, spending more than $5,800, deputies said.Tipsters with information about the store theft should reach out to Deputy Mark Anderson at Mark.Anderson@clark.wa.gov. Anyone with information about the residential burglary can contact Deputy Jesse Henschel at jesse.henschel@clark.wa.gov.last_img read more

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Facebook Makes It Easy to Donate Blood in the US

first_img ‘Storm Loch Ness’ Joke Facebook Event Aims to Spot Folklore ‘Monster’Nearly 300K Alien Fans Sign Up to ‘Raid Area 51’ for Joke Facebook Event Stay on target In the time it takes you to read this sentence, at least two people will need a blood transfusion.They may not receive one, though.Blood banks in the US are seeing a decline in donors—particularly those with type A, B, and O flowing through their veins.AdChoices广告It doesn’t take much: Ten minutes for one pint, and you get a free snack after.But giving blood isn’t on most people’s to-do lists. So social media giant Facebook is stepping in to raise awareness and make it easier for folks to find opportunities to help.Folks in Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., can look for the new in-app Blood Donations feature, rolling out nationwide “over the coming months.”“Tens of thousands of blood donors are needed each day across the US to transform the lives of patients requiring blood transfusions,” according to Mitzy Edgecomb, vice president of marketing and communications at Facebook partner Vitalant.“Summer and winter are notoriously difficult times for collecting enough blood donations,” she said in a statement. “But the need does not stop and can even rise due to increased travel, activity, adverse weather events, and cold and flu season, among other factors.”Initial collaborators include America’s Blood Centers, the American Red Cross, Inova, New York Blood Center, Rock River Valley Blood Center, Stanford Blood Center, Versiti, and Vitalant.Sign up to be a blood donor on Facebook by going to Blood Donations in the About section of your profile (via Facebook)This isn’t Facebook’s first blood-donation rodeo: The firm has been working with centers around the world since 2017 to increase the number of donors. In fact, this tool is already available in Bangladesh, Brazil, India, and Pakistan.Simply navigate to “Blood Donations” in the About section of your profile to sign up. When centers are running low, they can request donations and send notifications to folks nearby.“Through our partnership with Facebook, individuals will be able to conveniently find and connect with their local blood center to help meet the ongoing need for a diverse pool of blood donors in the US and share their experiences and the importance of blood donation,” America’s Blood Centers CEO Kate Fry said. “By encouraging blood donation as a way of life, each of us can assure that the more than 30,000 pints of blood used daily throughout the country is available.”June 14 marks World Blood Donor Day, founded by the World Health Organization to thank people for donating and to raise awareness of the need for regular contributions.To commemorate, Facebook will host blood drives in some of its offices, as well as run awareness campaigns in Brazil and India. The firm also joined the Missing Types campaign led by the Red Cross and Vitalant, which underscores the critical need for blood donors.“This campaign comes at exactly the right time, as busy summer schedules make it extremely challenging to sign up sufficient blood donors,” Cliff Numark, senior vice president of the American Red Cross, said. “And Facebook’s new blood donation feature makes it even easier to make a lifesaving donation.”More on Geek.com:FDA Warns Against Young Blood Transfusions As Medical TreatmentFDA Approves Blood Test to ID ConcussionsFacebook Wants to Connect You With Your ‘Secret Crush’last_img read more

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Heritage Charkha Museum spin tales of Indian legacy

first_imgIn what comes as the first initiative to link charkha with tourism, BJP president Amit Shah unveiled the Large Steel Charkha and Heritage Charkha Museum – consisting 14 vintage charkhas – at Palika Bazar Park in Delhi’s Connaught Place, amid much fervour and gaiety recently.Hailing this initiative, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his special message to Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) Chairman, said: “As Mahatma Gandhi himself believed, the Charkha is a symbol of our Swaraj and self-reliance. The museum and the monument for the Charkha in the Capital will be a proud tribute to the Charkha’s historic importance in our nation. This will economically empower the lives of several weavers associated with the Khadi industry.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfKVIC chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena, in his welcome speech, said that Charkha, like the memorial to unknown soldiers, is memorial to the unknown rural masses, who took to the demonstrated ways of self-reliance and dignity of labour following the call of the father of the nation. “The KVIC, in association with New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), has set up this Heritage Charkha Museum, showcasing 50 to 100 year old charkhas, gifted to KVIC by the owners of these charkhas. The charkha, run by the PM on Oct 18, 2016 at Ludhiana, has also been kept permanently in the museum for display for general public,” he said, adding, “Located in the heart of the Capital, it will certainly catch the eyes of foreign tourists coming here. The sparkling white marble statue of Mahatma Gandhi and the Large Steel Charkha will be visible from all four sides of Baba Kharak Singh Marg.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBJP President Amit Shah said that from time immemorial Charkha had been the symbol of economic empowerment of our nation. “It is really a commendable job from the part of KVIC and NDMC that both the organisations have come up with a novel mission with economic model to promote tourism. I hope that the spinning wheel would symbolise the mission of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’.” Corroborating similar views, Kalraj Mishra, Union Minister MSME, said that Charkha would script the story of economic Independence of India in coming days. In his thanksgiving note, New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) Chairperson Naresh Kumar said that it would not only give a direct exposure to the vision to the New Delhi area about ‘Charkha’– a symbol of nation’s prosperity – but also to values and preserve the rich heritage of our composite culture. “Charkha is not only a symbol of simplicity and economic freedom by Swadeshi but also a symbol of peace and harmony, hence it will promote Prime Minister’s vision for ‘Make In India’,” he said, adding, “The NDMC will deliver its best to up-keep and maintain the Charkha and Heritage Museum spin tail of Indian legacy. The Council is striving hard for transforming the efficient, effective and livable New Delhi area through the intervention of modern digital technology.” The 2.5 tonne large steel charkha is made of high-quality chromium nickel stainless steel and is corrosion resistant, non-magnetic and not hardenable by heat. The order to make this 12 feet tall and 25 feet long spinning wheel was given to Prayog Samiti, KVIC unit, near Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat. The high quality stainless steel for the charkha was donated by Steel Authority of India (SAIL).On this occasion, besides gifting 500 new model eight-spindle charkhas – with a cost of approximately Rs 70 lakh – to the women spinners of nine states, a live charkha demonstration was also held by 10 women inmates of Tihar Jail. A film on Mahatma Gandhi was also screened, after a philatelic exhibition on ‘Father of the Nation’.last_img read more

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Recognising the works of women writers

first_imgThe city of Bhopal will be witnessing its first literature festival during the month of January 2019. To be held from January 12 –14, it will have three parallel sessions for three days in which more than 60 well-known authors will participate. Alongside the fest, there will be an announcement of ‘Sushila Devi Award for Best Book of Fiction Written by a Woman Author’. This unique book award for women has been instituted by Ratanlal Foundation, Delhi. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAll entries for the mentioned award should have been published in the period between January 1, 2016, and December 31, 2017. The book must be an original work in English and should not be self-published. Each award application must carry a short synopsis of the plot, describing briefly the content covered in the book. Also, the books which have only been published in the e-book format are not entitled. The last date for submission is October 15, 2018. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAn entry must be a full-length work of at least 40,000 words. While short story anthologies are not eligible, collections of short stories linked by a theme may be considered at the discretion of the jury. There are three prizes – the first prize is for Rs 2,00,000 and the two runners-up prizes are for Rs 25,000 each. The jury will announce the shortlisted books by December 15 and thereafter meet in Bhopal on January 11 to announce the winner. Entries may be sent by publishers only, in the form of four hard copies, to the Prize Secretariat Sanjeev Gupta (Coordinator Book Award), Ratanlal Foundation, New Delhi.last_img read more

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Rio closes its massive Jardim Gramacho dump

first_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 0 Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories “Now everyone knows we do dignified work, that we’re recyclers,” said dos Santos. “Now, they can’t discriminate against us and down there in the city they’ll have to receive us with open arms, like the Cristo Redentor,” referring to the Art Deco Christ statue that presides over Rio.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Associated PressRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – One of the world’s largest open-air landfills, a vast, seaside mountain of trash where thousands of people have made a living sorting through the debris by hand, will close this weekend after 34 years in malodorous service.Long a symbol of ill-conceived urban planning and environmental negligence, Rio de Janeiro’s Jardim Gramacho dump is being transformed into a vast facility that will harness the greenhouse gases generated by the rotting rubbish and turn them into fuel capable of heating homes and powering cars. Environmentalists had blamed Gramacho for the high levels of pollution in Rio’s once pristine Guanabara Bay, where tons of run-off from the garbage had leaked. Check your body, save your life Though the amount of trash dumped at Gramacho tapered off ahead of the site’s closure, with just an estimated 300 trucks arriving daily, as compared with 900 in years past, the catadores say they’ll be hard-pressed to find another job that pays as well. Dos Santos, the 46-year-old from the northeastern state of Paraiba, said he used to earn up to $1,500 a month – an enviable sum in a country where the monthly minimum wage is just over $300.Others say they fear discrimination.“I’ve put off looking for a job because I just know that people are going to look down at me like I smell bad or something because I worked here,” said 41-year-old Debora da Silva. Though her three daughters know she spent 15 years as a trash picker at Gramacho, she’s kept it a secret from many of her friends and neighbors for fear of stigmatization.The catadores were catapulted to international fame in 2010 when they were featured in an Oscar-nominated documentary about Brazilian-born, New York-based artist Vik Muniz’s photo project about the dump. “Waste Land” didn’t end up winning the Oscar, but the project raised money for the catadores.Dos Santos, for one, said the film helped restore the dignity of catadores, who have long helped the region recycle much of its garbage. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debatescenter_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sales of carbon credits and biogas are expected to generate about $232 million over 15 years, a percentage of which will go to payments to the catadores.Rotting garbage currently accounts for 20 percent of the region’s total carbon dioxide emissions and the move from Gramacho to the new state-of-the-art facility is expected to reduce carbonic gas emissions by 1.4 thousand tons per year.The closure of Gramacho comes months after Mexico City shut down its massive Bordo Pontiente landfill, which led to the immediate appearance of thousands of illegal dumping sites throughout the city. Authorities there came under sharp criticism for failing to make sure a viable alternative was in place.With its Seropedica facility up and running well ahead of Gramacho’s closure, Rio appears better prepared. The facility has been kitted out with a triple-layer seal to prevent leakage as well as sensors to detect any abnormality in the soil. Leachate, the liquid produced by the decomposing trash, will be captured, treated and used as recycled water, the new facility’s operators said.Despite the advanced warning, many of the trash pickers say they still have no idea what they’ll do next. They expect one-time payouts of about $7,500 a piece in the coming days, but most say they know the money will run out fast. Less clear is what will happen to the more than 1,700 people who worked at the site, scaling hills of fresh, fly- and vulture-covered trash to pluck recyclable plastic, paper and metal from the 9,000 tons of detritus once dumped there daily. Known as “catadores” in Portuguese, the trash pickers will receive a lump-sum payout from the city, but there’s no place for them at Gramacho’s replacement, the high-tech Seropedica dump, where most of the Marvelous City’s garbage is already being sent.“When you first get here, you’re like, `Ick, I don’t know if I can do this,’ but then you get used to it and you make friends and you find it’s good work,” said Lorival Francisco dos Santos, a 46-year-old from Brazil’s impoverished northeast who spent 13 years at the landfill.In the works for years, Gramacho’s closure was postponed several times, and was slated to finally take place just weeks before the United Nations’ Rio+20 megaconference on sustainable development here. It also comes as the city gears up to host the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament and the 2016 Olympics.“We’ve been telling the catadores about it for years, but somehow they never believed it would really happen,” said Gramacho director Lucio Alves Vianna. Gramacho sprang up on unstable, ecologically sensitive marshland overlooking the bay in 1978 and, for nearly 20 years, functioned with little or no oversight. There was no lining on the massive landfill’s floor to prevent leaks of the toxic waste that was routinely dumped there, and the fetid juices produced by the rot of organic materials drained directly into the water, helping make much of the bay unsafe for swimming.In 1996, Rio authorities stepped in, ending child labor at the site, registering the catadores and restricting the kinds of trash the dump took in to just household waste from Rio and four outlying cities.Bulldozers started covering the picked-over trash with thick layers of earth. Now, with 12 layers each about 15 feet (5 meters) high, the 321-acre (130-hectare) facility has grown into a literal mountain of garbage overlooking the Guanabara Bay.Contamination concerns spurred plans to close the dump and tap into the energy created by the decomposition of its estimated 60 million tons of trash. More than 200 wells will capture the carbon dioxide and methane that emanate from the decomposing rubbish and pipe the gases to a facility run by Brazil’s state-controlled energy company Petrobras. Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img
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first_img26. Bačvice Beach, CroatiaEasily accessible from Split, this is Croatia’s most popular beach. It’s crowded but a great place to get to know the real Croatia (locals flock here to play picigin, a traditional ball game played in the water) and to drink coffee at the beach-side cafes. It’s got great facilities, including showers and changing rooms at both ends of the beach. 19. St John, US Virgin IslandsSt John is one of the most beautiful US Virgin Islands. Trunk Bay falls within Virgin Islands National Park. It’s one of the Virgin Islands’ best diving spots, and its remote location means you’re unlikely to run out of room when it comes to laying out your beach towel. 30. Yoron Island, JapanJapan’s beaches are seriously underrated, but what makes Yurigahama Beach unique is the fact that when the tide’s low, it gets its very own tiny, additional island, in the form of a small sandbar. It’s famous for its star-shaped sand, made from the shells left behind by microscopic organisms called foraminifera. 17. Trat Province, ThailandWhen it comes to Thailand’s top beaches, Koh Kood in Trat Province is right up there. Koh Kood’s beaches were recently included in Lonely Planet’s 50 Beaches to Blow Your Mind, so we recommend heading there sooner rather than later. 2. Bora Bora, French PolynesiaJust the name Polynesia evokes Crusoesian images of an exotic paradise, filled with endless sunshine, baby-soft sand and impossibly turquoise waters. Bora Bora is one of the group of dots in the Pacific Ocean that is French Polynesia. 9. Phi Phi Island, ThailandRemember The Beach? While these days you’ll have to look a little harder to find the utopian paradise of the 1990s cult backpacker novel on Thailand‘s Andaman coast, little gems still shine brightly on Phi Phi. Phi Phi isn’t the only Thai island with incredible beaches – here are seven more for you to day-dream over. 8. Isle of Barra, ScotlandThe crystal clear water in this photo might well fool you into thinking this in Indonesia or the Caribbean, but this Scottish gem is much closer to home. Tangasdale Beach on Barra is one of Scotland’s most remote beaches, but we reckon it’s worth the effort. The surrounding hills make it a great hiking destination, and once you’ve worked up a sweat you can cool off with a dip in the sea. A word of warning – the water might be Caribbean-clear, but sadly, it’s certainly not as warm! 24. Swansea Bay, WalesDesignated an area of outstanding natural beauty, Three Cliffs Bay is one of the best beaches in Swansea Bay, but it rarely gets crowded. Sand dunes, salt marshes and limestone cliffs make it one of Wales’ most spectacular stretches of coastline, and it’s a great spot for kids, who can clamber up the sand dunes and hunt for creepy crawlies in the rockpools. 10. Ibiza, SpainAdmittedly, there are parts of the White Isle that have been somewhat spoilt, but Ibiza hides away several secret beaches that rank among the best, not only in the Med, but on the planet. Make mine a San Miguel (that’s the name of the beach – we’re not that beer obsessed around here). 23. Dorset, UKFor some good old fashioned fun at the seaside, head to Weymouth Beach, one of England’s best beaches. It’s close to Weymouth town centre and it’s popular with families – you’ll find plenty of traditional entertainment, including donkey rides and Punch and Judy shows – and in the summer there are regular events, such as volleyball competitions, live music and firework displays. 11. Whitsunday Islands, AustraliaOften voted Australia’s best beach, Whitehaven on Whitsunday Islands is a little quieter than Bondi when the surf’s up. It is just one of many turqouise-and-white beaches on the rainforest-clad Whitsunday Islands off the coast of Queensland. Want more pictures of beautiful Australia? Check these out. 31. Huntington Beach, California, USAn all-American beach and one of the top beaches in California, Huntington Beach ticks all the boxes. It’s actually a town but the beach it’s named after is the one to head for. You’ll find everything here: great facilities, cool beach bars, beach volleyball areas and added extras like bonfire pits (100 of them to be precise). 37. Shetland, ScotlandSpiggie Beach isn’t just one of the Shetland Island’s most beautiful beaches – it’s also got a fascinating history. Salted fish, or yoals, were once an important part of islanders’ diet and this particular beach is where they came to catch these fish. The eye-wateringly bright colour clash of the green, grassy banks and the dark blue sea is one of the reasons photographers flock to this particular part of Shetland. 15. Cala Macarelleta, MenorcaFamous for its turquoise water and powdery soft sand, Cala Macarelleta on Menorca is small but stunning. It’s hardly surprising that it can get crowded in the summer, but don’t let that put you off. It’s ones of Spain’s best beaches for families, and during the summer months there are lifeguards. When hunger strikes, head to Susy’s Chiringuito for some delicious fresh seafood. Dreaming of your next adventure? Fly away with some of our most popular airlines: 5. La Digue, the SeychellesThe Seychelles are many people’s idea of paradise, attracting honeymooners like Kate and Wills to its tropical wonderland. All of the islands here, from Bird Island to Praslin, have first-rate beaches, but we’ve gone for La Digue – Anse Source d’Argent is a newlyweds’ dream. 27. Oregon, USACannon Beach is a coastal city in Oregon. Its beaches are wonderfully wild and windblown – visitors come for the wildlife, spectacular landscape and rugged beauty rather than the pristine white sand and beach bars. Not convinced? It was recently voted one of the most beautiful places in the world by National Geographic Magazine. One of the most stunning spots is Hug Point, where waterfalls cascade onto the sand. 3. Fernando de Noronha, BrazilForget Copacabana. Brazil could put forward a few candidates for the world’s best beaches, but on the islands of Fernando de Noronh, you’ll definitely find the odd place to find an agreeable strip of sand to plonk your towel, like Pig’s Bay. And while you’re in Brazil, why not tick a few of these famous landmarks off your bucket-list.![Fernando ne Noronh, Brazil](http://content.skyscnr.com/465b6b18cb34ebad8954f30af0598c30/fernando2.jpg “Fernando de Noronh, Brazil)4. Fethiye, TurkeyFethiye attracts its fair share of holidaymakers, and no wonder, with its selection of beaches. There’s Oludeniz with its blue lagoon, Kelebekler Vadisi with its butterflies and the pine-fringed Kıdrak. Plus, let’s not forget the ultimate sunset spot – Calis. 40. Palm Beach County, USWe don’t know what we love more – the name of Peanut Island beach, or its spectacular appearance. You’ll find some of the cleanest, bluest water here, and it’s also a great water sports destination. We recommend hiring a boat and exploring this beautiful part of Florida from the water. 41. Natadola Beach, FijiThis is how all beaches should be: wide, deserted and with unbelievably soft white sand. If you’re staying the night, book into one of the cute beach huts a few metres from the water’s edge, and if you fancy channelling your inner explorer, embark on a hike through the forests which surround the beach. 46. West Nusa, BaliSenggigi Beach is one of the finest beaches in West Nusa. Framed by a ridge of hills, the water’s warm and calm, so it’s a great spot for families. It rarely gets crowded, and the shallow waters makes it one of Bali’s best snorkelling spots. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 45. Anse Source d’Argent Beach, SeychellesThis is one of many breathtakingly beautiful beaches in the Seychelles, but Anse Source d’Argent beach gets a gold star for its weird and wonderful granite rock formations, bright blue water and perfect palm trees – the ideal backdrop for that all-important selfie. 36. Tahoe, California, USRecognised as a National Natural Landmark and framing Lake Tahoe, Emerald Bay is surrounded by woodland and feels fabulously remote. It’s incredibly rich in wildlife and the waters are protected due to the abundance of marine life. There are also various shipwrecks for divers to explore. 14. Traverse City, MichiganOne of the best beaches in Michigan, the Sleeping Bear Dunes are popular with wildlife spotters. It’s close to the North and South Manitou Islands, so it’s a great base if you’re heading further afield, and the clean, clear water makes it a fantastic swimming spot. 13. Punaluu Black Sand Beach, HawaiiHawaii’s black sand beaches are strangely beautiful, and this is one of our favourites. It’s located between Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the small town of Naalehu. Look out for the local green sea turtles, although don’t touch them – they’re a protected species. 18. Rio de Janeiro, BrazilWhen compiling a list of things to do in Rio de Janeiro, a visit to Copacabana should come top. Sure, it’s crowded, noisy and the locals will put you to shame with their golden tans and perfect bodies, but this spectacular location, with its amazing views of Sugarloaf Mountain, is a great place to soak up the sun while seeing how the locals live. 39. Isle of Harris, Outer HebridesThe oddly-shaped Seilebost Beach is one of the most beautiful spots in Scotland. You’ll enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding islands, and it’s highly likely you’ll have the entire beach to yourself.center_img 7. Zakynthos, GreeceAt the base of steep white cliffs on a hidden side of the Greek island of Zakynthos, lapped by some of the bluest waters you’ll ever see, Navagio beach holds a surprise – a shipwreck – left behind by smugglers fleeing the authorities. Want to find your own Greek island paradise? Check out our guide to 20 of the best. Want more beachy inspiration? Try these on for size:10 best beaches in IbizaHeading to the white isle this summer? Here’s where to find the island’s most beautiful beaches.20 beautiful Greek islandsGreece is the ultimate island-hopping destination, but if you’re short on time, here are the places which should be top of your list.The 10 best Caribbean islands to check outWhether you’re trying to find the best Caribbean island for families or looking for one with great diving opportunities, our guide is the ultimate read if you’re heading to this part of the world.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. 47. Tangasdale Beach, Isle of Barra, ScotlandThe crystal clear water in this photo might well fool you into thinking this in Indonesia or the Caribbean, but this Scottish gem is much closer to home. It’s one of Scotland’s most remote beaches, but we reckon it’s worth the effort. The surrounding hills make it a great hiking destination, and once you’ve worked up a sweat you can cool off with a dip in the sea. A word of warning – the water might be Caribbean-clear but sadly, it’s certainly not as warm! 34. Lovina Beach, BaliOne of the top beaches in Bali, Lovina Beach is in the north of the island, and offers a crowd-free alternative to the tourist-filled beaches of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak. When hunger strikes, head to the stalls lining the boardwalk. We also recommend picking up some souvenirs at the art shops to the east of the beach. Just don’t forget to haggle! 16. Half Moon Beach, JamaicaOne of [Jamaica](https://www.skyscanner.net/flights-to/jm/cheap-flights-to-jamaica.html’s most beautiful beaches, Half Moon is just a 20 minute drive from Montego Bay. There are no radios allowed on the sand and beach vendors are also banned, so it’s a great place to come if you’re in need of some chill out time. 29. Liku Beach, FijiOne of the most beautiful beaches in Fiji, remote Liku beach is one of Fiji’s least visited beaches – come here and it’s highly likely you’ll have it entirely to yourself. But there’s plenty of nearby accommodation, including some gorgeously rustic beach huts, if you can’t bring yourself to leave. 20. Culebra, Puerto RicoNew flights to Puerto Rico are making this pristine island more accessible than ever before, and every visit should include a stop-off at Flamenco Beach. It’s another location which made it into Lonely Planet’s 50 Beaches to Blow Your Mind, and we’re hardly surprised. The shallow, crystal clear water makes it a great dive spot, whether you’re a snorkeler or a scuba diver, and it’s easily accessible too – you can get there by road or by hopping on the ferry from the nearby town of Dewey. 38. Norfolk, UKIf you like your beaches wild and rugged, head to Hunstanton Beach in Norfolk, where towering cliffs provide a spectacular backdrop to the crashing waves. But don’t be fooled by its remote appearance, because just metres from Hunstanton Beach is the quaint seaside town of the same name. This purpose-built seaside town was built in 1846 and retains its quaint Victorian charm. KLMQantasAegean Airlines 33. Palm Beach County, USAnother example of a city named after a beach, Florida‘s Boynton Beach has endless spots to lay out your beach towel. Our top picks include family-friendly Ocean Inlet Park, with its snack bar and play area, and the beach which the city is named after. Otherwise known as Oceanfront Park, this popular spot has lifeguards along with barbecue and picnic areas. 12. Durness, ScotlandWho needs palm trees? A warm jumper may be more appropriate than a bikini for stretching out on the sand at Durness in the far north-west of Scotland. Many would argue that it’s not even the best beach in Scotland. It’s got some competition: Sandwood Bay in Sutherland, Kiloran Bay on Colonsay, Luskentyre on Harris are three of many. Find the full list of Scotland’s best beaches here. 44. Lombok, BaliDon’t expect beach bars and rows of sun loungers at Mawun Beach in Bali – just soft white sand, swaying palm trees and colourful fishes swimming in the shallow waters. For breathtaking views, hike up to the top of the hill which overlooks this beautiful bay. 28. Frenchman’s Cove, JamaicaTucked beneath the Blue Mountains, Jamaica’s most beautiful beach rarely gets crowded. The water’s wonderfully calm, thanks to its protected position, and the water’s clean and clear. It’s a popular spot for yoga lovers, who come here to perfect their downward dog on the powdery soft sand. 21. Morro Bay, California, USMorro Bay is actually a delightful Californian town, and it’s famous for its beautiful beaches. The best ones can be found within Morro Bay State Park, which covers 2,770 acres and includes a museum of natural history, Morro Rock Natural Preserve and the Heron Rookery Natural Preserve. Our favourite beach is the wonderfully wide Coleman Park Beach, which has barbecue pits and a children’s play area. It’s a fantastic wildlife-spotting destination, too. 22. Gairloch, Western ScotlandFamous for its pink-tinged sands and rocky coves, Gruinard Bay in Gariloch is actually made up of three small bays. You’ll enjoy fantastic views across the water to Coigach hills, and if you’re a budding geologist, we suggest exploring the rocky shoreline – many rare stones and fossils have been found here. 6. Isle of Lewis, Outer HebridesThe Isle of Lewis’s beaches are ruggedly beautiful, although this one is also easily accessible and has its own car park. Framed by towering cliffs (some of the highest on the island, in fact), it’s a great place from which to admire the fiery Scottish sunsets. 25. Vik Beach, IcelandThis is one of Iceland’s most famous black sand beaches. The steep cliffs which surround it are home to thousands of puffins, and it’s also famous for its unusual rock formations – legend states that they’re the remains of two trolls. 32. Shoal Bay East, AnguillaShoal Bay is one of the most beautiful spots in the Caribbean. It’s a 3.2-kilometre stretch of sand, so there’s room for everyone, although if you fancy some time out, head to one of the hammocks suspended from one of the beach’s palm trees. We also suggest heading to Gwen’s Reggae Bar for some lunch and a cocktail. Or three. 48. Nanjizal Beach, Cornwall, UKThis hidden gem is a kaleidoscope of colour, with the topaz-blue water surrounded by heather-covered cliffs. There are plenty of caves and unusual rock formations to explore, and this stretch of coastline is also one of the UK’s best places to spot seals. 49. Shikinejima, JapanAnother Japanese gem, Tomari Beach is a protected cove, which is ideal for toe dippers, divers and sunbathers. After a lengthy sunbathing session, hike through the surrounding hills and enjoy an even more spectacular view of this beach from up high. 42. Orkney, ScotlandOrkney‘s most beautiful beach has plenty of sand for the sunbathers, and hundreds of rock pools for budding David Attenboroughs. Its barren, rugged appearance makes it popular with photographers – come here on a clear day and you’ll also be able to see the Isle of Hoy. 35. Komodo Island, IndonesiaOne of the most romantic spots in Indonesia, Pink Beach derives its name from its pink-tinted sand. It’s one of only seven pink beaches on the entire planet. The bright green hills which form the backdrop make it even more spectacular, and it’s a great dive spot, thanks to the presence of both hard and soft corals, and thousands of species of fish. RelatedVisit the most beautiful islands in the world… on a budget!The Maldives, Bora Bora, the Seychelles – here’s our guide to navigating the most beautiful islands on earth – without the eye-watering price tag. As the setting of some of the world’s most extravagant resorts, these tropical islands have become synonymous with splashing the cash. But good news, budget travellers:…Love islands: are these the most romantic islands in the world?It’s only week two and although we promised ourselves it wouldn’t happen this year, we’ve done it again – we’ve fallen hook, line and sinker for Love Island. And while Majorca is the home of that villa, there are plenty of other destinations that will set hearts a flutter, and…In pictures: totally tropical winter sunSun, sea, sand… escape the winter with our stunning collection of beautiful beaches and exotic holiday destinations. 50. Delray Beach, Palm Beach County, USDelray isn’t your typical Floridian beach, but that’s why we love it. It’s long and wide with powdery soft sand, fringed with banks of long grass which double as a haven for wildlife. It’s another beach which rarely gets crowded; come here during the week and you’ll have its untamed beauty entirely to yourself. 43. San Diego, USThe epitomy of everything we love about Californian beaches, Coronado is one of California’s most lively stretches of coastline, easily accessible from the centre of San Diego and with a whole host of amenities, including a lifeguard service, changing rooms and play areas for the kids. During the winter months you’ll be able to twirl around an ice rink, mere metres from the water. Only in America. What’s your verdict – Bora Bora or Brighton? Let us know in the comments section below.1. Aruba, Dutch AntillesYou want beaches? You’ve come to the right place. Lying off the coast of Venezuela, Aruba‘s beaches are straight out of the glossiest coffee table brochure. Eagle, Mangel Halto, Santo Largo… take your pick.last_img read more

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first_img by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Mar 16, 2018 8:49 am PDT Last Updated Mar 16, 2018 at 12:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This image released by Crackle shows Sean Bean, left, and Ryan Kwanten in a scene from the Crackle original series, “The Oath.” (Steve Dietl/Crackle via AP) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Sean Bean is as famous for his rugged looks and thick northern British accent as the many creative ways in which he dies onscreen.He’s been stabbed, shot, chased off a cliff, tossed off a satellite dish, beheaded, exploded, killed by arrows, and drawn and quartered in everything from the Bond movie “Goldeneye” to “Game of Thrones” and “The Lord of the Rings.”For his new series, the Yorkshire-bred actor shockingly makes it to the end of the season. In “The Oath,” on Crackle, Bean plays the imprisoned patriarch of a gang of rogue cops. It’s a brooding, dark and violent look at how corrosive corruption can be.Bean, 58, talked with The Associated Press about the new series, his many deaths and why he’s pleased that he’s left his mark on “Game of Thrones” long after losing his head.AP: This is another tightly wound, sinister character. What attracts you to them?Bean: I guess when your character is in darkness or is very cerebral and contained, you don’t have to learn as many lines. (Laughs.) You just do it with facial expression. They do actually tend to be men-of-not-many words sort of characters — I quite like that. I don’t like saying too much. I don’t like too much repetition.AP: The series is shot in Puerto Rico and had to contend with Hurricane Maria in September. The cast and crew returned to finish filming after that monster storm. Was it hard?Bean: I was there for the first few weeks. I’d finished my scenes by, I suppose, July, something like that. I’d been gone about three weeks when I started picking it up on the news report. It was pretty bad, you know. I know it gets storms in that part of the world but I never thought it would be as bad as that. I thought about the people there who welcomed us with open arms. They’re very friendly and hardworking people and it was just a shock to think that they were there and the power was out.AP: Is there a second season in the works and are you a part of it?Bean: Well, I don’t die in it. Well, maybe I shouldn’t tell you. You know, everyone expects me to die, don’t they? I think there’s talk of it. I think they’re seeing how it goes down and see what the reaction is.AP: Can we talk about your many deaths? Does it affect your choices?Bean: I don’t mind. I remember Sean Connery once said that he doesn’t like dying in films. He doesn’t take jobs on where he dies in films. He doesn’t think it’s a good vibe or good karma. So I don’t know where that leaves me. I can understand that but I’ve done it so many times. It’s not intentional but I know I’m high up in the death table. But they’ve all been quite memorable. It’s a surprise when I survive. A quite nice surprise for me and, hopefully, for the audience as you always think I’m going to die.AP: Actually, we’re a little shocked you managed to survive through the first season of “The Oath.”Bean: There was talk about me dying in it but they liked what they saw, what I was doing, and I think they decided to extend his life a bit more.AP: Can we talk about your accent? It seems like many directors leave you alone.Bean: Unless there’s a reason to change it, I usually use how I speak now. Not too broad. If I spoke really broad Yorkshire, people might not understand what I’m saying. I kind of tone it down. It suits the characters that I play, many of them anyway. Certainly it suited Ned Stark. We did the read-through and the producers and directors and writers said, ‘Just talk like that, Sean. What do you think?’ I said, ‘Yeah, all right. Good with me.’ But then everybody who came after was part of the Stark family who had to adopt a Yorkshire accent.AP: Speaking of “Game of Thrones,” we know Stark had a swift and grisly end. But have you noticed that your story line is still the dominant one? Does that please you?Bean: I’m glad they remember me and am mentioned because it leaves a legacy. It’s wonderful to be still mentioned because the character made such a big impact in the first season. He was one of a very few good men. They’re all such backstabbers, poisonous people. He kind of stood out as a man with principles and morals and a good heart. A strong, confident man. That’s probably one of the reasons he didn’t survive. He wasn’t devilish enough.___Online: https://www.crackle.com/the-oath___Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwitscenter_img Sean Bean on his many deaths and ‘Game of Thrones’ legacylast_img read more

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The Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, in 1968Like the Warren Commission the House investigation found no evidence of Soviet Cuban or CIA involvement in Kennedy’s assassination But the committee did conclude that there was "probably" a conspiracy involving a second gunman on the now infamous "grassy knoll"That conclusion has since been discredited including by high-tech recreations but the damage was done This "great contradiction" as one JFK scholar put it created room for conspiracy theories to grow- Umbrella manThe most famous theory involving multiple gunmen centers on "Umbrella Man": a figure seen mysteriously holding a black umbrella on the sunny day of Kennedy’s assassination Some speculated that Umbrella Man had shot a poison dart into Kennedy’s neck immobilizing him to allow for Oswald or others to deliver a kill-shotOliver Stone’s conspiracy-fueling 1991 film "JFK" showed Umbrella Man sending signals to his fellow assassinsThe reality however was banal In 1978 15 years after the assassination Louie Steven Witt told the House committee that he brought the umbrella to heckle – not murder – the president"Has exhibit 405 ever contained a gun or weapon of any sort" Robert Genzman staff counsel to the committee asked him as the committee compared Witt’s umbrella to conspiracy theorists’ diagrams of secret dart- or bullet-firing mechanisms"This umbrella" replied a befuddled Witt"Yes""No"Witt said he wasn’t even aware of the conspiracy theories over his umbrella until years later and that it was "bad joke" aimed at Kennedy’s father that had monumentally backfired (A black umbrella had been the trademark of Nazi-appeasing British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain whom Joseph Kennedy had supported)"Umbrella Man" a 2011 short documentary by filmmaker Errol Morris explored how under a microscope the innocuous could appear sinister"If the ‘Guinness Book of World Records’ had a category for people doing the wrong thing at the wrong time in the wrong place I would be No 1 in that position" Witt told the committee "with not even a close runner-up"- An inside jobAnother persistent belief is that American officials were somehow involved One theory is that the fatal bullet actually came from the driver of Kennedy’s own car as he attempted to fire upon Oswald"If you look at a really bad copy of the Zapruder film it will look like William Greer the driver reached over his shoulder with a gun and shot Kennedy in the head" John McAdams author of "JFK Assassination Logic: How to Think about Claims of Conspiracy" told The Daily Beast "But his hands were on the steering wheel the whole time it only looks differently in a very bad copy of the Zapruder film"A more widespread conspiracy theory is that the CIA – and even Lyndon B Johnson – were nefariously involvedAlthough experts have rejected it as "ridiculous" and "contrived" the conspiracy theory was nonetheless central to Oliver Stone’s film It has also been pushed by another Stone: Roger Stone the political consultant and Trump confidant who lobbied the president to release the final documents"I realize that delving into the world of assassination research and a belief in a conspiracy will lead some to brand me as an extremist or a nut but the facts I have uncovered are so compelling that I must make the case that Lyndon Baines Johnson had John Fitzgerald Kennedy murdered in Dallas to become president himself and to avert the precipitous political and legal fall that was about to beset him" Stone wrote in his 2013 book written with Mike Colapietro "The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ"(The book which accuses Johnson of complicity in at least six other murders also quotes Richard Nixon – Stone’s former boss – as saying "Lyndon and I both wanted to be President the difference was I wouldn’t kill for it")Sean Cunningham a history professor at Texas Tech said no evidence supported the theory"Johnson makes for a good story and is an easy way to explain things" he told the Daily Beast- Cubans and SovietsOf all the conspiracy theories surrounding Kennedy’s murder there is one that is most likely to be boosted or debunked by the newly disclosed recordsAs reported by The Washington Post’s Ian Shapira experts believe many of the 3100 previously unreleased files relate to Oswald’s six-day trip to Mexico City two months before the assassination Some believe Oswald received his orders from Soviet or Cuban agents while in Mexico CityOswald had moved to the Soviet Union in 1959 spending two and a half years there before returning to the United States when his minor celebrity as an American defector faded In September of 1963 he traveled to the Mexican capital visiting both the Cuban and Soviet embassies in apparent attempt to move to one of the communist countries"One Soviet official whom Oswald purportedly contacted Valeriy Kostikov was not only a KGB officer but also was believed to have worked for the KGB’s Department 13 which the CIA report described as ‘the department charged with sabotage and assassination’" The Post reported in 1993 when a previous round of documents were declassifiedThat has left historians keen to know what the last batch of records will reveal about Oswald’s movements and meetings in Mexico City"I’ve always considered the Mexico City trip the hidden chapter of the assassination A lot of histories gloss right past this period" Philip Shenon a former New York Times reporter and the author of a book on the Warren Commission told Shapira "Oswald was meeting with Soviet spies and Cuban spies and the CIA and FBI had him under aggressive surveillance Didn’t the FBI and CIA have plenty of evidence that he was a threat before the assassination If they had acted on that evidence maybe it wouldn’t have taken place These agencies could be afraid that if the documents all get released their incompetence and bungling could be exposed They knew about the danger of Oswald but didn’t alert Washington"According to some conspiracy theories American intelligence agencies knew of Oswald’s plot and allowed it to happen because they wanted Kennedy out of the wayThe CIA and the FBI investigated supposed Cuban and Soviet involvement but found nothing The Warren commission and the House Select Committee on Assassinations also both ruled out Cuban or Soviet involvement Experts have also cast doubt on a Cuban or Soviet plot pointing to the fact that both countries considered Kennedy easier to work with than his vice presidentAccording to one conspiracy theory when Oswald moved to the Soviet Union the KGB trained a look-alike who assumed his identity and eventually killed Kennedy The man behind the theory even convinced Oswald’s widow to allow him to unearth the corpseOn Oct 4 1981 an exhumation team in Fort Worth grimly discovered that Oswald’s concrete vault had cracked and that the body was badly decomposed but enough remained inside the dark brown suit for authorities to analyze"We both individually and as a team have concluded beyond any doubt and I mean beyond any doubt that the individual buried under the name Lee Harvey Oswald in Rose Hill Cemetery is in fact Lee Harvey Oswald" announced Assistant Dallas County Medical Examiner Linda E Norton- The MobIn the days after his brother’s assassination Robert Kennedy had a horrible feeling that the killing was his fault"Robert Kennedy had a fear that he had somehow gotten his own brother killed" according to biographer Evan Thomas "That Robert Kennedy’s attempts to prosecute the mob and to kill Castro had backfired in some terrible way had blown back as the intelligence folks say"There is no public evidence of an organized crime plot against the president however and experts again discount the ideaRalph Salerno a former New York City Police detective who investigated Mafia involvement in the assassination for the House committee said he reviewed "thousands of pages of electronic surveillances of organized crime leaders all over the United States" at the time of the assassination and heard nothing suspicious"We even came across a few sympathetic remarks about the president" he told ABC "’No they killed the wrong one’ ‘They should have shot his brother’ ‘That little SOB’ ‘He’s the guy who’s giving us a hard time’"- Ted Cruz’s dadNot one to shy away from conspiracy theories then-candidate Trump himself had a hot take on the assassination he delivered to Fox News last yearTrump who was at the time battling Sen Ted Cruz R-Texas for the Republican presidential nomination claimed that his opponent’s father Rafael Cruz had been spotted with Oswald before the shooting"His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald being you know shot" Trump said during a telephone interview "I mean the whole thing is ridiculous What is this Right Prior to his being shot And nobody even brings it up I mean they don’t even talk about that – that was reported And nobody talks about it"Trump appeared to be referencing an April 2016 National Enquirer article headlined "Ted Cruz Father Linked to JFK Assassination" The story contained a photo that according to the tabloid showed Oswald and Rafael Cruz distributing pro-Castro leaflets in New Orleans in 1963Even after clinching the nomination Trump stuck by the widely discredited story"All I did is point out the fact that on the cover of the National Enquirer there’s a picture of him [Rafael Cruz] and crazy Lee Harvey Oswald having breakfast" Trump said "I had nothing to do with it This was a magazine that frankly in many respects should be very respected They got OJ They got [John] Edwards They got this I mean if that was the New York Times they would have gotten Pulitzer prizes for their reporting"Ben Carson’s campaign pushed back against speculation Monday night that his decision to go home to Florida immediately following the Iowa caucuses reflects any scaling down of his flagging campaign “I’m going home to get some fresh clothes” Carson told reporters in Iowa Carson said he would quickly go back to Florida to get new clothes before heading to Washington DC. 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