Two held for robbery

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Wednesday said that they have arrested two robbers from Mahipalpur area. The investigating agency was involved in the robbery of canter containing valuable of more than Rs 20 lakh. Police identified the accused as Vinit Kumar (22) and Amit Kumar (24). They were nabbed near Peer Baba Mazar, Rangpuri Pahadi in Mahipal Pur. Deputy Commissioner of Police (South West) Devender Arya said that during sustained interrogation of both accused persons, they disclosed that they along with their associates robbed an Eicher Canter of Flipkart Company containing goods worth Rs 20-25 lakh in the month of February 2018. “Two of their associates involved in that incident were nabbed by the police at that time but both of them were absconding to evade their arrest,” said DCP Arya.last_img read more

Expastor convicted in wifes death secretly drugged her Crown argues

first_imgTORONTO — Prosecutors are asking an Ontario judge to rule that a former pastor convicted in the death of his pregnant wife was the one who gave her a sedative before she drowned.The Crown is making submissions on what the court should deem as a fact in sentencing Philip Grandine, who was found guilty of manslaughter in February in the death of his wife Anna Grandine.Jurors were told they could convict Philip Grandine if they found he secretly drugged his wife with the anti-anxiety drug lorazepam or provided it to her; or he knew she had taken it and did nothing to stop her from getting in the bath while under its influence.Now prosecutors say the judge should rule that Philip Grandine surreptitiously administered the medication better known as Ativan to his wife, having stolen it from his workplace with the intention of incapacitating her.They are also asking the court to find that Anna Grandine, who went by Karissa, did not knowingly consume the drug.Anna Grandine was 20 weeks pregnant when she died in October 2011, and tests later revealed she had lorazepam in her blood despite never being prescribed it.Defence lawyers had argued she took the medication herself and either slipped and drowned in the tub or took her own life.Court heard at trial that Philip Grandine had recently stepped down as pastor after his affair with a parishioner, who was also his wife’s friend, was uncovered.He then began working at a nursing home where he was responsible for distributing and disposing of medication, court heard.Superior Court Justice Faye McWatt will rule on the facts of the case at a later date, allowing the Crown and defence to make submissions on an appropriate sentence.This is Philip Grandine’s second trial in connection with his wife’s death.In the first trial, on a charge of first-degree murder, he was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years in prison.The conviction was overturned on appeal, however, after Ontario’s highest court found the trial judge had made an error in answering a question from the jury.A new trial was ordered on the manslaughter charge, precluding prosecutors from arguing Philip Grandine intended to kill his wife.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Alaska House hopes for staff workaround while unorganized

first_imgJUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska House members hope to find a workaround to keep staff on the job while they try to organize a majority.The Legislature’s human resources manager, Skiff Lobaugh, last week warned that House session staff would not be authorized to work beginning Wednesday if the House remained unorganized.He said a temporary staffing authorization would expire the first day of session, which was Tuesday.Mike Mason is press secretary for the coalition that led the House the past two years.He says Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, the former House Rules chair, says members plan to resolve the issue on the floor Wednesday and lawmakers were told to have their staff report to work.Jessica Geary with the Legislative Affairs Agency says the agency is awaiting direction from the House.Becky Bohrer, The Associated Presslast_img read more

How major US stock indexes fared Monday

Stocks bounced back from an early slide and finished broadly higher Monday as gains in technology and industrial companies outweighed losses in other sectors.The market had gotten off to a weak start Monday after the government reported that factory orders fell in November, but by midday major indexes had turned higher, giving the S&P 500 to its fourth-straight gain.On Monday:The S&P 500 index rose 18.34 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 2,724.87.The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 175.48 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 25,239.37.The Nasdaq composite gained 83.67 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 7,347.54.The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies picked up 15.48 points, or 1 per cent, to 1,517.54.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 218.02 points, or 8.7 per cent.The Dow is up 1,911.91 points, or 8.2 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 712.26 points, or 10.7 per cent.The Russell 2000 is up 168.98 points, or 12.5 per cent.The Associated Press read more

Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to play a T800 in Terminator 5

first_imgI’m sure that many people, including myself, weren’t surprised to see Arnold Schwarzenegger return to acting once his political career came to an end. What I didn’t expect was that he would once again be taking up the role of a T-800 Terminator. But that is exactly what is happening.Schwarzenegger is set to start filming Terminator 5 in January or February next year. Very little is known about the movie yet, and rumors he would be playing a human in it have turned out to be false. But at 65 years of age the story either needs to paint a different picture of the form a T-800 can take, or they need some very good make-up artists working on set every day.Terminator Salvation, released in 2009, was originally meant to be the start of a new trilogy of movies. However, legal problems and the financial problems faced by Terminator rights holders The Halcyon Company, meant that hasn’t happened. Since then, Annapruna Pictures has acquired the rights to Terminator and two films are planned. The first will start Schwarzenegger and be called Terminator 5, but he won’t play the lead role. Instead a younger actor, whose identity is currently unknown, will be the lead.At 65, this must surely be the last time that Arnie plays a T-800 and I hope that unlike Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, it’s actually a great movie that sees him bow out in style. If two movies are planned, then it really has to be a hit to help reboot the franchise and get people excited about wanting to watch the next one.last_img read more

FortisTCI exposes free energy plans to consumers

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Rave Reviews for National Science Fair ideas Related Items:alan robinson, fortis tci, renewable energy expo Recommended for you FortisTCI reveals Education Week winners Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Nov 2015 – Today FortisTCI held a Renewable Energy expo where residents were invited between 11am and 3pm to learn about two new programs which can see consumers save on electricity and join in the effort to conserve energy. We spoke to Alan Robinson, VP of Customer and Corporate Services who called it win-win. Alan Robinson, FortisTCI: “…that allow our customers to interconnect into our electricity grid. It has been a goal set not only by FortisTCI but also Government as stated in their Draft Energy Policy 2004 and today we are proud to offer energy free options to our customers.”Magnetic Media & Robinson: “How do you win here? Our customers, we’re showing them alternative ways in which they can save energy and reduce their bills and it is unlike a utility company. We are working with our customers.” TCI Police looking for candy & electricity thieveslast_img read more

Field Of Flowers Signage Approval Moved To Next Meeting

first_imgPreviously Council Member Henry Knackstedt spoke about the project to install the sign: “An attractive sign will bring attention to the field from the highway, and shows that the field is a cooperative effort between the Airport and City of Kenai.” The approval of the signage will go before the city council at their meeting on December 5. The Kenai City Clerk’s note on the agenda stated “This item was referred to the Beautification Committee and then the Airport Commission; a Motion to Construct a Sign as Outlined by the Airport Commission in on the Floor.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai City Council approval of the proposed four foot by eight foot highway frontage sign for Lawton Acres, also known as Kenai’s ‘field of flowers’, will be up for discussion at the next council meeting. The sign proposal includes the airport logo or wording of “property of Kenai Municipal Airport”. City council members previously expressed opposition to the wording citing “cause for confusion”.last_img read more

Wilmington Public Schools Seeking Coordinator For Destination Imagination Program

first_imgLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Public Schools is currently hiring a Destination Imagination Coordinator (stipend position):The Destination Imagination Coordinator will be responsible for:Providing an information night to community about the Destination Imagination.Working with the school department to order team kits.Coordinating membershipRegistering for the eventsSupervising teams at the eventsThe stipend for this position is $1,250Qualifications:Prior Destination Imagination experience preferred.At least 1 year of relevant experience preferredBachelor degree preferredCitizenship, residency or work VISA in United States requiredPosition Type: Part-timeApply for the job via SchoolSpring. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Public Schools Seeking Destination Imagination CoordinatorIn “Education”NOW HIRING: Wilmington Public Schools Posts 5 New Job OpeningsIn “Education”NAME CHANGE: ‘Guidance Counselors’ Now Referred To As ‘School Counselors’ In WilmingtonIn “Education”last_img read more

Echo Show 5 Just 54 for students

first_img See It Share your voice $89 Now playing: Watch this: Amazon 8:39 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 1 The Amazon Echo Show 5 will wake you up and show you what you need to know Tags The Cheapskate $89 Only $54 for students. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Think an Amazon Echo Show 5 would make a good addition to a dorm room? Here’s your chance to find out on the cheap: For a limited time, Prime Student subscribers can get the Echo Show 5 for $53.99 with promo code SHOWFIVE40. It normally sells for $89.99, and the last time it was anywhere near this price was on Prime Day (when it was $50). Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See it at AmazonAs you’ll see on Amazon’s offer page, other devices are on sale as well:The Echo Plus for $89.99 (save $60) with code PLUS40.The Echo Dot for $29.99 (save $20) with code DOT40.The Echo Spot for $77.99 (save $52) with code SPOT40.The Echo Input for $20 (save $15) with code INPUT40.Don’t have a Prime Student subscription? It’s free for the first six months, then $6.49 per month thereafter.Subscribe to Prime StudentThe standout here is definitely the Echo Show 5, which I do indeed think would be great for students. It can do all the Echo things like setting alarms and reminders, answering questions, playing music and, in this case, making video calls home to ask for more money.These deals will be available until Oct. 1, according to Amazon’s fine print. News • Amazon Echo Show 5 smart display coming in June for $90 See It 10 Photos Dell Crutchfield Best Buy See It See it Amazon Echo Show 5 Review • You can now get Alexa on a screen for under $100 $89 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Mentioned Above Echo Show 5 (Charcoal) Comment Smart Display The Amazon Echo Show 5 helps Alexa fit nicely on your… $89 CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page.last_img read more

Aritrees class teacher sent to jail

first_imgVNSC students continue their protests for the third consecutive in front of Baiely Road branch on Thursday, 6 Dec, 2018. Photo: Dipu MalakarA court on Thursday sent Viqarunnisa Noon School and College class IX class teacher Hasna Hena to jail in a case filed in connection with suicide of Aritree Adhikari, reports UNB.Metropolitan magistrate Md Abu Sayeed passed the order denying her bail plea when inspector Kamrul HasanTalukdar of detective branch of police produced her before the court.Earlier, Hasna Hena’s lawyer Jahangir Alam submitted a petition seeking her bail.Detectives in a drive arrested Hasna Hena from the city’s Uttara area on Wednesday night.Aritree Adhikari, a Class-IX student, reportedly committed suicide at their Shantinagar residence in the city on Monday after allegedly being rebuked by teachers for using mobile phone during examination.Victim’s father Dilip Adhikari filed a case against three teachers of the school.last_img read more

Why Does The Price Of Turkeys Fall Just Before Thanksgiving

first_img Share Twitter User @ourpresidentsThanksgiving is a great U.S. holiday during which people consume huge quantities of turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pie. One of the stranger things about this holiday, however, is that a few days before everyone starts cooking, whole turkeys are suddenly discounted by supermarkets and grocery stores. And this happens every holiday season: The price falls just before Thanksgiving and stays low until Christmas. For example, in the average year, November’s price per pound for turkey is about 10 percent lower than the price in September. Why does the price come down at the one time of the year when demand for the product spikes the most – before a holiday that’s literally dubbed “Turkey Day”? The turkey demand curveMost people expect turkey prices to rise because many more people are buying the birds. My family is an example of this buying phenomenon, since we almost never eat turkey except at Thanksgiving. In general, when there is a fixed quantity of something to sell and demand for the product spikes, prices rise. This is why a dozen long-stem red roses typically cost a lot more on Valentine’s Day than at other times of the year. In more formal economic language, the demand curve for turkeys shifts outward at Thanksgiving, which means people at this time of year are interested in buying more of these birds regardless of the price. Even the most casual shopper in food stores this week can observe this increase or shift in demand as more people are buying turkeys to cook. However, each Thanksgiving the price of turkeys doesn’t rise. Instead, it falls during the holiday period as many stores advertise special low turkey prices, and over time turkey prices have generally fallen. Not only do supermarkets that sell turkeys year-round make the bird a featured item, but some food stores and warehouse stores that don’t typically sell whole turkeys offer them for a limited period of time to customers. This means not only does demand for turkeys increase, but the supply of turkey increases too. This boost in supply drives prices downward. Food stores are not upset that the price of turkey falls at this time of the year because they are interested in maximizing profits – not in maximizing the revenue they get from selling each bird. Turkeys are not very profitable items, even at full price. The wholesale price of a whole frozen turkey in 2016 was US$1.17 per pound, while the average retail price was $1.55. This means at full price stores made less than 40 cents per pound. To give you a comparison, the USDA reports the difference between the wholesale and retail price in 2016 was $2.79 per pound for beef and $2.25 per pound for pork. Stores, however, know that people coming in to buy turkeys are likely to purchase other items, too, such as seasonings, disposable roasting pans and soda. The other items are where stores make their money, since the profit margins on these items are much higher than on frozen turkeys. Why does the turkey supply skyrocket?Because of the desire to attract people to stores, the supply of turkeys needs to skyrocket just before the holiday so that freezer cases overflow with the birds. How does this dramatic increase in supply happen? It occurs because turkeys are slaughtered continuously throughout the year and then put into cold storage. The Department of Agriculture has tracked the amount of turkey in wholesale freezers for the past century. The past few years of data show turkey stocks slowly build up each year until they reach a peak in September, when the U.S. has over half a billion pounds on reserve. Between September and December, turkey stocks plummet as stores purchase over 300 million pounds’ worth and put them on sale. Then farmers, processors and wholesalers slowly rebuild their stocks for the next year’s holiday season. The 500 to 600 million pounds of turkey in cold storage by the end of each summer means there are almost two pounds of turkey for every man, woman and child in the U.S. waiting to be released each holiday season. That figure doesn’t include live turkeys, which some people prefer, and also doesn’t take into account vegetarians (about 3 percent of the population), newborns who are not eating solid food (about 1 percent) and people like my brother-in-law and me who don’t like eating turkey at any time of the year. What does this mean for the typical consumer?The National Turkey Federation, the organization whose goal is to get the country to eat more turkey, estimates that 88 percent of Americans will eat turkey on Thanksgiving. If buying turkey is on your holiday or regular shopping list, then from now to Christmas it is the time to stock up, when prices are cheap. Otherwise, eating turkey at other times of the year means your wallet will get plucked for more money. For those of you eating turkey during this holiday, enjoy. My brother-in-law and I will be happily ensconced at the end of the table feasting on lamb and, while not eating turkey, appreciating and giving thanks for a day to be with friends and family. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article here: read more

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first_img RelatedTop 9 things to do in Washington DCWhere else on Earth can you find a park that’s home to a spaceship, the world’s tallest stone structure and a six metre-tall president?Stress-free holiday planning – the 10 steps you need to knowWant to take the stress out of holiday planning? Follow these easy tips and whether your dream holiday is the beach, a cosmopolitan city, or an epic road trip, you can even enjoy the research, booking and packing that will get you there. Imagine that!  1. Set your budget Photo credit: Christine Roy Your…A budgeter’s guide to booking aheadYou’ve booked the best deal on your flights and hotel, and the excitement is brimming… now what? Here are seven ways a little pre-holiday planning can save you money and have you breezing past the queues. 1. Book the essentials Photo credit: Austin Neill These are the items you can’t… Philadelphia is a city of firsts. It’s home to the US’s first ever fire department and America’s oldest ice cream company; its streets were the first of the grid-style metropolis that would come to dictate town-planning for years to come; and it was also the first capital of the USA.If you’re planning your own first, with an inaugural visit to the City of Brotherly Love, don’t feel overwhelmed by the wealth of things to do in Philadelphia, check out our nine essentials instead.1. Relive the Rocky stepsLoad up your iPod with Bill Conti’s Gonna Fly Now and put on your running shoes: we all know that famous scene. The steps to Philadelphia’s Museum of Art are one of the most popular attractions in the city, immortalized by Sylvester Stallone as a resilient Rocky Balboa in the 1976 film. Recreation of the epic scene is an absolute must for every visitor, and even if you’re not a Rocky fan, the views of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Philadelphia skyline are worth the 72 step climb. Get knocked out by cheese steakA Philly cheesesteak lunch will write off your afternoon: you’ll stumble around the city’s grid in a satiated haze of meat sweats and occasional palpitations. But don’t be put off by the cheesesteak coma; it’s every bit worth it as it is bad for your health. Created by accident on a hotdog stand in the 1930s, this long bread roll filled with ribeye beef and smothered in melted cheese has become a Philadelphia institution. Head to Jim’s Steaks on South Street for reliably ruinous fare. Soak up powerful historyPhiladelphia is known as the birthplace of American democracy. It was inside Philly’s Independence Hall that the Founding Fathers of the USA debated and signed the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. Today, this area of the city has been designated a free-to-visit National Historical Park and Unesco Heritage Site. You can visit a museum to learn about prominent revolutionary and inventor Benjamin Franklin or pay homage to the Founding Fathers at the Christ Church Burial Ground. Get hands on at the Science MuseumSitting at the southern end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the science museum at the Franklin Institute is the perfect place to entertain the kids. They can climb through a two-storey tall neural network to learn about the brain, get star-struck in the Planetarium, and be bowled over by the 180-degree IMAX movie theatre. Eat Amish cake at Reading Terminal MarketSince 1892 the Reading Terminal Market has been supplying the city’s residents with fresh farm produce from the surrounding countryside. Today, it’s one of the highlights of Philadelphia for locals and visitors alike, with vendors and food stalls serving up a huge variety of delicious food, from Asian cuisine to American classics. Our tip? Head to the northwestern corner of the building for some sickly-sweet Amish cakes. Marvel at great (and sometimes quirky) artWith more public art on view than any other city in the USA, Philadelphia is a creative’s dream destination. There are huge, striking murals on almost every corner and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the third largest art museum in the country, has an astonishing array of works. But for something a little offbeat, head to the Rodin Museum to see hundreds of naked forms sculpted by the famous Frenchman. Go guilt-free shoppingAs the birthplace of Urban Outfitters and home to some excellent designer outlet malls, Philadelphia’s shopping scene is a sight to behold for the bargain hunter. But it’s made even better by state-wide tax-free purchases on clothes and shoes. So bring nothing but the shirt on your back and a big bag – you won’t go home empty-handed. Have a Prohibition-style night outPhilly after dark is as colourful as by day: you can relax in a suave rooftop bar overlooking the lights below, or sip locally-brewed craft beer in an old pub. But you definitely can’t visit Philadelphia without experiencing some live jazz. Time Bar & Restaurant has regular live music in its downstairs bar or, for a real speakeasy experience, seek out the extremely inconspicuous Ranstead Room. Once you find the discreet entrance, enjoy creative cocktails from your red leather booth or at the bar, where the bearded and bow-tied waiters will make drinks to suit any taste. more USA holiday inspiration:10 great things to do in ChicagoFrom blues to views, baseball to beaches, art to science, shopping to… doughnuts, we take in 10 of Chicago’s top attractions.10 best things to do in New YorkGet the inside gen on NYC with our local’s guide to 10 of the best things to see, do and eat in New York. How to see Philadelphia with a babyIf you’re heading to Philly with a baby, you’ll want to check out this post.Check flights to PhiladelphiaFind hotels in PhiladelphiaSkyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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first_imgReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepartReturnCabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map *Published March 2017. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.Discover more of Spain, with our city break guidesMadrid’s top things to see and doWant to visit Madrid like a local? From tempting churros and tapas bars to experimental theatre, we bring you the best things to do in Madrid beyond the Plaza Mayor…Top attractions and things to do in BarcelonaBarcelona boasts striking architecture and beautiful city beaches that keep the tourists flocking in, but dig a little deeper and you’ll also find a distinctive Catalonian culture. The best of Malaga’s sights and attractionsWe bring you what to see and do in Malaga, capital of the Costa del Sol and brimful of Andalucian charm.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. 6. Descend into Canelobre CavesCanelobre Caves are located in Busot, a scenic 24km drive from Alicante. Take a guided tour of the caves in the side of the mountain to see the jagged teeth of the stalacites and stalagmites, made all the more dramatic by the coloured lighting displays. Don’t miss the dramatic 70-metre high cave, one of the tallest in Spain, and resembling a vaulted cathedral ceiling. Tours are held throughout the day and take around 45 minutes. Opening times: (Sept to June) Tues to Fri 10.30am – 4.50pm, Sat, Sun & holidays 10.30am – 5.50pm. (July & Aug/Holy Week) Daily 10.30am – 7.30pm.Location: Busot, Alicante province.Price: Adults €7.50, Children 5-14 €3.50. 10. Buy localShops in Alicante are a treasure trove for locally produced leather pieces such as handbags and purses, along with crafts and handmade jewellery. The main shopping street is the Rambla de Mendez Nunez, a leafy thoroughfare dotted with cafes and bars. To the north of here, the fascinating Mercado Central farmer’s market is a must. Housed in a grand 100-year-old building, you’ll find dozens of stalls selling local produce including fresh fruit, wines and spices. 11. Cocktails on Plaza Portal de ElcheOne of Alicante’s favourite places to refuel is the fig-tree-festooned Plaza Portal de Elche, something of a hot spot as evening falls. It’s on the bottom half of the Rambla de Mendez Nunez, on the east side and is bristling with cafe bars with open-air tables spilling out into the street. Try 26 Cafe Lounge Bar for good-value cocktails with generous measures. 3. Browse the Alicante Museum of Contemporary Art (MACA)Art enthusiasts will enjoy the collection of twentieth century contemporary art at the Alicante Museum of Contemporary Art, hosted in a Baroque town house which also happens to be the oldest civil building in the Old Town of Alicante. There are over 800 pieces of art across three collections at the museum from greats such as Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris and Juana Frances, as well as local artist, Eusebio Sempere, who founded the collection.Opening times: Tues to Sat 10am – 8pm (summer opening at 11am); Sun & holidays 10am – 2pm. Location: Plaza de Santa Maria.Price: Free. 15. Head northExplore the Alicante province to the north, and you might find that slice of authentic Spanish life you’ve been craving. Jávea is a historic port just over an hour’s drive from the city, where you can wander through low-rise sandstone buildings and feel the breeze from the marine in the unchanged fishing community of Pueblo. Alternatively, head for the hills, to villages like the little-heard-of Sax, a town with an intriguing mix of medieval and Moorish heritage, looked over by a dramatic hill-top castle. Half the fun of exploring this region is the journey, where citrus-scented trees line the hills and the silence in the lush valleys is broken only by occasional parish church bells. Search for flights to Alicante here 9. Join in with Hogueras de San JuanAlicante has a calendar full of exciting events, yet none are more prominent than the Bonfires of Saint John, a summer solstice festival celebrated along the Spanish coast. It takes place between the 19th and 24th June, and events include an International Folklore Parade, Street Band Parade and a fireworks show culminating in the final event, the burning of the ninots, or wooden and papier maché figures; these days, they’re more often dressed up to look like contemporary politicians and celebrities. The Bonfires of Saint John are such an important part of Alicante culture that there is a Fogueres Festival Museum, documenting the traditions, costumes and wooden ninots from previous festivals who’ve managed to avoid a fiery demise. For visitors, it’s probably the best beach party you’re likely find in these parts. 5. Snorkel on Tabarca IslandAlicante isn’t traditionally thought of as a destination for snorkelling, yet an amazing place to do so is the islet of Tabarca, a few miles off the coast of Alicante. As a protected marine reserve, Tabarca is a haven for marine life and birds including loggerhead turtles, lobsters and a variety of fish. After snorkelling you can explore the small islet’s attractions which include beaches, quaint whitewashed streets, church, lighthouse and local restaurants serving Tabarca’s speciality dish; caldero, a rice and fish stew. There are three boats daily travelling between Tabarca Island and Alicante Port, taking around 45 minutes each way. 8. Basílica de Santa MaríaAlthough it’s not a particularly colourful building, both the exterior and interior of the Basílica de Santa María (Santa Maria Church) are impressive. Intricate stonework in a Baroque style outlines the door into the small church, which was built between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries. Inside, watch out for the intricate Rococo altarpiece and seventeenth century organ.Opening times: Mornings/religious services only – check with your hotel or tourist office for times.Location: Old Town, Plaza de Santa Maria.Price: Free. 4. Go traditional at Gravina Museum of Fine Arts (MUBAG)Continuing with the arts theme, the Gravina Museum of Fine Arts is little more traditional in its tastes, with a focus on paintings and sculptures of Alicante by regional artists from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century such as Antonio Gisbert, Francisco Salzillo and Joaquin Agrasot. Gravina Palace itself, or the Palacio Provincial, is worth a gander, too, its stone facade built from the mountain rock from the nearby Sierra de San Julián.Opening times: Tues to Sat 10am – 8pm, Sun & holidays 10am – 2pm. (July & Aug only) Tues to Sat 11am – 9pm, sun & holidays 11am – 3pm.Location: Gravina Palace, Carrer Gravina, Old Town.Price: Free. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepartReturnCabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Mapcenter_img 13. Pick your Alicante beachYou may be looking for a culture-fuelled city break, but you are on the Costa Blanca after all, so set aside at least one day for sunning yourself on the toasty warm sands. The shores hereabouts are well known for their Blue Flag standards, and there are lots of them, from central Postiguet beach to the more unusual Playa de Agua Amarga, developed specially with dogs in mind, including umbrella lounge pads where your pooch can relax in the shade! Crowded resorts not your thing? To spread out your towel without fearing of bumping elbows, go for a quiet spot like La Almadraba, perfect for watching the sun go down. 12. Taste fresh seafood at Pesca al PesoFor fresh unfussy seafood that speaks for itself, head to this local favourite. Its concept is simple – pick out the juicest-looking morsels from the market-style display, pay for what you eat by weight and collect when it’s ready and piping hot. Add sides like rice and salad and you’re done!Opening times: 12pm – 5pm & 7pm – 1am.Location: Calle Mayor 22.Price: Mains €9-20. 14. Sample the local vinesNot many people know the region around Alicante is a wine-producing hotspot. Vinalopó is a rural area some 45 minutes from the city where you can spend a leisurely day tasting various vintages in the local bodegas (wine cellars), often paired with other regional specialties like olives and antipasti. Look out for the local rich and fruity red, Monastrell. Tramuntana offer day tours with experienced guides who will offer up a little wine-making history on the side of your tipples. 1. Climb up to Santa Barbara CastleSanta Barbara Castle is a tenth century fortress which has played an important role in the history of Alicante. The imposing location is one of the main draws – from its position atop Mount Benacantil the castle provides unrivalled views of Alicante and the surrounding area, especially from ‘La Torreta’ or the upper keep. The Museum of the City of Alicante (MUSA) is located inside of the castle and has 10 exhibition halls covering the history of the city and the castle.Opening times: (Oct to Mar) Daily, 10am – 8pm; (April, May, June and Sept) 10am – 10pm; (July & Aug) 10am – 12am.Location: M­ount Benacantil. Walk, drive or take a lift (€2.70 per person) to the top from Postiguet Beach.Price: Free. 2. Dig deeper at MARQ Provincial Archaeological MuseumA visit to MARQ Provincial Archaeological Museum goes hand in hand with a trip to the Santa Barbara Castle and Museum and the Guadalest Valley (see below). The award-winning MARQ Museum explores the journey Alicante has taken from the Roman era to more recent times, local geography and the nature behind the varied landscapes which surround the city through interactive exhibitions, artefacts and audio-visual displays.Opening times: Tues to Fri 10am – 7pm, Sat 10am – 8.30pm, Sun & holidays 10am – 2pm.Location: Plaza Dr. Gómez Ulla. Price: €3, Concessions €1.50, under 8s are free. RelatedThe best hotels in Alicante for every budgetAlicante, on the Costa del Sol, is home to wide range of accommodation options if you’re looking to book a summer holiday. From good value, affordable hotels on the beach to boutique hotels in Alicante’s old town. Finding somewhere to stay that suits your budget is is easy, just read…Holiday destinations and inspiration: Travel guides for 2017Looking for holiday inspiration? Whether it’s Alicante or New York, a beach holiday or city break that you’re planning, here are some of the best holiday destinations in the world, with in-depth travel guides to help you pick the perfect escape.5 flights for less than £50!Five fantastic flights for under £50; everyone has an excuse to take a budget city break this month. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map How to get to AlicanteLike many other Spanish holiday destinations, you can get direct flights to Alicante from several regional UK airports like Newcastle and Belfast International, as well as London airports Luton, Stansted, Gatwick and Southend. With easyjet and Ryanair operating most of the routes, you’ll have no problem finding a budget fare.The nearest airport to Alicante is Alicante Airport, located in Elche, around 9km outside the city and also the closest to other Costa Blanca resorts like Benidorm.Start searching for your Alicante flights using our comparison tool: Where to stay in AlicanteFor the cheapest accommodation, try a city centre hostel like X Hostel Alicante, ideal for young travellers wanting to mix with the party crowd (but bring your earplugs if you want to sleep at the weekends!) Dorm beds cost from £14.More peaceful rooms can be found at Hotel Castilla Alicante, further up the coast near Playa San Juan, though the area is still well-populated with supermarkets and other amenities (from £34). Looking for a luxury hotel? Get a surprising amount for your money (£60+ a night) at El Plantio Golf Resort. Views from the rooms look over the lovely gardens, backed by mountain scenery, and it’s handily located between the city and Alicante Airport.Search for hotels in Alicante 7. Guadalest ValleyGuadalest Valley, 63km from Alicante, is one of the most visited attractions on the Costa Blanca. There are endless photo opportunities thanks to the stunning views, waterfalls and Guadalest Village situated on the mountain top, overlooking a reservoir. The village itself has a number of attractions such as the Guadalest Castle, shops selling local produce and crafts, and eight museums including the Miniatures of Manuel Ussa Museum and Doll’s Houses Museum. There are guided coach tours available from Alicante Marina to Guadalest Valley, or hire a car from Alicante to explore the area at your own pace (and make the most of those viewpoints!).last_img read more

McCready introduces trio of bills based on local recommendations

first_img13Feb McCready introduces trio of bills based on local recommendations Lawmaker: Bills are common-sense fixes to help homeownersState Rep. Mike McCready today introduced three bills to help homeowners and ensure local governing bodies are working more effectively and efficiently.House Bill 5319 adds language to the Michigan Condominium Act to require individuals running for a condo board to certify they are familiar with the act and have read the bylaws for that particular development. The idea was first brought to McCready’s attention by a local resident.“It was clear this small change would help ensure knowledgeable and well-prepared individuals are serving our condo communities,” said McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills. “Input from residents is vital to my work in Lansing, and it pushed me to introduce this legislation. It’s a minor adjustment to the law, but it’s one that is essential for the good management of these housing developments.”McCready also introduced House Bills 5317 and 5318, which set limits on how often homeowners are required to have their residential sprinkler systems tested.“Current law only mandates testing at least every three years, but some local authorities have instituted annual testing, which is costly and time consuming for homeowners,” McCready said. “By changing the requirements so that testing only occurs once every three years, we can save our hard-working taxpayers some unneeded hassles while still making sure that quality and safety are not compromised.”Residential sprinkler systems that have a chemical injection system installed would still be tested more frequently.HB 5319 was referred to the House Local Government Committee, while HBs 5317 and 5318 are before the House Regulatory Reform Committee.### Categories: Govt of the People,McCready Newslast_img read more

Rep Brann takes Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

first_img Categories: Brann News,Brann Photos State Rep. Tommy Brann yesterday took part in the sixth annual Legislative Polar Plunge on the Capitol lawn to benefit Special Olympics Michigan. Special Olympics Michigan places a pool on the Capitol lawn and invites legislators to raise funds for the group and take a plunge in support of the nonprofit.              “I am more than happy to brave the cold for such an outstanding organization,” said Rep. Brann.  Special Olympics Michigan brings year-round sports training and athletic competition to more than 20,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Michigan. 03Mar Rep. Brann takes Polar Plunge for Special Olympicslast_img

Rep Webber issues statement on auto insurance vote

first_img03Nov Rep. Webber issues statement on auto insurance vote Representative Michael Webber of Rochester Hills issued the following statement after voting against House Bill 5013, which would have made changes to Michigan’s auto insurance system:“Many have been following the auto insurance debate in Lansing with a promise of rate reductions – something that all residents want. After not supporting House Bill 5013 in the House Insurance Committee last week, I worked on amendments that were important to many members that would add transparency and oversight to lower our auto insurance rates. One amendment added needed transparency to the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association – with a fund that holds over $20 billion of our ratepayer money – while also suspending the per vehicle assessment until the Legislature could better understand the health of the fund. This rate relief of $170 per vehicle would be the first rebate since the one secured by Governor Engler in the late 1990s and would represent the only true rate reduction guaranteed in the bill. The second amendment would end the “file and use” practice of insurance companies filing their rates with the state, but beginning to charge them without prior approval. Additional oversight is necessary when our state has the highest rates in the nation.“Unfortunately, neither amendment was adopted into the final version of the bill and so I voted ‘no’ on the final product on the House floor. This highly flawed piece of legislation written to benefit the insurance companies and trial lawyers would not solve many of the problems facing our auto no fault system. The bill shifts cost from insurance companies to our state budget and taxpayers, does not guarantee a meaningful rate reduction, and does not provide the oversight and transparency rate payers would like to see. Who would win under this bill? Not the residents of the Greater Rochester area.“There are other bills that have been introduced in a bipartisan fashion that can continue to drive discussion towards a meaningful compromise that can pass the House, the Senate and be signed by the Governor. There is a process to get legislation passed in Lansing. To simply put a bill up for a vote on the House floor that does not have the votes, and would not be taken up by the Senate, is an ineffective strategy at best and will do nothing to actually lower rates. I am happy to see the conversation surrounding auto no fault continue. I stand ready to work with my colleagues in the House and the Senate on both sides of the aisle to find a real solution that addresses fraud, offers real reforms that will lower costs for rate payers, and lessen the number of no fault related lawsuits.” Categories: News,Webber Newslast_img read more

Rep Miller welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation

first_imgPHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Aaron Miller, of Sturgis, welcomed local Pastor Terry Cropper (middle) from Bethel Baptist Church in Three Rivers to the state Capitol to lead Wednesday’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. House tradition calls for a representative or clergy member to begin each day’s session with a prayer. Joining them at the rostrum was Speaker Pro Tempore Jason Wentworth (left).### 20Jun Rep. Miller welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation Categories: Miller Newslast_img

Australia Spins World Climate Gains

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares David Bostock / Shutterstock.comDecember 10, 2014; Voice of AmericaThe policies of Australia, one of the world’s worst polluters, have spun and spun again with regard to climate change. The latest about-face happened at the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru. To everyone’s great surprise, the Australian foreign minister, Julie Bishop, announced a $165 million contribution to a United Nations fund that helps poorer nations combat climate change.It was a surprise because until then, the government of Prime Minister Tony Abbott had been relentless in its efforts to undo what the previous administration had put in place as its response to climate change. Yet even that previous government had a record of reversals; in fact, the previous government had reversed its own much earlier climate change commitments.Perversely, Australia’s ambivalence about climate change exists even despite the fact that Australia is considered to be the world’s biggest carbon dioxide polluter. Maybe the constant changing is explained by poet Dorothea Mackellar, who wrote one of Australia’s defining poems, My Country.I love a sunburnt country,A land of sweeping plains,Of ragged mountain ranges,Of droughts and flooding rains. The poem continues:Core of my heart, my country!Her pitiless blue sky,When sick at heart, around us,We see the cattle die —But then the grey clouds gather,And we can bless againThe drumming of an army,The steady, soaking rain. Core of my heart, my country!Land of the Rainbow Gold,For flood and fire and famine,She pays us back threefold –Perhaps it’s this endless cycle of droughts, floods, and fires that confuses Australia’s political leaders.President Obama may have thought Australia needed some steadying when he attended the Go8 conference in Brisbane last month. This was to the great annoyance of Tony Abbott, who, as conference host, had insisted, domestically at least, that climate change would not be discussed the summit. Nevertheless, Obama quite deliberately placed climate change full square on the agenda—as though it wouldn’t be so soon after signing the joint declaration with China. To be sure, though, he made a speech at an Australian university in which he specifically (and, given his host’s views, possibly undiplomatically) called upon Australia’s young people “to step up” on climate change.Obama also pointedly drew attention to the possible future of one of Australia’s iconic natural attractions: “The incredible natural glory of the Great Barrier Reef is threatened. Worldwide, this past summer was the hottest on record. No nation is immune, and every nation has a responsibility to do its part.”However, since Prime Minister Tony Abbott came to power, he has taken such steps as scrapping the so-called “carbon tax.” (Actually, it was not a tax but a carbon-pricing scheme.) Oddly, too, only a week before Lima, Abbott had announced a cut $4 million from the UN Environment Program (UNEP), which provides advice on environmental policies and climate change negotiations. Currently, the Abbott government is attempting to undo the previous government’s renewable energy targets. Earlier, it sacked the Climate Commission, which had been established to provide public information on the effects of and potential solutions to global warming.It wasn’t always thus in the Land of Oz. Back in 2007, the then–Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, won great plaudits when he made signing the Kyoto climate protocol among his first acts after being elected—“thus,” he said, “demonstrating my Government’s commitment to tackling climate change.” Rudd’s reneging on this highly symbolic act is generally considered to be a chief reason for his losing the confidence of, and later overthrow from, the leadership by his party colleagues.However, what might have been seen as a small victory for climate advocates has been somewhat tempered by the revelation that the $165 million will be taken from Australia’s foreign aid budget, which has already been cut by billions of dollars.—John GodfreyShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Koch Brothers Strategy Change or More of the Same

first_imgShare13TweetShare6Email19 SharesBy Steampowered32 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia CommonsAugust 1, 2016; Washington PostTwice a year, the politically powerful Koch brothers convene a large gathering of conservative mega-donors to target hundreds of millions of dollars into political campaigns. Their focus has been to support candidates and policies that support a small government, almost libertarian philosophy. At this gathering, strategies to oppose and repeal the Affordable Care Act have been developed and funded. From this network, support of Mitt Romney’s effort to defeat Barack Obama’s reelection was developed. Their approach to dealing with poverty has adhered closely to the Reagan-era focus on lowering taxes on the rich so that the poor would be helped through the “trickle-down” effect. Direct action by government to cure societal ills was anathema to the Koch approach. From afar, it seemed that the pain of poverty was not a topic on their agenda.But this year’s convening, which began only days ago, seemed remarkably different: “As top network officials and supporters met at a sumptuous mountain resort here this weekend, there was one dominant focus: the yawning gap between America’s privileged elite and working class.” Charles Koch has long been concerned about the threat of the U.S. becoming a “two-tiered” system. For the last year, he’s expressed a desire to find a way for individuals to succeed economically without “gaming the system” while still ending government overspending. Perhaps scared by the successes of the Trump and Sanders campaigns in mobilizing the anger of those who see the economy as structured to make the rich richer, the Koch network appears to be shifting its focus from Washington politics to “intensifying its investments to support communities, schools and the family structure.” Brian Brenberg, a business and economics professor at The King’s College, gave his perspective on these present challenges:Unless we address these underlying issues, these underlying threats, candidates, elections—they are only going to become more extreme and more divisive. Because if history has taught us anything, it’s this: When a citizenry feels neglected and ignored, they will line up behind leaders who give voice to their concerns and promise relief for their problems—even when the eventual outcome is likely going to be far, far worse.Having recognized that economic inequality is a real issue and a threat, will they change the solutions they support? Will they be ready to rethink the role government should play to level the playing field? Or will they take the power of their huge resources and use it to support policies and programs that go further down the policy road they have traditionally advocated?Reports emerging from their gathering don’t leave much hope that they see the current situation as a failure of their strategy that necessitates a new approach. Charles Koch’s diagnosis of our current situation seems to be that our problems come from not being libertarian enough: “Unless we make progress here in our culture, we are doomed to continue to lurch from one political crisis to another, and we will likely degenerate into socialism or corporatism, as two-tiered societies typically do.”Without a 180-degree turnaround, the Kochs’ political muscle will be put to work to further reduce government programs that directly help the poor and reduce tax levels. Rather than learning from their experiences, their bet is that the recognition of a real threat from a dissatisfied body politic to their personal well-being will motivate the private sector to do more and be more effective than they historically have been. Perhaps fear will prompt an increase in charitable contributions or more private investment in job-creating activities, that by their way of thinking will help narrow the gap between rich and poor.That these programs have not proven successful does not seem to be causing any rethinking. Economist Paul Krugman described this phenomenon as he viewed the current thinking of trickle-down economists.What strikes me is the contrast with the 1970s. Back then, the experience of stagflation led to a dramatic revision of both macroeconomics and policy doctrine. This time, far worse economic events and predictions by freshwater economists far more at odds with experience than the mistakes of Keynesians in the past seem to have produced no concessions whatsoever.If this describes what we will see from Koch politics, we are facing a well-funded battle over solutions to meet the needs of the poor.—Martin LevineShare13TweetShare6Email19 Shareslast_img read more

The European Commission has expressed concerns abo

first_imgThe European Commission has expressed concerns about French pay TV operator Canal Plus’ proposed acquisition of a stake in rival Orange’s Orange Cinéma Séries channels, according to various reports.Canal Plus and Orange struck a deal in July a deal whereby the former would acquire 33.3% of Orange Cinéma Séries. However, French press have reported that European competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia’s department has expressed a number of concerns about the future role of Canal Plus relating to the programming of the channels.Specifically, the Commission has concerns about the agreement’s limiting of the amount the Orange channels can spend on programme acquisitions annually of €65 million, compared with the €85 million it spent in 2010. This would limit Orange Cinéma Séries’ bidding power in negotiations with the studios, meaning, for example, that it could not effectively compete with Canal Plus’s own channels.While Canal Plus and Orange have maintained that their agreement does not raise any issues of concentration in the market, the European competition authorities believe that the terms of the deal could amount to ‘co-control’ by Canal Plus, meaning that it would be subject to formal approval by Brussels and could be subject to multiple obligations.last_img read more