Security concerns sink plans for Calgary nudist swim at public pool

first_imgCALGARY – An escalating debate over a nudist swim at a public swimming pool has prompted the City of Calgary to cancel the event over concerns about security.“We’ve had a review completed by Calgary Police Service and corporate security that has led to these arising concerns,” James McLaughlin, acting director of Calgary Recreation, said Thursday.“Safety concerns are related to the volatile public commentary regarding this public booking and they cause concerns for all users of the facility.”The Calgary Nude Recreation club had sold tickets for a swim night on Sunday at the Southland Leisure Centre. The club described the private, after-hours event on its Facebook page as a way of snubbing winter.Word of the event prompted an online petition urging the club to cancel the swim or ban children from attending. The leisure centre’s Facebook page was inundated with negative comments about the event including some that threatened to bring “cameras and baseball bats.”Calgary police say they received a report of a threat Monday to the leisure centre due to the swim event. Although they say officers determined there was no immediate danger, the incident is still under investigation.Event organizers posted reaction to the city’s decision on the Calgary Nude Recreation club Facebook page. They called the move a “terrible precedent.”“It is outrageous that lawful recreation can be prohibited by an incredibly vocal minority. These people must NOT be allowed to dictate public policy with threats against law-abiding citizens engaged in lawful activities,” reads the post.“Calgary Nude Recreation recognizes that the City of Calgary is not the bad guy here. We will continue working with the city to reschedule a future event.”The group also said its new goal is to establish a legal clothing-optional stretch of river within reasonable distance of the city core. It warned that cancelling the event at the pool won’t make nude activity go away.McLaughlin said city facilities have held nude swims for years. The cancellation was not due to the nature of the activity, but solely because of security, he said.“It actually speaks to the concern the administration has for the safety and security of all our users.”By Thursday afternoon, an online petition opposing the event had racked up 20,000 signatures.“Respect the concept and believe in an 18+ setting it could be a popular event. However, having naked children around a bunch of naked adults doesn’t seem like a good idea for any reason,” said the petition posted by April Parker.“Sexual predators will be on the prowl — having an event like that is just like Christmas to them.”Calgary Coun. Jeromy Farkas, whose ward includes the city-operated leisure centre, said his office was contacted by a lot of people concerned about the swim. He suggested there may have been a solution to the debate.“Given that I’m very live and let live … I am disappointed that we couldn’t proceed with this in an 18-plus manner.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

Utility will remove coal ash from pits near Tennessee river

NASHVILLE — The nation’s largest public utility has agreed to dig up and remove about 12 million cubic yards (9.2 million cubic meters) of coal ash from unlined pits at a Tennessee coal-burning power plant.Prompted by two environmental groups, the state sued the Tennessee Valley Authority in 2015 over pollution from coal ash dumps at the Gallatin Fossil Plant. Court documents show pollutants leech from the ash into the groundwater and then enter the Cumberland River, a source of drinking water for Nashville.On Thursday, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the environmental groups announced a settlement with TVA.The utility will excavate a majority of coal ash at Gallatin and recycle it or remove it to a lined, permitted landfill. TVA will also develop a plan for the remaining coal ash.The Associated Press read more

UN envoy stresses role of sports as unifying force among nations peoples

27 June 2008Sports can help bring people together, as witnessed by major international competitions such as the Soccer World Cup and the Olympic Games, the United Nations envoy tasked with promoting sport for development and peace said today. “Sport is a universal language that unites people and breaks down barriers, whether they are ethical, religious, economic or social,” Wilfried Lemke told reporters, as he briefed them on his activities during his first few months as the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace.A former athlete and sports teacher, Mr. Lemke added that sports have a vital role in society, as they teach fundamental values such as discipline, fair play, confidence and tolerance.He also echoed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in noting that sports can be an instrument to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the set of anti-poverty targets world leaders pledged to achieve by 2015. He had a chance to witness how sports can be used to promote development during a recent visit to Africa that took him to the poor townships in South Africa and the slums of Kenya’s capital Nairobi, where his Office had some initiatives for children in partnership with local non-governmental organizations (NGOs).Mr. Lemke will be lacing up his running shoes in November, when he plans to participate in the New York City Marathon to raise money for a project in Nairobi. Prior to that, the Special Adviser will be heading to Beijing for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. He will be chairing a meeting of the International Working Group on Sports for Development and Peace ahead of the Olympic opening ceremony on 8 August.Later today in New York, he will be meeting with the Group of Friends of Sport for Development and Peace, an informal group of 36 ambassadors to the UN. read more

Navy awaits police findings

He said the navy is awaiting the outcome of the police investigations to decide on the next course of action. A group of 111 illegal asylum seekers who were arrested at sea over the weekend and brought ashore on Monday, were handed over to the CID for further investigations.The Navy brought all the Australia-bound asylum seekers to Galle after they were arrested off the southern seas. The four navy men were arrested this week after a boat carrying over 100 asylum seekers was stopped by navy boats while it was believed to be heading to Australia. The navy says it is awaiting the outcome of the police investigations into the involvement of four navy members in human smuggling.Navy spokesman Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya said that the navy is not conducting its own investigations. The boat they were travelling in was intercepted by Sri Lanka Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessel, SLNS Samudura with the assistance of two fast naval patrol craft attached to the Southern Naval Command 220 Kilometers south of Galle.Among the 111 asylum seekers are 03 Sinhalese and 108 Tamils and that included 46 men, 20 women and 45 children.They are residents of Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Vavuniya, Puttalam, Jaffna and Mullaithivu. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Morgan Stanley 2Q Earnings Snapshot

NEW YORK (AP) _ Morgan Stanley (MS) on Thursday reported second-quarter earnings of $2.2 billion.The New York-based company said it had earnings of $1.23 per share.The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.13 per share.The investment bank posted revenue of $13.72 billion in the period. Its revenue net of interest expense was $10.24 billion, also beating Street forecasts. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $9.98 billion.Morgan Stanley shares have climbed 10% since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has increased 19%. The stock has dropped 11% in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on MS at https://www.zacks.com/ap/MSThe Associated Press read more

North American stock markets close lower rising oil supplies drag prices down

by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 13, 2015 8:25 am MDT Last Updated Nov 13, 2015 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – An oversupply in crude inventories pulled down oil prices on Friday as the Toronto stock market finished lower.The S&P/TSX index was down 51.76 points at 13,075.42, its lowest level since Sept. 29, as several key sectors weakened.The financials index slid 1.2 per cent, with all of the major banks lower, while the metals and mining sector moved back 1.5 per cent.On commodity markets, the December crude contract was down $1.01 at US$40.74 a barrel after the International Energy Agency said commercial inventories reached almost three billion barrels at the end of September — a record.Oil prices have been hit by weakening demand that is running against a growing supply level.Adding extra pressure to energy prices was fresh data from oilfield services company Baker Hughes that showed that U.S. oil rigs rose by two to 574 for the first time in 11 weeks.Macan Nia, director of the capital markets and strategy team at Manulife Asset Management, said he expects weak oil prices to persist.“We’re in the camp where we think we’re lower for longer,” he said.“A couple weeks ago we saw oil in the mid-40s, then up to the high 40s, and it as quickly retracted to where we are today.”In other commodities, the January contract for natural gas was up eight cents at US$2.53 per mmBtu while the December gold contract slipped 10 cents to US$1,080.90 an ounce.South of the border, a week of dismal figures for the retail industry soured the spirit going into the crucial holiday season.Department store operator Nordstrom became the latest major retailer to post disappointing results, showing both a slowdown in sales and traffic in the United States. Its shares dropped 15 per cent to $53.96.The Dow Jones was down 202.83 points at 17,245.24, while the broader S&P 500 index declined 22.93 points to 2,023.04 and Nasdaq lost 77.20 points to 4,927.88.The Canadian dollar was down 0.20 of a cent at 75.09 cents U.S.Nia said North American stock markets will likely continue to face pressure in the coming weeks, as the ripple effects of last week’s U.S. jobs report have left investors expecting the Federal Reserve to begin raising its benchmark interest rate in December.“It’s just continued volatility going into the end of the year that’s only been increased by the recent jobs number.”In Canada, Montreal-based Aimia Inc. (TSX:AIM) announced it would cut more than 200 jobs as it pushes ahead with a second round of cost-cutting motivated by the uncertain economy.Aimia’s shares briefly hit a low of $9.39 before rising slightly higher to close 14 per cent lower at $9.65 on the TSX.Follow @dj_friend on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had an incorrect figure for the TSX. North American stock markets close lower, rising oil supplies drag prices down read more

UNbacked treaty INTERPOL operation targets most wanted environmental fugitives

Operation INFRA-Terra (International Fugitive Round Up and Arrest) is supported by the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC), which is a collaborative effort of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Secretariat, INTERPOL, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the World Bank and the World Customs Organization. INTERPOL is leading the operation, which is the first of its kind.“This first operation represents a big step forward in the first against wildlife criminal networks,” said Ben Janse van Rensburg, Chief of Enforcement Support for CITES in a press release today.“Countries are increasingly treating wildlife crime as a serious offence, and we will leave no stone unturned to locate and arrest these criminals to ensure that they are brought to justice,” he added.The initial phase of the operation will extend efforts beyond national borders and across range, transit and destination States in support of a collective global response to fight such crime.The individuals targeted in the initial phase include, among others, Feisal Mohamed Ali, who is alleged to be the ringleader of an ivory smuggling ring in Kenya. The partners are asking for the public’s assistance in providing information that could help track down the suspects whose cases were selected for the initial phase.“The public can play a crucial role in this collective effort, they our eyes and ears on the ground. Their support can help ensure that the offenders face the full might of the law and are punished appropriately,” Mr. van Rensburg said.“Historically, countries have not drawn on these law enforcement tools to hunt down fugitives wanted for offences against our natural heritage. The CITES Secretariat applauds the governments that are making use of this mechanism and strongly support this initiative to combat wildlife crime and the kingpins behind it,” he added.The ICCWC – with a contribution from the European Union – is offering technical and financial support for the operation.CITES, with 180 Member States, regulates international trade in more than 35,000 species of plants and animals, including their parts and products. The Convention was signed in 1973.Wildlife crime has become a serious threat to the security, political stability, economy, natural resources and cultural heritage of many countries. The extent of the response required to effectively address the threat is often beyond the sole remit of environmental or wildlife law enforcement agencies, or even of one country or region alone. Indeed, in June, the joint UN Environment Programme-INTERPOL Environmental Crime Crisis report, pointed to an increased awareness of, and response to, the growing global threat, but calls for further concerted action and issues recommendations aimed at strengthening action against the organized criminal networks profiting from the trade.According to the new report, one terrorist group operating in East Africa is estimated to make between $38 and $56 million per year from the illegal trade in charcoal. Wildlife and forest crime also play a serious role in threat finance to organized crime and non-State armed groups, including terrorist organizations. Ivory, for example, provides income to militia groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Central African Republic.Ivory similarly provides funds to gangs operating in Sudan, Chad and Niger.Combined estimates from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the UNODC, UNEP and INTERPOL place the monetary value of all environmental crime — which includes logging, poaching and trafficking of a wide range of animals, illegal fisheries, illegal mining and dumping of toxic waste—at between $70 and $213 billion each year. Illegal logging and forest crime has an estimated worth of $30 to $100 billion annually, or 10 to 30 percent of the total global timber trade. An estimated 50 to 90 percent of the wood in some individual tropical countries is suspected to come from illegal sources or has been logged illegally. read more

Baseball Ryan Feltner and Connor Curlis emerging as top options for Ohio

Ohio State sophomore pitcher Connor Curlis delivers a pitch in the top of the second inning against North Carolina Greensboro on April 22 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Lantern reporterEven before they were Ohio State’s top two pitchers, Ryan Feltner and Connor Culis were friends.The pair atop the Buckeyes’ starting rotation has known each other since playing on Ohio Elite’s under-17 summer travel baseball team following their junior years of high school. Feltner committed to play at Ohio State just before Curlis did, before they both joined the travel team.“Knowing that I was gonna play [on Ohio Elite] with a guy I was going to be with in college was a good feeling,” Curlis said. “We got close that summer and then took it here.”The Ohio State coaching staff said Feltner and Curtis are practically inseparable during workouts. “They’re always working together, whether they’re playing catch, they’re long-tossing, whether they’re throwing bullpens the same day or the day after for the last two or three years,” pitching coach Mike Stafford said.Curlis steadily became one of Ohio State’s more reliable starters after flipping back and forth between the rotation and bullpen last season, leading the team in wins with five and maintaining an ERA of 4.02. Feltner saw a great deal of action throughout the 2017 season, but struggled at times with a 1-5 record and a 6.32 ERA. But he then dominated in the Cape Cod summer league, allowing zero runs in 15.1 innings with 15 strikeouts and seven walks en route to being named the Cape Cod’s outstanding relief pitcher.There has been plenty of offseason development to pin down the top two spots in the rotation this year. Senior reliever Seth Kinker said he hasn’t seen anyone work as hard as Feltner. Stafford agreed with that statement.“I do feel like he doesn’t leave anything behind, from a preparation standpoint,” Stafford said. “Ready to go, arm healthy, pitches ready, body, getting the [right] amount of sleep, food, no question.”Stafford also said Feltner’s slider has developed over time, a pitch that has been a point of emphasis for the duo in the off-season, in particular for Curlis.Feltner feels Curlis’ slider has really come along, essentially becoming his strikeout pitch now, which is impressive considering he just added it to his repertoire late last year. Curlis and Feltner often turn to each other for assistance in developing that specific breaking ball.“I feel like we’re both helping each other with that in our flat-ground work, throwing program every day, just to get that to our ‘A’ pitch,” Curlis said.Working together is nothing new for the pair. Curlis and Feltner have been workout partners since they first arrived on campus. That work has started to pay off with both Feltner and Curlis firmly entrenched in the top of Ohio State’s rotation.The two have taught each other a lot in that time. More than anything else, Curlis said, it’s helped them learn how to compete.“We have our strengths and our weaknesses, but just to attack and not pitch away from the bat,” Curlis said. “We’re not gonna strike out everyone.” read more

Bird flu prevention zone declared across England as farmers called upon to

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. They must also minimise movement in and out of enclosures, clean and disinfect footwear and keep areas where birds live clean and tidy, and reduce any existing contamination by disinfecting concrete areas and fencing off wet or boggy spots. Show more The Food Standards Agency said bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.The prevention zone means keepers must ensure areas where birds are kept do not attract wild birds, for example by netting ponds, and feed and water their livestock in enclosed areas to discourage contact with wild birds. Bird flu has been detected at Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset, UKcenter_img But the prevention zone does not mean that birds must be kept inside, and there are no plans for movement restrictions or culls at the moment.Prof Gibbens said: “Following the latest finding of bird flu in wild birds in Warwickshire, we are extending our action to help prevent the virus spreading to poultry and other domestic birds.”Whether you keep just a few birds or thousands, you are now legally required to meet enhanced biosecurity requirements and this is in your interests to do, to protect your birds from this highly infectious virus.”Keepers with more than 500 birds have to take extra measures including restricting access for non-essential people, changing clothing and footwear before entering bird enclosures and cleaning and disinfecting vehicles. A bird flu prevention zone has been declared across England as all farmers are told to cover ponds in netting to prevent infected birds landing.The move, announced by the Government’s chief veterinary officer Nigel Gibbens, means all poultry and bird keepers in England have to follow strict measures to protect their livestock from the disease.It comes as 13 dead wild birds were confirmed to have the virus in Warwickshire, following the discovery of the disease in wild birds in Dorset, where a total of 31 infected birds have now been identified.A local prevention zone was put in place in Dorset, which has now been extended to the whole of England.Testing of the birds in Warwickshire is ongoing but it is thought they had the H5N6 strain of the virus which has been circulating in wild populations in Europe in recent months, and which is deadly to birds.But officials said it was a different variant of H5N6 from the one which affected people in China last year, and the risk to public health was very low. Bird flu has been detected at Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset, UKCredit: Finbarr Webster/REX/Shutterstocklast_img read more

New MI6 recruitment advert says being a spy is not about finding

The intelligence agency hopes the new advert will appeal to people who want to defend Britain and would enjoy working overseas submerged in other cultures, but who also would not be fazed by operating in close proximity to their targets.The Secret Intelligence Service – the official name for MI6 – plans to recruit an extra 800 staff by 2021 out of a current total of around 2,500, and hopes to increase the diversity of its workforce. Alex Younger, the head of MI6, has said he wants a more diverse workforce to be his legacy after he leaves the service. The swashbuckling image of spying portrayed by the James Bond films is seen by MI6 as a double-edged sword; exciting, and free publicity, but also somewhat dated, particularly regarding attitudes towards women.The advert has split opinion. Speaking to the Telegraph, Maria Elena, 25, said that posting on YouTube will reach younger audiences and is a fresh approach to recruit people, but some viewers may find that it “ridicules the jobs at MI6”.Simen Pedersen, 27, an MA student, said: “Young people are not watching TV in the same way as before and therefore I think it’s a clever idea.”I will be taking a look at the website,” he told the Telegraph. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. What do you make of this advert? How does it make you feel and would you consider a career in MI6 after watching it? Tell us what you think in the comment section below.To join the conversation log in to your Telegraph account or register for free, here. MI6 has launched a new recruitment drive on Google and YouTube so as not to miss out on potential employees that might switch channels from a TV advert.Recognising that younger viewers are eschewing traditional means of consuming film and other media, the new advert attempts to reach its audience through alternative channels.The second advert in the ‘Secretly we’re just like you’ series was launched on YouTube and Google Play today.The spy agency has deliberately taken a risk with the content of the new advert. The opening shot is a close-up of a man’s sweating face with a knife visible, leading the viewer to think he may be undergoing torture.However, when the camera pulls back viewers see the man is actually in a barber’s chair enjoying a wet shave, whilst listening to the conversations going on around him.”We are intelligence officers, but we don’t do what you think,” the voiceover says. “It’s not finding the secret button for your ejector seat. It’s finding common ground with a stranger, anywhere, and gaining their trust. It’s reading people as well as you read the papers.””If that sounds familiar, it’s because you do it everyday,” the advert concludes, hoping to dispel some of the myths around the traditional ‘James Bond’ image. read more

Clark County Public Health investigating case of measles in a child

first_imgClark County Public Health is investigating a case of measles in a child who traveled to Clark County from outside the country in late December. The case is confirmed, and the child’s immunization status is unverified, according to a Public Health news release. Public Health reported the child was between 1 and 10 years old but declined to give their exact age or where they traveled from to help protect the child’s identity.People who visited the clinic and waiting area from noon to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 31 at PeaceHealth Urgent Care, 3400 Main St., Vancouver, might have been exposed to measles.Public Health advises that anyone who has been exposed to measles or believes they have symptoms to contact their health care provider before visiting a medical office in person. That approach helps avoid exposing others. Public Health is working with the clinic to identify visitors during that time who might have been exposed as part of their investigation.last_img read more

Report Atletico and Barcelona will go after Lozano

first_imgMexican forward Hirving Lozano has reportedly gone to the top of Atletico and Barcelona’s wishlist for next summer’s transfer window.We have already spoken a little bit about the talented Mexican forward Hirving ‘Chucky’ Lozano, the player who surprised clubs like Atletico and Barcelona last summer with his performance against Germany in the World Cup’s group stage. But Hirving has been delivering great performances in European football since day one at PSV Eindhoven, which is why there is a large number of European giants who are already considering on getting the Mexican player for the next summer transfer window. The only reason why Lozano didn’t leave PSV Eindhoven this summer, was because inside the squad they decided it wasn’t time for him to leave yet and they wanted him to be their most important player at the Champions League group stage this season. The Dutch champions are going to face Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur, and Internazionale Milano with Hirving Lozano as the tip of the spear looking to score the goals.Hi guys! ??#PSVWIL pic.twitter.com/p0pcCgTqOZ— PSV (@PSV) September 1, 2018This second season in European football will be perfect for a club like Barcelona to make a final decision about the Mexican winger, they feel like he could be a great alternative for the time when Lionel Messi decides to retire from football and they are confident the player will respond accordingly to any challenge that presents itself to him at PSV. The Catalan club believes that Hirving Lozano is a perfect prospect for the future, his dribbling skills are one of a kind for Europe and they are aware that not many footballers in the world can do the things he does. And if that wasn’t enough to consider his status as a world-class superstar, Hirving Lozano can also score an elevated amount of goals during a whole season and this is yet another great reason for any big club to come after him. During his first season with PSV Eindhoven, Hirving Lozano scored 19 goals in his first 34 matches in all competitions and he has already scored 4 goals on his first 6 matches on this new season.Another goal for @HirvingLozano70 tonight? ?#PSVWIL pic.twitter.com/bCF5N0Iad1— PSV International (@psveindhoven) September 1, 2018David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.Atletico Madrid’s interest.But FC Barcelona wouldn’t be the only club that is interested on signing Hirving Lozano for their club next season, as Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid has been keeping tabs on the Mexican player for over a year and they would also go after his services according to Diario AS. We’ve already heard from Simeone’s mouth that he doesn’t want to sign his son Giovanni Simeone for the Colchoneros, which leaves the option for another striker next season and the Argentine manager is very keen on Lozano to eventually replace Antoine Griezmann as the main man on the attack. Other major clubs that will be interested in Lozano next summer are Borussia Dortmund from the Bundesliga, Manchester City and Manchester United from the Premier League, as well as AC Milan from Serie A. But if Lozano leaves to another club in the near future, the player would like to give either the Premier League or La Liga a chance before any other competition.So far so good! Great night for PSV! ❤#PSVWIL 4-0 pic.twitter.com/9gvCN0imrE— PSV International (@psveindhoven) September 1, 2018Another thing we can’t ignore about the possibility of Hirving Lozano leaving the Dutch champions is the fact that his “compadre” Erick Gutierrez just arrived in PSV Eindhoven this season and he would love to play a lot more together with him. ‘Guti’ just arrived from Mexican club Pachuca and will take a little bit to adapt, this whole process won’t be the same if Lozano isn’t there to stand by his best friend’s side at least during the first couple of years. We are not joking when we say that Hirving Lozano seems destined to become one of the best players in the world very soon, the top clubs in European football are aware of the bright future ahead of this player and they don’t want to miss on the opportunity of having him in their ranks. Next summer we could have a battle between many clubs to sign the Mexican winger, who already is the best player from his country at the moment.Players such as Guillermo Ochoa, Hirving Lozano and Erick Gutiérrez have returned to their current clubs and will not play our next match ? ?? in Nashville, TN. #PasiónyOrgullo | #MEXTOUR pic.twitter.com/9KLVmfsVHG— Mexican National Team (@miseleccionmxEN) September 8, 2018Which club do you think Lozano will pick after PSV Eindhoven? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

FBI joins search for missing 10yearold Kotzebue girl

first_imgAshley Johnson-Barr (Photo courtesy of the Kotzebue Police Department)The FBI has joined the effort to find a missing girl in Kotzebue. Ten-year-old Ashley Johnson-Barr was last seen the evening of September 6th leaving a local park. Kotzebue police, Alaska State Troopers, the Coast Guard and numerous others have been looking for her since. The effort is being led by a state incident management team.Listen nowAlaska State Trooper communications director Jonathon Taylor says the operation remains a search and rescue, and Troopers sought help from the FBI for additional staffing and expertise.“With any search and rescue operation, a key part of that is looking into the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of the individual who is missing,” Taylor said. “And so we requested assistance from them.”Johnson-Barr’s cell phone was found on a street after her disappearance, and Taylor says it’s being analyzed.“Ashley’s cell phone was found about a half-mile away from where she was last seen at Rainbow Park,” Taylor said. “And that is with investigators now. They’re analyzing it, trying to determine if it’s been damaged, if there’s any information that they can glean from that.”Kotzebue is a compact community surrounded by a lot of water and open tundra, and Taylor says the search is multifaceted, “canvassing the area on land, by ATV, by air.”Taylor says daily sweeps of the community are being conducted by professionals and numerous volunteers from Kotzebue and other communities.“We had folks from all across the community in the region volunteer. Yesterday we had at least 50 people,” Taylor said. “We were, I believe, expecting at least that many today to help with the canvassing and search efforts.”Taylor emphasizes that the focus remains finding Ashley Johnson-Barr safe, and getting her home to her family.last_img read more

New legislation improves earthquake preparedness in Alaska

first_imgField engineer Scott Dalton adjusts a radio communications link at a seismic station south of Cantwell. (Photo by Ian Dickson/Alaska Earthquake Center)Congress passed a bill Tuesday to improve how the country prepares for earthquakes.Michael West, who directs the Alaska Earthquake Center, said this legislation renews an existing law. But West said it’s more important and exciting than it sounds.“This legislation reauthorizes programs that have existed for the better part of 40 years, but need tweaking and updates through time. But it hasn’t been authorized now for several years, and when programs aren’t authorized they begin to fall apart over time,” West said.The prior version of the legislation expired nearly 10 years ago. West said that allowed some federal agencies to let earthquake preparedness creep down the priority list.West said one important update involves calculating the financial risk from earthquakes. He said those studies are important for allocating funding for earthquake programs. But in the past, the studies ignored the potential damage from tsunamis, which has made Alaska’s financial risk look unrealistically low.“Imagine considering a 1964-type earthquake but ignoring the tsunami component. That would be ridiculous,” West said.West said the legislation, which now awaits the president’s signature, will also help Alaska implement the latest technology to monitor earthquakes. He said GPS instruments allow researchers to watch plate tectonics play out in real time. They are being widely used in other west coast states, but Alaska has lagged in installing the new technology. He said the new bill will make it easier for researchers to justify the expense of using GPS instruments in Alaska.last_img read more

Books distributed to poor students

first_imgFateh Nagar: Local Youth Congress leader Sittakoru Krishna on Monday distributed books to poor students to mark the 70th birth anniversary of former Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy in Fateh Nagar division. Congress Party’s Kukatpally constituency president Siri Satish Reddy was the chief guest. Local Congress leaders K Raju Mudiraj, Suraj Kumar Tiwari, L Narsing, B Babu, Ajaz Nawab, Yedla Prabhakar, Subhash Goud, Arvind Reddy, Babajani and Rashid Jangir participated in the programme.last_img

Club Med Accelerates International Ski Business Expansion

first_imgClub Med Accelerates International Ski Business ExpansionClub Med Accelerates International Ski Business ExpansionFor over 60 years, Club Med has committed to firmly positioning the brand as leaders in the ski tourism industry by offering easy, relaxing and all-inclusive holidays in the world’s best ski domains.Since the first ski resort opening in 1956, Club Med has expanded its reach across Europe and Asia to now being the world’s largest ski resort operator with over 20 ski resorts, from the soaring peaks of Mont-Blanc in the French Alps, to the powder perfect slopes of Hokkaido Japan, but their plans don’t stop there.Club Med has proudly announced its international development strategy with the ambition to open three to five resorts per year globally by 2020. This will include one ski resort opening per year and will also be coupled with regular upgrades of key existing resorts.Locally, Club Med is aiming to grow the Australian and New Zealand markets by 50 per cent over the next three years. Madeleine Clow-Suares, General Manager, Club Med Australia and New Zealand says, “these are ambitious targets which come in response to the strong appetite of Australians for the relaxing, active, social and carefree holidays Club Med offers. We have a lot of exciting activity planned moving towards 2020 to help meet these goals.”“Our ski resorts are located in the most sought-after ski domains in France, Italy, Switzerland, Japan and China currently. We’re continually wanting to surprise our guests with new destinations, starting with our recent openings of exceptional new resorts: Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido in Japan, and Club Med Grand Massif Samoëns Morillon, in the French Alps,” says Clow-Suares.Future ski resort projects include the opening of Les Arcs Panorama, France, in December 2018 – a modern retreat immersed in the forest, at the doorstep of high-altitude mountains, boasting stunning views throughout, kids clubs for all ages, a very comprehensive wellbeing offer and luxury 5-Trident spaces within. Club Med Sahoro, Japan, will be renovated by November 2018 including updates to the rooms, bar and reception areas as well as a renovation of the main restaurant.Discussions are also progressing for new openings in Tignes, France, Valloire, La Rosière and San Sicario in the Franco-Italian domain Vialattea and Saint-Gervais, Montgenèvre, France. Furthermore, Club Med will settle its first resort in Canada, in Charlevoix’s Massif (Quebec) and continues discussion on projects in China and South Korea.The development of these properties will continue to reinforce Club Med’s major role in the ski industry internationally of facilitating and developing important tourism within these areas for years to come.“These additional development projects will offer more exciting opportunities for families, groups and couples when travelling to snow destinations with Club Med. Our outstanding ski concept and signature snow services gives guests more time to spend on the slopes, from getting you to the resort, to having your lift pass ready, your lessons booked and your kids well looked-after, we take the hassle out of organising a ski holiday,” says Clow-Suares.Club Med’s Easy Arrivals service ensures everything is ready for guests before they arrive, including equipment hire fitted and ready in your locker, registration of children to Kids Clubs and allow pre-booking of experiences for the whole family. Ski lift passes are also pre-arranged and included within Club Med’s all-inclusive package so there’s no delay getting to the mountain.The ski-in, ski-out design of most resorts gives direct access to the slopes for added convenience, maximising time spent skiing. Once on the slopes, there are over 19 levels of ski/snowboard lessons that are available with English speaking instructors also included within Club Med’s ski packages, perfect for first-timers, families or expert skiers alike. Amazing après ski activities and unique cultural experiences are also made available by Club Med, some as part of the premium all-inclusive offering, others arranged upon request, allowing guests to immerse themselves within the destination they visit.“We start with a true all-inclusive concept making for a hassle-free holiday, polished with exceptional services for skiers and for little ones by our warm GOs, local, active, relaxing or gastronomic experiences and a generous mix of fun. We even include peace of mind with our travel insurance. All you have to think about is relaxing, enjoying and creating new memories with family and friends. We want to make your dream holiday a reality which is why we offer something for everyone at our ski resorts,” says Clow-Suares.Since the company’s take over by Chinese conglomerate, Fosun, in 2015, Club Med has seen record growth and profitability, more specifically 6.6 per cent increase year on year in customers. This is a result of the successful strategy implemented with Fosun’s support — going local and focusing on digital.NEW Club Med Ski ResortsClub Med continues to reinforce its unique position as a world leader in premium all-inclusive snow holidays with the recent opening of its two newest snow resorts in December 2017 – Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido, Japan and Club Med Grand Massif Samoëns Morillon, France. These premium resorts offer modern design and authentic cultural ties for Australian skiers looking for the ultimate winter destinations with amazing experiences, made easy.Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido offers an upscale ski experience on powder snow, bringing to life modern Japanese culture. Designed by Jean-Philippe Nuel, the chic, modern aesthetic is reflective of the resorts picturesque surrounds, bringing the beauty of Japanese nature into the resort.Located in Hokkaido, Japan’s most Northerly Island, the area is famous for its untouched nature and preserved wildlife with four distinctive seasons. The island is home to beautiful national parks, lakes, and hot springs. In the winter, due to its unique location, Hokkaido provides plenty of perfect powder snow, the ideal ski conditions for those of all ability.At the resort, sumptuous breakfast, lunch and dinner is served in the main restaurant, the Itara, featuring Japanese and international cuisine included within Club Med’s all-inclusive package. From the resort, guests can explore the local ice village or Mina Mina beach, the largest indoor wave pool in Japan, in addition to a wide selection of snow activities. With 29 ski slopes to explore, a variety of après ski activities and children’s facilities available (kids clubs from 2 to 17 years old), Club Med Tomamu is the perfect destination for a family ski holiday.Club Med Tomamu has been open since December 2017 and available to book for 2018/2019 holidays as part of the Club Med Early Bird offer with a 30% saving – 7 nights all included from $2,330 AUD per adult and $1,395 AUD per child , based on stays starting 30 March 2019.Club Med Grand Massif Samoëns Morillon is the new mountain flagship of Club Med in France offering 360 views on the impressive French Alps and exceptional skiing for all ages, all accessible within 1h30 from Geneva International airport.Set within a preserved natural site in the heart of Grand Massif ski domain, the resort boasts an exceptional 360° panorama across the valley of Samoëns-Morillon. Most impressive of all, guests can ski from the resort’s gently sloping rooftop directly onto the snow. With this impressive ski-in, ski-out access to 265km of slopes both high alpine and pine tree forest terrain, this truly is a snow paradise.Guests can dine in ski gondolas within the resort, enjoy relaxing modern baths within their room, or swim among the mountains at the heated pool, all with cliff-top views.The resort also offers a wide range of activities including sports, well-being, culture and gourmet French Savoy dining as well as a comprehensive range of Kids Clubs, catering to guests from 4 months to 17 years old.Club Med Grand Massif Samoëns Morillon has been open since December 2017 and also available to book for 2018/2019 holidays as part of the Club Med Early Bird offer with a 30% saving – 7 nights all included from $1,950 AUD per adult and $1,560 AUD per child, based on stays starting 14 April 2019.Club Med Les Arcs Panorama, Club Med’s recently announced new resort planned to open December 2018 will offer a modern forest retreat on the doorstep of high-altitude mountains.Owing its name to the dramatic vistas of the Tarentaise Valley and summits it offers, the resort’s curvy architecture takes on the mountain’s form, blending into the well-preserved environment. Inside, the design revisits traditional mountain decoration, and integrates the forest in a modern way.The resort will offer a holistic wellbeing experience to all guests through healthy gastronomic options, relaxing spaces like the quiet lounge, and its 390sqm wellbeing space including a heated indoor pool and SPA by CINQ MONDES.Families are guaranteed an easy and fun stay with everything taken care of to make their trip easy and unforgettable, from the comprehensive range of Kids Clubs for little ones from 4 months to 17 years old, many services for babies and kids and the family concept restaurant Bread&Co where kids invite their parents to dinner.For an even more exclusive stay, suites are available within the 5-Trident luxury space, located at the top of the resort to guarantee the best views. Guests of the 5-Trident luxury space will enjoy exclusive services like the access to a private Welcome Lounge offering champagne by the glass from 6pm, an amazing 390sqm terrace with a hot tub and a dedicated Conciergerie, offering the ideal choice for those who want to combine customised service and luxury comfort, with the warm and friendly Club Med spirit.Club Med Les Arcs Panorama will open December 2018 and is available to book for 2018/2019 holidays as part of the Club Med Early Bird offer with a 30% saving – 7 nights all included from $1,990 AUD per adult and $1,595 AUD per child, based on stays starting 14 April 2019.For further information visit www.clubmed.co.nz or www.clubmed.com.auSource = Club Medlast_img read more

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