Male stripper who performed lap dance on woman gets new sex assault

first_imgTORONTO — A male strip-club performer convicted of sexually assaulting a woman who paid him for a lap dance should get a new trial because the judge relied on stereotypes of how women behave, Ontario’s top court ruled on Thursday.In quashing the conviction against Damir Cepic, the Court of Appeal faulted the judge’s reasoning in deciding the complainant, 23, did not consent to sexual activity with him.“The trial judge’s path to conviction rested largely on a series of erroneous assumptions about what a young woman would or would not do in the circumstances of this case,” the court said. “The conviction must therefore be set aside.”The case arose in March 2016, when the woman, identified only as OI, and seven girlfriends went to the Foxxes Den in Toronto to celebrate a birthday, court records show. It was OI’s first time at such a club.During the evening, OI paid Cepic $10 for a lap dance. He would testify she reached into his pants to touch his private parts, something she would deny. She then paid Cepic, 29, another $40 for a private lap dance. This time, court heard, she performed oral sex on him and he briefly penetrated her.Cepic testified at trial before Superior Court Justice Anne London-Weinstein that he was already having intercourse with the woman and about to ejaculate when the woman said, “no, I have a boyfriend.” She denied saying that and testified she told him, “no” and tried to push him off her.After the dance, OI texted a friend wondering what to tell her boyfriend. She also said she was worried her father, a police officer, would be furious, court heard.When her then-boyfriend arrived to pick her up, she told him she had been sexually assaulted, court heard. She reported the incident to police several hours later. Police charged Cepic with sexual assault.The only issue at trial was consent. OI argued she was forced into fellatio and intercourse. Cepic, described as a hard-working and trustworthy father, said the woman had been a willing participant.London-Weinstein sided with OI, saying she found the complainant reliable and credible, and Cepic self-serving.For example, the judge rejected Cepic’s evidence that OI had touched him sexually, saying it was unlikely the woman would have done so on her first-ever lap dance. The judge also called it “completely implausible and nonsensical” that OI would have told the accused about her boyfriend just as he was about to climax.London-Weinsten convicted Cepic and jailed him for two years less a day.Cepic appealed, arguing the judge had relied on stereotypes and assumptions, while OI maintained London-Weinstein was entitled to rely on common sense assumptions about basic human behaviour.In its analysis, the Appeal Court warned the common-sense approach to assessing credibility is “fraught with danger,” and London-Weinstein had unfairly made assumptions about female behaviour in accepting OI’s testimony and rejecting Cepic’s.“The trial judge started from the assumption about what a young woman would do in a strip club and carried that theme throughout her analysis,” the Appeal Court said. “(Her)determinations about what ‘made no sense’ or was ‘implausible’ were blatant assumptions, unsupported by the evidence.”The judge, the Appeal Court said, ignored the context in which OI found herself.“The context was significant: a women’s only party in a highly sexualized environment involving alcohol and male dancers,” Justice Mary Lou Benotto said for the Appeal Court.London-Weinstein, the higher court said, also appeared to resort to stereotypes about male aggression when she rejected Cepic’s evidence that OI had come on to him and found he had taken advantage of a “stunned and confused” young woman.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

John Clayton To Perform At Hollywood Helps Flint Event

first_imgA number of professionals in the entertainment industry have joined together to do a benefit for their hometown of Flint, Michigan in response to the city’s devastating water crisis.Hollywood Helps FlintThe event, created by publicist Howard Bragman, manager Tulani Bridgewater and director Alex Grossman will be held Sunday, February 21 from 4-6:30 p.m. at Spaghettini (184 N. Canon Dr.) in Beverly Hills.The fundraiser will feature performances by Flint native and triple Grammy winner Dee Dee Bridgewater, Tamir Hendlemen and John Clayton. Guests will be treated to Angelo’s Coney Island hot dogs—a Flint staple, and Vernor’s ginger ale.“We have left Flint, but Flint never left us,” explains Grossman. “We have families and friends there who have been ravaged and we can’t stand idly by.”The host committee consists of a number of Flint natives and Michiganders who have banded together to send a message of love and support to their hometown. It includes Alex Grossman, Howard Bragman, Tulani Bridgewater, Dave Koz, Cary Hardwick, Sandra Bernhard, Sam Gottlieb, Carter Oosterhouse and Amy Smart, attorney Adam Kaller, agent Rhonda Price, television personality Bob Eubanks, designer Steven Rachwal, Jill Rosenbaum, director Wendey Stanzler, filmmaker Laurie White, actor Ben Cain, writer Gordon Young, talent booker Krystyn Price, super agent Sam Gores, attorney Adam Kaller and author Ben Hamper.The venue is being donated by jazz legend Dave Koz and Spaghettini owner Cary Hardwick. There will be a cash bar and tickets are $100 at Indiegogo.All monies raised will go to, a local charity that addresses the health needs of children affected by the situation.last_img read more

Tina Fontaines death and Raymond Cormiers trial What the jury heard

first_imgThe Canadian Press WINNIPEG – Jurors sat through three weeks of evidence in the trial of Raymond Cormier, 56, who has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the slaying of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine.Tina’s body, wrapped in a duvet cover and weighed down by rocks, was pulled from the Red River in Winnipeg several days after she disappeared in August 2014. The case reignited calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.Here is what the jury heard:THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TINA AND CORMIERCourt heard Tina had a happy childhood raised by a great-aunt on the Sagkeeng First Nation, but the girl began to spiral downward when her father was murdered in October 2011. Tina’s mother, who had not been part of her life, re-emerged and Tina started going to Winnipeg to visit her. The girl ended up on the street and was being sexually exploited.Tina’s boyfriend Cody Mason, who was 18 at the time, testified the pair first met Cormier earlier in the summer of 2014 and told him they didn’t have a place to stay. Cormier, who court heard was a methamphetamine and crack user, took them to a house with a basement. Known to some as Sebastian and to others as Frenchy, Cormier supplied Tina with the prescription drug gabapentin, said Mason, who added he and Tina would also drink and take marijuana and cocaine.Tina told a social worker that Cormier was a much older man who was going to get her a bike. Cormier told friends he had had sex with the 15-year-old. One witness, Sarah Holland, testified she once saw Cormier grope Tina while asking her to “just do me.”THE PHYSICAL EVIDENCEThe cause of Tina’s death was undetermined. Dr. Dennis Rhee testified that he found no definitive injuries on her body or to her internal organs. He said there was no evidence of a sexual assault, no signs of a stabbing or major blunt force trauma. It was estimated her body was in the river for three to seven days.There was no evidence that she drowned, but it couldn’t be ruled out. Christopher Keddy, who works at the RCMP forensics lab, testified that tests showed Tina’s body had a level of alcohol slightly above the legal limit for driving. Keddy also said there was a relatively high level of THC – the active ingredient in marijuana.There was no indication of gabapentin, but Keddy said the test the RCMP lab ran might not detect low levels of the drug. Under cross-examination, the defence suggested it couldn’t be ruled out that gabapentin was in Tina’s system at a potentially lethal level in combination with other drugs. There was no DNA evidence linking Cormier to Fontaine.THE DUVET COVERThree people connected to Cormier told police he owned the same type of duvet cover that was wrapped around Tina’s body. DNA testing found no traces linking Cormier to the cover. Court heard police tried to find the source of the duvet cover. It was sold by Costco Canada and 864 had been shipped to the three Costco stores in Winnipeg.Police tracked down 100 people who had purchased covers with the same design to ask them whether they still had them. Under cross-examination, investigators acknowledged Costco had given away some of the unsold duvet covers, and police could not rule out whether similar ones had been purchased elsewhere and brought to Winnipeg.THE ARGUMENT ON THE STREETOn Aug. 6, about two weeks before Tina’s body was found and three days before she was reported missing, witnesses saw her arguing with Cormier in the street and heard Cormier mention something about a river. Holland testified that she heard Tina tell Cormier she was going to call the cops.The Crown argued that Cormier was worried that Tina was going to report that he had stolen a truck. Court heard an audio recording of Tina calling 911 to report a stolen truck. Witnesses also testified that Tina was angry that Cormier had sold her bike for drugs. Cormier acknowledged the argument in an interview with police and said he followed her down the street before turning in the other direction.He said that is the last time he saw her. He also suggested the suspect police should really be looking for was a man who looked like singer Robert Plant who was walking in the same direction as Tina that night. “Don’t focus on me,” he told police.ERNIE DeWOLFEDeWolfe met Cormier in prison and they stayed at the same halfway house for a time. DeWolfe testified he talked to Cormier on Aug. 15 and Cormier said he had met with Tina the previous day to ensure she was not going to call the police.“He just said that he had talked to her and he straightened it all out and took care of it,” DeWolfe testified. “I just presumed that he talked to her and … sorted it out.”Tina’s body was found in the river on Aug. 17. In cross-examination, the defence suggested DeWolfe made the whole story up because he and Cormier had had an argument over money.THE UNDERCOVER TAPESPolice launched a six-month undercover operation against Cormier called Project Styx. Cormier was placed in a bugged apartment for free and an undercover officer moved into a suite on the same floor.Cormier was recorded saying he’d bet the girl was killed because he found out she was only 15 years old.“I drew the line and that’s why she got killed,” he said.Cormier also told a woman that when he last talked to Tina, he told her to go jump off a bridge. At another point, he asked a woman if she had ever been “haunted by something” before he started to talk about Tina and boast that he beat two murders.During another recording, Cormier said during an argument with a woman that there was a little girl in a “grave someplace screaming at the top of her lungs for me to finish the job. And guess what? I finished the job.”Court also heard Cormier in a recording warning people in his apartment not to overdose or they would end up wrapped in a carpet and thrown in the river. In conversations with the undercover officer, Cormier said there were “three rules to crime: deny, deny deny.”THE ARGUMENTSCrown prosecutors contended that Cormier killed Tina, either by suffocation or drowning, because he found out she was only 15 and that would make him a pedophile. They said Cormier’s own words on the undercover tapes should be enough to convict him.The defence said that with no DNA evidence and no cause of death, there were too many holes in the case. It argued that Cormier felt guilt after learning that Tina was only 15 and he wanted to find the real killer.last_img read more

Banks lead stocks lower erasing some of prior days gains

first_imgU.S. stocks declined in early trading Tuesday, giving up many of the market’s gains from a day earlier. Losses in banks, technology stocks and industrial companies outweighed gains elsewhere in the market. Homebuilders slumped on renewed concerns that the outlook for home sales is dimming. Bond prices rose, sending yields sharply lower.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index fell 17 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 2,772 as of 10:06 a.m. Eastern Time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 206 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 25,619. The Nasdaq composite lost 48 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 7,392. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks gave up 9 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 1,539.U.S. stock markets will be closed Wednesday in observance of a national day of mourning for former President George H.W. Bush.HOUSING HICCUP: Homebuilders traded lower after luxury homebuilder Toll Brothers reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings that topped Wall Street’s forecasts, but also issued a cautious assessment of the housing market. Toll’s shares slumped 9.5 per cent to $30.33.TAKING A BITE: Apple fell 2.1 per cent to $180.94 after the consumer electronics giant was downgraded by HSBC analysts, citing the possibility that iPhone volume and value growth may moderate due to a saturated mobile phone market.DISAPPOINTING DOLLAR: Discount retail chain Dollar General slid 5.6 per cent to $105.50 after the company reported weak quarterly results.REVVED UP: AutoZone climbed 4.2 per cent to $859.11 after the auto parts retailer delivered third-quarter earnings that exceeded analysts’ forecasts.ENERGY: Oil prices headed higher ahead of an OPEC meeting on Thursday, where members are expected to agree to cut output in 2019. Benchmark U.S. crude rose 0.3 per cent to $53.13 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, the international standard, added 1 per cent to $62.28 per barrel in London.BOND YIELDS: Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.95 per cent from 2.99 per cent late Monday. The slide in bond yields weighed on bank stocks. Citigroup fell 2.8 per cent to $63.36.CURRENCIES: The dollar weakened to 112.91 yen from 113.69 yen late Monday. The euro strengthened to $1.1393 from $1.1342. The British pound gained to $1.2746 from $1.2728 after a top official at the European Union’s highest court advised that Britain can unilaterally change its mind about leaving the EU as scheduled on March 29.MARKETS OVERSEAS: In Europe, Germany’s DAX fell 0.6 per cent, while France’s CAC 40 dropped 0.4 per cent. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares slid 0.4 per cent. Major indexes in Asia finished mixed. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index gave up 2.4 per cent and the Kospi in South Korea lost 0.8 per cent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 0.3 per cent. The S&P ASX/200 in Australia gave up 1 per cent.Alex Veiga, The Associated Presslast_img read more

N Korea welcomes US envoy to Seoul by firing 2 missiles

first_imgSeoul: North Korea welcomed a US envoy’s visit to Seoul by firing two missiles Thursday, the South’s military said, in Pyongyang’s second launch in less than a week as it seeks to up the ante in deadlocked nuclear negotiations with Washington. It came after North Korea carried out a military drill and fired multiple projectiles on Saturday, when at least one was believed to be a short-range missile. The North had not previously fired a missile since November 2017, shortly before a rapid diplomatic thaw eased high tensions on the peninsula and paved the way for a historic first meeting between its leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump. But their second summit in Vietnam in February broke up without an agreement rolling back Pyongyang’s nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief or even a joint statement, leaving the North frustrated by the stalemate. Thursday’s launch came hours after the US Special Representative on North Korea, Stephen Biegun, arrived in Seoul late Wednesday for talks with South Korean officials on the allies’ approach towards Pyongyang, in his first visit since the Hanoi summit. The North “fired what appeared to be two short-range missiles”, Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement, adding they flew eastwards for 270 and 420 kilometres (170 and 260 miles) and the South Korean and US militaries were jointly analysing them. It earlier said the launched appeared to originate from Sino-ri in North Pyongan province, 75 kilometres northwest of Pyongyang. One of the North’s longest-running operational missile bases is in the area, which the Centre for Strategic & International Studies says houses a regiment-sized unit equipped with Nodong-1 medium-range ballistic missiles. Biegun met his South Korean counterpart Lee Do-hoon for breakfast on Thursday but much of his schedule was not made public. The US envoy is due to meet the South’s foreign and unification ministers Friday as the security allies — Washington stations 28,500 troops in the South to defend it from its neighbour — work on their approach towards Pyongyang. With Thursday’s launch, said Hong Min, a senior researcher at the state-run Korea Institute for National Unification, “North Korea is sending a clear message that it will not be satisfied with humanitarian aid” being considered by Seoul. “It is saying, ‘We want security guarantees in return for the denuclearisation process’,” he added. “Kim could have felt he needed to show a strong military posture to ease complaints following a joint South-US military drill last month.” Pyongyang, Seoul and Washington had all refrained from explicitly calling Saturday’s launch a missile — the South used the term “projectile” — which could jeopardise the ongoing diplomacy by violating UN Security Council resolutions as well as Kim’s announcement of an end to long-range missile tests.last_img read more

TSX drifts lower despite string of strong earnings

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market drifted slightly lower Thursday morning despite a string of strong earnings reports.The S&P/TSX composite index slipped 7.49 points to 15,194.6, weighed down by mining stocks.The Canadian dollar was off 0.07 of a cent to 91.56 cents US.U.S. indexes were positive as the Dow Jones industrials rose 42.45 points to 16,485.79, the Nasdaq gained 13.32 points to 4,368.37 and the S&P 500 index was ahead 5.13 points to 1,925.37.In the background are ongoing tensions over the crisis in Ukraine and fresh Russian sanctions on the West. Trading has been lacklustre over the last several sessions as traders worry about Russia getting more involved in the Ukraine government’s fight against pro-Russian rebels.Analysts have said there are also concerns that the Federal Reserve could hike U.S. interest rates sooner than thought.But on Thursday, traders focused on earnings, particularly in the insurance sector where Manulife Financial announced it is starting to restore the big dividend cut it made in 2009 in the wake of the financial collapse. At that time, it cut its dividend in half. It is now raising its quarterly dividend 2.5 cents to 15.5 cents per share. Core earnings, which exclude extraordinary items, rose to 36 cents a share from 31 cents, four cents below expectations. Net income more than tripled to $943 million, or 49 cents per share and its shares gained 17 cents to $22.14.After markets closed Wednesday, Sun Life Financial Inc. delivered overall operating net income, excluding certain items and discontinued operations, of $488 million or 80 cents per share, up from $431 million or 71 cents per share in the second quarter of 2013. That beat analyst estimates of 66 cents a share and its shares climbed 36 cents to $41.51.Elsewhere, Air Canada says quarterly net income grew to $223 million, or 75 cents per share, compared to a loss of $23 million, or nine cents per share, a year ago. Operating revenues grew to $3.3 billion from $3.06 billion in the comparable period as the airline said that its lower-cost Rouge carrier operations have exceeded expectations. Its shares fell 36 cents or 3.9% to $8.90.Canadian Tire Corp. posted second-quarter net income of $178.9 million, or $2.12 per share, compared to $154.9 million or $1.91 a year earlier and above the consensus estimate of $2.02. Despite a late start to spring, revenue increased to $3.17 billion from $3.02 billion helped by sales at its Sport Chek stores and Canadian Tire gained $2.77 to $107.30.BCE Inc. profits grew 6.1% in the second quarter to $606 million, or 78 cents per share as the company benefited from new revenue sources tied to its acquisition of Astral Media. Adjusted earnings grew to 82 cents per share from 77 cents, a cent short of estimates. Operating revenues increased 4.4% to $5.22 billion and its shares dipped 12 cents to $48.76.Overseas, the European Central Bank said that it is leaving benchmark interest rate unchanged at a record low of 0.15%. Later, at a news conference, ECB President Mario Draghi cautioned that the crisis in Ukraine could weigh on the fragile economic recovery in the eurozone. He said the fallout from Ukraine was “hard to assess” but that sanctions and countersanctions could increase the impact.The gold sector was a weight on the TSX, down 0.8% while December bullion faded $2.90 to US$1,305.30 an ounce.The energy sector was off 0.25% as the September crude contract in New York was ahead 19 cents higher to US$97.11 a barrel.The base metals component was little changed as September copper gained a cent to US$3.17. read more

Mettler Toledo publishes fine tailings dewatering study

first_imgMettler Toledo has announced the publication of a new white paper entitled “Optimising Thickeners, Flotation and Mature Fine Tailings (MFT) Dewatering.” The paper details common challenges mining engineers and scientists encounter when working to maximise solid-liquid separation and enhance throughput. It also explores how current state-of-the-art in situ particle characterization technologies can help meet these production challenges, enabling lowered processing costs and better production outcomes.Flocculation is a common separation improvement technique used to enhance water recycle and control fines accumulation for mining, oil sands, pulp/paper, and biotech dewatering applications. In all cases, efficiency is proportional to incoming particle size distribution and population, as well as applied polymer type, polymer dosage and shear. Choosing the correct polymer type, polymer dosage and shear based on real-time analysis of the incoming particle stream can maximise dewatering efficiency by improving polymer dispersion and increasing initial particle aggregate size distribution.Flocculant strength and shear intensity can result in an undesirable shift to smaller particle counts over time, however. In-process particle size and structure measurements eliminate the need for offline sampling and dilution of the particle system which can alter fragile structures and prompt unnecessary corrective action. This enhanced observational accuracy enables improved real-time control decisions so desired particle sizes and counts are achieved.The paper goes on to review how measurement of real-time flocculation kinetics can enable creation of a population balance model. These models can then be applied using hydrodynamic modelling to help optimise operating conditions in pipes, channels or thickener feed wells to encourage processing consistency and enhance throughput/system stability. The paper can be downloaded at read more

Graphite to 2026 – concerns over supply due to electric vehicles

first_imgRoskill notes graphite supply concerns hitting the headlines again because it is becoming clear that the electric vehicle revolution will have a faster than expected impact on raw materials. “Despite their name, the lithium-ion batteries that will power this revolution are heavier consumers of graphite than lithium.“While the high-profile battery factories in the news headlines are all outside China, Roskill has advised repeatedly that China continues to dominate the lithium-ion battery supply chain and that in 2017 China is still the world’s largest producer of flake graphite, spherical graphite, lithium-ion anode material, lithium-ion anodes and lithium-ion batteries.“Roskill’s work on lithium, nickel, cobalt and lithium-ion batteries informs its work on graphite raw material demand for battery anodes.“Battery anodes are an application where natural and synthetic graphite are truly in competition. There will be a continued shift in world graphite markets away from amorphous natural graphite towards flake and synthetic graphite as growing applications require these grades.“New opportunities are arising within the natural graphite industry as companies develop flake resources in Mozambique and other parts of Africa. Around three-quarters of all new capacity (outside China) could be in Africa, where several credible flake graphite projects are being investigated. Other potential new sources are in Australia, Canada, India, Russia and the USA.“Growth in flake demand has previously been driven by refractories but rapid growth of 16-26%/y is now expected from the battery market, leading to unprecedented demand over the next decade. High consumption of flake graphite is required to account for the very low yield rates in the processing of flake graphite into spherical graphite, for use in lithium-ion batteries. China may seek even more control in this changing industry. Roskill analysts in China are monitoring this situation on the ground.“A new round of nationally-led plant inspections in China in 2016 and 2017 has reduced flake graphite production by around 30%. Consolidation has taken place in the major producing areas and is expected to continue at a low level. Leading manufacturer of lithium-ion anode material, BTR New Energy, has just signed a new binding off-take agreement for the supply of flake graphite.”The Balama project, plant construction pictured, is situated in the Cabo Delgado province of northern Mozambique, some 200 km west of the port town of Pemba. Balama is a simple, open-pit mining operation with a low strip ratio. Operations will commence as free-dig mining within the high grade pits of Balama West, using conventional truck and shovel mining. The key operational and financial metrics of the Balama Project are summarised in the following table: Operational period42 years Plant feed rate2,000,000 t/y Average recovery (life of mine)92.5% Average head grade (life of mine)16.2% Average strip ratio (life of mine)0.04 ratio Average productions (life of mine) – 95% TGC313,000 t/y Total initial capital expenditure (including 10% contingency)$144 million Average operating cash costs over life of mine$286/t product (FOB)last_img read more

Ballymun council building occupied over rent allowance ban

first_imgBALLYMUN RESIDENTS PROTESTING the rent allowance ban and the unsuitability of accommodation for homeless families are occupying their local civic centre, where a council meeting is underway this evening.Protesters from the Ballymun/Finglas Housing Action Group have been putting questions to the councillors and presented them with a petition against the ban signed by locals.Group spokesperson Gwen Connell told that protesters are hoping their concerns and questions will finally be addressed by the councillors this evening, but that “basically, they would like the ban on rent allowance lifted in Ballymun”.The ban was introduced when Ballymun was designated a ‘regeneration area’.Under section 25 of the Social Welfare Act 2007, areas can be identified where rent allowance is not payable as it has been assigned for “regeneration for the purpose of providing for greater social integration”.Connell said the ban is pushing people born and raised in Ballymun out of the area to find more affordable accommodation – and forcing families into homelessness:You have a situation where a family is made homeless and they only have the choice of moving back to the original family home, but they’re not allowed because of overcrowding – they’re being forced to become homeless.“There’s one family [at the protest] that’s going to be made homeless next week,” Connell said, because they cannot afford their rent without the allowance.“It’s very difficult to see [the mother] so stressed to see what’s going to come next week. She’s been born and reared in Ballymun and she wants to move back to the area.”This evening’s action follows a tent protest outside the council meeting area earlier today. Protesters brought tents to highlight that “they would rather live in tents than access the homelessness service”.Speaking to ahead of today’s tent protest, Connell said the situation is very stressful and confusing for residents:I was speaking to a person yesterday, and they can move back into Ballymun now after having lived away for a time. They want you to move out of the area so that you can move back in. It is ridiculous…    It is discrimination against the people of Ballymun.- Additional reporting by Susan RyanREAD: Dublin Mayor: It’s ‘bullsh*t’ gardaí can’t take in homeless under-18s without social worker READ: ‘The homeless tsunami has arrived’ as Dublin numbers reach new highlast_img read more

CCleaner 306 adds HTML5 cleaning support for new apps

first_imgCcleaner has long been a favorite utility of geeks and non-geeks alike, thanks to its no-hassle system maintenance abilities. Piriform, the company behind Ccleaner, does a good job of keeping pace with the Web browsers the app is designed to clean up after. In today’s Ccleaner 3.06 update support for everyone’s non-finalized standard, HTML5, has been bolted on.Like the other temp files it handles, Ccleaner can now clean up HTML5 IndexedDB files for both Google Chrome and Firefox as well as the HTML5 offline cache files used by Opera and Safari. Internet Explorer support has been enhanced as well, with better removal of temporary Internet files and history items. Ccleaner’s recently-introduced intelligent cookie scanner has gotten a bit brainier, and those with a keen eye for detail will also notice the introduction of the new Google Chrome icon.Ccleaner doesn’t stop with Web browsers, of course — it’s also very good at removing the cruft from your Windows registry, and its skills on that front have been refined. Support for a handful of other applications has been added, too, including CoreFTP, FileZilla, and MusicMatch Jukebox.Both the installer and portable version of Ccleaner have been updated to 3.06. Existing users should receive an update notification when launching the program, while new users can download it directly from Piriform.More at Piriformlast_img read more

Le collectif Autisme lance une pétition pour saisir le Conseil économique et

first_imgLe collectif Autisme lance une pétition pour saisir le Conseil économique et socialAfin d’attirer l’attention des autorités sur le problème de la prise en charge des enfants autistes en France, le collectif Autisme lance une pétition sur son site internet. Celle-ci devrait, au bout de 500.000 signatures, donner lieu à une saisine du Conseil économique, social et environnemental (CESE).Samedi 2 avril 2011 s’est déroulée l’annuelle Journée mondiale de sensibilisation à l’autisme. A Paris, une grande marche était organisée par l’association Vaincre l’autisme afin de réclamer une meilleure intégration de l’autisme dans le système scolaire. En effet, 80% des enfants autistes ne peuvent actuellement pas être scolarisés dans des établissements classiques. La revendication a été appuyée par le collectif Autisme qui a récemment lancé une campagne de sensibilisation à ce sujet.À lire aussiBaccalauréat, l’alimentation à la rescousse !Le collectif Autisme a également proposé une pétition afin de saisir le CESE et “évaluer la situation économique” de la prise en charge des autistes jugée “désastreuse”. Le collectif est à ce jour composé de cinq fédérations d’associations (Asperger Aide France, Autistes sans Frontières, Autisme France, Pro Aid Autisme et Sésame Autisme) qui ne pourront saisir le CESE seulement si la pétition citoyenne récolte 500.000 signatures. Dans ce cas, ce serait la première fois en France que les citoyens saisissent cette 3e assemblée constitutionnelle de la République. Dans un communiqué, le collectif déclare “qu’une meilleure prise en charge précoce fera considérablement diminuer le coût économique et social de ce handicap pour la collectivité”. De son côté, Roselyne Bachelot admet que le plan autisme 2008/2010 a “souffert de retards, notamment dans les développements de formations adaptées”. Le 4 avril 2011 à 17:42 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Geek Deals Dozens of Star Trek Digital Comics for 15

first_imgLove the Star Trek movies and TV shows? Well, you can find many more awesome sci-fi stories if you’re willing to expand beyond the realm of moving pictures. Invest in this Humble Comics Bundle, and you’ll be inundated with tales of Kirk, Picard, and more.Humble Comics Bundle: Star Trek 2019 by IDW Publishing Pay a single dollar, and you’ll unlock countless hours worth of entertainment. Read the crossover with the Planet of the Apes, enjoy an exploration of the 2009 reboot, and get a taste of what it’d be like if Romulans took over earth.Spend at least $1Star Trek: Waypoint Special #1Star Trek: Waypoint vol. 1Star Trek (2009) vol. 1-13Star Trek: Deviations One-ShotStar Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate DirectiveStar Trek: The Next Generation: The Space BetweenStar Trek: Boldly Go vol. 1-3At the middle tier, you’ll get to deep-dive on alien species, enjoy loads of ever-popular TNG content, and even new “episodes” of the original series.Spend at least $8Star Trek: Alien Spotlight vol. 1 & 2Star Trek: New Visions vol. 1-8Star Trek: Starfleet AcademyStar Trek: The Next Generation: HiveStar Trek: The Next Generation: Intelligence GatheringStar Trek: The Next Generation: GhostsStar Trek: The Next Generation: Through the MirrorStar Trek: The Next Generation 20/20Go all the way up to the top level to receive multi-format digital comics from the Discovery era, the next generation, crossovers, and more.Spend at least $15Star Trek: Discovery: SuccessionStar Trek: Discovery Annual 2018Star Trek: The Q Conflict #1Star Trek: The Next Generation: Mirror BrokenStar Trek: The Next Generation: Terra IncognitaStar Trek/Green Lantern vol. 1 & 2Star Trek vs. Transformers #1-4Star Trek: Discovery: Light of KahlessStar Trek: Harlan Ellison’s City on the Edge of ForeverWhen you make your purchase, a portion will be allocated to help the Challenger Center for Space Science Education. Use the “Choose where your money goes” dropdown menu to decide exactly how your money is apportioned.Sale Ends: March 13th, 2019 at 11:00AM PTNote: Terms and conditions apply. See the Humble site for more information.For more great Humble deals, go to TechBargains.last_img read more

Fellaini should be fit for Chelsea clash Martinez

first_imgMarouane Fellaini should be fit for Manchester United’s Premier League clash against Chelsea on Saturday according to Belgium’s boss Roberto Martinez.Fellaini, 30, was left out in the 1-1 draw against the Oranjes in Brussels on Tuesday, with Martinez confirming Fellaini was not “100 percent fit”.“He should be fine, it’s just he wasn’t 100 percent,” Martinez told Reuters reporters.“He’s got an important game at the weekend and this wasn’t the game to use players who weren’t 100 percent. We expect he should be fine in the next couple of days.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.The Red Devils are currently eighth in the standings with 13 points after eight matches.Mourinho will be hoping his lads carry the momentum from their comeback win over Newcastle United to London.Stamford Bridge has not been a good hunting ground for United in Premier League history and a game against an unbeaten Chelsea side may likely complicate issues.Hence, the Portuguese manager would have to rally his troops to produce the best game of the season thus far to get a result at the Bridge and keep up the chase on the big guns.last_img read more

Kovac I may leave Muller Boateng benched for Bayern Munich

first_imgBayern Munich boss Niko Kovac has issued Thomas Muller and Jerome Boateng a warning ahead of Saturday’s Bundesliga game at 1. FSV Mainz 05The 2014 World Cup winners were benched in Bayern’s last two matches, which has seen them end a four-game winless run with victories over VfL Wolfsburg and AEK Athens.Only Muller has featured in Bayern’s two fixtures, in a 15-minute cameo for Tuesday’s Champions League win in Greece, while Boateng is yet to make an appearance since October 2 in the club’s 1-1 draw with Ajax.And now, following their recent upturn in results, Kovac warned the experienced duo that they have a fight on their hands to insert themselves back into his starting line-up.“After the international break, we decided on a line-up that played the last two games. We did a good job and won both games,” said Kovac in a press conference on YouTube.“We are happy, even those that didn’t play. That’s just what’s happening at the moment. That doesn’t mean Thomas won’t play the next games.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We have to make decisions going into every game. He’s still nice and friendly and training well. It’s all good.”“In our first games [this season] I did switch around in central defence. Now, in the last two games, I just chose the same line-up and they did a very good job.“Jerome is training very well. I can’t announce now that I’m going to change everything tomorrow.“I’m going to look at training. If I have the feeling that someone is exhausted then I will react. If we have the feeling that everyone is super fit and healthy then we won’t change the line-up.”Bayern are fourth in the Bundesliga and will take on Mainz at the Opel Arena this weekend with kick-off to begin at 15:30 (CEST).last_img read more

300 Villages Thorne Bay

first_imgA view of Thorne Bay from the ocean. (Photo from the City of Thorne Bay website)This week we’re heading to Thorne Bay, on Prince of Wales Island. Rochelle Huddleston Lorton is the district ranger for the U.S. Forest Service in Thorne Bay.Download Audiolast_img

Nigeria cholera outbreak claims 175 lives

first_imgSuspected cholera cases have jumped in northeast Nigeria where Boko Haram violence has forced tens of thousands of people to seek refuge in crowded camps, the Norwegian Refugee Council said Monday.The humanitarian group said 10,000 people have been affected by the fast-spreading cholera outbreak and 175 people have died in the northeast states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe as of early November 2018.”One of the major causes of the outbreak is the congestion in the camps that makes it difficult to provide adequate water, sanitation and hygiene services,” said Janet Cherono, the NRC’s programme manager in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state.”The rainy season has also worsened the conditions. If more land is not urgently provided for camp decongestion and construction of health and sanitation facilities, Nigeria is steering towards yet another cholera outbreak in 2019.”Nigeria has seen regular cholera outbreaks since Boko Haram took up arms against the government in 2009.More than 1.8 million people have been displaced by the bloody conflict, which has claimed more than 27,000 lives and shattered daily life in the Lake Chad region.Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram, is housing 243,000 displaced people in crowded camps with poor hygiene facilities, creating a fertile environment for cholera to spread, the NRC said.Cholera is caused by a bacterium transmitted through contaminated food or drinking water. It causes acute diarrhoea, with children particularly at risk.Nigeria, Africa’s largest oil producer, suffers from a high-rate of water-borne diseases as a result of dilapidated infrastructure and under-investment.On Thursday, President Muhammadu Buhari declared a “state of emergency” in the country’s water sanitation sector, describing the statistics on open defecation and access to piped water as “disturbing”.last_img read more

Watch the Skyrim 8bit retro edition trailer

first_imgIf you have an old NES system laying around, the image above is going to make your fingers itch to pick it up once again. Nicknamed “the elder side scroller,” the animation so faithfully renders the official Skyrim trailer into 8-bit form that you will be looking for a NES cartridge to blow into like the good old days. Complete with scratchy 8-bit audio, animation artist “RubberRoss” (RR) did an amazing job translating the content to what it may have looked like if Skyrim had been released in the 80’s.Called the ‘golden age of gaming’ by some critics, the time when the NES ruled the land brought such epic titles as The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros. and Metroid. In watching RR’s creation, it isn’t too much of a stretch to think that Skyrim would have been comfortable rubbing elbows with the likes of the aforementioned titles. The 8-bit trailer makes you wish there was a 8-bit version to play, spending hours reminiscing about childhood memories.RR (real name Ross O’Donovan) is an artist based in Perth, Australia. The tools he uses to create his animations are pretty standard. He does the animation in Flash 8, and uses a CINTIQ 12WX and a INTUOS 2 Wacom for drawing. You can check out his other work by going to his page on Newgrounds.The full 8-bit trailer has been included below, but we warn you that you will be sucked into it’s epicness, it’s that good.Read more at Geeks are Sexylast_img read more

New iPad Pro May Kill the Headphone Jack Too

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoVikings: Free Online GameIf You Have a Computer, This Strategy Game Is a Must-HaveVikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book2019’s Honda Clarity Will Make You Love Plug-In Hybrid CarsKelley Blue BookUndoKelley Blue BookSee Our New Favorite Compact Luxury SUV—Kelley Blue BookKelley Blue BookUndoKelley Blue Book25 Best-Selling Cars of 2019…So FarKelley Blue BookUndoAdvertisement A new alleged leak claims that the new iPad Pro 2018 will not have a standard 3.5-millimeter headphone jack — but it may be thinner than any phone.After eradicating the headphone jack from all its phones, Apple may drop the audio port from its new 2018 iPad Pro tablets. Apple really, really hates those cables. This isn’t the first we’ve heard of this rumor, and this latest round comes from a leaker on Twitter named @CoinCoin (reported by PocketNow) noting that the slate’s thinness will make a headphone jack hard to include.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 The rumor says that the 2018 iPad Pro 12.9 will be thinner than the current version: 5.9 millimeters vs the current 6.9 millimeters. In fact, it’s way thinner than the 7.7-millimeter thick iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The OnePlus 6 is 7.3 mm thin and the Galaxy S9 is 8.5 mm.MORE: Apple’s New iPad Pro Leaks in Crystal-Clear ImagesThe iPad Pro is expected to also drop the Lightning port in favor of a USB-C port. The latter will allow it to charge, connect to USB-C headphones — or  analog-based headphones via a dongle adapter — and connect to a TV directly to act as a 4K HDR video player.The new iPads are expected to have thinner bezels and dual frontal cameras with infrared capabilities for FaceID on the front (with no notch). You can also expect a new magnetic connector at the bottom (so you can attach a keyboard while keeping the screen in portrait mode), and support for the new Apple Pencil 2, which will not have a lightning connector and instead pair and charge wirelessly, like the AirPods.And now, if the rumor is confirmed, no headphone jack. I wonder when the jack will drop from the Macbook and iMac lines. I can’t imagine it surviving past 2019.Image credit: OnLeaks/MySmartPriceNew iPad Pro Will Be Even Faster Than iPhone XSApple October Event: What to Expect from MacBook, iPadGoogle Pixel Slate vs. Apple iPad Pro: Which Should You Buy?last_img read more

Costa Ricas lack of safety regulations comes into view after death of

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica hopes Chinese tourists will think pura vida for their next vacation Costa Rica tourism sets new record with 2.6 million visitors in 2015 Construction of Discovery Costa Rica set to begin in 2018 Tourism entrepreneurs oppose license, royalty payments to canopy patent holder Amanda Hellman and her husband, Gus Lang, had been planning their honeymoon to Costa Rica for months, setting up a travel gift registry where friends and family could donate to the trip that was supposed to start off their married life together. One of the excursions funded for the Madison, Wisconsin couple was a whitewater rafting trip down the Sarapiquí River, 100 kilometers north of the Costa Rican capital.Rains had raised the level of the river at the end of January, when the couple was getting ready for their excursion. In general, the more water flowing through a river at a given time, the more dangerous it can be to raft. Some outfitters had canceled one or more trips that week down the Sarapiquí, which includes Class III rapids, citing risky conditions, according to interviews conducted by The Tico Times.On Jan. 29, the newlyweds were on the river when three people, including Hellman, were thrown from the raft. Two were pulled to safety, but Hellman was caught in an undercurrent and drowned. When the Red Cross arrived, they were unable to revive the 35-year-old.Hellman was one of six tourists who died in Costa Rica during the month of January, according to police reports. Three tourists, one each from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, died on Jan. 9 when the Pura Vida Princess catamaran capsized off the central Pacific coast, with more than 100 people on board. On Jan. 26, a 70-year-old woman and a 2-year-old girl from Canada drowned at Playa Hermosa, in the northwestern province of Guanacaste. Survivors of the Pura Vida Princess catamaran accident cling to life preservers and floating coolers in the Gulf of Nicoya, on Jan. 8, 2015. (Courtesy Susan Shonk)Self-regulatingDespite Costa Rica’s international reputation as an adventure tourism destination for the last 25 years, the industry remains lightly regulated, and safety requirements are largely at the discretion of individual businesses, according to interviews The Tico Times conducted with business owners and industry and government representatives.Debates about adventure tourism safety have been going on for years. A non-lethal rafting accident in 2006 prompted renewed calls from the industry to better regulate safety on Costa Rica’s rivers, as The Tico Times previously reported. There has been little action since then, but that might soon change.Costa Rica’s image as a destination for wild nature and adventure chafes against the need to protect travelers – foreign and domestic alike – from the dangers inherent in many popular activities, from zip lining, to swimming in the ocean without lifeguards, to whitewater rafting.“These are accidents that involved adventure tourism where there is an implicit level of risk,” Alfredo López, manager at the Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT), told The Tico Times in a telephone interview. “These are things that unfortunately happen,” he said.López said the deaths in January do not appear to be hampering reservations, but he stressed that “it is always a concern, regardless of the number [of accidents].”Whitewater rafting is among the more dangerous activities in which tourists can participate here but accidents are rare. Rapids are categorized by difficulty, obstacles and water volume into six categories, from floating down the river in a Class I to a dangerous vertical drop in a Class VI rapid, said Johana Argüello, a guide with 15 years experience on the Sarapiquí River and president of the Adventure Outfitters Association, an organization that represents 60 tourist operators across Costa Rica. Class III rapids, the kind that Hellman passed though when she fell overboard, is considered “intermediate” difficulty and still acceptable for first-time rafters, Argüello said. The guide said that any rapids over a Class IV requires participants to be in good physical conditions and with previous rafting experience.Argüello said the Sarapiquí has become mercurial in recent years and conditions can change suddenly. She said they had noted an “important” change in the river’s conditions the week that Hellman drowned. Her company, Aventuras de Sarapiquí, cancelled one rafting trip that week, citing the age of the passengers and their own concerns about the river’s safety.La Fortuna-based Wave Expeditions, which operated Hellman’s tour, would not comment on the accident, citing an ongoing investigation, according to an email addressed to The Tico Times.There are no official rules governing what water level is acceptable for a safe trip, Argüello said. “There is no established policy at this time. … It’s something that is at the discretion of the company, be it the manager or the head guide,” she said.Both Argüello and Michael Kaye, founder of Costa Rica Expeditions and a guide with more than 30 years experience in the adventure tourism industry, mentioned mutually agreed upon high-water marks that would plumb a dangerous depth for the river as a possible solution to reduce risk on the rapids. Kaye, whose company operates tours on the Pacuare River, said that all the companies operating there have agreed not to attempt any runs if the water exceeds a high-water marker.The Sarapiquí River has no such warning. Argüello said that a previous marker was washed away in high water in November 2014 and has not been replaced. The Sarapiquí guide added that the marker would have been downstream of where Hellman’s group put in.Head guides or tour operators ultimately have the final say when it comes to the conditions on the river and the abilities of the people on board the raft. Kaye said that guides have an incentive not to take unnecessary chances in bad conditions.“They’re on that boat too,” he said.Besides mutually agreed upon high-water markers, Kaye suggested that guides should have to renew their Red Cross cardiac and CPR certifications more frequently.Rough seasThe lack of safety regulations in force for maritime tourist activities came under fire after the Pura Vida Princess day cruise sank, drowning three tourists and attracting international attention. Authorities have pointed to high winds and rough seas in the Gulf of Nicoya as the likely cause. The Tico Times previously reported that the president’s office would seek legislation requiring the obligatory use of life jackets on all tourist vessels after floatation devices were distributed only after the Pura Vida Princess was in immediate danger of sinking.In 1997, another catamaran, the Pacific Princess, sank in the Gulf of Nicoya and two passengers drowned. More than 18 years later, promised safety regulations, including no-go weather conditions, had yet to be approved when the Pura Vida Princess went down.Luis Fernando Coronado, director of the Public Works and Transport Ministry’s (MOPT) Maritime-Port Administration, previously told The Tico Times that since the 1997 accident there have not been any updates to rules governing MOPT’s ability to punish private and passenger ships for violating maritime safety and administrative requirements or heeding Coast Guard recommendations.The Aquatic Navigation bill, which would give the Port Authority the powers to enforce stricter safety requirements for tourist vessels, has been languishing in the Legislative Assembly for more than two years. Coronado said that if the Aquatic Navigation bill were law, the Pura Vida Princess would have been banned from leaving port if the Coast Guard determined that conditions were too dangerous, and he noted that the bill includes a specific article on meteorological conditions.The Judicial Investigation Police are still investigating the shipwreck at this writing to determine if the Prosecutor’s Office will bring charges against the company or its crew. The U.S. Embassy in San José and Costa Rican authorities are in discussions regarding possible technical assistance for the investigation, according to statements requested by The Tico Times from the embassy and the Prosecutor’s Office. A sign warns of rip currents in a Costa Rica beach. Playa Cocles, in the Caribbean province of Limón, is one of the few beaches in Costa Rica that has a lifeguard tower. Meg Yamamoto/The Tico TimesLifeguardsRiptides are a danger at many of Costa Rica’s idyllic beaches. More frequently traveled beaches, including Jacó and Isla Tortuga, have organized lifeguard watches, National Tourism Chamber (CANATUR) President Pablo Abarca told The Tico Times. While other beaches have warnings posted about riptides, these initiatives remain limited to local businesses or individual municipalities, Abarca said. Many of Costa Rica’s beaches offer no supervision or warnings about swimming conditions.More oversight a bad thing?The adventure tourism industry has been lightly regulated since its inception some 30 years ago, but the Health Ministry has been in talks with CANATUR and other tourism representatives to draft new, more rigorous safety requirements. The CANATUR president said that the standards under discussion were crafted with input from the industry. Abarca, who said that the new rules were already underway before the string of accidental deaths in January, said the regulations could be ready to present to the Legislative Assembly in the next few months.But not everyone is happy about the possibility of additional oversight.“If they regulated us like MOPT regulates driver’s licenses, we’d have 10 deaths a month,” Kaye said, adding that he was skeptical of governmental organizations with little knowledge of activities like rafting, for example, regulating the business.Argüello argued that the rafting industry in particular has developed its own rigorous standards without government oversight, including those of the International Rafting Federation.“We, the tour operators, have self-regulated and kept an eye on ourselves with very high standards, including some better than in places in the United States,” Argüello said.The AOA president said she supports stronger regulations as a means to crack down on informal tour operators, alleging that these outfits were less safe than their institutional peers.Wave Expeditions, however, is a formal business that received a Certificate of Excellence in 2014 from TripAdvisor.The ICT representative said that accidents like these are a learning experience and drive the industry to do a better job reducing risk and improving safety to keep Costa Rica well positioned on an international scale.Argüello told The Tico Times that it had been more than 10 years since someone died on the Sarapiquí River.“Think about how many people go rafting every year in Costa Rica and how many accidents there are – very, very few,” Argüello said. “We don’t want this to be something that keeps people from experiencing our country.”Of course, adrenaline aside, businesses need to minimize the risk that their passengers face, regardless if the activity is a catamaran day cruise or Class III rapids.“Unfortunately, it can happen to any of us,” Argüello said. 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first_imgCheck flights to the Balearic Islands1. Sóller, MallorcaSóller, one of the most beautiful towns in Spain, is set in a lush green valley on the island of Mallorca. Take a cable car from the town to the seaside, sit in one of the cafés in the Plaça Constitució and watch the world go by. Looking for a little more adventure? The surrounding mountains provide the perfect backdrop for an afternoon of mountain biking or hill walking. History and architecture lovers should check out the church of Sant Bartomeu or the Modernista Banco de Sóller building, designed by a student of Antoni Gaudí. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepartReturnCabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 4. Bellver Castle, MallorcaOne of the few circular castles in Europe, Bellver Castle sits pretty atop a hill on the outskirts of Mallorca’s premier destination, Palma. A trip out to this impressive palace is definitely worth sacrificing a day on the beach for. Built in the 14th century for King James II, it was once a military prison, but is now a history museum. Uncover some surprising facts about Spain’s rich history, climb the tower or just admire the unusual Gothic architecture; proof that there’s plenty to see and do away from the typical tourist haunts of Palma. Find out more about Spain’s most impressive castles and fortresses.5. Sa Calobra and Torrent de Pareis, MallorcaSo Sa Calobra beach won’t win any beauty contests, but the hidden cove is the starting point for some stunning trekking through a shaded gorge. Head underground and explore 200m of tunnels towards the Torrent de Pareis, which means ‘twin streams’. The beach is still a great picnic spot, and the perfect pitstop after all that walking, which is guaranteed to work up a sweat, especially if you visit during the summer months. The drive out there is also spectacular as the road around Puig Major is full of hair-raising bends, including the ‘Knotted Tie’, a 270 degree twist that forces the path back underneath itself – seatbelt essential! 14. Playa S’Alga (Espalmador), FormenteraThe tiny island of Espalmador lies 50 metres from the shores of Formentera and is only three square kilometres big. Despite being pint-sized, you’ll stumble across plenty of undiscovered hideouts that’ll make you regret not having ventured to this side of the Balearics before. Splash around in the sea off of Playa S’Alga or board a boat trip around the island so you can take it in from all sides. 2. Fornalutx, MallorcaRivalling Sóller for the title of prettiest village in Spain, Fornalutx is a quiet retreat nestled in the Mallorcan hills. With steep winding streets, you’ll want to pack some proper walking shoes. Wander through the village, enjoying the breath-taking mountian views from its terraces, breathing in the scent of orange blossom in the air. Stock up on picnic supplies at the local bakery, Panaderia de Fornalutx, before heading in to the hills for a day of hiking. 3. Valldemossa, MallorcaBuilt on the Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range in Mallorca, Valldemossa is picture postcard material. Surrounded by forests and plenty of green space, the beige stone buildings and crumbling houses will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Valldemossa’s beauty has inspired many famous artists, including the composer Chopin, who lived here in the palace beside the old monastery, La Cartuja. Let your own creative powers loose and spend time admiring beautiful window boxes of flowers which decorate cute houses, or simply soak in the peace and tranquility on offer in Valldemossa. Setting off from Palma? Check out the top things to do on a weekend break in Mallorca. Find cheap flights to Menorca12. Playa de Ses Illetes, FormenteraWhat, another beautiful beach?! Sure is, and this time it’s on Formentara, a small island south of Ibiza. Playa de Ses Illetes is not only one of the most impressive in Spain, but it consistently makes it on to lists of the best beaches in the world. Arguably the most bohemian of the Balearic Islands, Formentera and Illetes is the place to go for some serious downime, a retreat away from the modern world, although you might want to bring a fully charged smartphone so you can take plenty of beach selfies to make sure everyone back home is thoroughly jealous. Snack on salted fish and feel your stresses melt away. Salted fish not your bag? Check out this list (and mouth-watering photos) of the best Spanish food you’ve got to try. Where to find the best beaches in SpainSand, sea, sun and sangria! From natural to naturist, we take a tour of the 10 most beautiful, brilliant beaches in Spain.Secret Spain: 9 places to find the real EspañaWe’re all off to sunny Spain! Give Marbs a miss and seek out these nine secret Spanish spots more wowee than Towie!7 amazing places to visit in the Costa del SolDitch the packed beaches and boring resorts and discover a new side to the Costa del Sol.15 of the most beautiful castles in SpainA country steeped in history, Spain has its fair share of charming castles for you to explore. Here are 15 of the most spectacular.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. Find cheap flights to Mallorca9. Naveta des Tudons, MenorcaThe Naveta des Tudons monument, a megalithic tomb that resembles an upside down ship, is one of Menorca’s top attractions. One reason for it’s popularity is its unusual shape, the other is its age, believed to have been is use from 1200 to 750 BC. Keep kids away from climbing it, as tempting as this might be, as conservationists are strict with the rules and you’re not allowed to scale or enter the structure. The best time to see it is at dusk, when the sky turns a dusty pink, adding to the magic and mysticism of the place. 6. Caves of Drach and Artà, MallorcaBoth the Caves of Drach and Artà are incredible; it’s impossible to pick just one to recommend, so why not visit both next time you’re in Mallorca? The Drach caves extend for 1200 metres and houses the beautiful Lake Martel. Catch a boat tour across the underground lake and enjoy a classical concert as you sail over the vivid blue waters. The Caves of Artà were the inspiration for Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth, and it’s not hard to see why. Be amazed at the stalactite and stalagmite rock formations that hang from the ceiling or sprout from the floor of the cave.7. Cape Formentor, MallorcaRight at the very northern tip of the island lies Cape Formentor, with a peak which rises 384 metres above sea level surrounded by unspoilt, picture-perfect beaches, including Cala Figuera, Cala Murta and Cala Pi de la Posada. Drive out and discover these untouched sunning spots, where there’s no fighting over parasols or sunbed stealing, for an alternative Spanish seaside experience. 17. Cala d’Hort, IbizaA favourite with locals, Cala d’Hort enjoys excellent views of the mysterious, uninhabited island of Es Vedra to the west of Ibiza and is a ten minute drive from San José. But the main reason to visit this small but perfectly formed patch of paradise is to relax and kick back beside the sea beneath the towering white cliffs. Feast on fresh fish or a plate of traditional seafood paella – Es Boldado is a great little restaurant and right on the road to the beach. Find cheap flights to IbizaReady to book your next trip to the Balearics? Check cheap flights with Skyscanner today – or check out where else you could go in Spain center_img 8. Playa de Es Trenc, MallorcaThere are so many stunning stretches of golden sand in Spain, that to pick one as the county’s best beach would be tough. But Es Trenc, in the south of Mallorca is a strong contender for the coveted title. Like something you might find in the Caribbean, this two mile patch of pretty coastline is the perfect spot to catch some rays for the day. Walk a little off the beach and enjoy a fresh seafood lunch – the red shrimp are a speciality here. Wall-flowers, or anyone who values their modesty best be careful, certain parts of the beach have been frequented by nudists for years, so you may bump in to someone strutting their stuff. Pick your tanning spot here, with our photo gallery of Spain’s best beaches. Dreaming of your next adventure? Fly away with some of our most popular airlines: 10. Favaritx Lighthouse, MenorcaSilhouetted against blue skies, this charming lighthouse lookout is the perfect point to capture the beauty of S’Albufera des Grau Natural Park. Stroll through the wild olive groves inland, or head to the shore for a chance to spot some wildlife, including osprey, red kite and other birds of prey. The low cliffs and banks of grey slate will make you think you’ve landed on the moon! If the sun’s got his hat on, then go for a refreshing dip in the cool waters at Cala Presili or Cala Tortuga.11. Cala Turqueta, MenorcaYou’re bound to recognise this sweet sandy spot, it’s one of the most photographed places in Menorca. It’s crystal clear waters draw a local crowd and it doesn’t take long for this quiet cove to get pretty busy, so arrive early to bag the best sunbathing spot. There’s parking nearby, but it’s still about a half an hour walk to the water’s edge, although we promise your efforts are well rewarded and this beautiful beach definitely lives up to the hype! 13. Barbaria Lighthouse, FormenteraMade famous by the (rather depressing) 2001 Spanish film Sex and Lucia, you’re bound to have a much happier time in this charming corner of Formentera. Get those binoculars out; Africa’s Barbary Coast is just 60 miles off the island’s most southern tip. Ok, so spotting Algeria’s coastline might be a stretch, but climb to the top of the lone lighthouse and, on a clear day, you’ll be able to see Ibiza’s rolling landscape. Stick around for some of the most stunning sunsets you’re likely to see in Spain. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepartReturnCabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Cheapest flights to the Balearic Islands15. Dalt Vila, IbizaIf you think Ibiza is all club 18-30s, over-priced nightlife and cheap drinks promotions designed to get tourists as plastered as possible, then you might want to think again. Unlock Ibiza’s historical past and visit Dalt Vila. A UNESCO World Heritage site set in the hills of Ibiza Old Town, it’s home to medieval battlements, a beautiful cathedral and one of the island’s most iconic hotels, La Torre del Canonigo. Scale the town’s steep streets lined with white-washed houses and enjoy panoramic views from one of the many terraces. After time spent in Dalt Vila you’ll be wondering why more holidaymakers don’t venture to this side of Ibiza, where time seems to stand still. And if you do want to bronze on the beach in Ibiza, check out this definitive guide to the beast beaches on the island.16. Las Salinas, IbizaSwap the swarms of party animals sweating out the excesses of the night before on the beaches of San Antonio for the pristine natural beauty of Las Salinas Beach. Just a ten minute drive from Ibiza Town, Las Salinas is part beach, part protected natural park and is named after the salt lakes in the south of the island. Live the luxury lifestyle and hire a catamaran for the day, or, if you’re visiting during winter months, go explore the Wildlife Conservation Area. Alternatively, stay on the shore and chill out in one of the beach bars playing Balearic beats with extensive cocktail menus, like the Jockey Club, popular with families and party-goers alike, keen to hear their latest guest DJ. 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