American Idol Winner and singer/songwriter Kris Allen and the Music Empowers Foundation have announced that a portion of the proceeds from each sale of his newest album, “Horizons” will be given to the Music Empowers Foundation.“Horizons” was released on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.Music Empowers Foundation awards grants and funding to organizations across the country that provide music education programs to children in communities without adequate access to affordable music education. Since is founding in 2010 Music Empowers Foundation has awarded over $700,000 in grants, helping to provide music education to hundreds of thousands of children.Kris Allen has long been an advocate for music education and a strong supporter of the Music Empowers Foundation.“Access to good music education had a tremendous positive impact on my life,” he said. “It gave me a purpose in school and helped me find something that I was actually good at. I’m glad that I have this opportunity to once again support Music Empowers, and that my fans can join me in supporting music education for kids just by purchasing “Horizons”.“Horizons” is Kris Allen’s third full-length album and was produced by Grammy nominated Charlie Peacock. Drawing inspiration from beloved artists like James Taylor and Paul Simon, “Horizons” is built on intensely intimate and inward looking songs that ultimately take on a universal dimension.
Tom Fennario APTN NationalChiefs in Québec didn’t hide the fact they wanted the province to call an independent inquiry into the relationship between police and First Nations people.This after a number of Sûreté du Québec officers are being investigated for sexually assaulting a number of Indigenous women in Val D’Or northwest of Montréal.Today the province email@example.com
Istanbul: A US embassy staffer denied espionage charges as his trial resumed in Istanbul on Wednesday — part of a growing rift between Washington and Ankara. Metin Topuz, a Turkish citizen and liaison for the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), was arrested in 2017. He was accused of contacts with police and a prosecutor suspected of ties to US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara says ordered an attempted coup in 2016. Topuz has denied all allegations against him and told the court on Monday that all his contacts were “part of my job”, an AFP reporter said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report”I am not a decision maker. I have done what I was ordered to do” by my boss at the DEA, he said. His defence lawyer presented a list of his phone calls with police, saying they were entirely work-related. US embassy and consular officials, who have dismissed the charges as being without merit, were also at the courthouse to observe proceedings. The trial comes at a time when the NATO allies are increasingly at odds over Syria, Turkey’s decision to buy a Russian missile defence system and the US refusal to extradite Gulen. According to his indictment, Topuz is accused of espionage as well as arranging arms trafficking through exchanges on the WhatsApp messaging service.
A 74-year-old jewellery shop owner was kidnapped, tortured and murdered by a gang of suspected thieves who dumped him in a country lane after beating a safe code out of him, a court heard.Jurors were told Ramniklal Jogiya was bundled into a van while walking home and repeatedly tortured until he gave up information that would give his kidnappers access to a safe containing gold at his shop. After doing so, one member of the gang is accused of entering the shop in Belgrave Road, Leicester, on January 24 disguised in a burka but was unable to open the safe due to a 12-hour time-lock. Meanwhile, Mr Jogiya had been dumped near a gate to a muddy field near Stoughton in Leicestershire where he was left to die. His body was found at about 10am the following day by a retired couple driving past the scene.Claiming the robbery must have been planned over several weeks, if not months, Mr House alleged that Thomas Jervis, Callan Reeve, Charles Mcauley and Javon Roach are all guilty of murder on the grounds of joint enterprise. “The reason he was kidnapped and tortured was because those who were responsible, these four defendants and probably one other, needed information from him to enable them to enter his jewellery shop, turn off the number-coded burglar alarm, access the number-coded safe and steal the valuable gold jewellery within. Birmingham Crown CourtCredit:Google Maps 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. “To get that information those involved all knew they would have to force it out of him if they were to have any chance of success.”Mr Jogiya was therefore beaten until he divulged the information they required.”Once they had that information he was dumped, probably still alive but seriously injured, miles from help, thus allowing the group to access the shop, with the keys they had taken from him.”In this case, the prosecution say all four defendants had the same intention when they set out on this criminal enterprise.”All four knew that to get that information from him it was all but inevitable that pain caused by physical violence would have to be inflicted upon him to force him to divulge what they needed.”All four knew that really serious harm may be necessary. All four were, so to speak, in it together.”Jervis, 24, of Enderby Road, Whetstone, Leicestershire; Mcauley, 20, of Gooding Avenue, Braunstone, Leicester, and 20-year-old Reeve, of Aylmer Road, Leicester, have all admitted kidnap and robbery but deny murder and manslaughter.Roach, 30, of Norwich Road, Leicester, denies charges of murder, manslaughter, robbery and kidnapping.The trial continues. He died as a direct result of his significant injuries, coated in mud and lying in the gateway of a field beside a quiet country road.James House QC Mr Jogiya was grabbed from the street by at least two men, bundled into the back of a stolen Ford Transit van which was being driven by a third male, Mr House told the court.”He was then badly beaten, in effect he was tortured for information,’ the prosecutor said. “His head was beaten, causing a bleed on the brain and traumatic brain injury.”The court heard that Mr Jogiya was handled with such force that one of his biceps was ripped away from the bone, six of his ribs on the left side were broken, and he had multiple injuries to his hands and fingers.The court heard he had also suffered 21 distinctive circular injuries to the torso and shoulder area, suggestive of something being used to inflict repeated pain.During his opening speech to the jury panel, Mr House said Mr Jogiya was abandoned, probably still alive, in an isolated location – with his mobile phone having been thrown away by his kidnappers.Mr House added: “He died as a direct result of his significant injuries, coated in mud and lying in the gateway of a field beside a quiet country road. Opening the case against the four men who deny Mr Jogiya’s murder, prosecutor James House QC told Birmingham Crown Court that the gang member in the burka tried to rob the safe after the “sophisticated” kidnapping.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTalk about ‘Partnership’ is all fluff – Teixeira tells OppositionApril 8, 2014In “Politics”Jagdeo says Govt hiding from its own BudgetDecember 16, 2016In “latest news”Govt scaring away foreign investors, competing with private sector- TeixeiraDecember 7, 2017In “latest news” File photo: PPP/C Chief Whip in Parliament, Gail Teixeira‘Naked with nothing for the people of Guyana’ is what the 2019 Budget was described by the Chief Whip of the Opposition, Gail Teixeira as she delivered her remarks during the debates before the National Assembly on Thursday.Questioning the benefits of this and the prior three budgets presented by the APNU/AFC coalition Government, Teixeira asked for proof of the “good life”.“By the end when this budget is approved, we reached almost 1 trillion dollars…what would our country benefit from that sum in such a short period of time? Where is the proof of the pudding? Where is the transformations? Where is it that we can say that we are going forward. The ministers have also been hard of ears to what has been said not only by us who have been pointing out problems, but also by the trade unions, businesses, the people are talking and you have been hard of ears to what the people are saying…you have come into this House with this bullyism that nobody counts except you” the Chief Whip reprimanded.According to the Member of Parliament (MP), the people of Guyana are suffering and the Government’s main concern since it took office has been for vengeance against the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C).Teixeira chastised the Government for its vengeful ways which never sought to build national unity among the people of Guyana.The MP noted that the coalition Government has blinded its eyes to the woes of the people in this failing land.“We have heard about this being a good life but I want to ask the Minister on a human level, do you not see what is going on in the streets? Woman selling water for a living, beggars, the biggest industry in your Government is selling dog food…is this the new economy that you are proposing for the people” Teixeira questioned.“Mr Speaker do they not see that our people are suffering? Do you not hear, have you talked to the taxi and minibus drivers, the boats operators who are talking about the lack of business? Have you asked the business people what is happening? You go to barbers, nail technicians, do you not notice that they are earning less? Are you blind, do you not see what is happening to the people? The vendors, you move them…400 people a lot of them are women… ask the miners what is happening with them…report showed that this economy was being boosted by gold that was keeping the country afloat…you went and seize their equipment, the one thing that is holding us up…you admitted it in the budget that gold is now going down…you need to change your policies!” the Chief Whip rebuked.Touching on the health sector, Teixeira stated that the callousness of the coalition Government is causing the death of women daily in our health institutions.She condemned the claims made by Public Health Minister, Volda Lawrence of improvements and questioned why in the 21st century, women are dying as a result of maternal complications.“You say everything is improving that we are doing great in health and yet two days people have to spend in the emergency because of the lack of facilities……women are dying from maternal complication…you keep talking about improvements and women are dying because of callousness, lack of drugs and care…what sort of improvements are you really talking about” the MP probed.As it relates to taxation, Teixeira questioned why fuel cost is yet to reduce even though the price of fuel decreased globally.Further, she noted that calculations shows that each Guyanese citizen in 2018 paid $265,000 to the Government per capita in tax.As a result of this, the MP revealed that spending power is expected to reduce by a whopping 18 per cent.“Let’s talk about purchasing power, what drives the economy is people’s ability to spend…they are stimulating the economy so that people have more to spend and so Mr speaker, in 2019 the total spending is expected to reduce by 18 percent…that is $462,000 per household in Guyana. Do you understand when we say that this cannot be the good life? People have to buy children’s supplies…they need to take care of their families…people will now be spending less” Teixeira revealed.The thing about developed states, the Chief Whip stated is that even when a Government changes, institutional memory remains.This she noted was not the case of the coalition Government who squashed projects and fired experienced people attached to the Opposition without thinking of the benefits of those people and projects to Guyana.“You fired keys members in every Ministry…you removed town clerks, REOs, Chairman, middle management and then you have a problems with execution… the Specialty hospital, Amaila Fall project, roads projects, these were programs that were in the making with investor being looked at…if you were not so small minded to allow the projects to proceed then there would have been changes now” Teixeira posited.According to the MP, the recently held Local Government Elections (LGE) where PPP/C had a landslide victory is a landmark year for the party.The Chief Whip noted that Guyanese are in essence telling the Government that their performance is bad.In conclusion, the MP questioned where is the $30B GuySuCo loan reflected in the budget? The $788M part of the $18M US signing bonus from ExxonMobil, where is it? Where is the $18M that was supposed to be in the consolidated fund?“You have lost a golden opportunity to present a better budget…this budget will not improve the lives of our people…this Government is on borrowed time…thanks to this budget, we will get into Government in 2020” Teixeira declared.
CPU cooler seem to get increasingly bigger in order to offer more cooling and/or lower levels of noise. Many of these massive coolers can be quite ugly beasts, but that doesn’t really matter when they are tucked away inside a case. However, Cooler Master has decided to offer a high performance air cooling solution that also looks the part.The design of the Cooler Master V8 GTS has been inspired by muscle cars, which is plain to see. This huge cooler weighs a total of 964 grams including the fans, and measures 154 x 150 x 166mm. That size and weight is warranted due to the inclusion of three triple tower aluminum fin heatsinks, eight heatpipes, two 140mm fans, and takes advantage of Horizontal Vapor Chamber technology to dissipate heat 8x faster and avoid CPU hotspots.The end result is an air cooler capable of dissipating thermal loads of 250W that’s compatible with Intel LGA 2011/1366/1156/1155/1150/775 and AMD FM2/FM1/AM3+/AM3 /AM2 CPUs. If you have a window in your case, you’ll also appreciate the red LEDs attached to the fans and the dustproof claim Coller Master makes. Noise is also limited to a maximum of 36dBA while airflow is rated at between 28 and 82CFM depending on the fan speed.The V8 GTS will be available next month and costs $99. Be sure to check compatibility with your motherboard and case before purchasing, though. CPU coolers of this size have a tendency to interfere with RAM modules and typically need a fatter case to sit inside.
On my first visit to Fuel, I met my friend Adrienne, who recommended this neighborhood favorite. The chalkboard outside said they serve the best sandwiches in town. Best sandwiches in town? It was hard for me to get excited about a sandwich, but I decided to try the ham and swiss sandwich with a bowl of the tomato basil soup. The sandwich was extraordinary — fresh sliced ham covered in melted swiss cheese between two thick slices of wheat bread. The soup had the summery taste of a ripe heirloom tomato bursting with herby fresh basil. I eyed the made-to-order double chocolate cookie baked in an iron skillet and topped with vanilla bean ice cream. But that would have to wait.I also had the fresh-squeezed lemonade with peach tea. The lemonade (like all lemonade at Fuel) is hand-squeezed using an old-fashioned lemon squeezer. In the summer, Fuel adds fresh local berries to its lemonade. On Sundays, oranges are hand-squeezed for all-day mimosas served with breakfast sandwiches made on crusty baguettes.On my next visit, I had the Tillamook grilled cheese — Fuel style with slices of thick-cut bacon and fig jam — that had me reconsidering my lukewarm position on sandwiches. The melted Tillamook cheddar and provolone blended nicely with the salty bacon and sweet, fruity fig jam.OK, I had to concede, sandwiches can sometimes be astonishing.Despite the care they take in making their sandwiches, the team at Fuel didn’t expect lunch to be so popular. At its heart, Fuel is a wine bar. Megan Sanchagrin, the general manager, spent the last six months revamping Fuel’s wine list.“I just edited the wine list and I added 40 wines to the list,” she said. “The reason for that is because of diversity. We wanted to teach people about it and to expand what they’re able to get here. Everything is handpicked. I tried it myself. I didn’t want to just put a cab on the menu. It had to be the best cab. I would say 95 to 100 percent of the wines you find here, you aren’t going to find anywhere else. A lot of times we get our hands on a small production of wine and I will buy it all. I don’t want to see it anywhere else. If I see it at Costco, if I see it at Safeway, we don’t have it anymore. Our wines are small production, local, very unique. I am looking for wines that are mind-blowingly delicious.” Rachel Pinsky can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Instagram @couveeats and @rachelapinsky and on Facebook @coueeats.
The lady in black saree tries to kiss Indian batsman Brijesh PatelTwitterPitch invaders in cricket are not an unusual sight. In countries like Australia and England, these invaders can often be streakers as well. In India also, we have had our fair share of intrusions from random members of the crowd. However, over the last few years, the most common type of pitch invaders have been fans of Sachin Tendulkar who are looking to get close to their hero and, in some cases, touch his feet.But if you thought that such infiltrations onto the playing area are a recent phenomenon or restricted to men in India, a video from 1975 would change your perception. During the 1974/75 home season, the Indians hosted West Indies for a 5-match Test series.The last Test of the series was played at Wankhede Stadium on January 23-29 in Mumbai (then Bombay) and was the first staged by this iconic venue. It was the last and deciding Test of a gripping series where the visitors had won the first two matches but then lost the next two against a spirited Indian team. The final Test also saw an interesting fight but the West Indians, powered by Clive Lloyd’s big double hundred and Lance Gibbs’ 7-wicket haul in the first innings, ended up winning the Test by 201 runs and triumphing in the series as well.? Lovely memory from the first test at the Wankhede — Brijesh Patel being kissed after scoring 50 against the Windies in 1975. This was the second such incident. The first involved Abbas Ali Baig against the Australians in 1959-60, also in Bombay but at the Brabourne Stadium https://t.co/te9tExC0e8— Ashok Malik (@MalikAshok) July 18, 2019 In those days, there was no live television coverage of matches in India. But this series was recorded by the Film Division of India and footage of the match must have been used in newsreels that were played in cinema houses before movies.One really unique and memorable incident from the game was captured by the cameras and has now been shared on Twitter by a user named Indradeep Khan. In the second innings of the match, India were chasing a target of 404 runs but their top-order gave way and defeat was imminent. However, batsman Brijesh Patel played a defiant knock of 73 not out. When he got to his fifty, many fans, as was customary in those days, rushed on to the field of play to congratulate the batsman. But the most interesting intruder was a lady, clad in a black saree, who decided to congratulate the batsman by giving him a kiss.This very novel video has become popular on social media and even drew a comment from senior journalist and, presently, press secretary to President of India, Ashok Malik. Who says that it’s only men who love the game in India? The lady in the video seems as big a fan as any.
The late 19th century in the United States has been called “The Gilded Age.” The Civil War had ended, the American Industrial Revolution was in full swing, new incredibly abundant resources were being found, millionaires were being made seemingly overnight, and a new group was emerging – the American Middle Class. In New England, the Eastern Seaboard, and parts of the West, larger and larger numbers of people were escaping poverty. As people became more prosperous and labor laws began to change which gave people more “free time” or “leisure time” (two new terms at the time), industries arose which catered to the leisure activities that Americans were becoming interested in.One of these interests was boating for pleasure, and in Troy, New York, a father and son developed new types of canoes and other pleasure craft, which for a time were the most popular boats in the country – and they made the pair rich. These boats were made mostly of… paper.Troy, as viewed from across the Hudson River looking east, c. 1909.In the early 1800s a hard-working Vermonter named Elisha Waters moved to Troy and after a period of apprenticeship, opened his own pharmaceutical company. Mr. Waters made enough money to begin another business, that of box manufacturing. At the time, Troy was one of the richest and most industrial small cities in the country, and local industries and retailers needed boxes for shipment and delivery. Elisha Waters soon became quite rich.It’s hard to believe now, but in the 19th century, mass production of paper from wood pulp was a relatively new thing. Previously, sheets of paper had been made by hand — a laborious and expensive proposition. That expense was passed on to the consumer – one reason why students in most schools used to write on “slates,” not paper. Until the mid-1800s, paper was made from linen or cotton rag, but in the 1850s, inventors/chemists had developed a way to free the cellulose from wood and produce it in rolls. The Gilded Age was sometimes known as “The Age of Paper.”Canoe made from paper, France, illustration by Tilly from L’Illustration, Journal Universel, No 2272, Volume LXXXVIII, September 11, 1886.One day in the late 1860s, Waters’ teenage son George was invited to a masquerade party, but the mask he wanted (an over-sized head) was out of his price range (George being given an allowance by his prosperous father, not an expense account). Suddenly George had an idea – he talked his way into borrowing the mask for a few hours, took it home, and cleverly used it as a mold for his own paper copy, which was made from layer upon layer of thick paper made hard with a combination varnish/glue. This gave him another idea, which would make both he and his father very wealthy.George, like many other upper-class boys of the time, was involved in competitive rowing. His boat was a cast-off from a famous rower, but it had developed leaks. Fresh off his success in creating his mask with hardened paper, he used the same method to patch the holes and cracks in his boat. To his amazement, when he put the boat in water – no leaks.Competitive rowing.Fresh off that success, George went to his father with his idea. Soon, the pair were manufacturing canoes, competitive row-boats and eventually, large pleasure craft, including one model which had a seventeen passenger/six rower capacity and was forty-five feet long. The best part was that the Waters’ owned the patent for “paper boats.” By the late 1870s, father and son were quite rich.The process of making the boats was relatively simple. The Waters’ built both custom-made and mass-produced boats. The manufacturing process was essentially the same for all of the boats, however. First, a wooden frame would be made. The frame had grooves in it for a wooden keel to be fastened later, as well as grooves/spaces for the gunwales (the top edges of the hull). The frame would be placed on a building platform upside-down, and so-called “tacking strips” would be attached to the bottom (really the top) for a time – this enabled the paper to be stretched over and fastened to the mold. Enthusiasts Made A House Boat Of 100% Recycled CardboardFor most of the boats, the competitive rowing boats known as “racing shells,” the Waters’ used more expensive but high-quality manila paper, which was made from Manila hemp. Layer upon layer would be added, each of them one piece running down both the length and width of the frame, alternately. The very first sheet of paper would be slightly damp to mold exactly to the frame. Then it would be given a coat of adhesive, and another layer of paper added.Manila hemp drying on a bamboo pole.Then it would be moved to a heated room to dry. Once dry, the shell would be removed from the mold for finishing. The frame was left behind, and the keel and gunwales added. Then the father and son used a patented and secret water-proofing mixture to make their craft watertight, added a hardened paper deck and put in the proper hardware – such as oar-locks, etc. When the rowing shell was finished, it was only a foot wide, and was much much lighter than an equivalent wooden shell. The hull of this craft measured anywhere from 1/8 to 1/10 inch thick.The light weight of the craft resulted in both increased speed and portability. Within a short time the boats were accepted by competitive rowing clubs and college teams. Amateur canoeists and adventurers were soon ordering boats, and Waters & Sons (the official name of the firm) was getting free “PR” nation-wide. In 1872, one man endeavored to paddle the length of the Mississippi River in a Waters’ craft. He made it from Minnesota to St. Louis before he quit – not because of any problem with the boat, but because he was tired.RowingIn 1874, a man named Nathaniel Bishop ordered an 18-foot Waters’ craft which had a small sail, and places for two men to row. Bishop and a companion traveled from Troy via river and canal all the way to Cedar Key, Florida. He wrote a best-selling book titled The Voyage of the Paper Canoe about the journey.By the end of the century, Waters and Sons had branched out into other areas using their patented technology, which most successfully included the building of hardened, weather-proof paper domes on some of the new buildings going up throughout the Northeast and eastern Midwest. This included a dome atop the new observatory at West Point.Read another story from us: The Flying Dutchman – The ghostly ship doomed to sail the Seven Seas foreverUnfortunately, success didn’t last forever. In 1901, George Waters was building a racing-shell and while using a blow-torch, accidentally set fire to the entire factory. It was a total loss. Within three years, both father and son died, and with them, Waters’ Paper Boats. Obviously, over time most recreational boats were (and are) made from fiberglass and other stronger and lighter materials.Matthew Gaskill holds an MA in European History and writes on a variety of topics from the Medieval World to WWII to genealogy and more. A former educator, he values curiosity and diligent research. He is the author of many best-selling Kindle works on Amazon.
2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global August 21, 2014 Register Now » For business travelers, delayed or cancelled flights demolish long-anticipated meetings and can throw entire days into disarray. But new predictive technology courtesy of Google aims to stop airport meltdowns in their tracks and provide succinct alternatives with the mere tap of a smartphone.The company announced this week on its travel blog several new features for Google Now including a “Find alternate flights” link that automatically appears when flights are delayed or cancelled. The tool derives this information based on flight confirmations within users’ Gmail accounts.Additionally, the search giant is rolling out other features to diffuse a host of travel anxieties — including weather tracking, recommendations for restaurants at travel destinations, traffic estimates en route to airports and flight status information in real time.Related: Siri’s Founders Are Building Viv — the Personal Assistant Siri Should Have BeenFurthermore, Google Now can display boarding passes for certain airlines automatically. And upon arrival at one’s destination, the service provides directions to car-rental centers and hotels.In order to use these features, however, “you have to be comfortable with giving Google permission to sift through your Gmail account to get all the necessary details,” reports The Wall Street Journal. Users must also enable Google Now, which is basically a personal assistant tool within the Google Search mobile app and on Chrome.For now, the features are only available to Android users. While Google Now is available within the Google Search app for iOS, Google Now is built into the operating system of many Android devices themselves.Related: All-Knowing Google to Roll Out Geographically-Triggered Shopping Alerts
Close The Babylonian conquest of Jerusalem by King Nebuchadnezzar is a major moment in Jewish history. A deposit of artifacts and materials at an archaeological excavation on Mount Zion can be dated to the specific event of the conquest. ( Mt. Zion Archaeological Expedition/Virginia Withers ) An archaeological excavation on Mount Zion in Jerusalem has yielded a significant find: evidence of the biblical Babylonian conquest of the city that occurred in 587/586 BCE.Researchers found a deposit of layers of ash, arrowheads, potsherds, lamps, and a piece of jewelry at the Mount Zion dig.The find is one of the oldest and most prominent discoveries made by the Mount Zion Archaeological Project, which has been in operation for more than a decade. Bestseller DEAL OF THE DAY AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches All ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. $34.58$34.95 Babylonian Conquest Of JerusalemThe Babylonian conquest of Jerusalem by King Nebuchadnezzar is considered as a major moment in Jewish history.It was marked by devastation, great loss of life, as well as the plundering and dismantling of King Solomon’s Temple to God.Researchers think that the newly-found deposit can be dated to the specific event of the conquest given the unique mix of materials and artifacts found, which include pottery, lamps, burnt wood, ashes, as well as Scythian-type bronze and iron arrowheads typical of the period.The ash deposits do not provide conclusive evidence of the Babylonian attack in themselves, but in this case, the combination of the ashes along with the other materials, particularly the arrowheads and the jewelry suggests some kind of devastation and destruction.University of North Carolina professor of history Shimon Gibson said that no one abandons golden jewelry, and nobody has arrowheads in domestic refuse.The Scythian arrowheads found at the site have also been found at other archaeological conflict sites from the 7th and 6th centuries BC, and are known to be used by the Babylonian warriors.The clay artifacts also helped date the discovery, and the lamps are the typical high-based pinched lamps of the period.”Together, this evidence points to the historical conquest of the city by Babylon because the only major destruction we have in Jerusalem for this period is the conquest of 587/586 BCE,” Gibson said.Gibson nonetheless said that jewelry is a rare find at conflict sites because attackers usually loot them and later melt these down. The jewelry they found, a gold and silver tassel, hints of the wealth of the inhabitants of the city at the time of the siege.Tisha B’ AvEvery year, Jews pray and fast in remembrance of the destruction of the Jewish Temple to God in Jerusalem, first by the Babylonians in 587/586 BCE, and again by the Romans in 70 CE. Jews gather in synagogues around the world and at the Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem to pray and mourn on Tisha B’ Av, the ninth day in the Hebrew month of Av, which falls on Aug. 11 this year. TAG Jerusalem, Babylon, Archaeology Bestseller (1) The Sign and the Seal: The Quest for the Lost Ark of the Covenant $22.00$22.00 Ads by Amazon ENDS IN DEAL OF THE DAY ENDS IN Bestseller Related Products Ads by Amazon ENDS IN (182) Sennacherib, King of Assyria (Archaeology and Biblical Studies) DEAL OF THE DAY Digging up the Bible lands; (A Bodley Head archaeology)
Cancun, Q.R. — Experiencias Xcaret has officially presented their newest theme park, Xavage, which is located near their Xoximilco park at Cancun.Carlos Constandse of Experiencias Xcaret announced the new park in January, but now, making the official announcement that the park is set to open December 10. Xavage is a new theme adrenaline park that offers visitors extreme trills by both land and sea.Thrills at the park range from kayaking and children’s waterslides to monster trucks, speeding jet boats and whitewater rafting. Marco Hernández Díaz, director of operations of Xavage, says the park is outfitted with six 600-horsepower turbines made in South Korea for water power, similar to the systems used in Charlotte, North Carolina and New Zealand.Photo: Xavage ParkHernández Díaz commented that Xavage is a park of personal discovery for visitors who enjoy a challenge. The new attraction is located five minutes from the international airport of Cancun.Adult packages for the park start at 1,063 peso for basic with the most expensive being 2,583 for the ultimate package. For children, package prices start at 912 peso and range up to 1,292 peso. Park visitors can opt for soft, hard, extreme or ultimate packages.The total cost of the park came in just over $30 million USD. The company is already planning their next park, Xibalbá (meaning underworld in Mayan), for construction near Valladolid, Yucatan. The company says it will be ready for the summer of 2020.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Local snake expert Fanie Cilliers says the past weekend was really busy, with snake call after snake call coming in.There were 10 calls last Saturday alone.The rise in the number of snakes that are active during this time of year is due to the weather, he says.Late last Saturday evening, Fanie was contacted by a Ladysmith Gazette journalist about a snake at a home in Kandahar Avenue… And a big one at that!He quickly got back into his working gear and was off on yet another call.On arrival, Fanie spoke to the homeowners and told them to please put their dog away to avoid an unpleasant incident between the dog and the snake.Also read: Watch Video: Mommy, there’s a snake on the stoep – 5.29-metre Python found near LadysmithAlso read: 4-metre-plus Python snake chases 9-year-old boy up a tree, fleeing for his life near Ladysmith Also read: Watch: Huge Mozambique Spitting Cobra snake found at Ladysmith home as it spits venomAfter that, it was plain sailing for Fanie, who quickly had the snake under his control and safely away from people.The snake was identified as a cobra.Fanie added that the day was so busy that he even ran out of containers and bags to put all the snakes in.People are urged to stay away from snakes and not harm them in any way. Most snake bites happen when a person tries to handle a snake or tries to harm it in some way.A snake expert should be contacted as soon as a snake is seen.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Aiming to expand customer offerings, Flight Centre managing director Graham Turner reaffirmed the company’s commitment to expanding its online presence while growing its global shop network.As reported by e-Travel Blackboard earlier this month, Flight Centre is focusing its efforts on tapping “into the online space” as a means to offer travellers the choice of booking holidays in-store, online, via phone or email.Speaking at the Flight Centre Annual General Meeting this week, Mr Turner said the company was diversifying customer options while keeping services coupled up.“This genuine multi-channel sales offering is a key point of difference,” Mr Turner said.“Effectively, we can replicate the web-based booking services online travel agencies provide and couple them with the services our global shop network provides.“Our goal this year is to grow this network by eight to ten percent.” He added that the company is also aiming to increase pre-tax profit by ten percent to deliver a result of $270 million.While Mr Turner said the company exceeded expectations with a 25 to 30 percent leap in pre-profit tax for the first quarter and October this year compared to last, he stressed the company was capable of reaching its goals, “excluding any major abnormal items that may arise”.
IHG to open a dual-branded Hotel Indigo and Holiday Inn in the heart of Melbourne’s retail districtIHG to open a dual-branded Hotel Indigo and Holiday InnIHG® will open its first Australian dual-branded hotel by 2022 with the signing of Hotel Indigo® Melbourne Little Collins and Holiday Inn® Melbourne Bourke Street Mall, in the heart of the CBD.Currently trading as The Walk Arcade, the site is arguably Melbourne CBD’s most strategic retail destination and will allow the hotels to form a symbiotic relationship and capitalise on Melbourne’s booming corporate and leisure demand. The property will front onto Bourke Street Mall on one side and Little Collins St on the other, allowing Holiday Inn to make the most of the pedestrianised retail haven and Hotel Indigo to bring the edgy laneway neighbourhood to life.The $200 million mixed-use development will include international retail flagship stores and a combined 453-room hotel (181 in Hotel Indigo and 272 in Holiday Inn), which will feature F&B outlets, a gym, meeting spaces and a unique and distinct guest lobby and room experience for each brand. The overall development will enjoy shared back-of-house services and facilities that create common-sense efficiencies.Abhijay Sandilya, IHG’s Senior Director of Development – Australasia, said: “With such a large property and sought-after location, dual branding makes perfect sense. IHG has experience with dual branded properties in other markets, including the Hotel Indigo and Holiday Inn Express in Singapore Katong, and a dual-branded EVEN Hotel and Holiday Inn Express planned for Auckland in 2020. We are excited to bring Hotel Indigo’s neighbourhood story and Holiday Inn’s Joy of Travel together to provide guests of all types with the experience that appeals to them.”“This long-term deal means Hotel Indigo and Holiday Inn will have presence in the heart of Melbourne CBD for many years to come”, he added.Tony Tai, spokesperson for owner Focus Ventures Pty Ltd, said: “Much consideration has been put into the plans to transform the property into an iconic Melbourne site that complements its strategic location. Together with our consultants, we have put forth a combined retail and hotel site plan that is able to attract top retailers from around the world.”“The new hotel/retail development is projected to attract over $100 million of annual spending by visitors and shoppers. In addition, it will create over 1,000 new direct jobs and 900 indirect jobs for the State”, he added.Hotel Indigo Melbourne Little Collins is the second Hotel Indigo to be signed in Melbourne and the fourth in Australia, following Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, Sydney’s Central precinct, and Melbourne’s Docklands. No two Hotel Indigo properties are the same, with each drawing on the story of its local area to inspire every aspect of the hotel to help guests feel part of the destination. That’s why Melbourne’s Little Collins Street is perfectly suited to showcase the story of Melbourne’s laneways.Holiday Inn Melbourne Bourke Street Mall complements the 16 Holiday Inn hotels already open across Australasia, including Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders, and is the latest in a string of Holiday Inn signings including Sydney Central, Melbourne Werribee and Geelong.IHG currently has 47 hotels operating under four brands in Australasia, including: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express, with another 17 in the pipeline, including Hotel Indigo Brisbane Fortitude Valley and Hotel Indigo Melbourne Docklands.Melbourne has been ranked the World’s Most Liveable City for seven years in a row, with a strong tourism outlook that benefits from a vibrant mix of business, culture, sport and entertainment events. Plans for the development have been lodged and the project is subject to development approval by the Melbourne authorities.Source = InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)
Go back to the e-newsletterInterContinental Hotels Group has announced the opening of InterContinental London – The O2 on the Greenwich Peninsula, London’s rejuvenated historic, entertainment and financial gateway.The 453-room InterContinental London – The O2 will bring its five destination-inspired food and beverage outlets including The Peninsula Restaurant and rooftop sky bar, Eighteen, the hotel boasts a world-class health spa and sumptuous accommodation – including 59 suites – and views over London.Adjacent to the world-renowned O2 Arena and just 400 metres from North Greenwich underground station and North Greenwich Pier, the hotel offers regular access into central London in as little as 15 minutes. The hotel’s conference centre boasts a 3100 square metre pillar-free ballroom – one of the largest in Europe – with an additional 19 meeting rooms, organiser’s office and an impressive 1600 square metre pre-function space exposing dramatic views of Canary Wharf. The hotel is close to famous attractions within historic Royal Greenwich including The Cutty Sark and Greenwich Observatory, and the Maritime Museum.Go back to the e-newsletter
PARIS – Participants at the Cannes Film Festival will be given fliers warning “Proper Behavior Required” as part of an anti-sexual harassment campaign at the May 8-19 event.The top women’s rights official for the French government announced Friday that she reached a deal with Cannes organizers for the campaign. It will include written warnings urging appropriate behaviour and a hotline for victims and witnesses to report abuse.Secretary of State for Women’s Affairs Marlene Schiappa noted that Cannes is one of the places where disgraced Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein allegedly raped and harassed women.Schiappa’s office says the French government is urging other upcoming festivals and events to join the effort.Film festivals have been soul-searching since the Weinstein scandal, rewriting codes of conduct and redoubling gender equality efforts. FILE – In this May 16, 2012 file photo producer Harvey Weinstein arrives for the opening ceremony and screening of Moonrise Kingdom at the 65th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France. The top women’s rights official for the French government announced Friday that she reached a deal with Cannes organizers for an anti-sexual harassment campaign. It will include fliers urging appropriate behavior and a hotline for victims and witnesses to report eventual abuse. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File) by The Associated Press Posted Apr 27, 2018 8:13 am PDT Last Updated Apr 27, 2018 at 9:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Anti-harassment campaign unrolled for Cannes Film Festival
THE 22-year-old father of a five-month-old baby girl was in custody on Wednesday as authorities sought to establish allegations by the baby’s mother, 25, with the assessment of three doctors, that the infant had been sexually abused.In a case that has left the public shocked and outraged, the father was remanded for five days by the Nicosia court in a closed-door hearing. Cybc reported that he was refusing to cooperate with police.He was arrested after the baby’s mother filed her complaint on Tuesday following a visit to the Makarios children’s hospital in Nicosia where she took the infant when she noticed the child had inflammation in her genital region.According to Cybc, she said in her statement to police that that she went to work and left the baby girl alone with her father. Upon her return, she noticed the inflammation, and the baby’s father said that she should take her to the hospital.There, she was examined by three doctors, a paediatrician, a gynaecologist, and state pathologist Eleni Antoniou, all of whom concluded it appeared that she had been sexually abused. Police were immediately alerted. The baby was kept in at Makarios hospital for monitoring on Tuesday night. Her condition is not life-threatening.She was on Wednesday taken into the care of the NGO Hope For Children, which is providing support for the family. The Social Welfare Services said that they are working with authorities to examine the case completely.“It is a shocking and tragic event, which appears to have happened on Tuesday,” Makarios children’s hospital surgeon Efthymios Tsividanides told Cybc. “It seems she was the victim of rape. In 32 years, I have never seen a rape incident involving a five-month-old baby.” He told Sigmalive doctors had initially examined the baby for signs of possible female genital mutilation.However, not everyone was in agreement on what might have occurred. The director of Makarios hospital, Andreas Neophytou said the baby girl did not have deep injuries or haemorrhaging, but that there was inflammation in her genital area.Former state pathologist Marios Matsakis also shared a differing opinion, saying that everything was on the table “except for rape” because, he said, at such a young age the baby would have sustained serious injuries, which did not seem to be the case.State pathologist Eleni Antoniou told the Cyprus Mail it appeared the child was sexually abused but that more would come to light following the investigations of the police.People were left shocked and many were quick to react. Deputy government spokeswoman, Klelia Vasiliou said in a social media post: “There are no words, to describe the hurt at the news of the five-month-old baby.”The head of the House committee on human rights, Stella Kyriakidou told Sigma TV that it was the first time that such a serious allegation had been made about a child at such a young age. She added that all the competent authorities would ensure that the child was protected.The head of the organisation Foni (Voice), which deals with sexual abuse, Anastasia Papadopoulou said: “Unfortunately, it is not the first such incident and it will not be the last. The sexual abuse of children is a phenomenon of our society, and complaints are filed daily.”Papadopoulou said that the case was a difficult one as the child cannot speak, and that the only way to find evidence was from witness statements and the information collected by the doctors.She also thanked the doctors for immediately alerting authorities, and the mother, who filed the complaint despite the language barrier.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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