Trudeau visits Vimy ahead of world leaders gathering to mark historic armistice

first_imgVIMY RIDGE, France — The iconic monument at Vimy Ridge served Saturday as a reminder of Canadians’ wartime sacrifice, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made another visit to the memorial one day before the world marks 100 years since the end of the First World War.Running his hands along the carved names of Canada’s war dead and walking among the graves — some with names, others simply marked as “a soldier of the great war” — Trudeau and his veterans affairs minister shook hands with veterans and thanked them for their service.The monument has become the symbol of Canada’s experience during the “War to End All Wars,” during which approximately 650,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders served — a number considered remarkable given the population of the country was roughly eight million.The prime minister visited Vimy Ridge last year to mark the centenary of the battle.On Sunday, more than 60 world leaders are scheduled to gather in Paris to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, making Trudeau’s stop at Vimy politically symbolic. Many of them gathered Saturday night in Paris, walking a red carpet and stopping for photographers before having dinner inside the Musee d’Orsay.Roland Paris, a former foreign affairs adviser to Trudeau, says the combination of events this weekend gives the prime minister symbols to put behind his repeated public push for governments to not tear down international alliances.Sunday will see Trudeau and other leaders stand alongside French President Emmanuel Macron at Armistice Day commemorations in Paris. Later on in the day, Macron will host a peace forum the French government hopes to make an annual draw for civil society and political leaders. “Going to Vimy and the Armistice Day celebration…provides the opportunity for the prime minister to underscore why it was that Canadians have sacrificed in the past and the importance of maintaining the rules-based international order,” Paris said.Some 66,000 Canadian soldiers died during the First World War, between 1914 and 1918, and a further 172,000 were wounded. Those buried at Vimy and elsewhere believed defending Canadian values “were worth that sacrifice,” said Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan.“We must remember the lesson of these conflicts: that freedom is not free. That it is not easy. Indeed it is hard fought,” O’Regan said.“But to remember those lessons is to remember those who fought these battles and who fight them still.”A lesson world leaders have learned from the First World War is how a regional dispute can spiral into a broader, global conflict, said Matthew Barrett, an expert on Canadian military history from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont.That concern about becoming entangled in a conflict feeds into U.S. President Donald Trump’s unease with military alliances such as NATO — which in turn keeps Trudeau talking about maintaining alliances.Trump was noticeably not among the leaders to walk the red carpet for the evening’s dinner gala in Paris. Earlier in the day, he received criticism for cancelling a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery outside the French capital due to inclement weather.Many of the 2,289 soldiers buried at the cemetery died in 1918, the last year of the war.Some 11,000 names of Canadians who died in France are inscribed on the Vimy monument, marking the ridge Canadian soldiers took from the Germans in April 1917.Fighting continued in Europe for a year afterwards before the armistice on Nov. 11, 1918.“Canadians remember who you are, what you stand for and the history you defined, a history for which you bled and fought, a history built on your sacrifice. Thank you,” Trudeau told a group of veterans during remarks at one of the cemeteries where Canadians are buried.Clouds hung over the site — rain holding off until the service at the monument had come to a close — and a cold, wet wind swept through the area, ever so slightly rustling the leaves of a sapling, grown in Canada and descended from oaks that once grew here.In the aftermath of the Vimy battle, a Canadian soldier, Lt. Leslie Miller, plucked a handful of acorns from a downed oak tree and sent them back home to Toronto where they grew.A group of volunteers have worked to get 100 saplings for the four-acre park to coincide with the centenary of the end of the First World War. The trees will grow inside four concentric rings, each one representing one of the four Canadian divisions that fought at Vimy.Trudeau and O’Regan walked the newly opened memorial park.— Follow @jpress on Twitter.Jordan Press, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Adrienne Shelly Foundation Launches 7th Annual Celebrity Auction

first_imgThe Adrienne Shelly Foundation (ASF), a non-profit organization dedicated to the memory of actor/filmmaker Adrienne Shelly (Waitress), launched its 7th annual Celebrity Auction this week with support from prominent celebrities across the entertainment, literary, sports, business and political arenas.The auction is open to bidders internationally from January 22 through February 11 at www.charitybuzz.com/AdrienneShellyFoundation. Proceeds will support ASF’s mission of supporting women filmmakers through production grants.“It’s truly an honor to have so many wonderful people pitching in to help us raise money,” said Andy Ostroy, ASF’s founder and executive director. “We’re very grateful for their support.”“The Adrienne Shelly Foundation is an important organization with a critical mission,” said Keri Russell, star of the FX Network’s The Americans, Adrienne Shelly’s hit film Waitress, and a member of ASF’s Advisory Board. “This auction is a major source of funding in its support of women filmmakers and it’s a fun thing to be a part of.”More than 60 exclusive experiences are being auctioned. Bidders can: • Have lunch with Paul Rudd, Salman Rushdie, Michelle Williams, Jon Hamm, John Slattery, Mark Cuban, Keri Russell, Bill Hader, Rosario Dawson, Sarah Silverman and Jeff Ross, Melanie Griffith, Cheryl Hines and Jeremy Sisto and many more • Join Alanis Morissette for a paddle boarding class and tea • Receive a birthday call from Bones stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz • Hit the town with David Arquette at his club Bootsy Bellows in West Hollywood • Visit the set and meet cast members of TV shows such as Community, Cougar Town, Dallas, Mad Men, The Americans, The Good Wife, Law and Order: SVU, Dallas, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Good Morning America • Score VIP tix to Two and a Half Men, Letterman, Rachael Ray and The Colbert Report • Enjoy walk-on roles in TV shows like Drop Dead Diva, Workaholics and films • Experience movies like never before with VIP access to the Tribeca Film Festival, LA Film Festival and Nantucket Film Festival
The Adrienne Shelly Foundation supports the artistic achievements of female filmmakers through annual grants distributed through partnerships with Women in Film, IFP, Nantucket Film Festival, Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, Columbia University, Boston University, Rooftop Films and American Film Institute. It has awarded forty-eight grants since its inception in 2007. For more information and to make a donation, please visit www.adrienneshellyfoundation.org.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Top Court Panel Rejects Centres Objection On 2 Judges Recommends 2 More

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today rejected the government’s objections to the elevation of two judges to the top court, stressing that merit should be considered above seniority. The Supreme Court collegium, or panel of five senior most judges, reiterated its April 12 decision to recommend Justices Aniruddha Bose and AS Bopanna for the top court. “Merit should be given predominant consideration,” the collegium said, noting that “nothing adverse regarding competence, conduct or integrity of the judges had been pointed out” by the government. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Amid disagreement over the two names, the collegium today also recommended two more judges for the Supreme Court – Justices BR Gavai and Surya Kant. Justice Gavai is a judge of the Bombay High Court and Justice Kant is the Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court. The collegium includes Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Justice SA Bobde, Justice NV Ramana, Justice Arun Mishra and Justice RF Nariman. Reports suggest that the government had cited seniority and regional representation to send back the names recommended by the judges’ panel. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen “We have carefully considered the observations made by the Department of Justice while referring back to the Collegium,” the judges said. Aniruddha Bose is the Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court and AS Bopanna is Chief Justice, Gauhati High Court. “The Collegium is of the view that, as laid down by the Supreme Court, though seniority amongst Judges in their High Courts and their combined seniority on all-India basis should be given due weightage, merit should be the predominant consideration,” the judges said. While recommending two new names, the Supreme Court said it had considered their seniority, competence, conduct and integrity. With Justice BR Gavai’s elevation, added the collegium, “the Supreme Court Bench will have a Judge belonging to Scheduled Caste category after about a decade.” The Supreme Court has a sanctioned strength of 31 judges but is working with 27. with inputs of NDTVlast_img read more

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Morocco Nearly 827000 women have experienced sexual abuse

first_imgSidi Ifni, Morocco- According to the Moroccan High Commission Plan, nearly 827,000 Moroccan women have suffered sexual abuse at a certain point in their lives. The victimized women are aged between 18 to 64 years old.The phenomenon of sexual violence against women has grown rampant. In a survey conducted by HCP in 2009, 38,000 women experienced forced sexual intercourse at least once in their lives.Celebrated every year on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women reminds the world of the injustices done against women and pushes the authorities to take action. Some husbands are reported to have raped their wives. According to the study, this is also considered as cases of sexual violence.In every Moroccan household, nearly 6.6% of women or 444,000 women admit to having experienced sexually violent acts. 45.1% of these acts are inflicted by the husband, reported HCP.The youngest women (18-24), the survey shows, are the most affected by sexual violence.This threatening fact is sounding alarms for the authorities to intervene to alleviate the problem.Recently, Moroccan lawmakers drafted a bill threatening jail terms for the perpetrators of sexual harassment.Women’s rights groups continue to express their disgruntlement over the policies of the government as regards criminalizing sexual abuse.While marital rape has been overlooked in the draft bill, women rights activists complain about not being involved in the initiatives being taken to alleviate this violence.“I regret that women’s rights groups have not been involved in drafting the bill,” said Nouzha Skalli, former family and social development minister, as quoted by AFP.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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Increase in local home sales

The local real estate market is off to one of its best starts in the past 10 years, says the president of the Simcoe and District Real Estate Board.A total of 39 homes sold in January 2019, up from 33 or 18.2 per cent for the same time period last year.“Simcoe home sales bounced up to start 2019,” Melissa Mummery said. “The January 2019 sales figure was actually one of the best starts to any year in the last decade.”The average price of homes sold however, dropped 9.2 per cent to $367,210 from January 2018.But the real estate board believes the drop in the average price is an aberration because the overall trend is moving higher.Meanwhile, the dollar value of all home sales in January 2019 increased 7.3 per cent to $14.3 million from the same month in 2018. There were 56 new residential listings in January 2019 – down one listing or 1.8 per cent.Although the overall supply of housing is up from last year, it is still running at some of the lowest levels on record for this time of year.Active residential listings numbered 143 at the end of January, an increase of 30 per cent. However, the end of January average is about 350 listings, the real estate board says.At the end of January 2019, the months of inventory – the number of months would take to sell homes at the current rate of sales activity – number 3.7 up from 3.3 recorded in January 2018 but well below the long-running average of 11.8 months for this time of year.Established in 1959, the real estate board covers Norfolk County including Delhi, Long Point, Port Dover, Port Rowan, Simcoe and Waterford. read more

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Donors pledge over 47 million to UN relief agency for Palestine refugees

The pledges to UNRWA’s 2002 budget were made by over a dozen countries at a meeting on Friday of the General Assembly’s Ad Hoc Committee for Voluntary Contributions. Donors also pledged $6.83 million for an emergency appeal launched on 22 June.Contributions in various amounts were made by Austria, Bahrain, Chile, China, Cyprus, Greece, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey. These came in addition to previously announced pledges made by India and the Maldives, and brought the total amount pledged to UNRWA’s regular budget to $47.2 million.Established over 50 years ago, UNRWA is the main provider of basic services to over 3.7 million registered Palestine refugees in the Middle East. read more

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UN refugee agency meets with its vital partners – nongovernment organizations

“The reality of today is that no humanitarian organization can go it alone,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) chief of operations officer Judy Cheng-Hopkins told the opening session yesterday of the three-day meeting in Geneva, attended by more than 300 delegates.“We increasingly rely upon partnerships and collaborative mechanisms to deliver protection and solutions,” she said.NGOs act are the UN refugee agency’s right arm, implementing many of the crucial programmes for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in some of the world’s most remote and difficult places. In all, about a quarter of UNHCR’s resources are channelled through its partners.Ms. Cheng-Hopkins highlighted the ways in which NGOs can help strengthen the humanitarian response to emergencies.“UNHCR’s emergency response capacity is largely dependent on how fast we can get the right people and the necessary relief items to the areas where they are most needed,” she said. “There is clearly a need to better utilize local networks and knowledge to enhance the effectiveness and speed of our response. NGOs can and do play an important role in facilitating such cooperation and collaboration.”She also addressed the challenges of ensuring the security of humanitarian staff, an issue of concern to all humanitarian organizations.For the past two decades, the annual consultations have brought together NGOs and UNHCR managers to examine all facets of their partnership on behalf of refugees. The UN refugee agency works extensively with well over 500 NGOs worldwide, many of them national or local organizations. read more

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Down the rink Columbus Blue Jackets recap – Week 2

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky embrace following the Blue Jackets’ opening night victory against the New York Islanders on Oct. 6 at Nationwide Arena. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Columbus Blue Jackets (4-1-0) backed up a solid first week of the season with three wins in Week 2 against two 2017 playoff teams.Columbus won a thrilling overtime game, 2-1 Tuesday at Carolina and fought back from an early 1-0 deficit to defeat the New York Rangers 3-1 Friday night. Saturday, the Jackets came from behind again to defeat the Wild in a 5-4 barnburner in St. Paul, Minnesota.Here are some headlines from the second week of the Blue Jackets’ season.Offense staying aggressiveThrough five games, the Blue Jackets offense looks like they can handle themselves against stiff competition. Columbus registered 43 shots against New York and 35 shots against Minnesota — two teams who made the playoffs in 2016-17.Tuesday’s game against Carolina was sloppy on both ends, but the offense still created quality chances by attacking the net with its speed. Matt Calvert was perhaps the most aggressive player this week with two shorthanded opportunities — one each against Carolina and New York — and constant play close to the net when the Jackets were in the offensive zone.Calvert had a goal disallowed in the first minute of Friday’s contest because he interfered with Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist after deflecting a shot from defenseman David Savard into the back of the net. Calvert tied a team-high six shots against the Rangers and continues to be an integral part to the third line with center Brandon Dubinsky and right wing Josh Anderson.Left wing Artemi Panarin has also continued to make a difference, especially with his speed. He scored the go-ahead goal Friday after racing from his own blue line, past three skaters, then firing a shot above Lundqvist’s right shoulder. Panarin had three assists against the Wild Saturday with his final one coming in overtime, when he drew two defenders as he approached the net and Wennberg cleaned up Panarin’s shot for the game-winning goal.Defense making mistakesWhen Sergei Bobrovsky is the man in net, that team will always have a chance to win. He allowed a season-high four goals Saturday in Minnesota, but his defense had some costly mistakes.On the first goal allowed, a pass went between defenseman Ryan Murray’s legs and found a Eric Staal streaking to the net. Defenseman David Savard turned the puck over in the neutral zone, creating an odd-man rush for Minnesota, which turned into a goal. Early in the first period, a puck jumped over defenseman Scott Harrington’s stick and Bobrovsky had to make a one-on-one save.The defensive miscues weren’t isolated to just that one game. Tuesday, Carolina tied the game with 1:25 remaining after defenseman Gabriel Carlsson failed to clear the zone and Jeff Skinner faced Bobrovsky from the low slot. Then Friday, the Rangers first goal came from a Seth Jones turnover just beyond the Jackets’ blue line.The penalty kill struggled against Minnesota, but has mostly been consistent. However, the Jackets continue to struggle with open-ice turnovers, which can be a death sentence on nights against the premier teams in the league.Powerplay strugglingThe Blue Jackets power-play goal in the second period on opening night against the Islanders remains the lone power-play goal the team has scored this year.Columbus was 0-for-9 on the powerplay this past week.With the addition of Panarin, the power play was viewed as one of the units likely to see an immediate change from last season. So far, that has not been the case. The Blue Jackets are seeing quality shot attempts on the power play, putting possibly passing up too many good looks. They currently rank 27th in the league with 7.7 percent power-play conversion rate.Teams fluctuate with success on the power play, so there’s no need for fans to panic. But, more success from the line is absolutely needed to compete in the Metropolitan division.Looking aheadThe Blue Jackets face another week of quality opponents. Winnipeg, Tampa Bay and Los Angeles are each above .500 and rank in the top half of the league in goals for per game.Columbus recalled defenseman Markus Nutivaara from Cleveland and placed Carlsson on injured reserve with an upper-body injury body injury. The Blue Jackets sent Nutivaara to Cleveland at the beginning of the season due to an offseason hip surgery, which put him behind the ball in his fitness to play. The Jackets are looking for some help on the defensive end and after showing promise at times in his 66-game rookie season in 2016-17, Nutivaara has an opportunity to step into the lineup and make an impact.Top performersArtemi Panarin – one goal (1), three assists (6), four points (team-lead 7), +5Alexander Wennberg – one goal (1), two assists (4), three points (5), +6Zach Werenski – one goal (2), two assists (2), three points (4), +5Seth Jones – one goal (1), two assists (3), three points (4), +2Sonny Milano – two goals (team lead 4), two points (4)Goaltending:Sergei Bobrovsky – three wins (4-0), 91 saves, six goals allowed, .938 save percentage (.952)In the circle (faceoff record, faceoff percentage, EV record, PP record, SH record)Brandon Dubinsky – 30-32, 48.4, 22-26, 3-1, 5-5Alexander Wennberg – 22-32, 40.7, 19-26, 3-4, 0-2Nick Foligno – 19-30, 38.8, 18-24, 0-4, 1-2Lukas Sedlak – 10-14, 41.7, 8-12, 0-2, 2-0Overall: 143-175 (45.0 percent), ranked 30thSpecial teams units:Powerplay – 0-for-3 at Carolina; 0-for-3 vs. NYR; 0-for-3 at MinnesotaOverall: 1-for-13 (7.7 percent), ranked 27thPenalty kill – 4-for-4 at Carolina; 3-for-3 vs. NYR; 1-for-3 at MinnesotaOverall: 10-for-13 (76.9 percent), ranked 23rdUp next: 10/17 – at Winnipeg (3-2-0)10/19 – vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (4-1-0)10/14 – vs. Los Angeles (3-0-1) read more

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Opinion Cleveland Cavaliers fans do not have reason to celebrate — yet

Cavaliers forward LeBron James (left) dribbles the ball during a preseason game against the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 20 at the Schottenstein Center. Cleveland won, 107-98. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorCleveland sports can be described as many things. Depressing, gut-wrenching and eternally simultaneously optimistic and pessimistic are just a few.One thing the three major professional teams in Cleveland cannot be called with a straight face is cool.Being uncool comes with the territory of the city’s championship drought, turning old enough to receive an AARP card this coming December.And yet, the Cavaliers are somehow now the “cool” team in the NBA. And I’m not sure I’m crazy about the way that feels.It goes beyond being the title favorites in Las Vegas the season after receiving the first overall pick in the draft.There’s nothing I want to see more than a team in Cleveland win a championship. And so I was ecstatic when the return of LeBron James to the Cavs signaled a very real opportunity for that to happen.But I also knew to hold my breath.The Browns in the ‘80s, the Indians in the ‘90s and the Cavs in the 2000s were all teams that seemed just as destined to bring home a trophy as this upcoming edition of the Cavs. Of course, as we all know, those squads each came up empty in a more heartbreaking fashion than the last.So when James announced his return, I told myself, “Dream today, but save the celebrating for the parade.”For the four years James played for the Miami Heat, I found myself glaring at everyone I passed by who was wearing Heat gear. Not only because I was admittedly still bitter about James leaving, but because I could not stand people that simply hitched on with the “cool” team.After all that I and the generation before me had suffered, waiting for our Cleveland teams to deliver, it infuriated me that so many people could openly flaunt taking the cheap and easy “thrill” of a championship over the real blood, sweat and tears experience.And now, suddenly, the Cavs are “that” team.Look, I know there are a ton of Cleveland fans out there, and not all of them can remain as passionate through the four years of garbage that the Cavs put out in the between-LeBron era. But I was at last year’s preseason game at the Schottenstein Center as well as the one this week, and I can tell you confidently that many people came out of the woodwork for this team.Last season, there were about 11,000 people at the preseason game. This year, there was a sold-out crowd of more than 19,000. At last year’s contest, you could hear a pin drop, while this year’s sounded like a playoff game.On Tuesday, the Cavs announced they are throwing a fan fest before the home opener against the New York Knicks on Oct. 30. That event is scheduled to feature comedian Kevin Hart and rapper Kendrick Lamar.I’m sorry, but that is just simply not how it is supposed to go in Cleveland.After all that these teams have gone through, we have to know better than to count our chickens before they hatch. Confidence is great, but that only gets you so far.So what exactly are we celebrating with this fan fest? The Cavs’ “coolness?”All I’ve ever wanted from my teams was a championship, not to be trendy.If all this attention and bandwagon-hopping is a byproduct of that possibility, then fine. And if they win, please invite Kevin Hart and Kendrick Lamar and Drake and whoever else wants to suddenly convince the world that they’re a Cavs fan to Euclid Avenue for the parade.But please, for now, let’s remember what the real focus is here and save the festivals for a real accomplishment. read more

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Gigabyte reveals two new dual core netbooks including Jolicloud model

first_imgThe netbook market may be suffering in the the face of millions of iPad tablet sales, but that isn’t stopping the more established vendors from rolling out new models.Gigabyte is no exception, and has started listing two new dual core netbook models on its website before 2010 is over. What’s interesting here is that one of the models seems to be the exact same spec used in the Jolicloud Jolibook minus the cloud OS of course.The two new models are the M1005 and the Q2005. Both are almost exactly the same, but have a few differences that may be important to some.Here’s the base spec of the two netbooks:Intel dual core Atom N550 @ 1.5GHzWindows 7 Starter or Home Premium10.1″ 1024 x 600 LED backlit display1GB or 2GB DDR3 RAMIntel GMA 3150 integrated graphics250GB or 320GB 5400rpm HDD3x USB 2.0 portsThe differences come in the form of the card reader, camera, and battery. The M1005 only ships with a 4-cell battery, has a 1.3 megapixel camera, a 4-in-1 card reader, and ships in silver/black colors. The Q2005 has a 3-cell and 6-cell battery option, only a 0.3 megapixel camera, an 8-in-1 card reader, and ships in black.The Q2005 is the equivalent of the Jolibook and is clearly more suited for travel with the larger battery. The M1005 on the other hand looks to be more for use around the home. It also has a novel upright docking stand including USB, D-Sub, RJ45, earphones connections as well as doubling as the charger. It offers easy storage and charging many users may appreciate for its quick access and small footprint.We don’t know what Gigabyte intends to charge for either model, but we expect both to be on display at CES next week.Read more at Netbooknewslast_img read more

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Apple about to make owner of earpodscom very rich

first_imgVery rarely does a business that never got going in the first place end up making someone a millionaire years later. But that seems to be exactly what’s happening to the owner of earpods.com. You may remember last week that Apple announced a new version of its iconic white earbuds called EarPods $19.99 at Amazon . It’s not unlike winning the lottery.An anonymous individual bought the domain name back in 2004 with plans to sell hearing aids. The business was never able to launch, and the site has sat vacant for these last eight years. Now it’s worth some serious dough. The owner of the domain has retained the services of Domain Name Sales Report (DNSR) to fend off any overzealous trademark claims made by Apple.The fear is that Apple might try to file a UDRP claim through ICANN to seize the domain. DNSR has posted a short message on the earpods.com page making it clear the domain has been registered since 2004 and offers contact information for interested parties. A UDRP procedure usually requires the trademark owner to prove that someone is squatting on the domain.DNSR hasn’t come right out and said it, but it’s pretty clear they are hoping to sell the domain on behalf of the client, who I imagine is rubbing his or her hands together and laughing maniacally right now. Apple paid $4.5 million for iCloud.com recently, and it’s not like Apple is strapped for cash.I’d expect the owner of earpods.com to walk away a millionaire. Not bad for a page that has been nearly worthless for the last eight years.via Business Insiderlast_img read more

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Tremblement de terre en Chine le dernier bilan fait état de plus

first_imgTremblement de terre en Chine : le dernier bilan fait état de plus de 2.000 mortsChine – Le bilan du séisme qui a frappé le nord-ouest de la Chine la semaine dernière s’est encore alourdi. Il fait désormais état de 2.183 morts, tandis que quatre-vingt-quatre personnes sont toujours portées disparues.Alors que les chutes de neige sur le plateau tibétain viennent entraver la poursuite des recherches de survivants sous les décombres, l’agence Chine Nouvelle annonce un bilan encore alourdi. Le séisme de magnitude 6,9 a tué plus de 2.000 personnes et fait 12.135 blessés, dont plus de 1.000 grièvement. Le tremblement de terre qui a frappé la préfecture de Yushu, dans la province du Qinghai, a également laissé plus de 100.000 personnes sans-abri, lesquelles campent aujourd’hui sous des tentes.Huit jours après le séisme, les opérations de secours se poursuivent, rendues encore plus difficiles par les chutes de neige. Mais les chances de retrouver des survivants sont de plus en plus minces pour les sauveteurs, qui sont également gênés par l’altitude et les glissements de terrain engendrés par les plus de 1.300 répliques du séisme.A Jiegu, ville proche de l’épicentre du séisme où 85% des bâtiments se sont effondrés, les routes d’accès “sont recouvertes de neige et de verglas, ce qui perturbe énormément l’acheminement d’une aide très attendue” rapporte Chine Nouvelle. Une situation qui ne s’améliorera pas avant la fin de la semaine : la neige devrait en effet encore tomber jusqu’à samedi, dans cette zone située à 4.000 mètres d’altitude et constituée à 90% de membres de l’ethnie tibétaine.Le 22 avril 2010 à 16:25 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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THREE BIDS IN FOR LONG BAY HILLS GOVT SCHOOL

first_img Education Minister tours schools this week Related Items:akierra missick, bidding, government school, long bay hills Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Ministry of Education introduces pilot program Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 02 Dec 2014 – The tender process for the new government high school to be built in Long Bay Hills is said to be still open. Government had announced it would extend the time; the Minister of Education and Deputy Premier Akierra Missick in a recent press conference had expressed disappointment that there were no bids up to that point. Yesterday, the PDM confirmed that there are three bids in for the job now. The delay had reportedly been that the money for the project was insufficient. Apart of the budget supplementary is a move to get $1.6 million dollars more for the construction of the school. Hon Clarence Selver of the PDM said the government is playing games, that he questions whether they can ever deliver on their budget and that the administration, due to its late budget lost four months within this new fiscal period. Education Minister touts new ICT platform for Public Schoolslast_img read more

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YouTube CEO amid criticism defends the sites open platform

first_img Share your voice 3 Tech Industry Google YouTube Alphabet Inc. Comments YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki  Getty As YouTube deals with an onslaught of controversies — from the spread of extremism to child sexual exploitation issues — critics have questioned the site’s policy to let just anyone with an internet connection to upload a video. But YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki on Tuesday doubled down on the site’s open platform.”As more issues come into view, a rising chorus of policymakers, press and pundits are questioning whether an open platform is valuable…or even viable,” Wojcicki wrote in her quarterly letter to YouTube creators. “Despite these concerns, I believe preserving an open platform is more important than ever.” She said the site’s open nature allows a more diverse set of voices to be heard. But that openness also has a dark side, allowing disinformation, racism and influence campaigns by foreign actors to spread on the platform. The challenge, she said, is finding the “balance” between openness and policing the site’s community of more than 2 billion monthly visitors. “It sometimes means leaving up content that is outside the mainstream, controversial or even offensive,” she wrote. “But I believe that hearing a broad range of perspectives ultimately makes us a stronger and more informed society, even if we disagree with some of those views.” Wojcicki’s letter comes as YouTube, which is owned by Google, faces several high-profile scandals involving creators who have called out YouTube’s policies. In June, the service drew blowback for not taking down the channel of a conservative comedian named Steven Crowder, who hurled homophobic slurs at  Carlos Maza, a journalist and video host who is gay. A group of LGBTQ creators also filed a lawsuit against YouTube earlier this month for allegedly discriminating against the gay community. Meanwhile, a German labor union called IG Metall has accused YouTube of not being transparent with creators. The union, along with a group of YouTubers, demanded last month that YouTube form a third-party council for disputing decisions over content removal and demonetization. YouTube responded last week by saying it wouldn’t negotiate with the group.In her letter Tuesday, Wojcicki said the company has tried to clean up the platform in a number of ways, including removing content that violates the company’s guidelines, and “raising up” authoritative sources like mainstream news outlets. Wojcicki also sought to strike down the criticism that YouTube hesitates to remove certain content because it would hurt YouTube’s business, which relies on various factors like engagement and watch time.She said the claim is “simply not true,” adding, “the cost of not taking sufficient action over the long term results in lack of trust from our users, advertisers, and you, our creators. We want to earn that trust.”  Tagslast_img read more

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ABC Board upholds Bethel City Councils protest of liquor license

first_imgBethel city councilmembers and the city clerk listen to the ABC Board meeting. (Photo by Lakeidra Chavis/ KYUK)The Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, voted unanimously late Tuesday morning to uphold Bethel City Council’s protest of Dimitri’s, a local pizzeria in Bethel, liquor license application.Five council members, including Bethel Mayor Rick Robb, and the city clerk called into the meeting from the local city chambers.“It’s not so much alcohol policy, it’s about Bethel Municipal Code,” Robb said.The Bethel Municipal Code states that alcohol cannot be sold within 200 feet of the entrance to a church or school grounds.“In this particular case, this restaurant, due to its proximity to an established and defined school, is in violation of the Bethel Municipal Code,” Robb said.Community members voted out of local option in 2010 due to what some call, draconian laws regarding alcohol.But the issue of alcohol sales in Bethel is much larger than Dimitri’s. Bethel is an unrestricted alcohol community, although no sales are allowed in town.Councilmember Chuck Herman says it’s an issue that’s caused a lot of debate.“This issue is a very divisive issue,” Herman said. “I know people on about every conceivable side.”He says the focus is on finding a good solution.“What everyone can agree is that there’s no perfect solution, especially in the framework we’re given,” Herman said. “I think we’re trying to find a solution within the framework we’re given and this is what we can come up with for now.”Bethel City Councilman Zach Fansler and attorney Patty Burly traveled to Kotzebue to attend the meeting, on behalf of the council.When pressed about the council’s potential response to other liquor licenses, Fansler said the board’s protest of Dimitri’s application was based on their code violation.There was no representative from Dimitri’s to counter their argument.Dimitri’s could not be reached for comment at the time this story was produced.Community members will be able to vote on an advisory question regarding legalized alcohol sales in a regular election Oct. 6.last_img read more

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Union Budget 2018 Electric vehicle industry seeks reduction of GST to 5

first_img“GST reduction is critical to achieve FAME targets and galvanize E-vehicle industry,” said Sohinder Gill, Director, Corporate Affairs, SMEV. Gill also pointed out that government should to take immediate remedies and proactive measures to accomplish its ambitious vision of selling only e-vehicles in the country by 2030. The decisions in the Union Budget 2018 is also expected to help the industry grow at a faster pace.Some of the e-vehicle industry’s expectations according to SMEV from the government in the Union Budget 2018 areThe launch of next phase of FAME Scheme: The Industry expects the government to announce the launch of the next phase of FAME scheme for a longer period. Due to high ownership cost of EVs in the present scenario, the approach needs to be changed and the existing subsidy module needs to be enhanced for the next 6 years as compared to the previous short-term periods.Reduction of GST to 5 percent on all EVs and EV subsystemsRebate on Income Tax for consumers adopting EVs: After adopting such policy, Norway now has 36 percent of EVs. Similar policy can be introduced in India as well as a step to encourage faster e-vehicle adoption. It will further encourage customers to purchase more EVs in the future as well.Indigenization of EV components: Integrated Goods and Service Tax (IGST) for all imports should be 5 percent. In addition, import duties on motors, controllers and DC-DC converters should be zero in the first 3 years and should be increased to 10 percent in four years and 20 percent by the sixth year. This will encourage local manufacturing and give time to companies to set up their local manufacturing facilities. [Representational image]ReutersWith less than a week to go for the Union Budget 2018, India’s budding electric vehicles industry is brimming with hope. Central Government has been aggressively pushing automakers to introduce electric vehicles these days to achieve its ambitious goal to make India run fully on EVs by 2030. In the wake of this future-oriented plans, the Union Budget is expected to introduce more sops to the EV industry.Also read: Top 7 upcoming electric bikes, scooters in 2018Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV), the nodal body of electric vehicle manufacturers in India, has urged the government to reduce Goods and Services Tax (GST) rate to 5 percent on all-electric vehicles and electric vehicle subsystems. SMEV realised that unreasonably high GST on key components is one of the main stumbling blocks in achieving the electric-green vehicle adoption target as visualised in Centre’s Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicle (FAME) scheme rolled out two years back. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closecenter_img Did you know these 4 ‘desi’ startups working on exciting electric vehicles in India? Mahindra’s electric car ‘e2o Plus’ in New Delhi on July 21, 2017Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Imageslast_img read more

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Dust storms in north India kill at least 100

first_imgIndian children swim in a pond during a dust storm in New Delhi on 2 May, 2018. Photo: AFPPowerful dust storms tore across northern India killing at least 100 people and injuring more than 140 as they flattened houses in their path and warnings were made Thursday of more chaos to come.Winds of more than 130 kilometres (80 miles) per hour ravaged Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab states and the death toll was expected to rise, officials said.The dust storms brought down feeble mud houses, killing people as they slept.Walls, trees and electricity pylons were all torn down by the winds which were followed by fierce lightning storms.Similar storms kill hundreds of people each year in India, but these were some of the most severe in recent decades.Shivam Lohia, who owns a resort hotel in Alwar district of Rajasthan, said he abandoned his car on the road ran for his life after it was almost blown away.”I haven’t seen such a devastating storm in at least 25 years. Everyone was scared and running for cover as trees and homes were getting blown away. It was a nightmare,” Lohia told AFP.- More storms to come -There were 65 confirmed deaths in Uttar Pradesh in the north, 33 in the desert state of Rajasthan to the west, and two in Punjab.Agra district of Uttar Pradesh was one of the worst hit with more than 40 people killed. The Taj Mahal is in Agra city but officials said the monument escaped damage.Last month, a similar storm killed at least 15 people in Uttar Pradesh and destroyed two minarets over an entry house to the Taj Mahal.Most of the victims were killed as they slept by houses that collapsed or by falling walls, trees and electric pylons, officials said. Many people in India sleep outside during the summer months to escape the high temperatures.Rescuers were still going through the rubble of felled homes on Thursday.An Indian man passes next to a destroyed tin shed near a construction site following a major storm in Allahabad on 3 May, 2018. Photo: AFP”We can confirm at least 65 deaths from around 40 of the state’s 75 districts,” T.P. Gupta of the Uttar Pradesh relief commissioner’s office told AFP. He called the death toll “unprecedented” from such a storm in the past 20 years.Gupta said there were 43 deaths in Agra district. More than 150 cattle and other animals were also killed across the state.”There is a forecast for more storms in the next 48 hours across the state so people should be alert,” he added.Hemant Gera, head of Rajasthan’s Disaster Management and Relief Department said emergency services are on alert and that people should not sleep outdoors.In Punjab, Kumar Amit, deputy commissioner of Patiala district, told AFP that a wall collapsed killing two people.- Power cut -India’s Meteorological Department said there would be more storms over a wider area up to Saturday.Three districts in Rajasthan, a state popular with tourists for its heritage palaces and colourful culture, were hit the hardest on Wednesday.”Most of the 33 deaths and 102 injuries across our state were from three districts Alwar, Dholpur and Bharatpur,” Gera told AFP.Weather department officials in New Delhi said the storm was caused by a collision of rival eastern and western weather systems over the humid northern plains.Charan Singh, a scientist at Indian Meteorological department, said winds of 132 kph hit Agra while even in the capital, Delhi, there were winds of 59 kph.Power supply was cut in many parts of Rajasthan as thousands of electricity pylons were destroyed. Officials said it could take more than two days to restore power.The state government quickly released funds to compensate the families of those killed or for damage. About $6,000 would be given to the families of each of the dead.”Saddened by the loss of lives due to dust storms in various parts of India. Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter.”Have asked officials to coordinate with the respective state governments and work towards assisting those who have been affected,” he added.last_img read more

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first_img The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more  Download now. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more While the imaging department’s need to deliver high-priority and critical results efficiently is not new, increased scrutiny by the Joint Commission has established a higher level of accountability and a need for more efficient, closed-loop communication and tracking. Traditional manual methods of managing and tracking the critical test result management (CTRM) process are time-consuming. Increased risk of failure to communicate can result in inadequate patient care, heightened exposure to litigation and susceptibility to inspection violations. There is a better way. News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more center_img News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Related Content Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Whitepapers | October 22, 2012 Automating Critical Test Results Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read morelast_img read more

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A look at Chinas new leaders in apex ruling body

first_img Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix BEIJING (AP) – China’s once-in-a-decade power transition crested Thursday with 59-year-old Xi Jinping taking over as the general secretary of the ruling Communist Party. He will be assisted by six technocrats in the Standing Committee, the apex of power in China. Here are the new leaders in order of how they were presented at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People.__Xi Jinping: The new party leader is seen as a pro-market reformer and a staunch believer in party power. The son of a veteran revolutionary, Xi spent much of his career in economically vibrant provinces. Little known abroad, Xi took a side trip during a key visit to the U.S. this year to meet privately with the Iowans who had hosted him on a 1985 study tour when he was a mid-level provincial official in charge of the pork industry. Li Keqiang: Expected to be the next premier, Li, 57, is a protege of outgoing President Hu Jintao. The two worked together in the Communist Youth League in the 1980s. Hu initially wanted Li to succeed him as party chief before accepting Xi. Li ran two important industrial provinces, and as vice-premier his portfolio includes health reforms, energy and food safety. Still, questions of inexperience on economy have dogged him as he prepares to take the post of premier, the top economy job in the country.Zhang Dejiang: A vice premier who was called on to run the mega-city of Chongqing after the ouster of the ambitious but tainted Bo Xilai, Zhang is seen as a capable, low-key administrator. The son of a former army general, Zhang, 66, ran two economic powerhouse provinces and oversaw safety issues in recent years as a vice-premier. A Korean speaker, Zhang studied economics at North Korea’s Kim Il Sung University and is an ally of party elder Jiang Zemin.Yu Zhengsheng: Yu, 67, is a member of the red elite, but with a problematic family history. His brother, an official in the secret police, defected to the U.S. in the mid-1980s. Yu’s pedigree helped salvage his career. His father was the ex-husband of a woman who later married Mao Zedong. A missile engineer by training, Yu has run the financial hub of Shanghai since 2007. His family connections to patriarch Deng Xiaoping kept his name in the running for promotion to the top leadership. Liu Yunshan: As head of the party’s Propaganda Department for the past 10 years, Liu has tightened controls over domestic media even as he encouraged big state media to expand overseas to purvey the government’s line. Liu, 65, rose through the ranks in Inner Mongolia. He has a foot in each of two political camps. He started his career in the Youth League, outgoing President Hu Jintao’s power base, but in the past decade also served a conservative ideology czar who was a staunch supporter of party elder Jiang.Wang Qishan: A technocrat with deep experience in finance and trade issues, Wang, 64, is a vice premier and a top troubleshooter. Over his career, Wang cleaned up collapsed investment firms in southern China, calmed Beijing amid the SARS pneumonia scare and, more recently, fended off U.S. pressure over China’s currency policies. Son-in-law of a now-deceased conservative state planner, Wang would bring added experience on economic policy.Zhang Gaoli: A low-key technocrat who is said to adhere to the motto “Do more, speak less,” Zhang, 66, has presided over the development boom in Tianjin and less successful efforts to turn the northern port city into a financial hub. Trained as an economist, Zhang rose through state oil-and-gas companies in the south before entering government service. He has served in a string of prosperous cities and provinces and is a protege of party elder Jiang. Comments   Share   center_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 5 ways to recognize low testosterone (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

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Rates will start from 280 to 480 per night mini

first_imgRates will start from $280 to $480 per night (minimum two-night stay) including accommodation and locally sourced breakfast hamper offering French butter croissants with jam and butter, all-natural strawberry yoghurt pots with granola, followed by house smoked salmon accompanied with bagel, cream cheese and capers with Sirromet blended coffee and fresh juices.For bookings and further information CLICK HERE Sirromet Wines estate, 40 minutes from Brisbane and the Gold Coast in picturesque Mt Cotton, has officially opened stage one of ‘Sanctuary by Sirromet’, Queensland’s first winery glamping experience. Bookings are available from 1 June 2018.Consisting of 18 superbly appointed tented pavilions, Sanctuary has been given approval for an eventual 54 sites in total, across 20 acres, On completion, Sirromet will have invested over $10 million into the new tourism infrastructure.“We have wanted to create a unique accommodation offering here at Sirromet for some time and Sanctuary by Sirromet is both in keeping with the natural surroundings whilst offering that extra level of comfort that couples, families and bridal parties are looking for,” said Sirromet owner, Terry Morris. Guests may also choose to enjoy their meals at any of the three on-site venues at Sirromet including The Cellar Door Café for casual dining; Tuscan Terrace, an Italian inspired alfresco restaurant; and Restaurant Lurleen’s, an award-winning fine dining experience. All are located a short five-minute walk or mini-cart ride from the Sanctuary site. About Sanctuary by SirrometSanctuary by Sirromet tented pavilions are located hillside, following the natural contour down to the lagoon which is home to a variety of native wild life and surrounded by paperbark trees and giant scribbly gums. Each has a private balcony floating above the landscape, giving guests a ‘tree house’ impression looking across the canopy and over the lake. The site is home to a large population of wildlife, including kookaburras, goannas, owls, a large variety of native birds and resident wallabies who graze freely around and under the decks as guests take in the views over a breakfast hamper or with a glass of wine as the sun goes down. The 18 spacious tents, comprised of 15 couples’ tents, two for families and one specially fitted out bridal suite, are made from durable double-layered all-weather canvas and offer a natural yet elegant décor in keeping with the surroundings. The interiors feature luxurious beds with top of the line linen and bedding, bedside tables and lamps, and reverse cycle air-conditioning to cater for all seasons. Two large day chairs inside as well as outdoor table and chairs will allow guests to relax and enjoy a Sirromet wine from the well-stocked mini-bar. All tents feature an en-suite bathroom with vanity, shower and toilet and important touches like hair dryers, irons and free wi-fi will also be available. The tents are ‘TV-free’ to encourage a true immersion with the tranquil surroundings. food & wineglampingQueenslandlast_img read more

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