Many of these volunteers have served on mission staff, coached orcompeted in previous Games. The 2005 Canada Summer Games will take place in Regina, Sask.from Aug. 6 to 20. It is the country’s largest amateur multi-sport event. Anitra Dagley, Halifax Regional Municipality Frank Denis, Halifax Regional Municipality Bette El-Hawary, Halifax Regional Municipality Joni Henderson, Dartmouth, Halifax Regional Municipality Joel LeBlanc, Victoria Mines, Cape Breton Co. Jeff LeDrew, Upper Tantallon, Halifax Regional Municipality Gerard MacIsaac, Pictou, Pictou Co. Mary Jane MacKinnon, Hammonds Plains, Halifax Regional Municipality Ted Meldrum, Coldbrook, Kings Co. Adèle Poirier, Halifax Regional Municipality Lynne Robertson, Dartmouth, Halifax Regional Municipality Caitlin Rochon, Halifax Regional Municipality Ness Timmons, South Bar, Cape Breton Co. Nancy Tokaryk, Halifax Regional Municipality Mike Trinacty, Berwick, Kings Co. Jan Wallace, Dartmouth, Halifax Regional Municipality Eighteen volunteers have come together to help Nova Scotiaathletes give the performance of a lifetime at the 2005 CanadaSummer Games in Regina, Sask. They form the mission staff who will co-ordinate theparticipation of Team Nova Scotia’s 450 athletes, coaches,managers and artists in the Games. “We have a good mix of previous mission staff returning to offertheir Games experience, as well as enthusiastic new volunteerscoming on board to support our athletes as they strive forexcellence in sport,” said Health Promotion Minister RodneyMacDonald. “Together, they’ll run Team Nova Scotia with a spiritof co-operation that’s gained national recognition at the Games.” Nova Scotia is the only province with a mission staff comprisedentirely of volunteers. Thus far, it is also the only province towin the Claude Hardy Award for the best mission staff. The awardwas first presented in 2001 and again in 2003. Mission staff fromall provinces and territories voted on the recipient. “I’m proud to have been on both mission staffs that won thisaward, and excited to be leading the team for 2005,” said chef demission Russell MacDonald. “Over the next 17 months, we’ll bedoing our best to help our athletes achieve their goals whilesharing our friendly Nova Scotia attitude with everyone at theGames.” Mr. MacDonald, of Groves Point, Cape Breton Co., is a retiredteacher and administrator with the Cape Breton-Victoria RegionalSchool Board. He was on the mission staff for the 2001 SummerGames in London, Ont., and served as assistant chef de mission atthe 2003 Winter Games in Bathurst-Campbellton, N.B. Assistant chef de mission Susan Beazley is the athletic directorat Armbrae Academy in Halifax. She worked with Mr. MacDonald onthe 2001 mission staff and was an athlete on Nova Scotia’s fieldhockey team in 1973 and 1977. Ms. Beazley will assume the chef demission position for the 2007 Winter Games in the Yukon. Mr. MacDonald and Ms. Beazley will lead 16 volunteer missionstaff from across Nova Scotia:
Troop Island’s natural wildlife habitats and important coastal lands will be protected for the benefit of Nova Scotians and future generations thanks to the combined effort of residents, community groups, Halifax Regional Municipality and the province. St. Margarets Bay Stewardship Association and Nova Scotia Nature Trust spearheaded the work to raise the $820,000 needed to purchase and take care of the island. The province provided $150,000 towards the purchase price. “As a child growing up in the area, I developed a great love and appreciation for wildlife and nature,” said Denise Petersen-Rafuse, Minister of Community Services, who attended a recent Troop Island celebration event on behalf of Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau. “I understand the connection people have to the island. The province’s seacoast and its coastal communities are an important part of what makes Nova Scotia a great place to live, work and raise our families.” During the five-week community fund-raising campaign, promoted by celebrated icons like Theodore Tugboat, support was received from Halifax Regional Municipality, the province and a range of individuals and businesses, both within and outside Nova Scotia. “Troop Island has been a special place for generations of local residents. The beautiful vistas, beaches, and old growth forest have touched many people, and we are thrilled that it will now be protected forever,” said Ella McQuinn, past chair of the St. Margarets Bay Stewardship Association. “We greatly appreciate how enthusiastically individuals, community organizations, businesses and government all stepped up to help save the island.” Bonnie Sutherland, executive director of the Nature Trust, said protecting Troop Island is an exciting achievement in a much bigger effort by conservation partners to protect Nova Scotia’s increasingly imperiled coastal lands before it is too late. “The overwhelming response by so many people to the Troop Island campaign is a clear indication of how important coastal protection is to Nova Scotians,” said Ms. Sutherland. Troop Island’s 28 acres will go towards the province’s goal of protecting at least 12 per cent of Nova Scotia lands by 2015. More than nine per cent of Nova Scotia’s lands, totalling more than 1.2 million acres, have been protected so far. Engaging and securing public participation is an important part of the process to increase the province’s protected areas. In 2012, the province asked Nova Scotians to help review more than 400 pieces of land that could help reach the 12 per cent goal. In the coming year, a plan will be released proposing which of these lands should be protected and Nova Scotians will again be invited to provide their feedback. The province will then move forward to protect the remaining lands needed to meet the goal, based on what is heard during this consultation. Troop Island is located on St. Margarets Bay, northeast of Peggy’s Cove.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday expressed her concern over depletion of groundwater and stressed upon its conservation, urging citizens to play their individual roles to prevent any wastage.”Chennai is facing an acute water crisis and even drinking water is scarce there. The effect of global warming has contributed to this scarcity of drinking water and groundwater is also depleting. We have conducted a survey and have identified a number of blocks in which groundwater is very scarce. We are working on the conservation of open sky water (surface water) in every possible way,” Banerjee said in response to a query on “Jal Dharo Jal Bharo” project by Trinamool Congress MLA Gita Rani Bhunia at the state Assembly. Also Read – Ahead of Xi’s visit, China says Kashmir issue should be resolved bilaterally; drops UN referencesBanerjee’s remarks assume significance as a 2018 report by government-run think tank NITI Aayog has sounded alarm and stated that a total of 21 major cities are poised to run out of groundwater by 2020. The Chief Minister also maintained that the state government has already cleaned up 2,78000 ponds under “Jal Dharo Jal Bharo” scheme. “We have formed a committee in convergence with four departments — Panchayats and Rural Development, Irrigation, Water Resources Investigation and Development along with the Fisheries department led by Chief Secretary Malay De. The committee will sit down and chalk out steps to urge farmers to opt for the cultivation of crops that need less water in those blocks where groundwater is scanty. The Fisheries department will take measures to encourage fish cultivation in those ponds that have been cleaned up,” she added. Also Read – Rajnath Singh arrives for Rafale handover ceremony in FranceBanerjee urged the MLAs, irrespective of their party affiliations, to take the initiative in their own possible way to carry forward the message of “Save Energy, Save Green, Save Water”. “The MLAs, while addressing people in different meetings, can speak for a minute on the importance of saving water,” she maintained. She also added that her government has taken up some projects to desilt clogged rivers to prevent floods and is conducting a review of the situation. She also touched upon projects like the Lower Damodar Basin which is being implemented at a cost of Rs 2,700 crore, the project involving Keleghai – Kapaleshwari river, the Ghatal Master plan that the state has taken up in this regard. “We have constructed several check dams for the conservation of water,” Banerjee said. Suvendu Adhikari, minister for Water Resources Investigation and Development, further added that there is nothing to panic with the government taking up rainwater harvesting in 31 blocks where the groundwater level is extremely low. “We have taken up a target to clean up another 5,505 ponds by March 2020,” Adhikari said.
New Delhi: Automobile dealers’ body FADA Wednesday said retail sales of passenger vehicles (PV) in February declined by 8.25 per cent to 2,15,276 units as compared to the same period last year, hit by lower offtake by end customers. According to Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA), PV sales stood at 2,34,632 units in February 2018. Two-wheeler sales declined by 7.97 per cent to 11,25,405 units last month as compared with 12,22,883 units in year-ago period. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”After a month of spike in PV sales in January which was largely due to year-end stock clearance getting extended and few new launches which generated some excitement, the industry is once again witnessing downward trend as February turned out to be one of the slowest month for auto retail during this financial year,” FADA President Ashish Harsharaj Kale said in a statement. Domestic auto sales are experiencing a prolonged slowdown as it is already been six months of downturn with no positive triggers visible in near term, he added. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs”Starting with the huge hike in insurance costs in September, we have seen a lot of negative factors come together in the past few months, leading to major postponement in purchase decisions and overall weakening of consumer sentiment,” Kale said. Auto dealers across the country are in a high stock situation across all categories and inventory levels of passenger and commercial vehicles, which had seen partial correction in the past two months, but are now back to the unsustainable levels seen in November 2018, he added. “FADA has been highlighting the high level of inventory amongst the two-wheeler dealers and would like to express serious concern that it has now reached alarming proportions and in some geographies has breached the unheard level of 100 days of stock,” Kale said. Dealers are already facing a substantial increase in operational costs in recent times due to various factors as well as increased working capital needs, and would be urgently looking to reduce their inventory in the months of March and April, he added. Retail sales of commercial vehicle during last month declined by 7.08 per cent to 61,134 units as compared with 65,789 units in February 2018. Three-wheeler sales also declined by 10.32 per cent in February at 50,263 units, as compared with 56,045 units in the year-ago period. Total automobile sales during February declined by 8.06 per cent to 14,52,078 units as compared with 15,79,349 units in February 2018. Last week, the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) had reported 1.11 per cent drop in wholesale PV sales in February. It was the seventh decline in PV sales in last eight months. The continued spell of weak sales has prompted the auto industry body to suggest that passenger vehicles will miss even the scaled down forecast of 6 per cent for the ongoing fiscal.
Kolkata: The executive council of Jadavpur University on Monday accepted in principle the ‘domicile policy’ for admissions at undergraduate level at Jadavpur University.The faculty council of engineering and technology of the varsity on March 6 had adopted a resolution calling for reservation of 90 percent of the engineering seats in the general category for home students, the ones who pass their plus-II exams from Bengal. “The domicile policy has been accepted in principle by the executive council which is the highest decision making body in the varsity. A committee has been formed which will talk with students in this regard,” a member of the council said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe member said they would soon communicate the matter to the Directorate of Technical Education, state Higher Education department and West Bengal Joint Entrance Board as this is a major policy change. It may be mentioned that 13 of the 16 departments of Engineering and technology had communicated to the dean of engineering and technology that they want to back the system. The other three departments at the faculty council meeting did not oppose the system. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAccording to the member, seven departments had proposed that 85 percent of the seats in the general category be reserved, while the remaining nine had rooted for 90 percent. The Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, and the NIT, Durgapur, have reserved 50 per cent of their seats for candidates from Bengal. A student from Bengal can be admitted as a home student or as a non-home student at both these institutes. The Council also deliberated upon the admission process to be adopted this year for undergraduates. After there were disparity in marks in admission tests for six arts subjects— JU had formed a two-member committee to enquire into the irregularities. The committee had submitted its report last month.
PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — Coastal GasLink and opponents of the company’s natural gas pipeline are set to make arguments in British Columbia’s Supreme Court over whether an interim injunction should continue.The natural gas company is building a pipeline from northeastern B.C. to LNG Canada’s export terminal in Kitimat on the coast.Coastal GasLink says it has signed agreements with all 20 elected First Nations councils along the 670-kilometres route but hereditary chiefs in the Wet’suwet’en First Nation say the project has no authority without their consent.The court granted the company an interim injunction in December against pipeline opponents and protests erupted around the world when RCMP enforced it in January, arresting 14 people along a logging road leading to the construction site near Houston, B.C.An injunction hearing is scheduled for three days beginning Wednesday in a Prince George court and Coastal GasLink says the application would allow the directive to remain in place without a time limit, ensuring “continued safe and unimpeded access” to the site.Court documents filed on behalf of the opponents say the Wet’suwet’en have self-governed since before colonization and while the defendants admit to preventing access to certain vehicles and people in the traditional territory, they did so in accordance with Wet’suwet’en law.Opponents built gates along the forest service road and a bridge, as well as accommodations and facilities, but deny that they were built for the purpose of creating a “blockade,” says a response to the civil claim filed this week with the court.Wet’suwet’en law dictates that access can only be granted with permission from the relevant clan’s hereditary chief, it says.“Coastal GasLink’s wilful disregard for Wet’suwet’en law and governance has led to their employees and contractors being denied entry,” it says.The company says in a statement that its project will deliver significant, long-term benefits for Indigenous and northern B.C. communities along its path and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by providing natural gas to replace coal burning in Asian markets.“We are committed to continuing to work collaboratively with all communities and have a shared interest in ensuring the safety of people, protection of the environment, and the continued progress of this critical infrastructure project,” Coastal GasLink says.The Canadian Press
“As businesspeople, you will appreciate the power of markets and innovation to change the world. In this, the UN is your partner,” said Mr. Ban in an address Thursday evening to the Economic Club of Chicago. He stressed that any solution to climate change should involve shaping the world’s economic future. “We have experienced several great economic transformations: the industrial revolution, the technology revolution, our modern era of globalization. We’re now on the threshold of another – the age of green economics.” The Secretary-General cited a report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) estimating that global investment in zero-greenhouse energy will reach $1.9 trillion by 2020. This can serve as “seed money for a wholesale reconfiguration of global industry,” he said. “With the right financial incentives and a global framework, we can steer economic growth in a low-carbon direction. This is the bottom-line. Done right, our war against climate change is an economic opportunity, not a cost,” Mr. Ban. 8 February 2008United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged hundreds of business leaders gathered in Chicago to help usher in a new era of ‘green economics,’ where addressing the problem of climate change becomes not a cost but an opportunity for growth.
HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia government wants to buy the assets of a shuttered paper mill owned by Resolute Forest Products Inc. (TSX:RFP) in order to prevent a foreign buyer from purchasing land and processing timber outside the province, Premier Darrell Dexter said Tuesday.The Brooklyn, N.S., mill along the province’s South Shore shut down in June after the Montreal-based company said it couldn’t compete because of a strong Canadian dollar and competition from Europe. The closure left about 320 people who worked at the mill and its woodland operations out of a job.Dexter said the government is interested in acquiring 222,000 hectares of timberland belonging to Resolute so that a foreign firm could not buy that land and process it outside of Nova Scotia.“That would be a significant infringement on the economic interests of the province,” he said, adding that the government wants to ensure that the land could be used to support a viable forestry industry in the future.The lands would be in addition to the $23.75 million the province has already spent to acquire over 10,000 hectares of woodland from the company.Dexter said the government was also assessing other assets, which include Brooklyn Power Corp., a power generation plant, and the mill itself. But it does not want the company’s sawmill because purchasing that operation could violate the Canada-U.S. Softwood Lumber Agreement, he added.“Whether or not this comes to fruition we will see in the weeks and perhaps months to come,” he said. “The province has a very substantial interest in this.”Dexter said the company has said there is enough value in the assets to cover off any liabilities, including the employee pension plan. News reports have pegged the assets as worth $120 million.Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil said any deal cut by the government would have to come before the legislature to be debated, adding that it would be important to consider the cost to taxpayers.“If it’s a reasonable amount and wood fibre can be protected by Nova Scotians, then we’ll look at the deal then,” said McNeil.But Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie said the government could achieve its objectives without spending millions in public money.“The right role for government here is to facilitate the sale of that land to a responsible buyer and then to make sure that the proceeds are used for things like the pension,” Baillie said. by Keith Doucette, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 13, 2012 5:23 pm MDT Nova Scotia government interested in buy assets of shuttered paper mill AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
“The Secretary-General continues to follow the situation in Burkina Faso very closely. He looks forward to the installation of the Transitional Government and the Transitional National Council,” said UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric, briefing the press at UN Headquarters this afternoon.“He reiterates his encouragement to all parties to continue to use dialogue during the transition period and resolve all outstanding issues.”Mr. Ban’s message comes as the country officially marks the transfer of power to Transitional President, Michel Kafando, in a ceremony held today in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso’s capital, and attended by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, Mohammed Ibn Chambas.Mr. Chambas’ involvement on the ground is part of continuing joint efforts between the UN, the African Union (AU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and other international stakeholders aimed at supporting the people of Burkina Faso during the transition period.“The Secretary-General reiterates the importance for the transitional leaders and institutions to uphold the aspirations of the people of Burkina Faso and ensure a smooth transitional period leading up to elections in November 2015,” Mr. Ban concluded.
Faced with high demand for their services coupled with scarce resources, many programs designed for children who require accommodations rely heavily on volunteer support.How to efficiently and effectively train those volunteers is at the heart of research conducted by Brock Applied Disability Studies master’s student Sarah Davis.Even before Davis’ thesis project evolved, her supervisor, Associate Professor of Applied Disability Studies Kendra Thomson, had discussed a potential cross-Faculty collaboration with Maureen Connolly, Professor of Kinesiology and founder of Supporting Neurodiversity through Adaptive Programming (SNAP).“Our department really values collaborations and multi-disciplinary approaches to problems,” says Thomson. “I thought it would be very interesting to see what we could learn from each other.”The resulting collaboration allowed Davis to connect with volunteers in the SNAP program to test the efficacy of the Behavioural Skills Training (BST) model within the context of the physical education program for children with special needs.SNAP offers weekly activity programs for school-aged children and youth experiencing disability. The program relies on volunteers from among the Brock University student population.Davis’ research included both a quantitative and qualitative aspect. With her quantitative research, she wanted to know whether the BST model, which has been empirically validated, could be improved.Based on applied behaviour analysis (ABA), the BST model is comprised of four components: instructions, modelling, rehearsal and feedback. While the model has been proven to be effective as a package, Davis wanted to know if the individual steps could be effective on their own.Davis knows first-hand the challenges faced by clinicians on the frontlines of the health system working and volunteering in a number of community organizations serving individuals with developmental disabilities.“Resources are always very limited, especially in volunteer-based programs,” says Davis. “We wanted to see if we could save valuable time and resources by using just instructions or just modelling.”Davis found that with only individual components of BST instead of the whole four-step package, individuals do acquire the skills being taught, but they don’t maintain those skills for long. That’s an important consideration for clinicians when they’re put in the position of training volunteers and want to do that effectively and efficiently, she says.“In a pinch, I know I can get away with just giving instructions, but I also know that I’ll have to go back and continue to provide instructions intermittently,” she says. “Or, I can just go with the full BST approach from the beginning because we saw that maintenance was not affected when they had the whole BST framework.”The qualitative component of Davis’ thesis explored how learning BST might inform how the SNAP volunteers approached teaching new skills to individuals with developmental disabilities. Davis interviewed SNAP volunteers to find out about their training and about their experiences with the program.“That was really rich information,” says Thomson.The qualitative data provided a “solid rationale to provide training,” says Davis, and especially feedback.That is particularly important for supervisors or managers to understand, says Thomson.“They typically struggle with delivering feedback — tough feedback sometimes — but the volunteers were telling us that it was what they really wanted.”The results of this research could apply across a range of fields.“The framework is general,” says Thomson. “Evaluating it in different contexts gives us more confidence that the framework is causing the improved outcomes.”Working across disciplines was challenging and rewarding for both Davis and Thomson.“We ended up learning a lot from each other in terms of methodology,” Thomson says. “I’ve never been a qualitative researcher and Sarah got thrown right into learning how to conduct a qualitative study.”She says thesis committee members Maureen Connolly and Priscilla Burnham Riosa were instrumental in that learning.“One of the take-home messages for us was that fields that seem divergent and speak different languages, when you really break things down, share the same sort of core values or core approaches,” says Thomson.Davis agrees.“I think that was the most interesting part of the research. I got to look at this intersection point between quantitative and qualitative analysis, and that’s where the most novel information was coming out.“We’re describing things completely differently but we’re talking about the same thing. Sometimes people just get lost in the labels.”
It is understood the trusts affected may have to store their own waste at hospitals in bespoke trailers under a contingency plan agreed by Government. Among those on standby, are Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust, Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole FT, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, and East and North Hertfordshire Trust, the HSJ reported. An Environment Agency spokeswoman said: “The Environment Agency has found Health Environmental Services to be in breach of its environmental permits at five sites which deal with clinical waste.”We are taking enforcement action against the operator, which includes clearance of the excess waste, and have launched a criminal investigation.”We are supporting the Government and the NHS to ensure there is no disruption to public services and for alternative plans to be put in place for hospitals affected to dispose of their waste safely.”The leaked documents showed HES’ Normanton site reached excess waste levels of 350 tonnes in September – five times its limit of 70 tonnes. In an attempt to deal with the situation, it is said body parts being kept in fridges and the company is attempting to export 750 tonnes of pharmaceutical waste to Holland.A Government spokesman said last week: “We are monitoring the situation closely and have made sure that public services – including NHS Trusts – have contingency plans in place. There is absolutely no risk to the health of patients or the wider public. A company contracted by the NHS to dispose of waste has been stripped of its contract after stockpiling hundreds of tonnes of human body parts, a leaked document has revealed. NHS England memos obtained by the Health Service Journal show that Healthcare Environment Services Ltd – attached to up to 50 NHS trusts – has allowed amputated limbs, infectious liquids, refuse linked to cancer treatment and other hazardous materials to build up at its five waste handling sites. On Tuesday, Health Minister Stephen Barclay announced the health service had severed ties with the company.In a statement to Parliament, Mr Barclay said NHS Improvement concluded that HES “failed to demonstrate that they were operating within their contractual limits.”Consequently, 15 NHS Trusts served termination notices to HES formally to terminate their contracts at 4pm on Sunday,” he said.New arrangements have been made with Mitie to “step in and replace this service” and “NHS services continue to operate as normal”, Mr Barclay told MPs.The original discovery sparked health and social care secretary Matt Hancock to chair a COBRA meeting last month, during which he ordered £1million to be set aside to help solve the problem, according to the journal. Last week, the Environment Agency revealed a criminal investigation has now been launched. 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. “Our priority is to prevent disruption to the NHS and other vital public services and work is under way to ensure organisations can continue to dispose of their waste safely and efficiently.”Reacting to the leak, a spokesman for Healthcare Environmental Services said: “Healthcare Environmental has highlighted the reduction in the UK’s high-temperature incineration capacity for the last few years.”This is down to the ageing infrastructure, prolonged breakdowns and the reliance on zero waste to landfill policies, taking up the limited high-temperature incineration capacity in the market.”Over the last year, this reduced incineration capacity has been evident across all of the industry and has affected all companies.”It added that it had “consistently highlighted” the issue to environmental regulators, and there has been no disruption to services to customers.
Amidst the classical columns and architectural features of Melbourne’s iconic Shrine of Remembrance, we witnessed the commemoration of the centenary of the Armistice of Mudros on Wednesday 31 October.Organised by the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee, as a new addition to the Shrine’s annual program of commemorations, this service was the first of what will be an annual event, acknowledging the role of the island of Lemnos and its great Mudros Bay as the location for the signing of the Armistice between the Allies and the Ottoman Empire, an island that had played a key role in the Gallipoli campaign in 1915.The service was preceded by an historical presentation in the Shrine Education Centre by myself, in which I explained in words and pictures the story of the negotiation of the Armistice and its significance.The service in the Sanctuary featured the laying of wreaths and the reading of the Ode, culminating at noon, the exact hour 100 years ago that the Armistice came into effect.At this time, the guns fell silent across the various battlefronts of the Ottoman Empire – from Syria and Mesopotamia, to Thrace and the waters of the northern Aegean. The First World War was now over for hundreds of thousands of soldiers – including thousands of Australian soldiers, sailors, airmen and nurses – and thousands of Allied prisoners of war would begin to make their way home.Oakleigh Grammar students Alexander Logan and Floria Takos with from left Wade Noonan MP, Lee Tarlamis OAM, Murray Thompson MP and Jim Claven. (Photo: Natasha Spanos)Dimitris Michalopoulos, Consul General of the Hellenic Republic (centre), with from left – Jim Claven, Ann Bendouli, Murray Thompson MP, Lee Tarlamis OAM and wade Noonan MP. (Photo: Roma Saichos)Lee Tarlamis OAM and Jim Claven with Col (Ret) Jan McCarthy, ARRC, of the Nurses RSL Sub-Branch. (Photo: Ange Kenos)Ms Mary-Anne Gourley, the grand-daughter of Lieutenant Commander Lieghton Bracegirdle, DSO and Three Mentioned-in-Despatches (MiD) who commanded the 1st Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train throughout the Gallipoli campaign. (Photo: Nikolas Kydas)Jim Claven delivers his presentation at the Shrine Education Centre. (Photo: Lee Tarlamis)Dimitrios Michalopoulos, Consul General of the Hellenic Republic, gives his address in the Sanctuary. (Photo: Nikoloas Kydas)The service in the Shrine Sanctuary. Photo: Michael ClavenOakleigh Grammar students Alexander Logan and Floria Takos with from left Wade Noonan MP, Lee Tarlamis OAM, Murray Thompson MP and Jim Claven. (Photo: Natasha Spanos)As we remembered the signing of the Armistice aboard the great British warship HMS Agamemnon – named after Homer’s great Achaean King who had besieged Troy – we looked up at the classical columns and reliefs of the Shrine, based as it is on the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus. What better location for such a service, recognising this important but little known part of the Hellenic link to Australia’s Anzac story?Lee Tarlamis, OAM, President of the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee, addressed those in attendance in the Sanctuary, noting that on this day we commemorate the service of all service men and women of all the nations who fought across the Middle East and beyond, from Syria to Mesopotamia, and from Thrace to the shores of the Aegean, those who died and those who were wounded, their loved ones at home, and we acknowledge the upheavals and sorrows experienced by millions of civilians across the region..The Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee has also been assisting the authorities on Lemnos with their services commemorating the centenary of the Armistice of Mudros which will be held in early November. Ms Christina Despoteris, Vice-President of the Committee is representing the Committee at these commemorations.The Committee looks forward to its next Armistice of Mudros commemoration, which is scheduled to be held in the Shrine Sanctuary at 11.45am on 31 October ,2019, and hopes that many will be able to attend this function and those into the future.*Mr Jim Claven is a historian, freelance writer and Secretary of the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Pokemon Go proved over the summer months that the Pokemon IP retains its ability to attract millions of players and generate tens of millions in revenue. But it’s not just the officially licensed Pokemon products that are grabbed by fans, the unofficial fan-made objects can also be popular…overwhelmingly popular in fact.A great example of this comes from an artist known as Lauren from Lewisville, Texas who single-handedly runs the Etsy shop The Vintage Realm. She had a great idea for a new product to sell: take the Poke Ball design and create little Pokemon terrariums inside them including a Pokemon character. The end result looks fantastic.As you can imagine, Lauren’s Poke Balls have proved extremely popular, to the point where she can no longer keep up. Over 100 people have asked her to make custom versions, and she’s had to refuse them all. She works alone, and time is finite.Lauren has promised to get some new Poke Ball terrariums up for sale at least once a week. She creates three sizes: a 3-inch diameter for $20, a 4-inch diameter for $30, and a 5.5-inch diameter for $45. For all three shipping costs $6.50 and they only ship within the USA. Can you imagine how overwhelmed she’d be if they were offered internationally!?I’m sure Nintendo won’t be too happy about Lauren selling these Poke Balls, but I also wouldn’t be too surprised if The Pokemon Company decided to copy the idea. Official Pokemon terrariums would be extremely popular and could generate millions more in profit for both companies.We wish Lauren all the best while at the same time apologizing to her for inevitably making even more people aware of her awesome terrariums on Etsy. You can also check out more examples of the terrariums over on Lauren’s DeviantArt page.
.@myfabolouslife has set off the #PartyTour inside the #AAA! Check out our Snap (👻 AAarena) to keep up with tonight’s show! pic.twitter.com/LrfmoiL0aG— AA Arena (@AAarena) April 16, 2017The tour will now be making its way up north with a stop in Tampa on Sunday. MIAMI (WSVN) – Chris Brown made a stop in Downtown Miami for Easter weekend, and for the popular singer, this is very much a working holiday.The Grammy winner took the stage at the American Airlines Arena, Saturday night, as part of his Party Tour.Concertgoers watched on as Brown and other famous faces likes 50 Cent, Fabolous and O.T. Genasis wowed the crowd. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The Cheapskate Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Read the Rylo camera preview 2 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Tags Share your voice Best Buy Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Sarah Tew/CNET $999 See at Amazon See It Tags Share your voice Amazon $999 Comments WORLD’S LARGEST BEE: Take a look at Wallace’s Giant Bee!It’s the biggest bee in the world and hasn’t been seen in over 30 years … until now. pic.twitter.com/KB1MjDBCdh— CBSDenver (@CBSDenver) February 21, 2019 Sarah Tew/CNET Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read DJI Osmo Action preview JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Chris Monroe/CNET $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $6 at Tidal Sarah Tew/CNET Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $59 at eBay $520 at HP What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Sci-Tech,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. 7 See It Read Lenovo Smart Clock review “It was absolutely breathtaking to see this ‘flying bulldog’ of an insect that we weren’t sure existed anymore,” Clay Bolt, the photographer who took the rediscovered bee’s first photos, said in a statement. The report describes the bee as being about the size of an adult thumb, with a wingspan of about 2.5 inches (6.35 centimeters). That means it’s four times larger than the European honey bee. It is a very big boy and we’re in awe of the size. Read the AirPods review Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. See at Turo Apple iPhone XS $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Turo Boost Mobile An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $60 at Best Buy Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Sarah Tew/CNET See it Comments $999 Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $999 Sprint See It Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Simon Robson, honorary professor of biology at the University of Sydney and Central Queensland University in Australia, with Wallace’s giant bee. Fanie Heymans The world’s largest bee has resurfaced after 38 years. In January, conservationists found Wallace’s Giant Bee, or the Megachile pluto, on a group of Indonesian Islands known as the North Moluccas, the Global Wildlife Conservation reported Thursday. The Global Wildlife Conservation is a nonproft that’s been searching for “lost” species, or species that might not actually be extinct, but haven’t been seen in a decade or more. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $299 at Amazon $155 at Google Express Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Read Google Home Hub review DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Angela Lang/CNET Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $210 at Best Buy Rylo
4:06 A police officer secures the area in front of the Masjid al Noor mosque Friday after a shooting incident in Christchurch. Tessa Burrows/Getty Images For every video of the mass shooting in New Zealand that YouTube and Facebook block, another two or three seem to replace it. On Friday, a gunman in Christchurch attacked Muslims praying at a mosque and livestreamed the shooting on Facebook. The social network removed the video and deleted the shooter’s account. But that didn’t stop the clip from spreading across the internet. The shooter referenced PewDiePie, a popular, if controversial, YouTube star and Fortnite, the hit social game, ensuring the video circulated wider and deeper on the web.The roughly 17-minute video was downloaded from Facebook. Then it was re-uploaded to YouTube multiple times, with new posts often appearing within minutes of each other. YouTube is encouraging users to flag any videos showing this clip and said it’s been removing thousands of videos related to the shooting in the last 24 hours.”Shocking, violent and graphic content has no place on our platforms, and we are employing our technology and human resources to quickly review and remove any and all such violative content on YouTube,” a YouTube spokesperson said in a statement. “As with any major tragedy, we will work cooperatively with the authorities.” Enlarge ImageRe-uploads of the clip have been plaguing YouTube’s moderators, who are struggling to remove the videos. Alfred Ng / CNET The video-streaming giant uses algorithms, such as Content ID, that automatically detect when copyrighted materials like songs and movie clips are uploaded onto its platform, so they can be taken down by copyright owners. Google, which owns YouTube, didn’t specify what tools it was using to help control the spread of the New Zealand video, saying only that it was using smart-detection technology to remove the clips. The search for the violent videos underscores the difficulty social media companies have in detecting and removing hateful videos and comments. In what’s become a sad practice, videos of tragedies bounce around the web as tech giants try to purge them. Critics have pointed out that the New Zealand shooter was able to livestream his rampage for more than a quarter of an hour before Facebook shut it down.”This is flatly unacceptable,” Farhana Khera, the director of Muslim Advocates, said in a statement. “Tech companies must take all steps possible to prevent something like this from happening again.”Authorities in New Zealand reported that 49 people were killed and at least 20 wounded at two mosques. Three people have been arrested in connection with the attacks, and one suspect has been charged with murder.With more than 2 billion monthly active users on Facebook and nearly 2 billion monthly logged-in users on YouTube, these social media platforms have an enormous reach. Facebook said it’s continuing to search for any instances of the video on the social network, using reports from the community and human moderators, as well as tech tools. The social network has set up a system designed to automatically detect and remove clips that are visually similar to the original video. It’s also scanning for similar audio. “New Zealand Police alerted us to a video on Facebook shortly after the livestream commenced and we quickly removed both the shooter’s Facebook and Instagram accounts and the video,” Mia Garlick, a Facebook New Zealand spokeswoman, said in a statement. “We’re also removing any praise or support for the crime and the shooter or shooters as soon as we’re aware.”In addition, Facebook intends to take down any content that claims the shooting didn’t occur or that survivors are crisis actors.Facebook’s efforts haven’t stopped clips or links to the Facebook Live video from making their way to other social media sites, including Twitter, where they attracted thousands of views. Twitter, which prohibits users from glorifying violence on the site, uses a mix of technology and human reviewers to find the videos but also encourages users to report the content. Reddit was also banning groups, including the r/watchpeopledie subreddit, after users shared a link to the shooter’s live video last night. “We are very clear in our site terms of service that posting content that incites or glorifies violence will get users and communities banned from Reddit,” a Reddit spokesperson said. “Subreddits that fail to adhere to those site-wide rules will be banned.”People were also reporting that they saw the video being shared in groups on Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp.Tech giants, including Facebook and Google, have automation that’s worked in the past for removing extremist videos.In 2016, The Guardian reported that Facebook and Google used algorithms similar to Content ID to automatically remove videos linked to ISIS. This technology looks for videos that have already been uploaded and flagged as violations. It then blocks those videos without requiring a human being to review them. Facebook uses similar tools for blocking revenge porn on its website, the company revealed in 2017. The gunman in New Zealand promoted his livestream and a manifesto on his Facebook account, along with 8Chan, a fringe message board, looking to use the internet to make his mass murder go viral. In his manifesto, the gunman referenced pop culture topics like PewDiePie, Fortnite and the video game Spyro the Dragon, in an attempt to draw more attention to his mass shooting. At one point, the shooter says, “Remember, lads, subscribe to PewDiePie.”The reference forced the YouTuber, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, to tweet that he was “sickened” by the shooting.As clips of the shooting continue to resurface, experts worry the video will inspire the next mass shooter.”This is one of the dark sides of social media, and something that’s almost impossible for the companies to do anything about. They’re not going to be able to block this material in real time,” said Paul Barrett, deputy director of the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights. “It’s a real conundrum about the dangers that social media can facilitate.”Tom Watson, the deputy leader of the UK’s Labour Party, also called out tech platforms for struggling to stop the video’s spread. In a statement, Watson said he’d be writing to social media companies to ask why they failed to remove the clips. In a tweet, Watson said YouTube should have suspended all new uploads until it could prevent the New Zealand mass shooting video from spreading. “The failure to deal with this swiftly and decisively represents an utter abdication of responsibility by social media companies,” Watson said. “This has happened too many times. Failing to take these videos down immediately and prevent others being uploaded is a failure of decency.” Tags Culture Facebook is putting women on the front line of its war… Originally published March 15, 8:24 a.m. PTUpdates, 9:26 a.m.: Adds comment from Muslim Advocates, background; 1:05 p.m.: Includes comment from Reddit and information about Twitter and WhatsApp; 1:28 p.m.: Adds more background, PewDiePie’s response. Correction, March 15 at 4:13 p.m.: Corrects Tom Watson’s affiliation; March 16: Adds details about efforts to remove the video and related content. Now playing: Watch this:
Mission Mangal and Batla House day 2 box office collectionYouTube ScreenshotAfter an excellent start at the box office, both Mission Mangal and Batla House witnessed sharp decline in its collection on day 2.Akshay Kumar starrer Mission Mangal has had a terrific opening at the box office on Thursday. The movie became Akshay’s biggest opener of all time by collecting Rs 29.16 crore at the Indian box office on the holiday of Independence Day.While the opening day earning of the film was actually above the expectation, range of fall in its collection on Friday is also surprising. The movie faced a decline of around 60 percent in its domestic box office collection on day 2, according to trade analyst Sumit Kadel.With screen count of around 2,000, Mission Mangal collected Rs 17.28 crore at the Indian box office on day 2.On the other side, John Abraham’s Batla House too suffered major downfall in its business on second day. While the film had made an impressive start with Rs 14.59 crore collection, its earning dipped by around 50 percent, Kadel stated. Batla House collected Rs 8.84 crore on Friday.Although the dip in box office collection of Mission Mangal and Batla House was expected as Friday was a regular working day, the extent of fall was a little surprising considering the excellent opening that both the films had received.Nonetheless, both the flicks are likely to witness good rise in business over the weekend. Mission Mangal and Batla House not only received positive reviews from critics, they are also being widely appreciated by the audience.
A red alert has been issued in Coimbatore where the suspected terrorists might be holed up.IANSThe Tamil Nadu Police has sounded a high alert across the state after information was received that a group of six Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists have infiltrated into Tamil Nadu through Sri Lanka.There was an intelligence input that a group of terrorists, including a Pakistani national and five people from Sri Lanka, were planning to carry out a possible terror attack. Security has been beefed up at all important installations and public places like bus stands, railway stations, temples, markets, malls and all government offices.With a heavy deployment of patrolling forces at every nook and corner of prominent places in Tamil Nadu, extensive checking was carried out using a metal detector and sniffer dogs. Police personnel across all-district in the state have been asked to stay vigilant to prevent any untoward incident.A red alert has been issued in Coimbatore where the police suspect the terrorists might be holed up. The Coimbatore police are scanning the city railway station with the help of sniffer dogs and also checking all departing trains. It has been reported that the Coimbatore city police have released photographs of two possible terrorist suspects who have intruded Tamil Nadu. The Coimbatore city police have released photographs of two possible terrorist suspects.ReutersSpeaking to news agency IANS, Chennai Police Commissioner AK Viswanathan confirmed that an intelligence alert has been received that six Lashkar terrorists have entered Tamil Nadu, adding that storming operations may be carried out to nab the infiltrators.Based on the alert, the Chennai Commissioner of Police has said that deployment of police personnel have been increased and necessary precautions have been put in place. Jaish terrorist, Mudasir Ahmad Khan who masterminded Pulwama attack killed in Tral encounter Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:59Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:58?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles 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. COPY LINKAD Loading …
Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterThis Twitter Bot Mashes Up Emoji To Create Fresh Faces Stay on target Twitter is testing a feature that lets users follow replies to particularly interesting tweets.The function, currently available to reviewers on iOS and Android, complements the platform’s existing notifications service. You probably have notifications on for your must-follows. Now you can get notifications when there’s a new reply to a Tweet you’re interested in! We’re testing this on iOS and Android now. pic.twitter.com/MabdFoItxc— Twitter (@Twitter) August 8, 2019You can already ensure you never miss a message from Taylor Swift, Barack Obama, your best friend, or your favorite news site. Why not subscribe to replies, as well?AdChoices广告Social network guinea pigs can look for a bell icon in the upper right corner of Twitter’s mobile app. Tap to choose from three options: subscribe to “top” replies, subscribe to all replies, or turn off reply notifications.Top replies include the tweet’s author, anyone they mention, and people you follow, as reported by TechCrunch.Get notifications when there’s a new reply to a Tweet you’re interested in (via Twitter)Twitter last month rolled out a refreshed website that looks and feels like a large-screen version of its mobile apps. A large-font main menu (with access to notifications, messages, bookmarks, and lists) and trends bookend the central timeline.The updated site—the first major desktop redesign in seven years—also includes dark mode options Dim and Lights Out, as well as the ability to change the font size and color scheme.Earlier this year, the microblogging service introduced a limit to the number of accounts users can follow each day (only 400!) and the option to retweet with GIFs, photos, and video.Meanwhile, we’re all still waiting on that edit button.More on Geek.com:This Twitter Bot Mashes Up Emoji to Create Fresh FacesTwitter Will Hide (But Not Delete) Politicians’ Abusive PostsTwitter On the Hunt for ‘Tweeter in Chief’
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H Guests at the 1st Annual Hainan Tourism and MICE trade show, held in Sydney this week, have been told to get to Hainan now. “Hainan is a place that you need to get your clients to,” Planetdwellers co-founder and lead guide Barry Warner said. Sanya, Hainan’s second largest city and biggest drawcard, attracts 80 per cent of Hainan’s tourism and lays claim to being China’s only tropical city. “In five years time you’ll be selling Sanya like you’re currently selling Phuket,” Mr Warner added. “In Sanya you’ll see the best of China”. Literally meaning “South of the sea”, Hainan is China’s southernmost province and is already popular among tourists from Japan, China and Russia.”Hainan is a beautiful tropical Island, surrounded by mountains and white sandy beaches. We hope that our trade show encourages more Australians to visit Sanya in the near future” Sanya Tourism Association secretary general Dr Xie Xiang commented. “You can enjoy the Chinese ocean, just like Sydney, except Sanya is warmer.” According to the Sanya Tourism Development Board, in 2010 Hainan hosted 3,000 MICE events, with approximately 300, 000 visitors flocking to Hainan for business trips. “With twice daily flights from Sydney and daily flights from Melbourne, China Southern Airlines brings the paradise even closer,” Hainan Tourism Australia director Michael Lee said. Dubbed the ‘Hawaii of the East’, Hainan is unique in all of China in that the island offers visas on arrival without the need for visitors to pre-apply for a Chinese visa in their home country. The event, held at the Sheraton on the Park, concluded with a cocktail reception and a prize draw with a generous range of accommodation prizes and flights to the Island.Check out our photo gallery from the event here.