APTN National NewsKahnawake has held three referendums on building a casino on their land.In every instance, the community voted “no.”But that hasn’t stopped the band council from venturing into online gaming.They’re wagering that it will lead to prosperity for the community.However, many in the community say the council is breaking Kahnawake law when it comes to how it regulates gaming.APTN’s Tom Fennario has this story.
Israelis and Palestinians are currently engaged in the most intensive negotiations on issues pertaining to final status since the political process broke down almost eight years ago, a senior United Nations official told an open meeting of the Security Council today.However, Assistant-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Angela Kane warned the 15-member body that “the significance of this should not be underestimated, but neither should the grave risks to the process be overlooked.”She noted that there have been several major incidents of violence recently, particularly in and around Gaza.The area “has also witnessed heightened humanitarian distress, while conditions in the West Bank including East Jerusalem have not significantly improved despite continuing efforts,” Ms. Kane said in her briefing to the Council on the events of the past month.During the reporting period, Ms. Kane said, 69 Palestinians, including 15 children, were killed in operations of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), and 95 injured, while six Israelis were killed by Palestinian militants and 27 injured.“We are deeply alarmed at the prospects of a further intensification of violence, given the terrible implications for civilians and the threat such conflict would pose to the security of all parties – the Palestinians, Israel and Egypt,” she said, calling on the latter country to continue its efforts towards bringing calm to Gaza.Following the 9 April attack on the Nahal Oz fuel terminal the Israeli Government is re-examining security mechanisms for secure commercial fuel delivery into Gaza.“Had Nahal Oz not been able to reopen today, the [Gaza] power plant would have shut down and most areas of Gaza would have experienced increased electricity cuts,” the Assistant Secretary-General said.Low levels of fuel have resulted in vehicular transport being brought to a standstill and 15-20 per cent of the Gazan population receiving water for 3-5 hours every four days.Some 60,000 cubic meters of raw and partially treated sewage is dumped into the Mediterranean Sea daily, and most fishing vessels have been grounded, meaning the sardine season will be lost, Ms. Kane reported.Humanitarian agencies are also being impacted. The fuel supplies of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) will run out on 24 April, and in a bid to conserve fuel, it is prioritizing food distribution, solid waste removal and sewage projects.“As of tomorrow, unless petrol is allowed in, UNRWA will discontinue its food assistance to 650,000 refugees as well as its garbage collection services benefiting 500,000 Gazans,” she said, adding that a further 500,000 people in one dozen municipalities are living without any solid waste management capacity, mostly due to the lack of fuel.The Assistant Secretary-General welcomed the Israeli Government’s removal of obstacles in the West Bank. However, UN staff have found that only 44 have been removed, of which only five were significant.“We welcome these removals, but strongly urge further and more substantive progress to ease restrictions as envisaged in the 2005 Agreement on Movement and Access and is vital to Palestinian economic revival,” she observed.She also voiced support for the re-affirmation of the Arab Peace Initiative, “which remains a central element in the search for peace in the region. We encourage Arab support for President [Mahmoud] Abbas’ efforts to negotiate a peace treaty with Israel; Prime Minister [Salam] Fayad’s efforts to build the institutions of a future Palestinian state; and for Palestinian unity.”On Lebanon, Ms. Kane said the country is undergoing “an intense political crisis” that has prevented the presidential election, with the top office having remained vacant since late last November.Furthermore, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) has noticed a sharp increase in the daily number of Israeli air violations, which surged from 282 in February to 692 in March and reached 476 in the first half of April alone.“The overflights constitute violations of Lebanese sovereignty and the Blue Line and continue to undermine the credibility of UNIFIL and the Lebanese Armed Forces,” Ms. Kane stated.On 2 May, the principals of the Middle East diplomatic Quartet – consisting of the UN, European Union, United States and Russian Federation – are gathering in London for a meeting chaired by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to assess the process launched in Annapolis in November 2007.Mr. Ban, along with Special Coordinator for the Middle East Process Robert Serry, are working with both sides, the regional partners and within the Quartet “to support the political process, encourage action to meet commitments and improve conditions on the ground, and address the grave humanitarian, political and security situation in and around Gaza,” the Assistant Secretary-General told the Security Council. 23 April 2008Israelis and Palestinians are currently engaged in the most intensive negotiations on issues pertaining to final status since the political process broke down almost eight years ago, a senior United Nations official told an open meeting of the Security Council today.
On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 57.99 points to 15,207.59, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 28.76 points to 21,438.38. The S&P 500 index added 1.13 points to 2,438.16, and the Nasdaq composite index was up 35.13 points to 6,223.16.The Canadian dollar was trading at 75.25 cents US, down from Tuesday’s average price of 75.37 cents US.The August crude contract was up 11 cents at US$43.62 per barrel and the July natural gas contract was up three cents at US$2.93 per mmBTU.The August gold contract was up $2.60 to US$1,246.10 an ounce and the July copper contract was up four cents at US$2.59 a pound.
OTTAWA – Whether you call it a cottage, a cabin or a camp, when the temperature begins to rise, the dreams of sitting on the dock at a place of your own start this time of year.But if you don’t have the cash on hand to buy one outright, you’ll have to borrow the money.And while the basic process of applying for and qualifying for a mortgage are the same, lenders will look at many more variables when assessing a property before lending money to buy a cottage.Barry Gollom, vice-president of mortgages and lending at CIBC, says while your strength as a borrower is important, banks will also take a close look at the property being acquired when determining how much they are willing to lend.“Lenders will look at the location, proximity to a major market, sometimes is it on a big lake, is it on a small lake, access to the property, year-around is best, paved roads is a plus,” Gollom said.“Lenders will want to ensure that there’s a safe and consistent water source as this can sometimes materially impact the marketability and value of the cottage.”Mortgage broker Frank Napolitano says most lenders want a cottage to be a four-season property if they are going to loan you money, but he says some will finance three-season cabins.“It is difficult to get financing if you can only access the cottage by water,” says Napolitano, managing partner at Mortgage Brokers Ottawa.“The property has to be marketable.”If you aren’t putting down at least 20 per cent, you’ll need mortgage default insurance just like an ordinary home purchase.However, CMHC changed its rules last year so that it would no longer insure mortgages on second homes. That means you’ll have to go with a private mortgage insurance company which can provide the necessary coverage if your lender requires it due to the size of your down payment.Insurers may also have limits on the amount they will cover for a vacation property, depending on its characteristics.Depending on your situation, you could also consider refinancing your home or using a home equity line of credit if you have paid off enough of it to use it to borrow the cash you need.Gollom says it is not uncommon for buyers to use a combination of financing through their home and the vacation property to make the purchase.However, if you only made a small down payment on your home when you bought it and haven’t owned it for very long, you may not have the room you need to finance your new purchase.Joe Walsh, a mortgage broker with Bedrock Financial Group in Toronto, says no matter how you choose to finance your purchase, for the lender it is about whether you can repay the debt.“You need to have a lot of room in your income to be able to service the additional, what $200,000, $300,000?” he said.Gollom said it’s important to make sure the decision to buy a cottage fits within your overall financial plan.“It is a decision that really does require very thoughtful planning,” he said.“It is so important to understand the broader implications of the purchase of a vacation property as it relates to your other goals.” Access and marketability key when getting a mortgage on a cottage by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted May 21, 2015 7:59 am MDT Last Updated May 21, 2015 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Another key factor preventing the inclusion of disabled youngsters in their communities, and their ability to exercise their rights, is ongoing segregation into special schools, institutions and sheltered homes.“This is a legacy of a model which has caused exclusion and marginalisation,” said Catalina Devandas Aguilar, Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities. “We can no longer have children being hidden away and isolated, children with disabilities must have the opportunity to dream of a full and happy life,” she added.Addressing the Council, Ms. Aguilar insisted that children with disabilities “face stigma, discrimination, prejudice and barriers. They are abandoned, neglected, socially excluded, segregated, over protected, not given accessibility and the services and support they need.”In addition to these challenges, she said one in three school-age children with disabilities do not have a primary education, while a child with learning difficulties is almost five times more likely to suffer sexual violence than their peers. /p>Echoing her message, Moldova children’s rights advocate Dumitriţa Cropivnitchi from the non-governmental organization Lumos, described her experience of discrimination, linked to disability.“Because of my disability, at the age of five, I was sent to live in an institution as it was the only place I could receive an education,” she said. Can you imagine what it would be like, she added, “for a five-year old to be sent to a huge cold building, that smelt of porridge, and to have her parents replaced by educators, to share a room with 11 others, clothes and live by the rules of the institution?”After staying there for five years, Ms. Cropivnitchi returned home and benefited from reforms that introduced mainstream schools that she could attend, including one in her village.“It is indisputable that childhood is meant to be the most beautiful yet also, the most vulnerable stage in life,” she told the Human Rights Council. “During childhood, a child is dependent on adults. Children with disabilities can continue to be dependent and vulnerable their whole life… I ask myself now, how is this correct’, she said, to do this to “the thousands, millions of children around the world?” Speaking at a Human Rights Council event highlighting how disabled youngsters are more exposed to violence, abuse and neglect, Ms. Bachelet explained that they have the same rights as all children.Children with disabilities must have a say in all matters that affect the course of their lives – UN rights chief BacheletTheir empowerment depends upon these rights being realized, she said – particularly the equal right to education – before highlighting how learning gives everyone the potential to escape poverty and exploitation.“Children with disabilities must have a say in all matters that affect the course of their lives…They must be empowered to reach their full potential and enjoy their full human rights – and this requires us to change both attitudes and environmental factors.” Ms. Bachelet insisted.Discrimination against children with disabilities can begin as soon as they are born, the High Commissioner noted, from authorities choosing not to register births, to separating them from families and placing them in care institutions.
UN, global health agencies sound alarm on drug-resistant infections; new recommendations to reduce ‘staggering number’ of future deaths Deaths caused by infections from antibiotic-resistant bacteria will skyrocket over the next two decades, along with huge economic costs, without immediate, ambitious and coordinated action, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and partners warned on Monday.According to a groundbreaking report, the UN Ad hoc Interagency Coordinating Group on Antimicrobial Resistance warned that if no action is taken, drug-resistant diseases could cause 10 million deaths each year by 2050 and damage to the economy as catastrophic as during the 2008-2009 global financial crisis. By 2030, antimicrobial resistance could force up to 24 million people into extreme poverty. Read our full report here.‘Continuing absence’ of political solution to Israel-Palestine conflict ‘undermines and compounds’ UN efforts to end wholesale crisis Without increased support, the health, education and well-being of at least 327,000 children from Venezuela living as migrants and refugees in Colombia will be in jeopardy, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Monday.“At a time when anti-migrant sentiment is growing worldwide, Colombia has generously kept its doors open to its neighbors from Venezuela,” said Paloma Escudero, UNICEF Director of Communication who has just finished a four-day visit to Cúcuta, on the Colombian side of the border with Venezuela.Find the complete story here.Civilian needs ‘urgent’ amid Tripoli airstrikes, clashes To Libya now, where civilians are trapped by fighting around the capital, Tripoli, and access to food is “becoming a greater challenge”, the UN humanitarian coordinating office (OCHA) has said. The violence comes after years of instability that have followed the overthrow of President Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, with the UN-recognized Government of National Accord under assault from forces loyal to military commander Khalifa Haftar.On Monday morning, Ghassan Salamé, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya, told French radio that the fighting had reached a “military stalemate” and the frontline had barely moved since General Haftar’s offensive began, three weeks ago.In an appeal for humanitarian shipments to Libya to be speeded up to meet “urgent” needs, OCHA said that indiscriminate shelling and rocket attacks have continued.Airstrikes were also reported at the weekend, impacting residential areas in Ain Zara and Al Twaisha, with unconfirmed reports of at least one civilian death, as well as damage to people’s homes. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the fighting has claimed 345 lives and injured more than 1,650. Of that number, 96 civilian casualties have been confirmed: 22 dead and 74 wounded, while some 40,000 people have now fled the fighting, which began 24 days ago.Hatred ‘a threat to everyone’, urges Guterres calling for global effort to end xenophobia and ‘loathsome rhetoric’ A “disturbing groundswell” of hate-based violence and intolerance aimed at religious devotees across all faiths, must be countered soon before it’s too late, the United Nations Secretary-General said on Monday, noting murderous attacks in just the past few days on a synagogue in California, and a church in Burkina Faso. “Such incidents have become all-too-familiar” said António Guterres, citing “Muslims gunned down in mosques, their religious sites vandalized; Jews murdered in synagogues, their gravestones defaced with swastikas” and Christians “killed at prayer, their churches often torched.”Instead of being safe havens, houses of worship have become targets, he warned, noting that “beyond the murders, there is loathsome rhetoric: xenophobia aimed not only at religious groups but also at migrants, minorities and refugees…venom directed at anyone considered the ‘other’”.Read the full story here. The UN is “continuing to address the humanitarian, economic and political crisis in the Occupied Palestinian Territory” but efforts are continually undermined by the lack of any political progress towards a two-State solution, said the head of UN Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) on Monday.Rosemary DiCarlo was briefing the UN Security Council on the latest situation in the Middle East and said hopes for two States living side by side in peace, “continue to be replaced by the rising fears of future annexation. The possibility of establishing a viable and contiguous Palestinian State continues to be eroded by facts on the ground.”Find our coverage of the Security Council meeting here.Some 300,000 Venezuelan children in Colombia need humanitarian assistance; UNICEF looks to boost response funding
TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays claimed right-handed pitcher Oliver Drake off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday.Right-hander Mark Leiter Jr. was designated for assignment in the corresponding roster move.Drake briefly pitched for the Blue Jays last season, allowing four hits, three runs and striking out two over 1 2/3 innings through two games in late July.The 33-year-old from Massachusetts also pitched for the Brewers, Indians, Angels and Twins in 2018 and had a 5.29 earned-run average with 51 strikeouts and 17 walks.Tampa Bay claimed Drake off waivers from Minnesota earlier this month.Leiter Jr., a September call-up, pitched 6 2/3 innings for the Blue Jays in 2018, allowing 11 runs (10 earned) with four walks and nine strikeouts. The Canadian Press
Canary Systems has a major update to its MultiLogger® Suite software platform for automated data acquisition. The 2016 release version provides over 30 new enhancements to one of the leading data integration, data reduction and data visualization tools on the market, programmed by engineers, for engineers. This includes dozens of completely new major features that further enhance the ability to integrate geo-monitoring data from a multitude of sources – and locations – into a single, combined, easy to use software platform. MultiLogger Suite 2016 is free for existing customers.Below is a sampling of just the top five most important new features in MultiLogger Suite 2016. 3D Element Charts allow for quick 3D visualization of data, such as ground water contours and more.Automatically generate contour lines and color-coded overlays from any data type on any type of view. Sample applications include generating ground water contours from piezometer data, ground movement overlays for 3D data such as prisms and GPS, or even load and pressure data from load cells and pressure cells. Enhanced Applications Mode for 3D Data Analysis – working with and analyzing 3D data (e.g. GPS, Prisms) has never been easier, right within the browser. With dozens of calculations supported for 3D ground movement, velocity, inverse velocity, scatter plots, just to name a few, and support for custom calculations, MLWeb becomes the only integrated data analysis tool you’ll need, the company says.Additional database management operations are now available in MLWeb browser client. New web features include database operations such as backup and restore, auditing, upgrading, validating data and setting tolerances, just to name a few. Active Directory support – there is no need to remember your login – Active Directory integration means: automatic single-sign on with your Windows credentialsMultiLogger Suite is, Canary Systems says, “the most versatile integrated data management platform in the market, with an intuitive interface to collect, view and analyze all your monitoring data. MLSuite is suited for projects of all sizes, including very large deployments, and can be used seamlessly for manual and automated data collection. MultiLogger interfaces directly with most types of dataloggers, allowing you to program your data collection directly in a simple point-and-click interface without the need for third party tools (though it works with many third-party tools, too).“Easy to deploy without the need for web programming or development, MLSuite can be run over intranet/Internet, or installed locally on a desktop. MLSuite offers more data visualization and management options than anybody else, including: powerful notifications and reporting features that help translate raw date into decisions and actions quickly, full GIS map server integration, 3D visualization, comprehensive document management including photos and videos, and a free field data entry app, MLField®.“MLSuite is used in thousands of projects worldwide across a number of markets and applications, including mining, dam safety, structural, environmental, industrial and others, as web based application, workstation tool, and on mobile devices.”
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Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic insists that they intend to go beyond the quarter-finals of the World Cup after booking their place to the last-eight in a tense penalty shoot-out win over DenmarkAfter some impressive displays in their opening three games of the tournament, Croatia failed to build on their Group D win in a convincing manner in what turned out to a rather disappointing match against Group C runners-up Denmark.Mario Mandzukic cancelled out Martin Jorgensen’s 1st-minute opener for the Danes by taking advantage of a mix-up to grab the equaliser just three minutes later.The scoreline remained the same for the rest of the game with the Vatreni later securing a 3-2 win in a penalty shoot-out.But Dalic insists that his side are far from done.“We have come so far but we don’t intend to stop here,” said the 51-year-old, according to The National.Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic saved three spot-kicks form Nicolai Jorgensen, Lasse Schone and Christian Eriksen.Scotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“You have to earn your luck and the lads earned theirs,” added Dalic.“Without luck, you cannot do anything in life.”The Croatian coach was full of praise for Luka Modric, who missed a golden chance to hand the side the win when he missed a 116th-minute extra-time penalty.But the captain then later stepped up to score in the penalty shoot-out.“He said it himself, ‘I am going to take a penalty in the shoot-out,’” said Dalic.“Can you imagine what would have happened if he had not scored, but he’s a great player.”Croatia will now meet hosts Russia at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on Saturday for the quarter-finals of the World Cup.
CES 2019 CNET Smart Home Tags Mentioned Above Lifx Tile Check out all the smart home products at CES 2019 Best Buy Review • Smart, multicolor Lifx Tiles might drive you up the wall CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Multicolor candelabra bulbs, coming soon from Lifx. Ry Crist/CNET Lifx is adding color-changing candelabra bulbs to its lineup of smart LED lights, the company tells me at CES 2019 here in Las Vegas. Pricing isn’t set yet, but Lifx expects them to launch in the third quarter of 2019. What makes these lights especially interesting is that they can put out multiple colors at once — a fairly uncommon feature, even among larger-sized smart bulbs. That lets them simulate a flickering flame, or put out some of the same animated, tie-dye-type effects that you get with the multicolor Lifx Tile wall panels. The controls for the bulbs are similar to the Tiles, too. Along with controlling and automating them, you’ll be able to paint designs onto each bulb by dragging your finger over a bulb-shaped canvas in the Lifx app. Lifx tells me that each color-changing diode inside of the bulb is its own individual zone of light. That adds up to a total of 30 zones that you can paint colors across. Enlarge ImageYou can paint colors onto the bulb by dragging your finger across a bulb-shaped canvas in the Lifx app. Ry Crist/CNET Beyond basic color control, Lifx claims that it sees growing interest in smart lighting that feels artistic and expressive. “It feels like the tide is shifting,” Lifx CEO Tim Peters tells me, expressing hope that the candelabra bulbs will help scratch that itch for its customers. The question is how much these things will ultimately cost at launch. It’ll likely be a lot. Color-changing candelabra bulbs from Philips Hue currently sell for about $50 each — and those only put out one color at a time. It wouldn’t surprise me if the multicolor Lifx versions cost even more, which could fast get prohibitively expensive for folks looking to upgrade a fixture with multiple bulbs in it. When we know more on that front, we’ll let you know — and expect a full review from the CNET Smart Home as soon as the bulbs arrive. Google Assistant CES Products Alexa Philips Siri Apple HomeKit See It See it 52 Photos Lifx Tile Light Bulbs Post a comment 0 $189 Share your voice Preview • Light up your walls with Lifx Tile LED panels CES 2019: Every story so far: It’s the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. $193
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). Apple iPhone XS Paddle through 16 breathtaking and prize-winning underwater photos $999 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. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays 16 Photos Tags Best Buy Read DJI Osmo Action preview $299 at Amazon Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Read Google Home Hub review Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sarah Tew/CNET $520 at HP Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The Cheapskate The parks department offers a link to a page from the group Amphibians and Reptiles of North Carolina, which explains the snake’s zombie behavior in more detail. “When threatened, hognose snakes hiss loudly and spread their necks like cobras do, resulting in the nicknames ‘puff adder’ or ‘spreading adder,'” the page explains. “They rarely bite during these displays, but they may strike repeatedly. If the antagonist continues, the hognose snake will feign death by opening its mouth, rolling over on its back, and writhing around. If turned over onto its belly, it will immediately roll again onto its back.”It gets even more horror-movie-like when you learn that “enlarged teeth in the rear of the (snake’s) mouth are used to ‘pop’ toads for easier swallowing.” That’s toad-ally disturbing. But to humans, the snake isn’t much of a threat. Katie Hall of the parks department told Fast Company that while the snake does have venom, it very rarely bites people, and the bites are treatable.”It’s not like your flesh is going to rot or you’re going to lose a limb or something,” Hall said.North Carolina State Parks has declared 2019 to be the “year of the snake,” and is urging residents to “scale back your fear” by learning about the creatures. Forget The Walking Dead. Try The Crawling Dead. Last week, the North Carolina State Parks and Recreation Department warned citizens about a “zombie snake” in the state that knows how to play dead.In the post, the department shared images of the eastern hognose snake lying on its back, mouth open, pretending to be dead. “Let’s play a game!” the post declared. “Who is this ‘famous’ NC snake? A cobra? A zombie snake? It’s a harmless one.” $60 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $59 at eBay 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. $999 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. Sprint 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 Amazon 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. See It Rylo Boost Mobile Angela Lang/CNET Share your voice Read the Rylo camera preview 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. 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. Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express 7 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. 1 Share your voice Comments 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. $155 at Google Express See at Turo 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. Turo $999 See it Comment JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) 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. $999 Read the AirPods review See It $210 at Best Buy Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) 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. Tags Chris Monroe/CNET HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Sarah Tew/CNET Read Lenovo Smart Clock review DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. 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Nellore: Police officials have imposed restrictions on movement of sand-laden vehicles in the city limits as per new sand policy of the State government. Nellore city DSP J Srinivasulu Reddy and Traffic DSP P Mallikarjuna Rao, interacting with the media on Thursday, said that they had imposed restrictions on movement of sand tractors during daytime in the city limits. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us They said that the sand-laden tractors would be allowed into the city only between 9 pm and 6 am and the same timings would be applicable to trucks carry vegetables to the main market in the city. The DSPs also warned that they would take severe action against the tractors and trucks that enter the city during daytime. They explained that transportation of sand has to be done between 6 am and 6 pm as per new sand policy of the State government. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us But this has been creating traffic issue in Nellore city. Tractors and trucks are carrying sand from Pottepalem via Nellore city. SP Aishwarya Rastogi discussed with the Collector MV Seshagiri Babu and they had taken a decision to allow only during 9 pm and 6 am and no vehicles would be allowed from the sand reaches during the daytime,’ said the DSPs.
Indian budget carrier GoAir has announced it will expand its fleet size by March 2017. With an aim to expand its fleet size, the carrier also said it would recruit 500 crew members, including pilots.The Mumbai-based carrier said it plans to induct five new aircraft to its fleet, which means the airline will have a fleet size of 26 aircraft to fly overseas by next year. “We will expand our fleet by up to 26 aircraft by the end of March next year. We need to build up for the expansion that we are going for. Every aircraft (inducted) needs 100 increase (in manpower) approximately. So we will naturally hire,” Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, GoAir’s CEO, was quoted as saying by Press Trust of India.The expansion of the fleet would automatically result in hiring employees. At present, GoAir has about 2,300 employees. Schauer went on to explain that for every new aircraft the carrier requires about 14 pilots (to conduct smooth operations). Hence, for five new aircraft, GoAir aims to hire about 70 pilots. The Wadia group-owned airline has 21 aircraft in its fleet at present, which includes Airbus A320s and A320neos.New OrdersEarlier this month, GoAir reportedly received the government’s approval to fly overseas to nine countries. Some of the countries include Iran, Uzbekistan and Kazakhastan. In June, GoAir signed deal for 72 Airbus A320 neos at the Farnborough International Airshow in the U.K. The deal is estimated to be about $7.73 billion, Livemint reported.Five years ago, the budget carrier had placed an order with European aircraft manufacturer Airbus for 72 new A320 neo aircraft valued at about Rs. 32,400 crore on list price.IPO ListingGoAir is soon planning a stock market listing, just like its competitors InterGlobe Aviation (IndiGo airlines), Jet Airways and SpiceJet. Talking about the airline’s impending Initial Public Offering (IPO) debut, the CEO said the listing would happen at the right time.”We are preparing ourselves (for the IPO). Its a question of timing, it is about the right timing. We are not in a hurry. We will wait for the right timing. We want to be well prepared. There are many things which we need to look at (before going to stock exchange),” Wolfgang Prock-Schauer was quoted as saying by the agency. Market ShareIndia, currently the fastest-growing civil aviation market in the world, reported yet another month of double-digit growth in passenger volumes in July. The domestic carriers flew 85.08 lakh (8.5 million) passengers last month. GoAir recorded a market share of 8.4 percent in the month of July.
.The Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) has set up City Digital Centre at 30 wards out of 36 aimed at reaching services using Information Communication Technology (ICT) to every doorstep.“We have already installed City Digital Centre at 30 wards out of 36 under the DNCC and the centres have been working relentlessly to ensure providing of information and services to the city dwellers to implement the vision of making Digital Bangladesh,” DNCC ICT consultant Asif Rahman Shaikat told BSS on Monday.”The city digital centres have been installing under the Access to Information (a2i) project of the prime ministers’ office with a view to further development of ICT sector and reaching services to every doorstep,” he said.Asif also said that these digital centres will soon be set up at six other wards.According to him, a total of 72 people, two each in 36 wards, have already been giving training to build up them as entrepreneurs and help them becoming self reliant with working in the digital centres. DNCC public relations officer ASM Mamun informed that two desk top computers, two printers, one photocopy machine, one scanner, two pen drives of 16 GB, one webcam, one file cabinet, two computer tables and eight chairs were given to each of the City Digital Centre.According to him, the digital centres will deliver different services to the people such as land related services, life insurance, information of allowances under the social safety net, citizen certificate, health advise, visa application, internet bruising, video conferencing, mobile banking, computer training, results of public recruitment tests, paying bill of different utility services, online admission to different universities and agriculture information.
2. Florida State 586 The Cardinals began head coach Dan McDonnell’s 13th season ranked as high as fourth in the national polls. UofL is coming off a 45-19 record in 2018, its seventh straight 40-win season and the 11th in 12 seasons under McDonnell. The Cardinals advanced to the championship round of an NCAA Regional for the seventh straight season. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The seventh-ranked Louisville baseball team closes out the regular season with a three-game series against Florida State starting Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m., ET at Jim Patterson Stadium. The series continues on Friday at 6:00 p.m., ET and the finale is set for 1:00 p.m., ET on Saturday. All three games will be televised on ACC Network Extra and radio coverage will be available on 93.9 The Ville. Live scoring is available at GoCards.com. PLAYER NOTES AND TRENDS Saturday, May 18 | 1:00 p.m. ET | Live Stats TV: ACC Network Extra | Radio: 93.9 The Ville LOU: So. RHP Bobby Miller (4-1, 4.61 ERA) FSU: So. RHP Conor Grady (8-4, 3.33 ERA) Story Links Louisville is currently leading the Atlantic Division at 19-8 with one weekend series remaining. Thursday, May 16 | 6:00 p.m. ET | Live Stats TV: ACC Network Extra | Radio: 93.9 The Ville LOU: So. LHP Reid Detmers (10-2, 2.59 ERA) FSU: Jr. LHP Drew Parrish (7-4, 3.99 ERA) Louisville captured its 40th win of the season Friday at Virginia. The program record for victories in a season was 39 prior to Dan McDonnell’s arrival in 2007, and the Cardinals have reached 40 wins in 12 of McDonnell’s 13 seasons. The Cardinals pitching staff struck out 23 batters on Tuesday night at Indiana. It was the most strikeouts in a game for UofL since at least 2000 and the third-highest total in Division I this season, trailing only Clemson (24) and Georgia (26) from their 20-inning game in April. The Louisville offense has tallied double digit hits in 26 games this season. The Cardinals are 36-1 this season when they outhit the opposition. Louisville scored double digit runs in five straight games from April 23-30, the first time in program history with 10 runs or more in five consecutive victories. Louisville leads the ACC in hits (552), runs (413) and stolen bases (96), and ranks second in batting average (.295), runs per game (7.8) and doubles (114). Louisville pitching currently leads the ACC in ERA (3.57), WHIP (1.19), strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.79), shutouts (6) and hits allowed per nine innings (6.98). Louisville’s starting pitcher has pitched five innings or more with one earned run or fewer allowed in 19 games this season. UofL has had a starting pitcher throw seven no-hit innings on three occasions this season, with Reid Detmers doing it against Brown and James Madison, and Bobby Miller against Wake Forest. Louisville pitchers set a Jim Patterson Stadium record with 19 strikeouts against Alabama A&M on April 26. The Cardinals have struck out 10 or more in 32 games this season, with a 29-3 record when doing so. UofL set program records against Alabama A&M for most runs in a three-game series (61) and margin of victory in a three game series (54). The Cardinals have been active offensively in the first inning this season, plating at least one run in the opening inning of 27 games. Louisville has scored 46 first inning runs overall and is 21-6 when scoring in the first. Louisville swiped a season-high nine bases on March 6 against Morehead State. It was the most since the Cardinals finished with 10 stolen bases against Eastern Kentucky on Feb. 20, 2013. UofL currently leads the ACC with 96 stolen bases on the year. Louisville has finished in the top five in the country in stolen bases in four of the last six seasons. In the victory over Morehead State on March 6, the Cardinals set a program record with eight different players recording a stolen base. The Cardinals are 36-0 this season when leading after eight innings. From 2012-17, Louisville accumulated a six-year record of 266-3 when entering the ninth with a lead, including a 50-0 mark in 2017. UofL has won 37 of its 39 ACC series since joining the league and is 40-8 in its series finales during that span, including an 12-5 record in rubber games. The Cardinals have won 19 of their 24 ACC series at home since debuting in the conference. While at Louisville, coach Dan McDonnell has guided the Cardinals to four College World Series berths, seven NCAA Super Regional appearances, 11 NCAA Regional bids, eight regular season conference championships and two conference tournament titles with 37 All-Americans. ABOUT FLORIDA STATECollege baseball’s all-time wins leader Mike Martin leads the Seminoles into Jim Patterson Stadium trying to close out the regular season strong. Florida State is ranked in three of the six major polls and is coming off a three-game sweep of Richmond last weekend. Prior to the sweep of the Spiders, FSU dropped games to Jacksonville and Stetson in midweek. LOUISVILLE CONTINUES TO FIND SUCCESS IN ACC PLAYSince joining the ACC before the 2015 season, Louisville has seen its success at the conference level spill over into its new league. The Cardinals won regular season titles in each of their first three seasons in the ACC and were voted the preseason favorite in 2019. SERIES HISTORYLouisville and Florida State have met 34 times previously, with the Seminoles holding a commanding 27-7 mark against UofL. FSU won two out of three in Tallahassee last season and defeated the Cardinals 11-8 in 10 innings in the ACC Championship game. Since joining the ACC, Louisville is just 4-10 against Florida State. Louisville is coming off a marathon victory at No. 21 Indiana on Tuesday night, in which it struck out 23 batters in the 12-inning win. Tyler Fitzgerald scored the game-winning run in the top of the 12th inning and Louisville’s bullpen didn’t allow an earned run while striking out 17 in nine innings of work. DETMERS NAMED GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD SEMIFINALISTContinuing his year-long run of accolades, starting pitcher Reid Detmers was named a Golden Spikes Award semifinalist by USA Baseball. Florida State is middle of the pack in the ACC in batting average (.266) and ERA (4.49), but the Seminoles have the second-best on-base percentage (.400) behind the country’s fourth-highest walk total. Alex Binelas hit his 10th home run of the season on Saturday at Virginia. He is the first freshman to reach double digit home runs since Chris Dominguez hit 15 as a redshirt-freshman in 2007. Tyler Fitzgerald ranks second in the country among shortstops with 60 RBIs on the season, trailing only Joey Ortiz of New Mexico State who leads Division I with 80. Logan Wyatt is third in the country with 59 walks through 53 games and is currently on pace for 62 this season. The UofL single season record in 69 by Kevin Malone in 1980. Wyatt moved into seventh all-time on Louisville’s career walk list with three walks vs. Alabama A&M Friday. Alex Binelas became the sixth player in program history and first since 1998 to hit for the cycle, doing so on April 26 against Alabama A&M. Justin Lavey leads all Louisville hitters and ranks seventh in the conference with a .349 batting average in conference play. Henry Davis currently leads all ACC catchers in throwing out potential base stealers, with opposing runners just 12-for-22 (54.5 percent) trying to run on the freshman. With a win in Friday’s series opener at Virgina, Reid Detmers became the 13th player to reach 10 wins in a season in Louisville history. Reid Detmers currently leads qualified ACC pitchers in wins, ERA, strikeouts and opponents batting average. Lucas Dunn, Tyler Fitzgerald, Justin Lavey, Trey Leonard and Jake Snider each have stolen at least 10 bases this season. The five players in double digits are the most since 2015, when six different Cardinals reached double figures. Five different Cardinals have hit their first collegiate home runs this season (Binelas, Davis, Leonard, Masterman, Poland). Twelve different Cardinals have made their Louisville debuts this season (Albanese, Binelas, Davis, Leonard, Lohman, Masterman, Metzinger, Perkins, Poland, Schmeltz, Smith and Wright). It was the collegiate debut for 11 of the 12. LOUISVILLE LEADS COUNTRY IN WINS SINCE 2007Dan McDonnell took the reins of the Louisville baseball program in 2007. Louisville entered 2019 with the most wins of any Division I program from 2007-18 with 554. ABOUT THE LOUISVILLE CARDINALSThe Cardinals enter the final series of the season with a three-game lead over Florida State and NC State for the top spot in the ACC Atlantic Division with three games to play. Louisville is trying to capture its fourth Atlantic Division title in five seasons. Presented in partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation, the 42nd Golden Spikes Award winner will be announced on June 14 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. The finalists will then be announced on Wednesday, May 29. Detmers is one of 25 semifinalists and the only player from the ACC. The sophomore is the 12th player in program history to be a semifinalist and the first since Drew Ellis and Brendan McKay in 2017. McKay won the Golden Spikes Award that season. 4. LSU 583 TEAM NOTES AND TRENDS Friday, May 17 | 6:00 p.m. ET | Live Stats TV: ACC Network Extra | Radio: 93.9 The Ville LOU: Jr. LHP Nick Bennett (6-2, 4.15 ERA) FSU: So. RHP CJ Van Eyk (7-3, 4.01 ERA) 1. Louisville 595 GAME DAY INFORMATION #7 Louisville vs. #17 Florida State Location: Louisville, Ky. Venue: Jim Patterson Stadium (4,000) Twitter Updates: @LouisvilleBSB Game Notes: Louisville | Florida State 5. Vanderbilt 579 Louisville has won 37 of 49 conference series since joining the league. With sweeps this season against Wake Forest and at Duke, NC State and Notre Dame, the Cardinals have tallied 11 conference road sweeps over the last four-plus seasons and 21 sweeps in ACC play altogether. North Carolina 586 Most Wins Since 2007 LOUISVILLE IN NATIONAL POLLS EVERY WEEK SINCE START OF 2012Louisville, which surpassed its previous high national ranking of No. 2 (in 2016) with the No. 1 ranking on March 13 and March 20 during the 2017 season, has enjoyed a historic run by remaining ranked in at least one major national poll every week since the release of the 2012 preseason rankings — the longest such span in school history. Ranked in the top 25 in all six major preseason polls for 2019, the Cardinals have earned a preseason national ranking in 11 straight seasons (2008-2018) overall. Louisville entered the 2019 season ranked fourth in the D1Baseball rankings, eighth in the Perfect Game and USA Today polls, ninth in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and NCBWA rankings and 11th by Baseball America. Print Friendly Version
February 29, 2016 Waiting patiently for the day when you won’t have to keep track of all your passwords? Microsoft took a field trip this weekend to help further the development of an alternative.On Saturday, the tech giant set up shop at popular Seattle tourist site the Ballard Locks to get help from a handful of volunteers who lent their visages to the company’s research for Windows Hello, a year-old biometric authentication system for Windows 10.Related: 3 Biometrics Startups Heating Up the Password Security Race The tech giant created 3-D infrared scan of participants’ faces in an effort to “gather a wide variety of real-world scans to improve the accuracy of the facial recognition technology,” according to GeekWire.The people who donated five minutes and their likenesses signed a release ahead of time explaining that the 3-D scans would only be used for the company’s research. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 1 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »
PALMA DE MALLORCA — Melia Hotels International is set to debut a sprawling new all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana in time for the busy winter season.Costing $110 million and featuring 288 suite-style accommodations, The Grand Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real is located 30 minutes from Punta Cana International Airport on the famed Playa de Bavaro. Upon completion, it will also boast seven restaurants and bars, a full-service spa, kids club, aqua adventure park and a wellness facility with gym equipment.Rooms will range from 800 to over 3,000 square feet, with suites including either one or two bedrooms, living and dining spaces, soaking tubs, walk-in showers, private balconies with hydro-massage whirlpool tubs and outdoor living spaces. Most noteworthy of the suites are The Grand Reserve’s Swim-Up Suites featuring one or two bedrooms, direct access to an exclusive pool, lush garden areas and a solarium.Co-existing with hotel guests will be an additional 144 suites for members of Circle by Melia for a total of 432 suites in the entire building. Launched in 2016, Circle by Melia is Melia Hotels International’s vacation membership program that includes private transfers, exclusive dining experiences, spa treatments and special add-on amenities for children and couples.More news: Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJOther top selling points will be the Cigar Bar, coming this winter, The Grand Reserve Spa by Natura Bissé featuring 14 treatment rooms and a relaxation room, and Stay at One & Play at Three privileges, which include complete access to the extensive property offerings at both The Reserve and Paradisus Palma Real.“We’re eager and excited to welcome The Grand Reserve to the Melia Hotels International family later this year, said Alvaro Tejada, Senior Vice President for the Americas for Melia Hotels International.” With its unique design superior amenities and new technological advancements, The Grand Reserve is set to radically transform the way travelers experience our hotels in the Dominican Republic.”In addition to The Grand Reserve, Melia Hotels International is transforming its Meliá Caribe Tropical property into two distinct properties: Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort for adults only, and Meliá Caribe Beach resort for families, set to be completed by November 2018. Share Thursday, June 21, 2018 Posted by Tags: Melia Hotels, Punta Cana Travelweek Group Opening this December: Melia’s newest resort in Punta Cana << Previous PostNext Post >>
6. Ohrid, Republic of MacedoniaIf you only see one place in the Republic of Macedonia, let it be Ohrid. Situated on one of Europe’s oldest, deepest and most enchanting lakes, Lake Ohrid, it’s one of the most popular summer resort towns in the Balkans. It might be wise to avoid peak season, unless you are a die-hard nightlife fan and you don’t mind paying double or triple prices. Related7 beautiful places to visit in MontenegroIt might be small in size, but certainly not in character. With spectacular scenery and picturesque towns, Montenegro has plenty to offer.Balkanology.com – Website of the WeekFor all their allure, most countries in the Balkan region still remain relatively untravelledBalkans booming; Brits travel plans for summer revealed by SkyscannerBalkans booming; Brits travel plans for summer revealed by Skyscanner 2. Sarajevo, Bosnia & HerzegovinaPerhaps no other city in the region warms the heart at the mention of its name as much as Sarajevo. East meets west is the easiest way to describe the aesthetics and mood of the place, but how it makes you feel on the inside when you are walking its streets and drinking kafa in its cozy cafes is reason enough to book your ticket. 7. Tirana, AlbaniaThis city might be a surprising addition to the list, but as a colourful, quirky gateway to the rest of Albania and subsequently some of the best beaches in Europe, it had to make the cut. Tirana is probably unlike any capital city you have ever visited, but what else would you expect from a country that was for the most part isolated from the rest of the world for nearly half a century? 3. Kotor, MontenegroKotor is one of the most magical towns along Montenegro’s Adriatic coast. Tucked down south in the Bay of Kotor, it is surrounded by sweeping mountain views. Its Medieval old town gets pretty jammed in July and August, but for the most part Kotor has retained most of its authenticity and charm. 8. Prizren, KosovoAs the cultural capital of Kosovo, Prizren might be the best place to start on a visit to the second-newest nation in the world. Once a prominent city under the Ottoman Empire, you can still find quite a bit of architecture from that era around town, and Turkish as a widely-spoken and understood language. The city comes alive in August when Dokufest, an international documentary and short film festival, takes over with its exhibitions, screenings, and parties. 5. Plovdiv, BulgariaPlovdiv, Bulgaria is thought to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe which you won’t be able to fully digest until you make your way up to the 2nd Century Roman amphitheatre of Philippopolis. It was only discovered in 1968, somewhat by accident, during the construction of a tunnel through the mountain. Although there are plenty of things to see and do in town, it also makes a great base for exploring Bulgaria’s Thracian wine region. Follow many more of Larissa’s adventures on her blog The Blonde Gypsy, as well as on Facebook and Instagram. If you enjoyed this, you’ll like these by Larissa:– 8 great places to visit in Portugal – On the Road with The Blonde Gypsy: 10 amazing places to visit on an epic journey from Europe to AsiaReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Having fallen in love at first sight with this beautiful but complex region of SE Europe, the Balkans and I have been in a pretty steady relationship ever since.A diamond in a post-war and post-Communist/Socialist rough, it has exploded as a tourist destination over the past few years. It was only a matter of time before people put aside their doubts and saw it for what it is: one of Europe’s greatest treasures.From the Adriatic to the relatively untouched Dinaric Alps, this often-overlooked region of Europe truly has it all and for nearly half the cost of most other places on the continent. As with most rising stars on the travel scene, it still has some hurdles to overcome, and a visit sooner rather than later is highly recommended as it’s only a matter of time before prices rise and the crowds arrive.Though one could spend years, probably even decades, exploring all there is to see in the Balkans, here are eight great places to start with.1. Belgrade, Serbia‘Vibrant’ isn’t strong enough a word to describe Serbia’s beloved capital. It’s true that you can find a party going on every night of the week, and with layers upon layers of history, from ancient to modern, you will not be at a loss for cultural things to see and do. Rapidly-changing Belgrade is well on its way to being one of the coolest capital cities in Europe. 4. Split, CroatiaThere are ancient ruins all over Europe, but there is no other place you will be as immersed in them as in Split – that is, assuming you spend most of your time within the walls of 1600 year-old Diocletian’s Palace. While it has traditionally been the main port for exploring the nearby Dalmatian islands, it has blossomed into a destination worthy of spending a few days rather than a few hours. Along with the arrival of lots of new restaurants and classy places to stay, the attractions of Mosor mountain and Krka National Park are close by.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Detroit artists marking Black Music Month with concert by The Associated Press Posted Jun 12, 2019 6:15 am PDT DETROIT — The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is marking Black Music Month with a concert featuring many of Detroit’s prominent musical, visual and literary artists.Singer Joan Belgrave, wife of late jazz trumpeting great Marcus Belgrave, is producing and performing at the June 27 concert, “Our Music Our Lives.”The show aims to explore connections between music and the American black experience, and will include works from slavery through modern times. The concert will span several genres, including R&B, jazz, gospel, blues and spoken word. Dance and graphic art also will be featured.Scheduled performers also include Mark Scott of the Miracles, Motown Legends Gospel Choir, poet and playwright Bill Harris and the Lisa McCall Dancers.Black Music Month was recognized by President Jimmy Carter 40 years ago.The Associated Press