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Jamaica Wins ‘Favourite Worldwide Destination’ at the British Travel Awards

first_imgLONDON — Jamaica was been named the ‘Favourite Worldwide Destination’ by the readers of British Travel Awards’ ‘Check In’ magazine. The island took the top spot from more than 70 other destinations in the magazine’s new Readers’ Choice Awards, announced at the weekend. The Readers’ Choice Awards are voted for exclusively by readers of Check In, the online interactive magazine of the British Travel Awards. It is the largest awards programme in the United Kingdom (UK), created to recognise the most successful travel companies and destinations. Regional Director of the Jamaica Tourist Board for the UK and Northern Europe, Elizabeth Fox, said the award was especially significant as it was the only award voted for by the public. “We are incredibly proud that Jamaica was voted ‘Favourite Worldwide Destination’. As the only award voted for by the public, this accolade is especially significant. Jamaica has so much to offer, not least year-round sunshine and great value for money, and we hope to be able to extend Jamaica’s warmth and hospitality to more British visitors next year,” she stated. The winners of the 2012 British Travel Awards were announced at a ceremony held at Battersea Evolution in Battersea Park, London.last_img read more

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LinManuel Miranda To Be Honored With Latin Recording Academy Presidents Merit Award

first_imgPerformances by current Latin GRAMMY nominees Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga, Bronco, CNCO, Lila Downs, Nicky Jam, Carlos Vives, and Sebastián Yatra, along with a special appearance from Mexican duo Ha*Ash, have been added to the 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards.The Biggest Night in Latin Music will air live on the Univision Network Nov. 16 from 8–11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Additionally, award-winning composer, lyricist, and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda will be honored with The Latin Recording Academy President’s Merit Award for his outstanding and numerous contributions to the Latin community.The President’s Merit Award is an exceptional honor that has been presented to only a very exclusive and limited group of individuals.“We are honored to present Mr. Lin-Manuel Miranda with the prestigious President’s Merit Award at this year’s 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards in recognition of his artistry, vision and the masterful ways he uses his craft to empower and highlight Latin-related issues in the United States,” said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy. “Lin-Manuel’s urban and social poetry have provided strength and encouragement to every Latino motivated to get ahead. He has brought pride to our community by reminding us of the resilience and fortitude we demonstrate on a daily basis.”Mr. Miranda recently unveiled the bilingual single “Almost Like Praying”. In a little over a week the single jolted to #1 on the digital songs chart and debuted at #20 on Billboard’s Hot 100 with over 111k downloads. All proceeds and streams of the charity single have gone towards The Hispanic Federation’s UNIDOS Disaster Relief Fund in an effort to aid in Puerto Rico’s recovery efforts.The 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards is supported by Univision’s multiple platforms, which include digital, social and radio, and feature video interviews and photos, an extensive archive of past shows, a live blog, behind-the-scenes footage and dedicated forums for fans to share their excitement leading up to the live broadcast on www.latingrammy.com and www.univision.com/latingrammy. Univision Radio is the official Spanish-language radio network of the Latin GRAMMY Awards.Additionally, the telecast will be distributed internationally to more than 80 countries.last_img read more

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DDay for May as she seeks backing for draft Brexit deal

first_imgLONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to face her divided Cabinet in a bid to win support for a draft Brexit deal with the European Union.Negotiators from the two sides have reached agreement on divorce terms, including a plan to resolve the key issue of the Irish border.But pro-Brexit lawmakers in May’s divided Conservative Party are angry, saying the agreement will leave Britain tethered to the EU after it departs in March.Failure to secure Cabinet backing will leave May’s leadership in doubt and the Brexit process in chaos.If Cabinet supports the deal Wednesday, it needs approval from the EU at a summit in the next few weeks. Then May will need to win backing from Parliament, where pro-Brexit and pro-EU legislators alike are threatening to oppose it.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Dozens buried by landslide at unlicensed Indonesia gold mine

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesian authorities say dozens of people are believed buried by a landslide at an unlicensed gold mine in North Sulawesi province.The national disaster agency said Wednesday that one person is confirmed dead and at least 13 injured.Its statement said, “It is estimated that as many as 60 people are buried under landslide and rock material.”The agency said the mine collapsed on Tuesday evening due to unstable soil and the large number of mining holes.The Associated Press read more

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Fairfax Financial says chief financial officer David Bonham died suddenly

Companies in this story: (TSX:FFH) The Canadian Press TORONTO — Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. says chief financial David Bonham died suddenly during the weekend.Fairfax chief executive Prem Watsa says the entire Fairfax family mourns the sudden and unexpected loss.John Varnell, Fairfax’s vice-president, corporate development, has been appointed to serve as chief financial officer on an interim basis.Varnell previously served as the chief financial officer of Fairfax on two occasions, as well as the chief financial officer of Northbridge Financial Corp. and Fairfax India Holdings Corp.Fairfax is a holding company with subsidiaries in property and casualty insurance and reinsurance. read more

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UPDATE Woman reported missing has been located

A Port Rowan woman who was reported missing Thursday evening has been located in Toronto.Gudrun H. Anagnostou, 78, was located “safe and sound” early Friday evening, said Norfolk OPP.She arrived at her Toronto destination at about 6 p.m.“Family members are extremely relieved that mom has made it home. The biggest thing right now is that mom is in good health and she actually made it to her destination,” Norfolk OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk said in a social media post.Sanchuk also thanked the media and public for posting and sharing the missing person report on social media.Family contacted police around 10:30 p.m. Thursday after  failed to arrive at her daughter’s home in Toronto as planned.Police had earlier determined that Anagnostou attended an appointment in Simcoe before gassing up her blue Hyundai Elantra vehicle in Hagersville around 4:50 p.m. Thursday. read more

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Madagascar Annan urges parties to find negotiated solution to crisis

A spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement released on Thursday evening that the Secretary-General, who has been following very closely the situation in the country since the first round of presidential elections of 16 December 2001, rejected any attempts to take power outside of constitutional procedures.’The Secretary-General calls on the parties to respect the agreement concluded under the auspices of the OAU and urges them to work within the framework of the recently established joint commission to find a negotiated solution to the crisis,’ the statement said.The results of the elections last December called for a second round of balloting. read more

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Scotlands transport minister caught driving without insurance

first_imgHe told the Scottish Sun: “It is a complete and genuine mistake and I’m mortified that this has happened.”He said he had co-operated fully with the authorities and would “not be contesting the issue”.Mr Yousaf added:” I will accept any penalty imposed and have taken immediate steps to update my insurance cover.”This was an honest mistake, and an embarrassing one for me personally, however it underlines the importance of being properly insured at all times.”I hope my example reminds others to check their insurance and I remain committed to my work to improve Scotland’s transport system for everyone.” The minister has been under pressure in recent weeks following widespread criticism over the performance of ScotRail since the Dutch firm Abellio took over the contract for the rail franchise last year. Scotland’s transport minister has admitted he was “mortifed” and “embarrassed” after being caught driving without insurance.Humza Yousaf was driving a friend’s car when he was stopped in a routine check in the Highlands.He blamed the incident on a mix-up a mix-up in the insurance paperwork following the breakdown of his marriage which meant he did not have the necessary cover to drive other vehicles as he was a “named driver” rather than the policy holder.The minister said he would not be contesting the charge and urged others to check their own insurance documents.Police Scotland pulled the car over on the A835 near Dingwall at around 7pm on December 2.Mr Yousaf was sharing the driving with a friend on the way to a St Andrew’s Night dinner in Ullapool in the Scottish Highlands at the time.He said: “I believed I was in possession of fully comprehensive insurance, not just for my own car, and as such that I was insured to drive vehicles other than my own.”If I had had even the slightest doubt about my insurance I would not have driven the car.“Unfortunately, on investigation, it appears that following the breakup of my marriage and transfer of ownership of our car I did not complete the process of taking over as the main policy holder, which would have enabled me to drive other vehicles – which my policy had previously enabled me to do. However, I remained insured to drive my own car at all times throughout.” 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. ScotRail Mr Yousaf has been under pressure over performance of ScotRailCredit:Gettylast_img read more

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YouTube glider Balleka died in crash after seeking out challenging conditions

first_img 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. “Given the experience of the pilot, the decision to launch seems a reasonable choice.”Mr Wright’s friends told investigators they decided to fly on the day in the hope of experiencing an “epic wave”. The Devon and Somerset Gliding Club paid tribute to the “highly experienced pilot” who was always “full of energy and loved every aspect of aviation”.   A popular YouTube glider pilot died in a crash after seeking out “challenging” conditions in the hope of experiencing an “epic wave”, a crash investigation has found.Matt Wright, whose YouTube videos under the name Balleka gained millions of views, died when his glider crashed after taking off from Brentor Airfield in Devon in December 2016.The 47-year-old, who gained thousands of YouTube subscribers, said his videos captured the “joy and wonder” of his soaring adventures around the world.He decided to take off in “turbulent” conditions, with gusts of up to 30 knots (35mph) reported, despite having witnessed another glider pilot aborting his flight due to the strong winds.Investigators believe his craft was hit by a downdraft as it turned left, possibly as he attempted to abort his own flight and land.center_img “The pilot in this accident was experienced, was current and was known for his interest in seeking out challenging flying conditions,” the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) report said.”He and his group had travelled to the site precisely because of the conditions as they believed this would offer them the opportunity for high-performance gliding.”The pilot had flown in very demanding conditions previously.”At this level, gliding is a high-performance sporting activity and the pilot knew of and accepted the degree of hazard to achieve high-performance flight.last_img read more

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DENMARK Aalborgs Gigantium is sold out for the PlayOff Final

← Previous Story SLOVAK SYMPHONY: Amazing work by Cip & Radcenko Next Story → Swiss Cup trophy goes to Schaffhausen! Denmark Aalborg Handbold and KIF Kolding Kobenhavn will play for the Danish title in two matches on May 9 and 16. Two best teams will decided who is the best Danish squad as last year when Aalborg won the final series convincingly. Current champions have already announced that tickets for the first match at home next Friday are sold. Over 4.600 fans will support their players in Gigantium and cheer for the best possible result before second leg in Kolding a week after…Skjern and TVIS Team Holstebro will play for the third place – bronze position.Results of the semi-finals:Aalborg Handbold – Skjern 28:27 – 27:26Kif Kolding Kobenhavn – Team TVIS Holstebro 24:23 – 25:23 read more

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Convict past for first Greeks in Aus

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The first Greeks to walk on Australian soil were convicts, according to the late historian Hugh Gilchrist. As we celebrate 184 years of their first arrival on August 28, we remember the seven sailors from the island of Hydra who were convicted of piracy by a British naval court in 1829. The Greek sailors were dispatched to serve out the term of their sentence in the colony of New South Wales. According to Mr Gilchrist (1916-2010), former ambassador of Australia to Greece and author of the three volume history Australians and Greeks, the sailors were crew members of the ship Hercules which attacked the British Ship Alceste off the shore of Libya and removed part of its cargo in July 1827. When the Greek convicts were eventually pardoned in 1834, five of them decided to leave Australia, while two remained in the country’s settlements. The two who chose to stay were Gikas Voulgaris and Antonios Manolis. The latter married an Irish woman and became a farmer in Picton, approximately 80 km south west from Sydney. His grave in Picton can still be seen today. The first free Greek migrant to Australia was Katerina Georgia Plessos (1809-1907), who arrived in Sydney with her husband Major James Crummer in 1835. They married in 1827 on the small Ionian island of Kalamos where Crummer, the island’s governor, met the young refugee woman from the Greek war of independence against the Ottoman Empire. The 1901 Australian census recorded 878 Greek-born residents, but this number however is considered to underestimate the Greek population at the time because it did not include Greeks born in parts of Greece that were still under the occupation of the Turks.last_img read more

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Working holiday visa finally approved for Greeks visiting Australia

first_imgThe long-awaited Work and Holiday Visa legislation for Australian and Greek citizens finally saw the bill published in the Greek Official Government Gazette (Φ.Ε.Κ.) this week making it official. Hopeful applicants from 18 to 31 years of age who had been waiting for both the Greek and Australian governments to complete “necessary domestic processes”.As of Wednesday 500 applicants a year coming from Greece will be able to travel, reside and legally work in Australia for up to 12 months under the ΦΕΚ B’ 4488/2017 specifications as referred to in the Greek Official Government Gazette.The agreement is an outcome of a Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) initiative with talks spanning over six years. Following Greek Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Terence Quick’s visit to Melbourne the issue was reopened with the promise to accelerate procedures.“Another commitment to the Greek diaspora in Australia and the Australian government has been fulfilled, for an issue presented to me by Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop during our meeting in Canberra,” Mr Quick stated adding that this has been a loose end since 2014.“The passing of the legislation highlights the endeavor and persistence of the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM). The legislation was an initiative of Costas Markos and involved the speedy resolution of them Minister Bowen. Australia and Greece share a rich history. The agreement adds to the ties that bind the two countries,” President of the GCM Mr .Bill Papastergiadis told Neos Kosmos in a previous interview.Neos Kosmos will be following up for updates. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Oddball Moon Among 12 New Discoveries Orbiting Jupiter

first_imgStay on target Scientists Discover Possible Interstellar VisitorWater Vapor Detected on Potentially ‘Habitable’ Planet Of the dozen new moons discovered orbiting Jupiter (bringing the planet’s total to a whopping 79), one really stands out.During the hunt for a possible massive planet beyond Pluto, a team of astronomers stumbled upon a new revelation—12, to be exact.“Jupiter just happened to be in the sky near the search fields where we were looking for extremely distant Solar System objects,” according to the Carnegie Institution for Science’s Scott Sheppard. “So we were serendipitously able to look for new moons around Jupiter while at the same time looking for planets at the fringes of our Solar System.”Nine of the new moons are part of an outer swarm that orbit in the opposite direction of Jupiter’s rotation; these retrograde satellites take about two years to circle the planet, and are likely remnants of larger bodies that broke apart during collisions.Another two orbs were spotted among the inner group of moons, which orbit in the prograde (same direction), and take slightly less than a year to travel around Jupiter. They are thought to be fragments of a previously crumbled moon.“Our other discovery is a real oddball and has an orbit like no other known Jovian moon,” Sheppard said. “It’s also likely Jupiter’s smallest known moon, being less than one kilometer in diameter.”The black-sheep moon boasts a 1.5-year orbit that, unfortunately for big-shot Jupiter, crosses the outer retrograde planetoids—a cosmic recipe for destruction.“This is an unstable situation,” Sheppard explained. “Head-on collisions would quickly break apart and grind the objects down to dust.”Which could explain the theory that this wee moon is the final dregs of a once-larger prograde-orbiting satellite, corroded over time by bumps and scrapes with other celestial bodies.Scientists proposed naming it Valetudo, after Roman god Jupiter’s great-granddaughter, the goddess of health and hygiene.Initial discovery of most of the new moons were made on the Blanco 4-meter telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American in Chile. Several telescopes were used to confirm the findings.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Smile! It’s Alpacapalooza

first_imgIt’s like a magical scene from some animated Disney musical: hundreds of gorgeously colorful and sensually soft sweaters, blankets, hats, scarves, shawls, mittens and slippers, all strolling humbly about with bemused smiles on their sweet, fuzzy faces.That scene may be imaginary, but it’s not too far from the truth. One of the main events at this weekend’s Alpacapalooza at the Clark County Events Center at the Fairgrounds will be a “walking fleece” competition — in other words, the fleece is still on the animal while judges examine and render a verdict on length, luster, texture and uniformity. While that’s happening, proud alpaca owners and spectators may well glimpse the future in that living parade of luxurious clothing.For other alpaca fans, it’s less about potential commerce than about actual cute. “The big brown eyes and soft cuddly feeling” is what Karen Rice said she and her daughter, Pam Conrad, fell in love with when they attended their first Alpacapalooza in 2011. A few farm visits later, the mother and daughter duo decided that raising alpacas would make an excellent hobby.But it’s become so much more than that, Rice reported last week. Serendipity Alpaca Ranch, in Ridgefield, has turned into a dual-property operation with a thriving herd and a busy retail storefront, Rice said.“Our main purpose is focusing on the beautiful fiber,” she said. “I work with the fiber every way I can. We have expanded our operations and expanded our farm store. It’s been well-received by the community. It’s been a great success.”last_img read more