Navy member arrested over abduction of 11 youth

The Navy member is attached to the Kankesanthurai Navy camp.Last year former Navy Lieutenant Commander Chandana Hettiaracchi aka Navy Sampath, was was among the key suspects arrested over the abduction of the 11 youth. The 11 youth had been abducted in Colombo and the suburbs between 2008 and 2009. (Colombo Gazette) Another member of the Sri Lanka Navy has been arrested over the abduction of 11 youth.The Police said that the Navy member was arrested, specifically over the disappearance of three of the 11 youth. read more

Seasonal celebrations happening around campus

The Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute is having a seasonal celebration tomorrow and everyone is welcome.The event will be Thursday, Dec. 9 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Inniskillin Hall. For more information, contact Jennifer Roberts at or 905-688-5550 x4949.Other seasonal celebrations have been happening around campus. The Office of International Services and Programs Abroad held its annual Christmas banquet recently. Students, faculty and staff rang in the season with a sold-out dinner that included a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.Pictured below are, from left, students Sabrina, Tony, Rina and Gayathri. read more

Mazda Fiat to work together on developing manufacturing small convertible

Mazda, Fiat to work together on developing, manufacturing small convertible AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TOKYO – Mazda Motor Corp. and Fiat SpA are working together on developing and manufacturing a roadster, or two-seater convertible, although the automakers will come up with different, distinctly styled models.The deal with Fiat of Italy, which controls U.S. automaker Chrysler, serves as a perk for a money-losing Mazda, and highlights the Japanese automaker’s trademark product — the bestselling roadster of all time.Both sides said in a release Wednesday they had signed an agreement to work together, but each manufacturer will use its own engine and styling.They declined to give details, but said their co-operation on Fiat’s Alfa Romeo model and a Mazda model will be based on Mazda’s “next-generation MX-5 rear-wheel-drive architecture.”Hiroshima-based Mazda has been struggling, racking up four straight years of red ink, after its ties with U.S. automaker Ford Motor Co. weakened.“Establishing technology and product development alliances is one of Mazda’s corporate objectives, and this announcement with Fiat is an important first step in that direction,” said Mazda President Takashi Yamanouchi.Fiat Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne said working with Mazda was part of an effort to grow into “a truly global brand,” and deliver “an exciting and stylish roadster in the Alfa Romeo tradition.”Fiat has had a joint venture with Tata in India since 2006. Many automakers have their eyes on the growth potential of Asia amid a lagging European market.Speculation has been rife that Mazda might need a partner, perhaps one of the emerging Chinese makers, if it hopes to ride out the intense competition in the industry.For the fiscal year ended March, Mazda’s losses ballooned from 60 billion yen to 107 billion yen ($1.3 billion) as vehicle sales declined across all regions except for North America.It is planning a return to the black for the fiscal year through March 2013.Dearborn-based Ford bought 25 per cent of Mazda in 1979, raising it to 33.4 per cent in 1996. But Ford began cutting ties in 2008, and in 2010 lowered its ownership to 3.5 per cent.Ford now has a 2 per cent stake in Mazda. Mazda and Ford have partnerships in production in China, Thailand and North America.Mazda does not have flashy green technologies of the bigger Japanese rivals, like Toyota Motor Corp.’s hybrids or Nissan Motor Co.’s electric car. Last year, it said it will stop making its reputed rotary engine in yet another, although symbolic, blow.___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at by News Staff Posted May 23, 2012 9:57 am MDT read more

DR Congo UN official welcomes Security Council action in efforts against conflictrelated

“The Security Council’s sanctions committee for the DRC has led the way in focusing on crimes of sexual violence,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, added in a news release. “I also welcome the designation of Lt. Col. Eric Badege and Jean-Marie Lugerero Runinga of M23 for serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law,” she continued.On the last day of 2012, the Security Council’s so-called ‘1533 Committee’ added the FDLR and the M23 – as well as Lt. Col. Badege and Mr. Runinga – to its list of individuals and entities subject to sanctions. The Committee is named after the Council’s resolution 1533. Agreed on in 2004, the resolution deals with sanctions including an arms embargo which applies to non-governmental entities and individuals operating in DRC and which are not part of the Government’s integrated army or police units, as well as targeted travel and financial sanctions against individuals or entities that have violated the embargo or are otherwise designated.“I urge Member States to ensure the full implementation of the measures imposed by the Security Council, including the travel ban and asset freeze,” Ms. Bangura said. In the 1533 Committee’s decision to add the two entities to the sanctions list, it noted their involvement in violations of international law, including sexual violence, amongst other violations. In relation to Mr. Runinga, the Committee noted his leadership role in the M23, while Lt. Col. Badege was identified as a military leader.The problem of armed groups in the eastern DRC has been a long-running one for many years, displacing thousands of people and causing major humanitarian problems in the area. Made up primarily of ethnic Hutu fighters linked to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, the FDLR has been active since late 1994, mainly in the country’s east. Meanwhile, the M23 – made up of former national army troops who mutinied in April and named after a 23 March 2009 peace agreement that they reportedly say has not been implemented – was active throughout 2012.M23 fighters occupied the Goma, the capital of the eastern province of North Kivu, in late November, after an advance that included clashes with the DRC armed forces, known by the French acronym FARDC.Amidst widespread condemnation and calls for their withdrawal, they pulled out from the city of one million after 11 days in accordance with requirements laid out by a regional inter-governmental organization – the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) – and monitored by some of the 1,500 peacekeepers in the city, stationed there by the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO). M23 representatives are currently reported to be in peace talks, taking place in Uganda, with the DRC Government.“I condemn reported acts of violence being committed in areas controlled by armed groups, including M23 and FDLR,” Ms. Bangura said. “These recent sanctions by the Security Council serve as a reminder and signal of intent that they will be held accountable for all acts of sexual violence committed in these zones.”The Special Representative also called for the ICGLR to assist the DRC authorities in preventing and responding to conflict-related sexual violence in the eastern DRC – in accordance with the 2010 Declaration of Heads of State and Government of Member States of the ICGLR on the Prevention of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and the 2006 Protocol on the Prevention and Suppression of Sexual Violence against Women and Girls.“The prevention of and response to the epidemic of sexual violence in DRC requires a new impetus and multiple partnerships – it is one of many crimes that is certain to be committed when conflict breaks out and families are vulnerable and displaced,” the UN official said. “Unfortunately, it is a scene that is bound to be repeated in the DRC unless we put an immediate end to it.” In addition, Ms. Bangura called on DRC’s Prime Minister Matata Ponyo Mapon to immediately investigate and prosecute the recent conflict-related sexual violence crimes committed by the FARDC and other forces in Minova, located in South Kivu province, and in Munigi and Goma, located in North Kivu province, in November 2012. “I also urge the Prime Minister to fully implement the National Strategy to Combat Gender-Based Violence and develop an action plan for the prevention and response to conflict-related sexual violence committed by the security forces and armed groups in DRC,” she added. read more

2013 will be decisive year for IsraeliPalestinian peace process Ban tells UN

“2013 will be a decisive year for the two-State solution,” Mr. Ban said in a message delivered on his behalf to the UN Seminar on Assistance to the Palestinian People, which began today in Rome. “Failure to make tangible progress only means the continuation of suffering, violence and instability in the whole region.” The two-day seminar, organized by the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, is the first such gathering since the General Assembly voted in November 2012 to accord Palestine non-member observer State status at the UN. In his message, delivered by Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, Mr. Ban stated that the 45-year occupation – “as demeaning to the inhabitants as it is destabilizing for the region” – must end. “Jerusalem must emerge through negotiations as the future capital of two States. As provided in the Road Map, there should be an agreed, just, fair and realistic solution to the refugee issue. Both parties must live up to their commitment to resolving these and all other core issues, namely, territory, security, settlements and water.”The Road Map is the internationally endorsed plan for two States, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security.The Secretary-General also noted that the meeting takes place as the Palestinian Government faces an unprecedented financial crisis that puts at risk the significant achievements in institution-building made in recent years under the leadership of President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad. “We cannot afford to jeopardize this progress and the considerable investments that have been made by the international community, including the United Nations,” he said, calling on all donors, especially Arab countries, to fulfil their pledges and further increase their support. The UN continues its support to Palestinian institution-building, and provides critical humanitarian assistance in both the West Bank and Gaza, he said. In response to continuing needs, the UN and its partners are seeking $400 million for humanitarian action this year, with a focus on food insecurity and protection. “Currently, however, the viability of Palestinian institutions stands on political quicksand, and their future is closely linked to concrete achievements towards the two-State solution, in which Israel and Palestine live side-by-side in peace, security and mutual recognition of each other’s legitimate rights, including self-determination,” Mr. Ban stated.“There is no substitute for negotiations towards this end, and the parties should refrain from any action that undermines prospects for their resumption.” He also voiced dismay at Israel’s continuing settlement activity in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, all of which is illegal under international law and constitutes “ever-greater impediments” to an eventual peaceful solution.Also of concern is the situation in Gaza, where 80 per cent of the Palestinian residents depend on humanitarian aid as a result of the Israeli blockade, which has been in place for nearly six years.The Secretary-General also voiced deep concern, as have other UN officials this week, about the death on Saturday of Palestinian prisoner Arafat Jaradat just days after he was detained by Israeli security forces. “An independent and transparent investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Jaradat’s death should be conducted urgently, the results of which should be made public as soon as possible,” he stated. “Similarly, a solution must be urgently found for the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody whose health conditions have dramatically deteriorated as a result of their prolonged hunger strike.” Abdou Salam Diallo, Chairman of the Palestinian Rights Committee, echoed the Secretary-General’s call for an investigation into Mr. Jaradat’s death, and into prison conditions in general. The Committee, he added, had “knocked on every door,” including of the Security Council and the International Committee of the Red Cross, advocating the speedy release of prisoners, particularly those on hunger strike, whose lives were in imminent danger.Mr. Diallo too said that 2013 would be a “pivotal year” for the peace process and that a push by the international community was needed on multiple fronts – political, economic, legal and others – to re-launch international engagement, restart meaningful negotiations, achieve reconciliation, strengthen Palestinian institutions, and end the Gaza blockade. read more

Pinnacle Concludes Track and Field Season

Lady Panther Brielle Motte earned fourth place in the high jump at the state competition. Brigham Young University hosted the 1A State Track and Field meet over the past weekend in Provo.Brielle Motte and Landen Hardy were the bright spots for Pinnacle this year. Each ended the season with fourth place finishes in the high jump and 800 meter, respectively. Motte’s five points created a tie for 13th place overall in the girls’ team scores. Pinnacle finished in 15th in the boys’ side with Hardy’s five points. read more

Football Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer to receive contract extension through

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer speaks to the media on Dec. 28 prior to the 2017 Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorUrban Meyer has spent the past six seasons as Ohio State’s head coach and the university plans to have him lead the Buckeyes at least five more seasons.With Meyer’s contract set to expire in three years, Athletic Director Gene Smith sat down with the coach after the Cotton Bowl and discussed an extension. At a press conference Wednesday morning, Smith said Ohio State will add two seasons to Meyer’s contract to extend it through the 2022-23 season, when Meyer will be 58 years old. Smith did not specify how much Meyer would make with the extension. “We’re going to sign an extension here soon because the university has been good enough to extend something to me,” Meyer said.Smith made a recommendation to President Michael Drake that Meyer’s contract be extended, a motion Drake supported for Smith to pursue. Smith will present the Board with the extension in April.Smith said it is typical for coaches to receive extensions once their contracts have three or less years remaining, regardless of the sport.“But once we got south of that four years, it’s typical, I don’t care where you are, for that issue to come up about ‘He’s not going to be there when [a recruit is] a senior,’” Smith said. “It’s simple. That’s the way it’s always been. So yes, when that came up, I knew it was going to come up, it was just a matter of getting it done.”Smith said Meyer needed the extension so his remaining years are not used against him on the recruiting trail. Five-star offensive tackle prospect and Clemson signee Jackson Carman said Tiger head coach Dabo Swinney said Meyer is on the back end of his career.“He’s got three years left and it probably hurts in recruiting, so we need to sit and I brought it to him and said, ‘Hey, we need to talk about an extension in order to alleviate some of those concerns,” Smith said. “I know how healthy he is, how excited he is to be here. So, we just need to deal with that.”Meyer made $6.4 million in base salary last season. Smith said Meyer’s extension will not be in the range of Alabama’s Nick Saban, who made $11,132,000 last season, and Jimbo Fisher, who signed a 10-year, $75-million contract with Texas A&M. At a Board of Trustees’ Talent and Compensation meeting on Thursday, Smith called Alabama’s coaching salaries a “reactionary type of management” and said Fisher’s contract is “so ridiculous.” He also said he disregards outliers, such as Saban’s and Fisher’s contracts because they are outliers. On Wednesday, he said he did not believe in 10-year contracts.Meyer has compiled a 73-9 record in his six seasons as Ohio State’s head coach. The Buckeyes went 12-2 last year and finished the season with a victory against USC in the Cotton Bowl. read more

A Chart For Predicting PenaltyShootout Odds in Real Time

If you’ve come here during a penalty shootout, scroll down for some cool charts. The next several paragraphs explain our methodology in some detail.FiveThirtyEight has some credibility staked on the performance of the Brazilian national team. It was our pretournament favorite to win the World Cup. (Many other forecasts had Brazil favored, but not as heavily as we did.) So, like the 23 Brazilians on the pitch and the 200 million watching at home, we were sweating the outcome when Brazil went to a penalty shootout with Chile on Saturday.We were curious about the Brazilians’ chances of winning at various points in the shootout. How safe were they after Brazil’s David Luiz made his first penalty and Chile’s Mauricio Pinilla missed his? How close did things get after the shootout was tied at 2-2, and how bad would it have been if Neymar had then missed for Brazil?What follows is a series of charts to provide some reasonable estimates of these probabilities. We’ll start with the case in which both teams are assumed to be equally likely to convert penalty kicks, and then explore alternatives where one team (perhaps like Brazil against Chile) might be thought to have a marginal edge.There’s a cottage industry around predicting the outcome of penalty kicks. Some theories are worth exploring. There’s some evidence, for example, that whichever team shoots first has a slight advantage. Others are probably more dubious and may rely on overinterpreting evidence from small sample sizes (see Phil Birnbaum’s cautionary note for more on this).Our goal is not to litigate those theories. Instead, we make some simple assumptions: that the outcome of one penalty kick is independent from the next one, and that a team’s chances of making a penalty is consistent with long-run averages.In the history of the World Cup, teams have made 71.5 percent of their penalty-shootout kicks. But the sample size is not huge, and the percentage has been slightly higher — closer to 75 percent — in other major international tournaments like the European Championships. So we fudge just a pinch upward and assume that the long-run rate of made penalties in the World Cup is 72.5 percent.It’s important to clarify that this percentage pertains to penalty kicks attempted during shootouts. The success rate is higher — in the range of 75 to 80 percent — for penalties attempted after a foul is called in the box in regulation play. But those cases are a little different. A team will usually designate its best penalty taker to make the one attempt instead of having to rotate through at least five players as in a shootout. (If Neymar or Lionel Messi got to make every attempt, the success rate in shootouts would rise.) Furthermore, the rebound is live in penalties attempted during regulation play; rebounds are not live during a shootout. (Even if goals scored on the rebound are not counted as penalty-kick conversions, the possibility of a rebound may affect the strategy of the kick taker and the goalkeeper.) Finally, players may be under more pressure during a shootout, and they’ll have the opportunity to alter their behavior after observing their teammates’ kicks.So to repeat: Our initial assumption is simply that each penalty kick has a 72.5 percent chance of being made. From there, calculating the probability of a team winning the shootout is fairly straightforward given any condition of the game (for instance, a team being ahead 2-1 after each team has attempted three penalties). The technique we’re applying is technically known as a Markov chain, but that makes it sound more elaborate than it is.Time for the first chart. This assumes two-evenly matched teams, which we’ll call Team A and Team B. Team A shoots first.You can follow the action by moving down one row after every penalty-kick attempt. Whenever Team A makes a penalty, move down and to the left. Whenever Team B does, move down and to the right. When there’s a miss, move straight down (don’t alter your horizontal direction). A cell tinged in blue means that Team A is favored to win the shootout, and one tinged in red means that Team B is favored instead.As an example, we’ll take the shootout in the 1994 World Cup final between Italy (the Azzurri shot first, so they are Team A, in blue) and Brazil (Team B, in red). The teams were about evenly matched, so we’ll assume that the probability was 50-50 going in. Here’s what happened next: Italy’s first kick. An errant attempt by Franco Baresi, which sails over the crossbar. Move due south on the chart. Brazil — Team B, in red — is now a 70 percent favorite.Brazil’s first kick. But Brazil’s Márcio Santos misses, too! Terrific anticipation by Italian goalkeeper Gianluca Pagliuca. Move straight down again: we’re back to 50-50.Italy’s second kick. Italy’s Demetrio Albertini makes his penalty. Move down and to the left. Italy, up 1-0, is a 58 percent favorite.Brazil’s second kick. Romário notches a kick off the left crossbar. Move down and right. We’re tied 1-1, and the probabilities are at 50-50 again.Italy’s third kick. Brazil goalkeeper Claudio Taffarel guesses the right direction — but is much too late to stop Italy’s Alberigo Evani. Move down and to the left. Italy is ahead 2-1 and has a 59 percent chance of winning.Brazil’s third kick. Brazil’s Branco equalizes. Down and to the right. Back to 50-50.Italy’s fourth kick. This was the pivotal penalty — it affected the odds more than any other kick (including Roberto Baggio’s infamous miss later on). Taffarel anticipates Daniele Massaro’s kick and makes one of the easier-looking saves you’ll see in a shootout. Move straight down. Although the score is tied 2-2, Brazil has an attempt in hand and is a 79 percent favorite to win.Brazil’s fourth kick. Dunga’s penalty is low and to the middle — and by Baresi. Brazil up 3-2. Look down and right on the chart: The team’s now 90 percent to win the shootout.Italy’s fifth kick. Italian star Baggio gets far too much on his attempt and it goes well over the crossbar. The Brazilian reserves rush the pitch to celebrate their World Cup championship. Presumably, you’re either celebrating too or throwing things at the television screen — either way, hope you saved that bottle of grappa. But, if you insist, move straight down the chart. You’ll encounter a solid block B — in this case, representing Brazil. This is an end condition: The penalty shootout is over, and Brazil has won.Here’s the chart with the Italy-Brazil results filled in:Sometimes the shootout can persist for more than five kicks per team. For example, one shootout in the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations featured 23 consecutive made penalties before Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o finally missed to hand Ivory Coast advancement. When this occurs, follow the loop in the chart. The situation when teams are tied after five kicks is mathematically identical to the one when they’re tied after six kicks, 12 kicks, 20 kicks or any other number.On other occasions, there may be reason to think that one team starts the shootout with an advantage. Maybe it has a better goalkeeper, or its opponent is England, or you buy the theory that the team that shoots first has an edge. There’s also some evidence that the better team based on overall measures of team quality (such as Elo ratings or the Soccer Power Index) may have some minor advantage in the shootout. Shootouts are mostly random but not entirely so.Take the case in which Team A shoots first and is the better penalty-shooting team, converting 75 percent of its penalty kicks — while Team B makes 70 percent. Team A will win the shootout about 58 percent of the time. This resembles the shootout between Brazil and Chile on Saturday: Live betting odds, before the first penalty was attempted, put Brazil’s chance of winning in the range of 55 to 60 percent. Here is the chart for that occasion:We won’t give you a complete walkthrough, but Brazil’s odds rose to 83 percent after Luiz’s make and Pinilla’s miss — and then further, to 91 percent, after Marcelo put Brazil ahead 2-0. But consecutive makes by Chile and a miss by Hulk brought Brazil’s odds down to 56 percent. Neymar made Brazil’s fifth penalty, and the team’s odds recovered to 69 percent — and Brazil won when Chile’s Gonzalo Jara hit the post. Had Neymar missed instead, Chile would have been the 83 percent favorite.Finally, here’s the case where the side that shoots second — Team B — has a slight edge and makes 75 percent of its penalties to Team A’s 70 percent.Note that Team B’s advantage amounts to the equivalent of about half a kick. If Team A makes its first penalty, and Team B still has an attempt in hand, the odds go to about 50-50. But if Team A misses, Team B’s odds rise to 77 percent despite not having yet made an attempt. read more

Man violently hurls a sheep into a field

first_imgA man who violently hurled a sheep into a field has admitted the incident was a misjudgement following an appeal for information led by the RSPCA. 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.last_img

Zidane is the best man for Manchester United job – Saha

first_imgFormer Manchester United striker Louis Saha believes Zinedine Zidane is the right manager to lead Manchester United to glory after Jose Mourinho was sacked.The former French International says Zidane who led Real Madrid to three consecutive Champions League titles before leaving will bring a new dimension to the team.In an interview with Omnisport via FourFourTwo, Saha backed former France team-mate Zidane to succeed at Old Trafford. .“For me, I am a supporter of Zidane in relation to the man,” Saha said. “He was an exceptional player, the coach, there is no equivalent.“In communication he has made a lot of progress. When I hear him talking, it’s incredible.Dani Ceballos, the most underrated Spanish player today Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 We’ve been looking for the next great Spanish player and we had him under our noses all along, meet underrated Dani Ceballos.Even though you’ve…“He breathes football, he is a passionate person, who has all the qualities to be respected. He knows how to balance attack and defence.“At Real Madrid, he had three offensive monsters, and he has to make the link with the defence. It’s huge.“For me it’s the best choice for United. I think he will have the support of the supporters, the staff, the president because he deserves it. And we’re going to give him time.”Zidane is no manager of any club at the moment and could take the job if both parties agree.last_img read more

Weather Eye Storm ushers out a wet November will December be white

first_imgNovember went out with a bang Friday evening, as a rather vigorous squall line moved through before midnight with gusty winds and heavy rain, putting some local rain amounts over the edge. November rainfall reports are coming in to me and I will report them this week. They are impressive — well above November normals. Rainfall totals in the foothills were between 15 and 25 inches. Yep that is a lot of water!Vancouver’s total at Pearson Field was 7.16 inches, 1.25 inches above average. Portland airport had 8.23 inches, 2.60 inches above average.Another juicy storm was forecast to arrive Saturday night and Sunday with heavy rains, strong winds along the ocean beaches and, in the Cascades, heavy snow at last. It could be 12 to 16 inches including the passes.Earlier it looked like we could get some strong winds here, but models as of Saturday afternoon keep any strong wind south of Portland. Still, it could be windy. The rest of the week looks unsettled with more rain and breezes.When we will get a taste of winter here in the lowlands? As of Saturday, I don’t see any chance of snow but it could drop as low as 2,000 feet later next week. So, keep dreaming of a white Christmas!Now that we are into December, it is officially winter for us weather folks while the rest of you wait for the solstice, Dec. 21 at 3:12 am.last_img read more

SUV catches fire on WB Julia Tuttle Causeway

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – An SUV burst into flames along the westbound lanes of the Julia Tuttle Causeway, leaving traffic in a standstill.Officials said the vehicle was heading westbound from Miami Beach when it ignited, Sunday morning.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews rushed to the scene and were able to safely put out the blaze.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Kacey Musgraves Chris Stapleton Join Farm Aid 2018 Lineup

first_img Farm Aid 2018 Adds Musgraves, Stapleton & More kacey-musgraves-chris-stapleton-join-farm-aid-2018-lineup Facebook Founded by Willie Nelson decades ago, the festival’s help for America’s farmers has never been more urgentPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jun 25, 2018 – 1:53 pm On June 25 Farm Aid 2018 announced it will be coming to Hartford Connecticut’s Xfinity Theatre on Sept. 22 and revealed its initial lineup with more artists to be announced soon. Among others, the festival’s leaders Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, and Neil Young will be joined this fall by GRAMMY winners Kacey Musgraves, Sturgil Simpson and Chris Stapleton.Other featured artists on the bill — so far — include regular Margo Price, Dave Matthews Band guitarist Tim Reynolds, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, and Particle Kid. This will be the festival’s 33rd year, and it has raised a total of $53 million to support family farms and good farming practices in the U.S. “Family farmers are the backbone of our country,” said Willie Nelson. “But today, they are endangered. Whether we live in cities like Hartford or the rural areas of New England, each of us has the power to create positive, lasting change in our farm and food system and strengthen farm families to help them stay on the land for generations to come.”Tickets go on sale June 29 at the Farm Aid website. Billboard confirmed, “Farm Aid is the longest-running concert for a cause in pop music history.” This will be Stapleton’s first Farm Aid performance.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more News Kacey Musgraves, Chris Stapleton Join Farm Aid 2018 Lineup Twitter Email last_img read more

IS loses holdout in south Syria

first_imgVehicles drive in a street in the rebel-held northern Syrian city of Idlib on 17 November 2018. Photo: AFPSyrian regime forces retook control of the last southern holdout of the Islamic State group Saturday, as a monitor said air strikes killed dozens in a remaining jihadist pocket in the country’s east.More than seven years into Syria’s grinding civil war, multiple forces are battling to push IS out of its remaining scraps of territory in the country.On Saturday, regime forces retook the southern area of Tulul al-Safa as the jihadists pulled back into the desert after months of fighting, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.Pro-government fighters regained control of the volcanic plateau between the provinces of Damascus and Sweida “after IS fighters withdrew from it and headed east into the Badia desert”, Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.The withdrawal likely came “under a deal with the regime forces” after weeks of encirclement and air raids, he said.In recent weeks, air strikes on the Tulul al-Safa pocket had increased and hundreds of regime fighters were sent as reinforcements, the Observatory said.State news agency SANA reported regime forces had made “a great advance in Tulul al-Safa” and said they were combing the area for any remaining jihadists.That victory has whittled down the jihadists group’s territorial control to a single pocket in the east of the country, where it faces a separate assault by US-backed forces.- Civilians killed in far east? -A Kurdish-Arab alliance supported by a US-led coalition has been fighting to expel IS from that far eastern patch near the Iraqi border since September.The Observatory said coalition air strikes early Saturday on the village of Abu al-Husn in Deir Ezzor province killed 43 people, including 36 family members of IS fighters.”It’s the highest death toll in coalition air strikes since the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched its attack against the IS pocket” in September, Abdel Rahman said.Seventeen of those killed were children, he said, while seven of the dead remained unidentified.A spokesman for the US-led coalition confirmed strikes in the area of Abu Husn, but said they had not harmed any non-combattants.”No civilian casualties are associated with the strikes in question,” spokesman Sean Ryan told AFP.”The coalition takes great measures to identify and strike appropriate ISIS targets in order to avoid non-combatant casualties,” he said, using another acronym for IS.The Observatory says coalition air raids have killed 234 civilians including 82 children since 10 September, when the SDF launched the offensive on the eastern IS holdout.It says 625 jihadists have been killed in strikes and clashes in the area during the same period.The SDF assault was slowed by a fierce jihadist fightback, and then briefly put on hold to protest Turkish shelling of Kurdish militia positions in northern Syria.- ‘Careful advance’ –SDF commander Redur Khalil said Saturday that operations were ongoing.”There has been an advance on the ground in the past days but it is a careful advance due to fields of landmines, trenches, tunnels and barricades set up by IS,” he told AFP.IS overran large swathes of Syria and neighbouring Iraq in 2014, proclaiming a “caliphate” in land it controlled.But the jihadist group has since lost most of it to various offensives in both countries.Regime forces had been fighting IS in Tulul al-Safa since a deadly jihadist attack in July.That fighting has killed 240 regime fighters and 420 IS jihadists, the Observatory says.In the 25 July attack, IS killed more than 260 people, most of them civilians, in a wave of suicide bombings, shootings, and stabbings across Sweida province in the bloodiest assault on the Druze minority of the war.Followers of a secretive offshoot of Islam, the Druze are considered heretics by the Sunni extremists of IS.Syria’s war has killed more than 360,000 people since it erupted in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.Since 2014, the US-led coalition has acknowledged direct responsibility for over 1,100 civilian deaths in Syria and Iraq, but rights groups put the number killed much higher.last_img read more

UPDATE Texas Executes Erick Davila Who Killed Two People Including A 5YearOld

first_imgTexas Department of Criminal JusticeDeath row inmate Erick Davila was convicted of the 2008 murders of a Fort Worth woman and her five-year-old granddaughter.A year ago, his death penalty case was being argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. On Wednesday evening, he was put to death by the state of Texas.Erick Davila, 31, was executed after a relatively short nine years on Texas’ death row. He was convicted in 2009 for repeatedly shooting at a Fort Worth house hosting a child’s birthday party, killing the mother and 5-year-old daughter of Jerry Stevenson, whom Davila claims was a rival gang member. In his last appeal, Davila asked the high court to stop his execution based on new claims of drug use during the murders and a conflict of interest with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office.Minutes before his scheduled 6 p.m. death, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his final appeal, and he was strapped to a gurney in a mint green room, where he spoke his final words as Stevenson and other family members of the victim watched through a glass pane.“Yes, I would like to say nephew, it burns, huh,” he said. “You know, I might have lost the fight, but I’m still a soldier. I still love you all. To my supporters and family, y’all hold it down. Ten Toes down right. That’s all.”He was then injected with a lethal dose of pentobarbital and was pronounced dead at 6:31 p.m.Davila fought his sentence to the end, maintaining to the courts that he only intended to kill his rival, Jerry Stevenson, not the man’s daughter, Queshawn, or her grandmother, 47-year-old Annette. It was an important distinction because the jury had to find that Davila intended to kill multiple people to be eligible for the death penalty. Prosecutors argued Davila always intended to kill more than his rival, pointing to his statement to police that he was trying to get “the guys on the porch” and “the fat dude.”“I wasn’t aiming at the kids or the woman and don’t know where the woman came from,” Davila said in a written statement to police, according to court documents. “I don’t know the fat dudes name, but I know what he looks like, so I recognized his face.”It was the question of intent that eventually led Davila’s case to the nation’s high court last April on a legal technicality. His current lawyer, Seth Kretzer, argued that when jurors at his trial questioned if they needed to decide whether Davila intended to kill his two victims or if he intended to kill someone and in the process fatally shot two others, the judge — who is now the Tarrant County criminal district attorney — erred in her answer.The judge responded that Davila would be responsible for a crime if the only difference between what happened and what he wanted was that a different person was hurt — without affirming to them that Davila must have intended to kill more than one person. The jury found him guilty.Though his lawyer at trial objected to the judge’s instructions, the objection was overruled, and the issue wasn’t brought up again in Davila’s state appeals, which Kretzer said was bad lawyering. The question that landed in front of the U.S. Supreme Court was whether Kretzer could raise the jury instruction in federal courts because of ineffective appellate lawyers.Generally, federal courts can’t take up issues that could have been raised in state courts, but there is an exception when the trial lawyer is found to have been ineffective. But in Davila’s case, it was the appellate lawyers, not the trial lawyer, who were being accused of dropping the ball. In June, the justices decided in a split ruling that the two types of attorneys can’t be treated equally, and Davila became eligible for execution.He didn’t stop fighting.After Tarrant County set an execution date, Davila filed new appeals. In his last petition, Kretzer asked the U.S. Supreme Court to delay the execution because he recently discovered that Davila’s original co-defendant told the judge that Davila was “heavily intoxicated” during the shooting — a fact that was apparently unknown by defense attorneys.Kretzer wanted time to further develop claims that the prosecution may have failed to disclose information about Davila being on drugs at the time of the murders.“While intoxication is not a defense to murder, it would have been an issue that would have been relevant to mitigation and sentencing,” Kretzer said Tuesday, indicating a jury could have been persuaded to hand down the lesser sentence of life in prison without parole if it was brought up at trial.The Texas Attorney General’s office argued against the appeal in its court filing, saying that Davila himself would obviously be aware of his own intoxication, so it was information the defense could have found earlier, disqualifying it from court review now. The courts agreed with Texas, denying Davila’s motions.Davila’s team had also asked the nation’s high court to remove the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office from his case since the criminal district attorney, Sharen Wilson, was the judge who oversaw his trial, and his former state appellate attorney now works for her.“The clients should obviously be able to trust their lawyers,” Kretzer said. “You can’t get confidential information from your client and then turn around and use it against him.”A spokeswoman for Wilson said Tuesday she couldn’t comment on the pending case, but she pointed to the office’s court briefings, which indicates Davila’s previous appellate attorney is not allowed to have any involvement in the case. The state also argues that Wilson’s minimal action in the case does not violate Davila’s due process rights.“Davila presents no direct authority mandating the office’s removal from their Texas statutory duty to represent the State, especially when the action complained of is the ministerial act of setting an execution date,” wrote Texas Assistant Attorney General Katherine Hayes in the state’s briefing to the Supreme Court.Davila’s execution marks the fifth execution in Texas this year and the ninth in the country. Sharelast_img read more

Microsoft to release a tablet OS in 2012

first_img( — Microsoft has finally decided to join the tablet OS market. Following in the grand tradition of Kinect (motion controls for video games, which came out after the Nintendo Wii sported them) and Zune (MP3 players, which came out after Apple’s family of iPods was already on the path to market domination) the company is coming late to the market, joining both Apple and Google with a new tablet operating system, but not until 2012. Asus Eee Pad tablet to favor Android over Windows Embedded OS There are several Windows 7-based tablets already on the market, put out by third party hardware makers, but none of them have made much of an impact on the tablet market, in either sales or new features. Some of this may have to do with the fact that Windows 7 OS is not really designed to work with the finger-based inputs of tablets, which puts it at a significant disadvantage when you consider that both Apple’s iOS and Google’s Honeycomb were actually designed with tablet users in mind.There are some rumors that the new tablet OS will come out the same time as Windows 8, which is also expected to have a 2012 release date, but there is no conformation of this at this time. Though recent reports of a tablet-optimized beta version of Windows 8 coming in September have bolstered these claims. The final version is expected to be released in time for the back-to-school season.By the time this tablet comes to market it will not only have to compete with slew of Android-based tablets, but the newest model of RIM’s PlayBook tablets, and the possibly even an iPad 3. Joining an already crowded market will not be an easy task, and the lackluster success of the adoption of Windows 7 phones shows that Microsoft will have to learn from its mistakes and come out with some strong partnerships if they want to have a successful device in the market. Citation: Microsoft to release a tablet OS in 2012 (2011, March 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further © 2010 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Where Art Meets Technique

first_imgThe rendezvous of technique, style, Indian designs, comfort and wide variety can be spotted at the sixth edition of Home Expo India, where exhibitors prove innovation, buyers learn about trends and industries come together for business. It is a culmination of Indian furnishings, floorings and textiles, accessories shows and Indian houseware and decoratives show.Organized by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), the Expo has been put up as a response to the industry demand and International trend of organizing sector specific shows enabling better focus on specific requirements of buyers and is well recognised by International visitors who can easily spot what they are looking for instead of getting lost in a myriad of products. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe show opened at world class state-of-the art India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida.”The fair which will be held from April 18 to 20 is a must visit as it is one of the leading business-to-business shows where a wide range of tableware, home textiles, kitchenware, homeware and bathroom accessories are displayed by Indian exporters engaged in manufacturing and exporting of these products”, informed Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director, EPCH. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe major markets for exports for these products are USA, Canada, countries in European Union like France, Italy, UK, Netherlands etc. in addition to UAE, Japan and Switzerland.Udit Saran Agarwal, President, Home Expo India2017 informed that about 500 companies in permanent marts are exhibiting their collection of furnishing, flooring, textiles, furniture and houseware and decorative categories under one roof. The key feature of Home Expo India is the participation of a large number of top buyers, buying houses, import houses, chain stores, boutique owners and interior decorators from leading markets like USA, European Union, Far East and African continents to visit and source at this show including domestic retail volume buyers. EPCH is a nodal agency for promotion, development and increase of exports of handicrafts from the country and create brand image of Home, lifestyle, fashion. The emphasis laid by the Council has popularised this show as a “Home Total tag” show amongst the International buying community and made it a benchmark event for household items.The council has thrown light upon specialties of select regions of India at this show. In this direction, separate arenas for products from North Eastern Region (NER) and themes of products made bycrafts persons from central, northern region and Uttranchal have been set up. Cane and Bamboo products from North east and glass decorative, brass craft, home decor, candle stands have been displayed by craft persons from central region.”The Handicrafts exports during the year 2016-17 were Rs. 24530.25 crores with overall 13.79% increase in comparison to last year. This year it is expected to generate huge business inquiries,” said the Executive Director, EPCH.last_img read more

Say you say me using tú vos and usted

first_imgRelated posts:El dilema of gender confusion in Spanish Who’s on first? Misadventures in language-land The amazing true story of ‘tuanis’ and ‘brete’ – words to be thankful for The real secret of the world’s happiest country: grapes and MacGyver Back in the days when many people outside of Latin America thought that all the region had to offer was tacos, Chiquita Banana, and Desi Arnaz, Spanish students learned there were four ways to say “you”: the singular and plural informal forms,tú and vosotros, normally used when speaking to close friends, relatives, children, and animals; and the singular and plural formal forms, usted and ustedes, used to express respect. These were the only forms students learned, and al diablo with the barbarians south of the border.Nowadays, attitudes have changed, and in any given Spanish class, the Latin American forms are the norm.Why all this confusion over what, to us (at least, nowadays), is just one simple word? Let’s look a bit at the history of “you” in Spanish.Tú is a direct descendent of the Latin singular informal form tu, and up until the middle ages, the Latin plural form vos was the only word for the plural “you.” Then it came to be used in a formal singular sense as well. Therefore, to distinguish between something like “you, respected person” and the plural “you,” the Spaniards added otros (others) to vos, rendering vosotros, “you others” – much like the southern “you all” or our ubiquitous “you guys.”At this point, then, there existed three forms of “you” in Spanish: tú (singular informal), vos (singular formal) and vosotros (a general plural).In 16th-century Spain, matters became further complicated. In place of vos, there came into being an even more polite form of address, vuestra merced(your mercy), used with the third person of the verb, much as we might say, “How is his majesty today?” or “Does your honor wish to speak?”Over time, this form became usted and the plural form became ustedes.With this new polite form, vos, the former polite singular, lost prestige and became yet another informal singular form, while vosotros stayed on as the informal plural.Over more time, Spaniards stopped using the redundant vos, and stuck with tú. Thus, Castilian, or standard Spanish, ended up with four forms: tú, vosotros, usted and ustedes.Tú and vosotros use their own second person verb forms, while usted and ustedes share the third-person forms with “he,”“she” and “they.”Since all of Spanish-speaking America uses ustedes for both the familiar plural and the polite plural, Spanish teachers and grammar books now teach and practice in the classroom that there are three forms of “you” in Spanish: tú, usted and ustedes. They add as a side note, of course, that vosotros exists in Spain.Well and good, we’re back to three forms. If you recently took a Spanish course back home and you’re in Costa Rica now, you should be on target, right? Wrong. As it turns out, Spanish courses are targeted at Mexican Spanish, and we have a couple of hitches in the words for “you” in Costa Rica.In the first place, Ticos don’t generally use the tú form at all among themselves, but will often use it with foreign friends because they expect it.So what do they use with their friends and family? The answer to that question depends on the Tico to whom you put the question.Everybody, of course, uses ustedes for the plural “you.” The singular is another matter. Many simply use usted all the time, while others use usted or vos.This brings us to the second hitch: some use two forms of the singular “you,” depending on whom they are addressing: usted and vos.Moreover, Costa Rica is not the only country to use vos. Much of Central America, parts of Colombia and most notably Argentina, among others, also use it.Mexico and Peru, however, do not.Why is this? And what exactly is the vos form, anyway? I’ll explain all this in a future column. Meanwhile, I suggest you stick with the old, reliable usted until you get a handle on this thing.The original version of this piece was published on September 9, 2007. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

A look at the winners and losers in the UK election

first_img___WINNERS:DAVID CAMERON: To the surprise of most Britons — even the Conservatives themselves — Cameron led his party to an outright majority in Parliament. Polls had consistently predicted an inconclusive election, with the Conservatives and their main rival, Labour, locked in a dead heat. In the end, the Conservatives won 331 of 650 seats in the House of Commons. That meant they did not have to rely on any power-sharing deals with smaller parties like the Liberal Democrats, which helped the Conservatives form a coalition government in 2010.NICOLA STURGEON: The charismatic Sturgeon led the Scottish National Party to a landslide victory after decades of Labour dominance. Although the SNP failed in September’s referendum to break away from England, the party’s popularity has surged, not diminished, in recent months. The SNP took all but three of Scotland’s 59 seats in Westminster, a huge jump from the six it now holds. Sturgeon hailed the developments as an “historic watershed” and “an overwhelming vote for change in Scotland”, and vowed to protect Scotland’s interests in London’s central Parliament.MHAIRI BLACK: Black, a 20-year-old university student from the SNP, becomes the youngest member of parliament since 13-year-old Christopher Monck in 1667. She ousted Labour heavyweight Douglas Alexander to win her seat. The political novice said in her victory speech that the people of Scotland are speaking and it’s time for their voice to be heard at Westminster. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron and his Conservatives on Friday won a second term in a stunning victory that saw three defeated political rivals step down as leaders of their parties within hours.The Conservatives weren’t the only winners: In the north, the separatist Scottish National Party took control of 56 of the 59 seats, obliterating Labour in an unprecedented surge.Here’s a look at some of the winners and losers in Thursday’s election: Top Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, left, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, centre, and Prime Minister David Cameron attend a service of remembrance service at the Cenotaph in London to mark the 70th anniversary of VE day Friday May 8, 2015. Cameron began his second term as prime minister Friday after his Conservative Party won a parliamentary majority in Thursday’s General Election. (John Stillwell/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT ___LOSERSED MILIBAND: The Labour leader had little choice but to step down after his party returned just 232 seats, well below the 258 secured five years ago by former leader and ex-Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Miliband said he was “truly sorry” he did not succeed after doing his best for five years, and that it was time for another leader to rebuild the party. Miliband had long struggled with his image, with many unsure whether he had enough gravitas to lead his party and the country. But opinion seemed to shift in recent weeks and some believed he had a reasonable chance of beating Cameron to No. 10 Downing Street.NICK CLEGG: Clegg and his Liberal Democrats were the biggest losers, suffering a near-total collapse after five years as the Conservatives’ junior coalition partner. Clegg managed to keep his seat, but said he would step down as party leader after what he described as a “cruel and punishing night” for the Lib Dems. The party, formerly Britain’s third-largest, retained just eight seats, down from 57 in 2010. Many of the party’s most senior and experienced politicians were wiped out. Clegg, who held the post of deputy prime minister, rose to power abruptly in 2010, when he was dubbed the “British Obama.” He knew he would pay a price for the alliance with conservatives, but said the outcome was “immeasurably more crushing than I could ever have feared.” Top holiday drink recipes NIGEL FARAGE: The U.K. Independence Party leader also resigned after losing his seat to the Conservatives, sticking to an earlier promise that he would quit as leader should he fail to be elected to the seat he sought. Farage insisted he had “never felt happier” after his defeat, with “an enormous weight lifted off his shoulders.” And he wasn’t an outright loser. For one, he said he could stand for party leadership again next year. His party, which has risen rapidly on the back of populist arguments for Britain to leave the European Union, won about 13 percent of the vote, a better result than it has ever achieved. It also played a major role in shaping Britain’s political debate, which has increasingly focused on immigration and the country’s EU membership. Still, Britain’s winner-takes-all electoral system means that despite its surge, UKIP only retained one seat in the House of Commons.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   4 must play golf courses in Arizona New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterClick the cover to view the e-brochureAPT has launched its 2020 Europe brochure offering some incredible Superdeal savings. Clients booking before 30 November 2019 can take advantage of Superdeals including a Fly Free promotion. This deal is available on select itineraries across 2020 departures and suite categories. Selected holidays that include a river cruise of 14 nights or more in select suite categories, also offer a Fly Business Class for $3,995 per person deal.Other Superdeals include Companion Fly Free, Air Credits and No Solo Supplements on select itineraries.On an APT River Cruise, there’s nothing like the ease of unpacking just once and awaking to a new exciting destination each day. Classic Journeys are all about the must-see sights by land and rail while staying in the finest hotels, châteaux and resorts. Meanwhile, on the road less travelled, Small Group Journeys offer a more in-depth and intimate exploration.Spanning from Portugal to Russia, the new APT Europe brochure has something for every traveller. While all of the popular, best-selling itineraries are on offer again in 2020, an exciting range of new discoveries await.THE BEST-SELLER: Magnificent Europe Luxury River CruiseEmbark on APT’s flagship 15-day Magnificent Europe river cruise between Amsterdam and Budapest, starting at the special price of $7,095 per person, twin share (for bookings before 30 November 2019). Experience one of APT’s own Concerto River Ships, the only fleet in Europe to boast APT’s custom-designed Twin Balcony Suites, which allow guests to enjoy the passing views from both inside and out.APT’s Signature Experiences include a visit to Namedy Castle, a cocktail reception and concert at Vienna’s City Palace and the Grand Empress steam train. Book before 30 November 2019 to take advantage of Fly Free and Fly Business Class for $3,995 per person Superdeals as mentioned.NEW: Western Front ExplorerDelve into World War I history as you explore the battlefields, shrines and memorials that are found along the Western Front. Explore Ghent, Antwerp and Bruges, teeming with medieval and classical wonders. You’ll also explore The Netherlands, where cuisine, culture and art take centre stage.NEW: Grand Voyage of EuropeThis is APT’s most in-depth journey on Europe’s waterways. The Balkans offer dramatic gorges, cobblestone streets, historic vineyards and medieval towns. Glide along the Danube, where Budapest and Vienna shine, before continuing along the Main and Rhine to Amsterdam.NEW: Majestic DanubeSee the best of the sights on the Danube river on APT’s newest river ship, the MS AmaMagna. Features include some of the largest suites in river cruising with full outside balconies, multiple dining venues, heated pool, Zen Wellness Studio, intimate Sundowner vessel and leisure platform.NEW: Best of Portugal & FranceThree rivers in one journey. Absorb Lisbon’s ancient ruins and mountains, before cruising the Douro River. Cross into Spain with a stay in Madrid, then fly to France where you’ll taste gourmet delights along the Rhône and uncover a world of history and art on the banks of the Seine.NEW: Captivating Cornwall & CotswoldsOn this Small Group Journey, you will be treated to the authentic Cotswolds village experience, as well as admire the seascapes of Cornwall and savouring lunch at Rick Stein’s Café.NEW: A Swiss FairytaleIf your ideal fairytale involves horse-drawn carriage rides, wine tastings and plunging into the world’s best alpine landscapes, then this is the journey for you. See Switzerland spring to life on this intimate discovery, where you’re so close to nature that even one of your stays is literally on a lake.NEW: Secrets of The BalticsDiscover the hidden gems of the Baltics, including Mazmežotne, the islands of Muhu and Saaremaa, as well as unique wildlife. Also not to be missed are the gourmet delights served in Riga and a cooking class in Trakai.More at back to the enewsletterlast_img read more