UN envoy welcomes conviction for rape and murder during Bosnian conflict

9 November 2011The envoy spearheading United Nations efforts to combat sexual violence in conflict today welcomed the conviction of a Bosnian Serb ex-soldier for acts of murder, rape and enslavement during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s. Sasa Baricanin was found guilty and sentenced to 18 years in prison by a court in Bosnia and Herzegovina of various war crimes carried out in the city of Sarajevo in 1992-93, according to media reports.In a statement, Margot Wallström, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, said the verdict sent a strong signal that justice must ultimately prevail for victims of sexual violence.Yet she warned that for the majority of the estimated tens of thousands of victims from the Balkan conflicts, there is still no justice.“To date, there have been just 30 convictions in response to an estimated 50,000 rapes during the years of war,” she said. “While it is a positive step that the War Crimes Court in Sarajevo has reached this verdict, the pace of justice for sexual violence survivors has been painfully slow.”Ms. Wallström paid tribute to the witnesses who testified in the Baricanin case.“Ultimately, their actions contribute to strengthening the rule of law in Bosnia as a whole. It is crucial that these and other witnesses are afforded full legal protection, and I trust that the relevant authorities will take all possible measures to ensure their safety.“This case is yet another testament to the resilience of Bosnian women who have joined forces in their quest for justice, both within and beyond the courtroom.” read more

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Issues faced by detainees to be discussed at Colombo conference

Sri Lanka is to host the third Asia- Pacific Regional Correctional Managers Conference from 10-13 May 2016 with the support of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the ICRC said today.Nearly 50 senior officials from the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Resettlement, Rehabilitation and Hindu Religious Affairs, the Department of Prisons and the Bureau of the Commissioner General of Rehabilitation in Sri Lanka, and from the prisons departments of Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and Thailand will attend the seminar. ICRC delegations from most of these countries will also be represented at the event. The first Asia- Pacific conference was held in 2012 in Manila, Philippines and the second in 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Both focused on the issue of overcrowding in prisons.“This event in Sri Lanka, which builds on the success of the two previous conferences, provides a unique opportunity for senior prison managers to share experiences, challenges and best practices”, said Claire Meytraud, the head of the ICRC delegation in Sri Lanka.“We are committed to working closely with the authorities of all these countries and to supporting their efforts to improve conditions of detention.” Discussions will focus on the classification of detainees, prison design, the specific needs of women, trends in health care, medical ethics and strategic planning for change. The theme of the conference is “Balancing Security and Humanitarian Needs in Prisons”. “The Government of Sri Lanka is keen to undertake prison reforms to ensure improved humanitarian conditions, that there is no overcrowding in prisons and that the categorization of detainees is in line with offences so that prisons can be managed more efficiently and effectively”, the Minister of Prison Reforms, Resettlement, Rehabilitation and Hindu Religious Affairs D.M. Swaminathan said.“Additionally, detainees should be assured of proper vocational training, counselling, sufficient time for family visits and access to legal aid and adequate medical facilities, while carrying out police searches to detect the use of drugs in prisons. Against this backdrop, the Asia- Pacific Regional Correctional Managers Conference will help countries to share lessons learnt and to formulate reforms that will make prisons more effective correctional centres”. In Sri Lanka, the ICRC has been visiting places of detention since 1989 in keeping with its global humanitarian mandate; the aim is to help the authorities to provide adequate conditions of detention and humane treatment for all detainees. read more

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Case on legality of decision to dissolve Parliament postponed to tomorrow

The case on the legality of President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve Parliament has been postponed to tomorrow.The case was heard for the full day today with lawyers appearing on behalf of the petitioners making their statements. Twelve petitions were filed in the Supreme Court today against the dissolution of Parliament. The fundamental rights petitions were filed by some political parties and civil society.Elections Commission member Ratnajeevan Hoole was among those who filed petitions. (Colombo Gazette) An interim injunction was sought during the hearing and later the Attorney General, who also appeared in the case, sought time till tomorrow to give his opinion, lawyers said. read more

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Kosovo top UN administrator Holkeri resigns for health reasons

Mr. Holkeri, a former Finnish prime minister, is expected to return to Kosovo soon to finalize his mission and make farewell calls on leaders of the province, which has been under UN administration for almost five years since NATO forced the withdrawal of Yugoslav troops after fighting between the Albanian and Serb communities. He told a news conference in Helsinki his decision was made solely on health reasons and was taken in consultation with Mr. Annan.In March the deadliest ethnic violence to sweep Kosovo since the UN administration began in 1999 left 19 people dead, nearly 1,000 injured, and hundreds of homes and centuries-old Serbian cultural sites razed or burned. While deploring these riots as a tremendous step back, Mr. Holkeri said today he hoped Kosovo’s problems would be resolved and it would be dropped from the list of international trouble spots. “He has led the mission with dedication, commitment, and a strong desire to assist Kosovo in overcoming the conflicts of the past,” Deputy Special Representative Charles Brayshaw said in a statement paying tribute. Mr. Holkeri, Finland’s Prime Minister from 1987 to 1991, succeeded Michael Steiner, a senior German diplomat, last July, becoming the fourth Special Representative and chief of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), after Hans Haekkerup of Denmark and Bernard Kouchner of France.He also served as the President of the 55th session of the UN General Assembly in 2000, and brought to the Kosovo mission a wealth of political experience, as well as a reputation as a skilled mediator and consensus builder.In his last briefing to the Security Council earlier this month, he said the March violence had shaken UNMIK “to its foundations” but it was determined to root out and punish the perpetrators while remaining resolute in its task to help prepare the province for self-governance. read more

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FAA proposes to fine Southwest Airlines 12 million for improper repairs to

FAA proposes to fine Southwest Airlines $12 million for improper repairs to airliners AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press Posted Jul 28, 2014 12:15 pm MDT WASHINGTON – The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners.It is the second-largest fine the agency has proposed against an airline. The largest proposed fine was against American Airlines for $24.2 million in August 2010. That one was ultimately settled for $24.9 million as part of American’s bankruptcy proceedings, although the final settlement included other safety violations not part of the original proposal.The FAA said that beginning in 2006 Southwest made “extreme makeover” alterations to eliminate potential cracking of the aluminum skin on 44 jetliners. An FAA investigation determined that Southwest’s contractor, Aviation Technical Services Inc. of Everett, Washington, failed to follow proper procedures for replacing the fuselage as well as other work on the planes, the agency said. All of the work was done under the supervision of Southwest, which was responsible for seeing that it was done properly, the FAA said.Southwest, which is based in Dallas, then returned the planes to service in 2009 and began flying them even after the FAA “put the airline on notice that these aircraft were not in compliance” with safety regulations, the agency said.During its investigation, the FAA also found that Aviation Technical Services’ workers applied sealant beneath the new skin panels but did not install fasteners in all of the rivet holes fast enough for the sealant to be effective.“This could have resulted in gaps between the skin and the surface to which it was being mounted. Such gaps could allow moisture to penetrate the skin and lead to corrosion,” FAA said.The contractor also failed to follow requirements to properly place the planes on jacks and shore them up while the work was being performed, the FAA said. If a plane is shored improperly during skin replacement, the airframe could shift and lead to subsequent problems with the new skin.The FAA also said that Southwest failed to properly install a ground wire on water drain masts on two of its Boeing 737s in response to a safety order aimed at preventing lightning strikes. The planes were each operated on more than 20 passenger flights after Southwest Airlines became aware of the discrepancies but before the airline corrected the problem, the agency said.“The FAA views maintenance very seriously, and it will not hesitate to take action against companies that fail to follow regulations,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.Southwest Airlines has 30 days to respond to the proposed fine. Usually FAA officials negotiate extensively with an airline in cases of large fines before settling upon an amount. However, regulators and airline officials sometimes are unable to reach an agreement and the airline contests the fine.Brandi King, a spokeswoman for Southwest, said the airline will “respond to the FAA allegations” in accordance with the agency’s procedures.“Having fully resolved the repair issues some time ago, none of the items raised in the FAA letter affect aircraft currently being operated by Southwest Airlines,” she said. “As always, Southwest is committed to continuously making enhancements to our internal procedures, as well as improvements related to oversight of our repair vendors.”___Follow Joan Lowy on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/AP_Joan_Lowy_ read more

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Number of people looking for planning permission and building homes is on

first_imgTHE NUMBER OF people submitting planning applications and issuing commencement notices for residential projects is continuing to rise.That’s according to the National Housing Construction Index produced by Link2Plans.Project commencement notices rose in the first four months of 2014 with an increase of 132% nationally compared to the same period in 2013.Meanwhile 16 of the 26 counties experienced increases in planning applications submitted, when compared with the figures for the same period in the previous year.​Managing Director of Link2Plans Danny O’Shea said a recent report showed a three-fold increase in the number of jobs on offer in the construction and property sector in Ireland during May 2014, when compared to May 2013.Project commencement breakdownThere were 3,524 residential construction projects started in the first four months of 2014 compared with 1,517 for the same period in 2013. Source: Link2Plans via National Housing Construction IndexO’Shea says, “the ​+​132% increase in the number of commencement notices for March and April continued the positive trend shown in the first two months of 2014, but there has been a fall from the phenomenal increases of 192% seen in January and February of 2014.This decrease can be attributed to the rush at the beginning of the 2014 to get commencement notices lodged before the new building regulations came into force on March 1.“We would expect this downward trend to continue into the second quarter of 2014 but overall we would still anticipate an increase year on year.Planning applications breakdownThe number of planning applications for the first four months of 2014 were also up compared to the same period in 2013.There was a 19% increase nationally but 10 counties showed a fall. Source: Link2Plans via National Housing Construction IndexThe National Housing Construction Index is produced by a team of researchers at Link2Plans and it relates to all Planning Applications and Planning Commencements throughout the months of January to April 2014.It also  gives a direct comparison with the same period in 2011, 2012 and 2013.Read: New scheme would help first-time buyers get foot on property ladder>Read: Irish mortgage arrears tracked by Fitch are higher than ever>last_img read more

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Worlds Largest Touch Screen Begs for FullContact Angry Birds

first_img[via SlashGear, video via YouTube]AdChoices广告 At the University of Groningen, a team of researchers wanted to see if they could pull off making a huge touch-screen capable of use by more than one person at a time. After tons of work, the team managed to create this massive 33-foot long by 9 foot high curved touch screen that can accept over 1000 touch points at the same time. The screen is only about 3mm thick, with a set of six HD projectors behind the screen generating the image. In the video (under the jump) you can see three people using the screen simultaneously. The technology is similar to Microsoft’s Surface tables, just mounted on a wall vertically, curved around at an angle, and of course, much bigger. The team used a few cameras, some infrared sensors, and a thousand LEDs to create the display, which has a resolution of 4900 x 1700 pixels. The research team has all of their notes and build documents shared, so if you’re thinking of putting one in your house for some light gaming, go for it – the components are widely available and the sensor software running on the systems is free to download and open source. These guys will likely use theirs for research and showcase purposes, but hook this thing up to an iPhone and I’ll bet you can get some serious multiplayer touch-screen gaming on.last_img read more

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Listing schedule for the WWE Network for November 7 2014

first_img WWE kicks off their semiannual week and a half long European Tour today Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WhatsApp Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Google+ Triple H Videos Articles Videos Articles Wrestling Fans Mourn The Loss Of WWE Legend Mean Gene Okerlund Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Network live-stream schedule for 11/7/14:10:00 am ET – Warrior: The Ultimate Legend: 4/17/14. Examine the most outspoken and intense superstar of all time in this revealing look about the career and final days of The Ultimate Warrior.11:00 am ET – WrestleMania Rewind: 3/4/14. Relive all the buzz behind the biggest main event in WWE history, Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant!12:00 pm ET – Legends House: 6/5/14. The Legends prepare for a roast of Roddy Piper. The group gets together for dinner, but lingering tensions threaten to disrupt the occasion.1:00 pm ET – WWE NXT: 11/6/14. The future is here. Witness the entertainers, the leading men and women, the Superstars of tomorrow – this is NXT!2:00 pm ET – WWE Superstars: 11/6/14. WWE Superstars features the best of the best in matches you’ll have to see to believe. You never know what to expect – so expect everything!3:00 pm ET – WWE Beyond The Ring: 9/24/13. Packed with never before seen footage, this program profiles Triple H’s entire career as well as his current executive role with the WWE.5:00 pm ET -WWE Countdown: 2/25/14. Counting down the Top Ten Coolest Catchphrases ever in WWE History, as voted by the WWE Universe.6:00 pm ET – WCW Monday Nitro: 3/31/96. Lex luger battles ‘nature boy’ ric flair. The nasty boys, the road warriors, and the steiner brothers compete in a triangle match.7:00 pm ET – WWE Rivalries: 11/4/14. One of sports entertainment’s greatest rivalries takes a shocking turn, and fiction meets reality behind the scenes.8:00 pm ET – WWE Beyond The Ring: 9/24/13. Packed with never before seen footage, this program profiles Triple H’s entire career as well as his current executive role with the WWE.10:00 pm ET – DX: Confidential: 10/20/14. Triple H and Shawn Michaels take you inside all things Degeneration X in this tell-all panel. Are you ready?11:00 pm ET – WWE Beyond The Ring: 9/24/13. Packed with never before seen footage, this program profiles Triple H’s entire career as well as his current executive role with the WWE.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWrestling Fans Mourn The Loss Of WWE Legend Mean Gene OkerlundVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:35 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Stone Cold Steve Austin Impact reportedly returning to New York City for TV tapings this November center_img Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Now Playing Up Next WWE Watch Along to stream live on social media during Clash of Champions PPV Pinterest Hulk Hogan WWE And WrestleMania 34 Bring New Orleans A Big Payday Now Playing Up Next Twitter Facebook WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

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228 WWE Results Evansville Indiana AmbroseOwens

first_img Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter WWE 205 Live Results – 7/24/18 (Fatal 4-Way #1 Contenders Match headlines from Evansville) WhatsApp WWE Smackdown Results – 7/24/18 (SummerSlam PPV Announcement, Tournament)center_img Google+ 7/24 Smackdown Highlights: Joe attacks Styles, Miz attacks Bryan, James Ellsworth fired Pinterest 2/28 WWE Results: Evansville, Indiana1. AJ Styles def. Tyler Breeze2. Baron Corbin def. Zack Ryder3. Sin Cara def. Stardust4. R-Truth def. Adam Rose5. WWE US Champion Kalisto def. Alberto Del Rio6. Sasha Banks & Summer Rae def. Naomi & Tamina7. Sheamus def. Mark Henry8. Dean Ambrose def. WWE Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens by DQ.Source: PWInsider.comlast_img read more

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Brock Lesnar Shane McMahon Triple H and Stephanie McMahon promote WrestleMania 32

first_img Triple H Now Playing Up Next Google+ Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Twitter Videos Articles Videos Articles WhatsApp ESPN has posted the following video clips of WWE stars Brock Lesnar, Shane McMahon, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H appearing on “SportsCenter” this week to promote WrestleMania 32 this Sunday in Dallas.You can view the clips at the links below.Brock Lesnar: I wasn’t prepared for WWE scheduleStephanie McMahon: Women’s sports are on the rise and WWE is on boardShane McMahon: Will do anything to the raise the stakesTriple H still gets butterflies at ‘ManiaRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:33 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list The Undertaker appears on ESPN College GameDay Saturday morning Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reignscenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next When Does WrestleMania 35 Start? Ronda Rousey To Make WWE Debut At WrestleMania Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next The Miz WWE RAW Results – 8/12/19 (Night after SummerSlam, Seth Rollins, The Miz vs. Ziggler) Xavier Woods Video: Seth Rollins says his victory over Brock Lesnar might be the greatest victory of his career Facebook Videos Articleslast_img read more

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Camas shoe store Arktana to open Felida shop

first_imgConventional wisdom says selling consumer goods like footwear is a task better left for a gargantuan website. Lower overhead costs and competitive pricing are two of the main reasons.Ann Matthews knew well that conventional wisdom when she opened Arktana shoes in 2014 in Camas. And the store thrived. It did well enough that Matthews will open the second Arktana on July 1 in The Shops at Erickson Farms in Felida, followed by a July 23 grand opening.Matthews says it has not always been smooth sailing for Arktana as it navigated the hazards of independent, brick-and-mortar retailing. But she believes a combination of customer service, wide product selection and creative marketing helped the first location establish a niche and grow at 415 N.E. Fourth Ave. in Camas and create a path for the Felida store.“Customer service is the very most important thing that we do,” said Matthews, a trait that helps the shop distinguish itself from bigger online competitors.Playing an active role in the community also is important, she said.“I love to collaborate and work with other businesses,” she said, and that’s led to holding fashion shows, fundraisers, shoe auctions and private events in the Camas store, typically featuring food, wine and discounts.last_img read more

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Marco Asensio could replace Ronaldo as Real Madrids new false nine

first_imgNew Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui has admitted that he is open to using Marco Asensio as a false nine ahead of his maiden campaign in chargeThe Champions League holders have a huge gap to fill in the centre of their attack with Karim Benzema being the only real option to take on the role as a false nine for the season ahead following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus last month.But Lopetegui made a surprise tactical change in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Juventus in the International Champions Cup by putting Asensio in the role after coming off the bench.And the move proved to be a masterstroke with Asensio grabbing a brace to secure victory for the Spanish giants.Now Lopetegui has suggested that we may be seeing more of Asensio as a false nine for next season.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“It’s an option,” he admitted, via Goal.“Pre-season is a time when we can test different things and what we need to do is look for resources or different ideas within the team.“It was good to see him play at that position and he played extremely well. It’s not important where he plays but how he plays.”Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, although any prospective deal for the duo now appears to be extremely unlikely.Real will face AS Roma on Wednesday for their final pre-season friendly before taking on city rivals Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cuplast_img read more

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ASA NBB Meet with White House to Discuss RFS Volumes

first_imgASA and the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) met with the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and other Administration officials this week once again underscore the importance of stronger biodiesel volumes under the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).Last November, EPA proposed volumes under the RFS at 1.28 billion gallons – a steep cut from actual 2013 production of nearly 1.8 billion gallons. After taking comments and revising the initial proposal, the EPA sent its latest proposal back to the White House on Aug. 22, beginning the final stage of the rulemaking process.ASA and NBB stated, while the contents of the final proposal are unknown, they requested a meeting with the White House to once again convey the industry’s urgent concerns and make the case for a meaningful increase in biodiesel volumes. More than a dozen NBB members, several economists and other experts shared their perspectives with senior Administration officials.ASA Director Mike Cunningham, a soygrower from Illinois who serves as Treasurer at NBB, testified on the importance of raising the proposed biodiesel RVO last December and attended the meeting at the White House on Tuesday.“This week’s meeting at the White House was another chance to have the voices of the biodiesel industry heard and emphasize once again, that RFS volume requirements below the 1.7 billion gallons would be a major step backwards for an industry that has helped diversify our fuel supply, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create jobs,” Cunningham said.During the meeting, Administration officials did not share any new information regarding the latest proposal. While there is no firm time-table set for the final volume, the projected final release date according to elected officials and industry leaders is mid-September to sometime in November.last_img read more

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Suspect accused of murder armed carjacking appears in court

first_imgDEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A man accused of armed carjacking and first-degree murder went before a judge, Wednesday morning.Officials said Terrance Walker shot and killed the passenger of a car near Southwest 10th Street and Natura Boulevard in Deerfield Beach, Saturday.Authorities said Walker got into the car and demanded he be taken to his ex-girlfriend’s home. When the driver, police said, tried to calm Walker down, the suspect fired a gun and killed the passenger, 33-year-old Domique Daniels.As the shots were fired, the driver hopped out of the running car before it crashed into nearby bushes. The driver was OK.Walker was arrested Tuesday morning.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Christmas Travel Outlook For Kenai Peninsula

first_imgBut traveling during the holidays doesn’t have to turn you into the Grinch. If you plan to venture out of the Kenai Peninsula visit 511.alaska.gov prior to embarking on the roadways to check road conditions and possible delays. For travelers heading to Anchorage from the Peninsula, Hewitt advised them to be aware of pothole damage in the Girdwood area, and winter driving conditions are ‘fair’. With temperatures expected to remain below freezing through Christmas Day, Alaskan travelers are urged to prepare a simple winter safety kit for holiday road trips. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享“Home for the Holidays” is a familiar refrain during December. But for a growing segment of Kenai Peninsula residents, Christmas time has become a popular time to travel. Breke Hewitt with the Department of Transportation says driving conditions throughout the Kenai Peninsula for the holiday weekend are ‘fair with some slightly icy patches’: “Drive with your headlights on, give yourself plenty of time to safely get where you may be going for the holiday weekend.” AAA said in a report, that roughly 107.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during December 23 through January 1, a 3.1 percent increase from a year earlier and the most ever recorded. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-christmas-travel-outlook-.mp3VmJennifer-on-christmas-travel-outlook-.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

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Asus ROG Zephyrus S Review

first_img 802.11ac One-year limited warranty Secondary Hard Drive Type Size USB 3.1 Gen 2 Specifications 2.3 x 2.9-inch https://www.asus.com 12073 Hard Drive Type Wi-Fi Model Native Resolution Windows 10 RAM 12480 CPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q USB 2.0 Hard Drive Speed Optical Drive Speed PCIe SSD USB 3.1 with Type-C Ports (excluding USB) Display Size RAM Upgradable to 15.6 Highest Available Resolution 1920 x 1080 Secondary Hard Drive Speed Video Memory Ports (excluding USB) Operating System Headphone/Mic Ports (excluding USB) Optical Drivecenter_img Editor’s Note: The first review unit that Asus sent us had a faulty heating system, so we updated our Heat section with results from a new unit.article continued below Asus’ ROG Zephyrus S redefines what it means to be Max-Q, taking on the mantle of the world’s slimmest gaming laptop (again). For $1,999, this sexy beast comes armed with a powerful 8th Gen Core i7 processor and a GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU. To top it all off, the Zephyrus S has a nearly bezel-less 15.6-inch, 1080p panel with a smooth 3-millisecond response time, as well as speakers that will make you forget you’re not wearing headphones. It does hit a snag, however, concerning its awkwardly positioned keyboard. Design This pure aluminum beast is all kinds of gorgeous. Starting with the lid, the Zephyrus S has a two-tone black design that splits diagonally, dividing an elegant matte and brushed-aluminum coating. The ROG logo sits on the brushed side and shines a glossy silver, but when the laptop boots up, it reveals comic-book-stylized dots that glow magenta. Below the lid is a sleek cutout for the hinge, which provides additional ports and LED indicators. The Zephyrus S has copper accents streaking across each side, eventually leading to the hinge’s neat Zephrus logo. When you open the lid of the laptop, the underside will actually lift up, initiating Asus’ Active Aerodynamic System, which is accompanied by two RGB lights on each side. The interior has its own little surprise, too, as the keyboard uses a forward-facing layout, which places the 2.3 x 2.9-inch touchpad just on the keyboard’s right. The keyboard is RGB-backlit, and the touchpad turns into a digital number pad with a click of a button. The rest of the deck is home to an ROG logo and intake for the fans, while the speakers are located behind small vents on the hinge. And the bezels? Almost nonexistent. At 4.6 pounds and 14.2 x 10.6 x 0.6 inches, the Zephyrus S is the world’s thinnest gaming laptop, as well as one of the lightest. The MSI GS65 Stealth Thin (4.1 pounds, 0.7 inches) is even lighter, while the Razer Blade 15 isn’t far behind, at 4.6 pounds and 0.7 inches. The Origin EVO15-S (5 pounds, 0.7 inches) and the Alienware 15 R4 (7.8 pounds, 1 inch) are both notably heavier. Ports In the Zephyrus S, Asus had to cut some ports to retain the line’s thin chassis, but this model still has five USB connections. On the left, there’s the power jack, one USB Type-C port, two USB 2.0 ports and a headphone jack. On the back of the laptop, there’s an HDMI 2.0 port and a Kensington lock slot. The right side features one USB 3.1 port and one USB Type-C/DisplayPort. Display The Zephyrus S’ 15.6-inch, 144-Hz, 1080p panel is remarkable, especially with its 3ms response time. When I played Shadow of the Tomb Raider, sparkling embers and an ocean of vibrant, glowing candles surrounded me as I walked through Cozumel during the Dia de los Muertos festival. I turned to look at Lara’s face, and I could see the sharp layers in her hair as it was blown ever so gently by the wind. When I came to a space without any candles, I could still spot the pink flowers off in the darkest corner of the cemetery. The Zephyrus S’ 15.6-inch, 144-Hz, 1080p panel is remarkable, especially with its 3ms response time. I watched the trailer for Aladdin, and when the titular character walked into the Cave of Wonders, I noticed every coarse texture captured in the stone tiger’s mouth. The inside of the cave sparkled with vivid gold, blue and red treasure surrounding a stalagmite on which a glistening genie lamp sat. The Zephyrus S’ panel hit a solid 113 percent of the sRGB color gamut, which narrowly passes the 111 percent average for mainstream gaming laptops. Asus’ machine did beat the Razer Blade 15 and its 112 percent but didn’t quite surpass the Alienware 15 (119 percent), EVO15-S (126 percent) or MSI Stealth Thin (150 percent). MORE: Highest Resolution Screens While the Zephyrus S doesn’t have the most colorful panel, it does have the brightest of its competitors, at 335 nits, which soars past the 294-nit category average. The EVO15-S (249 nits), Razer Blade 15 (260 nits) and MSI Stealth Thin (293 nits) fell under the average, while the Alienware 15 (311 nits) came relatively close to the Zephyrus. Keyboard and Touchpad As lovely as the Zephyrus S’ keyboard looks with its forward-facing layout and slick digital number pad, I can’t get over how uncomfortable it feels. On top of the low travel, the keys are awkwardly leveled to the nonexistent palm rests (aka, my desk), which caused my fingers to stumble while I attempted to type. On the bright side, the RGB lighting is super-customizable thanks to the Aura tab in Armoury crate. My favorite preset is Music, which causes the keys to glow rapidly in a pattern when audio is playing on the laptop. But the lights just aren’t bright enough, as if each one is a little candle about to burn out. The keys travel at a measly 1 millimeter but require a solid 78 grams of force to actuate. We usually recommend travel of from 1.5 to 2.0mm and a minimum actuation force of 60 g. I was able to hit only 60 words per minute on the 10fastfingers.com typing test, which is below my 66-wpm average. The keys are awkwardly leveled to the nonexistent palm rests, which caused my fingers to stumble while I attempted to type. The 2.3 x 2.9-inch touchpad is smooth, its discrete clickers are satisfying, and its placement on the right side makes it easier to use than most touchpads. It’s also responsive to Windows 10 gestures like two-finger scrolling and three-finger tab swiping. Audio The Zephyrus S has a pair of solid speakers packed into its small frame, which easily filled the space of my entire room with Blue October’s “Into the Ocean.” Justin Furstenfeld’s soft opening vocals reverberated through my ears as the mellow guitar strumming in the background lulled me into a trance. The balance between treble and bass was great, but the sound lacked some depth. When the chorus came around, I didn’t get the punch that’s usually there in this song. MORE: Best Bluetooth Speakers for Home or On-the-Go When I played Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the sound of Lara running through bushes was so crisp that I almost forgot I wasn’t wearing headphones. I stealthily emerged from the bush, and the sudden sound from my knife entering a guard’s neck was so meaty and sharp that I kind of felt bad (not really). I was also impressed with the bass, especially when my bow snapped back like a whip as I shot my arrow and turned some guard into a cyclops. The speakers were even loud enough to overwhelm the fans on Turbo mode. Gaming, Graphics and VR The Zephyrus S is ready to dominate its foes with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU with 8GB of VRAM. I climbed all around the rocky mountains of Cozumel in Shadow of the Tomb Raider while occasionally falling to my death at a solid 44 frames per second on Highest settings at 1080p without so much as a stutter. On the Rise of the Tomb Raider benchmark on Very High settings at 1080p, the Zephyrus S averaged 46 fps, which is smoother than the MSI Stealth Thin’s 44 fps (GTX 1070 Max-Q) and the 34-fps average for mainstream gaming laptops. But the Alienware 15 (GTX 1070) and Razer Blade 15 (GTX 1070 Max-Q) one-upped the Asus, at 72 and 77 fps, respectively. The Zephyrus S saw better results on the Hitman benchmark (Ultra 1080p), scoring 83 fps, which flies by the 66-fps category average and most of the competitors’ results. The EVO15-S (GTX 1070) and Razer Blade 15 lost by a single frame, scoring 82 fps, while the MSI Stealth Thin landed further behind, at 79 fps. The Alienware 15 was the strongest of the bunch, at 92 fps. On the Grand Theft Auto V benchmark (Very High 1080p), the Zephyrus S managed a solid 64 fps, knocking out the 45-fps category average. The MSI Stealth Thin (61 fps), EVO15-S (64 fps) and Razer Blade 15 (66 fps) landed in the same range. The Alienware 15 (74 fps) was the only one that broke out of the 60s. MORE: The Best Gaming Laptops The Zephyrus S is ready for virtual reality, turning in a strong 9.7 out of 11 on the SteamVR performance test. Asus’ laptop ripped apart the 6.1 category average but couldn’t match the Alienware 15’s perfect 11. The Zephyrus narrowly defeated the EVO15-S (9.3) and the MSI Stealth Thin (9.5), while the Razer Blade 15 averaged a few decimals ahead, at an even 10. Performance Don’t let this laptop’s slim stature fool you. The Zephyrus S is armed with an Intel Core i7-8750H processor, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB NVMe SSD that tore through 40 Google Chrome tabs and a 1080p YouTube video, all while Shadow of the Tomb Raider ran in the background. The Zephyrus S hit 21,711 on the Geekbench 4.1 overall performance test, which slips past the 20,283 average for mainstream gaming laptops. Even when armed with the same Intel Core i7-8750H processor, the Alienware 15 (17,109), MSI Stealth Thin (18,046), Razer Blade 15 (20,256) and EVO15-S (20,472) couldn’t keep up with the Zephyrus. On the HandBrake video-editing benchmark, the Zephyrus S transcoded a 4K video to 1080p in a speedy 10 minutes and 12 seconds, surpassing the 11:29 category average. The Zephyrus was once again faster than the EVO15-S (12:57), MSI Stealth Thin (12:01), Razer Blade 15 (11:46) and Alienware 15 (10:28). The results were much tighter on the Excel test, as the Zephyrus S took 41 seconds to match 65,000 names and addresses, beating the 0:49 category average. The Razer Blade 15 performed this task a second faster, at 0:40, but the EVO15-S, Alienware 15 and MSI Stealth Thin were still behind, at 0:43, 0:50 and 0:54, respectively. MORE: Laptops with the Best Overall Performance The Zephyrus’ 512GB SSD copied 4.97GB of data in 12 seconds, for a rate of 424 megabytes per second, and it destroyed the 267-MBps category average and the results of a couple of its competitors. It sailed past the MSI Stealth Thin (193 MBps) and the Alienware 15 (221 MBps), but matched the Razer Blade 15 (424 MBps) and was trounced by the EVO15-S (462 MBps). Battery Life The Zephyrus S’ battery life isn’t bad for a gaming laptop, but its competitors last longer. After continuously surfing the web over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness, the Zephyrus’ battery lasted 3 hours and 33 minutes, which falls slightly below the 4:06 category average. However, the Alienware 15 (5:15), Stealth Thin (5:40) and Razer Blade 15 (5:54) all lasted from 5 to 6 hours. Webcam It’s a plus that the Zephyrus S’ webcam is actually on the top bezel considering how slim it is, but that doesn’t save the camera from taking grainy images. To be fair, the color is relatively on point, as the blue on my shirt matched what was on screen. Because of the somewhat-balanced contrast, the ceiling lights blew out only the small area they were lighting, not the entire the ceiling. However, the webcam picked up only half of the bevy of stripes on my shirt. Heat Asus’ specially designed heating system (Active Aerodynamics System, or AAS) keeps the Zephyrus S relatively cool for a laptop with a full aluminum chassis. The AAS is designed to open up a 0.2-inch gap at the bottom of the laptop that will blow air out while the fans take in air from the deck of the chassis above the keyboard. I played Shadow of the Tomb Raider for 15 minutes and the underside of the laptop hit 116 degrees, which is notably higher than our 95-degree comfort threshold, but not a deal breaker. The center of the keyboard registered 96 degrees and the touchpad hit 90 degrees. After playing a 15-minute HD video, the Zephyrus S’ underside measured 98 degrees, the center of the keyboard hit 90 degrees and the touchpad reached 87 degrees. MORE: The Best PC Games to Play Right Now However, we didn’t get those temperatures with the first unit that Asus sent us. On the gaming test, the laptop’s underside climbed up to 132 degrees Fahrenheit, and the surface actually burned my hand when I touched it. The center of the keyboard and touchpad hit 99 and 93 degrees, respectively. Even when I cranked the fans up to Turbo, the underside still hit 128 degrees. It didn’t burn my hands as much, but I had to suffer through an obnoxiously loud whistle. On the video test, the underside reached 100 degrees, the center of the keyboard measured 95 degrees, and the touchpad got 91 degrees. According to Asus, our first review unit was a faulty one, so you shouldn’t expect these high temperatures on the retail version. Software and Warranty Asus includes a few cool gaming utilities in the Zephyrus S, like the Armoury Crate and GameVisual. The Armoury Crate’s home tab monitors the CPU, GPU, RAM and fans, while also providing customizable profiles to change the settings for each option. The System tab lets you stop apps to free up RAM, and the Aura tab customizes the RGB lighting, as mentioned earlier. There’s also an option to connect your mobile device to the app. Meanwhile, the GameVisual app provides color options for scenarios like Racing, FPS and RPG. The usual Windows 10 bloatware also makes an appearance, with apps like Candy Crush Saga, Royal Revolt 2: Tower Defense (the epic sequel) and Dolby Access. The Zephyrus S comes with a one-year limited warranty. See how Asus performed on our Tech Support Showdown, Best and Worst Brands listing, and Best and Worst Gaming Brands ranking. Configurations The Asus ROG Zephyrus S that I tested costs $1,999 and comes with an Intel Core i7-8750H CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB NVMe SSD and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with 8GB of VRAM. The only other configuration costs $1,899 and downgrades you to a GTX 1060 with 6GB of VRAM. Bottom Line The Asus ROG Zephyrus S once again offers a ridiculously slim chassis without sacrificing performance. It also packs a vivid 144-Hz, 1080p panel and a pair of solid speakers that instantly roped me into whatever game I played. Despite that, I’m still not the biggest fan of the forward keyboard layout. If you don’t mind a heavier laptop, the Alienware 15 R4 (starting at $1,399) makes a good choice, offering even-better gaming performance and longer battery life than the Zephyrus S. But if you’re looking for the slimmest gaming laptop out there, the Zephyrus S can’t be beat, with its incredibly innovative Max-Q design and strong overall performance. Credit: Laptop Mag by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoCNN International for ANAWhy Tennis Pundits Are Tipping This WomanCNN International for ANAUndoForbes.comWhere Does Dallas Cowboys’ Jerry Jones Land on This List?Forbes.comUndoMayo ClinicManaging psoriatic arthritis painMayo ClinicUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndo Here Are the Best PC Game Controllers Our Favorite Gaming Keyboards Our Favorite Gaming Mice for Every Genre Review Ports (excluding USB) Secondary Hard Drive Size Weight 512GB SSD Mobile Broadband Hard Drive Size 5 1920×1080 3DMark Fire Strike3DMark Ice Storm UnlimitedBattery Life (Test Ver 2.0)Color AccuracyColor GamutDisplay Brightness (Nits)Geekbench 3Geekbench 4Geekbench 4.1GTA V (1920 x 1080 on Very High)Hard Drive SpeedHitman (1920 x 1080 on Ultra with DirectX 12)JetstreamMetro Last Light (high, 1080p)Middle Earth: Shadow of WarRise of the Tomb Raider (1920 x 1080 on Very High)SteamVR Performance Test 16GB Kensington Lock Ports (excluding USB) 8GB 8872.7 0 4000 8000 12000 16000 20000 24000 3DMark Fire Strike1 of 17Tests notebook graphics performance.Asus ROG Zephyrus SMSI GS65 Stealth ThinOrigin EVO15-SCategory Average (as of 10/31/18) Ports (excluding USB) 13008 USB Ports Intel Core i7-8750H 4.55 Graphics Card Bluetooth Ports (excluding USB) Warranty/Support DC-in Touchpad Size 14.17 x 10.55 x 0.62 inches Wi-Fi HDMI 2.0 Company Website Bluetooth 5.0last_img read more

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These adventurous cats probably travel more than you do

first_img Travelweek Group Share These adventurous cats probably travel more than you do Tags: Animals, Instagram TOKYO — Cats are known for their independent streak, which often affords them the luxury of staying home alone or venturing on walks by themselves. But two gutsy felines have taken their independence up a notch by becoming a fearless travelling duo in the Far East.Daikichi and Fuku-Chan, two rescue cats in Japan, have become the latest Internet sensation for their incredible love of travel. As the travelling companions of their human, Daisuke Nagasawa, the faithful felines have visited all of Japan’s 47 prefectures over the course of eight years.The idea to take his cats along on his travels came to Nagasawa in 2011, when he first started travelling for work. He missed them so much (and vice versa) that he vowed to start bringing them along as his trusty sidekicks.Since then, the wanderlust trio has gained a huge following on Instagram, where Nagasawa documents their travels with adorable snaps. Daikichi and Fuku-Chan can be seen posing in front of cherry blossoms, visiting Mt. Fuji, being lugged around in backpacks, checking out waterfalls and seeing the sights in baby strollers.We can’t wait to see where their travels take them next!center_img Posted by Friday, May 3, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Fall Creek opens blueberry nursery in South Africa

first_img Fall Creek opens blueberry nursery in South Africa … South Africa: Maluma Symposium has ‘become a highl … “In addition to providing consumer and environmental benefits, innovations made possible by genome editing would hold enormous promise to keep Europe at the forefront of socio-economic development, continuing to generate jobs and growth in the EU,” he said.Johnathan Napier, a researcher at the Rothamsted Institute in the U.K., said that he was “genuinely surprised that it was so clear and so definitive to say that all genome edited material and product of the breeding’s technologies would be classified as GMO, as opposed to something that would have been the product of mutagenesis”.Mutagenesis is a process by which the genetic information of an organism is changed, resulting in a mutation. The New York Times reports that scientists began firing X-rays at plants or using chemicals that disrupted plant DNA in the 1920s.Scientists inspected the mutants to find those that were improvements. Thousands of plant breeds in use today, from strawberries to barley, are the product of mutagenesis, the publication reports.Napier, who is a pioneer in plant biotechnology and an advocate for the power of GM plants to deliver benefits for the public, explained that a GMO is something that has foreign DNA added to it, such as a transgenic plant.Gene editing, on the other hand, has no foreign gene. The CRISPR–Cas9 enzyme modifies the DNA sequence or cuts a part of it, but once is edited you are left with a plant with no foreign genes present.In contrast to the EU, the U.S. does not consider editing a plant’s DNA with CRISPR to be genetic modification, because these crops are “indistinguishable from those developed through traditional breeding methods,” according to a USDA statement in March.Napier said that the EU ruling will put a stop to basic research in Europe, as “everybody knows that the regulatory approval process is long and quite political”.IndustryFor the future of the agricultural industry, the ruling threatens to have an impact on the EU’s ability to engineer food, according to Späth. “The EU’s GM policies do not provide the legal certainty and predictability needed by EU public and private researchers to effectively contribute to and deliver the innovations needed to respond to challenges such as improving food security and nutrition or adapting to climate change,” he saidWith that in mind, consequences may not be seen over the next couple of years, but Von Essen there will be a long-term impact. U.S.: California’s avocado supply remains tight bu … Europe’s highest court last week controversially ruled that crops edited using techniques like CRISPR will be regulated in the same way as genetically modified organisms (GMOs), in a development that could have significant implications.Trade obstacles, a stifling on the development of new technology and an impact on the EU’s ability to engineer food have been listed as some of the potential consequences of the ruling.The decision was a shock for the scientific community, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the crop development industry.Garlich Von Essen, secretary-general at the European Seed Commission, told Fresh Fruit Portal that if exporter countries such as Brazil, Argentina, the U.S. or Chile don’t consider products developed using CRISPR to be GMOs, then they wouldn’t regulate them as such.“Then the big question is how would you organize the import of such products into Europe,” said Von Essen.As he sees it, the same situation that they have today with GMO food imports would occur with gene edited imports.He also explained there would be lengthy delays in authorization in Europe, explaining that these techniques would be used not for one or two products, but for many.Furthermore, as they can’t be detected with a normal GMO testing kit, the process of identifying them would be complex.The ruling may therefore result in “new, non-tariff barriers for agricultural commodity trade,” said Beat Späth, director for agricultural biotechnology at EuropaBio.InnovationFor Späth the ruling runs the risk of stifling innovation.center_img August 03 , 2018 You might also be interested in Successful International Blueberry Summit “raised …last_img read more

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Hong Kong International Airport HKIA and Amadeus

first_imgHong Kong International Airport (HKIA) and Amadeus have announced an agreement to deploy the world’s first hot-swappable battery powered, cloud-based, movable check-in kiosks – iCUSS – with both a self-service and full-service mode. By working with Amadeus, HKIA will significantly reduce passenger process times, save airline resources and free up space in the terminal, and Amadues hopes to extend this to other airports and set a new check-in standard in the airport industry.“With an increasing number of passengers and infrastructure constraints at the airport, we now need a more sustainable way to check-in passengers faster and from anywhere. We also wanted to give the option to travellers to check-in at their convenience,” said Vivian Cheung, Deputy Director of Airport Operations, Airport Authority Hong Kong.“We choose to partner with Amadeus as we share the same vision to reinvent the traditional way travellers check-in. We look forward to working with Amadeus to significantly reduce passenger process times, save airlines resources, and free up space in the terminal – and together we hope to extend this to other airports and set a new check-in standard in the airport industry.” Amadeuscheck-in kiosksHong Kong Airportlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterClick the cover to view the brochureExpanding their catalogue of grand experiences and guided offerings, Globus family of brands has launched Globus and Cosmos’ 2019 all-in-one brochure for Asia & Africa – including three new itineraries from Cosmos.In line with emerging travel trends and frontier destination demand, Globus family of brands has developed new trips and itineraries that stay true to its ethos of hassle-free, experience-led and highly inclusive holidays. From unravelling the history of Beijing’s Forbidden City to witnessing the big cats of the Serengeti stalk their prey with exquisite precision, Globus, Cosmos and Avalon have dozens of exotic adventures and exciting encounters ready to be booked and personalised for 2019.NEW in AfricaTo cater to demand, Cosmos has added two new itineraries to its 2019 Africa portfolio:The Best of South Africa itinerary is nine days from Johannesburg to Cape Town and is priced from $3,316 per person twin share.The On Safari in Kenya & Tanzania itinerary is 11 days from Nairobi to Arusha and is priced from $5,276 per person twin share.NEW in AsiaIn 2019, Globus family of brands is making Asia even more accessible and immersive with one new itinerary:The Spirit of China & the Yangtze River itinerary (by Cosmos) starts at 13 days from Shanghai to Beijing and is priced from $3,687 per person twin share.Globus family of brands Australasia managing director Gai Tyrell said the launch of new trips across exotic destinations is always an exciting time for the company, with the opportunity to demonstrate the brand’s dedication to providing innovative services, unique touch points and fresh pit-stops and experiences.“The launch of our Asia and Africa 2019 brochure featuring Africa for the first time and the announcement of three new itineraries are testament to Globus’ family of brands continual evolution and development, putting our guests at the forefront of experience-led travel – impressively, after 90 years, we are still innovating our offering,” said Tyrell.To celebrate the launch of the 2019 Asia & Africa brochures, Globus is offering early-bird savings of 5% off, applicable on all bookings made before 30 April 2019. Terms and conditions apply. For more information visit www.globus.com.au/dealsTo book or for more information visit www.globus.com.au.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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