Manitoba claims to be moving quick on Phoenix Sinclair inquest recommendations

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe province of Manitoba says it will bring forward recommendations from the Phoenix Sinclair inquiry sooner than expected.The media spotlight has been on the province’s child welfare system again this week.But the minister responsible is adamant this development is about action and not a response to criticism.Sinclair was murdered by her mom and her mom’s boyfriend when the child was supposed to be under the watch of child services.APTN’s Dennis Ward has the story.last_img read more

Firstever World Humanitarian Summit must usher in new era of global solidarity

Briefing Member States on preparations for the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Heads of State and Government to come to the event and deliver a strong message that “we will not accept the erosion of humanity which we see in the world today.”“We must not fail the people who need us, when they need us most,” said the UN chief, drawing particular attention to the leader’s segment and the roundtables, that will take place during the 23-24 May summit in Istanbul, Turkey.“First, the best way to achieve bold, courageous change is to make sure that leaders are there to deliver it,” Mr. Ban said, noting that the leaders’ segment will be an opportunity to discuss the five core responsibilities of his Agenda for Humanity.The five core aims are: political leadership to prevent and end conflict; uphold the norms that safeguard humanity; leave no one behind; change people’s lives – from delivering aid to ending need; and invest in humanity.“History will judge us by how we use this moment,” Mr. Ban said, urging States to come to Istanbul at the highest level and to show leadership on the great challenges of the 21st century.“We must not let down the many millions of men, women and children in dire need,” he added.Mr. Ban said that seven roundtable sessions will be held over the two days to provide a space for leaders from Member States, civil society and the private sector to focus on a number of challenges crucial to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other shared goals.The themes of the roundtables are: Preventing and Ending Conflict; Upholding the Norms that Safeguard Humanity; Leaving No-one Behind; Natural Disasters and Climate Change; From Delivering Aid to Ending Need; Gender Equality; and Investing in Humanity.He said that proposed core commitments that reflect some of the changes necessary to turn the Agenda for Humanity into action were circulated last week for consideration and should be finalized by 18 April.These are voluntary and non-binding, and can be individual or joint commitments. The Summit is not an end point, but the beginning of a new era of international solidarity to halt the terrible suffering of people affected by conflicts and disasters. The Summit’s success would make an enormous qualitative difference in advancing action on so many other fronts – not least the 2030 Agenda.The summit outcomes will include a Chair’s summary that will be issued in Istanbul, and a “Commitments to Action” document that will follow some time later. Along with the Agenda for Humanity, these all constitute important elements to the framework for action and follow-up, he said.Post-Summit follow-upThe follow-up will begin with the Humanitarian Affairs Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council in June. In September, Mr. Ban will submit his report to the General Assembly, presenting the outcomes of the Summit and further possible steps ahead, he said.At that point, Member States can decide to take forward some or all of the report’s recommendations through intergovernmental discussions and negotiations, he said. The annual General Assembly humanitarian resolutions in the autumn will likely be vehicles for many of these important discussions.“Last year we achieved major victories for global solidarity,” he said, referring to Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk ReductionAddis Ababa Action Agenda, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Paris Climate Agreement.“Let us make the World Humanitarian Summit a historic step forward for our common humanity,” he said.The briefing was organized by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) at the UN Headquarters in New York. read more

Womens Basketball Ohio State wins secondstraight game defeating Cincinnati 6956

Ohio State redshirt senior guard Adreana Miller (15) pass the ball in the first half of the game against South Florida. Ohio State lost 71-47. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s basketball team gained its third victory of the season and second in a row after defeating the Cincinnati Bearcats 69-56 on Sunday.The Buckeyes got off to a hot start with a 15-4 lead midway through the first quarter, making six of seven from the field and three of four from 3-point range to start the game, one of which was a milestone 3 from redshirt senior guard Adreana Miller.Miller recorded her 1,000th career point on a 3 ball, helping Ohio State to the highest scoring quarter of the season, scoring 26 points to pair with a season high 85 percent shooting for a quarter.The Buckeyes carried their momentum into a 17-point lead at halftime powered by freshman forward Dorka Juhasz’s game-high 10 points and seven rebounds.The second half turned into a much more competitive affair as the Bearcats chipped away against Ohio State behind the strength of a team-high 14 points by junior guard Sam Rodgers, who played a game-high 37 minutes.The Buckeyes made many mental mistakes and had missed opportunities that allowed Cincinnati to get back into a game that head coach Kevin McGuff said should have been wrapped up earlier.“Good to kind of see us getting together and finish the game out,” McGuff said. “But it was disappointing. We played such a good first half and thought in the third quarter had chances to really stretch the lead out, and put a lot of game pressure on them and probably end it. But they kept playing hard and we kept making mental mistakes.”Cincinnati narrowed the lead to just three points in the second half when the Bearcats went on an 11-0 run. Comparably, Ohio State was unable to find its scoring touch, going more than five minutes without a basket.“I think the problems were like mental problems,” Juhasz said. “We missed lots of great shots, free throws, lots of turnovers. I think we have to reduce it because we will have tougher games.”While Ohio State’s 19 turnovers illustrated the mental breakdowns during the game, the team was able to stay resilient and end the game on a 10-0 run highlighted by two 3-point shots off the bench by junior guard Jensen Caretti.The Buckeyes (3-2) next face the Washington Huskies (4-3) on the road Wednesday. read more

KEFI Minerals secures project funding of 135 million For Tulu Kapi gold

first_imgKEFI Minerals, the gold exploration and development company with projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, has signed a mandate letter and heads of terms for $135 million of project funding with Oryx Management to finance and operate all the on-site infrastructure at its Tulu Kapi gold project in Ethiopia. The planned financing package also includes funding finance charges during a 30-month construction and production ramp-up period.Mandate signed with infrastructure specialist Oryx to operate and lease-finance all on-site infrastructure at the projectOryx to establish a special purpose vehicle to issue bonds, the proceeds of which would be used to build and own all the on-site infrastructure for the project which it would lease to the project company, Tulu Kapi Gold Mines Ltd (TKM). The receipt of lease payments from TKM would be used by Finance SPV to pay the principal and interest on its bondsOryx to also operate the on-site ore processing infrastructure on an open-book, cost plus performance-bonus based operating contractEthiopian Government to fund the building of all off-site infrastructure for the project, in accordance with previously announced and executed Shareholders Agreement. The relevant Government agencies will operate and maintain the off-site infrastructureAusdrill (through its subsidiary African Mining Services) to supply and operate all the mining equipment under a mine services agreement structured as a conventional schedule of rates contract, whereby the contractor is paid per tonne of material deliveredAll contractors to be accountable to and supervised by KEFI subsidiary TKMIgnoring historic investment of some $60 million, the project’s remaining funding need has now been successfully reduced from circa $289 million when KEFI took control in 2014 to an amount of about $160 million (before overlaying the Oryx proposal) to a residual balance of $32 million. The residual balance of $32 million, which includes approximately $13 million of contingency provisions, will now be refined, structured and sourced. This residual amount will also be further evaluated over the coming months and may be reducedA variety of sources to finance the estimated residual requirement of $20-30 million are being considered, including working capital facilities with Development Bank of Ethiopia, project-level equity with a mining and engineering group and further equity from KEFI in the project companyIt is currently estimated that KEFI’s holding in TKM, will be some75%, without the issue of further project-level equity to any third party, and under any scenario, it is KEFI’s preference to retain majority ownership and control of the projectTulu Kapi’s cash flow projections (supported by the 2017 Update to the DFS) at a gold price of $1,250/oz support the company’s plan to rapidly pay down the project finance indebtedness at the same time as pursuing a focused and exciting exploration program, and also to consider commencing dividends to shareholders early in the project’s life. An indicator of the projected cash flow strength is that under these assumptions, Oryx could be repaid around half-way through the nine-year termTimetable agreed with the Ethiopian Government and Oryx for financing to be provided and development to start before the end of 2017.Commenting KEFI’s Executive Chairman, Harry Anagnostaras-Adams, said: “KEFI has selected a development funding approach considered more appropriate for start-up purposes than bank debt due to its longer nine-year tenor and its repayments commencing 30 months after drawdown.“This project has been designed in close collaboration with the selected project contractors, Ausdrill for mining and Lycopodium for processing, and in partnership with the Ethiopian Government.“At a gold price of $1,250/oz, Tulu Kapi’s robust project cash flow projections, combined with the innovative financing proposal from Oryx, looks to well serve KEFI’s objective to rapidly repay debts whilst implementing our targeted exploration programs and commencing dividends during the early production years.“We welcome Oryx to the Tulu Kapi syndicate and look forward to putting the funding in place to commence development of Tulu Kapi this year.”Tulu Kapi has a Probable Ore Reserve of 1.0 Moz and Mineral Resources totalling 1.7 Moz. Planned gold production is forecast to be circa 115,000 oz/y at an AISC of $777/oz over the initial eight years of mining the open pit.last_img read more

FAM supplies worlds largest compact bucketwheel excavator to Codelco Radomiro Tomic

first_imgChilean state copper mining company, Codelco, made a strategic move recently when they placed an order with the FAM Group to build a new bucketwheel excavator pf type SR800P9 for the Radomiro Tomic opencast copper mine in the Atacama Desert in the north of Chile, with the machine assembled earlier this year on site. “Unique design and customised fabrication of equipment is one of the core competences of the FAM Group with this project being no exception. Since Chile is home to the world’s largest copper deposits, FAM was proud to provide the customer with the world’s largest bucket wheel excavator of the compact class. The machine will be serving in a dynamic leach pad which features advanced chemical processing of the copper ore on an industrial scale.”The crushed and acidified copper ore is stacked in large stockpiles and sprinkled with water delivered by a pipe system which leaches the copper from the ore. The copper-rich liquid is then collected via a drainage system and fed into an electrolysis system for copper recovery. After having been stored in the stockyard for a certain period of time, the leached copper ore must be reclaimed using a bucket wheel excavator to finally dump it and create new stockpile space. The excavator for the Radomiro Tomic copper mine is designed for an impressive output of 14,500 t/h. To reach this rate, the bucketwheel has a cutting diameter of 19 m and it comes with a 1,000 kW drive. The bucket wheel transfers the bulk material onto a conveyor belt located on the machine and from there the material is fed onto a conveyor bridge on crawlers. To unload the stockpile, the bucket wheel excavator runs along the length of the stockyard continuously reclaiming the material. At the end of the stockyard it turns around the curve to take on the next row of the pile.In addition to the implemented powerful mechanical components, FAM installed cutting-edge electrical and control technology as well, including automatic operation, video monitoring, several radar systems (for collision and stockpile recognition and positioning), highly precise GPS positioning, and complex monitoring systems to ensure the availability of systems.last_img read more

Renewed appeal for missing man on his 30th birthday

first_imgPOLICE IN BELFAST are renewing their appeal for information about the disappearance of Martin Kelly who went missing in 2006. Today is his 30th birthday.On New Year’s Day, 2006, he and his friends were in Pat’s Bar in Garmoyle Street to watch a football match.His friends left and Kelly remained in the bar talking to other customers. He left at 7.10pm and has not been seen since.The missing man is 6″1′ tall and of slim build with short dark hair. On the day he went missing he was wearing a black Guinness t-shirt and blue jeans.Detective Chief Inspector Colin Gillis, Crime Manager for south and east Belfast said police remain committed and determined to find out what happened to him and to bringing closure to his family.He said detectives will continue to follow up all new lines of enquiry and any new information.(Image: PSNI)“Police investigating Martin’s disappearance carried out searches on land and on the water and deployed the diving team and air support team in these searches,” he added. “We have also undertaken extensive enquiries but despite conducting a wide range of interviews and reviewing all available CCTV relating to the incident, Martin has not been located.”Anyone with any information about the man’s disappearance can contact detectives at Musgrave Police Station on 0845 600 800.Read: Mother of missing Irish man in India still ‘determined’ to find him two years on>last_img read more

UN declares North Koreas crimes on par with Nazism apartheid and Khmer

first_imgA portrait of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is burned by protesters during an anti-North Korea rally. Dec. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)NORTH KOREA’S REGIME has committed crimes as chilling as those of the Nazis, South Africa’s apartheid regime or Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge and must be stopped, the head of a UN inquiry said on Monday.“Contending with the great scourges of Nazism, apartheid, the Khmer Rouge and other affronts required courage by great nations and ordinary human beings alike,” Michael Kirby told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.“It is now your solemn duty to address the scourge of human rights violations and crimes against humanity in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” he said.His comments followed a searing 400-page report, released last month, that documented a range of gross human rights abuses in the country, including extermination, enslavement and sexual violence.“The gravity, scale, duration and nature of the unspeakable atrocities committed in the country reveal a totalitarian state that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world,” said Kirby, a retired Australian judge.The report insisted North Korea’s leaders should answer for a litany of crimes against humanity before an international court.“The world has ignored the evidence for too long,” Kirby insisted, adding: “There is no excuse, because now we know.”North Korean soldiers march during a mass military parade in Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Square to celebrate 100 years since the birth of North Korean founder, Kim Il Sung, April 2012. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)‘Shameless fabrications’North Korea, which refused to cooperate with the commission, has “categorically” rejected the report.Its representative to the UN, So Se Pyong, slammed the findings as “shameless fabrications” by “the United States and other hostile forces”.The commission, created in March 2013 by the Human Rights Council, was denied access to North Korea and relied on hearings in South Korea and Japan with 320 North Korean exiles.The report condemned a widespread system of throwing generations of the same family into prison camps under guilt-by-association rules.On Monday, Kirby showed footage from the hearings, including of survivor Shin Dong-hyuk who was born into a prison camp and spent his first 23 years there.The 31-year-old says he was tortured, subjected to forced labour and compelled to witness the execution of his mother and brother at the age of 13.Former prisoner Jee Heon-a can also be seen in the footage describing how she had witnessed a security guard beat a mother until she agreed to drown her newborn baby.“The baby stopped crying (and) we saw bubbles rising up,” she recalled.North Korea is estimated to have 80,000 to 120,000 political prisoners, while hundreds of thousands more are believed to have perished in the camps over the past half century, “through deliberate starvation, forced labour, executions, torture,” the report said.“If this report does not give rise to action, it is difficult to imagine what will,” Kirby insisted.Retired Australian judge Michael Kirby, chairperson of the commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, shows the commission’s report, Monday, Feb 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)Around 100 Japanese abducted The report also estimated 200,000 people from other countries had been abducted — mostly South Koreans left stranded after the 1950-1953 Korean War, but also hundreds from around the world since then.North Korean representative So marched out of the Human Rights Council in protest when Japan allowed Shigeo Iizuka, the chairman of the Japanese Association of Families of Victims Kidnapped by North Korea, to take the floor.Pyongyang admitted in 2002 that it had abducted 13 Japanese nationals over two decades. It said eight had died, including Iizuka’s sister Yaeko Taguchi, who was taken in 1978. Tokyo rejects the claims.Kirby said his commission estimates around 100 Japanese have been abducted by North Korea.Outside the council chambers, relatives of abductees brandished black-and-white photographs of their long-lost loved ones, demanding that Pyongyang finally come clean.Many country representatives supported the call to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court.“The EU believes that it is imperative that there be no impunity for those responsible for human rights violations,” EU representative to the UN in Geneva, Mariangela Zappia, told the council.Along with Japan, the European Union is drafting a resolution on North Korea to be voted on by the council next week.However, North Korea’s key ally China, which has a veto at the UN Security Council, would likely reject any referral of North Korean rights abuse cases to the ICC.On Monday, Chinese representative Chen Chuandong lamented to the council that many of the report’s recommendations were “divorced from the realities on the peninsula and are highly politicised.”People attending a mass rally chant slogans to show their support for the leadership in Pyongyang, North Korea Monday, Jan 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)- © AFP, 2014Read: North Korea just had an election. Guess who won.Read: Here are just some of North Korea’s human rights abuseslast_img read more

Jill Meagher accused faces two other assault charges

first_imgTHE MAN CHARGED with the murder of Irish woman Jill Meagher in Melbourne, Australia, in October last year has been charged with the alleged rape of two other women.Adrian Ernest Bayley was charged with the alleged rape and false imprisonments of the women in separate attacks on 5 April and 15 July, Herald Sun reports.It is understood that the alleged attack in July relates to a Dutch backpacker who was raped in a laneway as she walked home from a pub.In January Bayley appeared in court for a hearing on a police application that was believed to concern a request by police to interview the man about possible criminal charges. It also concerned examining Bayley for “any possible distinguishing mark” that may be on his body.A filing hearing on the two new charges in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court is listed for Friday.Bayley’s two-day committal hearing on the alleged rape and murder of Jill Meagher will take place on 12 and 13 March of this year.Comments have been disabled on this piece as court proceedings are active.Related: Jill Meagher accused faces new questioning>Read: Jill Meagher murder accused appears before court>last_img read more

Mac OS X celebrates 10th birthday

first_imgIt’s a bittersweet birthday for Mac OS X. We reported yesterday that the man behind OS X, Bertrand Serlet, is leaving Apple. But, that doesn’t mean there’s not reason to celebrate this operating system’s great evolution over the past 10 years.Mac OS X v10.0 launched 10 years ago today, March 24, 2001, and was the first Apple operating system based on the UNIX platform. It was also the first to be named in the “big cat” series that is continuing today. It was created as a next-generation operating system, and was the tenth major version of Apple’s OS — hence the “X”. Although the first release suffered from a number of performance issues, Cheetah still received critical acclaim.Mac OS X introduced some important developer tools, one of which was its integrated development environment Xcode that allowed developers to create apps for Mac computers whether they run on PowerPC or Intel processors.Over the 10 years, we’ve seen six major revisions of Mac OS X, from Cheetah (10.0), to Puma (10.1), to Panther (10.3), to Tiger (10.4), to Leopard (10.5), and finally to Snow Leopard (10.6). Apple has just released the first beta for Mac OS X 10.7 called Lion. Let’s take a look at the different versions throughout the last decade:Cheetah: March 24, 2001The first version, Cheetah, had an Aqua interface, which moved away from its professional-looking Macintosh style, and matched its software design to the hardware design of its Macs during that time. Cheetah introduced the Mac world to the Dock, Terminal, Mail, Address Book, TextEdit, AppleScript and PDF support, along with full multitasking. As we mentioned above, the first version was pretty clunky, and slow, but that meant there was only room to improve.Jaguar: August 24, 2002Finally ready for the mainstream, Jaguar introduced stability and speed fixes. It featured a revamped Finder and Address Book, as well as Quartz Extreme, Bonjour, Inkwell, and network support for Windows, among other things. OS X was on its way up.Panther: October 24, 2003Along with revisions to existing features, Panther introduced Expose, Font Book, iChat, FileVault, and Safari. It was also the first version of OS X that wasn’t compatible with some older Macs, like the earliest Mac G3s and PowerBook G3s.Tiger: April 29, 2005New features appeared, including Dashboard, Automator, Dictionary, Front Row, and Quartz Composer. Tiger also released a version 10.4.4 in January 2006, which made it available to Intel computers.Leopard: October 26, 2007Tiger stayed as Apple’s OS for a almost two-and-a-half years before Leopard was finally released. It featured Back to My Mac, Spaces, Boot Camp, and Time Machine. It was the first post-iPhone version of OS X, and was also the first not to run in Classic Mode.Snow Leopard: August 28, 2009Apple seemed to really be stretching the release dates. After another almost two years, Snow Leopard was released. It was the first version not to support PowerPC Macs, and AppleTalk was also no longer supported. Other than the upgrade from Cheetah to Puma, it was the first version to not have the $129 price tag. It was offered for $29 to those who already owned Leopard. Updates to the Finder, Preview, Quicktime X, and Safari were also added.Lion: Summer 2011Apple launched a developer preview of Mac OS X Lion through the Mac App Store a month ago. From that, we learned it will include a new version of Mail; AirDrop, which will be a remarkably easy way to copy files wirelessly from one Mac to another; Versions, which automatically saves successive versions of your document as you create it; Resume, which brings your apps back to exactly how you left them when you restart your Mac, or quit and relaunch an app; AutoSave, which automatically saves your documents as you work; the new FileVault, that provides high performance full disk encryption for local and external drives; and the Mac App Store.If you want to take even more of a trip down memory lane, Ars Technica has posted its review of Mac OS X Public Beta from October 15, 2000.Read more at The Next Web and Tauw. [Photo via Ars Technica]last_img read more

Deputy chief executive of Oxfam in the UK resigns over prostitution scandal

first_img Share7 Tweet Email 11,421 Views Lawrence said that she was “desperately sorry” for the harm and distress that this had caused.“I am desperately sorry for the harm and distress that this has caused to Oxfam’s supporters, the wider development sector and most of all the vulnerable people who trusted us,” she said.It has been such a privilege to work for such an amazing organisation that has done and needs to continue to do such good in the world.The charity has come under strong pressure after an investigation by The Times found young sex workers were hired by senior staff in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake which devastated the island and left up to 300,000 people dead.Groups of young prostitutes were invited to homes and guesthouses paid for by the charity for sex parties, according to one source who claimed to have seen footage of an orgy with sex workers wearing Oxfam t-shirts.Over the weekend UK prime minister Theresa May called for an investigation into the allegations.“The reports of what is unacceptable behaviour by senior aid workers in Haiti are truly shocking,” a spokeswoman for Theresa May said.“We want to see Oxfam provide all the evidence they hold of the events to the Charity Commission for a full and urgent investigation of these very serious allegations.”© – AFP 2018With reporting from Cormac FitzgeraldRead: Theresa May calls for Oxfam probe over ‘shocking’ Haiti prostitutes allegationsRead: Oxfam aid workers used prostitutes during Haiti relief efforts, report claims 20 Comments Monday 12 Feb 2018, 3:11 PM Feb 12th 2018, 3:11 PM File photo. By AFP Deputy chief executive of Oxfam in the UK resigns over prostitution scandal in Haiti Penny Lawrence said that she was “desperately sorry” for the harm and distress that had been caused. Image: Nick Ansell THE DEPUTY CHIEF executive of UK charity Oxfam resigned today over the charity’s handling of a prostitution scandal in Haiti involving its staff members and allegations of similar behaviour in Chad.“Over the last few days, we have become aware that concerns were raised about the behaviour of staff in Chad, as well as Haiti, that we failed to adequately act upon,” Penny Lawrence said in a statement.“It is now clear that these allegations – involving the use of prostitutes and which related to behaviour of both the country director and members of his team in Chad – were raised before he moved to Haiti.As programme director at the time, I am ashamed that this happened on my watch and I take full responsibility. Short URL File photo. Image: Nick Ansell Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Koulibalys two game ban stands

first_imgKalidou Koulibaly’s two-match ban could not be rescinded despite Napoli’s effort in the court of appeal.The Napoli defender was sent off during the loss to Inter for sarcastically applauding the referee after a yellow card amid racist taunts from the stands throughout the match.Today the Senegalese defender testified in front of the appeal court and confessed he was “ashamed” to tell his mother what had happened.However, the appeal was turned down, meaning he will miss two games starting with Sunday’s showdown against Lazio.Top 5 Serie A players to watch for next weekend’s activity Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Top 5 players to watch in Serie A next…Napoli lawyer Mattia Grassani told Football Italia via Sky the verdict left Koulibaly and the club with “a profound sense of injustice.”A statement released by the appeals court explains the “unacceptable atmosphere that was created inside the stadium during the match has no relevance and cannot be considered justification for an athlete to mock the referee.“If that were the case, the presence of racist behaviour in the stands could be used to justify and not sanction any act (even violence) by a player. Obviously, that cannot be allowed to stand as precedent.”last_img read more

UPDATE Homeowner douses porch fire with garden hose

first_imgA homeowner doused a porch fire at a Hough neighborhood home early Friday.The fire was reported at 7:12 a.m. at 1802 Kauffman Ave., according to emergency dispatch logs. A ladder truck, engine, battalion chief and fire marshal from the Vancouver Fire Department responded.Capt. Matt Krussow said his crew could see a smoke column when leaving the station. When firefighters arrived, the homeowner had put the fire out using a garden hose, Krussow said.The fire caused an estimated $10,000 in damage, said Capt. Scott Willis, Vancouver fire spokesman.It was unintentional and caused by the improper storage of a smoking object, Willis said.Firefighters suggest people who smoke outside use noncombustible storage containers made of metal or glass to store smoldering materials, he said.last_img read more

Five Bases in Running to Host KC46As Air Force Says

first_imgThe Air Force on Thursday announced the names of five candidate bases to host the second active duty-led wing of KC-46A Pegasus aerial tankers — Dover AFB, Del.; Fairchild AFB, Wash.; Grand Forks AFB, N.D.; Travis AFB, Calif.; and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.The installation selected wouldn’t start receiving the next generation air refueling tanker until fiscal 2020, according to a press release.Air Mobility Command will soon conduct detailed, on-the-ground site surveys of each candidate base, assessing each location against operational requirements, potential impacts to existing missions, housing, infrastructure and manpower. The command also will develop cost estimates to bed down the KC-46A at each site. Air Force leadership then will select preferred and reasonable alternatives for the operating location. Officials plan to announce the second active duty-led KC-46A preferred alternative by the end of 2016.“Bringing the KC-46A online is a critical first step in recapitalizing a tanker fleet that has been at the heart of global response for more than five decades,” said Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III. “This great new aircraft will achieve better mission-capable rates, suffer less maintenance downtime, and improve the U.S. military’s ability to respond rapidly to humanitarian crises and contingency operations around the world.”Jennifer Miller, deputy assistant secretary for installations, stressed the importance of following the Air Force’s strategic basing process to create deliberate, repeatable and standardized decisions.“In this process, the Air Force uses criteria-based analysis and military judgment,” said Miller. “We look forward to the next phase of the process when the preferred alternative is announced and our candidate base communities have an opportunity to participate by providing input for the environmental analysis.” Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Kenai Borough Assembly to consider eliminating religious invocation

first_imgThe Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted to introduce an ordinance on Feb. 14 that would put an end to the invocation that begins each meeting.\Listen nowSouth Peninsula representative Willy Dunne introduced the ordinance, which would modify Kenai Peninsula Borough code.The ordinance cites the “emotional divisions in our community” the invocation controversy has caused.It also points to the significant cost to taxpayers that may result if the current policy is maintained. The Kenai Peninsula Borough is currently involved in an ongoing lawsuit with the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska over the invocation policy.The ordinance was approved for introduction in a 5 to 4 vote, with Assembly Members Stan Welles, Dale Bagley, Brent Hibbert and Paul Fischer voting against.A public hearing on the proposed ordinance is scheduled for March 21.last_img read more

Police confident Gulshanlike attack no longer possible

first_imgOn the evening of 1 July in 2016, five militants entered the Holy Artisan Cafe and Bakery with crude bombs, machetes, pistols, and took dozens of people, including 18 foreigners, hostage.Twenty hostages, including 17 foreigners, were killed as the militants sprayed them with bullets indiscriminately or cut their throats to confirm their death inside the cafe.Besides, two senior police officers – Banani Police Station then officer-in-charge Salauddin Ahmed Khan and Detective Branch assistant commissioner Robiul Islam – were shot dead when police tried to overpower them.Thirteen people, including three foreigners, were rescued while 20 bodies of the hostages were recovered from the restaurant after a successful operation led by the 1st Para-commando Battalion, an elite force in the Bangladesh Army, codenamed ‘Thunderbolt’ the following day (2 July). Five militants and one restaurant staff were killed and one suspected militant was arrested during the drive.A case was filed with Gulshan police station in connection with the terror attack. Later the case was shifted to Detective Branch of DMP. Now, Inspector Humayun Ahmed of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit (CTTC) has been investigating the case as its investigation officer (IO). The militants have no strength to carry out attacks like the one on Holy Artisan Bakery due to their weakening through anti-militant drives across the country, reports UNB.Monirul Islam, the chief of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit, claimed this.”They may try to get reorganised again but we’ll hunt down the absconding militants, too,” he was quoted to have said during an interview with the news agency recently.Though the militants had been planning to do something again in March or during Ramadan but their efforts went in vein due to simultaneous anti-militant drives carried out since March this year, he said.”The terrorist attack on Twin Tower was the deadliest one for the USA. We can term Holey Artisan attack like ‘Twin Tower attack’ in our country,” said Monirul.The CTTC chief said the investigators have already identified the perpetrators involved in the attack. “The militants who went to the spot or directly involved in the attack, were killed on the spot,” he said.He said the militants who were directly involved in planning as well as to coordinate the attack have already been identified.”So far, eight militants who were involved in planning and coordination in the attack have already been killed in different places across the country during anti-militant operations in the last one year,” Monirul said.About financing in the Gulshan Bakery attack, Monirul said, “It seems that attack on the Holey Artisan Cafe; was a low-cost terrorism attack. It might cost Tk 8-9 lakh. They (militants) collected the money from their own sources. There was no need to collect money from foreign sources.”Replying to a question, the CTTC chief said firearms and explosives which were used in the Gulshan Cafe; attack were brought from Chapainababganj and Jessore.”We’ve already arrested Mizanur Rahman alias Boro Mijan from Chapainababganj. He was shown arrested in the Gulshan Cafe; attack case and he confessed to his involvement in supplying firearms and explosives for the attack.”He said investigators have already identified five suspected militants-Mizanur Rahman alias Chhoto Mizan, Sagar, Sohel Mahfuz, Rashed alias Rash and Basharuzzaman alias Chocolate-who were involved in the deadliest attack.last_img read more

VIDEO Notre Dame coach gave an expletive filled antiTurnover Chain pregame speech

first_imgMiami crushed Notre Dame, 41-8, to remain undefeated, and the biggest star of the night for The U in The U’s biggest home game in forever wasn’t a player, it was the swagger dripping “Turnover Chain.”The Chain got more airtime than anyone on the Irish, and will be the first thing people identify the game with 10-years from now, but not everyone is a fan of the chain, including Notre Dame Defensive coordinator Mike Elko.While walking on the field with his players before the game, Elko called them in to give them an F-bomb laden pregame speech, letting them know in the most explicit of terms that he was sick of all the hype surrounding the Miami defense and The Chain. He finished by saying Miami can have their chain because the Irish were “getting the f—ing rings.”Yeah, this speech didn’t age well. Last night was all about The U and The Chain. Advertisement SUPER NSFW FOOTBALL COACH TALK HEREInteresting pep talk for Notre Dame players on the field before Miami game. ***Very very NSFW language***— Will Manso (@WillManso) November 11, 2017last_img read more

Asus 2019 Brand Report Card

first_imgAs they say, fortune favors the bold. Asus shot to second place this year, thanks to the innovations it brought to the table, including the ScreenPad and ErgoLift hinge. The design of Asus’ laptops continues to impress and the company offers a wide selection of products.Asus surprised us with the ZenBook Pro 15, the first laptop with a ScreenPad, or a touchpad that doubles as a secondary display. But like last year, the company lost points on tech support because some of its agents couldn’t offer help.Asus’ Key StrengthsInnovative features: Between the ScreenPad (a touchpad that doubles as a secondary screen) and ErgoLyft hinge, Asus took some serious risks this year, and reaped the rewards.Gorgeous designs: Asus puts serious thought into the design of each of its laptops.Asus’ Key WeaknessesSupport and warranty: Asus’ support once again failed to deliver. The support team we spoke to on the phone had difficulty answering our questions and the company doesn’t (yet) offer any extended warranty programs.Few standout laptops: While we liked the majority of Asus laptop we reviewed this year, only one received a 4.5-star rating and our Editor’s Choice award. Reviews (31/40)Asus offers some great laptops across a wide range of categories, from affordable Chromebooks to premium gaming rigs. The average Asus laptop scored a solid 3.8 out of 5-star rating, and only two devices we reviewed this year earned below a 3.5. Those high scores result from the stunning designs and reasonable prices Asus is known for. But as much as we like Asus’ latest offering of laptops, only one earned an Editor’s Choice award.AdvertisementThe one Asus laptop worthy of our EC, the 4.5-star ROG Strix Hero II, has a striking design with dark aluminum surfaces highlighted by a glowing RGB light bar. Gamers will also appreciate the Strix Hero II’s 144-Hz panel and GeForce GTX 1060 GPU. The $850 ZenBook 13 UX333FA is another standout laptop that has outstanding battery life, along with a compact design and strong performance. An even more affordable option is the $699 VivoBook S15, which comes in a variety of beautiful color options.Design (14/15)Asus is like a fashion house in that it offers a variety of designs at any given time. ZenBooks, like the ZenBook S UX391UA, ZenBook Pro and ZenBook 13 UX333FA, are the company’s classic look, complete with the intricate concentric circles gently etched into an aluminum lid. And while the Chromebook C523NA and the VivoBook Flip 14 were described as “rather bland,” the VivoBook S15 stunned with its beautiful Firmament Green chassis that’s both metal and plastic.Gaming laptops like the TUF Gaming FX705 and the FX504 is where Asus gets avant- garde with some of its more outlandish designs, including a large, stylized X. The Zephyrus (ROG Zephyrus S) line of laptops is more refined, offering a two-toned metal lid with an exhaust vent that remains hidden until you open the system. Some laptops, like the ROG Strix Scar II, are a bit polarizing despite the Zephyrus exterior chassis, thanks to its camouflage-inspired interior.Support and Warranty (14/20)Asus’ online tech support (on social media and live chat) proved a reliable avenue for finding correct answers to our undercover questions. Unfortunately, though, the Asus team members we talked to on the phone were not well-versed in the company’s own applications, and kept sending us in the wrong direction.Asus offers a standard one-year warranty with its laptops, which sometimes includes accidental damage protection, depending on your laptop. It doesn’t offer extended warranty programs (maybe that will change near the end of this year), but one upside is that you can upgrade memory or storage without voiding your warranty.Innovation (10/10)When it comes to innovation, Asus is the most aggressive brand around. The company took a risk with the ScreenPad on the Asus ZenBook Pro 15, and it paid off. This LCD is a touchpad, music-player controller, productivity-shortcut toolbar and second display all in one. And the improved ScreenPad Plus is coming soon to more laptops.Asus is also experimenting with dual-screen laptops with its Project Precog, which will be hitting the market in a shipping device this year. And the new ZenBook S13 (UX392FN), which is out now, is the slimmest laptop with discrete graphics on the market.Asus has serious game, too, as evidenced by the ROG Mothership. This gaming rig reinvents the desktop replacement with serious power and a detachable keyboard.Value and Selection (14/15)Asus has a broad selection of laptops, but there are some gaps. For $209, you can get the Asus Chromebook C523NA, which features a sharp display and solid performance tucked neatly into an aluminum chassis. There’s also the rugged Chromebook C202SA available for $218. Not a fan of Chromebooks? The VivoBook L203MA ($249) runs on Windows 10. A step up from that is the VivoBook Flip 14 ($449); this machine wasn’t necessarily a hit, but we enjoyed its stylish 2-in-1 design and stylus. The $699 VivoBook S15 earned 4 stars thanks to its colorful chassis and good performance.MORE: Best Asus LaptopsThe company peeks into premium territory with the ZenBook 13 UX333FA, which offers a strong Core i5 CPU and excellent battery life, all for a reasonable $849. If you’re a big spender, consider the ZenBook Pro 15 ($1,199 starting), which nets you up to a Core i9, a GTX 1050 Ti and a gorgeous 4K display. That machine also features a wild touchpad with an LCD screen that functions as a customizable second display.Asus has a tiered gaming-laptop lineup, starting with the entry-level Tuf Gaming FX504 ($679), ROG Strix Scar II ($1,699) and ROG Zephyrus S ($1,399), which we praised for their strong overall performance. And with the ROG G703 ($3,999) refreshed, the company even dipped into the premium gaming scene. Top-Rated Asus LaptopsBest Gaming: Asus ROG Strix Hero IIBest for Students: Asus ZenBook UX333FABest Budget Laptop: Asus Chromebook C523NA Scorecard and WinnersAcerAlienwareAppleAsusDellHPHuaweiLenovoMicrosoftMSIRazerSamsungcenter_img Best & Worst Laptop Brands 2019Which laptop brand is best? We’ve ranked every major player from Apple to Huawei based on review scores, tech support, innovation and more.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?03:46关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0001:3001:30Your Recommended Playlist03:46MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?02:01Apple’s Mac & iPad Pro Event: 5 Things You Need To Know01:30How to Use VLOOKUP in Excel01:07How to Find Your MAC Address in Windows 1001:34How to Reset a Windows 10 PC01:32How to Turn Your Windows 10 PC into a Wireless Display关闭  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 ANAUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more

How to open the Device Manager in Windows 10

first_imgHow to open the Device Manager in Windows 10 by Martin Brinkmann on June 26, 2018 in Windows – 17 commentsDevice Manager is a powerful administrative Windows tool to manage all connected devices. Microsoft uses the term devices for any hardware that is connected to the PC, from the motherboard and video card to external hard drives, the computer mouse, or monitors.The Device Manager gives Windows users control over these devices. Control includes options to check the status of any device, update, install or uninstall drivers, remove old and unused devices or look up devices that were connected to the PC in the past.One of the main issues that new users of Windows 10 face is that Microsoft removed the link to the Control Panel where the device manager was listed in. The Settings application includes a devices section but it does not link to the Device Manager or provide the same set of features.New users may not know that the Device Manager exists at all in Windows 10 while veteran users may need instructions on opening the device manager.How do you open the device Manager on Windows 10?There are plenty of ways to open the Device Manager on Windows 10 devices but all of them are hidden.There is no direct link in the Settings application or Start menu that points directly to the Device Manager.The Power MenuProbably the easiest option as of Windows 10 version 1803 is the following one:Right-click on the Start icon or use the Windows-X shortcut.Select Device Manager from the Power menu that opens.The method is the official way that Microsoft suggests when it comes to loading the Device Manager on a system running Windows 10.The direct approachAnother option that you have is to load the Device Manager directly using its msc file. MSC files are snap-in controls that display administrative controls when run.The MSC file name of the Device Manager is devmgmt.msc. All you have to do is the following to load it using the file:Use the shortcut Windows-R to display the run box on the system.Type or paste devmgmt.msc and hit the Enter-key.Tip: You can load the Device Manager using the file name from the command prompt or PowerShell prompt as well.Other optionsWindows offers plenty of other options, most of them rather obscure, to open the Device Manager.Tap on Start and type Device Manager. Windows Search should return Device Manager as one of the options that you may then select to load the administrative tool.When you are in the Control Panel already, select Device Manager or use the built-in search to return it.When you are in Computer Management, select Device Manager under System Tools.If you work with the Device Manager regularly, add it to the desktop or Taskbar. Just create a new plain text document, add devmgmt.msc as text, and save the file so that it is of type .bat (and not .txt). Place the file on the desktop or taskbar to launch Device Manager with a double-click.Run a Device Manager alternative such as DevManView.Related articlesGhostBuster: remove ghosted devices on WindowsToggle devices on Windows with DeviceSwitchSummaryArticle NameHow to open the Device Manager in Windows 10DescriptionThe guide lists several methods to open the Device Manager on PCs running Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

How would George Kennan respond to Nicaraguas military dependency on Russia

first_imgA serious national security problem is emerging in the Caribbean Basin, much neglected by Washington. Banging the final nail in the coffin of the Monroe Doctrine, Russia’s Vladimir Putin is joining China in building atrans-oceanic canal through Nicaragua, as well as a military supply facility. A satellite monitoring system may also replace the one Putin shut down in Lourdes, Cuba, in 2002. Construction on this rival to the Panama Canal is slated to begin in December 2014 under the auspices of Chinese businessman Wang Jing – who is also building a deep-water port in the Crimea.The new Russo-Nicaraguan agreement calls for Russian and Iranian warships to patrol both Nicaragua’s Atlantic and Pacific coasts. This is supposedly to interdict the drug trade, but that rings rather hollow in light of the canal being built on the San Juan River, long known to locals as “the drug path.” As we learned on a 2012 research trip, Sandinista officials were said to be running drugs on the river with high-power speedboats.Why is this happening now? Conveniently for Putin, a 1914 treaty giving the United States first dibs on building the canal ran out in December 2013. Putin likely aims at distracting the U.S. in our strategic backyard while destabilizing the eastern Ukraine. This resembles the strategy Nikita Khrushchev pursued in Cuba while trying to destabilize West Berlin in 1960-62 – the one that led to the Cuban Missile Crisis. Yuri Andropov did likewise in Nicaragua and El Salvador in 1980-83, while we were arming Afghanistan’s Muslim resistance. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, left, shakes hands with Wang Jing, president of of the Chinese company HKND, during the framework agreement for the construction of the Interoceanic Grand Canal in Managua, on June 14, 2013. AFP/Inti OCONMeanwhile, Costa Rica’s former Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo, who left office on May 8, has warned about Russia’s intrigues, or as he put it, Nicaragua’s “entering into a relationship of military dependency with Russia.” Democratic Costa Rica has no army, and its leaders fear Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s threatened reconquista of Costa Rica’s northwestern Guanacaste province. It’s no coincidence that Nicaragua, together with Venezuela, was virtually alone in recognizing Russia’s carving of South Ossetia and Abkhazia from Georgia in 2008. Or that Russia reciprocated with military aid to Venezuela and Nicaragua, and naval war maneuvers with Venezuela in the Caribbean.A day before the 2014 annexation of the Crimea, a Russian intelligence ship was deployed in Havana harbor. The anti-U.S. Caribbean trio also is included in Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu’s new global strategy to extend Russia’s naval and strategic bomber power through facilities worldwide. Meanwhile, Putin has doubled the investment in Russia’s military since 2007. It’s expected to triple by 2016 – even as the U.S. military has been cut to pre-World War II levels.We surely must be concerned about unmonitored shipments of drugs as well as arms – and who knows, even WMD – traversing a Nicaraguan canal. Recall the North Korean ship interdicted in July 2013 in the Panama Canal bearing undocumented arms and Cuban missile parts. A member of the Proliferation Security Initiative, U.S.-friendly Panama blocks illegal and dangerous cargo. Will Nicaragua?So what should the U.S. do now? We do believe the late George Kennan, father of U.S. containment policy vis-à-vis Russia, is very relevant here. He believed that rather than challenge Russia in her remote “near abroad,” we should challenge her ambitions in our own hemisphere. “If the Soviets remained in Afghanistan and attempted to use the country for strategic purposes further afield,” he stated in 1980, “than military action against Cuba might be justified.”Given this outlook, Kennan would likely have disavowed adding Georgia and Ukraine to NATO. While opposing boots on the ground in the Ukraine, however, he likely would have supported arming the Ukrainians against Russia as we did after WWII. Ukrainian partisans bled the Russians for a decade. He also would have recommended formidable public diplomacy and sizable aid to the Venezuelan democrats in their struggle. Both Nicaragua and Cuba run on Venezuelan oil. Aerial view of one of the Cuban medium-range missile bases, taken in October 1962. On Oct. 22, Kennedy said Russia had missile sites in Cuba and imposed an arms blockade. During a week, the two super-powers were head-to-head in their game of nuclear poker while the rest of the world watched. AFPDoubtless, the Russian president thinks that U.S. President Barack Obama, weakened by Washington scandals and an isolationist mood in the country, is reluctant to use military force. Obama must change those perceptions. An extra-hemispheric, nuclear power patrolling our waters, building a military facility in Nicaragua and aiding in the building of an unmonitored new canal is unacceptable.Kennan surely would have reminded us of the third corollary to the Monroe Doctrine that he devised in 1950. Witnessing the growing Soviet influence south of the border, he pledged in his memo to the secretary of state, “the most scrupulous respect for … sovereignty and independence … of our Latin American neighbors!”In return, he said: “You do not make your countries the sources or the seats of dangerous intrigue against us.”Council on Foreign Relations member Dr. Jiri Valenta is president of the Institute of Post-Communist Studies and Terrorism, Leni is editor and CEO. Follow them on Twitter. Facebook Comments Related posts:Putin’s Russia expands Latin American role, Kelly says Russia’s Putin in Cuba, Nicaragua to rekindle Latin America ties Russia back to fishing in troubled waters in Latin America, Costa Rica expert tells US congressional committee Nicaragua drops $80 million on Russian tankslast_img read more

Balloon Rides and the Big Five on Kenya Famil

first_imgSource = TravelManagers Balloon Rides and the Big Five on Kenya Famil Incredible wildlife encounters were all in a day’s work for three TravelManagers PTMs on their recent Kenya familBalloon Rides and the Big Five on Kenya FamilFrom luxury tented safari camps to early-morning hot air balloon rides, Africa offers luxury experiences that are completely unique. Three personal travel managers (PTMs) were therefore thrilled to be invited to represent TravelManagers on a recent eleven-day African safari famil, conducted by African Wildlife Safaris.All of the famil participants were required to have sold Africa holidays previously, but PTM Rose Febo, who is TravelManagers’ representative for Wynnum, QLD, says the first-hand experience she now has in Kenya has increased her confidence in selling the destination.PTM Giulia Gentiluomo prepares for an unforgettable dawn balloon flight over the Maasai Mara“With Africa, it’s so important to know the destination,” she explains. “I now have greater assurance in structuring the right itinerary thanks to a clearer understanding of travel times and distances, and having experienced various lodges and safari camps, I am much better equipped to explain to my clients what they are getting for their money.”The three PTMs joined other travel professionals in Perth for their South African Airways flight to Johannesburg and then on to Nairobi, where they spent the night before continuing to the iconic and historic Mt Kenya Safari Club, which is set on the slopes of Africa’s second-highest peak.“The views and location were spectacular,” Febo reports, “and although we were able to take part in viewing safaris on two of the nearby game reserves, everyone was very excited to get to our next base: Elephant Bedroom Camp in Samburu National Reserve.”Participants spent two nights at Elephant Bedroom Camp, which is a small and exclusive camp set on the banks of the Ewaso Ny’iro River. Accommodation consists of twelve luxury tents that are furnished in rustic African style, but as Febo explains, there are plenty of creature comforts on hand.For TravelManagers’ Rose Febo (right), spending time in a Maasai village was an enduring experience during her Kenya famil“We were treated to excellent game viewing in spectacular settings, returning after each game drive to gourmet meals served either under the African sky or inside the well-appointed dining area.”From here the group flew to another camp, this time in the heart of the Masai Mara, close to the Tanzanian border. Tipilikwani Mara Camp is an exclusive, intimate camp of just twenty tents which features magical views across the Mara plains. Here, they were free to join game drives accompanied by local expert guides, take bush walks and watch the dawn from the perspective of a hot air balloon.Febo was one of the famil participants who took advantage of this unique opportunity and cites it as one of the most memorable moments in an itinerary that was packed with highlights, with both she and her fellow PTM, Erryn Morris, in agreement that their time in Kenya was all about the animals.“Africa is all about the game viewing,” states Morris, who is TravelManagers’ representative for Gooseberry Hill, WA. “Any leopard or cheetah day is a great day, and I really appreciated the special touches provided at the safari camps, such as great food and hot water bottles in the bed after a day bouncing around in a Land Rover.”Both Morris and Febo also took full advantage of the photographic opportunities presented during their time in Kenya, with Morris offering some valuable packing advice: “if you have a good camera and lens, take it. It can be hard with weight restrictions on small aircraft, but it’s worth sacrificing the extra clothes – there no need for high fashion when on safari!”“It’s a photographer’s dream destination,” Febo adds. “My camera finally reached maximum capacity on my last day!”Although not the first visit to Africa for these experienced PTMs, the Kenya famil introduced them to new regions, experiences and camps, and both confirm that they would be happy to return to this destination again and again.“There’s so much to see and do, and I never tire of seeing the incredible wildlife and meeting the very friendly local people,” Febo explains.For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599About TravelManagersTravelManagers is Australia’s market leader and biggest home-based travel business operating in all States & Territories. A wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $2 billion for 2019, TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel. TravelManagers is solely dedicated to providing the best possible support to its network of more than 570 personal travel managers throughout Australia, through a dedicated team at the company’s National Partnership Office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer funds in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are secure and only used for client purchases. This is supported by a Trust Account Fidelity Risk insurance policy to protect all clients’ funds in the unlikely event they are missing from, or not paid into the Insured Trust Account.last_img read more