Best getaway options around Mumbai

first_imgIs the big city life getting to you? Can’t wait to get away from it all? Simply Mumbai has caught the travel bug too this month so give in to temptation before the good weather runs out and take the first road out. Get set and read on as we,Is the big city life getting to you? Can’t wait to get away from it all? Simply Mumbai has caught the travel bug too this month so give in to temptation before the good weather runs out and take the first road out. Get set and read on as we scrounge through popular travel hubs and adventure hotspots as well as carefully hidden secrets to bring you the best weekend getaway options.Vertical limitMahuli: The highest point in the Thane district, Mahuli fort is a favourite with those who like adventurous getaways. Located at a height of 2,815 feet, Mahuli is a trekker’s paradise. It has a strong local trekking and rock-climbing fraternity, and there’s plenty of assistance even if you’re a beginner. Enroute is the Manas Mandir, an important religious place for the Jain community. Once you reach Mahuli, at the foot of the fort is a resplendent Shiva temple.The forest cover that surrounds the fort makes for an exciting and challenging trek from the Shiva temple to the fort. Many of the paramount temples in Maharashtra like Sangameswara, Visveswra, Boleswara and Rameswara, are located in this region. With a backdrop of mountains, lush green forests and the river flowing by, it makes for a breathtaking experience. For the brave-hearted, there are caves to explore in the mountains, but they aren’t very easily accessible. Surrounded by a sanctuary, this fort has no history of who built it. But in the 15th century, it came under the rule of Nijamshahi dynasty. Soon afterwards, it came under the rule of the Marathas and after a long tussle with the Mughals, it was retained under Shivaji’s rule till 1817, when the British took over. Just the idea of the adventure that lies ahead makes this trip one worth taking.advertisement Fact fileGetting there: Take the train to Asangaon and then a cab to Mahuli.Distance: 95 kms from Mumbai.Stay: Harshgiri Lake Resort.Contact: 25113897.Cost: Rs 2,500 to Rs 3,000 per night.Nature’s trailIgatpuri: Standing tall at 1,900 feet, Igatpuri is nestled in the lap of the majestic Sahyadris. The hill station is perfect for its splendid sunrises and boasts of housing the largest Buddhist Pagoda for Vipassana meditation at Dhammagiri village at the base of the mountain. Full of challenging treks and ample opportunities for rock-climbing, it is close to Mount Kalsubai-the highest peak of the Sahyadri Range. For those who love history, there are the forts that were built on the hill tops during the Satavahana dynasty’s rule. A popular destination for tourists, both domestic and foreign, Igatpuri is full of picnic spots such as Bhatsa River Valley, Camel Valley and Five waterfalls that are bound to reinvigorate your tired bones. The beauty of this hill station is best experienced during the monsoons. For the religious, there’s the Amruteshwar temple that was built 1200 years ago in Hemadpanti style and is best known for its elaborate design. Fact fileGetting there: Take the NH3.Distance: 140 kms.Stay: Manas Lifestyle Resort.Contact: 9833941515.Cost: RS 3,500 onward per night.Ride the tideKarjat: If you want to trek, hike, climb mountains, go river rafting or just have a quiet picnic with your family, Karjat is the place to go to. An hour and a half’s drive from Mumbai, Karjat prides itself as the land of farmhouses. With the longest chain of farmhouses in the country, it is fast developing into a popular weekend hotspot in the state of Maharashtra. With the Ulhas valley that has the Ulhas River flowing through it, white water rafting is a favourite sport here. The historical port of Bhor Ghat is what used to connect the trade routes on the Konkan coast. Then there are the Buddhist Kondana caves that give you a sneak peak into the lives of the ancient Buddhists through their intricate sculptures and the Kotligad fort, a conical structure in the Matheran ranges, a vantage point that leaves you with a breathtaking view of the foothills.Fact fileGetting there: Take the Eastern Express Highway.Distance: 91 kms.Stay: Mohili Meadows Resort.Contact: 28625858.Cost: Rs 4,000 to Rs 5,500 per night.Back in timeMatheran: Get away for a whiff of clean air with no honking cars or traffic lights at Matheran. The state’s only hill station which prohibits the entry of vehicles, it’s all about enjoying nature’s vast beauties here. With mist-soaked valleys and a grandiose landscape stretching out as far as the eye can see, explore Matheran on horseback or simply walk around. The highlight here is the 100 year old toy train that crawls through the hills ferrying passengers from the base to the 803 meter high hill station. What’s charming about Matheran, which was discovered by Sir Mallet in 1860, is that despite modern amenities and hotels, the holiday spot still retains its colonial aura. While here, enjoy the local treats like coal roasted maize or freshly churned candy floss. Another relic is the 100 year old Lords Hotel known for its grand colonial architecture. Take a moment by the placid Charlotte Lake, watch the sunrise at Panorama Point or trek up to the One Tree Hill.-Aditi PaiadvertisementFact fileGetting there: Take the train to Neral and change to the toy train to Matheran.Distance: 120 Km.Stay: Lord’s Central Hotel.Call: 02148-230228.Cost: Rs 4,500 per night.Eco cool Hide-Out: If you’re looking for tranquility and want to escape the maddening crowd of the metropolis, then look no further. Head to Hide-Out, an organic farm in a tribal hamlet tucked away in the lap of nature. There’s a plethora of nature-related activities to choose from. You can go camping or try your hand at organic farming. For those who wish to connect with their inner selves, there are spiritual activities such as workshops in yoga, meditation, alternative medicine and holistic healing to help you find yourself. Ecologically viable camping amidst waterfalls and streams where you can dive in and swim or just sit by and have a conversation with a loved one are other tempting options. For the religious, it has the Mahalaxmi temple to offer, the seat of the Worli tribal deity. From simple vegetarian food cooked in earthen pots to eco-shopping, Hide-Out is perfect for the nature-lover. There is an option of visiting other places in the vicinity, such as Jawahar, famous for its cashew orchards and Dahanu, a quiet seaside town with an Iranian heritage. Fact fileGetting there: Take the Eastern Express Highway.Distance: 91 kms.Stay: Mohili Meadows Resort.Contact: 28625858.Cost: Rs 4,000 to Rs 5,500 per night.Fort townMurud-Janjira: A quaint little port town on the west coast, Murud-Janjira is a packaged deal that caters to all kinds of sensibilities. Janjira, derived from the Arabic word Jazeera, meaning an island, was built in the 12th century by the Siddis of Abyssinia. It is the only fort in Maharashtra which was not subjugated, although the British, the Portuguese, the Dutch tried attacking the city several times. Even the great Maratha King Shivaji tried to dominate the fortress more than six times but failed in all his attempts. The 19 rounded bastions that surround the fort look like they rise from the sea. All that is left now are ruins of what was once an invincible city. Three kilometers into the sea from Murud, the fort allows you a glimpse of the grandiose medieval architecture. Murud Janjira is the only place in Maharashtra where one can get the best of the quiet beach along with a visit to historical and religious sites the town is famous for. Apart from the fort, one can visit the Dattatreya temple, Nawab’s palace inside the fort, the Padmadurg fort or simply unwind at the Murud Janjira beach, where you can also indulge in water sports. Accommodation isn’t a problem since there are plenty of options to stay at.advertisement Fact fileGetting there: Take the Mumbai-Goa Highway 17 via Revdanda.Distance: 165 kms.Stay: One can choose from several resorts along the beach.Cost: RS 1,000 onward per night.Flying highKamshet: If your idea of a holiday is soaring high in the skies, then Kamshet is the destination for your next weekend retreat. One hundred kilometres from the city, the area’s windy hill tops are an ideal location for paragliding activities with two popular schools here-Temple Pilots and Fly Nirvana. You can do a beginners’ course, an advanced level programme or simply go for a joyride. They even have special flying workshops for children if you are planning a family outing.With trained pilots and instructors, you know you are in safe hands as you soar. At both centres, you’ll find other entertainment once you are done with flying. At Fly Nirvana’s home stay resort called The Native Place, you often find founder Sanjay Rao playing chef and cooking up a feast for guests. Non-flyers can have their share of fun with nature trails and treks in the surrounding hills, visits to the ancient Bhedsa and Karla caves nearby or occasional inhouse yoga sessions at Fly Nirvana. So, if adventure is what you are looking for this weekend, strap on your gear and enjoy the aerial view of the picturesque Sahyadri hills.-Aditi PaiFact fileGetting there: Take the Mumbai-Pune highway.Distance: 128 km.Stay: The Native Place.Call: 9920120243.Cost: Rs 5,000 onward per night.Natural wonderLonar: Situated in the Buldhana District, the Lonar Crater, which is now a lake, was first discovered in 1823 by British officer, J.E. Alexander. While the dates are still uncertain, this crater, which also happens to be the world’s third largest, is said to have been created by a two million tonne meteorite more than 50,000 years ago. Even though its creation was the outcome of a natural disaster of sorts, its evolution is anything but. The brilliant blue water surrounded by thick green forests makes it one of the most beautiful natural wonders that exist. Whether you like photography, science or just the wilderness, Lonar has plenty to offer. The crater houses hundreds of peafowl, chinkara and gazelles that can be spotted in the shrubbery growing around the lake. There are egrets, moor hens, herons, coots, white-necked storks, lapwings, grey wagtails, grebes, black droungos, green bee-eaters, tailorbirds, magpies and robins as well. There’s also the famous Daitya Sudan temple, which has been carved in a style similar to the Khajurao temples. And that’s not all-if you’re lucky, you’ll even spot some migratory birds stopping by in their journey across the world. Fact fileGetting there: Take the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.Distance: 600 kms.Stay: Government Rest House.Contact: 07260 221602.Cost: RS 900 to Rs 1,100 per night.Nature’s spectacleSilvassa: The capital city of the Union Territory of Dadar and Nagar Haveli, Silvassa is a popular holiday destination for many in the state. From a Roman Catholic Church built by the Portuguese to the Silvassa museum, it’s a perfect family vacation destination. If you like wildlife, there’s the deer park at Dapada and a lion safari at Vasona in store for you. A fun-filled weekend packed with activities is what you’ll take home from Silvassa.There’s boating at Madhuban dam, the lush Dadra Park, the Dudhani lake about 35 kms from Silvassa (which also houses a water sports park), the Vrindavan and the Balaji temples and the Ban Ganga Lake- a location so beautiful that one can get lost in its scenic grandeur. Fact fileGetting there: Train from Borivali station to Vapi.Distance: 170 kms.Stay: khavel Resort.Contact: 0260 2677401.Cost: Rs 6,000 onward per night.View from the topThe Machan: There’s nothing like a quiet secluded tree house in the middle of a forest to make you forget about blaring horns and constantly ringing mobile phones. The Machan offers just that with a secluded tree house set up in Jambulne village in the Western Ghats. Cradled in the branches of a huge tree at the edge of a precipice 45 feet above the ground, the luxurious structure overlooks acres and acres of lush forest land. Climb up to the loft, aptly called the Crow’s Nest and the stunning aerial view from there is bound to take your breath away. For those who want the thrill of camping out, the Machan has also introduced three well-furnished tents atop raised platforms. With little to do here except soak in the natural beauty or explore the village, this is a perfect place to get your much needed dose of peace and tranquility to hide in the trees.-Aditi PaiFact file Getting there: Take the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.Distance: 80 Km.Check out: Koraigad and Tungi forts.Contact: 09594053113; themachan.comCost: Rs 10,000 to Rs 30,000 per day for two.last_img read more

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21 days agoInter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez left frustrated by Barcelona defeat

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez left frustrated by Barcelona defeatby Carlos Volcano21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez left frustrated with their Champions League defeat at Barcelona.Inter lost 2-1 on Wednesday night, despite Martinez’s early opener.”My goal must be put to one side,” the forward told ESPN.“We had to win and we were doing very well, but the game ended with great bitterness.“We had to take more of the chances we made. Messi is the best player in the world and Barca are hard to beat when he’s is on the pitch.“You can’t leave him an inch of space because otherwise, the match gets out of hand.” last_img read more

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Stars Group online gambling group buys into Australias CrownBet sports betting

first_imgTORONTO – The Stars Group Inc. has acquired majority ownership of Australia’s CrownBet Holdings Pty Ltd., which operates a regulated sports betting market.The Toronto-based gaming company said Tuesday it paid US$117.7 million cash to acquire 62 per cent of CrownBet’s equity from Crown Resorts Ltd.CrownBet’s founder, Matthew Tripp, will remain as chief executive officer and continue to operate the business in Australia.Stars Group — formerly known as Amaya and based in Montreal — has a number of gaming and betting operations including PokerStars and Full Tilt.Companies in this story: (TSX:TSGI)last_img read more

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Guns drugs and cash seized during Fort St John drug bust

first_imgThe homeowner, 46 year-old Dana Andrew Nazarek, has been charged with four counts of possession for the purposes of trafficking, though police say additional charges may be laid. Nazarek is expected to appear in court on March 12th. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A 46 year-old man is facing a number of drug trafficking charges after police raided a home in Fort St. John late last month.At around 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 24th the Fort St John RCMP’s Drug Section and Crime Reduction Unit executed a search warrant at a home in the 8900 block of 87th Avenue.During the search, police seized 5 loaded firearms, approximately 800 suspected fentanyl tablets, 2 ounces of suspected fentanyl, 20 ounces of suspected powder and crack cocaine, 3 ounces of suspected crystal meth, and $38,000 cash.last_img read more

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Priyanka, Nick on Met Gala host committee

first_imgLos Angeles: Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas will be a part of this year’s Met Gala Host Committee, the actor has revealed. The couple, who first posed for the shutterbugs on the 2017 Met Gala red carpet in Ralph Lauren designs before tying the knot last December, feature in the list presided over by Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Chopra took to Instagram to share the news. “From walking the prestigious carpet for the first time, to meeting my husband and many friends for life… Nick and I are honoured to be on the Benefit Committee for this year’s Met Gala. Looking forward to the first Monday in May,” the actor wrote. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaChopra and Jonas will be joined by other high-profile names in the committee including Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, Lena Waithe, Katy Perry and Jared Leto. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wintour is co-chairing the gala with Serena Williams, Lady Gaga, Harry Styles and exhibit sponsor Gucci’s Alessandro Michele. With 183 people from different walks of life actors comprise the largest group with 48 per cent attending the gala. Organised by Metropolitan Museum of Art, the gala is scheduled to be held on May 6 in New York.last_img read more

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Womens volleyball aims to get back on track against Michigan

After losing to No. 9 Illinois, No. 17 Ohio State looks to get back on the winning side in women’s volleyball when the team plays Michigan on Saturday.But coach Geoff Carlston may consider his program already on a winning streak as the program added two scholarship athletes for the 2015-2016 season.The Buckeyes (18-9, 9-6) received National Letters of Intent from Taylor Hughes, a six-foot-one-inch setter from Carroll, Ohio, and Megan Wickey, a six-foot-two-inch outside hitter from Omaha, Neb.Wickey joins sophomore setter Maggie Heim as the other women’s volleyball player to come from Omaha.Carlston was unavailable for comment during Friday’s practice. The Wolverines (11-14, 6-9) have lost six of their last seven matches, including five-set matches losses to the then No. 10 Fighting Illini and No. 4 Wisconsin.But losing six of their last seven games doesn’t seem to bother all the Buckeye players, like senior setter Taylor Sherwin.“I just think we need to bring our ‘A’ game,” Sherwin said. “Like everyone says, (the) Big Ten conference, you never know what you’re gonna get each weekend.”Sherwin is one of four senior Buckeyes to be playing in their final Ohio State vs. Michigan game, and she plans on treating it like any other game.“I think it’s a bittersweet feeling with every gym I go into, knowing I’m not going back in there,” she said.Junior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell said that the team is motivated for this game because it’s a rivalry game and because of how the Wolverines have performed at Cliff Keen Arena this season.“Any rivalry is game is slightly different, just because of what exists between the two teams,” Campbell said. “They’re going to be a good team — talking about (how) they’ve taken (the Fighting Illini and Badgers) to five sets, we do need to take things seriously.She added that being aggressive on offense and defense is something that must carry over into Ann Arbor, Mich., like they did against the Fighting Illini on Wednesday.The Wolverines will be led by Big Ten Setter of the Week, senior Lexi Dannemiller, a native of West Chester, Ohio. She leads the Big Ten in assists averaging 11.5 per set.Following their game against the Wolverines, the Buckeyes will come back to Columbus for their final three home games of the regular season. Their scheduled to play Iowa (13-13, 5-10) Wednesday and the No. 4 Badgers (23-2, 14-1) Friday. Both matches are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. read more

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Track and Field Karrington Winters to leave prominent Ohio State legacy

Senior Karrington Winters runs a relay as a part of the Ohio State track and field team. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsWhen Karrington Winters crossed the finish line, she was almost in disbelief. As a sophomore, she had just broken the school’s indoor 600-meter run record. Winters, now a senior on the women’s track and field team, has broken two records at Ohio State, one in the 600-meter run in the Big Ten championships with a time of 1:27.60 and the other as a member of the 4×400-meter relay in the NCAA championships with a time of 3:31.23. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Winters didn’t think she was going to run track.“I always had aspirations of playing soccer, but it turned out that I started enjoying chasing after the ball a little bit more,” Winters said. During a family picnic in 2009, Winters raced the boys in her family for the last piece of cake. She beat all of them, and her parents then enrolled her in a track program.That was the same year that 12-year-old Winters placed third in the 400-meter run at nationals. The following year, Winters broke the national 800-meter run record, placed first in the 400-meter run and third in the 200-meter dash.Now, Winters is no stranger to performing on big stages. In 2016, she was part of the USA 4×400-meter relay team made up of Winters, Lynna Irby, Anna Cockrell and Samantha Watson that ran in Bydgoszcz, Poland, at the IAAF U20 World championships, ultimately taking home gold.“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go to another country, especially one like Poland and be able to compete for the USA,” Winters said. During her freshman year, she was part of the 4×400-meter relay team that broke the school record with a 3:32.88 mark at the indoor Big Ten championship and a second-place finish. She also took home gold in the 600-meter run at the Ohio State Opener with a time of 1:33.68. Winters’ success continued through her sophomore year, when she broke the school’s 600-meter run record at the indoor Big Ten championship and won her first career individual conference title. Winters claimed gold at the Buckeye Tune Up that year in the 400-meter run with a mark of 55.53. Her sophomore year she ran with Beatrice Hannan, Aliyah Barnes and Maggie Barrie on the 4×400-meter relay team, setting the school record with a time of 3:31.23 at the NCAA Championships. This relay team became the first women’s 4×400-meter relay in Ohio State history to earn First Team All-American honors.Throughout Winters’ junior outdoor season, she put up a 400-meter run time of 53.15 and advanced to the NCAA championships.That season she also marked a career-best 400-meter run time of 52.49 and claimed silver on the 4×400-meter relay team with a mark of 3:33.69 at the Big Ten championships.Competing in meets is just one part of being a student-athlete. Winters compared being a student-athlete to a job, saying you have to be able to balance your academic, athletic and personal life. While being a student-athlete, Winters still finds time to be involved in her community with the role of president as she serves on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, which is the voice of student athletes on campus. “I think [Winters’] leadership is something that she doesn’t ebb for,” Karen Dennis, director of track and field, said. “It’s not the kind of leadership that she tries to impose, it’s the kind of leadership that comes natural.”As the indoor season comes to an end and outdoor season nears, Winters said she wants to go all out in hopes of making it to nationals and being on the podium in the open 400-meter and 4×400-meter relay during outdoor season. “I can put numbers on this and say I want to win this accolade, but my biggest thing is that I want to leave a lasting legacy,” Winters said. “It’s easy to just be a number and to just come and go, but for me I actually want to be someone who is remembered by leaving my mark here at this institution.” read more

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Spurs reach Wembley agreement with UEFA

first_imgTottenham Hotspur have reached an agreement with UEFA to have their first Champions League home game at the Wembley StadiumConstruction delays have caused the grand opening of Spurs’ new 62,000-capacity “Tottenham Hotspur Stadium” to be delayed.The Lilywhites have since managed to reschedule their home Premier League games against Liverpool and Cardiff City back to last season’s home ground at Wembley.Now progress has been made on the Champions League home fixtures.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…“We have agreed with UEFA that the first home matchday of this season’s Champions League group stage, scheduled on either matchday one (week commencing 17 September) or matchday two (week commencing 1 October), will be staged at Wembley Stadium,” read a statement.Talks remain ongoing for the venue of the club’s remaining home games in the group stages of the Champions League.Meanwhile, Spurs will now apply for permission to host next month’s EFL Cup third-round tie at a neutral venue or to change the fixture to an away game due to Wembley being in use during that week.last_img read more

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Solskjaer named Premier League Manager of the Month

first_imgManchester United interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been named the Premier League Manager of the Month for January.Solskjaer equally became the first United manager to receive the award since Sir Alex Ferguson in October 2012 – when they last won the Premier League.Another W for Ole Gunnar SolskjaerYour @BarclaysFooty Manager of the Month for January#PLAwards pic.twitter.com/8Joh22m6tI— Premier League (@premierleague) February 8, 2019United made a clean sweep of victories in January against Newcastle, Tottenham, and Brighton apart from the Burnley draw, the only stalemate since the Norwegian took over as caretaker boss.Solskjaer, who masterminded the three successive wins in December, has taken United to within two points of fourth-placed Chelsea, ahead of Saturday’s trip to Fulham.Asked at his Friday news conference about his impressive start at United, Solskjaer disclosed to Sky Sports: “It’s been a great achievement.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“The team deserves every single bit of credit – they’ve done it.“But I don’t look back at being proud of this and proud of that, I’ve never been that way, I’ve always looked forward and not sat down before a chapter is finished.“I reflect, but I’ve never [pat myself on the back] and said, ‘Well done’, maybe I should do more often. But that’s just me.”The former United striker is heavily tipped to take over as the manager on a permanent basis and that could be sealed earlier if guides United to the Champions League.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been named the Premier League manager of the month for January.He becomes the first United manager since Sir Alex Ferguson retired to win it.Ole’s at the wheel! 🇾🇪👏🏼 #mufc pic.twitter.com/SuEsYa89EX— United Xtra (@utdxtra) February 8, 2019last_img read more

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Interchange project will close I5 I205

first_imgOngoing freeway work will cause overnight closures on both Interstate 5 and Interstate 205 next week, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.As crews configure the expanded junction of the two interstates, southbound drivers should plan for detours for three nights next week.Southbound I-5 will close at the I-205 junction from 11 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday, sending traffic to I-205. Motorists can use Northeast 134th Street or Northeast Padden Parkway to get back to I-5.Southbound I-205 will close at the junction from 11 p.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday. Southbound traffic will stay on I-5.The onramp from Northeast 179th Street to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. Thursday. Drivers should instead use the 134th Street onramp.The end result will be a new southbound lane on I-5 between Northeast 179th Street and I-205. That follows an additional northbound lane that opened along the same stretch earlier in July.The new southbound I-5 lane should be open by Thursday, according to WSDOT — just in time for the Clark County Fair, which kicks off Friday.The Salmon Creek work will include a new interchange at 139th Street, the fourth and final phase of the multiyear effort set to start later this summer. The entire $130 million project is scheduled for completion in 2014.last_img read more

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Soldotna And Kenai Health Fair Tomorrow

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Health Fair will be putting on a Community Health Fair and offering low cost blood tests at Kenai Peninsula College tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Test results are mailed directly to you within 2-3 weeks. You can take your results to your healthcare provider. Health Fair will feature comprehensive blood tests, health education, free basic screenings, health and wellness resources. There will be registered nurses on site to answer questions about health concerns and insurance.center_img Health Fair is a community event, and everybody’s welcome to attend. No registration needed, this is a free event. For more information visit http://alaskahealthfair.org/. With questions call (907) 278-0234.last_img read more

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House Of Representatives Passes Budget Leaving Action On PFD To Senate

first_imgThe last day of the special session is Friday. The Senate is scheduled to vote on the budget measure, House Bill 39, on Monday. If it passes as expected, it would go to Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s desk later this week. If he signs the bill, it would avoid a state government shutdown on July 1. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享 The Alaska House of Representatives passed an operating budget on Sunday that does not include a PFD. Representative Gary Knopp: “The House never sent the budget over with the PFD amount in it. We knew it was a contentious item, and we also knew when we passed SB 26 we effectively abandoned the statutory formula. The PFD needs a lot of work to calculate, so we never intentionally included it in our budget document so it could be addressed in a separate bill.”  Knopp: “There are some members who have said they would not support an operating budget without the PFD in it. I hope it passes, it needs to pass, a no vote would effectively shutdown government.”  The budget also places $10.6 billion into the constitutionally protected portion of the Permanent Fund, enabling the account to grow for the benefit of future generations and preventing overspending by future legislatures. Leaders from the House and Senate who worked to achieve the compromise agreed to set unrestricted general fund spending at $4.3 billion, a reduction of $190 million compared to last year.last_img read more

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FEEDBACK WANTED Planning Board Proposes Measure To Increase Affordable Housing In Town

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Department of Planning & Conservation, on behalf of the Planning Board, presents a draft Inclusionary Zoning Bylaw for comments prior to submitting it in February for the 2019 Annual Town Meeting.The bylaw requires that multi-family developments of 8 units or more have 15% of the units as restricted affordable units as defined by the MA Department of Housing and Community Development to count toward the Town’s 10% affordable requirement. The draft bylaw provides an additional market rate unit for every affordable unit required to offset costs associated with building affordable units. It also allows for affordable units to be built off-site only in exceptional cases.Additional details are included in the draft, which is posted HERE on the Department of Planning & Conservation page of the town’s website.Please email, call or write with comments, questions, or suggestions:Department of Planning & ConservationTown Hall, 121 Glen Road, Room 6vgingrich@wilmingtonma.gov978-658-8238(NOTE: The above press release is from the Town of Wilmington.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedAFFORDABLE HOUSING NEWS: Inclusionary Zoning Bylaw To Go In Front Of Voters, But NOT At This Year’s Town MeetingIn “Government”Town Proposes New Rules & Regulations For Subdividing Land; Public Hearing Set For September 10In “Government”HOT BUTTON ISSUE: Should The Town Prevent New Condos & Apartments From Being Built? Could It Backfire? (Article 1)In “Government”last_img read more

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Letter Nationalism is anathema to Christian faith

first_img Share This! By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — A letter signed by nearly 30 leading theologians in the liberal Catholic journal Commonweal forcefully rejects any link between nationalism and Christianity and asserts that such a connection can “threaten the integrity of Christian faith.”The letter, published Monday (Aug. 19), is signed by leading Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox theologians and public intellectuals. They include Cornel West, Miroslav Volf, Stanley Hauerwas, the Rev. Greg Boyle, Massimo Faggioli, Anthea Butler and Eddie S. Glaude Jr.Drawing parallels with the 1930s when many serious Christian thinkers in Germany believed they could manage an alliance with nationalism that led to the emergence of Nazism, the letter rejects any attempt to co-opt American politics with the Christian faith.“Cities, states, and nations have borders; the church never does,” the letter declares. “If the church is not ethnically plural, it is not the church, which requires a diversity of tongues out of obedience to the Lord.”The letter follows a massacre in which a white supremacist, seeking to halt a “Hispanic invasion” of Texas, killed 22 people in El Paso earlier this month.The letter explicitly rejects racism as well as xenophobia related to refugees and migrants. “A true culture of life welcomes the stranger, embraces the orphan, and binds the wounds of all who are our neighbor — all who lie lifeless on the road, as the pious walk silently past.”Melody Stout, from left, Hannah Payan, Aaliyah Alba, Sherie Gramlich and Laura Barrios comfort each other during a vigil for victims of the shooting Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. A young gunman opened fire in an El Paso, Texas, shopping area during the busy back-to-school season, leaving multiple people dead and more than two dozen injured. (AP Photo/John Locher)In the wake of the El Paso shooting, many conservative outlets issued condemnations of nationalism. The National Review referred to white supremacy as an “evil” ideology that must be crushed. The Washington Examiner called on Trump “to name and condemn the evil of white nationalism.”The Commonweal letter was a more direct response to a letter signed by another group of Christians in the conservative  journal First Things. The First Things letter, published in March, embraced what it called “the new nationalism” and made a case for standing with American workers over and against others. The letter denounced what it called a “soulless society of individual affluence” and said that conservatives had “bowed to a poisonous and censorious multiculturalism.”“In recent years, some have argued for immigration by saying that working-class Americans are less hard-working, less fertile, in some sense less worthy than potential immigrants,” the First Things letter read. “We oppose attempts to displace American citizens. Advancing the common good requires standing with, rather than abandoning, our countrymen. They are our fellow citizens, not interchangeable economic units. And as Americans we owe each other a distinct allegiance and must put each other first.”The First Things letter was signed by a smaller group of 15 people including conservative pundit Rod Dreher and sociologist Mark Regnerus.Anthea Butler, an associate professor of religion and Africana studies at the University of Pennsylvania, said she was happy to sign the Commonweal letter.“It’s a pushback against what was in First Things, which was basically an acquiescence to white supremacy,” she said. “It’s time to put a marker down.”The Commonweal letter was drafted by David Albertson, religion professor at the University of Southern California and Jason Blakely, a political scientist at Pepperdine University.A HuffPost/YouGov poll published last week found that more Americans now describe “white nationalism” as a serious threat to the United States. The poll found that 56% of Americans say that white nationalism poses a somewhat or very serious threat to the U.S., up from the 46% who said the same last August. President Trump condemned “racism, bigotry and white supremacy” in a public comment following the El Paso shooting, even as he has repeatedly labeled himself a “nationalist” and his administration has cracked down on immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. TagsAnthea Butler Commonweal El Paso First Things homepage featured nationalism President Trump Top Story,You may also like As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Churches arm, train congregants in wake of mass shootings Yonat Shimron Yonat Shimron is an RNS National Reporter and Senior Editor.,Load Comments,Warren, Williamson among candidates at historic Native American presidential forum News News • Photos of the Week Share This! Catholicism By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimronlast_img read more

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Ethiopian Crash Victims Were Aid Workers Doctors Academics

first_imgBy The Associated PressADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Three Austrian physicians. The co-founder of an international aid organization. A career ambassador. The wife and children of a Slovak legislator. A Nigerian-born Canadian college professor and satirist. They were among the 157 people from 35 countries who died Sunday morning when an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 jetliner crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa en route to Nairobi, Kenya. Here are some of their stories.___Kenya: 32 victims— Hussein Swaleh, the former secretary general of the Football Kenya Federation, was named as being among the dead by Sofapaka Football Club. He was returning home on the flight after working as the match commissioner in an African Champions League game in Egypt on Friday.— Cedric Asiavugwa, who studied international business and economic law at Georgetown University in Washington, was on his way to Nairobi after the death of his fiancee’s mother, the university said in a statement.___Canada: 18 victims— Pius Adesanmi, a Nigerian professor with Carleton University in Ottawa, was on his way to a meeting of the African Union’s Economic, Social and Cultural Council in Nairobi, Nigeria’s representative to the panel, John O. Oba, told The Associated Press.This undated photo provided by Carleton University shows Pius Adesanmi. Adesanmi, a Nigerian professor with Carleton University in Ottowa, Canada, was one of the victims who died Sunday, March 10, 2019, when an Ehtiopian Airlines jet crashed shortly after takeoff in Ethiopia. (Josh Hotz/Courtesy of Carleton University via AP)Adesanmi is the author of “Naija No Dey Carry Last,” a collection of satirical essays.“Pius was a towering figure in African and post-colonial scholarship and his sudden loss is a tragedy,” said Benoit-Antoine Bacon, Carleton’s president and vice chancellor.Adesanmi was the winner of the inaugural Penguin Prize for African non-fiction writing in 2010.—Mohamed Hassan Ali confirmed that he had lost his sister and niece.Ali said his sister, Amina Ibrahim Odowaa, 33, and her 5-year-old daughter, Sofia Faisal Abdulkadir, were on board the jet. He said his sister lived in Edmonton and was travelling to Kenya to visit with relatives.— Derick Lwugi, an accountant with the City of Calgary, was also among the victims, his wife, Gladys Kivia, said. He leaves behind three children, aged 17, 19 and 20. Lwugi had been headed to Kenya to visit both of their parents.___Ethiopia: 9 victims— Catholic Relief Services said four of its Ethiopian staff members died. The aid group in a statement says Sara Chalachew, Getnet Alemayehu, Sintayehu Aymeku, and Mulusew Alemu had been traveling to Nairobi for training.The four had worked with the organization for as long as a decade. They worked in procurement, logistics and finance.— The aid group Save the Children said an Ethiopian colleague died in the crash.Tamirat Mulu Demessie was a technical adviser on child protection in emergencies and “worked tirelessly to ensure that vulnerable children are safe during humanitarian crises,” the group said in a statement.___China: 8 victims— A statement from the Chinese Embassy in Addis Ababa said the Chinese victims included five men and three women, including one person from the semi-autonomous region of Hong Kong.Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said two United Nations workers were among the eight Chinese killed. Four were working for a Chinese company and two had travelled to Ethiopia for “private matters.”___Italy: 8 victims— Paolo Dieci, one of the founders of the International Committee for the Development of Peoples, was among the dead, the group said on its website.“The world of international cooperation has lost one of its most brilliant advocates and Italian civil society has lost a precious point of reference,” wrote the group, which partners with UNICEF in northern Africa. UNICEF Italia sent a tweet of condolences over Dieci’s death, noting that the group was a partner in Kenya, Libya and Algeria.— Sebastiano Tusa, the Sicilian regional assessor to the Italian Culture Ministry, was en route to Nairobi when the plane crashed, according to Sicilian regional President Nello Musemeci. Tusa was also a noted underwater archaeologist.— The World Food Program confirmed that two of the Italian victims worked for the Rome-based U.N. agency. A WFP spokeswoman identified the victims as Virginia Chimenti and Maria Pilar Buzzetti.— Three other Italians worked for the Bergamo-based humanitarian agency, Africa Tremila: Carlo Spini, his wife, Gabriella Viggiani and the treasurer, Matteo Ravasio.___United States: 8 victims___France: 7 victims— A group representing members of the African diaspora in Europe is mourning the loss of its co-chairperson and “foremost brother,” Karim Saafi. The 38-year-old French-Tunisian was on an official mission representing the African Diaspora Youth Forum in Europe, the group announced on its Facebook page.“Karim’s smile, his charming and generous personality, eternal positivity, and his noble contribution to Youth employment, diaspora engagement and Africa’s socio-economic development will never be forgotten,” the post read. Saafi left behind a fiancee.— Sarah Auffret, a French-British national living in Tromsoe, northern Norway, was on the plane, the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators said. Auffret, a staffer, was on the way to Nairobi to talk about a Cleans Seas project in connection with the U.N. Environment Assembly this week, the company said in a statement.Photo dated May 2, 2018, taken in Norwegian archipelago Longyearbyen, Svalbard, issued Monday March 11, 2019, by the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) showing Sarah Auffret, who has been identified by the AECO as a victim of the doomed Ethiopian Airlines flight which crashed shortly after take off from Addis Ababa on Sunday Morning. The black box is reported to have been found, from the crashed Ethiopian Airlines plane, as investigations continue. Sarah Auffret was on her way to Nairobi to talk about the Cleans Seas project in connection with the UN Environment Assembly later this week. (AECO via AP)___Britain: 7 victims— Joanna Toole, a 36-year-old from Exmouth, Devon, was heading to Nairobi to attend the United Nations Environment Assembly. Her father, Adrian, described her as a “very soft and loving” woman whose “work was not a job — it was her vocation.”He told the DevonLive website Toole used to keep homing pigeons and pet rats and traveled to the remote Faroe Islands to prevent whaling.— Joseph Waithaka, 55, lived in Hull, England for a decade before moving back to his native Kenya, also died in the crash, his son told the Hull Daily Mail. Ben Kuria said his father had worked for the Probation Service, adding: “He helped so many people in Hull who had found themselves on the wrong side of the law.”___Egypt: 6 victims___Germany: 5 victims— The U.N. migration agency said that one of its staffers, German citizen Anne-Katrin Feigl, was en route to a training course in Nairobi.— Rev. Norman Tendis was a long-time pastor in the protestant congregation of St. Ruprecht in Villach, Austria. The World Council of Churches said Monday that he was traveling to a U.N. environment summit in Nairobi.The 51-year-old is survived by his wife and three children.— The German development aid organization GIZ said one of its staff was also on the plane. GIZ spokeswoman Tanja Stumpff said the woman was on a business trip. She declined to provide further details, citing privacy reasons.___India: 4 victims___Slovakia: 4 victims— A lawmaker of the Slovak Parliament said his wife, daughter and son were killed in the crash. Anton Hrnko, a legislator for the ultra-nationalist Slovak National Party, said he was “in deep grief” over the deaths of his wife, Blanka; son, Martin; and daughter, Michala. Their ages weren’t immediately available.Martin Hrnko worked for the Bubo travel agency and was traveling on vacation to Kenya, the agency said.___Sweden: 4 victims— Hospitality company Tamarind Group announced “with immense shock and grief” that its chief executive Jonathan Seex was among the fatalities.— The Stockholm-based Civil Rights Defenders, an international human rights group, said employee Josefin Ekermann, 30, was on board the plane. Ekermann, who worked to support human rights defenders, was on her way to meet Kenyan partner organizations. The group’s executive director, Anders L. Pettersson, says “Josefin was a highly appreciated and respected colleague.”___Austria: 3 victims—Austrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Peter Guschelbauer confirmed that three Austrian doctors in their early 30s were on board the flight. The men were on their way to Zanzibar, he said, but he could not confirm the purpose of their trip.___Russia: 3 victims—The Russian Embassy in Ethiopia said airline authorities had identified its deceased citizens as Yekaterina Polyakova, Alexander Polyakov and Sergei Vyalikov.Russian news reports identified Polyakova and Polyakov as a married couple. State news agency RIA-Novosibirsk said the three were visiting Africa as tourists.___Israel: 2 victims___Morocco: 2 victims___Poland: 2 victims— Poland’s Foreign Ministry says two victims were men and not related to each other. The ministry does not plan to say more about them, citing the need to respect privacy and the interest of the men’s families.___Spain: 2 victims___Belgium: 1 victim___Djibouti: 1 victim___Indonesia: 1 victim___Ireland: 1 victim— Irishman Michael Ryan was among seven people from the United Nations’ World Food Program who were killed.The Rome-based aid worker and engineer known as Mick was thought to be married with two children. His work projects included creating safe conditions for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and assessing the damage to rural roads in Nepal that were blocked by landslides.His mother, Christine Ryan, told broadcaster RTE “he never wanted a 9 to 5 job. He put everything into his work.”Irish premier Leo Varadkar said: “Michael was doing life-changing work in Africa with the World Food Program.”___Mozambique: 1 victim___Nepal: 1 victim___Nigeria: 1 victim—The Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it received the news of retired Ambassador Abiodun Oluremi Bashu’s death “with great shock.”Bashu was born in Ibadan in 1951 and joined the Nigerian Foreign Service in 1976. He had served in different capacities both at headquarters and abroad, including in Austria, Ivory Coast and Tehran, Iran. He also served as secretary to the Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.At the time of his death, Bashu was on contract with the United Nations Economic Commission of Africa.___Norway: 1 victim—The Red Cross of Norway confirmed that Karoline Aadland, a finance officer, was on the flight. Aadland, 28, was originally from Bergen, Norway. The Red Cross said she was traveling to Nairobi for a meeting.In this undated photo made available Monday March 11, 2019, from The Red Cross of Norway, showing Karoline Aadland, a finance officer, who has been named among those aboard the doomed Ethiopian Airlines flight from Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa on Sunday. Aadland, 28, was originally from Bergen, Norway, and Red Cross of Norway said Aadland was traveling to Nairobi for a meeting. (Red Cross of Norway via AP)Aadland’s Linkedin page says she had done humanitarian and environmental work. It says her work and studies had taken her to France, Kenya, South Africa and Malawi.___Rwanda: 1 victim___Saudi Arabia: 1 victim___Serbia: 1 victimSerbia’s Foreign Ministry confirmed that a citizen of Serbia was on the plane and gave no details. Serbian media identified him as Djordje Vdovic, 54. The Vecernje Novosti newspaper reported Vdovic worked for the U.N. World Food Program.___Somalia: 1 victim___Sudan: 1 victim___Togo: 1 victim___Uganda: 1 victim___Yemen: 1 victim___U.N. passport: 1 victim___This story has been corrected to show that Tamarind Group chief executive Jonathan Seex is a Swedish citizen.last_img read more

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New product loyalty program updates discussed at ACVs latest Travel Advisory Board

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> MISSISSAUGA — Call it a meeting of the minds, where top travel minds talked about issues and products most relevant to travel agents.Air Canada Vacations held its most recent Travel Advisory Board meeting at its Mississauga office with travel partners from across the country representing chains, consortia and independent agencies.During the meeting, ACV highlighted its growing partnership with RIU Plaza City Hotels, including new properties in Miami, New York City, Panama City, Dublin and Berlin that the tour operator now offers. Other highlights include ACV’s Europe and Cruise brochure launching this week, as well as its Spotlight, Play and Luxury collections.ACV also vowed to provide travel agents with more in-depth training on its ACV&ME loyalty program. Webinars as well as a focused communications strategy will highlight the program’s many benefits, reward levels and redemption options.“It’s refreshing to collaborate with our Travel Advisory Board,” said George Platanitis, Vice President, Sales & Partnerships, Air Canada Vacations. “Our team looks forward to these meetings as the group provides a different perspective on how we run our business. We appreciate the positive feedback and work through the constructive criticism in order to improve services for our travel trade partners. It’s rewarding to see that we are all working together for a common good.” Travelweek Group Share New product & loyalty program updates discussed at ACV’s latest Travel Advisory Board meetingcenter_img Thursday, March 30, 2017 Tags: Air Canada Vacations Posted bylast_img read more

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GLENDALE Ariz — Antoine Cason spent the first fi

first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz. — Antoine Cason spent the first five years of his NFL career with the San Diego Chargers. Selected in the first round (27th overall) by the team in the 2008 NFL Draft out of the University of Arizona, he accumulated 308 total tackles, 12 interceptions and four forced fumbles in his time there, numbers that were solid, but not enough to get the team to commit to bringing him back when his contract expired. Top Stories “Take care of what I can handle and take care of what I can take care of, that’s all I can do,” he said. “Put myself in good position to have a role.” Comments   Share   – / 21 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo So, Cason signed a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals, who will be facing the Chargers Saturday in a preseason matchup.Not even a full calendar removed from when he was last a member of the Chargers, he’ll now be facing off against them.“It’s crazy; it’s definitely interesting in playing the team that I came from, but for me this is once again a stepping stone in my progress to be the best player I can be,” Cason said Thursday. “I’m going to take it like that.“My mindset is not to worry about getting caught up in the emotions of, ‘Oh, it’s the San Diego Chargers.’ You know what? Screw that, I have to go out there and make plays just like any other week.”That said, Cason admitted there may be a little extra motivation given that he is playing against a franchise that let him leave, but he has more important things to worry about now that he’s in Arizona. Though not exactly fighting for a spot on the roster, Cason’s role on the team is not yet defined as he continues to battle for a spot in a very deep secondary.Of that, Cason, who says he’s feeling good and excited about his progression as a player this camp, is focused only on what he can control: his effort and performance on the football field. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Modern Times Group MTG is launching a raft of it

first_imgModern Times Group (MTG) is launching a raft of its pay TV channels in Turkey for the first time.From January 1 MTG’s factual channels Viasat History HD, Viasat Nature HD and Viasat Explorer will be available on Türksat’s Teledünya cable platform. The move follows a multi-year deal between MTG and the Turkish pay TV provider.The channels will be shown with a Turkish voiceover on Teledünya’s premium tier package, and content from the services will also be available on the cable operator’s catch-up service.Teledünya provides over 50 analogue and 114 digital channels to over 1.2 million subscribers in Turkey.“Turkey sits at the cross roads of Europe and Asia, is the world’s 17th largest economy and has a population of more than 80 million people. TV and video consumption are also growing rapidly in the country and we will bring Turkish viewers a rich and varied range of factual TV entertainment experiences. We look forward to building a long and successful partnership with Türksat,” said Irina Gofman, EVP/CEO of Russia and CIS and pay-TV emerging markets at MTG.“We are very excited to be the cable operator that launches Viasat History HD, Viasat Nature HD and Viasat Explorer in Turkey. There is great interest in history themed channels and a high level of customer demand for such content. Viasat History HD will certainly fill this gap and we are confident that our customers will enjoy watching the channel. Viasat Nature HD and Viasat Explorer will also complement the existing channel offering on our platform,” said Fatih Şimşek, Türksat’s marketing, sales and content director.last_img read more

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Global pay TVs fast growth years are over with

first_imgGlobal pay TV’s “fast growth years are over” with industry revenues due to climb from US$193 billion (€142 billion) in 2013 to only US$209 billion in 2020, according to new research. The Digital TV Research report claims that pay TV revenues – including subscription and on-demand fees – will fall between 2013 and 2020 by 1.6% in Western Europe to US$33.35 billion and by 9.2% in North America to US$86.61 billion.However, this will be offset by gains in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Asia Pacific. In Sub-Sahara Africa revenues are tipped to climb from US$3.17 billion to US$5.35 billion between 2013 and 2020, while in Asia Pac revenues will grow from US$31.24 billion to US$46.03 billion over the same time period.“Based on forecasts for 138 countries, revenues will fall in 18 countries in 2014, with the US dropping by US$1.05 billion. Revenues will decline for 21 countries between 2013 and 2020,” said the report’s author Simon Murray.Though America is tipped to remain the world’s largest pay TV revenue market in 2020, it will also suffer the largest revenue fall of any market of US$7.9 billion from 2013 “as homes convert to bundles and as competition forces down prices.” However, cord cutting was tipped to have a “limited impact” with pay TV penetration expected to dip only slightly from 86.4% in 2013 to 84.1% in 2020.The biggest countries by pay TV revenue growth are expected to be India, Brazil and China with revenues tipped to climb in these countries between 2013 and 2020 by US$6.6 billion, US$2.4 billion and US$2.2 billion respectively.“Pay TV revenues will more than double in 40 countries between 2013 and 2020. Most of the fast growing nations by percentage increase will be in Africa, with Myanmar, Laos and Bangladesh providing notable exceptions,” said the report.Overall, satellite TV revenues will overtake cable TV revenues in 2014 and reach $99.9 billion in 2020. Having peaked in 2011, global cable TV revenues will fall to US$80.3 billion in 2020, while digital cable TV revenues will climb by 18% from 2013 to reach $79.0 billion in 2020. IPTV revenues are due to hit US$26.1 billion in 2020, according to the report.last_img read more

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A report on the impact of Brexit on the audiovisua

first_imgA report on the impact of Brexit on the audiovisual media industry compiled by the European Audiovisual Observatory has highlighted the ‘reciprocity gaps’ that are likely to arise between the UK-based industry and EU-based counterparts after the UK leaves the EU.In the event of an agreement being signed, the first gap that will emerge is between UK and EU-headquartered broadcasters, according to the report. While UK-based broadcasters will have to either relocate or select a second home country within the EU, broadcasters in the remaining EU member states will continue to benefit from Audiovisual Media Services Directive protection in the UK, because while UK law will reflect EU laws, EU member states will treat the UK as a third country.Similarly, while the mandatory collective licensing provisions applicable to cable retransmission in the EU’s SatCab Directive will continue to benefit EU broadcasters, retransmissions of UK originated content will need to be cleared individually, potentially on a territory-by-territory basis.In addition, while a rule that provides for a single point of clearance for satellite broadcasts based on the ‘place of uplink’ will cease to apply to UK satellite broadcasters, potentially forcing them to uplink from an EU state, EU originated broadcasts will continue to be treated as cleared for the UK.In the event of a no deal exit, says the report, copyright will remain protected by international treaties but the UK will cease to benefit from cross-border mechanisms that provide reciprocal protection to EU member states.Audiovisual media services are typically not subject to international treaties, and a no deal exit would imply that the UK would no longer benefit from the ‘country of origin principle’, meaning that EU countries could prevent retransmission of services on UK territory, according to the report.The UK’s continued membership of the European Convention on Transfrontier Television of the Council of Europe would mean that UK services could continue to be made available in the 20 ECTT countries.  These include most EU countries but do not include Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Sweden, for which a new licence would be required by services based in the UK.UK treatment of non-ECTT broadcasters in the event of no deal has not yet been clarified, but the UK has committed to enable reception of Irish channels TG4, RTÉ1 and RTÉ2.The report also points to a couple of loopholes that could theoretically benefit UK-based companies in the event of no deal. First, the ECTT does not cover video-on-demand services, and while content produced in the UK would continue to qualify as European for EU quota purposes – because the definition of European works in the Audiovisual Media Services Directive refers to the ECTT – the UK would not be obliged to abide by EU quotas applicable to VOD catalogues because the ECTT doesn’t cover these services.Additionally, it points out that UK-based channels using satellite capacity of an ECTT signatory state could theoretically be allowed to transmit to EU member states without an EU licence.last_img read more

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