Full house on Friday at 2019 NPSS Graduation Ceremonies

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It was a full house on Friday at the North Peace Arena for the 2019 North Peace Secondary School Graduation Ceremonies.A total of close to 400 students were in attendance as they eagerly awaited to start a new chapter in their lives.Many School District 60 staff and community dignitaries were in attendance to offer their words of knowledge and encouragement during this momentous occasion. Assistant Superintendent, Stephen Petrucci, says the ceremony is a way to celebrate and recognize the succession of the graduates as they step forward into the next part of their educational or professional lives.“We’re really here today to recognize the succession of our graduates to the next step in their educational and professional journey. In fact, the word graduation literally means the next step. Whatever that looks like to you, we are confident that the School District, your family, and the community have prepared you well.”Mayor Lori Ackerman offered words on behalf of the community, encouraging the graduates to seek success as they move along throughout their lives.“Seek success. That path to success may some days look more like a maze but know that you have made it through many mazes already and you will make it through many more, so never quit in succeeding. Enjoy the experiences along the way, these will enhance your skills and will create memories for you.”The full Graduation Ceremonies can be watched on the Energeticcity.ca Facebook page.last_img read more

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Liberals announce candidate for Prince GeorgePeace RiverNorthern Rockies riding

first_imgErickson will take on the incumbent Bob Zimmer from the Conservative party, Ron Vaillant representing the Peoples Party of Canada, Catharine Kendall of the Green Party and Jacob Stokes of the Rhinoceros Party of Canada.The NDP have yet to nominate a candidate for the riding. Candidates have until September 30, 2019, to file their nomination papers with Election Canada.A local debated has been announced for October 10, 2019, at the Lido Theatre. All the candidates have been invited to attend.General Election day is set for October 21, 2019. PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The Liberals have named Mavis Erickson their candidate in Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies.The Liberals made the announcement Wednesday that Erickson completed the Team Trudeau nominations process.Erickson runs a law practice in Prince George with a law degree from Harvard. She was also the elected chief of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council.last_img read more

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Appointment of 50 Heads of Higher Education Institutions Still Valid Minister

Rabat – Minister of Education Said Amzazi has denied news reports pointing to the end of the Ministry of Education’s programme to appoint 50 heads of higher education institutions.The Ministry of Education will continue its programme, creating 50 new prominent positions in higher education and scientific research, contrary to false news claims that the programme was set to be canceled. Minister Said Amzazi responded to the reports, calling the claims “false” and reiterating that the application is still open. Amzazi confirmed the appointment process is progressing smoothly, and higher education institutions maintain business-as-usual functioning. Born in 1962 in Sefrou, Amzazi was appointed as Minister of Education, Vocational Training, and Scientific Research in January 2018. He holds a PhD in biology and served as the former Dean of Faculty of Sciences in Rabat.The Ministry of Education, under the supervision of former Minister of Education, Vocational training and Scientific Research Mohamed Hassad, previously pledged to address the lack of educators in Morocco by creating 24,000 new teaching positions throughout the ongoing 2017-2018 school year. read more

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Ban pledges continued UN reform to meet changing global conditions

11 September 2008The United Nations has made important progress on internal reform but needs to continue to improve to respond to the rapidly changing world environment, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, pledging to lead efforts to enhance the way the Organization does business. “The world is changing around us, and the UN must also change with it,” Mr. Ban told journalists at a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York. While “we’ve made good progress in many areas, particularly when it comes to management reform,” it was now important to concentrate on the areas where more advances are required, he added.“We are responsible to the global taxpayers – and to the UN’s thousands of hard-working and dedicated staff members – to create an Organization that is more effective and more modern. That is better able to deal with the world’s problems.”Mr. Ban’s comments today echoed a theme that a dominated a meeting of top aides held late last month in Turin, Italy, where he stressed that the UN must move more rapidly on reform given that it is being sought out more than ever to solve the world’s most pressing challenges, such as climate change and the soaring prices of many basic foods.He praised UN staff members, calling them “heroes,” and urged senior officials to get to know their outstanding personnel.“Looking back on the year, I see encouraging process,” he said in Turin. “We met new challenges in the best UN tradition. We got relief into Myanmar when it was needed. We led the global response to the world food crisis.“In such crises, we owe a great debt to the UN’s humanitarian workers, who operate in the most difficult conditions.” read more

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At least 26 people drown off Yemens coast in smuggling incident –

Survivors of the incident told the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) that all 120 passengers on the boat were forced overboard at gunpoint after the vessel was stopped off shore on Tuesday.“They said those who refused were pushed and beaten. Some were killed. Survivors said they had earlier been assured by the smugglers that a smaller vessel would take them ashore, but none arrived,” according to an agency press release.Twenty-six bodies were recovered as of Wednesday morning and 20 were still missing. Some 74 survivors made it to shore and were taken to UNHCR’s reception centre at Ahwar. Tuesday’s incident comes after UNHCR reported that calmer weather in the Gulf of Aden had led to an increase in people smuggling in August, as compared to the same period last year. UNHCR believes the recent upsurge is due to a number of factors, including continuing strife and displacement in Somalia, the opening of new smuggling routes across the Gulf of Aden, as well as a perceived decline in coastal surveillance during the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, which began in early September.So far this year, almost 25,860 people have arrived in Yemen aboard smugglers’ boats. More than 200 have died and at least 225 remain missing. At the same time last year, there were 9,153 arrivals, 267 dead and 118 missing. 11 September 2008The United Nations refugee agency has reported that at least 26 people making the perilous voyage from the Horn of Africa to Yemen earlier this week have died, and a number remain missing, after being forced overboard in the Gulf of Aden. read more

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Christie Blatchford What are elections for Not for answering serious questions it

Max Martin/Postmedia WINDSOR, Ont. — As Kim Campbell, the former short-lived Conservative PM, once famously said, “An election is no time to discuss serious issues”.This was actually a précis of her slightly longer answer to the late Peter Gzowski, who had asked for details on her plan to reform Canada’s welfare programs and Campbell curtly replied, “This is not the time, I don’t think, to get involved in a debate on very, very serious issues”.She was prescient, if galling.Indeed, as Toronto Liberal MP Adam Vaughan remarked at a Justin Trudeau rally Sunday in Markham, there is no real national campaign any more, rather small local or regional ones.And the few biggish ideas – the various parties’ child-care or climate change policies, for instance – are not as such debated, but rather presented as quid pro quos: You give me your vote, I with your own money, will return X dollars to your pocket. It all has the greasy transactional feel that is so very Ottawa.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Neither is former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama’s motto — “When they go low, we go high”— anywhere in evidence in this 40-day campaign.In Canada, it translates to, “If they go low, we go lower.” Kelly McParland: Singh’s impossible promises can still hurt Trudeau Federal election 2019 roundup: People’s Party of Canada invited to official leaders’ debates John Ivison: Andrew Scheer lacks sizzle, but that may be just what voters want Just Monday, from B.C., Conservative leader Andrew Scheer said he was looking forward to hearing from Trudeau about allegations that he once took Faith Goldy out for drinks.Now in fairness, it’s the Liberals who made any association with Goldy toxic, this by tweeting out that 2013 video she had made with Conservative candidate Justina McCaffrey to promote a wacky reality TV show idea they had. Similarly another dated video making the rounds Monday showed Goldy, then working for the now-defunct Sun News Network, walking with Trudeau.All this was before Goldy became infamous for her racist views.And Scheer on Monday was answering a question about Conservative candidates when he raised the drinks issue.Still, it was an astonishing thing for a leader to suggest — as a Liberal handler said with disdain, that’s the sort of thing you have underlings (Maryam Monsef and Melanie Joly take a bow) tweet out – particularly if you’re not sure if the thing is true.The Liberal war room immediately responded that Trudeau had never had drinks with Goldy, but that if Trudeau were to speak to her “he’d tell her to stop saying racist and hurtful things.” Gotcha. No, double gotcha.All that does raise the uncomfortable question of what are elections for, then?Luckily, I am able to tell you, at least from the Liberal perspective, because I’ve been with the Trudeau campaign for almost a week.Elections are for promises, some of which may never be kept, and all of which taxpayers/voters will pay for. There is no government money, only that which government sucks from us.Elections are for photogenic appearances at public schools.Trudeau had two of those Monday in southwestern Ontario.A former teacher himself, he was in his milieu: An obedient captive audience of six- and-seven year olds and a super-cute background – “street” signs for halls (Awesome Avenue, Caring Boulevard, Kindness Cove, Cooperation Corner, etc.)It was at Sandowne Public School in Waterloo that he met with a Grade 5 class and stood with them through the singing of O Canada, land acknowledgements and a “mindfulness minute” of deep (ish) thought.At Blessed Sacrament in London, Ont., he sat down with a small mixed class of Grade 1s and 2s to read them a book called Why I Love Canada.(No doubt because of that bastard Doug Ford, the class size is an outrageous 19.) Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau stopped with teacher Lisa Allison during a campaign stop at Blessed Sacrament Catholic elementary school in London, Ont. Trudeau was of course great with the kids, who knew him as “the boss of Canada”, and the kids were outstanding, as kids are, if already also well inculcated in soft, small-l liberal ideology.Somewhere that morning, he had a media availability, where he revealed he has a tell.When he’s dodging a question and wants to make it clear that this particular subject is either closed or somehow unworthy, he wrinkles his pretty nose a bit and offers a chilly and remarkably obvious false smile.Not that he takes all that many questions, mind.He took Saturday and Sunday off from media scrums entirely, and when on Monday he was called on his lack of accessibility by David Cochrane of the CBC, his answer provided a fine illustration of evasive manoeuvres and sucking and blowing, all at once.Cochrane set the stage.For the first five days of the campaign, he pointed out, Trudeau took no questions on two, and yet while he often invokes the spectre of former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Harper took questions every day during his last campaign.“Will you commit to a daily question-and-answer for the rest of this campaign?” Cochrane asked.“I’m happy to be taking questions today,” the Liberal leader said. “I’m happy to be getting out across the country to talk with Canadians about the very important choices you’ve highlighted we need to make as a country. Will we continue to go forward or will we go back to the Harper years?“I’m for moving forward and that’s why I’m so glad to be answering questions today and will be continuing to take questions from media, who I respect deeply, throughout this campaign.”Cochrane followed up: “So moving forward, will we do this daily?”And Trudeau, his great regard for the press notwithstanding, replied, “I’m looking forward to taking questions from you on a regular basis.” Then came the tell, the nose wrinkling and palpably phoney smile promptly summonsed.And that’s why there are elections, so we can all move forward, with the children.• Email: cblatchford@postmedia.com | Twitter: read more

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Food for millions in Yemen at risk of rotting in key Red

In a joint statement, the top UN officials warned that the urgency of getting to the Red Sea Mills in the key port city of Hudaydah was “growing day by day”, more than five months after aid workers were last able to access it.With safe, unfettered and sustained access, the United Nations can make this urgently needed food available to people in need – OCHA chief Lowcock, Yemen Special Envoy Griffiths “We emphasize that ensuring access to the mills is a shared responsibility among the parties to the conflict in Yemen. With safe, unfettered and sustained access, the United Nations can make this urgently needed food available to people in need,” said the OCHA head and Mr. Griffiths, in an appeal to the Government of President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and Houthi militia, who have been fighting for overall control of the country since early 2015.With enough food to feed 3.7 million people for a month, the grain stored in the mills could help the World Food Programme (WFP) scale up food assistance to nearly 12 million people across the war-torn country; a 50 per cent increase on 2018.In December, the WFP reached a record 10 million people. Until now, however, forces affiliated with the Houthi movement, or Ansar Allah, which controls the vital port of Hudaydah, have not allowed the UN to cross front lines to access the mills on the outskirts of the city.Welcoming the “recent engagement of all sides” in creating the necessary conditions for a UN team to reach the grain stores “without further delay”, the UN senior officials also noted their appreciation for the Houthis’ earlier efforts to re-open the road leading to the mills, despite the “difficult and dangerous circumstances”.“We acknowledge the confirmation from Ansar Allah of their commitment to implement the Hudaydah Agreement,” they said, referring to the ceasefire deal struck in Sweden last December, between the warring sides.Chaired by General Michael Lollesgaard, a team of Security Council-mandated UN observers and monitors is trying to negotiate the withdrawal of fighters from the Houthi-held port city, stabilize the fragile ceasefire, and open new humanitarian corridors. read more

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Burglar admits breaking into funeral home to have sex with corpse

The court heard he was briefly sectioned on arrest.Judge Francis Laird QC said: “I will adjourn your sentence to the date that has been raised in court.”I will allow your solicitors the appropriate time to present to the court a medical report which your solicitor thinks will assist in delivering the appropriate sentence for you.”But you must be under no illusion that you will receive a sentence of imprisonment for your offending in this case – a substantial sentence of imprisonment.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A burglar who broke into a funeral home and had sex with a corpse lying in a coffin faces a “substantial” jail term.Kasim Khuram, of Aston, in Birmingham, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to an offence of sexual penetration of a body at the Central England Co-operative Funeralcare in Great Barr on November 11.The judge adjourned Khuram’s sentencing until January 31, 2019 to allow a psychiatric assessment to take place. Khuram, who appeared at Birmingham Crown Court flanked by a security officer, touched his chest and gave the thumbs-up to his relatives in the public gallery during a 10-minute hearing on Wednesday.Also understood to be in court were relatives of the deceased.Wearing a black hooded top and trousers and sporting a Palestinian flag tattoo on the left side of his neck, he stood with hands clutched in front of him as the charges were read.The 23-year-old also admitted burglary of the funeral home, breaking into the building with the intention of stealing.The offence he admitted stated: “You intended an act of penetration by a part of a body, by a part of your body.”The penetration being sexual and knowing or being reckless as to what was being penetrated.” read more

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Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero Are Still Best Friends

first_imgSee MovieBob’s review of The Disaster Artist. Learn why The Room is good but Tommy is bad. Read our review of all of Tommy’s weird merchandise on his website. Follow all Tommy news here. Finally, Tommy Wiseau Joins The Avengers in Marvel’s ‘The Room’MovieBob Reviews: THE DISASTER ARTIST Best F(r)iends marks the first time we’ve seen Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero co-star in a movie together since the 2003 classic, The Room. That movie, as you might have heard, blew up into something no one making it could have predicted. It’s a cult classic, watched at midnight screenings all over the country. People know their favorite scenes by heart, and watching it is a magical experience. It’s not just a bad movie, everything about it defies explanation. In the years since its release, watch parties are celebrating the movie just as much as, if not more than, they are mocking it. One thing you have to appreciate about The Room: Tommy Wiseau had a vision, and he put it onscreen in its purest form. That’s impressive no matter what the final product looks like.In both the book and movie of The Disaster Artist, we learned the story of how Wiseau and Sestero met and became friends. How, amazingly, they remained friends through and after this long, stressful and troubled production. Now 15 years later, Sestero and Wiseau made another movie based (loosely) on the story of their friendship. If you go into Best Friends without knowing anything about it, you may be confused by the claim that it’s based on a true story. I asked Sestero what that meant exactly. He said it all started with a road trip.Tommy Wiseau“t was around April 2003. Tommy and I decided to take a road trip up the California coast near Bodega Bay, which is where The Birds was shot,” he said. “I remember we got lost, and I thought it would be better to stay the night up there instead of driving all the way back. So we get to this hotel, sort of like we were coming into a horror film. Like Hitchcock was directing us from the grave.”Sestero wasn’t the only one getting that horror movie vibe. Wiseau felt it to. From Sestero. “We get to this motel and there was this one room left. I thought it would be easier if I went in, got the room and then Tommy met me around the back door,” Sestero explained. “Tommy got a weird vibe from that, and we almost had a thing where Tommy thought I was gonna try to pull something off against him. So that night he was really wary of what was gonna happen. So I ran with that idea of what would happen if I was basically gonna kill Tommy.”Best F(r)iends is a dark comedy about just that. A homeless man named Jon (Sestero) meets a mortician named Harvey (Wiseau) and starts working for him. The two become good friends until Jon discovers a moneymaking opportunity that’s… slightly less than legal. He convinces Harvey to go in on it with him, and the money starts to drive a wedge between them. Though we’ve only seen one movie before this starring Tommy Wiseau, Best F(r)iends might be some of his best work. Or maybe a better way to put it, the film is the best use so far of his unique talents. You can tell Sestero wrote the part just for Wiseau. I asked what it was like reading a role like that, and Wiseau said he treats it the same as any other script.“When somebody hands you a script and maybe it’s for you, it doesn’t mean it’s the same like real life, whatever you do in your life. So any script they give it to me, and the same with Greg’s script, I’m very serious about what I want to do with it. So I say OK, we do this scene, whatever. But it’s not like written, per se, my words. You know? Because I’m ready for Hollywood. The question is, is Hollywood ready for me?” Wiseau said. “I have no limitation.”Still, Wiseau had nothing but praise for Greg’s script and how he wrote the character. “But I think he definitely nailed the… he did a good job, so I was very thrilled to work with Greg as well as his team, and you know finish project, what about that? Ahaha,” he laughed.As far as working on a project and being back on a film set together, both Sestero and Wiseau had nothing but good things to say. The Room had a famously long, expensive and fraught production. Still, 15 years later, Sestero and Wiseau still like working together. “I think that, when Greg called me, you know, I said, ‘Is it real?’” Wiseau laughed. “And then I said to myself yeah, he (Greg) is real. He was not joking… So I say, ‘Yeah, sure let’s do it.” So that’s basically what the answer, without even thinking. And I was very surprised with production, the script, etc. It was good experience and I hope people enjoy it.”For Sestero, it was actually listening to Wiseau’s advice for years that got him to make this movie. “For so many years, Tommy had a motto saying, you know, whatever you feel about other movies, whatever you feel about The Room, my suggestion to really everybody who wants to be creative, grab a camera and make your own movie,” he said. “For so many years, I listened to him say that and didn’t think about it, but when I got this idea, it became really clear to me that I very much wanted to write a part for Tommy that he could really fit.”The way Sestero describes this production sounds completely different from how he described making The Room in The Disaster Artist. “This time around being on set, I really enjoyed the process. We both threw 110 percent in and tried to make something different. Not make a parody or try to kind of tie in The Room at all. I really wanted to go out and make something different.”That’s exactly what they did too. It comes off in the film. You can tell that you’re watching two best friends working together to create something. Sestero said, “This month is 20 years since we came to LA, which is crazy… Ironically, Tommy and I being so different, but at the same time we’ve brought out the best in each other in some ways. We both kind of pushed each other to achieve what we really wanted, or put ourselves in a position where we’re still being creative all these years later.”Tommy WiseauYou can tell Sestero is ultimately proud of everything he and Wiseau have accomplished. “I think there was some sort of destiny there when we met randomly in this acting class, and to still be here 20 years later. It’s just something that’s worked in a very different way. In a very strange way, we were able to make stuff that affected people, hopefully in a positive way. At the end of the day, we’re best friends.”And from the sounds of things, they will continue to work together. There will be more movies starring Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero. “My answer is yes, absolutely,” Wiseau said.In addition to the first volume of Best F(r)iends which is out now, the second volume is coming out in January 2019. Beyond that? “We have a few really cool surprises coming. Tommy is a great character, and it’s very engaging to work together so I hope we can continue to make stuff we’re both proud of,” Sestero said. He wouldn’t say what those surprises were, but I guess that’s what makes them surprises.All Tommy left us with was this: “Hopefully you enjoy it, OK?” Best F(r)iends Volume One is available now on Blu-ray and digital.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Wilmington Dance Academy To Hold Sweetheart Ball On February 10

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Girls and boys through Grade 3, and their special adult, are invited to the Sweetheart Ball at the Wilmington Dance Academy (335 Main Street) on Sunday, February 10, 2019, from 2pm to 4pm.Enjoy music, dancing, crafts and refreshments while on your special Valentine’s Day date.Tickets cost $30 per couple, with $10 for each additional child.Please RSVP to the Wilmington Dance Academy at 978-253-4598 before February 6 to reserve your spot.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.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRed Cross Blood Drive At Wilmington Dance Academy On July 19In “Community”Red Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In WilmingtonIn “Community”Wilmington Father-Daughter Valentine’s Ball Set For February 4In “Community”last_img read more

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Airbnb to acquire HotelTonight plunging deeper into hotel business

first_img Airbnb Airbnb is getting all fancy Forget home rentals, Airbnb wants to be your travel agent Airbnb buys Luxury Retreats, an upscale vacation rental site Tags Tech Industry Share your voice Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky during an event in San Francisco in February 2018. James Martin Airbnb — a company founded on the concept of people renting out their homes — is moving headlong into the hotel business.On Thursday, the San Francisco-based company said it signed an agreement to acquire the hotel booking app HotelTonight, a deal that would be Airbnb’s biggest yet. Financial details of the deal weren’t disclosed.Airbnb has gone from being a website for couch surfers to having a massive online presence in just under a decade. It lists roughly 6 million homes for rent in more than 80,000 cities worldwide. The company, currently privately held, is valued at $31 billion.Airbnb is reportedly planning an initial public offering sometime this year. But after years of regulatory battles with cities including New York, New Orleans and Paris, the company needs to show investors it can grow. The company has progressively moved into the hotel business over the past couple of years, at first quietly adding boutique hotels to its listings. Last year it announced hotels would be one of four property types it offers on its site. To round itself out as full travel company, it’s added additional features such as day trip booking and restaurant reservations. Airbnb has also partnered with major landlords in California and Florida to allow for Airbnb rentals through their buildings. “We are reimagining travel by building an end-to-end travel platform that combines where you stay, what you do, and how you get there, all in one place,” the company said in a statement Thursday.HotelTonight is a popular booking app that let’s people get last-minute hotel deals. The privately-held company focuses on boutique and independent hotels. It’s valued at more than $450 million, according to Bloomberg.center_img 0 Related stories Post a comment Airbnb said acquiring HotelTonight would make it easier for people to find places to stay at the last minute. It’s also seen demand for boutique hotels among its users and is hoping to create more offerings for them. Airbnb has acquired or made an investment in a handful of other hospitality companies, including the upscale vacation rental company Luxury Retreats and restaurant reservation startup Resy.last_img read more

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Fakhrul rejects PMs call to join parliament

first_imgBangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday turned down prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s call for taking oath by MPs of the party to join the 11th parliament, reports UNB.”People’s verdict was not reflected on the 30-December election as the ruling party indulged in a serious and unprecedented vote robbery,” he told UNB in his reaction to the prime minister’s speech.Fakhrul alleged the Awami League usurped power through such polls, and now called upon the opposition to go to parliament.The BNP leader further said, “We think her address to the national is another deception to people, and she tried to fool people through it.”Earlier in the evening, the prime minister in her televised address to the nation urged the elected Members of Parliament from the opposition party (BNP-led Jatiya Oikya Front) to take their oath and join parliament.Sheik Hasina addressed the nation following the formation of her new government earlier this month as Awami League got a landslide victory in the 30-December parliamentary elections. But, the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) rejected the polls result, bringing allegations of vote rigging.The new cabinet was formed on 7 January. The maiden session of the 11th parliament will begin on 30 January.last_img read more

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St Vincent de Pauls Front Door Program Expansion

first_imgY3thomas@gmail.com With the expansion of their Front Door Program, St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore has taken yet another step in setting themselves apart as a service provider. Their services include, but are not limited to: feeding families, providing clothing and shelter, aiding in job placement, offering youth educational services and most recently, rapid rehousing for homeless families. As one of the oldest charitable organizations in Maryland, they are doing more than just maintaining the legacy of their namesake; they are making a genuine difference in the community.Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake; St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore President & CEO, John Schiavone; The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation President & CEO, Rachel Garbow Monroe; St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore VP of Development & Marketing, Jennifer Summers; and United Way of Central Maryland President & CEO, Mark Furst. (Photo courtesy of St. Vincent de Paul)On July 1, part of the grant from the Weinberg Foundation guaranteed funding that will assist 55 families entering the Front Door Program over the next 3 years. At the city location, one of their focal points is to create a new model that helps them to understand how to better help the people they serve. At the Baltimore County location, part of the focus involves learning what helps their clients become more self-sufficient. The Baltimore County location, funded by United Way, has 20 families every year that go from shelter to rapid rehousing. At both locations, the clients are either referrals or they have come from another shelter.The new changes, announced in a Sept. 23 press conference, bring a lot of excitement to the Front Door Program. With the rapid rehousing and shelter diversion, the program does not have to turn away families that have teenage boys or an active father present. Families now stay at Sarah’s Hope on Mount Street 90 to 120 days, down from the original one year stay, based on their respective needs. In that time frame, families are assisted in outlining goals to tackle such as employment roadblocks, financing classes, and even setting up bank accounts. The type of housing granted is based on the family meeting their specific goals. With St. Vincent de Paul being a humanitarian organization, one of the major points of success for the Front Door Program is not having very many obstacles. Program director, Toni Boulware and Mary Rhodes, senior vice president of programs, say their greatest joy is “being able to put families into permanent housing and help get them out of homelessness.”Tamika Dangerfield. (Photo by Yolanda Thomas)Tamika Dangerfield is one of those families. She’s a mother, cosmetology student, CNA/GNA, breast cancer survivor, and a client of St. Vincent de Paul. After receiving a shocking diagnosis of Stage 3 Invasive Duct Carcinoma in 2012, Tamika found herself in a highly precarious situation: jobless, homeless, and wondering what to do next. While going through chemo, space for her family of four was tight and limited. She and her two children stayed with her cousin in her apartment on the north east side of town, while her children’s father stayed with friends on the west side of town. After applying diligently to the departments of housing and social services for suitable housing, she was disappointed to find out she didn’t meet their qualifications.“You don’t know strong, until strong is your only option,” says Tamika, whose life continued to change almost daily.With the help of Cindy Carter from the Cancer Support Group, Tamika learned about the Open Door Program. After one year in the program and 30 days in a hotel, she and her family moved to their apartment in May 2013. Over the course of a year and a half, she endured five months of intensive chemotherapy, a double mastectomy, surgery to remove 13 cancerous lymph nodes, a hysterectomy, reconstructive breast surgery and the sudden loss of her children’s father due to a heart attack. Though her journey was rocky and unforeseen, Tamika smiles and says, “Faith is all you can have.”last_img read more

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Amazon Teases Middleearth Map for Its New Lord of the Rings Series

first_img Amazon’s ‘Marvelous’ Gas Station Discount Causes Chaos in CaliforniaAmazon to Donate Unsold Products Instead of Trashing Them Stay on target Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky, pic.twitter.com/unJj1Bpde1— The Lord of the Rings on Prime (@LOTRonPrime) February 15, 2019“Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,” said the description below the map. Amazon, once again, isn’t dishing on much information here. However, Amazon is allowing fans to download and explore the Middle-earth map on its Lord of the Rings Prime site. They can zoom in via compass direction and also access the show’s social channels with a few clicks.Amazon didn’t give any other Lord of the Rings updates yet, but the map is a fun introduction to the upcoming fantasy series.More on Geek.com:Amazing Photos of the Forest Where J.R.R. Tolkien Played as a Child‘Tolkien’ Tells Epic Story of ‘Lord of the Rings’ Creator J.R.R. TolkienNeil Gaiman’s ‘Good Omens’ Fantasy Series Is Coming to Amazon on May 31center_img There aren’t many details available on Amazon’s upcoming Lord of the Rings series. However, Amazon just teased a Middle-earth map on Twitter, and it might give some clues about the show.On Wednesday, The Lord of the Rings on Prime posted its first-ever tweet. It contained a famous quote by J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of The Lord of the Rings series, who said, “I wisely started with a map.”  Two days later, this minimalistic map showed up on the series’ Twitter account, and it’s a vast, minimal landscape of mountains, oceans, and lands on Middle-earth. Amazon didn’t disclose a premiere date or casting details for the show yet.last_img read more

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Vision of the youth

first_imgIn the season of a crucial forthcoming election in Delhi, the play awakens the thought of being a leader of self, rather than following the opportunistic political ambitions which leads to anarchy of party based motives. Running successfully for consecutive two days with packed house in Muktadhara Auditorium  on January 17 – 18 , Woh Nahi Gandhi has been termed as a challenge to existing saffron coloured politics as well as dynastic inclinations on the other side. It throws open a quest to find a leader within self by identifying our roots and passing on the treasury of civilisation to next generation.On the background of a riot hit area and marginalised communities, the story of this play is definitely an exceptional bold statement in this politically heated atmosphere, where the ruling party as well as as unruly opposition need to take a call on the definite need and vision for youth, rather than leaving them astray with opium of religion and power.last_img read more

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Carcass meat row Racket might have been operational in N Bengal too

first_imgKolkata: In a major development in connection with the selling of carcass meat, the police are now suspecting that the tentacles of the racket had also spread to North Bengal.The police are suspecting that the kingpin of the racket Biswanath Ghorai, alias Bishu, had a wide network in North Bengal as well. They are suspecting it after preparing a list of vehicles that used to carry carcass meat to different parts of North Bengal.It may be recalled that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Diamond Harbour police district had arrested Biswanath Ghorai, alias Bishu, from a hideout at Tentultala near Sonarpur in South 24-Parganas on May 7. He was remanded in the custody of police when produced before the court. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsDuring investigation, police came to know how he used to run the entire business of selling carcass meat. It may be mentioned that Bishu was the owner of a cold storage-cum-processing unit in Narkeldanga, from where the meat was allegedly supplied to a number of hotels and restaurants in the city and its suburbs.Before arresting Bishu, the police had caught Sunny Mallick from Bihar in similar connection. Besides Bishu, the police have also interrogated others arrested in this connection. Based on their statement, a list containing details of the vehicles in which carcass meat was transported to different parts of the state was prepared. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedNow, the police will be questioning the transporters to get hold of the other people who were involved in the racket.Sources said that the investigating officers would take Bishu to North Bengal to carry out further investigation. The investigating officers also came to know that Bishu often used to visit North Bengal for business purposes. The police will take him to the places he used to visit in North Bengal.Meanwhile, people have raised allegations of selling dead chicken, against the owner of a shop at Beniapukur. Hundreds of people gathered outside the chicken shop soon after the news related to the selling of dead chicken had spread. Police went to the spot and detained two persons in this connection. Samples of chicken were also collected for necessary tests.last_img read more

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Two youths killed as bikes collide headon at Amdanga

first_imgKolkata: Two youths were killed in a fatal road accident, when the motorcycles they were riding collided head-on with each other on Bira Road near Amdanga in North 24-Parganas. Some local people staged a demonstration at the spot, protesting against the menace of reckless riding, causing chaos on the busy road on Friday morning.The motorcyclists have been identified as Manohar Hossain (23) and Saddam Hossain (24). Both the victims died at the spot after receiving serious head injuries. None of the youths were wearing helmets at the time of the accident. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe exact cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained by the district police. The local people told the police that both the victims were riding their motorcycles at a high speed when they hit each other.According to the police, Saddam was heading towards Amdanga on his motorcycle, when he lost control over the bike and hit Manohar. Both the motorcycles were badly damaged in the incident. The circumstantial evidences suggest that both the motorcycles were running at top speed. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe incident caused traffic jam in the locality for nearly half an hour in the morning. Police officers reached the spot and brought the situation under control.The local people staged a demonstration on Bira Roadin front of the police. They alleged that there is no surveillance in the area, as a result of which the vehicles plying through the area often flout traffic norms.The police officers assured the agitating people that they would ensure surveillance in the area, following which the demonstration was lifted.Police have started a probe to ascertain how the accident took place. The local people are also being interrogated. The bodies were sent toBarasat District Hospital for postmortem.last_img read more

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Research delivers insight into the global Office Furniture market during the

first_imgOffice Furniture are furniture’s intended for use in offices, meeting rooms and breakrooms. In the context of China-US trade war and global economic volatility and uncertainty, it will have a big influence on this market.Office Furniture Market Report by Material, Application, and Geography – Global Forecast to 2023 is a professional and comprehensive research report on the world’s major regional market conditions, focusing on the main regions (North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific) and the main countries (United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea and China).Get Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3226999?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=NileshThe report firstly introduced the Office Furniture basics: definitions, classifications, applications and market overview; product specifications; manufacturing processes; cost structures, raw materials and so on.Then it analyzed the world’s main region market conditions, including the product price, profit, capacity, production, supply, demand and market growth rate and forecast etc. In the end, the report introduced new project SWOT analysis, investment feasibility analysis, and investment return analysis.The major players profiled in this report include:•Matsu•Damro•New Qumun•AURORA•SUNON•ONLEAD•Steelcase•Haworth•Herman Miller•HNI•Knoll Inc•KI•kinnarps•VitraThe end users/applications and product categories analysis:On the basis of product, this report displays the sales volume, revenue (Million USD), product price, market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into-•Chairs, Stools and sofas•Desks, Tables and Cubicle•Cabinets and CasesOn the basis on the end users/applications, this report focuses on the status and outlook for major applications/end users, sales volume, market share and growth rate of Office Furniture for each application, including-•Office•Home Office•Reception•Meeting roomGet Discount of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3226999?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=NileshAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek Paliwal Big Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452Email: help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

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Where to go for Tico christmas ingredients

first_imgIt wouldn’t be aTico Christmas without arboles navideños (Christmas trees) and pastoras (poinsettias), both grown in the hills above Heredia where cypresses, standing in for firs, and poinsettias, of every color, flourish. But this yuletide season, there are two more reasons to head to the hills.The first is Brumas del Zurquí, the now world-famous cafetal that won the 2012 Taza de Excelencia coffee competition, and garnered the highest coffee price in the world at auction – $4,500 per quintal (46 kilos). Most of those coffee beans were bought up by Japanese companies and shipped to Tokyo. But now you can sample and buy the same coffee – in grano or ground – at the new Café Las Brumas del Zurquí, in San Francisco, a suburb of San Isidro de Heredia.It’s an ultra-stylish café, something you would expect to find in Escazú or on the Lindora Road. This chic coffee boutique, however, is tucked behind the new Servicentro Ecológico El Labrador. The location makes sense when you find out that the gas station-cum-plaza, on a curve in the road between San Isidro and Heredia, is actually a corner cut out of the Brumas del Zurquí cafetal, directly behind. Perfect capuccino. Antique coffee grinders share space with oversize pieces of modern art and extravagant vases of heliconia, ginger and orchids. But the star of this show is the huge, shiny-red Aurelia II, the Cadillac of espresso machines, manufactured in Italy by Nuova Simonelli, sponsor of the worldwide barista championships.If you time your visit for a Friday or Sunday afternoon, you will find José Martín Paez, positioned in front of the Aurelia, practicing his barista skills. Paez placed second in last year’s Costa Rican championship and he is in training for the 2013 rematch at the end of January.Along with producing a perfect cup of coffee, Paez is a coffee connoisseur and coffee-culture historian, full of interesting coffee lore. His English is impeccable and he enjoys sharing his expertise.Paez recommends trying a rich, balanced espresso or cappuccino ($1.80/$2.20) made with the cafetal’s medium roast beans. Nordic countries prefer light roast, he says, because it packs the most caffeine. The rest of Europe prefers the dark roast for its flavor. But the medium roast, says Paez, is the perfect balance.The coffee sells for $6.30 for a 340-gram bag, in grano or molido. You can also order online (see website below). What better holiday gift for coffee-lovers than a bag of the best – at least for this year – coffee in the world?For a completely different experience, you can sample coffee made with the cafetal’s top-rated bean, called Geisha. It’s a floral varietal of the Arabica bean, with amazing flavor hints of orange, ginger, ripe mango and cinnamon, to name a few. Originating in the highlands of Panama, the Brumas del Zurquí owners have coaxed it to grow high up in the Central Valley, at 1600 meters.You can have it made in a French press ($11, pot for two) or in a cup of cappuccino ($5). Paez advises drinking it straight to capture the full flavor, and taking time to inhale the aroma. This is the coffee most appreciated by Japanese connoisseurs, who spend up to $50 for a cup of Geisha coffee in Tokyo. Owing to limited supply and international demand, you can buy Geisha only by the cup or carafe here. To accompany the coffee, there are Argentine empanadas, smoked salmon sandwiches, sweet tarts and cookies. And there are tamales, another Christmas tradition in most Tico households and the second reason to wend your way up the twisting, scenic roads above Heredia.The tamales served at the café are made at the nearby Fabrica de Tamales La Abuela, in Concepción de San Rafael de Heredia. Starting Dec. 1, the lines have been forming outside the hacienda-like factory, painted traditional Heredia blue and white. People in the know have been placing their orders ahead by phone and staggering away with huge bags of tamales destined for Christmas parties and family feasts. Pork, chicken, bean and, this year, vegetarian fillings are available ($2.10 a piña, a pair). The fábrica also sells festive carne rellena ($6), rolled, minced meat, artistically stuffed with rice, cheese and hardboiled egg.Unfortunately, if you haven’t already placed an order, you are out of luck this year. You will have to wait till January to buy tamales. But the fábrica will sell you Brumas del Zurquí coffee, specially packed for Tamales La Abuela, in 2-kilo bags of beans ($28.40) or 340-gram bags ($6.20). If you haven’t already bought your tree and poinsettias, don’t forget to add the best coffee in the world to your Heredia shopping list. And come back for tamales in January.Going thereCafé Brumas del Zurquí – Servicentro Ecológico El Labrador, south of San Isidro de Heredia on the road to San Francisco and Heredia, 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. daily; closed Wed. 4031-2375, cafebrumasdelzurqui.com.Fábrica de Tamales La Abuela – Concepción de San Rafael de Heredia, 150 meters west of the Licorera Camacho. Open Mon.-Sat. 7:30 a.m.-noon, 1-5 pm. Sun. 8 a.m.-noon. Closed Feb. 1-March 4 for a much needed rest. 2268-3032. Facebook Comments No related posts. Dorothy MacKinnonlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter As the Australian ski s

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterAs the Australian ski season comes to a close, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) prepares for its biggest season yet. To share what’s new at its 24 member ski areas, CSCUSA president and CEO, Melanie Mills, met with Sydney media over lunch at Rockpool Bar & Grill (Neil Perry being a fan of CSCUSA member, Aspen Snowmass). Australians are Colorado’s leading inbound international market, particularly attracted to the state’s vast array of snow terrain, guaranteeing “a mountain for everyone”.Accompanying Mills on the Australian roadshow were Jeff Hanle, VP Communications, Aspen Snowmass; Tom Watkinson, Director of Communications, Telluride; Taylor Prather, PR Manager, Copper Mountain Resort; Loryn Karsten, Senior Communications Manager, Steamboat; Steve Hurlbert, Director of PR & Communications, Winter Park; and Flip Byrnes, Australia-based PR Manager for Aspen Skiing Company.Over a convivial three-course lunch, guests learned about the latest developments taking place for the coming season. Some of the highlights include the development of Snowmass Base Village at Aspen Snowmass; two new chairlifts at Copper (including one chair-gondola hybrid); the upgrade of beginners’ area, The Meadows, at Telluride; a much-awaited 10-person gondola at Winter Park; and the debut of the Taco Beast – a roaming, on-mountain snowcat dishing up Mexican fare – at Steamboat.Here is the full list of planned developments for CSCUSA member ski areas:Arapahoe Basin Ski AreaFor the 2018-19 season, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area will fully open its 468-acre (189-hectare) terrain expansion into the Beavers and the Steep Gullies, including the new four-person Beavers chairlift. A-Basin opened approximately 371 acres (150 hectares) of terrain last season to give a “preview” to excited skiers and riders. This summer, A-Basin operations crews constructed an additional 97 acres (39 hectares) of tree skiing (glades) and continued to improve the rest of the terrain with grading, glading and installation of the chairlift and picnic areas. Terrain in The Beavers will include two new intermediate groomed runs in the 2018-19 season, allowing more skiers and riders to enjoy this scenic, north- and west-facing terrain. The Steep Gullies are approximately 91 acres (36 hectares) of extreme (double-black diamond), steep, couloir skiing. These runs will remain hike-back for the true advanced skier or snowboarder looking for some of the most challenging terrain in Colorado.Aspen SnowmassAspen Skiing Company is well underway on the Snowmass Base Village Development, a US$600 million mountain-resort development that will add lodging, residences and amenities over 10 years. The first phase of development includes the new Limelight Hotel Snowmass, a ski-in, ski-out hotel adjacent to Snowmass Mountain’s Elk Camp Gondola that will feature 99 hotel rooms and 11 for-sale condominiums, plus a new restaurant, a children’s game area and a five-story climbing wall. The Snowmass Base Village will also welcome a central public events plaza to serve as the community’s gathering space with an ice-skating rink, fire pits, children’s pop-up fountains and other community amenities this winter. At Buttermilk families and children can enjoy Fort Frog, a new wooden, frontier-style fort with lookout towers, a jail, snowball launcher and swinging bridge. This is a great option for skiing and non-skiing families alike. Also new for the 2018-19 season, The Aspen Snowmass App will receive an upgrade to provide rewards and enhanced functioning of year-over-year stats and tracking, allowing families, skiers and non-skiers to track on-mountain movements. All Aspen Snowmass food and beverage outlets will go straw free.CooperCooper’s new Moonlight Mountaintop Yurt dinner series at the Ridgeview Café features a ride to the mountaintop after hours in a warm, cosy snowcat in the light of the full moon. This event is perfect for a special gathering with four dates during the 2018-19 season and includes delicious flame-grilled salmon, stuffed portabello mushrooms and New York strip steaks.Copper MountainFor the 2018-19 season, Copper Mountain will debut the new American Flyer and American Eagle chairlifts out of Copper’s Center Village. The American Flyer will now be a high-speed six-person chair with bubble enclosures to protect from wind and cold, the only active bubble chair in Colorado. The American Eagle will be a high-speed combination lift that features both six-person chairs and eight-person gondola cabins. Both will significantly increase uphill access from the base area and reduce wait times. Copper Mountain will also debut a new base area restaurant, Downhill Duke’s. Named after a beloved dog, Downhill Duke’s will welcome guests and their four-legged friends to unbuckle their boots, take in some sun and enjoy lunch or après cocktails on the south-facing patio.Echo Mountain ResortEcho will kick off the 2018-19 season with a new tubing hill serviced by a covered conveyor lift offering family-friendly fun for skiers and those who just want to play in the snow. Echo will also expand the beginner learning area, increase snowmaking capacity and offer RFID access gates for direct-to-lift access on several ticket and pass options. Echo will also continue to offer and expand its Ambassador coaching program included in a day lift ticket purchase. As part of the program, employees are available throughout the mountain to offer tips and suggestions to help guests who are learning or looking to progress their ski or snowboard skills.EldoraA year after installing the Alpenglow high-speed six-person chairlift, Eldora’s first-ever high-speed lift, the ski area will make another leap into the future this season with RFID pass technology. New glading projects and upgrades to Eldora’s electrical and communication systems will give guests more reasons to smile, as will more frequent early-season and mid-week events and activities.Granby RanchDuring the 2018-19 season, Granby Ranch will offer groups the opportunity to rent Granby Ranch’s East Mountain for the evening. Guests will have full access to the East Mountain night skiing terrain from 5pm to 9pm in a unique option for groups to highlight a special occasion or host a private event.Kendall MountainNew for the 2018-19 season, Kendall Mountain will offer a natural ice-skating experience with pond skating. Kendall’s pond just south of the ski lodge offers stellar views of the rugged San Juan Mountains. The ski area will offer night-time skating events on the pond throughout the winter season featuring a DJ, bonfire, hot cocoa, stargazing and lots of family-friendly fun.Loveland Ski AreaFor the 2018-19 season, Loveland Ski Area will unveil the largest single capital improvement project in the ski area’s history with the installation of a new lift, Chet’s Dream. Chet’s Dream will be the first high-speed quad in Loveland’s history and is named after the ski area’s longtime owner, Chet Upham Jr.Monarch MountainMonarch Mountain will debut a brand-new tubing park for the 2018-19 season, expanding offerings for visiting families with both skiers and non-skiers in the group. Monarch will also improve the guest experience with new gladed tree skiing, upgraded Wi-Fi, chip readers at all sales terminals, self-order kiosks in the Gunbarrel Cafeteria and hand-held order-taking technology.Powderhorn ResortPowderhorn Resort’s 2018-19 season will feature Mission: Affordable, a new steeply discounted season pass program with discounts and special programs for first-timers and beginners.Purgatory Resort Purgatory Resort will offer year-round access to the Inferno Mountain Coaster, a new gravity-fed ride that will zip through aspen groves revealing incredible views of the San Juan mountains. A great option for families with non-skiers or those seeking a break from the slopes, the Inferno Mountain Coaster is almost a mile (1.6 kilometres) long, including 300 feet (90 metres) of vertical drop, nine switchbacks and speeds of up to 25 miles (40 kilometres) per hour. Brand-new for the 2018-19 season, Purgatory Resort will offer a free season pass for all children in Fourth Grade or younger, with no blackout dates and no parent purchase required.Silverton MountainSilverton Mountain will begin the 2018-19 season on 24 November with brand-new heli-skiing terrain, “Zone 8”, which features diverse high-alpine terrain and great early-season snow. Silverton will also expand its Unguided Season Pass offer to include a 150% increase in available ski days to the unguided season, 45 free days at partner ski resorts and a $39 heli-drop.SteamboatSteamboat Resort will feature two new dining experiences for the 2018-19 season. Timber & Torch, a new base area restaurant and bar experience, will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring a new outdoor heated patio, two indoor/outdoor bars, an exterior fireplace and a new outdoor barbecue. The Taco Beast, a unique new on-mountain, roaming snowcat, will serve carne asada and al pastor trail tacos with trailside service in both winter and summer seasons. Learn more about Steamboat and its famous Champagne Powder Snow.Sunlight Mountain ResortSunlight Mountain Resort will honour the effort and sacrifice of firefighters and first responders by launching Firefighter Fun Days for the 2018-19 season. The ski area will offer free skiing and riding to all active firefighters and first responders each Wednesday of Sunlight’s 2018-19 season. Also new for the 2018-19 season, Sunlight will open the Compass Mountain Grill, an on-mountain food stand for walk-up skiers and riders to refuel at the top of Sunlight.Telluride Ski ResortThe Meadows, Telluride’s popular beginner area, will be upgraded into a world-class learning facility for the 2018-19 season. The Meadows will feature a newly installed 320-foot (97-metre) covered surface lift and a significant investment in a terrain-based learning program. Telluride skiers and riders will also find an expanded grooming fleet to enhance the groomed terrain across the resort, as Telluride continues its multi-year, multi-million-dollar venture in snowmaking upgrades and technology to improve efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint. Telluride is also developing a consumer app that will be available for download in November 2018 and will include features such as up-to-the-minute lift status information, snow reporting, trail status, an interactive trail map, push notifications and more.Winter Park ResortNew for the 2018-19 season, Winter Park Resort will feature a new 10-person gondola, the resort’s first new on-mountain lift installation since 2007, reducing wait times by 15 minutes during peak season. The gondola will serve a new daily Mountaintop Sunset Après at the Lodge at Sunspot from 2.30pm to 5.30pm, with live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Foot passengers can ride for free without a lift ticket beginning at 2.30pm each day.Winter Park will also upgrade its snowmaking system with the addition of new energy efficient compressors, pipe replacement and new high-tech snow guns. A Zephyr Plaza upgrade in the Winter Park Village will create a free-flowing plaza with stage area, fire pits and sun deck for general gathering and small events and concerts. The Winter Park Express train service from Denver to Winter Park will also return for a third season with additional Fridays added as well as a lounge car for food and beverages.Wolf Creek Ski AreaWolf Creek Ski Area will open for the 2018-19 season with the new high-speed, detachable quad Charity Chairlift. The 10th lift in Wolf Creek’s current lift system, the Charity lift will be named after Charity Jane Pitcher, previous owner of Wolf Creek Ski Area. The Charity Lift will be the third chairlift in the spacious 900-acre (364-hectare), Alberta area. Fifty-five acres (22 hectares) of previously underutilised terrain will now be available to beginner and intermediate skiers. Guests can also enjoy a new on-mountain grill. The Alberta Grill will offer a south of the border-themed menu and more traditional grilled items. Wolf Creek will also implement and launch a new point-of-sale system in rentals, retail and all restaurants mountain wide for the 2018-19 season.Images © Telluride Ski Resort, courtesy of Colorado Ski Country USAGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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