Farmers rattled after pigs chickens stolen from central Nova Scotia farms

first_imgCOOKS BROOK, N.S. – Someone is stealing the free-range pigs and chickens of central Nova Scotia — even leaving the remains of one pig behind after butchering it.A litter of piglets, six heritage Berkshire pigs and 40 chickens were stolen from Moo Nay Farms in Cooks Brook, about an hour northeast of Halifax.Farmer Melvin Burns said he also found the remains of a slaughtered pig on a plastic sheet at the edge of the sprawling free-range family farm.“They stole a pig from the field, butchered it and carried the meat away,” he said in an interview. “They dumped the rest of it.”Down the road at Snowy River Farms, about 33 meat hens were noticed missing earlier this week.“They were full grown meat hens ready for processing next week,” farmer Amy Hill said. “It means someone has been watching us. They know our set up and schedule.”She said the thefts have left her feeling nervous.“I went out last night to tuck in our birds, that’s when we close the doors for the night, and I brought my husband and dogs with me,” Hill said. “To have someone come on to your property at night while you are sleeping and take things makes me feel really mad and exposed.”But she said the butchering of her neighbour’s pig is what makes her fearful.“They had a weapon with them,” Hill said.Burns said the theft of his free-range Berkshire pigs and chickens has left him feeling uneasy and represents a loss of thousands of dollars.The hearty livestock graze the roughly 60 acres of farmland at will, but there is a fence at the perimeter of the property.The pasture and woods-raised animals eat mostly organic grains from craft breweries in Halifax as well as fruits and vegetables, he said.“The pork chops you’d buy in Sobeys are mostly corn-fed and very light in colour,” Burns said. “Our pork is a much darker colour, almost like a red steak.”He doesn’t call his livestock organic but said they are raised naturally. Along with his girlfriend, Bianca Massarella, the couple raises goats, cows, chickens, turkeys and pigs and also boards horses. They also host farm tours and birthday parties to share their farming experience with youth.RCMP Cpl. Dal Hutchinson said such a brazen theft of livestock, especially two robberies on the same stretch of road, is unusual.“It’s relatively rare for these sorts of thefts to be reported to police,” he said. “Farmers will sometimes lose an animal or two to predators like coyotes or foxes but this is certainly someone going onto the properties to steal animals. I’m sure it’s unnerving for the community.”The Mounties are asking anyone with information to come forward to police, or call Crime Stoppers if they prefer to remain anonymous.Hill urged anyone who notices someone suddenly with several Berkshire pigs or a freezer full of meat to report it to police.Burns said he’s unsure police will be able to track down the culprits, but said he hopes the ongoing RCMP investigation and media attention will stop any further thefts.— By Brett Bundale in HalifaxNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misspelled Cpl. Dal Hutchinson’s last name.last_img read more

Almond Blossom Festival in Tafraout

Asmaa BahadiRabat – Under the motto “Land of Almond, Wealth of Tomorrow,” the Tafraout Almond Association will hold the 6th Annual Almond Festival on March 4th-6th.The event is organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, the National Agency for the Development of Oases and Argan Trees, the Province of Souss Massa, the Prefecture of Tiznit’s, the Municipality of Tafraout, and a group of local and nation businesses. The Almond Festival is an occasion where the Tafraout Tree Association celebrates the blossoming of almond trees, the development of local product through new methods, and the strengthening of social solidarity.The Association hopes to do this by creating a dynamic economy for the benefit of agricultural cooperatives and preserving the traditional character of the region.Tafraout Almond Association has developed a diverse programs designed to blend culture, sports, arts, tourism, and local business, among many other surprises.The association will also be welcoming many visitors and tourists to promote the progress of local development projects in the region.This year’s festival program will be announced soon by the Tafraout Almond Association. read more

Markets Right Now Stocks open lower on Wall Street

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening broadly lower on Wall Street, dragged down by losses in health care and industrial companies.FedEx slumped 6.3 per cent in early trading Wednesday after reporting a weak quarter, and Johnson & Johnson fell 1.2 per cent.Several big media companies were also lower. Viacom lost 3.5 per cent and Discovery gave up 2.7 per cent.Cereal maker General Mills turned in a good quarter and was up 3.8 per cent.The S&P 500 index fell 5 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,826.The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 81 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 25,806. The Nasdaq slipped 6 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 7,715.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 2.59 per cent.The Associated Press read more

Donald Trump US and Morocco Still Have a Lot to Accomplish

Rabat – On the eve of the Throne Day, King Mohammed VI received congratulatory messages from several leaders, including US President Donald Trump.In his cable, the US President said that he is confident that the US and Morocco will reinforce their diplomatic ties in order to achieve in common areas in the interests of both countries.“I am confident that we will build on our free trade agreement [FTA], our strong security partnership and our diverse cultural and educational ties to ensure a safer and more prosperous future for our two peoples,” said the president. Trump also recalled that the US and Morocco promoted fair and reciprocal trade ties.The US and Morocco signed the FTA in 2004. It came into effect  on January 1, 2006.Through the agreement, the US became itself as Morocco’s fourth largest trade partner.Since the agreement came into effect, bilateral trade between the two countries has increased by more than 250%. Trade activities, according to a the 2019 Investment Climate Statements, made the US Morocco’s fourth largest trading partner.In his message, Trump also expressed his country’s determination to continue the fight against extremism.Trump’s cable said that,”we still have a lot to accomplish together, notably the continuation of our fight against extremism in all its forms, the promotion of tolerance and religious understanding, the promotion of common priorities in Africa and the further development of the cultural link between our countries as a testimony of our friendship for more than 240 years.”Trump’s statement acknowledged Morocco’s leadership in countering extremism and terrorism at the national and international level.In September 2018, the State Department’s Country Reports on Terrorism asserted that Morocco has a “comprehensive counterterrorism strategy that includes vigilant security measures, regional and international cooperation.” read more

Will Buckeyes move back to No 1 after beating Spartans

With less than six minutes to go, and No. 2 Ohio State up just five on unranked Michigan State, an errant Spartan pass flew into the backcourt and nine of the 10 players on the floor seemed content to let it roll out of bounds. OSU freshman point guard Aaron Craft wouldn’t allow it. Craft chased the ball down. As the Spartans tried to recover, he went up and under the rim for a layup, drew a foul and converted the three-point play. The freshman’s only field goal of the night gave OSU (25-1, 12-1 Big Ten) an eight-point lead and propelled the Buckeyes to a 71-61 victory. “That’s a heck of a play right there,” senior guard Jon Diebler said after the game. “That’s just someone wanting the win and Aaron is a guy who, he does the little things and that just shows the type of player that he is. That was a huge play.” The Spartans played most of the game like the team they were projected to be when they entered the season at No. 2. Outscoring the Buckeyes off the bench, 21-1, MSU shot 63 percent from the field in the first half. With freshman forward Jared Sullinger on the bench in foul trouble, MSU matched the Buckeyes shot-for-shot all half. A basket from senior point guard Kalin Lucas gave MSU a 34-32 lead with 1:30 left in the half, but Buford responded with a 3-pointer, giving OSU the lead, one of 11 lead changes in the first 20 minutes. OSU took that 35-34 lead to halftime, and Buford’s 14 first-half points put him ahead of all scorers. “We didn’t bring it in the first half,” Buford said. “Our defense wasn’t there and we weren’t together as a team. For the second half we had to pick up the intensity.” The lead changed hands four more times early in the second half, and a fifth time when a three-point play from fifth-year senior forward David Lighty gave OSU a 45-44 lead. That was the game’s final lead change. Lighty sparked a 10-2 run, opening up a six-point OSU lead, 52-46. An off-balance, end-of-the-shot-clock 3-pointer from junior forward Draymond Green ended the run, and after a Sullinger free throw, a layup from Lucas cut the lead to two. Five quick points from Buford gave OSU a 58-51 lead, its biggest to that point, with 8:30 to play. Minutes later, Craft made the play that ignited the sellout crowd at the Schottenstein Center. “Aaron is like a spark plug for this team,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “I think guys are looking and saying, ‘If he’s going to give that (effort), then I’m going to give that.’” The Spartans got as close as four down the stretch, but a pair of Sullinger free throws and three from Craft gave OSU an insurmountable 10-point lead with less than two minutes left. Buford led all scorers with 23 points on 9-for-15 shooting, 3-for-4 from beyond the 3-point line. Sullinger scored 11 points and grabbed a season-low two rebounds. Lighty and Diebler had 12 points each. Lucas led MSU with 14 points, and although the team shot 57 percent from the floor and outrebounded OSU, its 19 turnovers swung the game in OSU’s favor. After falling at Wisconsin on Saturday, OSU relinquished the No. 1 rank to Kansas, who lost at Kansas State, 84-68, Monday night. OSU plays again at 1 p.m. Sunday at No. 11 Purdue. read more

Drago Vukovic to become Fox in 2015

BundesligaDrago VukovicFuchse BerlinTus Lubbecke ← Previous Story Andreas Nilsson joins MKB Veszprem! Next Story → Men’s U20 EURO 2014: Denmark VS Sweden for the final Drago Vukovic has agreed to a deal which will see him join the handball club from the capital. Fuchse Berlin announced the signing of the Croatian international for the season 2015/2016. However, for the current one, he will carry out his contract with his current club – Lubbecke. Drago Vukovic plays since 2008 in the Bundesliga, before that having played for Velenje, Zagreb and Split. He won Olympic Gold in 2004 with Croatia. read more

You can only do a funeral once and you have to do

first_img Short URL By Nicky Ryan Saturday 10 Jun 2017, 12:05 AM Jun 10th 2017, 12:05 AM We really celebrate the life of the person who died. The community gathers around at the time of the funeral, and the whole process is something we’ve all held close to our hearts.Jay and his sister Dymphna,  based in Dundalk, Co Louth, set up RIP.ie in 2005. Neither come from a tech background – one worked in an office and the other on a farm – but gave up their day jobs to pursue the idea.The idea for the site grew out of the frustration the siblings felt after finding it difficult to get details online of funerals, or after missing funerals completely because of poor communication.They set out to create a space that would not only inform the public of funerals, but that would allow them to “interact on a more personal level” with the death notice, Jay explained, “and in a way that didn’t preclude people who were living far away or abroad to feel more involved”.Not a crowded spaceThe online death notice space wasn’t a crowded one back in the mid-noughties. Jay said he was curious as to why it hadn’t taken off properly before, given the important role they play in Irish society. A few websites were dabbling in the area, but most were haphazard, infrequently updated and scant on detail.The Colemans saw the chance to gain a foothold if they avoided these mistakes. The pair also set out on the process of meeting as many funeral directors as they could across the country to get them onboard at an early stage.There was plenty of apprehension from the industry, Jay explained, as the internet at the time was still in its relative infancy and associated with “some of the less savory aspects of society”.Most funeral directors were also were quite traditional and set in their ways, unwilling to change their tried-and-test formula:They have a phrase, ‘You can only do a funeral once’, and because of that it had to be done right. ‘You can only do a funeral once, and you have to do it right’: The story behind RIP.ie We speak to one of the siblings behind the death notice website. https://jrnl.ie/3415982 Obviously when you’re dealing with a very sombre moment, they don’t want to be taking a chance with anything and were obviously very resistant at first. Now, they absolutely see the value in it.Jay said the vast majority of notices submitted to the site are without issue, but occasionally one will appear that might need minor tweaking, such as language which although used earnestly may accidentally cause offence.Convincing those organising funerals that these quality controls were in place was key to gaining their confidence.This careful approach resulted in a handful of significant funeral directors getting on board with RIP.ie from the start, and gave it momentum.At the time, it may have seemed like a novelty to some, but now more than a decade on, user habits have shifted in favour of the Colemans – people are more likely to see the internet as the most reliable way to get information out there about a death, rather than relying on local radio or newspapers which people may not be paying as close attention to anymore. Source: zhu difeng/ShutterstockJay says both of these legacy mediums still serve a purpose – some people may not have access to the internet, and it is simply family tradition to have a notice on the radio or in the newspaper – but online notices serve another purpose again, as it provides a lasting record for families to check.RIP.ie has now grown to be one of the top 100 sites in Ireland. According to figures provided by the Colemans, the site receives more than five million visitors a month, with most death notices being viewed at least 1,000 times, while others will receive multiples of that.It has also gone beyond simply a noticeboard for deaths. Users can set up email alerts based on surname, town, county, and church, as well as posting a range of ‘family notices’, such as month’s minds, anniversaries and birthday memorials.The future for the site, he said, lies in allowing those who knew the deceased to interact with the condolence notice in a way that makes them feel as involved as possible; there are plans to allow users to send flowers or make donations, for example.A website of this scale – also with a payroll of four staff – doesn’t come cheap. Some kind of funding model is necessary.As the question of money is a particularly ugly one when it comes to organising funerals, Jay and Dymphna were eager to not make this an issue for families.Unlike traditional notices in newspapers and local radios, both of which can run into hundreds of euro, RIP.ie doesn’t charge for notices. Instead, funeral directors can pay for advertising around the death notices.Occasionally a family billed after a funeral will notice a charge for RIP.ie, but Jay explained that this is an administrative fee charged by the funeral director themselves.Jay stresses that the firm is dependent on the advertising which appears on the site to keep it up and running.The company behind RIP.ie made a profit of almost €94,000, according to its most recently filed accounts for 2015.Read: ‘If you thought about setting up a business too deeply, you mightn’t do it’ >center_img Source: Shutterstock/Sementer‘SHUSH, THE DEATH notices are on!’It’s something we’ve all been told – or said ourselves – at some point when the presenter on our local radio station begins reading out a list of the recently deceased from the area.We’ve all cast a cursory glance over them in the back of a local paper, or received the call from a mother or father inquiring if we’ve heard that so-and-so in No 123 had passed away.Nowadays, it can be automatically emailed to you.The significance of funerals in Ireland means that the Irish have a unique fascination with death notices – and the decline of traditional media and the waning influence of religion doesn’t seem to have affected that.This is evident in the success of RIP.ie, an ‘end of life matters’ website that has become something of an institution in Ireland, and is dedicated to publishing death notices from across the country.A loved one passes away, the family – usually through the funeral director – can publish details online, including when and where the funeral will take place.Although being made quick and easy, the process is still treated sensitively and with care.“The funeral is such an important thing in Ireland,” RIP.ie founder Jay Coleman told TheJournal.ie. Share1 Tweet Email13 51 Comments To really convince the funereal directors to put their trust in us, we were going to read every condolence notice prior to publication, as we still do today. 42,694 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Ethnic Business Awards book launch

first_imgIn an evening celebrating success against the odds and the rich diversity of Australia’s business landscape, the Ethnic Business Awards launched the limited edition of their 25th Anniversary publication “Celebrating Diversity”.The book was officially launched by Mrs Margie Abbott in the presence of the Ethnic Business Awards founder and Chairman Mr Joseph Assaf, and the sponsors, judges and winners and finalists of the Awards from the past 25 years. “What we are really celebrating here tonight is the enterprise, the commitment and sheer hard work that has created the success story that is the Ethnic Business Awards and more particularly the men and women who are at the heart of this book.” said Mrs Abbott.Joseph Healy, NAB Group Executive of Business Banking, a major sponsor and founding partner of the Awards outlined the strength of the ongoing partnership of his bank with the Awards. ” For us business is all about relationships and the Ethnic Business Awards epitomises the importance of building cultural bridges and relationships. Our association with the Ethnic Business Awards is a strong example of a relationship that dates back to the very beginning 25 years ago and one which we hope will endure into the future.”Michael Ebeid, CEO and Managing Director of SBS, a media sponsor of the Awards since its inception, congratulated Joseph Assaf, “on his dedication in recognising and also celebrating the achievements of migrants in Australia.”The founder of the Ethnic Busimess Awarda Joseph Assaf concluded the evening stating that “This book is a recorded testimony of the great success of the migrants and Indigenous in the development of our country.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

11 Movies That Use Pop Culture Better Than Ready Player One

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 10 Best Worst Items in Hot Topic’s Clearance SectionReal There You Guys: Ready Player One and Nostalgia as Generational Poison center_img Ernest Cline’s paean to everything 80s is poised to make a lot of noise at the box office, but this certainly isn’t the first time that Hollywood has looked to pop culture to inform a movie. And while fans are already pitching a fit at some of the more incongruous appearances (the Iron Giant gleefully slaughtering foes earned a much-deserved WTF), we thought it might be nice to think positive and look back at some other flicks that took the mash-up approach and paid homage to what went before.The Monster SquadThe stable of Universal monsters are some of the most iconic takes on the public domain bestiary ever – Boris Karloff’s unforgettable bolt-eared Frankenstein, Lugosi’s sneering Dracula, Chaney’s tormented Wolfman. And even if the “dark universe” never happens we already have one of the most satisfying pop culture crossovers of all time in 1987’s The Monster Squad. Written by Geek fave Shane Black, the flick follows a group of tweens in Baton Rouge, Louisiana who come up against the forces of evil led by Dracula as they try to retrieve a mystic amulet. It’s a surprisingly timeless romp that still holds up well 30+ years later.Alias Jesse JamesIn many ways, the Old West was sort of the Marvel Cinematic Universe of its day. Colorfully-named violent men roamed the expanse, getting into trouble and fighting for their lives. In 1959, Bob Hope starred as an insurance agent in Alias Jesse James, a comedy Western that featured a climactic gunfight featuring dozens of the era’s most identifiable Western actors – Fess Parker as Davy Crockett, James Arness as Matt Dillon, and even Roy Rogers as himself. It’s one of the earliest multi-franchise cameo crossovers in cinematic history, and some later home video releases have had to cut a few of the cameos due to IP rights issues.The LEGO MovieIt’s almost unfair that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were able to work so much magic with a movie based on little plastic bricks, but The LEGO Movie captured the glee of mashing your Harry Potter and Superman sets together in an orgy of construction fun. The flick took its multiple cameos and made them all fit into the LEGO universe, and if we had to we could make a very good argument that LEGO Batman is the best Batman movie ever made.Scott Pilgrim Vs. The WorldBased on the comic book series by Bryan Lee O’Malley, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is rife with references to the pop culture that surrounds us. From the name of Scott’s band, “Sex Bob-Omb,” to the various video game power-ups and status effects that bedevil him during his battles with Ramona Flowers’ seven evil exes, this is one movie that’s steeped in geek culture like a good cup of tea. It would take all day to run through the references in the flick, so go watch it yourself with one finger on the pause button.My Name Is BruceBruce Campbell is one of cult film’s most iconic actors from his role as Ash in the Evil Dead series. In 2007, he directed and starred in a movie that blended his real-world personality with his most famous character to hilarious effect – My Name Is Bruce. In it, Campbell gets kidnapped by a fan who wants him to battle a reanimated Chinese god in an Oregon mining town. It’s an absurd romp that lets Campbell work against public perception of him even as he embraces what made him famous.The Last Action HeroOne of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s rare 1990s flops, The Last Action Hero cast him as fictional LAPD detective Jack Slater, who meets a young boy from the real world when he’s magically transported into the film. It’s got the same gleeful mash-up aesthetic as some of the other flicks on this list – the fact that a cartoon cat works at Slater’s precinct and nobody cares is a perfect touch – but many of the references it pulls are to properties made up for just this movie. There are a few brilliant cameos, though, including Sharon Stone revisiting her Basic Instinct role. It underperformed at the box office, but history has been kind to it in hindsight.Who Framed Roger Rabbit?When Who Framed Roger Rabbit hit theaters in 1988, it was a miracle of Hollywood deal-making. For the first time ever, representatives from the animation industry’s greatest franchises shared screen space in Toontown. Disney, Warner Brothers and MGM characters were all in the same movie for the first time – and since, actually. It’s a technical tour de force and amazing to watch Donald Duck and Daffy Duck go head-to-head, for example. The negotiations were insane, with each studio having a list of demands as to the amount of screen time their characters needed. Sequels have been long-rumored but never materialized.City HunterThe majority of Jackie Chan’s 1993 comedy City Hunter doesn’t trade in retro references, but one scene in the flick is so legendary it puts the whole movie on our list. Jackie, as detective Ryo Saeba, is investigating the disappearance of a girl. He gets into a fight (because this is a Jackie Chan movie) in a video arcade, and is thrown into a Street Fighter II machine, which causes him to imagine that his foe is Ken and he’s first E. Honda and then Chun-Li. It’s a hilarious homage to the video game that ruled the world at the time.Die Another DayReleased to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Bond franchise, Die Another Day was filmed with homages to all 19 previous Bond films. If you look around Q’s workshop you’ll spot the jetpack from Thunderball, the magic rope from Octopussy and other gadgets. The scene where Halle Berry walks out of the surf in a bikini is a direct throwback to Ursula Andress’ aquatic entrance in Dr. No. We could go on for paragraphs, but it’s pretty interesting to watch a Bond film that acknowledges the character’s cinematic history in such a blatant way.Wreck-It RalphA couple of films have dabbled in the influence video games have had on pop culture, but we’re not going to talk about Pixels on this website if we don’t have to. Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph took place in the liminal electronic world of video arcades, where the characters from myriad machines got together after the last quarter dropped. Although the flick revolved around a few fictional franchises created for it, we also got cameos from Q-bert, Zangief, and the bartender from Tapper just to name a few. The sequel, in which Ralph enters the Internet at large, is set to drop later this year.ExplorersJoe Dante has tapped into the vein of pop culture many times throughout his career, but one of his warmest paeans to the 50s science fiction that formed him was 1985’s Explorers. A young Ethan Hawke stars as Ben Crandall, a suburban teen who gets inspired by the old flicks he watches on late night TV to construct a spacecraft out of an abandoned amusement park ride and with his friends take off on a journey into the universe. It’s a forgotten sweet little film that bombed at the box office because it was released the same week as the Live Aid concert for Africa.last_img read more

KFCs Firelog That Smells Like Its Fried Chicken Sold Out in Hours

first_img There’s nothing like the holiday scent of… fried chicken.And it looks like thousands agreed. KFC released a limited-edition firelog that smells like its famous fried chicken — and it sold out in hours on Thursday.The “11 Herbs & Spices Firelog,” went on sale on KFCfirelogs.com for $18.99 (which included tax, shipping, and handling). Introducing the 11 Herbs & Spices Firelog from Enviro-Log®, the best way to make a fire smell less like fire and more like fried chicken. Get yours today at https://t.co/u2baCmHQYF. pic.twitter.com/y4TRf4cqQs— KFC (@kfc) December 13, 2018“Imbued with the unmistakable, mouth-watering aroma of Colonel Sanders’ secret recipe, the KFC 11 Herbs & Spices Firelog finally puts to rest the age-old dilemma, ‘How can I make this fire a hundred bajillion times better?’” the fast-food chain said on their website.The savory firelog was created by Enviro-Log, a Yule log manufacturer, and made of 100 percent recycled materials. “It is the result of countless hours of research and development, all done over the last couple of months since we had this idea,” said KFC.Not surprisingly, the firelog was a hit on Twitter. Users quickly shared their delight/confusion in the chicken-scented creation and suggestions for its use: Finally, KFC Makes A Colonel Sanders Dating GameKFC Tests Plant-Based Beyond Fried Chicken in Atlanta Welp I know what I’m gift wrapping for the work Christmas gift exchange! Nothing like the fresh scent of high cholesterol and chest pains.— William Smothers (@BigBill916) December 13, 2018center_img Stay on target Take these with you camping to spice up your night with a bear attack.— Gary (@Tha_Gary) December 13, 2018The firelog can burn up to three hours and unlike real chicken, it doesn’t expire and it has no shelf life. KFC did warn buyers to “please do not attempt to eat it,” and cautioned campers that it “may attract bears.”If you were late to the chicken party and didn’t get a firelog this year, we suggest just lounging by the fire with a bucket of KFC.More on Geek.com:First Lab-Grown Steak Gives Foodies a Taste of the FutureJimmy Dean Is Giving Away Sausage-Scented Holiday Wrapping Paper‘Yuck’ Becomes ‘Yum’ at the Disgusting Food Museum in L.A.last_img read more

Washougal garage damaged in early morning blaze

first_imgA vacant Washougal house that was days away from being someone’s home was damaged by an early morning fire Wednesday.Crews with the Camas-Washougal Fire Department responded to the blaze at 4269 F Circle at about 4:15 a.m. They arrived to find smoke and flames coming from the garage, said acting Battalion Chief Brooks Cooper.Firefighters attacked the flames, bringing the fire under control within 20 minutes and stopping it from spreading to the rest of the house, Cooper said. The roof of the attached garage, however, collapsed in the fire.Crews stayed on scene for several hours to put out hot spots and do overhaul.The ranch-style house was unoccupied, Cooper said, but residents were going to move in this week and some possessions had been stored there.Camas-Washougal Fire Marshal Ron Schumacher said Wednesday the cause of the fire was still under investigation, but it likely did a couple hundred thousand dollars in damage.last_img read more

Two arrested after early morning crash in Hazel Dell

first_imgA Vancouver woman was hospitalized — and two other people were arrested — after a high-speed single-car accident on Northeast 78th Street at Interstate 5 in Hazel Dell early Saturday, according to a bulletin from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.The bulletin said the incident occurred at 4:52 a.m. when a car speeding west on Northeast 78th Street went out of control at or west of Northeast Highway 99, crossed a low-profile median and careened across oncoming lanes, over an island that separates right and left turn lanes on the Interstate 5 northbound off ramp, destroying traffic control signs and a traffic signal before finally crashing into the bridge structure.One of the car’s occupants ran from the scene but was found shortly thereafter, according to the CCSO. Another person in the vehicle suffered injuries and had to be extricated from the vehicle by rescue personnel from Fire District 6. A third person in the vehicle was treated and released for minor injuries.Temika Beasley, 27, of Vancouver was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. She was reported in satisfactory condition Saturday evening.Deputies arrested Rashawn Hurse, 33, and Maggie Bad Horse, 30, both of Vancouver, on unrelated warrants.The crash is being investigated by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Homicide Unit. Preliminary investigation indicates alcohol and high speed may be factors in the collision, the bulletin said.last_img read more

Fuel drop tank falls from IAF aircraft in Coimbatore

first_imgNew Delhi: A fuel drop tank fell off from an Indian Air Force (IAF) Tejas aircraft on a field while on a routine sortie from Sulur Air Base near Coimbatore on Tuesday. According to an IAF statement, the aircraft, however, landed safely after the accident that took place at 8:40 a.m. “No damage was reported on ground. The incident is being investigated,” the statement said.last_img

Housewife mistakenly shot dead

first_imgA housewife was killed as a bullet fired ‘mistakenly’ from the firearms of an alleged criminal at Nayanpur village in Dagonbhuiya upazila in Feni on Tuesday, reports UNB.The deceased is Sharmin Akter, 22, wife of Shamsul Haque of Noakhali.Dagonbhuiya police station officer-in-charge Abul Kalam Azad said Sharmin came to his paternal home in the village few days ago.On Tuesday, Jahangir Alam, an alleged criminal came to visit Sharmin and were gossiping at the room of Sharmin in the afternoon.At one stage, a bullet from Jahangir’s gun hit Sharmin ‘mistakenly’, leaving her dead on the spot, police said.However, when locals tried to nab Jahangir, he managed to flee the scene after pointing gun on them.On information, police recovered the body and sent to Feni Sadar Hospital morgue.last_img read more

Austin Armacost on finding love after divorce Our sex life is amazing

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Being healthy, 100% – this is because, many times, you can risk your health for the advancement of beauty. Steroids and dangerous cosmetic procedures are just a few examples of this.Being healthy does tend to equate to a good looking physique. But it is quite obvious when you see people who have pushed the boundary of safety to achieve a hyper-human state of what they think beauty is. Although muscle men can be attractive, not so much when their skin is grey and they are covered in black spots… Just a few side effects of steroids.Do you want to get lighter still?I am happy where I am now.What are your guilty pleasures food-wise?Pizza and Strongbow Dark Fruit Cider.You’ve lost two stone in three months – how did you do it?Losing weight and getting into shape is hard. You can achieve your goals much more quickly with help from the right supplements. The team at Forza developed a program for me. It involved up to two workouts a day. Weights in the morning and then cardio around tea-time.I would start the day with four scrambled egg whites, before going to the gym for an hour doing weights. After that I would have a Forza Shake It Slim meal replacement drink, which contains only 204 calories per serving but has all the nutrients you need and leaves you feeling full.Lunch would be a chicken breast with boiled sprouts, before I headed back to the gym at teatime for some cardio training.If I needed some extra energy for the gym, I would take a Raspberry K2 capsule which gives you a lot of added zip and take the edge off your appetite.During the 12 weeks, I also used Forza Fat Binder, a really effective fat binder which helps you to lose weight more quickly. I also used Forza Weight Loss Capsules which fills you up before meals and means you can eat around half the calories of a regular meal.‘I’d all but dried up downstairs’You once described yourself as ‘a very asexual person’ and ‘like a nun in bed’, and it generated a lot of conversation. Do these descriptions still apply?Not at all! It was quite a misunderstanding that entire comment, actually. When asked, I was referring to the sexual relationship between Jake and I. Sex was limited with us and because we were monogamous. I had all but dried up downstairs. However, when I met Darren, he unleashed my inner sex beast! I find sex a wonderful and empowering activity. It is also a great way to burn calories.You’re turning 30 soon. How do you plan to celebrate?I’m flying my mum over for my 30th birthday. She has never left America and only been on a plane twice, so I was happy that she agreed to let me bring her to England which has been my home for almost a decade. My dad refused to fly as he has an overwhelming fear of terrorists. His words, not mine. So he refused to fly over.We are firstly all going to Barcelona for a few days, Darren, my mom, and I, then London for a few days and topping it off with a big 30th birthday bash in Leeds. Darren and I are then flying out to Thailand for two weeks of romantic birthday bliss. Do I feel happier and more confident with age? Yes, I am at a good point in my life at present.‘Courtney and Andrew were adorable together’Did you watch Celebrity Big Brother this year? What did you think of Courtney Act and Andrew Brady’s bromance?I do not watch Celebrity Big Brother constantly but did catch a few episodes this year. Courtney and Andrew were adorable together. It is always nice to see a straight man confident and comfortable enough with himself to have such a deep connection with an openly gay man.Further to that, what an amazing representative of the LGBT community Courtney was. A very well-spoken, educated and calm advocate. Really enjoyed what she did for advancing LGBT acceptance by simply being herself.Did it bring back memories of your time in the house with James Hill? How is he?James and I have drifted apart over the last two years. We do see each other every now and then but nothing like we used to. We had our own lives going into the house, and had our own lives to return to. I will always have love for James!Tell us more about Forza Supplements…Forza Supplements are one of the UK’s leading health and wellbeing brands. Their products are sold in Boots and Holland & Barrett and they really work.They worked with me to devise a long-term diet and weight loss programme which enabled to get the body of my dreams in 12 weeks. I will continue to take the products as part of my fitness regime with my trainer Mubeen Khan.What Forza do is give you a little extra help – which accelerates your weight loss. I found that pounds really started to drop off when I was swapping lunch for one of its 204 calorie Shake It Slim meal replacements. They fill you up but give you all the vitamins and nutrients you need to live healthily and they are delicious.[embedded content]Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) ‘I also like to shock people,’ says the model, whose photos have helped amass 185.39k followers. ‘And for some reason somebody posting a picture of their ass is shocking…’Instagram/austinarmacostBut why should he apologise for his ability to shock? It’s this quality that helped him rise to fame, after all.First appearing on Logo’s LGBTI reality show The A-list in 2010, he moved from the US to Leeds in England following two stints in Celebrity Big Brother in 2015 and 2017. He finished in second in 2015, behind The Apprentice’s James Hill: the pair’s gay-straight bromance sparked national headlines.Of course, his actual romances have been as widely-discussed, from a relationship with fashion designer Marc Jacobs to current squeeze Darren Banks, a British IT business architect.Darren and Austin | Photo: Instagram/austinarmacost‘I see myself marrying him very soon’‘He’s one of the best men who has ever been in my life,’ says Austin of Darren. ‘I see myself marrying him very soon. I trust him wholeheartedly and he brings out the best me.’However, it’s Austin’s divorce from ex-husband Jakes Lees, finalized in December, that inspired his recent two stone weight loss. ‘I set myself the goal of getting in great shape in 12 weeks,’ he says.Here, the spokesperson for Forza Supplements talks body image issues, his sex life with Darren, his plans to propose and why he’s happy turning 30…Do you and Darren encourage each other to lead a healthy lifestyle? Yes, we love to live healthily. We exercise and cook together and are a great team. It is always a bonus to have somebody pushing you in a positive direction. Darren has been an extremely positive influence in my life in every way!Austin and Darren | Photo: Instagram/austinarmacostYou seem really happy with him. What’s the best thing about him?Not only is he handsome and built like a rugby player but our sex life is amazing. He is honest, trusting, funny, and generous. Darren is the ultimate catch and I’m so lucky to have him.Have you discussed marriage/are you engaged?We have discussed marriage. At this time we are not engaged, but I don’t think it will be too much longer. We have decided I will propose to him, as I am a little more emotional and creative. I will propose with a Breitling watch when the time comes.Would you like kids one day?No, I’m too selfish. Darren and I are both uncles, so we get the emotional stimulation from children whenever [we] want, from my niece and his nephews.‘Divorce wasn’t the hardest thing I’ve been through’You’ve credited your new look to getting over your 2017 divorce from your ex Jake Lees. Many divorced people say it’s the hardest thing they ever go through – what was your experience?I wouldn’t say it was the hardest thing I have ever been through, no. It’s well-known I lost my brother in 2013, and six weeks later saw my mom sent to prison for six years, so my life has been a bit s*** over the years. I was, however, sad that such a long chapter of my life was coming to an end.When I signed the divorce papers and it became official this past December, there was a massive feeling of ‘moving froward.’I was not sad or angry, but ready to embrace the change that was fast approaching. Jake and I did not hate each other or have a nasty break-up. That made things more amicable and friendly when going through the divorce process.Instagram/austinarmacostYou’ve recently mentioned feeling ‘a little body dysmorphic’ – how does this manifest itself? Where do you think this comes from?I am always going to be a little body dysmorphic, so there are small elements of my body that I don’t like, but I am really pleased with how I look. I will always find reasons to criticise.‘The process of selecting or being selected for sex is constant’Many LGBTI men seem to go through this experience. Why do you think this is?In the gay [male] community especially, sex is an everyday part of our interactions, conversations and relationships. There is no coincidence Grindr has a running stigma of being just for sex.Men have an animistic desire to do it. Therefore the process of selecting or being selected for sex is constant. We are always being judged on our physical shape, as many gay men’s interactions only consist of physical activity.What’s more important: looking good or being healthy? How are the two connected, if at all? Austin Armacost is now the face of a gay sauna in LondonAustin Armacost clarifies asexuality remarks, defends butt picsUnderwear brand recruits men of differing sizes for body positive campaignRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/interview-how-divorce-diet-and-sex-with-his-new-guy-helped-austin-armacost-lose-2-stone/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… ‘I love posting pics of my ass. I work very hard on making it big and round and yes, I enjoy showing it off,’ says Austin Armacost.Suffice to say, this star isn’t about to apologize for being an exhibitionist.last_img read more

Mike Pences daughter bought the gay bunny book

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) It all started with this week’s episode of Last Week Tonight. Oliver did a whole segment of Vice President Pence, including talking about fluffy Marlon Bundo.Oliver’s monologue included a bit about the children’s book, Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President. Penned by Pence’s daughter and illustrated by his wife, the story is a cute look at the rabbit.It’s not the only one on the market, though.Oliver and his team created their own illustrated children’s book, titled A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo. It makes Marlon Bundo gay and sees him fall in love with another rabbit. The audiobook version features the voices of Jim Parsons and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.It also happens to be outselling the Pence book. It now happens to be sold out most place, but Oliver and his team already announced a second run. Partly thanks to Pence’s daughterCharlotte Pence, the Veep’s daughter, happens to be one of those people buying Oliver’s version.‘I have bought his book,’ she said. ‘He’s giving proceeds of the book to charity, and we’re also giving proceeds of our book to charity, so I really think that we can all get behind it.’Proceeds from Oliver’s book goes to The Trevor Project and AIDS United. Meanwhile, the Pence family book donates to the art program Tracy’s Kids as well as A21, which fights human trafficking.‘It doesn’t have to be divisive,’ Charlotte added. ‘I think that everybody can come together over Marlon. I also want to support those charities — I really mean that.’As for criticism of her father, she said: ‘We live in a country where we have freedoms to speak out against our elected leaders. So whenever people protest, my dad always has this line, he says, “That’s what freedom looks like.” And it’s really true.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img Turns out, it’s not only liberals digging John Oliver’s new children book making Mike Pence’s pet bunny Marlon Bundo gay and in love. Charlotte has been making the rounds talking about the book | Photo: YouTube/The View John Oliver’s gay bunny book is outselling Mike Pence’s family bunny bookJohn Oliver rips into Mike Pence with gay book about his rabbitThe best photos from Ohio’s ‘Big LGBTQ Dance Party’ greeting Mike PenceRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/mike-pence-daughter-bought-gay-bunny-book/last_img read more

Update Man attacked by vicious dogs in Ladysmith

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The man who was recently attacked by vicious dogs in Reservoir Road is recovering well at home.Taking an afternoon walk, he was shocked when three Alsatians ran out of their yard and attacked him. The man told the Ladysmith Gazette that he tried in vain to fight off the aggressive animals.Read initial story: Man attacked by vicious dogs in LadysmithAlso read: No help at hospital after dog biteA resident who lives in the area saw what was happening and immediately came to his rescue, chasing the dogs away.The man sustained serious injuries to his legs and was immediately taken to the doctor.“The owner took full responsibility for the dogs’ actions and was very helpful,” said the man. According to Public Safety, a fine of R50 can be issued if a dog is out of its yard. Furthermore, if a person is injured as a result of being attacked by a dog, the owner of the dog is liable for the victim’s medical expenses.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Buy 1 get 2nd at 50 off with Sunwings BOGO sale

first_img Posted by Buy 1, get 2nd at 50% off with Sunwing’s BOGO sale Monday, November 12, 2018 Share Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — Sunwing is bringing back its popular BOGO sale, but for one week only.With the sale, clients can buy one vacation package and get the second at 50% off when purchasing select vacation packages from a range of resorts across the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America.Bookings must be made by Nov. 16 for departure dates from January 2019 onwards.Clients can also take advantage of cruise packages with Norwegian Cruise Line departing from select airports throughout February.Moreover, Canadians who book with Sunwing during this promotion can get more value with perks like Kids Stay, Play and Eat FREE deals, unlimited specialty dining, discounted spa treatments and exclusive access to private beach and pool areas.Participating resorts include the brand new Grand Memories Punta Cana featuring stylish accommodations that can fit five or more guests as well as access to one of the largest on-site water parks in the Caribbean.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionAlso included in the promotion is the Riu Dunamar on Playa Mujeres beach in Cancun. This family-friendly resort features its own water park, complimentary non-motorized water sports like kayaking, a supervised kids club, the Renova Spa and a host of RIU-topia perks such as in-room liquor dispensers and reservation-free dining at specialty restaurants.There’s also Sunscape Splash Montego Bay located near Dunn’s River Falls, which also includes a pirate-themed water park complete with 250-foot waterslides.All Sunwing packages include return flights on Sunwing Airlines. Tags: Sales, Sunwing << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

UNIGLOBE Travel announces new partner agency agency renewal

first_imgUNIGLOBE Travel announces new partner agency & agency renewal Travelweek Group Friday, July 26, 2019 Share TORONTO — UNIGLOBE Travel has added Voyages Concierge Deluxe Travel & Voyages Westmount Travel in Montreal as its newest Partner Agency in Eastern Canada.Owned by Tony Fragapane, who has worked in the travel industry since 1972, and his wife Maria Viviano Urso, Voyages Concierge is comprised of 70% Corporate and 30% Leisure, with a high-end cruise department. It’s also one of Air Canada’s Circle of Excellence agencies.In addition, McTavish Travel has signed a multi-year renewal of its UNIGLOBE partner agency agreement. McTavish, the first agency to join the UNIGLOBE Partner Program back in April, is a full-service Travel Management Company that serves corporate, non-profit, leisure and group travel.On these latest developments, Dean Dacko, Regional President, UNIGLOBE Travel (Eastern Canada), said: “These announcements strongly represent the continued strength of the UNIGLOBE Travel brand in Canada. UNIGLOBE continues to grow and succeed in a very competitive market by providing a leading edge technology solution, combined with highly effective client support tools that exceed customer expectations, and drives the growth of our business in Canada.”center_img Tags: UNIGLOBE, Voyages Concierge Deluxe Travel, Voyages Westmount Travel Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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