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Fathers court letter says drunkdriving son who killed Mountie not a monster

first_imgCOLWOOD, B.C. – A man who was drunk and speeding when he ran into a police cruiser, killing an RCMP officer, says he would take her place if he could.Kenneth Fenton told a sentencing hearing Friday that his selfish and irresponsible actions resulted in the death of Const. Sarah Beckett.“I’m heartbroken for the pain I’ve caused to Sarah’s family,” Fenton told B.C. provincial court.“I fully accept the responsibility for what I’ve done and accept the punishment I deserve today in this courtroom.”Fenton pleaded guilty in May to impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving causing death.“I never wanted to hurt anyone or leave children and a loving husband without a wife and a mother,” he said. “From the bottom of my heart, I am sorry for this tragedy.”The court has heard Fenton, 29, had three times the legal blood-alcohol limit in his system when he ran a red light and hit Beckett’s cruiser broadside in a suburb of Victoria in April 2016. The speed his truck was going was estimated at up to 90 kilometres per hour in a 50 km-h zone.Fenton’s lawyer Dale Marshall submitted 33 character reference letters on his client’s behalf.“The tragedy has affected many, many good and innocent people,” Marshall said, adding Fenton comes from a solid family and is taking responsibility for his actions.His father, Ken Fenton, told the court his son is “not a monster” and will deal with the tragedy for the rest of his life.In a letter submitted to the court he said his son, who is also known as Jacob, has a three-year-old boy.“Jacob is a loving father, son and brother.”He said his family’s grief cannot compare with the pain and suffering that Beckett’s family has endured since her death.Kenneth Fenton’s mother, Marilyn Fenton, said in a letter that the death of Beckett, a married mother of two young boys, was heartbreaking.“We send our deepest condolences and prayers daily,” she said.Marshall told the court the stigma of the tragedy has also had an impact on Fenton’s parents, who have endured name calling, spitting and vandalism at their local business.Fenton was verbally attacked in the parking lot of the courthouse after his appearance last month, he said, and one man suggested that Fenton should kill himself.The Crown has asked for a three- to five-year sentence for Fenton, while his defence says a three-year sentence would be more appropriate. The Crown has also asked that Fenton be prohibited from driving for between eight to 10 years, while the defence says the prohibition should be five years, starting at the time he’s sentenced.Crown attorney Tim Stokes said Fenton’s remorse is a mitigating factor in his sentencing but the court must consider he originally denied drinking the day of the crash and did not immediately admit he has an issue with alcohol.“We know that’s clearly wrong,” said Stokes. “There’s a question to Mr. Fenton’s credibility. He clearly does have a struggle with alcohol.”Fenton said in his statement he is no longer drinking, has been receiving counselling and he’s hoping to become a better person.Beckett had recently returned to the West Shore RCMP detachment from maternity leave when she was killed.Her husband, Brad Aschenbrenner, told court last month that he lost the love of his life and the mother of their young sons, Lucas and Emmett.The hardest thing after his wife’s death was telling six-year-old Lucas “mommy wasn’t coming home,” Aschenbrenner said.His youngest son was two when his mother died and “will have no memory of her at all,” he told the court in his victim impact statement.Fenton is scheduled to be sentenced next Friday.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said Kenneth Fenton would be sentenced at the hearing and that it was in B.C. Supreme Court.last_img read more

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Federal Liberals launch Choose Forward as election campaign slogan

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal Liberals have decided on a slogan they hope will resonate with voters and best represent their political brand as they roll out their campaign for the October election.A release from the party says “Choose Forward” is the official campaign theme that will be stamped on a series of national ads featuring Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.The party says the ads, which begin airing on television this week, will be part of “a comprehensive and digitally-integrated campaign that also includes featured stories from Canadians.”The ads proclaim that this October “Canadians will have a clear choice to make: Keep moving forward and build on the progress we’ve made, or go back to the politics of the Harper years.”Canadians are expected to head to the polls on Oct. 21.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Christy Turlington Burns to Discuss US Maternal Health Challenges Legislation at Film

first_imgChristy Turlington Burns, founder & CEO of the nonprofit Every Mother Counts, will discuss U.S. maternal health challenges, as well as legislation she is encouraging Congress to pass to improve access to maternity care for American women at a special film screening at the National Press Club on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2018 at 5 p.m. in the club’s Ballroom.The newsmaker event will begin with a screening of two short films from the Every Mother Count’s series, “Giving Birth in America,” that demonstrate the challenges pregnant women and mothers are facing in the United States, such as a shortage of healthcare providers, racial and socioeconomic disparities, and lack of insurance.Following the screening, NPC President Andrea Edney, will moderate a discussion with Turlington Burns and Nan Strauss, Director of Policy & Advocacy at Every Mother Counts, to discuss why the U.S. maternal mortality rate is so high, how Every Mother Counts is working to prevent maternal deaths and complications, and why Congressional action is needed.There is no charge for admission to this event, however registration is required. Please click here to register.The National Press Club is located on the 13th Floor of the National Press Building at 529 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.last_img read more

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Côte dIvoire Security Council welcomes inaugural meeting of new government

At the same time, the President of the Council, Ambassador Mamady Traoré of Guinea, said in a press statement, that Council members recalled the importance of respect for human rights and international humanitarian law in Côte d’Ivoire and had expressed deep concern at the deplorable humanitarian situation there. They “called on all parties, in particular in the West, to allow relief agencies unimpeded access to civilian populations,” he said.“Members of the Security Council condemned the renewal of fighting in the West of the country and the events that had transpired, in particular in Bangolo,” Ambassador Traoré said, adding that they expressed concern at the fact that the fighting had essentially opposed Liberian combatants. “They called on the parties to desist from the use of children in the conflict.”Albert Tévoedjré, Special Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan for Côte d’Ivoire, briefed the Council earlier Friday on the volatile situation in that country and on the activities of the committee tasked with monitoring the implementation of the Linas-Marcoussis Agreement. Council Members “expressed their full support for the Special Representative and the Monitoring Committee,” Ambassador Traoré said.He also said that Council members thanked the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which, under the chairmanship of Ghana, had played an important role in the convening of the inaugural meeting of the new Government. “They called again on all parties to implement fully and without delay the Linas-Marcoussis Agreement,” he said, adding that they called on the new Government to draw up a timetable for the implementation of the accord.Council members were also briefed today on the recent assessment mission to Côte d’Ivoire carried out by UN Assistant- Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hédi Annabi. “They looked forward to receiving the report the Secretary-General would submit on the basis of Mr. Annabi’s conclusions as soon as possible,” the President added.Also during the briefing, France informed the Council of the activities of its troops and members expressed their full support for the efforts of ECOWAS forces and French troops, as provided for by resolution 1464, with a view to finding a peaceful solution to the conflict “They called on Member States to provide adequate financial and logistical support for the ECOWAS forces,” Ambassador Traoré said. Members of Council noted with satisfaction the decision by ECOWAS to ensure the safety of all members of the new Government and stressed the need urgently to take all necessary steps to that end. read more

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Most Syrians killed in unlawful conventional attacks UN human rights panel says

“Arms transfers should not occur where there is a real risk that they will be used in the commission of crimes against humanity, violations of international humanitarian law, or war crimes. In Syria, this is a tragic reality,” Paulo Pinheiro, the chairman of the International Commission of Inquiry on Syria said as he introduced the report to the Human Rights Council.He noted that failure to bring about a settlement to the conflict has led it to deepen in its intransigence and also to widen “expanding to new actors and to unimaginable crimes”.As the fighting rages on, civilians continue to bear the brunt. In that context he noted civilians continue to face daily indiscriminate shelling and bombardment by Government forces, and that extremist anti-Government farmed groups have targeted civilians in attacks across the northern governorates.The UN report on possible use of chemical weapons has not yet been made public, Mr. Pinheiro noted, but the latest diplomatic efforts in Geneva involving Russia and the United States aimed at removing the arsenal “may – may – form the bedrock of a broader negotiation leading to a political settlement of the conflict.” Mr. Pinheiro, whose leads the Commission comprising of Karen AbuZayd, Carla del Ponte and Vitit Muntarbhorn, said the vast majority of the conflict’s casualties result from unlawful attacks using conventional weapons such as guns and mortars.“The Government has continued its relentless campaign of air bombardment and artillery shelling across the country,” he said.Since 15 July, the Commission documented unlawful attacks in 12 of the 14 governorates, with particularly intense shelling in the cities and surrounding areas of Damascus, Homs and Aleppo.Cluster munitions continue to be dropped on civilian areas, notably in Idlib governorate, Mr. Pinheiro said highlighting some of the findings since the latest report produced by the Commission.Those include an attack on a school in Awram al-Koubra, Aleppo countryside where the Syrian Government dropped an incendiary bomb on 26 August, according to accounts from survivors of the attack.Eight students died in the blaze the followed with 50 others suffering fatal burns over up to 80 per cent of their bodies. “There is no evidence of any opposition fighters or lawful targets near the school,” the Commission concluded. Government forces have continued to launch attacks on medical personnel and hospitals, according to a separate paper, “Assault of Medical Care in Syria”.“The discriminatory denial of the right to health as a weapon of war has been a chilling feature of this conflict,” the Commission reported, adding that the sanctity of medical care is disrespected and the sick and wounded are targeted.Attacks on hospitals have occurred as recently as 12 September, when Government planes attacked a field hospital near Aleppo city, reportedly killing 11 people, and wounding dozens more. Anti-Government armed groups also launched attacks on medical personnel and hospitals, the Commission established. On 16 August, fighters affiliated to Jabhat Al Nusra and Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham attacked a Kurdish Red Crescent ambulance in Aleppo governorate killing the driver, a patient and a paramedic. Syria has become an increasingly dangerous place for journalists to work, Mr. Pinheiro said, noting a “disturbing pattern of harassment, arrest and detention” of journalists, especially foreigners.In the last six weeks, reports have been received of journalists kidnapped by extremist anti-Government armed groups. The head of the Commission also noted an “upsurge in crimes and abuses” across northern Syria committed by extremist anti-Government armed groups along with an influx of foreign fighters, in particular Al Muhajireen.Hundreds of Kurdish civilians in northern Aleppo, Al Raqqah and Al Hasakah have been taken hostage by extremist anti-Government armed groups in connection with prisoner exchanges, according to Mr. Pinheiro. In his statement, he also highlighted the deteriorating humanitarian conditions, particularly in the Syrian Kurdish areas, and the impact of hostilities on the socio-economic rights of Syrians. Established by the UN Human Rights Council in 2011, the Commission is mandated to investigate and record all violations of international human rights law during the Syria conflict.The Commission is due to make public on Wednesday its latest report based on 258 interviews and other evidence collected during the two-month period between 15 May and 15 July 2013. read more

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UN agency delivers added food supplies to besieged area inside Yemens Taiz

On Saturday, a food convoy entered the area of Al Qahira carrying food for 18,000 people, the agency said in a press release. The food includes 3,000 family rations of vegetable oil, wheat, pulses and sugar – enough for a family of six for one month. The delivery coincided with a mission to Taiz city, where WFP’s Representative and Country Director in Yemen, Purnima Kashyap, met with local officials and witnessed the arrival of humanitarian assistance. “It makes a big difference for a family living in a hard-to-reach area to know that we will come again; that this is not a one-off delivery and that they can depend on us,” said Ms. Kashyap. “We continue to overcome access and security issues in Yemen. It is vital that WFP has regular and safe access to be able to deliver food to families before they fall deeper into hunger.” WFP has been delivering food assistance to parts of Taiz city since December 2015, but with the fighting, it has been difficult to move food to all districts of the city. On 21 January, the agency reached Al Qahira and Al Mudaffar districts, distributing food to 3,000 families. Taiz is one of 10 governorates – out of Yemen’s 22 governorates – in the grip of severe food insecurity at ’emergency’ level – one step below famine on the five-point Integrated Food Security Phase Classification scale. At least one in five households in the area does not have enough food to lead a healthy life, and many face life-threatening rates of acute malnutrition. The conflict has worsened Yemen’s already poor food security situation, adding more than 3 million people to the ranks of the hungry in less than a year. According to the UN’s 2016 Humanitarian Needs Overview, 7.6 million people in the country are severely food insecure – a level of need that urgently requires external food assistance. read more

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MPs have voted against Theresa Mays Withdrawal Agreement for a third time

first_img Updated Mar 29th 2019, 5:23 PM UK PRIME MINISTER Theresa May has been defeated in the House of Commons yet again – the third time she has failed to get her withdrawal deal through parliament.In a vote this afternoon, MPs voted against her deal by 344 votes to 286 votes – a majority of 58.There are now very few options left to May going forward.She must now go back to Brussels and seek a longer extension to Article 50, delaying Brexit for a much greater time period.Or the UK will now crash out of the EU on 12 April.Speaking to the House of Commons following the vote, May said: “The legal default is the UK is due to leave in 14 days’ time.”  Share677 Tweet Email1 Friday 29 Mar 2019, 5:23 PM Source: Donald Tusk/Twitter The European Commission has said “it will be for the UK to indicate the way forward” before 12 April, for consideration by the European Council. The Commission said in a statement that Britain crashing out of the EU in a no-deal Brexit on 12 April is now a “likely scenario”.“The EU will remain united. The benefits of the Withdrawal Agreement, including a transitional period, will in no circumstances be replicated in a no-deal scenario,” it said, adding that “sectoral mini-deals are not an option”. Acknowledging today’s vote, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said “it is now up to the UK to indicate how it plans to proceed in order to avoid a no deal scenario”. “Ireland has been preparing intensively for a no deal scenario. But no one should underestimate the difficulties that a no deal will present, for all of us, including the UK. It is not clear that the UK has fully understood that no deal is not off the agenda. Rather, it’s a growing possibility,” Varadkar said. He added that “we must be open to a long extension should the United Kingdom decide to fundamentally reconsider its approach to Brexit and put back on the table some options previously ruled out”. Varadkar said he believes this will “result in a generous and understanding response” from the 27 EU member states. MPs’ reactionLabour leader Jeremy Corbyn has told the House of Commons that the only option now is for May to go and call a general election.Green MP Caroline Lucas has said it’s “grotesque” that May cannot see her deal is dead.The newly-formed Independent Group MP Heidi Allen said: “We must have a people’s vote now.”Repeatedly, the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has said planned arrangements for the Irish border after Brexit are unacceptable. In a statement this afternoon, DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds MP reiterated that the party does not believe the Withdrawal Agreement is the best way forward for the UK. “In our recent discussions with the Government good progress has been made on how domestic legislation would assist in ensuring the economic integrity of the UK as a whole and recognising Northern Ireland’s particular situation sharing a land border with the European Union,” Dodds said.However, regretfully the fact remains that sufficient progress has not been made.“We deeply regret the numerous missed opportunities by those who negotiated on behalf of the UK to listen to our warnings about the dangers of the backstop and to take steps to remedy those deficiencies.”He added that in the coming weeks, the DUP “will continue to play a central role to chart a route that respects the democratic desire to leave the European Union but that does so in a way that strengthens our United Kingdom”.With reporting by Sean Murray As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Image: House of Commons 159 Comments Mar 29th 2019, 2:43 PM https://jrnl.ie/4567278 Image: House of Commons “I fear we are reaching the limits of this process in this house” – PM says the government will continue to push for an “orderly Brexit”Follow live reactions to the latest defeat here: https://t.co/Q7j5yxJC2w pic.twitter.com/Gu8tL8KYTX— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 29, 2019 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Sky News/Twitter This government will continue to press the case for the orderly Brexit tha the results of the referendum demands.In light of the result, EU President Donald Tusk has decided to call a European Council meeting on 10 April.  In view of the rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement by the House of Commons, I have decided to call a European Council on 10 April. #Brexit— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) March 29, 2019 An alternative way forward must be agreed now, she said.It is almost certain to involve an extension. “Mr Speaker, I fear we are reaching the limits of the process in this house,” she said.“This House has rejected no deal. It has rejected no Brexit. On Wednesday it rejected all the variations of the deal on the table. And today it has rejected approving the withdrawal agreement alone and continuing a process on the future. By Hayley Halpin Short URL MPs have voted against Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement for a third time Brexit is thrown into turmoil yet again with May’s latest defeat. 62,813 Views last_img read more

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Read the Plot of HalfLife 2 Episode 3 and Find Peace

first_img When I visited the Valve office two years to get briefed on Steam Machines (remember those?) the first thing that struck me was how much Dota merchandise there was everywhere. This was the company behind original PC gaming masterpieces like Half-Life and Portal and Counter-Strike, shooters that changed the medium forever through gameplay and narrative innovations. And here they were focusing all their attention on a sequel to a mod of someone else’s game.But that sequel to a mod continues to make all the money in the world. Between Dota, VR headsets, and being a de facto monopoly for digital PC gaming distribution, there’s no need for Valve to ever make another new real video game again aside from Dota-themed Hearthstone rip-offs (to continue the theme of cribbing from Blizzard). We’ve all known for a long time in our hearts that Half-Life 3 is never coming, but now we can find peace and move on by reading what the plot of Half-Life 2: Episode 3 would have been.This leak comes from Marc Laidlaw, a writer who used to work at Valve drafting scripts for the Half-Life series. In January 2016 Laidlaw left the developer due to his “age” and desire to write original material. But we suspect he, along with Valve’s other recently departed writers, really just saw the writing on the wall that Valve just had no more use for his storytelling talents.In a post called “Epistle3,” referencing Valve’s forbidden number as well as the Biblical nature of this reveal for long-suffering Half-Life fans, we finally learn the next chapter in Gordon Freeman’s battle against in the Combine after the cliffhanger of Half-Life 2: Episode 2 in 2007. In fact, the post is written in-character as Dr. Freeman himself, famous for never actually speaking in the series. There are also plenty of meta references to the current halted state of the series and Laidlaw’s role in it.Here’s an excerpt:“Dearest Player,I hope this letter finds you well. I can hear your complaint already, “Gordon Freeman, we have not heard from you in ages!” Well, if you care to hear excuses, I have plenty, the greatest of them being I’ve been in other dimensions and whatnot, unable to reach you by the usual means. This was the case until eighteen months ago, when I experienced a critical change in my circumstances, and was redeposited on these shores. In the time since, I have been able to think occasionally about how best to describe the intervening years, my years of silence. I do first apologize for the wait, and that done, hasten to finally explain (albeit briefly, quickly, and in very little detail) events following those described in my previous letter (referred to herewith as Episode 2).” We won’t spoil more here but rest assured, if you’ve spent the past decade wondering about what happened to Gordon, Alyx, Eli Vance, Dr. Mossman, and The G-Man, this is (some of) the closure you need. Or rather, it is until Valve announces an official, HTC Vive-exclusive Half-Life 3 that renders this all moot. Because that’s totally going to happen.But for real, it’s been disheartening to see Valve jerk around fans of this series for years as the company clearly pivots to a different, lamer video game business model. So kudos to Laidlaw for using his knowledge and freedom give fans the peace Valve refused to. There’s a reason Heaven is better than Limbo, even if they both involve the death of a loved one. It happened. At last, Half-Life 3 confirmed.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Valve Steam Link App Brings Your PC Games to MobileValve Index Is a Powerful VR Headset, Even Without ‘Half-Life’ Stay on targetlast_img read more

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England boss embarrassed over reaction to shoulder injury

first_imgSouthgate was overwhelmed with excitement over his side’s opening World Cup win against Tunisia in Volgograd on Monday.The 2-1 victory plus another three points against Panama in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday will book their place in the knockout stages.However, the England boss, Southgate was brought crashing back to earth quite when he tripped up while jogging and dislocated his shoulder.He admits he feels embarrassed and that the messages from back home have gone from herograms to mocking ones.He said as reported by Daily Star:Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I just clipped a step, landed on my elbow and that popped my shoulder out. I tried to get up, but my arm was pointing in a different direction so I just pulled my cap down hoping no-one would see me!“Running is, as a manager, where you get time to think. That time on your own and I will have to find a replacement for that because I don’t think I’ll be on the running machine any time soon in the next couple of months.“Every time I phone home, it’s the usual thing once people know you’re alive the gloves are off and there is more stick flying around!”Southgate has refused to wear a sling and will settle for the damaged arm being strapped up when he’s on the touchline to face Panama.He added: “They’ve got it strapped up. I didn’t like the look of a sling in public. So they can strap it and keep it in place.”last_img read more

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Burgerville to lower prices eliminate rewards program

first_imgVANCOUVER — Burgerville announced Monday it will lower prices of popular menu items and discontinue its rewards card program to better compete for customers.Starting Jan. 7, Burgerville is cutting 20 cents from the price of its Tillamook cheeseburger and 1/4-pound Colossal burger, to $3.99; its cheeseburger with fries and a drink to $4.99 and the hamburger meal to $4.79. And Burgerville will no longer charge for sides of its special sauce.Also on Jan. 7, Burgerville rewards cards will no longer accrue points, although customers can spend their rewards through Dec. 31, 2014.The changes, said Burgerville’s chief operating officer Jeff Harvey, were based on feedback from customers.A Facebook post said the 39-restaurant chain will continue to rely on sustainable food sources that ensure animals and land are taken care of without growth hormones and antibiotics.last_img read more

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Spill Reported From Sunken Barge In Whittier Following Explosion

first_imgDiving operations will begin on Wednesday to assess the condition of the barge and determine the remaining threat of pollution. Chadux continues to monitor the containment boom placed around the barge. ADEC and USCG responders are in Whittier to coordinate the response. The barge, operated by Alaganik LLC, is estimated to have 1,000 gallons of gasoline, 2,800 gallons ofdiesel, and some hydraulic and engine oil on board. The maximum capacity of the barge is up to 5,500 gallons. The Girdwood Fire Department responded  with mutual aid late Sunday to assist Whittier Fire with an explosion and boat fire at the commercial dock. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, one person remains missing after the explosion and fire. The operator of the barge has contracted Alaska Chadux Corporation (Chadux) and Global Diving and Salvage for spill response and salvage operations, according to the ADEC.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Following an explosion and fire at the dock in Whittier on Sunday night, a nearby barge caught fire and then sunk at the end of the pier in 60‐80 feet of water. A bystander reported seeing a sheen in the water to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation on Monday morning at the end of the pier. The cause of the explosion is unknown at this time.last_img read more

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WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS Registration Now Open For SNL Flag Football Rec Basketball

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are recent reminders from the Wilmington Recreation Department:Are you ready for some football?!? WE ARE!!! Fall is right around the corner and The SNL Flag Football League kicks off its season the same weekend as the Patriots do! Flag Football provides fun football play (and family entertainment!) in a safe, non-contact environment. We still have openings in each age group (Grades 1 – 8) but there are maximum numbers for each age group. Register now to ensure your spot on a team! This league runs on Saturday evenings from September 7 – October 26. Cost is $135.00.Registration is also open for the Wilmington Recreation Basketball League! The league is for girls (Grades 3 – 6) and boys (Grades 3 – 8). Register before the deadline of Thursday, October 3 to be ensured a spot on a team. Participants will have one weeknight practice and a game on Saturday. Games will begin on Saturday December 7 – February 8 (no 12/28). Cost is $95.00.To register for these or any recreation programs, please visit https://www.wilmingtonma.gov/recreation, call 978-658-4270, or stop by Town Hall, Room 8, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.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… RelatedWILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Summer Basketball Registration Deadline Is June 4In “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Day Trip To New York City On October 19In “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Saturday Night Lights Flag Football League Begins September 8In “Community”last_img read more

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iPhone X at Rs 102000 How about smart money first

first_imgApple’s iPhone X as seen on its official websiteAppleThe world’s most envied smartphone launched its new generation of phones this week. The iPhone X, whose top-end, 256 GB model reportedly costs Rs. 102,000, is the most expensive smartphone today.No doubt, a beautiful, shiny new phone would provide you great satisfaction, utility, brag value, and the respect of peers. Having a great smartphone solves many problems today. Not only do people find amusement in their many features such as selfie cameras and emojis, smartphones also provide utilities such as mobile payments and cab booking. Our world revolves around our phone. But how does a phone this expensive fare when you look at it from the point of view of investment?An electronic item is ultimately a depreciating asset – it starts losing monetary value the moment you purchase it. On the other hand, wealth is created through the purchase of appreciating assets – think of real estate, Mutual Funds, gold, etc. Owning certain depreciating assets may be a necessity at times. But before you blow up a lakh rupees, make sure you’ve earned this luxury. Make sure you’ve made the following smart money moves which entitle you to indulge yourself – all for less than the price of an iPhone X.Buy A Life Cover For Rs. 2 CroreIf you have dependents, you should protect their long-term finances by buying a term insurance plan. A salaried male, aged 30, with no tobacco habit can purchase a lump sum cover of Rs. 2 crores for 30 years, for premiums starting from just over Rs. 21,000. As a person with dependents, you should prioritise this purchase before you indulge yourself in any manner. An adequately sized life cover will protect your loved ones and cover their long-term money needs that may range from rent and EMIs to providing your surviving spouse an income to pay for your child’s education.Buy Health Insurance Cover For Rs. 5 LakhEvery person should have his own health cover. However, in India, people are shockingly under-insured. A media report in 2016 quoting the National Sample Survey said over 80% of the country isn’t protected by Health Insurance.Shockingly, 66% of the richest persons surveyed were also not insured. This reveals a lack of awareness of why Health Insurance is necessary: it is to protect you from draining your savings during a hospitalisation. Suppose you’re a married 30-year-old with one child, you can buy a family floater plan of Rs. 5 lakh with annual premiums starting from around Rs. 11,500.If you were buying it just for yourself, the costs would be much lower. If you already have Health Insurance, consider buying an adequate top-up especially if you’re approaching an age where you may be susceptible to health problems.Mutual Funds You can save tax upto Rs. 46,350 per year by investing in ELSS funds.FlickrMutual Funds are becoming a highly popular way of investing, and why not? Most Mutual Fund schemes allow you to invest with amounts as small as Rs. 500. You can invest monthly, or via lump sum. You can liquidate your investments when you need the money. And you can invest towards objectives of any kind – be it wealth creation, tax saving, or saving up for another investment. The equity mutual fund category has provided long-term returns ranging between 10-15% per annum in the last ten years, beating returns from small savings schemes. If you have spare cash lying around, consider putting some of it in a mutual fund to save for your life goals—and only then consider buying an expensive smartphone.The equity Mutual Fund category has provided long-term returns ranging between 10-15% per annum in the last ten years, beating returns from small savings schemes. If you have spare cash lying around, consider putting some of it in a mutual fund to save for your life goals—and only then consider buying an expensive smartphone.Settle Your LoansInterest rates have been trending downwards in the last three years. With the rate cut in August, they may have bottomed out for the foreseeable future. This is a great time to take stock of your Home Loan, Car Loan, or any other loan or high value that you may have. Use the low-interest period to make principal pre-payments. This would save you a lot of money in the long term, and is especially useful when you’re in the first half of your loan tenure.Emergency FundEmergencies come unannounced. They could come as a job loss, an accident, or damages to property. Everyone needs to prepare a fund to tackle these contingencies. A typical emergency fund should be at least three to six months of your regular income, and it should help you cover your regular expenses such as rent, EMIs, groceries, insurance premiums, utilities etc. If you don’t have a fund, you should use your surplus cash to prepare it. If you already have an emergency fund, take stock of its value and top it up to match your most recent income level.All the ideas suggested above cost only a fraction of the iPhone X, or as much as a no-frills smartphone. If you haven’t worked on these five smart money requirements first, you should postpone your phone purchase. Once you have the financial cushion of insurance and surplus funds, only then should you start indulging yourself.(The author is the CEO of BankBazaar. Views expressed in the article are personal.)last_img read more

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Govt to recruit 350000 people soon

first_imgThe government has planned to recruit around 350,000 people in the existing vacant posts of public administration aiming to make public services smooth and people-oriented.“At present, there are 300,000 to 350,000 job vacancies in the public administration. As per the instruction of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, we are taking steps to fill up most of the vacancies,” state minister for public administration Farhad Hossain told BSS.In its election manifesto ahead of the last general election, Awami League (AL) set a target to increase the country’s GDP growth to 10 per cent in the next five years and create employment opportunities for 12.8 million people during the period.Referring to the manifesto, Farhad said 100 economic zones are being established across the country while the implementation of different megaprojects continues for creating more employment opportunities.“In the economic zones and mega projects, a huge number of employments will be created. That’s why I think, the target of creating employment opportunities will be exceeded within the government’s tenure,” he said.As per the election manifesto, he said, the AL government will ensure good governance in all the sectors, showing zero tolerance against graft.“The prime minister has given clear message to the ministry of public administration that the public administration will have to work entirely reaching above corruption. Salary and allowances of the government officials have been increased a lot. Now, there is no scope for corruption,” he added.Farhad said the message has already been reached to the grassroots of the public administration. “We want to make the public administration transparent and free from corruption for the sake of public welfare. We are working sincerely to ensure such an environment where everybody can get their desired services without any hurdle.”Replying a question, the state minister said the decision on increasing the age limit of entering public service will be taken after discussion in the upcoming parliament session.“Parliament session will begin on 30 January next. The issue is likely to be discussed in the House,” he said.He said the government is moving forward to build a knowledge- and technology-based middle income country within 2021.To achieve the goal, Farhad said, the public administration is playing a vital role in ensuring transparency and integrity in its activities.Referring to the development activities carried by the government during its last 10 year tenure, he said Bangladesh has achieved a remarkable success in all the socioeconomic indicators, including education, GDP growth and per.last_img read more

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27000 London police computers still run Windows XP

first_imgThere’s a lot of old stuff in England like Stonehenge, Hadrian’s Wall, and the Tower of London. There are also thousands of police computers that still run Windows XP.Yes, the proud men and women who keep the streets of London safe are still pointing and clicking through an OS that first went on sale 15 years ago. More worryingly, it’s also an OS that Microsoft officially ended support for back in 2014.Things probably aren’t as bad as they look at first glance, though. It’s all but certain that the Metropolitan Police have a nice, pricey custom support plan in place that pays Microsoft several hundred dollars per machine to keep those systems on life support just a little bit longer.And they have at least started working on their updates. Over the past year, they bumped approximately 8,000 machines from Windows XP to Windows 8.1. Wait, Windows 8.1?That’s right. Rather than option for the reliable, battle-hardened Windows 7 or Microsoft’s most up-to-date and secure OS, Windows 10, the London Metropolitan Police have chosen to upgrade their machines to an OS that Microsoft clearly didn’t want anyone using any more — and one that will stop receiving mainstream support in just two more years.By then they might be finished upgrading, considering they plan to have another 8,000 done by the end of next month. At least they’ll have a few more years of extended support before they have to pay Microsoft for another custom agreement for continued protection of their Windows 8.1 machines.Clearly they learned nothing from watching The IT Crowd.Image via Per Gosche/flickrlast_img read more

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first_imgNews | November 19, 2013 Esaote Showcases Prevention Suite at EuroEcho-Imaging 2013 Prevention Suite’s combined imaging technologies enable practical pre-clinical assessment of CVD risk The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more “Atherosclerosis is one of the pathologies which can remain asymptomatic for a long time,” said Cristina Giannattasio, M.D., Ph.D., head of Cardiology IV, Cardiologic Department, Niguarda Hospital, Milan, Italy. “The availability of dedicated cardiac and vascular measurements in the same device offers a more user-friendly and comprehensive assessment with the benefit of being able to detect early risk of CV (cardiovascular) disease.”  News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more The four advanced technologies that make up Prevention Suite are CFI, XStrain, RF-QIMT and RF-QAS, which measure coronary flow quantification, cardiac deformation indexes, carotid intima-media thickness and arterial stiffness, respectively. The vascular measurements are performed using RF signal analysis, which provides high spatial resolution for greater accuracy. Reducing cardiovascular disease risk, cutting costsEarly detection approach using imaging of key cardiovascular regions can be an important way of addressing an extremely costly issue: In 2011, the American Heart Association (AHA) estimated that by 2030, the cost of treating cardiovascular diseases will rise from $273 billion to $818 billion. News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Ongoing clinical studies involving hundreds of patients at clinical centers throughout Europe have started to show the benefits of a preventative screening approach.  360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more November 19, 2013 — Esaote will showcase Prevention Suite, a unique package of ultrasound imaging modalities for both cardiac and vascular investigations at the EuroEcho-Imaging 2013 conference Dec. 11-14 in Istanbul, Turkey. “In the future, preventative approaches will be the best way of reducing morbidity and mortality,” added Giannattasio. “For clinicians ranging from GPs (general practitioners) to cardiologists, Prevention Suite is a unique and technically superb ‘one-stop-shop’ for cardiovascular assessment. It allows us to quickly and reliably make an appraisal of the patient, providing information about the actual biological risk of atherosclerosis. Prevention Suite’s resolution for vessel analysis is particularly impressive. There is no equivalent that allows us this multiplicity of information in the pre-clinical phase. Patients are fascinated by the examination too, and Prevention Suites’ real-life images are highly persuasive in convincing them to modify their lifestyle.”center_img News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Fausto Rigo, Cardiac Diagnostic Imaging Department head, Dell’Angelo Hospital, Mestre-Venice, Mestrem Italy and professor of sonography and echocardiography, University of Padua, Padua, Italy, has used Esaote’s Prevention Suite extensively in both inpatient and outpatient examinations.  “The integration of cardiac and vascular assessments will help physicians identify the actual biological risk of atherosclerosis,” said Rigo. “Once clinical risk is identified, clinicians can work with patients on early intervention strategies and lifestyle modification before the risk of CVD (cardiovascular disease) escalates. As well as having clear patient benefits, pre-clinical assessments may help prevent hospitalizations and acute therapies, yielding significant long-term cost savings.” Prevention Suite is available across Esaote’s range of ultrasound products.  Technology and features are system/configuration dependent. Specifications are subject to change without notice. Information might refer to products or modalities not yet approved in all countries. XStrain 4-D and RF-QAS are not currently available in the United States. For more information: www.esaote.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Prevention Suite provides clinicians with a wide range of tools for assessing a patient’s risk of cardiovascular disease quickly and reliably, often before symptoms occur. It is regarded as providing a “step change” in terms of early detection and prevention of cardiovascular disease using ultrasound. Related Content 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read morelast_img read more

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Caught in the middle War in Ukraine creates no mans lands

first_img Comments   Share   Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home “We have passports. We are citizens of Ukraine,” he said. “That should be enough to get through.”A previous version of this story identified Pyotr Vladimorovich on second reference as Vladimirovich, which is not his surname.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. With fighting surging again near the main separatist stronghold, only one of the corridors has been left open in the two separatism-plagued regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. Things are arguably harder in the Luhansk region, where the irascible governor, Hennadiy Moskal, has decreed that no civilians are any longer allowed to travel between government and rebel-controlled areas.“Why should I let people go through, just so they can get fired at with grenade-launchers and machine guns?” Moskal said. “I have responsibilities before the president, the government and the people of Ukraine to preserve lives.”As the eponymous regional capital of Luhansk is held by separatists, Moskal is forced to run his office out of the relative backwater of Severodonetsk, where livelihoods have revolved since Soviet times around the local chemical factories. Only 30 kilometers (18 miles) from the front line, the town is blissfully somnolent and thoughts of war appear distant.Children tug at the branches of mulberry trees whose fruit otherwise drops to the ground to stain the sidewalks layered in fluffy poplar seeds. A pedestrian area along Lenin Street is a magnet for young mothers pushing buggies. In the early summer midday sunshine, few stay outside for long though. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies FOR STORY UKRAINE NO MAN’S LANDS – In this photo taken on Thursday, June 11, 2015, a boy rides a bicycle past the sign reading “Severodonetsk” in the town of Severodonetsk, Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine. Pro-Russian sympathies have historically been strong in a region where Ukrainian identity has tended to be much weaker than elsewhere in the country. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)n “Katerynivka is nominally the territory of Ukraine, but for the time being it is just a buffer zone where there could be bandits and separatist militants,” said Pavlo Petrovich, known to fellow soldiers by the code-name Papa, a border guard service volunteer from the western region of Chernivtsi. Like others in the town, he declined give his surname, using only his first name and patronymic.What Ukrainian troops call a buffer zone is a village of a few hundred people stretched along a corrugated dead-end country lane hemmed in by heaving trees. Most of the young, fit and able have long left, as one nervous resident explained.“I lived here with a son, a daughter-in-law and their child,” said Pyotr Vladimirovich, dabbing sweat from his sun-roasted brow. “I am the only one left. I can’t just abandon everything.”For groceries, residents venture to the village shop, which remains open only until lunch.After then, few dare to brave the outdoors.“I just take care of the property, there’s nothing else to do,” said Pyotr, who worked as a bus driver before the war broke out.Water is drawn from wells, while electricity is still provided without interruption. Sponsored Stories Top Stories center_img KATERYNIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — A single crack of an automatic rifle shattered the tomb-like silence of this no-man’s-land village in east Ukraine. The gunshot, fired in error by a jumpy soldier, sent government border guard troops on patrol this week scrambling to brace against the ambush they expect every time they venture into Katerynivka.The men said that four of their fellow soldiers were killed in a recent clash with separatist rebels. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center But if formal control over Severodonetsk is more clearly defined, uncertain popular loyalties make it no less an ambiguous quantity than Katerynivka.The town came under the sway of armed rebels for a brief period last year — long enough to ensure presidential elections in May could not be held there.On the face of it, things have changed. Severodonetsk sports hallmarks of a more fervently patriotic new order. In front of the imposing, colonnaded House of Culture building, a plinth once topped by the statue of Vladimir Lenin, the Bolshevik leader reviled by Ukrainian nationalists, stands empty save for the national blue-and-yellow flag. A craze has swept through Ukraine for the removal of Lenin monuments, regardless of abiding fondness among many elderly people for the communist era.The ties that bind the region with Russia — whose strong role in organizing and supporting the separatist movement is widely accepted — are still readily apparent. Advertising notices glued to lampposts and noticeboards almost all offer holiday packages to Russia’s south.Economic ties are being made into a formal reality in rebel areas, where pensions have started to be paid in Russian rubles. The currencies of Ukraine and Russia are used interchangeably in the separatist fiefdoms, with the latter said to prevail where militiamen from Russia have gathered in large numbers. Pro-Russian sympathies have historically been strong in a region where Ukrainian identity has tended to be much weaker than elsewhere in the country. Russian is spoken almost universally and if Ukrainian is heard in towns like Severodonetsk, it is now more likely to be coming from the mouths of troops garrisoned there.Soldiers are viewed with resentment, not least for their not infrequent propensity for aggressive boozing, which has led to a blanket ban on the sale of alcohol to troops. A trio of disappointed and empty-handed men in military fatigues observed Wednesday trudging from one shop to another in Severodonetsk suggested liquor vendor are holding up their end of the bargain.Residents of Severodonetsk whose lives have been disturbed by the unrest are less interested in the politics behind their predicament than understanding how to negotiate their plight.There is resentment at the arrival of those fleeing their homes because of the upward pressure they have applied to apartment rental prices and groceries bills already inflated by a depreciating currency.Meanwhile, the displaced feel as trapped as anybody in Katerynivka.The blockade championed by Moskal does not go down well with people like Vladimir Nikolayevich, a 56-year old doctor, who was compelled by shelling to abandon his hometown of Pervomaisk, now in rebel territory. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Patients with chronic pain give advice Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The sound of shelling begins as dusk nears. Katerynivka has been spared much direct damage and the projectiles largely whistle over to fall closer to Ukrainian positions a few minutes up the road.Still, venturing around the village is fraught with risks and any false step is potentially life-threatening. Over the weekend, a local 54-year old cowherd was hospitalized with grievous shrapnel wounds after setting off a tripwire while leading his animals to graze. The homemade explosive device was made with a coil from a spring mattress.Ukrainian soldiers say it was laid by rebels, some of whom they say are likely from the village.“Most of the healthy male population is fighting on the side of the LPR,” said Papa, using the initials of the self-styled breakaway Luhansk People’s Republic movement. “They remain in communication with their families and sometimes carry out attacks on our checkpoints.”Until a few weeks ago, people could travel to and from separatist areas by driving along a road running past the turnoff to Katerynivka. Soldiers guarding the way now turn back all traffic.As the 450-kilometer (280-mile) line separating government and rebel territory began to evolve into a fixed feature last year, Ukrainian authorities created an unwieldy system of permits for movement from one zone into the other.last_img read more

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Bahrain Air staff credit cards frozen

first_imgCredit company suspends all Bahrain Air cards. Image: GulfBusiness.com A credit card company in Bahrain, CrediMax, has confirmed it has frozen credit cards of some Gulf Air and all Bahrain Air employees after both carriers announced staff cuts.This month, Bahrain Air announced it had entered voluntary liquidation and suspended all operations as a result of ‘considerable financial losses’ acrued during 2011’s State of National Emergency.Last month, Gulf Air announced it would restructure its network and reduce its workforce to meet the operational needs of the revised network. According to the airline’s union, up to 1,200 employees are at risk of losing their jobs, Emirates 24/7 reported.Following the announcement, the credit card company has issued a statement explaining it had ‘suspended’ employee cards to ‘limit their own losses’. According to a CrediMax spokesperson, there could be a risk of people running up massive last minute bills before leaving the country. Staff who can present the credit company with a salary certificate or confirm that their job is secure are able to have their card reactivated.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J.last_img read more

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TripAdvisor programme helps travellers select sustainable hotels

first_imgGreenLeaders, TripAdvisor’s new sustainable hotel programme, aims to “gives consumers around the world a simple way to make greener travel choices, right at the point at which they are making that decision.” 8,000 hotels are already participating and earning green badges on the popular travel review site.The TripAdvisor GreenLeaders programme allows hotels to self-report their work on sustainability. The information they provide is then validated by random or investigative audits, as well as by TripAdvisor’s network of reviewers who are asked to point out any discrepancies noticed during their stay.To receive a green badge, a hotel must show demonstrable commitment, which at the very minimum includes linen and bath towel reuse. Hotels around the world are adopting a wide variety of green policies and practices today. These may include direct guest experiences, such as an organic menu in the restaurant, or background efforts such as efficient lighting and grey water recycling.TripAdvisor worked with the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) as well as with organisations such as the Carbon Trust and EnergyStar in designing this program. “Transparency is at the heart of sustainability,” stated Jenny Rushmore, Director of Marketing for TripAdvisor.According to Harold Goodwin, founder of the International Centre for Responsible Tourism, GreenLeaders program is a “game changer.” The day TripAdvisor launched GreenLeaders in Europe, the interest was so huge that the website crashed. TripAdvisor also commands substantial peer influence on consumer choice because the site links to Facebook, enabling users to share their reviews over social media.last_img read more

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Tourism Malaysia promotes Johor Bahru to travel trade

first_imgTourism Malaysia and Tiger Air recently conducted a familiarisation trip for a group of 10 travel agents from Uttar Pradesh, which is part of their ongoing efforts to promote the country as a destination of choice and services of the airlines amongst the discerning Indian travellers.  Tiger Air, with a fleet of Airbus A320, flies to 40 destinations across Asia including 31 weekly flights from India.The five-day itinerary focused on familiarising the group with Malaysia’s most Southern state Johor and included some of the iconic attractions of the place. The capital city, Johor Bahru, boasts of some of the most premium shopping experiences in the South East Asian region with its Johor Premium Outlets. The outlet stores, with its collection of 130 designer and name brands, offer savings of 25% to 65% every day. The centre is highly accessible to all traffic going to and from Johor and Singapore, which is about an hour drive from the city. About three hours from Kuala Lumpur and only a short distance from Senai International Airport, Johor. “Johor is a perfect family destination for our Indian guests. From adventure parks, theme based hotels to shopping and natural scenic beauty, Johor has something to cater to the likes of every member of the family. We understand that the travel trade plays a big role in influencing holiday destinations and hope that they will now add Johor to their list of must-visit destinations,” said Sulaiman Suip, Director, Tourism Malaysia. India is a significant contributor to the Malaysian tourism economy and was amongst the top 10 arrivals in 2015. This year, Malaysia hopes to welcome over 10,00,000 Indian visitors to the country.last_img read more

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