Province Investing in Tourism Niche Markets

first_imgNova Scotia’s tourism industry will get a financial boost to support its competitiveness in a challenging global marketplace. The province announced today, Dec. 2, that $2.5 million is being invested in niche marketing that will help tourism operators and organizations diversify and develop more authentic Nova Scotia products and experiences such as wine, agri-tourism, genealogy and cultural tourism. The Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage is making the investment in partnership with the Department of Economic Development from the Community Development Trust Fund. The fund was established by the federal government to help communities and sectors experiencing economic challenges. “During these challenging economic times, we need to develop innovative tourism products to compete with the rest of the world,” said Bill Dooks, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “By fostering creative approaches to tourism development and niche marketing, we will be more competitive, attract more visitors, and support the long-term viability of the tourism industry in Nova Scotia.” Niche marketing complements the province’s tourism plan, New Realities, New Directions. Cost-shared funding will be used to help tourism operators and organizations diversify and develop more authentic Nova Scotia products and experiences. “We look forward to working with partners and forming new relationships with experts in different sectors whose products can be developed and marketed to draw more visitors to Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Dooks. “Together, our efforts will help make the provincial economy resilient, which is one of government’s key priorities.” The Department of Economic Development administers the trust fund. “With more than two million tourists visiting Nova Scotia each year, tourism is a key driver of our economic engine,” said Economic Development Minister Angus MacIssac. “This investment will focus on creating long-term benefits for this industry across the province.” The province focuses most of its marketing on potential visitors in specific geographic areas. Niche marketing develops and promotes specialized products or experiences to people with an interest in them, with less emphasis on where they live. Changing consumer preferences are creating opportunities in niche markets. For example, a national survey of travel activities and motivations showed that 37 per cent of Canadian and 33 per cent of American travellers are food and wine enthusiasts who enjoy experiences like dining in restaurants that offer local ingredients. In recent years, the department has been increasing its focus on niche markets, while still targeting key geographic markets including cities in Europe, the United States and Canada with direct air access to Nova Scotia. The priorities of the trust fund are to enhance sustainable prosperity, diversify economic and trade opportunities, improve productivity, innovation and training, assist communities with transition planning, and help workers facing adjustment challenges. More information on the Community Development Trust Fund in Nova Scotia is available at .last_img read more

Province to Invite Comment on Hydraulic Fracturing Oped

first_imgNova Scotians have heard a lot of information about hydraulic fracturing. Here in Nova Scotia, you will soon be invited to have your say about this process. I understand people are concerned about their drinking water, their environment, their land and their families. As a parent of a young child, these are concerns for me, too. I have spoken often of the need for a fully independent review of hydraulic fracturing. I believed then, as I do now, that such a review has to be truly independent and open to information, and evidence, from all sides of the debate. An independently led review, including public consultation, is the only way for the province to make the appropriate decisions about hydraulic fracturing, and the only way for Nova Scotians to have faith that all views are considered and studied. No hydraulic fracturing activity is taking place anywhere in Nova Scotia. None will be approved while the review moves forward. While we may have potential to harness shale oil and gas development in our province, we must completely understand what is involved, and ensure the safety, the health of Nova Scotians, and the protection of our environment is a top-most concern. The review is being led by David Wheeler, president of Cape Breton University. After he has chosen an expert panel, including experts in the areas of science, health and aboriginal knowledge, Mr. Wheeler will conduct public consultations on the environmental, socio-economic and health impacts of hydraulic fracturing in Nova Scotia. I have met with him and stressed that I want the review to remain truly independent and all views must be considered. I also assured Mr. Wheeler that I will pass along any research sent to the Department of Energy on this issue. Through letters and phone calls, Nova Scotians have indicated to me and the government that they would like to learn more about Mr. Wheeler’s independent review. I encourage people to visit Cape Breton University’s website,, for more information. This will give everyone a broad understanding of the mandate we have in place for the hydraulic fracturing study. Until the independent review is complete, the province will not consider any application for hydraulic fracturing. -30-last_img read more

Man held for attempt to break ATM machine

first_imgKolkata: A man was arrested by Chatterjeehatpolice in Howrah for allegedly trying to break a State Bank of India (SBI) ATM machine early on July 16 morning in Belepole area. The youth, identified as Kamalakanta Jana, used to work as a food delivery boy. According to police, on July 16 around 3:20 am, Jana entered the SBI ATM kiosk in Belepole with an iron rod to break the ATM machine. After breaking the frontal portion of the ATM machine Jana understood that it is impossible to break the machine with just an iron Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Pujaroad and so he left the ATM kiosk. In the morning, some local residents saw the machine in broken condition and informed the concerned SBI branch. Later, an official from the bank lodged a written complaint at the Chatterjeehat police station. After police initiated a probe, they found that the CCTV camera inside the ATM counter was not working. Police faced problems during investigation as they didn’t have the a picture of thief. Late, it was identified that there were two CCTV cameras installed by the Howrah Police traffic department and Chatterjeehat police station. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAfter the scrutiny of footages from these CCTV cameras, it was seen that a person had entered the ATM counter and came out it after seven minutes. It was also identified that the person was wearing a red T-shirt, a red helmet and arrived at the ATM kiosk on a blue scooter. Officers checked the mobile service providers to ascertain how many mobile numbers were active in that area at that point of time. After getting the mobile number and information from sources, the police came to know about Jana. Later, police also came to know that he resided in Sankrail area in Howrah. On Tuesday night, Jana was arrested. While searching his place, police seized a 9 mm pistol and a round of bullet. “After arresting him we came to know that he was under huge debt and thus he needed money to repay it. He used to work as a food delivery boy for past three years. After preliminary investigation no past criminal record of Jana was found,” said Swati Bhangalia, Deputy Commissioner, South, Zone II.last_img read more

World leaders condole Swarajs demise recall her contributions

first_imgBeijing/Singapore: Leaders from China, Bangladesh, Iran and Singapore condoled on Wednesday the demise of former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and recalled her important role in cementing India’s relations with the world. Swaraj passed away in New Delhi on Tuesday night after suffering a cardiac arrest. She was 67. In her tribute, Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina said her country had lost a “good friend”. “She (Swaraj) was a good friend of Bangladesh. With her death, Bangladesh has lost a good friend. Bangladesh will recall her contributions in taking the relationship between the two countries to a new height,” Hasina was quoted as saying by bdnews24. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif recalled his “fruitful” discussions with Swaraj. “My deepest condolences to the government and the people of India on the passing of former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. I had many fruitful and useful discussions with her while she held office, and am saddened by her sudden passing. May she forever rest in peace,” he tweeted. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said Swaraj had made important contributions to the development of China-India relations. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Madam Sushma Swaraj is a senior Indian politician. China deeply mourns for the passing of Madam Sushma Swaraj and expresses sincere condolences to her family,” Hua said in a written response. UN General Assembly President Maria Fernanda Espinosa also expressed condolences at the demise of Swaraj. “Saddened by the news of the passing of Sushma Swaraj, an extraordinary woman & leader who devoted her life to public service. I had the honour of meeting her in my visits to India, & will always remember her fondly,” Espinosa tweeted. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe expressed sorrow at the demise of Swaraj, saying that her efforts to achieve regional policy objectives made a lasting impression among the Lankan public. “I have always known Mrs Swaraj as a true friend of Sri Lanka, a neighbour and a relative of Sri Lanka who held a pleasing personality,” Wickremesinghe said. Singapore Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan remembered Swaraj’s “warm friendship” and said that she represented India on the world stage and fought tirelessly for Indian citizens. “Sushma Swaraj was a wonderful lady, always full of life, as she represented India on the world stage and fought tirelessly for her citizens,” wrote the Singapore minister. Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa referred to Swaraj as his “dear sister” and said she always called him ‘My Brother’. “She is not with us anymore. Rest In Peace ‘my dear sister’. India and Bahrain will miss you,” he tweeted. Calling her “Behinji”, former Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai expressed his grief over the loss of a “tall leader” and “people’s person”. “Deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Behinji Sushma Swaraj. A tall leader and a great orator and people’s person. My profound condolences to the people of India and her family and friends,” he tweeted. Paying tributes to Swaraj, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Twitter, “We express our sincere condolences to the people of India on the passing away of the former FM of this friendly country Sushma Swaraj.” The French Ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler said she was one of India’s most respected leaders who showed remarkable dedication to serving her fellow citizens and took the Indo-French relationship to new heights. Israeli Ambassador to India Ron Malka visited Swaraj’s residence and paid his last respects. Condoling the death of his former Indian counterpart, Afghanistan’s Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani said Swaraj led her country with “distinction and determination”. “I’m saddened to hear of the untimely demise of Sushma Swaraj, Senior BJP leader & former Foreign Minister of India. My deepest condolences to the people & government of India on the loss of a distinguished public figure who represented her country w/distinction & determination,” he tweeted.last_img read more

Nick Jonas Joins Stars At Lincoln Awards A Concert For Veterans And

first_imgNick Jonas, Gavin DeGraw, Jerry Lewis, Harvey Keitel, Whitney Cummings and Brian Williams – who served as the evening’s host – were a few of the many supporters at the inaugural The Lincoln Awards: A Concert for Veterans & the Military Family held this week at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall in Washington DC.Nick Jonas at The Lincoln Awards: A Concert for Veterans & the Military FamilyCredit/Copyright: Paul Morigi/Getty ImagesThe Lincoln Awards are presented by the Friars Club through its philanthropic arm, The Friars Foundation, to celebrate outstanding achievement and excellence in providing opportunities and support to our nation’s veterans and military families.The celebration began with a dinner to award the first class of 10 Lincoln Award winners, followed by a concert featuring performances by Nick Jonas, Gavin DeGraw, Aloe Blacc, the American Military Spouses Choir, Arturo Sandoval, Gregory Porter, Jon Bernthal, Rhiannon Giddens, The Lone Bellow and Whitney Cummings. The evening also included special welcomes from Dr. Jill Biden, David Rubenstein, Harvey Keitel, Jerry Lewis, Miss America Kira Kazantsev and Rob Riggle. PBS will exclusively air the national prime-time broadcast of the first-ever musical special The Lincoln Awards: A Concert for Veterans & the Military Family in May 2015.Nick Jonas and Gavin DeGraw at The Lincoln Awards: A Concert for Veterans & the Military FamilyCredit/Copyright: Paul Morigi/Getty ImagesGenerous support for The Lincoln Awards is provided by Leonard Wilf, founder of the Haven From the Storm Foundation, established to support returning service people, address the particular problems faced by vets today, aid in their recovery and provide assistance for their re-entry back into productive society. Wilf is also volunteer Chairman of The Friars Foundation Gift of Laughter for Wounded Warriors Program. Delta Air Lines is the official airline partner of The Lincoln Awards.More information about The Lincoln Awards and this year’s honorees can be found at read more

Climate Commission Blue Fund Summit Opens in Brazzaville

Rabat – King Mohammed VI arrived at the  Kintélé International Conference Center in Brazzaville to participate in the 1st Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Climate Commission of the Congo Basin and the Blue Fund for the Congo Basin, which opened on Sunday afternoon.The monarch was greeted by the President of the Republic of Congo, Denis Sassou Nguesso, upon his arrival at the conference center. The King also posed for a group photo with African leaders participating in the summit.The symposium will review activities of the Climate Commission of the Congo Basin and the Blue Fund for the Congo Basin. The event also seeks to establish formal financial resources to fund projects in the field of the blue and green economy as well as to fight against climate change. Several African countries, including Central African Republic, Cameroon, Angola, Chad, Zambia and Rwanda are taking place in the summit.King Mohammed VI arrived in Brazzaville on Saturday evening with a ministerial delegation, which consists of Minister of National Education Saïd Amzazi, Minister of Equipment and Transport Abdelkader Amara, Minister of Health Anas Doukkali, Minister of Energy and Mining Aziz Rebbah, Minister of Tourism and Social Economy, Mohamed Sajid, Minister Delegate for African Cooperation Mohcine Jazouli, and Secretary of State for Sustainable Development, Nezha El Ouafi.The monarch’s advisors, Fouad Ali El Himma and Yassir Zenagui, Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita, Minister of Economy and Finance Mohamed Boussaid and Minister of Agriculture Aziz Akhannouch are also taking part in the event.On the sidelines of the event, King Mohammed VI will chair a signing ceremony where several bilateral deals will be formalized covering mining, education, fishing, health, and agriculture. read more

Sacked Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe votes against motion

Meanwhile, Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) leader Douglas Devananda was among those who voted against the motion.The Tamil National Alliance also voted against the motion. (Colombo Gazette) Former Justice and Buddhasasana Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe voted against the no-confidence motion on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Parliament today.Rajapakshe had been removed from his post last August after he made several statements critical of the Government.

Iraq UN sanctions panel seeks measures in response to illegal oil smuggling

The sanctions panel – known as the “661 Committee” for the resolution which established it – recommended the steps in response to a recent incident in which a large quantity of Iraqi crude had been exported outside the UN oil-for-food programme that allows Baghdad to use internationally monitored revenue from the sale of petroleum to purchase humanitarian relief supplies. According to the report by the committee’s Acting Chairman, Ambassador Valery P. Kuchinsky of Ukraine, the panel examined the circumstances of the incident on 6 November after receiving a letter from the Captain of the turbine tanker Essex. “The members of the Committee were in agreement that it should take appropriate action to prevent such violations from being committed again,” states the report, which reviews a wide range of the panel’s activities related to the implementation of the oil-for-food programme during its phase X, from 4 July through 30 November 2001. The Committee, in part, agreed that the Office of the Iraq Programme, which runs the oil-for-food scheme, should “devise a detailed action plan containing recommendations aimed at improving the monitoring of oil loading at the oil pumping stations.” The Office subsequently provided the Committee with proposals for additional operating procedures for crude oil monitoring. The panel also decided to address letters to all States whose companies had been involved in the Essex case, namely the Bahamas, France, the Netherlands, Venezuela, the United Kingdom and the United States. Some action has already been taken, according to the report, which notes that France had withdrawn the firm Ibex Energy from the list of approved national oil purchasers until French authorities completed investigations of its activities, particularly its alleged involvement in the Essex incident. Subsequently, the Committee contacted the Netherlands to take the same measure with regard to the company Trafigura Beheer B.V. The Committee was also briefed by the Coordinator of the Multinational Interception Force (MIF), Vice Admiral Charles Moore, who reported a “substantial decrease” in Iraqi oil smuggling through the Iranian territorial waters, but “stressed there were continued oil smuggling activities to destinations in India, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen and the Horn of Africa, as well as the unauthorized use of passenger ferries by certain States to carry cargo to and from Iraq.”In addition to providing information on closed-door meetings on smuggling, the report details other aspects of the programme, including legitimate petroleum sales, humanitarian deliveries to Iraq, and matters relating to spare parts for the country’s oil industry. read more

Brock University Aquatics wins prestigious lifeguard training award

The Lifesaving Society has honoured Brock University Aquatics with a coveted award to recognize its contribution to the National Lifeguard Service.Aquatics Program Supervisor Margaret Lizzotti attended the Lifesaving Governor’s Award Gala last week where Brock was awarded the Jocelyn Palm Cup.As a leadership training centre for Niagara, Brock Aquatics provides a wide variety of support for lifeguard training in the region and supports Niagara’s pools with their training needs.

iBooks gets a huge update

first_imgLaunching less than two years ago, iBooks quickly established itself as a leading eBook app. It has a gorgeous interface, a store with thousands of titles, and even allows sideloaded PDF and EPUB files. Last night Apple pushed the biggest update to iBooks since its inception.The update, 1.5, adds nighttime reading mode, a full-screen layout, and additional fonts. Select books will also offer pop-up footnotes, and the annotation palette has also seen a redesign.This is a significant leap forward for Apple’s reading app. Kindle for iOS app has had nighttime mode for years, and its omission surely ushered many a late-night reader away from iBooks. The execution in the new version is what you’d expect:Full-screen mode is another big change. The classic interface had a faux hardcover texture around the border. Now you can lose that and have all reading, no borders. Full-screen mode needs to be activated from the text menu as the default setting is still the classic iBooks UI.The new fonts are Athelas, Charter, Iowan, and Seravek. Fonts depend greatly on personal taste, but having more options isn’t going to hurt anybody. This is Seravek:Redesigned covers for public domain books are a subtle — but welcome — change. When a book doesn’t have an official cover, iBooks used to default to a bland tan cover with nothing but the title and author. That generic cover now has color and texture. The best part: when you have multiples, each will have a different color.There is a logic behind the improved cover art. When iBooks launched, it was to Apple’s benefit to make the free titles look bland. To compete with Amazon, the new store had a lot of catching up to do; Apple wanted to make the purchased books stand out. Now that the iBookstore is well-established, those old tan covers were only uglying up the UI and subracting from iBooks as a whole.The iBooks 1.5 update is waiting in the App Store for all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners on iOS 4 and beyond.last_img read more

St Andrews Elderly Hostel opens its doors

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Named after the patron saint of Cyprus, St Andrews Elderly Hostel will be the new haven to offer comfort and tranquillity to elderly members of Greek and Cypriot communities of the western suburbs, as it officially opens its doors this Sunday. The new aged care facility, built by the Community of Cypriots of the Northern Suburbs, and situated on Forrest Street, at Ardeer, will have a capacity of 45 beds – 30 beds for elderly care and 15 for dementia sufferers. The president of the Community, Mr Panikos Minas, said the new complex was built with love to serve the wider community and, of course, our community’s fellow senior citizens. “We went through the Department of Ageing, and when the opportunity for aged care in the western suburbs arose, we took it, and got 45 beds. We found land through council but faced a lot of difficulties. Finally the community managed to finish it, almost nine years after we got the grant,” Mr Panikos said. For the new complex, the Community received a $800,000 federal government grant. Now completed with the support of the local community members and their voluntary work, the building cost over $3 million. For the Community of Cypriots of Northern Suburbs, this is the second aged care facility, as The Grace of Mary Greek Cypriot Elderly Hostel was built in 1998 in Epping.“We expect that the community will embrace and support it, as it did with the nursing home The Grace of Mary,” Mr Minas told Neos Kosmos. “The western suburbs is the most populated community of Cypriots in Australia, and that was the reason we decided to built another aged care facility there. In the Epping nursing home we already have 42 beds, but we still need a lot more. “The good thing is that in Epping we have 4 acres of land and in Sunshine 2.5 acres of land, so we do have a plan and space to extend the facilities,” Mr Minas said. This Sunday, members of the Greek community are invited to join the Community of Cypriots of Northern Suburbs to officially open the doors of its new aged care facility. For those who wish to apply to be admitted, Mr Minas explained they will need to visit their GP and get assessed, and then apply for the hostel. “We are an non-profitable organisation; the hostels belong to the community. We built the hostel to help the wider Greek community and the whole Australian community. St Andrews hostel is a multicultural hostel, while the Grace of Mary has priority for Greek speaking people. “The whole Community of Northern Suburbs should be proud of their achievement as it wasn’t easy for a small community like ours to finish the hostel, without much support.”The official opening and the blessing of the St Andrews Elderly Hostel will take place Sunday 30 March, at 2.00 pm, in the presence of religious authorities, federal and state parliamentarians, and other officials.To join the team of volunteers of the Saint Andrews Elderly Hostel, contact Anna on 9408 8169 for more information.last_img read more

Google se lance dans la recherche de vols en ligne

first_imgGoogle se lance dans la recherche de vols en ligneÉtats-Unis – Google vient de racheter l’entreprise ITA Software, spécialisée dans les logiciels pour les entreprises de voyage. L’option ne devrait pas tarder à faire son apparition sur le portail du géant américain.Google crée à nouveau la surprise en se lançant dans le tourisme. La firme de Moutain View a en effet racheté pour 560 millions d’euros la société ITA Software, spécialisée dans les logiciels à destination des agences de voyage et compagnies aériennes. À lire aussiVus de loin, ces célèbres monuments sont moins merveilleux qu’on ne penseEric Schmidt, directeur général de Google, est très enthousiaste vis-à-vis de cette nouvelle acquisition. “Trouver la meilleure offre sur Internet est très frustrant car les prix changent toujours. Cet achat nous ouvre des possibilités passionnantes de création de nouvelles manières de trouver plus facilement en ligne des informations sur les vols” a-t-il souligné. Bénéficiant d’une base de données assez complète, ITA Software compte parmi ses clients des agences de voyage, des compagnies aériennes et des spécialistes de la vente de voyage en ligne.Le 5 juillet 2010 à 13:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Who Is a Citizen of the Gambia

first_imgQUESTION OF THE DAYThis will be dealt with in a separate article. For the time being a scenario would suffice.Imagine Modou and Fatou, husband and wife respectively, from a neighbouring country, came to settle in The Gambia in 1968. They are not Gambians though they can become so by marrying to a Gambian and naturalization.Modou and Fatou gave birth to twins, a boy (Adama) and a girl (Awa) in June 1970. They could not be Gambians because according to the 1970 Constitution, their parents and grandparents were not born in The Gambia. Adama and Awa went to school and became a senior civil servant and businesswoman respectively. Both regard themselves as Gambians when they are not.Awa got married to a man who was born in The Gambia and they had a child born in The Gambia in 1995. The name of the child is Dodou. Dodou is a Gambian because under the 1970 Constitution one of his parents (the father) was born in The Gambia.Adama on the other hand got married to a woman from the country of origin of his parents and they had a child (Amie) in The Gambia in 1998. Amie is not a Gambian because under the 1997 Constitution none of his parents is a citizen of The Gambia.Adama however married a second wife, a Gambian and they had a child in the year 2000 called Isatou. Isatou is a Gambian because according to the 1997 Constitution one of her parents (her mother) is a Gambian. Hence even though they share the same father Isatou is a Gambian while Amie is not.In short strictly speaking there is no citizenship by birth but descent and the expression “I am a born citizen of The Gambia” is misleading because being born in The Gambia does not necessarily make one a citizen of The Gambia. It does not matter whether you were born, bred and educated in The Gambia or are now occupying a senior position in the civil service.The NCCE would need to conduct civic education on this issue and National Assembly members need to advocate for amendment of the constitution to make provision for non-Gambians who have been resident in The Gambia for decades to become citizens of The Gambia by registration which the 1997 Constitution failed to cater for.last_img read more

Nintendos Game Boy is 30 years old Which one is your favorite

first_imgThe Japanese electronics company Nintendo is one of the most iconic names in the gaming industry. From the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) to the many different versions of Game Boy, the GameCube, to today’s incredibly popular Nintendo Switch — if you’ve gamed you’ve heard of Nintendo. Happy 30th birthday, Game Boy! Vince Talotta, Toronto Star via Getty Images Sunday marked the 30th birthday of the Game Boy, one of the first majorly successful devices that dominated the handheld gaming market for years after its release in 1989. It was succeeded by the Game Boy Color, the Game Boy Advance and Game Boy Advance SP. I personally put in countless hours between the Game Boy Color and the Game Boy Advance mostly playing Pokémon, but other games, too, like Wario Land, Sonic and more. Which Game Boy games were your favorite? Which version of the Game Boy was your favorite? My favorite was the Game Boy Advance with its horizontal display. The SP definitely came with an upgrade with the backlit LED screen, but there was just something about that Game Boy Advance that I couldn’t quit. Take a look at the poll below and vote on your favorite version of the Game Boy as well as your favorite games to celebrate the 30th anniversary! Let us know in more detail in the comments.  Share your voice 2 Comments Tags CNET Asks Video Gameslast_img read more

Homer Chef to Represent Alaska at Alaska at National Seafood CookOff

first_img(Photo by Shady Grove Oliver, KBBI – Homer)A chef from Homer will be representing Alaska at the 2014 Great American Seafood Cook-Off Saturday. 19 chefs from around the country are heading to New Orleans to compete.Download Audio(Photo by Shady Grove Oliver, KBBI – Homer)La Baleine Café is a small, unassuming building near the end of the Homer Spit. It’s painted stormy sea-blue with a whale surrounded by bubbles. But inside, the culinary talent is obvious.Mandy Dixon is the owner and chef of La Baleine. She and her employee and competition partner, Lucas Schneider, are in the kitchen, chopping, frying, stirring. They’re practicing cooking the dish they’ll prepare at the Great American Seafood Cook-Off.It’s homemade ramen noodles and broth with smoked salmon, salmon bacon, seaweed, sautéed vegetables, pan-seared sockeye salmon, fireweed honey, chili-marinated spot shrimp, alder-smoked sablefish, a king crab beignet and an herb salad on the side.The seafood elements of this dish stand out. Vibrant pink fish, dark smokey fish, a curl of shrimp- all on delicately piled noodles immersed in a steaming broth. The presentation and supporting ingredients are deliberate.“It’s a seafood cook-off. That’s what they’re focusing on,” says Schneider. “They don’t really care about the vegetables or the smaller things. So, what we’re really trying to focus on is build up to the seafood because it’s the biggest part. So, we’re trying to pick things that will complement it without overshadowing it.”They’re both surprisingly cool and collected despite the fact they’ll soon be preparing this detailed menu in front of cameras, an audience, and celebrity judges.(Photo by Shady Grove Oliver, KBBI – Homer)Dixon says she never even expected to have her own restaurant. Let alone be hand-picked for a national competition by Governor Sean Parnell. She says she’s come a long way since she first opened the doors to La Baleine years ago.“We just kind of turned on the open sign and waited for people to come in,” says Dixon. “It took a couple hours and then our first guest worked for Channel 2 news. They were doing a story on the bird festival. And he walked in and just casually ordered something and we were like…okay.”It’s no surprise he’s come back every summer since. The café has an interesting menu. At first glance, the dishes seem fairly ordinary. A deli sandwich, a breakfast skillet, a bowl of oats.But the oats come with fireweed honey, the sandwich features rhubarb chutney and fromage blanc, and the breakfast skillet is spiced with coriander, cardamom and caramelized onions. Nearly every item on the menu has the word local.“We’re passionate about sourcing local food,” says Dixon. “I feel like everyone should know where their food is coming from. It’s so easy for us in Homer with the seafood being dropped at our back door from the fishermen and so many local farms. We have very fresh and mostly organic cuisine here.”(Photo by Shady Grove Oliver, KBBI – Homer)She tries to keep it simple and let the food speak for itself.“We really take care of the ingredients, respect the seafood and really take care of it well and not add a lot of additional things to it,” says Dixon. “We don’t need to.”That’s the approach she’s taking in the cook-off. She says she wants to bring attention to the natural beauty of Alaskan seafood. And she hopes to educate people about sustainable fisheries while she’s at it.“And I’m just really proud to represent Alaska,” says Dixon. “I’m from Alaska. I’m looking forward to teaching people about Alaska and Alaska seafood. I’m also looking forward to Bourbon Street and checking out New Orleans. I’ve never been down there. And trying crawfish.”As the final touch, she and Schneider plan to garnish the dish with unforgettable Alaskan flair: popping shrimp roe, fresh fireweed blossoms and appropriately, forget-me-not.last_img read more

5 of a family held over militant link in Dhaka

first_imgPolice conduct a drive at a building at Rupnagar residential area, Mirpur, Dhaka on Saturday. Photo: UNBA special team of Anti-Terrorism Unit (ATU) of Bangladesh Police detained five members of a family at Rupnagar in Mirpur, Dhaka following an exchange of gunfire early Saturday for their suspected involvement in militant activities, reports news agency UNB.Three members of the law enforcement agency and a suspected militant were injured during the exchange of gunfire, police said.The arrested are Ahmed Ali, 57, his wife Salma Ahmed, 50, their sons Jakaria 35, and Kibria, 30 and daughter Asma Ferdous Dipa, 25.Police recover a few books, mobile phone sets and knives and other kitchen sharp-edged weapons from a house in Rupnagar residential area, Mirpur, Dhaka on Saturday. Photo: UNBMohiduzzaman, superintendent of police, ATU headquarters (Media and PR), said tipped off, a special team of ATU raided a house of the area around 1:30am.Police knocked the door for a long time but they didn’t open it. At one stage, they opened the door and swooped on police with sharp weapon, leaving three cops injured, the SP added.Jakaria was shot and injured as police opened fire in self-defence, he said.Bullet-hit Jakaria was admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital while the three injured cops were admitted to Rajarbagh Police Lines Hospital, he added.last_img read more

The Pirate Bays advertising program actually works

first_imgA little less than one year ago, The Pirate Bay announced a new campaign where the site’s iconic logo would be replaced by an ad for some form of media — usually music. Dubbed The Promo Bay, the promotional campaign aimed to help artists promote their work — no doubt an effort by The Pirate Bay to show that it isn’t just a platform for piracy. Those of you that have visited the site frequently enough may have wondered how well the promotion platform is working, and luckily for us, the developer of the indie game — Sean Hogan —  Anodyne broke down just how much the promotion helped.The Promo Bay isn’t simply a free promotion, as the catch is that the featured artist must provide a free torrent to the promoted work. Hogan said that the promotion was a success, and fueled sales to far exceed the projected numbers.Over the three days that Anodyne was promoted on The Pirate Bay, Sean experienced traffic of over 240,000 unique visitors, with the largest referral being from The Pirate Bay. The total cost of the promotion was $7, but that was simply web-hosting costs. The release trailer of the game broke 100,000 views, and the Facebook page gained around 200 to 300 Likes.To compare to how the game was doing before The Promo Bay, the developers only experienced traffic of around 40,000 unique visitors, which resulted in around 800 to 900 sales at an average of $8 a pop, which results in around $6,400 to $7,200. The sale resulted in around 6,700 purchases of the game, and though the average price paid was much lower than $8 — at around $1.50 to $2.76 depending on game-only or bundle purchases — the developers doubled their revenue from the sale, generating around $12,000.So, at least for one developer, The Promo Bay actually worked, showing that more sales come with more exposure, even if the product is sitting right there available for free.last_img read more

A great night for a little footy

first_imgRelated posts:Off like a shot Farewell, work week A walk in the clouds Holy Week offerings for those in need Facebook Comments The moon rises over the Universitario Stadium in Monterrey, Mexico before the start of the CONCACAF Champions League football match between Mexico’s Tigres and Costa Rica’s Herediano, on Feb. 27, 2018.At the time of this writing, the game is still tied 0-0 at halftime.Would you like to submit a photo to our #TTPicOfTheDay series – the view from your home or favorite Costa Rican spot, or any other image you care to share? Please send horizontal photos at least 1100 pixels wide to We’d love to see the sights with you.last_img

Lufthansa receives 10th Airbus A350900

first_imgAirbus A350-900Lufthansa receives 10th Airbus A350-900First landing in Munich, on the 1st of JuneAward-winning cabin on display on the 9th of JuneLufthansa is expecting the arrival of its tenth Airbus A350-900 today. The aircraft bearing the registration D-AIXJ is named after the town of Erfurt, and is expected to land at its future home base in Munich around noon. A few days later, the A350-900 featuring the new Lufthansa livery will be one of the main attractions at the Family & Music Days at Munich Airport: On the 9th and 10th of June, the world’s most modern long-haul aircraft can be experienced close up. Aircraft fans should not miss the opportunity on Saturday, the 9th of June, when all visitors – young and old – can view the multi-award-winning cabin. The aircraft is open for viewing between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on that day only.The Lufthansa A350-900 is the world’s first passenger aircraft to model its cabin light on the course of daylight.  The extraordinarily lighting concept, which makes travel even more relaxed and comfortable, recently received the award of the German Lighting Design Prize 2018. This is the second time the Lufthansa A350-900 has won an outstanding award:  Prior to that, the Lufthansa A350 Economy Class received the German Design Award 2018 in the category “Excellent product design”.The A350-900 is the most modern and environmentally friendly long-haul aircraft in the world. It consumes 25 percent less jet fuel, generates 25 percent less emissions and is significantly quieter on take-off and landing than comparable aircraft types. The first of 15 aircraft entered service from its Munich base in February last year. The A350-900 can seat 293 passengers: 48 in Business Class, 21 in Premium Economy Class and 224 in Economy Class.Source = Lufthansalast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Feb 26, 2019 12:19 pm PDT FILE – This undated image released by HBO shows Michael Imperioli, left, and James Gandolfini in a scene from “The Sopranos.” (HBO via AP) ‘The Sopranos’ creators look back at a TV show that slayed NEW YORK — Back in 1997, then-up-and-coming actor Michael Imperioli was mulling two work offers: a cable TV show pilot and a small role in a Woody Allen film.The script for the TV show didn’t initially seem so special to him. “I was not blown away by the pilot,” he admitted. On the other hand, he had long admired Allen and was being offered a spot in his movie “Celebrity.”Imperioli couldn’t do both and was leaning toward doing the film. “That would have been the dumbest mistake of my life,” he says now with a laugh.The reason was simple: The TV show was “The Sopranos,” which this year is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its premiere on HBO. The six-season show would win 21 Emmys and become the first cable series ever to win the Emmy for outstanding drama series. It also earned Imperioli an acting Emmy in 2004.More than awards, the show about mid-level gangsters in New Jersey proved that audiences could handle morally complex anti-heroes, paving the way for shows like “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men,” and marking the beginning of the time when TV started eating cinema’s lunch.Creator, showrunner and head writer David Chase says all he wanted to do was create a show that he and his friends would like to watch. He had toiled in frustration within the strict confines of network TV for years, on such shows as “The Rockford Files” and “Northern Exposure.”“I must admit that a lot of what I went into ‘The Sopranos’ with was anger. I was angry about all my years in network TV. And I’m one of the lucky ones. I worked for some really talented people and with some really talented people,” Chase says.He recalled that a high-level executive at NBC had advocated for something called LOP, which stood for “least offensive programming.” Chase chafes at the notion: “It makes for a very bland mixture.”“The Sopranos” was anything but bland. It followed the depressed mafia boss Tony Soprano balancing his ruthless illegal business with raising a family. There was brutal violence, infidelity, pasta and loyalty and dishonour. James Gandolfini played Tony with equal parts ferocity and tenderness.“To interact with him was to make a deal with the devil. You would be ethically compromised. And I sort of wanted to show how easily that happens, what that really means. At the same time, I didn’t want to do a morality story,” Chase says.“I guess the largest thing that I was trying to bring out was it’s a pretty cold universe. It’s a very cold universe. But we have this thing called love which we can use against that. That’s about the only weapon we have. That’s where I found myself thinking a lot.”Chase wanted to make scenes longer if they needed to be — or shorter — and let his stories unfold slower than a network show. He initially just wanted to make a self-contained mini-movie each week and had to be convinced to continue the story lines (He worried he’d make something like “Dallas.”) HBO, he said, never tried to meddle.With his hit show, Chase also proved that audiences were smarter than what they’d been given credit for by network honchos. Fans would tune in to see complicated people in often messy situations.“That was very important to me: Not talking down to people. You cut off so much when you do it the other way. There’s so much richness in life and to exclude parts of it is crazy if you’re creating something.”Imperioli, who was a believer as soon as he actually saw the show’s pilot, credited Chase for bringing a cinematic quality to TV. A stunning cast — including Edie Falco, Annabella Sciorra and Lorraine Bracco — didn’t hurt.“Everything that people loved about gangster movies and ‘The Godfather’ and ‘Goodfellas’ and all that stuff, all of a sudden was in your living room on a weekly basis, in a novelistic, serialized fashion,” Imperioli said. “That was really groundbreaking.”Before it signed off for good 12 years ago, “The Sopranos” left behind something that continues to be debated — a cut-to-black finale that left everything ambiguous.Even the cast was divided. Imperioli and Gandolfini joined more than a half-dozen cast members in a viewing party in Miami. “Everybody was pretty shocked. No one really expected it to be that abrupt, I think, and that ambiguous,” Imperioli says. “The room was kind of torn on whether they liked that or not.”Fans of the show won’t have to mourn much longer since Chase has a prequel film planned for 2020 called “The Many Saints of Newark.” Chase and “Sopranos” veteran Lawrence Konner have written the script and it will be set in the 1960s during the Newark, New Jersey, riots which Chase witnessed.In crafting the film, Chase reacquainted himself with the songs and cultural touchstones of the period, as well as watching a few old episodes of “The Sopranos” to ensure the timeline fits. Should fans expect a few inside jokes? “I sure hope so,” Chase answered.He admits to some nerves about the film’s reaction: “I think there’s always pressure in following something, right? And ‘The Sopranos’ was such a hit, such a big explosion. How do you do that twice?”___Mark Kennedy is at Kennedy, The Associated Presslast_img read more