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SPIN MASTERS GLOBAL ANIMATED PRESCHOOL SERIES ABBY HATCHER PREMIERES ON NICKELODEON

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement “Abby Hatcher embodies remarkable storytelling combined with an emotional and social curriculum to entertain and delight preschoolers,” said Ronnen Harary, Spin Master’s Co-Founder, Chairman and Co-CEO. “It was a magical experience to watch the characters we created come to life with powerful performances by Canadian children. Now, with the premiere of Abby Hatcher, we can share these enchanting and heartfelt stories with kids all over the world.” The series features an all-Canadian cast including Macy Drouin, who stars as Abby, while Wyatt White portrays Bozzly, Abby’s Fuzzly best friend and partner. Continuing the talented Canadian line-up is Kim’s Convenience’s Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Hatcher Palace Hotel Chef Jeff.“Together with Spin Master’s highly successful PAW Patrol, Abby Hatcher expands preschoolers’ imaginations through fun story lines and endearing characters, while also fostering empathy, compassion and acceptance,” said Jennifer Dodge, Spin Master Entertainment’s Executive Vice President. “The series also encourages kids to develop their problem-solving skills and join in saving the day.”At its core, Abby Hatcher models the power of one little girl to bring together a whole community with her nurturing heart, eternal optimism, and her love and acceptance of everyone, no matter how different they are.  Abby Hatcher is the eighth series from Spin Master Entertainment and comes from the same talented team of producers and directors that made PAW Patrol, the amazingly creative series and global phenomenon.  Like PAW Patrol, Abby Hatcher is animated at Toronto’s Guru Studio. The series is overseen by executive producers Ronnen Harary and Jennifer Dodge as well as executive producer Jamie Whitney, who acts as showrunner.About Spin MasterSpin Master (TSX: TOY; www.spinmaster.com) is a leading global children’s entertainment company that creates, designs, manufactures, licenses and markets a diversified portfolio of innovative toys, games, products and entertainment properties. Spin Master is best known for award-winning brands including Zoomer®, Bakugan®, Erector® by Meccano®, Hatchimals®, Air Hogs® and PAW Patrol®. Since 2000, Spin Master has received 103 TIA Toy of The Year (TOTY) nominations with 28 wins across a variety of product categories, including 13 TOTY nominations for Innovative Toy of the Year.  To date, Spin Master has produced nine television series, including 2007 success Bakugan Battle Brawlers and current hit PAW Patrol, which is broadcast in over 160 countries and territories globally. Spin Master has 28 offices and employs over 1,700 people globally in Canada, United States, Mexico, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Russia, Slovakia, Poland, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Vietnam and Australia.About NickelodeonNickelodeon, now in its 39th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated kids’ basic cable network for 22 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB). Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO, Jan 2, 2019 – Spin Master Ltd. (TSX: TOY; www.spinmaster.com), a leading global children’s entertainment company, premiered its new original animated preschool series, Abby Hatcher, on January 1st, 2019 on Nickelodeon. Following the U.S. premiere, Abby Hatcher will roll out on Nickelodeon’s international channels in 2019 and will also launch on TVO in Canada on February 11th, 2019.The show features Abby Hatcher, an adventurous seven-year-old with a giant heart and endless love for her favorite creatures, the Fuzzlies. These furry, zany creatures come in all shapes and sizes, each with their own uniquely special abilities, and Abby adores them all.  In the Hatcher Palace Hotel, where Abby lives with her parents, there’s lots for the Fuzzlies to discover as they become part of her expanding family, but that can also mean often getting into Fuzzly Trouble! Each episode follows Abby as she goes on incredible adventures with her best Fuzzly-friend Bozzly to fix mishaps that land the Fuzzlies in trouble, and ultimately save the day! Abby Hatcher is an adventurous seven-year-old with a giant heart and endless love for her favorite creatures, the Fuzzlies (CNW Group/Spin Master)last_img read more

Study Valve hole set off refinery blast fire in Wisconsin

first_imgSUPERIOR, Wis. — A hole in a valve was cited as the source of an explosion at a Husky Energy refinery in northwestern Wisconsin last spring that injured 36 people and required the evacuation of a large part of the city of Superior.The latest findings of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board were shared Wednesday at a town hall meeting in Superior.According to the update , erosion created a hole in the slide valve, allowing air to mix with hydrocarbons. The resulting blast sent debris hurtling into an asphalt storage tank. The puncture spilled about 15,000 gallons (12,490 imperial gallons) of hot asphalt, which later ignited.A spokesman for Husky Energy says the Canada-based company will continue working with the board to understand the cause of the explosion.___Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

Bengal celebrates ‘Poila Baisakh’ with fervour

first_imgKolkata: Poila Baisakh, the first day of Bengali New Year, was celebrated with much fervor by the people across the state with youngsters taking out colourful rallies to soak into the spirit of New Year festivities.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee extended greetings through a video message on the social media and wished happiness and prosperity to the people. She also offered prayers at the Kalighat temple on Sunday night. Many people visited religious places such as Dakshineswar temple, Kalighat temple and Tarapith for an auspicious new beginning. With the day also marking the start of a new financial year, shopkeepers and businessmen observed the haal khata ceremony — closing their old account books and opening new ones. Businessmen thronged temples with their halkhata (account books) in the morning. Temples such as Dakshineswar, Kalighat and Tarapith witnessed a huge footfall on Monday. Adequate security arrangements were in place to handle the crowd. There was deployment of police personnel and civic volunteers in and around the temples to manage the extra rush. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaA visitor, who came to Dakshineswar temple from Narayanpur, said he had to stand in the queue for more than an hour before offering puja. Another devotee Shibu Saha said he had been visiting the temple on the Bengali New Year for the past 20 years. “It feels great to welcome the New Year with a prayer to the Lord,” Saha said. North Bengal also celebrated the arrival of the New Year with gusto. Youths took out colourful rallies in Siliguri. State tourism minister Goutam Deb took part in a rally and local women clad in colourful dresses joined the event. There was great enthusiasm among the people. A cultural programme was organised at the Baghajatin Park in Siliguri. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe day was about dressing up in new clothes, exchanging pleasantries and greetings. Revellers, cutting across religious barriers, celebrated the day with family and friends. During this time of the year family members fly back to Bengal from across the world to be with their near and dear ones. All sorts of sweets starting from traditional sandesh (cottage cheese sweet), rosogolla (sugary spongy sweet) to sugar-free and fusion sweets kept flying off the shelves of confectioners. Traders welcomed customers with sweets and new Bengali calendars as people went on a shopping spree.last_img read more

Probe sought on sale of milk powder unfit for human consumption

The Consumer Affairs Authority had seized the milk from a company in Kuliyapitiya recently. The National Movement For Consumer Rights Protection has called for a comprehensive probe as some of the milk powder unfit for human consumption is believed to have been distributed to the market. (Colombo Gazette) The National Movement For Consumer Rights Protection said that the company had purchased 200 tonnes of milk powder meant for animal feed from the leading milk powder company.The company has then repacketed the milk to be sold in the market. An investigation has been sought on the sale of milk powder unfit for human consumption.The National Movement For Consumer Rights Protection alleged that a relative of a Minister is believed to be involved in the racket. It was found that the milk powder was meant for animal feed but had been sold using the logo of a leading milk powder company. read more

Sacramento Kings Coach Mike Malone Didnt Deserve To Be Fired

The Sacramento Kings fired their head coach, Mike Malone, on Sunday after the team got off to a sub-.500 start this season. If that doesn’t sound earth-shattering, it’s because the Kings have been lousy for a while. They haven’t finished a season above .500 since 2006 and have had seven head coaches (including Malone and his interim replacement, Tyrone Corbin) over that span. Yes, the Kings fired another coach. So what?The Kings’ abrupt decision to fire Malone is a big deal because it flies in the face of what tends to keep coaches employed. In April, FiveThirtyEight’s editor in chief, Nate Silver, looked at NBA coaching dismissals and found a strong relationship between firings and whether the team underperformed the preseason Las Vegas over/under win totals. Win just 41 games with a team expected by Vegas to win 50? There’s a roughly 50 percent chance you’ll get fired after the season. (Sorry!) But win 41 games with a team Vegas expects to win 30? Nate’s model says there’s just an 8.2 percent probability of being canned for that performance.The latter is what Malone was on pace to do. In October, the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino listed the Kings’ over/under as 30.5 wins, while the offshore sportsbook Bovada set that number at 29.5 wins. (Our projections also called for 29 wins.) In other words, the Kings were essentially expected to be a 30-win team. And yet Basketball-Reference.com’s playoff forecast projects them to win 41.2 games by the end of the season, based on a combination of their point differential, schedule strength and remaining opponents.(It’s also worth noting that the past nine games of Malone’s Kings tenure were spent without his best player, DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins was having a lights-out season before coming down with viral meningitis in late November. It’s likely the Kings’ win projection would be even stronger had Cousins been active in the team’s most recent games.)Piloting a team with 30-win talent to 41 wins typically earns a head coach job security 92 percent of the time, but that wasn’t enough for Malone. Of course, this eventuality is built into the model, which would be wrong if 8 percent of coaches who exceeded expectations, like Malone, didn’t get the ax. That 8 percent can, in part, be explained by other aspects of a coach’s performance that don’t involve simply winning more than was expected.For instance, the Kings’ brain trust (owner Vivek Ranadive and general manager Pete D’Alessandro) reportedly took issue with some of Malone’s stylistic decisions, such as the pace at which the team played and the emphasis on defense over offense. Some have even suggested that Malone’s not having been hand-picked by D’Alessandro hurt his cause substantially.For what it’s worth, I couldn’t find a statistically significant effect for how being hired by a different GM affects coaching dismissal rates. Using Basketball-Reference’s database of NBA executives, I looked at everyone who was an NBA coach (but not in a dual role as GM and coach) to begin a season since 1985-86, setting up a regression to predict whether someone would be fired before the following season began. As Nate found in his research, wins against expectation (in this case, set using a regressed-to-the-mean version of the team’s Pythagorean record from the previous season) was a highly significant predictor of employment. But a dummy variable for whether the team’s current GM was the same GM who originally hired the coach was nowhere near significant.In any event, Malone’s firing was nothing if not an outlier, according to the metrics that tend to predict whether a coach will hold onto his job. It goes to prove that, in the NBA, no job is truly safe. read more

Army veteran told he had invaded countries and killed innocent people by

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A war veteran who went to Specsavers for an eye test was told he had “invaded countries around the world and killed innocent people” by the optician, as the company says she has been suspended.Steve Leale, 54, asked for his medical notes to specifically state he was a veteran in order to get a faster hospital appointment under an NHS service leavers’ provision.But the former Warrant Officer Class 2 claimed he was left “gobsmacked” and “totally disgusted” when the staff member made the slur about his Army service.The incident allegedly happened on February 15 in Woodbridge, Suffolk.On being told he was to be referred to hospital, he asked for his paperwork to state he was a veteran. The optician expressed surprise that he could access more expeditious care and allegedly said: “what, for invading countries around the world and killing innocent people?”Mr Leale, a member of the Royal Hampshire Regiment and Adjutant General’s Corps who has served in Iraq, Northern Ireland and the Balkans, says he was “dumbfounded by the comment” and complained. He said the experience had left his wife fearing reprisals and “scared to go out alone”.”I am very proud to have served my country for over 32 years. I did my duty on behalf of all British citizens no matter what ethnicity, background or belief,” he said. read more

India willing to help develop Jamaican film industry

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJamaica perfects art of developing sprintersJune 23, 2017In “latest news”17,000 illegal Jamaicans in Trinidad & TobagoNovember 26, 2013In “Crime”PM Rowley intervenes in immigration dispute with JamaicaJune 6, 2016In “latest news” Indian High Commissioner to Jamaica Shri Sevala Naik yesterday expressed an interest in helping to develop the Jamaican film industry by offering scholarships and internships to interested Jamaicans.Though nothing has been officially implemented, the diplomat welcomed the suggestion that through India’s booming film industry, known as Bollywood, his country could offer assistance to Jamaica.“Film scholarships are not there, but we can develop a model and we can take it up with my Government. There has been no expression of interest from Jamaicans, but I can explore this opportunity. I will be more than happy to help the Jamaican film industry to go and study,” Naik told reporters and editors at the Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange at the newspaper’s Kingston offices.He also encouraged interested parties to submit proposals to the Indian High Commission.“In India most of the cinema acting schools are owned by the private sector, but in the Government sector there are certain drama schools where you all can go and spend three months, six months, or one year,” he said.In January 2016, Bollywood — the Hindi-language part of the Indian film industry based in the city of Mumbai — was valued at US$2.32 billion and was expected to grow by 11 per cent in 2017 to US$2.89 billion, according to the Digitization & Mobility: Next Frontier of Growth for M&E report from accountancy firm Deloitte and the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India.In recent times, Bollywood has gained popularity in Jamaica with the introduction of television shows and movies.The high commissioner pointed out that when he took office last August, a delegation of Indian filmmakers visited the island to scope its potential. He said he organised meetings between the Indian filmmakers and Jampro (Jamaica Promotions Corporation) and the Indians visited many locations.The filmmakers, he said, left with a positive note. “They’re supposed to come this month for the second round of discussions,” he continued.According to Naik, the Indian film industry has mostly filmed in countries that offer incentives to film crews.“Bollywood mostly have gone into Europe and then now into south-eastern countries. They all have different locations based on the facilities offered by the host countries. For instance, the UK offers about 50 per cent discount on the spending,” he stated. (Jamaica Observer) read more

OLYMPIC DREAM French girls are in the final

rio 2016 The French girls will play for the first Olympic golden medal in the history! The team of Olivier Krumbholz wasn’t among the major favorites to win the tournament in Rio based on results in previous years, but at the end, France beat Netherlands 24:23 (17:13) and wait winner of Norway – Russia clash in the big final on Saturday.The tragic role of Olympic semi-final had Louise Abbingh, who hit the post three seconds before the final whistle. One of the French heroes was Amandine Leynaud, who saved few open shots of the rivals in the last few minutes of the match.The Dutch girls began better 4:2 and 5:3, but Pineau and team-mates made turnover until the end of half-time. She was TOP scorer with seven goals, Lacabrere netted six, while Van Den Heiden scored eight in „Oranje“ team. ← Previous Story STRUGA 2016: Alingsas tie with Chartres – Routine win for Metalurg Next Story → Handball girls set new TV records in Norway read more

20 million construction project approved

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A $20 million upgrade to the Cyprus Communtiy of NSW’s site has been given the go ahead after six years and around $700,000 spent on applying for permits from the Marrickville council. The Marrickville site, which currently consists of a three level building with clubrooms and offices, will expand to include the construction of 56 units for retirees, a piazza with cafes and restaurants, a gallery, and refurbishments to the existing building. President of the Cyprus Community of NSW, Michael Christodoulou, said the retiree units are designed for independent living for people aged over 55. He said retirees could purchase a unit, which would later be purchased back by the Cyprus community in the case of the owner moving into care or passing on. Mr Christodoulou said he was excited that the plans had finally been approved. “We’re very excited, it’s taken six years, but we’re now very pleased with the response we’ve gotten,” he said. Construction is set to commence in 2011. “We’re currently going through the tenders and all the certifications we need to do but building will begin in 2011,” Mr Christodoulou said. The $20 million upgrade is one of the biggest investments a Greek community organisation in Sydney has ever made according to Mr Christodoulou. Mr Christodoulou also went on to say that it is important that the Cyprus community is holding onto the site.last_img read more

Glacier Bays missing stories find a new home in Tlingit tribal house

first_imgA $3 million Tlingit tribal house is being constructed on the shore of Bartlett Cove in Glacier Bay – likely the first time the National Park Service has funded a tribal house.Download AudioAn artist’s rendering of the Huna Tribal House. (Image courtesy National Park Service)Three carvers are chipping away on an Eagle moiety pole that will go outside the red cedar tribal house with a Raven. The crest of a Wolf, Porpoise, Brown Bear and Thunderbird are starting to form, representing the clans in the area.Gordon Greenwald, the lead carver, says it’s taken over a month to get this far on the totem and it’ll likely be six more before it’s finished.“Now we could complete it faster than that if we used some machines. Chainsaws and so forth to do some of the major cutting but we’ve chosen not to do it that way. We’re trying to do it all by hand.”His team has been carving the pieces to go in the 2,500-square-foot Huna Tribal House for about five years. There’s a constant flood of cruise ship tourists in and out of the shed, asking questions and marveling at the handiwork. But Greenwald says he doesn’t mind.“For people that are new to this area, it gives them a chance to learn about our people. Going away knowing  Tlingit people, knowing what our life was like. And for local people, they can stop and see something is being made in our homeland,” he says.The house posts which will go in the Huna Tribal House. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)An interior and exterior screen is already complete. So are the house posts of the four clans that identify Glacier Bay as home:Wooshkeetaan, Chookaneidí, Kaagwaantaan and T’akdeintaan.Tom VandenBerg, the chief of interpretation at Glacier Bay National Park says the clans are an inextricable part of the story of Glacier Bay.“But there’s no physical sign of their history here unfortunately,” he says.Bartlett Cove is the site of the new tribal house. It’s where the clans originally resided until an encroaching glacier forced them to relocate hundreds of years ago to what’s now called Hoonah. In 1925, Glacier Bay became a national monument and federal laws limited what the Huna Tlingit could do in their homeland.“It’s difficult, you know. The parks service represents the stories of our nation. And it seems like some of the Native stories have been missing from some parks.”VandenBerg says there are places like Sitka National Historic Park with Southeast Native totems, but “there’s not much in the way of Alaska Native stories being told in parks.”The National Park Service received a request from the Hoonah Indian Association back in 1992 to build the tribal house. VandenBerg is unaware of anything else like it: a ceremonial house paid for by concessioners fees from businesses that operate within Glacier Bay.Tlingit elder and park management assistant Ken Grant says it’s going to be an emotional day when the tribal house is finished.“Our people really have a strong tie to the homeland. The feeling of being left out has been with our elders for a long time. Like they say in our language: they were buried with a sorrow in their hearts,” Grant says.He hopes that it’ll provide a space for young Huna Tlingits to learn about their roots and enhance language and cultural preservation.Gordon Greenwald says it’s been a long time for the project to come fruition.“But now I’m looking back on it, I’m wondering why this hadn’t happened in all the other parks long ago,” he says.Back at the shed, carvers Owen James and Herb Sheakley are singing a song about one of the Huna clans.When Sheakley started this project five years ago, he says he didn’t know all of the stories and he didn’t know how to carve. He’s been practicing at home, making ceremonial hats out of spruce and working on the Eagle pole.“It’s stuff like this that keeps me going. I can actually create this now,” he says. “Before I could look at this and say, ‘Hmm, I couldn’t do that.’ Making the knives, listening to my boss teaching me the formlines, this is the kind of thing I’m making now.”Greenwald says he owes teaching to his mentors; passing on the knowledge so it doesn’t stop with him.“On all of this work, none of us will sign it because none of this work is about us as individuals; it’s about our people,” Greenwald says.The Huna Tribal House is expected to be dedicated next August.last_img read more

HAPIfork is a Smart Fork For Your Dumb Mouth

first_img Dangerous Lake Erie Algae Bloom Can Be Seen From SpaceFishing Accident Leaves Boy With Small Hook in His Eyelid Stay on target You know how to eat, don’t you? It’s simple enough. When you’re hungry, just take the food (or Tide Pod) and put it in your mouth as fast as you can, right? Wrong! One of America’s numerous food-related issues is the problem of overeating. And one of the easiest ways to overeat by eating too fast, before you even have a chance to feel full and stop yourself. But self-control is hard. Fortunately, we know have the technology to give ourselves a little push to stay below the eating speed limit. HAPIfork is a smart fork for your dumb mouth.HAPIfork works like a regular dumb fork. You poke it into food and eat the food off of it, repeating as many times as necessary. The difference is that sensors in the utensil can tell how fast you’re moving the fork, and therefore figure out how fast you’re eating. If you’re gorging too quickly, the fork vibrates and lights up signalling you to stop, or at least feel a little guilty. When you eat at the proper pace you can lose weight and avoid digestive problems.Haptic diet feedback is HAPIfork’s main gimmick, but that’s not all this Bluetooth device can do. Connect it to a computer or mobile app to view trends of your eating progress and set helpful future goals. Presumably, the HAPI software will also help you keep a handle on what you’re ingesting and how nutritious it is, because eating a ten-pound chocolate bar over two hours is probably still less healthy than eating ten salads in two minutes.You can buy HAPIfork online from HAPI for $99 or less depending on deals. That may seem like a lot considering a cheap piece of pointy plastic will also technically get the job done. But the potential health benefits of this fork are priceless. Slow your roll next time you want to scarf that roll.Buy HAPIforkLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Visa report Tourism Outlook positive

first_imgRecent research titled ‘Tourism Outlook’ revealed that international visitors spent a whooping US$3.1billion on their Visa cards in 2010 whilst travelling in the United Arab Emirates.The research complied by Visa shows  the above total spend by international visitors on their visa cards in the UAE grew by 20.3 per cent year on year and visitor numbers to the region increased by three per cent year on year.The report found British tourists are the biggest spenders contributing to over US$441.2 million towards the UAE economy with their visa cards, which represented a ten percent increase from the previous year, followed by America US$302.9million and Russian visitors contributing US$238.1million.However, Chinese tourists topped the charts when it came to per capita spending, with an average transaction size of US$542.77 for 2010 a growth of 52 per cent from the previous year of US$357.60.The report also found that the last two months of the year are the busiest tourist seasons for the UAE and account for over a fifth of the total annual international spend on Visa cards.Visa Middle East general manager Kamran Siddiqi said Visa is supporting the tourism industry by providing safe and trusted payment systems across the globe.“Visa is able to provide an insight as to how tourists are spending their money when they visit the UAE and we are seeing a positive sign that things are on the up,” Mr Siddiqi said.“The country is expected to see some of the world’s strongest inbound tourism growth over the next five years and the travel industry is set to enjoy a further cash boost from international visitors.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P International visitors have spent 3.1 billion on their visa cards in 2010last_img read more

Christchurch returns to AIME as New Zealands newest city

first_imgChristchurch returns to AIME as New Zealand’s newest cityAfter five years, New Zealand’s Christchurch and Canterbury region is back at Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) next month, and ready to unveil its city transformation.Christchurch and Canterbury Convention Bureau (CCCB) is exhibiting for the first time since 2011, and is being joined by Christchurch Convention and Exhibition Centre to update buyers on the latest from New Zealand’s newest city.“It’s great to be back at AIME and we look forward to reconnecting with the Australian marketplace,” says CCCB Manager Caroline Blanchfield.“Christchurch is an exciting place to be right now and the next few years will see a huge transformation for business event visitors, as the new Convention Centre and more hotels open,” she says.Central Christchurch is evolving into a hub of smart precincts with world-class facilities. A lively convention centre precinct is in the final planning stages, and the new health and innovation precincts, performing arts venues and a metro sports facility are already underway.The Christchurch Convention and Exhibition Centre (CCEC) will have a prime riverside setting and promises to be a boutique-style premium international-standard facility, surrounded by shops, restaurants and hotels.“The city’s attractive design draws on our rich natural and cultural heritage, with a focus on pedestrian-friendly shopping, dining, arts and entertainment areas set alongside the beautiful Avon River, surrounded by wide green spaces framing the centre,” Blanchfield says.Christchurch is already home to many of New Zealand’s newest and interesting event venues including the Transitional ‘cardboard’ Cathedral, Isaac Theatre Royal, Air Force Museum of New Zealand, Christchurch Art Gallery and Rydges Latimer Hotel.“At AIME we will be spreading the word about our region’s expertise. We can provide an exciting learning environment across diverse fields of interest including earth science, health science, agriculture, international education, building technology, ICT and innovation.”With a major international airport just 15 minutes from the city centre, Christchurch is also the visitor gateway to the coastal and alpine playgrounds of New Zealand’s South Island.“Our wider Canterbury region has many options on offer for pre and post touring, partner programmes and incentive travel – from thermal pools, spa treatments, wildlife viewing and night sky tours, to hot air ballooning, golf, scenic train journeys, 4WD tours and adrenalin-based activities,” Blanchfield says.The Christchurch and Canterbury Convention Bureau and the Christchurch Convention and Exhibition Centre are exhibiting with the 100% Pure New Zealand team on stand 4614 at AIME 2016 in Melbourne – pop by and see Caroline, Claire or Rob.Source = Christchurch and Canterbury Convention Bureaulast_img read more

September 24 2018

first_imgSeptember 24 , 2018 “One of the sergeants just noticed one of the boxes didn’t seem quite right,” Jeremy Desel, department spokesperson, told CNN affiliate KTRK. “[He] looked a little further, removed that box off one of the pallets, took a look inside and saw something extraordinarily suspicious.”Within the boxes, officials discovered 540 packages of cocaine hidden among bundles of bananas. The donation came from Port of America in Freeport, Texas, according to the department.”There are several federal entities that are investigating and it’s a pretty significant find for them,” Desel was quoted as saying. The DEA and the US Customs and Border Protection are continuing to investigate, the Texas department said.”Our correctional officers and supervisory correctional officers are trained to notice things out of place that don’t seem quite right,” Desel was quoted as saying. U.S. authorities have discovered a massive haul of cocaine hidden in Dole-brand boxes of bananas that were due to be given to a Texas prison.The Texas Department of Criminal Justice found the drugs when officers went to pick of the two-pallets of fruit being donated to the prison and noticed someone was off about the weight of them.The haul is believed to be worth around US$18 million, CNN reports.”Sometimes, life gives you lemons. Sometimes, it gives you bananas. And sometimes, it gives you something you’d never expect!,” posted the department on Facebook. China imports record banana volume … International experts assist ‘rigorous’ Colombian … center_img Colombia denies rumored outbreak of TR4 in the cou … You might also be interested in Costa Rica expects lower pineapple, banana exports …last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Arizona Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson left Sunday’s loss to the New Orleans Saints a little less than whole.The fifth-year pro was going down the field as part of the team’s punt coverage unit when, somehow, he severed the tip of his left middle finger. He didn’t return to the game.“It was pretty devastating for myself because it was a very close ballgame,” Johnson said Monday. “It was 7-7 at that point and it was a big game that I wanted to be a part of and wanted to do everything I could to help my teammates win. “I was thinking more about them and being more upset about that then I was, pretty much, about my finger.”Johnson commended the team’s trainers and coaching staff for handling the situation, and said the reality of him losing part of his finger did not set in until Monday morning.“I was joking around in the hospital, because they had some pretty good stuff to help me get through the pain,” he said, adding he was taking pictures and laughing about it. “It really didn’t set in until this morning when I got here and we took the gauze off and we got it cleaned up here and I actually got to see that it was the same length as my index finger.”The 2009 third-round pick out of Alabama said things like this happen, adding that you can’t play football without risking your health.That said, it’s not often a player loses part of a finger, so the recovery timetable is a bit uncertain.“The big part of it is infection just because the bone was exposed once I pulled it out of the glove, so they wanted to make sure that they got everything clean and got the stitches put in well,” he said, adding that pain tolerance is also part of the equation. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Johnson is not too concerned about how the finger — or lack there of — will impact his play, saying the middle finger has little impact on how a player catches the ball. In fact, he said his middle finger “probably wasn’t getting used for anything good anyway.”But football or not, this is something he’s going to have to live with.“It’s a different injury. We hear about ACLs, we hear about shoulder separations or different things like that,” he said. “But for someone to actually lose a part of their finger, and that’s something that you can’t just go and put back on. It’s gone.“It’s something that I will be without, something that I will have to adjust to. At the end of the day, I’ve got nine more and just move forward with it.”The Arizona Cardinals Broadcast Department contributed to this report 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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