At the end of 2017 there were more than 40000 he

first_imgAt the end of 2017, there were more than 40,000 hectares of greenhouse crops in Mexico, a considerable increase from 2003 when there were less than 200 hectares.”We are growing by an average of around 1300 hectares each year, which is a lot given the five-fold returns compared to the open field sector,” said Diaz.He added that greenhouses have many advantages including higher quality, optimized use of resources and year-long production in any place in the country.The majority of vegetable production is currently made up by tomatoes (60%), followed by bell peppers (19%) and cucumbers (17%) – the latter of which has seen a significant increase in export volume over recent years, said Diaz. The decisions on which new products to plant will depend on result studies as the association is finding out where the biggest opportunities lie.”Maybe the markets will only want current crops, but I think the hypothesis is that they will demand other kinds,” said Diaz.In Europe, they have identified opportunities to sell value-added products such as tomato paste, tomato puree, preserves or frozen vegetable chunks.But there is still a way to go and the use of technologies will be key in the development of the horticultural industry in Mexico. Whether that be the use of drones, new software or the digitalization of postharvest chains, the focus will be on not being left behind, said Díaz.Some of the many projects currently underway include an industry e-commerce platform and the promotion of an independent insurance fund that supports crops and infrastructure exclusively.”This was unthinkable two or three years ago,” he said.Photo: Shutterstock.com You might also be interested in AUSVEG welcomes first female ag minister … This story is exclusive to Fresh Fruit Portal. If you would like to reproduce any elements of it on other sites or publications, please make a request to our editorial team at news@freshfruitportal.com NZ horticultural export value grows to NZ$5.5B … The Mexican vegetable industry remains on its search for new markets and a more diverse product offering – a task that has become more important amid recent international trade tensions.Alfredo Díaz, president of the Mexican Association of Protected Horticulture (AMHPAC) – which works largely with greenhouse growers – said that with the current protectionist lines that its northern neighbor, diversification will be key.Its main market, the U.S., is in an escalating trade war with China and also renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico and Canada.The association has been looking for new markets since 2013 “for a logical reason, which is to not put all our eggs in one basket,” Diaz told Fresh Fruit Portal.They are currently halfway through a study with government agency ProMéxico to help them to identify new export markets, especially in Europe and Asia. They will then see if the products they have are adequate or if they need to diversify their offering.”We are looking to diversify our markets in order to strengthen the business portfolio we have and be less vulnerable, especially given the current international context,” he said.Although he said Mexico has not yet been harmed by the situation between China and the U.S., he believes that it will affect several countries and that U.S. protectionism will continue to increase.Opportunities for new crops? July 30 , 2018 last_img read more

Biologist Kara Weller has been appointed as Head D

first_imgBiologist Kara Weller has been appointed as Head Discovery Team Leader for Scenic Eclipse, responsible for managing the 16 member Discovery Team, facilitating Zodiac and kayak excursions, guiding onshore explorations and hosting on board lectures on the Antarctic and Arctic regions. She will be assisted by a group of highly experienced naturalists, including a marine biologist, glaciologist, historian, orthnologist and geologist, as well as a fisheries and underwater expert, dedicated kayaking guides and Zodiac drivers.“You need to go to a place to see it and smell it and touch it and absorb the sounds in order to understand it and so to care about it. The polar regions are to me the most precious places on our earth and I want people to care about them as much as I do and to fight to protect them,” she said.Kara holds a Master’s degree in Wildlife Biology and has spent the past 20 years educating cruise passengers on the many highlights of Antarctica and the Arctic. She has extensive experience working as an expedition leader, naturalist lecturer and Zodiac driver on more than 150 cruises. She joins the Scenic Eclipse team from Silversea Expeditions. Scenic Founder and Chairman Glen Moroney said he was delighted to welcome someone with Kara’s extensive experience and passion for the polar regions, to the Scenic Eclipse team.“The Antarctic and Arctic regions are a key focus for Scenic Eclipse and will be a highlight for our guests, so it is vital that our Discovery team have the knowledge, dedication and passion to share with guests during their time on board. Kara embodies all the attributes we are looking for and I have no doubt she will be a real asset to the team.” discoveryScenic Eclipselast_img read more

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first_imgIMAGE: World Expeditions Travel Group staff in CambodiaWorld Expeditions Travel Group has launched an internal program to create engagement with its global staff to harness passion for sustainability within the team, and to inspire them to adopt best practice. The “Pillars for Positive Change” initiative is based on 12 separate pillars – one for each month of the initial program. Each World Expeditions Travel Group division will be involved, with each championing a pillar during the twelve month cycle.JUL Avoiding Single Use Plastics World ExpeditionsAUG Travel Be In It UTracksSEP Global Warming World Youth AdventuresOCT Supporting a Charitable Cause Huma Charity ChallengeNOV Less Meat, more Vegetables Sherpa Expeditions/Sherpa VanDEC Kindness to fellow humans Trail JourneysJAN Conserving Water Australian Walking HolidaysFEB Innovations for sustainability Blue Mountains AdventuresMAR Bushwalking benefits for mental health Australian Walking HolidaysAPR Out of your Comfort Zone Great Canadian TrailsMAY Community Service Adventure SouthJUN Consuming Less World Expeditions“Our vision is to use our collective voice to inspire and educate each other – and the community at large,” said World Expeditions’ CEO, Sue Badyari.“We know that behaviours have to change and the first step in that process is education. We are confident that this staff program will have the desired effect and our team will be inspired when they see the difference they can make.”World Expeditions’ Responsible Travel Manager, Donna Lawrence, who will oversee the program. She said global team response has been enthusiastic. “World Expeditions Travel Group is keen to share the data and content generated during the Pillars for Positive Change campaign at the end of the twelve month campaign.” sustainabilityUtrackswellnessWorld Expeditions Grouplast_img read more

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first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke 0 Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationcenter_img Top Stories “I would say that we would certainly have to take a strong look at it, we’re not opposed to doing that,” the Cardinals general manager said of trading a pick.“We’d have to take a strong look at it but we are open to a lot of different scenarios. It certainly may entail us having to give up a high round draft choice in order to make a trade successful if we are in that situation.” Cardinals general manager Rod Graves said Monday the team is not opposed to trading a 2012 high draft choice in order to bring a quarterback to Arizona. Graves joined Sports 620 KTAR’s Gambo and Ash show to address the Cardinals draft and what direction the team is moving in. Eight players were selected by Arizona over the weekend, but there is still a huge void at quarterback. Veteran Marc Bulger has been linked recently with a move to the desert, but Graves said there is a possibility of trading a first round pick for a passer, comments that would help fuel speculation about Eagles backup Kevin Kolb. last_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo GLENDALE, Ariz. – More shifting along the offensive line is ahead for the Arizona Cardinals.Left tackle D.J. Humphries will not play against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium. He’s missing his third straight game after hurting his right knee in the season opener.Humphries is inactive, as is guard Alex Boone, who’s dealing with a slight pectoral strain. And, of course guard Mike Iupati, placed on injured reserve Saturday, is out.center_img Top Stories All this means the Cardinals will use some sort of tackle/guard combination featuring John Wetzel and rookie Will Holden on the left side. Regardless of how they line up, it will be the third different starting five-man unit charged with protecting quarterback Carson Palmer in four games.The remaining inactives are quarterback Blaine Gabbert, running back D.J. Foster, defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche, wide receiver Chad Williams and cornerback Tramon Williams.With receivers John Brown and J.J. Nelson both available, that leaves Chad Williams as the odd man odd; while Tramon Williams will be in street clothes after dressing out and not playing a week ago.Nkemdiche (calf) had already been ruled out.For the 49ers, linebacker Reuben Foster (ankle), safety Eric Reid (knee) and linebacker Pita Taumoepenu (ankle) are out due to injury and among the team’s listed inactives.The others not in uniform for San Francisco are wide receiver Kendrick Bourne, offensive lineman Eric Magnuson, linebacker Mark Nzeocha and cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

The Cardinals will open voluntary organized team a

first_imgThe Cardinals will open voluntary organized team activities on Sunday, and it is unclear whether he will report.Last season, Peterson recorded 54 tackles with two interceptions and five passes defensed.Arizona will enter 2019 with veteran Robert Alford and rookie second-round pick Byron Murphy as the favorites to become starting cornerbacks, though David Amerson and Tramaine Brock are veterans who can also play cornerback or in nickel packages.With the suspension, Peterson will miss home games against the Detroit Lions, Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons. He will also miss road contests at the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals.He has never missed a game, including 128 regular season outings and three playoff games.Last season, Peterson requested a trade before the midseason deadline but later backed off that stance, affirming his commitment to the Cardinals this offseason. Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson has been suspended six games to begin the 2019 season due to a violation of the NFL’s performance enhancing drug policy.The team formally announced the suspension Thursday afternoon after it was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.“Patrick recognizes how disappointing this is for everyone in the organization as well as our fans,” the Cardinals said in a team statement. “As we all do, he understands that regardless of intent he is ultimately responsible for everything he puts in his body. Our coaching staff and our players are now aware that we will have to play the first six games without Patrick and they understand they have to rise to the challenge that it presents.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   Top Stories Peterson will be available to participate in all offseason practices and preseason practices and games. He will, however, have to sit out in the regular season until Oct. 14, after a Week 6 game against the Atlanta Falcons.Peterson would be able to return to a game in Week 7 for an Oct. 20 away contest at the New York Giants.Peterson has already appealed and decided to drop it, and he will lose $3,882,352 in wages, Schefter added.Related LinksCards’ Peterson upset contract couldn’t be reworked before suspensionBengals WR A.J. Green calls Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson the best CBPatrick Peterson not at Cardinals mini-camp TuesdayCardinals hope Robert Alford can bring the best out of Patrick PetersonNFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Peterson was suspended six games — and not the standard four for a first-time offender — because his violation included a PED masking agent.The eight-time Pro Bowler did not participate in the team’s late-April voluntary mini-camp. John Gambadoro of 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station reported at the time that Peterson was upset with the organization.Gambadoro reported Thursday that Peterson was upset the team could not rework his contract knowing he was facing a performance-enhancing drug suspension, according to multiple sources. He knew the suspension was coming and wanted to rework his contract and avoid taking losses. Peterson believed he could have saved $2 million or more, Gambadoro added on Thursday.center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson reacts during the second half the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Immersing discerning t

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterImmersing discerning travellers in Sri Lanka’s rich heritage, vibrant local life, charming colonial footprints and wild nature, Anantara Kalutara Resort is offering a unique shoreline hideaway with two views of paradise when it opens in October 2016.Only 10 minutes from the historic town of Kalutara and an hour from Colombo, Anantara Kalutara Resort resides along Sri Lanka’s beautiful southwest coast. The beachfront setting between the Indian Ocean and Kalu River boasts coastal, river and lagoon frontage.Surrounded by tropical gardens, towering coconut palms and a serene shoreline, simplicity, elegance and great craftsmanship is inspired by the architectural vision of the late Geoffrey Bawa – Sri Lanka’s most famous architect.The 141 guestrooms, suites and pool villas fuse authentic luxury with evocative Sri Lankan accents. Private balconies and terraces draw the eye to garden, ocean or river scenery. Interconnecting, disabled and poolside guestrooms tailor the charms. Suites offer a lounge and the one-of-a-kind One Bedroom Presidential Suite boasts a private plunge pool and sundeck. All suites and villas allow guests to listen to their favourite soundtracks on the Bose Bluetooth speaker, and a Villa Host is on hand for all special requests. One- and Two Bedroom Villas are enclosed by a garden terrace, allowing guests to swim in their private pool, sunbathe on the deck and dine outside in seclusion. For shared holidays with family and friends, some of the One Bedroom Garden Pool Villas feature interconnecting gardens.Three restaurants dish up international favourites and local specialties, coastal Italian dining with ocean views, and the best of Thai, Indian and Chinese cuisines. Market life and master chef tips ignite culinary passions at Spice Spoons cooking school. Relax with drinks, food, music and friends at the Upper Deck Bar and Dining by Design tailors the perfect private dinner.World-class leisure facilities make resort life a pleasure. Quiet time with a coffee, book or computer time can be enjoyed at the library, which is dedicated to Geoffrey Bawa. Couples can unwind at the ocean view pool beside the elegant Italian restaurant, while families enjoy the lagoon-side pool with its Jacuzzi jets and children’s section. Yoga feels serene at the spa pavilion and gym workouts are energised by a river view, and a personal trainer if desired. Water sport thrills include jet skiing, water skiing and banana rides available at the Watersports Centre.Anantara Spa journeys pamper with holistic Ayurvedic therapies and exotic western spa rituals for adults, teens and children. The double-storey sanctuary has two yoga and meditation pavilions and is surrounded by a lotus pond. Eleven treatment rooms include six for individuals, four for couples and one dedicated to Ayurvedic therapies. Children enjoy fun experiences from a chocolate oil massage to hair braiding and teen girls are treated to facials, manicures and pedicures. Teen boys are groomed and buffed and the spa also offers special ‘Mum & Me’ and ‘Dad & Me’ packages.The family-friendly attractions begin on arrival at the resort with children receiving special treats such as chocolate chip and coconut cookies. Youngsters have their own action-packed fun at Adventurer Club, from cultural activities and outdoor games, to exciting excursions. When the time comes to leave, little ones are given a teddy bear souvenir.The resort also offers a spectacular setting for events. Dream weddings are framed by Indian Ocean waves on soft silky sands, beside the lagoon or amidst tropical gardens. Business guests benefit from two meeting rooms and a 500-seat conference centre, expected to open in March 2017, will host lavish social and corporate functions for up to 300 guests.An SUV limousine service is available for journeys between the resort and Kalutara South Station, just five minutes away, and Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport, a two-hour drive.The resort is ideally located for travellers seeking adventure. Scenic helicopter flights reveal a bird’s eye view of Kalutara’s exotic beauty. Guests can head out for a picnic beside a waterfall, go river fishing on a traditional boat with a local guide, and soak up the romance of a sunset river cruise. Local treasures include the architectural splendour of Richmond Castle and the world’s only hollow Buddhist shrine. Tours of tea plantations and the Dutch fort in Galle relive colonial times. Nature highlights range from dolphin and whale watching boat trips, to national park safaris, the conservation efforts of a turtle hatchery and exploring virgin rainforests.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Wine isnt the only th

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterWine isn’t the only thing on the menu at Mont Rochelle Hotel and Vineyard. Younger guests, also known as ‘Little Corkers’, can now look forward to a tailor-made itinerary during their stay.An exciting range of activities is on offer for children to enjoy, whatever their interests. Budding vintners will love getting their hands – or rather, feet – dirty while stomping grapes with our experts, before recharging with a refreshing grape juice tasting. The hotel’s extensive grounds are the ideal setting for a scavenger hunt and picnic, and lawn games dotted throughout are sure to see youngsters getting competitive with the adults.There’s also plenty for the kids to enjoy in the local area from Giraffe House, Butterfly World or the Farm Sanctuary to chocolate and ice cream tasting at De Villiers Chocolate Café.At the end of the day, the whole family can relax in their own ‘home away from home’: the exclusive Manor House. The house comes complete with four deluxe suites, a bunk room for up to six children, two private pools and a games room. For smaller families and those staying in the main hotel, children are welcomed on single beds in the spacious Pinotage and Cap Classique suites, which feature a separate lounge and stunning views.Between 16 April to 30 September 2018 up to two kids under the age of 16 years can stay for free with their parents at Mont Rochelle when booking a Pinotage Suite, Cap Classique Suite or the Manor House.Virgin Limited Edition, The Manor House, Mont Rochelle, South AfricaVirgin Limited Edition, The Manor House, Mont Rochelle, South AfricaGo back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Australian developer P

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterAustralian developer, Perri Projects, has appointed hotel owner-operator Ovolo Hotels as hotel manager for its $50 million South Melbourne project, to be known as Ovolo South Melbourne and expected to open in 2020.Located at 183–199 Moray Street, the 100-room, upper-upscale, six-storey designer hotel will bring Ovolo’s signature ‘effortless living’ ethos to one of Melbourne’s most iconic inner-city suburbs. Ovolo’s appointment represents a significant milestone for the project, which has received planning approval, with construction anticipated to commence in the third quarter of 2019.David Scalzo, Managing Director of Perri Projects, said Ovolo’s international track record for delivering innovative, design-led destination hotel concepts that emphasise lifestyle aligned with Perri Projects’ vision for the site.“We are delighted to partner with Ovolo to realise our original vision for this site as a mixed-use lifestyle precinct featuring destination bars and restaurants, as well as leisure, event and function facilities,” he said.Owning and operating 10 hotels across Australia and Hong Kong, Ovolo’s appointment as hotel manager represents the independent hospitality group’s first solely hotel-management agreement.Girish Jhunjhnuwala, Ovolo CEO and Founder, said Ovolo in South Melbourne represented a new phase of growth for the company, made possible through a shared vision with Perri Projects.“The Hotel Management Agreement with Perri Projects represents a natural evolution for our business as we continually look to expand our offering in new markets,” he said. “While we each bring our respective expertise in property development and hospitality management to this project, this partnership was forged through our mutual affinity for delivering truly unique projects and a shared vision for the South Melbourne site.”Dave Baswal, COO & CFO of Ovolo Australia, said he was confident Ovolo’s offering in South Melbourne would be well received by the growing pool of higher-end established housing and major commercial office buildings.Artist renderings of Ovolo South Melbourne supplied.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Related Wizz Air to launch new flights to GermanyW

first_img RelatedWizz Air to launch new flights to GermanyWizz Air will introduce two new flights to Germany in the springWizz Air plans to launch flights to Brno from London LutonWizz Air will launch new cheap flights to Brno from London LutonWizz Air to start Poznan-Milan flightsWizz Air to start Poznan-Milan flights Low-cost airline Wizz Air will launch flights to London Luton from its new base in Vilnius, Lithuania.The Hungarian-based airline will establish its 14th base in the Lithuanian capital, where it will base a brand new Airbus A320 aircraft from April 16th.In addition to London Luton, Wizz Air will introduce flights to Doncaster-Sheffield, Cork, Eindhoven, Stockholm-Skavsta, Milan-Bergamo, Rome-Fiumicino and Barcelona from Vilnius.Flights to London and Doncaster-Sheffield will be operated five times a week and twice a week respectively, with both routes commencing on April 17th.Jozsef Varadi, Wizz Air’s chief executive officer, said the airline is “extremely delighted” to meet its latest expansion milestone.”The opening of the Vilnius base will allow many people to enjoy our truly low fares coupled with excellent Wizz travel experience,” he commented.”Beyond further enhancing the travel opportunities in the Lithuanian market, we will create hundreds of local jobs and significant revenue uplift for the local tourism industry.”On December 16th, Wizz Air will launch direct flights to Brno, the Czech Republic’s second-largest city, from London Luton.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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first_imgSavannah, Georgia – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineGulfstream Aerospace Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), announced today that a second ultra-large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G650 has completed its first flight.The second test article — known as T2 — took off from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport at 12:50 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, with senior experimental test pilots Gary Freeman and Scott Buethe in the cockpit. The aircraft flew for 2 hours and 33 minutes, reaching an altitude of 37,000 feet (11,278 m) and a speed of Mach 0.80 before landing back in Savannah. In a company first, both G650 flight-test aircraft — T2 and T1 — were airborne simultaneously and were tracked by dual telemetry facilities in real time.“T2 performed extremely well during the initial tests of its integrated flight control system and handling,” said Pres Henne, senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test, Gulfstream. “We plan to make half a dozen flights to assess basic system functionality before proceeding to more intensive testing.” “The conditions were very gusty and blustery, yet T2, like T1, handled great,” said Freeman. “To control the aircraft precisely requires small, light control input from the pilot. It’s an easy jet to fly.”The G650 flight-test and certification plan involves five aircraft and an estimated 1,800 hours of testing. Each aircraft is used for a specific series of tests, with T1 focused on performance and flight controls, T2 on systems and T3 on avionics. The two production aircraft in the test program — P1 and P2 — will be used to evaluate the interior systems and reduced vertical separation minimums (RVSMs), respectively. T1, which spent approximately six hours in the air on Thursday, has completed 18 flights over more than 43 hours. The aircraft has reached a maximum speed of Mach 0.90 and a top altitude of 47,000 feet (14,326 m). Test pilots are progressively opening the flight envelope in conjunction with load testing of a ground-test airframe designated S6.Gulfstream expects to receive concurrent G650 certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in 2011. Gulfstream announced the G650 program on March 13, 2008. On Sept. 29, 2009, the aircraft rolled out under its own power in front of a crowd of more than 7,000 people. It completed its first flight on Nov. 25, 2009, and remains on schedule for entry-into-service in 2012. The G650 offers the longest range at the fastest speed in its class.Powered by best-in-class Rolls-Royce BR725 engines, the business jet is capable of traveling 7,000 nautical miles (12,964 km) at Mach 0.85 and has a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.925.www.gulfstream.comlast_img read more

For travelers on a shortened schedule and on a lux

first_imgFor travelers on a shortened schedule and on a luxe for less budget, stay the fourth night free at The Kahala Hotel & Resort with the Ocean Promotion. With its recent multi-million dollar makeover, stay in one of the newly redone “Kahala Chic” rooms overlooking the Pacific Ocean and natural lagoon home to six fun loving Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles and varied tropical fish.When booking a Diamond Head ocean view room or higher, the Ocean Promotion includes:-Daily buffet breakfast for two in the Plumeria Beach House -Rates starts at $755 per night in an Ocean View No Lanai room -Available in Ocean View, Oceanfront and Beachfront room categories -Minimum 4-night stay for 4th Night Free offerThe above promotion is available from now to April 30, from May 7 to July 31, and from August 26 to December 20, 2009. Not valid with any other package or promotion.The Kahala is also offering a special rate for their new contemporary island-style inspired suites. The Suite Chic promotion gives guests the opportunity to relax in The Kahala’s newly redesigned suites featuring rich ivory and coffee colored tones, out of this world beds and elegant tropical accents. Enjoy luxurious amenities from custom-made Italian Frette linens, towels and chenille robes to exclusive Kahala-only signature fragrances by Floris of London.The Kahala Suite Chic promotion is available for the resort’s Ko’olau Partial Ocean View Suite and Koko Head Ocean Front Suite room categories and includes:-A spacious new suite at 30% off the rack rate -With two or more nights, a complimentary daily breakfast buffet for two beachside at the Plumeria Beach House restaurant -With five nights, the fifth night is freePlus all the amenities included in The Kahala’s Suite Amenity Program: -Special lei greeting upon arrival -Escort to suite -Personalized stationery packet -Unpacking/packing services -Complimentary pressing service for one garment upon arrival -Morning coffee with newspaper daily -Daily late afternoon cocktail service with light pupus in suite -Nightly VIP turndown -Preferential oceanfront seating at Plumeria Beach House and Hoku’s -Preferential appointment times at The Kahala’s Spa Suites -Full complimentary Business Center services such as use of computer for one hour per day, photocopying, facsimile use and free internet connectionwww.kahalaresort.comlast_img read more

TORONTO — From their humble beginnings as shamblin

first_img TORONTO — From their humble beginnings as shambling, brain-eating monsters in shlocky horror films, zombies have shown a surprising amount of cultural staying power.Movies, television shows, and video games found a lot of creative latitude over the decades in what might seem a limited concept, discovering new ways to feature zombies or variations of the mindless minions. John Garvin, creative director of game developer Bend Studios, believes his company’s new post-apocalyptic open-world title “Days Gone” will show there is still more to be mined from the venerable genre.Set in the woods of Oregon after much of humanity is either killed off or infected by a massive epidemic, the world of “Days Gone” is not overrun by undead, but by living feral creatures known as “freakers.” While comparisons to previous genre hits like “The Last of Us” will be difficult to avoid, Garvin says playing through “Days Gone” will show the freakers can stand in a class of their own.“I totally understand why we’re under the larger umbrella of zombie games, but what we’re really trying to do is create something brand new,” Garvin said in a recent interview. “I mean yes you start with this trope of ‘Hey it’s a virus that transforms people and decimates the world,’ but there’s still new things to be done with that idea, and hopefully we’re doing it.“They (freakers) really are not zombies, they’re a new thing. Maybe in future games we’ll say ‘Freakers have been played out. Why did you do a game with freakers?’”At first blush, the freakers seem to behave like a modern incarnation of the prototypical zombie. They appear to have a singular desire to hunt for food, and will swarm victims in large numbers to overpower them.But as they are infected living humans, rather than undead reincarnations, freakers are also subject to human frailties. Rain can dampen their sense of hearing. The sun’s glare off snow can impair their sight.They are seen roaming in greater numbers at night and tend to hibernate during the day. Players can use that knowledge strategically, choosing to explore the Oregon wilds in daylight to lessen the chances of an enemy encounter, or to attack a freaker nest at night, when more of the creatures will be out wandering around.And the virus in “Days Gone” is not limited to humans. Along the way players will encounter infected wolves, capable of outrunning the protagonist’s motorbike and knocking him to the ground with a leaping attack, to freaker bears imbued with increased strength and aggressiveness.As a narrative-driven game, however, “Days Gone” can’t rely solely on its new breed of monster. Considerable creative effort went into the creation of protagonist Deacon St. John, a former member of a motorcycle gang who became a drifter and bounty hunter after losing his wife during the early days of the epidemic. Veteran actor Sam Witwer delivers a slightly unhinged performance as the voice of St. John, who can often heard muttering to himself in frustrated snippets as he struggles to survive in the dangerous woods.“We really wanted to give the sense that he only has his own ear most of the time,” Garvin said. “He spends a lot of time isolated. And I think if you were a drifter or mercenary or bounty hunter in this world, you would be alone a lot of the time.”Along the way St. John encounters camps of human survivors, led by characters with their own agendas and takes on the world they now live in. One of the leaders St. John meets early on, the conspiracy theorist-spouting Mark Copeland, seems almost gleefully at ease in the new dystopia.“He is kind of at home here because he predicted it,” Garvin said. “He’s the kind of guy who would totally relish the chance to have been proven right and then to use his own perspective to rebuild.“Basically what we wanted to do is have every encampment embody a different philosophy.”“Days Gone” comes out Friday exclusively on the PlayStation 4. Screengrab from the video game “Days Gone,” is shown in a handout. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Sony Interactive Entertainment MANDATORY CREDIT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Curtis Withers, The Canadian Presscenter_img ‘Days Gone’ video game director on rebranding zombies into ‘freakers’ by Curtis Withers, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 25, 2019 8:18 am PDTlast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Congressional Medal of Honor museum planned in Rapid City by The Associated Press Posted May 17, 2019 8:35 am PDTcenter_img RAPID CITY, S.D. — A Rapid City man who wrote a book about Congressional Medal of Honor recipients is now opening a museum to honour them.The Rapid City Journal reports John L. Johnson’s museum is to open Aug. 1 at the Rushmore Mall. It will have individual plaques for the more than 3,500 people recognized for valour in combat with the nation’s highest military honour.Johnson works for the public school district. He published a book about medal recipients in 2007 that was updated in 2010. He believes it’s important to remember and honour a part of the nation’s military history that he believes is being lost.Museum admission will be free. Johnson is funding the effort through his own money, donations, other fundraising and proceeds from an artist’s market he runs in the mall.___Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

Two held after football violence

first_imgTwo men are in police custody following violence at Wednesday’s Ael – Apoel football match at Limassol’s Tsirio stadium in which six people were injured and two arrested while equipment was also damaged.A few minutes after the start of the second half, Apoel fans in the western stand set fire to the stand’s toilets.Members of the fire brigade, who under the protection of police officers, moved in to extinguish the blaze were attacked by Apoel supporters who threw plastic chairs, flares and other objects at them.The police then used tear gas to restore order.During the disorder a 37-year-old man from Limassol and a 21-year-old resident of Nicosia were arrested.According to police, they resisted arrest and violence had to be used to detain them.The two men and four police officers were injured in the scuffle. They were all transferred to Limassol General Hospital where the two suspects received first aid and were taken to a police station. They may be taken to court later.Three of the police officers were treated for bruises and injuries and released. The forth who suffered from a swelling of his right hand was hospitalised in the orthopaedic ward of the hospital.You May LikeCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoSolar SolutionsCalifornia Will Pay Homeowners to Install SolarSolar SolutionsUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes?FigLeaf Beta AppUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Assessment of damages for breach of contract

first_imgA fundamental principle of contract law requires the parties to honour their agreement for their mutual benefit expecting to receive the agreed consideration. Any act that aims to breach the contract has consequences since the innocent party suffers loss and damage for which he is entitled to be compensated. Contract Law provides that when a contract has been broken the party who suffers by such a breach is entitled to receive compensation from the party who has broken the contract for any loss or damage caused by such a breach or which the parties knew, when they made the contract, to be likely to result from the breach of it.However, such compensation is not to be given for any remote and indirect loss or damage sustained by reason of the breach. In estimating the loss or damage arising from a breach of contract, the means which existed of remedying the inconvenience caused by the non-performance of the contract must be taken into account. The manner to assess compensation corresponds to the amount that would restore the innocent party to the position he would have been if the contract was executed. In this respect, the reasonably foreseeable losses at the time the agreement was made should be taken into account as a result of the breach; the losses the innocent party may suffer in dealing with the consequences of the breach of the contract are not restored.The options the innocent party has are either to insist on the execution of the contract claiming its specific performance plus compensation for damages caused due to the delay in the execution of the contract, or to consider that the breach committed by the party who broke the agreement has terminated the contract; in such a case, both parties are released from their respective obligation to execute the contract, however the innocent party is entitled to claim damages for the loss and damage he suffered.The aforesaid were examined in a judgment issued by the Supreme Court on 23.1.2018 in two appeals whereby the court analyses the principles and the means for the assessment of damages due to breach of contract. As the court pointed out, there are three main categories in which the plaintiff can include his claim for damages. The first is the so-called ‘expectation interest’, which is based on the plaintiff’s expectation that the defendant will fulfil his contractual obligations and in the event that he does not, the damages will have to compensate him so he will be in the same position he would have been if the defendant fulfilled his promise. The second category concerns the so-called ‘reliance interest’ which includes the actions the plaintiff suffered as a result of the defendant not fulfilling his contractual obligations, causing the plaintiff to incur various costs which the defendant should remedy.The purpose here is to put the plaintiff in the same position he was before the promise was given by the defendant. Finally, the plaintiff can claim the so-called ‘restitution interest’, in which the plaintiff does not wish to be compensated for the loss he has suffered but wishes to deprive the defendant of the profit he has made against him.The Supreme Court in the above appeals disagreed with the judgment of the court of first instance regarding the assessment of damages, considering the court did not reach a simple finding that the appellant was entitled to compensation for breach of contract, although it correctly decided the respondent had illegally terminated the agreement. Furthermore, as mentioned by the Supreme Court, since the appellant’s version had been accepted, she was entitled to receive compensation by being awarded with that amount she would have received if the agreement had been executed. Damages in Contract Law aim at restoring the innocent party.George Coucounis is a lawyer specialising in the Immovable Property Law, based in Larnaca, Tel: 24 818288, coucounis.law@cytanet.com.cy, www.coucounislaw.comYou May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Taxi app expected to revolutionise cab service

first_imgA new application, Taxify, which is being launched on Wednesday in Nicosia is expected to revolutionise the taxi sector in Cyprus.The app allows users to set their location and see where the nearest partner taxi is and order it. The taxi can be tracked heading to the customer’s location and indicates how long far away it is and how long it will take to arrive.Customers can also track their routes while inside the cab, preventing drivers from taking longer routes and overcharging for trips. Customers will also be able to pay via their phones.Taxify, which is being used in Europe already will start operating in the capital, with an expansion of services to the whole island planned in the near future.According to the Cyprus News Agency, the application was created in Estonia and has been a great success in Europe, Central America and Africa. With 5 million users in 30 countries and with transactions over $ 1 billion, it is today the most rapidly growing technology company in Europe.Sotiris Tigarides, head of the service in Cyprus, said the company will use only registered taxis with professional taxi drivers who are mostly self-employed and will be able to continue to work with both existing taxi offices and Taxify.Customer safety and the legal aspects of the industry will be a priority, he said.The app will offer different payment methods and has a ratings utility. It is available for Android, iOS and Windows phones.Drivers are charged a commission of only 15 per cent, while other, similar applications charge 25 to 30 per cent, he explained.You May Likewww.TheDiabeticGuide.com12 Warning Signs of Diabeteswww.TheDiabeticGuide.comUndoCollegeBuzzoTop 10 Universities In The WorldCollegeBuzzoUndowww.travelden.co.uk20 Amazing Hotels In Striking Locations You Must Visit!www.travelden.co.ukUndo Greece to overturn law that made universities no-go zone for policeUndoBrazil prison riot kills 52, with 16 decapitatedUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

May tourism revenue up 11 amid product fatigue

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesCyprus had to attract 7.6 per cent more visitors from abroad during May in order to increase its revenue from tourism 1.1 per cent to €294.7m compared with the respective month of 2017, a clear sign that the economy’s benefits from tourism was decreasing, the statistical service said.In May, tourists reduced their spending 6 per cent per stay to an average of €654.14 compared with May last year, Cystat said. Visitors from the UK, traditionally Cyprus’ largest source of incoming tourism, spent on average €694.35 in May or 3 per cent less compared with the year before while those from Russia, the second largest market, €625.87 which was 9.7 per cent less.The current uncertainty over the impact on the UK’s economy from Brexit and the increasing geopolitical tensions affecting the performance of the Russian economy following a new round of sanctions announced by the US on Wednesday, may have a further negative effect on the island’s economy.In January to May, revenue from tourism rose an annual 4.3 per cent to €677.2m against a 14 per cent increase in arrivals, Cystat said.You May LikebrandIndia Today extends partnership with Taboola for 3 years – MediaNamabrandUndoReport Globe8 Cutest Exotic Dog BreedsReport GlobeUndoFood Eat Safe11 Foods That Can Help You Look YoungerFood Eat SafeUndo Limassol police investigating attempted murderUndoCompanies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoBritain preparing for a no-deal BrexitUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

The coming of the mouflons

first_imgBy Lizzy IoannidouIn a coffeeshop in Gerakies, encircled by half a dozen elderly local farmers, the community leader of the nearby village of Kalopanayiotis in the Nicosia district, Yiannis Papadouris bemoans the fact that “at some point, Gerakies had 600 residents and 60 mouflons. Today they have 600 mouflons and 60 residents.”“There’s not even 60 left!” another patron shouts. “Forty five” chimes in a man at the other end of the coffeeshop, as I turn and realise that everyone within earshot was focusing intently on our table, except for those sitting at the table with a game of pilotta in full swing.I drove up to the mountains recently to meet ‘Mr Yiannakis’ at his farm just outside Kalopanayiotis, looking over a river passing through his beautifully tended orchard which extends as far as the eye could see.Soon, we were on quad bikes following a local guide along the dirt roads that spiralled across the mountains, which would eventually take us to the neighbouring village of Gerakies where the farmers would be gathered.We set out looking for Cyprus’ endemic mouflons, a sub-species of wild sheep that, with an 8,000 year history, is unique to Cyprus, and which came close to extinction during the Ottoman years and has been protected since 1992.Once confined in a comfortable habitat in the Paphos forest, the destruction that took place during the 1974 war depleted the resources that had sustained them, causing them to move further and further eastward in search of food and water. They travelled into the mountain villages where their survival on crops cultivated by locals has however also led to the impoverishment of many village households.I wasn’t going to see any more of the likes of Papadouris’ blooming orchard in these mountains because the mouflons had have torn through the local crops, with the government and the game and fauna service mostly leaving the affected residents to fend for themselves, they said.In the summer, much like us humans, mouflons are most active at the time of day when temperatures cool down, so our late afternoon quest was fruitful but not so much in terms of seeing actual fruit on trees along the mountain slopes abundant with orchards and vineyards.A farmer indicates the trail the mouflon use“Look! There’s the trail the mouflons have made to move up and down the slopes, eating what they find along the way” said the local guide as he jumped off his quad bike to run up the trail.We made two more stops before reaching Gerakies. One to see an entire slope, which once used to be a flourishing orchard, now desolate with the exception of a few disparate shrubs, and another stop at a piece of land which was fenced off, containing the only trees with crops intact that we had seen since Papadouris’ property.“Fencing is the only way, even if we have to fence off the entire village,” said Marios Charalambous, the community leader of Gerakies after we’d arrived at the coffeeshop where a group of local farmers had gathered to talk about their lost livelihood.“From 1960 until 1974, Gerakies produced a minimum of 100 tonnes of the sweet soujouko, and took at least 400 barrels of zivania to the Sodap winery in Limassol. Today, Gerakies produces at the most 100-150kg of zivania and 2-3 tonnes of soujouko. Where did all that go?” asked one of the local farmers.In Gerakies, there are currently three vineyards that continue to produce, and all three are fenced off. Needless to say, Papadouris’ orchard is also fenced off. But the rest cannot afford to do so themselves.An orchard that farmers say has been saved from mouflon damage only because it was fenced offIn the old days, Gerakies had 11 traditional coffeeshops, around 1,000 residents and a primary school with around 80 students. Many had to leave for the cities or for other countries for various reasons, one being, the villager say, ‘the coming of the mouflons’.“The resident of this area rarely managed by doing just one profession – he was part farmer, part miner, part artisan, he made his own products. It was this multi-professionalism kept locals in place in their villages,”Papadouris said.Some local Gerakiotes worked in mines, such the CMC mines in Skouriotissa, while some others worked in Amiantos. With the closing of these mines, locals couldn’t sustain themselves exclusively from their crops, and so they looked for work elsewhere. Families moved to the cities, with the idea that if they came up to the village on weekends to tend to their crops, they’d be okay. But unfortunately, things didn’t work out that way, as they’d come up to find that their vineyards and orchards had been eaten by mouflons.Up to 2006, farmers whose crop was damaged by mouflons were compensated by the government but that is not an option anymore, while the measures implemented since then are what the villagers call “half-measures”. The agriculture ministry’s current scheme promises a certain degree of compensation for damaged crops and a small grant towards the fencing of lands in areas where mouflons now roam freely.“The government has implemented a policy of compensation, but the amount is so small that it helped just a small number of the affected. And in terms of the grant for fencing, they’re offering €9 per metre so that we can fence the land off ourselves,” Charalambous said.Papadouris jumps in: “The first thing that comes to mind is, is €9 enough?”“It doesn’t even cover the purchase of the supplies,” Charalambous said.“It doesn’t even cover the poles!” one of the local affected farmers chimed in.“And what about the workers? Who’s going to pay them?” said another.Charalambous looked on sternly, and said “the real question is, say okay, I put in the extra money out of my already-empty pocket and I fenced off my land. When I do, and I keep the mouflons off my land, where is it going to go next? To the next property! And on it goes, as it’s already been going for years now.”Mouflons territory now spans the areas of Kampos, Tsakkistra, Milikouri, Kaminaria, Gerakies, Kalopanayiotis, Moutoullas, Pedoulas, and have even reached as far as Solea.“As pleasant as the mouflons are which are rightly protected, at some point the villager and the farmer also needs to be protected,” Yiannakis said.One of the farmers who had been silent for a while suddenly burst out: “They want to protect this animal, but what are they really doing to protect it? Are they cleaning the water in its former habitat which it was forced to leave? Are they providing it with food?”“When the English came only 15 mouflons were left, and they took an area of around 30km in the Paphos forest and put them in there for their protection. No one could go in, especially not poachers, not even shepherds! They took care of them, cleaned their water, their wounds. And today there are 3,000 mouflons on the island. These things don’t happen today. What do you expect from an animal that has no food, no water, no care? It’ll go where it can find it,” he continued.A man sitting on the opposite table listening in said: “You know, I bought three dogs just in case mouflons happen to go near my yard and my crops, but I still lie awake all night. Seriously, I’ve got three dogs and they bark all night and I get up with my shotgun and shoot into the air to make the mouflons leave. Do you understand? What am I supposed to do? Poison them? Kill them? Are we going to have to commit crimes just to protect our crop?”Papadouris laughs out loud.“So listen to the irony: the mouflons is protected, the jay is protected, the fox is protected, snakes are protected, and the only animal that isn’t protected, is us!” The other farmers all nodded in agreement. A hillside orchard that has been destroyed by mouflon Farmers call for tougher measuresThe Cyprus mouflon has been a strictly protected subspecies since 1992, under an EU habitats directive (92/43).Although active management and protection have resulted in an increase in the mouflon population from a few dozen in the 1930s to more than 3000 today, they are still considered rare due to being endemic to the island.In June this year, farmers whose produce was being damaged by mouflons asked the state to compensate them and fund protection measures as the animals were now even visiting coffeeshops in some villages.The issue has been going on for years and MPs have said on numerous occasions in recent years that the mouflon population was getting out of control and a plan was needed to deal with it.The Game and Fauna service, which is responsible for the management of the species says that whenever an individual’s crop is damaged by mouflons, the service will visit the affected farmers and offer advice as to how to keep the animals away, such as the use of fencing, lighting, even leaving the radio playing for a few hours.In the past the department has also suggested spraying the leaves of trees with a substance which gave an unpleasant taste but that it was not available in the local market anymore.Up to 2006 farmers whose crop was damaged by mouflons were compensated by the government but that is not an option anymore following EU instructions.The agriculture ministry launched a new scheme in 2016 where farmers are given an amount of money if they leave 10 per cent of their crops or fruit unharvested so that mouflons and other animals can eat them as a form of indirect compensation for damage.The Game and Fauna service has also placed a large number of drinking troughs in the areas where mouflon populations are found, and that they were also sowing seeds for grain crops to grow in cleared forest areas for mouflon to eat to keep them in forest areas.The number of mouflons has not risen dramatically in recent years and appears to have stabilised at around 3,000. Mouflons also face dangers from poachers, with cases in recent years indicating that mouflon meat was selling illegally at around €80 a kilo. Young mouflons are also killed by packs of feral dogs and several have also been found dead after being hit by cars.You May LikeSwift VerdictRobbie Williams Is 45-Year-Old & This Is Where He LivesSwift VerdictUndoAssisted Living | Search AdsAssisted Living Homes in Rowland HeightsAssisted Living | Search AdsUndoStuff AnsweredNeed A Laptop? Here Are The Top 5 Of 2018Stuff AnsweredUndo Morphou bishop now claims gay men have a ‘nasty smell’UndoModi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoFamagusta municipality says Varosha entry goes against UN regulationsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more