CHICAGO — Grain futures were mostly higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Mar. delivery rose 7.40 cents at $5.2140 a bushel; Mar. corn fell .80 cent at $3.7760 a bushel; Dec. oats was up 2.60 cents at $2.8920 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans gained 2.60 cents at 8.9960 a bushel.Beef was higher and pork was lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Feb. live cattle rose .38 cent at $1.2530 a pound; Jan. feeder cattle was up .20 cent at $1.47 a pound; Dec. lean hogs fell .76 cent at .6282 a pound.The Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC Oil and Gas Commission is hosting information sessions on Orphan Sites.The information sessions are for landowners that have orphaned well sites, how they are identified, how risk is managed and how they are restored.Wednesday, April 24th, 2019, from 6:30 pm to 8 pm at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre. For more information on the sessions email; firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250.794.5200
The Monark Group of Surrey now owns the property. Developers Monty Sikka and Mark Catroppa are the founders of the company and in a press release, said they would develop the city’s only master-planned community.The developers are proposing to build single-family, duplex, and row homes along with condominiums and apartments and integrate them with commercial and retail spaces.The new owners, the Monark Group, have not said when construction will start on the property but are currently looking for investors and possible homeowners. You can learn more about the project at www.fortstjohn.com FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Over 207 acres of land in the southeast corner of Fort St. John has been sold to another developer.The Station or as it has been known in the past, Station 44, is a section of land behind the UFA Cardlock along the Alaska Highway in Fort St. John.Since the early 2000’s the property has been bought and sold several times. Each developer has proposed to build a mix of residential and commercial/retail in the area.
“We are deeply alarmed by the situation in northern Iraq, and in particular the situation of vulnerable minority groups, including the Yezidi, Christian and Turkomen communities,” Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson for the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) told reporters in Geneva.She underscored that widespread or systematic attacks directed against any civilian populations because of their ethnic background, religion or belief may constitute a crime against humanity.OHCHR also voiced concern at “very disturbing reports” about the treatment of women. In specific, Ms. Shamdasani said they were told of women being sold as sex slaves, and being punished for not adhering to misinterpretations of Islamic laws. The agency also had very worrying information about children dying and about the recruitment of child soldiers.“All parties, including ISIL and associated armed groups, must abide by international humanitarian law, including the obligation to protect the civilian population,” the OHCHR spokesperson said.The Security Council and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday voiced concerns about the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people as a result of the violence. There are reports of ISIL attacks in Kirkuk, and Qaraqosh, and earlier attacks in Tal Afar and Sinjar district of Ninewa Governorate, affecting mainly the vulnerable communities of Christians, Turkomen, and Yezidis.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is coordinating with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to provide assistance in the northern part of the country. Armed clashes have further exacerbated the situation there, forcing people to flee, including in Erbil city, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).“An estimated 50,000 people are believed to be trapped on Sinjar Mountain, and over 200,000 are estimated to have made their way to Dahuk governorate over the past 72 hours,” a UN spokesperson said in New York, stressing that the number of those displaced remains fluid and unverified.The main priorities for the rising numbers of people fleeing Sinjar, which ISIL took over on Sunday, are water, food and shelter, and there are concerns regarding soaring temperatures, which are next week forecast to hit 111 degrees Fahrenheit.UNHCR, WFP and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), along with partners, are providing assistance for up to 200,000 people who fled violence in Sinjar last weekend, and who are moving northward to Dahuk Governorate in the Kurdistan region. Iraq: Displacement – Sinjar, Ninewa Governorate as of 04 Aug 2014. Credits: OCHAThe UN agencies said that working with partners, they have pre-positioned stocks in Dahuk in order to rapidly respond to those arriving from Sinjar and other areas. WFP set up three emergency field kitchens in the area, in partnership with the local Barazani charity foundation, and said more would be established in coming days.WFP is also trying to establish hubs in Basrah and Baghdad to facilitate food and transport arrangements, said spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs. Additionally, the agency is seeking to establish new transport corridors to bring food into Iraq, including a southern corridor through Kuwait.“Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by the crisis,” said Ms. Byrs. “Some people are in difficult situations in and around Mosul in hard-to-reach areas.”Before the latest wave of displacement, starting with the violence in Mosul in early June, WFP was already assisted about 240,000 people who had fled conflict in al-Anbar Governorate, as well as more than 180,000 refugees from the conflict in Syria, who were sheltering in Iraq.
Members of OSU women’s volleyball team celebrate after a point during a match against Nebraska on Oct. 14 at St. John Arena. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team is trying to rebound following a 3-1 upset at the hands of the Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday and a loss to Wisconsin at home prior to that.The Buckeyes will have two opportunities for redemption when they host back-to-back home matches this weekend at St. John Arena. OSU clashes with Rutgers on Friday and No. 10 Penn State on Saturday. The loss to the Hoosiers put OSU outside of the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association poll for the first time this season. Upcoming opponent Rutgers holds a 4-23 record and has yet to win a Big Ten match this season, while the Penn State Nittany Lions have maintained their powerhouse presence in the conference and stand at 18-7 overall. Penn State also swept the Buckeyes 3-0 the last time the two teams met on Oct. 19 in University Park, Pennsylvania.Senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe said the team’s loss to Indiana was just the nature of the beast that is the Big Ten conference. “They played really good defense against us, and I don’t think we were able to respond,” she said. “It’s just part of being in the Big Ten. You can’t underestimate anyone, and everyone has something to offer.” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said the Buckeyes have been in a rut for the past couple of matches. Prior to Indiana, OSU took a tough loss to Wisconsin at St. John Arena by a margin of just 11 total points. “The last couple matches, we’ve struggled finding rhythm. We make two or three good plays and then we’ll miss a serve at a crucial time or we just won’t make a play,” Carlston said. “We need to be able to string those runs together.”Putting the past aside, the Buckeyes – from the newcomers to the veterans – are choosing to stay optimistic heading into weekend play. “I really believe we can do it. We’re ready,” said freshman outside hitter Bia Franklin. “We’re going to practice hard this week, and it would be really nice to (get) that revenge (on Penn State).” Sandbothe is looked at as one of OSU’s senior leaders, and the team turns to her in times of trouble. Her strategy relies on keeping everyone calm and collected in the huddle. “It’s just taking a deep breath and refocusing, letting everyone know that we’re all on the same page,” she said. “The middle is a really great time for us to reset.” Sandbothe isn’t just leading by her words. Her play is speaking volumes about her and the team that surrounds her. During the Buckeyes’ last match with Wisconsin, she locked down the OSU record for most career blocks in history with 518 rejections. Sandbothe said the record has only added fuel to her competitive fire. “Now I want to slaughter it. Now I’m going to make sure that it’s not going to be broken for a lot longer,” she said. “It (breaking a record) gives you a greater appreciation for what this program means and the fact that there are people who put the jersey on before you and there’s going to be people who put it on after you.” Sandbothe is confident that OSU can put on a strong performance this weekend. She said back-to-back Friday and Saturday matches are good for the team’s pace. There is also the advantage of playing on home court. Carlston is looking a little farther than the weekend with the NCAA tournament coming up in December. All members of the Buckeyes’ teams have mentioned throughout the season their anticipation to be in the Final Four, which will be played in Columbus at Nationwide Arena. Carlston feels that 12 out of the 15 teams in the Big Ten have the ability to make it into the NCAA tournament, and this is the time for his team to make a statement that OSU should be one of them.“For us, taking care of our business this weekend at home is important,” he said. The Buckeyes will first take on the Scarlet Knights on Friday at 7 p.m. followed by the Nittany Lions at 7 p.m. on Saturday, both at St. John Arena.
Poll: Do you have confidence in the Garda Commissioner? Sinn Féin will today publish a motion of no confidence in the Nóirín O’Sullivan. Don’t know (1515) YesNoDon’t knowVote Mar 27th 2017, 9:28 AM Yes (2888) 47,623 Views http://jrnl.ie/3308501 AN GARDA SÍOCHÁNA is at the centre of another controversy.It was revealed last week that gardaí had miscounted the number of breath tests they carried out over the past five years by almost one million.It was also revealed that almost 15,000 people were wrongly convicted and had penalties imposed on them by the courts.Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said yesterday that Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan should reconsider her position if clarity isn’t given on how these errors occurred.Meanwhile, Sinn Féin will today publish a motion of no confidence in O’Sullivan in the wake of the new figures.O’Sullivan has also come under pressure recently in relation to the scandal surrounding Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe and Tusla.So, what do you think?Today we’re asking: Do you have confidence in the Garda Commissioner? Share364 Tweet Email 104 Comments Monday 27 Mar 2017, 9:28 AM Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie By Cormac Fitzgerald Poll Results: Short URL Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie No (23322) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Office workers walk past a digital broadcast at the Bombay Stock Exchange showing Indian Finance Minister Piyush Goyal presenting the budget in parliament New Delhi, in Mumbai on February 1, 2019.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesThe BSE benchmark Sensex rallied over 500 points in afternoon trade Friday, driven by consumption and auto stocks as investors welcomed individual tax exemptions and sops in the farm sector announced in the interim Budget.Overall, market sentiment was bullish even as the government overshot the fiscal deficit target for the current financial year and announced some populist measures, which experts believe will increase fiscal burden on the exchequer.The 30-share Sensex was trading 506.21 points or 1.40 per cent, higher at 36,762.90; and the 50-share Nifty inched near the 11,000 mark rallying 143.30 points, or 1.32 per cent, to 10,974.25.In a major relief to the middle-class, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal Friday proposed to double the threshold tax exemption limit to Rs 5 lakh and increased the standard deduction to Rs 50,000 from Rs 40,000.The proposal will benefit 3 crore middle-class tax payers, Goyal said while unveiling the Budget proposals for 2019-20.As widely expected, the finance minister announced the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi for small and marginal farmers, providing Rs 6,000 per year to be transferred directly to farmers’ bank accounts.Goyal said the fiscal deficit for the current financial year is expected to be 3.4 per cent of GDP. As per the Budget estimate, the fiscal deficit for 2018-19 was pegged at 3.3 per cent.Consumption-driven stocks rallied the most after the Budget announcement, with BSE auto, consumer durables, FMCG and realty indices soaring up to 4 per cent.Top gainers in the Sensex pack included Hero MotoCorp, Maruti, M&M, Bajaj Auto, HUL, HCL Tech, Bajaj Finance, ITC, HDFC and L&T, rising up to 7.51 per cent.Vedanta was the biggest loser on Sensex, cracking over 16 per cent after the metals and mining giant Thursday reported a 25.54 per cent decline in consolidated net profit at Rs 1,574 crore for the December 2018 quarter on the back of higher expenses and drop in commodity prices.Other losers included Axis Bank, Yes Bank, ICICI Bank and PowerGrid, falling up to 0.72 per cent. The rupee, meanwhile, was trading 5 paise lower against US dollar to 71.13.
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leaders and activists on Tuesday decided to stage a sit-in programme in front of its Nayapaltan central office protesting at the jailing of their party chief Khaleda Zia in a graft case, reports UNB.BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said that police verbally gave them permission to hold the programme on the premises of the Institute of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh at Kakrail.As police did not get them written permission, they now took decision to hold the programme in front of their party office, said the BNP leader.BNP leaders and activists have already started gathering in front of the party office to stage the sit -in-programme.The party leaders and followers will observe the programme from 11:00am to 12 noon.On Saturday, Rizvi announced a three-day protest programme at a press briefing at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office after BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was sentenced to five years in jail in Zia Orphanage Trust case.As part of the programmes, the party leaders and followers will also observe a hunger strike from 9:00am to 5:00pm on Wednesday across the country.On 8 February, a special court convicted Khaleda and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the graft case.
After 24 hours of consistently negative responses from fans and a Reddit AMA that can only be described as brutal, Twitch has released a new blog post outlining edits to their previous changes. The bad new is that copyrighted music mute blocks are still going to happen for all recorded sessions, but there’s a silver lining to be appreciated.While some view the changed being made over at Twitch.tv to be somehow preparing for an acquisition, it feels more like the budding startup is finally doing something to manage the cost of their gaming empire.Twitch is available on just about every device nowadays, and the service still relies heavily on players to produce content, losing themselves for hours watching games in the process. Responses to policy changes that would mute music from copyrighted sources and seriously limit how long you could save recorded game sessions have forced Twitch to compromise, leading to an appeal button for flagged content and some adjustments to the stored video policy.The precious decision to limit recordings were based on usage, according to Twitch. Next to no one watched a video stream 14 days after it was published, and as a result the company decided to purge recorded videos that were older than that for free accounts and older than 60 days for paid accounts.Additionally, if you wanted to create a highlight reel from your game sessions you could only make them two hours long. This causes a problem for speedruns, which are obviously longer than two hours but still something that requires a single video to demonstrate your successful speedrun. Recognizing this, Twitch has reversed the highlight policy and made it so these videos have no maximum time limit.Twitch has done well to listen to their users, but the outrage caused by the original posts means many of the top players on Twitch are considering using alternative services to stream their games. While Twitch has certainly demonstrated they are willing to compromise on these matters, it’s possible there’s still more fallout to come from these decisions.
Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Monster Hunter: World is one of the year’s biggest games. In fact, it is currently Capcom’s fastest selling title of all time. PS4 and Xbox One owners have sunk countless hours into the beast-slaying phenomenon, but PC owners were left out of the party. Capcom decided to delay the release of the PC version in order to ensure it is of the highest quality. After spending many days trying it out, I can say this was a wise decision. The PC version of Monster Hunter: World lives up to, and oftentimes exceeds, its console counterpart.Fundamentally, Monster Hunter: World on PC is identical to the console versions. Players must hunt monsters to gain materials for crafting better armor and weapons to slay stronger beasts. It’s a simple but highly addictive gameplay loop. It is easy to spend many hours hunting the same monsters to get the right materials. This would be tedious if the hunts weren’t so engaging. Tracking a creature and battling it across each of the game’s enormous maps never gets boring. The feeling one gets when finally taking a monster down is beyond exhilarating. There’s a reason why the series has endured for so long. It’s a total blast.AdChoices广告Monster Hunter: World gives players various options to adjust. This includes things like resolution scaling, texture quality, ambient occlusion, volume rendering quality, and so forth. If you don’t want to fiddle with all of that, you can select from any of the four presets: Low, Mid, High, Highest (Ultra). If you’re a PC gamer, then you’re no doubt familiar with these settings. Though the setting options are robust enough, it is annoying that you can’t switch them on the fly. Attempting to change graphic settings in-game will boot you to the main menu. My advice is to let your PC manually give you the best settings. That way, you don’t have to constantly keep going in and out of the game to see how things look.My PC has a GTX 1080 graphics card with an i7-4790K CPU and 16GB of RAM. This is actually a little above the required specs for the game. Since my rig could handle it, I tested to see how things run at high resolutions. I could run it at 4K resolution, but the frame rate dipped to 30 frames per second and lower. Running it at 1440p resolution worked fine, but the frame rate hovered around 45-60 FPS. Since I prefer a steady frame rate, I set the game to 1080p with a locked 60fps. I can get higher frames if I unlocked the setting, but it fluctuates too much for my tastes. If your rig is more powerful than mine I’m sure you might be able to get 4K/60 or better. But I was happy enough with my settings.Coming off of the PS4 Pro, playing Monster Hunter: World on PC is like seeing things through new glasses. What immediately caught my eye was the higher and steady frame rate. All of the animations look extremely smooth. After playing for a few hours, other improvements start to emerge. The game has a great deal of additional particle effects and animations in the environments. I wouldn’t say things looked vastly different, but the subtle changes were noticeable. Monster Hunter: World is known for feeling “alive,” something which is even truer on PC. The environmental detail really is impressive.The higher frame rate is most evident during combat. The PS4 Pro version runs smooth, but it has nothing on the PC port. I performed attacks with greater ease than on console. The same goes for dodging and blocking. Because of the higher frame rate, I was better able to read monsters’ movements. This allowed me to attack and defend more effectively and quickly. It’s as if playing on console was weight training for the PC edition. My character feels so light and fluid in comparison. As someone who has dumped so much time into the game, playing on PC is just pure joy.While the game certainly looks better on PC, it isn’t a night and day situation. For the most part, Monster Hunter: World on PC is visually on par with consoles. Capcom didn’t throw in a bunch of new hyper-detailed textures or anything. This may be a problem for some, but I don’t mind it. This has a decidedly stylized look that could be lost with uber textures. I appreciate the fact the game looks familiar, but just more polished and clean. I realize the system requirements are on the higher end of the spectrum, but don’t expect anything like The Witcher 3 in terms of visuals. It looks great, but not mind-blowing.You can certainly play all of Monster Hunter: World solo. However, if you really want to appreciate what the game is about, you’ll want to play online. Finding matches online is no different on PC than it is on console. Once in a server, you can jump into others’ quests or post your own. During my time online, I didn’t run into any problems. Things went as well as expected. There was never any lag or stuttering. The only main difference I noticed is that getting into an online session is faster on PC (as is loading in general). Some players are already very far into the game, meaning you should have no problems finding or joining quests.Playing online is great for several reasons. The main one is obviously because it helps keep monsters from focusing solely on you. You’re able to better attack a creature if it is distracted by other players. The other reason is because monsters are actually more challenging when in a party. That isn’t to say they are easy when playing solo, but monsters are extremely aggressive when they’re being hunted by a full party. This makes taking them down all the more satisfying. Also, it’s just plain fun to kill monsters as a group. It helps you feel like part of a greater community, even if your partners are all strangers.The only major gripe I can lobby at Monster Hunter: World on PC is that I can’t use the character I created on PS4. I put a lot of work into my character, so having to start over from scratch on PC is a bummer. That isn’t the say there isn’t a small part of me that is perfectly willing to start from scratch. There’s an appeal to raising a new character since I’ve effectively maxed out mine on PS4. However, given the time invested, I wish I could transfer my Charge Blade wielding badass over to PC. This is the main reason why I will continue playing Monster Hunter: World on PS4 despite all of the advantages of playing on PC.Monster Hunter: World is one of the best games of 2018 and easily the strongest entry in the franchise. Because of that, it is great to see it on PC. At the time of this writing, the PC port has sold well over two million copies on Steam. That’s impressive considering it has only been available for less than a week. Though it isn’t as graphically impressive as other PC titles, its gameplay is what makes it exceptional. Hopefully, we’ll see future sequels release simultaneously on PC and consoles.If you’re a PC gamer, please do yourself a favor and check out one of this generation’s finest gaming experiences. You will not be disappointed. May the Sapphire Star light your way!Love old school PC games? Check out our roundup of the ultimate in 90s PC Games. ‘God Eater 3’ on Switch Brings Franchise Back to Its RootsHands-On: ‘Monster Hunter World: Iceborne’ Beta Left Us Hung…
Kolkata: The Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) today said the carcass meat recovery from dumping grounds in West Bengal would hopefully raise awareness on the health risks of consuming animal products. “With the extraordinary increase in lifestyle diseases, from kidney disease to heart disease, may be it is time we re-look at our diet…to move towards a greener diet over one including animal products,” FIAPO director Varda Mehrotra said in a statement here. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsStating that it has information that meat consumption in the city is going down, Mehrotra said that many people were avoiding it after reports that meat was coming from dead animals of dumping grounds.”Meat being sourced from rotten bodies of cats, dogs and even diseased animals in unhygienic conditions is not uncommon. Animals bred for the purpose of meat are routinely given anti-biotics, growth hormones and other drugs and their meat may contain these drugs with many viruses and bacteria. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”Hopefully this situation can bring awareness… the FIAPO director said.He said many people could not make the difference between the meat of carcass of dumping grounds and slaughtered animals as they were used to consume the final product with little or no consideration to where it was sourced.Mehrotra said research showed that multiple lifestyle diseases were routinely caused or heightened by consumption of meat, milk and eggs.The FIAPO referred to cardiovascular diseases where ‘elevated level of LDL cholesterol’ (commonly called bad cholesterol) is the major reason for development of vascular (cardiovascular and cerebrovascular) diseases. “To reduce the LDL cholesterol, we need to avoid trans fats, saturated fats and dietary cholesterol. The main sources of these three foods are meat, eggs, dairy, fish and seafood,” he said.Dr Pramod Tripathy, founder of ‘Freedom from Diabetes’ was quoted as saying, “hypothyroid, osteoporosis, diabetes, high cholesterol cardiovascular disease and cancer… all seemingly unrelated diseases have one thing in common. And that is, raised fasting insulin levels.”Insulin rises in the body because of insulin resistance. And insulin resistance increases because of excess fat, excess acid and insulin like growth factor (present in all animal products),” he said.Leading nutritionist and holistic wellness counselor Dr Ira Rattan said, “progression of PreDialysis Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) is slower on diets based on soya protein than on diets based on animal protein.”
Related posts:Chile charges 7 in Pinochet-era death of photographer Pinochet carried out targeted assassination in Washington Sentencing in Chile begins to bring closure in 41-year-old murder cases of US citizens Frank Teruggi and Charles Horman After 30 years, mother hopes for justice in son’s murder during Chilean protest WASHINGTON — The burning alive of two teenagers by a Chilean military patrol in 1986 was directly reported to Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, but he refused to accept it, according to U.S. documents declassified Friday.The documents’ release comes as the murder of 19-year-old Rodrigo Rojas and attempted murder of 18-year-old Carmen Gloria Quintana nearly 30 years ago is finally coming to trial in Chile.Rojas and Quintana were picked up by soldiers July 2, 1986 at an anti-government protest and allegedly beaten, doused with gasoline and left for dead on the outskirts of Santiago.Rojas died four days later, while Quintana survived despite burns on 60 percent of her body.Twelve former military officers, non-commissioned officers and soldiers were charged this month with the crime after a member of the patrol came forward and confessed.Recommended: What Augusto Pinochet’s 1998 arrest has meant for global human rightsA contemporaneous State Department cable, made public by the National Security Archive, a non-governmental organization in Washington, shows that Pinochet was told of the military’s involvement within days of the attack.The cable said that on July 11, 1986 the dictator received a visit from the head of the Carabineros police, General Rodolfo Stange, who gave him a report identifying the military patrol involved and naming one of the soldiers.“President Pinochet told General Stange that he did not believe the report, and he refused to receive the report from General Stange,” the cable said.After Pinochet rejected the report, the army accepted the report from the Carabineros and promised that the case would be resolved in 48 hours.Instead, it went nowhere. In 1990, a Chilean court found a single former officer guilty of negligence in the case.The case received special attention in the United States, however, because Rojas lived in Washington with his mother, Veronica de Negri, a Chilean exile.It was brought directly to the attention of then president Ronald Reagan.A secret White House report for the president, also declassified Friday, said Chilean intelligence had “fingered army personnel as clearly involved.”According to Peter Kornbluh, an analyst at the National Security Archive, Rojas’s murder was the last straw for Washington and led to Reagan’s decision in 1989 to pressure for a return to democracy in Chile.More than 3,000 people were killed or disappeared at the hands of the Chilean security forces during the Pinochet regime, which lasted from 1973 to 1990. Facebook Comments
Crowds of tourists wait to go tubing in Vang Vien – SOURCE : smh.com.au While most visitors leave Vang Vieng with nothing more serious than a hangover, the once tranquil setting in Laos is now a craze of river tubing and riverside bars, making this latest ‘must do’ activity also the most dangerous place in Laos for travellers.To many adventurous travellers visiting Laos, a highlight would be floating down the Nam Song River on a tractor tyre inner tube, while riverside bars serve just about any alcoholic beverage you please. In the past month, two Australian travellers have died while ‘tubing’ in Vang Vieng, with reports at the time counting at least 22 deaths in the river last year. These recent deaths have sparked concern about the safety of the craze and the impact on the local tourism. A local organic farmer Thanongsi Sorangkoun told Sydney Morning Herald that tubing was dangerous because everyone goes there and they are drunk, with the unregulated bars “very bad” and a disaster waiting to happen.”They don’t respect any law, regulations. There’s no inspections, no control. Two years ago it was paradise,” Mr Sorangkoun said.Twenty-three year old Melbourne woman, Brooke Pritchett described her experience after she injured her ankle while jumping off a Tarzanrope and hitting a rock in shallow water while in Vang Vieng on Christmas Day in 2010.Ms Pritchett said getting medical help proved a nightmare as she was piggybacked by a fellow backpacker up a hill to where a tuk-tuk driver could take the Australian woman to small hospital in town, a 30-minute drive away. While the recent deaths are being described as a ‘freak accident’, it appears to be more of an accident waiting to happen, with The Department of Foreign Affairs does advise “extreme caution” when undertaking “river-based sporting activities including in Vang Vieng”. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W
Go back to the enewsletterBuilding on her recent appointment as official Australian sales agent for the high-profile Formula 1 hospitality and travel program, F1 Experiences, MTA – Mobile Travel Agents’ Wendy Brockbank has now expanded the portfolio with the inclusion of the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.The move sees Wendy now positioned as the exclusive source of F1 Experiences in Australia for 19 of the 21 F1 annual races currently scheduled.The programs provide a host of unique access programs only available via the organisation’s official ticket packages. These include driver meet-and-greets, F1 Paddock, pit lane and track tours, podium access, bespoke trackside hospitality inside the Champions Club and a host of other unparalleled benefits.Wendy is pictured at the recent Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne with the legendary British Formula 1 champion Sir Jackie Stewart, aka the ‘Flying Scot’, who won the World Drivers’ Championship on three occasions between 1965 and 1973.Go back to the enewsletter
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