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Explore the Outdoors at Virginia State Parks

first_imgDid you know that there are 37 state parks across Virginia, one within an hour drive from anywhere in the state? Whether you’re a big family or a family of one, there’s something for everyone.EXPLOREGet L.O.S.T. geocaching! Listen. Observe. Sense. Try., that is. When you visit a park, make sure to participate in the Geocaching Adventure. Using a GPS unit, you’ll search for the parks’ cache, or a hidden collection of items, which includes a card that describes an activity for you to do that involves textures, colors, senses and imagination. You can also win prizes if you do more than five geocache adventures.BE ENTERTAINEDMany of the parks host family friendly events and festivals – music, historic, cultural – you name it. From the Strawberry Festival at Sky Meadows State Park and Pork, Peanut and Pine Festival at Chippokes Plantation State Park, to the Star Parties at Staunton River State Park, and Music at the Marina at Leesylvania State Park, spring and summer is the perfect time to attend an event that suits your fancy. While there, stay for a while – camp, stay in a cabin or lodge, or try out a yurt, the perfect balance of camping meets cabin.DISCOVERMaybe a smaller event is your style – one that gets you up close with nature and in the elements. Or one that educates you on flora and fauna or wildlife found in parks. Selfguided or ranger-led programs are available at each park. Visit the Visitor Center to see what you can do on your own or check the schedule to see what’s happening while you’re there. A popular program is the ranger-led night hike where the moonlight is your guide and you learn about the critters that come out at night. Don’t miss out on that one. You may spot an owl if you’re lucky.THINK OUTSIDEHave you ever tried standup paddle boarding? Or kayaking on the James River? Or a hike that leads you to a breathtaking overlook? You haven’t lived until you have. Get the family out on a trail where you can take a leisure walk, a hike, bike, or a horseback ride. For the best view, see the park from the water. Most of the parks are on a lake, a river, or the beach – or just relax on the shore or by the pool. Head west to discover the mountains and panoramic views that you’ll have to snap a picture of andshare. Rent a kayak, canoe, or john boat, or pull your boat up to the boat dock and fish or go crabbin’.PETS ARE FAMILY TOOPets are family too so bring Butch along. All cabins are pet friendly (except False Cape State Park), including nearly all overnight accommodations, as long you keep your fury friend on a leash. They’ll appreciate you for getting them outside for a run or a walk under the sun. Or even better, a splash in the water.last_img read more

Guatemalan Man Arrested in Costa Rica with 224 Kilos of Cocaine

first_img On March 30, the authorities seized 256 kilograms of cocaine from a Salvadoran citizen. By Dialogo April 13, 2012 The Costa Rican Public Safety Ministry announced on April 11 that Costa Rican anti-drug authorities seized 224 kilos of cocaine from a Guatemalan citizen who was transporting the narcotics in a truck from Panama. The authorities identified the individual arrested by the surnames of Pacheco-Godoy, 51 years old, who was carrying 220 dollars and 890 Nicaraguan córdobas. He was taken to the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the city of Liberia, the capital of the province of Guanacaste. center_img The announcement about the seizure also stated that the drugs were hidden among candy in the truck, which had Honduran plates. The seizure took place in the evening of April 10 at the Peñas Blancas border crossing between Costa Rica and Nicaragua. last_img read more

5 Seconds Of Summer Wows Sold-Out Jones Beach Theater

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Australian pop-punk sensation 5 Seconds of Summer rocked Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Tuesday, the first of back-to-back, sold-out concerts at the seaside amphitheater before taking the stage again Wednesday night.After Los Angelas-based rockers Hey Violent got the show started, 5SOS played hits such as “She’s Kinda Hot,” the new single off their second album, Sounds Good Feels Good, which is set to drop next month, and a few covers, including Green Day’s “American Idiot.” The crowd was jumping as soon as they opened with their party anthem, “End Up Here” off their self-titled debut released last year. The band’s line-up includes Luke Hemmings on guitar and vocals, guitarist Michael Clifford, bassist Calum Hood and drummer Ashton Irwin.“I’d like to thank my mom for giving birth to me, I’d like to thank Michael’s mom for giving birth to Michael, I’d like to thank Calum Hood for giving birth to Luke Hemmings,” the band, who are mostly teenagers, joked between songs in a nod to their mothers, who were at the concert laughing and cheering on their sons.The group’s Jones Beach concerts marked the first time the band has headlined a major venue in the New York Metro area, The Village Voice noted. The concerts came shortly after the group performed at the Teen Choice Awards, where they were nominated for multiple awards, including music group male artists and music group of the summer, but continuously lost to One Direction.The Jones Beach show didn’t all go as planned. When they played “Rejects,” toward the end of the song, Hemmings had the stage crew turn off all of the lights in the theater. As he urged the crowd to dance as the band started performing again, at one point, they sounded like amateurs, as feedback from their microphones lasted for at least 10 seconds.But the boys recovered and the show went on. While performing the heartbreaking song “Amnesia,” the crowd was singing along in unison as they had through much of the performance. At another point, the crowd put their hands in the air and clapped along to the rhythm.The multi-color lights were flickering everywhere as they worked their way up to “She Looks So Perfect,” their breakout hit that reached No. 1 on the charts in multiple countries. For their encore, 5SOS saved the best for last: “Good Girl” and “What I Like About You,” a cover of a song by The Romantics.The band’s Rock Out with Your Socks Out Tour, which started in Portugal in May, is on its last leg with just eight more stops before concluding in West Palm Beach, Fla. on Sept. 13. After that, they plan to work on new music.5 Seconds of Summer plays Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 (Photo by Kevin Kane/Long Island Press).last_img read more

Sisak-Moslavina County UHPA’s recommended domestic destination in 2020

first_imgPhoto: Sisak-Moslavina County / Illustration: HrTurizam.hr According to the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies (UHPA), Sisak-Moslavina County was chosen as the recommended domestic destination in 2020, and is also the second continental county with which UHPA has concluded a marketing cooperation agreement.  The contract was signed by the Head of the UHPA Office Ivana Maltar and the Director of the Sisak-Moslavina County Tourist Board Ingrid Padjen Đurić, who on this occasion pointed out that she was looking forward to the joint project of the Sisak-Moslavina County and UHPA and promotion of tourism of Sisak-Moslavina County and establishment of even better and stronger cooperation of tourist agencies with the system of the Tourist Board of Sisak-Moslavina County.  Photo: UHPA In particular, UHPA will act through its marketing channels as well as in public appearances at workshops, Assemblies, UHPA Days and other events during the year, in the form of promotion of the county, its activities and specifics in terms of publishing texts and opportunities for participation of destination representatives. special presentations on destinations at UHPA events.center_img “This cooperation is an upgrade and continuation of the current quality cooperation with Sisak-Moslavina County. Sisak-Moslavina County has a great tourist potential that we will continue to develop into a unique and competitive tourist product and thus encourage the development of new travel agencies, and further motivate existing agencies and other stakeholders in cooperation and creating a quality tourist offer to ensure arrival of guests, ie their multi-day stay in the county. During the next year, new programs will be created that will be related to the tourist resources of the county, all with the aim of better tourist development of the destination.Said Ivana Maltar, head of the UHPA office. Sisak-Moslavina County, reminded Padjen Đurić, is recognized as an excursion and wine destination, although it is still not sufficiently used. “Our expectations are high, so we look forward to working with UHPA, one of the largest professional associations in tourism, whose experts will help us in the development of our tourism products and the promotion of our county.”Concluded Padjen Đurić. For the ninth year in a row, UHPA through the domestic destination project of the year is successfully contributing to better positioning, recognizability and promotion of destinations through strengthening the tourism sector.last_img read more

PREMIUMTiny space-living: Jakartans squeeze into smaller, more affordable apartments

first_imgLOG INDon’t have an account? Register here apartment apartment-management housing housing-sector satellite-city Jakarta-housing Forgot Password ? Facebook Linkedin Topics : Log in with your social account With land expensive and hard to get and house prices rising in Jakarta, accommodation issues remain a challenge with many people shifting to tiny-space living for the sake of getting a roof over their head.The need for affordable living space, even if small, is seen as an opportunity with some property firms starting to develop smaller apartments, and studio units, of around 20 square meters.Wendy Haryanto, executive director of the Jakarta Property Institute (JPI), which mediates a dialogue between the government and real-estate players, said there was a growing business to provide apartment units of smaller size.She cited as an example the Osaka Riverview apartments — part of the 1,000-hectare Pantai Indah Kapuk 2 complex in North Jakarta owned by property giants Agung Sedayu Group and Salim Group. The apartment building, to be developed in 2022 according to its website, i… Googlelast_img read more

PLSA chief outlines possible solutions to UK pension challenges

first_imgStructural changes such as asset and liability pooling in the private sector, more action against underperforming schemes and greater regulatory flexibility must be among the mix of possible measures that need to be considered to address the challenges facing UK pension schemes today, said Joanne Segars, chief executive of the country’s industry association.Opening the second day of the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) investment conference, Segars set out four main areas where change was needed to ensure that – against a challenging backdrop of low interest rates, volatile markets and longer life expectancy, and a £320bn-plus section 179 deficit – the UK’s funded pension schemes can continue to provide for their 16m members.The PLSA, for its part, has just launched a defined benefit (DB) taskforce to tackle these questions.Segars stressed the need for action “now” from government and regulators but also said the industry itself could take steps to make a difference. With respect to the latter, there is a need for some “honest conversations” about the efficiency of schemes despite improved trusteeship in recent years, said Segars, who asked whether there was a case for more action against schemes that fail to live up to the mark.Structural changes to schemes themselves may also have a part to play, she said, asking whether something like the pooling underway in the local government pension scheme (LGPS) sector could be replicated in the private sector in a bid to reap investment efficiencies.“Can we go further and think about what that might look like on the liability side of the equation?” she added.Regulation, meanwhile, needs to be more flexible and mature to help schemes be more efficient and sustainable, according to Segars.More specifically, valuation periods longer than triennial are needed, she said.As to “thinking the unthinkable”, she asked whether liabilities could be rebalanced.She argued that some risk aversion came from regulation that made schemes more risk averse than they might like to be.Separately, she welcomed the FCA’s market study of the asset management industry as a contribution to making markets “work better”.The study “asks important questions about the value chain”, said Segars, questioning some of the pricing disparity in the asset management industry that can be seen if you “scratch beneath the surface”.For example, almost identical global equity mandates can be bought for 45-90 basis points, while the difference is even starker in active real estate, she said. The Financial Conduct Authority’s study and whether the asset management industry is serving pension funds and other end investors has been a big theme of the PLSA conference, surfacing as a topic during speeches and panel discussions. On the topic of cost, UK pension funds were recently urged to look towards the cost-reporting framework established in the Netherlands, with an industry kite-mark proposed.last_img read more

Could an outdoor bath be this Gold Coast house’s selling point?

first_imgThe main living areas overlook the water.Surrounded by tropical plants and wood panelling to give it a sense of privacy, it’s like a day spa retreat without the hefty price tag.The Bayside Close property, which is on a 1264sq m riverfront block, embraces the luxury tropical resort style.MORE: Hinterland beauty finally has a buyer Marketing agent Matt Gates, of Ray White Prestige, said in his listing the three-bedroom family home had all the amenities expected of a prestige property.“This relaxed but immaculate residence boasts a large temperature controlled wine cellar, ample living areas and flaunts a kitchen that the finest of chefs would only dream of,” he said. The Bayside Close house also has a pool.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago The alcove is attached to one of the three bedroom’s bathrooms. First time on the market in 50 yearscenter_img The Sanctuary Cove property is on a 1264sq m block.“The casual indoor living spaces flow effortlessly, all with views over exquisite waterways, gardens and the resort-sized swimming pool.”The property is listed without a price.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 The kitchen with wine cellar is fit for a chef. Kick back and relax in your own private day spa.AS the weather starts to heat up on the Gold Coast, house hunters are keeping their eyes peeled for homes that make the most of the great outdoors.Pools and entertainment areas often top the list of “must-haves” but could an outdoor bath be a selling point?One of the standout features of a Sanctuary Cove property that has recently hit the market is a freestanding bath as well as a shower in an outdoor alcove.last_img read more

Wooden spoon spanking not abuse – US court

first_imgDominion Post 9 Oct 2013A San Jose appeals court has ruled that using a wooden spoon for a spanking that causes serious bruising should not necessarily translate into a finding of child abuse.In a ruling designed to establish legal precedent, the 6th District Court of Appeal overturned a trial judge’s finding that a South Bay mother should be reported for child abuse for trying to resolve discipline issues with her 12-year-old daughter by spanking her so hard with a wooden spoon it severely bruised her.The unanimous three-justice panel concluded that while the April 2010 incident may have been on the outer boundaries of parental discipline, the overall circumstances did not warrant a child abuse report.“We cannot say that the use of a wooden spoon to administer a spanking necessarily exceeds the bounds of reasonable parental discipline,” Justice Conrad Rushing wrote for the court.  Ms Gonzalez and her husband, according to court papers, had grown increasingly concerned with their daughter’s conduct at the time of the incident, citing the fact her schoolwork had deteriorated, she’d become “boy crazy” and was showing “growing interest in gangs”.The parents had decided to turn to spanking if the problems persisted, and the mother resorted to the wooden spoon after the daughter failed to come home until late at night on the April 2010 evening. Court papers show that other relatives later told social workers that spanking was a rarity in the family, and the mother testified she did not know she was causing any physical harm or bruising when she used the spoon.The appeals court concluded that the mother’s motivation for imposing discipline and lack of intent to inflict physical harm were important factors in overturning the child abuse findings.“Nothing in the record suggests the mother should have known she was inflicting bruises,” the 6th District wrote. Noting the family’s reasoning for using the wooden spoon, the court added that “the spanking was entirely the product of a genuine and deliberate disciplinary purpose, i.e., to arrest troubling behaviour patterns exhibited by the daughter”.http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/world/9263127/Wooden-spoon-spanking-not-abuse-says-US-courtlast_img read more

LIAT launches new Antigua-San Juan flight

first_img Share Share BusinessLifestyleNewsRegionalTravel LIAT launches new Antigua-San Juan flight by: Caribbean News Service – October 27, 2015 45 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share ST JOHN’S, Antigua, Oct 27 2015 – Regional carrier LIAT has a new flight between Antigua and San Juan.The new service, which launched Tuesday, will operate every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.The nighttime flight departs Antigua at 8:25 PM and arrives back in Antigua just after midnight.“This new flight will allow Antiguan customers to take LIAT’s morning flight to San Juan, enjoy a full day in Puerto Rico for shopping or business and take advantage of a same day return flight back to Antigua,” the company said in a statement.There are now 10 nonstop flights between Antigua and San Juan per week, as well as a daily service via Tortola.last_img read more

Registration open for the ‘Christmas Bird Count’

first_imgBatesville, In. — Nature enthusiasts are invited to participate in the longest-running citizen science survey- the National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count. For the 118th year between December 14 through January 5 residents are invited to share observations from their locations.From at least 50 locations in Indiana, volunteers will track health and population size. The information provides a crucial snapshot of native bird populations in the winter months.To sign up or for more information look online here.last_img read more