Producing Underwater Film Success

first_imgWhen most Nova Scotians think of great documentary producers, thename of John Davis might not spring to mind. It should. TheShelburne native may not be familiar to many viewers, but anyonewho has an even passing interest in the sea has probably seen oneof the internationally acclaimed productions created by his teamof experts. Indeed, John Davis and his widening circle of colleagues at Eco-Nova Productions are the brains behind films that have aired ontelevision stations and at museums around the world. Thecompany’s Sea Hunters series, for example, has been sold in 180countries and is the most widely distributed documentary seriesproduced in Canada. The story of Eco-Nova Productions began in quiet fashion in thelate 1990s when Mr. Davis, a former fisherman, was operating aneco-tourism business that specialized in taking European visitorson archeological searches of shipwrecks. Divers from Germany,Great Britain and Switzerland were keen to have film footage oftheir treks, which were made in conjunction with Parks Canada andNova Scotia’s Maritime Museum. The film footage sparked Mr. Davis’ entrepreneurial spirit. “Ifthere was this much interest from people who were here,” he says,”I thought the films might also be of interest to a widerEuropean television audience.” In 1996, with the support of an equity investment by the NovaScotia Film Development Corporation, Mr. Davis created a pilot TVprogram with some of the diving footage. “We are proud to partner with producers like John Davis, peoplewho are continually thinking outside the box, creating thingsthat are new and innovative,” says Ann MacKenzie, CEO of NovaScotia Film Development Corporation. The executives at Discovery Canada network were also impressed;they commissioned a 22-hour series. Executives at DiscoveryInternational quickly followed suit, ordering 26 half-hourepisodes of the show, Oceans of Mystery. Today, the seriescontinues to air in more than 152 countries. It also marked thebeginning of an evolution. “While we were making Oceans of Mystery our team decided we werepretty good storytellers, too,” says Mr. Davis. “We decided totry preparing something that moved away from the scientificbackground and leaned more toward telling some of the greatstories that can be found in the sea.” History Television was eager to buy the results, The Sea Hunters,which is now in its fourth season of production and already hasan order on the books for a fifth. “Although we work with shipwrecks in almost everything we do forthe series, we are not treasure hunters,” says Mr. Davis. “Ourprograms concentrate on the historic value of the sites we visit.Preservation is a recurring theme.” That respect for the sea world, coupled with the quality of work,are just two of the reasons that museums around the world havecome to Eco-Nova when they need video surveys of underwatersites. Indeed, the company has created partnerships with museumsand governments in Canada, the United States, Great Britain,Poland, Finland, Japan and numerous other countries. But the partnerships go beyond relationships between clients andproducer. In 2001, Mr. Davis and his business partner, PhilSceviour, brought animator Frank Forrestal and GhostshipAnimation Studios, into the Eco-Nova collective. In 2002, SonicDesign and Open Road Productions joined the group, bringing withthem the skills of accomplished sound technician John Rosboroughand the long-term camera and commercial production skills of MarcPike. “I think it’s important to find people in complementary fieldswho can bring their own area of expertise to the group. It worksbecause people are part owners, not just employees. We are allcommitted to the success and the growth of Eco-Nova.” That ever-increasing expertise also means the Eco-Nova group canperform up to 90 per cent of an average job in-house while eachgroup under the umbrella produces its own shows. It’s a system that is bringing in more than contracts. In 2002Eco-Nova won an export achievement award for growth ininternational sales and in 2003 John Davis won the Ernst & YoungEntrepreneur of the Year Award for media and entertainment. “We’ve come a long way,” says Mr. Davis. “In the space of twoyears our service companies have transformed their corebusinesses into proprietary television production. It worksbecause everyone owns a piece of the pie and we’re all doingsomething we love.” -30-last_img read more

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PKL Dabang Delhi continue winning run beat Haryana

first_imgMumbai: Dabang Delhi continued their winning run in the seventh season of the Pro Kabaddi League after defeating Haryana Steelers 41-21 in a lop-sided game here on Sunday. This is Delhi’s third win of the season and Chandran Ranjit (11 points) and Naveen Kumar (10 points) starred for them. Naveen grabbed his second ‘Super 10’ of the season after grabbing the first against Telugu Titans in Hyderabad. Successful raids by Chandran and Naveen took Delhi 7-3 ahead after first five minutes. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhBut Haryana reduced the deficit to 6-8 and a successful tackle by them ensured that Chandran, Delhi’s star raider, was sent out. However, Delhi, with a ‘Super Tackle’ by Joginder Narwal, followed by a successful raid by Naveen, surged 12-8 ahead. Then Naveen, who was in a spectacular form, in his ‘do or die’ raid collected two points to take Delhi 14-9 ahead. Delhi had a five-point lead going into the break as the score-line read 15-10. After the break, Delhi continued the good show by their strong defence and successful raids as they went 18-10 ahead. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterDelhi then inflicted an ‘all-out’, the first of the match, to go 22-12 ahead with 15 minutes remaining for the game to finish. There was no stopping Delhi as they inflicted another ‘all out’ on their opponents and extended their lead to 33-16. Delhi did not give their opponents a chance to make a comeback and won the encounter quite comfortably. This was Haryana’s first defeat of the season, as they had won their lone game in the Hyderabad leg, which was held before the Mumbai leg. Naveen later said that his main goal was to contribute in the team’s win. In the second match of the day, hosts U Mumba suffered a 30-26 defeat against Bengaluru Bulls. This was Mumba’s first defeat in their home leg, after they had beaten Puneri Paltan in their first home game. For Bengaluru, Pawan Sherawat starred, clinching 11 points.last_img read more

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George Clooney Urges New Approach to Peacemaking in Africa

first_imgIn a new op-ed in Foreign Affairs, The Sentry co-founders George Clooney and John Prendergast highlight the fatal flaw in peacemaking in Africa.They warn that “without taking aggressive measures to go after the spoils that drive conflict in South Sudan and other African countries, it is difficult to imagine any future other than one of deepening repression, growing famine, and spiraling warfare.”The Sentry is composed of best-in-class financial forensic investigators, policy analysts, and regional experts who follow the dirty money and build investigative cases focusing on the corrupt transnational networks most responsible for Africa’s deadliest conflicts. By creating a significant financial cost to these kleptocrats through network sanctions, anti-money laundering measures, prosecutions, and other tools, The Sentry aims to disrupt the profit incentives for mass atrocities and oppression, and creates new leverage in support of peace efforts and African frontline human rights defenders. The Sentry’s partner, the Enough Project, undertakes high-level advocacy with policy-makers around the world as well as wide-reaching education campaigns by mobilizing students, faith-based groups, celebrities, and others. Co-founded by George Clooney and John Prendergast, The Sentry is an initiative of Not On Our Watch (NOOW) and the Enough Project. The Sentry currently focuses its work in South Sudan, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, and the Central African Republic.“Every year, billions of aid dollars pour into Africa: taxpayers and donors around the world fund peacekeeping forces, state-building programs, humanitarian assistance, elections, and peace processes,” wrote Clooney and Prendergast. “But none of this support has been able to keep corrupt leaders and their network of beneficiaries from stealing billions of dollars.“This is the fatal flaw of peacemaking in Africa: those supporting mediation lack the leverage necessary to stop corrupt figures from using their forces to bomb, burn, imprison, silence, torture, starve, impoverish, kill, and rape to maintain or gain power.“Serious financial pressure with real bite is not only possible; it has proved effective in the past.“A comprehensive strategy of using financial pressure for peace and human rights in South Sudan and other African war zones would cost very little. But it would give African mediators and their supporters in Washington, London, and elsewhere leverage in peace negotiations.”In less than two years, The Sentry has created hard-hitting reports and converted extensive research into a large volume of dossiers on individuals and entities connected to grand corruption, violence, or serious human rights abuses. The investigative team has turned those dossiers over to government regulatory and law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and around the world, as well as to compliance officers at the world’s largest banks.To read the full op-ed, click here.last_img read more

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Crews working to clear Thursday heavy snowfall

first_imgIn the South Peace, Caribou Road Services says crews were on the roads overnight along with hired equipment to combat drifting issues and snow accumulation. Crews and hired equipment are out there again today plowing and sanding.The City of FSJ is working on Haul Off and Priority 1 routes. Additionally, they have contracted loaders working in the northwest part of town.Please give our crews plenty of space to work so we can clear the snow as efficiently as possible. Remember, sidewalks must be cleared within 48 hours after the last snowfall. Snow from your sidewalk can go on the road, but snow from your driveway has to stay on your lists all area highways as having compact snow between and slippery sections.  For more information on local highways and webcameras of the area, visit FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The snowfall warning issued on Thursday has ended for northeast B.C.Caribou Road Services says the South Peace received anywhere from 6 to 17 cm of snow during Thursday’s storm.  The largest accumulations were in Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge and the Pine Pass of anywhere between 15 and 17 cm.“A powerful Pacific storm slammed into Vancouver Island Thursday afternoon, bringing an abundance of moisture from the Pacific into British Columbia, including the North Peace region. Officially, 13 cm of snow was reported in Fort St. John, but there were localized higher amounts in the region and strong winds gusting over 50 km/h caused extensive blowing and drifting snow,” Doug Gillham, Meteorologist from The Weather Network goes on to say, “This same storm caused widespread wind damage across Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. The wind gusted to 101 km/h in Abbotsford and Lennard Island Lighthouse reported a gust to 144 km/h along the west coast of Vancouver Island. Over a half million BC Hydro customers were without power during the height of the storm late on Thursday.”last_img read more

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Much of East Coast is one perfect storm away from being cut

AMHERST, N.S. — First of a two-part series on the stunning potential impact that climate change could have on the low-lying, narrow band of land connecting Nova Scotia to the rest of Canada.—John Atkinson stands atop an aging dike, with the rising tides of the Bay of Fundy before him and family farmland behind, imagining the storm that could turn Nova Scotia into a virtual island.“The water can go over this whole flat marsh,” said the 67-year-old landowner, gesturing to the grassy lands near Amherst.“If there were to be one perfect storm … it would be very bad.”This is a potential ground zero of a Canadian climate change disaster, where sea-level communities face rising oceans and await word on a detailed plan and the funding to keep the narrow land link between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick open.The risk isn’t decades away.Rather, the event could occur at any time through a combination of stormy weather conditions, according to emergency officials and coastal geographers watching the area.“The fact is that the right storm occurring at any spring tide at any time of year would be sufficient to put water over our dikes,” explains Jeff Ollerhead, who teaches coastal geography at Mount Allison University in nearby Sackville, N.B.Over the past 69 years, the sea level at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy has risen about 38 centimetres, even as the dikes and coastal land continue to subside.The trend will accelerate under most international climate change scenarios, adding a third of a metre to water heights by 2050, according to studies.Meanwhile, the frequency of hurricanes and tropical storms have tripled here over the past 25 years compared to the past century, according to a 2011 study.Real Daigle, a meteorologist who provides estimates of sea level rise, said all it would take is a once-in-50-year storm at highest tides, with sustained winds gusting up to 80 kilometres per hour and low atmospheric pressure that adds 40 to 50 centimetres to the height of the water.The one comfort is that the rapid pace of the Bay of Fundy tidal rise and retreat  — versus areas like the Northumberland Strait, where tide rises are more gradual and sustained — would make the storm’s arrival at the high tide in the basin an unlikely event, he adds.Saint Mary’s University geographer Danika van Proosdij’s research unit prepared maps for The Canadian Press showing risk zones that extend into Amherst itself, floods of businesses and wind turbines on the marshes, and potential damage to 20 kilometres of rail, road and electrical infrastructure.The waters could sweep over the Trans-Canada Highway in lower lying New Brunswick, reaching a waist-deep height for motorists, said Mike Johnson, emergency measures co-ordinator for Cumberland County, Nova Scotia’s westernmost region.He says he’s planning to knock on doors and collect cell phone numbers of about 80 buildings where rapid evacuation may need to occur.“We’ve had two tidal surge events in the past decade that would have been sufficient to overtop the dikes. They simply occurred on a neap (lower) tide and because of that factor the water didn’t come high enough to overtop the dikes,” he said in an interview at his office.A photo he took in the fall of 2015 shows a CN rail train travelling on a dike that is about 8.5 metres above sea level during a tidal surge. The water was just 12 centimetres from the train’s wheels.Amherst Mayor David Kogon and John Higham, the mayor of Sackville, N.B., are pressing federal and provincial governments to quickly find solutions.“Our job is to keep their foot to the pedal,” says Kogon, sitting before a large poster depicting a partially submerged Sackville.“If I were in charge of it, it would be underway now. But we’re not, it’s not our money,” says Higham, who joined his New Brunswick counterpart for an interview at his city hall.Higham’s town is also protected by a network of about 26 kilometres of dikes created to protect farmlands, but which now shelter commercial areas and homes. His flood map depicts a provincial ambulance depot as stranded on an island after the inundation comes.If the dikes are brought to new heights and repositioned to resist the rising seas, it wouldn’t be the first time the marshlands were rescued by a combined political effort.In the 1940s, Ottawa created a federal agency that helped fund the rehabilitation of the marshlands.However, the responsibility shifted to provinces in the 1970s, and there have been times over the past 50 years when money has been scarce for needed upgrades, say local farmers.Doug Bacon, a cattle farmer in Upper Nappan, says he spent years fighting for improved aboiteaux — openings in the dikes with sluice gates that allow fresh waters to drain out back to the sea.His home is full of photos of freshwater floods that came over nearby coastal roads and the grazing marshlands over the past two decades, as aging infrastructure was unable to cope with the flow of water.He said Canadian governments should have led a plan for the dike rehabilitation at least a decade ago.“The provincial and federal governments seem very slow to recognize the concerns that we as residents are trying to portray to them,” he said during an interview.The potential costs and next steps remain as murky to Bacon as the often muddy waters of the Bay of Fundy itself.Hopes are now pinned on an engineering assessment that New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Ottawa say will “explore viable options to climate change impacts on the Chignecto Isthmus trade corridor” between the two provinces.Kevin Bekkers, land protection manager at the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture, says a request for proposals to complete the $700,000 study will go out after April 1, with the goal of completion in 12 to 18 months.“Fast is not the pace I want to go as an engineer. There’s things we need to confirm and this engineering assessment is one of those steps along the journey that has to take place,” he said in an interview.The issues include comparisons of various climate change forecasts and what new technologies are available to increase the height of existing dikes, he said. Even the timeline for how long the solution should last remains uncertain, he said.After options are presented, the governments must agree on the way forward and how much they will spend.A 2016 federal study said possibilities ranged from $90 million to build up the existing dikes to $345 million to completely re-route the highways and railways. All of the options required at least five years.Mike Pauley, the New Brunswick civil servant leading the engineering assessment, said he can’t flatly state the study of the trade corridor will result in upgrades to the dikes.“To say the dikes will never be improved — I think over time, they will. But it may not be part of the outcome we get out of this study,” he said.Meanwhile, Bekkers notes that maintenance is ongoing and solutions for existing dikes continue.For example, a damaged portion of the dike near where Atkinson stood was being re-routed to tie in with higher ground and create more shallow lands in front — known as foreshore — that will absorb the pounding tides.However, Bekkers acknowledges the risk of a tidal surge remains.“We are working with Emergency Measures Organizations and depending on the storm that comes in, there may have to be warnings that go out,” he said.Quite often, Atkinson walks to the shore and notices how the sea tosses up more driftwood than in the past, even as it undermines the giant slabs of rock put in place to protect the dikes.To him, these are nature’s signals that the day of reckoning is drawing a little closer.“We’re keeping our fingers crossed no storm comes. What else can you do?”NEXT: When the dike breaks.— Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press read more

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Source Lions Argos ask to speak to Steinauer about headcoaching jobs

The B.C. Lions and Toronto Argonauts have approached the Hamilton Tiger-Cats about speaking to Orlondo Steinauer regarding their vacant head-coaching positions.However, a CFL source requesting anonymity told The Canadian Press on Friday it’s unclear if Scott Mitchell, Hamilton’s chief executive officer, has granted the teams permission to approach the Ticats’ assistant head coach. Mitchell didn’t immediately return a telephone message Friday.Steinauer, 45, was Hamilton’s assistant head coach under June Jones last season. He returned to the Ticats after one season as the defensive co-ordinator at Fresno State University.Steinauer was Hamilton’s defensive co-ordinator (2013-16) and had emerged as a leading CFL head-coaching candidate. But he headed to Fresno State last season as former CFL coach Jeff Tedford’s defensive co-ordinator.The Bulldogs were 7-1 in the Mountain West Conference and 10-4 overall after going 1-11 the season before. After losing 17-14 to Boise State in the conference final, Fresno State ended its season by downing Houston 33-27 in the Hawaii Bowl, becoming just the second team in U.S. college football history to win 10 games after losing 10 or more the previous year.Despite that, Steinauer surprisingly returned to the CFL, rejoining the Ticats on Feb. 22 as their assistant head coach under Jones after Jones had been made the team’s full-time head coach. One reason for Steinauer’s return was to help new Hamilton defensive co-ordinator Jerry Glanville, a former NFL head coach, get acclimated to the nuances of Canadian football.Hamilton (8-10) finished the season second in the East Division and opened the playoffs with a resounding 48-8 conference semifinal home win over the B.C. Lions. But the ’18 campaign ended the following week with a 46-27 road loss to the Ottawa Redblacks in the East final.There’s no questioning Steinauer’s qualifications. He’s been a CFL coach since 2010 when he became the Toronto Argonauts’ defensive backs coach before being promoted to defensive co-ordinator in 2011.When the Argos hired Scott Milanovich as head coach in 2012, he retained Steinauer as the club’s defensive backs coach. Toronto went on to win the Grey Cup that year before Steinauer went to arch-rival Hamilton as its defensive co-ordinator the following season.Steinauer also played 13 CFL seasons as a defensive back with Ottawa (1996), Hamilton (1997-2000) and Toronto (2001-2008). He won two Grey Cups (1999, ’04) and five times was named a CFL all-star.But Steinauer is much more than a former player who’s graduated to the coaching ranks. While being a solid technician of Xs and Os, the Western Washington grad also has the charisma, class and calm demeanour to be a solid face of the franchise to both media and fans.Steinauer, Winnipeg offensive co-ordinator Paul LaPolice and DeVone Claybrooks, the defensive co-ordinator of the Grey Cup-champion Calgary Stampeders, are generally regarded as the top CFL head-coaching candidates. On Tuesday, clubs could begin approaching clubs for permission to speak with perspective candidates.The Lions and Argos received permission from Calgary to speak with Claybrooks.Toronto and B.C. are both in the market for a head coach. The Argos fired Marc Trestman after posting a CFL-worst 4-14 record while Wally Buono retired following the Lions’ season-ending playoff loss to Hamilton.Claybrooks interviewed for the Montreal Alouettes head job in December 2017 before deciding to remain in Calgary. This season, the Stampeders sported the CFL’s stingiest defence, leading the league in fewest offensive points allowed (17.8 per game), offensive touchdowns (27) and passing TDs (11) while being tied for most sacks (45).Claybrooks has also reportedly been offered a job coaching the defensive line with the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys next season.Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press read more

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Williams describes performance in Bangladesh Tests as shameful

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Former Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies wicketkeeper, David Williams, has described as a shame, the recent performance by the West Indies team in Bangladesh.West Indies lost both Test matches in three days. They suffered a 64-run defeat in Chittagong in the first Test, while the hosts scored a record innings and 84 run victory in the second Test in Dhaka.West Indies also lost both Tests to India last month in three days.“It is difficult to beat India in India. We didn’t play as well as we could play. Bangladesh at home is always a tough team. The margin of their victories is out of this world,” Williams said.“How could a Bangladesh team make 508 runs and bowl us out for 113, and then bowl us out again for 213 on the same pitch? There is always pressure when you’re facing 500, but to make 113 is ridiculous.“It’s really a shame to be honest as to how the guys are playing. They’re trying but we have to do better, especially against the lower-ranked teams. We need to make sure that we win these matches. Bangladesh would continue to go past us,” the Technical Director of the TT Cricket Board continued.Bangladesh are currently ninth in the ICC Test rankings, one spot below the West Indies. Looking ahead to the four-day championship which begins this weekend, Williams also gave a critical assessment of the struggling top-order trio of Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell and Shai Hope.“The selectors are doing their jobs. You need to have your (batsmen) getting decent scores. That’s not happening. We’re losing wickets at regular intervals and that’s the problem that we’re having.”He added that the top order continues to struggle and the team is always under a lot of pressure. “It’s heart-breaking to see how the guys perform. We know they can play much better than that. It’s sad,” he said.Brathwaite made a combined total of 48 runs in his last eight innings. Williams suggested that the opening batsman may have to use the West Indies championship to regain lost form.“You always say ‘back to the drawing board’ and that means you’ll come to the regional tournament and try to re-establish yourself, and get some confidence,” Williams noted.“When you go to places like Bangladesh without confidence, it’s a little bit difficult.“The Brathwaite we know is a very stubborn player (and) knows how to bat very long. He’s well-suited for the five-day game. It’s unfortunate the way he’s getting out,” he said.Braithwaite led the team during the Test series in the absence of Jason Holder, who is recovering from an injured shoulder.Williams suggested that serving as both opener and captain may be a huge task for Brathwaite, despite his cool outward appearance.“You look around, there (are) not much (options) when it comes to captaincy. He’s going through a bad patch. We hope things turn around for him very shortly.” Another talking point in Bangladesh was the inconsistency of the spin trio — Devendra Bishoo, Jomel Warrican and Roston Chase, who took seven, eight and four wickets respectively.“You always try to pick your best team,” said the veteran of 11 Tests and 36 One Day Internationals from 1988-1998.“Bishoo has been around for a long time, Warrican is seasoned as well. These are two of the top bowlers that we have in the Caribbean in terms of spin.”“If these two guys can’t get it right, maybe we’ll have to look for somebody else. (Trinidad and Tobago’s) Imran Khan is one name that comes to mind. He takes a lot of wickets every year. He’s probably not the specialist spinner that they’re looking for, but he gets wickets. He probably could be given an opportunity.“We just have to trust God and hope that things work out,” Williams said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedReflections on Windies Cricket in 2018 Part 1 …Gabriel, Dowrich top Test performers in 2018December 28, 2018In “latest news”Windies hope Sabina magic will spark team in decisive India TestAugust 30, 2019In “latest news”I nearly cried, says heartbroken HetmyerJune 24, 2019In “latest news” read more

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Firefox 5 beta for desktop and mobile now available

first_imgMozilla’s Firefox channel system is now complete, with the first Firefox 5 beta releases being pushed for both desktop and mobile users. There aren’t many recognizable differences from Firefox 4 at the moment, apart from the introduction of the channel changer mechanism and the relocation of Mozilla’s Do Not Track opt-in to the privacy tab of your Firefox settings. Do Not Track support has also been introduced in Firefox for Mobile, but it’s important to remember that the feature brings no privacy benefit if the header it sends is not recognized by the websites you visit. Firefox 5 beta also improves support for a number of web technologies, including HTML5, MathML, SMIL, and CSS animations.So if Mozilla developers weren’t busy cramming new features into the Firefox 5 beta, what exactly were they up to? Squashing bugs, of course! The full log is available here (and it’s a lengthy one) for those of you who want to know everything you can about the new beta channel release.If you’d like to take the Firefox 5 beta channel for a spin, you can download it from the Future of Firefox page — the download for Android is available from the Market. Aurora users who want to switch to something a bit more stable can click through the app menu to help, about Firefox, and click the change link to display the channel changer. You can also go totally mainstream if you wish and jump to the stable Firefox release channel.Thanks to the accelerated release schedule, stable users won’t have long to wait for Firefox 5 — it’s scheduled to land on June 21st.More at Mozillalast_img read more

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Maras Group wins UK awards

first_imgMaras Group, one of South Australia’s leading property development companies, has won a set of prestigious international gongs.The company picked up three awards this month for their ongoing tenant marketing programs and their commitment to corporate social responsibility at the recent Best Business Excellence Awards in the UK.The awards – in the categories ‘Diversified Services’ and ‘Marketing & PR’ – related to their outstanding efforts and initiatives in the marketing and promotion of their tenants in the Rundle Street East district in Adelaide.Commenting on the award, Chairman of Judges Mr Andrew Areoff said that the group – founded by SA property legend Theo Maras – proved that “landlords spend money on their tenants” and that the Greek Australian owned company “embarked on a ground-breaking advertising and marketing campaign to encourage people back to ‘bricks and mortar’ shopping”. “To support tenants, the campaign promoted top-tier fashion shops in the east end side of this popular shopping area of Adelaide. All retailers, including cafés and bars, reported an increase in business and it greatly cemented the landlord/tenant relationship. This is a unique initiative that deserves recognition,” said Mr Areoff.The Best Marketing award in the Marketing and PR category was in recognition of Maras Group’s commitment to event-based programs designed to increase awareness, boost sales and strengthen the Rundle Street East brand.Maras Group also took out the award for Best Corporate Social Responsibility (Diversified Services category) for their continuing dedication to the community and humanitarian causes. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Citizens prefer Agüero over Salah any day of the week

first_imgCitizens Kyle Walker and Pep Guardiola believe that Sergio Agüero is still a better player than Mohamed Salah due to his consistency.As we move closer and closer to the crucial Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City this Sunday, two Citizens were questioned about the comparisons between strikers Sergio Agüero and Mohamed Salah.While the Egyptian forward had a breakthrough performance with the Reds last season, neither Kyle Walker nor Pep Guardiola believe that he is better than ‘Kun’ Agüero because of the Argentine’s consistency.The Liverpool player’s dip in form this season proves this, because Agüero started the competition in top form, and Mo is very far from the player who finished the previous competitions with nearly 50 goals.“For me, I’d rather mark Salah — every day of the week. I think Sergio has proved it now and I can assure you, having played against him when I was at ­Tottenham, he’s a nightmare – a complete nightmare to play against,” said Walker while being quoted by The Mirror.“You think he’s not interested in the game and all of a sudden it’s in the back of the net. He has that ­quality. He’s done it year in, year out. He is always up there scoring the most goals in the Premier League. He has probably carried City for a lot of years with his goals.”Pep also backed his striker at City over the Egyptian: “Salah is younger, it was his first year back in England since his time at Chelsea, so we will see in the ­future, but a guy who has the quality to score nearly 50 goals in a season always has that quality.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Football is all about ups and downs. Salah remains an ­excellent player and will score goals in the future. When you are in there, scenting goals, sometimes this happens. Sergio has scored a lot of goals, but there were periods when he didn’t score.”“How many years has ­Sergio scored all those goals, eight or nine years? For Salah, it was the first one so we will see in seven or eight years. For Sergio, his huge value comes from being ­consistent over many, many years.”“It is about being consistent every three days during 11 months. That is why the big, big players around Europe do that because it is the most difficult thing.”Man City’s Kyle Walker on why he’d far rather mark Mohamed Salah than Sergio Aguero, ahead of Liverpool trip #LFC #MCFC | @sbates_people— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) October 6, 2018last_img read more

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Official Minecraft Lego sets may be coming your way

first_imgWe’re not sure they’ll be here in time for the holidays, but it’s looking like official Minecraft Lego sets will be for sale in the not-too-distant future, co-developed by developer Mojang and the original house of blocks.Lego runs a crowdsourcing site called Cuusoo, where users can submit their own designs and the most popular ones are put into production. The company also offers a 1% royalty to creators whose ideas are sold, and Mojang has already promised its cut to charity.Mojang’s community team wrote on Facebook that Lego contacted the studio and asked them for their own submission to Cuusoo. The indie game team obliged and put together a page on the crowdsourcing site, suggesting that Minecraft and Lego “were meant to be together” since one builds with blocks in the virtual world and the other builds with blocks in the real world.Not surprisingly, fans had already put that two-and-two together, so this wasn’t the first Minecraft-related submission to Cuusoo. In fact, there had already been a slew of unofficial requests for the Minecraft/Lego mash-up, and Mojang is collaborating with some of the previous unofficial requesters to give shape to the final, official products. The playset pictured above is one such example that already came from the Cuusoo community.Lego isn’t the only big-name company to give the indie sensation game some love. Just last week, in fact, Valve gave Notch (Minecraft’s creator) a one-of-a-kind appearance in Team Fortress 2, which happens to be one of his favorite games.Also unsurprisingly, Minecraft fans have gone wild. With more than four million rabid fans, Lego’s servers were slammed following the announcement and temporarily taken offline to account for the scale of users now hitting Cuusoo. If you’d like to make that four-million-and-one, hit the Cuusoo link below.In the meantime, it’s a pretty safe bet that those extra-blocky Legos will be hitting a store near you pretty soon.via Facebook, Cuusoolast_img read more

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Colin If Golden State sweeps the playoffs theyre the greatest NBA team

first_img If the Warriors win the title and go 16-0 in the Playoffs, or even lose a game, Colin would give the nod to the Warriors over MJ. He thinks the gap between them and Chicago offensively is greater than the defensive gap.Cleveland has two sure fire Hall of Famers and a nice roster. They can’t compete. Jordan was pushed deep into series by Stockton and Malone.That’s the best best basketball team, professionally, I’ve ever seen. They’ve lost one game since March. Michael Jordan was pushed to six games by Indiana teams that never won a title. New York teams with one shooter.”.@ColinCowherd: If the Warriors win in 4 or 5, they’ll unseat LeBron as the NBA’s #1 talking point. That’s the best NBA team I’ve ever seen.— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) June 5, 2017 Advertisement The Warriors dismantled the Cavs for the second straight games of the 2017 NBA Finals, and although Cleveland was able to mount a comeback and win the the title last year, this year feels different.Today in The Herd, Colin said that if the Warriors sweep the Cavs and 16-0 -or drop a game and end up 15-1 – in the Playoffs, he would consider them the greatest team in NBA history.Even though the series truly isn’t over until the Cavs drop a home game, it isn’t clear how the hometown Cleveland crowd can guard Kevin Durant. The face melting offensive pace of the new look Warriors has rendered LeBron James powerless to stop it, despite putting up eye popping stats.Colin thinks this version of the Warriors is the most skilled collection of offensive talent ever assembled by an NBA team, and although they are not to the level of the ’96 Bulls defensively, they’re well above average.last_img read more

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Exploring the capital of French Riviera Nice

first_imgNice is the capital of the French Riviera, which skirts the pebbly shores of the Baie des Anges. The city is the perfect balance of old-world decadence with modern urban energy. With vibrant markets and diverse restaurants, it’s renowned for its food.Source: Expedialast_img

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Angel Oak Deephaven Join Five Star NonQM Lending Council

first_img Share 21 days ago 224 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Non QM Mortgages 2019-07-12 Mike Albanesecenter_img The Five Star Institute has announced the formation of the Non-Prime Lending Council (NLC), which is open to all professionals in the industry.The NLC, including industry leaders Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions and Deephaven Mortgage, was formed to provide professionals with a platform to address and discuss industry challenges, promote growth, and highlight lending practices that are essential to long-term industry success.Other organizations supporting the council are: ACC Mortgage, First Guaranty Mortgage Corporation, SHD Legal Group, P.A., Sprout Mortgage, and Velocity Mortgage Capital.Non-prime loans are made to borrowers who have past credit events, or events such as foreclosures, bankruptcies, short sales, late payments, or collections. Any of these—or a combination of them—could make it difficult for these borrowers to be approved for a home loan.”The formation of the Non-Prime Lending Council is critical to supporting an underserved sector of future homeowners, whose circumstances do not conform to conventional mortgage products,” said Ed Delgado, President & CEO of Five Star Global. “The focus of this association of leaders in the Non-QM market will be ensuring that qualified mortgage applicants have the ability to responsibly access credit.”In May, CoreLogic released its ABX Collateral Performance report, which found that non-QM issuances are expected to rise.“We expect non-QM RMBS issuance to continue to increase in 2019, with the credit quality of the collateral weakening somewhat but remaining overall consistent with the prior year,” Morningstar stated in a release. “Also, we expect the non-QM RMBS transaction structures to evolve as issuers explore ways to optimize funding costs and maximize proceeds from securitization.”The council will be comprised of an Executive Membership group, which will be capped at nine members and there are currently two slots remaining.Professionals can be a General Member, which includes the opportunity to participate in NLC subcommittees, admission for one member of your organization to attend the semiannual NLC member meeting, brand positioning on the NLC website, and select features in the MReport magazine.For more information on membership, please contact Kevin McCrea (, or call 214.525.6756. Angel Oak, Deephaven Join Five Star Non-QM Lending Councillast_img read more

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Where to go on holiday in April

first_imgMore spring holiday ideas below… Browse Bucharest hotel deals *Skyscanner looked at 250 million exits on flights over a three-year period to make the data as robust and accurate as possible. Our overall results should be considered as a guide for travellers. While Skyscanner has identified the average flight prices and best time to book, there will never be one date where it can guarantee that flight prices will be at their cheapest. However, there are clear trends we can see that are useful to show travellers. Singapore Best time to book flights to Singapore: 12, 13 or 18 weeks before departure, saving 4% on average flight prices from the UK to Singapore. One part goody-two-shoes, one part serious party animal – Singapore is a truly unique destination. Over the space of 50 years it’s transformed from a colonial backwater to a financial powerhouse, its skyline filled with high-rise hotels and iconic skyscrapers like The Sail at Marina Bay. In April the wet season is drawing to a close, so the city’s torrential downpours are less frequent. Once you’ve graced a few rooftop cocktail bars at the chic riverside area, re-ground yourself with a visit to Little India, the Chinese quarter and Kampong Glam – the Malay-Arab quarter. In these neighbourhoods you can use all your senses to truly discover the city’s unique cultural mash-up. Bonus, you can eat like royalty for under a tenner: no mean feat in the world’s most expensive city. Start preparing your trip now with our top ten things to do in Bucharest. Durban’s big claim to fame is the Phoenix Settlement to the north of the city (open Monday to Saturday, free entry), where Mohandas Gandhi began to spread his ideas on non-violent protest. Fancy going further afield? Hire a car and take the two hour drive to uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park – home to South Africa’s highest mountain range. Unsurprisingly there’s some great hiking, rock climbing and fly fishing in those hills. Step in to spring with a riot of colour in Amsterdam: the whole month is dedicated to celebrating the world-famous Dutch flower, its rich history and eternal beauty. Take the short flight from the UK to the Dam and wander along the canals, around museums, hotels and public spaces and you can’t miss the thousands of precious petals adorning every building, walkway and bicycle. For a full list of participating venues pick up a map from the ‘I Amsterdam’ visitor centre at Amsterdam Centraal station to start your tulip hunt. Find flights to Singapore Stay in a cosy posada (B&B) and swim in the ‘Sea of Seven Colours’ which shimmers in shades of turquoise, emerald and royal blue, or simply lounge on the sands of Almond Bay. If you want to be more active, rent a sea kayak and visit the neighbouring islets and rocks of Santa Catalina. It’s also worth visiting the intriguingly named Morgan’s Head and, er, Morgan’s Buttocks. Famous privateer Captain Henry Morgan is said to have buried treasure around these parts. Where to stay in Fuertventura Though Milan has a pricey reputation, there are good options if you’re looking for a budget hotel but don’t want to stay in the sticks. Ibis Styles Milano Centro has access to the subway at Lima station and is about 10 minutes walk from Milano Central station, with doubles from £69*. Alternatively, stretch your funds further for a stay at the more traditional, 3-star Lancaster Hotel, with personalised service and a generous breakfast. Six sizzling city breaks where spring feels like summer Combining Zulu, Indian and European influences, this beach-side city truly embodies South Africa’s ‘world in one country’ mantra. Often overlooked in favour of chic Cape Town and buzzing Jo’burg, all the locals know Durbs is hot in April. As its early autumn in South Africa, the winter rains have tailed off and the skies are nothing but sunny blue. To get here, fly to Tokyo’s Haneda airport and take the train (around 50 minutes). If you’re heading for laidback Corralejo, you can find a family apartment at Atlantic Garden Beach Mate for less than £50* per night. Beautiful gardens, two swimming pools – one with Balinese-style lounge beds – and a fitness centre mean there’s plenty to do even when you’re not relaxing on the nearby Playa Vistas Lobos. If you really want to treat yourself, try the H10 Tindaya on Costa Calma with rooms starting at £70* per night. As well as five swimming pools, this all-inclusive hotel also has kids clubs, adult activities and a luxurious spa. Samui is a popular tourist destination so you’ll find plenty of home comforts. There are also enough aromatic street stalls, family-run restaurants and Buddhist temples to provide a sense of location – especially in the south and west. Join the locals in their festive meditation at the Big Buddha Temple before strolling back along the causeway for a sundowner at one of the many restaurants lining Big Buddha Beach. Durban, South Africa This is where it all started, the birthplace of modern music. A melting pot of African and western musical influences, New Orleans is where jazz emerged in the late nineteenth century. These days, the city’s Jazzfest is bigger than ever: a massive house party with world-class acts performing at fairgrounds and countless venues around the city centre. Average temperature: 18°C Average temperature: 32°C Saving: 10% on average flight prices from the UK to New Orleans Best time to book flights to Koh Samui: 12 and 16 weeks before departure, saving 4% on average flight prices from the UK to Koh Samui. Be sure to sample the local Majorero goat’s cheese and try the tapas at Bodegón Don Carmelo in old Betancuria village near the west coast. Their large menu features the Canarian specialty, papas arrugadas: ‘wrinkly potatoes’. These are new potatoes boiled in salt water until they turn dry and their skins wrinkle, served up with a spicy sauce. Fans of couture should make a beeline for the Quadrilatero d’Oro (Golden Rectangle) – bounded by Via della Spiga to the north and Via Montenapoleone to the south. This is the beating heart of the city’s shopping scene, and a veritable who’s who of high-end designers. For an edgier, less extortionate vibe, go to Zona Tortona – a former industrial district southwest of the centre that’s now home to lots of hip indie boutiques. Browse Koh Samui hotel deals Best time to book flights to Bucharest: 6 weeks before departure, saving 14% on average flight prices from the UK to Bucharest. Jazz is still the main event, but you’ll also find blues, rock, funk, folk and a whole lot of other genres. Stuff your face with specialities like Cajun jambalaya and slow-cooked cochon de lait po’boy (a pork sandwich sold in a zillion variations at the festival). Grab a Sazerac (America’s first cocktail, with cognac and absinthe) and get down and boogie ‘til dawn. Best time to book flights to Hannover: 24 weeks before departure, saving 24% on average flight prices from the UK to Hannover. 6 of the world’s most amazing natural wonders to see in spring Find flights to Milan Find hotel deals in Fuerteventura Find flights to Bucharest Book flights to Amsterdam Start by taking the Guided Free Walking Tour, which gives you some background on the city’s most famous sights – such as the statue of Vlad the Impaler, the Memorial of Rebirth and the sprawling Palace of the Parliament. The latter was built by Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, and is now the second largest administrative building in the world. Best city breaks in April Where to stay in Singapore Best time to book flights to Fuerteventura: 6 weeks before departure, saving 14% on average flight prices from the UK to Fuerteventura. Your pennies will go further in Bucharest, with good-quality hostels like Umbrella Hostel offering cute wooden-clad dorms, triples, twins and doubles, all for under £25 a night. Even a 5-star treat at Epoque Hotel – complete with hot tubs, rooftop bar and massage therapies – can be had from £150 a night. Oo er, missus. This festival of the phallus is surely one of the month’s more unusual tourist draws. But what could be more appropriate to spring than celebrating fertility? On the first Sunday in April, gigantic penises are paraded through the streets of Kawasaki on portable shrines, watched by spectators in penis costumes, wearing penis hats, snacking on penis lollipops and, well, you get the idea. NEXT: Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. Pack more into your itinerary with our top picks for Fuerteventura. Browse Milan hotel deals Queue with the locals in Maxwell Food Centre – a popular hawker centre with a variety of tasty street food stalls to choose from, including the famous Tian Tian Chicken Rice. Where to stay in Koh Samui 10 alternative city breaks for spring Where to stay in Harz Spring has well and truly sprung, and with the Easter bank holidays coming up April is the perfect opportunity to get away from it all for a short break. From cities in full bloom to beach resorts where it still feels like summer, allow us to provide some inspiration for your April break. Find flights to Hannover Visit Koh Samui in April and you’ll come under attack from locals with (water) guns. During Songkran, Thai New Year, people celebrate by holding water fights. In this hot weather you really won’t mind. When you’re not busting out the super soaker, enjoy taking strolls along the island’s endless stretches of palm-fringed beaches – they produce an incredible two million coconuts a month! If the sun is shining, take a relaxing amble along the leafy lanes of Cișmigiu Park, which is in full technicolour bloom at this time of year. Grab a pew by the outdoor chess tables to watch the old boys battle it out – cigars in one hand, pieces in the other. If it’s raining, seek shelter in Carturesti Carusel: one of the world’s most beautiful bookshops. Browse hotel deals in Durban Fuerteventura, Canary Islands Best time to book flights to Amsterdam: 22 and 24 weeks before departure, saving 16% on average flight prices from the UK to Amsterdam. Browse hotels in Kawasaki As you might expect, most Providencia hotels are located on or within a short walk of the beach, with many clustered on the west coast. Grab a beachside cabin at Cabanas Agua Dulce (from £47* per night) near Freshwater Bay or head further south to South West Bay Cabañas (from £70* per night) for your own private balcony and hammock, as well as access to a crop of restaurants and bars great for sunset cocktails. Pastel pink cherry blossoms in Japan, blankets of bluebells in the UK and cute baby deer in Canada – we’ve put together a round-up of the most life-affirming places to go and things to see as nature springs back into life. Average temperature: 26°C April in Milan is an al-fresco dream, with restaurants and cafés reopening their terrazos for the upcoming summer season. Make like a local by perching at a table, sipping your way through espressos while watching the world go by. Average temperature: 12°C Stay at the Marina Bay Sands resort for a taste of the high life (rooms from £391), which dominates the cityscape like a chunk of Stonehenge catapulted into a gleaming steel and glass future. You don’t need to empty your pockets to stay by the river though – Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium has still got the views and slick design, but charges a more reasonable £95+ a night*. Bucharest, Romania Book flights to New Orleans Average temperature: 31°C Find hotels in Herzberg am Harz Find flights to Durban PREVIOUS: Tulip Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands Walpurgisnacht, Mount Brocken, Germany Average temperature: 26°C After emptying your wallet, soothe your spirit by checking out some of the world’s greatest artistic masterpieces – most notably Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. This is in the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, but be sure to pre-book your ticket if you want to catch a glimpse of the painting. Another unmissable sight can be found on the roof terraces of the Duomo di Milano – a prickly porcupine of a cathedral with 135 spires. On a clear day, views stretch all the way to the Alps. *Updated October 2018. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability. Average temperature: 17°C This coastal city is full of business hotels if you want a no-frills, no-messing stay for the night during the festival, such as Hotel Sunroute Kawasaki. Kawasaki Nikko Hotel is also a good pick, right next to the train station. Milan, Italy Summer’s still a couple of months away, so pack your bags and head to these paradise destinations for your fix of sun, sea and sublime fruit-based drinks. Where to stay in Providencia Average temperature: 17°C There are several hundred resorts and hotels on Koh Samui, so narrow your choice by choosing which beach you want to be beside. Do you want a peaceful hideaway? Taling Ngam on the southwest coast has some good-value resorts like Am Samui, where you can pedal around one of the island’s quieter shores using one of the complimentary bicycles. The town of Mae Nam is a good place to look for backpacker accommodation.  Where to stay in New Orleans Treat your sense of adventure while indulging yourself with a voyage to the Colombian island of Providencia. Once a base for English pirates, this remote island takes a bit of work to reach – you need to take a tiny twin-prop plane from nearby San Andrés island, already a two hour flight from Bogota. It’s worth the trip, however, as this stress-free destination is the ideal place to unwind. Amsterdam’s canals are lined with quirky houseboats, and some of them are available to rent – a great addition to any bucket list. Houseboat Ark Van Amstel has two bedrooms and incredible views of the river. It’s just a short stroll from the historic centre, too. If you’re looking for cheap, cheerful and totally sociable, book a bed in the Flying Pig Youth Hostel  – one of Amsterdam’s most famous places to stay. As well as a great social scene and budget beds, staff are on hand to help you book tours and tickets. Kanamara Matsuri, Kawasaki, Japan The new kid on the old Eastern Bloc, Bucharest is fast-becoming one of Europe’s hippest hangouts. Warm weather and spring festivities make Bucharest a fun place to visit in April, as the city gears up for Orthodox Easter towards the end of the month. Tip: avoid the morning tours to Crab Cay and come after noon to claim your own idyllic stretch of sand. Where to stay in Milan Craving some heat along with your culture? Jet off to these southern cities where the sun shines year round and get your vitamin D fix early. Breathe in the incense and spices at Victoria Street Market or rent a bike for a trip along the Golden Mile, watching the surfers and kiteboarders tackle the Indian Ocean waves. If you fancy a dip yourself, there’s no need to worry about great whites as the beaches are protected by shark nets. If you fancy getting up close with the predators, you can book in for an underwater dinner at Ushaka Marine World. For a more authentic meal, you’ll need to head to a streetfood stall for some bunny chow – a hollowed out loaf of bread filled with fiery curry. Spring breaks: the best family holidays in the UK There’s always something going on somewhere, and we’ve put together our pick of the best – and quirkiest – April events from around the world. Average temperature: 31°C Best time to book flights to New Orleans: 29 weeks before departure Book flights to Tokyo New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Louisiana The Canary Islands are a reliable choice for spring sunshine. Grab a direct flight to Fuerteventura, the second largest of the Canary Islands. With glorious summer approaching, there are fewer visitors than on neighbouring Tenerife. Best time to book flights to Colombia: 10 weeks before departure, saving 6% on average flight prices from the UK to Colombia. Best events in April Find flights to San Andres Island Find flights to Koh Samui Average temperature: 22°C Best time to book flights to Tokyo: 22 weeks before departure, saving 7% on average flight prices from the UK to Tokyo. Shuttle transport is available to most hotels, including the Sheraton New Orleans. If you’re on a budget, look for pocket-friendly, central hotels like French Quarter Suites and stay close to the action. Don your fancy dress and get ready to twirl around the maypole but remember your thermals for the mountain weather! Fly in to Hannover airport and set up base camp at Schierke (70 km from Hannover) for treks to Brocken, or take the slightly longer two-hour trip to Thale to educate yourself on local rituals at the Walpurgishalle museum (Hexentanzplatz 3). Average temperature: 9°C Browse Amsterdam accommodation Find hotel deals in Providencia As the snow starts to melt, these cities – and their pavement cafés – start to come back to life. If you’re looking for a new place to check off your travel bucket list, these under-the-radar destinations are well worth a peek. Best beach breaks in April The Harz region is populated by small towns and villages, rather than cities. If you’re heading for Schierke, the Waldschlößchen Schierke is well-located for exploring the Brocken, next to the Harz National Park, or you could pitch up in Wernigerode, one of the most central towns in the Harz region, home of the fairytale Wernigerode Castle and a good base for day trips. Find flights to Fuerteventura ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Browse Singapore hotel deals In Germany’s Harz region, would-be evils from around the land congregate on the last day of April to cosy up to the dark lord before flying off to Mount Brocken. Back in pagan times, those on the light side were busy making fires and dancing like maniacs to drive out the ne-er-do-wells, all to make ready for the Queen of Spring. These days…well, not much has changed. Where to stay in Amsterdam Here’s a full calendar of travel inspiration The festival centres on the Wakamiya Hachimangu shrine, which attracts kimono-wearing cross-dressers from across Japan. So roll up your sleeves and join in the radish-carving contest. Straddle one of the large wooden penises and smile for the camera. Raising money for HIV research and awareness, it’s all in an excellent cause. Where to stay in Bucharest The north shore is often compared to Hawaii, and the village of Corralejo is surfer central with seven miles of golden beaches backed by shape-shifting dunes. Once you’re done with the bucket and spade, there’s a world of rocky wilderness to discover inland. This has more in common with Africa’s Saharan coast – which is just 50 miles away. Where to stay in Durban There are some great value deals to be had in Durban. Spend your holiday by the waterfront at the family-favourite Balmoral Hotel (doubles from £36* per night) or give yourself a little upgrade by staying at the luxurious Hilton Durban Hotel (doubles from £99* per night). Also on the waterfront, it has a stunning rooftop sundeck. Previous guests really sing the praises of the continental breakfast, so make sure and add it to your booking. Providencia Island, Colombia Best time to book flights to Milan: 9 weeks before departure, saving 15% on average flight prices from the UK to Milan. Where to stay in Kawasaki Keep it closer to home with our roundup of the best British destinations for a spring holiday. From camping in Cornwall to strolling the cobbled streets of Edinburgh, there’s something for every type of traveller in our list. Weather data provided by Weather2Travel. These city destinations are at their best in April, so pack your walking shoes and get ready to do some serious exploring. Explore New Orleans hotel deals  Best time to book flights to Durban: 20 weeks before departure, saving 7% on average flight prices from the UK to Durban. Koh Samui, Thailand RelatedWhere’s hot in April?April showers? Not on our watch. Jet off in search of the sun, with destinations including Cairo, Las Vegas and Cancun.Spring forward: 10 places to see the new season at its bestWarmest places to go for a spring holiday around the world – Where to see rhododendrons, cherry blossoms and more wildflowers this year – Spring festivals from March to May 2016Where’s hot in May?Spring is in full swing, and summer’s on its way: May is an ideal month to beat the crowds, and still find a spot for your towel on the beach. Here’s where’s hot in May, from Cancun to Cairo.last_img read more

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