Riders on Disney World’s New Skyliner Gondola System Stranded After Incident

first_imgRiders aboard the new Skyliner gondola ride at Walt Disney World ended up being stranded for several hours late Saturday night after an apparent malfunction, according to witnesses.A Walt Disney World spokeswoman adds there were no reported injuries.The company says the system will remain closed while the incident is being investigated.A news release explains, “One of the three Disney Skyliner routes experienced an unexpected downtime Saturday evening. As a result, the Skyliner will be closed while we look into the details surrounding the downtime.” The company is working with its guests individually “regarding impacts to their visit with us.” Photos posted on the Twitter page “Waltparks” showed several of the gondolas smashed together. Riders were evacuated after 11 p.m.The cabins, which can each hold up to 10 people, are not air-conditioned. Social media posts also show that riders were asked to open the emergency kits following the incident.Skyliner connects Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios with four of the Disney World resorts. Its capsules, which are themed with Disney characters, travel along a cable.Disney World Debuts Skyliner Gondolas The Skyliner system, which began operation last week, includes nearly 300 cabins that travel at about 11 mph. They reach up to about 60 feet above ground.last_img read more

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Experience Olympia & Beyond Receives Industry Accreditation

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Experience Olympia & BeyondExperience Olympia & Beyond was awarded the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) seal along with other destinations at the Destinations International conference. The accreditation program by Destinations International recognizes the organization’s commitment to industry excellence and meeting the industry standard for performance and accountability of destination organizations around the world.From left: CEO Shauna Stewart, Director of Sales Jeff Bowe and Director of Marketing & Communications Moira Davin with Experience Olympia & Beyond receiving accreditation. Photo courtesy: Experience Olympia & Beyond“By achieving DMAP accreditation, these destination organizations have demonstrated that they have developed strategies for the direction of their destination and the policies and procedures to safeguard the use of public dollars,” said David Holder, CDME, DMAP Chair and Vice President – Tourism of JLL – Hospitality and Tourism Group.“We are pleased to have Experience Olympia & Beyond join our distinguished group of professionals,” said Don Welsh, President and CEO of Destinations International. “The industry distinction defines quality and performance standards for destination organizations and I look forward to welcoming them to the DMAP community.”The accreditation program requires a destination organization to successfully comply with a multitude of mandatory and voluntary standards that span a variety of performance areas to gain this momentous achievement. The standards cover nearly all aspects related to the management and marketing of destination organizations including governance, finance, human resources, sales, communications, destination development and research. Experience Olympia & Beyond joins the ranks of more than 200 destination organizations who have obtained DMAP recognition.“Our industry sets high standards and we are honored to officially be an accredited destination marketing organization. Our team and board have been dedicated to achieving this goal and worked tirelessly to make it happen. We are truly celebrating this accomplishment,” said Shauna Stewart, CEO of Experience Olympia & Beyond.Experience Olympia & Beyond recently went through a branding process which was a part of the accreditation and has launched a new brand, website, videos and product trails such as the South Sound Coffee Trail. The organization markets the destination to visitors, meeting planners, tour operators and sports event organizers.last_img read more

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Papua New Guinean youth on the road for an AFL contract

first_imgThe young lad from Hoskins, West New Britain, settled in Australia 3 years ago to chase his AFL dream, which is now at hand.Jay Jay grew up in Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea as an only child. Being away from his family is hard for the cheeky and incredibly smiley Jay Jay, but he takes it all in his stride.Despite being terrified of all the snakes and spiders, Jay Jay has settled in well to an Australian way of life.He is currently studying carpentry at Holmesglen TAFE and blames his lack of exposure for not making it so far, and feels this is his big chance to be noticed. He is currently among the 15 young hopefuls competing for a guaranteed place on an AFL list to take part in Season 2 of the AFL The Recruit program on Fox TV.The Recruit is all about testing the contestants’ ability of living and playing together. They will battle it out over 10 weeks, looking to prove that they deserve to be drafted a contract. His AFL team is Hawthorn.His local club Balwyn Tigers Assistant Coach Ben Dixon said: “Jay Jay is a livewire. I think he’s literally got wheels he’s so quick, he can be a half-forward type who just creates.”After the 10 weeks, their fate will be decided.last_img read more

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Warriors’ Curry says ‘no panic’ after big loss to Rockets

first_imgMOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “He has been amazing,” Curry said. “I think we all need to feed off that focus and that determination. If he can continue to do what he does, I’ll shoot the ball better and play better defense, other guys will get involved and we’ll be in great shape.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next His 16 points — on the heels of an 18-point performance in game one — marked the first time Curry has failed to reach at least 20 points in consecutive playoff games since the 2016 NBA Finals, when he was nursing a knee injury.His struggles were mirrored by most of his teammates. Kevin Durant was a predictable rock with 38 points, but Klay Thompson scored just eight, Draymond Green six and Andrea Iguodala five as the Warriors offense stagnated.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“No panic,” Curry insisted after the game. “No houses-on-fire type of mentality in our locker room. We’re in pretty good shape right now.”The Warriors, indeed, headed home to host games three and four on Sunday and Tuesday having shocked the 65-win Rockets in game one. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Pace car for Pacer: NBA’s Victor Oladipo to start Indy 500 And Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he was certain Curry would find his groove.“I’m not worried about Steph,” Kerr said. “He’s the kind of competitor and player who will bounce back from a tough night.”Both Kerr and Curry himself were adamant that Curry’s troubles were unrelated to the sprained knee ligament that sidelined him for 16 games until his return in the second game of the Warriors’ second-round series against the New Orleans Pelicans.“I’m feeling great,” Curry said. “I didn’t find a rhythm early. I had some decent looks from three that could have changed the momentum of the game of the game early in the first half.”Curry said he and the Warriors need look no further for inspiration than Durant.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) stands on the court during a break in the action during the second half in Game 2 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets, Wednesday, May 16, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry said there’s “no panic” in the Golden State Warriors locker room after a 22-point loss to the Houston Rockets in game two of the Western Conference finals.Curry looked significantly off his game on Wednesday night, connecting on just seven of 19 shots from the floor, including one of eight from three-point range. He finished with 16 points but never established the remarkable range that can stretch opposing defenses to the breaking point.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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UNMIL Draw Down Continues

first_imgThe Special Representative to the Secretary General, Madam Karin Landgren, has disclosed that the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) will continue to draw down its peace keeping mission in Liberia while increasing the presence of UNMIL’s police unit to prepare the Liberia National Police (LNP) for their eventual withdrawal.She made the disclosure over the weekend when she attended the contingent medal parade held at the Pakistani base around Hotel Africa.“For the past 10 years, we have worked with our Liberian counterparts towards maintaining peace and stability in Liberia. In June 2013, we successfully concluded the first phase of transition of security responsibilities from UNMIL to the Government of Liberia. This year, UNMIL is working closely with the Government in implementing the second phase of the security transition. This will also mark the departure of our PAKBATT 19 colleagues after serving diligently in Maryland, Grand Gedeh and River Gee Counties. Once again I want to take this opportunity to thank our Pakistani Peacekeepers for their contribution to peace and stability in Liberia over the past ten years,” she declared.  “As we continue to gradually draw down UNMIL forces in 2014, we are working with the government to continue building the capacity of Liberia’s security institutions, particularly the LNP and Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN).The SRSG also used the platform to encourage the Government, civil society, and all national bodies to continue to strengthen their contribution to preserving Liberia’s hard won peace, stating that “Every individual Liberian has a role to play by respecting the law and becoming engaged in civic duties for the well-being of this country. “Madam Landgren also called on UN Peacekeepers to be vigilant, stating, “As UN peacekeepers, you represent the United Nations during and outside working hours.  Your actions as peacekeepers should always remain professional and respectful.The UN seeks to set an example, through all of us. We can do this by preventing sexual exploitation and abuse, respecting and promoting human rights, and in taking good care of the environment. I count on all of us to live up to these expectations.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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PPP condemns hike in rental, drainage fees for Region 5 farmers

first_img….calls on Govt to withdraw increasesThe Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has strongly condemned what it describes as an “ongoing assault” against rice farmers, particularly those in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), and calls on the coalition Administration to immediately scrap the increase in land rents and drainage charges.The Party said Government should also withdraw the notices sent forthwith, especially since it “destroyed” the lucrative Venezuelan market for rice in just a few months after assuming office and has since been unable to find a suitable substitute.According to the Opposition, the coalition then imposed Value Added Tax (VAT) on agricultural equipment, accessories and various items needed for the rice industry that were all VAT free under the PPP/Civic Administration.The Party went on to point out that President David Granger has revoked over 50 agricultural leases issued by the PPP/C Government to rice farmers in the Mahaica Mahaicony Abary/Agriculture Developmental Authority Scheme (MMA/ADA), without affording these farmers a hearing and for no apparent reason, other than that these leases were granted by the PPP/C Government.“We represented these farmers in the High Court, which ruled that the President revocation of these leases was unlawful and unconstitutional. Not content with the destruction that they have done so far, the MMA/ADA, upon instructions of this Government, increased land rents from $1000 per acre to $7000 per acre and drainage and irrigation charges from $2500 to $8000,” the Party said in a statement on Wednesday.The missive further stated that a few days ago, the MMA/ADA issued hundreds of notices to rice farmers informing them that unless they pay these exorbitant increases in land rents and drainage charges, legal proceedings would be instituted against them.Many rice farmers say that were they to pay these new charges, they would have to stop cultivating because they simply cannot afford to sustain such high increase in expenditure at this point in time, the Party said.“Rather than assist the rice industry, as we have demanded the Government to do, they are driving more nails into the coffin of the industry. To now threaten the rice farmers with litigation is simply callous and unconscionable,” the Opposition said.The PPP declared that it resolutely stands by rice farmers on this issue and would even defend them in the courts, if necessary.last_img read more

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Brother bought poison to kill rats – CC&PA head

first_imgDeath of La Grange toddlerAs investigations continue into the death of a one-year-old toddler who died after ingesting carbon tablets, which were reportedly fed to him by his older brother, the Child Care and Protection Agency (CC&PA) has indicated that the substance was bought for the sole purpose of killing rats.The village of La Grange, on the West Bank of Demerara, slumped into despair on Wednesday when villagers learnt of the incident. Initial reports were that the toddler, who was identified as Andre Keron Tappin, was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) after his mother observed he was vomiting continuously at their Lot 18 La Grange home. Tappin died while receiving treatment and all indications were that his nine-year-old brother had fed him the rat poison. However, the CC&PA discovered differently while conducting their inquiry.Speaking with Guyana Times on Friday, Director of the CC&PA Ann Greene claimed that a detailed interview was conducted with the older brother, whoCC&PA Director Ann Greeneindicated that he purchased the rat poison at a known location in the community after rats were damaging his stepfather’s books.“There is nothing that shows that he was killed by his brother… The investigation is going on and we have the child in care and the child is being able to give a good account. He bought the rat poison not to kill his brother, but to kill rats,” Greene told this publication.According to the young man, his mother and stepfather were quarrelling over the presence of rats in their home and he thought it best to ask a friend at school for money to buy the poison.“This child said on camera in the interview that his parents had an argument, the mother and stepfather about rats eating up the stepfather’s books or something. So this child went to school and get money from a friend, beg his friend for $100 and he went to a shop and bought the rat poison to kill the rats.”Greene said the child recalled that he would have arrived home and placed the rat poison on a low table. He subsequently went to prepare tea and in his absence, the one-year-old child consumed the tablet.“He came home and put it on a low table and then he went to make tea for him and his brother. The little one went to the table and got it and started to eat it. By time he notice and he looked, he child had eaten a greater part of the thing and he raised an alarm and woke up his mother and they took the child to the hospital,” Greene said.The CC&PA Director posited that the child was “traumatised” after being blamedThe home which the family sharedfor the death of his younger brother. However, she claimed that the individual who sold the poison is entirely responsible.“This is so hard for this child. When we interviewed this child, this child was so traumatised and how they were blaming him for the child’s death. Anybody to be blamed is who would sell or give rat poison to a nine-year-old child. What sort of society do we live in?” Greene related. When this publication visited the area, some of the neighbours seemed to have not had much interaction with the family and one man said he had only heard of the incident after the toddler’s death. It was not clear what role the father of the nine-year-old played but reports stated that he informed the boy’s teachers that he would not attend school on Thursday.While the child is under supervision at the Agency, his mother was detained at the Den Amstel Police Station as Police continues to probe the matter.Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), Superintendent Jairam Ramlakhan on Thursday confirmed reports that the young child was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital by his mother after she observed he was vomiting on Wednesday. Reports stated that the child would usually be left in the care of his nine-year-old brother on numerous occasions. Efforts to obtain an update from the Police on the case proved futile.last_img read more

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H1N1 flu virus vaccines begin next week

first_imgAlternatively, people can call 811 for clinic information, or visit www.northernhealth.caFor more information on the vaccine, Click Here. Predominant symptoms include a fever of more than 38 degrees Celsius and a cough. Some patients experience a sore throat and muscle pain. Patients usually recover in three to five days, though they remain contagious for up to seven days after their symptoms are gone.Meanwhile, the province has announced that it will begin vaccinations during the week of October 26th. Dr. Badenhorst says those at high-risk will get the shot first.[asset|aid=2030|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=154d9fab0ed1c4354ad8a70c9f9b8fab-Badenhorst 1_2_Pub.mp3]Those at high risk include individuals under 65 years of age with chronic disease, pregnant women, and individuals – including First Nations people – living in remote or isolated communities.Advertisement Just as the province announced the confirmed dates of the H1N1 flu vaccine, B.C.’s Northeast Medical Health Officer has announced an increase of H1N1 cases in Northern Health’s jurisdiction.Dr. Charl Badenhorst discussed the virus on Wednesday morning’s Issues and Answers.Last week, Northern Health announced that there were 62 confirmed cases of H1N1 flu virus in the northeast. Now, Dr. Badenhorst says there are 92 confirmed cases.- Advertisement -But, he says practically everyone who has the flu, has the H1N1 virus strain. And it’s likely that number is significantly higher, because not everyone gets diagnosed.[asset|aid=2029|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=154d9fab0ed1c4354ad8a70c9f9b8fab-Badenhorst 2_1_Pub.mp3]Dr. Badenhorst says the H1N1 is the predominate strain of the flu virus. In lab studies, he says more than 90 per cent of all analyzed swabs were positive for H1N1 rather than the seasonal flu.Advertisementcenter_img Anyone who wishes to get the seasonal flu shot can get it at the same time as the H1N1 vaccine.  Officials say getting both shots at the same time is unlikely to impair the immune response to either one.During the week of November 2nd, the vaccines will be available to children between six months and five years of age, health care workers, and care providers of infants less than six months of age.The vaccine will be available to everyone else in mid to late November.The province has also announced that specially trained pharmacists will be able to vaccinate patients. For information about upcoming flu clinics at your local pharmacy, talk to your pharmacist.Clinic locations will be posted in the near future on www.immunizebc.caAdvertisementlast_img read more

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RCMP investigating death near Bezanson

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP along with the RCMP Major Crimes North division are investigating a death near BezansonJust after 9:00 a.m. Tuesday RCMP and Emergency Services responded to a residence in a rural area near Bezanson.  Upon arrival, RCMP discovered the body of an adult female.The scene is secure and there is no concern for public safety at this time.- Advertisement -RCMP Major Crimes North has taken carriage of the investigation.No further details will be released at this time. The investigation is ongoing and an update will be provided once new information becomes available.last_img

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2008 looms as year of reckoning on state’s prison crowding

first_img A three-judge panel was created in July by federal courts in Sacramento and San Francisco, and is charged with solving a problem that has eluded lawmakers and state prison officials for years. The judges plan an initial trial to decide if crowding is delaying efforts to improve inmate medical services and mental health care. If they find that to be the case, they would conduct a second trial to decide how to release inmates to relieve the crowding. They also could cap the prison population, perhaps keeping thousands of convicts at county jails that, in many cases, have their own space crunch. Conservative state lawmakers who support the building program say they plan to fight any decision to let prisoners out on the street before they have served their full sentences. “These three justices want to release prisoners early. I don’t see any doubt about it,” said state Assemblyman Todd Spitzer, R-Orange, who chairs the Assembly Select Committee on Prison Construction and Operations. Spitzer also opposes a plan by Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary James Tilton to free nonviolent, well-behaved ex-convicts from parole after six months instead of the usual three years. Ending supervision early means fewer ex-convicts would be sent back to state prison for parole violations. It’s the first in a series of parole changes that national experts say is critical to reducing California’s prison population. “You don’t change your policy to appease ultraliberal judges when we’re going to take this to the (more conservative) Supreme Court,” Spitzer said, predicting an extended legal fight if the three judges decide to release inmates early. The state’s network of 33 prisons has capacity for 100,000 inmates but is now overflowing with more than 172,000. Machado, who leads the state Senate’s prison oversight efforts, is critical of corrections officials for moving too slowly to adopt parole reforms and other provisions in a $7.8 billion prison- and jail-building program. It was approved by the Legislature in April and subsequently signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The corrections department originally projected it could have the first new cellblocks built by early 2009, but now projects construction will take an extra year. One reason is that lawmakers did not give the department the fast-track authority it requested, said Deborah Hysen, the department’s chief deputy secretary for facility planning and construction management. In addition, the original cellblock designs had to be redrawn to include more space for rehabilitation programs, and the department is adding more high-security cells. Building at some prisons will require extensive infrastructure upgrades, such as extending water and sewer lines, projects that take extra time and money. The department also is reconsidering its plan to add the cells within each prison’s secure perimeter because it appears quicker and cheaper to build most of the lower-security housing outside the main prison walls, Hysen said. “Glitches, hiccups, delays – I wouldn’t characterize it in that fashion,” she said. “They are just dates that were unrealistic in some cases.” The law provides money to build cellblocks at existing prisons to hold an additional 16,000 inmates, and new mini-prisons called “re-entry centers” for another 16,000 inmates who are nearing release. Tilton, the corrections secretary, said his department is moving aggressively to add space. The department won a brief reprieve when the three-judge panel delayed its scheduled February trial until later in the year. “The more time we get from the courts, the better we expect the results will be,” department spokesman Seth Unger said. “We’re making steady progress in implementing these reforms.” The department faces a funding cut because of the state’s projected $10 billion to $14 billion budget gap, but Unger said construction will not be effected because it relies on bond money. The three-judge panel is likely to be most concerned about conditions for current inmates and whether overcrowding is preventing them from getting the services they deserve, said Elizabeth Alexander, director of the National Prison Project for the American Civil Liberties Union. “It’s understandable to me that the state says it’s going to take time,” Alexander said. “But if I’m a federal judge, I’m going to ask, ‘How many people do I let die in the meantime?’” On the Net: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Read AB900 at assembly.ca.gov160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The crisis-fueled momentum that produced a nearly $8 billion prison-spending plan earlier this year has lost some of its steam, leaving the state vulnerable to federal judges ordering an early release of inmates. California has fallen behind in its race to relieve the overcrowded conditions in its state prisons by adding thousands of cells, and time is running out to produce results. A special panel of federal judges will decide in 2008 whether the state should be forced to address its overcrowding by releasing some prisoners early. “This is a chain of broken promises,” state Sen. Mike Machado, D-Linden, said of the state’s construction and parole delays. “I think the court is going to look at it and say, ‘There’s no commitment here to do anything.’”last_img read more

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