Intrawest’s Eastern Ski Resorts Experience the Best Early Season Snow Conditions in Recent History

first_imgIntrawest’s Eastern Ski Resorts Experience the Best Early Season Snow Conditions in Recent HistoryVANCOUVER, Dec. 5 /CNW/ – Intrawest, a leader in the development and management of experiential destination resorts, today reported outstanding early season snow conditions throughout its ski resorts in eastern North America. A favorable combination of natural snow and cold temperatures suitable for snowmaking is providing the best possible early season conditions at Snowshoe Mountain (West Virginia), Tremblant (Quebec), Stratton Mountain (Vermont), Blue Mountain (Ontario) and Mountain Creek (New Jersey).”This season, we are well ahead of schedule with excellent snow conditions and one of the strongest openings in years for our eastern ski resorts,” said Andy Wirth, chief marketing officer at Intrawest. “We are experiencing historic levels of natural snow that continues to accumulate throughout the region along with cold temperatures enabling our snowmaking equipment to operate around the clock. With new trails opening every day, our resort guests have the opportunity to enjoy exceptional early season conditions at some of the most desirable ski resorts in the region.”The exceptional early season snow conditions complement early season savings available on season pass products and vacation deals at every Intrawest resort. To take advantage of package deals including savings on airfares, lodging, lift tickets and rentals, visit www.intrawest.com(link is external)Highlights from Intrawest’s eastern region mountain resorts include:Stratton Mountain, VermontWith more than 180 acres of open terrain Stratton offers some of the best early season conditions available in the north eastern United States. The cold weather conditions are ideal for around the clock snowmaking and the prevalence of natural snow flurries means additional terrain will be opening every day. Visit Stratton at www.stratton.com(link is external)Snowshoe Mountain, West VirginiaSnowshoe is experiencing a historic start to celebrate its 35th winter season. With a total cumulative snowfall of 69 inches, the resort has already received more than half of last year’s snowfall total. Snowmaking efforts continue across the mountain and there will be 30 trails and 110 acres of terrain open this weekend including the entire 1,500 vertical feet of “Cupp Run”, the signature slope of Snowshoe, which is scheduled to open on Saturday December 6th. Visit Snowshoe at www.snowshoemtn.com(link is external)Tremblant, QuebecTremblant has received 30 inches of natural snow since the beginning of the season and snow flurries continue to cover the slopes of the No. 1 ranked ski resort in the east for more than a decade, according to SKI Magazine. Snow guns of one of the most powerful snow making systems in North America provide a tremendous variety of terrain and an amazing start for the 2008-2009 season. Visit Tremblant at www.tremblant.ca(link is external)Blue Mountain, OntarioBlue Mountain is off to a tremendous start this season with the resort’s earliest opening in years. Cooler temperatures have enabled the resort’s snowmaking team to take advantage of optimal early winter conditions to provide the finest ski and snowboard terrain in the region. Visit Blue Mountain at www.bluemountain.ca(link is external)Mountain Creek, New JerseyMountain Creek is scheduled to open its South Peak Terrain Park on Monday December 8th followed by top-to-bottom terrain at both Vernon Mountain and South Peak on Saturday December 13th. Snow enthusiasts eager to experience pre-season conditions are encouraged to take advantage of Mountain Creek’s hikeable jib parks that will be available on Saturday December 6th and Sunday December 7th. Visit Mountain Creek at www.mountaincreek.com(link is external)”The weather forecast calls for cooler than normal temperatures throughout the month of December which will continue to provide an ideal environment for snowmaking at all of our eastern resorts,” continued Wirth. “The unprecedented early season snowfall combined with our excellent snowmaking capabilities is great news for snow enthusiasts eager to book their ski vacations for the coming holiday season.”About IntrawestIntrawest is a leader in the development and management of experiential destination resorts. The company has interests in ten resorts at North America’s most popular mountain destinations including Whistler Blackcomb, a host venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The Intrawest network also includes Canadian Mountain Holidays, the largest heli-skiing operation in the world, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Florida and Club Intrawest – a private resort club with locations throughout North America. In addition, Intrawest develops, markets and sells real estate at its resorts and at other locations across North America and in Europe. Intrawest is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia.last_img read more

Central American Business Leaders Ask for Support to Combat Violence and Smuggling

first_imgBy Dialogo May 01, 2012 On April 26, business leaders from Central America and the Dominican Republic called on their Governments to support plans by the private sector and the police to combat smuggling, extortion, and violence in the region. “We have resolved to request from you (presidents) that within the framework of the Central American Integration System, SICA, you support this public-private alliance” established between business leaders and the police, the chair of the Private Enterprise Senior Council (COSEP), José Aguerri, affirmed. Aguerri made the request of SICA’s president pro tempore, Honduran President Porfirio Lobo, during the visit he made to his counterpart Daniel Ortega in Managua on April 26. Lobo’s visit coincided with a meeting held in Nicaragua by representatives of the Federation of Private Entities of Central America, Panama, and the Dominican Republic (FEDEPRICAP) and regional police forces to analyze security issues. In SICA, “we’re open to promoting the initiatives” of this new alliance, Lobo said, and Ortega expressed the view that “the more we combine our forces” in the region, the easier it will be to fight against violence and extreme poverty. The business proposal seeks to create 200,000 jobs for young people over the next four years with the aim of drawing them away from crime, which is generating problems of citizen security, chiefly in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. According to studies by the World Bank, “the direct and indirect costs for citizen security, judicial proceedings, and the costs of the health system in Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Honduras were 8 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) of those countries” in 2011, the proposal warned. According to Aguerri, that represented a cost of 10.823 billion dollars for the region, money that could be saved if the public and private sectors come together to reduce violence by around 10 percent in the hardest-hit countries. The plan also calls for creating mechanisms of communication with the police in order to guarantee the passage of freight transportation, in order to combat smuggling and extortion. The meeting among Lobo, Ortega, and regional business leaders was held in the House of the Peoples in Managua.last_img read more

Honduran Police Chiefs Undergo Polygraph Test

first_img “All members will endure the process, according to the arranged schedule (…) This is the first step taken to evaluate the Police’s high command of operation,” Eduardo Villanueva, head of the Police Career Investigation and Evaluation Office (DIECP), said on May 6, when the process started. About 50 senior officers of the Honduran Police, including director Juan Carlos “el Tigre” Bonilla, will undergo counter drug and polygraph tests on May 6, during an institutional purging campaign, caused by alleged organized crime infiltration, official sources stated. During the so-called “confidence tests,” the police officers are tested by a polygraph or a lie detector regarding drug consumption, as well as their psychological status. Getting a polygraph test is the quickest and the easiest way to detect deception. It has been used as a pre-employment measure and as in the above case should be used during the entire course of service to continuously test and evaluate the employees for false means of income and drug-testing. Many companies like Lie Detector Test UK https://www.liedetectors-uk.com/ are providing specialized services like these in their test packages. Honduras is facing an alarming crime rate, ranking first worldwide with 85.5 per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the Violence Observatory at the National University, nearly ten times the global average. center_img Furthermore, the test also verifies the police officers’ assets to determine if they correspond to their incomes; it also verifies whether any property has been transferred to family members. By Dialogo May 08, 2013 “After concluding this stage, we will continue with 50 more, which involves subordinates and immediate collaborators, so that we can assure society that we have a transparent police force that is doing its job,” DIECP’s chief added. last_img read more

Panama’s SENAN Makes Four Cocaine Busts in 7-day Span

first_imgOn March 13, SENAN officers arrested nine Colombians in connection with the seizure of 850 packages of cocaine, also in the provice of Colón. The cocaine was aboard the Colombian-flagged “Doña Omaira” vessel, according to SENAN Commissioner Ramón N. López. The Navy and the PCO-CTI did not immediately report whether security forces had captured any suspects in connection with the operation. By Dialogo March 25, 2015 Colombian National Navy seizes FARC weapons and cocaine And in the fourth seizure, on March 16, SENAN agents arrested four suspects and confiscated 250 kilograms of cocaine from a boat in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of the province of Chiriquí. The names of the suspects were not immediately identified. Colombia’s National Navy recently teamed with the Specialized Judicial Police Directorate against Organized Crime (PCO-CTI) to seize 1,337 kilograms of cocaine and an array of automatic weapons and ammunition believed to belong to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in the Department of Chocó. Panama is a key transshipment point for international drug traffickers. About 90 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board. Military and law enforcement officials believe the contraband belonged to the FARC, which operates in the region and uses proceeds from drug trafficking to finance its terrorist operations. Panama is a key transshipment point for international drug traffickers. About 90 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board. Colombia’s National Navy recently teamed with the Specialized Judicial Police Directorate against Organized Crime (PCO-CTI) to seize 1,337 kilograms of cocaine and an array of automatic weapons and ammunition believed to belong to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in the Department of Chocó. They found the cocaine, four rifles, a hand grenade and 210 ammunition cartridges during a search of a village along the Pacific Coast in a region near the country’s shared border with Panama. SENAN and the National Border Service (SENAFRONT) are branches of Panama’s Public Forces that have protected the country since the government abolished the military in 1990. On March 10, SENAN agents confiscated 262 packages of cocaine from the false bottom of a boat named “Rio” during Operation Santa Catalina de Bolonia in the Province of Panama. Later that day, in a separate operation in the province of Colón, law enforcement officers arrested a suspect who allegedly possessed 39 packets of cocaine. They found the cocaine, four rifles, a hand grenade and 210 ammunition cartridges during a search of a village along the Pacific Coast in a region near the country’s shared border with Panama. Panama’s National Aeronaval Service (SENAN) made four separate cocaine seizures during a seven-day period earlier this month. On March 10, SENAN agents confiscated 262 packages of cocaine from the false bottom of a boat named “Rio” during Operation Santa Catalina de Bolonia in the Province of Panama. Later that day, in a separate operation in the province of Colón, law enforcement officers arrested a suspect who allegedly possessed 39 packets of cocaine. SENAN and the National Border Service (SENAFRONT) are branches of Panama’s Public Forces that have protected the country since the government abolished the military in 1990. Military and law enforcement officials believe the contraband belonged to the FARC, which operates in the region and uses proceeds from drug trafficking to finance its terrorist operations. Colombian National Navy seizes FARC weapons and cocaine On March 13, SENAN officers arrested nine Colombians in connection with the seizure of 850 packages of cocaine, also in the provice of Colón. The cocaine was aboard the Colombian-flagged “Doña Omaira” vessel, according to SENAN Commissioner Ramón N. López. SENAN, which has seized 2,437 packets of cocaine since January, did not release the names of any of the suspects or the collect weight of the cocaine that agents seized in these three operations. SENAN, which has seized 2,437 packets of cocaine since January, did not release the names of any of the suspects or the collect weight of the cocaine that agents seized in these three operations. And in the fourth seizure, on March 16, SENAN agents arrested four suspects and confiscated 250 kilograms of cocaine from a boat in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of the province of Chiriquí. The names of the suspects were not immediately identified. The Navy and the PCO-CTI did not immediately report whether security forces had captured any suspects in connection with the operation. Panama’s National Aeronaval Service (SENAN) made four separate cocaine seizures during a seven-day period earlier this month. last_img read more

Shirley Man Sentenced for Fatal DWI Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Shirley man was sentenced Wednesday to 1 ⅓ to 4 years in prison for driving drunk and causing a crash that killed his 29-year-old passenger in the victim’s hometown of Brentwood last year.Oscar Rivera pleaded guilty last month at Suffolk County Court to second-degree vehicular manslaughter, driving while intoxicated and driving without a license.Prosecutors said the 27-year-old man was drunk when he was driving his Lincoln southbound on Grand Boulevard, where he lost control of the car and hit a tree on the morning of Oct. 4, 2014.His passenger, David Gonzalez, was pronounced dead at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore.Judge Fernando Camacho handed down the sentence after prosecutors requested Rivera get 2 to 6 years in prison.last_img read more

Laos reports new avian flu outbreak

first_img The outbreak occurred in Donngeun village in Xayaboury province, where the Avian Influenza Control Committee yesterday ordered that all birds within a 1-kilometer radius of the outbreak site be destroyed to stop the spread of the virus, Vietnam News Agency reported. The Vientiane Times, a Lao newspaper, reported that the culling area encompasses seven villages, according to a report today by Xinhua, China’s state news agency. Officials established a 5-kilometer yellow zone around the outbreak location and advised villagers to destroy birds at the first sign of illness without waiting for them to be tested. None of the media reports said what type of birds were involved in the outbreak. Sep 14 OIE report The last H5N1 outbreak in Laos occurred in September, when the virus hit ducks in two northwestern provinces, Oudomxay and Luang Prabang, according to a Sep 14 report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Authorities said they thought that the first outbreak was related to ducklings obtained from the site of a previous outbreak and that the second was related to illegal bird transport in another province. Animal health officials culled 5,225 birds to control the outbreaks.center_img See also: Nov 4, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Government officials in Laos today confirmed that the H5N1 avian influenza virus struck birds in a village in the northwestern part of the country, according to media reports.last_img read more

Germany, with over 1,100 cases, reports first two coronavirus deaths

first_imgTopics : No large eventsTo limit the spread of the virus, the regional government in the also badly affected southern state of Bavaria decided to ban all events with more than 1,000 participants, the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper reported.The decision followed a plea by German Health Minister Jens Spahn to call such large events off nationwide, along with a promise to discuss mitigating the economic consequences of that decision.Chancellor Angela Merkel’s governing coalition agreed to make it easier for companies to claim subsidies to support workers on reduced working hours until the end of the year.That would make it possible for firms to cut the hours and wages they offered their workers, with the government making up nearly two-thirds of the shortfall, preventing layoffs that might otherwise become necessary.Several German companies have been badly hit, including the carmaker Daimler and the airline group Lufthansa, which has cancelled half its flights over the coming months.Merkel said on Monday she expected Finance Minister Olaf Scholz and Economy Minister Peter Altmaier to present further measures this week to help companies bridge liquidity problems due to the coronavirus.Scholz told the RND media group on Monday that, if the epidemic pushed the economy into a severe crisis, the government would do “everything necessary” to stabilize it.Officials estimate that Berlin could put together a stimulus package worth up to 50 billion euros (US$57.30 billion), without ditching the government’s policy of not increasing debt. The patient in Essen had tested positive with coronavirus on March 3 after being taken to hospital in already critical condition, local authorities said.The patient in the Heinsberg district, in Germany’s rural far west had been admitted on Friday with pre-existing heart problems and diabetes, said Stephan Pusch, administrative head of the district.”This shows again that older people and people with pre-existing health problems are particularly at risk,” he said.center_img Germany confirmed its first two deaths from the coronavirus on Monday as its overall number of new infections rose by 20% to 1,139, the latest signs that the epidemic is spreading rapidly in Europe’s largest economy.Germany’s tally, far short of Italy’s 7,300, included a cluster of 322 in one municipality.Officials in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia said an 89-year-old woman had died in the town of Essen and that a 78-year-old man with pre-existing health conditions had died in the badly affected region of Heinsberg.last_img read more

Roy Hodgson expects bids to come in for Arsenal transfer target Wilfried Zaha

first_img Comment Zaha is Palace’s main man (Picture: Getty)‘But I certainly wouldn’t count on that because if I was at another club, I’d be looking to sign players of his quality.’The summer transfer window is expected to be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic which has caused financial issues for football clubs across the world.UEFA have green light new dates for the upcoming window and told the Premier League transfer activity must be completed by 5 October.Palace have managed to steer themselves away from a relegation battle and take on Bournemouth on Saturday night.MORE: Mikel Arteta hails Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ improved attitude ahead of Arsenal vs BrightonMORE: Mikel Arteta gives honest assessment of Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette’s ‘difficult season’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Advertisement Zaha was a target for Arsenal last summer (Picture: Getty)Roy Hodgson has admitted it would be ‘foolish’ for Crystal Palace to assume no big clubs will submit offers for Wilfried Zaha in the next transfer window.Zaha was the subject of intense transfer speculation last summer, with Palace turning down bids from Arsenal and Everton.The forward recently said it was ‘amazing’ to have Arsenal try to sign him, appearing to open the door to a future move to the club.Palace resume club action this weekend after three months off due to the coronavirus pandemic and Hodgson conceded he could not rule off having to spend another summer worrying about losing Zaha.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘It’s an unknown isn’t it, how much money is going to be floating around in the next window,’ Hodgson said in his pre-match press conference.‘I think we’d be very foolish to relax and start thinking there will be no bids for Wilf Zaha, no big-money interest in him, because he’s such a good player.‘He has the ability to play at any level, anywhere in the world, so who knows? If we find it easy to keep him because there aren’t big bids coming in, that would be fine. Roy Hodgson expects bids to come in for Arsenal transfer target Wilfried Zaha Coral BarrySaturday 20 Jun 2020 11:21 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link568Shareslast_img read more

This property has the lot, tennis court, swimming pool and more than 4ha of land, just 20km from the city

first_img249 Upper Brookfield Rd, Upper Brookfield.She loved the quiet, small valley and the real feeling of community it gave them. “It was just more quietly unassuming, it had a gentleness to it,’’ she said.There was a house already on the site which they eventually put their own stamp on.“We did extend parts of it and we renovated what was there and I think because we took the time, we lived in it for a period of time and got to understand how it was through the seasons and then we went into renovating it. More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours ago249 Upper Brookfield Rd, Upper Brookfield.“We just knew how we wanted to use it, we really wanted to enjoy the outside and so that is why we have a couple of areas that we can use depending on the seasons.’’Mr McRae, who is a consultant and board director in the energy and renewable energy industries, said the family was looking for a home that was peaceful and allowed them to take a breath of fresh air in the middle of their busy lives. 249 Upper Brookfield Rd, Upper BrookfieldWhen Lisa and Steve McRae moved to Brisbane from the United States in 1996 their priority was to find a home with plenty of space for their young children.They definitely found that at 249 Upper Brookfield Rd, securing a house on 4.3ha of land.Mrs McRae said one of the reasons for coming back to Australia and choosing Brisbane was so they could have some space around them.They went to an open inspection at Brookfield and knew immediately it was the right place for them. 249 Upper Brookfield Rd, Upper Brookfield.“When we first came upon this house the drive took us up to the crest of a hill which opened up to 360 degree views over the valley to Mt Coot-tha which was stunning,” he said.Now that their children have left home Mr McRae said they were empty-nesters with only their dog at home and it was time to downsize.“It’s time to think about moving on and letting another family enjoy this environment,” he said.The property has a fully self-contained studio, with an ensuite and kitchen while in the main home has a wine cellar.There is a swimming pool and championship-size tennis court.There are also three stables and a large shed plus an orchard with citrus trees.The kitchen has a marble island bench and Bosch appliances, and there is a home office. 249 Upper Brookfield Rd, Upper BrookfieldA gas lit fireplace is in the main living area and the property has a 5.6 kilowatt solar power system and solar hot water system as well as ducted heating and cooling. DETAILSlast_img read more

Banyo’s jaw-dropping shipping container extension

first_imgThe grooves of the shipping container walls adds to the industrial design.Ms Gogan said it was a learning curve for both of them, spending hours after work and on weekends over about 18 months working on the build.“I got on the tools as well and learned a lot, (and) we worked really well together.” An open-plan kitchen, living and dining space is made of shipping containers.The 40 Jensen Rd property was once an old worker’s cottage but has since been transformed into a residence Ms Gogan describes as “modern industrial”.“We thought it was a cool idea and Sam would rather work with steel than timber,” Ms Gogan said.“It was a bit of a risk at the start (but) we gave it a crack and it’s come up well.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago The master bedroom has polished timber floorboards.The original home exists upstairs, with the couple keeping two of the bedrooms.There are sealed concrete floors, floating stairs, custom steel industrial doors and timber screening. The floorplan of 40 Jensen Rd, Banyo. The kitchen is Ms Grogan’s favourite room.She said her favourite room of the home was the kitchen, which is in one of the shipping containers that extends out of the rear of the property.“There’s a lot of room so all our friends can come over and we can have a barbecue and a few drinks.“The shipping container doors open out (and) Sam built the sliding doors … so it’s all very open.”center_img The home at 40 Jensen Rd, Banyo, is for sale.HOLY ship — it’s made of shipping containers.This north Brisbane house is partially made of two shipping containers, making up the back part of the property. The modern industrial vibe continues through the bathroom.The home is equipped with smart technology, with fingerprint recognition and fob entry, along with ducted airconditioning and lighting controlled through a smartphone.The property will go to auction on August 25, at 1.30pm. The home at 40 Jensen Rd, Banyo, has been completely transformed.Inspired by a home built from 31 shipping containers at Graceville, Chelsea Gogan and Sam Porter thought they would give the same concept a go when renovating a house at Banyo.last_img read more