A leader for his people

first_img(Quinn Meawasige, from Serpent River First Nation, carries an eagle staff leading the procession to close the Assembly of First Nation’s annual meeting in Moncton, NB. APTN/Photo)APTN National NewsMONCTON, NB.-Quinn Meawasige was in rehab trying to kick a drug and drinking habit when he received a phone call from Assembly of First Nations national Chief Shawn Atleo.Nine months later Meawasige, 17, carried an eagle staff and led Thursday’s procession to close off the AFN’s national assembly in Moncton, NB.Moments earlier, while standing next to Atleo, Meawasige was heralded as a shining example of the future.“This young man has inspired me,” said Atleo, in his closing speech to the assembly. “This young man told his community where he comes from that he made a decision that he was going to seek treatment and healing because he knew he needed to prepare himself, that he would become a leader for his people.”As Atleo spoke, the assembled chiefs gave Meawasige, who is from Serpent River First Nation in Ontario, a standing ovation.“Quinn shows us that (the youth) are leaders right now,” said Atleo. “It takes courage, conviction and standing up to the fears that might hold us back…We still have a long way to go, (but) when we see something like this let us…recognize the incredibly courageous things that are happening in our communities every single day.”Meawasige said it was his involvement in protests last spring against the harmonized sales tax in Ontario that triggered his desire to give up drugs and alcohol. He said he had spent five years lost in a haze of crack, cocaine, OxyContin and liquor.“It was really one question: What does it mean to be Aboriginal?” said Meawasige. “That really stopped to make me think. ‘What does it mean?’ The more I started to think about it, the more I started to be interested in it.”Meawasige, who said he came from a good family, finally decided to go into rehab after spending a day in court facing break and enter charges. He said he stole to support his drug habit.“After sitting in that court room I said I need to go (into rehab),” he said.It wasn’t easy to kick the drug habit.“I was scared about what would happen,” he said.  “I had bad withdrawals, night sweats. It was tough.”Last November, during his 108-day stay in a rehab centre near London, Ont., Meawasige received a surprised phone call from the national chief.“The executive director comes running in and she says ‘Chief Atleo’s assistant just called (and said) that Chief Atleo will call you in the next half hour to an hour,’” he said. “I waited by the phone.”During the phone conversation Atleo told Meawasige he was an inspiration.“He said he was really proud of me. He said ‘you inspired me once again,’” said Meawasige. “He said I followed my heart.”The two had met at a rally on Parliament Hill that year, but Meawasige said he still doesn’t know how Atleo knew to call him at the rehab centre.“It was out of nowhere,” he said.After dozens of congratulatory handshakes and photographs, including one with an RCMP officer in full uniform, Meawasige sat at a table with a young woman discussing political projects.As their conversation ended, the young woman paused for a moment and said “you’re a rock star.”last_img read more

Missing 14 year old boy found dead in northern Ontario police

first_imgThe Canadian PressOntario Provincial Police say a 14-year-old boy reported missing in northern Ontario last week was found dead on Saturday.They say Adam Spade of Marten Falls, Ont., was reported missing to the Anishinabek Police Service on Thursday.He had disappeared from a home in Fort William First Nation.On Friday, his body was found in Lake Superior in Fort William First Nation.Provincial officers say a post-mortem will be conducted to determine his cause of death, which is being investigated by the crime unit.Police are asking anyone with information about the investigation to come forward.last_img

Vandals strike North Peace Museum

first_imgSjoblom said that the RCMP have been notified about the break-ins, but that they told her there’s not much they can do without surveillance footage or eyewitness reports. She said that the break-ins could be attributed to homeless persons nearby. Sjoblom said that this isn’t the first time the museum has been the victim of a break-in, saying that the last occurrence took place several years ago.Anyone with information about the break-in is asked to call the Fort St. John RCMP or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Officials with the North Peace Museum are shaking their heads after two of the museum’s heritage exhibit buildings were broken in to over the weekend. Museum Curator Heather Sjoblom said that staff became aware of the break-in, which occurred on Saturday or Sunday, early Monday morning. She said that at least one person broke into the Allan House, the museum’s newest building, by pulling off the piece of plywood covering the doorway of the house. Sjoblom said that luckily the house is currently being restored, and that the vandals did no damage to the house’s interior, which has yet to be restored. However, she said that vandals did punch or kick in a panel on the front door of the Paddy Carroll/Peck Cabin to open the door’s deadbolt. Once again, Sjoblom said that the interior of the home wasn’t damaged due to its exhibits being displayed behind a chainlink fence. But, she said that the home’s front door will need to be replaced at an estimated cost of between $200 and $400. last_img read more

US waitress fired after reporting a mother who was drinking and

first_imgSidi Ifni- A waitress in the United Sates was dismissed after she called the police to report a woman who was breastfeeding her baby and drinking alcohol.Jackie Conners, an Arkansas waitress, was dismissed after reporting to police a woman who was drinking while breastfeeding her 7 month old daughter.Jackie Conners, who worked at a Gusano’s Pizzeria, spotted 28-year-old Tasha Adams ordering alcoholic drinks and simultaneously breastfeeding her 7-month-old daughter. The mother’s actions are “unacceptable,” Conners was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying.“Me, being a mom, and just seeing something like that and seeing a baby that can’t speak for itself, having a parent do something like that is just unacceptable,” she added.According to the Daily Mail, police rushed to the bar and arrested Tasha Nicole Adams, who is mother of three.The 28 year-old woman was convicted of causing harm to a minor, and she is expected to appear in court in January.But the pizzeria immediately fired the waitress.“Conners’ termination had nothing to do with the breastfeeding incident,” a manager at the restaurant was quoted by ArkansasMatters as saying.But the waitress argues that she was fired because she “took matter into her own hands.”The mother claimed that she did not do anything wrong.“I am really a normal person,” she was quoted by the same source as saying.Pregnant mothers are warned against drinking consuming alcoholic drinks for fear of bringing about birth defects.Adams reiterated that she did not commit anything horrible and that her family is all that she cares about.“I just want everyone to know I am not a horrible person. I have a family to take care of, and that’s all I care about,” she said.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Annan embarks on 10day trip to Central America

According to a UN spokesperson, Mr. Annan was scheduled to arrive this afternoon in Managua, where he will receive the keys to the City of Managua from Mayor Herty Lewites. Afterward, the Secretary-General will go on to a private meeting with President Enrique Bolanos Geyer. Later today, Mr. Annan will receive the Grand Cross of the Jose Dolores Estrada and attend a dinner hosted by the President.

Security Council reaffirms arms embargo in new resolution on DR of Congo

In its resolution, approved unanimously after a closed meeting, the Council said that the embargo would be lifted if its demands were satisfied.The Council text re-affirmed the demands listed in a July 2003 resolution, which included allowing the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) freedom of movement to carry out its mandate, especially in North and South Kivu and Ituri provinces.It enjoined DRC’s neighbours to provide “no direct or indirect assistance, especially military or financial assistance” to the movements and armed groups opposing the multi-party transitional government.MONUC’s monitoring mandate included inspecting any transport vehicle using the sea and airports, airfields, military bases and border crossings in the three troubled provinces.The Council also re-affirmed its March 2004 resolution which “urges all States, and especially those in the region, to take the appropriate steps,” such as judicial means, to end such illegal activities as exploiting DRC’s natural resources.UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan was asked to re-establish within 30 days the Group of Experts referred to in the March resolution and requested that the panel report to it before 15 December.Last week the Group of Experts submitted a report to the Council saying it had found evidence of direct and indirect embargo violations by at least one of DRC’s neighbours. read more

In Assembly speech Israels Netanyahu warns against militant Islam denounces UN rights

From the podium of the General Assembly today Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the world of the grave threat he said it faced from militant Islam’s desire to dominate the planet, be they Sunni extremists or Iran, defended Israel’s Gaza campaign as moral, and dubbed the United Nations Human Rights Council the “terrorist rights council.”At the same time he held out hope for peace in the Middle East from a “historic opportunity” as leading Arab States, after decades of seeing Israel as their enemy, increasingly recognize that both together face many of the same dangers, principally a nuclear-armed Iran and militant Islamist movements gaining ground in the Sunni world.“Militant Islam’s ambition to dominate the world seems mad,” he told the Assembly as it entered the second week of its 69th annual high-level meeting. “But so too did the global ambitions of another fanatic ideology that swept to power eight decades ago.“The Nazis believed in a master race. The militant Islamists believe in a master faith. They just disagree about who among them will be the master … of the master faith. Therefore, the question before us is whether militant Islam will have the power to realize its unbridled ambitions. There is one place where that could soon happen: The Islamic State of Iran.”Mr. Netanyahu quoted amply from statements by Iran’s leaders, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Hamas which he said showed their global aims, and he accused Iran of doubletalk and “manipulative charm offensive” in its pursuit of nuclear weapons. “Once Iran produces atomic bombs, all the charm and all the smiles will suddenly disappear,” he said. “They’ll just vanish. It’s then that the ayatollahs will show their true face and unleash their aggressive fanaticism on the entire world. There is only one responsible course of action to address this threat: Iran’s nuclear military capabilities must be fully dismantled.”Turning to Israel’s summer campaign against Hamas in Gaza in which some 2,300 people were reported killed, the majority civilians, Mr. Netanyahu stressed that Israel regretted every single civilian casualty, which it took pains to minimize with prior warnings, denounced Hamas for firing rockets from civilian areas and using civilians as human shields and decried the UN Human Rights Council for investigating Israel rather than Hamas for war crimes. “The Human Rights Council is thus sending a clear message to terrorists everywhere:Use civilians as human shields,” he declared. “Use them again and again and again. You know why? Because sadly, it works. By granting international legitimacy to the use of human shields, the UN’s Human Rights Council has thus become a Terrorist Rights Council, and it will have repercussions. It probably already has, about the use of civilians as human shields.” read more

Pluton Resources wins award for environmental excellence for exploration drilling that leaves

first_imgPluton Resources, the emerging iron ore producer behind the development of an innovative drilling platform for some of the toughest terrain in Australia, has been given this year’s Golden Gecko Award for Environmental Excellence. The Australian made Universal Drilling Platform (UDP) was developed and patented by Pluton to provide a safe, stable, low footprint option for diamond drilling programs on remote and rugged exploration prospects. It is currently being used in Pluton’s Irvine Island exploration program in The Kimberley.The UDP is a modular platform, which can be transported to an exploration site by helicopter and assembled by hand in less than a day. When fully assembled the platform has a ground disturbance of less than 5 m², much less than traditional exploration equipment. Hydraulically adjustable legs mean that it can be used on uneven and sloping terrain, without the need for excavation or earth moving machinery. The platform does not require the building of tracks or use of heavy vehicles, and once in place can be used as a helipad, further reducing ground disturbance.Pluton’s Managing Director, Tony Schoer, says the company attributes the success of the project to its employees and contractors and the traditional owners of Irvine Island, the Mayala people. “Minimising the land disturbance during exploration can make an important difference to the industry’s footprint,” he said. “A few months after drilling from the platforms, it is almost impossible to tell where we’ve been. We believe it’s part of the new paradigm in mining. Increasingly, exploration and mining companies are finding new ways to operate in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.”He said Mayala exploration teams have been trained to assemble the platforms and support exploration. They have been a key part of the company’s success. As part of a broader environmental management strategy, Pluton has adapted accommodation technology used in the Antarctic to build green exploration sites in the tropical Kimberley. The company is using polar “pods” to provide insulated shelter for the drill teams. The pods have little impact on the natural environment and they are easy to relocate from one site to another.The Department of Mines and Petroleum in Western Australia instigated the Golden Gecko Awards in 1992 to recognise excellence and leadership, and to acknowledge the outstanding contribution recipients have made to balance environmental responsibility with the successful development of the state’s mineral and petroleum resources.Pluton  has just announced that Phase II drilling results reveal a substantial increase in the total Inferred mineral resource estimate at Irvine Island, Western Australia, from 294 Mt to 452 Mt. This follows a 450% upgrade to the 294 Mt Inferred resource estimate announced in June 2010. Irvine Island has potential to produce up to 150 Mt of 66% Fe (iron concentrate) with easy access to international markets. The Project is being developed with the support and involvement of the indigenous Mayala community.Phase II diamond drilling is continuing at the Hardstaff Peninsula while a second rig is exploring the island’s Isthmus Region which might result in an initial resource estimate for that area. The drilling program will test the potential of the high grade haematite iron mineralisation that may be suitable as Direct Shipping Ore (DSO) which outcrops at the Isthmus Region over an area of approximately 600 m by 75 m. Outcrop sampling previously conducted in late 2007 across the area returned up to 67.6% Fe from a suite of 16 surface samples.Irvine Island is part of a three-island group which includes Koolan and Cockatoo Islands, where Australia’s first iron ore mining began 60 years ago and where highly sought after Yampi Member iron ore continues to be mined. The Irvine Island Inferred resource is a continuation of the iron ore body at Koolan and Cockatoo Islands. Schoer said: “We are increasingly confident that we are dealing with a significant, high quality, iron ore project which is substantially beyond our initial expectations.”Irvine Island has the advantage of deep-water access allowing iron ore to be loaded directly on to iron ore carriers for international markets. With few infrastructure costs, the total capital investment requirements are approximately A$350 million, which includes ship loading facilities and processing costs, enabling Pluton to produce iron ore product at a projected cash cost of A$37/t on ship.Schoer also said, “Irvine Island contains Direct Shipping Ore and feed ore that can be easily processed to produce high grade iron ore concentrate. Its deep-water access and proximity to Asian markets means that this high quality product can be transported to overseas markets cheaply and efficiently. The deposits at Irvine Island are significant at a national and state level, and will be of substantial economic benefit to the native title claimant group, the Mayala people.”last_img read more

Le plus petit dinosaure connu sommeillait… au fond dun tiroir

first_imgLe plus petit dinosaure connu sommeillait… au fond d’un tiroirDes paléontologues britanniques, étudiant quelques vertèbres fossilisées trouvées en Angleterre par un amateur voici deux ans, les ont identifiées comme appartenant à une espèce inconnue de dinosaure, sans doute la plus petite du monde.Moins de 200 grammes, 30 centimètres de long, couvert de plumes, queue courte, long cou, pattes griffues, sautillant comme un oiseau sur ses membres postérieurs : tel est vraisemblablement le portrait de ce nouveau dinosaure du groupe des Maniraptoriens. C’est du moins ce que les paléontologues déduisent des quelques vertèbres que leur a confié Dave Brockhurst, un homme de 51 ans qui les a découvertes par hasard dans une briqueterie désaffectée près de son domicile, à Bexhill, dans le Sussex, et qui les a conservées deux ans dans un tiroir avant de les soumettre à une expertise… Au final, une nouvelle espèce,  sans doute le plus petit dinosaure du monde !Selon le Dr Darren Naish et le Dr Steve Sweetman, paléontologues, l’animal vivait au Crétacé inférieur, il y a entre 100 et 145 millions d’années, mais l’absence de crâne ne permet pas de connaître avec certitude son régime alimentaire : “C’était peut-être un omnivore, mangeant de petits animaux, tels que des insectes, ainsi que des feuilles et des fruits”, dit le Dr Naish, qui remarque également : “L’île de Wight, le Surrey, et l’est du Sussex sont tous des ‘points chauds’ qui révèlent souvent des espèces nouvelles de dinosaures, ce qui n’est pas mal pour un pays qui a sans doute été plus complètement exploré et étudié que tout autre endroit dans le monde”. Le 18 juin 2011 à 14:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce celebrates 147 years

first_img Lauren Phinney San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce celebrates 147 years Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: February 6, 2018 It was the 147th anniversary Tuesday of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.Business, community and elected leaders gathered for the celebration at the Marriott Marquis and Marina downtown.The event celebrated the accomplishments achieved over the past year while bringing attention to this year’s priorities.KUSI’s Lauren Phinney was LIVE with more. Lauren Phinney, February 6, 2018last_img

Chicago Cubs give fans excuse note to miss work for World Series

first_imgSomething for the weekend: Sporting events often have the power to bring entire offices to a standstill, whether it’s the England football team playing in the World Cup or Andy Murray competing in a centre court final at Wimbledon.However, US baseball team Chicago Cubs took this a step further by tweeting an official excuse note for fans to deliver to their managers, asking for time away from work to watch the World Series final on Wednesday 2 November 2016.Posted on the Chicago Cubs’ twitter page before the game, the handy note allows employees to personalise it with their details, ready to pass on to their line manager.The excuse note reads:“To Whom It May Concern:Please excuse              from class/work/other responsibility on Wednesday, Nov.2, 2016.The Chicago Cubs are playing Game 7 of the World Series, and if you are not familiar with sports narratives…well, it’s kind of a big deal.We need all the support we can muster up, and                   has been an integral part of our fan base for                        days/weeks/months/years, and we cannot #FlyTheW without them.Thank you so much for understanding, and if you ever need a cute GIF tweeted at you, we are your Twitter account.Respectfully yours,@Cubs”The Cubs went on to achieve an 8-7 victory over the Cleveland Indians, winning the World Series for the first time since 1908.Here at Employee Benefits, we like to think that the additional support generated by the excuse note helped the Cubs to victory…last_img read more

STATE REP RACE Dave Robertson Pina Prinzivalli React To Primary Victories Democratic

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — State Representative candidates Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury) and Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury) won their respective primaries on Tuesday night. While Prinzivalli’s victory was a foregone conclusion after her only Republican competitor dropped out of the race, Robertson’s fate was anything but certain.Robertson’s ReactionFormer Miceli Chief of Staff Dave Robertson (1,341 votes, 26.5%) survived a grueling 5-candidate Democratic primary, defeating former Wilmington Selectwoman and School Committee member Judy O’Connell (1,242 votes, 24.5%), longtime Wilmington Selectman Mike McCoy (1,100 votes, 21.5%), Tewksbury Selectman Mark Kratman (879 votes, 17%), and Wilmington Democratic Town Committee Chair Erika Johnson (533 votes, 10.5%).While Robertson finished second in his hometown of Tewksbury (behind Mark Kratman) and third in Wilmington (behind Judy O’Connell and Mike McCoy), he was able to cobble together enough support across both communities to ultimately come out on top. He defeated runner-up Judy O’Connell by just 99 votes, representing 2% of the vote.“I’m honored and humbled by this victory,” Dave Robertson told Wilmington Apple shortly after hearing the results. “The towns of Wilmington and Tewksbury put their faith in me. Now is my opportunity to win their trust and votes again in the general election. I look forward to putting my head down, getting back on [the campaign trail], and continuing to fight for the residents of the 19th Middlesex.”“I don’t want to speak for all the candidates, but I think we were all confident and cautiously optimistic. To say I was 100% confident would be arrogant,” explained Robertson. “I adopted the philosophy that I’m always 20 percentage points behind. It’s what kept me going when, for example, I knocked on doors for 6-7 hours on Saturday, and there was one more dead-end street to go with just 3 houses on it, but I decided to [finish the canvass] because those residents deserved the opportunity to [tell me their concerns].”Robertson quickly credited his campaign team as the driving force behind his victory.“As cliche as it sounds, I attribute my win to my campaign team, without a doubt,” said Robertson. “And I don’t just mean my Campaign Manager Gary DePalma and my Campaign Treasurer Jesse Fennelly, I mean all the volunteers. I had people take as many as 100 Dear Friends postcards, show for an hour to hold a sign, make 20 phone calls, etc. Without all of them, I couldn’t get my message out there.”“And I certainly attribute my win to the good folks of both towns who stepped forward and put their faith in me,” stressed Robertson.Over the next nine weeks, Robertson intends on focusing his campaign on the issues Wilmington and Tewksbury care most about it. He specifically noted infrastructure improvements (particularly as it relates to Route 38), smart economic development, support for the school systems (both in terms of improved facilities and support of teachers), and more affordable housing opportunities for seniors looking to downsize as well as for first-time homebuyers.Prinzivalli’s ReactionPina Prinzivalli, a branch manager at a local bank, cruised to victory in the Republican primary under unique circumstances. Prinzivalli’s Republican rival, Tewksbury Finance Committee member Erin Buckley, dropped out of the race several weeks ago. Due to the timing of her announcement, however, Buckley remained on the ballot. Nevertheless, Prinzivalli (1,844 votes), took care of business, defeating Buckley (723 votes), 72% to 28%.“I want to thank the voters of Tewksbury and Wilmington who delivered a big victory for my campaign in the Republican Primary, but more importantly a victory for the taxpayers who want to move the 19th Middlesex District in a new direction,” said Prinzivalli in a written statement. “Over the years, the status quo on Beacon Hill has made it increasingly difficult to live, work, and raise a family in Massachusetts.  We continue to see the majority party wanting to raise taxes and prioritize illegal immigrants by trying to make Massachusetts a Sanctuary State.  We can’t afford to continue on that path.  We need a bold Republican voice on Beacon Hill.  Someone who isn’t going to be afraid to stand up and say ‘no.’”“As I said from the start of my campaign last October, I’m not a career politician, nor am I looking to become one.  I’m a career professional, a hardworking taxpayer like everyone else,” added Prinzivalli. “And as someone who is getting married next year and planning to start a family of my own, I want to help create a new path for working families in Tewksbury and Wilmington, a path that will put us, the taxpayers first.”The Other Candidates RespondThe losing candidates from Tuesday’s primary took to social media on Tuesday and Wednesday to publicly thank their supporters.“I entered this race back in May to fill a void. Growing up in Wilmington, I was constantly told that this was a conservative district. Well tonight, after months of hard work knocking doors, attending community events, phonebanking and talking about the issues, I received 533 votes in the Democratic Primary for State Representative in the 19th Middlesex District,” wrote Erika Johnson (D-Wilmington).“I am a proud progressive Democrat. I ran my campaign as my authentic self. To everyone who supported me, volunteered, donated, and voted, thank you! The response I received from people today renewed my spirit. I urge everyone who voted for me or who supports true Democratic values to get involved in the Wilmington Democratic Town Committee“, added Johnson. “I may have lost but I’m not going anywhere; I will continue to amplify my bold, progressive voice to contribute to the greater good.“I just wanted to say thank you for all of the support through phone calls, emails and texts yesterday and this morning regarding the campaign and last evening’s results,” wrote Judy O’Connell (D-Wilmington). “Team Judy came up short on this one and I offer my congratulations once again to David Robertson as I did personally via phone last night.”“I was very pleased with the hometown love as reflected in the 01887 vote tally and I thank my Tewksbury supporters of course as well,” continued O’Connell. “I have learned so much from this experience and I will always be so appreciative of the many who have been there for me every step of the way! With people like you in my life, I woke up today feeling like a winner in the most important ways that politics can never provide. From the bottom of my heart I thank you! Till next time.”“Thank you everyone for your support, friendship and faith that you showed me during the campaign,” wrote Mark Kratman (D-Tewksbury). “I had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people in our communities and for that I am greatful. Good luck to the 3 remaining candidates. Let’s all work together to make our community better for everyone.”Mike McCoy (D-Wilmington) took it one step further, showing up to Dave Robertson’s campaign victory party at Wamesit Lanes in Tewksbury to personally congratulate him. McCoy shared the photo on social media.Mike & Danielle McCoy congratulating Dave Robertson Robertson’s campaign manager Gary DePalma tells Wilmington Apple he is considering organizing a ‘Unity Breakfast’ so that all five former Democratic primary candidates can “come together, talk things out, and make sure we’re all on the same page.”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBREAKING NEWS: 19th Middlesex State Rep Election Results Are In — Dave Robertson WinsIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: 1 Candidate Drops Out, 8 Return Nomination Papers To State Before DeadlineIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”last_img read more

With smart sneakers privacy risks take a great leap

first_img 23 Share your voice The Nike Adapt BB, a pair of self-tying shoes, are controlled through an app.  Ariel Nunez / CNET I’m dribbling a basketball in one hand, with a phone in the other, adjusting the tightness on a pair of Nike’s Bluetooth-connected, self-tying Adapt BB sneakers on my feet. The futuristic shoes, which go on sale for $350 on Feb. 17, alternate between boa constrictor-tight and comfy slipper-loose as I toggle through the app like a child flicking a light switch for the first time. Goofing around, I try to grab my colleague’s phone so I can suffocate him via sneakers as we run around the basketball court at Nike’s headquarters in New York. All of a sudden, he isn’t trying to just play defense in basketball; he has to guard his phone, too. Athletic apparel companies like Nike, Under Armour and Puma may find themselves similarly on the defensive as they lead the charge to infuse technology into their sneakers. After all, the smarter the object, the more likely it is to be hacked. It’s a worrisome trend that industries are dealing with as they try to find the balance between adding convenience and protecting your privacy. Comments Nike’s Adapt BBs aren’t even the first pair of smart shoes. Under Armour has been making connected kicks for a while now — it’s on its fourth generation with its HOVR line, with an embedded chip that tracks your footsteps and running pace. Puma also entered the self-tying shoe world with the Puma Fit Intelligence line, which it announced Jan. 31. Nike and Under Armour say they’re taking data privacy and security seriously with their new shoes. Puma, which is expecting its self-tying sneakers release in 2020, didn’t offer details on its shoe security protocol. “On top of the Bluetooth security layers, we implemented a two-way authentication protocol to guarantee only the users’ device can control their shoes,” Nike said in a statement. “Players can play with confidence knowing that they, and only they, control their shoes.” Just for kicks As I’m walking around at the tightest setting available for the Adapt BBs, I think about how awful it would be if a star athlete was trapped in these shoes because of a hijacked phone. Or worse, if it were me! Admittedly, it’s an unlikely scenario. It’s only possible if somebody steals my phone and is within Bluetooth distance of the shoes. On top of the Adapt BB’s wireless security, the shoe is locked to the device you first paired it with. Even if someone else had your account information, they wouldn’t be able to log in from a distance and tighten your shoes from another phone, according to Nike. While Nike says it’s kept its connected sneakers safe from hackers, the concern is that as more companies try to make connected shoes, the chances of having a shoe eventually hacked will increase. “Nike has the size and resources to do this well,” said Andrew Tierney, a security researcher with Pen Test Partners. “I think the worry is about other vendors coming along. It could be the case that they would cut corners.” Tied up The Adapt BBs pair with Nike’s app through Bluetooth Low Energy, a connection protocol that’s often used in smart devices because it allows for longer battery life. The sneaker connection is encrypted, a Nike spokesman said. But Bluetooth Low Energy isn’t impervious. Security researchers have found issues with BLE chips that could have allowed hackers to spread malware across hospitals and factories. Several smart locks have been hacked over BLE, according to researchers. “BLE, in the last year, has shown to be hand-in-hand with bad security,” Tierney said. The security firm’s focus has been on products like locks and alarms, and fortunately, there’s a big difference between smart locks and sneakers when it comes to security via BLE. “With sneakers, you’re only going to have one person and one device paired to it. When you’re looking at a door lock, four to five people are supposed to be able to control it,” Tierney said. “It’s very easy to make Bluetooth pair to one device securely.” Soft ‘wear’ security With connected shoes, there are more concerns than just messing with your sneaker’s fit. These shoes are collecting data, like your steps, running pace and, in some cases, your height and weight. They’re using that data to make better sneakers, and also feeding it to artificial intelligence to offer you coaching tips for a better workout. sp19-bb-nike-adapt-shoe-screen-vert-01012019-re-native-1600Nike’s app will do more than just control the laces on your sneakers. The company wants to collect data through the app to help athletes with their performance. Nike “We are essentially putting a mobile research lab on the feet of athletes all over the world, and creating a whole new frontier to accelerate both product development and sports science,” Michael Donaghu, Nike’s vice president of innovation, said at an event last month. It makes sense that people are willing to share information with fitness apps, which they downloaded to help them live healthier lives. But the apps can’t help unless you hand over information like your diet and exercise routine. “Even with all of the privacy breach issues, consumers are still willing to give information,” Cleary said. “You just gotta show them what they get in return.” It means trusting companies like Nike and Under Armour with your workout information, the same way that Facebook and Google hope you trust them with data about your social life. Unlike social networks, though, sneaker companies aren’t looking to make money off of your data — at least directly. Under Armour’s privacy policy allows it to share your data for advertising and marketing purposes, and when you run, it can share your location data with third parties for personalized ads, with consent. App worries Nike and Under Armour say they have no plans to sell or share the information they collect with third parties. But just because they don’t have plans to share that data doesn’t mean it can’t be stolen. Last March, Under Armour said its MyFitnessPal app had been hacked, with thieves stealing data including usernames, email addresses and hashed passwords, from 150 million accounts. img-2478Inside the shoebox for Under Armour’s new line of HOVR sneakers, which have a chip inside that tracks your steps and running activity. Alfred Ng / CNET To use the connected footwear features on Under Armour’s new HOVR sneakers, you need to make an account and connect it with their the MapMyRun app, which has 260 million users. The app doesn’t have two-factor authentication, a standard security feature for protecting accounts from hackers. “We continually evaluate the privacy and security of our apps with keen attention to current privacy and security industry standards,” a company spokeswoman said in a statement. So even if the sneakers themselves are properly secured, the apps are another risk that come with connected shoes.  “We’ve seen this with fitness-tracking apps. There’s lots of things where the actual device is secure, but the cloud service behind it is awful,” Tierney said. “There’s potential for abuse there.” Security: Stay up-to-date on the latest in breaches, hacks, fixes and all those cybersecurity issues that keep you up at night. Blockchain Decoded: CNET looks at the tech powering bitcoin — and soon, too, a myriad services that will change your life. Being aware of the potential security risks is even more critical for fitness apps, considering that people are more likely to share sensitive information like location, running routes and health routines. Fitness tracker Strava’s “Global Heatmap” had a privacy fiasco a year ago when it was revealing exercise routes around secret US military positions. “These manufacturers are going to be subject to the same issues that our social networks are now under the microscope of,” said Brian Cleary, vice president of marketing at RedPoint Global, a customer data company. And while people will be buying smart sneakers for tech features like self-tying laces, the future is in the apps, Nike executives say. “In the future, the app will be that bridge to the powered athlete,” said Jordan Rice, Nike’s director of smart systems engineering. Once you put a device online, you’re introducing a new opportunity for attacks, whether it’s a Nest Camera blaring alarms or your smart TV playing a PewDiePie promotional clip. And shoes are hardly the first thing to go “smart” — there’s everything from litter boxes to weights and pillows. We are essentially putting a mobile research lab on the feet of athletes all over the world. Michael Donaghu, Nike’s vice president of innovation Now playing: Watch this: 4:36 Wearable Tech Security Tags Nike’s self-lacing sneaker will be worn in the NBAlast_img read more

American Horror Story Goes Back in Time to Bring in Another Cult

first_imgStay on target Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekAmerican Horror Story Takes Us Back to the Days of Witches and Warlocks For about half of last night’s American Horror Story, it was hard to tell exactly where the show was going. It’s not that it wasn’t telling an interesting story, they just dragged out even its thematic connection until more than half-way through. I enjoyed watching the ongoing drama between Valerie Solanas and Andy Warhol; I just didn’t know why we were watching it. There’s nothing wrong with a delayed reveal like this, but it felt like a completely different show. Like Ryan Murphy wanted to make an Andy Warhol miniseries and this was the closest he could get. It wouldn’t feel quite so out of place if the show hadn’t also delayed the scares. For most of the episode, there wasn’t even any slight sense of dread, or any hint that something was coming.Of course, once the episode got going, it was as gruesome and horrifying as ever, so I’ll give it credit for that. There’s always a risk of becoming desensitized to over-the-top horror and violence while watching this show. Having close to a full episode where only one person gets shot (and you know it’s coming) is a good way to make us let our guard down. That way, the extreme violence that comes later is more of a shock. Lena Dunham plays Solanas very well, assaulting the audience with her anger and bitterness with every line. We can follow and even sympathize with her natural progression from “Andy Warhol is a dick” to “kill all men.” More than once during this episode, I thought I’d totally watch a season of Feud! about Solanas and Warhol. The only real problem was that it went on for too long. I come to American Horror Story to be scared, or at least disgusted. There’s very little tension in these flashbacks, and it seriously stalls the episode’s momentum.Lena Dunham (Photo via FX)As the episode goes on, you start to see exactly how Solanas ties into all the modern-day cult stuff. Beverly shows up to Kai’s house post-assassination and finds that he’s added a few new members. All white, all male, all suspicious of a black woman’s presence in Kai’s house. You can see why Beverly is starting to doubt Kai’s “equal power” promise. She’s approached by Bebe Babbit. (There you are, Frances Conroy!) Babbit invites all the women of Kai’s cult to her hotel room, and tells them the story of Valerie Solanas and the Society for Cutting Up Men (SCUM). In this version of events, Solanas becomes a feminist precursor to Kai, turning SCUM into a cult. Solanas soon convinces her followers that they have to kill not only men, but the women who have sex with them. Soon, it’s revealed that this SCUM cult was the actual Zodiac Killer.If you’ve watched American Horror Story before, you know that we’ve already met the Zodiac Killer. He was a lone dude in season five, AHS: Hotel. Is that a plot hole? Who cares? Yes, Murphy has said that the all seasons of this show are connected, that they exist in the same universe, but the show itself has never taken that seriously. It’s a horror anthology, and it’s allowed to contradict itself. Nobody should be all that invested in the greater American Horror Story universe, because the show has made it clear that it certainly isn’t. Maybe they’ll reconcile the two Zodiacs. Maybe not. It doesn’t matter much either way. This is the point where the Horror Story part kicks back in. As scary as a murderous cult is on its own, the real horror is watching what happens when they turn on one of their own. That’s why cult stories work so well. There’s always the appearance of safety that is inevitably and brutally ripped away. In this case, one of the two gay men that are members of SCUM took credit for the Zodiac Killings and sent cryptograms to Bay Area newspapers. Solanas didn’t like having any man take credit for her work. The bloody, ritualistic stabbing that followed is the point where the episode got really scary.Alison Pill, Billie Lourd (Photo via FX)Back in the present, we had another death of a major character. Kai finds the SCUM manifesto in Winter’s room, and takes an interest in it. She claims it’s something she was studying from school. He doesn’t believe her, nor does he seem to mind. He says it made him realize that his cult needed a slogan. A message to rally behind. Trump has MAGA, Valerie has SCUM, Kai floats MLWB: Men Lead, Women Bleed. Winter doesn’t like that much, and Kai claims Harrison came up with it. The women confront Harrison about it who claims that Kai wrote it. He’s the genius behind everything. Whether that’s true or not doesn’t matter. The women, Ivy in particular, slice Harrison up with a chainsaw and reenact a Zodiac/SCUM killing. I was looking for scares and gore, but I wish it didn’t have to happen to Billy Eichner. I’m going to miss that guy on the show.Frances Conroy (Photo via FX)Maybe they should have listened to Harrison, though. As Beverly reports the murder she helped commit, taking extra care to insert the word “scum” in the report, Kai watches from his couch. Sitting with him is Bebe Babbit. All of it was part of Kai’s plan. What he hopes to gain from getting the women angry and rebellious is a mystery at this point. Maybe he intends to direct their rage at a different target. Maybe he wants to use them to martyr his new white supremacist followers. This season may not be the best, but it’s remarkably good at holding my interest from week to week. It helps that Kai has become a particularly scary villain. No matter what the rest of the characters do, it’s always according to his plan. There’s a feeling of hopelessness even to the most heroic or rebellious actions, that’s really helping the horror in these later episodes. Because another scary thing about cults is the feeling that no matter what you do, there’s no way out.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Brain plays key role in gauging errors

first_imgThe key element in our decision-making that serves to both gauging errors and revising our approach is confidence, suggested a new study. The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, offers insights into the hierarchical nature of how we make choices over extended periods of time, ranging from medical diagnoses and treatment to the strategies we use to invest our money. “Overall, we found that the brain uses confidence to gauge errors and revise decision strategy. Specifically, the confidence in our initial assessments influences how we revisit them,” said Roozbeh Kiani, Assistant Professor, New York University. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“What is challenging about comprehending, why we make certain choices over long periods is to determine the true causes of the outcomes of our decisions,” explains Braden Purcell, researcher, New York University. To do so, the researchers devised an experiment in which subjects judged the net motion direction of multiple dots on a computer screen. The subjects’ judgments were recorded by gauging their eye movement toward one of several targets on the screen. Researchers discovered that when confident about motion direction, subjects attributed negative feedbacks to a change in the environment and quickly explored new targets.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhen the subjects were less confident, they counted negative feedbacks as partial evidence for an environment change but withheld exploring a new target until the sum of evidence which is confidence on error trials – reached a threshold, revealed the study. According to the researchers, optimal decision-makers should adjust the threshold for switching strategy based on the volatility of the environment.  They showed that subjects were quicker to explore new targets when changes in the environment happened more frequently.last_img read more

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first_img News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Related Content News | April 29, 2015 IBA, Pravida to Collaborate on Single-Room Proton Therapy in Europe Agreement will integrate IBA’s compact Proteus One system with Pravida’s turnkey radiation protection facilities News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  April 29, 2015 — Ion Beam Applications S.A. (IBA) and Pravida Bau GmBH announced an agreement to supply integrated single-room proton therapy solutions to customers in Europe.The solution will combine Proteus One, IBA’s compact proton therapy system, with the patented Forster – Sandwich – Construction method exclusively installed by Pravida Bau, which designs and builds turnkey radiation protection facilities. This construction method is fast and easy to install and reduces the environmental footprint of the project through the use of local material filling, rather than overreliance on concrete.Of the 34 proton therapy centers ordered to IBA, seven have chosen for Proteus One, IBA’s compact single-room proton therapy solution that can be integrated easily into many kinds of healthcare settings. The combination of smaller system size, strong clinical capabilities and patient-centered design of ProteusONE makes proton therapy more accessible to clinical institutions and their patients worldwide.The system delivers intensity modulated proton therapy (IMPT), which combines the precise dose delivery of pencil beam scanning (PBS) with the dimensionally accurate imaging of 3-D cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), enabling physicians to truly track where protons will be targeting tumor cells.For more information: www.iba-worldwide.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more last_img read more

NAR National Median Price Posts Greatest Increase Since 2005

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies For-Sale Homes Home Prices Home Sales Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Realtors Processing Service Providers 2013-05-09 Tory Barringer The latest quarterly report from the “”National Association of Realtors””:http://www.realtor.org/ (NAR) shows home purchasing power remained high in the first quarter even as median prices continued their upward trend.[IMAGE]Nationally, the median existing single-family home price was $176,600, up 11.3 percent year-over-year–the strongest yearly price increase since the fourth quarter of 2005, when the national median price jumped 13.6 percent.Distressed sales–foreclosures and short sales generally sold at deep discounts–accounted for 23 percent of first-quarter sales, down from 32 percent during Q1 2012.According to NAR, the median existing single-family home price rose in 133 out of 150 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) in the first quarter compared to the same period last year. That figure is compared to Q4 2012, which in itself saw nearly double the number of markets showing gains compared to the year before. NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun said many areas are experiencing a seller’s market.””The supply/demand balance is clearly tilted toward sellers in a good portion of the country. Inventory conditions are expected to remain fairly constrained this year, so overall price increases should be well above the historic gain of one-to-two percentage points above the rate of inflation. If home builders can continue to ramp up production, then home price growth is expected to moderate in 2014,”” he said.Yun added that previously hard-hit markets like Phoenix, Sacramento, and Miami continued their dramatic turnaround, while areas like Atlanta, Minneapolis, and [COLUMN_BREAK]Seattle have begun to show signs that they might be ready to bounce back.While the market might be balanced toward sellers, NAR president Gary Thomas commented that conditions are still good for buyers.””Even with rising home prices, there is still plenty of buying power in the market,”” he said. “”Historically low mortgage interest rates and home prices that remain well below their peak mean most buyers can purchase well within their means, assuming they meet ongoing stringent credit standards.””According to the association, the national median family income was $62,200 in Q1. In order to purchase a home at the national median price, a buyer making a 5 percent down payment would need an income of $36,500. At a 10 percent down payment, the required income would be $34,600, and at 20 percent, the required income would be $30,700.NAR also reported on existing-home sales (including single-family and condo) for the first quarter. Total existing-home sales were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.94 million, up 0.8 percent from Q4 and 9.8 percent over Q1 2012. Sales were at the highest level since Q4 2009, when they reached a rate of 4.95 million as buyers responded to tax incentives.Regionally, existing-home sales rose 4.4 percent quarter-over-quarter and 9.1 percent year-over-year in the Northeast. The median existing single-family home price was $234,000, up 2.9 percent from the first quarter of 2012.In the Midwest, existing-home sales increased 1.2 percent over Q4 2012 and 15.0 percent over Q1 2012. The median existing single-family home price was $135,100, an increase of 8.2 percent year-over-year.Existing-home sales in the South edged up 0.7 percent in the first quarter, coming in 13.3 percent above the same period last year. The regional median price was $156,800, 9.3 percent above Q1 2012.Finally, existing-home sales declined 1.1 percent quarter-over-quarter in the West, reflecting the region’s severe supply shortage. Year-over-year, sales were up 0.6 percent. The median existing single-family home price in the region was $247,800, an annual increase of 24.4 percent. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing NAR: National Median Price Posts Greatest Increase Since 2005center_img May 9, 2013 425 Views Sharelast_img read more

1 Marrakech Morocco This incredible North Africa

first_img1. Marrakech, MoroccoThis incredible North African city is full of history, with rich Arabic and French influences thrown into the mixing pot with uniquely Moroccan flavours making it a huge draw card and a great place to start an African adventure.A sightseeing tour of the ancient citadel is a perfect entrée to discovering what makes Marrakech so special and no visit is complete without taking in the sights and sounds of Djemma al Fna Square, which comes alive as the sun goes down with snake charmers, henna artists and hagglers selling a dazzling array of goods adding to the atmosphere and the heady aroma of traditional Moroccan fare from the many restaurants which line the square filling your senses.A shopping trip to one of the many souks in the old “Medina” is also an absolute must, as is an outing to the nearby Atlas Mountains and the beautiful Jardins Majorelle. Whether it’s for a few days or a week or two, Marrakech is truly magical. Find flights to Marrakech2. On SafariNo longer the pastime of the rich and famous, the modern African safari (which means ‘journey’ in Swahili, the language of East Africa) can be tailored to suit all budgets and tastes.Whether it’s super five-star exclusivity you want or a backpacking adventure through the last remaining pockets of wilderness, a safari is the best way to reach out and touch Africa.The most basic safaris are geared towards those who don’t mind bumpy roads, camping and dusty terrain.Known as overland safaris, they take groups of people into the African hinterland on large truck-like vehicles on a journey of discovery, making camp along the way with largely two-man dome tents, basic camping gear and marvellously wholesome al-fresco meals.Other overland operators offer backpacking accommodation in hostels or small, rustic campsites, providing all the camping gear, meals and refreshments along the way.Further up the scale, tented bush camps and safari lodges offer all-inclusive rates and throw in two or three game activities each day, making sure that guests really experience Africa in an up-close and personal way.At the top end of the scale, luxury lodges offer the traditional, colonial safari experience, a la ‘Out of Africa’ and Hemingway-style, complete with four-poster beds, luxury linens and haute cuisine in the middle of the Bush.Destinations are all-important when it comes to safaris, because at the end of the day it’s all about game-viewing and the magnificent African animals.The endless plains of the Serengeti in Tanzania and the Maasai Mara in Kenya are jointly home to the largest animal migration in the world as vast herds of wildebeest and zebra move through them in search of fresh grazing every year.Likewise, the famed Ngorongoro crater in Tanzania is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has its own, unique eco-system. Amboseli, in Kenya, is famed for its elephants and is positioned beneath the iconic snow-capped Mt Kilimanjaro.Further south on the continent, the majestic South Luangwa, incredible Lower Zambezi and awe-inspiring Kafue National Parks in Zambia offer superb safari experiences. Add to these Etosha in the desert nation of Namibia, Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta in Botswana, and South Africa’s Kruger National Park and you have a fantastic menu of top African safari destinations to suit everyone. RelatedSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – JohannesburgSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – JohannesburgSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – South AfricaSouth Africa is the first ever country from the African continent to host the World Cup FinalsSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – Cape TownSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – Cape Town With Africa in the limelight thanks to the 2010 World Cup, there is no better time to visit this magnificent continent and check out some of its hotspots.In the spirit of “ubuntu” – the African tradition of sharing knowledge and wisdom – Michael Theys from AfricaFreak.com reveals his top five African attractions!center_img 3. Climb KilimanjaroNot for the faint-hearted, the challenge of climbing Africa’s highest peak is nonetheless one of the continent’s top attractions for the active.This incredible mountain is located in Tanzania and is a dormant volcano that is 5895m above sea level, making it the largest freestanding mountain in the world. Naturally, this attracts adventurers from around the planet eager to make it to the top.A variety of specialist tour operators offer packages to climb “Kili” which include guides, accommodation, meals and basic equipment. Climbing tours kick off in the town of Kilimanjaro, which is at the foot of the mountain, home to its own international airport and a short hop from the capital of Dar es Salaam and the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. Ascents take around three to four days, and descents another couple of days. You make camp at dedicated sites along the routes to the summit which vary in degrees of difficulty.If you can overcome the altitude, weather and exhaustion, the reward at the top is well worth it. The scenery on the way up is breathtaking. But the top is beyond words when you view your surroundings from the roof of Africa.4. Ballooning in the Serengeti and Maasai MaraNot quite as adventurous as climbing Africa’s highest peak, but nonetheless an amazing African experience is hot air ballooning in both the Serengeti and Maasai Mara. The oldest form of flight, ballooning trips begin pre-dawn as you are taken to the launch sites, and watch the massive balloons fill with hot air before you climb into the marvellous basket and gently rise over the majestic plains, silently and gracefully.The scenery is breathtaking as the plains open up below you, fringed by hills and outcrops of rock. And because you move with the wind, the journey is still and incredibly peaceful, affording you the chance to view the huge herds of animals like wildebeest and zebra, as well as giraffe and elephant and a range of gazelles and antelopes. You can even spot lion hunting or, if you are lucky, cheetah.Your pilot is in constant touch with the ground vehicle, which follows the path of the balloon and is invariably there waiting for you when you land a couple of hours after take-off. A champagne breakfast tops off this incredible experience.5. Zanzibar IslandThe icing on any African trip is a visit to the best kept secret in the Indian Ocean: Zanzibar Island. This historic and strategically important island off the coast of Tanzania is steeped in culture, being a former Arabic trading and slave post, and has some of the most beautiful white sand beaches in Africa.The marvellously old and atmospheric Stone Town was once the capital of East Africa’s slave trade and an important trade base for the spice industry. It is also the birthplace of legendary rock star Freddy Mercury, late frontman of Queen. Moorish influences blend perfectly with African culture and traditions on Zanzibar, which to this day is a centre for the spice trade.A variety of hotels, lodges and resorts line Zanzibar’s beaches, offering accommodation for all budgets and activities which include diving, snorkelling, wind-surfing, water-skiing and parasailing. Dhow trips can also be arranged out to some of the outlying islands, where picnics are offered on sand-spits and deserted beaches.Whatever your holiday choice, Africa is alive with possibilities, so don’t miss out!Michaël Theys, AfricaFreak, the African Safari Guide. For more information on any of these African adventures, and more, visit: AfricaFreak.comReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more