Delight as stolen quad is recovered

first_imgA quad which was reported stolen in Newtowncunningham this week has been recovered and returned to its rightful owners.A local crime alert was launched on Tuesday when a Red Honda 350cc quad was believed to be stolen from a property in Drummay, Newtowncunningham.In a positive update, it has emerged that the quad was returned to its owner on Wednesday. According to the local crime alert group, the owners have expressed thanks to the public who shared the notice and passed on information.Delight as stolen quad is recovered was last modified: October 4th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Today at Walt Disney World: August 2, 2019

first_imgShare This!Today is Friday, August 2, 2019.Here’s what you have to look forward to if you’re headed to Walt Disney World today.Park HoursMagic Kingdom: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.Epcot: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.Hollywood Studios: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.Animal Kingdom: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.Extra Magic HoursMagic Kingdom: 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.Other HoursTyphoon Lagoon: 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.Blizzard Beach: 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.Disney Springs: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m.Crowd Calendar LevelsMK: 4EP: 3HS: 3AK: 5Resort-Wide: 4Refurbs and ClosuresMK: Astro OrbiterMK: Walt Disney World RailroadEP: O Canada!HS: Voyage of the Little MermaidAK: Primeval WhirlParades and Nighttime EntertainmentMK–Festival of Fantasy: 3:00 p.m.MK–Happily Ever After Fireworks: 9:00 p.m.EP–IllumiNations: 9:00 p.m.HS–Fantasmic!: 9:00 p.m.HS–Star Wars Fireworks: 9:30 p.m.AK–Rivers of Light: 9:00 p.m.; 10:00 p.m.WeatherHigh: 85 / Low: 74Scattered thunderstorms with a 50% chance of rain.Sunrise: 6:48 a.m. / Sunset 8:15 p.m.Special Events to NoteNonelast_img read more

A holiday – in Zimbabwe?

first_imgThe canoeing trip above Victoria Falls isnot exactly strenuous. Your guide does allthe paddling, and there are no rapids.(Image: Jennifer Stern) You can get up close and personal withan elephant at Victoria Falls.(Image: Jennifer Stern) The Batoka Gorge rafting is wet and wild,and not for the faint-hearted.(Image: Shearwater Adventures) Fishing on Lake Kariba is hard work.(Image: Jennifer Stern) You can choose your level of pamperingon a Lake Kariba houseboat. Service inthe Zimbabwe tourism industry remainsexcellent.(Image: Jennifer Stern)Jennifer SternIn the light of recent developments in Zimbabwe, there is a chance that this once fabulous tourist destination may soon regain some of its former glory. I’ve visited Zimbabwe so many times over the last couple of decades I’ve lost count, but I do know that I have never failed to be impressed by the place, the people, and the service. And that’s been the case as recently as just over a year ago.My last visit showed me just how resilient the tourism industry is – surviving the multiple challenges of currency freefall, fuel crises, political gerrymandering, food shortages and widespread mayhem. It’s been the one consistent bright light in an otherwise bleak period. An estimated 100 000 Zimbabweans are employed in the tourism sector, managing to keep their jobs through the grim times. And considering that each employee probably supports a family, that’s a lot of people that would have been in pretty dire straits if Zim had not managed to hang on to its foreign visitors.So now that things are looking up, it’s a good time to enjoy all that this awesome destination has to offer. Get in before the crowds, and while the prices are still competitive. Here are a few suggestions.Victoria FallsVictoria Falls has weathered the storm better than most other destinations, and it’s probably top of most people’s Zimbabwe wish list. But the political woes of the last few years have seen the town of Victoria Falls losing a fair number of its visitors, almost all of whom simply went across the river to Livingstone, in Zambia.But it’s picking up pretty quickly and – even in the last year or two – a number of hotels have been spending money on refurbishment, certain that the wheel would turn. The Zim side of the falls offers a different view from the Zambian side. Some say a better view, but let’s just say it’s a complementary view, and you really should see both.In fact, you can stay on one side and do a whole host of fun adventures, crossing the border almost daily. Activity-wise, it really doesn’t matter which side you stay on, but you’re likely to get some good accommodation deals on the Zim side. And, between the two, there is so much to do.Adrenaline junkies will love the wild and wicked Batoka Gorge rafting, which has been described as the best one-day white water rafting trip in the world. Or you could do a tandem kayak trip on those same rapids, or even try your hand at river-boarding – not for wimps, as you negotiate those big and gnarly rapids on a boogie board.Then there is the bungy jump. It’s not the world’s highest but it’s almost certainly the most scenic. There are gentle booze cruises and flat-water paddling trips for the less intrepid and, if you want an unbeatable view of the falls, you could fly over them in a microlight or a helicopter.You can ride an elephant, cuddle a baby lion or do a horseback safari. You could even play golf, and gamble away at the casino – unfortunately, not in Zim dollars, so you miss the chance of telling your friends you lost a million dollars at the roulette wheel, and smile about it. You could spend days in Vic Falls and never get bored.Hwange National ParkBut there’s more to Zimbabwe than Vic Falls. Hwange National Park has definitely had a bit of a hard time of it, but it’s hanging in there. Some of the lodges have closed down but there are a few still running – against all odds.On my recent visit it was clear they were trying hard to keep going. The curtains and other soft furnishings were getting a bit tatty around the edges, and it was obvious there was no money to spare, but everything was spotlessly clean and the service was great. Best of all, there was so much game to be seen and – a mixed blessing – so few people!Kariba DamAnother destination that seems to have weathered the storm is Kariba, which has continued to attract anglers, bird watchers and big game junkies. The banks of this huge artificial lake are truly wild, with many areas being virtually inaccessible by land.A large flotilla of houseboats is tethered to the jetties of the somewhat run-down town of Kariba, eagerly awaiting passengers to pit their skills against the ferocious tiger fish or the eminently edible bream, or to just laze their days away on the deck while some of the best scenery in Africa glides by. Strangely, even though Kariba – the lake, not the town – spans the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, the Zambian side has never really developed a good tourist infrastructure.Mana Pools National ParkBut that’s not the case further downstream. The Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe and the Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia offer similar spectacular game viewing and spectacular paddling trips. I’ve done both, and I preferred the Zim side only because power boats are allowed on the Zambian side. At this point the river is wide enough with enough channels that the two sides really do seem to be different destinations, and a power boat in Zambia can’t be heard in Mana Pools.You can choose between a rough-and-ready participatory camping trip, on which you load all your goods into a canoe and set up camp on deserted islands or in sheltered coves. Or you can do a luxury trip on which the canoe is relatively free of goods as backup crew drive your luggage round, set up comfortable en-suite tents, light the fire, cook the yummy meals and ensure you have an ice-cold drink when you disembark.And the best part – you only paddle for a few hours and then take a walk to give your arms a rest, and then you paddle for a while to give your legs a rest … Pure bliss. A Mana Pools canoeing trip is one of the things you have to do before you die.Doing your homeworkThe above are the most reliable and dependable destinations in Zimbabwe at the moment, but they are by no means the only accessible ones. You may just need to do a bit more homework to plan a trip to some of the other iconic spots, such as Matobo National Park, the cool, green Eastern Highlands, or the magnificent, mysterious and enigmatic Great Zimbabwe.Quite a few independent travellers have visited a number of destinations, doing all their own driving and planning, or even taking public transport. But unless you are particularly adventurous, you’d be better off sticking to the tried and tested destinations and the established operators that have proved their resilience and commitment to the country by hanging in through the bad times. At least for the foreseeable future.Don’t hold your breath, but if the agreement between Morgan Tsvangirai and Robert Mugabe holds, the chances are that the tourism industry will bounce back with a surprising alacrity. Here’s hoping.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] articlesZimbabwe moves forward Useful linksCreative Teaming International Flame of Africa Go to Victoria Falls Natureways Safaris Safari Par Excellence Shearwater Adventureslast_img read more

CDA to place more children in family oriented programmes

first_imgAs at September, 2012, some 57.5 per cent of children in State care were in Living in Family Environment (LIFE) Programmes, which are alternatives to placing children in child care facilities.CEO of the Child Development Agency, Carla Francis Edie, said the agency is on an intense drive to increase the number of children in LIFE programmes this year.LIFE programmes include foster care, family reintegration, and Supervision Orders. Of the over 5,200 children in State care, 2,219 are in children’s homes and places of safety. A little over 3,000 are in LIFE programmes – 985 in foster care; 802 on family reintegration, and 1220 on Supervision Order. Separate from those figures, some 141 adoptions were completed between January and September 2012.These programmes are designed to allow children who are in need of care and protection to live in a home environment to support their positive growth and development, thereby reducing the number of children in child care facilities.“When children come into residential care, we provide them with a range of services – health; education, psychological support and other specialized services as required. Yet our goal is to reserve residential care (institutionalisation) for only those children who have nowhere else to go because they have no family or other forms of support” Mrs. Edie said. Foster care is a flagship programme within the agency that places a child (temporarily) in the care of persons who are not the biological parents to enable them to raise that child and provide a nurturing environment for his or her physical, spiritual and emotional growth and development.With respect to adoption, Mrs. Edie added this is the legal process of permanently transferring the parental rights of a child’s biological parents (with consent) to one who is desirous of creating a new parent/child relationship.Family Reintegration is reuniting and rehabilitating a child and his/her family, after a period of being in a child care facility or foster care, Mrs. Edie said, adding that under a Supervision Order, the Court issues an order for a child in need of care and protection to be placed with a family member under the supervision of a CDA Children’s Officer.“Our experience has shown that children do better in a home/family setting, rather than being institutionalized; children who are placed in families do better on all counts – in education and as it relates to other areas of their lives. This is why we are redoubling our efforts to increase the number of children in the LIFE programmes,“ she said“The agency’s thrust is also in keeping with one of the key principles of the Child Care and Protection Act (CCPA) which indicates that the family is the preferred environment for the care and upbringing of children,” Mrs. Edie explained. In the meantime, the CEO acknowledged that steps were being taken to make a number of these programmes, in particular, foster care and adoption, more efficient. The Adoption Act is being modernised and a review of the current legislation is to get underway. Also, last year, the agency held a training workshop for officers in an effort to improve the internal processes for adoption.As it relates to foster care, CDA has been working with the relevant authority to increase the stipend paid to foster parents. The stipend is provided to foster parents in addition to educational, medical and other forms of assistance.“We want to use these various programmes to help give our children the opportunity to be part of families that can nurture them to realize their full potential,” Mrs. Edie stated, adding, “I would also like to use this opportunity to encourage persons to become foster parents.”last_img read more

Police arrest man after a lengthy standoff in La Jolla

first_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man who allegedly hit a woman with a pickax Thursday in a home near La Jolla Shores holed up inside and refused to surrender when police arrived, prompting a several-hour standoff that ended when he walked out and was taken into custody.The alleged assault in the 2500 block of Ellentown Road in the Torrey Pines area was reported shortly before 10:30 a.m., according to San Diego police. No serious injuries were reported.Patrol officers tried in vain to contact the suspected assailant before calling in crisis counselors to take charge of the negotiations, Officer Billy Hernandez said.The stalemate continued until shortly after 1 p.m., when the man exited the home and surrendered without incident, Hernandez said.Firefighters were then called in due to check for the origin of smoke that had begun wafting out of vents on the house shortly before the suspect gave himself up.The suspect’s name and details on his relationship to the alleged victim were not immediately available. Police arrest man after a lengthy standoff in La Jolla Posted: November 15, 2018 November 15, 2018 Categories: KUSI, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more