J&K ex-Governor N.N. Vohra played his own tune, says BJP leader

first_imgBJP Jammu and Kashmir president Ravinder Raina’s remarks on the former Governor N.N. Vohra and his successor Satya Pal Malik evoked sharp reaction in the Valley on Thursday.In a video that went viral online, Mr. Raina boasts about replacing Mr. Vohra, saying apni hi dafli bajata tha [Would play his own tune]” and said Mr. Malik was “the BJP’s own man.” Ab Jo Governor Aya Hai Woh Hamara Banda Hai [The Governor who has taken over is our man].” The Peoples Democratic Party, once an ally of the BJP, called Mr. Raina’s remarks “ludicrous.” “He has not only undermined the constitutional authority of the State but has also tried to belittle the office of Governor,” general secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura said. The PDP, he said, was of the opinion that the office of Governor is impartial and functions without prejudice or partiality. Meanwhile, Mr. Malik called for giving a renewed push to the “Mission on Delivering Governance” and “Mission on Delivering Development” to bring the State back on course.last_img read more

Foundation Coaching Online Resources Now Available

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is excited to launch our new online resource platform aimed at providing coaches, athletes and referees with tools to assist in the development of all participants of the sport – www.dartfish.tv/touchfootballaustralia. Foundation Coaching Resources is the first ‘collection’ of resources for coaches and athletes that will be released for subscription and to launch the platform – Dartfish.tv . It contains a series of visual skill demonstrations, printable coaching factsheets and associated drills. TFA is pleased to offer the Foundation Coaching Resources at the introductory half price rate of $11 inclusive of GST for the month of July. This would be for an annual subscription to the collection until July 2014.Furthermore we will offer affiliates, schools, or other groups a multiple licence opportunity for $80 for 10 licenses. From August the regular pricing will commence at $22 inclusive of GST for individuals, and $160 inclusive of GST for multiple licences – the multiple licences will be available from Tuesday, 23 July 2013. For more information on how to subscribe, please click on the attached memo. Related Filesfoundation_coaching_resources_-__launch1-pdfRelated LinksCoaching Resourceslast_img read more

22 days ago​Liverpool loanee Wilson settling in well at Bournemouth

first_img​Liverpool loanee Wilson settling in well at Bournemouthby Ansser Sadiq22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool loanee Harry Wilson has no problems settling into life at Bournemouth on loan.The talented winger has been an impressive edition to Eddie Howe’s squad, adding three Premier League goals to his name in six appearances this season.He believes everyone at the club has helped to make him feel welcome, which has aided his acclimatisation.”I feel I have settled in well. The club have been great with that,” he told reporters.”The coaching staff and the players have really helped.”When I first moved here, I was in the hotel and that was near the beach, so I had a good few walks down there which was good.”I’ve got to know the area, so I am enjoying it.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

HC restrains IABF from using India or Indian in name

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court passed an interim order on Thursday restraining Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) from using ‘India’ or ‘Indian’ in its name. Justice Prathiba M Singh also asked IABF, which was in the process of conducting a national sub-junior men and women boxing championship, to inform all the participants that they are not a recognised national sports federation of boxing. The court’s interim order came on a plea by Boxing Federation of India (BFI) seeking permanent injunction against IABF from using word ‘India’ or its natural variations and from representing themselves as a national sports federation for boxing or that it is recognised by Indian Olympics Association, Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs and International Boxing Association (AIBA). Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherAdvocates Hrishikesh Baruah, Parth Goswami and Hemant Phalpher, representing the BFI, submitted in the court that IABF was in the process of conducting national sub-junior men and women boxing championship in Jabalpur and was collecting money from boxers as entry fees. BFI, which claims to be the recognised national sports federation for boxing in India, said IABF was misrepresenting itself as being affiliated with the IOA, which is factually an incorrect statement. Besides IABF, its president Abhishek Matoria and secretary general Rakesh Thakran were also made parties to the suit. The court perused a February 1 letter issued by IABF seeking to conduct the first sub-junior inter zonal men and women national boxing championship 2018-2019 in Jabalpur between March 10 and 13 and between March 12 and 15 respectively.last_img read more

AIADMK begins candidates selection process for polls

first_imgChennai: The AIADMK in Tamil Nadu Monday kick-started its candidate selection process for the April 18 Lok Sabha elections in the state, with the interview of ticket aspirants of ten constituencies. The ruling party also invited applications from aspiring candidates for the by-polls to 18 Assembly segments, which will be held along with the parliamentary polls. Elections to 39 Lok Sabha seats in TN and the lone Puducherry segment will be held on April 18, the second of the seven phases of polling across the country for a total of 543 seats. On Monday, the AIADMK Parliamentary Board, whose members include party Coordinator and state Deputy CM O Panneerselvam and Joint Coordinator and Tamil Nadu CM K Palaniswami, interviewed the aspiring candidates for 10 constituencies including Salem, Nilgiris and Coimbatore, a party release said. The AIADMK is heading the NDA in TN, whose constituents are the BJP, PMK, DMDK, Puthiya Tamizhagam and PNK.last_img read more

Eriksen named Junior members Player of the Season at Spurs

first_imgChristian Eriksen has been awarded the One Hotspur Junior members’ Player of the Season award for his excellent displays over Tottenham’s campaignThe Danish midfielder was presented with the award by One Hotspur Junior member Luke Canning at the club’s final game of the season with Spurs’ winning a nine-goal thriller against Leicester City in what was their last home league match at Wembley, before they move to their new stadium.“What a season it has been at Wembley! Hope you all enjoyed the season as much as we did. And thank you for voting me Junior members club player of the year,” Eriksen wrote on Instagram.The former Ajax star has scored 10 goals and made 10 assists in his 37 Premier League appearances for Spurs this season.Jan Vertonghen was named the club’s Player of the Year, while Victor Wanyama won Goal of the Season for his thunderbolt in the 2-2 draw at Liverpool earlier this year.last_img read more

Tottenham is the new International Champions Cup king

first_imgThe English club won the friendly tournament for the first time and is the second Premier League team to do soAfter many matches played not only in the United States but also worldwide, the International Champions Cup is now over.English club Tottenham Hotspur has been crowned champion of the first worldwide edition.The ICC is a friendly tournament where the best teams in the world battle for pre-season glory.Spurs are the second Premier League club to win the tournament, with Manchester United having done so in the 2014 North America and Europe competition.Tottenham destroyed Roma 4-1 in their first match in San Diego, California.This match was key to the Premier League club winning the tournament thanks to the goal difference.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.Then the team went to tie 2-2 against Barcelona in Pasadena in regular time.But the match went to penalty kicks and the Catalan side won 5-3.And to close the friendly tournament, the Spurs were able to beat AC Milan 1-0 in Minneapolis.What a tournament it has been! Congratulations, @SpursOfficial, you are this year’s International Champions Cup winners! ??Well done to all the teams involved. It’s been a blast. See you in 2019!#ICC2018 #ChampionsMeetHere pic.twitter.com/3e2HFmjzi3— International Champions Cup (@IntChampionsCup) August 11, 2018last_img read more

Michael Ball hails rejuvenated Sigurdsson

first_imgFormer Everton star Michael Ball has praised Gylfi Sigurdsson for his brilliant form in recent weeks saying it shouldn’t come as a surprise to Everton fans.The Icelandic international was under intense scrutiny at the beginning of the campaign but has silenced the critics with improved performance, netting four goals in the process.Now he’s playing in his preferred No. 10 role – and finally, the rewards are starting to show.“He got the armband when Davies went off, and he turned up,” Ball told the ECHO.Everton still keen on signing Juve’s Moise Kean Obinna Echi – July 28, 2019 Everton are still pushing for the signature of Juventus striker Moise Kean despite the Italian champions insisting they’d only sanction the deal with a…“It’s nice to see after last season when he was playing out of position and was being asked to do things that might have been a little foreign to him – while at the same time trying to be our star.“It was a difficult season for him, and because of the money, there were obviously a lot more eyes on him from outside Goodison and from the media.“There was no lack of effort, he puts in everything every game – and it’s nice to see him now getting the goals to match that.“It’s not rocket science; if you give him the ball and the opportunity to create goals and put them away then hopefully he can get himself to double figures by the end of the season.”last_img read more

A Message from the Turks and Caicos Islands Minister of Tourism Hon

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 27, 2017 – Providenciales – Come back to Turks & Caicos; come enjoy our lifestyle, our people, and our hospitality, which the world has grown to love.   We are open to serve you.   The Turks & Caicos Islands that the world has grown to love is still here for you to come and enjoy–our casual luxe lifestyle, our friendly people, and our warm hospitality are all waiting for you!Hurricanes Irma and Maria did not break us, they did not steal our ability to love and serve.   These storms only exposed some of our vulnerabilities which we must strengthen.   While the vast majority of our tourism infrastructure sustained minimal damages, several of our communities received direct hits from Irma.   Indeed, this will cause some hardship over the short and medium term; however, we have persevered and came through with high spirits.  Our government rededicates itself to the rebuilding process on a steady path of completion in the near future.The Turks & Caicos Islands have adapted with resilience.   Our ability to foster partnerships with key agencies, locally and internationally, will accelerate the process of recovery.   We continue to remain optimistically confident that we will be able to return to providing the quality and excellent service that our islands are known for.   Our tourism product will continue to evolve from the experiences we have undergone, affording us the opportunity to be more creative and innovative with the goods and services we offer.Hoteliers are on schedule with their repairs and annual off-season maintenance schedules in preparation for re-opening, and have demonstrated their support for the welfare of their workers and the greater community as a whole.    “Irma and Maria have provided some challenging circumstances, but circumstances that present us with opportunities to forge new relationships and strengthen existing ones,” commented Nikheel Advani, President of Turks and Caicos Hotel & Tourism Association.   “We are here to serve, and serve we will”.Most international flights have resumed normal operations as at Saturday, September 23rd.   The majority of the countries utilities services are back on line, and the workers are feverishly addressing those pending.As Minister of Tourism, I would like to encourage you to include Turks & Caicos Islands in your vacation plans right away.   I can assure you that the warm hospitality which our islands have become synonymous with, will embrace you.   You will also get some pleasure from knowing that while you are vacationing with us, you are helping us to rebuild our islands and returning normal lives to our people.So come back to the TCI, which will always be Beautiful by Nature.For further details and ongoing updates regarding the resorts, restaurants and activity schedules, please refer to our website: http://turksandcaicostourism.com/recoveryupdate Regards,Hon. Ralph L. HiggsMinister of Tourism, Environment, Gaming, Culture and HeritageTurks & Caicos Islands Government Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Photo credit: Brilliant Studioslast_img read more

CNN taps Magic Leap to give your news an interactive AR spin

first_imgCNN’s app will make news more interactive with Magic Leap One. CNN In case simply watching the news on your TV or phone isn’t enough, CNN added its app to the Magic Leap One AR headset Friday. The integration into the headset gives you the power to “go there,” CNN said, through what the company calls a “robust interactive experience in mixed reality.”If you’re a Magic Leap One owner, you can use the CNN app by launching Screens in the headset. Follow the prompts on the activation screen to sign in with your TV service provider to start watching live TV. Once you’re logged in, you can navigate the app with gesture control.The Magic Leap One headset uses AR to enhance the world around you with digital objects and images. The gadget is a bit more expensive than your regular VR headset. A Magic Leap will set you back about $2,300. For now, the devices are mostly geared towards creators and developers.”CNN’s app on Magic Leap One allows the user to dig deeper into the topics they care about while interacting with news and information through a dynamic video experience,” the company said. Gadgets Mobile Nreal Light headset is a small Magic Leap One 1:36 Tags Magic Leap One Preview • Magic Leap’s AR headset is real: Here are the details Share your voice 0 Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment The app will showcase Live TV, CNN shows, CNN Originals Series and CNN Films. You can also interact with exclusive reporting, data and live video feeds from around the world with TV authentication. Magic Leaplast_img read more

Britain expels 23 Russian diplomats

first_imgBritain`s prime minister Theresa May addresses the House of Commons on her government`s reaction to the poisoning of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, in London, on 14 March 2018. ReutersBritain will expel 23 Russian diplomats in response to a nerve toxin attack on a Russian former double agent in southern England, prime minister Theresa May said on Wednesday, adding it was the biggest single expulsion in over 30 years.May said Britain would also introduce new measures to strengthen defences against hostile state activities, freeze Russian state assets wherever there was evidence of a threat and downgrade its attendance at the soccer World Cup in Russia this summer.Russia, which has repeatedly denied any involvement in the nerve agent attack, said Britain should expect retaliation for its actions.Former spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were found unconscious on a bench in the city of Salisbury on March 4 and remain in hospital in critical condition. A police officer was also harmed and remains in a serious condition.May has said the Skripals were attacked with Novichok, a Soviet-era military-grade nerve agent. She had asked Moscow to explain whether it was responsible for the attack or had lost control of stocks of the highly dangerous substance.“Their response demonstrated complete disdain for the gravity of these events,” May said in a statement to parliament.“They have treated the use of a military grade nerve agent in Europe with sarcasm, contempt and defiance.“There is no alternative conclusion, other than that the Russian state was culpable for the attempted murder of Mr Skripal and his daughter, and for threatening the lives of other British citizens in Salisbury, including Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey.“This represents an unlawful use of force by the Russian state against the United Kingdom.”May said the expulsion of the 23 diplomats, identified as undeclared intelligence officers, was the biggest single expulsion for over 30 years and would degrade Russian intelligence capabilities in Britain for years to come.“We will freeze Russian state assets wherever we have the evidence that they may be used to threaten the life or property of UK nationals or residents,” May said.She also said new legislative proposals would be urgently developed to counter any threat from a hostile state.“This will include the addition of a targeted power to detain those suspected of hostile state activity at the UK border,” May said.British authorities would make use of existing powers to enhance efforts to monitor and track the intentions of those travelling to the UK who could be engaged in activities that represented a security threat.“We will increase checks on private flights, customs and freight,” she said.She also threatened action against those she described as “serious criminals and corrupt elites,” adding: “There is no place for these people, or their money, in our country.”May said Britain would revoke an invitation to Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov to visit the country and suspend all planned high level bilateral contacts between London and Moscow.On the soccer World Cup, she said no ministers or members of the British royal family would attend.last_img

The Israel of God Bible Study Class Church Picnic

first_imgThe Israel of God Bible Study Class Church picnic is on September 3rd. The event is opened to the public from 11 am to 6 pm. There will be free food, games, fun and fellowship. Call Darren Goodwin at 301-351-8627 or by email at good5927@verizon.net for more information.last_img

Bacteria shown to smell ammonia

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — A new study provides the first evidence that bacteria respond to odors, which according to one of the researchers may be the earliest evolutionary example of olfaction. Microbiologist Reindert Nijland from the University Medical Centre at Utrecht in the Netherlands, and marine microbiologist Grant Burgess, from the University of Newcastle in the UK, were studying the formation of biofilms by common bacteria that live in soils (Bacillus licheniformis), and discovered the microbes were sensitive to the presence of ammonium sulfate, which bacteria metabolize and convert to ammonia, which is a valuable nutrient because it contains nitrogen, which is then used in the production of proteins and nucleic acids. Some ammonia is released to the air in the process.In the study the researchers used an array consisting of 96 wells and filled one half with a culture medium intended specifically to promote biofilm formation, and the other half with a general, nutrient-rich culture medium. Biofilms were formed in the wells in the biofilm section, but formed best in the central wells closest to the nutrient-rich medium containing ammonium sulfate. Bacteria in these wells were releasing ammonia as they digested the ammonium sulfate. Nijland and Burgess then experimented with different media and found that media with ammonium sulfate as one of the nutrients produced the greatest volume of biofilms in the central wells. The same pattern was produced if the media was a simple aqueous solution of ammonia, which suggests the bacteria can sense the volatile ammonia and react by growing a biofilm towards its source. This would be an advantage to the bacteria as ammonia indicates the presence of a rich source of nutrients nearby.Bacteria have previously been shown to respond to gases such as carbon monoxide and oxygen, but Nijland said these gases do not have odors and so the response to them cannot be olfactory. He said it makes no sense to “smell” oxygen as it is always around. “You smell things that give important information,” Nijland said. He also countered criticism of the research suggesting the bacteria were responding to changes in pH of the solution as it absorbed ammonia, by saying the effect was observed even when concentrations were too low to have much effect on pH, and the culture medium was also buffered to ensure large pH shifts did not occur.Nijland said he hoped the results might lead to ways of preventing the formation of biofilms, which are resistant to antibiotics and make bacteria that cause disease more of a threat.The paper is to be published in the Biotechnology Journal. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Bacteria breakthrough is heaven scent Explore further Citation: Bacteria shown to ‘smell’ ammonia (2010, August 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-08-bacteria-shown-ammonia.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Dont let anyone take your niceness for granted

first_imgMy wife and I have no understanding. We are always fighting. I feel I should file divorce but I’m not sure whether it’s the best thing to do. When does one know that its ‘time to move on’?Name withheld, NoidaThe time when your mind and heart both believe it, when you have crossed the threshold of tolerance. When the happy moments are far lesser compared to the tears and pain accumulated. But, do go for counseling with your wife and give an honest effort to fix the marriage before you file divorce. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’My mother is having an affair with one of her colleagues. My father lives out of country. I’m very upset. What should I do?Saritha, JaipurI can try and understand your feelings. But Saritha, life is never the way we plan it, it has its own plans. I suggest, you get busy with your world; there’s not much you can do by getting into this situation. If there’s something too unbearable, confront your mother and have a straight forward conversation. Being transparent usually helps. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMy grandmom lives with us. She’s very partial towards my sister as she is fair and pretty. I’m dark with no looks perhaps. How do I handle this?Tani, AgartalaDon’t lose your heart at all. If I were you, I would have gracefully avoided the partial grandmom. We are beautiful if we have a good nature. Beauty, colour, looks are all temporary factors that never determine the value of the person. Always know – ‘you are beautiful, you are the best’.My husband beats me up and rapes me every night. I’m very scared. I have a 7 year old boy. How do I live with this? Mrs. Singh, New DelhiPlease threaten him with legal consequences the next time he tries being unfair to you! Always keep the number of your local police handy and don’t hesitate to fight it out. This isn’t love, this isn’t marriage! He probably has taken your niceness for granted. Don’t keep shut and keep tolerating forever.I’m 34, single. I have had 3 failed relations. Parents insist I settle with an arranged marriage. I’m confused. I never can imagine getting married to an unknown person.Rajiv, Mumbai.Well, I suggest you go for a marriage where you select the prospect, spend quality time knowing and discovering each other and then tie the knot. ‘Arranged’ doesn’t mean someone else selects for you and you don’t have any say. Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to? Send your questions to -roopshashotm@gmail.comlast_img read more

Five volumes on Indian languages released

first_imgThe Peoples’ Linguistic Survey of India (PLSI) here Thursday released five volumes on various Indian languages documenting their history, landmark events, folklore and songs.PLSI is a nationwide survey aimed at working out alternate ways of development of the various Indian languages and maintaining organic links between scholarship and the social context. It has planned release of 50 volumes on the Indian languages and divided them into state and national series. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The volumes released are: The Being of Bhasha: General Introduction to the People’s Linguistic Survey of India; The Languages of Assam, Assamese version; The Languages of Maharashtra, Marathi version; The Languages of Uttarakhand, Hindi version; and The Indian Sign Languages – the only volume released from the national series.Vadodara-based Bhasha Research Centre conducted the survey. The PLSI team, comprising over 3,000 activists and scholars, covered 780 languages spread across all states and union territories. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix’Languages came much before the script came. So these volumes trace the origin of the language, map their history and connect them to the roots they belong to. We are on the verge of losing languages and it is important to preserve them orally,’ PLSI chairman Ganesh Devy said.He was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of a three-day event titled, ‘Mapping Indian Art, Culture and Languages’.  Lalit Kala Akademi is hosting the series of events.K.K. Chakravarty, chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi said, ‘We are trying to connect performing arts to the people through these events.”We are bringing out the volumes as they come to us,’ Ketaki Bose, associate publisher, Orient Blackswan, said.last_img read more

18yearold found dead at home after school denies promotion

first_imgKolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of an 18-year-old girl whose body was found inside her house in Habibpur area of Ranaghat in Nadia.According to a preliminary investigation, police suspect that the victim, Sweta Sahu might have committed suicide by consuming poison. She was declared brought dead after being taken to a private nursing home in the district. She was a student of XI from Brajabala Girls’ High School in Nadia.The victim’s family members alleged that she suffered from mental depression as she was not promoted to class XII Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsafter she failed to appear for Geography practical examination. They also alleged that the school headmistress rebuked her. The school authorities called her on her cell phone on the day of practical examination but she did not answer. According to the school authorities, neither the student nor her family members informed the school about her not appearing for the examination.A few days ago, the girl and her family members went to the school headmistress and urged her to allow Sweta to the next class. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe headmistress did not, however, agree to promote her to the next class. The family members told police that the victim went into depression after the school authorities denied her promotion. She went into her room on Saturday evening and consumed poison. Her family members found her lying still in her bed. She was immediately rushed to a private nursing home at Ranaghat, where the doctors pronounced her brought dead. Following the incident, the girl’s family members lodged a complaint against the school headmistress at Ranaghat police station. Police have started a detailed probe in this regard.The school authorities have, however, expressed their grief over her death. They also claimed that they tried to contact the victim and her family members but none responded. She was not promoted to class as she did not appear the examination, school authorities claimed.last_img read more

Brides fly free with Couples Resorts new air credit promotion

first_img TORONTO — Weddings have always been considered the bride’s day, which is why Couples Resorts in Jamaica has launched its first-ever air credit promotion for brides only.The new ‘Brides Fly Free’ promotion offers couples a $500 air credit for packages booked by Dec. 22, 2018 towards their destination wedding or vow renewal with six rooms or more.Couples can take advantage of this offer at the four all-inclusive luxury boutique resorts in Jamaica: Couples Tower Isle, Couples Sans Souci, Couples Swept Away and Couples Negril. Reservations must be made by Dec. 22, 2018 for weddings through December 2019 by calling 1-877-793-1913 or online at couples.com.Whether couples are planning their nuptials on a private island or renewing their vows in an intimate sunset ceremony on the beach, Couples Resorts handles all the details to free up time for couples to spend with family and friends.For more information go to couples.com. Share Brides fly free with Couples Resorts’ new air credit promotion Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Thursday, September 28, 2017 Tags: Couples Resorts << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

BIG4 Deniliquin Paringa Holiday Park wins Countrylink Tourism Award

first_imgNew South Wales holiday park, BIG4 Deniliquin Paringa has added yet another award to its cabinet, taking out the 2010 CountryLink Inland Tourism Awards under the Tourist and Caravan category.Coming out on top against 51 other entrants, owners Frank and Lynda White are thrilled to be recognised for the hard work that is involved in running a holiday park, paying tribute to the awards on behalf of the industry. “The best part of entering these awards is that it allows us to take a look back at how far we have come, areas that still need improvement, and it’s a reminder for us to stay focused on where we are heading in the future.  It’s a great inspiration for us to continue to move forward in all areas of our business,” Frank says. The premier event was held on Saturday for the Inland Tourism Industry, hosting over 200 people to mark the celebration of tourism growth. Frank puts the win down to keeping their fingers on the pulse and staying one step ahead of industry trends and endeavouring to be the best accommodation provider in the region.“We are in the process of doing numerous developments around a third of the whole park including 40 new sites, ten new cabins and a brand new ten kilowatt solar panel system which will save on energy. It will even have an interactive display where kids can come and see how the system works,” Frank says.Acting CEO of BIG4 Holiday Parks James Shearer says BIG4 is proud to have BIG4 Deniliquin Paringa Holiday Park on board demonstrating leadership and direction.“It is great that their hard work and innovation is being recognised within the whole industry. BIG4 Deniliquin Paringa Holiday Park is a very unique and beautiful place to visit for guests,” Shearer says.Located on the banks of the magnificent Edward River in the Riverine region, BIG4 Deniliquin Paringa Holiday Park boasts great facilities including a solar heated pool, basket ball court, BBQs, water sports and skiing facilities and a new conference/function centre.  Riverfront accommodation in a range of cabins or caravan sites makes this ideal for all demographics including families, skiers, fisherman and all travellers. Source = BIG4last_img read more

Ministers have quietly decided to include the supp

first_imgMinisters have quietly decided to include the support needs of working-age disabled people in their new social care green paper, scrapping the idea of having a separate “parallel programme of work” as they try to address the social care funding crisis.The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) previously said it would focus only on older people’s social care in its much-delayed green paper.The decision to include working-age people’s support needs is likely to be welcomed by most disabled people’s organisations, but DHSC is still facing questions over why it reversed its decision at such a late stage and why it has apparently failed to make any effort to co-produce its policy with disabled people and their user-led organisations.There are also still concerns over whether the green paper will side-line the support needs of working-age disabled people when it is eventually published.As recently as last month, a House of Commons Library briefing paper referred to the government’s “parallel process” of work on social care for working-age adults.But a DHSC spokeswoman has now told DNS that the green paper will “cover care and support for adults of all ages (rather than there being a separate workstream)”.When questioned further about this, she said: “We have always planned to consider issues relating to all adults receiving social care.“This will now be taken forward through a single green paper.”She declined to comment when asked why the government had made this decision, but said disabled people and their organisations – and other “interested parties” – would be able to feed in their views in a consultation on the green paper, when it is published.The disabled crossbench peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell (pictured), who chairs the Independent Living Strategy Group, told Disability News Service (DNS): “It would have been nice to be informed of this decision to scrap the parallel process by my fellow parliamentarians in the House of Lords, especially as I had asked formally on two occasions for any progress on the ‘parallel process’.“So much for close collaboration with disabled people on matters that concern them directly!”But she welcomed the decision to integrate working-age people into the green paper, which she hoped would be on an equal basis with older people.She said: “This way, disabled people will not be a tag on, or afterthought, but have full green paper status.“This is how it should be and something I said most firmly at the first meeting of ‘stakeholders’ with the ministers for disabled people [Sarah Newton], social care [Caroline Dinenage] and local government [Rishi Sunak].”Baroness Campbell said that this meeting, in February, was the “first and only time” she has been consulted on the government’s social care plans.She was also highly critical of the plans to simply consult disabled people after the green paper has been published, partly because she has been “highly sceptical of any consultation this government has conducted on pretty much any issue recently”.She added: “Whatever happened to the progress we made with governments over the last 20 years on co-production, mutuality and equal involvement from the prototype stage?“Disabled people don’t want to be consulted about policies which will determine the way they live, we want partnerships. Remember: ‘nothing about us, without us!’”The disabled Liberal Democrat peer Baroness [Celia] Thomas, who speaks for her party on disability in the Lords and is also a member of the Independent Living Strategy Group, said there was continuing “despair” over when the green paper would eventually be published.She said the news that working-age disabled people would now be included in the green paper “could be good news [but] it could be bad news” as it could either mean a “breath of fresh air” or signify that working-age disabled people will be “an after-thought”.She added: “Everyone is in the dark.”The news of the government U-turn emerged following a freedom of information request submitted by DNS, which had asked which committees and working groups had been set up as part of the parallel process, and which organisations were represented on them.The department said in its response that “no such committees or formal working groups including stakeholders have been set up” as part of its work on working-age social care.But she said the government had “engaged informally with a number of stake-holders and the insights from this work will inform the social care green paper”.A DHSC spokeswoman declined to say which organisations it had engaged with, but she said: “We are grateful for the input of stakeholders to the work we have done to date and there will be an opportunity for all interested parties to feed in views through the green paper consultation process.”DNS reported in March how the government had failed to set up a single committee involving experts from outside the two departments examining the future of working-age social care – DHSC and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government – nearly four months after the parallel programme of work had been announced.The previous month, ministers had faced criticism after organising a “round table” event on working-age social care without inviting any disabled people’s organisations to attend.The green paper has always been described by ministers as a document that would lay out the government’s proposals for the future funding of older people’s social care, with a separate programme of work looking at the care needs of working-age disabled people.But there have been repeated concerns that the government was failing to make any progress on this parallel process and failing to engage with disabled people and their user-led organisations.The much-delayed green paper is set to be published this autumn. 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