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Prague is a year round destination

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Prague, Czech RepublicBy Lee BoughanKidnapped by communism for forty years, Prague, capital of the Czech Republic and one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, has finally come into full bloom. Its compact medieval center remains an evocative maze of cobbled lanes, ancient courtyards, dark passages and churches beyond number, all watched over by an 1100-year-old castle with liveried guards.The bohemian allure and fairytale features of Prague make it a perfect destination for beach-weary vacationers who want to immerse themselves in culture. Cross the Charles Bridge and you could devote an entire day to exploring Prazsky hrad (Prague Castle), then refueling over a hearty dinner at a classic Czech tavern on the river. Spend some time wandering the Old Town Square before heading over to gape at The Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock. Prague’s best bars are found in cellars, where historic pubs set the scene for a night of traditional tippling.No time is the wrong time to visit this city that will no doubt capture your heart! Prague is lovely in the summer. For those of you saying “Summer!? It’s too hot. I’ll be melting into the cobblestones.” Honestly, it’s not heat as you may know it (depending on where you live of course). Granted, some days may be “sweltering” but that’s not too common and all in all, Prague summers are beautiful and considered mild by most standards. It is soooo gorgeous when the trees and flowers are all in bloom and people are outside enjoying themselves at cafes. The ONLY downside of visiting in the summer is that it is more crowded with tourists since many people choose the summer months to travel and kids/college kids are out of school, but everyone is in good spirits and although the Old Town Square may be busy with people; it’s just as busy during Christmas and the Holiday season. Fall and Spring are great times to go too since the crowds thin out, but the temps are much cooler. Which is great for many!Everywhere you look in the centre of the city there are amazing buildings, art and historical pieces. Take the time to have a wander around Old Town Square. There are many paths that lead to the square, all filled with various trinket shops, from Crystal to jewelry to general souvenirs. The square itself has an amazingly romantic feel to it. The Old Town Hall and the Astronomical Clock are must see items. Going to the top of the Old Town Hall tower gives a bird’s eye view of the square, and some great pictures. To top this off there is the Astronomical Clock, which performs a show on the hour every hour.Charles Bridge is most certainly a jewel in Prague’s crown. Stretching over the Vltava, Charles Bridge is a mix of entertainers playing music, puppeteers and some very good artists. It’s well worth taking the time to look at some of the creations on the stroll across. At night, it is perfect for a romantic stroll, with the Castle overlooking the bridge and riverThere are many free walking tours that meet in the morning in the Old Town Square, or maybe a beer tour, and after a few days you might want to take some time outside of the city to Kutna Hora and see the Church of Bones. The city is very intriguing, with more than a week of different activities to keep you busy, but don’t forget to sit in a café, have a coffee or a beer to watch the world go by your table.Lee Boughan is a local travel agent and the owner of Cruise Planners in Apopka Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSCruise PlannersLee BoughanPrague Previous articleMatthew weakens slightly to Category 4 HurricaneNext articlePassport Week returns to Apopka Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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Beating back billionaires’ agenda in Michigan

first_imgDefending the people against billionaire bigots, March 4, Sterling Heights, Mich.Sterling Heights, Mich. – A militant demonstration organized by the Michigan Peoples Defense Network countered a Trump rally here on March 4. The anti-Trump demonstration was especially significant because Sterling Heights is located in Macomb County, a predominantly white working-class area where Trump decisively won the vote in the presidential election.Sterling Heights has also been a place of struggle against racist elements attempting to shut down the building of a Muslim mosque in the city. The MPDN rally took place despite numerous threats against the organizers.Chanting “No Trump! No KKK! No fascist USA!” “No hate! No fear! Immigrants are welcome here!” and “From Palestine to Mexico, tear down the walls!” a hundred demonstrators lined the sidewalk as Trump supporters entered “Freedom Hill,” their rally site. When some of the right-wingers attempted to attack the MPDN demonstration, activists held strong and pushed them back.The pro-Trump rally was poorly attended, with only several hundred people, well below right-wing organizer estimates, and seemingly characteristic of other pro-Trump actions that day across the U.S.At a rally after the MPDN demonstration, speakers emphasized they will not abandon any section of the working class to Trump and his billionaire cabinet, who are using racism, sexism and anti-LGBTQ bigotry to sow division among workers. The billionaires are pushing an agenda of tax breaks for the rich, abolition of the minimum wage and destruction of public education and health care. Ten percent of Macomb County residents stand to lose their health care if the Affordable Care Act is eliminated.A young woman summed up the significance of the spirited counterprotest: “I am a Muslim immigrant. I came to Sterling Heights as a refugee queer woman. I am from Sterling Heights, but Sterling Heights did not represent me [in the election]. It voted against my dignity as a human being. To have everyone come out in such numbers … means a lot.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Hong Kong: Former Chief Executive Must Stop Attacking Apple Daily

first_img RSF_en Hong KongChinaAsia – Pacific Media independence News In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (RSF) denounces the attacks by former Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung against Apple Daily and its advertisers. Help by sharing this information April 15, 2019 – Updated on April 16, 2019 Hong Kong: Former Chief Executive Must Stop Attacking Apple Daily News Follow the news on Asia – Pacific Organisation Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Since last month, on his Facebook page with more than 73 000 followers, Leung Chun-ying (also known as CY Leung), current vice chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and former Chief Executive of Hong Kong, has been listing the companies that purchase advertising space in Apple Daily newspaper, in an apparent move to call his supporters to boycott this media outlet which does not mince its words about Beijing’s authoritarian regime and its supporters in Hong Kong.”Such an attack is unacceptable, especially for a former chief executive,” said Cédric Alviani, head of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) East Asia bureau, calling that Leung should instead “defend press freedom, which is spelled out in the Basic Law that governs the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.”Following this attempt to put pressure on Apple Daily, the former chief executive found himself caricatured as the potential next leader of the People’s Republic of China on April 8th in an advertisement covering the full front page of the media outlet, purchased by pro democracy activists through a crowdfunding campaign that hit its goal less than 24 hours.This is not the first time that Leung, who served as Chief Executive between 2012 and 2017, has targeted journalists. In 2018, he brought a defamation lawsuit against Stand News commentator Chung Kim-wah, whom Leung said had made inaccurate allegations about his possible connection with triads. In 2013, following the publication of an article on the same subject, Leung pressured the Hong Kong Economic Journal until it published a letter of apology.In August 2018, the former chief executive also made himself the mouthpiece of Beijing by attacking the Foreign Correspondents Club of Hong Kong (FCCHK) for organizing a talk that the Chinese regime disapproved of. These attacks against the press come as the Hong Kong administration prepares a revision of the extradition law that, if passed, would make it legal for Beijing to request the extradition of people in Hong Kong, posing a permanent threat to journalists and freedom of information advocates.In a recent report, the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) denounced the continuous fall in press freedom in the former British colony. Originally placed 18th at the creation of the RSF World Press Freedom Index in 2002, Hong Kong is now ranked 70th out of 180. As for China, it ranks 176th out of 180 countries and territories evaluated. Hong KongChinaAsia – Pacific Media independence News June 10, 2021 Find out more to go further June 7, 2021 Find out more Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom News June 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Woman gives birth hours after surviving fiery multi-car crash that killed 7: Church

first_imgMattGush/iStoc(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) — A woman gave birth hours after she survived a fiery, multi-car crash in Florida that killed seven people, according to her church.Five children and two adults were killed in the massive collision Thursday on Interstate 75 in Alachua County near Gainesville, the Florida Highway Patrol said.The children who died were among nine children in a van full of churchgoers from the United Pentecostal Church in Marksville, Louisiana, headed to Disney World, said Kevin Cox, Louisiana District Superintendent for the United Pentecostal Church.Besides the nine children, there were three adults in the van, including a pregnant woman. She delivered her baby Thursday night, Cox said in a statement Friday.She was “pretty ‘banged up’” but “the baby is going to be okay,” Cox said, quoting a pastor who was with the woman in the hospital.One of the five children who died was the granddaughter of a pastor, the church said.Besides the five children, two men driving two semi-trucks involved in the crash also died, the highway patrol said.Six to eight people were injured, officials said.The four surviving children were all injured but are believed to recover, according to Cox.The crash unfolded when a semi-truck was heading north and collided with a northbound passenger car, the highway patrol said.After that collision, both cars went through the guardrail, into the center median and then into the southbound lanes, the highway patrol said.Heading southbound at the time was a passenger van and another semi-truck. When the semi-truck crossed into the southbound lanes, it crashed with the van and the southbound semi-truck, officials said.The van flipped over and some people were ejected, the highway patrol said.Fifty gallons of diesel fuel spilled in the crash, Alachua County Fire Rescue said, and both semi-trucks caught fire.Mandi Lamonda was driving north when she “noticed some white smoke on the south side of 75.”“Then all of a sudden I heard a big boom,” she told ABC News, “and then tons of black smoke.”Cox in his statement urged people to “pray for the healing of those physical injuries. And, perhaps even more so, pray for that church family that has been so massively affected by this tragedy.”It is unclear if investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will head to the scene of the crash. Most employees there are furloughed as a result of the partial government shutdown.Officials with Florida Highway Patrol told ABC News it has shared information about the crash with the NTSB, but no federal investigators have been involved in the probe.Before the shutdown, NTSB officials told ABC News that existing investigations would be put on hold and new investigations would not be launched until the shutdown ended. However, if an accident occurred with a significant amount of casualties and presented a substantial danger to the traveling public if not responded to immediately, an investigation may be launched.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Authorities arrest man accused of plotting ‘mass casualty’ terrorist attack in California

first_imgFedorovekb/iStock(LOS ANGELES) — The Department of Justice announced Monday the arrest of a former U.S. Army infantryman who is accused of plotting a “mass casualty” terrorist attack at a white nationalist rally in Long Beach, California over the weekend.Agents arrested the suspect, Mark Steven Domingo of Reseda, California, on Friday evening after an undercover source for the FBI sent the suspect what he believed was a live bomb that he could use to carry out his attack.“This investigation successfully disrupted a very real threat posed by a trained combat soldier who repeatedly stated he wanted to cause the maximum number of casualties,” U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California Nick Hanna said in a statement.A 30-page affidavit filed with the criminal complaint against Domingo alleges that his planning to construct a bomb dates back to early March.Domingo “expressed support for violent jihad,” the affidavit alleges, and he had expressed intentions to target Jews, churches and police officers in revenge for attacks against Muslims. Domingo specifically cited the March attack against Muslim worshipers in New Zealand, posting online, “there mustbe retribution.”“Still mad…even more so…since I watched the vid,” he said according to court documents.The documents also indicated that Domingo said he kept an AK-47 in his bed, in light of the attack.Following those postings, an FBI informant contacted Domingo online and later met with him in person, where he further detailed his planning of potential attacks. He asked the FBI agent “to find a person to construct an IED that he said could cause 50 casualties,” according to the indictment.According to court documents, Domingo purchased 3-inch nails to use as shrapnel in the improvised explosive device that he intended to make.“Domingo said he specifically bought three inch nails because they would be long enough to penetrate the human body and puncture internal organs,” the compliant says.The indictment cited Domingo saying the United States needs “another vegas,” in reference to the October 2017 mass shooting where 58 people were killed by a lone gunman at a country music festival.Domingo also, according to the affidavit expressed support for the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.“This is why I like- I like al-Baghdadi, yeah cuz he took the direct stance…victory or martyrdom,” he said.Domingo also pointed out various police cars, churches and a National Guard Armory that were possible target locations, the indictment says.In discussing the possible fallout from his planned attack, Domingo cited the Boston Marathon bombings and said that he hoped his attack would parallel the chaos that gripped the city in the days after.“Remeber the Tsarnaev brothers, the Boston bombers, it stirred up a hornets nest…I we do this, LA is going to be locked down,” he said.If convicted on charges of providing and attempting to provide material support to terrorists, Domingo could face a maximum sentence of 15 years in federal prison.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Memorial Day Parade

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Police Warn of Door-to-Door Salesman Peddling Frozen Food

first_imgThe Ocean City Police Department is asking residents to be wary of a door-to-door salesman using intimidation tactics to sell frozen seafood products.“The salesman usually targets elderly persons who are home alone and can be easily intimidated by the high-pressure sales technique,” Capt. Steve Ang said in a news release. “Many times the resident will commit a large sum of money as a downpayment for products to be delivered at a later date. This involves the resident committing to a long-term contract and future financial obligations.”Ang said that while some food products have been delivered, none has been delivered to a customer’s satisfaction, and police have been unable to locate a legitimate food company in Ocean City operating under the name “Anchor’s Away.”A vehicle driven by the salesman is a white pickup truck or SUV with no identifying marks. The salesman identifies his company as Anchor’s Away.Ang said police have found unfavorable reviews for Anchor’s Away in Internet searches, but they have been unable to find where the products are manufactured or if they meet federal and state food safety guidelines.A local ordinance requires companies to be authorized by the City Clerk’s Office to solicit door-to-door (usually limited to charitable organizations) and to have an Ocean City mercantile license.Police suggest residents ask for a valid photo identification from anybody who approaches a home representing a company. And they ask residents to call police at 609-399-9111 with any suspicions or doubts.last_img read more

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Model behaviour

first_imgIf further evidence were needed of the fashionable status of cake, so-cutting-edge-it’s-obsolete-by-the-time-you-read-it AnOther Magazine will be celebrating its 10th birthday by commissioning 10 of the world’s best designers to work with cake makers to create the “ultimate birthday cakes”.The likes of Christian Louboutin, Philip Treacy and Vivienne Westwood have signed up for the ’Eat the Designers’ event, with the cakes to be on show at Selfridges Concept Store in London, 17-22 February.”We want this project to inspire our readers and the public with the insane possibilities of what can be achieved at the highest level in bringing fashion and food together,” said improbably named editor Jefferson Hack.last_img read more

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Economic impact off NCAA tourney expected to provide relief to COVID shaken Indiana economy

first_img By Jon Zimney – January 6, 2021 0 240 Pinterest Economic impact off NCAA tourney expected to provide relief to COVID shaken Indiana economy By Batistaya (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons The economic benefit of having the entire NCAA men’s basketball tournament in Indianapolis will likely be positive for a city that has had its downtown business environment affected by the pandemic and riots.“The expectation is there will be the creation of a bubble, kind of like what the NBA did in Orlando,” said Gerry Dick, with Inside Indiana Business, talking to WIBC’s Tony Katz. “All of the hotels and restaurants and other things in downtown Indianapolis are connected.”Dick said those characteristics make Indianapolis uniquely qualified to host the games.He said that there are still many unanswered questions about the tournament and logistics of hosting it in the Circle City.Dick also addressed how businesses might fare across the state in 2021. Even though it’s a new year, many of the same problems persist.“I think there is a level, and I hate to use this because it’s overused, of cautious optimism,” he said. “Businesses are looking at the first half of this year probably as being very challenging and maybe a very slow recovery. In the second half of 2021, perhaps into 2022, things begin to get markedly better.”Dick said some of what happens depends of how effective the vaccine is at slowing the pandemic.“Consumer confidence: are consumers gonna spend money and buy things? Are they gonna go out to eat at levels like they did before?” Facebook Twitter Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Previous articleLaGrange County once again a “hippie-friendly” communityNext articleFormer ND player and coach charged with battery and voyeurism Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more