Frank Gardner meets paralysed student after diving accident

first_imgUK viewers can watch Being Frank: The Frank Gardner Story on on BBC iPlayer.- Advertisement – The BBC’s security correspondent Frank Gardner was left paralysed 16 years ago after he and his cameraman, Simon Cumbers, were ambushed by al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia. Frank Gardner was shot six times and paralysed; Simon Cumbers was killed. In a new documentary he meets other people who have been paralysed as an adult. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img

The fourth Istrian Wine Run is over – a great concept that connects two passions and experiences and thus gives a great motive for coming to Istria

first_imgAnother great story has been taking place in Istria for three years now – Istria Wine & Walk. Istria Wine & Walk is an excellent tourist product northwestern Istria which takes guests through a walk through the Istrian vineyards where they taste Istrian wines and indigenous cuisine. The concept is simple, and so ingenious. At the start, guests pick up a tasting glass and a map of the trail and go on an 11km long walk through vineyards and nature, and on the way they are met by 9 top Istrian winemakers, 7 local producers and caterers and 7 refreshing stops.Istria Wine & Walk has expanded to the coast of northwestern Istria and has received its sea “extension” and will be held for the first time on 23.9. in the area of ​​Novigrad called Wine & Walk by the Sea. Also, TZ Baranje successfully organized Baranja Wine & Walk in Slavonia according to the same model.Feel free to use this event as a model and a good example of the development of a new tourist product and a quality product, and you can also contact the organizers, I am sure they will meet your good advice.Istrian Wine Run and Istria Wine & Walk and Wine & Walk by the Sea connect two passions and experiences and thus give a great motive for coming to Istria. They combine an authentic gastro and wine story and running as a lifestyle, and everything in a great combination gives a unique experience and experience.Hm… I think out loud, why through Istria Wine & Walk or Run as excellent examples would not connect our islands – Wine Run & Walk Islands? The fourth edition of the most fun athletic race in Croatia, Istrian Wine Runa, gathered competitors from as many as 36 countries around the world in Umag’s Stella Maris.Despite the storm, which was accompanied by strong winds and hail in some places, the determined runners did not allow themselves to be accommodated and ran the attractive route of the race, which passes through the picturesque landscapes of northwestern Istria, to the very end.Slovenian Mujel Janez from AK Radovljica did best in challenging weather conditions, who celebrated in the marathon category ahead of second-placed Vedran Dakić from Torpedo Runners with a time of 03.06. This is the first time that the main prize, the amount of top Istrian wine in the weight of the winner, went beyond the borders of “Lijepa naša”. “At the end of the sports program, due to the relentless rain and strong hurricane wind that carried everything that arrived and thus ruined our bills, unfortunately there was no continuation of the entertainment program. But judging by the positive comments to the competitors, who had a lot of fun at the start of the half marathon and relay in Brtonigla, but also along the route, where they were animated by entertainers at refreshment stations, another unforgettable race is behind usand “, said the representative of the organizers Senad Hodzic.Istrian Wine Run  is a unique athletic race that combines competitive running and tasting of excellent Istrian wines. It is held for the fourth year in a row with the aim of promoting the wine and gastronomic offer of northwestern Istria by providing additional and innovative tourist content. On the attractive route that connects the picturesque Momjan, Brtoniga, Buje and Umag, cheerful runners had the opportunity to taste different wines from as many as 16 renowned Istrian winemakers such as: Cattunar, Coronica, Kabola, Novacco, Vina Prelac, Capo, Ravalica, Sinkovic, Veraldo, Gambaletta , Kozlović, Degrassi, Benčić, Franković, Cuj and Matošević.Istria wine & walklast_img read more

Wege misses point on fossil fuel impact

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion As usual, Russell Wege, an advocate for the fossil fuel industry, spews facts illogically thinking that he’s persuading us that “fossil fuels not solely to blame for climate change [May 13 Op-ed].” He starts off by saying that the climate began to warm 200 years ago, which is absolutely true. And that was because of the start of the Industrial Revolution and the burning of fossil fuels.  Since the Industrial Revolution, the concentration globally has increased by about 40 percent.According to NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the burning of fossil fuels has everything to do with the warming of our climate.Even if Mr. Wege refuses to agree with the leading scientists and institutions of our day, here’s a question for him: Has he been on roads in Albany during rush hour? Where does he think the exhaust fumes go? Has he seen snow in the winter black from fossil fuels dissolving in it and then going down the sewers into our water supply?There’s something that Mr. Wege doesn’t even consider in his call to not lessen our use of fossil fuels: Do future generations not deserve to have some fossil fuels left in the ground? Will future inhabitants of planet Earth be denied from using fossil fuels in, for example, medicines, because they are gone? Our descendants may call the time we are living in the Age of Greed.Christine BishopGuilderlandMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesAlbany County warns of COVID increaselast_img read more

Greater Jakarta braces for ‘local’ exodus ahead of Idul Fitri

first_img“I never go to crowded places. I will also not visit other places before heading to my mother’s house,” she told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.“If something happens to me or my mother, we would know how we became infected.”In Jakarta, the national epicenter of the viral outbreak, which has recorded 6,400 confirmed cases and 500 deaths as of Friday, authorities have ramped up efforts to prevent people from traveling to visit their relatives during Idul Fitri.The central government has officially banned mudik (Idul Fitri exodus) in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19, but people have still felt compelled to test the limits of the ban.Residents of Greater Jakarta insist that mudik lokal – visiting relatives within the agglomeration area of 30 million inhabitants – should still be allowed.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan recently issued an order banning people from entering or leaving Jakarta without prior approval. And while exceptions to the rule seem to apply, he insisted that even local visits were not permitted.“The virus knows no holidays; it doesn’t care if it is Lebaran [Idul Fitri]. Let’s not exacerbate the situation in Greater Jakarta […] and render our efforts over the past two months useless,” Anies said. “Everyone needs to stay at home.”Jakarta Transportation Agency head Syafrin Liputo said that on Friday, the city administration would begin to deploy officers from the Jakarta Transportation Agency, the Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) and the Jakarta Police to 13 checkpoints throughout the city to enforce the regulation.Police officers will also be patrolling the streets for violators.Those who need to travel to and from the capital must be able to produce the necessary permits, which can be downloaded from the website. These include, among other requirements, a reference letter from the applicant’s company or institution and a health clearance letter.“Hopefully, people will obey the rules. We don’t want to be in the PSBB situation forever,” Syafrin said.Jakarta imposed the PSBB on April 10. It has twice extended the restrictions, with the current run ending on June 4.Authorities have observed a low level of compliance among the general public from the outset of the curbs, with packed roads and crowds of more than five persons being seen everywhere.Anies himself acknowledged that people were spending more time outside during the afternoon and evenings during the fasting month of Ramadan, which ultimately leads to a rise in the number of new cases.And yet, people find all sorts of reasons to observe the annual tradition.The call to worship at home is particularly dilemmatic for Jakarta resident Lia Nindya, who plans to visit her father in South Tangerang on the first day of Idul Fitri.“Lebaran seems the right moment for my father to see his granddaughter, three months after her birth. She is his first grandchild,” she told the Post.“I would probably not go if I did not have a baby.”Only recently becoming aware of the restrictions that are in force, Lia said she would not get into an argument with the authorities if she was asked to turn back during the trip to her father’s place.The government, with backing from the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) and a number of clerics, has called on Muslim worshipers to celebrate takbiran (eve of Lebaran) and perform the Idul Fitri prayers at home and through virtual gatherings.“We can do video calls with our relatives. Silaturahmi is judged by the closeness of our hearts and not our physical proximity,” Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi said at a press conference on Thursday.The government has pushed back the Idul Fitri mandatory leave of absence to the end of December this year to prevent people from joining the exodus, during which 18.3 million travelers to and from urban centers across the country were recorded in the seven days before and after last year’s celebrations.However, a good portion of Greater Jakarta residents have already left for their hometowns earlier than usual, owing to the impact that COVID-19 restrictions has had on their livelihoods.Topics : Indonesia faces the risk of even more COVID-19 infections after the Idul Fitri holiday this year, as family gatherings and homecoming journeys make up a large part of the yearly tradition for millions of the country’s Muslims.Many people find it difficult to forego the centuries-old practice of extending silaturahmi (communal bonds) during the holiday, even as the government imposes large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to curb the spread of the deadly disease.The urge is even harder to resist in Greater Jakarta, where the urban sprawl spills across provincial boundaries. Zoraya, who asked not to reveal her family name, currently lives in South Tangerang, Banten, with her husband and in-laws. She is fully aware of the COVID-19 situation, including the government’s call to stay at home.This did not prevent her from visiting her 60-year-old mother in East Jakarta on Thursday, which she felt was the right thing to do before Idul Fitri.The 29-year-old consultant was confident because she had taken all the necessary precautions for coming into contact with the elderly, the most at-risk group for COVID-19.This included buying groceries only at the one particular retailer.last_img read more