Prizewinning underwater photos will make you want to learn to dive

first_img Paddle through 16 breathtaking and prize-winning underwater photos Tags Share your voice Post a comment 0 16 Photos Sci-Tech “This year’s outstanding underwater images in the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition continue to raise the bar for underwater photographers,” said Scott Gietler, owner of Bluewater Photo and Travel and publisher of Underwater Photography Guide. “Myself and the other three judges were honored to be viewing such amazing results of the dedication and drive of the human spirit.”More than $80,000 in prizes were awarded in 16 categories in the contest’s seventh year. Our gallery above displays the first-place winners from each category.The Best of Show image, taken by British-born photographer Duncan Murrell, shows three giant devil rays performing a graceful ballet. Other photographs include a clown fish caring for its eggs, a friendly seal, and a giant ray investigating an underwater diver. Not all of the shots are peaceful, however. In one, a crab devours a molted fellow crab, with a hungry gaze and no mercy. No one said underwater life was easy.CNET Magazine: Check out a sample of the stories in CNET’s newsstand edition.Netpicks: What’s on your favorite video streaming sites around the web. Some of us can barely take respectable photographs on land, never mind trying to do it well below the ocean’s surface. That’s why these just-announced winning images from the 2018 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition, organized by the Underwater Photography Guide, made such a splash.last_img read more

At least 2123 killed in road accidents in 4 months

first_imgRoad Accident logoAt least 2,123 people were killed and 5,558 others were injured in 1,871 road accidents across the country in the first four months of the year, says a report by the Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity ( Bangladesh  passengers’ welfare association)The organisation disclosed the report on Monday.Officials said that they prepared the report after monitoring local, regional and online newspapers and television channels, news agency UNB reports.It also said that the number of road accidents in the country has increased by 1.06 per cent than the previous year while the number of dead and injured ones increased by 1.44 per cent and 8.31 per cent respectively.In 2017 during the correspondent period, at least 1,979 people were killed and 4,727 others were injured in 1,765 road accidents across the country of, the report mentioned.The association recommended for taking steps to reduce the casualties and damages on emergency basis after identifying the road accidents as a national problem.It also suggested that  the transport owners, workers, passengers and government should take initiative in a coordinated way to prevent unfit vehicles from plying on the roads.The platform also urged the government to refrain the owners from giving vehicles to the drivers on daily lease basis.last_img read more

Swechchhasebak League leader knifed to death

first_imgThe president of a local unit of Swechchhasebak League was stabbed to death allegedly by rivals in Kolagaon Tek area of Chattogram’s Patiya upazila on Monday night, reports UNB.The deceased was Jamal Uddin Akbar, 35, son of late Yasin Miah, president of Kalagaon union Swechchhasebak League. There had been a long standing dispute between Awami League and its different factions over establishing supremacy in the area, said Md Shafiq, in-charge of Patiya Kalarpool police outpost.Locals said Akbar’s younger brother locked into an altercation with Secchasebok League leader Shahinur in the area around 9:00pm.Over the issue, Shahinur along with his supporters gathered in the area and swooped on Akbar and stabbed him, leaving him critically injured.Being rescued by locals, the victim was taken to Chittagong Medical College Hospital where physicians declared him dead around 10:00pm.Two years ago, general secretary Bahadur of union Swechchhasebak League was also stabbed to death by some miscreants, alleged the locals.Recently, the accused murderers of Bahadur were released from jail on bail.last_img read more

TIF Funding Debated at Baltimore City Council Meeting

first_imgMap of Baltimore TIF Projects. (Image Courtesy Baltimore Development Corporation)More than 100 protesters and concerned citizens swarmed City Hall to express their concerns about the city’s TIF (Tax Increment Financing) Program during a Baltimore City Council hearing on May 19.The evening hearing was hosted by Councilman Carl Stokes (D-District 12), chair of the Taxation, Finance and Economic Development Committee. He was joined by City Council Chairman Bernard C. “Jack” Young and Council members Bill Henry, Warren Branch, Ed Resinger and Mary Pat Clark for what Stokes called an informational hearing to review TIF legislation and how it is being used in Baltimore.A TIF is created when a government entity borrows money to finance private development that is viewed as beneficial to the community. The collateral for the borrowed money is the projected tax receipts of the property that is being developed.Stokes called the hearing in advance of the Council’s review of the controversial Port Covington redevelopment proposal, recently approved by the City’s Baltimore Development Corp. If approved by the City Council, TIF funding will be used to help pay for roads, parks, sewers and other infrastructure for the mixed use development in South Baltimore. The Port Covington proposal is one part of a $6.5 billion development plan by Sagamore Development, a real estate company owned by Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank.Baltimore’s Deputy Finance Director Steve Kraus and Baltimore Development Corp. President and CEO William Cole IV presented an overview of Baltimore’s 14 current TIF development districts ranging from Mondawmin Mall in Council District 7 to Harbor Point in District 1.  Kraus argued TIF projects attract business and bring in tax revenue.But TIF opponents argued that TIF’s promote discrimination and continue a legacy of redlining in Black and disadvantaged communities based on how they have been implemented so far in Baltimore.“The city and Kevin Plank don’t care about low-income people and senior citizens. We are disposable people who are considered worthless.  I am here because we need affordable living rent housing and a living wage, right now,” argued Lee Patterson from the People’s Power Assembly, a community activist organization.Critics of Baltimore’s TIF program and City Council members agree that the number of affordable housing units built so far by TIF developers has not met expectations.“I think that’s 34 units of affordable housing in seven years?” said Councilman Bill Henry, asking for clarification on the moderate-income housing developed through the city’s current TIF development districts.“What’s really missing from the TIF formula is a robust plan not just for affordable housing but fair housing,” said Lawrence Brown, assistant professor in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University, who testified before the City Council committee on behalf of the Baltimore Redevelopment Action Coalition for Empowerment (BRACE).  “Port Covington would intensify segregation. With all the luxury homes that would be built and the high income status that you have to have to buy these homes, the project would invariable become a disproportional White neighborhood that would intensify segregation.”Brown added, “Right now, most of our public housing residents are living in disinvested, redlined Black communities. They are living in rat-infested, redlined homes. We could be using bonds to fix our infrastructure or get rid of lead; we could be using our bonds to ensure fair and affordable housing.  We just had an uprising last year. Many of these issues have been lingering for decades.”Paul Graziano, commissioner of the Baltimore Department of Housing and Community Development, has exempted TIF projects from the Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance, which requires 20 percent of new housing developments be set aside for affordable housing.Rev. Andrew Connors, senior pastor of Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church and member of the BUILD Coalition (Baltimore United In Leadership Development) called for the city to develop a profit-sharing formula for revenue developed from TIF projects.“I understand the heart of this question,” responded Jeff Wilke, assistant director for bond financing at the Maryland Economic Development Corp., the state’s bond financing agency.  He added, “The best driver to make sure TIF’s are used appropriately is local policy, something that can be viewed by the general public so that all are on the same page.”Stokes said the date for consideration of the Port Covington TIF would be announced at the next City Council meeting, which is scheduled for June 1.last_img read more

Royal Lahaina Resort will fill your clients with that Maui love

first_imgRoyal Lahaina Resort will fill your clients with that Maui love << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Hawaii Candice Abraham There is so much right with Kaanapali Beach on Maui that once your clients visit it may be hard for them to imagine vacationing anywhere else. There are a fair number of Canadian travellers who know this already, as they make the trip to Kaanapali’s shores year after year.One of the oldest known hotels on Kaanapali Beach is the Royal Lahaina Resort. Its location is so ideal, it’s reason enough to suggest the property to first-time Kaanapali travellers or repeat visitors. But it’s Royal Lahaina Resort’s warm, Hawaiian ambience that will fill their hearts with Maui love.The Royal Lahaina Resort offers a variety of room categories to fit a plethora of budgets, from standard hotel rooms in their Lahaina Kai Tower, to Cottage rooms and suites. Earlier this year my family took time at the Royal Lahaina resort. We arrived to walk into our Oceanfront Lanai Suite (located in the Lahaina Kai Tower) to panoramic views of the Pacific wrapping around our living area and bedroom. This combined with the Hawaiian style décor got my family and I in the Maui vibe in an instant.We visited the resort during whale watching season, so of course, to top off the stellar views from our double lanai were mother and calf humpback whales breeching and playing together in the ocean (no joke). It was one of those vacation moments when you ask yourself if this is actually for real — a Maui experience that money can’t buy.This wasn’t the only memorable experience we had at Royal Lahaina Resort. We spent a lazy afternoon going from beach to Royal Lahaina’s main pool and back again. The sun was beginning to set and the resort’s musician sang acoustic slow jams while we enjoyed a snack and a few beverages by the pool, the ocean waves crashing in the background. There were many families soaking this experience up just as much as we were, happy guests all around, including a large extended family sitting together at a table outside their oceanfront cottage, laughing over a game of cards as the music played on.It was around that time I heard another group of guests talking about how they could hear humpbacks singing just by putting their ears in the ocean along Royal Lahaina’s stretch of beach. My husband and I had to see (or hear) this for ourselves, so we took turns getting into the water, lying our heads back so just our ears dipped under the sea and sure enough, a chorus of humpbacks on an afternoon serenade.It was another vacation moment that won’t be forgotten, but even if it wasn’t the height of whale watching season on Maui, the laid-back atmosphere at Royal Lahaina Resort had already filled us up with memories.It’s no surprise that Royal Lahaina Resort is the kind of property that doesn’t charge its guests a resort fee. It adds that home-away-from-home comfort to a resort that already feels like one. Royal Lahaina Resort also offers free in-room WiFi and promos that include 30% off Special Partial Ocean View rooms with six night minimum stays (rates from $185/night).Agents interested in visiting the Royal Lahaina Resort can also take advantage of a 30% discount on available retail rates at the property, a good idea if you’d like to sell more of it.And for agents selling the Royal Lahaina Resort, for every two bookings of three nights or more, they will receive a free night (no maximum). With a minimum of four bookings of three nights or more, agents can also earn daily buffet for two on top of free room nights. And with a minimum of six bookings of three nights or more agents will also earn two tickets to the Royal Lahaina Resort’s famous luau – The Myths of Maui Luau –which is a must-see experience in and of itself. For more information visit Monday, September 12, 2016 Posted by Sharelast_img read more