Wishing Mega Star Barbra Streisand a Happy Birthday

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreHappy Birthday wishes, and a collective Mazel Tov, to Barbra Streisand, who turns 73 on Friday.The rare EGOT winner – someone who has won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony –  began her week donning a beret at the “Women In The World” summit where she spoke about the importance of being valued.Known as an “unconventional” beauty who refused to alter her image for Hollywood, Babs is a hero to many fans. But she simply calls herself an “actress who sings.”Born Barbara Joan Streisand in Brooklyn in 1942, she got her big break at age 20 in the Broadway show, I Can Get It For You Wholesale, before staring on stage– and screen– in Funny Girl. She is best known as a mega-selling vocalist and for other roles in A Star Is Born and The Way We Were. With the release of Yentl in 1983, Streisand established herself as one of the film industry’s most notable figures by becoming the first woman to write, produce, direct and act in a major film.Streisand posted on Facebook today that she was taken to a pre-birthday dinner by husband James Brolin and friends where she enjoyed all her “childhood comfort foods” at the Ralph Lauren Polo Bar in New York.SHARE the Birthday Wishes Below / Photo Credit: Wikimedia CommonsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Lošinj concluded a record tourist year

first_imgWith more than two million overnight stays in 2016, the return of the famous bronze statue of Apoxyomenos and the opening of the unique Apoxyomenos Museum, Lošinj – a destination of health and vitality, achieving another successful tourist year and ranked among the leading Croatian destinations with the most overnight stays.Thanks to the natural resources, diverse offer, numerous investments, but also the responsibility and creativity of the residents who help raise the quality of the offer and the common vision of the archipelago through daily cooperation, in 2016 Lošinj achieved a total 287.582 arrivals (36.964 domestic, 250.618 foreign) and 2.203.155 nights (289.273 domestic, 1.913.882 foreign) and thus surpassed the previous 2015 s 4% more arrivals i 2% more nights. This winter, Lošinj shone in a new Christmas and New Year environment, while offering a rich program of events full of surprises for islanders and visitors. With many animation, entertainment and sports events, cultural sights, restaurants and unique museum institutions have opened their doors to many visitors. Only in the period from December 23 to January 2 on Lošinj was it realized 2.722 arrivals i 8.849 nights.Traditionally, winter on the island has mostly attracted Austrians (52,7%), Slovenes (14,1%) and Croats (12,1%), Germans (10,9%) and Italians (7,2%), and other guests were in a slightly lower percentage (3%). This winter, guests stayed in hotels (2.253 arrivals, 6.487 overnight stays), but also in private accommodation (169 arrivals, 675 overnight stays) and camps (285 arrivals, 1.361 overnight stays) and other accommodation facilities (15 arrivals, 326 overnight stays). “Extremely satisfied with last year’s results, we are entering 2017 optimistically, with a focus on priority products: cultural and health tourism. Also, activities on the implementation of destination brand management continue, such as continuous coordination, development of new products, education and thematic presentations for renters, but also other activities on the ETIS project, and Total quality management, which in addition to quality management in all segments, contributes to quality the lives of our inhabitants. ” said the president of the Tourist Board of the City of Mali Lošinj, Ana Kučić.Photo: Lošinj, Siniša GulićAlso, based on a 120-year tradition of health tourism, quality destination management and many years of dedicated work and effort, the Island of Vitality is a proud holder of numerous projects and events, but also a winner of world and European awards. Thus, in October, the City of Mali Lošinj was awarded the annual Croatian tourist award for the most successful health tourism destination in the destination category of the year, and the Apoxyomenos on the Island of Vitality project was awarded the Innovation of the Year award. As part of the conference ‘World Green Destinations Day’, Mali Lošinj received the prestigious ‘Top 100 Sustainable Destinations of the World’ certificate in 2016. He is an example of the best practice for quality management in Croatia, and he won the award of the European System of Sustainable Development Indicators (ETIS), ie the award for the breadth and depth of knowledge gained on sustainable tourism practices on the island, in April 2016. “In addition to all the above, new products are being introduced, such as the project for the restoration of the Lošinj camp – Mala barka 2, which was accepted as part of the Mala barka 2 program, ie Interreg Croatia-Slovenia from EU funds for the restoration of historical maritime heritage and cultural labeling project” Kucic concluded.Lošinj is the winner of numerous other international tourism awards based on highly creative quality of work, projects, development programs, tourist presentations and numerous programs that overall contribute to the prosperity, vision and quality of visitors and residents.last_img read more

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Primary school hit hard by burglaries

first_img The ceilings of classrooms ripped out during burglaries. 1 of 2 Heavy rains caused flooding in the classrooms.center_img Heavy rains caused flooding in the classrooms. Burglars preying on a Hanover Park school have caused thousands of rand in damage that could set back teaching.Parkfields Primary School has more than 870 pupils, many of them coming from homes hit hard by poverty and other social ills. In the past three months, it has had five break-ins, and yet police say the school is not in a crime hot spot.According to deputy principal Gail Wyngaard, the first two burglaries took place on Sunday June 21 and Monday June 22. Newly fitted lights were stolen from two classrooms and ceiling boards badly damaged. The intruders cut the locks on the junior and senior boys’ toilets, where they broke the basins and pulled out taps and pipes. The pupils can no longer use the facilities. To add to the school’s misery, strong winds tore the roofs off four classrooms over the stormy July 11 and 12 weekend. Then the burglars struck again on Wednesday July 15, Sunday July 26 and Tuesday August 4. They got in through the classrooms’ wrecked roofs and ceilings and took lights and electrical fittings, teaching and learning aids and stationery, all worth aboutR45 000, excluding the damage.“All burglaries have been reported to Safer Schools as well as SAPS,” Ms Wyngaard said. “Our fear is that these intruders will continue to burgle our school while access through these damaged roofs remains available. Added to this, is the amount of damage these classrooms, as well as the classrooms below them, have been subjected to following the heavy rains of the long weekend of the 8th, 9th and 10th of August.”The prediction of more heavy rains had stalled repairs, she said.“Another serious concern is that these repairs will not be completed in time for us to receive all our learners. Most of our learners are expected to return on the 24th and 31st of August. “We appeal to members of the community to report any trespassers seen on the school grounds after hours. Furthermore, we encourage you to report any persons trying to sell any of the items taken from the school’s premises.”Ward councillor, Antonio van der Rheede said he would speak to the authorities about improving security at the school. He also urged the school’s neighbours to report any suspicious activity.“In an area like Hanover Park, it would be the same few guys breaking in every time so someone should know something. If this is a hot-spot area for break-ins then SAPS should increase their presence in the area. “I will also contact the Newfields neighbourhood watch to keep an eye on the school during their patrols. Most schools in areas like these have a stay-in caretaker to have someone present at school at all times,” he said. Philippi police station spokesman Captain Lance Goliath said they deployed officers according to crime patterns, with more officers going to hot spots in the precinct. The area around the school wasn’t considered a hot spot, he said.“All schools are being visited randomly. We appeal to the public to come forward with information to assist us,” he said. last_img read more

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