Airborne in Airlie Beach

View from the Back

Facing a long drive to our next stop in Airlie Beach, we left early and breakfasted en route. As we drove away from Rockhampton, we saw fewer cattle but more and more tropical crops. There wasn’t much traffic on the road and we made good time, arriving in Airlie just after lunch at our home for the next four nights, a resort perched on a steep hill overlooking the beach. Again, we had a spacious one-bedroomed apartment, with balcony, spa bath – what is it with Aussies and spa baths? – and a well-equipped kitchen.

We dumped our luggage and headed out for a fishy lunch – what else? Airlie itself isn’t particularly large but it has a lively esplanade with plenty of shops and restaurants and an onshore beach and swimming pool. But we weren’t in Airlie to enjoy its beach, we were here because it’s an ideal jumping…

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NYC To Close Notorious Rikers Island Jail

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF CNN)

 

New York City Council votes to close notorious Rikers Island jail

New York (CNN)The New York City Council voted overwhelmingly to close Rikers Island jail Thursday and open four new borough-based facilities instead.

“Today is a day that the history books will look back on as a good day for New York City,” Council Speaker Corey Johnson said. “This is a step forward, this is progress, this is the right thing to do.”
The jail, which is on an island in the East River, has become a symbol of the ills of pretrial detention, most famously in the case of Kalief Browder. Browder took his own life after spending three years incarcerated at Rikers Island without being convicted of a crime.
The jail is also notorious for its violence and poor conditions. The US attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York reached a settlement with the city in 2015 after a multi-year investigation found adolescent inmates were not protected from “the rampant use of unnecessary and excessive force by New York City Department of Correction staff and violence inflicted by other inmates.”
The balcony in the city council chamber was cleared prior to the vote after protesters chanted, “No new jails.”
The majority leader claimed that something had been thrown from the balcony, noting “throwing things from the balcony compromises the safety of every member of this body.”
A protester responded “your safety is not in jeopardy, the safety of young black and brown people is in jeopardy.”
“The era of mass incarceration is over. It’s over,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a press conference after the vote.
“This is about valuing our people, no longer condemning people and sending them on a pathway that only made their lives worse and worse.”
According to de Blasio, New York’s jail population has declined by nearly half in the last six years. The jail population has declined from 11,000 in 2014 to about 7,000 today, and is projected to be approximately 3,300 by 2026, de Blasio added in a press release.

MAPS: ITALY❤️ — IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE

Hi friends! I dedicate this amazingly lovely video to our WP friends who love Italy! VIVA ITALIA!!! This is a special Metro Channel series written and produced by my very own dear friend, Jennie Celdran (or Jennie-Love to me)! Enjoy MY ITALY WITH MARGARITA!!!

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Rome-Italy — Travelling around the world

I love Rome, here you have some photos of the Piazza Spagna, in Rome the weather is very changing, could be very sunny in the morning and in the afternoon is raining.

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MAPS: ITALY❤️ — IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE

Hi friends! I dedicate this amazingly lovely video to our WP friends who love Italy! VIVA ITALIA!!! This is a special Metro Channel series written and produced by my very own dear friend, Jennie Celdran (or Jennie-Love to me)! Enjoy MY ITALY WITH MARGARITA!!!

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Exploring the Roman Forum in Rome, Italy — Living The Q Life

Located adjacent to the Colosseum in Rome, Italy are the ruins of the Roman Forum. As with many other ancient ruins, when walking the grounds of the Roman Forum, one can’t help but imagine all of the individuals who influenced the history of the world walking those same steps. There are so many historic ruins that […]

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Italy, we meet again — Passport Overused

After a long flight, I was back in the country of pizza and pasta. Home to one of the most influential civilizations in world history. Italy, I could not wait to see you again. Now, I had the chance to explore what I missed. Constantly reminded how beautiful this country is. The hills bring back […]

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Discovering our world: Venice, Italy — Popsicle Society

Hello my dear readers, Have you ever been to Italy? If yes, I guess you did not miss Venice 🙂 and if not yet, remember that Venice is a must see city, at least once in a lifetime! For me there’s no other city in the world like it! Visiting Venice is truly an experience […]

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The Last Time

Be Still My Wandering Heart

You’re a fool if you thought I would wait.

It’s the last time I’ll let you be late.

I’ve licked the gin from my lips,

Brushed my skirt down my hips,

And now you will see how I hate.

That finger of yours must be sore,

But it won’t swipe right anymore.

It’s just after two,

And I’m coming for you,

Cock your ear for my knock at the door.

Knock-knock, and now I am in.

Your cat glares up from its tin.

Don’t stare so that way,

You know what they say,

Revenge is never a sin.

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The psychology of angry workplace staff: it’s like an old school tennis match

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When you walk the streets of New York you should avoid eye contact with all people. Avoid eye contact with the crazies, the self-talkers, and even the handsome model types for those will turn on you faster than women can line up for a Prada sample sale or they can rush into a Filene’s Basement running of the brides sale. There are a lot of angry people walking the streets of New York. Mind you it is not that there are more angry people in New York. Did you see the study that said the happiest tweets come from Times Square in New York City? I am absolutely convinced that there are angrier populations throughout the United States such as Longview, Texas or Rockford, Illinois.  Even our politicians pay heed to the anger. Congressman, Bernie Sanders made headline news last year, when he stated that the American people are…

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