Find a LaidBack Retreat for a Surfing Adventure in the Heart of

first_img Noah Surf House Noah Surf HousePortugal’s stunning coast is Europe’s summertime playground. While the rest of the world is just now catching on to all it has to offer, surfers have known for decades that to catch the most extreme waves, you have to head to this tiny coastal country.Those in the know head to Centro, the central coast of Portugal located just north of the capital of Lisbon. It offers up a whopping 17 locations, each with a different type of surf and able to accommodate everyone from beginners to pros.Intrigued enough to want to book a trip? There’s a strong surfing culture throughout Portugal’s coastal communities, with endless surf shacks available to host those seeking out the thrill of riding some of the world’s biggest waves. At the very southern corner of the Centro area in the municipality of Torres Vedras is one of the coolest surf “shack” hotels we’ve seen. Noah Surf House is the ideal spot to set up base camp for your next surfing adventure. Noah Surf House Noah Surf House Rob Lowe’s Montecito Millon-Dollar Manse Hits the Market Noah Surf House Noah Surf House Editors’ Recommendations Noah Surf House Next 1 of 10 Noah Surf House Noah Surf House Escape to the Pacific Northwest at Hoh Rainforest Caravan Cabins Noah Surf House Noah Surf House Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms Perfectly situated for easy access to multiple beaches, Noah Surf House offers a variety of room options, each styled with that laid back beach vibe surfers love so much. Along with rooms attached to the main hotel, there are bungalows that can be rented out, each situated to take in views of the water.The distinctly styled spaces are comfortable, masculine, and low key. With concrete and raw plank wood floors, wall partitions made from rope, and chicken wire for closet doors, the materials are decidedly no frills. Many rooms have bunk beds with reclaimed finishing nets as the safety rail. The bungalows feature reclaimed wood as the exterior cladding and the shelving inside for storing your belongings. Yet there is also a touch of luxury sprinkled throughout with lush white bedding and spa-like, glass-enclosed showers. It’s a careful balance between cozy, comfortable hotel accommodations and the bare basics surfers look for in a beach shack. And of course, no matter which room you choose, Noah Surf House provides plenty of space to store your surfboards.Portugal is one of the greenest countries in Europe, so it’s no surprise that Noah Surf House was built with sustainability in mind. The bungalows were built on pillars to disturb as little of the terrain as possible and the roofs are covered in sand and local vegetation. There’s no air conditioning in any of the rooms. Instead, they rely on cooling coastal breezes in the summer while employing an aerothermal system to heat the floors, keeping rooms warm in the winter. Their impressive infinity pool is heated by the sun, they have a garden where they grow much of their own food, and you can even help collect eggs from their chicken coup. Every aspect of Noah Surf House is focused on a sustainable lifestyle and giving back to Mother Nature as a thank you for the amazing waves she provides. This Belgian-Monastery-Turned-Hotel Has Us Craving a Trip to Antwerp Previous A Pop-Up Hotel Is Coming to the North Pole in 2020last_img read more

Gas prices spike

We’re still a couple days away from the Easter long weekend, but drivers’ wallets are already getting drained at the pumps. Gas prices are at near record highs in southern Ontario, and some analysts say by the end of the month we could be paying the highest prices yet. Melissa Raftis has driver reaction.

World grossly illprepared to douse wildfire sparked by Ebola West African leaders

In his remarks, Foreign Minister Samaur W. Kamara of Sierra Leone, said the Ebola outbreak in West Africa “is the very first example of a world challenged by globally weak infrastructure and human capital public health and surveillance systems for dealing with faster occurrences of animal to human, and human to human transmissions of highly contagious diseases,” all made possible by quicker transportation, increasing urbanization and dense networks of people moving between rural and urban areas, and across borders.“We have been slow to meet this new challenge because no one recognized this confluence of trends could emerge with such virulence in West Africa,” he said, adding that West Africa’s international partners were slow to recognize the threat for what it was, and when recognition did come, it came with a “spontaneous reaction of fear and panic that led to the closure of borders and imposition of travel restrictions to and from Sierra Leone and our sub-region.”Mr. Kamara said that when the virus hit, Sierra Leone was “doing many things right”; following a devastating decade-long civil war with significant progress in health care and literacy and rebuilding infrastructure. “Based on the knowledge we had, based on the advice we were given by our international partners, we mobilized to meet this unfamiliar threat. But the staff, equipment, medicines and systems we had were inadequate and this slowed our effective response.”While months on, the international community has “finally come around” to see the outbreak as a global challenge, the response must be scaled up and better coordinated. Sierra Leone had taken extraordinary measures, including declaring a state of emergency and shutting down the country for three days to bolster the country’s hard-hit health care system and increase awareness about the signs and symptoms of the disease in all households, the socio-economic disruptions were already being felt.Further, Mr. Kamara said, “our people live in fear and cannot understand the nature of a disease that claims a life and prevents family members from burying their loved ones.” While saluting the decision to launch the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), he said defeating Ebola and other such outbreaks would require improving capacities for quicker response. In Sierra Leone, this would require faster deployment of staff, medicines and equipment at all levels. “This is a fight for all of us and we must prove that humanity will be equal to this new challenge to our collective existence,” he declared, adding that it is “high time this Assembly makes its voice heard on flight bans and cancellations to our countries.”Liberian Foreign Minister Augustie Kpehe Ngafuan warned of the overall consequences of Ebola, beyond its immediate health impact. “It is a total crisis – it is an economic crisis, a social crisis, and a potential political and security crisis. Indeed its deleterious impact has been very wide and very deep,” he said, causing a 3.4 per cent slide in economic growth and a potential 12 per cent economic decline in 2015. Liberian Foreign Minister Augustie Kpehe Ngafuan addresses the general Assembly. UN Photo/Kim Haughton “To douse the wildfire caused by Ebola, we have been left with inadequate resources, time and personnel to attend to other routine illnesses like malaria, typhoid fever and measles, thereby causing many more tangential deaths,” he added.“An increasing number of pregnant women are dying in the process of bringing forth life. In short, our public health system, which totally collapsed during years of conflict and was being gradually rebuilt, has relapsed under the weight of the deadly virus,” he added, referring to the civil war that ended over 10 years ago.“As destructive as the Liberian Civil War was, at least our people knew the warring factions and the frontlines. With Ebola, the enemy is more insidious and there are no clear-cut frontlines because someone’s child, someone’s husband, someone’s workmate could actually be the enemy and the frontline at the same time. This difficult feature of the disease, coupled with a host of other challenges, occasioned its rapid spread.”He thanked the UN and the international community for their help in combating the epidemic, declaring that despite the gloom and worst case scenarios that 1.4 million lives could be lost in the region by January, Liberia is not sinking into defeatism.“Instead, President (Ellen Johnson) Sirleaf and the resilient people of Liberia feel that the Ebola epidemic has presented us with a one-option, multiple-choice test; and that option is to fight back! And we are fighting back.” read more

ABB laser levels keeping a handle on crushing operations

first_imgABB believes it has a solution for monitoring the input and output of crushers, one of the key pieces of equipment in almost any mining operation.Its non-contact laser level products, such as the LM80 and LLT100, provide solutions for accurate control of crusher operations, according to the company.In rock crushing operations, one usually finds a series of rock crushers connected by conveyor belts, with each crushing stage resulting in the rocks getting smaller and smaller.“ABB laser products provide reliable measurements and are unaffected by the continuous vibrations caused by railcars and conveyors. Lasers can deal with the presence of dust while the conveyor is feeding into the bin,” ABB says.“They read crusher levels without being affected by these factors, thus providing inventory measurement or process control without adjustment or maintenance.”These laser level products can do more than simply monitor crusher output; they can also be used to optimise crusher productivity.“Feed control is crucial as crushers must be fed continuously to prevent serious damages to the equipment and to optimise productivity. It is imperative to maintain a ‘choke’ level and to avoid running the crusher empty,” ABB says.“One must drop ‘rock on rock’ and not ‘rock on metal’.”Throughput must also be maximised, hence the plant must quickly react to inconsistent inflows, clogging, or other problems.This is where a rapid and accurate feedback on the material’s level in the crusher can optimise feed control and maintain the required ‘choke’ condition, according to ABB.Industries such as mining will also often use surge bins to help maintain a controlled and/or consistent flow for the crusher. Surge bins are often bigger than needed, but can still be subject to overfilling.“Such overfilling, if not addressed quickly, may block the whole inflow line and spill on the ground below, thus creating manual and labour-intensive clean ups,” ABB said.“Maintaining a proper feedback loop on the surge bin (using level transmitters) is therefore as important as maintaining one on the crusher itself. In addition to impacting productivity, preparing for proper level control can allow for significant initial cost reductions when establishing surge bin requirements.”ABB says the LM80 is an ideal solution for this type of measurement as it can be installed at different stages on the crushing line, whether composed of fixed or mobile crushing units. Each crusher can be of a different type, each design having its particular specifications and limitations. The narrow beam can be easily directed between the crusher mantle and its side wall, with the integral pointer allowing precise aiming of the laser.“The payback associated with using the LM80 is increased production and reduced maintenance expenditures on rebuilding the crusher (due to continual rock damage),” ABB said.The company concludes: “Laser level measurement provides users significant cost reductions, with a return on investment often measured in days or, at most, a few weeks.”last_img read more