The world’s governing football body, FIFA has announced a list of official logos for each of 32 participating teams in the 2018 World Cup having Russia lead with the slogan “Play With an Open Heart”“The votes have been counted. The fans have spoken,” FIFA said in a statement according to Tass“We now have the 32 slogans that captured the hearts, and votes, of the global FIFA Club community!”Fan dies after setting herself on fire protesting Iran’s ban on women spectators Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 A young woman from Iran set, only publicly known as The Blue Girl for the color of her favorite club Esteghlal, has died from her injuries after protesting Iran’s ban on female fans.Before “Play With an Open Heart” was approved in the course of the voting the other two variants in the previous top-three had suggestions of “The Russian Bears Stride to Victory” and “With a Full Heart the Entire Nation is Pursuing the Dream.”“The winning slogans will be displayed on the 32 team buses at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia,” the statement from FIFA said adding that each lucky slogan creator will be awarded a trip to Russia for the world football championship.Reigning World Champions Germany will have the logo saying “Let’s Write History Together, while the 2016 UEFA Euro Cup Champions Portugal may be recognized in Russia during the World Cup under their official logo “The Past Is Glory, The Present Is History”.
While he is satisfied with the players he has in his new squad, Unai Emery is refusing to rule out signing any new recruits ahead of his maiden campaign in charge of ArsenalThe Spaniard has big shoes to fill this season after being chosen to replace Arsene Wenger as the new manager of Arsenal this summer and Emery has wasted no time in making his mark at the Emirates.The 46-year-old has acquired five new players for Arsenal in the current transfer window in the likes of goalkeeper Bernd Leno, defenders Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Stefan Lichtsteiner and midfielders Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi.The Gunners are currently in Singapore ahead of their preseason tour, that will see them face Atletico Madrid on Thursday in their first match of the International Champions Cup (ICC).But, with an opening fixture against Manchester City awaiting them in the Premier League in just over two weeks, Emery is refusing to rule out adding some more talent to his squad.“I am very happy with how the club is working and we are working every day on how we can improve,” he said, as stated on the Independent.“I am with the players and those who have arrived this week, I am very happy with and I said at the last press conference that if there is an opportunity to try to sign one player, then we are looking.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Thursday: @Atleti ?? Saturday: @PSG_inside ??Time to up the intensity ? pic.twitter.com/y1L05JgWXn— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 25, 2018Closing the transfer window on August 9 will mark a change in the Premier League after all the competing clubs voted in favour of it.“For us, the decision to close the transfer market on August 9 is good because we start the Premier League and it is better to close the window when the competition starts.“They haven’t done it in Spain, or Italy or Germany, but for us I think it is good.”
Dutch superstar Arjen Robben is celebrating ten years with the German Bundesliga club and is hungry for titlesArjen Robben is one of the legendary players in Bayern Munich.The Dutch footballer is celebrating ten years with the German Bundesliga club and talked to the club’s official website to talk about his legacy.“I don’t think I expected to be here for so long – but then again, yes. I’m always a realist, and I know the world of football moves fast,” he said.“It could have been very different.”Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It’s not as easy as many people say it is,” Robben said about the club’s chances to win the Bundesliga.“We have to go full throttle to clinch the title. It’ll be another fight this season, but we’re ready. I’m glad it’s starting up again.”??⚽ pic.twitter.com/HRGYYSkpjh— Arjen Robben (@ArjenRobben) October 14, 2016
WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Recreation Department’s Tiny Tots & Kids Club Program ended its final session this summer on Thursday, August 1.Below is a video from staffer Erin Cowden highlighting some of the fun that was had over the past three weeks:——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Highlights From Wilmington’s Tiny Tots/Kids Club ProgramIn “Videos”WILMINGTON RECREATION: Concerts, Trips & Youth Programs Were Huge Hits This SummerIn “Community”VIDEO: Highlights From Wilmington’s Tiny Tots/Kids Club ProgramIn “Videos”
BNPThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Wednesday called for intensifying diplomatic efforts to convince Russia and China to secure their support to resolve the Rohingya crisis, UNB reports from Cox’s Bazar.The main opposition party emphasised support from the two powers so that they do not exercise their veto power against any move by the United Nations Security Council to take a resolution on the Rohingya crisis.”We must continue our diplomatic endeavours to have a solution to Rohingya issue. Our diplomatic efforts will also have to deepen so that China and Russia don’t use their veto power at the UN Security Council,” BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told newsmen after distributing relief materials among Rohingyas at Ukhia.The BNP leader said the government should make its best efforts to persuade all the influential countries to stand by the hapless and persecuted citizens of Myanmar.He said their party wants the government to give shelter to those Myanmar citizens entered Bangladesh in the face of mass killing and persecution in their own country for a temporary period on humanitarian ground.At the same time, Fakhrul said, the government also must take all-out measures to repatriate the displaced Rohingyas promptly ensuring their citizenship and dignity.On behalf of their party chairperson Khaleda Zia, the BNP secretary general also called upon all to stand by the repressed Rohingya with their humanitarian assistance.He said their party has long been demanding army engagement to carry out relief activities in Rohingya camps. “Discipline has been restored in distributing relief here as the government finally entrusted the army with the task.”The BNP leader said the government should increase its healthcare services for Rohingyas further and set up temporary houses for them.He said their party has been providing Rohingyas with humanitarian support since they started entering Bangladesh following persecution in Myanmar.The BNP leader said their party leaders are working for giving humanitarian assistance to the Rohingyas alongside its central relief team.Fakhrul, who went to Cox’s Bazar on Tuesday afternoon, handed over two trucks carrying relief materials of their party to army on Ukhia College ground on Wednesday morning.He later distributed the relief materials, including food, clothes, utensils and medicines, among the Rohingyas.
An indefinite strike enforced by transport owners and workers is underway in the district since Wednesday morning, causing immense suffering to the thousands of passengers.Sylhet Transport Workers’ Union called the strike for indefinite period to press home their two-point demand, disrupting road communications between the district and the rest of the country.The two-point demand includes immediate arrest of those who assaulted the transport workers and hotel workers, and the recovery of illegal arms.Bus services to and from Sylhet came to a halt and ticket counters remained closed since Tuesday night.While visiting, a small number of vehicles were seen plying city thoroughfares due to the transport strike.Sylhet Metropolitan Police ADC (Media) Jedan Al Musa said the transport strike is underway in the city peacefully. No untoward incident was reported yet.Earlier on Tuesday, Sylhet Transport Workers’ Union president Selim Ahmed Falik made announcement of indefinite strike following the attack on transport workers allegedly by a group of Jubo League leaders at Tajmahal Hotel.Falik alleged the leaders and activists of local unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Jubo League for carrying out the attack on the transport workers twice earlier.
This combination of file pictures created on 26 October, 2018 shows jailed Catalan separatist leaders (TOP L-R) Raul Romeva, Joaquim Forn, Jordi Turull, Oriol Junqueras, Josep Rull (BOTTOM L-R) Jordi Cuixart, Carme Forcadell, Dolors Bassa and Jordi Sanchez. Photo: AFPWith vigils and concerts outside prisons, Catalan independence supporters for months have shown their backing for 12 separatist leaders who go on trial on Tuesday over their bid to break the region away from Spain.Now that the highly anticipated trial is finally about to get underway at Spain’s Supreme Court in Madrid, they have vowed to step up their protests in another show of solidarity.While just 12 leaders will sit in the dock over their role in the failed 2017 independence bid, many Catalan separatists feel they are also being put on trial for having taken part in a banned referendum held on 1 October that year.”I’m a lifelong separatist and I voted on 1 October, it’s as if I was being tried,” said retired teacher Eugenia Fernandez at a recent vigil held for the detained Catalan leaders at the picturesque Plaza de la Vila de Gracia square in Barcelona.”We’re here because of the huge injustice that our government is in jail or exile for doing what we asked them to do — fight to set up a Catalan republic,” the 67-year-old said.The vigil Fernandez took part in has been held every Monday evening for the past 15 months at the square in Gracia, a bohemian district of the Catalan capital which is also its most pro-separatist.People held up large black and white images of the Catalan leaders, as well of those who fled abroad after the failed independence bid, along with the word “freedom” in Catalan and English.Only the chime of a clock on top of an imposing 19th century tower in the centre of the square broke the silence.Nine of the leaders have been charged with rebellion, with some also accused of misuse of public funds. They have all been in pre-trial detention for months, some of them for more than a year.Unifying cause “This is a reaction against the brutality of this trial, which is not against a few people but is instead against Catalan political feeling,” said award-winning Catalan writer Ramon Solsona, who read some poems at the vigil.Similar events have been held across the northeastern region, where the leaders have obtained near-martyr status among many separatists who see them as “political prisoners”.The 12 defendants face prison sentences of between seven and 25 years if convicted, with former Catalan vice president Oriol Junqueras at risk of the longest sentence.Catalonia’s president at the time of the secession bid, Carles Puigdemont, is not among those on trial since he fled to Belgium where he regularly receives visits from top Catalan separatists.With Catalan separatist parties divided over strategy — some calling for more civil disobedience while others favour dialogue with Spain’s central government — the cause of the jailed Catalan leaders helps keep them united.Judging all of usPolls show the region remains split over the issue of independence, and separatist protests — which in the past drew over a million people — appear to have lost strength.Pro-independence groups have responded by holding smaller events to show support for the detained separatist leaders.The defendants were moved from prisons in Madrid to jails in Catalonia shortly after Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez came to power in June in what was seen as a goodwill gesture.Since then separatists have gathered regularly outside of the Catalan jails where they were being held, holding concerts, camping outside overnight and forming human pyramids, called “castells”, a Catalan tradition.Separatist parties and associations have vowed to stage a wave of protests during the trial, starting with demonstrations on 12 and 16 February in Barcelona, followed by a general strike across Catalonia on 21 February. A major protest is scheduled in Madrid on 16 March.Protests are also planned outside of Spain, in Berlin, Paris, Brussels and London.”In the end, they are judging all of us. They are judging an entire people and its right to self-determination,” Catalan president Quim Torra said last month at an event with relatives of the jailed leaders.
In 2011, comedy/variety writers for The Onion’s satirical television news show, “Onion News Network,” joined the WGA East. The show aired for two seasons on IFC.The WGA East has been active in organizing digital news sites for the past three years and now reps about 1,000 members in that area, including Vice, HuffPost, the Intercept, Gizmodo Media Group (Splinter, Gizmodo, Jezebel, Deadspin, the Root, Lifehacker, Kotaku, io9, Jalopnik, Earther), ThinkProgress, MTV News, Thrillist, and Salon. In January, Vox Media agreed to recognize the guild as the collective bargaining representative of approximately 400 employees.Lowell Peterson, executive director of the WGA East, said, “We welcome the editorial and production employees at Onion, Inc. to the movement for collective bargaining in digital media. Working together, we can build power and make concrete gains in the workplace as we have at GMG and across the digital media landscape.”The Onion Inc. Organizing Committee issued a statement saying, “Onion Inc. is unionizing with the Writers Guild of America, East. By organizing, we intend to protect the culture and values that make Onion Inc. a singularly great place to work and establish a formal means by which the employees have a collective and meaningful voice in our workplace. We’ve seen the positive effects of unions across digital media newsrooms, especially at our Gizmodo Media Group sister sites, and believe Onion Inc. will similarly benefit.”“As we continue to work with Univision and Fusion Media Group, we are unionizing to establish transparency and open communication around the high-level decisions being made that affect Onion Inc.,” the statement continued. “A union will ensure that Onion Inc. remains a place that attracts and retains talented people, upholds opportunities for professional growth, and continues to be the most widely read, most lucrative, and most respected media company that has ever existed in the history of the written word.” Popular on Variety The editorial and video staffs at the Onion, A.V. Club and Clickhole have unionized with the Writers Guild of America East.The guild announced Thursday that “an overwhelming majority” of the staff, comprised of about 100 employees, have signed union cards and called on management to voluntarily recognize the WGA East as the collective bargaining representative.Onion Inc., which operates the satirical sites the Onion and Clickhole and the cultural site, is part of the Fusion Media Group. The WGA East currently represents editorial and video staffs at the Fusion owned Gizmodo Media Group, which includes sites Splinter News, the Root, Lifehacker, Gizmodo, Jezebel, Deadspin, Kotaku, io9, Jalopnik and Earther.“We are dedicated to providing an environment where all our employees can thrive and we respect their right to unionize,” a spokesperson for the Onion Inc. said. “We have begun having discussions with the WGAE about the path forward and hope to arrive at an arrangement in short order.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Kolkata: In a tragic incident, a promising cricketer was killed by lightening in the city while two separate road accidents claimed two lives and injured seven others in the districts.Debabrata Pal (21), a resident of Hooghly’s Srerampur was returning home after practicing cricket on Vivekananda Park ground at around 1.40 pm when the accident took place. According to local sources, the victim stopped his practice after it started raining. When he was walking along the lane, lightning struck him. He was later taken to a nearby hospital where doctors pronounced him brought dead. The victim used to play cricket for Calcutta Cricket Academy. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsRoad accident claimed lives of two children who were returning home on a bicycle along with their parents. The deceased have been identified as Ganesh and Riya Bhunia. Their parents have also received injuries. It took place at Radhanagar village under Bishnupur police station in Bankura on Saturday night when a speeding truck hit the bicycle. The driver of the truck fled the spot leaving the vehicle at the spot. Locals took the injured victims to Radhanagar Gramin hospital where the children were declared brought dead while their parents are undergoing treatment in the hospital. Police seized the truck and are conducting raids to nab the driver. In another accident, five persons were injured when the car they were travelling in overturned on National Highway 6 near Manasatala at Uluberai. According to police, there were three youth and a woman in the car.
Delhiites witnessed a beautiful selection of artworks at the Sheraton, Saket recently. During a glittering inauguration, art lovers, celebrities, art collectors assembled together to appreciate the works of art on display. Celebrities like Shilpa Raina Wahal fashion designer, Preeti Vohra model, Bandana Singh of Group 4 securities, Aruna Sethi Chairperson of Luxury Committee, Indo American Chamber Of Commerce, Delhi Chapter, Vijay Chowdhary of luxury farm developers and several others were present at the event. In the words of artist Sweta Jha who is based in Singapore, “Painting is my passion. I started drawing in my childhood. Eventually this hobby became an essential part of my life. As I grew up, I became busy with regular academics, but I never neglected my artistic skills. I used to sharpen my painting skills constantly. I turned my passion into my career because I realised that one can achieve better results and success in the field of their passion. Now my main focus is on Madhubani and Mithala style of paintings. Being based in Singapore, I have successfully promoted these paintings there and have been overjoyed with the response. Now I have the opportunity of showcasing my works here in India.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfArtist Sushma Rishi from Delhi has taken an affinity towards painting modern contemporary art with a social objective motive wherein she depicts a general feeling of community well being with women and nature. Use of bright vibrant colors is visible in abundance in most of her paintings since she staunchly believes that we all need that splash of vivaciousness in our lives through passionate hues. Deepali Mundra from Indore paints calm and serene works which depicts the meditative mind and the emotions we go through when one is in a state of meditation. As per the words of art curator and organiser Vikram Sethi, “This show depicts divine forms of art which make one realise how important spirituality and meditation is in our lives.”
Police search for missing woman Punter found hiding in bushes One lane remains closed on the A500 – after a diesel spillage shut the carriageway in one direction for more than eight hours. Traffic data company Inrix reports the lane is closed on the northbound carriageway of the D-Road (Queensway) at the junction with the A52 City Road/Whieldon Road, near Stoke and Fenton. A lorry suffered a tyre blowout which damaged the fuel tank, leading to diesel spilling across the road. Inrix reports the lane closure will be in place into the evening as the road needs to be resurfaced after the spillage is cleared. The accident was first reported at around 4.30am today (Thursday, May 9) – with Inrix confirming the northbound carriageway was completely shut at around 5.40am. At around 1.45pm Highways England confirmed lane two had reopened. A spokesman said: “Lane two is now running passed the scene , A500 Northbound within the A52/A5007 Whieldon Road Junction. Lane one remains closed due to the road surface needing resurfacing which will be completed tonight.” Traffic England are currently reporting that they expect the incident to clear between 6pm and 6.15pm. A diversion was in place via and the entry and exit slip roads. We’ll bring you live updates as we get them on the feed below. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play. Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram.18:05Accident on D-RoadA500 D Road partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident at A34 Stone Road (Hanford Interchange). On the roundabout. 16:29Take care in the wet weather!Travelling home soon? Still some heavy #Showers knocking around southern areas, and further #Rain to come across central and northern parts. Expect standing water and spray on the roads pic.twitter.com/fn1XVVQbUI— Met Office (@metoffice) May 9, 201916:18Inrix reporting the closure will remain into the eveningA spokesman said: Lane closure will remain in place as resurfacing works will take place tonight. Diversion – via exit and entry slips.”13:44Latest: One lane reopensHighways England said:Lane 2 is now running passed the scene , A500 Northbound within the A52/A5007 Whieldon Road Junction. Lane 1 remains closed due to the road surface needing resurfacing which will be completed tonight. “13:12Road could be closed until 6pm, according to latest estimatesTraffic England are currently reporting that they expect the incident to clear between 6pm and 6.15pm.12:54Latest photos from the scene (Image: Highways England)11:42A Highways England spokesman said:Closure is still in place as the carriageway is being cleaned from a diesel spill from the traffic collision, A500 Northbound within the A52/A5007 Whieldon Road Junction. Diversion via crossing over Whieldon Road & City road to re-join A500 Northbound. “11:05Traffic England now saying 3.30pmTraffic England are now saying it could be 3.30pm before traffic returns to normal.10:38Carriageway remains closedMain carriageway closed and queueing traffic due to emergency repairs on A500 D Road Northbound at A52 City Road (City Road Interchange). Congestion to Congestion to after the junction with the A34 (Hanford Interchange).Emerency repairs dus to a A lorry suffered a tyre blowout which damaged its fuel tank causing the fuel spill. The road should re-open during the middle of the morning. Diversion – via exit and entry slips.09:47Latest update according to InrixMain carriageway closed and queueing traffic due to accident, lorry involved and fuel spillage on A500 D Road Northbound at A52 City Road (City Road Interchange). Congestion to Congestion to M6 J15 (Stoke-On-Trent), Also affecting the A50 which is queueing back to Fenton.A lorry suffered a tyre blowout which damaged its fuel tank causing the fuel spill. The road will need resurfacing after the spillage has been cleared, before it can re-open during the middle of the morning. Diversion – via exit and entry slips. 09:24Closure continuesThe A500 remains closed.09:04Delays in Meir due to A500 closureQueueing traffic on A520 Sandon Road in both directions at Uttoxeter Road.Not helped by the A500 accident. 08:58Disruption now expected until 1pmTraffic England are now reported disruption is expected until 1pm08:41Latest from InrixMain carriageway closed and queueing traffic due to accident, lorry involved and fuel spillage on A500 D Road Northbound at A52 City Road (City Road Interchange). Congestion to Congestion to M6 J15 (Stoke-On-Trent), Also affecting the A50 which is queueing back to Meir. Travel time is,from the A500, 20 minutes and, from the A50, 35 minutes.A lorry suffered a tyre blowout which damaged its fuel tank causing the fuel spill. The road will need resurfacing after the spillage has been cleared, before it can re-open during the middle of the morning. Diversion – via exit and entry slips. 08:27Knock on effect on A34Queueing traffic on A34 Stone Road in both directions at A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange).Not helped by the accident on the A500.08:17Closure remains in placeThe northbound carriageway remains closed.07:45Delays also affecting A50 Delays due to this accident are affecting the A50 – which is queueing back to Longton. 07:43Disruption could continue into the afternoonTraffic England are now reporting they are expecting disruption to continue until after 12pm.07:35Congestion now reported back to Hanford interchangeCongestion is now reported back to the A34 Hanford Interchange, Inrix reports07:32Latest photo from the sceneThe A500 remains closed, with traffic being diverted (Image: Highways England)07:28Closure remains in placeA Highways England spokesman said:Closure remains in place for repairs to take place A500 Northbound within the A52/A5007 Whieldon Road Junction. Diversion via crossing over Whieldon Road & City Road to rejoin A500 Northbound. This is from an earlier Collision .”07:05Queues back to HanchurchInrix, the traffic data company, are now reporting queues back to Hanchurch.07:04Latest from Highways EnglandA Highways England spokesman said:Closure remains in place A500 Northbound within the A52/A5007 Whieldon Road Junction. Diversion via crossing over Whieldon Road & City Road to rejoin A500 Northbound. This is from an earlier collision .”06:56Delays set to continue for several hoursTraffic England are currently reporting that they expect the incident to clear between 10.30am and 10.45am.06:33What we know so far:Here’s what we know so far:The A500 northbound is closed near the City Road interchangeA lorry blew its tyre at around 4.30am, leading to its fuel tank becoming damaged and diesel spilling across the carriagewayTraffic is being diverted via the slip roads and delays are buildingTraffic England are currently expecting the incident to fully clear by between 8.45am and 9am.06:17Traffic being diverted off the A500 northboundTraffic being diverted off the A500 this morning (Image: Reader)06:16Photo from the queuesTraffic queueing on the A500 this morning (Image: Reader)06:11No word on injuries at this stageIt is unclear if anyone has been injured at this stage.06:04Traffic now reported to be queueingWe’re now getting reports of traffic queueing in the area.05:53Highways England commentA Highways England spokesman said: The A500 Northbound is currently closed within the A52/A5007 Whieldon Road Junction. Diversion via crossing over Whieldon Road & City Road to rejoin A500 Northbound. This is due to a collision.” Driver named following fatal collision
Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Friday, November 10, 2017 Sunwing’s take on Riu Palace Paradise Island’s reno Tags: RIU Hotels & Resorts, Sunwing TORONTO — The newly reopened Riu Palace Paradise Island in Nassau has a sleek new look and an adults-only experience, says Sunwing.Exclusively offered through the tour operator’s Signature Vacations Collection by Sunwing, the five-star all-inclusive benefits from one of the best beaches in Nassau, an extensive range of entertainment programs, and a modernized look with new features such as an à la carte Indian restaurant on-site.Dining options with a new 24-hour lounge, ‘Jerk’ grill station, ‘Chutney’ Indian restaurant and patisserie and ice cream parlour. In total guests can now take advantage of five restaurants (four of which are à la carte) and three bars, while the new theatre offers a regular program of evening entertainment.Guestrooms have also been fully renovated and now feature new walk-in showers. New amenities include a state-of the-art gym and new pool with swim-up bar. For a couples’ retreat, there’s Renova Spa, or romantic dinners right on the beach.More news: Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsSunwing offers Thursday and Sunday flights from Toronto to Nassau.
International Visitor Arrivals to Asia Pacific destinations will continue to grow over the next five years, according to the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Visitor Arrivals Forecasts.For the period 2015 to 2019, preliminary estimates indicate that the rate of growth will average between five and six percent per annum to generate an aggregate inbound count of more than 670 million by the end of 2019. PATA chief executive officer Mario Hardy, said that 38 destinations in the period 2015 to 2019 will see more than 158 million additional international visitor arrivals.“Asia as a destination region will grow faster at between six and seven percent over that period and receive in excess of half a billion foreign visitors by the end of the forecast period,” Mr Hardy said. Asia will not only benefit from this increased travel volume, but also will be a major generator of that demand both within the Asia region and well beyond. “These forecasts provide a valuable quantification of the expected future trends of travel demand for the Asia Pacific and allow for risk assessments to be made well ahead of the curve. With past forecasts coming to within two percent of actual performance at the Asia Pacific level, we believe that they provide a valid and accurate tool for today’s industry,” Mr Hardy said.The PATA Asia Pacific Visitor Forecasts 2015-2019 are a joint production of the Tourism Forecasting Unit within the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and PATA.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman
08Sep Rep. VerHeulen joined by first responders for Sept. 11 ceremony Categories: News,VerHeulen News PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Rob VerHeulen, of Walker, on Thursday hosted Sparta Fire Chief Jerold Bolen and Walker Fire Chief Robert Walker as his guest for the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The service remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year. Pictured with Rep. VerHeulen are (from left) Kentwood Deputy Fire Chief Greg Ginebaugh, a guest of state Rep. Steven Johnson, of Wayland; Walker; Bolen; and Plainfield Fire Chief Steve McKellar, a guest of Rep. Chris Afendoulis, of Grand Rapids.#####
Analysts have welcomed last week’s deal between TVN and Canal Plus in Poland. The pair agreed to merge their pay TV platforms, ‘n’ and Cyfra Plus, and Canal Plus took a minority stake in TVN’s parent company. “These moves are credit positive for TVN as the merger strengthens its competitive position and brings the potential for integration synergies,” credit ratings agency Moody’s said in a note. “The entry of Vivendi (via Canal Plus) into the TVN ownership structure is also credit positive for TVN given Vivendi’s strong business and financial profile.”The final ownership structure of the combined pay TV platform is not yet clear, but Moody’s said that it expects TVN to ultimately hold less than 50% of the new service. “However, we believe that the combined business is likely to deliver more stable cash flows to TVN following integration of the two operations,” Moody’s noted. “We note also that TVN would continue to benefit from 100% of the cash flows of its TV and internet activities, which are not affected by the transaction.”
Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, resigned Wednesday following reports that she bought shares in a tobacco company, among other financial dealings that presented a conflict of interest.”Dr. Fitzgerald owns certain complex financial interests that have imposed a broad recusal limiting her ability to complete all of her duties as the CDC Director,” according to a statement issued by Matt Lloyd, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services. “Due to the nature of these financial interests, Dr. Fitzgerald could not divest from them in a definitive time period.”A report in Politico published Tuesday revealed documents showing several new investments, including in a tobacco company, that Fitzgerald made after she took over the agency’s top job. The CDC is a lead federal agency in preventing smoking and tobacco-related diseases.Fitzgerald had come under fire on Capitol Hill for not divesting financial interests in other companies that present potential conflicts of interest, including drugmaker Merck, health insurer Humana and US Food Holding Co.The Politico report, relying on documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, shows that one day after Fitzgerald purchased stock in Japan Tobacco, she toured the CDC’s Tobacco Laboratory, which studies tobacco’s toxic effects. She sold the tobacco shares on Oct. 26 and all of her stock holdings above $1,000 by Nov. 21, well into her term as CDC director.Fitzgerald previous served as the commissioner of the Georgia Division of Public Health. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
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Brought to you by Reuters Facebook Snaps Up Face-Swapping App Creator Masquerade Facebook Inc. is acquiring Masquerade Technologies Inc., creator of the popular face-swapping app MSQRD, as part of efforts by the world’s largest social network operator to build its video services.Wednesday’s deal comes nearly three years after the Wall Street Journal reported that photo and video messaging app Snapchat had rejected an offer from Facebook.Masquerade, which announced the deal on its website, did not disclose financial details.The deal is more a piece of Facebook’s bigger effort to innovate into video, Monness, Crespi, Hardt, & Co. Inc. analyst James Cakmak said.It is unlikely that Facebook would use Masquerade to significantly draw away Snapchat users, he said.While Snapchat has features such as bulging eyes, Masquerade allows users to add special effects including animal masks and snow to their photos and video.Masquerade, backed by Yuri Gurski and Gagarin Capital, said founders Eugene Nevgen, Sergey Gonchar and Eugene Zatepyakin will join Facebook.The app will continue as a standalone product, Masquerade said.(Reporting by Yashaswini Swamynathan in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila) Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. 2 min read Image credit: Kim Lachance Shandrow | Instagram Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand March 10, 2016 Add to Queue Reuters Next Article –shares Facebook Enroll Now for $5
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Clash between college students turns ugly, one stabbed by SFI activistsThird year BA student Akhil was allegedly stabbed by members of the SFI unit in the college. Akhil, who sustained injuries in the attack was taken to the general hospital.advertisement P S Gopikrishnan Unnithan ThiruvananthapuramJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 15:23 IST Image for representationA clash between two groups of students has taken an ugly turn after one student was stabbed. The incident took place at the famous University College in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.Third year BA student Akhil was allegedly stabbed by members of the SFI unit in the college. Akhil, who sustained injuries in the attack was taken to the general hospital. He was referred to the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College after the first aid was provided to him. Doctors have said that the injury isn’t serious.According to other students present in the campus, the incident happened around 12 noon on Friday. Akhil skipped the class and was standing outside talking to his friends. A group of SFI unit members who noticed this confronted Akhil and asked him get inside the classroom.This lead to an altercation between Akhil and other SFI activists. Students alleged that he was brutally thrashed and later stabbed by the SFI activists.Following the incident, third year students held a demonstration outside the government secretariat against the SFI.The University College in Thiruvananthapuram is regarded as a fortress of CPI(M) students wing, SFI.Also read | Interpol issues global alert to trace German woman who went missing in Kerala 4 months agoAlso read | German national missing in Kerala since March, Interpol says may have links with terror outfitsFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnumika Bahukhandi Tags :Follow ThiruvananthapuramFollow KeralaFollow SFI activistsFollow Thiruvananthapuram university college Next