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Cuba legalizes private WiFi importation of routers

HAVANA — Cuba is legalizing private Wi-Fi networks and the importation of equipment like routers, eliminating one of the world’s tightest restrictions on internet use.The measure announced by state media Wednesday provides a legal status to thousands of Cubans who created homemade digital networks with smuggled equipment that was illegal but generally tolerated by authorities in recent years. It also appears to allow private businesses to provide internet to customers, the potential start in Cuba of internet cafes that are virtually unknown here.While the new regulation permits citizens to connect to the internet with their own equipment and share the signal with others, it does not loosen state control of the internet itself. Cuba’s telecoms monopoly, Etecsa, remains the only internet provider on the island.Michael Weissenstein, The Associated Press read more

WatchWestJet launches new regional air service in Western Canada with Pacific Coastal

CALGARY — WestJet Airlines Ltd. has introduced a new regional air service in Western Canada operating under a capacity purchase agreement with B.C.-based Pacific Coastal Airlines Ltd.WestJet Link will connect the Alberta communities of Lethbridge, Lloydminster and Medicine Hat and the B.C. communities of Cranbrook and Prince George to WestJet’s network hub at the YYC Calgary International Airport.Ultra low-cost airline battle heats up as Canada Jetlines prepares to launchWestJet positions low-cost Swoop as ‘competitive weapon’, but analysts warn of execution risksAll WestJet Link flights will be operated by Pacific Coastal using its fleet of 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft.Pacific Coastal’s aircraft will be painted in WestJet colours. read more

Brantford teen approached by two men in vehicle

Brantford police are investigating after two men tried to get a 13-year-old girl to come over to their vehicle earlier this month. It happened in the area of Westchester Way and Oriole Parkway around 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 9. Police say the men tried to wave the girl over to their black SUV. The pair fled when the teen refused to come over and pulled out her cell phone. Investigators are looking for an older model SUV, possibly a Ford Escape, with tinted windows. The rear hatch has two stickers on either side of the licence plate. Anyone with information that could help police identify the vehicle is asked to contact Det. Snivley at 519-756-0113, ext 2271. read more

UN food agency sets up global rapid response hubs to rush in

Faced with a rising number of sometimes almost simultaneous emergencies, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a new response network with strategic hubs in Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Latin America ready to transport life-saving supplies within 24 to 48 hours by air and sea.“With the growing number of natural disasters, aid agencies must be better prepared and better equipped to reach affected populations, as quickly as possible,” WFP Transport and Procurement Division Director Ramiro Lopes da Silva said in a statement today. As an example of the need such a network, the Agency noted that a year ago thousands of people in Guatemala were hit by Hurricane Stan while Pakistan was rocked by a massive earthquake just a few days later. Modelled on the UN Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) in Brindisi in southern Italy, each hub will stock strategic supplies of relief goods and equipment. Established in June 2000 and managed by WFP, the Brindisi base has provided critical support to UN agencies, governments, and non-government organizations (NGOs) during emergencies such as the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and the recent crisis in Lebanon. “By establishing a presence in strategic corners of the world, we are taking a further key step towards enhancing further our performance in assisting those in need,” Mr. Lopes da Silva said.The new network comprises depots in Ghana (Accra), Dubai, Panama, Malaysia and Brindisi. “Over the last six years, the logistical support from the Brindisi hub made a significant difference to the speed and efficiency of emergency response as seen during crises stretching from the earthquake in Iran to conflicts in Afghanistan and Darfur,” UNHRD Network Coordinator Giuseppe Saba said.“By positioning critical supplies around the globe, there is no doubt that we will be able to help people more rapidly and more effectively – very possibly, making the difference between life and death.” Financial and in-kind support to the new network is coming from a variety of governments and institutions, including NGOs such as the Swedish Rescue and Response Agency (SRSA) and Solidarity. TNT, the global express logistics and mail company and WFP’s corporate partner, is also assisting by temporarily hosting the facility in Ghana. read more

Teixeira Anamayah resign as MPs

Members of Parliament, Gail Texieira and Adrian Anamayah have resigned as members of the National Assembly.This was announced by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who also noted that Odinga Lumumba is expected to follow suit shortly.The parliamentarians have resigned in keeping with the Constitution of Guyana which dictates that persons with dual citizenship cannot be eligible to serve as a Member of Parliament.While Jagdeo expressed regret that Texeira had to take this step after so long in public office, he noted that she will be relinquishing her citizenship and so will be on the next candidate list.Lumumba is also expected to give up his foreign citizenship status.Anamayah, on the other hand, has decided to keep his foreign citizenship due to personal commitments.In the meantime, Jagdeo criticised the government for flip-flopping on the resignations of their dual citizens MPs.From press reports, only Dr Rupert Roopnaraine has claimed that he resigned. But Jagdeo contended that Dr Roopnaraine is still going on outreaches as a minister of the government, which is in violation of the Guyana Constitution.Article 183 of the Constitution says “the office of any Minister shall become vacant if that person ceases to be a member of the National Assembly for any cause other than the dissolution of Parliament.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOpposition MP Adrian Anamayah to resignApril 3, 2019In “latest news”Govt being “duplicitous” by failing to remove its dual citizenship MPs – JagdeoMarch 29, 2019In “latest news”‘I am not illegal’ – Harmon says on returning to ParliamentMarch 29, 2019In “latest news” read more

Researchers developing chemputer that prints drugs

first_imgWe are finally reaching the point that 3D printers are leaving the realm of science fiction to become a reality. Perhaps in the near future you will be able to download and fabricate an assortment of household objects. If one chemistry professor from Glasgow University has his way, you won’t even have to leave the house to go to the pharmacy — you’ll be able to “print” your drugs at home.The system under development by Professor Lee Cronin is not a 3D printer as we understand it; the scale of organic chemistry is far too small for that. What is being described is a series of custom printed reaction chambers that could be used to synthesize pharmaceutical compounds. Along with the precisely-sized chambers, and a downloadable drug “app,” Cronin believes at-home drug production is possible.The printers would require the input of a series of basic reactants, which the team is referring to as “chemical inks.” These would be simple organic molecules that can be modified to build useful compounds. Using the programming as a guide, the system could use the reaction chamber to synthesize the necessary drug from inks without the user’s intervention.Cronin’s team is still working on generating its first chemical app for Ibuprofen, which is fairly simple. Some drug synthesises will be easier than others, though. In organic chemistry, there are a lot of variables to consider. Heat, pressure, contamination, and even light can affect the nature of the end product. There is also the problem of chirality, or the “handedness” of a molecule. Some drugs interact with your body in the same way regardless of chirality, but others might be inert or even toxic in the wrong form. That’s a lot to worry about with your at-home drug printer.Professor Cronin is keen on presenting this as a drug dispensary for your kitchen, but it would probably be better suited for local pharmacies. Someone will have to check the quality of the end product and maintain the chemical printer very well.It might be science fiction, but it’s a really cool idea that could actually improve drug distribution in many areas of the world.For more information on how Professor Cronin’s system works, check out our earlier coverage of his drug printing ambitions, via The Guardianlast_img read more

Social Television evolves as Dijit acquires GoMiso

first_imgA growing segment of the television viewers in the world today are sitting on the couch with a smartphone or tablet. It only makes sense that these gadgets be able to interact with your viewing experience in some way. While the second screen experience that some movie studios are creating for top films is great, it’s not as easy to get that same experience with primetime television. With their announcement today of the acquisition of the GoMiso development team, Dijit comes closer than anyone else to this experience. For a little while now, Dijit has been working hard on providing your smartphone or tablet with a unified TV guide. Their NextGuide app allows you to customize your TV guide experience, tying in content from online streaming services as well as your local broadcast information. The end result is a highly personalized guide that delivers information relevant to your preferred content types. Combined with the Dijit remote control service, your smartphone or tablet becomes your TV Guide and your remote control. For those who keep their gadgets in hand while watching television, it’s a great experience. By acquiring GoMiso, Dijit gains the ability to provide insight into the show you are watching and allow you to share your favorite parts of the show socially. The two big GoMiso apps are all about doing something with the television show you are watching. The Miso app provides interactive content for the show you are currently watching, like what song is used as background noise during the scene you just watched. The app offers snippets of information is slideshow format, so you can flick through during a commercial and get that additional information. Their other app, Quips, allows users to caption an image from the show you are currently watching and share it socially. Rather than a context free comment on Twitter, you can include a shot from the scene you are watching. These apps give the user more reason to rely entirely on their phone or tablet for the entire viewing experience, so it makes sense that Dijit would want to work with this team. Dijit, Miso, and Quips are all available separately on iOS right now, and it is expected that Dijit will eventually pull the best features from the GoMiso apps and use them to enhance the Dijit app. In the end, your smartphone or tablet will be the remote control, TV Guide, and now second screen style bonus content system.last_img read more

Crete blanketed in dust from Africas Sahara

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Locals and visitors to the island of Crete woke up to a surreal scene on Sunday morning. The island has been covered with clouds of dust, which made its way from the Sahara Desert in Africa.The National Meteorology Service says the upcoming dust clouds are harmful given the high concentration of inhalable pollution particles, which are above Particulate Matter 10, and is expected to exceed the average daily of 50 mg/m3. This is already the case in Chania, where particle concentration has reached 370 mg/m3.The dust has resulted in a suffocating atmosphere, one which locals are unaccustomed to.A warning regarding pollution has been issued by Greek health authorities, namely for children and the elderly who may be suffering from respiratory and heart issues, with advice to limit outdoor activity.Meteorologists say they predict matters to improve from Wednesday onwards.Heraklion locals awoke on Sunday to the dust.Chania covered in dust.last_img read more

Mayor Kevin Faulconer urges City Council to take federal action on sewage

first_img January 28, 2019 Dan Plante Dan Plante, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – In the latest move to protect San Diego’s environment from ongoing sewage spills at the border, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and City Councilmember Vivian Moreno urge the City Council to vote in favor of joining the State Attorney General’s lawsuit against the U.S. government over contaminated runoff from the Tijuana River Valley.At the request of Councilmember Moreno, the topic will be discussed during Tuesday’s City Council closed session meeting.For years, sewage, sediment and trash from the Tijuana River Valley have affected local beaches and coastal waters prompting frustration and public health concerns. The most recent sewage spill began in December and continues to release millions of gallons of sewage that flows into the Pacific Ocean.Regional leaders from the U.S. and Mexico have called on federal agencies on both sides of the border to address the situation. The City of San Diego’s diplomatic efforts have helped compel the U.S. federal government to begin preparing response plans. Now Mayor Faulconer and Councilmember Moreno want the City to join an existing lawsuit from the state to ensure federal agencies follow through.City Attorney Mara W. Elliott has previously served notice of the City’s intention to sue. Mayor Kevin Faulconer urges City Council to take federal action on sewage issues Posted: January 28, 2019 Categories: Health, Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Man gets 7 years in kidnap case

first_imgA Vancouver man was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison for his role in the kidnapping and robbery of a 29-year-old woman who he feared would testify against him in a drug case.In an agreement with prosecutors, Robert J. Tuttle, 33, pleaded guilty Monday to intimidating a witness and entered an Alford plea to a charge of second-degree robbery. The Alford plea means he did not admit to the robbery but acknowledged a jury could find him guilty of that charge.In exchange, Deputy Prosecutor Michael Vaughn dismissed charges of first-degree robbery and first-degree kidnapping against Tuttle.Tuttle’s alleged accomplice, Summer E. Long, 36, of Brush Prairie is scheduled to be tried June 2 on similar charges.The victim accepted a ride from Long and Tuttle, both of whom she knew through the local drug subculture, according to prosecutors. Court records don’t reveal where she was going. Once inside Long’s truck, Long and Tuttle allegedly started driving toward Larch Mountain, away from the victim’s intended destination. The victim told investigators that she asked repeatedly to be returned to where they had picked her up, but her requests were ignored, court records show. At one point, Long allegedly forcibly took the victim’s cellphone and threw it into the back of the truck, Vaughn said. That was the basis for the robbery charge.At the top of the mountain, the victim said Long and Tuttle assaulted her and accused her of being a police informant.They threatened to harm her if she testified against Tuttle in a pending drug case, Vaughn said.The victim said she was able to flee and hide in the woods until daylight, when she walked 9.3 miles to a residence, according to court records. She couldn’t call for help because she didn’t have her phone, Vaughn said.“This is quite a frightening crime that’s been described by the prosecution,” Judge David Gregerson said Monday before imposing the sentence.Tuttle’s attorney, Neil Cane, said Monday that Tuttle didn’t know about Long’s intention to rob the victim when they gave her a ride. That was why he entered an Alford plea to the robbery charge, Cane said.Gregerson sentenced Tuttle to the maximum under the state’s standard sentencing guidelines. Cane and Vaughn recommended that sentence as part of Tuttle’s plea negotiations. Tuttle has an extensive criminal history, which increased his potential sentence, Vaughn said.last_img read more

While GOP runs from House ethics flap Young argues watchdog needs tighter

first_imgCongressman Don Young (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)In the U.S. House, Republicans started the new year with an awkward lurch. First they proposed to weaken their ethics watchdog. Then, after a flood of angry phone calls and a tweet from Donald Trump questioning their priorities, they abandoned the plan. But not everyone agrees the House majority should have backed down. Alaska Congressman Don Young is among those who want the ethics office reined in.Listen nowYoung missed the closed-door session Jan. 2 when his Republican colleagues decided to propose curtailing the independence of the ethics watchdog. Spokesman Matt Shuckerow said Young’s flight back to Washington was delayed. But Young was present for another Republican confab on Jan. 3, and Shuckerow said Young spoke up in favor of changes to the Office of Congressional Ethics.“He shared concerns that he thinks reforms are needed within the office, having to do with due process, the right to face your accusers,” Shuckerow said.Young would have voted in favor of changing the ethics office, Shuckerow said, if the idea hadn’t been ditched before he had the chance.Among Young’s objections, the spokesman said, is that the office can investigate a House member based on anonymous tips.The office was created in 2008 in response to a series of Congressional scandals. Its staff reports to an independent board.They act something like a grand jury: If they find a case has merit, they refer it to the House Ethics Committee, which can punish the House member.One of the proposed changes would have put the Ethics Committee – composed of House members – in charge. Critics say it would weaken the ethics policing because House members wouldn’t be inclined to hold their colleagues to account.Shuckerow said Young had a busy schedule Jan. 4 and didn’t have time to take questions on the subject himself. He said Young did not know about the plan to reform the office before Monday, and he couldn’t say if the congressman’s objections to the office are based on his own experience with it.The Office of Congressional Ethics investigated Young in 2011 for how his legal defense fund was financed. Twelve corporations — all owned by the Chouest family, of the marine transportation firm Edison Chouest Offshore — each gave $5,000 contributions, the maximum allowed. The Ethics Committee concluded Young did nothing wrong, but they changed the rules to disallow contributions like that in the future.last_img read more

Lane inundated by drainage water

first_imgOld Safilguda: Overflowing of drainage has become one of the common issues in the areas of Old Safilguda and the nearby areas. A lane in PB Colony of Old Safilguda has been completely filled with the drainage water. This condition of the lane has been from past 4 days. This pool of drain has been causing inconvenience to the locals as this is just in front of their houses. The drainage water is leading to unpleasant smell and causing difficulties for the residents to get their two wheelers out and also for the motorists to enter this lane.last_img read more

Sheila Dikshit loved western music watched DDLJ 20 times

first_imgNew Delhi : Sheila Dikshit was quite fond of Western music since her youth and would sit near the radio waiting for her favourite songs to be aired. She also developed a fascination for footwear and had a good collection. Apart from these, reading was a big passion. She also loved watching movies and her first film in theatres was “Hamlet” in black-and-white. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us In the midst of hectic political activity too, she would take out time for watching a movie and saw Shah Rukh Khan-starrer “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaenge” 20 times. Dikshit had mentioned about these in her autobiography “Citizen Delhi: My Times, My Life” published last year. “There was no television, and radio was accessible only during certain hours of the day. Life revolved around studying for school and pastimes like reading books, watching the occasional film, and listening to music,” she wrote. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us “Father was a member of the Gymkhana Club (of Delhi) and during my teenage years when we lived within walking distance of it, on Dupleix Lane, we would get a fresh lot of six books every weekend to last us until the next weekend. I devoured Enid Blyton’s ‘Famous Five’ stories, Richmal Crompton’s ‘Just William’ series and classics like Alexandre Dumas’s ‘The Three Musketeers’ and Victor Hugo’s ‘Les Miserables’,” she wrote. Advertise With Us Her favourite books were Lewis Caroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass, What Alice Found There” and the Sherlock Holmes series. Friday nights, according to her, were reserved for an immensely popular western music programme called, “A Date with You”, which played the latest songs. “Clustering around the radio, we would try telepathic experiments to will the radio jockey to play the latest Doris Day or Henry Belafonte records!” she wrote. She also mentioned about her great craze for footwear. “The shops coming up in Janpath, allotted to refugees from Pakistan who had initially spread out their wares on the floor of the corridors of Connaught Place, provided me a reprieve from the sturdiness of the two ‘Bs’ – Bata and Baluja! Those small shops sold eye-catching, flat leather sandals with straps in bright colours, at three rupees a pair,” she wrote in the book published by Bloomsbury. From her monthly pocket money, which was Rs 5 then, she saved enough over a period to buy several pairs in various colours and simple designs. Dikshit did her schooling from Convent of Jesus and Mary and then to Miranda House, one of the most prestigious colleges of Delhi University.last_img read more

Intel announces hardware fixes for Spectre and Meltdown on upcoming chips

first_imgWhen the Spectre and Meltdown bugs hit, it became clear that they wouldn’t be fixed with a few quick patches — the problem runs deeper than that. Fortunately, Intel has had plenty of time to work on it, and new chips coming out later this year will include improvements at the hardware/architecture level that protect against the flaws. Well, two out of three, anyway.CEO Brian Krzanich announced the news in a company blog post. After thanking a few partners, he notes that all affected products from the last 5 years have received software updates to protect them from the bugs. Of course, the efficacy of those updates is debatable, as well as their performance hits — and that’s if your hardware vendor even gets a patch out. But at any rate, the fixes are available.There are actually three semi-related bugs here: Spectre is variants 1 and 2; then there’s variant 3, which researchers dubbed Meltdown. Variant 1 is arguably the most difficult of them all to fix, and as such Intel doesn’t have a hardware solution for it yet — but variants 2 and 3 it has in the bag.“We have redesigned parts of the processor to introduce new levels of protection through partitioning that will protect against both Variants 2 and 3,” Krzanich writes. Cascade Lake Xeon and 8th-gen Core processors should include these changes when they ship in the second half of 2018. Although that’s a bit vague, we can be certain that Intel will prominently advertise what new chips include the mitigations as we get closer to release.Lastly, even older hardware will be getting the microcode updates — back to the 1st-gen Core processors. Remember Nehalem and Penryn? Those will be patched in time, as well. Anyone surprised that a Nehalem system is still in use anywhere probably hasn’t worked in IT at a big company or government agency. I bet there are 98SE systems running on Pentiums somewhere in the Department of Energy.This announcement doesn’t require anything from users, but keep your computer up to date if you know how, and ask customer service for your device provider if you’re not sure.last_img read more

PreChristmas Deal Xiaomi Second Generation Robot Vacuum Cleaner with Laser Mapping and

first_imgOkay so this is probably the first time in my life I have written about a vacuum cleaner, but the Xiaomi S50 Smart Vacuum cleaner isn’t exactly your average cleaner. Know the hue and cry that Roombas made? well this second generation offering from Xiaomi makes it look like a dumb vacuum. This is one of the few vacuum cleaners out there that use 3D laser mapping technology and SLAM algorithms to truly intelligently map the cleaning path (unlike the Roomba for eg, which just makes educated guesses on where it is).Pre-Christmas Deal: Get the the Xiaomi Second Generation S50 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner for $499.99 using the promo code ‘NEWXMVCM’The Xiaomi robot vacuum cleaner basically uses a laser distance system to scan the room and utilizes a SLAM algorithm (simultaneous localization and mapping) to convert that into a readable map of the floor. This is similar technology that is deployed on the Tesla vehicles (although on a vastly bigger scale and scope). It is also incredibly exciting to me as a tech enthusiast and I wouldn’t mind reviewing a vacuum cleaner for once. The vacuum is powerful enough to pick up steel beads, and the mop does not leave any room for a non-clean floor. The pre-christmas code is only valid for the first 300 customers so hurry up before the code vanishes for good. 2 in 1 Sweep and Mop– Double cleaning: sweep first and then mop the floor– The filter is root-inspired when the mopping pad is served as leaves to control water flow like a living organism. It can mop the floor constantly for 45 – 60 minutesIntelligent Route PlanningLaser Distance Sensor ( LDS ) allows the robot to scan its surroundings at 360 degrees, 1800 times per second, with the Simultaneous Localization and Mapping algorithm to map out the interiors of your home and then provides real-time planning routes, edge cleaning followed by Z-shaped cleaning according to the surroundingsThree-dimensional Vacuum Cleaning SystemWith its vacuum system, the robot empower your house a super cleaning like a tornado, with no dust, debris, granule, or any other wastes left, so clean and smooth that you can walk with bare feet on the floorAPP Remote ControlCustomized cleaning area is available, just one click to set wherever you wanna clean with the map in your phone5200mAh Large Capacity BatteryThe robot carries 5200mAh Li-ion battery which ensures 2.5 hours cleaning for a house of 250sq.m in full charge2000Pa Super SuctionWith a strong power, the robot absorbs all the debris, steel beads, soybeans, dust, millet or any other wastes all in a suddenOther features– 2cm obstacle climbing– 2mm Rubber Bumper– 360 degrees LDS pressure sensor– 4 anti-drop stair sensors– 10mm laser edge sensor– Auto power-off after leaving the floor– Automatic self-recharging sensor The second generation S50 robot vacuum cleaner from Xiaomi has increased suction (up to 2000 Pa) an improved chip and better capabilities. This is one of this activate and forget robot helpers of the future. Once of the cooles aspects is the self charging functionality of the robot. Once you set it and it detects battery levels have dropped, it will automatically head off to recharge itself from the docking station and resume its work once charged. You can also order it about like a, well, robot. It is going toe to toe with the Roombo iRobot and so far, it looks like Xiaomi has it outugnned on the tech side.center_img Share Tweet Submit Or buy the First Generation Xiaomi Robot Vacuum for $339.99If you don’t want to shell out the dough for the second generation one (or your wallet doesn’t allow you to) the first generation version of the same cleaner is available for $340 for our readers. This features the same LDS and SLAM functionality but a slightly less powered vacuum (although still quite good!). This would also make an excellent gift for your beloved geek this christmas.last_img read more

Minor International acquires 86 stake in NH Hotel Group

first_img Share Posted by Tags: Minor International, NH Hotel Group Travelweek Group Minor International acquires 8.6% stake in NH Hotel Groupcenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, May 23, 2018 BANGKOK – Minor International (MINT) has made a major move towards expansion, acquiring an 8.6% stake in NH Hotel Group.Valued at €192 million, the transaction awards MINT with 30,000 shares in NH Hotel Group, the sixth largest hotel chain in Europe and owner and operator of 382 hotels. The NH and NH Collection brands have gained fast-growing recognition, with 59,350 keys spanning 30 countries in Europe, the Americas and Africa.Following the investment, NH’s properties will continue to operate under NH Hotel Group’s well-known brands, including NH Hotels, NH Collection Hotels, nhow Hotels and Hesperia Resorts. No management changes at NH Hotel Group are expected as a result of the investment.“This investment represents a significant milestone for Minor Hotels. We are excited by the opportunity to accelerate our global exposure with our investment in HG Hotel Group, which has a highly complementary business and asset portfolio to MINT,” said Dillip Rajakarier, CEO Minor Hotels. “The investment is financially attractive, with high liquidity on the Madrid Stock Exchange and proven performance by the business.”More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksRajakarier also noted that MINT can also support the NH hotels with its food and beverage expertise where appropriate to “maximize financial performance and enhance customer experience.”The investment positions MINT for solid growth going forward, particularly in Europe following the company’s earlier expansion into Portugal and Brazil through the acquisition of Tivoli Hotels & Resorts in 2016.last_img read more

LATTE editor Madeline Hoskin has freshly returne

first_imgLATTE editor, Madeline Hoskin, has freshly returned from a trip to New Caledonia, a destination that is currently reinvigorating its approach to tourism. Along with a number of other wholesalers, agents and media from Australian and New Zealand, she primarily retreated to its magnificent blue waters, white sands and French-infused cuisine to attend the first Rendezvous Workshop.The Rendezvous Workshop was held in the Tjibaou Cultural Centre in Noumea, with the group welcomed warmly with traditional Melanesian singing and dancing as well as an authentic customary gesture (the exchanging of gifts). This setting provided the ideal place in which suppliers and wholesalers could make face-to-face introductions, expanding knowledge on the area and future working partnerships. As such, agents can look forward to an increasing number of itineraries taking in the delights of New Caledonia.New Caledonia Tourism’s sales and marketing director, Caroline Brunel, said Australians and Kiwis love visiting New Caledonia as it’s so close, yet a world away. This has been reflected in the first three months of 2015 visitor figures which are up 41.1 per cent for Australians and 52.5 per cent for New Zealand, compared to the respective months in 2014.“The destination has received strong interest and investment from several globally renowned brands including the Hilton Noumea La Promenade Residences in 2013 and the Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Resort & Spa last year.”The week-long celebrations saw pre and post famils for product managers and travel trade, with itineraries including activities across the island paradise, covering the Northern, the Southern and the Loyalty Islands provinces. LATTE was fortunate to experience first hand the tourism focused delights of the Isle of Pines, Noumea and the southern part of Grand Terre (the main island).Le Meridien Noumea was the primary accommodation base, and the luxury hotel is (invisibly) in the midst of a truly grand makeover. LATTE have tested the new rooms, and can report that the comfort, luxury details and facilities have been superbly redone to make this hotel one of the finest places to stay in the read more

by The Associated Press Posted Jun 25 2019 12

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jun 25, 2019 12:06 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MICHAEL JACKSON’S LEGACY, TEN YEARS LATERLOS ANGELES (AP) _ While the “Leaving Neverland” documentary made some Michael Jackson fans question how they feel about him, his popularity has not waned all that much in the decade since his death. Ian Drew of Billboard magazine says Jackson was “broke beyond broke when he died, and now he’s very much a billion-dollar industry.” Some radio stations stopped playing Jackson’s songs after the documentary, but Drew says streaming of Jackson’s music went up. The Jackson estate wiped out his debt and turned profits by releasing three posthumous albums and the hit film “This Is It,” as well as creating two Cirque du Soleil shows and selling The Beatles catalogue and other song rights. The Jackson family is working on a film marking the 50th anniversary of The Jackson 5, but film produce Jodi Gomes says a network backed out of committing to air it after “Leaving Neverland” aired. Today marks the tenth anniversary of Jackson’s death.___Sound:071333-w-350:16-(Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH’-tah), AP music correspondent, with Ian Drew, Consumer Editorial Director for Billboard magazine)-“I’m Margie Szaroleta”-Michael Jackson’s popularity endures, even after new scandal (25 Jun 2019)¤¤CUT ´071333 (06/25/19)££ 350:16 “I’m Margie Szaroleta”071334-a-141:12-(Ian Drew, Consumer Editorial Director for Billboard magazine)-“all of this”-Michael Jackson’s popularity endures, even after new scandal (25 Jun 2019)¤¤CUT ´071334 (06/25/19)££ 141:12 “all of this”071335-a-136:08-(Ian Drew, Consumer Editorial Director for Billboard magazine)-“great music anymore”-Michael Jackson’s popularity endures, even after new scandal (25 Jun 2019)¤¤CUT ´071335 (06/25/19)££ 136:08 “great music anymore”071336-a-88:32-(Ian Drew, Consumer Editorial Director for Billboard magazine)-“billion dollar industry”-Michael Jackson’s popularity endures, even after new scandal (25 Jun 2019)¤¤CUT ´071336 (06/25/19)££ 88:32 “billion dollar industry”071337-r-498:72-(Michael Jackson, performing “Bad”)-“(music fades)”-Michael Jackson’s popularity endures, even after new scandal (25 Jun 2019)¤¤CUT ´071337 (06/25/19)££ 498:72 “(music fades)”SHREVEPORT APOLOGIZES TO SAM COOKESHREVEPORT, La. (AP) – The mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana, has apologized for a racist incident involving Sam Cooke in 1963. KSLA reports Mayor Adrian Perkins apologized Saturday during a festival dedicated to Cooke. He also gave Cooke’s daughter Carla a key to the city. In 1963, Cooke had a scheduled performance in Shreveport and a reservation at a Holiday Inn, but he and his wife were turned away because they were black. When Cooke and three others protested, they were arrested for disturbing the peace. Cooke was inspired by the events to write the song “A Change Is Gonna Come.”BOZ SCAGGS TOUR POSTPONEDUNDATED (AP) – Boz Scaggs is putting his tour on hold while he deals with an undisclosed medical condition. Scaggs says his doctors have ordered him to rest. He’s expected to make a full recovery. Scaggs says he’s disappointed because playing is his greatest joy. The concerts affected are through July 9. His next scheduled date is Aug. 13 in Portland, Oregon.WOODSTOCK 50 APPLIES FOR NEW VENUE PERMITVERNON, N.Y. (AP) – The Woodstock 50th anniversary concert may still be a go, just as a smaller event. The Poughkeepsie Journal reports Woodstock 50 has applied for a permit to hold a concert on Aug. 16-18 in Vernon, New York. That’s about 35 miles east of Syracuse and about 115 miles from Watkins Glen, where the anniversary concert was originally supposed to be staged. Town of Vernon Supervisor Randy Watson says the proposal calls for a capacity crowd of about 50,000 people, while the original called for 150,000. The lineup includes The Killers, Miley Cyrus, Santana, Dead and Company, Chance the Rapper, Jay-Z and Imagine Dragons.RICK ROSS SHOWS OFF 100-POUND WEIGHT LOSSLOS ANGELES (AP) – Rick Ross dropped 100 pounds in part because he couldn’t sleep. Ross says he averaged about two or three hours of sleep a night for years. Ross had suffered seizures and acknowledges he “was just living the fast lifestyle.” He says his doctors said his body was telling him it could not take that anymore. Ross says now he feels “wonderful.”___Sound:071305-a-137:04-(Rick Ross, rapper)-“definitely was one”-Rick Ross shows off 100-pound weight loss (25 Jun 2019)¤¤CUT ´071305 (06/25/19)££ 137:04 “definitely was one”071304-a-94:08-(Rick Ross, rapper)-“I wasn’t sleeping”-Rick Ross shows off 100-pound weight loss (25 Jun 2019)¤¤CUT ´071304 (06/25/19)££ 94:08 “I wasn’t sleeping”NASHVILLE SINGERS PLAY TOURIST IN NASHVILLENASHVILLE (AP) – Morgan Evans believes one of the joys of living in Nashville is that he gets to play tourist in his own city. Evans says one of his favourite things to do with his wife, Kelsea Ballerini, is walking around town after dinner. Russell Dickerson says he goes to the Country Music Hall of Fame because it’s impossible to take it all in at once. Hunter Hayes says he’s downtown all the time and he goes to concerts in Nashville quite a bit. When Tyler Rich is home in Nashville, well, he stays home and hangs out with his dog. However, he says he likes to go to other cities and see their zoos.___Sound:071314-a-156:72-(Morgan Evans, country singer)-“is right there (3rd reference)”-Nashville stars play tourist at home (25 Jun 2019)¤¤CUT ´071314 (06/25/19)££ 156:72 “is right there (3rd reference)”071313-a-74:64-(Hunter Hayes, country singer)-“need a guest”-Nashville stars play tourist at home (25 Jun 2019)¤¤CUT ´071313 (06/25/19)££ 74:64 “need a guest”071312-a-147:84-(Russell Dickerson, country singer)-“me, it’s crazy”-Nashville stars play tourist at home (25 Jun 2019)¤¤CUT ´071312 (06/25/19)££ 147:84 “me, it’s crazy”071315-a-106:80-(Tyler Rich, country singer)-“of a dork”-Nashville stars play tourist at home (25 Jun 2019)¤¤CUT ´071315 (06/25/19)££ 106:80 “of a dork”by Margie SzaroletaThe Associated Presscenter_img AM Prep-Musiclast_img read more

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