Court summons Kejriwal others in defamation case

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court on Friday issued summons to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and three others in a defamation complaint filed by BJP leader Rajeev Babbar. Additional Chief Metroplitan Magistrate Samar Vishal asked Kejriwal, Rajya Sabha member Sushil Kumar Gupta, MLA Manoj Kumar and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) spokesperson Atishi Malena to appear before him on April 30. Babbar has sought proceedings against Kejriwal and others for harming the reputation of the BJP by blaming the BJP for the deletion of names of “voters” from the electoral rolls in Delhi. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! “All the accused made accusations against BJP in a calculated manner with the sole intention to portray a negative image of BJP in relation to the voters belonging to certain sections of society, namely, Bania, Poorvanchalis, Muslims, among others. The reputation of the complainant has been damaged beyond repair,” Babbar said. Babbar has alleged that Kejriwal has not only defamed the BJP but also all the people who are associated with the party. “The statement of the accused (Kejriwal) was made with ulterior motives to degrade the reputation of the BJP to gain cheap political mileage in the upcoming elections,” Babbar said in his plea filed through advocate Neeraj, S. N. Verma and Pooja Suri.last_img read more

Huge Turnout for Moroccos General Strike Unions Say

Rabat  –  The 24-hour general strike, observed Wednesday by the main unions, was a “great success, as turnout has exceeded 84 pc”, the Moroccan Labour Union (UMT), the Democratic Labour Confederation (CDT), the General Union of Morocco’s Workers (UGTM) and the Democratic Labour Federation (FDT) said.According to reports and preliminary results, “the turnout reached over 84 pc, which is beyond all expectations”, the country’s main unions underlined in a joint statement.The strike was observed in all regions, provinces and cities of Morocco and in all professional and public administrations and services, the statement added. The five unions said the government is to be held responsible of the results of its intransigence and lack of dialogue in terms of social tensions that could lead the country to instability.With MAP read more

Tax changes antirich rhetoric have already inspired big fish to leave Manley

OTTAWA — A big Canadian player has quietly picked up his chips and is heading for the exit amid the tumult over the Trudeau government’s controversial tax proposals.A business owner has informed John Manley, the head of an organization representing Canada’s largest corporations, that he has moved billions of dollars outside the country since the Liberals formally proposed their tax changes in mid-July.The government’s proposals to eliminate several tax incentives have awakened a broad array of vocal opponents — from the small business community, to farmers, to tax planners, to professionals like doctors and lawyers. Some backbench Liberal MPs have also publicly expressed their concerns.In the background, the Liberals’ proposed tax reforms are also seen as a threat by a much-smaller, more-silent group of Canadians: wealthy leaders of big business.Manley, a former Liberal finance minister in the Chretien government, said the elements of the government’s plan to tighten rules on passive investment portfolios and the transfer of family businesses have created worries for some members of his organization, the Business Council of Canada.The financial concerns have been compounded by the government’s accompanying messages that Manley believes have “vilified” higher-income Canadians.Many of his members, he added, have been taken aback by rhetoric that they see as pitting the middle class against the wealthy.“I don’t get it at all — I thought that one of the successes of Prime Minister (Justin) Trudeau was that he was the unifier, he was bringing people together,” said Manley, who noted the broader economy would eventually feel the sting of losing too many big job creators.“There’s lots of journeymen hockey players in the NHL, but you still want to have some (Connor) McDavids and (Wayne) Gretzkys and people that are stars.”Manley pointed to one example where a successful business owner has decided to leave Canada with “billions of dollars.”On the advice of tax professionals, he said the individual decided to move the money primarily because of the impacts the reforms could have on his family through changes related to estate planning. Keeping the business in the family would result in a big tax hit.There’s a notion that other big players could soon head for the exits, Manley said.“You won’t know about it because they’re not going to buy ads or report it — they’ll just go.”Manley’s group is calling on the government to hold off on the proposed changes for now to allow for a broader review of the tax system that examines additional goals like making the entire structure less complex.Failing that, he would like to see the feds fix any unintended consequences from the current plan on the table.Finance Minister Bill Morneau first released the three-part tax reform plan in the middle of the summer.He argues that the tax system unfairly encourages wealthy Canadians to incorporate, so they can get a better tax rate than middle-income earners. The government insists the changes would level the playing field, although many disagree.The package includes restrictions on the ability of business owners to reduce their tax rate by sprinkling their income to family members in lower tax brackets, even if those family members do not contribute to the company.Morneau also proposed limits on the use of private corporations to make passive investments that are unrelated to the company. Another change would limit business owners’ ability to convert regular income of a corporation into capital gains, which are typically taxed at a lower rate.The government gave Canadians a 75-day consultation period, ending Oct. 2, to weigh in on the proposals. Morneau insists the government will listen to concerns before it tables legislation and that he expects some of the feedback will lead to changes.If the government’s proposals are introduced as is, University of Calgary tax expert Jack Mintz says there are plenty of options to get around the changes — and he warns they wouldn’t be good for Canada.The reforms are aimed at private Canadian corporations, so Mintz said owners could change their citizenship, or partner with a foreigner or a public corporation to avoid paying more. He said they could also strip some of their firm’s assets while leaving the company itself in Canada.For example, countries like the United Kingdom offer attractive tax incentives for business people looking to move to its shores from abroad, Mintz said.Since Morneau’s tax announcement, Mintz said he knows one big business owner who has taken action and another who is considering it.In these scenarios, he said Canada could not only lose tax revenue but the business leaders themselves, who create jobs and play constructive roles in their communities.“It’s a major blow to the country in a number of ways,” Mintz said.The president of a national small- and medium-sized business federation, which has been one of the most outspoken critics of the tax proposals, said many of his members have been receiving calls from business development organizations in the United States to offer them incentives to move across the border.“There’s all sorts of business immigration programs that are out there encouraging entrepreneurs to pick up and leave,” said Dan Kelly of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.“Canada has to watch out because business owners in lots of areas can be quite mobile.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter read more

UN rights expert says crimes against humanity may have occurred in Sudan

In her final report to the General Assembly as Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Asma Jahangir says she gathered “a great number of testimonies” from internally displaced persons (IDPs) in camps and settlements across Darfur giving details of killings by Government-backed militias and the armed forces.”There is a compelling need to carry out a comprehensive documentation of the incidents of extrajudicial and summary executions in Darfur in order to bring the perpetrators of these grave human rights violations to justice,” she states.Ms. Jahangir writes that the locations of some mass graves could not be verified by her because of security concerns and time constraints. But she suspected crimes against humanity may have occurred given the gravity and scale of the reports she received.Turning to the global nature of executions, Ms. Jahangir says “there is no indication that the number of violations of the right to life has decreased during the period under review.”Ms. Jahangir urges the abolition of all executions of children who are below the age of 18 when they commit the crime, welcoming the “virtual consensus” on this issue.She also expresses particular concern that the force is being used disproportionately and arbitrarily as a means of countering the threat of terrorism.Ms. Jahangir recommends that countries where the death penalty is practised impose a moratorium on the punishment until they set up national commissions to determine whether they are observing all relevant safeguards and international standards.”Governments should also keep up-to-date records relating to the death penalty and should make them available to the public. Members of civil society should be able to visit prisons where inmates sentenced to death are detained,” she stressed.In July, Australian lawyer Philip Alston was appointed by the UN Commission on Human Rights to succeed Ms. Jahangir in the post. read more

On World No Tobacco Day UN urges plain packaging of tobacco products

The decision came in the same week that arbitrators revealed that they refused to hear a Philip Morris claim against the Australian law on grounds that the company had engaged in an abuse of process in bringing the claim. “These results are a cause for celebration, but governments must remain vigilant,” the Director-General said. “We have seen over and over again how industry, fuelled by its deep pockets, has been able to develop new strategies in an attempt to protect profits generated from its deadly products. In the case of plain packaging, it has been the target of a massive tobacco industry misinformation campaign dating as far back as 1993,” she added. WHO had stood up against that campaign, replacing falsehoods with the facts, Dr. Chan said. “While plain packaging represents a power tool for tobacco control, it also builds upon other measures that governments have at their disposal to curb tobacco use. It is recommended that plain packaging be used as part of a comprehensive multi-sectoral approach to tobacco control,” the Director-General said. “On this World No Tobacco Day, we are telling the world to get ready for even more comprehensive tobacco control,” she concluded. WHO: World No Tobacco Day 2016 – Get ready for plain packagingDr. Chan highlighted that new evidence from Australia, the first country to fully implement plain packaging, shows that changes to tobacco packaging there led to more than 100,000 few smokers in the country in the first 34 months since implementation in 2012. “The evidence tells us that plain packaging reduces the attractiveness of tobacco products,” Dr. Chan said. “It restricts tobacco advertising and promotion. It limits misleading packaging and labelling. And it increases the effectiveness of health warnings. The Director-General said that the strength of the evidence had been “rigorously tested,” including recently in the High Court of England and Wales, which rejected all 17 of the industry’s challenges to the United Kingdom plain packaging law. In doing so, the court stated that some of the tobacco industry evidence was “wholly untenable and resembled diatribe rather than expert opinion,” Dr. Chan said. As part of that approach, he noted that Governments have committed to strengthen the implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in all countries to reduce the proportion of people who use tobacco. The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control entered into force in February 2005. Since then, it has become one of the most widely embraced treaties in the history of the UN, with 180 Parties, covering 90 per cent of the world’s population. Along those lines, Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, noted in her message on the Day that tobacco packaging is a form of advertising and promotion that often misleads consumers and serves to hide the “deadly reality of tobacco use.” “Now, WHO is drawing attention to the role of plain packaging of tobacco products as part of a comprehensive approach to tobacco control, including comprehensive bans on advertising, promotion and sponsorship and graphic health warnings. We do this for a very good reason: plain packaging works,” she stressed. “Tobacco use is one of the largest causes of preventable non-communicable diseases, including cancers, heart and lung disease,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message on the Day, which is observed annually to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use and to advocate for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. “On this World No Tobacco Day, I call on Governments around the world to get ready for plain packaging,” he added. As laid out in the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the plain packaging of tobacco products entails restricting or prohibiting the use of logos, colours, brand images or any promotional information other than brand and product names displayed in a standard colour and font. Noting that tobacco also “diverts valuable household income,” Mr. Ban said that plain packaging reduces the “attractiveness of tobacco products, restricts tobacco advertising and promotion, limits misleading labelling, and increases the effectiveness of health warnings.” In his message, the UN chief also highlighted that Sustainable Development Goal 3 aims to “ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.” read more

Mont Harmon Searches for Top Spellers

Photos by Jeff Barrett Mont Harmon Middle School sought the top spellers in each grade during the class spelling bee last week. The competition found the top students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades.After many rounds of competition, the field was narrowed to the top spellers for each respective grade. In the sixth grade, Bella Jones, Michael Fivecoat, Halton Hunt, Josiah Trostle and Taylor Hawk will advance to the school-wide spelling bee. In the seventh grade, Kloe Austin, Cameron Jones, Kyler Greehaul, December Jensen and Camden Escalante will advance. Finally, in the eight grade, Boyd Bradford, Wyatt Falk, Anastasia McGinnis, Nathan Engar and Haven Barley will vie for the school title.These 15 students will compete in the school-wide spelling bee to see who will advance to the district competition. read more

Lolo Jones Regrets Insensitive Tweet To Eric LeGrand

Lolo Jones, the track star who lives on Twitter, wishes she did not have a false start on her Tweet to former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand, who was paralyzed on the football field.LeGrand, whose profile does not indicate that he is confined to a wheelchair, apparently jokingly challenged Jones to a race, and that sparked Jones’ response that read: “Get Checked for a concussion. Clearly, you’ve been hit in the head. . . Cos you arnt beating a track athlete. . . ”That’s when Twitter went wild. Soon, Jones realized her gaffe when someone Tweeted to her: “You know he’s a quadrapalegic now?’“No. Dnt know. Sry. Dont know every football player,” Jones replied. “He challenged me to a race and I responded. . . ”Then she Tweeted: “I’m gonna get murdered for that Tweet. When I had no clue who that dude was. Just responding to any athlete who challenges me to a race.”Even later, Jones acknowledged that she was “getting trashed by tons of people.”Give her credit for trying to minimize the damage and not let it just fade away. She sent a statement to Yahoo! Sports that read:  “I’m truly sorry if I offended anyone by my tweet. When Eric challenged me to a race earlier all I knew was that he was a football player, but certainly had no idea he had become paralyzed from a football injury. I thought I was tweeting in good fun like I always do with the many athletes who challenge me to races.”LeGrand has been magnanimous, Tweeting: “Sorry for all this crazy stuff being said. Much respect for you” and “this is wild did not know this was going to happen. You have a supporter in me for sure.”Since being paralyzed two years ago, he has stood  on his own, led the the Rutgers football team onto the field for a game in 2011, been given the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the ESPYs, vowed to walk again and been an quite a brave and inspiring man.You can bet Jones will do a little more research when tempted with an aggressive response. Or, at least, that’s the hope. read more

Over 120 acres of rice lands on West Coast affected by

This image shows the discoloration of the rice crops which are stuntedOver 120 acres of rice lands being serviced by 15 farmers in villages along the West Coast of Demerara are currently affected by what appears to be a termite infestation on the present rice crop.INews understands that Hague, Den Amstel, and several other villages appear to be hardest hit.According to the farmers, the termites began feeding on their crops about one month ago.Omar Dhanny, a farmer who cultivates about seven acres of land at Hague, said, “A lot of farmers struggling with the same problem. Nobody don’t really know what to do; and the research, we report this thing to the GRDB, (Guyana Rice Development Board) and they sent two extension officers, but nobody like scientists didn’t come around as yet to assist us with our struggles”.Dhanny said he and other farmers have exhausted almost every effort to address the situation, but to no avail. In the same breath, he also explained that the infestation is  financial burden.The farmer noted that extension officers from the GRDB Office in Region Three had visited and advised that they spray the crops with a specific pesticide, but this remedy, they noted, also failed.One of the affected rice fieldsAdditionally, he said an ex-staffer who was attached to the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) has been trying to help the farmers identify the issue and, hopefully, find a solution.Another farmer, Ganga Persaud, who has been planting rice for about 60 years in the same area, noted that he has never seen such a devastating termite.The frustrated farmer added that when officials from the GRDB Office in Region Three visited their farm lands, they did not find anything, but merely recommended a pesticide.He argued that merely taking samples is not good enough; in this regard, he thinks agronomists and plant pathologists have failed to give answers.In an almost frightened tone the farmer related, “It seems as if the insects have gained resilience against pesticides, because we have tried almost everything…we can till the soil, but we cannot get rid of these things”.It is against that backdrop that the farmers are calling for urgent attention to be given to the specific situation. Several efforts made by this newspaper to contact the GRDB proved futile. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOver 120 rice farmers’ crops ruined due to breach at MahaiconyJuly 8, 2019In “Environment”$1.5B lost to paddy bug infestation in Region 6April 22, 2019In “Business”Berbice farmers battling paddy bug infestationMarch 9, 2019In “latest news” read more

Wolfram Alpha Facebook analytics are actually interesting

first_imgIn one of the most momentous events in the history of mathematics, Wolfram Alpha has legitimized one of the most controversial and deeply held beliefs among mathematicians: numbers can be fun.Leaving aside Number Munchers and its vastly inferior sequels, there has been little evidence to support the claim that math could lead to interesting or valuable information. Now, Wolfram has put the question to bed once and for all: math can tell you about your social media presence.The online super-calculator has introduced a new Facebook analytics feature which, given access to your account, will break you down to your basic numerical components and rearrange them to change the way you think about your life online.What’s most interesting about the report is not so much what it tells you about yourself, but about your friends. I had no idea, for instance, that my Facebook friends were 58% male, or that my male friends are almost twice as romantically single as my female ones, or that my friend-group is almost as married as it is single. Your friends are broken down across virtually every possible rubric, from age to geographical location to number of Facebook friends.If there’s one thing Wolfram knows how to do, it’s charts.The relationship web was particularly interesting, visually arranging friends according to mutual friendships. It shows what isolated little communities exist in Facebook’s status-propagating algorithms, one interlinked group for family, another for college friends, another for work buddies. Every now and then, though, a single grey line reaches out to connect otherwise separate clusters of people — I learned through this phenomenon that my second cousin in the UK speaks regularly with an old high-school buddy, purely by coincidence.Those sorts of insights are really the most legitimate part of this analysis, since it doesn’t rely on self-reporting. According to their own reporting, six people I went to college with are between the ages of 70 and 90, and seven others under 10. The previously mentioned relationship numbers are skewed, since one sex or the other is probably less likely to report their single-ness over Facebook, or more likely to report being in a relationship. These certainly aren’t scientific findings, but they are interesting in their limited way.Who are your most active friends? Who posts the most to your timeline but gets neglected by you? Who does a lot of liking but not a lot of content production? These pressing, vital questions and more and answered with the push of a button.last_img read more

Camp lets kids play with principles of flight

first_imgAs the six children sat around the table, busy with scissors and tape, one started humming a familiar tune.The “Star Wars” theme seemed to be a fitting soundtrack for the morning’s activity, which was an exploration of science and technology.The children were taking part in an aviation-education camp inside a hangar at Vancouver’s historic airport, Pearson Field. During winter break, the Pearson Field Education Center is offering the half-day sessions for kids in first grade through fourth grade.This was not necessarily an introductory session. Several of the children have flown in airplanes, and 9-year-old Annika Morrow sees more of it in her future.“I want to be a pilot when I grow up,” said Morrow, a fourth-grader at Pleasant Valley Primary School. “My dad says flying is in my blood. My great-grandfather was a pilot.”Everett Pryor, 9, already knew the four principles of flight: lift, thrust, weight and drag.But the camp gives children a hands-on opportunity to play with those principles.“We want to make science fun,” said Garrett Schmidt, director of Pearson Field Education Center. “We want to give them the concepts of science, not get into the academics behind it. If we can coordinate scientific activities with play, that’s when learning happens.”During that scissors-and-tape activity, the children built whirligigs. They cut the open end of their paper cones, creating petal-like wings that demonstrated the concept of lift when the whirligigs were released over a vertical wind table.last_img read more

Spectacular Washougal fire damages plastics business

first_imgWASHOUGAL — A spectacular fire ripped through a drainage pipe storage yard at the Port of Camas-Washougal on Friday evening, sending plumes of black smoke into the air that were visible for miles.The fire was reported at Advanced Drainage Systems, 627 S. 37th St., Washougal at 7:56 p.m. and quickly grew to two alarms. Flames reached an estimated 60 feet into the air, Camas-Washougal Fire Department Battalion Chief Greg Payne said. The weather at the time the fire erupted was about 80 degrees with a light breeze.The blaze burned five large stacks of 4- to 24-inch stormwater management pipe that were stored in an outdoor yard, according to Randy Miller, deputy fire marshal with the Camas-Washougal Fire Department. The storage yard is near South 32nd and Index streets, about a block from the factoryA worker on a forklift reportedly spotted the fire, then tried to separate the stacks of piping to prevent the flames from spreading. The effort was ultimately unsuccessful as the fire quickly spread through the piping.ADS manufactures and sells polyethylene and polypropylene pipe used for agriculture, mining, forestry, recreation and general construction uses, according to its website. The company is based in Hilliard, Ohio; the Washougal plant is one of several ADS plants in the Pacific Northwest. ADS has been a tenant at the port since 1978.last_img read more

Messi more motivated than ever Suarez

first_imgBarcelona striker Luis Suarez believes teammate Lionel Messi is more motivated than he has ever been.The Uruguayan believes Messi who was recently appointed as captain of the Spanish giants is motivated to put his World Cup disappointment behind him and lead the Catalan club to more success on the pitch.“He’s really motivated, even more so after the World Cup and the Champions League,” Suarez said, according to MailGuardian.“But it’s a really difficult competition to win and Messi can’t win it on his own. It has to be a team effort, as good as he is.“Obviously, it’s infuriating for us because Madrid have won the Champions League in each of the last three years. They have made history and it’s a thorn in our side.”Meanwhile, Suarez has come to the defense of Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde after the former Athletic Bilbao boss was criticized that he overworking his players in the Spanish League led to their disappointing exit in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League last season.“When you pass 30 you begin to realize there are times when you have to rest,” Suarez said.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I regret a lot the game against Leganés at home when we had a big lead in La Liga and the quarterfinal with Roma three days later. I played the whole game and you get a bit tired,” he said.“You have to manage things to be at your best in the big games.I think the coach is seeing those little details.”Suarez turned 31 in January and scored 25 league goals last term. He would like to finish his career at the Camp Nou but admits it will be difficult.“It’s complicated,” Suarez said. “Look at players like Xavi [Xavier Hernández Creus] and Andrés [Iniesta], they are players who have been ingrained in the club but they have not been able to finish here.“I am aware the day I do not have the level to play for Barça I would have to leave, but the desire of every player is to end here.”last_img read more

Filipino govt wont mediate any BB heist settlement

first_imgBW file photoThe Philippines government will keep its hands off legal between the bank concerned and Dhaka for settlement of dues after the US81 million cyber heist of Bangladesh Bank money in 2016, a business magazine reported on Tuesday.Hackers stole the central bank money deposited with Federal Reserve Bank of New York and draw cash from Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) in Manila before the money was sent to a Filipino casino.Manila has returned $15 million so far, but the remaining $66 million is still unaccounted for after the money trail went cold in local casinos, according to BusinessWorld.It said the government of Philippines maintained its stance to keep its hands off any developments on Dhaka filing charges against RCBC next week over the $81-million bank heist in 2016.“Our position is unchanged,” finance secretary Carlos G Dominguez III was quoted to have told reporters in a mobile phone message on Monday.This statement followed a media report that Dhaka will file charges against RCBC and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on 15 January over their role in the $81-million Bangladesh Bank heist.Unidentified cyber criminals stole the $81 million in February 2016 using fraudulent orders on the SWIFT payments system, which were eventually wired to RCBC accounts.Dominguez met former finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith in Manila in May last year, where he said the Philippines government will have no hand in any out-of-court settlement or developments in court regarding the charges against RCBC as it has already imposed the necessary sanctions on the bank, said the magazine.It added that the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas slapped a P1-billion fine on RCBC, which was the largest penalty ever imposed by the central bank on a lender.Local authorities have also filed money laundering charges against an RCBC branch manager involved in the heist.last_img read more

Baltimore Fashion Week Celebrates with a Gala

first_imgAlvertis Alexander, Model and Fashion Designer of Alve’. (Photo credit Charise Wallace)Baltimore Fashion Week held a party in the middle of the event called “The Gala,” a celebration of upcoming Fall fashions. The event took place on August 13 at the Pier 5 Hotel in Baltimore and gave guests, models and designers a chance to put their fashionista skills to the test by focusing on less formal and more fashion.Baltimore Fashion Week came to an end on Sunday, August 16, and began on Tuesday, August 11. “The Gala” meant nothing more than an on-going celebration of what people of Baltimore have long waited for, as designers got an opportunity to showcase their Fall 2015 designs.  Baltimore Fashion Week revolved around the theme “Wonderland of Fashion,” a reference to the classic 1950’s film Alice in Wonderland, but with a modern twist.“It looks extremely whimsical in here…the tables are full of the scenes from the movie,” said Rhonda Lingham, a Baltimore County resident.Walking into “The Gala” was similar to walking into an actual movie, yet, more magical and calm, as the hotel was surrounded a body of water overlooking the city of Baltimore. There was a candy bar table set-up as a way to make everyone feel like they were in a fairytale with generous amounts of candy overflowing. As people walked closer towards the center of the ball room, the movie Alice in Wonderland was projected on a screen above the. “Both DC and Baltimore [Fashion Week] are very similar, but the difference is that the mentality in Baltimore is that we’re more creators than we are followers,” said Marsha William, Baltimore Fashion Week’s Media Coordinator.According to Baltimore Fashion Week’s website, all of the proceeds for “The Gala” will go towards, REFRESH, an educational program giving homeroom teachers grades K-6 school supplies in preparation of Fall 2015 school year. A reception called, “Education Honors” will also be held to support students in grades 8-12 who contain a perfect attendance record and a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.last_img read more

A day after slugfest Fadnavis says his ministry will run full term

first_imgDownplaying the open slug-fest between the allies in the run up to the Kalyan Dombivili bypolls, Fadnavis, who completed his first year in office, said, “there are no problems between the two parties and the alliance will remain for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation in 2017 as well.” The government will last its full term, 45-year-old Fadnavis, who emerged as a dark horse for the top slot with the backing of the RSS, told a press meet here.Asked whether the anniversary is that of BJP or Shiv Sena, he said, “the first anniversary is of the government which includes everyone associated with it.”  Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra damThe BJP formed its first government in the state on October 31 last year and the Shiv Sena joined the ministry over a month later to be content with the portoflios the dominant partner was ready to part with.Fielding questions on Uddhav’s threat of pulling down the government at the civic poll rally on Friday, he said, “I haven’t heard nor am I aware of it.” Speaking on the never-ending slanging match between the partners, he said, “I do not indulge in mud-slinging nor has anyone done that on me.”last_img read more

Ontario agent latest winner in Sandals Cash Splash incentive

first_imgTags: Sandals Travelweek Group Thursday, June 20, 2019 Posted by Sharecenter_img TORONTO — One booking with Sandals Resorts led to $1,000 for one lucky Ontario travel agent.‘Sandals Cash Splash’, the company’s largest and longest cash incentive to date – created exclusively for Canadian agents – continues to reward winners from across the country. Vincent Mazet from CWT Concierge in Ottawa recently accepted his prize of $1,000 from Giselle Williams, BDM, Toronto, Central Ontario and Ottawa, Unique Vacations Canada Inc. for making just one booking. ‘Sandals Cash Splash’ launched in October 2018 and awards multiple, monthly cash prizes to agents who make a booking direct with Unique Vacations Inc. The promotion runs through Sept. 30, 2019.Each new direct booking of three nights or longer to any Sandals or Beaches resort in any room category (for travel now through Dec. 18, 2019) equals one entry for the monthly cash prizes:. $500 for each booking in any room category. $750 for each Club category bookingMore news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochure. $1000 for each Butler category bookingEach new direct booking equals one contest entry, with no limits on the number of entries per person, so more bookings equal more chances to win. Certain restrictions apply and the incentive is not valid in Quebec.For more information on Sandals Cash Splash, agents can visit taportal.sandals.com or call 1-800-545-8283 ext. 1. Ontario agent latest winner in Sandals Cash Splash incentive << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa and the Milestone Hotel on travel

first_imgSource = Red Carnation The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, the celebrated luxury collection of family-run boutique hotels, is proud to announce that two of their five star hotels, The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Cape Town, South Africa and The Milestone Hotel, Kensington, London have been included in Travel + Leisure’s 500 Best Hotels readers poll for 2011. Both hotels achieved outstanding marks and were listed in the top 10 for their respective regions, Europe and Africa.The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is a peaceful sanctuary that stands in a class of its own, showcasing splendid luxury, passionate service, generous hospitality and exceptional value. Nestled at the edge of the world, amongst indigenous flora and mountain trails, with staggering views of the majestic Twelve Apostles mountain range and the Atlantic Ocean, this five-star Cape Town property is recognised and awarded as the No.1 Hotel in Cape Town (Travel + Leisure magazine World’s Best hotels 2010) and voted No.1 Hotel in South Africa (Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Family Hotels Awards 2010). Only five minutes from Camps Bay and 15 minutes from the City Centre and Waterfront, guests can experience the best of both worlds -vibrant Cape Town, and a haven of natural beauty. Facilities include 70 sea and mountain-facing bedrooms and suites including the Presidential Suite; one sea and one mountain-facing pool; and the award-winning Sanctuary Spa. Dining facilities include the Azure restaurant, The Café Grill, and the Leopard Bar. Guests can spend a popcorn-eating evening at the hotel’s 16-seat private cinema. In addition to its own helipad, The Twelve Apostles offers complimentary shuttle transfers to and from the V&A Waterfront, and is an exceptional setting for special occasions, corporate events and spectacular weddings.Situated in the heart of Kensington, overlooking Kensington Palace and Gardens, the quiet and understated elegance of The Milestone is celebrated for its style, comfort, and exalted levels of personal service. This five star hotel in London offers 56 individually designed rooms and suites, and six two-bedroom apartments: each lavishly decorated with the finest fabrics and furnishings. The building is a showpiece of the Victorian era, having been restored to its former architectural splendour. Boasting 24-hour butler service, Cheneston’s fine dining Restaurant, Park Lounge for traditional afternoon tea, Stables bar and fitness centre with resistance pool and spa treatment, this exquisite hotel is a short stroll to the Royal Albert Hall, and in easy reach of Knightsbridge and the West End.”No request is too large, no detail too small” is the ethos that inspires this luxury collection of thirteen five and four star outstanding boutique hotels in London, Dorset, Guernsey, Geneva, Palm Beach and South Africa. Each property has its own individual character and unique location that reflects the local environment, culture and cuisine. They all share the qualities that win Red Carnation so many prestigious awards – splendid luxury, generous hospitality, inventive and traditional cuisine, private art collections, passionate service and loyal staff committed to creating richly rewarding experiences for all their guests.last_img read more

Tourists leaving thousands of traffic fines unpaid

first_imgAyia Napa Mayor Yiannis Karousos called for a change of policy on Tuesday to make sure that tourists are made to pay traffic fines before leaving the island as thousands remain unpaid due to lack of checks.Speaking to state broadcaster CyBC, Karousos said that many tourists, mostly young, who rent motorcycles or quad bikes, fail to abide by traffic signs, drive under the influence of alcohol or drive dangerously, often without any consequences.“They drive dangerously. There are accidents, and they create a negative impression to our visitors through this behaviour,” Karousos said. He added that they also endanger pedestrians.But offenders, he said, when they get caught, usually fail to pay their fines before departing, resulting in thousands of unpaid tickets each year as there is no control system in place.“In the Famagusta district alone, last year, there were 3,000 unpaid tickets,” Karousos said.He said that the details of tourists renting vehicles should be registered with the police and municipality systems so that they can be tracked down and made to pay their fines.The EU recently introduced a new directive warning that those who commit such traffic offences would be made to pay the fines in their home countries.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Pet SupplementsAging Cat? Help Them Thrive By Doing This One ThingUltimate Pet Nutrition Pet SupplementsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more