Fort St John resident to get award from Cancer Society for contributions

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A resident of Fort St. John is going to be getting an award from the Canadian Cancer Society for his contributions to the Cops for Cancer Tour de North.Darren Thomson has served as an Auxiliary Constable with the Fort St. John RCMP for the past seven years, and began volunteering with the Tour de North ride five years ago. The Tour de North sees police officers, sheriffs, and others ride bicycles over 850 km across Northern BC over the course of week every year to raise money for pediatric cancer research and Camp Goodtimes.Thomson has served on the event’s organizing committee, and has also supported the ride in a volunteer capacity, driving the police cruiser that leads the peloton as well as various other support vehicles. His contribution to the ride also involves arranging the logistics of feeding and lodging the officers. Because of his contributions to the ride, the Cancer Society announced recently that Thomson will be receiving the Society’s 2018 Community Impact Volunteer Leadership Award. Thomson said that he’s not too sure when he’ll be receiving the award, but that’s honoured to have been chosen. “It’s a pat on the back that isn’t really necessary, and I’m happy to do it,” he said.last_img read more

About Time Carmelo Anthony Jim Brown and Others React

InstagramAfter Michael Jordan released a statement yesterday speaking up about violence by and against police, many in the sports world reacted to the retired NBA player’s stance. Atlanta Black Star reported Jordan was “saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late” adding, “I can no longer stay silent.” Carmelo Anthony thought the Charlotte Hornets owner’s opinion was overdue.During a meeting on community issues between Team USA players and local police in Los Angeles, Anthony praised Jordan for finally speaking out about a political issue, especially one that relates to African-Americans. It is something the former Chicago Bulls player has steered clear of in the past.“I thought it was brilliant and about time that he stepped up and said what he said,” the New York Knicks forward told ESPN at the Boys and Girls Club in California. “Because at the end of the day, amongst us, he is our face. He’s an African-American above every powerful African-American, so for him to step up in the midst of these times right now, it was very big on his behalf.”Carmelo Anthony on Michael Jordan’s statement today. “I thought it was brilliant and about time he stepped up.” pic.twitter.com/D3htGey0MI— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) July 25, 2016“And not also just step up – it’s not always about money and giving back,” he said, referring to Jordan’s $2 million contributions to organizations dedicated to improving police and community relations. “But for him to step up and put his money where his mouth at, the timing was perfect.”Social media reaction was mixed.Jaison Oliver encouraged doubters to read about the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, one of the organizations Jordan gave $1 million to. But he also decried the other $1 million donation to the Institute for Community-Police Relations.However, Jordan absolutely could’ve better allocated the other $1mil he gave to the police chiefs org. Stop playing both sides, Mike.— Jaison Oliver (@oJaison) July 26, 2016And Beats Music’s director of influencer marketing Kenny Hamilton pointed out Jordan’s private philanthropy.Michael Jordan has donated money over the years for various causes in a silent manner. Yet people always criticize what they don’t know.— Kenny Hamilton (@KennyHamilton) July 25, 2016Besides Anthony, at least one other athlete has also commended the billionaire ex-baller. Jim Brown – who played for the Cleveland Browns from 1957 to 1965 – praised Jordan for finally speaking up about anti-violence.“I applaud Michael. He’s taken his time to, what I think, put his mind to what he was going say and represent,” Brown told the sports network. “He put his money there and the only thing I can do is praise him and thank him for reaching out for and using his tremendous people power in a way that I feel will make a difference in this country.”Still, some are more critical. Panelist Kevin Blackistone questioned why Jordan would donate to the Institute for Community-Police Relations and the Legal Defense Fund over Black Lives Matter.“I’m hard pressed to believe how you can be emotionally moved by the extrajudicial killings of Black men in this country, and then cut a check for a million dollars to the police,” he said on Around The Horn Monday. “The police aren’t in need of funding when it comes to this situation.”“Why not give the Black Lives Matter movement a legal arm and fund – and seed some funding to start that as a new civil rights movement for a new generation,” he said of the Legal Defense Fund donation.He added the star should use his platform as a Hanes underwear spokesperson to urge the company to “bring back some of the 30 plants  they closed down in the early 2000s here and…bring those jobs back to urban America” to give Black youth better jobs. read more

Mens Hockey No 17 Ohio State comes away with a win and

Ohio State junior forward Mason Jobst prepares for a face-off against Robert Morris on Oct. 27. The Buckeyes won 5-3. Credit: Nick Hudak | For the LanternNo. 17 Ohio State (6-3-3, 1-3-0-0 Big Ten) defeated Connecticut (3-8-2, 2-4-1 Hockey East) 5-4 in a high-scoring battle in the first game of the men’s hockey weekend series Friday, then tied 1-1 in a goaltender showdown in the second game Saturday. Freshman goalie Tommy Nappier made his first Ohio State start in the opening game of the series and made 35 saves in the game.Game 1The Buckeyes lit up the Huskies for five goals in Game 1. The Buckeyes got up to an early 3-0 lead thanks to two first-period goals by senior forward Matthew Weis. Weis opened up the scoring with a goal 40 seconds into the first period off assists from sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski and junior defenseman Sasha Larocque.UConn got two back later in the second period off goals by senior forward Jesse Schwartz and senior forward Spencer Naas to bring the score to 3-2 going into the third period.Junior forward Mason Jobst scored his sixth goal of the season to give the Buckeyes a two-goal lead early in the frame, scoring on the man advantage, something Ohio State has struggled with this season. The Buckeyes went a strong 2-for-4 on the power play in Game 1, with junior forward Dakota Joshua scoring in the second period while a man up.The Huskies attempted a comeback and were given a great opportunity on a major penalty by senior forward Christian Lampasso, but Ohio State killed off the five-minute power play. UConn cut the lead to 5-4 on a late goal by junior forward Max Kalter with an empty net, but Ohio State held on for the tight victory.Game 2After the nine goals in the first game, only two found their way past redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo and sophomore goalie Adam Huska in a 1-1 draw. Romeo made 29 saves, including six crucial saves in the overtime period to preserve the tie. Huska made 24 saves.Both teams had numerous opportunities, as Ohio State had five chances on the power play and UConn had four. But neither team found the back of the net while on the man advantage.Laczynski tallied his third point of the series on a goal halfway through the third period that opened the scoring for Ohio State. Senior defenseman Janik Moser earned an assist on the play.The Huskies countered late in the third period and scored the equalizer with about three minutes to go on a shot by Schwartz for his second of the series.The lone goals on both sides of the ice were the only two goals in the game and the game ended in a 1-1 draw. UConn led in shots for the second game in a row 30-25.The Buckeyes have a bye week next week then travel to Ann Arbor for a rival conference matchup against Michigan. Puck drop is set for 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 24 and 7:30 on Nov. 25. read more

Mane I am a lucky boy

first_imgSadio Mane is loving life alongside his fellow strike partners, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, and he has warned Real Madrid that there is more to come from themThe three forwards made history in the semi-finals of the competition by becoming the highest scoring-trio in the Champions League after Mane had scored in the return leg against AS Roma in the ninth minute of the match.The Liverpool striker has scored 19 goals this season and has warned Real that more are on their way.“I think more goals are coming! Of course, I am happy, but as a striker, you’d love to score every single game to help your team,” said Mane, according to Irish Independent.“Now we have one more important game, so why not try to do our best, score for the team and win the trophy?”While the 26-year-old’s goalscoring tally pales in comparison to Firmino’s 27 and Salah’s 44, he is loving the experience of playing alongside the duo.“Like I have always said, I have always been enjoying playing alongside these great players,” said Mane.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“They make everything easier for me. I am a lucky boy.“But we always talk about the front three. Don’t forget it starts with the guys behind. They make it easier.“The power of Liverpool Football Club is the collective. We always do everything together, this is our power.”Saturday’s final at Olympic Stadium in Kiev will be Liverpool’s first final in the Champions League in 11 years with the club aiming to lift the famous trophy for the sixth time in their history.last_img read more

DEI Briefs 52914

first_imgNew website and digital magazine for cyclocross.The publishers of Singletrack, the U.K.-based magazine on mountain bikes, are launching a digital magazine and website focusing on cyclocross, a sport similar to motocross racing but using bicycles. The website, called grit.cx, will premier at the end of the summer, and the first issue of the digital magazine will be available in early October. The magazine will feature stories and influences from the U.K., Europe, the U.S. and other countries where the sport is growing in popularity. Emergency Management website getting a makeover.A newly redesigned website for Emergency Management magazine will be rolled out soon. The format will likely be similar to other e.Republic websites, such as Governing and Government Technology. The website, like for its sister publications, will feature digital links to all articles from the print editions. BRAIN magazine offers both digital and print.Beginning with its May 1st issue, Bicycle Retailer and Industry News (BRAIN) has added the option for subscribers to receive a new digital version in addition to or instead of the print edition.Christianity Today‘s Books & Culture lives on in digital.Less than nine months after a pledge drive saved the publication from closing in 2013, Books & Culture has released a biweekly digital edition featuring reviews and news from a Christian perspective. Acquisition of Audience Media by Zinio.The digital platform company Zinio has acquired Audience Media, a company that provides CMS and app services for magazines such as ELLE, Marie Claire, Cosmo and more. Created in Barcelona but now based in Vietnam, the service currently has 30 apps under the its name in the Apple App Store, and possibly more publishers who want their branding instead of Audience Media’s. So far its magazine apps are simply replica editions of the print versions.WSJ‘s new digital video magazine.The Wall Street Journal has launched new platforms for its expanding video content, including the new digital video magazine, Signal. The magazine will include excerpts from filmmakers and emerging talents, interviews with celebrities and luminaries and a mix of short videos from WSJ contributors around the world. This will add to WSJ‘s existing shows “The Short Answer” and “Startup of the Year.”last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Part-Time Assistant Teacher at Little SproutsPart-Time Toddler Teacher’s Aide at Little SproutsPart-Time Member Services Representative at Planet FitnessPart-Time Package Handler at Fed-ExPart-Time Overnight Custodian at Planet FitnessFull-Time Logistics Associate at EcoLabFull-Time QC Clerk at TecometFull-Time Route Sales Representative at Frito LayFull-Time Severe Special Ed Teacher at May InstituteFull-Time General Warehouse Worker (2nd Shift) at S.G. Torrice(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

VIDEO Watch Concert with WHS Strings Chorus Soundscape 8th Grade Chorus

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington High School’s Strings, Chorus and Soundscape Acapella group, along with the 8th grade Chorus, held its Winter Concert on Thursday, December 6, 2018 in the Wilmington High School Auditorium.Wilmington Community Television was on hand to cover the concert. Watch it below:—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/f/2/7/9/1/8/f279182a-1fc2-417f-b8b7-ab3752a2a8121544205967.316%2B48988666.360%40castus4-wilmington%2B15442098141544208053979219.vod.720p.8th%20Grade-HS%20Chorus%2C%20Soundscape%2C%20HS%20Strings.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/f/2/7/9/1/8/f279182a-1fc2-417f-b8b7-ab3752a2a8121544205967.316%2B48988666.360%40castus4-wilmington%2B15442098141544208053979219.vod.720p.8th%20Grade-HS%20Chorus%2C%20Soundscape%2C%20HS%20Strings.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Watch 2019 Wilmington Spring Chorus FestivalIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch Concert with 7th & 8th Grade Strings & Chorus, WHS Chorus & SoundscapeIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch 2018 Wilmington Spring Choral ConcertIn “Videos”last_img read more

Did Prabhas rumoured girlfriend Anushka hurt her leg Here is the truth

first_imgAnushka Shetty.PR HandoutThe fans of Anushka Shetty have been sending ‘get well soon’ messages to her following the reports which claimed that she suffered an injury on the sets of her Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, but the actress has responded to it by stating that she is fit and fine.”I am hale, healthy and happy shooting in Seattle Love You All,” the actress wrote on her Instagram account to clarify the rumours. Anushka Shetty is working on her other project Silence, which stars Madhavan.Prior to her formal clarification, reports stated that she has informed her associates to clarify the rumours and a WhatsApp conversation apparently with the director and the actress had surfaced online.Although there is no authenticity on the purported screen shot of the conversation, her online fans club are sharing it on social media sites. Now its officially confirmed ?Thanks @hemchandINC anna for sharing this ?❤Now Dear Media’s Please Stop this rumor #Sweety is absolutely fine officially confirmed by (Her) #AnushkaShetty ?❤ pic.twitter.com/fVo0sqquSf— Anushka Shetty™ (@TeamAnushkaFC) June 26, 2019Earlier, there were reports that Anushka Shetty got her leg fractured after suffering the injury during the shooting of Mega Star Chiranjeevi’s Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy. She was taking treatment and had maintained secrecy over the development, reports said.Indeed, some reports had claimed that Anushka Shetty was in bed rest and not attending the shooting of Silence. This came as a worrying piece of news to fans, who prayed for her quick recovery.Anushka Shetty, who is the rumoured girlfriend of Prabhas, will be seen as an NRI businesswoman. As per the rumours, she is a deaf and dumb in the multilingual flick. Hemant Madhukar of 125 KM and Vastadu Naa Raju fame is directing the film which is funded by People Media Factory.last_img read more

SpiceJet Boeing deal Lowcost carrier places order for 205 aircraft worth 22

first_imgIn what is said to be one of the biggest deals in India’s aviation history, SpiceJet, India’s low-cost carrier has confirmed its plan to purchase 205 Boeing jets for $22 billion (about Rs 1.5 lakh crore) from the US-based aircraft manufacturer. With the deal, SpiceJet is seeking to win the market share from its dominant rival — IndiGo Airlines. The deal, which includes 100 firm 737 Max 8 jets, will build on an existing order for 55 aircraft, the carrier said in a statement on Friday.Also read: Boeing strikes big deal with SpiceJet for 92 Boeing 737 jetlinersAdditionally, the airline also has the option to buy 50 more wide-bodied aircraft. With this, the total order stands at $22 billion at the listed price. “SpiceJet’s new order underscores it’s drive to compete more effectively in India’s cut-throat low cost travel market. The deal for up to 205 737MAXs will certainly put it on par with Indigo for domestic dominance and the added range of the 737MAX fleet will allow SpiceJet to open up routes deeper into Asia and even parts of Europe/CIS states,” Saj Ahmad, chief analyst at StrategicAero Research, told the International Business Times, India.The deal is seen as a win-win situation for both the parties: The latest order could help SpiceJet become the largest airline in India (as per fleet size), as it competes with IndiGo, which controls the world’s fastest-growing aviation market with 42 per cent market share. For Boeing, this deal could signal the aircraft an entry into the Indian market, which is dominated by Airbus. Last month, SpiceJet had a market share of 12.8 per cent (according to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation).”Our turnaround story has been one which has very few parallels in the world today and we are proud of it. SpiceJet has achieved seven consecutive quarters of profit, highest on-time performance and lowest cancellation rates; a record load factor of over 90% every month for 20 months in a row – a feat that has no parallel in aviation history,” Ajay Singh, chairman and managing director, SpiceJe, said in the statement.SpiceJet placed its first order with Boeing in 2005 for Next-Generation B737s and currently operates 32 of the B737s in its fleet besides 17 Bombardier Q400s.The SpiceJet stock closed at Rs 65.50 on Friday, up 2.50 percent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange.last_img read more

Xi meets top EU leaders to strengthen ties

first_imgChinese president Xi Jinping speaks flanked by his wife Peng Liyuan (R), French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron, during a state dinner at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France on 25 March. AFP File PhotoThe leaders of China, France, Germany and the EU were set to meet in Paris on Tuesday for “unprecedented” talks on how to improve ties, despite growing jitters over Beijing’s massive investments in Europe.It comes ahead of an EU-China summit in Brussels next month and a day after Chinese president Xi Jinping signed an array of deals with France including a huge aircraft contract.At a glitzy state dinner on Monday evening French president Emmanuel Macron said he hoped to build a “new global governance” with China and would discuss this at the “unprecedented meeting with the German chancellor and the president of the European Commission”.”This is an important gesture that we are making now. It is testament to your deep attachment to China’s cooperation with Europe… and my desire to build a strong Europe,” he told Xi.German chancellor Angela Merkel and EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker will join Xi and Macron at the Elysee Palace to explore “points of convergence” between the two trading giants.On Monday China and France inked a dozen deals on nuclear power, cultural exchanges and clean energy, while Beijing also committed to buy 290 Airbus A320s and 10 A350 airliners from Europe’s Airbus conglomerate.The order, originally for 184 A320s for 13 Chinese airlines, was first announced during Macron’s state visit to China in January 2018.All of the deals, including one on French exports to China of frozen chicken, amount to a total of some $40 billion.Xi’s visit poses a particular challenge for Macron, who wants to deepen EU ties with China while pushing back against Beijing’s growing global clout.Speaking at the Elysee Palace on Monday following talks with Xi, Macron called for a “strong Europe-China partnership”, adding that this must be based on “strong multilateralism” and “fair and balanced” trade.Meanwhile Xi stressed that “a united and prosperous Europe fits in with our vision of a multipolar world”.”China will always back European integration and its development,” he added in a statement to the press.Around 200 guests including the French actor Alain Delon, who is widely known in China, French electronic music composer Jean-Michel Jarre and Chinese actress Gong Li attended the state dinner on Monday.New Silk RoadEarlier on his trip, Xi visited Italy, which became the first G7 state to sign up to China’s vast “New Silk Road” infrastructure project that has sparked unease in the US and the European Union.Macron announced that France and China will cooperate on a number of investment projects in some of the countries involved in the initiative, a massive undertaking to link Asia to Europe.Italy’s participation comes despite misgivings over the huge venture by other European nations wary of China’s growing influence.Xi has insisted the project will be a two-way street of investment and trade.But EU Budget commissioner Gunther Oettinger in a newspaper interview over the weekend expressed “concern that in Italy and other European countries, infrastructure of strategic importance like power networks, high speed rail lines or harbours are no longer in European but in Chinese hands”.Europe’s distrust of Chinese telecom giant Huawei, which is poised to become the dominant player in next-generation 5G mobile technology worldwide, is also emblematic of the increasingly rocky relationship.The US is pressuring European allies not to use Huawei technology, saying it creates a security risk by potentially letting Beijing snoop on sensitive communications.France has so far not ruled out using Huawei technology.As well as addressing commercial cooperation and strategic issues with Xi, Macron has also been urged to deal with the case of Meng Hongwei, the Chinese former head of the France-based Interpol police agency.Meng’s wife has had no news of her husband since his arrest in China nearly six months ago. It emerged Sunday she had written to Macron asking him to bring up his disappearance with Xi.Meng is believed to be facing corruption charges.Despite the many sources of friction, France wants to engage China as a closer partner as Washington becomes more isolationist under Trump’s “America First” policy.For example, Macron may seek more Chinese support for the French-backed G5 Sahel force fighting Islamist extremists in Western Africa, French presidential aides said.last_img read more

Twitter Stock Tumbles After Analyst Calls It Harvey Weinstein of Social Media

first_imgIn his research note Thursday, Citron’s Left wrote that “we immediately knew the stock had become uninvestable and advertisers will soon be forced to take a hard look at all sponsorships with Twitter.” He added that “this story has just begun and advertisers will be forced to make more morality-based brand building decisions.”Twitter trails Facebook and Google in growth, and “any form of tweaking of the business model to ‘monitor speech’ sends traffic, engagement, and total users backwards for Twitter — a death blow for a company playing catch-up,” Left wrote. “Twitter now not only faces the problem of conservative backlash but more importantly the ad buyer who must be sensitive to all social norms.” Citron set a long-term price target of $20 per share on Twitter; the stock was down 12.5% in midday trading, to $28.81 per share. [UPDATE: Twitter shares closed at $29.29 per share for the day, down 11.05%.]The selloff of Twitter stock also comes amid an investor backlash against Facebook, whose stock dropped 7.3% Wednesday. That came after the attorney general for Washington, D.C., sued Facebook on Wednesday, alleging the company failed to protect the private data of millions of users that wound up in the hands of Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm that used the information to target voters during the 2016 presidential election. In addition, a New York Times report Tuesday said Facebook had shared access to user data with more than 150 partners in ways more extensive than previously disclosed, which added to its mounting privacy issues. “As an investor, if you dislike Facebook you must absolutely HATE Twitter,” Citron’s Left wrote.Asked for comment, a Twitter rep referred to a response to the Amnesty International report by Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s legal, policy and trust, and safety global lead. In part, she said it was “unclear” how the organization defined or categorized “problematic” content.“We work hard to build globally enforceable rules and have begun consulting the public as part of the process — a new approach within the industry,” Gadde said in the statement. “As numerous civil society groups have highlighted, it is important for companies to carefully define the scope of their policies for purposes of users being clear what content is and is not permitted.” She added that Twitter welcomed further discussion about how Amnesty International defined problematic behavior “in accordance with the need to protect free expression and ensure policies are clearly and narrowly drafted.” Shares of Twitter fell more than 12% Thursday after a Wall Street analyst labeled the company “the Harvey Weinstein of social media.”In a note to investors, Citron Research founder Andrew Left — who is a noted short-seller — cited a study released this week conducted by Amnesty International that found Twitter was “a toxic place for women,” particularly women of color.According to an analysis by Amnesty International and Element AI of a crowdsourced review of 14.5 million tweets posted in 2017, about 7% of the tweets targeted at 778 prominent women in government and journalism in the U.S. and the U.K. were or abusive or otherwise problematic. Women of color were 34% more likely to be targets than white women, and black women were 84% more likely than white women to be mentioned in problematic tweets, the study found. (The study did not look at abuse directed toward men.) Over the past several years, Twitter has acknowledged the problem of widespread abuse and other problems like spam on its platform and has stressed that it’s taking active steps to improve the “health” of discussions. Twitter says it uses a combination of machine learning and human review to evaluate abuse reports and whether they violate its rules.Investor concern over Twitter’s exposure to abuse on the platform comes after the company posted its fourth straight quarter of profitability. During the third quarter of 2018, Twitter reported a revenue increase of 29% year-over-year thanks to strong ad sales.Twitter’s worldwide average monthly active user count for Q3 dropped by 9 million, to 326 million, while MAUs in the U.S. declined 1 million sequentially, to 67 million. The company said that was a positive sign that it was successfully pruning spammers and other suspicious accounts from Twitter.“We’re achieving meaningful progress in our efforts to make Twitter a healthier and valuable everyday service,” CEO Jack Dorsey said in announcing Q3 results. Popular on Variety ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Everything thats new upcoming with Meliá Hotels International

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by About Latest Posts Cindy SosroutomoDeputy Editor at TravelweekCindy is Deputy Editor at Travelweek and has worked for the company since 2007. She has travelled to more than 50 countries and counts Kenya, Morocco, Thailand and Turkey among her favourite destinations. Latest posts by Cindy Sosroutomo (see all) Frustrations mount over elusive consumer-pay model: Will it ever happen? – July 16, 2019 “It’s in everyone’s best interest to stay open”: Beaches Turks & Caicos will not close in 2021 – May 15, 2019 Putting “Partners First”: NCL’s CEO lauds agents and the new Norwegian Joy – April 29, 2019 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Cindy Sosroutomo Tags: Melia Hotels, Openings & Renovations Everything that’s new & upcoming with Meliá Hotels International Share TORONTO — With eight brands in total, it’s no surprise that there’s a lot happening at Meliá Hotels International, most notably a brand new luxury resort coming in spring 2019.While on a North American road show that included stops in Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton and Vancouver, representatives from several of its brands shared the latest happenings with members of the media, just in time for the busy winter booking season.Here are some key takeaways from the Toronto stop:As of Dec. 15, 2018, Meliá Caribe Tropical in Punta will be split into two separate properties: the adults-only, 538-room Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort, and the all-ages, 609-room Meliá Caribe Beach Resort. Meliá Punta Cana will offer THE LEVEL, Meliá’s elevated service concept featuring upscale amenities like VIP lounge check-in/out, an exclusive pool, restaurant, premium beverages and hors d’oeuvres throughout the day. Meanwhile, the rooms at Meliá Caribe Beach will include 154 THE LEVEL Suites, 123 Beachside Family Rooms, and a mix of 322 Premium Beachside and Deluxe Rooms. Guests at both properties will enjoy dine-around privileges for a total of 13 restaurants.Also opening on Dec. 15 is the brand new, 432-room The Grand Reserve, located at the entrance of Paradisus Palma Real in Punta Cana. This resort-within-a-resort boasts one- and two-bedroom suites that range up to 3,000+ square feet and feature independent soaking tubs and balconies with hydro-massage whirlpool tubs. Its Swim-Up Suites offer one- or two-bedroom accommodations with direct access to an exclusive pool, garden and solarium.Paradisus Playa del Carmen will welcome a brand new waterpark this winter, located outside of the Kid’s Zone area and available to all guests of the hotel. It will include three pools, five water slides, dumping buckets and a splash pool for small toddlers.Set to debut in spring 2019 is the brand new Paradisus Playa Mujeres, located north of Cancun. As the fifth Paradisus-branded property in Mexico, this luxury all-inclusive resort will offer 498 rooms with Internet and private balconies, Family Concierge, plus the adults-only Royal Service section featuring private butlers. Other highlights include four pools, six bars, seven restaurants, arcade, theatre, kids club, the renowned YHI Spa, and a convention centre that can accommodate up to 1,500 people.Paradisus Los Cabos has joined The Leading Hotels of the World, one of the largest global hotel collections comprising over 400 properties. As Meliá’s fourth hotel in Mexico, this all-inclusive beachfront property truly impresses with 350 rooms including 98 Royal Service Suites with butler service, 30 Family Concierge Suites, 28 Ocean View Swim-up Suites, the adults-only Royal Service, four pools, seven bars, seven restaurants, a wine cellar, beach club, convention centre and the YHI Spa.The four-star, all-inclusive Meliá Cozumel Golf Resort is the perfect place for clients in search of rest, relaxation and solitude. Known for its diving and golf, Cozumel was recently voted by the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) as the #1 destination worldwide.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTFor more information go to meliahotelsinternational.com.last_img read more

What do you think Crystal Serenity shows off its most extensive reno

first_img Monday, November 12, 2018 Travelweek Group Tags: Crystal Cruises, Openings & Renovations What do you think? Crystal Serenity shows off its most extensive reno ever Sharecenter_img MIAMI — After a 4-week dry dock Crystal Serenity now boasts new dining options and open-seating dining along with new butler-serviced Seabreeze Penthouse and Seabreeze Penthouse Suite accommodations, a redesigned Palm Court and more, all featured in just-released images.The updates also include a new production show called Crystal on Broadway, The Show and new interactive technological amenities. The renovations are the most extensive ever for the ship, says Crystal, and mirror the changes implemented aboard Crystal Symphony in fall 2017.Crystal Serenity set sail from Lisbon on Nov. 10 on its first voyage since the completion of its redesign.“The scope of this redesign is truly remarkable. Our ocean ships remain at the heart of our brand and our commitment to their continued excellence and success is unwavering,” said Crystal President and CEO Tom Wolber.Here are the details and pics…NEW DINING OPTIONSOpen-seating dining is now available aboard Crystal Serenity, in line with industry trends to allow guests to choose can dine where, when and with whom they choose. New venues are also making their debut, including:Waterside – Taking the place of the Crystal Dining Room and reflecting the chic elegance of the main dining venues aboard Crystal River Cruises and Crystal Symphony, this centrally located restaurant continues to serve daily changing menus of international classic and modern cuisine, paired with unlimited fine wines, spirits and beers. The restaurant now features more seating with tables for two and four.The Marketplace and Churrascaria – The new daytime and evening identities of the former Lido Café, respectively. Both venues feature an open-kitchen concept with dishes made to order. The Marketplace serves an expansive menu of buffet-style breakfast and lunch options and transforms into Churrascaria during the dinner hours, a Brazilian-style bar-be-que.Silk Kitchen & Bar – In the Trident area of the ship that was formerly Tastes, this Asian-inspired venue serves traditional Chinese comfort food in an elegant al fresco atmosphere. Silk also serves Crystal’s late risers breakfast service. Silk offers open seating for breakfast and lunch and requires reservations for dinner.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsUmi Uma – The rebranded Silk Road & The Sushi Bar continues to serve the Japanese-Peruvian specialties of Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa by his personally trained chefs and remains the only Nobu restaurants at sea. Dinner reservations are required for Crystal’s specialty restaurants, including Prego.Stardust Supper Club – A brand new dining experience reminiscent of the era of the Rat Pack debuts on black-tie-optional evenings in the Stardust Club, featuring a four-course menu, live musical performances from Crystal’s Ensemble and string quartet.Prego – The specialty restaurant continues to serve regional specialties of Italy in a cozy, authentic atmosphere.PUBLIC SPACESPalm Court – This favourite spot has been reimagined with an intimate atmosphere, says Crystal. The stage has been relocated to an ‘in-the-round’ concept, with a new modernized bar. There are also more tables for two and intimate seating areas, new finishes, lighting, carpeting and furniture reflect. Plus, the previous stage area has become a dedicated culinary space to feature fresh pastries and snacks as guests take in sweeping views from the venue’s floor-to-ceiling windows.The Stardust Club – Now with a new dance floor, new bar finishes and a refreshed décor. New seating configurations allow the room to be transformed into a multi-functional space to host the Stardust Supper Club and large gatherings from bridge tournaments to live evening entertainment.In the Galaxy Lounge, the Crystal entertainment team is installing a new Broadway-style production show called Crystal on Broadway, The Show featuring songs from the hit musicals Rent, Something Rotten! and West Side Story. The show debuts on the Dec. 7 Pacific Coast Panorama cruise. Pulse and the Resorts World Casino at Sea have also been updated.NEW SEABREEZE PENTHOUSESOn Deck 10, 36 new Seabreeze Penthouses and two Seabreeze Penthouse Suites now occupy the space of former Deluxe Staterooms with Verandah. The new accommodations offer the same personal butler service, specialty services, walk-in closets, spa-like bathrooms and spacious square footage as the other Penthouses on board (367 sq. ft. and 491 sq. ft, respectively, including the verandah). The Seabreeze Penthouses also feature unique entries, which are shared between two suites and recessed from the hallway. This enables a seamless design for connecting two suites for larger families upon request.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJThe transformation reduces the ship’s capacity from 1,070 guests to 980 guests, while the number of crew on board remains the same.TECHNOLOGICAL ENHANCEMENTSNew, state-of-the-art HD flat-panel TVs have been added in all rooms, both public and guest suites. The TVs feature technology that allows guests to access a variety of information on their TVs including onboard folios, Crystal Life Spa & Salon menus, the Connoisseur Wine menu and daily restaurant menus. The new on-demand system also offers a library of top films and entertainment, as well as live views from the ship, broadcasts of ship lectures, presentations and destination info. Upgraded, pervasive WiFi coverage throughout the ship is delivered via dedicated antennae in every suite and all public areas and open decks.A new guest portal – Crystal Connect – is also now live, found on the landing page of onboard Internet service. Guests can access it from their smartphones, tablets or computers and instantly find shipboard and itinerary info, daily menus, shore excursions and port maps, daily issues of Reflections and an array of complimentary global newspapers and entertainment library.Crystal Serenity’s enrichment facilities also were redesigned. The Computer University@Sea has received new carpeting, seating and computer equipment, along with 70” TVs. The multifunctional enrichment room, The Studio, has been divided to offer a classroom for language, art and other instruction and a separate dance studio for private lessons. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Four staterun Russian TV channels went black for

first_imgFour state-run Russian TV channels went black for around 117 million people at the end of last week, due to satellite problems, according to Russian news agency Ria Novost.Citing a statement by the country’s Ministry of Communications and Mass Media, the agency reported Russia’s European territories and the Urals were effected on Thursday.While broadcast of the country’s two most watched channels, Rossiya-1 and Channel One, were restored to 90% of viewers in the region within an hour, outages on the Culture Channel and Fifth Channel, as well as for regional broadcasts, persisted into the weekend.The ministry said that 98% of the affected population would have full access restored within 10 days, though 2% could wait up to three months for antennas to be readjusted. Faulty orientation of the the Express-MD1 satellite was blamed for the issues, with reserve satellites due to be used to fix the problem.last_img read more

The HDMI Forum has released version 21 of the HDM

first_imgThe HDMI Forum has released version 2.1 of the HDMI specification, which includes support for video resolutions of up to 10K and dynamic HDR formats.The Forum described the update as a “huge leap forward”, with the new specification supporting higher video resolutions and refresh rates including 8K 60Hz and 4K 120Hz, for “immersive viewing and smooth fast-action detail”.Dynamic high dynamic range (HDR) is designed to let every moment of a video be displayed at its ideal values for depth, detail, brightness, contrast and wider colour gamuts – on a scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame basis.Bandwidth capability has also been increased to 48Gbps, supported by a new Ultra High Speed HDMI Cable that can deliver uncompressed 8K video with HDR and has low electro-magnetic interference.“The HDMI Forum’s mission is to develop specifications meeting market needs, growing demands for higher performance, and to enable future product opportunities,” said Sony Electronics executive and president of the HDMI Forum, Robert Blanchard.Also included in HDMI 2.1 are enhanced refresh-rate features, designed to ensure an added level of smooth and seamless motion and transitions for gaming, movies and video.Resolutions of up to 10K are supported for commercial AV and for industrial and specialty uses.HDMI is backward compatible with earlier versions of the specification, and was developed by the HDMI Forum’s Technical Working Group.The HDMI 2.1 Compliance Test Specification will be published in stages during Q1-Q3 2018, and HDMI adopters will be notified when it is available.last_img read more

One Year Ago

first_img One Year Ago Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Research Rock & Stock Stats Last Copper 3.05 3.06 3.32 Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ) 34.91 36.73 50.00 TSX Venture 987.45 1,005.62 951.43 TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) 14,838.90 14,612.29 12,409.33 Gold Producers (GDX) 22.64 24.28 30.30center_img Oil 102.66 99.50 94.76 Silver 19.01 19.65 22.71 Dear Reader, Jeff Clark recently conducted a survey around the Casey Research virtual water cooler. The results turned out to be much more interesting than he expected, so we’re sharing those with you below. But first, I’m going to step out of my comfort zone and make an open and direct pitch for my services as a metals and mining analyst, which I hope you have come to value by now. As you know, I have written many words in these dispatches pointing out the courage needed to be a true contrarian—and the rewards for the few people who have it. Well, if any of those words rang true to you, I have an offer for you. I have to say up front, however, that this offer is not for everyone. Yet, for those who see the metals trends as I do, and who have the means and the courage to act, this offer could be the single most profit-enhancing opportunity available today. Here’s the deal: our exclusive alert services—my Casey Investment Alert and Marin Katusa’s Casey Energy Confidential—have been opened to new subscriptions for a brief period. Subscribers to these services tend to be fund managers, brokers, traders, and experienced, deep-pocketed investors who can move the market when there’s an exceptional opportunity. So we have to keep enrollment strictly limited to keep some subscribers from pushing share prices too high, to the detriment of other subscribers. Result: It has been 18 months since it was possible to subscribe to my alert service. And now you can. Not only that, if you subscribe to my Casey Investment Alert now, we will throw in a subscription to the Casey Energy Confidential. That’s a $5,000 value, completely free. You also get subscriptions to our monthly letters (BIG GOLD and the International Speculator from my team and Casey Energy Dividends and Casey Energy Report from Marin’s) included. If you already subscribe to one of these, we’ll apply your current subscription fee prorated to your alert subscription, so you lose nothing. As I said, however, these services are not for everyone, and they are not simply more expensive versions of the monthly letters; they are designed for individuals with a higher level of risk tolerance, willing to risk more to gain more. To maximize profit, they need to be willing and able to act promptly and decisively when a Casey Investment Alert arrives. On the other hand, if you ever wondered how Doug Casey hears about the best private placements, it’s the work Marin and I do for our alert subscribers that he and other accredited, qualified investors rely upon. If you ever wondered how to find the best of the high-risk/high-reward, early-stage plays, before they make their big discoveries or surprise the market with a much-larger-than-expected resource estimate, this is how. Worried about gold? Think maybe this is not the time to subscribe to a premium service? Then you probably should not; you’d need courage and conviction to act upon our alerts, so the service wouldn’t do you any good if you’re not convinced that the time to buy is while the markets are correcting. But if you are sure that it’s when markets go into reverse that you can best “buy low” in order to later “sell high,” and you have the mental and financial resources to benefit from our most leverage-enhancing service, then now is the time to act. You have to act quickly, however, as the window of opportunity to subscribe to our premium services closes in three days, on June 12. You could consider this a self-test; if you can’t make up your mind about this offer in three days, it’s almost certainly not for you. That said, I don’t want to talk anyone into making a mistake, so if you subscribe now, we’ll extend our usual 30-day, money-back guarantee to 90 days. If you’re not completely satisfied with the service, just let us know, and we’ll give you a 100% refund within that time frame. So, I’m offering you a way to maximize your profits when the metals markets rebound—which they will—with no risk if you decide it’s not for you within three whole months. No hassles. Here are the subscription details. That’s a lot of upside with little downside: a great spec. Sincerely, Silver Stocks (SIL) 11.76 12.44 14.63 Gold 1,252.75 1,308.60 1,415.80 One Month Agolast_img read more

The Lancet Commission on Obesity has announced tha

first_imgThe Lancet Commission on Obesity has announced that the world is suffering from a “syndemic” of obesity, undernutrition and climate change.But … what, exactly, is a syndemic?The term was first coined in the 1990s to describe the way different diseases interact within the human body. It’s popped up in medical journals for the last two decades, often used to describe the biological interactions in patients who who have AIDS and are substance abusers.Now, a new report by the Lancet Commission is broadening the definition big time, using it make a connection between three of the biggest public health issues of the 21st century.”We just chanced on it — I didn’t know what a syndemic was,” says William Dietz, a co-chair of the commission and director of George Washington University’s Global Center for Prevention and Wellness. But upon diving into the literature, he found it to be “a very convenient, unifying concept.”Looking at these trio of issues in isolation, he says, just isn’t working.The report emphasizes that the issues are indeed linked. Climate change results in severe droughts, which can lead to a scarcity of food as well as higher prices for available fruits and vegetables. That pushes consumers toward processed foods, which are cheaper — and can contribute to a lack of proper nutrition. And farming definitely has a carbon footprint.Dietz is concerned about the lack of progress in addressing each concern. “The climate change silo and the obesity silo haven’t been effective,” he says, noting that global temperatures are on the rise, and no country has been able to successfully reverse its obesity epidemic. Two billion people suffer from a deficiency of vitamins, minerals and other micronutrients, according to the report.If the problems are linked as part of a “global syndemic,” Dietz hopes it will “increase the likelihood” that groups dedicated to one of the three issues will begin to work together.But the man who came up with the term “syndemic” doesn’t think the Lancet’s use is in line with his intentions.In fact, he doesn’t even think they’re using the term “epidemic” correctly.”First of all, they refer to climate change itself as an epidemic, which is a kind of a loose use of terms,” says Merrill Singer, a professor of anthropology at the University of Connecticut.The definition of syndemic relies on diseases interacting within the body, he says. Climate change, undernutrition and obesity, he says, don’t tend to interact on that biological level.”It really isn’t comparable to a syndemic if you adhere to a strict definition guideline,” he says. Nonetheless, he appreciates the commission’s decision to address the interconnected causes of obesity, climate change and undernutrition. “In a big picture way, I clearly support what they’re doing.”Others agree that, whatever you call it, the idea of linking the three problems has potential.Bruce Y. Lee, executive director of John Hopkins Global Obesity Prevention Center, says he is pleased to see the commission tackling obesity as part of a wider net of global dysfunction.”Too often, we think of these problems as separate,” he says. In reality, he often finds that people who are obese are also deprived of crucial nutrients.”We’re seeing a new phenomenon where populations and people are facing undernutrition as well as overnutrition,” he says. “You’re seeing a change in body shape” where people “have very skinny arms and limbs but central obesity.”Much of this, Lee says, is due to the fact that junk food and sugary drinks are cheap — and abundant. The food and beverage industries have spent $22.3 million on lobbying to keep it that way. California lawmakers recently promised a 12-year moratorium on soda taxes after the industry funneled $7 million dollars to try and stop them.”This is a systems problem,” says Lee. With this report, he says, “these systems are starting to get called out.”The report recommends a series of actions that the authors hope could act in concert to address the problems. Chief among them is a worldwide treaty to regulate Big Food like Big Tobacco, limiting the political influence of the food and beverage industry. It would be modeled on the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the world’s first public health treaty. The report also suggests a tax on red meat, which is associated with an increased risk of obesity and greenhouse gas emissions.When asked during a press conference what the authors’ dream timeline would be to enact the report’s recommendations, commission members said it was too hard to tell.”Oh my goodness, that’s a very difficult question,” Deitz responded. The report, he says, is meant to act as a conversation starter. But it will be up to businesses and politicians to bring the recommendations to fruition.”We’re under no illusion that this is going to be quick,” says Dietz. “I just hope that it’s quick enough.” Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

The sixweek abortion ban known as the heartbeat

first_imgThe six-week abortion ban known as the “heartbeat bill” is now law in Ohio. That makes Ohio the sixth state in the nation to attempt to outlaw abortions at the point a fetal heartbeat can be detected.Gov. Mike DeWine signed the bill Thursday afternoon, just one day after it passed the Republican-led General Assembly. The law is slated to take effect in 90 days, unless blocked by a federal judge. Now known as the “Human Rights Protection Act,” SB 23 outlaws abortions as early as five or six weeks into a pregnancy, before many women know they’re pregnant. It is one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country.The bill does include an exception to save the life of the woman, but no exceptions for cases of rape or incest.”The essential function of government is to protect the most vulnerable among us, those who don’t have a voice,” DeWine said as he signed the bill. “Government’s role should be to protect life from the beginning to the end.”Federal judges in Kentucky and Iowa have blocked the laws or struck them down as unconstitutional. Another bill in Georgia has yet to be signed by the governor.DeWine’s signature will set off a lengthy legal fight. The ACLU of Ohio announced it will sue to stop the law, which the group says “virtually bans all abortion care.””This legislation is blatantly unconstitutional and we will fight to the bitter end to ensure that this bill is permanently blocked,” said ACLU of Ohio legal director Freda Levenson in a statement.The group plans to sue on behalf of Pre-Term Cleveland, Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio and the Women’s Med Center of Dayton.But DeWine and lawmakers said they aren’t dissuaded by the threat of legal action. Since taking office in January, DeWine had said he planned to sign whichever version of the heartbeat bill ended up on his desk.”Will there be a lawsuit? Yeah, we are counting on it,” said state Rep. Ron Hood on Wednesday. “We’re counting on it. We’re excited about it.”Anti-abortion groups such as Ohio Right To Life say they intend the heartbeat bill to trigger a U.S. Supreme Court case striking down the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. That case legalized abortion up until viability, usually at 22-24 weeks.”If this is what it takes, we will see you at the Supreme Court,” said Planned Parenthood of Ohio President Iris Harvey at a rally Wednesday outside the Statehouse.The Ohio Senate originally passed the bill last month. The Republican-led House Health Committee then made several changes before sending it to the House floor, where it passed by party-line vote.Beyond changing the name, the Ohio House version allows for the use of transvaginal ultrasounds to detect a fetal heartbeat even earlier in a pregnancy.The bill institutes criminal penalties for doctors who violate the law. Doctors who perform abortions after detecting a heartbeat would face a fifth-degree felony and up to a year in prison. The legislation also allows the State Medical Board to take disciplinary actions against doctors found in violation and impose penalties of up to $20,000.After hearing testimony from lawmakers and advocates, the Ohio House passed the bill Wednesday afternoon, 56-40, and the Ohio Senate quickly followed to affirm the changes, 18-12.”Pro-life Ohio thanks Governor DeWine for taking a courageous stand on behalf of unborn children with beating hearts,” said Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis in a statement.Currently, Ohio prohibits abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, and lawmakers in 2018 passed a law banning the “dilation and evacuation” method of abortion used most commonly after 12 weeks of pregnancy. The latter was blocked from taking effect by a federal judge in March.The Ohio Senate in March passed another bill requiring the burial or cremation of fetal remains. The bill is now being considered in the Ohio House.Legislators attempted several times before to pass the heartbeat bill, but the legislation was twice vetoed by former Gov. John Kasich, who warned it would prove costly for the state to defend in court. Copyright 2019 WOSU 89.7 NPR News. To see more, visit WOSU 89.7 NPR News.last_img read more

Most Premier League football clubs have inaccessib

first_imgMost Premier League football clubs have inaccessible websites and fail to provide audio-described commentary for blind and partially-sighted supporters, according to a new survey by a user-led charity.The survey of the 20 Premier League clubs found only four of them provided in-house commentary by experts trained in audio-description.It is just the latest evidence of discrimination at football grounds, particularly those belonging to Premier League clubs that have benefited from millions of pounds in television money.Two months ago, Disability News Service (DNS) revealed that the equality watchdog was to write to Manchester United and the Premier League following concerns passed on by DNS that disabled fans had had their mobility aids confiscated by stewards.The new survey by Level Playing Field (LPF), the user-led organisation that works to improve access to sporting venues, found that two clubs – Liverpool and Southampton – had refused admission to fans with guide dogs, while only one – Arsenal – provided a toilet area for assistance dogs.Three clubs – Bournemouth, Liverpool and Chelsea – provide audio-description that has a 30-second time delay, so blind and partially-sighted fans can only hear the action being described half-a-minute after it has happened and the crowd has already reacted.Another 13 clubs only provide links to local or hospital radio or television commentaries.And at three clubs* – Crystal Palace, Manchester United and Southampton – away fans have to sit with home supporters if they want to listen to the commentary.The survey found that most clubs’ websites were inaccessible to blind and partially-sighted fans, while Arsenal was the only club that offered a full match programme in an audio format, but even that was not available until after matches had taken place.Arsenal fan Wayne Busbridge said some of his worst experiences had been at Manchester United (pictured), because he was forced to sit with home fans to listen to the match commentary.He said: “It’s not pleasant, you can’t celebrate. I have got spat on and been verbally abused, at United and at Tottenham. But when you report it, they don’t do anything.”He has also visited grounds with delayed audio-described commentary, which has meant hearing the crowd celebrating a goal before he can hear the relevant commentary, and then trying to listen to the description of the goal as it is drowned out by the noise of cheering fans.He is also critical of clubs’ websites.He said: “I don’t know how clubs get away without producing an accessible website. The law is quite clear: I should be able to do what everyone else does, and if I can’t there should be a reasonable adjustment.”Some Premier League clubs are friendlier than others for away fans, he said. “Stoke couldn’t have helped more. One of their groundsmen drove me back to the train station in his car.”But he said: “With all the money available to football clubs, it is basically time they pulled their fingers out of their backsides.“When it suits the Premier League, they pretend they don’t have any influence at all. They should be ashamed of themselves.“They should be saying, ‘We are the Premier League, with all this money, and we should be getting this right.’ They should set a minimum standard and make the clubs do it.”Leigh Hutchings, a Watford season-ticket-holder and a Manchester City member, said that buying a ticket for an away match as a blind supporter was so time-consuming that it often “turned into a nightmare”.He said his best experiences as an away fan had been at Arsenal, the Championship side Ipswich Town, and newly-promoted Premier League side Norwich City, whereas the worst had been a match at Wembley, the national football stadium.He said: “Premier League clubs have the money, they have no excuse at all. It’s just apathy. We don’t want sympathy, we just want somebody to understand the problems.”A Premier League spokesman said: “The Premier League is working with clubs to identify scope for improvement of disabled supporter access in their grounds.“This includes digital services and other facilities for blind and partially-sighted fans.“We are keen to ensure that all fans have the best possible experience at the match and will continue to work with clubs to develop best practice in this area.”A Department for Culture, Media and Sport spokeswoman said the government took the problems faced by disabled fans “extremely seriously” and was working with the Equality and Human Rights Commission and sporting bodies to “address accessibility and improve the match day experience” for disabled fans. She said: “It’s clear more work needs to be done in this area. A disability should not be a barrier to attending sporting events. “We’ve sought views of fans with disabilities and will shortly be publishing these findings.”*Contrary to the survey results originally reported by DNS, away fans at Spurs do not have to sit with home fans to listen to commentaries, which are audio-described by two commentators trained by the RNIB Soccer Sight programmePicture: Old Trafford by Wikistadiums.org is licensed under https://creativecommons.org/last_img read more

Malta categorized as tax haven EU tax report suggests

first_imgOver 500 MEPs (505) have today voted in support of a resolution which categorizes Malta has having all the hallmarks of a tax haven.The country was one of seven countries which have been named in a report by the European Parliament’s Tax3 Committee, criticizing the extent of foreign direct investment which the national economy could only explain away in a very limited way.The report requests that the European Commission assesses the strength of a member state’s laws and initiatives referring to companies which have a registered address in the member state, which may be used for the purposes of tax fraud, money laundering or strategic tax evasion.According to the report, Malta is among five countries including Luxembourg and the Netherlands which have a high share of FDI.The vote today also lays the basis of measures for a harmonized EU corporate tax base, as well as an agreement where qualified majorities in the EU Council, can vote on tax issues.MEPs against harmonisation Interestingly, during yesterday’s debate on the Tax3 report, both Maltese MEPs Alfred Sant and David Casa presented their views against harmonization.While the PL MEP Dr Sant explained that tax flexibility was a key tool for allowing small economies to stay competitive, the PN’s MEP David Casa said he objected to a ruling that surrendered elements of autonomy on tax.‘I am always at the forefront when fighting against corruption. But I will use the same energy and determination against those pushing proposals to change taxation systems across Europe. Such proposals could be detrimental to many citizens across the EU, including those I represent.’ Casa told fellow MEPs.Golden visas and WhistleblowersIn addition to ways to improve harmonization and monitoring of member states with higher degrees of FDI, the report also called for the phasing out of the Golden visa and passport services, specifically focused on Malta and Cyprus over their poor networks of due diligence.The Tax3 report also called for improving protection investigative journalists as well as the creation of an EU fund to support them and their work.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more