As Syria’s humanitarian crisis escalates, Desmond Tutu has made an impassioned call to the international community to put the safety of Syrians above politics.“The massacre in Syria rages on and yet we stand idle,” blogged Tutu for The Elders. “We must realise that, to millions of Syrians trapped in the country, the virtual absence of humanitarian relief is nearly as arbitrary and cruel as the war itself.“Bombs, even ballistic missiles are tearing homes apart and more than 70,000 people have been killed. Weapons, not blankets, are pouring into the country. The BBC asks a child if he misses playing with his friends and he replies, “they are all dead.” God is weeping.“Where are the shelters and the food? More than a million Syrians are leaving the country and their lives behind. Half of them are children.“Across the border, the refugee camps, where help exists, are swelling in size and struggling to cope. Families are opening up their homes to those fleeing the conflict, in wonderful acts of kindness – but this is a huge burden to them. We cannot, and should not, rely on such generosity.“Help must be made available inside the country to all who need it. It is shameful that the few brave organisations who can provide relief must often do so in hiding, or, if not, are severely impeded anyway.“The stories they tell are heartbreaking: water tanks are riddled with bullet holes, neighbourhoods are starved, hospitals are deliberately shelled. These groups ask for nothing more than to aid Syrians on the right scale, in the open and in safety.“What on Earth will it take for this to finally happen?“For two years now our so-called international community has allowed complex power plays to take priority over the terrible suffering of Syrians. It is so uncaring and cynical. If your loved ones were trapped there, would you not be moved to act? Would you care for politics rather than safety in the face of such carnage?“In the absence of a political solution, there is simply no excuse for the lack of concerted, neutral humanitarian efforts to reach the millions who are suffering everywhere in the country. Surely it is in the interest of anyone who cares for the future of Syria to keep families safe and children unscathed?“For each second that passes without care for the people trapped in the crossfire, we undermine our own moral standards. We act as if their lives have less value than ours, as if we have written them off already. We abandon our brothers and sisters in their greatest hour of need.”To read the full blog, click here.Source:The Elders
Cinespace Film Studios new Marine Terminal Studio project will add 165,000 square feet of studio and support space to Torontos film industry infrastructure right on Torontos waterfront on the edge of the Citys Port Lands in the heart of the Citys studio district. (CNW Group/Cinespace Film Studios Inc.) Facebook TORONTO, March 2, 2018 – Toronto Mayor John Tory and Cinespace Film Studios (Cinespace) today announced the signing of a multi-year lease with PortsToronto to occupy and develop Marine Terminal 51 and the Cruise Ship Terminal into film and TV production facilities.Video of the current space and a designer’s rendering of the new space can be seen hereMarine Terminal 51 will become a new hub for Cinespace’s downtown productions, relocating studio capacity from their former Eastern Avenue site. Cinespace’s Toronto studio facilities are known for housing award-winning productions such as TV series The Handmaid’s Tale, and Oscar-nominated movie, The Shape of Water. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Hearing the clear and recurring requests from Toronto’s repeat film clients for more studio space in our city, we asked every agency in Toronto to audit their inventories for large sites that could be leased to the film industry,” said TorontoMayor John Tory. “I am gratified today that PortsToronto and Toronto’s studio veterans – Cinespace – have come to this agreement in the Port Lands. Our proud city and our award-winning industry look forward to a long and steady stream of new film and television production activity in the heart of Toronto.”Now in its 30th year of operations, Cinespace is a Toronto success story and the largest private owner and operator of studio space in North America, specializing in the development, management and operation of space and support for the film, television, and digital media production industry.“Toronto’s film industry has great potential for further growth and success,” said Steve Mirkopoulos, President and CEO of Cinespace. “The Cinespace family is proud to move on phase two of our multi-year, multi-million-dollar investment and intensification initiative. The new Marine Terminal studio complex will feature 165,000 square feet of production space that both relocates and enhances capacity recently displaced, and most importantly keeps it inside Toronto’sstrategically important studio district.”Cinespace’s film and television production activities will occupy Marine Terminal 51 and a portion of the Cruise Ship Terminal. It will not affect or displace industrial port operations and cruise ship activities that will continue unabated on PortsToronto’s property.“We are pleased to have signed a lease agreement with Cinespace and be in a position to support a successful Canadian company, a burgeoning local film industry and the City of Toronto’s vision for the Port Lands as an important economic district,” said Geoffrey Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, PortsToronto. “The Port of Toronto continues to be a significant import centre bringing approximately 2.2 million metric tonnes of bulk cargo such as sugar, salt, aggregate and construction materials to the city in 2017, as well as supporting a growing passenger cruise ship business. However, after careful study of current operations and future needs for the Port, it was confirmed that our marine terminals property could also accommodate new studio space in some of its existing buildings. Full utilization of PortsToronto’s holdings is a priority and we are pleased to be welcoming Cinespace to our property and supporting this important economic sector.”City Councillor, Paula Fletcher, Chair of the Toronto Film, Television and Digital Media Board said, “Toronto’s screen industries are experiencing a period of significant growth and investment and there is a need to protect and enhance studio infrastructure in our city. Planned initiatives in the Port Lands area will create new opportunities for related land uses, drive business investment and create jobs. This announcement is good for business, good for the area, and good for Toronto.”About PortsToronto:For more than 100 years PortsToronto has worked with its partners at the federal, provincial and municipal levels to enhance the economic growth of the City of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. PortsToronto owns and operates Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, the Outer Harbour Marina; and a 52-acre parcel within the Port of Toronto that includes Marine Terminal 51 and 52 as well as the Cruise Ship Terminal. This property is utilized for cargo operations including bulk and general cargos and passenger ship operations.About Cinespace Film Studios:Cinepace Film Studios is the largest private owner, operator and developer of space for film, TV and digital media production in North America, with over 2 million square feet of space in both Toronto and Chicago.Currently in production at Cinespace Toronto:Polar (Constantin Films, feature)The Handmaid’s Tale (MGM TV, series)Umbrella Academy (NBC Universal, series)Titans (Warner Brothers, series)Good Witch (Hallmark, series)Playing Dead (CBS, pilot)In The Dark (CBS, pilot)Currently in production at Cinespace Chicago:Chicago Fire (NBC Uni, series)Chicago PD (NBC Uni, series)Chicago Med (NBC Uni, series)Empire (Fox, series)The Chi (Fox, Series)Gone Baby Gone (Fox, pilot) Twitter
VICTORIA – A heckler interrupted Premier John Horgan’s news conference on protecting British Columbia’s wild salmon by shouting the province is allowing the aquaculture industry to continue operating while fish stocks are struggling to survive.“You sold us out,” she yelled Friday. “Our salmon are dying.”“If that’s your view you’re welcome to put your name on a ballot any time soon,” Horgan responded.The woman, who identified herself as Tsastilqualus, said she is from the Alert Bay area off northern Vancouver Island but has been living in a tent on Swanson Island near several commercial salmon farms.She said she has also protested outside Horgan’s constituency office and his home in Langford, just west of Victoria.Tsastilqualus said salmon farms should be removed from ocean waters and operated on land in containment facilities.“I want them out of our waters completely,” she said. “We don’t have time to waste. Our salmon is the most important thing to us as Indigenous people. It’s our culture. It’s in our songs, our dances, everything. If there is no salmon, what are we?”Horgan, who announced the formation of a 14-member advisory council to develop plans to restore and protect B.C.’s wild salmon stocks, rejected Tsastilqualus statements that his government was stalling on protecting wild salmon.“It’s a tragedy that we find ourselves in 2018 on the crest of perhaps losing this important species,” he said.Horgan said the council will submit its recommendations to the government this fall. He said bureaucrats recently travelled to Ottawa to consult with federal officials in advance of proposed amendments this year to the federal Fisheries Act, which governs Canada’s oceans and fish.Brian Riddell, a salmon expert who spent 30 years at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and is the current Pacific Salmon Foundation chief executive officer, said Horgan’s appointment of a wild salmon advisory council is the start of a necessary journey to save the species.“It’s not a simple thing to solve,” he said. “It will take time. It takes a lot of collaboration.”Riddell said he expected the future of open-net aquaculture to be one of the major areas the council will examine, especially since some scientific studies are finding links between viruses that impact farmed salmon present risks to wild salmon.“If there is the connection that these viruses that we’re finding can affect Pacific salmon then it makes the argument that there’s a risk to Pacific salmon from open-net pens much stronger,” he said.Horgan said the government will soon have further comment on the future of salmon farm tenures that are due to expire June 20 for many of the aquaculture operations located on the north side of Vancouver Island.The Green party’s Adam Olsen, who was appointed to the council, said bold leadership is needed to tackle the threats facing salmon populations.“We cannot continue to manage salmon runs to zero,” he said. “We are facing a crisis.”
BOSTON – General Electric ousted its CEO, took a $23 billion charge and said it would fall short of profit forecasts this year, further signs that the century-old industrial conglomerate is struggling to turn around its vastly shrunken business.H. Lawrence Culp Jr. will take over immediately as chairman and CEO from John Flannery, who had been on the job for just over a year. Flannery began a restructuring of GE in August 2017, when he replaced Jeffrey Immelt, whose efforts to create a higher-tech version of GE proved unsuccessful.However, in Flannery’s short time, GE’s value has dipped below $100 billion and shares are down more than 35 per cent this year, following a 45 per cent decline in 2017.The company was booted from the Dow Jones Industrial Average this summer and, last month, shares tumbled to a nine-year low after revealing a flaw in its marquee gas turbines, which caused the metal blades to weaken and forced the shutdown of a pair of power plants where they were in use.GE warned Monday that it will miss its profit forecasts this year and it’s taking a $23 billion charge related to its power business.The 55-year-old Culp was CEO and president of Danaher Corp. from 2000 to 2014. During that time, Danaher’s market capitalization and revenues grew five-fold. He’s already a member of GE’s board.It’s a track record that GE appears to need after a series of notable changes under Flannery failed to gain momentum immediately, although some analysts wonder whether Culp’s history of accomplishments will be enough to reverse the direction of the company.The challenges GE faces — including the power sector’s cyclical, structural and operational challenges — are not easily or quickly fixable, but “GE should be commended for selecting a credible, seasoned GE outsider as chairman/CEO who is likely to more candidly and quickly identify how bad things may be and what needs to be done about it,” said Gautam Khanna, an analyst at Cowen Inc., in a note to investors.Investors will want Culp to “clean house, and fast,” said Scott Davis, founding partner of Melius Research, in a research note where he compared GE’s recent history to a slow but fatal train wreck.“If I’m a GE employee today, I’m happy for the turnaround, but expectations are about to get a whole lot higher…GE employees will either step up or will be replaced,” Davis said.Flannery faced a titanic task in redirecting General Electric, which was founded in 1892 in Schenectady, New York.Just six months after taking over as CEO, Flannery said the company would be forced to pay $15 billion to make up for the miscalculations of an insurance subsidiary. While Wall Street was aware of the issues at GE’s North American Life & Health, the size of the hit caught many off guard.Flannery on the same day said that GE might take the radical step of splitting up the main company’s three main components — aviation, health care and power — into separate businesses.In June GE said it would spin off its health-care business and sell its interest in Baker Hughes, a massive oil services company. It’s been selling off assets and trying to sharpen its focus since the recession, when it’s finance division was hammered.“GE still has too much debt and plenty to fix, but at least we have an outsider with an accelerated mandate to fix it,” Davis said.Flannery vowed to give GE more of a high-tech and industrial focus by honing in on aviation, power and renewable energy — businesses with big growth potential. The shift is historic for a company that defined the phrase “household name.”GE traces its roots to Thomas Edison and the invention of the light bulb, and the company grew with the American economy. At the start of the global financial crisis in 2008, it was one of the nation’s biggest lenders, its appliances were sold by the millions to homeowners around the world and it oversaw a multinational media powerhouse including NBC television.But the economic crises revealed how unwieldy General Electric had become, with broad exposure damage during economic downturns.Shares of General Electric Co., based in Boston, surged 11 per cent in midday trading.Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, who helped lure GE to Boston from Connecticut in 2016 with incentives like state grants and property tax relief, said he’s not too concerned about GE’s latest travails. He noted that the company is still worth about $100 billion and has what he called a “huge footprint” in Massachusetts in health care, green technology, and renewable energy.He said the state “did not write a big check to GE based on job projections or anything like that.”
TORONTO — As the debate over privacy and data collection for a proposed high-tech neighbourhood in Toronto continues, a new report suggests the city’s public library should assume responsibility for data governance in all such projects.The report released Wednesday by the Toronto Region Board of Trade says the library should be tasked with creating a data hub that protects personal privacy and provides opportunities for economic growth, including policies and protocols for the collection and use of data.It recommends that enforcement of the policies, however, be handled by the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario and include the ability to impose fines, which would require that the province expand the commissioner’s powers.The board’s president and CEO, Jan De Silva, says that while the issue of data governance was thrust into the spotlight by the Quayside waterfront development project, it is part of a much broader conversation about how to ensure the city stays economically competitive and relevant.Waterfront Toronto announced in the fall of 2017 that it had chosen Google affiliate Sidewalk Labs to design a high-tech neighbourhood for the Quayside project.The project, which features environmentally friendly design and innovative infrastructure, has faced questions over how data will be collected, kept, accessed and protected, even after Sidewalk Labs released its privacy proposal.The proposal shows that Sidewalk Labs does not intend to own the data it gathers in public spaces, and plans to establish an independent organization that will set the rules around data use. The document says little about intellectual property, however.The company said Wednesday it welcomed the board’s report and hoped others would follow with their own proposals.“The launch of Sidewalk Toronto has sparked an active and healthy public discussion about privacy, data ownership, and governance in cities,” said spokeswoman Keerthana Rang.“We truly believe that Quayside will set a new standard for responsible data use and our proposal to build an independent Civic Data Trust is just one example of our commitment to this principle.”Waterfront Toronto, meanwhile, said it is doing some work with the MaRS Solutions Lab on civic data trusts and looking at different models, including those involving libraries.Kristina Verner, Waterfront Toronto’s vice-president of innovation, sustainability, and prosperity, said the issue needs to be examined regardless of what happens with the Quayside development.“This report elevates the conversation from simply being focused on the Quayside project to the broader regional conversation that needs to happen around smart cities and the impact the data will be having on the region as we move forward,” she said.The board of trade — one of the largest chambers of commerce in Canada, representing the business interest of 12,000 members — said that while many stakeholders agree that data should be governed outside the Quayside project, its report is the first to make concrete recommendations about who should take on that role.“It quickly became evident that our biggest barrier at the moment in moving from great research and talent that’s leading that research to actual commercialization of that research is the inability to deploy new tech in the city,” Da Silva said. “This is why we stepped in and wanted to open the discussion and propose a way forward.”Ana-Maria Critchley, a spokeswoman for the Toronto Public Library, said the organization would consider the recommendations in the report.“We have long played a role in city building and welcome the opportunity to discuss how we can continue to evolve this role in the civic data realm,” she said. “Given the complexity of the issues and the expertise and consultations that would be required to inform the work, we would require extra resources.”Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press
Mumbai: Actor Katrina Kaif has been roped in for filmmaker Rohit Shetty’s next, titled Sooryavanshi starring actor Akshay Kumar. Akshay, who has previously worked with Katrina in films such as Namaste London and Singh is Kinng, welcomed the actor, whom he called “Sooryavanshi girl”. “Welcome to our cop universe Katrina Kaif… Our ‘Sooryavanshi’ girl,” he wrote. Filmmaker Karan Johar, who is bank rolling the film, shared a photograph of himself along with Akshay, Katrina and Shetty. He captioned the image: “Welcoming the ‘Sooryavanshi’ girl on board Katrina Kaif! Releasing on Eid 2020!” Akshay will play the lead role of Veer Suryavanshi, a character that was introduced as an Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) officer in a cameo role by performed by the Kesari star in Simmba. The movie will release on Eid 2020, clashing with the Salman Khan and Alia Bhatt-starrer Inshallah.
Wanted: alumni mentors for students looking at specific professions.While Brock’s Mentorship Plus program already has a wide variety of alumni professions represented, there are students seeking guidance about professions for which the program does not have mentors.The Mentorship Plus program launched its pilot season in 2008 with a small cohort of first- to fourth-year students, and a handful of alumni mentors. Since then, the program (funded in part by the Annual Fund’s alumni and community donations) has grown to more than 800 participants, including almost 150 Brock alumni from across Canada.As a testament to the alumni experience mentoring graduating students, more than 100 alumni from last year have registered for the 2011-12.The following alumni professions are being sought for the program:Certified financial analystChartered accountantCertified management accountantLawyersTeachers Jr/Int/SrEducation leaders, such as school principalsEducation assistants — special needsEntrepreneurs, business ownersAdvertising and consumer behaviourCounsellors, therapists — psychology backgroundChild psychologistSocial workers — young offender specialtyParamedicNurses — oncology/public healthPublic health educatorHR professionalsPhysicians — neurologySpeech language pathologistsPublic relations specialistTheologianScientific researchersTourismReal estate developerWith more than 70,000 Brock alumni, our graduates offer a wealth of experience and connections in countless industries and professions — the perfect pool of knowledge to help students determine “what to be when they grow up.”Even if you’re a relatively new graduate at the beginning of your career, your path, successes and challenges in the current marketplace are timely and valuable. We encourage our young professional alumni to participate in Mentorship Plus in whichever capacity you feel comfortable.For more information about the Mentorship Plus program, or to register as an alumni mentor, visit the Mentorship Plus website.
“Over the last two days, he has met a number of people there, including the Foreign and Interior Ministers, presidential advisers and the Speaker of the National Assembly and parliamentarians, as well as the Head of the African Union Mission in Sudan,” Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York. “He’s scheduled to meet President Omar Bashir and other senior officials of the Government of National Unity tomorrow,” he added.Secretary-General Kofi Annan spoke by telephone with Mr. Bashir yesterday, seeking support for the deployment of a strong UN force to replace the 7,000-memberAU Mission in Sudan (AMIS) deployed in Darfur to protect civilians from violence. Mr. Bashir said he would confer with his Government after hearing from Mr. Brahimi and a decision would be made shortly thereafter. The 15-member Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution last week Tuesday under Chapter VII of the Charter, which allows for enforcement measures, calling for such a team to be deployed within a week. So far, Sudan has not agreed.A peace agreement was reached earlier this month between the Government and one of the rebel groups operating in Darfur, where fighting between the Government, pro-government militias and rebels has killed tens of thousands of people and uprooted 2 million more in the last three years.
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Sophomore guard Ameryst Alston (14) dribbles up the court during a game against Penn State Feb. 9 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 74-54.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorIt is never easy to win a game when playing from behind, and it’s even harder when you are losing before the ball is even tipped.That is exactly what happened to the Ohio State women’s basketball team (14-14, 4-8) Saturday as the team’s bench was assessed a technical foul for not handing in a starting lineup on time to the officials. Michigan State freshman guard Tori Jankoska made one of two free throw attempts and the Buckeyes found themselves behind before the game started.The Buckeyes never led Saturday as they dropped their fourth straight game, falling to No. 25 Michigan State (17-8, 9-3), 70-49.“That is a first,” OSU coach Kevin McGuff said about the technical foul in an OSU press release. “We have an assistant coach who does it (handles the lineup assignment) and it did not get executed.”The Buckeyes trailed by as many as 28 points in the second half in large part because of a lack of rebounding.OSU, who had outrebounded then-No. 9 Penn State in their last game Feb. 9, was beat on the glass 57-33 by the Spartans, something that frustrated McGuff.“In general, our effort was very poor,” McGuff said. “We were very bad on the boards and they were very aggressive. We did not have a lot of fight.”The Buckeye offense lacked balance as well, with sophomore guard Ameryst Alston attempting a game-high 32 shots and making 11. Alston took 47 percent of OSU’s shots. She finished with a game-high 25 points.MSU, on the other hand, had four of its five starters score in double figures including 17 from both junior forward Becca Mills and senior forward Annalise Pickrel.“I think everyone having a good all-around game is very important especially with rebounds and everything,” Pickrel said in a postgame press release. “It really ignites our energy in transition.”OSU redshirt-freshman center Lisa Blair recorded a career-high 21 minutes played and four blocks. Despite the career-highs, Blair did not score, attempting just one shot.With Blair playing so many minutes, senior center Ashley Adams played only four minutes and was held scoreless.“Whoever is going to play the hardest is who we’re going to play,” McGuff said of his post players. “Tonight, she (Blair) played harder, so I put her in the game.”The Buckeyes received just seven points from their bench Saturday, all of which were provided by junior guard Raven Ferguson who finished 3-10 shooting.OSU is set to return home Thursday night to take on the No. 21 Nebraska Cornhuskers (19-5, 9-3) at the Schottenstein Center. It is set to be the only meeting between the two teams this season.
Sir Leonard Blavatnik funded a new school of government in OxfordCredit: Valery Levitin/Kommersant The letter seen by the Guardian added: “Mr Blavatnik’s decision to support Donald Trump makes it impossible for me to continue at the Blavatnik School of Government.”But a spokesman for Mr Blavatnik said neither he nor his company Access Industries had never donated to President Trump or his campaign.Mr Blavatnik has made donations to politicians from both US parties according to records, from former Vice President Joe Biden to Republican senator Ben Sasse. A spokesman for Mr Blavatnik said: “Neither Mr. Blavatnik nor his company, Access Industries, have ever donated to President Trump or his campaign. “Access Industries made a donation to the Presidential Inaugural Committee, a joint Congressional committee that has been responsible for organizing the inauguration ceremonies of every U.S. president since 1901 and which helps to organize public and private events during the week leading up to the Inauguration. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Mr Blavatnik was named Britain’s richest man in 2015 and according to this year’s Sunday Times rich list, his £15.9bn fortune puts him second only to the joint wealth of brothers Sri and Gopi Hinduja.The industrialist built his wealth through his company Access Industries and now counts Warner Music Group as part of his empire.His donation to Oxford University was criticised at the time as a sign of the university “selling its reputation and prestige to Putin’s associates” in a letter to the Guardian coordinated by Ilya Zaslavskiy, an employee of a Russian oil company and Oxford graduate who ran Moscow’s Oxford alumni association. The university said it was “unclear” why Prof. Rothstein would resign over any political donations made by Sir Leonard, given he had made no attempt to influence the school’s academic agenda. The Blavatnik School of Government in OxfordCredit:Iwan Baan “The types of events that the Presidential Inaugural Committee plans and supports include public concerts, fireworks, lunches, dinners, the inauguration ceremony, and the inaugural parade.”A spokesman for Oxford University said: “Professor Rothstein is a distinguished researcher and scholar in the field of Government, and the School is sorry to have received his resignation. However, we are unclear why he has resigned over political donations made by Sir Leonard Blavatnik, which are completely unconnected to the Blavatnik School of Government.”As an American citizen, Sir Leonard is entitled to make donations and give support to whichever politicians he chooses. The School would never try to influence the political preferences of its donors or to comment upon them. The School’s mission is to promote good government, not any particular programme for governing.”Conversely, Sir Leonard has never attempted to influence the School’s academic agenda, or who we hire or with whom we work.” The Blavatnik School building in OxfordCredit:Stephen Sykes /Alamy An Oxford professor has resigned from his role over claims one of the university’s wealthy donors is a supporter of Donald Trump.Swedish academic Bo Rothstein, who was Professor of Government and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University, alleged the school’s namesake had made a substantial donation to the Trump campaign.USSR-born Sir Leonard Blavatnik, who is Britain’s richest man, provided £75m of financial backing to Oxford University to build the school.Professor Rothstein said in a resignation letter: “As I see it, Donald Trump’s policies are also antithetical to the goal of the Blavatnik School of Government, which aims to improve the quality of government and public policymaking worldwide, so that citizens can enjoy more secure and more fulfilled lives.”
IRELAND’S HOLIDAYMAKERS HAVE ranked 13th in the world in terms of honesty as hotel guests in a new survey.The survey by Hotels.com has revealed that Danish travellers are the most honest hotel guests with those travelling from the Netherlands and Norway following behind.Three quarters of Irish people have never removed anything from a hotel room, apart from toiletries.One in four admitted to returning home with a few souvenirs from their hotel stay with linens and towels the most popular items for Irish hotel guests to swipe.A more daring 6 per cent admitted they found the fluffy white robes too hard to resist.(If you have trouble viewing this image, click here)Globally, 65 per cent of people say they have never taken an item from a hotel room with 88 per cent of those honest Danish hotel guests saying they have never pocketed anything.While it is in-room magazines, books, linens and towels that seem to be the main focus for sticky fingered travellers, other items those surveyed admitted to removing include pillows, electronics, irons and even in-room furniture such as lamps or alarm clocks.Despite the tendancy to remove hotel amenities, global travellers said there were some things they were willing to pay extra for like a room with a view or a balcony.Read: 9 things people in Ireland just can’t stop stealing>Read: On your knees: Hotel replaces Bibles with Fifty Shades of Grey>
A retiree from World War II is being called back into service on a historic Vancouver site.The radio transmitter building is two miles away from Pearson Field. Seventy years ago, they both were part of Vancouver’s sprawling U.S. Army base, although at opposite ends. And that was the idea. According to a U.S. Army history of defense installations, “In all cases, radio buildings were located at a distance … so that radio operators received minimal disturbances in sending and receiving messages.”People who want to contribute to the museum effort can call the VA’s Anne Marie Murphy at 360-737-1441.The assignment? Showcase some of that history.The project involves a modest brick building in the northwest corner of the Vancouver Veterans Affairs campus. It was built in 1940 as the radio transmitter building for Pearson Field. Now volunteers, including members of a local military heritage group, are working to create a museum that also will honor veterans. It’s in an appropriate location, next to Spanish-American War and Korean War memorials, and near the Huey helicopter — visible from Interstate 5 — that is part of the Vietnam War Memorial Garden.There are some gaps between those eras. Museum organizers plan to fill in the gaps with displays and artifacts representing those who served in World War I and WWII.The building itself is one of those artifacts. The radio transmitter site is one of only three structures on Vancouver’s VA campus dating to World War II. The others are a gymnasium and a former patient ward converted to office space. The museum site is the only one of the three that was designed to be a permanent building.
TEWKSBURY, MA — Below is a press statement from the campaign of 19th Middlesex State Representative candidate Patricia Meuse (I-Tewksbury), in response to press releases submitted by her competitors Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury) and Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury) following the debate.There are three candidates in this race, and I am the candidate who will have the greatest impact if elected. I am the candidate that has more experience in government and life than the other two. I have lived in both towns my whole life. My husband and I owned our own home and brought up our six children in Tewksbury. We have sacrificed so all our children could graduate from college and took care of our ailing parents in our home. I have been an elected official for over 29 years and have been involved in community service since I was six years old. I am not just the “other candidate” here, I am the best person for the job. I am the candidate with no ties to any party. I am the candidate who will do the best job possible in representing my 2 hometowns as the next State Representative while only answering to my constituents.All candidates at Thursday night’s debate stated they were against Massachusetts becoming a sanctuary state and I also stated that we need to let “ICE do their job.” How much clearer do we have to be?A vote for me is the vote that will have the biggest impact. My personal and professional experiences have prepared me to be your voice in the State House.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE Q&A: Meuse Highlights Some Of Her Life Experiences That Have Prepared Her For The JobIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”DEBATE HIGHLIGHT: Most Democratic Candidates Not Ready To Pledge To Support Their Party’s Nominee In General ElectionIn “Government”
00:00 /01:18 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Listen X Another fight over a Texas textbook is brewing at the State Board of Education.The subject is Mexican American Studies, a subject that activists and scholars fought to include in the state’s official curriculum.But a new book on that subject is drawing controversy instead of cheers.To understand that controversy, here are few lessons from the book called Mexican American Heritage that upset activists.It characterizes Mexican workers in the 1800’s as lazy. It claims that that Latino civil rights leaders threatened U.S. society. And it links Mexican Americans to illegal immigration that the book says has caused poverty and crime.“The book is obviously a fraud. It doesn’t really address the subject Mexican American history,” said Emilio Zamora, a history professor at the University of Texas at Austin.He’s part of new coalition lobbying the State Board of Education to reject this book before it reaches Texas classrooms. The coalition includes other scholars, education groups and civil rights groups. They announced their fight against the book in a press conference Monday in Austin.“They either don’t know the record or they deliberately disregard it,” Zamora added.The book’s publisher, Momentum Instruction, didn’t respond to requests for comment.Besides the new coalition, state reviewers are also vetting the book this summer.The chair of the Texas board, Donna Bahorich, defended how the state approves textbooks.“I mean, it is a rigorous process that the board has, but most publishers want to go through the board process,” Bahorich said previously on Houston Matters.The state board is set to hold public hearings on the book this fall and vote in November.It’s the only Mexican American studies book up for approval, along with instructional materials in other subjects.
Every day, we are bombarded with all sorts of news. Even if we don’t want that news, it seeps into the ubiquitous screens that infest our lives. Many companies have attempted to help us tame the flow of information. They allow us to tailor the news to suit our tastes or they crowdsource it to attempt to raise the quality. While those are great solutions, they do not really deal with the fact that news is just way too unpredictable. Luckily for all of us, the internet and the past have teamed up with a group of niche collectors to serve an unexpected solution: Old News.For years, a growing subsection of collectors has been picking up and digitizing old VHS cassettes trying to salvage valuable memories and pop culture moments as they were viewed firsthand. Some of these collectors focus on short runs of TV shows, game shows, and even commercials. One of the smaller niches in this growing group of digital archaeologists belongs to the news collector. These amazing humans spend their time digitizing and posting news shows, sometimes with and sometimes without the commercials. The end result, especially with commercials, is a perfect time capsule that summarizes a moment in time. For many, it’s the perfect way to escape the barrage of annoying and depressing news and selectively experience a time, event, or region.So, if you’re one of the people who’s tired of living on the edge of now, allow me to turn your attention backwards, where the world and the news it produces might be a little bit more to your liking (or at least a bit more predictable). Politics1/6The multi-year election cycle got you down? Grumpy your candidate is not on top? How about we step back and remember when Jimmy Carter won his improbable road to the White House or six hours of election night coverage when Ronald Reagan defeated him just four short years later? That too far in the past for you? How about this famous segment of Bill and Hillary Clinton on 60 Minutes, or perhaps leap ahead to 2000 and hear then Governor George W Bush on Face the Nation? One thing you will take away from any political news you re-watch is that not a lot has changed, but at least with the old news you know how the story turns out.<><> Watching old news is an addictive pastime, and collecting it can be a fun hobby that helps to educate people. So, the next time you are rummaging around the basement at your parent’s house and you see a box of old VHS tapes, pick them up and take them home. You never know what sort of great material you might find on them. If that isn’t your thing, please send them to me! I would be more than happy to extract digital gold from that magnetic tape.
History is as fascinating for its mysteries as for what it tells us about the past. Cases where people disappear are especially interesting. They are a prime example of history at its most tangible, yet they are also cryptic, dangling loose ends that will seemingly never be tied up. Take Jimmy Hoffa for example. This infamous champion of the oppressed in the U.S. rose to the top of the Teamsters Union, before ties to organized crime proved his undoing. He was incarcerated in 1967 following charges of jury tampering, fraud and attempted bribery.Hoffa resigned his role after four years behind bars, as part of a deal with President Nixon. 1980 was the year in which he could legally resume his union activities, but the giant of the labor movement thought he could overturn the decision. This set him on a path that led to his mysterious disappearance.Hoffa (left) with son James P. Hoffa in 1965.In 1975 he was in the midst of a prospective comeback and was spotted outside a restaurant in Detroit, Michigan. This was the last time anyone saw him alive. Although he was officially declared dead in 1982, the lack of a body has fueled speculation about his fate.Hoffa (right) and Bernard Spindel after a 1957 court session in which they pleaded not guilty to illegal wiretap charges.There are those who claim he still lives, but a more likely explanation is that he fell foul of the Mafia. One theory is that he was executed by the Mob then destroyed in a sausage factory. Last year Prof. James Buccellato of Northern Arizona University gave his expert opinion on the mystery. He had this to say to CBS Detroit:“There were a couple of incinerators in Detroit that were owned by the Mafia. It would’ve been a quick drop…and possibly a sausage factory in Detroit; he was possibly ground up… I really disagree with the notion that his body was transported to New Jersey and buried or New York and buried or Florida and fed to the alligators. It’s just not practical.”His story was immortalized on film in 1992 by director Danny DeVito and star Jack Nicholson as Hoffa. Written by David Mamet, the movie didn’t definitively say who murdered the union boss. A more direct approach is being taken by Martin Scorsese, whose film The Irishman — about Hoffa’s supposed killer Frank Sheeran — will be released in 2019.Amelia Earhart standing beside a Merrill CIT-9 Safety Plane, Los Angeles, c.1928.Our next disappearance takes us from the cold ground to the clear air. Amelia Earhart blazed a trail for female pilots through her feats of flying. These included being the first woman to take a plane single-handedly over the Atlantic Ocean. In 1937, however, her legacy took on a different complexion.During her around-the-world adventure, she and navigator Fred Noonan had reached the Pacific and were looking to stop off at the small land mass of Howland Island. There was just one problem… they couldn’t find it. Some fractured radio transmissions were all that remained of the pioneering pilot and her colleague.Amelia Earhart standing under nose of her Lockheed Model 10-E Electra.Ideas about the fate of Earhart and Noonan are as random as the currents from an ocean storm. As written in National Geographic in 2017, there are 3 prevailing theories. The first is that they simply went down in the drink, and were claimed by the sea. Deep sea companies such as Nauticos, based in Maryland, have explored the aquatic area.As described in the article, “In March and April of 2002, the company used a high-tech, deep-sea sonar system to search 630 square miles (1,630 square kilometers) of the ocean floor near Howland. They didn’t find the plane on that expedition or a 2006 follow-up mission.”Amelia Earhart standing in front of the Lockheed Electra in which she disappeared in July 1937.Another piece of informed guesswork involves Nikumaroro Island, thought to be the only plausible landing location had Earhart’s Lockheed Electra 10E missed Howland. According to research by TIGHAR (The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery):“The researchers base their hypothesis on Earhart’s last radio transmissions… ‘KHAQQ [the Electra’s call letters] to Itasca. We are on the line 157 337.’… The ‘line 157 337’ indicates that the plane was flying on a northwest to southeast navigational line that bisected Howland Island. If Earhart and Noonan missed Howland, they would fly either northwest or southeast on the line to find it. To the northwest of Howland lies open ocean for thousands of miles; to the southwest is Nikumaroro.”Amelia Earhart in Hawaii. Photo by Pacific Aviation Museum CC BY 2.0The last idea concerns wartime intrigue, with Earhart and Noonan heading for the Marshall Islands with nowhere else to land. They were then held by occupying Japanese forces. Were they spying for the Americans, or just caught up in the crossfire? Things get a little murky.Amelia Earhart – Aviation Pioneer“Some believe both pilots were eventually killed, while others believe Earhart and maybe Noonan returned to the U.S. under assumed names. According to one theory, Earhart took the name Irene Craigmile, then married Guy Bolam and became Irene Bolam, who died in New Jersey in 1982.”Earhart’s story has inspired all manner of media. A song called ‘Amelia Earhart’s Last Flight’ was recorded in four years after her disappearance by Red River Dave McEnery, also known as the “Yodelling Cowboy.”Amelia Earhart in evening clothesOnscreen she has been portrayed by Diane Keaton, Hilary Swank, and most recently Amy Adams in the Night At The Museum franchise. These ensure her memory is never lost, even though her whereabouts are still a mystery to this day.Finally there is the strange case of D.B. Cooper. Several years before Jimmy Hoffa walked onto that restaurant parking lot and was never seen again, a character in dark glasses boarded a plane in Portland, OR. His tale of “air piracy” has passed into hijacking legend for its sheer audacity.An initial attempt to inform an air stewardess about his intentions fell flat. “After takeoff, he handed a note to a flight attendant, who assumed he was hitting on her and placed it in her purse,” as related by the History Channel.A man dressed up like D.B. Cooper in Pike Place Market, Seattle.Following that false start, he mentioned to her that he was carrying a bomb. He then put his daring plan into operation, demanding $200,000 and four parachutes. After the plane landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Cooper was given what he’d asked for and told the pilot to make for Mexico City.Cooper didn’t step off onto the runway though. His means of exit were altogether more dramatic. History writes, “A short time later, he jumped out of the plane and into a raging thunderstorm. He was never seen or heard from again. Since his disappearance, the FBI has investigated and subsequently ruled out more than a thousand suspects.” Numerous sources, including this website, have followed the investigation into the skyjacker’s identity.One of several FBI composite sketches of D. B. Cooper.The mysterious figure had a cultural impact, winding up in numerous small screen productions, such as The Blacklist and Prison Break. He also used the expression “No funny stuff,” which some may recognize from 1998 Coen Brothers comedy The Big Lebowski.FBI sketches of Cooper, with age progression.It was only last month, some 46 years after the event took place, that the mystery was reportedly resolved. Writer and filmmaker Thomas Colbert believed the culprit was Robert Rackstraw, a veteran of Vietnam, based on a letter penned by Cooper in 1972.FBI wanted poster of D. B. Cooper.Colbert joined forces with Rick Sherwood, who had been Rackstraw’s boss in the military. Sherwood examined the letter and verified it as his former employee’s handiwork.Read another story from us: After nearly 74 years, the remains of an 82nd AB paratrooper are coming homeIn an interview with The Daily News he revealed: “I read it two or three times and said, ‘This is Rackstraw, this is what he does’…I noticed he kept on repeating words in his sentences and thought he had a code in there somewhere. He was taunting like he normally does and I thought his name was going to be in it and sure enough the numbers added up perfectly.”It just goes to show that, no matter how impenetrable the situation, a dogged determination and lots of perseverance can triumph against history’s deepest mysteries.Steve Palace is a writer, journalist and comedian from the UK. Sites he contributes to include The Vintage News, Art Knews Magazine and The Hollywood News. His short fiction has been published as part of the Iris Wildthyme range from Obverse Books.
Hoteliers and the hotel industry can benefit from new distribution channels offered by the ever growing Group Buying sector, according to Asia Pacific and Middle East managing director Kevin Looney.Speaking to e-Travel Blackboard the company’s head explained that rather than seeing online agencies as a threat, hoteliers can benefit from distributing their product on Group Buying sites and increasing awareness of their brand’s offerings.He said the two sectors “compliment” each other when utilised correctly and can create major opportunity for both to build and attract new business through last minute bookings.“There’s always an opportunity for a hotel to do a flash sale or participate in Group Buying,” Mr Looney said.“It needs to be done strategically but ultimately Group Buying is a compliment of the hotel distribution channels.”Other forms of increasing revenue and efficiency Mr Looney said would be for to reduce touch points available to their reservation staff.Utilising products including EZYield’s ‘Hospitality Suite’, hoteliers can boost profits while cutting back on human caused errors.“Often hotels realise that to really help optimise efficiency and reducing errors you need to automate through having good technology as opposed to throwing human resources in,” he explained.“Good technology helps reduce errors while increasing accuracy of bookings.”Earlier this month EZYield was acquired by global provider of revenue generating solutions for hoteliers, TravelClick.While continuing to stand as a separate solutions platform, the company’s product will “over time” integrate into TravelClick’s iHotelier central reservation systems.Click here for more information on the acquirement. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
RelatedCzech Airlines increase flights from Prague to TorontoCzech Airlines will increase the number of flights to Toronto from Prague during the 2009 summer season.Less people book flights with European airlines in 2008Less people book flights with European airlines in 2008Wizz Air celebrates sixth birthdayCheap flights carrier Wizz Air has celebrated its sixth anniversary after it revealed a 30 percent growth in passenger numbers. The number of people booking flights on Czech Airlines increased by 2.4 percent last year to more than 5.6 million, the airline has revealed.Despite the positive figure, the global financial crisis has taken its toll, with growth slowing compared to 2007.Between October and December, the airline recorded a fall in passenger numbers, with flights in western Europe being the hardest hit.Czech Airlines has said that the number of passengers it carries is expected to fall further as the economic downturn continues to take its toll.Commenting on its quality of service, a Czech Airlines statement said: “Czech Airlines has ranked on a sustained basis at the top of the European ranking that is regularly published by the Association of European Airlines.”The carrier was ranked second out of 27 airlines in Europe for 2008 in terms of international departures leaving on time.Czech Airlines announced last month that it planned to increase its number of flights to Toronto from three to four a week during the summer.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map