HOUSTON — Crews have extinguished a fire that’s burned for days at a Houston-area petrochemicals storage facility.International Terminals Company says the blaze in Deer Park was extinguished as of 3 a.m. Wednesday. The fire began Sunday at the facility southeast of Houston, sending a huge, dark plume of smoke thousands of feet in the air, though officials said air quality remained safe.ITC says crews will continue to spray foam and water on the storage tanks that caught fire to cool them down and prevent the fire from reigniting.The company says steam and smoke will be visible, and the fire could still flare back up.The tanks that caught fire contained components of gasoline and materials used in nail polish remover, glues and paint thinner.The Associated Press
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on United Nations Member States to endorse his proposals to strengthen and reorganize the world body’s Department of Political Affairs (DPA) so that the UN can respond faster and proactively to conflicts before they become bigger and costlier tragedies. Briefing journalists today on the plans, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe said numerous independent reports, including most recently from the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), have found that DPA is chronically starved of resources and unable to meet ever-growing demands on the UN to prevent and resolve the world’s conflicts. Mr. Pascoe said the extra funds required to pay for the expansion of the department’s preventive diplomacy role are small in comparison to the benefits that a more proactive stance can bring. “It is so obviously cost-effective if we can be successful in stopping the issues, debates, fights, both internal and external,” he said. “It’s so much better if we can do it early on rather than later.” Last month Mr. Ban told the General Assembly’s Fifth Committee, which deals with administrative and budgetary matters, that boosting the UN’s capacity to prevent and resolve conflicts was “among the smartest investments we can make.” The department currently has about 220 staff based at UN Headquarters in New York and a two-year budget of some $64 million. The proposed restructuring will cost about $21 million over the next two years. If the plan is approved by Member States, DPA will gain 70 professional posts and 31 general service staff, while the regional divisions will be re-organized from four units into six: two each for Africa and Asia, and one for Europe and for Latin America. The department will also establish more regional offices, modelled on the lines of the current UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), that are designed to help individual Member States and regional organizations with their preventive diplomacy efforts. Regional offices are planned for Central Asia, and under consideration for the Great Lakes-Central Africa, Central America, South-East Asia and South-Eastern Europe, pending close consultations with Member States in those regions, Mr. Pascoe said. DPA’s mediation unit and its electoral assistance division, which are both already overwhelmed by high workloads, will also be strengthened. The Under-Secretary-General said it was vital that the UN be able to both detect crises before they occur and respond more quickly to them when they do. He described the proposals as a necessary and complementary step in strengthening the UN role in peace and security, following the Secretary-General’s earlier reorganization of UN peacekeeping operations. Mr. Pascoe observed that DPA is already active in dealing with many diplomatic efforts of the UN, including the Darfur conflict in Sudan and the situations in Somalia, Myanmar, Iraq and Nepal. He added that the proposals have received strong support so far in his initial discussions with Member States, especially in Africa, where governments have called for greater UN assistance on the preventive diplomacy front. 6 November 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on United Nations Member States to endorse his proposals to strengthen and reorganize the world body’s Department of Political Affairs (DPA) so that the UN can respond faster and proactively to conflicts before they become bigger and costlier tragedies.
Recalling that last year’s UN Millennium Summit had pledged to address war, poverty and environmental pollution, Mr. Annan said, “Nowhere in the world are those challenges more acute than here in Africa, so it is more than fitting that the entire UN family should be meeting here to discuss how we can work most effectively for the implementation of the Millennium goals.”Without action, international targets would “hardly do more than express a wish or an aspiration,” the Secretary-General stressed during a press conference. He observed that the impact of those targets would depend on an “unprecedented effort” by Member States and the UN family. “We, the family, are here to discuss how each of us can best play our part, and we are here to discuss how we can spur our Member States to play theirs to the full,” he said.Noting that the ultimate responsibility in ensuring that the Millennium goals translate into reality rests with Member States, Mr. Annan expressed hope “that as the UN system meets here in Nairobi, an equally lively debate is also taking place in capitals about how we can meet our obligations and commitments.”During his press conference, Mr. Annan was asked to react to the decision by United States President George W. Bush to reject the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gas emissions. “I regret the US decision, but I think that gives us one more reason to fight in a more determined manner to bring environmental issues into focus,” the Secretary-General replied. “We need to take steps to halt climate warming — it is a fact.”Twenty of the 25 UN agencies, funds and programmes are represented at the highest levels at the two-day meeting of the Administrative Committee on Coordination (ACC), which meets twice a year.Over the course of this morning’s session, the participants discussed the need for a mobilization of all actors against AIDS in Africa. A substantial part of the meeting tomorrow is expected to focus on ways of strengthening system-wide support for sustainable development on the continent.After the morning session, the Secretary-General spoke with some 2,000 UN staff working in Nairobi. He also met briefly with two of the aid workers who had been just released from captivity in north Mogadishu, Somalia.According to a UN spokesman, the two remaining captives — British nationals Bill Condie and Roger Carter — have been visited on a regular basis by a local staff officer of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), who reported that they are in stable condition.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Nijal Pearson scored a career-high 33 points and Texas State used a second-half offensive eruption to blast Portland 91-68 on Saturday night in the Portland Classic Championship game.Texas State (5-1) led 36-34 at halftime, and after intermission, proceeded to shoot 20 of 32 (62.5 per cent) including 9 of 13 (69) from 3-point range. Portland’s shooting went in the opposite direction as the Pilots (5-3) shot 25 per cent (7 of 28) from the field.Pearson finished 12 of 18 shooting and 6 of 9 from 3-point range, was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player this weekend and surpassed 1,100 career points. Pearson also finished with three steals to give him 103 to move into 10th-place all time in school history.Tre’Larenz Nottingham scored 11 and Chandler Davis scored 10 for the Bobcats.JoJo Walker led the Pilots with 17 points and Marcus Shaver Jr. scored 13.The Associated Press
The pinch point programme was established in 2011 to relieve congestion, stimulate growth in local economies and improve safety. Small-scale projects generally costing up to £10 million were chosen, with work often involving changes to junctions, adding traffic lights, widening slip roads and new signage. The programme was largely delivered by Highways England’s predecessor, the Highways Agency, and was completed by March 2016.RAC head of roads policy Nicholas Lyes told the Press Association: “It’s very disappointing that Highways England’s work to tackle pinch points on its road network has not been as successful as had been hoped.”While congestion has been reduced at peak times of the day, unfortunately many schemes have seen increased traffic at off-peak periods, mostly due to traffic lights being introduced.”Luckily, it seems as though there are some simple steps that can be taken to improve the worst of these new off-peak traffic flow issues, such as changing signals to work part-time instead of full-time.”It is also important to realise that this work was not just about reducing congestion and that many schemes have seen small reductions in the number of road casualties.” “This useful insight is helping us develop improved appraisal methods for small-scale schemes, which in turn help us deliver improved benefits to people using our motorways and major A roads.”Meanwhile, we are considering a range of options to improve journeys by using traffic signals which respond to traffic flows.” Traffic lights introduced on motorways have made congestion worse despite Highways England spending £317m on schemes, a government report has revealed.The report by Highways England showed that a pinch point programme to tackle particularly congested areas of road often resulted in faster rush hour journeys, but slower journeys at other times of the day.Overall, journey times were slower than before the money was spent to try and ease congestion, improve safety and boost growth in local economies.Highways England believed the slower overall journey times were mainly caused by the introduction of traffic lights, with 44% of the schemes introducing the new signalling.The RAC described the findings as “very disappointing”.There were 119 congested areas of road that received a share of the £317m funding, announced in the 2011 Budget.The report looked at the first-year impact of 54 of the 119 schemes carried out on England’s motorways and major A roads. Nearly half of the schemes with an aim to cut journey times failed to achieve that goal.The report concluded that it must consider the impact of projects “across all 168 hours of the week, not just the 10-30 peak hours”.Future schemes must “better consider how to mitigate the downsides while maintaining the upsides”, the document added. A spokesman for Highways England said: “This report shows that overall, these schemes… were successful at tackling congestion at the busiest times and improving safety. 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.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM), in conjunction with the Consulate General in Melbourne, organised an event at the Greek Centre to welcome the vice president of the European Network of Greeks in Local Government to Victoria. At the same time, board members of the GCM provided certificates of recognition to Melbourne’s local mayors and councillors of Greek background for their outstanding contributions to the Community.Almost 20 councillors and mayors attended the event at the GCM, and it was the first time that they had ever gathered as a collective.GCM President Bill Papastergiadis said “Greece was the birthplace of democracy and local government is at the coalface of modern democracy” during his opening address.“The work of mayors and councillors is fundamental to the functioning of our community,” he said. “Now is the time to harness their contributions and seek to ensure that we, as a community, work collaboratively. A more unified approach between key leaders in Local Government and the GCM will help achieve better collective outcomes for our community. This collaboration will lead to the development of leadership programs and funding opportunities for various projects. Special thanks need to be extended to Mr Pandazopoulos for his consistent effort to develop these relationships.”Theo Markos (vice president of the GCM) was the MC of the event. Mr Markos highlighted the historical connection between former board members of the GCM and their election to various councils in Victoria.Victorian politician John Pandazopoulos, himself a former mayor, also spoke succinctly about the need for collaboration and the strategic importance of the proposed visit. Mr Pandazopoulos plays a crucial role in these events by bringing together key stakeholders.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 22, 2017 – Nassau – When the starting gun sounds at the highly-anticipated Potcakeman Triathlon Saturday, one competitor will already be a winner. She’s Viviane Proffitt, teacher, wife, mother and animal lover who walked away with the Pet Food Institute’s pre-race prize, full body running gear and her entry fee paid.“This is the second year that the Pet Food Institute (PFI) has held an essay contest ahead of the great event, the Potcakeman Triathlon, and when we saw Viviane’s entry posted on Potcakeman Triathlon’s page, we knew instantly we had a winner,” said PFI representative Sandra Kemp. “How could anyone top a woman who has four dogs, including two rescue dogs and writes, ‘There is nothing like coming home to wagging tails, waiting for you to take them out for a walk, fun or cycle!’”As it turned out, there was even more reason to applaud Proffitt. Along with four dogs, she has three hamsters, two guinea pigs, a husband and three children. And she rescues tadpoles.Proffitt says she inherited her love for animals. “My mother is an animal fanatic,” said Proffitt, who teaches Spanish at the primary school level. “We lived in St. Martin and there was an area called the Lowlands where people would drop their stray animals. Mom would take them in. At one time we had 24 dogs.”Though this will be the first time Proffitt will don a PFI dri-fit running suit, it won’t be her first time entering the race. She competed for the first time last year in the swim, cycle, run test of human endurance and won her age category.This is the third year PFI has helped to sponsor the event organized by the non-profit organization BAARK (Bahamas Alliance for Animal Rights and Kindness). Funds raised go toward the spay/neuter and education programs throughout The Bahamas. The organization has spearheaded efforts with veterinarians and other volunteers assisting in more than 7,000 sterilizations since its founding in 2010, more than 1,000 so far this year.“PFI is proud to support efforts that bring awareness to the importance of the proper feeding and care of domestic pets,” said Kemp. “The problem of stray dogs is not unique to The Bahamas. Unfortunately, it is a challenge throughout the region and one of the reasons that the Pet Food Institute’s work is so important.”Hundreds are expected to turn out to watch, volunteer or participate in the Potcakeman Triathlon set to start at 7:30 am at Jaws Beach. Events range from a splash ‘n dash for little tykes to Olympic distance race for serious athletes. There is even a ‘puppy tri’ for four-legged participants.“This is probably going to be the most competitive series of races to date,” said race director Sarah Kennedy. “We have competitors traveling from the USA and Canada.”The Pet Food Institute-Caribbean is a non-profit organisation that promotes initiatives to advance pet nutrition and the overall quality of pet food in The Bahamas, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, and Jamaica. For more information please visit http://www.pficaribbean.com, or to showcase the pets you love, follow us on Facebook or Instagram @pficaribbean.Release: DPA Related Items:
George Spencer, 71, and his wife, Sharon, stood along Officers Row watching the 27th annual Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver presented by the Lough Legacy on Saturday.As recent arrivals in Clark County, it was the Spencers’ first time to view the parade. They were treated to dry weather and a display of more than 2,500 individuals — including veterans, Gold Star families, scout troops, Buffalo Soldiers and marching bands — at the Fort Vancouver National Site.“I see so many young faces here,” said George Spencer, who served two tours in Vietnam and traveled the world during a 22-year stint in the Marine Corps. “That makes everything I did worthwhile.”“My favorite part, other than the military, was watching the Prairie High School Junior ROTC and the Young Marines from Clark County,” he said. “That shows how military life is shared with the community here.”Martin and Marilyn Siebrasse, newcomers from Palm Beach, Fla., also were watching their first parade. Martin, 68, served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1963 to 1967 and did a 1965-66 tour in Vietnam.
Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) employees who are members of trade unions GMB and Unite are to vote on proposals to replace the government organisation’s current final salary pension scheme with a career average revalued earnings (CARE) arrangement.The consultative ballot will open on Monday 12 June 2017 and close on Friday 30 June 2017.The change would affect 16,000 employees if the proposal is successful. The deal includes replacing a final salary scheme with a CARE arrangement. This would involve an increase in the accrual rate, rising from 1/80 of pensionable pay and a lump sum of 3/80 of pensionable pay for each year of service to an accrual rate of 1/58 of pensionable pay in the CARE scheme with no additional lump sum. This represents an increase of 38% in the accrual rate.The proposed CARE arrangement, which is still a defined benefit (DB) scheme, would also see member contributions increase by a total of 3.2% of pensionable pay. Contributions would be tiered according to the level of tax relief members receive on their contributions.This would mean that employees eligible for 20% tax relief would pay a 7% contribution, those eligible for 40% tax relief would have to pay a 9% contribution, and those set to receive 45% tax relief would contribute 11%. Employees on low incomes who do not receive tax relief would not have to increase their pension contributions.Contributions would rise by a maximum of 1% a year until the required level of contribution is reached.A further change is how the scheme is revalued. The CARE scheme would increase in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI), while with the current final salary scheme, accrued pension benefits rise in line with salary increases in the period before the member retires or leaves.Many of the established benefits linked to the scheme, such as ill-health benefits and death in service, would remain unchanged under the proposed changes.The proposals were compiled by energy minister Jesse Norman, and trade unions Unite, GMB and Aslef.An spokesperson at NDA said: “Earlier in the year, the NDA ran a consultation process with all affected employees across its estate. Discussions with the trade unions on this issue are already well advanced; the unions seeking the views of their members is an important part of this process.”Kevin Coyne, national officer for energy at Unite, said: “After more than a year of intensive negotiations, we believe that on the pension issue this is the best deal that can be achieved by negotiation. A significant achievement was to roll back the £620 million savings demanded by the Treasury to a more manageable figure of £320 million.“The proposals remove the protections that the unions won for the [employees] on the denationalisation of the industry in the 1990 Electricity Act, but an amendment to the act will ensure the CARE scheme will inherit new protections. Unite is currently conducting a major briefing exercise to inform our members of the new proposals and what it means to their future retirement incomes.”Justin Bowden, national secretary for energy at the GMB, added: “Following the threat by GMB and the other unions of the first strike in the nuclear industry for a generation, intervention by the energy minster Jesse Norman led to genuine negotiations and replacement of the £660 million raid on GMB members’ retirements with an improved ‘pay more to get more pension’ offer.“GMB delayed consulting our members on the improved offer until after the general election. GMB members will now be balloted on the improved offer from 12 June until 30 June with the recommendation that this is the best that can be from negotiations.”
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a suspect after a Fort Lauderdale mother was shot and killed, Tuesday.Detectives are on the lookout for Dytadious Mobley who, authorities said, gunned down his ex-girlfriend’s mother.Bernice Jefferson was killed inside her home near Northwest 15th Avenue and West Sunrise Boulevard.If you have any information on Mobley’s whereabouts, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Gandhinagar: The Gandhinagar police on Sunday found an unknown male dead body aged about 35 to 40 years lying near Bansilalpet steps in Secunderabad. After receiving information, a patrolling car rushed to the spot and the staff made inquiries with the nearby people about the deceased, but failed to get any details. Later, the police shifted the body to Gandhi Hospital and preserved it for identification. They registered a case under Section 174 CrPC and took up investigation.
What was troubling was that there were no popups or other user notifications informing him that the camera video had been activated and made accessible. In other words, eavesdropping could take place with neither the user’s permission nor knowledge.Adobe contacted him soon after Aboukhadijeh published his findings in his public disclosure to say that they were working on it. The discovery is an example of a ‘clickjacking’ hole–where people’s webcams or microphones can be turned on without their knowledge. The Adobe flaw discovery follows a clickjacking alarm raised in 2008 by security researchers Jeremiah Grossman and Robert Hansen.The technical term for clickjacking is user interface (UI) redressing. The trickster combines Web programming features with social engineering to entice users into initiating actions that they otherwise would not want to take.While the discovery and subsequent fix might be seen as All’s Well That Ends Well, one academic thinks this week’s incident is troubling based on what he reads between the lines.In announcing the fix, Adobe said it was aware of a report describing a clickjacking issue related to the Flash Player Settings Manager. “We have resolved the issue with a change to the Flash Player Settings Manager SWF file hosted on the Adobe website. No user action or Flash Player product update are required.” No user action or update required? That comforter is what rattles Steven Bellovin, Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University. “Code on a remote computer somewhere decides whether or not random web sites can spy on you,” he blogged in CircleID. “it’s simply wrong for a design to outsource a critical access control decision to a third party. My computer should decide what sites can turn on my camera and microphone, not one of Adobe’s servers.” (PhysOrg.com) — Adobe engineers on Thursday fixed a vulnerability in its Flash software that could enable attackers to use a person’s computer webcam or microphone feeds for spying on the person. Adobe made changes to an Adobe website page that controls Flash user’s security settings. The fix did not require users to do anything more than stop shaking. A few days before the Adobe fix, Feross Aboukhadijeh, a Stanford University computer science student, had gone public with his announcement of the Adobe flaw. Citation: Adobe plugs Flash webcam spy hole (2011, October 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-adobe-webcam-spy-hole.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. He had been able to confirm a bug in the Flash player allowing the potential for such eavesdropping. Users who clicked on certain links could possibly let attackers access their Mac webcams and mics. As far as his exploits could tell, the vulnerability showed up on Macs when using Firefox or Safari browsers. Aboukhadijeh went on to say he went public only after he had first reported the vulnerability to Adobe through the Stanford Security Lab but got no reply a few weeks earlier.“I think it’s worth sharing it with the world now, so that Adobe pays attention and fixes it more quickly.” Adobe to offer Flash to iPhone developers © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore further
eBay’s summer sale just got better because the website is now offering a 10 percent discount coupon that can be used for tech purchases. All you need to do is add that tech product you have been itching to buy for a long time to your cart and use the promo code ”PRIMOTECH” at the checkout.The promo code isn’t just applicable to regularly priced products, it also works on discounted products such as the Xbox One S Starter Bundle that is currently selling for $60 dollars less than its original price. We will do the match for you; the final price will be $215 after you use the coupon code. To put things into perspective, the original price was $299. This is as good as it gets and is a real bargain for sure. With the coupon, you will be able to save $28 on the Nintendo Switch, which is retailing on eBay $20 below its original price. If you’ve owned a Nintendo Switch, you’ll know the versatility of the gaming console.Even though most coupons and promo codes have exclusions, this single-use code can be used for all categories within technology. There is one caveat though: you must buy goods over $50 to be able to avail this offer. Even though 10 percent may not knock off a sizeable amount from your final bill, it is great for devices that are already being sold at a discounted price. This coupon can be used till 2 AM ET July 11.How to redeem your Coupon:Shop for eligible items. (See below for exclusions).Pay for your item by 11:00 PM Pacific Time on July 10, 2018Enter the Coupon code in the redemption code field: PRIMOTECHTerms & Conditions:This Coupon is a 10% discount off a minimum purchase of $50 valid from 5:00 AM PT on July 10, 2018 until 11:00 PM PT on July 10, 2018. The Coupon discount is capped at a maximum value of $100. Discount applies to the purchase price (excluding shipping, handling, and taxes) of eligible items on eBay.com, cafr.ebay.ca and ebay.ca. Eligible items include items from the following categories: Computers & Electronics, Cameras & Photo, Cell Phones & Accessories, Computers/Tablets & Networking, Consumer Electronics, Video Games & Consoles.Enjoy a site-wide sale for tech products only on eBay Share Tweet Submit
Virgin Voyages Terminal at PortMiami coming in 2021; Scarlet Lady bookings open Feb. 2019 Share Travelweek Group MIAMI — Virgin Voyages is getting ready to open the books for 2020 sailings on its first ship, Scarlet Lady, starting Feb. 14, 2019 and has also released renderings of its just-announced 100,000-square-foot dedicated Virgin Voyages terminal at PortMiami.“Since we’re already feeling the love, Pre-Sale Deposit Holders will be able to book passage aboard our Scarlet Lady starting February 5, 2019. We will be open for business for all sailors beginning February 14, 2019,” says the cruise line.Virgin Voyages says Scarlet Lady will continue to sail to the Caribbean from Miami throughout 2021. The company’s second ship will sail from Miami during the fall/winter cruise season of 2021/22.Meanwhile the new Virgin Voyages Terminal will be located on the northwest side of the port. Pending the Board of County Commission’s approval of the MOU for construction of a new cruise facility, along with the subsequent berthing agreement, the project will start next year and is slated for completion by November 2021.“Miami is an incredible city and one of my favorite places to work and play,” said Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson. “From our headquarters for Virgin Hotels, Virgin Voyages and now Virgin Trains USA, South Florida has quickly become another home for Virgin brands in the leisure travel sector.”More news: Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalAdds Virgin Voyages President and CEO Tom McAlpin: “South Florida is our home, and with our fleet now growing to four ships, we’re humbled and thankful to soon have a gorgeous new terminal overlooking the Miami skyline, an incredible view that will set the stage for the alluring journey that we will take our sailors on.”The new terminal is designed by Miami-based Arquitectonica, the same architecture firm that designed American Airlines Arena in Downtown Miami, Brickell City Centre Complex in Brickell and the Miami City Ballet in South Beach.Arquitectonica has designed the terminal’s rooftop to resemble a palm tree grove with pockets that allow natural light to flow into the building by day, “and gorgeous beams to light up our iconic Virgin Voyages logo (as well as the Miami sky) by night, allowing our future home to shine brightly.”The two-storey storm-proof glass facility will boast lush landscaping, giving the terminal a plaza-like feel with designated areas for VIP drop-offs, as well as ride-sharing and provisioning, all designed to provide a seamless shore to ship experience, says the cruise line.More news: Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Earlier this month Virgin Voyages announced its plans to build a fourth ship from Fincantieri shipyard, set for delivery in 2023 and accommodating 2,770 passengers.The cruise line also announced Cuba as one of the destinations for its first ship Scarlet Lady, setting sail in 2020.The adults-only cruise line has created considerable buzz in the industry. In a recent feature story for Travelweek, McAlpin said Canada is a “great market” for Virgin Voyages and talked about his plans for this market.A number of trade-focused initiatives will be included in the line’s rollout over the next year, like a First Mates website and an expanding sales force that will educate front-line agents.Earlier this month the cruise line also released renderings of its dining venues for Scarlet Lady. Wednesday, November 28, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Tags: Miami, Scarlet Lady, Virgin Voyages
Discovery Parks launches a new water park in BarmeraDiscovery Parks launches a new water park in BarmeraWith it set to be a glorious summer in South Australia, families will be excited to hear that there’s a new waterpark in town! Thanks to Adelaide-based Discovery Parks, locals and travellers alike can now look forward to an exciting new attraction in the area to help stay cool this summer. Visitors can find this unique family holiday destination on the banks of Lake Bonney in South Australia’s Riverland.This new waterpark is being built at Discovery Parks – Lake Bonney and will be illuminated to extend the fun beyond sundown. Featuring three slides, a huge tipping bucket, water cannons and several spray zones, it is sure to provide endless hours of fun for the whole family and thrill-seekers alike. The 500sqm waterpark will be themed to reflect the beauty of the Murray River and the local citrus growers.Discovery Parks – Lake Bonney will also introduce 16 brand new two-bedroom cabins which will comfortably accommodate up to six people. The cabins will feature all of the comforts you would expect to find at home and are suitable for families, corporate travellers and large group bookings.“Perfectly positioned next to Barmera’s magnificent Lake Bonney, our park is all about lakeside relaxing and water sports. Visitors can experience a huge range of family-friendly activities in the freshwater at the front door of our caravan park. With the development of this new waterpark, we are confident that the park will be the go-to destination for families this summer,” Sharon Bottrell, Park Manager of Discovery Parks – Lake Bonney said.This waterpark is part of Discovery Parks’ $14 million investment across six properties in the lead up to Christmas. It follows a recent announcement from the business around its new structure and focus on further investing in its people, place and process as part of a strategic plan to support the business for scalable growth to 2020 and beyond.“This investment is us putting money where our mouth is. All the developments are built on our extensive customer knowledge. We are confident that they will fulfil the demand at each location and create an even better experience for our customers,” said CEO of Discovery Parks, Grant Wilckens.Discovery Parks – Lake Bonney will continue to operate as usual with the waterpark and new cabins to be launched in time for summer.Source = Discovery Parks
The St. Regis MelbourneSt. Regis Hotels & Resorts slated to debut in AustraliaSt. Regis Hotels & Resorts today announced the signing of The St. Regis Melbourne, marking the first hotel in Australia for the renowned luxury brand. Owned by Century Group Aus, this new-build hotel is slated to open in 2022 and will be located in the heart of Melbourne amidst distinct architecture and a dynamic arts scene.“Melbourne’s vibrant mix of world-class dining, art galleries and rich history makes it an ideal destination for the debut of the iconic St. Regis brand in Australia,” said Lisa Holladay, Global Brand Leader, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts. “We are delighted to be working with Century Group Aus to open The St. Regis Melbourne and offer our guests impeccable service and exquisite experiences in Australia.”Located in the luxury mixed-use precinct Flinders Bank on the corner of Spencer and Flinders Streets, the new St. Regis Melbourne will serve as a landmark gateway to the city’s bustling Central Business District. Guests will also be within walking distance of Collins Street, known for its historic Victorian architecture, prestigious boutiques and high-end retailers, as well as the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.“We are honoured to be bringing this iconic brand to Australia,” said Connie Wu, Executive Director of Century Group Aus. “From the outset, we knew we wanted to create a hotel for today’s discerning and sophisticated traveller and the St. Regis brand’s timeless, tasteful and luxurious offering is the perfect fit. We are confident this hotel will become an architectural benchmark in the region and the jewel in the crown at Flinders Bank.”The 33-storey Flinders Bank will house the St. Regis Melbourne across levels 2 to 11 and include 168 luxuriously appointed guestrooms and suites, all of which will offer sweeping views of the Yarra River or city skyline. With interiors created by world-leading interior design studio, Chada, and the building designed by Fender Katsalidis Architects, The St. Regis Melbourne will be an instant icon and stylish addition to the city’s skyline. Refined food and beverage offerings will include a specialty restaurant in addition to a sophisticated Drawing Room space and the St. Regis Bar, which will serve up the local rendition of the brand’s signature cocktail, the Bloody Mary. Guests will also be able to immerse themselves in unparalleled leisure facilities, such as a fitness and wellness centre with a 25-metre indoor swimming pool and an exceptional Iridium Spa and beauty salon. Guests of The St. Regis Melbourne will also experience the renowned hallmarks of the St. Regis brand, including the legendary St. Regis Butler Service that personalises each stay according to guests’ unique tastes and preferences. The hotel will also be an ideal setting for exclusive corporate gatherings, special events and weddings.“This signing is an indication of the investment community’s confidence in the Australian hotel market, where we are seeing a growing demand for premium lodgings,” said Richard Crawford, Senior Director, Hotel Development, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific at Marriott International. “The St. Regis Melbourne will be an outstanding addition to our strong and growing footprint in the region, where we are on track to boast the largest portfolio of upper upscale and luxury hotels and resorts, with two-thirds of the new supply pipeline.”St. Regis Hotels & Resorts is one of the world’s fastest growing luxury hospitality brands, more than doubling its footprint in recent years. There are currently more than 40 St. Regis branded hotels open worldwide and for more information please visit www.stregis.com.Source = St. Regis Hotels & Resorts
Fairfield by Marriott announced the opening of its 1,000th hotel, making it the second brand in the Marriott International portfolio besides Courtyard by Marriott to reach this milestone. Fairfield has recently experienced rapid global growth in China, Japan, Mexico, India and the U.S. While the debut of Fairfield by Marriott Inn & Suites Denver Tech Center North sets the milestone, the brand expects to continue its growth curve with more than 300 hotels anticipated to open by 2021.“With 1,000 Fairfield hotels now open, we are well positioned to continue building on this powerhouse brand’s popularity with franchisees and guests,” said Eric Jacobs, Marriott International, Chief Development Officer, North America select service and extended stay brands. “Fairfield is a brand that has great appeal to our franchisees and also resonates with travellers who seek a comfortable, uncomplicated and consistent experience wherever they travel.”Fairfield is also launching a new modern logo and communications platform ‘The Beauty of Simplicity,’ as well a new décor package called ‘Modern Calm,’ both of which are inspired by the warm and calming sensibility and feelings evoked by the Fairfield Farm. The experience continues to be backed by the Fairfield Guarantee – from its free, hot breakfast to a great night’s sleep, Fairfield’s level of service and accommodation is what the brand was founded upon.“As Fairfield continues to expand around the world, we continue to deliver on the brand’s founding principles of warm hospitality and family treatment, which translates into every language and culture,” said Janis Milham, Senior Vice President and Global Brand Leader, Marriott Classic Select Brands. “The launch of The Beauty of Simplicity brings to life the feelings evoked from the brand’s heritage at the Fairfield Farm. It’s the simple things done right that make our guests return again and again.”Fairfield aims to open its doors in Japan in 2020 with more than a dozen innovative prefabricated hotels expected to open throughout the country in tertiary markets that tourists increasingly want to visit as the country experiences a surge in inbound tourist arrivals.India is also a priority growth region for the brand, with 14 functional properties, including the recently opened Fairfield Goa Anjuna and another eight in the pipeline.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 7, 2019 5:35 am PDT NANTUCKET, Mass. — The Latest on the arraignment of Kevin Spacey (all times local):8:30 a.m.Journalists have packed the Massachusetts courtroom where Kevin Spacey is due to appear to answer a sexual assault charge.Media trucks lined the usually quiet street where the Nantucket courthouse sits before dawn Monday. Locals on the island, which teems with tourists in the summer but largely shuts down in winter, drove by slowly to take pictures of reporters standing in line in the cold.When the doors opened, more than two dozen journalists filed into the courtroom hours before Spacey was scheduled to appear in late morning.The Oscar-winning actor is accused of groping the son of a former Boston TV anchor in a crowded bar on the island. He has said he plans to plead not guilty to felony indecent assault and battery.___1 a.m.Kevin Spacey is set to appear in court on accusations that he groped an 18-year-old man in 2016.The disgraced actor is scheduled to be arraigned in the Nantucket District Court on Monday on felony indecent assault and battery. He has said he will plead not guilty.He’s accused of groping the son of a former Boston TV anchor in a crowded bar on the small Massachusetts island.Spacey’s lawyer has sought to poke holes in the case, noting during an earlier hearing that the teen didn’t immediately report the allegations.Spacey tried to get out of appearing at his arraignment, saying his presence would “amplify the negative publicity already generated” by the case.It’s the first criminal case brought against Spacey after several sexual misconduct allegations crippled his career in 2017.The Associated Press The Latest: Media pack courtroom where Spacey is to appear
PARIS — The lawyer for a woman who filed a rape complaint in Paris against Chris Brown says the American singer-songwriter “has thumbed his nose at and shown disrespect for the French legal system” after he did not attend a formal meeting with the alleged victim on Tuesday.Brown was arrested in January then released from custody without charge pending further investigation of the woman’s allegations that he and two other men raped her at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Paris. The Grammy winner called the accusation false.“His failure to appear today is very unfair to my client, but I assure him that my client will not be deterred from seeking justice,” said American lawyer Gloria Allred, who travelled to Paris judicial police’s headquarters to assist her client at the meeting, which in France is called a confrontation.The woman’s French lawyer, Jean-Marc Descoubes, said Brown was not legally obliged to attend the meeting. The two other suspects, both American, did not attend the meeting either, Descoubes said, adding he expects another date to be set.“If he doesn’t show up a second time we will have to either ask for the preliminary investigation to be closed (to allow for an investigative judge take over the procedure) because we just can’t keep going like this. Or we will ask the prosecutor to put in place more coercive measures, a warrant to get him to come because the confrontation requested by our client is key to this case – a sexual abuse case,” he said.Brown’s French lawyer, Raphael Chiche, did not immediately answer an email from The Associated Press seeking comment.French police detained Brown and the two others in January on potential charges of aggravated rape and drug infractions. The Paris prosecutor’s office said at the time the investigation hasn’t been closed, but Brown was free to leave the country while it continued.Allred said Brown “has betrayed the trust of the criminal justice authorities who allowed him to leave France expecting that he would honour his promise to attend the confrontation.”The AP does not typically identify people alleging sexual assault unless they agree to be named or come forward publicly. Descoubes told the AP his client does not want to be identified.Brown burst onto the music scene as a teenager and won a Grammy Award in 2011 for best R&B album for “F.A.M.E.” He has had continued legal troubles since he pleaded guilty to the felony assault in 2009 of his then-girlfriend, Rihanna.___Alex Turnbull contributed to this report.Samuel Petrequin, The Associated Press American lawyer Gloria Allred gives a press conference, in Paris, Tuesday, May 28, 2019. The lawyer for a woman who filed a rape complaint in Paris against Chris Brown says the American rap artist “has thumbed his nose at and shown disrespect for the French legal system” after he did not attend a confrontation with the alleged victim Tuesday. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) Lawyer accuses Chris Brown of “disrespect” in rape case AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Samuel Petrequin, The Associated Press Posted May 28, 2019 6:18 am PDT
JUST 48 hours before an unofficial dinner between the two leaders in an attempt to re-start stalled negotiations and help restore lost trust, President Nicos Anastasiades launched a blistering attack on the Turkish side’s positions that appeared to leave little room for compromise.Addressing students and professors from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, at the presidential palace in Nicosia, Anastasiades, appearing irritated, said if the Turkish Cypriot side insisted only on discussing confidence building measures at the dinner they should at least change their stance as regards what that meant.“The best confidence building measure would be through specific proposals to show respect to the concerns of the Greek Cypriots, especially as regards [Turkish] guarantees,” he said.Anastasiades said the problems that arose in the talks came about due to Ankara’s influence on Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, who he said walked away from the talks citing the House vote for schools to mark the 1950 Greek Cypriot referendum for Enosis, union with Greece.Anastasiades said Akinci’s position was that on Sunday they should only discuss confidence building measures and nothing of substance until the House withdraws the amendment. A compromise vote handing over school commemorations to the education ministry is due at the plenum next Friday, five days after the dinner, which means Akinci is unlikely to commit to new talks before he is satisfied with the outcome of the new vote.Giving a rundown on the talks, Anastasiades said that when he began talks with Akici “it was a basic principle of our understandings that any solution would have to be balanced, responsive to the concerns and aspirations of both communities and never ignores the [EU] acquis, given that it was agreed that Cyprus will remain member of the EU and so must meet the prerequisites required for a member state.”“But unfortunately over time, Turkish influence created a different attitude from the Turkish Cypriots, and it is with great regret and disappointment I say, their current positions do not serve either the Greek Cypriot or the Turkish Cypriot communities but are primarily designed to enable Turkey to become a regulator of what will be decided by the [federal] government,” he added.Anastasiades said that in the early stages of the talks they observed significant convergences that allowed an optimism that the climate had finally changed and that the leaders saw the prospects for ending the unacceptable situation on the island, even despite the differences.He said that when the leaders returned from Geneva he suggested that due to difficulties that might occur due to the constitutional referendum in Turkey this month, negotiations could slow down so that Turkey could act on Cyprus free from the influences of the referendum.“The answer of Mr Akinci was that the talks would not be affected, and of course the opposite has been proved,” said Anastasiades, adding that, Akinci turned around and used the Enosis vote as an opportunity to leave the table.“Unfortunately, he found that he could humiliate the Greek Cypriot side claiming that it had an obligation to correct the mistake,” he added.Anastasiades said he told Akinci he could not change the vote and in any case “I told him I did not react nor stop the dialogue when celebrations were held [in the north] for the day of the invasion, the proclamation of the pseudostate, the time difference, or the occupation flag on the Pentadaktylos,” the president said.Anastasiades also referred to his proposal for the triptych – a document on differences and convergences – but said the Turkish Cypriot side did not respond positively to this proposal.He also referred to the demand of the Turkish side for the EU four freedoms for Turkish nationals post-solution and said this would mean “occupation of Cyprus by peaceful means”.Everything that has happened recently, he added, proves the hypocrisy of the Turkish side.“What matters now is what happens on Sunday,” he said.“At the same time I want to make clear that I am not willing to put before the Greek Cypriots a plan that they will be obliged to reject because of unjust provisions which would create a dysfunctional state, a hybrid state that would be unable to meet its obligations as an EU Member State, a state which accepts human rights violations or discrimination such as to render or to convert the so-called policy of equality in a way that would mean the rights of the few would govern the many.”You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementTop Yale Doctor: This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola