UN providing technical support following South Asian cyclone

12 Oct 2019

27 May 2009United Nations agencies are providing technical support to assess the damage in southern Bangladesh following Cyclone Aila, which killed at least 100 people in the South Asian nation and also hit parts of neighbouring India earlier this week. According to Bangladeshi authorities, over 5,400 people were also injured and nearly 842,000 were forced into shelters by the cyclone, which made landfall on Monday, and continuing high winds. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that agencies, including the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) were helping the Bangladeshi Government assess the affected districts. Meanwhile, the UN Resident Coordinator’s office in India is monitoring the situation there, while the Government carries out damage assessments. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which have offices in the eastern Indian states of Orissa and West Bengal, “are responding to the impact of the cyclone in their regular programmatic manner,” stated OCHA.UN humanitarian chief John Holmes yesterday voiced his sadness in hearing of the loss of life and property damage caused by Cyclone Aila, and stated the UN’s readiness to assist as required. Neither Government has requested international assistance so far, according to OCHA. read more

27 May 2009United Nations agencies are providing technical support to assess the damage in southern Bangladesh following Cyclone Aila, which killed at least 100 people in the South Asian nation and also hit parts of neighbouring India earlier this week. According to Bangladeshi authorities, over 5,400 people were also injured and nearly 842,000 were forced into shelters by the cyclone, which made landfall on Monday, and continuing high winds. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that agencies, including the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) were helping the Bangladeshi Government assess the affected districts. Meanwhile, the UN Resident Coordinator’s office in India is monitoring the situation there, while the Government carries out damage assessments. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which have offices in the eastern Indian states of Orissa and West Bengal, “are responding to the impact of the cyclone in their regular programmatic manner,” stated OCHA.UN humanitarian chief John Holmes yesterday voiced his sadness in hearing of the loss of life and property damage caused by Cyclone Aila, and stated the UN’s readiness to assist as required. Neither Government has requested international assistance so far, according to OCHA. read more

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President says civil society will be used to eliminate corruption

08 Oct 2019

“With the passage of this important constitutional amendment, the open government partnership with the executive, legislature and judiciary was transformed to yield progressive benefits,” he said.Prior to that, the President noted that the Chief Justice, the judges of the Supreme Court, the Inspector General of Police, the Attorney General and the Commission officials were appointed at the discretion of the President.However he says today all those appointments are made through a statutory committee appointed by the Parliament. (Colombo Gazette) The Global Session was chaired by Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze and had the participation of Presidents, Prime Ministers, Speakers, Ministers and other representatives from 75 member countries. Speaking here the President said that steps have been taken by Sri Lanka to promote the principles of the Open Government Partnership.He said that the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka was introduced within a few months of assuming office by him and it became a key factor that strengthened transparency, accountability and the rule of law in the country. President Maithripala Sirisena says civil society will be used to eliminate corruption in the country.He said that unlimited power creates corruption and during the last three years, Sri Lanka has taken several important steps to break the link between power and corruption in the country. He made this statement at the Open Government Partnership Global Summit in Tbillisi in Georgia today (July 18). read more

“With the passage of this important constitutional amendment, the open government partnership with the executive, legislature and judiciary was transformed to yield progressive benefits,” he said.Prior to that, the President noted that the Chief Justice, the judges of the Supreme Court, the Inspector General of Police, the Attorney General and the Commission officials were appointed at the discretion of the President.However he says today all those appointments are made through a statutory committee appointed by the Parliament. (Colombo Gazette) The Global Session was chaired by Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze and had the participation of Presidents, Prime Ministers, Speakers, Ministers and other representatives from 75 member countries. Speaking here the President said that steps have been taken by Sri Lanka to promote the principles of the Open Government Partnership.He said that the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka was introduced within a few months of assuming office by him and it became a key factor that strengthened transparency, accountability and the rule of law in the country. President Maithripala Sirisena says civil society will be used to eliminate corruption in the country.He said that unlimited power creates corruption and during the last three years, Sri Lanka has taken several important steps to break the link between power and corruption in the country. He made this statement at the Open Government Partnership Global Summit in Tbillisi in Georgia today (July 18). read more

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UK development official says UN must be strengthened to meet current challenges

06 Oct 2019

“I think we should always love the UN, but at the moment we need it desperately,” Secretary Short said at a UN Day commemoration in London organized by the UN Information Centre. “We have to strengthen it.” “We have to resolve these problems multilaterally or we are all going to be in trouble,” she cautioned.Urging assembled dignitaries to grasp the current opportunities to meet the Millennium Development Goals set in 2000 to combat global ills, Ms. Short said they are “completely achievable for the first time in human history.”The current juncture, she said, is both “a very dangerous time for the world and a time when we have unprecedented international agreement about working together to reduce poverty, to get children into school, to spread healthcare.” The international community, she added, has the knowledge, capital, and experience to succeed.The current generation, she said, could destroy the world or could make it finer. “Let’s, with the UN, make it finer,” she said. read more

“I think we should always love the UN, but at the moment we need it desperately,” Secretary Short said at a UN Day commemoration in London organized by the UN Information Centre. “We have to strengthen it.” “We have to resolve these problems multilaterally or we are all going to be in trouble,” she cautioned.Urging assembled dignitaries to grasp the current opportunities to meet the Millennium Development Goals set in 2000 to combat global ills, Ms. Short said they are “completely achievable for the first time in human history.”The current juncture, she said, is both “a very dangerous time for the world and a time when we have unprecedented international agreement about working together to reduce poverty, to get children into school, to spread healthcare.” The international community, she added, has the knowledge, capital, and experience to succeed.The current generation, she said, could destroy the world or could make it finer. “Let’s, with the UN, make it finer,” she said. read more

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Arctic warms Some territories now open to carbon tax talk want break

03 Oct 2019

by Bob Weber, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 6, 2016 12:51 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 6, 2016 at 2:44 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Arctic warms: Some territories now open to carbon tax talk, want break for North The Arctic may be warming to the federal government’s plan to implement a national carbon tax.All three territorial leaders were firmly opposed to any talk of a price on carbon just months ago at a first ministers meeting in Yukon, but at least two territories now seem willing to listen to what Ottawa has to say.“We recognize that carbon tax is an important tool in mitigating the effects of climate change,” said a statement from Bob McLeod of the Northwest Territories on Thursday.“I’ve talked to (Environment) Minister (Catherine) McKenna over the past few weeks and she has a good understanding of the challenges a carbon tax would bring to the N.W.T. I appreciate the minister’s commitment to working with us and look forward to our ongoing discussions with her.”In an interview with The Canadian Press, Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna sounded similarly open-minded.“At the end of the day I’m confident that our federal partners will give us some assistance in ensuring that we try and abide by the Vancouver declaration,” said Taptuna, referring to an agreement last spring on co-ordinated efforts to fight climate change.Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski, however, remains dead set against the notion.“A carbon tax in Yukon will be bad for Yukon and for Yukon families,” he said earlier this week.Northern leaders have long been concerned about the impact of a carbon tax on their jurisdictions. They say it would increase the cost of living in what are already the most expensive places to live in Canada. Not only does most of their food have to be shipped using fossil fuels, northerners can’t reduce their carbon footprint through services such as public transit.As well, although some communities have made recent moves toward renewable power, almost all northern towns are powered by aging diesel generators.If Ottawa wants to help the territories reduce emissions, helping them update that infrastructure would be a good place to start, Taptuna said.“We need assistance in modifying our generating plants. Some of them are 50 years old and quite inefficient.”Taptuna points out that while the North is most affected by climate change, it generates .01 per cent of Canada’s carbon dioxide emissions.A spokeswoman for McKenna said the minister has worked hard to listen to northern concerns.“There have been so many discussions and so many meetings and so many phone calls,” said Caitlin Workman. “Everybody understands each other a bit better.“We’re committed to work with the territories to find something that works for them. Part of that is the federal government’s commitment to helping northern communities get off diesel.”— With files from Bruce Cheadle in Ottawa. Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960 read more

by Bob Weber, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 6, 2016 12:51 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 6, 2016 at 2:44 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Arctic warms: Some territories now open to carbon tax talk, want break for North The Arctic may be warming to the federal government’s plan to implement a national carbon tax.All three territorial leaders were firmly opposed to any talk of a price on carbon just months ago at a first ministers meeting in Yukon, but at least two territories now seem willing to listen to what Ottawa has to say.“We recognize that carbon tax is an important tool in mitigating the effects of climate change,” said a statement from Bob McLeod of the Northwest Territories on Thursday.“I’ve talked to (Environment) Minister (Catherine) McKenna over the past few weeks and she has a good understanding of the challenges a carbon tax would bring to the N.W.T. I appreciate the minister’s commitment to working with us and look forward to our ongoing discussions with her.”In an interview with The Canadian Press, Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna sounded similarly open-minded.“At the end of the day I’m confident that our federal partners will give us some assistance in ensuring that we try and abide by the Vancouver declaration,” said Taptuna, referring to an agreement last spring on co-ordinated efforts to fight climate change.Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski, however, remains dead set against the notion.“A carbon tax in Yukon will be bad for Yukon and for Yukon families,” he said earlier this week.Northern leaders have long been concerned about the impact of a carbon tax on their jurisdictions. They say it would increase the cost of living in what are already the most expensive places to live in Canada. Not only does most of their food have to be shipped using fossil fuels, northerners can’t reduce their carbon footprint through services such as public transit.As well, although some communities have made recent moves toward renewable power, almost all northern towns are powered by aging diesel generators.If Ottawa wants to help the territories reduce emissions, helping them update that infrastructure would be a good place to start, Taptuna said.“We need assistance in modifying our generating plants. Some of them are 50 years old and quite inefficient.”Taptuna points out that while the North is most affected by climate change, it generates .01 per cent of Canada’s carbon dioxide emissions.A spokeswoman for McKenna said the minister has worked hard to listen to northern concerns.“There have been so many discussions and so many meetings and so many phone calls,” said Caitlin Workman. “Everybody understands each other a bit better.“We’re committed to work with the territories to find something that works for them. Part of that is the federal government’s commitment to helping northern communities get off diesel.”— With files from Bruce Cheadle in Ottawa. Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960 read more

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Government gets €27 million in cash recouped from criminals

22 Sep 2019

first_imgTHE STATE received €2.7 million in cash recovered from the proceeds of organised crime in 2011, following recovery procedures by the Criminal Assets Bureau.The bureau’s annual report for that year, published yesterday, reveals that the bureau obtained court orders dealing with the freezing or seizure of criminal assets worth over €22 million in 2011.That amount – which includes over £750,000 sterling, and nearly $700,000 in US dollars – includes permission to sell or transfer almost €3.5 million in criminal property.The €22 million figure includes cases where the same cash was subject to several different court orders, including interim orders to freeze it followed by subsequent orders to transfer or dispose of it.In addition to the €2.73 million transferred to the Exchequer, the CAB also secured a court order to transfer €2.7 million to a liquidator, so that it could distribute the cash to the victims of a fraud.Another £300,000 sterling was forwarded to the British courts system to satisfy a criminal confiscation debt.The report says that in five cases, involving 12 respondents, people who were alleged to have raised money through criminal action had gone to court to prove the legality of their funds. Those cases involved proceeds worth €2.84 million.Justice minister Alan Shatter said the report highlighted “targeting the proceeds of criminal conduct”, and said the government was keen to give the CAB further powers “through forthcoming legislative proposals”.Read: Gang members have 25 bank accounts frozenGallery: John Gilligan’s equestrian centre to be sold by CABlast_img read more

first_imgTHE STATE received €2.7 million in cash recovered from the proceeds of organised crime in 2011, following recovery procedures by the Criminal Assets Bureau.The bureau’s annual report for that year, published yesterday, reveals that the bureau obtained court orders dealing with the freezing or seizure of criminal assets worth over €22 million in 2011.That amount – which includes over £750,000 sterling, and nearly $700,000 in US dollars – includes permission to sell or transfer almost €3.5 million in criminal property.The €22 million figure includes cases where the same cash was subject to several different court orders, including interim orders to freeze it followed by subsequent orders to transfer or dispose of it.In addition to the €2.73 million transferred to the Exchequer, the CAB also secured a court order to transfer €2.7 million to a liquidator, so that it could distribute the cash to the victims of a fraud.Another £300,000 sterling was forwarded to the British courts system to satisfy a criminal confiscation debt.The report says that in five cases, involving 12 respondents, people who were alleged to have raised money through criminal action had gone to court to prove the legality of their funds. Those cases involved proceeds worth €2.84 million.Justice minister Alan Shatter said the report highlighted “targeting the proceeds of criminal conduct”, and said the government was keen to give the CAB further powers “through forthcoming legislative proposals”.Read: Gang members have 25 bank accounts frozenGallery: John Gilligan’s equestrian centre to be sold by CABlast_img read more

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Volvo Highlights Speed Dangers by Limiting Cars MPH

20 Sep 2019

first_img Starting next year, all new Volvo cars will top out at 112 mph.The Swedish automaker hopes this change will send a “strong signal” about the dangers of speeding.“Volvo is a leader in safety: we always have been and we always will be,” CEO Håkan Samuelsson said in a statement. “Because of our research we know where the problem areas are when it comes to ending serious injuries and fatalities in our cars.“And while speed limitation is not a cure-all,” he continued, “it’s worth doing if we can even save one life.”As part of Volvo Vision 2020—a plan to reduce the number of people who die or are seriously injured in road traffic accidents to zero—the company identified “gaps” in its safety protocols.Unsurprisingly, speeding is a “very prominent” one.In addition to limiting cars’ top speeds, the manufacturer is looking into how a combination of smart speed control and geofencing technology can automatically slow down vehicles near schools and hospitals.“We want to start a conversation about whether car makers have the right or maybe even an obligation to install technology in cars that changes their driver’s behavior, to tackle things like speeding, intoxication, or distraction,” Samuelsson said in a statement.“We don’t have a firm answer to this question,” he admitted, “but believe that we should take leadership in the discussion and be a pioneer.”The United States’ highest posted speed limit is 85 mph (and that’s only on one Texas state highway); global speeds, meanwhile, peak at 99 mph on some motorways in the United Arab Emirates.Still, millions of people receive speeding tickets every year. And, according to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a quarter of all U.S. traffic fatalities in 2017 were caused by speeding.Germany, with its Autobahns, is the only country without a general speed limit on its highways.“As humans, we all understand the dangers with snakes, spiders, and heights. With speeds, not so much,” Volvo safety expert Jan Ivarsson said. “We need to support better behavior and help people realize and understand that speeding is dangerous.”More on Geek.com:Self-Driving Volvo Trucks Ready to Work the MinesVolvo’s Cars and Semis Can Now Talk to Each OtherVolvo Will Only Build Hybrids and EVs Starting in 2019 Volvo Adds In-Car Cameras to Monitor Drunk, Distracted DriversVolvo Wants You to Skip the Super Bowl and Win a S60 Car With a Smartphone Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_img Starting next year, all new Volvo cars will top out at 112 mph.The Swedish automaker hopes this change will send a “strong signal” about the dangers of speeding.“Volvo is a leader in safety: we always have been and we always will be,” CEO Håkan Samuelsson said in a statement. “Because of our research we know where the problem areas are when it comes to ending serious injuries and fatalities in our cars.“And while speed limitation is not a cure-all,” he continued, “it’s worth doing if we can even save one life.”As part of Volvo Vision 2020—a plan to reduce the number of people who die or are seriously injured in road traffic accidents to zero—the company identified “gaps” in its safety protocols.Unsurprisingly, speeding is a “very prominent” one.In addition to limiting cars’ top speeds, the manufacturer is looking into how a combination of smart speed control and geofencing technology can automatically slow down vehicles near schools and hospitals.“We want to start a conversation about whether car makers have the right or maybe even an obligation to install technology in cars that changes their driver’s behavior, to tackle things like speeding, intoxication, or distraction,” Samuelsson said in a statement.“We don’t have a firm answer to this question,” he admitted, “but believe that we should take leadership in the discussion and be a pioneer.”The United States’ highest posted speed limit is 85 mph (and that’s only on one Texas state highway); global speeds, meanwhile, peak at 99 mph on some motorways in the United Arab Emirates.Still, millions of people receive speeding tickets every year. And, according to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a quarter of all U.S. traffic fatalities in 2017 were caused by speeding.Germany, with its Autobahns, is the only country without a general speed limit on its highways.“As humans, we all understand the dangers with snakes, spiders, and heights. With speeds, not so much,” Volvo safety expert Jan Ivarsson said. “We need to support better behavior and help people realize and understand that speeding is dangerous.”More on Geek.com:Self-Driving Volvo Trucks Ready to Work the MinesVolvo’s Cars and Semis Can Now Talk to Each OtherVolvo Will Only Build Hybrids and EVs Starting in 2019 Volvo Adds In-Car Cameras to Monitor Drunk, Distracted DriversVolvo Wants You to Skip the Super Bowl and Win a S60 Car With a Smartphone Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Old library has new role

16 Sep 2019

first_imgThe stacks have been cleared from the old Fort Vancouver Regional Library District building on Mill Plain Boulevard, but for the next 10 to 20 years, it will still play home to books and librarians.The old library is now being used to consolidate all district staff and book processing facilities into one location, saving about $120,000 a year, library spokeswoman Sue Vanlaanen said.“We’re looking forward to greater efficiencies resulting from having all district staff in one building,” she said by email.The city of Vancouver, which owns the building and the land at 1007 E. Mill Plain Blvd., approved a $1-a-year lease agreement on Dec. 19. The library district is spending $1.3 million (from district funds, not bond measures that financed the construction of the new main library and Cascade Park branch) to remodel the space for administrative purposes.The library’s administrative staff and book processing will be done there for at least 10 years under the new lease, with the option for the library board to remain for another 10 years after that. The building has 44,500 square feet of class C office space.The new lease also releases the city and the library district from a 99-year lease signed in 1963.“The proposed lease will allow the district sufficient time to engage in long-term planning for its administrative and warehouse facility needs,” a Vancouver staff report said of the new lease. “Since the original lease term is significantly shortened, the city is also able to engage in long-term planning for the eventual use of the building and site. The proposed lease allows both parties to achieve mutually beneficial objectives.”last_img read more

first_imgThe stacks have been cleared from the old Fort Vancouver Regional Library District building on Mill Plain Boulevard, but for the next 10 to 20 years, it will still play home to books and librarians.The old library is now being used to consolidate all district staff and book processing facilities into one location, saving about $120,000 a year, library spokeswoman Sue Vanlaanen said.“We’re looking forward to greater efficiencies resulting from having all district staff in one building,” she said by email.The city of Vancouver, which owns the building and the land at 1007 E. Mill Plain Blvd., approved a $1-a-year lease agreement on Dec. 19. The library district is spending $1.3 million (from district funds, not bond measures that financed the construction of the new main library and Cascade Park branch) to remodel the space for administrative purposes.The library’s administrative staff and book processing will be done there for at least 10 years under the new lease, with the option for the library board to remain for another 10 years after that. The building has 44,500 square feet of class C office space.The new lease also releases the city and the library district from a 99-year lease signed in 1963.“The proposed lease will allow the district sufficient time to engage in long-term planning for its administrative and warehouse facility needs,” a Vancouver staff report said of the new lease. “Since the original lease term is significantly shortened, the city is also able to engage in long-term planning for the eventual use of the building and site. The proposed lease allows both parties to achieve mutually beneficial objectives.”last_img read more

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The Wilmington Insider For October 3 2018

11 Sep 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Wednesday, October 3, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8am, then a slight chance of showers between 8am and 9am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 69. Northwest wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.At Wilmington Public Schools: Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand is holding a Parent/Community meeting at Wilmington High School at 6:30pm. The meeting is an opportunity for the community to provide Brand with feedback about the Wilmington Public Schools. The Wilmington community is invited to attend, including community members who may not have children in the school system.At Wilmington Town Hall: The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 6pm in Town Hall’s Room 9 for an Executive Session (closed to the public). Read the agenda HERE. … The Wilmington Conservation Commission meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.State Rep Race: 19th Middlesex State Representative candidate Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury) is holding a campaign reception from 7:30pm to 11pm at the Tewksbury Country Club (1800 Main Street, Tewksbury).In The Community: The Wilmington Police Department offers safety seat installs at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street) every Wednesday, from 10am to 2pm. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead at 978-658-5071 is recommended. Learn more HERE.In The Community: The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Wednesday Baby Times at 9:30am. Preschool Storytime at 10:30am. Tech Help Drop-in at 2pm. Better Together Book Club at 6:30pm. Browser Extensions at 7pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Charles River Trip at 9am. Beading Group at 9:30am. SBF Exercise at 9:45am. Special Exercise at 11am. Line Dancing at 1pm. Cards at 1:30pm. Fun Singers at 3pm. [Learn more HERE.](NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For August 13, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For September 11, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 2, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Wednesday, October 3, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8am, then a slight chance of showers between 8am and 9am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 69. Northwest wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.At Wilmington Public Schools: Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand is holding a Parent/Community meeting at Wilmington High School at 6:30pm. The meeting is an opportunity for the community to provide Brand with feedback about the Wilmington Public Schools. The Wilmington community is invited to attend, including community members who may not have children in the school system.At Wilmington Town Hall: The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 6pm in Town Hall’s Room 9 for an Executive Session (closed to the public). Read the agenda HERE. … The Wilmington Conservation Commission meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.State Rep Race: 19th Middlesex State Representative candidate Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury) is holding a campaign reception from 7:30pm to 11pm at the Tewksbury Country Club (1800 Main Street, Tewksbury).In The Community: The Wilmington Police Department offers safety seat installs at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street) every Wednesday, from 10am to 2pm. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead at 978-658-5071 is recommended. Learn more HERE.In The Community: The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Wednesday Baby Times at 9:30am. Preschool Storytime at 10:30am. Tech Help Drop-in at 2pm. Better Together Book Club at 6:30pm. Browser Extensions at 7pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Charles River Trip at 9am. Beading Group at 9:30am. SBF Exercise at 9:45am. Special Exercise at 11am. Line Dancing at 1pm. Cards at 1:30pm. Fun Singers at 3pm. [Learn more HERE.](NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For August 13, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For September 11, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 2, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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RBIs Reference Rate for Dollar Today

05 Sep 2019

first_imgThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Thursday fixed the reference rate for the US dollar at 49.1545 rupees and the euro 65.5692 rupees.The corresponding rates of dollar and euro for the previous day (February 29, 2012) were 48.9408 rupees and 65.9375 rupees respectively.Based on the reference rate for the US dollar and middle rates of the cross-currency quotes, the exchange rates of British pound as against the rupee is 78.2490 as against 77.9529 on the previous day (February 29, 2012) and that of Japanese yen is 60.67 as against 60.94 the previous day.last_img

first_imgThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Thursday fixed the reference rate for the US dollar at 49.1545 rupees and the euro 65.5692 rupees.The corresponding rates of dollar and euro for the previous day (February 29, 2012) were 48.9408 rupees and 65.9375 rupees respectively.Based on the reference rate for the US dollar and middle rates of the cross-currency quotes, the exchange rates of British pound as against the rupee is 78.2490 as against 77.9529 on the previous day (February 29, 2012) and that of Japanese yen is 60.67 as against 60.94 the previous day.last_img

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UPDATE Company And Texas Officials Say Fire At Deer Park Petrochemical Facility

02 Sep 2019

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share EDITOR’s NOTE: An earlier version of this story erroneously reported ITC representatives had said the fire could take about two days to burn itself out. The story has been corrected. 00:00 /08:04 X Listen Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaThe fire has caused a massive smoke cloud that can be seen from the ITC facility in Pasadena.Updated on Monday March 18, 2019, at 5:00 p.m.The company that owns the Deer Park petrochemical storage facility says air quality monitoring conducted by experts working for the company indicates chemicals detected are below levels that represent a public health concern. Meanwhile, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said in a news release that, as of 11:30 a.m. on Monday, it hadn’t detected “any immediate health concerns at ground level.” Deer Park is about 15 miles southeast of Houston.Officials with Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC) held a news conference around 4 p.m. and released the report by the Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health (CTEH). It says the air quality is being monitored using hand-held devices in the facility and surrounding community.The report indicates that “all hand-held air monitoring was conducted in the breathing zone.” ITC spokesperson Alice Richardson said six tanks were on fire as of Monday afternoon. Three of the tanks are on fire and another three are experiencing intermittent fires.Richardson noted the report has been submitted to the government agencies that are overseeing the incident. She added emergency responders are making headway in terms of controlling the fire, which has caused a massive smoke plume that can be seen from downtown Houston.Harris County Judge weighs inEarlier on Monday, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said that preliminary data indicate the ongoing fire at the facility isn’t impacting air quality.“The latest information that’s available doesn’t show levels beyond a threshold that would make this dangerous,” said Hidalgo in a news conference held at 1 p.m. But she added more data have to be processed and the situation is fluid.Harris County is monitoring air quality using mobile air monitors and fixed air quality monitors. These devices can detect dangerous chemicals such as benzene. However, Harris County Meteorologist Jeff Lindner acknowledged that the monitor located in Deer Park hadn’t reported since 5 a.m.The cities of Houston, La Porte and Pasadena are also monitoring the air quality.Lindner said the plume is about 3,000 or 4,000 feet above ground level and is expected to go down to 300 or 400 feet in the evening but “it would need to come all the way to the ground for there to be impacts at the surface.”Houston Public Media staffThe smoke plume caused by a massive fire at a Deer Park petrochemical storage facility as seen from Highway 225.Two daysEmergency responders said earlier that the fire could take about two days to burn out. Ray Russell, a representative with Channel Industries Mutual Aid (CIMA), made that assessment during a news conference.CIMA is a non-profit organization specialized in firefighting and hazardous material handling of the refining and petrochemical industry in the Greater Houston metropolitan area.CIMA officials said they are in defensive mode, meaning they will work to contain the fire while letting it burn itself out. David Wascome, ITC senior vice president of operations, said in the afternoon news conference the two-day timeline for the fire to burn itself out is under review.The shelter-in-place order previously issued for residents of Deer Park has been lifted, even as the fire at the facility had spread to include 8 tanks.ITC said in a statement that air quality readings were “well below hazardous levels,” leading Deer Park officials to lift the shelter-in-place order. Still, city and county officials warned that smoke from the fire could cause skin and eye irritation and respiratory issues.You can watch a short video of the massive smoke cloud that the fire caused here:Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/18104457/Deer_Park_Fire.mp400:0000:0000:26Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Deer Park ISD and La Porte ISD canceled classes for the dayThe fire includes tanks holding the chemicals naphtha and xylene, components of gasoline, and toluene, a chemical used to produce nail polish remover, glues, and paint thinner.ITC said pumping operations to reduce the amount of combustible material in the tank containing naphtha are ongoing. All personnel are accounted for and there have been no injuries reported.Davis LandITC said on Monday morning that low levels of particulate matter had been detected. A volatile organic compound was found in air six miles southwest of their facility. Crews are using foam to try and contain the fire. The risk of explosion is minimal, the company said, and crews are working to reduce the possibility. State Highway 225 was re-opened on Monday, though portions of Independence Parkway will remain closed until further notice.ITC is coordinating its response with representatives of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s (TCEQ), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Coast Guard, Harris County and other federal, state and local agencies.The TCEQ said in a news release that, as of 11:30 a.m. on Monday, it hadn’t detected “any immediate health concerns at ground level.” The agency is monitoring the air quality in the area using hand-held devices and stationary monitors.The agency is providing updates, including a map with real-time data from stationary ambient monitoring sites, online.Additionally, the TCEQ is arranging for a NASA special airplane to monitor air quality. Controversy sparked recently after an investigative story by the LA Times reported the EPA and the TCEQ discouraged NASA from flying the plane in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.Low risk of explosionRamanan Krishnamoorti, a chemical engineering professor at the University of Houston, told Houston Matters the explosion risk is low because there’s not enough oxygen or pressure in the tanks.He said the fire is producing some air pollution in the form of particulate matter and it’s releasing raw hydrocarbons into the environment, including nitrogen oxide, but the levels don’t look alarming for now.Wascome said on Monday morning that both ITC and Harris County were monitoring air quality in and around the area.ITC spokeswoman Alice Richardson said air monitoring results are being provided to the Harris County Office of Emergency Management and local emergency operations centers.Elena Craft, senior director of climate and health with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), was also a guest on Houston Matters, and said EDF can’t make its own assessment of the situation because they don’t have the information that the responding agencies are collecting. “We’re just kind of meant to believe the assessment that they’ve made. I think that’s problematic,” she said.Craft said the formation of secondary pollutants like ozone is a concern. “The fire is still burning and, so, there’s a lot of material there that’s been combusted that could potentially contribute to air quality issues in other places,” she noted.The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire with help from ITC.ITC plans on holding another news conference on Tuesday at 10 a.m..You can read the environmental report by the Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health here: The fire is the second in as many days at a Houston-area petrochemical facility. A fire at an ExxonMobil plant in nearby Baytown that broke out Saturday has been contained.You can listen to the Houston Matters segment on the fire here:last_img read more

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share EDITOR’s NOTE: An earlier version of this story erroneously reported ITC representatives had said the fire could take about two days to burn itself out. The story has been corrected. 00:00 /08:04 X Listen Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaThe fire has caused a massive smoke cloud that can be seen from the ITC facility in Pasadena.Updated on Monday March 18, 2019, at 5:00 p.m.The company that owns the Deer Park petrochemical storage facility says air quality monitoring conducted by experts working for the company indicates chemicals detected are below levels that represent a public health concern. Meanwhile, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said in a news release that, as of 11:30 a.m. on Monday, it hadn’t detected “any immediate health concerns at ground level.” Deer Park is about 15 miles southeast of Houston.Officials with Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC) held a news conference around 4 p.m. and released the report by the Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health (CTEH). It says the air quality is being monitored using hand-held devices in the facility and surrounding community.The report indicates that “all hand-held air monitoring was conducted in the breathing zone.” ITC spokesperson Alice Richardson said six tanks were on fire as of Monday afternoon. Three of the tanks are on fire and another three are experiencing intermittent fires.Richardson noted the report has been submitted to the government agencies that are overseeing the incident. She added emergency responders are making headway in terms of controlling the fire, which has caused a massive smoke plume that can be seen from downtown Houston.Harris County Judge weighs inEarlier on Monday, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said that preliminary data indicate the ongoing fire at the facility isn’t impacting air quality.“The latest information that’s available doesn’t show levels beyond a threshold that would make this dangerous,” said Hidalgo in a news conference held at 1 p.m. But she added more data have to be processed and the situation is fluid.Harris County is monitoring air quality using mobile air monitors and fixed air quality monitors. These devices can detect dangerous chemicals such as benzene. However, Harris County Meteorologist Jeff Lindner acknowledged that the monitor located in Deer Park hadn’t reported since 5 a.m.The cities of Houston, La Porte and Pasadena are also monitoring the air quality.Lindner said the plume is about 3,000 or 4,000 feet above ground level and is expected to go down to 300 or 400 feet in the evening but “it would need to come all the way to the ground for there to be impacts at the surface.”Houston Public Media staffThe smoke plume caused by a massive fire at a Deer Park petrochemical storage facility as seen from Highway 225.Two daysEmergency responders said earlier that the fire could take about two days to burn out. Ray Russell, a representative with Channel Industries Mutual Aid (CIMA), made that assessment during a news conference.CIMA is a non-profit organization specialized in firefighting and hazardous material handling of the refining and petrochemical industry in the Greater Houston metropolitan area.CIMA officials said they are in defensive mode, meaning they will work to contain the fire while letting it burn itself out. David Wascome, ITC senior vice president of operations, said in the afternoon news conference the two-day timeline for the fire to burn itself out is under review.The shelter-in-place order previously issued for residents of Deer Park has been lifted, even as the fire at the facility had spread to include 8 tanks.ITC said in a statement that air quality readings were “well below hazardous levels,” leading Deer Park officials to lift the shelter-in-place order. Still, city and county officials warned that smoke from the fire could cause skin and eye irritation and respiratory issues.You can watch a short video of the massive smoke cloud that the fire caused here:Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/18104457/Deer_Park_Fire.mp400:0000:0000:26Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Deer Park ISD and La Porte ISD canceled classes for the dayThe fire includes tanks holding the chemicals naphtha and xylene, components of gasoline, and toluene, a chemical used to produce nail polish remover, glues, and paint thinner.ITC said pumping operations to reduce the amount of combustible material in the tank containing naphtha are ongoing. All personnel are accounted for and there have been no injuries reported.Davis LandITC said on Monday morning that low levels of particulate matter had been detected. A volatile organic compound was found in air six miles southwest of their facility. Crews are using foam to try and contain the fire. The risk of explosion is minimal, the company said, and crews are working to reduce the possibility. State Highway 225 was re-opened on Monday, though portions of Independence Parkway will remain closed until further notice.ITC is coordinating its response with representatives of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s (TCEQ), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Coast Guard, Harris County and other federal, state and local agencies.The TCEQ said in a news release that, as of 11:30 a.m. on Monday, it hadn’t detected “any immediate health concerns at ground level.” The agency is monitoring the air quality in the area using hand-held devices and stationary monitors.The agency is providing updates, including a map with real-time data from stationary ambient monitoring sites, online.Additionally, the TCEQ is arranging for a NASA special airplane to monitor air quality. Controversy sparked recently after an investigative story by the LA Times reported the EPA and the TCEQ discouraged NASA from flying the plane in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.Low risk of explosionRamanan Krishnamoorti, a chemical engineering professor at the University of Houston, told Houston Matters the explosion risk is low because there’s not enough oxygen or pressure in the tanks.He said the fire is producing some air pollution in the form of particulate matter and it’s releasing raw hydrocarbons into the environment, including nitrogen oxide, but the levels don’t look alarming for now.Wascome said on Monday morning that both ITC and Harris County were monitoring air quality in and around the area.ITC spokeswoman Alice Richardson said air monitoring results are being provided to the Harris County Office of Emergency Management and local emergency operations centers.Elena Craft, senior director of climate and health with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), was also a guest on Houston Matters, and said EDF can’t make its own assessment of the situation because they don’t have the information that the responding agencies are collecting. “We’re just kind of meant to believe the assessment that they’ve made. I think that’s problematic,” she said.Craft said the formation of secondary pollutants like ozone is a concern. “The fire is still burning and, so, there’s a lot of material there that’s been combusted that could potentially contribute to air quality issues in other places,” she noted.The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire with help from ITC.ITC plans on holding another news conference on Tuesday at 10 a.m..You can read the environmental report by the Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health here: The fire is the second in as many days at a Houston-area petrochemical facility. A fire at an ExxonMobil plant in nearby Baytown that broke out Saturday has been contained.You can listen to the Houston Matters segment on the fire here:last_img read more

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Hello Kitty and Wonder Woman Are Teaming Up

01 Sep 2019

first_imgStay on target How AMC’s ‘The Terror’ Uses American History to Delive…33 Killed in Suspected Arson Attack on Kyoto Animation Studio in Japan If you’re a Hello Kitty fan, part of the fun that comes with following the adorable little feline is figuring out who she’s going to team up with next for a cool new collaboration. Her next heroic team-up is with none other than the amazing Wonder Woman, for the first Western-themed collaboration. With Wonder Woman’s gradual takeover of the known world, this is honestly not surprising at all, but still totally awesome.キティちゃんも、最強の美女戦士#ワンダーウーマン pic.twitter.com/PqgjsBCdXa— 映画『ワンダーウーマン』公式 (@wwmoviejp) June 14, 2017Wonder Woman and Hello Kitty are joining forces to promote the movie in Japan when it debuts there on August 25. Hello Kitty is donning Wonder Woman’s iconic costume, her gorgeous black locks, tiara, and knee-high boots as well as the Lasso of Truth. She’s totally rocking it too, and she’ll be available as part of a special merchandise line.If you purchase advance tickets to see Wonder Woman in Japan, you’ll get a special rubber key-holder of Hello Kitty in her special Wonder Woman getup or a reprint of the comic issue that Wonder Woman first made her appearance in. Or you can buy more tickets and get both, which is the correct option.There aren’t any further details at the moment about what kind of Hello Kitty x Wonder Woman merchandise there might be beyond the adorable key cap, but you can bet as with any of Hello Kitty’s merchandise collaboration outings, there’ll be plenty of adorable stuff to pick up, like plushies and more.We’ll make sure you can check out all of the awesome merch once we have more details about it. In the meantime, you can always go see the Wonder Woman movie again.Let us know how we’re doinglast_img read more

first_imgStay on target How AMC’s ‘The Terror’ Uses American History to Delive…33 Killed in Suspected Arson Attack on Kyoto Animation Studio in Japan If you’re a Hello Kitty fan, part of the fun that comes with following the adorable little feline is figuring out who she’s going to team up with next for a cool new collaboration. Her next heroic team-up is with none other than the amazing Wonder Woman, for the first Western-themed collaboration. With Wonder Woman’s gradual takeover of the known world, this is honestly not surprising at all, but still totally awesome.キティちゃんも、最強の美女戦士#ワンダーウーマン pic.twitter.com/PqgjsBCdXa— 映画『ワンダーウーマン』公式 (@wwmoviejp) June 14, 2017Wonder Woman and Hello Kitty are joining forces to promote the movie in Japan when it debuts there on August 25. Hello Kitty is donning Wonder Woman’s iconic costume, her gorgeous black locks, tiara, and knee-high boots as well as the Lasso of Truth. She’s totally rocking it too, and she’ll be available as part of a special merchandise line.If you purchase advance tickets to see Wonder Woman in Japan, you’ll get a special rubber key-holder of Hello Kitty in her special Wonder Woman getup or a reprint of the comic issue that Wonder Woman first made her appearance in. Or you can buy more tickets and get both, which is the correct option.There aren’t any further details at the moment about what kind of Hello Kitty x Wonder Woman merchandise there might be beyond the adorable key cap, but you can bet as with any of Hello Kitty’s merchandise collaboration outings, there’ll be plenty of adorable stuff to pick up, like plushies and more.We’ll make sure you can check out all of the awesome merch once we have more details about it. In the meantime, you can always go see the Wonder Woman movie again.Let us know how we’re doinglast_img read more

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Heat is on How to keep your furry friends cool this season

31 Aug 2019

first_imgThe heat is on and with the mercury rising daily, respite from the sun is a daunting task. With the beginning of summer, pet owners need to get their pets ready for the hot weather months ahead. Summer also brings unique risks to your dog’s health that you should keep in mind throughout the season.According to Dr KG Umesh, Mars India, ‘Dogs can’t perspire efficiently like us and can only dispel heat by panting and through the pads of their feet. Air moves through the nasal passages, which picks up excess heat from the body. As it is expelled through the mouth, the extra heat leaves along with it.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Here are some summer pet safety tips you can follow to enjoy the months ahead and keep your pets healthy:Never leave your pet in the car: When traveling by car in the summer, never leave your dog unattended. Heatstroke and death can occur within minutes of being exposed to warm temperatures.  Make sure the crate is well ventilated, put a sunshade on your car windows, bring along fresh water and  a bowl and a tarp or tent so you can set up a shady spot when you stop. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAmple water: Whether you’re indoors or out, your pet need access to lots of fresh water during the summer, so check her water bowl several times a day to be sure it’s full. If you and your furry friend venture forth for the afternoon, bring plenty of water for both of you.Say no to tangles: Keeping your pet well groomed will help their hair do what it was designed to do. Protect them from the sun and insulate them from the heat. Furry dog breeds should be well clipped during this season as the thick coat makes them feel hotter. It also makes it a home for bacteria and parasites.Keep their beds cool:  Remove cushiony bedding from your dog’s crate or bed. They may be more comfortable lying on the cooler bottom rather than on blankets or fleece.Feeding: Dogs tend to eat less in summer but they end up spending more energy in an effort to lower their body temperatures. A lot of pet owners tend to feed home-made diets like curd and rice during the summers, but it is very important to note that this food contains more water (70-80%) and does not have adequate levels of energy, vitamins, minerals, etc.Make sure your pet doesn’t overexert: Though exercise is an important, overdoing it can cause them to overheat. Save exercise sessions for dawn and dusk.Dr Umesh further adds, ‘Dogs may spend more energy in an effort to lower the body temperature  during periods of increased panting.’ So, make sure they eat adequately to compensate the loss.last_img read more

first_imgThe heat is on and with the mercury rising daily, respite from the sun is a daunting task. With the beginning of summer, pet owners need to get their pets ready for the hot weather months ahead. Summer also brings unique risks to your dog’s health that you should keep in mind throughout the season.According to Dr KG Umesh, Mars India, ‘Dogs can’t perspire efficiently like us and can only dispel heat by panting and through the pads of their feet. Air moves through the nasal passages, which picks up excess heat from the body. As it is expelled through the mouth, the extra heat leaves along with it.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Here are some summer pet safety tips you can follow to enjoy the months ahead and keep your pets healthy:Never leave your pet in the car: When traveling by car in the summer, never leave your dog unattended. Heatstroke and death can occur within minutes of being exposed to warm temperatures.  Make sure the crate is well ventilated, put a sunshade on your car windows, bring along fresh water and  a bowl and a tarp or tent so you can set up a shady spot when you stop. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAmple water: Whether you’re indoors or out, your pet need access to lots of fresh water during the summer, so check her water bowl several times a day to be sure it’s full. If you and your furry friend venture forth for the afternoon, bring plenty of water for both of you.Say no to tangles: Keeping your pet well groomed will help their hair do what it was designed to do. Protect them from the sun and insulate them from the heat. Furry dog breeds should be well clipped during this season as the thick coat makes them feel hotter. It also makes it a home for bacteria and parasites.Keep their beds cool:  Remove cushiony bedding from your dog’s crate or bed. They may be more comfortable lying on the cooler bottom rather than on blankets or fleece.Feeding: Dogs tend to eat less in summer but they end up spending more energy in an effort to lower their body temperatures. A lot of pet owners tend to feed home-made diets like curd and rice during the summers, but it is very important to note that this food contains more water (70-80%) and does not have adequate levels of energy, vitamins, minerals, etc.Make sure your pet doesn’t overexert: Though exercise is an important, overdoing it can cause them to overheat. Save exercise sessions for dawn and dusk.Dr Umesh further adds, ‘Dogs may spend more energy in an effort to lower the body temperature  during periods of increased panting.’ So, make sure they eat adequately to compensate the loss.last_img read more

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Experience a spring fling

31 Aug 2019

first_imgOrganised by Penguin Random House India in collaboration with the Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre—Spring Fever brings together culture and literature to the Capital amidst some very cool names and lots of celebrations. Now in its 8th year, Spring Fever has featured many of the leading lights from the world of literature and the arts. And the list speakers for this year is as sparkling as always or,  a little more, with names like: Amitav Ghosh, Ruskin Bond, Ram Jethmalani,  Shobhaa Dé, Gulzar, Aarya Babbar, T N Ninan, Mihir Sharma, Raghav Bahl,  Shashi Tharoor, Gurcharan Das, Sushir Kakar, Arshia Sattar, Ravinder Singh, Durjoy Datta, Sudeep Nagarkar and many more. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The ten-day programme will include exciting line-up of book readings, literary discussions, musical performances, previews of our forthcoming attractions and the most loved, open air library—it features a complete range of PRHI titles, from landmark fiction and non-fiction titles first published over a decade ago to the latest bestsellers and cutting-edge books. With a spacious layout in a quiet corner away from the bustle of crowds, the open air library is sure to be a browser’s paradise.A must for book lovers. Head over!WHERE: Amphitheatre, India Habitat CentreWHEN: 14 to 22 Marchlast_img read more

first_imgOrganised by Penguin Random House India in collaboration with the Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre—Spring Fever brings together culture and literature to the Capital amidst some very cool names and lots of celebrations. Now in its 8th year, Spring Fever has featured many of the leading lights from the world of literature and the arts. And the list speakers for this year is as sparkling as always or,  a little more, with names like: Amitav Ghosh, Ruskin Bond, Ram Jethmalani,  Shobhaa Dé, Gulzar, Aarya Babbar, T N Ninan, Mihir Sharma, Raghav Bahl,  Shashi Tharoor, Gurcharan Das, Sushir Kakar, Arshia Sattar, Ravinder Singh, Durjoy Datta, Sudeep Nagarkar and many more. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The ten-day programme will include exciting line-up of book readings, literary discussions, musical performances, previews of our forthcoming attractions and the most loved, open air library—it features a complete range of PRHI titles, from landmark fiction and non-fiction titles first published over a decade ago to the latest bestsellers and cutting-edge books. With a spacious layout in a quiet corner away from the bustle of crowds, the open air library is sure to be a browser’s paradise.A must for book lovers. Head over!WHERE: Amphitheatre, India Habitat CentreWHEN: 14 to 22 Marchlast_img read more

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McDonalds appears to throw shade at ChikfilA with inclusive sign

29 Aug 2019

first_imgCanadians prepared to boycott Chick-fil-A’s first Toronto locationWalgreens faces right-wing boycott over trans-inclusive bathroom policyMeet the young Brit-Aussie gay couple who will be live-streaming their civil partnership ceremonyRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/mcdonalds-chikfila-inclusive-sign/ The inclusive McDonalds sign (Photo: NBC) A local US McDonalds has attracted attention after seemingly teasing Chik-fil-A for their less-than-inclusive attitudes. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Others have criticized the store for throwing shade at Chik-fil-A.Zack Caporale of Glastonbury said: ‘I feel like it’s kind of rude to Chick-fil-A because they have Christian beliefs, but that doesn’t mean they have to not accept gay people’.A general manager for the Glastonbury McDonalds denied any subtext to the sign. Speaking to NBC Connecticut, she claimed: ‘It just means that everyone is welcome, young old, everyone’.The Glastonbury Chick-Fil-A franchise owner Jordan Snook stated: ‘We are excited to open in Glastonbury next week, and look forward to being great neighbors who welcome everyone.‘Glastonbury will be representative of all Chick-fil-A restaurants in serving great food and providing remarkable service for all customers, as well as a diverse workplace of individuals who represent many viewpoints, opinions, backgrounds and beliefs.’Also on Gay Star News:Panic! At The Disco’s Brendon Urie invites Hayley Kiyoko onstage for duetcenter_img Model, actor and Instagram star Derek Chadwick comes out as gay Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . A Glastonbury, Connecticut branch of the burger chain erected a sign stating ‘We Welcome Everyone’ beneath their iconic yellow arches.Residents believe this to be a dig at Chik-fil-A, a branch of which is opening next door on 26th July.Chik-fil-A has attracted controversy and criticism in recent years due to its owners opposition to equal marriage.The fast food chain, specializing in chicken sandwiches, is run by the family of S.Truett Cathy. Cathy founded the chain in 1946.Chik-fil-A has donated over $5 million to anti-marriage equality groups. The chains chief operating officer Dan T. Cathy has publicly condemned same-sex marriage, stating in 2012 that those seeking to redefine marriage laws were ‘inviting God’s judgement on our nation’.The chains comments and activities invited widespread derision, and were even parodied by singing drag group DWV.[embedded content]‘For McDonalds to welcome everyone, that is a huge step for them’Reaction to the sign has been mixed.Raymond Modzicato of South Windsor said: ‘Diversity’s a good thing. What are they gonna do? Not serve some people? I mean, it’s kind of funny today but I think it might have something to do with their neighbors. Which, you know, not calling them out or anything…’Tina Manus drove to the McDonalds from her home in Stratford, an hour’s journey away, to show support. She said: ‘For McDonald’s to step up and say we welcome everyone. I feel that is a huge step for them. Then in the background you have Chick-fil-A who has historically not welcomed everyone’.last_img read more

first_imgCanadians prepared to boycott Chick-fil-A’s first Toronto locationWalgreens faces right-wing boycott over trans-inclusive bathroom policyMeet the young Brit-Aussie gay couple who will be live-streaming their civil partnership ceremonyRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/mcdonalds-chikfila-inclusive-sign/ The inclusive McDonalds sign (Photo: NBC) A local US McDonalds has attracted attention after seemingly teasing Chik-fil-A for their less-than-inclusive attitudes. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Others have criticized the store for throwing shade at Chik-fil-A.Zack Caporale of Glastonbury said: ‘I feel like it’s kind of rude to Chick-fil-A because they have Christian beliefs, but that doesn’t mean they have to not accept gay people’.A general manager for the Glastonbury McDonalds denied any subtext to the sign. Speaking to NBC Connecticut, she claimed: ‘It just means that everyone is welcome, young old, everyone’.The Glastonbury Chick-Fil-A franchise owner Jordan Snook stated: ‘We are excited to open in Glastonbury next week, and look forward to being great neighbors who welcome everyone.‘Glastonbury will be representative of all Chick-fil-A restaurants in serving great food and providing remarkable service for all customers, as well as a diverse workplace of individuals who represent many viewpoints, opinions, backgrounds and beliefs.’Also on Gay Star News:Panic! At The Disco’s Brendon Urie invites Hayley Kiyoko onstage for duetcenter_img Model, actor and Instagram star Derek Chadwick comes out as gay Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . A Glastonbury, Connecticut branch of the burger chain erected a sign stating ‘We Welcome Everyone’ beneath their iconic yellow arches.Residents believe this to be a dig at Chik-fil-A, a branch of which is opening next door on 26th July.Chik-fil-A has attracted controversy and criticism in recent years due to its owners opposition to equal marriage.The fast food chain, specializing in chicken sandwiches, is run by the family of S.Truett Cathy. Cathy founded the chain in 1946.Chik-fil-A has donated over $5 million to anti-marriage equality groups. The chains chief operating officer Dan T. Cathy has publicly condemned same-sex marriage, stating in 2012 that those seeking to redefine marriage laws were ‘inviting God’s judgement on our nation’.The chains comments and activities invited widespread derision, and were even parodied by singing drag group DWV.[embedded content]‘For McDonalds to welcome everyone, that is a huge step for them’Reaction to the sign has been mixed.Raymond Modzicato of South Windsor said: ‘Diversity’s a good thing. What are they gonna do? Not serve some people? I mean, it’s kind of funny today but I think it might have something to do with their neighbors. Which, you know, not calling them out or anything…’Tina Manus drove to the McDonalds from her home in Stratford, an hour’s journey away, to show support. She said: ‘For McDonald’s to step up and say we welcome everyone. I feel that is a huge step for them. Then in the background you have Chick-fil-A who has historically not welcomed everyone’.last_img read more

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Funeral details Wellknown Ladysmith biker to be laid to rest

28 Aug 2019

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The funeral of the late Marina Kruger will be held on Friday (July 7).The funeral will take place at 11am at the NG Moedergemeente Kerk (Old Klip Kerk) in Murchison Street.52-year-old Marina Kruger was tragically killed in a biking crash on the Bergville road on Sunday.Initial story: Well-known Ladysmith biker dies in crash on Bergville roadAlso read: Update: Tragic death of well-known Ladysmith biker in crash The Ladysmith Gazette extends its condolences to family and friends.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The funeral of the late Marina Kruger will be held on Friday (July 7).The funeral will take place at 11am at the NG Moedergemeente Kerk (Old Klip Kerk) in Murchison Street.52-year-old Marina Kruger was tragically killed in a biking crash on the Bergville road on Sunday.Initial story: Well-known Ladysmith biker dies in crash on Bergville roadAlso read: Update: Tragic death of well-known Ladysmith biker in crash The Ladysmith Gazette extends its condolences to family and friends.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img

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Taco Bell slidethru window opened for one day only at Ontario resort

19 Aug 2019

first_imgTaco Bell slide-thru window opened for one day only at Ontario resort The Cheetos Crunchwrap Slider, available only in Canada for a limited time, comes in three flavours: Beefy Cheddar, Spicy Chicken, and Supreme.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyAnd though the slide-thru window is now a thing of the past, we’re ready to sign a petition to make it a permanent fixture. Who’s with us? Posted by Share Travelweek Group Tags: Food BARRIE — We now live in a world where you can order and pick up fast food while sliding down a hill on your bum. What a time to be alive!To promote the comeback of its popular Cheetos Crunchwrap Slider, Taco Bell teamed up with Barrie’s Horseshoe Resort to launch the world’s very first ‘slide-thru’ window.The one-day only, off-the-wall attraction set up shop at Horseshoe on March 2, and featured an order box at the top of a tubing hill. After placing their order, guests then slid down the hill in their inner tube and picked up their meal from a custom-built take-out window at the bottom, where an outstretched arm awaited with baggie in hand.Taco Bell on the slopes? That’s the idea at Barrie, Ont. ‘slide-thru’ https://t.co/sGexsEGMPB pic.twitter.com/v491ryOQDL— CTV News (@CTVNews) March 3, 2019Now that’s a winter sport we can fully get behind!“Unique, exciting and off-the-wall events are an essential part of the recipe that makes Taco Bell what it is,” said Veronica Castillo, Head of Marketing at Taco Bell Canada. “This fan-favourite deserves a celebration that’s as audacious as the Crunchwrap itself, something wild and unexpected that has never been tried before.” Monday, March 4, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

first_imgTaco Bell slide-thru window opened for one day only at Ontario resort The Cheetos Crunchwrap Slider, available only in Canada for a limited time, comes in three flavours: Beefy Cheddar, Spicy Chicken, and Supreme.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyAnd though the slide-thru window is now a thing of the past, we’re ready to sign a petition to make it a permanent fixture. Who’s with us? Posted by Share Travelweek Group Tags: Food BARRIE — We now live in a world where you can order and pick up fast food while sliding down a hill on your bum. What a time to be alive!To promote the comeback of its popular Cheetos Crunchwrap Slider, Taco Bell teamed up with Barrie’s Horseshoe Resort to launch the world’s very first ‘slide-thru’ window.The one-day only, off-the-wall attraction set up shop at Horseshoe on March 2, and featured an order box at the top of a tubing hill. After placing their order, guests then slid down the hill in their inner tube and picked up their meal from a custom-built take-out window at the bottom, where an outstretched arm awaited with baggie in hand.Taco Bell on the slopes? That’s the idea at Barrie, Ont. ‘slide-thru’ https://t.co/sGexsEGMPB pic.twitter.com/v491ryOQDL— CTV News (@CTVNews) March 3, 2019Now that’s a winter sport we can fully get behind!“Unique, exciting and off-the-wall events are an essential part of the recipe that makes Taco Bell what it is,” said Veronica Castillo, Head of Marketing at Taco Bell Canada. “This fan-favourite deserves a celebration that’s as audacious as the Crunchwrap itself, something wild and unexpected that has never been tried before.” Monday, March 4, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Costa Rica ranked fifth favorite country for US Canadian retirees

19 Aug 2019

first_imgA study carried out by expat-focused “International Living” magazine shows Costa Rica is among the top five destinations for U.S. and Canada retirees.Its “Annual Retirement Index 2013” listed the 22 best places to retire. Editors analyzed data and information from correspondents in the countries most popular with U.S. and Canadian retirees to compile the results, which were based on a host of categories: cost of living, climate, property prices, healthcare, ease of integration, retirement infrastructure, entertainment and amenities and special benefits for retirees.In the country’s analysis the magazine summarizes Costa Rica’s position as a result of comfort and community.The report cites testimonies from expats who claim that “Costa Rica’s universal healthcare system (which provides world top class -and cheap- services), the nation’s stability, the proximity with the U.S., great climate conditions as well as an active expat community” are some of the main reasons to enjoy living here.Ecuador tops the list followed by Panama, Malaysia and Mexico.  Other region’s countries that made list were Nicaragua, which ranked 12, Honduras 20 and Belize 21.Annual Retirement Index 2013 90 57 Special Benefits 82 82 90 75 Ret. Inf. 85 70 75 85 99 90 77 France 76 83 100 85 Panama 83 69 86 57 86 79.3 80 92 79.5 78 79.5 Portugal 87 90 100 Integ. 87 89 78 74.8 Spain 89.0 66 83 95 90 83 81 91 64 91 85 85.1 89 57 85 100 72 79 83 75 79 73 84 62 93 74 85 92 83.0 94 75 79.0 69 96 100 64 94 81 75.5 77 57 82.5 83 96 80 69 73 100 Thailand 75 67 97 71 68 87 80.1 86 82 57 87 63 100 57 91.9 82 93 68 57 Health 78 69 Climate 74 86 76 90 85 80.1 100 Colombia 63 83 87 71 77 Costa Rica Country 95 76 99 71 80 97 89 60 88 74 79.5 70 77 94 78 Real Estate 86 84 95 85 84 Philippines 67 57 100 Malaysia 83 93 79 82 85 80 82 87.6 74.6 E&A 88 87 Ireland No related posts. 64 90 79.7 84 66 94 73.2 89 New Zealand C. L. = Cost of Living  *E&A = Entertainment and Amenities  *Ret. Inf. = Retirement Infrastructure  *Integ. = Integration Facebook Comments 83 Mexico 70 81 68 78 Malta Nicaragua FINAL SCORE 69 C.L. Chile 73 Italy 82 64 73 87 83 84.4 72 Honduras 76 92 82.3 Uruguay 71 98 77 80 87 Belize 81 72 84 Brazil 82 83 70 88 82 Dom. Rep 87 71.0 67 85 79 89 64 Ecuador 81 74 83.7last_img read more

first_imgA study carried out by expat-focused “International Living” magazine shows Costa Rica is among the top five destinations for U.S. and Canada retirees.Its “Annual Retirement Index 2013” listed the 22 best places to retire. Editors analyzed data and information from correspondents in the countries most popular with U.S. and Canadian retirees to compile the results, which were based on a host of categories: cost of living, climate, property prices, healthcare, ease of integration, retirement infrastructure, entertainment and amenities and special benefits for retirees.In the country’s analysis the magazine summarizes Costa Rica’s position as a result of comfort and community.The report cites testimonies from expats who claim that “Costa Rica’s universal healthcare system (which provides world top class -and cheap- services), the nation’s stability, the proximity with the U.S., great climate conditions as well as an active expat community” are some of the main reasons to enjoy living here.Ecuador tops the list followed by Panama, Malaysia and Mexico.  Other region’s countries that made list were Nicaragua, which ranked 12, Honduras 20 and Belize 21.Annual Retirement Index 2013 90 57 Special Benefits 82 82 90 75 Ret. Inf. 85 70 75 85 99 90 77 France 76 83 100 85 Panama 83 69 86 57 86 79.3 80 92 79.5 78 79.5 Portugal 87 90 100 Integ. 87 89 78 74.8 Spain 89.0 66 83 95 90 83 81 91 64 91 85 85.1 89 57 85 100 72 79 83 75 79 73 84 62 93 74 85 92 83.0 94 75 79.0 69 96 100 64 94 81 75.5 77 57 82.5 83 96 80 69 73 100 Thailand 75 67 97 71 68 87 80.1 86 82 57 87 63 100 57 91.9 82 93 68 57 Health 78 69 Climate 74 86 76 90 85 80.1 100 Colombia 63 83 87 71 77 Costa Rica Country 95 76 99 71 80 97 89 60 88 74 79.5 70 77 94 78 Real Estate 86 84 95 85 84 Philippines 67 57 100 Malaysia 83 93 79 82 85 80 82 87.6 74.6 E&A 88 87 Ireland No related posts. 64 90 79.7 84 66 94 73.2 89 New Zealand C. L. = Cost of Living  *E&A = Entertainment and Amenities  *Ret. Inf. = Retirement Infrastructure  *Integ. = Integration Facebook Comments 83 Mexico 70 81 68 78 Malta Nicaragua FINAL SCORE 69 C.L. Chile 73 Italy 82 64 73 87 83 84.4 72 Honduras 76 92 82.3 Uruguay 71 98 77 80 87 Belize 81 72 84 Brazil 82 83 70 88 82 Dom. Rep 87 71.0 67 85 79 89 64 Ecuador 81 74 83.7last_img read more

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Space Jam Fancy new Jacó club opens with a bang

19 Aug 2019

first_imgHe has no plans to slow down, with further expansion already underway at Knockouts, an MMA-themed sports bar in Jacó. Silverstein’s group is also in advanced stages of a negotiation to bring another large resort and casino to the tourist-heavy town on the central Pacific coast.         With Space, Silverstein envisioned a club like those in the meatpacking district of New York City, only with a pub-crawl mentality, he said. The physical layout of Jacó allows for easy barhopping, and party seekers tend to move quickly between venues. Silverstein knows this and hopes to capitalize on the uniquely fancy atmosphere of Space. “I love a dive bar,” he said, “but I also love fine dining. We want to give people another option.”Located on the second floor of the commercial center El Galeone in the spot formerly occupied by Plankton, the vibe of Space is worlds away from that of the former tenant. The mostly black interior is bordered with urban designs by world-renowned graffiti artist Erni Vales, and the various VIP sections – a staple of Le Loft properties – are equipped with comfortable black couches, areas for dancing and a full bottle service menu. The walls of each booth contain at least one creative design by Vales, with one wall spelling out the club’s name in innovative imagery.  Before its opening, the club displayed this ominous sign.  “In Space no one can hear you scream.” That’s the slogan of Jacó’s hot new nightlife venue, and it proved mostly true on the club’s opening night. As things picked up around 11 p.m., the only discernible voice was that of Ludacris, blasted over the state-of-the-art sound system asking a young lady to, ahem, kindly remove herself from his path during a remixed version of “Move.” The full house guzzled expensive cocktails, twerking and throwing their hands up, and it seemed clear that Space has set a new benchmark for nightlife in Costa Rica.Owned by Grupo Le Loft, Space is urban Brooklyn meets upscale discotheque, and it’s just one project that the entertainment company has on its plate. Headed by New York City native Adam Silverstein, Grupo Le Loft has been slowly establishing itself as the premier nightlife enterprise in Costa Rica. Silverstein launched Jacó’s first club, Le Loft, five years ago, and Space marks his fifth nightlife spot in Costa Rica. Tico Times Graffiti artist Erni Vales was hired to tag the inside walls of Space. By Andrew Woodbury No related posts. The non-VIP section includes a spacious dance floor, which begins at the double-door entrance and stretches into the bar located at the opposite end of the club. For those seeking fresh air, there is also a small balcony with a view of the main strip. Add unisex bathrooms with floor-to-ceiling mirrors and sharp acrylic sinks, a “furry wall” designed after the movie “Get Him to the Greek,” and a wide drink selection of both domestic and imported alcohol, and Space makes a great first impression.    Apart from layout, the music sets Space apart from its down-the-block brother, Le Loft. On opening night, New York’s DJ BeatBreaker showed the crowd what can be expected, putting together a variety of reggaeton, house and hip-hop mixes that had the dance floor packed until closing.The cool visuals, hired dancers and range of exotic beverage options don’t come cheap, though. With cover charges ranging from ₡2,000-5,000 ($4-10) depending on when you arrive, drinks costing at least ₡1,500 ($3), and pricy VIP menus, a heavy wallet is recommended. The price scheme is not an accident, though.With the momentum behind Grupo Le Loft’s expansion, Space has hit a niche that Jacó hasn’t seen: upscale nightlife. “We’re not snobs. But we do want to have an upscale, safe environment,” Silverstein said. “People of Jacó shouldn’t have to settle.”Space is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. On Fridays, ladies get in free and are treated to open bar and free bottles in VIP. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgHe has no plans to slow down, with further expansion already underway at Knockouts, an MMA-themed sports bar in Jacó. Silverstein’s group is also in advanced stages of a negotiation to bring another large resort and casino to the tourist-heavy town on the central Pacific coast.         With Space, Silverstein envisioned a club like those in the meatpacking district of New York City, only with a pub-crawl mentality, he said. The physical layout of Jacó allows for easy barhopping, and party seekers tend to move quickly between venues. Silverstein knows this and hopes to capitalize on the uniquely fancy atmosphere of Space. “I love a dive bar,” he said, “but I also love fine dining. We want to give people another option.”Located on the second floor of the commercial center El Galeone in the spot formerly occupied by Plankton, the vibe of Space is worlds away from that of the former tenant. The mostly black interior is bordered with urban designs by world-renowned graffiti artist Erni Vales, and the various VIP sections – a staple of Le Loft properties – are equipped with comfortable black couches, areas for dancing and a full bottle service menu. The walls of each booth contain at least one creative design by Vales, with one wall spelling out the club’s name in innovative imagery.  Before its opening, the club displayed this ominous sign.  “In Space no one can hear you scream.” That’s the slogan of Jacó’s hot new nightlife venue, and it proved mostly true on the club’s opening night. As things picked up around 11 p.m., the only discernible voice was that of Ludacris, blasted over the state-of-the-art sound system asking a young lady to, ahem, kindly remove herself from his path during a remixed version of “Move.” The full house guzzled expensive cocktails, twerking and throwing their hands up, and it seemed clear that Space has set a new benchmark for nightlife in Costa Rica.Owned by Grupo Le Loft, Space is urban Brooklyn meets upscale discotheque, and it’s just one project that the entertainment company has on its plate. Headed by New York City native Adam Silverstein, Grupo Le Loft has been slowly establishing itself as the premier nightlife enterprise in Costa Rica. Silverstein launched Jacó’s first club, Le Loft, five years ago, and Space marks his fifth nightlife spot in Costa Rica. Tico Times Graffiti artist Erni Vales was hired to tag the inside walls of Space. By Andrew Woodbury No related posts. The non-VIP section includes a spacious dance floor, which begins at the double-door entrance and stretches into the bar located at the opposite end of the club. For those seeking fresh air, there is also a small balcony with a view of the main strip. Add unisex bathrooms with floor-to-ceiling mirrors and sharp acrylic sinks, a “furry wall” designed after the movie “Get Him to the Greek,” and a wide drink selection of both domestic and imported alcohol, and Space makes a great first impression.    Apart from layout, the music sets Space apart from its down-the-block brother, Le Loft. On opening night, New York’s DJ BeatBreaker showed the crowd what can be expected, putting together a variety of reggaeton, house and hip-hop mixes that had the dance floor packed until closing.The cool visuals, hired dancers and range of exotic beverage options don’t come cheap, though. With cover charges ranging from ₡2,000-5,000 ($4-10) depending on when you arrive, drinks costing at least ₡1,500 ($3), and pricy VIP menus, a heavy wallet is recommended. The price scheme is not an accident, though.With the momentum behind Grupo Le Loft’s expansion, Space has hit a niche that Jacó hasn’t seen: upscale nightlife. “We’re not snobs. But we do want to have an upscale, safe environment,” Silverstein said. “People of Jacó shouldn’t have to settle.”Space is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. On Fridays, ladies get in free and are treated to open bar and free bottles in VIP. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Commentary Whats Up or Down With Housing

15 Aug 2019

first_img April 26, 2013 395 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies For-Sale Homes Home Prices Home Sales Home Values Investors Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman National Association of Realtors Pending-Home Sales Processing Service Providers 2013-04-26 Mark Lieberman Share Commentary: What’s Up (or Down) With Housing?center_img Housing is recovering… or is it?The numbers and headlines last week offered mixed signals: “”Existing home sales dropped””:https://themreport.com/articles/prices-up-existing-home-sales-down-in-march-2013-04-22 month-to-month in a report Monday as the median price increased, while a report Tuesday showed “”new home sales fell””:https://themreport.com/articles/price-plunge-boosts-march-new-home-sales-2013-04-23 as the median price increased.[IMAGE]Just one week earlier, the “”Housing Market Index””:https://themreport.com/articles/weak-prices-drop-builder-confidence-for-3rd-straight-month-2013-04-15, a measure derived from a survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders, dropped for the third straight month–largely on the basis of a decline in “”buyer traffic,”” meaning that at least in the eye of builders, window-shopping–literally–is slipping.Apologists (some might call them advocates) offer a variety of reasons to explain housing’s inability to rebound smartly or smoothly after the sector plunged, plagued by ill-conceived loans and lending policies. One factor staring builders and Realtors in the face but often overlooked is demographics.In the run-up to housing peak in mid-2006, the ratio of the 55-plus age cohort (the home-selling age bracket) to 25-34 year old age cohort (historically the prime homebuying age bracket) was about 1.6 to 1, loosely translated as 1.6 potential home sellers (though not everyone over the age of 55 owns a home) for every potential buyer (again, the caveat that not everyone between the ages of 25 and 34 is going to buy a home). Most recent data show the ratio has risen to closer to almost 2 to 1.That shift alone would have an impact on prices which becomes circular: With more sellers than buyers, prices would tend to drop, perhaps discouraging other potential sellers. In pure economic terms, discouraging potential sellers would reduce the inventory of homes for sale (which is what has happened, for example, with regard to existing home sales), which should bring prices back up–or at least stabilize them.Builders continue to add to the inventory of new homes. In March, builders completed 593,000 new single family homes–176,000 more than were sold, the largest “”gap”” between completions and sales since August 2011.That prices have been volatile–falling each month from last July through last October, the traditional home selling/buying season while then increasing in four of the last five months–speaks to the unusual nature of housing as both a necessary expense (shelter) and an investment vehicle.Prices for both new and existing homes as reported monthly are subject to wide swings because the mix of homes sold each month can vary, unlike other “”products”” that may be sold regularly. We don’t see a sudden shift to [COLUMN_BREAK]multi-gallon drums of, say, green beans, which might affect both the median and average price of green beans.We have though seen a shift to less expensive new homes, according to recent Census Bureau reports, with a likelihood that trend will continue as new mortgage rules take effect next January. Those rules would both tighten down payment requirements and the allowable debt to income ratio of buyers/borrowers, otherwise compelling lenders to hold a portion of the loans they make.Now, while that may sound like a good idea from a risk perspective, it creates another hurdle for would-be home buyers–a hurdle that 25-34 year old age cohort might find difficult to surmount. Beyond immediate financial considerations are psychological challenges. Having perhaps seen their parents or parents of friends struggle through foreclosures, new, younger households will be reluctant to buy homes, or certainly reluctant to buy homes without a significant down payment that would lower their monthly obligations, much like children of the Great Depression who grew up with a different appreciation of both money and savings. With a still tight and uncertain job market, those obstacles become even greater.That could explain the other seismic change we’re seeing in housing: a shift from single- to multifamily. Data for both permits and starts confirm the trend.Permits for single-family homes represented about 64 percent of all permits in the last 12 months compared with 66 percent in the previous 12 months. Single-family starts have dropped to 68 percent of all housing starts from 71 percent.A housing recovery is as necessary for a general economic recovery as an economic recovery is for the housing sector.It will, though, be a different recovery.————————————————————————-There will be two important housing reports in the upcoming week, with Tuesday’s Case-Shiller House Price Index followed by Wednesday’s Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) report from the National Association of Realtors. Home prices, according to Case-Shiller, have improved year-over-year for eight straight months. The 8.1 percent annual increase in the 20-city Case-Shiller Index reported for January was the strongest gain in almost seven years. Though not simply a reflection of NAR data for existing homes, the February Case-Shiller index should reflect the improvement in the median price of an existing single-family home as reported by the NAR.The PHSI has proven to be less than a reliable indicator of existing-home sales though it is designed to track sales contracts expected to produce closings two months later. In the last four months, closings of existing single-family homes have done precisely the opposite of what the PHSI (two months earlier) would have suggested. The PHSI rose in October, but closings fell in December; the index fell in both November and December, but closings rose in January and February; the index improved in January but closings dropped in March._Hear Mark Lieberman on P.O.T.U.S. radio (SiriusXM 124) Friday at 8:45 a.m. Eastern time._*_Want to write an opinion piece for publication on our site? Send your submission to_* “”MReportEditor@TheMReport.com.””:mailto:MReportEditor@TheMReport.com in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicinglast_img read more

first_img April 26, 2013 395 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies For-Sale Homes Home Prices Home Sales Home Values Investors Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman National Association of Realtors Pending-Home Sales Processing Service Providers 2013-04-26 Mark Lieberman Share Commentary: What’s Up (or Down) With Housing?center_img Housing is recovering… or is it?The numbers and headlines last week offered mixed signals: “”Existing home sales dropped””:https://themreport.com/articles/prices-up-existing-home-sales-down-in-march-2013-04-22 month-to-month in a report Monday as the median price increased, while a report Tuesday showed “”new home sales fell””:https://themreport.com/articles/price-plunge-boosts-march-new-home-sales-2013-04-23 as the median price increased.[IMAGE]Just one week earlier, the “”Housing Market Index””:https://themreport.com/articles/weak-prices-drop-builder-confidence-for-3rd-straight-month-2013-04-15, a measure derived from a survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders, dropped for the third straight month–largely on the basis of a decline in “”buyer traffic,”” meaning that at least in the eye of builders, window-shopping–literally–is slipping.Apologists (some might call them advocates) offer a variety of reasons to explain housing’s inability to rebound smartly or smoothly after the sector plunged, plagued by ill-conceived loans and lending policies. One factor staring builders and Realtors in the face but often overlooked is demographics.In the run-up to housing peak in mid-2006, the ratio of the 55-plus age cohort (the home-selling age bracket) to 25-34 year old age cohort (historically the prime homebuying age bracket) was about 1.6 to 1, loosely translated as 1.6 potential home sellers (though not everyone over the age of 55 owns a home) for every potential buyer (again, the caveat that not everyone between the ages of 25 and 34 is going to buy a home). Most recent data show the ratio has risen to closer to almost 2 to 1.That shift alone would have an impact on prices which becomes circular: With more sellers than buyers, prices would tend to drop, perhaps discouraging other potential sellers. In pure economic terms, discouraging potential sellers would reduce the inventory of homes for sale (which is what has happened, for example, with regard to existing home sales), which should bring prices back up–or at least stabilize them.Builders continue to add to the inventory of new homes. In March, builders completed 593,000 new single family homes–176,000 more than were sold, the largest “”gap”” between completions and sales since August 2011.That prices have been volatile–falling each month from last July through last October, the traditional home selling/buying season while then increasing in four of the last five months–speaks to the unusual nature of housing as both a necessary expense (shelter) and an investment vehicle.Prices for both new and existing homes as reported monthly are subject to wide swings because the mix of homes sold each month can vary, unlike other “”products”” that may be sold regularly. We don’t see a sudden shift to [COLUMN_BREAK]multi-gallon drums of, say, green beans, which might affect both the median and average price of green beans.We have though seen a shift to less expensive new homes, according to recent Census Bureau reports, with a likelihood that trend will continue as new mortgage rules take effect next January. Those rules would both tighten down payment requirements and the allowable debt to income ratio of buyers/borrowers, otherwise compelling lenders to hold a portion of the loans they make.Now, while that may sound like a good idea from a risk perspective, it creates another hurdle for would-be home buyers–a hurdle that 25-34 year old age cohort might find difficult to surmount. Beyond immediate financial considerations are psychological challenges. Having perhaps seen their parents or parents of friends struggle through foreclosures, new, younger households will be reluctant to buy homes, or certainly reluctant to buy homes without a significant down payment that would lower their monthly obligations, much like children of the Great Depression who grew up with a different appreciation of both money and savings. With a still tight and uncertain job market, those obstacles become even greater.That could explain the other seismic change we’re seeing in housing: a shift from single- to multifamily. Data for both permits and starts confirm the trend.Permits for single-family homes represented about 64 percent of all permits in the last 12 months compared with 66 percent in the previous 12 months. Single-family starts have dropped to 68 percent of all housing starts from 71 percent.A housing recovery is as necessary for a general economic recovery as an economic recovery is for the housing sector.It will, though, be a different recovery.————————————————————————-There will be two important housing reports in the upcoming week, with Tuesday’s Case-Shiller House Price Index followed by Wednesday’s Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) report from the National Association of Realtors. Home prices, according to Case-Shiller, have improved year-over-year for eight straight months. The 8.1 percent annual increase in the 20-city Case-Shiller Index reported for January was the strongest gain in almost seven years. Though not simply a reflection of NAR data for existing homes, the February Case-Shiller index should reflect the improvement in the median price of an existing single-family home as reported by the NAR.The PHSI has proven to be less than a reliable indicator of existing-home sales though it is designed to track sales contracts expected to produce closings two months later. In the last four months, closings of existing single-family homes have done precisely the opposite of what the PHSI (two months earlier) would have suggested. The PHSI rose in October, but closings fell in December; the index fell in both November and December, but closings rose in January and February; the index improved in January but closings dropped in March._Hear Mark Lieberman on P.O.T.U.S. radio (SiriusXM 124) Friday at 8:45 a.m. Eastern time._*_Want to write an opinion piece for publication on our site? Send your submission to_* “”MReportEditor@TheMReport.com.””:mailto:MReportEditor@TheMReport.com in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicinglast_img read more

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View Survey ReturnOne wayMulticityFromAdd nearby

10 Aug 2019

first_imgView SurveyReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedTake our social networks & travel poll now – win a Kindle!Take our social networks & travel poll now – win a Kindle!Sabre to offer business travel social networkSabre Travel Network is to harness the social networking and knowledge-sharing trends of Web 2.0.Social networking sites encourage youngsters to ‘exchange travel ideas’Social networking sites encourage youngsters to ‘exchange travel ideas’last_img

first_imgView SurveyReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedTake our social networks & travel poll now – win a Kindle!Take our social networks & travel poll now – win a Kindle!Sabre to offer business travel social networkSabre Travel Network is to harness the social networking and knowledge-sharing trends of Web 2.0.Social networking sites encourage youngsters to ‘exchange travel ideas’Social networking sites encourage youngsters to ‘exchange travel ideas’last_img

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