Retorting to the order of Kerala High Court restoring life time ban on him, cricketer S. Sreesanth on Tuesday asserted that it was the worst decision ever.”I will keep fighting and make sure I don’t give up. This is the worst decision ever, a special rule for me?” said Sreesanth.The Bench on Tuesday has restored the life time ban imposed by the BCCI on Sreesanth in connection with the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scandal.Allowing the appeal filed by BCCI, Division Bench headed by Chief Justice held that there is no violation of natural justice against the cricketer.Questioning the ruling of the court Sreesanth said, “what about the accused 13 names in Lodha report? “What about real culprits? What about Chennai Super Kings? And what about Rajasthan? No one wants to know about it? I will keep fighting for my right. God is great.” Sreesanth said.”Thanks a lot for all the support and encouragement given so far. I assure you all that I’m not giving up. I will Keep at it,” he added.Earlier the BCCI had appealed to the Division Bench of Kerala High Court against lifting the life-time ban on the tainted pacer.Sreesanth was banned for life by the BCCI for his alleged role in the IPL spot-fixing in 2013.A single judge bench of the Kerala High Court had earlier passed an order that the bowler’s life-ban be lifted.The court had also dropped all the charges against Sreesanth after he filed a plea challenging the life ban imposed on him.advertisementThe game’s governing body had, however, maintained its stance and did not allow Sreesanth to make an immediate comeback and also filed a counter-affidavit in response to cricketer’s plea
By Amanpreet Singh Jakarta, Aug 23 (PTI) Country’s top archer Deepika Kumari yet again came a cropper at the big stage as she was eliminated from the individual recurve event at the Asian Games after losing her pre-quarterfinal to Chien-Ying Lei. After getting a bye, Deepika got past North Korea’s Hyang Ji Ri (6-2) but fluffed her second last shot in the third set to lose 3-7 to Chinese Taipei’s Chien Ying Lei. She was leading prior to that shot, which fetched her nine points. Deepika had come into the Asian Games after winning a World Cup (Stage Event) gold. At the Rio Olympics also, she had made an early exit even though she entered the biggest sporting event as world number one. Atanu Das was the only Indian making it to the men’s individual quarterfinals. He defeated both Yong Won Pak from Korea and Denis Gankin of Kazakhstan with identical 7-3 margin. “I am very disappointed with the result. Start was good, I tried hard but the second last shot in the third set was pretty bad. After that, I just could not get the 10s,” Deepika said, though she denied having felt any kind of pressure. Asked if the big-stage pressure, gets to her, Deepika replied in a negative. “I also expect myself to do well. I do not feel pressure at big events. We don’t think like this is big event. That kind of thought puts pressure. We just practice and try hard,” she said adding that she will now try to do well in the mixed event.advertisement Indian challenge ended in the women’s individual recurve as Promila Daimary was also eliminated after losing 2-6 to Mongolia’s Urantungalag Bishindee in the second round. The second Indian in men’s individual recurve, Viswash got the better of Bataa Purevsuren of Mongolia 6-2 in the first match but crashed out after losing pre-quarterfinal 1-7 to Kazakhstan’s Ilfat Abdullin. PTI AT KHSKHS
Upstairs, the vibe gets darker. The intimate mezzanine-level bar called Suite 6A seats no more than 20 people and almost always requires a reservation. The swanky Suite 6A is inspired by Death & Co’s NYC haunt and features highly-creative cocktails with rare ingredients and inventive presentations.Beyond these curtains and out the patio is The Garden. Completely outside and roofed only by repurposed wooden beams and string lighting, the emphasis here is casual presentation and seasonable drinks with pops of color and tons of refreshing flavor. Picture sunlight and lush greenery. “For brunch and all-day drinking … and lots of rosé,” says Day.Kaplan adds that, for this wide-open space (very Colorado, given the 300 days of sunshine), “We asked ourselves: Who is Death & Co. when it goes outside? Same for the lobby, we asked: Who is Death & Co. on a grand hotel bar? This has allowed us to exercise the different elements of our 12-year personality … having daylight is new for us.”Moving into the guest suites, Death & Co. is the room service provider — each guestroom also includes a fully-curated D&C bar. If you rent out one of the larger suites for an event, D&C will stock the space with a bartender to personalize libations. (From about 700 applicants, only the best of the best bartenders were chosen.) The Dive Motel Brings Legit 70s-Era Swagger to Nashville Editors’ Recommendations 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts From a 50-seat, windowless haunt in New York’s East Village, Death & Co. — dubbed the most influential cocktail bar in New York City — has taken flight, opening its second location in Denver, Colorado’s new Ramble Hotel with more than four in-house spaces curated with different cocktails, dishes, and moods.Praise the cocktail gods!The Manual was on hand to watch D&C’s David Kaplan, Alex Day, and Ravi DeRossi announce the opening of Death & Co. Denver, the brand’s first-ever expansion. Bringing with it notorious talent and a list of more than 36 craft cocktails that will adapt seasonally, Death & Co. is emerging out of its NYC den and into new spaces within the locally owned-and-operated, 50-room boutique hotel.Death & Co. Denver begins in the Lobby, where a marquee welcomes guests into a room characterized by Ramble Hotel founder Ryan Diggins as a “grandiose study hall during the day, then at night, you draw the velvet curtains to a romantic, moody lobby inspired by classic London hotels.”Giant windows let in natural light, and the bar … well, let’s just say it’s the grandest in Denver to-date. Also in the lobby is D&C’s coffee bar (which converts into a second spirits bar in the evenings), where guests can order rich java from MiddleState, Death & Co’s exclusive coffee partner, as well as tea, cold-press juices, and a full menu of breakfast food. Even if you don’t plan to stay at the Ramble, this is a perfect morning-time spot to bring your laptop and bask in its classic, clean ambiance. The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities Should Bars Be Kid and Dog-Friendly? We Asked the Experts The last area Death & Co. will fill is Vauxhaull, an event venue that will host live concerts, film screenings, First Friday art walks, and private events. Vauxhall’s marquee takes up the coveted Larimer Street front.This massive project to infuse D&C into Ramble started three years ago when Diggins was contemplating the right food and beverage provider to bring on — and he had the Death & Co. cocktail book right on his table. “Death & Co. was the wish list,” Diggins tells The Manual.Death & Co. opens in Ramble on May 4, 2018. You’ll have to wait just a little longer for The Garden and Suite 6A, which will debut mid-May and end of May, respectively.For New York patrons who are also beer fanatics, the word on the street’s that D&C NYC is about to make its very own beer … Until then, just visit Denver for the Colorado location’s curated local beer selection. You’ll have a designated campus to drink and be moody. Here, here!
The Government has earmarked $3 billion under the Health Services Improvement Project to expand service delivery at public health facilities.Details of the funds are outlined in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The allocation will be used for infrastructure work at seven hospitals and three health centres to include upgrading of sewerage systems, laboratories, roofs and elevators; repair of standby generators and boilers; and to conduct vector control.It will also facilitate the purchase of mental health buses, diagnostic and medical equipment, and training for health personnel.Also contained in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure is an allocation of $216 million for continued improvement of health facilities to tackle non communicable diseases (NCDs).The funds will facilitate designs for the renovation and construction of hospitals and health centres; acquisition of laundry machines and office equipment; engagement of project staff and other consultants; and strengthen comprehensive policies to prevent NCDS.
HALIFAX – The Royal Canadian Air Force has resumed limited flights on its new Cyclone helicopters after a software problem grounded the aircraft for nine weeks and created delays in training air crew.Col. Peter Allan, wing commander of the Shearwater base in Halifax, said Tuesday the fleet of three CH-148 helicopters resumed training flights on May 15 after ceasing flying on March 12.The Sikorsky-built Cyclones are the much-delayed replacements for the Sea King helicopters, which remain in service after more than a half-century but are scheduled to be retired next year.Allan said it will take about six months to fix the software glitch that caused a computerized flight control system to momentarily restart and sent the aircraft into a sudden and brief loss of altitude on March 9.Described originally as a “severe bump,” the problem corrected itself and the pilot safely landed the plane.Allan says while the software redesign is underway there are some limits on operations of the Cyclones, but he adds they won’t affect the ability of air crew to continue most training requirements.He said air crews can still train on operations such as landing on ships, hoisting materials, and simulating rescues.He described the limitations as complex technical issues difficult to put into terms a layperson can understand.“It’s more about modes of the computer they can employ while in particular flight mode … at the end of the day, it doesn’t affect our ability to do training and operational testing and evaluation,” he said.Allan said air crew training for the Cyclones has been set back one month by the grounding of the three helicopters, but this won’t stop the helicopters and crews from meeting a previously announced schedule.The wing commander said he still expects the new navy helicopters to be certified for operation — meaning they can carry out missions — starting the end of April next year. The Sea Kings will start ending their flights in June and be fully retired by the end of 2018.“We’ve kept some flexibility in the schedule, knowing this is a developmental aircraft. We expect some issues to arise as we go through implementation,” said Allan.“There is still enough flex in the schedule to meet our timelines.”The plan is to begin receiving six completed Cyclones by June 2018 and approximately one helicopter per month after that as the Sea Kings wrap up their duties, he added.Delays in delivery of the Cyclone helicopter are a sensitive issue, as it is years behind its original projected delivery date and the Sea Kings have some limits on the kinds of missions they can carry out due to their age.The previous Liberal government signed a contract with U.S. defence giant Sikorsky to deliver 28 CH-148 Cyclone helicopters by 2008. The program has faced delays and technical challenges, resulting in two contract extensions.Allan also confirmed “there’s been talk,” about delamination of the rotor blades on the new helicopters.However, he said “it’s not an issue that’s been impacting the wing (command) at this point.”“I know Sikorsky is looking at the rotor blades to see if they need to do something differently, but it’s not had an operational issue at this point.”The Sea Kings the Cyclones are scheduled to replace are currently more than 50 years old, and are still the naval helicopter used to support Royal Canadian Navy ships in surveillance and security.Follow (at) mtuttoncporg on Twitter
AIRDRIE, Alta. – A couple who offered to help with a promotion to fundraise for a paralyzed hockey player soon found themselves wearing too many hats.Jason and Sue Bissonnette were making baseball caps to make money to help with the costs of Ryan Straschnitzki’s rehabilitation, but they couldn’t keep up when thousands of requests started rolling in.“I thought maybe there will be a couple of hundred hats and we’ll do our part,” said Jason Bissonnette. “We’ll be part of a few grand or something, but of course that didn’t exactly work out that way.“We’re now over 3,600 hats that have been ordered.”The Bissonnettes didn’t know Straschnitzki before the teen from Airdrie, Alta., was paralyzed from the chest down in a crash between a semi-trailer and a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos Saskatchewan junior hockey team in April.But they felt an immediate bond because they also live in Airdrie, just north of Calgary, and their son played hockey for years when they were living in the United States.“He was a goaltender and was travelling just like these guys. It hits close to home to a lot of people,” Sue Bissonnette said during an interview in the family home.The couple owns a company called The Stitching Bees, which provides promotional items for businesses as well as doing embroidery.Several Airdrie dads had come together the day after the crash and came up with the idea of hats to help raise money for the Straschnitzki family.The first cap — with the green and gold Broncos colours, Ryan’s No. 10 on the front and #strazstrong stitched on the back — was done just hours later.“Those are Ryan’s colours,” said Sue Bissonnette, pointing to large spools of thread on an embroidery machine.The couple eventually received help from Bruce Fogel of Embroidery Systems in Calgary, who offered the use of extra machines he had in stock.Volunteers weren’t able to run the machines, though, so she was responsible for the first 1,900 hats that were made before the job was outsourced to a Montreal company.“I felt like I’m drowning — there’s way too many,” she said. “At that point there was 1,500 hats ordered and I was on my 100th hat and I thought, ‘Oh my God. I’m going to be sick.”The suggested price for the hats is $30, but Jason Bissonnette said many people have been giving $50 or $100 for just a single hat.“We’ve generated over $82,000 and that’s straight to the family.”A fundraiser for the Straschnitzki family is to be held in Airdrie next Saturday. About 150 of the hats, signed by Ryan, will be on sale.His mother, Michelle Straschnitzki, said the Bissonnettes have been tireless in their efforts.“They’re amazing people. They really just started out because they wanted to help and thought it would be a fun idea. It just kind of snowballed,” she said.The Straschnitzki home will need to be totally renovated to include an elevator. Walls need to be moved, doorways widened and the bathroom adapted.“We haven’t got a clue how much it will cost … but we’ve had a lot of people offering to help. Basically we’re just accepting help and are appreciative of it.”The Ryan, who is 19, is undergoing physiotherapy at the Shriners Hospital in Philadelphia.— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter
Patti LaBelle and Denise Rich, Co-Founder of Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research, “flipped the switch” to light the world-famous Empire State Building tower lights in red and purple this week in honor of Angel Ball 2015.Patti LaBelle and Denise Rich light the Empire State Building in honor of Angel Ball 2015Credit/Copyright: Bryan Bedder/Getty ImagesAngel Ball – which took place at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City – is Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research’s annual fundraiser to support their work to fund the nation’s best and brightest scientific investigators whose research focuses on finding less toxic treatments for patients with leukemia, lymphoma and related cancers. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $25 million in grants.LaBelle performed at the gala along with pop rock sensation OneRepublic and Tony Award winner Billy Porter. The evening honored the work of Heidi Klum; Amy and Brian France, Chairman and CEO of NASCAR, Founders, The Luke and Meadow Foundation; Mary Kitchen and Jon Orszag, Co-Founder of Compass Lexecon, Co-Directors of The Orszag Foundation; for their significant humanitarian and philanthropic contributions in support of cancer research.
Through a statement released by his spokesman, Mr. Annan strongly encouraged the CPN-M to extend its unilateral ceasefire beyond December and to fulfil its commitment to human rights, and called for a reciprocal ceasefire by the Government of King Gyanendra to help end “a conflict that has brought immense suffering to the people of Nepal” since it began in 1996.He is carefully studying the details of the understanding, the spokesman said.”The Secretary-General remains ready to assist in any manner that would help bring about a peaceful resolution of the conflict,” he said.
Rénovation énergétique : Paris va mettre ses écoles au vertLa capitale engage son chantier de rénovation énergétique des bâtiments. Premier concernés, les écoles, dont la plupart vieillissent et ne permettent pas de tenir les objectifs environnementaux que s’est fixée la municipalité.L’élu parisien écologiste Denis Baupin explique que la mairie de Paris souhaite passer aux travaux pratiques dans le cadre de son “plan climat”. La capitale s’est ainsi fixé pour objectif une réduction de 30% de la consommation énergétique et des gaz à effet de serre (GES) de ses bâtiments publics d’ici 2020. Pour montrer que la municipalité “est passé du discours ‘on va y aller, on va y aller’ tenu depuis des années, à celui de ‘on y va !'”, 600 écoles maternelles (sur les 660 que compte la ville) seront rénovées d’ici 2020. “C’est le plus grand chantier jamais lancé en France de rénovation thermique”, a assuré le maire-adjoint en charge de l’Environnement en détaillant ce programme dans une école-pilote du 14e arrondissement.À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéLe chantier est d’ores et déjà en route, 100 écoles étant concernées par les premières prises en charge. Il s’agit de généraliser des équipements économiques comme des éclairages basse consommation, des “survitrages” ou des doubles-fenêtres, des robinets thermostatiques sur les radiateurs et des outils permettant une meilleure gestion du chauffage. Par ailleurs, des gestes simples doivent devenir des automatismes comme couper le chauffage dans une classe dès qu’une fenêtre est ouverte. Ou encore éviter de chauffer toute l’école le mercredi mais seulement les salles utilisée. Pour cela, des actions de sensibilisation sont prévues auprès des enfants comme des adultes pour encourager des comportements plus économes. Rien que sur ces 100 premiers établissements, les gains attendus sur la facture sont de l’ordre de 850.000 euros par an, indique EDF Optimal Solutions, filiale d’EDF spécialisée sur l’efficacité énergétique. Un gain conséquent sur les 2,3 millions d’euros actuellement dépensé chaque année. Toutefois, ce chantier mettra plusieurs années à être amorti puisqu’il représente un coût global de 52,1 millions d’euros (hors taxes) sur les 20 ans.Le 16 mars 2012 à 12:45 • Maxime Lambert
Internet Services Tech Industry Share your voice 12 Tags Comments Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. James Martin Facebook is stepping up its efforts to curb the spread of misinformation about vaccines, a move that follows mounting criticism that the world’s social network hasn’t done enough to combat the medical myths. On Thursday, Facebook said it would demote the ranking of groups or pages that spread misinformation about vaccines on its News Feed and in search results. The company also won’t recommend these groups or pages to users when they search for vaccination information on the social network.Facebook said it will rely on the World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help identify vaccine conspiracies, the company said in a blog post. Facebook will also reject ads that include misinformation about vaccines and won’t allow advertisers to target users interested in topics such as “vaccine controversies.” The effort to combat anti-vaccination misinformation will include other sites Facebook owns. Recommendations for vaccine misinformation won’t be displayed in Instagram’s “Explore” section, which surfaces posts based on the content a user likes. Instagram also won’t recommend the information on pages that display hashtags, which are designed to help users find posts about a particular topic. Facebook’s move comes as it faces mounting pressure from lawmakers, activists and health experts to prevent anti-vax misinformation from going viral. The misinformation may have contributed to an outbreak of measles in the US. Users opposed to vaccines have used the social network to spread misinformation in groups where members have to be approved, making it difficult for Facebook to police this content, according to The Guardian.Ethan Lindenberger, an Ohio teenager who got vaccinated despite his mom’s opposition, told US lawmakers this week in a committee hearing that his mother got misinformation about vaccines from social networks such as Facebook.The World Health Organization listed “vaccine hesitancy,” which is the reluctance or refusal to get vaccinated despite availability of a treatment, one of the top 10 threats of 2019. Washington State declared a local public health emergency in January after 25 cases of measles popped up in Clark County. Since Jan. 1, measles outbreaks in that county have climbed to 70 confirmed cases and 61 of those patients — which were mostly children — were unvaccinated, according to Clark County’s Public Health. Facebook is also following in the steps of other tech companies that have beefed up their efforts to combat misinformation about vaccines. Pinterest blocked anti-vaccination searches and has tried to pull down anti-vax content. In February, YouTube said it would remove ads from videos that feature anti-vaccination content. Facebook, which has 2.3 billion users worldwide, said it plans to do more to combat misinformation about vaccines. “We are exploring ways to give people more accurate information from expert organizations about vaccines at the top of results for related searches, on Pages discussing the topic, and on invitations to join groups about the topic,” said Monika Bickert, Facebook’s vice president of global policy management in the blog post. “We will have an update on this soon.” Facebook
Tirupati: In a first of its kind, three red sanders smugglers were sentenced by Principal Sessions Judge (PSJ) Court here to undergo 11 years imprisonment and also a fine of Rs 6 lakh each.Principal Sessions Judge Edukondalu on Wednesday convicted the three smugglers from Tami Nadu for 11 years imprisonment and a fine of Rs 6 lakh each. If they fail to pay the penalty, they have to undergo imprisonment for two more years. Also Read – Former Minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao put on house arrest Advertise With Us Disclosing the details of the case and court verdict against red sanders smugglers here on Wednesday, Red Sanders Anti-smuggling Task Force (RSASTF) in-charge head SP P Ravisankar said that the three convicted smugglers include Ponnu Swamy (39), Tirumalai (29) from Tiruvannamalai district and Kumar (27) from Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu. According to prosecution, the task force personnel combing the forest in Karakambadi forest area found the trio at Muggurallathippa in Sri Venkateswara National Park (SVNP), Tirupati range and arrested them and recovered 54 red sanders logs weighing 1,096 kgs from them on August 10, 2016. Also Read – DGP Gautam Sawang warns over objectional posts on social media Advertise With Us On the basis of the complaint from Deputy Range Officer L Ramaiah, cases were registered under various sections of forest act and IPC in Task Force police station here while CI Madhu Babu investigated the case for prosecution of the three smugglers. The Forest Act sections includes 32 (A), 36 (A) and 379 IPC for trespassing into reserve forest and possession of red sanders wood more than 20 kgs etc. Advertise With Us Public Prosecutor Venkatanarayana who filed the case in the PSJ court contented in his prosecution that the trio committed the offences including trespassing into the reserve forest, cutting and possession of red sanders logs violating the forest act, concealed the logs in the forest and tried to transport the same and also theft of red sanders wood without valid orders from the Forest department. Upholding the public prosecutor charges against the smugglers, the Judge proclaimed five-year imprisonment and fine of Rs 3 lakh each under various sections and another five-year imprisonment and fine of Rs 3 lakh under Section 32 (A), Section 36 A to 32 (A) for possession of red sanders logs more than 20 kgs and one year imprisonment and Rs 1 lakh fine under 379 IPC section. SP Ravisankar said that it is the second case registered by Task Force police station resulting in the conviction of red sanders smugglers and observed that the maximum punishment of 11 year imprisonment would deter the smugglers indulge in the illegal act of red sanders smuggling, the precious wood endemic to Seshachalam forests.
Kohl or kajal is the basic thing required to highlight eyes. But how about giving it a personal touch? Here’s how to make kajal sitting at home.Take a lamp and fill it with oil or ghee. Keep aside a teaspoon of it.Make a wick with cotton, soak in ghee and place it in the lamp. Light the wick.Place blocks on either side of the lamp and ensure there is no breeze. Keep a silver plate upside down over the lamp, resting between the supports. Place the plate about half an inch above the lamp with the flame tip touching the plate.Let the lamp burn overnight to collect the soot on the inside of the plate.Remove the plate after the flame is extinguished. Scrape the thick coating of carbon, black powdery residue collected on the cover. Cool and add ghee drop by drop to make the soot smooth.Store in the refrigerator for two hours. You can store at room temperature thereafter. Since homemade kajal is very dark so apply it overnight and wash face in the morning or after bath. The remaining kajal leaves a beautiful and natural tint on your eyes.
Hackers in China attempted to access over 20 million active accounts on Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s Taobao e-commerce website using Alibaba’s own cloud computing service, according to a state media report posted on the Internet regulator’s website.Analysts said the report from The Paper led to the price of Alibaba’s U.S.-listed shares falling as much as 3.7 percent in late Wednesday trade.An Alibaba spokesman on Thursday said the company detected the attack in “the first instance”, reminded users to change passwords, and worked closely with the police investigation.Chinese companies are grappling a sharp rise in the number of cyber attacks, and cyber security experts say firms have a long way to go before defenses catch up to U.S. counterparts.In the latest case, hackers obtained a database of 99 million usernames and passwords from a number of websites, according to a separate report on a website managed by the Ministry of Public Security.The hackers then used Alibaba’s cloud computing platform to input the details into Taobao. Of the 99 million usernames, they found 20.59 million were also being used for Taobao accounts, the ministry website said.The hackers started inputting the details into Taobao in mid-October and were discovered in November, at which time Alibaba immediately reported the case to police, the ministry website said. The hackers have since been caught, it said.Alibaba’s systems discovered and blocked the vast majority of log-in attempts, according to the ministry website.The hackers used compromised accounts to fake orders on Taobao, a practice known as “brushing” in China and used to raise sellers’ rankings, the newspaper said. The hackers also sold accounts to be used for fraud, it said.Alibaba’s spokesman said the hackers rented the cloud computing service, but declined to comment on security measures designed to stop the system being used for the attack. He said they could have used any such service, and that the attack was not aided by any possible loopholes in Alibaba’s platform.”Alibaba’s system was never breached,” the spokesman said.The number of accounts, 20.59 million, represents about 1 out of every 20 annual active buyers on Alibaba’s China retail marketplaces.(Reporting by Paul Carsten; Additional reporting by Beijing Newsroom; Editing by Christopher Cushing) Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story originally appeared on Reuters February 5, 2016 2 min read Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global
Travelweek Group Posted by Share Tags: Maritime Travel, Virtuoso Thursday, November 9, 2017 HALIFAX — Maritime Travel, one of Canada’s largest independent travel agency chains with 116 locations nationwide, has joined the Virtuoso luxury travel network.Gary Gaudry, President, Maritime Travel Inc., says the agency’s membership in Virtuoso means Maritime Travel can now offer a host of rare travel experiences and exclusive values to its clients. Benefits from Virtuoso’s hotel program are worth up to US$450 per stay, he noted, allowing the agency to provide more value to their clients.“Less than 1% of travel agencies are admitted for membership in Virtuoso,” said Gaudry. “This renowned network of luxury travel specialists leverages its annual sales of more than $21.2 billion to negotiate special upgrades, amenities, values and experiences exclusively for the clients of its member agencies.“For the clients of Maritime Travel, this translates into complimentary room upgrades, airport transfers, special dining experiences, exclusive cruise shore excursions and custom itineraries, all offered by the world’s best providers of upscale travel. We are very proud to have been invited to join Virtuoso and to be able to offer these incredible perks to our clients.”More news: Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaMaritime Travel’s membership in Virtuoso also gives its counsellors direct access to the world’s top hotels, resorts, spas, cruise lines and tour operators, as well as expanded insider knowledge and insights into the industry’s trends and destinations, said Gaudry. These personal network connections will allow Maritime Travel to secure VIP treatment around the globe for its clients.Maritime Travel has been in business since 1949 and is Platinum member of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, and has been awarded as one of Canada’s Best Employers for 2017. Last week Maritime Travel announced it was joining the Radius Travel network.The by-invitation-only Virtuoso network has grown its membership in leaps and bounds in recent years, with agencies in North and Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Newest member of Virtuoso: Maritime Travel << Previous PostNext Post >>
Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Weeks said online testing could open the door for ACT to offer more modular testing, so that a student doesn’t have to take every subject on the same day.“The best preparation for the ACT has been and continues to be taking rigorous core course,” Weeks said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re testing online or not.”_____Online: http://www.act.org/_____Follow Kimberly Hefling on Twitter: http://twitter.com/kheflingCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The difference between men and women when it comes to pain 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist 0 Comments Share Men’s health affects baby’s health too A computer-based practice ACT English test is displayed on a computer monitor Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in Washington. The ACT is announcing May 8, 2015, that computer-based testing of the ACT would be available next year in the states and districts that require students to take the ACT during the school day. About 1 million students could be affected. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Sponsored Stories But don’t throw away those pencils yet.Participating schools provide the computers for testing, and ACT officials say it’s too early to predict how many schools will be ready next year to offer the online testing. Even where computer-based testing is available, ACT officials said the traditional paper test will still be an option.The announcement follows a two-year pilot project that allowed about 10,000 high school students to take the college-placement exam by computer, laptop or tablet.The ACT said it’s not making computer-based testing available on its traditional Saturday morning test dates largely because of the number of computers needed.Paul Weeks, senior vice president for client relations at ACT, said the Iowa City, Iowa-based company is making the transition to online testing “thoughtfully and gradually,” so that all stakeholders can be assured that test scores on the computerized version are comparable to the paper version, which has been offered since 1959.What won’t change? The familiar 36-point scale and the amount of time it takes for students to find out their scores, which is usually between two weeks and two months.“There is no difference between the tests except that it’s online and that was really important to us,” said Kaitlynn Griffith, ACT’s program director. The move to online testing is a reflection of the evolving ways students learn in classrooms and the ease at which they use computers. ACT is far from alone in making the transition to computer-based testing.Next year, the College Board has said it will roll out the new version of the competing SAT college entrance exam and make computer-based testing an option. The SAT was once the dominant college admissions exam, but it was overtaken in popularity in 2012 by the ACT.Computer-based testing, including standardized tests based on the Common Core standards, has led schools to upgrade Internet connectivity, make devices such as laptops or tablets available, and teach more keyboarding.It also brings up new questions in test administration, such as in the area of cheating. While moving to online testing eliminates the ability to erase and change answers by educators, there are new issues such as the need to prevent test takers from taking screen grabs of test questions to share with others.Weeks said the company has been grappling with these issues as it makes the transition. ACT suggests that students take a practice test on computer before taking an online test, and encourages schools that will offer the tests to go through a test preparation checklist. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies WASHINGTON (AP) — ACT test takers take note: The No. 2 pencil is losing its cachet. Greater numbers of high school students will be able to take the college entrance exam on a computer next year.The ACT announced Friday that computer-based testing will be available next year in the 18 states and additional districts that require students, typically juniors, to take the ACT during the school day. About 1 million students could be affected.
Go back to the e-newsletterCrown Towers Perth has set the benchmark in luxurious experiences since launching on 1 December 2016, so it’s no surprise that to celebrate its first birthday, the hotel group has taken this to the next level – and added a unique twist.On 1 December, Perth’s premier destination hotel showcased the ultimate luxury leisure destination in a ‘Live-in Luxury Art Installation’ taking place inside its lobby.As part of the installation, the hotel group plucked an unsuspecting couple off the streets of Perth to deliver the ultimate money can’t buy experience for them – all taking place inside a live art installation that had them enjoy the very best experiences Crown Towers has to offer in real-time.For the voyeur in all of us, passersby and other hotel guests were able to witness the couple in situ living and sleeping in the lobby, enjoying everything from champagne to luxurious caviar spa treatments, five-star dining and the most decadent cocktails right through to being tucked up in bed with a hot chocolate.In its first year alone the hotel has popped over 31,000 bottles of champagne and shucked almost 46,000 oysters, and has set a new benchmark in luxury accommodation not only in WA but in Australia. In its first 12 months of operation, Crown Towers has won over 10 awards at several of Australia’s best hospitality and tourism awards.According to executive general manager Crown Perth Hotels, Andrew Cairns, the installation was a fun, quirky way to bring to life what sets Crown Towers apart as a hotel brand – its unparalleled luxury and experiences.“Crown Towers is known the world over as the pinnacle of luxury. We’ve had a great first year here in Perth and have been amazed at how much the city has embraced and fallen in love with it,” Cairns said. “Crown Towers Perth has truly redefined the standard for high-end accommodation in market and what better way to celebrate that than by bringing to life some of those experiences in a fun way.”Go back to the e-newsletter
Hong Kong – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineThe Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York is delighted to enhance its green and sustainable offerings with the launch of its new, high-performance and eco-centric Nature’s Radiant Facials. This exclusive 50 and 80-minute holistic treatment for the face, neck and décolleté was developed with the ecologically conscious and 100% organic sustainable skincare company Amala, based in Germany where standards for natural and organic are among the most stringent in the world. The line of Nature’s Radiant Facials takes eco-conscious skincare to the next level by treating skin’s specific needs with some of the world’s most potent healing botanicals to ensure noticeable results.Each customized Nature’s Radiant Facial begins with a thorough skin analysis to determine whether toning, deep pore cleansing, softening of fine lines and/or restoring hydration is needed. From there, Amala’s organic seed oils and whole plant products gently cleanse and exfoliate the skin to balance and renew elasticity while stimulating cell renewal and providing antioxidant protection. The facials include two masks – a Rhassoul clay mask to draw out impurities and soften the skin, followed by a customized mask that stimulates collagen and hydrates the skin. A relaxing scalp, foot or hand massage is given while the masks work to replenish the skin. 50-minute facials include one of the massages and 80-minute facials include two of the three massage options. After the masks are completed, the therapist administers a Manual Lymphatic Drainage Facial Massage which acts as a natural face-lift, reduces puffiness and firms the skin for immediate, visible results and a youthful, healthy and radiant appearance.“We created Nature’s Radiant Facials as part of our Spa’s effort to become more and more organically pure and eco-logically focused, while still delivering the visible, high-performance results our guests expect,” states Spa Director, Denise Vitiello. “Each custom-blended facial is based on a different potent botanical – Blue Lotus to purify, Cocoa Bean to rejuvenate, and Jasmine to hydrate so we can provide a facial that’s very specific to each guests needs. We’re delighted to be working with Amala’s customized, organic skin care products to create facial and body treatments that produce high impact results without the use of chemicals,” said Denise Vitiello, Spa Director.Amala is known for its “skincare with a pure conscience” philosophy. Their products contain the highest possible concentration of organic and wildcrafted plant ingredients grown in their native regions to provide unsurpassed potent performance and wellness benefits. These ingredients are sourced from global farm partners and grown according to certified organic agriculture practices which positively impact the earth. “When it comes to skincare, you shouldn’t have to sacrifice results for responsibility,” said Amala’s founder, Ute Leube.www.mandarinoriental.com/newyork
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