McConnells yearend wish Getting Congress to legalize hemp

first_imgLOUISVILLE, Ky. — Pressed for time and with a crowded agenda, the Senate’s top leader has his own priority in Congress’ lame-duck session: passing a farm bill that includes a full pardon for hemp, the non-intoxicating cousin of marijuana.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has guaranteed his proposal to make hemp a legal agricultural commodity will be part of the final farm bill. He places it on a par with federal spending bills as action Congress must take before the end of the year.Keeping that promise would cap a decadeslong journey to overcome the stigma associated with the crop, which McConnell himself did not initially embrace wholeheartedly. But in recent years, the quintessential establishment Republican has been all in for the hemp revolution.Bruce Schreiner, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Government urged to probe claims of phone tapping of judges

The Government was today urged to investigate claims that telephones of some judges were being tapped.Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath said that the Government had been silent on the allegation of phone tapping. Herath told Parliament the Government must come out and make a clear statement on the allegation if the allegation is false. President’s Counsel Hemantha Warnakulasuriya was reported as saying that the telephone of a judge was tapped. Deputy Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe said that the police can investigate the claim only if the judge files a complaint.He said that so far the judge has not made a formal complaint and that it was only the lawyer who had raised the matter. Senasinghe recalled that the former Government tapped even the telephones of the opposition but the current Government does not endorse such actions. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Initial public offerings scheduled to debut next week

NEW YORK — The following is a list of initial public offerings planned for the coming week. Sources include IPO ETF manager Renaissance Capital, and SEC filings.Week of Aug. 129F – Beijing, China, 8.9 million shares, priced $7.50-$9.50, managed by Credit Suisse/Haitong International. Proposed NYSE symbol JFU. Business: Online consumer lending platform in China.CrossFirst Bankshares – Leawood, Kan., 7.1 million shares, priced $15-$17, managed by Keefe Bruyette Woods/Raymond James. Proposed Nasdaq symbol CFB. Business: Kansas bank with seven full-service locations across four states.The Associated Press read more

DR Congo Annan welcomes preparations for European support to UN mission

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the decision of the European Union to start planning and preparation for possible support to the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC).Consultations between representatives from the European Union, the UN and the Congolese authorities are presently underway, according to a statement released by Mr. Annan’s spokesman in New York.”The Secretary-General very much appreciates the continuing close cooperation between the United Nations and the European Union in support of peace operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and throughout Africa,” the spokesman said. read more

Aretha Franklin reacts to court order blocking screening of documentary at film

Aretha Franklin reacts to court order blocking screening of documentary at film festival DENVER – Aretha Franklin is expressing her relief after a federal judge blocked The Telluride Film Festival screening of a documentary about a 1972 concert without the singer’s consent.Franklin says in a statement issued Saturday: “Justice, respect and what is right prevailed and one’s right to own their own self-image.”U.S. District Judge John L. Kane issued his order in Denver about three hours before the Friday night screening of “Amazing Grace.” Franklin testified by telephone from Detroit that she had objected to use of the concert footage in the documentary for years.Attorneys for the film festival argued that a recently discovered 1968 contract that Franklin signed allowed the use of the footage. But Kane said that document appeared to only relate to her music recordings.The documentary was scheduled to have three screenings at the film festival. by The Associated Press Posted Sep 5, 2015 9:43 am MDT Last Updated Sep 5, 2015 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

MT MELSUNGEN Tobias Reichmann goes back to DKB Bundesliga

2014 – KS Kielce handball transferMT Melsungentobias reichmann 2004 – 2008 LHC Cottbus92 (357) 2009 – 2012 THW Kiel132 (183) 2012 – 2014 HSG Wetzlar34+ (126+) 2008 – 2009 SC Magdeburg II25 (106) PHOTO: Filip Viranovski, One of the best right wings of European handball in last season, both in Vive Tauron Kielce and German national team jersey, Tobias Reichmann decided to go back to DKB Bundesliga! The 28-years old lefthander will join ambitious MT Melsungen in summer 2018 at the beginning of three years partnership with the team from Kassel.He will replace Johannes Sellin, which four-years contract will expire next summer.Reichmann came to Poland in 2004. He won two EHF Champions League with THW Kiel and the last one, with Polish champions – Vive Tauron Kielce.Reichmann’s career: ← Previous Story Vujovic’s message to players: You are at Olympic Games, not on funeral! Next Story → Wolff, Brazilians and Gerrard among scorers read more

Halo Reach Noble Map Pack is available now

first_imgIn case you became overwhelmed with all the Q4 gaming news and forgot what day today is, know this: the Noble Map Pack is available today. Yes, Halo: Reach‘s first DLC, a map pack known as the Noble Pack is available for download on your Xbox 360.The $10 (800 MS point) pack will get you the Breakpoint, Tempest, Anchor 9 maps all wrapped up in a 328.6MB downloadable package. The pack has 7 new achievements worth 250 wonderful achievement points.AdChoices广告You can see the three maps in action here.For what it’s worth, I haven’t played the maps yet, but I’ve heard very good things. Everything I’ve read/heard says these are the best maps available for the game, which is both disappointing (that they weren’t included with the disc) and exciting (that dedicated players will get some great DLC).last_img read more

New Yorks Irish community turns out in droves to honour Martin McGuinness

first_img 17,135 Views Tuesday 25 Apr 2017, 10:52 AM Large photos of McGuinness were displayed on the altar for the ceremony, which was presided over by Monsignor Robert Ritchie, the cathedral’s rector. Consul General of Ireland Barbara Jones was among the congregation.A month’s mind mass will also be held in Derry tomorrow evening.Read: ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’ author Robert Pirsig dies aged 88 >Read: Austin Stack says wording on Martin McGuinness’s headstone is insulting > Apr 25th 2017, 10:52 AM Short URL @MaryLouMcDonald gives first reading. Ecclesiastes. “A time for war and a time for peace.”— Mark Guilfoyle (@markguilfoyle1) April 24, 2017 Share1043 Tweet Email6 Source: St Patrick’sSENATOR GEORGE MITCHELL gave a eulogy and large crowds turned out in New York last evening as a month’s mind mass for Martin McGuinness took place at St Patrick’s Cathedral.Hundreds of members of the city’s Irish community attended the service, along with members of the late Sinn Féin politician’s family and Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald.Addressing the congregation, Mitchell said he had first met McGuinness in 1995 when he was asked to travel to Northern Ireland as President Clinton’s representative.Over the past two decades, he said, “much has been written and said about how Northern Ireland moved from war to peace”.The Prime Ministers and Taoisigh who presided over the peace process deserved credit for the progress, he said.“But as I have said often the real heroes of the Northern Ireland peace process were the people and the political leaders of Northern Ireland.”At great risk to themselves and to their families, he said, “at a critical moment in their people’s history they summoned the courage and vision to end a conflict that some historians trace back over 800 years”.Martin was one of them. He had courage and he had vision. Moving Month’s Mind @StPatsNYC for Martin McGuinness – ovation from full church for #SenatorGeorgeMitchell inspiring eulogy #Reconciliation— Barbara Jones (@bjonesbh) April 25, 2017center_img Source: Barbara Jones/Twitter Source: Mark Guilfoyle/Twitter Before the IRA’s ceasefires, McGuinness had been ”deeply engaged” in conflict, Mitchell said. After the negotiations started, Mitchell said, he was ”deeply engaged in trying to end the conflict”.There was no doubt his leadership had been a major factor in reaching the Good Friday and other agreements, and in maintaining the peace that followed, the former Maine senator said.The iconic images of the former Deputy First Minister working alongside his former foe Ian Paisley and the photos of him meeting the Queen ”graphically represent the massive transformations that occurred in Northern Ireland,” he said.In a lighter moment, he joked that the negotiations took so long to complete because “it took me one year to understand what anybody was saying – and only then did we get down to business”. Source: St Patrick’s Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article File image: People march past St Patrick’s Cathedral during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York this year. Source: SIPA USA/PA Images New York’s Irish community turns out in droves to honour Martin McGuinness Relatives and hundreds of members of the Irish community attended the month’s mind mass. By Daragh Brophy 100 Comments last_img read more

Tortoise Feared Extinct Rediscovered in Remote Galapagos Island

first_img A rare species of giant tortoise not seen in 113 years and feared to be extinct has been found in a remote island in the Galapagos.An adult female Fernandina Giant Tortoise, or Chelonoidis phantasticus, possibly more than 100 years old, was found on Fernandina Island by a joint expedition of the Galapagos National Park and the U.S.-based Galapagos Conservancy, Ecuador’s Ministry of the Environment said in a statement Wednesday.The adult female Fernandina Giant Tortoise was found on Feb. 19, 2019. (Photo Credit: Rodrigo Buendia / AFP / Getty Images)The team of conservationists took the tortoise to a breeding center for giant tortoises on Santa Cruz Island where it will stay in a specially designed pen. According to the environment ministry, genetic tests will be needed to confirm officials’ belief that the tortoise is of the species unique to Fernandina.“This encourages us to strengthen our search plans to find other turtles, which will allow us to start a breeding program in captivity to recover this species,” said Danny Rueda, director of the Galapagos National Park.The Fernandina Giant Tortoise is unique to Fernandina Island, one of the Galapagos Islands, located about 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador and a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its biodiversity that helped fuel Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution in the 1800s.Washington Tapia, member of Galapagos Conservancy, transports the newly found Fernandina Giant Tortoise to the Galapagos National Park. (Photo Credit: Rodrigo Buendia / AFP / Getty Images)Investigators think there may actually be more members of the species on the island due to the presence of tracks and scat on the island.The Fernandina Giant Tortoise was listed as critically endangered and possibly extinct by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which said the species might have been threatened by lava flows on the volcanic island.The last confirmed sighting of the tortoise was in 1906, but researchers were hopeful that the species may still be alive when large tortoise scats and bite marks on a cactus were spotted in 1964, and scat and footprints were found in 2013, according to the IUCN.According to the Galapagos Conservancy, only two groups of giant tortoises remain around the world – those on the Galapagos Islands and others on Aldabra Atoll in the Indian Ocean.More on Rodent Becomes First ‘Climate Change Extinction’Conservationists Capture Rare Footage of Giant Pangolins in the Wild‘Astonishing’ New Tarantula With Bizarre Horn On its Back Discovered in Angola Stay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ last_img read more

Modi condemns murder in cows name

first_imgIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: AFPIndian prime minister Narendra Modi condemned on Thursday a string of murders targeting minorities under the pretext of protecting cows, which are considered sacred by many Hindus, after critics accused the government of turning a blind eye.Modi’s remarks—his first on vigilantism in nearly a year—come just days after a Muslim teenager was stabbed to death on a train after being accused of carrying beef.“Killing people in the name of Gau Bhakti (cow worship) is not acceptable. This not something Mahatma Gandhi would approve,” Modi said.India has been reeling from a spate of vigilante murders in recent months, targeting Muslims and low-caste Hindus accused of killing cows or consuming beef.In the latest high-profile incident, 15-year-old Junaid Khan and three of his brothers were attacked last week in an apparent row over seats as they travelled home by train from New Delhi.Police have arrested four men over the attack.One of Khan’s brothers said the attackers accused them of carrying beef, a meat popular among many Indian Muslims and low caste Dalits, but shunned by most upper caste Hindus.Khan’s murder drew thousands to the streets across Indian cities on Wednesday, with demonstrators calling for an end to the wave of mob violence under the slogan “not in my name”.Modi expressed his “pain and anguish at the current environment” in India, listing incidents of vigilante violence.“No person in this nation has the right to take the law in his or her own hands in this country. Violence never has and never will solve any problem,” he said.He went on to narrate a time from his childhood when his neighbour’s cow mauled their newborn baby and recalled how distraught the animal was afterwards.“It did not eat or drink. There were tears in the cow’s eyes…. ultimately died of grief,” Modi said.“The cow was repenting as it was pained by the death of the child. But today I hear that a person is killed in the name of cow.”Emboldened vigilantes -Rights groups have warned of a culture of impunity for crimes committed against Muslims and urged Modi’s Hindu nationalist government to act.“The pattern of hate crimes committed against Muslims with seeming impunity… is deeply worrying,” said Aakar Patel, executive director of Amnesty International India, in a statement this week.The rights group said at least 10 Muslim men had been lynched or killed in public since April in suspected hate crimes.Last year Modi criticised the vigilantes and urged a crackdown against groups using religion as a cover for committing crimes.But critics say vigilantes have been emboldened by the election in 2014 of his right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party, and have urged the government to be more vocal in condemning the attacks.The slaughter of cows and the possession or consumption of beef is banned in most Indian states, with some imposing life sentences for breaking the law.There has been a spike in attacks by ‘cow protection’ vigilante groups, who roam highways inspecting livestock trucks for any trace of the animal.In April, a Muslim man was beaten to death by a mob in Rajasthan state after they discovered cows in his truck. The man was a dairy farmer transporting milk cows.The following month, two Muslims were beaten to death on suspicion of stealing cows. In both cases, police were accused of failing to act quickly enough to protect the victims.In the Rajasthan attack, in which 200 vigilantes set upon trucks transporting cattle along a highway, police first arrested 11 of those beaten for alleged permit violations instead of rounding up the perpetrators.last_img read more

UPDATE US Condemns Venezuela Government for Holding Vote to Concentrate NearTotal Power

first_img@venezuelalucha Otro video de la detonación en #Altamira mas temprano el dia de hoy. #30Jul #Venezuela #Caracas — Pamela Johnson (@pamelajohnsonr) July 30, 2017 9 a.m.Dozens of Venezuelans are gathering early at voting centers in Caracas’ Petare neighborhood, saying they plan to cast ballots because they hope for improvements in their lives. Hairdresser Luisa Marquez said she hoped to get a house as she waited with her daughter in a line outside a center to vote Sunday for an all-powerful constitutional assembly that Maduro’s opponents fear he’ll use to replace Venezuela’s democracy with a single-party authoritarian system. “I hope things get better,” said Marquez after acknowledging that Venezuelans are experiencing tough economic times. The run-up to the vote has been marked by months of clashes between protesters and the government, and the Trump administration has imposed successive rounds of sanctions on high-ranking members of Maduro’s administration, with the support of countries including Mexico, Colombia and Panama. ___ 7:50 a.m. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is asking for global acceptance as he casts an unusual pre-dawn vote for an all-powerful constitutional assembly that his opponents fear he’ll use to replace the country’s democracy with a single-party authoritarian system. Accompanied by close advisers and state media, Maduro voted at 6:05 a.m. local time, far earlier and less publicly than in previous elections. The run-up to Sunday’s vote has been marked by months of clashes between protesters and the government, including the fatal shooting of a 61-year-old nurse by men accused of being pro-government paramilitaries during a protest this month at a church a few hundred feet from the school where Maduro voted. “We’ve stoically withstood the terrorist, criminal violence,” Maduro said. “Hopefully the world will respectfully extend its arms toward our country.” #30Julio @venezuelalucha – Vean a los Francotiradores del ejército en las Vegas de #Táriba, #Táchira. –— Maru (@MaruMarume63) July 30, 2017 ___ The Latest on Venezuela’s political crisis and the vote for a constitutional assembly (all times local):12:05 a.m.Venezuela’s National Electoral Council says more than 8 million people voted to grant President Nicolas Maduro’s ruling socialist party virtually unlimited powers with a constitutional assembly — a turnout more than double the estimates of both the government’s political opponents and independent experts.Council president Tibisay Lucena announced just before midnight that turnout in Sunday’s vote was 41.53 percent, or 8,089,320 people.The count was met with mockery and anger from members of the opposition, who said they believed between 2 million and 3 million people voted. One well-respected independent analysis said 3.6 million appeared to have voted.The electoral council’s vote counts in the past have traditionally been seen as reliable and generally accurate, but Sunday’s announcement appeared certain to escalate the polarization and political conflict paralyzing the country.center_img DESDE ADENTRO este es el Colegio Juan XXIII “Fe y Alegría”#CiudadOjeda #Lagunillas #Zulia @cnnee @venezuelalucha @elnacionalweb 01:10pm— Orlando Fuenmayor S. (@orlandojosefs) July 30, 2017 ___10:30 p.m.The U.S. State Department is officially condemning Venezuela government for holding a vote to elect a powerful National Constituent Assembly, calling it a step toward authoritarian rule.The new assembly would concentrate near-total power in the hands of socialist President Nicolas Maduro and his supporters. In a statement released Sunday night, the State Department says the new body seems designed to “undermine the Venezuelan people’s right to self-determination.”The U.S. had already joined Argentina, Peru, Colombia and Panama in saying it would not recognize the vote results. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley tweeted that earlier that the vote was a “sham election” which takes Venezuela “another step toward dictatorship.”The State Department says Washington will “continue to take strong and swift actions against the architects of authoritarianism in Venezuela.”___9:45 p.m.Venezuelan opposition leaders are urging their countrymen to protest Monday in the capital against the constituent assembly expected to take power and in homage to those killed in demonstrations against the government.Opposition leader Henrique Capriles says the political foes of socialist President Nicolas Maduro also plan to mount a protest on the day that the new assembly takes office. That is supposed to take place within 72 hours of the final results being announced from Sunday’s election.Organizers with Venezuela’s opposition say 15 people were killed across the nation Sunday while the vote was underway. The office of Venezuela’s chief prosecutor has confirmed on Twitter that it is investigating at least seven deaths.Opposition leaders are blaming state authorities for the violence.In a briefing on state-run television, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez said the military was not responsible for any deaths.More than 120 people have died during four months of protests.___9:20 p.m.A key ally of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says there was “record” participation in Sunday’s election for a constitutional assembly that he says will surprise the opposition, whose leaders contend turnout was exceptionally low.Ruling socialist party leader Diosdado Cabello says that while the official National Electoral Council results are still being counted, “I can assure you there was record participation.”Across Venezuela’s capital, dozens of polling centers were virtually empty Sunday, including at many that saw hours-long lines of thousands voting in previous elections over the last two decades.Organizers with Venezuela’s opposition say they stationed observers at every polling site and the preliminary results show Sunday had a small fraction of the turnout seen in previous elections voted.They say that any official numbers showing high participation are invalid.___8:55 p.m.The leader of Venezuela’s ruling socialist party is brushing off criticisms from foreign governments that say they won’t recognize Sunday’s vote for a special assembly that will rule with nearly unlimited powers.Party leader Diosdado Cabello says Venezuela has decided to be free from foreign meddling. In his words: “What do we care what the world thinks?”He called Sunday’s election “an ethical and moral victory over Venezuela’s right.”A rising number of foreign nations are vowing not to recognize the constituent assembly that President Nicolas Maduro and his allies have promised will remove opponents from power.On Sunday, Peru, Argentina, Canada, Spain, Costa Rica, the U.S. and Mexico all announced they would not recognize the results. Colombia and Peru earlier said they did not consider the assembly legitimate.___6:50 p.m.A growing number of countries are vowing not to recognize the results of Venezuela’s divisive election of a constituent assembly that could dramatically reshape the South American nation’s government.Officials from Argentina, Peru and the United States said Sunday that their governments would not recognize the vote, following similar statements from Colombia and Panama.U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has tweeted that the vote a “sham election” that takes Venezuela “another step toward dictatorship.”Peru’s government says the vote violates the Venezuelan constitution and deepens already significant divides within society.___3:40 p.m. Venezuela’s chief prosecutor’s office is reporting three deaths on the day of a controversial vote for a constituent assembly that opposition leaders fear will trigger the end of democracy in Venezuela. The office tweeted that 28-year-old Angelo Mendez and 39-year-old Eduardo Olave were killed at a protest Sunday in Merida. Thirty-year-old Ricardo Campos was killed in a separate incident in Sucre. Few details were provided on the deaths. Leaders with the opposition Democratic Action party on Twitter identified Campos as the group’s youth secretary in Sucre, a state in northern Venezuela east of the nation’s capital. The deaths bring to at least 116 those killed in nearly four months of political upheaval. ___1:10 p.m.Venezuelans appear to be abstaining in massive numbers in a show of silent protest against a vote to select a constitutional assembly giving the government virtually unlimited powers. Across the capital on Sunday, dozens of polling places were empty or had a few dozens or hundreds of people outside, orders of magnitude less than the turnout in recent elections. An Associated Press reporter toured more than two dozen polling places in neighborhoods across the capital, including many traditional strongholds of the ruling socialist party in southern and western Caracas. Virtually all the polling places had seen hours-long lines of thousands of people in the elections of the last two decades of the socialist administration. One site, a sports and cultural complex known as the Poliedro, had several thousand people waiting about two hours to vote, many having traveled from opposition-dominated neighborhoods where polling places were closed. Of the dozens of others sites seen by the AP, two in the loyalist-heavy neighborhood of El Valle had lines of approximately 200 to 400 people. All the others had at most a couple of dozen voters, and many had less than a half-dozen or were completely empty. Sharelast_img read more

Report US Adults Lag Behind International Peers in Literacy Math and Tech

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min read Register Now » America is lagging.According to an extensive survey released by the OECD Tuesday, American adults performed below average in literacy, math and problem solving when measured against their global peers.The study — which was conducted by Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, an international economic organization made up of primarily industrialized member countries — tested 166,000 adults between the ages of 16 and 65 in over 20 countries on basic reading and math skills, as well as on problem solving tasks like managing requests to reserve a meeting room on a particular date, sorting email and comparing food expiration dates on grocery store tags.Adults in Japan led the pack in performance in all measures, but other countries including Finland, the Netherlands, and Canada significantly outperformed the U.S. in all three areas of the test.While below average, the U.S. didn’t come in last. In Italy and Spain, where unemployment remains high, adult proficiency consistently rank at the bottom of the list across generations.Related: 3 Reasons Why You Are Failing at Problem SolvingIn each of the three domains assessed, the survey defines proficiency as “a continuum of ability involving the mastery of information-processing tasks of increasing complexity.” The results are represented on a 500-point scale. On average, Americans scored 270 in literacy, compared with the international average of 273 (Japan, the leader, scored 296. Italy, in last position, scored a 250). In math, the U.S. scored 253, well below the international average of 269 (Japan, again at the top, scored a 288 while Spain, at the bottom, got a 246).While many countries including Korea and Poland show a marked jump in performance between the older generations and younger ones, in the U.S., such improvements are barely noticeable.In math, for example, the United States performs around the average when comparing the proficiency of people aged 55 to 65, but is lowest in math among all participating countries when comparing proficiency people aged 16 to 24. As the survey points out, this isn’t necessarily because performance has declined in the U.S., but because proficiency has sharply and steadily risen across generations in other countries. The U.S. has failed to keep up, a worrying prospect for young job applicants entering a more competitive and demanding global labor market without the necessary skills to compete.Related: How Much Does College Matter? For Small-Business Owners, Not Much (Infographic)And more education isn’t necessarily the answer. “Italy, Spain and the United States rank much higher internationally in the proportion of 25-34-year-olds with tertiary attainment than they do in literacy or numeracy proficiency among the same age group,” the survey finds. Which means it’s not enough for young adults to obtain a post-secondary education; they need to learn tangible skills that schools are often failing to provide.That the amount of school an individual receives is not an accurate measure of proficiency is driven home by this startling finding: according to the survey, “on average, Japanese and Dutch 25-34 year-olds who have only completed high school easily outperform Italian or Spanish university graduates of the same age.” October 8, 2013 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

Tigerair Australia release more flights on popular routes

first_imgTigerair Australia has today put nearly 4,000 additional seats on sale on a number of popular routes for the upcoming summer holiday peak travel season to cater for extra travel demand.Tigerair Australia commercial director Adam Rowe, says the airline continues to evolve based on consumer demand and is confident the additional seats will prove popular with leisure travellers.“The summer holiday period is typically one of the most popular leisure travel periods of the year, popular holiday hot spots like the Whitsundays, Hobart, Gold Coast, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne will all benefit from a boost in seats,” Mr Rowe said.Additional services on sale from today include Sydney – Whitsunday Coast, Melbourne – Hobart, Melbourne – Gold Coast and Sydney – Perth.The airline have noted that there will be early bird deals on flights however as there are plenty of seats available, Tigerair are certain that these additional seats will boost traveller numbers in this upcoming summer season. Source = ETB News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter JW Marriott Hotels R

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterJW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, in partnership with The Joffrey Ballet, has launched Behind the Barre, a series of workout videos available on-demand for travellers staying in the brand’s guest rooms, now available at JW hotels across Asia-Pacific.Behind the Barre on-demand barre classes marks the second time that JW Marriott has partnered with America’s premier ballet company. In 2014, the two companies launched Poise and Grace, an internal training initiative for global associates of the hotel brand. Utilising the foundations of ballet, the program was created to teach employees to exhibit finesse and gracefulness as part of their daily routines, ultimately resulting in a refined guest experience. Behind the Barre is the first guest-facing partnership from the two brands.“Guests of JW Marriott are always seeking new and innovative ways to stay active while on the road,” said Christy Donato, Vice President of Global Brand Management, JW Marriott.“Our partnership with The Joffrey Ballet provides an elevated fitness experience that goes beyond the traditional in-room workout, allowing our guests to tailor their fitness routine to best fit their travel schedule.”“We’re thrilled to partner once again with JW Marriott on the Behind the Barre video training series,” said Ashley Wheater, Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet. “The benefits of ballet go far beyond the barre to promote discipline and self-confidence, and can enhance any fitness plan. We’re honored [sic] to continue our partnership with JW Marriott and share Joffrey’s world-class training with hotel guests around the world.”Filmed at the newly opened JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa, the barre videos highlight two of Joffrey’s professional ballet dancers, showcasing fun, challenging workouts that include full-body barre method, core strength and stretching. Designed specifically for a guest room environment, the workouts allow travellers to enjoy a fitness class in a private setting – all at their convenience.To further underpin JW Marriott’s guest experience and celebrate the global ballet partnership, a ‘Barre to Bar’ experiential pop-up will debut in Singapore and regular barre classes will be offered at JW Marriott Singapore South Beach, the brand’s most recent landmark opening in the region. This is the first in a series of JW Marriott Barre to Bar pop-ups with more planned for key gateway cities across Asia Pacific, including Shanghai and Seoul in 2018.“We believe exceptional service starts with exceptional training. That’s why we’ve set the bar even higher by teaching our associates how to develop their natural poise and grace,” said Carol Zhou, Senior Director of Luxury Brand Management – Asia Pacific, Marriott International. “Barre is becoming a very popular workout across Asia-Pacific, particularly in China, which is why our next stop will be in Shanghai next year.”JW Marriott Singapore South Beach will also be kicking off a monthly Barre to Bar Brunch package starting 26 November 2017, which will include a morning barre workout followed by Sunday brunch with free-flow Taittinger Brut champagne at Beach Road Kitchen for SG$158 per person.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Washington DC – One of the worlds most valuabl

first_imgWashington, D.C. – One of the world’s most valuable gemstones, the Wittelsbach-Graff diamond, has been unveiled yesterday by Laurence Graff, Chairman and founder of Graff Diamonds International Ltd, at The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC. The diamond will be on display until August.The 31.06 carat Wittelsbach-Graff diamond has been certified as a type 11b Internally Flawless, Natural Fancy Deep Blue diamond and is the largest such stone graded to date by the Gemological Institute of America.Laurence Graff calls the purchase in December 2008 the climax of his career and immediately decided that he would repolish it to allow the stone to achieve its full potential by bringing to it more life and colour.“The diamond had many imperfections, besides wear marks it was chipped and it had an extra large culet. Although the risk was enormous, I had all the confidence I needed in my craftsmen to deliver a more magnificent and beautiful stone. To have this historical stone displayed at the Smithsonian will represent another significant chapter in its remarkable history.” read more

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