“They stressed that these challenges pose a threat to the peace, stability and progress of the sub-region and beyond and could be addressed through multilateral cooperation among the member States,” the 15-member body said in a statement issued to the press.Yesterday, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), Said Djinnit, told the Council that while countries in the region are trying to promote development and consolidate democracy, they continue to face daunting challenges such as transnational organized crime and growing terrorist activities.He also cited the increasing threat posed to the security and stability of Nigeria by the insurgent group known as Boko Haram, which has been responsible for numerous attacks, including the abduction in April of over 200 schoolgirls in Chibok in Borno state. Council members today expressed concern over the threat posed by the activities of Boko Haram in northern Nigeria and the neighbouring countries of Niger, Chad and Cameroon. They welcomed Mr. Djinnit’s efforts in his role as the Secretary-General’s High-level Representative to Nigeria, facilitating UN support for ongoing efforts towards the safe release of the schoolgirls, as well as for wider assistance to address the Boko Haram threat.With a number of elections scheduled to take place in the region next year, including in Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Niger and Nigeria, the Council encouraged all actors to make efforts to create conducive conditions for inclusive, free, credible and peaceful polls. In addition, the Council expressed its deep concern over the current outbreak of the Ebola virus in some countries in West Africa and conveyed to the international community the need to provide prompt assistance in order to prevent the spread of the virus.
MIAMI (WSVN) – Police are seeking information from the public that will lead them to the driver behind the wheel of a fatal hit-and-run crash in Miami.City of Miami Police detectives said the crash occurred in the area of Southwest 44th Avenue and Eight Street at approximately 8:30 p.m. on March 18.The victim, 61-year-old Mercedes Sarmiento-Lopez, was struck by an older model Jeep Cherokee before the driver fled the scene.Officials said she succumbed to her injuries that same night.Detectives released a picture of a similar model Jeep believed to be involved in the crash.If you have any information on this hit-and-run crash, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Meet The FirstTime GRAMMY Nominee Between The Buried And Mes Paul WaggonerMeet The FirstTime GRAMMY Nominee Between The Buried And Mes Paul Waggoner
Meet First-Time GRAMMY Nominee Paul Waggoner meet-first-time-grammy-nominee-between-buried-and-mes-paul-waggoner Twitter News Meet The First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: Between The Buried And Me’s Paul Waggoner Email The experimental metal band’s co-founder and guitarist reacts to being nominated and talks touring, coffee, and the chance to bring a GRAMMY Award home to North Carolina on his 40th birthdayNate HertweckGRAMMYs Jan 15, 2019 – 4:50 pm Respect and mainstream success don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand in the world of metal. As in life, most meaningful milestones are hard won. Nearly two decades into their career, North Carolina genre heavyweights Between The Buried And Me have recorded and toured relentlessly, covering a lot of musical ground while amalgamating elements from death metal, jazz, prog, blues, indie rock, math metal and much, much more. Defying categorization is a cliché, transcending it is an art form, and, for Between The Buried And Me, a calling.The quintet’s latest album, the two-part Automata I & II, shows point blank how versatile, imaginative and absolutely crushing the band’s music can be. Its lead-off track, “Condemned To The Gallows,” earned the band their first GRAMMY nomination for Best Metal Performance.We caught up with co-founder and guitarist Paul Waggoner to get his take on being nominated for a GRAMMY, what he respects about the competition, how he’ll be spending his 40th birthday, and, of course, coffee.Where were you when you found out you’d been nominated, and what was the first thing you did?I had just gotten up and I was eating breakfast, making coffee or something, and my buddy J.B., who plays in August Burns Red, who have been nominated a couple of times now, he sent me a text and it said, “Congrats on the nom.” And I was like, “What are you talking about?” He goes, “You guys got nominated for a GRAMMY.” I was like, “Nah, I don’t think so, man. That’s crazy…” So I went online and I looked it up, and I was like, “S***, it’s real…” Then of course shortly after that, all the emails started flooding in, text messages and all that stuff. But, yeah, I’ll always remember that… I was riding high for a while after that.Between The Buried And Me are extremely well-known, influential and revered in the experimental, metal and indie communities. How does recognition on a wider scale feel at this point in your career?That’s something I’ve actually kind of had to think about a lot because, on the one hand, we’ve been doing this almost two decades now, so there’s that sort of part of me that’s like, well, we didn’t really need a GRAMMY nomination to validate what we’ve done. We’ve always had pretty reasonably good critical acclaim, and it’s hard to have any kind of success being a band like us. So the fact that we’ve had some success has been validating enough, and the fact that we’re still doing it.But on the other hand, it was definitely cool…It’s really cool that everything we’ve been through as a band, whether it’s lineup problems or just the trivial sort of flat tires on the road or bad shows or whatever, that all that stuff has led us here. We’re a progressive metal band and we got nominated for a GRAMMY.Can you share what you remember about writing “Condemned To The Gallows”?Part of the reason why we thought “Condemned…” would be a good song to release with a video and as the first single, if you will, we thought it was like one of those easier songs to the palate, you know, for the casual listener. It had a little bit of everything. It was melodic at times. It was weird at times. There’s some quirky bits to it and then it was aggressive. So we thought it was just sort of a slam dunk as far as being a good song for us to put out there to kick off the whole album.I remember the cool thing about the song, and I’ve thought about this when we were nominated, is that literally everybody in the band wrote at least some part of the song, which is cool… It was a true collaborative effort and it was the first song we put together for the album. So it’s kind of fitting that that’s the one that got recognized.You mentioned the song is more palatable. Beyond the many genre titles that have been thrown at when describing your band, there’s this concept of “accessibility,” or, one record or song being more or less “accessible” than another. How do you feel about that dynamic with your listeners, and does the concept come into play when you’re writing?I think when we first started out, being a band, we knew we wanted to be a weird band. We wanted to write music that strayed from the traditional formula of what a heavy metal band could be. We wanted to write stuff that was unique and quirky but still in the context of metal. Especially in the early days, a lot of our songs were very linear and structured. They rarely had repeating parts, they just had this soundscape of craziness from start to finish.I think as we’ve gotten older, we’ve realized that you can balance the two. You can still have a really long song that has instrumental bits, but at the same time, it’s okay to have a repeating chorus. It’s not like we’re trying to be on mainstream radio or anything, but it I think it gives the song a little more structure and a little more identity.You’ve mentioned diverse guitar influences such as grunge-era bands, jazz players like Scofield and Metheny as well as Rivers Cuomo. Who are some bands or guitar players who stand out to you today?I still love listening to guitar players that just rip and shred… Steve Vai and John Petrucci… I’m fascinated with Devin Townsend, how prolific he is… Lately I love what Ghost is doing… I love bands that take the context of heavy metal or metal and push it in a different direction and whether that direction is just making it more genre-bending or if it’s making it more accessible to the mainstream.There’s a lot of heavy bands out there that are doing really cool things. Some of them were nominated in the same category… Trivium, for example. They’ve been doing it a really long time, too, so and they’re players and they’re constantly challenging themselves. Deafheaven, they do something totally different. Again, they’re taking the blank canvas of metal and sort of applying their own vibe to it and I think that’s really cool. I have a lot of respect for bands that do that because we’re trying to do the same thing.What is the reality of making a living in music for you as part of a very successful artistic band with a relatively niche audience?You have to work. You have to tour. You have to get out there and get on the road. I guess that’s always been reality for us. As we’ve gotten more successful, it’s never garnered very much more money in the way of royalties or whatever. It’s all about just increasing your value, your market value as a touring artist. That’s how we’ve been able to make a living. Otherwise, as a 40-year-old man, I would have had to give this up a long time ago, so that willingness to just get out there and keep beating the streets and playing gigs is our livelihood.I think in a lot of ways a lot of our fans probably don’t realize that we are totally dependent on their willingness to buy tickets to shows and buy T-shirts and buy vinyl and all that stuff, you know? That’s what pays our bills and affords us the opportunity to keep doing it.RELATED: Meet The First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: TOKiMONSTA On Why ‘Lune Rouge’ Is “A Celebration Of Life”I understand the band began in Raleigh, but you now live in Charlotte. What’s your favorite thing to do there outside of music?I started a coffee roasting company a few years ago, and then about nine months ago we actually opened a café in Charlotte, a coffee shop, so that keeps me super-duper busy when I’m home. Probably too busy. So it’s music and it’s coffee for me. That’s pretty much what I do and there’s very little time for anything else, but I love Charlotte. It’s a growing city that doesn’t quite have its own identity yet, so it’s cool to be able to contribute to that.Well, good luck at the 61st GRAMMY Awards! Can you give us a spoiler on what you’ll do if you win?We’ll be there… we had to move some shows around, but we figure it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and Feb. 10th is actually my 40th birthday. So I said, “What better way to spend my 40th birthday?” It’d be really cool to bring an award like that back to North Carolina.Underneath ‘Undertow’: Examining Tool’s Classic Debut Album 25 Years LaterRead more Facebook
Tags Rylo 0 Sarah Tew/CNET See It See at Turo Comments Read Google Home Hub review Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $520 at HP Read the Rylo camera preview See It $999 Chris Monroe/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $60 at Best Buy An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Tags Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR “Hey Google, what is love?” Getty Images Valentine’s Day can be a rough. But hey, if you don’t have a date, you can always turn to Google Assistant when the 14th rolls around.In Google’s Romance Report: A look at love in 2019, out Thursday, the company highlighted different ways that Google Assistant can be your someone — or rather, something — special. “Call the love doctor,” Google suggests as an alternate reference for Assistant.For example, “Hey Google, serenade me” will get you, well, serenaded. If you say “Hey Google, Happy Valentine’s Day,” you’ll learn how to say “I love you” in eight languages. And “Hey Google, tell me a fact about love” will lead to information about how animals express affection. The report also notes common searches around love like “how to spend quality time with your partner,” “how to cuddle” and “DIY valentines cards.” Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $999 HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Share your voice See at Amazon $59 at eBay The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $299 at Amazon Post a comment Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $155 at Google Express Best Buy TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $999 Boost Mobile $999 $6 at Tidal Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $210 at Best Buy Share your voice Apple iPhone XS Read the AirPods review 7 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Amazon See it Sarah Tew/CNET Culture,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Sarah Tew/CNET CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express The Cheapskate Sarah Tew/CNET Sprint Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Turo Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Read DJI Osmo Action preview Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Angela Lang/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express
O2 finally announces 5G launch will take place in OctoberO2 finally announces 5G launch will take place in October
5G O2 Post a comment $899 See it O2 is the tbe John Macdougall / AFP/Getty Images UK carrier O2 will switch on its 5G in October 2019, the company said on Wednesday. It’s the last of the country’s four major carriers to announced its 5G rollout plans, as EE and Vodafone have already hit the on switch on their own next-generation networks, and Three is due to do so next month.Much like its competitors, O2, which is part of Telefonica, is first targeting the UK’s biggest towns and cities for the introduction of faster networks speeds. It promises 5G will go live in at least 20 towns and 50 cities by summer 2020. The first places in the country to get O2’s 5G will be Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, Slough and Leeds. O2 is hoping its network will improve capacity during busy times at busy locations, including train stations and entertainment venues such as Twickenham Stadium and the O2 Arena in London.5G is the successor to the 4G network most of us rely on right now to ensure stable and relatively fast internet access on our phones when we’re on the go. Not only is it going to speed up and generally improve our experience of downloading and streaming video, but it also promises to open up a whole bunch of opportunities for new technologies, such as autonomous vehicles and fully mobile VR.In a statement O2 CEO Mark Evans said 5G would be a “game changer” for the country. “Whether it’s for people or businesses, the power of this next-generation network is going to unlock a world of possibilities for our economy and society,” he said. “As we switch on our network across the country, our intelligence-led roll-out prioritises the key areas in towns and cities first – the places where our customers need, and will use, 5G the most.”If you’re on O2, you’ll be free to upgrade to 5G at any time you choose, with custom plans allowing the flexibility to trade in a non-5G phone for a 5G device any time after launch. Keen beans who want to be able to use the network from day one will have the option to buy the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G from Aug. 8 with the Xiaomi Mix 3 5G later in August, so that it’ll be possible to jump onto 5G immediately after the switch on. Best Buy $899 Review • Galaxy S10 review: As good as the S10 Plus, in a smaller package Tags See It Phones Tech Industry Sprint Abt Electronics CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Samsung Galaxy S10 $899 $899 News • Samsung Galaxy S10: The 7 best deals right now See It How To • How to take badass car photos with your Galaxy S10 Plus 0 Share your voice Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy S10 (128GB, prism black) See It
2 Juneau 13yearolds in custody after alleged school shooting threat2 Juneau 13yearolds in custody after alleged school shooting threat
In January, a Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé student was arrested and charged with a felony for bringing a BB gun to school. The school went into lockdown mode, and no one was hurt. Bartlett said the district is grateful to the person who spoke up in this instance. She said it’s just as important for students to feel like they have adults who they can go to when they feel unsafe. Two 13-year-old students were arrested Thursday on felony charges after the Juneau Police Department received a report of a school shooting threat. “Every year we get a little bit better about putting all of these aspects in place, so that we’re teaching in an environment where people feel secure,” Bartlett said. “We have preventative measures in place. They’re prepared, and it takes everybody in the school to work together.” Parents were notified of the situation via email Thursday morning. School activities were not affected. Juneau School District Chief of Staff Kristin Bartlett said the district is constantly working to improve its response to this type of incident, with staff training for active shooter response and preventative measures like increased school security. Police took both students into custody and charged them with terroristic threatening. They were taken to the Johnson Youth Center before the start of the school day. Police received a report Wednesday night from someone who overheard two students at Floyd Dryden Middle School talking about bringing a gun to school and shooting people.
Myanmar to house 30000 repatriated Rohingyas at temporary campMyanmar to house 30000 repatriated Rohingyas at temporary camp
Myanmar is building a camp to temporarily house 30,000 Rohingya Muslims targeted for repatriation after fleeing violence in Rakhine State, state media reported on Monday, as Myanmar and Bangladesh meet to discuss how to implement a repatriation deal.More than 650,000 Rohingya have headed across the border to Bangladesh after a sweeping Myanmar army counteroffensive in response to Rohingya militant attacks on Aug. 25, 2017.The crackdown has been described by the United States and U.N. as ethnic cleansing, which Myanmar repeatedly rejects.Officials from Myanmar and Bangladesh meet on Monday to discuss a repatriation deal signed on Nov. 23. The meeting in Myanmar’s capital, Naypyitaw, is the first for a joint working group set up to hammer out the details of the agreement.The state-run Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper said a camp in Hla Po Khaung in northern Rakhine will be a temporary transition camp for people who are to be “accepted systematically” for repatriation.“The 124-acre Hla Po Khaung will accommodate about 30,000 people in its 625 buildings,” the newspaper said, adding that some 100 buildings will be completed by end of January.Aung Tun Thet, chief coordinator of Myanmar’s Union Enterprises for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development, told Reuters that the camp in Hla Po Khaung will be a “transition place” for Rohingya refugees before they are repatriated to their “place of origin” or the nearest settlement to their place of origin.“We will try to accept all of those who are coming back to Myanmar,” he said, adding that to verify returnees’ residency, they will be sent to assessment camps in Taungpyoletwei or Ngakhuya before they are moved to the Hla Po Khaung camp.Soe Aung, permanent secretary of Myanmar’s Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, said returnees will spend “at least one or two months” in Hla Po Khaung before their new homes are built.It is unclear, however, how many returnees would qualify for citizenship in Myanmar. The authorities have said Rohingya Muslims could apply for citizenship if they can show their forebears lived in Myanmar. But the latest deal – like the one in 1992 – does not guarantee citizenship.Myanmar government officials have said the 1992-1993 repatriation deal, which followed a previous spasm of violence in Myanmar, would accept those who could present identity documents issued to the Rohingya by governments in the past.Buddhist-majority Myanmar has for years denied Rohingya citizenship, freedom of movement and access to basic services such as healthcare and education. They are considered illegal immigrants from mainly Muslim Bangladesh.Bangladesh officials have said it was unclear when the first refugees could actually return as the two countries need to work out how to jointly verify the identities of returnees.United Nations agencies and human rights watchers have voiced scepticism about the resettlement plans and demanded a more transparent process to safeguard the Rohingya’s voluntary return.
World Heritage Fiordland national park – SOURCE: Fiordland.org.nz A proposed underground bus tunnel through the World Heritage Fiordland national park in New Zealand has angered tourism operators that demand the project be scrapped.The proposed tunnel in New Zealand’s Fiordland and Mt Aspiring National Parks would be used exclusively by buses to take tourists from Queenstown to Milford Sound.Fears the great wilderness destination will be ruined by the construction of the 11 km underground bus tunnel has sparked more than 9,500 people to sign a petition which is sent to Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson, who has the final decision on the project.Local resident from Glenorchy Patricia Ko started the petition, and is joined by a growing online protest aimed at halting the development.Ms Ko said the Milford Dart tunnel project would put New Zealand’s ‘100% Pure’ brand at risk.“Putting a bus tunnel through this world heritage area is akin to building a chairlift to the top of Ayers Rock or putting a parking lot on top of the Great Barrier Reef,” said the Glenorchy resident.Known for its amazing backdrops used in the Lord of the Rings, Hobbit and Narnia films, the area is described by Ms Ko as New Zealand’s most valuable and precious natural tourist destination.Joining Ms Ko in condemning the project is a number of tourism operators, including Vladka Kennet, owner-operator of inbound travel company True Travel.Vladka Kennet said a majority of clients come to New Zealand to experience the pure environment, almost untouched by nature, and fears the tunnel would “immensely and irreversibly affect the whole purpose, idea and success of the tourism industry in the region”.Other local operators described the tunnel project as “so inappropriate on so many levels it is hard to believe it has received serious consideration” and the impact would be “hugely negative”.Although the New Zealand’s Department of Conservation has given notice of intention to grant permission for the tunnel, the final decision rests with Conservation Minister Wilkinson. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W
The MBCCS departures hall was transformed Pushing the throttle to open Marina Bay Cruise Centre Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and dignitaries celebrate the ‘next wave’ in cruising for Singapore The Marina Bay Cruise Centre (MBCCS) was officially opened overnight in a gala ceremony attended by Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister Mr Teo Chee Hean, cruise line executives, dignitaries and media.Doubling the city’s cruise ship capacity, the 28,000 square-foot terminal has the ability to berth the largest ships in the world in an aim to cement Singapore’s status as the cruise hub of Southeast Asia.A joint venture between SATS and Creuers del Port de Barcelona (Creuers), MBCCS offers passengers a more streamlined embarking and disembarking experience with benefits including ‘FlyCruise’ enabling seamless transition from the cruise ship terminal to Changi Airport. “The official opening of MBCCS marks a significant development for both the cruise landscape in Singapore and the ASEAN region,” SATS-Creuers Cruise Services CEO Melvin Vu said.“Not only does it deliver an enhanced and seamless travel experience for cruise passengers, the terminal also serves to further anchor Singapore’s position as an attractive homeport for cruise lines with it state-of-the-art facilities and proximity to the new Marina Bay precinct and Singapore Changi Airport.”Mr Chee Hean and SATS chairman Edmund Cheng officially opened the terminal by activating a ‘throttle’ that transported guests on a visual journey through the “next wave” that MBCCS will create for the cruise industry in Southeast Asia.Guests were entertained by jazz singer Tay Ke Wei and acclaimed “Speedy Painter” Jean Francois who created one-off masterpieces in under six-minutes of Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and the Mona Lisa that were sold via silent auction to raise funds for the ARC Children’s Centre. A fourth painting of MBCCS was donated to the terminal for display while guests were treated to an array of culinary delights from around the world.The ceremony closed with a vibrant fireworks display following the departure of Diamond Princess and Voyager of the Seas that were berthed at the terminal for most of the event. Singapore will welcome twice the number of maiden ship calls this year compared to 2011 and will be home to the newest corporate office for Carnival Corporation in their bid to grow its presence in Asia. Click here to view entire photo gallery. The food on offer challenged that aboard the best cruise ships to berth at MBCCS Even ‘The King’ made an appearance Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.A
Be Embraced by Mana In New Tahiti Tourisme CampaignBe Embraced by Mana In New Tahiti Tourisme Campaign
Be Embraced by Mana In New Tahiti Tourisme CampaignTahiti Tourisme has launched its latest global campaign and it all comes down to one word – Mana.The emotive Embraced by Mana campaign hones in on Mana – the lifeforce and spirit of Polynesians – as a single word that evokes the people, culture and lifestyle of Tahiti.Highlighting the diversity of the destination, from its crystal-clear lagoons to its friendly people and vibrant culture, the new slogan builds on the destination’s brand that positions Tahiti as the world’s preeminent island destination while highlighting the attributes which distinguish it from other popular holiday locations.Tahiti Tourisme Director Australia New Zealand Robert Thompson said Mana was unique to the Polynesian way of life and a big part of what made Tahiti special.“Whether visitors want to connect or disconnect, relax or get active, hide or seek, explore underwater or on land, there are many sides to the Islands of Tahiti. But at the core of it all is Mana, which encapsulates all that is remarkable about the destination,” Mr Thompson said.“Mana is ever-present in Tahiti and whether they know it or not, everyone who visits Tahiti is touched by it. It’s the special aura, energy and power that embraces the Islands of Tahiti and leaves visitors feeling richer and more connected.”The Embraced by Mana campaign has started rolling out across Tahiti Tourisme websites and social media around the world. Source = Tahiti Tourisme
Amit Aggarwal Joins Auctioncom as SVP Product and TechnologyAmit Aggarwal Joins Auctioncom as SVP Product and Technology
Amit Aggarwal Joins Auction.com as SVP, Product and Technology December 3, 2017 630 Views On November 27, Auction.com announced the addition of Amit Aggarwal as its new SVP, Product and Technology. In his new role, Aggarwal is responsible for overseeing and implementing technology systems to further enhance Auction.com’s online platform, which provides the most optimal real estate experience for buyers and sellers. Aggarwal will be based out of Auction.com’s Irvine, California headquarter office.Aggarwal has more than 16 years of proven experience leading, innovating, designing, and executing large-scale enterprise web-based solutions, most recently as Chief Technology Officer of CarFinance.com. There, he was responsible for defining the strategy and vision for CarFinance.com’s technology and implementation of its product ecosystem. Prior to his tenure at CarFinance.com, Aggarwal served as Director of Software Development for Equator, an Altisource business unit, where he played a vital role in building and transforming their flagship platform. Aggarwal holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science and Engineering from Maharishi Dayanand University and a Master of Science in Computer Science from University of Southern California.”In keeping with our commitment to provide the best experience for our buyers and sellers, we rely on a team of the industry’s brightest and most experienced minds,” said Jason Allnutt, General Manager for Auction.com. “Amit’s proven experience and applied expertise in the real estate industry make him a great fit for Auction.com. We are excited to have him join our team and look forward to working closely with him to develop industry-leading solutions that go ‘Beyond the Bid’ in serving our clients and customers.” in Daily Dose, Headlines, journal, News, Secondary Market Amit Aggarwal Auction.com Company News job hires MCrowd 2017-12-03 David Wharton Share
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by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 1, 2017 9:58 am PDT Last Updated Dec 1, 2017 at 10:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian musician Neil Young leaves a news conference in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday, November 23, 2015. Neil Young is officially headed back to his hometown of Omemee, Ont., for an intimate concert on Friday night, but good luck scoring last-minute tickets. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck It’s official: Neil Young returns home for Coronation Hall show in Omemee, Ont. OMEMEE, Ont. – Neil Young is officially headed back to his hometown of Omemee, Ont., for an intimate concert on Friday night — but good luck scoring last-minute tickets.Most fans of the “Heart of Gold” singer will be shut out of the invite-only event inside Coronation Hall, a small venue which seats about 225 people.Instead, they’ll be able to catch the acoustic concert livestreamed by CTV at 8 p.m. ET on various platforms, including CTV.ca, iHeartRadio.ca and on Facebook outside Canada.The broadcaster said no public tickets were available for the show, which will be mostly attended by friends and family of the singer, as well as contest winners.Anticipation for Young’s return to Omemee, where he lived for a few years as a child, has been growing on social media over the past several weeks.The location of the show was originally withheld, leaving fans to speculate on where it would be staged.In early November, Young posted hints that he’d be “going to my town” to coincide with the release of his new album “The Visitor” and the unveiling of an online archive of his work.Earlier this week, local media reported the streets around the venue were closed through Saturday to accommodate the concert, while large transport trucks marked as “sound and light staging” were parked near Coronation Hall.Several Twitter users in Omemee — population 1,271, according to the 2016 census — also posted photos of trucks and other activity outside the hall.On Friday, CTV said proceeds from the show would be donated to the local Scott Young Public School, named after Neil’s father who was a novelist, journalist and early host of “Hockey Night in Canada.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter.
The consumer protection service has fined Bank of Cyprus (BoC) €170,000 for unfair commercial practices after it found that it used vague terms that allowed it to unilaterally amend interest rates and other charges.The service said the bank used vague contractual terms that allowed it to unilaterally amend interest rates and other charges burdening the consumer and providing vague and inadequate information regarding the terms and cost of prepaying a loan.BoC also linked the loan agreement with an insurance agreement, making the loan dependent on the payment of an insurance premium using vague terms, the service said.It also unilaterally changed the loan repayment period without affording the right to revert to the previous state of affairs.The consumer service fined BoC €170,000 and ordered the bank to cease enforcing the practices in question and avoid repeating them in the future.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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