Virtuoso® VIRTUOSO LIFE magazine reveal recipients of the 2010

first_imgSource = Virtuoso Leading luxury travel network, Virtuoso®, along with its award-winning magazine VIRTUOSO LIFE, announced this year’s winners of the prestigious “Best of the Best” hotel awards at the recent 2010 Travel Mart conference at the Bellagio in Las Vegas from 15-20 August 2010. This marks the fourth year Virtuoso has reviewed its collection of more than 800 world-class properties and recognised hotels that set new standards in luxury travel, and hospitality professionals who elevate the industry through their efforts.  Virtuoso CEO, Matthew D. Upchurch, VIRTUOSO LIFE publisher, Terrie Hansen, and Virtuoso vice president of hotels, destinations & tours, Albert Herrera, revealed the award winners at Travel Mart.“Those named ‘Best of the Best’ deserve this honour in every respect,” said Herrera. “Characterised by the service and standards they set, these recipients are emblematic of the exceptional properties and individuals within our network.  They were chosen by our travel advisors, the most knowledgeable travel professionals in the industry who also possess the most exacting standards for their clientele.  These hoteliers and world-renowned properties continually deliver in their respective categories, raising the bar and guest expectations year after year.”Editors of VIRTUOSO LIFE magazine, the Virtuoso network’s award-winning publication, collaborated with the organisation’s elite travel advisors to select hotel nominees in ten categories that ranged from best architectural design to top hotel and hotelier of the year. Winners represent the best in their category, demonstrating innovation, dedication, social conscience and even courage.Travel Mart brings together more than 1,500 of Virtuoso’s member travel advisors – considered the top producers in the industry – and over 1,600 of the world’s best travel providers to participate in the industry’s preeminent networking event. Award categories and winners follow:Best Achievement in Design:  Armani Hotel DubaiKnown for his classic style, Armani had his hand on everything from the A-shaped swimming pool to the zebrawood paneling. The 160-room hotel goes minimalist inside Dubai’s cloud-piercing Burj Khalifa, with curved walls, metallic finishes and limestone floors – the bronzed A-shaped arches in the triple-height lobby are one of Armani’s favorite details. Best Hotel Dining: Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, Dorchester Hotel, London Awarded three Michelin stars, Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester offers contemporary French cuisine in a random and elegant décor along with professional and friendly service. Guests can book tables overlooking beautiful Hyde Park; or parties of six can book Table Lumière, a table surrounded by a shimmering curtain of 4,500 fiber-optic lights.  Best Bar: Sir Elly’s, The Peninsula Shanghai Crowning the upper two floors of the new hotel, Sir Elly’s has an edge when it comes to gigantic views – a circular bar area and three raised sofas facing huge windows ensure everyone gets a great look at The Bund, the Huangpu River and the Pudong skyline. Named for Peninsula’s founder Sir Ellis Kadoorie, this glam space seals its staying power by offering inspired cocktails and cuisine from a five-star French chef. Best Family Program: Rocco Forte Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, Sicily With its exclusive beach, acres of wide-open countryside, two championship golf courses and idyllic climate, Verdura makes the perfect destination for a family holiday. There are kid-size bicycles, a shallow children’s swimming pool and free organised activities. Little ones enjoy mime classes, treasure hunts and biscuit making, while the Teenagers Club offers rugby, beach volleyball and golf.Best Spa: The Spa at Grand Velas All-Suites & SPA Resort, Riviera Maya At 89,000 square feet, The Spa at Grand Velas All-Suites & Spa Resort is the largest spa in the Yucatan. Built amid the lush jungle that hugs the resort, the Spa boasts an organic style reflective of its Mexican surroundings. A cavernous lower level takes its inspiration from the region’s underground water pools, or cenotes. A hand-hewn rock wall emerges from a winding chlorine-free pool that’s outfitted with water-bubble beds, cascades and a gurgling volcanic geyser. Most Innovative Guest Experience: Amanfayun, Hangzhou, China Hidden in a picturesque valley, Amanfayun enjoys a serene setting surrounded by tea fields, natural forest, quaint villages and a pilgrimage circuit of five significant Buddhist temples. Designed in the spirit of a traditional Chinese village, the property comprises 47 dwellings, several of which date back more than 100 years. Bonds forged with local monks at the fourth-century Temple of Goodness make it possible for guests to hike up the mountainside to join them for prayers before sunrise and afterward share a traditional vegetarian breakfast. Most Socially Responsible: Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo  Since 2001, the Four Seasons’ owners have been the backbone of the Growing Together program, which benefits rural communities on the Papagayo Peninsula through customised volunteer experiences that support local schools and conservation efforts. Now 12 staff ambassadors match guests who want to volunteer with communities that have the greatest need. One to Watch: Alan Fuerstman, Montage Hotels & Resorts As a young college graduate, Alan Fuerstman was hired as a bell captain at Rancho Las Palmas where, it is said, even J.W. Marriott himself was impressed by the young man. Fuerstman moved on and up, running good resorts and making them better. He left the Bellagio in Las Vegas to start Montage. With Utah’s Montage Deer Valley Resort set to open in December, all eyes are on the 53-year-old as he expands Montage beyond the West Coast.  Hotelier of the Year: Claudio Ceccherelli, General Manager Park Hyatt Milano When Claudio Ceccherelli was a 25-year-old reception manager, he taught at the Aurelio Saffi hotel school in Florence. Now, at 53 years of age and the general manager of the Park Hyatt Milan, Ceccherelli is a gracious old-world gentleman who’s not too buttoned-down to come to work wearing an Inter Milan team jersey the day after a big win or don chef’s whites and cook lunch for the staff. He’s an exceptional mentor for an hotelier on his way up. Hotel of the Year: The Goring, London For almost a century, four generations of the Goring family have run the exceptional property. Opened in 1910, The Goring was the first hotel to introduce private bathrooms and central heating for every room. Today, the hotel is a bastion of quality and absolute individuality. Well-known British designers Nina Campbell, David Linley and Tim Gosling have all had a part of the design concept; and later this year, the hotel will debut six new Russell Sage-designed rooms done up with historic fabrics – and sheep.   In addition to the “Best of the Best” awards, Virtuoso recognised its outstanding members and suppliers in the annual Virtuoso Performance Awards at Travel Mart. Among the winners were Silversea Cruises (Best Small Ship/ Specialty Cruise Company); Regent Cruises (Best Large Ship Line), and Lufthansa German Airlines (Best Airline).last_img read more

Ovolo Hotels open office in Melbourne

first_imgOvolo Hotels have announced the establishment of their first international headquarters in Melbourne, Australia.The move marks a new era for the independent hotelier as it grows outside its Hong Kong home market and takes on Australia, and the world’s hotel scene.The Victorian Government provided investment facilitation services to Ovolo Hotels to secure the placement of the Group’s regional headquarters in Melbourne.Ovolo Hotels chief operating officer Dirk Dalichau said that Ovolo is excited about the new home in Melbourne.“Ovolo Hotels has found a home in Melbourne, we were very encouraged by the Victorian Government’s commitment. Now we will get to work growing our business and contributing to Melbourne’s buzzing tourism sector,” Mr Dalichau said.Ovolo Hotels first entered the Australian hotels market 2 years ago with the launch of Ovolo Laneways in 19 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, which was recently named Australasia’s Best City Boutique Hotel at the 2014 World Boutique Hotel Awards.Over the past year, Ovolo Hotels has been ramping up its developments in Australia, where it now owns four properties, and is now exploring more investment opportunities in other major urban centres in Australia.Recent hotel acquisitions follow a landmark year for the Group which has seen it open Hong Kong’s first warehouse conversion hotel and third member of Design Hotels, Ovolo Southside.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

After all its not like the idea that Fitzgerald

first_imgAfter all, it’s not like the idea that Fitzgerald’s contract was going to need to be restructured caught everyone by surprise.“I think the biggest thing is, in any negotiation, you’ve got to find a balance where both parties feel like we have a good situation,” he said. “And again, we’re working tirelessly — that’s my number one objective right now, it’s our number one objective as an organization, and we’ve said it all along and it hasn’t changed. “Larry Fitzgerald, we want him to retire a Cardinal.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Keim said he has opened up contract negotiations with Fitzgerald, whose contract, if unchanged, will see him count $23.6 million against the team’s salary cap in 2015. “I don’t want to negotiate through the media,” he said. “I have a lot of respect for not only the player — tremendous amount of respect for Larry Fitzgerald — but have a great relationship with (Fitzgerald’s agent) Eugene Parker, who I’ve worked with on a number of players.“The communication has been constant and hopefully we have a resolution that both parties are happy with.”Fitzgerald, of course, is the franchise’s all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. An eight-time Pro Bowler, he is the face of the franchise. Last season, he caught 63 passes for 784 yards and two touchdowns. Though the numbers are modest, he led the team in first downs and proved time and time again how important he was both as a blocker and leader on the field.Keim said they would prefer to have a new agreement in place by March 10, when free agency begins, but that does not mean they will part ways if a deal isn’t worked out by then. He will chat with Parker more at the Scouting Combine next week, but noted how there has been a “constant dialogue” over the last year or so. Your browser does not support the audio element. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Either Larry Fitzgerald will agree to restructure his contract with the Arizona Cardinals, or he won’t.If he doesn’t, then the future Hall of Famer’s 11-year run with the team will come to an end.And that’s not really a thought general manager Steve Keim would like to entertain.“It would be awfully tough for me to see Larry Fitzgerald wearing another uniform,” Keim told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Friday as part of Newsmakers Week. LISTEN: Steve Keim, AZ Cardinals General Manager last_img read more

February 28 2018On February 24th we had the the

first_imgFebruary 28, 2018On February 24th, we had the the grand opening of our Art Show with live music, food and wine. The show is on display until April 29th – you won’t want to miss it.During the opening, several musicians and bands performed, including Alessane from Phoenix, as well as several musicians who are also Arcosanti Residents!Overall, there was a fantastic turn out of people who came so see the opening reception, enjoy the food and music, and to celebrate the creativity inspired by the desert.This year, the exhibit features jewelry, pottery, painting, small metals, mixed media, intermedia, and more. A range of original arts and crafts pieces will be available for viewing and for sale from 9am – 5pm each day of the exhibit in the Cafe at Arcosanti, from now until April 29th!(photos by lvb, text by lvb and Shannon Mackenzie)last_img read more

Rep Frederick New laws will expand education opportunities to high school students

first_img Plan approved to give course credit for internship, work-study programsState Rep. Ben Frederick today voiced his support for new Michigan laws allowing high school students to participate in an internship or work study co-op program for credit toward their diploma.“Hands-on experience is valuable in every profession and we should encourage any high school student who actively expands their own professional skills,” said Frederick, of Owosso. “As much as education relies on the work done between students and teachers, we have to acknowledge it also goes beyond the classroom.”Frederick approved the two bills recently signed into law as chair of the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee, noting applied real-world experience will enhance classroom education as well as career development. Among the examples he cited were connecting a student interested in computer coding with a website developer or having a car dealership sponsor an assistant for automotive repairs.The new laws will work with Michigan Department of Education standards to allow work-based paid or volunteer internships in grades 9-12, allowing students working four to 10 hours to receive credit for graduation. It also safeguards funding for school districts, allowing participants to qualify as a full-time students while off-campus during the internship or work-study.“This is about opening doors for our students as a part of Michigan’s future,” Frederick said. “Matching these skilled young people with local businesses helps both, giving the chance for career exploration while also possibly starting a professional career. If we’re going to address the exploding skilled trades demand and the expanding career field opportunities we have in Michigan, this can be a key part of the solution.”House Bills 4106 and 5676 are now Public Acts 184 and 185 of 2018.### Categories: Frederick News 27Jun Rep. Frederick: New laws will expand education, opportunities to high school studentslast_img read more

VanWoerkom supports plan to bring state cleanup dollars to Zephyr site

first_img13Jun VanWoerkom supports plan to bring state cleanup dollars to Zephyr site Categories: VanWoerkom News State Rep. Greg VanWoerkom today supported a budget proposal that would bring additional state cleanup dollars to the former Zephyr Oil site along the Muskegon River.“I am proud to support this critical cleanup initiative to remove hazardous sediment from the Muskegon River,” said VanWoerkom, of Norton Shores. “Cleaning up this area has been a years’ long project, and the continued work will get us closer to removing Muskegon Lake as an Area of Concern.”The House-passed budget proposal for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (now called the Department of Energy, Great Lakes and the Environment) included continued state assistance for the ongoing cleanup activity at Bear Lake. The plan, House Bill 4233, authorizes the department to use dollars from a fund valued at $67.4 million.last_img read more

Diversity is Critical to the Success of the Arts—and Arts Education is

first_imgShare431Tweet4Share34Email469 SharesDiversity mural / University of the Fraser ValleyOctober 14, 2015; Campaign US and Syracuse New TimesCalls for increased diversity are no longer episodic or quixotic; they are regularly heard across our business and cultural landscapes. And, if trends we see currently with Millennials continue, the need to cultivate diverse arts audiences will increase. Advertising Week this year identified the need to focus on diversity as a main theme, pointing out that while Millennials represent our “largest (and most diverse) generation, most marketing decisions and campaigns are run by alarmingly non-diverse groups.” Science News reported, too, that Americans are growing more genetically diverse, “choosing mates with ethnic backgrounds different from their own.”In the arts, the desire for change bumps up against a number of challenging realities. One is that there are fewer non-white artists and organizations in traditional areas of the arts, such as classical music, and it takes time and a commitment to arts education to effect a change. Afa Sadykhly Dworkin, president and artistic director of the nonprofit Sphinx, and her husband, Aaron Dworkin, who is a MacArthur fellow who served in the Obama administration, have been working to change that for quite some time. Sphinx, headed by Ms. Dworkin as president, operates programs that reach “over 100,000 students, as well as live and broadcast audiences of over two million annually.” Last week, for example, Syracuse, which has “the highest rate of concentrated poverty among black and Hispanic communities” in the U.S., benefited by having the Sphinx Virtuosi ensemble perform at schools throughout the city and at the Red House Arts Center at Syracuse University.Dworkin, whose organization is based in another struggling city, Detroit, and who runs yearlong programs there, has seen the impact arts education can make, providing “a place of refuge and a place where [children] can feel confident, where they can have fun and have a break from their everyday challenges.”As in other traditional areas of art, “classical orchestras tend to be overwhelmingly white. According to a 2012 report by the League of American Orchestras, only 4.5 percent of orchestra musicians are black or Latino—hardly representative of the general population, which, according to the 2010 census, was 13.6 percent black and 16.3 percent Hispanic or Latino.” Sphinx has been responding to that in a variety of ways, including providing free violins and lessons to elementary students in underserved communities, hosting a summer camp to work with aspiring young musicians who “demonstrate aptitude toward classical music but lack resources and access,” and by sponsoring an annual national string competition for Black and Latino youth. Red House Arts Center has worked similarly on the local level in Syracuse, to help underserved populations by “creating opportunities…and bringing the arts to students in struggling Syracuse elementary schools reaching 2,200 kids each day.”“In the Syracuse City School District, about 10 percent of students in kindergarten through eighth grade play instruments, and about 65 percent participate in choral ensembles. In high school, students generally choose one or the other, or participate in art classes,” according to the Syracuse New Times. Sarah Gentile, supervisor of fine arts there, has been working had to improve that, but that type of change requires funding, parental and community support.A big part of the equation is the value placed on arts education and the arts by the society overall. According to Americans for the Arts, “In America, the arts are often seen as a luxury. They are the first thing to go when school boards cut budgets, and successful arts policy is seen as the exception, not the rule.” As Creatiquity, a research-backed news site that explores issues in the arts, said in an article entitled “Why Don’t They Come,”People with lower incomes and less education participate at lower rates in a huge range of activities, including not just classical music concerts and plays, but also less ‘elitist’ forms of engagement like going to the movies, dancing socially, and even attending sporting events.Jennifer Swan reported on this for the NPQ Newswire at the beginning of this year, outlining findings from three National Endowments for the Arts (NEA) studies. The article concluded with a quote from NEA Chairman Jane Chu:“The implications from this research are significant. The findings show that there is great diversity in how people engage in the arts, and this gives us a framework to use our creativity to innovate new ways to reach these audiences.”At a time when funding and support for arts and cultural nonprofits is on a decline, it is more important than ever to prove their importance to our representatives, communities, and leaders. With reports like these, and other arts advocacy groups like Americans for the Arts, we are evolving from a perspective of “art for art’s sake” into one of “art for business’s sake.” No longer are arts and culture something “extra”—they are an economic driver with an impact on our neighborhoods, our jobs, our employment, and, as always, our creativity.—Susan RaabShare431Tweet4Share34Email469 Shareslast_img read more

Voting Rights and the Efficiency Gap Measure

first_imgShare7Tweet13Share3Email23 Shares“Texas redistricting flag” from Democracy ChroniclesAugust 15, 2017; Dallas NewsHaving the right to vote doesn’t mean a whole lot if your vote is insignificant in your district. That’s the idea behind the “efficiency gap measure” when it comes to voting rights. The efficiency gap measure can be applied to determine whether voting districts have been drawn in a way that favors one party or identity group, and yesterday, a federal court in San Antonio ruled that two Texas districts were unconstitutional because they disenfranchised voters of color, like Latinxs.According to Dallas News, “The court gave the state three days to decide whether and when the Legislature will take up redistricting in an effort to remedy the discriminatory issues. If the Legislature chooses not to do so, court hearings to consider a remedial plan will begin on September 5th.”Texas’s districts faced trouble back in 2011, when they were deemed discriminatory; Bloomberg explains that “judges, in tweaking the interim maps to give Texas something to use in 2012, only had time to tweak the most egregiously biased boundaries the Legislature had created,” leaving the others in place. One district challenged in the recent case, District 30, passed court muster this time, but for Districts 27 and 35, the court ruled that “the Legislature in 2014 intentionally furthered and continued the existing discrimination in the plans.”NPQ has been following this story since the initial ruling, when it was determined that the districts drawn in 2011 were discriminatory but did not need to be redrawn. However, now the two districts—District 27 in Corpus Christi, represented by Republican Blake Farenthold, and District 35 in Austin, represented by Democrat Lloyd Dogget—need to be redrawn.As we have reported, the drawing of electoral districts is crucial to nonprofit functioning. Electoral districts determine the makeup of state legislatures, which decide on nonprofit exemptions, grants, and regulations, as well as larger initiatives like whether to legalize marijuana, determine sanctuary city policy, or take the Medicaid expansion offered under the Affordable Care Act.Dallas News quoted Rep. Rafael Anchia, who leads the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, saying, “Texas failed to act for too long. Thousands of Texans have cast their vote under unconstitutional maps. Partisan politics compromised our electoral maps, and as a result, every Texan lost.”The ability to challenge voting districts on the basis of unequal representation is one of the main ways in which civic society can defend the Voting Rights Act and the 14th amendment. The recognition that voters of color constitute an interest bloc and deserve fair consideration as such is an important tenet of equal representation.Texas Attorney General Kevin Paxton said, “We look forward to asking the Supreme Court to decide whether Texas had discriminatory intent when relying on the district court.” If the Supreme Court takes the case, it will be another definitive battle over the meaning of equal rights in the U.S.—Erin RubinShare7Tweet13Share3Email23 Shareslast_img read more

Special Ed Model Still Failing Badly

first_imgShare53Tweet14ShareEmail67 Shares“Marble collector,” WendyMarch 4, 2019; TruthoutYear after year, advocates and education experts indicate that students with disabilities fall far behind their peers without disabilities. A mere 66 percent of students with disabilities graduate on time, as compared to 83 percent of their peers without disabilities. An even more alarming statistic is that with proper support, 90 percent of disabled students could graduate high school in four years.Depending on who you talk to, you’ll likely hear different reasons why the US school system is failing students with disabilities. For instance, if you talk to students with disabilities and their families, you may hear that teachers need more training about diverse learning styles and communication. If you talk to a group of teachers, you may hear that they need more administrative support and less paperwork.The problem first begins with being classified as a special education student. “Special education” is an umbrella term. Any student who is diagnosed with a disability covered under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is eligible to be placed in a special education classroom. But, these students can and do vary widely in their learning abilities. For instance, a student with hearing difficulty can still excel at math, reading, and critical analysis, and would likely succeed in a general education classroom. A student with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) likely needs some help focusing but can learn and understand grade-level material. Yet, these students are often relegated to special education classrooms where they are not challenged or given the tools they need.Kitty Cone, a special education lawyer from Arkansas, says, “For many children with disabilities, they’re capable of far more than their schools give them credit for. Their education falls far short of what federal law requires or even what common sense dictates.”Once in a special education classroom, the student-to-teacher ratio is ridiculously high, and teachers are both ill-trained and ill-equipped to handle the complexities of teaching material to students with a wide variety of learning styles while managing possible behavioral issues.Courtney Cole, a writer for Rooted in Rights, argues, “Teachers all over the country struggle to meet goals and adhere to Individualized Education Programs because there is not enough attention to go around and not enough proper training. As a result, a lot of time is spent on getting the behavior of a few students under control and much less time is spent actually helping students develop skills that are needed.”In fact, a 2015 survey of special education teachers in Michigan indicated that trainees felt unprepared for the realities of being in the classroom. Furthermore, in many cases, these trainees were only required to take one course about special education.For special education students, this means not learning grade-level material, not being challenged to learn more and do more, not developing the skills to succeed post-graduation. For teachers, this means little job satisfaction and burnout. It comes as no surprise that the attrition rate for special education teachers is double that of general education teachers.It can and should be argued that the issues plaguing special education could begin to be solved through appropriate funding. Raising teacher salaries to pay them what they are actually worth, providing them with the tools, resources, and learning opportunities to help them succeed in their roles. Adequate salaries could then attract qualified and compassionate individuals to the field, relieving teachers of huge classroom sizes, and giving all teachers the opportunity to give individualized attention to their students.In Virginia, former Governor McAuliffe’s plan to address an increasing teacher shortage was to allow undergraduate programs in the state to offer education majors. Essentially this decreases the amount of time it takes to become a teacher by one year, thus reducing the cost of tuition and lost time required to become a teacher. Moreover, incorporating this education over four years could create more effective teachers and allows more room in the curriculum for disabilities education courses and inclusive classroom practices.This barely scratches the surface, though. How the US trains its teachers desperately needs re-evaluation if we ever hope to break away from the special education model to inclusive schooling, decrease teacher attrition, increase job satisfaction, and challenge students with disabilities to achieve scholastic success.—Sheela NimishakaviShare53Tweet14ShareEmail67 Shareslast_img read more

Zon Multimedia has added a channel dedicated to bu

first_imgZon Multimedia has added a channel dedicated to bullfighting to its cable network.The Portuguese operator has launched Toros TV, a new premium channel that is available to all TV customers for €10 per month. Content from the channel is also available on Zon’s Videoclub VOD platform.Subscribers to Toros TV will receive three months free access to the Hunting and Fishing channel.last_img

The African Movie Channel has launched an app for

first_imgThe African Movie Channel has launched an app for the iPad, a video-on-demand channel on the Roku platform and a revamped on-demand portal.The iPad app offers the ability to view a range of Nollywood and African films and TV series. Viewers can sign up for an account online at the website.The African Movie Channel is offering a subscription offering for US$5 (€3.85) a month for access to all three services and no minimum subscription. The channel adds a minimum of seven new movies to its line-up each week.last_img read more

Algerian national broadcasting company Télédiffusi

first_imgAlgerian national broadcasting company Télédiffusion d’Algérie has extended its contract for capacity on the Eutelsat 5 West A satellite to support the rollout of digital-terrestrial services in the country.Télédiffusion d’Algérie has taken a 36MHz transponder at the 5° West position to feed its terrestrial transmitter network as well as to enable DTH reception with 60cm dishes. TV channels broadcast include Canal Algérie, A3, Programme National, TV4 Coran and TV5 Tamazight in addition to 20 national and regional radio stations.Abdelmalek Houyou, director general of Télédiffusion d’Algérie said: “Eutelsat has provided TDA with clear evidence of its expertise in satellite broadcasting services. The successful DTH broadcasting of our radio and television services since 2007 represents a major step towards the successful deployment of digital-terrestrial television across Algeria.”last_img read more

Multiscreen technology provider Clearleap has appo

first_imgMultiscreen technology provider Clearleap has appointed former TeliaSonera executive Ola Bergvall and former Quantel exec Mike Grieve to separate EMEA-based roles.Bergvall becomes program director, EMEA. She joins from TeliaSonera where she was responsible for the operator’s Spotify deployment as an add-on for customers in Finland, Denmark and Norway, and for the launch of mobile TV and VOD services in Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.Grieve has been appointed director of sales, EMEA and brings more than 23 years of experience in broadcast sales to the role. He joins from broadcast systems integrator TSL and previously worked as sales director of EMEA and South America for Quantel.last_img read more

The owners of Russian pay TV operator Raduga TVs

first_imgThe owners of Russian pay TV operator Raduga TV’s holding organisation, DalGeoKom, have decided to liquidate the company.Raduga TV was forced to close down its operations last year after it failed to obtain a broadcasting licence. The company is 50% owned by Sweden-based free and pay TV operator Modern Times Group.The company stopped broadcasting at the beginning of December, after Russian regulator the Roskomnadzor had refused to grant a licence.In October the Roskomnadzor asked the Russian Interior Ministry to launch a criminal investigation into Raduga TV, which has been operating since 2009.MTG wrote off its stake in the company in February and recorded a SEK147 million (€16 million) impairment charge in its Q4 2013 operating income.last_img read more

His road side breath test was more than three tim

first_img“His road side breath test was more than three times the legal limit! He’s currently in the VIP Suite in Dungannon Custody awaiting his fate.”THREE DRINK DRIVERS DETAINED IN 24 HOURS was last modified: October 23rd, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: C SECTIONDUNGNNON CUSTODY SUITEmagherafeltPSNITHREE DRINK DRIVERS DETAINED IN 24 HOURSVIP ShareTweetcenter_img POLICE in Magherafelt say they arrested three drink drivers in the last 24 hours.A PSNI spokesperson said: “Last night Officers from C Section were conducting enquiries in relation to a young missing male (who was located safe and well) when they happened across a vehicle veering across the central white lines in Tobermore.“Police stopped the vehicle and the driver was arrested.last_img read more


first_imgShareTweet He said he would be fully reviewing this report as well as reports by Donegal County Council into their piers and slipways as well as other reports by the Road Safety Authority and the Irish Water Safety Authority.Mr O’Grady asked coroner Denis McCauley to release all 57 draft witness depositions calling the case “most unfortunate and unusual” and said “we have to ensure that something like this never happens again.”He added “The when and where will not be an issue but the how and surrounding circumstances will be an issue here.“I feel this is a case if ever there was a case for a more extensive disclosure  than you may be prepared to grant.“I need to hear what the people on the scene heard, saw and what the condition of the place was,” he said.After consideration Coroner Denis McCauley said he was usually quite liberal with allowing depositions into an inquest.However, he said he did not feel the added depositions could provide anything else to the inquest“I accept all the case law but I feel you will not be prejudiced by not having these statements,” he said.He added that he would review all depositions again and come back to Mr O’Grady if he felt they merited being included.Members of the McGrotty or Daniels families were not present at the hearing.The coroner also gave a suggested running order for the two-day inquest which takes place on November 22nd and 23rd.As well as 12 deposition statements, the coroner said he will hear evidence of the post-mortems carried out, the report by Donegal County Council, a report from Water Safety Ireland, a report from the Road Safety Authority and another report from Volkswagen Ireland.Solicitor for Donegal County Council, Mr Michael Staines, confirmed the council had prepared a detailed independent report into its slipways and piers which was now ready.Five members of the extended McGrotty family died on that tragic Sunday evening in March, 2016.Those who lost their lives were Sean McGrotty, his sons Mark, 11 and eight-year-old Evan, his mother-in-law Ruth Daniels and her teenage daughter Jodie-Lee Tracey.Mr McGrotty’s infant baby girl Rionaghac-Ann was saved when her father passed her out the window to local man Davitt Walsh who bravely tried to come to the family’s aid.BUNCRANA PIER TRAGEDY – INQUEST HEARING TOLD DOORS ON FAMILY CAR COULD NOT BE OPENED was last modified: September 27th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: Sean McGrotty, Louise James with their children Mark, Evan and baby Rioghnach-Ann who was bravely rescued by Davitt WalshA pre-inquest hearing into the Buncrana Pier tragedy in which five members of the same Derry family drowned has heard that first responders could not open the doors of the car which had entered the water.Sean McGrotty and his extended family tragically perished when their Audi Q7 jeep entered the waters of Lough Swilly in Co Donegal on March 20th, 2016.A full inquest into the tragedy is due to take place at Buncrana Courthouse in November this year. BUNCRANA COURTHOUSEBUNCRANA PIER TRAGEDYBUNCRANA PIER TRAGEDY – INQUEST HEARING TOLD DOORS ON FAMILY CAR COULD NOT BE OPENEDCORONER DENIS MCCAULEYSEAN MCGROTTYVW IRELAND However, a pre-evidential hearing today heard how a report by Volkswagen Ireland has disclosed the doors of the jeep could not be opened when reached by first responders on the day of the tragedy.The issue was raised by barrister Keith O’Grady who is acting on behalf of the insurers Allianz, for the late Sean McGrotty.Mr O’Grady addressed today’s hearing and outlined a number of issues he wanted to address before the formal inquest takes place in November.He pointed to the report by VW Ireland in which he said it was disclosed by the company that first responders could not open the doors on the 4 X 4 jeep.last_img read more


first_imgShareTweet A specially-commissioned ship’s bell honouring the Newfoundland Escort Force (NEF) will be on display at the Tower Museum in Derry until the end of August 2018 – before it is transported to Canada where it will find a permanent home.The ‘Newfoundland Escort Force Bell’ is the third and final ‘convoy’ bell which has been specially commissioned to connect the wartime port cities of Derry, Halifax (Nova Scotia) and St John’s (Newfoundland) – three naval bases that played a pivotal role during the ‘Battle of the Atlantic’ and commonly referred to as ‘The Triangle Run’.The project has been a joint venture between veterans of the Royal Navy and the Royal Canadian Navy to ensure that the service and sacrifice of those who participated in the Battle of the Atlantic is never forgotten. The Newfoundland Escort Force Bell is mounted on a hardwood stand and was manufactured in Derry. The bell was specially designed by Chairman of the Londonderry Branch of the Royal Naval Association, Robert Buchanan and prototypes were created by Billy Doherty – with the final piece crafted by John Nesbitt.Robert Buchanan, Chairman of the Derry Branch of the Royal Naval Association, said: “The project to commission the set of three ‘convoy bells’ is now almost complete. The third bell – the Newfoundland Escort Force Bell – will be making its way across the North Atlantic in September.“We are very pleased that Museum Services are able to display the bell before it goes to its permanent home in St John’s, Newfoundland. Indeed, we see the bells as a great visual asset in our ongoing quest to raise awareness of our unique maritime history.“I would therefore encourage as many people as possible to come along to the Tower Museum and learn a little bit more about the Battle of the Atlantic – at a time when the Foyle was buzzing with activity and the North West of Ireland was known throughout the world.“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Londonderry Port & Harbour, the Museum Services of Derry City & Strabane District Council, the Canadian Veterans, their families and friends, and sister branches of the Royal Naval Association – without whose support this amazing project would simply not have happened.”For further information on the ‘Newfoundland Escort Force Bell’ and opening times please contact the Tower Museum on 02871 372411 or email tower.reception@derrystrabane.comNewfoundland bell honouring ‘Battle of the Atlantic’ ties on show at Tower Museum was last modified: June 29th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: DerryDerry BranchNewfoundland bell honouring ‘Battle of the Atlantic’ ties on show at Tower MuseumNorth AtlanticRobert BuchananRoyal Naval AssociationTower Museum Back in 2005, the first bell was consecrated at St Columb’s Cathedral in Derry and is currently on display in St Brendan’s Church, Halifax. The second bell – named after the famed ‘Newfie-Derry Run’ – was consecrated in the Anglican Cathedral of St John the Baptist in St John’s Newfoundland, and transported to Derry in 2007 where it is a prominent feature in the Tower Museum.The third and final bell in the series – the Newfoundland Escort Force Bell – was commissioned by the Londonderry Branch of the Royal Naval Association. It was consecrated in St Columb’s Cathedral on Sunday 20th May – during this year’s Battle of the Atlantic anniversary commemorations.Following its display at the Tower Museum, the final ‘convoy’ bell will be transported to Canada in September – where it will be presented to the city of St John’s and the people of Newfoundland in recognition of the contribution of the Escort Force in protecting merchant ships as convoys made their way through German U-boat ‘wolf packs’ to get much needed supplies to the UK.last_img read more

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first_img SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood has requested an urgent meeting with the Head of the Civil Service to discuss a Court of Appeal ruling on holiday pay that will have significant implications for public sector workers and budgets.He said: “The Court of Appeal ruling is significant for public sector workers, and indeed those in the private sector, and for future budgets.“Given the immense scale of claims likely to now come forward and the breadth of public bodies affected, I have requested an urgent meeting with the Head of the Civil Service to discuss what action has been taken in anticipation of such a ruling, current engagement with Trade Unions and the projected impact on future budgets. colum eastwoodFOYLE MLASDLPSDLP request urgent meeting with Head of the Civil Service over holiday pay claims ShareTweetcenter_img “This matter must be dealt with in a way that meets the needs of public sector workers, respects the ruling of the court and protects budgetary integrity so that public services are not impacted.”SDLP request urgent meeting with Head of the Civil Service over holiday pay claims was last modified: June 19th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more


first_img Google+ Then 11 minutes later, the captain detailed safety precautions. Next PostWV Doctor whose patients died is indicted on criminal charges “In the vicinity of the boat ramp, the captain began a safety briefing regarding the water portion of the tour,” the report states. “The briefing included the location of emergency exits as well as the location of the life jackets. The captain then demonstrated the use of a life jacket and pointed out the location of the life rings.” The digital video on board the boat included five different angles, four facing outward and one facing inward at the passengers and crew. The report, released Friday afternoon, includes a detailed timeline based on video recovered from the boat, which sank in rough waters July 19 at Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri. Seventeen people, including nine people from the same family, were killed in the sinking. The captain made a reference to checking the weather radar prior to the trip at 6:29 p.m., as passengers were boarding the vessel, according to the NTSB report. Tumblr “In the final minutes of the recording, water occasionally splashes inside the vehicle’s passenger compartment,” according to the report. “The captain did say something about life jackets,” Coleman recalled Saturday. “He said, ‘Above you are your life jackets. There are three sizes. He said, ‘I’m gonna show you where they are, but you won’t need them. So, no need to worry.’ So we didn’t grab them.” National NewsNewsWatch Duck boat captain checked weather, discussed life jackets before sinking: NTSB report By Daniella HankeyJul 29, 2018, 09:32 am 505 0 The boat entered the water at 6:55 p.m., and white caps “rapidly appeared” on the lake at 7 p.m. The captain made a radio call three minutes later, but the NTSB said the content was “unintelligible.” Facebook Twittercenter_img “Because Ripley Entertainment is a participant in the investigation of last week’s tragic accident, we cannot provide public comment,” the statement said. “We defer to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, which is leading the inquiry and serves as the official source of all information about it.” However, the video cuts off at 7:08 p.m., before the boat sank. Pinterest (ABC NEWS)- The captain of the ill-fated duck boat that sank in Missouri earlier this month had checked the weather reports and discussed safety procedures, including the location of life jackets, an initial report from the National Safety Transportation Board showed. Home NewsWatch National News Duck boat captain checked weather, discussed life jackets before sinking: NTSB report Linkedin Ripley Entertainment, which operates Ride the Ducks Branson, said in a statement to ABC News it could not provide comment on the report. The NTSB report does not mention the captain saying passengers wouldn’t need the life jackets. Mail Daniella Hankey Tia Coleman, who had nine of the 11 members of her family on the boat drown in the accident, told reporters in the days following the sinking that the captain told passengers they wouldn’t need the life jackets. Previous PostTwo Arrested After Car Chase in Mercer Countylast_img read more

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first_img Next PostGeorge HW Bush: Rockefeller was valuable adviser Google+ Pinterest WOAY NEWS STAFF Linkedin Tumblr Meals on Wheels in Raleigh County delivers almost 150 meals a day to many home-bound seniors. Without it, they’d have to find another way to get their food.. and that scary thought may become a reality under the government’s new proposed budget plan.The cuts target the Community Development Block Grant which helps fund programs that like this one, where the majority of our elderly community counts on.Jack Tanner, the Executive Director of Raleigh County’s Commission on Aging, told us, “They’re alone, and in many respects these individuals have no one else to depend on, except us, to deliver a meal to them, and quite frankly, to be in touch with them… to make sure that they’re okay for the day.”Although the proposed elimination of the program has not yet been confirmed, the threat to Meals on Wheels has become a great concern in West Virginia, especially to the elderly recipients.“I can’t stand up and cook because my breathing and my lungs won’t let me. I started getting those, and they were a God-sent. I would’ve starved to death if it had not been for them,” Delores Cawley expressed to us.Meals on Wheels is their lifeline, and often the only companionship or nutritious meal they have in a given day.Only time will tell if the funding that is necessary to keep meals on wheels alive will continue, but in the meantime, the program is accepting donations to help our elderly community. Previous PostRebuilding Richwood FeaturedHealthLocal NewsNewsNewsWatchState News Budget Cuts Could Impact Elderly Program By WOAY NEWS STAFFMar 20, 2017, 17:45 pm 1369 1 Mail Facebook Home NewsWatch Featured Budget Cuts Could Impact Elderly Program Twitterlast_img read more