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Familiarising Delhiites with Bengals culture

first_imgSince last six decades, Bengal Association has been able to establish itself as prominent organisation for the dissemination of Bangla language and culture through Bangla Prochar and Prosar. With the aim to introduce and make Delhiites familiar with the present day Bangla language and culture through latest Bangla Cinema, Bengal Association, New Delhi is all set to organise 12th Bangla Cine Utsab 2019 from September 13-15, 2019, at Muktadhara Auditorium. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainNational Award Winner and renowned Bangla actor Rituparna Sengupta will be inaugurating the event as Chief Guest on September 13, at 6 pm. The three-day festival, in which Bangla Cine Directors, Producers, actors such as Rituparna Sengupta, Chiranjit Chakraborty, Sudeshna Roy, Indrashish Acharya, Abir Chatterjee, Barun Chanda, and others will be participating, will showcase eleven latest full length feature films and seven short films. Latest Bangla films like Kolkatay Kohinoor, Lime Light, Aha Re, Bijoya, Mati, Samsara, Abyekto, Mukherjeedar Bou, Tarikh, Shravoner Dhara, Ami Joy Chatterjee will be screened during the festival. Tapan Sengupta, General Secretary, Bengal Association said that all members of the association are working very hard to make the Bangla Cine Utsab successful. Dr Tushar Roy, Festival Chairman overseeing the arrangements expressed satisfaction about the progress. The festival will conclude on September 15, with a ceremony in which Abir Chatterjee along with other Bangla cine luminaries will be present.last_img read more

Resumption of direct talks renews hope for IsraeliPalestinian peace – UN envoy

After months of proximity talks, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, came together earlier this month in Washington D.C. under the auspices of the United States to launch direct negotiations.The Israeli and Palestinian leaders conducted a second round of talks on 14 September in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, and on 15 September in Jerusalem.“We are at a moment of renewed hope in the search for peace in the Middle East,” Robert Serry, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, said in his briefing to the Security Council.He said that making peace will not be easy and carries risks, but the dangers of not trying are much graver. “Both leaders have shown that they recognize this. Having summoned the courage to begin, they must now sustain the courage to progress, and find the wisdom and statesmanship to lead their governments and peoples to a peace agreement.”The leaders have agreed to seek a solution based on two States for two peoples, and that the negotiations could be completed within one year, Mr. Serry reported, adding that their aim was to resolve borders, security, refugees, Jerusalem and all other core issues. They also decided to meet every fortnight and to work on a framework agreement on permanent status. “This is not an interim agreement, but one that embodies the fundamental compromises necessary to achieve a comprehensive peace treaty to end the conflict and establish a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians, creating a democratic and viable Palestinian State alongside a secure State of Israel,” said the envoy.“Our collective task is to support these negotiations and maximize prospects for success,” he added. “The international consensus is and must remain strong behind this process, to ensure that it is seen through to the end.”Mr. Serry stressed the need for both leaders to “refrain from provocative actions and work as partners to create an environment conducive to successful negotiations.” To review progress in the talks and in the overall search for peace in the region, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will host a meeting of the Quartet – the Middle East diplomatic grouping comprising the UN, the United States, the European Union and Russia – on Tuesday in New York. As for the situation on the ground, the Special Coordinator voiced alarm at the recent upsurge in violence in Gaza, noting that it can only set back efforts to make progress in the territory. In recent weeks, Palestinian militants fired 10 rockets and 22 mortars from Gaza into Israel, injuring two Israelis and hitting close to residential areas in southern Israel. Israeli forces, meanwhile, conducted 10 air strikes and 18 incursions into Gaza, killing seven Palestinians and injuring four others. 17 September 2010The recent resumption of direct Israeli-Palestinian talks has brought new hope for achieving a lasting peace in the Middle East, the United Nations envoy to the region said today, calling on the leaders of the two sides to stay the course until an agreement is reached. read more

MR inspects BIA expressway

President Mahinda Rajapaksa today inspected the Colombo – Katunayake expressway which is nearing completion, the President’s office said.The President met officials involved in the construction of the expressway prior to embarking on an official visit to Belarus. The 26 km long expressway is scheduled to open next month. The highway will have three lanes each way from Colombo to Peliyagoda and two lanes each way, from Peliyagoda to Katunayake with the width ranging from 26 to 34 metres.The speed limit will be 80 kilometres per hour (50 mph) for the first eight kilometres (5.0 mi) and 110 km/h (68 mph) for the rest of the road.The Expressway will have 42 bridges and 88 culverts including a 480 metre long viaduct at Hunupitiya and a 800 metre viaduct at Katunayake. The Ports and Highways Ministry commenced the construction of the expressway in 2008.  The Colombo-Katunayake expressway is Sri Lanka’s second E Class highway. It will link Colombo with the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), Katunayake. read more

Swire offers UK support to Sri Lanka

He said the UK hopes expects Sri Lanka to take forward the recommendations made in the High Commissioner’s report and deliver the credible processes and mechanisms it has promised. (Colombo Gazette) “We commend the newly elected Government for beginning to address post-conflict accountability and reconciliation,” he said. British Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth office, Hugo Swire, today offered the support of the British Government to help Sri Lanka implement the recommendations of the report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.Speaking during the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Swire said that he listened closely to the statement made by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera to the Council and was encouraged by Sri Lanka’s willingness to engage with the international community, as it seeks to deliver lasting peace. read more

Man charged with murder of Haslington labourer

A 49-year-old farmer was earlier today (Tuesday) slapped with a murder charge when he appeared at the Mahaicony Magistrates Court.Deonarine Sasenarine called  “Chow” of Wash Clothes, Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara was not required to plead to the indictable charge, which stated that on May 5 2018, he murdered Sean Waldrone.The charge was read to him by Magistrate Wanda Fortune.The accused was remanded to prison until June 11 2018.INews had reported that the body of 37-year-old Waldrone of Lot 33 Haslington, East Coast Demerara was discovered floating in the Mahaicony River, East Coast Demerara on May 8 2018.According to information received, on the day in question, at about 09:15hrs, a 34-year-old labourer of St Francis Mission, Mahaicony River, ECD was in his boat, heading north- up the Mahaicony River, in the vicinity of Strath Campbell Village, when he observed Waldrone’s body floating in the water.As a result, the man immediately visited the Mahaicony Police Station where a report was made.INews was told that when police arrived at the scene and examined Waldrone’s body, it was found with a large hole in the centre of his back. He was also clad in only a pair of grey Hanes brief.“It is uncertain at this point in time what caused the hole,” the investigators had said.Further investigations revealed that the deceased was employed by a 52-year-old Cattle Farmer of Enmore Pasture, ECD.This online publication was told that on May 4, 2018, it was reported that the employer picked up Waldrone from his home and took him to Mahaicony, to work as a labourer.On May 5, 2018, Waldrone was seen at a wedding house in Wash Clothes, Mahaicony, clad in only his underwear while imbibing.The man’s employer then made a report at the Mahaicony Police Station the following day, claiming that Waldrone had gone missing.A post mortem examination revealed that he died from trauma sustained to his body and strangulation.Two suspects were initially taken into custody but advice received from the Director of Public Prosecutions ordered that Sasenarine be charged.The duo were reportedly involved in a drunken altercation prior to Waldrone’s death. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHaslington labourer found floating was murdered, suspect to be chargedMay 15, 2018In “Crime”Teen among two charged with murder of Mahaicony womanOctober 25, 2016In “Court”Alleged cancer patient, 60, charged with trafficking 27 kilos of cannabisMay 8, 2018In “Court” read more

Its more real than an MP3 Why vinyl sales could hit a

first_imgVINYL RECORDS ARE back in fashion in Britain, where they have recorded their best sales for a decade as devotees and new fans relish what they say is a livelier sound than digital formats.The Soho district of London is peppered with small shops where music fans are once again enjoying the feel of dust on their fingertips as they flick through the racks of albums.“They love the sound, they love the packaging, they feel they are buying something a bit more special,” said Neal Birnie, of the Sounds of the Universe shop. It’s more real than buying an MP3, you are buying more of a product than when you buy an MP3.Nearly 550,000 vinyl discs have been sold in Britain already this year, according to music industry body BPI.If sales continue at the same pace until the end of the year, they could exceed 700,000, which would be the highest since 2003.While that represents less than 0.8 percent of all music formats sold, it is clear that having almost suffered a death at the hands of digital music, vinyl records have more than survived.It is not just old re-releases either – the highest-selling vinyl record in Britain this year was Random Access Memories by French duo Daft Punk, featuring their global hit single Get Lucky.David Bowie released a vinyl edition of his first album for a decade, The Next Day, and British pop-rockers Arctic Monkeys followed suit.French-Canadian stars Arcade Fire, US indie legends Pixies, Pearl Jam and even Paul McCartney have also put their latest albums on vinyl.“We’re witnessing a renaissance for records – they’re no longer retromania and are becoming the format of choice for more and more music fans,” BPI Chief Executive Geoff Taylor said.The principle of the disc emerged at the end of the 19th century. It soon replaced cylinders and remained the dominant format until the mid-1980s.Digital age ‘degrading our music’The main reason for vinyl’s renaissance is clear – it offers a richer sound than downloadable digital songs, which although hiss-free lack the “warmth” of vinyl records.“We live in the digital age, and unfortunately it’s degrading our music, not improving,” veteran rocker Neil Young complained last year.But the enthusiasm of collectors has also played a role in reviving vinyl.At another Soho store, Reckless Records, a rare copy of “Masters of Reality” by Black Sabbath is priced at £400 (€470). “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness” by Smashing Pumpkins will fetch £225 while early editions of records by the Rolling Stones or the Beatles sell for £80.Charity shop haulCharity shops have also been a lifeline for vinyl records.Steve Kelly, who runs an Oxfam shop in Dalston, northwest London, said he spots familiar faces returning again and again.There’s about 20 different people looking for vinyl whose face I would recognise. They come in at least once a week, sometimes a few times a week. They tend to be older, they have knowledge, they are 30 or 40, sometimes older.But one group of music afficionados have not been won over by the return of vinyl – DJs.Christov Brilliant, a French DJ and musician based in London, told AFP: “None of the big DJs use vinyl anymore. It might sound great but we live in a digital world and that also gives us great possibilities.”Regardless of its claims to have better sound, British music critic Pete Paphides wonders whether the return to vinyl could be a phenomenon in line with the slow food movement.“The pleasure you get from an experience is often proportionate to how much time and effort you expend. The carrier bag on the bus home. The expectation. The way it looks and feels. Even the way it smells. And that’s before you even place it on the turntable,” he wrote in the Guardian.- © AFP, 2013Read: Tower Records celebrates 20 years of bringing music to Dublin>Read: The burning question*: Do you prefer to buy CDs or (legal) downloads?>last_img read more

CRC What we found out at the Public Accounts Committee hearings

first_imgTHIS WEEK SAW representatives from the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) appearing before the Public Accounts Committee over the top-ups scandal – including its former chief executive, who had initially refused to appear.It was the culmination of months of speculation about the CRC’s activities, after it emerged in November that the clinic had used charity money to top up senior staff salaries.In late November, the PAC chair had called for the CRC to “come clean” on top-ups. Minister Ruairí Quinn asked on the same day for the CRC board to resign,Minister for Health James Reilly rejected claims in December that the HSE knew about CRC top-ups; four days later, the chief of the CRC, Brian Conlon, quit, adding that he would not attend a PAC hearing. On 11 December, TDs grilled CRC officials over top-ups. It was alleged that the Mater Hospital had been paid €660k by CRC to administer a ‘phantom pension fund‘ – this was refuted by the hospital. Here are the seven things we learned about the CRC at the first PAC hearing.On 12 December, Conlan agreed to appear before the committee.It emerged that the HSE had threatened to cut all funding to CRC from 1 January 2014 if the board had not resigned. That all led us to the latest round of PAC hearings this week.On Wednesday, in a letter to the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee (PAC) which was seen by, the director general of the HSE said that “serious matters” had arisen regarding the retirement package of Paul Kiely, former chief of the CRC.By Thursday, and the PAC hearing, we knew more.What we found outFormer chief executive of the CRC, Brian Conlan, and the chief executive of St Vincent’s Healthcare Group, Nicholas Jerymn, appeared before the PAC on Thursday.That day, over almost four hours of hearings on the CRC’s spending, we heard that it had used hundreds of thousands of euro of charity money to pay-off at least one outgoing executive.1. The extent of Paul Kiely’s pay-offThe HSE’s Barry O’Brien told TDs that the CRC’s interim administrator, John Cregan, found that €700,000 was taken from the charitable fund, Friends and Supporters of the CRC, to help fund former chief executive Paul Kiely’s retirement package.The package included a €200,000 tax-free lump-sum and a €273,336 taxable payment, amounting to €473,336.There was also €268,689 paid to Mercer’s to ensure pension and lump sum benefits would not be less than if Kiely had continued as CEO until November 2016. This meant a total of €742,025 was paid out in respect of Kiely’s pension and pay-off.This €700,000 was disclosed on the CRC’s draft accounts as a ‘donation’ – which was described by Fine Gael TD John Deasy as deceitful. Kiely had not disclosed the €273,336 taxable payment to the committee in December.2. Conlan did not know about Kiely’s pay-offConlan said he was not aware of the Kiely pay-off arrangement until Thursday morning, and said that he was on holiday when the board meeting to approve the pay-off would have been agreed.He said: “I would say that the decisions made by the board to award Mr Kiely [that] level of remuneration in his pension was wrong.”3. Why Conlan initially refused to appear before the PACThe PAC had sought out ways in which to compel Conlon to appear before them, after he first refused to meet with them. Eventually, he relented.He told the PAC that when he was first asked to appear he was “not in a position to be an effective witness” as he had just returned from his honeymoon in the US.He also said that his home was “literally besieged for days by journalists, forcing myself and wife to leave”.4. Conlan’s role in a recruitment panelConlan succeeded Kiely as CEO in July 2013 but claimed ignorance about the process under which he was recruited.However, members of the Oireachtas committee were handed the minutes of a special meeting that took place in the Spring of last year and discovered he was in fact part of an initial CRC panel commissioned by the board to work on the recruitment process.Conlan and another CRC official met with recruitment consultants MERC to discuss using them to find a CEO, but MERC were not subsequently appointed. Conlan told the committee he attended “just one” meeting.Conlan told the PAC he had been asked to serve on that panel, but at that stage had “no intention” of becoming CEO.Conlan’s representatives have told that he “was not on the recruitment panel that subsequently ran the recruitment process” and selected him.5. Travel and entertainment expensesConlan admitted that CRC Medical Devices Ltd – which has since been sold – had a credit card which was partly used to pay for “certain amounts of travel” and “certain amounts of entertainment”.This amounted to €14,000 on travel and €3,900 on entertainment in 2012, Conlan said.6. There were many foreign tripsIndependent TD Shane Ross asked about foreign travel. Firstly, Conlan admitted he “forgot” about a trip to Dusseldorf in Germany in 2006.Ross than listed trips made by CRC employees to Nashville, Tennessee in 2006 and 2013; Orlando, Florida in 2007 and 2009; Vancouver, Canada in 2010 and 2012; New Delhi, India in 2012; and Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2011 and 2010. Another trip to Vancouver is planned in March of this year.There was also the European Seating Symposium (ESS) which Ross said is organised by the CRC and which involves ESS Study Days in a number of different countries.7. There’s more to comeThe HSE’s Barry O’Brien told the committee that further audits of CRC spending will be finished by the end of the first quarter of 2014.He said that all remaining matters will be examined and that the HSE “may seek the assistance of An Garda Siochána” over issues that arise.Ex-board members of the CRC, including former chair Jim Nugent and ex-CEO Paul Kiely,are now expected to appear before the PAC. – additional reporting from Michelle Hennessy and Hugh O’Connell.Read: ‘A twisted web’: Credit cards, foreign trips and 5 other things we learned from the CRC hearings>Read: ‘Please don’t pass the bucket’: CRC parent in tearful plea>last_img read more

Pendred seals UFC deal to join growing Irish contingent on Dublin card

first_img I have signed a contract with the UFC & make my debut on July 19th.Dreams do become reality when you work tirelessly towards them & believe— Cathal Pendred (@Pendred) June 19, 2014 Source: UFC United Kingdom/Twitter Confirmed: UFC Fight Night Dublin will be broadcast live on 3eSome UFC fighters have decided to mix MMA and skydiving It’s official!! @PendredMMA will face @MikeTheManKing at #UFCDublin on July 19th!— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) June 19, 2014center_img IRISH MIXED MARTIAL ARTS fighter Cathal Pendred has finally earned himself a contract with the UFC.The 26-year-old middleweight confirmed this afternoon that he will make his debut in the Octagon in his hometown during the highly-anticipated Dublin event at the O2 Arena on 19 July.Pendred, a former Cage Warriors welterweight champion, has been tipped to make the move to MMA’s premier organisation for some time now and last August chose to try out for reality television show The Ultimate Fighter in a bid to realise his dream.He was successful in earning a place on season 19 of the programme and entered the house in Las Vegas along with SBG Ireland team-mate Chris Fields.After winning a quarter-final bout for Team Penn in the second episode, Pendred narrowly lost out to Eddie Gordon in the semi-final (which aired in the US last night) — with UFC president Dana White even believing the Dubliner deserved the decision.However, that defeat has paved the way for inclusion on the Dublin card where he will fight fellow TUF contestant Mike King next month and SevereMMA are reporting that it will be the first of a ten-fight contract with the UFC.Pendred joins Conor McGregor, Neil Seery, Paddy Holohan and Norman Parke as the fifth Irishman to be confirmed for the night. Source: Cathal Pendred/Twitterlast_img read more

Sega Dreamcast Collection was not worth the wait

first_imgLate last year the GameStop website quickly flashed up a listing for a game called Dreamcast Collection. Although it disappeared, Alan Pritchard, chief vice president of sales and marketing confirmed the collection as some of the most popular games on Dreamcast.We got excited thinking of all the classics we could be about to see on a single disc. But now details have dropped about which games are included, and it’s definitely not something to get excited about.For a start, it will only contain four games. Those games are:Sonic AdventureSpace Channel 5 Part 2Sega Bass FishingCrazy TaxiWhile you may have fond memories of those games, we were expecting a lot more from a collection of games meant to represent the Dreamcast era. Where’s Daytone USA 2001, Shenmue, and Jet Grind Radio?If this Collection had “Volume One” at the end of the title we’d be more hopeful. But as it stands, this looks like a quick cash-in for Sega on games that are already available as digital downloads.If you’re still interested in picking this up the Dreamcast Collection will be released on February 22 in North America, and February 25 across Europe for Xbox 360. Expect to pay around $30.Read more at Kotakulast_img read more

Nineteenyearold Greek Australian guitarist stuns Keith Urban on stage

first_imgIt was definitely an unforgettable moment for Greek Australian teenager Ellen Tefanis when she shared the stage for a wicked guitar duet with country musician Keith Urban, during his Ripcord World Tour concert in Brisbane on Saturday December 17, 2016. Ellen Tefanis, originally from the country town of Port Pirie, South Australia, has been playing the electric guitar since the age of eight, but never in her wildest dreams did she envisage she would find herself on stage jamming with the talented New Zealand-born musician. “It was an amazing night and I felt privileged to share the stage with such a great musician and supportive person,” Ellen says in an interview with Neos Kosmos. It all started during a series of online Q&A sessions called ‘Ask Keith Urban’ prior to the concert date. The musician gave his fans the opportunity to ask him various questions and get his responses during the hour he was online. The 19-year-old took to Twitter and posted a video of herself performing a guitar version of one of Urban’s songs, asking the superstar if she could play with him at his Brisbane concert. After uploading the video, the multiple Grammy and ARIA award-winner extended an invitation to the young musician to join him on stage at his concert. “You play great and you said you were coming to my Brisbane show on Saturday and would love to play with me. I would love to play with you. You play great, we’re going to have a blast. I’m looking forward to it,” he said in his Twitter video. “Dad and I flew out early so I could attend the sound check with Keith and the band and rehearse the Boy Gets a Truck song, but we ended up performing Good Thing because it had more guitar work in it,” explains the aspiring guitarist, who went on stage with Urban at approximately 10.30 pm. “I had a blast and it was a dream come true. Keith is the most genuine person anyone will meet. He will give anyone a chance and he loves giving back. He is so thankful for his career and grateful for his fans.”Offstage, Ellen and Keith talked about many things, mostly about music, and when the show finished and the teenager walked backstage to say goodbye to Urban, he told her how good she was and how amazing their performance was.Ellen’s Greek grandparents migrated to Australia in the 1950s. Her Greek father George, who is also a musician, and mum Vivian, who is from an Italian background, own the local fruit and vegetable store in Port Pirie. “When I was really little I wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps and become a drummer, but the minute I picked up my first electric guitar, it won me over. “I knew it was the instrument for me, although there are limited resources when you live in a country town like Port Pirie,” explains Ellen, who has always had her family’s support in whatever she decided to do. “Even my yiayia and pappou were always supportive of my musical career and wanted to know what was happening in my music life. Unfortunately, they are not with us anymore,” says the young guitarist, who has also just completed her first year at Adelaide University, where she is studying a Bachelor of Arts/Teaching double degree specialising in history and music. Ellen plans to continue with both her music and teaching career, and doesn’t look like she is in any real hurry to decide which path to follow. “It really depends on what the future holds. If my music career doesn’t take off I will be more than happy as a teacher,” admits the talented teenager, who is still in awe over sharing the stage with superstar Keith Urban. “I am forever grateful to Keith and if I’ve learnt something from this experience, it’s that if you believe in yourself you can do anything.” To watch the full video of the two talented musicians jamming together, visit www:// Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Commonwealth Scholarship offers Masters Degree study

first_img TCI Doctor wins Commonwealth Scholarship Commonwealth Scholarship for UK studies now available Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Apr 2015 – An offer is extended for study in one of 13 listed countries through the Commonwealth Scholarships program; among them Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya, Sir Lanka, the Fiji Islands or Trinidad and Tobago. Today the announcement is released for those interested in pursuing a Master’s Degree to consider the opportunity and apply if interested. The Governor’s Office informs on the award program, which if won, offers full tuition, stipend on a monthly or quarterly basis, an arrival allowance of $500USD and a return ticket home. Deadline to apply is April 30th; find this report at our website: and follow the link in order to apply. Find out more: Related Items:commonwealth scholarship, masters’ degree Recommended for you 2015-2016 Commonwealth Scholarships in low and middle income countrieslast_img read more

Navaratnalu introduced for SC ST BC and Minorities CM YS

first_imgAmaravati: In the ongoing Collectors conference, the Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has said to the Ministers, MLA’s, and Collectors to implement the manifesto promises, which were given by the YSRCP before the elections. He said that the two pages of YSRCP manifesto copies should always be available with the ministers and the officials. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us The two days of the Collectors meeting has started at the Praja Vedika in Undavalli on Monday. Speaking on the occasion, CM YS Jagan said its the time to put a full stop to the culture of throwing the manifesto into the dustbin after the elections. The election manifesto should be treated as the sacred books like Bhagavad Gita, Quran, and the Bible. The people have given a historical judgment and their verdict should never be forgotten. Also Read – Event management students of SPMVV exhibit talent Advertise With Us CM YS Jagan advised the Collectors to well receive the MLA’s who bring the public issues to the attention of the authorities and should greet the public and MLA’s with a smile. He also clarifed that the government will not tolerate corruption. Apart from the corruption and irregularities, all other issues of MLA’s will be considered. The Chief Minister said SC, ST, BC, Minorities has been given top priority. Advertise With Us For the uplift of these communities, the Navaratnalu scheme has been introduced. The Navaratnalu scheme should be implemented irrespective of party, caste, religion, and region. CM YS Jagan said the scheme benefits should also be provided to the eligible people who have not even voted for YSRCP. If everyone is benefited with the scheme, then they will vote in the next elections. He said all government welfare schemes will be door delivered. Through the grama volunteers, the government schemes will be implemented. The grama volunteers should be corruption free, for that reason every volunteer will be paid a salary of Rs 5,000 from the government. CM YS Jagan clarifed that if grama volunteer commits any mistake than immediate actions will be taken against him.last_img read more

In the kitchen with St Kitts We keep filling planes even as

first_img Share About Latest Posts Cindy SosroutomoDeputy Editor at TravelweekCindy is Deputy Editor at Travelweek and has worked for the company since 2007. She has travelled to more than 50 countries and counts Kenya, Morocco, Thailand and Turkey among her favourite destinations. Latest posts by Cindy Sosroutomo (see all) Frustrations mount over elusive consumer-pay model: Will it ever happen? – July 16, 2019 “It’s in everyone’s best interest to stay open”: Beaches Turks & Caicos will not close in 2021 – May 15, 2019 Putting “Partners First”: NCL’s CEO lauds agents and the new Norwegian Joy – April 29, 2019 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 Cindy Sosroutomo Posted by TORONTO — Having too many cooks in the kitchen wasn’t a problem yesterday at Toronto’s Cirillo’s Culinary Academy, where the St. Kitts Tourism Authority hosted a fun and interactive cooking lesson, Caribbean style.The Tourism Authority’s Paul Minich, Market Consultant, and Jack Widdowson, Marketing Officer, invited travel agents, industry partners and media to roll up their sleeves and prepare a feast that included dishes like Jerk Chicken Kebabs, Crab Cake Sliders and Cane Sugar Glazed Pork Meatballs, each of which is a signature dish at a luxury hotel in St. Kitts.The event, said Minich, was meant to do three things: highlight new offerings in the destination, tease guests with a taste of St. Kitts’ culinary scene, and do it all in a way that was fun.It worked. From prep to finish, guests had a great time learning about the two-island nation of St. Kitts and Nevis, how the destination has changed and, more importantly, how it hasn’t.Minich, who in a single year talks to an average of 3,000 travellers at industry events, said that the #1 question he’s asked is, “Has St. Kitts changed?”His response is always the same: Absolutely and absolutely not.“Absolutely not because it still has authentic Caribbean experiences. It’s still a destination that’s untouched – St. Kitts has always been a beautiful destination and still is,” he said. “But at the same time, it absolutely has changed. It’s emerging as a luxury destination.”Minich listed several new ultra-luxe accommodations that are changing the face of the destination, like the Park Hyatt St. Kitts Christophe Harbour, and the St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino. A few properties will be undergoing renovations like Four Seasons Resort Nevis, while others are counting down the days until their grand openings. These include the highly anticipated Ritz-Carlton in 2021, which will boast 125 suites plus 25 branded villas and residences on the Southeast Peninsula of the island, as well as a Six Senses, also in 2021, featuring 70 pool villas with plunge pools, teen centre, kid’s club and the Six Senses Spa. Even nearer still is a Koi property in 2019, situated on 15 acres of beachfront and featuring multi-storey Resort Studios and Suites, beach and pool villas, and a three-bedroom Penthouse.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upAll this amounts to a level of luxury never before seen on the island, which Minich admits is not an all-inclusive environment. From having met so many travellers, he’s determined that they can all be categorized into two groups: those who love all-inclusives, and those experiencing all-inclusive fatigue. St. Kitts, obviously, appeals to the latter.“St. Kitts is for those looking for authentic Caribbean experiences beyond the hotels,” he said. “It’s still untouched, the natural beauty is still there, but now it’s emerging towards ultra luxury with all these new properties built in the last couple of years.”Even before clients arrive at hotels, their luxury experience begins upon arrival at Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport. There, they’ll be whisked away in a Porsche to Yu Lounge, a private five-star air terminal located adjacent to the main terminal building where they’ll be treated to champagne service, gourmet dining, Wi-Fi access, secretarial services and a concierge who can book hotel transfers, restaurant reservations and local activities. Though primarily used by travellers flying privately to and from St. Kitts, the lounge is also available to passengers on commercial flights.This is great news for the countless Canadians arriving via Air Canada’s direct service from Toronto. And as a sign of faith in the destination, the airline has recently announced that it will be expanding its St. Kitts service to six months, running from Nov. 3, 2018 to April 27, 2019.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & Mexico“Load factors with Air Canada have been in the mid-90s over the last few years,” Minich told Travelweek. “This is an indication of growing demand. We keep filling their planes, even as they get larger and larger.”He added that Canada, as the #2 international market, is incredibly important to St. Kitts, particularly in the golf segment. Home to two championship golf courses with another two under construction, St. Kitts has become a must-golf destination among Canadians.“Last year, we saw a 330% spike in golf searches on the Internet from Canada. Canadian golfers is definitely our biggest golf market,” said Minich.For more information on travel to St. Kitts go to Tags: Caribbean, St. Kitts In the kitchen with St. Kitts: “We keep filling planes, even as they get larger and larger” << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Chronos Solutions Acquires Cogent Road

first_img December 18, 2015 540 Views in Headlines, News, Origination, Technology Acquisition Chronos Solutions Cogent Road 2015-12-18 Staff Writer Chronos Solutions recently announced its agreement to acquire San Diego-based mortgage technology company Cogent Road.According to Chronos Solutions, the acquisition will further expand its suite of products and services that support mortgage lenders and mortgage technology talent. The Cogent Road suite consists of LOS, verification, and credit/data platforms.Chronos Solutions CEO Matt Martin said that the acquisition brings more than 300 customers to the company’s family, in addition to adding to its broad suite of origination services.“Cogent Road offers an incredible array of superior origination technology,” Martin said. “The combination of these products with Chronos’ already-formidable suite of origination solutions empowers us to deliver end-to-end service to originators of any size.”The announcement noted that Cogent Road develops three core products for the mortgage origination market:Funding Suite is a premier credit and data purchasing platform designed for mortgage lenders. Funding Suite not only provides credit information but does so in a format that allows lenders to analyze ways to improve a borrower’s credit real time as well as tracks spend at the loan level.Tax Door is a fully automated tax transcript solution that allows users to order verified income data via Internal Revenue Service tax transcripts without requiring signed 4506Ts. Tax Door has a 100 percent success rate, where the industry is used to one in the 15 percent range.Roohmz is one of the leading loan origination systems in the industry.“Cogent Road prides itself on delivering flexible, robust technology designed to move the origination industry forward,” said William DiPaolohe, Cogent Road CEO. “In collaboration with Chronos’ wide variety of services and resources, we can deliver at elite levels virtually any service a mortgage lender might require.”In January, Chronos made its first acquisition of, an online real estate auction marketplace, which has grown 800 percent since the deal occurred. “We expect to achieve similar levels of growth and success with Cogent Road as well,” Martin explained. The Cogent Road acquisition will mark the firm’s second acquisition.The announcement noted that financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.Martin further stated that Chronos intends to grow the Cogent Road acquisition into a mortgage and real estate technology lab, based in San Diego. “We expect to announce multiple new products and services in the coming year with the help of Cogent Road’s talented team,” he continued.center_img Chronos Solutions Acquires Cogent Road Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >United Airlines announced today that it will introduce the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft to replace the Boeing 777-200 on its daily Sydney–San Francisco and Sydney–Los Angeles services, effective 27 March and 28 March 2016 respectively. UA already operates its Melbourne-Los Angeles route using the 787-9.Alison Espley, UA’s Managing Director, Japan and Pacific, Sales said: “This is another great milestone for United in Australia. We’re excited about introducing the game-changing 787-9 on both our routes from Sydney. This aircraft has redefined flying for our Melbourne customers and we’re delighted that our Sydney passengers will now also enjoy the superior inflight comfort and amenities that the Dreamliner offers. This announcement demonstrates United’s continued strong commitment to the Australian market, which we have been serving for almost 30 years.”UA, the North American launch customer for the 787-9, deployed the aircraft type internationally for the first time last year when it introduced a nonstop service between Melbourne and Los Angeles, breaking a world record for the longest 787 route to date. UA offers Australian customers more than 200 daily connections via its San Francisco and LAX hubs to over 90 destinations across the United States.The 787-9 has a total of 252 seats in 2 cabins – 48 in United BusinessFirst, with seats arranged in a 2-2-2 configuration, and 204 in United Economy, including 63 Economy Plus seats with added legroom and increased personal space. United BusinessFirst offers a superior business-class service. The BusinessFirst seat reclines 180 degrees into a 1.98m lie-flat bed and features a personal on-demand entertainment system with a 39cm touch-screen monitor. BusinessFirst amenities include laptop power, USB ports and a multi-course meal with complimentary wines.United Economy offers complimentary food, beer, wine, soft drinks and inflight entertainment. Seats feature an adjustable headrest and a 22.8cm personal seat-back monitor delivering a personal on-demand inflight entertainment system.United Economy Plus offers up to 12.7cm of extra legroom. Located near the front of the Economy cabin, the seats give the added benefit of allowing a swifter exit from the plane upon arrival. The aircraft offers satellite-based Wi-Fi and power outlets.UA currently has 19 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in its fleet and expects to take delivery of 6 more 787 Dreamliners by the end of 2015.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

Katarina Line Croatias premier small ship cruise

first_imgKatarina Line, Croatia’s premier small ship cruise company and DMC, has announced that it will be introducing new, more luxurious and modern vessels for 2018 as part of a fleet-wide rebranding programme that raises its category of ships to six from its current four-category designations of Deluxe, A+, A and B.Beginning with the 2018 cruise season, the new categories will be:Deluxe Superior, newer and larger ships that are a minimum of 47 metres long, built or updated within the past yearDeluxe, state-of-the-art ships between 41 and 47 metres longPremium Superior, newer category A+ ships similar to the current Deluxe ships but a bit smaller in lengthPremium, the smaller of Katarina’s spacious, steel-hulled ships.Katarina Line’s more traditional wooden ships will be classified in two additional categories: Traditional Ensuite, featuring cabins with private shower/toilets; and Traditional, a smaller line of wooden ships with shared showers and toilets. Both categories will also feature an air-conditioned salon.“The popularity of small ship cruising in the Mediterranean has increased the demand for larger, more luxurious vessels that cater for the new generation of travellers. These travellers are seeking soft adventures ‘on the high seas’ with more lavish accommodation, gourmet dining and superior, personalised service,” said Daniel Hauptfeld, marketing director for Katarina Line.Each of Katarina Line’s new vessel categories is distinguished by ship design and facilities, as well as by different levels of service, onboard dining, excursions, and other amenities. For example, all Deluxe Superior vessels include live entertainment twice a week and four-course meals. Ships in the Deluxe category will offer similar amenities as the Deluxe Superior, though with live entertainment only once a week. Ships in the Premium Superior, slightly smaller in length, will include daily breakfast and lunch, and a Captain’s dinner and three guided sightseeing tours based on one-week cruises, whereas the Premium category ships will offer only one guided sightseeing tour, based on a one-week cruise.“It’s all about meeting the needs of the widest range of cruise clients, from those who seek the more intimate, basic cruise experience founded upon the long tradition of wooden ships, to the most demanding cruise clients who expect the very best in luxury and service,” said Hauptfeld.  “Our new rebranding will allow travellers of every budget to pick the perfect vessel to meet their needs.”last_img read more

April 29 2004 Leslie Helpert came to Arcosanti on

first_imgApril 29, 2004Leslie Helpert came to Arcosanti on 4/21 to give a special performance for the Arcosanti community and friends. We thank her for sharing her beautiful voice with us in a dynamic mixture of music and spoken word. To find out more about Leslie go to Leslie Helpert came to Arcosanti on 4/21 to give a special performance for the Arcosanti community and friends. We thank her for sharing her beautiful voice with us in a dynamic mixture of music and spoken word. To find out more about Leslie go to her website. In the photo Leslie warms up for the evening performance. [Photo & Text: sa]last_img read more

Hermes did better job than state over illegal parking in disabled spots

first_imgThe paraplegics’ organisation on Tuesday asked the transport ministry to lift the ban on the company managing Larnaca and Paphos airports on dealing with illegal parking in spaces reserved for the disabled as they said they did a better job than the authorities.Ever since the company managing the airports was asked to stop taking action against those parking on pavements and in spaces for the disabled following a parliament decision last year, incidents concerning this “unacceptable behaviour” have soared, the group said in a letter to the transport minister and the police chief among others.The company, Hermes Airports, was banned from clamping down on illegal parking as it was deemed it had no right to immobilise private vehicles or issue traffic tickets, responsibilities that fall under the state’s powers. The decision followed a dispute over whether Hermes had the right to clamp or tow vehicles and then charge a release fee of €85 – a practice it had routinely employed at the time.The group are asking the minister to give the company back the power to take measures as during the time the company was allowed to take measures, the group said, illegal parking had been limited.“In this case, a private entity had been more effective in tackling the problem than the state or local authorities,” head of the paraplegics’ organisation Demetris Lambrianides told the Cyprus Mail.The group also said that in other countries measures include towing cars parked illegally or wheel-clamping. Such measures, they said, should be introduced also at the ports.As regards illegal parking in general, Lambrianides said the organisation has been waiting for three years for the House transport committee to resume discussion of their proposal to amend the law and introduce harsher penalties for those who park in spaces reserved for the disabled.The proposal, that also calls for towing of cars illegally parked in these spots, had been tabled at the committee in 2015 by the then Edek MP Roula Mavronicola. Following an initial discussion, the issue has been pending since.The group sent a letter last May to House President Demetris Syllouris asking him to intervene so that discussion on the matter resumes “the soonest possible”.“There are cases where those breaking the law are attacking citizens that point out to them they are parking illegally on spaces reserved for the disabled,” the letter said. “This proves that impunity leads to emboldenment. We need more rigorous legislation and implementation, since this behaviour does not do justice to our country.”You May LikeMyStyleMile15 Cutest Animals from Around the WorldMyStyleMileUndoScreenKleanHow To Super Clean Digital Screens Without Rags!ScreenKleanUndoSenior Living | Search AdsFind the Best Senior Apartments That are Waiting Just for YouSenior Living | Search AdsUndo Iran’s Revolutionary Guards publish purported exchange with British warshipUndoMorphou bishop now claims gay men have a ‘nasty smell’UndoCyprus’ Dothraki warriorUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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