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first_imgCountry singer Chris Young has donated $100,000 to help victims of Hurricane Harvey in the US.Young has set up a GoFundMe page for donations.“I have family and friends there and I’m fairly positive my house down there may have to be torn down as it was in one of the hardest hit areas by wind and flooding,” Young said. “But that’s the least of my concern. I’m worried about the people there. Like I said, my friends, family, neighbors and I want to help.“I’m pledging $100,000 to benefit the Red Cross in an effort to help everyone in Texas that has been affected by this hurricane. All donations will be routed through the Chris Young Foundation to distribute directly to Harvey relief through the Red Cross and other disaster relief organizations.”To join Chris Young, visit his GoFundMe page here.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Her husband, Mario (Souleye) Treadway, shared the same image on his account, saying to his wife, “You will forever be my heroine. Thank you for your warrior strength and ability to so deeply love.”Morissette, 45, and Treadway are parents to eight-year-old son Ever Imre and three-year-old daughter Onyx Solace.Treadway, 39, noted in his hashtags that all three children have been home births.In addition to posting about her growing family, Morissette teased on social media the recording of a new album earlier this year. She’s also involved in a stage version of “Jagged Little Pill,” based on music from her Grammy-winning 1995 album, set to debut on Broadway this fall.By David Friend ~ The Canadian Presscenter_img Artist Alanis Morissette receives her achievement from the Canadian Music Hall of Fame during the 2015 Juno Awards in Hamilton, Ont., on Sunday, March 15, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette) Twitter Facebook TORONTO — Alanis Morissette has welcomed her third child — a baby boy named Winter Mercy.The Ottawa-born performer announced the birth Monday on her Instagram account with a black-and-white photograph of the sleeping newborn.“He’s here,” her post read, revealing the birth date as Aug. 8.last_img read more

first_imgBETHEL, Alaska — Officials in a western Alaska city have been given the go-ahead to apply for a state public transit grant despite missing the deadline.The Bethel City Council voted Tuesday to apply for the $300,000 grant after residents warned that the city’s bus service would stop in June 2020 if action is not taken, KYUK-AM reported .The grant application was due to the state Department of Transportation on Dec. 17. The grant requires a city match of $80,000.The state grant would fund a new bus, a full-time transit manager, and a part-time and full-time driver.Tundra Women’s Coalition Executive Director Eileen Arnold urged the council to apply, saying the bus system is vital for people who cannot afford a cab or cannot walk long distances in subzero temperatures.“As the executive director of TWC, we are huge users of the bus system, perhaps the largest one,” Arnold said. “It’s really important for the people who are in our shelter.”Bethel resident Susan Charles said she has taken the bus since it started operating in Bethel. Continuing to fund the system makes sense, she said.“We need to get to work, and go home for lunch, and whatever we need to do — go shopping, go to the post office — and the bus system provides that for us here in Bethel,” Charles said.___Information from: KYUK-AM, http://www.kyuk.orgThe Associated Presslast_img read more

Rabat – Morocco’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Omar Hilale, has told his Venezuelan counterpart on Tuesday 18 that his country should focus on its internal catastrophes rather than meddling in Morocco affairs. During a discussion at the UN headquarters in New York on April 19 that centered on UN Sustainable Development Goals, Venezuela’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Rafael Darío Ramírez, stated that the UN’s goals would only be fulfilled if they take into account “occupied territories,” among which he included the Sahara.In his intervention, Omar Hilale, Morocco’s Permanent Representative to the UN, deplored the humanitarian situation of the Venezuelans, who suffer extreme poverty while their country has unlimited oil and gas reserves.  “The population of the richest country in the region in oil and gas is condemned to poverty and misery due to the monopolization of its national wealth by a Chavist dictatorial oligarchy,” said Hilale.The official added that the situation in Venezuela is so disgraceful that “Venezuelan children have to search for food in garbage bins,” and that the Venezuelan president’s call for humanitarian aid when the country is loaded with hydrocarbons is a case-in-point that the regime is both “corrupt and bankrupt.” Shedding light on aspects of corruption in the Venezuelan regime, Hilale said: “while his people do not find medicaments to heal themselves, nor food to eat, nor milk to give to children and while the government shuts down schools to economize electricity, the Ambassador to the UN allows himself to stroll in his two private jets in the United States and Caribbean countries.” Hilale noted that Venezuela would not achieve sustainable development without democracy and human rights. He regretted that the dictatorship, coupled with famine, cripple this south American country. He further called on Ramírez to humble himself, as the regime he represents kills peaceful protestors on daily basis for merely demanding their basic rights, such as a real democracy, dignity and food.Moreover, Hilale reminded him that Morocco did not wait for the UN’s Sustainable Development program and launched a 7-billion-dollar development project in the. He pointed out that people of the region will benefit this massive investment, noting that “it is not the case for Venezuela, the last dictatorship in Latin America.” read more

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first_img Apr 9th 2017, 7:30 PM By Nicky Ryan Sunday 9 Apr 2017, 7:30 PM ‘Thanks to your support I will be there for our children’: The week in quotes Here’s what was said and who said what this week. Source: RTÉ NewsWe need those boys home now. We really do. My parents need them home, my sister-in-law needs him home, my nieces need him home. They have to come home now. We need to find them.Orla Smith – whose brother Ciarán Smith was a member of the Rescue 116 crew amd remains missing – told RTÉ News she and her family were trying to stay as strong as possible. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesIf only you knew me, you would know I was bothered by this. Any young girl on social welfare like me would have done what I did.The words of a single mother who went on a “massive spending spree” after a bank accidentally deposited €51,000 into her bank account. She received a suspended jail sentence this week. Source: Anders Wiklund/PA WireAn attack on any of our Member States is an attack on us all.President of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker on Friday’s terror attack in Stockholm. Source: PSNIPut simply, this was an inhumane way to treat anyone. Her basic human rights were stolen from her by people who can only be described as evil.PSNI Superintendent George Clarke reacted to the sentences handed down to Keith and Caroline Baker, who kept a woman prisoner in their home for years. Source: Shutterstock/WollertzFor the first time in months, he was able to relax, sleep through the night, laugh, and breathe a bit easier. I don’t think it was curing his pulmonary fibrosis, but I do think it allowed him to overcome the pain long enough to recover a bit, which made life worth living again.Roderick Campbell on his father’s use of medicinal cannabis. 4 Comments Short URLcenter_img Share1 Tweet Email We can never get my darling wife Patricia back, who I depended on with my life, but thanks to your support through these trouble times I will be there for our children. Thank you all sincerely.Kerryman Ray Flavin on a fundraising campaign to help his family as he battles with Bank of Ireland to keep his home. Source: Channel 4 News35 years ago this week another woman prime minister sent a task force half way across the world to protect another small group of British people against another Spanish-speaking country. And I’m absolutely clear that our current woman prime minister will show the same resolve in relation to Gibraltar as her predecessor did.Former Tory leader Michael Howard sparked tension between Spain and the United Kingdom over Gibraltar. Source: know someone knows something, and we ask that you come forward to put an end to this relentless nightmare.Trevor Deely’s sister Michele, speaking at the launch of a renewed appeal for information on his whereabouts. Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ieThere are 24 hours in a day, seven days in a week, and Alan Kelly remains an angry man.Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen on Labour party TD Alan Kelly. 14,261 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article last_img read more

first_imgIn January of 2010, local rail advocates rejoiced at learning Washington had been awarded $590 million in federal economic stimulus funding for high-speed rail.However, the money never actually materialized until this week.A budget showdown 2,800 miles away on Capitol Hill may have played a role in freeing up the dollars that had been held up for more than a year.The Federal Railroad Administration wanted assurances that, by spending federal money on a privately owned railroad, the improvements would meet the Obama administration’s goal of enhancing passenger service over the long term. The Washington Department of Transportation worked month after month trying to forge an agreement between the FRA, Amtrak and the owner of the rail line running along the spine of western Washington: BNSF Railway.Negotiations dragged on for more than a year.Then, the new Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives took office in January promising to follow through on campaign commitments to restrain federal spending. Rather than waiting for next year’s budget, the new majority pushed for deep cuts in the federal budget right now.Billions of dollars that had been awarded but not yet formally “obligated” were suddenly on the chopping block.“Common sense would tell us it was putting some pressure on everybody,” said Scott Witt, rail and marine director for the state DOT.Following a final two days of final negotiations last Thursday and Friday, Witt was the state official who electronically accepted the $590 million award. The final click of the mouse came in his Olympia office at 10:04 p.m. on Friday.“It was a nice feeling,” he said.FRA spokesman Rob Kulat said the key federal administrator signed the grant agreement on Saturday, and the money was finally, officially obligated on the next day of business on Monday.last_img read more

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A man and his girlfriend have been arrested and charged for the murder of the man’s 2-year-old girl.Larry Donte Haynes and his girlfriend, Amber McCray, appeared in bond court, Saturday. Both have been charged with the first-degree murder of  Haynes’ 2-year-old child, Za’mya Williams.Williams’ mother is happy that an arrest has finally been made. “They got him,” said Shanika Williams. “Justice is finally coming. Seven long, long, long months.”The toddler was found unconscious at the suspects’ Fort Lauderdale home in the early hours of Nov. 19, after 911 was called.Police said the child had suffered severe internal injuries caused by blunt force trauma. She died three days later.Haynes had previously been arrested during the investigation for not paying child support.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_img These products and services are independently chosen by our editors. CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site. Share your voice $149 and up Bearaby’s The Napper adult weighted blanket is unlike any other I’ve seen. Instead of glass beads or poly pellets sandwiched between two layers of plain old duvet fabric or that minky plush, it’s knitted. The company uses hypoallergenic yarn made of layers of fabric to create a weighted throw blanket. It comes in three sizes and weights, with seven color options and it starts at $249.Want a more traditional weighted blanket? It also has a weighted comforter for sleep. $90 at Sensa Calm 1:39 Price Included $149 at Amazon $119 and up Sold separately Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $69 and up Glass beads Glass beads or layered knitted fabric 15, 20, 25 5, 7, 10, 15, 20, 25 Tags YnM Weighted Blanket The best weighted blankets, compared Included 5, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 20, 22, 25 Sensa Calm Weight options in pounds 3-20 15 or 20 Glass beads Sold separately Fully customizable 34″ x 50″, 38″x 62″ & 38″x 72″ $89 and up Looking for a weighted blanket for your kid or grandkid? Check out Harkla. It makes weighted blankets, weighted vests and weighted lap pads, plus a sensory peapod and hanging swing for children with sensory processing issues. Its blankets come in vivid colors and have soft, plush textures (courtesy of that minky fabric).Harkla also makes a weighted blanket for adults, starting at $179 (you can also get a Harkla blanket from Amazon for less).  SensaCalm Multiple sizes Mosaic Removable cover? $249 at Amazon YnM The luxury blanket Glass beads Baloo Weighted Blanket 15, 20, 25 5-25 *Multiple sizes include throw blanket, twin, queen and king options, plus other miscellaneous sizes. Sold separately Multiple sizes* 60″ x 80″ Sizes in inches Sold separatelycenter_img Plastic beads YnM $56 at Amazon Sold separately $199 and up Gravity Blanket SensaCalm Weighted Blanket Sleep Mosaic Glass beads with polyester batting 48″ x 72″ Now playing: Watch this: Bearaby 3 ways to cover bright LED lights so you can sleep Bearaby The Napper Blanket Budget-friendly buy $249 at Bearaby Want a custom weighted blanket? SensaCalm is your best bet. It allows you to customize everything about your blanket, from the fabric to the weight. You pick if you want fiberfill or not, plus you can add snaps for a separate duvet cover and even monogram the finished blanket.It even has waterproof fabrics, which are good for kids. Blankets start around $90 for kids’ sizes and go up from there to fit any size bed.  The Kickstarter darling SensaCalm’s weighted blankets are available with and without polyester fiberfill. SensaCalm Weighted blankets have exploded in popularity as a remedy for stress, anxiety, insomnia and much more — even restless leg syndrome. They’re usually made of standard duvet materials stuffed with poly pellets, glass beads or other weighted fillers. The idea is that the deep pressure the blanket exerts promotes the production of serotonin, which in turn helps soothe symptoms of things as diverse as post-traumatic stress, ADHD and sensory processing disorders and can also simply help you fall asleep.While they’ve been used as a deep touch pressure method to help calm kids on the autism spectrum, weighted blankets for adults have only recently gained steam with stressed-out grown-ups looking for relaxation and a good night’s sleep. Do they live up to the hype? Check out our guide on how weighted blankets work.Ready to buy? With so many weighted blankets out there, it can be hard to choose. Luckily, we’ve rounded up some of the best weighted blankets you can buy below. If you’re not sure how to pick, this guide gives you 4 tips for choosing the best weighted blanket. If you are feeling crafty, you can also make your own weighted blanket too, for kids or adults! $249 A knitted option Bearaby Harkla Gravity Baloo For everyone in the family Kid-friendly $79 and up Harkla Multiple sizes Type of weights Glass beads Looking for a luxury weighted blanket? Baloo makes a premium-looking cotton weighted blanket for adults and offers a separate french linen duvet cover for a refined night’s rest.There are two sizes available, one for a twin bed and one for a full/queen-size bed, which is big enough to cover the top of a queen mattress so that there is minimal overhang. The twin size is 12 pounds for $149, and the full/queen comes in 15- or 20-pound weights, both for $169. 0 Gravity is one of the better-known weighted blanket brands thanks in large part to its wildly successful Kickstarter campaign. Now, anyone can buy one of these blankets, which come in 15-, 20- and 25-pound options. Gravity uses glass beads as filler and has a plush, removable and machine washable duvet cover.Gravity also recently launched a cooling version of its heavy blanket, which has a special cover that wicks away sweat and keeps your body cool, perfect for a summer night’s sleep. Post a comment YnM’s weighted blanket is highly rated on Amazon and for good reason. It’s sturdy, has seven breathable layers and comes in five different sizes and nine weight options from 5 to 25 pounds. Oh, and it starts around $60. I bought this weighted blanket for myself last fall and I love it. To be honest, I think it played a key role in helping me feel calm in the aftermath of a difficult breakup.The blanket itself is well-made and filled with glass beads. The separate machine washable cover is not required, but it makes it far easier to keep the blanket clean. The cover is available in a variety of fabrics, including the soft gray minky cover I have, and starts at $15. Mosaic has been making weighted blankets in the US for 8 years. They have a lot of different options including blankets for adults, teens and kids, even antimicrobial blankets for use in hospitals. The filling is made of hypoallergenic, BPA-free plastic pellets and poly fill.Mosaic offers a broader selection of weights than other companies — you can get a blanket in 1-pound increments from 5 to 25. $139 at Amazon Gravity Multiple sizes Baloo The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.  $133 at Amazon Harkla Weighted Blanket Mosaic Weighted Blanketlast_img read more

first_imgEntrance to Anchorage’s Providence Hospital emergency room. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage)Two big hospitals in Anchorage have competing visions for how to expand access to emergency care. Alaska Regional wants to build two freestanding emergency departments on opposite ends of the city, while Providence is hoping to add rooms to specialize in pediatric emergencies on its campus. The decision will ultimately be made by the state health commissioner but the public can weigh in now. Listen now:On a busy day, the emergency department at Providence Hospital admits more than 200 patients. There aren’t enough rooms, so some patients are on beds in hallways, with curtains for privacy.Dr. Daniel Safranek, the department’s medical director, says it’s not ideal.“It makes the department feel crowded and a little bit chaotic,” Safranek said.Providence is asking the state to approve 14 more emergency room beds. 10 will be focused on pediatric emergency patients, freeing up other beds for adults. Because of crowding in it’s current ER, Providence says most of those new rooms could be filled as soon as they’re built.But in Alaska, hospitals need approval from the state to build big new projects. The idea is to prevent hospitals from building too many facilities and then passing the cost onto consumers. The state has decided Anchorage can support 13 new emergency room beds between now and 2022. And Alaska Regional Hospital has it’s own vision of how to best use those beds. CEO Julie Taylor wants to build the first freestanding emergency departments in Alaska, one in South Anchorage and another in Eagle River.“It’s a model that’s proven in other markets to be more efficient and more effective and also can save lives,” Taylor said.Freestanding emergency departments offer a higher level of care than urgent care clinics. They operate 24 hours a day, are staffed with emergency medicine physicians and are equipped with cat scans and x-ray machines. Taylor says residents who live in the outlying areas of Anchorage deserve quicker access to emergency care.“We are at a disadvantage because all of the hospitals are located in a two mile radius of each other,” Taylor said. “So what if we had an earthquake? All the sudden the roads were cut off, everything is in one central area.”Because freestanding ER’s aren’t attached to a hospital though, they don’t allow access to specialists or surgery or blood transfusions. In the Lower 48, they have been criticized for increasing inappropriate emergency room use and driving up the cost of care. Taylor says that is not Alaska Regional’s intention.Taylor says HCA, the company that owns Regional, will have 60 freestanding ER’s open in the rest of the country by the end of the year. Swedish, which is affiliated with Providence, opened two in western Washington before the hospitals completed their affiliation.But Dr. Safranek, at Providence hospital, is skeptical the concept is right for Anchorage. He says many patients who visit freestanding ER’s would be better served in an urgent care clinic. And he says in a true emergency a patient is going to need to be transferred to a hospital.“And more than likely when you’re transferred, you’re going to end up in the emergency department of that hospital, because that’s where you can get services quickly,” Safranek said. “So you end up delaying care for the sickest patients.”Dr. Safranek doesn’t think freestanding ER’s deserve to be measured against traditional ER beds as Commissioner Valerie Davidson weighs her decision.The state disagrees. And it will be up to the Office of Rate Review in the Division of Health and Social Services to make a recommendation to the commissioner, says Executive Director Jared Kosin.“We’ll look at what the trend patterns are for access,” Kosin said. “And we’ll do our analysis and ultimately it will be up to the commissioner to listen to the public, look at the proposals and make a decision.”Kosin says he expects Commissioner Davidson to issue a decision by the end of July. She could decide to split the ER beds between the two hospitals. A public hearing on the issue will be held next Monday May 18th from 4-7 pm at the Loussac Library.This story is part of a partnership between APRN, NPR and Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

first_imgVusi Mahlasela and Mongezi Ntaka perform at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center on Oct. 11, 2018. (Photo by Kirsten Swann/Alaska Public Media)Vusi Mahlasela has serenaded listeners around the world. Known as “The Voice,” he’s performed at the World Cup and Nelson Mandela’s inauguration, and shared stages with Dave Matthews Band, Sting, Paul Simon and Josh Groban.Listen nowHiland Mountain Correctional Center isn’t his typical venue. That doesn’t matter, Mahlasela said.“Wherever that spirit sends me, it is for a purpose,” he said, standing in the gym at the Eagle River prison Oct. 11.Mahlasela spent the middle part of the month touring Alaska as part of his Township Tour, but before he performed at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts or sang for audiences in Cordova, Haines, Skagway or Juneau, he hosted a special show for inmates at Hiland.From a portable stage set up in the middle of the gym floor, he performed for an audience dressed in matching yellow pants and shirts. He sang songs about his home in the Mamelodi Township, sometimes pausing to speak about the history of the music or offer words of advice.“If you don’t forgive, you become like your own prisoner. You become like a bitter leaf that can just be squashed or stripped away any time — so forgiveness is very important, and we should all wear it like a crown,” Mahlasela told the crowd, who whooped and applauded in response.The Anchorage Concert Association worked with the Department of Corrections to arrange the event. James Fredrick, ACA community engagement director, said it’s part of the concert association’s intention to serve every member of the community.“That doesn’t necessarily just mean ticket sales at the performing arts center,” Fredrick said.That afternoon, sitting in the audience in the gym, Corine Camille said the music carried her to a place outside the prison walls. When she listened, she said, she pictured a place far away.“I was … trying to picture what it looks like where they’re from,” Camille said. “Just trying to get something in my mind of what it would look like, with people dancing. It took me out of here.”Sitting in the front frow, Kendria Huskey said the music gave her goosebumps. When Mahlasela sang, she said, she felt like he was delivering a deeper message.“That was a testimony to me,” Huskey said. “I’m African American and American Indian, so I was able to get my heritage, my culture, right here, given to me in place that you would never imagine.”After Mahlasela performed, audience members had the chance to ask questions about his music, his work with Nelson Mandela’s 46664 campaign, his travels and his trip to Alaska. Listening to him was a blessing, Huskey said.“I believe that everything happens for a reason, and also that you gotta be in the right place at the right time. And I just so happened to be here at this right time,” Huskey said, sitting in the correctional center gym after the show. “Not that I want to be here, but you know…I have to do what I have to do…so this is perfect. I would have never imagined finding this type of opportunity in a place like this.”From his perch on stage, Mahlasela could see the way the music affected the crowd, he said. Women danced in their seats. Men smiled and tapped their feet. Packing up his guitar after the show, Mahlasela called it a success.“We could actually read some kind of transformation from the faces of everybody, you know?” Mahlasela said. “When you see that, you’ve served the purpose.”last_img read more

first_imgThe logo of India’s largest online marketplace Flipkart is seen on a building in Bengaluru, India, April 22, 2015.REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa/File PhotoWith an aim to increase its top line, Flipkart, India’s largest online retailer, is taking every opportunity to acquire or invest in smaller peers.According to reports, Flipkart is said to be in talks to invest in multiple firms like online food-ordering and delivery service Swiggy, home services firm Urban Clap, online furniture retailer Urban Ladder, ticket-booking platform BookMyShow and even some financial technology firms.This market consolidation move by Flipkart is in line with what big online Chinese counterparts such as Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu had done earlier, Mint reports.With as much as Rs 26,000 ($4 billion) funds in hand, the indigenous online retailer is well equipped to combat global rival Amazon’s growth in India. The Bangalore-based company is looking outwards for innovations and branch out into newer categories, reported the business daily.The retailer has already acquired large companies, such as Myntra, Jabong and PhonePe in the past few years. The company stands out among peers in the number of acquisitions and investments made so far. It also enjoys the highest market share in online retail space.Flipkart’s next set of acquisitions are on the exploratory stage, but the firm’s intent to go all out for consolidation is becoming clearer. Going forward, the company is looking for meaningful deals rather than acting like a venture capital firm as in the past.Earlier the home-grown online retailer has invested in firms such as Zinka Logistics, Tinystep and NestAway, largely looking at gaining returns.The company is backed by big names like SoftBank, Tencent and Microsoft, which place it at an advantageous position in making strategic investments.Recently, the company invested Rs 180 crore in offline retailer Shoppers Stop to boost its expansion in the fashion category. The company also participated in the bidding process of online grocer BigBasket, a move that was deemed as its bid to develop its own grocery business.last_img read more

first_imgTheresa MayPrime minister Theresa May’s resignation looks likely to make Britain’s looming departure from the EU even more difficult, with some suggesting a hard or “no-deal” Brexit is now almost inevitable.Here are the main reactions to the announcement she will step down as leader of the Conservative Party, and hence also as Prime Minister, on 7 June.- No change -The European Union said the resignation does nothing to change its position on the Brexit withdrawal deal agreed with Britain.EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker noted May’s decision “without personal joy”, a spokeswoman said, adding that the council of EU leaders has “set out its position” on the Brexit deal.The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, tweeted that he “would like to express my full respect for @theresa_may and for her determination, as prime minister, in working towards the #UK’s orderly withdrawal from the EU”.- ‘Deliver Brexit’ -One of the leading contenders to succeed May, Britain’s former foreign minister Boris Johnson tweeted: “A very dignified statement from @theresa_may. Thank you for your stoical service to our country and the Conservative Party. It is now time to follow her urgings: to come together and deliver Brexit.”- ‘Rapid clarification’ -French president Emmanuel Macron hailed May for her “courageous work” in seeking to implement Brexit in the interests of her country while showing respect for Britain’s European partners.But the Elysee statement added: “The principles of the EU will continue to apply, with the priority on the smooth functioning of the EU, and this requires a rapid clarification.””At a time of an important choice, votes of rejection that do not offer an alternative project will lead to an impasse.”- Merkel’s ‘respect’ -German chancellor Angela Merkel noted May’s decision “with respect”, saying they shared a “good and trusting” working relationship, according to her spokeswoman.Pledging to keep working with May in the same spirit as long as she is in office, Merkel noted Berlin “wishes to maintain close cooperation and a close relationship with the British government”, spokeswoman Martina Fietz said.Fietz declined to comment on how the resignation could affect Brexit, as “the development depends essentially on domestic political developments in Britain”.- ‘Misjudged the mood’ -Anti-EU populist Nigel Farage, whose Brexit Party is leading opinion polls in Britain, blamed May for misjudging the mood of her country by trying to preserve close trade ties with the bloc.”It is difficult not to feel for Mrs May, but politically she misjudged the mood of the country and her party. Two Tory leaders have now gone whose instincts were pro-EU,” he wrote in a tweet, referring to May and her predecessor David Cameron.- ‘Very difficult period’ -In Moscow, the Kremlin said that May’s premiership has been a very difficult time for Russia’s relations with Britain.”Mrs May’s stint as prime minister has come during a very difficult period in our bilateral relations,” said President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov.- ‘Impossible to stop’ -The Madrid government warned that a no-deal Brexit now appears almost inevitable.”Under these circumstances, a hard Brexit appears to be a reality that is near impossible to stop,” Spanish government spokeswoman Isabel Celaa told reporters, adding that the British government and parliament would be “solely responsible for a no-deal exit (from the EU) and its consequences”.- Pound wobbles -On the financial markets, sterling briefly sank below $1.27 but did not reach the four-month lows that were plumbed a day earlier and was still higher compared to late Thursday, as dealers argued that the resignation news had already been priced in.Stock markets mostly rebounded with US president Donald Trump offering an “olive branch” to China in their trade war, dealers said.last_img read more

first_imgThis is the time of year, at the change of season, when the flu can strike. And many of us cannot afford going to the doctor or purchasing medication. So here are 5 easy and cheap home remedies you can use to fight the flu germs.1- Drink up. The flu can leave you dehydrated, so be sure to get enough fluids. Water is fine. Herbal tea with honey can soothe a sore throat.2- Sip some soup. For generations, caring parents have been serving chicken soup to kids with colds and flu. This helps you especially when you don’t feel like having a heavy meal. Something light like soup helps you and will give you strength.3- Try a warm compress. On the forehead and nose, a warm cloth is a great way to relieve a headache or sinus pain.4- Swish and spit. Gargling with salt water helps get rid of the thick mucus that can collect at the back of the throat, especially after you’ve been lying down. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite 5- Humidify. Breathing moist air helps ease nasal congestion and sore throat pain. One good strategy is to indulge in a steamy shower several times a day or just turn on the shower and sit in the bathroom for a few minutes, inhaling the steam. Another is to use a steam vaporizer or a humidifier. Clean it often to make sure it’s free of mould and mildew.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

first_imgSource = Choice Hotels Australasia Choice Hotels Australasia is proud to launch the campaign ‘Your Stay Is Building The Foundations To Prevent Youth Homelessness’, with the aim of raising more than AUD$55,000 to build a new studio for a young person at risk of homelessness through charity partner Kids Under Cover.Held between 3 and 9 August, during Homelessness Prevention Week, Choice Hotels will donate AUD$2 from every night stayed across their portfolio of more than 230 hotels across Australia, including the Econo Lodge, Comfort, Quality and Clarion hotel brands, and the Ascend Hotel Collection.The significant donation will fund the build of a new studio for the Kids Under Cover Studio Program, and will be built by Choice Hotels’ head office staff and franchisees in 2016.The Kids Under Cover Studio Program offers fully relocatable unique accommodation that are constructed on the grounds of the family/carers home to provide young people at risk of homelessness with a secure and stable environment to grow into healthy adulthood.Trent Fraser, Choice Hotels Chief Executive Officer, is very proud to be working with Kids Under Cover for a second year.“Choice Hotels partnered with Kids Under Cover because of their amazing accomplishments in helping families to stay together,” Fraser said.“We thank all of our guests, staff and franchisees for getting behind this initiative and giving disadvantaged young people the opportunity to reach their full potential,” he said.Jo Swift, Kids Under Cover’s Chief Executive Officer, said the organisation firmly believes the most effective way to reduce the number of young people experiencing homelessness is through prevention.Without such interventions, young people will increasingly become the face of homelessness in Australia.“With the support of community minded businesses like Choice Hotels Australasia who understand the importance of making people feel at home, young people will be able to build a brighter future,” said Swift.Aimed at raising awareness of the issue of youth homelessness and the importance of early prevention, Kids under Cover are the only organisation in Australia that offer the unique combination of relocatable housing, and education/job training scholarships for homeless and at-risk young people. Learn more about Kids Under Coverlast_img read more

first_imgThe USD 500 plus billion global wellness tourism industryA group of seasoned wellness industry executives have joined forces to create the Wellness Tourism Association (WTA). Registered in the State of Colorado as a not-for-profit, privately-held organization, the WTA has been established and designed to serve this booming travel sector.“Our mission is clear and concise,” says Co-Founder and Chairman Andrew Gibson, VP Wellbeing, Accor Hotels, “We plan to support and further the growth and development of the wellness tourism industry through networking, education, communication and marketing.”The new association will be a network of and for qualifying members of the wellness tourism industry. Its objectives will help to define the industry, as well as educate consumers to recognize legitimate and credible wellness suppliers and operators.Co-Founding member Tom Klein, President & COO of Canyon Ranch stated, “The WTA will fill a gap in this global industry by providing a credible and unified voice.” Klein added, “As with all associations, the goals and objectives will be determined by the members.”According to the Global Wellness Institute’s 2017 Global Wellness Economy Monitor, the Wellness Tourism segment is a $563 billion industry — growing faster than the tourism industry itself.  “It makes perfect sense to have our own association,” says Co-Founder and President, Anne Dimon, Founder/CEO of “Especially since there is some confusion with consumers and travel agents as to what constitutes legitimate ‘wellness travel.”Nilendu Srivastava, Managing Director of The Art of Living Retreat Center, a year-round wellness retreat facility in Boone, North Carolina is another Founding Member.The association’s first tourism office member – the Monaco Government Tourist Office – will be represented by Cindy Hoddeson, Monaco’s Director, North America. The wellness history of this city-state dates back to 1860 and the Etablissement des Bains, Monaco’s first baths where people traveled to benefit from the curative powers of the Mediterranean.Madeleine Marentette, owner of Grail Springs — recent recipient of Canada’s Best Wellness Retreat 2017 — will also sit on the first Board of Directors – – as will Jim Forberg, Founding Partner and COO of Unicomm LLC, producers of the long-running Travel & Adventure Show and introducing a wellness element to their shows in 2018.Wellness Tourism is not a new industry, as people have traveled both nationally and internationally with health or wellness the primary focus since the time of the Roman Baths. Today, the commitment to ‘health as your wealth’ transcends borders, cultures and ages, with many new companies flocking to the sector.Membership will be open to qualifying destination marketing organizations, hotels and resorts, destination spas, tour operators, travel advisors, wellness educators and others with an interest in supporting the industry and helping shape its future and sustainability. Dimon adds that, “while ‘wellness’ is often thought to be a luxury category of travel, we also want to ensure we represent a diverse range of members across consumer segment.”For more information, please visit and for interview opportunities and additional details, email the WTA at admin@wellnesstourismassociation.orgSource = Wellness Tourism Association (WTA)last_img read more

first_imgBollywood stars Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt have been signed up as the new brand ambassadors for MakeMyTrip. The move aims at strengthening the brand’s appeal, stature and recall amongst its audience in first tier towns and cities across the country.Saujanya Shrivastava, Chief Marketing Officer, MakeMyTrip said, “Makemytrip aims to inspire and enable the restless wanderlust in every person’s heart. And as the brand injects new energy into its ambitions, there is a raring-to-go spirit that it has started to spread. On that journey, taking on two key protagonists to represent this spirit of wanderlust is a key step. Like the brand, both Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt represent the new age of Indians – confident, bold, and unafraid to try new things. In their cinematic journey too they are experimental, have fun in whatever they do and give everything its maximum due. Like true travellers who push forth on their travel ambitions, their persona is incredibly aspirational. It’s a great fit with the brand, which we hope can inspire more of India to travel.”The duo has engaged in high-decibel campaign that has high visibility and impactful presence across mediums and is supported by digital and on-ground marketing activations.last_img read more

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterThe Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) is celebrating the third year of the Hong Kong Specialist Club and is offering two Australian travel industry consultants the chance to win a place on the Hong Kong 2019 Global Famil from 15 to 19 October 2019.For a chance to participate in this exclusive, fully-hosted, five days/four nights’ famil, travel trade professionals must register and complete the three Hong Kong Specialist Club educational modules online by Friday, 16 August 2019.“The Hong Kong Specialist Club is a great way to encourage and motivate Aussie agents to learn more about Hong Kong and become more proactive in selling the destination,” said Lisa Lee, HKTB Manager, Trade Marketing and Business Tourism for Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific.“The Hong Kong 2019 Global Famil is an exciting opportunity for two lucky Aussie travel industry consultants to become Hong Kong ambassadors by experiencing Asia’s world city first-hand as well as being part of an international network of members.”“We’re thrilled that this year’s itinerary has been extended to five days/four nights so that the group can experience some of Hong Kong’s new infrastructure including the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge and explore Hong Kong’s Back Garden with its great outdoors and its Living Culture through the local neighbourhoods of Old Town Central, Sham Shui Po and West Kowloon,” said Lee.To complete the Hong Kong Specialist Club online educational training program and for a chance to win a place on the Hong Kong 2019 Global Famil visit back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

first_imgFrankfurt/Sant’Agata Bolognese – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineStephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A., is presenting at the Volkswagen Group Night in Frankfurt the most extreme Gallardo ever: the Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale. Automobili Lamborghini is bringing motor racing excitement directly to the road. This new and most extreme top model in the Gallardo lineup is based on the successful racecar from the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo, the world’s fastest single-make series.The car will be produced in a limited run of 150 numbered units. The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo championship brings professional racers and gentlemen drivers face-to-face in fiercely fought battles on Europe’s most challenging racetracks such as Monza, Silverstone and Hockenheim. There are many similarities between the racing and road versions of this super sports car. For example, they both share the same V10 powerplant, which is used in the racing version with no modifications.Right from first glance, these similarities are even more evident in the new Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale. In fact, it is equipped with the same rear spoiler that offers greater aerodynamic load – reaching in the best aerodynamic condition 3 times the load of the Gallardo LP 560-4 – for increased dynamic stability during tight, high-speed driving. As in the race cars, the rear spoiler can be varied manually in order to let the driver optimize the car’s performance according to the track or road characteristics.Another element taken directly from the racing version is the removable engine hood with quick-release system. Both the spoiler and the hood are of course made of carbon composite material, as are a host of other components on the SuperTrofeo Stradale. Together with aluminum, carbon fiber is the basis behind the extremely lightweight construction of Gallardo’s new top model.The Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale boasts a maximum dry weight of 1340 kilograms. It beats the already lean Gallardo LP 560-4 by 70 kilograms, which gives the Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale a stunning power-to-weight ratio of 2.35 kilograms per HP for breathtaking performance. It sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 3.4 seconds and reaches 200 km/h just 10.4 seconds later. Its forward thrust finally tops out at 320 Km/h. “Rosso Mars” stands for Italy’s racing tradition.The Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale sports a brand new “Rosso Mars” finish that underscores the special connection between ultimate race track performance and Lamborghini’s “Italianness”. The “Rosso Mars” color symbolizes Italy’s traditional racing red, as established at the beginning of last century in motor racing, when the home nations of the competitors were indicated by the color of the paint on the vehicles. Dark green stood for Great Britain, blue was for France, white (and silver later on) represented Germany, white and blu stripes for USA, and red was the color of all race cars from Italy.The exterior appearance of the Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale is perfectly accentuated by a matte black finish on the large rear spoiler, the engine hood and the front air intakes, which contrasts with the “Rosso Mars” paint. The forged wheels are painted in high-gloss black, a color that is also available on the roof as an option. The rocker panel covers, impressive rear diffuser and outside mirror housings are made of carbon fiber polished to a high gloss, while the brake calipers are accented in red for the first time on a Lamborghini. It’s a perfect match with the exterior color and racing concept of this new super sports car. And besides the historically suggestive “Rosso Mars”, the new Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale is also available upon request in “Grigio Telesto” or “Bianco Monocerus” with the roof available in gloss black as an option, as mentioned above.Black and red, the perfect combination of sporty minimalism, are the dominant shades inside the Super Trofeo Stradale. The most broadly used materials are Alcantara – in “Rosso Mars” on the underside of the dashboard, the central part of the seat cushion and the backrest – and extremely lightweight carbon fiber. Black Alcantara with contrasting red top-stitching is used to finish the other parts of the interior. The steering wheel is upholstered in black suede and also features red topstitching. The door panels, the monocoque racing seats and the center console cover are made of carbon fiber, the construction of which Lamborghini has achieved a world-leading expertise. Discreet sporty accents are provided by dark chrome visible metal parts. Upon request, an interior layout including elements made of carbon fiber, such as the handbrake frame, the middle of the center console, the lower rim of the steering wheel, the decorative frames around the main and secondary instrument panels, the door handles, and the handle for opening the glove box (also available upon request), can be ordered.Like the Super Trofeo competition version, the new Super Trofeo Stradale is based on the Gallardo Superleggera technical approach. The V10 powerplant generates 570 HP, equivalent to 419 kW, which is fully available at 8000 RPM. The maximum torque is equally impressive, with the torque curve peaking at 540 Nm at 6500 RPM. The V10’s unique firing order delivers the striking sound you hear in motor racing. Transmission “race tested” in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo championship series.Like the race car, the Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale offers the robotized egear six-speed transmission controlled by steering wheel paddles as standard equipment. This electronically controlled system shifts through its six gears smoothly and much faster than any human being could. And for maximum acceleration from a standing start, the transmission can be set to the “Thrust Mode” – a program that allows to reach the best performance possible executing a racing start with minimal tire slippage at an initial engine speed of approximately 5000 rpm.Permanent all-wheel drive for maximum traction in any situation. Every kilometer in the Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale is packed with sheer excitement, in part due to its unrelenting grip in virtually all situations thanks to all-wheel drive. At the end of the day, the Lamborghini Super Trofeo is the only single-brand racing series in the world that features all-wheel drive racecars. The Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale is a highly concentrated driving machine offering a truly stunning driving experience with breathtaking cornering speeds and fast, immediate response. Its road manners are always precise, stable and completely safe. Suspension with unmatched precision. The layout of the suspension is directly derived from motor racing, with a double aluminum wishbone guiding the wheels. Precise rack-and-pinion steering gives the driver a very close connection to the road. As is true for the Gallardo Superleggera, the vehicle is specially set up to take full advantage of its dynamic potential. No other model in the Gallardo line is as close to being a true racecar. Another great feature is the ultra-lightweight 19-inch wheels, which alone save some 13 kilograms. The lightweight and sturdy wheel bearings and bolts are made from titanium and high performance Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires are fitted.Behind the massive wheels are brakes designed for unmatched stopping power, as controlled by the ESP stability control system, which is standard equipment. The front axle is equipped with aluminum calipers with eight pistons each, and the calipers on the rear axle have four pistons each. The ventilated discs on the front and rear measure 365 and 356 millimeters, respectively. Upon request, Lamborghini will install a carbon-ceramic brake system. The carbon-ceramic discs measure 380 mm for the front wheels and 356 mm for the rear wheels.The optional equipment designed with racing in mind includes not only the carbon-fiber ceramic brake discs, but also a tubular interior roll cage, 4-point safety belts and fire extinguisher. On the other hand, those who want comfort can equip their Super Trofeo Stradale with satellite navigation, with Bluetooth connection for mobile phones, an anti-theft system, and a lifting system that raises the front read more