Lewis Hamilton took pole position for his home British Grand Prix for the third year in a row on Saturday with a sensational lap that left him one step away from Michael Schumacher’s Formula One record.Hamilton’s championship-leading Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel, who has a 20-point advantage after nine of 20 races, qualified third.The Mercedes driver was half a second quicker than Ferrari’s second placed Kimi Raikkonen and his time of one minute 26.600 seconds was so outrageously quick there were gasps before the crowd erupted.”I always try to leave the best to last,” the Briton told retired champion Jenson Button in post-qualifying interviews on the grid.”I had to make sure I got that lap in. I couldn’t do it last weekend (in Austria) so I made sure I could here.”Hamilton still faced a nervous wait after race stewards announced they were investigating an incident involving French driver Romain Grosjean, who complained he had been blocked earlier in the session.They swiftly decided to take no further action.The Briton’s mastery of a damp but drying track lit up an overcast afternoon and the pole was the 67th of his career, sixth of the season, and gave him every chance of equalling Schumacher’s record 68 before the August break.The triple world champion has won the last three British Grands Prix and can equal the late Jim Clark’s feat of four home wins in a row, and five in total, on Sunday.Saturday ensured he has already matched Clark’s 50-year-old record of five British Grand Prix pole positions.advertisement”I feel amazing in front of a great crowd like this. I hope you liked the lap,” Hamilton told the grandstands full of cheering fans.”I generally like it to be dry but I like it when the conditions are tricky.”Hamilton’s Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas, winner in Austria, was fourth fastest but has a five-place penalty following a gearbox change.That promoted Red Bull’s Dutch teenager Max Verstappen, who has suffered five retirements in the last seven races, to the second row.Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg and his former Force India team mate Sergio Perez filled the third row.There was good news for beleaguered McLaren, who raised a cheer when Fernando Alonso made the most of improving conditions to set the fastest time in the first phase of qualifying, with Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne qualifying ninth.That was the first time he had outqualified Alonso, who has a 30-place grid penalty, and will move up a place thanks to Bottas’s drop.Australian Daniel Ricciardo, a winner in Azerbaijan in June, will join Alonso at the rear after a gearbox penalty followed by the car halting on track in the first phase and bringing out the red flags.Also watch:
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Ed Orgeron of the LSU Tigers watches warm ups before the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl between LSU and Central Florida at State Farm Stadium on January 01, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)Update: The video of “Coach O” running on the beach is unfortunately (or fortunately) just a lookalike.“Well, it turns out it was not Coach O. It was just a man living his best life at the beach. A beautiful thing,” the updated report states.Earlier: You probably didn’t come into this weekend thinking you needed to see video of someone who appears to be LSU head coach Ed Orgeron running on the beach, but trust me, you do.Video has emerged of “Coach O” chasing down a youngster on the beach. It doesn’t go well for the running man.Check it out:Coach O struggling with the running game already. pic.twitter.com/NxwPrQuwkQ— Patrick Shuck (@PShuck) July 13, 2019Hey, you can’t knock the effort.LSU can certainly use that kind of effort when it opens its 2019 season on Aug. 31 against Georgia Southern.
zoom Dutch agribusiness and trading company Nidera has taken full ownership of the USA/USC Terminal in the port of Constanta, Romania.The port of Constanta has a long partnership with Central and Eastern European countries with high agricultural production, being one of the key exporters of these products from the inlands of Romania and the Balkans.Throughout the past years Nidera has already been using the terminal for the export of various grains and oilseeds.The company said that with an ever increasing market share as a result of improvements in its origination program, full ownership of such a terminal in the port of Constanta “is essential for the realization of our growth strategy in this region.”“This new network of facilities will allow us to further increase our origination capacity and optimize our logistics. The current USA/USC Terminal is known to be the most efficient in the port of Constanta,” the company said in a release.The terminal has a total storage capacity of 250,000 metric tons and is able to load two Panamax vessels at the same time, with loading facilities for trucks, trains and barges.
London: Former British Prime Minister David Cameron finally broke his silence on Brexit, saying that the result of 2016 referendum left him depressed. The former Conservative Party leader walked away from 10 Downing Street less than a month after the British people voted on June 23, 2016 to leave the European Union (EU) by a 52-48 margin, reports Xinhua news agency. More than three years later, incumbent Prime Minister Boris Johnson has suggested that the UK will leave the EU on October 31 with ot without a deal. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US In an in-depth interview on Friday with British newspaper The Times, Cameron said he recognized some people will never forgive him for holding a referendum, but he thinks a referendum was “inevitable”. “This issue needed to be addressed and I thought a referendum was coming, so better to try to get some reforms we needed and have a referendum. “But I accept that effort failed. I do understand some people are very angry because they didn’t want to leave the EU. Neither did I,” he said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Cameron admitted that he thinks about the referendum every single day. “I worry desperately about what is going to happen next. I think we can get to a situation where we leave but we are friends, neighbours and partners. We can get there, but I would love to fast-forward to that moment because it’s painful for the country and it’s painful to watch,” he added. Cameron, in his interview, also accused Johnson and Cabinet Minister Michael Gove of behaving appallingly during the 2016 EU referendum campaign, saying they had left the truth at home. He also said Johnson had expected Britain to vote to remain in the EU, adding that he hopes Johnson will manage to secure a deal with Brussels. Cameron said he believes a second referendum might be the way forward. The interview came ahead of the upcoming publication of his memoir “For The Record”, which details the Brexit debate before, during and after the referendum.
President Maithripala Sirisena resisted calls from the island’s Buddhist hierarchy to release a jailed firebrand monk today, even as 518 other convicts were released to mark the island nation’s Independence Day, the AFP news agency reported.Galagodaatte Gnanasara has long been accused of instigating hate crimes against minority Muslims in Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka. Since December he has been serving concurrent jail sentences over disruptive behavior in court and intimidating a woman litigant. “The Independence Day amnesty applied to those serving short periods of time and only those convicted for minor offences,” prisons spokesman Thusahra Upuldeniya said. Sri Lanka’s Buddhist hierarchy had pressed President Maithripala Sirisena to grant an independence day reprieve but this was rejected. An association of lawyers had warned that releasing Gnanasara would amount to a snub of the judiciary.The monk has denied involvement in anti-Muslim riots in 2014 that left four people dead. Gnanasara maintains close ties with Wirathu, an extremist monk based in Myanmar, whose hate speech has stoked religious tensions in that country.Wirathu visited Sri Lanka as a guest of Gnanasara shortly after the 2014 violence and the duo vowed to fight what they called the threat to Buddhism from militants.
The OPP arrested four people on Tuesday after executing a search warrant at a Main Street, Delhi, address.Investigators seized a large amount of illicit drugs along with Canadian currency.Two men and two women, all of Norfolk County, have been charged with various offences.A 62-year-old man was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking fentanyl, possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine, possession for the purpose of trafficking hydromorphone, possession of hash oil, possession of prohibited device or ammunition and possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5,000. He is also charged with failing to comply with a recognizance, and three counts of fail to comply with probation order.A 28-year-old man was charged with possession of firearm or ammunition contrary to prohibition order.A 32-year-old woman was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking fentanyl, possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine, possession for the purpose of trafficking hydromorphone, possession of hash oil, and possession prohibited device of ammunition.A 35-year-old woman is facing charges for possession for the purpose of trafficking fentanyl, possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine, possession for the purpose of trafficking hydromorphone, and possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000.All are scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Simcoe at a later date.“Our Community Street Crimes Unit has been very effective with proactive illicit drug investigations. This is yet another example that highlights the need for the police and the community to work in partnership to resolve crime,” Inspector Joseph Varga, Norfolk OPP detachment commander, said in a press release.
A Californian that Gov. Sean Parnell had tapped to serve on a high-profile state board has withdrawn his name from consideration. The decision came before a legislative hearing where the nominee was expected to be questioned on his residency status, his tax records, and his ties to the oil industry.Dennis Mandell announced he no longer wanted a seat on the State Assessment Review Board with a simple e-mail to the Governor’s Office: “Due to the political nature of this appointment I withdraw my name thank you.”Mandell is a registered California voter, and legislators from both parties made public statements this week that appointing someone who resides in another state to an Alaska board could violate the law. At a press availability Thursday, Gov. Sean Parnell said he did not ask Mandell to pull his name, but that confirmation would have been difficult.“You know, he’s an incredibly professional and qualified individual. Everybody who met with him thought that,” said Parnell. “But the politics of naming an out-of-state certainly played into this.”Parnell stood by his decision to appoint a non-resident, arguing that the statute limiting appointments to quasi-judicial boards only to Alaskans is unconstitutional. The State Assessment Review Board is in charge of resolving disputes over the value of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, and the number they decide on is used to settle property tax questions. For every billion dollars the board says the pipeline is worth, oil companies pay out $20 million to the municipalities along the pipeline’s route.When asked if making and acting on a judgment on the residency law encroached on the judiciary’s authority, Parnell was operating within his powers.“I will always stand on the Constitution,” said Parnell. “I will always act to interpret it in a way that I can faithfully execute this job.”Democrats in the Legislature have been especially opposed to Mandell’s nomination. On top of the residency issue, they raised concerns about Mandell’s career in the oil industry and about his tax records. On Thursday morning, Rep. Andy Josephson, an Anchorage Democrat, released information that the State of California has suspended Mandell’s business license since 2009 for failure to pay corporate income taxes.Josephson says his office learned about the suspension through a “simple Google search,” and that he feels the Parnell administration did not fully vet Mandell.“Someone at Boards and Commissions have looked into — could have done a Google search! – and looked into this and said, ‘Boy, Mr. Mandell, we love you, be we are a little concern we’re going to have some pushback on the California factor, and now we see you haven’t paid your corporate income tax, when this very job is about imposing actually a property and equipment tax,” said Josephson in an interview. “That should have been a red flag.”A Parnell spokesperson says the governor was unaware of the tax issue. Mandell has said the suspension was issued in error because he has not operated a business in California in years.Parnell’s other appointee to the State Assessment Review Board is an Alaska resident and is still going through the confirmation process. Bernie Washington, of Anchorage, answered questions at the first of two confirmation hearings on Thursday. He has served as the chief financial officer of Alaska Public Media, the parent company of KSKA, KAKM and the Alaska Public Radio Network, since 2010. Before that, Washington worked for Arco and ConocoPhillips.This story has been updated to reflect comments from Dennis Mandell.The Legislature will vote on Parnell’s nominees on April 11.
Kingfisher Airlines could get into more trouble with the civil aviation minister warning to strip off its license if the airline fails to meet the safety norms and financial viability conditions.Cash-strapped Kingfisher Airlines, which has debt of $1.3 billion, has reduced its flight schedule drastically and has decided to curtail overseas operations.Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said that they would not cancel the license if Kingfisher chairman Vijay Mallya assured them of the flight schedules. However, he added that the liquor baron didn’t fulfill several plans he had given.Vijay Mallya is due to meet the aviation regulator Tuesday or Wednesday.Kingfisher Airlines canceled over 40 flights last week after the pilots had stayed away from work over non-payment of their salaries. The airlines returned wide body Airbus A 330-200 aircraft to its lessor in the UK and has decided to curtail the overseas operations.
Russian and Iranian central banks working to strengthen their card system [Representational Image]PixabayIran and Russia are in the final stages of inking a deal to integrate the banking systems of the two countries. The agreement will let the citizens of the two countries use their credit and debit cards in each other’s countries, thereby strengthening the banking card system.”Iranian citizens who have a Shetab (Iran’s national payment system) card and those who have Russian (Mir) cards will be able to use ATMs in both countries,” the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) said.The Iranian banking officials are working with their Russian counterparts to finalise the deal that also lets them dodge the financial sanctions by the United States that are likely to be a part of the Trump administration in the future.”At present, Iran has the closest ties with Russia in the field of international credit cards and good measures have been taken in technical terms. In recent months, tests have been carried out less regularly due to some legal problems,” commented Davood Mohammad Beigi, Director of the payment system department of the CBI, announced, as quoted by Al Bawaba.When asked about the future of the financial relationship between the two nations, he said, “In order for any relations to be established, the two countries and their respective central banks need to reach agreements.”In last October, Iran’s Informatics Services Corporation entered an agreement with Russia’s BPC Group of Companies to merge the country’s financial network with global payments systems. As per the deal, the companies would work on to create a standard banking card switch platform in order to provide a link between Iranian clients and international providers of financial services.
Ten instruments signed between Bangladesh and Cambodia in presence of prime minister Sheikh Hasina and her Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen in Phnom Penh on Monday. Photo: PIDBangladesh and Cambodia on Monday signed 10 instruments — an agreement and nine memorandums of understanding (MoUs) — to boost trade and investment relations as well as enhance cooperation in various fields like tourism, agriculture, civil aviation, ICT and technical education.The agreements were signed after the official bilateral talks between Bangladesh and Cambodia held at Peace Palace in Phnom Penh here this morning.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina led the Bangladesh side at the talks, while her Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen led his country.The two prime ministers witnessed the signing, while ministers and high officials concerned of both the countries penned the documents for the respective sides.The agreement signed Monday is on cooperation between the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the Cambodian Chamber of Commerce.On the other hand, the MoUs inked are on cooperation in the field of Tourism, Aquaculture and Fisheries, Information and Communication Technology and related industry, MoU on cooperation between the governments of Bangladesh and Cambodia concerning labour and vocational training.A MoU on cooperation and collaboration in the preservation of war history, war monuments and war relics, MoU on the modalities for Institutional Cooperation under the Joint Trade Council, MoU on Cooperation and Collaboration on matters related to Implementation of the 2030 SDGs were also signed.Besides, MoUs were inked on Academic Cooperation between Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies and the International Relations Institute of Cambodia as well as on Institutional Cooperation on promotion of Investment between Bangladesh Investment Authority and the Council for the Development of Cambodia.Civil aviation and tourism minister Rashed Khan Menon, state minister for ICT Junaid Ahmed Palak, chief coordinator on implementation of the SDG Md Abul Kalam Azad, foreign secretary M Shahidul Haque, secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock Maksudul Hasan Khan, secretary of the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs Aparup Chowdhury, FBCCI president Shafiul Islam and BIDA executive chairman Kazi M Aminul Islam signed the concerned agreement and MoUs for Bangladesh side.Concerned ministers and senior officials of the respective ministries and organisations of Cambodia signed the document for their respective sides.
When you think about the 1960s, certain things immediately spring to mind, from the Vietnam War and the civil-rights movement to the explosion of the counterculture. Musically, it was a decade that saw the British invasion, with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, and the arrival of the singer-songwriter in artists such as Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. But what you may not realize is that the 1960s was also the heyday of Broadway musicals being adapted for the big screen, and in magnificently big-budget fashion. The film adaptations of West Side Story, Music Man, The Sound of Music, Oliver!, Funny Girl, Gypsy, My Fair Lady, and Bye-Bye Birdie followed a tradition of stage to screen established in the 1950s with hits like South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, and Oklahoma. These 1960s musicals were beloved by both audiences and award shows–they made a ton of money and racked up a whole lot of Oscars. The songs, the sets, the costumes! Sometimes film critics sniffed at the films’ corniness, but nobody seemed to care.So in 1964, when Hello, Dolly!, the story of an 1890s matchmaker named Dolly Levi finding love with a man she’s supposed to match, became the toast of Broadway, it was obvious that the next move would be turning it into a film.No one could have foreseen the pain that awaited.The heads of Twentieth-Century Fox, the studio which had enjoyed a tremendous success with The Sound of Music, went after the film rights for Hello, Dolly! They made a deal with producer David Merrick, who stipulated that the movie could not be released while the play was still running on Broadway. To direct the film, Fox hired Gene Kelly, the singer-dancer legend who had transitioned into directing and had a success with A Guide for the Married Man in 1967, starring Walter Matthau. While Gene Kelly was a household name for his smiling role in Singin’ in the Rain, he had a few sharp edges. Kelly had taken a meeting with the producers of The Sound of Music and turned it down with the memorable words “Find someone else to direct this s—.”Unsurprisingly, Kelly cast Matthau as the male lead of Hello, Dolly! The part of Horace Vandergelder, a “half-millionaire” widower known for his grumpiness, seemed perfect for Matthau, who is perhaps most famous today for playing the sarcastic slob Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple.Carol Channing with David Burns in the stage version of “Hello, Dolly!” (1964)The debate over which actresses best transition from stage to screen has always been a lively one. Julie Andrews was rejected in favor of Audrey Hepburn for My Fair Lady but Andrews kept the lead role in Sound of Music, for example. West Side Story producers cast not a stage actress but film ingenue Natalie Wood as Maria–and then dubbed her singing. But when it came to Hello, Dolly!, everyone was in agreement about the title role. Carol Channing, who created the iconic character of Dolly Levi for Hello, Dolly!, was magnificent–and she would have to go.Channing was 43 years old and a stage star when Hello, Dolly! premiered on Broadway, just the right age for the part. She not only won a Tony but became a national sensation with her brassy warmth and her “huge eyes and monumental smile.” At the 1964 Democratic National Convention, she sang, “Hello Lyndon” to President Lyndon Johnson.But Channing didn’t have a lot of film experience, and there were concerns that her looks–once described by People magazine as “megawattage Kewpie doll”–wouldn’t translate well on the big screen. Among the actresses considered for Dolly Levi were Elizabeth Taylor, Doris Day, and Shirley MacLaine. Julie Andrews reportedly turned it down.The eventual choice was a newcomer. One of the biggest hits of 1968 was Funny Girl. America fell in love with Barbra Streisand, the self-deprecating, jokes-cracking, talented, vulnerable Fanny Brice who finds love with Nicky Arnstein (Omar Shariff), only to lose him in the end. The film hadn’t quite come out yet, but buzz was strong, and the producers of Hello, Dolly! decided Streisand would be perfect for the lead role, despite the fact that Dolly Levi was supposed to be a glamorous middle-aged widow, and Streisand was 26 years old, fresh from Brooklyn.At first the priority was not dealing with a possible miscasting but finding good locations. The story takes place in 1890s Yonkers and New York City. Needless to say, to use the real NYC for any exterior sets would have been a challenge–the city was a crime-ridden, garbage-piled, urban nightmare headed for near-bankruptcy. Nearby Yonkers was not much better. The film’s producers decided to transform the upstate town of Garrison, New York, into a turn of the century Yonkers. The grounds of West Point military academy were also used. “New York City” scenes were filmed on the studio lot in Los Angeles. Big-spending Twentieth Century Fox reportedly funneled $2 million into re-creating historic Fifth Avenue in L.A.Publicity photo of Walter Matthau in Broadway play “Fancy Meeting You Again.” In his career he won two Tony Awards and one Academy Award.Once filming began, it didn’t take long for Walter Matthau and Barbra Streisand, who were separated in age by 22 years, to start arguing. Streisand was known for requesting retakes on Funny Girl, and when she started doing it on Hello, Dolly!, Matthau, who had just won an Oscar for The Fortune Cookie, was annoyed and then outraged. He called her “Miss Ptomaine.” As things deteriorated further, he refused to be in the same room with the actress who was supposed to be his love interest, except when they were filming a scene.“I have more talent in my smallest fart than she does in her entire body,” Matthau was quoted as saying.And that was not all. Matthau also said, “The trouble with Barbra is that she became a star long before she became an actress. Which is a pity, because if she learned her trade properly, she might become a competent actress instead of a freak attraction–like a boa constrictor.”Autographed publicity photo of Barbra Streisand in film “Hello, Dolly!”As for Streisand, she loathed him just as much, calling him “old sewer mouth.” When it came time for the two to kiss at their wedding, Matthau refused to do it, and a variety of camera angles were used to create the impression that their lips touched without actually meeting.No less a writer than Nora Ephron, profiling Streisand for Good Housekeeping magazine, reported on the personality clashes, and took Streisand’s side. Wrote Ephron: “People who worked on Hello, Dolly! insisted that Matthau was to blame for the difficulty. ‘It’s a very simple story,’ said a friend of mine who was there. ‘She’s twenty-six years old and she’s the biggest star in town. Can you imagine how a big spoiled crybaby like Matthau reacts to playing second fiddle to that?’ Matthau reportedly became so upset he went to complain to Richard Zanuck, the head of 20th Century-Fox. ‘Do I need a heart attack?’ asked Matthau. ‘Do I need an ulcer?’ Zanuck listened politely until Matthau finished whining. ‘I’d like to help you out,’ he replied, ‘but the film is not called Hello, Walter.’ ”Like a stomach virus aboard a cruise liner, the strife kept spreading on the set of Hello, Dolly! Streisand didn’t get along with director Gene Kelly either, and they argued throughout filming. The screenwriter, Ernest Lehman, said Streisand and Kelly were not “meant to communicate on this Earth.” It seems that choreographer Michael Kidd had problems with not only Gene Kelly but the film’s costume designer and wouldn’t communicate with the latter.One of Barbra Streisand’s extravagant costumes. The dress and purse from “Hello, Dolly!” at the Debbie Reynolds Auction Breaks Up Historic Hollywood Collection (The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles).Author: Doug Kline CC BY 2.0Walter Matthau turned against another of his co-stars, Michael Crawford, who would find fame later as the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera, over a bet. On a break from filming, Matthau and Crawford visited the horse races nearby and saw a horse named Hello Dolly. Matthau refused to place a bet on it because of his hatred for Streisand. Crawford did–and the horse won. Matthau would not speak to Crawford for the rest of the shoot unless he had to.Not even the costumes cooperated. A gold-beaded gown Streisand wore in one scene weighed 40 pounds, cost $8,000, and had a long train. Twice during rehearsals, she tripped over the nearly three-foot-long train. After dancers tripped over it t0o, the train was removed.Screenwriter Lehman later said of Hello, Dolly!: “The intrigues, the bitterness, the backbiting, the deceits, the misery, the gloom. Most unpleasant. It’s quite amazing what people go through to make something entertaining for others.”Mercifully, the shooting finished, and the producers were desperate to get their movie, which had gone significantly over budget, into the theaters and start making money. But this is when David Merrick’s stipulation came back to haunt them. The stage version was still going strong on Broadway–a new all-black-cast version starring Pearl Bailey was a big hit. Film release was delayed for months.Related story from us: The real “Sound of Music”: Moody Maria married a man 25 years her senior, the family lost their wealth before WWII, and she sold her autobiography to Hollywood for $9,000Hello, Dolly! finally premiered in December of 1969, with fans of Streisand lining up around the block to see it. Critics were lukewarm, and the film did not do at all well for Twentieth Century Fox. The deeper problem was that by this time, audiences were interested in stories like The Graduate and Easy Rider, not the marriage problems of Horace Vandergelder.Gene Kelly never directed another Broadway musical adaptation, returning to acting, though he made unfortunate choices in Xanadu and Viva Knievel!, co-starring Evel Knievel. The careers of Barbra Streisand and Walter Matthau did not suffer, however. She went from triumph to triumph. Streisand rarely talked about the film in later interviews, besides the fact that she shouldn’t have taken the part because she was just “too young.”The film has its fans, admired for its art direction, which won an Oscar, and its musical score. Many feel the highlight of Hello, Dolly! has nothing to do with Streisand or Matthau. It’s Louis Armstrong singing the title song, “Hello, Dolly!” When it was released as a single, the song became a massive hit, reaching number one on the U.S. Billboard charts and ending a Beatles’ streak of three number-one hits in a row. Louis Armstrong’s rendition of “Hello, Dolly!” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001.
San José was named “Mexico & Central America’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination,” at the 2014 World Travel Awards held in Quito, Ecuador, last weekend.Pablo Solano, executive director of the Costa Rica Convention Bureau, accepted the award at the ceremony last Saturday night.“It is a great honor for us to bring home a World Travel Award. This award for us means that we’re really raising the bar of excellence in meetings, conventions and events in Central America,” he said.Considered the “Oscars” of the travel industry, the World Travel Awards reward excellence in the global travel and tourism industry.Tico hotels also won big at the ceremony in the Mexico & Latin America Category, adding seven more awards for the country.“Our expanding infrastructure, easy air access, world-class lifestyle facilities, as well as warm hospitality and culture, contributed largely to making San José a key and strategic location for meetings and events in the region. Our offerings will grow with the opening of the first National Convention Center in 2015, which will house conferences, exhibits, as well as small and large meetings,” Solano added.The full list of Costa Rican winners is:Leading Meetings & Conference Destination: San José, Costa RicaLeading Hotel: Zephyr PalaceLeading Airport Hotel: Barceló San José PalacioLeading All-Inclusive Resort: The Westin Golf Resort and Spa Playa ConchalLeading Boutique Hotel: Gaia Hotel & ReserveLeading Conference Hotel: Real InterContinental Hotel & Club TowerLeading Family Resort: The Westin Golf Resort and Spa Playa ConchalLeading Green Hotel: Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort Facebook Comments Related posts:More flights coming: Delta adds Minneapolis and LA routes to Costa Rica Weekend tourism fair hopes to draw local tourists with special travel deals Lonely Planet guide documents a changing Central America Good news for travelers: Costa Rica’s airport exit tax (finally) will be added to ticket prices
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Karma Tribe is a rare opportunity to “be the change.” You can find out who you can help and connect with them. If there’s something you need, and you are financially limited, you might find it being offered by a fellow kind soul. Imagine if this grew to millions of members, helping each other in every country of the world!“When you give from the heart, what you get back is far greater.” My experience with Karma Tribe has proven the power of this philosophy. I gave to the project, and I have gotten back so much more: friendships, experiences, connections, unexpected opportunities and deep fulfillment from the knowledge that I am making a difference.I hope that the people of Costa Rica will rally around this beautiful cause to spread the spirit of generosity around the world.Do you believe in the power of kindness?Pavi Ramani lives in Costa Rica, teaching English and learning Spanish. Her passions include travel and wildlife, and she hopes to explore this beautiful country even more in the future. Facebook Comments Meanwhile, Karma Tribe has grown steadily, and now has over 3,100 members in 56 countries helping each other through the platform.When Dave revealed his plan to me to create a crowdfunding campaign to bring Karma Tribe to the next level, I was overjoyed and truly excited. He has given so much to the community, and now it is fitting that he reaches out to the community for support to spread kindness around the world in a bigger way. (The campaign will support Karma Tribe’s efforts to build an app to make the platform more accessible, and to make it possible to coordinate community projects.) I arrived in Costa Rica a year ago to teach English to third graders at a private school in Jacó. My Spanish was limited to “¿A qué hora llega el próximo bus?” – what time does the next bus get here? – but nevertheless, I was excited to live at the beach and experience the pura vida lifestyle.After I had settled comfortably into my new routine, I found myself looking for an extracurricular activity that didn’t involve 25 children or watching Netflix. I wanted to get involved in something positive for the community.I asked around and spoke to my fellow schoolteachers, and I was surprised to hear that several of them volunteered for a local organization called Karma Tribe – part humanitarian movement, part tech start-up.“It’s an amazing project that’s going to change the world!” my colleague Jacqueline told me excitedly. “It’s a new way for people to connect and start helping each other.” She encouraged me to get in touch with Dave Grillot, the founder, living in the nearby town of Playa Hermosa.When I met Dave, I was impressed by his enthusiasm to make positive things happen, his inspiring team, and his ambitious vision to create a worldwide movement based on kindness.Karma Tribe is a global community of people who help each other for free. It works through a website, funded and designed by Dave himself, which is an online social network platform where people can make a profile, and then offer and request services of any type.After you receive help from someone through Karma Tribe, you leave them a reference on their profile, like “Juan helped me fix my bicycle. Thanks Juan!” This keeps the platform transparent, in the style of AirBnB.Everything on Karma Tribe is given from the heart, with no expectations of anything in return.I found the concept intriguing, and I was amazed to see the variety of interesting favors available on the Karma Tribe website. People from around the world were offering things like graphic design help, tourism guidance, marketing help, ukulele lessons, and offering to walk your dogs, to name a few.I joined the platform and answered a request that caught my eye. A woman named Silvia in Cartago was requesting English classes. This was the beginning of a delightful relationship. Silvia and I began to meet once a week on Skype, speaking 30 minutes in English, and 30 minutes in Spanish. As an unintended consequence of wanting to help her, my dream of learning Spanish is starting to come true, and my vocabulary goes beyond public transportation schedule requests. I also now have a new friend. Courtesy of Karma TribeSince I had experience working in the film industry, Dave asked me to help with the creation of the Giant Heart Video Contest promotional video. After several weeks of severe sleep deprivation, we were able to launch our cyber video contest.It was a resounding success. The winning video, “Los Ríos No Se Devuelven,” selected by our five celebrity judges as “most inspiring the viewer to make a change for a better world,” was promoted to one million views on the Karma Tribe Facebook page, sending a highly inspirational message throughout Latin America about the power of coming together as a community to create change.It still gives me goosebumps to know that I played a role in creating waves through social media for an important environmental purpose.After the contest ended, my role evolved to being a photographer for Karma Tribe’s biweekly beach clean-ups, as well as a production assistant for their weekly Facebook Live show “Blissin’ Out” on Sunday mornings, where we conduct interviews with inspiring people from Costa Rica and share their messages with thousands of viewers. 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Top 12 Cities for Vacation Homes in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Share May 7, 2018 515 Views cities Holidays Home Value homes Median Home Price Share of Homes Vacation Zillow 2018-05-07 Radhika Ojha Upper Township in New Jersey has the highest share of vacation homes in the country according to a recent Zillow report that listed the 12 metros with the most vacation homes. The report found that almost a third of all homes in Upper Township are for seasonal, recreational, or occasional use.With a median home value of $328,000, the report indicated that Upper Township in New Jersey had 50,490 vacation homes earning it the top spot on the list. Coming in a close second was East Falmouth in the Cape Cod area of Massachusetts. With a median home value of $403,000 and 63,890 vacation homes that made up around 27.5 percent of all homes in the area, East Falmouth’s home values have risen 7.3 percent on an annual basis according to Zillow’s home value data.Continuing the domination of the Northern and Northeastern regions on this list, Brainerd, Minnesota, with 26,600 vacation homes that made up 27.4 percent of all homes in the city came in at third spot. The median home values for holiday abodes in this city were pegged at $175,100. At fourth spot, Morehead City in North Carolina had 23.7 percent vacation homes and a median home value of $242,500. Salisbury, Maryland rounded off the top five with 23.1 percent of total homes being used for recreation or occasionally and a median home value of $232,000Three Florida cities—Naples, Key West, and Fort Myers—also made it to the list at ranks eight, nine, and ten respectively. While the median values ranged between $225,400 in Fort Myers and $527,000 in Key West, the share of homes used for recreation ranged between 20.1 percent and 19.2 percent in these coastal cities.Show Low, Arizona; Marinette, Wisconsin; Branson, Montana; and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina were also among the Top 12 cities with more vacation homes than not according to Zillow.
Go back to the e-newsletterEnrique de la Madrid, Mexico’s Minister of Tourism, Alejandro Soberón, President and CEO of CIE, and Eduardo Sánchez, Speaker from the office of the President of Mexico, have released the results of the economic impact of the 2015 Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix. Following the successful return of Formula 1 to Mexico City in 2015, the Grand Prix promoter, CIE, tasked AECOM and Formula Money, two international companies, to determine the economic benefits that the return of the race brought to Mexico.The study highlighted the following results:With 336,174 attendees, the Mexican Grand Prix became the second largest attended race in the 2015 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, just behind the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.The 2015 Mexican Grand Prix contributed $232.8 million, to the Mexican economy, add this to the $277.8 million of media global exposure, resulting in $510.6 million in economic impact.Additionally, and only for 2015, the construction and remodelling of the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez contributed with an extra $242.7 million resulting in a total economic impact of $753.3 million.During 2015, more than 13,500 jobs were created as a result of the event and generated income gains of over $82.6 million.The hotel occupancy during the week of the event generated a sales increase of $19 million in hotel rooms compared to 2014.In addition to the event tickets and accommodation costs, foreign visitors spent $14.4 million during their stay.The 2015 Mexican Grand Prix was broadcast in 185 countries by 119 TV stations and received 1550 hours of global coverage.The Mexico brand, which was exhibited in the track race signage, represented a total of $45.3 million in media exposure, becoming the country with the second most media exposure in the championship.More than 11,000 media clippings were published around the world during the week of the event, hitting almost 2 billion people globally.In social media, the study reported that 2,318 million impressions reaching more than 87 million users from around the world. The hashtags #GPMexico and #F1 became global trending topics, resulting in 80% international interaction and 20% national interaction. Users shared over 350,000 pictures during the race weekend.Commenting on the results, Enrique de la Madrid, Minister of Tourism said: “Here in Mexico, the most important asset that we have is our people; their kindness and warmth are beyond comparison. This is demonstrated every day in world-class events, such as Formula 1.”Go back to the e-newsletter
akyra Thonglor Bangkok launched this week, on 1 December 2016. The second urban property in the akyra brand now offers a chic, metropolitan retreat through a full refurbishment programme that has transformed the former hotel into a unique landmark in the heart of Bangkok – in the sought after Thonglor neighbourhood.akyra Thonglor Bangkok boasts spacious rooms and suites that provide a true sense of “city-living”, the hotel offers seamless access to a collection of exclusive shops and boutiques, plus a choice of outstanding bars and restaurants that are unique to the area.The hotel atmosphere and experience is enhanced by a full range of top-class facilities and services including a plush executive lounge, bright and airy meeting and function spaces, a restaurant and a fully equipped fitness centre that’s open 24/7.“Thonglor is my favourite part of Bangkok… There is a good reason why those in the know choose to spend most of their business and leisure time there,” explains Akaryn Hotel Group Founder and Managing Director, Achalika Kijkanakorn.“Thonglor is exciting, arty, cutting edge, full of design inspiration and art galleries. It’s also local in the sense that even though many expats live there, it’s the long term residents that choose Thonglor for the unique sense of belonging and the diverse, always happening feel.”
An impending strike by the state power company EAC was averted on Tuesday after a compromise was hammered out during a meeting between the facility’s unions and President Nicos Anastasiades.Following a two-hour meeting at the presidential palace, energy minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis emerged with conciliatory remarks.“A constructive and, at times, lively discussion was held, and we managed to come to an arrangement where we shall work in common with the unions and the EAC’s board to improve the guidelines document prepared by the energy regulator and the ministry relating to the autonomy of the transmission system operator.”According to Lakkotrypis, the unions received assurances from the government that the latter “will work toward strengthening the EAC as a vertically-integrated business, owned by the state.”This would be done by including the EAC in infrastructures that generate electricity from natural gas, as well as the utility’s participation in renewable energy sources projects.“The unions’ main demand was not to thwart the opening up of the electricity market, but rather that the EAC should remain a competitive concern, a strong business that constantly improves, something which is consistent with government policy,” he added.The EAC syndicates, too, put a positive spin on the outcome.Unions rep Andreas Panorkos read from the meeting that “we ensured that the EAC will continue to operate as a single nationalised enterprise.“We are moving away from any legal unbundling of the EAC, which is to retain its assets, such as the transmissions lines and electrical substations.”But the political speak couched the fact the two sides failed to resolve their key dispute, which is that the government wants to make the Transmission System Operator – which monitors transmission and production – a fully autonomous agency.The unions see this as the first step in the EAC’s unravelling.Currently the TSO is completely reliant on seconded staff from the EAC.The government and the energy regulator argue that this needs to change as seconded EAC technicians cannot possibly be given access to the proprietary data of independent power producers once the market opens up – something that is envisioned for mid-2019.During Tuesday’s meeting, the government held fast to its stated intent of gradually rendering the TSO autonomous.Though the syndicates did not get what they wanted, they received a pledge from the government that the EAC’s assets – such as its energy transmission network – will not be transferred to the TSO.What the two sides essentially agreed to is a reprieve: that a document being drafted by the energy regulator outlining the operation of the TSO in a liberalised electricity market is to be revisited with input from the stakeholders.The government meanwhile threw the unions another bone, satisfying their demand to unfreeze a number of positions in the semi-state organisation.Currently, the EAC is a vertically integrated organisation in that it owns the entire supply chain. The unions want to keep it that way.But recently the government rocked the boat when it submitted to parliament a bill aiming to make the TSO fully independent.The EAC argues that the government, if it wanted, could ask the European Commission to grant Cyprus a derogation so that it is exempt from the requirement to proceed with ownership unbundling of the power company.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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