APTN NewsIt’s the first day of a hearing to settle the Indian day school class-action lawsuit.The matter will be heard in federal court in Winnipeg.A judge will listen to three days of arguments, a schedule shows.Here is the schedule:May 139:30 am – Opening Remarks by the Court9:45 am – Overview of Settlement Agreement by Class Counsel10:15 am – Submissions from Canada in support of the Settlement Agreement10:30 am – Submissions by Supporters of the Settlement Agreement12:00 pm – BREAK1 pm – 4pm – Submissions by Objectors (by Counsel)May 149:30 am – Submissions by Objectors (Individuals)1:00 pm – Break2:00 pm – Continued Submissions by Objectors (Individuals)May 159:30am – Response to Objectors by Class Counsel11:30am – Response to Objectors by Canada1:00 pm – BREAK2:00 pm – Fee Approval MotionThe civil suit was filed against the federal government by two First Nations men from Manitoba, seeking compensation for emotional pain, physical suffering and loss of culture and language.They say they experienced the same abuse and deprivation as Indian residential school students, who were taken from their homes and forced to live at the government-funded schools run by religious organizations.The only difference being day school students were allowed to return home after school and weekends.There are an estimated 120,000 to 150,000 living day school survivors in Canada.Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett wants to settle the case out of court.She is offering former students compensation of between $10,000 and $200,000.And money to establish a healing firstname.lastname@example.org
BRISTOL, Conn. — The ESPN+ streaming service has obtained U.S. English-language television rights for the Copa America, South America’s soccer championship.ESPN, part of The Walt Disney Co., said Tuesday all 26 matches will be streamed. None will be televised by ESPN’s linear broadcast networks.The tournament, to be played in Brazil from June 14 to July 7, agreed last July to a U.S. Spanish-language rights agreement with Telemundo, a division of Comcast Corp.’s NBC Universal.“We’ve built a home for soccer fans and this will fit right in,” said Russell Wolff, ESPN+’s executive vice-president and general manager.ESPN+, launched in April 2018, has televised more than 1,000 matches from Italy’s Serie A, England’s FA Cup and second-tier League Championship as well as European Nations League matches and games from MLS, the lower-level United Soccer League and the U.S. Open Cup. ESPN has not released ESPN+ viewership figures.“We think we have the ability to push the right message to the right fan at the right time for those who are already subscribers to let them know it’s there, and we’ve got a whole host of marketing plans in place to push the availability of Copa America on ESPN+ to fans both on our platforms and on third-party platforms,” Wolff said.ESPN plans to employ the world feed production that includes a one-man broadcast by Jon Cotterill, and for some matches ESPN will use its own soccer talent. ESPN FC’s studio show will feature coverage, and ESPN is launching a series “The Equalizer” on American women’s team star Alex Morgan, which coincides with the Women’s World Cup in France.The Copa final in Rio de Janeiro on July 7 at 4 p.m. EDT will be part of a tripleheader of championship matches, flanked by coverage of the Women’s World Cup in Lyon at 11 a.m. on Fox and the CONCACAF Gold Cup final in Chicago at 9 p.m. on Fox’s FS1. American players have criticized FIFA for making the women’s finale share the spotlight.Fox had English-language rights to the 2016 Copa America in the United States and BeIN Sports had them for the 2015 tournament in Chile.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press
The petroleum unions are against moves to reach a deal with India on the Trincomalee oil storage facility.A strike was launched recently by the petroleum unions but it was called off after the Government assured the unions their concerns will be addressed. Petroleum unions have threatened to launch a strike over several of their demands.The unions warned that they will launch an island-wide strike if their demands are not met by May 22.
The head of the United Nations educational and cultural agency, in an official visit to Republic of Congo, has praised the power of music to cut across cultural and regional differences, and to develop societies.At the opening ceremony of the 9th Pan African Music Festival (FEESPAM) in Republic of Congo’s historical Félix Éboué stadium in the capital Brazzaville, Irina Bokova, the Director General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said that “we must help those who give life to music to live from their music.” Addressing the audience at the music festival, which this year showcases more than 30 musicians from a dozen countries, Ms. Bokova added that music has the dual potential for dialogue among cultures and regional integration, and for economic and social development.Earlier during her visit, Ms. Bokova met with President Denis Sassou Nguesso, who had stressed his determination to implement the African Union’s decision to make promotion of music “a vector of African identity and a factor in the continent’s economic growth.”Ms. Bokova and Mr. Nguesso also discussed the need for the UN agency to help “prepare minds to be open to the right ideas” concerned respect for the environment and protection of biodiversity. While in Republic of Congo, Ms. Bokova also launched a project to support training for 3,000 primary and secondary school teachers. “One does not become a teacher overnight … it is a profession, and I would go further to say that it is a profession requiring the utmost precision, as it affects the most subtle material that exists: the human mind,” Ms. Bokova said in an address to the ministers responsible for education. The UNESCO Director General also urged the strengthening of the UNESCO Slave Route Project, which aims to improve access to and safeguard original documents related to slavery and the slave trade, as well as the pedagogical use of the ‘General History of Africa’. Earlier this month, Ms. Bokova nominated jazz musician, composer, producer and radio host, Marcus Miller, as a UNESCO Artist for Peace. In his new role, Mr. Miller will support and promote the Slave Route Project, raising awareness about a phenomenon that has had a profound impact on the modern world, from religion and culture to the human rights movement, according to the UN agency’s website.
Speaking in Geneva ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day, recognized on 10 September, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “every death is a tragedy for family friends and colleagues,” yet many more suicides can be prevented. All countries should “incorporate proven suicide prevention strategies into national health and education programmes in a sustainable way”, he added.Since WHO’s first report on the issue was filed in 2014, the number of countries with national suicide prevention strategies has increased, and now stands at 38. However, this participation “is still far too few and governments need to commit to establishing them”, WHO said.Second leading cause of death among youthWHOFacts and figures on suicide.Close to 800,000 people die by suicide every year, and for each death, there are more than 20 suicide attempts. Every year, suicide accounts for more deaths than war and homicide combined, and is the second leading cause of death among those aged 15-29, behind road injury, the health agency reports.Globally, 79 per cent of suicides occur in low- and middle-income countries, however high-income countries have the highest rates of suicide. Incidents are three times higher among men than women in wealthier countries, while these rates are more equal in poorer nations.Addressing causes, the link between suicide and mental health in well-established in high-income countries, however “many suicides happen impulsively in moments of crisis”, according to WHO.“Experiencing conflict, disaster, violence, abuse or loss and a sense of isolation are strongly associated with suicidal behavior” WHO outlines in its list of key facts. Vulnerable groups who experience discrimination show higher rates of suicide and “by far, the strongest risk factor for suicide is a previous suicide attempt.”The complex issue demands coordination across multiple sectors to boost prevention. Stigma surrounding mental disorders, lack of awareness of suicide as a major health problem, and a taboo in many societies to openly discussing it, means many people contemplating suicide are not getting adequate help.WHO recommends better training of health workers and non-specialists alike in assessing and managing suicidal behavior in its guidelines for prevention, along with early treatment of mental health disorders, effective monitoring of alcohol and substance use, responsible reporting by the media, and reducing access to means of suicide.20 per cent of global suicides down to pesticide poisoningPesticide poisoning, which the agency identifies as a less-commonly used but tragically “highly effective strategy”, accounts for 20 per cent of global suicides. Due to the high toxicity of many chemicals used in suicide attempts, this method often results in death.Regulations of highly hazardous pesticides in Sri Lanka have cut suicides by 70 percent, saving an estimated 93,000 lives in a ten-year span, and halved suicide deaths from poisoning in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea between 2011 and 2013, WHO’s report shows.WHO recognizes suicide as a “public health priority.” In 2008, the WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) launched as an evidence-based guide to scale up service for mental, neurological and substance use disorders.WHO’s action plan for 2013-2020 sets a global target of reducing suicide rates by 10 per cent by 2020; in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which sets a target of cutting suicide rates by one third up to 2030.On World Suicide Prevention Day this Tuesday, WHO in collaboration with global partners, will launch the 40 seconds of action campaign to raise awareness of suicide around the world and methods of prevention. Campaign efforts will continue throughout 10 October on World Mental health Day, with suicide prevention as this year’s theme.Check out our Lid is On podcast episode, on suicide prevention, from last year.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has visited Malta to attend the Valletta Summit, which will focus on EU action for migration. The Greek government reiterated that refugee and migrant flows are caused by poverty in the countries of origin and regional crises, and any effort to deal with the problem must focus on these causes. “The issue is primarily humanitarian and as such must be dealt with at an international level,” highlighted Mr Tsipras. “Refugee and migrant flows concern the EU as a whole and not just first reception countries, such as Greece. A comprehensive policy must be found to tackle trafficking rings.” The Greek PM will visit Ankara next week, with the intention of playing a central role in the EU’s negotiations with Turkey on managing the flow of refugees. He will present the European Union’s agenda to Turkey and note the country’s arguments and requests prior to the imminent EU-Turkey meeting. “Greece wants to transfer the process of refugee identification and resettlement in Turkey to stop the daily risk and drama of lives lost in the Aegean,” the prime minister said. “It will also propose providing help to Turkey to guard its borders.” Turkey, on the other end, demands a relaxation of visa requirements for its citizens, an acceleration of EU accession talks, funding for the handling of refugee flows and the start of a series of EU-Turkey meetings. Ankara is requesting financial assistance totalling €3 billion, but the fund, which will be announced during the Valletta Summit, will initially total just €1.81 billion. Meanwhile, the summit decided on an action plan to tackle exploitation and migrant smuggling, recognising that “immigration constitutes a shared responsibility of the countries of origin, transit and destination”.Source: AMNA Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
La Russie perd son nouveau satelliteSelon l’agence de presse Interfax, la Russie aurait perdu le contact avec le satellite GEO-IK-2, qu’elle venait tout juste de lancer.”Le contact avec le satellite n’a toujours pas été établi”, c’est ce qu’a confié une source gardée secrète à l’agence de presse Interfax. En effet, il semblerait que mardi quelques heures à peine après son lancement, les scientifiques russes aient perdu toutes traces du satellite GEO-IK-2. Selon cette source, il serait même peu probable que ceux-ci parviennent à retrouver l’engin. Ainsi, ce dernier pourrait être considéré comme définitivement perdu.Ce n’est pas la première fois que l’Agence spatiale russe rencontre des difficultés avec ses engins. En décembre dernier déjà, trois satellites de navigation du système GLONASS, concurrent du système GPS américain, étaient tombés en plein Pacifique à la suite d’une mise en orbite échouée.Le 2 février 2011 à 12:08 • Emmanuel Perrin
New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Investors in Macau gaming stocks can benefit from adopting a “12-month buy-and hold strategy” despite recent stock declines, according to analysts from investment bank JP Morgan.In a research note obtained by Inside Asian Gaming, analysts DS Kim and Sean Zhuang state that the negativity surrounding Macau stocks have been somewhat overblown and that the risk-reward case for investors is compelling. Load More RelatedPosts All six of Macau’s concessionaires have experiences major declines over the past six months, with Wynn Macau falling from HK$30.95 to HK$16.78, Sands China from HK$44.30 to HK$33.30, Galaxy from HK$70.00 to HK$44.90, Melco International from HK$27.00 to HK$14.78, MGM China from HK$22.05 to HK$12.36 and SJM Holdings from HK$7.37 to HK$6.68, having reached a high of HK$11.26 in May.“We are under no illusion that these stocks will rally sharply in the near term given the uncertain macro and market backdrop, especially amid well-anticipated earnings downgrade by the Street,” Kim and Zhuang state.“However, it would be extremely challenging to pinpoint the absolute bottom for these cyclical stocks anyway, and we see potential returns (~60% returns over two years, including dividends) as markedly bigger than the risks (primarily macro-related) at current levels.“We thus believe that medium-term investors who can do a 12-month buy-and-hold strategy here will enjoy asymmetrically strong returns, and we recommend accumulating. At the end of the day, the potential (or perceived) downturn that the industry is facing today should be a cyclical one, hence does not warrant a structural de-rating in valuations. Fear not, not even your bear-case scenarios, we say.”The JP Morgan analysts estimate that in absolute worst-case scenario, industry demand will decline just 1% in 2019, assuming a 7% decline in VIP GGR and a deceleration in mass growth to +4% – both around 10% lower than recent trends. However, they add that these estimates are likely “too bearish” and unlikely to materialize. They also note that, even taking into account such a bearish outlook, industry EBITDA can still print small positive growth next year, thanks to resilient non-gaming/mass demand (85%+ of EBITDA), ongoing margin ramp-up of new casinos and broadly benign cost environments.”Kim and Zhuang rate Wynn Macau as their top pick, citing a rare opportunity to purchase the “best quality asset at a bargain price”, followed by Sands China and Galaxy.“Time is on our side,” they state. “Granted, a lack of positive catalysts makes it difficult to establish a bottom for these stocks, while sentiment could stay negative in the near term amid well-anticipated estimate cuts by the Street. Our instinct is that most revisions should be done into upcoming 3Q results, after which we expect the stocks to grind higher and climb the ‘wall of worry’ with normalizing multiple – after all, the potential (or perceived) downturn that the industry faces today should be a cyclical one, so does not warrant a structural de-rating. Hang in there, as the rewards for those who wait could be handsome.”
Stocks shave Tuesday’s gains after Fed minutes1.2K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Stocks shave Tuesday’s gains after Fed minutes1.2K viewsBusinessThe Dow and S&P 500 ticked slightly lower Wednesday – investors trying to sort out the minutes from the last Federal Reserve meeting which highlighted policymakers’ desire to keep interest rates lowerVentuno Web Player 4.50The Dow and S&P 500 ticked slightly lower Wednesday – investors trying to sort out the minutes from the last Federal Reserve meeting which highlighted policymakers’ desire to keep interest rates lower
A schoolboy was hacked to death by two youths in Joar Sahara area of Bhatara in the capital on Wednesday night, reports UNB.The deceased is Jihad, 17, son of a certain Alamgir Hossain from Kotalipara upazila of Gopalganj district. He appeared at this year’s SSC examination from Kalachadpur High School.Jihad went to locals Hridoy and Biplab for money they borrowed from him.Instead of returning the money, the two youths locked into an altercation with Jihad. At one stage, they stabbed Jihad in the abdomen, leaving him critically injured.Locals took him to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where the physician declared him dead around 9:50pm, said sub-inspector Bachchu Mia of the DMCH police camp.
Prothom Alo IllustrationThe brother-in-law of ruling Bangladesh Awami League MP MA Latif was found dead at his residence in Bark Mia School intersection area of Fakirhat area of Chattogram on Friday.The deceased is Tofael Ahmed Rafiq, 57, reports news agency UNB.Additional deputy commissioner (port) of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) Arefin Jewel said Rafiq’s sons spotted his blood stained body in his room in the evening and rushed him to nearby Mother and Child Care Hospital where physicians declared him dead.Rafiq’s body bore some injury marks on his head, Arefin added.
00:00 /04:02 Listen Share X Davis LandPrairie wetlands in the Katy Prairie retain water after Hurricane Harvey.Since 2015, the Katy Prairie Conservancy has been trying to build a berm that would protect homes in northwest Houston from flooding. The earthen wall would reach six feet high in some places, holding water inside the Katy Prairie, an area still wild with the native grasslands and wetlands much of Houston was built on. The prairie is naturally absorbent, retaining massive amounts of water in its root systems which often reach further into the ground than the plant stands high. If built, the berm – also known as Plan 5 of the Cypress Creek Overflow Project – would hopefully protect the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs from overflowing as they did during Harvey. The Katy Prairie is upstream of several tributaries to Addicks and Barker, and could keep water flow to a manageable level during major rain events. With Addicks and Barker coming close to overflow levels during Harvey, Plan 5 is gaining traction as a preventative measure. “They’re very similar to the engineered detention ponds that are built,” says Mary Anne Piacentini, Executive Director of the Katy Prairie Conservancy. Piacentini says that, unlike artificial detention ponds, grasslands offer wildlife habitats, recreational land, and water filtration. “When people say we can build these big detention ponds, the truth of the matter is we would be a lot better off saving the natural depressional wetlands,” she said. “They’re nature’s kidneys.” Davis LandMary Anne Piacentini, Executive Director of the Katy Prairie Conservancy, holds a four-inch-thick printed proposal for the Cypress Creek Overflow Project. The report estimates that Plan 5 will cost nearly 400 million dollars to complete.But while the Katy Prairie is poised to do some amount of good for the area, conservationists are worried they may be running out of time. Piacentini says development west of Houston is accelerating, and she’s worried the Conservancy may not be able to buy the land needed for the berm before developers. But some doubt the prairie can do more than artificial methods of flood control. “When we’re talking about catastrophic events,” says Phillip Magness, a professor of economics who studies public policy, “it’s the teacup trying to bail out the ocean.” When looking back through history, he says, “it’s a long standing problem of geography and topography,” not development. Magness sees the berm project as simply too costly for what it could accomplish, though he isn’t totally against it. The Katy Prairie Conservancy has taken some of that into account. Piacentini says the project’s planning committee was made up of both conservationists and developers. “The committee tried to work very hard to make sure that what this project was going to do was — yes it was going to save more land, but it was also going to protect lands south of Cypress Creek and that overflow region to be able to build,” she said.The group pushes back on the claim that prairie lands don’t retain enough water to be worth it. “It’s open ground, and open ground is obviously going to hold more water than paved ground,” said Wesley Newman, the group’s Conservation Director. The Conservancy knows Plan 5 is not the single, ultimate solution to Houston’s flooding problem, but they maintain that the project should be a part of it. “We just need to look at natural solutions as well as engineered solutions and a combination of the two, and it will help,” Newman said.For now, the Conservancy is hoping that renewed interested after Harvey will kickstart plans — and funding — for the berm. They hope that money from a federal aid package will help pay for the $400 million dollar project. Once funded, the berm could be completed within two years. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on Switch Stay on target In this age of Peak Content, we’re constantly recommending stuff to each other all the time. Partially because we want to people to discover and support cool things that could get lost in the shuffle, but also to show off our own impeccable taste in media. With so much possible stuff to be catching up on at any given moment (movies, books, games, TV) it’s also easy to be skeptical and resistant to the newest must-watch/play thing. Why commit more of your precious time? And even though a lot of this job revolves around staying current with pop culture trends, it really takes a lot for a new recommendation to sway me personally.However, sometimes when everyone tells you to check something out it turns it they had a point. Two games I’ve recently been playing on my Nintendo Switch are two games folks had been telling me about for months or even years. And it turns out they were all right, Reigns and Cities: Skylines are both pretty great.Both of these games debuted on other platforms, and arguably make more sense on those platforms than on Switch. Reigns (and its queen-centric sequel Reigns: Her Majesty) is a mobile game that brilliantly uses Tinder’s hot-or-not swiping as the main mechanic for a choice-driven role-playing game. The result isn’t the same when played on a TV with a controller, although the Switch tablet at least has a touch screen. Cities: Skylines meanwhile is a classic city-building game that swooped in to capitalize on how bad the 2013 SimCity reboot was. And any game built to tax PCs with sprawling simulations of urban planning is going to have performance issues on Nintendo’s modest machine.Still, the Switch is just an innately appealing video game machine to me, and both of these games remain strong enough for their greatness to shine through. Reigns winds up being the kind of roguelike I can get into because its “swiping as kingdom management” gameplay is fascinating enough to make the deaths and restarts palatable. The sheer amount of well-written (so not randomly generated) story vignettes even make the restarts more exciting because they could be so different.Despite being presented as just text, events like following a dog to find Satan, coming back to life as a vampire, remembering the right dance steps, or treating my subjects so charitably they trampled me to death out of love were hilarious and thrilling. It’s like a social strategy game, especially if you decide to make choices with a friend in the new co-op mode. The contemporary dating app swiping interface belies an RPG with influences as old-school as RPGs get, and it’s an intoxicating mix.Meanwhile, Cities: Skylines continues to great inexplicable trend of Switch getting neat janky PC games. Is a controller the ideal interface from perfectly arranging your industrial and residential zones along the highway or making sure every building is connected to a water line? No, of course not. But fortunately these games are slow-paced enough that a single wrong input won’t ruin anything. It’s about pouring over nerdy minutiae, not twitch reflexes.You can still absolutely get into the methodical zone of creating your ideal community with police, education, business, housing, and amusement all in perfect balance. Or you could say screw it and let the elementary school burn down while you surround the dog park with cemeteries and spend infinite money on infinite airports. It turns out the freedom and self-motivation of city-building is another genre that works great either on the TV for hours or on the go for a few minutes.Check out the recent Nintendo Direct for more cool older games new on Nintendo SwitchThe main thing tying these two games together for me is that they both happen to be recent Switch ports of acclaimed older games I happened to play for the first time around now. That’s really it. But I will say playing multiple games at the same time does tend to dredge up interesting connections between them. And something Reigns and Cities: Skylines share is a remarkable systemic ability for little micro-narratives to emerge from player choices.I would love to talk about the fall of my kingdom in Reigns or the self-destruction of “Thicc Beach” during my time as an awful selfish right-wing mayor in Cities: Skylines. Being monarch and mayor also gives both games an unavoidable political edge I embraced. Cities: Skylines even has a fake Twitter, the most political message.Staying current is overrated. Anything really good will stay good whenever you get around to it, so spend your time however you like. Right now I’d recommend both Reigns: Kings and Queens as well as Cities: Skylines on Nintendo Switch. But feel free to play them, or not, whenever you get the chance.For more on old games check out the Switch’s ongoing Virtual Console replacements as well as our review of the SNES Classic Edition.Buy it now!Nintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Cancun, Q.R. — The government of Quintana Roo has issued an emergency heat warning for many parts of the state with civil protection saying August will likely be hotter than July.The National Coordination of Civil Protection of the Ministry of the Interior has issued an Extraordinary Emergency Declaration for the municipalities of Cozumel, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Isla Mujeres, Benito Juárez, José María Morelos, Lázaro Cárdenas, Solidaridad and Tulum due to the presence of Onda Cálida.This time of year, the heat wave or onda cálida, can affect the young, elderly, those who work outside and even pets. According to the World Meteorological Organization, a heat wave occurs when the maximum temperature exceeds the average maximum temperature for five consecutive days.The state coordinator of Civil Protection, Adrián Martínez Ortega, says that during August, cancuila could cause havoc among the vulnerable population such as the elderly and very young as temperatures reach as high as 45 degrees Celsius.The Servicio Meteorológico Nacional says temperatures will likely exceed 40 °C in areas of northern and western Mexico. Tropical wave No. 21, which is located south of the Jalisco coast, is creating a low pressure channel over the northwest and west of the state.The result will be higher instability and warm and humid air of the Pacific Ocean, which will develop storm clouds over these regions.Tropical wave No. 22 will affect the Yucatan Peninsula during the late afternoon, favoring the development of storms. Servicio Meteorológico Nacional says that for Cancun and Riviera Maya, the region can expect partly cloudy skies during the day with strong thunderstorms in the afternoon. The air will be very hot with winds east 20 to 35 km / h.The National Meteorological Service reports that during this time of year, canicula will see the region reach a combination of high temperatures and low rainfall, a weather pattern that normally lasts 40 days.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
Caribbean Princess to debut seven new dining options Travelweek Group Share << Previous PostNext Post >> SANTA CLARITA — When the Caribbean Princess debuts its two-week, multi-million-dollar renovation on April 6, she will have completed its largest food and beverage innovation to ever take place during a drydock. This includes seven new onboard dining destinations that range from specialty restaurants to casual outdoor eateries on the top deck.“Fresh, regionally-inspired and family friendly offerings were the inspiration behind our largest food and beverage makeover ever,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “With updated décor and designs that offer a welcoming atmosphere, the seven new dining options aboard Caribbean Princess are sure to please any palate and delight the senses.”The new dining options aboard Caribbean Princess include World Fresh Marketplace, which replaces Horizon Court, featuring a new look and well-balanced food choices. For breakfast, passengers will find a designer pancake station and 24-hour cereal stations, while lunch offerings include handcrafted sandwiches, regionally inspired dishes and soups as well as carvery selections. Dinner options include ‘breakfast at night’ with omelettes and a kid-friendly PB&J bar.World Fresh MarketplaceTwo casual specialty restaurants will also be added: Planks BBQ and Steamers Seafood. Planks BBQ serves up ribs, sausages and chicken for dinner, with complimentary buffet-style breakfast and lunch options also available, while Steamers dishes out east coast-style seafood dishes like crab-stuffed flounder and black & blue mussels. Both restaurants have a cover charge of US$12 per person for dinner.Steamers SeafoodIn addition, four Princess top-deck outdoor dining offerings will be revitalized, renamed and enhanced, including The Salty Dog Grill (formerly Trident Grill), Slice (formerly Pizzeria), Coffee & Cones (formerly Scoops), and The mix (formerly Blackbeard’s Bar).More news: Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoTo complement the slew of new food and beverage options, Caribbean Princess will emerge from drydock with new family offerings including Camp Discovery Youth & Teen Centres, upgraded Movies Under the Stars, Princess Luxury Bed and interconnecting staterooms. The cruise ship will also be wired for the Ocean Medallion launch that will be available for the 2018 summer Caribbean season. Wednesday, March 29, 2017 Posted by Tags: Culinary Tourism, Princess Cruises
New survey says parents are ignoring kids on holiday in favour of their phones Share KENT — Parents take note: Every time you glance at your phone while on holiday, you take away a little piece of happiness from your kids.According to a new study by villa holidays specialist oliverstravels.com, children say their parents spend too much time glued to their mobiles. The survey polled over 400 families across the U.K. and asked children, “Does mummy or daddy use their phone too much when on holiday?” A resounding 40% said yes. When asked how this makes them feel, over 42% said they feel ignored.When parents were asked if their children complain about their mobile phone usage on holiday, over 51% of parents said No. However, when Oliver’s Travels asked parents “how do you feel about using social media on holiday”, 40% of parents responded with “no problem” yet over 20% said they “absolutely hate it” on holiday.Oliver Bell from Oliverstravels.com said “it’s a fairly disappointing set of results to uncover during our family survey. It seems these days we all spend our working lives in front of some sort of device; to then go away and use a mobile phone so much that 42% of children are feeling ignored, that’s sad. Holidays are where memories can be made for a lifetime and it’s unfortunate to think this special time is being lost to the pursuit of likes, shares and other type of digital engagement.” Travelweek Group Posted by Wednesday, July 5, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>
Can’t Stop It Now As summer heats up, so is the housing market. According to the most recent Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI), more and more Americans feel it is a good time to buy. June’s index saw a 2.1 jump from May, ending up at 88.3 percent—which equaled the all-time high seen in February.According to Fannie Mae’s Chief Economist, Doug Duncan, the HPSI also reflects a growing sellers’ market. Month-over-month the net percentage of respondents who indicated it’s a good time to sell rose to 39 percent, a new high and 7 percent increase from May.However, there are still some clouds on the horizon. “While consumer optimism on this metric is as high as we’ve seen in the survey’s seven-year history, it’s worth noting that this record is relative to the fairly tight standards in place post-crisis when we started collecting National Housing Survey data. Nevertheless, in the face of very tight housing supply, easing credit standards may fail to have the desired effect and could have the unintended consequence of fueling further house price increases,” noted Duncan.Though Americans seem to feel optimistically about the housing market, they aren’t as confident in other sectors, according to Fannie Mae. The net share of respondents who reported that they weren’t concerned about losing their jobs dropped by 5 percent to 66 percent, while those who reported that their household income is higher than a year ago fell 1 percent to land at 17 percent.To see the full range of housing stats Fannie Mae reported, click here. Doug Duncan Fannie Mae HOUSING mortgage 2017-07-07 Rachel Williams July 7, 2017 515 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Share
The 26-year-old, who played at Rutgers, was most productive in his rookie season when he recorded 44 tackles with one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, three interceptions and 18 passes defensed in 16 games.He recorded 21 tackles in 13 appearances the next season and last year was sparingly used, appearing in 10 games but finishing with just two tackles.Cooper joins a cornerback room led by Patrick Peterson. But the Cardinals have been seeking added depth as rookie Brandon Williams and veteran Justin Bethel have battled out the starting job opposite the Pro Bowler.Arizona lost cornerback Mike Jenkins to a torn ACL this preseason and reached an injury settlement with fellow veteran offseason signee Alan Ball. 0 Comments Share Try this again: Official NFL list says pick @AZCardinals gave up for CB Marcus Cooper was conditional 7th-round choice in 2018.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) September 2, 2016The 6-foot-2, 192 pound Cooper was a seventh-round pick by the San Francisco 49ers in 2013. After being waived following training camp, he joined the Chiefs and spent the last three years in Kansas City, where he played in 39 games with 11 starts. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals traded a conditional 2018 draft pick to the Kansas City Chiefs and filled a need on Friday by acquiring Marcus Cooper, who joins a depleted cornerback depth chart. Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Frankie Hammond (85) prevents an interception by cornerback Marcus Cooper (31) during NFL football training camp in St. Joseph, Mo., Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
A LEGISLATIVE proposal is to be tabled to the House plenum in January aiming to give parliament a say in the criteria governing the issuing of passports to foreign nationals under the citizenship-by-investment scheme.The bill, authored by the Greens, is expected to go before the plenary session on January 11, the first session following the Christmas recess.It stipulates that the criteria for these naturalisations need to be submitted by the government to parliament, before they are published in the government gazette.Currently, the terms and conditions for the citizenship-by-investment programme are determined by the cabinet, with no further scrutiny.In prior discussions in parliament, the interior ministry said it was opposed to the Greens’ bill, arguing that it would deprive the government of the flexibility in periodically updating or revising the naturalisation scheme.Ruling Disy said also they are against the provisions of the bill, while main opposition Akel are in favour.The Greens tabled the proposal after another bill they had submitted – mandating the publishing of the names of foreign investors granted passports – failed to muster support in committee.In October, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development placed Cyprus’ so-called ‘golden passport’ programme on a blacklist of schemes identified as posing a threat to international efforts to combat tax evasion.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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