The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will celebrate its 40th season with an all-American lineup that features popular works by two big names, Samuel Barber and Leonard Bernstein, plus a brand-new piece by composer Nicole Buetti, a member of the orchestra’s bassoon section. Barber’s Violin Concerto has an interesting history. In 1939, Samuel Fels, who made millions selling soap, such as the popular laundry soap Fels-Naptha, commissioned Barber to write a concerto for his violin-playing son. Fels gave Barber a down payment of $500 with another $500 due upon completion of the piece. Barber created two movements with gorgeous, lyrical passages, but the son wanted something really flashy. Barber responded with an exciting finale that put the soloist in constant motion. The heir thought the finale was unplayable. So Barber brought another violinist who demonstrated to the father that it could be performed. The father agreed with Barber, paid him the rest of the money, and informed his son that another violinist would perform the world premiere. Afterward, Barber liked to refer to the concerto as the “Concerto da Sapone,” the Soap Concerto. It has become one of the most famous violin concertos of the 20th century. Japanese violinist Mayuko Kamio, who electrified the audience with a stellar performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto two years ago, will be the featured soloist in Barber’s Violin Concerto. The 32-year-old virtuoso vaulted into the limelight when she won the gold medal of the 2007 International Tchaikovsky Competition at the age of 21.
In the publishing industry, those who make it to the executive level are not only accustomed to change, but often introduce it. Thomas Haines, senior vice president and editor-in-chief with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, has led a media career spanning almost three decades. At the upcoming FOLIO: Show, he will discuss how the publishing industry changed during his tenure, and what the executive suite expects from staff now. Here, Haines shares some thoughts on the topic.FOLIO: What’s your background?Thomas Haines [TH]: I have a journalism degree, and have been in publishing since I got out of college. I’ve been in media my entire career, 28 years now. I’ve been at AOPA for 23 years. FOLIO: What position did you hold when you first joined AOPA? TH: I first started off as associate editor; at the bottom of the rung, in most cases from an editorial standpoint. I was then senior editor, executive editor and then vice president; then I became editor-in-chief and senior vice president in 1994. FOLIO: Can you reflect on what was expected from editorial staff 10-15 years ago, and compare to what is expected now?TH: When I became EIC, we had one monthly magazine. We had an annual airport directory, too. The magazine was usually around 125-128 pages long. Over the years, we’ve added another monthly magazine. Now, we have something around the order of 18 different media properties that carry advertising in one sort or the other. Many are online; two weekly and a daily newsletter, and multiple other newsletters serving different segments. We’ve got multiple websites, now we’re into video: we do live webcasting from some of the larger aviation shows, including ours last week. We have video on demand as well. It’s become a large multi-media operation. Of course, like everyone else, now we’re focusing on the mobile market. We introduced digital magazines earlier this year, and are just now coming up with an optimized iPad app.FOLIO: With this diverse portfolio of products, would you prefer your staff to have more general capabilities or more specialization when it comes to editorial?TH: More general. I look for people to go cross-platform at any time. Most are focused, more or less, on one area or the other. We’ve got a team of people who primarily work on digital products, and we’ve got a team who primarily work on the print; each is expected to help out with the other. People have to be able to make that switch pretty easily and capable across all platforms.Traditionally, editorially was divided from the advertising and publishing portion of the industry. FOLIO: Can you share some insight into how editors now have to be more business-savvy, be it through SEO or other ways to get more eyeballs on content?TH: We have people who specialize in creating the pages in a way that are SEO, and make that really friendly for search engines. We’re installing a new content management system in the next year, and our editors may get roped into that a bit more. Blogs are one area where I really challenge them, and social media stuff, but particularly in our blogs. It’s one area where we can see what works well, what doesn’t work well and make adjustments easily. If you write a news story for the website, it’s a little harder to fare it out. Did one story really have impact? Maybe I’ll get some letters or an email about it; but with a blog, you get an instant report on how many people read it and view the comments instantly. You can see if what you wrote is being well received, and I encourage them to focus on that. What works there will probably work in other channels, so we reapply those kinds of subjects in other ways.
Meredith’s National Media Group had an active 2015, buying several properties, partnering with others and cutting costs through layoffs, but the net effect of those moves was relatively minor. Ancillary businesses like brand licensing and Meredith Xcelerated Marketing both posted higher profits in FY 2015 as well. Overall, Meredith Corp. boosted revenue 9 percent to $1.6 billion. The company’s stock was up about half a point, as of press time Thursday. Circulation, tallying about a third of the group’s revenue, fell 4 percent over the past 12 months. The additions of Shape and the MSLO titles weren’t enough to completely offset the losses from Ladies Home Journal, which moved to a quarterly last year, the company says. “We’re pleased with our growth in operating profit, led by contributions from our newly acquired businesses, along with record digital and brand licensing performance,” says Meredith National Media Group President Tom Harty, in a statement. “We will continue execution of the innovative and successful strategies that are driving rapid growth in our digital operations, and actively explore opportunities to add to our portfolio.” Total advertising revenue was up 3 percent on the strength of acquisitions of Shape, Selectable Media and Mywedding.com, and a partnership with Martha Steward Living. Digital continues to play a larger role at the company as well, up 50-percent from last year, and now accounting for almost a quarter of the company’s $500 million in ad sales. The company announced results for its fiscal 2015 on Thursday, noting flat revenue ($1.1 billion) and an 8-percent increase in profit ($123 million), though just a 3-percent increase excluding special items.
Senator Mark Begich last week visited the three lower Yukon River villages of Marshall, Alakanak, and Emmonak. He heard from dozens of people about infrastructure needs, and issues such as the importance of subsistence and the need for local law enforcement.Download Audio:Democrats have the majority in the U.S. Senate by just six seats. So the race for Senator Mark Begich’s spot is being closely watched across the country. And many rural Alaskans know he’s counting on their votes to win reelection. Here are two employees of the Yukon Fisheries Development Association chatting as they left a public meeting with Begich held in Alakanak, a village of about 700 people. Offshore Fisheries Director Eric Olson comments on the significance of the election to General Counsel Gerry Davis:“It’s pretty interesting to think that the votes that could control, that could decide, control the U.S. Senate could have been in that room”… “I know.”… “It’s just amazing.”At a community meeting in Emmonak, city administrator Martin Moore praised Begich for coming to hear about local concerns, while reminding him of the importance of addressing Emmonak voters’ concerns:“There are over a thousand people here in Emmonak. Of those thousand people, we have four hundred people that will vote. That’s important for you and for me to know and to understand that. So your trip here is very important both for you and important for the people who believe in your work,” Moore says.But even though Begich, and Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, both serve on the Senate Appropriations Committee, Begich says because Congress no longer allows earmarks, it’s hard for the Alaska delegation to get funds inserted in the budget for specific projects. Plus, he says, Congress has tightened its purse strings:The national deficit’s been so bad but in the past six years, we’ve gone down from 1.4 trillion dollar deficit per year down to about half a trillion, moving in the right direction. And the economy is much stronger now in the lower 48. So everybody is feeling better about budgets this year. We bumped them up a little bit, budgets overall. So now we’re having some window where we can probably look at these programs again and see what we can do.As residents talked about the need for erosion control, ports, housing, and water and sewer projects, Begich said the Alaska delegation has been able to get some laws changed to set aside money for places like Alaska, and is working to do more:You know when you go to a city like Seattle and there’s housing needs for thousands of people, and here we’re looking for 10-15-20 units, we get kind of lost in the mix. So what we want is to try and separate us out a little bit.Begich outlined work he’s already done to reduce energy costs, increase job training, and help with projects such as roads, runways, and a rock quarry project in Marshall. He described his support for subsistence, and the Senators and Cabinet officials who are learning about Alaska’s special needs by visiting, at his invitation.Still, the rural vote for Begich isn’t assured, as Robert Andrews, the head of a boat-building shop in Emmonak made clear. He told Begich he could do more to help fishermen, saying “If I vote for you, you better think about us back here.”Sen. Mark Begich and Robert Andrews, head of a boat-building shop in Emmonak. Andrews told Begich, “You’re helping a little bit now and then. Sometimes you deny the CDQs, but sometimes you agree with them … If I vote for you, man, you better think of back here.” Photo by Joaqlin Estus, KNBA.
A skateboarder kickflips over a bike-rack inside a chilly underground parking garage with patches of ice and snow on the ground (Photo: Zachariah Hughes – Alaska Public Media, Anchorage)Alaska doesn’t come to mind as an incubator for skateboard talent. Even properly urban patches are mired in cold, dark and variable weather for the majority of the year. But in-spite of challenges, the skateboard scene in Alaska’s largest city is thriving.Listen nowStill, winter is struggle season for a small, hearty band of diehard skaters. And the recent closure of Southcentral Alaska’s lone indoor skatepark has driven skaters underground. Literally. A group of enthusiasts has started taking over a subterranean parking garage, breathing extra life into a scene that’s usually hibernating this time of year.In a densely populated part of town one recent afternoon, it was slightly below freezing inside a small parking garage, with clumps of snow and veins of ice dotting the smooth concrete ground. Outside of normal business hours the private garage tends to be empty but for the deafening din of up to a dozen skaters throwing themselves at curbs, a metal bike-rack and small ramps they sometimes drive in right past a “No Trespassing” sign.“There’s nothing to skate in the winter besides this,” Zack Crater explained. At 34, Crater is on the older side of the skaters in the garage, a mix of teenagers, 20-somethings and proper adults (full disclosure: this reporter has recreationally skateboarded for many years, in many places, including Anchorage.)The terrain itself is unremarkable save that it is lit and covered from the elements. It certainly isn’t heated. If the weather is prohibitively cold, or if the private security guards who patrol the area after hours kick everyone out, Crater sometimes hosts a small crew at the tiny ramps inside his home garage.“It’s probably the best thing in Anchorage to skate. Besides this place,” Crater added.Zack Crater doing a backside tailslide on a curb inside a parking garage that’s gained more popularity among local skaters this winter (Photo: Zachariah Hughes – Alaska Public Media, Anchorage)Crater is supremely confident on his board, charging into difficult tricks with the enthusiasm of a yellow Labrador engrossed in a game of fetch. He grew up around some of the world’s most famous professional skaters in Southern California’s Huntington Beach, home to some of the skateboard industry’s top talent. But he tired of the crowds and, wanting a change, moved to Anchorage five years ago. To his surprise, he found a weirdly strong skate scene.“I wasn’t skating as much when I moved up,” Crater said. “But meeting a bunch of homies up here and seeing how hyped everybody was just got me more hyped to skate.”Anchorage — and Alaska more generally — is an anomaly in the world of skateboarding, which was born of California’s warm climate and abundant asphalt. Neither feature applies to Alaska. And yet small skateparks are scattered improbably around the state, from Sitka to Fairbanks, Nome and Unalaska, even Kwethluk by the Kuskokwim River.Anchorage taxpayers support five outdoor skateparks between Birchwood and Girdwood, with one of them set for a major expansion in the near future, according to Joshua Durand, a division director at the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation. From about April through October, the facilities are used extensively, some until late hours under the midnight sun. But like playgrounds or tennis courts, for about half the year the skateparks are useless, enveloped in ice and darkness.“It hasn’t changed that much,” Brian Adams explained of the perennial hunt for places to skate during winter.A skateboarder launches off a small handmade ramp into a wall-ride inside a parking garage that has grown increasingly popular with local skaters (Photo: Zachariah Hughes – Alaska Public Media, Anchorage)Adams is a professional photographer who grew up skating around the streets of Anchorage and taking pictures of his friends, chronicling the scene over the last 15 years in a zine he put out this fall. Winter has always been an obstacle for skaters in Anchorage. There’s never been a real solution, only coping. It is also one of the reasons the Railbelt skate scene so vigorously cross-pollinates with the snowboarding scene.In recent years, one of the winter-time escape valves was an indoor skatepark at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Skaters would look for soldiers to befriend in order to get base access in the winter. But this year, the ramps were removed. According to base spokesman Jerome Baysmore, the facility wasn’t getting enough use to justify keeping it open.“Because we still have never had an actual, long-term indoor skatepark in Anchorage, it hasn’t changed,” Adams said of the scene’s calendrical challenges. “We’re still skating the same old spots.”In spite of the parking garage’s rising popularity this year, it’s been a semi-secret winter spot since Adams was a teenager.An Anchorage skateboarder doing a crooked grind on a bench brought into the parking garage in the bed of his truck. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes – Alaska Public Media, Anchorage)Durand with Parks and Rec said that while privately run indoor skateparks have come and gone over the years, he’s not familiar with any model where one is run by a municipal entity. Heating, real estate and insurance costs are a challenge. Still, he doesn’t believe those obstacles are insurmountable, just policy decisions that haven’t been made.In Adams’s telling, the strength of the skate scene in Alaska has fluctuated over the years, but the overall technical caliber of skateboarding keeps progressing.“It’s amazing what they’re doing today,” Adams said. “It blows my mind.”Generally, the status of skateboarding along the Railbelt is tied to whether or not there’s a locally owned snowboard or skate shop. Right now, that role is filled by Blue and Gold Boardshop, run by a former professional snowboarder, and nestled, like so many other Anchorage enterprises, within a sprawling strip mall. This fall, the small business put out “Evoke,” an impressive 30-minute video edited and produced by filmographer Kris Marshall, which showed off the current crop of local skate and snowboard talent. It’s the first such “shop vid” made in Alaska in more than a decade.Tim Blevins standing at Blue and Gold Boardshop where he works (Photo: Zachariah Hughes – Alaska Public Media, Anchorage)One of the star skaters is 30-year-old Tim Blevins, who works at the shop, and one recent morning rattled off all the Alaska towns he’s gone to explore for skate missions.“Anchorage, Girdwood, Seward, Homer. I have skated in Kodiak, there’s not much there,” Blevins rattled off as he mended a snowboard boot. “We don’t really have much, man.”Blevins recalled once driving five hours so a friend could try riding down a long, steep paved road inside Denali Park, ultimately succeeding by achieving a terrifying velocity.Blevins grew up in Fairbanks, which has an even smaller, scrappier skate scene than Anchorage. He’s quick to expound on why his passion is less of a sport than a lifestyle or an ethic.“It’s like contemporary art: you take ten dudes and put them in front of a spot and they’re all going see something different,” Blevins explained. “People try to emulate their favorite skateboarder, whether it’s through clothes or through tricks. But you’re never going to be that guy. You’re only gonna be yourself. So you have to be yourself on a skateboard and do what you want to do.”For the thin band of skateboarders in Alaska who are at Blevins’s level of talent, there’s a stark choice to make. If they want to achieve industry recognition and make enough money to live on from skating alone, then they have to leave Alaska. Blevins did live in the Lower 48 at one point and, in his younger years, seriously weighed trying to make it as a pro. But the lifestyle required didn’t mesh with what he loves most about skateboarding.“I think guys up here that skate are… real skateboarders,” Blevins said. “It doesn’t matter where it is, what it is. It could be a curb, a piece of plywood on the flat ground, but they have so much passion for skateboarding that they will do it no matter what.”For Blevins and others, the same environment that forces skaters into frigid garages is what has causes a gritty creativity to thrive in spite of it.
Nampally: As part of its diamond jubilee celebrations, a 3-day national seminar on ‘Oriental Libraries in Deccan’ (erstwhile Hyderabad State) will be organised at Abul Kalam Azad Oriental Research Institute at Public Gardens from August 24 to 26. Researchers from Telangana, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh will present their papers on the subject. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us Speaking to The Hans India, chairperson of Institute, Prof Ashraf Rafi informed that 21 research papers from different districts of erstwhile state of Hyderabad were received. The inaugural address on August 24 will be presented by Prof Suleman Siddiqui, former VC of Osmania University, while A K Khan (retd IPS), advisor to State Government on Minorities Welfare will be the chief guest, and Prof Naseemuddin Farees will deliver keynote address. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us The chairperson informed that the next two days will see the researchers presenting their papers on the issue and on August 26, a concluding session will be held where the participants will pass a resolution on the condition of libraries. “This will be the first time that this kind of subject is being discussed, as the libraries despite having treasure-trove of knowledge are facing apathy. There are thousands of books in Urdu and Persian which are facing neglect. It is high time it becomes subject of debate and discussion, as inheritance will be lost forever,” observed Ashraf Rafi. On Thursday, Ghulam Yazdani, Prof Ashraf Rafi and Ahmed Ali addressed the media about the diamond jubilee celebrations.
Stay on target Stranger Things is coming back to Netflix in 2019, and the show’s new Season 3 teaser might give some clues on what’s to come for Eleven, Mike, and the rest of the Hawkins crew.On Sunday, Stranger Things’ Twitter account unveiled a Season 3 teaser trailer, which showed upcoming episode titles. The trailer starts off with, “In the summer of 1985, the adventure continues,” and then lists all eight episodes of the season.In the summer of 1985, the adventure continues… pic.twitter.com/m3s6hyJL8k— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) December 10, 2018Episode title names are in the following order: “Suzie, Do You Copy?,” “The Mall Rats,” “The Case of the Missing Lifeguard,” “The Sauna Test,” “The Source,” “The Birthday,” “The Bite,” and “The Battle of Starcourt.” Similar to Season 2’s teaser, the titles here don’t reveal too much about the plot. However, it appears that Starcourt Mall, a local shopping center, will play a role in the Season 3 storyline.Will the gang fight a giant monster at this ’80s-themed mall? Stranger Things enthusiasts will have to wait until next year for more Season 3 details.More on Geek.com:Telltale is Making a Stranger Things Game, Bringing Minecraft to NetflixWe Want More ‘Stranger Things,’ but Not Too Much More361K People Had Nothing Better to do Than Binge ‘Stranger Things’ What to Stream on Netflix This Weekend11 Other Old-School Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix Movies
The man made homophobic and misogynistic slurs according to a witness (Pixabay) The unnamed couple say they started hurling abuse on the flight, which continued on the airport bus to the terminal.The tourists, aged between 25 – 28, were arrested by Spanish police earlier in the month and taken before a judge.British Tourists committed ‘A crime against fundamental rights’The men were charged with ‘committing a crime against the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution’. Three British tourists have been arrested for allegedly ‘mocking’ a gay couple on a flight bound for Gran Canaria earlier in February. Puerto Vallarta Tourism Chief: Visit to become one of us, you will be safe!LGBT tourists now welcome with open arms in SeychellesFears of LGBT crackdown in Indonesia as 12 women evicted from their homeRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/british-tourists-arrested-gay-couple/ GAYSTARNEWS- According to reports, the couple gave the Civil Guard a detailed description of the suspects.However, it was not specified if the three suspects were male or female.They were found staying in the holiday resort of Playa del Inglés.The three were arrested on Friday 9 February but details of the case have just been released by the police.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)
eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Seven countries have banned one of the world’s most popular video games, The Sims, because of LGBT content. GAYSTARNEWS- A representative of EA – the company that makes The Sims – told fans in a forum that a mobile version of the game would not reach some countries in Asia.The Sims: Freeplay has been banned in China, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar and Egypt.EA did not specify why the game would not be available in those countries. They simply said the game could not be released because of ‘regional standards’.LGBTI SimsBut fans were quick to presume the ban happened because of The Sims’ pro-LGBTI features, according to Pink News. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The Sims is regarded as one of the most LGBTI friendly games. The game removed all gender barriers for avatars, people can form relationships regardless of gender, male characters can become pregnant and characters can sit or stand to pee regardless of gender.‘We’ve always been proud that our in-game experiences embrace values as broad and diverse as our incredible Sims community. This has been important to us, as we know it is to you.’ the EA spokesperson wrote on the forum.People who had already downloaded The Sims: Freeplay can continue to use it but will not be able to make in-app purchases. They will all be prevented from updating the app.It is also not known if the ban would extend to the computer version of the game.The Sims pro-LGBTI features date back to 2000, when it was one of the first games to include same-sex couples.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The Sims removes all gender barriers Old tensions brew between Taiwan & China in lead-up to Gay GamesScottish football teams sign LGBT Sports Charter to tackle homophobiaThis New York Times journalist had her article censored in QatarRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/lgbti-content-get-the-sims-banned-in-china-and-the-middle-east/
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Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments Share Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day For ordinary Gazans, moving sometimes doesn’t help.Pediatrician Sami Dawood moved twice. On Sunday, he evacuated his wife and three children from their high-rise apartment in Gaza City’s Tel al-Hawa neighborhood after a missile hit the roof. Fearing Israel would strike the building again, the family moved to the home of his father-in-law near the Palestine Stadium in the center of the city. Early Monday, while the family was asleep, missiles hit the stadium as a suspected rocket-launching site.“Now we are back home again,” said the 40-year-old doctor.Gaza City housewife Amal Lubbad lives across the street from a house flattened in an airstrike Sunday. The blast, which killed 11 members of the Daloo family, including a Gaza policeman, also blew out the windows of her home.The 39-year-old Lubbad, her husband and eight children spent a restless night, sleeping on the floor in the room farthest away from the Daloo house, but there was no airstrike.“We were afraid,” she said, adding that the family has nowhere else to go. On Monday, she and her daughters swept up the glass shards as bulldozers in the alley below cleared away the ruins of the Daloo home. Now, he has two-member teams deployed at each of Gaza’s 13 hospitals. They work in 12-hour shifts and update him with each new casualty. Equipped with two mobile phones and a walkie-talkie, the former physiotherapist and acupuncturist says he has barely slept since the offensive began Nov. 14.One of his team members, Alaa Saraj, made the rounds in Shifa’s emergency room Sunday. Amal Mattar, 38, was lying on a gurney, her face cut by shrapnel from an airstrike near her home in Tel al-Hawa, the Gaza City neighborhood. Saraj snapped her picture, and a doctor said she would need six stitches.___After more than a decade of on-and-off fighting with Israel, Gazans are not easily shaken.A warning in Arabic by Israel’s military that “Hamas is gambling with your fate and playing with fire,” delivered Sunday by briefly taking over the frequencies of local radio stations, elicited mostly amusement.A group of men hanging around a Gaza City taxi office tried to outdo each other in making fun of the warning. “Let’s get some warmth from the fire that Hamas is using to burn us,” one of them joked.Hamas appears to have solid popular support for continued rocket attacks on Israel, despite the new hardships it has brought. Many here expressed satisfaction that Israelis should get a taste of the fear Gazans know so well. Hani said she and her children feel scared when they hear the bombardment.“But a few minutes after that, we start to cheer and laugh when we see another rocket landing in Tel Aviv,” she said of attempts by Hamas to strike Israel’s main metropolis.___Photographers in white lab coats hanging around the emergency room of Gaza’s largest hospital, Shifa, are part of a different type of Hamas battle: They are members of a Health Ministry team documenting deaths and injuries in the fighting.The head of the group, Ashraf al-Kidra, keeps journalists updated with casualty figures _ 106 dead as of Monday evening. In the long term, he hopes the information will serve as the basis for possible international legal action against Israel.“We learned a lesson from the last war,” said al-Kidra, referring to Israel’s previous major offensive against Hamas targets in Gaza four years ago. Casualty figures at the time were hotly disputed, with Palestinians saying most of some 1,400 people killed were civilians, while Israel gave a lower figure and said most were militants.In the chaos at the time, many Israeli attacks were not properly documented, al-Kidra said. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Scenes showing Israelis ducking for cover from rocket fire were discussed with relish, and jokes have popped up on social media, including Facebook. In one, an Egyptian broadcaster with a popular music program asks a listener what he would like to hear. Answer: “The sound of the air raid siren in Tel Aviv.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Associated PressGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – Sleep away from windows, stock up on food, get the family car off the street _ these are the lessons Gazans have learned in previous rounds of fighting between Israel and the territory’s Hamas rulers.This time, some are adding “change houses” to the list as Israel increasingly targets homes of Hamas activists, making it difficult to guess where missiles might hit. Over the weekend, Israeli airstrikes struck the homes of some two dozen Hamas activists, killing 24 civilians. ___Ola Hani, a 31-year-old mother of four, said that since the last Gaza war four years ago, she’s kept a week’s worth of food and other supplies in her house. “Even in normal days, I don’t touch any of it, only when I have a chance to replace it,” she said.Her stash includes canned food, lentils, rice, milk powder, two small radios and candles. Her husband, a banker, is away in Jordan for a training course, and she asked a friend to drive the family car to another friend’s yard, to keep it out of harm’s way. The Hani family lives in a high-rise and does not have a parking garage.At a bakery, bank teller Jibril Alawi bought 250 pieces of pita bread for his clan of 35 _ his immediate family and the wives and children of his four brothers who all live in the same building. He said they take turns going on vital errands to minimize exposure to risk.Like others in Gaza, the Alawis have moved mattresses into inner hallways and rooms away from windows.Still, sound sleep is impossible in Gaza these days. The massive booms from the airstrikes, often just minutes apart, rattle windows. The wailing of ambulances and the buzz of unmanned spy planes, or drones, make up the background noise. Men’s health affects baby’s health too Sponsored Stories Top Stories
Travel agents are under client demand to offer more mobile-technology service to travellers on-the-go, according to new research. A release distributed by Asia based technology company, Abacus, explained that along with the “explosion” of smart phone and tablet users, people are demanding and expecting “travel agents to adapt to their changing behaviour” and bring customer service into the “current age”.“Today’s connected traveller wants a comfortable and seamless experience from departure to arrival,” Abacus Distribution Hong Kong managing director Winnie Lau explained.“Similar to travellers today, agents need to be savvier in utilising key technologies and information to stay connected and help customers keep an effortless travel schedule.”Launching Abacus Mobile solution in 2010, Ms Lau said agencies utilising its mobile tool have experienced an increase in productivity and service to customers.Earlier this year, Sabre Pacific also announced an additional mobile feature to its GDS system that will allow agents to send messages to travellers on-the-go straight to their TripCase mobile app.Click here for more information. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
Source = ETB Travel News: Megan Tran The UNWTO Global Report on Adventure Tourism, published jointly with the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), is an approach by UNWTO on the topic of adventure tourism.This report provides insight of the relationship between adventure tourism and responsible tourism.ATTA, a UNWTO Affiliate Member, provided input for this report to increase awareness among the global tourism sector about the core values of responsible tourism.The report allows tourism stakeholders to work from a common base of understanding in one of the most progressive forms of tourism, which both organizations believe will develop into the industry standard.“This report provides critical insight into one of the most dynamic segments driving tourism´s growth, said UNWTO secretary-general Taleb Rifai.“Furthermore, with careful and responsible management, adventure tourism offers effective development opportunities to countries looking for new and sustainable sources of growth.”An eight chapter overview of the current adventure tourism industry, provides a history of adventure tourism as well as a discussion of current trends and timely issues.Chapters include:Industry introductionGlobal Trends in Adventure TourismAdventure Tourism Industry StructureLocal Economies, Communities and the EnvironmentAdventure Tourism Operational Standards and CertificationsRisk Management in Adventure TourismSector Challenges, Opportunities and Initiatives
Strengthening Wendy Wu trade partnershipsLeading Asia specialist, Wendy Wu Tours, has confirmed a renewed agreement with the highly reputable TravelManagers Australia, as preferred supplier to Asia.Wendy Wu Tours general manager, Andrew Mulholland, said “with TravelManagers’ impressive network of more than 490 Personal Travel Managers nationwide and their extensive expertise, we look forward to exceptional growth for both parties”.He added, “Wendy Wu Tours is committed to driving continuous growth for TravelManagers and I am confident that our renewed partnership will benefit the customers of TravelManagers. We are excited to have TravelManagers as part of the Wendy Wu family”.TravelManagers General Manager, Michael Gazal, commented that the company is looking forward to the future through its partnering with such an established operator, offering an intense expertise in the Asia holiday market. Source = Wendy Wu Tours – TravelManagers Australia
Many HELOC Borrowers are in for a Shock From now until 2018, many Home Equity Lines of Credit (HELOCs) borrowed during the housing bubble years of 2005 to 2008 will reach their 10-year end of draw period—and many of the borrowers will not be prepared for the payment shock they will be facing, according to a survey from TD Bank released on Tuesday.The bank’s HELOC Reset Measure, which surveyed approximately 800 U.S. homeowners with HELOCs, found that nearly one-quarter (23 percent) of HELOC borrowers did not have a plan in place to handle increased payments once they reach their end of draw periods. The housing boom saw unprecedented numbers of HELOCs as homeowners looked for convenient ways to borrow in the midst of soaring home prices for major expenses such as college tuition, home improvements, and medical bills.During the housing boom, many homeowners borrowed HELOCs to finance expenses such as home renovations, medical bills, travel/vacation, emergency expenses, and college tuition. With home values soaring, homeowners found HELOCs to be a convenient way to borrow or consolidate debt.“Many HELOCs allow borrowers to draw for 10 years and make interest- only payments,” said Mike Kinane, SVP, Home Equity, TD Bank. “When this draw period ends, borrowers are required to pay principal and interest, which may increase their monthly payments. It’s important that HELOC borrowers plan ahead and review their contract to determine the best course of action based on their current and future financial situations.”The survey found that many HELOC borrowers were unaware of the HELOC reset date despite communication from lenders. More than half of respondents (53 percent) who borrowed HELOCs between 2005 and 2008 said they were unaware of how the reset will affect their payments.Only 19 percent of survey respondents were aware that a HELOC reset meant that their payments will increase. Not only that, but misconceptions existed around the end of draw period—more than one-third (34 percent) of borrowers polled said they believe their payments will be reduced after a HELOC reset.Not all borrowers with HELOCs were unprepared, however. More than one-quarter of survey respondents said they plan to refinance their HELOC into another loan, and nearly 70 percent of those borrowers said they plan to seek advice from their lenders. HELOCs Home Equity Lines of Credit 2016-10-18 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News October 18, 2016 567 Views Share
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals players’ lockers awaiting cleaning, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. The Cardinals lost to the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship football game to end their season. (AP Photo/Matt York) Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo With Super Bowl 50 now behind us, preparations for the 2016 season are underway.A collection of ESPN NFL writers shared their offseason predictions for each of the 32 football teams. Josh Weinfuss predicts the Arizona Cardinals might be window-shopping for a new quarterback.Before Cardinals fans start calling for Weinfuss’ head, the NFL Nation reporter says that backup quarterback Drew Stanton could be on the move. And while Carson Palmer put up MVP-type numbers in 2015, the veteran is entering his 12th season. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Carson Palmer is 36 and backup Drew Stanton is an unrestricted free agent who’s preparing to not return. With how complex Arizona’s scheme is, finding a replacement for Palmer soon makes sense.Sports Illustrated’s Doug Farrar reiterates Weinfuss’ notion that Arizona should be in the market for a quarterback, but says that the Cardinals could also use an edge rusher.No team blitzed more than the Cardinals last season, and there was a reason for that. Despite (Dwight) Freeney’s time-machine season and the ascent of Markus Golden, this is a defense without a true dominate edge-rusher, and if they had one, this defense would be one of the top units in the league.The Cardinals are capable of producing pressure with All-Pro Calais Campbell and their blitz schemes, but Denver’s Super Bowl performance against Carolina showed that the Cardinals need multiple pass rushing threats.According to the Westgate Las Vegas Sportsbook, Arizona has opened at 10-1 odds to win Super Bowl LI.
Visiting for the Rugby World Cup, or simply passing through and looking for a place to refuel? Leicester is the place to go if you’re a fan of big cats and big nights out.Home to rugby giants, the Leicester Tigers, Will Cooper finds the perfect place to enjoy a pint and a decent plate of food in this East Midland’s city in our handy guide. 1. ShivalliBirmingham might have the balti, but Leicester has loads of excellent curry houses, ideal for a pre or post-match munch. Shivalli on Welford Road, specialises in vegetarian feasts, with more than 50 meat-free dishes on their menu – get there for the all-you-can-eat vegetarian lunch buffet and fill your boots with delicious food for a great price. Top tip: have a light breakfast to maximise your gorging capacity before you head to the game.https://instagram.com/p/eIpem9qhlD/2. Gelato VillageIt’s not traditionally recognised as a pre-match treat, but everyone loves ice cream right?! Hopefully the sun will be out, but even if he hasn’t got his hat on it’s still worth heading to Gelato Village for a proper Italian gelataria experience. With a huge selection of flavours to choose from, be careful that you don’t spend too much time deciding (and drooling) over their cones that you miss kick-off. https://instagram.com/p/xMLUsoE9hw/3. The PUBFrom the outside, you’d think this is a traditional English boozer, but you’d be wrong! The PUB puts a modern spin on a timeless classic and has been renovated in a contemporary style. In the old pedestrian area of New Walk, you’ll find plenty of English ales to quench your thirst, mostly from local breweries, plus a good selection of quality foreign imports. The knowledgeable bar staff are happy to help you choose your poison if you’re looking a bit overwhelmed by their extensive menu. The food menu is pretty solid too, perfect soaker for all those pints.https://instagram.com/p/sUuZcdRww_/4. The Western PubFounded by two Leicestershire locals with a passion for good beer, Steamin’ Billy Brewing Co. operates a handful of pubs and bars in and around Leicester. In all of them you’ll find locally-sourced produce, the majority of ales they serve are brewed by the company and The Western is a great spot for match-day (or none match-day) beers – in the know fans of football and rugby love this place. https://instagram.com/p/2EJgH_qbUU/5. The Boot RoomLocated in a former shoe factory, it’s a relaxed and informal but smart setting for food. It is one of Leicester’s best independent high-end restaurants and regularly receives a listing in the Michelin Guide. They pride themselves on not over complicating things – this holds for the ambiance and the food. The menu is full of recognisable modern British classics, from fish pie to popcorn panna cotta, cooked to perfection. https://instagram.com/p/1nqm4NDufn/6. The Swan and RushesA favourite with Leicester Tigers fans due to its proximity to their rugby ground, the Rugby World Cup games are to be played at the larger Leicester City stadium (home to the city’s football club) so it’s not quite as close, but it’s still a good old fashioned East Midlands boozer where you’ll likely get some rugby chat with the locals. The selection of real ales, lagers and ciders is top notch too.https://instagram.com/p/t-oop8MS1b/Going to any other games this Rugby World Cup? Check out our handy guides to some of the host cities:10 places for post-match munch in Milton KeynesGo ‘out out’ in MK after the match and see a different side to the Buckinghamshire ‘burb.Top 10 places to eat and drink in Manchester Check out our Top 10 pick of places to eat and drink in the city of Oasis and Manchester United – ideal for 2015 Rugby World Cup visitors.Top 10 bars and restaurants in London for rugby fans Our tips for 10 best places to eat and drink in London post-World Cup match.Leeds: where to eat and drink for during the RWCWe give the lowdown on the best places to soak up some Rugby World Cup atmosphere in Leeds.Top 10 places to eat and drink in Cardiff for rugby fans Travelling to Cardiff for the 2015 Rugby World Cup? Take note of our top tips on where to eat and drink in the Welsh capital.Top 10 places in Gloucester for scrummy scran during the RWC It’s rugby-mad Gloucester’s time to shine as it welcomes the Rugby World Cup.Exeter’s 10 best rugby pubs and fan friendly restaurants With its cosy pubs and buzzing local student community, Exeter is set to prove Devon can party come the Rugby World Cup.Newcastle’s top bars and restaurants on rugby daysOur top picks of the Toon – here to help you have a ball during the Rugby World Cup in Newcastle without having to try.Brighton feasts for rugby fans: top 10 caf**é**s and restaurantsIf you’re heading to the games, or fancy a cheeky weekend beside the seaside, there’s plenty of fish and chips to be had but you might want to shake things up – here’s 10 of the best local bars and restaurants for you to check out.7 incredible rugby stadiums around the world Get set for the Rugby World Cup with our world tour of where to see rugby at its very best.Find hotels in Leicester_Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels _and car hireReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedTop 8 places to eat and drink in Leeds for rugby fansWe give the lowdown on the best places to soak up some Rugby World Cup atmosphere in Leeds.Top 10 places to eat and drink and party in Newcastle for rugby fansOur top picks of the Toon – here to help you have a ball during the Rugby World Cup in Newcastle without having to try.12 top places to drink and party post-match during the Rugby World CupNot ready to call it a day after the rugby? 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