Seven year courtship culminates in I do for RitzCarltonTurks and Caicos

first_img TCI Premier Responds To Beaches’ Letter Announcing Closure Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Beaches Resort does not owe TCI Gov’t; both sides want multi-million dollar dispute resolved Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – February 27, 2018 – Five golden-coloured shovels adorned with turquoise ribbons and matching hard hats cemented a seven-year courtship which is touted to bring 317 rooms and villa residences in a new 12-storey hotel development to Grace Bay Beach.The project, with the help of Turks and Caicos Islands realtor, Walter Gardiner, in late 2017 finally received the nod of approval from the Physical Planning Department to go forward with the controversial construction and now, according to the country’s Premier the knot is tied.“The Turks and Caicos and #RitzCarlton and the Desarrollos Group have flirted for many years, and today on this beautiful Grace Bay Beach we are all at a destination wedding.  A destination wedding of huge proportions, today before God and man we promise to come together to deliver a new experience for visitors to our shores, joining a family of strong members who are equally as excited,” said Hon Sharlene Robinson.Members of the former government administration were on hand too; then Premier Rufus Ewing with the Governor and Finance Minister announced the Memorandum of Understanding for the project, which at the time was projected at $224 million – that was in 2015.Premier Robinson commended the Planning Department team for its work in ushering the #DesarrollosGroup project to the point of a ground breaking ceremony.  It was additionally a bonus morsel that the turning of the sand at the new home of the hotel came just days after the Turks and Caicos learned that it had secured the enviable top spot on a TripAdvisor list.“We are again on the World’s Best Beach and I say congratulations to you on being able to get a slice of the World’s Best Beach.”The Premier, Hon Sharlene Robinson in her remarks at the ground breaking on Monday afternoon explained that a new thrust for tourism in the Turks and Caicos will under-gird this and other industry partners. “And with my Government’s endorsement last week of a new tourism strategic direction, we are on the cusp of ensuring that we remain a well sought after destination, consistent with the strong TCI brand that many continue to work to maintain.”Mr. Gardiner, in an interview with the Turks and Caicos Weekly News explained once work begins, it will be a six day work week – Mondays to Saturdays from 7am to 5pm.Already 75 per cent of the residences at the property are sold, the total construction period is three years and there are projected to be two phases of construction. Related Items:#GraceBayBeach, #ritzcarlton, #sharlenerobinson, desarrollos TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memeslast_img read more

Wilmington Substance Abuse Coalition To Hold Candlelight Vigil On September 29

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Substance Abuse Coalition is holding its 4th Annual Candlelight Vigil on Monday, September 29, 2019 at 7pm on the Wilmington Town Common.The vigil gives residents of Wilmington and surrounding communities an opportunity to remember those they have lost to the disease of addiction, celebrate those who are living healthy lives once again, and to come together to reduce the stigma associated with addiction.This night of healing and hope will include a slideshow to remember lost loved ones. If you’d like your loved one to be included, please send their information (name, date of birth, date of passing, and town) AND photo to Samantha Reif at sreif@wpd.org.If you attended last year and previously submitted information and a photo, please still email Samantha Reif (sreif@wpd.org) to let her know you will be attending.Join the Facebook event HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Substance Abuse Coalition To Hold Candlelight Vigil On September 17In “Community”Wilmington Substance Abuse Coalition To Hold Candlelight Vigil On October 5In “5 Things To Do Today”VIDEO: Watch Substance Abuse Coalition’s Candlelight VigilIn “Videos”last_img read more

Can Disney make VR relevant The 359 Ep 510

first_img Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. The Daily Charge 4:25 Read Google Home Hub review See It See It Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Angela Lang/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $155 at Google Express Digital Media Tech Industry Mobile Subscribe: iTunes | RSS | Google Play | FeedBurner | SoundCloud |TuneIn | Stitcher HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $299 at Amazon Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Can Disney make VR relevant? (The 3:59, Ep. 510) Comments Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sarah Tew/CNET 0 Sprint $59 at eBay An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Tags The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder.Check out the extended shows on YouTube. Also, don’t forget to rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Can Disney make VR relevant? (The 3:59, Ep. 510) Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $6 at Tidal Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Share your voice Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Boost Mobile 7 $210 at Best Buy Share your voice See it Apple iPhone XS Sarah Tew/CNET See at Turo Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Read the AirPods review Chris Monroe/CNET See It Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Tags Rylo See at Amazon DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). The Cheapskate Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Now playing: Watch this: Sarah Tew/CNET $520 at HP Virtual Reality Disney Robots Samsung,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $999 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. CNET On this podcast, we talk about:Disney’s plans for a second VR short film. The many work and companion robots shown at CES 2019.What Samsung may name its new foldable phone. $999 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Best Buy $999 I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $60 at Best Buy $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Post a comment The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Read the Rylo camera preview JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Turo Your browser does not support the audio element. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Amazonlast_img read more

Letter bomb explosion hurts IMF official in Paris Police

first_imgFrrench Police officers secure the scene near the Paris offices of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on March 16, 2017 in Paris, after a letter bomb exploded in the premises. AFPA letter bomb exploded at the Paris offices of the International Monetary Fund on Thursday, injuring a secretary who suffered burns to her hands and face, police said.Employees were evacuated from the building near the Arc de Triomphe monument in the heart of the capital “as a precaution” after the late morning explosion, a police source said.IMF chief Christine Lagarde condemned it as a “cowardly act of violence”.She reaffirmed “the IMF’s resolve to continue our work in line with our mandate”, according to a statement issued by her office.”We are working closely with the French authorities to investigate this incident and ensure the safety of our staff.”French President Francois Hollande called it an “attack”, saying it showed that “we are still targeted.”The victim, a secretary for an unnamed senior manager, suffered light burns from the blast which might have been caused by a firework, a police source told AFP, asking not to be named.Armed police and soldiers were seen securing the area around the IMF offices.France has been the victim of a series of deadly attacks by Islamic extremists since 2015.Although no link has been established at this stage, a Greek far-left group claimed Thursday that it had sent a parcel bomb to the German finance ministry in Berlin, more than six years after waging a similar campaign targeting European officials.- Claim by ‘Conspiracy of Fire’ -The Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei group admitted responsibility in a statement posted on an anti-establishment website, but only mentioned Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble’s office as a target.German police said they had discovered the “explosive” package at Schaeuble’s office on Wednesday, a day before he was due to host his new US counterpart Steven Mnuchin.Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei, listed as a terrorist organisation by the United States, in 2010 sent letter bombs to foreign embassies in Greece and to three European leaders — then European Commission chairman Jose Manuel Barroso, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and then Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.A Greek police source said the claim was “most probably” authentic.Germany and the IMF are blamed by many Greeks for imposing years of public sector cuts and reforms in exchange for bailout packages needed to prop up the recession-hit country.Greece’s interior ministry said authorities in both Greece and Germany were working together on the case.A Greek police source said the package had a Greek stamp. The “sender” of the parcel was given as a deputy leader of the opposition New Democracy party — along with his real address.last_img read more

Naked And Unafraid 6 Wild Facts About Naked M

first_img Gregory G Dimijian Naked And Unafraid: 6 Wild Facts About Naked Mole Rats by NPR News Pien Huang 8.21.19 2:03pm Naked mole rats don’t look like they’d be one of nature’s superstars. They’re about the size and shape of small sweet potatoes. These rodents are native to the grasslands of East Africa, and are mostly hairless, wrinkled, and blind. And yet, they’ve evolved some special behaviors and features that help them thrive in harsh environments in which other mammals (humans included) would wither.Kenton Kerns, assistant curator of small mammals at The Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, DC, says visitors often scurry past their naked mole rat exhibit in disgust. “I always feel like, ‘No, come back! Let us tell you what you’re running away from,’ ” he says.When they were new to science, in the 1970’s, researchers studied them for their unusual behavior and social structure. In the past two decades or so, scientists have been looking into their super survival traits — long life spans and apparent lack of aging — for lessons on how humans can stay healthy and live longer.And for some of us — they’re just one of nature’s most delightful, weird wonders. Here’s a primer on what makes them so amazing:It’s just one big naked mole rat colony.They’re eusocial, which means they live all crowded together underground, in a colony, like bees or ants, with a queen who has babies and a bunch of workers who do everything else — tend to the nursery, dig out new tunnels, find new tubers to eat, and guard the den.”If you think about being the size of a cocktail hot dog, and everyone out there on the African plains wants a snack, it’s not an easy life,” says Stan Braude, a biologist at Washington University in St. Louis who studies naked mole rats in the wild. Living in groups, he says, allows them to divide up the labor of staying safe, finding enough food, and birthing and raising baby mole rats.Does your skin hang low? Yes, if you’re a naked mole rat.Naked mole rats have physical traits that seem uniquely suited to their environments.Their skin hangs wrinkly and loose on their bodies — it snags like a sweater, but doesn’t tear, on pebbles and other hindrances in their underground tunnels.It’s consistently hot and humid in those tunnels — generally about 90 degrees F, with up to 70% humidity. Naked mole rats are cold-blooded, which saves them the trouble (and energy) of thermoregulating.They chew like a beaver. A quarter of their muscle mass resides in their jaws, and their lips close behind their teeth, so they don’t get mouthfuls of soil while digging. They use their two front teeth to burrow underground in the East African grasslands, through hard-packed dirt. They have even been known to chew through concrete with their teeth-shovels.They’re icons of resilience.They don’t drink water, and can survive up to 18 minutes without oxygen with no apparent brain damage. They don’t feel pain from injury and inflammation.”It just seems like now, they do everything,” says Eileen Lacey, biology professor and curator of mammals at the University of California, Berkeley. Researchers are studying the biology and physiology of naked mole rats, in hopes of finding new treatments that could help humans lessen pain, prevent cancer, and live longer. They’re just gonna live forever.Or it seems like that, to other rodents. Naked mole rats are the longest-living rodents we know of. While mice and rats live for a maximum of four to five years, some naked mole rats are over 30 years old and going strong.They also don’t seem to exhibit the typical mammalian signs of aging. The queen can have babies throughout her life. And while they do slow down as they get older, they appear to be resistant to aging-related diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s (Scientists caution that we haven’t been studying them long enough to know the natural end to their lifespan). Day and night? It’s all the same.The National Zoo and the Pacific Science Center have live 24-hour feeds of their naked mole rat exhibits. They’re active around the clock, so you can catch them eating, napping, doing their business, moving piles of shavings, and generally hanging out anytime. They’re here for you, when you’re ready to give them a second look.Pien Huang is NPR’s Reflect America Fellow. She fell in love with naked mole rats on first sight at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.last_img read more

Weaving in winter

first_imgDastkar, in partnership with Delhi Tourism, presents the winter season handloom textiles special the Dastakar Winter Weaves 2013. This exhibition brings together the best of the diverse and rich regional handloom weaving and embroidery traditions from across the States of India. The focus of the exhibition is on seasonal Silks and Wools in a wide range of sarees, dupattas, running fabric, shawls, knits and made-up garments. Tussar silks will come from Chhattisgarh and Bihar, as well as tussar and  wools from Uttrakhand where the silk worms are raised in groves of Himalayan walnut trees.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Single and double weave ikat silks will be present in both the Orissa and Andhra Pradesh traditions. Banarasi brocades will gleam in winter sunshine and the tiny dotted designs of finely worked bandhini silks will amaze the eye. Light and multi-hued Maheshwari cotton-silks will be available too.Lovely kullu and kinnauri wool shawls from Himachal Pradesh will be showcased alongside the colourful Kutch shawls and stoles of the expert Vankar weaver community. Khadi handlooms, organic wools from Uttrakhand and patchwork quilts and bags will be available, as well as knitted sweaters, capes, gloves and socks.Authentic quality pashmina in both traditional and innovative modern designs will come from Kashmir and the famed Changthang plateau of Ladakh. Kashmiri, Kutchchi and kantha embroidered textiles and accessories will be present as well as dhurries from Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, along with the revived namda felt rug tradition from Kashmir.last_img read more