Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 26th 2017-Providenciales: Porsha Smith’s allegation against Tourism Minister, Ralph Higgs failing to declare the exact value, or his interest in the Silver Palms Hotel, during his budget presentation is enough reason for him to resign immediately. In filing a complaint before the Integrity Commission on Wednesday afternoon, Smith read the statement where she says the Silver Palms Hotel and Promenade project, located in Bottle Creek, North Caicos, was initially listed for US$550,000.00, but only when quizzed, the minister had to confirm the actual figure at US$850,000.00. Smith is of the belief that Higgs is able to enhance the value of his investment from his current portfolio, as the addition of the government funded Promenade project will “hug his personal project, thus increasing the value of his investment”.However, in response to the allegation, Tourism Minister Ralph Higgs explained to Magnetic Media that a formal statement is coming. Minister Higgs also said” that it is unfortunate that individuals would chose to play politics with the economic lives of the people in North Caicos”.#MagneticMediaNews#RalphShouldResign#SilverPalmsHotelAndPromenade
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho bemoans their lack of activity in the last transfer window, saying “everyone improved except us”.United failed to sign their center-back targets in the summer transfer window, Mourinho, however, managed to bring in Fred and Diogo Dalot spending £80m in the process.Except for Tottenham Hotspur, the top six clubs were all active in the last window, and the Portuguese boss believes United are behind their rivals because of their lack of signings, arguing that Spurs already had a quality team.“The distance [between United and top four] is something I couldn’t predict,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“You always think in a positive way, you always think the distance is not going to be so big.“But I said clearly, last season we didn’t get the credit we deserved. To finish second, to play the FA Cup final and to qualify as winners in our Champions League group – we didn’t get the credit we deserved at all.“All the teams they got better, Spurs was the team that did not make a direct investment, but the best investment is to keep the top players that you have. So every team got better and we didn’t.”
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WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the seven candidates running in contested primaries for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in her own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Judy O’Connell (D-Wilmington).#11a) Do you feel Massachusetts residents are over-taxed?Yes.#11b) How will you balance the need to provide government services to the taxpayers & fund the government with most taxpayers’ desire for no tax increases?There is no easy or short answer to this question as the Massachusetts state budget approaches a total of $41 billion dollars a year. In January 2018, the Baker-Polito administration submitted a FY19 budget proposal that attempted to keep state spending in line with revenue growth, to minimize reliance on non-recurring revenues, and to avoid tax or fee increases to balance the budget, while investing in key areas such as local aid, education, workforce development, substance misuse, mental health, housing, and transportation. Massachusetts has started the next fiscal year without a permanent budget in place after lawmakers were unable to reach an agreement in time. The 2019 fiscal year began July 1 and the Legislature passed an interim budget which will fund the state through the end of July. With the passing of this interim budget, there will be no disruption of any services in Massachusetts. As State Representative and member of the House of Representatives, I would be an active participant in this process and I would be advocating for the 19th Middlesex District with the taxpayers in mind while ensuring Wilmington and Tewksbury receive their fair share and any possible increases if possible in Chapter 70 funding and Unrestricted General Government Aid. These funds are critical to both communities in helping assist local government with providing the suite of services that people and families have come to expect and deserve. I would advocate for any available state grant money for any projects or initiatives that pertain to either community within the District on an annual basis.As a prior elected official on the School Committee and Board of Selectmen for the Town of Wilmington, I have always been fiscally conservative and have attempted to strike a balance in meeting collective bargaining agreements, supporting capital improvement projects, continuing the highest level of municipal services possible, supporting smart economic development within the community, maintaining a strong free cash position as recommended by the town’s financial advisors and supporting the Board of Selectmen annual vote of the maximum tax shift classification to help lessen the tax burden on the resident population. I intend to take this same balanced approach to Beacon Hill while recognizing we need to look at strategic ways to fund current and future services not always on the backs of taxpayers.#11c) Can you point to anywhere in the state budget where you believe there is waste, fraud or abuse? What will you do about it?As State Representative, I would become a scholar of the state budget and would always keep a watchful eye in looking for areas of improvement regarding waste, fraud and abuse. There are documented cases of abuse such as overtime costs, employee benefit cases, etc. for example and one could analyze areas of wasteful spending in every budget which I intend to do on a regular basis. Regarding fraud, I will be reviewing consistently the work done annually by the Office of the Inspector General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts which is an independent agency charged with preventing and detecting fraud, waste and abuse in the use of public funds and public property. This Office investigates allegations in these areas at all levels of government; reviews programs and practices in state and local agencies to identify system-wide vulnerabilities and opportunities for improvement; and assists the public and private sectors to help prevent fraud, waste and abuse in government spending. There have been various reports released from the State Auditor’s office. For example, in April 2018, State Auditor Suzanne Bump released the annual report for her office’s Bureau of Special Investigations (BSI), which identified a record $16.9 million in public assistance benefit fraud in FY 2017, a 9% increase over the previous year. This marks the seventh straight year of increased findings according to the report which is not an indication of more fraud in these programs, but rather a reflection of the growing effectiveness of the agency and the expanded use of data analytics to identify fraudulent activities. According to this report, Bump’s office identified over $16 million in fraud, spread over 1,150 completed investigations. The majority of the fraud which was approximately $10.3 million or 61 percent was identified in the Mass Health program. There are other reported areas of fraud and as State Representative, I would do my part in helping to ensure these public benefit programs continue to be designed to provide the needed assistance to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged residents who truly need the help as many of the beneficiaries of these programs are children, disabled adults, veterans and seniors.#12) Former State Representative Jim Miceli was known through the district for his extraordinary constituent services. Do you pledge to provide a similar level of constituent services if elected? How will you be responsive to requests for help from residents of Wilmington and Tewksbury?Yes, if elected, I do pledge to provide the same extraordinary level of constituent services that State Representative Miceli provided that the people of the Wilmington and Tewksbury are accustomed to while looking for ways to enhance and improve these services provided in any manner possible. State Representative Miceli should be applauded for his hard work, commitment and dedication to constituent services on behalf of the 19th Middlesex District for decades and I would be honored to carry on his legacy in this regard if elected as the next State Representative.As State Representative, there are many ways to be responsive to the communities within the 19th Middlesex District. First, I will hold regular offices hours in both Wilmington and Tewksbury to be available to the public. I would make sure my contact information is widely publicized and my commitment is to be accessible and responsive to anyone within the District at all times. Some constituent service matters are highly sensitive and confidential and must be treated with the proper care and compassion they need and deserve. Sometimes in addition to taking care of the business at hand, people need a leader who listens and one who is trustworthy and provides a level of human service that goes beyond just being an elected official. I am committed to providing this kind of constituent service as I believe it is the right thing to do in taking care of the people and families that make up the fabric of our district that I have been entrusted to serve. Additionally, I intend to be very visible in both Wilmington and Tewksbury by attending as many events, community activities and town meetings as possible. I will be an active listener, a strong voice for the people and I will be willing to assist the residents of the 19th Middlesex District relative to any matter or need that they have. Constituent services can span across many areas and I would use the full weight of the office to be a supporter and advocate for the entire District including residents, local businesses and municipal town government. Providing the highest quality of constituent services as the next State Representative is of critical importance to me and I will work tirelessly on behalf of the 19th Middlesex District every day I am in office.(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)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? 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Workers seen working without safety measures, risking their lives. File Photo: Abdus Salam At least 456 construction workers were killed and 463 others sustained injuries during their respective works across the country in last five years till December 31 in 2016.M Yusuf Al Mamun, Information Coordinator of Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies (BILS) disclosed this while presenting a paper titled ‘Professional Protection of Construction Workers and Social Security: Bangladesh Perspective’ at a journalists’ orientation workshop at BILS’ Dhanmondi office on Wednesday.Among the casualties, 85 workers were killed and 97 others injured in 2016, 61 killed and 119 other injured in 2015, while 102 were killed and 64 injured in 2014, 95 killed and 63 injured in 2013, and 113 killed and 120 injured in 2012.He said around 3.7 million workers across the country, including the capital city, are involved in construction related works. They are risking their lives by not using protection equipment.Moderated by BILS executive director Sayed Sultan Uddin Ahmed, among others, BILS joint secretary Wajedul Islam Khan, leader of Sramik Karmachary Oikkya Parishad Noimul Ahsan Jewel, general secretary of Imarat Nirman Sramik Union Bangladesh Abdur Razzak, general secretary of Bangladesh Nirman Sramik Federation Farid Ahmed and general secretary of Nirman Sramik League Sheikh M Nurul Hoque took part in the discussion.
Share Wednesday, September 20, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> TALLAHASSEE — VISIT FLORIDA is launching a hurricane response marketing plan “to invite visitors back to the Sunshine State in a responsible way”, where the focus is on marketing on unaffected areas while providing real-time information and updates on locations that continue to strengthen every day, says VISIT FLORIDA President & CEO, Ken Lawson.While several communities sustained serious damage from Hurricane Irma, many areas of Florida did not see significant impacts, he noted.VISIT FLORIDA has been in touch with the state’s Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs) “to get a county-by-county damage assessment and to review plans to best promote our state to visitors”, says Lawson.“The vast majority of DMOs were happy to report that their destination is open for business. The areas of our state that were more impacted are rebuilding and planning to reopen as soon as possible.”Lawson says VISIT FLORIDA’s post-hurricane marketing plan will provide “an authentic view” of Florida to assist potential visitors as they make travel plans. Campaign tactics will be digitally focused with a series of true-view videos from destinations across the state – “an aggressive push to energize our Share a Little Sunshine advocates to share real-time images of the state with #LoveFL”, as well as customized plans to support the communities that were directly impacted by Hurricane Irma.VISIT FLORIDA continues to share real-time travel safety updates at its Florida Now page at its website, visitflorida.com. Local DMOs are also updating their websites to serve as a post-hurricane information resource.More news: ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growth“The Florida tourism industry has recovered from many storms over the years, and I have no doubt that our communities and our state will quickly rebound from Hurricane Irma as well,” said Lawson.In Miami, the Greater Miami CVB has kicked off its #MiamiNow campaign with discounts and deals for visitors. The new destination-wide promotion supports local businesses and jobs offering savings throughout Miami and the Beaches now until Oct. 31.Miami and the Beaches is open for business following minimal impact from Hurricane Irma this past week, says the CVB.#MiamiNow unites 6 of the 12 top GMCVB Temptations Programs: Miami Spice, Miami Spa, Miami Hotel, Miami Attractions, Miami Museums and Shop Miami Month.The program offers a variety of deals, providing tremendous value on hotels, restaurants, spas, museums, attractions and shopping. “There has never been a better time to visit, or better destination-wide savings,” says the CVB.#MiamiNow features include:DINE: The much-loved Miami Spice Restaurant Month has been extended through Oct. 31 with nearly 200 restaurants participating. Highlighting Greater Miami and The Beaches’ diverse culinary scene, Miami Spice restaurants will continue offering reduced prices (US$23 per person for lunch and brunch / $39 per person for dinner) in some of the hottest neighborhoods in town.STAY: Many hotels are extending special offers through Oct. 31 as part of the #MiamiNow promotion. Hotels throughout the destination from Miami Beach, Downtown Miami, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Sunny Isles Beach and more are offering promotional rates and special amenity packages. A few of the hotel participants include: Loews Miami Beach Hotel, Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Ritz-Carlton South Beach, Coconut Grove and Bal Harbour properties, Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami, Marenas Beach Resort Sunny Isles Beach, The Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables, EPIC Hotel, Four Season Hotel Miami and Mandarin Oriental Miami.More news: Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemPAMPER: Miami Spa Month is back with more than 25 spas offering exclusive treatments at $109 and $139, with select spas offering treatments for $199.SHOP: Miami’s most popular malls, marketplaces, boutiques, restaurants and hotels will be offering incentives across different retailers.ARTS & ATTRACTIONS: Many Miami and the Beaches attractions and museum are rolling out special Miami Now offers and buy-one-get-one-free admissions.“We are proud of our local tourism industry for being among the first in the destination to raise their hand to keep the community moving forward,” says William D. Talbert, III, C.D.M.E. “Tourism is the number one industry in Miami-Dade County and the #MiamiNow promotion celebrates the best of Miami’s tourism industry across many sectors while welcoming visitors from near and far for some of the best value driven offers the destination has ever seen.”For a complete listing of all the #Miami Now special offers, visit MiamiandtheBeaches.com. For a live look at Greater Miami and the Beaches, see the webcams at SeeMiamiLive.com. Travelweek Group Florida looks to jump-start post-Irma travel with new campaign Tags: Florida Posted by
Travelweek Group LAX has just given us smart bathrooms and we should all be grateful Tweet LOS ANGELES — Starting today, passengers at LAX will be doing their business in far more intelligent quarters.Los Angeles International Airport has partnered with tech companies Infax and Tooshlights to transform a bathroom in Terminal 4 into a ‘smart restroom’. Available to American Airlines, American Eagle and Qantas fliers, the updated lavatory combines cutting edge technology to make it a little less gross and a lot more efficient.As part of the pilot program, 20 restroom stalls will feature a lights system similar to those found in parking garages; each unit consists of a smart latch and indicator light that turns green when it’s available, and red when it’s occupied. There are also blue indicator lights for ambulatory stalls.Credit: ToshlightsYou know what this means – no more having to duck your head under stalls to check for feet, a major plus in our book!In addition, Travel+Leisure reports that a digital tracking system keeps count of the number of people who go in and out of the restroom, as well as the amount of time in between cleanings. After a set number of uses, janitors are then notified to clean the facility.More news: Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?“We’re incredibly excited to try out this new technology, which should help improve our guest experience and allow us to better monitor and service our restrooms,” said Barbara Yamamoto, Chief Experience Officer at Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). “The desire for clean and available restrooms is consistently in the top ranks of what guests want at an airport, and this will help us provide a higher level of service to the travelling public and allow us to better meet our strategic goal of delivering facilities and guest experiences that are exceptional.”If the pilot program is successful (and we don’t see why it wouldn’t be because, yay for clean bathrooms!), LAX hopes to expand the program throughout Terminal 4. << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Wednesday, April 4, 2018 Tags: Airports, California
Posted by Tags: Air Canada, Hopper, WestJet Friday, June 8, 2018 Travelweek Group Share Hopper confirms end of controversial ‘Secret Fares’ program MONTREAL — Hopper’s Secret Fares stirred up intense backlash from the travel agent community. Now Hopper has announced that it has ceased offering Secret Fares in its app, effective immediately.The Montreal-based app developer announced in May that both Air Canada and WestJet were among the airlines ready to start using its airfare prediction app to unload some of their seats via ‘secret fares’ at discounts of up to 35%.But just one day later, both airlines released statements to dispute the claim that they were offering these fares, seen by many as a slight to travel agents. Air Canada confirmed that it would no longer provide tactical fares to Hopper, while WestJet said it was “severing ties” with the company “due to the confusion this has created in the marketplace”.Hopper has now come forward to clarify that Secret Fares was a “Hopper-specific marketing strategy and not a unique class of airfare”. It went on to say that airlines offer distinct fares to specific types of agencies, “in our case online travel agencies”, and that they are marketed under a range of different brand names.More news: Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Travellers will still be able to purchase published fares through the Hopper app.“At Hopper, we truly value our airline partners and sincerely apologize for any confusion caused by the way the Secret Fares initiative was marketed,” said Hopper CEO, Frederic Lalonde. “In order to eliminate any further confusion around the program, we have removed all Secret Fares from the app and will not restart the initiative at any time in the future.” << Previous PostNext Post >>
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by This town was just named the friendliest in all of Canada Share TORONTO – How do you determine who is the nicest in a group of people? Do they all simply defer to their neighbour, kindly forfeiting the prize in a show of ultimate humility?Luckily for residents of 25 Canadian cities and town, they won’t have to battle it out for the title of Friendliest Community in Canada because Expedia has done the job for them. The travel company has just released its second annual friendliness report that ranks the country’s nicest towns in 2018 using hotel review data from 2017. Out of a list of over 750 destinations, the towns and communities on the list all had at least 100 reviews and an impressive four-star rating or higher.So which town beat out all others on the friendly list? None other than Niagara-on-the-Lake in Ontario, the popular vacation hotspot known for its quaint B&Bs, wineries and, of course, nearby Niagara Falls. Expedia praised the destination for its smorgasbord of chocolates and its landmark Just Christmas store, known for being the oldest year-round Christmas Emporium in Canada.More news: Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?How a could a place that loves Christmas not be considered a friendly place to visit?As for the rest of the Top 25, check them out below – did you hometown make the list?Niagara-on-the-Lake, ONAirdrie, ABTofino, BCTruro, NSSherwood Park, ABLeduc, ABHuntsville, ONVaughan, ONSault Ste. Marie, ONHalifax, NSJohn’s, NLPeterborough, ONDartmouth, NSSaskatoon, SKUcluelet, BCOttawa, ONCourtenay, BCInvermere, BCRadium Hot Springs, BCNelson, BCCharlottetown, PEIFernie, BCVictoria, BCEnfield, NSQuebec City, QCTo see the list go to https://www.expedia.ca/travelblog/travelblog/friendliest-communities-and-towns-in-canada-2018/. Travelweek Group Tags: Canada, Expedia Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Posted by Apply now for Just You’s new South Africa fam Share << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Following its widely successful Italy fam, Just You has launched its second agent familiarization tour, this time to South Africa.Departing Aug. 24 and returning Sept. 1, the eight-day fam includes all breakfasts, lunches and dinners, porterage for luggage, and transfers on arrival and departure dates. International flights are not included, but the flights within South Africa are complimentary.A total of 18 travel agents will sample local food and wine, learn about the country’s apartheid history, and search for the Big 5 in Kruger National Park over the course of the fam.The trip starts in Johannesburg with a tour of Soweto before heading to Kruger National Park where guests will stay for three nights and head out on safaris. Other highlights include exploring Cape Town and visiting Table Mountain, plus a trip to Cape Nature Reserve and Boulders Beach to see penguins.“We are really excited to be offering another trip for agents to experience what a Just You tour is like, and see why we’re the experts in solo travel,” said Nick Roberti, Just You’s National Sales Manager.More news: Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemAs an added incentive, agents who sell 10 Just You tours within a year of returning from the fam will earn their fam money back. “Just another reason to apply to travel with us,” added Roberti.Agents must apply before June 14 and fill out an application form, available here: http://bit.ly/JustYouFamSA.Just You offers guaranteed departures of every tour in its latest brochure. It also has a guaranteed price match and guaranteed price promise, meaning customers can book with confidence knowing that they’re getting the best deal for their chosen tour.The company also prides itself on offering handpicked accommodation, with every agent getting a twin or double room of their own. Each Just You tour is also accompanied by a professional Tour Manager. Tags: FAM, Just You, South Africa Travelweek Group Friday, May 31, 2019