‘If you are late, you will pay’ – Gardner promises to discipline H’View late bugs

first_imgHarbour View’s assistant coach Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardner says that the players who recently rejoined the team will be disciplined for staying away too long. With just one win and three losses from their four games in the new Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) season, Gardner is not pleased about the absence of core players during pre-season. “We didn’t have a full squad of players as some were away during the summer. The core players are back, but they have to face discipline,” Gardener disclosed during the RSPL weekly press conference at Red Stripe last Thursday. “We have to start treating football in Jamaica like a job. If players are late, they have to face discipline,” he insisted. Among the players who were away in the summer are captain John-Ross Edwards, Nicholas Beckett, Mark Miller, Hugh Evans, and Evan Taylor. Edwards played in the last game against Arnett Gardens on September 25 at the Anthony Spaulding Complex, where Harbour View went down 1-0. He was substituted in the second half of the game. However, the other senior players are yet to play. “We have players with quality, but it is just to find the right balance moving forward,” the former Jamaica and Bolton Wanderers captain added. Harbour View will next play against Waterhouse in the RSPL tomorrow, starting at 7 p.m. at the Harbour View Stadium. The ‘Stars of the East’ are 10th on three points and in tenth position, while Waterhouse are yet to score a point and are anchored at the bottom in the 12-team league.last_img read more

1023 special fasttrack courts to come up

first_imgNew Delhi: The Union government has proposed to set up a total of 1,023 special fast-track courts for expeditious trial of over 1.66 lakh pending cases of crime against women and children across the country.Each of these special courts is expected to dispose of at least 165 such cases per year, said a proposal by the Department of Justice under Union Law Ministry. A total of 1,023 FTSCs will be set up, out of which 389 courts, as per a Supreme Court direction, will exclusively handle cases registered under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, it said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe remaining 634 FTSCs will deal with either rape cases or both rape and POCSO Act cases depending upon the pendency and requirement. “Each FTSC is expected to dispose of 41-42 cases each quarter and at least 165 cases in a year,” the proposal added. According to the Department’s proposal note, a total of 1,66,882 cases of rape and those under POCSO Act are pending trial in various courts across the country. There are 389 districts in the country where the number of pending cases under the POCSO Act exceeds 100. Therefore, as per the apex court directives, each of such districts will have one exclusive POCSO court, which will try no other cases, the note said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe process of setting up of these FTSCs is likely to begin on October 2; the Law Ministry had earlier said. The Department of Justice had proposed to set up 1,023 fast-track courts at a total budget of Rs 767.25 crore. The Central support of Rs 474 crore for one year will be funded from the Nirbhaya Fund.The Centre created the fund in 2013 after December 16, 2012, gang-rape and murder of a student in Delhi. It was created to support the initiatives of governments and NGOs working towards the safety of women. In a letter to the Cabinet Secretariat on August 8, the Department of Justice had said after the recommendation of the expenditure finance committee on July 11 and approval of the law minister; the proposal has been forwarded to the Finance Minister for approval. Simultaneously, other connected actions are being taken as setting up of FTSCs is planned to start from October 2 2019,” the Department wrote.last_img read more

Ty Burrell To Host Kids In The Spotlight

first_imgCelebrity ambassador Ty Burrell (Modern Family) will host The annual screening and awards show, “Movies by Kids” on behalf of Kids in the Spotlight on Saturday, November 3 at Fox Studios.Founded in May 2009, Kids in the Spotlight trains youth in foster care programs and other underserved youth to create, write, cast and star in their own short films. This training culminates in an annual film festival competition, “Movies by Kids,” allowing kids to express themselves through the art of filmmaking and encouraging interest in careers in the film industry. “Movies by Kids” will feature eight (8) short films created by foster youth between the ages of 11 and 24. The screenplays written by the participating youth are registered with the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW), which issues each student a certificate for their registered script.The organization thanks celebrity ambassadors, including Cady McClain (All My Children, As the World Turns), Alphonso McAuley (Love that Girl) and Robert Munic (Co-Executive Producer and Writer, Empire & Co-Executive Producer, Star) for volunteering their time to guide the students in their filmmaking. This year, confirmed guests to attend “Movies by Kids” include additional celebrity volunteers who help the young filmmakers – R&B legend, Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind, and Fire, whose foundation MUSIC is Unity is the title sponsor; Kenny Lattimore; Aliyah Moulden, Finalist on NBC’s The Voice (also appears in one of the KITS films) and Dawnn Lewis, actress-singer-humanitarian (A Different World). Additionally, award presenters include Eion Bailey (actor-director, ABC’s Once Upon a Time); Kylee Russell (Disney’s Z.O.M.B.I.E.S.); Jadah Marie (Mann and Wife).This program is offered completely free-of-charge to the kids who participate. Kids in the Spotlight shoots up to 10 short films per year at an estimated cost of $10,000 each, relying solely on sponsors, grants and tax-deductible donations for both the operating and production budget of the program. It is the hope of Kids in the Spotlight that you will be compelled to support this great organization with both financial and in-kind contributions. “Your contribution empowers us to empower our kids.”Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018Time: 2:00 PM – Blue Carpet Arrivals 3:00 PM – Screening & Awards 5:30 PM – ReceptionTickets: $30 – www.kitsfilmfestival.eventbrite.comLocation: Fox Studios, Zanuck Theatre 10201 W. Galaxy Way, Los Angeles, CA 90064last_img read more

Condé Nast Unit Announces Unusual BrandedContent Deal with Chevrolet

first_img “By showcasing the best of the all-new Malibu alongside the best of Condé Nast’s leading publications,” adds Majoros, “we feel we will be providing consumers with greater value and a richer Malibu story.” Condé Nast is reporting that its 23 Stories content studio has been given the keys to roll out a year-long, multi-platform and multi-channel messaging program for Chevrolet and its all-new Chevrolet Malibu, including exposure in brands Vogue, Vanity Fair, Self, Glamour, and GQ.  Chevrolet’s director of car marketing, Steve Majoros, views the campaign as a surer way to deliver messages about the vehicle to a target market of Condé Nast subscribers. The “Year of the Unexpected” campaign will incorporate diverse messaging around the new vehicle that will be carried across the five Condé Nast titles. It plays off the technological and design advancements incorporated into the new Malibu, carrying a theme of novelty and surprise into the content. Josh Stinchcomb, senior VP and managing director at 23 Stories, describes the campaign as being in the agency’s creative and structural wheelhouse. A multi-brand custom magazine will also become part of the campaign in late February. Coinciding with Leap Day, February 29, it will go out to select subscribers. As the campaign progresses, it will deliver a mix of branded content, including video, to the brand sites throughout the year.center_img In a novel arrangement, a major client of Condé Nast’s branded-content arm is entrusting it to develop what amounts to a virtually review-free campaign. At the American Magazine Media Conference held earlier this month in New York, Dirk Standen, 23 Stories editor-in-chief, revealed that his team and the creative teams at the participating Condé Nast brands have carte blanche on the campaign’s messaging; Chevrolet does not approve the content before its released to the public. The campaign takes shape from content that debuts this month in the form of a publisher’s column appearing in each participating magazine, the Condé Nast release says. Branded content will be drawn from columns and will reside on the brands’ digital platforms. “What is particularly exciting is how the program delivers on the promise of 23 Stories, titles working together to co-create and distribute content, across platforms and at-scale,” Stinchcomb said in a statement.last_img read more

MP govt orders probe over Rs 300 cr scam to help builders

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Over 60% housing projects in 50 cities delayed: Surveycenter_img The Madhya Pradesh government on Friday ordered a thorough investigation on an alleged Rs 300 crore scam in which Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) issued false house completion certificates to more than 100 under construction housing projects.Allegedly back-dated completion certificates were issued to housing projects that were incomplete in an attempt to save the builders from the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) regulations.Commissioner of Urban Administration Department (UAD) Vivek Agrawal will head the investigation. Almost entire of BMC’s building permission section had to be shifted after the scam was exposed, the Times of India reported.According to Times of India, RERA’s chairman Anthony DeSa had earlier warned BMC of its irregularities but it did not help. DeSa also received complaints from some people in October about houses they had booked.”When builders were questioned with regard to those complaints, they produced completion certificates from BMC but the pictures that the complainants had shown made it amply clear that the houses were incomplete,” said DeSa.DeSa had also asked the BMC to verify the reliability of those completion certificates but have not responded yet to his query.On Thursday, the Bombay High Court had ruled that all the incomplete and ongoing housing projects will also be covered under the RERA Act. ReutersSome states like Haryana and Uttar Pradesh had allegedly refrained from keeping the ongoing projects under the watch of RERA.RERA was implemented on 1st May 2017 to protect the interest of home buyers and also push investments in the country’s real estate industry.It was essential to implement RERA because for a long time in India, home buyers have complained that the real estate transactions were in favour of the builders.RERA aims to create more equitable and fair transactions between the seller and the buyer of properties. It is expected that RERA will make real estate purchase simpler through better accountability and transparency.last_img read more

Tobiis eye tracker REX will showcase at CES w video

first_img The new REX peripheral is a strip-shaped device that sticks to the base of the computer screen on a desktop or laptop and plugs into the computer via a USB connection. It works with Tobii Gaze software, for launching and browsing. Tobii said that “You can also use zoom and auto-center to quickly navigate, overview and access information. It allows you to easily move between different levels in the file structure all the way from the start page, through open programs and windows, to browsing tabs, slides or sheets in your programs.” Explore further Citation: Tobii’s eye tracker REX will showcase at CES (w/ video) (2013, January 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-01-tobii-eye-tracker-rex-showcase.html (Phys.org)—Tobii Technology is introducing the REX, a USB-connected peripheral that works with Tobii’s software Gaze. The Stockholm-based company will show its REX device for Windows 8 at the CES show in Las Vegas, from January 8. Visitors will see how REX offers an eye-tracking difference in the way that desktop and laptop users can manage their screen images, pages and content. One example is a computer user looking at an app for its launch and then just tapping once on the touchpad. The eye-tracking technology from Tobii is designed to use eye positioning to help control the computer, but working in combination with, rather than replacing, other controls such as touch, mouse and keyboard. The user will still find the mouse useful for interacting, but the eyes will handle movements across the screen. CeBIT: Laptop tracks gaze, taking eye-tracking out of lab More information: www.tobii.com/en/gaze-interaction/global/ Information so far is that a limited edition of 5,000 units will be available before the end of this year. Developers, however, can already obtain their special editions for $995. Tobii is described as a vendor of eye tracking and eye control. The company is an outgrowth of a research initiative in 2001 at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. Its team sees eye-tracking playing more of a part in human machine interaction and they are keen to be a big part of that growth. The REX debut indicates the company’s push to bring eye tracking into broader use. This will not be the first time, however, that Tobii has leveraged a major show event to showcase what its eye-tracking technology is all about. Last year, Tobii drew interest at CeBIT when it showed what it said was the world’s first laptop with integrated eye control. The showpiece was a prototype, developed in collaboration with Lenovo. “More than anything else, the Tobii laptop prototype is proof that our eye tracking technology is mature enough to be used in standard computer interfaces,” said CEO Henrik Eskilsson, at the time. © 2013 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Live News traffic and travel and weather

first_imgWe Are Stoke-on-Trent (Sentinel)Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmute0:00/2:31Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:31 SharePlayback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.  Click for Sound Video will play in  The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Click to playTap to play We Are Stoke-on-Trent Watch againcenter_img Video Loading Video Unavailable Watch Next We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comWelcome to The Sentinel’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Thursday February 15. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the weather, traffic and travel as well as news, sport and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.thesentinel.co.uk . Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @ SentinelStaffs – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on www.facebook.com/sentinelstaffs – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Key EventsFirefighters deal with house fire20:26Witness told she’d be ‘buried six-feet-under’ after Tesco robbed with machete18:28Firefighters deal with blaze in city centre16:4320:26KEY EVENTFirefighters deal with house fireThe scene of the house fire in Ellis StreetFirefighters have dealt with a house fire.Emergency services were called to the scene in Ellis Street, off Leek New Road, in Sneyd Green, at around 6.55pm.Read more here.18:53Accident near Aldi in StoneReports of slow traffic due to accident on A520 Stafford Road near A34 The Fillybrooks / B5026 Eccleshall Road (Walton Shell roundabout).Accident has been reported to be near ALDI. 18:36Gritters out tonight…Watch out, Gritters about https://t.co/k5NDw8IpEo— Stoke Highways (@stokehighways) February 15, 201818:28KEY EVENTWitness told she’d be ‘buried six-feet-under’ after Tesco robbed with macheteThe staff members were threatened with a machete and a carving knife (Image: Staffordshire Police)A woman who threatened a witness after her ex-partner committed a terrifying armed robbery at a supermarket has avoided jail.Jane Crutchley went to her victim’s house to demand she not speak to the police following the raid on the Stone Road Tesco Express, Stafford, last year.On October 4, her ex-partner Gavin Milgate and his accomplice Scott Stretton threatened staff members with a machete and a carving knife before stealing thousands of pounds worth of cigarettes and cash.Read more here.17:57Accident on the A50Reports of slow traffic due to accident on A50 Westbound near A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). 17:18Slow in Crewe…A5020 University Way Northbound busy but moving at the roadworks at A534 / Hungerford Road (Crewe Green Roundabout). 16:43KEY EVENTFirefighters deal with blaze in city centreThe scene in Century Street (Image: Shazza)Firefighters have dealt with a blaze near a city centre property.Crews from Hanley, Newcastle, Sandyford were called to Century Street at around 3.09pm this afternoon.An outbuilding, believed to be a shed, is on fire near the property.Read more here.15:53There is a shed load on the A50Reports of shed load of wood on A50 near B5030 Ashbourne Road (Little Chef roundabout).Shed load has been reported to be near the roundabout. 15:09Slow traffic on the M6Slow traffic and traffic heavier than normal on M6 Southbound at J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent).Traffic is slower than usual through J15. Awaiting further details as to the possible cause. 13:15Gritters out in Cheshire East tonight13:10Barry Bennell found guilty of three further counts of sexual abuseThe jury has not yet reached verdicts on four further counts. More here.Sketch of Barry Bennell appearing via videolink at Liverpool Crown Court (Image: Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire)12:56Appeal for witnesses after man dies after being hit by trainThe death is not being treated as suspicious after police were called to Nantwich yesterday evening. More here.11:38M6 sliproad to be closed for two nightsThe northbound exit sliproad at junction 19 will be closed for two nights ahead of the Knutsford Roundabout work. More here10:59Queuing traffic on M6Queueing traffic due to earlier accident on M6 Southbound between J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe) and J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent). All lanes have been re-opened. 10:55Vehicles recovered but severe delays remain on M6A Highways England spokesman said: “All lanes open and collision cleared on the M6 southbound between J17 and J16 with vehicles recovered.” 10:24Highways England report severe delays due to the accident on the M6A Highways England spokesman said:“Severe delays on the M6 due to a collision involving a HGV and a car on the M6 southbound between J17 and J16 – Lanes 1and 2 closed currently.”Highways England Traffic Officers are making their way to the scene.10:17Two lanes closed due to accident on M6Two lanes closed and queueing traffic due to accident, a lorry and a car involved on M6 Southbound between J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe) and J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent).Lanes one and two (of three) are closed.10:11Teenager arrested after two men stabbed in neck with biro A teenager has been arrested after two men were stabbed in the neck with a biro. More here. 10:09Railway line reopensThe railway line between Birmingham and Wolverhampton has reopened.09:47Accident involving lorry and car on M6 southbound between J17 and J16Police and Highways England are dealing with an accident on the M6.A North West Motorway Police spokesman said: “RTC J17-16 M6SB – Just before Junction 16 – Wagon and car – This is still in the running lane. Highways England dealing.”09:14Man dies after accident between Sandwell and Dudley railway station after being hit by trainA West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said:Sadly, a man has been confirmed dead at the scene of an incident at Sandwell and Dudley Railway Station. An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the @WMASHART team were sent to the scene after a call at 7.10am this morning. Ambulance staff responded in 7 minutes but sadly nothing could be done to save the him.” 08:46Accident on A521 in Blythe BridgeQueueing traffic and partially blocked due to accident on A521 Uttoxeter Road in both directions at Stallington Road.Near to Tesco Express.08:34Emergency services still at scene after person hit by trainA West Midlands Railway spokesman said:The emergency services are still dealing with an incident in the Sandwell and Dudley area. Passengers travelling between Wolverhampton & Birmingham can use Midland Metro & NXWM buses to continue their journeys. Sorry for any inconvenience.” More on the incident here.08:21Heavy traffic coming into HanleyHeavy traffic on Bucknall Road inbound from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre. 08:14Congestion on the A527Usual congestion on A527 Brownhills Road Westbound between Pinnox Street and A500 Queensway / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). 08:14Slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 in CheshireSlow traffic due to earlier broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound at J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). 08:09Accident on exit sliproad of M6 near Stoke-on-TrentSlow traffic and lane closed on exit slip road due to accident on M6 Southbound at J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent).Lane one (of two) is closed. 08:03More on person hit by trainPassengers using the train face delays on the railway this morning after a person was hit by a train in the West Midlands. A number of services are affected.07:32Delays possible on trains to and from BirminghamPassengers using the train to get to Birmingham may face disruption this morning due to an incident on the railway line.Emergency services are dealing with the incident between Sandwell and Dudley.A Virgin Trains spokesman said: “Due to emergency services dealing with an incident between Birmingham and Wolverhampton all lines are blocked. Services will divert between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton, failing to call at Sandwell & Dudley.”A direct train, operated by CrossCountry connects Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford to Wolverhampton and Birmingham.07:27Slow traffic on A52 Leek RoadVery slow traffic on A52 Leek Road in both directions at Botteslow Street. In the roadworks area.Temporary traffic lights in operation. Share this videolast_img read more

Trump hotel in Washington rises as luxury oasis from campaign chaos

first_img Share Posted by Travelweek Group WASHINGTON — Donald Trump may be spending most of his days inside the frantic hurricane of the presidential campaign, but inside his new hotel in Washington, calm and luxury prevail.Staff members offer impeccable service, serving Champagne to guests waiting to check in and preparing rooms with turned-down covers and bedside chocolates. Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., says he’s confident the Trump International Hotel fronting Pennsylvania Avenue a few blocks from the White House will be a place for both Democrats and Republicans — no matter who wins.“It’s not designed to be a partisan hotel,” Trump Jr. said. “It’s a luxury hotel for all of D.C.”That remains to be seen. Hundreds of people protested outside the hotel during the ribbon-cutting Wednesday. The rally started as a protest demanding that Trump recognize union representation for workers at a Las Vegas hotel, but it broadened into a larger anti-Trump event.Trump attended the ribbon-cutting, calling it a “metaphor for what we can accomplish” and taking precious time away from an apparently sagging campaign.He summed up the project with only a few words: “under budget and ahead of schedule.” And he noted the renovation and operation of the hotel had created hundreds of jobs.The Trump Organization agreed to open the hotel by 2018 and invest $200 million in it in a deal with the federal government, which owns the site. A Trump website describes the project as costing $200 million, so it was unclear what the “under budget” statement referred to.The hotel staff appears as diverse as any workforce in America — despite Trump’s divisive remarks about immigrants, Muslims and other ethnic groups. A note atop the Gideon Bible in every guest room states that Qurans and other holy books are available upon request, a standard amenity at luxury hotels.More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?Trump supporter Brenda Dunaway, at the 263-room hotel with friends for lunch Wednesday, stood in the lobby beneath chandeliers and a soaring glass roof and gave her approval. “It’s beautiful and tastefully done,” she said. “I hope it’s a big success.”Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric led two celebrity chefs, Jose Andres and Geoffrey Zakarian, to back out of running restaurants in the hotel, but David Burke’s Prime BLT is open in the lobby. Burke was on hand Tuesday night to chat with diners. No second restaurant has been announced.The five-star Trump International Hotel is located in an 1899 landmark, the Old Post Office, which was in disrepair when the Trump Organization won a bid from the federal government to turn it into a hotel in 2013.Nina Gardner, a consultant who lives in the area, decided to attend the protest when she heard about it Wednesday morning. “I’m totally against Donald Trump and his candidacy,” she said.She has friends who are boycotting Ivanka Trump’s clothing and jewelry line, and she predicted his campaign would “end up hurting his business.”Rates at Trump hotels have been falling and some residents of a Trump apartment building in New York are trying to have the name removed. But Ivanka Trump insisted all was well as she stood by her father’s side Wednesday: “Our business at Trump Hotels continues to thrive.”Rates start around $400 most nights but cheapest rooms were over $600 for the night before Trump’s visit. Suites run into the thousands. Some five-star D.C. hotels charge much more.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksThe hotel’s renovation has been criticized for an excess of glitz and gold leaf — signature Trump decor — while covering up marble floors with carpets and walls with drapes. The Trumps defend the renovation as a mix of old and new.John Cullinane, an architect who worked on the project early on but left, had been among its critics, but declined to comment when reached by phone, saying the Trumps had sent him a letter threatening legal action.The hotel’s managing director, Mickael Damelincourt, said the hotel’s prime D.C. location and 300,000 square feet of meeting space, along with the city’s largest luxury ballroom, ensures its success. He said the hotel had already hosted two weddings and “board of director meetings from major corporations,” but declined to identify any of the groups.A clock tower that’s part of the Old Post Office has traditionally been open to the public, offering views of the city from one of the highest points in Washington. It’s closed for renovations, but Donald Trump Jr. said it should be open by the end of the year and will be operated by the National Park Service.Rick Tyler, former spokesman for Trump’s primary rival, Sen. Ted Cruz, said that “because it’s in D.C., there’s a layer of political consideration” among potential hotel guests. “But my guess is Donald Trump will lose and people will more or less forget about that,” he said. “Very few will make a decision about staying there based on Donald Trump’s candidacy.” << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Friday, October 28, 2016 Tags: Donald Trump, Trump Hotels Trump hotel in Washington rises as luxury oasis from campaign chaoslast_img read more

Barry gains strength in Gulf of Mexico Carnival Valor rerouted

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, July 11, 2019 NEW ORLEANS — Carnival has rerouted a cruise ship headed to New Orleans because of a tropical storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico.The Miami-based company says the more than 3,700-passenger Carnival Valor was sent to Mobile, Alabama, in the interest of safety. A company statement notes that coastal Louisiana is under a hurricane watch and water levels are high on the Mississippi River.Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson tweeted a welcome to Valor passengers and a photo of the ship docked in Mobile on Thursday.Carnival says arriving passengers will be taken from Mobile to New Orleans on complimentary buses.The ship was supposed to depart Thursday from New Orleans on its next four-day cruise to Cozumel, Mexico. Instead, passengers will be taken to Mobile by bus from New Orleans.Forecasters say Tropical Storm Barry could become a hurricane as it threatens Louisiana’s coast.The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm’s maximum sustained winds Thursday morning are near 40 mph (64 kph) with additional strengthening expected during the next day or two.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthA tropical storm warning is now in effect for the Louisiana coast from the mouth of the Pearl River to Morgan City. Tags: Carnival Cruise Line, Gulf of Mexico Share Barry gains strength in Gulf of Mexico; Carnival Valor rerouted By: The Associated Presslast_img read more