Ottawa funding program to help reduce homelessness in 38 communities

first_imgEDMONTON – The federal government is putting more money into a program first tested in eight communities to help reduce homelessness.Edmonton Liberal MP Randy Boissonnault on Friday announced $885,000 to expand a pilot project by the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness.“Everyone deserves a safe place to call home. Even one person on the streets in Canada is too many, “Boissonnault said in a release. “Projects like this one … support communities in our mutual goal to reduce chronic homelessness.”The money is to help develop lists of homeless people, including their names and circumstances, and to streamline access to housing and support services.It’s part of a campaign by the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, which aims to get 20,000 of the country’s most vulnerable people off the street in 20 communities by July 2020.Tim Richter, president of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, said the “by-name” list allows agencies to track the number of people “coming to homelessness or returning to homelessness.”The project was initially tested in eight communities: Toronto, the Peel Region, Lanark County, Hamilton, Windsor and Waterloo Region in Ontario; Edmonton and Whitehorse, Yukon.The new federal money expands the pilot project to an additional 30 communities.Edmonton officials say the project has helped to prioritize their work.“To solve a problem, you really need to understand it,” said Susan McGee, chief executive officer of Homeward Trust, a community-based organization in the city.“It’s very much focused on who is homeless in your community.”McGee said identifying those people by name helps to understand their housing needs and other services they need.“The whole objective here is about creating urgency and giving communities the tools they need to bend the curve on chronic homelessness,” Richter added.The federal government, as part of its national housing strategy, has announced a total investment of $2.2 billion to fight homelessness over 10 years.last_img read more

Amid LS polls Foreign Secy to meet Hasina on May 6

first_imgNew Delhi: Amidst ongoing crucial fifth phase of Lok Sabha poll, Foreign Secretary Vijay K Gokhle would undertake a quiet visit to neighbouring Bangladesh on May 6 for an official visit.However, the official reason for this visit has not been explained by the External Affairs Ministry, but sources in the government indicated that at the time when the whole political class is busy in election campaigning, the secretary has chosen this time for reviewing the bilateral relationship with several countries and preparing a road map for taking it to the next higher level. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghEven a visit by the newly elected Prime Minister of the country to Dhaka is not ruled out. Foreign Secretary made his maiden Dhaka visit in April last. Though South Block officials are busy with upcoming G-20 Summit to be held from June 22 to 24 in Osaka, Japan, it would be the first official visit of the newly elected PM abroad to a multilateral forum. Foreign Secretary already made a visit to Beijing recently and prepared a groundwork for a sideline meeting with the PM and President Xi Jinping. Most of the countries’ head of the government and state would be travelling there. Meanwhile, a lot of curiosity has been generated for Foreign Secretary’s proposed visit to Dhaka for three days. During the course of election campaigning, top BJP leaders made Bangladesh a huge political issue which has already created ripple among the intelligentsia of Dhaka. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadHowever, the Hasina government is deliberately downplaying the high pitch campaign of BJP leaders against so-called Bangladeshi infiltration and the language used during the campaign hurting the sentiments of the people. Sources in the Bangladesh Ministry confirmed that this time they might seek some official clarifications on this issue. They say that India never raised these issues during the official level talks. Rather PM Modi always reiterated for maintaining a good relationship with a most trusted neighbour of India and boasts even in the international platform that India and Bangladesh relation is a model for relationship for all the neighbouring countries of all the countries. Foreign Secretary is not only meeting his counterpart Sahidul Haq, but he would also meet PM Sheikh Hasina during his visit. FS will also have a meeting with the Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momin. Notably, in the year 2020, Bangladesh will be celebrating the centenary year of Father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in a big way. The celebration began this year and former President Pranab Mukherjee was invited for the inaugural function.last_img read more

Morocco Ranks 48 in FIFA Rankings

Zurich – The Moroccan football team (A) moved nine spots in the world rankings of the International Federation of Football (FIFA) in February and jumped to the 48th place. With 660 additional points, the team now ranks 10th in the African rankings behind Egypt, Senegal, Cameroon, Tunisia, DR Congo, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire.The top ranking of the national team was the 10th place in the world rankings in April 1998.

Excessive force used against protests in Terai UN human rights report concludes

Releasing a report on the Terai protests that took place from 13-29 February, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal (OHCHR-Nepal) said excessive force was sometimes used in policing the demonstrations and the bandhs, or general strikes, which often paralyzed daily life in the region.An investigation of the deaths of six people, five of whom died as a result of police fire, concluded that in all cases the use of lethal force was unjustified, the report noted.International standards state that “when law enforcement officials disperse assemblies that are illegal but not violent, they must avoid using force or, where this is not practicable, must restrict force to the minimum extent necessary.”Firearms should only be used in self-defence or in defence of others against imminent threat of death or serious injury, to prevent crimes posing a grave threat to life or to arrest people who are presenting this kind of threat and resisting efforts to stop the threat. Firearms should also be used only when less extreme means are insufficient.The report calls for standard operating procedures to be set up regarding the use of force by police, for training to be provided in this area for police and for journalists to be allowed to report on protests free of intimidation and violence.Allegations of ill-treatment of civilians in detention or during protests – or of any deaths or serious injuries – should also be promptly investigated.More broadly, OHCHR-Nepal recommended that the Government implement wide-ranging reforms aimed at improving institutional accountability in these areas, making sure that all public security institutions such as the police operate under democratic oversight and within international human rights standards.The authors of the report also call on the organizers of bandhs and protests to fulfil their responsibility to ensure that violence is avoided, the human rights of others are always respected and children are not exposed to potentially violent situations.Richard Bennett, OHCHR’s representative in Nepal, said he recognized that Nepalese authorities, including the police, were making efforts to improve public security and he pledged the support of his office to the Government on the human rights aspects of public security.“This report notes that the performance of police during the Terai protests fell short of international human rights standards. However, it also acknowledges that police were working under difficult conditions, including during incidents when protesters attacked them,” Mr. Bennett said.Meanwhile, the Security Council today welcomed the overall progress being made in Nepal towards the holding of Constituent Assembly elections on 10 April. This followed a briefing on the latest developments from Angela Kane, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs.In a statement to the press read out by Ambassador Vitaly Churkin of Russia, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, the members said they looked forward to the polls being conducted in a free and fair manner.They also “urged all Nepalese parties to uphold public security and create an atmosphere that is conducive for a successful forthcoming election.”Once elected, Constituent Assembly members will draft a new constitution for Nepal, where an estimated 13,000 people were killed during the decade-long civil war that ended when the Government and the Maoists signed a peace accord in 2006. The polls were supposed to be held last year but had to be postponed several times because of political violence. 27 March 2008Nepal’s public security institutions such as the police need to show greater respect for human rights if they are to prevent a repeat of the deadly violence that roiled the Terai region of southern Nepal in February, United Nations human rights officials in the South Asian country said today. read more

New Indian FM to strengthen ties with Sri Lanka

Former Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar was given charge of the Indian External Affairs Ministry on Friday, the first career diplomat to handle the key portfolio. “Count on me to support strengthening our relations,” Jaishankar said in his response. New Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar has said that he will support efforts to strengthen ties with Sri Lanka.Jaishankar responded to a tweet by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera who had congratulated him on his appointment. Considered an expert on China and the US, the new External Affairs Minister’s moves will be keenly watched to see whether he brings any changes in India’s approach in dealing with a hostile Pakistan, the Indian media had reported earlier.Jaishankar, who takes charge of the ministry nearly 16 months after he retired as foreign secretary, will also have to deal with overall expectations of expanding India’s global influence and stature, particularly in key multilateral forums like G-20, Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and BRICS. (Colombo Gazette) read more

US accuses European hackers of stealing millions of dollars from American bank

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jun 2, 2014 10:03 am MDT WASHINGTON – The U.S. Justice Department says authorities in more than 10 countries have disrupted a European-based band of hackers that implanted viruses on computers around the world, allowing them to seized customer bank information and steal more than $100 million from businesses and consumers.Among the participants in the crackdown was the Quebec RCMP Integrated Technological Crime Unit, which announced Monday that it worked with other law enforcement agencies and telecommunications companies to disrupt the 10 different computers servers used by the criminal network, including two servers in Montréal.According to allegations unsealed by the FBI, one scheme infected computers with malicious software that captured bank account numbers and passwords, then used that information to secretly divert millions of dollars from victims’ bank accounts to themselves. In another scheme, victims were locked out of their own computers by the criminal software, which demanded ransom payments of several hundred dollars in order to relinquish control..In Canada, the RCMP estimates there were more than 5,000 victims of the ransomware known as Cryptolocker, with potential losses close to $1.5 million.The FBI called the alleged ringleader, 30-year-old Evgeniy Bogachev, one of the most prolific cyber criminals in the world and issued a “Wanted” poster that lists his online monikers and describes him as a boating enthusiast. He faces criminal charges in Pittsburgh, where he was named in a 14-count indictment, in Nebraska, where a criminal complaint was filed. He was not in custody, but Deputy Attorney General James Cole said U.S. authorities were in contact with Russia about seeking his arrest.The case is unrelated to the recently unsealed cyber-espionage indictment of five Chinese army hackers accused of stealing trade secrets from American firms using another type of software known as BlackShades. The RCMP was also involved in that investigation, announcing May 19 that Canadian police had raided homes in Montreal and elsewhere in Quebec.Though those cyber-attacks relied on similar tactics — including sending emails to unsuspecting victims with links that installed malware — the hackers in the Chinese case, unlike this one, were government officials.Bogachev’s operation, prosecutors say, consisted of criminals in Russia, Ukraine and the United Kingdom who were assigned different roles within the conspiracy. Authorities say the group is responsible for the development of both “Gameover Zeus” — a network of infected computers that intercept bank account numbers and passwords — and “Cryptolocker,” malicious software that hijacks victims’ computers and demands ransom payments.The victims of the schemes include an American Indian tribe in Washington state; an insurance company and a firm that runs assisted living centres in Pennsylvania; a local police department in Massachusetts; a pest control company in North Carolina; and two Florida businesses, a restaurant and a regional bank.The Pittsburgh indictment unsealed Monday accuses Bogachev’s group of trying to siphon hundreds of thousands of dollars from the bank accounts of Haysite Reinforced Plastics of Erie, in northwestern Pennsylvania, on a single day in 2011. According to the indictment, two of the transfers went through — one for about $198,000 and one for about $175,000 — but multiple other attempted transfers did not go through.Officials with Haysite did not immediately return phone calls for comment Monday. The accounts were with Pittsburgh-based PNC Bank, which declined to comment.The Florida bank lost nearly $7 million through an unauthorized wire transfer. The Massachusetts police department, on the other hand, lost $750 when it paid a ransom demanded by the malicious software that infected its computers.Last week, a federal judge in Pittsburgh granted a temporary restraining order against Bogachev and the others, demanding that they cease such activities. That order was unsealed along with the charges Monday.___With reports from The Associated Press and The Canadian Press.. US accuses European hackers of stealing millions of dollars from American bank accounts read more

With the Jesse King era over fresh faces on Ohio State mens

OSU junior midfielder John Kelly (10) during a scrimmage against The Hill Academy on Jan. 30. Credit: Kylie Bryant | | For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team might have scored 12 goals in its scrimmage against The Hill Academy on Saturday, but it will still have to adjust to some fresh faces this year after losing one of the country’s top scorers in 2015, Jesse King.One of the biggest question marks facing the No. 12 Buckeyes before the season is who would step up on offense to replace the output provided by King. A three-time All-American at OSU and No. 3 overall pick in the National Lacrosse League’s 2015 draft, he was the focal point of the Buckeyes’ attack last year. King led the team with 42 goals and 35 assists. The Scarlet and Gray will certainly rely on returning players from last year’s team and transfers from other schools to step up on both sides of the ball to try to pick up the slack. The team is also looking at several first-year players to have a significant impact.“I think guys are meshing really well,” redshirt junior midfielder Tyler Pfister said after the exhibition against The Hill. “It’s good to have a few scrimmages like this where they can get the ya-ya’s out and start to get the feel for what college lacrosse is all about.”Without King, OSU coach Nick Myers said the Buckeyes will be looking to spread the ball more and involve many different players on the offensive side of the ball.“Everybody has talked about the ‘King-less’ Buckeyes,” Myers said. “I think that it’s a very unselfish group out on the field, so I’m excited that if we can share (the ball), then any given day could be somebody’s turn.”The team’s offensive strategy certainly worked on Saturday. In their scrimmage, the Scarlet and Gray scored 12 goals. Furthermore, 10 different players managed to score at least one goal, with sophomore midfielder Austin Seiple and junior attacker Eric Fannell scoring multiple times.The dozen goals scored by OSU were the product of a number of factors: The Buckeyes were able to gain a significant advantage in time of possession and the offense patiently waited for an opening to shoot, making it a point to not force anything. The team had very few turnovers, both forced and unforced. This was because of clean, crisp passing between all of the players on the field. The defense was able to force turnovers as well, leading to a good number of fastbreak opportunities for the Buckeyes.Perhaps most importantly, however, was the Buckeyes’ ability to win faceoffs. “That was a point of emphasis coming out of (the first scrimmage against) Navy,” Myers said. “Winning ground balls, and then that translating into extra offensive possessions, was something we did early. It helps our defense and feeds the whole team.”The Buckeyes had a day off on Sunday to rest, but the team will continue with practice this week as it prepares for its first match against Furman this Saturday.“With two scrimmages this week, there are some tired legs, so we want to make sure that we’re fresh going down (to Furman),” Myers said. The team is looking to start the season off right after losing its first game on the road to Detroit University last season. OSU will be in a similar situation, as the team is set to make the long trip to Greenville, South Carolina, to take on the Paladins.“We have a lot of respect for Furman,” Pfister said. “They’re a good team that is really well-coached. Coming off a season like last year, having a good early start for us is huge.”OSU and Furman are set face off at noon on Saturday to kick off the regular season. The Buckeyes’ home opener on Feb. 13 against Detroit is also set for noon. read more

Do The Celtics Have Enough Star Power To Win a Title Not

2000LakersO’Neal10.0Bryant5.0Horry2.5 1987LakersJohnson8.2Abdul-Jabbar2.2Worthy2.0 This makes for a fairly intuitive list. LeBron, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard are the league’s six Alphas. Chris Paul falls just short of the Alpha category; instead, he joins players such as Hayward, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Rudy Gobert and Anthony Davis on the Beta list. Gammas include players like Isaiah Thomas, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, John Wall, DeAndre Jordan and Paul Millsap.So then all you need is an Alpha, a Beta and a Gamma and — presto! — you win an NBA championship? Actually, your options are more flexible than that. A team with an Alpha and a Beta — say, this year’s Houston Rockets — could probably skip the Gamma if they had a deep rotation. A team with no Alphas but three Betas — say, Jimmy Butler, Antetokounmpo and Kyle Lowry — would more than likely be good enough to contend for a title. A team with a very strong Alpha could go without a Beta and make up for it with two or more Gammas instead — that’s sort of how the current Cavaliers are constructed.To help teams think through these decisions, let’s invent one more statistic, which I’ll call star points. The formula is simple: A team gets three star points for each Alpha on its roster, two for each Beta, and one for each Gamma. Next year’s Warriors project to have 9 star points, for example: three each for Curry and Durant, two for Draymond Green and one for Klay Thompson.Even having that much talent on your roster doesn’t necessarily guarantee a title. But historically, a team’s chances of winning a title are remote if it has four or fewer star points. It has a fighting chance with five or six star points, depending on how the rest of the roster is constructed. And its probability increases rapidly once it acquires seven or more star points. 725832.0– 216721.2– 1992BullsJordan8.7Grant5.7Pippen5.6 1986CelticsBird7.7McHale5.4Parish2.5 Rudy Gobert3.6Kevin Love2.4 2016CavaliersJames8.9Love3.2Irving2.1 2013HeatJames10.6Wade5.8Bosh1.2 1993BullsJordan9.4Pippen3.6Grant2.7 LeBron James7.0G. Antetokounmpo5.2John Wall3.0 114700.0 To no one’s surprise, the best players on title-winning teams are usually extraordinary talents. Among the 33 NBA champions since 1985, the top-rated player on the team, according to CPM, was one of the three best players in the league that season on 23 occasions. And the team’s best player was among the top 10 in the league on all but three occasions. The exceptions were Bill Laimbeer of the 1988-89 and 1989-90 Pistons (CPM, perhaps dubiously, rates Laimbeer ahead of his teammate, the other Isiah Thomas) and Ben Wallace of the 2003-04 Pistons. Pretty much all the other No. 1 players are current or future Hall of Famers, however, with the possible exception of Manu Ginobili, who may be a borderline case.No matter how brightly he shines, however, a superstar usually can’t deliver a title without a good sidekick or two.6Take LeBron James’s 2012-13 season, for example, when he had a CPM of +10.6 and played almost 38 minutes per game — about as good as an NBA player can be under modern conditions. A team with that version of LeBron, plus a roster full of replacement-level players, would still project to go only 41-41, according to our forecasting method. A team with that version of LeBron plus a roster full of league-average players (as opposed to replacement-level players) would project to go 59-23, which is closer to being a title contender. League-average players don’t just grow on trees, however. On average, the second-best player on these championship teams was the 14th-best player in the league, according to CPM. And although not every champ had a classic “Big Three” like LeBron James’s Miami Heat, the third-best player on the championship team rated as the 37th-best player in the league, on average — still very solid.So let’s get back to the idea of Alpha, Beta and Gamma players, which were meant to correspond to a typical championship team’s best, second-best and third-best players. By looking at the historical data, we can define these classifications as follows:An Alpha has a CPM of +6.0 or higher.A Beta has a CPM of between +3.5 and +6.0.And a Gamma has a CPM of between +2.0 and +3.5.I re-ran CARMELO using CPM instead of its usual blend of statistics, and it projected the following players to be Alphas, Betas and Gammas for the upcoming NBA season: 410321.9– 2008CelticsGarnett7.8Pierce4.5Allen2.8 2005SpursDuncan7.5Ginobili7.1Barry1.9 Kawhi Leonard6.8Anthony Davis4.3Paul George2.9 CONSENSUS PLUS-MINUS 2002LakersO’Neal8.4Bryant4.7Horry1.9 ALPHASBETASGAMMAS 1990PistonsLaimbeer3.8Rodman2.6Thomas1.7 STAR POINTSTEAMSCHAMPIONSCHAMPIONSHIP PROBABILITY Victor Oladipo2.1 1996BullsJordan9.4Pippen5.6Kukoc4.6 1997BullsJordan7.7Pippen5.5Kukoc4.1 2006HeatWade8.0O’Neal5.2Mourning2.4 1994RocketsOlajuwon5.8Horry1.9Thorpe1.6 314342.8– Kevin Durant6.7Karl-Anthony Towns4.1Mike Conley2.9 2011MavericksNowitzki4.9Chandler2.8Kidd1.9 2015WarriorsCurry9.9Green4.4Thompson4.3 1989PistonsLaimbeer3.8Rodman3.1Johnson1.3 DeMarcus Cousins4.1Isaiah Thomas2.8 1991BullsJordan10.9Pippen4.9Grant3.6 Draymond Green3.8Kyrie Irving2.8 1985LakersJohnson5.6Abdul-Jabbar5.3Worthy1.6 CPM reflects a combination of Real Plus-Minus, Box Plus/Minus, Win Shares and player efficiency rating.* Player was acquired midseason. His +/- total reflects performance for entire season, and not just for the acquiring club. 642614.3– Star points: 3 points per Alpha player, 2 points per Beta player, and 1 point per Gamma player. Table includes all teams since the 1984-85 season. 2009LakersBryant6.0Gasol3.6Odom3.0 2004PistonsB. Wallace4.3Billups3.8R. Wallace*1.7 How good were the best players on recent NBA champions?Player ratings based on Consensus Plus-Minus (CPM) Blake Griffin3.7Otto Porter Jr.2.5 8 or more13430.8– 2010LakersBryant4.5Gasol3.7Odom2.2 1995RocketsDrexler*6.1Olajuwon5.7Smith1.0 1998BullsJordan6.0Pippen5.0Kukoc2.5 1999SpursRobinson6.9Duncan5.2Elie2.8 YEARTEAMNO. 1 PLAYER+/-NO. 2 PLAYER+/-NO. 3 PLAYER+/- Hassan Whiteside2.0 Kyle Lowry3.7Paul Millsap2.6 James Harden7.4Jimmy Butler5.5Bradley Beal3.2 Gordon Hayward3.8DeAndre Jordan2.7 Who are the NBA’s championship-caliber players?Projections based on Consensus Plus-Minus for 2017-18 57479.5– Klay Thompson2.1 CPM reflects a combination of Real Plus-Minus, Box Plus/Minus, Win Shares and player efficiency rating CJ McCollum2.1 Russell Westbrook8.2Chris Paul5.9Damian Lillard3.3 Average7.44.62.5 2003SpursDuncan7.5Robinson3.8Ginobili1.1 1988LakersJohnson5.2Scott3.1Worthy1.9 Kemba Walker2.2 021600.0% 2017WarriorsDurant8.3Curry6.7Green3.7 2012HeatJames10.8Wade7.5Bosh1.7 2001LakersO’Neal8.9Bryant4.8Fox0.6 2007SpursGinobili7.2Duncan6.6Parker3.4 PLAYER+/-PLAYER+/-PLAYER+/- Stephen Curry7.0Nikola Jokic4.8DeMar DeRozan3.0 2014SpursGinobili4.8Leonard4.8Mills3.2 How much star power does an NBA team need?Probability of team winning a championship based on star points The Boston Celtics, after whiffing on trades for Jimmy Butler and Paul George, finally got some good news this week when Gordon Hayward announced that he was leaving the Utah Jazz to play for the Celtics. Although Isaiah Thomas would have some beef with this assessment, Hayward’s well-rounded combination of skills will probably make him the best player on the Celtics next year. He’s a good fit with the team’s approach.And yet, projection systems (including our own CARMELO) are somewhat skeptical of the Celtics, not expecting them to improve on last year’s 53-29 performance or to seriously challenge the Cleveland Cavaliers for Eastern Conference supremacy. Hayward is also fairly expensive; he’ll cost the Celtics $128 million over four years (the fourth season, 2020-21, is a player option). So let’s ask a tough question of Boston and general manager Danny Ainge: If Hayward is the best player on your team, could that team plausibly be good enough to win a championship?The answer is probably not. Hayward made the All-Star team last season, but he’s a long way from being a superstar. A handful of modern NBA teams — the 1988-89 and 1989-90 Detroit Pistons, the 2003-04 Pistons, and the 2013-14 San Antonio Spurs — won a title with someone about as good as Hayward as their best player. But this is unusual: It requires a team to be constructed almost perfectly, with above-average players at nearly every position, a deep bench, and a cohesive rotation. It sometimes also requires a fair amount of luck.1The “Bad Boys” Pistons peaked just as the 1980s Celtics and Lakers were declining, but before Michael Jordan’s Bulls really took off, for example.But Hayward can be a building block toward a championship. He’s roughly as good as the second-best player on a typical championship team. That might sound like faint praise, but it’s no small achievement.Let’s develop some terminology to describe degrees of the stardom in the NBA. I’ll introduce three types of players: Alphas, Betas and Gammas.An Alpha is a player who’s as good as the best player on a typical championship-winning team. This is an MVP contender — one of the half-dozen best players in the league.A Beta is as good as the second-best player on a typical NBA champion. As I mentioned, Hayward is a good example of a Beta. Betas are usually All-Stars, perhaps even All-Star starters, and they’re among the best players at their position. But they’re not among the very best players in the league.And a Gamma is good as third-best player on a typical championship team. A Gamma might be an All-Star, but he usually won’t make one of the three All-NBA teams. He probably has one or two weaknesses (defense, shooting, etc.) along with his obvious strengths. But he’s still a very good player and might be the best player on a non-contending team. Thomas, although he’s somewhat difficult to evaluate because of his defense — various statistical systems rate it anywhere from mediocre to execrable2There’s a big difference between mediocre and execrable. If Thomas’s defense is merely somewhat below average, as the NBA’s opponents’ shooting data suggests, then his offense more than makes up for it and he’d probably qualify as a Beta. If it’s terrible, as RPM suggests, then Thomas is barely even an above-average player overall. Classifying Thomas as a Gamma, as CPM does, is something of a compromise between these assessments. — is a reasonably good example of a Gamma.At any given time, only a few dozen players in the league will rated as Alphas, Betas or Gammas. (CARMELO projects that there will be 35 of them in 2017-18, for example.) It’s these players who determine who competes for NBA championships. Doesn’t depth matter also? Well, sure. A well-rounded roster is often the difference between winning a title and losing one. But a team needs its share of star-level talent to compete for a championship in the first place. Otherwise, it’ll usually wind up like last year’s Celtics, a well-constructed team that was overmatched in the playoffs.Below, you’ll find a table listing the top three players on NBA championship teams since 1984-85 — the first year the league used a salary cap — as rated by a statistic called Consensus Plus-Minus. Consensus Plus-Minus, or CPM, is a statistic I use when I don’t want to get into arguments about the value of individual players. It reflects a combination of four popular statistics — Real Plus-Minus,3RPM is available from the 2000-01 season onward. For seasons prior to 2000-01, I use BPM twice in the average. Box Plus/Minus, Win Shares and player efficiency rating — equally weighted and translated to the same scale. It also adjusts for the player’s position, which the other metrics do not,4CPM measures a player’s value relative to the positional average, rather than relative to the league average. Right now, there’s an excess of good centers and point guards but less depth among small forwards and shooting guards. This adjustment helps Hayward, who plays both those positions. and it regresses players’ ratings to replacement level if they fall below a certain threshold of playing time.5If the player plays less than 20 minutes per team game — or 1640 minutes over an 82-game season — his actual CPM is blended with a replacement-level CPM of -2 points per 100 possessions. For predictive purposes, we think CPM is liable to be slightly less accurate than the blend of statistics CARMELO uses (a combination of RPM and BPM), but CPM is still a perfectly reasonable stat and much more in line with the consensus view of NBA players. Like BPM and RPM, CPM is expressed in net points added or subtracted per 100 possessions. So a player with a CPM of +2.5, teamed with four average players, would help his team to outscore his opponents by 2.5 points per 100 possessions, for example. This system isn’t perfect, but it lines up intuitively with how we evaluate teams. After the Warriors and their nine projected star points next season, the Cavaliers and Rockets are the closest thing the league has to ready-made title contenders, as they’re tied for second at five star points each. They’re followed by the Thunder, Timberwolves and Pelicans at four each; these four-point teams probably need at least one more thing to click (say, George taking the next step in Oklahoma City) to be title-worthy. The Celtics are one of several teams with three star points.This measure can underrate the importance of team depth; the Spurs, who have only three star points, are rated too low, for instance. The Celtics — although they’re losing a few players to make room for Hayward — are also a deep team, with lots of average or slightly-above-average players and lots of draft picks to keep priming the pump. They could probably compete for a title with five star points, therefore, instead of needing six or seven. Adding another Beta-level player might be enough to do the trick.It’s hard to see where that player comes from, however. The Celtics lost some of their financial flexibility in signing Hayward. And while they could develop a star player rather than acquiring one, giving more playing time to young players such as Jaylen Brown and rookie Jayson Tatum could make them less competitive in the short run.If there’s one Celtics move that looks bad in retrospect, it isn’t necessarily trying and failing to acquire Butler or George, it’s trading the No. 1 draft pick for Philadelphia’s No. 3 pick, with which they chose Tatum. While Tatum has a fairly promising projection, he doesn’t have the upside of No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz, whose comparables include players such as Harden, Westbrook and Wall. The trade might have made sense for a team that already had its stars in place and wanted to develop complementary players around them, but the Celtics have plenty of complementary players and are short on stars.At the same time, it would be easy to underestimate the challenge Ainge faced. The Celtics’ 53-29 record last year was deceptive, in that it came against a weak conference and relied on what were arguably career years from several players, including Thomas.7The Celtics also outperformed their 48-34 Pythagorean record by several games. In many respects, they were a rebuilding team dressed up as a competing team. And precisely because the Celtics weren’t just one player away from contending for a title, Ainge needed to acquire a player like Hayward or Butler without compromising the Celtics’ ability to acquire or develop another such player down the road. Even if the Celtics are still a star away from seriously contending for a title — maybe even a superstar away — that’s closer than they were last week. read more

Cummings Lodge man died from multiple injuries consistent with vehicular accident

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBagotville man died as a result of a vehicular accident- autopsyOctober 10, 2018In “Crime”Cops detain male sex workers over death of Cummings Lodge youthJanuary 29, 2018In “Crime”PME today for bloodied body found on Oleander public roadJanuary 29, 2018In “Crime” The police this afternoon, in a released statement, said that the Government Pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh gave the cause of death for Hemchand Dalchand, 20, of Cummings Lodge, East Coast Demerara (ECD), whose body was found lying in a pool of blood, with several wounds, on the Oleander Gardens Public Road, ECD, as multiple injuries consistent with that of a motor vehicle accident. Police, who are investigating the death, had said that Dalchand’s body was found on Saturday at about 18:00hrs without a jersey and footwear which he had been wearing when he left his home.The man, who was said to be unemployed, was last seen alive on Saturday, when he reportedly left his home in the company of some female friends to attend an entertainment show at the Ogle Community Centre. read more

Diageo defends Arthurs Day saying its a music festival and celebration of

first_imgAll we are doing is bringing people to the pub, it is an industry in crisis. Where else in the world can you get major international acts to play in your local pub. That’s what it is about, supporting your local pub.Dr Stephen Stewart, a doctor from the liver disease centre in the Mater Hospital said that he has seen a doubling of cirrhosis of the liver over the past few years stating that the pricing, availability and promotion of alcohol is to blame for this.Mr O’Brien said that Arthur’s Day is about the local pub, but added that no one is required to drink anything. “They can just go and enjoy the music,” he said.Dr Stewart said: ”I really have to congratulate Diageo. They have done a great job in drawing people into the pub on Arthur’s Day and increased the problem we have with alcohol.He added: “We are on a really bad road here and it’s going to get worse,” adding the promotion of alcohol needs to be a national discussion.”He argued that the Arthur’s Day is not about music, as Diageo maintains, saying,”this is a festival around drinking, the advert focuses around people raising pints of Guinness – it’s not about music”.Read: Why are people saying ‘Down with Arthur’s Day’?> ARTHUR’S DAY HAS come under fire recently with the Royal College of Physicians calling the day irresponsible and Irish musician Christy Moore penning an anti-Arthur’s Day song.However, Diageo has defended Arthur’s Day, stating it is not a marketing ploy to get people to drink more, but it’s a “music festival and celebration of the pub”.The pubSpeaking on RTE’s Morning Ireland this morning, Peter O’Brien, corporate relations manager for Diageo said Arthur’s Day, which will take place this Thursday,  is about celebrating the pub stating the most “responsible place to drink is in the pub”.He said:last_img read more

Does the rise of populism mean were returning to the 1930s Some

first_img Hitler and Trump. Image: PA/TheJournal.ie Nov 26th 2016, 8:30 PM Does the rise of populism mean we’re returning to the 1930s? Some historians see striking parallels “We are facing a cataclysmic moment,” British writer Simon Schama warned following the US election. 213 Comments Image: PA/TheJournal.ie Share75 Tweet Email4 “We are facing a cataclysmic moment” – historian Simon Schama tells #newsnight— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) November 9, 2016 Source: BBC Newsnight/Twitter Saturday 26 Nov 2016, 8:30 PM http://jrnl.ie/3100144 center_img almost illiterate, a public liar easily detected, and in his ‘ideas’ almost idiotic.Written as virulent nationalism spread disastrously in Europe, and to a lesser extent in America, the book’s revival reflects a surge of interest in one of the 20th century’s darkest decades.The parallels between the current time and what one writer describes as the Morbid Age of the 1930s has led to a fierce debate between historians about how far the comparison can be taken.“We are facing a cataclysmic moment,” renowned British writer and broadcaster Simon Schama warned following Trump’s election, recalling that Hitler came to power via the ballot box in the 1930s. IN THE 1935 novel ‘It Can’t Happen Here’, an ignorant American demagogue called Buzz Windrip becomes president, promising to make a depressed and fearful country proud, rich and safe again.Eight decades later, the satirical piece of fiction by Sinclair Lewis has gained a new lease of life, becoming a bestseller online following Donald Trump’s stunning victory in the US election.Observing Windrip at a presidential campaign event, a journalist describes him as: By AFP Hitler and Trump. 27,372 Views Antony Beevor, another best-selling heavyweight on European history, rebuked him. “It is too easy for alarmists to fall for the temptation of lazy historical parallels,” he wrote.So, as the return of ultra-nationalism, xenophobia and anti-elitism spur Trump, anti-EU voters in Britain and a host of far-right parties in Europe, does history offer comfort or cause for concern? Nazi party members salute during an assembly March 18, 1938 in Berlin. Also on the stage on the left is Adolf Hitler, Rudolf Hess, J Von Ribbentrop, Minister Frick, Dr Joseph Goebbels, Baron von Neurath. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe bad newsSome historians point to several striking parallels.The Great Depression of the 1930s, sparked by the Wall Street crash of 1929, has echoes of the global financial crisis caused by the sub-prime crash of 2008.Seething with anger at the financial and political elite, struggling or unemployed workers in the 1930s grew bitter and despondent and openly questioned the future for their children.Many blamed foreigners or Jews, became attached to an idealised past, and worried about the spread of their enemies, abroad and at home. In the 1930s, the threat was Communism, now it is radical Islam.TariffsThe expansion of transatlantic shipping, air mail, radio, industrial mass production and Hollywood cinema gave a sense of time accelerating and the world closing in.French historian Pascal Blanchard, who has written a book on the period, calls the 30s “the start of globalisation” that generated many of the same cultural and economic anxieties visible today.Governments reacted by trying to protect their economies with tariffs and barriers, sparking an international trade war.On the other side of the world, a nationalistic Asian power with territorial ambitions added to concerns. It was Japan, which invaded the present-day Asian hegemon China in 1931.In Austria, where the far-right came within 31,000 votes of winning a presidential election in May this year and could still win in next month’s re-run, a far-right chancellor came to power in 1932 and destroyed the country’s democracy.As fascism spread, the decade was defined by Germany looking to avenge its humiliation after World War I. Protests outside the Ukrainian embassy in Berlin depict Vladimir Putin as Adolf Hitler. Source: Gero Breloer/PARevanchist RussiaCould Vladimir Putin’s Russia, pained by the decline of the Soviet Union, be the modern equivalent?Ian Kershaw, a world authority on the rise of Hitler, admitted to AFP that during his research for a new book on Europe from 1914-1949 some similarities “make the hair stand up on the back on your neck”.He added:But I don’t think we are returning to the dark ages of the 1930s because there are big differences as well as superficial similarities.Chief among the differences is the role of Germany, now a beacon for liberal democracy, committed to peace and a lynchpin of the stabilising force that is the European Union, Kershaw says.The Europe of today, “admittedly flaky in parts when you look at Hungary and Poland”, bears no comparison with the authoritarian states of 80 years ago, he said.Just look at the balance between military and social welfare spending of then and now.Richard Overy, author of “The Morbid Age: Britain Between the Wars”, agreed. Far-right candidate Norbert Hofer, who narrowly lost Austria’s presidential election. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesHe told AFP:We live in a world of settled nations, there are no longer global colonial empires, and the West is richer than it has ever been.“There are no lingering resentments from the war, and mass politics has developed and stabilised everywhere. This is why historical parallels with the 1930s seem so misplaced.”Nuclear weapons have also radically changed strategic thinking about war, while governments – so far – have avoided the pitfalls of protectionism.The sameIt’s a debate that looks likely to linger. Blanchard, author of The 1930s Are Back, stresses that he is not predicting another world war.But he believes his contemporaries are complacent and too optimistic about the strength of international institutions like the EU in the face of very familiar circumstances.“The periods are not the same, it’s not the same thing. But the reactions are the same,” he told AFP, referring to why people are angry and lashing out at “elites”.“There’s nothing new in the trigger, in the context or in the reasons why these people are taking power or why people are putting them in power,” he said.- © AFP, 2016Read: Two Irish architects have scooped a world prize for a brutalist university buildingRead: India’s Minister for Women says country’s rape problem is ‘exaggerated’ Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Dunkin Donuts now sells cold bottle coffee

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Dunkin’ Donuts is now brewing coffee at more than just their stores.A branded cold-bottled brew is now available in grocery stores across the country. The company joins Starbucks in what has been a popular market.Coca-Cola will manufacture, distribute and sell the product.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Service dog shot during apparent attack on owners boyfriend

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A registered service dog was injured after, police said, the animal lunged at a Miami Beach man and bit him, prompting the victim to open fire.According to Miami Beach Police, the apparent attack took place near Hawthorne Avenue and 82nd Street, Sunday afternoon.The victim, Matt Ellis, said the pit bull mix, named Bentley, is his girlfriend’s dog. Ellis said he was holding a box of pizza when the canine jumped on him and bit him in his left arm.“Basically, I had a pit bull locked down on my arm,” he said. “I feared for my life, so I had to shoot it, in its leg. That’s pretty much it.”Bentley was taken to an animal hospital in Miami and is expected to recover. However, the dog’s owner said she is unable to afford the surgery, and she could be forced to make a heartbreaking decision.She has started a GoFundMe page to help cover medical expenses. If you would like to make a donation, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Will Reliance Groups Mumbai HQ sale ease Anil Ambanis Rs 18000 crore

first_imgAnil Ambani, facing the worst time of his business career, has reportedly decided to monetize Reliance Center in Santa Cruz, while moving back to the old premises in Ballard Pier. Credit: ReutersAnil Ambani’s reported decision to take the headquarters of his group companies back to the Ballard Pier office, which the group quit a few years back, and monetise the swanky Reliance Center in Santa Cruz is part of the overall strategy to cut the group’s debt into half.Reports say the younger Ambani sibling, whose companies are facing a huge debt burden with some facing bankruptcy proceedings, is in talks with some private equity firms to raise about Rs 3,000 crore from the sale or long-term lease of the Reliance Center in Santa Cruz. The 7 lakh square feet property has a leasable area of 6 lakh square feet and some sources estimate the value at Rs 1,500 crore to Rs 2,000 crore.The group companies, Reliance Capital Ltd, Reliance Infrastructure Ltd, and Reliance Power Ltd, are struggling under heavy debt and their shares have plummeted in the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and the National Stock Exchange. The group’s defunct telco Reliance Communications is facing bankruptcy proceedings under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code after creditors and lenders took it to the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT). Reliance Communications’ bid to reduce its debt by transferring its broadband spectrum to the elder Ambani sibling’s Reliance Jio hit a hurdle after the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) raised objections over unpaid spectrum dues. The deal fell through after Mukesh Ambani’s company refused to give DoT a guarantee for the past dues. Some estimates value Reliance Center in Santa Cruz at Rs 1,500 crore to Rs 2,000 crore. Anil Ambani will find it difficult to realize Rs 3,000 crore from the property and may also have to reckon with a pending court case.twitterReliance Capital, which has Rs 18,000 crore debt, is following the “death of debt” mantra, a recent report in the Economic Times quoted Anil Ambani as saying. The group plans to reduce debt by 50 per cent this financial year through stake sales. The office property monetization is seen as a major step towards debt reduction. “While an outright sale will generate windfall cash, a long-term lease should help the group to raise money quickly through multiple lease agreements,” a report in the Economic Times said quoting an unidentified source.”Plans are afoot to make the group debt free in the next one year.”However, market observers say it may not be easy for Anil Ambani to monetise Reliance Centre as the property owned by Reliance Infrastructure (R-Infra) is the subject of a court case involving the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC). A group of consumers had also approached the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (Aptel) with the argument that the property needs to be transferred to Adani Transmission Ltd, which bought Reliance Infra’s retail power distribution business in 2017 or users should get a concession on their bills equivalent to the proceeds of the sale of about Rs 2,000 crore. The case is pending before Aptel.last_img read more

BGBBSF exchange sweets on Independence Day

first_imgBGB and BSF exchange sweets to mark the Independence Day of Bangladesh along Dinajpur border. Photo: ASM AlamgirThe Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Border Security Force (BSF) – the neighbouring frontier forces of Bangladesh and India – exchanged sweets to celebrate the Independence Day of Bangladesh on no-man’s-land along Bangladesh-India border near the Hili border outpost. Before exchanging sweets, BGB company commander of its Hili camp, Abu Nasir, and assistant captain of BSF, Hashuni Kape, exchanged salutes around 10:00am Monday, according to the BGB officials.Afterwards, the BGB commander handed a packet of sweets to his Indian counterpart marking our Independence Day and the BSF official reciprocated with another packet of sweets. They also hugged each other.Female members of the forces were present there. Locals from both countries witnessed the programme. BGB’s Abu Nasir and his Indian counterpart expressed hope that the relations between the two countries and its border security forces would be strengthened in the days to come through such programme.last_img read more

Advance Eid train ticket sale to begin 1 June

first_imgThe authorities of Bangladesh Railway have decided to start the sale of advance train tickets on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr on 1 June, a day ahead of its earlier announced date.Railways minister M Mazibul Hoque came up with the announcement at a press briefing at his Railway Bhaban office in the city on Thursday.Tickets for 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 June will be available on 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 June respectively, the minister said.Besides, the return tickets for the journey of 19 June will be available on 10 June and that for 20 June on 11 June, for 21 June on 12 June, for 22 June on 13 June and for 23 June on 14 June and for 24 June on 15 June.The sale of tickets will begin at 8:00am and each passenger will be able to buy maximum four tickets.There will be 26 tickets counters and two of them will be kept aside for female commuters at Kamalapur railway station, Mazibul Hoque said.During the briefing, the railways minister also said five pairs of special trains will run on several routes from 13 June to 15 June and 18 June to 24 June.These trains are Dewanganj Special (Dhaka-Dewanganj-Dhaka), Chandpur Special-1 and Chandpur Special-2 (Chattogram-Chandpur-Chattogram), Parbatipur Special (Parbatipur-Dhaka-Parbatipur), Rajshahi special (Rajshahi-Dhaka-Rajshahi).Besides, two more trains — Sholakia Special-1 (Bhairab-Kishoreganj-Bhairab) and Sholakia special-2 (Mymensingh-Kishoreganj-Mymensingh) — will run on the Eid day to carry commuters interested to join Sholakia Eid jamaat, said the minister.The inter-city trains will remain in operation from 11 June till the day before Eid-ul-Fitr while plying of goods-laden train will remained suspended three days before Eid.There will be 1405 coaches with 229 locomotives, according to the minister.The leave of railways staff and employees has been cancelled from 10 June to 15 June, he said.Government Railway Police (GRP), Railway Nirapatta Bahini (RNB), Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) will be deployed at all big stations for preventing black market sales while the deputy commissioners concerned will conduct mobile courts.Meanwhile, plying of Dhaka-Kolkata-Dhaka Moitree Train will remain suspended from 15 June to 18 June.Earlier on 21 May, Bangladesh Railway director general Md Amzad Hossain told UNB that they have primarily decided to start the ticket sales on 2 June.last_img read more

US and Europe Polyphenol Market Revenue Projected to Reach 584907 Million

first_imgU.S. and Europe Polyphenol Market: Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2018 – 2025, The U.S. and Europe polyphenol market is projected to reach $584,907 million by 2025, registering a CAGR of 5.0% and a market volume of 17,892 tons, with a CAGR of 7.7% from 2018 to 2025. The grape seed segment dominated the U.S. and Europe polyphenol market and is expected to exhibit a steady growth rate during the forecast period.Increase in applications of polyphenols in functional beverages, functional foods, and dietary supplements is expected to fuel the market growth in future. Moreover, the rise in demand for polyphenols in cosmetics and as coloring agents is also expected to drive the growth of the market. The preference of polyphenols extracted from herbal products has increased over the years as they have no side effects. Manufacturers have been engaged in improving the product portfolio in terms of functional characteristics and offering the same at competitive prices to gain edge over the competitors. This increase in preference majorly drives the growth of the U.S and Europe polyphenol industry.Download Request Sample @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-sample/5132The grapeseed was a dominant segment in 2017. The leaves and seeds of grape are used for the treatment of different diseases since the ancient time. Grape seed extract is used as a remedy for a number of health conditions due to the presence of anti-oxidant polyphenols and high macro and micro nutritional value. The grape seed extract experiences growth due to its antioxidant and antiaging properties along with the increase in demand from personal care and skin care market.The functional beverage segment was the highest contributor to the U.S. and Europe polyphenols market and is estimated to grow at a notable CAGR from 2018 to 2025. The steady growth is attributed to the increase in adoption of plant based diet as well as convenience and high nutritional content of functional beverages of the traditional beverages.In 2017, Europe dominated the market rise in knowledge about health and adoption of convenient sources of nutrition resulting in increased usage of supplements, functional food, and beverages, which drives the market for polyphenol in Europe. However, the U.S. market is expected to grow at a higher CAGR owing to the growth in preference of functional and herbal products among the population in the U.S.Top Key Players are: Amax NutraSource, Inc., Cargill Inc., Koninklijke Dsm N.V., Futureceuticals, Inc., Glanbia Nutritionals, Inc., NOF America Corporation, Naturex S.A., Indena S.P.A., Swanson Health Products, and Berkem.Key findings of the studyIn 2017, Europe polyphenol market share was the highest in terms of market value, growing at a CAGR of 4.9% from 2018 to 2025.In 2017, the grapeseed segment was the largest contributor to the market in terms of value, and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 4.9% from 2018 to 2025.In 2017, passion fruit was the fastest growing segment in the polyphenol market valued at $3,276 and growing at a CAGR of 6.7%.In 2017, the functional beverages segment was the largest contributor to the market in terms of value, and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 5.4% from 2018 to 2025.In 2017, the U.S. was a prominent contributor to the polyphenol market, and is anticipated to grow at the CAGR of 5.2% through the forecast period.Get a purchase enquiry @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/5132About Us:Allied Market Research, a market research and advisory company of Allied Analytics LLP, provides business insights and market research reports to large as well as small & medium enterprises. The company assists its clients to strategize business policies and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.Allied Market Research provides one stop solution from the beginning of data collection to investment advice. The analysts at Allied Market Research dig out factors that help clients to understand the significance and impact of market dynamics. The company amplies client’s insight on the factors, such as strategies, future estimations, growth or fall forecasting, opportunity analysis, and consumer surveys among others. As follows, the company offers consistent business intelligent support to aid the clients to turn into prominent business firm.Contact:David Correa5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesToll Free (USA/Canada):+1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-1141UK: +44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: +852-301-84916India (Pune): +91-20-66346060Fax: +1⟨855⟩550-5975help@alliedmarketresearch.comWeb: www.alliedmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Outrigger Hotels and Resorts is continuing the cel

first_imgOutrigger Hotels and Resorts is continuing the celebrations to mark its Platinum 70th Anniversary that kicked off in September, by announcing an exclusive promotion for its valued trade industry partners connected with the Outrigger Expert Agent (OEA) program.Agents have the chance to earn 100 reward points per night, compared to the standard 30 reward points, on actualised bookings of five-or-more night stays at both Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort and Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort. Bookings must be completed by 31 December, 2017 and actualised by 31 March, 2018.Once agents reach 5,000 points, they may redeem their points for three free nights at either one of Outrigger’s iconic resort properties on Waikiki Beach. Complimentary stays must be completed by 21 December, 2018. “Our travel-industry partners play a vital role in introducing Outrigger’s uniquely immersive and authentic vacation experience to travellers from around the globe,” said Sean Dee, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Outrigger Enterprises Group. “This promotion is our way of saying ‘mahalo’ for all that they do for Outrigger and hopefully allow them to soon come experience our beachfront resorts in Waikiki.”IMAGE: View from a suite – Diamond Head as seen from Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort agentsHawaiiincentivesOutrigger Resortslast_img read more

agentsincentivesSi Holidays

first_imgagentsincentivesSi Holidays Agents who book and deposit any Si Holidays Hawaii land before 10 November 2017 will go into a draw for a chance to win a luxury 4-night stay in Hawaii with a friend.The more land agents sell – the more chances they have to win.The prize includes 4 nights’ accommodation for two at The Modern Honolulu, 160,000 Hawaiian Miles points (which equates to two return economy airfares from Sydney to Honolulu) and return Honolulu airport transfers.Si Holidays Hawaii packages include return Hawaiian Airlines economy flights, 4 nights accommodation including free upgrades, free nights and more, priced from AUD $1,399pp ex SYD*.Agents will also earn Si Rewards points for all bookings with the reward potential of a $100 UGC card on every $7,000 nett land they book and pay in full through Si Holidays.Call the Si Holidays Reservation team on 1300 658 544 to book.*Terms and conditions applylast_img read more

Boston Massachusetts – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgBoston, Massachusetts – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineIn celebration of its centennial, The Fairmont Copley Plaza has finished its more than $20 million restoration. The renovation included a makeover of all of the hotel’s 383 guestrooms and suites, Fairmont Gold, and the Lower Lobby meeting space. Additionally, the hotel is debuting a new restaurant and bar named OAK Long Bar + Kitchen.“This is one of the most exciting times in the 100-year history of The Fairmont Copley Plaza,” said Paul S. Tormey, regional vice president and general manager. “This investment will enhance the hotel’s preeminent position in the marketplace, while preserving much of the architectural detailing that has made the hotel a Boston landmark since its grand opening in 1912. The renovation has been thoughtfully curated to meet the needs of today’s guests while celebrating the property’s rich history and position in Boston’s Back Bay.”The revamped rooms play off the tones of the hotel’s public space in marble colors and hues of plum and blue. The hotel also plays homage to the classic Boston location with eight new themed suites named after Boston institutions and points of interest: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Pops, Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Freedom Trail, the JFK Library and Museum, Boston Public Library, The Museum of Science, and The Catie Copley Suite.The hotel’s Lower Lobby Meeting space has been completely renovated into a new state-of-the-art conference facility, featuring built-in A/V and technology capabilities, complemented by rich wood paneling. The five meeting rooms comprise 5,600 square feet of function space and feature ergonomic conference chairs, new conference tables and built-in buffets.Comprised of more than 3,000 square feet, the new Rooftop Health Club features state of the art TechnoGym equipment including cardio vascular machines with individual entertainment systems, weight machines, free weights and benches, an expansive stretching area and resistance training and core strengthening equipment. Designed as a contemporary urban loft space, the health club features floor to ceiling windows with views of the Back Bay. The facility will also include an outdoor deck.The hotel’s public areas have also received some new additions. An elegant Lobby Lounge, perfect for relaxing or an impromptu meeting, recently opened. Lavish furnishings and wall coverings are complemented by impressive art, including signed lithographs by Matisse, Picasso and Chagall. Catie Copley, the hotel’s canine ambassador, has even received a new custom-made dog bed as part of the renovation of this space. Adjacent to the Lobby Lounge, in Peacock Alley, the original hand-laid mosaic tile floor from 1912 has been restored creating a dramatic new feeling to the grand entrance of the hotel.Featuring a seasonal outdoor patio, the new OAK Long Bar + Kitchen offers an expansive menu of hand-crafted cocktails and farm-to-table inspired American cuisine. The restaurant rest perfectly between past and present with vaulted ceilings, original beaux arts plaster and restored copper mullions which contrast with a lighter, more contemporary cerused oak palette. To add to the cozy feel, fireplaces reminiscent of a University Club sit alongside a state-of-the-art wine room and tufted leather bar stools sidle up to an 83 foot copper-topped bar.Since its prestigious opening in 1912, the Fairmont Copley Plaza has stood as a landmark and symbol of Boston’s tradition of culture, history, elegance and hospitality. Designed by Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, architect of the Copley Plaza’s sister hotel, The Plaza in New York, the palatial quality and opulent décor create the feeling of a bygone era and of life lived on a grand scale. Today, with the completion of an extensive renovation and restoration, the guest rooms and suites complement the grandeur of the public space, while providing a comfortable home away from home for guests. www.fairmont.com/copley-plaza-bostonlast_img read more