Ayodhya/Kaushambi: Terming terrorism the biggest threat facing India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said terror factories running in the neighbourhood are waiting for a weak government here.This is a new India which will strike terrorists in their den, within the border and outside it, he said at an election rally in Gosaiganj, about 25 km from the temple town of Ayodhya, in which he focused much of his attention on terrorism. Gosaiganj is in the same district as Ayodhya but falls in the Ambedkarnagar Lok Sabha constituency. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghRecalling the Easter Day blasts across Sri Lanka, he said, “We saw what happened in Sri Lanka. The same situation prevailed in our country before 2014. Can we forget the blast in Ayodhya? There were terrorist attacks on a daily basis.” In the past five years, he asserted, this has stopped. “It doesn’t mean terrorism has stopped. Terrorism factories are running in our neighbourhood. It is an industry there and it is their business. They are waiting for a weak government. They are waiting for a chance,” the prime minister warned. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadCautioning people against terrorism, the prime minister referred to the oft seen signboards on roads, ‘Savdhani hati, Durghatna ghati (If we lower our guard, there will be a tragedy), and declared, “The game of terrorism is also the same.” “This is a new India. It doesn’t disturb anyone but also does not spare if someone disturbs us. Be it inside our borders or outside, this new India will hit terrorists in their den and reply to bullets with bullets,” he said in his speech in Hindi, using the words ‘ghar me ghus ke maarenge’ to make his point. If the country is safe, our aspirations will be fulfilled, Modi said at the Gosaiganj rally to mobilise support for BJP candidates Mukut Bihari Verma (Ambedkar Nagar) and Lallu Singh (Ayodhya). “To keep our culture and country safe, you all should press the lotus button,” he told the crowd. He also hit out at the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party alliance and the Congress, accusing the parties of being soft on terrorism. “Their record shows that agencies used to catch terrorists only to be let off for the sake of votes. They want to make a ‘mazboor’ (weak) government. You have to remain alert,” he said. He told the crowd that their love is his capital and energy and said this is the land of Ram, the land of the country’s pride. In a scathing attack against the SP and the BSP, he said they had done nothing for the poor and misused the names of Babasaheb Ambedkar and Ram Manohar Lohia. The prime minister said his is the only government that thinks of the poor.
30 May 2007At a medal ceremony today posthumously honouring United Nations personnel who died last year while working in missions around the world, the top peacekeeping official grieved the loss while urging greater efforts to end violent conflicts. “One hundred and seven of our colleagues and friends from 46 countries lost their lives while in the service of UN peace operations during 2006,” Under-Secretary-General Jean-Marie Guéhenno told the ceremony, which was held at UN Headquarters in New York. “We can only grieve with their families and loved ones and be grateful and humbled for their courage and selflessness,” he said, voicing gratitude also to “the Member States where these heroes come from.”The contribution of these countries to UN peacekeeping “bears witness to the great importance the international community attaches to this unique and vital endeavour,” Mr. Guéhenno said, according to the text of his remarks.“It reassures that United Nations peacekeeping remains a powerful expression of the extraordinary vision of international solidarity for peace which was enshrined in the United Nations Charter more than half a century ago.”He called on all concerned “to work even harder for the cause of peace, to join us in the efforts to rid the word of violent conflict once and for all.”Today’s ceremony built on commemorations that began yesterday on the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, which is marked each year on 29 May, the date in 1948 when the first United Nations peacekeeping mission, the UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), began operations.
The Brock University Badgers will introduce their new women’s basketball head coach at a press conference Wednesday, June 15.Media are invited to attend the event at 11:45 a.m. in the dance studio overlooking Bob Davis Gymnasium. Neil Lumsden, Director of Athletics and Recreation, will introduce the newest member of the Badgers varsity coaching staff, who will take the reigns of the women’s basketball team.“We’re excited to be able to announce this new hire,” Lumsden said. “This is a bright young star that has coached in the OUA and CIS and has experience as a player, as well. We’re excited about where this person will be taking the program.”The new coach, as well as Lumsden and other Brock officials, will be available for photos and interviews after the brief media conference.What: Introduction of Brock’s new women’s basketball head coachWhere: Dance Studio overlooking Bob Davis Gymnasium (entrance at top of stairs near Walker Complex welcome desk)When: 11:45 a.m. – Wednesday, June 15
How much longer must George and Christina Halvagis suffer before they can begin closure? Fourteen years after the horrific murder of their 25-year-old daughter Mersina, in Melbourne’s Fawkner cemetery, serial killer Peter Dupas remains in a position to once again legally contest the conviction. Last week, Victoria’s Court of Appeal heard an application to strike out Dupas’ latest attempt to appeal against the conviction for Mersina’s murder. Though it was widely expected that the Court of Appeal would uphold the application, Chief Justice Marilyn Warren said that in the absence of Legal Aid, the court would give Dupas until December 14 to find a barrister who will represent him ‘pro bono’. Dupas told the court that he had only learned four days before that Legal Aid would not fund his appeal. The appeal court had expected to take the administrative decision to dismiss the case, but the three appeal judges said Dupas would be given a last chance because of the delay in Victoria Legal Aid informing him of its decision. Chief Justice Warren described the delay in informing Dupas as “unfortunate” and told Dupas that if he was unable to find a barrister to represent him, he should be prepared to argue his own case on December 14. Dupas did not receive Legal Aid funding to fight the application after an independent review upheld a decision to refuse him further financial assistance. In 33 legal proceedings since 1997, it is estimated over $3 million has been spent in relation to hearings and appeals Dupas has made after being found guilty of three murders. In 2000, Dupas was convicted of killing psychotherapist Nicole Patterson, who was stabbed to death at her Northcote home. Four years later he was convicted of the stabbing murder of sex worker Margaret Maher, whose body was found in an industrial estate at Somerton in 1997 – one month before Mersina Halvagis was killed. Dupas’ first conviction was for rape in 1974, when he was sentenced to nine years imprisonment. He served five years. Shortly after his release in 1980, Dupas received another five year minimum prison sentence for three charges of assault with intent to rape and malicious wounding. In 1980 a report on Dupas stated, “he remains an extremely disturbed, immature, and dangerous man. His release on parole was a mistake.” Dupas was again released from prison in February 1985. After being convicted of Ms Halvagis’ murder ten years after her death in 1997, Dupas was granted a retrial after appealing. A second trial last year found him guilty for the second time. Dupas is the prime suspect in at least three other murders committed in Melbourne during the 1980s and 1990s. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A new exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, ‘Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections’, presents more than 60 superb artworks of the Byzantine era, from the 4th to the 15th centuries. Organised by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports of Athens, with the collaboration of the Benaki Museum, Athens, and originally exhibited at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the exhibition includes major artistic holdings from Greece consisting of mosaics, sculptures, manuscripts, luxury glass, silver, personal adornments, liturgical textiles, icons, and wall paintings. About one third of the original exhibition will be presented in the Art Institute’s Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman and Byzantine art from 27 September 2014 through to 15 February 2015.Source: The Greek Star
‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBOGeorge R.R. Martin Says Having ‘Game of Thrones’ Finish Is &… Stay on target Watchmen is obviously a super important and celebrated comic book, a brilliant deconstruction of the medium and the idea of superheroes themselves. Years of dark and gritty imitators have failed to live up to its genius. And the 2009 Watchmen film, which I enjoy a lot, only really works because Zack Snyder just translates the excellent source material to live-action with almost shot-for-shot style faithfulness.But folks I just don’t know about this new HBO Watchmen show. The scope, maturity, and density of Watchmen always made more sense on premium cable than in a movie. And it’s got a great cast including Regina King as the new vigilante protagonist as well as Jeremy Irons and Jean Smart as older versions of previous Watchmen heroes Ozymandias and Silk Spectre.But then I watch this newest trailer from San Diego Comic-Con again and I still have so many questions. Why is there a Rorschach militia? Why are there so many references to old characters without actually seeing them like this is some barely canon Netflix show in the Watchmen Cinematic Universe? “Doctor Manhattan is on Mars, you just missed him!” Why does it look like it’s all about cops?My skepticism for HBO’s Watchmen only increases the more we hear from showrunner Damon Lindelof. As one of the people guilty of famous bad show Lost, Lindelof is already a big red flag for me. But I trust people who say The Leftovers is good so maybe he’s earned another chance. However, the more quotes come out of the Watchmen presentation at the Televisions Critics Association the worse it gets.First, Lindelof acknowledged the famously tense relationship between the creators of Watchmen and the rights holders at DC. While illustrator Dave Gibbons plays ball author and inscrutable snake wizard Alan Moore refuses to have anything to do with adaptations of his acclaimed comics work after decades of being exploited. Lindelof initially respected Moore’s desire to not be associated with this project, but then said the real punk rock Alan Moore-esque thing to do would be to ignore that wish and do it anyway. “Fuck you.”Obnoxious reverse psychology marketing stunt aside, the new details about the show itself also raise eyebrows. Instead of nuclear war, the show’s great contemporary existential threat is white supremacy. Accurate, but then why focus on cops? Lindelof says we’ll have to wait to find the answer. And in keeping with the alternate take on American history, this show acts as a sequel to the comic where after Richard Nixon died and Gerald Ford was defeated Robert Redford has served as president in perpetuity. Who watches the Watchmen? Who wants to watch Captain America: The Winter Soldier again?I’m willing to give the Watchmen show a shot when it premieres later this October. But right now I’m afraid that squaring off against the Justice League won’t end up being the dumbest thing DC has done with these characters. Nothing ever ends. For more on Watchmen get these nice smiley face shirts.
Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Twitter WWE 205 Live takes place tonight on WWE Network from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.WWE 205 Live PreviewAdvertised for the show tonight is the return of WWE Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann against Tony Nese. Plus, Cedric Alexander vs. Noam Dar.Wrestleview.com will have a full recap of 205 Live later tonight. WWE United States Championship match added to Clash of Champions this Sunday in Charlotte Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE RAW Results – 9/2/19 (Clash of Champions contract signing, KOTR Quarterfinals) Ali, Chad Gable advance to the Quarterfinals of the 2019 King of the Ring tournament
WASHINGTON — Congress has rejected a veto by President Barack Obama for the first time since he became president.The House voted 348-77 Wednesday to override his veto of legislation and allow the families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for the kingdom’s alleged backing of the attackers.The Senate had voted 97-1 to override his veto.The lawsuit legislation now becomes law despite elements that Obama and top Pentagon officials warn could put U.S. troops and interests at risk.Several lawmakers who voted for the legislation acknowledged the defects could trigger lawsuits from people in other countries opposed to U.S. policies and military actions.But proponents said the bill is narrowly tailored and applies only to acts of terrorism that occur on U.S. soil.
By Yankuba JallowThe Banjul United head coach, in a post-match interview with this reporter said that he is satisfied with his players’ performances despite the loss against city rivals- Real de Banjul on Tuesday.“Definitely today I give my credit to my players but it was just fortunate for us we conceded through an own goal and we cannot do anything about that” he said.“It is very unfortunate to concede that own goal in the second half”“It is very poor and our best player unfortunately did that, it was not bad actually because they did well but rather unfortunate for us”.On the miss of his two key players, he said it is difficult to miss key players Omar Jaiteh, and Malick Sarr . “Is a big loss for me but it is the game, they take cards and go and play. We have a long way to go. We are playing against the big teams and we will rectify our mistakes, as i said I am satisfied with our performance.Banjul United are currently sitting 6th in the League table with 7 points.Banjul United will face Marimo today at 16:00.
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police temporarily evacuated Miami Killian High School after someone reported smelling gas in a laboratory.According to Miami-Dade Public Schools, the school was evacuated as a precaution after reports of a the smell in one of the chemistry labs, Tuesday morning.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said the Hazmat team checked the building as a precaution before they let the students back into classrooms.The school was operating normally by 12 p.m.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Beluga close-up, photo from NOAA, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.Residents of the middle Yukon River from Kaltag to Ruby have seen several groups of beluga whales over the past few weeks.Download AudioBeluga sightings so far upriver are uncommon but not unheard of. A group of belugas made it past Hughes on the Koyukuk River in the fall of 2001 – more than 550 miles from the ocean. And a single juvenile beluga was found dead over a thousand miles from the sea on the banks of the Tanana River near Nenana in 2006.Fish and Game Marine Mammal Biologist Lori Quakenbush in Fairbanks explains that going upriver is not a problem for belugas.“Depends on how shallow the water gets, how high the water levels are, how high they can go and whether there is anything interesting up there. If there are fish going up and they can catch the fish either along the banks or concentrated in certain area, that would certainly be a place of interest and belugas might go there. They are not obligated saltwater animals, fresh water is fine for them.”Quakenbush does not have a firm explanation for the apparent increase in belugas sightings on the Yukon this year. But elsewhere in the state, belugas have been known to escape into rivers to avoid one of their main predators.“One of the things that belugas have to worry about are killer whales, who are a major predator of the beluga. Killer whales are quite a bit bigger than belugas and need deeper water, so one of the main escape behaviors for belugas is to go into shallower water than the killer whales can get into. So if there were killer whales at the mouth of the river when the belugas were eating chums, it is a possibility that the belugas would go up the river to get away from the killer whales and stay up there.”Belugas use sonar to navigate and find food – which often includes copious amounts of fish. Quakenbush says that a dead beluga from Cook Inlet was found with 12 coho salmon weighing close to 100 pounds in its stomach – and that was just one of multiple feedings that a beluga could do in one day.With about a month left before ice starts forming on interior rivers, Quakenbush doesn’t think that the belugas will have much trouble getting back to the ocean – as long as they don’t go too far upriver.“The problem for them could be if the water drops and they stuck above some sandbar or something like that and they can’t get past it and get down. That might be what happened to the beluga that was found near Nenana.”The hunting of beluga whales and other marine mammals is regulated by the National Marine Fisheries Service, under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act. As with the harvest of other marine mammals, beluga hunters must be at least one-quarter Alaska Native. But according to NOAA Fisheries Enforcement Officer Les Cockreham, a beluga that swims upriver is not subject to any additional hunting restrictions.“Basically there is no permit required, there is no season, and they can take as many as they want. However there is one law that we look at very heavily that is in play, and that is a “no waste” issue. In other words, if they kill an animal they have to utilize it.”Cockreham cautions against hunting belugas without prior experience, due to the high risk of losing the animal after striking it.The Yukon River belugas are likely from the Eastern Bering Sea stock, which sustains a healthy population level despite subsistence hunting pressure. The Cook Inlet population of belugas, however, is listed as an endangered species and cannot be hunted.
Drugmaker Shire Plc announced on Monday that it finally struck a deal to acquire Baxalta International Inc in a cash and stock deal worth $32 billion after a six-month long pursuit.The mega deal in the pharma sector marks a strong beginning for the mergers and acquisitions activity in the global healthcare industry in 2016 as it’s said to create the world’s biggest rare-disease drugmaker.”This proposed combination allows us to realize our vision of building the leading biotechnology company focused on rare diseases. Together, we will have leadership positions in multiple, high-value franchises and become the clear partner of choice in rare diseases. Our expanded portfolio and presence in more than 100 countries will drive our growth to over $20 billion in anticipated annual revenues by 2020,” said Shire Chief Executive Officer Flemming Ornskov in a statement.Following the deal, the combined effective tax rate of Shire and Baxalta would drop to 16% to 17% by 2017 compared to the current rate of 23.5% paid by Baxalta in the US.The Dublin-based Shire’s acquisition of US-based Baxalta comes at a time when the inversion deals made by the US pharma companies are being criticised as their bids to avoid 35% corporate tax rate in the country, which is among the highest in the world.”The deal proves that a new year can’t hide the flaws of our outdated tax code,” the WSJ quoted US Senator Rob Portman (R., Ohio) as saying. “If we want to keep U.S. businesses, jobs and investment in the U.S., tax reforms must be a 2016 priority.”In November last year, US-based Pfizer Inc had bought Botox-maker Allergan Plc in a deal worth $150 billion. The inversion deal was expected to help Pfizer to redomicile to Ireland, where the headquarters of Allergen is situated, enabling it to cut its corporate tax payment in the US.
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Kolkata: People from Egra gheraoed BJP state president Dilip Ghosh after they suspected him of carrying cash in his car that was to be distributed among the voters. The incident caused tension in the area and eventually led to a clash between the Trinamool Congress-BJP activists.Some persons from both the political factions were reportedly injured during the clash. A huge contingent of police rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control. The local residents of Egra said they had specific information that Ghosh was carrying money. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe villagers alleged that he was trying to intimidate the voters by various means. The allegations brought against Ghosh by a section of the people are yet to be verified by the election officials in the district. No such confirmation has come from the Election Commission that can validate the claims of the villagers. Ghosh is contesting the ongoing Lok Sabha polls from Midnapore and is pitted against Trinamool Congress heavyweight Manas Bhunia. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateA police picket has been set up in the area to quell tension that was prevailing in the area till late Saturday evening. In a separate incident, another clash broke out in Moyna area under Tamluk constituency on Saturday morning. As many six persons have been injured. It may be mentioned here that Moyna area has seen sporadic incidents of violence in the past few days with the Trinamool Congress and BJP workers clashing against each other. On earlier occasions as well, people have been injured. There has been a large deployment of the police force since the incident took place on Saturday. The election officials and senior police officers have started a detailed probe regarding both the incidents. They are also looking into the allegation of distribution of cash against Ghosh.
Also:– Edelman defines the Patriots’ dynasty– Where Colin was right/wrong– Every game doesn’t have to be Rams/Chiefs to be entertaining Guests:Greg Jennings – FS1 NFL Analyst and Super Bowl champion; Mark Schlereth – FS1 NFL Analyst and Super Bowl champion; Eric Mangini – FS1 NFL Analyst and former Browns and Jets Head Coach Brady’s resourcefulness makes his sixth title the most impressive Tom Brady won his sixth Super Bowl ring by beating the Rams in a 13-3 defensive struggle, and despite a 71 passer ratting Colin thinks it’s his most impressive championship to date because of his resourcefulness.Brady has had better supporting casts, and better stats in the Super Bowl, but finding a way to win when nothing was working and he found a to get it done. The true test of greatness isn’t how someone performs when everything is perfect, it’s persevering when nothing is going right.
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“This year, we are definitely getting some things unheard of here,” said Javogue. “Tamarindo Art Wave will be a mix of traditional art and the new techniques that are now being used and will be used in the future. A 15-year-old isn’t used to looking at a painting, he’s used to looking at a screen. We are all witnessing a shift in the art world.” Children have a larger role in the 2018 Tamarindo Art Wave than in past editions. Part of the success of the last event can be attributed to the blue line of art work that led participants of the festival from one exhibit to the other. The line was comprised of blue art pieces created by children from the nearby schools. This year, Tamarindo Art Foundation member Ann Vervoort spearheaded an initiative with students from neighboring elementary and high schools to create works on 1 x 2 meter canvasses.“This was a major event for the kids, as some of them had probably never touched a paint brush,” said Vervoort. “Here we offered them all kinds of colors, brushes, sponges. They can even use their hands and feet, all to decorate a canvas that is bigger than themselves.” “The idea [for the Tamarindo Art Wave] is to diversify the cultural offerings of the area and make high-level artistic activities available to the local population,” Javogue said. “That is why we also propose educational workshops for children and adults; the entire event will be free and open to the public.“Tamarindo is a small city that has grown spontaneously with people from many places, which makes it very interesting to host this type of initiative,” he added. “We want to find new ways to exploit the great potential of Guanacaste and for that reason, we decided to gather the artistic expressions of the area together with the art of other countries to put it on the world map.“Tamarindo is not just surfing,” Javogue said.The Tamarindo Art Wave Festival will be held from Jan. 25 – 27. The entrance fee has no cost. For more information visit their webpage or Facebook page. Facebook Comments Tamarindo is preparing for another cultural immersion: the 2018 Tamarindo Art Wave is coming to town on Jan. 25-27.This year’s version of the popular festival will feature a few upgrades to enhance the participants’ experience, including a huge art gallery tent, another tent for video art, and the first-ever use in Costa Rica of the Tilt Brush by Google. In total, the three-day event will display approximately 200 works by national and international artists, and present 15 shows — both art and musical performances and workshops — making these three days the largest art exhibit to take place in Guanacaste. Courtesy of Jonathan CooleySince the close of the 2016 Tamarindo Art Wave, Emmanuel Javogue and the other co-curator Gaby Alvarez, both members of the Tamarindo Art Foundation, have worked to secure artists and activities for this year’s Tamarindo-wide event. The most formidable addition to the program this year is the 400-square-meter tent in the parking lot next to the ABC Realty office. The structure and displays are based on the Art Basel style featured at the popular event by that name in Miami, Florida, and here will house the works from 30 national and international artists.“The tent will be more professional and more museum-like,” explained Javogue. “This structure will permit us to have larger paintings and sculptures.”Directly across the street, hanging from the side of the high-rise Pacific Park condominiums, will be a Damien Hirst fresco mural called Five Blacks lent to the Tamarindo Art Wave by a private collector. The 7.5-9 meter dot painting was created by the artist in 1993, and Hirst, a English artist whose work is usually worth millions, has sold the festival the rights for participants to recreate the painting with his own step-by-step instructions provided beforehand. A Damien Hirst artwork on the High Rise Pacifici Park Condominiums. Courtesy of Tamarindo Art FoundationAnother addition to the festivities will be the eight 36-square-meter awnings of dedicated to video art located in the soccer field across from Witch’s Rock Surf Camp. These will be more experimental installations, “more theatrical than looking at a painting,” Javogue said, adding that a lounge space has been created in the middle of these tents for participants in the event to rest and take in the work. To that end, on the performance stage, which this year moves to the area where the weekly Feria takes place in the old Tamarindo Resort, Miami artist Alissa Christine will hold two 3-D painting sessions. She will wear virtual reality goggles, then use the magic wand apparatus, called a Tilt Brush by Google, to draw what she sees with her eyes, and since it is 3-D, she will be able to walk into it. The audience will view the artwork on a large screen on stage. Christine’s performances will take place on Thursday and Sunday night.Other activities that will take place on the stage include the return of best-selling Tica performer Debi Nova — this year with her guitarist. They will once again be accompanied by pianist Manuel Obregon. Nova is scheduled for Friday night, and the popular Costa Rica indie band Sonámbulo Psicotropical,who fuse Afro, Latin and American rhythms, play on Saturday. “This year we have different forms of art for people to try, including printing, painting, drawing and body expression,” said Javogue. “That last one is with people from the circus who will be teaching other people acrobatics. There will also be a dance teacher.”The live artist congregation includes Eric Lemaire, a French sculptor who will be creating a huge piece of art during the Tamarindo Art Wave. When the 8-meter-wide piece is finished, he will donate it to the town for display in the planned park across from Cabinas Marioles. Korean video artist Lee Kyungho will make his first visit to Costa Rica in order to present a historical selection of his work.In addition, participants to the Tamarindo Art Wave can expect to see the sculpture and paintings of Tica Aimee Joaristi; the video art of Peter Sarkisian of Santa Fe, New Mexico; glass art of Valerie Rey and paintings by Jean Marc Calvet, both of France; and the paintings of Swiss artist Victoire Cathalan. The Costa Rican project UMO will create an interactive inflatable sculpture on the beach, and Alexander Chavez will perform inside his own sculpture at another location.On the local level, Costa Rica’s well known painter/sculptor/engraver Fabio Herrera will exhibit samples of his work from the last 30 years. Emerging national artists include architect Alejandro Rambar; painters Guillermo Tovar, Felipe Keta and Alonso Rubí; erotic illustrator and sex activist Stephanie Chaves; and an exhibition by the sculptor Alexander Chaves who proposes to send his onlookers on a spiritual journey. Related posts:Planet-friendly fusion cuisine: a meal at Cala Luna Inside a Costa Rican microbrewery – at the beach 5 questions for French artist Victoire Cathalan PHOTOS: The annual Oxcart Parade in Atenas, Alajuela The resulting work will be displayed at the festival, surrounding the opening night Gran Cena that kicks off the festival on the each. The meal will feature dishes created by chefs Sebastien Couratier, Francesco Mascarucci, Fabien Mandrea and Hugo Gutierrez, and wine selected by expert Carmen de Aguirre. The Gran Cena the only fundraiser activity for the arts in the town, which according to Vervoort is extremely important because of the lack of art classes in area schools. The goal is to eventually raise enough money from events and sponsors to finance a year-round art teacher, who could visit the schools and offer professional art classes to interested children. The art spaces will be open at noon and the musical platforms will take place from 4:00 p.m. with children’s presentations, while the adult shows will start at 6:00 pm. The Tamarindo Art Wave will have an area dedicated to activities for boys and girls in Selina Garage, starting at noon. The curators estimate that 90 percent of the featured artists in the tents and at the businesses around Tamarindo will be present this year. However, the main goal is to allow participants at the event to interact with artists, an aspect of the 2016 edition that was very successful. As a result, the number of interactive workshops around town has been increased to 14, located, among other places, at El Coconut Restaurant, Pangas Restaurant, Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas, La Oveja Negra and Hollie Heller house. These include:– Percussion (drumming) with Messa Riddim– Lettering (design around handwritten letters) with Byron Balmaceda– Illustration with Brian Miranda– Textile art with Buena Nena– Illustration and serigraphy with Mauricio Tiburon Reptil– Drawing with Felipe Jets– Expression through body movement with Los Cabos– Expression though fashion with Monsieur Duran– Eco-impression with Hollie Heller– Performances with Alexander Chaves– Serigraph printing with Alejandra Fournier– Technical illustration with Stephanie Chaves– Textile stamps with Ale Rambar– Painting with Alavaro Gomez
Source = Expedia Expedia Asia Pacific held a 3 day conference last week with new Expedia World Wide President Scott Durchslag in Sydney.Expedia executives were in town from Hong Kong, Singapore, Seattle and Sydney and spent time with Durchslag and other senior management from Expedia Head Office discussing the state of the business, massive expansion plans and the great vision for Expedia in APAC. The business is great and the future is brighter was the underlying message with great new technical developments and fantastic new product innovations to be released throughout this year.Part of the program included some achievement recognition awards including a great “Wrap” for Expedia TAAP (Travel Agents Affiliate Program) in APAC. As Expedia TAAP celebrates 1 year since launch in the Asia Pacific market it was recognised for the great success it has proved to be for Expedia in the Australian and New Zealand markets. The TAAP program which has grown from strength to strength over the past 12 months, was recognised for the great contribution to the Expedia APAC business with a Gold Bar awarded for innovation and application aptly nicknamed the Alchemist Award.“We are absolutely delighted with the award,” said Stuart Udy Expedia Manager of Travel Distribution Asia Pacific. “It has been a fantastic year of growth and is a fabulous recognition for not just an unbeatable product but the great support structures and people we have in place. Programs like this don’t survive, let alone prosper, without great support and people on the ground. We have great partners and great support in AU and NZ so I’m very happy to accept the award on their behalf.”Expedia TAAP has experienced 6 record weeks in a row in terms of gross transactions this year in both New Zealand and Australia with no sign of the growth peaking any time soon. The USA and Europe are the main destination drivers at the moment accounting for around 60% of the transactions. With simply thousands of destinations on offer, the destinations keep growing every week.
NSW’s top accommodation hotels were honoured last night at a glittering ceremony in the new Grand Ballroom of the Four Points by Sheraton Sydney which saw the Park Hyatt Sydney and Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley recognised as the deluxe hotels of the year (Sydney and Regional).A crowd of more than 600 industry representatives gathered at the Four Points by Sheraton for the industry’s “night of nights”: the 2016 Tourism Accommodation Australia (NSW) Awards for Excellence.Park Hyatt SydneyThe TAA Awards marked the first tourism industry event attended by Keith Pitt MP in his newly appointed role as Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment in the Federal Government.A record 300 plus nominations were received this year from 71 hotels across 34 categories showcasing the best in the accommodation sector.The Park Hyatt Sydney won Sydney Deluxe Hotel of the Year whilst Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley took out the Regional Deluxe Hotel of the Year title.PARKROYAL Darling Harbour is Sydney Superior Hotel of the Year, while Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains won Regional Superior Hotel of the Year.The award for Mid-range Hotel of the Year went to Atura Blacktown which also won Brasserie/Café of the Year for its Roadhouse Bar and Grill.The State’s leading business events hotels were also recognised, with the award for Function Venue of the Year going to InterContinental Sydney Double Bay; Conference Hotel of the Year Metropolitan Hotels went to Sheraton on the Park; and Château Élan at The Vintage Hunter Valley was named Conference Hotel of the Year Regional Hotels.The award for Redeveloped Hotel of the Year went to The Old Clare Hotel while Apartment/Suite Hotel of the Year was won by Fraser Suites Sydney.The Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley were the most successful regional areas, with The Hydro Majestic Hotel taking the award for Hotel Chef of the Year (Mate Herceg) and Lilianfels’ Darley’s Restaurant named Regional Restaurant of the Year. Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley took out two awards for individual excellence.Staff from the Hilton Sydney had a good night with Morgan Meredith grabbing the gong for Hotel Industry Rising Star and Hayden Gibson winning the award for Employee Excellence in Service.Last night’s entries into the TAA NSW Hall of Fame, recognising 3 consecutive years of excellence in the category, were The Sydney Boulevard Hotel for Outstanding Community Service and Achievement and the InterContinental Sydney for Workplace Health and Safety Hotel of the Year.Chair of TAA NSW Peter Tudehope said the excellent quality of all nominees and winners showed the very high standards of the tourism accommodation industry in NSW.“NSW truly is setting a high benchmark for the rest of Australia, and indeed internationally, when it comes to accommodation hotels,” he said.“The quality of our venues really is on display here tonight . Our award winners represent the huge investment, hard work, dedication and drive of our industry right across NSW; from the regions to the heart of the Sydney CBD. I congratulate all winners.”2016 TAA (NSW) Award for Excellence winners also include:Health Club and Spa Facilities of the Year: Emirates One&Only Spa, Wolgan Valley (Regional winner) and The Darling Spa, The Star (Metropolitan winner)Metropolitan Restaurant of the Year (Deluxe): Bentley Restaurant + Bar, Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney andMomofuku Seiobo, The Star (joint winners)Metropolitan Restaurant of the Year (Mid-Range/Superior hotels): Steeds Club Grill & Bar, Rydges ParramattaWorkplace Health and Safety Hotel of the Year: Crowne Plaza, TerrigalOutstanding Achievement in Training: Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel SydneyOutstanding Community Service and Achievement: The Westin SydneyBest Environmental Practices (Metropolitan): InterContinental SydneyBest Environmental Practices (Regional): Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Source = Tourism Accommodation Australia