Rabat – Mahjouba Mohamed Hamdidaf, the young Saharawi who was held against her will in the Tindouf camps in Algeria, managed to escape from the camps on Tuesday, according to El Mundo.As soon as she left the camps, the young Spanish citizen took refuge in the Spanish consulate in Algiers. She is expected to return to Spain later today.Mahjouba retrieved her freedom with the help of a group of friends who drove her by car from the Tindouf camps to an Algerian gendarmerie located outside of the camps, according to Spanish website 20minutos.es. The 23-year old woman was held by her biological parents since last August. Mayhuba, who was born in the Tindouf camps, settled in Spain in 1999 after she was adopted by a Spanish couple. In 2002 she became Spanish citizen. Ever since she has been visiting her family every summer.The young woman was supposed to return home on August 18, but few days before her return, her biological family told her that she would never go back and they locked her. They also stripped her of her phone, though they allowed her to use it for some days in order to communicate with her family in Spain.The case has also been widely denounced by Spanish civil society who pressured the Spanish government to take the necessary steps in order to help the Mahyuba retrieve her freedom.A petition has been addressed to the Spanish Ministry of foreign affairs in order to take the necessary steps toward bringing the young woman to back to Spain.
“Since the poor suffer most from the degradation of their land, air, water and biological resources, we must address these critical links between poverty, environment and energy that will make or break our efforts to achieve sustainable development and the [UN Millennium Development Goals],” said UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown.UNDP said its Capacity 2015 programme aimed to help developing countries and countries in transition build their capacities to implement Agenda 21, the blueprint for sustainable development that the Johannesburg Summit seeks to revitalize, and achieve the Goals at the local level.Among the activities the agency has scheduled for the Summit, which opens on Monday in Johannesburg, South Africa, is the UNDP Partnerships Initiatives. The programme will explore communities’ role in sustainable development and launch a series of new UNDP-led strategic partnerships that cut across the Summit framework issues of water, energy, health, agriculture and biodiversity.Sweden, France and UNDP will also launch the International Task Force on Global Public Goods to help clarify the concept and make recommendations to policy makers and other stakeholders on how to provide for and finance them.Meanwhile, an interactive panel will provide recommendations on improving water governance, a crucial global issue for improving health and productivity and reducing poverty. UNDP Goodwill Ambassador and Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer is scheduled to participate.
Redshirt-senior Logan Stieber reacts after winning his 4th consecutive NCAA title by beating Edinboro’s Mitchell Port in the 141-pound championship match during the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on March 21 in St. Louis. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Heisman Trophy of the wrestling world was announced on Monday and Ohio State’s redshirt-senior Logan Stieber took home the hardware.Stieber was awarded the Dan Hodge Trophy after finishing a collegiate career that saw him become just the fourth wrestler to win four national championships. He also led the Buckeyes to their first-ever team national title this season.With a 119-3 record, including a 29-0 stint as a senior, the Monroeville, Ohio, native said the award given by WinMagazine and The Culture House was something he’s always wanted to win.“Growing up, the first college match I saw was Cael Sanderson winning his fourth title,” Stieber said in a press release. “I knew the Hodge Trophy was the biggest and best award so I wanted to win it. To now be in that group is very humbling and I’m proud to have won it.”Criteria for the award includes a wrestler’s record, number of pins, dominance on the mat, past credentials, quality of competition as well as sportsmanship and citizenship.Stieber finished his senior campaign with 22 of his 29 wins coming via bonus points, including 10 pins, eight technical falls and four major decisions.Tom Ryan, who has coached Stieber at OSU for four years, said he believed his wrestler could accomplish all he has and didn’t expect otherwise.“As soon as last season ended, I met with him,” Ryan said in the release. “We discussed that the pinnacle of the sport would be to win four titles, winning the Hodge and winning the national team championship. Those were the three things we discussed. The fact that he led the team to a title, won his fourth and now won the Hodge is an awesome end to his career.”Stieber is the second wrestler to win the Junior Hodge Trophy, which is given to the top high school wrestler in the country, as well as the Hodge Trophy. Stieber was a four-time Ohio State champion in high school before heading to OSU.The Hodge Trophy was first given in 1995 and is named after Dan Hodge, a former wrestler who went 46-0 in his college career and was a three-time NCAA champion at the University of Oklahoma.Stieber is also the first Buckeye to win four Big Ten titles. His first two NCAA titles came at 133 pounds in 2012 and 2013 and a third at 141 pounds in 2014.Stieber was also named the NCAA’s Most Dominant Wrestler and the NWCA Most Outstanding Wrestler this season.
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Region Two farmers are set to benefit from the construction of a relief structure at Good Hope, Essequibo Coast.Region Two Chairman Devanand RamdattRegion Two Regional Chairman, Devanand Ramdatt, was quoted by GINA, today, as saying that construction will be done this year.“The importance of that project (Good Hope relief structure), will reduce the amount of water that is wasted as well as better regulate it once the structure is implemented at the earliest,” Ramdatt added.The Regional Chairman highlighted that water management and drainage and irrigation are critical factors to agriculture and necessary for suitable crop and livestock production.Ramdatt said that the Regional Administration will also construct a number of regulators and sluices in other areas and that a number of the region’s drainage and irrigation pumps will be maintained. Ramdatt said the workforce in the RDC will be handling most of the projects instead of contract workers.The Region’s major drainage problem is the heavy deposit in the drainage outfall channels between Devonshire Castle and La Union, including Hampton Court, Lima, Anna Regina, Three Friends, Taymouth Manor and Capoey. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related$34M speed boat landing for Supenaam stelling in the pipeline- Regional ChairmanJanuary 12, 2018In “latest news”Flooding halts Christmas Celebrations in Region 2December 26, 2016In “Environment”Rice farmers call for establishment of development bank to ease burdenFebruary 27, 2017In “Local News”
It’s a case, it’s a power supply, and it has a kickstand. There’s so much to love in the Dexim Super Juice Power Case for the iPhone 4. The case hides a lithium polymer battery that can extend your talk time by 6 hours, your video or game time by 10 hours, and your audio playing time by 40 hours. It comes with a micro USB cable that lets you charge while you synchronize the data with your Windows or Mac PC.It’s also a handy case if you’re just watching videos. The included kickstand will hold your iPhone 4 at just the right angle. Dexim isn’t revealing the price right now, but the site says Dexim gear can be found at a Target, AT&T, or Brookstone stores.
Vera Twomey to march in Cork as Ava’s ear infection brings on seizure Today’s march in Macroom is ahead of a larger one in Dublin on Wednesday. By Rónán Duffy Share257 Tweet Email Saturday 25 Mar 2017, 7:30 AM VERA TWOMEY AND her supporters will be marching in Macroom today ahead of another protest at the Dáil in Dublin on Wednesday.The Cork mother has been campaigning for a new cannabis-based medication for her daughter Ava who suffers from a rare form of epilepsy.Twomey told TheJournal.ie that Ava had another seizure this week after contracting an ear infection.Today’s march begins at the Dunnes Stores car park in Macroom at about 1.30pm and will proceed towards the town’s square.It is being organised by friends of the Twomey family and the Facebook event page calls for people to bring “placards, banners and your voice”.On Wednesday, Twomey will return to the Dáil for another protest just over three weeks after completing her protest march to the same location.Vera Twomey wants her daughter to have access to a cannabis-based product containing THC.Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the substance in cannabis which gives the high but at low levels has been shown to be useful treating conditions such as Ava’s.Ava Twomey is already being treated using cannabis-based CBD oil.The child was taken to her GP this week after an ear infection brought on another seizure.“My daughter is non-verbal, so its very, very hard to tell exactly how she feels about her seizures,” Twomey said.“A seizure is a frightening experience and once a person comes out of a seizure you are depending on the people around you to protect you.”Read: Using a wheelchair, Vera Twomey nears the end of her trek to Dublin for her daughter >Read: Vera Twomey has made it to Tipperary as she walks 260km from Cork to the Dáil for her daughter > http://jrnl.ie/3305055 Short URL Mar 25th 2017, 7:30 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Twomey during her Cork-Dublin walk. Image: Facebook Image: Facebook 47 Comments Twomey during her Cork-Dublin walk. 12,484 Views
Share143 Tweet Email1 19 Comments Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie Second investigation launched into Tusla over ‘large volume’ of privacy breaches The Data Protection Commission previously uncovered a string of failings at the State agency. https://jrnl.ie/4517740 18.02.18 The government wants to exempt itself from the EU’s new hardcore data protection rules – but why? A false claim that McCabe sexually abused a girl remained on his record for several years. This was later investigated at the Disclosures Tribunal as part of the judicial probe into a garda smear campaign against the whistleblower.The Data Protection Commission found the child and family agency hadn’t properly planned for how to handle the volume of data involved in its casework when it was set up in 2014.It uncovered evidence of “multiple and overlapping volumes of individual case files”, where no discernible ‘master file’ could be found and there was no formal trail to show who had accessed the documents.Tusla has also been the target of separate allegations recently that it has failed to put in place an independent data protection officer – a key decision-maker who ensures the organisation is abiding by GDPR.Lobby group Digital Rights Ireland claimed Tusla’s data protection officer was part of the office of the agency’s chief executive, a potential conflict of interest banned under the EU regulations.Tusla had not responded to a request for comment at the time of publication. Feb 28th 2019, 6:21 PM Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie By Peter Bodkin Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Friday 1 Mar 2019, 12:05 AM 17,751 Views THE DATA PROTECTION Commission has opened its second inquiry into Tusla in less than two years after a string of breaches were uncovered at the child and family agency. The data watchdog decided to launch the probe due to what it described as the “large number” and potential seriousness of the breaches revealed at the State body.It is one of the commission’s first official investigations into a government department or agency since the introduction of the EU’s tough new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May.TheJournal.ie understands that Tusla recorded dozens of data breaches between the new laws being implemented and the launch of the investigation in late December.Many of the breaches reported by Tusla relate to the special category of personal data that includes details of identifiable individuals’ sexual history, health information and beliefs.They come despite the agency producing an ‘action plan’ in April last year to fix a string of failings unearthed in a previous Data Protection Commission investigation.The fresh inquiry will investigate whether Tusla has put in place proper organisational and technical controls to prevent the illegal disclosure of sensitive information.The commission’s new powers under GDPR allow it to levy fines of up to €1 million against public bodies for data protection breaches. Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieThe previous probeTusla was the subject of a previous probe from Ireland’s data watchdog in 2017 after false sex abuse allegations were added to the file of garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe.The agency apologised to the former sergeant after a tribunal found it guilty of “considerable failings and stupidities” in its handling of his case. Related Read
Quatre nouvelles espèces de crabes identifiéesPubliant leurs travaux dans Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, des chercheurs philippins et allemands ont découvert 4 nouvelles espèces de crabes d’eau douce dans l’île de Palawan, isolat biologique.Une équipe de scientifiques de l’Institut de recherche Senckenberg de Dresde (Allemagne) et de l’Université de La Salle de Manille (Philippines) a découvert 4 nouvelles espèces de crabes d’eau douce du genre Insulamon sur l’île philippine de Palawan : Insulamon palawanense, I. magnum, I. johannchristiani et I. porculum. Des espèces d’ores et déjà menacées par des projets d’exploitation minière.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Inféodé aux eaux douces, le genre Insulamon ne peut franchir les bras de mer, ni donc se répandre en dehors des quelques îles des Philippines où il prospère : les 4 nouvelles espèces sont donc endémiques de Palawan (comme 50% environ des espèces animales peuplant cette île). Elles ont développé des caractéristiques différentes des autres variétés de crabes, dont elles ont été séparées durant des milliers d’années, notamment une coloration violet-rougeâtre.”Plus l’habitat naturel restant est réduit, plus grand est le risque pour la faune et la flore endémiques. Même des modifications mineures de l’environnement peuvent conduire à des extinctions. Il est d’autant plus important de faire des recherches dans cette région, et de montrer que la biodiversité de ces îles est unique et mérite d’être protégée”, a déclaré le Dr Hendrik Freitag, de l’Institut Senckenberg de Dresde, directeur des recherches cité par Sci-news.Le 22 mars 2012 à 18:48 • Maxime Lambert
Nantes are understood to be delaying the confirmation of the Emiliano Sala deal to Cardiff City but both clubs remain in advanced talks, according to Sky Sports.The striker has agreed personal terms on a possible £18m deal to Cardiff and is waiting for permission to fly to the Welsh club for a medical ahead of a potential club-record move.The Bluebirds want to complete the transfer of Sala to play against Newcastle United this weekend but the French club want him to play one final game for them against Angers on Sunday.Nantes’ Kalifa Coulibaly was sent off in their league defeat against Nimes on Wednesday and the club’s desire for Sala to be available for selection at the weekend is understood to be holding up the signing.Nantes’ Kalifa Coulibaly was shown a red card in their league defeat against Nimes on Wednesday and Les Canaris’ desire for Sala to be available for the Angers game this weekend is understood to be holding up the deal.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Sala, who flew to Cardiff on Monday for talks with the club’s manager Neil Warnock and chief executive Ken Choo, has 12 goals in 19 Ligue 1 appearances so far this campaign, with Nantes sitting 13th in Ligue 1.Cardiff, who are 17th in the Premier League standings, have also agreed a deal with Everton to sign striker Oumar Niasse on loan until the end of the season.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#darkdayingracebay, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 26, 2017 – Providenciales- Comments have come in from far and near on the shooting which could have claimed the life of a visitor to the Turks and Caicos Islands this past Friday.The story which attracted coverage from networks like ABC, was published in the New York Post, online on the UK DailyMail, caught time on one of the world’s largest news organizations: the BBC; was today featured on the front page of Yahoo!News and was this morning covered in a video on top ranked US morning show, Good Morning America has elicited media statements of outrage from Opposition Party members including, former Premier, Dr. Rufus Ewing, attorney and North and Middle Caicos candidate, Mark Fulford and Wheeland Candidate, Dameko Dean.photo credit: VisitTCI.com#magneticmedianews#darkdayingracebay
Facebook Tool’s Maynard James Keenan Opens Up tools-maynard-james-keenan-sustainable-living-bowie-legacies Tool’s Maynard James Keenan On Sustainable Living, Bowie, & Legacies Email Twitter News An inside look at the quietly but active life of the frontman of GRAMMY-winning bands Tool and A Perfect Circle Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Aug 31, 2017 – 12:01 pm In a new video piece from Revolver, Tool and A Perfect Circle leader Maynard James Keenan provides a window into his sustainable lifestyle in rural Arizona and discusses winemaking, David Bowie, and his philosophy on legacies.There is plenty of good news for fans as well. Keenan admits in the video, “I’m always writing. I’m working with Tool, Perfect Circle, Puscifer all the time, just slowly hedging our way through it all to present. If I was just doing those things, you start to run out of actual life experiences. All you’re going to write about is the bus or a f***** up lawsuit, you just kind of lose your way, become disconnected. This is the reconnect.”That “reconnect” is the community Keenan is building and growing as a winemaker in Arizona. And while he is aware of the rich musical legacy he’s created, he also understands the limits of a singular artist’s influence when compared to the legacy a sustainable community of craftsman can cultivate. In this video, he uses the legacy of one of his heroes, David Bowie, as an example.”As a legacy, I feel like some of the music we’ve done will live on its own,” Keenan explains, “but I feel like, using Bowie as an example. Bowie passes away, people like up to freak out that he’s gone and they’re reverent about what he’s done. In a way, that’s done. He can’t do any more. He’s no longer here. There is a reverence to him… but that’s kind of one direction. What we’ve done, or what we’re setting up as a community here… there might be some founders of that movement, but if we are no longer here there are people that continue what we’ve started. So in a way, that’s more of a legacy because you’ve actually established something that can continue 100, 200 years beyond you.”Read More: Pink Floyd Exhibit Expected To Smash U.K. Museum’s Attendance RecordRead more
China’s Alibaba is now set to launch its e-commerce operations in India and compete with biggies like Amazon and home-grown Flipkart, reported Business Standard.This could be the company’s first standalone venture in the country, though it holds stake in domestic e-commerce players like Snapdeal and Paytm, said the report.”We are planning to enter the e-commerce business in India in 2016,” the daily quoted J Michael Evans, Alibaba group president as saying after meeting Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad March 18. “We have been exploring very carefully the e-commerce opportunity in this country, which we think is very exciting against the backdrop of Digital India,” Evans added. The Chinese major until now had focused on business-to-business vertical without any indication at a front-end e-commerce platform, the newspaper said. Alibaba could reportedly come as a standalone e-marketplace or partner with another company and could also consider organic growth as an option.Currently valued at $15 billion, BS cited a Goldman Sachs projection that the e-commerce segment would grow to be a $69 billion industry by 2020. “We hope Alibaba will come and have a good footprint in India, including the expanding business of e-commerce (for which) they are exploring the possibility,” Prasad was quoted by the newspaper. “I have said very clearly that Alibaba is quite free to come and expand its footprint in India.”Currently, Indian law prohibits foreign direct investment in e-commerce sector, but there are no restrictions in online marketplace, reported Business Standard. Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal are all online marketplaces, which accommodate multiple sellers on their respective sites. Reuters reported March 10 that Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, led by founder Jack Ma, has been expanding in areas beyond its core e-commerce base, such as online video, as volume growth in its online shopping business slows.Indian e-commerce industry too is witnessing a valuation markdown in recent times, but it might witness a boost with Alibaba’s arrival. Meanwhile, Amazon, the daily reported, will maintain an open chequebook for the Indian market.
Callie Richmond for The Texas TribuneAustin Police Department set up rolling roadblocks downtown for the “Day Without Immigrants” march on Feb. 16, 2017.A mandate handed down by the Trump administration designed to speed up activity within the country’s clogged immigration court system will instead create a larger backlog of cases, immigration judges and their supporters said on Wednesday.The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Tuesday that the country’s immigration judges must complete at least 700 cases annually in order to earn a satisfactory job rating.The effort comes as the backlog of cases has swelled and President Donald Trump’s administration continues its effort to crack down on illegal immigration and the alleged “loopholes” Trump says allow people seeking asylum or waiting on hearings to stay in the country.“This is going to invite unnecessary scrutiny and undermine the very integrity of the court,” said Judge A. Ashley Tabaddor, the president of the National Association of Immigration Judges. “Parties who appear before the court will be wondering: ‘Is the judge issuing the decision because she’s trying to meet a deadline or a quota? Or is she really applying her impartial adjudicated powers?’” That assumed rush to judgment could lead to grounds for an appeal of a ruling, Tabaddor said, which she said would have the opposite effect the administration intends.“It is essentially building an appealable issue into the case, which means that instead of reducing the backlog it is going to increase the backlog,” she said.The Justice Department defended the move and said it would speed up the process without compromising due process, NBC reported Tuesday.As of February of this year, there were more than 684,000 immigration cases awaiting a final decision, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.That figure includes more than 105,000 cases pending in Texas courts. Tabaddor said she and other judges are aware of the backlog and work daily to make headway, but she said placing a quota means that each case only gets an average of a few hours of attention, which she said doesn’t take in to account the complexities surrounding individual circumstances. Just one asylum case, she said, could include hundreds of pages of filings, something impossible to sift through in just hours, which is how much time the judges would have on average under the quota mandate.“Decisions in immigration court have life-or-death consequences and cannot be managed like an assembly line,” Jeremy McKinney, the secretary of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said in a statement. “This policy adds another cog to the administration’s deportation machine that seeks to rapidly remove massive numbers of people at the expense of due process.” Share
Share Groupe Mach makes its interest in Transat official with a rival bid to Air Canada’s Travelweek Group Tuesday, June 4, 2019 Posted by MONTREAL — Air Canada has competition in its bid for Transat, now that a rival suitor has stepped up with an offer worth $14 per share, topping Air Canada’s offer of $13 per share.Quebec-based real estate developer Groupe Mach has come forward with the new bid, causing trading in Transat shares to come to a halt. The shares closed at $11.84 on the TSE on Monday.According to Groupe Mach, the offer is the culmination of a process that began when it approached Transat in January.Groupe Mach’s offer includes a commitment to keep Transat’s head office, executive team and centre of decision-making in Montreal.The news comes almost 3 weeks after Air Canada and Transat announced they had entered into an exclusive agreement, with Air Canada looking to buy the company in a transaction valued at $520 million.On May 16 Transat said it had agreed to a 30-day period of exclusive negotiations with Air Canada pursuant to a letter of intent contemplating a transaction by which Air Canada would acquire all of the shares of Transat at a price of $13 per share.More news: War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upWhen Transat announced on April 30 that it had received interest from more than one company, interested suitors started coming out of the woodwork. One of those suitors was Groupe Mach.At that time, Vincent Chiara, who owns Groupe Mach, said: “We had the idea of building a portfolio in the hospitality industry and they had a platform and projects in their plans to build exactly that,” referring to Transat’s $750-million plan to develop a hotel chain in Mexico’s Riviera Maya and the Caribbean.He said Transat’s fleet of about 40 planes is particularly appealing to Groupe Mach, which until now has focused on Quebec real estate.“They have the means to move the passengers who go to the destination … they have an important capacity to fill rooms and with this capacity, we eliminate a lot of risks for hotel development.“Of course, we want to privatize … our proposal is to buy out all the shareholders,” he added.Groupe Mach also said the transaction would be subject to conditions that include “Transat terminating its current process with Air Canada prior to entering into any definitive binding acquisition agreement with Air Canada.” The Montreal developer also said that no layoffs at Transat or its subsidiaries would result from the would-be deal. “The public markets are not the proper setting for Transat’s 2018-2022 strategic plan, particularly its hotel development strategy which shall require several years for any meaningful returns to be realized in face of pressures of immediate results from the public markets.” The other blockbuster airline deal in the making this year, Onex’s acquisition of WestJet, would take WestJet private.More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTWith the proposed deal, Spanish real estate developer TM Grupo Inmobiliario would contribute about $15 million in cash in exchange for a minority equity stake in Transat after the proposed agreement closed. TM would also roll over its three hotels in Mexico to Transat. With files from The Canadian Press Tags: Air Canada, Groupe Mach << Previous PostNext Post >>
Related posts:Solís blocks added sales tax on national park entrance fees, a decree passed days before he took office Tourism entrepreneurs urge President Solís to block retroactive sales tax Global Entry: Costa Ricans could soon apply for a fast pass through US customs Tourism entrepreneurs oppose license, royalty payments to canopy patent holder The Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) along with a group of private-sector companies will promote Costa Rica as a destination for adventure travel at two international fairs in the United States.Hotels and car rental and travel agencies are among the companies that will offer services at the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show 2014 from Feb. 8-9.According to the ICT, in 2013 some 28,000 people attended this event in California, a state that accounts for 12.9 percent of all U.S. middle- to high-income tourists who see Costa Rica as an ideal vacation destination.Another group of companies will participate in the Boston Globe Travel Show 2014 organized by the U.S. newspaper on Feb. 7-8 at the Seaport World Trade Center.This fair will bring together wholesalers, travel agencies, hotels, airlines, tour operators, tourism officials and others.The U.S. remains Costa Rica’s largest source market of tourists, reporting 929,402 international arrivals in 2013, of which 870,620 arrived by air, according to the ICT.Surveys conducted by that agency at Costa Rica’s two international airports indicate that adventure tours such as those offering zip-lining trips are some of the most coveted activities for U.S. visitors.In 2012, some 53 percent of U.S. tourist who arrived at Daniel Oduber International Airport in the northwestern province of Guanacaste, and 25.2 percent arriving at the Juan Santamaría International Airport in Alajuela, outside the capital, booked zip-lining tours during their trips, the ICT reported.That year, travel website TripAdvisor declared Costa Rica the “Most Popular Adventure Travel Destination,” the ICT reported. Facebook Comments
“He was dinged on the personal character because of the incident, which is how we’ve taught our scouts to grade it,” Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said. “From a football character standpoint, we thought he was very good.”The “incident” came in December when Atlanta police found seven rolled marijuana cigarettes in a hotel room tied to Nkemdiche. He fell 15 feet and suffered mild injuries after breaking a window in a room at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, according to a police report.Nkemdiche was suspended for Ole Miss’s Sugar Bowl matchup with Oklahoma State, and the incident impacted his draft status. He was originally projected as a top-10 pick.To get a read on him, the Cardinals spent time with him at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, spent time with him on the Ole Miss campus and brought him to Tempe for a visit. Both Keim and team president Michael Bidwill flew to Los Angeles on Monday to meet with him again. “We spent more time with him personally than anybody else in this draft process,” Keim said. “When you hear about an incident you have a perception and when he came and spent a significant amount of time with us it changed our perception. He’s actually an artistic guy; plays the saxophone. I think he’s very well rounded; reads a lot of books. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “More than anything, he’s remorseful. That incident happened and he’s paid for it. He paid for it today. Hopefully, we’re the beneficiaries of that.”Nkemdiche (6-foot-4, 296 pounds) was prepared for the possibility that he could slip in the draft due to the baggage. “It was a true accident that happened. It was a blunder and it’s not who I am,” he said. “Over time, they will see that I’m a great person. I’m a competitor; I’m a hard worker. I’m a persistent person. I’m everything the Cardinals want and I’m everything they need.”Despite the inconsistent production, most scouts were in love with Nkemdiche’s toolbox. Keim said he has a vertical leap of 35 inches and he ran a 4.8 in the 40. The Cardinals love his penetration, his quickness and his violent play that demands double teams. By investing time with him, and by talking to his prep coaches, college coaches and current trainers, they were able to move past the other concerns.“I would be willing to say that 50 percent of the draft choices have issues this year — and last year and the year before,” coach Bruce Arians said. “Each one is so different. You take them one at a time. You don’t lump them.” Top Stories 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Mississippi’s Robert Nkemdiche poses for photos with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Arizona Cardinals as the 29th pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) The obvious comparison is Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, whose issues with marijuana precipitated a drop to the third round of the 2013 draft. Mathieu was in on the meetings with Nkemdiche, and will no doubt be a key mentor for the rookie, along with cornerback Patrick Peterson and defensive linemen Calais Campbell and Frostee Rucker. “I think the culture of our locker room speaks for itself; we’ve got great leadership, young and old,” Arians said. “When those guys meet with players we bring in, they know what they’re getting into. This guy comes from a great family. He had a really bad night one time, but the rest of his career has been really solid.”Nkemdiche understands that the hotel incident will be part of his story for a long while, but he insists he is ready to move on.“It’s what you have to face when you’re in this position; it comes with pros and cons,” he said. “You just kind of have to shake it off and have a comfortably numb shield on you and move forward and keep your eye on the prize.”Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter – / 35 TEMPE, Ariz. — The Cardinals expanded their evaluation process before this year’s NFL Draft, assigning football character grades to their prospects to differentiate them from regular character grades.The new process came into play on Day 1 of the Draft on Thursday, and it helped convince the Cardinals to select Mississippi defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche with their first-round pick (29th overall), despite some well-publicized issues off the field.
ILTM 2016 will explore the role of love in the modern luxury landscape. The ILTM Global Forum – which heralds the beginning of ILTM each year – will this year profile three different interpretations on the theme of ‘love, loyalty and luxury’ to help those present create genuine human connections to build loyalty, cohesion and reciprocated relationships with guests. This will be the 15th edition of ILTM: the ILTM Global Forum takes place at 17.00 on 5 December at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, Cannes.A true red carpet event, the ILTM Global Forum will also have its own dress code: ‘a touch of red’. This is also the largest ever edition of ILTM, welcoming over 1500 luxury travel suppliers and 1500 hosted buyers from across the world.Alison Gilmore, ILTM Portfolio Director comments: “Today’s travellers are becoming more demanding and more empowered, not only seeking new ways to travel but more meaningful relationships with hosts. ILTM is where an understanding of this new breed of luxury travellers takes shape, as well as where the world’s most exciting travel itineraries are born.”Hosted by BBC journalist Chris Hollins, the ILTM Global Forum will take place in three chapters: Chapter One: Legacy – How Love Drives Sustainable Success will be presented by business consultant and speaker James Kerr who will share insights into how the best in the world – from the All Blacks to the navy SEALs, the Red Arrows to the SAS – harness the power of human contact to create loyalty, purpose, connection, cohesion and contribution to achieve outstanding results.Chapter Two: 21st Century Individualism – The Rise of the Anti-brand Mentality sees Marriott Global Chief Commercial Officer Stephanie Linnartz answer questions from Chris Hollins on the reaction of travel’s new super brands to the individualised, anti-brand mentality of the new affluent traveller. With loyalty still a two way relationship between client and customer, what can we learn from them about how to inspire loyalty in today’s empowered creative class?In Chapter Three: Far and Away, political, cultural and psychological speaker, Andrew Solomon will draw from his latest work, Far and Away, where he explores the unfolding of history, largely through the people who are creating and being shaped by it. These include former political prisoners, transgender bartenders, shamans, and dogsled-drivers. His insights are rooted in intimate stories that reveal common humanity, its guiding principles and the motivations that lead people to travel.The business of ILTM takes place over the following three days, 5 – 8 December when over 1500 luxury travel brands (from established hotel brands and resorts to private islands, gastronomic experiences, cruises, spa and safaris meet with a similar number of luxury travel planners, designers and agents in over 60,000 one-to-one, pre-scheduled, mutually matched business appointments. Over 80 of the world’s most elite luxury travel editors will also be hosted at the event to source new stories and decide their travel features for 2017 and beyond.
Go back to the enewsletterA taste of Texas came to Sydney on 1 May when Visit Dallas and Visit Forth Worth held an event to showcase Tex-Mex fare, frozen margaritas (which originated from Dallas!), guacamole at Bar Patron and to offer updates on the Metroplex.Visit Dallas’ Senior Vice President of Tourism, Mark Thompson, said people tend to feel like they already know the city because of the classic TV series Dallas, or the hype that surrounds the Dallas Cowboys – which is the world’s most valuable sports team.“There’s a lot of perception about who we are and what we are, but there’s also a lot of things that Dallas is that you may not know,” Thompson said.For past visitors to Dallas, he said the city has changed vastly over the past 5 years.“It’s a completely different place to visit.”A new light-rail system from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport has made it much easier to get around the city and throughout the greater region.“We now have the largest light rail system in North America, as well as the fastest growing,” Thompson said. The 40-minute journey from Downtown to the Airport costs less than US$3.Dallas also now offers free historic trolleys operating to the city’s arts district, entertainment district, Uptown and Downtown, which is complemented by shuttle services.Dallas Skyline from the GeO Deck at Reunion Tower“It’s really easy to get around. Five years ago you needed to rent a car to get around the city, which can be a little bit daunting on some of our 16-lane highways. Now we see most of our international visitors not requiring a car at all. It’s also very affordable.”Dallas also has a thriving arts and culture scene, including one of the largest collection of modern and contemporary sculptures anywhere in the world at the National Sculpture Center. The next opening will be the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, scheduled to open in November.One of the “most exciting things happening right now” is Dallas’ culinary-scene which is centred around Tex-Mex flavours, BBQ and Southwestern cuisine; from high-end restaurants to food trucks.The Margarita Mile app showcases some 20 locations serving frozen margaritas in the city and has been a huge success among visitors. Originally planned to roll-out for a six-to-eight week period, the app is about to celebrate its one-year anniversary. “It’s taken Dallas by storm,” Thompson says.The city is also one of 12 in the United States that is part of the CityPass program, which offers savings of up 39% on top attractions in Dallas, including Reunion Tower Geo-Deck, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza (in the former Texas School Book Depository building), Dallas Zoo or George W Bush Presidential Library and Museum.Thompson said other drawcards for Dallas were the fashion and shopping, from luxury brands and outlets to unique boutiques, as well as six professional sports teams based in Dallas across US football, basketball, baseball, ice hockey and soccer. Visit Dallas and Visit Fort Worth are also in Sydney for this weekend’s Meatstock event at Sydney Showground. Now in its fourth year, Meatstock is a celebration of music and barbecue and attracts thousands of visitors. The tourism organisations will be attending to show off the Texas BBQ experience.Vendors at Meatstock will be displaying a range of proteins and some seafood, with most plate and meal prices ranging between $10-$25. Some vendors also do mega or jumbo boxes that will feed more than one person.Lead image: Mark Thompson, Senior VP Tourism, Visit Dallas; Mitch Whitten, Executive VP for Marketing & Strategy, Visit Fort Worth; Lucy Rowe, Account Director for Visit Dallas and Visit Fort Worth and Geoffrey Hutton, Kent Marketing.Go back to the enewsletter Dallas’ neighbouring city, Fort Worth is just 45 minutes away.Mitch Whitten, Executive VP for Marketing & Strategy, Visit Fort Worth said the destination previously had three primary districts that tourists would come and explore. That number has soared into the dozens.Earlier this year, a new train from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to downtown Fort Worth commenced operation. The TEXRail – Trinity Metro commuter train costs US$2.50 one-way.Whitten said hotel development has spiked in Fort Worth after a long period of quiet. Four 4-star hotels are under development, including the conversion of a historic office block in the city’s CBD into a Kimpton Hotel.Fort Worth Stock YardsOne of Fort Worth’s major hooks, the Stockyards, is in the process of being revamped.“You won’t recognise it now. The family that owns most of the site has partnered with Majestic, who are re-imaging the 100 year old buildings, converting them into shops, restaurants and commercial businesses and offices. The Stockyards will have a completely new vibe – it’s really a rebirth,” Whitten said. A boutique hotel is also under construction in the precinct, called the Hotel Drover. It will offer 400 rooms in a rustic resort setting.Other lures for Fort Worth include the city’s “amazing” art scene, museums, music and ale-and-whiskey trails.“Dallas is for excitement and energy, and come to Fort Worth for the small-town, Texas hospitality,” Whitten said.