Test Caption Your value is on the rise Clark County.After five years of seeing the valuation of homes drop county wide, Clark County Assessor Peter Van Nortwick says the valuation of most homes in the county is expected to jump about 10 to 15 percent this year.And no, he warns, that does not mean your taxes will necessarily go up as a result.“This is a good thing, and it definitely means housingvalues are rebounding,” Van Nortwick said. “But the bottom line for a lot of people is to understand that just because the assessed value of their homes goes up, that doesn’t mean the taxes go up, as well.”Perhaps the best way to explain it is that in a budget-based system, when values go up, rates go down.The long form explanation is that the formula for determining levy rates in Washington divides a taxing district’s budget into the total assessed value of property.Van Nortwick said that means when property value increases, most levy rates decrease, resulting in many paying a similar amount of property taxes.But note the word “many.”“For some districts, they will pay more,” Van Nortwick said, “But that is because the levy rates were at its statutory limit.”Van Nortwick said, “many taxing districts have a statutory limit on the levy rate. When a district’s levy rate hits its statutory limit, they can’t collect any additional funds, even if it is below the district’s highest lawful budget.”For example, Van Nortwick said, “a district’s highest lawful budget could require a levy rate at $3 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. But if the statutory limit for the district is set at $2.50 per $1,000 valuation, the tax district may not be able to collect the highest lawful levy.”
HAULOVER BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Two boaters and a dog have the United States Coast Guard to thank for their rescue off the coast of South Florida, Sunday.A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale made the save and after the group’s boat began taking on water near Haulover Inlet.After the save, the rescuers took a photo with the boaters and their dog.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
A company press release specifies that 5 percent of these visitors accessed Meredith’s sites from mobile devices. Meredith Corp. saw a busy first quarter in fiscal 2012: the rebranding of its marketing services group as Meredith Xcelerated Marketing; the launch of ROI guarantee Meredith Engagement Dividend; and the somewhat rocky acquisition of RDA’s Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine. Also during this time, Meredith’s National Media Group experienced a drop in print and digital advertising revenue from the same period in 2010, falling from $135.5 million to $124.4 million. Circ remained almost flat at $66.6 million; first fiscal quarter 2010 totaled $65.3 million in circulation revenue.According to Meredith chairman/CEO Stephen Lacy, “Print and digital advertising revenues continue to be challenged – primarily the food and beverage and pharmaceutical categories – due to higher commodity cost pressures and fewer pharmaceutical drugs in the marketplace.”Despite ad struggles, Meredith’s digital presence continues to grow. Online sub purchases doubled in during 2011’s fiscal first quarter, now up to 400,000. Monthly unique visitors also grew during this time, spiking 25 percent to 24 million; page views were also up, increasing 35 percent to 300 million.
The attacked vehicle of BNP candidate in Patuakhali-3 Golam Maula Rony in Patuakhali on Saturday, 15 Dec, 2018. Photo: UNBThe motorcade of Jatiya Party candidate for Manikganj-2 and the vehicle of Patuakhali-3 BNP contestant’s wife allegedly came under attack in Manikganj and Patuakhali districts on Saturday, reports UNB.In Manikganj, leaders and activists of Juba League reportedly attacked the motorcade of former member of parliament and Jatiya Party runner from Manikganj-2 parliamentary seat SM Abdul Mannan in Kanthapara of Harirampur upazila in the afternoon, leaving nine people injured.Mannan claimed that the Juba League men swooped on his motorcade equipped with sticks around 2:30pm as they reached Kanthapara for electioneering.They vandalised his vehicle and several motorcycles, he said.In Patuakhali, the vehicle carrying the family members of BNP candidate in Patuakhali-3 Golam Maula Rony, including his wife Runu Begum and sister, was attacked in Madina Masjid of Golachipa upazila at noon.Former Golachipa municipality chairman Abu Taleb Miah, who also inside the vehicle, was injured in the attack.Runu alleged that Awami League activists attacked and vandalised the vehicle.However, Golachipa upazila Awami League general secretary Golam Mostafa Titu denied the allegation, saying BNP’s internal feud was behind the attack.Akhter Morshed, officer-in-charge of Golachipa police station, said they received a complaint in this regard and will take necessary steps.
Two campers share a hug at Roberta’s House. (Photos Courtesy Roberta’s House/Shantivia Brown)Annette March-Grier is no stranger to death and grief. “I was born into and grew up around the funeral industry,” the now-55-year-old said.March-Grier’s parents were founders of March Funeral Homes, one of the premier mortuary companies among Blacks in Baltimore.As a young woman, March-Grier fled the business of death and spent years as a registered nurse. But after several years at Johns Hopkins, the prodigal daughter returned to the family business and used her experience as a healer to make a mark.“Interestingly enough, I saw grief from a new perspective,” she said. “I saw how untreated grief led to poor health, substance abuse, domestic abuse and other forms of violence, and I saw there needed to be much more education and understanding about grief and loss in our community.”After obtaining training and education in grief counseling, March-Grier began running an adult bereavement support group over the next 30 years.“I discovered [that] in urban communities, families are dealing with multiple types of losses,” she said.Inner-city communities such as Baltimore are often plagued by violence, high unemployment and incarceration rates, foreclosures and homelessness, poor health and high rates of illness.“We provide support for families to understand their grief and adjust to the losses in their lives and learn coping skills that lead to productive lives and healthy outcomes,” she said.But those services were being offered in a veritable vacuum, in which even churches—who were also conducting many funeral services in Baltimore—seemed to lack the necessary tools, including trained staff, to cater to the overwhelming need for grief counseling.“Many of the participants in the group support sessions said they would get very angry with their pastor or church members because they felt they were not understood,” March-Grier said. “They would get all the Scriptures and clichés about being strong and having a strong faith and ‘you’ll see your loved one again’…. But those clichés could be very hurtful and harmful to people when they are going through their hard times.”The paucity of grief counseling services was particularly acute for children, March-Grier found. But that’s par for the course, said Derrick Gordon, assistant professor of psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine.“In urban communities there aren’t a lot of resources to help these (grieving) young people,” Gordon said. And, even when there are services available, “there aren’t support staff who understand, look like or have a cultural connection to the people they are meant to serve.“There isn’t a silver bullet when it comes to dealing with these situations,” the Yale professor added. “But a targeted response that meets those kids where they are to shepherd them through the process of healing is necessary.”In 2006, the personal loss of her mother, Julia Roberta March, set March-Grier on the path to providing that targeted response. She established Roberta’s House—named after her mother—which primarily provides psychological first aid to children, ages 5-17, who have experienced traumatic loss.The service is a needed one in Baltimore where many children in the Black community experience loss—particularly to violence—every day. Already, the city has experienced more than 200 homicides this year, with 19 in August alone.Every year, Roberta’s House facilitates mourning, providing mental health support and training to about 800 children, families and practitioners through various programs and activities, according to a brochure.In addition to 10-week programs at the center, Roberta’s House conducts 10-week peer support programs in Baltimore City Schools and bereavement counseling workshops for local churches, social workers, schools, and universities. And in July 2014, Roberta’s House began a partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice and the Baltimore City Police Department to implement a death notification pilot project. The organization provides relevant training to homicide detectives and case managers who can work together to conduct death notifications and help connect families with grief support and counseling.From Aug. 9-11, Roberta’s House hosted its sixth Camp Erin, a summer camp for grieving and recovering children, in partnership with The Moyer Foundation. Fifty Baltimore-area children were taken to the NorthBay Adventure Camp in Cecil County, Md., where they engaged in activities meant to help them mourn, including connecting with other children who have experienced loss, and, also, to have fun.“To get them out of the environment of their home and community, which can create more stress, fear and trauma, and take them out into nature facilitates the opening of the spirit and mind to explore their grief and see their situation from a broader world view,” March-Grier said about the camp. “To be around other children who are grieving gives them a safe place to express their feelings and to make friends and gives them a sense of hope that they can heal and grow from this experience.”
More Great WIRED StoriesThe triumphant rediscovery of the biggest bee on EarthI stopped using exclamation points and lost all my friendsThe Hyundai Nexo is a gas to drive—and a pain to fuelATM hacking has gotten so easy, the malware’s a gameThe best backpacks—for every kind of workplace👀 Looking for the latest gadgets? Check out our latest buying guides and best deals all year round📩 Want more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest stories Well, not exactly no one. The authors speculate that one of Liu’s base editors tends to grab onto any naked, single-stranded DNA it comes across. In a rapidly dividing embryo, cells have a lot of that kind of DNA exposed, creating more opportunities for the base editor to mess up. Liu, who knows more about it than anyone, says that’s exactly right.Because that particular editor can bind DNA so well on its own even without its Crispr guide,“it’s not so surprising to see these unwanted edits.” Liu, whose base editors have been licensed by an $87 million startup he cofounded, says his lab has already evolved a number of more precise versions of his original base editing approach. That work is still being prepared for publication, he says.“There’s no doubt in my mind this will be a quick fix,” says Steve Murray, a senior research scientist at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. He’s part of a consortium of 17 academic research institutions receiving $190 million over the next six years from the National Institutes of Health to develop safeguards and standards around therapeutic genome editing. He says there’s actually a bigger story with the new Science paper. Besides the base editors, Steinmetz’s group also tested good ‘ol Crispr 1.0, the gene-editing workhorse of the biological research world. And they found it passed their test with flying colors. In Murray’s mind, it’s the first time convincing evidence has shown that Crispr Classic isn’t plagued by any mechanistically mysterious mistake-making. As long as you do a good job telling it where to go, it’ll do the job you designed it to do. “It helps to settle this debate back-and-forth about off-targets that no previous studies were really designed to answer properly.”The question on Murray’s mind now is, how many errors are too many? Cells are prone to making their own mistakes—on the order of once every million to 100 million base pairs, with more for skin cells, and fewer for sperm and eggs. Does it matter if an overactive gene editor makes that number closer to one in 500,000? What’s one messed up gene in one cell out of your 37 trillion? What if the mistake in that one cell grows into a cancer? And if a patient is on death’s door, how much does it matter?Murray and his colleagues on the NIH consortium will spend the next six years grappling with some of those questions. He imagines they’ll one day be able to calculate risk curves to help doctors and regulators assess the trade-offs of Crispr-based medicines. “I don’t think we or anybody can come up with a hard and fast rule, that above a certain number of errors it’s not useful for anything and below which it’s useful for everything. Every disease is different. Every therapy is different. Every patient is different,” says Murray. “But you have to have the data first to start the discussion.” Crispr therapies, it appears, now have one more test to pass. David Liu, the biochemist whose lab at Harvard and the Broad Institute developed the base editor in question, isn’t so sure of the clinical impact. Steinmetz’s group found almost 300 more mutations in edited cells as opposed to un-edited cells. Three hundred errors across the whole six billion bases in the mouse genome yields a mutation rate of one in 20 million. Liu points out that number is within the range of errors your cells spontaneously make on their own—more than neurons, but fewer than skin cells. Even so, he says the Science paper is an important advance in a field that is still figuring out its safety standards. “It’s a clever, elegant method designed to boost the signal so that we can now detect and understand these rarer types of guide-independent, off-target events.”A little bit of backstory: In 2017, Nature Methods published a one-page letter claiming that a Crispr treatment that cured two mice of blindness also caused a massive number of unintended mutations. Crispr stocks plummeted and scientists threw shade at the dramatic results, which relied on sequencing each of the mice and comparing their DNA to unedited siblings. The paper was eventually retracted, and the changes determined to be just the natural genetic variation between different individuals of the same lab strain. But the episode pointed out an important blind spot in these error-detection technologies. Virtually all of them use some sort of algorithm to pick places in the genome where Crispr is likely to accidentally go to work, and observe what happened there. “This is a field where you only see what you look for,” says David Jay Segal, a molecular geneticist who studies these effects at the Genome Center at UC Davis, and who was not involved in either study. Scanning the entire genome for changes would be ideal, he says. But no one had figured out a good way to do that in living animals with the proper controls until Steinmetz’s group came along.The trick was in making each animal its own control. Stay with me. The scientists used mouse embryos that were only one cell division old—so consisting of only two cells total. Into one cell they injected Crispr editing constructs and a reporter protein called tdTomato. The other cell they left alone. And then they let the embryos grow for 14 days. Under a special type of microscope all the cells that had been edited glowed bright red, while all the unedited cells stayed dark. They used that fluorescence to sort the cells, sequence them, and compare all six billion base pairs.The idea was to design a method that could detect every unintended change for any type of Crispr system, says Steinmetz. “We wanted to be able to pick up edits mediated by mechanisms we don’t yet understand.” Think of it like a red flare gun: It can send up a warning signal, even if inside no one’s sure exactly what’s going on. Of all the big, world-remaking bets on the genome-editing tool known as Crispr, perhaps none is more tantalizing than its potential to edit some of humanity’s worst diseases right out of the history books. Just this week, Crispr Therapeutics announced it had begun treating patients with an inherited blood disorder called beta thalassemia, in the Western drug industry’s first test of the technology for genetic disease. But despite the progress, there remain a host of unknowns standing in the way of Crispr-based medicines going mainstream, chief among them safety.That’s because the classic, most widely used version of Crispr works by slicing open a strand of DNA in a specific spot in the genome and letting the cell stitch it back together. The major concern is that an army of DNA-breaking enzymes might sometimes wander astray and cause unintended mutations in places it shouldn’t. When a more precise technique, called base editing—which swaps individual letters of DNA without severing the strand—arrived in 2017, it promised a safer way forward. The technique had specific potential for the two-thirds of the 50,000-plus human genetic diseases caused by a single-letter screwup, and investors wasted no time licensing the technology. Researchers in China immediately began testing one such base editor in viable human embryos.It now appears that may have been premature. Using a new method for measuring unplanned edits, a team of American, Chinese, and European scientists has found that the same base editor, widely in use by researchers today, actually messes up the genome at an eyebrow-raising rate.Their report, published today in Science, claims a 20-fold increase in mutations over what would be expected in the normal course of cell division and repair in mouse embryos. “That number will vary depending on a lot of factors, but the major takeaway is that if you want to move this particular base editor to a clinical setting, you should probably be concerned,” says Stanford biochemist Lars Steinmetz, a co-author on the paper. That advice goes out especially, he says, to scientists who might be tempted to skirt rules and regulations to rush base editing into humans, a concern that’s been on his mind since the Crispr baby scandal broke in November.
After the successful launch of Elon Musk’s mammoth space mission, Starlink last week, the company has unveiled a brand new website with more details on the Starlink commercial satellite internet service. Starlink Starlink sent 60 communications satellites to the orbit which will eventually be part of a single constellation providing high speed internet to the globe. SpaceX has plans to deploy nearly 12,000 satellites in three orbital shells by the mid-2020s, initially placing approximately 1600 in a 550-kilometer (340 mi)-altitude area. The new website gives a few glimpses of how Starlink’s plan looks like such as including the CG representation of how the satellites will work. These satellites will move along their orbits simultaneously, providing internet in a given area. They have also revealed more intricacies about the satellites. Flat Panel Antennas In each satellite, the signal is transmitted and received by four high-throughput phased array radio antennas. These antennas have a flat panel design and can transmit in multiple directions and frequencies. Starlink Ion Propulsion system and solar array Each satellite carries a krypton ion propulsion system. These systems enable satellites to orbit raise, maneuver in space, and deorbit. There is also a singular solar array, singe for simplifying the system. Ion thrusters provide a more fuel-efficient form of propulsion than conventional liquid propellants. It uses Krypton, which is less expensive than xenon but offers lower thrust efficiency. Starlink Star Tracker and Autonomous collision avoidance system Star Tracker is Space X’s inbuilt sensors, that can tell each satellite’s output for precise broadband throughput placement and tracking. The collision avoidance system uses inputs from the U.S. Department of Defense debris tracking system, reducing human error with a more reliable approach. Through this data it can perform maneuvers to avoid collision with space debris and other spacecrafts. Per Techcrunch, who interviewed a SpaceX representative, “the debris tracker hooks into the Air Force’s Combined Space Operations Center, where trajectories of all known space debris are tracked. These trajectories are checked against those of the satellites, and if a possible collision is detected the course changes are made, well ahead of time.” Source: Techcrunch More information on Starlink (such as the cost of the project, what ground stations look like, etc) is yet unknown. Till that time, keep an eye on the Starlink’s website and this space for new updates. Read Next SpaceX delays launch of Starlink, its commercial satellite internet service, for the second time to “update satellite software” Jeff Bezos unveils space mission: Blue Origin’s Lunar lander to colonize the moon Elon Musk reveals big plans with Neuralink
Between 1858 and 1947, Singapore was one of several colonies on the Indian subcontinent that came under the stranglehold of British rule. During 1963, the city became part of Malaysia and shortly afterwards the British regime ceased control and on August 9th, 1965 Singapore became its own independent nation for the first time.This was a substantial turning point in the country’s history because it had been plagued by an unsustainable economic model, extreme pollution and numerous social and political challenges. By 1965 the Singapore River had become literally an open sewer and it was clear that something drastic had to change. Beginning in 1822, numerous efforts to clean up the river had taken place, but none had successfully completed this task to the level that was needed.The Newly Formed Singapore GovernmentThankfully, the newly formed government led by Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew had a vision of a nation that would become democratic, independent, a model for global sustainability and an economic powerhouse. At the forefront of this massive undertaking was the creation of the country’s Parks and Recreation Department (PRD) in 1963. This department would later become the National Parks Board that still exists today.During March of 1969, Prime Minister Yew set into action a complex plan that would clean the city’s river to the highest of environmental standards. It took a painstaking 10 years to clean the river and in total close to 30 years to restructure the city. Mr Yew believed so much in the ability of plants and greenspaces to transform mental well-being that he chose to design the city in a way that ensured its citizens lived sustainably and spent a lot of time outdoors within the community.Yew’s viewpoints have been mirrored by scientists for many decades. Numerous studies have found that people live shorter and unhealthier lives without engaging in regular contact with the natural world. A Dutch study of nearly 251 thousand residents notes that “The percentage of green space in people’s living environment has a positive association with the perceived general health of residents.”Between 1965 and 1979 economic development in Singapore began to flourish as a result of industrialization, large corporate investment and the creation of a tax holiday system to entice foreign investors. The city’s location on one of the largest ports in Asia gave it a strategic advantage over many of its regional counterparts for exporting refined goods and importing raw material. The port’s location also benefited Singapore’s manufacturing sector.The services industry continued to expand and soon attracted the attention of large oil companies such as Shell and Esso. This paved the way for Singapore to become the 3rd largest oil refining nation in the world by the 1970’s. After decades of abuse, the government made it more of a priority to do business in a more sustainable way and chose to clean up the pollution because the city had been damaged so severely.Masagos Zulkifli, Singapore’s Minister for the Environment and Water Resources explains that a shift in mindset within the country was needed to restructure the country’s value system. “Our approach has been to build a liveable and sustainable city, through pragmatic policy making based on sound economic principles and science; a focus on long-term planning and effective implementation; and the ability to mobilize popular support for the common good.”Singapore also completely overhauled its education system with the vision of having one of the strongest education systems in the world. It was imperative that the younger generation were highly educated; specifically, in technological fields such as engineering and design to help drive the economy and mitigate past economic failures. It was also perhaps even more pivotal that the nation’s citizens were educated extensively regarding the importance of living sustainably.By the 1980’s and 1990’s economic development continued to accelerate, and more green initiatives began to take shape. This transformation is signified by Lim Liang Jim, the Group Director for the National Biodiversity Centre at the National Parks Board. “From 1965 we merely wanted to rise above the region we found ourselves in. Lee Kuan Yew had a plan. Keep us clean. Keep us green. We are going back to history, to ensure that we build from the ground up and ensure that the youth of Singapore don’t take our 50 years of history for granted.”According to 2015 World Bank data, Singapore is covered by 23.1% forested land. This equates to more than the tropical African country of Madagascar (21.4%) and nearly as much forest cover as nations such as Nicaragua (25.9%) and Chile (23.9%) respectively. As well, according to Treepedia, Singapore is comprised of 29.3 % forested land, 2nd in the world only to Tampa, Florida.This culmination of 50 years of transformation came to fruition with the opening of the, ‘Gardens by the Bay’ development on June 29th, 2012. The unveiling of Supertree Grove, the Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, and Dragonfly Lake has helped make Singapore one of the world’s most treasured destinations.‘Gardens by the Bay,’ has been visited by more than 50 million people, while the garden itself contains 1.5 million plants and is an astounding 250 acres in size. The project is one of the most famous natural developments within an urban area on the planet. It has won numerous awards including the 2012 World Architecture Festival Building of the Year for its creation of the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest.This historic moment proved to be an amazing symbolic representation of Singapore overcoming so much adversity from its past. The transformation in just 50 years gives amazing inspiration to other nations and regions in the world, it shows that with enough dedication, planning and hard work that nearly anything is possible. The journey the nation took was not easy, nevertheless, it reflects the inner-strength and discipline of the Singaporean people.It is imperative that other countries in our world follow Singapore’s lead and continue to demand change from their leaders so that sustainable cities around the globe become the norm. We must as a global society maintain our connection with nature by doing whatever it takes to preserve the planet’s biodiversity and natural ecosystems. Our planet must be treated with the utmost respect or the natural world as we know it will cease to exist.If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCocking
Millenials Min Alexander technology 2017-07-04 Min_Alexander July 4, 2017 573 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News Could Tech Be the Gateway into the Millennial Market? The post-recession years have seen significant debate about the next generation of home buyers — the millennial generation — and whether or not they are interested in owning homes. However, it has become clear with recent research that millennials do want to be homeowners and understand the value of home investment. According to the most recent ValueInsured Housing Confidence Index, more than 76 percent of millennials reported that they would like to purchase a home — a reason why many are utilizing online real estate platforms to research homeownership opportunities in today’s competitive market. High volumes of web traffic through online real estate platforms suggests that demand certainly exists among this generation. This begs the questions of why millennials aren’t buying houses in today’s market, and what can be done to change it. The reason won’t come as a surprise to anyone. Affordability is a major issue in many U.S. cities. The lack of new supply coming onto the market has made purchasing a home more expensive. Furthermore, stricter credit score and down payment requirements have limited access to financing in many cases. Adding to these dynamics, millennials’ obstacles have been well-documented: student debt makes obtaining a mortgage more difficult, and paying a mortgage is compounded by chronic underemployment or irregular cash flow with the rise of the freelance economy. The issues are familiar at this point. The solutions are where we need to shift the discussion. Looking at the longer term, builders — perhaps with some incentive from local governments — can increase the number of affordable starter homes being constructed to raise the housing supply. More immediately, however, is another solution: more millennials are buying auction properties, which presents opportunities to buy homes at competitive prices. The 2016 National Association of REALTORS® Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends found that buyers 35 and younger were the generation most likely to consider purchasing a home that was in foreclosure. Many sellers of foreclosed properties select auction as a preferred disposition strategy and market to the public through online platforms.. Auction markets for residential real estate have existed for many years, but grew significantly during the financial crisis. To manage the inflow of bank-owned properties after 2008, technology development accelerated to automate auctions, including bid and offer management and paperless contracts, to make the processes more efficient, simpler and customer-friendly for buyers and sellers. For millennials who grew up in the digital age, making purchases online is more natural than for other generations. To make self-directed buying easier, the online auction industry is continuously evolving — improving user interfaces, increasing the amount of asset-level data available without cost and increasing transparency in the bidding process. Changes in the market are breaking down barriers for auction properties for first-time home buyers. For example, in recent years, auction properties were typically cash purchases with no contingencies permitted. Today, most auction sales permit both financing, including FHA 203(k) renovation loans, and inspection contingencies, which decrease risks for first-time buyers. These advancements open up new opportunities for novice homebuyers and investors working to get on the property ladder. Share
Hilton Fiji Beach Resort & Spa have introduced an all-inclusive dining package, giving guests the option to pre-pay for all of their meals when booking a stay at the five-star resort.Incorporating a buffet breakfast, lunch, cocktail hour and a two-course dinner daily, the packages represent value for money and are a great option for those wishing to take care of their food expenses before leaving home.From 1 November through to 31 May 2019, guests will be able to take advantage of this new deal. Guests can book via travel agents to receive the best available rate.www.hilton.com/en/ hotels/fiji/hilton-fiji-beachresort-and-spa-NANHIHI/ offers/100116516.htmThe post All-inclusive dining with Hilton Fiji appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Blog
After meticulous renovations and more than €10 million of investment, Les Chalets du Mont d’Arbois, Megève, A Four Seasons Hotel will open their doors on December 13th.Beautifully complementing the existing Four Seasons Hotel Megève, which opened in 2017, this new addition will extend the exceptional luxury offerings in Megève, marked by Four Seasons quality and service. The sister properties are offered in partnership with Edmond de Rothschild Heritage.“When we opened Four Seasons Hotel Megève, we knew we were creating something truly exceptional in a very special destination,” said Christian Clerc, president, worldwide hotel operations, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts. “With the addition of Les Chalets du Mont d’Arbois, the guest experience will be enhanced even more with expansive, beautifully-appointed chalets as well as a Michelin-starred dining experience at Prima, now officially under the Four Seasons brand. ADVERTISEMENT“Together with the Baroness Ariane de Rothschild, we have elevated the history, elegance and charm of Megève to extraordinary new heights.”Ideally located at the foot of the ski slopes of Mont d’Arbois in the upper region of Megève, and only two kilometres from the existing hotel, Les Chalets du Mont d’Arbois are named after Benjamin and Ariane de Rothschild’s first three daughters. The main chalet, renamed Chalet Eve, was bought by Edmond de Rothschild in 1960 to host a celebration to inaugurate the renovation of the family’s very first hotel, Le Palace des Neiges.Along with 25 rooms and suites, Chalet Eve also features the recently awarded Prima Restaurant by chef Nicolas Hensinger, which now boasts one Michelin Star, adding to the exceptional dining experiences in Megève. Chalet Eve also features a spa with a beautiful indoor/outdoor pool for guests to enjoy the natural surroundings from indoors or outside.Chalet Noémie was built in 1927 for baroness Noémie de Rothschild by French architect Henry Jacques Le Même, and was initially the family’s private chalet.Its location offers the ultimate in privacy, yet features large windows from which to enjoy the idyllic surrounding scenery. The chalet combines the charm of an old farmhouse with a modern twist.Chalet Alice, built in 2005 as an extension to Chalet Noémie, is the most recent of the three chalets. Both Chalet Noémie and Chalet Alice can be privately reserved for guests looking for more exclusivity during their stay, and are the perfect option for those travelling with a larger group of friends or family.Baroness Ariane de Rothschild, deeply involved in the project and the destination, commissioned the renovation from Thierry Curty, under the artistic direction of Pierre-Yves Rochon, who was also the designer in each of the Four Seasons hotels in France. Through successive renovation phases encompassing all the chalets and suites, Les Chalets du Mont d’Arbois have been successfully modernised while conserving the charm of bygone eras. NewerFrance unveils plans for new €180m aviation tax OlderNative Manchester opens doors in north of England
Charlottesville drama teacher to get special Tony Award by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted May 23, 2019 11:08 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This image released by Madeline Michel shows Monticello Drama director Michel, foreground left, on stage with Monticello High School students in Charlottesville, Va. Michel will be the recipient of the 2019 Excellence in Theatre Education Award on June 9 at the Tony Awards in New York City. (Madeline Michel via AP) NEW YORK — The special Tony Award that honours educators this year will go to a drama teacher in Charlottesville, Virginia, who has encouraged her students to explore their differences and heal riffs, especially following a deadly 2017 white nationalist rally in the city.Madeline Michel from Monticello High School will receive the 2019 Excellence in Theatre Education Award on June 9 at the Tony Awards in New York City.Under Michel’s guidance, the school has mounted student-written shows such as “A King’s Story,” about a fictional black Charlottesville teenager who is shot and killed by police; “#WhileBlack,” about racial profiling; and “Necessary Trouble,” which explores racial and identity symbols that high school students can encounter during a normal school day.“This program is not about me, because it has to be about my students,” Michel said in a statement. “They are our future. They are the people that are going to change the world and make it better. These are the kids who give me so much hope in some very dark times.”Charlottesville was where white nationalists descended in 2017 to protest plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. They fought in the streets with counterdemonstrators. Later, as counterdemonstrators were peacefully marching through a downtown street, a car drove into the crowd, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring many more. A self-avowed white supremacist pleaded guilty.The annual Excellence in Theatre Education Award bestowed by the Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University recognizes U.S. educators from kindergarten to 12th grade who have “demonstrated monumental impact on the lives of students and who embodies the highest standards of the profession.”The award includes a $10,000 prize and a pair of tickets to the Tony ceremony and gala. A panel of judges comprised of the American Theatre Wing, The Broadway League, Carnegie Mellon and other leaders from the theatre industry selects the winner, based on candidates submitted by the public.“Theatre and arts education are fundamental to our educational system. Today, more than ever, we need our local school auditoriums, their wonderfully creative students and courageous theatre educators like Madeline Michel to put powerful new ideas on stage and to share them,” said Heather Hitchens, president of the wing and Charlotte St. Martin, president of the league, in a statement.Michel is a graduate of the University of Rochester and Johns Hopkins University. She began her career as an English teacher in the Baltimore school system. For the past 12 she has been teaching theatre in Charlottesville.___Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwitsMark Kennedy, The Associated Press
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