Pinkett Smith named Woman of the Year

first_imgAs a part of its Celebration of Black Women program, the Harvard Black Men’s Forum (BMF) has selected acclaimed actress Jada Pinkett Smith as Woman of the Year, an honor bestowed upon someone who exemplifies the qualities of leadership, achievement, and commitment to community service. Pinkett Smith will be honored in Leverett House Dining Hall on Saturday.Pinkett Smith (along with her husband, noted actor Will Smith) founded the Village School in Los Angeles, which presently has more than 60 gifted elementary school students from underresourced backgrounds. Through the Will and Jada Pinkett Smith Foundation she has contributed to many worthy causes, including the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund and the Harvard Foundation’s Japan earthquake/tsunami blanket project. She is well-known for her starring role in the TV series “Hawthorne,” as well as film roles in “The Matrix,” “The Nutty Professor,” and “Ali,” and a voice role in the animated film “Madagascar.”This year marks BMF’s 18th annual Celebration of Black Women, the group’s largest annual event dedicated to honoring the contributions that black women have made to the Harvard community and to society as a whole. Past honorees include Phylicia Rashad, Debbie Allen, Sonja Sohn, and Carla Harris.last_img read more

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Current trends in tourism to pay attention to

first_imgThe evolution of intermediary platforms, investment in foreign markets with a real need and in a new wave of construction of hotels and accommodation units and the offer of a comprehensive arrangement are the characteristics of the tourism sector of the future.Richard Clarke, senior analyst at Bernstein Asset Management in London, for Booking.com he proposed four current trends in tourism, to which the world should pay more attention.The first of the Fantastic Four refers to travel brokerage platforms such as Online Travel Agents (OTA) or an airline Ryanair. Intermediary platforms are part of the world of the future, so it should come as no surprise that they have been the most attractive location for investment in recent years. Still, Clarke warns that the aforementioned platforms will have to grow out of the role of a purely travel intermediary. For example, hotel chains such as the Hilton and Marriott, indigenous hotel industry and travel agencies such as Tui i Thomas Cook with the offer of tourist arrangements in the last six to nine months they have done excellently. If they want to survive in the near future, intermediary platforms must build unique content. Clarke at this point proposes an exclusive brokerage by which the given platform would be the only broker of the hotel outside its domestic market.The next trend will concern one exceptional economic opportunity. Namely, it is about investments in the development of tourism within the country, which is predicted to attract approximately 2025 billion dollars of investments by 400. Consequently, and by fairly simple logic, China has imposed itself as the most generous investment location. Also, an incredibly mobile and wealthy middle class has formed in China, a market whose needs open up numerous opportunities in the hospitality sector. At the same time, there is a shortage of hotels and similar accommodation units in the Asian market, while the popularity of Western brands such as Marriott, Hilton, Accor i IHG growing. The four listed hotel giants currently account for 12% of the total offer of accommodation units, while with the implementation of the planned expansion, this percentage will increase to 64%.The third trend is closely related to the previous one, ie to the wave of opening new hotels in the period of the post-financial crisis. Clarke points out that in the United States, the rate of opening new accommodation in 2008 and 2009 was only 2%, while by 2012 it had fallen enormously to 0.5%. Globally, the low rate of opening new hotels has led to increased demand for existing ones and ensured their safe passage through the crisis, ignoring even falling prices. This is now a thing of the past, Clarke concluded, because with the improvement of the financial picture, new players are entering the market competition – the most obvious phenomenon outside Europe, but it is important to point out that the number of emerging hotels on the continent is twice as high as last year.Finally, Clarke discusses travel arrangements, that is, are they remnants of some ancient past or are they rising again from the fire? He cites examples of Accor expressing interest in the airline Air France. Hotel giant Marriott is continuously investing in travel organizations, and some online travel agencies already have diversified content on offer. Simply everyone wants to be a part of the tourist story and for them to be the place where travelers start their adventure. A great example of such a business is Tui which owns its own airline, hotels, cruisers, transfer services and the like which makes its arrangement comprehensive and the journey much easier as everything needed for its implementation is in one place.Tui’s strong market position is a kind of inspiration to other travel agencies and travel organizations, as well as an indicator of the path the market has taken. This is fully in line with the spirit of the times, Clarke explains, because in a period of enduring anxiety and chronic lack of time, arrangements covering all aspects of travel infuse clients with a security to which they gladly return.last_img read more

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Fiery New Year start in Iloilo, Capiz, Boracay; families flee as fire razes 23…

first_imgILOILO City – On the first day of year2020 fire razed a total of 20 houses in this city, Iloilo and Capiz provinces. Regencia said there were no fireincidents in the city since Dec. 24 and he hoped this would be sustained. Families living in all these affected houseseither moved to evacuation centers or sought shelter with relatives andfriends. Fire Officer III Franklin Arubang saidthe blaze started at around 7:30 p.m. in the property of Ruel Santillan who wasoperating a boardinghouse. According to Senior Fire Officer 4Aquilino Sampiono, the fire originated from the house of Melecoton and quicklyspread to nearby houses made of light material. BFP declared a “fire out” at around 10:28 a.m. “Mahiraptayong makapasok sa nasunugan [kasi] hilly at isolated. Maliit ang daan,brownout at halos 500 meters ang layo sa barangay road,” saidArubang, adding the strong winds from the Sibuyan Sea fanned the fire, causingthe flames to spread quickly. With the quick response of the Bureauof Fire Protection (BFP), the fire was extinguished in a little over 30minutes. In Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan firedamaged three houses four hours before 2019 came to a close. December last year BFP-Iloilo recordedfive fire incidents. (With a report fromAkean Forum/PN) Short circuit sparked the fire,according to the Guimbal fire station which estimated the property damage tohave reached P1.5 million. Five houses were gutted before firementotally extinguished the fire by around 4:30 p.m. Some five hours before the Iloilo Cityfire, a house went up in smoke 29 kilometers down south in Guimbal, Iloilo. Quick-responding firefighters of theGuimbal fire station contained the blaze from spreading and declared a fire outat around 6:05 a.m. There were no reported injuries ordeaths in these two New Year fires. In the famous holiday island resort ofBoracay four hours and 30 minutes before the clock struck 12, fire broke inSitio Tulubhan, Barangay Manoc-Manoc and razed three houses. As of this writing, the BFP was stillascertaining the cause of the fire and the damage incurred. “Mayisang bahay doon na walang tao dahil halos lahat nasa trabaho. Karamihan mga workers at boarders ang nakatira sa nasunugan,” Arubang said. In Capiz, fire struck a residentialarea in Barangay Ilaya, Pontevedra town at around 1:35 p.m. Fire gobbled up a two-storey house inBarangay Nanga, Guimbal at around 3:57 a.m. The totally destroyed house were ownedby Baquio Rogador, Totong Depra, Jonathan Gancia, Estrella Melecoton, JohnLibuna, Leonito Libuna, Elmer Macaya, Celso Conde, and Albert Compliza whilethe partially damaged ones were owned by Fred Marbebe, Florence Paglumutan,Andong Gallardo, and Keneth Rhoy Buenafe. The New Year blaze was electrical in nature, preliminary investigation of the Iloilo City Fire Station showed. Here, fire struck 14 houses in Zone 4,Barangay Sambag, Jaro district at around 9 a.m. yesterday. Ten of these houseswere totally gutted. BFP-Iloilo City had been on red alertsince Dec. 27. Two days before the New Yearcelebrations, the BFP in Iloilo City expressed hope there won’t be fireincidents. But just in case fire erupted, ChiefInspector Christopher Regencia, city fire marshal, said BFP-Iloilo City had 50fire officers and 12 fire trucks on standby to respond. These were on top of fire volunteerorganizations in the city, said Regencia. The BFP-Boracay substation, BoracayFire Rescue and Ambulance Volunteers, Boracay Island Water Company, BoracayTubi System Inc., and Kabalikat Civicom 961 Boracay responded to the fireincident. The fire left an estimated propertydamage of P150,000. Arson investigators of the BFP have yetto determine the cause of the blaze.last_img read more

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`Mole’ DeNobrega wins feature Malta Supreme 35-lap cycle race
first_imgTEAM Evolution’s Paul `mole’ DeNobrega returned one hour 19 minutes 44 seconds to win the feature 35-lap race of the Banks DIH Limited sponsored Malta Supreme 11-race cycle programme which was staged in the National Park yesterday.The event which took place on the inner circuit of the National Park and which was organized by cycling coach Hassan Mohamed, saw DeNobrega in company with Andrew Hicks, Jamal John, Kemuel Moses and Christopher Griffith, breaking from the other starters and opening a commanding lead. In the process, Hicks picked up the first two of eight prime prizes.The peloton was working feverishly to make a connection with the leaders and it was not until after nine laps were completed that that connection was made.From then on, the lead kept interchanging but Hicks stole the march on the leading bunch and led for three consecutive laps before being joined by John and Moses and subsequently, DeNobrega joined them and they worked together. However, Moses was dropped.With approximately 125 metres remaining for the finish, John jumped the leaders from midfield but DeNobrega responded and put his wheel in front to win from John, Hicks, Alonzo Ambrose, Marcus Keiler and Moses respectively.Ambrose won three prime prizes, John two and Keilier one.In other results, Nigel Dugid won the 10-lap race for juveniles, ahead of Adealie Hodge and Curtis Dey respectively. Dugid’s time for the event was 25 minutes 41.40 seconds.Warren Mckay won the five-lap race for veterans under 50 years of age, ahead of Leer Nunes and Ian Jackson respectively, while Kennard Lovell was the winner of the five-lap race for veterans.Jonathan Ramsuchit won the three-lap race for boys 12-14 years of age.The five-lap race for mountain bikers was won by Nigel Jacobs, while Akran Singh placed second.The BMX boys’ 6-9 years two-lap event was won by Tarad Barrington.last_img
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Hey, national news types, Wellington’s cat law isn’t that uncommon!

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington, Kansas has been getting a lot of national exposure concerning its new law limiting the number of cats per household. But Wellington city officials are puzzled as to why.The new city law enacted on Dec. 18, which limits the number of cats to four per owner is not unusual, said Tracy Heath, Wellington City Police Chief. Actually, it is quite commonplace.“I know Ark City does, and there are several other communities who have cat regulations,” Heath said. “In fact when we started the process a year and a half ago I did some research around the state. And there are several communities that limit the number of animals per household.“In fact, there are other communities that have had a similar law for years. And I’d venture to say there are cities in other states that have a similar ordinance.”So why was Wellington singled out making it a national news story?“I haven’t a clue,” Heath said.Perhaps, the answer may be timing, and how news disseminates these days.Earlier this week, a news report on ABC News had listed Wellington’s cat limitation law as one of the many “oddball” laws being enacted for 2013. It was attributed to a story on the Wellington Daily News website. Since that broadcast on the morning show Good Morning America on Dec. 31, the story has been repeated throughout the national cable and internet circuit.People have reported to Sumner Newscow that the story was on NBC’s Today Show, the Sean Hannity show on Fox News, The Five on Fox News — not to mention a plethora of national news and gossip websites out there.Shane Farley, owner of Newscow.net in Winfield, said national cable news networks are like news outlets on the local level. There are slow news days. And typically when it comes to news, the week between Christmas and New Years is usually the slowest news week of the year.The new cat stipulation was part of an overall sweeping change to Wellington’s pet ordinance which also included creating an animal control officer, penalizing repeated animal abusers and an exotic pet stipulation (see story here).As far as the cat stipulation, Heath said it isn’t like law enforcement is going to make it a top priority and look for more homes where there are more than four felines. It gives the city a specific law to use in case there are complaints from neighbors about a house with an exorbitant number of cats.Heath reported that through November 2012, the city has picked up 231 cats and has euthanized 201 of those cats for the year. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (7) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Cats galore · 396 weeks ago I’m surprised Farley didn’t comment on what it’s like owning a plethora of cats. I hear he has quite a houseful. Report Reply 0 replies · active 396 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Sonny · 396 weeks ago I think it’s a good law. The cats are running all over the place. The dog has to been controlled so what is so damn wrong with the cat lovers that don’t want to comply, cost ya money. Join the others for tags and shots. I had a trap to get some around my place. I couldn’t let my 2 dogs out with out going out myself looking for cats in or around the yard. They barked and run up and down the fence trying to get at the cats. Maybe I could have just turned them loose but I love animals too. So control you cats. Report Reply 0 replies · active 396 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Jim · 396 weeks ago Sonny I have the feeling you need to get your eyes checked as it was probably a squirrel running on the fence. Maybe we should have an ordinance for having too many of them in your yard and feeding them. I sure see alot of them squashed on the roads every year. Report Reply 0 replies · active 396 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Sonny · 396 weeks ago Oh Jim you are so funny. You don’t know the difference between cats and squirrels. Don’t be a smart ass. Report Reply 0 replies · active 396 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down hah! · 396 weeks ago So everybody with more than 4 cats, you’d better be nice to your neighbors! Report Reply 0 replies · active 396 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down birdfan · 396 weeks ago If it’s a small town in Kansas, it’s quaint or quirky. If it’s a big town in Ca that passes the same law well that’s just common sense to the national media. Report Reply 0 replies · active 396 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down michael · 396 weeks ago just gives them a chance to mess with who they want when they want welcome to wellington Report Reply 0 replies · active 396 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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