Contrasting poll narratives

first_imgThe ensuing long-drawn general elections are just around the corner. Manifestos or not, narratives in public meets and through the media are for everyone to see. Let us first take the party and alliance in power. There are four pillars to the BJP/NDA narrative. First, there is the pitch for a visibly strong nation high on nationalism and pro-active military action as illustrated through the Balakot strike post Pulwama massacre and reiterated through the Mission Shakti recently. On March 27, 2019, India conducted Mission Shakti, an anti-satellite missile test, from the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island launch complex. This was a technological mission carried out by DRDO. The satellite used in the mission was one of India’s existing satellites operating in lower orbit. The test was successful and achieved all parameters as per plans. The test required an extremely high degree of precision and technical capability. The significance of the test is that India has tested and successfully demonstrated its capability to interdict and intercept a satellite in outer space based on completely indigenous technology. With this test, India joins an exclusive group of space-faring nations consisting of USA, Russia and China. Second, there is the pitch for a stable government led by a strong-willed leader Narendra Modi and his version of BJP ably assisted by party president Amit Shah. This underplays the fact that BJP is the leading power among 24 parties in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). There are a few more strong BJP leaders like Nitin Gadkari and Rajnath Singh with a mass base, and there has been a litany of conflicts, major and minor, with alliance partners leading to Shiv Sena, Paswan’s LJP and Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) being accommodated with a long rope. Alliance partners are temporarily fine as they expect a Modi-driven almost Presidential type of campaign will reap rich benefits. Third, there is an unmistakable tilt towards using the communal lingo in the polls with every passing day. The way Hindu-Muslim rhetoric is being used by the PM himself with reference to the Samjhauta blast alleged miscarriage of justice and about the strong Muslim electorate in Wayanad which Congress president Rahul Gandhi has picked up as his second seat, it is obvious that the ferocity of communal card shall be more aggressive down the line; as is seen in the speeches of UP CM Adityanath. Fourth, the BJP leadership is harping on the dynastic roots of Rahul Gandhi and several other regional political leaders of other opposition parties, and that the opposition alliances are all opportunistic and weak. And, interestingly, there is a fifth narrative, and it is a narrative in absentia. There is virtually no discourse on the very things which brought Modi to power in 2014 or have highlighted while in power; no talks on corruption at high-places, black money from abroad, double-digit GDP growth, benefits of demonetisation, digital or start-up India missions, Namami Gange, bullet train, Beti padhao beti bachao, multi-layered GST, et al. Now, let us look at the main opposition to the government. After bumbling on opposition alliances in Delhi, Haryana, Andhra, Bengal, Telangana, and being left out of UP, etc., Congress is now settling down with alliances in Bihar, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu in place. But this is surely a month late. With initial noises of a Mahagatbandhan, Congress seems to have got the successes in recent state elections a bit too much in the head. The scar of being left out of the UP battle has led them to put the two best faces, Priyanka Gandhi and Jyotiraditya Scindia, to sweat it out in the sweltering summer heat and dust of Uttar Pradesh. Even the friends wonder why are they not best used in MP, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. Having apparently fumbled, the Congress narrative is picking up steadily now with the promise of its mind-boggling NYAY scheme (Nyuntom Aye Yojana) in which, if voted to power, it promises to ensure minimum income of Rs 12,000 a month for the poorest 5 crore families (20 crore people) incurring an expense of Rs 3.6 lacs crores a year, thereby ensuring the universal concept of Basic Minimum Income in India, along with all other welfare measures like MGNREGA, NRHM, etc., which cover rural, urban and tribal poor. This surely has brought back the narrative on their side, along with the promise of directly elected mayors across India to ensure better urban governance and people’s control over the same. And, ahead of BJP, Congress has now come out with their manifesto too. Apart from NYAY, the promises in the manifesto include commitment to legislate women’s reservation bill and reserve one-third of all government jobs for women, double education outlay at every level, free and compulsory school education up to Class XII in public education, review AFSPA, omit Section 124A of the IPC that is known as the Sedition Law, fill up around 30 lacs of jobs at various levels of the government, separate Kisan budget, legislate Right to Healthcare Act, GST 2.0 with a single moderate tax-rate, implement Forests Rights Act for tribal welfare in letter and spirit, abolish opaque electoral bonds, stringency against hate crimes, establish Environment Protection Authority, enact Right to Homestead Act for the rural homeless, et al. With this, Congress has surely moved ahead with an ‘inclusive development’ campaign narrative. It, however, remains to be seen how far its candidates and cadre can take these promises – music to every Indian ear – down to the grassroots.And the contrasting narratives of both the parties show some positives, in spite of the communal undertone in the ongoing campaign. While BJP scores heavily on the national pride and power front, Congress scores on specific aspects of inclusive justice, especially through its NYAY scheme. Congress will be forced to talk about handling cross-border terror, its possible outlook towards Kashmiri militancy in today’s context, and sprucing up the military arsenal of the nation. It has already got a dossier on national security prepared by the army officer who led the post-Uri surgical strikes, Lt Gen DS Hooda, and has promised in the manifesto to upgrade defence budget and military modernisation. On the other hand, unabated communal rhetoric may not pay desired dividends to BJP and the revival of Ram Janmabhoomi movement did not meet much enthusiasm of the people at large in spite of a well organised Kumbha Mela to launch the same. The Congress approach will require the rulers of the day to turn to a more development-focused narrative especially with regards to jobs, basic income, women’s issues, health and education, among other things. That surely is good for the nation. As electioneering goes ahead, it is also expected that a re-thinking on the role, independence and neutrality of the Election Commission and the media, apart from the fundamental premises of the Constitution, shall emerge. And, that, to my mind is another good outcome of this largest festival of democracy in the world: the Indian General Elections (along with assembly polls of several states too). (The author is a media academic and columnist, currently the Dean of School of Media, Pearl Academy, and earlier the Dean of Symbiosis and Amity Universities. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Tunisia awaits independent cabinet to oversee new elections

first_imgby Antoine LAMBROSCHINITUNIS- Tunisia was waiting Friday for the president to task Premier-designate Mehdi Jomaa with forming a cabinet of independents to lead the country to fresh elections after the Islamist-led government finally quit.Outgoing Prime Minister Ali Larayedh’s resignation on Thursday, under an agreement to end months of political deadlock and get Tunisia’s democratic transition back on track, comes nearly three years after veteran strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s overthrow in the first Arab Spring uprising. The new premier, who is a relative political novice, will have to confront mounting social unrest and the persistent threat of jihadist violence, in a political climate that remains tense.President Moncef Marzouki is now expected to ask the head of the ruling Islamist Ennahda party, Rachid Ghannouchi, to submit a candidate, with Jomaa nominated as the consensus choice to head the interim administration during crisis negotiations last month.The little-known industry minister will have 15 days to form his cabinet, which must be then approved by the national assembly.The Tunisian press welcomed Larayedh’s departure with relief, while also stressing the challenges that his successor faces.Shortly before his resignation, Larayedh announced the suspension of a new vehicle tax which came into force this year and has triggered strikes and nationwide protests, notably in the country’s impoverished interior where the 2011 uprising began.Poverty and unemployment were driving factors behind the revolution that unseated Ben Ali and remain pressing problems in Tunisia, amid lackluster economic growth and an unemployment rate of more than 30 percent among school leavers.Another key issue for Jomaa is the threat posed by armed jihadists, blamed for the assassination of two opposition politicians last year, which triggered the latest political crisis and finally forced the departure of the Ennahda-led government.“The hardest part has just begun,” warned Tunisian daily Le Quotidien, saying Jomaa had inherited a “poisoned chalice.”“With uprisings in all corners of the country, an ailing economy and a precarious situation, the future government will have its work cut out,” it said.Ahead of its formation, the national assembly is pushing ahead with the adoption of a long-delayed new constitution, voting on it intensively article by article.“We will work on it day and night,” said parliament speaker Mustapha Ben Jafaa on Thursday evening. “Maybe we’ll have a nice surprise and the constitution will be adopted on January 13,” the eve of the anniversary of the revolution.The “general principles” and the essential “rights and freedoms” in the charter have already been approved, although other chapters, including on the functioning of public institutions, have yet to be ratified.Lawmakers began examining those chapters on Friday, starting with legislative powers.There has been major progress on the issue of women’s rights, with the assembly passing an article last week that enshrines gender equality, and another on Thursday that commits the state to promoting equality of representation in elected bodies.There had been fears among secular politicians, which Ennahda has been at pains to disprove, that it would seek to roll back the extensive rights that women have enjoyed in Tunisia since independence, compared with the rest of the Arab world.The formation of an independent authority to oversee fresh elections, which the Islamists had set as a condition for stepping down, finally took place on Wednesday.last_img read more

Ohio State track brings in best recruiting class in years

When announcing the signings of nine recruits who will be coming to Ohio State as members of the men’s track and field team next season, OSU interim coach Ed Beathea said he believes the future of the team he is coaching is bright. “This is the best recruiting class we have put together in my time at Ohio State,” Beathea said in a press release. OSU will welcome a broad range of recruits in its incoming class. The class includes five athletes from Ohio, but also adds four out-of-state recruits. Among the class are three distance runners, two sprinters, one hurdler, two throwers and one multi-event athlete. Donovan Robertson, a hurdler from Berea, Ohio, headlines the class. Robertson, the 2011 Ohio Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year, has many accomplishments to his name. This year, Robertson set the indoor national record in the 60-meter hurdles, completing the event in 7.57 seconds. Robertson is also the defending state outdoor champion in the 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles, and was named to the 2011 USA Today All-USA track and field team. Beathea said he recognized the significance of signing Robertson. “Donovan is one of the most talented signees in OSU history,” Beathea said in the press release. “He will have an instant impact on our conference and the country.” The group of in-state recruits is also highlighted by distance runners. Steven Weaver, from Napoleon, was the 2011 Division II state champion in the outdoor mile run and in cross country. The team also added Nicolas Pupino of Copley and Jordan Redd of Fairborn. Jack Kincade from Hilliard is the fifth in-state recruit in the class. Kincade scored 6,243 points in the decathlon last season, which was the sixth-best decathlon score among all high school athletes nationwide in 2011. OSU also lured four recruits from farther east to come west. Champ Page, a sprinter from Marlboro, Md., is a six-time Maryland state champion. Page finished the 2012 indoor season with times that ranked second nationally in the 300-meter dash with 33.93 seconds, third in the 500 meter with 63.71 seconds, and 11th in the 400 meter with 48.28 seconds. Justin Burke, a sprinter from Virginia Beach, Va., is a two-time defending outdoor state champion in the 100-meter dash, as well as in the 200 meter and 400 meter. Two throwers will also come to the Buckeyes from other states. Joseph Velez, from Providence, R.I., is joined by javelin thrower Billy Stanley from South Park, Pa. Assistant coach Kevin Mannon praised both incoming throwers. “(Velez) has the ability to make an immediate impact on the Big Ten and NCAA championships in 2013,” Mannon said in a press release. “Billy has already thrown a mark that can score at the Big Ten championships, so we expect him to be a major player for us in 2013.” read more

Ohio State womens volleyball set to open home schedule in DC Koehl

OSU women’s volleyball players get set for a serve during a game against Penn State on Oct. 31, 2014. Credit: Lantern File PhotoSt. John Arena is set to host the Ohio State women’s volleyball team for the first time this season during the 10th Annual Sports Import D.C. Koehl Classic.The 22nd-ranked Buckeyes (2-1) are scheduled to play a doubleheader on Saturday, facing off against Northern Illinois (3-1) at noon and No. 14 Florida State (2-1) at 7 p.m., before playing the Seminoles again on Sunday at 7 p.m. OSU is coming off of a second-place finish at the Rumble in the Rockies tournament in Laramie, Wyoming. The Buckeyes fell to Wyoming in their opening game, but they bounced back to defeat both Butler and South Dakota in three sets.OSU coach Geoff Carlston said he’s happy with the way his team responded to the initial loss and is ready to be at home for the first time this season.“I’m excited for the team, especially our freshmen,” Carlston said. “We played in front of a huge crowd, actually, at Wyoming, but to play in front of a large crowd that’s your home and not at a mile high is going to be much better for us.”Setter Emily Ruetter, a senior transfer from Texas Tech, said she’s excited for her first home match in a Buckeyes uniform and thinks the home crowd will give the team a boost.“It’s so much better playing on your home floor,” Ruetter said. “Based off what I’ve heard, St. John brings in quite an awesome crowd, so it’s going to be even better having all of those people here.”Junior libero Valeria León, who, along with junior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe, was named to the all-tournament squad at the Rumble in the Rockies, is focused on helping her team more moving forward.“I don’t really care about the individual awards, I just try to make my team better,” León said. “So I’m going to keep working on that.”Team adjustmentsAs the team heads into this weekend’s games, OSU has been working on improving its blocking, shot selection and overall consistency on defense, Carlston said.“I think (in) the Wyoming match, we just sort of forgot the things that we can do, and that will happen when you’ve got people in your face,” he said. The Buckeyes had 21 shots blocked by the Cowgirls in their season-opening match.Carlston said the team has to go back to what is worked on in practice for the upcoming matches and improve overall confidence, trust and consistency.Injury reportJunior outside hitter Kylie Randall did not play in any of last weekend’s matches as she works her way back after suffering a season-ending ankle injury last season and an elbow injury that she sustained in the team’s first practices this year.There’s no timetable for Randall’s return to games, but she is practicing and Carlston is pleased with her progress.“She’s back, full-go and she’s looking pretty good, actually, for a kid who’s played six times over the last (year),” he said.The rest of the team is feeling well from a health standpoint, Carlston said.Looking aheadFollowing this weekend’s action in Columbus, OSU is set to head back out on the road for the Blackbird Invitational in Brooklyn, New York, on Sept. 11 and 12. read more

Klopp not available right now for Germany

first_imgBut the Liverpool coach would “think about it” one day if the Nationalmannschaft needs him one day and he’s availableFor Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp being concentrated and focused is something he’s proud of.And asked today if he would ever manage the Germany National Team, The Reds boss was quick to replay.“If I am asked one day and I am available then I would think about it,” he told Welt am Sonntag in his native country.Reported by Goal.com, the German manager is focused on only one thing right now.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“But am I thinking about it right now, in my current situation when I am tied to Liverpool for the next four years and because Germany has just played a bad World Cup? No,” he said.“I’m not available,” he promptly added.Germany had their worst FIFA World Cup participation this summer, having failed to qualify from the Group Stage into the Round of 16.But both Germany’s coach Joachim Löw and Klopp, have a four-year contract with their teams.last_img read more

Warnock Rondon was the difference today

first_imgCardiff City manager Neil Warnock believes the quality of Newcastle United striker Salomon Rondon was the difference as his side lost 3-0 at St James Park.Cardiff City succumbed to a 3-0 defeat at Newcastle United on Saturday. Fabian Schar scored a brace and Ayoze Perez grabbed the third goal in stoppage time to condemn Cardiff to their third defeat in four games.Despite not finding the back of the net, Salomon Rondon played a crucial part to Newcastle’s win, including providing an assist for Perez’s goal.Warnock has been an admirer of Rondon and had admitted wanting to sign him in the summer, but ultimately failed as he moved to Newcastle instead.“I thought Rondon was the difference today. He led the line really well,” Warnock told Sky Sports.Premier LeaguePremier 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…“I didn’t think it was a 3-0 game. I couldn’t see them breaking through until the first goal which was poor from our point of view.“We started the second half well and were dangerous and then conceded the second that killed us. We didn’t have anything drop for us and they were better than us in the final third.“Nine of the lads that played today were in the Championship last year. While we are disappointed it is not the end of the world. We looked a half decent side. I didn’t think in the last third we did enough.“There was some great defending but we could have picked a better pass out at times in the second half.”last_img read more

RODNEY ADAMS TO ASK FOR POLICE JOB BACK

first_img TCI Police reach out to Bahamas hurricane victims Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 19 Nov 2014 – The highest thanks for his vindication from charges of unethical behavior as a police officer goes to God; that was the final wording in a Press Release issued by very likely, soon to be reinstated Deputy Commissioner of Police Rodney Adams. Adams said he was always confident that his innocence would have been proven… I quote him now: “Now that this matter has run its course and has been resolved by the court, I will be officially advising HE the Governor’s Office and the Commissioner of Police that I am available to continue my duties as a police officer.” Adams, who has been on the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force since 1984 explained: “I do so out of a sense of commitment and duty to my country and to the many young officers of the Police Service who seek a role model to aspire to.” Naturally, Mr Adams was also thankful to his family. He had been charged by the Integrity Commission with five counts of breaching the ordinance; three charges were dropped, one the jury was instructed to return a not guilty verdict on and the final was deliberated for three hours before a not guilty was delivered late day Monday November 17. Attorney in the matter was Ariel Misick. Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service Gov’t Looking To Provide Tablet Computers For Police Force Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:ariel misick, deputy commissioner, police force, rodney adams Recommended for youlast_img read more

Indias World Cup squad announcement Live streaming TV telecast and predicted team

first_imgIndia defeated New Zealand convincingly in the first ODI in Napier.MARTY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty ImagesIndia will announce its 15-member squad for the ICC World Cup 2019 on Monday, April 15, in Mumbai. The tournament is slated to begin on May 30 and its final will be played on July 14When and where to watch the squad announcement India’s World Cup squad will be announced via a press conference at 3 pm IST and 10:30 am GMT. It may also be delayed by half an hour but one will be advised to tune in at 3 pm IST itself. Star Sports 1 and Star Sports HD1 will telecast the squad announcement live in English. For Hindi telecast, one may tune in to Star Sports 3 or Star Sports 3 HD. The live streaming will be available on Hotstar. World Cup squad preview There has been massive deliberation and widespread debate regarding the composition of India’s World Cup squad. Finally, all this will be put to rest when Virat Kohli finishes his meeting with BCCI’s committee of five selectors on Monday. Quinn Rooney/Getty ImagesThe selection committee will be headed by its chairman MSK Prasad who represents the south zone. The other four selectors are – Jatin Paranjape from the west zone, Gagan Khoda from the central zone, Sarandeep Singh from the north zone, and Devang Gandhi from the east zone. These five men, along with, captain Kohli will finalise only a couple of spots which are up for debate. Most of the squad select itself with the openers being Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. The captain himself will come out to bat at number three, completing perhaps the most feared top-order batting line-up in the world at the moment. But India will be slightly worried as their openers have not been in the best of nicks. Dhawan has been in patchy form and Rohit is also not looking at his fluent best. But if they can start firing, India will be a difficult side to beat. India’s Achilles Heel is the middle order and in particular, the number 4 spot which nobody has been able to grab. Ambati Rayudu looks primed to hold onto it but it will be more a case of the team management’s faith on a player who has not been performing for a while. Vijay Shankar may also bat at number 4 and is likely to make the squad. MS Dhoni will bat at number 5 followed by Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya. Dhoni will be key to how Jadhav and the rest of the spinners play as, over the last 18 months, he has been a guiding light, asking them where to bowl and what fields to set. India’s bowling line-up will contain the two wrist spinners in Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. The pace department will boast of the formidable trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who is fast becoming a handy lower order batsman.  Dhoni and Kohli singing the national anthem during the World T20 in 2016Ryan Pierse/Getty ImagesThe debate on the second wicketkeeper’s slot is another contentious topic and whether Dinesh Karthik or Rishabh Pant is selected remains to be seen. Predicted squad Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (WK), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Rishabh Pant (WK).last_img read more

Rami Malek and Daniel Craigs Bond 25 movie details announced

first_imgDaniel Craig as James Bond in Casino RoyaleTwitter/ James BondWe finally have all the details about the upcoming James Bond movie. Daniel Craig will be reprising his role of Bond whereas, the Academy Award-winning actor, Rami Malek will play the main villain in the feature.There had been several speculations about the upcoming Bond 25 movie. At first, there were reports that Daniel Craig will be replaced by Chris Hemsworth or Idris Elba as the protagonist in the action-thriller movie. It was later clarified that Craig will star in Bond 25 for the last time as James Bond.Following which, there were talks about Danny Boyle joining as the director but the acclaimed filmmaker left the project due to some creative conflicts. But that’s all in the past now, as we have all the details about the upcoming Bond 25 movie.At the recently held live event at Ian Fleming’s GoldenEye villa in Jamaica, movie experts and fans learned several interesting things about the upcoming Bond 25 movie.As of now, the upcoming James Bond movie has no title whatsoever. Even the studio is using #Bond25 to promote the movie.Joining the cast of #BOND25 is Lashana Lynch (@LashanaLynch) pic.twitter.com/SyMGsKtH4S— James Bond (@007) April 25, 2019The other important details about Bond 25 are as follows:Rory Kinnear will return as James Bond’s stalwart ally, Tanner.Ben Whishaw will return as Q after playing the role in Skyfall and Spectre.Naomie Harris will portray Eve Moneypenny.Léa Seydoux will play the role of Dr. Madeleine Swann.Jeffrey Wright will be back as the CIA operative we last saw in Quantum of Solace.Rami Malek is reportedly going to feature as the main antagonist in the upcoming Bond 25 movie. He was featured in a video in which he said the following:A word about #BOND25 from Rami Malek pic.twitter.com/CLJ5mpO9mu— James Bond (@007) April 25, 2019″Hey everyone, this is Rami Malek and I am not jealous not one bit… that you are in the absolutely stunning setting of Ian Fleming’s iconic Caribbean home GoldenEye on the island of Jamaica!” Rami said while adding that he is stuck in New York in the production but he is “very much looking forward to joining the whole cast and crew very soon. And I promise you all I will be making sure that Mr. Bond does not have an easy ride of it in his 25th outing.”Even producer Barbara Broccoli talked about the movie’s plot and revealed that James Bond won’t be on active service at the start of the film as he will be enjoying his time in Jamaica.last_img read more

Mobile courts can operate two weeks more

first_imgMobile courts can operate two weeks moreThe Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has further extended by two weeks the stay on a High Court verdict that declared the operation of mobile courts by the executive magistrates illegal.Attorney general Mahbubey Alam said the executive magistrates can operate mobile courts during this time.A six-member bench of the Appellate Division led by chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha adjourned the hearing for two weeks more following a plea by the government.On 4 July, the Appellate Division granted two weeks to the government for preparation.The matter was placed before the court for hearing. Hasan MS Azim stood for the writ petitioner.Earlier, the court stayed the hearing till 2 July.Following a stay plea by the state on the HC verdict, the chamber judge stayed the HC verdict till 18 May and sent it to the regular bench for hearing.The matter was placed before the court for hearing on 21 May.last_img read more

Give us chance to serve you again Hasina asks people

first_imgSheikh HasinaSeeking votes for Awami League in the next general elections for “continuation of development”, AL president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday claimed that her party does not want to see any bloodshed.”We don’t want to see any bloodshed in Bangladesh. Bangladesh will be a developed and prosperous country…it’ll will march forward,” she said.Sheikh Hasina was speaking at a public rally at Jessore Eidgah Maidan.Chaired by district AL president Shahidul Islam Milon, the rally was addressed, among others, by AL presidium member Pijush Kanti Bhatacharya, Dipu Moni, Mahbubul Alam Hanif and Kazi Nabil Ahmed, MP.Sheikh Hasina said the way the voters gave their mandates in favour of AL-nominated candidates in the last general election the same way they will choose them in the next national election.”Please, give the chance to serve you again by casting your votes for the Awami League candidates as you did in the past,” she said.Terming the BNP-Jamaat alliance as the synonyms of killing, torture, militancy and terrorism, the prime minister said whenever AL comes to power people enjoy peace and security. “We want peace and development in the country and that is our prime task,” she said.Earlier arriving at the venue, the prime minister laid the foundation stones of 27 development projects, including the Academic Building of Jessore Medical College, Waterlogging Removal Project of the Kapotakkhya River (first phase), the 500-seat Shaheed Mashiur Rahman Auditorium-cum-Multipurpose Hall, the Public Library (third phase) Development Project, Jessore Police Super Building, Jessore Police Hospital, Sheikh Russel’s Sculptor, Jhikargahcha Upazila Muktijoddha Complex, the Waterlogging Removal and Sustainable Water Management Development Project of the Bhairab River, upgradation work on Jessore-Benapole National Highway and Jessore-Benapole (Palashbari-Rajghat portion) road, Jessore Central Shaheed Minar, Hamidpur Compost Plant, Pre-treatment Plant and Biogas Plant and Control Landfill Cell Work.last_img read more

1000 shot in Chicago this year

first_imgChicago hit a grim milestone Tuesday, with more than a thousand people shot in the Midwestern US city since the beginning of the year. Photo: AFPChicago hit a grim milestone Tuesday, with more than a thousand people shot in the Midwestern US city since the beginning of the year.According to the Chicago Tribune newspaper 1,008 people have been shot in the city — at least 182 fatally — since the beginning of January, a pace roughly unchanged since the same period last year.The largest city in the Midwest has been struggling with a stubbornly high murder rate that peaked at more than 750 last year, the highest in two decades.The Chicago Police Department (CPD) offered conflicting data for the first four months of 2017, saying 172 people were killed and 954 shot — a nine per cent decline compared to the same period last year.The police department did not account for shootings on area expressways under the jurisdiction of a separate agency, which could explain the conflicting data, according to CPD spokesman Kevin Quaid.There were also 3,500 shootings, mostly concentrated in poor sections of the city with rampant gang and drug-related violence.The city plans to hire nearly 1,000 additional officers over two years to address the problem, and is increasingly relying on high-tech solutions.Quaid highlighted the addition of “intelligence hubs” in the city’s violence-plagued neighborhoods as one reason they are reporting fewer shootings so far this year.”Officers and data analysts run historical crime data, gang intelligence, and social networking analytics through predictive software programming to help officers focus on the right people, at the right place, at the right time,” Quaid told AFP in an email.Chicago police last week became the first US police agency to use a new web tool where residents can anonymously report crime.last_img read more

Harvest announces executive committee will resign more changes after MacDonald fired

first_img “a sinful pattern of inappropriate language, anger and domineering behavior.”This (together with high crimes and misdemeanors, which are apparent all over the place) is a great reason why the Executive Committee of America should fire Donald Trump, but it won’t. Yes, we do have such an Executive Committee which actually can fire the president upon request from the House. It’s called the United States Senate. It so happens that its Republicans also “own” the catastrophe of Trumpism Behavior anyway. Any half dozen of them could have stopped most of it cold—–even without any firing at all. So, what kind of “elders” do you have up there?That aside, church boards seldom really manage pastors, especially founding pastors. It’s the other way around. Board members are the ones who are usually managed—–as these Harvest guys now know. Share This! By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites TagsHarvest Bible Chapel James MacDonald Walk In the Word,You may also like Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,CHICAGO (RNS) — Harvest Bible Chapel, an embattled Chicago-area megachurch, announced this past weekend that the executive committee of its elders will resign.The resignations, which will take place over several months, came days after church elders fired James MacDonald, Harvest’s founding pastor.In a statement, the elders said they’d failed in their duty to properly oversee MacDonald, who was terminated for what they called “a sinful pattern of inappropriate language, anger and domineering behavior.”“We acknowledge failures in direction, discipline and response time. We, as the larger elder board, have made mistakes, and we own these,” they said in the statement, which was read during church services and posted later on the church’s website.The elder resignations are one of several changes that will take place in the weeks to come at Harvest Bible Chapel.Calling it “one of the most difficult weeks in the history of our church,” executive committee member Bill Sterling said in the statement that the church also will make changes to “both the composition and structure” of its elder board. That board currently is composed of more than 30 men, he said, which has “made it difficult to make decisions during times of adversity.”Senior Associate Pastor Rick Donald preaches at Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadows, Ill., on Feb. 16, 2019. Photo courtesy of Harvest Bible ChapelAnd the church will make changes to its campuses, abandoning plans to launch a new campus in suburban Hinsdale and returning its Naples campus to the elders and staff of that church.Earlier this year, Harvest had fired Pastor John Secrest, who founded the Naples church. Secrest had objected to plans that allowed McDonald to preach at the Naples church while on an “indefinite sabbatical” from preaching and leadership in Chicago.That sabbatical came after years of controversy over MacDonald’s leadership style and the church’s finances. The controversy flared up after Harvest sued two bloggers who had been critical of the church, along with a freelance writer who was investigating the church.Harvest later dropped the lawsuit. But the controversy remained, and the church’s elders dismissed MacDonald after a local radio host played recordings of crude comments purportedly made by the pastor about his critics.Fallout continued Tuesday (Feb. 19), as Moody Publishers, which has published most of MacDonald’s books, said those titles no longer are available for sale through the publisher. It will accept returns for credit through May 31.LifeWay communications director Carol Pipes also confirmed the publishing arm of the Southern Baptist Convention will no longer publish or carry MacDonald’s resources.The megachurch’s elders announced over the weekend they have formed a “Harvest 2020” team of congregants, staff, elders and outside professionals to review the church’s oversight, accountability and transparency, according to the statement. That team will be led by Rick Korte, a church member with experience in management and leadership, according to the elders’ statement.Senior associate pastor and elder Rick Donald told worshippers at a weekend service that the church is in a time of “humility” and “self-reflection” and asked them to forgive and pray for the church staff.“If I had to choose a word to kind of describe where we’re at as a church right now, I think I would use the word ‘storm,’” Donald said in his message.“Storms are temporary,” he said. “Yeah, we’re in a storm right now, and we’re going to be walking through some things that are going to be challenging and difficult and sometimes painful, but here’s the truth that I believe: The sun’s going to shine here again.”Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadows, Ill., on Feb. 10, 2019. Video screenshot from Harvest Bible ChapelNot everyone at the church was pleased with that message. The Chicago Tribune reported “dozens of attendees” walked out of the Saturday night service on the church’s main campus in Rolling Meadows as Donald delivered the message, gathering elsewhere to pray.One attendee told the Tribune she was surprised the church had chosen Donald to deliver the message. He is reportedly a close friend of MacDonald and joined the staff at Harvest within a year of its founding.Noting her willingness to stay and rebuild, Rene Cross of Carol Stream said: “I just got up quietly and walked out because I felt like that’s the right thing to do. We’re not in a storm. It was sin.”Questions still remain about Walk in the Word, MacDonald’s longtime radio program. Once an independent ministry, the show and its finances came under Harvest control several years ago. In January, MacDonald and Harvest announced the show, which had been broadcast on stations nationwide, would become a digital-only operation.New content for the show has been posted on MacDonald’s website, JamesMacDonald.com, since his departure from the church.Calls by RNS to Harvest were not returned. A  recorded ministry update heard when calling Walk in the Word still shared the news the program would be going digital in March. Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Alexa responds to minister’s sermon, orders toilet paper February 20, 2019 at 12:48 pm Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites News Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Looks like a “big box” store with a church in the parking lot.,In Detroit, one organization is schooling Muslims on racial justice News Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Emily McFarlan Miller Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity.,5 Comments Click here to post a comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. FriendlyGoat says: February 19, 2019 at 5:24 pm What about THIS from Charisma News-x so you know you can rely on its veracity.“James MacDonald, pastor of the megachurch Harvest Bible Chapel (HBC), was fired from the church after a radio show host aired the first of several inflammatory audio clips. In the clips, a man who is presumed to be MacDonald makes crude comments about Christianity Today, reporters and even discusses a plan to plant child pornography on someone’s computer.” The “someone” being Christianity today CEO Harold Smith. Other news reports say that the people who heard it And would know were fairly certain it is MacDonald. The originator of the tapes would say, probably due to litigation threats. Personally, I have no idea. But I do have a few questions. If true, where would he get it? How would he get access to it? How does he know where to get it? What kind of man threatens to do something like that to someone else? Is anyone going to look at MacDonald’s computer?What kind of man of God would go there? News • Photos of the Week February 19, 2019 at 8:16 pm Share This! February 20, 2019 at 12:12 pm February 19, 2019 at 9:50 pm Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 This is a congregation of which I have little knowledge, so all that i know comes from the reporting in RNS and Christianity Today. However, when I read the above article I noticed something that set off alarm bells for me. The entire elder board is all male, and there are no women serving on this board which supposedly sets policy and direction for the congregation. That explains a lot, especially in matters related to sexual abuse. I’m not saying that simply having one or more women on the board would have necessarily put a stop to this much earlier. But I do think that several women with leadership ability and experience would have seen through this facade much quicker and blown the whistle on this. Share This! Sandi in EL says: bmayer504 says: lol Gregory Peterson says: Ben in Oakland says: Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This!last_img read more

Treat for theatre lovers

first_imgComedy of Terrors is all about ‘confusion within confusion’. It is an adaptation of Dario Fo’s one of the best plays. Directed by S P Singh and written by Ajay Shukla, the act was staged at Shri Ram Centre on May 31. The story of the play revolves around industralist Mr. Bidla, who due to some confusion meets an accident. Mr. Bidla had to undergo as plastic surgery as his face gets damaged in the accident. But again due to some confusion his face turns to look alike one of his employees ‘Shaligram’. His wife, Savitri, takes him home thinking him as her beloved husband.  Meanwhile, real Shaligram also returns home. It creates a utterly confusion.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“The play is one of the best works of Dario Fo and we always try to present something new along with our existing popular plays. We found this play unique with a new idea of changeover. This play was a big challenge for the director as well as the actors.” said one of the actor.“The play is written so beautifully that there is hardly any scope for even thinking of any change in it.  However, if I have to, than I would like to show some shades of the character of the ‘Industrialist Bidla’.  Perhaps it would have given a better picture of the conflict between the protagonist and Bidla,” said the director. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe next play staged was Taj Mahal ka Tender. What would have been the fate of Shahjahan’s Taj Mahal had the emperor lived in the present times? Taj Mahal Ka Tender narrated how, if the Taj  Mahal were to be built today, the bureaucratic machinery would never let it build. The play written by Ajay Shukla and directed by SP Singh Senger is a hilarious burlesque. It also looks at how corruption at every level of governance would make it difficult, even impossible, to execute something of this kind.  The persistent Shahjahan, in no mood to accept excuses for delays, and sends the somnolent Government construction department into tizzy. The engineers and overseers get down to business to fulfill emperors wish, as if they really could. An outbreak of activities ensues but in a typical sarkari manner.  Tenders are issued. Contractors are hired. But, does the project see light of the day? Or, does the mogul emperor, fast forwarded in time, become a victim of the system himself? Whatever may happen to the wonder tomb, but it was a lofty laughter castles as the curtains came down of  Taj Mahal ka Tender.last_img read more

Why Chatbots Are Failing Your Customers

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 5 min read June 30, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Chatbots are set to transform marketing, but there is a bump in the road that many are missing.According to Digitas, 59 percent of Americans have communicated with chatbots or would be willing to do so. After all, customers can use them to receive quick and personalized assistance right on their mobile devices.Brands, on the other hand, can use chatbots to automate customer service, be available 24/7 and collect data about their consumers. In fact, chatbots could help reduce business costs by more than $8 billion per year by 2022. That’s why major companies such as NBC, Sephora, and Uber have already built their own bots.Related: Top 10 Practices for Making a Great ChatbotMessaging apps like Facebook Messenger, WeChat and WhatsApp also contribute to the rise of chatbots. According to eMarketer, more than a quarter of the world will use mobile messaging apps by 2019. And brands continue to launch their own chatbots on these apps.Despite this excitement, however, chatbots are still failing your customers. Without the proper approach to this new technology, companies will only end up wasting money and frustrating their audiences. That’s why it’s important for marketers to understand the complexities of chatbots, and be prepared for the challenges that they pose.Here’s what you need to know.Why chatbots are failingChatbots aren’t being used to their full potential. Marketers are forcing them to perform traditional functions and, as a result, cutting themselves short. For example, they plug simple, automated responses into their messaging services instead of taking the opportunity to reimagine the entire customer experience around this new tool.As Katie Lamkin wrote for Prophet, “Many companies think they are innovating, when they are simply iterating . . . . Rather than re-imagining the moment and overall experience, initial solutions for chatbots mimic modern-day call centers.”Related: Choosing the Right Chatbot Program Could Be Your Best Customer Service MoveYou wouldn’t use a fork to do the job of knife, right? Then don’t use a chatbot to perform the functions of a call center. Think about it: If you apply an old strategy to a new platform, you still have an old strategy.The takeaway here is that chatbots are more than just squawk boxes that parlay messages between parties. They’re powerful tools that can deliver personalized experiences to individual consumers. They can be used to follow up with each buyer along their journey, provide optimized services and complete transactions — but only if marketers use them correctly.How you can optimize your chatbot strategy Two major issues prevent marketers from making the most of chatbots: siloed departments and ineffective technology.Let’s start with the first one. Chatbot interactions don’t exist in a vacuum. A customer might see your email newsletter, for example, then check out your Facebook page, and then open up Facebook Messenger to ask a question to your chatbot. In order to deliver the best experience possible, you need to be able to see every step of that journey. That’s why your departments — from social media and customer service to sales and IT — need to work together to develop a unified view of the customer.The solution is to adopt the right technology for the job. Specifically, marketers need to connect their bots to a system of intelligence that contains data from every customer touchpoint. They need one platform where they can view and collect information from email responses, social channels, customer relationship management software and sales calls.Related: 10 Metrics Your Chatbot Should Track to Optimize User ExperienceFor example, when a customer messages a company on Facebook Messenger, this data can be processed and matched with their data in the platform. Machine learning can then be applied to that data. This helps marketers understand exactly what the customer wants, and then route their message to the appropriate customer care agent. Or if a customer starts a conversation on Twitter and then picks it back up on Facebook Messenger, companies should be able to follow this conversation and use aggregated customer intelligence at the point of engagement.By integrating departments and acquiring the right technology, companies can enable a seamless handoff between bots and customer service representatives –leaving that traditional call center strategy behind.Building more intuitive customer experiencesChatbots aren’t going anywhere. They offer new and efficient ways for marketers to reach individual customers at scale. And with the growth of messaging apps, they fit right into customers’ mobile habits.Still, hype alone won’t help them succeed. To harness the full potential of these tools, marketers must take the right approach. They have to connect their chatbots to an intelligence platform that combines data from every touchpoint. This way, the chatbot can fall right into line with other outreach channels, and customers can enjoy the most intuitive and personalized experiences possible. Register Now »last_img read more

Swoop selects Navitaire as its new reservation system

first_img Share Travelweek Group Posted by Swoop selects Navitaire as its new reservation system << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img CALGARY — When agents start booking Swoop in early 2018, they’ll be doing so using Navitaire, the go-to reservation and retailing system for ultra-low-cost carriers (ULCCs) around the world.WestJet’s new no-frills carrier announced that it has selected tech company as its new reservation platform, a partnership that Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President Strategy, says will help Swoop create the low-cost structure and ancillary capabilities needed to ensure its success.“Navitaire offers an easy-to-use reservation system, allowing the complete unbundling of products and services as well as enabling digital self-service,” he says. “We are giving the power to the customer to decide what they want to pay for and what they don’t –making the airline a truly affordable option for Canadians.”Navitaire offers industry-leading technology services to more than 50 airlines and rail companies worldwide, including many of the world’s most successful low-cost and hybrid airlines. It boasts a full suite of proven solutions focused on revenue generation and streamlining costs in the areas of reservations, ancillary sales, loyalty, revenue management, revenue accounting and business intelligence.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winter“We are delighted Swoop has selected Navitaire as its reservation platform,” says David P. Evans, Navitaire CEO. We are impressed with the team Swoop has assembled, its business model and market plans. Together, Navitaire and Swoop are a good fit, sharing DNA focused on combining advanced retailing with a digital-first, proven platform to help create and innovative, customer-centric business. We’re looking forward to watching Swoop’s success and future growth as they take the ULCC model to new heights.”Starting early 2018, Swoop will begin selling seats on its modern fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft. To stay up to date on job opportunities and launch plans, sign up at FlySwoop.com. Tags: Swoop Thursday, October 19, 2017 last_img read more

Mövenpick Hotels Resorts launches global campaign

first_imgMövenpick Hotels & Resorts launches global campaignMövenpick Hotels & Resorts has launched its global ‘It’s your Summer’ campaign, inviting guests to take advantage of discounts of up to 30 per cent on room rates at more than 80 hotels and resorts globally.The Swiss hospitality firm’s Summer 2017 promotion, which applies to bookings of two nights or more, also offers guests who book their stay online a complimentary US$20 voucher to spend at any participating hotel restaurant.With a vast selection of upscale properties spanning Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is encouraging travellers to make the most of their summer and the 30 per cent savings offer by booking multiple stays.“Our portfolio spoils guests for choice, with properties ranging from chic city hotels to beachside resorts in destinations that cover four exciting and diverse continents,” said Paul Mulcahy, Senior Vice President Commercial of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.“We operate multiple hotels in many countries and with our Summer 2017 campaign offering value-for-money room rates, it provides travellers with the perfect excuse to book more than one property or holiday to experience all that a destination – or even a region – has to offer.”The ‘It’s your Summer’ campaign is valid for stays between 1st June and 31st August, 2017.Guests staying with Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts this summer will also have the chance to sample two new initiatives launched by the hospitality firm this year – its global family programme and, at some European properties, an innovative sleep concept.The ‘Mövenpick Family’ programme offers guests travelling with youngsters a range of complimentary benefits including ‘on demand’ baby essentials such as strollers, change tables and bottle warmers; healthy children’s menus; family-friendly services; local activities; and special room discounts. These added extras are available at Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts globally.Guests staying at properties in Germany, The Netherlands and Switzerland, can opt for a pioneering personalized sleep experience by booking a new ‘SLEEP individually different’ room.The new rooms feature Mövenpick’s YouBed – hailed as the world’s first spring-system bed with adjustable firmness to suit personal comfort preferences – as well as complimentary amenities including sleep masks, ear plugs, lavender pads and black-out stickers that cover lights on electronic devices. Movenpick SummerSource = Movenpick Hotels & Resortslast_img read more

Dbacks president Derrick Hall Franchise still f

first_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ July 27, 2012: Lunchtime with WhizFLAGSTAFF — Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt meets the media daily at lunchtime:He was pleased with yesterday’s first practice in pads saying it was “probably a little better than I expected.”He also said he’s considering holding running back Ryan Williams out of this afternoon’s practice as a precaution. “I’ve been so pleased with what he’s done. I’d like to see him tomorrow coming off of a day where he’s had rest and he feels good.” Top Stories Comments   Share   on the Red & White practice Saturday“It’ll be very similiar to what it was last year. We’ll have drives that start at different points on the field: The minus-40, the plus-40 and in the red zone. It’s going to be more of a game-type situation so we’ll make the calls on the field offensively and defensively. It’ll be ten plays and at the end of those ten plays, if you still have it on downs you can continue the drive. If not, then it’ll start over again. And if we’re in field goal range, then we’ll kick a field goal.”on which quarterback will start the Red & White practice“You know what, I haven’t even thought about that really, honestly. We got a rotation going based on different days and who goes. It could purely be just be whose day it is. Today is Kevin’s (Kolb) day so it may be John (Skelton) tomorrow or we may just split it up based on how we’re doing with the (offensive) line. What we try to do usually is get those guys equal number of reps with the first line and first receivers.”on how it will be perceived with which quarterback will get the start“People are probably going to read a lot into it but it really doesn’t mean anything at this point. We’re just trying to get an evaluation. Both of them have done well in camp so far. They’ve looked good. Tomorrow will be the first opportunity to really see them in a situation where they’re having to make the calls without us standing there. We’ll be close but not as close as it is in practice and it won’t be off of a script. It’ll be situational based so more of a game-type.” What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation on the addition of guard Russ Hochstein“We had a player that we released (Blake DeChristopher) so we had an open spot at the line. I think that it never hurts to have a veteran that’s been a very good player, that’s played on two championship teams. We had an opportunity to do that and I think it was a good move for us.” – / 23 Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Regent Seven Seas Cruis

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterRegent Seven Seas Cruises has unveiled two shore excursion innovations designed to offer luxury travellers the most bespoke experiences in destinations around the world.Dubbed Go Local Tours and Regent Choice small group tours, these elevated shore excursions are designed to show off “distinct, authentic, one-of-a-kind experiences” to guests who may have already visited a port previously.“These local experiences will be exceptional,” Regent Seven Seas Cruises President and CEO Jason Montague said.Go Local ToursRegent Seven Seas Cruises guests will enjoy a more direct way to experience the culture of a destination through Go Local Tours. Now, guests can spend a day at a family-owned goat farm in the countryside of Andalusia to learn the generations-old way of making cheese, or discover the joy of fishing with the residents of Portofino, or observe skilled artists in their studios in Palma de Mallorca. Guests will experience the world through the eyes of those who live in the community and discover the best of a favourite destination.The cruise line worked for seven months to curate 122 small local experiences for guests, nearly 50 of which are included in its free Unlimited Shore Excursions. Go Local Tours are available on 2019 Mediterranean and Northern Europe voyages, along with 2019 voyages calling on Buenos Aires, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay. Examples of Go Local Tours include:Spain: Visit the mountain village of Alfarnate, located in the province of Málaga in Andalusia. Here, a local guide escorts guests through the village shops to introduce them to the local artisans. The next stop is the nearby town of Alfarnatejo, to an ancient, restored house, where guests enjoy a glass of local wine before a host escorts guests to their own home for a traditional Spanish lunch and an introduction to Spain’s gastronomical culture.Finland: Guests will experience the unique and beautiful sights of central Helsinki. The day starts with a visit to the most popular food market, Kauppahalli, to observe and taste the variety of local fish, meat and cheeses. Next, guests take a local tram toward Kamppi Center to visit the two famous Finnish supermarkets before touring the underground Central Bus Station, which connects Helsinki with the surrounding towns. One more level under the ground, guests will take a Metro to the Hakaniemi Market Hall for a tour. Following a typical Finnish snack, the tour ends with a relaxing walk through Kaivopuisto Park, the oldest and best-known park in Helsinki.Greece: Visit the Monastery of Agia Irini, south of Heraklion and close to the traditional village of Kroussonas. The Monastery serves as a nunnery and is among the oldest in Crete. At the completion of the guided visit, the nuns will offer guests traditional hand-made sweets. In the village of Kroussonas guests will visit the traditional Cretan boot maker, Stivania, and tour the oldest bakery in the village. A host will introduce guests to traditional Cretan music accompanied by a lesson in folk dances such as the Ballos. The demonstration will also show how families prepare cheese and make Cretan cheese pies. Afterwards, guests are treated to olive oil and wine tastings, and a demonstration in Cretan weaving. A traditional Cretan lunch will be served at the end of the tour.Go Local Artwork TourRegent Choice small group toursRegent Choice small group tours are smaller versions of the cruise line’s existing popular free Unlimited Shore Excursions and Regent Choice tours. Hosting no more than 16 guests, for a subsidised, supplementary fee Regent Choice small group tours allow for more personal destination engagement with a knowledgeable guide. These excursions are curated to provide additional ways to engage luxury travellers’ interests and passions, from food and wine to art and architecture, and include access to UNESCO World Heritage Sites.About 250 excursions on 2019 Mediterranean and Northern Europe voyages will be offered as Regent Choice small group tours.In Australia, options include the Kangaroos & Koalas Sundown Adventure. Available from Melbourne, this Regent Choice sees guests join an expert nature guide and head You Yangs National Park to see Koalas in the wild and free-ranging Eastern grey kangaroos in a natural bush setting nearby. Guests also see and learn about many other Australian animals and birds on the vast Western Plains near Melbourne, before enjoying a Sundowners’ casual meal out in the wild, including wine and bubbly, sandwiches, crackers, cheese and fruit.See www.RSSC.comLead image: Regent Seven Seas Cruises Go Local Food Market Tour in BarcelonaGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Rep Franz welcomes granddaughter to State of the State address

first_img20Jan Rep. Franz welcomes granddaughter to State of the State address Categories: Featured news,News Tags: #SB, Franz, HD101, MISOTS16 center_img LANSING, MI – Onekama lawmaker State Rep. Ray Franz, right, welcomed granddaughter Meghan Franz, left, to the House chamber tonight to hear Gov. Rick Snyder’s State the State address.“It is a true blessing to have my granddaughter here with me tonight to share in this experience,” Rep. Franz said. “Like so many Michigan families across the state, family comes first and my family means everything to me. This is also a great opportunity for Meghan to see what her grandpa really does in Lansing. This will be the last address I attend in the House chambers as state representative and I couldn’t think of a better person I’d rather have at my side than Meghan.”Meghan Franz is originally from Toledo, Ohio and is currently a sophomore at Northwood University studying marketing and finance. “I am so grateful to be given the opportunity to attend the State of the State with my Grandpa,” Meghan said.  “He has served his constituents with dignity and integrity and I am so proud of him.”######last_img read more