In her new role as UNHCR Special Envoy, Angelina Jolie has made five trips to visit refugees so far this year. She travelled to Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey in September 2012 to meet some of the tens of thousands of Syrians who have fled conflict in their homeland and sought shelter in neighboring countries.Jolie wrapped up her Middle East visit in Iraq, where she met Syrian refugees in the north as well as internally displaced Iraqis and refugee returnees to Baghdad.The UNHCR has posted a set of unpublished photos that were taken during her visit to the Middle East and show her meeting with Syrian and Iraqi refugees. The photos can be found here.
On Monday, July 8, 107.5 The River hosted its STAR PARTY at Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Nashville, a benefit show featuring rising star musician, English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran.All of the proceeds from the night went towards Musicians on Call (MOC), an organization that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. The event raised over $22,500 for the Nashville branch of MOC – which is more than enough to fund one of its 11 weekly Bedside Performance Programs for a full year.Sheeran received an overwhelming ovation from the sold-out crowd for his solo-acoustic set which included hits “The A Team” and “Lego House,” as well as fan favorites like the energetic “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You.” The GRAMMY-nominated Brit rocker has developed a strong following in the U.S. with back-to-back sold out headlining tours and countless national television appearances. Sheeran is currently supporting Taylor Swift on her North American RED Tour.Through benefit concerts, live and online auctions featuring concert experiences and memorabilia from The Black Keys, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Darius Rucker, Gene Simmons, Sheeran, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and more, MOC Nashville has received over $65,000 in recent weeks to go towards programs in Middle Tennessee. MOC Nashville anticipates the announcement of an additional weekly Bedside Performance Program to open later this year.Please visit www.MusiciansOnCall.org for more information.
Advertisement Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Steadies frontman Earl Pereira says playing with Riverdale star KJ Apa was incredible. (The Steadies/Instagram) It all started when they invited Apa’s friend, the bar’s sound tech, up to sing. Pereira noticed Apa in the crowd and asked him to come play with the band. Then he asked him to come back. Facebook What started as a normal gig turned into a night Earl Pereira will never forget.On Saturday KJ Apa, star of hit Netflix series Riverdale, jammed with Pereira’s band The Steadies for half an hour onstage at Guilt & Company in Vancouver.“It was epic,” said Pereira, lead singer of The Steadies. “It was so good. I had a good feeling he was going to hold his own up there, which he did, and then some.” Login/Register With: Advertisement
APTN National NewsIqaluit’s RCMP and fire department were called to the men’s prison on October 20 to quell a riot at the facility.Information about the riot has been slow to leak out.However, we do know that three inmates at the Baffin Correctional Centre caused minor damage to the facility by burning their bed sheets.The RCMP transported the three inmates to their holding cells while the investigation unfolds.The facility has been on lock-down since the incident.There have been no reports of any injuries to inmates or staff at the facility.The cause of the riot is still under investigation.APTN National News will have a follow up to this story on today’s newscast.
24 September 2009The largest ever HIV vaccine clinical trial to date provides hope for eventual immunization in the general population, but much more work needs to be done and current preventive strategies must be maintained, United Nations health agencies cautioned today . “The study results, representing a significant scientific advance, are the first demonstration that a vaccine can prevent HIV infection in a general adult population and are of great importance,” the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said in a statement, calling the results of the trial encouraging.The RV144 HIV vaccine study in Thailand showed a 31.2 per cent efficacy in preventing HIV infections, a modestly protective result with no safety issues noted. “However, these results have instilled new hope in the HIV vaccine research field and promise that a safe and highly effective HIV vaccine may become available for populations throughout the world who are most in need of such a vaccine,” the agencies said. “Until a highly effective HIV vaccine becomes available, UNAIDS and WHO underline the importance of effective and proven HIV prevention methods for all people,” they added, citing changes in behavioural and social norms, correct and consistent condom use, access to safe injection equipment, and male circumcision to combat the infection, which is spread by sexual contact and use of contaminated needles.They warned that much more has to be done to analyse the data, understand the protective mechanism, determine the duration of protection, and map next steps.“It remains to be seen if the two specific vaccine components in this particular regimen would be applicable to other parts of the world with diverse host genetic backgrounds and different HIV subtypes driving different regional sub-epidemics,” they said, stressing that once a vaccine becomes available, it will need to be universally accessible to all persons at risk.Moreover, early HIV vaccines with modest levels of efficacy would most likely have to be used as complementary tools in combination with the current strategies. The trial, involving 16,395 Thai adult male and female volunteers, was a test-of-concept of a novel regimen with two different candidate vaccines, carried out by the Thai Ministry of Public Health and sponsored by the United States Army Surgeon General with funding from the US National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.The two agencies began supportive work for the trial in 1991, when Thailand was recommended as one of the WHO-sponsored countries in preparation for HIV vaccine trials.“WHO and UNAIDS will work with the global HIV stakeholder community to further understand and resolve a range of questions related to the potential introduction of an HIV vaccine of moderate protective efficacy. This includes additional, in-depth trials in different populations with diverse host and virus genetic backgrounds,” they concluded.
Dunesh Priyashantha alias Kondaya was released today after being cleared in connection with the murder of Seya Sedawmini.The CID informed court on October 7 that the DNA tests conducted on Kondaya had not matched the DNA of Seya Sedawmini. Kondaya was arrested earlier after he had allegedly confessed to the killing but his brother was later arrested and he had confessed that he killed the child.DNA tests on Kondaya’s brother Saman Jayalath matched that of the tests conducted on Seya Sedawmini. (Colombo Gazette)
A group of Brock University students concerned about the Syrian refugee crisis is planning a discussion panel to shed light on the situation and offer ways to help.This is the first community event organized by Brock for Refugees, a group of Brock students, faculty and staff working together to aid Syrian refugees in Niagara.It takes place Tuesday, March 22 from 5-7 p.m. in Sankey Chamber. Everyone is welcome to attend.“This event is important because it goes all the way back to the 1980s and provides greater context about the issues contributing to the crisis,” said Brock student and volunteer Zanab Jafry.She said discussion will include a look at the needs and hurdles faced by Syrian refugees resettling in Canada and the organizations in place to help them.Jafry said a key component of the event is letting people know how they can help Syrian refugees in multiple capacities ranging from health and social to financial and other needs.The event will feature speakers including Brock University professor Terrance Wade, Amnesty International’s Gloria Nafziger, Brock student and daughter of a Syrian refugee Bahirah Jandali, UNICEF Brock president Patrick Foster and Save Our Syria members Ahmed Fehail and Majed Azrek.“One of our goals is to dispel some of the misconceptions,” Jafry said.She said those misconceptions will cover issues from Canadian attitudes about refugees to why people are displaced.Before, during and after the event, Brock for Refugees will be collecting hygiene items that will help refugees settling in Niagara.Items needed include: diapers, towels, underwear, disposable wipes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap, body wash, toothbrushes, feminine products, deodorant, body lotion, floss, etc. Donations can be dropped off in the Student Life Involvement Commons (Mackenzie Chown Complex, A Block, 204 – MC A 204) before and after the event, or at Sankey Chamber the night of the panel discussion.To RSVP and for more information on the event, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/199298640427574
DETROIT — Pierre-Luc Dubois scored two goals to help the Columbus Blue Jackets hold on for a 7-5 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night.The Blue Jackets led 3-0 after the first period and led by four goals in the second.Detroit rallied with three straight goals and pulled within one twice in the third period.Dubois’ second goal midway through the third stood after a video review and challenge, giving Columbus a two-goal lead.Anthony Mantha’s second goal with 2:12 left pulled the Red Wings within a goal again and they pulled Jonathan Bernier to add an extra skater. Seth Jones took advantage, sealing the victory with an empty-net goal less than a minute later.Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 27 shots for the Blue Jackets, who had lost two of three.Jimmy Howard gave up three goals on 16 shots in the first period and was replaced by Bernier, who finished with 12 saves.Detroit has lost three straight after winning six of seven.Columbus’ Cam Atkinson’s goal-scoring streak ended at seven games, tying Geoff Sanderson’s franchise record set in 2002.NOTES: Columbus coach John Tortorella won his 589th NHL game, moving past Nashville coach Peter Laviolette for the most victories in the league by a U.S.-born coach. … The Blue Jackets won the season series 2-1. They opened the season with a 3-2 overtime win at Detroit and lost to the Red Wings last month at home 5-3. … Columbus scratched D Dean Kukan and F Oliver Bjorkstrand. … Detroit D Jonathan Ericsson missed his 11th straight game with a lower-body injury.UP NEXTColumbus: Hosts Minnesota on Thursday.Detroit: Hosts St. Louis on Wednesday.___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsLarry Lage, The Associated Press
OSU team buses pull into AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas before the the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship against Oregon on Jan. 12 in Arlington, Texas. OSU won, 42-20. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorARLINGTON, Texas — Ohio State’s 13th win in a row was the one that mattered most as the Buckeyes toppled No. 2 Oregon to win the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship under the lights in North Texas.After falling behind in the opening minutes, No. 4 OSU piled up 21 straight first-half points before sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott led a second-half surge that culminated with a 42-20 victory. Elliott finished the game with a national championship game record 246 yards and four touchdowns Monday night at AT&T Stadium.Elliott said after the game that the Buckeyes had reached their goal, and he could barely believe it.“This is a surreal moment,” he said. “It’s why we all came here. After all we went through, this is crazy. It doesn’t feel real.”Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones said the win was even sweeter because the Buckeyes fought through injuries to two Heisman trophy-candidate quarterbacks, an early-season loss to Virginia Tech and the death of teammate Kosta Karageorge to get there.“Long story short, we weren’t supposed to be here,” he said. “We had every — all the odds were stacked against us through the whole season, and for us to be sitting right here as national champs, it only means a lot to me, but our community, Buckeye nation, and our hometowns.”The Buckeyes (14-1, 8-0) picked up the eighth national title in program history, and improved to 9-0 all-time against the No. 2 Ducks (13-2, 8-1).Elliott was named the game’s offensive player of the game, while redshirt-sophomore safety Tyvis Powell picked up the defensive equivalent.The win gave OSU its first national title since 2002 and moved coach Urban Meyer to 3-0 all-time in national title games. Meyer is just the second coach to win national championships at more than one school, as he won two while coaching at Florida.“The chase is complete,” Meyer said after the game. “These guys accepted their final mission and did it. It was our final mantra the past few weeks and I’m very grateful for the work these guys put in.”Meyer — an Ashtabula, Ohio, native and former Cincinnati football player — said he’s honored to win his third championship, this time for his home state.“I played college football here, and to bring now a national title to the great state of Ohio, it’s almost surreal,” he said.Jones — who started all three of OSU’s postseason games after redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett fractured his ankle — dedicated the win to the Buckeye seniors, who had not won a bowl game before this season.“It’s even better than I thought. It’s an unreal feeling,” Jones said after the game. “The seniors never could win a bowl game in four years. This is for them.”The game started with redshirt-junior quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota leading his team down the field to take an 7-0 lead after just 2:39. Jones took over at his own 25-yard line.The teams traded punts on the next two drives, before Elliott weaved through the Oregon defense for a 33-yard touchdown, tying the game at seven with 4:36 to play in the first quarter.OSU scored again on its next drive after an Oregon punt, taking a 14-7 lead on a touchdown pass from Jones to redshirt-junior tight end Nick Vannett.After an Oregon punt and a Jones fumble, the Ducks drove down to the OSU three-yard line, but came up short on fourth down. OSU fumbled on the next drive, but a sack of Mariota by junior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington forced a three-and-out for Oregon.OSU took a 21-10 halftime lead, but Oregon pulled within one in the second half. Elliott tacked on a touchdown late in the third quarter and another in the fourth to extend the margin, helping the Buckeyes stay ahead, despite turning the ball over four times.Meyer said the win came in part because of the play of Elliott and the offense, but stressed the importance of the improved play of the OSU defense as well.“And it’s also a testimony to the improvement our defense has made,” he said. “We won that game because of course Zeke Elliott and of course our offensive line, but our defense, to hold (Mariota) — I know he threw for a bunch of yards, 300-plus yards, but our defense, we tackled tonight and did a great job.”A fumble on OSU’s second drive of the second half marked the team’s fourth turnover of the game and second in the third quarter.A defensive stand inside the 10-yard line by the Buckeyes forced an Oregon field goal with 6:39 to play in the third quarter, making it 21-20.After the field goal, Elliott ran for 44 of 75 yards on a 12-play drive, capped by a nine-yard scoring run to give the Buckeyes a 28-20 lead at the start of the fourth quarter. Elliott piled on another 20 yards on OSU’s next drive, and punched in his third touchdown of the game to make it 35-20 with 9:44 on the clock.Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said Elliott is a “tremendous player,” and credited the OSU offensive line for some of his success against the Ducks.“He is an exceptional player, as is their offensive line,” Helfrich said after the game. “Their offensive line did a really nice job.”OSU stopped the Ducks on fourth down with less than four minutes to play, taking over in Oregon territory. Elliott capped a short Buckeye drive with another touchdown for the final points of the game.Elliott finished the season with 1,878 rushing yards, good for second-most in program history.In addition to Elliott’s third-straight game with 220 yards or more, Jones finished the night 16-of-23 on pass attempts for 242 yards and a touchdown with one interception. Jalin Marshall led the Buckeyes with five receptions while redshirt-junior wide receiver Corey Smith totaled 76 yards through the air.Powell led OSU with nine total tackles while Washington and sophomore safety Vonn Bell each tallied sacks of Mariota.Mariota finished the game with 333 passing yards and two touchdowns, while Byron Marshall tallied eight receptions for 169 yards and a score. OSU redshirt-freshman cornerback Eli Apple forced Oregon’s only turnover with an interception of Mariota on the game’s final play.The 14 wins are tied for the most in OSU history, and the 15 games played by both teams marks the most by any program in a single season.For highlights from Ohio State’s win in the national championship, watch the video below.
SO WHO SAW that one coming?Declan Kidney will put his cards on the table today when he officially names his team for the trip to Edinburgh at Carton House. But he’s managed to bluffed us all, it seems.Ireland will start with Paddy Jackson at No 10 against Scotland on Sunday, according to reports. The infinitely more experienced Ronan O’Gara will start on the bench at Murrayfield.The Munster out half put in one of his least impressive kicking displays when he was introduced against England, after Jonny Sexton injured a hamstring last time out in Dublin.So Ulster’s Jackson — who failed to make an impression in last season’s Heineken Cup final — will get his chance to shine on the big stage. Do you think he deserves it? Let us know in the comments. YesNoDon’t knowVoteLaugh it off: Murray backing O’Gara to hit form at vital time‘It’s done’ – Jonathan Sexton officially pens Racing Metro deal according to reports in France6 Nations: Marshall set to take centre stage after shaking off injury Poll Results: Yes (373) Don’t know (283) No (540)
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Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 01 Sept 2015 (by Shorrell Dames @magneticmedia1) – The Ministry of Education is making a teachers’ training investment, which is expected to benefit schools in the country. Seventeen individuals have been selected to participate in the Caribbean Vocational Qualification program. The National Training Agency from Trinidad commenced training on August 24th and will run until September 11th.Permanent Secretary, Cherylann Jones says, “the introduction of the CVQ program intends to strengthen technical and vocational education in TCI.” The CVQ training, which is to be held at the Airport Inn Hotel in Provo, includes food preparation, construction, data operations, customer services, and early childhood education. Earthquake hits again in Trinidad while TCI Cabinet agrees with GPS Station in Capital Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:caribbean vocational qualification, cherylann jones, cvq, trinidad Recommended for you Digicel T&T Donates Supplies to Anguilla and British Virgin Islands TCI Finance team in Trinidad on ‘Road Show’
Shakhtar Donetsk have confirmed their upcoming Champions League game against Lyon has been moved to KievThe Ukrainian Premier League leaders normally host their home matches in Kharkiv rather than Kiev.However, the destination of Donetsk’s Group F showdown with Lyon has been in doubt for the past few weeks due to Ukraine’s tense relationship with Russia.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…“The UEFA have decided that the Champions League group stage game against Lyon will be held at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev,” read a statement on the club website.Shakhtar are third in Group F and two points off second-place Lyon heading into the final game next week.Paulo Fonseca’s side needs to win to progress to the knockout stages with leaders Manchester City out of reach with a five-point advantage.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Mike Dunleavy signed a reduced final capital budget by $34.7 M through his line-item veto authority into law on Thursday. In a release from the office of the governor, SB2002, as passed by the Alaska Legislature, included a number of projects of local, community or legislative interest that the state simply cannot fund under its limited financial resources. Dunleavy’s office said the remaining capital budget, signed Thursday, captures nearly $1 billion in federal dollars and funds sweeping crime legislation. Governor Dunleavy: “In the coming days and weeks, my administration will be making more decisions that will impact Alaskans – but our commitment remains to be open to input from Alaskans, to understand their priorities, and to work towards achieving better outcomes for the dollars we do spend. While Alaskans await future announcements regarding the operating budget, we can’t ignore the fact that today’s action represents an important and positive step in moving Alaska forward.” Click here for additional on the enacted Fiscal Year 2020 capital budget, including a funded project summary, a vetoed project summary and more. Key items funded in SB 2002: $73M to Federal Highway and Aviation Match, which secures $877.2 million in Federal funds$12M to Village Safe Water and Wastewater Projects, securing over $52M in Federal funds$2.54M to Hiland Mountain Women’s Mental Health Unit$2M in AIDEA receipts for Northwest Arctic Borough school construction and major maintenance$680,200 to Electronic Visit Verification System$2.5M to Arctic Strategic Transportation and Resources$1.5M to AHFC Rental Assistance for Victims- Empowering Choice Housing Program$3.6M to AHFC Homeless Assistance$1.75M to AHFC Senior Citizen Housing$250,000 to Inter-Island Ferry Authority$13.5M to Alaska Marine Highway System vessel overhaul, annual certification, and shoreside facilities rehabilitation$1.6M to Harbor Grant Program
Kamareddy: Senior BJP leader and former MLA Yendala Laxminarayana said that the Central government had scrapped Article 370 to bring peace and development in Jammu and Kashmir.BJP local leaders and activists celebrated the occasion by bursting crackers and distributed sweets at new bus stand and other main centres in Kamareddy on Monday. They raised slogans like Bharat Mata ki Jai etc. BJP leader Venkataramanara Reddy, Telu Srinivas, Narendra Reddy, Pullur Jyoti, Mahesh Gupta and others participated in the celebrations.
By The Associated PressPASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Historian Henry Louis Gates can trace the roots of his upcoming PBS documentary about the Reconstruction to his days in school.That’s when he heard about the end of slavery during the Civil War followed by virtually nothing about race relations until the civil rights movement in the middle of the 20th century.“Freedmen Voting in New Orleans,” 1867, engraving courtesy of New York Public Library Digital CollectionThe Harvard historian said it led him to wonder why a civil rights movement was necessary a century after the Emancipation Proclamation.His answer arrives on April 9, when PBS will premiere the first half of his four-hour documentary on America after the Civil War. He hopes it will enlighten people to what he believes is one of the least understood periods of the nation’s history.
When Apple removes a game or other app from the App Store it’s usually because one or more of the many rules has been broken. But in the case of Sweatshop HD, the game just made Apple uncomfortable, and it’s hard to argue your case as a developer against that.Sweatshop HD was created by BAFTA-winning creative studio Littleloud. It has tower defense gameplay mechanics, but tasks the player with running a sweatshop producing clothing and footwear. It is aimed at young people in a bid to get them thinking about where the clothes we buy come from and the conditions workers in some of these factories suffer through.Over its 30 levels the player has to deal with ever larger orders, more types of products to make, but also problems like fires, no toilets, unions, and employees getting tired or ill. It’s realistic because the choice of what to do–look after the workers or complete the orders–falls to the player, and hopefully teaches them the difficulties in balancing the two in the process.For Apple though, such an educational game ended up being too uncomfortable for them to sell. And although it was allowed on to the App Store in November last year, it has since been removed. Littleloud tried to get the game back by making it clear in the app that it was fictional. They also informed Apple that the charity Labor Behind the Label was involved to ensure everything being depicted was true to life.Sweatshop HD remains missing from the App Store, though, and is unlikely to return. That seems totally unfair as it was educational and Apple’s response clearly shows it doesn’t want apps to deal with difficult issues. This isn’t the first example of such behavior either, as Apple also decided to remove Phone Story from sale back in 2011.The good news is, you can still play Sweatshop as it was also released as a browser-based Flash game.
How AMC’s ‘The Terror’ Uses American History to Delive…Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Becomes Universal Halloween Horror Maze George A. Romero, legendary horror director and creator of the Night of the Living Dead series of films, passed away on Sunday, July 17, 2017. He was 77 years old. According to The Los Angeles Times, Romero passed in his sleep while listening to the score from 1953’s The Quiet Man, his favorite film. He had his wife and daughter at his side. A statement said Romero died after a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer.”Romero grew up in The Bronx in New York City, and got a degree from Carnegie Melon University’s College of Fine Arts. He was a master of horror. While most people know him for the Living Dead series, he directed The Crazies, Monkey Shines, and Season of the Witch (not the third Halloween movie). He also collaborated with Stephen King multiple times, most notably for Creepshow, King’s screenwriting debut. A tribute to old horror comics of the 1950s, the darkly comedic anthology became a cult favorite of horror fans everywhere.With his first film, Night of the Living Dead, Romero created the modern zombie movie without intending to. The word “zombie” was never used in the film, and there was no explanation of where the undead monsters came from. Before Romero, zombies were undead slaves, being controlled by someone else. Romero turned them into the decaying, cannibalistic corpses we know today. Romero did more than make disposable horror flicks. His zombie movies always had a point. Romero liked to say he used zombies to make some political point about the world. Night of the Living Dead explored racial prejudice. Dawn of the Dead satirized materialism. One of his more recent films, Land of the Dead used the zombie apocalypse to explore class struggle.That’s one of the reasons he declined to direct an episode of The Walking Dead. He saw the show as “a soap opera with a zombie occasionally.” The zombies in the series, he claimed, were lacking in criticism, and therefore he wasn’t interested. He also stated that he always tried to include identifying features in his zombies of the people they used to be. He thought that reminder of their former humanity was important. He didn’t see that in a lot of modern zombie media.Romero was also one of the first horror directors to effectively use gore juxtaposed with mundane everyday settings to produce big scares. That alone inspired countless directors including John Carpenter and Wes Craven. The horror genre wouldn’t be where it is today without him. We will get one more movie from Romero. Mitt Birman is directing Road of the Dead, which he co-wrote with Romero. That movie, concerning zombie prisoners that race each other for the entertainment of the wealthy, is set to be released next year.George A. Romero proved that horror movies could have great scares and a message. He will be sorely missed in the horror community. Rest in peace, Mr. Romero, and thank you for scaring the absolute hell out of us all these years.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target
Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) – The Palestinian Authority says it will seek to have additional religious West Bank sites recognized by UNESCO as endangered World Heritage sites.Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki named a site holy to Jews and Muslims in Hebron where biblical patriarchs and their wives are buried, and Mount Gerizim near Nablus.Last week, UNESCO approved Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity as an endangered site in a move Palestinians hailed as a key step toward statehood. The United States and Israel dismissed it as cynical politicization of the cultural body. Comments Share Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Malki said the church’s recognition was the start of a “long term project.”Israeli government spokesman Yigal Palmor dismissed the plan to add more sites as “purely propaganda.” He hoped UNESCO would reject the move.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches
Agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site has announced Metro Hotel Sydney Central as one of 494 recipients of its prestigious Gold Circle Awards in 2012. The Awards recognise hotels from around the globe that lead by example in the competitive hospitality industry.Launched in 2009, the Awards are given to Agoda.com partners who are committed to accommodating the unique needs of the online booking industry, which has seen significant and steady global growth as technology continues to make online booking faster, easier and more convenient.In determining this year’s Gold Circle Award winners, the new judging criteria takes into account the number of positive customer reviews including aggregate scores, a hotel’s utilization of Agoda.com’s Yield Control System, top-performing properties, competitive pricing, and a hotel’s understanding of the complex business dynamics that define the industry.Metro Hotel Sydney Central’s General Manager, Sandra Calabretta, said she and her staff were thrilled to be recognised for customer service excellence, and offering great value at a fair price to its guests.“We constantly strive to ensure the best hotel experience for our guests. Customer service is very difficult to get right all the time, and often you only receive feedback when things go wrong. “This Award is testament to our success in ensuring our guests enjoy a high level of service as well as value for money.”Metro Hotel Sydney Central recently completed an extensive refurbishment of four of the hotel’s 10 floors, now offering only Superior and Deluxe rooms, with standard rooms being phased out. It will embark on upgrading the remaining six floors in February 2013.“This is an exciting time in the history of the hotel as we are offering our guests not only superior customer service, but also a significantly better quality of accommodation and facilities,” Ms Calabretta said.Metro Hotels is the public face of Transmetro Corporation, an Australian owned public company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. The Group currently provides a national accommodation network of properties, with over 1000 rooms in key locations and major cities across Australia. Source = Metro Hotels