Golden Jubilee Village Closed Today

first_imgRelatedGolden Jubilee Village Closed Today Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Jamaica 50 Secretariat is advising that the Golden Jubilee Village at Independence Park is closed today (August 5), but persons wishing to go inside the National Arena to see the display booths, and to attend the Jubilee Conversations, can still do so. Visitors to the National Arena can still access the Park and Ride offering, which is still available today. Parking will not be permitted around the Jubilee Village, so patrons will therefore have to park at one of three locations prepared for this purpose, then use the Jamaica Urban Transit Company’s (JUTC) shuttle to get to and from the National Arena. General Manager, Independence Park, Major Desmon Brown, has informed that park and ride locations are at King’s House east grounds, Up Park Camp (Duppy Gate entrance) and Jamaica College (JC). “The frequencies will range from 10 minutes up to 20 minutes and we assure you that we will have enough buses, so you don’t have a long time to wait,” he said. He pointed out that special arrangements have been made for persons with disabilities, who will be asked to use the facilities at King’s House. “We are asking persons with a disability to go to the park and ride at King’s House. We have an area there very close to the pick-up, which has been reserved for them to park. In addition, the JUTC will operate the bus with the wheel chair lift that will transport persons, as required,” Mr. Brown said. Golden Jubilee Village Closed Today CultureAugust 5, 2012center_img RelatedGolden Jubilee Village Closed Today RelatedGolden Jubilee Village Closed Todaylast_img read more

Do Music Lessons Make You Smarter?

first_imgScientific American: Practice makes progress, if not perfection, for most things in life. Generally, practicing a skill—be it basketball, chess or the tuba—mostly makes you better at whatever it was you practiced. Even related areas do not benefit much. Doing intensive basketball drills does not usually make a person particularly good at football. Chess experts are not necessarily fabulous at math, and tuba players can’t just put down their tubas and pick up cellos.…Much of the literature makes the mistake of inferring causation from correlation, and fails to control for confounding variables. Glenn Schellenberg, a psychologist at the University of Toronto who studies transfer from music specifically, has new, not yet published work showing that the association between music lessons and cognition disappears when demographics and personality are held constant. In other words, the apparent benefits from music lessons have more to do with which kids take music lessons than they do with the lessons themselves. Read the whole story: Scientific American More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Dockwise positions itself for offshore growth

first_imgThe company remains upbeat in its outlook but says that it has “still fully to shake off the delayed impact of the 2009 oil price slump.”Dockwise, with a fleet of 19 semi-submersible vessels and a USD240 million ultra-large heavy lift vessel on order, reported full year adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortisation of USD176 million – down on 2009 – while 2010 net profit of USD37 milllion fell from an adjusted USD63 million in 2009.Andre Goedee, Dockwise chief executive said: “2010 was a demanding year, but Dockwise demonstrated its resilience and we made strong progress. The group turned in a solid financial performance in challenging markets.”Mr Goedee claimed that that the decision to order the ‘Type Zero’ ultra-large heavylift vessel will give the company a “unique presence in a premium segment of the market”.Mr Goedee added: “With our principal client industry, oil and gas, in robust health, Dockwise is looking forward to 2011 and beyond. In the short term, we have still fully to shake off the delayed impact of the 2009 oil price slump, however longer term we are encouraged by a number of factors.”Sustained buoyancy in the oil price should stimulate the demand for drill rigs for field developments, while we await the recovery in port and marine services which historically has followed a macro-economic upturn. Beyond this year, major offshore project activity provides an encouraging horizon.”For the last three months of 2010, Dockwise reported a “healthy performance” with revenues of USD123 million, against an adjusted result of USD118.2 million for the same period of 2009.Dockwise said uit sees evidence of a “sustained upturn”, but as a “late-cycle business”, the benefits are likely to longer to feed through than to elsewhere in the oilfield services sector.”Looking beyond this year, and assessing generational rather cyclical change, we are encouraged. From 2012 onward, we see a growing set of major offshore new production and development projects for which we are aggressively positioning Dockwise to be the offshore service provider of choice.”last_img read more

The club scene this weekend

first_imgGalaxy eventsThere will be an Urban Chic Friday party on Friday August 26. Kurt Busch, October Brothers and Bhavesh Chana will provide the entertainment. * On Saturday August 27, it is Showcase Saturdays and Ladies Night Out at Club Galaxy, featuring Dr Jules, Kurt Busch and DJ MD. Women enter free between 9pm and 11pm.* On Saturday September 3, the Ladies Night Out event will feature a host of DJs.West End eventsThere will be a Women’s Month celebration at the month-end corporate sundowner on Friday August 26. Mary-Jane, Abigail Bagley, Chandre Chay and bands N2, Phaze 4 and Urbane Groove will perform.* On Saturday August 27, Molly Baron and Friends will entertain, with special guests Salome and Sammy Webber. Tickets cost R100. Call Lynne on 071 260 700 to book. On Sunday August 28, Erica Vivace and her band will be on stage at the Sunset Sundays. Doors open at 6pm. Entry is free before 9pm. There will be a jazz demo by Unique Jazz Studio from 7pm to 8pm. For reservations email [email protected]last_img read more

Rooms with new views: Hotels try their hand in home-sharing

first_imgTravelers sometimes want a cookie-cutter room in a downtown hotel, and they sometimes want a cozy Tuscan farmhouse to share with friends.Hotels have always been good at providing the first one. Now, they’re trying to figure out how to provide the second — and blunt the growth of competitors like Airbnb. But they’re having mixed success.Marriott said Tuesday it’s expanding its six-month-old home-sharing pilot in London to three additional European cities. On the same day, Hyatt announced it was pulling out of a money-losing collaboration with luxury home-sharing company Oasis.Analysts say hotels are wise to experiment. Airbnb now has 5 million listings on its site, up 25 percent from a year ago. By comparison, Marriott grew 5 percent last year to 1.3 million rooms. In some markets, like New York and Miami, studies indicate that home-sharing is already eroding hotel profits. This Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, photo shows the living room of a flat that will be available for short term rent in London. Hotel companies are getting into the business of home-sharing. Marriott has been testing this in London in partnership with a home-sharing company called Hostmaker. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) This Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, photo shows the bedroom of a flat that will be available for short term rent in London. Hotel companies are getting into the business of home-sharing. Marriott has been testing this in London in partnership with a home-sharing company called Hostmaker. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) This Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, photo shows entrance to a flat that will be available for short term rent in London. Hotel companies are getting into the business of home-sharing. Marriott has been testing this in London in partnership with a home-sharing company called Hostmaker. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) This Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, photo shows a view from the top floor of a flat that will be available for short term rent in London. Hotel companies are getting into the business of home-sharing. Marriott has been testing this in London in partnership with a home-sharing company called Hostmaker. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)center_img 1 of 5 This Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, photo shows the bathroom of a flat that will be available for short term rent in London. Hotel companies are getting into the business of home-sharing. Marriott has been testing this in London in partnership with a home-sharing company called Hostmaker. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) But it’s not yet clear how far hotels are willing to expand into home-sharing, which challenges their traditional business models. It costs more to clean homes scattered in various neighborhoods than rooms at a central location, for example.The barriers are so great that at least one major hotel company — Hilton — is giving home-sharing a pass for now. The company’s CEO, Chris Nassetta, says the quality, consistency and amenities that Hilton customers expect are best provided in hotels.Other hotel companies, like Marriott, say they can bring order and standards to the chaotic home-sharing market. Hotels promise perks they say Airbnb can’t match: fully vetted properties, fluffy white towels and popular loyalty programs that let members use points to book homes.“The lines are beginning to blur, and depending on what kind of trip it is, sometimes a home feels better than a hotel,” said Jennifer Hsieh, Marriott’s vice president of customer experience.Marriott began testing home rentals in London in the spring. This week, it’s expanding that pilot program — called Tribute Portfolio Homes — to Paris, Rome and Lisbon. Marriott says the program will now include 340 homes.Hotels aren’t necessarily luring different customers with their home-sharing options. Instead, they’re finding that existing customers want more options, says Steve Caron, vice president and head of vacation rentals for Comfort Inn parent Choice Hotels, which has partnered with RedAwning, a company that oversees 20,000 rental properties.Take Craig Sowerby, an author and freelance travel writer based in Barcelona, Spain. He’s a Hyatt loyalty member and usually stays in hotels, but he decided to try an Oasis apartment for a one-month trip to Buenos Aires earlier this summer.There were some hiccups. He had to pay upfront, months in advance, for the full $1,745 cost of his stay. He got fresh towels and sheets weekly, but there was no other cleaning. The WiFi didn’t work.On the plus side, he said, he earned credits toward his elite Hyatt status as well as points for future stays. The apartment was also far nicer than the Airbnb he subsequently rented in another part of Argentina. But he thinks it will be a challenge for hotel chains to deliver the same standard of service in shared homes.“If the hotel chains end up simply offering a ‘more expensive Airbnb,’ then their potential market will be limited to those of us who are points or elite status obsessed,” Sowerby said.For its part, Hyatt invested $22 million in Oasis in 2017 but in the second quarter of this year, it wrote off its investment as a loss, saying regulatory hurdles in some cities were limiting Oasis’s growth.On Tuesday, vacation rental management company Vacasa bought Oasis and Hyatt ceased its affiliation, although Vacasa is honoring reservations that Hyatt members already made. In a statement, Hyatt said it recognizes that customer demand for alternative accommodations remains strong, and it may discuss a future tie-up with Vacasa.Onefinestay — a luxury home rental company bought by AccorHotels in 2016 — offers properties like a three-bedroom villa on Maui for $975 per night.But AccorHotels took a similar $285 million charge in the second quarter, primarily due to losses at Onefinestay. AccorHotels also said it believes home-sharing needs to be part of its portfolio, but the business hasn’t grown as planned.Maggie Rauch, senior director of research at the travel consulting firm Phocuswright, says making home-sharing profitable will be a challenge for hotels.“Does it make sense for Marriott to build a new Marriott around this flexible shared space? Is a hotel company going to buy a brownstone in Brooklyn?” she said.For now, Marriott’s exposure is limited. It partnered with Hostmaker — a U.K.-based home-sharing management company — which scouts homes and makes sure they meet Marriott’s standards. Marriott only takes a cut for homes that are rented through the Tribute site.But Hsieh said home-sharing does have some financial advantages. For example, Marriott has found that home-sharing customers are generally leisure travelers who stay twice as long as typical hotel customers.Hotels can also charge more for entire homes. Tribute offers a three-bedroom home with a full kitchen, three bathrooms and a balcony in London’s Kensington neighborhood for $956 per night plus a $129 cleaning fee. It’s around the corner from the London Marriott Kensington, where a guest room with a bathroom and two queen beds costs $330 per night.Nearby, Airbnb lists a three-bedroom apartment with a basement-level entrance for $782 per night plus a $169 cleaning fee and a $234 service fee.As hotels continue to experiment, the pressure from home-sharing sites isn’t going away. In fact, Airbnb is making hotel-like moves of its own.In late September, it added rooms from 50 boutique hotels in Thailand to its platform through a partnership with a Thai hotel association. Last year, it bought Luxury Retreats, a high-end home-sharing site. And it’s trying to standardize what guests can expect with a new designation called Airbnb Plus for properties that pass a quality inspection.Chris Lehane, Airbnb’s policy director, says Airbnb considers online travel agents like Expedia its main rivals, not big hotel companies. The need for accommodations is so vast that Airbnb and hotels will continue to coexist, he says, but Airbnb will do better at providing unique places.But hotels aren’t giving up yet. Daniel Mount, an associate professor of hospitality at Pennsylvania State University, says they should continue to dabble in home-sharing even if it doesn’t promise big profits.“I don’t think five years from now, hotels want to look back and say, ‘Wow, we should have done that five years ago,’” Mount said.last_img read more

Power lines blamed for Shekell Fire

first_imgMOORPARK – Arson investigators determined Wednesday that power lines caused the weekend wildfire that destroyed five homes. “Power lines,” said Capt. Barry Parker of the Ventura County Fire Department. “All I can tell you right now is the fire was caused by power lines. We know the cause, but the investigation can go on for a week, maybe a month.” The Fire Department’s Arson Investigation Unit made its preliminary determination after sifting through ashes within the 13,600 acres destroyed by the blaze. Parker did not say whether investigators had seen downed power lines where the fire began at 2:30 a.m. Sunday near the former Egg City production plant at Grimes Canyon and Shekell roads north of Moorpark. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The wind-swept Shekell Fire, as it came to be known, was contained late Tuesday after destroying five homes and two commercial buildings and damaging 11 structures. The cost of battling the fire was estimated to reach $4.5 million. Neighbors off Grimes Canyon Road had reported a power outage about the same time the 2:30 a.m. fire was first reported. A Southern California Edison spokesman said the company has been notified by Ventura County fire officials about the cause. During the fire, company officials said, power was knocked out at several hundred homes, with others experiencing momentary outages while the wildfire raged. “We do have poles that were damaged in the fire,” said Edison spokesman Steven Conroy. “We’ve been officially notified and have instigated an investigation in cooperation with Ventura County fire officials.” [email protected] (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Request for adjournment denied at SIPT LisaRaye coming soon

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#lisaraey, #SIPTtrials, #tauwhare Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos – October 16, 2017 – When the Special Investigation and Prosecution Team trial resumed this past week, there was an application to see the trial, adjourned. Jerome Lynch, QC and attorney for McAllister Hanchell explained that hurricane Irma caused damages to some of the defendants homes, including his own client, and with the communications breakdown, there had been limited opportunity for clients and attorneys to confer on the financial documents submitted by the prosecution just before the storm hit. The request for adjournment was denied by the judge and the trial continues. It is expected that soon to appear at the special trial to present evidence are ex-wife of former Premier Michael Misick, LisaRaye McCoy and former Governor, Richard Tauwhare. The crown’s case, which was due to be completed in November will now wrap up until later. You can read more on the costly trial in this week’s TCWN. Mike denied access to own money, said he is in ‘difficult’ times, will appeal CJs decisionlast_img read more