first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, NOVEMBER 18, 2013- The government seems to be making a tremendous effort in fighting money-laundering in the Turks and Caicos Islands. In addition, to a recently held anti-money laundering training at Beaches Resort and Spa, the government is now hoping to pump funds into the area in an effort to minimize money-laundering activities in the TCI. At last Cabinet sitting, the country’s leaders advised the governor to approve monies amounting to more than $120,000 to improve the ability of the relevant authorities to detect money laundering, among beneficiaries of the fund are the Marine branch of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force and the Financial Crimes Intelligence Unit. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgWith a ballooning national debt and the threat of a future BRAC round, Virginia’s Hampton Roads region should seek to expand its cluster of defense missions. “This [defense] is an asset,” said Old Dominion University economist Vinod Agarwal. “We should not ignore the assets we have,” said Agarwal, who spoke to the Virginian-Pilot following the release of ODU’s 2018 State of the Region report. At the same time, the region should strive to lower its reliance on defense spending. Craig Quigley, executive director of the Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance, told WVEC that local leaders have “done everything possible” to strengthen the region’s installations ahead of a possible round of base closures. “The public school system, the surface transportation system, collaborative efforts to mitigate sea level rise,” Quigley said. “There are more efforts going on that I can point to, to make sure that we show that we value these installations, and they are a part of who we are as Hampton Roads.”Photo by Steve Earley Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Early Education & Child Care Teacher at Little SproutsFull-Time National Accounts Ecommerce Specialist at UniFirstFull-Time/Part-Time Cashier at Panera BreadFull-Time/Part-Time Food Services Associate at Panera BreadFull-Time Comfort Advisor at Super Service Today, Inc.Temporary Full-TIme Nanny For 2 Wilmington ChildrenFull-Time Order Checker at Arrow Paper Co.Part-Time Package Handler at FedEx GroundFull-Time Realtor at ERA Key Realty ServicesFull-Time Director of Quality Engineering at MKS Instruments(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

first_imgSonakshi Sinha in Khandaani ShafakhanaPR HandoutBollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha bid an emotional farewell to the team of Khandaani Shafakhana after wrapping up its shoot and the latest video is now creating a lot of buzz on social media.Sonakshi Sinha has never shied away from playing diverse roles. From adorable Rajjo in Dabangg to kicking ass in Akira, she has done it all. In her next film Khandaani Shafakhana, she will be playing the role of a young girl from Amritsar. It is about how she inherits her uncle’s sex clinic and tries to break the taboos around the topic. The film, which is directed by Shilpi Dasgupta also stars Varun Sharma and Badshah.Sonakshi Sinha shared a video on her Instagram page and captioned it with, “And in बेबी Bedi’s style, bada changa experience thaa ji! Thank you @shilpidasgupta @mriglamba @fukravarun @badboyshah @priyanshjora @dprishi @gautam.m1 and the entire team for making @khandaanishafakhana one of my most cherished films!!! ❤See you at #KhandaaniShafakhana on 2nd August at your nearest cinema. #BaatTohKaro.”The video shows the making of some scenes. Sonakshi Sinha is also seen speaking about how Khandaani Shafakhana and the team are extremely special for her. Despite being her 23rd film, she knew everyone from the cast and crew, how the vibe on the sets was extremely warm, and this will be a special film for her.Sonakshi Sinha is the first female actor to headline a film which deals with the subject of sex, and she has been getting a lot of praise for how she is trying to encourage people to approach the subject openly. Apart from that, she has also received a positive response on how she has gotten into the skin of the character of Baby Bedi with such ease.Khandaani Shafakhana is scheduled to release on August 2. Two weeks later, Sonakshi Sinha will be seen playing the role of a scientist in Mission Mangal, which hits the screens on August 15.last_img read more

first_imgUS Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with Jerry Falwell Jr. at a campaign rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa, January 31, 2016.Months before evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr.’s game-changing presidential endorsement of Donald Trump in 2016, Falwell asked Trump fixer Michael Cohen for a personal favor, Cohen said in a recorded conversation reviewed by Reuters.Falwell, president of Liberty University, one of the world’s largest Christian universities, said someone had come into possession of what Cohen described as racy “personal” photographs — the sort that would typically be kept “between husband and wife,” Cohen said in the taped conversation.According to a source familiar with Cohen’s thinking, the person who possessed the photos destroyed them after Cohen intervened on the Falwells’ behalf.The Falwells, through a lawyer, declined to comment for this article.Cohen, who began a three-year prison sentence this week for federal campaign violations and lying to Congress, recounted his involvement in the matter in a recording made surreptitiously by comedian Tom Arnold on 25 March. Portions of the recording — in which Cohen appeared to disavow parts of his guilty plea — were first reported on 24 April by The Wall Street Journal.The Falwells enlisted Cohen’s help in 2015, according to the source familiar with Cohen’s thinking, the year Trump announced his presidential candidacy. At the time, Cohen was Trump’s confidant and personal lawyer, and he worked for the Trump Organization.The Falwells wanted to keep “a bunch of photographs, personal photographs” from becoming public, Cohen told Arnold. “I actually have one of the photos,” he said, without going into specifics. “It’s terrible.”Cohen would later prove successful in another matter involving Falwell, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters. Cohen helped persuade Falwell to issue his endorsement of Trump’s presidential candidacy at a critical moment, they said: just before the Iowa caucuses. Falwell subsequently barnstormed with Trump and vouched for the candidate’s Christian virtues.Reuters has no evidence that Falwell’s endorsement of Trump was related to Cohen’s involvement in the photo matter. The source familiar with Cohen’s thinking insisted the endorsement and the help with the photographs were separate issues.Cohen’s connection to the Falwells sheds light on the formidable alliance between Trump and a man who, through his university, is one of the most influential evangelical figures in America. Falwell’s backing helped galvanize evangelicals and persuaded many Christians concerned about Trump’s past behavior to embrace him as a repentant sinner.Falwell’s support for Trump has not wavered throughout the New York celebrity-politician’s own tribulations, including the Access Hollywood recording of Trump talking about grabbing women’s genitals and payoffs made by Cohen to hide Trump’s extramarital affairs. This past weekend, Falwell tweeted that “Trump should have 2 yrs added to his 1st term” to make up for the two years of the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.Blockbuster EndorsementFalwell’s endorsement of Trump, however, did surprise some students and staff at Liberty University, the school in Lynchburg, Virginia, founded by Falwell’s father, Jerry. It was at Liberty where fellow Republican presidential candidate and major Trump rival Ted Cruz had chosen to launch his campaign the previous year. Cruz’s father was an evangelical preacher, much like Falwell’s father; Trump has been married three times and divorced twice. For years, prior to running for president, Trump boasted of his sexual exploits and supported a host of social positions, such as abortion rights, that run counter to beliefs espoused by Falwell.Although Falwell declined interview requests for this story, he has said repeatedly that he endorsed Trump because Trump was the strongest candidate, had significant experience running a business, and had the right vision for the country.The connection between Trump and Falwell goes back years. In 2012, Trump gave the convocation at Liberty University. One link between Trump and the couple appears to have been Cohen, a now-disbarred New York lawyer who formed a close bond with the Falwells.During the campaign, Cohen worked closely with Liberty University to help promote Trump’s candidacy. It was around that time that Cohen heard from the Falwells about the photographs, said the source familiar with Cohen’s thinking.The Falwells told Cohen that someone had obtained photographs that were embarrassing to them, and was demanding money, the source said. Reuters was unable to determine who made the demand. The source said Cohen flew to Florida and soon met with an attorney for the person with the photographs. Cohen spoke with the attorney, telling the lawyer that his client was committing a crime, and that law enforcement authorities would be called if the demands didn’t stop, the source said.The matter was soon resolved, the source said, and the lawyer told Cohen that all of the photographs were destroyed.Months later, in early 2016, Trump faced what seemed like an enormous challenge. The Iowa caucus was coming up, and Cohen — then deeply loyal to Trump — was concerned about how Trump would fare, the source said. Cohen felt Trump “was being slaughtered in that community,” and “didn’t want to see him embarrassed or, you know, without support,” said the source familiar with Cohen’s thinking. Cohen repeatedly reached out to Jerry Falwell, and pleaded with him to back Trump, the source said.Soon after, according to this account, Falwell made his historic announcement. “I am proud to offer my endorsement of Donald J. Trump for president of the United States,” Falwell was quoted saying in a statement issued by the Trump campaign. “He is a successful executive and entrepreneur, a wonderful father and a man who I believe can lead our country to greatness again.”last_img read more

first_img Share Hurricane Harvey was a recent example, Turner wrote. “The people of the state of Texas who choose to live in cities expect their cities to be able to respond in the event of the disaster, and cities will not be able to respond if legislation designed to strangle local governments succeeds.”This money-and-things business came up regularly during a debate almost two decades ago over whether to tax sales made over the internet. One member of a federal panel that looked into the question was then-Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk. He took the position that things bought online should be taxed the same way they’d be if the purchases were made in brick-and-mortar stores.“When you are sitting at home in your virtual world and . . . a fire breaks out, do you want us to send a virtual fire truck or a real big red fire truck?” he asked at one point.Everybody wants the big red truck at the virtual truck’s price.Money isn’t always at the center of state policy decisions, but it often overshadows whatever else lawmakers might be talking about.School finance conversations aren’t really about education, although education is the only reason for those conversations in the first place. It’s easier to talk about the state’s spending — whether it’s enough, whether it’s fairly distributed and so on — than to talk about how the quality of public schools here compares with that of schools in other states. Michael Stravato for The Texas TribuneHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner speaks to the Texas House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations during a hearing on Harvey relief funding in Houston on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017.The dispute between the state of Texas and local governments isn’t always about money, but that’s where the real fighting takes place.Reduced to its essence, the state is arguing about price. The locals are arguing about product. Prices — property taxes are the bane of the moment — are rising too quickly, the state contends, with voters cheering in the background. Those same voters, the local officials argue, are making demands for roads, hospitals, schools, police and other government services.“Things cost money,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner wrote last week in a blunt letter to a Senate committee working on property tax growth limits.center_img One widely touted ranking — the Quality Counts 2016 report from Education Week – put Texas in 42nd place overall. That’s a starting point for a product-quality argument.Another widely touted ranking is the Tax Foundation’s comparison of effective property taxes for homeowners by state. Texas ranked 6th highest nationally in 2016. That’s a pretty good starting point for price-sensitive Texans.That group got a boost earlier this year when Gov. Greg Abbott gathered a set of legislative proposals to limit property tax growth into a package for his re-election campaign. He didn’t propose lowering property taxes; in fact, he said in his proposal that the state needs to raise its share of public education costs, the better to keep local property taxes at bay.But it puts the governor in league with state lawmakers who want to limit how much local governments can raise property tax bills without voter approval. It’s true that the bills are rising fast enough to propel angry voters to town hall meetings and to the polls. Rising property taxes are a legitimate political issue, driven by what elected officials and aspiring officeholders hear from their constituents.The local governments are on the other side of this, however, hearing from those same voters about deficiencies in schools and roads, crime protection and whatnot.Sometimes, push comes to shove. In the days after Hurricane Harvey assaulted Texas, Turner and Abbott locked horns, with the mayor telling the governor that he would have to raise property taxes to cover storm costs unless the state could fork over some relief money fast. That episode ended with Abbott giving the city a $50 million check and Turner backing off his threatened plans for a tax hike.The game is still on, however. State Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, has been loudly promoting limits on local government tax increases. It was a meeting of his Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform that prompted Turner’s “things cost money” letter.Bettencourt and others say rising property taxes are pushing the costs of owning homes out of some people’s reach and forcing long-term residents out of their houses.Local officials like Turner, a longtime state legislator before he was elected mayor of Houston, hear the siren Ron Kirk was listening to during the fight over internet taxes — the one on a big red fire truck.last_img read more

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “Xuanzang,” a co-production between Eros and China Film Group, was China’s unsuccessful submission to the foreign-language Oscar category in 2016. The two companies have a slate of other co-ventures.Operating both ad-supported and subscription models, iQIYI claims to have 500 million monthly active users and 60 million regular subscribers. It floated on NASDAQ earlier this year and currently enjoys a $19 billion market capitalization. Popular on Variety center_img Leading Bollywood distributor Eros International has struck a content-licensing deal in China with streaming giant iQIYI.Eros described the deal as a content-licensing pact for Eros Now, its own streaming video platform. In a statement, it said that “Eros Now becomes the first South Asian OTT player to make inroads into the Chinese digital space.” Details were not available.In recent weeks, Eros has announced more advanced partnerships that expand the operation of Eros Now in other territories. In both India and Indonesia, Eros Now will be carried as part of the Mi TV platform operated by Chinese phones and hardware group Xiaomi.Indian films have enjoyed a surge of popularity in theaters in China, with “Dangal,” “Secret Superstar,” and “Hindi Medium” all becoming hits. Other efforts are being made to establish co-production films between the two neighboring but often rival countries.last_img read more

first_imgUrban reflections, is a collection of realistic and surreal images of Bombay (Mumbai, India), as seen by me, over the last seven years. These images capture the rapidly changing life in Mumbai, which has adopted the path of vertical growth during the last decade.The exhibition being held on March 13 to 23 at Arpana Caur Gallery at Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, Sri Fort Institutional Area, marks a significant departure in the professional career of well-known photojournalist Chandu Mhatre. After shooting all major news events unfolding in India in the past four decades, he has lately been focusing on what can be characterized as fine art photography.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Although the pictures that form Urban Reflections are primarily motivated by artistic considerations, they also tell the urban story of Mumbai’s soul. Urban Reflections is a result of Mhatre’s many journeys through Mumbai to chronicle how the city has changed under the impact of globalization and economic liberalization. The aim has been to capture the city far from its stereotypical images and give the city a touch of fine art photography.This ‘makeover’ in the name of ‘development’ is changing the city’s skyline rapidly; in their quest for materialism, people are uprooted from their cultural moorings thereby resulting in urban chaos. Sea links, highways and flyovers inundated with vehicles have added to the frantic pace of life. The resulting images are seen reflected, on mirrored walls, windows and doors. Contemporary life in Mumbai is a vibrant kaleidoscope of colours and images. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe continuous flow of migrants to Mumbai makes it a melting pot of cultures and traditions. People from all levels of society come with hope, intellectual inputs, traditional values, religious beliefs and cultural nuances. They provide manpower needed to keep the city running. This in turn has an impact on urban life, creating opportunities as well as tensions due to conflicts of interest, beliefs, values and their survival instinct.Based in New Delhi and Mumbai, India, Mhatre has worked for a wide variety of international media groups and global organizations.  Apart from all the leading publications, leading international and Indian magazines and newspapers as well as a variety of global organizations has published his works.  Chandu’s pictures have been extensively used by UNICEF, UNDP, United Press International, Associated Press, Reuters News Agency, Fortune, Forbes, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Washington Post, Geo, The Times London, The Independent, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Marg Publications, CBS 60 Minutes, Debonair, India Today, Bombay Magazine, The Illustrated Weekly of India, Onlooker, Mirror, Imprint, The Times of India and The Indian Express.Additionally, Chandu documented Portuguese history in Goa for the Institute of Cultural affairs in Macau, Government of Portugal. He photographed a book on The Warli for Lalit Kala Akadami. He has also researched and worked with CBS 60 Minutes for their program in India, 50 years of IIT, AIDS, Medical Tourism, Most beautiful woman in world, Aishwarya Rai and Bikram Yoga. He photo documented 1st Jazz Yatra, which was organized by The Bombay group in Mumbai in 1978.He also specializes in fine art photography and archive exhibition photo printing for which he has set up his own printing unit. At present he is working on photo features and projects in India on human, social and environmental issues.When: March 13 to 23Where: Arpana Caur Gallery at Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, 4/6 Sri Fort Institutional Arealast_img read more

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Share Tags: Eurail, Promotions Friday, November 18, 2016 center_img NEW YORK — Through Dec. 31, Eurail is making it even more affordable for travellers to book their 2017 European vacations with a promotion that includes 20% off all Eurail passes.With the discount, One Country Passes start at $58, Select Passes for two, three or four bordering countries start at $126, and Global Passes that allow travel through any of Eurail’s 28 member countries start at $286. These generous savings are on top of the regular year-round perks that come with purchasing a Pass, like no luggage fees, no pricey airport transfers, city centre arrivals, and children 11 years of age and under travel free.Other benefits of a Eurail Pass include free access to VIP lounges in the main train stations of Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden, plus 50% off on tripwolf’s Unlimited Packages, including travel guides for over 600 destinations.Eurail Pass holders also get more than 35% off a Global Roaming SIM Card Package covering 31 countries within Europe, plus a 20% discount for both standard and special fares of all ferry routes operated by Grimaldi Lines connecting Greece, Spain, Sicily and Sardinia.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksA 50% Hotelcard AG discount is exclusively offered to Eurail customers, as well as a 20% discount on city sightseeing bus tours in Genova, Firenze, Livorno, Milano, Napoli, Padova, Pisa, Roma, Torino, Trieste and Verona.A complete list of pass benefits available for each country is available via the free Eurail Rail Planner App: eurail.com/plan-your-trip/rail-planner-appThis year, Eurail extended the Pass purchase period from six to 11 months prior to departure, meaning Europhiles can buy now, save now and travel later. Eurail Passes are available from a worldwide network of Authorized General Sales Agents. For more information visit: eurailgroup.org/eurail-vendors. Eurail offers 20% discount on all passes purchased through Dec. 31 Posted bylast_img read more