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Will fight BJP RSS with 10 times more vigour Rahul GandhiWill fight BJP RSS with 10 times more vigour Rahul Gandhi

first_imgMumbai: A day after publicly announcing his resignation as Congress president, Rahul Gandhi Thursday said he will engage in the ‘ideological fight’ with BJP and RSS with 10 times more vigour than he did during the last five years. Gandhi was speaking to reporters after appearing in a local court in a defamation case filed by an RSS worker. “I am with the poor, farmers and labourers. This fight (against BJP and RSS) will continue,” he said. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chiefGandhi described the fight as a fight of ideology. “I will continue the fight with 10 times more vigour than I did during the last five years,” he said. “Aakraman ho raha hai, maza aa raha hai (aggression is happening and I am enjoying,” Gandhi said. He did not elaborate, saying he had said “whatever he had to say” in the four-page resignation letter he made public Wednesday.last_img read more

ExIMF chief on trial again now over Spanish bank flotationExIMF chief on trial again now over Spanish bank flotation

first_imgMADRID — Spain’s National Court is beginning a massive trial over alleged fraud in the stock market listing of Bankia, a financial giant that was bailed out during the country’s economic crisis.Former Ineternational Monetary Fund chief Rodrigo Rato, who was Bankia’s chairman between 2010 and 2012, is among 35 defendants accused of fraud and falsifying financial statements in relation to the bank’s 2011 flotation.Prosecutors are seeking five years of imprisonment for Rato, who is already serving a 4 1/2-year prison sentence for misusing Bankia’s corporate credit card.Bankia initially reported a 2011 profit of 309 million euros ($351 million) but months later showed a 3 billion-euro loss. It was nationalized a year later after a 22 billion-euro rescue.Rato had been a leading conservative minister before he became IMF chief from 2004 to 2007.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Iraqs Prime Minister appeals for global aid to help national reconciliationIraqs Prime Minister appeals for global aid to help national reconciliation

26 September 2007The Prime Minister of Iraq today appealed to national leaders meeting for the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate to help the country as it embarks on a road toward national reconciliation, which he stressed is essential for the stability of the region and the world. The Prime Minister of Iraq today appealed to national leaders meeting for the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate to help the country as it embarks on a road toward national reconciliation, which he stressed is essential for the stability of the region and the world.“We are steadfast and determined to exterminate terrorism in Iraq so that it does not spread around the countries of the world,” said Nuri Kamel Al-Maliki, calling on other States to support this effort.Having paid such a high price for its freedoms, Iraq “will not retreat from its democratic choice,” he said. “This position necessitates the support and cooperation from the world’s nations, so that Iraq can build a modern State that guarantees justice, equality and a respect for religious, intellectual, sectarian and ethnic pluralism.”Emphasizing the importance of national reconciliation, Mr. Al-Maliki said it “is our strategic choice that has saved our country from slipping into the pit of a sectarian war.”Iraq’s priority now, he said, is establishing sovereignty over the land. “We have come a long way in training and equipping our armed forces in order to take over the security responsibilities from the multinational forces,” he said.At the same time, the Iraqi Prime Minister warned neighbouring States than any destabilization was likely to spread. “We cautioned all countries in the region that continued overflow of weapons, money, suicide bombers and the spreading of ‘fatwas’ inciting hatred and murder will only result in disastrous consequences for the peoples of the region and the world.”A stable Iraq, he stressed, “will be a guarantee for stability and security in the region.”Mr. Al-Maliki underscored Iraq’s desire to rejoin the international community, pointing to recent evidence of the country’s stepped-up involvement with the United Nations, including through chairmanship of the General Assembly’s Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee.The UN resolutions that were adopted following the previous regime’s invasion of Kuwait “inflicted great harm upon the infrastructure, service sector, health and education systems” in Iraq, he said.“Our people look up to the international community for help to alleviate and lift the burdens of the destruction as well as relieve the people from the heavy bills of debt and compensation.”He also voiced hope that the United Nations would mobilize its activities in Iraq. “That will contribute to encouraging the international community’s openness towards intensifying their role in the areas of building, construction, development, supporting national reconciliation and the democratic experience.” read more

UN alarmed at worsening violence humanitarian situation in Central African RepublicUN alarmed at worsening violence humanitarian situation in Central African Republic

“The latest reports from the ground are grim, indicating deepening conflict between Muslim and Christian communities and armed groups, with tragic consequences,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said at least 140 civilians were killed during fresh attacks yesterday in the capital, Bangui, while heavy shelling in Bossangoa caused panic among the residents. The agency added that that close to 700 people had crossed over into neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Thursday alone to seek safety. Since last December, when the Séléka rebel coalition launched a series of attacks leading to months of violence, nearly 400,000 people have been displaced, with another 69,800 forced into exile in neighbouring countries.Following yesterday’s attack on Bangui, the UN political mission in the country, BINUCA, reported that killings continued overnight. Ex-Séléka and anti-Balaka elements have been reported raiding homes and killing adults and children, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said, adding that hundreds of houses were reported burned in Bossangoa after an offensive by anti-Balaka elements was repelled. “This horrific cycle of violence and retaliation must stop immediately. Civilians must be protected,” said the spokesperson. “The Secretary-General appeals urgently for all parties to apply restraint and do everything in their power to reign in those fomenting and perpetrating the violence. Those responsible for grave violations must be brought to justice.” The violence that began last December culminated in March, when President François Bozizé was forced to flee. A transitional government, headed by Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye, has been entrusted with restoring law and order and paving the way for democratic elections. However, armed clashes in the north-east have increased since August, and the country is facing a dire humanitarian situation.Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos said she was gravely concerned that the rapid deterioration of the situation could lead to further displacement. “I urge all those involved in the violence to protect civilians and ensure their safety, and to respect their obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law. They must allow free and unfettered access for neutral and impartial organizations to safely deliver humanitarian aid,” she added in a statement. Ms. Amos, who is also UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, said that despite the insecurity, the UN and its humanitarian partners are scaling up their activities, providing displaced families with shelter, safe water, sanitation, food and emergency health services in areas across the country. Yesterday, the Security Council, seriously concerned that the new dynamic of unrest and retaliation in CAR could divide the country along religious and ethnic lines and potentially “spiral into an uncontrollable situation,” authorized an African-led and French-backed peacekeeping force to quell the spiralling violence.The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today welcomed the Council’s authorization of the deployment of a peacekeeping force, as well as its request for the establishment of an international commission of inquiry to investigate reports of human rights abuses by all parties since 1 January 2013.Spokesperson Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva that the Office plans to deploy a human rights monitoring team to CAR early next week to strengthen the existing monitoring capacity of the human rights section of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the country (BINUCA).The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today that children are increasingly becoming the victims of violence and forced recruitment amidst ongoing atrocities. “Urgent action is needed now to protect children from harm, release them from armed groups, and provide them with safe access to humanitarian assistance,” the agency said in a news release.With growing tension between communities, the chances increase that violent clashes such as those in Bangui and other cities may escalate into large scale massacres, said UNICEF, noting that there have been confirmed attacks on children and women in Mboki two weeks ago and in Bouali three days ago.“There must be no further delay in taking effective action; there can be no excuse for failing the children and families of the Central African Republic,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “Action must be impartial and swift to stop the targeting of children, to protect schools, health facilities and transit centres, and to provide care and support to victims – with no impunity for the perpetrators of these outrages against children.” The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, welcomed the Council’s action and called for robust action to end violations against the children in CAR. “Children are killed and mutilated, recruited by armed groups, victims of sexual violence and other grave child rights violations,” she said. “All parties must commit to ending violations and perpetrators must be held accountable. Reopening schools that have been shut down and ensuring safe access for teachers and students must also be a priority.” read more

With highlevel forum UN Assembly aims to narrow digital divide harness powerWith highlevel forum UN Assembly aims to narrow digital divide harness power

The process that began with the World Summit, known by the acronym WSIS, “is where the real grassroots work is being done. It is where people gather if they believe in effectively using ICTs [Information and Communications Technologies] for sustainable development,” said International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.“WSIS has been a major driver of socio-economic development by providing a tangible, global framework for harnessing the tremendous power of ICTs and I am confident that it will play an even greater role in achieving the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” Mr. Zhao said on the eve of the so-called WSIS+10 High-Level Meeting.The two-day meeting, convened by UN General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft, in close collaboration with ITU and other UN agencies and programmes such as the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), is expected to result in a road map for efforts to put ICTs at the heart of new development strategies.In addition to bridging the digital divide, the delegates will address issues of cybersecurity, Internet governance, human rights on the Internet, as well as areas of future actions to ensure a people-centred inclusive and development-oriented Information Society.“It is the largest and most comprehensive review of the WSIS goals, targets and process since the Summit, organized by ITU in a multi-stakeholder set up, was held in two phases, in 2003 (Geneva) and 2005 (Tunis),” said the UN specialized agency, which allocates global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develops the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strive to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide.“The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development acknowledges that global interconnectedness has great potential to accelerate human progress, to bridge digital divides and to develop knowledge societies,” ITU said. “ICTs have become an essential part of long-term social and economic development, but progress will depend on strong, resilient, available, secure and trustworthy communications infrastructure and services,” it added. The High-Level meeting will conclude on 16 December with an outcome document which will seek to place ICTs where they can serve as an important accelerator of access to education and health care, e-government services, environmental monitoring, women’s empowerment, and more.In other news today, UN Women and ITU will host the annual Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Technology (GEM-TECH) Awards, which recognize the tremendous power of ICTs to transform women’s lives by providing them with better access to education, information, support networks, employment opportunities, avenues for political participation, and devices and apps that can improve personal safety. The awards are celebrated this year as part of the 20-year commemoration of the Beijing Platform for Action.The three GEM-TECH winners and three Global Achievers will receive their awards at a ceremony held this evening at Civic Hall in New York, in partnership with the New York City Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation and generously sponsored by Mozilla, Microsoft, the Swiss Federal Office of Communications, Verizon and Facebook. The awards will be presented by ITU Deputy Secretary-General, Malcolm Johnson, and UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Lakshmi Puri.The annual WSIS Forum, to be held from 2 to 6 May 2016 in Geneva, will build on the outcome of this week’s meeting while looking toward concrete solutions strengthening the impact ICTs in advancing achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. read more

Manchester Airport gate evacuated after crack appears in floor causing panic forManchester Airport gate evacuated after crack appears in floor causing panic for

“The fire brigade have evacuated the building. They didn’t tell anybody what was going on.”We are now stood outside on the airfield. The fire brigade made everybody move away from the building.” Passengers were forced to evacuate from a section of Manchester Airport after reports of the building “collapsing”.Photos shared on Twitter show a crack which appeared beside a metal beam where travellers were boarding a flight to Palma at gate 212 in Terminal Two.The airport say another crack has appeared in the floor which is causing the issue prompting the fire service to be called in order to evacuate passengers safely from the gate.Gate 212 is currently housed inside a temporary building while work is taking place at the airport.Passengers said they heard a loud noise at around 7am causing “everyone to panic”.Andrea Atherton tweeted a photo of the crack, writing: “Been stood for 20 minutes where the temporary floors sound like they are collapsing. Finally evacuated  outside. Trying to go on my cruise. Not great communication Manchester airport.”Another passenger added: “About an hour ago there was a loud noise. Everyone was panicking. It looks like something is wrong with the building, it is collapsing. Cracks appeared in the structure of temporary gate at the airport Once evacuated onto the airfield, airport staff then explained the source of the commotion. A spokesperson for the airport said: “A small crack appeared in the floor. We have evacuated one flight as a precaution in that area.”The incident is only affecting passengers travelling from gate 212 and is not having an impact on other flights, the airport said.The spokesperson added: “Our temporary gate lounge was evacuated and only one flights has been affected.“It was evacuated due to a crack in the wall which is now being investigated and the passengers have all been taken back to the main terminal.“All other flights are running as normal.” Cracks appeared in the structure of temporary gate at the airport Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

DPP issues warning to media on risks of pretrial reportingDPP issues warning to media on risks of pretrial reporting

first_imgTHE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC Prosecutions has warned the media about the dangers of pre-trial publicity interfering with the right of an accused person to a fair trial.In the foreword to the annual report of the DPP’s office, DPP Claire Loftus said that she wanted to take the opportunity to highlight the risks of pre-trial reporting to the judicial process:“The media and commentators have a high degree of responsibility to ensure that not only do they not commit a contempt of court by publishing or broadcasting prejudicial material but also that such publicity is not the cause of a trial being postponed for a long period, or even indefinitely”Loftus went on to stress that the risks increase as a trial date approaches.The annual report showed the overall the number of prosecution files received by the DPP decreased by 5 per cent last year. Loftus said that this can be partly attributed to cases being dealt with by the district court.Victims of crimeThe DPP noted last year’s directive by the EU which gave victims of crime the right to receive reasons why a crime was not prosecuted. She said that her office has begun work on examining the directive and added that the Government has until October 2015 to transpose the directive into Irish legislation.Loftus pointed out however that not all decisions not to prosecute are made by the DPP. “In that regard it should be noted that a great many prosecution decisions are in fact made by the Garda Síochána without reference to the Office, under my delegated authority,” she said.The breakdown of the main reasons for the DPP’s decisions not to prosecute are broken down below:CourtsThe DPP also spoke about the backlog of cases in the Court of Criminal Appeal and the Supreme Court. Loftus said that she is concerned that the backlog of cases in the Court of Criminal Appeal is causing undue leniency reviews and other sentence and conviction appeals to be considerably delayed.In this regard Loftus welcomed the pledge from the Courts Service to add a number sitting days ahead of the beginning of new legal year in October and noted the referendum on a Court of Appeal which is due to take place next month.Read: DPP office “fully stretched” due to economic circumstances >Read: DPP to appeal Patrick O’Brien sentence >Read: The Court of Appeal referendum is one thing all political parties are agreed on >last_img read more

Man rescued from sinking yacht off Co Cork coastMan rescued from sinking yacht off Co Cork coast

first_img Thursday 9 Feb 2017, 9:39 PM Feb 9th 2017, 9:39 PM Short URL 15,241 Views 24 Comments Man rescued from sinking yacht off Co Cork coast The alarm was raised this afternoon at 4.20pm. A dinghy containing defence forces personnel reaches the sinking yacht this afternoon Source: Defence ForcesAN IRISH MAN has been rescued from a sinking yacht off the coastline at Cork harbour.The Coast Guard first became aware that the vessel was in trouble just after 4pm when it detected the activation of a personal locator beacon in the area.The rescue ship LÉ James Joyce subsequently located the yacht 16 miles southeast of Roche’s Point “in difficult sea conditions”, a Defence Forces spokesman said.The rescue ship launched a rigid-hulled inflatable boat which reached the stricken vessel, noted it was taking on water, and rescued the man on board. Source: Defence Forces Source: Defence ForcesHe was subsequently winched on board the Waterford-based Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117 and taken to Cork University Hospital. The LÉ James Joyce, which had been on defence patrol, resumed its duties.“On arrival at the scene Rescue 117 coordinated with the James Joyce,” a Coast Guard spokesman told would appear that the man on board the yacht had no other communications facility other than the personal locator that was activated.“We would like to compliment the navy for their assistance and for getting the man off the yacht,” the spokesman added.Read: Tesco is ‘shocked’ at unions suggesting that members ‘shop with their conscience’Read: Australian man miraculously escapes after holding his head barely above water… for five hours By Cianan Brennan Share188 Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Pays du Sud les femmes séropositives sen sortent mieux que les hommesPays du Sud les femmes séropositives sen sortent mieux que les hommes

first_imgPays du Sud : les femmes séropositives s’en sortent mieux que les hommesA l’occasion de la Journée de la femme, l’Agence Française de recherches sur le sida a souhaité mettre en avant les femmes séropositives des pays du Sud, qui semblent à ce jour mieux s’en sortir que les hommes avec leur maladie, consultant davantage les centres de traitement par exemple. Seize études ont été rassemblées et publiées par l’ANRS (Agence française de recherches sur le sida) sous le nom : “Les femmes à l’épreuve du VIH dans les pays du Sud”. Ces différentes recherches ont été menées en Afrique, et notamment au Cameroun, en Côte d’Ivoire et au Burkina Faso, rapporte l’AFP, mais également en Thaïlande ou encore au Cambodge.En Afrique notamment, 6 malades du Sida sur 10 sont des femmes, tandis que 8 femmes malades sur 10 dans le monde vivent sur le continent africain. En quelques années, ces femmes malades ne se sont pas laissées abattre et ont pris leur maladie en main. Elles accèdent ainsi de plus en plus tôt aux centres de dépistage et aux traitements, ce qui “réduit la surmortalité importante liée à une prise en charge tardive”, précise l’ANRS. De plus, ces femmes se montrent de plus en plus responsables face à leur enfant ou futur enfant, et ont dépassé aujourd’hui la honte de la maladie. Le programme de Prévention de la transmission mère-enfant est aujourd’hui considéré comme un lieu où il est possible de parler librement de sexualité et de s’entraider entre femmes, tandis que pour les hommes au Cameroun par exemple, le traitement contre le VIH est “objet de dissimulation”. En Thaïlande, les femmes se font également dépister plus tôt qu’auparavant, ce qui montre en général qu’elles s’en sortent aujourd’hui mieux face à la maladie alors que les hommes sont toujours victimes de “vulnérabilité sociale”, expliquent les auteurs de l’ouvrage. Ce dernier est gratuit et peut être téléchargé sur le site Internet de l’ANRS. Le 8 mars 2011 à 14:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Cabinet approves proposal to hike MSP of kharif cropsCabinet approves proposal to hike MSP of kharif crops

first_imgFarmers harvesting their paddyWork BankThe Narendra Modi government has cleared the deck for increasing the minimum support price (MSP) for paddy by a steep Rs 200 per quintal. This hike is the maximum increase in MSP for paddy crop.In 2012-2013, the UPA-II government had announced the previous highest rise in the paddy MSP with a hike of Rs. 170 a quintal. In the first four years of its government, the Narendra Modi government had raised the MSP between Rs 50-Rs 80 per quintal.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had come to power in 2014 with a promise of giving farmers a price of 1.5 times of the input cost. In this year’s budget, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had also announced a corpus of Rs 1,500 crore for the MSP support to the farmers.The Modi government also plans to double the farmer’s income by 2022 and in the same direction, they have taken a series of measures.The approval for the hike of MSP was taken by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister.The steepest ever increase in MSP is expected to benefit farmers in the driest region of the country. One-fourth area under such lands is heading towards polls this year.Farmer bodies lauded the announcement made by the government but they also argued that the increase in oil prices was not taken into consideration while finalizing the MSP prices.Stock markets reacted positively to the decision taken by the government to arrest the farm distress. Bombay Stock Exchange was trading lower in the initial part of the day. After the announcement market showed its strength to close over 200 points on Wednesday.Economic experts fear that the increase in MSP could be a possible hindrance to the government’s target of maintaining 3.5 percent fiscal deficit. The excess money supply in the market may also trigger inflation in the economy which could eventually lead to a further depreciation in the value of money.last_img read more

Acevedo Asks For Help To Find Baby Abducted After Mothers Murder InAcevedo Asks For Help To Find Baby Abducted After Mothers Murder In

first_img Share Photos via Twitter of Houston Police @houstonpolice Investigators think the person who abducted Shamali Flores might know the mother’s family and the Greenspoint area.Houston Police Department (HPD) chief Art Acevedo asked Wednesday for the public’s help in the search for a female baby who was abducted in the Greenspoint area on Tuesday after her mother was murdered.Acevedo said during a press conference that the baby’s mother, Carolina Miranda Flores, who was 33 years-old, was murdered between 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday Dec. 19 in her apartment, located in the 180th block of Goodson Drive, north of downtown Houston.Photo via DPS Investigators think the person who abducted Shamali Flores might know the mother’s family and the Greenspoint area.The baby’s name is Shamali Flores and she is six weeks old.Acevedo added investigators tracked down Marcos Mariano Tomás Palacios, who is believed to be the child’s father, and he is cooperating with them.Investigators are also interviewing relatives, friends and neighbors of the baby’s mother.Acevedo thinks the person that abducted the baby is probably “familiar” with the mother’s family and also knows the Greenspoint area.The HPD chief added that investigators have a theory that indicates the abductor “may be a woman who has or will present the child as her own and may even indicate the child was recently born.”Given that the crime and the abduction occurred in a neighborhood with many Hispanic immigrants, Acevedo stressed that the investigators are not interested in the immigration status of any person who can provide them with information.Acevedo also stated that Crime Stoppers has posted a $5,000 reward regarding this case and urged the public to contact HPD’s Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 and Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is helping HPD and has deployed members of its Rapid Abduction Response Team.At today’s news briefing, Chief @ArtAcevedo released these photos of missing 6-week-old Shamali Flores & her deceased mom, Ms. Carolina Miranda Flores, 33. Please call @CrimeStopHOU if you have any information in this active Amber Alert case. All tips remain anonymous. #hounews— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) December 20, 2017last_img read more

Home cleaning is a great way to spend time with familyHome cleaning is a great way to spend time with family

first_imgIn a time-strapped 21st century, millenials are struggling to find time with their families. However a majority of Indians feel that home cleaning on Diwali is a great way to spend time with family, says a survey. The survey was conducted in across 8 major cities – Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune, Chennai, Kolkata and Ahmedabad between the age group of 22-34 years and covered more than 5,000 consumers. The survey states that home cleaning on Diwali not only creates nostalgia but is also a great way to spend time with family with 68 per cent of respondents feel that pre-festival home cleaning is the best time to spend with family. Also for many, Pre-Diwali is an exciting time with 55 per cent of the respondents looking forward to food, new clothes and home decoration. Also 30 per cent of consumers look forward to Diwali Ki Safai as this practice of pre-festival is an integral tradition for many households in India. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHowever, modern lifestyle and time constraint does not make Diwali house cleaning a fun task. Almost 31 per cent of the respondents feel that Diwali cleaning turns into a hectic or a chaotic day. Among the survey respondents, 42 per cent have the fear of dust allergy, 26 per cent of them fear losing a weekend and equate this feeling of being on a house arrest. Outsourcing to professionals for home cleaning is also a new found tradition with the new age Indians with 68 per cent of consumers between the age of 20-35 are willing to hire professional help, while only 46 per cent over the age of 35 feel no need to outsource. Gender comparison highlights that close to 65 per cent of women are more likely to outsource this yearly task while 40 per cent of the men would prefer to keep the house cleaning a family tradition and will not opt to hire professional help.last_img read more

All Ball Gottlieb talks with LoyalaChicago head coach Porter Moser on hisAll Ball Gottlieb talks with LoyalaChicago head coach Porter Moser on his

first_img Porter Moser – University of Loyola head coach discusses his team’s Cinderella Final Four run; establishing a basketball culture at an academic school; and what he expects to see from Michigan in their Final Four matchup.Bill Self – University of Kansas Head Coach on beating Duke to get back to another Final Four; if winning it this year would mean more than the 2008 title.Rashad Phillips – College basketball analyst is in-studio to explain why he isn’t surprised by Loyola-Chicago’s run; his NBA projection for Tre Young. Advertisement Episode 2The Final Four is set and Doug breaks down the remaining teams and matchups; the challenges facing Chris Mack at Louisville; and how graduate transfers have transformed the college game.Guests:last_img

Pale Moon profile backup toolPale Moon profile backup tool

first_imgPale Moon profile backup tool by Martin Brinkmann on November 23, 2016 in Internet – Last Update: June 26, 2017 – 5 commentsPale Moon profile backup tool is a free program for Microsoft Windows devices to backup and restore Pale Moon browser profiles.The program was designed to make the back up and restoration process as easy as possible. All it takes to do either is to launch the program and click once or twice in the interface to run the process.Pale Moon, just like Firefox, uses a profile-based user system. Each user profile contains is an independent configuration for the browser that includes customizations, extensions, themes, browsing data, bookmarks and more.Pale Moon profiles are stored under C:\Users\Martin\AppData\Roaming\Moonchild Productions\Pale Moon\Profiles on modern versions of Windows. This is not the case however if a portable copy of the web browser is used.Pale Moon profile backup tool The Pale Moon profile backup tool has two caveats when it comes to its functionality: it does not work with portable versions of the web browser, and it does not work if custom profile locations are used.The single reason for that is that the tool does not ship with options to set a custom user profile path.To use it, download the program from the official Pale Moon website and run it afterwards.The interface displays backup and restore buttons prominently. You may want to check the options on first start. There you will discover that compression is enabled by default, and that the backup tool will only keep one backup per day by default. You can disable the second option by unchecking the overwrite backups option.The second option that you have is to set a different backup paths. The default backup paths stores all profile backups in the PM backup folder of the Documents folder.Other than that, it is just a matter of hitting backup to back up the profiles, or restore to restore the profiles using a backup.The backup process backs up all profiles found in the default profile location that Pale Moon uses. Restore likewise restores all profiles of the selected date.Closing WordsPale Moon profile backup tool is mostly designed for users who don’t use other means of backing up their profiles. The thing that it has going for it is that it is portable and really easy to use.The downside is that it will always back up all profiles, and that it does not work with custom profile locations or portable versions of the browser.It is easy enough to back up Pale Moon profiles manually as well. The easiest option is to simply copy the profile or profiles, and store them in another location.You can use sync software or backup software for that to assist you in the process.Now You: Do you back up your browser profiles?Summary12345 Author Rating3.5 based on 3 votes Software Name Pale Moon profile backup toolOperating System WindowsSoftware Category BrowserLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

Gay activists project messages to Trump and Putin on Finlands palaceGay activists project messages to Trump and Putin on Finlands palace

first_imgChechnya is led by Ramzan Kadyrov, who denied arrests were taking place. However, he made no secret of his personal belief that homosexuality is wrong.A spokesman for the government even denied there were gay people in Chechnya, suggesting – ominously – if any such people existed, their families would take care of the matter.A global fundraising effort raised funds to help local advocates in Russia help smuggle gay men out of Chechnya. Reacting to this, countries such as France are among those who have publicly taken in gay refugees from the country.One man known to have disappeared is pop singer Zelimkhan Bakaev. The singer is dead, many believe.Activists: ‘Trump has turned a blind eye…’The Human Rights Campaign has also criticized Trump for failing to speak out against LGBTI rights in Russia.‘Trump has unconscionably turned a blind eye to some of the worst anti-LGBTQ atrocities in a generation, including monstrous attacks on gay and bisexual men in Chechnya,’ said Ty Cobb, director of HRC Global.‘HRC is here in Helsinki to demand Donald Trump end his deafening silence, publicly condemn these Chechen crimes against humanity, and call on Putin to investigate and bring the perpetrators to justice.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Chechnya one year on – what’s happening there now?France welcomes the first refugee from Chechnya during Putin visitLGBTI activist Peter Tatchell detained in Russia at World CupRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Activists are fighting back against President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin in Finland today (16 July) The US and Russian presidents will be meeting in Helsinki to discuss future policies.So Human Rights Campaign had the perfect protest for both of the homophobic leaders.The US charity projected a message across the wall’s of Finland’s presidential palace.They wanted to use the Helsinki venue to draw attention to the continued prosecution of LGBTI people in Chechnya.‘Trump and Putin: Stop the crimes against humanity in Chechnya,’ the message said.‘Investigate LGBTQ persecution in Chechnya. Bring the perpetrators to justice.‘The whole world is watching. Silence is deadly.’The message ends with the hashtag #EyesOnChechnya.’What happened in Chechnya?In April 2017, news first broke of the arrests of gay men in the semi-autonomous Russian region of Chechnya. The arrests began in February 2017.More concentration camps have been exposed. In some cases, it’s thought men were subject to ‘honor’ killings by their families.center_img Trump and Putin are meeting in Finland today Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

2011 too soon to lift liquids restrictions says Airports Council2011 too soon to lift liquids restrictions says Airports Council

first_img<a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> The Airports Council International (ACI) Europe is still having doubts about whether EU and EEA airports will be able to handle the lifting of liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) restrictions in 2011.It has been proposed that from 29 April 2011, all passengers transferring within EU/EEA airports (from any originating country) will be able to retain all LAGs; and from 29 April, 2013 all restrictions on LAGs will be lifted in EU and EEA countries.Both dates are subject to European Parliament and European Commission approval.But while the European Travel Retail Council (ETRC) is celebrating the news, ACI Europe has voiced its concerns.Speaking to the Moodie Report, an ACI Europe spokesman said the lifting of restrictions needed to be under conditions which were compatible with efficient airport operations.“We feel that the agreement reached between the European Commission and EU Member States puts the cart before the horse – dates have been set without knowing whether efficient technology will actually be available by that time. “We still have strong concerns. This week at Airport Exchange in Barcelona, one of the main manufacturers of security equipment publicly stated that efficient technology might indeed not be available by 2013. “This has been recognised in the agreement reached as it expressly includes a safeguard clause stating that if efficient technology is not available, these dates will need to be reconsidered.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.Llast_img read more

TAT designates August 2016 as a month for women travellersTAT designates August 2016 as a month for women travellers

first_imgBy June MukherjeeSpeaking with Travel News Digest, Isra Stapanaseth, Director, Tourism Authority of Thailand (New Delhi) gave some new insights of Amazing Thailand.What are the promotional activities that you will be doing this year?This year we will be conducting the Amazing Thailand Roadshow in August in tier two cities of Raipur and Bhubaneswar and Luxury Roadshow in October in Kolkata and Delhi. We will continue to carry out joint promotions/activities with travel agents and participate in local events and advertise through local mediums in tier II and III cities.We will also be organising more FAM trips for media, travel agents/tour operators as well as wedding planners to new and lesser known gems in Thailand.Tourism Authority of Thailand designated August 2016 as a ‘month for women travellers’, in a way of marking Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s birthday, to encourage the growth of global and domestic female traveller segment in conjunct with our strategy to promote Thailand to be a Quality Leisure Destination.In order to promote this initiative and inspire female travellers to come to Thailand, TAT has come up with five different promotional concepts: Beautiful LOOK, Beautiful SHAPE, Beautiful RETREAT, Beautiful MIND, Beautiful EXPERIENCE, which are all designed to meet the varied needs of women travellers and to boost Thai tourism products and services that are geared towards female travellers.Under this initiative, various hotels, spas, aesthetic and holistic centres, restaurants, attractions, etc. are offering special rates for women. Details of special offers are on our website Any new products that you are planning to introduce?This year we will continue to promote new destinations and itineraries for the India Market. Beach Destinations like Trang, Koh Tao,Koh Samet, Koh Phagan and Khao Lak and the Hills of Thailand like Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai have started becoming popular in the India market.We are also going to focus on promoting Thailand for sports tourism like Golf, Marathons, Muay Thai  (Thai Boxing)as well as biking/cycling holidays in Thailand. What will be your focus at this year’s TTF editions?Our focus at TTF would be to meet and engage with the Travel Trade from East India and introduce new properties, attractions and destinations in Thailand which they could further promote and sell to their clients. TTF will also give us an opportunity to promote Thailand as a destination to the consumers.last_img read more

Silversea Cruise to take a world tour in 2020Silversea Cruise to take a world tour in 2020

first_imgSilversea Cruise will take a world tour in 2020 to about 32 countries in 7 continents. The total duration of this tour would be 140 days. The cruise has a capacity to carry 382 passengers along with 302 crew members.This luxury cruise will feature restaurants, theatre, spa, pool, libraries to name a few. Silversea Cruise will cover destinations like Caribbean Islands, Rio de Janeiro, Sydney, Singapore, Europe, India, Egypt and Antarctica in a span of 140 days.Luxury Owner’s suite in the cruise will cost around INR 1,56,51,600 per person and INR 40,21,630 for a one-bedroom suite.last_img

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first_img 0 Comments   Share   Tuesday, September 16• Harbaugh is “hopeful” Anthony Davis can practice this week (Niners Nation)The 49ers are in dire need for a healthy offensive line after quarterback Colin Kaepernick was sacked four times on Sunday night. With starting offensive tackle Anthony Davis still recovering from a hamstring injury, coach Jim Harbaugh hopes he can get Davis some practice time this week.• 49ers are early favorites on the road against Arizona (Niners Nation)Despite trailing Arizona in the NFC West standings and coming off of Sunday’s rough loss, the gambling line has the 49ers as a two-point favorite at the Cardinals this week.• Harbaugh desperately needs to rally the 49ers despite issues ( straight trips to the NFC Championship game and one Super Bowl appearance have made it look like the 49ers can find success through any turbulence. But amidst a slew of injuries, off-the-field issues, and Sunday’s blown lead, coach Jim Harbaugh will have to fight to retain success in San Francisco. Saturday, September 20• 49ers top pick Ward gets baptism by fire ( nickelback Jimmie Ward, all 5-feet-11, 193 pounds of him, had his NFL baptism by fire at the hands, and feet, of the Chicago Bears’ 6-4, 229-pound Brandon Marshall last Sunday. • Uncertainty at tight end could lift Carrier into bigger role ( the 49ers packed up and headed to Arizona on Friday, their tight-end situation remained awash in uncertainty.Maybe erstwhile starter Vernon Davis will play through the ankle injury he sustained against the Bears. Maybe top backup Vance McDonald will shake off his knee injury.• Justin Smith the Same ‘Dude’ after 14 NFL Seasons ( Smith the man could be an entirely different guy than Justin Smith, the menacing defensive tackle. Honestly, it’s hard to tell. • Niners “dodged a bullet” with TE Davis’ injury ( Bowler Vernon Davis came down with a left ankle injury in Week 2, although things could be much worse for the 49ers tight end. Davis avoided any structural damage to his ankle and was diagnosed with a deep bone bruise, which has coach Jim Harbaugh breathing a sigh of relief.• Video: 1-on-1 with 49ers rookie LB Aaron Lynch ( linebacker Aaron Lynch made a strong impact for San Francisco in the first home game of his career, blocking a punt that led to a touchdown. The rookie talks about how the team is handling the loss and their plans to contain Cardinals running back Andre Ellington on Sunday. • NFL reviewing Kaepernick’s inappropriate language penalty ( Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh was irate after an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on quarterback Colin Kaepernick Sunday night for apparent inappropriate language. After the coach’s issues with the call and a lack of explanation by the referees, the NFL is investigating the flag’s legitimacy. Thursday, September 18• Niners legend Rice is unhappy that McDonald is playing (CSN Bay Area)Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice does not agree with San Francisco, as they allow defensive end Ray McDonald to play on Sunday amidst his domestic violence issues. Rice is echoing former 49ers teammate Steve Young’s call to deactivate the player until the allegations are sorted out.• Rookie CB Ward will have another daunting challenge on Sunday (CSN Bay Area)After he covered Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall for much of the game in Week 2, the gauntlet will not get any easier for Niners cornerbak Jimmie Ward. The rookie will be tasked on Sunday with stopping Cardinals Pro Bowl receiver Larry Fitzgerald.• The Ellingtons will make Sunday’s game a family affair (The Sacramento Bee)Niners wide receiver Bruce Ellington and Cardinals running back Andre Ellington have already made Week 3’s game personal. The first cousins are ready to bring their lifelong rivalry to this NFC West matchup.• The 49ers expect to get intense fan support in Arizona (CSN Bay Area)Niners fans showed up in full force for the team’s week 1 win in Dallas, although coach Jim Harbaugh noticed room for improvement in last week’s home opener. The team is counting on fans to come back strong in Arizona, where San Francisco followers consistently let their presence known. • 49ers recover after loss under Harbaugh ( Jim Harbaugh as their head coach, the 49ers have a 9-2 record immediately following a loss, including winning their first 7 games following a loss. This ability to bounce back will be needed when San Francisco faces the Cardinals Sunday. • Ray McDonald’s court date canceled; investigation ongoing (, 30, was arrested about 2:45 a.m. Aug. 31 for allegedly causing “visible injuries” to his fiancee at his home on the 2500 block of Bentley Ridge Drive in San Jose. He was later released from jail on $25,000 bond and had been given a court date Monday.• 49ers-Bears Game by the Numbers ( Joe Staley started his 100th game with the 49ers, becoming the 20th offensive lineman in franchise history to have played in 100-or-more games.• Four Turnovers Spoil Levi’s® Stadium Debut (“It stings,” Jim Harbaugh said after the 49ers dropped to 1-1. “It stings to lose.” Friday, September 19• A breakdown of what to expect in the NFC West showdown ( Weinfuss and Paul Gutierrez discuss the 49ers’ psyche after Sunday’s loss, San Francisco’s pass rush with their missing defensive players, and the plans for both teams if Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer doesn’t play.• The 49ers could get more out of their backfield ( dominant force behind San Francisco’s running game has been Frank Gore for almost his entire 10-year career. But with spry rookie running back Carlos Hyde, the 49ers could maximize their backfield by splitting carries evenly between the two players.• TE Carrier brings his basketball skills to the position ( to tight ends Vernon Davis and Vance McDonald might have made 49ers coaches worrisome, if they didn’t already have a backup with the perfect history for the position. Derek Carrier is attempting to follow in the footsteps of former basketball players Antonio Gates and Jimmy Graham by showing off his post-up skills and footwork at tight end. Wednesday, September 17• Why San Francisco 49ers Must Lean on Frank Gore in Week 3 ( is a correlation between the number of carries Frank Gore has in a game and the result. In order for the 49ers to get a win in Glendale Sunday, they will need to turn to their all-time leading rusher consistently throughout the game.• Will 49ers be more aggressive in Arizona? ( 49ers spent the second half of their Week 2 game playing conservatively, and ended up with a loss. Running back Frank Gore said their lack of aggression was a problem. “When you’re up like that,” Gore said after the game, “you’ve got to go for the kill.” San Francisco finds itself 1-1 after two weeks of play, and heads to Glendale having beaten the Cardinals four consecutive times. It’s only Week 3, but you can bet the Niners don’t want to fall two games behind the Redbirds at any point during the season.Leading up to the game, we’ll go behind enemy lines to keep you updated on everything going on with the 49ers in Week 3. Monday, September 15• Kap’s meltdown echoes 49ers’ collapse ( Kaepernick completed 21 of 34 passes for 248 yards and a touchdown. But he was picked off three times, was sacked four, lost a fumble and had a passer rating of 57.0, the third lowest of his 25 career starts.• Kaepernick: ‘I didn’t say anything’ ( Colin Kaepernick insisted he said nothing to Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston to warrant an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for inappropriate language, which fueled speculation he used a racial slur.• Plenty of problems for 49ers to fix ( Sunday, their franchise quarterback committed four turnovers, their first-round pick was exploited on three touchdowns, their Pro Bowl tight end exited with an ankle injury and a parade of players combined to produce 16 penalties as the 49ers squandered a 17-point lead en route to a 28-20 loss to the Bears. Smith is not the most approachable player in the San Francisco 49ers locker room, but we have seen him lift his sons up into the air with one arm during training camp; smile around his teammates as he’s walked off of the practice field; and be treated like a colleague by his coaches around the facility. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories When the Arizona Cardinals take the field Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium against the San Francisco 49ers, they will do so as the sole owners of first place in the NFC West.The Cardinals have scored consecutive come-from-behind wins, most recently, a 25-14 victory over the New York Giants in Week 2.The 49ers were on the other end of a fourth-quarter comeback against the Chicago Bears. Colin Kaepernick threw two picks while his counterpart, Jay Cutler, threw three touchdown passes in the final 15 minutes to give the Bears a 28-20 win. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

While parents busy themselves with the timehonoreWhile parents busy themselves with the timehonore

first_imgWhile parents busy themselves with the time-honored summer ritual of packing for family travel, the hotels and resorts of Preferred Hotel Group™ are doing a little packing themselves – loading plenty of value into vacation offers across the globe. From coast to coast and across the sea, the deals range from big discounts on adjoining rooms and suites to complimentary children’s meals. Rare treats like underwater photography off the coast of Greece share the spotlight with vintage kid appeals such as classic bicycle rentals in Boston , dive-in movies in Southern California, and scavenger hunts in the Colorado Rockies or by a sparkling Minnesota lake.Castaway in the Caribbean:Families who take advantage of discounted summer airfares to the Caribbean will find a luxurious Barbados getaway well within reach, thanks to a Family Fun package at the renowned Sandy Lane, a member of Preferred Hotels ® & Resorts. Available through Oct. 31, the package takes 50% off the price of an adjoining room (for up to three children ages 16 and under) when parents book a five- or seven-night stay. It also includes a full daily breakfast at the beach-side Bajan Blue restaurant, one family lunch during the stay, and an in-room gift for each child. Rates for a five-night stay start at $4,000 for the first room and $2,500 for an adjoining room; for seven nights, rates start at $5,000 and $3,500, respectively. Guests under the age of 16 can also take advantage of a Golfing Camp that includes roundtrip transfers to the Country Club, plenty of instruction, a nine-hole round with a pro, complimentary lunch, and a Sandy Lane gift – all for $300 per child.European Idylls:The elegant Cape Sounio Grecotel Exclusive Resort, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, perched high above the Aegean Sea at the southern tip of mainland Greece , takes children ages 8 to 12 on an unforgettable journey of play and discovery through its Ambassadors of the Environment program. Designed in association with Jean-Michel Cousteau, the program offers days and nights filled with snorkeling, stargazing and underwater photography in order to help children understand their role in the eco-system. Younger tots can take part in the Tiny Ambassadors (ages 4-7) program, where they enjoy nature walks, crafts, and more. Rates start from $75 per activity.Just steps from the Uffizi Gallery in downtown Florence, the Hotel Brunelleschi Firenze, a member of Summit Hotels & Resorts™, is featuring a Family Package that includes two nights accommodations in a double deluxe room, buffet breakfast, a welcome treat, gym access, and a light four-course dinner that includes a special children’s menu. In-room entertainment includes a large selection of cartoons. Children under the age of 12 stay free when sharing the room with two paying adults, and an adjoining room is available at a 50% discount. The hotel can arrange for tickets to museums and exhibitions throughout the city. The package is priced at €596 for a deluxe double shared by two adults and a child, and €856 for a deluxe double plus adjacent double room. Taxes and service are included.In the desirable Knightsbridge district of London, The Egerton House Hotel, a member of Preferred Boutique™, treats families like the VIPs they are. Children up to the age of 16 stay and eat for free when they share their parents’ room, which comes stocked with unlimited in-room movies and a games console. Through Dec. 31, the Kids Go Free rate is priced from £495 per night for two adults and one child under the age of 16 sharing a room. In addition, a Fun for All the Family promotion accommodates families of four with two adults in one room and two children up to the age of 16 in a second room at one special rate of £402 per night. Rates are exclusive of VAT and subject to availability.California Dreaming:Southern California ’s exclusive Montage Laguna Beach, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, has introduced new children’s activities just in time for summer. The family fun is centered around Paintbox, the resort’s camp for youngsters ages 5-12 ($60 half day/$90 full day), while the new Paintbox Petite ($20/hour) caters to the 2- to 5-year-old set. Activities range from plain air painting lessons and a Mini Muscle Beach to a rare chance to observe sea lion rescue and release. Throughout July and August, every night is Children’s Night Out at the oceanfront resort, with games, movies and dinner for $60 per child. Holiday weekends – from July 4 to Labor Day – are filled with glorious summer celebrations, including pool parties, ice cream sundae creation stations, a School of Rock party, and more.Families can dive right into summer at The Woodfin Hotel San Diego, a member of Sterling Hotels™. This all-suite hotel, convenient to the world-class attractions of San Diego – from award-winning Southern California beaches to SeaWorld, Legoland USA and the San Diego Zoo – is offering complimentary Summer Dive-in Movies every Saturday night throughout July and August. Kids and parents can enjoy family-friendly fare under the stars while floating in the Woodfin Hotel’s pool.Florida Fun:Florida-bound families have plenty of room to stretch without stretching the budget at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, thanks to a $99 Summer Rate on executive suite accommodations that feature full kitchens, separate living areas and private patios or balconies. To sweeten the deal further, the 900-acre Gulf Coast resort – whose recreational appeals include four championship golf courses, a nine-hole family walking course, a spa, and six pools (including the fun-filled Loch Ness Monster Pool) – is offering a third night free for two nights booked, putting a three-night family stay at just $198. The summer rate is available through Sept. 30.In Orlando , the Reunion Resort, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, is offering a variety of family-oriented summer promotions. The Summer Spa Special for Kids features 25-minute spa services designed exclusively for the junior set – from manicures and pedicures to facials for the pampered prince or princess. A Pampered Package of all three services is just $105. Adventurous youngsters can join the Kids Crew, the resort’s children’s activity camp, where families who sign up for two days enjoy a third day free. Golf and tennis camps are also available for kids (and grown-ups, too!). Families reap even more rewards at mealtime, with Reunion Resort’s Kids Eat Free program and Forte Family Dining, which turns the Forte restaurant into an Italian family dining experience just for the summer. These offers are available through Sept. 30, 2009.Rocky Mountain Adventures:Robert Redford’s Sundance Resort, a member of Preferred Boutique, encourages kids to discover the natural splendor of Utah ’s North Fork Canyon through a summer camp series at the resort’s Sundance Nature Center . Days are filled with activities such as hikes through an old-growth forest, kick ball, painting lessons and more. Designed for children ages 5-12, the Sundance Kids Camp is available for $45 per day ( 9 am – 5 pm, Monday through Friday) or at a discounted weekly rate of $180 (five days for the price of four), and includes a souvenir camp tee shirt.Rocky Mountain vacations are a family affair at The Broadmoor, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, in Colorado Springs . The historic hotel’s summer calendar is packed with kid-friendly fun, from improv performances and scavenger hunts to Wii tournaments and family tennis round robins. Mountain bike rentals are available for families who want to explore the resort grounds or nearby Cheyenne Canyon with its myriad trails for all skill levels.Also in Colorado , The Grand Lodge Crested Butte Hotel & Suites, a member of Sterling Hotels, in Crested Butte is offering a Family Adventure Package that includes a two-night stay plus two days of fun for kids at Camp CB . Exclusively for children ages 5-12, Camp CB ’s Passport to Adventure Program keeps youngsters happily entertained exploring their mountain surroundings while parents embark on adventures of their own. The youngest tots are well-cared for at the Camp CB Nursery. Rates start at only $299 and are available through Sept. 7, 2009For a more citified summer vacation, downtown Denver’s The Curtis, a member of Sterling Hotels, invites family travelers to Grab Your Grandma (or other favorite family member of friend) and enjoy two rooms for one rate. The promotion also includes free parking (two car maximum) and free meals for kids (or a $50 food and beverage credit per stay for the young-at-heart adult). The $199 rate is available through Sept. 7, Thursday through Sunday. It requires a two-night minimum and is based on two adults per room. Taxes are additional.City Delights:A great family getaway is anything but a gamble at The Signature at MGM Grand, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, in Las Vegas . Just steps – yet somehow worlds – away from the gaming and excitement of the MGM Grand, The Signature is offering a Summer Splash promotion through Aug. 31 that includes suite accommodations, free dining for children 10 and under at Delights or pool-side (with the purchase of an adult meal), and daily breakfast for two at Delights. Rates begin at $129 per night for a Junior Suite.Summer in Milwaukee means festival time, and the landmark Pfister Hotel, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, is pulling out all the stops with a City of Festivals package series designed to complement the variety of ethnic celebrations on the calendar. These custom-tailored, three-night vacation packages offer special room rates to correspond with a wide array of city events, ranging from Bastille Days (July 9-12) and an African World Festival (Aug. 1) to the Great Circus Parade (July 12) and the Wisconsin State Fair (Aug. 6-16).Bicycling is a classic summer pursuit, and Boston ’s Charles Hotel , a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, in the heart of Cambridge offers families the use of six Electra Amsterdam Classic Bicycles free of charge for the first four hours ($5 for each additional hour). The Hotel Bike Program also includes the use of a helmet, lock and cable, and a map of area biking routes. In addition, the hotel’s Regattabar is offering a Kids Summer Music Series every Sunday afternoon from July 19 through Aug. 16. Among the great family entertainers on the schedule are Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could, Baby Loves Salsa with the Jose Conde Band, Laughing Pizza, and Ben Rudnick. Performances are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.In the Land of 10,000 Lakes:Nisswa, Minnesota ’s Grand View Lodge, a member of Summit Hotels & Resorts, caters to vacationing families with a Kids’ Club (ages 3-6) and Adventure Club (ages 7-12) that fill youngsters’ days with old-fashioned summer fun along the sandy shore of beautiful Gulf Lake . Special Kids’ Night Out events, held several times a week throughout the summer season, include such memorable themes as Wacky Relay Races, Waves of Laughter and Mystery Night. Club prices range from $15 for two-and-a-half hours to $30 for six hours.www.PreferredHotelGroup.comlast_img read more