2 Comments MSI Wind 6:20 George R.R. Martin has set the internet alight in more ways than one. Christopher Polk/NBC via Getty Images The internet is ablaze with Game of Thrones rage — and George R.R. Martin is adding his own to the storm.The writer of the epic fantasy series has taken to his blog a la Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network to address rumors he has been sitting on his long-awaited next books The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring.”All of a sudden this crazy story about my finishing The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring years ago is popping up everywhere,” he wrote on May 13.He cleared that up quickly, though: “The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring are not finished. Dream is not even begun; I am not going to start writing volume seven until I finish volume six.” Game of Thrones Rumors 38 Photos Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5: Everybody hurts Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice He also addressed rumors that HBO and Game of Thrones TV series showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss wanted him to delay the novels.”Why would I sit for years on completed novels? … Delaying makes no sense. Why would HBO want the books delayed? The books help create interest in the show, just as the show creates interest in the books.”There is no “deal” to hold back on the books.”Martin’s fifth and latest book in the series, A Dance with Dragons, was published in 2011. He’s since released a few prequels in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire, but admitted finishing The Winds of Winter has been a bit of a struggle.Game of Thrones the TV series is currently sitting on a pyre in the seven kingdoms of the internet following a mixed response to the events in episode 5 of the final season, aired Sunday on HBO. A clinical psychologist analysed why the character arc of Daenerys Targaryen did not go down well, a fate which apparently many a subtle detail had foreshadowed in previous seasons. A record number of viewers took in the spectacle of the episode, which you can relive in our recap. Or not, depending on your own reaction to the episode. Review • MSI Wind Tags TV and Movies The 38 most gut-wrenching Game of Thrones deaths, ranked
Charlotte James of Baltimore’s Code in the Schools organization, speaks during a panel at the White House. (Image via YouTube)Some of Baltimore’s top leaders gathered at the White House June 6 for a panel discussion which analyzed social change in the city.Called “The Front Lines of Social Innovation: Models for Change from Baltimore City,” the event was streamed live from the White House and addressed the social plights that Baltimore is facing. Among those in attendance were Democratic mayoral nominee Catherine Pugh, Bishop Eugene Sutton, and Senator Ben Cardin. From its record-high homicide rate to dealing with the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death, there are many aspects of Baltimore in need of social reform.Sarah Hemminger, a neuroscientist and CEO of Thread, a city non-profit which engages underperforming high school students, spoke about her mentoring program and the importance of lifting up Baltimore’s youth.“During times of division and strife in our city, we must rediscover the thing that is most important: one another,” said Hemminger. Thread helps teens in less-than-ideal social situations thrive academically. She mentors low-income and at-risk kids with low GPAs, and helps them to graduate high school and further their education. Her program has a graduation rate of over 90 percent. Through several heart-wrenching anecdotes, Hemminger shared how she not only touched her mentees lives, but how they have helped her to grow as well.The city’s health commissioner, Dr. Leana Wen, stressed the importance of healthcare to create social change. She talked about Vision for Baltimore, which allowed children to receive free eye exams and glasses. She also discussed her national campaign to help those with opioid and drug addiction.“More people die from overdose than die from homicide,” said Wen. “We believed that every resident could save a life.” The city’s health department has provided healthcare training to various members of the community to help with this issue. She also discussed racial disparities in health and how one of her programs that hires recently-released convicts helps with violence prevention.Other topics of discussion included adding coding and computer science to school curriculums, youth outreach, education, and more. After the speeches there was also a panel discussion in which a panel of experts discussed other steps Baltimore needs to make towards reform.“There are deep rooted problems of inequality, poverty and racism, but our residents feel the fierce urgency of now,” said Wen.
Kolkata: State Education minister Partha Chatterjee said that students no longer need to venture out of the state for higher studies and assured them of a bright career in the state itself.”Some of the students have a misconception that they will not be able to make it big in Bengal and have to have the stamp of foreign countries. Bengal has seen a sea change in the education scenario. As many as 18,000 students from other states have come to Bengal this year for higher studies. We have as many as 4.5 lakh seats in our colleges and universities. So, they should come out of the misconception that they will be unable to manage a good career here,” Chatterjee said, while distributing scholarships to 51 toppers of Madhyamik Examination 2018, across 23 districts of Bengal. This was done as a part of the Jahar Lal Chandra Merit Scholarship Programme of a well known jewellery group. A scholarship of Rs 50,000 each was handed over to the students. Chatterjee made it clear that clearance from the state government will be mandatory now for setting up schools. “We will cancel the affiliation of any school that will be found running without our clearance certificate,” he added. The Education minister also unveiled the government’s plan of setting up two new universities at North 24-Parganas and Nadia.
South Asia’s largest food and hospitality show AAHAR, now in its 32nd edition, will run from March 7–11 at Pragati Maidan. Aahar has become a well known and globally acclaimed brand over the years. The show is organised by India Trade Promotion Organisation with the active support of Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India and the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), along with leading trade associations. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAAHAR 2017 will be inaugurated by the Hon’ble Minister for Food Processing Industries, Government of India, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, today at 10am. For the first time, three foreign Ministers will grace the occasion of the inaugural ceremony. These include: HE Lawrence MacAulay, Canadian Federal Agriculture Minister, HE Edgar Vasquez, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Trade, Government of Peru, and HE Ewa Lech, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Republic of Poland. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOver 900 exhibitors are taking part in the fair covering an area of 60000 sq mtrs (Approx.), spread over 14 halls. Aahar has a significant foreign participation. As many as 72 foreign companies are participating in the fair – includeing USA, China, Canada, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Russia, Poland, Turkey, Bulgaria, Spain, Oman, Korea, Sweden, Thailand, UAE, Peru and Lebanon. ITPO has made a special provision in Aahar for promoting ‘New and Young Entrepreneurs’ by offering them space at 50 per cent of the normal tariff. The focus on new and young entrepreneurs will invigorate the youth to set up fresh innovative businesses. Around 60,000 trade visitors are expected to visit the fair. Around 300 renowned Chefs will participate in the Culinary Art Competition with live demonstrations.ITPO has begun work on its ambitious project of the redevelopment of Pragati Maidan as a world class Integrated Exhibition- cum-Convention Centre (IECC), to cater to the growing needs of the global exhibition and convention fraternity. AAHAR is a B2B show. Visiting hours are 10 am – 6 pm on all days. Visitor registration is required at site or online on the Mobile App.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 The Queen Elizabeth 2 ship now floats as a hotel on the Persian Gulf The QE2, built by Cunard and put to sea in 1969, is the second ship the company named after the wife of King George VI, not the current British monarch – hence the number rather than the Roman numeral.The luxury ship travelled some 6 million miles in decades of service even as airlines came to dominate trans-Atlantic travel. It carried 2.5 million passengers and crossed the Atlantic more than 800 times. Britain requisitioned the ship as a troop carrier for the Falklands War against Argentina in 1982.More news: Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksIn 2007, Cunard sold the QE2 to an arm of the state-run conglomerate Dubai World for 50 million pounds ($100 million). She arrived to Dubai’s Port Rashid the following year as part of a glitzy armada led by a mega-yacht owned by Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, at the height of the former British protectorate’s real-estate bubble.An economic crash left the QE2’s owners in debt for billions of dollars. Rumours circulated for years after that the ship could be sold. All the while, she sat mothballed at Port Rashid near Dubai’s historic downtown creek, a 149,000-ton reminder of the crash.Three years ago, the Dubai government’s Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corp. took over the project. It marks the first foray into hotels for the corporation, said Mustafa, who previously served as a managing director at the government-owned developer Nakheel and at the investment arm of Dubai World. He said the corporation planned to open other hotels in the future.The ship has been hooked up to Dubai’s power grid, but still floats in the Persian Gulf. An Associated Press team that visited the ship Tuesday could feel her list slightly while walking through portions of her completed passageways.More news: Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at sea“She lists. She’s supposed to that, she’s a ship,” Mustafa said.Today, around seven of the QE2’s 13 decks are under operation, with 224 cabins available, Mustafa said. Prices will range from $150 a night in the simplest berthing to $15,000 a night for the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary suites, he said.A green-hued British pub and other restaurants will serve alcohol, a common practice across Dubai’s hotels. However, its nickel, quarter and dollar slot machines will remain turned off as gambling is illegal.The ship also will feature shops run by Dubai Duty Free, the government-run conglomerate that had $1.93 billion of sales in 2017, with 9.7 million cans of beer and 7.4 million bottles of liquor and wine sold.Workers hurried across the ship Tuesday to finish up work ahead of the hotel’s soft opening Wednesday. By October, Mustafa said the hotel hopes to have a grand opening with “600 to 800 rooms” ready.“If you want to come and have a sense of how it was during the ocean liner era but at the same time being a doorstep away from Dubai, this is the place you want to be,” he said. “We’re not a theme. We’re not a concept. This is what this ship was.” Share DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Famed Queen Elizabeth 2 cruise ship will finally open as a floating luxury hotel moored off Dubai, nearly a decade after completing its last ocean voyage.It’s been another long trip for the ship known as the QE2 to even open to the public, as Dubai’s financial meltdown and years of slow growth nearly sank the project and left the ship languishing at port. After initially planning to gut the vessel, Dubai’s government ultimately decided to restore the ship at a cost of over $100 million, down to replicating its 1960s carpeting, with work still underway.“It’s like walking into a time capsule – this is the ship in 1969. It’s a hotel and a museum,” said Hamza Mustafa, the CEO of Dubai’s Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corp.’s investment arm. “We’ve put in 2.7 million man hours working on her … making sure that she can really shine.”“She’s going to live on for many more years now in her final home in Dubai,” he added. << Previous PostNext Post >> By: Jon GambrellSource: The Associated Press
Tags: CostSaver, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Sherridan Harris, Trafalgar Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Trafalgar announces new Sales Manager – Manitoba and Saskatchewan Posted by TORONTO — Trafalgar has welcomed aboard a new Sales Manager for Manitoba and Saskatchewan.Sherridan Harris, who brings with her over 20 years experience in sales and business development and six years in the travel industry, will be responsible for executing sales plans and developing strong relationships with agency partners in both provinces.“As a travel sales professional and a passionate traveller, a position with respected brands such as Trafalgar and CostSaver is truly a dream role,” said Harris.Anita Emilio, vice president of sales, Trafalgar Canada, is “thrilled” to have Harris join the “Trafalgar tribe”.“With her extensive background in business development in leisure and corporate travel as well as the hotel industry and life-long citizen of the prairies, we know she truly understands the area and the needs of the local travel agents,” said Emilio.Harris can be reached at Sherridan.Harris@TrafalgarTours.com or via telephone at 1-800-834-5677 ext. 8497606. Travelweek Group Tuesday, June 12, 2018