JetBoatersnet Bimini Fling doubles in size

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 3, 2017 – Bimini – This July more than 180 Americans and Canadians will bring 19 to 24 foot boats to Bimini to enjoy the natural beauty and abundant wildlife.South Bimini Island, June 12th, 2017: In less than a month a fleet of small vessels will depart Fort Lauderdale to spend five days in the beautiful water of Bimini, Bahamas. This group organized through JetBoaters.net has made an annual Bimini Fling since 2010. They began as a group of six boats that crossed with the official fling led by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. Since then it has become a tradition to bring dozens of boats each year.The group stretches far beyond the typical Floridian and East Coast visitors to Bimini. More than half of the group will tow their boats over 1,000 miles to cross to Bimini. Two of the boats will be towed over 3,000 miles from Oregon and Alberta, Canada.The group chooses Bimini specifically for the pristine natural beaches, beautiful water and abundant wildlife. Highlights of their trip will include swimming with dolphins, snorkeling and diving local reefs and ship wrecks, visits to the remote beaches and the sand bar found in East Wells as well as tours of the mangroves and healing hole.   The group is expected to bring more than $250,000 to the local economy during their visit.Furthermore, the group publishes extensive information both in writing and video documenting the process of traveling to Bimini and demonstrating the benefits of traveling to this paradise.In 2016 the group was privileged to participate in the Bimini Christmas Toy Drive which they plan to continue in the future. They enjoy the opportunity to bring joy to the Children of Bimini and appreciate seeing the pictures of this successful event operated by the Vander Werf Family Foundation.The group would like to stress the importance of preserving the reefs around Bimini and Bimini’s Mangroves that serve as a nursery for many species. Members of the group will collect trash during their visit to leave the area better than they found it.Press Release: DPA News Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more



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Plans to Attract Defense Firms to Eastern Oklahoma Advance

first_imgPlans to foster the defense industry in McAlester moved ahead last week after the city council voted to accept a $193,257 award from the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission.Leroy Alsup, the city’s community and economic development director, proposed dedicating $93,000 of the award to a planned defense industrial park that may be located next to the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant in eastern Oklahoma, reported McAlester News.The city is waiting for the Army to update the plant’s strategic plan before determining where the industrial park would go, Alsup said. A site outside the plant’s gates would make sense if a defense company were willing to move to McAlester.“When they get done, we will look at where they may expand,” he said. “When they complete their study, we’ll look at where we want to put our industrial park.”Alsup recommended using the rest of the award to supplement a strategic plan the Spectrum Group and the Principi Group are preparing to help McAlester expand and retain the defense industry in the area. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more



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Siempre Selena Kacey Musgraves Pays Tribute To Tejano Queen At RodeoHouston

first_img Facebook Twitter Siempre Selena: Kacey Musgraves Pays Tribute To Tejano Queen At RodeoHouston Email “ANYTHING FOR SELENAAAAS and nothing but RESPECT,” Musgraves tweeted after the tribute, acknowledging the performance anniversary and adding #Reina. Selena’s sister and Selena Y Los Dinos bandmate Suzette Quintanilla posted a touching Instagram message along with a clip of the performance: “Awww this makes me wanna shed a tear! Takes me back [.] A Big Big Thank you @spaceykacey for the love at the Houston Rodeo tonite with that SELENA Y LOS DINOS Jam!”Selena’s career was cut short after she was killed in March 1995. During the time of her death, the singer was beginning a major crossover into the English language market after creating record hits in Spanish with a distinct sound that included techno, cumbia, pop, Tejano and rancheras. The singer, who won Best Mexican-American Album for Live at the 36th GRAMMY Awards, has been honored by other major contemporary artists, including Beyoncé and Drake. The Latinas Of ‘Women Who Rock’center_img News Musgraves sang a Spanish rendition of one of Selena’s greatest hits, “Como La Flor” Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Feb 27, 2019 – 11:15 am GRAMMY Album Of The Year Winner and Texas Native Kacey Musgraves was on home turf when she kicked off the RodeoHouston music series on Feb. 25. While there, the singer/songwriter covered the late Texan and GRAMMY-winning Tejano, cumbia music star Selena.Singing in Spanish, Musgraves did a rendition of one of Selena’s greatest hits, “Como La Flor,” which earned excited cheers from fans at Houston’s NRG Park one day before the anniversary of Selena’s epic last performance at the Houston Astrodome on Feb. 26, 1995.  Kacey Musgraves Honors Tejano Queen Selena siempre-selena-kacey-musgraves-pays-tribute-tejano-queen-rodeohoustonlast_img read more



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STATE REP RACE Judy OConnell To Hold Campaign Kickoff Rally On June 28

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Committee for Judy O’Connell for State Representative is holding a Campaign “Kickoff” Rally on Thursday, June 28, 2018, from 7:30pm to 11pm, at the Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks (777 South Street, Tewksbury).The event will include music, light refreshments, and cash bar. Donations appreciated. For more information, visit http://www.JudyForStateRep.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… RelatedBREAKING NEWS: 19th Middlesex State Rep Election Results Are In — Dave Robertson WinsIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Judy O’Connell Addresses Allegations Of Federal Tax Liens On Her HomeIn “Government”CAMPAIGN FINANCE: Judy O’Connell Raises $10,000; Spends $4,000 Thus FarIn “Government”last_img read more



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Bigg Boss Telugu 3 latest update Nagarjuna set to announce hosting next

first_imgAkkineni NagarjunaTwitterThe latest buzz about Bigg Boss Telugu 3 is that actor Akkineni Nagarjuna will make an official announcement about hosting the next season of this hit reality show in June.A lot has been written and spoken about the host of Bigg Boss Telugu 3. Several names were linked to this show after Nani and Jr NTR rejected this offer and Chiranjeevi, Venkatesh and Anushka Shetty are few among them. The latest we hear that the makers of the show have approached Akkineni Nagarjuna.It is rumoured that Nagarjuna was busy shooting for Manmadhudu 2 in Portugal when he received the offer to host Bigg Boss Telugu 3. The actor is said to have assured to meet the team after returning to Hyderabad. He has now wrapped up the foreign schedule of Manmadhudu 2 and is said to meet with the top management of Star Maa to discuss the deal of hosting the upcoming season of its hit show.Nagarjuna is said to have agreed to be the host of Bigg Boss Telugu 3. Now, he will have a word about his remuneration and other terms and conditions of the show in the final round of discussions with the team. Once everything is finalised, the team will announce his name as the host in a press meet, which is likely to take in a week’s time.Nagarjuna has already made his mark on the small screen as he had successfully managed to host a couple of seasons of Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudu, the Telugu version of Kaun Banega Karodpati. If he is on board for Bigg Boss Telugu, he is sure to have the popularity of this TV reality show to all new heights.The team of Star Maa had kick-started the process of selection of the contestants for Bigg Boss Telugu 3 earlier this year. It is said to have already finalised most of the participants. The buzz is that the makers wanted to launch the show in June, but they pushed this date to July due to the World Cup.last_img read more



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BAE Systems Qinetiq Thales Which companies will benefit from increased UK defence

first_imgIn a recently-leaked memo to the UKs Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, former UK Joint Forces Command chief Sir Richard Barrons issued a dire warning on the state of the UK military.According to him, Britain could not sustain a full-scale conventional attack from Russia, particularly from the air. He also raised serious concerns that Britains Armed Forces are reliant on small numbers of expensive equipment, such as new aircraft carriers, which we cannot afford to use fully, damage or lose.This warning comes in spite of a rising defence budget, with the Government – late last year – committing to increase defence spending by nearly £5bn ($6.5bn, €5.8bn) by 2020/21, and to meet the official NATO target to spend 2% of GDP (economic output) for the rest of this decade.European NATO countries have relied on the US for too longBut it is not just the UK that is to raise defence spending this year and beyond. Fears over Russian aggression (eg. in the Ukraine), homegrown terrorist attacks, the ongoing civil war in Syria and the immigration crisis across Europe are all highlighting the need for Europe as a whole to spend more on defence and security.Of the 28 NATO countries, only 5 spent NATOs objective of 2% of GDP, including the US and UK. But what is clear from NATOs own data is that Europe has increasingly relied on the US as a defence shield, while progressively cutting their own defence spending, by a total of 12% from 2008 to 2014 (Chart 1).Why these European defence cuts are finally to be reversedThe key catalyst is political. We have the US Presidential election to come in November this year, with Republican candidate Donald Trump raising tough questions about what the United States should expect from its allies, many of which are not contributing their fair share financially or militarily to NATOs common defence. This is not even to mention Trumps stated admiration for Vladimir Putin, which is a clear concern to European NATO members.Lets not forget that Russia has been spending more of its economic output on its military might, just as most of NATO has done the opposite (Chart 2).Just as was seen during the Brexit debate, immigration has become a hot topic across Europe in advance of parliamentary elections in France (due in April 2017) and in Germany (Autumn 2017).More importantly, Germanys Chancellor Angela Merkel and her CDU/CSU party have been losing ground in a number of local elections in the former East Germany and now in Berlin, forcing her into an about-turn on her liberal immigration policy regarding refugees.As a result, there is huge pressure to see European governments reacting to the electorates concerns over security and immigration with extra spending. Note that France spends only 1.8% of its economic output on defence and Germany an even weaker 1.2%. There is thus scope to increase spending in the next year and beyond.Who will benefit from higher defence and security spending?Now, we should not forget that defence and national security tend to be highly nationalistic topics, with each European country tending to favour their own national defence companies wherever possible.The largest defence industries in Europe reside in France and in the UK. In France, both Thales (French code HO) and Safran (French code SAF) are defence-oriented companies that should benefit from higher French and German military and security-related spending.In the UK, the key company to invest in is BAE Systems (UK code: BA/). BAE is a huge defence supplier to the UK and US in particular, so are well-placed to see a pick-up in orders and sales from this change in trend in NATO defence spending.BAE Systems has the added attraction of offering a good income, at around 5% in dividend yield annually. So you as an investor are paid to wait in this share.Other beneficiaries from increased spending on security and defence include G4S (UK code GFS) who provide much of the private sectors security manpower, including security personnel and infrastructure for the 2012 London Olympics.Increased intelligence and electronic surveillance spending (think MI5, MI6 and GCHQ) should be a boon for Qinetiq (code QQ.), while increased spending on military aircraft should help aerospace companies Rolls-Royce (code RR.), Meggitt (MGGT), Cobham (COB) and Chemring (CHG).All things considered, BAE would be my top pick of UK companies to buy into this defence spending boost.last_img read more



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Uber Standard Chartered Bank announce cashback for rides in India Singapore Malaysia

first_imgCab hailing aggregator Uber and London-based Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) announced a tie-up on Monday that will enable the bank’s credit cardholders in six countries to get up to 25 percent cashback on Uber rides.SCB cardholders in India, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the UAE will be able to get cashback on all global rides, SCB said in a press statement on Monday.The offer is available to all SCB cardholders in Singapore, Malaysia, India and Vietnam, Indonesia from Oct.1, while the date of availability for UAE cardholders will be announced “in the near future,” the bank said.In India, SCB cardholders will receive 20 per cent cash-back on all Uber rides, subject to a cashback cap of Rs 600 per per month.”There has been a dramatic shift towards digital and cashless payments across the region and we are seeing success in the seamless integration of the Bank’s services in our clients’ everyday life,” Sebastian Arcuri, Regional Head, Retail Banking, ASEAN and South Asia, Standard Chartered Bank said.Uber said that th tie-up will bring “more value” to SCB credit cardholders.”We look forward to welcoming cardholders as first-time Uber riders to join over 50 million riders globally to experience the ridesharing revolution,” Chan Park, Uber’s Regional General Manager for Southeast Asia, said.Uber had announced a tie-up with American Express Bank last month benefitting the bank’s credit cardholders. “The tie-up allows AmEx to integrate its Corporate Card programs with Uber’s corporate platform ‘Uber for Business,'” the taxi-hailing aggregator said in a statement on Sept. 28, 2016.San Francisco-based Uber claims it has over 50,000 business enterprises worldwide that use “Uber for Business” for their mobility solutions. Billed as the “most valuable start-up” at about $66 billion, Uber’s operations in India cover 28 cities and is a significant market. “India accounts for 12% of all rides on our platform globally and there remains tremendous potential,” Amit Jain, Uber India president, told Bloomberg.last_img read more



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PVR reports fall in Q2 net profit pins hopes on Ae Dil

first_imgPVR shares were trading almost flat on Friday at Rs 1,225.50 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) at around 12.52 p.m. after the multiplex chain operator reported 5 percent fall in net profit for September quarter (Q2), a day earlier, despite revenues increasing by about 17 percent.The company hopes to benefit from the expected box office success of Karan Johar’s “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” to beef up revenues in the current quarter.The Hindi film hit screens on Friday after facing political hurdles that pit the film fraternity against politicians, especially the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS). PVR’s consolidated net profit for the September quarter was Rs 29.13 crore, down 5 percent from Rs 30.70 crore in the corresponding quarter last year while total income rose 17 percent to Rs 554.21 crore as against Rs 474.61 crore in the year-ago period, according to the company’s statements.On a standalone basis, net profit slumped 18 percent to Rs 26 crore.Operating profit margin dipped to 16.8 percent from 18.4 percent in the September 2015 quarter.The multiplex chain operator, which has about 557 screens across 121 properties with a capacity of 1.27 lakh seating capacity, saw a dip in contribution to revenues from top five films.The share price of PVR has appreciated 19.6 percent based on its closing price of Rs 1,024 on July 1, 2016.At one of its multiplexes (in Gurgaon), PVR is charging Rs 1,600 for a gold class ticket to watch “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”. Highlights of September quarterTop five movies contributed 46 percent to gross box office in Q2, FY 2017 as against 51 percent in Q2, FY2016.Occupancy of top five movies in Q2, FY2017 was 40 percent as against 50 percent in Q2, FY2016.The top five releases (for the company from a box office collection perspective) were “Sultan,” “Dishoom,” “Pink,” “Rustom,” and “Happy Bhaag Jayegi,” but the occupancy rate for all the movies was below 50 percent.People spent more on foods and beverages (F&B), while watching films at PVR halls, resulting in a 17 percent increase in F&B revenues to Rs 139.63 crore. Entertainment Tax as a percentage of Net Box office was 29.4 percent in H1, FY2017 as against 26.7 percent in H1, FY2016.The chain operator has opened 58 screens till date in the current fiscal.The company has listed “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” and “Shivaay,” both released this Friday (October 28), as films in its “content pipeline.” ddlast_img read more



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Stowaway falls from Kenyan plane flying over London found dead in residential

first_imgKenya Airways flight.ReutersA body of a man suspected to be a stowaway was found in a London garden on Sunday. It is believed that the man fell from a plane heading to Heathrow Airport.London’s Metropolitan Police investigation confirmed that the man fell from a landing gear compartment of a Kenya Airways flight from Nairobi. After the plane landed, a bag, water and some food were found in the landing gear area of the aircraft.It is reported that that body of the individual fell few metres away from a resident who was sunbathing in the garden.BBC report that that the resident was “shaken” after the witnessing the unfortunate sight.The neighbour of the resident revealed that he saw “blood all over the walls of the garden” after a sound of hitting the ground by force was heard. According to the police statement, the police responded to the call from Offerton Road in the south London neighbourhood of Clapham at 3.39 pm after the resident claimed “a body was discovered in a garden,” CNN reported.Police stated the man is not yet identified and the post-mortem examination will be conducted. The death is also not being treated as suspicious.Kenya Airways said the aircraft was inspected and no damage was reported.Who is a stowaway?A stowaway is an individual who illegally hides in a vehicle (ship, aircraft, train, cargo, truck or bus) in order to avoid paying for the travel.last_img read more



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4 tourists missing in Moinot Ghat Coxs Bazar

first_imgIn separate incidents, four tourists went missing in Moinot Ghat in Dohar of Dhaka and Cox’s Bazar sea beach on Tuesday, reports UNB.At Moinot Ghat, two college students and their university-going friend went missing while swimming in the Padma river around 5:00pm, said officer-in-charge of Dohar police station Sirajuddin.However, the identity of the missing was yet to be known, he said, adding that divers were searching for them.  In Cox’s Bazar, a teenage boy went missing in the bay near the Laboni Point of Cox’s Bazar Sea Beach around 10:00am, said senior assistant police super of Cox’s Bazar Tourism Police Raihan Kazeny.The victim is Sudipta Dey, 17, son of Shital Chandra Dey. He passed this year’s SSC examination from a BGB Pilkhana school in Dhaka.Sudipta along with his family members went to the sea beach in the morning.At one stage of swimming in the sea at the Laboni Point, he was washed away by waves.last_img read more



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Raising Awareness for Domestic Violence in DC

first_imgBy Brianna McAdoo, Special to the AFRODomestic Violence is a complex issue that takes shape in many forms. Domestic Violence can take place in any type of relationship, to anyone and according to the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, is not limited to physical abuse but often includes “the pattern of control, intimidation and verbal abuse.”The DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence is hosting over 30 events in October to support domestic violence survivors and increase public awareness about how domestic violence affects so many lives. The events are an opportunity to learn more and support organizations and individuals dedicated to the fight against domestic violence.(Courtesy Photo)On Oct. 23 the coalition partnered with Ujima to host the “Be A Voice for Survivors: Op-Ed Writing Workshop.” This workshop showed individuals how to write a persuasive opinion piece with a strong emphasis on incorporating survivors needs and being true to their own voices.Many who couldn’t make it to an event in person, joined a twitter conversation entitled: “What is your #1thing?” 3 p.m., Oct. 24. In collaboration with the Domestic Violence Awareness Project’s Advisory Group, they challenged people to share the steps they took to turn their awareness into action. To see the conversation, search the #1thing hashtag.At 5 p.m., Oct. 25 the Mission Dupont “DCVLP Happy Hour” in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month takes place so participants can mix and mingle with members of the DC Volunteer Lawyers program and learn how to volunteer for future opportunities.Then, Washingtonians have the opportunity to stand in solidarity with the Latino Agencies United to Stop Violence Against Women at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 26 for their annual “Latinx March and Vigil.” This event, at Lamont Park, is an opportunity to increase awareness and support the Latinx immigrant community as they fight to end domestic violence.To see the full list of events this month, visit www.spreadlovedc.org. To find out more about DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, their work and how you can get involved, visit www.dccadv.org.last_img read more



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Forecasters Tornado Hit Baltimore Amazon Center Killing 2

first_imgBy The Associated PressBALTIMORE (AP) — Officials confirm it was a tornado that ripped apart some of an Amazon distribution warehouse in Baltimore, killing two men who worked for outside employers.The National Weather Service reports the tornado Friday night packed winds peaking at around 105 mph (169 kph) and traveled 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) through Baltimore.Emergency personnel look over damage, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, after a weather-related building collapse at an Amazon distribution warehouse on Baltimore’s southeast side Friday night. Chief Roman Clark tells the Sun that a 50-foot wall collapsed late Friday at the Amazon Fulfillment Center as a storm hit the area. (Ulysses Munoz/The Baltimore Sun via AP)The twister also blew over a tractor-trailer on Interstate 95 and smashed through garage doors at a van rental facility.The storm pulled off part of the Amazon building’s roof, including iron rafters. That caused concrete panels along a 50-foot (15-meter) section of wall to collapse. A dozen cargo trailers were scattered.The Baltimore Sun reports the victims were a 54-year-old employee of a real estate consulting firm and the 37-year-old owner of a trucking company that contracted with Amazon.last_img read more



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