Puel praises Leicester players after Cup defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Claude Puel was full of praise for his players after their Carabao Cup quarterfinal defeat to Manchester City.City overcame Leicester 3-1 in a penalty shoot-out in the fifth round clash at the King Power Stadium after the sides had been tied at 1-1 after 90 minutes. “Of course, it’s a disappointment,” Puel told LCFC TV at the full-time whistle. “It’s the second time after last season against the same opponent. We lost with the lottery of penalties and it’s harsh.“We have a good feeling like the one before in the League Cup, but I think it’s disappointing because we played a complete game with a good structure, good organisation and good performance in the first half.”The details to allow us to make a better counter-attack… it was a shame to concede this goal without conceding a chance. After, we came back in the second half with more confidence. We corrected some details at half-time and we played well in the second half. “We deserved to come back in the game. We were close to this team. We came back and perhaps we could have won at the end if we were a little more clinical in some situations, but I praise our game.“Of course, I’m disappointed for my players because they gave their best. They worked hard on the pitch and showed togetherness. I think we had quality.“Sometimes, we played under pressure in the first half, but we had good organisation and in the second half we played with more quality, with more confidence. Step by step, we’re improving our play.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
October 28, 2019
West Ham keeper Fabianski explains Arsenal exitby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has spoken about the reasons for his Arsenal exit.The Polish keeper was at the club for seven years, but he only played 78 appearances for the Gunners.Since leaving, he has gotten the chance to shine at Swansea and West Ham United.Now Fabianski is speaking about the reasons for his Arsenal departure.He told Sky Sports of his experiences at Arsenal: “I wanted to prove myself on the pitch, but I didn’t have many chances, so it put a lot more pressure on every single game that I played.”I found myself in situations where I was so keen to show my qualities, but many times it worked against me and I was punished for being too eager.”I think what happens when you don’t play regularly is that all the little things that are very important for our position are a little bit off. “Even when I started pre-season this year, I could feel a bit of a difference. Your timing is not there, your feeling of the game, your distances. When I made the decision to leave Arsenal, it was based on that.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
October 28, 2019
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace boss Hodgson: Norwich play some extremely good footballby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson is concerned meeting with Norwich City.He admitted to watching the Canaries opener at Liverpool – a 4-1 defeat – and thinking “they are a very good team”.”I think they are very good and they play some extremely good football,” Hodgson said. “I’m pretty certain the win against Manchester City tells you everything you need to know about them.”I would rather we played against another team than Norwich, a team I feared a bit less, but this is the fixture that is in front of me.”
October 28, 2019
Juventus in contact with Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksenby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus are in contact with Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen.Tuttosport says Eriksen is being courted by Juventus, who are eyeing up the midfielder on a free transfer next summer. Eriksen, who arrived at Tottenham from Ajax in 2013, was keen to leave the club in the summer, but a preferred move to Spain never materialised. But despite scoring in the North London derby against Arsenal on September 1, the Dane is yet to hit top form this season as speculation continues to swirl on his future and Juventus are now interested.Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is thought to be dissatisfied with Eriksen’s current situation, and unhappy that a player keen for a fresh challenge in the summer was not offloaded. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
October 27, 2019
Coaches often approach recruiting with CIA-level secrecy, but in the era of social media, it is tough to keep visits under wraps, whether it’s a prospect making it to campus or a coach out on the road. Some coaches are adapting with the times and not even trying to hide where they and their staff are recruiting, and you can add new Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi to that list.Pitt coaches were back #OnTheProwl #H2P pic.twitter.com/2w3pauQKVP— Pat Narduzzi (@CoachDuzzPittFB) January 27, 2015This new development of coaches sharing their locations when out on the recruiting trail is a welcome one for fans, media and recruitniks alike. Here’s hoping more schools hop on this bandwagon.
October 27, 2019
As we noted Sunday night, Kentucky head coach John Calipari was on-hand for the NBA All-Star Game in New York City, and he brought his daughter Erin along for the festivities. It looks like the younger Calipari might have been on her own the whole night, however.Coach Cal took to Twitter Monday morning, telling his followers that he’d accidentally forgotten to introduce Erin to former President of the United States Bill Clinton. She also mentioned Sunday night that she’d been photobombing her father all night.I felt so bad yesterday at the NBA All-Star Game. My daughter @TheErinCalipari and I both go down to see @billclinton. …— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) February 16, 2015.@billclinton was so in to our team that when he started talking, I totally forgot @TheErinCalipari was standing there. LOL.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) February 16, 2015.@TheErinCalipari finally nudged me and said, “Hi, I’m his daughter Erin.”— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) February 16, 2015We’re not sure why Calipari admitted all of this, but it is fairly amusing. Luckily, his family is very supportive of his career, so he’s unlikely to get one of those work-life balance talks.
October 13, 2019
Schools will remain open.For updates on buses in the South Peace, click here.For updates on buses in the North Peace, click here.An extreme cold warning remains in place for the entire B.C. Peace region. The temperature is expected to drop to minus 33 with the windchill making it feel more like minus 43. UPDATE – Buses have also been cancelled in Chetwynd.DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – School District 59 has cancelled school buses for Monday.The extreme cold weather is causing the District to cancel buses in the South Peace except for in Chetwynd. School District 60 also announced Sunday buses would be cancelled.
October 12, 2019
Mumbai: Curbing insurgency in the Northeast has been his biggest achievement as home minister, according to Rajnath Singh who says Naxal violence in the country is also on the wane. The Union home minister asserts that BJP will come back to power with a thumping majority as people want the good governance of the Narendra Modi dispensation to continue. “The way Modiji has led the country at national and international levels in the last five years, there is not an iota of doubt about our win with three-fourths majority in these polls,” he claims. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Singh says as home minister, he worked, among other things, towards curbing insurgency in the Northeast and Naxalism in parts of the country. “Insurgency in Northeast is almost finished,” he told PTI in an interview. On Naxalism, he says, “We are now in the most favourable position since 1971, when more security personnel used to get killed than Naxals. Now the trend has reversed… Our security forces have been giving a befitting reply and eliminating Naxals.” Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Earlier Naxals operated in 126 districts, but now their activities are limited to just six-seven districts, he says. “We are quite sure that in coming days, we will root them out. The elimination of insurgency in the Northeast has been my biggest achievement as home minister…even beyond my expectations,” the former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh says. He also says that as home minister, he made maximum number of visits to Jammu and Kashmir and tried to find a long-term solution to the region’s problems, though it could not yield the desired results. “Now, time has come to review articles 35A and 370 of the Constitution (providing special status and rights to the state and its citizens) and assess what Jammu and Kashmir got and what it lost due to these two provisions,” he says. “My ministry also revoked the registration of 20,000 organisations which used to get money from overseas, under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, and were involved in activities which were not in the interest of our country,” he says. Singh, who is contesting Lok Sabha polls from Lucknow, says he does not believe that Modi’s persona is overshadowing the work of other lawmakers and ministers. “Whatever ministers or MPs do, they do it after getting the team leader’s consent, it is but natural. All policy decisions are taken under the chairmanship of the prime minister. So, saying that the work of other ministers or MPs is overshadowed is not right,” he says. “People are smart enough and politically aware. They have their own parameters to gauge public representatives’ records and performances,” he adds. To a query why the BJP’s campaign has no mention of demonetisation and GST, Singh, who headed the party’s manifesto committee, says they are no longer poll issues. “Their (positive and expected) results have started surfacing. GST has been simplified several times and we have made it abundantly clear that whenever there is a need, we will come up with more simplifications so that the business class does not suffer,” he says. Asked why the BJP has ‘imported’ candidates from outside the party, like Bhojpuri film actors Nirahua and Ravi Kishan, Bollywood star Sunny Deol and Pragya Thakur, he says it shows the party’s “inclusive and pluralistic” character. “Let me clarify that the BJP’s core cadre is quite strong and we have no dearth of candidates. But there are some people in every society who have a large fan following and have some intrinsic political acumen. “When we get these people in our party, they become an integral part of the BJP family and by this way, our party becomes more inclusive and pluralistic,” he reasons. Asked about the BJP fielded only a few Muslim candidates, he says though he was not in a position to tell the exact number, but the party has given tickets to members from the community. “We are very careful about our core principal – ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’. Unfortunately, the opposition parties are unsuccessfully trying to create a fear factor. But we have built a sense of confidence and I am quite sure that we will get their (Muslims) bigger support this time than what we got in the previous Lok Sabha election,” he claims. Singh says North Indians living in Maharashtra always supported the BJP ever since this party came to existence. He also dubs the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance as an “unbreakable bond”. “The coming together of two parties with same nationalist ideology is very rare. But this is possible only here in Maharashtra. Though we had some differences, but they have been resolved. The BJP-Shiv Sena have an unbreakable bond and we have proved it,” he adds.
October 12, 2019
CAIRO- Morsi faces charges of helping prisoners – including himself – break out of Wadi Natrun prison during the 2011 revolutionOusted President Mohamed Morsi and 34 others were referred to court on Saturday to face jailbreak charges.Morsi, who is currently being held at Alexandria’s Borg al-Arab Prison, faces charges of helping prisoners – including himself – break out of Wadi Natrun prison during Egypt’s 2011 revolution, which toppled longstanding autocrat Hosni Mubarak. The men are also accused of assaulting security forces and police building, murder, theft and sabotaging public property.Morsi’s supporters insist that the charges against the ousted president – like those leveled against other Muslim Brotherhood leaders and Islamist figures – are politically motivated.Morsi, for his part, says he still represents Egypt’s legitimate president and refuses to recognize the legality of his trial, for which he has declined to take on any formal legal representation.
October 12, 2019
Rabat- Two Journalists for the Moroccan TV channel 2M were arrested on Wednesday and had their equipment confiscated before they were released by the authorities in Algeria.Two days earlier, Amnesty International accusedAlgeria of silencing critics and curbing freedom of expression, in particular press freedom in the presidential elections. It seems that the curbing the freedom of press in Algeria has become a broader suppression of media, as the Algerian authorities prevented Moroccan journalists from covering the presidential elections.According to H24 Info, the cameraman and the correspondent from 2M in Oujda were arrested on Wednesday morning in the Houari Boumediene airport. The authorities released them after the journalists had their equipment confiscated until they could get accreditation. 2M’s journalists immediately went to see an official in the Algerian ministry of Communication to solve the accreditation problem. According to the same source, after several hours of waiting, the minister explained to the journalists that they could cover the presidential elections after they got the accreditation from the Algerian embassy in Rabat.The journalists tried to object to the official’s decision, explaining that it meant going back to Morocco without covering the elections that were going be held on Thursday, April 17th. Yet the minister refused to change his decision, saying “I explained what the law says.”On the other hand, deputy director of 2M Samira Sitail said that the journalists followed all the procedures on time in order to obtain their accreditation from the Algerian embassy in Morocco. “But they did not get any response,” said Sitail.According to H24 Info the TV channel’s demands to obtain accreditation from the Algerian embassy in Rabat to cover the presidential elections in Algeria “were denied without explanation.” The same source added that Algeria promised the TV officials they would approve their journalists’ accreditations when they arrived at the Algerian airport.Yet the Moroccan journalists did not find their accreditation waiting for them in the Algerian airport; instead, they found the policemen waiting to confiscate their cameras and send them back to Morocco without covering the presidential elections. Edited by Jessica Rohan
September 28, 2019
Lantern file photoIt will be hard to measure how much Urban Meyer altered the fate of the 2012 Ohio State football team with the performance evaluations he administered to OSU assistant coaches last June. There’s every chance that Meyer’s criticism in those evaluations played a role in the Buckeyes’s 12-0 season, and perhaps even greater accomplishments in seasons to come.The performance evaluations were obtained by The Lantern through a public records request and list the positive attributes of each coach as well as areas for improvement. Some evaluations appear less thorough than others (there was nothing listed in the “work on” section of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman’s evaluation) and some are vague and hard to decipher. The prevailing theme was that Meyer, whose criticism ranged from recruiting tactics to making more efficient use of the team’s time on the practice field, wanted improvement from the OSU assistants.The program’s assistants completed a self-evaluation before Meyer met with them to verbally provide his evaluation, according to a university human resources statement provided by OSU athletics spokesman Dan Wallenberg. Brief summaries of Meyer’s comments were typed on the evaluation documents, and according to the text, they were completed on June 25 and 26.Zach Smith: Wide receivers coachMeyer encouraged each OSU coach to improve on the recruiting trail, but the Buckeyes’ then-first-year receivers coach Zach Smith appeared to be a weakest link on OSU’s powerhouse staff of recruiters.According to the evaluation documents, Meyer wrote that Smith “needed improvement” with regard to recruiting, adding that he needed to work on being “thorough and intense.”Meyer also said that Smith needed to improve his on-field energy as well as his ability to complete tasks efficiently, according to the documents.Smith was more critical of himself in his self-evaluation than his peers on the OSU staff.Coaches graded themselves on a five-point scale in various categories and Smith was the only coach to give himself a grade lower than “3,” according to the documents. Smith gave himself a “2” regarding “Coaching what he sees on tape” and “Productivity in recruiting,” noting that he “need(s) to be aggressive with (wide receivers) and have conviction on area recruits — improve time management.”Tim Hinton: Tight ends, fullbacks coachDemands for “competitive excellence” and aggressive recruiting were common, but Meyer reserved what might have been his harshest criticism for Tim Hinton.Meyer said that Hinton’s top priority should be working on his “ability to articulate the offense” better, according to the evaluation. Additionally, Meyer wrote that Hinton needed to work on the “efficiency of practice time.”Mike Vrabel: Defensive line coachMeyer told Vrabel to take a wins-and-losses approach to the recruiting aspect of his job, writing, “Same approach to recruiting as playing (No excuses, W/L).”Meyer also appeared to encourage Vrabel — a three-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots — to work on using his professional experience to better develop the team’s defensive line.Everett Withers: Associate head coach, co-defensive coordinator, safeties coachMuch of Meyer’s criticism for Everett Withers was related to recruiting. On the evaluation, Meyer wrote “1.) Close on a difference maker. 2.) Intensity and thoroughness in recruiting.” A third criticism – “competitive excellence of players in off-season” – was also levied.Ed Warinner: Co-offensive coordinator, offensive line coachMeyer’s No. 1 criticism of Warinner was, presumably, that he wasn’t building strong relationships on the recruiting trail. All Meyer wrote on this matter was “Relationships in recruiting.” The second item listed was closing on offensive line recruits, followed by “engagement.”Meyer’s elaboration regarding the latter only went as far as to say “family, non-football discussion.”Kerry Coombs: Cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinatorMeyer encouraged the fiery Coombs to work on closing on a big-time recruit and production of his cornerbacks unit for fall. Coombs responded to Meyer’s recommendations by helping then-sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby achieve first-team All-American honors (ESPN) after a 2012 season in which he caught a team-high five interceptions. Roby was also a Thorpe Award semifinalist.Stan Drayton: Running backs coachIn addition to encouraging Drayton to up his game on the recruiting front, it appears that Meyer wanted his running backs coach to provide fresh ideas to game plans for the running backs.“Get a big timer: recruiting,” Meyer wrote as the top item on Drayton’s evaluation. Like other OSU assistants, Meyer also said he wanted Drayton to get competitive excellence out of the running backs.Lastly, Meyer wrote, “Creativity/ideas in game planning.”Luke Fickell: Co-defensive coordinator, linebackers coachFor Fickell, whose one-season tenure as OSU head coach was sandwiched between the exit of former Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel and the arrival of Meyer, the first item of business was establishing himself as a leader on Meyer’s coaching staff. “Leadership role on staff,” wrote Meyer, who also listed Fickell’s ability to adapt and embrace his fellow staff-members as a positive.Fickell was the only coach that opted to leave a remark in the “employee’s comments” section of the evaluation, writing, “Great meeting with lots of constructive suggestions to get better.”Wallenberg declined to make any of the football coaches available for comment, saying that, generally, the department does not comment on personnel issues. So, while the extent to which coaches made improvements after their performance evaluations were administered remains to be seen, it could be safely assumed that at least a couple of Meyer’s criticisms related to on-field issues were addressed and corrected in time for the team’s undefeated, Big Ten Leaders Division championship season.Some of Meyer’s concerns regarding recruiting tactics were likely addressed as well and improved the Buckeyes’ 2013 recruiting class ranked No. 2 in America, according to Rivals.com.Again eligible for postseason competition after serving a one-year ban after the undefeated 2012 season, OSU will begin the 2013 season with an Aug. 31 game in Columbus against Buffalo.
September 18, 2019
Cristiano Ronaldo’s reported summer move to Juventus will help elevate the Serie A back to it’s “level of the past”, says former Real Madrid and AS Roma forward Julio BaptistaSince Tuesday last week, Ronaldo has been strongly linked with a move to Juventus this summer in a €100m deal following a breakdown in his relationship with Real president Florentino Perez.Baptista, who spent three-year spells with both Real and Roma, has welcomed the move and believes that the arrival of a five-time Ballon d’Or winner will represent a major boost for Italian football.“Serie A needs to change a few things to get back to the level of the past,” said Baptista, according to SportsKeeda.“Cristiano is a great player so it [Serie A] will improve, definitely.“I think a few changes are needed to improve Serie A. It is not as good as it was 15 or 20 years ago.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Juventus would have a stronger team with Cristiano, more competitive, they would have an advantage. We will have to see, but it’s a really good signing.”The 36-year-old wondered how Real could possibly replace a player like Ronaldo, who has scored 450 goals in 438 games in nine years for the club.“For Madrid it would be a very big loss,” he said.“As much as people can say what they want about Cristiano, he has been a player who has left a tremendous mark on Madrid and the Spanish league as well.“He has the best records in the league and in Madrid.”
September 18, 2019
Former Chelsea midfielder Dennis Wise says he agrees with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho after the Portuguese gaffer claimed his team would finish in the top four spot in the Premier League this season.The Red Devils’ form has improved lately, and Wise believes United can secure qualification for next season’s UEFA Champions League.“I think United will be looking at the top four and thinking they can get above Arsenal and Tottenham,” he said, according to Sky Sports.“They have had a poor start and the amount of goals they have conceded is not like a Jose Mourinho team. Usually, they don’t give a lot away, so things have not been quite right, but I think – looking at the players they have got and the fact I think they will buy big in January – they will make the top four.”Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Asked about where they would need to strengthen, Wise said: “I think you are looking at the two centre-halves. I think that was his main concern in the summer.“They need a full-back on the right side too, I am sure he would like an established right-back.“I am sure there a few slots he wants to fill to make the team. This team, the way they are playing and the goals they are conceding, it’s not a Jose Mourinho team.”
September 1, 2019
George H. Lambert Jr. is the president and CEO of the Greater Washington Urban League. George H. Lambert Jr., President and CEO of the Greater Washington Urban League. (Courtesy Photo)The 13th day of the 12th month of this year had an accidental meaning as 12/13/14, but beyond this numerological oddity, the date took on real political meaning. Marchers across the United States came together to protest the acquittals of the police officers who killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner. I had the honor of participating in both the D.C. and New York City marches on the same day.In Washington, I joined our dynamic Thursday Network (young professionals auxiliary) who support the Greater Washington Urban League. The mood on Constitution Avenue was determined and enthusiastic. And yet there was a pervasive sense of dread in the air.I heard over and over again that marchers were there because they knew that what happened to Michael Brown could happen to their own kids, friends or neighbors. These conversations made me realize once again what a singular challenge it is in our society to especially be the parent of a person of color. The fear is never far from your mind. Every time the phone rings, the possibility of bad news is present.You can see photos of the “Justice for All” Washington, D.C. march on our Facebook page.Afterwards, I flew to New York and hopped in a cab that serendipitously got caught up in protest traffic, which made it easy to get out and join the participants on foot. It was dark. It was cold. But our glowing hearts kept us warm.Both demonstrations were eloquent in their peaceful insistence on systemic change. We marched to demand “equal protection under laws” as promised by the Fourteenth Amendment. It should go without saying that this right extends to enforcement of the law in the District’s Ward 7, on the streets of Ferguson, or anywhere in this great country.You don’t have to be Black to realize that something is seriously wrong when unarmed individuals are dying at the hands of the people whose very mission is to serve and protect. Consequently, I was encouraged but not surprised to see so many White people at the demonstrations. It will take people of all colors, ages, and abilities to sustain the energy of 12/13/14 and to realize the justice and accountability spelled out in the Fourteenth Amendment. This is the unfinished business of the Civil Rights Movement.Demonstrators march on Pennsylvania Avenue toward Capitol Hill in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, during the Justice for All rally. More than 10,000 protesters are converging on Washington in an effort to bring attention to the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police. Civil rights organizations are holding a march to the Capitol on Saturday with the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two unarmed black men who died in incidents with white police officers. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)I am haunted by the notion that we may never stop marching. In my lifetime I have seen the election of an African-American president. But in the lifetime of my children and grandchildren will they know an America where we can stop marching?Others have written extensively about the specific policy changes that are necessary to avoid more unnecessary deaths. My counterpart in Baltimore, J. Howard Henderson, offers some reasonable suggestions. Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, has put forth a realistic, compelling 10-point plan for justice. At the very least, these tragedies have spurred an overdue national dialogue.We have our work cut out for us. The solutions lie not only in revised police procedures but in reconsidered economic and political structures. The board and leadership of the National Urban League and all its regional affiliates are committed to working toward a more just society. We won’t stop until everybody has the opportunity to reach his or her potential—and until nobody has to fear an encounter between their child and a police officer.As our families gather for the holiday season and we prepare ourselves for a New Year, let us embrace the dread and the determination of the protests with new energy to confront injustices within, and surrounding our community. Let us nourish the flame of 12/13/14 into 2015 and beyond. January brings the inauguration of a new mayor of Washington, D.C., and a new governor of Maryland, and with these new beginnings come new chances and new challenges.
August 19, 2019
<< Previous PostNext Post >> HAVANA — Like just about everything in Havana, the brand new Iberostar Grand Packard and its 100-plus year old building come with a backstory.Originally opened in 1911 as the Hotel Biscuit, in 1912 the hotel’s ground floor became a showroom for Detroit’s Packard Motor Car Company, showing off the latest in luxury cars from the U.S.Fast forward to 1931 and the building got another refresh, and reopened again as the Hotel Packard.In the 1990s it evolved into a hostel and was on the decline until the turn of the century when the last residents left and demolition work began.All that remained of the building was its two main façades, which Iberostar used when it completely reconstructed the hotel.Travelweek recently got a first-hand look at the new five-star Iberostar Grand Packard, open since Sept. 10, 2018 – two months earlier than expected.The Iberostar Grand Packard has 327 luxury rooms, ideal for three adults, or for two adults and two children. The rooms are comfortable with great city views.AccommodationSpending excessive time in the room would be a disservice to any guest though, as the highlight of the property is truly the outdoor sun terrace and swimming pool on the sixth floor.Guests can get the exact level of relaxation or socializing they’re seeking on the terrace and in the L-shaped pool overlooking the Bay and Morro Castle, with spectacular views in all directions. Certain areas of the terrace are in the shade during the daytime, which is ideal for guests seeking a break from the sun.PoolThe hotel is not all-inclusive, so guests can venture out and sample some local cuisines at meal time, however there are five restaurants and four bars at the hotel for clients who prefer to stay close to their home base.More news: Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?The best of the restaurants is the Spanish tapas restaurant, offering delicious (and share-able) dishes such as spinach croquettas and fried prawns. The service property-wide is still rounding into form, but should improve as the days pass.Those really looking to unwind can book a treatment – how about the chocolate treatment? – at SPA Sensations, which has a beauty salon, heated pool, massages and sauna and hydro massage area. Those looking to stay in shape can do so at the fitness centre, with scheduled activities. Or guests can just chill out at Los Caprichos Cigar Bar or catch some tunes at Piano Bar Salón Goya.For business travellers the Iberostar Grand Packard has five meeting rooms. The smallest room hosts up to 20 people, while the largest can have up to 150 depending on the format. Also, multiple rooms can be combined to create a space for up to 400 people.The Iberostar Grand Packard also boasts a great location. Upon exiting the main entrance and crossing one street, travellers will find themselves on the Paseo del Prado, a long promenade that is the dividing line between Old Havana and Central Havana. From this promenade, it’s easy to discover Havana by foot. El Capitolio, the National Capital Building, is just a 10 minute walk from the hotel.More news: A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerThe hotel is best suited to upscale travellers looking for a base for their Havana explorations. While permitted, not many if any children were spotted on the property, making it a mature and sophisticated setting for some quiet relaxation in a luxurious setting.This year is an especially good one to visit Havana. On Nov. 16 Havana will celebrate 500 years since the third formation of the city. The city, in fact, had two previous locations prior to being established in its current spot.More details about the hotel are at IberostarGrandPackard.com. Tags: IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts, Openings & Renovations By: Chris Kinasz Share Iberostar Grand Packard ready to make history – again – as Iberostar’s newest Havana retreat Thursday, March 14, 2019
August 16, 2019
Tapping the tourism potential and promoting Bengal as an ideal shooting location, the Government of West Bengal has picked the 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) as an annual event to use the silver screen as a route to drive foreign investment into the tourism sector of West Bengal. The KIFF will be held from November 10-17 and screening of films will start from the following day.“The state tourism, information and cultural affairs ministries have started working together to showcase Bengal as a shooting location to the visiting directors and producers at the Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) this year,” commented singer-turned-politician Indranil Sen, Minister of State for Information and Cultural Affairs, West Bengal.Arup Biswas, Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, West Bengal said that the state has a pool of technicians and services offered are at a competitive rate when compared to international standards. “Bengal has many picturesque locations and we will appeal to the foreign guests at the KIFF to visit some of these spots,” he cited.Actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Kamal Haasan are expected to attend the inaugural ceremony. Some 143 films from 53 countries will be screened at the week-long festival. Marking a first for the years of legacy, Britain has been selected as the focus country with six films of British Director Michael Winterbottom.
August 9, 2019
Categories: Albert News 09Jan Rep. Albert ceremoniously sworn into office PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Thomas Albert of Lowell was ceremoniously sworn into his second term of office on Wednesday by Michigan State Supreme Court Justice Stephen J. Markman. Rep. Albert represents the 86th District, which includes the cities of Belding, Ionia, and Lowell as well as the townships of Easton, Ionia, Orleans, Otisco, Ada, Bowne, Caledonia, Cascade, Grattan, Lowell, and Vergennes.FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Rep. Albert’s children Mary, Jack, and Owen and wife Erica.