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Ultimate All Inclusive – Posada Group Resorts

first_imgWritten By: Geoff Millar, Owner – Ultimate All-Inclusive Travel Inc.  This month we are going to finish up the Posada Group Resorts. Last month we finished the Grand Fiesta Americana by Posada Group and now we will look at the Live Aqua Resorts by Posada Group, the Explorean Resorts, as well as a short description of some of their other resorts. We won’t go into a lot of detail as they are not All-Inclusive Resorts. The first resort we will look at is the Live Aqua Cancun Resort. This resort is a very nice adult only All-Inclusive Resort that has just completed some extensive renovations elevating it to a true 4 star resort. The resort sits on the main beach of Cancun. It has a lively upscale atmosphere. It is close to shopping and the nightlife of the Cancun hotel strip. This 371 room resort is a very nice medium sized adult only All-Inclusive Resort. Accommodations to the resort consist of standard rooms with Garden View, Ocean View, and Ocean Front. They come with a smaller balcony or the next level comes with a larger terrace. Standard accommodations come with king bed or two double beds. The Suites start out with 1 bedroom suites and go up to 2 bedroom suites with one king bed and 2 queen beds. All rooms come with 3 options for lighting, aroma therapy, and your choice of music. Select from 8 restaurants and a number of bars including a swim-up bar. Dining options contain, Mexican, Mediterranean, Seafood, Italian, Upscale Fusion, Grill, Deli and coffee bar, also a secret garden upscale dining experience, as well as an International buffet. Bars serve top shelf alcohol. Their MB restaurant has earned a “Wine Spectator” award. As far as activities this resorts sits on one of the best stretches of the main Cancun beach. As with most resorts on the main Cancun beach, water sports center around the pool area. While the water on the beach is beautiful it does get quite rough. They do have jets skis and Parasailing available at an additional cost. These are not run by the resort but by independent companies on the beach. They have a wonderful Spa with a unique 7 temperature pool area as well as a full slate of spa treatments. The are activities throughout the day or just spend time in or around the main pool with it’s cabanas and bar and food service. The focus of this resort is relaxation. They do have nightly entertainment. The resort is focused on the adult client who wants to relax in upscale comfort on one of the most beautiful beaches in Mexico. They are just minutes from the shopping and nightlife of Cancun. I do want to point out that La Posada does own more than one Live Aqua, but the other ones are not all inclusive. There is a Live Aqua boutique hotel in Playa Del Carmen right on 5th Ave. It does not sit on the beach but is in one of the best areas for shopping and people watching. There are other Live Aqua Hotels in Mexico City, Monterrey, and San Miguel de Allende. The last Posada resorts we are going to look at this month are two fantastic small upscale boutique eco resorts named Explorean, one on the island of Cozumel named the and the other in the Mayan jungles of Chetumal. The first one we will look at is the one on Cozumel. It sits behind the Fiesta Americana Cozumel and guests at the Explorean have the use of the facilities of the Fiesta Americana. The Explorean is an experiential resort where you can disconnect and enjoy a vacation of self-discovery and the enjoyment of the surrounding areas. This resort does have WIFI but no TVs in the room. It is in a fantastic jungle setting where the client is surrounded by nature. A daily activity such as hikes, snorkeling, Mayan ruin tours, and sailing are included in the rate. The Resort is all inclusive. Rooms are done in an upscale minimalist design. The rooms are called casitas but are Jr. Suite style with a bedroom area and a sitting room area and a bathroom. They have either 1 king bed or 2 double beds and surround the pool area. Dining is gourmet level in one restaurant with a changing menu focusing on local products. Guests do have exchange privileges with the Fiesta Americana Cozumel close by. Activities and tours are included here with guest’s stays. They include snorkeling tours, hiking tours, sailing, Mayan Ruin tours, or just relaxing at the resort or by the pool. The resort focus is on nature and the ecology. The second Explorean resort sit in the Mayan jungle close to Chetumal. It is set up the same way as the one on Cozumel, but the focus of this resort is more the Mayan culture and ruins. It also is a small upscale boutique resort with one restaurant, a pool and a variety of included tours. These resorts are great for clients with or without children who want to get away and experience a relaxing vacation in a smaller boutique resort in a beautiful jungle setting without the disruption of TVs but with some interesting, fun and educational tours included. This concludes or tour of the Posada Resorts, the Fiesta Americana, the Grand Fiesta Americana, the Live Aqua, and the Explorean Resorts. Join is next month for reviews of another fantastic all-inclusive resort chain. Until then safe travels and good selling.last_img read more

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Annual Garden Party Returns to Government House on June 16

first_imgThe public is invited to attend the annual Lieutenant-Governor’s Garden Party, Wednesday, June 16, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Lt.-Gov. Mayann Francis will host the garden party on the grounds of Government House for the first time since her tenure began. Guests will be invited to enjoy refreshments on the back lawn, weather permitting. In case of inclement weather, only out-of-town guests will be accommodated. Those planning to attend the party should enter Government House through the main entrance on 1451 Barrington St. No parking is available on Government House premises, but parking is available on surrounding streets and lots.last_img read more

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Morocco and EU Agree to Reinforce Agricultural Partnership

Rabat – Morocco and the European Union signed Wednesday in Brussels a document reinforcing their bonds on the basis of the agricultural agreement signed between the two parties.Underscoring the importance of the document, Nasser Bourita, Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, told Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) that, “the signing of this document is part of the strengthening partnership between Morocco and the EU” under the farm agreement between the two parties.According to Bourita, the document is an “important step in a process that will continue in the coming weeks to strengthen this important pillar of the relationship between Morocco and the European Union. The signing ceremony took place in the presence of Aziz Akhannouch, Minister of Agriculture and Ahmed Reda Chami, Morocco’s Ambassador to the EU.The partnership linking the two parties is underpinned by numerous economic and political agreements. The partnership around agriculture was reinforced by the launch of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) in 2003. Additionally, the European Union is Morocco’s leading trade partner, according to the EU.“In 2012 the EU imported goods from Morocco worth just over EUR 9 billion and exported EUR 7 billion worth to Morocco,” added the same source.In 2016, the EU imported more than EUR 3 billion worth of agricultural products from Morocco.EU data also indicated that 61 percent of all Moroccan exports go to the EU, and 52 percent of all Morocco’s imports come from the EU. Data also showed that Morocco’s trade with the EU is rapidly growing across several important non-agricultural sectors. read more

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SAITM CEO temporarily relieved of his duties

The police said a suspect was arrested over the incident and he is being questioned further.According to the police a politician is also involved in the incident and he is connected to Dr. Sameera Senaratne. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the SAITM university, Dr Sameera Senaratne was today temporarily relieved of his duties.The move followed reports he may have staged an attack on his vehicle recently. Dr. Sameera Senaratne has also later informed the SAITM management that he has decided to resign from his post. The gunmen fled the scene after the shooting incident. (Colombo Gazette) Gunmen on a motorbike opened fire on the vehicle of SAITM CEO Dr. Sameera Senaratne in Malabe on February 6.Senaratne escaped unhurt but the car was damaged in the shooting incident.Senaratne had said that when he was returning home he saw a motorcycle block his path near the Malabe SAITM campus. SAITM said it had nothing to do with the shooting incident involving the vehicle of Dr. Sameera Senaratne. Senaratne said that when he slowed down the men on the motorcycle got close to his vehicle and opened fire. Investigations have revealed that the recent shooting incident targeting the vehicle of SAITM CEO Dr. Sameera Senaratne, was staged. read more

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Construction woes for local business

Road construction season has arrived — and we all know how frustrating that can be for commuters. But imagine trying to run a business when your street has been torn up for month after month.That’s been the case on Barton Street at Nash in Hamilton since last summer. And now some shop owners say it’s driving them out of business.The situation is dire for some businesses along this stretch of Barton. While business owners say they understand the need for improvements, they dont think it should cost them their livleyhood.It’s lunchtime and the sign says open but you’d never know it from behind the counter. Tim Prezeau says since this intersection was closed for a second time, to install a giant new watermain sales are down by almost 50 percent: “Things are getting really tough. I’m not sure we are going to survive at all”It’s the same story at The Fool and Flagon. Lunch time and the place is nearly empty. They estimate the construction has cost them between 60 and 80 thousand dollars in sales so far.And customers are frustrated too. David Puglio says a two minute drive has become a 25 minute run around: “I tried to go to Habitat for Humanity. I had to go down Woodward, make a u-turn, get stuck in traffic again at the Redhill, go back to Kenora to get to Nash.”This water main replacement is just the first phase of a two year project that began in July 2013. It includes full sidewalk, curb and road reconstruction along Barton from Nash to Centennial.Further up Barton, Richard Bond says all this construction has bulldozed a big hole in his sales: “Business has decreased 40 percent from last year. We get people coming in and I suggest they take the car for a test drive and they say no way, I’m not going back out there.”With the odd exception, almost all the businesses along here are saying the same thing. Some are calling for compenstion from the city. Councillor Chad Colllins has ruled that out: “We could never afford to offer a tax reductions or similar programs. Again there isn’t another municipality in Canada that offers such a program it’s completely unaffordable.”He says the city is spending a record 100 million dollars on essential infrastucture this year. This project is expected to be completed by the end of September and according to Collins it’s on time and on budget.Councillor Collins says construction crews hope to have this intersection open by the end of the long weekend. So that should alleviate some of the problems for businessess here. But the rest of the road will still be torn up all summer.Construction crews say it would help congestion if only people doing business in the area drive through here and others found an alternate route. read more

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Security Council backs Annans proposal for framework talks on Western Sahara

By a resolution which was adopted unanimously, the Council fully supported Mr. Annan’s efforts to invite the parties to meet directly or through proximity talks under the auspices of his Personal Envoy, former United States Secretary of State James Baker III, to discuss a proposed draft Framework Agreement on the Status of Western Sahara. The Council emphasized that “engaging in these negotiations, the parties will not prejudice their final positions.”The parties were encouraged “to negotiate any specific changes they would like to see in this proposal, as well as to discuss any other proposal for a political solution, which may be put forward by the parties, to arrive at a mutually acceptable agreement.” Further, the parties were called on to release without further delay all those held since the start of the conflict. In addition, the Council affirmed that during the framework discussions “the official proposals submitted by the Polisario Front to overcome the obstacles preventing the implementation of the Settlement Plan will be considered.” In taking its action, the Council noted that the draft Framework Agreement, which was annexed to the Secretary-General’s report, “would provide for a substantial devolution of authority, which does not foreclose self-determination, and which indeed provides for it.” The Council also took into consideration the Memorandum of the Government of Algeria contained in another annex to Mr. Annan’s report. read more

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Football Ohio States JT Barrett and JK Dobbins honored by Big Ten

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett prepares for a play in the first half of Ohio State’s game against Indiana on Aug. 31. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorAfter playing just his first game as a true freshman, Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins was honored as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week and quarterback J.T. Barrett was selected as the conference’s co-Offensive Player of the Week. The Dobbins- and Barrett-led Buckeyes offense helped defeated Indiana 49-21 Thursday evening in the season opener.Dobbins rushed 29 times for 181 yards, the most by any Ohio State freshman in his debut. The La Grange, Texas, running back was just the sixth Buckeye true freshman to start the season opener in program history. He had more rushing attempts and picked up more yards on the ground in the game than Mike Weber, last season’s starting running back, had in any game during the 2016 season. Though Barrett struggled in the first half, he finished with completing 20-of-35 passes for 304 yards and throwing three touchdowns. The redshirt senior also picked up 61 yards on the ground, rushing for a single touchdown. During Ohio State’s first drive, Barrett set the record for most total offensive yards. He holds the record with 9,211 yards.Penn State running back Saquon Barkley was also honored as Big Ten co-Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Nittany Lions’ win against Akron. Barkley rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns and added three catches for 54 yards. read more

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Rich pensioners should give back any handouts they dont need

first_imgTHE BRITISH GOVERNMENT minister pushing through strongly-criticised reforms of the welfare state today urged rich pensioners to give back any handouts they don’t need.Older people are entitled to help with their heating bills, free bus travel and free television licences, but there are growing calls for these to face the same cuts as unemployment payments and other benefits for working-age people.Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith told the Sunday Telegraph there were “no plans to change” the current system, which Prime Minister David Cameron promised to protect at the last election.But he told the newspaper: “It is up to them, if they don’t want it, to hand it back. I would encourage everybody who reads the Telegraph and doesn’t need it, to hand it back.”His comments were given short shrift by cabinet colleagues.Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, the junior partners in Cameron’s Conservative-led government, said he would support a change in the system, adding of Duncan Smith’s suggestion:I don’t think that makes sense.Conservative minister Ken Clarke, who at 72 years old would be entitled to pensioners’ benefits, said he didn’t think it was possible to hand money back to the government in that way.“You can’t hand it back to the government. I don’t think it is a system for doing that,” he told Sky News television.Every pensioner and retired person like myself has to make up their own mind about whether they really need it and whether they are going to give it to some worthwhile cause.The welfare reforms introduced by Duncan Smith, a former leader of Cameron’s Conservative party, have been strongly criticised for hitting families already struggling amid the economic gloom.He argues that the changes, introduced amid a major programme of spending cuts designed to reduce the deficit, are intended to ensure people are better off in work than living on state handouts.- © AFP, 2013sdfglast_img read more

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IRFU confirm new Heaslip contract until after 2019 World Cup

first_img By Murray Kinsella 54 Comments Share24 Tweet Email THE IRFU HAVE confirmed that Jamie Heaslip has signed a new contract until the end of the 2019 World Cup.The 33-year-old had stated that he would consider all options with his previous contract due to finish this summer, but it is little surprise to see the number eight extend his deal. Heaslip was outstanding against Italy last weekend. Source: Inpho/Billy SticklandThe IRFU say Heaslip’s new contract is wholly funded by the union, after the back row’s previous deal had been topped up by private investment.Heaslip is vice-captain of Joe Schmidt’s Ireland team and remains one of the first names on the team sheet. He captained Ireland last weekend against Italy in the absence of regular skipper Rory Best.The Leinster back row has won 93 caps for Ireland so far in his career, and will join Brian O’Driscoll, Paul O’Connell, Ronan O’Gara, John Hayes and Rory Best in the centurion’s club in the coming seasons.“I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to continue to represent Leinster and Ireland,” said Heaslip.“My aim when I started my professional rugby career was to leave the jersey – either the blue of Leinster or the green of Ireland – in a better place than when I first put  it on and this new contract gives me the chance to continue to chase this dream.“As with each and every professional rugby player, we don’t do this alone and so I would like to thank my wife Sheena for supporting me always and all the coaches, fellow rugby players and supporters who have helped me live my boyhood dream – of going to work daily with a rugby ball in my hand.”IRFU performance director David Nucifora welcomed the official confirmation of Heaslip’s new deal.“Jamie continues to illustrate why he is one of the top performers in international rugby,” said Nucifora. “He is a leader for both his country and province and delivers a high level of performance every time he pulls on the green or blue jersey.” Heaslip helped Ireland to beat the All Blacks in 2016. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOMeanwhile, Leinster CEO Mick Dawson expressed his pleasure that the number eight will play on with his native province.“Jamie has been a crucial part of Leinster and Irish rugby for the last decade and I am delighted that he has committed his long term future to the club,” said Dawson.“As a captain, as a vice-captain, as a player, he sets the standard for others to follow and he is an inspiration to the younger players coming through the sub-academy and academy at Leinster.“Since his debut for the club nearly 12 years ago he has been a central figure and we look forward to further success with Jamie in the blue of Leinster and the green of Ireland.”‘The first day, I let myself down and I had to work a lot harder last week’Peter O’Mahony ready to return from hamstring injury but won’t be risked by Munster 14,490 Views IRFU confirm new Heaslip contract until after 2019 World Cup The 33-year-old has agreed to remain in Ireland with native province Leinster. Short URL Feb 14th 2017, 11:12 AM Tuesday 14 Feb 2017, 11:12 AM https://the42.ie/3238899 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Avatar The Last Airbender Gets Another LiveAction Remake on Netflix

first_imgStay on target Avatar: The Last Airbender is just fantastic. It and its progressive sequel series The Legend of Korra represent one of the most entertaining, intelligent, engrossing, action-packed, and richly realized animated fantasy worlds, for kids or anyone really. It’s the only good anime and the reason I still watched new toy commercials on Nickelodeon well into my college years.Avatar fandom likes to talk about a lot of things: how the elemental bending martial arts works, what ideology drives the villain, what ship can we drive into the ground next. But the big thing we don’t talk about is the awful 2010 live-action movie The Last Airbender (to avoid stepping on James Cameron’s blue cat alien toes). And now we’re going to once again stop talking about it. But with director M. Night Shyamalan currently off building his own superhero cinematic universe, the time has apparently come for another attempt at a live-action Aang gang. Nickelodeon and Netflix have revealed that a new live-action remake of Avatar: The Last Airbender is in pre-production for the streaming TV service.Giving Avatar fans everywhere a huge sigh of relief, the series will reunite original creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko as showrunners. And because you’re already thinking it, they’ve said “We can’t wait to realize Aang’s World as cinematically as we always imagined it to be, and with a culturally appropriate, non-whitewashed cast.” So no more pouty white kids who can barely bend five CGI rocks.This being a joint Netflix/Nickelodeon venture is also interesting to us. After the expensive Korra exiled to ended exiled and unwatched online, fans had hoped Netflix might continue the franchise with a more mature third series. And Netflix is no stranger to animation with original anime like this year’s Devilman Crybaby and just recently The Dragon Prince from former Avatar writers. But since this is live-action, we just hope the show gets the budget it needs for convincing magic fire karate. Whitewashing was only part of the problem with Iron Fist.The new Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action remake starts production in 2019. So you still have some time before it becomes your next obsession. My god are we already in early 2000s nostalgia? For more on Avatar check out 10 essential episodes of The Last Airbender and our review of The Legend of Korra graphic novel Turf Wars.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer last_img read more

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Ferdinand backs Bale move to Man Utd

first_imgRio Ferdinand has backed Gareth Bale to be valuable asset for Manchester United, if he is to leave Real Madrid in the summerThe Wales record goalscorer has endured a frustrating season at the Santiago Bernabeu and has found himself on the fringes under Zinedine Zidane this season with both Isco and Marcos Asensio often being preferred by the Real coach in the starting line-up.While Bale got a rare start in the Champions League for Wednesday’s second leg against Juventus, the 28 year-old was substituted by Zidane during the break.But, despite his recent troubles at the Spanish capital, Bale has got no shortage of admirers with United being rumored to be planning a summer bid for the winger.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“For his talent, 100% [I would want him],” Ferdinand told BT Sport (via Metro).“If you get him at a decent price, but talent-wise there’s not doubting this guy. ‘But it’s just getting him out on the pitch every week is the problem. He hasn’t been able to do that.“He’s a huge talent. He’s had a bad season by all accounts from what they’re saying, their fans are disgruntled and not happy about him. He’s got 16 goals.“In the Premier League, I’d love to see him here.”last_img read more

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Guardiolas Manchester City gets a crucial win at Everton

first_imgWith late goals from Aymeric Laporte and Gabriel Jesus in each half, Manchester City got three points in an early match against Everton at Goodison Park.Manchester City had a unique opportunity to reach Liverpool at the top this Wednesday with one more match played, the Citizens faced Everton at Goodison Park in an early match due to the Citizens’ League Cup final fixture against Chelsea.Manager Pep Guardiola knew how complicated this away match was going to be, he even expected that his boys would suffer a great deal to get the result but he already has them used to getting the best out of themselves in difficult situations.It’s games like today’s the ones that tell you how much Pep Guardiola has learned from English football, he knows that the style of football that his teams have doesn’t always work and there are times when you have to get your “hands dirty” a little bit.Knowing that Marco Silva’s squad was going to play defensive football at home because they wanted to get a good result, Guardiola still decided to line up his best possible starting XI and still attempted to play that offensive style that has made him so famous in modern football.But Everton refused to give in throughout the whole 90 minutes, they denied most efforts from the attacking force that Sergio Agüero and company were leading.FULL-TIME | YESSSSS! We dig in deep for three precious points!🔵 0-2 💙 #EVEMCI #mancity pic.twitter.com/hCmdsATX09— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 6, 2019The two goals from Manchester City came at the end of each half in the least expected way, the first one was during a set-piece that David Silva commanded from the final third of the pitch.His cross went straight to the box where defender Aymeric Laporte was waiting to strike the ball with a header, the effort was well-placed and it gave the Citizens the momentary lead before going to the dressing rooms.The second half was going to be more of the same, an extremely defensive Everton with very few chances created and Manchester City having the ball and the Toffies defence always on point to block any attempt from Pep Guardiola’s team.Striker Sergio Agüero made a tremendous effort throughout the whole time he played for City, but he wasn’t able to get another goal this time and he eventually left his position for Brazilian Gabriel Jesus to play the final 10 minutes of a very complicated match.The young striker was the player who decided the match in the end, he scored after Kevin de Bruyne recovered a ball on midfield and assisted him with a clinical pass between the lines.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Jesus got the ball in the back of the net with a header, it came during a second attempt after his initial shot was deflected by the goalkeeper.That one meant a lot! 👏🔵 0-2 💙 #EVEMCI #mancity pic.twitter.com/R17LLrAt4F— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 6, 2019After that final-minute goal from Jesus, Manchester City was able to get the top of the Premier League table again for the first time since December 15th, 2018.The Citizens have struggled during the current season against Liverpool but this early fixture grants them the chance of getting back to the top and apply pressure to the Reds for the upcoming match they have to play next weekend.But things are not as chipper and easy as they appear for City, they still have the complicated task of winning next Sunday’s Premier League match against Chelsea at Etihad Stadium. Liverpool on the other hand, have a relatively easier match against Bournemouth on Saturday at Anfield Road.Guardiola is right about many things, he was perfect to say that this Premier League season will be very competitive because there are several squads that won’t stop fighting until the very end of the season.The Citizens don’t only have to worry about Liverpool, they also have to look out for what Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, and Manchester United do in the final part of the competition.Rock solid and a towering header!@laporte brought the 🔥 tonight!🔵 0-2 💙 @sure #mancity pic.twitter.com/IbLquM78zZ— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 6, 2019Can Manchester City win the second consecutive Premier League title or who will win by the end of the season? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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OBITUARY William John Robinson Jr 85

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — William John “Bill” Robinson Jr., age 85, died peacefully Saturday evening, March 16, at the Hospice at E.N. Rogers V.A. Hospital in Bedford, with his family at his bedside. He was the beloved husband of Marie Diane (Donnaruma) Robinson, with whom he had celebrated a sixty-first wedding anniversary this past June 23rd.He was born in Cambridge in July 1933, one of three children of the late William J. and Anna Concetta (Funicello) Robinson, and raised in the Cambridge and Somerville area. He enlisted into the Army during the Korean War, and served with the Occupation Forces in Germany. He was honorably discharged as a Technical Sergeant with Good Conduct and National Service Defense Medals. After his marriage in 1957, he and Marie moved to Wilmington to begin a family, and settled in Tewksbury in 1962 to raise their family. He was a communicant of St. William’s Parish in Tewksbury.He began working as an electro mechanical engineer at Avco, later Textron, in Wilmington, and after a brief retirement, returned to Raytheon in Andover to finish his career. Bill and Marie were well known in the area Bingo venues, and he had volunteered at St. William’s Men’s Club Friday night Bingo for over fifty years. Bill was also a member of the Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks Lodge 2070.Besides his wife, he leaves three loving children, Lisa Marie Curtis and her husband Richard of Carrollton, TX, William John Robinson and his wife Nanci (Little) of Wilmington, and Kristine Marie Sheedy and her husband Matthew of Tewksbury; four cherished grandchildren, Amanda Curtis of TX, Jennifer Curtis of FL, Kristina Marie Robinson of Wilmington, and Sam Canelas of Tewksbury; one adored great grandson, Aiden Zak; several nieces and nephews; and was predeceased by his sisters, June Kasparian and Edna Turner.Relatives and friends will be received (times and date pending) in the Tewksbury Funeral Home, corner of 1 Dewey and 975 Main Sts. (Rte. 38) TEWKSBURY CENTER, Ph. (800 in MA or 978) 851 2950. His Funeral service will follow at (time pending) in the funeral home. Burial with Army Honors will be in Tewksbury Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the E.N. Rogers V.A. Hospital, Hospice and Palliative Care Center, 200 Springs Road, Bedford, MA 01730, are encouraged.William Robinson(NOTE: The above obituary is from Tewksbury Funeral Home.)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… RelatedOBITUARY: Raymond E. Piretti, Jr., 81In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: John “Kevin” Murphy, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Pauline F. (Lascelles) Capps, 86In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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The Woodlands Starts Study On Possibility Of Becoming A City

first_imgPhoto: The Woodlands Township via FacebookThe Woodlands has started a study on its potential incorporation, which would mean the master-planned community created by George Mitchell in the mid-1970s would formally become a city with its own municipal government.The Woodlands has started this week a study on its potential incorporation, which would mean the master-planned community created by George Mitchell in the mid-1970s and located 30 miles north of downtown Houston would formally become a city with its own municipal government.As of 2016, The Woodlands had approximately 116,000 residents and it is legally a township –as a matter of fact, it is the only township in the state of Texas—.If voters eventually approved the incorporation in an election, The Woodlands would have more independence from Montgomery County, but it would also forever avoid the possibility that the City of Houston or the City of Conroe could annex it.Currently, The Woodlands has a regional participation agreement with Houston and Conroe that prohibit them from annexing the township until the year 2057.Gordy Bunch, chairman of The Woodlands Township, told Houston Public Media that the Township’s staff and representatives of the companies selected for the incorporation study began working on it on Thursday, March 22, the same day the Township’s Board of Directors held one of its meetings scheduled for the month of March.Matrix Consulting Group is the company the Township has selected to conduct the study, while HR Green will be a sub-consultant during the process.The study will identify current services that the Township is providing and what would change if they were provided in the framework of The Woodlands being a municipality.Moreover, the study will look into additional services that the law requires to be provided, as well as what would be the costs of such services in case of incorporation and how they would impact The Woodlands’ tax rate.Photo courtesy of The Woodlands TownshipGordy Bunch, chairman of The Woodlands Township, says the process to evaluate the possibility of incorporation will be fluid and inclusive.For Bunch, The Woodlands is in practical terms closer to being a city of its own than some people would think. “If you look at the services we do currently provide as a township, it’s three quarters of the city and we also fund, in addition to what we directly provide, those additional services that we are not currently statutorily authorized to provide,” the chairman noted.Bunch also said that avoiding eventual annexation of The Woodlands by Houston or Conroe “would be a consideration, but it would not be the only reason to incorporate” and assured the process to evaluate the possibility of incorporation will be fluid and inclusive. “We’re gonna have board meetings, village meetings, public meetings and invite all the stakeholders that would be impacted by that change, including the county and current service providers.”The tentative completion date of the study is the first quarter of 2019.The Woodlands already did a study on incorporation in 2011-12, as reported by Community Impact Newspaper. At that time a majority of residents opposed the measure.Nonetheless, several members of the Board of Directors –including Bunch, who was the Township’s Director at the time— considered that study was flawed, mostly regarding the projected tax rate after incorporation. Sharelast_img read more

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La Sele adds legendary football fixture Oscar Ramírez to coaching staff

first_imgRelated posts:Óscar Ramírez faces first adversity as La Sele’s head coach Final thoughts from Costa Rica’s short-lived Copa América: Is Ramírez in the hot seat? Costa Rican Men’s National Team hopes to make history again in Mexico La Sele announces 23-man roster for Copa América tournament While head coach Paulo Wanchope fumbles through his utility belt in search of anything that might lead to his first win, an experienced sidekick joins the cause to help turn around the Costa Rica men’s football team.Wednesday night the Costa Rican Football Federation (FEDEFUTBOL) announced the hiring of Oscar Ramírez, the former head coach of decorated club Alajuelense, to fill “La Sele’s” assistant coach role.The beloved football figure’s contract begins on Aug. 16 and runs until the 2018 World Cup in Russia, according to the federation’s secretary general Rafael Vargas. This will be Ramírez’s second stint as assistant manager of the national team: he was previously on Hernan Medford’s staff from 2006 to 2008.“It’s important to note that Ramírez is only coming to serve as assistant coach,” Vargas said, adding that the 50-year-old coach will not oversee Costa Rica’s separate Pre-Olympic team.Earlier in the week, FEDEFUTBOL President Jorge Hidalgo told television reporters that the team had no other candidates for the job behind Ramírez.As a player, Ramírez won a combined seven national titles with Alajuelense and Saprissa, the country’s top two clubs. He also played for Costa Rica during the 1990 World Cup in Italy, where the Ticos advanced to the knockout stages.Costa Rica’s national team has not won a game since last October, when Jorge Luis Pinto was in charge. La Sele will next take the pitch on Sept. 5 in New Jersey, where it will take on Brazil before coming back a few days later to host Uruguay at the National Stadium. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgAustralians can now obtain Kenyan eVisa’s onlineAustralians travelling to Kenya can now apply for their visa online as part of new efforts introduced by the Kenyan National Government Department of Immigration Services this week.As of 1 July, 2015 travellers can process their visa, which can take around seven working days, prior to arrival, visitors will then be required to present their printed eVisa upon entry, avoiding any long queues and delays.This is a transition period and visitors will still have the option of obtaining their visa on arrival at all international airports up until the end of August, 2015. For arrivals post 1 September 2015 visas will need to be applied for through the online application process.Single-entry visas (business or tourism) are US$50, a transit visa (valid for three days) US$20 and the East Africa Tourist visa is US$100. The four-step procedure requires visitors to submit an application form and passport-sized photo. Magical KenyaSource = Magical Kenyalast_img read more

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