Emirates First Class review; the meals, the cabin , the service

first_imgDate: 25-05-2014Flight: EK424  Dubai -PerthAircraft: Boeing 777-300ERCabin: First ClassDuration: 10 hours ( 9,047 Kilometres)“When you want to sleep Mr Broadfield, just let me know and I’ll turn the stars on.”Oh-kay then.What Toby the chief steward meant was somewhat opaque at that point. All would be revealed after dinner service.The greatest compliment one can pay a guest in an Arab house is to offer them a small cup of traditional watery, cardamom-scented coffee and a fresh date. If you are not offered these them, you are bring told politely that you are not wanted. It is considered an insult of some proportion. Naturally the first thing one gets given on boarding an Emirates flight is a small cup of the utterly addictive coffee poured from a traditional, long necked coffee pot. The date was superb too. Courtesies observed, it was time for push back and the long taxi to runway 12L. We would track via Male on the Maldives, the only land we would see for the entire flight.Emirates, home based in the filthy-rich, super glitz desert super city of Dubai, has become one of the major players in global aviation and it’s managed to achieve massive growth and significant revenues in a few short years. Part of its success has been it’s service which is extraordinary. The food offer also plays a large part in attracting high-end travellers to Emirates long haul first and business cabins.There was the usual pampering with hot, fluffy towels and offers of water or juices and a nibble or two to pique the appetite. Then the onslaught began.Emirates famous caviar service was the first cab off the culinary rank. Even those who under normal circumstances probably aren’t l that fond of raw, salted fish eggs fall all over themselves to get at caviar because of its association with luxury living, the rich and famous, good looking people in perfect dinner dress looking like they belong in a Tiffany ad and, of course, champagne. In this case a 2004 Dom Perignon.It was impeccably plated on fine white china. A small mound of chopped egg white, a separate pile of chopped yolk, a dob of sour cream, some minced white onion and a quarter of a lemon wrapped in muslin with a bow. On the side, a handful of blinis which were the onoly disappointing item on the plate: tough and a little dried out. But there was no taking away from the simple beauty of one of the world’s most luxury foods washed down with one of the world’s most luxurious champagnes. It puts you in a good mood. It’s not encouraged, but should you wish for more caviar, they’ll crack another jar for you. My advice: never gorge on caviar, it’s a bad look and caviar should only ever be served in small amounts – it keeps anticipation and a certain sense of luxury alive. If vodka and caviar is more your speed, the amiable crew will crack a bottle of chilled Grey Goose for you.Appetisers began with a “traditional” local Arab mezze: a spectacular array of breads and dips and small fried snacks and salads, The individual serves are tiny, as they should be (it’s still a massive plate of food) and the effect is, as designed, is a variety of small, well-flavour bites stimulate the appetite and the senses.First passengers eat when they wish with dishes cooked ala minute (notwithstanding the plates are prepped first on the ground) and plated with good garnishes and an eye for composition. (All of Emirates senior cabin staff go to cookery school where they learn about plating up and making dishes attractive).This dishes are surprisingly good for airplane food. Red Thai chicken curry actually tasted like, um, red Thai chicken curry. It was a cooled down, westernised and sanitised version but the key components of good Thai cookery were evident, particularly that hard-to-define “freshness” that good Thai cookery is renowned for. The various spices, pastes, sauces and herbs which go to make up the complex Thai red curry sauce were all present and accounted for. Tidy dish.Machbous is a classic Emirati dish made with a variety of proteins including goat and lamb. This was a seafood machbous and in spite of its somewhat bland traditions, it kicked a goal in terms of proper fish cookery: moist and sweet at its core.The only fail was not unexpected. Ther most difficult dish to cook in the air has to be steak. To ensure the hygiene chain remains unbroken – from supplier to ground kitchen to ground handlers to galley and finally to the plate – steak has to be all but cooked on the ground with a final heating for service. Anyone who has ever eaten a par cooked steak (at a big wedding or hotel business event) knows just how mealy and grey and flavourless they can be. To its credit, Emirates managed to plate a steak with a surprising amount of pink at its core (but medium to well done). I suspect that if they had their way most airline executive chefs would choose not to offer a grilled steak because, well, they’re on a hiding to nothing, so to speak. But it is impossible for first tier airlines to take steak off the menu, such is it’s status among conservative male travellers – still the majority demographic at the front end of the aircraft. And so the steak remains.The food experience on Emirates is in the Top Five world wide. Having said that, airlineratings.com hasn’t travelled in the first class cabin of all the world’s first tier carriers for the purposes of our “restaurant review” program so our observations need to be taken in that context. Mind you, we’ve done a lot of air miles in our pursuit of good food and service (and rating accordingly) and Emirates is impressive in every way: service, food and wine.Big tip: The airline is number one for cocktails. Toby, the affable chief steward/purser made two of the most impeccable, well-balanced mojitos I have drunk anywhere – on the ground or in the air. They were extraordinarily well made drinks. Cheers Emirates.And then after the meal service had concluded, Toby, returned to make good on his promise to “turn the stars on.”He first made my bed – comforter, douvet, chocolate on the pillow – and then with a cheery wave good by, Toby left me to sleep in the slowly dimming cabin light. And as the lights dimmed, the entire ceiling lit up with a thousand stars – the emanations from a forest of optic fibres hidden in the head liner. Not only was it beautiful, it also aided sleep.Until next time. Zzzzzzzzz.last_img read more

Conventional and FancyStats Rate The NHLs Deadline Trades Much Differently

This year’s NHL trade deadline saw quite a few transactions — 74 veteran players switched teams in the month leading up to (and including) the March 2 moratorium — and some of the moves could shift the league’s balance of power with the playoffs a little more than a month away.In anticipation of Monday’s cutoff, we listed about 35 likely trade candidates and their possession metrics, to get a sense of who the advanced statistics would favor if any of them were dealt. But now that all the deals have been cut, how highly do the numbers regard the big names moved at the deadline?It totally depends on which numbers you look at. Conventional stats — such as goals, assists and plus-minus, as synthesized into point shares above replacement (PSAR) — favor players like newly acquired Detroit winger Erik Cole. Cole bounced back from a pair of down seasons to average a goal every three or so games with a +4 rating (on a Dallas team that’s -11 overall) before being traded. That performance was enough to lead all deadline acquisitions in 2014-15 PSAR. But as we’ve learned, the NHL’s #EnhancedStats movement emphasizes more than traditional counting statistics.Advanced metrics such as Corsi and Fenwick (ahem, “shot attempts” and “unblocked shot attempts”) started a trend in player evaluation of focusing on his ability to improve his team’s puck-possession rate while on the ice. If possession is a reliable path to team success, the reasoning goes, you want to stock your roster with players most associated with strong team possession rates when they’re in the game.Now, Stephen Burtch’s Delta Corsi (dCorsi) and Domenic Galamini’s Usage-Adjusted Corsi have pushed attempts to isolate a skater’s effect on his team’s possession rate even further. The relatively new twist provided by those stats? Attempting to account for player-usage factors — such as position played, teammate and opponent quality, zone starts and even faceoff winning percentages in dCorsi’s case — on a player’s possession rate in addition to looking at on-ice versus off-ice differences.In the past, you’d have to eyeball a player’s workload and usage as a means of context for, say, his relative Corsi. But these new stats attempt to bake those contextual factors into a single number by comparing a player’s actual possession rate to what we’d expect of an average NHL player at his position if placed in the same situations.1This is similar in theory to the way researchers have sometimes attempted to measure individual fielding in baseball, under which a defender’s actual plays made in the field are compared with expected play counts based on balls in play sent in his direction.You might think there’d be a decent amount of crossover between conventional numbers and these new possession-based advanced stats, but the correlation is practically nonexistent. Rescaling PSAR against an average baseline to make an apples-to-apples comparison, I found essentially no relationship with Burtch’s dCorsi Impact (which gives players more credit for maintaining strong possession rates relative to average in greater amounts of ice time) this season:Take Cole again. Despite his solid counting stats and a very good point share tally, Dallas’s possession rate when Cole was on the ice was actually lower than what would be expected from an average player in the same situations with the same teammates and opponents. Or take FiveThirtyEight favorite Jaromir Jagr, whose relatively down conventional stats belie a player still capable of driving play with the proverbial skills that don’t show up in the box score.They’re not alone among the bigger-name deadline acquisitions. Much was made when the Arizona Coyotes shipped away center Antoine Vermette and defenseman Keith Yandle. Both players were solid PSAR contributors for Arizona this season but also ranked among the least valuable dCorsi players at their respective positions.Meanwhile, Zbynek Michalek, another former Coyote, boasted extremely unimpressive counting numbers (8 points and a -6 rating in 53 games) even by the standards of his position but ranks as one of the best defensemen in hockey according to dCorsi Impact.In case it wasn’t clear by now, all this goes to show that it’s nearly impossible to guess whether a player is a possession star or scrub based on his conventional numbers. As is the case with most of these new-school-versus-old-school metric battles to recently crop up across almost all sports, a player’s true value probably lies somewhere in between. But in hockey, that fact just underscores how little we still know about who’s helping and hurting their teams. read more

Buster Posey Has Quietly Become A Lock For Cooperstown

A few names come to mind when pondering the surefire Hall of Famers playing baseball today. Adrian Beltre, who recently broke the 3,000-hit barrier, is one, as is Mike Trout, despite his youth. But there’s another all-time great who is toiling away on one of the worst teams in MLB: San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey. The Giants’ record might make Posey easy to overlook, but his combination of hitting and defense makes him almost a lock to one day join the Hall. In fact, despite being only 30 years old, Posey might already have a Hall of Fame résumé if he retired today.It’s difficult to forecast whether any given catcher will find his way to Cooperstown. Only 18 backstops have made the Hall, and some did so in part because of accomplishments after their playing careers (as managers or executives).1For example, Rick Ferrell is listed by Baseball-Reference.com as having been inducted as a player, but he produced only 29.8 wins above replacement in his career (34th on the all-time list of catchers). However, Ferrell won two championships as an executive before his induction, which probably helped his Hall-of-Fame case. Perhaps because of the strain of constant crouching and the beatings they receive behind the plate, catchers are notoriously quick to decline, and historically great performers can become merely ordinary in the space of a few years.But Posey is special. In a nine-year career, he’s already amassed 37.5 wins above replacement (WAR),2According to Baseball Reference.com. which puts him 25th on the all-time list among backstops. If we look at how productive all catchers have been through age 303That is, up to and including a player’s age-30 season as defined by Baseball-Reference. — Posey’s current age — he looks even better, ranking 11th all-time in WAR.According to Jay Jaffe’s JAWS, a rough guide to measuring a player’s Hall-of-Fame qualifications,4JAWS (the “Jaffe WAR Score system”) determines Hall-worthiness by comparing an average of a player’s career WAR and his WAR in his seven best seasons with the typical mark for a Hall member at his position. Posey would have a decent chance to make the Hall even if he never played another game. I looked at the top 500 catchers’ JAWS scores and used them to calculate the probability that they would one day be inducted into the Hall.5I used a logistic regression model, with JAWS score as a predictor and Hall of Fame induction as the outcome. I excluded catchers who made the Hall as managers but not as players. Posey’s JAWS score is 36.8 — already only a little below the catcher average of 43.9. (Coincidentally, Posey’s current JAWS score is identical to the end-of-career score of stalwart backstop Ernie Lombardi, who made the Hall of Fame.) Based on this analysis, Posey would have about a 29 percent chance of getting to Cooperstown if he retired today — and as we’ll see below, those numbers probably understate Posey’s contributions.Why is Posey’s résumé so strong? It starts with his impressive numbers at the plate. Since 2009, Posey’s first season in MLB, he has the 17th-highest Weighted Runs Created Plus in baseball, and he’s the only full-time catcher in the top 50. Posey has power, to which his 128 home runs (in one of MLB’s least hitter-friendly ballparks) can attest. He also has patience, with a career walk rate of 9.6 percent, well above the MLB average of 8.1 percent.But Posey is much more than just a catcher who hits well. In addition to his power and discipline, Posey has been one of the best defensive catchers in baseball during his career — thanks to his particular knack for pitch framing.Catcher framing is the art of receiving a pitch so that an umpire is more likely to call it a strike. Before the debut of pitch-tracking technology such as PITCHf/x and Statcast, the idea of framing as a skill was unproven, but now it can be measured. And as Hall-of-Fame voters increasingly understand and recognize the importance of framing, catchers like Posey will probably benefit.Baseball Prospectus rates Posey as the seventh-best framer since 1988,6That’s the first year for which those statistics can be calculated. so he’s among the cream of the crop. And because framing isn’t factored into most versions of wins above replacement, Posey is somewhat underrated even by newfangled Hall-of-Fame yardsticks like JAWS.Baseball Prospectus’s version of WAR incorporates the number of runs a catcher saves via framing (which the version from FanGraphs does not, and the version from Baseball-Reference accounts for in a much smaller way).7The Baseball-Reference metric for catcher defense has a much smaller range of framing values than Baseball Prospectus’s does. For instance, it assigns Posey only 54 runs of value from his defense over the course of his career, while BP puts the value from Posey’s framing alone at nearly double that (104 runs). Unsurprisingly, Posey’s value under that measure is higher, shooting up to 49.8 WAR. If we recalculate his JAWS score using Prospectus’s version of WAR, then, Posey is already good enough to have an 85 percent chance of making the Hall, according to my calculations. Now, Posey’s framing value this year has been minimal, so it’s possible that he’s losing his touch (he wouldn’t be the only older catcher to forget how to frame a pitch). But even if you assume that he will be a league-average framer going forward, Posey’s JAWS could end up high enough to practically guarantee a Hall of Fame induction.8This is based on a series of career simulations described later in the article.In some ways, comparing Posey with the historic greats of yesteryear in this manner isn’t fair. We don’t know what kind of framer Johnny Bench was, for example, and it’s possible that his already-tremendous WAR total would just get more inflated if we did. But we do know that it’s rare for a catcher to have both offensive ability and framing skills. (The few catchers better than Posey defensively tend to be specialists like Jose Molina and Brad Ausmus.) Conversely, there are a lot of catchers who are not great framers but nonetheless have long careers because they excel at the plate. So it’s likely that at least some of the catchers ahead of Posey on the all-time list would see their total value decline if we could measure their framing ability.Add it all up, and Posey has likely already had a Hall-of-Fame career. And his playing days probably won’t end anytime soon — the average catcher who had 20 or more WAR through age 30 ended up playing another six and a half seasons. So Posey has plenty of years to improve upon his already impressive career. To get a sense of how Posey might end up finishing his run, I asked the folks at Out of the Park Baseball — a baseball simulation engine — to game out the rest of his career. Out of the Park came back with four simulations of Posey’s future. And according to each, the hypothetical Busters fared very well. In each simulation, Posey earned an end-of-career JAWS score of greater than 51, which would give him at least a 90 percent chance of making the Hall, according to my calculations. With an average of about 2,000 hits, 400 doubles and 250 home runs, Posey’s milestones weren’t overly impressive, so he didn’t make the Hall on the first ballot in the simulations — it usually took three to four years for him to get in — but he was eventually inducted in each universe that was played out. That sounds pretty similar to what will happen in our universe, too.Posey is one of the few catchers in history who can do it all. He can hit and frame, and he even provides extra value by blocking errant pitches and throwing out runners. When you combine his offensive and defensive skills, Posey might just be the most underappreciated Hall of Famer playing today.CORRECTION (Aug. 24, 10:02 a.m.): An earlier version of this article incorrectly said that Baseball-Reference.com’s version of wins above replacement does not incorporate the number of runs saved via catcher framing. It does, although Baseball-Reference’s method assigns less value to framing than Baseball Prospectus’s version of WAR does. read more

Opinion Ohio State mens basketball team has pieces to replace 4 transfers

OSU sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) looks to make a pass during a game against Northern Illinois on Dec. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 64-57.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorWithout a single graduating senior, the Ohio State men’s basketball program has still managed to undergo its fair share of roster turnover since the season ended.Shortly after losing to Florida in the second round of the NIT, a trio of freshmen Buckeyes announced their intentions to transfer: forward Mickey Mitchell, guard A.J. Harris and center Daniel Giddens. Another freshman, guard Austin Grandstaff, transferred to Oklahoma in December, leaving OSU with one remaining player from its 2015 class in guard JaQuan Lyle.Despite the departures, coach Thad Matta welcomes back the main core of last season’s team with forwards Marc Loving, Jae’Sean Tate and Keita Bates-Diop joined by Lyle and guard Kam Williams. Center Trevor Thompson entered his name into the NBA draft, but given that he did not hire an agent and is not expected to be selected, he’ll likely return to school.Even though OSU should return its top six scorers, much of the depth it had last season is gone. Combined, the three most recent transfers only averaged 8.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, but each logged valuable minutes off the bench as role players.On a squad that didn’t have much of a presence in the post, Giddens was the team’s leading shot blocker (1.5 per game) and was widely praised for the energy he brought to the floor.Harris was one of only five OSU players to play in all 35 games and served as the backup point guard to Lyle, even cracking the starting lineup in four games in the middle of the season. Without him, there are some serious questions of depth at guard.Finally, Mitchell started the last seven games of the season after Tate was lost due to a left shoulder injury. He struggled to put the ball in the basket, but the former four-star recruit provided versatility with his passing and rebounding.How will Matta and the Buckeyes go about replacing what was lost?To help in the frontcourt, the program has a duo of incoming freshmen from Ohio.Derek Funderburk, originally from Lakewood, Ohio, is the highest-rated recruit in OSU’s 2016 class. At 6-foot-9, the center is ranked as the 10th-best player at his position and No. 69 overall in the 2016 class, according to 247Sports. He spent his senior season with Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia.Micah Potter, a native of Mentor, Ohio, should also log valuable minutes. Standing at 6-foot-10, he’s ranked as the No. 30 center in the country. He played his final high school season at Montverde Academy in Florida.Both big men are noted for being able to stretch the floor, to score from down low and 3-point range, which should provide more viable offensive threats to come off the Scarlet and Gray bench along with Williams. For a team that struggled to get consistent scoring from any post player other than Tate last season, they will be welcomed additions to the OSU squad.Some potential help on the perimeter is also on the way for Matta and company.Small forward Andre Wesson committed to OSU in mid-April after helping lead Westerville South High School to the Ohio Division I state championship in his senior season. Wesson’s dad, Keith, played for OSU from 1983 to 1987, and his brother, Kaleb, is a 2017 commit for OSU. With solid outside-shooting ability, he should provide a backup to Loving and Bates-Diop.In another recent addition, the Buckeyes got a commitment from junior-college transfer C.J. Jackson. In his freshman season at Eastern Florida State College, the guard averaged 16.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game, while shooting 45 percent from three. Touted as a combo guard, Jackson can handle the ball as well as shoot it and will give OSU some much-needed depth in the backcourt behind Lyle and Williams.OSU will have a solid foundation of experienced players heading into next season. The only issue will be what the program gets from its bench, which was a problem area in the 2015-16 campaign. Teams are able to succeed with six-man rotations, but the margin of error is slim. Having depth is crucial if injuries strike or a key player gets into foul trouble.With the four newcomers, Matta seems to have found that depth, in spite of what was unexpectedly lost after the season. read more

Buckeyes look to stand out during Pro Day under shadow of Tressel

Eight Buckeyes will have one of the most important days of their football lives Friday when their talents are showcased for NFL scouts and executives at Ohio State’s Pro Day. Running back Brandon Saine, wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher, guard Justin Boren, linebackers Ross Homan and Brian Rolle and defensive backs Chimdi Chekwa, Devon Torrence and Jermale Hines will be going through drills and interviews at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center similar to what they experienced at the NFL Scouting Combine two weeks ago. The players will be working out amid coach Jim Tressel’s recent suspension by the school for allegedly failing to report e-mails from attorney and former Buckeye football player Christopher Cicero, indicating players gave football memorabilia to Eddie Rife, the owner of Fine Line Ink Tattoos. The failure to report the e-mails is in violation of both his contract with OSU and NCAA Bylaw 10.1. The university conducted a self-report on the infractions, and is awaiting the results of a report from the NCAA. OSU notified the NCAA of Tressel’s violation Feb. 3 after becoming aware of the Jan. 13 violation. Defensive lineman Cameron Heyward, once regarded as a first-round pick, will not participate because he’s rehabbing an elbow injury he suffered in the Sugar Bowl win against Arkansas. He received Tommy John surgery in mid-January. Heyward has been working out at the Woody Hayes center with the Buckeyes, supporting his former teammates while undergoing treatment. “I can’t remember a time we haven’t had representation from all 32 (NFL) teams,” said Eric Lichter, OSU’s director of football performance, at Monday morning’s practice. “We’ve got a pretty good group. … We had a lot of combine invites this year, so I’d imagine we’ll have a pretty good showing.” Chekwa is coming off a strong combine, in which he ran a 40-yard dash in an impressive 4.4 seconds. Homan’s bench press highlighted his workouts in Indianapolis. He put up 225 pounds 32 times — tops for any linebacker. Pro Day workouts begin at 10 a.m. read more

Corner Stone Laying Ceremony for Eliza Simons Primary School

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 19, 2017 – Grand Turk – The  Corner Stone Laying Ceremony for Eliza Simons Primary School New Block succeeded yesterday, Wednesday 17th May, despite some rainy resistance.The inclement weather challenged the celebration of the corner stone laying ceremony for the new state-of-the-art two-story school building, a $2.5 million addition to the school.  However, a significant number of government officials and patrons from the community were present to witness what the Minister of Education referred to as “celebrating the laying of blocks for the second in our series of infrastructure of modern schooling in the Turks and Caicos Islands”.The Minister of Education stated, “Today’s ceremony marks a turning point as we prepare to usher in an exciting new era for public education in the Turks and Caicos Islands.  This school will be more than just a building of bricks and mortar; this will be a place where people learn, teach and grow.  This 21st Century learning facility will be built with a focus on using technology to engage students in their learning and to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for the future”.The ceremony included a prayer by School Chaplin, Dr. Linda Williams, who is a past Director and Permanent Secretary of Education.   Remarks were also made by the Honourable Premier, Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson; H.E. Deputy Governor, Anya Williams; Minister of Infrastructure, the Honourable Goldray Ewing; Minister of Education, the Honourable Josephine Connolly and a Representative of Olympic Construction followed by each Government Official laying a brick in the corner of the school.The newly constructed school will foster the education of future generations.  The greatest inheritance to give a child is a high-quality education. Therefore, the Turks and Caicos Islands Government will continue to develop school infrastructure, providing students with a modern and positive learning environment which is part of their commitment to ensure that students meet their full potential.Press Release: TCIG#ElizaSimonsPrimary#cornerstonelayingceremony Related Items:#cornerstonelayingceremony, #ElizaSimonsPrimary Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

PDM says PNP Leaders sold Crown Land and access to Taylor Bay

first_imgThe PDM Chairman also charges the immediate past premier, Rufus Ewing of selling out on crown land at a beach, saying the current Government Administration is now busy trying to sort out these predicaments.“The people want access to their beaches.  In fact, the latest selling of beach access in this country took place not too long ago under a Rufus Ewing led PNP Government.  Our Leader and Premier is correct when she says, “we are constantly bogged down by having to fix and clean up PNP mess”.By law, public access to beaches has to be designated and registered.   There is no registered access at Taylor Bay Beach because all of the land was reportedly sold off to private developers.#MagneticMediaNews#TaylorBayBeach Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TaylorBayBeach Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 4, 2018 – Providenciales – The PDM Administration says the Taylor Bay Beach problem where beach access is absent for the General Public wanting to enjoy the spot in the Chalk Sound area is a monster of the PNP’s making.Chairman of the PDM, Doug Parnell joins the fiery discussion on Taylor Bay Beach which erupted following an enraged confrontation on New Year’s Day.   The argument and our subsequent report is gaining national and international attention on Magnetic Media social media strings; and most find the homeowner who argues that no one is allowed onto the beach because ‘he owns it’ to be in the wrong.The PDM Party Chairman turned his attention to revelations of what caused the beach access problem in the first place.   According to Douglas Parnell, it was under a former PNP Administration that Crown Land was sold on Taylor Bay Beach.   Parnell in a media release says it is that maneuver which now makes it problematic for residents to access the public spot without crossing private land.“It is of their own manufacturing which when we fast forward the clock to 2018 from their 1991-1995 decision making we see a young Turks and Caicos Islander being choked off from some of the remaining beaches because of their decision 23 years ago to sell off choice pieces of crown land.” Twenty three years ago, current Leader of the Opposition PNP, Washington Misick was the Chief Minister.   Parnell said the Wednesday press conference held by the Leader of the Opposition was more about an internal political rivalry at the Progressive National Party.“In fact, what is comical is that Mr. Misick’s, Washington that is, press conference was a political volley attempt at the young people who he fears will rush head first into a revolution on the beach at Taylor Bay at the call of his younger brother.  The sibling rivalry is well alive in the PNP.”Indeed, Michael Misick on Wednesday announced a demonstration, of a most unusual kind.   The younger brother of Washington Misick and former Premier is promoting a party with DJ music for Taylor Bay Beach this Saturday, January 6.   In a move he has themed, ‘stand up for our rights’ and ‘let’s save our country’, Michael Misick said the entire country is invited.Parnell, Member for Cheshire Hall and Richmond explained in his Wednesday statement to media that, “We take note too of the call by Mr. Michael Misick to take back the beach he choked off from us poor Turks and Caicos Islanders and ask him to tell the truth to the people.  He should clear his name of the wrong doing he has inflicted on the good people of the TCI while sitting in office from his many decisions which are not before the court.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Winter Weather Advisory For A Mixture Of Snow And Freezing Rain

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The National Weather Service has issued Winter Weather Advisory for a Mixture of Snow and Freezing Rain for the Western Kenai Peninsula, including the cities of Kenai, Soldotna, Homer, and Cooper Landing in effect from 9pm to 6am, Sunday November 11th. * WHAT…Mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations ofup to one inch and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of aninch are expected.* WHERE…Western Kenai Peninsula.* WHEN…From 9 PM this evening to 6 AM AKST Sunday.* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…The ice will result in difficult travelconditions. Expect reduced visibilities at times. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. For the latest road conditions call 5 1 1 or visit 511.alaska.gov.last_img read more