Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri revealed that he has been assured by the club board that Callum Hudson-Odoi will not be going anywhere this month.The 18-year-old winger has been strongly linked with a switch to Bayern Munich after the German club’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic confirmed their interest earlier this month.Chelsea have reportedly turned down three bids from Bayern and a transfer request from Hudson-Odoi himself.The youngster is understood to be frustrated with his role at Chelsea this season with just 61 minutes of Premier League action under his belt, despite starring in cup games.But a delighted Sarri is confident now that Hudson-Odoi will be going nowhere and expressed his satisfaction with the young star’s development.“The club told me in this window he will remain with us for sure, and very probably also in the next,” said Sarri on the club website. “I am very happy with this.“I don’t have the power to sign new contracts here. On the pitch, I am really very happy with him. He is improving. He will be the future of our club, and the future of English future.“I am not frustrated. As I said before, on the pitch he is doing very well, in training and in matches.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I am very happy with him, I’m not very happy with the situation, of course, but I know very well every big team here in England has the same problem.He added: “It’s not easy to keep these young players.“He is, of course,e one of the best 18-year-olds in Europe, so it’s very difficult, but the club told me he is out of the market for sure [now], and probably he will be out of the market in July.“I don’t know if he is happy with that, but I can say what I see on the pitch. And on the pitch at the moment he is fantastic.”The Blues will next take on Bournemouth in a Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium on Wednesday night.Tomorrow, the Blues head to Bournemouth! 👊 pic.twitter.com/AcbLeeCKJa— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 29, 2019
(NOTE: Reading Cooperative Bank has two locations in Wilmington — 230 Lowell Street and 352 Middlesex Avenue.)READING, MA — Reading Cooperative Bank (RCB) is pleased to announce that Glenn Strauss has joined the bank as its new Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer. Glenn is a highly experienced bank lending professional, having come to RCB from Salem Co-operative Bank in Salem, NH, where he worked as a Senior Vice President/Senior Commercial Lending Officer and Department Head. While at Salem Co-operative, Glenn handled all aspects and activities for the Commercial Lending Division, including sales and portfolio growth, customer retention, loan servicing, budgeting, and strategic planning.Glenn also worked more than 15 years at Pentucket Bank in Haverhill, MA as the Senior Vice President/Massachusetts Market Manager and Commercial Loan Team Leader. While there, Glenn managed a team of commercial lenders, servicing both new and existing commercial and consumer relationships through a strong referral network and market presence.Some of Glenn’s other past employers include U.S. Trust (Assistant Vice President, Commercial Loans) in Woburn, MA, Family Bank, FSB (Commercial Loan Officer) in Haverhill, MA, and Malden Mills Industries, Inc. (Credit Officer) in Burlington and Dedham, MA.Glenn is a longtime Wakefield resident and is highly active in the community. He was on the Board of Directors at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem; is a member of the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce; and is a Loan Advisory Board Member at the Merrimack Valley Planning commission. Glenn graduated from Bentley University with a BS in Business Administration and a concentration in Finance.“It’s a pleasure to join an institution that values its community and seeks to bring cooperative banking back to its roots,” said Glenn. “The personalized touch that is RCB’s brand is something that really speaks to me. I look forward to contributing my own verse as I join a top-notch team that is building something truly special.”“We’re really fortunate to have Glenn here at such an exciting time in the bank’s history,” said RCB President & CEO Julie Thurlow. “I have no doubt that his broad lending experience, creative aptitude and penchant for leadership will help us reach the short-and-long-term goals that we and our owners/depositors strive for.”About Reading Cooperative BankReading Cooperative Bank is a depositor owned co-operative founded in 1886. This community-centric North Shore financial service provider has branches in Reading, Wilmington, North Reading, Andover, and Burlington. They also operate teaching branches at Northeast Metro Tech in Wakefield (open to the public) and at Reading Memorial High School (students and staff only), as well as an online branch at http://www.readingcoop.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from Reading Cooperative Bank.)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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedReading Cooperative Bank Hires Elizabeth Trifone As New Vice President & Commercial Loan OfficerIn “Business”Reading Cooperative Bank Welcomes 4 New Staff MembersIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Reading Cooperative Bank Announces 3 New Branch Managers, Including Changes In WilmingtonIn “Business”
Some of the most anticipated tech for 2019 85 Photos Tags Now playing: Watch this: 0 CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Post a comment All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 OptiShokz Revvez audio sunglasses from all angles Bone-conduction headphones, which transmit sound through your cheekbones (or in this case, through the cartilage behind your ear), don’t sound as good as traditional headphones, but they’ve improved a lot over the years and AfterShokz makes arguably the best bone-conduction headphones. I doubt these will sound quite as good as the Bose Frames (which I’ve tried) but they should sound decent and be appealing to runners and bikers who want to hear traffic around them for safety reasons. Also, for those entering race events that prohibit the use of headphones that block your ears, these audio sunglasses would be a good option. As soon as I get some hands-on time with an early unit I’ll update this post with my impressions of their audio performance. Until then, here are the OptiShokz Revvez’ key features: First sunglasses with transducers positioned to transmit sound through the cartilage behind your ear, providing the best bass response and volume. Bendable two-position titanium temple arms Water and sweat resistant (IP55 certified) Each pair includes three interchangeable silicone rubber nose pads to ensure a comfortable fit Five lenses to choose from: Polarized Grey, REVO Blue, Gradient Grey, Transparent and Bright YellowLenses are interchangeable and molded in Teijin polycarbonate (glasses come with your choice of one lens, and additional lenses are sold separately) Open design leaves ears open and allows you to hear the outside world while listening to audio 6-hour battery life You can charge fully in less than 2 hours Bluetooth 4.2Dual noise-canceling microphones eliminate external noise while enhancing speech volume for phone calls Price: $179, with early-bird pricing of $99 (no word on international pricing) Available around June, though no ship date has been confirmed CES 2019 Enlarge Image AfterShokz In the coming weeks Bose is set to ship its Frames audio AR sunglasses, but if you’re looking for sportier spectacles that have integrated audio, you should keep your eye on the upcoming OptiShokz Revvez bone-conduction audio sunglasses from AfterShokz. Designed to allow cyclists, runners, hikers, golfers, skiers and others to listen to audio and make calls on the go while maintaining “ambient sound awareness,” the OptiShokz Revvez are launching via an Indiegogo campaign on Feb. 19, the company announced Monday here at CES. There are five lens options — the lenses are interchangeable — and early-bird pricing has been set at $99 or a 45 percent discount off the Revvez’ list price of $179. Alas, there’s no prescription lens option. They’re due to ship around June, although delays are always possible. Headphones 58 Photos Share your voice 1:07 CES Products Bose
Greater Noida, Feb 10 (ANI): Children sang and danced with their favourite cartoon characters while participating in hi-tech gaming sessions at the Indian Auto Expo in Greater Noida. In order to attract large number of children and families to the event, various activities were organized to keep the visitors entertained. Few children were seen participating in hi-tech video games session while some others were engrossed in modeling toy cars. Japanese auto and bike maker Honda invited Indian animation superstar ‘Chota Bheem’ and his best friend ‘Chutkiat’ at their motor cycle and scooter pavilion. Children participating in the games loved the arrangements.
Houston Matters also offers a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. Share Houston Matters, Live at the Houston Auto Show, January 25th at noon in the NRG Center, or listen live on 88.7 FM or houstonpublicmedia.orgOn Thursday’s Houston Matters: We bring you a special live show from the Houston Auto Show, billed as largest auto show of the South. In its 35th year, the 2018 show offers the public an opportunity to check out new vehicles from all the major automakers. It also brings the Houston automotive community together. Dealers, manufacturers, marketers, engineers, and media all converge on the show each year.We talk with auto industry insiders about automotive trends, discuss the future of electric and hybrid vehicles, explore the psychology of car buying, and visit a Houston school that prepares its students for a career in auto racing.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video
It has been a decade of watching movies where beautiful, young women dance surrounded by hundreds of men; bikini clad ladies jumping on the beach and of course, wailing, deprived and depressed girls heart-broken in love and women subjected to mistreatment. We all enjoy the Bollywood item numbers and feel pity for the woman crying in movies. But what happens when the ordinary Indian woman comes out through cinema? Will it be accepted by the people? Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWe, as a society portray women as creatures who are always dependent on the so- called better sex-“men” and it reflects in our movies. A girl is first dependent on her father or family, she falls in love with a guy, sings some romantic songs on the top of a hill, the guy fights off villains, there is some item song in between with no sense at all and the hero-heroine get married and have kids – this is the basic plot for almost every masala movie that we come across. But what happens if a movie with struggles, aspirations, fantasies, desires and dreams inspired from real women of our society is made, unconcerned about what the society thinks about it? Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThese past few days, we saw a huge controversy about a certain movie titled Lipstick under my burkha. It may have grabbed the international attention with Spirit of Asia Award, Audience Award at the Glasgow Film Festival, and the Oxfam Award in the category of Best Film in Gender Equality but all these could not save Alankrita Srivastava’s film from the wrath of the Central Board Film Certification in India. Marked as “lady- oriented”, it received a status which made it unfit for public viewing. A copy of CBFC letter received by the film’s producer Prakash Jha States, “The story is lady oriented and focuses on their fantasy about life. There are continuous sexual scenes, abusive words, audio pornography and a bit of sensitive touch about one particular section of society, hence, the film is refused.” The film from a “women’s perspective” revolves around the life of four women – burkha-clad college girl, a young beautician, a mother of three and a 55-year-old widow who rediscovers her sexuality. Whenever there is a movie made with a realistic portrayal of ordinary women, there is a huge cry over it. Some claim that this is a false interpretation of women of our society, some take it on their religion and some straight away dismiss the idea of an independent woman with high ambitions and curiosity. In a country like India, which proudly showcases its so called “liberal” views and culture; it is shocking to see how the society is still dominated by the male gaze. On one hand, women are given the place of a goddess, calling them pure and on the other, they are being objectified, either to fulfill the desire of a man or the society. A woman can wear shiny costumes and dance to those trashy, low-grade item numbers with a bunch of men staring at her in a lecherous manner but dare she open her mouth and talk about her emotions, dreams, and sexual desires; she would be in a huge trouble for protesting or disobeying the patriarchy. How dare she see things from her own perspective and change the status quo of the society? And, yes, it is not only women but also men who try to break free from the patriarchy they face. Cinema plays an important role in shaping human mind. From friendship to love affair, we Indians have a way of comparing it with what we see in reel life. Is it not similar in case of women? This is not the first time that artistic expressions are being restricted. Several movies like Angry Indian Goddesses, Fire, The Pink Mirror, Bandit Queen and many more had the same fate. “Such strong movies should be available for public viewing. There are other ways to watch these movies but cinema is a medium which reaches the mass audience and by censoring it and frowning upon it, we are confining that reach,” says Neha Singh, a second-year NIFT student. “The censoring of films and banning has become frequent. It is as if the filmmakers should make their films to impress the censor board and not their target audience. Instead of banning the movies, the whole nation should actually take a stand against these so called “liberal” decision-makers,” said Priyanka Ghosh Dastidar, a journalism graduate.An important feature of any nation, which claims itself to be democratic is the freedom of speech and expression guaranteed to its citizen. To break the status quo mentality, acknowledgement of new ideas and thoughts becomes very important. “As a woman, and as a filmmaker, I have decided that I will not shut up. I refuse to be silenced. I will not be discouraged. I will fight to ensure that ‘Lipstick Under My burkha’ is released in cinemas in India. And I will continue to make “lady-oriented” films as long as I can,” says Alankrita Srivastava, the director of’ Lipstick Under My Burkha’. In our society, a woman talking about her sexual desires, her thoughts and her ideas is a taboo. The important question is when will the time come when women can break free of all the bondages.
PHILADELPHIA — Since arriving on the scene with its first Sunscape Resorts & Spa property in 2001 – hardly an auspicious year to launch any venture in the travel business – AMResorts has added five more brands and expanded to 60 resorts and more than 20,000 rooms. It’s a new milestone the company and it’s two years ahead of schedule.AMResorts signed multiple hotels over the past seven months and the new deals represent 10% portfolio growth. One of the most recent was the signing of Zoëtry Chamela Costalegre Mexico, a 120-room new-build about 140 kilometres south of Puerto Vallarta, in the high-end vacation destination of Chamela Bay.By the end of 2016 AMResorts will open 10 new resorts across its six brands: Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts, Secrets, Breathless, Dreams, Now and Sunscape Resorts & Spas.“Our dynamic business model combined with our ability to find the right deal in the right place at the right time has enabled us to grow at an industry-leading pace,” said Javier Coll, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of parent company Apple Leisure Group. “In addition to continued expansion in Mexico and the Caribbean, we are introducing AMResorts’ innovative Endless Privileges, Unlimited-Luxury and Unlimited-Fun resort concepts to new markets like Costa Rica and Panama.”More news: Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”AMResorts President Gonzalo del Peon said the company’s tailored approach to the traditional all-inclusive resort model through six resort brands “has allowed us to deliver exceptional products and services to a wide variety of travellers”. Reaching the 60-resort goal as AMResorts hits the 15-year mark “highlights AMResorts’ proven track record of bringing high-end resort brands to beachfront destinations that are easily accessible from numerous gateways across North America,” he added. Thursday, August 11, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: AMResorts Posted by Share Travelweek Group AMResorts hits the 20,000+ rooms mark two years ahead of schedule
<< Previous PostNext Post >> ACV introduces Top Selections sun brochure, aims to strengthen Disney product Tags: Air Canada Vacations, Disney Thursday, January 5, 2017 Travelweek Group Posted by Share MONTREAL — Air Canada Vacations has released a mini digital sun brochure highlighting the operator’s top resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean.Most of the featured properties offer free stay for kids and fitness and spa facilities, and are part of ACV’s Privileges collection including preferred room locations, early check-in, late checkout, free Internet and guaranteed à la carte dinnersThe brochure also includes 18 Sandals resorts that are part of ACV’s Privileges collection and offer free wedding packages. Air Canada offers nonstop, year-round flights from Toronto to all Sandals and Beaches properties. It’s also the only tour operator that flies to Great Exuma, Bahamas.“Our product team has done a fantastic job in adding exclusive and popular properties to ACV’s Sun product line,” said Nino Montagnese, Managing Director, Sun Markets, Air Canada Vacations. “We found it necessary to highlight some of our top picks and cultivate a mini brochure for our trade partners to reference during consultations. It is a great booking tool and we encourage agents to share it with their clients.”A French version of the Top Selection digital brochure will be available shortly.To better serve clients ACV has increased frequency from several home locations to popular destinations. Frequency has been added between Toronto-Cayo Coco, Varadero, Curaçao, Puerto Plata, Samana, Huatulco, Saint Lucia and Turks & Caicos. A larger aircraft has been added to the Punta Cana route flying five times a week and a new route to Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago was launched in December.For Montreal, ACV has added new flights to Puerto Vallarta and San Jose, Costa Rica, and frequency has increased to Cancun and Turks & Caicos.More news: Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaThe new B767 aircraft from Air Canada Rouge leaving Vancouver has increased in capacity and frequency. Nonstop flights to Cancun on Monday and Thursday and to Puerto Vallarta on Tuesday and Friday have been added. ACV has also increased capacity to Ixtapa on Wednesday and Los Cabos on Sunday.Nonstop flights to Puerto Plata operating on Fridays will be leaving from HalifaxAs a reminder, agents can earn ACV&ME loyalty points for every group, air and hotel package or cruise package booked. Points can be redeemed for Aeroplan Miles, travel vouchers or VISA cash cards.Air Canada Vacations is also highlighting its partnership with Disney and the different resorts and packages it offers.There are currently seven daily flights during peak winter season to Walt Disney Resort in Orlando; up to 18 daily flights during peak summer season to Los Angeles, a short drive to Disneyland Resort in Anaheim; up to eight flights per week during peak winter season to Honolulu for Aulani, Disney Resort and Spa; and frequent flights from all Canadian gateways to the Mediterranean and the Caribbean where the Disney Cruise Line.“Air Canada Vacations provides the most lift out of any other Canadian tour operator to Disney destinations,” said Montagnese. “Along with our expansive flight network, we also sell all things Disney including accommodations, theme park tickets, dining packages and more. We are poised and prepared to become the top Disney provider and are confident that we can do it with the support of our travel agents partners. We want their clients to automatically think of booking with ACV when they hear the word ‘Disney’.”More news: AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsFeatured ACV Disney promotions include:Walt Disney World ResortsCanada Resident Ticket Offer – clients will receive a 25% discount on 4-10 day Magic Your Way ticket products including the Base Ticket, Park Hopper, Water Park Fun & More and Park Hopper & Water Park Fun & More options. Offer expires Feb. 28 for travel anytime.Disneyland ResortCanada Resident Ticket Offer – The Disneyland Ticket offer represents a 25% discount on the 3-5 day ticket products including the 1-Park per day and Park Hopper options. Offer valid until Feb. 28.Room Only Offer – Until March 27, guests will receive 20% savings on Standard room types and 25% savings on Premium room types at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and the Disneyland Hotel. A 10 per cent discount will apply on Standard room types and Premium room types at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.Aulani, A Disney Resort & SpaBroad Room Only Offer – Until Feb. 23, guests will receive 20 to 30% in savings on four night stays and 25 to 35% savings on 5-14 night says depending on view booked.Disney Cruise LineFeatured cruise packages include a seven-night Mediterranean sailing (Barcelona, Spain) from $1,750 per person for an Aug. 26, 2017 departure aboard Disney Magic; a seven-Night Western Caribbean Cruise (Port Canaveral, Florida) from $1,785 per person for a September 30, 2017 departure aboard Disney Fantasy; and a seven-Night Southern Caribbean Cruise (San Juan, Puerto Rico) from $1,316 per person for an April 16, 2017 departure aboard Disney Magic. All cruise packages are based on double occupancy.
With files from The Canadian Press Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, December 15, 2017 Winter sun sales are ahead 9% and half the capacity is booked: Transat Posted by Tags: Air Transat, Transat MONTREAL — Revenues were up 14% for Transat A.T. Inc. in the fourth quarter of 2017, following an “excellent” summer season that President and CEO Jean-Marc Eustache says was one of the best in the company’s history.Transat A.T. plans to spend $750 million over the coming years to develop its hotel chain in Mexico and the Caribbean.Vertical integration is crucial, said Odette Trottier, Transat’s Director, Communications and Corporate Affairs, in an interview with Travelweek earlier this fall: “It becomes more and more important for leisure travel companies to control the actual products – the flight, transfers and excursions, and, of course, hotels.”In a conference call on Thursday Transat co-founder and CEO Jean-Marc Eustache said he plans to devote the next 18 to 24 months until he retires to begin developing the chain of hotels while his heir, Annick Guerard, runs the company as COO.“It’s our main goal for the development of Transat,” said Eustache.A president for the hotel division will be hired within weeks to put the plan in action before he “disappears” after retiring and leaving his position as chairman, he added.Transat plans to purchase and refurbish one hotel and a piece of land this year as it looks to build a network of 5,000 rooms, 60% of which it will own and manage, over the next five to seven years.In October Transat sold its 35% stake in its Ocean Hotels joint venture for $186 million. The company also signed a deal last month to sell its Jonview Canada subsidiary to a Japanese company for $44 million.Transat has also simplified its fleet to give it more flexibility, improved its digital footprint, augmented the amount of trips it sells directly and improved revenue management. “I think we are better armed to face any of those actions coming from our competitors in the future,” said CFO Denis Petrin.Transat beat expectations as the travel company’s fourth-quarter net income surged due to a strong transatlantic summer season and the sale of its stake in Oceans Hotels.For the quarter ended Oct. 31, 2017, the company posted revenues of $698.6 million, compared with $612.1 million for the same period in 2016, an increase of 86.4 million. This increase resulted mainly from an 8.7% increase in total travellers in the transatlantic market, while average selling prices were up 4%. In this market, Transat A.T. increased capacity by 8.5% compared with 2016, while overall capacity was up nearly 5%.More news: Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North America“The fourth quarter, like the summer as a whole, was excellent. Financially, our summer results were among the best in our history and significantly improved our results for the year compared with last year,” said Eustache. “From a strategic standpoint, we made great strides towards establishing our hotel division and in several other major areas, including fleet composition and corporate leadership succession.”In the sun destination market, the corporation’s capacity was down 3.8% compared with 2016 due to hurricanes Irma and Maria, which resulted in the repatriation of passengers, particularly in Cuba and the D.R. and the cancellation of certain flights. As a result, total passengers were down 2.7% in that market, while average selling prices rose 7.2%.Transat A.T.’s operations generated $78.5 million in adjusted operating income compared with $46.5 million in 2016. This uptick was driven primarily by higher average selling prices across its markets, as well as by higher capacity and load factors in the transatlantic market.On Oct. 4, 2017, the corporation completed the sale of its 35% minority interest in Ocean Hotels to H10 Hotels, ahead of the anticipated Nov. 2, 2017 closing date. As announced earlier this July, the sale closed for $187.5 million, received in cash on Oct. 4.For the whole year, Transat A.T. posted revenues of $3.0 billion compared with $2.9 billion in 2016 and adjusted operating income of $102 million, compared with $25.8 million in 2016. During the summer, the corporation increased its product offering in the transatlantic market by 7.9%, and average selling prices were higher across its markets. All markets combined, total travellers were up 8.2% for the year.More news: Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureFor the winter season, it posted an operating loss of $65.7 million (4.2%) compared with $54.2 million (3.4%) in 2016. This decline was due to a rise in air costs and the unfavourable foreign exchange effect which, combined with an increase in fuel prices, resulted in a $39.3 million increase in operating expenses for the winter. This could not be offset by higher average selling prices for sun destination packages, noted the company.During the summer, operating income amounted to $100.5 million (7.0%), compared with $23.9 million (1.9%) for the previous year, driven primarily by higher average selling prices, capacity and load factors across markets.This year, and particularly in the last six months, a number of initiatives were carried out to lay the foundations for the 2018-2022 plan. These include the announcement of the leases for 10 Airbus A321neo LRs, to be operational from the beginning of 2019, the extension of existing A330 leases under better financial conditions, the addition of new A330s, and an agreement with Thomas Cook that will see it provide the corporation with A321ceos in the winter, replacing the Boeing 737s currently operated by Transat.Looking ahead to the first half of fiscal 2018, Transat A.T. reports that capacity is up 8% in the sun destination market outbound from Canada. To date, 50% of that capacity has been sold, bookings are ahead by 9.2%, and load factors are similar. Due to the strengthening of the Canadian dollar, offset by rising fuel costs, operating expenses are currently down 2.1%, while margins are currently up 2% from the same date last year.As for the transatlantic market, where it is low season, Transat’s capacity is up 20% from last winter. To date, 47% of that capacity has been sold, bookings are ahead by 15% and load factors are down 2%.If these trends continue, Transat said it expects to achieve better results than in the 2017 winter season. Travelweek Group