Pursuing the United Nations policy of zero tolerance of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) by its staff, the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has reported eight cases for investigation since the beginning of the year, one of which has been substantiated with the person involved immediately suspended. The other investigations are continuing. “The United Nations in Liberia is committed to prevent, identify and sanction the abhorrent practice of sexual abuse and exploitation in full compliance with the Secretary-General’s Bulletin ‘Special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse’ and its policy of zero tolerance,” the mission said in a statement.Secretary-General Kofi Annan instituted the policy following allegations in 2004 against peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). At the time the UN Office for Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) cited payments ranging from two eggs to $5 per sexual encounter. Some victims were abandoned orphans who were often illiterate.UNMIL, which is fielding nearly 17,000 uniformed personnel as well as civilian staff in the West African country as it recovers from a vicious civil war, said the eight cases had been referred to the resident OIOS.An additional instance involved allegations against staff of an implementing partner of a UN agency and relations between the agency and the implementing partner were terminated, UNMIL added, noting that it is cooperating with the non-governmental organization (NGO) Save the Children UK, which recently issued a discussion paper entitled ‘From Camp to Community: Liberia study on exploitation of children.’ “On several occasions the United Nations met with Save the Children UK to discuss the issue of SEA and to offer a collaborative approach to intensify actions against SEA,” the mission said in a statement.“On these occasions the United Nations has sought information on specific cases to prevent and sanction SEA. Although Save did not discuss the ultimate findings or recommendations of its report with the United Nations, the Organization will continue to vigorously pursue its activities to prevent and deal with SEA.“The United Nations is committed to continue to work with national authorities and other partners in an effort to ensure a common, effective approach to deal with SEA,” it added. Steps the Mission has taken include the establishment of a fully staffed Conduct and Discipline Unit to respond effectively to SEA, creation of an In-Country Network to ensure coordination and oversight on prevention, and development of developed a standardized training module on policies, procedures and guidelines for all personnel.
SPOKANE, Wash. — Bailey Brkin stopped all 27 shots he faced as the Spokane Chiefs blanked the Prince George Cougars 4-0 on Wednesday in Western Hockey League action.Riley Woods scored twice, including the eventual winner, for Spokane (14-8-3), while Adam Beckman and Cordel Larson also scored.Taylor Gauthier turned aside 27-of-30 shots for Prince George (10-13-3).The Chiefs went 0 for 9 on the power play and the Cougars were 0 for 4 with the man advantage.—WHEAT KINGS 5 BRONCOS 1SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. — Luka Burzan scored twice as Brandon tamed the Broncos.Cole Reinhardt’s goal 7:57 into the second period was the eventual winner for the Wheat Kings (11-7-6), while Ridly Greig and Zach Wytinck also scored.Alec Zawatsky replied for Swift Current (4-19-2).—RAIDERS 6 OIL KINGS 3EDMONTON — Parker Kelly had a pair of goals as Prince Albert doubled the Oil Kings to stretch its win streak to 18.Brayden Pachal put away the winner for the Raiders (25-1-0) at 3:54 of the second period. Max Martin, Aliaksei Protas and Kody McDonald chipped in as well.Trey Fix-Wolansky had a hat trick for Edmonton (14-10-4).—WARRIORS 3 ICE 1CRANBROOK, B.C. — Josh Brook registered the game-winning goal as Moose Jaw topped Kootenay.Keenan Taphorn and Jett Woo also scored for the Warriors (13-5-4).Peyton Krebs replied for the Ice (7-17-4).—TIGERS 6 REBELS 2MEDICINE HAT, Alta. — Ryan Jevne led the Tigers past Red Deer with a hat trick.Trevor Longo picked up the game-winning goal for Medicine Hat (12-12-3) at 1:48 of the third period. Ryan Chyzowski and James Hamblin rounded out the attack for the Tigers.Zak Smith and Jeff de Wit scored for the Rebels (16-8-1).—GIANTS 2 ROCKETS 1KELOWNA, B.C. — Milos Roman scored the go-ahead goal 9:41 into the second period as Vancouver edged the Rockets.Dylan Plouffe also scored for the Giants (18-6-2).Nolan Foote was the lone scorer for Kelowna (11-15-1).—BLADES 2 ROYALS 1VICTORIA — Zach Huber’s goal early in the third period lifted Saskatoon over the Royals.Kristian Roykas Marthinsen opened scoring in the second period for the Blades (16-9-2).Scott Walford replied for Victoria (12-9-0) in the first minute of the third.Royals centre Kaid Oliver earned a five-minute major and a game misconduct for a check to the head at 17:45 of the second period.—SILVERTIPS 4 WINTERHAWKS 1EVERETT, Wash. — Connor Dewar had a goal and an assist to power the Silvertips past Portland.Sean Richards knocked in the winner for Everett (20-7-1) at 15:27 of the second period, while Reece Vitelli and Martin Fasko-Rudas and also scored.Cross Hanas scored for the Winterhawks (14-10-2).The Canadian Press
Finland and Russia based ZYFRA Group, the AI and IIoT solutions developer for industry is acquiring VIST Group, one of the industrial leaders in development and implementation of technologies for digital mining for $30 million. Through acquisition of this asset the company is planning to occupy a significant share of global intelligent mining market.“Via several acquisitions and organic business growth, we are absolutelly on track to reach our $30 million sales target for 2018 as part of our wider strategy to become a leading integrated digital industrial solutions vendor,” said Igor Bogachev, ZYFRA Oy CEO. With the acquisition of VIST Group, ZYFRA has broadened its international footprint and will now also be operating in Belarus, Mongolia and Morocco. It is also planning to expand into Vietnam, Indonesia and Chile in 2019 and in South Africa in 2020.On top of international expansion, the company says it is firing on all cylinders to complete the “Intelligent mine” project – a complex solution for unmanned surface mining with application of self-driving vehicles. VIST Group is planning to spend “a material share of investment” provided by ZYFRA to accelerate its R&D projects including self-driving vehicles, automated surface mining machines (robots) and appliances, broader IoT and AI based solutions application as well as predictive analytics.“There is a request from the market – industrial giants are looking for the options to improve the entire production chain efficiency, not its separate elements. I believe that technological synergy of the two companies will significantly boost commercial and innovation potential of our solutions in respond to this request,” noted Dmitry Vladimirov, VIST Group CEO.“With integration of VIST Group solutions into our single digital platform for the industry will allow us to achieve a synergistic effect and bring additional value to our customers around the globe from the metal and mining industry. For example, we are now ready to realise a digital mining and processing plant project by the principle “Mine to Mill”, said Pavel Rastopshin, Managing Director of ZYFRA.“Our view is that there’s a tremendous opportunity for disruption in Industrial IoT and applied AI space, although it is still a nascent market to a larger extent – said Ilia Kreisel, Investment and IR Director at ZYFRA Group. If you look at Gartner latest Magic Quadrant for IIoT platforms, you can quickly arrive at the conclusion that the market still lacks a clear leader, which leaves the doors wide open for the up and coming challengers like ourselves.”The global market for digital mining solutions is expected to reach $23 billion by 2024. It is expected that over 35% of global mining companies will increase their investments in digital solutions and AI technology. After the acquisition deal with ZYFRA, VIST Group “is gaining new resources to compete with market players like Caterpillar, Hitachi, Komatsu and Hexagon Mining.”ZYFRA is applying cutting edge data science combined with industrial expertise to provide end-to-end solutions for optimising production speed, quality, and costs for industries such as machinery, metallurgy, oil and gas and mining. The company, founded in November 2017, currently operates in Finland, China, Russia, Bulgaria and India.
TWO PEOPLE HAVE been arrested by gardaí carrying out searches connected to the murder of Dean Johnson.During the course of the searches a sawn off shotgun, ammunition and a quantity of drugs were recovered.As part of the investigation into the murder of Johnson on 24 August 2013 at Neilstown Road, Clondalkin Dublin 22, gardaí at Lucan, carried out the searches.They were assisted by various local and national garda units while undertaking the searches in the areas of Ronanstown, Clondalkin, Cabra and Kilcock today.Two men in their 20s were arrested. They are detained under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939-98 and at Lucan and Ronanstown Garda Stations.Read: Gardaí want to speak to passengers of Friday’s route 25 Nitelink>
Ahead of Tottenham’s first Premier League match without Harry Kane, manager Pochettino trusts that the squad can cope without their best player.Tottenham Hotspur received the worst possible news they could’ve gotten this season, striker Harry Kane fell injured with a sprained ankle and he will be out for at least one and a half months but manager Pochettino is doing his best to cope with the situation.The upcoming month will be the most challenging, we’ve already written about the players who could replace the English striker but we are also very aware that replacing Harry Kane is frankly impossible.The Argentine manager is aware that there is nobody in his squad who can do the same work that the England captain can provide, which is why his strategy will consist on using what he has in order to get the best possible results in all the competitions that Tottenham Hotspur will play.The manager is fully aware of the challenges that his squad faces without their best player, but that won’t stop them from trying to remain competitive despite the adversities that will present themselves during this time.We also have to remember that Tottenham won’t have South Korean forward Son Heung Min for the next month, given that he is currently representing his country in the Asian Cup.Tottenham boss Pochettino reveals how he will deal with Kane’s absence #THFC | @mirrordarrenhttps://t.co/VMXKdwLwQ0 pic.twitter.com/iuCtelLITX— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) January 18, 2019This Friday during a press conference ahead of Tottenham’s London Derby at Fulham, the Argentine manager described the challenges that Kane’s injury pose and also used the best example to illustrate what the squad might go through during this difficult process.“We have players that can cope when Harry Kane is not available,” said Mauricio via The Mirror.“If we want to find a player similar to him I think we are going to make a mistake, because to find another Harry Kane is impossible — we are talking about the one of the best three, four, five best strikers in the world.”“We have the possibility to create our new star through the academy. You know different names. I don’t want to mention [individuals] as that might not help [them], but of course that is our objective — to try to create the new star of Tottenham, to find him here in our academy, would be the most exciting thing.”“I was watching Barcelona, and the striker was Leo Messi. You can play Llorente, you can play Dele Alli, you can play Lamela, you can play Kaziah Sterling, Troy Parrett, I don’t know… you can play many, many players.”“It’s not that you have to play with one specific striker,” he added.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.”The market is very difficult.”Mauricio Pochettino has commented on whether Tottenham will replace the injured Harry Kane.👉https://t.co/6xQEanjMfg#bbcfootball pic.twitter.com/m4rBSt4qB0— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 18, 2019The next couple of months will be crucial for Tottenham Hotspur’s season, as they will have to face a set of various matches in three different competitions that will decide the outcome of their season.Not having Harry Kane in any of these tournaments may be enough reason for manager Pochettino to request new players, but given the state of the club’s finances, going after new transfer during the winter window might not be a possibility.As things stand right now, Spurs are currently 9 points below Liverpool in the Premier League, they are one victory away from reaching the Carabao Cup final, and they are soon to face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League round of 16.If one is optimistic about the English squad’s odds, one could say that they are still title contenders in all fronts but an upcoming couple of months won’t be easy at all.Mauricio Pochettino is more than ready to confront this new challenge, he won’t shy away from it because it’s not in his nature as the natural born competitor that he is.Spurs might not come out on top after this, but they will sure as hell do their best effort to achieve it.#thfc striker Harry Kane has only missed nine @PremierLeague games since his first start under Maurico Pochettino in November 2014. pic.twitter.com/qsbumPMmEf— Hotspur Related (@HotspurRelated) January 17, 2019How do you think Tottenham Hotspur will do in the upcoming months without Harry Kane? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
The deteriorating housing market, weakening job market, high gas prices and general economic malaise that have weighed heavily on the advertising sector do have at least one positive effect: consumers are spending more on entertainment media to relieve stress.That is one of the conclusions drawn by Veronis Suhler Stevenson’s much-anticipated Communications Industry Forecast 2008-2012 released earlier this week. (Full disclosure: VSS is an investor in Red 7 Media, FOLIO:’s parent company.)VSS projects total communications spending to grow 5.4 percent (to $924 billion) in 2008, driven primarily by strong gains in institutional and alternative media spending.Among the other findings: broadcast television will surpass newspapers as the largest advertising medium in 2008, while the total Internet ad spend will surpass broadcast TV in 2011. Consumer media use, meanwhile, declined slightly in 2007 as some platforms neared saturation, while institutional media use increased due to “mission-critical” information demand—a trend VSS expects will continue.Institutional media spending—defined as content or services bought by businesses—is expected to increase 8.5 percent to $245.39 billion in 2008, according to VSS Forecast. Total spending on communications will continue to outpace overall U.S. economic growth during the 2007-2012 period. Communications will be the second-fastest growing of the 15 U.S. economic sectors during the period, VSS says. (First, not surprisingly, given the gas crisis, is mining of natural resources.)‘Staycations’ Jim Rutherfurd, an executive vice president and managing director atVSS says “businesses demanding dynamic workflow solutions forcompetitive global markets” and consumers “taking ‘staycations’ thissummer”—spending on entertainment media targeted at the youthmarket—are the main reasons for the sector’s accelerated growth. When broken out by category, VSS projects pure-play Internet and mobile to have a compound annual growth rate of 14.3 percent between 2007 and 2012, while branded entertainment, at 12.8 percent, projects at number two. The growth rate for consumer magazines over the five year period is projected at one percent—only Yellow Page directories—at 0.7 percent—are projected lower.Business-to-business media, however, shows a 5.9 percent growth rate for the period.
The 2019 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design sports clean, simple design 30 Photos 0 Now playing: Watch this: 2019 Volvo S60: All the things you need, nothing you… 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More about 2019 Volvo S60 Volvo Ford BMW Mercedes-Benz BMW Volvo Enlarge ImageVolvo’s vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology will see its benefits extend beyond the brand as part of this group. Volvo A bunch of automakers, service providers and governments have joined forces to share data from cars and infrastructure, but don’t worry, because it’s not some freaky dystopian thing.Volvo announced on Monday that it is teaming up with a variety of groups in a public-private partnership called the European Data Task Force, which was originally founded in 2017. The idea behind this pilot project is that all the involved groups will share vehicle and infrastructure data with one another, ideally using that data to create safer roads for everybody.As part of the task force, Volvo will provide real-time data from its connected-car safety tech. Certain Volvo vehicles are already capable of warning each other about slippery roads or cars marooned on the side of the road, but now that data will be shared with others. Service providers or municipalities could then use that data to warn non-Volvo drivers about the same road hazards, expanding its benefits beyond a single brand.”We think this type of anonymized data sharing should be done for free, for the greater good and to the wider benefit of society. It saves lives, time and taxpayer money,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars, in a statement. “I call on other car makers and governments to work with us on realizing this type of data sharing as widely as possible.”The European Data Task Force already has some big names behind it. The governments of Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and Spain are already on board, and service providers like Here and TomTom Traffic are also members of the group. In terms of automakers, it’s BMW, Ford, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo. Tags More From Roadshow Auto Tech Car Industry Preview • 2019 Volvo S60: Familiar formula with a twist Share your voice Post a comment 5:33 2019 Audi Q3 second drive: More for the masses Review • 2019 Volvo S60 review: More competitive than ever 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous
Secretary of State John Kerry today named former Coast Guard commandant Robert J. Papp Jr. as special representative to the Arctic. Kerry created the new position to elevate Arctic issues in America’s foreign policy and national security strategy as the U.S. prepares to assume the chair of the Arctic Council.Download AudioPapp was head of the Coast Guard from 2010 until he retired in May. Both Alaska senators praised the appointment and said Papp has substantial experience in the region. Papp says he’s seen the changing Arctic first-hand. When he was new to the service, in July 1976, he was sent in a helicopter to look for a way to get a Coast Guard cutter from Nome to the North Slope.“I was amazed that, first of all, we didn’t find any leads in the ice going through the Bering Strait,” he said in a 2012 address. “And as we landed in Kotzebue, as I looked out across the water, all I could see was ice. Ice as far as I could see.”Fast-forward three decades. As commandant, he decided to go back to Kotzebue.“As we were landing, I looked out as far as I could see, and I saw no ice,” Papp said. “Same time of the year, 34 years later, no ice.”Kerry also announced the appointment of former Alaska Lt. Governor Fran Ulmer as Special Advisor on Arctic Science and Policy. Ulmer says it will be in addition to her current post, as chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission.“But this role is a slight expansion of that in that it will focus on some of the broader Arctic Policy issues that are specific to the 2015-2017 Arctic Council chair rotation,” Ulmer says.Ulmer says it’s important for Alaskans to have an opportunity to engage with the Arctic Council.“If you look at what has been done recently (on the Council) in terms of search and rescue, and oil spill response and research in ocean acidification and the health of marine mammals, these things are important regionally, nationally, locally, globally,” she says.Secretary Kerry says Papp plans to visit Alaska soon to consult with policymakers there.
The Taku River is one of the transboundary salmon rivers covered by the Pacific Salmon Treaty. (Photo courtesy Rivers Without Borders)Diplomats are reviewing a Pacific salmon treaty deal. Negotiators from Canada and the United States reached the tentative deal over Pacific salmon almost two weeks ago.Listen now“The proposed amendments to the treaty – and there are a number of them – have been transmitted to the capitals: Ottawa and Washington D.C. for review and consideration by the national governments,” said John Field, executive secretary of the Pacific Salmon Commission in Vancouver, British Columbia.That was on August 24. But the 10-year annex of the Pacific Salmon Treaty isn’t official until it’s signed by both countries.The treaty has governed salmon catches, research and enhancement in Alaska, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia since 1985. It’s renegotiated every 10 years.No details have been released on this latest agreement which would last until 2029.But Field said he’s confident it’ll be approved before the current deal expires at the end of this year.“The salmon treaty has a long history with these two countries,” Field said by phone on Thursday. “It’s in their mutual interest to have the treaty to enter into force and I’m confident that both countries are doing everything they can to have them enter into force on time.”In Southeast Alaska, the agreement impacts primarily chinook, sockeye and coho fisheries. It’s expected to contain provisions on how to conserve chinook which have seen dramatic declines.
Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara AdvaniInstagramRumours of affair between Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani caught up fire yet again after the actress was reportedly spotted leaving with him after her birthday party.Kiara, who is riding high on the success of Kabir Singh, recently celebrated her birthday with stars like Sidharth, Karan Johar, Shahid Kapoor, Ahan Shetty among others.The celebs partied the entire night as it was truly a star studded affair. However, more than the party, it was Kiara and Sidharth’s bonding that caught attention.According to reports, Kiara left the venue with Sidharth in his car after the party. This gave gossip mongers a topic of discussion as many started saying that there is something romantic brewing between the two stars.Apparently, rumours of Sidharth and the Kabir Singh actress dating each other had risen earlier also, but they had denied the buzz back then. However, the same gossip is now doing the rounds again. They are reportedly going to work together in a gangster drama soon, and such rumours may give good publicity to the project.Meanwhile, Kiara’s Kabir Singh that features Shahid Kapoor in titular role became one of the biggest blockbusters of all time. The film shattered several box office records, and turned to become one of the highest grossing Bollywood movies ever.
“Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me.” — The Rich Boy, F. Scott Fitzgerald. And nowhere was the disparity between the wealthy and the wannabes more vividly on display than during the appropriately-named Gilded Age of the late 19th century.Get a gander of these over-the-top (and then some) extravagances enjoyed by the top one percenters.Flights of FancyMink was nice, silk sublime, but what really sent women into a frenzy: the pure white plumage of the snow egret, thought to be one of the most exquisite species of birds by none other than John James Audubon, noted 19th-century ornithologist and artist.Furs by fashion house Felix Jungmann for the Exposition Universelle world’s fair held in Paris, 1900.The pristine feathers were plucked during the height of the breeding season to be used by milliners to adorn fanciful hats for their toney clients.Things got so out of hand that the snow egret was near extinction by the latter part of the century.And it wasn’t just egrets that were in high demand: It was believed that no less than fifty North American species were being slaughtered for their feathers.Gilded Age fashionEnter two feisty Boston socialites, Harriet Hemenway and her cousin, Minna Hall, who read about the birds’ plight and made it their mission to save their feathered friends.The two rebel-rousers rounded up other women from Boston society for a series of tea parties and convinced them to stop wearing feathered hats.Harriet Lawrence HemenwayThe successful boycott led to the passage of the Weeks-McLean Law, also known as the Migratory Bird Act, in 1913, outlawing market hunting and the interstate transport of birds.24-Carat CommodeBaltimore’s Garrett clan (which made its fortune in the railroad industry) didn’t do anything by half. After industrialist T. Harrison Garrett moved his family into the massive Evergreen estate in northern Baltimore, Maryland in 1878, they decided to add some upgrades, expanding the house to 48 rooms — all the better for displaying their collections of Tiffany glass.One notable addition was a theater—ticket window decorated by Leon Bakst, famed Russian set and costume designer for the Ballets Russes. Bakst also designed stage sets and costumes for Alice Garrett to wear during her singing-and-dancing performances for guests.But even that was outdone by the bathroom, the centerpiece of which was a toilet seat of pure gold — truly a throne fit for a king. (Interesting tidbit: Instead of reaching for a toilet paper dispenser after doing one’s business, he or she merely pressed a call button, presumably to summon some poor servant, who lucked into one of the lousiest jobs in the world.)Doggy Dinner PartiesDuring the 1900s, “anything you can do, I can do better” was the prevailing attitude, particularly when it came to entertaining.Marion Graves Anthon “Mamie” Fish, the wife of railroad baron and socialite Stuyvesant Fish, was well known for her extravagant parties. When she threw a Dog’s Dinner birthday party for friend Elizabeth Drexel Lehr’s pomeranian, Mighty Atom, Mrs. Fish decked out her own beloved dog with a $15,000 diamond collar for the occasion.Well-heeled guests arrived with their well-heeled pooches, bringing gifts for Mighty Atom totalling $25,000.Other hosts found their own unique way to show off their wealth. A soiree at Delmonico’s in New York City featured an enormous indoor garden with a lake in the middle, complete with swans.Delmonico’s in 1906.Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt brought Broadway to her estate, the Breakers, in Newport, Rhode Island, inviting the entire cast of the musical The Wild Rose to perform (the show’s sets came too).Stuyvesant FishAnd billionaire James Hazen Hyde decorated his home to look like the court of Louis XIV for a masquerade ball, while the Metropolitan Opera House’s 40-piece orchestra supplied the music.Conspicuous ConsumptionMoney wasn’t the only thing the wealthy had an appetite for during the Gilded Age. An expansive waistline was a sign of living the good life.And when it came to packing down food, beefy businessman “Diamond” Jim Brady was in a class by himself. William Grimes, author of Appetite City, refers to Brady as the “Paul Bunyan of the dinner table.”James “Diamond Jim” BradyBrady’s biographer, H. Paul Jeffers, described a typical dinner thusly: “two or three dozen oysters, six crabs, and a few servings of green turtle soup. The main course was two whole ducks, six or seven lobsters, a sirloin steak, two servings of terrapin and a variety of vegetables.”Shellfish feast with lobster, tiger prawns, clams, mussels, vegetables and a couple beers.For dessert, “pastries…and perhaps a five-pound box of candy.” Brady washed it all down with orange juice.It’s said that Brady began his meals sitting four inches from the edge of the table, and kept eating until his stomach made contact. (In case you’re wondering, Brady died of a heart attack at age 61. Doctors claimed his stomach was six times that of the average person.)Real-Estate RivalriesNowhere was the “show ‘em what you’ve got” mentality on display more than Newport, Rhode Island. America’s newly rich set out to mimic the lifestyle of European aristocracy.Exterior view of historic Rosecliff Mansion in Newport, Rhode Island, USA.What resulted was a jaw-dropping game of one-upmanship among neighbors and, in some cases, family members — most notably, two Vanderbilt brothers: William and Cornelius.Exterior view of the historic Marble House in Newport Rhode Island. This former Vanderbilt Mansion is now a well known travel attraction.William Vanderbilt’s Marble House, a Versailles-inspired showplace, had no equal in opulence when it was completed in 1892, boasting walls coated in 22-carat gold leaf, a front portico designed after the one at the White House, and an 18th century Venetian ceiling painting featuring gods and goddesses from classic mythology adorning the ceiling, and $7 million worth of marble.Rosecliff is one of the Gilded Age mansions built by architect Stanford White between 1898-1902.“Oh, it is so on…” (or words to that effect), said William Vanderbilt’s younger brother, Cornelius, who responded in kind by constructing his own showplace — The Breakers, a 70-room Italian Renaissance-style palazzo inspired by the 16th century palaces of Genoa and Turpin — to one-up his brother.Closet Deep-DivesWhen you have closets full of the latest fashions, you can’t be expected to spend the day in the same outfit. So the rich changed their clothes (at least) several times a day.Portrait of a woman in a large hat, 1900-1910.The ladies, in particular, had plenty to pick from: morning street dresses, dressing for receiving callers, carriage dresses, visiting dresses, full dinner dresses, ball dresses, hostess dresses, dresses to wear to church, to the theater, to concerts, outfits for riding, croquet, archery, skating, traveling…well, you get the idea.Berry Wall pictured (1888) in the New York American at the time of the “Battle of the Dudes.”However, the premiere quick-change artist may have been a man: It’s said that Evander Berry Wall once swapped duds no less than 40 times between breakfast and dinner. Clothes weren’t the only things to be regularly cast aside during the day.All that socializing tended to tire a person out, so the wealthy were big believe in afternoon naps, so bedding was changed (at least) two or three times a day.Dining on HorsebackTally-ho! Anyone can throw a sit-down dinner party. The truly inspired served meals on horseback.In 1903, C.K.G. Billings, a millionaire and horse-racing aficionado known as “the American Horse King,” spent $350,000 turning a Manhattan ballroom into a show ring of sorts.Lou Dillon winning the Webster Cup, 1903.Billings, an equestrian, had put the finishing touches to a swanky private stable near Harlem River Drive and wanted to celebrate.Guests arrived at Sherry’s a 5th Avenue restaurant decked out in evening duds, only to get the shock of their lives.Tables had been cleared from the room, replaced with fake turf and scenery resembling an English countryside.Billings’ horse partyParty-goers were instructed to hop onto horses (which were hoisted up in a freight elevator). Waiters placed a series of elaborate fare, such as caviar, turtle soup, rack of lamb, guinea hens, flambéed peaches, and Krug champagne (or ginger ale for those who didn’t want to get sauced and tumble from their mount) on table trays attached to each horse’s saddle.As a momento of this most unusual evening, guests (who were, let’s face it, good sports) were given sterling-silver horseshoes inscribed with the menu.Pimped-Out Private Railroad CarsApparently, you can take it with you. Engineer, industrialist, and the founder of the Pullman Company, George Pullman made traveling by train a luxurious experience in the 1800s, with the introduction of sleeping cars, dining cars, and parlor cars.A Pullman car, interior view.To cater to uber-wealthy clientele, the company took things to another level with private rail cars, which featured four-star, hotel-like accommodation, including chef and personal assistants.The cars, which attached to commercial passenger trains, could sleep up to twelve, and could be customized to cater to the owners’ whims. There were drawing rooms adorned with custom-wood paneling, dining rooms with elaborate domed ceilings, and staterooms with queen-sized beds that connected to marble baths.Read another story from us: Women Used to Take Their Husbands to Court for Being ImpotentOne private Pullman featured a fireplace in the lounge. While some patrons owned their own private cars, others chose to rent executive charter cars instead, including then-President William McKinley and Robert Todd Lincoln, Abe’s eldest son, who became President of the Pullman Palace Car Company from 1887 to 1911.
LONDON (AP) – A conman who tweeted about serving as a senior police officer during last summer’s London riots and posed as a British army officer has been sentenced to five years in jail for fraud.Ellis Ward, 29, posted on Twitter about life as a Metropolitan Police inspector on the streets of London tackling rioters and looters, and duped one British newspaper into printing a column about his duties.He also pretended to be an army major wounded in Iraq, swindling three women out of more than 40,000 pounds ($64,100). Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Prosecutor Michael Williams told Winchester Crown Court that Ward was a “professional and accomplished fraudster” whose deception lasted for years.Ward admitted to 18 charges of fraud and was sentenced Friday.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Comments Share 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day
Lufthansa-owned airline, bmi British Midland has again aired doubts that it will be able to continue after its losses grew to just under GBP£200 million (USD$319 million).Previously unpublished accounts released Wednesday, 6 October, show a pre-tax loss of GBP£198 million in the year to December 2009 compared to a GBP£181 million loss in 2008, the Financial Times reported. The doubts come after a similar announcement was made following the losses of 2008. CEO Wolfgang Prock-Schauer has since launched a restructuring programme cutting costs and switching routes which he said was beginning to have “the desired effect”.Lufthansa has agreed to provide an additional GBP£60 million in operational funding to tide the airline over until the end of 2011 and is confident that future financial needs would be met, bmi British Midland directors said. bmi has recorded substantial losses two years running Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.C
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