Interstate Hotels & Resorts Acquires Chardon Management Ltd., Expands United Kingdom Portfolio

United Kingdom : Orange customers to enjoy bonus data on International calls [TendersInfo (India)]

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Its the second university in the United Kingdom to recently take this stand, after the University of Edinburgh banned the chart-topper last week . The officers in Leeds student union collectively made the decision to ban the song, saying it undermines and degrades women. The pop hit has been widely criticized for its lyrics connoting nonconsensual sexual activity such as I hate these blurred lines, I know you want it and its music video featuring naked women alongside fully-clothed men. Alice Smart, one of the officers at Leeds student union, told the Independent that students reaction to the decision has been largely positive. A few students are asking why if we have banned this song, we arent banning everything, but weve chosen this one as an example, because its so popular, Smart explained. Blurred Lines has reached number one in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and Australia. The Edinburgh University Students Association (EUSA) relied on similar logic when it moved to ban Blurred Lines earlier this month. EUSAs vice president pointed out that the song promotes an unhealthy attitude towards sex and consent, which violates the schools explicit policy to tackle rape culture and sexual harassment. Robin Thicke has brushed off the feminist critiques of Blurred Lines, saying its irresponsible to suggest that the lyrics are promoting rape, and noting that art is supposed to spark a conversation. But this week, the Sociological Images blog pointed out that many of the lyrics in Blurred Lines are lines that actual rapists have said to their victims. Using images from Project Unbreakable an online photo essay exhibit that features survivors holding signs noting what their rapists said to them before, during, or after their assault the sociology blog was able to match up Robin Thickes lyrics with sentences that have accompanied real instances of nonconsensual sexual activity. The issue of combating rape culture on college campuses has been especially prevalent across U.S. universities over the past year. Student activists have banded together to pressure their university administration to take rape more seriously, and work harder to create an atmosphere where sexual assault isnt tolerated and survivors are supported.

Research and Markets: United Kingdom Trade of Copper Tubes and Pipes: Import, Export, Market Prospects – 2013-2017

The same rate will also apply for the United Kingdom s fixed network. The international call bundles offer also comes with free bonus data on the bundle purchased. The offer will give Orange pre-paid customers across the country increased talk time with family, friends and business partners at affordable rates. Company CEO, Mickael Ghossein, says the company is committed to delivering even better rates for its customers, allowing them to save on cost, talk more for less and also access the Internet more affordably. We are constantly tailoring our offers with our customers in mind and aim to deliver more value and satisfaction to them, as evidenced by this call rate offer that is the lowest in the market, says Ghossein. To activate the offer, Orange subscribers top up from KSh 100, they then dial #123#, select option 3 for offers and select option 3 again for international bundles. Each bundle has a 30 day validity period from the date of purchase. Once the bundle is over, the subscriber needs to purchase another bundle as this offer is not renewed automatically. If not, any international call made thereafter will be charged at the existing Pay-As-You-Go rates, which vary from country to country. In addition, the offer that runs up until December 15, 2013, also comes with free access to Wikipedia and Facebook Zero. Recently, Orange was rated as having the cheapest prepaid product among the country s four mobile operators. This announcement, through a study done by Research ICT Africa, commissioned by the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), showed that in the second quarter of 2013, the company s retail basket stood at KSh 242.00, compared to KSh 363.60 for Safaricom, KSh 290.64 for Airtel Kenya and KSh 313.01 for yuKenya. (c) 2013 Euclid Infotech Pvt. Ltd.

The DVLA in the United Kingdom Refuses to Recognise an Irish Driving Licence

The report studies how United Kingdom behaves on the global market for copper tubes and pipes. It also assesses the dynamics of country’s foreign trade in copper tubes and pipes in 2002-2012. The report indicates major suppliers and consumers of copper tubes and pipes in United Kingdom. The final chapter provides in-depth analysis of prospects for the country’s foreign trade in copper tubes and pipes, as well the forecast for the development of the market for copper tubes and pipes in 2013-2017. Such parameters as trade value ($) and net weight (kg) are used in the analysis. We present average price forecast for copper tubes and pipes. More than 10 tables and diagrams comprise data on foreign trade in over 100 countries. Key Topics Covered: 1. Resume: United Kingdom Trade Of Copper Tubes And Pipes 2. United Kingdom Exports Of Copper Tubes And Pipes 3. United Kingdom Imports Of Copper Tubes And Pipes 4.

acquisition this year, we will leverage Interstate’s on-the-ground operations and tangible experience in the country to successfully transition and operate this new portfolio, generating increased profitability for owners, while maximizing asset values.” Chardon Management’s portfolio includes 32 hotels with 3,414 rooms, consisting of Holiday Inn Express and Holiday Inn branded hotels in addition to Hotel Indigo, Best Western, Choice, Ibis Styles and independent hotel brands. “Interstate is a recognized world leader and brings 50 years of industry experience, dynamic relationships with quality brands and international experience to the table,” said Nicola Taylor, Director at Chardon Management who will now serve in an advisory capacity. “Chardon’s relationship with Interstate ensures a really successful future, providing our staff, owners, investors, associates, and ultimately our guests with the best experience possible in the U.K. and Ireland hospitality industry.” “Chardon is one of the most esteemed independent management companies in the U.K. and a top strategic choice for Interstate’s targeted expansion plans,” said Leslie Ng, chief investment officer of Interstate Hotels & Resorts. “We’re looking forward to managing this expanded portfolio with best-in-world experience, strong brand relationships and institutional-quality systems.” For more information about Interstate Europe Hotels & Resorts visit www.interstatehotels.co.uk. About Interstate Hotels & ResortsInterstate Hotels & Resorts, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of a 50/50 joint venture between subsidiaries of Thayer Lodging Group and Jin Jiang Hotels, is the leading U.S.-based global hotel management company, operating branded full- and select-service hotels and resorts, convention centers and independent hotels worldwide. Interstate and its affiliates manage 387 hotels with more than 73,000 rooms in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, including six wholly owned hotels. In addition, Interstate has executed agreements to manage 40 hotels with more than 8,100 rooms under construction or development throughout the world. For more information regarding hotel management in the United Kingdom, please contact Senior Vice President, Development-Europe, Aaron Greenman, at +32 490 43 15 72 or visit www.interstatehotels.co.uk. For more information about Interstate Hotels & Resorts worldwide, please visit www.interstatehotels.com. Connect with Interstate at www.linkedin.com/company/interstate-hotels-resorts, www.facebook.com/InterstateHotels, and http://jobs.interstatehotels.com. About Chardon Management Ltd. Chardon currently manages 32 hotels and one health and fitness club throughout the length and breadth of the U.K.

The DVLA in the UK appears to be refusing to implement the ruling of the European Court of Justice from that day (Case no C419/10 Wolfgang Hoffman v. Bavaria). This incident is causing many people to wonder how many Irish drivers have actually been stopped and arrested for their failure to implement the European Directive. Based on the recent incident involving Shields, it appears to many drivers that their European driving licences seem to be recognised by every country in the world except for the DVLA. The ruling from last April states that the mutual recognition of a driving licence refusal by a member of state should be recognized in favour of a person whose driving licence was withdrawn on its territory. But the validity of the driving licence issued by another state and the finding of the European directive of 2006 on driving licences must be interpreted as precluding a member of state from refusaloutside any period of probation on applying for a new driving licence imposed on a holder of a driving licence issued by another member of state, when the condition of normal residency in the territory of the latter has been complied with. The DVLA appears to be breaking all of the European laws doing what they like; for example, arbitrarily throwing the book at scores of Irish drivers from the south, who have been forced to retake a driving test in England, Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland. This is completely unlawful following the ruling from the European courts. Also, when a non UK driver who holds a European licence is disqualified in the UK, it creates a second UK licence, which is illegal under European law. The DVLA will force the driver to take a driving test in the UK, although what they are doing is completely unlawful. These Irish drivers should be able to sue the DVLA in the UK for making European nationals retake their driving test in the after their period of disqualification has ended.