Now a regular fixture on the Thai calendar, the Hua Hin International Jazz Festival returns to the popular seaside town this weekend for its 15th edition. The event, which takes place tonight and tomorrow, is bigger than ever this year, with more than 500 musicians and artists, both local and international, all set to perform 50 shows on two stages over the two days. “I’m trying to think of the right word to describe the Hua Hin International Jazz Festival 2019 and ‘mighty’, ‘magnificent’, ‘enormous and ‘phenomenonal’ all come to mind,” says Sekphol Unsamran, aka Koh Mr Saxman, a distinguished jazz saxophonist and the festival’s music director. “I would also like to call it a reunion of sorts, as we welcome home all the jazz musicians and artists, who have performed here over the year as well as those who like their jazz. It’s like a family get-together.” Organised by … [Read more...] about Sand, sea and samba
Defending champions City have the upper hand as they lead by a point knowing they only have to match Liverpool's result to become the first side in a decade to retain the title. Liverpool have not lifted the league since 1990, but could not have done much more to finally end that wait after posting a club record 94 points with one game to spare. Incredibly the Reds could post the third highest points tally ever in the Premier League with victory against Wolves and still miss out. "Both teams deserve the title. But it can be just one. The team that is going to lose can't have regrets because they have given everything," said City boss Pep Guardiola. Statistically this is the greatest Premier League title race of all-time, but AFP Sports looks at what rivals it for drama from the history books. 2011/12 - Aguero snatches the title It is rare for the title to be won on the final day, even rarer to do it in the final minute of stoppage time in the final game. Should City seal … [Read more...] about Man City v Liverpool: The best ever English title race?
By Jack Lakey The Fixer Wed., May 1, 2019 One of the best things about Ivan Forrest Gardens is the waterfall that cascades over a picturesque collection of rocks. But that was back in the good ol’ days — before the waterfall stopped working, leaving visitors high and dry and the city park without one of its defining features. Ivan Forrest Gardens, on Queen St. E. at Glen Manor Rd. in the Beach, is a local oasis and one of those unique places where the bustle and hum of the city seems to melt away as visitors stroll farther into it. The park is actually a ravine that winds north from Queen toward the hilly streets south of Kingston Rd., lined with upscale homes that make the Beach such a desired residential community. Local residents walk their dogs in the park and like to allow them a drink on a hot day from the tiny concrete pond at the base of the fountain, at least until it dried up. Article Continued Below Mark Winter, who lives in the … [Read more...] about Waterfall in Beach-area park could use some water
By Gilbert Ngabo Staff Reporter Kristin Rushowy Queen's Park Bureau Sun., April 28, 2019 The Toronto District School Board says it will need to make “hard decisions” in an effort to balance its budget after the province announced a funding plan that will leave the board with $21 million less than last year, according to a TDSB analysis. Education Minister Lisa Thompson announced Friday that the province will invest $24.66 billion to boards across Ontario through the Grants for Student Needs (GSN), with a per-pupil funding projected at $12,246. A preliminary Toronto public board analysis of the funding plan, obtained by the Star, says the shortfall will bring grant funding down for the TDSB from $2.99 billion this school year to $2.97 billion next year. The TDSB plans to update its trustees at a meeting Monday afternoon. Thompson told the Star Friday that the education grants announcement shows school boards “that they have a … [Read more...] about Ford government school funding plan will hit TDSB with $21-million shortfall, internal board document says
NEW YORK — The first issue of The City Record, on June 24, 1873, listed a procurement notice for a steamboat engine for the New York City Department of Charities and Corrections. A more recent notice, from 2017, listed the purchase of almost $4.4 million worth of condoms and lubrication packets as part of a city public health campaign. In between lies the vast history of the city and of The City Record, a bottomless trove of municipal minutiae and legally required announcements that calls itself the “Official Journal of the City of New York.” While most New Yorkers have never read, or even heard of, this city-published paper, it is indispensable to many city officials and to those seeking city contracts. “This is the bible of doing business with the city of New York,” said Eli Blachman, the paper’s longtime editor. “If you want to bid for a city contract, it’s like the lottery,” he said. “You’ve got to be in it to win … [Read more...] about News Selling Condoms or Pet Food? Inside New York’s Business ‘Bible’