Czech PM invited to meet US president Donald Trump

PRAGUE, Czech Republic — The United States ambassador to Prague says U.S. President Donald Trump has invited Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis to meet him next month in Washington.Ambassador Stephen King wrote about the official invitation on Wednesday on Twitter. King says the meeting, scheduled for March 7, is “a symbol of our strong bilateral relationship.”Also Wednesday, Czech Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek was heading for Washington to meet his U.S. counterpart, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the first such visit in seven years.Ahead of his trip, Petricek said that warnings against use of Chinese technology will be, among other issues, on the agenda of his talks in Washington.The Associated Press read more

Securities regulators increasingly employing tech tools to speed probes

TORONTO — Securities regulators say they are increasingly employing data analytics and other sophisticated tools to track down financial miscreants faster, but these technologies won’t be able to fully replace human judgment.The director of enforcement at the Ontario Securities Commission said Thursday that they need these tools to crunch the “mind-numbing volume of data” the regulator takes in for investigations, and do it in weeks, not years.Jeff Kehoe said during a panel discussion in Toronto that regulators can no longer use traditional tools and investigation techniques in the “new world for us,” with advances such as cryptocurrencies and high-frequency trading.“It’s like finding a needle in 50 haystacks, or 100 haystacks,” he said. “And so we need tools that not only reduce the size of the haystacks but make the needles bigger.”Regulators in recent years have put out guidance on the securities implications of blockchain, cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings as the usage of these technological innovations proliferate. Meanwhile, regulators say they too are applying technological tools to their enforcement tasks, as the volume of data at their disposal grows exponentially.The monetary authority of Singapore’s executive director of enforcement Gillian Tan said during the OSC event on Thursday it has developed a tool with data scientists to analyze data to detect circular trading patterns.When testing with known cases, it was able to detect roughly 94 to 96 per cent of what had been detected manually, she added.“What used to take us months to do, can now be done in a matter of hours,” she said. “That’s really exciting for us.”The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s co-director of enforcement Stephanie Avakian said it too has used these tools to speed up their probes, but it doesn’t replace the need for experienced investigators to go through the findings and use judgment.“The data analytics are great for identifying problems and putting together a case, but I don’t think they obviate the need for human investigators… You still need humans to go through this stuff and find the false positives,” she said.As well, Avakian said when financial misdeeds later go before a jury, human witnesses are still needed to help present their case.Kehoe added that the “promises of technology are great” but the findings they produce must be reliable and verifiable in order to be fair. read more

UNICEF working to help quakeaffected school children in Tajikistan

With thousands of children returning to school in Tajikistan in the first week of September as usual, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is working to ensure that those living in areas hit by a recent earthquake will be able to learn despite the devastation wrought by the disaster. The earthquake that rocked Qumsangir on 29 July left 5,000 children without classrooms, causing severe damage to over a dozen of the area’s 44 schools. “UNICEF stands ready to provide school-in-a-box kits, school desks and chairs for a number of affected schools before school resumes in early September,” said the agency’s Representative, Yukie Mokuo, who visited the affected sites earlier this month along with officials from the Government. The team found that many classrooms are unsafe and will not be ready for the beginning of the school year. In a news release on Wednesday, the agency warned of the threat of a possible outbreak of water-borne diseases in the area, which relies solely on a damaged irrigation canal as its source of water supply for cooking and drinking. Sanitation conditions are also poor. Immediately after the earthquake, UNICEF sent initial emergency supplies worth $10,000 containing hygiene kits, water purification tablets, towels, jerry cans and high protein biscuits to the affected areas. Another batch of supplies, mostly hygiene items, will be distributed next week in partnership with international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working on health care and hygiene promotion. UNICEF and its partners have also assessed water and sanitation and are working to ensure their long-term rehabilitation. The Government of Tajikistan is working to rebuild the damaged schools with support from the Education for All Fast Track Initiative, a global partnership between donor and developing countries to ensure universal primary education by 2015, UNICEF said. read more

One big leaguer tested positive for banned stimulant

NEW YORK — One unidentified major league player tested positive for a banned stimulant in the year ending with the World Series.Under the joint drug agreement between Major League Baseball and the players’ association, an initial positive test for a banned stimulant results in six additional urine tests over the next year rather than a suspension, and the identity is not announced. The positive test for an amphetamine was listed in the annual report issued Friday by the drug program’s Independent Public Administrator.In the year ending with the 2017 World Series, there were two positive tests for banned stimulants that did not result in a suspension, one each for Adderall and D-Amphetamine.Players not on 40-man rosters are not covered by the union and are subject to the minor league drug program, which mandates is most cases a 50-game suspension for an initial stimulant violation.Major League Baseball conducted a record 11,526 drug tests, a 39 per cent increase from two years ago, that resulted in 11 positive samples in the year ending with the World Series. There were 9,282 urine samples for performance-enhancing substances, stimulants and the drug DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone), plus 2,244 blood samples for human growth hormone.Two players tested positive for the diuretic Furosemide: Seattle second baseman Robinson Cano and Chicago Cubs pitching prospect Oscar De La Cruz.There were eight positive tests for performing-enhancing substances: Washington catcher Raudy Read and Kansas City outfielder Jorge Bonifacio tested positive for Boldenone; Houston pitcher Dean Deetz and Toronto pitcher Thomas Pannone for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT); Chicago White Sox catcher Welington Castillo for Erythropoietin (EPO); Pittsburgh pitcher Nik Turley for Ipamorelin; Minnesota shortstop Jorge Polanco for Stanozolol and Marcos Molina for Clostebol and former New York Mets pitcher Marcos Molina for Clostebol.All received 80-game suspensions except for Molina, a free agent by the time he was banned for the rest of the season on Aug. 2.There were 102 Therapeutic Use Exemptions for otherwise banned drugs: 101 for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and one for hypertension. That was down from 106 in the previous year.The report was issued by Dr. Thomas M. Martin, a retired U.S. Army colonel who is a former director of the Defence Department’s drug testing and program policy office.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsRonald Blum, The Associated Press read more

Charge against Bradley Roby downgraded to disorderly conduct

Lantern File PhotoOSU redshirt junior cornerback Bradley Roby pumps up the crowd before a game against Miami (OH) on Sept. 1 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 56-10.The charge against Ohio State redshirt junior cornerback Bradley Roby has been downgraded to disorderly conduct from battery, according to the Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office.Roby was involved in an altercation at a bar in Bloomington, Ind. on July 21 where he was initially charged with misdemeanor battery. The date of the pretrial hearing remains Aug. 26, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.OSU coach Urban Meyer has not suspended Roby for the incident, but he has been practicing with the team during fall camp in preparation for the season.The maximum punishment for a disorderly conduct charge is 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine in Indiana.It remains to be seen if Roby will take part in the teams Aug. 31 season opener at home against Buffalo.OSU and Roby did not respond to The Lantern’s request for comment. read more

Dyno Nobel initiates EZshot detonator launch

first_imgDyno Nobel has launched the newest addition to its electronic initiation portfolio, the EZshot®.This technology offers users the benefits of accurate electronic timing with the ease of use of the NONEL® shock tube, the company says.“The EZshot detonator series is an exclusive design for underground perimeter blasting. This system gives the customer the ability to use electronic timing for improved perimeter control, helping them to save on time and overall production costs,” Dyno Nobel said.“With the same J-Hook hookup as NONEL, no new training is required, allowing the customer to quickly move forward on all projects.”The electronic detonator, EZshot LP, has a high-strength detonator in a heavy walled copper shell with an electronic circuit board timing chip providing precision and accuracy.“The smart chip technology in the detonator delivers the timing needed that cannot be reached with tradition non-electric detonators,” the company said.The electronic detonator comes in factory-programmed delay times, ranging from 1,100 to 8,000 milliseconds, with the long period delay timing ideal for underground perimeter blasting, it says.The EZshot LP shock tube is identical to the trusted and familiar NONEL LP shock tube Dyno Nobel has been producing since the 1970s, in a new colour.“This reliable design had stood the test of time and blasters will be familiar with the J-hook connection, virtually eliminating additional training time. EZshot LP takes advantage of the shock tube system allowing wireless communication from initiation to detonation,” the company said.last_img read more

Johnny Depp paid 3m to shoot Hunter S Thompsons ashes out of

first_imgJohnny Depp paid $3m to shoot Hunter S Thompson’s ashes out of a cannon A lawsuit filed against Depp has taken a deep dive into his alleged lavish spending. Actor Johnny Depp Actor Johnny Depp Image: Daniel Leal-Olivas PA Archive/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3218183 JOHNNY DEPP’S lavish spending – including $3 million to blast author Hunter S Thompson’s ashes from a cannon – led him to the brink of financial ruin, according to an explosive lawsuit filed yesterday.Over the best part of two decades, the 53-year-old actor has been spending $2 million a month, according to The Management Group (TMG), which is suing the star in Los Angeles for an unpaid loan.The Pirates of the Caribbean actor is alleged to have forked out $75 million on 14 homes, including a 45-acre French castle, a chain of Bahaman islands, several Hollywood homes, penthouse lofts in downtown LA and a horse farm in Kentucky.Since 2000, the Oscar-nominated actor has spent $18 million on a yacht, bought 45 luxury cars and shelled out almost $700,000 a month on wine, private planes and a staff of 40 people, according to the lawsuit.Beverly Hills-based TMG says Depp has accrued more than 200 artworks by Warhol, Klimt and other masters, 70 collectible guitars and a Hollywood memorabilia collection so extensive it is stored in 12 locations.Depp filed his own $25 million suit on 13 January accusing TMG of mismanaging his finances, taking out loans without his approval, and concealing his ruinous finances.“Over 17 years, The Management Group did everything possible to protect the actor from himself,” TMG attorney Michael Kump said in a statement.“In fact, when Depp’s bank demanded repayment of a multimillion-dollar loan and Depp didn’t have the money, the company loaned it to him so that he would avoid a humiliating financial crisis.”TMG says it repeatedly warned Depp over his “wanton” overspending, but he responded by rebuking his business managers, increasing his spending and demanding they find some way to pay for it.The firm, fired by Depp last year, says it is owed $4.2 million and was forced to launch foreclosure proceedings on Depp’s property.“The only reason Depp filed this lawsuit was to interfere with TMG’s ongoing efforts to be repaid on the loan they had made to bail him out,” TMG said.Depp and actress Amber Heard, 30, reached an out-of-court settlement in August to end their 18-month marriage, agreeing that he would pay her $7 million.- © AFP, 2017Read: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard release awkward apology video over dog smuggling Share204 Tweet Email center_img Thursday 2 Feb 2017, 7:46 AM By AFP 32,278 Views Image: Daniel Leal-Olivas PA Archive/PA Images 46 Comments Feb 2nd 2017, 7:46 AM last_img read more

350 new jobs announced for Cork and Dublin

first_img 23,465 Views By Cliodhna Russell Monday 20 Mar 2017, 10:45 AM Share31 Tweet Email5 350 new jobs announced for Cork and Dublin eShop officially opened its global headquarters in Swords today. Image: Shutterstock/Ai825 https://jrnl.ie/3296550 36 Comments center_img Image: Shutterstock/Ai825 Mar 20th 2017, 10:45 AM Here is an innovative Irish company, established 6 years ago, which now employs 150 people and has a turnover of over €200 million.“Today’s announcement that eShopWorld are creating 250 jobs in Ireland is a great boost and a huge indication of what’s possible.”Kings LaundryKings Laundry also announced it’s investing a further €2m in its new state-of-the-art facility in Little Island in Cork.Alan Murphy, Sales Director at Kings Laundry said, “2016 was a very successful year, we saw an increase of 18% in our turnover and we’re expecting this to increase further by over 20% this year.“This is down to winning significant new business across the country as well as driving efficiencies within our service offering.“We operate the most modern and energy efficient facilities in Europe and have the capability of servicing 1.5m pieces of laundry per week in Cork, allowing further room to grow.”Read: EU teens one step closer to being handed free interrailing ticket on their 18th birthdays> SOME 350 NEW jobs have been announced for Dublin and Cork this morning.The global headquarters of technology company eShop is being officially opened in Swords today as the company announces plans to hire 250 new staff over the next three years.Meanwhile, Kings Laundry has announced 100 new jobs at its Cork facility. There are also 80 seasonal positions available in Cork and Dublin for the coming summer.The new permanent positions bring the total workforce at Kings Laundry to over 550.eShopeShop was launched in Dublin in 2010 with six staff. It currently employs 150 staff mainly in Swords but also in Newry, the US, Singapore and the Netherlands.A spokesperson told TheJournal.ie that the “vast majority” of the 250 new jobs announced today will be based in Swords with a small number abroad.They estimated that 200 of the jobs will be based at its global headquarters at Airside Business Park in Swords.Today’s jobs announcement for eShop is part of a €25m investment for the eCommerce and logistics management company.eShopWorld says it has already started recruiting to fill these full-time, highly skilled roles, which are focused on technical development and R&D activity.eShopWorld CEO Tommy Kelly said, “We are very pleased to be adding jobs and investment to fulfil demand from leading global brands.”Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, said: Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Gabriel Barbosa announces move to Flamengo

first_imgBrazilian striker Gabriel Barbosa has announced he’s moved to Flamengo from Inter Milan on social mediaThe 22-year-old returned to Italy on January 7 after spending a year-long loan spell back at his old club Santos in Brazil.Barbosa had hoped to convince Inter coach Luciano Spalletti to retain him this month and give him “a chance” to prove his worth after never being handed a start in his 10 appearances for the club.While Flamengo confirmed their interest in signing Barbosa last month with Premier League side West Ham also reportedly interested.And it appears that the Brazilian has chosen to go back home by joining Flamengo after tweeting a video of himself playing Pro Evolution Soccer for the club with the caption: “I’m a player at Flamengo!”.No official announcement has been made by the club yet with Globo Esporte reporting that Barbosa has signed up on another year-long loan spell.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.Barbosa scored 18 goals in 35 Brazilian Serie A matches for Santos last season.Sabe aquela brincadeira que só acontece no vídeo game ou em sonho:⠀”Um dia eu vou jogar no Mengão, no Maraca lotado, com toda aquela nação gritando meu nome!” ☝🏾🏟Meu sonho agora é realidade. 🙌🏾⠀Eu sou jogador do @Flamengo! 🔴⚫Tamo junto Nação! 👊🏾⠀#FechadoComOMengão pic.twitter.com/WRDHIFc7fg— Gabriel Barbosa (@gabigol) January 9, 2019last_img read more

Kamal confident none can stop people Siddiqui foresees victory

first_imgDr Kamal HossainJatiya Oikya Front leader Kamal Hossain on Saturday warned that no one attempting to suppress democracy will be spared.Krishak Sramik Janata League chief Abdul Kader Siddiqui expressed confidence that none will be able to stop the victory of the initiative of Kamal Hossain to ensure free and fair elections in the country.At a discussion, Kamal Hossain called upon all to consolidate the national unity, reports UNB.”Repeated attempts had been made over the last 47 years to destroy democracy, but no one had been able to do it. I recall all that …No one had been able to destroy democracy and won’t be able to do it in the future, too,” he said.Kamal further said, “If anyone thinks we’re hapless people and they can rule us and exploit us as per their whim, they are wrong. The Banglaee nation proved it during the 1971 and also after 1975 that those who deceived them they had to pay a heavy price for such mistakes.”He also warned that no one can suppress the Bangalees who defeated the Pakistani occupation forces and forced them to surrender to them.Krishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL) organised the programme at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh to mark the jail killing day commemorating the assassinations of four national leaders inside Dhaka Central Jail on 3 November 1975.As per the constitution signed by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Kamal said people are the owner of the country. “The owners have the right and some responsibilities as well. We can’t sacrifice the national interests to protect any party or individual’s interests.”Mentioning that the national will observe the 50th anniversary of its birth three years later, he called upon all to get united to complete the unfinished tasks of Bangabandhu and materialise the dreams of freedom fighters.Kamal Hossain hoped that KSJL president Abdul Kader Siddiqui will be there with Oikya Front with the goal of building the country as dreamt by freedom fighters.Speaking at the programme, Kader Siddiqui praised the leadership of Kamal and said the Oikya Front has already achieved its victory after forcing prime minister Sheikh Hasina to hold talks with its leaders.”Kamal Hossain is now the top most leader of the Oikya Front. I think he is also now unofficially the main leader of the entire nation.”He said it was true that Kamal Hossain could not win any polls barely 12 or three days back. “But now he can win the election from any seat of the country.”Kader Siddiqui also said Awami League will not even get 19 seats if any fair election is held in the country.He also said now the government is not in a good position as it was forced to sit with BNP leader in talks though they had been saying they smelled the odour of ‘burn bodies’ from them.Kader Siddiqui said Bikolpa Dhara President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury was supposed to join the programme, but he finally declined to be present as Kamal Hossain was made the chief guest.last_img read more

ACC to investigate 23 health officials

first_imgTwenty-three health department officials, who have reportedly amassed huge illegal wealth, are being investigated by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), reports UNB.The ACC has recommended departmental actions against them and urged the directorate general of health services (DGHS) to transfer the officials for the sake of unhindered investigation.These officials created a strong syndicate working at the same station for a long time, an ACC letter sent to DGHS reads adding that these officials have amassed huge wealth by misusing their power.ACC’s intelligence unit is conducting the investigation.The officials named by the ACC are Mir Raihan Ali, Md Faruk Hossain, Md Ashraful Islam, Md Sajedul Karim, Md Toybur Rahman, Md Saiful Islam, Md Faizur Rahman of DGHS Dhaka office; Md Mahfuzur Rahman and Md Azmal Khan of Chattogram office; Md Mostafizur Rahman and Md Abdul Kuddus of Mymensingh office; Md Nurul Hque, Md Gosh Ahmed, Md Aman Ahmed, Md Nesar Ahmed Chowdhury of Sylhet office; Md Farid Hossain, Md Masum, Md Anwar Hossain of Khulna office; Md Rahat Khan and Md Jewel of Barishal office; Md Azizur Rahman, Md Saiful Islam and Md Jahangir Alam of Rangpur office.last_img read more

EPA Moves Forward on CleanUp of San Jacinto Waste Pits

first_imgAPThe entrance to the San Jacinto River Waste Pits site is seen, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, in Channelview, Texas. The Environmental Protection Agency says an unknown amount of a dangerous chemical linked to birth defects and cancer may have washed downriver from a Houston-area Superfund site during the flooding from Hurricane Harvey. EPA said Thursday night it has ordered the companies responsible for the San Jacinto River Waste Pits site to immediately address damage to a protective cap of fabric and rock intended to keep sediments highly contaminated with dioxins from spreading. (AP Photo/John L. Mone)The EPA says it has reached an agreement with two companies that will remove more than 200-thousand cubic yards of toxic waste from the San Jacinto River Waste Pits. The EPA says its agreement with the International Paper Company and McGinnes Industrial Maintenance will cost $115 million.In an emailed statement, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said the agreement marks the next step in his commitment to the people of Harris County to expedite the remediation of the San Jacinto Waste Pits site.“EPA will ensure that the remedial design removes all the contamination as quickly and safely as possible and permanently protects the health and safety of the surrounding communities and the San Jacinto River,” Pruitt said.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will help install engineering controls to keep the site safe before excavation begins. The waste from a paper mill was first pumped into the pits in the mid-1960s and is contaminated with dioxins. The chemical compounds are highly toxic and can cause cancer and reproductive and developmental problems. The remediation will take nearly 2 ½ years to complete. The companies responsible for the clean-up have previously opposed the plan. They say the cap on the pits is secure and attempts to remove the material could result in a harmful spill.Run-off from the San Jacinto River ends up in Galveston Bay. The Galveston Bay Foundation in a statement said it applauds the clean-up plan. Sharelast_img read more

American Eagle Named Best Regional Airline in North America in 2011 Wo

first_imgSource = American Airlines Prestigious Award Voted by CustomersAmerican Eagle has been named Best Regional Airline in North America in the annual World Airline Survey™ by Skytrax, a London-based research organization that conducts the annual poll. The award was accepted during the annual World Airline Awards™ at the Paris Air Show.The World Airline Awards, voted on by airline customers, are based on results from 18.8 million questionnaires, covering more than 200 airlines worldwide. Award winners are determined by measuring more than 35 different aspects of passenger satisfaction for product and service standards, covering the experience across both airport and onboard environments.”It is a distinguished honor to be named Best Regional Airline in North America,” said Dan Garton, President and Chief Executive Officer of American Eagle. “This award – bestowed upon us by our loyal customers – reinforces American Eagle’s long-standing belief that an outstanding customer experience is key to our success. My sincere thanks to our customers for their support – and to the more than 12,000 American Eagle employees, whose hard work and commitment have earned this recognition.”American Eagle has provided regional airline service to American Airlines for more than 25 years – expanding American’s network and providing customers in small to medium-sized cities with convenient connections to American’s worldwide destinations and the vast oneworld global network. In fact, Eagle has launched nearly 60 new routes since 2010 – adding 26 new destinations to American’s route map.In keeping with its focus on enhancing the onboard travel experience for customers, American Eagle last year introduced First Class service onboard its fleet of Bombardier CRJ-700 aircraft. The aircraft feature nine First Class seats that offer four-way adjustable headrests, ergonomically-contoured back and seat cushions and an articulated seat bottom, which allow customers to recline with less impact to the legroom of the passengers seated behind them. As an additional inflight experience enhancement, First Class customers are offered a complimentary dining service if their flight is longer than two hours and occurs during a meal time.Currently, this service is available on all of Eagle’s CRJ-700 jets on select flights from Chicago, Los Angeles and New York to key business markets such as Atlanta, Houston, Denver, Phoenix, Newark, Minneapolis and Washington, D.C.last_img read more

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental has more unique el

first_imgThe Landmark, Mandarin Oriental has more unique elements than nearly every other luxury hotel in Hong Kong. Where else are there seven marble steps from the lower to the upper lobby, deliberately angled so that at the top you can go through a Dior door direct into a retail salon? Where else do bedrooms have wall-set chilled cabinets to hold whatever welcome goodies culinary director Richard Ekkebus might have in mind? Where else do you have two Dutchmen, Ekkebus and his GM, Torsten van Dullemen, planning what they can do next? As it happened, that very day van Dullemen, whose next triathalon is this very Sunday 4 June 2017, was displaying his physical prowess in a demonstration at the hotel’s lovely wellness complex.Torsten van Dullemen is a follower of Joint Dynamics, the intelligent movement initiative led by David Jacquier, who has worked with the All Blacks and many other sportspeople. It seems that, apart from joggers or running machines, and a few other bits of cardiac equipment most gym ‘torture machines’ are unnatural, forcing the body into movements that never occur in normal life. Now I do not fully understand Joint Dynamics but it does sound more akin to ballroom dancing or tai chi than weight-lifting, and sometime I want to know more. But, for the moment, let me share one of the most delectable tastes I have had in a very long time. Richard Ekkebus insisted we try his caviar tart, a one-bite delight, that I actually dreamed about later – or perhaps it was the glass of Barolo Eugenio Bocchino Riserva 2006 that sparked the memory.The Landmark, Mandarin Oriental is so integral with the fine things of life that recollection can blur. Where does the hotel end and the fabulous Landmark retail begin? Get into the shopping area via that lobby exclusive, and a couple more entrances. Turn the other way into the street-set MO Bar, which attracts an after-work crowd that comes here just because it is, they think, a free-standing bar. This is where top global DJs spin, Wednesday through Saturday (coming up on Friday 16 June 2017, as an extra, is mid-fi synth-wave specialist Com Truise). In the bijou mezzanine gallery, which holds 12 at most, it seems New York’s iconic PDT – Please Don’t Tell – bar will introduce a speakeasy.Back in New York, PDT hunters go to the Crif Dogs restaurant on St Marks Place. In its old-fashioned phone booth, pick up the phone, press the buzzer and the phone booth wall opens to let you into the minute bar. This is the kind of “exclusive” that this luxury hotel loves to offer and, when it comes to overnighters, this is the kind of place that attracts the entertainment crowd and the millennially-minded of all ages; it helps that both Torsten van Dullemen and his number two, Archie Keswick, who is not Dutch but quintessentially English, of the OE (Old Etonian) style, are perennial youngsters. Stay here to relax after the chaos that is Hong Kong in your two-metre diameter circular bath-tub, preferably with plenty of Jo Malone sweet-smells, and perhaps nibbling on Richard Ekkebus crudités.Mary Gostelow travels over 300 days a year, doing one-night stands in top hotels around the world. Read her daily travelogue, www.girlahead.comlast_img read more