City Councilor Michelle Wu called for sweeping change to Boston’s development review process Monday by proposing that the Boston Planning and Development Agency be abolished — overdue action needed to address the city’s pressing problems, she said. Wu, detailing the proposal in a 54-page report, said the agency has only served the well-connected in an outdated system designed 60 years ago that lacks accountability and transparency. Meanwhile, Boston’s modern day problems have continued on, unchecked, she says. “Instead of delivering the resources to address our most urgent challenges, Boston’s development process is making our problems worse,” Wu wrote in the report, titled, “Fixing Boston’s Broken Development Process: Why and How to Abolish the BPDA.” “We’re more and more anxious about rising home prices and rents, frustrated daily by increasingly awful commutes, and scared about the flooding and extreme heat … [Read more...] about Michelle Wu wants to abolish the BPDA. Here’s what to know.
Sergio Ramos broke the Spanish international appearances record in Oslo on Saturday as he won his 168th cap in a 1-1 draw against Norway. The Spain captain was named in the starting line-up in Oslo for the Euro 2020 qualifier by coach Robert Moreno, 14 years since making his debut in a 3-0 friendly win over China. Joshua King's 94th-minute penalty snatched Norway a 1-1 draw with Spain in the match, as the three-time champions were made to wait to qualify for Euro 2020. Victory would have booked Moreno's Spain a spot at next year's finals, to be played at 12 venues across Europe, if Romania had failed to beat the Faroe Islands or Malta had beaten Sweden. But those results did not transpire, and Spain will need to beat the Swedes in Solna on Tuesday to be sure of qualification with two games to spare. Norway are still right in contention to finish in the top two and qualify after extending their unbeaten run to six qualifiers, sitting four points behind Sweden ahead of matches … [Read more...] about Ramos sets Spain caps record but Norwegians spoil party
One size does not fit all when it comes to traveling and exploring the world. For plus-size globetrotters, that presents some challenges along the way, whether it’s too-snug airplane seats or spa robes meant for someone of more diminutive stature. Take heart, though—the problems are surmountable. Where there is a desire to take a journey, there are workable solutions to ensure grand experiences. Tips for Plus-Size Travelers Here are tips geared to fellow voyagers of size, gleaned from my own travels as a Rubenesque gal who has racked up visits to more than 70 countries. Choose Size-Friendly Airlines In the U.S., most airlines require that you be able to lower both armrests and buckle up your seatbelt (using one extender). That’s the litmus test in determining whether you may be required to buy an adjacent (aka “comfort”) seat. If you do need an additional “comfort” seat, you’ll need to call the airline directly to book them. Policies … [Read more...] about 9 Tips for Savvy Plus-Size Travelers
JANESVILLE, Wis. — Dave Sheen wore out his father's World War II field jacket during junior high. But like so many in the baby boomer generation, Dave seldom heard his father, Merle, talk about the war. He remembers Merle saying that wars don't solve anything. They just kill people. And he remembers hearing his father tell his mother that he wanted to return to France, Belgium and the Netherlands someday to see the countries "when they weren't all torn up." Merle never got the chance. The Janesville insurance adjuster died in 1976, before Dave ever asked him about his wartime experiences. But Dave was lucky. His father, who earned the Silver and Bronze stars and Purple Heart, survived some of Europe's most horrific fighting, and the Army kept a paper trail of his push into Germany with the famed 30th Infantry Division, The Janesville Gazette reported. Known as Old Hickory, the 30th Division was regarded as the cream of the crop among U.S. fighting units. The 30th fought at … [Read more...] about Wisconsin man retraces father’s WWII footsteps in Europe
Tips : Accommodation Related: Capri, Capri Palace, Capri Tiberio Palace Situated in the Campania region of southern Italy, the Bay of Naples, or Gulf of Naples (Golfo di Napoli) as it is sometimes known, is a very popular place to visit, not only for its delicious food, intriguing history, architecture and cafe culture, but also, for its beautiful scenery and high end luxury hotels. Approximately 15km wide and opening westwards into the Mediterranean, the Bay of Naples reaches from Naples and Pozzuoli at its northern edge, to the Sorrentine Peninsula at its southern, with Mount Vesuvius lying on its eastern border. The Bay has many attractions to offer including the islands of Capri which houses many of the most luxury hotels in the area. Ischia and Procida are just a short ferry-ride away from Naples and Sorrento across the Bay, whilst the old Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum are jam-packed full of archaeological interest. It is best to plan your trip to the Bay of Naples in … [Read more...] about Top 10 Best Boutique Hotels in the Bay of Naples