It’s the question I dread more than any other: I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been asked to recommend the perfect country house hotel – that last great, very British bastion of tranquil, timeless, cosseted good living – by people whose preferences, habits, tastes and affiliations are unknown to me. I also dread to think how often I got it wrong. Have I sent an Instagrammer in search of the perfect floor tile to a hotel with wall-to-wall swirly patterned carpet? We all like to think we’re uniquely authentic but really, when it comes to country house hotels, we mostly fall into one of seven tribes. I’ve encountered them all at country house hotels across our green and pleasant land, from farmhouses, castles, rectories, manor houses, shooting lodges and gentlemen’s residences. Each tribe, in its own way, adds to the joy of a country house hotel stay. The truth is, it’s not in the end the buildings themselves that I … [Read more...] about Country House Tribes: Which country house hotel is right for you?
Red Cross Society donates Tết gifts to the poor and Agent Orange victims in Điện Biên Province. — Photo VNRC HÀ NỘI — About VNĐ6.3 billion (US$272,000) has been donated by the public to buy gifts for poor people during Tết (Lunar New Year) Holiday. This was announced by deputy Prime Minister Vương Đình Huệ, who is head of the Central Steering Committee for the National Programmes. The money was donated via the web portal on the national humanity programme in 2018. According to the deputy PM’s instructions, VNĐ5 billion (US$216,000) will be used to buy warm clothes for children in poor ethnic and mountainous communes while VNĐ1.3 billion (US$56,000) will buy audio-visual equipment for ethnic households. The Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs, and Ministry of Information and Communication in co-operation with the Việt Nam Fatherland Front (VFF) were … [Read more...] about Poor people nationwide presented Tết gifts
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page James Vaznis Globe Staff January 27, 2019 By many measures, the Boston school system should be flush with cash, thanks to the city’s booming economy.Over the past decade, the parking lots and rotting piers of the Seaport District have given way to sleek office towers and luxury condominiums, and large-scale developments have sprouted up elsewhere, including the city’s third tallest skyscraper (in the Back Bay).That has pumped tens of billions of dollars into the city’s tax base, swelling it beyond $160 billion. The new revenue has allowed Boston to increase spending on city services while keeping homeowner’s taxes among the lowest in the state, a feat Mayor Martin J. Walsh recently championed in his state of the city address. Advertisement Yet earlier in January on Beacon Hill, Walsh painted a more dire picture of city finances as he … [Read more...] about Amid a booming economy, Boston’s schools seem cash poor. What’s going wrong?
Don Thompson, Associated Press Updated 4:12 pm PST, Friday, January 25, 2019 FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2011, file photo, pedestrians walk along the Huntington Beach Pier in Huntington Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration is using a new law for the first time in an attempt to force Southern California's self-styled "Surf City USA" to meet housing goals. The administration on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, said it is suing Huntington Beach under the law that took effect Jan. 1. The measure was passed in 2017 as part of a package of bills intended to address the state's severe housing shortage and homelessness problem. (Armando Brown/The Orange County Register via AP, File) less FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2011, file photo, pedestrians walk along the Huntington Beach Pier in Huntington Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration is using a new law for the first time in an attempt ... more Photo: Armando … [Read more...] about California sues wealthy coastal city over low-income housing
Trần Lan Phương. — Photo phapluatplus.vn Deputy Director General of the Việt Nam Bank for Social Policy, Trần Lan Phương, speaks to Nông thôn Ngày nay (Countryside Today) newspaper on extending loans to farmers to expand their production What were the major achievements of the Việt Nam Bank for Social Policy in 2018? In 2018, the Việt Nam Bank for Social Policy (VBSP) achieved remarkable successes in its task assigned by the Prime Minister. Our achievements have contributed to the implementation of the National Targeted Programme on sustainable reduction in poverty, building new rural areas and political stability at grassroots levels. By late 2018, the total outstanding debt of the bank’s credit policy stood at almost VNĐ187.8 billion (US$8 million) – an increase of more than VNĐ16,000 billion against that of the previous year. Last year was also a successful one for the VBSP in … [Read more...] about Bank helps 6.7 million poor households access low-interest loans