Cleaner stabbed during robbery in Sophia

first_imgA 26-year-old cleaner of B Field, Sophia, Greater Georgetown was on Sunday stabbed twice during a robbery in the vicinity of the Sophia Health Centre.Devon Joe was stabbed to his abdomen by two men, one of whom was armed with a knife. They also relieved him of a mobile phone.Based on reports received, the victim was in the street speaking on his mobile phone when the two suspects approached him.One of them, according to the Police, whipped out a knife and demanded that the victim hand over the cellular phone, but he refused.The suspect proceeded to stab the VC twice, thus resulting in him falling to the ground. It was at this time, he grabbed the mobile phone and fled the scene. The injured man was picked up by public-spirited persons and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was admitted. His condition is listed as stable.The Police were contacted, and an investigation was launched. No arrests were made.last_img read more

The Forgotten Beatle – Whatever Happened to Early Drummer Pete Best

first_imgWhen it comes down to music history, it seems no other story is more tantalizing than that looming over the name of Pete Best. Who is he, anyway? The short answer: he played the drums for the Beatles, before the Liverpool-formed band took it to the stars and before Ringo Starr was one of its full-time members. Pete Best played gigs with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison for two years starting in 1960, during the band’s early days in Liverpool and Hamburg.Original Beatles drummer Pete Best performing in Maryland in 2006He was born Randolph Peter Scanland in Madras, British India, in 1941. However, since his father lost his life during the war, and while his mother, Mona, remarried one Johnny Best, Pete took the surname of his adoptive father. The family of three relocated from India to Liverpool in 1944.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsSome 15 years later, in 1959, Mona opened a coffee bar in the basement space of the family home. The venue was named Casbah Coffee Club, and it was here that an early version of the Beatles — the Quarrymen — began to perform on August 29, 1959. At that point, Pete Best was still not playing with the four.Paul McCartney and John Lennon, 1964In fact, Best was just gearing up as drummer with his own band, the Black Jacks with Brown, which replaced the Quarrymen as Saturday regulars at the Casbah Coffee Club.During the summer of 1960, McCartney and Lennon invited Best to join their band, right before a scheduled gig in Hamburg. Best accepted the offer, but according to statements made by John Lennon, Best was asked to join at that point out of need. They just needed someone, not necessarily with great talent, but someone able to endure the long gigs the band was due to perform in Hamburg.Harrison, McCartney and Lennon with George Martin at EMI Studios in the mid 1960sHamburg, which was a jubilant place for musicians during the 1960s, helped the Beatles get more noticed. They hosted hundreds of shows there in different venues, sometimes playing every night of the week for several hours. Best is said to have enjoyed special popularity among the girls. Take a closer look with the video below:However, everything was just about to change. The band led a dynamic lifestyle, sometimes fueled with certain “pick me ups”. For Stuart Fergusson Victor Sutcliffe, the original bass guitarist for the Beatles, it was perhaps all too much.Sutcliffe, who tragically passed away on April 10, 1962, is credited for devising the name “Beetles” along with John Lennon, with Lennon later amending it to “Beatles.” He had opted out of the band during the summer of 1961 in order to dedicate himself to painting, and an unwilling McCartney took over playing bass.Studio Two of Abbey Road Studios (in 2008) where Pete Best recorded with the Beatles in a test session on June 6, 1962. Photo by Tomswain CC BY-SA 3.0It was during this period that the young band finally nabbed a record deal with EMI. In studio, work got going on several demo songs included the future debut single “Love Me Do.” And in the whirlpool of changes, there he was — Ringo Starr, someone whom McCartney, Lennon, and Harrison were first introduced to back in 1959.Starr was a drummer for the super-popular Liverpool-based band Rory Storm and the Hurricanes and his band also traveled to Hamburg to play gigs.Starr with his All-Starr Band in Paris, June 26, 2011. Photo by Jean Fortunet CC BY 3.0Sooner rather than later, Ringo would fill in the place of Best in the band, and people would be left wondering what happened. Many fans initially saw the move as a tragedy, with the most die-hard ones even camping outside Best’s home in a gesture of support.“He was a loner, and in a group you can’t be a loner,” remarked Tony Sheridan on Pete Best to the Washington Post in 2003. Sheridan, who died in 2013, was an English musician who built his career in Germany, and who had the fortune to perform with the Beatles in Hamburg.Pete Best on October 30, 2005. Photo by Leslie Spear CC BY 2.0“He was a very quiet guy, too. Never said a thing. But I think there was some jealousy about Pete in there as well, because half the gig in those days was to look the part, and the music was almost secondary. Lennon looked like a schoolteacher — he couldn’t see a thing without his glasses. Pete looked like a movie star,” Sheridan said.Beyond that, Ringo Starr felt like a greater match to work with than Pete Best, who was reputed for sometimes not showing up on schedule, or even bow out of gigs altogether. Rumors also flew around that McCartney felt a bit upstaged by the female attention given to Best. Ringo’s non-threatening appearance and playful personality, it was thought, would be a better match, in certain ways, for the band.The Beatles in 1965, celebrating a Grammy winIn those years before popularity hit the Beatles, Ringo would sometimes step in as a substitute when Best canceled on a show. He reportedly left an image of being not always the most reliable person, although without him there may have never been the Beatles.Ominously, the impression among McCartney, Lennon, and Harrison was that Starr was a better drummer than Best. At least better for them.McCartney, Harrison, Swedish pop singer Lill-Babs and Lennon on the set of the Swedish television show Drop-In, October 30, 1963Sheridan told the Washington Post that Ringo “was more intent on becoming a good drummer,” and that “Pete was less intent. He was a bit lazy.”Finally, the decisive blow on ditching Pete Best came from George Martin, the producer who worked with the Beatles and supported them with the release of each album.Namely, he proposed that since Best was an unsatisfactory performer, the band’s very future was threatened because of that. Fears were raised that the label would refuse the band if the lineup didn’t change. Which is what followed.Pete Best autographs a drum stick for a fan at Abbey Road on the River in Washington, D.C., September 2010. Photo by Gary Jacob,CC BY-SA 3.0Three days after Pete Best was ousted from the group, Starr officially chipped in as the new drummer for the Beatles. The rest is history. In 1963, the Beatles went on to experience unprecedented popularity, making millions of their records. Best initially struggled with depression; his condition leading him to the point where he even attempted suicide in 1965.Read another story from us: The Mania Returns! Peter Jackson is Making a Beatles MovieBest took many years to bury the hatchet, that such great fame and fortune eluded him for so little. He remained largely absent from the music scene, until the late 1980s when he initiated his very own The Pete Best Band. He is 77 today and an active professional musician.last_img read more

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront debuts

first_imgDoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront debutsDoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront debuts after property wide renovationHilton (NYSE: HLT) today welcomes the 30-acre DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, as the latest addition to the DoubleTree by Hilton portfolio of 465+ hotels after a property-wide renovation and expansion project of the resort. Formerly known as the Springmaid Beach Resort, the seaside hotel now boasts a 20,000 square-foot main building, ocean view restaurant and lounge, “grab & go” snack area and outdoor entertainment terrace.“From the area’s 100+ golf courses to Springmaid Pier’s world-class fishing and surfing, there are many reasons Myrtle Beach visitors have always felt welcomed, relaxed and rejuvenated,” said Dianna Vaughan, senior vice president and global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. “Beginning with a warm Chocolate Chip Cookie welcome upon arrival, guests at DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront will be treated to the kind and caring service our brand is known for throughout their stay.”The centerpiece of the 12-month, multimillion dollar transformation is a new main building, which houses the new lobby area and guest registration, offering stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean shoreline as well as new entertaining amenities and offerings including restaurants and a food market.“Delivering a fantastic sense of arrival, the main building perfectly embodies the new look and feel of the resort,” said Michael Frits, general manager, DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront. “Our guests are now immediately greeted by the expanse of shoreline and Atlantic blue waters through floor-to-ceiling windows as well as a sophisticated beach design and vibe created by vaulted ceilings, dramatic lighting, sleek furniture, and coastal colors and fabrics.”“Since the purchase, we were eager to complete the renovation of this celebrated resort, taking careful consideration to preserve its status on the Grand Strand, while introducing modern amenities and offerings for guests to enjoy for a lifetime,” said Kenneth Fearn, managing partner for Integrated Capital.The food and beverage offerings were a key component of the resort’s renovation with the addition of an oceanfront restaurant and lounge, the refurbishment of the Springmaid Pier restaurant and the introduction of a full-service commissary style market to give guests a wide variety of dining selections.Ocean Blue Restaurant illustrates its rich, southern culinary heritage with comfort foods, such as buttermilk fried chicken and slow-grilled BBQ ribs, as well as seasonal seafood and grilled meats with stunning views and indoor and outdoor seating.Ocean Blue Lounge is designed to stimulate conversation and energy with an open-air layout that is the hub of activity in the new building. From a bourbon- and rum-centric bar, the lounge features carefully crafted cocktails with fresh ingredients, as well as light bites and traditional appetizers.The Market provides “grab & go” options such as breakfast pastries, hot and cold sandwiches, salads, pizzas and more.On the upper level, the Ocean Terrace outdoor entertainment deck, Ocean Boardroom and Ocean Blue Private Dining Area are available for private events and functions.Located on the iconic Springmaid Pier, the casual Southern Tide Bar & Grille is redesigned and overlooks the beautiful Atlantic. The restaurant also boasts HD TVs, foosball and a shuffleboard table and offers a variety of ocean-caught seafood, all-beef burgers, freshly-made salads and quick bar bites.For a quick snack, Fishtales general store offers drinks, ice cream and Starbucks coffee, in addition to a selection of sundries.Delivering comfort is also a top priority for the newest DoubleTree by Hilton. Located in the resort’s Live Oak and Palmetto Towers, all 452 redesigned oceanfront guest rooms feature 40-inch HD TVs, DoubleTree’s signature Sweet Dreams® bedding, mini-refrigerator, microwave and private balcony with outdoor seating. Outfitted with new ebony wood furnishings, the rooms are dressed in a fresh palette of ocean blues and cool grey, creating a contemporary coastal design with clean lines and practical appeal.Meeting professionals and attendees will appreciate the resort’s newly enhanced 35,000 square feet of flexible indoor meeting space, which serves as the largest oceanfront conference center in Myrtle Beach. As part of the renovation, the three-story conference center was outfitted with new decor, wall treatments, carpet and paint and features versatile function space with floor-to-ceiling windows on each floor for sweeping ocean views with access to oceanfront covered balconies. The three ballrooms – Atlantic, Carolina and Springs – are divisible into 19 meeting or breakout rooms, offering plenty of space for 10 to 1,000 guests. The resort also has several small meeting rooms and hospitality suites available for use.“Adding a well-known resort to our portfolio was something we were proud to announce,” stated Stewart Cushman, partner for Integrated Capital. “Now, the opportunity to unveil and showcase the property-wide upgrades and renovations is even that much more exciting.”As part of the Hilton portfolio of brands, guests of DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront are also encouraged to participate in Hilton HHonors, Hilton’s free-to-join loyalty program. Hilton HHonors members who book directly with Hilton save time and money and gain instant access to the benefits they care about most, including:An exclusive member rate at more than 4,500 hotels worldwideInstant benefits, such as free Wi-Fi, the ability to earn and redeem Points for free nights as well as access to digital check-in with room selection and Digital KeyUnforgettable, exclusive experiences, available via Points at, such as access to private concerts or sought-after eventsIn addition to Hilton HHonors benefits and the iconic warm Chocolate Chip Cookie welcome, guests will enjoy other DoubleTree by Hilton amenities, including an assortment of gourmet in-room tea and coffee selections, an array of refreshing natural skin and body care products and 24-hour fitness center.Purchased in December 2014, the Springmaid Beach Resort is owned by an affiliate of Los Angeles-based Integrated Capital, LLC, along with its joint venture partner KBS Strategic Opportunity REIT II, a public, non-traded real estate investment trust based in Newport Beach.Situated on a quarter-mile stretch of serene Atlantic shoreline at the south end of Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Boulevard, the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront features the popular Springmaid Pier, offering world-class fishing as well as a general store and tackle shop. The resort’s beach is one of the area’s best for surfing, is adjacent to the Myrtle Beach State Park and is close to the area’s 100+ golf courses. An ideal resort destination for guests of all ages, the property features six pools, an 18-hole miniature golf course, fitness center and two full-service restaurants. The resort also boasts expansive lawns for volleyball, soccer and other activities. DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beachbook your stay hereAbout DoubleTree by HiltonDoubleTree by Hilton is a fast-growing, global collection of more than 465 upscale hotels with more than 112,000 rooms in gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations across six continents. Everything about DoubleTree by Hilton aims to return the human touch to travel, starting with the presentation of a warm chocolate chip cookie upon arrival and continuing throughout with Team Members dedicated to Creating a Rewarding Experience (CARE) for hotel guests, other Team Members and the communities the brand proudly serves. DoubleTree by Hilton properties offer unique, contemporary accommodations and full-service facilities including restaurants and lounges, room service, health clubs, business centers and meeting and banquet space. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels receive instant benefits, including an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (selected locations) available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app. Source = DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beachlast_img read more