Nags Head Pickhill Sun, 16 Jan 2022 07:27:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Nags Head Pickhill 32 32 Buckinghamshire villages so beautiful you’ll want to move there in 2022 Sun, 16 Jan 2022 05:13:00 +0000

As we welcome the new year 2022, some people like to say goodbye to old habits or old things and start fresh.

Some make resolutions like starting a diet or giving up coffee, and others make big decisions like moving and/or starting a new job.

If 2022 is the year you want a change of scenery, there are plenty of quaint towns and villages in Buckinghamshire to choose from.

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There are many historic market towns in the county, from Buckingham to Amersham, but if you’re looking for something a little more peaceful, here are a few selected villages.

Why not travel back in time to Bledlow, a village whose origins date back to the 10th century. The name itself derives from Old English meaning “Bledda burial mound”.

Take a trip to Hambleden, a village that is also a popular filming location due to its amazing features and picturesque character.

Located in the foothills of the Chiltern Hills, Hedgerley houses the old Quaker house which dates from 1487.

The village and civil parish of Penn is another part of the Chiltern Hills, a village where a number of famous figures such as Mary Berry have lived.

Quaiton is rich in history and full of old and new dwellings including two churches, a school and a pub.

Located in West Buckinghamshire, Long Crendon is another popular film location and is packed with amenities such as public houses, a brewery, football clubs and more.

Take a look below at an overview of the prettiest villages in Bucks.

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False rumors about COVID in Richmond restaurants must stop: Association Sat, 15 Jan 2022 07:02:04 +0000 Local restaurant owners said false rumors hurt the entire restaurant industry.

A 35-word message written in Chinese and spreading like wildfire on WhatsApp is having a devastating impact on some restaurants in Richmond.

The post claims employees at five local restaurants have caught COVID-19 and “reminds” other customers to avoid those places when dining out.

“None of these claims are true,” said William Tse, director of the Richmond-based BC Asian Restaurant Café Owners Association.

“It is very irresponsible for people to spread rumors in times of uncertainty, especially since the local restaurant industry has already experienced serious difficulties over the past two years. We can no longer afford to drama,” Tse said.

In fact, Tse issued a statement on behalf of his association asking the public to avoid spreading such alarming false rumors.

Benny Ng, owner of Gingeri Chinese Cuisine at Lansdowne Centre, told the Richmond News that his cell phone is flooded with customers asking if any of his employees have COVID-19.

Until Ng’s employees alerted him to the WhatsApp message, he hadn’t even realized his restaurant was on the list.

“I feel furious and also helpless right now,” Ng said.

Although Ng said he immediately tried to clarify with customers that his restaurant was safe, the damage was done.

“Unfortunately, the irreversible damage was already there. Many people called us to cancel their reservations. Our business income dropped significantly within days,” Ng said.

What’s worse, he added, is that he hasn’t even had a chance to explain to many of these customers that the rumor is false.

A manager at the Sea Fortune restaurant on Granville Avenue said such rumors hurt the entire restaurant industry. And it comes at a particularly difficult time, given the approach of the Lunar New Year, which is for many Asian restaurants what Christmas is for local retailers.

“It’s very, very sad because people don’t want to dine out anymore after finding out about this fake news,” the official said.

Tse implores people to reflect on the posts they share on social media.

“Everything is a click away in the digital age – including rumors,” Tse said.

“Some people may lose their jobs or even their homes when you hit the share button.”

Santa Monica company to pay $1.5 million for illegally obtaining financial data from millions of consumers – Daily Breeze Fri, 14 Jan 2022 23:36:51 +0000

A Santa Monica company that allegedly tricked millions of consumers into providing sensitive information under the guise of connecting them with lenders will pay $1.5 million in civil penalties imposed by the Federal Trade Commission.

ITMedia Solutions LLC, which specializes in lead generation, will also face restrictions on its sale and use of consumer data following an FTC lawsuit filed last week.

Michael Ambrose, Daniel Negari, Jason Ramin, Grant Carpenter, Anisha Hancock and Sione Kaufusi are executives of ITMedia and affiliates in Nevada and Utah listed as defendants in the lawsuit.

ITMedia representatives did not respond to phone calls and emails seeking comment.

As of December 2012, ITMedia operates at least 200 websites on which it posts advertisements targeting consumers seeking online payday loans, consumers with low credit, and consumers seeking personal and installment loans of up to $35. $000, according to the lawsuit.

Websites used by ITMedia and its affiliates to target consumers include,, and others with similar names. The websites say they find loans for consumers who fill out an online form providing social security and bank account numbers that the company has described as a loan application or application.

To persuade consumers to complete applications, ITMedia’s websites promise to only share sensitive information with its network of trusted lending partners and financial providers for lending purposes.

In reality, however, ITMedia and the other defendants sold consumer information to marketing companies and others without regard to how the information would be used, according to the lawsuit.

“ITMedia tricked millions into disclosing sensitive financial information and then sold it to companies that didn’t provide loans,” Samuel Levine, director of the FTC’s Consumer Protection Bureau, said in a statement. communicated. “The company’s mining and misuse of this data violated the law in several ways.”

Since January 2016, approximately 84% of loan applications collected through ITMedia’s websites were not sold to lenders, but rather distributed to marketing, debt relief and credit repair companies who would resell consumer information, according to the lawsuit.

“In many cases, ITMedia was not even aware of why a company was buying consumer data, or sometimes even the physical location of the company,” the FTC said.

ITMedia sold consumer information to a group of companies who were sued by the FTC last year for marketing payday loan products that overcharged consumers by tens of millions of dollars.

The complaint also alleges that ITMedia violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by illegally obtaining and reselling consumers’ credit scores, exposing them to the risk of identity theft and other fraudulent activities.

The defendants agreed to pay the $1.5 million civil penalty to settle the charges brought against them by the FTC.

A proposed settlement order prohibits defendants from making misleading statements to consumers about how personal information will be used.

They are also prohibited from selling consumers’ personal information outside of a limited set of circumstances and are required to screen recipients of that information.

How the Costa Concordia wreck changed an Italian island Fri, 14 Jan 2022 14:11:09 +0000

GIGLIO PORTO, Italy – The winding granite rocks of the Tuscan island of Giglio lay bare in the winter sun, no longer hidden by the sinister cruise liner that ran aground in the turquoise waters of this marine sanctuary ten years ago.

Few of the approximately 500 residents of the fishing village will ever forget the freezing night of January 13, 2012, when the Costa Concordia sank, killing 32 people and disrupting life on the island for years.

“Everyone of us here has a tragic memory of that time,” said Mario Pellegrini, 59, who was deputy mayor in 2012 and was the first civilian to board the cruiser after it hit the rocks near the lighthouses at the harbor entrance.

The hospitality of the tight-knit community of islanders came through, first to provide basic assistance to the 4,229 passengers and crew who had to be evacuated from a rocking ship as high as a skyscraper . In no time, the residents of Giglio welcomed thousands of journalists, law enforcement officers and rescue experts who descended on the port. In the coming months, salvage teams set up camp in the scenic harbor to work on the safe removal of the vessel, an operation that took more than two years.