Travelodge refers to several hotel chains around the world. Current operations include: the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand and Asia. However, many of these are operated by independent companies who have no connection with the brand in other countries; as of December 31, 2018, it has 435 properties with 31,005 rooms. The Travelodge brand was one of the first motel chains in the United States. Scott King, the Travelodge Corporation founder, incorporated in Southern California in 1939; the first TraveLodge opened in San Diego in 1940. For many years, Travelodge was headquartered in El Cajon, east of San Diego. During its early years, TraveLodge emphasized itself as a budget motel chain that offered functional accommodations at rates lower than other chains. TraveLodge emphasized that its motels were centrally located in or near downtown areas in order to be convenient to local restaurants, theatres, shopping areas and tourist attractions. Today, there are many different hotel "tiers" that Travelodge offers, from budget-priced properties to full-service high-rise hotels.
Travelodge purchased the Skylight Inn of America Inn in 1987, founded only five years prior in Cleveland and Lodge Keeper Group, which operated LK and Country Hearth, in 1990. In 1996, the Forte Group sold the Travelodge operation in North America; the trademark rights and franchise system were acquired for $39 million by HFS Inc. owner of other hotel brands such as Days Inn and Ramada. HFS was merged into Cendant Corporation, Cendant's hotel services, including Travelodge, were spun off as Wyndham Worldwide in 2006. Targeting families with children, Travelodge is well-known for its mascot Sleepy Bear, a smiling, half awake teddy bear wearing a nightcap with his name, a nightshirt with the Travelodge logo, slippers; the logo was created in 1954 by Robert Hale, while employed by Dan Lawrence Advertising agency of San Diego. Years ago, Travelodge would give a free toy plush bear to any child staying in the Sleepy Bear Den room, of which every Travelodge had at least one; the Sleepy Bear mascot has been retired, but can still be seen on some older Travelodge signs and is still used on some of their advertising.
Travelodge has a brand of lower-price motels called Thriftlodge with another mascot named TJ, a freckle-faced bear with a baseball cap and a T-shirt with the Thriftlodge logo and the name TJ on it. The Canadian Travelodge hotels are unusual for a Wyndham chain. Though operating under the Travelodge brand, Travelodge Canada administers the Master Licence for Travelodge and Thriftlodge in Canada. Travelodge Canada Corp. is owned by Superior Lodging Development TL Corporation based in Calgary, Alberta. With over 95 properties nationwide, Travelodge is the third largest hotel chain in Canada. Travelodge has been running in the UK since the first hotel opened at Burton Upon Trent in 1985; the company has been through several changes of ownership, reached £1bn in debts by 2008. The chain is being financed by Goldman Sachs and the hedge fund groups GoldenTree Asset Management and Avenue Capital Group. Headquartered in Australia and Singapore, Travelodge Hotels Asia is responsible for the development and franchise of all Travelodge hotels in 22 key markets throughout Asia.
The launch of Travelodge Kowloon in Hong Kong in January 2017 marks a first strategic step and key milestone for Travelodge Hotels Asia. The company, owned by Singapore-listed ICP, has plans for expansion in other Asian countries including Thailand, Malaysia and Japan within the next few years
Öget Öktem Tanör is the first neuropsychologist from Turkey. In 2017, she was charged with "terrorism propaganda" by the Turkish government for signing a petition calling on the government to halt its military operations in the Kurdish-populated areas of the country. In a 2016 interview, Tanör stated that she had been interested in psychology and neurology since she was 15 years old, she said. According to her, experiences at Columbia Law School and Geneva University helped her turn to psychology, she completed her PhD in 1981, began working in Ankara in 1983. Considered "Turkey's first neuropsychologist," Tanör founded Turkey's first neuropsychology clinic. An emeritus professor at Istanbul University, Tanör has been a guest lecturer at many other institutions, she has been described as one of Turkey's most respected scholars, while her students have referred to her as "a hard-working, colourful character is tireless when it comes to teaching and sharing her knowledge and experiences." Tanör fled the country with her husband Bülent Tanör, a professor of law, during the military coup of 1971, but returned to the country to teach.
She has been charged with "terrorism propaganda" by the government of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, as a result of signing a petition asking the government to halt its military operations in the Kurdish part of Turkey. She was threatened with the loss of her pension, she is not permitted to travel abroad, no longer has the rights she once did as a civil servant. Tanör was one of hundreds of academics, of nearly 100,000 civil servants, who were purged following the 2016 Turkish coup d'état attempt, she has stated that her restrictions were part of a government effort to silence opposition, has expressed disappointment at being unable to teach. Article 301 Human rights in Turkey
Zheng Qi, courtesy name Yunwu, was an official of the Chinese Tang dynasty, serving as chancellor in 894 during the reign of Emperor Zhaozong. He was known for writing poems filled with puns that satirized the political scene that impressed Emperor Zhaozong, leading to his brief term as chancellor despite his own misgivings. Little is known about Zheng Qi's background, as his family was not included in the table of the chancellors' family trees in the New Book of Tang. After he passed the imperial examinations, he served as an imperial censor with the title Jiancha Yushi as Dianzhong Shi Yushi, he served as a low-level official at the ministry of census as Cangbu Yuanwailang as Hubu Yuanwailang. He served as a supervisory official at the ministry of census as Jinbu Langzhong at the ministry of justice as Xingbu Langzhong at the executive bureau of government as Yousi Langzhong. Although these posts carried prestige as imperial official posts, they lacked sufficient salary, Zheng, because his family was poor, sought an assignment out of the capital Chang'an, thereafter was made the prefect of Lu Prefecture.
As the major agrarian rebel Huang Chao advanced north in 880, Zheng wrote him a declaration ordering him not to invade Lu Prefecture — a declaration that amused Huang who thereafter skipped past Lu Prefecture. When Zheng left the post as prefect, he had accumulated some savings, but he left in the care of the prefectural treasury, not plundered later when other agrarian rebels overran Lu Prefecture, yet when Yang Xingmi served as the prefect, he had messengers deliver the money to Zheng. Zheng was good at writing poetry, became known for writing poetry that did not comply with metric requirements and which focused on satirizing contemporary events; the format became known as the "Xiehou style of the Fifth Zheng." When the imperial official Wang Hui served as the chief imperial censor, he recommended Zheng to serve as Bingbu Langzhong, a supervisory official at the ministry of defense, oversee the administration of the office of the censors. He served as imperial attendant; when Emperor Xizong was set to commission Du Honghui, the younger brother of the chancellor Du Rangneng, as a Zhongshu Sheren, Zheng, in his duty of reviewing edicts and returned the edict to the emperor, arguing that it was inappropriate for one brother to oversee another.
Emperor Xizong took no action on Zheng's objection, so Zheng claimed an illness and resigned his post. Soon thereafter, Zheng was recalled to the imperial government to serve as Zuo Sanqi Changshi, a high-level advisory official at the examination bureau, it was said. Not many of his suggestions were accepted; the ruling officials made him the principal of the imperial university. When this assignment was announced, the public believed that Zheng was moved because he was being honest; the ruling officials made him Zuo Sanqi Changshi again. Emperor Xizong's brother and successor Emperor Zhaozong became aware of Zheng Qi's poems, as eunuchs recited them in their spare time. Empeorr Zhaozong believed that they showed hidden talent. In 894, he issued an edict making Zheng the deputy minister of rites and a chancellor with the designation Tong Zhongshu Menxia Pingzhangshi; when Zheng's assistants reported this to Zheng to congratulate him, Zheng himself did not take it and stated, "Gentlemen, you must have erred.
If no one else under heaven knew how to read, the Fifth Zheng cannot be a chancellor." When the assistants insisted that this was the will of the emperor, he stated, "If this is true, people will laugh to death." When the edict announcing his chancellorship arrived the next day, along with congratulating guests, Zheng was confounded, stating to himself, "If the Fifth Zheng, the xiehou writer, becomes chancellor, what does this say about the current state of governance?" He submitted several petitions declining the commission, but the emperor took no heed of them, so he felt compelled to report to his post as a chancellor. It was said that after Zheng became a chancellor, he took his responsibilities and was no longer spending his time in humorous speech. However, he still felt. After serving as a chancellor for three months, he resigned and was allowed to retire as an advisor to the Crown Prince, he died in 899. Old Book of Tang, vol. 179. New Book of Tang, vol. 183. Zizhi Tongjian, vol. 259
Feeling Free is an album by guitarist Barney Kessel recorded in 1969 and released on the Contemporary label. The album marked a brief return to the label; the Allmusic review by Scott Yanow states: "Although none of the musicians was associated with the avant-garde, they show the influence of the explorations of the era, using aspects of the innovations as a logical way to stretch the jazz mainstream. Fascinating music". All compositions by Barney Kessel except as indicated "Moving Up" - 5:14 "Blue Grass" - 9:24 "This Guy's in Love with You" - 5:14 "Blues up, Down and All Around" - 8:21 "The Sound of Silence" - 7:39 "Two Note Samba" - 4:55 Barney Kessel - guitar Bobby Hutcherson - vibraphone Chuck Domanico - bass Elvin Jones - drums
Welcome to the World is the second and final Psycho Motel album, released in 1997. It features a different vocalist from 1995's State of Mind. In place of Hans Olav Solli is Andy Makin, whose "dark lyrics and distinctive vocal delivery" differentiate the album from its predecessor, it features Scott Gorham of Thin Lizzy and Dave Murray of Iron Maiden as guest guitarists. In 2006, Welcome to the World was re-released with two bonus tracks; these tracks contain Solli from the first album on vocals, were recorded just before he left the band in 1997. Sources: Adrian Smith — guitar, backing vocals Andy Makin — vocal Gary Liedeman — bass guitar Mike Sturgis — drums Solli — vocals on "Wait" and "Just Like a Woman"Guest musiciansDave Murray — guitars on "With You Again" Scott Gorham — guitars on "I'm Alive"Additional musiciansRichard Cottle — keyboards Martin Ditcham — percussionProductionSimon Hanhart — production, mixing Ray Staff — mastering Tom Girling — assistant engineerOtherPhil Nicholls — photographySources
The 2015 SMP F4 Championship season was the inaugural season of the SMP F4 Championship, a motor racing series for the North European Zone regulated according to FIA Formula 4 regulations, held in Estonia and Russia. The 2015 season began on 16 May at Ahvenisto in Finland and finished on 3 October at the auto24ring in Estonia, after seven triple header rounds; the series' inaugural champion was Finnish driver Niko Kari in his first season of car racing. Kari took seven overall wins during the 2015 season, but added five class victories behind British driver Enaam Ahmed –, ineligible to score championship points – for a total of twelve during the season. Kari finished over 150 points clear of Vladimir Atoev. Third place in the championship was settled in the final race in Estonia. Huovinen was another three-time race winner. Two other drivers won races in 2015 as Aleksey Korneev won races at Moscow Raceway and Sochi, while Nikita Troitskiy won the third race at Ahvenisto; the round at Moscow Raceway, held over 5–7 June, was a support event to the FIA WTCC Race of Russia.
The original scheduled final meeting was scheduled to be held over 18–20 September at Sochi Autodrom, but was first postponed to 2–3 October and moved to the Auto24ring. Official website