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  • Former tourism official agrees to fines in gift card probe

    LAS VEGAS — The former chief marketing officer of the Las Vegas tourism agency has agreed to pay $8,700 in fines for violations stemming from the personal use of the agency’s airline gift cards.The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Thursday that a review panel determined last month there was “credible evidence” for the Nevada Commission on Ethics to pursue a complaint against Cathy Tull.Authorities say Tull used $6,000 in Southwest Airlines gift cards that were purchased by the publicly funded Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.The commission will consider next week approving the agreement with Tull.Tull’s lawyer, Mike Pavlakis, did not respond to the newspaper’s request for comment.Tull resigned from the agency in April amid investigations into the misuse of the gift cards by agency officials.___Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.comThe Associated Press read more

  • Anger blooms in London as community battles over ownership of street flowers

    A flower row has erupted on the streets of Brixton after a community grower accused their neighbours of stealing blooms planted by a community group.It began with a note pinned to a tree in the street, reading: “Please do not pick my flowers. Thanks”.A neighbour replied with a note of their own: “In an area massively affected by gentrification, it’s sad to see people claiming ownership of even the flowers.”Other locals chipped in, leaving their own post-it notes. One added that flowers on pavements are “owned by all the community, not just those whose house they happen to fall in front of”.Another wrote: “ARE YOU SERIOUS? This is not about ownership or gentrification, this is about someone trying to make the street a nicer place for EVERYONE by planting flowers and people stealing them and stamping on them!” People on my street are having an almighty row over who owns some flowers. There have been no raised voices, just handwritten notes placed inside plastic wallets and pinned to a post. pic.twitter.com/2sSRMkpUtr— Rachel Thompson (@RVT9) May 26, 2019 Three plants taken overnight. Brixton Hill – come on – these plants are for us ALL to enjoy @FatNatChat pic.twitter.com/jSVKd028oc— Linda Redford (@LinRedford) April 2, 2019 The passive-aggressive letters were posted online by journalist Rachel Thompson, who lives in the area.She said: “People on my street are having an almighty row over who owns some flowers. There have been no raised voices, just handwritten notes placed inside plastic wallets and pinned to a post.”The problem appears to be affecting the scheme across Brixton. Local gardener Linder Redford has been planting brightly coloured blooms on roads near her house and has reported that they have been stolen.She said: “Come on people of Brixton Hill – you’re better than this. 12 plants taken overnight”The community project responded on Twitter, advising her that if she lay manure down under the tree, that may deter plant thieves. The original note poster responded, explaining that the lupins and geraniums were planted as part of a local scheme called Our Streets, in which members of the local community in south London “adopt” a tree to water and plant flowers under.They added that the flowers have now been dug up and “moved elsewhere”.The neighbour who first replied seemed intent on having the last word, and penned: “Helpful to know that the flowers were part of a community project. However, if that was the case, it was very misleading to refer to them as ‘my’ flowers.  “What a shame that you have taken it upon yourself to dig up the community flowers.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more