SULTANPUR: Union Minister Maneka Gandhi has been served a show-cause notice by the District Magistrate of Sultanpur, from where she is contesting the national election, and a report has been sent to the Election Commission after she was seen on camera telling a gathering of Muslims to vote for her or else she may not be inclined to be responsive to their requests. “I have already won this election, now it is for you to decide,” the BJP leader could be heard saying on Thursday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The Election Commission has taken cognisance of the matter. District Magistrate, Sultanpur has issued a show-cause notice to her and a report has been sent to the poll body,” BR Tiwari, Additional Chief Election Officer said. Maneka Gandhi, later in the day, clarified that her words had been twisted. “I love Muslims and I had myself called a meeting of the BJP’s minority cell. I only meant to say that I am winning the elections and their participation would be like ‘daal pe chaunka’.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KA three-minute clip of her speech in Sultanpur’s Turabkhani area is being shared on social media. “This is important. I am winning. I am winning because of the love and support of people. But if my victory is without Muslims, I won’t feel that good. Dil khatta ho jayega (Things will become sour). Then when a Muslim comes to me for work, I think let it be, how does it matter. It’s all give and take, isn’t it? We aren’t all sons of Mahatma Gandhi, are we? (laughter). It’s not that we keep on giving and then losing in the election. This victory will happen with or without you.” A little later, she also says, “I have already won the elections, but you will need me. This is your chance to lay the foundation. When the election comes and this booth throws up 100 votes or 50 votes, and then you come to me for work we will see…I don’t see any divides, I see only pain, sadness and love. So it is up to you…” Criticised over the comments, Maneka Gandhi later accused the media of twisting her comments. “I love Muslims… I only meant to say that I am winning the elections and their participation would be like ‘daal pe chaunka’ (seasoning).” Maneka Gandhi, the MP from Pilibhit, began her campaign from the Sultanpur seat about 10 days ago. The seat is currently held by her son Varun Gandhi. But this election, Varun has shifted back to Pilibhit, a seat he won in 2009. Maneka Gandhi has won the Pilibhit seat six times.
On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was down 74.21 points to 15,702.09.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 31.05 points to 22,744.34.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down 6.39 points to 2,545.68.The Nasdaq composite index was down 3.54 points to 6,581.82.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.77 cents US, up from Thursday’s average price of 79.69 cents US.
Former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam held talks with President Maithripala Sirisena today while in Sri Lanka to attend a conference.The President’s media unit said that the meeting took place at the President’s office and that both sides exchanged pleasantries at the meeting.
Ron Redmond, spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR,) said the initiative came in response to a government request. Residents of villages scattered along a 25-kilometre stretch of the main road from Rogacevo village to Tetovo had complained of harassment at roadblocks, saying that this had prevented workers from travelling to factories and children from attending schools. Tetovo is about 40 kilometres west of the capital, Skopje.According to the spokesman, UNHCR yesterday discussed details of the bus service with members of both communities, pleading with them to respect freedom of movement. International observers had been alerted to monitor the bus, which would run three times a day. Possibilities for similar transport services were being considered elsewhere in the country. Meanwhile, amid continued uncertainty over security conditions, the rate of refugee returns to the FYR of Macedonia remained low at about 200 per day, Mr. Redmond said. Ethnic Albanians were concerned about arrangements after the departure of NATO troops next week upon completion of an arms collection mission. On Wednesday UNHCR called on the international community to deploy a “credible” transitional force to prevent a security vacuum.Since July, more than 53,000 refugees have gone back to the FYR of Macedonia while 28,600 remained in Kosovo, UNHCR said. The Macedonian Red Cross said it had registered 76,000 internally displaced people in the country.
A WHO spokesperson in Geneva said there were 60 suspected cases of hepatitis E reported in a small town, Allatefiya, near the Iraqi capital. Nine of the cases affected pregnant women, and all of the cases tested negative for hepatitis C and B.Fadela Chaib said WHO was following the situation with the Centre of Communicable Diseases, which was linked to the Ministry of Health in Baghdad, on a daily basis.”WHO has also sent hepatitis E test kits, water purification tablets, information brochures and other material to Iraq to help with the outbreak,” she said. “If confirmed, this is not unexpected as hepatitis E could spread quickly through contaminated water and in a bad sanitation situation.”
“The horrifying fact that nearly one in five children in South Sudan has been forced to flee their home illustrates how devastating this conflict has been for the country’s most vulnerable,” said Leila Pakkala, the Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in a press release issued jointly with the UN refugee agency. “Add this to the more than one million children who are also displaced within South Sudan, and the future of a generation is truly on the brink,” she warned. Children make 62 per cent of more than 1.8 million refugees from South Sudan, according to the latest UN figures. More than 75,000 refugee children in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have crossed South Sudan’s borders either unaccompanied or separated from their families. “No refugee crisis today worries me more than South Sudan,” said Valentin Tapsoba, the Africa Bureau Director of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). “That refugee children are becoming the defining face of this emergency is incredibly troubling,” he added. RELATED: UN peacekeepers deployed to enable aid delivery to Upper Nile’s Aburoc areaSouth Sudan has the highest proportion of out-of-school children in the world at about 75 per cent.The trauma, physical upheaval, fear and stress experienced by so many children account for just part of toll the crisis is exacting. Children remain at risk of recruitment by armed forces and groups and, with traditional social structures damaged, they are also increasingly vulnerable to violence, sexual abuse and exploitation. UNICEF’s appeal of $181 million for South Sudan and South Sudanese refugees in the region for the rest of the year is currently only 52 per cent funded while UNHCR’s funding appeal of $ 781.8 million for the country is only 11 per cent funded. VIDEO: More than one million children have now fled South Sudan where escalating conflict is ravaging the country, UNICEF and UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, announced today.
UN Photo/Manuel EliasEvo Morales Ayma (left), President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, and Sacha Sergio Llorenty Soliz, Permanent Representative of Bolivia to the United Nations, await the start of the Security Council meeting on the maintenance of international peace and security, with a focus on non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.’Contempt’ for multilateralismSpeaking soon after the US leader, Bolivian President Evo Morales painted a very different picture of the world’s power dynamics and the role of the US. Iran, he said, was “once again, the victim of a US siege” following America’s withdrawal from the JCPOA. He said the US was “hiding behind pretexts, to continue its policy of interference and meddling” in Iran. He said the people of the Middle East had suffered “illegal invasion” in Iraq, the unjust overthrow of the Government in Libya in 2011, and a disastrous civil war in Syria – all the result of Western meddling. He accused the White House of “contempt for international law, for multilateralism, and for the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations.”The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May, said the Permanent Members of the Council had a “special responsibility to protect the significant gains” made on stopping the use and stockpiling of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. But after chemical weapons had been used repeatedly and with impunity in Syria, as well as isolated attacks in Malaysia and in the English city of Salisbury – allegedly targeted assassinations – she said that decades of progress were now under threat. UN Photo/Evan SchneiderTeresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, addresses the Security Council meeting on the maintenance of international peace and security, with a focus on non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. At her right Margot Wallström, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden.Progress stopping chemical, biological warfare could ‘fall away’“Predictability and stability are declining. If we do not increase our collective efforts to preserve and build on what we have, there is a very real risk these gains will subside or fall away.”She praised President Trump’s efforts in détente over DPRK, commonly known as North Korea, but called for sustained pressure and strict enforcement of sanctions. On the JCPOA, she said that “it remains the best means of preventing Iran developing a nuclear weapon, and we are committed to preserving the JCPOA as long as Iran continues to abide by its obligations in full.” She offered “strong support” to the International Atomic Energy Authority (IAEA) for its verification and monitoring role inside Iran. On the Syrian Government’s verified use of chemical weapons during the ongoing conflict, Ms. May praised US and French action with the UK, to respond militarily earlier this year following attacks. She said it “sent a clear message” to the Assad regime. Perpetrators of chemical weapons use cannot escape identification or act with impunity. The regime’s backers “must use their influence” to stop further attacks, she said, promising a “swift response” in that event. She accused Russia of preventing the Security Council from holding the Syrian Government to account by “repeatedly wielding its veto.” For Russia, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov countered that Syria had destroyed all its chemical weapons after agreeing to do so in 2013, alleging instead that it was “terrorist groups” who had been wielding chemical weapons since that time.“They learned how to synthesize them, they are building labs for that, and this is something we have been warned about for a long time.” He said Russia had repeatedly offered to cooperate on an international plan to stop “chemical terrorism” to no avail. On the Iran deal, Mr. Lavrov said that the US withdrawal constituted a “serious threat” for the global non-proliferation regime, “all the more so since…Tehran is strictly abiding by its commitments.”“Russia is convinced that we need to keep the JCPOA,” he said, adding that otherwise more tension would be created across the Middle East, destabilizing national stability and non-proliferation. He also said that the dismantling of the deal would damage efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. Mr. Trump chaired the summit-level meeting of the 15-member Council, initiated by the US, to discuss ways that the body overseeing global peace and security can better enforce resolutions concerning the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.Top of the President’s concerns after laying out the “urgent importance” of countering nuclear, biological and chemical weapons use everywhere, was the JCPOA, commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal.The JCPOA – reached by Iran, China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, the US and the European Union – sets out rigorous mechanisms for monitoring restrictions placed on Iran’s nuclear programme, while paving the way for the lifting of UN sanctions against the country.“This horrible, one-sided deal allowed Iran to continue its path towards a bomb,” he declared. From November, he said, US sanctions would be in “full force” and the White House would impose further measures. Anyone failing to comply with the US “would face severe consequences,” he warned.’The world is watching’ IdlibTurning to the fate of millions of Syrian civilians effectively trapped in Idlib, Mr. Trump thanked the Syrian, Russian and Iranian Governments for turning away from a full-scale assault earlier in September.“I hope that the restraint continues. The world is watching,” he said, also thanking Turkey for its role in brokering a civilian buffer zone.Straying from the main topic of the meeting, President Trump said that the US had “found that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election…They do not want me, or us to win, because I am the first President ever to challenge China on trade,” he asserted, without offering further clarification.In his remarks, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi categorically denied any involvement, asserting that “China has all along followed the principle of non-interference in other countries domestic affairs. This is a tradition of Chinese foreign policy.” He added that China “refused to accept any unwarranted accusations.” Mr. Yang also described the JCPOA as a “hard-won achievement of multilateralism,” and a “viable agreement” that Iran was honouring.
For 25 years, Immersive Technologies has been working with mining companies across the globe to achieve real results in operator safety and productivity – these partnerships have for many years driven quantifiable operational improvement. Successfully achieving these results means consistently deploying solutions in some of the harshest environments on earth. Immersive Technologies’ experience and longevity in the industry has produced training tools with unparalleled effectiveness, quality, and reliability.The picture, from 2003, shows a Transportable Simulator Series 2 at KPC office in IndonesiaZuheldi, Simulator Training Supervisor, PT Kaltim Prima Coal-KPC: “In 1998, PT. Kaltim Prima Coal made efforts to improve operational errors by purchasing a Series 1 Advanced Equipment Simulator and Cat 785/789 Truck Conversion Kit from Immersive. Proving the value of this early model simulator, KPC has since expanded training capabilities with two additional simulators and one excavator and dozer Conversion Kits. Since the introduction of simulator based training, KPC has reduced the overall green operator training from 546 hours to 310 hours (average) and reduced on equipment training requirements from 40 hours to 25 hours (average). KPC hopes to continue to improve effective Simulator utilization and improve training results (through reduced operating errors and increased productivity).”Immersive makes significant investment every year to ensure the longevity and upgradeability of their customers’ simulator assets. Through clever design and customer support packages, Immersive Technologies is able to install the latest specification computer hardware and software into most of its deployed simulators. Throughout 2017 Immersive upgraded 68 mining operations to the latest generation technology with both computer and software upgrades. A further 125 were upgraded to the latest generation of software. Additionally, customers are taking advantage of the modular nature of their Immersive Technologies simulators by installing brand new Conversion Kit modules to keep step with their changing machine fleets on site. With Immersive Technologies, miners are equipping their teams to meet operational challenges, today, with simulation assets they bought well over a decade ago.Year 2017: PRO4 Series designed for surface mining with realism at a level not previously seen in the industry“It’s no coincidence that many long-term customers are eagerly taking advantage of the opportunity our programs afford them to update their simulator assets to the latest generation technology. They are gaining access to the culmination of 25 years of investment in the industry’s best practice training solution and are notably improving their training outcomes as a result.” said David Anderson, Executive Vice President – Sales and Support.In addition to upgrading their simulators, Immersive Technologies’ customers also benefit from the advice and guidance of Immersive’s Training Advisors. Experts in simulation training and the development of training programs to achieve tangible, measurable improvements – Immersive Technologies’ global team of Training Advisors are assisting upgraded customers with a renewed focus on simulation training to achieve real results on their sites. It is a testament to Immersive Technologies’ quality and foresight that customers are still achieving real results with their simulators more than 15 years after their original commissioning. Immersive recognises that successful training programs are the product of the right combination of “People, Process and Technology. Our customer support packages are focussed on delivering the right balance of all three elements. Training staff need the enthusiasm and know-how to use simulation to drive results. They need the right training program structure to positively influence operator behaviour, and they need the best technology available to provide the foundation for these advances in operator training.”
Buy this PhotoA photo of the Vancouver Daily Columbian’s front page for Dec. 25, 1917. (Alisha Jucevic/The Columbian) War news, as would be expected, dominated the front pages of the Vancouver Daily Columbian in December 1917.A Christmas Day story at the bottom of the front page observed that for the first time in many years, the sons of the United States are at war, training stateside or serving in France, “and guarding the ocean range from submarines. Today also is the fourth Christmas (at war) for the belligerents of Europe.”Still, there was room for stories of peace and love.Particularly love.And the newspaper helped play Cupid, with a piece on Dec. 22, 1917, urging bachelors to pop the question.“If you are not married and intend to do so Monday, there is ample time to propose this evening. So secure your license tomorrow,” an unnamed Columbian reporter wrote.“If you carry out these instructions, you will be doing a patriotic act. Everything points to happiness,” and even the holiday decor is aiding the cause, since “mistletoe is to be seen in abundance.”The story must have been persuasive. On Dec. 24, the county auditor issued a record-breaking 31 marriage licenses.What was the link between proposals and patriotism? Local judges and clergymen who performed the wedding ceremonies pledged to donate their fees to the Red Cross.The Columbian’s coverage a century ago touched on the typical aspects of the Christmas season, including shopping: “It is the general opinion of the merchants that the Christmas season for 1917 has been most successful,” and “in fact from a business sense, it surpasses all previous records.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#UnitedStates, January 12, 2018 – Washington, DC – Newly touted Green Card reforms are billed as having the power to bolster the competitive edge of the United States of America and restore trust between its People and Government. President Donald Trump, flanked by Senator Tom Cotton and Senator David Perdue on Thursday at White House unveiled a proposal for sweeping and significant changes to the country’s Immigration Policy, said to be the first such changes in half a century.“The RAISE Act will reduce poverty, increase wages and save tax payers billion and billions of dollars. It will do this by changing the way the United States issues Green Cards to nationals from other countries. Green Cards provide permanent residency, work authorizations and fast track to citizenship,” said President Trump as he explained the reason for this dramatic switch.“For decades the United States was operating and has operated a very low skilled immigration system, issuing record numbers of Green Cards to low-wage immigrants. This policy has placed substantial pressure on American workers, tax payers and community resources, among those hit the hardest in recent years have been immigrants, and very importantly, minority workers competing for jobs against brand new arrivals and it has not been fair to our people, to our citizens, to our workers,” he said.While there are already naysayers weighing in on the impact of this more stringent and selective policy proposal, Mr. Trump said the change is a demonstration of compassion for American citizens which puts the working family’s needs first. The President is also confident that the legislative proposal will result in migrant workers who are more successful in the United States.“The RAISE Act ends chain migration and replaces our low skill system with a new point-based system for receiving a Green Card, this competitive application process will favor applicants who speak English, can financially support themselves and their families and demonstrate skills that will contribute to our economy. The RAISE ACT prevents immigrants and new migrants from collecting welfare and protects US workers from being displaced.”It is a measure which president Trump explained was mandated by the American voters. However, more than Americans are sounding off on the legislative proposal. Magnetic Media in testing the temperature of Caribbean region residents on the subject found that people support the message and some are weary of the messenger.“I have been watching him (Trump) for a while and watching his actions and my thing is he has an issue with brown and black people. I feel honestly that he is actually racist…he has problems with the Hispanics, he has problems with the Muslim countries and so I figure that (proposed new RAISE Act) is to target the brown and black people. But I agree that even we, in The Bahamas are losing our sovereignty to the foreigners and our government has to get tough and that has to stop.”The man speaking to us via WhatsApp is resident in the Bahamas’ second city, Grand Bahama and adds that he objects to the other comments reported to have come from the mouth of President Donald Trump related to Haiti and a few other nations.While those reported demeaning comments from Trump are grabbing some headlines and sparking vigorous debate, it seems the reports on the remarks are more designed to steal the spotlight of the new policy proposed and drafted by Senators Cotton and Purdue; still many in the region are paying attention and hoping their own country will follow suit.“If the Premier of the Turks and Caicos was more hard-nosed about immigration, this place would be better off because there are too many people who are here on work permits and a lot of them need to go. There are too many Filipinos here, too many Jamaicans, too many Haitians here and a lot of them are preventing locals from being able to find a job. Turks and Caicos really gatta take a hard-nosed approach to Immigration.”In the second half of 2017, both The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos announced controversial measures to stem the flow of illegal and legal migration, including a freeze on new work permit applications and traveler visas to the TCI and in The Bahamas a December 31, 2017 deadline for illegal migrants to leave the country or face deportation.A former resident of the region and UK citizen explained, “Its got to be the way forward. You can’t have open boarders to be world. Just nuts,” he said, “The other week I spoke to a Haitian guy in Provo and he has – wait for it – nine children from five different women. No wife as yet, he told me he hasn’t found the right one. I told him to go and have it (penis) chopped off!”The man commenting to Magnetic Media says the United Kingdom is also favoring a point system for immigrants post Brexit.In 2014, a report by the Migration Policy Institute in the United States revealed that there were four million Caribbean immigrants in the United States, which was nine per cent of the 42.2 million immigrants in the country. Leading the top five were Cuba, at number one; Dominican Republic was second; Jamaica was third; next was Haiti and Trinidad and Tobago rounded out the top five. The Bahamas was eighth on that 2014 list, with Turks and Caicos having no distinct spot on the chart.#MagneticMediaNews#USGreenCardpolicychange Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Photo credit: Wikipedia & VOA news Related Items:
AS Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco promised the fans they will give it their all ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Real MadridThe Giallorossi succumbed to their fourth defeat of the Serie A season to Udinese after Rodrigo De Paul’s 54th-minute strike on Saturday.The 1-0 loss leaves Roma seventh in the league table with the club supporters beginning to vent their frustrations towards Di Francesco.But Roma have fared better in Europe this term and victory over Real will put them top of Group G and secure a last-16 spot.“In my opinion, it’s not just tomorrow, it’s something that should always be: always give your all for the shirt you wear,” said Di Francesco, according to Football-Italia.“There will be 65,000 fans there because Roma have done well in the Champions League. It’s normal that they’re angry, I am too.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“They shouldn’t ask me for formations, but for commitment and seriousness.”The Italian won’t be underestimating Real, despite their shock 3-0 La Liga defeat to Eibar on Saturday.“Let’s remember that we’re playing against the European champions, we need to play a great game from every point of view if we want to win,” he said.“I’m not going to comment on Real Madrid’s situation, I have enough to sort out in my own home.”The Roma-Real Champions League game on Tuesday will begin at 21:00 (CET) at the Stadio Olimpico.
The Manchester United caretaker has lead the team to four victories in four matches, and today they will play against Reading in the FA Cup Third Round.After Manchester United sacked manager Jose Mourinho, interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took care of the English Premier League giants.And he has led the Red Devils to four victories in four matches so far.“It depends on how you look at it but the first three maybe was the honeymoon if you like and it was three games you expect to win – you’re at home for two of them,” he spoke to the team’s official website about their run so far.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Then you go up there, it’s a difficult place to go. I thought in the second half we played some fantastic stuff.”“All in all, it was a first clean sheet and to come away from there with three points [was] brilliant but I must say I’ve enjoyed the home games more,” he commented.“Yes, definitely. That was one of the things I was thinking about before the game – this might be a tough one or it will be a tough one and you’ll get to learn how they react if we make the first mistake or they score the first goal.”“I felt we were a bit safer in the way we played, maybe because we were away from home. But in the second half, I thought you could see the pace, the power, the counter-attacking, the forward-thinking again and we were solid at the back,” he explained after United won its fourth consecutive match against Newcastle United.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Election Commission said Thursday that comedian Stephen Colbert can use his TV show’s resources to boost his political action committee, but he must disclose some major expenses as in-kind contributions from the show’s corporate owners.Colbert played it straight during his appearance before the commission, letting his attorney do most of the talking while saving his trademark quips for a crowd that gathered outside the commission building after the meeting.“I don’t accept the status quo,” he told the crowd, brandishing a portable credit card processing machine. “I do accept Visa, MasterCard or American Express.”Many in the crowd handed Colbert their credit cards or dollar bills as contributions.Asked what point he was trying to make about corporate America, Colbert did not miss a beat.“None,” he quipped. “I want their money.”Colbert, who plays a conservative TV pundit on “The Colbert Report,” is forming Colbert Super PAC, a type of political action committee that will allow him to raise unlimited amounts of money from corporations, unions and individuals. The money will be used to support or oppose candidates in the 2012 elections through independent expenditures such as TV ads. Colbert has not indicated what kinds of candidates he might support. The FEC decision comes amid a broader erosion of campaign finance regulations in the wake of recent court rulings and with Republicans on the Federal Election Commission and elsewhere pushing for a rollback to give corporations and other wealthy donors stronger sway in financing campaigns.
(AP) The young father stood in line at the Kmart layaway counter, wearing dirty clothes and worn-out boots. With him were three small children.He asked to pay something on his bill because he knew he wouldn’t be able to afford it all before Christmas. Then a mysterious woman stepped up to the counter.“She told him, ‘No, I’m paying for it,’” recalled Edna Deppe, assistant manager at the store in Indianapolis. “He just stood there and looked at her and then looked at me and asked if it was a joke. I told him it wasn’t, and that she was going to pay for him. And he just busted out in tears.”At Kmart stores across the country, Santa seems to be getting some help. Anonymous donors are paying off strangers’ layaway accounts, buying the Christmas gifts other families couldn’t afford, especially toys and children’s clothes set aside by impoverished parents.o o oSome stories just get to you, right? This one got to me.Look, all newspapers cover all kinds of stories all year long. And you’ll see plenty of good-news stories in The Columbian, both in print and on our website.
Over 50 top competitors from across the country are set to prove their mettle in India’s only multi-nation TSD drive that gets underway here on Wednesday morning.The 800-km JK Tyre Himalayan Drive 7, which is being organised in association with Experience Bengal (West Bengal Tourism), will see the competitors drive their machines for four days through majestic locations in North Bengal, scenic hills in Darjeeling and various picturesque routes in Bhutan. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe TSD drive which draws inspiration from West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s vision of connecting Bengal to its neighbours and encouraging people to people connectivity in the region, will cover a wide variety of terrain, ranging from tarmac, river beds, dirt tracks, forest paths to mountainous roads. While the entire route will pose a great challenge to the competitors, it will test them to the hilt in Paro in Bhutan where the drivers might have to drive in extreme tricky conditions due to impending snowfall prediction. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSanjay Sharma, Head JK Motorsport, said, “We are really excited about the event. It is India’s only international TSD drive that provides a great opportunity to our top rallyists to stretch themselves to the limit, besides giving huge boost to motorsports in the region.” The drivers will take-off from Siliguri post the ceremonial flag-off and travel all the way to Murti, driving past North Bengal’s lush forests, river banks and embankments and idyllic towns. The second leg will see the drivers start their journey from Murti to Paro, and entering Bhutan through Phuentsholing. From Phuentsholing, the competitors will hit the mountain roads filled with hairpin bends and steep gradients that offer spectacular views of the Himalayan heights, before entering the breath-taking Paro Valley. On the third day, they will drive back from Paro Valley through Dooars and cross the iconic Coronation Bridge over Teesta river to reach Kalimpong. The final leg of this rally will have competitors drive down from Kalimpong, cross the Teesta bridge, Mungpoo, Jorebunglow and Kurseong before descending into the plains through Rohini. After reaching the plains, they will go through Dudhia and Panighata, and touch Naxalbari before taking the Asian Highway 2 and then National Highway 27 to finish at the City Center at Siliguri, where the prize distribution will take place in the evening.
Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — The cold front that has moved into the region has caused the closure of ports to small vessels at Isla Mujeres.The closure was made due to the high wind gusts that have arrived with the cool air mass. Cold Front No. 12 has blanketed the region from Isla Mujeres to Riviera Maya for a few days, bringing with it cool air, high winds and interment rain showers.The port captaincy at Isla Mujeres confirmed that although this particular cold front has not arrived with winds as strong as Cold Front 10 a few weeks ago, it has still caused the temporary closure of vessels under 40 feet for the island.However, navigation for the interior of the bay of Isla Mujeres has been authorized, but with extreme precautions.The vessel closure is temporary and was implemented at mid-day for the island. Weather forecasters have not said when the weather pattern is expected to pass the region.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 Posted by TORONTO — Sunwing is adding new weekly flights from Saskatoon to Mazatlan this winter, with Thursday departures running Dec. 21, 2017 to March 29, 2018 inclusive.Sunwing is also heading back to Charlottetown for the ninth consecutive season, with Monday flights to Puerto Plata starting Feb. 12 and running until May 14.With the addition of Saskatoon, Sunwing will offer Mazatlan service from seven airports across Canada this winter. Nicknamed the ‘Pearl of the Pacific’, Mazatlan is located on Mexico’s Gold Coast along the Pacific, and is known for its sport fishing, water sports and cultural excursions.“We look forward to continuing our successful partnership with Saskatoon airport this winter,” said Sunwing’s President of Tour Operations, Andrew Dawson. “Mazatlan has long been a favourite vacation destination for Canadians, so we’re excited to continue helping our customers save time and money with this convenient flight service.”Stephen Maybury, Skyxe Saskatoon Airport President and CEO, added, “We’re proud to be partnering with Sunwing to bring Saskatchewan sun seekers more destination choice as demand for sunspot vacations continues to demonstrate sustained growth.”More news: Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaAmong Sunwing’s properties available in Mazatlan, El Cid Marina in the Golden Zone is known for its secluded beach and elegant decor. There’s also Riu Emerald Bay overlooking Brujas Beach.In Puerto Plata, depending on the resort that they select, clients can make their budgets go further with exclusive value added perks such as Kids, Stay, Play and Eat Free deals, spa discounts and unlimited à la carte dining. Resorts include the adults only Viva Wyndham V Heavens as well as the family-friendly Riu Merengue.“We’re excited to have Sunwing back at the Charlottetown Airport. The demand for all-inclusive vacations is there and we’re excited about this new destination for Island travellers,” said Doug Newson, CEO of Charlottetown Airport Authority. Sunwing adds Saskatoon to MZT, brings back Charlottetown sun flights Share Tags: Sunwing Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>
Posted by Friday, September 7, 2018 Just opened: Solaz, A Luxury Collection Resort in Los Cabos Share Travelweek Group LOS CABOS — There’s a brand new resort gem on the shores of Los Cabos featuring 128 rooms and Marriott’s signature amenities.Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos opened its doors on Sept. 6 as part of The Luxury Collection, part of Marriott International, Inc. Perched on 34 acres overlooking the Sea of Cortez, and located midway between the city of Cabo San Lucas and the historic town of San José del Cabo, the beachfront oasis represents The Luxury Collection’s first hotel on the Baja California peninsula.Here are the top selling features of the resort:Sophisticated Accommodations: Each guestroom and suite features a private entrance and patio, contemporary furnishings, original art, Bluetooth technology that controls the curtains, lighting and music, a well as unobstructed views of the sea.Art: Original works can be found throughout the property, all created by famed Mexican artist César López-Negrete. El Gabinete ‘Del Barco’ is the resort’s indigenous gallery that showcases rare regional artifacts such as a 43-foot-long whale skeleton and a historical map collection.Authentic Experiences: Solaz offers an array of bespoke, exclusive experiences for guests, including a private helicopter trip to explore the rare cave paintings of Baja, and swimming alongside whale sharks. Moreover, each room features a dedicated Artisan butler who can help curate luxury adventures.Cuisine: There are five unique restaurants at Solaz, including: the Mako Dinner Grill; the all-day Casc abel restaurant for Mexican dining; La Cava, offering over 2,500 vintages; Arabica for delicious tapas; and Xocolatl, a modern chocolate shop and ice cream boutique.Water and Fitness: Solaz Resort boasts five swimming pools, including two 50-metre infinity pools lining more than 4,000 square feet of white sand beaches. Exercise facilities feature Technogym equipment, while the 10,000 square-foot Ojo de Liebre Spa offers eight private treatment rooms and two VIP double rooms.Meetings: Solaz offers the largest meeting space at any luxury hotel in Los Cabos, with 20,000 square feet of meeting, wedding and event space that can accommodate more than 1,000 guests. This includes the expansive 11,000 square-foot outdoor Calypso Ocean Front Deck, and a 3,400 square-foot ballroom.More news: Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perks“A top resort destination, Los Cabos is rich in culture and acts as a gateway for our Global Explorers to connect with the indigenous offerings of Mexico,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection. “The Luxury Collection’s guests seek destinations with enriching qualities and there is a magnetic attraction to this Baja oasis. As the seventh Luxury Collection hotel in Mexico, Solaz Resort showcases the brand’s commitment to expanding its footprint and enhancing its offerings for discerning travellers to the destination.” Tags: Los Cabos, Marriott, Solaz << Previous PostNext Post >>
Greece and its European creditors have been at an impasse for over three months on what reforms the country should make to get more rescue loans to keep it solvent. A potential Greek debt default could threaten Europe’s joint currency and roil the global economy.Sapin called for a “push toward a compromise” at Monday’s gathering of eurozone finance ministers. He said there was a degree of flexibility in the talks, which are currently centered on state revenue policies, such as taxation.“We will not get there (May) 11th but in the days that follow because it is absolutely necessary,” Sapin said.Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis agreed action was quickly needed. “I trust that an agreement will be in the offing in the next days, mostly weeks,” he said at a business forum in Brussels.The Greek government has been hesitant to make reforms that might hurt the living standards of Greeks, who have been through five years of brutal spending cuts and tax increases. The creditors want to make sure Greece’s economy and public finances are on the right track so the country can pay its loans back.Greek government spokesman Gavriil Sakellaridis said both sides need to compromise. “In a negotiation, there must be mutual concessions,” he said. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Comments Share 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean BRUSSELS (AP) — France says talks between Greece and its bailout creditors are going the right way and hopes that Monday’s eurozone meeting will see the sides narrow their differences enough to have a deal “within hand’s grasp.”Finance Minister Michel Sapin told EU legislators Thursday that “the risk of things running off the rails for Greece also entails that risk for Europe,” so a compromise is needed. French Finance Minister Michel Sapin leaves the Elysee Palace following the weekly cabinet meeting in Paris, Wednesday May 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)n Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Greece is running out of cash and faces a repayment to the IMF on Tuesday worth over 700 million euros. To make it, it will have to scrape together spare reserves from local governments and state entities like hospitals.Sakellaridis said Greece intends to meet all its financial obligations, both domestic and international.Still, Greece is expected to be saddled with an overall debt of 180 percent of gross domestic product next year, and within the eurozone there is a realization that aid will need to keep coming.“We have to look at support beyond the end of June,” said Sapin when the European part of Greece’s bailout expires.Belgium backs the long-term approach. “We can give more time to Greece. But to do that, they need to be sure that it’s possible to have a real good program of reforms,” said Foreign Minister Didier Reynders.____Elena Becatoros contributed from Athens.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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