BC First Nation angered by federal ministers response to downed tug

first_imgThe Canadian PressBELLA BELLA, B.C. — Members of a Heiltsuk Nation on British Columbia’s central coast say they’re angered and dismayed by a federal minister’s response to a fuel spill in the area.Fisheries and Oceans minister Dominic LeBlanc has issued a statement saying crews have finished pumping oil from a sunken tug boat near Bella Bella, B.C., and are now turning their attention to removing the Nathan E. Stewart from the waters.The statement says environmental monitoring and shoreline cleanup are also underway.But Marilyn Slett, chief of the Heiltsuk Nation, said in a release that there is an extensive amount of work to be done, and it’s still unclear what environmental impact the fuel spill has had on the area.Slett says the minister needs to come to Bella Bella to see the situation first hand.The tug had more than 200,000 litres of diesel on board when it ran aground and sank on Oct. 13, and representatives say about 110,000 litres of an oil-water mixture have been recovered.last_img read more

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Dhoni opens up on 2013 IPL fixing scandal

first_imgNew Delhi: What mistake did the players make, asked Mahendra Singh Dhoni, opening up on a phase of life made “most difficult and depressing” by the 2013 IPL fixing scandal. The two-time World Cup winning captain broke his silence in a docudrama aptly titled ‘Roar of the Lion’, which focuses on the scandal that rocked Indian cricket and the ensuing fairy tale comeback by Chennai Super Kings following a two-year suspension for its management’s role in spot-fixing. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “2013 was the most difficult phase in my life, I was never depressed as much as I was then. The closest was 2007 World Cup when we lost in the group stages. But all said and done, 2007 happened because we did not play good cricket. “But 2013, the angle was completely different. People are talking about match-fixing and spot-fixing. It was the most talked about thing in the country,” Dhoni said in the first episode titled ‘What did we do wrong’? broadcast on Hotstar. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Dhoni, who led the CSK to three IPL titles, said they knew a “harsh punishment” was on the cards. “We did deserve the punishment but the only thing is the quantum of the punishment. Finally we got to know that CSK will be banned for two years. There was a mixed feeling that time. Because you take a lot of things personally and, as a captain, question what did the team do wrong,” Dhoni stated. “Yes there was mistake from our side (the franchise) but were the players involved in this? What mistake did we, as players, do to go through all of that?” Recalling the torrid time when insinuations and allegations flew thick and fast, Dhoni said fixing a match requires the involvement of the majority of players. “My name also came up in talks of fixing. They started showcasing in the media or social media as if the team was involved, I was involved. Is it possible (in cricket)? Yes it is possible, anyone can do spot-fixing. Umpires can do that, batsmen can, bowlers can… but match-fixing needs the involvement of the majority of the players.” For Dhoni, who has always preferred to go about his job quietly even when leading the Indian team, his silence may have been misunderstood. “The problem when people think you are very strong, is that more often than not, nobody comes and asks: how are you doing. It was more of how I dealt with it. “I did not want to talk about it to others, at the same time it was scratching me. I don’t want anything to affect my cricket. For me cricket is the most important thing.” In a trailer of the documentary recently, Dhoni had called match-fixing a bigger crime than murder. “Whatever I am today, whatever I have achieved is because of cricket. So the biggest crime that I can commit personally is not murder. It’s actually match fixing because it doesn’t get restricted to me. If I’m involved in such a thing, it has a bigger impact. “If people think a match is fixed because the outcome of a match is extraordinary, then people lose their faith in cricket. I don’t think in my life I would deal with something that is tougher than this,” he said. Dhoni had not commented on the turmoil before this. In July 2015, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were suspended from the cash-rich league for two years for betting activities by their key officials Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra during the 2013 season. On his silence post the episode, Dhoni said, “What makes it even tougher is that, as the Indian captain you keep going to press conferences. There is a known line that is drawn that that was the IPL and this is the Indian cricket team. “It’s not easy to keep performing at the top level when these things are on your mind. Ten years down the line, no one is going to remember what was said in a press conference but how the team did.” While he agreed that then BCCI chief N Srinivasan’s son-in-law Meiyappan was part of the team setup, Dhoni said, in what capacity, is open to debate. “Initially, when Guru’s name came up, (we knew) he was part of the team, all said and done. But in what capacity, that is debatable. Was he the owner, the team principal, the motivator… what exactly was he? “I don’t know if anyone from the franchise introduced Guru to us as the owner… we all knew him as the son-in-law.” The punishment was handed down by a Supreme Court- appointed three-member committee headed by former CJI R M Lodha, which held that the betting activities brought the game of cricket, BCCI and IPL into disrepute. Lastly, Dhoni called his association with CSK is “like a match made on matrimonial site an arranged marriage”.last_img read more

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SC Collegium recommends names for appointment as chief justices of 4 HCs

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended names of four high court judges for their appointment as chief justices of the high courts of Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Telangana.As per May 10 resolutions uploaded on the apex court website, a three-member Collegium, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, recommended to the Centre the name of Justice D N Patel for his appointment as the chief justice of Delhi High Court. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghSimilarly, the Collegium has recommended names of Justices A A Kureshi, V Ramasubramanian and R S Chauhan for their appointment as chief justices of high courts of Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Telangana respectively. “Office of the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court would be falling vacant very shortly, consequent upon retirement of Justice Rajendra Menon, chief justice of that high court. Therefore, appointment to that office is required to be made,” the Collegium, also comprising Justices S A Bobde and N V Ramana, said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”Justice D N Patel is a senior puisne Judge from Gujarat High Court and at present is functioning, on transfer, in Jharkhand High Court. Having regard to all relevant factors, the Collegium is of the considered view that Justice D N Patel is suitable in all respects for being appointed as chief justice of the Delhi High Court,” the resolution said. Recommending the name of Justice Ramasubramanian for appointment as chief justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court, the Collegium said it has taken into consideration the fact that at present there is only one chief justice from Madras High Court. “Justice V Ramasubramanian is the senior-most judge from Madras High Court and at present is functioning, on transfer, in Telangana High Court. Having regard to all relevant factors, the Collegium is of the considered view that Justice V Ramasubramanian is suitable in all respects for being appointed as chief justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court,” the resolution said. Regarding Justice Kureshi, the Collegium said he is the senior-most judge from the Gujarat High Court and at present is functioning, on transfer, in the Bombay High Court. “Office of the Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court would be falling vacant, very shortly, consequent upon retirement of Justice S K Seth, chief justice of that high court. Therefore, appointment to that office is required to be made,” it said. The Collegium resolution said that Justice Chauhan is the senior-most judge from Rajasthan High Court and at present is functioning in Telangana High Court as acting chief justice. “Office of the Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court, which has recently been constituted as separate high court for the state of Telangana, has been lying vacant for some time. Therefore, appointment to that office is required to be made,” it said. Besides them, the Collegium has also recommended the names of two advocates, Vishal Dhagat and Vishal Mishra, for appointment as judges at the Madhya Pradesh High Court. It dealt with the file relating to proposal for appointment of five advocates as judges of the Madhya Pradesh High Court. “For purpose of assessing merit and suitability of the above-named recommendees for elevation to the high court, we have carefully scrutinized the material on record including the observations made by the Department of Justice as well as certain complaints, placed before us. Apart from this, the Collegium had an interaction with all the recommendees on April 1, 2019,” the resolution said.last_img read more

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UNESCO chief pays tribute to late Spanish author and activist Jorge Semprún

9 June 2011The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) paid tribute to the late Jorge Semprún, a renowned Spanish author, screenwriter, political activist and long-time friend of the agency who died on Tuesday. “I am deeply saddened by the death of Jorge Semprún, a truly great man of peace and a champion in the struggle against oppression,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova.Mr. Semprún, 87, also served as minister of culture in his native Spain in the 1970s, as well as an interpreter for UNESCO during his youth, the Paris-based agency stated in a news release.It added that his works were influenced greatly by his experiences during the Second World War as a member of the French Resistance and as a prisoner in the Nazi concentration camp of Buchenwald. He was most famous for the French films The Confession and Z, which was nominated for an Academy Award.Mr. Semprún “vividly demonstrated the power of culture to defend human dignity, which became his life’s work,” noted Ms. Bokova, adding that he contributed greatly to bringing forward UNESCO’s ideals, actively fighting against all forms of discrimination. read more

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Trudeau acknowledges grumbling but defiant on small business tax changes

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau says he’s paying attention to the growing dissent over his government’s controversial plan to eliminate tax incentives that he insists only benefit wealthy small business owners.But the prime minister said Friday he “will make no apologies” for the Liberal government’s commitment to helping the so-called middle class, even at the expense of the wealthiest Canadians.Speaking to reporters in Saskatoon, Trudeau acknowledged the backlash over what the government calls proposals to inject more fairness in the tax system by closing loopholes used by a growing number of small businesses.“We’re doing more for the people who need it and doing less for the people who don’t,” Trudeau said.“I’m hearing feedback from Canadians that want to make sure that this does help the middle class…. I’m happy to have discussions and feedback from interested Canadians who want to make our tax code fairer and we’re going to take all of those reflections into account.”Entrepreneurs, major industry associations, tax experts and political rivals have warned the three-part plan would hurt the economy and small businesses, including many whose owners would be considered middle class.The potential changes under scrutiny include ending a practice that allows business owners to lower their tax rate by sprinkling income to family members in lower brackets, even if those relatives are not active in the business.Another proposal calls for limits on the use of private corporations as a way to gain tax advantages when making passive investments in things like stocks or real estate.The third change would limit the conversion of a corporation’s regular income into capital gains that are typically taxed at a lower rate.The government has launched a consultation on the proposed reforms that ends Oct. 2.Trudeau characterized the changes as being in step with his oft-repeated promise to help the middle class, even if it requires Canada’s wealthiest to “pay a little more.”“We’re doing more for the people who need it, and less for the people who don’t. That’s the commitment we made to Canadians and will continue to make to Canadians,” he said.“I will make no apologies for this approach.”Opponents of the plans include a newly formed coalition of more than 40 industry associations.The group argues that the incentives targeted by the Liberals are designed to recognize the greater risks faced by small business owners. Those include the use of their family homes as collateral against business loans and having no access to unemployment insurance.The Conservatives have also demanded that the government allow more time for Canadians and experts to study the proposals.The growing anger over the proposed changes has also created concerns in the Liberal caucus.Finance Minister Bill Morneau held a conference call this week to ease the fears of Liberal backbenchers spooked after complaints over the proposals poured into their riding offices.Morneau listened to the concerns of his colleagues and provided strategies to help them counter what he considers rampant misinformation about his plan. He also reassured them the government is open to tweaking the proposals to avoid any unintended consequences.Many Liberals also expect the tax proposals to be a major theme at next week’s caucus retreat in Kelowna, B.C.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter read more

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Can my dog eat that Tips to keep your pet safe

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty (OSPCA) says the holiday festivities can be stressful on pets and it’s important to ensure your four-legged friend feels safe.Here are some tips and tricks to keep your pet safe on Thanksgiving Day.Food for thoughtUncooked food and herbs can cause your pet gastrointestinal upset, so keep an eye on food while prepping dinner. In particular, keep dogs away from raw dough, cake batter, uncooked eggs, raw meat, and herbs.Don’t let your dog overindulgeIf you do decide to give your pet a little bit of turkey, make sure it has no seasoning, skin, or bones and is well cooked.A little bit of food here and there can add up, causing stomach upset, vomiting, or in severe cases pancreatitis.It is important to inform guests that your pup shouldn’t be given any table scraps, so you can keep track of what and how much your dog has eaten.Keep an eye on scavenging petsYour dog may look for other sources of food, like in the trash or traces of food on aluminum foil, wax paper, and plastic wrap. If ingested, these items could make your dog quite sick. Make sure garbage is secure and food coverings are kept out of reach.Allow some time to relaxThanksgiving can be a stressful and busy time for both people and pets. Don’t forget to take your dog out for its regular walks so they can exercise before guest come over. Also, make sure you set aside a quiet space away from the crowd in case your pet needs a break.Watch the doorWith people coming and going from your home, your pet should have restricted access to exits, like the front door and garage. The OSPCA says your pet should be wearing its collar and ID at all times while company is over just in case they run from the home.For more information on foods your pets can and cannot eat, visit the OSPCA’s website. read more

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Manufacturing in Philadelphia region shrinks for a fifth straight month

Manufacturing in Philadelphia region shrinks for a fifth straight month AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Sep 20, 2012 11:17 am MDT WASHINGTON – Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region shrank for a fifth straight month in September, suggesting demand for American-made goods has weakened.The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia says its index of regional manufacturing activity had a reading of -1.9 in September. That was slightly better than the August reading of -7.1 and a July reading of -12.9. Still, any reading below zero indicates contraction.Nearly 23 per cent of firms in the region reported declines in activity in September. That’s down from 30 per cent in August. The region includes firms in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey.Manufacturing, which helped lift the country out of the Great Recession, has slowed since spring. A weak job market and meagre pay raises have hurt U.S. consumer spending. Businesses are investing less in machinery. And slower global growth has cut demand for U.S. exports.U.S. manufacturing activity shrank in August for the third straight month, according to the closely watched national survey from the Institute for Supply Management. The contraction in the Philadelphia region suggests the broader picture hasn’t improved.Paul Dales, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics, said that the string of declines in the Philadelphia manufacturing survey was consistent with his forecast for continued manufacturing troubles.“Our forecast that the euro-zone recession will only deepen from here and that growth in China will slow further suggests that the outlook for U.S. manufacturers isn’t very rosy,” Dales said.Last week, the Federal Reserve reported that manufacturing output fell 0.7 per cent in August, led by a 4 per cent drop in output at auto plants. read more

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Wiltjer has 25 points as Canada routs Brazil 9467 in World Cup

SAO PAULO — Kyle Wiltjer had a game-high 25 points and seven rebounds and Canada all but punched their ticket for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup with a 94-67 rout of Brazil on Monday.The win improved Canada’s record to 8-2 with just two Group F games remaining in the second round of qualifying. The the three highest-placed teams from each group, and the top fourth-placed team between Group E and Group F qualify for the World Cup in China, Aug. 31-Sept. 15.Phil Scrubb added 15 points and six assists and brother Thomas Scrubb had 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting off the bench.Marquinhos Sousa led Brazil with 17 points.Canada will play its final two contests at Mile One Centre in St. John’s, N.L., on Feb. 21 versus Chile and Feb. 24 against Venezuela.Canada hasn’t appeared at the World Cup since the 2010 tournament in Turkey, where they went 0-5 to finish 22nd of 24 teams.The Canadian Press read more

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Recyclage une histoire damour originale pour nous sensibiliser

first_imgRecyclage : une histoire d’amour originale pour nous sensibiliserLa société de production de films Catsnake a travaillé récemment sur un projet aussi original qu’intelligent : des spots surprenants autour du recyclage pour sensibiliser les consommateurs, à la demande de “Friends of the Earth” (Les amis de la Terre à l’international). Attention, sens de l’humour obligatoire.Ils se sont aimés dès le premier regard et ne veulent plus se lâcher l’étiquette. L’histoire d’amour entre deux bouteilles de lait, “Happy Farm” et “Valley Dairy”, risque de vous émouvoir plus que vous ne l’imaginez. À lire aussiJournée mondiale de l’environnement : Quelques astuces pour un mode de vie plus écolo au bureauRéalisée par la société Catsnake pour “Friends of the Earth” le spot écolo très original dans lequel ces deux personnages apparaissent, prête à sourire et vise à sensibiliser les consommateurs qui négligent parfois l’importance du recyclage.Sans en dévoiler plus sur l’issue de cette petite histoire émouvante et à la fois pleine d’humour, Maxisciences vous propose de découvrir le spot en cliquant ci-dessous :https://www.maxisciences.com/recyclage/une-romance-entre-deux-bouteilles-de-lait-pour-sensibiliser-au-recyclage_art14712.html Le 19 mai 2011 à 13:47 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Lawsuit claims church ignored warnings about principal

first_imgSEQUIM — A lawsuit filed in King County claims a church ignored warnings about a now convicted pedophile principal.KIRO-TV reports that Douglas Allison taught at Mountain View Christian School, part of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, until last year when he pleaded guilty to having sexual contact with two girls.Lawyer Chris Davis represents parents who claim their 10-year-old daughter was the victim, along with another 10-year-old girl.Their lawsuit claims the school was warned about Allison being too affectionate with students more than six months before his arrest.The lawsuit also claims at least one student at a school in California, where Allison worked before moving to Washington, claimed Allison molested her.Davis says the church did nothing about those claims.A Seventh-day Adventist Church spokeswoman said she hadn’t seen the lawsuit and couldn’t comment.last_img read more

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I want its not lost Hasina

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday urged the countrymen to keep up the achievement dedicating Bangladesh’s graduation to a developing nation to them as she was accorded a grand reception for her stewardship for the landmark development.”This achievement has been possible as we worked together . . . it’s the achievement of the people as they are the main strength (for the graduation),” she told a grand reception at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.The premier added: “I want this achievement to continue and it is not lost in any way.”The premier congratulated the people of all classes and professions in view of the achievement as she was accorded the reception for her stewardship to Bangladesh’s eligibility for graduating from the group of least development countries (LDCs).Coinciding with the reception she also opened a weeklong countrywide programme to celebrate Bangladesh’s graduation.The prime minister said the graduation proved again that people of the country could achieve everything they wanted and this achievement will have to be retained so that this journey did not stop.Economic Relations Division organised the reception with Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith in the chair while United Nations Under secretary-general Fajita Manual Katua Utau Common spoke on the occasion.A written message of UNDP administrator Achim Steiner was also read out at the function where ERD secretary Kazi Shafiqul Azam delivered the welcome address.UN secretary general Antonio Guterres , World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, Asian Development Bank president Takehiko Nakao, USAID administrator Mark Green and JICA president Shinichi Kitaoka have sent separate video messages on the occasion.Ministers, premier’s advisers, lawmakers, politicians, chiefs of three armed services, diplomats, representatives of development partners, business community leaders, senior journalists, educationists, writers, artistes and literatures, senior civil and military officials joined the function.The prime minister said as a proud nation, Bangladesh wants to move keeping its head high as “we liberated the country through struggle and war . . . So why we will lag behind and why we will not stand our own feet and we’ve proved that we can”.She said whatever achievements the country made belonged to the people as “these achievements were not possible, unless we got their response and cooperation and they elect us to power”.The prime minister said the state power meant to her the opportunity to serve the people and “the power is not for me to enjoy luxury and change my own fate”.Sheikh Hasina, also the daughter of Bangabandhu, said her father taught her that the politics means changing the lot of the people and “we’ve been working with a goal so that the people stay good and this success has been possible due to it”.At the function, the finance minister handed over the letter of the Committee for Development Policy (CDP) of the United Nations that declared the eligibility of Bangladesh for graduating from the LDCs to the prime minister.Sheikh Hasina also released a commemorative postage stamp issued by Bangladesh Post Office on the occasion alongside a commemorative currency note of Tk 70 denomination issued by Bangladesh Bank.Post and telecommunications minister Mustafa Jabbar and Bangladesh Bank governor Fazley Kabir were present on the occasion.Later information minister Hasanul Huq Inu, state minister for information Tarana Halim, information secretary Abdul Malek and principal information officer Begum Kamrun Nahar handed over a photo album to the prime minister.The prime minister said she has been running the state with a vow to change the lot of the people and present a beautiful life to them. “So, we have to keep up the development spree initiated during our tenure to achieve the goal,” she said.”We want that Bangladesh will advance further and be established as a hunger and poverty-free Sonar Bangla holding the hand of this achievement,” she added.Citing the historic 7 March speech of Bangabandhu, Sheikh Hasina said in his speech, the father of the nation had vowed that none would be able to suppress the Bangalees. “It has been proved again through Bangladesh’s graduation to a developing country,” she said.The prime minister said the nation had to cross many hurdles to achieve this success. “We had to advance being pierced of thorn on the leg,” she said.Expressing her gratitude to the almighty Allah for the achievement, Sheikh Hasina said she had to face repeated death attempts on her life, including the 21 August grisly grenade attack. “I never scared to death and don’t scare it,” she said.Recalling the dark chapter of Bangladesh after the assassination of Bangabandhu, the prime minister said she returned home in 1981 amid a hostile environment of the country. “At that time, the killers of Bangabandhu and war criminals were allowed by the then government to roam freely, do politics and put on the state power by promulgating infamous indemnity ordinance,” she said.”From that situation, we had started our journey and work for the welfare of the people and now we took the country one step forward,” she said.Paying tributes to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the premier said the father of the nation had realised Bangladesh’s recognition as an LDC. “Now we have been able to graduate Bangladesh as a developing country…I don’t know whether he is seeing this achievement of Bangladesh’s people from the heaven,” she said in an emotion charged voice.She said Bangabandhu wanted to bring smiles on the faces of the common people and he also wanted that the people would get a better life. “Today, the door of that possibility has been opened. Had Bangabandhu been alive, we could earn this achievement within 10 years of independence,” she said.Sheikh Hasina said the Father of the Nation had a long-cherished aspiration that people of this country would enjoy political freedom along with economic emancipation.The people of Bangladesh would get square meals, clothes and a better life – was his dream, she said, adding that he witnessed the sufferings and deprivation of people of this soil with his own eyes from the British colonial period to the Pakistani era.”No other else than Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had better idea about the real condition of the people. So, he struggled all over his life to change the fate of the common people,” she said.Sheikh Hasina reiterated her government’s determination to build Bangladesh as a middle income country by 2021 and developed one by 2041.”We will celebrate the birth centenary of Bangabandhu in 2020 and I have firm belief that we will certainly be able to establish a hunger and poverty-free Sonar Bangla as dreamt by the father of the nation by that year,” she said.The prime minister elaborated her government’s stunning successes in various fields, including agriculture, economy, education, health, power and poverty alleviation.She said her government wants to build Bangladesh as a developed and prosperous country in South Asia by 2041. “We may be not alive at that time, but we wish that the new generation must take the country forward and Bangladesh will get the honour as the best country in this region by that year.”A video documentary on the country’s stunning development that took place in different sectors in the last nine years was displayed at the function while another documentary containing the comments of working-class people about Bangladesh’s development under the leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina was screened.Earlier, the prime minister was greeted with bouquets on behalf of president Abdul Hamid, Jatiya Sangsad speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, the chief justice, the leader of the opposition in parliament, the chiefs of three services, the cabinet division, the 14-party, the police, government officials, freedom fighters, educationists, business leaders, journalists, artistes, litterateurs, sportspersons, women organisations, working-class people, the people with disabilities, children representatives and NGO representatives.Earlier, the prime minister paid tributes to father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing a wreath at his portrait.The UN Committee for Development Policy (CDP) on 15 March officially declared the eligibility of Bangladesh for graduating from the LDCs and handed over a formal letter in this regard to Bangladesh’s permanent representative to the UN Masud Bin Momen on the following day.last_img read more

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Russia probes act of terror after metro blast kills 11

first_imgRussian President Vladimir Putin places flowers in memory of victims of the blast in the Saint Petersburg metro at Technological Institute station. Photo: AFPEleven people were killed and dozens more injured as an explosion rocked the Saint Petersburg metro Monday, with the Kremlin saying it bore “all the hallmarks of an attack.”Authorities shut down the metro system in Russia’s second city for several hours as security services said they had also defused a bomb at a second metro station.Russia’s Investigative Committee said it was probing an “act of terror” but added it would look into all other possible causes of the blast.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion, which comes after the Islamic State group called for attacks on Russia in retribution for its military intervention in Syria fighting against the jihadists.Pictures screened on national television showed the door of a train carriage blown out, as bloodied bodies lay strewn on a station platform.Above ground, emergency services vehicles rushed to the scene at the Technological Institute metro station, a key transport hub in the city centre.As the city prepared to mark three days of mourning, President Vladimir Putin placed a bouquet of red flowers at the entrance to the station in the late evening hours, after chairing a meeting of officials from the FSB intelligence agency, rescuers and the interior ministry.Anti-terror authorities said in a statement to Russian news agencies that the toll had risen to 11 dead and 45 injured.“I will be afraid to take the metro now,” said Maria Ilyina, 30, standing near the station, where a growing pile of flowers has been left in tribute to the victims.“Before we thought that this would not come to Saint Petersburg—now our city is under threat.”Pensioner Vyacheslav Veselov told AFP he had seen four bodies at the station.“A station attendant in tears called on the men to help carry the bodies,” he said.‘Barbaric act’The blast occurred in a train carriage as it was travelling between the Technological Institute and Vosstaniya Square stations at 2:40 pm (1140 GMT), said anti-terrorist committee (NAK) spokesman Andrei Przhezdomsky.The NAK committee later confirmed security services had found another explosive device at the Vosstaniya Square metro station. This device did not explode and was immediately “neutralised.”The Moscow metro tweeted that it was “taking additional security measures” as required by law in such situations, while NAK said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies that security was being stepped up at transportation hubs and crowded spots across the country.Putin, who had been in Saint Petersburg holding a meeting at his Strelna presidential palace, offered “condolences” to the wounded and to the loved ones of those killed.German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned the explosion as a “barbaric act,” while US President Donald Trump said: “Happening all over the world, absolutely a terrible thing.”Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow and Washington had been in contact over the blast “through diplomatic channels.”EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini wrote on Twitter that she was following developments “together with all EU foreign ministers” gathered for a meeting in Luxembourg.“Our thoughts are with all the people of Russia,” she wrote.Russia has not been hit by an apparent attack this deadly since the bombing of a plane carrying holidaymakers back to Saint Petersburg from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh in October 2015, which was claimed by IS. All 224 people onboard were killed.Russian ground transport has also been hit by extremists before.In 2013, twin suicide strikes within two days at the main railway station and a trolleybus in the southern city of Volgograd—formerly known as Stalingrad—claimed 34 lives and raised alarm over security at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games.A suicide raid on Moscow’s Domodedovo airport claimed by Islamic insurgents from the North Caucasus killed 37 people in January 2011.last_img read more

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Baytown Kicks Off New Saturday Bus Service With Free Rides

first_imgIf you live in Baytown and you don’t have a car, and you need to get to work on a Saturday, you’re probably going to have to ask a friend for a favor or shell out for a taxi. But starting this Saturday you can take the bus.David Jones with Harris County Transit said it’s a lot cheaper than a taxi, “and if you have to pay for extra gas for the friend, that cuts that expense down as well.”Jones said they decided to launch the Saturday service after surveying riders on all three of Baytown’s bus routes. Along with getting to work, Jones says a lot of riders want to use the bus for Saturday shopping trips along the busy Garth Road corridor. They also want to get to activities at Lee College.Jones estimates they’ll start with about 300 Saturday riders.“As people get used to the service, we think that will increase our average daily boardings in Baytown right now run around 500 to 600,” Jones added. The Baytown Saturday buses will run from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The fare is $1.00.To introduce the new service, Harris County Transit is offering free Saturday rides through the end of the month.http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2791253-Baytown-Map.html 00:00 /01:01 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen Sharelast_img read more

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Marylands General Assembly Gavels for 2017 Session

first_imgANNAPOLIS, Maryland — The 2017 session of the Maryland General Assembly began Wednesday amid confusion stemming from federal investigations plaguing Democrats and concern among Republicans over the possible override of several vetoes issued by Gov. Larry Hogan at the end of the 2016 session. The Senate is scheduled to begin to debate the vetoes on Jan. 18. The Maryland House of Delegates room was filled with delegates, friends and family members for the first day of the legislative session on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, in Annapolis, Md. Delegate Michael Vaughn from Prince George’s County was absent from the legislature, amidst rumor that he resigned from his seat. (Hannah Klarner/Capital News Service via AP)Delegate Michael L. Vaughn, D-Prince George’s, cited health concerns in a two-sentence resignation letter to House Speaker Michael E. Busch, D-Anne Arundel, on Wednesday, raising questions that he may be involved in a federal investigation into corruption on the Prince George’s County Liquor Board.Vaughn, 59, sat on the House Economic Matters Committee and had been a legislator in the state since 2003. Delegate Michael Busch, speaker for the House of Delegates, talks during the first day of the legislative session on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, in Annapolis, Md. He was confirmed as the speaker, and sworn in before leading the events of the morning. (Hannah Klarner/Capital News Service via AP)Two business owners and two board members have already been charged, according to a press release issued Thursday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Although Democrats still have the three-fifths majority needed to override vetoes, their margin has shrunk, at least temporarily, by the sudden resignation of Sen. Lisa A. Gladden, D-Baltimore, due to illness.Hogan has said he intends to attend the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, despite telling the Baltimore Sun that he didn’t vote for the controversial Republican businessman. Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican, gavels in the first day of the Maryland legislative session in the Senate, on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, in Annapolis, Md. (Hannah Klarner/Capital News Service via AP)Hogan, a Republican, enjoys high approval ratings in a majority Democratic state and refused to endorse Trump during the campaign. Looking toward the 2018 gubernatorial election, Hogan faces a complicated political arena as many Republican voters will likely expect the governor to support the Republican president. At the same time, his refusal to endorse or support Trump during the election gained him ground among Maryland’s majority liberal voting population. According to Amelia Chassé, the governor’s deputy communications director, “the governor does what he thinks is right, this is not about political maneuvering; Governor Hogan had a strong relationship with the Obama administration without supporting President Obama.” Chassé said Hogan’s top priority for the 2017 legislative session remains repealing the Maryland Open Transportation Decision Act of 2016. The bill requires the governor’s office to score transportation funding projects before they receive funding. The governor’s office refers to the bill as the “roadkill-bill” and Chassé said that it will prevent the administration from moving forward with important projects.Mike Miller, speaker for the Maryland Senate, speaks during the first day of the legislative session, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, in Annapolis, Md. Governor Hogan also spoke at both the House and Senate. (Hannah Klarner/Capital News Service via AP)During remarks at Wednesday’s first Senate session, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., D-Calvert, Charles and Prince George’s, told Hogan that the Senate would look at the transportation bill and consider ways to make it “more palatable” to the governor. Miller also said that the governor’s office and both legislative bodies are united in their commitment to address opioid abuse in the state.There is wide bipartisan support to fight the heroin and opioid epidemic in Maryland. In previous years, the legislature has addressed the issue by picking “low hanging fruit,” said Delegate Clarence Lam, D-Baltimore and Howard counties, such as by enacting laws that protect people from arrest for calling 911 for an overdose, or by distributing Naloxone, which can reverse the effects of opioids. Lam and other delegates hope to go further by providing more funding for preventative measures and addiction treatment centers, he said. Miller praised Hogan’s budget allocations for environmental initiatives. Marilyn Mosby, State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, stands to be recognized during the first session of the Maryland legislature. Mosby is currently facing a malicious prosecution lawsuit by members of the Baltimore City Police Department, whom she brought charges against following the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody in 2015. (Hannah Klarner/Capital News Service via AP)However, the governor vetoed a 2016 bill that would have increased Maryland’s renewable portfolio standard, which regulates the amount of electricity in the state connected to renewable energy sources. Also, Sen. Robert Zirkin, D-Baltimore County, said that one of his top priorities in 2017 “is to ban fracking in Maryland.” Zirkin went on to say that “it would be the height of legislative negligence if we failed to do that.”Maryland currently has a moratorium on fracking that expires later this year.Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, a former Democratic senator, was a guest on the Senate floor and took a moment to thank the senators who supported her mayoral campaign.Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican, and Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh talk before the opening session of the Maryland legislature on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, in Annapolis, Md. (Hannah Klarner/Capital News Service via AP)Pugh says that “making sure the funding is in place” for education in the city is one of her administration’s top priorities during the 2017 session. Shortly after arriving at the State House, Pugh was approached by Hogan, who embraced her in a hug. Their conversation was muffled, but Hogan could be heard saying enthusiastically “time for a change in Baltimore City” as Pugh nodded and the two separated. Sen. J.B. Jennings, R-Baltimore County, Harford, said “overall, my priority is to make this a successful session.”J.W. Jennings, center, 3, pulls on his father Senator J.B. Jennings’ hand in the hall before the first day of the legislative session, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, in Annapolis, Md. Several senators and delegates brought their children, and recognized friends and family members in the session. (Hannah Klarner/Capital News Service via AP)Hogan proposed a sick leave plan late last year that would give Maryland workers five days of paid leave for businesses with at least 50 workers. While some lawmakers want his plan to have a further reach, it provides a good “starting point for discussions,” Lam said. Annapolis lawmakers are bracing themselves for the president-elect Trump’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Without the current level of federal funding for healthcare, Maryland lawmakers may have to scramble to pick up the costs, working within an already tight budget, said Delegate Terri Hill, D-Baltimore and Howard counties. If the state can’t find the funds, thousands could potentially lose their healthcare, Lam said. Capital News Service reporters Natalie Schwartz and Jack Chavez contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Marvels Avengers Infinity War to Stream on Netflix Starting in December

first_imgNetflix is trying to get as much bang out of its soon-to-expire Disney deal as possible.In the U.S. and Canada, Netflix will debut Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” on Christmas Day, Dec. 25. The streamer announced the premiere date for the superhero blockbuster in a tweet Monday.But Netflix’s deal with Disney will end in 2020, and Netflix will not have rights to any titles starting with 2019 new releases. Netflix originally inked the output deal with for U.S. pay-TV-window rights to Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar films in 2013.Disney ended the Netflix pact last year to roll its own streaming service, dubbed Disney+, which is set to launch in late 2019. Disney chairman-CEO Bob Iger revealed the moniker earlier this month as part of the Mouse House’s quarterly earnings report. Disney also launched a placeholder website, preview.disneyplus.com, for prospective subscribers to sign up for info. Popular on Variety “Avengers: Infinity War,” released in April 2018, grossed a little over $2 billion at the box office, including $679 million domestically, per Box Office Mojo. That puts it as the fourth-biggest movie release ever, behind “Avatar,” “Titanic” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”The movie, which brings together several parts of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, features an ensemble cast that includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Josh Brolin, and Chris Pratt. “Avengers: Infinity War” was directed by Anthony and Joe Russo.After Netflix loses rights to Disney releases and back catalog, the plan is to bring the films to Disney+, which will be available globally. Disney also developing new original programming for the over-the-top service, including a series based on Loki starring Tom Hiddleston and a second “Star Wars” live-action series starring Diego Luna as Rebel spy Cassian Andor.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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VIDEO NHL player quickly ends fight with one devastating MMAstyle Superman punch

first_imgAnaheim Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieksa may be getting a call from UFC President Dana White after dropping Philly’s Radko Gudas with a single devastating blow in their scrap on Tuesday night.Bieska lit up Gudas with an unexpected leaping Superman punch that put a quick end to the confrontation. It’s something you’d expect to see in the  UFC, but not by a guy wearing skates.This is a damn fine KO by any standard. Dana White even chimed in with his approval. Advertisementlast_img

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Colins 2018 NFL Mock Draft 30

first_img 3. Cardinals (From Colts): Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA – The Cardinals missed out on Kirk Cousins and, as of now, head into next season with never not injured Sam Bradford at quarterback. With the Niners, Seahawks, and Rams all set with franchise QB’s, the Cardinals trade up with the Colts and take Rosen. He’s the most polished passer in the draft, and arguably the most NFL ready. Without a quarterback in the NFC West the Cardinals will be dead in the water. Rosen is the pick.(Colts: 1.0 – Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State) (Colts: 2.0 – Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State)Josh Rosen with a Dan Marino FAKE SPIKE pic.twitter.com/3aSY26m3m2— Eric Elizondo (@EricElizondo8) September 4, 2017 10. Raiders: Roquon Smith, LB, Georgia – Jon Gruden needs to transform the Raiders atrocious defense and the Butkus Award winner is a good start. Smith is an unrelenting tackling machine who racked up 137 tackles for the Bulldogs last year and ran a 4.51 at the combine. Fast. Explosive. Smith is a huge upgrade from what’s currently on the roster. Advertisement 11. Dolphins: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma – Colin’s Top 10 this week goes to 11 to include Baker Mayfield to the Dolphins. Ryan Tannehill is coming off a serious knee injury, and even though Colin thinks Mayfield has off field and maturity issues, he can play. Colin has said on numerous occasions that he wouldn’t take Mayfield, but Miami is comfortable enough to pull the trigger.Showing off the arm!! @bakermayfield feeling good throwing deep balls to his guys on @OU_Football Pro Day #Sooners #proday #OUDNA pic.twitter.com/Y7S4NxDdmf— Sooner Sports TV (@SoonerSportsTV) March 14, 2018Here’s Colin to run it down:1. Browns – Sam Darnold2. Giants – Saquon Barkley3. *Cardinals – Josh Rosen@ColinCowherd unveils his Mock Draft 3.0 pic.twitter.com/lGoFzu1CLU— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) March 15, 2018 2. Giants: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State – Colin moved Barkley up in his second mock after a strong combine and still thinks the Giants grab him at 2. The Giants front office appears to be content rolling with Eli Manning and will pass on taking a QB with the second overall pick. They just bolstered their o-line with the signing of tackle Nate Solder from New England, and Barkley would provide some balance to an offense that badly needs it. Barkley and Odell Beckham is a scary combo.(1.0 – Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA) (2.0 Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State) 8. Bears: Denzel Ward, DB, Ohio State – Ward is still the pick for Chicago. He put on a show at the combine with a 4.32 40-yard dash and is the best cover corner in the draft. He also tackles. Every NFL team can use a lock down corner and Ward has the potential to have an immediate impact like fellow Buckeye Marshon Lattimore did with the Saints.(1.0 – Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M) (2.0 – Denzel Ward, DB, Ohio State)Does Denzel Ward get docked for doing this? pic.twitter.com/MwXUEY6Fk7— Marcus Chai (@OaklandScout) February 1, 2018 9. Bills (From Niners): Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming – With Minkah Fitzpatrick, Denzel Ward and Quenton Nelson off the board, John Lynch decides to trade down and Buffalo slides into the 9 slot to grab Josh Allen. The Bills just signed A.J. McCarron as a stop gap after trading Tyrod Taylor, but he clearly isn’t the long term answer. Allen’s size and huge arm make him a perfect fit for the harsh elements in the second half of the season if he pans out. He’s the biggest boom or bust player in the draft, but the Bills step in and swing for the fences.(1.0 – Niners: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State) (2.0 – Josh Allen – QB, Wyoming)Amazing stuff from Josh Allen at the NFL Combine. Has looked the best out of the first group. Baker, Rudolph and Rosen are in the second group. pic.twitter.com/sjxQbHeEor— Buffalo Sports Talk (@BUFSportsTalk) March 3, 2018center_img 6. Jets: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama – The Jets couldn’t land Kirk Cousins, so they signed Teddy Bridgewater, and re-signed backup Josh McCown. Colin thinks adding an offensive weapon with Ridley to support either QB is a must. Ridley gives him an explosive weapon to pair with a decent young receiving corps.(1.0 – Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State) (2.0 – Calvin  Ridley, WR, Alabama)Quick highlights for CALVIN RIDLEY (@CalvinRidley1) who’s expected by most to be the 1st wide receiver selected in this year’s #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/oYadWGBE8i— PirateLife Football (@PirateLifeFF) February 20, 2018 5. Broncos: Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State – The Broncos signed Case Keenum in free agency so they’re out on drafting a QB. Instead, they go best available player with explosive pass rusher Chubb. The Broncos D has been on a slow decline since winning the Super Bowl and Chubb would help reignite the pass rush opposite Von Miller. B.P.A.(1.0 – Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama) (2.0 – Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA)Whew. Bradley Chubb speed rush 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/hQSudmbtD0— Billy Marshall (@BillyM_91) February 18, 2018 4. Browns (From Houston): Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame –  With Sam Darnold in the fold, and future Hall of Fame left tackle Joe Thomas retiring, the Browns get line help with the “can’t bust” prospect in this year’s draft in Nelson. He’s a nastier version of Cowboys Pro Bowl guard Zach Martin, and will step in and play at a high level immediately. Nelson plays with an old school edge and makes a great bodyguard for Darnold.(1.0, 2.0 – Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama)Quenton Nelson (LG #56) is an elite prospect. Blocks like this are why 😳 pic.twitter.com/JQVRte6XM8— J.R. (@JReidDraftScout) January 29, 2018 NFL Free Agency is in full swing, and Colin has revised his Top 10 mock draft according to changing needs based on team signings and other factors. His 3.0 Top 10 continues to shift, and features another team trading up to grab a quarterback.Here’s how Colin sees the top of the draft playing out, 3.0:Browns: Sam Darnold, QB, USC – Cleveland traded for Tyrod Taylor, but they still take Darnold with the #1 pick. He’s got a body that can withstand the punishment of the AFC North, loves football, has a franchise quarterback personality, and is just scratching the surface of his overall potential. There are still Saquon Barkley rumors floating around. That would be a big mistake.(1.0, 2.0 – Sam Darnold, QB, USC)Non mais quelle fin de match ! QB Sam Darnold pour WR Deontay Burnett. TD Trojans !USC 24, Texas 17 OTpic.twitter.com/R1jDYdnOhe— TBP College Football (@thebluepennant) September 17, 2017 7. Bucs: Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama – Colin had the Browns taking Fitzpatrick with the 4th pick in in his first two mocks, but has him falling to the Bucs after Cleveland takes Quenton Nelson. Tampa needs secondary help and Fitzpatrick is the prototype hybrid DB that can play safety or cover the slot. He provides attitude and leadership to a Tampa D that’s been average.(1.0, 2.0 – Quenton Nelson, OL, Notre Dame)Minkah is a God. pic.twitter.com/2Ul4FAaqqN— The Mick Nartin™ (@themicknartin) February 11, 2018last_img read more

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Trade reaction to U by Uniworlds Uturn Its a good idea to

first_img Kathryn Folliott Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Tags: Uniworld Trade reaction to U by Uniworld’s U-turn: “It’s a good idea to open up the age restriction” Share About Latest Posts Kathryn FolliottEditor at TravelweekKathryn is Editor at Travelweek and has worked for the company since 1995. She has travelled to more than 50 countries and counts Hong Kong, Jerusalem, the Swiss Alps and the Galapagos Islands among her favourite destinations. Latest posts by Kathryn Folliott (see all) “They need to go where the bucks are”: Agents on ACTA partnership – April 18, 2019 As the cost of doing business climbs, host agencies, retail groups say they have options – April 4, 2019 As of 2021 Europe-bound clients will need to apply online for a visa waiver and pay a fee – April 3, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> This story originally ran in the March 15th, 2018 issue of Travelweek magazine. To get Travelweek delivered to your agency for free, subscribe here. TORONTO — A boost in bookings from travel agents for clients in their late 40s, 50s and beyond may have helped sway Uniworld’s recent decision to lift the 21-45 age restriction on its U by Uniworld ships.Just a few months ago, U by Uniworld introduced new ‘UToo’ departures that waived the 21-45 age restriction for eight dates.The cruise line opened those sailings up to its trade partners to sell – and saw a significant spike in business as a result.For any travel agent booking older clients on those UToo departures, Uniworld’s decision to drop the 21-45 age restriction was less of a surprise and more of a wise business move.What was Uniworld hearing from its trade partners that clinched the decision to open up the U by Uniworld age range to a much deeper client base?“Many of our trade partners were telling us that they have clients in their 40s and 50s who very were interested in the U concept and liked the contemporary stylish décor, U Time Excursions and fun onboard programming like paint & wine, silent disco, etc. but were just outside the age range,” says Michelle Palma, Uniworld’s VP – Field Sales, North America.The age range will change for U by Uniworld sailings, but not the onboard experience, says Michelle Palma, Uniworld’s VP – Field Sales, North America. Uniworld is updating its trade and consumer websites and social media channels and is in the process of creating updated FAQs for front line teams to reflect the new policy.The target audience is virtually the same, she says. Only the age range has changed. “At this point, we have no plans to change our included meal or excursion programs. [And] we plan to keep the onboard programming exactly the same. This is the essence of what U by Uniworld is all about and that is what’s driving the demand in the market.”More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesEarlier this month the cruise line sent out word to its retail partners that effective immediately, U by Uniworld sailings – previously restricted to ages 21-45 and marketed heavily to Millennials – are now open to all adults of all ages. The cruise line’s two ships, The A and The B, set sail in April 2018 with four eight-day itineraries on the Rhine, Main, Danube and Seine Rivers.Uniworld says it has made the changes to all of its trade and consumer websites and social media channels and is in the process of creating updated FAQs for front line teams.Uniworld’s decision is ultimately good news especially given the record high demand for river cruise product, say agents.Sandra McLeod with RedDoorTravel in LaSalle, ON says Uniworld made the right move.“I thought it might limit interest by both customers and agents when it first came out,” said McLeod. “It’s a good idea to open up the age restriction. There is a very large and active Baby Boomer group that was left out of trying this new experience. These are also the customers that have more disposable income and time to travel.”Dining onboard The BThat’s not to say the 21-45s don’t travel well, says McLeod. But “the appeal of more modern ships, more active and immersive excursions, healthier food choices will attract a wide range of clientele.”To minimize confusion between Uniworld’s boutique product and the U by Uniworld product, it will be important going forward to emphasize the differences between the ships and experiences, says McLeod.Matthew Eichhorst, Global Cruise Leader for Expedia Inc. and President, Expedia CruiseShipCenters, is onboard with the decision as well. “U by Uniworld offers a new take on independent, experiential travel, and Uniworld’s decision to revise their age restriction will allow more like-minded adults to fully enjoy what this innovative new cruise line has to offer.”More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesTravel companies have been racing to deliver product to the coveted Millennial demographic. The oldest Millennials are now in their mid-to-late 30s and dedicated travellers from an early age.The number of Millennials who say they ‘definitely will’ book a cruise for their next trip was up from 63% to 70% this year, according to CLIA’s 2018 consumer research.CLIA says it’s also seeing Millennials develop a taste for luxury cruising. Their share of the premium and luxury cruise segments is higher than average, notes CLIA.CLIA’s survey of favourite types of vacations showed that 8% of Millennials favour river cruises, more even than Gen Xers (3%), Baby Boomers (5%) and older Traditionalists (6%).But family vacation opportunities are at a premium and that’s especially true for Millennials with young kids. While some Millennials may be lucky enough to convince the grandparents to babysit the little ones while they enjoy an adults-only getaway, most Millennial passengers in their 20s and 30s who have kids are looking for cruise options that are family-friendly.Time is at a premium too. CLIA’s survey shows that 3 – 5 day cruises are most favoured by Millennials (39%), compared to 26% for Gen Xers, 14% for Boomers and 6% for Traditionalists.It’s the older segments – the Boomers and the Traditionalists – who have the vacation time and inclination to embark on the longer durations more typical of European cruises. Posted bylast_img read more

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In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan on Sunday the PDP noted that the committee lacked credibility “The panel constituted by INEC lacks credibility as it comprises of members of the same indicted INEC “They have been detailed to arrive at predetermined findings and recommendations aimed at exonerating the Professor Yakubu-led commission and play down on the electoral implications of the existence of underage voters” The opposition party also took a swipe at the All Progressives Congress (APC) for its reaction to the allegation They also condemned the scope of the inquest particularly the alleged exclusion of Katsina State from the probe “Nigerians have been wondering why INEC is afraid of looking at its register in Katsina State Is it because Katsina is the home state of President Muhammadu Buhari and a probe is likely to expose cans of worms Is INEC afraid that a sanitised register would lead to a massive drop in the voting population in the state” PDP questioned “Nigerians are also wondering why INEC has vehemently refused to include other stakeholders including political parties credible NGOs and Civil Society Organisations in this important assignment to guarantee its credibility “We hold that by excluding other stakeholders INEC is definitely not sincere with the sanitisation of INEC voters’ register in Kano Katsina and other states where out of intimidation it is allowing the registration of minors” the party alleged It further accused the electoral body of manifesting weaknesses and bias doubting its credibility in the conduct of the 2019 general elections The PDP however noted that it would not accept any findings or recommendations from the committee claiming that such would not reflect the reality on the ground It also maintained that INEC must be bold enough to extend the inquest to Katsina State as well as other states where minors were allegedly registered The opposition noted that failure of the commission to do so would amount to caving into pressure ahead of the forthcoming general elections It further asked the INEC chairman to immediately disbanding the committee and set up a panel made up of political parties credible NGOs and CSOs as well as extend the inquest to Katsina and other states “Professor Yakubu must understand that his allegiance is to Nigeria and not the APC INEC under him must not lose its credibility or be reduced to an annex of the APC “Indeed Nigerians would not accept anything short of credible free and fair general elections in 2019” the party added Dr Abubakar Sulaiman Minister/Deputy National Chairman National Planning Commission(NPC) Dr Abubakar Sulaiman has declared that President Goodluck Jonathan has no plan to rig next month’s general elections even as he described the president as a leader with large heart The minister made the disclosure during a reception in his honour and other past deans organised by the Faculty of Social Sciences University of Abuja held at the university auditorium at its mini campus Gwagwalada He said: “This administration is working and the evidence is there I will continue to do more for the university and I can do better and if you truly like me vote to return Goodluck Jonathan “One thing we should all know is that Jonathan does not have the plan to rig himself back If he had or has that plan he would not have appointed Jega (INEC) an activist as the INEC chairman Even on my appointment Mr President demonstrated a large heart “I was an active unionist during my days as a university lecturer I led a protest against the then sitting VC which we carried up to the government level yet Mr President decided devoid of any sentiment to appoint me a minister It takes one with a large heart to do that” Reeling out the catalogue of Jonathan’s achievements the minister stated that under President Goodluck Jonathan 14 Federal Universities were built across the geo-political spread of the country and this is a great height achieved in educational development ever witnessed in the Nigeria In his remarks the Vice Chancellor of the University Professor Mike Adikwu commended the minister for putting the university first in the course of discharging his duties as a minister adding that “Dr Sualiman has lived up to his billings as an academic in the federal executive council and has also made the university proud as his constituent” Adikwu expressed appreciation for the foreign training opportunity given to the university by the NPC under Sulaiman’s leadership and expressed confidence that the minister will do more to get the university attain greater height In his goodwill message Professor Samuel Asala Provost College of Health Sciences of the university recalled the historic role in the completion of the College of Health Sciences’ building in the university permanent site Also speaking Professor Sarah Anyawu of Economics Department also commended the minister’s effort for the numerous economic policy plans initiated 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