APTN National NewsSome of members of Parliament stepped away from summer recess for a special debate in Ottawa Monday.The House of Commons justice committee began examining the government’s proposed prostitution bill.APTN’s Annette Francis has the story.
New Delhi: A 12-year-old girl was sexually assaulted inside a park in Shahdara’s Seemapuri area on Thursday. Police said they have launched a manhunt to nab the accused in the case. The investigating agency stated that the girl is in trauma and not able to talk properly. Police said that the incident was reported on Thursday morning after the victim’s mother alerted them about the crime with her daughter.At the time of the incident, the victim had gone to the park to play and there was no one in the house as her mother works as a maid. “In the evening when the girl’s mother came to the house and did not found her daughter, she started searching,” police further said. Later, the mother found her sitting on the pavement on the street. She reached there and asked about her whereabouts. The minor was not able to walk properly and she was in pain. The mother came to know about the incident and alerted the Seemapuri police station. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shahdara) Meghna Yadav said that the case is being investigated and no one has been arrested in the case. “The girl is in shock after the incident,” DCP Yadav said. According to the police officer, they have launched a manhunt in different parks connecting to the area. Police staff of two police stations are working in the case. “Questioning is going on with several people including drug addicts and other suspicious persons who roam around the area,” police said. A case under appropriate IPC sections and POCSO Act registered in Seemapuri police station. Recently in another case, a 30-year-old man has been arrested for raping a 61-year-old mentally challenged woman in a park near Lajpat Nagar metro station in Southeast Delhi. Last year, three persons have been arrested in connection with the alleged gang-rape of a 16-year-old girl and attack on her male friend in a park in Northwest Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh area on December 16, 2018.
The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index posted a triple-digit decline in late-morning trading as U.S. stock markets also tumbled ahead of a possible escalation in the U.S.-China trade war.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 120.68 points at 16,276.72.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 387.62 points at 25,579.71. The S&P 500 index was down 35.67 points at 2,843.75, while the Nasdaq composite was down 109.84 points at 7,833.48.The Canadian dollar traded for 74.14 cents US compared with an average of 74.26 cents US on Wednesday.The June crude contract was down 89 cents at US$61.23 per barrel and the June natural gas contract was down 3.7 cents at US$2.57 per mmBTU.The June gold contract was up US$4.40 at US$1,285.80 an ounce and the July copper contract was down 2.7 cents at US$2.75 a pound.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today expressed “deep regret” over Turkey’s deportation of an Iraqi, although the agency had accorded him refugee status and issued him the relevant documentation.“UNHCR urged the government of Turkey to allow the refugee to remain in Turkey,” spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told a news briefing in Geneva, noting that the refugee, who was deported on 3 March, came from violence-wracked central Iraq. “Regretfully, the Government did not respond to our letter or other attempts to communicate with them on this case.”UNHCR has advised governments that Iraqis from southern and central Iraq should be favourably considered as refugees under the 1951 Convention, given the high prevalence of serious human rights violations, and has called upon States not to forcibly return any Iraqi from those areas.“UNHCR appeals to the Turkish authorities to refrain from any such deportations and to all governments in the region to keep their borders open for Iraqis fleeing persecution,” Ms. Pagonis said.UNHCR estimates that some 4 million Iraqis have fled their homes fearing generalized violence and targeted persecution. Of these, 1.9 million are displaced inside Iraq, while some 2 million have sought refuge in neighbouring countries such as Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and Turkey.As of 1 January, UNHCR Turkey had registered 2,719 Iraqi refugees, most of them living in Istanbul and provincial cities in Central Anatolia where the authorities assign refugees and asylum-seekers. The agency believes the actual number of Iraqis in Turkey may be much higher. 13 March 2007The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today expressed “deep regret” over Turkey’s deportation of an Iraqi, although the agency had accorded him refugee status and issued him the relevant documentation.
TORONTO — E-cigarette maker Juul is opening its first retail store in Canada amid mounting concern about the brand’s role in the rise of teen vaping.The Juul store in Toronto’s west-end, which opens to customers Monday, marks the California-based company’s first brick-and-mortar location in North America.Upon entering, Juul says all visitors will be asked to provide identification to prove they meet Ontario’s legal age of 19 to purchase vaping products before they can pass through the glass doors concealing the vaping products from public view.Those who gain entry will find Juul’s devices and cartridges laid out on tables in the sleek showroom style of an Apple store. Patrons can interact with the devices, but not test them, because vaping is prohibited indoors.At a media preview on Monday morning, Michael Nederhoff, general manager of Juul Labs in Canada, said the store was designed to be an “educational venue” for adult smokers looking to learn about vaping.But as Juul has emerged as Canada’s leading vaping brand, critics say the company is at risk of creating a new generation of nicotine addicts in light of recent research suggesting that the prevalence of teenage vaping has nearly doubled.In May 2018, Ottawa formally legalized vaping, opening the door for international vaping brands such as Juul to enter the Canadian market.Since then, Juul has captured a 78 per cent share of Canada’s vape market, with its products available at more than 13,000 vape shops and convenience stores across the country, said Nederhoff.Nick Kadysh, Juul’s director of government relations, said the company sees youth vaping as “completely unacceptable” and has taken steps to prevent its products from getting into the wrong hands.He cited efforts such as using third-party age verification for online sales, and sending secret shoppers to check roughly 150 stores per month to make sure they’re carding customers and following Juul’s restrictions on bulk purchases. He said retailers who don’t comply may either be “blacklisted” or reported to Health Canada.But David Hammond, a public health professor at the University of Waterloo, said Juul and other e-cigarette makers need to go further to stem the 74-per-cent surge in vaping by Canadian teens that his research suggests.Hammond led a study published in the British Medical Journal in June based on online surveys of Canadians aged 16 to 19 in 2017 and 2018.The researchers found that the number of Canadian teens who said they had vaped in the last month increased to 14.6 per cent in 2018 from 8.4 per cent in 2017.Hammond said the 2018 surveys straddled the month before and after Juul hit stores in Canada, and within weeks of becoming available, the brand had surged to become the third most popular among Canadian teens.He said the brand’s soaring sales in Canada are particularly alarming in light of trends in the U.S., where researchers found the increase in Juul use accounted for more than two-thirds of the overall rise in youth vaping.Last week, Juul executives were called before U.S. Congress to field questions from lawmakers about whether the company tried to market its products to youth.House members pointed to internal documents indicating that Juul planned to push its products on social media and offered funding to schools for anti-vaping education in a program that was quashed after the company learned that big tobacco had backed similar anti-smoking efforts decades earlier.Juul executives in Canada said neither of those strategies were attempted in Canada, and the company has even advocated for Ottawa to ban social media marketing of vaping products.Earlier this year, Health Canada proposed new measures to ban the promotion of e-cigarettes in public places, stores and media where young people are likely to encounter them, including point-of-sale advertisements.Kadysh said the restriction would hinder Juul’s ability to reach adult smokers when they’re buying cigarettes at their local convenience store and encourage them to switch to what is believed to be a less harmful alternative.For Hammond, this reluctance speaks volumes about Juul’s commitment to preventing youth vaping.“I think it is (disingenuous) at best for any company to suggest that those types of ads don’t reach kids when it is literally inches from the candy,” he said.Hammond credits Juul’s popularity among youth in part to the technology the brand uses to deliver a high concentration of nicotine without irritating the mouth or throat.Many competing e-cigarette brands have also adopted this technology, which he believes puts young people at greater risk of becoming addicted to nicotine.He said this may have contributed to the dramatic rise researchers found in rates of daily or weekly e-cigarette use by Canadian adolescents.Another factor in Juul’s youth appeal may be the minimalist design of the devices, which resemble a flash drive and allow for discrete use without the telltale smell of conventional cigarettes, Hammond added.Last month, San Francisco banned the sale of e-cigarettes in a bid to curb underage use. But Hammond said he doesn’t think a similar prohibition would be feasible or desirable in Canada.“We can actually control these products more by having them regulated than just trying to push them under the blanket,” he said.“I think it would be a shame if we had to ban them outright because of their potential to help with adult smokers, but we need to find some way of reducing access to kids for sure.”—With files from The Associated PressThe Canadian Press
“Those convoys, which are being organized by the World Food Programme (WFP), are to go to the towns of Jezzine and Sidon, and we also hope to go deeper into the south in the following days,” Marie Okabe told reporters in New York.With more than one fifth of Lebanon’s 3.8 million population believed to have abandoned their homes to escape the conflict, WFP said in a news release that it plans to increase the number of people targeted by its contribution to the emergency operation.Yesterday’s UN relief convoy, which carried supplies from WFP, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA), passed thousands of displaced people on the road heading for safe havens. According to one WFP staff member, the towns and villages that these people have abandoned resemble “ghost towns.”WFP is responsible for providing logistics support – trucking, warehousing and communications – to the UN relief operation in Lebanon and has deployed 20 staff to Beirut in response to the escalating crisis, while support structures have been established in Damascus, Syria and Larnaca, Cyprus.Almost 360 Lebanese have been killed in the conflict so far with an estimated 1,500 injured, the great majority civilians, the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its latest situation report, highlighting that 42 Israelis have also died in nearly two weeks of fighting.“The conflict continues to cause enormous damage to residential areas and key civilian infrastructure with hundreds of bridges and road networks, mainly in the south [of Lebanon], systematically destroyed, leaving entire communities in the south inaccessible and hampering relief operations,” OCHA said.Out of an estimated 800,000 people affected by the violence, around 700,000 have fled their homes, with 125,000 or so staying in schools and public institutions in Lebanon and 150,000 estimated to have crossed the border into Syria, it added.
BlackBerry receives key U.S. security clearance for its enterprise software WATERLOO, Ont. – BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB) says the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency has approved BES 10 secure work space software for use by government workers on devices that run the Android operating system or Apple’s iOS software.The company says the DISA approval provides additional confidence for government agencies that are considering a more open mobile environment with a selection of devices and operating system.BlackBerry has been lost market share in recent years to Apple’s iPhone, iPad and similar Android smartphones and tables from various manufacturers.Under BlackBerry chairman John Chen, BlackBerry has been focusing on the business and public sector segments of the market, while highlighting the security features of its products and services.A company memo last week said that BlackBerry has reached the end of a reorganization that began three years ago and it’s ready to make strategic acquisitions, such as the purchase of Secusmart, a German anti-eavesdropping firm. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 6, 2014 11:58 am MDT
It comes as a YouGov poll found one in five UK adults are drinking above the chief medical officers’ low risk drinking guidelines. Middle-aged people who enjoy a glass of wine with their dinner should abstain from alcohol on certain days during the week, Public Health England (PHE) has said. The campaign has been announced despite Dame… While more than two thirds admitted they would find cutting down on alcohol harder to do than other healthy lifestyle changes such diet improvements, exercising, or quitting smoking. The warning comes as PHE and Drinkaware officials launch a new “Drink Free Days” campaign designed to help people cut down on drinking alcohol by choosing to abstain on more days. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
International Mining has for some months been reporting on tight markets for both consulting and engineering expertise. Now CIC Energy, developing the Mmamabula Energy Project in Botswana notes: “The EPC market globally has continued to tighten in the last few months, and the sponsors have concluded that it will be difficult to enter into a turnkey EPC contract for this large scale project on terms and conditions that, until recently, were accepted by EPC contractors and would have enabled this project to be financed on a non-recourse project finance basis.” A cautionary tale perhaps for some who have not secured the engineering they need. This latest issue of International Mining Project News also contains significant nickel news from a number of companies, like Mincor and Focus Minerals, working in the Kambalda area of Western Australia. Following the recent news of the +$9 billion Chinese investment in the DRC come details of CMEC anticipating investing $5 billion in the Bélinga iron ore mine in Gabon. Nearby, Rio Tinto has further strengthened its position within the iron ore industry with a 2,250 Mt addition to its global iron ore resource base – the Simandou project in Guinea. Rio has also provided details of two big copper projects – La Granja and Resolution. Among the new mines coming into production are Pan Australian Resources’ Phu Kham copper-gold operation in Laos, DiamonEx’s Lerala diamond mine in Botswana and Kinross Gold’s Kupol project in the Chukotka region of the Far Eastern Federal District of Russia.Dragon Mining’s diamond core drilling program targeting the depth extensions of the Svartliden gold mine in Sweden has returned further high-grade intercepts including 4 m at 7.15 g/t Au and 6 m at 8.81 g/t Au.In Western Greenland, the wholly owned subsidiary of Angus & Ross, a zinc/lead mining company focused on re-opening the Black Angel mine, Black Angel Mining, has been awarded a 30 year licence to mine zinc, lead and silver ore from the mine.Eldorado Gold is in receipt of all permits and approvals necessary to construct its Efemçukuru mine in Turkey.Australian nickel miner Mincor Resources has continued its run of exploration success in the Kambalda region, unveiling a potential new discovery at its operating Mariners nickel mine, as well as significant southwards extensions to the recently discovered NO9 orebody at Mariners.To receive this fortnight’s full 30+ page report, subscriptions to this service can be registered and paid for on-line (SUBSCRIBE TO IM PROJECT NEWS BUTTTON), or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a free trial copy.
Steve Dipaola/For The ColumbianPro-charter supporter Jan Verrinder reacts to the news the charter appears to have passed. What does the forecast look like for the weekend? Check out it out here.Here’s a look at some of this week’s top stories:Clark County backs home ruleCome Jan. 1, changes will come to county government.At least that’s the way it looks after the first election returns Tuesday, which indicated a home rule charter was passing. The charter measure has received 55.8 percent of the vote, with an estimated 45,000 ballots to be counted.At The Grant House on Officers Row, a party of charter supporters whooped and hollered as the results were announced.Nan Henriksen — the former Camas mayor and chairwoman of the county freeholders who wrote the charter — said the changes it prescribes are long overdue.“I am so excited and relieved,” she said. “We worked so incredibly hard.”Retiring Republican Sheriff Garry Lucas — one of the faces of the pro-charter campaign whose photo appeared on much of the campaign literature — said he’d had no idea how the vote would go down prior to receiving the results. Election results in state and Clark County races can be found at www.columbian.com/election.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Transportation issued a reminder that plowing snow from private property into local roads, ditches, and right of ways is illegal. DOT reminds residents that as the snowfall continues this winter remember it is a violation of state law to plow excess snow from your driveway and yard across state maintained roadways. According to the Kenai Peninsula Borough, this creates an obstruction hazard and sight problems for the traveling public and snow removal equipment. Along with the reminder about plowing, the Borough asks parents to keep children out of snow piles and berms along roadways. They say plowing snow into the right of way creates significant additional costs and delays to road crews who have to move the snow back – a cost which is eventually transferred to the taxpayer.
Eva Saulitis. (Credit courtesy of Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College)Download AudioThe community of Homer is mourning the death of a beloved writer, scientist and teacher. Eva Saulitis died January 16th of cancer. Homer Council on the Arts will award Saulitis a lifetime achievement award, posthumously, on Friday. The Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College will hold a memorial reading in the evening.Homer Council on the Arts will make the award at their annual meeting at their office Friday, January 29th. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. The memorial reading starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College, with a potluck afterwards.Eva Saulitis’poems capture a snapshot of rural life in Homer where she lived. Her student, Miranda Weiss reads one of her favorites.“This poem is called The Egg Couplets: Only one egg today when I trudged out to throw slop to the hens, scatter ash on the path. It’s February. The sun’s coming back and now when he hears my voice Olaf throws his head back and crows …,” read Weiss.Saulitis was a scientist, a poet, an essayist and an instructor at the local college. She also worked as a professor through the low residency MFA in Creative Writing program at University of Alaska Anchorage. And she helped organize the Kachemak Bay Writers Conference.She’s best known for her book about whales called, Into Great Silence: A Memoir of Discovery and Loss in the realm of Vanishing Orcas, now assigned in college classrooms. But she also wrote poetry in books titled, Many Ways to Say It and Prayer in Wind.Becoming Earth book cover. Saulitis’ final book is due out in 2017. (Credit: photo by Erin Hollowell)Saulitis is remembered for her ability to mix artistic and scientific writing and an openness that fostered creativity in her students.“I hadn’t really ever met and you know hadn’t really read much writing by somebody who was both a poet and a scientist – somebody who could write lyrically and also richly scientific and with a real keen eye to natural history,” said Weiss.Weiss says her first class with Saulitis hooked her. Saulitis lit a candle in the middle of the room and then asked the students to tell their own stories:“I imagine that these were stories that people had never written about and likely never event told anybody about – Stories from peoples’ live, the lives of the people in the class. And so she just had this way of inviting that and making that okay and inviting people to write what was important to them,” said Weiss.Weiss went on to get an MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia University. Saulits had that effect on her students, says Linda Martin. She gave them confidence. Martin also went on to pursue an MFA in creative writing at Pacific Lutheran University after classes with Saulitis.“We’re 20 years difference in age. I’m 20 years older than Eva, but I felt like she was so much older than I in poetry. Her enthusiasm for poetry itself is what got me writing poetry for real. And I just published a book in April,” said Martin.Martin says Saulitis’enthusiasm was infectious. Students could feel her authenticity, that she was completely present with them and that she really cared.“She would praise and cajole and really get into each of her students’ work. It was wonderful to see. Also I just loved looking at Eva and listening to her because she was beautiful and enthusiastic,” said Martin.Erin Hollowell is the Director of 49 Writers, a statewide writers organization, and has been Adjunct Instructor at the Kachemak Bay Campus. Hollowell began teaching alongside Saulitis. They often shared students, and Hollowell noticed something about those students.“It was always lovely because they came to me completely confident in their work. That’s what she gave them, was a real inherent confidence that their story mattered as well,” said Hollowell.Saulitis was very prolific, publishing four books in the past five years. Despite having cancer, she even blogged from her hospital bed in Seattle.“She showed us a really honorable way to do something that we don’t talk about in our communities very that much. We don’t talk about death. And she was like, I’m gonna talk about it,” said Hollowell.Saulitis’ final book – Becoming Earth, is set to come out in 2017. It starts with reflections on her recurrence of cancer and moves through the process of her anger dealing with it then ends with meditations on death. Miranda Weiss says she remembers her teacher best through that poem about her simple walk to the chicken coop and back.“Walking back, the dog waited for me. The egg was warm in my pocket. My house was there. My house was there, and I was there and the egg for my family. Death was nowhere, foraging and in the cottonwood trees. Now I kneel in front of the stove raking the ashes for a few live coals to start the evening fire. I just walked to the chicken coop and back. That was all. I placed and egg in the tray that marks a string of days, laid out like that. A life lived out egg by egg. It was pretty good,” said Weiss.Pretty good, say friends and colleagues is an understatement. And they’ll be there Friday evening to celebrate just how well Saulitis lived and died.
N. R. Narayana Murthy, founder and former chairman of Infosys.Reuters fileAfter Infosys founder and former CEO and chairman, NR Narayana Murthy revealed in July that he regretted quitting the firm in 2014, much has been said about how he should be back at the firm as chairman-emeritus and chief mentor. While TV Mohandas Pai had earlier said that Infosys should bring Murthy back as chairman emeritus, his thoughts have now been echoed by former chief financial officer of Infosys V Balakrishnan.Balakrishnan also said that Murthy, after coming back, could reconstitute the board. “I think it will be a good idea for the board to immediately invite Mr Murthy as Chairman-Emeritus and Chief Mentor… He should also take the lead in re-constituting the board to create a long-term, sustainable governance framework,” he told the Press Trust of India.He explained that the board of Infosys needs to have a balance amid the much-talked-about conflict between the firm’s founders and the board. Balakrishnan also said that despite the conflict, the board should “shed its ego” and reach out to Murthy and the other founders and work in sync with them keeping the company’s interest a priority.”The friction between founders and the current board is impacting the company and is not good for its stakeholders. With Infosys stock languishing for almost three years without much upside is brutal to its shareholders,” he explained.”As a person coming from outside, he can take a fresh look at all the governance-related issues of last three years and bring it to its logical conclusions.”Earlier Pai had explained that Murthy’s return to Infosys would improve the brand and also assure its investors regarding the firm’s position and working.”My personal view is Narayana Murthy should come back as Chairman Emeritus,” he told PTI in an interview. “As Chairman Emeritus, people can look up to him to give his views…these are (views on) governance, nothing to do with management, strategy and all that. May be Murthy should come back as Chairman Emeritus, where he has no operational responsibility.”Murthy, earlier, had said that he wishes he had stayed on with Infosys and should have listened to his colleagues and other co-founders when they advised him to stay back. Employees of Infosys Technologies Limited walk in the campus of the company’s headquarters in Bangalore on April 13, 2017. Indian software giant Infosys has pledged to return USD2 billion to shareholders this year as it reported subdued growth in profits for the fourth quarter.MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty Images”Generally, I find that I am a very emotional person. A lot of my decisions are based on idealism and probably, I should have listened to them,” he told CNBC TV18. “A lot of my founder colleagues told me not to leave Infosys in 2014, to stay a few years.”While he said that he regretted leaving the IT giant, he did clarify that he does not really miss being on the campus on a daily basis.Vishal Sikka valuing his team a tad more?Considering numerous executives have left the brand in the last few months, Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka seems to be valuing his team a tad more than usual these days, which was evident from his recent tweet.Congratulating mergers and acquisitions head Deepak Padaki for his 25-year stint with the firm, Sikka tweeted: “Congrats & thanks Deepak! 9200 days of awesomeness! And you always bring your best to *each* day. Amazing journey of an amazing leader…”Padaki joined Infosys in 1992 and was appointed as the M&A head in 2016. ReutersMeanwhile, Sikka has previously said that the recent high-level exits were not a cause for concern and said that the exits were “far lower” when compared to other companies. When CNBCTV asked Sikka if he was worried about the attrition rate at Infosys, he said: “Not at all. This is a complete nonsensical myth that has been propagated in some parts,” reported PTI.”It happens in every company. We actually did an analysis, both in terms of our own past as well as in terms of the other companies in our industry. And there are far more executives who have left every other company that we could think of,” he added.Along with the recent exits, Sikka’s longevity with the company too has been questioned and many have said that he may leave after losing such high profile talents.
At least 16 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa died Saturday when the vehicle they were travelling in plunged into an irrigation canal, state news agency MAP reported.The agency said 17 other “sub-Saharan Africans looking to become illegal immigrants” were injured and transported to hospital after the accident on a minor road near the Spanish territory of Melilla.Local authorities quoted by MAP said the driver fled the scene and an investigation had been launched into the crash.Local NGO the Moroccan Association of Human Rights said the death toll was at least 19 and added around 50 people had been travelling in the vehicle.It said the vehicle was “often used by traffickers to transport migrants”.Melilla is one of two Spanish territories attached to northern Morocco that mark the European Union’s only land borders with Africa.The International Organization for Migration says that 1,605 migrants crossed by land into Spain in the first four months of this year.The Moroccan authorities said they stopped 89,000 “attempts at illicit immigration” last year, including some 29,000 by sea.
Transat adds Cartagena, Princess Cruises and more to cruise package program Friday, August 10, 2018 Tags: Cartagena, Princess Cruises, Transat MONTREAL — Transat has announced several additions to its 2018-2019 cruise package program, including over 10 new ships, the cruise line Princess Cruises, and Cartagena as a port of embarkation.“With the growing popularity of our all-in-one cruise package program, we’re always seeking new partners and specific itineraries to fine-tune our program and please all of our customers, from families with young children to millennials looking for an adventure at sea,” said Annick Guérard, Chief Operating Officer at Transat.New and popular itineraries:There are 46 itineraries included in the program and 16 different ships that sail from seven ports of embarkation.With Pullmantur Cruises, Transat has added an all-new itinerary that sails out of Cartagena and visits Costa Rica and Panama.Transat will once again offer cruises sailing out of San JuanNEW: Guests can now add alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to Transat cruise packages offered by Costa in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, as well as with Pullmantur Cruises.Transat will sail the Mediterranean with 16 itineraries and 13 ships.In Europe, Transat offers 11 river cruise itineraries with CroisiEurope.New European river cruises are ideal for making a cross-Atlantic trip even better, much like an excursion. For example, in Andalusia, Spain and Venice, Italy, clients can extend any itinerary with a cruise lasting from a few days to more than a week.More news: GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsTransat advantages:With Flight Protection, clients are sure to get to their port in the event of a flight or ship delay.Clients can also add a hotel stay to their cruise.Under certain conditions, clients can move up their departure date up to 14 days before their cruise, or postpone their return up to 14 days after, at no extra cost.Passengers who book a Caribbean or European cruise package also receive additional baggage allowance (an extra 5kg for a total of 28kg). << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Posted by Share
Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies BEIJING (AP) — China will make it easier for Taiwanese to visit, state media reported Monday, in the latest appeal to voters ahead of crucial presidential elections on the island in January.Rule changes will remove the need for Taiwanese visitors to apply for entry permits, the reports said, citing comments by top government adviser Yu Zhengsheng at a weekend China-Taiwan forum.Travel passes issued by Beijing to Taiwanese will be converted from passport-like documents to a basic computer readable card, the reports said. China regards Taiwan as a breakaway province and doesn’t recognize passports issued by the self-governing island democracy, which split from the mainland amid civil war in 1949.Over the past decade, China has sought to court the Taiwanese electorate with economic incentives such as market access for the island’s agricultural goods and visits by free-spending Chinese tourists.However, many Taiwanese voters have balked at closer ties, fearing for the island’s political independence and worried that the benefits go mainly to the rich and major corporations instead of the struggling middle class.Dissatisfaction with the ruling Nationalist Party’s pro-China policies resulted in massive wins for the opposition Democratic Progressive Party in last year’s local elections.That has raised expectations for a strong showing in next year’s elections in which DPP candidate Tsai Ying-wen is the early front runner. The DPP is also expected to perform strongly in polls for the national legislature being held the same day.Unlike the Nationalists, the DPP has refused to endorse Beijing’s insistence that it recognize China and Taiwan as part of a single country. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments Share 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes How do cataracts affect your vision?
Travel Agents Are Our WorldTravel Agents Are Our World Underscores Dream Vacations, CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.®Customer Appreciation WeekThe Fort Lauderdale headquarters of home-based travel agencies Dream Vacations, CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.® celebrates its network of travel agents this week, Oct. 8 – 12, 2018, with a “Travel Agents Are Our World”-themed Customer Appreciation Week. The network of agents received a surprise video message last week announcing the initiative.“It is important for our headquarters team to create new and innovative ways to engage with our home-based travel agents so they feel like they are in business for themselves, but not by themselves,” said Dustin Jones, vice president of engagement. “Because our National Conference is one week away and provides such a valuable in-person platform for recognition, we felt it was vital to launch this initiative now so we can demonstrate our thanks and appreciation to our entire network at once.”Throughout the year, the headquarters team at Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. demonstrate that they care more about their network of agents and their success by investing in them and launching new programs to help them better run their business, such as corporate headquarters fully funding more than $4 million in marketing and exclusive promotions, Groups Concierge and more. Customer Appreciation Week is designed to celebrate travel agent achievements and their customers, while driving sales growth for their business.“Customers Are Our World” Exclusive Consumer Promotion – Offering up to a $300 onboard credit on select cruise lines, that is combinable with #ChooseCruise promotions.Recognition – Unique individual travel agent milestones and accomplishments will be celebrated throughout the week.Special Delivery – A custom direct mail piece sent to the more than 2,000 franchise owners, associates and independent agents in the network with a special message from the Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. Leadership Team.“Our hope is that we inspire our network of travel agents to use their own creativity and thank their clients by hosting their own individual Customer Appreciation Week,” added Jones. “It is the perfect opportunity for them to not only show their thanks, but also demonstrate the value that using a travel agent provides such as combining our exclusive promotion with Cruise Line International Association’s #ChooseCruise offerings.”Those who are passionate about travel with an entrepreneurial spirit who would like to be part of a travel agency network that cares more about its agents and travelers, should visit www.DreamVacationsFranchise.com to learn about franchising with Dream Vacations and CruiseOne, and www.SellCruises.com to learn about becoming an independent vacation specialist with business opportunity Cruises Inc.About Dream Vacations, CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.® Dream Vacations, CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.® are part of World Travel Holdings, the nation’s largest cruise agency and award-winning leisure travel company. The Dream Vacations and CruiseOne franchise opportunities give entrepreneurs a choice in how they want to brand their travel business, and Cruises Inc. is an independent business opportunity. Both business models provide a work-from-home opportunity to those interested in selling all types of travel experiences whether it be a cruise, resort stay or land tour. With a mission of delivering a remarkable experience, travel agents with all three brands are given premium resources to plan and create a seamless vacation experience for the customer while offering the best value.For more information on Dream Vacations and CruiseOne, visit www.DreamVacationsFranchise.com, like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/DreamVacationsFranchise, follow on Twitter at @Dream_Franchise or watch its videos at www.youtube.com/DreamVacationsBusiness.For more information on Cruises Inc., visit www.SellCruises.com and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SellCruises Source = Dream Vacations
Share Hillary ClintonThe two presumptive presidential candidates have engaged in a war of words over the housing crisis, with one candidate accusing another of being excited about the prospect of making money off of millions of families losing their homes.Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has launched an attack against her rival, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, for some comments that the latter made a decade ago regarding the forthcoming housing crisis.According to an audio posted by CNN, Trump said in an audiobook produced for Trump University in 2006, about two years prior to the housing crisis: “I sort of hope that happens because then people like me would go in and buy. You know if you’re in a good cash position, which I’m in a good cash position today, then people like me would go in and buy like crazy. If there is a bubble burst, as they call it, you know you could make a lot of money.”Trump also said that he didn’t believe that the crash would happen if interest rates stayed low and the dollar remained weak: “There’s just tremendous amounts of money pouring in so I don’t think that’s going to happen. I’m not a believer that the … real estate market is going to take a big hit.”Trump’s comments from 2006 have prompted Clinton to accuse him of, among other things, “Rooting for the crisis,” “devastating millions of families,” and “hoping” the housing market crash would happen “so he could make money off of it,” all through various Tweets on Tuesday.Trump did not back down from the comments he made a decade ago. He responded to Clinton’s attacks in a statement on Tuesday: “I am a businessman and I have made a lot of money in down markets, in some cases as much as I’ve made when markets are good. Frankly, this is the kind of thinking our country needs—understanding how to get a good result out of a very bad and sad situation. I will create jobs, bring back companies, and not make it easy for companies to leave. If they do, they will fully understand that there will be consequences. Our jobs market will flourish.” in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Clinton Dredges up Trump’s Crisis Comments Donald Trump Hillary Clinton Housing Bubbble Presidential Campaign 2016-05-24 Seth Welborn May 24, 2016 477 Views
Investors Find Opportunities in Home Flipping in Data, Headlines, News Home flipping activity is drawing investors into markets with more value-added opportunities, according to ATTOM Data Solutions’ Q3 2016 U.S. Home Flipping Report. Approximately 45,718 single family home and condo sales were flipped in Q3 2016, which represented 5.1 percent of all single family and condo sales during that time period. ATTOM defines a home flip as “a property that is sold in an arms-length sale for the second time within a 12-month period based on publicly recorded sales deed data collected by ATTOM Data Solutions in more than 950 counties accounting for more than 80 percent of the U.S. population.”The 5.1 percent Q3 2016 home flipping rate decreased from a 5.6 percent rate in Q2. Approximately 67.9 percent of the homes flipped in Q3 were purchased with cash, which is down from 68.2 percent in Q2 and a decrease from 69.0 percent in Q3 2015.Areas with approximately 90 homes flipped in Q3 with lowest share purchased with cash are Colorado Springs (35.6 percent); Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (39.1 percent); Denver (44.6 percent); Seattle (52.4 percent); and Providence, Rhode Island (52.8 percent).Daren Blomquist, VP of ATTOM Data Solutions, said investors will be forced to look at markets that contain more opportunities for flippers. “While the macro trends of low housing inventory and rising home prices are favorable for flippers, they are also a double-edged sword, attracting more competition and reducing the availability of deals — particularly in the most fundamentally sound local markets,” he said. “This is chasing some investors into markets and neighborhoods that may be less fundamentally sound but also offer more value-add opportunities for flippers in the form of aging housing inventory.”Memphis, Tennessee (11 percent); Clarksville, Tennessee (9.5 percent): Daytona Beach, Florida (9.3 percent); Tampa, Florida (9.3 percent); and Visalia-Porterville, California (9.3 percent) were the top five markets with at least 90 flipped homes in Q3 2016. The remaining markets in the top 10 for highest flipping rate were York, Pennsylvania (9.2 percent); Lakeland, Florida (9.0 percent); Fresno, California (8.7 percent); Miami (8.6 percent); and Las Vegas (8.2 percent). December 15, 2016 540 Views Share ATTOM Data Solutions Data Home Flipping 2016-12-15 Staff Writer