5 RS members elected to office of profit panel

first_imgNew Delhi: Five Rajya Sabha members were elected unopposed to the parliamentary joint committee on office of profit, sources said on Thursday. According to the sources, the MPs elected unopposed to the joint committee are Mahesh Poddar (BJP), K Keshava Rao (TRS), Vijayasai Reddy (YSRCP), Dola Sen (TMC) and Sasmit Patra (BJD). The committee has 15 members — 10 from Lok Sabha and five from Rajya Sabha. It is learnt that the members from Lok Sabha have been elected as well. The chairman of the committee is still to be nominated. Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu nominated BJP MP Rakesh Sinha as a member of the Press Council of India. The sources said Sonal Mansingh (Nominated) has been elected unopposed to the Central Advisory Committee for the National Cadet Corps, while Congress MP M V Rajeev Gowda made it to National Institute of Mental Health and Nero-Sciences, Bengaluru without contest.last_img read more

Nova Scotia announces 27M to help black residents get titles to their

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s Liberal government is committed to doing the right thing to help African Nova Scotians gain clear title to land that has been in their families for many generations, a cabinet minister promised Wednesday.“African Nova Scotians have suffered, more than anyone else in Nova Scotia, great indignities and injustices with respect to land,” Tony Ince, the Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs, told a gathering at a church in Cherry Brook, near Halifax.Ince announced residents of five predominantly black communities will get $2.7 million over two years to help clarify their land ownership.Ince said the province is taking action to address disparities and “systemic discrimination” that blacks have faced.“As an African Nova Scotian I understand what land means to our people. I can only imagine the frustrations you have felt and as minister … I can assure you that my government is committed to doing the right thing for you.”Land was provided to black and white Loyalists by the Nova Scotia government in the 1800s, but land titles weren’t given to black settlers, creating longstanding confusion and in many cases the inability for owners to pass property on to relatives.The communities to get initial help include North Preston, East Preston and Cherry Brook in the Halifax area, and Lincolnville and Sunnyville in Guysborough County. In all, 13 communities will eventually see government assistance, officials said.The initiative includes funding to assist with legal fees and other costs, and to hire two community liaison officers to assist residents through the process. A land surveyor and two survey technicians will also be hired to complete surveys and to compile support plans.The government says it will also consider amending legislation to reduce barriers to land ownership.The Land Titles Clarification Act was introduced in 1963 to help people of African descent get title to land given to their families long ago, but this week a panel of United Nations experts said the province had failed to properly implement it.The UN panel, which looked at anti-black racism in Canada, heard from residents that the funding had dried up over time for a program that had become expensive, unjust and discriminatory.Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell, who also represents some of the areas affected, agreed Wednesday.“I have been trying to help the community but with zero resources,” Colwell said. “Now today … we are putting in this first phase of this program and it will be resourced more if we need to resource it more, that’s the difference.”Still, some in attendance, like Evangeline Downey of North Preston, expressed displeasure with the government’s plan to do much of the work through the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission. She also thought the formal announcement should have come at a community meeting to discuss the government’s plan.“We’d like to pick our own lawyers, that way nobody can steal our land,” Downey told the ministers.“We’d like to know what’s going on, not you telling us this, this or this.”Colwell promised Downey that a community meeting would be held at a future date. Downey later told reporters that meetings should be held in each community.Spencer Colley, chair of the East Preston Ratepayers Community Development Association, said while he doesn’t believe there is widespread mistrust of the government’s plan, there are historic grievances at play.“People want to get something that they own that they have been on for so long,” said Colley. “Yes there is mistrust, but again we have to learn to start trusting and get the work done.”A pilot project involving volunteers in the North Preston area and the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society has been working for the past few years to help residents with their ownership battles.Dwight Adams of the North Preston Land Recovery Initiative said it’s still not known how many African Nova Scotians are affected by land ownership issues.Adams said it is something the new government program will have to sort out.“We have to find out exactly what those numbers are. We have people that have been battling this forever and a day.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly stated that Keith Colwell is Nova Scotia’s natural resources minister.last_img read more

Frustrated patients viral video demonstrates NS health crisis doctors say

first_imgHALIFAX — Doctors Nova Scotia says a viral video made by a frustrated young mother who says she waited two years for her cancer diagnosis demonstrates the province’s troubling family doctor shortage.President-elect Dr. Gary Ernest says the idea that there are people who can’t get help for minor problems, let alone for more serious health issues, constitutes “a health crisis.”In an emotional Facebook video that has been viewed more than 2.5 million times and struck a national chord, Inez Rudderham says she went undiagnosed with Stage 3 anal cancer for two years due to her lack of access to a family doctor.The 33-year-old Rudderham described her case as the “face of the health-care crisis in Nova Scotia,” and has asked to meet with Premier Stephen McNeil.Ernest noted that Rudderham had to seek care in emergency departments, which he says are not set up to do primary care in ways that a family doctor who knows the patient would.On Thursday McNeil said his government is trying to update an antiquated health system, and said other jurisdictions face similar issues.Provincial health officials were trying to meet with Rudderham.As of March 1, 51,119 people who have registered with the province are currently without a family doctor. National figures place that figure at closer to 100,000, when the number of people who haven’t registered are taken into account.According to 2017 figures from the Canadian Institute for Health Information, Nova Scotia has 1,234 family doctors and 1,222 specialists for an overall physician total of 2,456, serving a population of about 965,382.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Living Histories Live An Evening With Iggy Pop And Don Was

first_imgOn Oct. 23 the GRAMMY Foundation will host Living Histories Live: An Evening With Iggy Pop And Don Was, an event highlighting the musical contributions of Pop and Was, creative collaborators who share deep and common roots in Detroit.Hosted by GRAMMY Foundation Vice President Scott Goldman, the special evening will feature an engaging discussion and close with a joint performance by Pop and Was. In addition, fellow Michigan native Dean Fertita (Queens Of The Stone Age, the Dead Weather) will be the guest artist.This up-close-and-personal live experience is presented by Iron Mountain Inc., supporting partner of the GRAMMY Foundation Living Histories program. While in town, Pop will be interviewed for the Living Histories archive, which chronicles contributions of key influencers and illustrates the impact of music on culture.The event, which will be held at The Majestic Theatre at 8 p.m. in Detroit, is open to the public, and tickets can be purchased for $35 per person.last_img read more

Rang Matir Panchali to portray Kumartuli in a new avatar

first_imgKolkata: Kumartuli — the artisan hub of Kolkata — is all set to be transformed into a new avatar with a unique celebration of the artistry of the idol makers for the first time in the history of the city. A two- day carnival titled “Rang Matir Panchali”, will take place on Sunday and Monday to mark the occasion of World Art Day and Poila Baisakh on April 15.Three major lanes will be flanked by installations. Some of them will be in open air while others will be displayed inside several studios. An uneven patch of multiple colours will run from the gate along the ground, thus guiding the visitors along the exhibition trail. Exhibits will include idol-making, installations, paintings, sculptures, photographs, wall graffiti, street art etc. Modern art is blending with the traditional besides keeping Kumartuli’s rustic charm intact. About 30 artistes of Kumartuli are involved in this initiative including women idol makers China Pal and Mala Pal. Well-known theme makers Sushanta Pal and Partha Dasgupta are acting as mentors in the carnival. Three inmates from Pavlov Mental Hospital who have a fetish in art have also been roped in and they are working alongside Nabakumar Pal and Jiten Pal who are associated with the traditional idol making of Bagbazar Sarbojonin for years. “It has been less than a month when we reached with the concept to the idol makers of Kumartuli. They welcomed the suggestion and formed an umbrella body named Kumartuli Art Forum, uniting the three unions for organising the event,” said Sabyasachi Chatterjee who runs a creative agency and is managing the event. A leading paint company that awards “Sharad Samman” to the best Durga Pujas across the city has extended a helping hand in the event. Pictures have been taken of various corners of the hub and of various activities of the idol makers. Their idle afternoons have also been captured through photographs. The two-day carnival will be inaugurated at Banamali Sarkar Street at 3 pm on Sunday.last_img read more

Grains mixed livestock higher

CHICAGO — Grain futures were mostly mixed Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Sept. delivery rose 5.60 cents at $4.7420 a bushel; Sept. corn fell 2 cents at $3.5760 a bushel; Sept. oats was up 8.40 cents at $2.6960 a bushel; while Sept. soybeans was off 2 cents at 8.5120 a bushel.Beef and pork were higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Aug. live cattle was up .10 cent at $1.0490 a pound; Aug. feeder cattle rose .50 cent at $1.38 a pound; Oct. lean hogs gained 1.30 cent at .6175 a pound.The Associated Press

UNorganized workshop addresses legal rights of refugees in Pakistan

“Pakistan’s track record had been one of hospitality and generosity in terms of the treatment of refugees and providing them with asylum for the last two decades,” Philip Karani of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told the gathering, which opened on Wednesday. But Mr. Karani added that without legal shelter, refugees are often arrested and detained under the Foreigners Act, and asked the judiciary to protect the human rights of those concerned. The Chief Justice of Pakistan’s Supreme Court, Sheikh Riaz Ahmed, called for a new approach to deal with refugee-related court cases in a country that hosts millions of people who have fled their homes but lacks domestic legislation to adequately protect their rights. Mr. Ahmed said the Pakistani Government has been “very supportive towards refugees,” but acknowledged that there was a gap between the country’s domestic laws and its international obligations. Fifty judicial officers attended the event organized by the UNHCR and the Society for Human Rights and Prisoners Aid, one of the agency’s partners for legal assistance to Afghan refugees. “The workshop hopes to initiate a thought-provoking process for a new approach to dealing with refugee cases,” Jahangir Durrani, UNHCR’s assistant protection officer, said. “Our aim is to sensitize members of the judiciary and to encourage them to ponder on one simple question: in the absence of domestic legislation on refugees and in the presence of the Foreigners Act, are there any other laws that could benefit refugees?” read more

UN envoy stresses importance of engaging Iraqis in constitution drafting process

With senior officials from Iraq’s neighbouring countries gathered for a meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, the top United Nations Envoy for Iraq has stressed the importance of a constitution-drafting process that engages the Iraqi population in the final outcome.Addressing the eighth meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the countries neighbouring Iraq, convened to assess the situation following the recent general elections there, Ashraf Qazi, head of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), stressed that improved security in the country needed a broad-based approach in which increased Iraqi security capacity was matched by progress in other areas, notably political outreach, public services, greater employment opportunities and development of local institutions.The two-day meeting, held over the weekend, brought together representatives from Kuwait, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Syria as well as Bahrain, Egypt, the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the Arab League and the European Commission.In his address, Mr. Qazi welcomed the continued engagement of the neighbouring states as a key support for Iraq in the coming phase of its political transition. He also updated the conference on UNAMI’s expanded activities, including the establishment of liaison offices in Erbil in the north and Basrah in the south, and its role in coordinating donor assistance both in regard to the constitutional process and support for reconstruction.Meanwhile, in the Conference’s final communiqué, the ministers stressed the pivotal role the UN should play in the new phase, welcomed the increasing presence of UN staff in Iraq and called for the world body to establish itself more broadly in monitoring and assisting the political process and economic rehabilitation. read more

Over 100 dead in Brazil state amid anarchy spurred by police

By Paulo Whitaker | VITORIA, Brazil Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBrazil police banned from striking by Supreme CourtApril 6, 2017In “Regional”Colombia landslides: Over 200 die in Putumayo floodsApril 1, 2017In “Regional”Brazilian military rule torturer Paulo Malhaes found deadApril 26, 2014In “Regional” Army soldiers patrol the streets of Vila Velha, Espirito Santo, Brazil February 9, 2017. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker(Reuters) More than 100 people have been reported killed, with schools and businesses closed and public transportation at a standstill, as a six-day strike by police in the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo showed no signs of abating on Thursday.Chaos and anarchy spurred by the strike continued in the coastal state to the north of Rio de Janeiro, despite the deployment of 1,200 army soldiers and federal police and the promise that more help was on its way.Most of the violence was centered in the state capital Vitoria, a wealthy port city ringed by golden beaches, where mining and petroleum industries have a strong base.State officials said they needed hundreds more federal troops and members of an elite federal police force to help establish order and make up for the 1,800 state police who normally patrol Vitoria’s metropolitan area.The state government has not released an official number for killings since police went on strike on Saturday for better pay, but a spokeswoman for the union representing police told Reuters early on Thursday it had registered 101 homicides since Saturday.That would be more than six times the state’s average daily homicide rate compared to last year’s data.The Globo TV network, citing security officials, reported that 200 cars were stolen in Vitoria on a single day, when the state average is 20.The state’s retailers association said that businesses have lost 90 million reais ($28.87 million) since police walked out on the job.The strike has been assisted by family and friends of officers who have blocked access to barracks and police stations. It comes as Espirito Santo, like many states wracked by Brazil’s worst recession on record, struggles to ensure even basic health, education and security services.Representatives of the striking police, including some of the officers’ wives, met with state officials Wednesday night to demand that salaries be doubled for every category of officer. The union said they have not received a raise in four years.The base monthly pay for an officer is 2,643 reais ($847.96), according to Corporal Thiago Bicalho, a spokesman for striking police.“We are going to analyze the offer and see what we can do in reality to advance this situation,” said Julio Pompeu, director of the state’s human rights secretariat, who is helping the government negotiate with police.The two sides are scheduled to meet again later Thursday.($1 = 3.1171 reais)(Reporting by Paulo Whitaker and Brad Brooks; Editing by Daniel Flynn and Bernadette Baum) read more

Légionellose une augmentation du nombre de cas en 2010

first_imgLégionellose : une augmentation du nombre de cas en 2010Selon les chiffres publiés ce mardi par l’Institut de veille sanitaire (InVS), le nombre de patients atteints de légionellose en France aurait augmenté de 28% cette année. Une proportion considérable qui entrave la baisse constante de cas déclarés initiée en 2005.Les dernières données publiées ce mardi par l’InVS indiquent 1.540 cas de légionellose déclarés en France en 2010, soit une hausse de 28% par rapport à l’année précédente. Bien que cette augmentation soit qualifiée d'”importante” par les auteurs du Bulletin épidémiologique hebdomadaire (BEH), ceux-ci soulignent qu’aucune épidémie (10 cas et plus) n’a pour l’heure été identifiée.À lire aussiErysipèle : contagion, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?La légionellose est une infection pulmonaire provoquée par la bactérie “Legionella”. Celle-ci se développe dans l’eau douce à une température d’environ 37 degrés. On la trouve particulièrement en zone urbaine dans les circuits distribution d’eau chaude, les systèmes de climatisation ou dans les bains des stations thermales. La contamination se produit lors d’inhalation d’aérosols ou de minuscules particules d’eau contenant la bactérie. Selon le BEH, 159 décès sont ainsi imputables à l’infection soit une proportion de 11,7% parmi les personnes atteintes de légionellose. Les cas de létalité identifiés révèlent qu’il s’agissait essentiellement de patients de plus de 80 ans présentant également un facteur de risque connu comme le tabagisme, le diabète, le cancer ou l’immunosuppression.Par ailleurs, l’InVS a également indiqué que le nombre d’infections déclarées entre 2009 et 2010 se concentrerait de façon plus importante dans l’Est de la France avec deux fois plus de cas que dans les régions de l’Ouest. Le 20 juillet 2011 à 10:22 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

La sonde GRAILB rejoint sa jumelle en orbite lunaire

first_imgLa sonde GRAIL-B rejoint sa jumelle en orbite lunaireLa deuxième sonde GRAIL-B de la NASA s’est placée comme prévue en orbite lunaire dans le sillage de sa jumelle GRAIL-A, arrivée quelques heures plus tôt. Ces deux satellites visent à dévoiler les secrets de l’intérieur de la Lune.GRAIL-B (“Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory”) a pu intégrer comme prévu l’orbite lunaire à 22H43 GMT après avoir actionné son moteur principal durant 40 minutes au dessus du pôle sud de la lune afin de freiner sa chute. La veille, la sonde GRAIL-A avait déjà procédé à la même manœuvre, les deux sondes se suivant à une distance de 200 kilomètres.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESADésormais, les deux vaisseaux se trouvent donc sur une orbite elliptique quasi-polaire qui leur fait faire le tour de la Lune en 11 heures et demi, souligne Sciences et Avenir. Mais pour étudier la Lune au plus près, l’équipe responsable de la mission, grâce aux moteurs des vaisseaux, réduira progressivement la durée de cette orbite. Elle sera finalement d’un peu moins de deux heures avec un survol effectué à 55 kilomètres du sol.”La NASA salue le Nouvel an avec une nouvelle mission d’exploration. Les jumelles GRAIL vont considérablement étendre notre connaissance de la Lune et de l’évolution de notre propre planète”, souligne le patron de la Nasa, Charles Bolden, dans un communiqué sur le site internet de l’agence. “Nous commençons cette année en rappelant aux habitants du monde entier que la NASA voit des choses grandes et audacieuses, afin d’atteindre de nouveaux sommets et révéler l’inconnu”, ajoute-il encore.Le 2 janvier 2012 à 11:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Native Pride Dancers Are Returning To Kenai

first_imgThe dances have been passed down by ancestors and relatives, and depict stories, such as the hunt, the Prayer of the Eagle, and the Healing Dance, a traditional women’s jingle dance, according to Yazzie. The Native Pride Dancers celebrate the spirit of indigenous peoples through art that reflects a rich cultural history. The performance will include live flute music and interaction with the audience. The Native Pride Dancers visited Alaska for the first time back in January. Larry Yazzie, founder and artistic director of Native Pride Arts, said audiences will be treated to powerfulstorytelling through the group’s colorful music and dance. The performance will be on Wednesday, September 5, at Kenai Middle School, at 6pm. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public. Yazzie: “We’ll get them up and have them dance with us. “ Yazzie: “We encourage our youth to hold on to our cultural ways by song and dance, and we instill that pride into everybody.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Native Pride Dancers are returning to Kenai for their second performance ever in the State of Alaska.last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Web & Email Designer at World Travel HoldingsFull-Time Marketing Copywriter at World Travel HoldingsFull-Time National Account Data & Reporting Specialist at UniFirstFull-Time Management Trainee at UniFirstFull-Time General Service Manager at Limbach Facility ServicesFull-Time Project Sales Representative at Limbach Facility ServicesPart-Time Deli Counter Clerk at Elia’s Country StoreFull-Time Commercial Insurance Account Manager at HUB InternationalPart-Time Snack Shack Help at Wilmington Youth SoccerFull-Time Senior Manufacturing Engineer at MKS Instruments(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of June 30, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

Power Outage in Greatwood Affects 3400

first_imgCenterPoint Energy says 3,400 customers lost power Tuesday morning. The energy provider confirmed to News 88.7 it is not sure why customers in the Greatwood area of Fort Bend County lost power.CenterPoint says crews are working to restore service. Sharelast_img

Local Women Athletes Inspire Girls in DC Schools

first_imgBrazil Diggs, an Eastern Senior High School student, dreams of becoming a professional dancer. On Feb. 2, the 16-year-old asked professional athletes and women in sports if her “frenemies would eventually try to worm their way back into her life” and ride her coattails.“I feel that if I became famous, they would want to be back on good terms with me, so I wanted to see if it’s really true or if it really happens in real life,” Diggs told the AFRO.As part of National Women and Girls Sports Day, D.C.P.S. invited five female student athletes from each high school ask to professional athletes and women in sports about their lives. (Photo by Lenore T. Adkins)As part of National Women & Girls Sports Day, a panel of professional women athletes and women in sports talked to girls about life on and off the field. Five girls from every D.C. Public Schools high school were invited to attend, and the conversation took place at the end of a luncheon at the Line Hotel in Adams Morgan.“The purpose really is to just educate our girls and let them know about the opportunities that exist within athletics,” said Diana Parente, executive director of athletics for the District of Columbia Interscholastic Athletic Association Office. “The mission is to get more women in athletics administration and athletic jobs and just let them know all the opportunities that exist for them after they graduate from high school.”Washington Mystics player Elena Delle Donne, one of the most decorated players of the WNBA, stressed the importance of students surrounding themselves with positive crews. She told Diggs, the aspiring dancer, that once she made it big, people came around and started asking her for tickets to the Masters Golf Tournament — even though she doesn’t play golf.“You always know your close friends and who’s been there through thick and thin,” Delle Donne told Diggs.Becoming an athlete involves hard work and sacrifice, Donne said. She remembers missing school dances and sleepovers so she could practice. She encouraged the girls to enjoy their high school careers now to avoid future burnout.Joanna Lohman, a soccer player for the Washington Spirit, said she has other jobs because she can’t quite make ends meet as a professional soccer player. As a result, she has explored her passion for advocacy work — she gave a speech at the Women’s March and supports the LGBTQ community. She stressed the importance of pursuing passions beyond athletics so the girls have something to fall back on once their athletic careers have ended. “Hopefully you’re very multidimensional and you’ll figure it out,” she said.The women were candid with the girls about how lonely life can get on the road. Patrice Arrington, a former professional volleyball player now director of college and career services at Wilson High School, said playing the sport overseas was rewarding, but difficult.Separated from her family and friends for long periods of time, she sometimes dealt with racism abroad. Arrington told the girls that someone in Russia once rubbed her skin to see if her color came off. But her teammates became her family and helped the loneliness go away. She also had a strong support system back home to help her through those difficult times, Arrington said.The panel helped Diggs understand there is life after dancing. She’s open to becoming a dance coach or a cheerleading judge after embarking on a professional dancing career. “They make it seem like if you actually put your heart into it and that’s your passion, that it’s not impossible to do,” Diggs said.last_img read more

IONITY Eases LongDistance EV Travel in Europe

first_img Four of the world’s top vehicle makers have partnered to bring high-power charging to electric vehicles across Europe.The BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company, and Volkswagen Group last week launched IONITY, a joint venture promising to “make long-distance journeys easier” for EV owners.An initial 20 stations—located every 75 miles along major roads in Germany, Norway, and Austria—are set to open this year. The network will expand to more than 100 stations in 2018.AdChoices广告“We are here to build a network of reliable and powerful charging stations along major routes across Europe,” according to the company website.With a capacity of up to 350 kW per charging point, the “comfortable to use” terminals employ the European charging standard to facilitate multiple and varied vehicles.The high-power charging stations, for example, are capable of juicing up the Mission E—Porsche’s first purely electric sports car, expected in 2019—to 80 percent (a range of nearly 250 miles) in 15 minutes.There is no word on exactly how many cars can power up at once.“The first pan-European HPC network plays an essential role in establishing a market for electric vehicles,” CEO Michael Hajesch said in a statement. “IONITY will deliver our common goal of providing customers with fast charging and digital payment capability, to facilitate long-distance travel.”The firm is working with existing infrastructure owners—including participating companies and political institutions—to determine the best locations for its HPC sites.“The launch of IONITY represents a breakthrough in the move towards a comprehensive rapid charging infrastructure in Europe,” Oliver Blume, chairman of the executive board of partner Porsche AG, said in a statement.“Creating a functioning charging infrastructure is necessary for ensuring electromobility is accepted and further expanded,” he continued. “With the rapid charging network from IONITY, we are ensuring that our customers can use electric cars on long journeys without compromising on convenience.”IONITY did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Tesla EV Catches Fire After Colliding With Tow Truck in MoscowToyota’s Electric Vehicle Will Transport 2020 Olympic Athletes, Visitors last_img read more

Government of Canada support needed for Montreal LGBT Pride

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) One of the biggest travel and tourism event in French Speaking Quebec and Montreal and as the LGBT pride parade draws near, along with the final activities that will close 11 days of festivities that have once again rocked Montréal, the Government of Canadaannounced that four financial contributions totalling $463,300 have been granted to the Montréal Pride non-profit organization.CED has awarded $100,000 in financial assistance, in the form of a non-repayable contribution, through the Quebec Economic Development Program(QEDP). The support will help the organization market the festival abroad by promoting it during events targeting the LGTBQ2 community, placing ads, taking part in trade shows and conducting a festival attendance and economic impact study. “Canada is known for its diversity and openness. Our government is proud to support activities that uphold this reputation while fostering respect and understanding in our society. This colourful festival allows us to celebrate the culture and pride of the LGBTQ2 communities and brings together people of all ages and backgrounds. In honour of Canada 150, let us work together to ensure that our country remains a place where everyone can thrive and reach their full potential.”The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage“The Government of Canada supports inspiring and unifying events that uphold Canada’s cherished values of diversity and inclusiveness the world over. CED’s financial contribution to Montréal Pride’s international marketing project will help generate even greater benefits in terms of jobs, tourism and visibility.”The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CEDEstablished by Canadian Heritage, the Canada 150 Fund aims to promote Canadian values, culture and history; generate national pride; and bring citizens together to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage – Local Festivals component provides funding to local groups for recurring festivals that present the work of local artists, artisans or heritage performers.The Inter-Action: Multiculturalism Funding Program supports the socio-economic integration of individuals and communities and helps them to contribute to building an integrated, socially cohesive society.CED is one of the six regional development agencies under the responsibility of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. Share this: Canadian Heritage has provided three non-repayable funding packages totalling $363,300. The Canada 150 Fund has awarded $250,000; the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program has granted a contribution of $93,300; and the Inter-Action: Multiculturalism Funding Program has invested $20,000. The funding has helped Montréal Pride present the first edition of Canada Pride, host a greater number of local artists, support the numerous volunteers and organize the International Conference on Sexual Diversity & Gender Plurality in the Francophonie, which was held on August 18. Canada works on niche tourism effortsLGBTQ – eTurboNews (eTN)We’ve Got Balls: Tourisme Montréal reaches out to LGBTQ+ communityMore articles on eTurboNews click herelast_img read more

V Australia pulls out of South Africa and Phuket

first_imgVirgin Blue Group has announced plans to remove V Australia flights from South Africa and Phuket to focus on Los Angeles and Middle East routes.The change comes after Virgin announced a partnership with Middle Eastern airline Etihad to launch nonstop flights to Abu Dhabi, Business with the Wall Street Journal reported.Travelling to South Africa has not proved to be profitable said the Sydney based airline while the Phuket service has also failed to peak.Virgin Blue Group Chief Executive John Borghetti said the partnership with Etihad would provide V Australia with a platform to launch longer flights to the UK, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.Australia’s second largest airline has also decided to include A330-200 places to its domestic routes “as a game changer that would allow it to grow its fleet and network capabilities”.“The first A330-200’s will operate services between Perth and the east coast of Australia, enabling Virgin Blue to grow available capacity, especially at peak times, extending the airline’s appeal to business travellers,” Mr Borghetti said.Earlier this week Virgin Blue released financial reports demonstrating the company’s successful year earning a net profit before tax of $34.3 million as well as a 13.1 percent growth in underlying earnings. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Starwood announces Four Points by Sheraton debut in Indonesia

first_imgStarwood announces Four Points by Sheraton debut in IndonesiaStarwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced the debut of the Four Points brand in Indonesia, with the opening of Four Points Bali, Kuta. Located on Jalan Benesari Banjar Pengabetan in a serene area of Kuta—just minutes away from the renowned Kuta Beach and its nightlife, shops and restaurants—Four Points Bali, Kuta marks Starwood’s seventh property on the island of Bali.Owned by PT. Umah Benesari, Four Points Bali, Kuta features 185 spacious and contemporary guest rooms. Guests will enjoy full-service dining at The Eatery, a 24-hour fitness centre and kids club, all of the brand’s popular amenities including fast and free WiFi throughout the hotel, complimentary bottled water, and a chance to sample authentic local beers as part of the signature Best Brews™ program.“We are proud to debut the Four Points brand in Indonesia with the opening of Four Points Bali, Kuta, adding to our rapidly expanding list of dynamic destinations across the globe,” said Brian McGuinness, Global Brand Leader, Specialty Select Brands for Starwood. “With this significant opening, we are confident that Four Points will continue to reinvent travel across the globe with its emphasis on stylish comfort and genuine service at an honest value.”“The opening of Four Points Bali, Kuta is set to meet the increasing demands for mid-market accommodations especially in Bali, given its approachable brand positioning of travel that suits your style,” said Charlie Dang, Regional Vice President, Southeast Asia, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific.“We look forward to welcoming guests at Four Points Bali, Kuta,” said Masri, General Manager of Four Points by Sheraton Bali, Kuta. “With an ideal location for both business and leisure, our enthusiastic team is all set to ensure a great stay with all the extras that guests will love.”Four Points is experiencing incredible growth momentum. With 50 new hotel deals signed in 2014, the most in Starwood’s company history, the brand will surpass 200 hotels in 2015, with more than 25 planned hotel openings this year. The Four Points brand boasts Starwood’s largest and fastest growing development pipeline. Across Asia Pacific, Starwood operates more than 40 hotels under the Four Points flag with more than 45 additional hotels in the pipeline. Stay at the hotelSource = Starwood Hotels & Resortslast_img read more

Mexico has had a difficult year says Sylvie Lai

first_img“Mexico has had a difficult year,” says Sylvie Laitre, Director of Mexico Boutique Hotels, “but there’s no doubt in our minds the sophisticated traveler will know exactly how to separate the panic-stricken headlines from reality. The truth is–barring some troubled border cities–travel to Mexico continues to be safe, and any precautions that need to be taken are exactly the same as those you would take to any foreign country.” That includes health hazards: as of May 15, 2009, the U.S. Department of State called off its travel alert relating to the 2009-H1N1 influenza outbreak. “We should also note that, by virtue of their extraordinarily high standards in every respect, our member hotels are and always have been secure havens for their guests,” continues Laitre. Because Mexico Boutique Hotels caters to those in the know, savvier travelers will be able to take advantage of some great package specials offered by a select group of member hotels offering everything from barefoot elegance by the beach to a marvelous glimpse of elegant colonial living. Multi-course dinners with a view, signature spa treatments and guided tours to gorgeously restored archaeological sites are just part of the many wonders awaiting guests of some of Mexico’s most unique properties. Hacienda Sepúlveda (Lagos de Moreno – Closest gateways: Leon or Guadalajara) Once one of the most prosperous haciendas in the Lagos de Moreno area, Hacienda Sepúlveda has evolved into one of the area’s finest accommodations. Experience Mexico through its traditional regional cuisine or a horseback ride around the vast property. Don’t forget to follow it up with a visit to the spa–try the temazcal, a three-hour ancient Toltec steam ritual performed by a local shaman.Hacienda Life Experience 4 days | 3 nights Package rates for two: $1,380 USD. Four days and three nights in a Master Suite. -Breakfast served daily in varying areas throughout the property -A carriage ride and picnic for two Lunch with “El Patrón” at the Hacienda La Labor (arriving on horseback) -A traditional Hacienda lunch at Sepulveda -A selection of regional snacks served by a bonfire late in the evening Dinner for two at “La Rinconada” restaurant located in Lagos de Moreno´s historic city center -One candlelit dinner for two on the Hacienda grounds -One signature Spa treatment per guest One tour of Lagos de Moreno Tax and services not included Valid through July 31, 2009 La Quinta Luna (Cholula – Closest gateways: Puebla or Mexico City) Enjoy a stay in a beautiful 17th-century mansion that originally belonged to pre-Hispanic indigenous nobility. Today, the thick adobe walls and high-beamed ceilings serve as a backdrop for modern furnishings and colorful artwork.Culture + Cuisine 5 days | 4 nights Package rates for two starts at $679 USD for a Standard Room 4 nights’ accommodation with upgrade (subject to availability on arrival) -Daily a la carte breakfast -Welcome cocktail Guided tour to the ethnobotanical garden of Cholula -A 3-course dinner for two with a bottle of wine -A Mexican cooking class for two -Two guided tours to choose from: Puebla, Tlaxcala or Cholula Rates subject to changes without prior notice 17% taxes included Valid through August 31, 2009Hotel des Artistes (Punta Mita – Closest gateway: Puerto Vallarta)Less than an hour north of Puerto Vallarta, this sleek all-suite beachfront luxury apartment-hotel delivers a lavish vacation lifestyle. The restaurant offers diners the opportunity to sample the artistry of Chef Thierry Blouet, recognized for his touch of genius in the kitchen.Romance in Punta Mita 8 days | 7 nights Package rate for two: $2,800 USD Beach Club Suite accommodation with magnificent ocean views -Round-trip airport transfers Suite montage with rose petals upon arrival -A bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne in your Suite upon arrival “In Lobby” -continental breakfast -A romantic 3 course dinner (Bistro Menu) at the beach in the 5-star Café des Artistes del Mar restaurant including a bottle of Moet & Chandon Champagne (Dinner valid Tuesday to Sunday) –2:30 hrs. private boat tour to Lover’s Beach on Marietas Island (departure from hotel beach) -Three 50-minute massages per person per stay to choose from: Therapeutic, Relaxing or Deep tissue Extra night: $295 USD Tax and service not included Valid through November 14, 2009Casasandra (Isla Holbox – Closest gateway: Cancun)Owned by Sandra Pérez, Cuban singer-songwriter and guitar player Pablo Milanes’ muse and co-author, CasaSandra is a reflection of her passion for the arts. By infusing the hotel with her unique sensibilities and an artistic touch, she has created a getaway that is both refreshing and exquisite. Return of theWhale Shark 5 days | 4 nights Package rate for two: $2,509 USD, includes taxes Five days and four nights in deluxe ocean view accommodations -Daily continental breakfast -Roundtrip airport transfers A bottle of wine in your room – A six-hour whale shark tour -Your choice of lunch or dinner daily at the best gourmet restaurant of the island (special menu, beverages not included) Valid from June 1 through September 30, 2009The Tides Zihuatanejo (Zihuatanejo)Included on Travel + Leisure 500 List and named “Most Outstanding Hotel” by Condé Nast Johansens, The Tides Zihuatanejo hotel blends the casual romance of beachfront lifestyle with the coveted seclusion of a lush garden retreat.Seaside Seclusion 5 days | 4 nights Package rates for two begin at $2,200 USD Four nights’ accommodations -Full American Breakfast for two each morning -Dinner for two each evening (Sundays include a “Sense of the Night” gourmet tasting) -One tequila tasting for two -Private margarita-making lesson with a take-home recipe and keepsake glasses -One 60-minute “Couples Massage” Round trip airport transfers Valid from June 1 through October 31, 2009 23% tax and service charge not included.www.mexicoboutiquehotels.comlast_img read more