NRC a botched-up exercise: Mamata Banerjee

first_imgDescribing the National Register of Citizens in Assam as a “botched up exercise”, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said that those who tried to extract political mileage out of it will have to answer the nation. She also said that the exercise was guided by “ulterior motive rather than good of society and larger interest of nation”.“The NRC fiasco has exposed all those who tried to take political mileage out of it. They have a lot to answer to the nation. This is what happens when an act is guided by an ulterior motive rather than the good of the society and the larger interest of the nation,” she tweeted.Earlier in the day, the final list of NRC in Assam was published in which 19 lakh people were excluded. The Trinamool Congress chairperson has been one of the most vocal critics of the exercise and had even sent a team of her party MPs to take stock of the situation in Assam.“My heart goes out to all those, especially the large number of Bengali-speaking brothers and sisters, who are made to suffer because of this botched-up process,” she added.Ms. Banerjee had during the campaign described NRC as a conspiracy against Bengali speaking people.Meanwhile, State BJP president Dilip Ghosh said that the BJP will start a similar exercise in West Bengal if voted to power in the state.last_img read more

Australia announces massive increase in military spending

first_imgFrom Natasha ChakuMelbourne, Feb 25 (PTI) Australia today announced an ambitious plantoboost thecountrys defence capabilities by pledgingto spend USD 139 billion over the next decade in what Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called “high stakes” and “momentous times” in Asia.The announcement came withthelaunch of2016 Defence whitepaper that includes bolstering thecountrys naval strength by doubling the size of its submarine fleet to 24, as well as commissioning three additional air warfare destroyers, nine anti-submarine frigates and 12 patrol boats.The ambitious plan also includes adding some 2,500 new military jobs to expand the total defence force to 62,400 personnel.”These are momentous times. The stakes are high. And as the opportunities expand, so does the cost of losing them,” Turnbull said, citing increased defence spending in countries across Asia and possible flashpoints for international conflict in South China Sea and Korean peninsula, as well as the increasing threat of global terrorism.The prime minister called the present times in Asia one of the biggest strategic challenge Australia has faced “in peacetime”, even as its closest ally, the US directs its foreign policy pivot towards the Asia-Pacific region, where Chinas increased assertiveness has fueled tensions.In the next two decades, said Turnbull, “half the worlds submarines and half the worlds combat aircraft” would be deployed in the Indo-Pacific region.”We would be concerned if the competition for influence and the growth in military capability were to lead to instability and threaten Australias interests, whether in the South China Sea, the Korean peninsula or further afield,” he added.advertisementAccording to anofficial statement, theWhite Paper has beenthe culmination of detailed analysis of Australias strategic environment, its defence priorities and objectives, and the capabilities required to achieve these outcomes.ThefederalGovernment hasalso set a new benchmark for transparency and funding by releasing an Integrated Investment Program and Defence Industry Policy Statement.The fully costed, ten-year Integrated Investment Program wouldbringtogether all capability-related investment including new weapons, platforms, infrastructure and science and technology.Apart from this, the government would also invest in comprehensive upgrades to defence infrastructure to support its larger future force, including key bases, training and testing ranges and fuel and explosive ordnance facilities and modernised information management, operational communications, and command and control systems.Australia is also participating in the US-led air campaign against the Islamic State terror group in Iraq and Syria. PTI NC SUA AKJ SUAlast_img read more

Sinha, Nihalani cause upsets at Asian junior tennis meet

first_imgPune, May 29 (PTI) Indias Nitin Kumar Sinha and Sabhyata Nihalani caused the first upsets at the HCL Asian Junior Tennis Championship today by knocking out sixth seeds J Otico of Philippines and M Sawangkaew of Thailand, respectively.In the boys first round, wild card Sinha ousted Otico 6-2 6-2, while in the corresponding round in the girls section Sabhyata tripped Sawangkaew 4-6 6-4 7-6(2).In other first round contests, boys top seed Siddanth Banthia, back in action after an injury lay-off, disposed off T Macherla 6-0 6-2, while Sacchit Sharma rallied from a set down to oust Thailands Tonkla Mulada 5-7 6-3 6-2.Elsewhere, girls top seed Mahek Jain, second seed Mihika Yadav and wild card Salsa Aher moved into the round of 16 with ease.The tournament is being organised by the HCL in association with the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association at the MSLTA school of tennis courts at the Shri Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi, here.Other results: Boys singles (1st round): Ho Ray (TPE) bt Atharva Sharma(Ind) 6-0, 6-1; 5-Seita Watanabe (JPN) bt Dev Javian (Ind) 6-3, 6-1; 3-Taisei Ichikawa (JPN) bt Siddharth Thakran(Ind) 6-1, 6-2; 7-Dhruv Sunish(Ind) bt Ching Lam (HKG) 6-4, 6-4; Christian Chin (Mas) bt Srivatsa Ratakonda(Ind) 6-3, 6-3; 4-Ryuki Matsuda(JPN) bt Karan Srivastava (Ind) 6-7(4), 6-0, 6-1; 8-Palaphoom Kovapitukted(THA) bt Pariskhit Somani (Ind) 6-2, 6-2; Digvijay Singh (Ind) bt Mritunjay Badola (Ind) 7-5, 6-1; 2-James Trotter (JPN) bt Piyush Salekar(Ind)6-1, 6-1.Girls: 1-Mahak Jain (Ind) bt Aesha Patel(USA) 6-1, 6-1; Salsa Aher (Ind) bt LI Xuanjin (CHN) 6-2, 6-2; Sabhyata Nihalani (Ind) bt 6-Mananchaya Sawangkaew(THA) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(2); Sama Sathvika (Ind) bt Pratyusha Rachapudi(Ind) 6-2, 7-6(4); Funa Kozaki(JPN) bt Shivani Ingle (Ind) 6-0, 6-2; Punin Kovapitukted (THA) bt Nidhi Surapneni (Ind) 6-2, 6-0; 2-Mihika Yadav (Ind) bt Lasya Patnaik (Ind) 6-0, 6-1. PTI SSR RSYadvertisementlast_img read more

MCA to host 44th Sub-Jr & 24th Fed Cup Carrom from Jan 2-5

first_imgMumbai, Dec 28 (PTI) The Maharashtra Carrom Association (MCA) will be hosting the 44th Sub-Junior National Inter-State Carrom Championship 2017-18 and the 24th All India Federation Cup Carrom Tournament 2017-18 in Dadar in Central Mumbai from January 2 to 5.The events recognised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports are being organised by the All India Carrom Federation (AICF).Budding young players from 22 states will compete for the top honours in the cadet (Under-12) boys and girls and sub-junior (Under-14) boys and girls categories, a media release issued here said.However, the main attraction of the event will be the participation of five world champions and 40 Indian stars, who will exhibit their skills in the Federation Cup.The format of the competition in the cadet category will be only singles and direct knock-out rounds while the sub-junior event will consist of team championship which will be played on a league cum knock-out basis and individual singles.In the Federation Cup, competition will be conducted for mens and womens singles and doubles and will be played on a direct knockout basis, it added. PTI NRB NSK RDSlast_img read more

Oklahoma Star Player Reportedly ‘In Tears’ On The Sideline

first_imgOklahoma and Texas play in the Big 12 championship gameARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 01: Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns throws against the Oklahoma Sooners in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)One of the top wide receivers in the entire country left his game on Saturday afternoon with an apparent injury. Oklahoma star Marquise “Hollywood” Brown suffered an apparent injury and was forced to leave the Sooners game against Texas.The Big 12 title game has been a back-and-forth thus far. Oklahoma took a 30-27 lead with just over 12 minutes left in the fourth quarter.Despite taking the lead, Oklahoma received some bad news on the scoring drive. Brown, who leads the Sooners in receiving this season, was reportedly on the sideline “in tears” as a trainer worked on his injury.Marquise Brown is in tears on the sideline. A trainer is working on him, but it looked like OU president Jim Gallogly was the one consoling him.— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) December 1, 2018Brown was carted off the field and into the locker room – though an injury designation has not been provided by the university at this time. It’s a tough blow for the Sooners who are hoping to land a spot in the College Football Playoff.Stay tuned for the latest injury news.UPDATE: A new report suggest Brown left the game with a foot injury.last_img read more

Provincial Apprenticeship System Attracts International Attention

first_img The provincial apprenticeship program has attracted internationalattention, capturing the interest of Belize and Bermuda. “We are proud of the improvements that have been made to theprovincial apprenticeship system over the last 18 monthsincluding reducing waiting times for training and working withindustry to meet labour demands,” said Education Minister JamieMuir. “It is gratifying to receive international attention, buteven better to be working with local and international partnersto share best practices and continue to improve apprenticeship inNova Scotia.” Anthony Castillo, co-ordinator of the national apprenticeshipprogram for the country of Belize, has spent the last month on astudy tour with the apprenticeship training and skill developmentdivision, Department of Education. “When researching international apprenticeship models, the NovaScotia system was most similar to what we are establishing inBelize,” said Mr. Castillo. “The Nova Scotia system has manyinnovative features such as the essential skill initiative, thatmatch our objectives.” Belize is in the process of setting up a new apprenticeshipsystem to meet the needs of youth and to enhance the skilledworkforce. This project has been underway for the past few years,led by a consultant from Nova Scotia and the director of theEnhancement of Technical, Vocational and Educational Trainingproject in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport. Thegovernment of Belize contacted the Nova Scotia apprenticeshiptraining and skill development division early in 2003 to arrangefor a delegation to come and study Nova Scotia’s apprenticeshipsystem. Contact was maintained and, this year, approval wasobtained for Mr. Castillo to spend a month in Nova Scotia. During his visit, Mr. Castillo has been given a complete overviewof the system. He has spent time in the field at Nova ScotiaCommunity College, and conducted site visits with the Nova ScotiaBoatbuilders Association, the Tourism Industry Association ofNova Scotia and many other partners in the provincialapprenticeship system. “My visit has been very exciting and informative. Much of what Ihave learned can be applied in Belize and I look forward tocontinuing to work with Nova Scotia to build our system,” saidMr. Castillo, “There is a great potential for our country topartner with various stakeholders. The hospitality and welcomeextended to me during my visit has been outstanding. I foresee agrowing working relationship between our two jurisdictions in thefuture. I can hardly wait to share what I have learned with mygovernment and the press.” Belize, as a member of the British Commonwealth, has a lot incommon with Nova Scotia and shares its historical ties. Earlier this month the province signed an agreement with thegovernment of Bermuda to provide training to their apprenticesthrough the Nova Scotia system. The apprenticeship system is part of Skills Nova Scotia, theprovincial skills initiative. Improvements to apprenticeshipinclude reducing waiting times for training and working withindustry to meet labour demands. EDUCATION–Provincial Apprenticeship System AttractsInternational Attentionlast_img read more

Celebrate Heritage During Museum Weekend

first_imgNova Scotians are encouraged to share museum memories and make new ones during the 12th annual Museum Weekend, June 9 and 10. The celebrations will include the launch of a new heritage website, featuring a Blast in the Past contest, and a lineup of events at museums throughout the province. The heritage website, www.novascotiaheritage.ca, provides up-to-date information about heritage events and organizations across Nova Scotia. Beginning on Museum Weekend and continuing until September, the Blast in the Past contest will invite people to write about memorable museum, archives and heritage experiences. The person with the best story each month will receive a Nova Scotia Museum family pass, providing free admission to the 27 provincial museums for a year. “Nova Scotians truly value our rich natural and cultural heritage, and our many museums play a central role in preserving, interpreting and showcasing it,” said Len Goucher, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “I encourage everyone to share their museum experiences in our contest and to take in some of the fun and educational events happening across the province during Museum Weekend.” With more than 100 museums throughout Nova Scotia, there are many heritage-related activities to enjoy. Visitors can play 18th-century games at Perkins House in Liverpool, savour a first taste of the summer at the Rhubarb Round-up at Fisherman’s Life Museum at Oyster Pond, or be mesmerized by a magic show at Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro. Or they can celebrate all things Gaelic at Highland Village in Iona, Victoria Co., discover Pirates! Myth and Reality, a new exhibit at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, or drop by to say happy birthday to 85-year-old Gus the gopher tortoise at the Museum of Natural History in Halifax. Many community museums will also offer a variety of events for Museum Weekend, such as the heritage walk hosted by the Urban Farm Museum in Spryfield, Halifax Regional Municipality. Information on Museum Weekend activities at the 27 provincial museums is available on the Nova Scotia Museum website at http://museum.gov.ns.ca .last_img read more

DU admission Aspirants lack interest in Commerce Arts most sought after

first_imgNew Delhi: Once considered the prominent courses in Delhi University, B. Com (Honours) and B.A( Honours) Economics, are finding hard to attract admission. Even top colleges like Hindu, Lady Shri Ram, Miranda House, Ramjas and Kirori Mal have witnessed less aspirants for the Commerce courses while Arts courses like BA (Hons) English, Political Science and History have witnessed a recordhigh. According to the faculties in different colleges, BA. (Hons)Political Science has been a break out course, but the lack of interest among students for the Commerce course like B.Com Honours and BA. Economics Honours has come as a shock for many. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsWhile some credit the lack of interest to the high cut-offs, many believe that aspiration of the civil services has a big factor for the students to choose Arts courses. In almost 93 seats available for the students to apply in B.Com Honours and B.A. Economics Honours in the Kirori Mal College, the college received only 8 enrolments in the first while the exact number of enrolments in the BCom honours was not available. The faculty in the college said that only one admission under general category was received since the process started. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”For both Economics and B.Com honours, we have received only one application each while the courses like English Honours and Political Science have been receiving good response from the students,” said Akhilesh Bharti, a faculty member at Kirori Mal College. Another top college, Hindu faced the same situation as even after releasing the highest cut-off for the Political Science course, the admissions were full in the first round. However, the college saw smaller number of admissions in the Commerce courses. “Although 22 students got enrolled in the B.Com Honours course and 24 other got enrolled in the Economics Honours course, the numbers were still less when compared to the Political Science and English courses, which received 84 and 44 enrolments respectively after first cut-offs,” said a faulty member in Hindu College. However, most of the faculty members who interacted with the students during the admission process found that several of them had one career goal — cracking the prestigious Civil Services examination. The students believed that the Arts courses will help them concentrate more on a subject and crack the examination easily.last_img read more

CPP Fund gain on loonies drop delivers 45 return on investments in

TORONTO — The CPP Investment Board says the funds it manages for the Canada Pension Plan delivered a 4.5 per cent return, after costs, in the final three months of 2015.As of Dec. 31, which marks the end of CPPIB’s 2015-16 fiscal third quarter, the CPP Fund had $282.6 billion of assets — up from $272.9 billion at Sept. 30.CPP Investment board says it had $12.3 billion in net investment income over that three-month period, offset by $2.6 billion in cash outflows — following a seasonal pattern when payments often exceed contributions at the end of a calendar year.CPP Investment Board Mark Wiseman said the Canadian dollar’s depreciation against most currencies, and the fund’s investments in other countries, resulted in significant gains from foreign exchange.Canadian pensions facing down fierce competition to pursue global growth strategyCanadian pension funds pull back on infrastructure deals as prices climb beyond reason read more

Critical for donors to give aid now to African Unions mission in

Mr. Annan, speaking at a pledging conference for the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS), described the May peace deal as a “road map” for stability after three years of destruction, but acknowledged the challenges that lie ahead in bringing peace to the region, particularly as some rebel factions had not signed the agreement.“What must not happen, but at present is happening much too much, is a reversion to violence. Some of it is perpetrated by parties that refused to sign the Agreement, but some also by parties that did sign it. This must stop, immediately,” he declared.“AMIS has performed valiantly, in very difficult conditions. But it must now be better resourced and empowered to perform its critical work. Unless it is, the Peace Agreement will be jeopardised, and no one in Darfur will be secure.”While there exists “a precious window of opportunity to end this cruel conflict,” he warned that “unless we leap through that window now it will very soon close.”Calling on those present to “make sure that does not happen,” he said: “The step we can take here is critical.”Mr. Annan said that much was also expected of the Government of Sudan and he had discussed this with President Omar al Bashir at the recent African Union Summit, where he also repeated that the strengthening of AMIS in the short term, and a transition to a UN operation in Darfur in the medium term, are “two fundamental tools available to the Sudanese people.”President al Bashir has agreed on the need to strengthen AMIS and to consolidate the peace accord in Darfur, which has seen scores of thousands of people killed and over 2 million displaced, but he has so far rejected the idea of a UN force as being colonial or having a hidden objective, something Mr. Annan again rejected today.“No hidden agenda drives us; only the urgent need of Darfur’s people. United Nations peacekeeping forces – which will come primarily from Africa and Asia, with some additional, and much needed, support from developed countries – will come to Darfur not as occupiers, but as helpers,” he said.“A strengthened AMIS and a transition to a United Nations operation are means by which the Government of Sudan can work to ensure that its people in Darfur are protected, and can give them hope of living a better life, in peace, freedom and prosperity.”The Secretary-General said the UN would continue “active discussions” with the Government of Sudan on this basis, emphasizing that the world body, the African Union and Khartoum share the same goal of lasting peace in Darfur.“The Sudanese people have at last set out on the road to peace in Darfur. The African Union has been with them every step of the way. Let us now make the final destination inevitable, so that millions of displaced people can return to their homes, and this terrible conflict can finally be brought to an end,” he concluded.In addition to causing large-scale death and displacement, the fighting in Darfur between Government forces, pro-government militias and rebels has been characterized by charges of civilian massacre, rape and other atrocities. read more

AMD 8core 36GHz Bulldozer CPU only 266

first_imgLast week AMD revealed that the 16-core server version of its new 32nm Interlagos Opteron Bulldozer CPUs had started shipping. The so-called Opteron 2600 chips had been delayed, but will still make it into servers before the end of 2011.So what of the desktop variant of Bulldozer? They were expected to arrive this month, but with the 6200 getting delayed it was widely expected AMD would announce a delay for the FX desktop processors too.Those FX chips are now expected in the fourth quarter, so next month at the earliest. If that’s disappointing to hear, you’ll be glad to know the price of the FX chips looks likely to be a lot lower than anyone expected.The FX Bulldozer chips are expected to launch in 4-, 6-, and 8-core variants, with the FX-8120 and FX-8150 being the top performance offerings. The 8120 operates at 3.1GHz with 16MB of cache and 125W TDP. The 8150 pushes the operating speed up to 3.6GHz and maintains the 16MB cache and 125W TDP.We’d expect both those chips to be $300+, but that’s definitely not the case. Pre-order pricing has revealed AMD wants $221 for the 8120 and $266 for the 8150. CPU World believes by the time those chips get to retail they’ll be no more than $200 and $245 respectively. And don’t forget, these are the high-end 8-core chips, so expect the 6-core and 4-core variants to carry much lower prices. For example, the 6-core FX-6100 is available on pre-order for $188.If we compare that pricing with the current prices of Core i7 chips, in the same price range, you’ll get a quad core 3.06GHz chip running at 130W TDP. The closest Intel gets in terms of operating speed and cores is the Core i7-990X Extreme Edition at 3.46GHz and six cores. But then you’ll be paying around $1,000 for that chip.We won’t know how Bulldozer performs next to the latest generation Sandy Bridge Core chips until after release and some real world tests are performed. However, an 8-core 3.6GHz processor for under $250 sounds like fantastic value to me, even if it does fall short of the Core-i7s in performance.More at CPU Worldlast_img read more

Leaders seek to cultivate EU ties

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The leader of conservative New Democracy, Antonis Samaras, is expected to seek out European leaders for pivotal talks in Brussels on Wednesday in a bid to outdo Socialist PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos, who met with French President Francois Hollande in Paris on Tuesday, and the leader of leftist SYRIZA, Alexis Tsipras, who late on Tuesday concluded two days of networking in Paris and Berlin ahead of general elections on June 17.Among the officials Samaras aims to corner for talks, apart from fellow members of the European People’s Party, are European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, sources said.Earlier on Tuesday, the conservative leader had described Tsipras as ‘‘naive and dangerous’’ for warning the new French president to honor anti-austerity pledges made before his election. ‘‘At a time that Greece is seeking foreign alliances, Mr Tsipras, with unbelievable arrogance, is destroying them and leading our country to the isolation that he and SYRIZA’s constituent parts are dreaming of,’’ Samaras said.Socialist leader Venizelos, who met with Hollande in Paris on Tuesday in a visit that took the Greek press by surprise, also indirectly criticized Tsipras, remarking: “It is not enough to say that you are pro-euro and pro-EU. When your proposals are irrational, demagogic, irresponsible, unsubstantiated, you cannot convince the international community, you cannot convince governments, parliaments, parties, other peoples,” he said.Hollande, for his part, reportedly expressed his support for Venizelos’s declared efforts to seek to revise some aspects of Greece’s debt deal with foreign creditors. The Socialist chief presented a six-point plan for renegotiation – no more wage and pension cuts, the safeguarding of collective labor contracts, liquidity for banks, aid for infrastructure works, growth-boosting measures and youth unemployment programs. The French president also sought an overview of the state of the Greek economy from Venizelos, formerly finance minister.The Socialist chief will be in Brussels on Wednesday for talks with his European counterparts.Caretaker Prime Minister Panayiotis Pikrammenos is also due in the Belgian capital for a EU summit. He is expected to push for initiatives to boost growth in Greece’s moribund economy and to present his peers with evidence of the country’s progress in enforcing the debt deal.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Call for foolproof system grows louder as fuel pilferage from tankers rise

first_imgKolkata: Retail petroleum dealers have complained of receiving lower quantity of fuel from oil tankers which they say has risen sharply in step with surging fuel prices. Oil Marketing Companies (OMC), however, rubbished the claim saying there is no room for dispute as proper checks are already in place.”The short supply of fuel was always there but the difference has now jumped sharply. The minimum shortage we are experiencing now is 50 litres which can go up to 100-120 litres,” West Bengal Petroleum Dealers Association president Tushar Sen told PTI. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsA standard fuel reservoir is of 12,000 litres capacity.Despite taking up the matter at the highest level, things have only worsened. More automation is needed to make the process foolproof, he said.”There is need to fit some kind of flow meter in the fuel storage tank to measure the flow of fuel into the tank,” he said.OMCs say they have taken all steps to ensure that quantity dispute does not arise.”From the terminal level, supply to the tankers is legal metrology stamped and calibrated flow meters are in oil carriers with special locks. The lock can only be opened by the dealer,” Indian Oil spokesperson Alok Singh said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedBoth petrol pump dealers and OMCs acknowledge off-the-record that the main problem of pilferage lies with the oil carriers during their travel to the dealer.A Bharat Petroleum official, who did not wish to be quoted, said it is not right to blame the oil companies.”There is provision to write a note of actual quantity receipt and then the dealer will get credit and a debit will be initiated for the tanker,” he said.At least 30-50 per cent of the dealers already own their oil carriers, the OMCs said. An Oil Tankers Association office-bearer declined to comment on the issue.Meanwhile, the BPCL official said a new automation system of geo-fencing is being tried out.The technology is supposed to track and prevent opening of the lock of an oil carrier until the vehicle reaches the exact coordinate of the dealer’s location.”It will match the latitude and longitude of a location before it allows to open the lock,” the official said.last_img read more

Contiki launches Travel Together Connected Forever promotion

first_imgTags: Contiki Contiki launches ‘Travel Together, Connected Forever’ promotion Travelweek Group Share << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img TORONTO — Contiki is offering up to $670 off Europe trips starting today for bookings made and paid in full by April 10 as part of its new ‘Travel Together, Connected Forever’ campaign.Canadians travelling as a ‘squad’ can save an additional 5% if they bring four of their best friends, 7.5% if they have seven in their group or 10% off if 10 people join (or the 11th traveller goes free).An additional 25% off is also available on select trips to Europe. Readers and their clients can visit contiki.com/ca/en/activity/travel-together for more details.Contiki says it’s putting the ‘group’ back in ‘group travel’ with the new ‘Travel Together, Connected Forever’ campaign that encourages clients to travel together and form new bonds with other millennials from around the world.“We have always believed that travel is an experience best shared and a Contiki adventure provides the perfect people to make any trip as epic as possible,” says Lauren Howard, Director of Marketing and Digital Strategy for Contiki Canada.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & Mexico“Ask anyone who’s ever been on a Contiki trip and the first thing they will tell you is the relationships they made with their group. Whether they travelled solo or with their own group of friends, the bonds that are fostered on any given Contiki trip end up lasting a lifetime. If agents only have one selling point to make about Contiki, it’s that: you’re travelling with like-minded people and you’re guaranteed to come back with new friends from around the world.”Nearly 20 of Contiki’s most popular trips are highlighted in the campaign and span the world, with an additional 25% off on select trips to Europe. They include Simply Italy, Spanish Spree, European Highlights, Eastern Road, Greek Island Hopping, European Discovery, Italian Bellissimo, Ibisza and Beyond, Asian Adventure, Thai Island Hopper East, Vietnam Experience, Pure Vida, Inca Panorama, Andes and Amazon Highlights, Beaches & Reefs, Kiwiana Panorama and The Big Tiki. Thursday, February 22, 2018 Posted bylast_img read more

Are Ticos getting hooked on credit cards

first_imgThe number of credit and debit card owners in Costa Rica increased by 20.9 percent in 2012, the Central Bank (BCCR) reported on Tuesday.Currently, 7.1 million credit and debit cards circulate in the country of 4.7 million. Of these, 22.6 percent (1.6 million) are credit cards. This means that on average each Tico owns at least one card (1.6 cards per person).The BCCR report indicates that credit cards were used mainly for shopping (95 percent of transactions), while debit cards were used primarily to withdraw cash from ATMs (51 percent).In the past four years, the use of debit cards as a payment method also increased from 43 percent of transactions in 2009 to 49 percent in 2012, according to figures detailed by the BCCR’s Payments System Division.The value of all purchases made with cards (credit and debit) is equivalent to 18.5 percent of the gross domestic product, a figure that is similar to that registered in countries with high use of electronic payment methods such as Sweden (21.9 percent) and Belgium (17.1 percent). Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

US Navy tests antimine drones in Gulf drills

first_imgMANAMA, Bahrain (AP) – The U.S. Navy is putting underwater drones through wartime-style drills as part of international mine-clearing exercises in the Persian Gulf following similar maneuvers by Iran.The U.S.-led exercises, which began last week, include operations by the unmanned SeaFox devices, which are equipped with sonar and an explosive charge designed to shoot and destroy mines. It is part of the Navy’s plans to increasingly deploy automated surveillance and protection systems, including aerial drones. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Four benefits of having a wireless security system Sponsored Stories Navy commanders insist the exercises, comprising more than 41 nations, are not intended solely against possible Iranian threats. But Iran has previously warned it could block critical Gulf oil routes in retaliation for Western sanctions over Tehran’s nuclear program.In apparent response to the U.S.-led drills, Iran last week staged its own minesweeping operations.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img The vital role family plays in society Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

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Pupils left without transport over bus company dispute

first_imgAround 200 pupils but also people living in rural areas of Larnaca were forced to seek other ways of getting to school and work on Thursday after the district’s bus company announced it was discontinuing  its service to their areas indefinitely.Zenon announced that it will be interrupting its school bus routes to and from kindergartens and primary schools in Zygi, Maroni, Lefkara, high-schools in Lefkara, Athienou and Vergina, and the Vergina lyceum.The interruption affects pupils living in Tochni, Choirokitia, Skarinou, Maroni, Psematismenos, Pentaschinos, Ayios Theodoros, Kofinou, Skarinou, Agglisides, Alethriko, Mari, Zygi and Athienou.The decision, was due to measures taken by a group of Zenon shareholders.According to Zenon director, Loukas Louka, the problem was caused by a “syndicate of shareholders” in the higher areas of Larnaca who, while they are registered as drivers with the company, refused to do the work but insisted on getting paid.He added that some shareholders had even registered their wives as bus drivers.Without elaborating whether the company had agreed to that arrangement, Louka told the Cyprus News Agency that in the past four months things had to change due to the “tragic” financial situation of the company. Zenon, he said, owes around €3m.“It had been agreed for measures to be taken aiming at the company’s rescue,” Louka said, but “as some of the shareholders were not used to working but only getting paid, there have been protests, even threats”.The company, he said, informed these shareholders that “they would be paid only for the bus routes they were carrying out and would not receive full salary without running all the scheduled routes”.Louka said the company was forced to notify the police to protect their staff and passengers after the shareholders in question threatened drivers and other shareholders.Zenon had tried on Wednesday night to arrange the continuation of the affected routes but according to reports, a number of buses were found with flat tires, believed to have been a deliberate act to prevent them from running.Trade union reps told the Cyprus News Agency that many irregularities take place concerning Zenon shareholders in the particular areas in Larnaca. They are known by the transport ministry.Lefkara Mayor, Sofoklis Sofokleous, said in a written statement that the behaviour of some bus drivers was “unacceptable, provocative and immoral”.He added that this concerns not a work stoppage or a strike but rather “fiefdoms that need to be wrecked”.You May LikeInstant Voice TranslatorGenius Japanese Invention Allows You To Instantly Speak 43 LanguagesInstant Voice TranslatorUndoDailySpikesThese Are The Best 10 Classic Cars To Invest In Right NowDailySpikesUndoWorldHistoryMag.comThe Most Important 20th Century discoveries and inventionsWorldHistoryMag.comUndo Fresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoBritain preparing for a no-deal BrexitUndoData is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more