Federal watchdog says fouryearold victims rights regime falling short

first_imgOTTAWA — The new federal watchdog for victims of crime says rules to give victims and their families a bigger voice in the justice system have fallen short of their intended mark and need to be rethought.The previous Conservative government introduced what it called a victims’ bill of rights almost four years ago that allowed victims of crime to get information about offenders and have their views taken into account when decisions are made.The regime to enforce those rights doesn’t go far enough, says Heidi Illingworth, who late last year became federal ombudsman for victims of crime.In an interview, Illingworth says she wants to see the regime strengthened to give victims “legally enforceable” rights because “we still are not there yet.”She used the example of how relatives of Tori Stafford weren’t able to provide their thoughts on transfer decisions for the two people convicted in the eight-year-old’s 2009 murder, only finding out after the killers had been moved.Illingworth says she plans to launch a special review of the framework to highlight the issue and provide recommendations.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Afghanistan UN envoy in touch with interim leaders to control fighting in

Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, who held talks with Chairman Karzai and Interior Minister Qanoni on Tuesday, today discussed the fighting with Afghanistan’s Defence Minister. All three Afghan officials said they would do all possible to bring the situation under control, according to the spokesman.The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) reported tensions in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif and fighting in two areas nearby: the Sholgarah district and Sari Pul. UNAMA personnel on the ground are in frequent contact with the parties concerned – mainly leaders of Jamiat, Jumbish and Hizb-e-Wahdat – at the regional and national level.

Central African Republic UN mission captures rebel leader

Mr. Abdul Kadre, also known as “Baba Ladde” was detained by MINUSCA forces on Monday in the latest of a series of actions that the Mission is undertaking as part of its Urgent Temporary Measures mandate to perform basic police functions in support of CAR authorities’ fight against impunity.He had been on the CAR authorities’ arrest list since May this year and his capture is the latest in a series of major arrests including anti-Balaka leaders known as “Chocolat” and John “Americain.” The latter’s arrest was followed by the surrender of 88 of his fighters.MINUSCA began operations in September 2014, with a mandate focused on the protection of civilians and the facilitation of a political process, including implementation of provisions of the Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities, and setting up a mechanism to investigate violations. read more

Leon Cupra world debut at British International Motor Show

SEAT decided that the show at London’s ExCeL would be the ideal opportunity to reveal the Leon Cupra, with the British public buying more hot hatches than in any other country, and the UK being the biggest market for the outgoing Cupra R model. This brings the number of confirmed world launches to four, with debuts for the Vauxhall Corsa, and as yet unspecified models from Mazda and BMW. The new generation Leon Cupra promises even more power and driver appeal than its highly respected predecessor, and will go on sale in the UK early in 2007. Public access to The British International Motor Show will be from 20-30 July. For more information see www.britishmotorshow.co.uk(model pictured – Leon Supercopa)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) SEAT has confirmed that the Leon Cupra will make its world debut at The British International Motor Show at Press Day on 18 July. read more

Video of second Town Hall now online

Video of Thursday’s Brock University Town Hall is now available online for faculty and staff.The second and final Town Hall was held Thursday, Feb. 28 with senior administration discussing the University’s new Strategic Plan, and what the implications may be as a result of the Government of Ontario’s Jan. 17 announcement.Video of Thursday’s Town Hall can be found by going to this link and logging in with your Brock employee username and password.Anyone with comments or suggestions is encouraged to email president@brocku.ca

Hexagon introduces Mine Monitoring Services

first_imgHexagon has announced the introduction of Mine Monitoring Services, an enhanced layer of expert oversight available across the company’s broad portfolio of solutions.Customers can now gain insight into all aspects of their operations by employing complementary and premium Mine Monitoring Services for planning, (HxGN MinePlan) operations, (HxGN MineOperate) safety, (HxGN MineProtect) and enterprise, (HxGN MineEnterprise) portfolios.“Whether you are a mine operator or a member of the management team, knowing the status of all aspects of your operation is critical,” said Adam Savage, Vice-President of Services and Support. “Mine Monitoring Services is integral to Hexagon being a life-of-mine partner to its customers and helping them to maximise their investment in our solutions.”“Partnering with Hexagon experts, customers can now monitor and control all aspects of their operation easily and from one location.”Savage said the service will continue to improve and will cover everything from fatigue monitoring to system and database usage to enterprise reporting and more.“We will provide monitoring services and regional monitoring centres supported by a global network of monitoring specialists – everywhere our customers need us to be!”last_img read more

Mariusz Jurkiewicz missing rest of the season

← Previous Story Danijel Saric and Albert Rocas loyal to Barca Next Story → THW Kiel celebrates 17th German title! Polish left back, Mariusz Jurkiewicz will miss rest of the season, because of knee injury. BM Atletico Madrid’s player got injured on the EHF CL 1/4 match against Cimos Koper. Jurkiewicz won’t play at EHF F4 in Cologne and finish of ASOBAL – championship race with F.C Barcelona. He will be out of the court for two months. BM Atletico MadridMariusz Jurkiewicz

New Pepsi Bottles To Be Made From Corn Husks And Grass

first_imgNot to be outdone by Coca-Cola’s new plant-based bottle, Pepsi has decided to introduce one of its own.The new bottle is 100 percent recyclable and, according to the company, virtually identical to the current petroleum-based bottles on store shelves. This in spite of the fact that it’s made from materials like switch grass, pine bark, and corn husks. And in the future Pepsi hopes to expand the material range to include both orange and potato peels.“PepsiCo is in a unique position, as one of the world’s largest food and beverage businesses, to ultimately source agricultural byproducts from our foods business to manufacture a more environmentally-preferable bottle for our beverages business,” said chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi, “a sustainable business model that we believe brings to life the essence of performance with purpose.”Of course this isn’t PepsiCo’s first foray into green package, as the company was also behind the notoriously noisy compostable SunChips bags.The plant-based Pepsi bottles will go through a pilot production phase beginning next year, with full-scale production potentially soon to follow.last_img read more

HP Lenovo say theyre not threatened by Surface

first_imgAcer might be miffed about Surface, but HP and Lenovo don’t seem to share its concerns. Rather than feeling alienated or short-changed by Microsoft, two of the world’s biggest PC players remain confident that experience and unique product offerings will allow them to challenge Redmond’s tablets.Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing echoed Acer’s sentiment that Microsoft isn’t amazing at building hardware, saying “we don’t believe they can build the best hardware in the world… Lenovo can.” At the end of the day, Microsoft is “just one more competitor” as far as Lenovo is concerned.And just because the two will compete for tablet sales doesn’t mean anything has changed when it comes to partnerships. Yang reported that Lenovo is bullish on Windows 8 and that the company is going to “fully leverage” the new OS in its upcoming product launches.As for HP, senior VP John Solomon said he thinks that Microsoft is merely making a “leadership statement” and trying to show OEMs what’s possible with Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets. HP doesn’t see Surface as a threat and could be focusing on delivering a business-grade device at first, based on Solomon’s dig against the Surface keyboards. He believes that no one who creates content for a living is “going to use a keyboard like that for every day use.” Presumably, then, he thinks that HP has something better to offer — and the company appears set to back that up by giving key customers 60-day financing to encourage tablet purchases.So while Acer grumbles noisily in the corner of the dugout, other manufacturers seem like they’re ready to step up to the plate (not that they really have any other choice). Maybe Acer’s really just mad that Microsoft didn’t pencil its name in to the starting line-up for Windows RT, which means they won’t be building RT tablets until January 2013.via CRNlast_img read more

New Government School construction to begin contract awarded

first_img Related Items:aierra missick, budget debate, construction, government schools Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Loaded; Bank amounts and accounts disclosed in House of Assembly Recommended for you Opposition says: Govt slow to restore construction industry; 12-storey debacle no surprise Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Feb 2015 – Construction will soon start at the 13-acre site in Long Bay Hills for the new government high school for Provo. Cabinet last week revealed that the tender for the construction has been awarded; finally. There were some snags to the process which caused government to not only extend the time for bids to be turned in for the project, but for the payment for the job to be boosted. There were criticisms that the originally quoted figure for the work, at $600,000 was too low. During Budget Debate last year, Education Minister Hon Akierra Missick explained that the new facility was mainly to alleviate overcrowding and the issues linked to that… she had said: “…once the first phase is completed we intend to transfer the entire first form and a zoned form two. The following years will see further re-zoning which will ensure equitable distribution of children.” With a reported surplus, Government moved to have more monies for phase one in a supplementary to the budget; it is now a one million dollar job. There are to be eight classrooms, restrooms and administration block built in this first phase. The need for a new school was one touted by the Rufus Ewing administration since the beginning of tenure in 2012; three years later work is poised to begin on that new school. ZNS facing privatizationlast_img read more

Havaldar Ramamurthy of AOC felicitated

first_imgSecunderabad: Havaldar Ramamurthy M of AOC Centre here bagged a silver medal in the 55 kg weight category at the recently concluded 12th South Asian Body Building & Physique Sports Championship 2019 held at Kathmandu from July 18 to 21. He was given a grand welcome by all the ranks at the AOC centre here on Friday.last_img

Rohingyas still coming 32 enter in 7 days

first_imgSmoke is seen on the Myanmar border as Rohingya refugees walk on the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal, in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh 11 September 2017. ReutersAt least 32 Rohingya of 8 families have freshly entered Bangladesh through Teknaf border last week.  Some families started to cross the river Naf on 19 April.   They were initially sent to Bangladesh Army’s relief camp in Sabrang union, Teknaf.Upazila senior fisheries officer Md Delwar Hossain, representing the district commissioner of Cox’s Bazar at the camp, told Prothom Alo that the Rohingya arrival had stopped for some time. But as the remaining Rohingyas face food shortage and restricted movement in Myanmar, they are compelled to come into Bangladesh afresh. The relatives of the newly arrived refugees entered Bangladesh earlier.They were sheltered in Noyapara Rohingya camp, he added.Though Bangladesh has signed a Rohingya repatriation deal with Myanmar on November last year,  Rohingya’s are still arriving intermittently.  In another move on February, Bangladesh handed over an initial list of 8032 refugees to be repatriated to Myanmar at a home minister level meeting in Dhaka. More than seven hundred thousand Rohingyas arrived in Bangladesh since 25 August last year in the face of severe persecution in Myanmar.Immigration and passport department’s deputy director Abu Noman Muhammad Zakir Hossain told Prothom Alo that, a total of 1,1 09,864 new and old registered Rohingyas were staying in different camps of Ukhiya and Teknaf upazila.last_img read more

Handson with Alienwares new line of VRready laptops

first_imgAlienware’s always had a reputation for being somewhat… opulent. Its ostentatious machines demand a certain kind of attention and a price premium to match. Even so, over the past few years Alienware has continually worked to bring prices down and tighten up its design scheme, shifting to a more refined, neo-industrial look.At PAX West, the Dell subsidiary announced their latest laptop line. These portable powerhouses are each running Nvidia’s 10-series GPUs. They’re all optimized for VR, high frame rate gaming, or 4K gaming. Plus, if the video card company is to be believed, its 10-series mobile GPUs should be just about on par with their beefy desktop counterparts.With those power-hungry and heat-vomiting cards running at their peak, Alienware claims that they’ve totally redesigned the cooling systems in its laptops to compensate. Batteries are now at the front of the machine — where your hands rest. This gives a bit more room at the back for the GPU and CPU to chill (literally).The hinge that supports the monitor has come forward a bit too, meaning that the sometimes painfully hot hunks of silicon that power the PC aren’t near the keyboard or trackpad, so even while gaming your hands and fingertips shouldn’t feel the heat.The larger of the two laptops, a 17-inch monster, also comes with eyetracking courtesy of some IR sensors from Tobii. In-game, you can use the tech to look around instead of relying on a mouse or analogue stick. Alienware’s partnered with the company to develop some additional software for competitive gamers to help you track where your eyes move during recorded replays, so you can see where your attention was (mis)directed when you died. I’m not sold on the utility of features like these, but surely someone finds them worthy inclusions.The 15-inch and 17-inch laptops start at around $1,200 and $1,500 (respectively). They are available for pre-order now and will start shipping at the end of September. There’s also a smaller 13-inch model planned for those who need a little bit more portability.last_img read more

Readers delight

first_imgFollowing the triumphant editions in 2013, Leapvault, is all set to present the fourth edition of the India Non Fiction Festival in a span of one and half years on the 15 and 16 November at the India Habitat centre.The festival is the leading and Asia’s only festival dedicated to non – fiction literary works. It brings together noted authors and personalities from varied walks of life on one stage who engage in discussions on significant but often neglected issues. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival themed Be Bold. Stay Real, involves everything in Non-Fiction space – from topics like Business, Sociology, and Management to Fitness, Travel and Health. It will provide a stellar opportunity to Non-Fiction readers to watch luminaries from various fields engaging in sparkling discussions and meet the thought leaders of today and tomorrow.  Personalities like Kunwar Natwar Singh, Vinod Rai, Suhel Seth , Dipankar Gupta, Leila Seth, John Elliott, Kingshuk Nag,  and Arun Maira will grace the event this year.last_img read more

Bohemian Grove The Secret AllMale Campground for the Rich and Famous

first_imgBohemian Grove is a large campground in Sonoma County, California. Situated north of San Francisco, the 2,700 acre land is considered pristine wilderness, a quiet enclave with giant redwood trees. It’s also where for two weeks every July, some of the wealthiest and most powerful men in the United States are said to meet in order to mingle, party, and relax.To be a part of this yearly event, you must belong to the Bohemian Club. It’s an exclusive and private all-male club. Women are allowed only limited access to the facilities, although able to work as staff overseeing the campground.The Owl Shrine covered in moss, standing among trees behind a stage at one edge of a man-made pond. Photo by Aarkwilde CC BY-SA 3.0Among its members have been former presidents, business leaders, ex-military, and artists. To sign up there is a decade’s long waiting list, followed by a $25,000 initiation fee. Once accepted, there are substantial yearly fees to remain.In the 1870s, Henry “Harry” Edwards was an actor with the California Theatre Stock Company, a founding Bohemian and the head entomologist at the California Academy of Sciences.The Bohemian Club originated in 1872 as a private gentlemen’s club, originally catering to a group of Eastern American newspaper writers wanting to live a “bohemian and cultured lifestyle” in the West.Bohemian Grove in 1915.After renting the campground as an annual retreat for a number of years, the Bohemian Grove property was bought in 1899.According to the organization, the purpose of the Bohemian Grove annual retreat is that it’s a gathering of people who “share a passion for the outdoors, music, and theater.”This is a screenshot of an illustration by Maynard Dixon which appeared in the book The Grove Plays of the Bohemian Club, published in 1918.Participants are discouraged from talking about business and other worldly affairs, although they probably do.Porter Garnett’s sketch of the Bohemian Club’s Main Stage at the Bohemian Grove, 1911.Otherwise, the Grove is kept private and not much is known about what goes on, aside from some scattered reports by outsiders who were able to infiltrate the compound.Related Video:And some outsiders have gotten access in the past. Philip Weiss, writing for Spy magazine, was one of them. In 1989, Weiss lived among Bohemian Grove campers for a week. He called it a high-status retreat for Republicans and other right-wingers.Bohemian Grove in 1909.It appears that a number of Republican presidents belonged to the Bohemian Club. They included Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush. Weiss himself was able to meet briefly with Reagan at Bohemian Grove, only months after the former president had left office.A dress rehearsal for the 1909 Grove Play, St. Patrick at Tara.Weiss described the living conditions. Members sleep on cots in tents or cabins. There are rustic bathrooms and a common dining area, although people tend to urinate by the closest trees.Bohemian Grove in 1909.Drinking and general idleness are encouraged. There is entertainment or public talks nightly. The men are often drunk and seen walking around only in underwear.The pyrotechnic climax to the 1907 Cremation of Care.One curious part of the encampment described by Weiss is the annual opening ceremony, called the Cremation of Care.Bohemians claim it’s a ritual to relieve the stress of the outside world. Some members dress up in robes and using torches, burn a “crypt” of Care.A rare look at Bohemian Grove during the summer Hi-Jinks as photographed by novelist Jack London, c. 1911-16.They also sing at the base of a giant 40 foot metal and concrete owl shrine, the symbol of the Bohemian Club.Bohemian Club plaque.Of course there are many critics. Protests against it are held annually. There’s popular suspicion that more goes on than a simple retreat for the wealthy and powerful.Occupy Bohemian Grove signs from Occupy Portland rally on October 6, 2011. Photo by badlyricpolice CC BY 2.0One of the claims against Bohemian Grove is that policy is discussed and decisions made in the forest in private that affect the rest of the country and world. It’s alleged that back in 1942 the idea of the Manhattan Project, building the first atomic bomb, was conceived.Bohemian Grove sign. Photo by Drazz CC BY SA 2.0Bohemian Grove has been a gift to various conspiracy theorists. The infamous radio host Alex Jones allegedly also infiltrated the compound in 2000. He claimed to show images of various rituals done in the forest, including the Cremation of Care. Jones called the acts satanic and pagan in nature. References were made to human sacrifice.S1 Committee 1942.The reality is that Bohemian Grove is so secretive it’s difficult to know exactly what it’s all about.Read another story from us: The Sons of Lee Marvin: a “secret” society founded by directors, actors, and singers who are his proud look-alikesWhile some of the practices do seem bizarre in modern times, generally it sounds more like an outdoor frat house for some of the American elite to let loose for a few weeks.last_img read more

Water restrictions intensify as drought conditions worsen

first_imgConsumers are reminded that the drought situation in the uThukela District is worsening by the day.Some dams and rivers have virtually dried up, and water levels in all dams and rivers in the district have dropped drastically.This situation calls for the intensification of water restrictions in order to save and share the little bit of water we have until this water-stress period is over.The South African Weather Services recently predicted that this district is likely to receive its first rains mid-December.Consumers are therefore, once again, reminded to please use water sparingly and to note that the following water restrictions are in place until further notice:No watering  of gardensNo filling of swimming poolsNo use of sprinkler systemsNo washing of vehicles using hosepipes at homeNo illegal or unmetered car wash businesses allowedThe water supply will be closed at certain times for both business and domestic consumers.Business consumers, including car wash businesses, are requested to implement innovative water-saving measures such as recycling of used water, etc.As part of intensifying water restrictions, high volume water users (such as car wash and car dealer businesses) are requested not to wash cars for a period of two days per week.This request applies to car wash business in all towns, townships and rural areas in uThukela District.Car wash businesses and car dealers situated in towns such as Ladysmith, Estcourt, Winterton, Bergville and Weenen are prohibited from washing cars on Tuesdays and Thursdays every week.Car wash businesses operating in the townships and rural areas are prohibited from washing cars on Mondays and Wednesdays every week.Intensified restrictions will be effective from June 20 until further notice. Defaulters will be fined without further notice. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite center_img The municipality urges consumers to reduce their water demand so as to sustain a continuous water supply during this drought.Consumers are further requested to fix water leaks at their premises and report water leaks occurring outside their premises at uThukela’s call centre on 086-010-4257.“Consumers should bear with us as we try our utmost best to manage the situation. The public should also note that a Drought Joint Operations Committee (DJOC) involving the National Department of Water & Sanitation, Department of Co-operative Governance & Traditional Affairs, five local municipalities and other stakeholders has been established to advise the District Municipality on the management and mitigation of the drought situation,” say uThukela. The DJOC meets fortnightly.Any person who contravenes water restrictions will be liable to pay a fine of R2000 in terms of Section 57 of the Water Services By-laws of uThukela District Municipality.uThukela officials – such as Environmental Health Practitioners, Environmental Health Assistants, Water Agents and Compliance Officers – will monitor adherence to the above-mentioned water restrictions by visiting the premises of consumers and assessing compliance with restrictions.Consumers found to be in contravention of the water restrictions will be fined as mentioned above. Further transgressions will lead to the installation of water restrictive devices to the premises and prosecution if water wastage persists.Consumers are also encouraged to store water in containers. This will assist in terms of having enough water in their households in times of unexpected water cuts.last_img read more

RIUs top family resort in Punta Cana debuts brand new look

first_imgTags: Punta Cana, RIU Hotels & Resorts Travelweek Group PUNTA CANA — RIU Hotels & Resorts’ most family-friendly hotel in Punta Cana has reopened following a major overhaul to its rooms, restaurants, pools and services.ClubHotel Riu Bambu, inaugurated in 1999, was previously refurbished in 2004 and again in 2010, but only performed a complete overhaul earlier this year. The five-star, all-inclusive hotel now boasts new furniture and décor in all rooms, plus refurbished bathrooms, two new pools (in addition to three existing pools) with two new swim-up bars, and a new gymnasium next to the beach. The Riu4U club for young guests is another new item resulting from the refurbishment.Culinary options have also seen some changes. The hotel has seven restaurants including the new Spanish restaurant Olé and the gourmet eatery Kulinarium. Guests will continue to have the main restaurant available to them with international cuisine, as well as the Asian Hibachi, the Italian San Angelo, the Palm Beach steakhouse and the Mexican Mama Juana.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckRIU Hotels currently has six hotels in Punta Cana: The Riu Palace Bavaro, Riu Palace Punta Cana, Riu Palace Macao, Riu Naiboa and ClubHotel Riu Bambu, which are located in the RIU complex. Clients also have free access to the Splash Water World water park, while the Riu Republica, the first adults-only hotel in the Riu Classic range, is located a mere two kilometres away. Riu Republica will showcase major changes at the end of this year, including 400 new rooms, four new restaurants, five bars and a new water park. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Wednesday, July 19, 2017 RIU’s top family resort in Punta Cana debuts brand new look Sharelast_img read more

Alajuelense eliminated in the Costa Rican Clausura

first_imgRelated posts:Five things I learned while watching the sun set over El Clásico Herediano to face Saprissa in Apertura final Weekend soccer roundup: Semifinals begin, Ticos traded in MLS San Carlos defeats reigning champion Herediano, advances to face Saprissa Posiciones         Pts.    GP         W         D         L         Gf        Ga.San Carlos                36        21        10        6          5          33        19Pérez Zeledón          36        21        9          9          3          35        27Saprissa                    35        21        10        5          6          36        27Herediano                 33        21        9          6          6          31        24Cartaginés                31        21        8          7          6          32        27Municipal Grecia      31        21         8         7          6          32        27Alajuelense               29        21        7          8          6          30        27UCR                           25        21        7          7          7          33        38Santos                       27        21        8          3          10        32        37Limón FC                  26        21        7          5          9          22        30Guadalupe FC         18       21        4          6          11        20        34Carmelita                   11        21        2          5          14        18        37 This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5% Club. If only 5 percent of our readers donated at least $5 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Commentscenter_img Liga Deportiva Alajuelense tied 2-2 against the reigning champion, Club Sport Herediano, and was eliminated from the semifinals of the 2019 Clausura Championship in Costa Rica with one fixture remaining. Saturday’s match took place in the National Stadium of La Sabana, in San José, because playing at Alajuela’s stadium, Alejandro Morera Soto, was vetoed by the Disciplinary Tribunal for disturbances after the clásico nacional (Costa Rican classic) against Saprissa two weeks ago.Herediano will have to wait for the closing date, next Sunday, to try to earn the last ticket to the next phase of the tournament; Club Sport Cartaginés and Municipal Grecia are the other two semifinal aspirants. San Carlos, Pérez Zeledón and Saprissa are already classified.Alajuelense hurt its own cause through an own-goal by Daniel Villegas (21). However, they responded with a penalty from Honduran Róger Rojas (42). Herediano went ahead thanks to the 2014 Brazil World Cup and Russia 2018 participant, Yeltsin Tejeda (60). When everything seemed resolved Rojas scored his second, taking advantage of a mistake from goalkeeper Daniel Cambronero to equalize (89).The closing Clausura fixtures will decide the four semifinal teams and their order in the table. They will also determine the regular-season winner. With all teams having played in 21 games, and only one date left to be played, San Carlos and Pérez Zeledón have 36 points, Saprissa, 35; Herediano, 33; Cartaginés and Grecia, 31; Alajuelense, 29; UCR, 28; Santos, 27; Limón, 26, Guadalupe, 18; Carmelita, 11.Matchday 22, last of the classification phase: Alajuelense-GuadalupeCarmelita-San CarlosCartaginés-SantosGrecia-SaprissaHerediano-Pérez ZeledónUniversidad de Costa Rica-Limónlast_img read more

Kuoni wins Best Travel Team of the Year and Best

first_imgSource = Kuoni Leading travel specialist Kuoni won ‘Best Tour Operator of the Year’ and ‘Best Travel Team of the Year’ (a new award for 2012) at the TTG Travel Awards 2012, as voted for and shortlisted by 30,000 travel agents and a judging panel of industry experts. With stiff competition in the form of other shortlisted companies, Kuoni stepped up to the stage to be congratulated by celebrity guest host, actor and comedian, David Walliams and TTG Brand Director, Daniel Pearce.The red-carpet event was held at London’s prestigious Odeon West End theatre on Leicester Square. Celebrations continued at the exclusive after-show party in the Penthouse night club, Leicester Square with live music and stunning views of London’s skyline. Over 700 movers and shakers of the travel industry flooded Leicester Square, setting it alight with true Hollywood glitz and glamour for a show-stopping ceremony, including Kuoni UK Managing Director Derek Jones, National Sales Manager for Trade Amanda Darrington and National Sales Manager for Retail Helen Roberts.  Commenting on Kuoni’s win, Derek Jones, Kuoni UK MD said: “The TTG Awards ceremony was a spectacular evening of entertainment showcasing the best of the best in our industry. “We are delighted to have been voted best ‘Tour Operator of the Year’ and we are thrilled to have won their new award for best ‘Travel Team Agency of the Year’, in recognition of the outstanding hard work and commitment of everyone at Kuoni. “Kuoni has enjoyed considerable success in the past in both the Long Haul and Luxury Tour Operator categories but we have never before won in the Best Tour Operator section which includes all tour operators large and small. “I am so proud of the team’s achievements and to have been recognised by our industry peers with these accolades.”TTG Brand Director, Daniel Pearce added: “I’d personally like to congratulate Kuoni on winning ‘Tour Operator of the Year’ and ‘Travel Team Agency of the Year’ at the TTG Travel Awards 2012. With over 30,000 travel agent ratings and an esteemed panel of judges, our rigorous judging process makes winning these awards a huge achievement in the travel industry.”Judges for the awards include experts from trade bodies and leading travel companies and the Institute of Travel and Tourism, as well as leading figures from the worlds of commerce and retail.last_img read more

Vietjet announces Ho Chi Minh City and Jakarta route launch

first_imgVietjet announces Ho Chi Minh City and Jakarta route launchVietjet announces Ho Chi Minh City and Jakarta route launchVietjet today announced the launch of a new international route connecting Ho Chi Minh City with the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. The announcement ceremony was witnessed by high-ranking dignitaries from Vietnam and Indonesia on the official visit of His Excellency Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam to Indonesia. The new route will meet the increasing demand for travels between the two countries and boost regional trading and integration.The Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)-Jakarta route, a three-hour journey, will operate daily from December 20, 2017. The HCMC-Jakarta flight departs from HCMC at 20:40 and arrives in Jakarta at 23:40 (local time). The return flight takes off at 01:40 (local time) and lands in HCMC at 04:40.Mr. Dinh Viet Phuong, Vietjet’s Vice President, said: “Since its inception, Vietjet has been developing friendly and professional flight services in operating key international routes, helping connect Vietnam’s main business and tourism hubs with foreign destinations, including Jakarta. With its mission of making air travel approachable and possible for everyone and building a future in the air, Vietjet’s new route from HCMC to Jakarta will boost ties between these two economic, cultural and financial hubs, thus helping to boost regional trading and integration.”Jakarta is famous for its own distinctive multicultural style, amazing cuisine and colorful tourism attractions. It also serves as a gateway to the country, which offers the world “Consistency in Diversity”. The Indonesian archipelago boasts UNESCO-listed world heritages such as Borobudur and Prambanan, Komodo National Park, Ujung Kulon National Park and Sumatra rainforest and, of course, breathtaking ‘paradise’ islands, such as Bali, one of the world’s most incredible beach destinations.In turn, Ho Chi Minh City will be the country’s doors to Indonesian visitors travelling in Vietnam, which also boasts UNESCO-listed world heritages and incredible beaches. The capital city of Hanoi is an incredible historic city with a rich culture and unique atmosphere. Other cities and destinations include the former imperial capital, Hue, a wonderful, romantic destination, the city of Da Nang, where there are stunning beaches and the wonderland of Quang Binh province, home to the largest caves in the world. As the country’s largest economic, financial and modern tourism hub, Ho Chi Minh City is a destination in its own right, one that visitors will find is as sweet and charming as it is dynamic and entertaining.With its high-quality services, special low-fare tickets and diverse ticket classes, Vietjet offers its passengers enjoyable flights with a dynamic and friendly flight crew, comfy seats, delicious hot meals, special surprises as part of the inflight activities and amazing ticket fares during the daily “12 pm, It’s time to Vietjet” promotion.About Vietjet:Vietjet is the first airline in Vietnam to operate as a new-age airline with low-cost and diversified services to meet customers’ demands. It provides not only transport services but also uses the latest e-commerce technologies to offer various products and services for consumers. Vietjet is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) with the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate. The airline was also named as one of the Top 500 Brands in Asia 2016 by global marketing research company Nielsen, the “Best Asian Low Cost Carrier” at the TTG Travel Awards 2015, which compiles votes from travelers, travel agencies and tour operators in throughout Asia and Asia’s Best Employer Brand by the Employer Branding Institute and World HRD Congress for many years. The airline was also rated as one of the top three fastest growing airline brands on Facebook in the world by Socialbakers.Currently, the airline boasts a fleet of 45 aircraft, including A320s and A321s, and operates 350 flights each day. It has already opened 73 routes in Vietnam and across the region to international destinations such as Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mainland China, Malaysia, Myanmar and Cambodia. It has carried nearly 40 million passengers to date.Looking ahead, the airline plans to expand its network across the Asia Pacific region. To prepare for this plan, Vietjet has signed agreements with the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers to purchase more brand-new and modern aircraft.Like Vietjet on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/VietjetHongKong, follow us on Twitter, @Vietjetvietnam, and watch our videos at https://www.youtube.com/user/Vietjetvietnam.Source = Vietjetlast_img read more