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CIL Chairman holds outreach session with GMs of top areas

first_imgKolkata: Anil Kumar Jha, Chairman, CIL chaired an interactive–cum–outreach session with the General Managers of the top performing areas of CIL at its corporate headquarters in Kolkata. CIL Chairman congratulated the Area General Managers for their outstanding performance and urged them to plan better for the year 2019-20 enabling them to achieve newer heights. D K Nayek, GM, Rajmahal, ECL, A K Singh, GM, Kusunda, BCCL, M K Agarwal, GM, Piparwar, CCL, S Mishra, GM, Jayant, NCL, S K Gomasta, GM, Nigahi, NCL, U A Kaole, GM, Wani, WCL, S K Pal, GM, Gevra, SECL, B K Chandora, GM, Dipka, SECL, Ranjan P Sah, GM, Kusmunda, SECL, R P Gupta, GM, Lakhanpur, MCL, and N Kalla, GM, Basundhara, MCL participated in the session. Twelve areas of CIL comprising of Piparwar area, CCL, Rajmahal area, ECL, Wani area, WCL, Kusunda area, BCCL, Gevra, Kusmunda and Dipka areas of SECL, Jagannath, Basundhara and Lakhanpur area of MCL and Nigahi and Jayant area of NCL produced 294.25 million tonnes (provisional) of coal which is 48.47% of CIL’s total production of 607 million tonnes (provisional) in FY 2018-19.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI to Participate in 30th African Union Summit

Rabat – King Mohammed VI will attend the 30th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa at the end of January. At the opening of the African Ministerial Conference on Migration in Rabat today, Nasser Bourita, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, confirmed that the king will officially present the result of a year-long consultation on an Agenda on Migration for African in the presence of foreign ministers from 17 other African countries, including South Africa, Lesotho, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Ghana, Botswana, Mauritania and Nigeria.Morocco, which chairs the Pan-African Commission on Migration, was tasked at the 29th AU Summit to develop an agenda on migration in Africa to be adopted as a UN-wide reference. read more

UN panel releases more money for claims from Iraqs invasion of Kuwait

Over 2.6 millions claims with a total asserted value of $350 billion have been filed with the UN Compensation Commission (UNCC), which has so far approved some $48 billion and released nearly $18.2 billion. Today’s payment of $184,568,674.54, made available to 24 governments for distribution to 1,681 successful claimants, follows the temporary mechanism set up by the commission’s Governing Council last year allowing for the release of up to $200 million every quarter. The Commission has the same membership as the UN Security Council. read more

As thousands flee violence in Nicaragua UN refugee agency urges more support

Around 300 people have been killed during three months of anti-government protests, which have been calling on long-serving President Daniel Ortega to step down. Hundreds have reportedly been detained, amid a violent crackdown by police and pro-government paramilitary groups, according to news reports.“Currently, an average of 200 asylum applications are being lodged daily in Costa Rica,” UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler told journalists on Tuesday, noting that applications have increased exponentially in recent months, since protests against the Nicaraguan government began.According to Costa Rican authorities, nearly 8,000 asylum claims by Nicaraguan nationals have been registered since April, and some 15,000 more have been given appointments for later registration, due to the application system being overwhelmed.Mr. Spindler said that UNHCR is supporting the Migration authority to increase its processing capacity from 200 to at least 500 claims daily.“UNHCR is strengthening its presence in Costa Rica’s northern border region”, he added, together with the Costa Rican Government, other UN agencies and NGO partners, he said the refugee agency was “gearing up its response capacity to provide immediate protection and assistance to thousands of Nicaraguan refugees and asylum seekers, both in the northern region and in the metropolitan area of the capital San Jose.”An estimated 100,000 to 150,000 Nicaraguan families already living in Costa Rica are providing an initial safety net for friends, relatives and fellow citizens as they arrive.“UNHCR appreciates the efforts of the Costa Rican authorities in keeping the country’s borders open to Nicaraguans in need of international refugee protection, in line with its long tradition of solidarity,” stated Mr. Spindler.“At the same time,” he continued, “UNHCR calls on the international community to provide support to Costa Rica and other countries hosting Nicaraguan refugees and asylum seekers, in the spirit of solidarity and responsibility-sharing of the Global Compact on Refugees and the application of the Regional Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework – a collective regional action plan “to strengthen protection and promote durable solutions among countries of origin, transit and destination in Central America and Mexico,” added Mr. Spindler.While Costa Rica has received the lion’s share of asylum claims, Panama, Mexico and the United States have also recorded hundreds of applications; especially during the first half of 2018, with a significant peak in June.Meanwhile, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala are increasingly becoming transit countries for Nicaraguan refugees. In coordination with government authorities, the spokesperson said that the UN System and its partners will elaborate “a comprehensive regional response to address the international protection and humanitarian needs of Nicaraguan refugees.”UNHCR and its partners are also providing assistance to more than 700 refugees and asylum seekers, mostly from El Salvador and Honduras, living in the Nicaraguan capital of Managua and other parts of the country. read more

Floyd Mayweather Toughs Out Championship

The sight of blood seeping out of the nose and mouth of Floyd Mayweather Jr. Saturday night in Las Vegas was an unfamiliar one, but it just might be the image that catapults the new WBA Junior Middleweight champion into conversations about boxing’s all-time great champions, even among his detractors.For sure, at 43-0 now, after dominating a tough and determined Miguel Cotto for a 12-round unanimous decsion at the MGM Grand, no one can deny his overall brilliance as a fighter, nor his will to prevail in a nontraditional fashion for him. This victory for the 35-year-old may have been his toughest, but he handled it with aplomb, and it featured a willingness to trade punches more than ever before.Consider that Cotto, from Puerto Rico, controlled the pace of the middle rounds with tough inside punches while Mayweather was on the ropes. At times, Mayweather inflicted damage from there, but it also was where Cotto was most effective.When asked afterward about the in-fighting, Mayweather, almost untouchable in the center of the ring, intimated he stood there uncharacteristically to please fans.“When fights are on pay-per-view, you want to give the fans what they paid for and that’s excitement,” Mayweather said. “[The bloody nose and mouth] comes with the territory when you fight a future Hall of Famer like Miguel Cotto. I had to fight hard, suck it up. He’s a tough competitor. I knew I’d have to come in the ring, fight hard and execute the game plan.“Cotto is a future Hall of Famer. He’s no pushover, and he came to fight. He didn’t come just to survive, he came to fight. I dug down and fought him back.”Mayweather would have been foolish to stay on the ropes, even as his deft defense minimized Cotto’s assaults. Mayweather is a smart tactician who maneuvered most of the fight in the center of the ring, where he pounded Cotto with an assortment of punches, even as blood trickled down his face. He located a weakness in Cotto’s defense and repeatedly rained looping right hooks to the side of his head, outside of his gloves that were held up to protect him.Neither fighter went down, but a vicious combination in the 12th round—right hook and left uppercut—wobbled Cotto. Mayweather did not follow up with much after that, instead using the ring to display his footwork in a coronation of sorts until the final bell.Mayweather, who is now 20-0 in championship bouts, earned a boxing record $32 million (plus some of the pay-per-view take), Cotto $8 million (plus some of the pay-per-view take). This historic payday for Mayweather came with a prison stint hanging over his shiny bald head. In less than a month, on  June 1, he starts an 87-day stint at Clark County Detention Center for domestic violence and harassment stemming from a 2010 incident involving his ex-girlfriend Josie Harris. That prospect did not deter him from a fantastic effort in the ring.Rapper and close Mayweather friend 50 Cent said the time away “can be a therapeutic kind of thing for him. It can clear his mind and he will come back from it even better. Spending one day in jail is two days too long.”“You deprive a man of his liberty,” 50 Cents added, “and it is such a powerful thing. It is a test of character and resilience. But here is the thing about Floyd; he has all the character that you could ever want. He knows how to fight in life. His whole life is a fight and I’m not just talking about boxing. He has come through that. That’s why he is the greatest.”Mayweather insists he wants next to fight champion Manny Pacquiao, who reportedly has refused to take a blood and urine test to prove he is not on performance-enhancing steroids. Certainly Pacquiao saw in Mayweather a fighter many had not seen before Saturday—one willing to exchange punches more than ever before. And if that meant losing some of his blood, so be it. It only showed the depth of his boxing character. read more

Body washes up on Wales estate wharf

The body of an unidentified man was on Monday afternoon pulled from the Demerara River in the vicinity of the Wales estate wharf.The discovery was reportedly made at about 15:00hrs by a guard of the facility as he was conducting his routine checks.Police have since confirmed that the body bore no marks of violence, while noting that the body is that of an East Indian man suspected to be in his 40’s.Detectives are working on the theory that the man might have drowned.The body was taken to the Ezekiel funeral home awaiting identification and post-mortem examination. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBody of Labourer who fell into Pomeroon River foundMarch 22, 2014In “Crime”Confusion surrounds Govt meet with sugar workersMarch 18, 2017In “Business”Body of missing engineer found in Demerara riverJuly 31, 2018In “Crime” read more

Grants for culturally diverse Vic seniors

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Victoria’s seniors from culturally diverse backgrounds are set to receive more help to be involved in the community, due to a new round of Victorian Coalition Government grants. The third round of the Participation for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Seniors Grants Program opened yesterday, to help senior from CALD backgrounds avoid social isolation. The grants will allow them to become involved in existing or support the creation of new support networks and activities. “Social inclusion is crucial in ensuring senior Victorians age well and evidence shows older people from CALD backgrounds can face a higher risk of social isolation,” said Minister for Ageing David Davis in a statement. “That is why we are delivering $1.6 million for the CALD Seniors Grants Program to boost social participation opportunities for isolated older people from CALD backgrounds.” The Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) is working with the Government to implement the grants program, providing assistance to applicants and recipients. The Grants are open from Friday 1 November 2013 until Friday 28 February 2014. For grant guidelines, application form, and other information visit For more information or additional support please contact the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria on (03) 9349 4122.last_img read more

65 WWE RAW Ratings Viewers are up following Extreme Rules PPV

first_img Cesaro Now Playing Up Next Facebook Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Pinterest WWE Smackdown Ratings: Viewership stays over 2 million, WWE stays No. 1 on Tuesday Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Now Playing Up Next Are Becky Lynch And Seth Rollins Dating? WWE RAW Ratings are in for June 5, 2017.This week’s episode from Wilkes-Barre drew 2.99 million viewers on Monday night on the USA Network according to a report by is up from last week’s show that drew 2.61 million viewers. RAW came in at No. 2, No. 3 and No. 6 for the night on cable in the 18-49 demographic.“Love & Hip Hop Atlanta 6” on VH1 won the night on cable.Hourly breakdowns were as follows.Hourly breakdowns of the WWE RAW RatingsHour 1: 3.113 (up from 2.689 million viewers last week)Hour 2: 3.110 (up from 2.681 million viewers)Hour 3: 2.758 (up from 2.468 million viewers)RAW, headlined by Samoa Joe vs. Seth Rollins, averaged a 1.04 rating. This is up from last week’s show that averaged a 0.86 rating.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:07Loaded: 100.00%0:07Remaining Time -0:23 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Videos Articles Kurt Angle Seth Rollins Google+ Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Dec 2014 –At 10am a short ceremony will be held for the late Dr. Myles Munroe and his wife at Bahamas Faith Ministries International in Nassau; minutes after the public will be able to sign the book of condolences in lieu of viewing the bodies of the pair who died on Sunday November 9th when their plane exploded in mid-air after colliding with a crane at the Grand Bahama Shipyard; the Munroes and seven others were trying to land in bad weather that day; trying to make it into Freeport for a Global Leadership Summit which Dr. Myles had organized as a way to boost tourism to the island which has suffered a severe economic depression since 2004’s Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne. The State Recognized funeral, where Grammy Award winning Gospel Artist Cece Winans is confirmed to sing, is tomorrow; Deputy Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Hon. Akierra Missick will attend. At 6pm today, the National Memorial Service is planned for the Thomas A Robinson Stadium which seats 15,000. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Education Minister touts new ICT platform for Public Schools Bahamas gives State funeral to noted choir director Related Items:akierra missick, bahamas faith ministries, cece winans, Dr. Myles Munroe, funeral, grand bahama shiyard Ministry of Education introduces pilot program Recommended for youlast_img read more

Heres How To Prevent The Next School Shooting Experts Say

first_imgLA Johnson/NPRkeeping our schools safeAfter Parkland, there have been many calls to make schools a “harder target” — for example, by arming teachers. But there’s a decent amount of research out there on what actually makes schools safer, and most of it doesn’t point to more guns.On the Friday after the deadly shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, Matthew Mayer, a professor at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education, got an email during a faculty meeting.The email was from Shane Jimerson, a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Both specialize in the study of school violence.That email led to nearly two weeks of long days, Mayer says, for some of the leading experts in the field. On conference calls and in Google docs they shaped a concise, eight-point “Call for Action To Prevent Gun Violence In The United States of America.”About 200 universities, national education and mental health groups, school districts, and more than 2,300 individual experts have signed on to support this document in the weeks since.Their topline message: Don’t harden schools. Make them softer, by improving social and emotional health.“If we’re really talking about prevention, my perspective is that we should go for the public health approach,” says Ron Avi Astor at the University of Southern California, who also helped draft the plan.A public health approach to disease means, instead of waiting for people to be rushed to emergency rooms with heart attacks or the flu, you go into the community: with vaccinations, screenings, fruits and vegetables, walking trails and exercise coaches. You screen and regulate environmental hazards, like a nearby polluting factory. You keep watch on reported cases of illness, to stop a new outbreak in its tracks.A public health approach to school shootings, Astor explains, would be much along the same lines.Instead of waiting for people to, again, be rushed into emergency rooms, you go into the community with preventive resources. You do your best to lower the background levels of bullying and discrimination. You track the data and perform what is called “threat assessments” on potential risks.And, these experts say, you remove the major “environmental hazard” that contributes to gun violence: the guns. The eight-point plan calls for universal background checks, a ban on assault-style weapons, and something called Gun Violence Protection Orders: a type of emergency order that would allow police to seize a gun when there is an imminent threat.What sets this call to action apart from other policy proposals is not gun control, however, but the research-based approach to violence prevention and response. This is a long haul, say the experts, not a quick fix.“No matter what you try to do by just hardening the target, we’ve learned that having the armed officers isn’t necessarily going to stop it,” says Matthew Mayer at Rutgers. “Having the metal detector or the locked doors isn’t going to stop it. The hard work is a lot more effort. You’d better start thinking in a more comprehensive manner about prevention instead of reacting.”Prevention: The first stepSchool climate may sound fuzzy or abstract. It means the quality of relationships among the students and the adults in a school. It’s affected by the school’s approach to discipline and behavior, the availability of professionals like counselors and social workers, as well as any social-emotional curriculum taught in the classroom.School climate, in turn, affects students’ mental and emotional health and academic success. And research by Astor and others has consistently found key factors that can make schools safer: cultivate social and emotional health, connect to community resources and respond, particularly, to troubled students.Why does this matter? Well, for one thing, the very kids who bring weapons to school are more likely to report being bullied or threatened themselves. They may be fearful of gang violence and feel a need to protect themselves on the way back and forth to school.Or, they may be individually ostracized and aggrieved. This is true not just in the United States, says Astor, but in “Kosovo, Canada, Chile, Israel, the kids who bring weapons to school are reporting tons of victimization.”So, if you devote resources to shutting down bullying, discrimination and harassment, there is a chance to de-escalate conflict before it starts.And research shows that school climate measures really work. In fact, there has been a steady downward trend in bullying and harassment over the past decade, which Catherine Bradshaw at the University of Virginia attributes in part to evidence-based social and emotional measures.The witnessesThere is a second reason a better school climate can cut down on violence. It’s what Astor refers to as the role of the witness.He again cites the example of California, which does a comprehensive annual survey. There, 20 to 30 percent of students above the elementary level consistently report seeing a weapon of some kind at school at least once during the year. That’s conservatively more than half a million students, just in that one state.Moreover, based on the survey, at least 125,000 of these students in California were actually threatened or injured by a weapon on school grounds. This includes things like knives and nunchuks as well as guns.But what happens next?If that witness, or that victim, has a strong relationship with an adult, they are more likely to report being menaced by a weapon. Whereas, if there is what Astor calls a “no snitching culture” in the school, or the witness fears for their safety, nothing will be done.He says he’s not urging schools to punish or expel the kid who brought the weapon, but, instead, to use “education as an intervention.”This approach is applicable not only for mass shootings, he says, but for violence that arises from disputes between students or when gang violence in the community spills onto school grounds.And, he says preventing gun violence also means looking at suicide. Suicide is just behind homicide as a leading cause of death for teenagers. When a weapon comes to school, self-harm may be the plan, and a school-climate approach addresses that threat as well.The researchers’ policy plan calls for assessing school climate nationwide; reducing “exclusionary practices” like suspension and expulsion; maintaining physically and emotionally safe schools; and staffing up with specialists like counselors, psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers, both in the school and in the community.Emergency modeWhile school climate is an ongoing background effort, the public health approach has an emergency mode when it comes to violence. It kicks in when someone does report a person bringing a weapon to school or talking about violence. It’s called a “threat assessment.”After the Columbine shooting in 1999, the FBI and the Secret Service each conducted studies of school shootings and shared their knowledge with the nation’s educators. They found that there was no one “profile” of a school shooter. But, almost all students who committed homicide had told someone of their intentions.So, the two law enforcement agencies recommended that schools copy what the Secret Service does when someone makes a threat on a government official. Threat assessment has been required by law in Virginia’s schools since 2013, and adopted in many other places.A threat assessment team consists of the principal, school counselor, school psychologist and a school-based police officer. They talk to the people involved and any witnesses. They try to figure out if the threat is serious: Is it specific? Is there a detailed plan? Is there a weapon?In a school, the next steps include notifying parents, taking steps to protect victims, and referrals to mental health and law enforcement if appropriate.Threat assessments are not a fail-safe. A local ABC affiliate in Florida did report, based on school records, that a threat assessment was ordered for Parkland shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz, based on an incident that happened in January 2017, a year before the shooting.But Dewey Cornell at the University of Virginia, another author of the Call to Action, says researchers have gathered good evidence to support the technique, when implemented fully as in Virginia. Among the positive impacts, he says, are “reduced suspensions and reduced bullying, students and teachers reporting that they feel safer, and students reporting a greater willingness to report threats of violence.”His research also shows that less than 1 percent of threats are ever carried out.The researchers are hopeful that their Call to Action will break through the noise. But they’ve been here before, Mayer says. A group of his colleagues wrote something similar in 2012 after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and after a group of school shootings in 2006. Mayer hopes, this time, people will be paying attention.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

Twenty Athletes Qualify for NCAA East Preliminary Rounds

first_imgLouisville will have eight athletes competing in jumps and pole vault during the preliminary round.  Gabriela Leon, the ACC runner-up, will compete in the pole vault along with Morgan Zacharias.  Alivia Ash will compete in the high jump on the women’s side while Luke Nichols and Anthony McRoberts will compete on the men’s side.  In the long jump, Alexis Gibbons will compete for the women and Marcus Jegede will compete for the men.  McRoberts will also compete in the triple jump.  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Twenty University of Louisville track and field student-athletes make up 22 total entries for the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field East Preliminary Rounds, the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committee announced on Thursday.  Story Links Martice Moore, Donald McClinton, Sydney Hill and Kayla Alexander will represent the Cardinals in sprints and hurdles.  Moore, the ACC runner-up, will compete in the 400m hurdles.  Kayla Alexander and Sydney Hill will compete in the 100m hurdles.  Donald McClinton will compete in the 200m.  The preliminary competitions are scheduled for May 23 – 25. The University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla. will host the East Preliminary and California State University, Sacramento in Sacramento, California will host the West Preliminary. The qualifiers out of these two regions will compete in the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships held June 5-8 in Austin, Texas. NCAA track and field fans can watch live and on-demand coverage of the NCAA Division I East and/or West Preliminary Championships on FloTrack with a Pro subscription. Coverage of the preliminary competitions will be available May 23 – 25.The women’s squad has 11 student-athletes competing in 12 events, while the men’s squad qualified nine student-athletes in 10 events.center_img WomenHammer – Makenli Forrest, Halee HudsonPole Vault – Gabriela Leon, Morgan Zacharias100m Hurdles –  Kayla Alexander, Sydney HillLong Jump – Alexis GibbonsDiscus –  Makenli Forrest10,000m – Dorcas Wasike, Ivine ChemutaiHigh Jump – Alivia AshShot Put – Rashida Harris Makenli Forrest, Rashida Harris, Halee Hudson, Cade Richeson and Mitchell Kessler will represent Louisville in the throwing events.  Forrest will compete in both the discus and the hammer throws.  Harris, the ACC runner-up, will compete in the shot put while Hudson will compete in the hammer.  On the men’s side, Mitchell Kessler will compete in the hammer while Richeson will compete in the shot put.  Dorcas Wasike, Ivine Chemutai, Albert Kosgei and Emmanual Cheboson will compete in distance events.  Wasike and Chemutai will compete in the 10,000m for the women while Emmanual Cheboson will compete in the men’s event.  Kosgei, the ACC runner-up, will run in the 3000m steeplechase.  MenLong Jump – Marcus Jegede400m Hurdles – Martice Moore3,000m Steeplechase – Albert KosgeiHigh Jump –  Luke Nichols, Anthony McRobertsTriple Jump – Anthony McRobertsShot Put – Cade Richeson200m –  Donald McClintonHammer – Mitchell Kessler10,000m – Emmanual ChebosonPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more

UPS Wants to Bring Drone Deliveries to US Hospitals

first_img Watch: Drone Captures Great White Sharks Interacting Off Cape CodWatch: Drone Captures Shark ‘Stalking’ Surfers at Australian Beach Move over, Amazon: UPS is on track to have one of the country’s first fully certified, revenue-generating drone operations.The United Parcel Service this week applied to the FAA for approval to conduct commercial drone flights under its new UPS Flight Forward subsidiary.If authorized, the shipping company could fly unmanned aerial vehicles beyond human operators’ visual line of sight—day or night.AdChoices广告Very few businesses have been given the green light under this permit, which is the same one Alphabet’s Wing received in April. Amazon and Uber Eats have also applied for the designation, but not yet received consent.“We’ve done the testing, we’ve done the prototyping, and now it’s time to make it operational,” Bala Ganesh, vice president of the UPS advanced technology group, told CNET.The firm is no stranger to drones: In March, it partnered with Matternet to operate multiple daily UAV flights at WakeMed’s hospital and campus in Raleigh, N.C., where a majority of specimens are currently moved by car.Advanced FAA approvals, however, would allow the international business to expand its “groundbreaking” program to more U.S. healthcare networks.Hospitals will pay UPS Flight Forward for its service, which is expected to be much faster and cheaper than current dispatchers, according to CNET.Moving forward, Ganesh said the subsidiary may look to provide other urgent-need deliveries—like sending a drone to a factory requiring replacement parts to fix critical machinery.“This is an exciting and momentous time at UPS, as we leverage the exceptional power of UPS technology and innovation to bring new industry-first capabilities,” CEO David Abney said in a statement.Abney on Tuesday helped announce a handful of new products and services, including improved transit times, extended pickup and delivery, and additional access point locations at CVS Pharmacy, Michaels, and Advance Auto Parts stores.“We have even more exciting solutions on the way,” he teased.More on Adds 3 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Semis to Its FleetAmazon’s Prime Air Drone Will Make Same-Day DeliveriesDHL Kicks Off Regular Autonomous Drone Deliveries in China Stay on targetlast_img read more

Trafalgar announces new commission voucher for agents

first_img Posted by Tags: Agent Incentives, Trafalgar Tuesday, September 26, 2017 TORONTO — Trafalgar is putting #agentsfirst with a new strategy designed to enhance every Canadian agent’s chance of increasing their earnings.In joining what the tour operator refers to as its ‘Trafalgar Tribe’, agents can earn a simple $50 booking commission voucher per booking from now until Dec. 31, 2017. The voucher is applicable with all 2018 Europe and Britain trips and valid on all bookings departing until Dec. 31, 2018.Plus, Trafalgar has developed a range of tools to enhance opportunities to secure sales. These include a redesigned Europe & Britain brochure, and a 100% Definite Departures on all 2018 Discoveries and all 2017/2018 Autumn, Winter, Spring 2017/2018 itineraries. Meanwhile, a new web booking engine and new agent site that will speed up response times, while an opportunity to sell ‘bleisure’ travel will also lead to new bookings, with Berlin and Madrid now added to the successful Explorer series.“We’ve had an extremely successful 2017, for which we extend a huge thank you to our partners for the critical part they played. In responding to their honest feedback, we pledge to make 2018 even more effortless, fun and successful for them, thanks to the tools we’re equipping them with. Join the Trafalgar Tribe and watch this space for more transparent air deals across all 97 of our trips, an enhanced brochure, a new agent site, an expanded range of itineraries and countless opportunities to sell and earn more. Rest assured that when it comes to delivering simply the best holiday for your clients, our goal is to provide the real thing, without either of you having to worry about a single thing.”More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoNew for Trafalgar Europe and Britain 2018:Best of Norway – Clients enjoy a nine-day journey through one of the current travel hotspots, taking in the spectacular wildlife and wilderness, including Geiranger Fjord.Wonders of Italy – This 11-day roundtrip adventure from Rome takes in Florence, Lucca, Cinque Terre, Verona, Venice and Assissi.Great Iberian Cities – Created due to demand for Spain and Portugal, this nine-day adventure is full of buena vistas for lovers of history and culture.In addition, Trafalgar is offering clients an Early Payment Discount offer, available for a limited time. Clients can pay early and save by receiving 10% off if they book and pay in full by Jan. 11, 2018. Trafalgar announces new commission voucher for agentscenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Sharelast_img read more

Canada Jetlines delays launch again

first_imgCanada Jetlines delays launch, again << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, April 4, 2019 VANCOUVER — Canada Jetlines says its launch date for commercial service is now targeted for Dec. 17, 2019.While the would-be ultra low-cost carrier has made a flurry of announcements about gateways and destinations in recent months, it has yet to get off the ground and has now delayed its launch again.Back in 2015 the ULCC was aiming to start service in Western Canada. A couple of years later it was touting June 2018 as the start date. Those plans folded too with a March 2018 announcement.Most recently the airline was targeting a summer 2019 launch.If Canada Jetlines ever does take flight it will face competition from LCCs that already have a toehold in the market, including Air Canada Rouge, Swoop and Flair.Meanwhile at least two LCCs serving the transatlantic market from Canadian gateways, Primera and WOW Air, have ceased operations.Canada Jetlines says it plans to operate flights across Canada and provide nonstop service from Canada to the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean, to sun spots including Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Puerto Plata and Samana. Sharecenter_img Posted by Tags: Canada Jetlines Travelweek Group last_img read more

Lonely Planet guide documents a changing Central America

first_imgA couple of weeks ago, I was riding in the back of a van through rural Guatemala, and I noticed the German guy next to me flipping through a heavy guidebook, “Zentralamerika für Wenig Geld.” I had the exact same book, albeit in English: Lonely Planet’s “Central America on a Shoestring.”“What do you think of it?” I asked. Can the legendary travel guides keep pace with Costa Rican development? (Courtesy Lonely Planet)His face soured, as if he had swallowed a tree frog. “I don’t like it,” he huffed. “You see this? Für wenig Geld. For less money. But it has listings for $300 hotel rooms. It has luxury resorts. How is this for less money? And I am sure it is wonderful to take a $1,000 tour, with horseback rides and whitewater rafting and perhaps a helicopter, but this is not for backpackers.”His reaction was sobering, for I had seen the same outrageous recommendations, far too expensive for a budget traveler crashing in hostels. But it led me to wonder: Is the problem Lonely Planet’s editorial direction, or is it the nature of Central American travel that’s changing?I should preface this by saying that I am a diehard Lonely Planet fan, and I have carried its guidebooks through dozens of countries around the world. There are scads of excellent travel publishers, from Frommer’s to Not For Tourists, but I have always felt most comfortable with Lonely Planet.To explain why I love Lonely Planet, I will quote from the book in question. In the chapter about Honduras, the authors describe San Pedro Sula, a place universally feared as “the most violent city in the world.” I’ve met travelers who have avoided Honduras altogether because they might accidentally end up in San Pedro Sula and get murdered by thugs in bandanas. Here is how the guidebook describes the planet’s homicide capital:Let’s be clear – few travelers will want to linger here: there are no sights, there’s little cultural life, and the sultry climate can be oppressive. … Some zones within the city obviously are violent, but you probably won’t see them: the city remains doable for travelers for a day or two. … Its restaurants and nightlife arguably outstrip those in the capital.This aptly summarizes the Lonely Planet mindset: Some places are safer, cleaner, and happier than others, but don’t write off an entire community because of a few lousy statistics. Only Lonely Planet would visit such a troubled place and start by remarking about the weather. The writing appeals to improvisational travelers, the “yes, and” type of backpacker. When I think of rambling friends I admire, like my friend Lindsey who has hitchhiked across North America alone, or my friend Jordan who spent a year in Antarctica, I associate them with the Lonely Planet attitude.The company has garnered some valid criticism. Lonely Planet’s guidebooks have thoroughly mapped every corner of the globe (if you want to find the hottest clubs in Greenland, they’ve got a book for you), so old-school adventurers often grumble that Lonely Planet has singlehandedly destroyed true exploration. The books provide a security blanket that Baby Boomers in VW buses simply didn’t have. The rucksack generation of the 1960s and ’70s allowed itself to get lost in ways that Millennials could not imagine. With a little help from Lonely Planet, Google, and an iPhone, a 20-year-old can book a hostel on a completely separate continent. Where’s the fun in that?In general, I find this attitude arrogant and pointless. The world of VW buses no longer exists, and postcolonial peoples don’t cower and bow to every Harvard dropout they meet. Developing nations are no longer the devil-may-care playgrounds of yesteryear, and visitors should come prepared. Our lonely planet has three billion more people than in 1970, and sleepy capitals like Kathmandu have transformed into tour bus Shangri-las. Love it or hate it, the world is busier and more crowded than ever, and the guidebook publishers have been scrambling to keep up.The last edition of “Central America on a Shoestring” was published in 2010, and the edition before that was 2007. When this latest edition hit bookshelves in 2013, I was rabidly awaiting my copy, but I waited until recently to shell out ₡14,000 ($28) at Juan Santamaría International Airport. The cover is beautiful, depicting a waterfall in the rain forest. The book is hefty, at 768 pages, but it still slips comfortably into a duffel’s pocket. Besides, this volume needs all that space: It covers eight different countries, including regions often ignored by Spanish-speaking Central America, like southern Mexico and Belize. Whether you dock in Cancún or ride a chicken bus into Antigua, this book should anticipate your every need.Or will it? Such fastidious guidebooks require an army of writers and months of research. In a sleepy nook like Laos, life doesn’t change that quickly. But “Central America on a Shoestring” is already critically out of date. Take Panama City: “Construction is underway to add a subway, complete the massive canal expansion and open the biodiversity museum.” Two of those items opened in the past few months, and this book has no information about them – no hours, no maps, no admission prices, nada.Closer to home, there’s San José: Establishments like El Gaff, Stiefel Pub, La Villa, Steinvorth, and Public House should be magnets for hip travelers looking for some nightlife, but none of them really existed when the Lonely Planet team was in town. The same goes for ever-evolving towns like Puerto Viejo and Jacó; the experience that this book describes is practically archival.That isn’t Lonely Planet’s fault, only an ill-timed editorial schedule. Every major guidebook will miss the latest additions.What’s more significant is the changing climate throughout the region. The book may include some pricey getaways (such as a Tamarindo hotel costing $85 per night), but that is now the reality of Central American tourism, particularly in Costa Rica. Millions of tourists pour through the isthmus, and many of them want all-inclusive resorts or the “rustic luxury” of “eco-lodges.” Smoother highways and streamlined shuttle services come at a price. Once a nation has transformed a fishing village into waterfront condos, you can’t expect the same $5 guesthouse. For budget travelers, there is no longer anything “shoestring” about Costa Rica, and its neighbors are rapidly catching up. This book is attempting to document a rapid transformation in Central American tourism, but a three-year schedule isn’t regular enough to tell the whole story.Is this a good or bad thing? It depends on your perspective. It’s bad for my German friend, who was shocked by Costa Rican prices and was already glum when he arrived in Guatemala, which was also pricier than he expected. It might not even be good for Central America, whose general population benefits little from inflated travel prices. But it does reduce the number of foreigners who call Central America “cheap.” Deliberate or not, it is demeaning to call an entire nation “cheap,” as if its value as a destination can be summarized in the price of a lunch. Central America is on the move, and backpackers can no longer take careless advantage of others’ poverty. If you can’t get by on a shoestring, it may be time to pull yourself up by your bootstraps. Facebook Comments Related posts:Chabad of San Juan Del Sur: A Jewish presence in a Nicaraguan beach resort 7 things to consider before retiring abroad Are you a Gringo? Driving in Costa Rica: The rules of the roadlast_img read more

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