Bengal Association, a registered body established in 1958 has effectively been able to connect Bengalis of Delhi and NCR through social and cultural activities. During last six decades, Bengal Association has established itself as prominent organisation for the dissemination of Bangla language and culture through Bangla Prochar and Prosar.Like previous years, Bengal Association, New Delhi will be organising the 12th edition of ‘Bangla Cine Utsab’ from September 13 – 15, at Muktadhara Auditorium, Near Gole Market, New Delhi. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain’Bangla Cine Utsab’ is a step taken by the Association to introduce and make Delhiites familiar with the present day Bangla language and culture through latest Bangla Cinema. National Award Winner and renowned Bangla actor Rituparna Sengupta will be inaugurating the event this year, on September 13 (Friday) at 6:00 pm as Chief Guest. The three-day festival will showcase eleven latest full-length feature films and seven short films by renowned directors in the Bengali industry as well as new rising Bangla directors and producers. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardRenowned Bangla cine directors, producers, actors such as Rituparna Sengupta, Chiranjit Chakraborty, Sudeshna Roy, Indrashish Acharya, Abir Chatterjee, Barun Chanda, Sreela Mazumdar, AVijit Guha, Reshmi Mitra, Anubhav Kanjilal, Mohhor Chattopadhyay, Shyamal Dutta, Shivangee Choudhury, Anupam, and others will also be participating in the event. Latest Bangla films like Kolkatay Kohinoor, Lime Light, Aha Re, Bijoya, Mati, Samsara, Abyekto, Mukherjeedar Bou, Tarikh, Shravoner Dhara, Ami Joy Chatterjee will be screened during the festival. The concluding ceremony on September 15, 2019 at 6.30 pm will be starred by Abir Chatterjee along with other Bangla cine luminaries. Tapan Sengupta, General Secretary, Bengal Association said that all the guests have confirmed their participation. The members of the association, young and old alike are working very hard to make the Bangla Cine Utsab successful. Dr Tushar Roy, Festival Chairman overseeing the arrangements expressed satisfaction about the progress. Prof Dipak Bhattacharya, President, Bengal Association expressed confidence about the arrangements and success of the Cine Utsab.
TORONTO – Crown prosecutors are seeking to revoke the bail of a Toronto police officer convicted of attempted murder in the fatal shooting of a teen on an empty streetcar four years ago.Const. James Forcillo was sentenced to six years in prison last year for his role in the shooting of Sammy Yatim, an incident that set off a wave of public outrage after video of what happened went viral.The officer is appealing his conviction and had been out on bail, living under house arrest.On Wednesday, Forcillo was arrested and charged with breaching the conditions of his bail for allegedly failing to live with his surety, failing to notify Ontario’s police watchdog of any changes of address and for leaving his home without his surety, except under special circumstances.The arrest came after Forcillo had applied, a week earlier, to change the conditions of his bail, requesting to add a new surety and to live at her home.That application was withdrawn after Forcillo was arrested and charged with failing to comply with recognizance his lawyer, Michael Lacy, said.On Friday, as Forcillo appeared in a north Toronto court for a hearing on that charge, the Crown said it had applied to the Court of Appeal to have the officer’s bail revoked.The outcome of that revocation application will determine whether it is necessary to have a bail hearing on Forcillo’s charge of failing to comply with recognizance, a prosecutor said.If the Court of Appeal revokes Forcillo’s bail, he will begin serving his six-year prison term.Lacy said he could not comment on the Crown’s revocation application.“We’re reviewing it and looking at all the developments and we’ll take a position at the appropriate time,” he said.Forcillo is scheduled to return to court on Nov. 30 and will remain in custody until then.Though Forcillo was found guilty of attempted murder in Yatim’s death, he was acquitted of the more serious charge of second-degree murder for shooting the 18-year-old Yatim multiple times.
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New Delhi: Mumbai Indians (MI) captain Rohit Sharma was fined after his team maintained a slow over-rate during their Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in Mohali. As it was his team’s first offence of the season under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offences, Rohit was fined Rs 12 lakh on Saturday. In the match, KL Rahul’s laborious unbeaten 71, along with some notable top-order contributions, guided KXIP to a comfortable 8-wicket victory over MI. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhDespite putting a fighting total of 176/7, Mumbai bowlers failed to contain the Punjab batsmen as apart from Rahul, Chris Gayle (40 off 24) and Mayank Agarwal (43 off 21) also contributed with the bat to help their side register it’s second win in the tournament. Chasing the target, openers Rahul and Gayle provided a solid start to Punjab as the hosts raced to the 50-run mark in 6.5 overs. However, Krunal Pandya drew first blood for Mumbai, dismissing a dangerous looking Gayle in the eighth over. Agarwal and Rahul were then involved in a crucial 64-run second wicket partnership, which set the platform for victory.
Gurugram: Under operation clean-up campaign, Gurugram police has arrested 12 suspected members to be close aides of gangster Kaushal — for allegedly being involved in handling his extortion business in the city and nearby areas. Weapons were also found under their possession. A detailed probe is being carried out by the deputy commissioner of police (crime) and a report will be submitted to the commissioner soon.While one diary exposes a list of gang members and criminals, another one has entries of protection money charged by the gang from prominent traders, who are owners of sweet shops, jewellery shops, kitchen appliances stores, bakeries, and garments showrooms in old Gurugram. “A number of criminals allegedly connected to Kaushal from other gangs are under the scanner,” said Shamsher Singh ACP (Crime). Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesSenior police officers said top government officials were keeping a close watch on the situation across the state and have been demanding the names of criminals involved in wrongdoing and since when they are absconding. “With the arrest of 12 criminals, there is palpable fear among the other gang members. We have started investigating the details of people whose names are mentioned,” said Singh. The police said the gang members were receiving kickbacks from businessmen who had earlier denied paying any protection money but later after several firing incidents were reported they had recently hired gunmen for their safety and security outside their shops and residences. “Saini also revealed that Kaushal is in Thailand and was operating from there,” said Singh. The problems of traders and businessmen being targeted by goons have been a major law and order challenge in the outskirts of Gurugram. However, the incidents of traders and businessmen being targeted are also being reported on a large scale from the city centre. Most of the gangsters have also now started targeting suburbs of Gurugram like Rewari. Off- late Kaushal gang has emerged to be one of the foremost groups in carrying out extortion. The leader of the gang is repotedly believed to be living in Thailand. In 2019 itself Kaushal gang has been involved in four murders where the victims were shot dead on the streets of Gururgam.
The meeting in Victoria Falls follows an earlier meeting in Dakar, Senegal, that discussed the role of infrastructure development in promoting sustainable industrialization. These two events were organized to prepare for a special ECOSOC meeting on innovations in infrastructure development and promoting sustainable industrialization, convened by President Shava, at the UN Headquarters in New York on 31 May. The ECOSOC – one of the six principal organs of the UN – is responsible for coordinating the economic, social, and related work of UN agencies, functional and regional. Furthermore, the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the main platform dealing with sustainable development, meets every year under the auspices of the Council. Promoting sustainable and inclusive industrialization is the Goal 9 (SDG9) of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “[We have] to go beyond past and current models, beyond individual areas of expertise, beyond separate locations and beyond institutional frontiers,” said the ECOSOC President, Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava, at the close of the meeting held at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. “In doing so, we can unleash the full potential of infrastructure development and sustainable industrialization, including agro-industries, to generate growth and employment while preserving planetary boundaries,” he emphasized. Such partnerships, Mr. Shava underscored, would also be crucial to mitigate the challenges of climate change and natural disasters as well as to address the impact of increasing global population and migration on global food security. The three-day meeting discussed a wide range of topics, including the particular development context of developing countries and countries in special situation (including least developed and landlocked developing countries), holistic approaches and integrated approach to climate change and other challenges that agriculture confronts, public-private-partnerships of inclusive agro-industry development, and the role of public sector and donor organizations in mitigating financial risks in agriculture and agro-industry.
In eastern Syria, persistent fighting around Hajin has forced thousands on a long, arduous journey almost 300 km to the north, to Al-Hol camp for internally displaced people.“The difficult journey, cold weather and long waiting periods at screening centres, where families wait sometimes for days, have reportedly contributed to the death of at least 29 children – including 11 infants in the past two days alone”, said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. She explained that UNICEF is assisting the fleeing children and mothers at the camp with blankets, winter clothing, food, water, health and nutrition services, child-friendly spaces and child protection and family reunification services.However, the “lack of security has made humanitarian access to children en route to the camp’s screening area all but impossible”, she continued.Since last December, some 23,000 mostly women and children have arrived at the camp completely exhausted after a three-day journey in harsh desert winter conditions, with little food or shelter along the way. More than 5,000 people have arrived over the past three days alone.“Since last week, fighting in Ma’arat al-Nu’man in Idlib, in northwestern Syria, has reportedly killed three children and injured scores more”, informed Ms. Fore, adding that a teacher working for a UNICEF-supported partner and his son were killed in the violence.Moreover, fighting has also badly damaged a school and a community centre for children.As UNICEF and its partners continue to deliver lifesaving supplies and services to children and their families in Idlib, Ms. Fore appealed to all parties to “facilitate safe, unhindered and sustained humanitarian access to all children in need”.“Parties to the conflict have shown a callous disregard for the laws of war” she lamented, calling again on those fighting to “keep children out of harm’s way – even in areas of active conflict”.“There are no excuses: children are not and must never be the target of violence”, concluded the UNICEF chief.Meanwhile, on Wednesday, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock told the Security Council that millions of Syrians “are living under tents or tarpaulins or in damaged buildings with no power or heating” with “severe shortages of all the basics – from blankets to baby milk to bandages”, adding that the harsh weather is destroying makeshift shelters.
Micheldever Tyre Services/Protyre, the UK’s largest independent wholesaler, distributor and retailer of tyres, has applied the Motor Codes online customer ratings tool, displaying up-to-the-minute satisfaction scores and real-time motorist feedback across all 53 Protyre outlets.Powered by data collected through the Motor Codes online survey – a measure of service satisfaction amongst customers of its garages throughout the UK – the ratings widget has been developed as part of a recent refresh of the car service and repair regulator’s website. It appears against all Motor Codes garages, clearly visible to motorists using its Garage Finder tool to search for a reliable business.However, this informative guide is not confined to visitors to the Motor Codes website. In an industry first, subscribers to Motor Codes are able to download the widget for use on their own website, bringing the potential to share feedback online for over 6,000 garages nationwide.The simple visual ratings display has been designed to make it clear to motorists that Motor Codes subscribers are open to scrutiny and to help consumers make an informed choice.“Motorists using our online Garage Finder can choose where to take their car, safe in the knowledge that they’ve based their decision on word-of-mouth recommendation,” said Chris Mason, Managing Director. “We want to boost confidence and direct customer reviews have proven effective across all retail sectors. Motorists should be able to share their car servicing experiences, just as they would with a meal in a restaurant or a stay at a hotel.”Simon Hiorns, Retail Director at Protyre, sees the simplicity of the tool as its major benefit, adding, “We’re showing the Motor Codes rating on all of our garage web pages, as this is a quick way of letting customers know that they’re dealing with a business they can trust. Changing tyres is a necessity but one that needs to be as straightforward and stress-free as possible. By inviting feedback and displaying comments openly, we are removing the anxiety associated with choosing a new garage.”Alongside the Protyre garages, other early adopters of the ratings technology include a host of independent garages, as well as authorised dealers representing CitroÃƒ«n, Mazda and SEAT.“The independence of the feedback is the most important element,” added Chris Mason. “Garages aren’t cherry-picking testimonials and this adds real credibility to our network.”To see how your local Protyre outlet performs, visit http://www.protyre.co.uk/. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Fresh off the distraction of Metta World Peace’s suspension, the Los Angeles Lakers are now dealing with forward Jordan Hill’s charge of third-degree felony assault for an alleged February altercation with his girlfriend in Houston.Jordan faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. He had a court date today in Texas, but did not have to appear and will be in uniform tonight when the Lakers take on the Denver Nuggets in Game 2 of their first-round series.“I’d like to apologize to the Lakers organization and to all of their fans for the un-timeliness of these accusations,” Hill said in a release. “I promise to keep my focus and attention on the playoffs during this time and to helping my team win another championship.”It is alleged that Hill began shoving and choking 28-year-old Darlene Luna during an altercation at Hill’s apartment. Luna claims that Hill hit her in the legs and threw her against a wall and then put her in a chokehold.Hill’s role with the Lakers increased with strong play and the absence of World Peace, who is serving a seven-game suspension for elbowing James Harden, causing a concussion.
If you haven’t seen this trailer yet then you are in for a treat. Above is Phil Kibbe’s trailer for the Float, a documentary “exploring the competitive international subculture of indoor, free-flight duration aircraft.” It might sound a bit boring at first, but it turns out to be an intriguing look at one of the coolest hobbies I’ve never heard of before.Sport seems basically consist of designing, building, and competitively flying ultra-light (we’re talking grams), rubber band-powered, handmade aircraft. I don’t know too much else about it, but some interesting information about F1D free-flight planes is available here. Incredibly, the one rubber band that powers the aircraft is said to keep some in the air for up to an hour.AdChoices广告So the subject is amazing, but the film is extremely well done too. The documentary makes what seems like a slow sport into something almost magical. The planes are quite beautiful as they fly around their huge dome, independent of their builders, steered the by the slightest wisps of wind. And then we learn that behind the planes are dedicated teams who come back year after year to build the best craft possible, putting what must be countless hours in these bits of balsa wood and cellophane.Read more about the documentary here.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppSalt Cay, Turks and Caicos, March 5, 2018 – Salt Cay residents say their battered dock is being decimated by and onslaught of violent waves created by what is nicknamed, a ‘windmageddon’; the high winds are causing serious waves action across the Caribbean.#MagneticMedia was contacted by residents who say they need help, desperately and quickly and, on Facebook, have tagged government ministers and the Premier for help. “Salt Cay is under emergency conditions again. We have extremely limited communications, luckily the internet connection works at my house (the only spot on the island for whatever reason) so that we can get word out. Many people are gathered here to try to get in touch with Digicel to help with communications. Please contact Digicel and let them know we need communications restored to the island and upgraded to insure our safety.”We contacted Digicel, it s public relations officer, Romell Williams confirmed that they were already working on restoring services and by the time our six minute cell phone conversation was done, Williams said the problem was fixed for Salt Cay residents.Flow is currently looking into what is happening with its system on the tiny island. The telecommunications issues are but one challenge for islanders who are desperately seeking attention in the aftermath of two monster, historic hurricanes. Today, the issue are the huge swells, further corroding the coastline defenses and damaging weakened structures.“Debbie’s Cafe is falling into the harbor because the seawall is gone, the harbor is rapidly filling with sand. The #SaltCayHarbor is the island’s lifeline. We needed help after the hurricanes, now it is extremely critical. We expect the high seas to continue for at least the next 24 hours. Water is flowing over onto Victoria Street. I am unable to get photos out but would someone please alert the government that things have now reached critical levels for the Salt Cay Harbor.”Magnetic Media has reached out to the Member of Parliament or the district, who is also the Minister of Health and Human Services, Edwin Astwood. There had been no reply as yet up to news publication time. The #BahamasDepartmentofMeteorology today issued a three-day marine and public weather forecast for The #Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands which says:GENERAL SITUATION: A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD FROM THE NORTH TO ACROSS THE ISLANDS TODAY MEANWHILE HAZARDOUS BOATING AND BEACHING CONDITIONS WILL PERSIST AS EXTREMELY LARGE SWELLS GENERATED BY A DEEP LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM IN THE ATLANTIC CONTINUE TO AFFECT THE ISLANDSSPECIAL WARNINGS: BOATERS ARE URGED TO REMAIN IN PORT AND BEACHGOERS ARE TO REMAIN OUT OF THE WATER DUE TO DANGEROUS SURF, STRONG RIP CURRENTS AND LARGE BREAKING WAVES AT NORTH AND EAST COAST SHORELINES MOTORIST SHOULD AVOID TRAVERSING THE GLASS WINDOW BRIDGE ON ELEUTHERA AND ALSO TO EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION WHILE TRAVELING ALONG NORTH AND EAST COAST ROADS PARTICULARLY IN THE EASTERN MOST ISLANDSFOR ALL AREASWEATHER: PARTLY CLOUDY AND LESS BREEZY WITH THE SLIGHT CHANCE OF A FEW BRIEF PASSING LIGHT SHOWERS TODAY PARTLY CLOUDY AND COOL TONIGHT.Residents of Salt Cay shared these photographs online. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Six Senses Resort and Spa returns for another try at Salt Cay, Cabinet considers the concept Severe Weather alert for Bimini in The Bahamas, tornado and waterspouts possible Scary! Residents across Bahamas and Turks and Caicos report feeling Haiti earthquake tonight Related Items:#BahamasDepartmentofMeteorology, #SaltCay, #windmageddon
Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics Tags: Illegal Immigrant FacebookTwitter July 16, 2018 18-Year-Old Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Drugs and Undocumented Immigrants KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – An 18-year-old man pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to recruiting classmates at Castle Park High School in Chula Vista to smuggle narcotics into the United States from Mexico.Phillip Junior Webb of Tijuana admitted that he arranged for juvenile couriers to smuggle a total of 6.18 kilograms of methamphetamine and 1.2 kilograms of fentanyl across the international border on four occasions between July and October 2017.In each instance, the juveniles had drugs strapped to their bodies as they attempted to enter the United States through customs facilities in Otay Mesa or San Ysidro, according to prosecutors.Webb also admitted to trying to sneak two undocumented immigrants into the United States for financial gain.Webb was arrested May 4 after being caught at San Ysidro Port of Entry with two foreigners — a Chinese citizen and a Mexican national — in the trunk of his car.In light of his guilty pleas, Webb faces 13 years to life in prison and fines totaling $1.25 million. He is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 9.During the 2016 fiscal year, law enforcement tracked a 153-percent spike in drug seizures involving minors — from 39 to 99 cases — in the U.S. Southern District of California, according to federal authorities.“As law enforcers and as parents, we are tremendously concerned about our youth being exploited by drug cartels,” San Diego-area U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman said. “Juveniles need to know that consequences are real and dramatic.”During a one-week span in March, five minors were arrested at the San Ysidro Port of Entry while trying to smuggle fentanyl into the country, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.Many of the youthful perpetrators are recruited into the drug underworld at their high schools, government officials report.In response to the trend, federal and state law enforcement agencies have begun a publicity campaign in a bid to dissuade minors from becoming so- called “drug mules” for cartels.Newly installed billboards in San Diego and Imperial counties and Tijuana feature stark warnings that smuggling drugs could cost minors their futures.Prosecutors and federal agents also are holding educational programs in South Bay high schools to impress upon students the extreme hazards of handling deadly drugs like fentanyl and working with ruthless violent criminals, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Diego. Posted: July 16, 2018
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union Tuesday is expected to announce the results of votes taken by its local units on whether to ratify a tentative contract agreement with Northwest grain terminal operators.The Longshore union and the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers Association, whose membership includes United Grain Corp. at the Port of Vancouver, reached a tentative labor accord earlier this month, subject to approval by union members.The vote comes when an old battle between the Longshore union and the Port of Portland has flared up again. The port disclosed on Friday that it will return refrigerated container work at its Terminal 6 to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers members in 30 days. Last December, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber had brokered a deal to move those positions from the electrical works union to the Longshore union, breaking a long and bitter impasse between the two unions.Electrical worker union members had performed the work since 1974, but the Longshore union claimed jurisdiction over the work, which involves the plugging and unplugging of refrigerated containers by a small number of workers. Now that the work is being done by the Longshore workers, the port said in a statement that low productivity “has resulted in recent downtime and delays that threaten the ability of the facility to meet the needs of regional and global businesses.” The port said the reassignment of tasks to the Longshore union has resulted in significant cost increases at Terminal 6. Port of Portland executive director Bill Wyatt said that the issue is critical because the Hanjin shipping line is actively evaluating whether to continue its calls to Portland, with productivity as one of the factors in its evaluation. Wyatt said Kitzhaber fully supports the port’s to shift the jobs back to the electrical workers.
Publishing organisation Penguin Random House UK will pay all work experience participants the national living wage and offer accommodation support for candidates that live outside of London.The London-based organisation will provide a salary of £262.50 a week to participants on its two-week work experience programme, which includes 450 work experience placements a year.The publisher will offer subsidised accommodation in conjunction with The Book Trade Charity, as part of a pilot scheme, to make the programme more accessible to individuals from outside of London.Although internships at Penguin Random House UK are already fully paid, work experience candidates previously only received travel and food expenses.The new pay measure forms part of a broader organisational strategy to encourage greater diversity and inclusivity in the publishing sector. This includes measures such as removing academic qualification references from the recruitment process, and banning personal referrals in favour of a random selection policy for its work experience programme.The national living wage is the mandatory rate for staff aged 25 or over. The national living wage currently stands at £7.50 an hour.Tom Weldon (pictured), chief executive officer at Penguin Random House UK, said: “We want to be open to the very best talent, regardless of background. We also believe it is vitally important that the publishing industry reflects the society we live in today.“But we recognise that only covering expenses for work experience has been a barrier for many young people in the past. Through meaningful and paid work experience, we hope to open the door to the next generation of passionate and creative young people, helping them to establish their careers, and develop a skilled pipeline of future talent.”
MIAMI (WSVN) – The Miami-Dade Police department is planning to fire an officer who was arrested for allegedly dealing in stolen trucks.Officer Orestes Santiago Verdura, who joined the department in 2013, appeared in bond court on Tuesday.Verdura allegedly set up the sale of two stolen pickup trucks delivered by another man, Ariel Sanchez, according to a confidential informant.While on duty, investigators said, the suspect took a payment made in official Miami-Dade County funds.Verdura was taken into custody on June 4 in Miami Lakes and faces several charges along with Sanchez, including one count of conspiracy to commit organized scheme to defraud, one count of organized scheme to defraud and two counts of dealing in stolen property.Tuesday afternoon, MDPD officials confirmed plans to terminate the six-year veteran.Verdura’s bond has been set at $110,000. He has been ordered by a judge to be held on house arrest with a GPS monitor, surrender his passport and to have no contact with Sanchez.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
According to Trooper dispatch, more than one vehicle was involved in the collision. Both lanes are currently closed but they do expect to have one lane open shortly. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Update 2:49pm:The Sterling highway was reopend in both directions. Drivers should expect traffic delays in the area for several hours. Updates will be posted as they are made available. Be advised of emergency personnel on the roadway. The road is expected to stay at one lane for several hours while Troopers investigate the cause of the collision. Original Post:The Sterling Highway is shutdown in both directions at MP 122 of the Sterling Highway, near Wise Owl Avenue, due to a motor collision involving a semi.
TORONTO — In 1984, the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) held its first convention in San Francisco with the mission to expand LGBTQ tourism globally and be a resource for queer travellers — and the agents, tour operators, hotels and tourism bureaus eager to attract them.For the 35th anniversary, the Annual Global Convention will be in Toronto on May 9-12 with the main programming unfolding at the host hotel, the Westin Harbour Castle. Off-site parties are also planned at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, the Fairmont Royal York and Casa Loma.Attendees can expect a gathering of leaders in LGBTQ-welcoming travel who are coming to Toronto to share ideas, discuss trends and make connections that will help grow business. The IGLTA committee promises an opportunity for both established travel professionals and newcomers to the LGBTQ market to benefit from three days of educational sessions and networking events.“Supporting LGBTQ travel carries both social and economic benefits for the travel industry,” says John Tanzella, President/CEO, IGLTA when asked about the importance of learning about LGBT travel. “The LGBTQ community travels often so it’s a lucrative segment, but they’re also savvy and loyal, rewarding businesses that understand their needs and connect with them in an authentic way. We’ve seen time and again how destinations and travel businesses that welcome all travellers come out ahead of those that do not.”More news: CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionA major highlight of this year’s conference will be the Voyage fundraising event presented by Disney Destinations at the Fairmont Royal York on the Friday. It will include a silent auction, cocktails, a networking dinner and the IGLTA Honors, presented with the support of Visit Philadelphia, which celebrates those who have improved the global landscape of LGBTQ tourism. Among this year’s recipients is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who’s being honoured for advancing LGBTQ travel worldwide. It has yet to be confirmed whether he will accept his award in person; in the event that he is unable to attend, Randy Boissonnault, Prime Minister Trudeau’s LGBTQ2 Liaison, will accept on his behalf.The Voyage event will also be attended by well known Canadian athletes, including Olympic gold medal winner Mark Tewksbury, as well as the cast of the Toronto-filmed Queer as Folk. IGLTA convention registration is not required to attend Voyage and tickets can be purchased at iglta.org/convention/rsvp/voyage/.More news: Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaRegistration for Annual Global Convention is open up until the start of the conference with a new pass allowing participants to register for just the Friday. For more, visit iglta.org/convention. Tags: LGBT Travel << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Michael Smith Share Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to be honoured at upcoming IGLTA conference in Toronto Friday, April 20, 2018
Related posts:Another huge and open iron mine is carved out of Brazil’s rain forest China throws Brazil multi-billion dollar lifeline for jets, oil DEA agents open Rio de Janeiro office Brazil’s ban on WhatsApp is lifted less than 24 hours after it began RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — As if she weren’t already famous enough, the final catwalk show Wednesday at São Paulo Fashion Week by Brazilian “über model” Gisele Bündchen has launched a blitzkrieg of tributes in her home country.At just 34, the supermodel who since 2002 has been rated by Forbes the world’s highest earner is to retire from the catwalk, 20 years after her first show. All week, Brazilians have been remembering one of the country’s biggest success stories.And celebrating Bündchen’s world-beating career provides a welcome lift for a national pride punctured by the national soccer team’s 1-7 semi-final drubbing by Germany in the World Cup Brazil hosted last year. By coincidence, Bündchen’s family is of German descent. She grew up one of five sisters in the small town of Horizontina, in the south of Brazil where most German colonization took place.Brazil needs good news. Right now, Gisele is it. With the possible exception of world surf champion Gabriel Medina, Brazilian sports stars in recent years have been hit and miss. The former standout of the BRICS economies is facing a likely recession. And a humiliating corruption scandal centered on state-controlled oil company Petrobras just keeps getting worse — João Vaccari, treasurer for the ruling Workers’ Party, was arrested earlier Wednesday in connection with “Big Oil,” as it has been dubbed.But Bündchen just keeps winning. Forbes calculated that Gisele, as she is known in her home country, has earned $386 million since 2001 — or $427 million if U.S. inflation is factored in. Last year she was made the face of Chanel No. 5 perfume, replacing Marilyn Monroe, whose image had been used to advertise the brand. Chanel got director Baz Luhrmann to direct a lavish commercial to celebrate.And she is married to American football star Tom Brady — of recent Costa Rica waterfall-jumping fame — with whom she has two children. The New England Patriots quarterback was pivotal in this year’s Super Bowl victory, and his wife and children were in the stadium to celebrate.Even better, Gisele was the bigger earner, according to Forbes, earning $47 million last year compared to Brady’s $33.1 million. She may have dated Leonardo DiCaprio, but this Brazilian beauty is nobody’s trophy blonde.“It is a privilege to be doing my last fashion show by choice and yet still be working in other facets of the business,” Bündchen wrote on Facebook Wednesday.São Paulo photographer Luciana Faria, 27, shared an interview with Gisele, illustrated with a photo of the model and her distinctive cheekbones at just 15 years of age, shot outside São Paulo’s municipal market. In a caption, she summed up the feelings of many in two words: “Queen G!”—Phillips is The Washington Post’s correspondent in Rio de Janeiro. He has previously written for The Times, Guardian and Sunday Times.© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments
Air Canada and South African Airways (SAA) have signed a new code share agreement to offer customers “seamless” travel between Canada and South Africa. Effective 13 December 2013, SAA will code share on Air Canada services between London and Vancouver, Toronto and New York’s John F Kennedy, while Air Canada will in turn code share on SAA flights between London and Johannesburg, New York and Cape Town. Offering customers connecting between the airlines in either London or New York the option to fly on a single itinerary, South African Airways acting general manager commercial Manoj Papa said travellers would “greatly benefit” from the agreement and the resulting “travel choices”.In addition to a single itinerary, with both carriers belonging to the Star Alliance, travellers can also benefit from reciprocal loyalty accumulation and redemption. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Officials from Air Canada and South African Airways recently signed a code share agreement.