Police norms to manage traffic during festival irk travel agents

first_imgAugust: From September 1, 300 vehicles will be allowed to the world famous sunrise point Tiger Hill in a day.The Darjeeling police and district administrative have decided on certain changes in the existing traffic system of the town to ensure a hassle-free tourist season that sees a surge in vehicular traffic in town. The decision has however rubbed the hoteliers, travel agents and taxi syndicates the wrong way and they have threatened to take legal recourse. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDarjeeling off late has been reeling under acute traffic problems. The situation further aggravates during tourist season with a large number of tourists arriving from the plains. Keeping this in view the Darjeeling police has embarked on an exercise including seeking suggestions from the public on how to ease the traffic problem. The police have been towing away vehicles and motor bikes parked in no parking zones. “If we do not take stringent measures then there will be no further scope of damage control. Already things are going out of hand. It is not only the tourists, the entire town suffers. School children get late for school caught in serpentine jams. The situation is worse in and around tourist spots,” stated Rahul Pandey, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Darjeeling (Town.) Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe number of vehicles visiting Tiger Hill will be restricted to not more than 300 per day based on coupons issued by the Sadar traffic office a day in advance. The Himalayan Transport Coordination Committee held a meeting to discuss these changes with other stakeholders in Darjeeling on Friday. “We feel that the decision to restrict 300 vehicles to Tiger Hill will be a major deterrent to tourism. We have decided to oppose this. We instead have approached the police to hold a review meeting with stakeholders. The police along with the stakeholders should visit Tiger Hill and review the ground realities. There is an old road also where cars can be parked,” stated SN Pradhan, Himalayan Transport Coordination Committee. He stated the system of issuing daily coupons (passes) for Tiger Hill will not be feasible. “On one side the Government claims that they are trying to promote homestays and on the other hand they are implementing such rules. Homestays are in far flung areas. How will they come to get coupons to visit Tiger Hill?” questioned Pradhan. The committee has stated that if the police impose these changes without reviewing with stakeholders then things might get out of hand. “We will be compelled to take legal recourse against this,” threatened Pradhan. Tourism Minister Goutam Deb, talking to media persons in Siliguri on Friday stated “Hill stations have such restrictions. All this is being done for the benefit of the tourists. Tourists book cars, start at 4am and because of the huge rush many a times fail to reach Tiger Hill thereby missing the sunrise. Only after a proper survey the police have taken such decision. I will however hold a discussion on this issue with the District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police.” Batasia Loop will be open to tourists from 10:00 am onwards. Vehicles ferrying passengers to Batasia will be allowed to park only on identified stretches as directed by traffic personnel. “Entire area around Zoo and HMI will be a no stop zone. Visitors will be dropped at PWD parking from where they will have to walk,” stated the DSP. There will be no parking in front of the shops at Tenzing rock along with Lower or Upper Chittrey. Vehicles will be allowed to park on identified stretches as directed. The District Magistrate had also issued an order dated 14.11.2011 in compliance of which no heavy vehicles will be allowed to enter the town between 7 am and 8 pm. Even army vehicles will come under the purview of the order. However emergency services have been exempted from the purview of this. HD Lama road will be used as a thoroughfare and traffic will be plying through this road. “Hence no hawkers will be allowed to occupy any space on this road,” added Pandey. Pick up and drop of passengers will be only allowed at designated points between Ghoom and Chowkbazar.last_img read more

Only 3 out of 429 human traffickers in Andhra West Bengal convicted

first_imgNew Delhi: Only three out of 429 human traffickers in Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal have been convicted in the past 10 years, according to a new study that analysed case documents such as charge sheets, FIRs and police general diaries related to 198 such cases.The study was conducted by several NGOs such as HELP in Andhra Pradesh, Goranbose Gram Bikash Kendra and Partners for Anti-Trafficking (PAT) – a consortium of eight community-based organisations in West Bengal. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’It found that 68 human traffickers have been given bail, and investigation linked to five accused have been continuing for over a decade now. The study also revealed that 31 out of the 429 human traffickers appear to be repeat offenders who are accused in multiple cases of human trafficking, and all their victims were children and adolescents. These 31 have committed 91 (or 19 per cent) of total crimes analysed for this research. The study found that out of the 429 named offenders only three have been convicted with punishments ranging between five to seven years of imprisonment, whereas 10 have been acquitted due to lack of evidence in cases that continued over several years. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KInvestigation in the rest of the cases is underway. “The low conviction and high acquittal figures found in the research cast doubts in the efficacy of investigation by law-enforcement agencies in human trafficking cases,” said Snigdha Sen, who conducted the analysis by studying legal documents availed from courts and police stations. Sen, who is also an activist, studied these cases that involved more than 173 survivors of human trafficking from West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh. “The findings reaffirm the belief that traffickers enjoy a high degree of impunity because of the lacklustre investigation, and lack of retribution encourages them to carry on with their crimes that leads to surge in incidents of human trafficking,” she added. The research indicated that currently, traffickers – who are in the business of recruiting girls and young women and selling them off in Maharashtra, Delhi, Telangana or Goa – have little accountability to the system. “As they grow wealthier, they recruit others to join them in spotting, recruiting and trafficking other vulnerable children and adolescents. The reason these investigations are so prolonged and prosecutions are so weak is that over 99 per cent of these cases are investigated by police of local police stations, who have restricted time and resources for their investigation,” said co-researcher Roop Sen, a human rights activist who has been working on the issue for over 20 years.last_img read more

Doug Fords approach to Toronto council dismays Hamilton mayor

first_imgTORONTO – A unilateral decision by Premier Doug Ford to slash the size of Toronto’s city council in half has dismayed at least one other big city mayor in Ontario.In an interview from Hamilton, Mayor Fred Eisenberger denounced Ford for announcing out of the blue his plan to legislate the change in the province’s largest city without any feedback from either local politicians or citizens just months before municipal elections take place.“I’m shocked and surprised that at this late hour, that such a dramatic change was proposed or was to be made, certainly without any public consultation, which is the most egregious part,” Eisenberger said in an interview on Friday.“Just to do this, without any of that, seems to me undemocratic and unhelpful in terms of providing the public at large an opportunity to have their say.”Like many other local governments in Ontario, including Toronto, Hamilton has been through amalgamation and ward changes, the mayor said. The city, after amalgamation in 2000, went from 78 councillors in six municipalities to 16 — including the mayor — in one. For the coming election, one ward has been scrapped and another created.All of this was done only after “extensive” public engagement, Eisenberger said.Under planned and approved ward changes, Toronto was to have had 47 councillors after October’s election, up from 44. The change would have left undisturbed the approximate ratio of one councillor to roughly 61,000 residents.Ford, who never mentioned the Toronto plan during last month’s provincial election, said on Friday that for Toronto to have nearly four dozen councillors is excessive and that he would legislate the number at 25 — almost doubling the ratio of councillor to resident to well over 100,000 — far higher than say the one-to-45,000 in Hamilton.The Progressive Conservative premier said it would make the city run more efficiently and save millions of taxpayer dollars.Toronto Mayor John Tory called Ford’s action an affront to democracy and said the change was being “rammed down our throats.”Eisenberger said cutting the number of Toronto councillors makes some practical sense in terms of governance.“Sixteen is difficult enough; working with 47 would be virtually impossible,” he said. “The way it’s been done, though, and not giving the people an opportunity to have their voice heard on that issue is undemocratic and unfortunate.”The Association of Municipalities of Ontario refused to comment on Ford’s planned course of action, saying it didn’t discuss issues related to individual local governments, and that Toronto has its own special relationship with the province.Eisenberger said he hoped Ford’s declaration didn’t mean the all-important working relationship between municipalities and the provincial government to which they are largely beholden was headed for difficult times.“I would hope it’s not a dictatorial approach but a collaborative one,” Eisenberger said. “Signs like these aren’t positive ones in terms of that direction.”last_img read more

12 rich countries seek exemption from ban on ozonedestroying pesticide UN

At the talks on the 1987 Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, the requests to employ methyl bromide for “certain critical uses” after the phase-out date of 1 January 2005 for industrialized countries will come from Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States, UNEP said.”Granting limited exemptions to the (Montreal) Protocol’s increasingly strict controls will ensure that the transition to ozone-friendly solutions does not cause farmers and other users of methyl bromide undue economic pain,” UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said today. Methyl bromide is used as a fumigant for high-value crops, for pest control and for the quarantine treatment of agricultural commodity exports, UNEP said. Meanwhile, any destruction of the stratospheric ozone layer allows ultra-violet-C (UV-C) and increased levels of UV-B radiation to reach the Earth’s surface.Possible dangers to human beings from UVs include more melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers, more eye cataracts and weakened immune systems, according to UNEP. Risks to animal and plant life include reduced plant yields, injury to ocean ecosystems and reduced fishing yields, adverse general effects on animals and damage to plastics. The requests for exemptions from the 12 countries total some 17,000 tons. Of this amount, the UNEP Technology and Economics Assessment Panel (TEAP) is recommending approval of 12,900 tons. The Parties to the Protocol met last November in Nairobi, Kenya, to consider the exemptions, but were unable to finalize a list. In 1997 total world consumption was 37,640 tons, of which 75 per cent was used in the developed countries. The figure dropped to 15,073 tons in 2002, about half of which was used by the developed countries, UNEP said. The agency predicts that the ozone layer will return to normalcy in about 50 years, but only if the Montreal Protocol’s phase-out schedules are fully respected. read more

Man cements microwave to head in Wolverhampton

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related Crews took an hour to free the man (West Midlands Fire Service)(BBC) An internet “prankster” had to be freed by firefighters after cementing his head inside a microwave oven.West Midlands Fire Service said it took an hour to free the man after they were called to a house in Fordhouses, Wolverhampton.Friends had managed to feed an air tube into the 22-year-old’s mouth to help him breathe, the service said.Watch Commander Shaun Dakin said the man “could quite easily have suffocated or have been seriously injured”.The fire service said the mixture had been poured around the man’s head, which was protected by a plastic bag ((West Midlands Fire Service)Mr Dakin said: “He and a group of friends had mixed seven bags of Polyfilla which they then poured around his head, which was protected by a plastic bag inside the microwave.“The oven was being used as a mould and wasn’t plugged in. The mixture quickly set hard and, by the time we were called, they’d already been trying to free him for an hour and a half.”Crews from the technical rescue team helped with taking the microwave apart, he added.“It took us nearly an hour to free him,” added Mr Dakin.“All of the group involved were very apologetic, but this was clearly a call-out which might have prevented us from helping someone else in genuine, accidental need.” read more

South Dakota Signs New ASA Affiliation Agreement

first_imgThe South Dakota Soybean Association signed ASA’s new affiliate agreement during the July board meeting. Front row: ASA President Richard Wilkins and South Dakota Soybean Association President Jerry Schmitz. Back row: ASA Director Kevin Scott; Executive Director of the South Dakota Soybean Association Jeremy Freking; and ASA Director Dave Poppens. Photo courtesy of South Dakota Soybean AssociationTo-date, about one-third of the 26 state soybean associations have signed a new a five-year affiliation agreement with the American Soybean Association (ASA) that goes into effect Oct. 1, 2016. The new affiliation agreement, resulting from a new ASA strategic plan, reflects various changes in membership structure and affiliate investment in ASA. Several states signed the agreement while attending the ASA Board of Directors meeting in Washington, D.C. this week, including South Dakota and Illinois. Other states will be signing the agreement as summer meetings for the associations continue.ASA’s new strategic plan is focused on enhancing the protection and advancement of soybean farmer issues in the national policy and regulatory arenas.  The new direction provides the state associations with total flexibility to structure membership types and dues amounts however will make that state affiliate most successful. The structure of affiliate investment provides new opportunities for states to invest in ASA to make both state and national organizations stronger and more effective on behalf of soybean farmers.ASA staff will continue to work with state staff over the next few months to get signed copies of the new affiliation agreement from all 26 state soybean associations.last_img read more

Bangladesh moving towards uncertainty of authoritarian rule Mahbub Talukder

first_imgElection commissioner Mahbub Talukder. Photo: Ashraful AlamElection commissioner Mahbub Talukder on Wednesday said the most apprehensive thing about the latest upazila election is people’s indifference towards the polls.“The lack of people’s enthusiasm in elections is taking the country towards an abyss. Bangladesh is now moving towards the uncertainty of an authoritarian rule,” the commissioner said.“This looks very ominous for a democratic nation. Democracy must be upheld through fair elections,” he observed.Mahbub read out a written statement before newsmen at his office as the upazila election came to an end in five phases.Raising questions about whether the local government election followed the principles of the Constitution, Mahbub Talukder said there is no scope for any outsider to meddle into the affairs of local government. The election will not be free and fair if there is any interference from outside.“We don’t want to join the cortege of democracy,” Mahbub Talukder said.The election commissioner also said this time the upazila parishad election was one-sided as no opposition took part in the electoral process. One-sided election is not a good sign for democracy. Democracy upholds the opinion of the most number of people and that must come through pluralism.Mahbub Talukder said one-sided election loses its colour as it does not reflect the opinion of the most. “Creating conducive environment for all the parties is a must for their participation in the election. But gradually we are moving towards one-party election, which is unwanted for democracy,” he said.Indicating the interferences by the MPs of ruling Awami League in the upazila election, the election commissioner said, “Upazila election cannot be free, fair and acceptable if it is not free of the parliament members’ influences. Their role has destroyed the sanctity of upazila parishad. In some cases, the election commission or parliament secretariat issued letters (to the administration) to refrain the MPs as they violated the code of conduct.”Regarding expectations from the local government institution, Mahbub Talukder said upazila parishad will fail to fulfil public aspirations if it observes duties being a servitor of someone and renounces its democratic characteristics.”This might raise questions about the local government elections. This question is not about good or bad practices in elections. Rather, the question is if the main purpose of election is hampered, is there any necessity of holding an election for the sake of maintaining a rite?” Mahbub wondered.last_img read more

UPDATE Abbott Announces Government Gives 5 Billion To Help With Housing In

first_img Share Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Friday the federal government has allocated $5 billion to help Texas with long-term housing and infrastructure as part of the post Hurricane Harvey recovery.The funds, which can be used for housing redevelopment, business assistance and infrastructure repair, come from the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery Program, which is administered by the Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD).Abbott made the announcement at a press conference held in Austin where he was accompanied by HUD Deputy Secretary Pamela Hughes Patenaude, U.S. Senator John Cornyn and the Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush.Bush’s office will administer the funds.“The allocation of these funds is the result of a rapid, coordinated effort by Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Congressional Delegation and our partner, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, and will be a critical step in the long-term rebuilding of our devastated Texas communities,” Bush said in a news release.last_img read more

Ultrahighresolution microscopy reveals yeast aquaporin transporting water across cell membrane

first_img Journal information: Science © 2013 Phys.org In order for cells in living creatures to function properly, they must have a means for allowing water to pass through from the outside world into their inner structure—through their membranes. This is how they receive nutrients. At the same time, the water that passes through the membrane must be filtered to keep unwanted material from being carried through with the water. How this happens has been somewhat of a mystery because the channels that carry the water (aquporins) are so small—traditional methods only allow for snapshot views. Progress was made a decade ago, however, when a team of researchers developed a technique that allowed for viewing the process by which potassium ions are transported through potassium channels. In this new effort. the joint American-Swedish team took a similar approach to help them capture the process by which Pichia pastoris yeast is transported through an aquaporin 1 protein.The technique involved capturing the process as it happened at ultra-high resolution—in this case just 0.88 Angstroms. This resolution allowed the researchers to see that the process is very similar to the one found by the team that captured the movement of potassium ions. They found that the way hydrogen bonds were shaped prevented protons from passing through the cell membrane along with the water that carried them. Of particular note, they found that two distinct structures, the NPA-signature motif and the selectivity filter caused water molecules to be oriented in just the right fashion to facilitate the passage of the molecules through the pores in the channel while stopping the unwanted protons.The technique the team developed marks a record for high-resolution captures of cell membrane processes, and paves the way for other research efforts looking to determine how water carrying other unwanted material is filtered by channels in cell membranes. Explore further Fold of Aqy1. (A) The six transmembrane helices and the seventh pseudo-transmembrane helix formed by loops B (orange) and E (green). (B) Water molecule positions within the channel (red spheres). The dual-NPA–aquaporin signature motif (bottom box) and the SF (top box) are highlighted. Credit: Science 14 June 2013: Vol. 340 no. 6138 pp. 1346-1349 DOI: 10.1126/science.1234306 More information: Subangstrom Resolution X-Ray Structure Details Aquaporin-Water Interactions, Science 14 June 2013: Vol. 340 no. 6138 pp. 1346-1349 DOI: 10.1126/science.1234306 http://www.sciencemag.org/content/340/6138/1346ABSTRACTAquaporins are membrane channels that facilitate the flow of water across biological membranes. Two conserved regions are central for selective function: the dual asparagine-proline-alanine (NPA) aquaporin signature motif and the aromatic and arginine selectivity filter (SF). Here, we present the crystal structure of a yeast aquaporin at 0.88 angstrom resolution. We visualize the H-bond donor interactions of the NPA motif’s asparagine residues to passing water molecules; observe a polarized water-water H-bond configuration within the channel; assign the tautomeric states of the SF histidine and arginine residues; and observe four SF water positions too closely spaced to be simultaneously occupied. Strongly correlated movements break the connectivity of SF waters to other water molecules within the channel and prevent proton transport via a Grotthuss mechanism.center_img Water governs cell movement (Phys.org) —A team of chemists with members from Sweden and the United States has succeeded in capturing the process by which yeast aquaporin transport water across cell membranes while preventing unwanted protons to pass through. In their paper published in the journal Science, they describe how they used ultra-high resolution microscopy to reveal the transportation process. Citation: Ultra-high-resolution microscopy reveals yeast aquaporin transporting water across cell membrane (2013, June 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-ultra-high-resolution-microscopy-reveals-yeast-aquaporin.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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first_imgNews | April 20, 2011 GE Healthcare Acquires Assets of Steady State MRI News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more Related Content News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more April 20, 2011 – GE Healthcare has acquired the assets of Steady State Imaging (SSI), a Minneapolis-based company that develops magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology. The terms of agreement were not disclosed.Through this acquisition, GE Healthcare’s magnetic resonance imaging business expands its current advanced technology portfolio with the addition of the University of Minnesota’s SWIFT method, which allows the visualization of tendons, ligaments and other tissues not normally seen using conventional imaging methods. The SWIFT method has gained interest among MRI researchers for its potential for imaging in areas near the lungs and other parts of the body where conventional MRI is not typically effective.”The acquisition of SSI is very much aligned with GE’s healthymagination initiative to measurably reduce cost, improve quality and increase access to technology for more people,” said Jim Davis, vice president and general manager of GE Healthcare’s global MR business. “We are excited at the prospect of implementing SSI’s technology and continue to invest in innovations that will have an impact on our customers and their patients.”“We are delighted that our technology is now in the very capable hands of GE, a company with significant technical and marketing capabilities,” said SSI CEO, Danny Cunagin. “Our shareholders unanimously approved the sale and are very excited. We look forward to learning how our technology will be commercialized by GE in the future.”“The fact that a startup company based on University of Minnesota technology is being acquired by an industry leader like GE Healthcare is tremendous news,” said Tim Mulcahy, vice president for research at the University of Minnesota. “This not only helps fulfill our mission of moving researcher inventions to the public domain as quickly as possible, it also validates the innovative work of Dr. Garwood and his co-inventors at the University’s Center for Magnetic Resonance Research.”For more information: www.gehealthcare.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more last_img read more

Cirques LUZIA inspires travel to Mexico

first_imgCirque’s LUZIA inspires travel to Mexico Posted by TORONTO – Cirque du Soleil unveiled LUZIA in Toronto last night, after opening in Montreal in April, taking guest on an imaginary journey to Mexico.  The performance was supported by the Mexico Tourism Board, which hopes viewers will be inspired to travel to Mexico after watching the memorizing show depicting the country’s culture and landscape.Cirque de Soleil describes the LUZIA show as “taking you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light quenches the spirit and rain soothes the soul. Freely inspired by Mexico, LUZIA is a poetic and acrobatic ode to the rich, vibrant culture of a country whose wealth stems from an extraordinary mix of influences and creative collisions – a land that inspires awe with its breathtaking landscapes and architectural wonders, buoyed by the indomitable spirit of its people. The tableaux of LUZIA weave an intricate, contemporary mosaic that awakens your senses and transports you to a place suspended between dreams and reality.”More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next month“The LUZIA show is a great way to tour around Mexico because you will discover the monarch butterflies, Day of the Dead, Mexican cinema, local food, cenotes (sinkholes) and many more inspirational aspects of the country. The show goes all around Mexico, so agents can actually encourage their clients to book those kinds of experiences in destination very easily. It’s a fantastic way of connecting travel with an amazing Cirque du Soleil show,” says Rodrigo Esponda, Regional Director for North America, Mexico Tourism Board.“We are working with travel partners to create incentives that have a direct connection to the show, so if they book trips to Mexico, clients can be entered to win tickets to the show. In another consumer contest, consumers can actually win trips to Mexico to see the experiences they are seeing at the show,” he added.LUZIA will be playing in Toronto until Oct. 16. Share The Canadian Press Friday, July 29, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

New Fly Nonstop to Seoul

first_img Posted by New! Fly Nonstop to Seoul Tags: Air Canada, New Routes, Seoul Share Travelweek Group center_img Exploring South Korea just got easier with the introduction of Air Canada’s new nonstop flights linking Toronto and Seoul on Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.Air Canada started offering this fast service to help Canadian travellers reach one of Asia’s hottest cities and meet growing demand for service to Asia’s most desirable destinations. The new flights complement Air Canada’s nonstop service out of Vancouver.The new year-round nonstop flights operate between Toronto Pearson International Airport and Seoul’s Incheon International Airport. The city is innovative, creative and tech savvy, while still proudly displaying its traditions and customs. Now that round-the-clock Seoul is a powerful force in the global economy, travel to South Korea is expected to continue to grow.For the corporate market, the nonstop Boeing 787 Dreamliner service ensures a restful flight so that business travellers can hit the ground running when they arrive refreshed in Seoul. For leisure travellers, the nonstop flights are ideal with no connections, and no hassles. The smooth flight is the first step to a relaxing vacation.The introduction of nonstop flights between Toronto and Seoul is part of Air Canada’s ongoing expansion of international services.To learn more or book seats on Air Canada’s new nonstop service please visit aircanada.com/agents. Tuesday, November 1, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Trump shrugs off jihadist video that uses his Muslim ban remarks

first_imgRelated posts:Trump leads Republicans but Democrats thump him, new poll shows Macy’s is latest company to dump defiant Trump Donald Trump under fire yet again, this time for sexist and vulgar Clinton gibes Bernie Sanders’ CAFTA reversal pledge worries Costa Rica businesses WASHINGTON D.C. — After jihadists used his tough remarks about Muslims in a recruitment video, Donald Trump refused to back down, saying in remarks aired Sunday, “I have to say what I have to say.”The Republican presidential hopeful made the comments on CBS’s “Face the Nation” after a U.S. monitoring group said that his call for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S. had been used in a video by Somalia’s extremist Shebab group.Trump’s call for a total, if temporary, ban had drawn criticism around the globe, including from Hillary Clinton, the frontrunning Democratic candidate, who said his remarks were used by radicals in recruitment videos — a suggestion Trump aides had sharply denied.In the new video, the Al Qaeda-affiliated Shebab uses an excerpt from Trump’s Dec. 7 speech — made after an attack by a radicalized couple in California killed 14 people — to encourage Western Muslims to wage jihad, the SITE Intelligence Group reported.After describing Trump’s call for a ban, the video goes on to say, “The West will eventually turn against its Muslim citizens.”Asked about it on CBS, the Republican frontrunner seemed to shrug his shoulders.“What am I going to do?” Trump asked. “I have to say what I have to say. And you know what I have to say?  There’s a problem. We have to find out what is the problem. And we have to solve that problem.”He said his stance had drawn wide support, and he pointed to the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and said, specifically citing the case of Brussels, that many nations were “shutting down cities that had never had a problem before.”“Maybe it’s not politically correct,” Trump said, but “there’s a big problem out there.”Trump’s inflammatory remarks last month sparked global outrage.During a Democratic debate last month, Clinton accused Trump of being “ISIS’s best recruiter,” referring to the self-described Islamic State group, and said radical jihadists were “showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists.”Trump accused her of lying, but Clinton’s spokeswoman insisted that his remarks were “being used in social media by ISIS as propaganda.”U.S. media outlets were unable to find any footage to back up Clinton’s initial claim.The Shebab, who were driven out of Mogadishu in 2011, are fighting to overthrow Somalia’s internationally backed government, which is protected by 22,000 African Union troops. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Seabourn the worlds

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterSeabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line, has revealed renderings of its new signature fine-dining restaurant, The Grill by Thomas Keller, which will debut in May 2016 on board Seabourn Quest.With a menu and ambience inspired by the classic American chophouse, The Grill is a collaboration between three-star Michelin chef Thomas Keller and designer Adam D. Tihany, exclusively for Seabourn.“We are delighted Chef Keller has partnered with us to produce such a standout dining experience for guests to enjoy as they travel the world with Seabourn,” Seabourn President Richard Meadows said.“Wrapped in a fresh design from Adam D. Tihany, The Grill by Thomas Keller will take our already award-winning cuisine to new heights.”The new signature restaurant will be on each Seabourn vessel, including Seabourn Encore which is scheduled to launch this December. The Grill by Thomas Keller will move into newly renovated spaces formerly occupied by Restaurant 2 on the current fleet, beginning with Seabourn Quest in April and followed by Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Odyssey during regularly scheduled dry dock periods. Seabourn Ovation will offer The Grill by Thomas Keller right from its launch in 2018.The interior designs by Adam D. Tihany enhance the dining experience with spaces that will be distinctive to the ships, yet defined by intimate settings with an elegant and warm masculine quality. On Odyssey-class ships, the space will feature curvilinear lines throughout, including lush leather banquettes and tan leather swivel chairs that line the dining room; ceilings of curved wood coffers that reference design details of a luxury yacht; and metal mesh panels topped with elegant emerald marble at the face of the bar.A culinary visionary and the innovator behind The French Laundry in Yountville, California, and Per Se in New York City, Chef Thomas Keller’s partnership with Seabourn began in 2015 and highlights the luxury cruise line’s commitment to offering outstanding guest experiences. Guests of The Grill by Thomas Keller will be treated to a timeless menu featuring the freshest produce from artisan purveyors, such as table-side preparations of Caesar salad and ice-cream sundaes as well as a range of other steakhouse favourites like Lobster Thermidor and creamed spinach, presented à la carte.The Grill by Thomas Keller will be open for dinner daily on all Seabourn vessels, and guests will have the opportunity to secure reservations online in advance of their cruise beginning in April for May sailings on Seabourn Quest. In keeping with Seabourn’s all-inclusive rates, there is no additional charge to dine at The Grill.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Committee advances bill to ban female genital mutilation

first_img Categories: Hoitenga News 06Jun Committee advances bill to ban female genital mutilation The House Law and Justice Committee approved bipartisan legislation today to prevent female genital mutilation in Michigan, a week after hearing testimony from state representatives on the package that includes seven bills and one resolution.Female genital mutilation (FGM) is any procedure performed on girls, starting at the age of 4, which is intended to remove or damage the external female genitalia.“This is comprehensive legislation to prevent this inhumane procedure,” said state Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton. “It took a lot of work, but I’m proud of how we’ve come together to help protect young girls.”She was joined by fellow state Reps. Diana Farrington of Utica and Beth Griffin of Mattawan, in testifying as a unit before the committee on May 30.“This terrible act is indefensible, which is why we’ve included language that will not allow a customary belief or parental consent to be used to justify the mutilation,” Farrington said. “It’s absolutely heartbreaking that young girls are subjected to this, especially when they are being misled into thinking that it is a routine operation. It’s not and there’s no excuse for it.”Griffin said: “We need to ensure that not only do we hold people criminally liable for doing this, but we also give victims a clear ability to pursue this in a civil action. The House package is really looking to take a wide-ranging and comprehensive approach to preventing this, punishing those who commit these heinous acts, and giving victims civil recourse as well.”The legislative package includes bills from Rep. Daire Rendon, of Lake City, which sets the sentencing guidelines. Rep. Klint Kesto, of Commerce Township, had his bill calling for the revocation of a state medical license for anyone convicted under the legislation also approved.“This act is a horrific ordeal for any victim and anyone who is involved should be prepared for incarceration,” Rendon said. “My hope is anyone who doesn’t understand this procedure is absolutely wrong understands that 15 years in prison is a long time.”Kesto said: “Doctors swear an oath to ‘do no harm’ and female genital mutilation inflicts nothing but harm. Any medical professional who harms a young girl this way should lose his or her privilege to practice medicine for not following that oath.”The committee also approved a bill from Rep. Bronna Kahle, of Adrian, which extends the criminal statute of limitations for FGM survivors until 10 years after the offense or the victim’s 21st birthday, whichever is later.“The girls who suffer mutilation have faced a barbaric act few of us can comprehend,” said Kahle. “They should not be expected, at such a young age, to fully understand the lifelong impact of the damaging injuries they have endured.”The legislation follows a February incident where two young girls from Minnesota were subjected to the procedure at a southeast Michigan clinic. A Livonia couple was arrested on federal charges in April after allowing and performing the procedure after hours at their medical clinic, while a third individual has been fired from their emergency room doctor position for performing the procedure at the same Livonia clinic.The legislative package includes:House Bill 4636, sponsored Hoitenga, creates a felony offense for performing the procedure.HB 4637, sponsored by Farrington, makes it a felony offense to transport another for the purpose of performing the procedure.HB 4638, sponsored by Rendon, establishes that violation of HB 4636 or 4637 will result in imprisonment up to 15 years.HB 4639, sponsored Kesto, requires the permanent revocation of a state medical license for anyone convicted under the law established by HB 4636 and 4637.HB 4641, sponsored by Rep. Stephanie Chang, extends the statute of limitations for FGM survivors to sue for civil damages after their 18thHB 4642, sponsored by Rep. Pam Faris, requires the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to develop an FGM educational program for the public, including new immigrants.HB 4661, sponsored by Griffin, allows FGM survivors to recover up to three times actual damages, including non-monetary damages costs and attorney fees, during a civil case.HB 4690, sponsored by Kahle, extends the criminal statute of limitations for FGM survivors until 10 years after the offense or the victim’s 21st birthday, whichever is later.House Resolution 105, submitted by Rep. Donna Lasinski, supports the United Nations’ ongoing efforts to end the procedure.The legislation advances to the House for its consideration.last_img read more

Rep VanderWall amendment helps farmers move equipment on holidays

first_img State Rep. Curt VanderWall applauded the Michigan House of Representatives approval Wednesday of a bill to allow applicants to obtain an annual oversized vehicle transport permit.Rep. VanderWall added an amendment to help farmers by removing restrictions when they are driving agricultural equipment during the holiday weekends. Under current law, the transportation of agricultural equipment is prohibited from being on the road during certain holiday weekends over the summer.“Crops don’t stop growing because it is a holiday weekend. If not harvested on time, a farmer could lose some of their crop,” said Rep. VanderWall of Ludington. “An equipment transportation permit should not hold up the farmer from doing their job.”Overweight transport permits from the Department of Transportation currently are only issued for vehicles carrying individual loads, which cannot reasonably be reduced in size or transported by other means. There are single trip permits and extended permits. Single trip permits may be issued for a five-day period and are valid for one trip only.Under the new legislation, a permit may also be stored and presented by the holder using a mobile device. This will make a valid permit easier to access and less likely to get lost.House Bill 4644 now moves to the Senate for consideration.### Categories: VanderWall News 19Jul Rep. VanderWall amendment helps farmers move equipment on holidayslast_img read more

Snyder signs Rep VerHeulens bill banning local taxes on food

first_imgA bill introduced by state Rep. Rob VerHeulen to ban local governments from imposing a tax on all food and beverages was signed into law today by Gov. Rick Snyder.VerHeulen, of Walker, said House Bill 4999 – now Public Act 135 of 2017 – is a victory for families, job creators and farmers. The law extends the Michigan Constitution’s ban on a state food tax to include counties, cities and townships.“I am very pleased the governor agrees that a patchwork of local food taxes would be chaotic and have devastating effects on families, farmers and people who work in the grocery industry,” VerHeulen said. “Similar local taxes in Illinois and Pennsylvania had immediate negative impacts on the local economy as people began shopping in neighboring communities to avoid the extra cost a tax incurs.”VerHeulen said local food taxes would have a damaging effect on lower-income families.“Low-income earners allocate about one-third of their entire income to food purchases,” VerHeulen said. “Local taxes on food could be a budgetary tipping point for families, who might have to make a decision between paying the rent or buying groceries. I’m very happy Gov. Snyder agreed and signed the legislation.”##### Categories: News,VerHeulen News Prohibition good for families, businessescenter_img 26Oct Snyder signs Rep. VerHeulen’s bill banning local taxes on foodlast_img read more

House approves Rep Howrylaks measure ensuring compensation for wrongful imprisonment isnt taxed

first_img Categories: Howrylak News,News The Michigan House today approved Rep. Martin Howrylak’s measure ensuring compensation for wrongful imprisonment is not subject to the state’s income tax.Howrylak said the measure is a necessary and logical follow-up to Michigan’s 2016 law allowing people to bring legal action for compensation against the state if they have been wrongfully convicted and imprisoned in a state facility for a crime they did not commit.“A wrongful conviction changes a person’s life forever. This bill is a simple, common-sense step to make sure we don’t add insult to injury by trying to collect state income taxes on state-awarded compensation,” said Howrylak, of Troy. “Someone who spent time in prison for a crime they didn’t commit should not be further penalized with income taxes on compensation given as recourse for the state’s mistake.”The federal government already exempts this type of compensation from federal taxes. Howrylak’s proposal will ensure money received from Michigan’s Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation Act will not be included in taxpayer’s adjusted gross income for state income tax purposes.House Bill 4991 advances to the Senate for further consideration. 02May House approves Rep. Howrylak’s measure ensuring compensation for wrongful imprisonment isn’t taxedcenter_img ####last_img read more

Rep Howell Moneysaving car insurance reforms signed into law

first_img30May Rep. Howell: Money-saving car insurance reforms signed into law State Rep. Gary Howell today announced that historic car insurance reforms have been signed into law by Governor Whitmer, guaranteeing lower rates for drivers in Lapeer County.The reforms – approved earlier by Howell and the Legislature – give drivers choices on personal injury protection coverage, combat fraudulent claims and take steps to rein in medical costs. Many Michigan families will save hundreds of dollars or more each year through the reforms.“I could not be more proud to be a part of this historic reform,” said Howell, of North Branch. “After decades of gridlock, we were able to work together and deliver a bipartisan solution that guarantees lower car insurance rates for families all across our state.”Michigan has had the most expensive car insurance in the nation mostly because we have been the only state mandating unlimited lifetime health care coverage through car insurance. The revised law will provide more affordable options while allowing those who currently use the unlimited coverage to keep it, and those who want it in the future to continue buying it.Starting in July 2020, many drivers will be able to opt out of personal injury protection altogether, including seniors with retiree health coverage such as Medicare and those with health insurance policies that cover car accident-related injuries. Others will be able to continue with unlimited coverage or choose limits of $250,000 or $500,000. A $50,000 option will be available for drivers on Medicaid.A fee schedule will be established for medical providers, reining in runaway costs that result from medical care providers charging far more to treat car accident victims than other patients.Non-driving factors such as zip codes, educational level, and credit score will no longer be used to determine rates. However, drivers living in areas within the state having lower claims (such as Lapeer County) can continue to benefit with lower premiums than higher claim areas.An anti-fraud unit will help crack down on those abusing the system, which should help lower car insurance rates even further.“The adoption of these much needed reforms shows that much can be accomplished when we work together in a bipartisan spirit,” Howell said. “When we put aside petty partisan differences, the people win.”### Categories: Howell Newslast_img read more