New High Speed CasablancaTangier Rail Line to Be Inaugurated in 2018

Rabat – During a parliamentary session on Tuesday, Mohamed Najib Boulif, Morocco’s Minister Delegate to the Minister of Equipment, Transport and Logistics, said that 75 % of the high speed rail line construction between Casablanca and tangier has been completed and that the line will go into operation in 2018.The Minister Delegate also said that Morocco ranks first in Africa and the Arab World and fifty-fifth worldwide in railway infrastructure, outranking South Africa.King Mohammed VI , Former President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, and Saudi Arabian  Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz launched the project in September 2011. The   line was originally expected to operate in 2015.  Due to delays in infrastructure construction, it was postponed to 2017 and then to 2018 without citing any specific reasons. The high-speed train is the first project of its kind in Africa and the Arab world. It will reduce the travel time between Casablanca and Tangier to two hours and ten minutes from four hours and 45 minutes.The project, which is estimated to cost MAD 20 billion ($2 billion) is also expected to carry up to seven million passengers in the first year, decrease accidents, create both direct and indirect job opportunities, and reduce the amount of carbon in the air.Edited by Elisabeth Myers© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

UN welcomes Israels decision to approve construction projects in Gaza

Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, welcomed what he called a “significant step” taken yesterday with Israel’s approval of construction projects that are to be implemented by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).Israeli said yesterday that would let the United Nations bring in building materials that were meant for the UN housing and school construction projects. Mr. Serry said: “We will continue to work together with the relevant UN agencies to implement these projects in a timely fashion, so as to improve the situation in Gaza.” The decision was announced a day after Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed the matter with Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak in a telephone call. During that call, “the Secretary-General welcomed the progress made and urged speedy implementation of the UN Relief and Works Agency’s housing projects,” said Martin Nesirky, a UN spokesperson. Israel imposed the blockade on Gaza for what it called security reasons after Hamas, which does not recognize Israel’s right to exist, ousted the Fatah movement in the Strip in 2007. The two factions reached a deal last month, agreeing to form a national unity government and hold elections within a year.In June 2010, Israel started allowing in more civilian goods into Gaza while still restricting access to concrete, iron and other materials that the UN has said are needed to repair the devastating damage caused by the 2008-2009 offensive Israel said it launched to halt rocket and other attacks against it. 22 June 2011A top United Nations envoy in the Middle East has welcomed Israel’s decision to allow UN-backed construction projects in the Gaza Strip. read more

Sri Lanka is now united and stable says envoy in Korea

The island country has registered annual growth of 6 percent over the last 10 years, and presents itself as a logistics hub linking East Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Northeast Asia. As the nation aims to shore up foreign investment, boost international trade and switch to a knowledge-based economy, Korea is “a country of prime focus with which to further expand relationships on all fronts,” the country’s top envoy to Korea highlighted.“Sri Lanka is strategically located in the Indian Ocean and growing in the consciousness of Korea for its air lanes and sea lanes,” Manisha Gunasekera said. Sri Lanka is now “united and stable,” infrastructure is being developed nationwide and the economy has grown steadily since 2005, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Korea Manisha Gunasekera told The Korea Herald.“Another important government agenda is to work on reconciling communities over broad areas,” she said. “There is a dialogue with the Tamil parties within the democratic process to bring about comprehensive peace that is acceptable to everyone, and prevent clashes from recurring.” “In terms of logistics hubs, you have Dubai in the Middle East and Singapore in Southeast Asia, but you have nothing in between. Colombo could be an ideal waypoint for maritime and air trade, commerce and manufacturing.”Gunasekera, who assumed charge in last September, added that her government had introduced additional deregulation measures to make the investment climate more flexible, including a foreign exchange management bill. (Colombo Gazette) Ahead of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Korea, Sri Lanka is enhancing its partnership with Korea and promoting itself as an attractive investment destination in the Indian Ocean. read more

Ban on access to Facebook lifted with immediate effect

The Government had earlier taken steps to lift the temporarily restrictions imposed on WhatsApp and Viber. Meanwhile the President’s Media Division said that the Government had taken steps to restrict access to social media tools temporarily during the last few days, in order to curtail the attempts to spread communal violence across the country, misusing the social media in a manner detrimental to the national harmony. The ban on access to Facebook in Sri Lanka has been lifted with immediate effect.President Maithripala Sirisena instructed the telecommunications regulator to lift the ban following talks held today between the Government and officials from Facebook. “In a context where the impact that could be made by social media to expeditiously increase violent actions based on racism and religious extremism has been internationally proven, Sri Lanka was able to control the rapid spread of violence by temporarily imposing restriction on social media as an action to ensure the national and public safety of Sri Lanka,” the statement said.However, the President has stressed on the importance of a guided mechanism to prevent the attempts to disturb the livelihoods of people through spreading  ethnic-hatred and racism and damaging the image of an individual through false allegations. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take a trip back to where it

first_imgThe Duchess of Cambridge raises a toast to Norway The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Haakon at a fair for start-up innovation Prince William and Princess Mette-Marit He added: “For the United Kingdom, our relationship with Norway is extensive and very special.”We are North Sea neighbours. We are allies. We are close partners in all sorts of enterprises. But above all we are the strongest of friends.” The event came half way through Duke and Duchess’ first day in Oslo.Landing in heavy snow, they were welcomed into a winter wonderland, stepping out of their charter plane and onto a red carpet where they were greeted by Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Marit.The couples, who have not met before, later undertook a walkabout to meet the Norwegian public, who turned out in their thousands to wave flags and make small talk about the cold weather.Led by Queen Sonja, the group were given a tour by 14-year-old Princess Ingrid Alexandra, who showed them around a children’s sculpture park named after her. Prince William delivers his speech in Norway The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were taken on a surprise trip down memory lane during their trip to Norway yesterday, given a video tour of their favourite spots in St Andrews. The Royal couple, who are on their first official visit to Norway, reminisced over their old halls of residence, familiar streets and local cafe at the university where they met, as the Duchess exclaimed: “You’re bringing us down memory lane.”Shown technology is designed primarily for people with dementia, the Duke was offered the chance to try it out during an event highlighting innovative start-up companies. With the Duke in the seat of a high-tech exercise bike, a video showing a detailed ride around the streets of St. Andrews was shown, accompanied by a soundtrack of their favourite songs.With the Duchess and Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Marit looking on, the Duke operated the controls and soon spotted his room at St Salvatore’s halls of residence where both he and his wife stayed in their first year.  Prince William and Princess Mette-MaritCredit:Getty The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Princess Ingrid Alexandra The films are generally created with customers with dementia, to encourage them to recall favourite places, such as where the user grew up, and increase their activity. center_img In a formal speech at an evening banquet, the Duke underlined the defensive and economic ties which bind the UK and Norway, emphasising their shared work to fight against terror.Though he did not mention Brexit, he said: “Our economic partnership is hugely valuable to both of us. The UK is one of Norway’s most important export markets; and notably Norway is the UK’s most important energy supplier.”Norwegian oil, gas and renewable energy all keep British kettles boiling – and you can imagine how important that is to a nation of tea-drinkers. Prince William delivers his speech in NorwayCredit:Chris Jackson The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Haakon at a fair for start-up innovationCredit:Getty “In a range of other sectors, I am delighted to say that British companies are doing excellent business in Norway.  We want these economic ties to grow.” Returning the compliments, Norway’s King Harald said:”I hope we will be able to maintain our close and extensive co-operation when the United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union.”Dear William, dear Kate, I admire the way you carry out your duties and the way you support Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. The Queen and I know from our own experience how valuable it is to work together with the younger generation and how important it is to support one another in this rather unusual profession of ours.” The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Princess Ingrid AlexandraCredit:Samir Hussein Jon Ingar Kjenes, CEO of Motitech, said: “William was enthusiastic. He knew straightaway where we were filming and said ‘you’ve filmed my room.’”To a soundtrack of Coldplay, Linkin Park and Ellie Goulding’s Your Song, which she sung at the couple’s 2011 wedding, the film showed a cafe called the North Point, which displays a sign saying that ‘William met Kate here — for coffee’. The Duchess of Cambridge raises a toast to NorwayCredit:Chris Jacksonlast_img read more

How Apples new iPhone tradein program works

first_imgApple has this nasty habit of releasing a shiny new iPhone every single year, but mobile carriers keep insisting on 2-year contracts. What’s a gadget lover to do? Apple is offering a possible option with an iPhone trade-in program. Users will be able to swing by an Apple retail store and get credit toward the purchase of a new phone. The program is being tested in a number of select stores, but it’s rumored to go live in September.The program will be stressing convenience over sheer value. Owners who have been offered the option of doing a trade-in early are reporting a good condition 16GB iPhone 4 or 4S is worth $120-200 to Apple. A pristine 16GB iPhone 5 can net you about $250. All these prices are below what you can get from sites like Gazelle that buy old devices, and there’s always Craigslist if you’re feeling adventurous.You won’t get the best deal, but the process will be super-easy. Simply get your device appraised at the store by letting an employee inspect the phone, then answer a few questions about its condition. If you accept the offer, Apple provides a gift card with the agreed upon amount, and takes your old phone to be refurbished. The credit is immediately applied to the purchase of a new device, and any excess goes home with you on the gift card.Importantly, you can only take advantage of the trade-in program when you’re buying a new phone. You can’t just take the gift card and run, or apply the value of a phone toward a MacBook. This is still a pilot program, and the details could change before it launches for everyone, but the simplicity could be a hit with Apple’s clientele.last_img read more

Tracking down a foul odor

first_imgMore than eight months after the Southwest Clean Air Agency began its investigation into acrid, nausea-inducing fumes downtown linked to Albina Fuel, complaints keep coming, but results have yet to emerge.The agency, following at least a dozen complaints and an Amtrak employee being sent to the hospital, has been studying the strong petroleum smell from Albina’s liquid asphalt storage and oil-processing facility at West Eighth and Hill streets downtown. Agency Executive Director Bob Elliott had said in December that the work should be done by the end of February, but he said this week that short staffing, a difficulty collecting some data and a desire to do thorough work have delayed the investigation.“Other industries are watching how we do this,” the environmental regulation agency director said. “If they feel we haven’t been careful and thoughtful in our decisions, it could have a chilling effect on business.”Southwest Clean Air is working to complete an investigation determining if the pollution is indeed coming from Albina, if it counts as either a public health hazard or as a nuisance odor, and if the company is using equipment that’s up to standards, he said.last_img read more

Runners World Sees Boom In Social Media

first_imgWhile the industry sits back and reconsiders its newsstand strategy in the face of Tuesday’s bleak Fas-Fax report, Rodale’s fitness title, Runner’s World, is looking at its social engagement platforms and enjoying success.In one year, the magazine was able to increase its Facebook following by 111 percent, up to 309,070 likes as of February 8, an increase of 163,000 from January 2011 and an increase of 15,070 from since the first of this year. Similarly, the publication’s Twitter followers also saw steep increases—in one year the title increased its following on the platform by 293 percent, from 54,000 to 212,000. Furthermore, the magazine’s Twitter platform increased by 18.4 percent from 179,000 to its current number since the first of this year. “In January, we covered the U.S. Olympic Marathon trials, which selects the runners who will compete in the Olympics,” she says. “This year, NBC owned the rights and they decided to broadcast it the afternoon of the race so there was no live broadcast available. We really crept into an area where people needed coverage—we were able to live blog it, live tweet it and updated Facebook with posts midway through the race and at the end. People could follow the race live when they couldn’t do it any other way.”Leveraging itself within the running niche to create exclusive content opportunities is one way the publication has increased its value proposition to users, prompting them follow the brand. In addition to filling gaps in coverage, the magazine rolled out special social media initiatives, which also contributed to its growth.Loftus and a running pal formulated a plan to run every day from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day—a time of year that presents the hardest challenge to staying in shape, she says. The editor brought the idea to the staff of Runner’s World, which implemented it on social media—creating the hash tag RWRunStreak.“A lot of our audience struggles in the same way that we do in staying fit through the holidays since marathon season ends with the fall and training for spring races doesn’t start until January or February, it creates a gap that a lot of people have trouble with,” she says. “We were able to get into that space and create this initiative that people really got into. I believe the final number on that hash tag in that 40 day period between Thanksgiving and New Years generated about 7,000 unique tweets, which is pretty significant. Some people have decided to keep the streak going so the hash tag is still in rotation.”In all, the RWRunStreak hash tag generated a total of 10 million impressions—the maximum number of people that could have seen it through other people’s Twitter accounts. In the 43 days the campaign was active, the title added 34,000 new followers, a 22 percent increase.The brand’s editorial also supports its social media efforts—its most popular hash tag is RunningTips, which is supported by service driven content with original web copy or pieces from back issues. About three to five times a day the group posts original articles that include running related data, tips for motivation and racing news, which are also shared on social media sites to heighten engagement.“What helps us is we know our audience runs,” says Loftus. “They want to hear about what runners are doing so we can use these platforms to put them in touch with that and with us.” “We’ve had a few separate initiatives that have created really big boosts,” says Meghan Loftus, associate multimedia editor for the title. “For national marathons, we have a large presence on Facebook and Twitter. For those kinds of things we live Tweet the races and we point people to our website which has live blogs.”The magazine creates specific hash tags to cover live running related news from events like the New York City or Boston Marathons or other large sporting events.last_img read more

New Stuyahok educator selected as National Assistant Principal of the Year

first_imgMeghan Redmond (Photo courtesy of Southwest Region School District)The National Association of Secondary School Principals has named New Stuyahok’s Meghan Redmond the 2019 National Assistant Principal of the Year.Redmond is originally from Wisconsin. She moved to Alaska to teach in the small village of Twin Hills in 2010. Six years later, she went to work as the assistant principal at Chief Ivan Blunka School in New Stuyahok.“I think the most important line, probably, in my contract right now as an assistant principal is ‘Other duties as assigned.’ Because you’re never sure what you’re going to be doing each day,” Redmond said. “It changes so much.”Alongside her administrative duties, Redmond is the school counselor and senior advisor. She also teaches a career class to seniors, giving them the chance to learn practical skills like filling out job applications. That work is part of what Redmond likes most about her job.“I absolutely love providing my students the opportunity to see all the options that are out there for them,” Redmond said. “One way we do that, of course, is providing our students opportunities to travel within Alaska, within the region, and then outside of Alaska too, when we’re able to.”In her time as assistant principal, Redmond has worked with Yup’ik teachers to incorporate more local culture into the curriculum. She has also brought that emphasis to life outside the classroom.When Redmond was teaching in Twin Hills, she created a program called “Yup’ik value of the month.” When she moved to New Stuyahok, she brought it with her.“This month, the value is ‘Always trying, never without.’ So when we see a student who’s going above and beyond to try something that’s hard for them, we’ll put their name on a value card and we stick it up on a bulletin board at the school,” Redmond said. “And then at the end of the month, we pick a few of those cards to recognize as our Yup’ik value demonstrators of the month.”Several other schools in the Southwest Region district picked up the program this year as well.In the past, Chief Ivan Blunka School was among the many rural institutions struggling with high rates of teacher turnover. But this year, the school only had to hire one teacher for the fall. And last year, it had a 100 percent retention rate.Redmond says much of that is due to Principal Robin Jones’ work establishing a strong team of dedicated teachers and staff.“Being in rural Alaska, we teach all day together, but then we also live right next door to each other after school, too,” Redmond said. “So it’s really important that everybody feels like they’re part of a team, feels like they’re supported. And we’ve spent a lot of time trying to develop that feeling here at the school.”Dedicating that time to the staff and community, Redmond says, makes consistent education for students possible.The National Association of Secondary School Principals selected Redmond out of three finalists. NASSP considers candidates from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and two government agencies.last_img read more

Release Rs 1150 crore immediately demands Muppalla Nageswara

first_imgGuntur: AgriGold Agents and Customers Welfare Association honorary chairman Muppalla Nageswara Rao demanded the government to release Rs 1150 crore to solve AgriGold customers problems. He addressed a meeting held in the Mallaiahlingam Bhavan in Guntur on Tuesday. Addressing the gathering on the occasion, he expressed confidence that the government will issue a G.O to this effect and urged Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy to take steps to release the Rs.1,150 crore for which the state Cabinet had given its nod. He urged the government take CID officials list into consideration and arrange payment to the customers. He further said that due to delay in payments, the victims have been facing lot of problems and said, it is the responsibility of the government to do justice to the customers.last_img read more

Aadhaar Bill to be introduced in Lok Sabha

first_imgNew Delhi: Union Minister of Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad will introduce the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha on Thursday to replace an ordinance issued in March this year. The Bill seeks to impose strict penalties for violation of norms for the use of Aadhar and violation of privacy. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Prasad will also introduce a Bill to amend the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 and further to amend the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 and the Prevention of Money-laundering Act, 2002. The Bill was introduced in the House by the Minister last Monday. It replaces an Ordinance promulgated on March 2.last_img read more

Up to 100 AL MPs may fail to get party nomination

first_imgRuling Bangladesh Awami League eying a third-term in office may not nominate about 100 of its current members of parliament (MPs) for contesting the upcoming general elections, party leaders have indicated.The MPs who have earned certain notoriety, or become controversial due to corruption and drug trade, and those who have lost popularity or turned extremely old, may not be considered for the electoral contest.The ruling party has decided to change the candidates as part of its preparations to face the principal opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) which, it believes, is mostly likely to join the elections this time.“Those who have been controversial or committed corruption will not be given nomination,” said AL presidium member Pijush Kanti BhattacharyaHowever, some senior leaders said, a few controversial figures in the ruling camp may still be chosen as candidates to overcome possible tough challenges coming from the BNP.Based on reports prepared by different government sources, AL president prime minister Sheikh Hasina is learned to have concluded that more than one-third of the ministers, state ministers and MPs have lost their popularity.“It’s only natural that the Awami League will be criticised more than any other party since it has been in power for 10 years. The party wants to present the people with surprise by fielding fresh candidates,” a member of the AL nomination board told Prothom Alo.The leader said the ruling party wants to create an impression that the AL does not ‘like’ tainted candidates. “So, this time, the first and foremost criterion for nomination is popularity of the candidate in the constituency,” the AL leader pointed out.Accordingly, the ruling party leaders said, around 80 to 100 MPs including ministers and state ministers would be ignored while giving the AL nomination.The AL has 233 MPs, out of 300 seats meant for direct voting, in the current parliament constituted through 2014 elections boycotted by the main opposition parties including the BNP. As many as 153 MPs were elected uncontested.AL leaders made a broad hint that many of those who were elected without contest would most likely be dropped.If the BNP ultimately joins the electoral race, the AL will share seats with the alliance partners.The AL general secretary Obaidul Quader told newsmen recently that the alliance partners would be given 70 seats or so in the coming elections.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo Bangla online, has been rewritten in English by Khawaza Main Uddinlast_img read more

Northam Apologies for Racist College Photo

first_imgBy Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaVirginia Gov. Ralph Northam released a statement on Friday apologizing for an uncovered racist photo from his 1984 East Virginia Medical School yearbook that depicts him and another man in blackface and in Ku Klux Klan garb.An accompanying quote under the photo reads: “There are more old drunks than old doctors in this world, so I think I’ll have another beer.”Virginia Governor Ralph Northam apologized Friday for an offensive photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook page.CBS News reported that it conducted further research, uncovering another page in Northam’s yearbook at the Virginia Military Institute that displays nicknames listed underneath his name, including the word “Coonman,” a known racial slur.The photo and CBS’ discovery have led some to call for Northam’s resignation.Democratic presidential candidates Kamala Harris of California and former Obama Administration official Julian Castro as well as NAACP President Derrick Johnson have each called for Northam’s immediate resignation.Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine also demanded that Northam step aside.“This causes pain in a state and a country where centuries of racism have already left an open wound,” Kaine said in a statement.“I hope the governor …. Now takes the time to listen to those he has hurt and reflect on how to move forward,” Kaine said.The Governor released the following statement:“I am deeply sorry for the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the hurt that decision caused then and now.“This behavior is not in keeping with who I am today and the values I have fought for throughout my career in the military, in medicine, and in public service.“But I want to be clear, I understand how this decision shakes Virginians’ faith in that commitment.“I recognize that it will take time and serious effort to heal the damage this conduct has caused. I am ready to do that important work. The first step is to offer my sincerest apology and to state my absolute commitment to living up to the expectations Virginians set for me when they elected me to be their Governor.”Several hours later, Northam posted a video on Twitter saying his previous statement fell “far short of the standard you set for me when you elected me to be your governor” and “I believe you deserve to hear directly from me.”“That photo, and the racist and offensive attitudes it represents, does not reflect the person I am today, or the way that I have conducted myself as a soldier, a doctor, and a public servant,” Northam said.“I am deeply sorry. I cannot change the decisions I made, nor can I undo the harm my behavior caused then and today. But I accept responsibility for my past actions, and I am ready to do the hard work of regaining your trust.”last_img read more

Poetic delight

first_imgIndia Habitat Center’s Amaltas Hall recently witnessed a unique program combining poetry and music Kavi Ek Rang Anek.  Eminent poet Lakshmi Shankar Bajpai rendered his poetry in eleven different formats –  geet, ghazal, doha, haiku, savvaiya, kshanika, mahiya, ghanakshri, triveni, muktak  and free verse.  His poetry dealt  with contemporary subjects and everyday situations relating to life with the common man. The beauty of the language and the sensitivity of the poet’s thoughts won the audience’s hearts. Bajpai spoke of the urgent need to preserve the various forms of poetry which form India’s rich cultural heritage . Some of Bajpai’s ghazals were composed and sung by ghazal singer  Shakeel Ahmed. Ahmed’s compositions were raag based and infused a vibrancy and fresh colour into the ghazals.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The audience too joined in and sang the refrain of Khoob naare ucchale gaye, Log baton mein taale gaye. Ahmed proved his virtuosity with the heart wrenchingly beautiful Poora Parivaar, ek kamre mein which brought alive the plight of the urban middle class. Mridula Satish Tandon, president of SAKSHI who organised the show said “It is an urgent need of the times to revive an interest in India’s cultural heritage and to bring it to today’s audience in a setting and form which they can easily understand and relate with.”last_img read more

G Adventures launches TailorMade tours March GNormous savings

first_imgTags: G Adventures, New Tours, Promotions << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by G Adventures launches ‘TailorMade’ tours & March G-Normous savings TORONTO — In response to agent feedback, G Adventures has launched a new range of tours called ‘TailorMade’.Featuring 11 destinations and sample itineraries priced from $1,219 per person, the tours come on the heels of a global survey in which 84% of 450 travel agent respondents reported an increase in requests for tailor-made travel and private tours. 44% of agents stated it as being “in high demand” while 40% said demand had increased in the past year.Bruce Poon Tip, founder, G Adventures, says there has been a distinct gap in the market for tailor-made travel solutions in adventure travel, specifically in the affordable and mid-market price ranges.“The flexibility of TailorMade means travellers can combine experiential travel with customization. While we’ve recognized an opportunity in the mid-range travel market, we’ll also be able to cater to higher-end tastes in transport, meals and accommodation,” he said.The 11 launch destinations for TailorMade travel in 2019 are Botswana, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Peru, Ecuador (including Galápagos), India, Laos, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam and Zimbabwe, with two or three sample itineraries available for each as inspiration for travellers making a TailorMade request.G Adventures’ is in the process of expanding its sales team and assigning dedicated specialists who will work with travel agents and customers to design the ideal itinerary. Options will include bespoke transportation, accommodation, meals, activities, pace of travel and budget. Travellers can opt to select a sample itinerary and depart on their own date, amend a sample itinerary, or create a whole new itinerary with the help of their private travel consultant.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksTailorMade tours are available for solo travelers or groups of nearly any size, and perfect for couples, families, friends, honeymooners, teams and affinity groups who enjoy G Adventures’ style of travel, but want to create an itinerary that caters to their unique needs.In other company news, throughout the month of March, agents can share special savings with clients as part of G Adventures’ ongoing ‘G-Normous’ promotion.The sixth-annual agent incentive, which launched in January and runs through April, is poised for a record-breaking year of sales across North America. Savings are available on select Active adventures all month long.By focusing on these ‘Active’ trips, the company aims to help agents boost sales while getting the word out about its nine newest active adventures for 2019. New offerings include multisport activities in Colombia, and trekking challenges and combination tours in South Africa, Tanzania and Nepal.There are now 70 Active options across 26 countries for adrenaline-seeking travellers.Throughout March, agents can also pass along a 15% discount on select Active-style tours with the promo code 19GA015ACT03. They can also earn extra cash and prizes for bookings when registered with the G-Normous incentive in Sherpa. The North American agent incentive program offers more than $100,000 in prizes, and runs from January through April.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerThe newest Active adventures in G Adventures’ 2019 lineup include: the 11-day ‘Colombia Multisport’ tour (Bogota to Medellin, from $2,405 per person); the 17-day ‘Colombia Multisport and Lost City Trek’ (Bogota to Santa Maria, from $3,110 per person); the eight-day ‘Tanzania Active Safari’ (roundtrip from Arusha, from $2,999 per person); the 17-day ‘Hiking South Africa’ tour (Cape Town to Johannesburg, from $2,752 per person); the 15-day ‘Trekking Langtang’ tour (roundtrip from Kathmandu, from $1,699 per person); and the 12-day ‘Kilimanjaro trek: Machame Route & Zanzibar Adventure’ (Moshi to Stone Town, from $3,999 per person, air separate).For more information about G-Normous, agents are encouraged to reach out to their local G Adventures Global Purpose Specialist and tune into the G-Normous Active Webinar on March 5 at 2pm ET.For more information about TailorMade tours, go to Travelweek Group Monday, March 4, 2019 Sharelast_img read more

Confidential UN report positive on Iran nuclear commitments

first_img 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Comments   Share   The report indicated that only several hundred pounds of the oxide that is the end product had been made. But a U.S. official told the AP the rest of the enriched uranium in the pipeline has been transformed into another form of the oxide that would be even more difficult to reconvert into enriched uranium, which can be turned into the fissile core of nuclear arms.The official said that technical problems by Iran had slowed the process but the United States was satisfied that Iran had met its commitments to reduce the amount of enriched uranium it has stored. He demanded anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the confidential review process.Iran’s meeting conditions of the preliminary deal is an important benchmark as the talks go into the final stage of talks on an agreement meant to put long-term caps on Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for relief of economic penalties.Violations by Iran would complicate the Obama administration’s argument that U.S. negotiators are holding the line on demands for a verifiable deal that extends the time Iran would need to make a weapon to at least a year. Tehran says its nuclear program is meant only to fuel reactors and for other non-military purposes. Sponsored Stories An IAEA probe of allegations that Iran worked secretly on nuclear arms has been essentially stalemated for nearly a decade, with Iran dismissing them as phony evidence planted by the U.S. and Israel.Kerry’s meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was the first since world powers agreed to extend the talks until July 7.“We will continue and we will make progress,” Zarif said. “We have made progress and we will make progress and we will use every opportunity to make progress.”Kerry also spoke of progress despite “some very difficult issues.”The June 30 deadline originally had been envisioned as the culmination of nearly a decade of diplomacy aimed at assuring the world Iran cannot produce nuclear weapons, and providing the Iranian people a path out of their international isolation.But officials said over the weekend they were nowhere near a final accord.In Washington, President Barack Obama there will be no nuclear deal with Iran if inspections and verification requirements are inadequate.“I will walk away from the negotiations if, in fact, it’s a bad deal,” Obama told reporters.Beyond the level of IAEA inspections on Iranian sites, significant disagreements persist on how quickly the West would roll back sanctions and what types of research and development Iran would be permitted to conduct on advanced nuclear technology. The report did not say where the rest of the material was. But it appeared to confirm the U.S. official’s description of the material being somewhere in the conversion line. That’s because the figures provided by the IAEA indicated that it was not added to Iran’s stockpile of low-enriched uranium.Low-enriched uranium can be enriched further for weapons purposes. The interim accord capped Iran’s low-enriched uranium stockpile at 7.6 tons. If it went over that limit, it would have to convert the remainder into oxide.The IAEA report said that stockpile was just under that level as of Tuesday.The report was circulated among the 35-nation IAEA board and the U.N. Security Council as the IAEA chief left for Tehran to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met again in Vienna with Iran’s foreign minister.In his talks in Tehran on Thursday, IAEA chief Yukiya Amano hopes to “accelerate the resolution of all outstanding issues related to Iran’s nuclear program, including clarification of possible military dimensions,” the Vienna-based agency said in a statement. Iran’s Mehr news agency said Amano will “receive Iran’s alternative proposal” to the proposed questioning of its nuclear scientists, a step Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called a red line. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home VIENNA (AP) — Iran has met a key commitment under a preliminary nuclear deal setting up the current talks on a final agreement, leaving it with several tons less of the material it could use to make weapons, according to a U.N. report issued Wednesday.Obtained by The Associated Press, the confidential International Atomic Energy Agency report said more than four tons of the enriched uranium had been fed into a pipeline that ends with conversion of it into oxide, which is much less likely to be used to make nuclear arms. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches ___Associated Press writer Bradley Klapper contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano of Japan arrives at the Palais Coburg where closed-door nuclear talks with Iran take place in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Talks continued Tuesday on Iran’s nuclear program. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)last_img read more

Prospect Mortgage Announces Massachusetts Expansion

first_img August 1, 2012 541 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2012-08-01 Abby Gregory Prospect Mortgage Announces Massachusetts Expansion Sharecenter_img “”Prospect Mortgage””: has appointed a new leader for its expanding operations in Massachusetts. [IMAGE]The company recently announced Jeff Kobold as branch manager for Prospect’s Orleans location.[COLUMN_BREAK]Kobold, who has more than a decade of lending experience, will head up the opening and operations for Prospect’s Orleans office. Additionally, Kobold will take on responsibilities for the company’s existing branch in Osterville, as well as other soon to open Cape Cod-area locations.Previously, Kobold has served as a loan officer for “”Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank””: In an official statement, Prospect noted that Kobold “”specializes in USDA, Mass Housing, and FHA loans.””””All Prospect Mortgage decision-making will be done locally and expeditiously,”” said Prospect’s district manager, Scott Gannon. “”Prospect Mortgage has the national resources and range of home loan solutions that most lenders cannot match, and, may, in fact, be able to fund loans in this challenging economy that other lenders might deny.””””Jeff Kobold brings a level of professionalism, community understanding and business knowledge not often seen in our industry today,”” concluded Gannon. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technologylast_img read more

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first_imgCandle Making with Atelier LumiraFriday, 21 and Saturday, 22 SeptemberAlmira Armstrong, founder of Lumira, luxury scented candle and fragrance house, will host candle-making sessions in the mountains for Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley guests. The power of scent has been harnessed to inspire, to comfort, to transport, and to enliven the spirit and guests will have the opportunity to personally select their own beautiful fragrance and gain an insight into the exquisite art of this craft.The weekend includes a candle-making session complete with champagne and canapes, a Pilates session, a blissful breakfast on the Main Homestead terrace and a Lumira X Wolgan Valley signature candle to take home.Complimentary to guests. Spaces are limited, advanced reservations are essential. Anthia Koullouros from Ovvio OrganicsFriday, 14 and Saturday, 15 SeptemberAnthia Koullouros, the founder of Ovvio Organics, will host an array of wellness experiences for guests. As a practising Naturopath for over 20 years, Anthia will share her knowledge and passion for holistic health, while discussing the importance of implementing a daily self-care practice.The weekend program includes a personal consultation with Anthia, daily yoga sessions, group wellness session including herbal tea blending with some healthy treats, a blissful breakfast on the Main Homestead terrace and an Ovvio Organics gift to take home.Complimentary to guests. Spaces are limited, advanced bookings essential. Sodashi Weekend of WellnessFriday, 26 and Saturday, 27 OctoberEmirates One&Only Wolgan Valley welcomes Sodashi founder Megan Larsen back to the resort to host the Sodashi Weekend of Wellness. Guests can immerse themselves in the restorative powers of nature, with a comprehensive spa and wellness programme designed by Megan to nurture the mind, ease the body and refresh the soul.The weekend includes a personalised wellness consultation with Megan, daily yoga sessions, guided hike of the nature reserve, 90-minute One&Only Spa treatment, Better Sleep rituals each evening, Sodashi spa products in-villa, Sodashi gift pack and homecare regime including personalised oils blended by Megan Larsen.$300 per guest. Spaces are limited, advanced reservations are essential. Yoga Retreat with Kate KendallFriday, 23 and Saturday 24 NovemberKate Kendall, from Sydney’s Flow Athletic Studio, will host an unforgettable Yoga Retreat in the heart of the Greater Blue Mountains. Kate brings her extensive experience and passion for teaching the art of slowing down to Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley where guests will embark on a journey of personal wellbeing where all aspects of natural health will be explored. The weekend program includes daily Yoga and meditation sessions on the resort’s Yoga deck, a blissful breakfast on the Main Homestead terrace, evening affirmations by Kate Kendall, Sodashi spa amenities in-villa and a wellness gift to take home.Complimentary to guests. Spaces are limited, advanced bookings essential. Two-night accommodation packages for two at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley start at AUD $2,090 per evening in a Heritage Villa with private pool, including gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, local wines and beers with meals, non-alcoholic beverages with meals and two nature-based activities.For reservations and enquiries, please contact Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley at +61 2 9199 1811, email or visit Go back to the enewsletterEmirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, Australia’s ultra-luxury, conservation-based resort, will host a series of  curated wellness escapes this Spring from August to November, offering guests a rare opportunity for one-on-one time with Australia’s leading practitioners and the chance to re-balance among the pristine beauty of the Greater Blue Mountains.Tucked away in a 2,833-hectare reserve and surrounded by majestic cliffs and canyons, the restorative powers of One&Only’s first Nature Resort, are harnessed to rejuvenate mind, body and soul. The series of spring escapes focused around mindfulness, wellness and beauty, will launch at the end of August, with a weekend with skincare expert and facialist to the stars, Jocelyn Petroni.In September, Anthia Koullouros founder of Ovvio Organics, will share her knowledge and passion for holistic health as a practicing Naturopath for over 20 years, while Almira Armstrong of Atelier Lumira, luxury scented candle and fragrance house, will offer guests the opportunity to harness the inspiring power of scent with candle-making sessions.Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley will welcome Sodashi founder Megan Larsen in October to host the Sodashi weekend of wellness, guests will experience a comprehensive spa and wellness program including a personalised wellness consultation from Megan. The Wellness in the Mountains series rounds off in November with an unforgettable yoga retreat hosted by Kate Kendall, founder of renowned Flow Athletic Studio.“For so many of our guests, a visit to Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is a rare opportunity to relax, rejuvenate and restore,” says James Wyndham, General Manager.“In the midst of this stunning mountain setting, we are thrilled to offer unique wellness escapes in collaboration with some of Australia’s top experts and practitioners, giving guests an opportunity to re-connect with nature, and of course experience the true luxury that they can expect from a One&Only Nature resort.”The One&Only Spa is haven of tranquillity, boasting sweeping mountain views and state-of-the-art facilities. Signature spa treatments utilise Australia’s own 100% chemical-free skin care range Sodashi, ensuring each and every treatment is a journey of holistic wellbeing.Jocelyn PetroniFriday, 31 August to Sunday, 2 SeptemberJocelyn Petroni is one of Australia’s leading beauty artisans, renowned for her bespoke facial treatments and flawless manicures as the Official Nail Expert for CHANEL. Guests at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley will have the opportunity to book personally-tailored facial treatments with Jocelyn and her expert team.Providing visible skin results in a calm and relaxed environment, Jocelyn combines classical methods with innovative techniques, utilising Sodashi and Ultraceuticals skincare, to ensure healthy glowing skin. There will also be Chanel Manicures available for those searching for a meticulous manicure, resulting in beautiful nails polished to perfection.Treatment prices applicable. Spaces are limited, advanced reservations are essential. 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This fall desktops everywhere are getting dressed

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