SADDLE LAKE, Alta. – Two people have died and 14 people were injured when two vehicles on their way home from trick-or-treating crashed on a slippery road northeast of Edmonton.RCMP Cpl. Ron Bumbry says two vans — one with six people and the other with 10 people, collided about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night on the Saddle Lake Cree Nation, about 165 kilometres northeast of Edmonton.Bumbry says a 42-year-old man and a 43-year-old woman, both of Saddle Lake, who were in the northbound van were pronounced dead at the scene.The other 14 — 10 of which were under the age of 18 and included a one-year-old and a two-year-old — were all taken to area hospitals with serious, non life-threatening injuries.Bumbry says people in both vehicles had been trick-or-treating in St. Paul, a town about 30 kilometres east of Saddle Lake, and were returning to their homes when the crash happened.He says it was snowing and roads were slippery at the time, but it’s too early to say if those were the cause of the crash.“It’s very tragic and our thoughts are with the family of the deceased and the community of Saddle Lake Cree Nation,” Bumbry said.Police are not releasing the names of the dead, nor their relationship.
Under the project there will be nationwide access to official information on businesses, which will be able to register at 63 offices in the country’s provinces.The initiative will help streamline efforts to boost the country’s private sector, now that Viet Nam is a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), according to UNIDO’s representative Nilgun Tas.“Consolidated registration reform will contribute to improved transparency in the business environment, facilitate the implementation of the Enterprise Law and reduce the transaction costs and risks in executing business activities in Viet Nam,” she said. “The National Business Registry will facilitate information sharing between the ministries and offices involved, reduce duplicate use of business names and offer web-enabled services, including on-line submission of registration applications,” she added.As one of the fastest growing economies in the world, Viet Nam has cut poverty from 60 per cent to 20 per cent in little over a decade. Extreme poverty still exists however, especially in rural areas where 45 per cent of people still live below the poverty line compared with nine per cent in the cities. 11 August 2008The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), along with the Government of Norway, is providing $5.2 million so that businesses in Viet Nam will be able to register more quickly and efficiently, it was announced today.
28 Comments The four-legged creature could both walk and swim Source: RBINS MuseumPALEONTOLOGISTS IN PERU have discovered the fossil of 43-million-year-old whale that had four legs, hooves and long, webbed fingers. The four-legged amphibian, an ancestor of whales, sheds new light on the mammals’ transition from land to the ocean.The ancestors of whales and dolphins walked on Earth about 50 million years ago in the regions that now comprise India and Pakistan. Paleontologists have previously found partial fossils of the species in North America that were 41.2 million years old suggesting that by this time, the cetaceans had lost the ability to carry their own weight and walk the Earth.The latest fossil was discovered about one kilometre inland from Peru’s Pacific coast, at Playa Media Luna.Researchers found the lower jaw, teeth, vertebrae, ribs, parts of front and back legs, and even the whale ancestor’s long fingers that were likely webbed.Based on its anatomy, scientists say the creature measured about 13 feet – four meters – in length and could both walk and swim.“Part of the tail’s vertebrae showed similarities with that of present-day semi-aquatic mammals like otters,” lead author Olivier Lambert of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences has said. “This would therefore have been an animal that would have started to make growing use of its tail to swim, which differentiates it from older cetaceans in India and Pakistan.”Pieces of four-legged whales have been found in Egypt, Nigeria, Togo, Senegal and Western Sahara. But they were so fragmented that it was impossible to decisively conclude whether they could swim.“This is the most complete specimen ever found for a four-legged whale outside of India and Pakistan,” said Lambert.If the whale in Peru could swim like an otter, researchers have hypothesized that it likely crossed the Atlantic Ocean from the western coast of Africa to South America. As a result of continental drift, the distance was half that of today – around 800 miles – and the east-west current of the time would have facilitated their travel.Given its excellent conditions for preservation, the Pisco Basin, off Peru’s southern coast, likely holds numerous fossils.“We have work for at least the next 50 years,” said Lambert.- © AFP 2019 Share194 Tweet Email5 22,024 Views By AFP Friday 5 Apr 2019, 8:12 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Fossil of prehistoric four-legged whale discovered in Peru Scientists say the creature measured about 13 feet in length and could likely walk and swim. Apr 5th 2019, 8:12 AM Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4577802
Amiante : des fibres bien présentes et jusque-là ignoréesSi la désamiantage se poursuit en France, près d’un millions de travailleurs sont encore exposés à cette matière cancérigène. Un projet de loi veut s’attaquer à ce problème. L’amiante reste un problème en France. Encore présente dans de nombreux bâtiments, elle provoque encore de nombreux cancers. Selon l’Institut national de recherche et de sécurité (INRS), quelques 900.000 personnes seraient encore exposés à cette matière mortelle, qui pourraient faire 100.000 morts d’ici à 2025, selon les autorités sanitaires relayées par 20 Minutes.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Les plus exposés sont les salariés des chantiers de désamiantage, soit entre 2.000 et 5.000 personnes, selon le syndicat patronal Syrta (Syndicat du Retrait et du Traitement de l’Amiante).Mais en plus de cette exposition, un rapport de l’INRS vient ajouter un nouveau trouble. Des fibres très fines jusque-là ignorées par les autorités sanitaires se sont révélées cancérigènes. Au point que le ministère du Travail se penche sur projet de décret visant à diminuer la valeur limite d’exposition professionnelle (Vlep) à l’amiante. Cette valeur devrait être divisée par dix, de 100 fibres par litre à 10 f/l. Ce projet sur trois ans fera de la France le pays le plus exigeant en la matière. D’ici là, les pouvoirs publics recommandent “une élévation du niveau de prévention» sur les chantiers”. Le 26 avril 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambert
Bundle StratificationThis is the biggest thing I’m worried about. Nintendo is clear about what the Switch can do, but it hasn’t announced how the Switch will be sold. It’s a gaming handheld and a home console at the same time, using several different accessories to work in different situations. Will the Switch launch as only the tablet, requiring you to buy the other parts piecemeal? Will there be confusing, redundant Home and Handheld Switch bundles, forcing you to fill in the gaps? Will a catch-all bundle with the dock, two Joy-Cons, and a Pro Grip or separate home gamepad be a limited edition package or have to fight against comparatively useless incomplete bundles for shelf space? Will we get a repeat of the Wii U Basic Set debacle? If Nintendo wants to hammer home the Switch’s concept, it needs to put out a single bundle that has everything you need for home and portable use.Disappointing Launch LineupRemember the Wii U launch window? There was lots of promise of games to come in the months following the system’s release, and it still took a year for the library to really get established. The launch window was a weasely way of saying there wouldn’t be many compelling games day one. Nintendo needs to avoid that by having a strong launch lineup the day the Switch comes out. We’re pretty sure The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be a launch title, but that’s about it. For the first party, we’ve seen a few seconds of Splatoon, Mario, and Mario Kart games that could just be mock-ups, and Nintendo will just promise those big names will come out in the “launch window” or later, stringing us along with the promise of them but still making us wait. For third party, Nintendo has a huge list of developers and publishers working on the Switch, but no launch games announced. The Switch needs to hit shelves with a strong selection of must-have games. A Zelda and a Mario, minimum, and a Splatoon would really sweeten the deal while giving third-party developers more time to polish their games.Nintendo-like Online ServicesNintendo has always sucked at online services. Friend codes, home console/handheld walls between libraries and digital stores, completely frustrating and time-consuming transfer processes, awkward purchase tracking and sorting, and just a general sense of Nintendo lagging at least half a decade behind Microsoft, Sony, and PCs on putting games online. Nintendo needs to prove they can move into the modern age with the Switch, and in the process stop treating its entire user base like children. We need friend and party lists, and a simple, direct way to communicate between players in and out of games. We need an eShop that will track what games we buy and what saves we store with a simple login, and the ability to download whatever we buy to any Nintendo device that can run it without the horrible ghost-and-wipe method used with the 3DS. We need parental controls that can be set instead of online features built entirely around the idea that the entire user base is eight years old. We need Nintendo to give us an online service that at least tries to offer what PSN, XBL, and Steam offer, without the cloistered Nintendo bullshit we’ve been putting up with for two console generations.Corners Cut in HardwareThe Switch is basically a tablet with a lot of accessories. It needs to be a good tablet. Part of the Wii U’s problem was that its gamepad was bulky, uncomfortable, and had a washed-out, low-resolution screen with resistive touch. The Switch can’t make compromises in how it looks and feels. The screen needs to be at least 720p considering its apparently six-inch size, and it needs to be capacitive touch. The Joy-Cons need to be comfortable, light, and feel like they’re made of Nintendium (the mysterious alloys Nintendo used in the original NES controller, seemingly related to Gundanium). And, while this is a detail many don’t think about, the Switch needs dual-band Wi-Fi, and the dock needs an Ethernet port. You need a strong, fast connection to download games and play online, and 5GHz wireless and the ability to get Ethernet speeds directly from your router at home would help out a great deal. Nintendo can’t be cheap with the Switch.I want to know more about the Nintendo Switch, and I honestly really, really like the concept. But there are some huge holes Nintendo could easily trip and fall straight into on the way to the system launch. Until we get more details, those holes are going to be out there, waiting to disappoint us. Stay on target Naturally, I’m worried Nintendo will mess it all up. There’s still time, and with few details announced there’s still plenty of room for the company to completely botch the launch of the new system. We have months until it comes out, and no idea about the Switch’s price, availability, launch titles, or features (besides the modular tablet design). Here are some ways Nintendo could still ruin the Switch’s launch.UnderpoweredIt took until the Wii U for Nintendo to hit high definition. That’s a full generation late to the party. No one’s expecting the Switch to be capable of 4K (and really, even the PS4 Pro looks like it will mostly render games at lower resolution and upscale), but it needs to have enough power that the games look modern and developers can easily scale and port software to it. It will get some leeway because it’s basically a tablet, and the fact that it uses a Nvidia Tegra processor means it should have some power, but if it doesn’t even try to come close to PS4 and Xbox One performance it will be just another this-gen-is-last-gen Nintendo system. I’m super excited about the Nintendo Switch. I wasn’t convinced hearing all of the rumors that Nintendo could do it, and I feared something similar to the Wii U Gamepad regarding size and design. I also wasn’t expecting to actually see the system itself during the announcement trailer. But Nintendo came through and showed off the Nintendo NX (now the Nintendo Switch) as a fully realized device, conveying the concept in just three and a half minutes.It’s slimmer and sleeker than the Wii U, and the main unit looks like it could simply be a thick 6-inch tablet and not a big, cumbersome gamepad that’s awkward to hold. It can clearly work as a home console and as a portable, thanks to the dock and Joy-Cons. 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WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next The RAW Ratings are in for August 19, 2019.This week’s edition, which took place in St. Paul, Minnesota, drew an average of 2.534 million viewers on Monday night according to a report by Showbuzzdaily.com.This is down from last week’s show that averaged 2.729 million viewers.WWE came in at No. 2, No. 3, and No. 4 for the night on cable in the 18-49 demographics, down from the No. 1 spot they placed last week.The second hour drew the strongest audience (2.634 million viewers).Hourly Breakdowns and Demographics for WWE RAWHour 1: 2.546 (down from 2.772 million viewers last week)Hour 2: 2.634 (down from 2.820 million viewers last week)Hour 3: 2.422 (down from 2.595 million viewers last week)This week’s RAW, headlined by a RAW Tag Team Championship match, averaged a 0.81 rating among adults 18-49. This is down from last week’s 0.89 rating.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight Twitter Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Facebook Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Velvet Sky WhatsApp Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next
A Hyderabad based artist Syed Azmathullah was allegedly defrauded by a man who showcased the crystal paintings of Syed as his own. The man identified as Abdul Salam Al-Qadi took his paintings on the pretext of exhibiting them and demonstrated them as his own. Of the 11 paintings he owned, the man did not pay the artist for six paintings, it is learned. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Abdul approached Syed in 2017 claiming to be a Qatari national and obtained 11 paintings of which he paid for five. Syed said that Abdul initially told that he will exhibit the paintings and later he showcased them as his own. “It was when I visited UK parliament to demonstrate my work where I learned that Abdul has passed off a few paintings of his own,” Syed said adding that the accused even replaced his signature. Earlier this month, Syed approached Alam police and lodged a complaint against the accused.
A bird flies by the Vedanta office building in Mumbai August 16, 2010.Reuters fileDiversified natural resources company Vedanta on Monday reported a consolidated net profit for the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2016-17.According to the company, its consolidated net profit during the quarter under review stood at Rs 2,989 crore from a loss of Rs 21,104 crore in the corresponding period of 2015-16.However, the company said its attributable PAT (profit after tax) before exceptional items and DDT (Dividend Distribution Tax) for the fourth quarter increased by 3.4 times to Rs 2,971 crore from Rs 861 crore reported during the corresponding period of 2015-16.Vedanta’s consolidated revenue during the quarter under review rose by 41 percent to Rs 22,371 crore from Rs 15,828 crore earned during Q4 of FY16.”I am happy to report that Vedanta has posted strong financial and operational results in FY2016-17. Our strategic focus to ramp up production across the portfolio namely in Zinc, Aluminium, Power and Iron Ore businesses throughout the year, has supplemented revenue growth,” Tom Albanese, Chief Executive Officer, Vedanta, was quoted as saying in a statement.”In particular, record production levels at Zinc and Aluminium were well-timed in an environment of strong supply side pressures on both commodities. Our cost management initiatives have helped us deliver strong returns for all our shareholders.”
Stay on target ‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Kharacter Guide: Nightwolf‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Kharacter Guide: Shang Tsung The Mortal Kombat franchise returned to the spotlight with 2011’s self-titled Mortal Kombat. This entry took a back-to-basics approach that reinvigorated the once-dominant series. Its sequel, Mortal Kombat X, expanded on its predecessor and was another huge hit. Thanks to these entries, there’s a lot of anticipation for the upcoming Mortal Kombat 11. Over the weekend, I got to participate in the game’s closed beta. From the time I spent with it, I can tell Mortal Kombat 11 will continue the series’ recent winning streak.Since this was a beta, most of the game’s modes were not accessible. The only ones players could try out were Klassic Towers, Online, and Kustomize. In Klassic Towers, players face off against the beta’s five available characters: Scorpion, Jade, Skarlet, Baraka, and Kabal. Online mode lets users fight against others online (duh), while Kustomize allows players to customize the look of their characters. Again, not a lot of modes, but enough to give you an idea of what to expect.The first thing that grabbed my attention is how stiff the controls felt. I did not get to play the last two Mortal Kombat games. In fact, the last title I played was Mortal Kombat 3. It’s entirely possible that A) This is how the last two games controlled or B) Mortal Kombat games always felt this way and I just forgot. Compared to Street Fighter, Soul Calibur, and Dragon Ball FighterZ, Mortal Kombat 11 has stiff controls. Tight controls are good, but these controls were a little too tight for my taste.To be fair, the majority of folks I’ve spoken to on Twitter agree with me about the game’s controls. They say the last two entries didn’t play this way. Some folks also said MK11’s controls are identical to the last two, but this camp is decidedly in the minority. Apparently, the devs plan to update Mortal Kombat 11’s controls to make them smoother. I hope that’s true since it’s the only major gripe I have. I eventually acclimated to the controls but that doesn’t excuse how stiff they were.Control issues aside, Mortal Kombat 11 is a solid fighter. Each character has a wide range of combos, special moves, and finishers. The classic “Dial-a-Kombo” string system is fully in play here, and it’s a blast to successfully pull combos off. Fatal Blows come in handy if you’re losing and can easily turn the tide of battle. There’s so much to learn about the intricacies of combat that it’s somewhat overwhelming. With that said, it also means this will be a deep experience for those who want to get the most out of MK11.Like all past entries, Mortal Kombat 11 is an extremely violent game. Every successful attack results in a shower of blood. Certain moves make the camera pan close to show internal damage characters receive. If a player sustains continual punishment, they can unleash a devastating Fatal Blow which is as cinematic as a Fatality but doesn’t always result in death. Fatalities and Brutalities are every bit as gory as you remember. Some will no doubt feel uncomfortable with the level of violence on display. However, given how ridiculous some of the moves are, it’s all very tongue-in-cheek. I personally bust out laughing whenever I pull off a Fatality because of how wild they are.For the most part, online matches went off without a hitch. In fact, I only had one match where the connection became a problem. Even then, the issue didn’t last long. I never had to wait more than a second or two to find opponents. This bodes well for the final product which will have a larger pool of players available at any given time. Truthfully, I probably will not spend much time playing online since I find playing fighters with actual humans beside me a superior experience. But if your only recourse is to play online, then Mortal Kombat 11 should deliver.The Kustomize mode is… interesting. Here, you can customize the way characters look. You can change their skin, outfit, colors, and weapons. There are other customization options but they’re unavailable in the beta. These include different taunts, finishers, and intros. I’ve never been into customization and usually go with whatever the default is. Because of that, I probably won’t spend much (if any) time in Kustomize. However, it’s awesome this option exists for those who want to make characters truly their own.As an old-school Mortal Kombat fan, I’m absolutely blown away by the overall presentation of Mortal Kombat 11. Sure, the characters don’t look “real” like they did in the first three games, but they look damn good regardless. The level of detail on each combatant — from their clothing, weapons, and even skin types — are all highly impressive. Each background is equally detailed and help bring the world to life. The superb sound design elevates things even further. You feel every snapped bone, broken jaw, and ruptured spleen. NetherRealm went all out to make Mortal Kombat 11 the best looking and sounding game it could.I mostly enjoyed my time with the Mortal Kombat 11 closed beta. As I said before, the only real issue I had was with the stiff controls. If NetherRealm fixes them, then MK11 will easily be one of the best fighting games of the year. I dropped off the series after MK3 but I can genuinely say I’m intrigued by these new Mortal Kombat games. Perhaps I’ll play the previous installments in order to prepare for the new title.Mortal Kombat 11 will be available on PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One on April 23.More on Geek.com:‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Story Trailer Goes Back to the Future‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Looks Bloody HypeMost Exciting Video Games of 2019
Kolkata: The Alipore Court on Friday acquitted domestic help Kishan Yadav in connection with the murder of 54-year-old Usha Chokhani on March 16, 2008. The elderly lady, who used to live alone in her apartment at Mandevilla Gardens under Gariahat police station area, was found murdered with a pair of scissors piercing her throat and a deep wound on her neck.”After nine years of prolonged custody trial, 17th Additional District and Session Judge Subhasish Ghosal of Alipore Judges Court acquitted Yadav of all charges as police could not produce enough evidence to prove hi involvement in the crime,” Subhamoy Samaddar, the counsel for Yadav said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThere were as many as 31 witnesses who had deposed before the court during the trial. The anti homicide squad of the detective department of Kolkata Police had arrested Yadav in January 2009 nearly a year after the murder of the victim from Bengaluru. He had been in judicial custody since March 2009 and was not granted bail even for once.The sleuths pleaded before the court that Chokhani’s murder was ‘for gain’, however, the only thing that went missing from the apartment was a piece of gold earring. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedA watch, a ring and an earring were found intact on Usha’s body when police recovered it from the drawing room of her third-floored apartment. Sammadar, counsel for the accused pleaded before the court that the elderly lady’s was killed due to family dispute. “She lived alone while her two sons, Bharat and Nikhil, lived with their father Atmaram Chokhani in Ballygunge Place. The lady was looked after by a number of domestic helps. Moreover, nothing went missing from the house. The earring that was primarily found missing was also recovered from the apartment itself during the course of investigation. There were as many as 26 injury marks on the body that makes it clear that it was an act of vengeance and not for gain,” he reasoned. Her daughter Ruchi Sabetia lives in Delhi. It may be mentioned that the victim lady had hired Kishan, a resident of Banka in Bihar, only 10 days before the murder on the recommendation of an employee of a neighbourhood tea stall.
Kolkata: State Education minister Partha Chatterjee said that students no longer need to venture out of the state for higher studies and assured them of a bright career in the state itself.”Some of the students have a misconception that they will not be able to make it big in Bengal and have to have the stamp of foreign countries. Bengal has seen a sea change in the education scenario. As many as 18,000 students from other states have come to Bengal this year for higher studies. We have as many as 4.5 lakh seats in our colleges and universities. So, they should come out of the misconception that they will be unable to manage a good career here,” Chatterjee said, while distributing scholarships to 51 toppers of Madhyamik Examination 2018, across 23 districts of Bengal. This was done as a part of the Jahar Lal Chandra Merit Scholarship Programme of a well known jewellery group. A scholarship of Rs 50,000 each was handed over to the students. Chatterjee made it clear that clearance from the state government will be mandatory now for setting up schools. “We will cancel the affiliation of any school that will be found running without our clearance certificate,” he added. The Education minister also unveiled the government’s plan of setting up two new universities at North 24-Parganas and Nadia.
Tags: CostSaver, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Sherridan Harris, Trafalgar Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Trafalgar announces new Sales Manager – Manitoba and Saskatchewan Posted by TORONTO — Trafalgar has welcomed aboard a new Sales Manager for Manitoba and Saskatchewan.Sherridan Harris, who brings with her over 20 years experience in sales and business development and six years in the travel industry, will be responsible for executing sales plans and developing strong relationships with agency partners in both provinces.“As a travel sales professional and a passionate traveller, a position with respected brands such as Trafalgar and CostSaver is truly a dream role,” said Harris.Anita Emilio, vice president of sales, Trafalgar Canada, is “thrilled” to have Harris join the “Trafalgar tribe”.“With her extensive background in business development in leisure and corporate travel as well as the hotel industry and life-long citizen of the prairies, we know she truly understands the area and the needs of the local travel agents,” said Emilio.Harris can be reached at Sherridan.Harris@TrafalgarTours.com or via telephone at 1-800-834-5677 ext. 8497606. Travelweek Group Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Peirce & Leslie appoints the Unique Travel Collection in AustraliaThe Unique Tourism Collection has been appointed Australian representative for Peirce & Leslie, a leading specialist in luxury travel within the Indian sub-continent.The Sydney-based travel and tourism marketing and communication specialist will be responsible for sales and marketing activity, working closely with industry partners in developing high-end leisure and incentive business for Peirce & Leslie’s Indian operations.Announcing The Unique Tourism Collection’s appointment, Peirce & Leslie Director of Business Development, Gopal Iyer said Australia will be a key focus in driving bookings for its well-established and unique travel experiences in India.“We are looking to grow our incentive business, which has been steadily increasing over recent years out of Australia,” Mr Iyer said.The romance of travel and the adventure of exploring new destinations are embedded in Peirce & Leslie’s history. In the 19th century two British explorers, Robert Peirce and Patrick Leslie came to India as tea planters and set up a travel division to cater to their executives, which has evolved over time to become one of the best purveyors of elegant journeys in the subcontinent. Today, Peirce & Leslie provides destination management services to a select group of discerning travel and tour consultants across the world. The business philosophy is to work with a small number of companies who are the best in their market tailoring itineraries for tour groups and individual client preferences and requests.Several activities are also designed to contribute towards development and social causes. In Jaipur, for example, the specially-designed heritage walk donates parts of the fees to the preservation of architecture and culture of the old city and, in Chennai, a visit to the performing art school helps fund continuing education for the children of local villages.Source = Peirce & Leslie
Best Western® Hotels & Resorts celebrated the official launch of its latest Bangkok property this week, with a lavish grand opening event at the Best Western Plus Wanda Grand Hotel.Held on May 19, 2016, Nisit Jansomwong, Nonthaburi Governor presided over the event and gave an opening speech, which was followed by speech from Krisda Thitipunya, the hotel’s owner, and Olivier Berrivin, Best Western’s Managing Director of International Operations for Asia.The event was also attended by 400 guests including Wichai Bandasak, Pakkret Municipality Mayor, media and travel agents. Guests were treated to a presentation of the hotel, introducing its many unique amenities and state-of-the-art facilities.The event took place at the hotel’s vast 927m² Wanda Grand Ballroom, which can cater for large-scale events of almost 900 people. This is one of nine separate function spaces at the new hotel, which is expected to become a major hub for the MICE market.The lights of the Wanda Grand Ballroom were then dimmed for a dramatic live performance, featuring a percussion group illuminated by LED lights. The lucky draws were also held, allowing guests to win fantastic prizes including stays at Best Western hotels.“I can think of no better way to celebrate the grand opening of this exceptional hotel than with such a spectacular event in the state-of-the-art Wanda Grand Ballroom,” Mr. Berrivin said.“With its extensive conference and banqueting facilities, including four floors of function rooms, Best Western Plus Wanda Grand Hotel will surely become a firm favorite with meeting planners.“As well as celebrating the launch of a wonderful new hotel, our grand opening celebration has demonstrated the quality of event Best Western Plus Wanda Grand Hotel is able to deliver. Many special occasions will be held in this hotel in the coming years, and I am delighted to be part of the first.”As well as its exceptional meeting facilities, Best Western Plus Wanda Grand Hotel offers a range of accommodation for both short and long stays, an outstanding restaurant serving modern Thai and international cuisine, a cosmopolitan cafe, an outdoor infinity pool overlooking the Bangkok skyline, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.Located close to Don Mueang International Airport, Thai government complex, IMPACT convention centre, World Medical Center and several major retail and entertainment areas, Best Western Plus Wanda Grand Hotel is expected to appeal to all types of traveler. Best Western Plus Wanda Grand Hotel Source = Best Western® Hotels & Resorts
Nevgul Bilsel SafkanHotelsPro appointed a new Managing DirectorHotelsPro, a technology and reservation solutions provider for travel industry professionals and a brand of the world’s leading travel and accommodation supplier MetGlobal Group of Companies, appointed a New Managing Director.Assigned in senior finance executive roles at the leading companies of its sectors for a huge part of her almost 25 year business experience, Nevgul Bilsel Safkan will be responsible for the management of London, Shanghai, Orlando, Dubai and Istanbul offices. Mrs. Safkan has expertises on various areas such as e-commerce, business strategy, retail, financial analysis and reporting, financial management, auditing and business development.Nevgul Bilsel Safkan was graduated from Business Administration in English at Istanbul University in 1993 and completed Executive MBA Program at Boğaziçi University in 2003. Starting her professional career at auditing department of Arthur Andersen at the same year, she worked in different executive roles at the leading companies of Turkey such as Superonline, Paxar Turkey and Sabanci Holding. In 2005, she joined Sabancı Group, the biggest conglomerate of Turkey, where she participated in top management roles for 11 years between 2005-2016. The first role of hers in Sabanci Group was Finance Director of Marsa Kraft Foods. After that, in 2006, she was appointed as CFO at Teknosa, the largest electronics retailer in Turkey. During her career at Teknosa, she undertook the project leadership of important company acquisitions such as Best Buy and Uzelli. She executed the leadership of successful public offering and investor relations of Teknosa. Recently worked as General Manager at Kliksa, second largest b2c e-commerce company, Mrs. Safkan joined HotelsPro as Managing Director in the third quarter of 2016.“Having achieved significant success by participating in executive roles at Turkey’s powerful companies, we are happy to have Nevgul Bilsel Safkan in MetGlobal family. We hope that HotelsPro, already being one of the leading travel wholesalers, will reach its targets faster with Mrs. Safkan’s contributions. As MetGlobal and HotelsPro family, we say welcome aboard to Mrs. Safkan”, said Metin Altun, the CEO of MetGlobal Group of Companies.Source = HotelsPro
Jerusalem’s most important church witnessed two disasters over the centuries, causing extensive damage but there’s a silver lining as restoration has finally been completed.Source: BBC
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Best for sun-seekers: Malaga, SpainThe important number first. Malaga’s daytime temperatures in February average 18˚C. T-shirt weather, basically – they don’t call this the Costa del Sol for nothing. And you’ll find the beaches and promenades free off glitzy summertime crowds at this time of year. However, there’s more to this Andalucian city than sun, sea and sand. Its Moorish heritage is self-evident in the Hammam Al Andalus and gardens of the Alcazaba palace. Its cultural role is visible in the small but perfectly formed Picasso Museum (Pablo was born here), the first Pomipdou Centre outside Paris and in a revamped Museum of Fine Arts. Flight From £44 returnHotel No scruffy dorms at that Alcazaba Premium Hostel. This has a fab rooftop bar and Scandi-chic ensuite doubles from £57.Published January 2018. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of writing and are subject to change and/or availability.Looking for more citybreak ideas? 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Framing it all is traditional Portuguese soul: tiled palaces, Art Nouveau wine bars, the historic #28 tram (pictured above) pootling up streets spanned by washing lines – all yours for low prices on a midweek February break.Flight From £140 returnHotel Super-central My Story Hotel Ouro offers boutique style on a budget, with doubles from £72. Best for culture-lovers: Valletta, MaltaValletta shines as a European Capital of Culture this year. The surprise is that it has taken such a monumental event for everyone else to notice this beautiful city. This citadel on the sea is crammed with set-pieces, such as the Baroque St John’s Co-Cathedral – plain outside, a riot of gold and marble within – plus cutting-edge new constructions by the architect of London’s Shard, Renzo Piano. A new National Art Gallery is opening soon. All very nice, yet you come as much to star in your own historical movie. 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Best for spa-goers: Budapest, HungaryBrave the bitter winters of this bohemian Baroque beauty for its abundance of natural thermal baths. Most have been here for centuries, and so you get the bath-house spa experience but at prices low prices enough warm the heart – nearly all are less than £20 for a day pass, with optional ‘hammam’ mud scrubs typically just a few pounds on top. Bear in mind these are traditional bathhouses, though, not five-star hotel spas, so they’re typically busy with the chattering classes – which makes them all the more fun. 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