Federal bill excludes drunk paddling alarming safeboating advocates

first_imgOTTAWA – Legislation to crack down on driving or operating other vehicles while impaired would exclude canoeing or paddle-boarding while under the influence, a move that alarms a group promoting safe boating.Last spring, the federal government introduced a bill to modernize and overhaul laws dealing with operation of all kinds of vehicles, aircraft and vessels after drinking or taking drugs.The bill’s definition of a vessel specifically excludes those propelled solely by muscle power.Police have used the currently understood legal definition of a vessel to lay charges for impaired boating involving non-motorized craft.The Canadian Safe Boating Council says there were at least 375 deaths in suspected or confirmed cases involving alcohol and unpowered vessels such as canoes and rafts in Canada from 1991 to 2010.The council wants the federal bill amended to include all water-going vessels.last_img read more

Dont destroy gaysex records historians urge as bill moves through Commons

first_imgOTTAWA – A federal plan to destroy the criminal records of people convicted of same-sex activity is a “troubling feature” of proposed legislation intended to help make amends to the LGBTQ community, say four researchers who have done extensive work on the subject.The Liberal government recently introduced legislation that would allow people to apply to have their criminal convictions for consensual sexual activity between same-sex partners erased from the public record.The bill was accompanied by a formal apology by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the House of Commons to the LGBTQ community for historic injustices that ruined careers and lives.While the researchers applaud the idea of ensuring the criminal records can never be used against those convicted, they say preservation is integral to the democratic process and the telling of history.“It could actually involve deleting specific names and references from certain documents,” said Gary Kinsman, professor emeritus in sociology at Laurentian University. “There’s various ways in which it could be done, so that we still have the historical record but there’s no way that this information can be used against people.”Kinsman co-authored a brief outlining concerns about the “flawed bill” with Patrizia Gentile, an associate professor of human rights and sexuality studies at Carleton University, Tom Hooper, a history lecturer at York University and Steven Maynard, an adjunct professor of history at Queen’s University.The academics say the scope of offences covered by the bill is too limited, and the application process too vague and potentially onerous.Despite the concerns, the group was denied a chance to make a presentation on the legislation Monday at the House of Commons public safety committee, Kinsman said.The committee passed the bill without amendment, sending it back to the Commons after hearing witnesses from Public Safety Canada, the Parole Board and the RCMP.The researchers are concerned the customary process of soliciting input and amending a bill to address shortcomings is being overridden in favour of swift action to back up the government’s apology.“They’re really rushing this through,” Kinsman said.Just hours earlier, Liberal MP Randy Boissonnault seemed to suggest that amendments were possible.“We’re listening and that’s why we study this at committee,” said Boissonnault, special adviser to the prime minister on LGBTQ issues.New Democrat MP Randall Garrison indicated during the committee meeting that he was aware of the researchers’ concerns. “I think the things that are perceived to be wrong are fixable,” he said.The Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act would provide for the destruction and removal of records for the offences of gross indecency, buggery and anal intercourse.Once passed, the legislation will allow applications by the convicted individual in question or family members of deceased people with criminal records. A guardian, lawyer or other “appropriate representative” may also apply on behalf of a dead individual.The bill gives the Parole Board of Canada authority to order or refuse expungement of a conviction. For instance, the board may return incomplete applications.Once the board approves an expungement, it must notify the RCMP and the courts. In turn, the Mounties must inform other federal agencies and provincial and municipal police forces.The four researchers say the bill is problematic because it:— could entail costs for applicants who are required to make a reasonable effort to track down documentary evidence;— deals only with convictions, not the trail of arrest records, police statements and court documents;— represents just a fraction of the Criminal Code offences used to prosecute same-sex behaviour, omitting categories such as bawdy house laws aimed at bathhouses and indecent act provisions for arresting people in bars, parks and washrooms.Boissonnault said the government is “mindful of the bawdy house provisions, and it’s something that we’re looking at.”— With a files from Lina Dib— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

The Latest Apple to appeal iPhone ruling in China

first_imgNEW YORK — The Latest on Apple-Qualcomm dispute (all times local):1:55 p.m.Apple says it’s appealing a Chinese court ruling that would ban some iPhones in China as part of a long-running patent dispute with chipmaker Qualcomm.Apple said it filed a request Monday for the court to reconsider its ruling.Qualcomm had announced earlier Monday that the Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court has granted preliminary injunctions ordering four Chinese subsidiaries of Apple to stop selling and importing iPhones.It’s not immediately clear what the full scope of the ruling is. While Qualcomm says the ban covers iPhones 6S through X, Apple says all iPhone models remain available for customers in China.The dispute is over two Qualcomm patents enabling consumers to format photos and manage phone apps using a touch screen. Apple calls it a “desperate move” by San Diego-based Qualcomm.___12:20 p.m.U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm says it’s won an order in a Chinese court banning some Apple phones in China as part of a long-running dispute over patents.Qualcomm said Monday that the Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court in China has granted preliminary injunctions ordering four Chinese subsidiaries of Apple to stop selling and importing iPhones.It’s not immediately clear what the full scope of the ruling is. While Qualcomm says the ban covers iPhones 6S through X, Apple says all iPhone models remain available for customers in China.The dispute is over two Qualcomm patents enabling consumers to format photos and manage phone apps using a touch screen. Apple says it will fight Qualcomm’s “desperate move” in the courts.Apple and Qualcomm also have cases in the U.S. and the U.K.The Associated Presslast_img read more

China Denies Espionage on African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa

Rabat- Following an investigation that exposed Chinese espionage on the African Union (AU) headquarters in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, the Chinese Ambassador to the AU, Kuang Weili, called the report “sensational” and “absurd.”The investigation, which was conducted by French newspaper “Le Monde Afrique,” claimed that over the last five years, the AU servers were all connected to others located in Shanghai. The organization’s technical staff later discovered that between midnight and 2 a.m., computer servers were reaching a peak in data transfer activity.Every night, the secrets of the AU were being stored more than 8,000 km away by what was thought to be a diplomatic ally of Africa. China’s ambassador to the AU, said during the 30th African Union summit which currently takes place in Addis Ababa, that the report is a “sensational story, but also completely false and nonsense,”According to the Chinese diplomat, the said article will “damage the image of the newspaper,” but not the relationship between China and Africa.He also questioned the timing of the report, as it was released one day before African leaders kick-off their annual summit at the AU headquarters.The $200 million complex was built by China and donated to African Union in 2012. According to Le Monde Afrique, the computer systems were fully equipped by the Chinese, allowing them to open an undocumented portal that gives Chinese administrators access to the AU’s computing system. This “backdoor” is an intentional fault put into code to allow hackers and intelligence agencies to gain illicit access to information.“Following this discovery, we have taken some steps to strengthen our cybersecurity,” a AU official told Le Monde.Another official believes that, “they are not alone.” In fact, the US National Security Agency (NSA) and the British intelligence agencies (GCHQ) have had their share of surveillance on the AU building, according to documents which were gathered by Le Monde, in collaboration with The Intercept.After the Chinese alleged scheme was exposed, the AU acquired its own servers and declined China’s offer to configure them. The AU encrypts all electronic communications and, from now on, the highest officials of the institution have foreign telephone lines and more secure communication applications.They have also taken stricter security measures: cybersecurity experts inspected the building’s rooms and disposed of microphones placed under the desks and in walls by the Chinese workers. read more

France cleans up ChampsElysees after yellow vest rioting

Paris is cleaning up one of the world’s most glamorous avenues after resurgent rioting by yellow vest protesters stunned the nation.Luxury stores, restaurants and banks on the Champs-Elysees assessed damage Sunday after they were ransacked or blackened by life-threatening fires. Tourists took pictures as shop owners tried to repair broken windows and city workers scrubbed away graffiti.The posh avenue looked like a battle scene Saturday as protesters rampaged and riot police struggled to contain them for hours.President Emmanuel Macron promised a crackdown on troublemakers he said “want to destroy the republic, at the risk of killing people.”But he also tweeted that the rioting showed that his government needs to do more to address protesters’ concerns.The yellow vest movement had been fizzling in recent weeks.The Associated Press read more

Soldiers STF members injured in separate accidents

The soldiers were admitted to hospital for treatment. (Colombo Gazette) The Police said that four STF members were injured in the accident and were admitted to hospital.In another accident, an Army truck crashed into a bus in Homagama injuring 17 soldiers. Over 25 people, including soldiers and Special Task Force (STF) members were injured in separate accidents today.In one accident, an ambulance transporting STF members to an accident site were injured when the ambulance toppled along the Southern Expressway.

Marking World Environment Day UN officials urge creation of green cities

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan heralded the celebration of World Environmental Day as an opportunity for individuals, businesses and local and national governments to meet the challenges facing cities. “Let us tap the great knowledge and natural dynamism of urban areas – and create ‘green cities’ where people can raise their children and pursue their dreams in a well-planned, clean and healthy environment,” Mr. Annan said in a message to those attending World Environment Day celebrations in San Francisco, California, and around the world. In San Francisco, mayors and urban planning experts from around the globe plan to exchange ideas and sign a slate of UN-backed accords on environmental actions for cities. The signing of the ground-breaking actions collectively referred to as the Urban Environmental Accords – Green Cities Declaration, will be the highlight of the UN Environmental Programme’s (UNEP) commemoration of the Day.In his message, Mr. Annan said that this year’s theme, “Green Cities: Plan for the Planet!” highlights the challenges raised by one of the major trends of our times: the rapidly increasing proportion of people who are living in urban areas – more than 60 per cent by 2030.“Such rapid urbanization presents profound challenges, from poverty and unemployment to crime and drug addiction,” he said. “And in too many of the world’s expanding towns and cities, environmental safeguards are few and planning is haphazard.”The world will not achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), he said, unless environmental planning is incorporated into all aspects of urban management. While acknowledging that this poses a big challenge, he pointed out that the needed technologies and expertise already exist. Echoing this theme, Klaus Toepfer, UNEP’s Executive Director said that with careful planning, cities can be “flagships of sustainable development.” In his message marking the Day, he called towns and cities “humanity’s home – and its future.”The UNEP chief offered a vision of cities “where buildings use solar power to help generate their own energy, and waste less because they use power-saving lighting and are well-insulated, where public transport is affordable and efficient, where vehicles pollute less because they are powered by electricity or hydrogen.”Such a city would become part of the solution, not the problem, he said. This city of the future with the support of communities, businesses and, above all, governments, could also be the city of today.Mr. Toepfer also said cities in the developed world must set an example in areas such as the efficient use of energy and water, and must partner with developing world cities so they don’t take a short-term ‘dirty’ development path, but a long-term sustainable one. World Environment Day was established by the UN General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. This year’s main celebration from 1 to 5 June in San Francisco coincides with the sixtieth anniversary of the UN’s founding in that city. read more

Leno hopes Arsenal can win more away matches

first_imgThe Gunners goalkeeper knows that the only way their team will do great things is if they can also win while visiting others.In the 2018-2019 English Premier League season so far, Arsenal has only won four of 12 away matches.This is a big contrast on what has happened at Emirates Stadium, where the Gunners have gotten a victory in 10 of 13 games.And for goalkeeper Bernd Leno, the only way Arsenal can aim high, is if it starts winning away matches.“I think the game started very badly, with a goal. And it ended with a goal for Man City and I think in the first half we played very good and we conceded two easy goals,” he told the club’s official website.“In the second half, we didn’t have the power to play against them because they had the ball all the time and we were running.”“We fought until the end but today, Manchester City did a very good job,” he added.“Yes, of course. It was very hard. But the reaction of the team was brilliant.”“We scored the goal from a corner and I think it was the worst time to concede the second goal, just before half-time,” he commented.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Yes, of course. We need wins like today, to go back to the top four but I think we are still in a good position to go to the top four.”“We still have big games and I think we need more away wins because at home we play very good,” he explained.“We win many games at home, but I think to go into the top four again we need more away wins.”German keeper Leno is in his first season with the Gunners after being transferred to the English Premier League from the German Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen.He was an important piece of the U17, U18, U19, and U21 Nationalmannschaft but has had a difficult time to play first-team football in the senior squad.Here come the teams! 🙌🔵 🆚 🔴#MCIARS pic.twitter.com/tYcX8jef6U— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 3, 2019last_img read more

Sarri singles out Higuain for praise

first_imgMaurizio Sarri was delighted with his team’s performance as they responded to Bournemouth’s defeatGonzalo Higuain opened his account with a brace alongside Eden Hazard who grabbed the first from the spot before rounding the keeper to secure the second. While David Luiz completed the scoring with a late header.It was a positive all-round display from Maurizio Sarri’s side, who dominated from very early on.🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟#CHEHUD— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 2, 2019“I think we started very well in the first 25-30 minutes. I saw my football, we moved the ball very fast, we had good movements without the ball and we were very dangerous.“I’m really very happy, we played well for 90 minutes and defended well for 90 minutes. We played a good match but we need consistency now.” He told the CFC website.“It will be very difficult, but also for our opponents. At the moment we have to be happy with our season because in February we are still involved in four different competitions. We know we have to fight to stay in the top four. Then we have to try to win something.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“It will be very difficult because in the Carabao Cup we had to play Liverpool and Tottenham, and now Man City, it’s like the Champions League. So here in England, everything is very difficult.“The championship is very competitive and we know now we need consistency in our performances.“Today they were very motivated but we lost 4-0 in the last match so they had to react. Now we have to understand the level of motivation must be the same in every match.”⚽️⚽️ Double trouble! ⚽️⚽️ pic.twitter.com/4LJpIbtvjV— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 2, 2019Sarri felt Higuain and Hazard complement each other as it showed in today’s game.“I know very well when Higuain arrived he wasn’t at the top of his physical condition. Now he’s improving and I’m happy because apart from the goals he’s very suitable to play close to Eden.“On the pitch, they’re very suitable to play with one close to the other. For us, it’s very useful to have Higuain because he will be able to score a lot of goals, but it’s also important for Eden.”last_img read more

Many Kapra colonies plagued by problems

first_imgKapra: Incessant rains is creating a lot of trouble in the nearby colonies of Kapra division. Even National Highways are not exempt from the potholes. Drainage water is overflowing on roads and officials are not paying any interest to solve the problem in the division.Though GHMC officials are regularly alerting the citizens about the mosquitoes with clear surroundings, however, it is not seen in Kapra circle areas. Even the people’s representatives are ignoring the problems of the residents. This is making locals to fall for ill-health. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us Recent continuous rains for the past five days have inundated many colonies including Sai Baba Nagar, Sai Nagar, GR Reddy Nagar, Charlapalli, Chinna Charlapalli, Rajiv Gruha Kalpa colonies with rain and drainage water. BGR colony, Bagath Nagar and GR Reddy Nagar have become pothole ridden after the heavy rains. Garbage wastes thrown at drainage line are emitting foul smell after the rains. Some areas in Kapra circle are dug up for Manjeera pipes and have been left midway. These dug-up pits are now filled with rainwater posing risk to the locals. The residents are requesting the officials to respond and solve the problem.last_img read more

MS Dhoni called filth by Yuvraj Singhs father Yograj Singh

first_imgYuvraj’s father has once again lashed out at MS DhoniTwitterYograj Singh, father of retired Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh is known for making strange comments. In the past, one of his diatribes was directed at Mahendra Singh Dhoni, whom he alleged, was responsible for his son’s career going downwards.However, in his latest intervention, Yograj has once again targeted Dhoni and has used language which is downright offensive. Expressing his anger at the retirement of Ambati Rayudu, the former India international lashed out at the Indian team management for, in his view, doing injustice to Rayudu. He also asked the latter to not fully retire from cricket and give a response to selectors who decided to ignore him.”Rayudu should’ve continued playing, more and more. He should’ve played Ranji Trophy, Irani Trophy, Duleep Trophy, scoring 100s, 200s, 300s with not outs. He still has a lot of cricket left in him,” Yograj said as per a report by news agency NNIS.But that wasn’t all, launching a direct attack on MSD, who isn’t captain of the Indian team currently, Yuvraj’s father went to the extent of calling him ‘filth.’ Rayudu was snubbed thrice by selectorsIANS”Rayudu, my son you took the decision in haste. Come out of retirement and show them what you are capable of. People like MS Dhoni will not remain forever, filth like these will not remain forever.”Rayudu, it can be recalled, had criticised the selectors in a thinly-veiled, sarcastic jibe for choosing Vijay Shankar instead of him when the original 15-man squad was announced. But further disappointment was going to meet the veteran Baroda and Hyderabad cricketer when he was again overlooked by selectors while picking a replacement for Shikhar Dhawan first and then, Vijay Shankar, both of whom got injured.Getting rejected thrice was too much for Rayudu and he promptly announced his retirement from cricket. However, this latest salvo fired by Yograj would not be looked upon nicely by most Indian cricket fans. While Dhoni is a senior player in the team, he hasn’t been the captain since early 2017 and the decision made by selectors cannot be attributed to him. It’s another expression of dislike that the 61-year old has for the World Cup-winning captain. The language used by him is, unfortunately, rather regrettable.last_img read more

Electioneering gets momentum in Khulna city polls

first_imgThe aspirants of Khulna City Corporation election and their agents are passing busy day in electioneering on the last day of campaign on Sunday, reports UNB.All the mayoral and councilor candidates and their supporters put their frantic and final efforts to reach out to voters in different areas of the town to woo them for ensuring their victory.They were found busy in distributing leaflets and festoons as well as personal appearances to voters for making their final appeals as electioneering to be ended at 12:00am midnight (Sunday).Most candidates staged big showdowns by bringing out colourful processions and rallies on the final day of the campaign in their respective areas.The election commission (EC) on Saturday was seen requesting all the outsiders to leave the city corporation area within 12:00am Sunday using loud speakers.Besides, the EC has taken all the necessary preparations to make the voting a success, officials said.Additional law enforcers including Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) troops, 32 patrol teams and four striking forces of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) will be deployed in and around the city from the midnight.Besides, a total of 31 magistrates will perform their duty, said the commission.The mayoral candidates are: AL-backed Talukder Abdul Khalek, BNP backed Nazrul Islam Manju, Jatiya Party backed Shafiqur Rahman Mushfiq, Islami Andolan Bangladesh backed Mawlana Mozzammil Haque and CPB backed Md Mizanur Rahman Babu.The candidates are contesting on their respective party’s symbol, which is the first in the Khulna City Corporation.Returning officer Md Yunus ALi said all necessary preparations have been taken for holding a free and fair election in Khulna.last_img read more

Fortnite Creative Is All About Chilling

first_img What even is Fortnite? When Epic first pitched its eventual Golden Goose a billion years ago to show off Unreal Engine 4 it was, like, a cartoony Left 4 Dead-style survival co-op shooter with Minecraft building mechanics. But that became Fortnite: Save the World, famous thing no one pays $30 for.Now, when you talk about Fortnite, there’s a 99.9 percent chance you’re talking about the free-to-play Fortnite: Battle Royale, which only came together after a few months of studying PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and subsequently took over the world.With Fortnite raking in so much money and fame though, who says it has to stay limited to just two modes? Take a break from all the shooting, building, and stolen dancing to chill out with the new Fortnite Creative mode.Earlier this year Fortnite gave players temporary access to something called Playground mode, a space for players to explore the map without the stress of battle and try out weird new things with friends. Creative Mode is a bigger, and hopefully more permanent, version of the same idea.After selecting the mode from its own separate menu, players gain their own private island to completely customize with buildings to demolish, weapons to fire, vehicles to race, and nature to admire. It makes you remember that it’s the Minecraft roots, not just the 100-player battles, that give Fortnite such appeal with The Youth.Fortnite Creative is available now if you bought the Season 7 Battle Pass. You can also invite 16 other players to your island, whether or not they have Creative themselves. The mode then goes live for everyone on December 13.For more on Fortnite watch us get coached by a professional Fornite player, celebrate that Sony is finally playing nice when it comes to crossplay, and read about the generous new Epic Games Store only possible because of Fortnite.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Stay on target Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech SuitsSwatting Attack Targets Fortnite World Champion last_img read more

Try to reboot your marriage sex is vital to keep the love

first_imgI can’t handle office politics. I feel disgusted to go to my workplace every day. Please help!Sheetal, NoidaYou have two options – Change the job or change the way you see, feel and react. Office politics and problems are a global issue and the solution lies with you. Handle it intelligently. Don’t rub people the wrong way. Try your best to make it work or else look for a solution elsewhere.We are working parents. Our 6-year-old son spends his day with his grandparents. He has developed an ugly habit of watching TV serials. I’m worried that this is going to affect him. What can I do? Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Rita, KanpurWell, this surely will have its affect, bad or good. If you are uncomfortable, maybe you should try to seek a domestic help or choose a suitable day care for kids. It would be practical to handle it politely and don’t highlight your son’s TV watching concern’ to your in-laws. At their age, don’t make them change their choice of entertainment.How important is sex after a decade of marriage? My wife is too preoccupied in raising our kids and has lost interest in sex. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixVikram, New DelhiSex or physical closeness leading to making love should ideally exist between couples. Unfortunately, as we change roles in life our priorities change and that affects a lot within us. You should try to reboot your marriage and start with a holiday. Doesn’t matter where you both go, but travel as a couple and not as parents. Start with small sexy touches and just spend a few days discovering each other. Unlearn and learn the art of love and sex. My ex-husband has got remarried recently. I’m single now. Time and again I miss him and I know he still loves me. I’m very disturbed and depressed. What can I do?Name unknownJust try your best to move on. He’s a married man now. And he’s NOT your man anymore! Meet new people, make new friends and just walk ahead. Life and time are always meant to move forward. Good Luck!I’m 36. Divorced. I’m in a relationship with a guy who’s five years younger. I want to marry him but whenever the topic arises, he avoids it. How do I convince him?Miss P, New DelhiIf he’s willing to settle down, he shouldn’t avoid the discussion. He needs to understand your seriousness towards your own life. Love is a great feeling but sometimes love without assurance of togetherness can be a painful journey. Don’t hurt yourself again.Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to? Send your questions to – roopshashotm@gmail.comlast_img read more

Carbon hits travel with triple whammy ATEC

first_img“If you are a tourism business with a helicopter or aircraft, your fuel excise costs are going to increase by more than 150%, that is clearly going to force up the price for customers and affect your ability to be competitive in the market,” Mr Byrne explained. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Smaller travel businesses may struggle to survive in the Australian market, according to ATEC, with the carbon tax adding on to other pressures including the high Australian dollar and declining domestic tourism.Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) managing director Felicia Mariani said the “triple whammy” could force small and medium sized travel companies to “question their ongoing viability”.Ms Mariani explained that the government has “left the tourism industry high and dry” with small businesses unable to update their energy efficient system could face an electricity charge increase of up to 30 percent.“There are thousands of tourism operators across Australia with profit margins so low that any increase in operating costs will push them over the edge,” Ms Mariani said. “While ATEC is working to support these businesses to embrace energy efficiency, many just don’t have the financial capacity to make the big changes that can deliver real efficiency savings.”According to the MD, the jobs of tens of thousands of people are at risk with the inclusion of the carbon tax, particularly in regional areas that rely on their tourism economy.  Tax and advisory firm, BDO head of sustainability Dylan Byrne described the claim that the carbon tax will have minimal impact on the industry as a “myth”, highlighting that “some of the proposals will have major direct and indirect impacts on the costs incurred by tourism operators”.last_img read more

Eclipse Travel is offering Australian travel agent

first_imgEclipse Travel is offering Australian travel agents the chance to win a place on a nine-day famil to Argentina and Brazil to showcase some of their most popular first timer product. The trip is being organised in partnership with LATAM and will take place from 15 to 25 August 2018.Nine lucky agents will begin their itinerary in Buenos Aires, taking in the historic architecture, tango parlours and cobblestone streets as they tour the famous districts of San Telmo, La Boca, Recoleta & Palermo. The group will be treated to a tango show with dinner and given the opportunity to get truly immersed in local culture by adding on an optional wine tasting or private tango lesson.Natural wonders come next with a trip to Iguazu Falls, viewing the falls first from the Argentine side before continuing to La Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat), to get a startlingly close view of the highest fall in the park from a suspended platform.Participants will wake the next morning at the stunning Belmond Hotel das Cataratas and experience the panoramic Brazilian side of the Iguazu Falls as they walk past 14 separate falls that drop with such force that a tall cloud of mist stays permanently suspended overhead.The trip will finish with two days in Rio de Janeiro, witnessing the beauty of Cristo Redentor, Sugarloaf Mountain and Guanabara Bay and staying at the glamorous Belmond Copacabana Palace.To be in the running for a place on this amazing famil, register on the Eclipse Travel database. All bookings made with Eclipse Travel before 22 July will receive an additional five entries to win. Please note a participation fee applies.Find out more here: eclipsetravel.com.aulast_img read more

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first_img Want to be in the luxury travel know? Subscribe to our free eNewsletter here to keep up to date with everything in the luxury travel industry. Go back to the e-newsletter Contrast colourful histories and a beguiling mix of cultures on Abercrombie & Kent’s ‘Turkey & Malta: Empires and Outposts’ Limited Edition Small Group Journey.On this rare combination of two fascinating European destinations, guests will peel back many thousands of years of history in Malta – which houses more historic sights and sites within its compact shores than almost any other country in Europe – and be immersed in the even more ancient heritage of Turkey.Both countries have been ruled by powerful civilisations, empires that have come and gone and left behind a unique legacy. Seek out what makes these destinations stand out from the rest, exploring some of the world’s most important archaeological sites, appreciating their rich artistic heritage and savouring delicious food and wine thanks to a rich culinary bounty. Go back to the e-newsletter Journey highlights:In Malta, explore Valetta’s lavish architectural legacy from the Knights of St JohnStep back in time with a visit to the small island of GozoDiscover Mdina, Malta’s old capital city founded nearly 5 millennia ago, admiring the beautiful honey-coloured housesIn Turkey, discover the ancient tradition of winemaking at a tasting in CappadociaWander through Turkey’s incredible rock cut churches and underground villagesEnjoy a private viewing of the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace, Istanbul’s most famous sights, without the crowdsWalk in the footsteps of the ancients at Pergamon, Troy and EphesusFloat along the mighty Bosphorus at sunset admiring the city skyline16 Days | Maximum 18 Guests | Prices start from $17,990 per person.2020 Departures: 1-16 May; 29 May-13 June; 11-26 September; 9-24 OctoberSolo Traveller Special: For a limited time, Abercrombie & Kent is waiving the single supplement for the first two solo travellers booked on this and many other Limited Edition Small Group Journeys. T&Cs apply, contact A&K for more details.All A&K Limited Edition Small Group Journeys can now be booked online with confirmation issued to you, and your clients if you choose, within 24 hours of receipt of deposit.Click here for more detailslast_img read more

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first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesA Co-op executive told the committee investigating the failure of the Cyprus Cooperative Bank that the lender could have made it if conditions had been less adverse, the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) reported on Thursday.The Co-op had to struggle with its legacy, the nature of its portfolio and the fact it was government-owned, all combined with the institutional framework which prevented it from producing better results, said Yiannos Stravrinides, head of communications and strategy, told the committee appointed by Attorney-general Costas Clerides, according to the CNA. He also admitted being a friend of the finance minister.A decrease of the bank’s non-performing loans of around €7bn which could have allowed the bank to stay in business, was the bank’s top priority and had therefore hired “all sorts of advisors,” he said.“All the Co-op’s ammunition was spent there but it had the worst among bad portfolios, with an average retail loan of €115,000,” he was quoted as saying. “The bank’s division managing arrears had 120,000 accounts to restructure, had all people’s homes as collateral and had some laws that weren’t helpful. Time ran out and things started getting tough in the summer of 2017”.The strategic aim was organic restructuring as the bank could neither auction nor recover via foreclosures given its business model of ethical banking, Stavrinides said. While the bank could have resorted to foreclosures more often, there was no framework or will to do so as public opinion objected, he said citing reactions to the bank’s agreement with Spain’s Altamira a year ago, which provided the management of the Co-op’s delinquent loans portfolio by a joint venture, as well as reaction from political parties to the bank’s decision to reduce its branch network.“It’s not easy, it was a very difficult environment and the public support made things worse,” Stavrinides said in reference to the bank’s recapitalisation with €1.7bn by the taxpayer. “That public support had to disappear”.Stavrinides said that the foremost concern of the bank which saw an outflow of deposits triggered by rumours about its failure that set off late last year, was the protection of its depositors and added that the bank would have performed better if it had completed its merger sooner than early 2017.“I feel particularly proud that depositors have were transferred to Hellenic Bank in the same capacity,” he said in reference to those of Bank of Cyprus who were bailed in in 2013 and became shareholders.In the summer of 2017, everything, including the drop in non-performing loans, the completion of the agreement with Spain’s non-performing loans specialist Altamira and finding investors, had to happen quickly, he said and invoked the head of the head of the division of supervision of the Central Bank of Cyprus, Yiangos Demetriou.Stavrinides dismissed the criticism by Auditor general Odysseas Michaelides on the Co-op executive’s comment right after investors had expressed interest to acquire the Co-op or part of its assets, as the invitation had attracted 16 companies, eight of which were deemed by Citigroup, the Co-op’s advisors as compatible.As the Co-op had to go in resolution, it was broken down in to two parts, a healthy and a bad bank, with investors focusing their interest on the healthy part of the Co-op, ignoring the other, which ultimately led to Hellenic Bank remaining the main contender to acquire the Co-op’s operations, removing so a large portion of delinquent loans from the banking system, he said.The Co-op’s advisor proposed a procedure that allowed all possible options, made necessary by the bank’s predicament, Stavrinides said.“If this procedure failed, the bank would be in trouble,” he said adding that the European Central Bank’s (ECB) Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) “was already holding us by the throat. It wasn’t a normal procedure”.The Co-op which was initially aiming at reducing the government’s shareholding from over 99 per cent to 25 per cent via successive share issues following a listing on the Cyprus Stock Exchange, after it got its first prospectus approved by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) had to withdraw the second prospectus, he said. The decision to do so was taken when the legal basis of the government’s decision to allocate a quarter of the bank’s stock to its customers free of charge was challenged.The donation of stock would have allowed the Co-op to comply with minimum share dispersion requirements of the Cyprus Stock Exchange’s main market, he said.Stavrinides said that Finance Minister Harris Georgiades, already facing criticism for backing his childhood friend Nicholas Hadjiyiannis’s questionable corporate governance practices in the bank before and after he became its chief executive officer (CEO), was his best man who also became nine years ago, the godfather of his son.When he expressed his intention to apply at the Co-op, Georgiades “was very reserved, arguing that the bank was in a transitional stage and I should ponder matters carefully,” Stavrinides continued.Stavrinides said in response to a question that he became accountant with Hadjiyiannis, the bank’s chief executive whom his predecessor Marios Clerides accused in his testimony earlier this month of undermining him, and later found out that the minister and Hadjiyiannis graduated from the same school in different years.The banker had to answer to criticism from the two members of the committee about the Co-op’s decision to venture into corporate banking and international banking instead of concentrating on reducing non-performing loans.Stavrinides responded that the bank’s decision to engage in corporate banking was an idea of former CEO Clerides.It could help reduce the bank’s non-performing loans ratio by extending new credit, said Stavrinides who is taking advantage of the bank’s early exit scheme. 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