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Virat Kohli captain on paper but MS Dhoni on ground: Suresh Raina

first_img“Once a captain always a captain” is what Suresh Raina feels about Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who remains a leader on the field even though not on paper.Despite quitting ODI and T20 captaincy in 2017, three years after he retired from Test cricket, Dhoni still remains the cricketing brain behind the Indian team, something even skipper Virat Kohli has acknowledged.”On paper he’s not the captain. On the ground he’s the captain for Virat I think,” the out-of-favour India batsman told PTI in an interview from the Netherlands, where he is holidaying with his family.”His role is still the same. He communicates with the bowlers from behind the stumps, coordinates the field placements.”He’s the captain of the captains. Virat feels confident when Dhoni is behind the stumps. He has always acknowledged that,” Raina, an integral part of the Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings in IPL, said.Raina, however, said this would be a big World Cup for Kohli.”He is a confident player, captain and a team player. It’s a very big World Cup for him. He knows his role well. He needs to give confidence to his players. Everything looks in our favour. The intent has to be positive. This is the best team to win the World Cup,” Raina, a member of the 2011 World Cup winning team led by Dhoni, said.He picked Hardik Pandya as the key player for India at the upcoming event.”He can field and bat well, can bowl 6-7 crucial overs. He can bat anywhere. He needs to get a lot of confidence from the management to express himself. If he can take his IPL confidence to the World Cup, he will be our game changer.advertisement”I think he will be the most important player for India in this World Cup. I won’t be surprised if he gets the man of the tournament, should we make the last-four,” Raina, who played 226 ODIs for India, said.India began their World Cup campaign on a shaky note, losing to New Zealand by six wickets in a warm-up match, and Raina feels that the teams need to be careful against the left-arm pacers.”In our bowling line-up, we don’t have any left-arm pacers. In 2011, we had Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra. They have asked Khaleel (Ahmed) to come for practice. But they need to play more left-arm pacers. Every team knows this now. Rest everything looks fine with this team.”We just need to be careful against the left-arm fast bowlers. If you see the last few years, we are losing a lot of wickets to the left arm pacers. Be it Mohammed Aamir or Wahab Riaz of Pakistan, Boult, Mitchell (Starc) — all have done well against India,” he said, recalling Riaz’s five-for in the 2011 World Cup semifinal.Raina said it was good to lose in the first practice game.”Now we can regroup and find the combination. I feel it’s a very good thing to have happened to the Indian team.”This World Cup is seen as one of the most competitive with 10 teams playing against each other in the round-robin league.”India will make it to the semifinal no matter what. We have nine matches in the league. There is a lot of time to think about the combinations. It’s very important to start well. Then no one can stop us.”When everyone is tagging you as favourites, you need to express yourself. Take this pressure into confidence,” said Raina.On 300 plus totals being the trend in the recent England-Pakistan series, Raina said: “Earlier, we would only win with our batting. Now we have the bowling to defend totals. We will also have an edge in crowd support. In all the venues we will get a lot of support.”This World Cup we have to watch out on the weather. All the Indian venues are known for overcast conditions. If it’s overcast then we can bring in an extra seamer. But if it’s flat and sunny, then we have to bring in Kuldeep (Yadav).”Raina said chinaman Kuldeep should play alongside Ravindra Jadeja with a three-pace attack.”I want Kuldeep and Jadeja to play together with three quality fast bowlers and then Hardik making it a six quality bowling options.”Kuldeep was dropped by Kolkata Knight Riders during the IPL and Raina said the franchise did not utilize his potential.”KKR were not able to utilise his ability well. He had one bad game and then they dropped him. It won’t stop him from doing well in the World Cup. He’s a very matured cricketer. He is a hungry bowler. He shows his character with Chahal as well. Virat has to give them confidence.advertisement”Kuldeep has that match-winning ability. We have a lot of match-winning players. It’s a worry for India who to play,” he said.Raina admitted that India’s middle-order looks a bit shaky.”The top order needs to get good starts as the first 10-15 overs will be very important. It’s a balanced side but middle order looks a bit shaky. A lot of responsibility will be on Shikhar (Dhawan), Rohit (Sharma) and Virat (Kohli) and if they get going, then we can do really well.”Asked if Dhoni has slowed down, Raina said he can bat at number 4 or 5 depending on the situation.”I don’t think so. He batted really well in the IPL. He looks pretty solid, calm and decisive when it comes to scoring a lot of runs. If MS gets a lot of time then he can really pace his innings. But I think the top-four has to bat really sensibly in English conditions.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Shardul Thakur, on crutches, sees off Team India in LondonAlso Read | Selfie obsessed to worst roommate: Rohit Sharma reveals secrets about his Indian teammateslast_img read more

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Ashes 2019 1st Test live stream: When and where to watch England vs Australia

first_imgRiding with confidence after their victorious World Cup campaign, England will aim to make a good start in their effort to regain the urn when they take on Australia in the first Ashes Test beginning Thursday at Edgbaston.The excitement level will be doubled in the Birmingham Test as it also marks the start of the ICC World Test Championship which will see a world champion in the longest format of the game in July 2021.The Joe Root-led side, which faced a scare against Ireland in the four-day Test at Lord’s, will look to come out with a better performance, especially with the bat. Given the top-order woes, Root is likely to bat at number three, with Joe Denly set to come in at number four.On the other hand, Australia will be looking to take revenge of the semi-final defeat. They will be bolstered with the return of David Warner and Steve Smith who are making their comeback to Test cricket after serving their one-year bans for involvement in Sandpaper Gate fiasco.Head coach Justin Langer has already indicated that Usman Khawaja who is returning from an injury and has passed the fitness test, will be in the playing XI alongside James Pattinson. Australia will have to choose between the returning Cameron Bancroft and Marcus Harris as Warner’s opening partner.When will the 1st Ashes Test between England and Australia begin?The first Test of Ashes 2019 will start at 11 AM local time (3:30 PM IST) and (10 AM GMT) on Thursday, August 1.Where I can watch 1st Ashes Test between England and Australia live?advertisementThe first Test of Ashes 2019 between England and Australia can be watched on Sony Six and Sony Six HD.How can I watch the 1st Ashes Test between England and Australia online?Sony Liv will provide the live streaming for the 1st Ashes Test.Where will the 1st Ashes Test between England and Australia be played?Edgbaston in Birmingham will host the first Ashes Test.What are the squads for the 1st Ashes Test?England: Rory Burns, Jason Roy, Joe Root(c), Joe Denly, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow(w), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Sam Curran, Olly Stone, Jofra ArcherAustralia: David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Marnus Labuschagne, Tim Paine(w/c), James Pattinson, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Josh Hazlewood, Marcus Harris, Mitchell Marsh, Michael NeserAlso See;last_img read more

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Florida 4-Star Freshman Chris Steele Enters Transfer Portal

first_img From Zach Abolverdi of GatorSports:The decision stems from a request Steele made to the staff during his first month on campus, the source said. He asked to be moved to a different dorm because he was uncomfortable rooming with quarterback Jalon Jones, his classmate.The staff did not plan to move Steele until the summer, which upset Steele and his parents, according to the source.Jones has since been accused of sexual assault, with one incident allegedly beginning in his dorm room, according to a report.Steele has since entered the NCAA’s transfer portal.Florida freshman defensive back Chris Steele has entered the NCAA transfer portal, per source.Was a top-50 recruit and the top-ranked member of Florida’s 2019 recruiting class.— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) May 9, 2019Steele will have the chance to look around for another opportunity and it looks like he could be granted a waiver to play elsewhere immediately. A closeup of two alternate Florida Gators football helmets.GAINESVILLE, FL – NOVEMBER 07: Florida Gators helmets sit on the field after the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 7, 2015 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)One of the brighter prospects on Florida’s defense appears ready to leave the program. In a shocking turn of events, former four-star recruit Chris Steele will be transferring out of the program.Steele came into Gainesville with very high expectations. In fact, the former St. John Bosco cornerback was the highest-rated member of the 2019 recruiting class for Florida.Coming out of high school, Steel was the No. 42 overall recruit in the country and the No. 5 cornerback, per 247Sports. Several powerhouse programs were in the sweepstakes for his commitment, such as Oklahoma, LSU and South Carolina.Steele’s decision to leave the program reportedly stems from a dorm room request he made earlier this offseason.last_img read more

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Juveniles in Correctional Facilities to Benefit from New Programme

first_img Juveniles within State correctional facilities will benefit from mentorship, skills training and job placement under a new youth empowerment and reintegration programme being undertaken by the Government.Dubbed the ‘WE TRANSFORM’ programme, the initiative will target 272 children, aged 12 to 17 years, who are on remand or serving a sentence within the four juvenile centres operated by the Department of Correctional Services (DCS).These are the South Camp Juvenile Remand and Correctional Centre, Kingston; Rio Cobre Juvenile Correctional Centre, St. Catherine; Hill Top Juvenile Correctional Centre, St. Ann; and the Metcalfe Street Secure Juvenile Remand Centre, Kingston.Launched during a ceremony at the Police Officers’ Club in Kingston, yesterday (June 20), the programme aims to equip the children in these facilities with the requisite skill sets, character, attitude and support to become productive law-abiding citizens.In his address, Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, explained that the programme is one of the “out-of-the-box strategies which we know will contribute to the reduction in the youth offending and reoffending, and, by extension, crime in Jamaica”.“My Ministry believes that each of these young persons deserves a second chance in life. We are committed to helping our young offenders to get back on the right side of the law and remain there,” he said.For his part, State Minister for National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., noted that the programme “is the dream coming true for us to be able to establish programmes which allow us to continue the restoration of our youth to transform our country”.“We hope it will become a flagship programme in the Ministry, one of the more strategic (inputs) for us to advance our youth rehabilitation initiatives,” he said.He stressed that crucial to the success of the programme is support from all stakeholders, including the private sector, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), international partners, churches, parents and other interest groups.In the meantime, State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, welcomed the programme, noting the importance of restoration and reintegration when treating with young offenders.“We must be focused on transforming our children who come into contact with our correctional service, and, despite the circumstances, we must all believe that our children can be transformed,” he said.The programme, which begins immediately, will be implemented in two phases.Phase one will include youth engagement in innovative training in academics, vocational education, employability and life skills; and a mentorship and internship/job placement programme.This phase will also involve a segment on healthy lifestyle, where young offenders will be engaged in life skills training in substance abuse, reproductive health and other health-related matters.A major activity under this phase is an annual competition and exposition to be held July 26, where the youth will be allowed to showcase their talents. Another highlight is mentorship days for boys and girls on November 4 and 25, respectively. Activities on those days will include a football tournament and a pageant.Phase two will involve parent engagement and training, including parenting workshops; and staff capacity building through training exercises.Among the major sponsors are the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund, Jamaica Public Service (JPS), Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB), Tastee, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).So far, $12.5 million has been provided in cash and kind by sponsors and contributors towards implementation of the project. Dubbed the ‘WE TRANSFORM’ programme, the initiative will target 272 children, aged 12 to 17 years, who are on remand or serving a sentence within the four juvenile centres operated by the Department of Correctional Services (DCS). The programme, which begins immediately, will be implemented in two phases. Phase one will include youth engagement in innovative training in academics, vocational education, employability and life skills; and a mentorship and internship/job placement programme. Juveniles within State correctional facilities will benefit from mentorship, skills training and job placement under a new youth empowerment and reintegration programme being undertaken by the Government. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Teachers School Staff to be Recognized

first_imgParents and communities across the province are encouraged to take time to acknowledge teachers and school staff for their professional and personal contributions to Nova Scotia students. Premier Darrell Dexter has proclaimed Feb. 12-18 as teacher/staff appreciation week in the province. “Putting kids and learning first is a priority for all of us,” said Education Minister Ramona Jennex. “Our schools have dedicated teachers and staff, including bus drivers, educational assistants, custodians and administrative workers, who are aware that providing our children with a quality education will give them tremendous advantages throughout their lives.” There are about 10,000 public school teachers and close to 6,000 support staff in the province. The Canadian Home and School Federation has celebrated teacher/staff appreciation week annually since 1988.last_img read more

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The Thursday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Thursday, Aug. 3———ASYLUM SEEKERS FLOOD OVER BORDER INTO QUEBEC: Quebec Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil says there has been a surge in the number of people illegally crossing from the U.S. seeking asylum. Weil told a news conference Thursday that in the past couple of weeks roughly 150 people are coming over the border each day. She says Quebec has already received 6,500 asylum seekers as of the end of June.———DEGRASSE INJURY BLOW TO CANADIAN TRACK TEAM: Andre De Grasse’s withdrawal from the world championships with a hamstring injury is a huge blow for the Canadian team. De Grasse’s coach Stuart McMillan says it’s a disappointment that he won’t have a final chance to race Usain Bolt. All signs pointed to a solid world championships for De Grasse. He was undefeated in the 100 and 200 in his last four Diamond League meets.———LEAK OF TRUMP PHONE CALL TOUCHES ON CANADA: A leaked transcript of a phone call between Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto shows the American president had a positive attitude about Canada when he took office. The transcript was published Thursday by the Washington Post. The conversation turned to the North American Free Trade Agreement and Trump is quoted as saying that he wasn’t worrying about Canada and that his administration has a fair relationship with Canada. Trump has since complained about Canadian dairy and lumber policies.———TORONTO TAKES MEASURES TO DEAL WITH OVERDOSE DEATHS: Toronto is moving to more quickly open three supervised injection sites in the wake of a rash of drug overdoses in the city last week that included four deaths. Mayor John Tory is also asking police to consider having some officers carry the opioid overdose antidote naloxone. Tory said Thursday that every overdose death is a preventable death.———FEDS PROMISE TO DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO PROTECT RIGHT WHALES: Federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc says the government will do everything possible to protect right whales in the face of 10 deaths in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in the past two months. LeBlanc said Thursday that the government will bring in the necessary resources to protect the population. LeBlanc said he’s concerned the whale deaths could hurt the reputation of the Canadian fishing industry, so the department and fishermen are eager to protect the whales.———RESEARCHERS FIND WORM FOSSIL: Canadian and American researchers have discovered the fossil of a spiky-headed worm that they think would have terrified other creatures swimming in ancient seas. Jean-Bernard Caron of the Royal Ontario Museum says the creature would have been an efficient predator and a frightening sight to many of the smallest marine creatures that lived during that time. Some 50 specimens of the creature were found in the Burgess Shale fossil beds, a UNESCO World Heritage site in British Columbia.———WHAT’S IN THOSE SAUSAGES: A study funded by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency says that 20 per cent of sausages sampled from Canadian grocery stores contained meats that weren’t on the label. The study published this week in the journal Food Control was conducted by researchers at the University of Guelph. Researchers say about one in five of the sausages tested had some off-label ingredients in them, which they call alarming. The agency set the wheels in motion for the study after the European horse meat scandal in 2013, where food labelled as beef was found to have horse meat.———ENVIRONMENT MINISTER TARGETED IN LAWSUIT: Several environmental groups are taking legal action against Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, accusing the federal government of dragging its heels on investigating Volkswagen for duping Canadians with diesel engines. Volkswagen pleaded guilty in the U.S. in March after software was found in certain diesel vehicles that made it appear as though the cars were producing fewer emissions than they really were. A statement from McKenna says her department is investigating but Environmental Defence and the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment say they’re tired of waiting.———ENERGY EXEC PREDICTS KEYSTONE PIPELINE WILL BE BUILT: The head of Canadian Natural Resources says he is sure the Keystone XL pipeline will be built despite doubts in the face of lower oil prices and regulatory obstacles. Steve Laut said Thursday his company is committed to use almost a fifth of the capacity on the 830,000-barrel-per-day conduit from Alberta to markets in Oklahoma and the U.S. Gulf Coast. U.S. President Donald Trump approved the controversial project in March, but questions have been raised about its economic viability.———TORONTO HOME SALES COOL LAST MONTH: New figures show home sales in the Greater Toronto Area fell last month by 40.4 per cent compared to July 2016 after a bout of frantic buying at the start of the year. The Toronto Real Estate Board attributes the decline in property transactions to fewer sales of detached homes in Toronto and its surrounding areas. In April the provincial government introduced more than a dozen measures — including a 15 per cent tax on foreign buyers — aimed at improving home affordability.last_img read more

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Economic cost of Canadian oil price discounts counted in billions of dollars

first_imgCALGARY – Imagine producing a bumper crop of a product in high demand around the globe, only to learn you must settle for a discounted price because there’s no easy way to get your product to market.Canadian grain farmers experienced that situation in 2013 and again last winter when their harvest outstripped the transport capacity of Canada’s rail companies. Western Canada’s oil companies are now in the same boat thanks to production gains that have not been matched by export pipeline capacity gains.Like those farmers, oil producers have filled storage to bursting while they wait for a solution to appear. The price discounts or “differentials” that had mainly affected heavy oil have spread to light oil and upgraded synthetic oilsands crude as pipeline space tightens.Estimates on the cost to the economy vary wildly, but the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers officially estimates the impact as at least C$13 billion in the first 10 months of 2018.It estimates the cost at about C$50 million per day in October as discounts for Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend crude oil versus New York-traded West Texas Intermediate peaked at more than US$52 per barrel.“The differential has blown out to such an extreme level for two reasons, the lack of access to markets and the fact we really have only one customer (the United States),” said Tim McMillan, CEO of CAPP.Getting an exact number on how much discounts are costing Canada is all but impossible thanks to ingrained sector secrecy about transportation and marketing, he said, adding it’s entirely possible the real costs could be as high as $100 billion per year.Producers’ exposure to WCS prices differ depending on what kind of oil they produce, where they sell it and how they transport it.Calgary-based Imperial Oil Ltd., for instance, says about one-quarter of its output of 300,000 barrels of bitumen per day is influenced by WCS pricing — the rest is used in its Canadian refineries or shipped by pipe or rail to the U.S. Gulf Coast where it gets close to WTI prices.The company announced last week it will build a 75,000-bpd oilsands project, going on faith that pipelines will be in place for when production begins in about four years (a prospect that took a hit Thursday when a U.S. judge put TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL pipeline on hold until more environmental study is done).Meanwhile, it is ramping up rail shipments from its co-owned Edmonton terminal as fast as it can.Other oilsands producers including Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. and Cenovus Energy Inc. are cutting production to avoid selling at current prices.The industry’s problems receive little sympathy from environmentalists like Keith Stewart of Greenpeace.“The root of the problem is that companies kept expanding production even when they knew there was no new transport,” he said.But McMillan pointed out it takes years to plan, win regulatory approval and build projects.For example, producers would have had no way of knowing ahead of time that the 525,000-barrel-per-day Northern Gateway pipeline project approved in 2014 by a Conservative government would then be rejected by a Liberal government in 2016, he said.“If Northern Gateway had come on as planned, we wouldn’t be in this situation,” said McMillan.In a report last February, Scotiabank analysts estimated the differential would shave C$15.6 billion in revenue annually, with a quick ramp up in crude-by-rail expected to shrink the hit to C$10.8 billion by the fall.At that time, discounts had widened to about US$30 per barrel from an average of around US$13 in the previous two years.Crude-by-rail shipments increased to a record 230,000 bpd in August but haven’t reduced the differential.According to Calgary-based Net Energy, the WCS-WTI differential averaged US$45.48 per barrel in October and has averaged US$43.75 so far in November.In an analysis last March, Kent Fellows, research associate at the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, estimated the differential would translate into a $13-billion economic loss if it persisted for a year — $7.2 billion to the Alberta government, $5.3 billion to industry and $800 million to the federal government.The differential has gotten much worse, he said in an interview this week, which means the lost opportunity is proportionately worse.Higher differentials hit provincial governments in the form of lower-than-expected royalties — their cut of every barrel produced from land where mineral rights are Crown owned — while the federal government will see lower corporate income taxes, Fellows said.“If this keeps up and we start to see either a lack of growth or more shutting in some of this production … you’re losing jobs and even personal income tax as well,” he said.The Alberta government estimates that every annual average $1 increase in the WCS-WTI differential above US$22.40 per barrel costs its treasury C$210 million.In Saskatchewan, Western Canada’s other major oil-producing province, each $1 change in the differential is equivalent to about $15 million in revenue, based on an assumed WTI price of US$58 per barrel, the government says.Finance Minister Donna Harpauer said in an interview that if current discounts continued for a year, the Saskatchewan industry’s lost revenue would be about C$7.4 billion.Part of the reason WCS discounts were wider in October is that WTI, which opened the year at US$60.37 per barrel, jumped to more than US$76. Producers exposed to WCS didn’t get the benefit of the higher U.S. oil prices.McMillan said the differentials are being noticed by potential energy investors — CAPP expects capital investment of $42 billion in the Canadian oilpatch in 2018, down from $81 billion in 2014.“We’re losing hundreds of millions of dollars that’s going to subsidize drivers in the United States.”Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX:IMO, TSX:CVE, TSX:CNQ)last_img read more

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Seniors kill boy school authorities bury body inside campus

first_imgDehradun: A class seven student was allegedly beaten to death by his seniors and his body buried by school authorities inside the campus near Rishikesh to hush up the matter, police said on Thursday.The incident took place on March 10 but it came to light after the intervention of the Uttarakhand Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Dehradun SSP Nivedita Kukreti said. The 12-year-old boy, whose parents are residents of Hapur, was allegedly beaten up with cricket bats and wickets Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’by his seniors as they considered him responsible for denial of permission by school authorities to leave the campus, the SSP said. The boy had stolen some biscuits during an outing, prompting the school authorities to stop all students from leaving the campus as a punishment. He was tortured for hours by his seniors in the afternoon and was later taken to the hospital, where he was declared brought dead by doctors, Kukreti said. Instead of reporting the matter to police immediately, the boy’s body was buried inside the campus by the school authorities to cover up the matter, she said. They did not even inform the boy’s parents who live in Hapur, the SSP said. Five people, including the boarding school manager, warden, physical training teacher and two students of the school, have been arrested in connection with the incident and booked under different sections of the IPC, including 302 (murder), Kukreti said. After the matter came to light, the body was exhumed by police on Tuesday to conduct a postmortem to ascertain the cause of his death.last_img read more

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Delegates continue negotiations at UN on the rights of the disabled

Representatives, coordinated by Ambassador Don McKay of New Zealand, were to hold informal consultations on these clauses and to review other articles more formally under the chairmanship of Ambassador Luis Gallegos Chiriboga of Ecuador by the time the fifth session of the Assembly’s Ad Hoc Committee ends on Friday.”We had quite a long and hard week, but we have covered quite a bit of material,” Mr. Mackay said Friday. “The issues we covered were especially difficult – more difficult than other parts of the text. The articles that follow deal with action by States parties to put these issues into practice and are more mechanical.”The Ad Hoc Committee agreed last week on wording for the rights of persons with disabilities to life, equal recognition before the law, liberty and security of the person, freedom from torture or cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment and freedom from violence, abuse and exploitation.Mr. McKay reminded drafters that their role was not to work out the final text but to develop the draft they had received so that the GA delegations could have an improved text for review. read more

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AIMEX to be Ronson Gears first domestic mining exhibition appearance

first_imgRonson Gears will make its first appearance at an Australian mining exhibition on Stand H1204 during AIMEX in September. The Melbourne-based family business, which was established in the 1950s, manufactures spur gears and helical gears up to 900 mm in diameter, bevel gears up to 500 mm in diameter, and gear racks up to 6 m long. “Being one of Australia’s premier gear manufacturers, what could be more appropriate than debuting at Australia’s premier mining event”, Ronson Gears’ Managing Director, Gordon New, said. “Employing 38 people, we are a quality-driven company with ISO9001 accreditation and Australia’s foremost gear measurement facility. “We can handle quantities from one-offs to runs of thousands with our experienced staff and state-of-the-art gear manufacturing machinery.”  Clients include Joy Mining, P&H Minepro, Caterpillar and Metso Minerals.Australian engineer Ronald Charles New founded Ronson Gears in 1954. With a passion for precision, the company has flourished and earned a worldwide reputation for innovation and excellence. In 1967, Ronson Gears moved to its current premises which have since been extended twice. Since 1990 Ronald’s sons, Gordon and Terry New, have sourced developments in gear manufacturing from around the globe. Today, an Australian industry leader in this market niche, Ronson Gears states that it “continues to invest in the latest technology bringing an ever increasing range of premium gear services to our loyal local and international clients.” Ronson Gears is an active member of international industry associations including Eurotrans and the American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA), and has firm relationships with associate companies in Europe, Japan, New Zealand and USA.last_img read more

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SMT puts service at the heart of its business and aims to

first_imgSMT has set out its commitment to customer service by changing its company name to ‘Service Machinery & Trucks’ (SMT). Previously ‘Swedish Machinery & Trucks’, the inclusion of ‘Service’ in the new company name is a clear statement of SMT’s intent to place services at the heart of the business and to develop its brand in the European market.As part of this approach and to align SMT’s organisation, Kuiken Netherlands along with VCM Belgium & VCM Luxembourg are also changing their company names to SMT to offer unified service across all markets.Jérôme Barioz, SMT CEO, comments: “Now is the ideal time to rename and rebrand our business and bring together the combined strengths of SMT Group and the Kuiken Group, the complementary ethos will help cement SMT’s place in Africa and win new customers in Europe.“A strong commitment to customer service is very much part of the DNA of our business. As a supplier of premium brands and services our customers have high expectations of everyone in our group, they rely on us to help them build their business profitably as they have demanding customers themselves.  It is the quality of our service that differentiates us from our competitors in each market, through listening to and understanding their needs we have earned their trust and built successful long term relationships.”One of the fundamental values of SMT is to build partnerships with its customers by offering high-end services and products in the transport and infrastructure sectors with the objective of supporting their growth.“With the coming together of SMT, we have succeeded in combining our dynamism and renowned operational agility with the experience and knowledge of an industry leader in the Benelux, thereby reinforcing our expertise and the added value we can bring to our customers,” concludes Barioz. “We have the organization and expertise to provide top-of-the-range products and services that all our customers are looking for and expect from us.”Established in 1991 in Belgium, SMT today provides a broad range of advanced products, services and solutions for the transport and infrastructure sectors across Europe and Africa. It is the official distributor of Volvo Construction Equipment, Volvo Trucks, Volvo Penta, Sennebogen, Terex Trucks, Dressta, Palfinger and Mack Trucks in 23 countries in north, central and west Africa.last_img read more

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Using Dropbox cuts 13inch MacBook Air battery life from 12 to 3

first_imgLast month Apple revealed new models of its 11 and 13-inch MacBook Air laptops for 2013. The biggest draw of the new machines was the switch to Intel’s Haswell processors and the promise of all day battery life. Indeed, the 11-inch model is rated at 9 hours, where as the 13-inch Air achieves 12 hours before you need to plug it in.That battery life rating depends on what applications you are running, though. For example, movie playback will cut 2 hours off those times. What may surprise you is, using Dropbox seems to be by far the worst offender for killing your battery life. Leave it running in the background and your Air battery could be drained in just 3 hours.This discovery was made by programmer and Qwikast founder Nico Schuele. He purchased a new 13-inch MacBook Air and proceeded to install his most used applications on it, one of which was Dropbox. After noticing he only had 3 hours of battery left after only 20 minutes of use on a full charge he started investigating what was going on.The battery checked out fine using coconutBattery, and eventually Nico discovered Dropbox was using 90 percent of his CPU. File syncing was the cause, but even when that had finished Dropbox continued to draw quite a bit of power. Even with it paused he was only getting 7 hour battery life. It wasn’t until he turned Dropbox off completely that the Air reported 14 hours (using iStat).So, if you own a MacBook Air or any laptop for that matter, it might be wise to disable Dropbox when you aren’t using it. As for Dropbox itself, it sounds like some work needs to be done to cut its processor usage in general, but especially when syncing files.last_img read more

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Man arrested after cannabis and cocaine worth €250000 is seized

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3105021 A MAN HAS been arrested after gardaí seized cannabis and cocaine with a street value of almost €250,000 in Limerick city.Gardaí found the drugs during searches at a number of houses in the Limerick area yesterday.During the course of a search of one house in Moyross, gardaí discovered cannabis resin with an approximate street value of €19,500, cocaine with an approximate street value of €12,500 and cannabis herb with an approximate street value of €215,000 (all subject to analysis). Sunday 27 Nov 2016, 11:18 AM Nov 27th 2016, 11:18 AM Short URL 9 Comments 10,196 Views center_img Source: Garda Press Office Source: Garda Press OfficeA 31-year-old man was later arrested and is being detained at Henry St Garda station under section two of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act.During the search of another property in Kileely, €10,050 in cash and cannabis resin with an approximate street value of €100 was also seized.Read: Woman (37) in critical condition after serious assault in LimerickRead: Donald Trump calls election recount ‘a scam’ Man arrested after cannabis and cocaine worth €250,000 is seized A number of houses in Limerick were searched yesterday. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share89 Tweet Email By Órla Ryanlast_img read more

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Un Apple Store au centre commercial de La Défense

first_imgUn Apple Store au centre commercial de La Défense ?Le site Macgeneration révèle qu’un magasin Apple Store pourrait prochainement voir le jour au centre commercial les Quatre Temps situé à La Défense en région parisienne. Cela ferait près de trois ans que la marque à la pomme prévoit d’y installer un de leurs magasins.Comme toujours, les rumeurs vont bon train au sujet d’Apple. Mais cette fois-ci, ce n’est ni l’iPhone 5, ni un nouvel iPad qui en sont l’objet, mais bien un nouvel Apple Store. En effet, le site Macgeneration a révélé aujourd’hui qu’un magasin Apple pourrait très prochainement être installé au centre commercial Les Quatre Temps de La Défense dans les Hauts-de-Seine (92). Selon leur source, l’information serait en fait apparue dans les systèmes internes de la marque à la pomme.À lire aussiiPad Air 2 : Keynote confirmée, tout ce que l’on sait sur la future tablette AppleEn vérité, ce ne serait qu’une demi-surprise, puisqu’il semblerait que cela fasse près de trois ans qu’Apple s’intéresse à La Défense, recherchant un emplacement pour une éventuelle boutique. Ce serait donc chose faite ? Pour l’instant, la rumeur n’a pas été confirmée, et on en sait encore moins sur la future place exacte de l’Apple store. Néanmoins, Les Quatre Temps seraient une situation de choix pour Apple. Le centre réunit en effet de nombreuses boutiques et restaurants mais aussi un quartier d’affaires très actif où les sociétés se multiplient. S’il voit réellement le jour, l’Apple Store serait alors le quatrième magasin francilien après celui d’Opéra, du Carroussel du Louvre et celui du centre commercial Vélizy 2. Le 9 août 2011 à 19:34 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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What is National Thowheeth Jamaath Another IS module behind Sri Lankan Easter

first_imgSri Lankan minister Harin Fernando also said that some intelligence officers were aware of the incidence and that there was a delay in action.He also uploaded a few documents, which he had presented as the information of the attack. “Serious action needs to be taken as to why this warning was ignored”, he tweeted. After the ghastly bomb blasts in Sri Lanka that have claimed the lives of nearly 300 people and wounded more than 500, the island nation has blamed National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) for the attacks.What is National Thowheeth Jama’ath?National Thowheeth Jama’ath is an Islamic radical group with its belief in deep Islamic ideologies that sometimes have links with Islamic terrorism. It is believed that around 2016, NTJ separated from another radical group Sri Lanka Thowheed Jamath (SLTJ).Even though no one has claimed the dreaded attacks, Sri Lanka believes that this act of extreme violence was carried out by NTJ. The extremist group first came into the radar after they vandalised a Buddhist statue in the country and in 2016, the group leader, Abdul Razik, was arrested for inciting racism. Sri Lanka church explosiontwitterEven though the group is more prominent in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka, they also have their networks in many middle-eastern and European countries including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, France, the US and the UK.Motives and ideologiesFrom the attacks on the church and the five-star hotels, the alleged NTJ has given a similar demonstration of every other Islamic terrorist organisation with their Jihadist ideologies, especially that of Al Qaeda with the suicide bombing.According to Anne Speckhard, the director of the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism, the goal of National Thowheeth Jama’ath is not insurrection. Instead, it aims to spread the global jihadist movement to Sri Lanka and to create hatred, fear and divisions in society, reports The New York Times. Explosion at St. Anthony’s Church at KochchikadetwitterHowever, very little is known about this organisation and their methods but if the outfit is behind the recent blasts in the island nations as per the claims, then it is a rise of new terror wing under the name of communal violence.Zero precautions even after serious intel The Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the government had intelligence information about possible attacks by the NTJ on Sunday.According to the reports, Sri Lanka’s police chief, Pujuth Jayasundara, had issued the alert to his department a few days back about a possible attack. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:03/1:02Loaded: 0%0:03Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:59?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis 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. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close 290 killed in serial bomb blasts in Sri Lankalast_img read more

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A jungle concert St Paddys Day and other stuff happening in Costa

first_imgRelated posts:Arts Festival in Jacó, and other happenings around Costa Rica Paul McCartney to perform in Costa Rica on May 1 Spanish mega-star, haunted houses, and other happenings around Costa Rica India Fest, San Ramón run and other happenings around Costa Rica Caricaco Music and Arts FestivalThe stars have aligned: Caricaco is (a) an excuse to visit the bucolic town of Nosara, (b) an all-star lineup of Costa Rican bands, from Ojo de Buey to Sonámbulo, (c) a massive gathering of fun-loving people in the luxurious tropical setting of Finca Austria. The one-day festival starts early Saturday afternoon and continues late into the night. A Nicoya Peninsula fixture since 2009, Caricaco will make you want to stick around for the whole weekend.Caricaco takes place March 15 in Finca Austria, Nosara. 3 p.m. ₡20,000 ($40). Info: Festival website.St. Patrick’s Day Beer FestivalOn St. Patrick’s Day, everybody’s Irish – including partygoers outside an Escazú Walmart. This two-day beer festival celebrates the food and libations of the Emerald Isle. But pace yourself: The carnival begins in the late morning and goes late into the night. Good thing there’s a taxi stand right next door.The St. Patrick’s Day celebration takes place March 15 and 16 in front of Walmart, Escazú, southwest of the capital. Sat., 11 a.m.–12 a.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–9 p.m. ₡10,000 ($20). Info: Event ticketing site.Guanacaste Cultural FestivalThis cornucopia of traditional food, dance and crafts celebrates Guanacastecan culture in the heart of the provincial capital of Liberia. The festival also coincides with the Under 17 Women’s World Cup tournament, which takes place in Costa Rica this year.Festival takes place March 14-18 around Mario Cañas Ruíz Park, Liberia, Guanacaste. Daily 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Free. Info: RedCultura website.National Film Festival on the BeachCatch this revue of Latin American films, set against the rain forest backdrop of Manuel Antonio. One film screened per night through Sunday, each telling a different Spanish-language story of love and adventure.La Festival Nacional de Cine en la Playa continues March 16 in front of the Rotunda in Manuel Antonio. Films start nightly at 7 p.m. Free. Info: Festival website.Fifth International Festival of Arab ArtsBelly dancing and Mediterranean food – it’s a perfect combination. The Festival of Arab Arts is a rare glimpse at the folk traditions from the Arabian Peninsula, hosted by MADC.Festival takes place March 14-16 at the Museum of Contemporary Art & Design, Barrio Amón, San José. Fri. 8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. ₡2,000-5,000 ($4-10). Info: RedCultura website.Music: Victor KapustaThe singer-songwriter performs romantic songs in an intimate setting.Victor Kapusta performs March 15 at Bar Micheladas, Moravia. 9 p.m. ₡5,000 ($10). Info: Victor Kapusta Facebook page.A Night of Celtic MusicJust in time for St. Patrick’s Day, some reels and ballads from the Emerald Isle.Concert takes place March 14 at Casa de España, Sabana North. 8 p.m. Free. Info: Event Facebook page.Music: Son Mayor OrchestraDance to salsa classics at one of San José’s most rambunctious clubs.Son Mayor Orchestra plays March 14 at Casa Zeller, San José. 9 p.m. ₡4,000 ($8). Info: Casa Zeller Facebook page.Theater: A Dream ArtistThis experimental drama by José Sanchis Sinisterra explores abuse of power, in a co-production by The National Theater Company of Costa Rica and The Little Theater Collective.“A Dream Artist” continues through April 5 at the Calderón Guardia Museum, Barrio Escalante. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m. General admission ₡4,000 ($8) or ₡2,000 ($4) for students. Info: 8422-1438.Art: “Forces of Nature”Alonso Duran’s acrylic paintings receive an opening party at Hidden Garden Art Gallery in Liberia.“Forces of Nature” opens March 15. Hidden Garden Art Gallery is located 4 km west of Daniel Oduber International Airport. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. Info: hiddengarden.thevanstgroup.com.Film: “Ay, Carmela!”What could possibly be funny about the Spanish Civil War? How about a bunch of vaudeville performers caught in the crossfire?“Ay, Carmela!” will be screened March 20 at the Spanish Cultural Center, Barrio Escalante. 7 p.m. Free. Info: Red Cultura website.International Design FestivalFestival Internacional de Diseño continues March 14 and 15, Old Customs House (“Antigua Aduana”), Barrio Escalante. $75-140. Info: Festival website.Film: Oscar and Golden Globe FestivalSan José’s Cine Magaly continues its screenings of Golden Globe and Oscar-nominated films.Film series plays through March 19 at Cine Magaly, Barrio California, San José. Various times. ₡3,000 ($6). Info: Cine Magaly Facebook page.Theater: “The House of the Spirits”Teatro Espressivo presents a theatrical adaptation of Isabel Allende’s classic novel, “The House of the Spirits.” This epic magic-realist story receives an inventive adaptation by Caridad Svich.“The House of the Spirits” continues through April 13 at Teatro Espressivo, Curridabat. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 6 p.m. ₡8,000-15,000 ($16-30). Info: Performance website.Theater: “100 Square Meters”Sara has found the perfect property, except for one thing: If she buys it, the 70-year-old owner gets to stay until she dies. But will cigarettes and booze actually kill the old woman, or will Sara wait indefinitely? Find out during Juan Carlos Rubio’s stage play, thanks to Spain-based TIKTAKProductions.“100 Metros Cuadrados” performs through March 30 at the Vargas Calvo Theater, downtown San José. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m. ₡5,500 ($11) general admission, ₡3,000 ($6) students. Info: RedCultura site.Fine Art: “In the Woods”The Museum of Costa Rican Art presents this haunting and beautiful series of landscapes by Gerardo González. See his unique vision of the rain forest.“Bosque Adentro” continues through April 6 at the Museum of Costa Rican Art, La Sabana Park. Tue.-Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info: Museum website.Enamorate de tu ciudadYes, you can get gaga for San José – especially when the Culture Ministry is sponsoring Enamorate de tu ciudad, or Fall in Love With Your City, a year-long celebration of art, culture and urban parks. Check back for games, workshops, presentations and surprise performances.Fall in Love with Your City takes place on Saturdays in various parks in downtown San José. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info: Enamorate de tu Ciudad website. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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National Surf Circuit kicks off at Playa Cocles

first_img Facebook Comments The 2016 National Surf Circuit kicked off this past weekend in Playa Cocles on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast with a panoply of talented young athletes competing on over 8-foot-high waves and in occasional downpours of rain.Judging from this first event, the circuit, which is in its 16th year, looks set to fulfill its promise of offering young surfers an arena in which to challenge the country’s best athletes and rise up in the competitive ranks. Out of the 200 surfers who participated at Playa Cocles, 110 were under 18.Once these surfers develop the skills to win their age groups, they improve in the national rankings, making them eligible to join Costa Rica’s national teams.In the open category, two young men — who both honed their competitive skills in the National Surf Circuit — ended up battling it out in the finals.Anthony Fillingim of Malpaís, who is the current Association of Latin American Professional Surfers champion, racked up his 3rd national circuit trophy in four years in Cocles, with a personal best score of 17.33 (9.00 + 8.33). Not an easy feat, mind you, as he faced off against International Surf Association world champion Noe Mar McGonagle of Pavones, just back from his first World Surf League Qualifying Series date in Portugal.Fillingim and McGonagle traded waves back and forth in a nail-biter that left competitors Anderson Tascon and Enoch Santana behind, and riled up the 1,500 spectators on the beach.“Here you had a champion and the champion of the world,” said Randall Chavis, president of the Costa Rica Surf Federation. “It was important for the young kids to see these champions competing like this, especially since they hope to find themselves in this situation one day.” Anthony Fillingim won the men’s open division at Playa Cocles. (Courtesy Alfredo Barquero)Sixteen-year-old Emily Gussoni, 16, of Jacó used her rapidly improving skills in the final heat of the women’s division to beat the legendary 12-time national women’s champion Lisbeth Vindas and, at her home break, three-time national women’s champion Nataly Bernold.Gussoni attributed her win to an improved performance in the 2015 National Surf Circuit, as well as participation in additional contests in Costa Rica and around the world. Her agenda has included the Guanacaste Surf Circuit, in its 3rd year in that province, and a handful of World Surf League Qualifying Series events.“I have been training so hard by surfing in different places, going to the gym, riding bicycles,” Gussoni explained. “Also, I will try to do all the circuit dates, and the international Pro Juniors and QS [Qualifying Series]. My surfing has improved because I’m surfing with girls from other countries in these contests. Betty [Vindas] and Nataly [Bernold] are great surfers, but I have good discipline. I want to improve my surfing every day. This is my passion.”Organizers agree that it’s the young people surfing in the under 16 categories, including grommets (under 14) and minigrommets (under 12), who need every opportunity to shine. For the second year, the National Surf Circuit has accommodated its rising number of youth by running heats in front of two separate podiums.“Our level of surfing at all ages is impressive,” Chavis said. “The people from other countries say, ‘wow, look at the surfers from Costa Rica.’ Right now we are the world champions in the [International Surfing Association] open category, and year by year, if we keep this up, we’ll have a world champion in the juniors.”The Costa Rica Surf Federation has offered five scholarships this year to surfers who have good grades in school. This way, financially challenged youngsters will have a chance to enter the circuit system, and maybe one day, be a champion as well.The remaining six dates of the National Surf Circuit include Playa Jacó (Feb. 21-22), Playa Cieneguita (March 12-13), Playa Bejuco (April 16-17), Playa Guiones (May 21-22), Santa Teresa (June 18-19) and the Gran Finals in Jacó (July 15-17).Information on how to register is at www.SurfingCR.net.Results    Men OpenAnthony Fillingim (Santa Teresa)Noe Mar McGonagle (Pavones)Enoc Santana (Puntarenas)Anderson Tascon (Herradura)Women OpenEmily Gussoni (Jacó)Nataly Bernold (Playa Cocles)Lisbeth Vindas (Jacó)Zulay Martínez (Tamarindo)JuniorJosé Joaquín López (Jacó)Oscar Urbina (Puerto Viejo)Gabriel Córdoba (Puerto Viejo)Aldo Chirinos (Playa Negra)Junior WomenEmily Gussoni (Jacó)Serena Naca (Playa Grande)Zulay Martínez (Tamarindo)Coral Wiggins (Avellanas)Boys (Under 16)Oscar Urbina (Puerto Viejo)Tiago Carrique (Playa Negra)Gabriel Córdoba (Puerto Viejo)Kenneth Peralta (Jacó)Girls (Under 16)Serena Nava (Playa Grande)Paulina Summers (Puerto Viejo)Coral Wiggins (Avellanas)Lady Meek (Dominical)Grommets (Under 14)Dean Vandewalle (Tamarindo)Samuel Reidy (Dominical)Aaron Ramirez (Jacó)Kenneth Peralta (Jacó)Mini-grommets (Under 12)Axel Castro (Cieneguita)Kalani Abrahao (Tamarindo)Ziggye Mirie (Jacó)Itan Hollander (Dominical)Mini-grommets Girls (Under 12)Lía Díaz (Tamarindo)Auxiela Ryan (Puerto Viejo)Katie Herman (Avellanas)Danielle Guzmán Related posts:Costa Rica’s national team departs for World Surfing Games in France Leilani McGonagle wins bronze medal at World Surfing Games Guanacaste Surf Circuit crowns winners Noe Mar McGonagle wins bronze, Team Costa Rica finishes fifth at ISA World Surfing Gameslast_img read more

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THAI and Bangkok Airways enter code share agreement

first_imgTHAI and Bangkok Airways enter code share agreementTHAI and Bangkok Airways enter code share agreementThai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) led by Mrs. Usanee Sangsingkeo – Acting President and Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited by Mr. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth – President signed a Code-Share Agreement at THAI’s Head Office to strengthen their respective route networks, to facilitate commercial sales, and to improve passenger convenience in flight connections between the two air carriers.Mrs. Usanee Sangsingkeo (second from left), Acting President of Thai Airways International (THAI), said that THAI and Bangkok Airways have had a good long-standing relationship for more than 20 years. The two air carriers entered into an interline agreement in 2003, which made it possible for passengers to purchase air tickets and conveniently travel on connecting flights between THAI and Bangkok Airways, which help to boost commercial sales for both airlines. The agreement between THAI and Bangkok Airways has further developed into a code-share agreement in order to better facilitate expansion in the area of commercial sales and increase passenger convenience on more flights that connect between the two air carriers. This also helps strengthen the Thai airline industry, supports the Thai economy, increases tourist arrivals into the country, and elevates Thailand as the aviation hub of ASEAN.Mr. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth (second from right), President of Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited, said that Bangkok Airways continually works towards making product and service improvements for maximum passenger satisfaction. Building code-share agreements with leading international airlines is to increase its capacity through the route network and sales. What is most important is to make travel convenient for passengers traveling inbound from destinations across the world and to connect them to various final destinations operated by the airline. Currently, the company has entered into code-share agreements with 22 leading air carriers worldwide.Bangkok Airways has taken the important step to enter a code-share agreement with THAI which is the national carrier, a leading international airline with international service standards, and operates to 61 destinations across the world and Bangkok Airways’ current network covers more than 12 domestic and 16 international destinations with strong connections to ASEAN countries and the airline continues to expand its route network. This cooperation will help to strengthen the relationship between both airlines as well as their respective networks, successively elevating the quality of service for Thai air carriers, which supports Thailand as the aviation hub of ASEAN.The code-share agreement will be on the following routes: Flights Operated by Bangkok Airways 1. Domestic flights on 10 routes: roundtrip flights on the route Bangkok-Samui, Bangkok-Chiang Mai, Bangkok-Chiang Rai, Bangkok-Phuket, Bangkok-Krabi, Bangkok-Lampang, Bangkok-Sukhothai, Bangkok-Trat, Chiang Mai-Mae Hong Son, and Samui-Phuket.2. International flights on 4 routes: roundtrip flights on the route Bangkok-Danang(Vietnam), Bangkok-Luang Prabang (Laos), Bangkok-Maldives (Malé), and Bangkok-Siem Reap (Cambodia).Flights Operated by THAI Roundtrip international flight on the route Bangkok-Singapore and other future routes are being considered.For more information, reservations and ticketing, passengers may visit www.thaiairways.com or call the THAI Contact Center at Tel. 02-356-1111 or through travel agents across Thailand.Passengers may also visit www.bangkokair.com or call the Bangkok Airways Call Center by calling 1771 24 hours a day (at a service charge of 3 Baht nationwide, for landline calls only).Source = THAI – Thai Airways International – Bangkok Airwayslast_img read more

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The Solomon Islands are paddling forward further

first_imgThe Solomon Islands are paddling forward, further developing their place in the Pacific this week hosting the Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture and the inaugural ‘Mi Save Solo’ Solomon Islands tourism exchange. Travel Monitor contributor Kate Webster reports from Honiara.Solomon Islands Minister for Tourism & Culture, the Hon. Bartholomew Parapolo officially opened the tourism exchange, welcoming some 30 buyers from Australia, Japan, Taiwan and the US at the Coral Sea Resort & Casino in Honiara.Buyers will meet with local tour operators, dive companies and resort managers representing product from across the Solomon Islands, before going beyond Honiara to Gizo and Munda in the Western Province, Marau Sound and Malaita to experience what makes the destination an ideal choice for travellers to experience the South Pacific.Tourism Solomon’s Sales & Marketing Representative Richard Skewes with Mi Save Solo delegates.Tourism Solomons CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto said the essence of these post-tourism exchange programs was to instil a very clear image in participants’ knowledge banks that the Solomon Islands is very much a “series of destinations within the one destination offering a plethora of unique and very niche travel experiences.”Tuamoto said while there had been similar buyer/seller events in previous years, this year’s event has attracted unprecedented increased interest.Delegates to Mi Save Solo are able to enjoy music and dance by performers from all over the South Pacific at the Melanesian Cultural FestivalThe timing of the tourism exchange means delegates can also visit the Melanesian Festival of Arts & Culture while in Honiara and the celebrations surrounding the Solomon Islands 40th anniversary of independence.The 6th Melanesian Arts & Cultural Festival kicked off in Honiara on 1 July and runs until 10 July, celebrating the Melanesian arts and culture with over 2000 artists and performers from Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and diaspora Melanesian communities in the Papuan provinces of Indonesia, Timor Leste and the Torres Strait Islanders of Australia.Pan pipers from Santa Isabel performing at the Melanesian Arts & Cultural Festival in Honiara.The Melanesian Arts & Cultural Festival is held every four years and continues to promote traditional and contemporary arts from the whole of Melanesia.This year the theme is “Past Recollections, Future Connections”, setting the stage for a new sense of direction to be taken in a connective manner whereby the past is linked to present status quos and future aspirations.Choiseul tribesmen from the Solomon Islands look menacing – like they just devoured someone with those red mouths. This is of course from chewing betel nut, although they were once known as cannibals.All images by Kate Webster.last_img read more

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