Bluenose II Update

first_imgThe province is accepting recommendations from an engineering review of the steering system of Bluenose II. The report, produced by Langan Design Partners, recommends replacing the ship’s existing steel rudder with either a wooden rudder or a composite made of fiberglass with a carbon stock. The report said the weight of the heavier steel rudder would over time, shorten the life span of the vessel. The full engineering report is available at http://novascotia.ca/news/docs/2016/03/03/ . The 2016 sailing season will take place as scheduled. Work to replace the rudder will be done during the fall and winter. Meanwhile design work is underway on a new rudder, including determining which is the better material to use. “I want to be clear – this is not a safety issue,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Geoff MacLellan. “The Langan report’s findings are about eventual wear and tear on the vessel. While we can continue to safely operate the ship with the current rudder, we want to move on replacing the rudder now to avoid issues down the road.” The province has also resolved the outstanding delay claims with the Lunenburg Shipyard Alliance with a settlement from the province of $5 million of which $1.8 million had already been advanced prior to the final settlement agreement. “Sixty thousand people enjoyed Bluenose II first-hand last season and we acknowledge the work of the Lunenburg Shipyard Alliance and the role they played in bringing Bluenose II to life,” said Mr. MacLellan. The settlement brings the total cost of the project to $23.8 million, which includes the cost of the steering system review. The cost of the rudder is not expected to push the final total beyond the allocated capital budget of $25 million for the project.last_img read more

Huge EVM snags on poll day Naidu to CEC

first_imgNew Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday met Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora here and submitted a memorandum alleging that a large number of EVMs malfunctioned during polling in the state on Thursday and inadequate security led to incidents of violence. Questioning the transfer of several officials ahead of voting, he alleged that the poll body “failed to live up to the spirit of constitutional duty” during elections in Andhra Pradesh which was “dangerous for the future of democracy in the country”. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsDuring the election in the state on April 11, voting was delayed by two to six hours at many polling stations as a large number of EVMs malfunctioned, forcing many voters to return home, the TDP chief claimed. The chief electoral officer of the state himself had trouble casting his vote because the EVMs were not working, he alleged. The TDP requested the poll body to countermand polls at 618 polling stations where voting could not start even many hours after the scheduled commencement time. “Inadequate security arrangement at polling booths emboldened criminal elements that resulted in many law and order incidents, costing one man his life. Many polling stations were manned by just a home guard or a volunteer,” he claimed. Claiming that EVMs were not foolproof and there was a possibility of tampering, the TDP chief demanded that the EC should ensure counting of VVPAT slips in at least 50% of the polling stations so as to infuse confidence among the voters. “This will preserve the sanctity of the electoral process”.last_img read more

Palestine should become observer State at UN as an intermediate step France

21 September 2011Palestine should become an observer State at the United Nations as an intermediate step towards becoming a full Member State, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said today, calling for the immediate resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations with a strict timetable to produce a lasting settlement within the next year. Addressing the General Assembly’s annual general debate, Mr. Sarkozy said granting Palestine the status of observer State “would be an important step forward” in resolving the long-running Middle East conflict.“It would mean emerging from a state of immobility that favours only the extremists,” he said. “We would be restoring hope by marking progress towards the final status.”On Monday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that he plans to submit an application for full UN membership on behalf of Palestine this Friday. Currently, Palestine has observer status at the world body.Mr. Sarkozy told world leaders gathered today that “each of us knows that Palestine cannot immediately obtain full and complete recognition of the status of United Nations Member State. The first reason for this is the lack of trust between the main parties. “But who could doubt that a veto at the Security Council risks engendering a cycle of violence in the Middle East?”Mr. Sarkozy said the Palestinian authorities must reaffirm Israel’s right to exist and to its security, and pledge to not use any new status as an observer State “to undertake actions incompatible with the continuance of negotiations. “In parallel, Israel must observe the same restraint – it must abstain from any actions that would prejudice the final status. The ultimate goal of peace negotiations must be mutual recognition of two nation States for two peoples, established on the basis of the 1967 lines, with agreed and equivalent exchanges of land.”The French President said those negotiations – which stalled at the end of September last year – ought to resume within a month, with a timetable to reach an accord on borders and security within six months and a definitive agreement within a year.He added that France proposes holding a donor conference to assist the Palestinians in the construction of their future State.“We can wait no longer. All the elements of a solution are known and enshrined in numerous documents, from the Madrid Conference of 1991 to President Obama’s speech on 19 May this year, and including the Roadmap, the Arab Peace Initiative and the parameters agreed on by the European Union.” read more

Home construction picks up in June boosted by apartments Toronto condos

OTTAWA — Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the pace of home construction picked up last month, boosted by work beginning on apartments in Ontario and especially condominiums in Toronto.The housing agency said Monday the seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts was 218,333 units in June, up from 186,709 in May.Canada’s top banking regulator tightens scrutiny of mortgage lending practices amid soaring home pricesForeign buyers snapped up 5% of B.C.’s real estate deals in JuneEconomists had expected June to come in at 190,000, according to Thomson Reuters.“We’ve argued that Canadian housing wasn’t going to fall off a cliff, but we didn’t exactly expect it to climb again,” CIBC economist Nick Exarhos said.The increase came as the pace of urban starts increased by 18.1 per cent in the month to 202,702 units, boosted by multiple urban starts, which gained 26.7 per cent to 142,819. Single-detached urban starts increased by 1.7 per cent to 59,883.Regionally, the pace of urban housing starts rose in B.C., Ontario and in the Prairies, but fell in Atlantic Canada and Quebec.“Residential construction activity remains a highly regional story in Canada, as it should given how widely economic conditions differ below the surface right now,” BMO Capital Markets senior economist Robert Kavcic said.The health of the Canadian housing market has been a key focus for economists.The Bank of Canada has identified the housing sector as an area of risk and warned that the pace of home price increases in the red-hot markets of Vancouver and Toronto is unlikely to be sustained.Kavcic noted that the national pace of housing starts looked to be settling in around 200,000, up from the rate in recent years.“This level of construction activity is somewhat stronger than needed to support demographic demand, but if there is ‘overbuilding’ starting to take shape, it is largely centred in one area — British Columbia,” he wrote in a report.Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 15,631 units.The six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rate increased to 197,918 in June compared with 190,302 in May.© Thomson Reuters 2016 read more

Road injuries leading cause of death for the young despite safety gains

“What’s killing our young children and adults, is road traffic crashes now,” Dr. Etienne Krug, Director of the WHO department that deals with violence and Injury prevention, told UN News.Increases in average speed; driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; and inadequate post-crash care, are among various factors making traffic injuries the number one killer of persons aged five to 29, the 2018 Global Status on Road Safety reveals.© World Bank/Simone D. McCourtieAdditionally, of the total number of road traffic deaths, 90 percent occur in low and -middle-income countries.It’s important to notice this is a “real issue of inequalities,” Dr. Krug said, citing that only one percent of the vehicles in the world are in poorer countries, and yet 13 percent of all vehicle-related deaths occur there. High-income nations account for 40 percent of the world’s cars, and only seven percent of total traffic fatalities.Dramatic increases in fatalities for many low- and middle-income countries, are in part reflective of their rapid development, associated with “new roads, new cars, new drivers”, Dr. Krug explained.While no low-income country has demonstrated a reduction in overall deaths, compared to previous data from 2015, 48 middle and high-income countries in Europe, the Americas and Western Pacific, have reported road traffic death declines; largely attributed to improved legislation around speed limits, intoxicated driving and seat-belt safety, among others.The tried and true method of mitigating the situation via policy changes has worked for richer nations, but poorer countries are not keeping up when it comes to positive changes.Director-General at the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus said that “these deaths are an unacceptable price to pay for mobility”, calling inaction inexcusable.“This is a problem with proven solutions. This report is a call for governments and partners to take much greater action to implement these measures,” he urged.WHO has contributed to the reduction of road tragedies through its collaboration with the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS), which prioritizes high-risk countries in intervention through building sustainable transportation alternatives, safer roads, monitoring vehicle standards, and policy strengthening. In 2017, the health organization released evidence-based measures to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries; Save LIVES a road safety technical package, which recommends strategies to address risk factors and guides Member States in reaching the target of halving the global road injuries and deaths by 2020.Twenty-two countries have improved their legislation since 2015, and several have taken measures to improve trauma care services, and infrastructure, signaling moves toward progress, Dr. Krug said, “we just need to see more of them.”“What we need to see is real high-level political will to take on the problem…We know we needs to be done, that’s not the issue, we just need to do it,” he added. read more

Mens CL Ademar and Savehof with important wins

← Previous Story Women’s EHF CL: Larvik and Itxako share points Next Story → Metalurg with 7.000 fans waiting for HSV Group A:Chambery Savoie (FRA) vs. FC Barcelona Intersport (ESP) 19:30 (10:15)20 good minutes were not enough for Chambery Savoie to repeat the last season’s success against FC Barcelona Intersport. The defending champions played in a sovereign way in the lion’s den and secured a clear victory. Without playmaker Edin Basic the French runners-up did not have the means to stop the “Barca express” with their outstanding fast wings and counter attacks. Aside goalkeeper Danijel Saric saved impressive.After the 8:8 in minute 20, the Barcelona engine was in full swing, as the Catalans increased the gap easily to 15:10 at the break. After the first ten minutes of the second half and the score of 16:19 Chambery could hope again, but four straight goals brought the Catalans back on the winner’s way. Latest at the 26:18 in minute 51 the match was decided.As Barcelona only need one more point to secure the Group victory, the next duel on Thursday at Schaffhausen (both teams equal with six points) is crucial for Chambery.IK Sävehof (SWE) vs. RK Croatia Osiguranje Zagreb (CRO) 28:25 (12:10)The Swedish champions remain the big surprise in this Group: Thanks to their fourth victory in the last five matches, Sävehof took the third position in this Group, two points ahead of Schaffhausen and Chambery. Having their next match at Sarajevo (still zero points) they can secure their qualification for the Last 16 already next weekend.On the other hand their first away defeat in this season meant a huge kickback for the Croatian champions in their race for the Group victory. Now Zagreb need to win at Barcelona next weekend to still have chances to become number one.After a strong start of the host (12:7) the game was equal until the score of 16:16, before the strongest period of Sävehof started. Led by top scorer Fredrik Larsson (13 goals) the Swedes played their best 15 minutes in this season of the VELUX EHF Champions League, scored a series of 11:3 and had decided the game at the score of 27:19. The Croatian catch-up chase came to late to endanger the host.Group B:Füchse Berlin (GER) vs. Chekhovskie Medvedi (RUS) 31:28 (17:19)The Foxes tame the Bears: Thanks to this close and hard earned victory the Germans overtook the Russians in the table. Ranked third Füchse are only one point below MKB Veszprem and one point ahead of Vive Targi Kielce and two points ahead of Medvedi.The guests had the better start in a match on eye level for nearly 60 minutes. Until the score of 27:27 in minute 56, no team could outdistance the opponent. Then the last four minutes decided the game, as Mark Bult hammered a penalty shot into the Russian goal, scoring the 30:28, latest Sven-Sören Christophesen secured the victory with the final goal. Top scorer was Marcus Richwien with eight Füchse goals.Group C:St. Petersburg HC (RUS) vs. HSV Hamburg (GER) 25:36 (13:17)Even missing their team captain Pascal Hens due to an injury could not stop HSV Hamburg on their way to their eighth victory. In a highly dominant way they imprinted the one-sided game and took the early victory in Group C.  Top scorers were Bertrande Gille (HSV), Eldar Nasyrov and Ruslan Gaboev (St. Petersburg) with each six goals.Hamburg started better, but St. Petersburg was close until the break. When Matthias Flohr scored four straight goals to 23:17 the game was decided already in minute 40. Goalkeeper Johannes Bitter saved 17 shots and Guillaume Gille (in his 400thmatch for HSV) scored the most spectacular goal. 100 German fans in the Baltic city celebrated a clear victory.The host now need a miracle to reach the Last 16, as St. Petersburg are four points below fourth ranked team of Wisla Plock.Statements after the match:Jens Häusler (coach Hamburg): It was a very important success, as we knew that this game will be a very intense and physical one. We took the points well deserved.Dimitry Torgovanow (coach St. Petersburg): We cannot cope with an international top team like my former club is. We lost our concentration in the second half, so the distance rose minute by minute.Group D:AG Kobenhavn (DEN) vs. RK Partizan Beograd (SRB) 29:23 (18:11)A Sunday walk for AG Kobenhavn against Belgrade, still waiting for their first point. Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson and Niclas Ekberg paved the way for the easy-going victory for the Danish champions, who remain second in the Group, one point below Kiel.Nine of the first 18 AGK goals in the first half were scored by the duo Sigurdsson/Ekberg, aside goalkeeper Kasper Hvidt saved 61 per cent of all Belgrade shots. The distance was comfortable all the time, the victory was never endangered – so Kobenhavn could save some power for the upcoming two hurdles in the VELUX EHF Champions League: at Montpellier and at home against Kiel.Reale Ademar Leon (ESP) vs. Montpellier Agglomeration (FRA) 29:28 (13:12)Ademar Leon is is still unebatable at hoem: After the draw against Kiel and the victory over Kobenhavn now the Spaniards took both points against MAHB Montpellier and remain on third position, only one point below Kobenhavn, but already three points ahead of the French champions, who need to fight hard to leave the fourth rank, which would mean a top opponent already in the Last 16.The match was on the edge the complete 60 minutes – with light advantages for Leon, fighting like lions. Both goalkeepers – Alamo (Leon) and Stochl (Montpellier) – had a brilliant day in this nail-biting thriller.After the 9:9 the host increased the gap to 13:10, but then Montpellier returned and led for the first (and last) time at 17:16 in minute 37. Both teams played very intense, bot no team could outdistance the other. Five minutes before the end at the score of 27:25 for Leon, Montpellier coach Patrice Canayer took his time-out: succesful, as his team equalized again. Time-out Leon 2:11 minutes before the final whistle – then Garcia and Ruesga decide the game with two goals for 29:27.TEXT: EHF read more

PSG WIN ONLY IN SMALL FINAL Chambery Savoie win French Super Cup

Chambery SavoiefranceLNHPSG Handball ← Previous Story DKB Bundesliga 2013/2014: Magdeburg beat Flensburg – Goppingen still on “zero” Next Story → German Leipzig qualify for the Women’s EHF Champions League! Suprise in France, actually, in Tunisian city of Sus, where the French Super Cup weekend took place! The fourth team of the last season in LNH, Chambery Savoie win the trophy in battle against Dunkerque 23:21 (11:13). The two biggest favorites, Paris Saint German and Montpellier played only in “small final” – 43:25 for the third place and team from the capital were much better than day before, when PSG lost against Chambery 33:31.Dunkerque beat Montpellier 32:23 at the semi-final. Montpellier have played without some important players… read more

Qatari El Jaish on European tour before IHF Super Globe

The best team of Asia, El Jaish begins European tour as a part of preparation for the IHF Super Globe 2014 which will start on September 7 in Doha, Qatar.  Qatari team taking part in training camp in Zagreb, Croatia, from August 19-27, during which team coached by Zoran Kastratovic will play three friendly matches against Croatian teams – RK C.O Zagreb, Varazdin and RK Dubrava.That will be a good preparation before the trip to French Strasbourg, where ElJaish will take part in one of the biggest summer tournaments EuroTurnoi (August 28-31).Qatari best team will play in Group A against PSG Handball and best Russian team Chekhovskie Medvedi. French team Montpellier and Chambery will meet Polish VIve Targi Kielce in the Group B.El Jaish has the highest ambitions in the upcoming IHF Super Globe in Doha, especially after signings players as Egyptians, Hachem Mamdouh, Ahmad Lahmar and Hassan  Yossri, three Tunisians Mosbah Sanai, Slim Hedoui and Haykei Megannem and three high-class European players, Hungarian goalkeeper Nandor Fazekas, Montenegrian right back Zarko Markovic and his compatriot, goalkeeper, Goran Stojanovic, who will play for Qatar at WCh 2015.ElJaish couldn’t count on five players of Qatari national team for the IHF Super Globe. ← Previous Story SC Magdeburg overcomes financial deficit Next Story → VIDEO: DHB Super Cup 2014 in 60 seconds read more

Watch this bead chain loop defy gravity and bend physics

first_imgScience is unendingly cool because it can consistently confound the expectations of researcher and layman alike. Case in point, what do you figure would happen if you had a bead chain coiled up in a small container, then pulled one end out? You probably didn’t guess that it would leap up and uncoil like a tiny metallic snake, but that’s what happens.This demonstration is sometimes called Newton’s Beads. It’s an unexpected trick of physics, but the mechanics behind it are fairly simple. When the end of the chain is dropped from the container, it exerts upward force on the next section of the chain. At first the links slowly slither out, but as the fallen portion gets longer, it pulls more strongly and causes the chain to be pulled faster.The effect seen above in slow motion is a function of momentum. The chain still in the beaker is being jerked upward to get out before it can fall down. However, it can’t shed all that energy at once, so it loops up into the air, then falls. The heavier the end is, the faster the chain moves, and the higher the loop.It’s not a smooth arch like you might expect, even after coming to terms with the fact that it’s happening. See, the slightest disturbance in the chain causes waves and loops to form. The constant motion of the chain causes the waves to propagate very slowly, almost appearing to stand still. It’s hypnotic, and neat, and it’s science!last_img read more

Republicans nominate Romney for president

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney swept to the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night, praised lovingly by his wife from their national convention stage as the “man America needs” and cheered by delegates eager to propel him into the fall campaign against President Barack Obama.The hall erupted in cheers when Romney strolled on stage and shared a hug and kiss with his wife of more than 40 years.“This man will not fail. This man will not let us down,” Ann Romney said in a prime-time speech that sounded at times like a heart-to-heart talk among women and at times like a testimonial to her husband’s little-known softer side.“It’s the moms who always have to work harder, to make everything right,” she said. And she vouched firmly for her husband, who lags behind Obama in surveys among women voters: “You can trust Mitt. He loves America.”Earlier, the Romneys watched on television at a hotel suite across the street from the convention hall as delegates sealed his hard-won victories in the primaries and caucuses of last winter. They ended the evening together in a VIP box just above the convention floor.To send Romney and ticketmate Paul Ryan into the fall campaign, the convention quickly approved a conservative platform that calls for tax cuts — not government spending — to stimulate the economy at a time of sluggish growth and 8.3 percent unemployment.last_img read more

US looking past Ebola to prepare for next outbreak

first_imgWASHINGTON — The next Ebola or the next SARS. Maybe even the next HIV. Even before the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is brought under control, public health officials are girding for the next health disaster.“It’s really urgent that we address the weak links and blind spots around the world,” Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told The Associated Press. “Ebola is a powerful reminder that a health threat anywhere can affect us.”Ebola sprang from one of those blind spots, in an area that lacks the health systems needed to detect an outbreak before it becomes a crisis. Now the Obama administration has requested $600 million for the CDC to implement what it calls the Global Health Security Agenda, working with an international coalition to shore up disease detection in high-risk countries and guard against the next contagion.There’s little doubt there will be a next time. Just in recent years, the world has seen bird flu sicken people in Southeast Asia, the respiratory killer SARS spread from China, the 2009 flu pandemic, growing threats from antibiotic-resistant germs, and SARS’ new cousin in the Middle East named MERS.And what if the next bug spills across borders even more easily than Ebola?If bird flu ever mutates to spread between people, “we better look out. It will make Ebola look like a picnic,” Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, warned a recent Senate Appropriations Committee as he questioned whether $600 million was enough to do the job.last_img read more

Missing Margate woman found by Hialeah Police

first_imgMARGATE, FLA. (WSVN) – Hialeah Police have located a woman from Margate, one day after she went missing from her home.Investigators said 50-year old Tabatha Fowler had been last seen walking away from her home near Northwest 76th Avenue and Atlantic Boulevard, Saturday, at around 8:30 a.m.Margate Police said Hialeah officers safely recovered Fowler on Sunday.Police said that Fowler, who has a history of dementia, had been known to walk long distances away from her residence.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Infosys Foundation to set up Rs 5crore RD warchest for IISc

first_imgSudha Murthy – Chairperson of Infosys FoundationInfosys Foundation — the philanthropic arm of information technology major Infosys, has tied up with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru to invest about Rs 5 crore in a bid to enhance infrastructure and increase research activities on infectious diseases.The money will be channelised into research, training and creating awareness about infectious diseases that will also benefit 25 faculty members and 250 students at the institute. The deal could also lead to the introduction of new drugs and improve drug delivery systems as well.”Infosys Foundation aims to set milestones in the area of research of infectious diseases. We will focus on motivating researchers to perform cutting-edge research, as well as train them to raise awareness about infectious diseases,” said Sudha Murthy, Chairperson of Infosys Foundation.In 2014, the Infosys Foundation pumped in Rs 20 crore to bring distinguished scientists to IISc in order to further boost research at the Centre for Infectious Diseases Research (CIDR) at the institute.IISc is a public university for indepth research and higher education in the field of science, engineering, design and management. It is one of the top ranking institutes in India.IISc has dropped to the 251-300 band from the 201-250 band it had touched last year. The slide came due to drop in the institute’s research influence scores and income, suggest several reports.The government, however, thinks that the problem does not lie with students but with the stifling governance imposed on the education sector. IISc BangaloreWikimedia CommonsWith Infosys Foundation stepping in to help the institute increase research activities, it should provide a room for the IISc to expand its research-related activities and improve its performance to climb up the band again and regain its top position.Not just IISc, other Indian institutes also continued to perform poorly in global university rankings this year. The government said it is planning to build 20 world class educational institutions which will be termed as the Institutions of Eminence.The human resource development ministry has already moved a proposal to the Union Cabinet for the approval.last_img read more

31 new faces likely to be in 47member cabinet

first_img.A 47-member cabinet, led by prime minister Sheikh Hasina, will be constituted on Monday, said cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam on Sunday, reports UNB.”Thirty-one new faces will be inducted in the new cabinet to be formed with three technocrat ministers,” he said while briefing reporters in the afternoon.There will be 24 ministers, 19 state ministers and three deputy ministers in the cabinet.They will take oath at 3:30pm at Bangabhaban.The official gazette over the new cabinet will be published immediately after oath-taking ceremony, he said.With the publication of the gazette, the outgoing cabinet will be abolished, the cabinet secretary said.last_img read more

Sikkim bureaucrat forgoes civil service to promote Bhoti calligraphy

first_imgDarjeeling: Jamyang Dorjee Chakrisar, a bureaucrat, gave up the corridors of power for his love for the Bhoti (Tibetan) language and calligraphy. Having taken voluntary retirement from civil service in Sikkim, Chakrisar took up the herculean duty of promoting Bhoti calligraphy.The Manjushree Centre of Tibetan Culture along with Tibetan Women’s Association and Regional Tibetan Youth Congress as a part of the Central Tibetan Administration’s “Thank You India 2018″ programme for the first time put up a three-day exhibition on Bhoti Calligraphy in Darjeeling. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe exhibition was held at the Manjushree Centre and Darjeeling Chowrasta.”The exhibition evoked immense response, specially among students and the youth. Many want to learn the nuances of this intricate art,” stated Ngawang Tenzing Gyatso, President of the Manjushree Centre.The programme also included an interesting talk by the Master calligrapher. “Bhoti, is the mother tongue of more than three million people living in seven states in the Himalayan regions ranging from Ladakh to Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedArunachal Pradesh. It is like the lingua franca. Bhoti needs to be included in the 8th schedule of the Indian Constitution,” stated Chakrisar.He stated that inclusion will not only mean national integration of the people of these far flung area but will also help promote a language that contributes in projecting the relevance of teachings of Nalanda.Bhoti (Tibetan) language is one of the most impressive translation histories of the world. Starting in the 8th century and continuing for around 900 years, they translated the entire Buddhist cannon, a body of work consisting of more than 4,500 texts and around 73 million words.National Mission for Manuscripts states “Tibetan scripts have outnumbered all other languages barring Sanskrit, Odia and Hindi.” The collection of Buddha’s teachings the Tripitaka, comprising 108 volumes and Tantras are available in Bhoti language and the names of all the volumes start with the word “Gyakar Keydhu” meaning “in the language of India.” “The translations have the potential to establish India as the Jagat Guru,” stated Chakrisar. The script was developed by Thonmi Sambhota in 7th century Nalanda.The Master Calligrapher has attended international level festivals in Japan, Bangkok, New York and will be attending the Congress of Calligraphy in France shortly. “I also promote Devanagri and the Great Indian civilisation at these international meets. I want to promote Yigtsel (Bhoti Calligraphy) on the lines of Sufa of China and Shodo of Japan,” he stated. He also holds the World record of creating the longest calligraphy scroll measuring 163 m in length with 65,000 characters using handmade Tibetan Lokta paper.His work focuses on u-med style where brushworks are exhibited freely. His other innovation is the depiction of Buddhist deities in miniature calligraphy.last_img read more

Hong Kongs a bargain these days with lower than usual airfares hotel

first_imgHong Kong’s a bargain these days with lower than usual airfares, hotel rates Share Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Travelweek Group Tags: Hong Kong, Taiwancenter_img TORONTO — The number of Canadians visiting Hong Kong is up 3% year to date and more air capacity coming later in 2017 will boost that result even higher, says the Hong Kong Tourism Board’s Executive Director Anthony Lau.Lau is happy with all the competition in the skies, with more than a dozen airlines offering Hong Kong flights out of Vancouver and several operating the route out of Toronto. There are also a ton of flights operating to Hong Kong out of the U.S. “We are very confident with the North American market. Good airfares, good hotel rates – to me that means good growth.”Lau says Hong Kong’s favourable hotel rates should stick around for a few years, with more inventory on the way. Currently there are 78,000 hotel rooms in Hong Kong; in a few years, that number will hit 82,000.Hong Kong is a tourism powerhouse and lately it’s been bringing other destinations large and small along for the ride. After successful joint marketing endeavours with mainland China and Thailand, in March 2016 the Hong Kong Tourism Board announced it was teaming up with Taiwan to promote multi-destination travel to Asia. With all three add-on destinations, packages skew to city/beach, city/culture and city/heritage.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochure“When you take the time to come to Asia, as a long-haul traveller you want to stay a while. You need a secondary destination,” said Lau.A year later, the HKTB says the campaign has achieved “remarkable results”, with the number of Canadians visiting Taiwan and Hong Kong during the same trip recording double-digit growth in 2016.The Taiwan Tourism Bureau (TTB) and the HKTB will continue the partnership in 2017. There are now 19 Canadian tour operators offering joint Hong Kong – Taiwan packages, says HKTB Canada Director Michael Lim, who adds that the HKTB has been busy promoting the two-destination packages with trade fams and workshops.There are currently over 70 direct flights a week connecting Canada to Taiwan and Hong Kong, and this is expected to increase by 21% in 2017. Taiwan and Hong Kong are linked by over 60 flights a day and are 80 minutes apart by plane. For Canadian visitors, there’s no need for a Taiwan visa for visits less than 72 hours.Developing new product is crucial for any destination, and the Taiwan partnership is just one of many ways Hong Kong is looking to re-package itself to visitors. The city gets a 50/50 mix of first-timers and repeat arrivals. For many years now Hong Kong has promoted its shopping, and while the retail product is impressive, Lau says it will take more than Hong Kong’s famous markets and retail shops to lure modern travellers, especially younger travellers. “Shopping is a key activity but it shouldn’t be the only thing,” he says. “We need to talk more about our living culture and green tourism.” Other core strengths for the city include its unique vibe of East meets West, and dining.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongHong Kong has also rebranded a section of the Central business district as Old Town Central, with self-directed walking tour maps available for travellers looking to walk the footsteps of Hong Kong’s history. “Central is our business centre but it’s also where Hong Kong’s history started,” said Lau. “There are a lot of stories here.”Similar efforts are underway to reimagine another half dozen areas around the city, “to create new stories”.And what destinations could be next for joint tourism marketing initiatives? Lau said the HKTB is happy with mainland China, Thailand and Taiwan for now but down the line might look at Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia or Myanmar. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

New NCL cruises Bolivia itineraries free Galapagos cruise more in Goways 2018

first_imgTags: Brochures, Goway Travel, Latin America, Norwegian Cruise Line Travelweek Group TORONTO — Goway’s new 2018 Central and South America Travel Planner, featuring new destinations, products and competitive pricing, is being hailed as a comprehensive selling tool for South and Central America as well as the Polar regions.New additions this year include Norwegian Cruises in South America, which offer travellers increased flexibility. With NCL Freestyle Cruising, they can travel from Santiago, Chile to Buenos Aires, Argentina, or from Miami to LAX via the Panama Canal. Cruising with Norwegian means no fixed dining times, relaxed attire, several distinct dining options, relaxed disembarkation and more lounges, bars and entertainment.Goway’s Holidays of a Lifetime have also been streamlined. The popular ‘Cradle of the Incas’ tour, which covers the highlights of Peru, has been reduced in price by $1,100, now starting at $4,499. This tour can be combined with the nine-day ‘Tango and Waterfalls’ tour in Brazil and Argentina, creating the 17-day ‘Signature South America’ program priced from $11,599.Next year will seethe introduction of some truly unique departures in the Amazon during which clients can join famed conservationist Jean-Michel Cousteau and join in interactive Q&A sessions. There are also VIP itineraries to Peru, Chile, Argentina, Mexico and Brazil that cater to upscale clientele featuring top-level service.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthIntroduced in 2017 and proving popular among clients is the Belmond Andean Explorer train, South America’s only luxury sleeper train. A sister train to the celebrated Andean Explorer, it takes explorers to and from Machu Picchu and boasts refined Andean cuisine, an Observation Lounge and spa cars.The luxury market continues to grow for Goway, and noting this trend, it’s offering a new luxury offering to Bolivia. The eight- or nine-day ‘Deluxe Chile and Bolivia’ allows guests to see the sights onboard customized Air Stream RVs.On the other end of the spectrum, budget-minded travellers will be pleased to learn that Goway has expanded its offerings in the Wonders series. The addition of the eight-day ‘Natural Highlights of Costa Rica’ and the nine-day ‘Wonders of Rio, Iguassu Falls and Buenos Aires’ add to the range of small group, budget trips on set dates.In the Galapagos, Goway has added the Galapagos Royal Palm Resort and Pikaia Lodge to its accommodation offerings. Four- to eight-day luxury land-based itineraries are available, alongside the more adventurous six-day ‘Galapagos Island Hopping’ itinerary during which clients move from one island to the other.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backA new Galapagos vessel on offer is the M/V Majestic, featuring nine air-conditioned double cabins, each with a private bathroom and hot shower. Other amenities include a sundeck with a Jacuzzi, a panoramic dining room and lounge, and modern furnishings. Four-, five- and eight-day itineraries are available.Last year, Goway introduced the only all-inclusive offering in the Galapagos with the ‘Silversea Silver Galapagos’ cruise. Due to its popularity, the all-inclusive model has now been extended to Antarctica onboard the Silver Cloud, considered the most spacious ice class vessel in expedition cruising. A limited number of guests onboard the vessel ensures the highest space-to-guest and crew-to-guest rations in expedition cruising.To celebrate the launch of the new 2018 brochure, Goway is offering a free three-night Galapagos cruise for any bookings, for any product in the 2018 Central, South America and the Polar Region Travel Planner, between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31. Each booking equals one ballot to enter the draw.For more information email info@goway.com. Posted by New NCL cruises, Bolivia itineraries, free Galapagos cruise & more in Goway’s 2018 Travel Plannercenter_img Share Wednesday, October 11, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Costa Rica juggles jaguars and dam construction with matching grant

first_imgHydroelectric dam construction and conservation have historically been at odds worldwide. But Costa Rica thinks it can do both. The government announced a one-of-a-kind matching grant program Tuesday designed to protect a jaguar migration corridor near the site of what will be the largest hydroelectric dam in Central America.By encouraging farmers and landowners to maintain their forests, the National Fund for Financing Forestry (FONAFIFO) and the Environment Ministry hope that the corridor will contribute to stronger genetic diversity of the big cats and other wildlife, while mitigating the environmental impact of the dam’s construction. The first 18 contracts covering a total of 325 hectares are to be signed on Thursday.The state-run Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) announced it would match up to $1.6 million in environmental service payments made by FONAFIFO within a 804-hectare biological corridor at the tail end of the Reventazón hydroelectric dam reservoir in Siquirres. ICE estimates that the Reventazón hydroelectric dam will begin supplying electricity in time for the dry season in 2016. (Courtesy of ICE)Along with the matching grant, ICE agreed to plant 34,000 trees in the area.FONAFIFO uses payment for environmental services to incentivize private landholders to maintain or reforest their land in exchange for modest annual payments. But FONAFIFO Director Jorge Mario Rodríguez said the fund’s $30 million annual budget for the entire country is not enough to involve all those who want to participate.Plus, payment for environmental services often doesn’t pay landowners enough to make it worth their while, said Irene Cañas, vice minister of energy.“Participation from ICE should help make this option more attractive,” Cañas said.Mitigating the environmental impact of the dam will not be easy. The 130-meter-high dam will contain 9 million cubic meters of material and handle up to 118 million cubic meters of water from the Reventazón river.The 305.5-megawatt plant will provide electricity to an estimated 525,000 homes. When complete, it will be the largest dam in Central America.Over 80 percent of Costa Rica’s electrical generation comes from dams.Recommended: Costa Rica’s renewable energy streak is still going, but what does that really mean?Allan Retana, chief environmental manager for the Reventazón hydroelectric project, said that the corridor slated for conservation was identified as the shortest distance between two important ecosystems. Besides encouraging landowners to maintain their forests, ICE is supporting environmental education and conflict resolution for ranchers who lose livestock to jaguars, Retana said.“We see this as a unique opportunity to show that development and wildlife can go together hand in hand,” Retana said. Facebook Comments Related posts:Delays, excuses and gripes mark approaching deadline for distributed electricity generation in Costa Rica Biodiverse Costa Rica announces policy to protect fragile ecosystems Drones could help spot illegal fishing around Costa Rica’s Cocos Island Nicaragua canal threatens jaguars, other endangered species, study findslast_img read more