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Minister Touts of an Ebola Free Caribbean

first_img Town Hall Meeting for Building Heights at gym later today Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Beautiful girls on Beautiful beaches, Turks and Caicos scores with Sports Illustrated Science Fair open to public viewing by noon Related Items:ebola free, gus lightbourne gym, Minister of health, Portia smith Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 31 Oct 2014 – The Caribbean remains Ebola free and for the Minister of Health and Human Services, Portia Smith that is a good indication for confidence. During that opening of the Ebola Workshop yesterday; the Minister touted public and private sector partnership as being critical to the success of being Ebola Virus Disease or EVD ready. Minister Smith explained that she is regular communication with regional counterparts too. No one wants it, but governments around the world agree we must prepare for it and it is costing TCIG an estimated $400,000 to curtail and contain and brace for EVD, Chikungunya and Dengue Fever. The Gus Lightbourne Gym was the place for both discussion and demonstration yesterday… around 50 health workers were there. The workshop continues today in Grand Turk. last_img read more

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Tata Group market cap dips by Rs 50450 crore due to market

first_imgThe Tata Group has suffered an erosion of Rs 50,450 crore in the market capitalisation of its listed entities in just over a month, reflecting the sharp fall in stock markets in India and across the globe.Seventeen listed companies of the Group had a combined market capitalisation of Rs 7,00,912 crore, based on the closing prices as on 22 January, 2016, down 6.71% from Rs 7,51,362 crore as on 17 December, 2015.During the same period, the Sensex has plunged by 5.30%, from 25,803 on 17 December, 2015, to 24,435 as on 22 January, 2016. The Sensex and Nifty witnessed a sharp correction in the past few days on account of a slowdown in China’s economy, the depreciation of the Chinese yuan and a fall in crude oil prices, triggering a wave of global sell-off in stock markets.The Group has 24 listed companies but the figures of some of the companies were not available for comparison, especially those like Mount Everest Mineral Water, the shares of which were not traded in the last 30 days on the BSE.The diversified Group’s listed companies include TCS, Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Tata Power, Tata Communications, Voltas, Tata Global Beverages, Indian Hotels and Tata Coffee. The Group in all has over 100 companies that operate in over 100 countries, according to its website. In 2014-15, the Group’s combined revenues stood at $108.78 billion.In December last year, Mukund Rajan, member of the conglomerate’s group executive council and brand custodian at Tata Sons, had said that the Group plans to increase its market cap to $350 billion by 2025.”By 2025, if we want to be amongst the 25 most valuable companies in the world, the number we would need to hit would be around $350 billion,” Rajan had said. Overall, these companies employ over 600,000 people.last_img read more

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Life through her lenses

first_imgOne winter morning in 2013, when filmmaker Chitvan Gill, witnessed a grim patch of land turning overnight into a Kashmiri shantytown, she assumed the migration resulted from yet another turbulence in the valley.“I used to go to this area in East Delhi very often and suddenly out of the blue one morning, I come across a camp, just overnight. With the ongoing unrest in Kashmir in 2013, I thought it had got something to do with that. They must have fled their homes,” said Gill. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’But, as she delved deeper into their homes, stories unfurled breaking stereotypes associated with the lives of those hailing from Jammu and Kashmir.Gill has captured their stories and way of life that has endured unnoticed in hidden corners of the national capital, in her two-day photo exhibition, Winterlude: A season in Delhi held at Alliance Francaise de Delhi.“When I started enquiring, I realised there’s nothing to do with any trouble, there’s nothing to do with any terrorism,” she says. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“This was a journey that thousands of impoverished peasants and farmers of Kashmir have been making to Delhi for more than four decades. Each year, as a mantle of snow descends over the idyllic Kashmir Valley, they flee here, to this flattened remain of a landfill, to escape the bitter chill,” says the photographer.The exhibition, which is a visual inquiry, into the lives of the unlikely nomads, captured and communicated their varied moods through a collection of 65 photographs. Almost like an oxymoron, gleaming faces of children with cracked cheeks, running noses and greased limbs, running amidst squalor, were recurrent in Gill’s exhibition.“The children were what was most remarkable about the camp. You forgot the filth and acid smoke and were drawn into their sheer joy, their laughter. Oblivious to the ugliness and degradation, it is a carnival, a time of unbridled exuberance and play for them,” said Gill. Gill says she has captured them in some of the most ordinary postures, but the freshness in expression, makes the pictures stand out.Other pictures document several aspects of their daily lives, from setting up their hutments, to their means of survival.“Stakes are driven into the ground, bamboo poles and splints form flimsy scaffoldings, blanketed over by bright sheets of tarpaulin,” she added.Hailing from an agricultural background, most of them, she says, “live off their earnings from their seven months in the valley, while a few engage in the uncanny business of ‘chanda’ collection.” The exhibition was an outcome of Gill’s photographing in East Delhi over a span of two winters, of 2013 and 2014.“Both the years, they came much later due to floods and elections,” she said.“While they were very happy being photographed, there was an evident ‘worriness’ about coming out into the open, for the obvious reason of being associated with violence,” she says vindicating why she has deliberately refrained from mentioning the exact location of the settlement.last_img read more

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Suruchi Sangha launches theme song penned by Mamata

first_imgKolkata: The theme song of Suruchi Sangha, composed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, has been launched on Monday. This is the fourth consecutive year when the Chief Minister has penned the theme song for the Puja committee.The theme song has been launched on the auspicious day of Mahalaya. The theme song – Jayo Maa Jayo Durga – has been sung by the Minister of State for Information and Cultural Affairs department Indranil Sen and Lopamudra Mitra. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSuruchi Sangha is one of the most famous Pujas in the city and every year, lakhs of people turn up at the Puja pandal to get a glimpse of the brilliant artwork. The Puja is going to pull a huge crowd this year as well, because of its unique theme. This year, the theme of the Puja is Maa Aschen Maatir Ghore – Shiuli Gandha Utsav Jure. On Monday, there was a huge gathering at the Puja pandal. The state Youth Services and Sports minister Aroop Biswas, who is the key person of the Puja committee, was present in the pandal during the release of the theme song. Sen was also present at the programme on Monday. Actors from Tollywood and many eminent personalities attended the programme as well. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe celebration of the Puja started from the day of Mahalaya as the actors from Tollywood were found dancing at the beats of dhaak. A wide array of visual treats, starting from 3D artwork to murals, will be there in the Puja pandal. Everything will be done only by using bamboo and clay. Artists have created various designs on bamboo structures using clay. The interior of the Pandal has been decorated with 3D clay artwork. At the same time, there will be “clay etching” and murals on the walls of the Puja pandal. There will also be clay idols of different plants, flowers and birds on the walls of the Puja pandals, as symbols of clean environment and greenery. It will also give the message of the fight against global warming. Moreover, this is the first time in the country when the ceiling of a pandal is getting constructed using the bark of papaya tree. It may be mentioned that soil of different colours is found in different parts of Bengal. There will be a unique artwork at the middle of the Puja pandal and it will be developed using soil of different colours.last_img read more

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French public service workers strike again over job cuts

first_img Tuesday, May 22, 2018 French public service workers strike again over job cuts Tags: France, Strike By: The Associated Press PARIS — French public services workers have gone on strike as part of their protest a government plan to cut 120,000 jobs by 2022.In a joint call, nine unions are also seeking higher wages and are denouncing the increasing use of short-term contracts in public services.This is the third nationwide strike of public workers since French president Emmanuel Macron came into power last May. In his campaign for the presidency, Macron promised to reduce public spending and overhaul the country’s labour laws.Hundreds of flights to and from France have also been cancelled as French air traffic controllers have joined the movement.The government is in discussions with unions about the plans and has said it intends to legislate on its labour reforms next year. Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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WestJet RBC ready to launch new Canadian loyalty platform

first_img Travelweek Group WestJet, RBC ready to launch new Canadian loyalty platform Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Tags: Ampli, RBC, WestJet Sharecenter_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — RBC and WestJet announced today they are creating Ampli, a next generation loyalty platform that will deliver “unparalleled value to consumers through amplified earning power on a simple and convenient digital solution”.Open to all Canadians, Ampli will provide members with merchant offers, flexible rewards and exclusive bonuses.In addition, members who spend on RBC cards and fly with WestJet will further amplify their rewards.Ampli brings RBC and WestJet, who are already partners on the WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard, together in a unique alliance that will complement their existing proprietary loyalty offerings, say the companies.“The Canadian loyalty landscape is ready for disruption, and Ampli is a fundamental shift in the business model,” said Dave McKay, President and CEO of RBC. “We are bringing together top Canadian brands to help them reach consumers more efficiently and effectively. We will also provide consumers with opportunities to earn rewards and save money like never before.”More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsOver the coming months, additional merchant partners will be announced.“We’re delighted to partner with RBC on this new venture. With Ampli, we can provide greater value to the millions of our combined customers by leveraging the power of the platform to deliver personal and relevant offers,” said Ed Sims, President and CEO of the WestJet Group of Companies. “Moreover, Ampli will provide the ability to better serve our guests and help WestJet fly even more premium travellers.”Ampli will debut later this year.last_img read more

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30 years of tourism growth in Jamaica with more to come as

first_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, September 28, 2018 30 years of tourism growth in Jamaica with more to come as JAPEX wraps up Tags: Jamaicacenter_img MONTEGO BAY — Updating retail and supplier delegates at the 28th annual Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) this week at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett says a total of 7,560 new rooms are in the pipeline for Jamaica from now until 2020.Travel agents, wholesalers and tour operators from Canada and around the world were among the 250 supplier delegates and 200 buyer delegates taking part in this year’s JAPEX. Jamaica saw overall market growth of 5.4% for the first six months of the year.Bartlett shared several updates at the conference, not just about the 7,560 new rooms but also the 1.3 million airplane seats coming into the island for the upcoming winter season, including some 42,400 more seats from Canada, 38,000 more seats from the U.S., 12,000 more seats from Continental Europe and 7,455 more seats from the UK/Northern Europe for the high season.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJ“Tourism is the only industry in Jamaica that has grown consistently for the past 30 years and it is on track to become the largest contributor to the GDP of our country,” said Minister Bartlett. “As we set our ambitions high for creating new partnerships, we’re simultaneously strengthening our ability to ensure Jamaica can safely, securely and seamlessly connect visitors to their passion point quicker.”The Tourism Minister also announced that as commitments from new markets such as Japan, China, Eastern Europe and Latin America are being brokered, there are planned infrastructure improvements at both Kingston’s Norman Manley International Airport and Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport. A new highway is set to begin construction by the first quarter of 2019 which will connect Kingston to Port Antonio.Here’s a look at some of the new and coming resort projects:Excellence Oyster Bay in Montego Bay opened its first property in June with 325 roomsSkylarkNegril Beach Resort, sister property to Rockhouse Hotel, opened in July. The beachfront property is located on Negril’s Seven Mile Beach.The S Hotel Montego Bay is scheduled to be completed in January 2019 with 124 rooms, offering views of Doctors Cave Beach, plush beds and spa-like bathrooms with roman tubsWyndhamKingston with 454 rooms and Marriott QC (Sandals International) with 220 rooms are scheduled to be completed by 2019More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoIn other news, Joy Spence Appleton Estate Rum Experience opened last year after Wray & Nephew completed a US$7.2 million investment project. The facility is now able to double its capacity. New additions include modern rooms to facilitate rum tastings, an expansive retail store, and a restaurant and lounge offering Appleton-infused Jamaican cuisine. The centrepiece of the restaurant is an authentic Jamaican jerk pit. Posted by Travelweek Group last_img read more

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Air travellers start to feel effects of government shutdown

first_imgTags: Airport, Shutdown Share By: The Associated Press Air travellers start to feel effects of government shutdown << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, January 8, 2019 DALLAS — The partial government shutdown is starting to affect air travel and airlines including Air Canada and WestJet are recommending passengers arrive at airports at least 3 hours before departure for U.S. flights.Both Air Canada and WestJet have posted updates on their websites about the 3 hour recommendation.Air Canada’s advisory reads: “Air Canada advises customers travelling to the U.S. that they arrive at Canadian airports three hours prior to their scheduled departure time due processing times of customers by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.  Air Canada is working with the USCBP and local airports to improve processing and your patience is appreciated.”Over the weekend, some U.S. airports had long lines at checkpoints, apparently caused by a rising number of security officers calling in sick while they are not getting paid.Here are some common questions about the shutdown’s impact on airports and travel, along with the answers:___WHO IS SUPPOSED TO KEEP WORKING?About 10,000 air traffic controllers who work for the Federal Aviation Administration and about 51,000 Transportation Security Administration officers have been told to keep reporting to work because they are deemed essential. Those workers at airport checkpoints, control towers and FAA radar stations aren’t being paid.___ARE THEY SHOWING UP?TSA admits that more screeners are calling in sick at some airports, including Dallas-Fort Worth International. It gave few numbers but issued a statement Friday saying that more have been missing work since the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The TSA said the effect was “minimal.”Then over the weekend, travellers reported longer checkpoint lines at some airports, including LaGuardia in New York. On Monday, TSA tweeted that agents screened 2.22 million passengers nationwide on Sunday, which it called a “historically busy day due to holiday travel.” TSA said only about 220,000 travellers waited at least 15 minutes at checkpoints, while 0.2 per cent – fewer than 5,000 – waited at least 30 minutes.___HOW WILL TSA RESPOND TO NO-SHOWS?More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongTSA spokesman Jim Gregory said officials are managing. “If we don’t have appropriations by midweek or so, (officers) will miss their first paycheque. That’s obviously where it becomes more difficult,” he said.Gregory said the agency has a team of officers who can go to airports facing a shortage, a tactic developed in case natural disasters prevented screeners from getting to work.___WHAT ABOUT TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS?About 1,900 air traffic controllers – nearly one in every five – are eligible to retire right now and it’s not clear how many of them will stick around. They won’t get paychecks later this week despite working over the holidays.“I don’t know how long they’re going to stay on the job if they’re not getting a paycheque,” said Paul Rinaldi, president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.There is an even larger group of recently hired trainees and apprentices and Rinaldi said the prospect of a long shutdown could lead some of them to take other jobs.___WILL A SHORTAGE OF CONTROLLERS LEAD TO FLIGHT DELAYS?The largest pilots’ union wrote to President Donald Trump last week urging a quick end to the shutdown, which it said was threatening the safety of the nation’s airspace.Rinaldi, the controllers’ leader, said safety is not being compromised, but that capacity to manage traffic could be reduced, leading to flight delays. Others see that as less likely.“It would have to get pretty bad before the government said (to airlines), ‘Hey, start scaling back your plans for service,’” said Richard Aboulafia, an aviation analyst. “You could see that in a worst-case scenario.”An early test of the air traffic system could come around the Feb. 3 Super Bowl in Atlanta, when an influx of corporate jets and private planes will further crowd the sky above the nation’s busiest airport. Planning for handling that traffic has been put on hold, Rinaldi said.___WHO HAS BEEN FURLOUGHED?Workers who aren’t deemed essential. That ranges from technicians who maintain equipment used in airport towers to clerical staff. Federal aviation safety inspectors have also been furloughed.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is back___SO WHO IS INSPECTING PLANES?FAA spokesman Gregory Martin said the agency has been recalling inspectors for certain jobs including assignments at the airlines, as it did in previous government shutdowns.“We’re going to continue to prioritize with the resources that we have,” Martin said. “Our focus is on the commercial air carriers and volumes of people they carry.”Martin did not say how many inspectors are working or how the number of inspections being done compared with pre-shutdown levels.Chuck Banks, one of those furloughed inspectors, said colleagues are being called in when an airline needs something, like a plane certified for flight. The routine, normal oversight of operations at airlines and repair shops is not being done, leaving companies to regulate themselves, he said.“Do you like the fox watching the hen house?” he said. “Every day the government stays shut down, it gets less safe to fly.”___WHAT OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICES ARE AFFECTED?The National Transportation Safety Board is delaying accident investigations and hearings. While there have not been any fatal airline crashes, the board has delayed other investigations, including an examination of a Florida highway accident that killed five children on their way to Walt Disney World.NTSB representatives did not answer phone calls or reply to emails Monday. A recorded message for the public affairs office said nobody would respond until the shutdown ends.Some people who applied for Global Entry, a program that lets travellers get expedited clearance into the U.S., have had interviews cancelled. Gary Leff, who writes about travel on his View from the Wing blog, said that some airports are still processing applications.The program is run by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Spokespeople at the agency did not respond for comment.last_img read more