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Sadhan Pande bats for fraudfree tour packages at Tourism Fair

first_imgKolkata: State Consumer Affairs and Self Help Group (SHG) minister Sadhan Pande on Friday urged the organisers of Tourism Fair to take steps to weed out travel agencies that fleece people with the promise of attractive tour packages.”We are getting a number of complaints against tour operators who are cheating customers by not providing them with the facilities they promise to them. We are taking action as per the ambit of the consumer law, but organisations of tour operators should identify such travel agencies and weed them out,” Pande said, on the sidelines of the three day Tourism Fair that kicked off at Netaji Indoor Stadium and Khudiram Anushilan Kendra. The three-day fair that will continue till Sunday, is being held in association with Travel Agents Association of Bengal and is supported by the Union Ministry of Tourism and different state Tourism departments. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaPande said that his SHG department has recently given loan to ten women under Swami Vivekananda Swanirbhar Karmasanasthan Prakalpa, who will be soon rolling out battery operated pink auto rickshaws in popular beach destinations Digha and Mandarmoni. “My department has handed over Rs 10 lakh to the District Magistrate of East Midnapore for developing home stay facilities at Mandarmani,” Pande said. Blue Eye India Pvt Ltd, the organiser of the fair at Netaji Indoor Stadium, said that they are focusing extensively on adventure tourism for the first time in India and the venture kicks off from Kolkata. The next venues for the fair will be Ahmedabad and Mumbai. Around 200 travel and trade members from different parts of the country, along with tour operators are taking part in the three day fair. The stalls at the fair expect to start off bookings for Durga Puja.last_img read more

Unistoten stand by their claim that indigenous artifacts found at Coastal GasLink

first_imgArchaeologists found four artifacts in total, one complete biface tool and three biface fragments,  but could not make a cultural association, it said.The commission acted on an order under the Heritage Conservation Act to secure the four artifacts for protection and further examination, it added.It said the area had been logged twice, prepped and replanted, and all soil layers where cultural artifacts would typically be found had been removed and were at some distance from where the items were found.The Coastal GasLink pipeline would transport natural gas from northeastern B.C. to LNG Canada’s export terminal in Kitimat on the coast.With files from the Canadian Press HOUSTON, B.C. –  Members of the Unist’ot’en clan are standing by their claim that indigenous artifacts were found at the construction site of the Coastal GasLink Pipeline.The Unist’ot’en clan said Monday the artifacts were recovered from a site that “had been heavily disturbed” by Coastal GasLink bulldozers.  It said in a statement that the “cryptic bulletin” from the commission “ignores the role that CGL’s industrial activity has played in disturbing this cultural site and displacing these artifacts.”The Unist’ot’en have previously said the two tools were removed to protect them. The clan has also said an archeologist from the Smithsonian Institution estimated one of the tools dates back up to 3,500 years. The Oil and Gas Commission said in an information bulletin that investigators found stone artifacts on top of frozen clay soils and the archaeology branch of the provincial Forestry Ministry is working to return the items to the appropriate Indigenous communities.“The soils upon which the artifacts were found would not typically contain any such cultural artifacts, and this was likely not their original location,” the commission said.“However, a definitive determination on their exact location of origin cannot be made.”The two stone tools that were originally reported discovered were not present at the site, the information bulletin said.The Unist’ot’en said they have not been included in the archeological work done on their territory.  “Wet’suwet’en cultural artifacts cannot be properly identified and analyzed without the input of Wet’suwet’en people,” it said.Coastal GasLink quoted the Forests Ministry as saying there was “strong evidence” the artifacts had been moved from their original location, as they were found sitting on top of a frozen slab of clay. Remaining sediments are considered to be “culturally sterile,” it added.center_img The Forests Ministry said in a statement it was impossible to determine the age of the artifacts or attribute them to a specific Indigenous community.“There is no way to determine when or how they came to be in the location,” it added.Analysis of the artifacts is complete, and the branch is now working toward returning them to the appropriate communities, it said.In an emailed response to questions on Monday, the commission said the team examining the site was not aware the two tools had been removed.last_img read more

Rattota Police OIC arrested by special investigations unit

The Rattota Police Station Officer in charge (OIC) Kapila Dissanayake has been arrested by the Police Special Investigations Unit (SIU).He was arrested over an ongoing investigation, the Police said.

Googles CallJoy May Be Misleading

The concept of automated services for incoming calls makes a lot of sense. I can see Google and others evolving this concept much further. For example, CallJoy’s call transcription feature is fairly basic. Where’s the sentiment analysis? And, why is the user expected to categorize and tag recordings manually Also, CallJoy is fairly limited in its usefulness to the caller. Most businesses probably have a more robust auto-attendant already in place. Considering Google’s leadership in chatbots and search, why can’t it do more? CallJoy is a clever inbound telephone service for a flat rate of $39/month. That price includes a local telephone number that provides call screening and robust call recording. The call recording includes searchable transcriptions. Through the CallJoy Dashboard, users can categorize and tag recordings and view basic analytics such as call volume, peak call times, and the percentage of new versus returning callers. business-calling.jpg Dave Michels is a contributing editor and analyst at TalkingPointz.Tags:News & ViewsGoogleCallJoyvoice callingSMBCloud CommunicationsCustomer ExperienceNews & ViewsProduct News Articles You Might Like 5 Steps for A Seamless Contact Center Cloud Migration Elizabeth Magill September 09, 2019 Ensuring that IT and business teams are on the same page before, during, and after the process is key to a successful migration. Number Ownership: This isn’t your phone number. CallJoy doesn’t support porting numbers in or out, so think first before publishing the Google-owned number. The best way to use CallJoy would be to forward an existing number to the service. But remember, CallJoy is a forwarding service itself, so the calls would need to be forwarded again to a different number. It would be tempting to just publish the CallJoy number directly, but that’s risky as CallJoy prices could change and/or the service could go away.Recording Ownership: Google owns the recordings, and doesn’t appear to offer a way to export them out. If you cancel the service, the number and the recordings are deleted.Privacy: You may or may not be concerned about what you say on your business line (driving directions, store hours, etc.), but there’s potentially valuable information in what the caller says. CallJoy isn’t part of G Suite or Google Cloud, therefore I assume it’s related to Google’s core business of matching advertisers to prospects. Asking questions about a product (price, availability, colors, etc.) is a strong buying indicator. Google will have the caller’s number and will likely be able to match the caller against its vast database of users.Support: CallJoy doesn’t offer live support. If problems are impacting your business, simply use the green feedback button to request assistance or send an email.Spam Control: The call filter is one of the more intriguing features of CallJoy. Google does very well with spam filtering on Gmail, but we don’t know much about how CallJoy manages telephone spam. For example, if a customer’s calls were getting blocked, how would you fix this problem? This is fairly simple with most email spam solutions.Google announced CallJoy between two major events: Google Cloud Next and Google I/O. Presumably, it’s neither a Google Cloud service nor intended for developers. The service comes from Google’s startup incubator known as Area 120. This is where employees develop their own projects that could benefit Google. CallJoy is an innovative and clever use of several Google technologies, but it might make more sense to see if it actually lands somewhere after the incubator. It was a year ago when Google CEO Sundar Pichai demonstrated Duplex, an outbound bot for reservations and appointments. In that demo, he pointed out that 60% of small businesses in the U.S. don’t have an online booking system. The Duplex solution automates bookings for the user, but why not address the business side? CallJoy should use its text-to-speech capabilities to integrate into reservation and appointment systems. A CallJoy service that can work with popular apps such as Squirrel Systems for table management or PrognoCIS for healthcare could be a real joy. The service also offers a simple auto-attendant and deflection service. For example, CallJoy can offer to send the caller a text message that possibly includes a link to a website or reservations page. Although it’s a single number, Google says CallJoy can process and record up to 5,000 calls at a time. The call screening feature may be worth $39/month on its own. As individuals we may ignore unfamiliar numbers, but businesses generally have to answer their incoming lines, and the majority of spam callers will talk to anyone. Are We Heading for Cloud in a Box? Tom Nolle September 26, 2019 As the cloud craze continues, enterprises are looking for simplified “in a box” cloud solutions to address their communication and collaboration needs. Dedicated vs. Shared Cloud Voice Services Darin Ward October 03, 2019 When moving voice to the cloud, many service providers tout their dedicated solutions. But is “dedicated” all that it’s cracked up to be? A flat-rate telephone number, spam call filtering, unlimited recording, transcription, and more for $39 monthly is a compelling value, but there are several reasons why businesses may want to proceed cautiously. Google last week announced a service called CallJoy. It’s an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered inbound telephone service aimed at small businesses. It’s an exceptional value for what it does, but it comes with some caveats. Log in or register to post comments Hyping Up Hybrid: Making the Case Ryan Daily September 05, 2019 With the race to the cloud heating up, some enterprises aren’t dashing to the finish line with the same intensity – opting instead for a “hybrid” pace. See All in Cloud Communications » 5 Ways Cloud UCC Changed the Workforce Mark Roberts September 16, 2019 The UCC digital renaissance has come and stayed. Now, enterprises are fine tuning their networks to better engage employees and customers. read more

Liberian conflict could engulf all West Africa in crisis Annan warns

Liberia is at a critical crossroads between peace and conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a report issued today, warning that continued support for Liberian rebels could engulf the whole of West Africa in an economic and humanitarian crisis.”With elections approaching, Liberia finds itself at a critical crossroads,” the Secretary-General says in a report to the Security Council, noting that the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) rebel group is determined to seize power by unconstitutional means. “It (Liberia) could either turn a new page towards sustainable peace and progress under enhanced democratic governance or continue to fester in conflict and poverty, with deleterious effects for its people and the subregion.”Mr. Annan says it is clear that LURD enjoys some external military support in the conflict with President Charles Taylor’s government, and neither side is likely to win.”The international community should discourage such support, whose only achievement, so far, has been the massive displacement of innocent civilians, including women, children and the elderly, the deaths of thousands of persons and the wanton destruction of infrastructure and personal property,” he warns. “If decisive action is not taken to put an end to this tragedy, a generalized humanitarian and economic crisis could engulf the entire West African region.”Noting that the first step is to end the fighting, Mr. Annan says dialogue remains the only means to create an enabling environment for peaceful elections and a brighter post-electoral future for the country, whose people have suffered far too long. “In this regard, I commend the ongoing local and regional initiatives that have made it possible for the Government and LURD to start dialogue,” he adds.The Secretary-General also urges Council members to support the International Contact Group on Liberia, which met at UN Headquarters in New York today, calling it the best forum for the international community to find the quickest possible comprehensive solution to the Liberian crisis. read more

Tensions rising in Côte dIvoire UN relief official says

“If the country lapses back into war, it will only compound the suffering of civilians. I urge all parties to bring an end to the fighting immediately to prevent a humanitarian crisis from worsening,” said Mr. Egeland, UN Under-Secretary-General in charge of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).A breakdown in law and order, particularly in the north, could jeopardize people’s ability to feed themselves, he said.”Violence poses a threat to people’s food security. Harassment and ‘taxes’ imposed by armed groups at checkpoints and roadblocks are hindering the free flow of produce from north to south,” he said. “Food is being grown, but farmers can’t bring their goods to market and their usual customers have become too poor to buy them.”A small UN mission (MINUCI) is in the country and French peacekeepers are stationed across Côte d’Ivoire with a view to separating northern rebels, Forces Nouvelles, from the government’s Forces Armees de Côte d’Ivoire (FANCI) in the south. The two sides signed a peace agreement earlier this year to end fierce fighting.Mr. Egeland noted that increased tensions between ethnic groups have erupted into violence in the west of the country. Last month in Gagnoa, some 100 kilometres northwest of Abidjan, more than 200 farmers were driven from their land, he said.”Attacking people for the sole reason that they are from a particular ethnic group cannot be tolerated. I call on all parties to the conflict to actively bring an end to violence directed against civilians,” he said.Côte d’Ivoire was long West Africa’s leading economy and a beacon of tolerance, OCHA said. Conflict broke out after a failed coup in September 2002. read more

Archbishop Demetrios offers a prayer at the Republican National Convention

first_imgArchbishop of the Greek Orthodox Church of America, Archbishop Demetrios, gave out a prayer at the the Republican National Convention for Donald Trump and his running mate, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana in Cleveland, OH.The Archbishop offered the benediction immediately following the Remarks by Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence.He thanked Mr Trump for inviting him, on such a significant day, to pray for the republican party while the election is drawing to a close.“Let us now turn our hearts and minds in gratitude to our god and let us pray,” Archbishop Stylianos said.“Most high god, lord of peace justice and love. We gratify your glorious name for all the blessings that you have bestowed upon our nation. Blessings of land and sea, of health and prosperity, of law and of values of faith and freedom.”The Archbishop prayed for unity in America’s political processes and throughout the judicial system.“Our house divided cannot stand,” he emphasised.“Open there for the hearts and minds of all our people, so that with purpose in spirit and in heart our United States of America will serve you, oh god, faithfully and fervently.”To this unity, he asked god to bless America and the rest of the world with peace, wisdom, patience and trust. “Grand to us and to all people… trust in your goodness so that we might learn to live according to your will in harmony and forbearance,” he paused, “so that we might learn to love the people as you god love us.”Furthermore, he prayed to god to send down his guiding hand upon his servants, the delegates of the republican national convention and their nominees for the office of president and vice president of the US Donald Trump and Mike Pence.“… lead them on to wisdom (…) so that they may perform your holy will in all cases and under all circumstances and may always be agents of unity peace justice and love both in our country and across the world.”“We ask all of them, for you are our creator a saviour and in you we offer glory, honour and worship, now and forever and in the ages of ages. Amen,” he concluded.Archbishop Demetrios is also expected to be invited to also deliver the benediction at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday 25 July, which will be held in Philadelphia. You can watch the video below: Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Bientôt un test pour détecter lAlzheimer

first_imgBientôt un test pour détecter l’Alzheimer ?L’agence fédérale américaine des médicaments (FDA) fait savoir qu’un test mis au point par le laboratoire Eli Lilly pour détecter Alzheimer avait été jugé prometteur par un comité d’experts.La maladie d’Alzheimer est l’une des plus grandes préoccupations sanitaires des Etats-Unis, de l’Europe, et de la France. Le problème ? Elle est difficilement détectable. Ainsi, le laboratoire Eli Lilly s’est penché sur le sujet et vient de mettre au point un test visant le diagnostic de la maladie qui a été jugé comme prometteur par un comité d’experts. Le test en question consiste en l’introduction d’une substance chimique dans le sang des patients. Cette substance a pour principal effet de mettre en avant les dépôts de protéines dans le corps et cela par scanner, alors que ces dépôts joueraient un rôle important dans la maladie d’Alzheimer, explique l’AFP.La FDA (agence fédérale américaine des médicaments) a alors demandé à un comité d’experts d’observer et d’étudier ce test, et ces derniers ont voté à l’unanimité pour sa commercialisation à la seule condition que le laboratoire Eli Lilly prouve que les scanners effectués après l’introduction de la substance puissent être parfaitement interprétés par des médecins formés. L’AFP précise que les dépôts de protéines bêta-amyloïde auraient pour conséquence la formation de plaques dans les régions corticales, entrainant une destruction de neurones et une dégénérescence cérébrale. Plusieurs autres laboratoires travaillent sur la mise en place d’un test de diagnostic.Le 24 janvier 2011 à 17:31 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Dark Tower Gets a Full Trailer

first_imgHey, you know that Dark Tower movie that’s been in production for what feels like forever. It’s actually coming out soon. On August 4, we’ll see the first movie in what Columbia Pictures is hoping will be their next big multi-part franchise. We’ll get a full trailer tomorrow but two of its main actors, Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba, decided to share some footage with us today. The coolest/corniest part? They did it in character on Twitter.It all started with a strange, cryptic tweet from McConaughey, who plays the mysterious Man in Black. “You want the tower?” McConaughey started. Elba, who plays Rowland the Gunslinger, replied, “To find the tower is my purpose. I’m sworn.” To which McConaughey answered, “Then as the world’s last crusader, don’t break your promise… you’re closer to the tower than you know.” All this led to the following exchange and our first glimpse of footage from the movie. @idriselba I know this. Deal with it. #DarkTowerMovie— Matthew McConaughey (@McConaughey) May 2, 2017Ooh, OK. The Man in Black walking through a field of corpses, promising that someday the tower will fall. Not to be outdone, Elba shared some footage of him looking like the coolest dude in the universe. @McConaughey I deal in lead. #DarkTowerMovie— Idris Elba (@idriselba) May 2, 2017That’s also some cool imagery right at the beginning, with the door in the barren wasteland. Which world does that lead to? However this movie turns out, one thing is already certain: Idris Elba was the perfect choice for Roland. That casting alone, and the way he looks in this teaser, pretty much guarantees I’ll be down for just about anything this movie turns into.Fans of the series may notice that neither of these teasers appears to be scenes from the books. There’s a reason for that. Rather than a straight adaptation of the book series, the movie, directed by Nikolaj Arcel, will be an entirely different take on Roland’s journey. The movie will act as sort of a sequel to the book series. That’s probably for the best. Stephen King’s book series spanned a significant portion of his career. It’s fun to go back and read the series now because you can clearly see his evolution and changing influences as a writer. It also went to some really weird places, especially at the end. I’m all for metafictional weirdness, but it’s probably best if the movie doesn’t have the characters actually meet Stephen King. Better to start after all that and go off in a completely new direction.The Dark Tower will be in theaters on August 4, 2017.last_img read more

As bullets flew in Las Vegas Tacoma surgeon improvised to help victims

first_imgDr. James Sebesta is a surgeon who retired last year from service at Madigan Army Medical Center after an Army career that included four deployments to combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan.Sunday, he encountered some of the worst carnage of his career during what he called a “prolonged date night” as he attended the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. After surviving the onslaught of bullets unleashed in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, he sent his wife away with friends to a safe place while he stayed behind to help the wounded.Lacking medical supplies or any of his surgical gear, he was forced to improvise, turning fence parts into makeshift gurneys as he joined dozens of others in the massive effort to rescue those injured in the gunfire.“This was worse. War is war,” he said Wednesday evening in an interview in his Thurston County home. “This was 22,000 people just enjoying a concert. It was very frustrating not being able to help people. I know what they needed, but I just didn’t have anything.”That night a gunman, Stephen Paddock, fatally shot 58 people at the festival from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, and then shot himself.It became a mission to get people moved to where they could get help, handing the injured off to others, who drove them to hospitals in pickups because ambulances hadn’t arrived, Sebesta said earlier Wednesday during a news conference at the Tacoma facility where he works.last_img read more

CBI chargesheets exHC judge in graft case

first_imgNew Delhi : The CBI has filed a charge sheet against former Orissa High Court judge Justice (retd) I M Quddusi for allegedly trying to influence the verdict in a case heard by the Supreme Court by manipulating several “high-level functionaries”, officials said here on Wednesday. The agency in its charge sheet filed before a special court had also named six other accused in the case. Along with Quddusi, B P Yadav and Palash Yadav of Prasad Educational Trust, which runs a medical college in Lucknow, middleman Biswanath Agrawala, hawala operator Ramdev Saraswat, Bhavna Pandey and Sudhir Giri have been named as accused in the charge sheet for criminal conspiracy and corruption, they said. Also Read – INX Media case: P Chidambaram’s CBI custody extended for three days till September 2 Advertise With Us The agency has alleged that B P Yadav had approached the Supreme Court and the Allahabad High Court after his college Prasad Institute of Medical Sciences was barred by the government from admitting students for 2017-18 and 2018-19. The case was being heard in the Supreme Court when Yadav allegedly approached Quddusi and Pandey to “get the matter settled” by manipulating “high-level functionaries”, they said. Also Read – Pakistan ISI agents copy most hi-tech feature of Rs 2,000 notes Advertise With Us Bhubaneswar-based Agrawala claimed to use close links with senior public functionaries to get the matter settled in their favour, the CBI had alleged in the FIR. The agency had arrested Quddusi, B P Yadav and Palash Yadav, Agrawala, Pandey and Saraswat in 2017. The CBI had seized Rs one crore from Agrawala, sources said, adding the money was delivered to him through Saraswat. Rs 91.90 lakh was seized during searches on the premises of the other accusedlast_img read more

RCom Receives ₹650 Cr from Promoter Group Telecom

first_imgReliance Communications on Thursday announced that it has received the first instalment of Rs 650 crore from Telecom Infrastructure Finance, a promoter group company, for its preferential allotment of 8.67 crore warrants constituting to Rs 1300 crore.The remaining Rs 650 crore will be received by the company before March 2015, reported Press Trust of India.”The company has received Rs 650 crore from Telecom Infrastructure Finance Private Limited equivalent to 50 per cent of the issue price of the equity shares upon allotment of warrants and balance amount of Rs 650 crore will be received on or before March 31, 2015,” the company said in a press release.Preferential allotment is the process of making a bulk allotment to individuals, companies, venture capitalists or any other persons, through a fresh issue of shares.The warrants are sanctioned in equal number of equity shares of Rs 5 each at a price of Rs 150 per share and would amount to Rs 1300 crore and there is no change in the paid up share capital of the company.This news followed Reliance Communication’s announcement on 24 July, regarding the outcome of extraordinary general meeting (EGM) of the members of the company.In July, the company’s arm Global Cloud X Change also raised $350 million through a five-year bond in world market to refinance the Standard Chartered Bank loan facility, which was utilised by the company’s subsidiary Reliance Global BV, reported VCCircle.The promoter holding had slumped last month from 67.8 percent after an institutional placement which bagged around $800 million in an oversubscribed issue.The country’s fourth largest telecom operator has raised Rs 4, 800 crore from a share sale to institutional investors from the biggest QIP fund raising by a private firm. The company said the net worth has surged to Rs 31, 369 crore.The company has announced to release its Q1 results on 14 August.The stock price of Reliance Communications ended 0.54 percent lower at Rs 129.25 per share. The stock hit an intraday high of Rs 131.50 and intraday low of Rs 128.10 on Thursday.last_img read more

UK PM Theresa May refuses to pass samesex marriage in Northern Ireland

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Theresa May has opposed making ‘gay cure’ therapy illegal May added: ‘The power of the Westminster Parliament to legislate remains unaffected.’Is Theresa May ‘hiding behind the DUP’?The DUP has a deal with the Conservatives. Following losing a Tory majority, the DUP agreed to support Tory bills in exchange for £1.2 billion for Northern Ireland.Northern Ireland office said the Government’s policy is to allow a free vote on matters of conscience such as equal marriage.Belfast couple Cara McCann and Amanda McGurk are speaking to politicians about the bill.‘We don’t have the same rights as the people who live in the same country as us,’ McCann told Gay Star News.The DUP has repeatedly blocked marriage equality in Northern Ireland. They have used a Petition of Concern, a voting mechanism designed to protest the rights of minorities in Northern Ireland.‘As a kid, you don’t dream of getting a civil partnership. You dream of getting married.‘I want to call Amanda my wife.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . UK parliament shuts down bid for marriage equality in Northern IrelandGay couples, inspired by royal wedding, will protest for marriage equalityDUP leader: We’re opposed to same-sex marriage, but don’t call us homophobicRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : The Conservative leader was accused of ‘hiding behind the DUP’ by refusing to legalize marriage equality.Public support is overwhelmingly in support of same-sex marriage. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK or Ireland that does not allow gay couples to marry.May insisted it was a ‘devolved matter’.However, Stormont has collapsed. There has been a 15-month failure to restore the executive and assembly.LGBT rights in Northern Ireland are in ‘limbo’Labour MP Ged Killen said: ‘LGBT rights in Northern Ireland are in limbo.Thousands marched for same-sex marriage in Belfast‘The assembly has already voted for equal marriage and public support for it is overwhelming.Will the prime minister stop hiding behind the DUP and will she take the opportunity to put her support on record for the Bill being brought forward?’May insisted marriage equality was an issue for Northern Ireland to decide.‘This is an issue that we have taken up, it is an issue we have championed,’ she said.‘We hope that there will be a Northern Ireland executive in place soon that will be able to address these issues.’ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… UK Prime Minister Theresa May has refused to pass same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.last_img read more

Children checked by paramedics after car towing caravan overturns on A50 sliproad

first_img The incident sparked delays around the A50 with one of the two lanes also being closed. Read MoreRoad closed due to emergency repairs following collision A spokesman for the ambulance service said: “We were called to the A50 to reports of a road traffic collision. We assessed two adults and two children in a car towing a caravan and also a bus driver. They all avoided serious injury and were discharged at the scene.” Staffordshire Police have confirmed a bus was not involved in the collision and the driver who witnessed the vehicle overturn had to be treated for shock. Recovery specialists were sent to the scene with traffic monitoring site Inrix revealing all lanes were back open around the A50 by 1.15pm. Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMotorists had to be diverted away from a busy slip-road due after a car towing a caravan overturned. Emergency services were called out to the exit to Normacot at around 10.20am to reports of a road traffic collision. West Midlands Ambulance Service say two adults and two children inside the overturned Jeep, which had been towing the caravan, were checked over by paramedics at the scene. last_img read more

PM seeks to name plane after Grenadian Olympian

first_imgBASSETERRE, St. Kitts (AP) – It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…Kirani James?The prime minister of Antigua says he wants Caribbean airline LIAT to name one of its planes after an Olympic runner who gave the island of Grenada its first gold medal.Baldwin Spencer says naming an aircraft after James would be a fitting tribute. The 19-year-old won the 400 meters final Monday in London. James also was applauded for his sportsmanship after he traded name tags with South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Spencer made the suggestion while speaking Friday at an assembly of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States.Antigua is a major shareholder of LIAT along with other Caribbean islands.LIAT released a statement earlier Friday saying it plans to honor James but did not provide details.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debateslast_img read more

Australian tourism stays steady against the odds in 2009

first_img5.6 million international travellers were recorded arriving into Australia in 2009, with New Zealand, the UK and the USA still remaining the top travellers source markets.Similar to last year’s results, Tourism Australia has commended the industry in achieving these better than expected results in these economically challenging times.“Despite the headwind of the Global Financial Crisis and the outbreak of the H1N1 virus Australian tourism managed to break even on international tourist numbers, defying the global downturn last year,” Andrew McEvoy, Tourism Australia Managing Director.“Against the odds we saw good growth from a number of our major tourism source markets like the USA, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, India and China while other markets such as the UK, Germany and New Zealand remained steady.”But it appears that despite international visitor figures remaining steady, Australians travelling overseas are growing in numbers, this year coming in at 6.3 million travellers a difference of 700,000 when compared to this year’s international short-term arrivals.In 2008 the resident departures were higher than visitor arrivals by 200,000.New Zealand, the USA and Indonesia were the top three destinations that Australians travelled to in 2009. <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.Xlast_img read more

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