first_imgMedininagar: The Jharkhand unit of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Monday dismissed its lone MLA Kushwaha Shivpujan Mehta for alleged anti-party activities, a party leader said. Mehta has also been accused of neglecting his constituency, Hussainabad, in Palamu district, he said. The legislator, however, denied the allegations and said he was yet to get any intimation in this regard. “The party has dismissed Kushwaha Shivpujan Mehta for anti-party activities and indiscipline,” BSP’s Jharkhand in- charge Chhachu Ram said. Subal Das, the state unit chief of the BSP, said Mehta did not devote any time to his constituency.last_img


first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Carly Rae Jepsen Dedicated TourWhen: Aug. 28, 29, 8 p.m.Where: Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville Facebook Advertisement Twittercenter_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Carly Rae Jepsen celebrates her =album, Dedicated, with her biggest fans on May 11, 2019 in Marina del Rey, California. Jepsen will perform at the Commodore Ballroom on Aug. 28 and 29. (Photo: Rich Fury/Getty Images ~ RICH FURY / PNG) Tickets and info: From $112 at ticketmaster.caCarly Rae Jepsen can’t ever escape Call Me Maybe. Why would she want to? Most musicians will never see a song take top spot on singles charts in 47 countries and sell over 20 million copies. Her 2012 tune co-written with guitarist Tavish Crowe and produced by Josh Ramsay did all that.That all but guarantees Jepsen is known as a one-hit wonder. But the tag is both unfair and inaccurate when discussing the Mission singer’s career.“Look, it definitely was somewhat paralyzing at first to know what to do after a song like that,” said Jepsen. “But Tavish, my guitarist, said it best when he said it gave me the chance to show what he knew I could do and you can’t be anything but thankful for that. As things continue, I get to keep on working toward what I want to give to pop music and, to date, Dedicated is the best thing I’ve done in my mind.”last_img read more


first_imgAPTN National NewsAlvena Little Wolf Ear has been bullied most of her life.The bullying has been so bad at times that she’s been forced to change schools.But Alvena is fighting back and has people around the world watching her back.APTN’s Tina House has the story.last_img


On the orders of the President and Prime Minister, a coordination committee to manage the situation was established this morning.Present were Ministers Sagala Ratnayake, Susil Premjayanth, Patali Champika Ranawaka, A H M Fowzie, Mohan Lal Grero and MPs S M Marikar and Mujibur Rahman. Commander of the Army and IGP and all relevant government officials were also present.Major General Sudantha Ranasinghe was put in charge of search and rescue where an area of about 150m by 75m is being carefully cleaned up. The military is using its trained men and equipment and is doing a thorough job to look for those who might be still trapped. The utility lines have been shutoff and safety concerns addressed for the personnel on the job. The Deputy Minister also said that it was unfortunate that even though payments had been made for those families under risk of land slides to move out some had not done so. They had even been advised to leave as recently as two days ago.“Anyway, 13 of our 1990 ‘Suvaseriya’ units were allocated to deal with the search and rescue and our guys performed a stellar job taking the rescued to hospital. We have now recalled the units to their regular areas,” he said. “Anyway, no more garbage will be dumped at this site and two temporary sites were identified this morning for which law enforcement officers will provide access to unblock protesters driven by petty political issues,” he said. The Government says there will be no more dumping of garbage at Meethotamulla following the tragedy which struck the area yesterday.Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva said that a problem running for decades, perhaps as long as 20 years came to a head yesterday with the collapse of a part of the garbage mountain. He said it was ironic that it was only a few weeks back that agreements were signed to begin waste to energy projects to finally deal with this perennial issue. SDIG Nandana Munasinghe is in charge of public order. The District Secretary of Colombo is overall in charge of all administrative coordination matters. read more


In the French capital to address the Africa-France Summit, where he urged the international community to help Africa deal with the scourge of HIV/AIDS, the Secretary-General participated in the meeting’s first working session on political partnership, security and peace, according to a UN spokesperson in New York.He then had a private meeting with President Mbeki to discuss the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) before participating in an afternoon working session of the Summit on partnership and development priorities.Afterwards he discussed Iraq with President Mubarak, including the need for Baghdad to accept its obligation to disarm and work proactively with UN inspectors to get the job done urgently. Both leaders emphasized the Security Council’s central role and the need for the inspectors to press ahead with their important work.This evening, Mr. Annan is slated to meet with Presidents Mbeki, Joseph Kabila of the DRC and Paul Kagame of Rwanda for talks on the status of the DRC peace process.He is then to attend a dinner hosted by French President Jacques Chirac in honour of the heads of delegation attending the Summit. read more


The motion was filed as part of Grimes’ legal challenge to a new law stripping some of her powers. Spokeswoman Lillie Ruschell said the incident was reported to the court as evidence that Beshear’s office shouldn’t be dismissed from Grimes’ lawsuit, as Beshear has requested. Judge rules on evidence allowed in trial of Grimes’ father FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Attorneys for Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes say Kentucky State Police seized a computer from her office this week in an investigation of how she and her aides used voter data.The Lexington Herald-Leader reports a motion filed in Franklin County Circuit Court says the computer is that of the person who maintained the voter registration system. It says Mark Metcalf, a commonwealth’s attorney appointed by Attorney General Andy Beshear to head a state investigation into Grimes’ office, caused officers to seize the computer.- Advertisement – read more


At the same time Brock University helps prepare graduates to be contributors to the Canadian economy, it is also conducting research that examines what employers are looking for in their new hires.A new policy brief set to be released by Brock’s Niagara Community Observatory sheds light on Niagara employers’ expectations of young job seekers.The brief — “Is there a skills gap? Understanding what Niagara employers are looking for in recent graduates” — will be released Tuesday, Feb. 28 in a discussion at Brock. The document addresses questions such as how important soft skills and technical expertise are and if there’s a skills gap related to young workers in Niagara.“This policy brief was based on a study that involved in-depth interviews with a wide variety of Niagara employers,” says Brock researcher and brief author Kate Cassidy.“We wanted to get a deep understanding of their perception of what it means to be career-ready today and if they see a gap in the skills and credentials young people are bringing to the workforce.“The goal of this project was to help identify what, if anything, is needed to improve the career-preparation of young people and what stakeholders are in the best position to be part of this process,” says Cassidy, who is also director of Brock’s Youth University.Cassidy will be among those at a presentation and discussion of this research, co-sponsored by Youth University and the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.What: “Mind the Gap” panel discussion on the research brief, “Is there a skills gap? Understanding what Niagara employers are looking for in recent graduates”When: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 9 – 11 a.m.Where: Pond Inlet, Brock UniversityWho: Kate Cassidy, director, Community Learning and Youth University at Brock University and author of the research brief. Panelists include: Mario De Divitiis, CEO of Niagara Workforce Planning Board, and Rachel Crane, chair of NEXTNiagara.WHY: to help young job seekers, employers, educators, families, the community and others address the “skills gap” common in today’s job market read more


first_imgThe problem with being a digital peeping tom is that all too often the tools at one’s disposal are simply too obvious. A wireless web camera in the guest bathroom will simply call too much attention to your goal, and while obfuscating it in a shampoo bottle might help, that illusion will only last as long as your guests remain filthy.It’s enough to make a pervert despair. Luckily, though, Brando — a notorious far-east gadget maker of questionable taste and repute — has come to the rescure with the Wall Hook Coat Hanger Camcorder, a gadget which does exactly what it says on the tin: disguises itself as a hanging hook and secretly records.Tech-wise, there’s not a lot here to speak of. The camera’s resolution maxes out at 640 x 480 VGA, and is recorded to a microSD card in AVI format. It’s motion activated, though, which is where its usefulness to the deviant becomes apparent: simply mount it on the wall across from your shower and start slurping in video of your voluptuous housemates scrubbing themselves down once they remove their housecoats… provided they don’t hang it over the lens, of course.How much will it cost you? Just $36. Just remember to turn it off when your mother comes to visit. Unless that’s your thing, of course.Read more at Brandolast_img read more


first_imgFor those of you that have touchscreen devices, like smartphones, iPods, iPads, etc., a hot item on your holiday lists this year was probably the touchscreen glove — a glove that allows you to stay warm and use your phone. Novel concept, I know. But what about all those gloves you have mixed in with your scarfs and hats? Are they to go unused from here on out? Quirky, a social design site, has an alternative that will let you use your old gloves and text your friend while you’re walking in 10-degree weather. Digits are mini conductive pins that attach to your gloves. Made of conductive silicone, Digits have a metal pin on back which can be attached to your gloves like a thumbtack.You simply place the back side of the digit (the side with the post) inside the fingertip of one of the gloves, and push it through (you won’t be using these with your $100 leather gloves!). Then, twist the other side f the digit onto the post. Voila! Digits retail for $13.99 for a set of four. They’re available in black only.[Via The-Gadgeteer.com]last_img read more


first_imgLes JT se désintéressent de l’environnementSelon une étude réalisée par l’Institut national de l’audiovisuel (INA), les journaux télévisés français traitent assez peu des sujets environnementaux. Ceux-ci sont surtout abordés à l’occasion d’intempéries ou de marées noires par exemple.L’INA publie un rapport sur la place réservée à l’environnement dans les journaux télévisés des six principales chaînes de télévisions françaises (TF1, France 2, France 3, Canal+, Arte et M6) cette dernière décennie. Seuls 4% des sujets en moyenne sont consacrés à l’environnement, ce qui relègue la thématique au 9e rang des sujets traités. “L’environnement garde une place modeste au fil de ces dix dernières années, alors que les préoccupations écologiques semblent de plus en plus présentes dans la société”, analyse l’Institut.À lire aussiJournée mondiale de l’environnement : Quelques astuces pour un mode de vie plus écolo au bureau20 minutes rapporte qu’au cours des dix dernières années une moyenne de 1.300 sujets par an ont été consacrés à l’environnement, soit 3,5 sujets chaque jour. Le rapport de l’INA souligne qu’il y a eu “trois pics notables en 2003, 2007 et 2010, où le nombre de sujets dépasse la barre des 1.500”.  L’Institut explique la raison de cette hausse : “En 2003, c’est une marée noire [celle du Prestige] qui place la rubrique au 5e rang de l’offre globale d’information. En 2007, aucun événement ne domine, mais une grande variété de sujets nourrit la rubrique, ce qui traduit l’intérêt particulier sur ces questions en périodes pré et post électorales. Pourtant en 2008 la rubrique perd plus de 500 sujets. En 2010, elle repart à la hausse sous l’effet, à nouveau, d’une marée noire, celle causée par l’explosion d’une plate-forme pétrolière dans le Golfe du Mexique, mais aussi des vagues de froid en Europe et aux Etats-Unis”.En 2010, les questions du climat et de la météo sont particulièrement mises en avant avec quatre sujets environnement sur dix qui y sont dévolus. La pollution et les dégâts écologiques causés par les différentes catastrophes ne représentent que 30% du total, la biodiversité et la protection de la nature 11,6%, l’impact de l’écologie dans la vie quotidienne 8%, et les questions liées à l’énergie 6%. Comme on pouvait s’y attendre, les catastrophes naturelles les plus médiatisée ont été le séisme et le tsunami du 11 mars, au Japon, avec 1.046 sujets (639 sujets au 30 mars). Arrivent en seconde et troisième positions le tremblement de terre en Haïti (avec 556 sujets) et la tempête Xynthia (avec 336 sujets). Le 17 juin 2011 à 12:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


first_imgStay on target If you look at the landscape of TV cartoon series today, you’ll notice that something’s missing. There is a distinct lack of samurai rabbits. How long has this oversight been allowed to go on? (OK, the answer is about a year, but still that’s too long!) Well, no more will today’s kids grow up without being taught of Japan’s anthropomorphic Edo period. Stan Sakai’s classic Usagi Yojimbo series of comics is being adapted for TV. Animation studio Gaumont is partnering with Dark Horse Entertainment, Aquaman-director James Wan’s Atomic Monster, Dark Horse Entertainment and Sakai himself to produce the series, according to a press release.The samurai rabbit has appeared on TV before, but this will be the first time Miyamoto Usagi has starred in his own series. If you haven’t read the comics… well, go fix that right now, but you probably recognize the character from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Yojimbo has appeared in all three versions of the animated series, most recently in a three-episode arc last summer on the Nickelodeon cartoon. Now, with Usagi Yojimbo being made into its own series, the character can be more than just a cameo in someone else’s story. We’ll get to see the kinds of rich overarching plots featured in the comics with full animation and voices.“Usagi Yojimbo has been much sought after for many years, and we are honored to work with Stan Sakai to translate his multi-generational stories into the first ever TV series,” said Gaumont President of Animation, Nicolas Atlan. “Usagi Yojimbo’s blend of history and mythology, a clever balance between action and comedy, and real-world touchpoints combined with the supernatural, together with the passionate fan base that Stan has already amassed, makes this an incredibly exciting property to develop with our partners Atomic Monster and Dark Horse Entertainment.”AdChoices广告Sakai is also happy to see the series he’s been creating for more than 30 years be adapted for the screen. He also says it’s something his fans have been asking for for a while now. “We get fan mail from readers of all ages across the globe who have been asking to see Usagi Yojimbo in his own TV series,” he said.Now, we’re finally getting it, and this series has some serious potential. Handled right, it could be the next Avatar. (And by that I mean The Last Airbender/Legend of Korra, not James Cameron’s blue people.) Structurally, Yojimbo stories are episodic and digestible, but there’s just enough serialization to allow Sakai to tell grandiose, complex stories when he wants to. Set in a fantasy version of 17th century Japan, where everyone is an anthropomorphic animal, Usagi Yojimbo is about a masterless swordsman, er rabbit, who travels between villages and castles, helping anyone in need. It’s heavily influenced by the films of Akira Kurosawa, particularly (if you couldn’t guess) Yojimbo. Sakai weaves Japanese history, legend, and fantasy together to tell stories that are, well there’s no better way to describe them than epic. No word on when or where this series will premiere, but we can’t wait to see it. It certainly has a good team behind it. If they pull this off, it could really be a special piece of animation. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img 4 Must-Have New Soundtracks from Waxwork RecordsRaise Some Shell With This Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Gift Guide last_img read more


first_imgFacebook Now Playing Up Next WWE.com has a new interview up with Daniel Bryan, talking his return to WWE as guest GM on this past Monday’s 11/24 WWE RAW and more.You can view the interview below. Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Google+ WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Videos Articles WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Seth Rollins Twitter Daniel Bryan Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Pinterest John Oliver Takes On The WWE Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWrestleMania Could Be Biggest EverVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE star Ruby Riott reveals new tattoos, Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella’s dog passes away Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Roman Reigns is in Remission Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinals WWE Smackdown Results – 9/3/19 (King of the Ring Quarterfinals, Daniel Bryan apology) last_img read more


first_img WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Twitter Now Playing Up Next WWE.com is currently advertising Shawn Michaels for RAW this Monday in Providence.Michaels, who will be returning to the ring for the first time since 2010 at the Crown Jewel event, is expected to promote his tag team match teaming with Triple H against The Undertaker and Kane in two weeks live on the WWE Network.WWE profiles Mandy Rose and her familyWWE has uploaded a new “My Daughter is a WWE Superstar” episode focusing on Mandy Rose and her family. You can view it below along with WWE’s official description.“Meet the parents of Mandy Rose as they look back at her tomboy days, working at the family deli and much more in the WWE digital series My Daughter is a WWE Superstar.” WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Shawn Michaels Breaks Down His Mid-Air Sweet Chin Music Move WWE RAW Ratings: Viewership sees a 15% drop against the return of Monday Night Football Google+ Pinterest Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Seth Rollins Facebook Ronda Rousey Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Shawn Michaels Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the listlast_img read more


first_imgSteel manufacturing organisation British Steel has offered a 4% pay increase to 4,800 employees based in the UK and France.The pay rise, which will be delivered over a two-year period, forms part of an in-principle agreement with trade unions Community, GMB and Unite for 2017’s pay and conditions claim.Formal agreement to the pay deal will be finalised once the trade unions involved have undertaken ballots to gain consent from members who are British Steel employees.Peter Bernscher, chief executive officer at British Steel, said: “The hard work and dedication of our people has helped us start the turnaround of our business and, while there’s a long way to go if we’re to become truly sustainable, we wanted to recognise their valued contributions.“I’d like to thank the unions for their support during this ongoing process, and our employees for their commitment to building a stronger future for British Steel.”A spokesperson at Unite added: “We are in the process of balloting our members on the reported deal. The ballot comes with a recommendation to accept the offer given the current financial status of the [organisation] and the industry. The ballot closes on 30 November.”Ross Murdoch, national officer at GMB, said: “GMB welcomes the fact that British Steel has recognised changes in the financial reality and have improved [its] offer. It seems [it] acknowledges the hard work and commitment from [its] skilled workforce and has found new money to reward them. We are recommending members accept and are out to ballot on the new offer at the moment.”last_img read more


first_imgSen. Dan Sullivan added an amendment to the human trafficking bill the U.S. Senate passed today. Sullivan says it addresses a problem he faced as Alaska’s Attorney General.Download Audio“The key goal of this amendment is to enable the resources and cooperation between state and federal prosecutors to ensure all cases of human trafficking are pursued and victims have justice,” he said on the Senate floor.In 2010, the U.S. Justice Department decided it would not pursue charges against Veco founder Bill Allen for allegedly having sex with underage girls. Sullivan says the feds also refused his request to let state prosecutors press charges under the federal Mann Act, which makes it a crime to transport people across state lines for illicit sex.  The amendment Sullivan added to the Senate bill today says the U.S. Attorney General has to grant requests to cross-designate state prosecutors to handle Mann Act charges, or to explain why that would undermine the administration of justice.Bill Allen, once a big contributor to primarily Republican candidates in Alaska, was the government’s key witness in the prosecution of Sen. Ted Stevens on corruption charges. Allen served nearly two years behind bars for bribery and other crimes. He finished his probation last year. It’s unclear whether Allen could still face charges under the Mann Act.Sullivan’s amendment was passed by voice vote. The human trafficking bill passed 99 to 0.last_img read more


first_imgRubikirat Vohra, a well-known artist who has been critically acclaimed for her work who will be exhibiting her work in the Capitals’ Triveni Kala Sangam. A display of her latest works of art is to be held on the January 12 titled Metamorphosis of Power.Rubkirat’s Art displays the dichotomy of a human mind magnificently. Her art demonstrates a philosophical bent of mind coming from an awareness of resignation, reconciliation and resilience. She skillfully displays a strong communiqué by using architectural ‘spaces’, mechanical tools and shadowy and headless figures who act as protagonists.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Standing before her works, the viewer might get a feeling of a workshop like aura where ‘inner work’ is in process vibrating with the fundamental philosophical meditations and mediations. As an Artist it shows her effort to deal with the theatre of life. There is an intense silence resonating from her works one that showcases a seeker in close proximity to its solution. Rubkirat’s works, in general celebrate this metamorphosis of organic human beings into full-blown individuals.When:  January 12Where: Triveni Kala Sangam, Near Bengali Marketlast_img read more


first_imgReal Madrid’s first foray into the January transfer market will be to snap up Athletic Bilbao’s promising goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, Madrid-based sports daily Marca reported on Monday.Arrizabalaga’s contract expires in June, meaning he could leave Bilbao for free at the end of the season.However, Real Madrid plans on beating any competition to the 23-year-old’s signature by paying his 20 million euro ($23.5 million) buyout clause.“When the winter window opens, [Madrid] will pay the 20 million buyout clause to evade the risk that [Arrizabalaga] is punished for not renewing his contract by not playing and loses the chance to go to the World Cup in Russia,” said Marca’s report.Arrizabalaga, 23, is understudy to Manchester United’s David de Gea for Spain and made his senior international debut in November’s 5-0 friendly win over Costa Rica.“We will try everything possible so that Kepa stays here, but shortly there will be a definitive decision,” Athletic president Josu Urrutia told Movistar TV as Arrizabalaga shut out Madrid in a 0-0 draw in Bilbao last weekend.Madrid famously missed out on the signing of De Gea after failing to register their transfer agreement with United in time on the final day of the transfer window in August 2015.De Gea was seen then as the long-term replacement to club legend Iker Casillas, but with Costa Rican keeper Keylor Navas in goal, Madrid has won the Champions League in each of the last two seasons.Navas, though, has missed 10 matches due to injury already this season and neither he, nor second choice ‘keeper Kiko Casilla have convinced in a poor start to the season for Madrid, which trails Barcelona by eight points at the top of La Liga. Facebook Comments Related posts:Uuuuy! Reports: Keylor Navas signs extension with Real Madrid Keylor Navas, Real Madrid clinch La Liga title in Spain Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas, Real Madrid nab third consecutive Champions titlelast_img read more


first_imgAfter conducting research through the Visa Australia and New Zealand Travel Survey, Lonely Planet and Visa have created The Travel Companion; an online travel-planning hub.Research revealed that when planning a trip, more than 30 percent of Australian’s visit friends and family’s social network photo albums for holiday inspiration.Visa Australia country manager Vipin Kalra said Australian’s are passionate about travel and the new website is designed to aid, encourage and support. “We’re thrilled to be able to provide people with tools and information to help them have an even more enjoyable trip, from savings and budgeting tips, to destination ideas and advice from the experts at Lonely Planet.”More than 80 percent of Australians admitted to having at least one yearly trip planned and organised at least three to four months in advance.Individual itineraries can be conceived using The Travel Companion’s ‘Create Your Own Guide’ (CYOG) tool, which allows users to pool together Lonely Planet’s information on some of the world’s best destinations.“The CYOG tool is unique in that it can create a compact and personalised Lonely Planet guide of must-see sites and activities. Travellers can add their own notes and comments and even share their guide via email and social media with friends, family and fellow travellers,” Mr Kalra said.Research showed Australian’s are fond of taking credit, debit and prepaid charge cards overseas as a means of protecting their finances while abroad.With this in mind, Visa and Lonely Planet’s Travel Companion provides tailored information on the best banking options for individual customer finances.  “The Travel Companion will enhance the experience and excitement of planning a trip,” Client Solutions director APAC for Lonely Planet Samantha Finnegan said.“The Create Your Own Guide is a fun way for consumers to access Lonely Planet’s expert advice on what to do and things to see as they plan their next adventure. We’re proud to continue our long-standing partnership with Visa, culminating in this first-of –its-kind travel resource.”In association with the launch of The Travel Companion, Visa is giving Australians the opportunity to win their dream trip by creating their own guide and submitting their best tips. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more


first_imgSkiJapan.com says it has experienced a “positive” rebound in bookings in recent years, with Australian bookings hitting a 16-year high.According to the company’s figures, since introducing Japanese resorts to its listings, Aussie bookings have escalated by 25 percent this year compared to 2010.Describing growth as a “very positive outcome” for the snow industry, statistics found the northern island of Hokkaido to be most popular amongst Australian skiers and boarders.“Whilst the growth on the previous year is substantial, with flights and accommodation on certain dates becoming limited throughout the traditional peak period, there’s lots of accommodation available pre Christmas and in March, when the cost of a holiday is well below the peak period,” the company said. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more


first_img Apples in Charts: Honeycrisp, the queen of the U.S … U.S.: Late season Ruby Frost apple variety gives r … August 06 , 2018 U.S.: Autumn Glory apples gain ground in February … India has once again postponed the implementation of tariff on U.S. imports, saying they would now come into effect on Sept. 18.The additional duties on US$200 billion on imports had been due to start on Aug. 4, but India’s Ministry of Finance said on Friday they would be pushed back by six weeks.center_img New Delhi, incensed by Washington’s refusal to exempt it from new tariffs on steel and aluminum, had originally planned to implement tariffs on U.S. products including almonds, walnuts and apples on June 21.Tariffs on apples would rise from 50% to 75%, severely impacting trade to what had by May this year become Washington State’s number-two apple export market.India had also planned to increase tariffs on U.S. almonds by 20% and on walnuts by a massive 120%.Officials from New Delhi and Washington, including U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, are scheduled to hold a series of meetings including talks with their Indian counterparts in September.In July Tarun Arora of India-based importer IG International predicted a 25% tariff hike on U.S. apples would lead to imports declining by up to three-quarters. You might also be interested in LPS ’19 preview: South Africa anticipates challeng …last_img read more