People left out of final NRC not to be detained MHA

first_imgNew Delhi: The Union Home Ministry on Monday said that those left out of the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam will not be detained, under any circumstances, till they “exhaust” all remedies available under law. Such people can appeal to the Foreign Tribunals within 120 days, it said, stressing that they will continue to enjoy all their rights as earlier, like any other citizens. “The affected persons will continue to enjoy rights like right to employment, education, property etc,” Home Ministry spokesperson Vasudha Gupta said in a tweet. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ In another tweeet, she said: “State government has also made necessary arrangements to provide legal aid to the needy people amongst those excluded from NRC final list, by providing all assistance through the District Legal Services Authorities (DLSA).” Saying that adequate judicial process is available for affected persons to appeal to Foreigners Tribunal within 120 days from August 31 this year, the ministry said that “to facilitate appeal, 200 new FTs to be functional from today (Monday), in addition to 100 already existing”. In the final NRC list released on Saturday, 30.1 million people were found eligible to be included, while more than 1.9 million were left out. The ones left out are mostly Bengali Hindu refugees who had come to Assam before 1971, or people who couldn’t furnish the necessary documents.last_img read more

My loved ones shouldnt suffer Varun

first_imgMumbai: Just days after reports emerged that a fanatic fan of Varun Dhawan threatened his ladylove Natasha Dalal, the actor said his near and dear ones should not be paying a price due to his celebrity status. There has been a buzz that a female fan waited for hours to meet Varun outside his residence. Since the actor was busy, he did not step out, and that made the fan so angry that she started misbehaving and uttered: “I will kill Natasha”. According to reports, when the girl refused to leave, security officials informed the local police station. Asked about the incident, Varun said: “The police has got involved in the matter, so I will refrain from speaking on the incident. Keeping that aside, I am generally saying that it is a wrong thing. My loved ones should not have to pay any price because of my celebrity status.”last_img read more

Alternate governance

first_imgAs India prepares for the results of another general election and with Congress and the regional parties gaining ground with each phase of the electoral battle, the question of getting into governance for those now in opposition with concrete and common agenda is up for public debate. There should have been such an agenda declared before the elections but instead, major opposition parties chose to announce their individual manifestos. The only way to combat the Modi-Shah juggernaut and war-chest with huge resources, even if NDA does not get a clear majority, is to quickly close ranks as results keep coming across May 23-24, and put before the nation a combined opposition government on the basis of a Common Minimum Programme (CMP). Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyThe alternative force in India cannot just be of parties but of an alternative world-view, and of an alternative approach to governance, and must take the major opposition party, Congress, the regional and the Left forces together to present a rainbow coalition. What should be the corner-stones of such an alliance? First, pledge to protect the Indian Constitution and its basic tenets. So, commit to true secularism where the state does not negate any faith but also does not become a party to any faith. Neither Hindutva nor Muslim appeasement, pledge to uphold socialistic welfare economy envisaged in the Constitution because the marginalised people, with their per capita income far below the subsistence level, cannot survive unless supported with minimum access to food, clothing, housing, public health and minimum assured education. So NYAY or a variation of it is a must. Basic Minimum Income in a world with extreme disparity is an essential element of governance, not just a desirable one. A pledge to protect democracy and hence leave media, entertainment, culture and education to be run not by bureaucrats but by professional experts. And, above all, a pledge to protect legislatures by not short-circuiting their sessions or taking the ordinance route to governance, and to protect the independence of the judiciary by not interfering in their recruitment, postings, promotions and processes. Safeguarding democracy also needs to be through police reforms, administrative reforms, judicial reforms, and electoral reforms, and through an all-out implementation of the institution of the Lokpal, apart from protecting the independence of the constitutional positions like those of CBI Director, RBI Director, Election Commission and Chief Information Commissioner. Also Read – The future is here!Second, uphold multi-cultural plurality of India. All communities need to be assured that India is theirs, but they need not be appeased too. The Sachar Committee report shows the lack of socio-economic and educational development among the Muslim minorities and their representation in positions of power and responsibility. The situation is exacerbated today with a visible alienation of them from the political mainstream. Also, if forest rights are not given to the tribal users of minor forest produce as per the forest dwellers’ act on minor forest produce, and land rights are not given to the tillers, there cannot be a visible change in the country-side and no end to Naxalism. Then, social assimilation will need distinct ways and means to empower women as well, particularly ensure their security in public places, raise conviction in cases of assault on women, and enhance their socio-economic participation. The British era sedition laws must go, AFSPA implementation has to be need-based, and not geography-based, and very rare. Attempts to dilute Article 370 without taking Kashmiris into confidence need to be thwarted. Third, economics, and not politics, need to be the focus ahead. United Opposition must promise a slew of economic measures, including viable Minimum Support Price and implementation of MS Swaminathan recommendations for agriculture, gradual recovery of all NPAs (specially in cases of willing defaulters), banking autonomy with SOPs on banking operations insulating them from political interference with RBI independence ensured, recovering black money in land, jewellery and foreign assets, and encourage investments in education and health with tax holidays and other benefits. This plan also shall underline a fair share of funds between Centre and States, respect for economic federalism especially in the provisions of the Finance Commission, and execution of truly one nation one tax system through a uniform GST. Interestingly, it is important to increase investment in education and health up to 20 per cent of the total national budget, which is around half today. Investment in health insurance and not on public health infrastructure does not augur well for the man on the ground. Filling up vacant government positions, and heralding a start-up and SME driven local economies in states are must to tackle the jobs crisis. Fourth, on the global front, multilateralism is the desired way ahead. The relations with Iran needs to be protected for oil and strategic reasons, with that of Russia to be preserved for military and other cooperation, with the US as well for reasons of NRIs there, and with Europe, there is the need of enhanced engagement. With China, India needs a cautious friendship taking Pakistan into confidence taking advantage of earlier peace gestures from PM Imran Khan. This is not to mean that we need to lower our guard at all. It is possible to have a non-aligned multi-lateral national interest-driven foreign policy, with focus on peace and economic diplomacy, but without letting any lethargy on military preparedness. In fact, the Indian military needs better amenities for the tasks they perform. Even internal security needs a fresh approach, which looks first at the development of economic and human conditions of the people in troubled areas of Jammu & Kashmir, Northeast and the Red Corridor of the nation. There is a real possibility of a win for United Opposition in the next Lok Sabha polls, only if it puts a Common Minimum Program at the core of its governance, and not repeat the mistakes that Janata Party did in 1977 battling another authoritarian ruler, Indira Gandhi. But, is the Opposition listening? (The author is a media academic. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

NB Premier Brian Gallant wants fracking moratorium in place before Christmas break

FREDERICTON — New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant says his government will introduce legislation for a moratorium on fracking for shale gas during the upcoming legislature session and he wants it passed by Christmas.The Liberals, who won a majority government in the September election, campaigned on a promise to bring in a moratorium, saying more information is needed before allowing shale gas fracking to continue.Gallant says if the legislation isn’t passed by the Christmas break, he’ll reconvene the legislature early in the new year.Bruce Fitch, the Opposition Progressive Conservative leader, says he is reserving judgment until he sees the legislation.Energy East refinery’s benefits questioned in new reportBy erecting new hurdles for Energy East, Quebec is caving to pipeline opponentsBut Fitch says if the moratorium threatens to hurt the energy industry and force businesses to shut down, his party will oppose it.The fall legislative session — the first for Gallant as premier — starts Wednesday with a throne speech. read more

UN new protocol needed to deal with poverty challenge to human rights

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Louise Arbour, yesterday told the General Assembly’s Third Committee, which deals with social, humanitarian and cultural matters, that a sounder legal foundation is needed to ensure a broad range of human rights.The most promising initiative for this is an additional protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, she said, also highlighting the work of the new Human Rights Council, which already has two tangible achievements in its adoption of the draft Convention on Enforced Disappearances and of the draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.Ms. Arbour said her Office continues to combat discrimination, noting that racial discrimination might be growing in some regions, fuelled by fear of terrorism, misconceived perceptions of identity or anxiety over competition for employment.A vital tenet of the OHCHR’s work is country engagement, through providing a forum for dialogue, monitoring developments on the ground, and research and technical cooperation, she added.Her Office supported or participated in various fact-finding missions and Commissions of Inquiry, including to Darfur, Kyrgyzstan, and Togo in 2005, and to Timor-Leste, Liberia and Lebanon in 2006, while the Rapid Response Unit deploys human rights officers at very short notice, as in the case of Lebanon during the July crisis.Addressing longer-term objectives, she reported that her Office had opened sub-offices in Nepal, Uganda and Guatemala over the past year and planned to establish a presence in Togo and Bolivia in the current year. The Office is preparing to add five new Regional Offices to the existing six, while continued operations in Cambodia and Colombia reflected the need for sustained investment in human rights, Ms. Arbour added.In conclusion, she mentioned that her Office also provided policy guidance and expertise in the areas of transitional justice and the rule of law, offering as an example the Office’s role in negotiating the establishment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and a Special Tribunal in Burundi. read more

Jeremy Vine refuses to answer construction worker who asks whether he is

first_imgJeremy Vine then told Harry Jones that he thinks some BBC presenters are in fact overpaid. Mr Jones said: “You spend your life asking people questions – I am asking you a direct question.”Do you think you and the rest of the BBC are overpaid?”The presenter answered: “Some are.”The construction worker told Jeremy Vine that although he enjoys the BBC’s output, he didn’t think the pay disparity between BBC employees and those on the minimum wage was fair. He said: “I see men  from the coal industry buckled up from working all their life, doing hard graft, and have nothing to show for it.”How can you people justify the amount of money you are earning?”I don’t know how you and the rest of the BBC can justify picking their pay check up every week when there are men and women working their fingers to the bone who don’t get nowhere near the money you are earning and are struggling to live”. Jeremy Vine held a call-in on his Radio 2 show, after it was revealed he earns a salary of over £700,000 a year, so listeners could state their views on how much BBC employees are paid.The Radio 2 presenter spoke with Harry Jones, a construction worker from Glamorgan, who asked him whether he was “embarrassed” to pick up his paycheck, and whether he thought he was overpaid.Mr Vine refused to answer whether he was paid too much, and said it was a “matter for the BBC”.Mr Jones asked: “I enjoy your programme and I enjoy you personally but are you embarrassed to pick up your paycheck?”The presenter replied:”I just feel very lucky every day”. “I’m just wondering if Ken should be knocking on your door and asking for it to be at least doubled!”However, Mr Purnell dodged the question, saying that “this is the problem of comparing these things”. When asked: “Do you think you’re overpaid?”, Jeremy Vine said he didn’t want to answer.He said: “I don’t even really want to answer that because I don’t feel like it’s the moment for me”.Shortly before the discussion with Mr Jones, Jeremy Vine had been speaking to Director of BBC Radio James Purnell, and he seemed to suggest he thought Chris Evans was overpaid compared to his colleagues. He asked: “How do you justify that Chris Evans is paid almost ten times the amount of the presenter that follows him? Ken Bruce. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Jeremy Vine appeared to dodge the question, saying: “For some extent this is for the BBC to justify. We had the boss in – what did you think of what he had to say?”To which Mr Jones replied: “I think it was a load of rubbish and I think he should be sacked and his pay should be docked as well”.Jane Garvey, who presents BBC’s Woman’s Hour, appeared to suggest Radio 2 presenters such as Jeremy Vine and Chris Evans are not diverse enough and are overpaid.She said on her radio show: “Radio 2…extraordinarily male and entirely pale and big salaries,” before hastily adding: “allegedly.”last_img read more

Officer in Ryan Crawford episode to be sanctioned for posting video

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPolice should be allowed to carry out thier duties – RamjattanSeptember 17, 2018In “latest news”Attorney-at-Law Ryan Crawford to be charged- PoliceSeptember 20, 2018In “Court”Uniformed Police cannot make random stops – Bar AssociationSeptember 16, 2018In “latest news” A screen grab of the video taken by the officer when he stopped Ryan CrawfordThe traffic rank that is said to be in the middle of the controversy surrounding Bar Association member and Attorney-at-law, Ryan Crawford could face disciplinary charges for acting in an unprofessional manner.This was according to Commander of “C” Division Calvin Brutus who stated that even though the video could be used as evidence in the court, he will be subjected to departmental charges for posting the video on social Media.Commander Brutus said that “there is a process to deal with that image that was recorded. Because it becomes evidence in a case like that releasing it without permission or without the matter being properly investigated is not appropriate and it falls under our discipline code”.Nevertheless, Brutus stressed that there is no regulation prohibiting anybody from videoing anything, road users can also video the officers while they are preforming their duties or if they feel subjected to mistreatment.Further, departmental charges means that the traffic rank could be subjected to suspension or two years without promotion.Crawford recently appeared in Court where he faced five charges, all of which he denied. read more

US drone strike kills leader of Pakistani Taliban successor being chosen today

first_imgTHE PAKISTANI TALIBAN’S supreme ruling council is meeting today to choose a new leader after a US drone strike killed Hakimullah Mehsud, a decision seen as critical to the fate of peace talks with the government.Mehsud, who had a $5 million US government bounty on him, was buried late yesterday after being killed along with four associates when a drone targeted his car in a compound in North Waziristan tribal district.His death came as a major blow to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) network, which was behind some of the most high-profile attacks in Pakistan in recent years, including the 2008 bombing of the Islamabad Marriott hotel and the attempt to kill schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai last year.Tribesmen opened fire at a US drone flying low over the area where Mehsud was killed, while a few kilometres away the usually busy market in North Waziristan’s main town Miranshah was virtually deserted.Mehsud’s death is the third major blow struck against the TTP by the US this year, after the killing of number two Waliur Rehman in a drone strike in May and the capture of another senior lieutenant in Afghanistan last month.The TTP’s supreme shura, or decision-making council, meets today to decide who should now lead the faction, a loose coalition of militant groups that emerged in the wake of a deadly 2007 military raid on the radical Red Mosque in Islamabad.“The members of the supreme shura are taking opinions from all the shura members and senior commanders,” a Taliban commander told AFP.“The decision may take more time because the shura members are constantly changing the meeting place.”The candidatesIt is common practice among militants in the tribal areas to move around frequently to avoid the attentions of the US drones that hover in the sky almost continuously.Among the candidates in the frame to replace Mehsud is Maulana Fazlullah, also known as Mullah Radio, a radical cleric who led Taliban’s hardline two-year rule in the Swat Valley which ended in a military operation in 2009.Mehsud’s death represents a success for the CIA’s drone programme against suspected militants at a time when it is under intense scrutiny over civilian casualties.After a bloody six-year TTP insurgency which has left thousands of soldiers, police and civilians dead, the government has been edging towards talks with the militants.Mehsud’s death came just a day after the government said the “process of dialogue” with the Taliban had started but no formal talks had taken place.Saifullah Khan Mehsud of Islamabad’s FATA Research Center, an expert on Pakistan’s tribal belt, said the killing of the Taliban commander would disrupt the peace process in the short term but could ultimately prove beneficial.“Of course for the time being there will be perhaps… a call for an end to the dialogue process, but in the long run a divisive figure like Hakimullah Mehsud not being there will make the environment more conducive for peace negotiations.”After TTP founder Baitullah Mehsud was killed in a drone strike in August 2009, Mehsud took the leadership following a bitter power struggle.His death was widely reported in 2010 but he resurfaced in a video taunting the West and vowing more attacks on US targets.As well as the Marriott bombing and Malala attack, the TTP claimed the 2010 Times Square bomb plot after training Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad.- © AFP 2013WATCH: Malala Yousafzai on pacifism leaves Jon Stewart speechlessRead: Car bomb rips through Pakistani market killing at least 39 peoplelast_img read more

Dipnet Fishery Significantly Down From Previous Years

first_imgKenai City Manager Paul Ostrander: “The dipnet fishery was significantly down from previous years. Our gross revenue for the year was $375,000 that compares to a gross revenue of last year of $547,000.”  The DF&G announced the early closure to the dipnet fishery in order to meet the sustainable escapement goal of 700,000 to 1.2 million late-run sockeye salmon in the Kenai River–a goal officials say “may not be met without a reduction in harvest of this stock.” Additional restrictions on commercial and sport fisheries have also being implemented. According to Ostrander the city had budgeted the usage fees for the season at $578,000: “We missed that by a significant amount, almost $200,000. We’ll start working internally and administratively to figure out what we need to do.”  center_img The 2018 Kenai Personal Use Fishery opened at 6:00 a.m. on July 10 and closed at 12:01 a.m., on July 30. The fishery closed two days early per emergency order from the Department of Fish and Game. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai City Council took a look back at the 2018 personal use dipnet fishery season at their council meeting on August 1.last_img read more

Alabama Expands Its Clout on Capitol Hill

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR With Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) expected to take over the Senate Appropriations Committee — and likely the committee’s defense spending panel as well — following current Chairman Thad Cochran’s announcement that he plans to step down April1, Alabama looks to play an outsize role in crafting the Pentagon’s budget. The state’s congressional delegation boasts a high profile in the House as well, reports CQ. Martha Roby (R) serves on that chamber’s defense appropriations subcommittee and Robert Aderholt (R), who now chairs the agriculture spending panel, is vying to replace current House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) following his retirement at the end of this year’s session. Meanwhile, Mike Rogers (R) chairs the House Armed Services’ Strategic Forces Subcommittee, and two other Alabama Republicans, Reps. Mo Brooks and Bradley Byrne, also serve on Armed Services. The state is home to four major installations and has a significant defense manufacturing presence.last_img read more

Heavy rain occurs at isolated places

first_imgSangareddy: The Southwest monsoon has been normal over Telangana. Heavy rain occurred at isolated places in Sangareddy and four other districts during the last 24 hours ending at 8.30 am on Monday. Rain occurred at few places in Siddipet, Ranga Reddy, Vikarabad and Medak districts, the Met department bulletin said. The chief amounts of rainfall (in cm) were: Kohir 7, Naykal (both Sangareddy district) 6, Mirdoddi (Siddipet) 3, Chevella (Ranga Reddy) 3, Gajwel (Siddipet), Saroornagar (RR) and Peddemul (Vikarabad) 2 each. There was 1 cm rainfall each in Chegunta, Hayathnagar, Mominpet, Ibrahimpatnam, Alladurg, Tandur and Marpalle. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us According to the forecast, light to moderate rain or thundershowers are very likely to occur at a few places across Telangana from June 25 to 28. No large change is likely during the period June 29-July 1. Thanks to the rain and cloudy weather, the day temperatures fell steeply, with Nalgonda recording the highest of 39 degrees Celsius. The other temperatures were: Khammam 36, Adilabad 35, Medak & Ramagundam 34 each, Hanamkonda, Mahbubnagar & Nizamabad 33 each, Hakimpet, Hyderabad & Dundigal 32 each, Bhadrachalam 31.last_img read more

Toppers share their side of the story

first_imgKolkata: Debojyoti Kar, who has ranked fifth in the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination (WBJEE), is overwhelmed with his rank and also expressed his desire to be an IIT engineer, the result of which is yet to come.Kar is a student of Apeejay School. He had never expected that he would be able to make it to the top 10 list. He said that he had performed well in the examination and expected that his name might feature in top 20 list of the successful candidates. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsHis aim, however, is to become an IIT engineer. He has appeared for the examination and waiting for its results to be published.From his childhood, Kar had wanted to be an engineer. He is happy that he has secured a rank in the state joint entrance examination, but IIT would be his first choice.He owed his success to his parents and also to the teachers of the institution who had trained him. ‘Hard work is the key to success’ is the message Kar wants to convey to the students who will appear for the joint entrance examination in future. He also reminded that hard work and studying with a strategy have fetched the stellar result for him. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedHe used to study 3-4 hours every day when he used to go to school and the number of study hours used to go up to 7-8 when there was no school.Avinandan Bose, who topped the merit list from South Point High School, was not available for interview as he is currently attending a summer camp in Mumbai. It was, however, learnt that like Kar, Bose is also awaiting results of some other examinations.Dedipya Ray, ranked second in the examination this year, said that he had studied seriously but was never so bothered about the result. He studied only to prepare for various examinations and was not very particular about the number of hours he used to devote for his studies. Mathematics and Physics were his two favourite subjects, where he laid maximum stress. He has also given a message to the future engineering aspirants, saying that one should study round the year and suggested not to bother about the examination too much. “Serious work always brings fruitful result. Solving question papers of previous years is also one of the key factors behind success,” he said. He was a student of Hariyana Vidya Mandir in Salt Lake.Ayushi Vidyanta is the sole female ranker, who secured 10th position in the merit list. She is from FIITJEE, Vishakhapatnam. Shuvam Agarwal, Debojyoti Kar, Namon Biyani, Rittwik Gangopadhyay, Ranajay Midya and Abhishek Srivastava have ranked fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth respectively.last_img read more

Industrys best awarded at NTIA Awards 2012

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J It was all glitz and glam at the Westin in Sydney over the weekend, as the travel industry gathered to celebrate this year’s National Travel Industry Awards.Dressed in their Sunday best, everyone looked and felt like and winner as they applauded the 16 lucky door prize winners and 24 NTIA Award winners.Check out the list of winners below and click here for the full gallery from the industry’s night of nights.Rookie of the Year – Agent: Rebecca Scaffidi, World Travel Professionals, WABest Travel Consultant – Retail: Sophie Fitzgerald, Flight Centre Mt Hawthorn, WABest Travel Agency Retail – Multi Location: Phil Hoffman TravelBest Travel Agency Retail – Single Location: Harvey World Travel Winston HillsBest Travel Consultant – Corporate: Daryl Dickson, Globetrotter Corporate Travel, WABest Travel Agency Corporate – Multi Location: Corporate TravellerBest Travel Agency Corporate – Single Location: Spencer TravelBest Business Events Travel Agency: ETMBest National Travel Management Company: FCm Travel SolutionsBest Travel Agent Technology Innovation: Air TicketsBest Travel Writer: Angela SaurineBest Registered Travel Industry Training Institution: Victoria UniversityBest Hotel/Resort Group: Leading Hotels of the WorldBest Hotel/Resort Australian Property: Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & SpaRookie of the Year – Supplier: Erin Williams, U Tracks, NSW Best Sales Executive – Industry Supplier: Stephen Farrelly, Insight Vacations, NSWBest Agency Support Service: Air TicketsBest Tourist Office – National: Tourism QueenslandBest Tourist Office – International: Sultanate of Oman Ministry of TourismBest Car/Campervan Rental Operator: AvisBest Tour Operator – International: TrafalgarBest Tour Operator – Domestic: APTBest Cruise Operator – International Based Operation: Royal Caribbean InternationalBest Cruise Operator – Australian Based Operation: Princess CruisesBest Wholesaler – International Product: Infinity HolidaysBest Wholesaler – Australian Product: Qantas Holidays & Viva HolidaysBest Domestic Airline: Qantas AirwaysBest International Airline – Off-Line: Lufthansa German AirlinesBest International Airline – On-Line: Singapore AirlinesBest Travel Agency Group: Flight Centre Limitedlast_img read more

Tonga plans to invest in tourism

first_imgSource = Tonga’s Minstry of Tourism Tonga plans to invest in tourismTonga’s Ministry of Tourism has new plans to triple it’s current budget and expand its industry so it can increase it’s capacity for visitors.An estimated 15,000 overseas visitors to the capital Nuku’alofa last week, meant that the industry was at full capacity.Sione Moala Mafi, an executive at the Ministry of Tourism, says the government has decided that boosting the tourism industry will be the fastest way for Tonga’s economic recovery.Mr Mafi says the increase of the budget will be sought through aid donors and foreign investors.“We are trying to open up the airlinks and even to attract investors. We don’t have to build hotels ourselves. We can attract investors to build it for us. So we are looking at reclaiming some areas in the front harbour of Nuku’alofa and so that will be most appropriate for some of the, say, 5 star hotels to be built.” Tonga’s Ministry of Tourismlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Ponant, the world’s only French-flag cruise line, has completed its acquisition by Artemis, holding company of the Pinault family.Jean-Emmanuel Sauvée, Co-founder and CEO of Ponant, said: “In the last three years, together we have launched and financed new ships, opened new offices in Australia and China, and acquired a leading player in the American cultural cruise market. Today we are entering a new phase with a long-term shareholder who, like Bridgepoint, shares our vision and ambitions for Ponant as a global player in the high-end cruise market.”Ponant will now work with Artemis to ramp-up its internationalisation programme, consolidate its positions in France, Switzerland and Belgium and thereby enter a new phase in its development.Under the current Executive Management team, led by Co-founder and CEO Jean-Emmanuel Sauvée and Véronique Saadé, Deputy CEO, Artemis intends to continue Ponant’s strategy focused on innovation.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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first_imgSanta Monica, Calif. – Virgin Charter (www.VirginCharter.com) announced today that its online marketplace, the first-ever end-to-end solution for private air travel, is now open. Virgin Charter, the “smarter way to charter”, makes it easier than ever to find and book charter flights on private aircraft from operators hand-picked for their exceptional safety and quality standards. The launch marks the conclusion of the closed beta period during which an exclusive group of corporate and individual buyers utilized the marketplace. Virgin Charter’s marketplace is free to join and offers clients immediate access to its cutting-edge technology:Click. Buy. Fly: Clients manage their entire trip over the Internet.Best-of-the-Best Aircraft: Virgin Charter has used its aviation expertise to select operators that represent the cream of the crop.Safety Assurance: All operators are audited for safety by independent, internationally recognized third partiesQuality Standards: Virgin Charter has worked with JD Power & Associates to create the industry’s first Quality Ratings Program.24/7 Customer Service: Virgin-trained specialists are available anytime to help with clients’ needs.Hot Deals: Clients are able to make an offer on private charter flights that would otherwise be flying empty.Virgin Charter’s technology solution transforms a complicated process into a simple 4-step process. Virgin Charter clients SUBMIT their trip request online, COMPARE offers from top charter operators, SELECT the best offer, and BUY it online. The technology also makes it easy to compare offers based on price, aircraft, quality, and safety, saving time and ensuring clients get the right plane for their trip.“Virgin Charter has brought tremendous innovation to the charter market,” said Sir Richard Branson. “Virgin’s brilliant customer service and aviation expertise combined with unprecedented technology prowess has resulted in a winning formula.”“Until now, booking on-demand charter has been a cumbersome process and flyers didn’t always know what they were getting,” said Scott Duffy, CEO, Virgin Charter. “We are bringing the power of Virgin to the industry and are now offering an entirely new way to book charter over the Internet while setting new quality standards.”Virgin Charter also announced that Travelocity Business(R) is the exclusive launch business travel agency for Virgin Charter in the Travel Management Company space. Virgin Charter will provide charter solutions for Travelocity Business clients who want to fly private.“Virgin Charter is a natural fit in our suite of corporate VIP and Meetings services,” said Lesley Harris, president of Travelocity Business. “The notion of bringing the power of automation and online simplicity to a historically manual process like private aviation mirrors our approach to everyday account management. We look forward to working with Virgin Charter in the managed travel arena.”About Virgin CharterVirgin Charter (www.virgincharter.com) is an online marketplace that makes it easy to book private air charter over the Internet. Virgin Charter brings unprecedented efficiency, transparency and convenience to the industry. The company is privately held and headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif.About Travelocity BusinessSouthlake, Texas-based Travelocity Business is a full-service corporate travel management company. TBiz(R) is one of the business travel industry’s fastest-growing agencies, with more than $800 million in annual travel spend under management. For more information, visit www.travelocitybusiness.comlast_img read more

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