Centre lets FMled ministerial panel fix CPSE sale price timing

first_imgNew Delhi: To fast-track strategic sale of CPSEs, the Cabinet Thursday allowed the Alternative Mechanism to decide on the timing, price and quantum of shares of a state-run company to be put on the block for outright sale.”The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA ) has approved delegation of the following Alternative Mechanism in all the cases of strategic disinvestment of CPSEs where CCEA has given ‘in-principle’ approval for strategic disinvestment,” an official statement said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe Alternative Mechanism (AM) on strategic disinvestment was set up in 2017 and consists of the finance minister, the road transport and highways minister and the minister representing respective administrative department. So far, the AM has decided on the terms and conditions of the sale from the stage of inviting of expressions of interest (EoIs) till inviting of financial bid. With Thursday’s decision, the panel has been permitted to take decisions on final pricing of the transaction, quantum of shares to be sold and the selection of strategic partner or buyer. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs”This will facilitate quick decision-making and obviate the need for multiple instances of approval by CCEA for the same CPSE,” the statement said after the Cabinet meeting, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As many as 35 central public sector enterprises (CPSEs) have already been lined up for strategic sale. The companies that have been shortlisted for strategic sale include Pawan Hans, Air India, Air India subsidiary AIATSL, Dredging Corporation of India, BEML, Scooters India, Bharat Pumps Compressors, and Bhadrawati, Salem and Durgapur units of steel major SAIL. The other CPSEs for which approvals are in place for outright sale include Hindustan Fluorocarbon, Hindustan Newsprint, HLL Life Care, Central Electronics, Bridge & Roof India, Nagarnar Steel plant of NMDC and units of Cement Corporation of India and ITDC.last_img read more

Former Chilean President appointed new UN human rights chief

The UN chief paid special tribute to Zeid, who is stepping down after one term as the key UN voice on global human rights at the end of this month, saying that he wished “to express my deep gratitude to my good colleague and friend.” Highlighting her role as the first leader of UN Women, between 2010 and 2013, he said she gave “that new entity a dynamic and inspiring start”. He also pointed to her remarkable career as “the first woman to serve as the country’s President, but also as a survivor of brutality by the authorities targeting her and her family, many decades ago”. “Michelle Bachelet brings unique experience to the United Nations and to all of us, and is strongly committed to keeping human rights at the forefront of the work of the United Nations,” he concluded. “She has my full confidence and support, and I ask all Member States and our partners to extend to her their support”.Her predecessor in this position, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, who took on the role in September 2014 and who Mr. Guterres described as having served with “leadership, passion, courage and skill” for the past four years, also warmly welcomed her appointment.“She has all the attributes – courage, perseverance, passion, and a deep commitment to human rights – to make her a successful High Commissioner,” he said on Friday in a statement, adding that the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) “looks forward to welcoming her and working under her leadership for the promotion and protection of all human rights, for everyone, everywhere”. Following the announcement, Ms. Bachelet said she was “deeply humbled and honored” to have been entrusted with “this important task.”As this year marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human rights, and at a time when “hatred and inequality are on the rise,” the Secretary-General said it was vital to have a “strong advocate for all human rights” and he “could not think of a better choice”. “She has lived under the darkness of dictatorship,” he continued. “As a physician, she knows the trials of people thirsting for health and yearning to enjoy other vital economic and social rights. And she knows the responsibilities of both national and global leadership”. Michelle Bachelet will be the seventh High Commissioner since the office was created in 1993. The High Commissioner, is the principle official who speaks out for human rights across the whole UN system, strengthening human rights mechanisms; enhancing equality; fighting discrimination in all its forms; strengthening accountability and the rule of law; widening the democratic space and protecting the most vulnerable from all forms of human rights abuse. After a vote on Friday by the United Nations General Assembly in New York, former two-time President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, hailed a “pioneer” by the UN Secretary-General, has officially been appointed as High Commissioner for Human Rights, effective from 1 September.Minutes after she was voted in, UN chief Antonio Guterres told reporters he was “delighted” by the news of her official appointment as Michelle Bachelet “has been as formidable a figure in her native Chile, as she has at the United Nations”. read more

Column The equality struggle didnt end with Mandelas prison release it must

first_imgThis article was originally published on 25 June 2013. TEN YEARS AGO this summer I embarked on a road-trip dedicated to Nelson Mandela.I went to the house in Soweto where he and Winnie lived in the 1950s; the Indian restaurant in Johannesburg where he dined as a young lawyer; the cell where he was incarcerated on Robben Island. When I heard there was a museum dedicated to him in Umtata, I hopped on a bus there, arriving at an empty station in the middle of the night. My travelling companion was a copy of his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom.Over three weeks in South Africa, I encountered great warmth and humour. Staying with a family in a township, I was given a basin of water to wash with each day. “Here is your jacuzzi,” the young man who delivered it would announce, chuckling.I witnessed some efforts being made by the authorities to improve the lot of the poor: by, for example, providing shack-dwellers in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, with proper homes. But I also got depressed when I visited an uncle of mine, who then had an apartment near Durban. His friends and neighbours were exclusively white. One of them was a policeman who told jokes about killing kaffirs, a pejorative term for black people. Another was so ill-informed he didn’t know that Rhodesia was now called Zimbabwe (a country right beside South Africa).It was shocking to see how mentalities forged by racial stratification persisted. No sooner had I entered one particular taxi than the coloured driver exclaimed “This used to be a wonderful country; then the blacks took over”. Was this the “rainbow nation” Mandela had celebrated so eloquently?Deep AdmirationI retain a deep admiration for Mandela; anyone who was imprisoned for taking on an odious regime merits respect from people of conscience everywhere. Yet I no longer revere him the way I used to. That is because he abandoned principles that were at the very core of the liberation struggle to which he devoted most of his life.Mandela took part in the 1955 Congress of the People in Kliptown (part of Soweto). The Freedom Charter agreed at that gathering stated that the banks, minerals and industry of South Africa would be nationalised once apartheid was vanquished.Both the spirit and the letter of the charter were broken by Mandela following his release. One of his worst U-turns was to embrace the owners of the mines, who had quite literally treated the indigenous population as slaves. In 1994, Mandela went so far as to submit the African National Congress’ economic programme to Harry Oppenheimer for his approval. Oppenheimer had been the chairman of De Beers and Anglo-American, two mining firms that had provided crucial economic support for apartheid.I have no doubt that Mandela was put under enormous pressure by the world’s leading politicians and businessmen to behave in the way they wanted. By his own admission, the ripping up of the commitment to nationalise South Africa’s mines was the result of his trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Almost certainly, South Africa was threatened with losing investors if Mandela went about putting the Freedom Charter into effect.MuggedRepresentatives of the European Union effectively mugged his people.As president, Mandela oversaw the conclusion of a “free trade agreement” with the EU. It was grotesquely unjust. South Africa was required to remove taxes levied on 81 per cent of food and other agricultural goods from the Union. As most of these goods benefit from generous subsidies, there was no way that South African farmers could be expected to compete with them.Of course, Mandela could not be blamed for the endurance of racist attitudes. Nonetheless, he and other senior figures in the ANC helped usher in a slightly modified form of apartheid. The wealthy white were allowed hold on to their cricket clubs and other privileges, provided they allowed a few black entrepreneurs – epitomised by Mandela’s one-time confidant Cyril Ramaphosa – to join their ranks. The vast majority of the population was, by contrast, condemned to poverty. Unemployment almost doubled between 1995 and 2000.Mandela turned his back on other beliefs, too. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in 1992, he argued that “the trade in weapons of death will have to be reduced to an absolute minimum”. Two years later he was asked by John Major, then Britain’s prime minister, to consider buying a large consignment of weapons from the UK. Tony Blair followed up on his predecessor’s overture when he visited South Africa in 1999. The pressure paid off: a multi-billion dollar deal was clinched that year; its chief beneficiaries were the arms firms BAE Systems and Saab.Rekindle the spiritI am ashamed of the way journalists have covered Mandela’s declining health, affording no privacy to his loved-ones. The focus on Mandela is symptomatic of a more profound problem. He did not topple white rule single-handedly – nor did he ever claim to. Lavishing him with praise carries the risk of ignoring the countless others who have suffered.Perhaps the most fitting tribute to Mandela is to rekindle the ideals of the Freedom Charter. Triumphing over inequality requires constant dedication; unforgivably, some of his comrades in the ANC forgot this message as soon as their fortunes grew.The struggle did not end when Mandela was released from prison. It cannot end with his death. In one form or another, it must continue. And it will.David Cronin is a journalist living in Brussels. His blog can be viewed here. This article was first published by New Europe.Read: Prayers for Mandela as country urged to ‘let him go’>Read: Outraged South Africans condemn Mandela ‘exploitation’ after photocall>last_img read more

Mandate to recommend acceptance of Labour Court MS proposals

first_imgMANDATE REPRESENTATIVES WHO attended at Labour Court hearing aimed at resolving the industrial dispute at Marks & Spencer are to recommend the union’s members accept the proposals set out today.Management and unions at the retailer attended today’s hearing after the LRC intervened in the dispute on Wednesday. A day-long work stoppage planned for yesterday was called off.The majority of the 17 M&S stores around the country were closed on Saturday as a result of the row, which centres on changes to the company’s pension scheme.According to a statement from Mandate: Mandate represents over 2,000 M&S workers across the country. They are to be balloted on today’s recommendation next week.Read: Four ‘unprofitable’ M&S stores to close with the loss of 180 jobs > Read: Marks & Spencer staff to strike next Saturday > “The Labour Court Recommendation deals with the central concern expressed by the unions that they were unable to deal with the company’s proposals due to the lack of access to financial information.“The Recommendation puts in place a process of engagement in the event of this information becoming available.”last_img read more

Viewer numbers for 6/18 WWE Smackdown, viewers down

first_img Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Google+ Ben Roethlisberger Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Roman Reigns is in Remission NFL Week 2 Preview With Mike Lombardi, Will Antonio Brown Play? WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOX Twitter Facebook Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Videos Articlescenter_img Now Playing Up Next Last night’s 6/18 WWE Smackdown on Syfy drew 2.47 million viewers. This is down from last week’s show that drew 2.61 million viewers.Despite the drop in viewers, Smackdown was the highest rated show on cable Thursday night drawing a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49.Source: TVbythenumbers.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipNFL Week 2 Preview With Mike Lombardi, Will Antonio Brown Play?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 3:34/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 36.68%0:05Remaining Time -3:29 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 Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 WhatsApp Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Food & Drink: Real food remains Mighty Bowl’s mission

first_imgRachel Pinsky can be emailed at couveeats@gmail.com. Follow her on Instagram @couveeats and @rachelapinsky and on Facebook @coueeats. When Steve Valenta started rolling around town in The Mighty Bowl food truck, he didn’t intend to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant.“When we started, we were just having fun having a food truck,” said Valenta, The Mighty Bowl’s owner. “As we grew, hiring on staff, it dawned on me one day that we are supporting families here. So, it went from we are just having fun to this is serious. Now, what is a sustainable (business) model?”Valenta eventually concluded that a hybrid model with a brick-and-mortar operation and a food truck would hit a “sweet spot.”A year ago, The Mighty Bowl took over the Palace Restaurant, opening a kitchen with a takeout window. That recently closed, though, as Valenta opened a restaurant.Through all of that growth and change, The Mighty Bowl has never wavered on something it set out to do in the beginning — serving real food.“We want to bring up the food game,” he said. “Food matters so much to our quality of lives. It matters to our health long term. I just think that we have minimized food and food culture in our lives, and we want to put better quality food on stage and make that the forefront of our lives.”Valenta’s seriousness about serving real food doesn’t translate into a boring dining experience. The new space features something a bit different that Valenta has seen in New York and Los Angeles — bleacher seating.last_img read more

Wilmingtons Latest Legal Notices Week of May 13 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the latest legal notices related to Wilmington, published during the week of Sunday, May 13, 2018:Legal Notice — Board of Appeals — Public HearingLegal Notice — Citation On Petition For Formal Adjudication 02Legal Notice — Informal Probabe Publication NoticeLegal Notice — Notice of Mortgagee’s Sale of Real EstateLegal Notice — Planning Board — Public HearingLegal Notice — Planning Board — Public HearingLegal Notice — Planning Board — Public HearingLegal Notice — Trial Court — Order of NoticeLegal Notice — Wilmington DPW — Invitation To Bid(NOTE: The above public notices is from MassPublicNotices.org.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of July 21, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

Huawei exceeds 200 million smartphone shipments setting company record

first_img $399 Huawei P20 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Comments CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Now playing: Watch this: Tags The best Android phone around? Meet the Huawei Mate 20… Share your voice Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Review • Huawei P20: A killer low-light camera you can actually afford Apple Phones Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Phones like the Huawei Honor 10 have helped the phone maker set a new shipment record for itself. Andrew Hoyle/CNET Huawei has set a record for itself by shipping more than 200 million smartphones in 2018, the company said in a statement Sunday.The Chinese phone maker said the numbers were largely driven by the success of products like its P20, Honor 10 and Mate 20 series. Huawei’s smartphone shipments have grown from 3 million units in 2010, it added. Last year, it said it sold 153 million units. The company overtook Apple in the second quarter of 2018 to become the world’s second largest phone vendor, according to researcher Canalys.”In the global smartphone market, Huawei has gone from being dismissed as a statistical ‘other’ to ranking among the Top 3 players in the world,” Huawei said in its statement. See it 3 Mentioned Above Huawei P20 (black) reading • Huawei exceeds 200 million smartphone shipments, setting company record • See All Despite its successes this year, Huawei has still faced some challenges, particularly with the US government. In February, US intelligence officials advised Americans not to purchase Huawei products out of fear they’re being used to spy for the Chinese government. In January, AT&T pulled out of a deal to sell the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, and Verizon reportedly followed suit.Still, Huawei is popular in places like China and Europe. More than 500 million people in over 170 countries use Huawei phones, according to the company. In August, the company raised its shipment forecast for 2018 from 180 million to 200 million, and said it aims to become the world’s largest phone vendor by the end of 2019.Huawei Mate 20 Pro review: An elite phone with the looks to match.Huawei overtakes Apple: It becomes the No. 2 phone seller in the world. 2:21 Huawei Applelast_img read more

Advocates fear cutting Bethels Sex Offender Treatment Program could mean more victims

first_imgState budget cuts have reduced Bethel’s Sex Offender Treatment Program to a fraction of its former self. The program’s staff has gone from three members with a combined experience of almost 40 years to one member with four months experience. Now board members, former employees and advocates are saying the change is too much too soon. They fear recidivism will increase, costing the state more money down the line and damaging Yukon-Kuskowkwim Delta communities along the way.Listen Now Mike Grey is the Bethel District Attorney. He regularly sees sex offenders and victims in the courtroom and was one of several community members who wrote letters to Gov. Bill Walker protesting the program cuts.“It’s a tailor made program for the YK Delta, and I hate to see it flounder for a lack of funding,” Grey said.Since the Bethel Sex Offender Treatment Program began in 2008, 180 men have completed the program and only three have re-offended. That’s a recidivism rate of 1.7%, less than the state average of 3-5% for sex offenders.Supporters credit the program’s success to it being created specifically for the YK Delta, using Yup’ik values and culture as its foundation.Besides regular counseling sessions, the men hunt and fish and then donate the meat to the Tundra Women’s Coalition, the local women and children’s shelter. They also donate meat to their victims’ families when it’s accepted.The program sets up what it calls safety nets. Those are five people in the offender’s community who know the person’s offenses, their triggers, and watch them when they return to the community.The program also assembles Victim Impact Panels. Victims and people who work with victims meet with offenders and tell their stories of what it’s like to survive an assault or respond to a scene.Now the program’s community advisory board and supporters, like Grey, fear all that work will go away.“I understand tough economic times,” Grey said, “But when you’ve got a program that’s really working, it’s a shame that they can’t find a way to keep getting the funds to keep the program going. And I just hate to see it fall apart, which is what I’m afraid is going to happen.”Two mental health clinicians started the program, Steve Dempsey and Joan Dewey. Dempsey supervised and came to the program with more than 20 years experience working with sex offenders. For many years, a Yup’ik-speaking case manager worked with them.Last year, Joan Dewey retired. In July of 2016, the state hired a replacement clinician with no background treating sex offenders. In October, Dempsey’s contract ended and wasn’t renewed. Funding for the case manager ran out about the same time. Now, the entire program is being run by one clinician with four months experience treating sex offenders. Her supervisor is in Juneau.The cuts were made to help bring the Department of Corrections out of the red, after lawmakers reduced the Department’s budget by more than $8.5 million.Dempsey’s contract cost just $251,400 annually. He didn’t live in Bethel, and that contract included his salary, per diem, and airfare from Ketchikan every two weeks. The current clinician is being paid less than half that at $92,976.DOC spokesman Corey Allen Young said the budget cuts made sense.“In light of the financial situation we’re in,” Young said, “If we can do it a lot cheaper and still have the same results, that’s what we’re going to do.”When asked what would happen if they don’t get those same results, Young responded, “I mean, it’s just like with anything. You always look at ways to improve and the bottom goal is a successful transition for our inmates inside the institution and when they get out.”That’s exactly what the board doesn’t think will happen after going so quickly from decades of clinical experience with multiple staff to four months experience with one person.The DOC expects to save $16,728 per participant.  They want to use the savings to continue the subsistence portion of the program and encourage community involvement.Grey, the Bethel District Attorney, said if recidivism rises, the cost of prosecuting, imprisoning and treating re-offenders will far outweigh any initial savings. And the cost to communities and victims will be irreparable and immeasurable.“Being victimized trails and haunts victims for decades,” Grey said. “And if you can avoid one… I mean, what’s the cost of avoiding one victim? What’s the cost of avoiding two victims? What’s the cost of avoiding three victims? How do you measure that?”The community advisory board for the Bethel Sex Offender Treatment Program met at noon on Wednesday at the Moravian Church to discuss the changes.last_img read more

Eurobond sales to help Costa Rica pay down debt

first_imgNo related posts. Vice President Luis Liberman and Finance Vice Minister Juan Carlos Pacheco announced Wednesday evening that the Finance Ministry received $1 billion from the issuance of debt bonds – known as Eurobonds – on the international market.Liberman said the government would use half the money to pay the public debt in dollars over coming months.Pacheco said that 80 percent of participating firms bought titles. Investment fund managers acquired 76 percent of the bonds, and of these, 51 percent was purchased by U.S. investors. European and Asian investors acquired little less than half, and Costa Rican investors took 2 percent.Liberman added that the bond issue is the biggest in the country’s history. “Costa Rica has been absent from international markets since 2004, because we were paying the foreign debt with domestic debt, affecting private business activity and increasing the government’s debt interests,” he said.BenefitsPresident Laura Chinchilla called the operation to obtain financing from the Eurodollar market “highly successful for the country, for the improvement of public finances and for reducing pressure on interest rates caused by the fiscal deficit.”Earlier this week, financial experts speculated about the possibility that Eurobond transactions could keep the exchange rate to the lower band and push a decrease in the Basic Passive Rate (BPR).Consulting firm Aldesa posted on its website Tuesday that negotiations in the Foreign Currency Negotiation Market amounted to $11.5 million, which could mean that starting Wednesday, after the government’s announcement, the exchange rate could remain permanently at the lower band (₡500) if profits were exchanged into colones.But Liberman quickly dismissed this option and explained that the main objective of the issuance is to use half the obtained funds to reduce the cost of interest on government debt, both foreign and domestic, without adding pressure on the exchange market.Exporters had expressed concern about a fixed exchange rate. Last month, Chamber of Exporters President Mónica Segnini told The Tico Times it could hurt business, because “the colón equivalent of unit sales remains stagnant, while colón costs increase with local inflation.” Exporters also believe it will be difficult for the government to hold the exchange rate at ₡500 in the medium term.Lieberman said it is difficult to estimate benefits, but “at least we know it will keep BPR from reaching levels of up to 11 percent, like it did a few months ago.”He also said the operation saved the government ₡30 billion ($60 million) in interest due to the substitution of domestic debt with foreign debt at lower rates.An additional $500 million will be used to pay down debt, some of it in colones, “but the payments will be under a plan defined by the Finance Ministry and the Central Bank, to avoid affecting the exchange rate,” the vice president said.The Eurobonds RouteThe Eurobonds plan began last July when lawmakers passed a bill authorizing the issuance of up to $4 billion in debt bonds.In September, Chinchilla signed the bill into law.On Nov. 16, the government issued $1 billion in dollar-denominated 10-year bonds, and on Nov. 21, the Central Bank confirmed the entry of the funds.Pacheco said that despite being a complex process, “it was carried out in a record time of two and a half months, meeting the proposed schedule and in full compliance with the law.”He also highlighted one of the most important achievements was that the issuance obtained the lowest interest rate in the history of Costa Rica’s participation in the international market (4.25 percent).During the process, technical groups from Citigroup and Deutsche Bank, responsible for the issuance, visited 40 firms, 80 percent of which invested in the Costa Rican bonds, signaling confidence in the country’s economy despite the current economic situation internationally.Regarding the possibility of a future bonds issue, Liberman said, “it is premature to consider it.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Gran Final tournament to draw diehard rugby fans young novices

first_imgRelated posts:Sympathetic Dutch celebrate victory in Escazú Keylor Navas puts on a show in Real Madrid win Costa Rica’s Eduardo Li pleads not guilty in FIFA corruption scandal NFL: Coldplay honored by Super Bowl but puzzled by game This weekend, the Rugby Federation hosts its “Gran Final” between El Universitarios Club de Rugby (UCRugby) and Stag Rugby Football Club, based in San José. This final match will determine who wins this year’s National Championship – the 15th such series in the Federation’s history.“When I got here to Costa Rica,” said Lucas Withington, “there was only one team. Everybody knew we had to have two teams in order to have a competition.”Withington was born and raised in Argentina, but he came to Costa Rica eight years ago. Since then, Withington has become quite the busy resident: He has served as head chef of a restaurant, he owns a hostel in Los Yoses, and he fashions hand-made grills. But Withington has also become a major proponent of rugby, and his enthusiasm and drive have proved infectious.“My father was a rugby player,” he recalled recently to The Tico Times. “I was six years old when I started. You need a lot of effort to play rugby. The big thing is, you see the personality, you see what the person is [made of].”In many ways, rugby is the perfect mix of soccer and American football: Players carry the ball and move gradually down the field, blocking and tackling each other as they go. But the actions take more time than gridiron football, and the sport is played without helmets or serious padding. Like soccer, rugby doesn’t require much more than a ball and a level stretch of grass.“It’s a brutal sport played by gentlemen,” said Withington with a customary chuckle.This year, the Gran Final will appeal to more than seasoned rugby fans. The San José Rugby Club has personally invited 120 area children to participate in a daylong event called Get Into Rugby. The boys and girls range in age from two to 18 years old, and activities include yoga, basketball, and tango lessons as well as rugby. All visitors can partake in food and live music as well.True to the “rugger” tradition, adult players and fans will retire to a bar in Los Yoses to celebrate the end of the championship. For every beer sold at the after-party, 100 colones will benefit rugby initiatives.“That is the [ritual],” said Withington. “You have the best match you can in the field, like warriors. But then you invite the other team to beer and food.”Tournament takes place Sept. 7 at the French-Costa Rican School, Concepción de Tres Ríos. Free. Info: Rugby Federation website. Facebook Comments Not long ago, Costa Rican rugby was still obscure. Few locals spoke of “hookers” or “scrums.” It was nearly impossible to find someone who could even explain the rules.All of that has changed in the past few years: the Rugby Federation of Costa Rica now involves hundreds of players each season. “Football clubs,” as teams are known, have popped up in such towns as Heredia, Cartago, and Coronado. Fans actually show up to watch games. While the Rugby Federation has existed under different names since 1984, the sport is finally catching mainstream attention.last_img read more

Qantas airline to offer virtual reality inflight entertainment

first_imgAustralia’s Qantas to offer first-class passengers a new way to trip while travelling by air. Through a partnership with Samsung, the airline has introduced fully immersive virtual reality (VR) technology to its Sydney and Melbourne International First Lounges and first class cabins on select A380 services.During the three-month trial, first class customers can enjoy a three-dimensional, 360-degree style interactive viewing experience. The Samsung Gear VR headsets will feature popular entertainment content and virtual reality tours which “showcase the delights” of the airline’s network destinations.Qantas Group Executive, Brand, and Marketing & Corporate Affairs Olivia Wirth said, “From an in-flight entertainment perspective, it is an industry first. Qantas is committed to being at the forefront of innovation to give our passengers the very best and latest in-flight experiences, like accessing the virtual worlds of their favourite Hollywood blockbusters from the comfort of their seat 40,000 ft above the ground. It is also a fantastic tool to feature our network’s destinations, inspiring travel and promoting tourism.”“This innovation literally adds a new dimension to how visitors experience Kakadu. Tourism NT (Northern Territory) is delighted to pilot this new technology as part of its suite of marketing projects utilising new, industry leading technology,” said Adam Giles, the Northern Territory’s Chief Minister and Minister for Tourism.last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterRegent Seven Seas Cruises has unveiled two shore excursion innovations designed to offer luxury travellers the most bespoke experiences in destinations around the world.Dubbed Go Local Tours and Regent Choice small group tours, these elevated shore excursions are designed to show off “distinct, authentic, one-of-a-kind experiences” to guests who may have already visited a port previously.“These local experiences will be exceptional,” Regent Seven Seas Cruises President and CEO Jason Montague said.Go Local ToursRegent Seven Seas Cruises guests will enjoy a more direct way to experience the culture of a destination through Go Local Tours. Now, guests can spend a day at a family-owned goat farm in the countryside of Andalusia to learn the generations-old way of making cheese, or discover the joy of fishing with the residents of Portofino, or observe skilled artists in their studios in Palma de Mallorca. Guests will experience the world through the eyes of those who live in the community and discover the best of a favourite destination.The cruise line worked for seven months to curate 122 small local experiences for guests, nearly 50 of which are included in its free Unlimited Shore Excursions. Go Local Tours are available on 2019 Mediterranean and Northern Europe voyages, along with 2019 voyages calling on Buenos Aires, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay. Examples of Go Local Tours include:Spain: Visit the mountain village of Alfarnate, located in the province of Málaga in Andalusia. Here, a local guide escorts guests through the village shops to introduce them to the local artisans. The next stop is the nearby town of Alfarnatejo, to an ancient, restored house, where guests enjoy a glass of local wine before a host escorts guests to their own home for a traditional Spanish lunch and an introduction to Spain’s gastronomical culture.Finland: Guests will experience the unique and beautiful sights of central Helsinki. The day starts with a visit to the most popular food market, Kauppahalli, to observe and taste the variety of local fish, meat and cheeses. Next, guests take a local tram toward Kamppi Center to visit the two famous Finnish supermarkets before touring the underground Central Bus Station, which connects Helsinki with the surrounding towns. One more level under the ground, guests will take a Metro to the Hakaniemi Market Hall for a tour. Following a typical Finnish snack, the tour ends with a relaxing walk through Kaivopuisto Park, the oldest and best-known park in Helsinki.Greece: Visit the Monastery of Agia Irini, south of Heraklion and close to the traditional village of Kroussonas. The Monastery serves as a nunnery and is among the oldest in Crete. At the completion of the guided visit, the nuns will offer guests traditional hand-made sweets. In the village of Kroussonas guests will visit the traditional Cretan boot maker, Stivania, and tour the oldest bakery in the village. A host will introduce guests to traditional Cretan music accompanied by a lesson in folk dances such as the Ballos. The demonstration will also show how families prepare cheese and make Cretan cheese pies. Afterwards, guests are treated to olive oil and wine tastings, and a demonstration in Cretan weaving. A traditional Cretan lunch will be served at the end of the tour.Go Local Artwork TourRegent Choice small group toursRegent Choice small group tours are smaller versions of the cruise line’s existing popular free Unlimited Shore Excursions and Regent Choice tours. Hosting no more than 16 guests, for a subsidised, supplementary fee Regent Choice small group tours allow for more personal destination engagement with a knowledgeable guide. These excursions are curated to provide additional ways to engage luxury travellers’ interests and passions, from food and wine to art and architecture, and include access to UNESCO World Heritage Sites.About 250 excursions on 2019 Mediterranean and Northern Europe voyages will be offered as Regent Choice small group tours.In Australia, options include the Kangaroos & Koalas Sundown Adventure. Available from Melbourne, this Regent Choice sees guests join an expert nature guide and head You Yangs National Park to see Koalas in the wild and free-ranging Eastern grey kangaroos in a natural bush setting nearby. Guests also see and learn about many other Australian animals and birds on the vast Western Plains near Melbourne, before enjoying a Sundowners’ casual meal out in the wild, including wine and bubbly, sandwiches, crackers, cheese and fruit.See www.RSSC.comLead image: Regent Seven Seas Cruises Go Local Food Market Tour in BarcelonaGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgBeverly Hills, California – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineAt Montage Beverly Hills, our name and our nature guarantee that we can assemble the kinds of experiences that create many wonderful memories for our guests. With new offers that allow guests to be greeted with Champagne and chocolates, to luxuriate in personalized spa programs, or to shop like a V.I.P. on Rodeo Drive, turning dreams into a montage of memorable moments is easier than ever. The selection of experiences is perfect for squeezing one more weekend getaway into summer or for celebrating a special occasion.The Art of RomanceNothing refreshes romance like time together in a beautiful setting. Montage Beverly Hills offers a two-night stay that begins with handmade chocolates and Champagne to welcome guests’ arrival. The offer also includes a romantic, one-hour couple’s massage at Spa Montage, along with a daily continental breakfast for two. Prices begin at $650 per night.Spa EscapeMany spa fans dream of a getaway that requires little more than a spa robe and the luxury of time for multiple spa treatments. The one-night Spa Escape package includes two 60-minute spa treatments at the 20,000-square-foot Spa Montage, Los Angeles Magazine’s 2009 pick as “Best New Spa,” and continental breakfast for two, served in the comfort of your own room or in any of the hotel restaurants. Prices begin at $775 per night.Sea & CityLike many siblings, the sister properties Montage Beverly Hills and Montage Laguna Beach share a family history, but are known for distinct personalities. Now guests needn’t choose between the urban sophistication of Beverly Hills or the seaside serenity of Laguna Beach. At both locations, guests will receive a two-night stay, two 60-minute spa treatments, a special welcome amenity and daily breakfast. Prices begin at $695 per night, and may be spread across non-consecutive visits.Montage Shopping SpreeFrom the front door of Montage Beverly Hills, a world-class array of distinctive boutiques and specialty stores is mere steps away. To help guests navigate the many fabulous shopping options, Montage Beverly Hills has enlisted the help of experts. Guests who choose the two-night Shopping Spree experience are equipped with a map of Rodeo Drive shops and assistants who will offer private shopping assistance and arrange to package and ship guests’ purchases. Guests also receive a daily breakfast and special offers and gifts from stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue. Prices begin at $495 per night.www.montagebeverlyhills.comlast_img read more

An agonising attempt to break the deadlock

first_imgBy Christos P. PanayiotidesTHE Security Council, in its resolution 2453 (2019), requested the UN Secretary-General to submit a report by 15 April on the progress attained towards reaching a consensus starting point for meaningful results-oriented negotiations for resolving the Cyprus problem.In the resolution, the Security Council also urged the sides to agree terms of reference which would constitute a consensus starting point for such negotiations, leading to a settlement within a foreseeable horizon and to renew their political will and commitment to a settlement under United Nations auspices.  The report, which focuses on developments from October 6, 2018 to April 10, 2019, was submitted by the due date.Reading the report leaves little room for doubt that the progress attained over the past six months in reaching the objectives that were set by the Security Council was very limited, if any.In his report, the Secretary-General is very careful not to assign blame for this lack of progress.  To the extent that he does, he blames both sides on an equal basis in an attempt to avoid alienating any one of the parties, at what he considers to be a critical stage of the process.I am certain that in the event of a failure to break the deadlock, he will not be as reserved as he is at this stage in assigning responsibilities.  It follows that the two sides are well advised not to make such a naive assumption about the future in formulating their present stand.An extremely interesting part of the report is the following paragraph, which is set out verbatim:  “I remain convinced that for a solution to be sustainable, the two communities will have to be well-informed about the contours of a settlement as well as the consequences of not achieving it.  This requires an open and constructive discourse that transcends polarizing rhetoric and that focuses on the benefits for all Cypriots.  More efforts in this regard are essential and I encourage the sides, in particular the two leaders, to consider ways in which positive messaging and greater information about the process and the overall context can be further strengthened.”This is exactly the message that I have been transmitting in my articles for a long-time.  For some peculiar reason, which I fail to understand, the Greek Cypriot leader consistently ignores the need to do exactly what the Secretary-General is advocating.In fairness to him, I must say that I do not speak Turkish and, as a consequence, my ability to follow closely what is happening on the other side of the fence is, indeed, very limited, resulting in my inability to pass judgement on the Turkish Cypriot leader on this issue.What I also found to be a clear warning in the report was the following reference:  “The Council has been consistent over the decades in its support for a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation that reflects the political equality of the two communities on Cyprus.  To aid the parties in advancing toward this vision, on 30 June 2017, I offered a framework of six points to help clarify the differences on key issues.  I urge the parties to constructively consider these points.”  I read this as saying wake up this may be your last chance. Christos Panayiotides is a regular columnist for the Cyprus Mail, Sunday Mail and AlithiaYou May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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