Kolkata: A three-year-old boy suffering from thalassemia was allegedly transfused with blood from a group other than his own at Katwa Sub-Divisional Hospital in east Burdwan on Tuesday.It is alleged that the person who examined his blood had made the mistake. According to sources, on Tuesday afternoon, the child was brought to the hospital as he was unwell. After checking, doctors advised a blood transfusion at the earliest. Immediately the child’s father went to the blood bank of the hospital with his son. There was a laboratory technician who had collected the blood sample to determine the blood group which is mandatory before providing blood. As it is a normal practice the child’s father did not notice the details. As soon as he got the packet of blood, he went to the hospital and admitted his son for transfusion. He also handed over the blood to the nurse. After the blood transfusion commenced, the child’s father noticed that the blood provided from the blood bank is A+ve (positive). But his son’s blood group was O+ve. Immediately he informed the nurses and doctors. After hearing the details, doctors went to the blood bank and asked for the report. Later as per the claim of the patient’s father, again blood group test was done using the same blood sample which resulted in O+ve blood.
The subsidized flights are part of a partnership between the airline and the Regional Council of Souss-Massa, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).The airline will serve the flights with an Airbus A320 with a capacity of 174 seats. The inaugurating flight landed in Agadir from Rabat Sunday.The airline has scheduled three weekly flights from Agadir to Rabat and two weekly flights for Fez and Tangier. Regional Council President Brahim Hafidi; the wali (governor) of the Souss-Massa region, Ahmed Haji; and the general director of Air Arabia Maroc, Laila Mechbal, attended the ceremony.Hafidi said that his goal for the domestic flights is to encourage internal tourism.“We intend to democratize access to air transport,” he said. He added that the council hopes that tourism operators are working to “support this effort by putting promotional packages in place for domestic tourists.”Hafidi said that the development of air transport is intended to accompany the Industrial Acceleration Plan by allowing investors and economic operators to move more easily.Mechbal said that the new domestic lines are “the fruit of the partnership and support of the Souss-Massa region, the local authorities, and the Ministry of Tourism and Air Transport.”On Sunday, Air Arabia Maroc launched three new flights to Dakhla from Casablanca, Marrakech, and Tangier.The company wants to add more domestic flights to promote regional tourism across the country.During the inaugural ceremony in Dakhla, Mechbal claimed that the new flights will help boost domestic tourism and promote trade between Dakhla-Oued Eddahab and other regions of Morocco. She also expressed hope about the airline which is set to encourage citizens to visit Dakhla, a “city of national and world renown, and to discover the natural touristic and cultural potential of the region.”
LONDON — Official figures show the average British consumer shrugged off uncertainty surrounding Brexit at the start of the year.The Office for National Statistics said Friday that retail sales during January were up 1 per cent from the month before, with clothing and footwear heavily in demand.The monthly increase was greater than the expected 0.2 per cent increase.Analysts cautioned about reading too much into the January figures as they came after a relatively poor Christmas period that’s seen some retailers struggle to stay afloat.And Brexit uncertainty hasn’t gone away. If anything, it’s getting more acute.James Smith, developed markets economist at ING bank, said there is a risk that, as the March 29 Brexit date draws nearer, “nervousness about the impact of ‘no deal’ will creep into the consumer mindset.”The Associated Press
Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno told reporters that an investigation by the UN’s Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) has not found evidence of gun smuggling by blue helmets serving with the UN mission in the DRC, which is known by its French acronym MONUC, but added that “it points to the possibility that one individual may have facilitated gold smuggling.”The results of that probe are being shared with the concerned troop contributing country “and we expect that action will be taken,” he added in response to press questions.Mr. Guéhenno said there was an ongoing investigation of allegations concerning Indian troops, adding that given the “very serious concerns,” the UN decided to dispatch immediately a management audit team to the DRC capital, Kinshasa, to examine the issue. “We want to react fast. We think that problems are better addressed when they are addressed quickly,” he said. “The purpose of the team is to work very cooperatively with our mission so that we address the issue together and we come to a good resolution.”UN spokesperson Marie Okabe said the team, which is to be led by a senior official, “will work with all levels of the UN mission to obtain a full picture of various recent allegations of serious misconduct against UN personnel serving with MONUC.”The team “will also evaluate management processes related to the maintenance of good order and discipline in the mission,” she added. The team will report to UN Headquarters with recommendations aimed at strengthening mission management on this issue, according to the spokesperson. 13 July 2007The United Nations announced today that it is sending a management audit team to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) this weekend in response to allegations of misconduct by troops serving with the world body’s peacekeeping operation there.
More than 215 million women in developing countries want to avoid or space pregnancies but are not using modern methods of contraception, according to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), which launched the Global Programme to Enhance Reproductive Health Commodity Security in 2007 to support national efforts to ensure a reliable supply of reproductive health essentials.“As of 31 October, the world will have 7 billion people, of which 1.8 billion are young people, and 90 per cent of them live in developing countries. That implies that 1 billion young women are actively seeking the information and service we are talking about here,” UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin said in opening remarks to the meeting in New York.The 12 ‘Stream One’ countries in the Global Programme are Burkina Faso, Haiti, Ethiopia, Laos, Mali, Madagascar, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.Dramatic increases in the use of modern methods of contraception are widely reported by participating countries. In Niger, the contraceptive rate increased from 5 per cent in 2006 to 21 per cent in 2010. In Madagascar, it rose by 11 percentage points from 2004 to 2009, when it reached 29.2 per cent.Supplies are reaching more people in the right place at the right time. In Burkina Faso, the number of health clinics reporting no shortfalls or stock-outs increased from 29 per cent in 2009 to 81 per cent in 2010.Access to appropriate methods is improving. In Nicaragua, the percentage of service delivery points offering at least three modern methods of contraception increased from 66.6 per cent in 2008 to 99.5 per cent in 2010. In Ethiopia, the increase was from 60 per cent in 2006 to 98 per cent last year.Country-driven initiatives include training and computers for stronger supply delivery in the national health system, awareness campaigns and advocacy for national policies, strategies and dedicated lines in national budgets for contraceptives.Dr. Osotimehin called on the 12 countries to put resources in their budget to meet the needs of their women and girls.“UNFPA will work with you to provide them with education, opportunities and access to information and services including reproductive health commodities, so that each young girl will be a fire, a multiplier, and will add value to the world in which she belongs,” he said. The First Lady of Sierra Leone, Sia Nyama Koroma, noted that support through the programme has increased the uptake of family planning and other reproductive health programmes, such as fistula activities and the screening of patients for breast cancer.“Collectively, we are changing the face of maternal and child mortality in Sierra Leone,” she said. 7 September 2011First ladies, health and finance ministers, and parliamentarians from 12 developing countries at a United Nations meeting declared today that voluntary family planning, secured by a steady supply of contraceptives, is a national priority for saving women’s lives.
Telus says it’s not breaking foreign ownership limit of 33.3% for telecom firms by News Staff Posted Jul 23, 2012 7:30 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Telus (TSX:T) said Monday that it is under the federal foreign ownership limit of 33.3 per cent for telecom companies, responding to accusations that it was breaking the restriction.The Vancouver company said it’s 32.59 per cent foreign-owned, as of June 29, and wants the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to dismiss a complaint filed by smaller competitor Globalive.The release of its foreign ownership level should also satisfy hedge fund investor Mason Capital Management, which had questioned Telus’ foreign ownership level, said Ted Woodhead, vice-president of telecom and regulatory affairs.“Our system controls where we sit in terms of non-Canadian ownership and it’s definitive,” Woodhead said from Vancouver.Woodhead said Telus’ foreign ownership levels are measured daily.“It’s a manual count of all shareholders.”Both Toronto-based Globalive and New York’s Mason Capital used reports from Broadridge Financial Solutions, which use postal or zip codes from where account statements are mailed, rather than the actual citizenship of the owner, he said.“To the extent that they both use the same argument, this answer puts to rest any allegations or claims that they have,” Woodhead said of both of the claims.But Globalive CEO Tony Lacavera said late Monday the company stands by its application to the CRTC.Globalive, backed by Amsterdam-headquartered VimpelCom, has also faced questions in the past about its level of foreign ownership with the CRTC before it launched as a new wireless provider to cellphone customers.Globalive fought a two-year legal battle, which started in 2009, and focused on whether its Wind Mobile met the test for Canadian ownership and control when it entered the market.Woodhead also says Telus is still committed to a single class of common shares, a move that was scuttled in May by the hedge fund, but was mum on the timing.Telus is also fighting an attempt by Mason Capital Management to get copies of proxy votes that the telecom company received ahead of the cancelled shareholder vote on a single class of shares.“There was never a vote and the proposal was withdrawn. So we view their application as without merit as well,” Woodhead said of Mason’s request to the British Columbia Supreme Court.Mason asked the B.C. high court to order Telus to provide unredacted copies of the proxies submitted ahead of a vote on whether to eliminate the company’s dual-class share structure, a move Mason vehemently opposed.The hedge fund, which owns almost 20 per cent of Telus, has said in its petition that knowing the level of support for the proposal could affect Mason’s decision about whether it should increase or decrease its stake in the telecom company.Mason’s petition says, among other things, that it has the right to inspect Telus’ ballots and proxies.
Members of OSU women’s volleyball team celebrate their final match point and victory against Maryland on Sept. 20. The Buckeyes won the match 3-0. Credit: Rebecca Farage | For The LanternAfter being on the road for three games, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team (9-6, 2-2 Big Ten) is returning home to St. John Arena for a big weekend against No. 3 Penn State (13-1, 3-1 Big Ten) Friday and Rutgers (5-11, 0-4 Big Ten) Saturday.Despite the losses to No. 22 Michigan and No. 14 Michigan State last weekend, freshman middle blocker Lauren Witte said the team isn’t far off from winning those pivotal conference battles“We definitely showed how hard we can play for certain moments. It’s just prolonging those moments and making them last an entire match,” Witte said. “It did show that we have the potential. We just need to find out how to bring it out every game.”Ohio State has struggled mightily against the Nittany Lions, with the Buckeyes having lost 47 of 62 matchups since 1981.Last season, the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions played a nail-biting, five-set match in which the Buckeyes took the victory and broke their 19-match losing streak against Penn State and secured their first win over the Nittany Lions at St. John since 2006.The Buckeyes will be facing Rutgers Saturday night, where they will try to maintain their recent run of success against the Scarlet Knights. They have won seven of the last eight meetings between the two teams. Ohio State has won its last five matches against the Scarlet Knights in straight sets, and Rutgers has only defeated the Buckeyes once since 1981.While hosting the two Big Ten opponents, the Buckeyes will be donning their pink jerseys Friday as part of the Dig Pink event. They will also have the opportunity to play a match in front of former teammates and players when Ohio State has its annual alumni game Saturday.“We always love wearing our pink jerseys and wearing throwback jerseys for the alumni game,” junior setter Taylor Hughes said. “I’m really excited about that and playing in front of the girls who used to wear those jerseys and making them proud.”Last weekend, Hughes said the team had a good learning experience, but that they always try to focus on the next team, regardless of further challenges that might be lingering down the road. “We don’t want to over- or under-credit the team we play first in the weekend,” Hughes said. “[We are] giving specific goals for each of us every practice and then after practice reflecting on them and just game planning.”The team’s game against Michigan was an important one for Hughes as she took the eighth spot in the program’s all-time assists leaders with 43 assists in the game, leading her to a current total of 2,765.Although Hughes had a good weekend, she said she believes there is always room for improvement and that the team needs to be more attentive to what is happening on the other side of the net.“[We need to be] really disciplined on our blocking and just reading the other side instead of making false steps,” she said. “Just being disciplined, waiting and blocking.”Witte also believes the Buckeyes need to learn to rely more on one another as a team, but also making the right moves in order to get the job done.“We’re running lots of game plans with blocking their hitters, singling their double quicks and getting ready for their fast offense,” Witte said. “[We’re] working with the defense behind our block and how we can make that work as a whole.”
Click here to view a larger version of the graph. (Image Credit: ERC) GRADE LEVELS IN reading and mathematics continue to improve in schools implementing the Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools (DEIS) programme, according to a new report from the Educational Research Centre.The report focuses on results achieved in 119 disadvantaged urban primary schools, with 17,000 students from 2nd to 6th class surveyed.Click here to see a larger version of this graph. (Image Credit: ERC)It says that results in reading and mathematics “significantly improved” since the previous evaluation in 2011.The number of “very low achieving pupils” also decreased over the six years, reducing the number of the national average of 10 per cent. A fall of 3.7 per cent was seen in the number of pupils absent from school, down from 2007 to 7.1 per cent.Commenting on the report, Education Minister Ruairi Quinn called the results “very encouraging”.They show that the significant investment that we make in these schools is paying off and pupils’ reading and mathematics test scores are consistently improving.The scheme, first introduced in 2006, is aimed at ensuring “that the educational needs of children and young people from disadvantaged communities are prioritised and effectively addressed” through a range teaching supports and an altered curriculum.It is currently active in 685 primary and 194 post-primary schools.Read the full report here Read: Teachers and Dept of Education to discuss concerns over Junior Cert reform >More: This is the school uniform questionnaire parents are being sent >
Mitch Seavey feeds his dogs shortly after arriving at the Skwentna checkpoint Sunday night in the 2018 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media photo)In less than 24 hours, the Iditarod front-runners have made it to the Finger Lake checkpoint, 123 miles into the 1,000-mile race. But not before checking in at Yentna and Skwentna, the first two checkpoints after leaving Willow. And, even before that, KNOM’s Davis Hovey caught up with two top candidates for Rookie of the Year: Two Rivers’ Matt Hall and Nenana’s Jessie Holmes.
Amaravati: The YSRCP senior leader and Rajya Sabha member V Vijayasai Reddy said that the special budget introduced by AP government yesterday has given new life to the agriculture sector which was hit hard by storms and drought.తుపాన్లు, కరువుకాటకాలతో తల్లడిల్లిన వ్యవసాయ రంగానికి ప్రత్యేక బడ్జెట్ ఊపిరి పోస్తుంది. 29 వేల కోట్ల కేటాయింపు రైతన్నలను సంక్షోభం నుంచి గట్టెక్కిస్తుంది. వడ్డీ లేని రుణం, ధరల స్థిరీకరణ నిధి, కౌలు రైతులకు పంట రుణాలు చరిత్రలో నిలిచి పోతాయి. జగన్ గారు రైతులకిచ్చిన మాట నిలుపుకున్నారు.— Vijayasai Reddy V (@VSReddy_MP) July 13, 2019 Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us Regarding this, MP has made a tweet on Saturday. In the tweet, he commented that the allocation of Rs 29,000 crore would save the farmer from the crisis. He said the interest-free loan, the price stabilization fund and the crop loans to tenant farmers would stand forever in history. MP Vijayasai Reddy said that CM YS Jagan has retained his word which he gave to the farmers.
NEW DELHI: Youngsters and government employees will be the real beneficiaries in Jammu and Kashmir following the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution and bifurcation of the state into two Union territories, Union minister Jitendra Singh said here on Thursday. Addressing a delegation of students from Jammu and Kashmir, Singh also said never in the past, the country had witnessed such a favourable time to abrogate the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir and the situation had arrived after the sacrifice of three generations of people. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us “It is the youths of Jammu and Kashmir who will be the real beneficiary. The emoluments of government employees in the two Union territories will be enhanced by three to four times, they will be entitled to the central government’s health services and other benefits,” he said. Singh said many political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir were spreading fear by saying if the special status was abolished, there would be chaos in the state and youngsters would be angry. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us “By March-April (2020), youths will realise the kind the advantage they will get, the kind of change the two Union territories will experience,” he said. The students, who are studying in various institutions like the Delhi University and the Jawaharlal Nehru University here, hailed the Centre’s decision to abrogate the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370, saying it had given them “real freedom”. The students hailed from Doda, Kishtwar, Reason, Udhampur, Jammu and Samba.
Logo of BNPThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Friday alleged that bus owners and workers suspended their long-route bus services at the behest of ministers amid the student movement seeking safe roads, reports UNB.”The public transport services have been stopped at the directives of ministers to sidetrack the students’ justified demands,” said party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.He came up with the allegation while speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office.Bus owners stopped operating long-route buses in different districts on Friday morning protesting against ‘vandalism’ during the ongoing demonstrations of students demanding justice for their two fellows killed in a road crash in the capital.Rizvi said road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader said the transport owners are not operating their bus services on security grounds, but the students were not seen obstructing vehicles anywhere during their agitation.He said students are checking licenses of drivers and vehicles, and helping them ply vehicles in a disciplined way.”We’ve seen the driver of a minster has no driving licence, MPs’ and law enforcers’ vehicles have no valid papers, and their drivers have no driving licences either. It’s shameful for the nation,” the BNP leader observed.Referring to home minister Asaduzzaman Khan’s remark that there might be ‘acts of sabotage’ anytime in the student movement, Rizvi said it is an indication of subversive acts to be carried out ‘by the government as it did so’ in the past during democratic movements.The home minister on Thursday urged the agitating students to leave the streets and return to their educational institutions and homes as he fears there might be ‘acts of sabotage’ anytime.Rizvi alleged that police and ruling party men carried out attacks on students in different areas of the city, including Mirpur.He demanded the government take steps to stop attack and repression on the demonstrating students.Speaking at another programme, BNP vice chairman Abdullah Al Noman demanded the president promulgate an ordinance to ensure safe roads.”If the government accepts the students’ nine-point demand, it can take steps to promulgate an ordinance by the president,” he told a human chain programme.Bangladesh Jatiya Manabadhikar Parishad arranged the programme in front of the Jatiya Press Club.Noman said the home minister might have issued a threat to students asking them to return to their homes. “I think the government should take the right decision to resolve the problem peacefully, instated of giving students threat.”
If you watched Indie Game: The Movie or followed the early development of Fez, you’ll understand the hardships developer Phil Fish went through. Well, his troubles aren’t over yet, and Fez has been suffering from a major bug that corrupts some players save files. Less than 1% of players are affected, but to that 1% who’ve paid for the game like everyone else, it’s a frustrating problem that needs and deserves to be fixed.Corruption started a few weeks ago after a patch was released to fix other issues. That patch was pulled when it started corrupting some save files, but Fish refuses to patch the patch and is instead just re-releasing the same one. For gamers that aren’t effected by messed up save files, it does fix some framerate issues, loading times, and death loops. Fish also believes that if your save has corrupted, just restart the game and that new save will be fine. So it may only effect those who’ve gotten quite far into Fez.Fish has stated that future patches will not be free because Microsoft will charge him tens of thousands of dollars to fix the game, and as a small indie developer he cannot afford that. The difference is, if Fish had instead released the game on Steam, it probably would have been patched already at no extra cost to the developer. Instead Fish still owes Microsoft money for the privilege of putting his game on Xbox Live. It’s for this same reason that many small developers choose PSN/Steam over XBLA.Fish has apologized to the 1% of gamers who will have their games ruined, but whose fault is it really? Fish chose to put his game on XBLA. Maybe he didn’t know about these re-certifying costs beforehand, but if everything is free to do on Steam why didn’t he just choose to put Fez on that platform first? Even putting it on the PSN would have cost him a lot less money than he’s forking out to Microsoft.It’s unfair that Microsoft wants to charge so much money for a patch, but Fish made his bed and now he just refuses to lay in it.More at Polytron Corperation, via Thesixthaxis
Could Snow White have been real? We often imagine that fictional stories contain within them at least a grain of truth; perhaps the setting shares a likeness to the author’s home town, or the hero is someone strikingly possessed of qualities like the writer. Fairy tales? Not so much. After all, who ever heard of an actual big, bad wolf disguising himself as a little girl’s grandma and hiding in her bed? No, fairy tales are called tales precisely because they bear no likeness to any reality. Turns out, that assumption is mistaken, at least in the case of the fairy tale, Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs. There is a real life baroness behind the story’s heroine, Maria Sophia von Erthal, who lived in a castle near the town of Lohr am Main, in northern Bavaria in the mid-18th century, and died in 1796.Portrait of Maria Sophia von ErthalExperts believe that von Erthal served as the inspiration for Snow White, the classic tale of a virtuous maiden who lives with seven dwarfs, all of whom work in a mine. The baroness’s gravestone was recently donated by a family to the Diocesan Museum, in Bamberg, in southern Germany. Its director, Holger Kempken, likes to think the story of the baroness as the basis for the fairy tale girl is, at least in part, true. He recently told BBC News, “The story of Sophia’s life was well known at the start of the 19th century,” he began. “The Brothers Grimm made literature out of the stories they heard from local people.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsChurch official Norbert Jung with the gravestone. Picture courtesy of the Archdiocese of Bamberg, taken by Dominik Schreiner.“There are indications,” he continued, “though we cannot prove it for sure – that Sophia was the model for Snow White. Today, when you make a film about a historical person, there is also fiction in it. So, in this case, I think there is a historical basis but there (are) also fictional elements.”And just what are the parallels between the tale of Snow White and the baroness, and her environs? As it turns out, there are quite a few.Snow White in the trailer of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)The fairy tale tells of a young girl who escapes a wicked stepmother, and falls under the care of seven dwarfs who work in a mine. One day, she falls into a deep sleep after biting into a poison apple, courtesy of the mean, evil stepmother. But she does not die, and while resting in her glass coffin, she is discovered, and kissed, by a fabulous prince and the two – of course – live happily ever after.Illustration from 1910 Snow White fairy tale.Sophia’s father did indeed choose a second wife who was horrid to her stepchildren, and favored her own. Lohr was known as a hub for glass and mirror making, and Sophia’s father owned just such a factory. There was a mine nearby, reached by crossing over seven hills, just like in the story. Children and dwarfs worked in the mine.And perhaps most revealing is the fact that Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm lived just 50 miles from Lohr. They could quite easily heard of Sophia’s life, and used her as the inspiration for their maiden.The town of Lohr am Main. Photo by Ben CC by 2.0Alas, Sophia did not have quite the “happily ever after” ending that Snow White did. She lost her eyesight as a young woman, and though she lived to be 71 – a ripe old age in the late 18th century – she died a spinster, in a convent.She never even came close to finding her prince. However she had a gravestone, and that was something most women did not get back then, when she was buried on the small grounds of a local church. When the church was razed to make way for a clinic in 1971, a local family kept it safe, then donated it to the museum in Bamberg.Related Article: Disney Left Out the Most Gruesome Aspects of the Original Snow White StoryThere is no way to be absolutely sure the baroness was the model for Snow White, but it’s a wonderful thought. And while her gravestone makes references to resurrection, she no doubt couldn’t imagine herself living on in a fairy tale, and countless cartoons and Walt Disney movies.
Nike’s decision to include Colin Kaepernick as part of their upcoming ad campaign was immediately controversial and met with emotional, polarized reaction from Kaepernick supporters defending the decision, and Nike gear burning from those who despise him for kneeling during the national anthem.Today, Kaepernick posted the first spot of the campaign to his Twitter account.It features him narrating the ad while walking around the streets as famous athletes, like LeBron and Serena Williams, and lesser known inspirational athletes are featured throughout. It also includes the now well known slogan, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”The ad will reportedly run during NFL games this weekend, which will likely increase the intensity of the already heated debate. Here it is:Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything. #JustDoIt pic.twitter.com/x5TnU7Z51i— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 5, 2018
<< Previous PostNext Post >> PARIS — A Thai couple is being hailed for keeping their cool after a Paris taxi driver tried to charge them nearly five times the actual fare from Charles de Gaulle airport to the city centre.The couple filmed their exchange with the driver while still seated in the backseat and uploaded it to YouTube earlier this month where it quickly went viral with over 220,000 views.In the video, the driver is seen demanding €247 for the 45-kilometre ride, nearly five times the flat €50 or €55 fee official Paris cabs charge from the airport to Paris’ right or left bank, respectively. The driver repeatedly insists that taxi fares in Paris are not fixed – “it’s by metre” – and shows the couple an app on his phone that indicates the price of 247.The couple, who were previously told by friends that a cab ride from the airport should cost “less than €70”, refuses to pay and questions whether he is a legal taxi.More news: Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is back“It’s not my car, it’s the company, you understand?” the driver angrily replies.He claims it’s a company car from Chauffeur Prive, a legitimate company, reports the Independent. But according to the company’s website, a ride from Charles de Gaulle airport to Paris costs a flat fee of €45.The couple asks to be taken to the police station where they suggest the matter can be resolved, but the driver refuses. They eventually offer to pay €100, but the driver calls them “crazy” before speeding up.At this point, the couple is heard calling emergency services but are unable to pinpoint their exact location. They eventually agree to pay the driver €200 simply to get out of the car.“The doors were locked and we had all our luggage in the trunk. He did not want to let us out, and kept driving while [supposedly] phoning his company to find a compromise,” Charkrid Thanhachartyothin, one of the passengers, told Le Parisien.More news: Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesBoers, the city’s specialist taxi police brigade, is currently investigating the incident. Posted by Travelweek Group Friday, November 16, 2018 Tags: Crime, Paris Video of couple getting scammed by Paris taxi driver goes viral
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 Posted by Share A journey to the Island of Hawaii with a side trip to hidden gem Lanai Francesca Spizzirri << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Four Seasons, Hawaii HAWAII — A journey to the Island of Hawaii takes you through lush tropical valleys peppered with cascading waterfalls, past fascinating lava coastlines, and fiery volcanoes whose eruptions made headlines this past summer.On a recent fam trip sponsored by Hawaii Tourism Canada, Travelweek ventured onto the island to explore its dynamic offerings and witness firsthand that on the largest and youngest of the eight Hawaiian islands it’s business as usual.“We were recently recognized on the ‘Best Vacations’ list by U.S. News & World Report in multiple categories, topping their list of ‘Best Winter Vacations,’” said Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau Executive Director, Ross Birch. “The diverse climates and unique landscapes provide the perfect opportunity for a multitude of outdoor activities and diverse experiences for travellers year round.”The island, formerly known as The Big Island, shows off its goldmine of staggering natural wonders through a myriad of outdoor activities – including hiking, snorkelling, sailing, biking, horseback riding, stargazing and more. Paradise Helicopters offers aerial tours of the island with its craters and lava flow.For excursions with a greater sense of purpose, Hawaiian Legacy Tours takes visitors to the slopes of Mauna Kea to plant their own Legacy Tree – meaning, it will never be cut down – as part of the company’s sustainable reforestation efforts.“The Canadian market provides a cross-section of travellers, but we have noticed a trend towards family and multi-generational travel,” says Catherine Cambra, Director of Public Relations & Communications, Fairmont Orchid. “This growing trend of families travelling together to bond over a shared adventure gives us a lot to be optimistic about in 2019.”The island, defined as much by its volcanoes, black-sand beaches, and lush rainforest as by its rich cultural heritage, places great importance on ‘ohana (family), which, according to Cambra, “is what sets the Island of Hawaii apart from the rest.”Canada, which currently makes up close to 6% of the overall visitors to the Island of Hawaii, represents the fourth largest market for Hawaii (U.S. West is first, U.S. East is second and Japan is third).More news: Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterAccording to the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s most recent visitor statistics report, year to date as of September 2018 there were 382,394 Canadian visitors to the State of Hawaii (up 4.0%); and 74,039 to the Island of Hawaii (up 0.8%).With both Air Canada and WestJet offering seasonal nonstop service from Vancouver to Kona this winter, and Hawaiian officials investing an additional US$2 million to promote the islands of Hawaii, those numbers are likely to rise.Though some activities were impacted by the volcano — most notably the operation of some of the guided hikes to the lava flow — there is still so much to see and do. “Travellers can learn about the destination’s history and culture at five national parks, sites and trails – including the recently reopened Hawaii Volcanoes National Park,” said Birch.The park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is renowned for its two active volcanoes: Kilauea and Mauna Loa. Visitors can view the volcanology exhibits at the Jaggar Museum, hike along the crater rim to see the steam vents, and dine at the Volcano House restaurant which reopened in October and overlooks the Kilauea summit.A positive impact from the eruption is that the island has the cleanest and clearest air quality since 2007, optimal for viewing Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea, Pu’u ‘O’o and the Pacific Ocean.A scenic drive along the Chain of Craters Road allows for visitors to take in dramatic caldera views. To see the volcanic rock at the edge of the ocean is a reminder that the island is continuously expanding. Since 1983 alone, Kilauea has added more than 875 acres of new land to the island.Roberts Hawaii, Wasabi Hawaii Tours and Hawaii Forest & Trail offer a variety of guided excursions to the island’s most scenic and spellbinding locations, including under-the-radar spots that are privately-owned and otherwise inaccessible. The tours are perfect for client day trips to the island, too.It’s no surprise that Hawaii Island is home to many world-class hotels, two of which hosted media on this fam trip. The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii is a sprawling 32-acre resort nestled in a sheltered bay along the northerly Kohala Coast. Renowned for its casual luxury, the resort offers spectacular ocean or mountain views and every room has a private lanai (patio).Orchid Court Restaurant at The Fairmont Orchid, HawaiiAnd at the newly renovated and branded Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo, a Doubletree by Hilton, guests can experience a laidback vibe at this contemporary beachfront property located on the shores of the island’s capital.More news: ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthIn other hotel news, the Hapuna Beach Prince was recently rebranded to Westin Hapuna Beach Resort; the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows is slated to reopen in November 2019 as Auberge Mauna Lani; and in 2021, expect the re-opening of Kona Village that has been closed since the tsunami of 2011.Over on Lanai, one of the Hawaiian archipelago’s smallest and best-kept secrets, though likely not for long, the Four Seasons Resort Lanai is welcoming guests into a world of luxury.Four Seasons Resort, LanaiThe property overlooks Hulopoe Bay, a marine preserve, and features a Nobu restaurant (the first Nobu outpost in the Four Seasons chain), its own rental car fleet, and modern Polynesian inspired rooms outfitted with every technological feature imaginable, including Japanese toilets. In lieu of key cards, guests here get key wristbands that resemble a Fitbit.The island, purchased by Oracle co-founder and billionaire Larry Ellison in 2012, has a tropical island meets country charm feel. Ellison, whose vision is to turn the island into a beacon of sustainable living, owns the Four Seasons Lanai and its sister hotel, The Lodge at Koele that will reopen as a spa and wellness destination by the end of the year. Lanai is perfect for clients who are looking for all the activities of the other Hawaiian islands, but without the crowds.For more information on the islands of Hawaii see go.hawaii.com/ca.
In a move signalling its expansion into the Australian and New Zealand market, Hertz today announced the acquisition of budget car rental company Ace Rental Cars and an alliance with Apollo Motorhome Holidays.At a press conference in Sydney, visiting Hertz International president Michel Taride said the two ventures were steps in Hertz’s plans to diversify the company’s brand and product offerings.Despite continuing with its core business, Mr Taride said, “we recognise also that we need to continue refining and developing our product offerings in order to meet the changing requirements of our customers, and to position ourselves for emerging opportunities.”Mr Taride said he was surprised to learn that almost half of the car rental market in New Zealand was in the “second tier” segment and that the aim of the Ace acquisition was to “try to grow the brand further” in Australia and across the Tasman. “Even in a downturn, people still want to travel and we want to be part of the low cost offerings without diluting the product.”“Companies with a long history like ours have to adapt.”Seeing the growing popularity of campervan and motorhome holidays, Hertz has partnered with the largest privately-owned operator of recreational vehicles in the world, Apollo Motorhome Holidays.According to Mr Taride, the commercial alliance with Apollo will allow Hertz to enter the Australian motorhome market quickly with a ready-made product range. Effective 1 April 2011, motorhome customers will be able to book Apollo vehicles through Hertz websites in Australia and New Zealand or via the Hertz telephone reservations network.Hertz recently acquired Melbourne-based car sharing company Flexicar and partnered with Australia’s Virgin Blue Airlines group and Middle Eastern Etihad. “[These acquisitions and partnerships] are all strategic decisions designed to ensure that we have the travel products and relationships that our customers expect in various market segments,” Mr Taride said.Hertz estimates the value of the Australian rental car market at AUD1.5 billion, a large portion of which Hertz shares in. Michel and Karina Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H
There is something extremely exciting about the prospect of hitting the road with a group of friends- it’s an amazing feeling to head off, (and to paraphrase Jack Kerouac) with nothing behind you and everything ahead of you. But of course when there is the potential for an adventure, there is also a high chance that something could go wrong.From forgetting your map to ending up in prison we reveal the nine things NEVER to do on a road trip and how to prevent unpleasant situations from occurring – follow these tips and we can guarantee you’ll have amazing time, well, apart from all the leg cramp and arguments over who called shot-gun.So DON’T:1. Leave home in a rushOk, so you have decided to embark on a spontaneous adventure… great! How very ‘Hollywood’ of you. But before you jump in the car, give yourself an hour (at least!) to make some plans. Map out a rough idea of where you are going perhaps? Or even just give yourself a chance to pack the necessary items and of course find the time to lock up the house. Sorry for spoiling the fun, but surely a bit of forward prep is better than driving for hours only to realise that there was a way cooler route in the opposite direction or that you’ve left your contact lens solution in the bathroom and the front door wide open? 5. Be a boy-racerSpeeding is an obvious no-no. But there are several other elements of the boy-racer persona that should generally be avoided for safety reasons (and also to stop you looking like a massive loser). Don’t rev your engine at people (especially at traffic lights) – you just don’t know how other drivers will react. Don’t shout at people out your window either – it’s never cool. And especially don’t think your car can do tricks. No 360 spins or abrupt breaking. Something will end up getting broken – your car being the least important of those things.6. Forget to pack snacksOh rookie mistake. Unless you want to pull over at every single Little Chef or McDonalds on route, make sure you pack some treats to keep you (and your passengers) going. It is perhaps worth also mentioning here that you are in a small cramped space – avoid crumby or smelly foods. And ice-cream – never a good idea.7. Miss-out on breaksA sure fire way of turning a light-hearted road trip into a stressful and uncomfortable endurance is to miss out on breaks, and depending on the length of your journey, nights in hotels. Being determined to make it to a certain point by a certain time, even when your passengers are screaming with discomfort and you are fighting sleep is never a good idea, so take it easy – road trips are meant to be fun! Organise pit stops every few hours and make sure you get a few decent night’s sleeps if you plan on being on the road for a few days on end.8. Forget to check the rules of the countryDid you know that you can be fined up to 2000 roubles in Russia if your car is overly dirty, or that in France you must carry a breathalyser kit with you at all times? Before your road trip descends into chaos – maybe have a look at the driving rules of the country you are visiting before heading off. It could save you a hefty fine – or indeed, a night in the cells. 2. Leave the wrong person in charge of the playlistWithout being overdramatic, your playlist is without a doubt the make or break of a decent road trip. Don’t pass on the responsibility of making the playlists, mixtapes, and CD choices to someone whose own collection consists of three Greatest Hits albums and a film soundtrack. It could mean the difference between cruising down the motor way singing along to some amazing anthems or bumbling along some country road with one person humming along to the same Carpenters album on repeat and everyone else trying not to die a little on the inside…perhaps that’s a little harsh, but you get the idea.More: Skyscanner presents: the 50 Greatest Driving Tunes (Ever)3. Binge on coffeeIt’s an easy mistake to make. You start to get tired from those endless hours on the road and pull over at a motorway café and binge on caffeine. Less than an hour later half the car needs a toilet break and so on and so forth. Too much coffee also makes you weird and jumpy, which definitely makes being crammed into a small car with other people especially trying.4. Take the wrong sort of vehicleFive of you in a Corsa driving from Aberdeen to London is never going to end well. Remember to consider the length of the journey and number of people. Think about hiring a car if your own isn’t suitable – it will also make it easier for you to split costs and driving responsibility. More: 15 surprising driving laws: rules of the road revealed9. Pick up a hitchhikerOk so this is a 50/50. It is the quintessential part of any road trip to pick up the interesting looking character at the side of the road, hear their stories and take them to a new destination. But, in reality, you have to determine the potential dangers of letting a complete stranger into your vehicle. It could turn out just fine, you’ll share some laughs, learn something new and have a good story to tell… or your road-trip adventure will develop into the plot of a horror film. We’ll leave this one up to you to decide.Listen to our Road Trip podcast for more tips, tricks and tales from the tarmac:https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/265849312&?Thing you know how to drive abroad? Take out Driving Abroad Quiz now!Planning a road trip? 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Santa Monica, California – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineMarking the 137th Louis Vuitton store in North America, the brand recently opened its first outpost on the west side of Los Angeles in Santa Monica.Located in the newly renovated Santa Monica Place, between 3rd Street Promenade and the world famous Santa Monica Pier, the 4,139-square-foot store will carry an array of women’s and men’s leather goods from the house’s coveted collections of luggage and city bags. In addition, the store will boast the very latest in shoes, belts, sunglasses, scarves and other accessories.Known for its creativity, innovation and artistic excellence, Santa Monica is a perfect home for the newest Louis Vuitton. These same values are at the root of what “Louis Vuitton stands for,” said Charles Delapalme, SVP of Louis Vuitton’s Western Region.The Santa Monica store features a sweeping curved glass façade and all-wood flooring. Filtering in natural light through the sheet fabric panels and utilizing a mixture of cumaru, zebrono and anigre woods, the store captures all the natural warmth and beauty of its local environment.The interior design also allows for three distinct spatial experiences, lending a unique character to each of the different product “universes.” For example, the women’s area has a Louis Vuitton “bag bar,” a vertical display of small leather goods as well as a dedicated accessories space. This leads into an elegant lounge area showcasing women’s shoes as well as rare products. In addition, the men’s area houses leather goods, shoes, accessories and both new and iconic luggage.Louis Vuitton has an exclusive network of 454 wholly owned stores in 62 countries around the world.www.louisvuitton.com