Advertisement Advertisement Zach Poitras, an aspiring Montreal comedian, has been told by a university bar he cannot take part in shows because his dreadlocks are seen as a form of cultural appropriation. (Facebook/Canadian Press) Facebook “To read that I am racist because of my hair — I find that absurd,” Poitras wrote in a Facebook post Thursday evening. Login/Register With: A Montreal comic who was told he could not perform — or even be in the audience — at a comedy show because his hairstyle was considered racist, is pleading for calm from both sides of the debate.Zach Poitras, a white man with dreadlocked hair, received international attention after he was recently told by the Coop les Récoltes, a bar and solidarity co-operative at the Université du Québec à Montréal, that he and his hair were unwelcome at its comedy night.A white person with dreadlocks is form of violence toward people of colour, the organizers decided. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter
CALGARY – Discounts on Canadian crude oil widened to multi-year highs on Wednesday as oil and gas executives took turns at a conference pointing out Canada’s competitiveness gap in attracting energy investors.Prices for both Western Canada Select, an oilsands bitumen blend, and Edmonton Sweet crude oil fell relative to New York-traded West Texas Intermediate because of a lack of pipeline capacity, growing production from the oilsands and a reduction in demand due to U.S. refinery maintenance shutdowns, said Tim Pickering, founder of price tracker Auspice Capital in Calgary.“All of those things have culminated into a system that is completely overloaded,” Pickering said.“Anything people can move out, they’re moving out, but we’ve basically just got the perfect storm.”He said the WCS differential grew to as much as US$48 per barrel on Wednesday morning, the highest since at least 2011, and the Edmonton Sweet differential was at US$27.50 per barrel, a multi-year high that’s more than three times its typical size.On the sidelines of the Energy Roundtable conference in Calgary, meanwhile, CEO Kevin Neveu of Precision Drilling Corp. said the differentials are having an immediate chilling effect on companies’ ability to fund drilling budgets in Canada.“It’s proportionate to the cash flow. So if (a drilling customer) expected a netback of $50 Canadian or $55 or $60 and they’re only getting $45 or $50, they’ll adjust back to that outlook quickly, within the quarter,” he said.He said the drilling industry in Canada is headed for activity this year in line with 2017, which was the second-worst year for drilling profitability after a disastrous 2016.In a speech later at the conference, Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi acknowledged there have been “setbacks” for the Canadian oil and gas sector, notably a court’s overturning of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion approval. But he also cited the signing of a free trade deal with the U.S. and Mexico and a final investment decision by partners in the $40-billion LNG Canada project as recent positives.He told reporters later when asked about high differentials that he feels “frustrated” that no new oil pipelines have been built to take Alberta resources to markets other than the United States.“The amount of revenue we are losing as a country because we don’t have access to non-U.S. markets is absolutely unacceptable and we need to do better and we are committed to do better,” he said.He defended Ottawa’s decision not to appeal the Trans Mountain decision because that would take longer than bowing to the court’s requirement to refer shipping issues to the National Energy Board and fill in gaps in Indigenous consultation on the pipeline.Earlier, Doug Suttles, CEO of Encana Corp. said government policy is making Canada an uncompetitive place to drill for oil and gas.“Today, every well we drill in British Columbia, we pay over $100,000 in carbon tax just on the diesel used to drill and complete that well,” he said during a speech at the conference.“Those products are largely moving to markets in the United States. In the United States, we don’t pay a dollar of carbon tax.”Calgary-based Encana is focused on two major oil and gas plays in Western Canada and two in the southern United States.Due to corporate tax cuts under U.S. President Donald Trump, Suttles pointed out Encana also pays higher income taxes in Canada than it does in the U.S.“As a Canadian, it’s easy to get really down,” said Ian Dundas, CEO of Enerplus Corp., a Calgary-based company with 90 per cent of its production in North Dakota and little in Canada.“We’ve let the Americans outcompete us and outregulate us and we find ourselves in this position.”He said the solution is to stop making the situation worse — citing Ottawa’s Bill C-69 to reform the NEB and its proposed clean fuel standards as examples of that — and start coming up with ways to help Canadian companies compete with U.S. rivals.He added he hopes next year’s federal election encourages the public to discuss changes to national energy policies.Follow @HealingsSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:ECA, TSX:PD, TSX:ERF)
Morocco has been hit with the global increases on fuel prices with both diesel and gasoline becoming more expensive. Featured prices at gas stations show that gasoline prices are about MAD 11.7 to 11.8 per liter, while diesel prices are estimated at MAD 10.5 to 10.7 per liter.ODPT Secretary General Mustapha Chaoune told Medias24 that transportation services are paralyzed across the country. He told the news outlet that taxis, passenger buses, and a few freight carriers are on strike in more than 70 provinces across Morocco.Chaoune called on the government to act and break its silence about the increase in fuel prices, which has a large impact on the cost of transportation.He added that “the cost of transportation depends 30 to 35 percent on the price of fuel.” On October 27, the Ministry of Equipment said it would organize a meeting in November between freight haulers and the supervisory ministry to examine diesel prices and its negative impact, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).Earlier this month, truck drivers went on strike over fuel prices. The strike, by drivers who transported fruit and vegetables to Casablanca, caused spikes in prices of fruit and vegetables.Moroccan newspaper Assabah reported that the supply of fruits and vegetables had decreased by 33 percent.The impact of rising oil prices globally has caused several rounds of tension in the past months.In June, the High Commissioner for Planning (HCP) recognized that fuel prices increased by 9.1 percent since their deregulation in 2016.HCP explained the increase in gasoline prices due to the international oil price rising.HCP said that fuel prices continued to rise, reaching MAD 10 per liter at the end of May 2018, compared to MAD 7 at the beginning of 2017.
Over 50 people sustained injuries following an accident in Hambantota today.The Police said that two buses collided head on injuring over 50 passengers traveling in both buses.
Simcoe has been pencilled in as the site of Pride Haldimand-Norfolk’s next big picnic and music fest.Waterford Coun. Kim Huffman attended the event in Dunnville May 25 and reported to council last week that the 2020 event will be held in Simcoe.That’s the plan, says local Pride spokesperson Louise Jones. However, a number of things have to fall into place before the organizing committee makes a commitment.“A larger contingent of volunteers on the Pride Haldimand-Norfolk committee from Norfolk County will be needed to make that happen,” Jones said.“Right now we only have two or three Norfolk County members on the committee. So I would not say there are plans as of yet. Maybe just hopes.”Last month’s Pride party was held in Dunnville for a third consecutive year. As with previous events in Dunnville, a small but vocal group of evangelicals protested.Pride Haldimand-Norfolk’s selection of Lions Park in Dunnville for the event helped minimize the confrontation. Unlike previous venues, Lions Park is well fenced. This enabled Pride organizers to control who entered the festivities and who was kept to the periphery.Jones reported that the protesters were confined to a section of the park behind a fence away from the main event.A percussion group from Hamilton called the Flamingo Mutiny Brigade responded by positioning itself between the crowd and the protesters. They drowned out anything the latter had to say with their drumming.“They had no impact on the day or any of the attendees,” Jones said.“They seemed to be pretty disappointed with Dunnville as the next day they protested at a church because none of the churches supported their cause.“Luckily, they were disbanded by the OPP before the church service ended. So again, they were unable to disturb the church and its worshippers.”Otherwise, Jones reports it was a fun, relaxing day. The weather was good and Jones says the turnout was twice as large as last year’s event.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com
“This funding crisis could not come at a more critical time for the operation and the region,” UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva, noting that Burundi’s four-year transition from ethnic conflict concluded peacefully with August’s election of President Pierre Nkurunziza. “Unless we receive money immediately, we will have no choice but to reduce or even suspend the repatriation,” he added.Mr. Nkurunziza’s assumption of office triggered a remarkable increase in the number of refugees returning home, with up to 15,000 people returning every month, mainly from neighbouring Tanzania, where most of them have lived since the mid-1990s, although some go back to the early 1970s. Out of the $62 million sought for the repatriation operation this year, UNHCR has received only $29 million. “We have, in fact, already run out of money from the appeal and are currently using emergency funds from our operational reserve in order to continue our activities,” Mr. Redmond said. “We will not, however, be able to rely on such sources for more than a few weeks.” He noted that the government of the small Central African country faced enormous challenges, reconstructing homes and infrastructures, creating health and education facilities and achieving a stable peace, as well as reintegrating hundreds of thousands of returning refugees and internally displaced people.Some 285,000 refugees have returned home since 2001 when peace accords ended much of the fight between ethnic Hutus and Tutsis, 58,000 of them since the beginning of the year. But Tanzania is still home to more than 400,000 Burundians.This year, UNHCR had committed to build almost 23,000 homes, 48 schools with a total of 245 classrooms and 14 health centres. “Because of lack of funds, we have had to revise these numbers to 43 schools and 11 health centres but if the current financial crisis continues we will have to stop all building programmes,” Mr. Redmond warned.“Income-generating activities and professional training programmes benefiting some 10,000 people will also be suspended.”
“We must reinforce the effectiveness of our Organization and endow it with sufficient resources to necessary for carrying out its mission,” he declared on the third day of the Assembly’s 69th annual General Debate, listing a host of issues from disease to development and calling for enlargement of the Security Council, the UN’s 15-member peace security body, with the addition of new permanent members.“The legitimacy and credibility of the United Nations depends on its capacity to act rapidly and intervene effectively while recognizing the added value of each Member State,” he said. “The United Nations remains to this day our best defense against these challenges with regard to the dignity of peoples in the participation and integration of all.”With regard to his own country, Mr. Martelly maintained his call for the progressive withdrawal of troops from UN Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH), which played a major role in helping the country recover from the devastating 2010 earthquake, as Haiti’s own national police become operational.He also called for better coordination on the part of UN aid agencies with national institutions, taking into account the real needs of the country.He concluded with a renewed appeal for a more effective UN able to reduce poverty and inequality throughout the world.“Our goal is that the UN truly become the foundation of a system for collective security and solidarity capable of ensuring the supremacy of the rule of law and preserving international peace and security,” he declared.“A system capable of prioritizing fundamental freedoms and human rights, a system able to promote growth that respects the environment and development that responds to current demands without endangering the future of generations to come.”
Take me to Fora Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Feb 12th 2018, 1:22 PM Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieInquiryIn a statement, the Central Bank said that the settlement with Walsh has no effect on the ongoing inquiry related to former Irish Nationwide officials Michael Fingleton, John Purcell, Thomas McMenamin and Gary McCollum.Last year, former Irish Nationwide chief executive Michael Fingleton lost his High Court action aimed at preventing the Central Bank from conducting an inquiry into alleged regulatory breaches at the financial institution.He challenged the Central Bank’s decision to subject him to an inquiry, claiming it was unfair and unreasonable. Justice Noonan said Fingleton had not satisfied that there was any unfairness inherent in the inquiry process.In the event of any finding of wrongdoing, the inquiry has the power to impose a fine on an individual of up to €500,000.Written by Killian Woods and posted on Fora.ie With reporting from Aodhan O’Faolain & Ray ManaghSign up to our newsletter to receive a regular digest of Fora’s top articles delivered to your inbox. http://jrnl.ie/3848001 11,348 Views IRISH NATIONWIDE BUILDING Society’s former chairman has been fined €20,000 by the Central Bank.Michael Walsh was a senior figure in Irish Nationwide Building Society (INBS), which cost taxpayers an estimated €5.4 billion after it was bailed out and eventually liquidated by the State.The fine relates to breaches of financial services laws by INBS between August 2004 to September 2008, during which time Walsh was non-executive chairman of the company and a member of its audit committee.The breaches are tied to the manner in which INBS managed commercial loans and credit risk during Walsh’s tenure as chairman. He resigned from the position in 2009.Walsh has admitted to participation in “certain prescribed contraventions of financial services law” and as a result has been fined €20,000.In addition to the financial penalty, Walsh has also been disqualified from managing any regulated financial services firm for a period of three years.The Central Bank said these sanctions imposed on Walsh “reflect the seriousness with which the Central Bank regards these issues”.The Central Bank said Walsh was reprimanded for Irish Nationwide’s failure to provide reports for commercial lending and credit risk management to its board directors.The regulator also said that Irish Nationwide failed to establish a credit risk policy for profit-share agreements.“Walsh was in a position to ensure that the board received timely and relevant information from management and that the board was addressing all relevant issues,” stated the Central Bank.“Walsh took a variety of steps to address these issues which were flagged by various internal and external reports during the review period but accepts responsibility as non-executive chairman for the fact that these issues were not fully addressed.” Share40 Tweet Email2 The former chairman of Irish Nationwide has been given a €20,000 fine The lender’s collapse cost taxpayers an estimated €5.4 billion. Image: LEON FARRELL/RollingNews.ie No Comments Monday 12 Feb 2018, 1:24 PM Image: LEON FARRELL/RollingNews.ie By Fora Staff Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
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See The “Delicate” Music Video Taylor Swift Premiered At The iHeart Awards Email News Twitter Facebook Light on plot and long on Sia-inspired solo dance routines, Swift’s new music video has arrived to the delight of her fans everywhereBrian HaackGRAMMYs Mar 12, 2018 – 12:37 pm Early last week, Taylor Swift tossed out a highly-publicized tease vid Instagram that she planned to premiere the new music video for her latest single “Delicate” at the 2018 iHeart Radio Music Awards on Mar. 11.Following Swift’s big win for Female Artist Of The Year at the iHeart Awards, she did indeed premiere the new video, which follows a loose narrative of the artist’s dissatisfaction with the public constraints and pressures of fame – a sentiment which hearkens strongly back to the video for Britney Spears’ “Lucky,” as Billboard points out. And indeed, both “Lucky” and “Delicate” were produced by Max Martin, so the comparison certainly holds water.Swift’s latest video sees the star slip into a fantasy world of sorts, where she is able to break away from the constant fan frenzy, red carpet interviews and supervisory security details, as she suddenly finds herself invisible to surrounding gowned and tuxedoed crowds, finally free to dance like no one is watching.Swift’s 2018 Reputation Tour kicks off on May 8 in Glendale, Ariz., with Camila Cabello and Charli XCX on tap as supporting openers. Tickets for some dates are still available.Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead more Watch: Taylor Swift’s New “Delicate” Music Video see-delicate-music-video-taylor-swift-premiered-iheart-awards
The fact remains that WWE is facing a crisis in terms of their ratings. To keep investors and advertisers happy, the company keeps harping back to stars from an era gone by. These experiments have failed generally, sometimes spectacularly, as in the case of the Undertaker vs Goldberg match in Saudi Arabia.But the company seems to be out of ideas. Hence, they seem to have no other creative impulse than staging the sort of matches we saw in this case. What is most tragic though, is the fact that, in order to make the most of Goldberg’s star appeal, they were happy to sacrifice one of the most talented and charismatic performers in the company currently – Ziggler.If he had been pushed properly and given proper opportunities, Ziggler might have been a superstar with a reasonable fan following. But when the company continues to put all its energy into bringing back old stars or pushing their own personal favourites like Roman Reigns, this is what will happen.Yes, Goldberg is still in good shape and can, at least, pull off the spear quite well. But how much are fans going to get excited by that? The commentators may be made to scream their hearts out in order to put over the legends but the ordinary wrestling fan isn’t buying it.Goldberg has had one good match since coming back to WWE. That was the Wrestlemania contest with Brock Lesnar. But apart from that, it’s been a tale of one bad match after another. But WWE aren’t done yet! There seems to be an Undertaker vs Sting match in the works too. That could turn out to be another showpiece… of what we don’t want to see. Well, what else did you expect? When Goldberg took on Dolph Ziggler at Summerslam, it was bound to be a squash match. The fact that it just contained four moves was a little more surprising. Two super-kicks by Ziggler followed by one spear and a jackhammer was all that was needed for the match to be over.There were some post-match shenanigans like Ziggler continuing to insult Goldberg and getting the ‘Icon’ to come back to the ring twice and deliver one more spear and one more jackhammer. But overall, it was another disappointing match featuring a legend who is being unnecessarily and shamelessly made to compete in matches despite being well past their prime.A lot of fans commended Ziggler for doing a good job within the limited confines of the match to sell Goldberg’s moves convincingly. But they use this point to make the case that Ziggler should have been given much more scope to show off his athletic abilities rather than being used just as a prop to hold up the ageing Goldberg. Goldberg spears ZigglerWWE.com Goldberg after defeating ZigglerTwitter/WWE
Map of madaripurA child was accidentally killed when a cleaver slipped from the butcher’s grip while he was slaughtering a sacrificial animal at Dudhkhali union of Madaripur on Monday.The victim, Moumita Akter, 10, was watching the sacrifice with other children on Eid day, police said.When preparations for the slaughter were being made, the cow began shaking violently.The cleaver slipped from the butcher’s hands and and it hit Moumita, according to police and the locals.She was rushed to Sadar hospital where the physician declared her dead.“The girl was injured from stomach to her lungs and it was a deep wound,” said Shashank Ghosh, resident medical officer of Madaripur Sadar Hospital, adding the child was dead long before she was brought to the hospital.The family did not lodge any complaint against anyone, Sirajul Haque Sardar, inspector of Madaripur Sadar model police station (investigation) said adding, police have visited both the spot and the hospital.Moumita was a grade four student at a local school and her father Anwar Bepari is from Uttar Dudhkhali village.
Available data shows the impact of mentoring on youth at high risk for violence may be limited, but advocates said the overall benefits of mentoring suggest it is a worthwhile undertaking nonetheless.During Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s State of the City address, delivered on March 9, the mayor announced “the start of an intense focus on our African American young men” in an effort to reduce the number of African-American homicides in Baltimore City, which totaled 189 in 2014.As part of this effort, the city will begin working to recruit men to serve as mentors, tutors, and job training coaches in order to connect them with existing organizations in need of volunteers.In 2014, 15 juveniles died in homicides in Baltimore, according to data released by the Baltimore Police Department. Even if all 15 youths were African American, they would make up just 7.9 percent of the 189 total homicides. That fact suggests that an intense focus on young men, even if entirely successful, would not result in substantial reductions in African-American homicides overall. However, given the age of the victims, few would argue with even nominal reductions in those numbers.Available data on the impact of mentoring on youth violence is limited. A 2013 report by the University of Chicago Crime Lab studied a sports-based after-school mentoring initiative known as BAM, or Becoming a Man, that was combined with in-school cognitive behavioral therapy program. The program lasted one year and involved 2,740 randomly assigned boys from disadvantaged Chicago neighborhoods.The study found a 44 percent reduction in violent crime arrests among participants compared to their nonparticipating counterparts, as well as a 36 percent decline in non violent-crime arrests. But these reductions did not last beyond the program year, and the study suggests the reductions likely had more to do with the therapy than the mentoring.However, the study did find that the program produced other important benefits.“While the crime impacts do not persist (beyond the program year), impacts on schooling outcomes do, with gains that we estimate could translate into higher graduation rates of 3 to 10 percentage points,” the study’s authors wrote.In another study conducted in Chicago, youths arriving at an emergency room with assault injuries were recruited and paired with a mentor with whom they would meet six or more times over a two- to six-month period.For those participants with high participation, the study found “significant decreases in misdemeanor behavior and physical aggression,” and a follow-up assessment found “additional reductions for the intervention group in reports of fighting and subsequent fight-related injuries.”That program targeted youth already involved in violence, and thus at higher risk for violence, making it a different model than the one currently proposed in Baltimore. However, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen has said that the city seeks to identify risk factors for youth homicides, such as a previous non-fatal shooting, in order to develop more effective interventions to be implemented in the near future.Until then, the sort of mentoring initiatives being promoted by the city may not be the most effective at reducing violence, since they are not yet targeted specifically towards youth who have shown a propensity towards violent behavior.The BAM study did not find lasting impacts on violence, but did find lasting impacts in school related outcomes, which are associated with more traditional mentoring models. They can also have an indirect result on reducing violence; for example, improved graduation rates may help produce more economically viable adults.According to Michelle Lawrence, director of marketing and communications for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake, more than 80 percent of children who receive just one year of mentoring in their programs report having better relationships, improved school performance, improved decision-making, greater confidence, and greater optimism about the future.Academic achievement and good relationships are protective factors against violence according to the National Mentoring Partnership, a mentoring advocacy organization. In other words, while the impact of mentoring on youths already at high risk for violence may be limited, mentoring may play an important role in reducing risk factors for violent or aggressive behaviors. An expansion of mentoring in Baltimore City could help reduce the number of youths at risk for violence in the first place, which could eventually reduce overall violence.Ultimately, more data is needed. As the city begins implementing its efforts on reducing violence, both the mayor and Wen have said that the city will collect data on its efforts in order to determine which initiatives are producing the best firstname.lastname@example.org
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Alberta celebrates Canada’s 150th with special events and new offerings Share TORONTO — There’s no question that Alberta went through a rough patch during the height of a recession in 2016. But while the economy was sinking to new lows during the two-year downturn, tourism remained largely unaffected, says Travel Alberta.During a media visit to Toronto with fellow tourism representatives, Rose Bolton, Global Media Specialist for Travel Alberta told Travelweek that although business tourism was down in 2016, leisure travel was actually up. She attributes this to the fact that Canadians are vacationing close to home in an attempt to save costs, while Americans are also crossing the border north to take advantage of the favourable exchange rate.Visitation is expected to remain on an upswing in 2017 in light of Canada’s 150th anniversary. Bolton says Parks Canada’s free Discovery Pass anniversary offer as a huge selling feature; it includes free admission to Canada’s National Parks, Historic Sites and Marine Conservation Areas throughout the year. Included on the list is Banff National Park, Canada’s oldest national park and established in 1885.Peyto Lake in Banff National ParkTo complement the Discovery Pass, Alberta’s top cities are offering special promotions and events to commemorate Canada 150. In Edmonton, for example, Capital Boulevard has completed a major refresh that includes high quality street furnishings, broad tree-lined sidewalks and mid-street islands with permanent art installations. Commissioned by five Canadian artists, these installations tell the tale of Canada’s history, with the first one debuting on Canada Day – July 1st.Other new happenings in Edmonton include a new landmark facility for the Royal Alberta Museum, opening in late 2017, the September 2016 opening of Rogers Place, home of the Edmonton Oilers, and the 2018 debut of JW Marriott Edmonton, which is regarded as one of the most significant hotel developments in the city.More news: Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaAlso brand new to Edmonton are The Crash Hotel, a 30-room boutique property located in a historic building built in 1904, and Hyatt Place Downtown, which opened its doors in January. Plus, five new oTENTiks (a cross between a tent and a cabin) have been added to nearby Elk Island National Park, Canada’s largest completely enclosed national park and second only to the Serengeti in numbers of hoofed wildlife.In Calgary, the hugely popular Calgary Stampede, which this year takes place from July 7-16, will be themed after Canada’s 150th anniversary. The city is also gearing up for Beakerhead, an annual celebration of science and art, which in September will transform Calgary’s downtown core into a Canada 150-themed, larger-than-life Snakes and Ladders boardgame.Stampede ParkHeritage Park will showcase Canada’s history, too, with a travelling exhibition of one of its Colonist Cars. It will begin in Halifax’s Pier 21 in September and eventually make its way to Calgary by December as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebration.Other new highlights in Calgary include a permanent lemur exhibit at the Calgary Zoo, which will also debut its first panda exhibit in 2018, and Studio Bell, the permanent home of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Songwriter Hall of Fame and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. As for hotels, the Element Calgary Airport will officially open its doors on March 7, while a new Alt Hotels property is expected to open in late 2018.Visitors to Jasper will find new upgrades at the historic Jasper Downtown Hostel, which has doubled in size and added 33 new beds. Other renovated and upgraded hotels include the 90-year Astonia Hotel, the Chateau Jasper Hotel (to be completed in winter 2017), the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (to be completed this year), and Pyramid Lake Resort, which will complete a three-year renovation project this fall/winter. Adventure seekers should also note that Rockaboo Mountain Adventures has launched a new Glacier Adventure for summer departures to the Athabasca Glacier.Fairmont Jasper Park LodgeLastly, Banff will debut the Commonwealth Walkway in Banff National Park this September to mark Canada’s anniversary. It will feature bilingual bronze plaques along existing trails that detail Canada’s Commonwealth history. The Park also welcomed 18 new bison, a gift from Elk Island, last month, marking the first time the animal has been at the park in 100 years.More news: Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJAlso of interest is a $27 million renovation of the Banff Gondola, which includes new restaurants, interactive exhibits, a multi-sensory theatre and a 360-degree rooftop observation deck. The Kananaskis Country Golf Course will be reopening in 2018 after closing due to a major flood in 2013, while the Moose Hotel & Spa in Banff National Park is still basking in the glow of its summer 2016 grand opening.Edmonton, Calgary, Jasper and Banff are all major points of interest, and are already well known among travellers. But according to Bolton, there’s still one thing that would surprise visitors about the province: Sustainable Cuisine. A new crop of chefs is embracing indigenous foods, focusing on what grows in Alberta and how to elevate these ingredients. RGE RD in Edmonton, for example, promotes itself on its website as serving “untamed cuisine”, Canadian-focused dishes that are inspired by “our country’s fields and forests, our mountains and oceans”.RGE RD in EdmontonLong-table dinners and nose-to-table cuisine are becoming increasingly popular among Alberta’s top restaurants. And the timing couldn’t be better – we anticipate many toasts will be made this year to celebrate Canada’s 150th. Salut! Posted by Tuesday, March 7, 2017 Travelweek Group Tags: Alberta, Canada << Previous PostNext Post >>
The rise of theleft in Latin America could see reinforcement with a triumph by the Broad Front Party (FA) that would be historic in Costa Rica, and the re-election of the ex-guerrilla Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front in El Salvador in simultaneous elections on Sunday.A polarization of “left versus right,” unprecedented in Costa Rica and repeating itself in El Salvador, has converged in the two elections. Both elections are too close to call and likely will result in runoffs, according to polls.“They have in common the day the elections will take place, and campaigns of ‘fear,’” Roberto Cañas, a political and economic analyst in San Salvador, said. “But there are two lefts, two histories, two countries, two very different candidates.”In Costa Rica, the young lawmaker and environmentalist José María Villalta, 36, of the Broad Front Party, is among the favorites, along with former San José mayor Johnny Araya, 56, from the governing National Liberation Party.“The support of FA is multi-ideological: Villalta channels the discontent, the protest votes, not only against the political system, but also the economic system. That’s where this strong surge from the left originates in Costa Rica,” Jaime Ordóñez, director of the Central American Institute on Governability, said.In El Salvador, the candidate of the governing FMLN, current Vice President Salvador Sánchez Cerén, 69, leads the polls ahead of former capital city mayor Norman Quijano, 67, of the rightist Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA).Unlike 2009, when the moderate candidate Mauricio Funes, a former journalist, helped El Salvador’s left win the presidency for the first time in the country’s history, the FMLN has bet on an outsider and ex-guerrilla commander to curb the right’s attempt to regain power.In the Costa Rican elections, the situation is more unpredictable: Two other candidates, one from the right – Otto Guevara – and one from the center-left – Luis Guillermo Solís – follow close behind Araya and Villalta.“If (in Costa Rica) there were only two sides, as in El Salvador, it would be much easier to predict, said Costa Rican political analyst Víctor Ramírez. “The reality is that in Costa Rica there is an atomization.”If no candidate wins a minimum of 50 percent of the vote in El Salvador and 40 percent in Costa Rica, the contests will be decided in runoffs on March 9 and April 4, respectively.Although the two countries’ political philosophies are different, a triumph of the left in Costa Rica and El Salvador would reinforce a trend in Latin America that has yet to dominate in Central America, which has conservative governments in Guatemala, Honduras and Panama.“I don’t think the U.S. is thrilled,” Cañas said. “Neither are members of the Central American business elite, who have globalized their interests and access. They invest in political parties and expect payoffs later.”Two economic models are at odds: the neoliberalism of ARENA and the PLN, and the more statist socialism of the FMLN and the FA that avoids stirring trouble with the U.S., the major trading partner of both countries. In the case of El Salvador, the U.S. is the source of remittances from migrants, who help bolster the country’s economy.“I don’t believe anyone is seeking to deeply change the model,” Cañas said. “Neither the Cuban revolution nor Venezuelan chavismo are coming to these two countries.”In an interview with the AFP, Villalta said, “Costa Rica has its own development tradition of a “Tico-style socialism,” although he said the left has been demonized during the campaign.In Costa Rica, that polarization has brought out comparisons to Cuba, Venezuela or Nicaragua, which the FA has called a “campaign of fear.” For example, the Supreme Elections Tribunal reprimanded businesses that asked their employees not to vote for the “communist” candidate.Villalta’s adversaries have lobbed labels of “communist,” “chavista,” and “friend of Ortega.”“We do not believe that another country’s model can be copied,” Villalta said, adding that Costa Rica should learn from the successes and errors of Latin American leftists and follow its “own path.”In El Salvador, which endured a civil war from 1980-1992, fear campaigning also was a tactic in 2009. But five years of moderate government from the FMLN have maintained a dollarized economy and prevented capital flight.“They were saying that our children were going to be shipped to Cuba and our elderly would be made into soap,” Cañas said of El Salvador’s fear campaign in 2009. “They said that if we had two hens, one would be given to the state. That campaign didn’t work. We’ll see if it does in Costa Rica.” Facebook Comments Related posts:UPDATE: El Salvador ex-guerrilla in presidential vote runoff, narrowly misses victory The real communist threat in Costa Rica Both candidates claim win in Salvadoran presidential runoff Ex-rebel commander favored in El Salvador runoff
Facebook Comments Related posts:New species of glass frog discovered in Costa Rican mountains PHOTOS: March Against Animal Abuse It’s dolphin and whale season in southern Costa Rica PHOTOS: Every Costa Rica sloth image you will ever need to see I came to Costa Rica in 2013 for a six-month internship with GVI volunteer program in Tortugero National Park, where I gathered data on sea turtles and jaguars and was trained in species identification. As part of the program, I traveled to Cloudbridge Nature Reserve in San Gerardo de Rivas, a 700-acre cloud forest where I often went hiking in search of reptiles and amphibians.To my surprise, I began finding species that had never before been seen in the area, including emerald glass frogs, masked tree frogs and a rare kind of salamander.I was invited to stay at the reserve as a resident biologist for three months, and over those months, I continued to unearth species never before documented in the area, identifying them with the help of scientific tomes and taking their photographs. My dream is to someday find a red-eyed stream frog, which was recently taken off the list of extinct species. But here are some photographs of the creatures I have already stumbled on. Matt Smokoska found just one masked tree frog at Cloudbridge Nature Reserve. According to his research, it had never been seen before in the area, or anywhere in Costa Rica with an elevation of more than 1,500 feet. Courtesy of Matt Smokoska A caecilian found and identified by Robert Maurer. Courtesy of Matt Smokoska The first Eleutherodactylus angelicus ever seen at Cloudbridge. Courtesy of Matt Smokoska This Oedipina savage salamander is the first to be discovered at Cloudbridge. Courtesy of Matt Smokoska
Etihad Airways’ loyalty program Etihad Guest is striving to make travel more convenient and have introduced a new payment feature to its membership card – walletplus.Walletplus is powered by Visa and allows members to load travel money onto their Etihad Guest card and convert it to 11 different foreign currencies to spend whenever and wherever.The membership card can be loaded in advance, enabling card holders to better manage their travel budgets by locking in competitive exchange rates in real time before they travel.A maximum of 11 currencies can be held on the card at any one time, one of which must be UAE Dirham.The 10 other currencies to choose from include Australian Dollar, US Dollar, Pound Sterling, Euro, Indian Rupee, Canadian Dollar, Singapore Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Japanese Yen and Thai Baht.Etihad Guest managing director Yasser Al Yousuf, said that the Etihad Guest loyalty program focusses on providing features and benefits that enhance value to its members.“The new Etihad Guest Card with walletplus™ is innovative in that it combines the functionality of a reloadable payment card with the benefits of Etihad Guest membership in a single piece of plastic, a first in loyalty and travel payments in the Middle East,” Mr Al Yousuf said.Additionally, Etihad Guest members can download the walletplus™ mobile application to access a range of functions that include checking their account balance and transaction history, and transfer money to other Etihad Guest members with an activated walletplus™ account.Etihad Guest members can earn one Etihad Guest Mile per US$2 spent in the UAE, and one Etihad Guest Mile per US$1 spent abroad when paying with walletplus™.The partnership with Visa allows the Etihad Guest card with walletplus™ to be used to pay at tens of millions of global merchants, and card holders can withdraw cash at more than 2.1 million ATMs across the world.Etihad Guest Tier members in the UAE will begin receiving their new Etihad Guest card with walletplus™ in early March.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman
The Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, and ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Secretary General, Le Luong Minh, officially launched the VisitASEAN@50 Golden Celebration tourism campaign during the opening of the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) in Singapore.The campaign promotes the twin objectives of commemorating the 50th anniversary of ASEAN and embracing the ASEAN region as a single and united tourism destination.The VisitASEAN@50 campaign comes at a time when tourism has been a star performer in Southeast Asia, rising from 42 million international arrivals to the region in 2000 to 108 million in 2015, according to numbers provided by the ASEAN Secretariat.Ahead of its launch, ASEAN Tourism Ministers agreed that the objectives of the campaign were to raise tourist arrivals to the region to 121 million by the end of 2017, up from 108 million in 2015. Tourism officials also hope to boost tourism receipts to $83 billion and increase average length of stay to 6-7 days by encouraging tourists to travel to at least two ASEAN countries on each visit.50 special tour packages carefully selected by the 10 member countries of ASEAN are the main draw of the tourism campaign, which is supported by globally recognised companies such as MasterCard and AirAsia.In his speech, Prime Minister Lee called for better connectivity within Southeast Asia and urged fellow member countries not to shy away from ‘less glamorous’ tourism development tasks such as building new infrastructure, enhancing training and reducing red tape. Specifically he said he would like to see ASEAN strengthen air links, boost cruise tourism and develop tourism’s human resource skills.
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