first_imgThe weather deceived England skipper Joe Root again after his move to bat first in the fourth Test backfired. England were bowled out for 246 on Day 1 as the Indian bowlers wrecked havoc. India in response scored 273 and thanks to Cheteshwar Pujara’s unbeaten 126 the visistors took a crucial 27-run lead on Day 2.England reached 6/0 at the close of play on Day 2.The weather is expected to stay the same at least early in the day on third day (Saturday) with some cloud cover providing the Indian bowlers the perfect chance to return the favour to their England counterparts.At the start of play on Day 3, the temperatures will be around 17 degree centigrade and the sunny intervals will have the batsmen needing to just ride out the first session. As the day progresses, batting will become easier as the temperature will rise but never over 21.There is little to no chance of rain on Day 3, with the conditions being similar the following day as well. It is expected to be cloudy on the third day of the 4th Test (UK Metoffice Photo)Moeen Ali spun England right back into contention on a fluctuating second day of the fourth Test with five wickets as India slumped to 273 all out in their first innings on Friday.Live Streaming India vs England 4th Test Day 3: When and where to watch IND v ENG Test match?At 142-2 India were well-placed to build a healthy first innings lead having bowled England out for 246 but Sam Curran took the vital wicket of Virat Kohli before off spinner Ali ripped through the middle order with a stunning spell.advertisementIndia still eeked out a precious 27-run lead though thanks to number three Cheteshwar Pujara who scored his first Test century in England, ending on a magnificent 132 not out.The hosts, looking to wrap up a series win, survived a tricky three-over spell before stumps to reach 6-0 with Alastair Cook on two and Keaton Jennings on four.A composed Pujara came to the crease in the eighth over of India’s innings and batted superbly, sharing a 92-run partnership with Kohli before putting on 78 for the last two wickets with tailenders Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah.India trail the five-Test series 2-1 and need to win to keep alive their hopes of a series victory.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgCoach Cal whispering something into Tyler Ulis' ear.LAWRENCE, KS – JANUARY 30: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats talks with Tyler Ulis #3 during the final minutes of overtime in the game against the Kansas Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse on January 30, 2016 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Kentucky had little difficulty getting past Tennessee Tuesday night. After a close first half, the Wildcats (26-0, 13-0 SEC) blew by the Volunteers (14-11, 6-7 SEC) in the final 20 minutes, winning, 66-48. The blowout victory did not come without some physicality, though. Kentucky freshman guard Tyler Ulis appeared to take a hard shot to the face from a Tennessee guard in the first half. Check out this play: Did anyone see this except @BraxtonDsnyder? pic.twitter.com/BdzD94RdK0— Aaron’s Right Shoe (@AaronsRightShoe) February 18, 2015Was it a punch? A shove? Just incidental contact? It’s tough to tell. Whatever it was, it’s something you usually see a foul called for, and there was no whistle blown last night. [KSR]last_img read more

first_imgREGINA – A clinical psychologist says a young man who killed his teenage girlfriend when he was 16 does not meet the criteria for psychopathy.Hannah Leflar was also 16 when she was repeatedly stabbed with a hunting knife in her Regina home in January 2015.The Crown is seeking an adult sentence for her killer, now 19, who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.Dr. Terry Nicholaichuk, who met with the youth three times and wrote two reports, appeared for the defence at the stabber’s sentencing hearing.He told court the teen meets some of the criteria for borderline personality disorder and probably has a major depressive disorder.Last week, during the Crown’s presentation, a psychiatrist testified that the teen showed psychopathic tendencies and has anger management issues.It also heard from a girl who became friends with the youth. She tearfully testified that he told her months before the stabbing that he wanted to become a serial killer and do away with his former girlfriend.Online messages also talked about hurting Leflar.Court was told earlier this week that the teen has spent more than two years at the Paul Dojack Youth Centre where he was bullied throughout most of his first year there.The centre’s deputy director testified the youth often talked of self-harm, although there is only one documented instance.He also said the young man has been more engaged in recent months, was awarded a most-improved education certificate and has changed some of his behaviour, although he remains isolated and engages in lone activities such as video games.An agreed statement of facts says the youth stalked Leflar for months after she broke up with him and hatched a plan to attack her and her new boyfriend with bats and knives.That didn’t happen, largely because Leflar broke up with that boy, but when she posted about her latest relationship on Facebook, her old boyfriend murdered her.A second teen pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and is expected to be sentenced in September.(CTV Regina, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

first_imgKenney acknowledges that some Calgary-based companies that develop B.C. natural gas would not be happy with a toll, but he says the job of an Alberta premier is to defend the province’s economic future.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley banned B.C. wines in response to its proposal to limit diluted bitumen shipments, but she lifted the ban after Premier John Horgan said he would ask the courts to decide whether it can bring in the restrictions.Kenney also clarified his stance on supervised drug consumption sites, saying the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that governments are obligated to license such facilities.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) VANCOUVER, B.C. – Alberta’s Opposition leader says if he becomes premier there will be “serious consequences” for British Columbia if it blocks the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Jason Kenney says he would be prepared to stop permits for the shipment of Alberta oil through the Trans Mountain pipeline, and place a toll on shipments of natural gas from B.C. through Alberta.The United Conservative Party leader made the comments to reporters in Vancouver today during a trip to B.C. to speak about the need for “environmentally responsible resource development.”last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Scientists with the Geological Survey of Canada have confirmed that at least two earthquakes have occurred in the B.C. Peace Region since late Sunday.Earlier Monday, Moose FM received several reports of earthquakes that had been felt by area residents in the past 24 hours. The first earthquake reportedly occurred near Rose Prairie on Monday afternoon, while the second occurred near Farmington early Tuesday morning.A map of all catalogued earthquakes in Western Canada, Alaska, and the Western United States in the past 30 days. Photo by Natural Resources Canada. Seismologist Dr. Honn Kao with the Survey’s Victoria office confirmed that seismometers picked up a number of seismic events that occurred in the region in the past several days below magnitude 4. He confirmed that a M2.8 tremor occurred at 4:25 Monday afternoon just 12 kilometres north-northeast of Fort St. John at a depth of only 4.7 kilometres. Another smaller but even shallower quake occurred 25 kilometres west-northwest of Dawson Creek at 7:21 p.m. Sunday. That quake had a magnitude of only 1.9, but a depth of only 3.3 kilometres.Dr. Kao did not confirmed the other quake that reportedly occurred at around 6:45 Tuesday morning near Farmington, but that seismologists are still poring over data. He explained that earthquakes smaller than magnitude 4.0 are usually too small to be automatically pinpointed by the network seismographs in the Peace Region, meaning scientists don’t usually analyze such data immediately unless those smaller earthquakes are felt. Dr. Kao said that the shallow depth of the two confirmed quakes meant that scientists have alerted the BC Oil and Gas Commission to investigate whether there was any oil and gas industry activity occurring in the vicinity at the time of the quakes. At this point, there’s no word from the OGC about whether there was any industry activity occurring at the time.A list and map of all catalogued earthquakes that have occurred in B.C. and Alberta in the past 30 days can be found here: http://www.earthquakescanada.nrcan.gc.ca/recent/maps-cartes/index-en.php?maptype=30d&CHIS_SZ=bcwalast_img read more

first_imgNEW DELHI: The star campaigners of Congress including its president Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, former prime minister Manmohan Singh and Shatrughan Sinha will blaze campaign trail for party candidates for Lok Sabha polls in Delhi. The party has drawn up a list of 40 senior leaders including Delhi Congress president Sheila Dikshit for the campaigning that will pick up pace in the coming days, according to party leaders.”We have sought permission of high command for a major road show of Rahul Gandhi or Priyanka Vadra, before May 6,” said a senior Delhi Congress leader. The Congress plans to hold a series of road shows of Gandhi siblings and other prominent leaders, rather than organising a big public rally, party insiders said.last_img read more

first_imgGerman manager Jürgen Klopp came out and blamed himself for not explaining to his Liverpool players that they can’t run too long with the ball.In what was considered as one of the most important matches for Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool, the Reds visited San Paolo Stadium and got a painful defeat against Napoli with a late Lorenzo Insigne goal.The German manager was not happy with his attacking players after the match because he believed that they kept the ball during long periods of time, he wanted them to release it quicker than they actually did during the match.“Sometimes Bobby [Firmino] ran too long with the ball, or Sadio [Mane] ran too long. When that happens, you cannot produce. The midfielders or the full-backs tried to go forward, but we lost the ball and had to go back in the other direction. It was intense, but we caused the intensity of the game ourselves,” said Klopp after the match.“It was an interesting looking group before we started and it’s still interesting now. We want to play better than we did tonight, but even if we don’t play brilliantly, we want a result. Tonight we weren’t as good as we could be,” he added.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.But the Liverpool boss didn’t want to blame his attacking players completely, he also confessed that he has a great deal of responsibility for this result: “A big part of that performance is my fault. I need one night to watch the game again, but it looked not like it should have looked.”Jürgen Klopp admitted #LFC’s performance was not good enough after watching his side lose 1-0 to Napoli. https://t.co/ghfYYqj7xR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 3, 2018last_img read more

first_imgFormer Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli has tipped Lionel Messi and Argentina for World Cup glory in 2022 but claimed the team needs an overhaul.Messi is currently taking time away from the national team after a tough campaign in Russia, and it’s unclear when he’ll return to the international scene.Sampaoli left his post after last summer’s tournament but says Messi and Argentina could be crowned world champions in Qatar.“Of course yes, but this needs a process, for everything that has happened up to now and you don’t break the process; you correct it.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“For the next World Cup or Copa America, you need organisation, unlimited confidence and knowing that everything requires a process.“If you don’t win the Copa America, you have to keep the process, not break it. Enough of this madness that if you do not ‘win’, ‘you’ are a loser. It’s not like that: if you believe, you can win even later. But you have to believe.”Messi will be 35 when the next World Cup begins and has declined to comment on his international future.last_img read more

first_imgThe defensive duo has become the highlights of Brighton and Hove Albion in the English Premier League and they talked about their friendship.Brighton and Hove Albion defensive duo Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy have become the highlights of the club in the English Premier League.And they talked to the team’s official website about their special relationship.“We probably spend more time with one another than anyone else, we bond all the time and always sit around together after training. It’s good and when it comes to a match it helps a lot more,” Shane says.Webster knows there’s a lot of competition before he debuts Manuel R. Medina – August 24, 2019 Brighton and Hove Albion defender, Adam Webster, hasn’t debuted in the English Premier League because he knows the competition is fierce.“We’re the same sort of age and have the same sort of backgrounds and upbringings, it probably also helped that we both played in the Premier League for the first time last season.”“We’re close away from the field and it obviously helps when you’re playing matches, we play alongside each other and our position on the field means we’ll always need to talk and communicate, I imagine if you didn’t have that sort of relationship with one another then it would make things quite difficult,” Dunk added.“I’d consider him my friend if I have to! But we don’t share a room on away trips, we all have our separate rooms, I don’t think he could handle my snoring and I probably couldn’t handle his either!”last_img read more

first_imgBOSTON, MA — The following Wilmington students have made the Dean’s List at Wentworth Institute of Technology for the Summer 2018 semester:Matthew Robert FregeauJustin Anthony LarosaAbout Wentworth Institute of TechnologyFounded in 1904, Wentworth Institute of Technology is an independent, co-educational, nationally ranked institution offering career-focused education through 17 bachelor’s degree programs in areas such as applied mathematics, architecture, business management, computer science, computer networking, construction management, design, and engineering.The Institute also offers master’s degrees in applied computer science, architecture, civil engineering, construction management, facility management, and technology management.Wentworth is a leader in engineering, technology, design, and management education and is well known for its academic excellence and cooperative education (co-op) programs, as well as community service and support for the economic growth of the region.For more information, please visit http://www.wit.edu.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Wentworth Institute of Technology via Merit.)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… Related3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Wentworth Institute Of TechnologyIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Defuria, Mangano & Scalese Named To Dean’s List At Wentworth Institute of TechIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Defuria & Scalese Named To Dean’s List At Wentworth Institute of TechIn “Education”last_img read more

first_img.At least five people including three pedestrians were injured as a wall of Bangbandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) collapsed on Wednesday afternoon.The identity of the injured could not be known immediately.The injured are being treated at the BSMMU. Out of five, one is under treatment at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the hospital.Director of the hospital brigadier general Abdullah Al-Harun told Prothom Alo that a boundary wall in front of car parking area of Block-C collapsed in the afternoon.  He said three pedestrians, an ansar member and a nurse were injured.One of the injured, who received head injuries, was being treated in the ICU of the hospital, the hospital director said adding four others were also admitted in the hospital.Abdullah Al-Harun, could not give the identity of the injured.Deputy commissioner (Ramna division) of police Maruf Hossain Sardar said a team of Shahbagh police station was despatched to the spot.last_img read more

first_img Share Laura IsenseeFouzia Saeed at Lok VirsaCan you counter extremism with culture? In particular, expressing cultural diversity and creativity? That’s a subtext at Lok Virsa, a folk heritage museum that’s led by Fouzia Saeed.She is an activist and gender expert in Pakistan. Lok Virsa has set a new three-year strategy to promote folk heritage in Pakistan, home to some 70 languages, in order to create space for diversity, a stronger democracy and stronger nation.She explained that if someone identifies themselves in narrow terms, they are generally less tolerant.“The broader your base of identity, the more you can relate,” she added.Saeed says some cultures in Pakistan could be lost, but she also sees it a case of cultural “weeding.”“There are some traditions we want to die out, they are harmful traditions and have been pawned off as traditions,” she explained. Check out Laura’s earlier entries on the special page on our website. You can also follow her journey on Twitter and Facebook.Laura IsenseeFouzia Saeed at Lok Virsalast_img read more

first_imgThania Sanchez via APFrame grabs taken from the cell phone video of Thania Sanchez allegedly shows 20-year-old Jack Young periodically driving both over the double yellow as well as the white line on the right just moments before crashing into a church bus from New Braunfels and killing 13 people. (Thania Sanchez via AP) A 20-year-old man whose pickup collided with a church minibus last month in rural Texas, killing 13 people, told state troopers he had taken prescription medication before driving and had marijuana in his truck, according to court records.The records obtained from Uvalde County showed a state trooper found two whole marijuana cigarettes and five partially smoked ones in Jack Dillon Young’s truck after the March 29 crash that happened on a two-lane highway about 75 miles (120 kilometers) west of San Antonio, the San Antonio Express-News (http://bit.ly/2nBMgAb ) reported Tuesday. An affidavit from another state trooper seeking a blood test for a toxicology report said the trooper had probable cause to believe Young was intoxicated during the collision because the man told a trooper he had taken prescription medication earlier in the day, including clonazepam and the generic forms of Lexapro and Ambien.A phone call to a number listed for Young’s family went unanswered Tuesday. A message left by The Associated Press for the judge who signed the documents was not immediately returned.No charges had been filed in the crash as of Tuesday. District Attorney Daniel Kindred has said it could be more than a month before the investigation file from the Department of Public Safety is forwarded to his office.The collision took place near Garner State Park. The small church bus carrying 14 older congregants from the First Baptist Church of New Braunfels was returning from a retreat.Officials from Uvalde and Real counties confirmed they had received phone calls about a white pickup truck driving erratically and crossing the highway shortly before the wreck. A couple who had been driving behind Young’s pickup filmed his car crossing into the oncoming traffic lane and onto the shoulder.The couple later confirmed they had called the county law enforcement officials and later 911 when the collision occurred. The man later told police and reporters, including the AP, that Young had told him he had been texting before the accident.A National Transportation and Safety Board investigator said Young was not wearing his seatbelt, while most if not all of the 14 church bus occupants had been wearing theirs. Only one passenger in the back row of the bus survived the crash.The NTSB investigation of the crash, which will include a likely cause and any safety recommendations for the future, could take up to a year to complete. Kindred and other officials said that report has no bearing on when or whether criminal charges are filed. Sharelast_img read more

first_imgSpace City FilmsAn astronaut on a spacewalk outside the International Space Station. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /09:36 X center_img Share Space City FilmsWhen you think about the dangers of a spacewalk, accidentally floating away from your ship or running out of air might come to mind — but not drowning.But that’s what almost happened to an astronaut on a spacewalk in 2013.A new documentary details what went wrong. It’s called EVA 23. EVA stands for extravehicular activity, NASA lingo for a spacewalk.It was July 2013, and NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano were doing some pretty routine work outside the International Space Station.But things took a turn when Parmitano experienced something unusual: he felt water on the back of his neck.The incident wasn’t cause for panic. Perhaps the pouch containing his drinking water had leaked as they believed it had on a previous spacewalk.But, as time passed, more water began filling Parmitano’s helmet to the point where his eyes and nose were covered — only his mouth remained unobstructed so he could breathe.Space City FilmsItalian astronaut Luca Parmitano demonstrates how water behaves in zero gravity.Eventually the decision was made to end the EVA and return the station. But as he worked his way back in the darkness of space the water began moving as he moved, creating the fear he wouldn’t get back to the airlock before his helmet was completely filled.Space City FilmsNASA astronaut Chris Cassidy describes the problem that occurred with his colleague’s spacesuit, as documented in the film EVA 23.The story of what went wrong and how Parmitano survived with the help of Cassidy and his ISS crew mates makes for a harrowing reminder of the inherent dangers of space exploration.In the audio above, the film’s directors Phil Sexton and Austin Havican of the Clear Lake-based production company Space City Films tell Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty the story of EVA 23.The documentary is screening now at both the Kennedy Space Center and Space Center Houston.– / 8 Listenlast_img read more

first_imgPeople who are happy and confident about their appearance are more satisfied with their sex lives, have better self-esteem and enjoy healthy relationships with their spouses, a study reveals. According to the researchers, body image is strongly linked to overall life satisfaction and feelings about romantic relationships.“The study shows that men’s and women’s feelings about their weight and appearance play a major role in how satisfied they are with their lives overall,” said lead study author David Frederick from Chapman University in the US. The findings are consistent with the emphasis placed on the importance of being slender for women and for appearing athletic and lean for men.  “It would seem, therefore, that we still have a long way to go before we achieve the goal of being truly happy with their bodies,” Frederick added in the paper published in the journal Body Image. The team analysed more than 12,000 participants between ages 18 and 65 years and asked questions focused on personality, beliefs about romantic relationships, self-esteem, television viewing and personal characteristics. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The results showed that about 24 percent men and 20 percent women felt very or extremely satisfied with their weight and only half felt somewhat to extremely satisfied. People who were dissatisfied with their weight reported substantially less satisfaction with their sex lives and lower overall self-esteem. People’s orientations towards their relationships – known as “attachment styles”–were linked to how people felt about their bodies.  Women with anxious and fearful attachment styles were dissatisfied with their appearance. Dissatisfied people had higher neuroticism, had more preoccupied and fearful attachment styles and spent more hours watching TV. “Satisfied people had higher openness, conscientious, extraversion, are more secure in attachment style and had higher self-esteem and life satisfaction,” the study noted. “People who are less confident in their appearance become more fearful that their partner will leave, which further fuels their worries about their appearance,” Frederick stated.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Two women have been arrested at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport with huge amount of foreign currency on Wednesday morning. Suspicion grew within Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel, who was screening the baggage on the scanner machine, during the checking as he felt there was something doubtful about the image during scanning.According to CISF authority, on Wednesday, around 9 am, when baggage checking for an Imphal-bound flight was going on, the on-duty CISF officer noticed a suspicious image on the scanner screen. To investigate the matter, the CISF personnel decided to check the baggage physically. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe passenger, A Mumtaj, was also detained for inquiry. After opening the baggage CISF personnel found that a false compartment was created on the bottom of the bag. Immediately, that of the bag portion was cut open and cops found 33,000 US dollars there. Another CISF personnel, who was deployed at the scanner when the checking of Mumtaz’s baggage was going on, noticed that another baggage passed through scanner looked suspicious. Immediately that bag was also segregated. Later Mumtaz claimed that the second baggage also belongs to her. Immediately, the other was also opened and cops found 33,600 US dollars there. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateFollowing the detention of Mumtaz, CISF Surveillance Team scrutinised the CCTV camera footage and found that prior to security check Mumtaz was in contact with another lady passenger who wearing a veil. On the basis of electronic and manual surveillance, the lady was identified as Praveen Banu Abu Backer who was supposed to travel to Imphal in the same flight. Immediately, she was located and brought to security hold area. During questioning and checking of boarding pass of both the passengers, it was found that the duo had booked two registered baggage for each in the flight. Later, in coordination with Custom officials and concerned airline’s officials, other two baggage were retrieved and were physically checked in presence of the Custom’s and airline’s officials. After thorough checking it was found that those also contain false bottom where high volume of foreign currency was concealed. During counting it was found that in total 2 lakh US dollars were hidden in the bags. Police seized the money and immediately both the lady passengers along with the money were handed over to Customs department for further legal action.last_img read more

first_img Share Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Travelweek Group Tags: Playa Hotels & Resorts Posted bycenter_img Playa Hotels & Resorts partners with Panama Jack for new hotel brand FAIRFAX, VA — Playa Hotels & Resorts has announced it will redevelop two existing all-inclusive hotels in Mexico – Gran Caribe Resort in Cancun and Gran Porto Resort in Playa del Carmen – under the Panama Jack brand in a multimillion project involving some 757 guest rooms.The hotel company says the soon-to-be Panama Jack-branded all-inclusive properties will serve “as a starting point for a much larger venture” between the two growing companies, with additional resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean to follow.The Panama Jack brand, founded in 1974, encompasses everything from suncare products, eyewear, apparel, headwear, footwear and beach accessories to beach cruiser bicycles and home furnishings. The company has five retail stores at top travel destinations, with additional store openings scheduled for 2017.“Playa Hotels & Resorts has a proven track record for bringing brands into new sectors and we are delighted to welcome Panama Jack into the hotel and resort sector,” said Kevin Froemming, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Playa Hotels & Resorts.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsWith its strong lifestyle identity and cultural connection with Playa’s core audience, Panama Jack “is the ideal partner for us”, he added.With a nod to vintage travel and a retro tropical aesthetic, the substantial upgrades will include Panama Jack-influenced experiential dining, entertainment and in-suite concepts, says Playa. The brand will be further integrated by way of furnishings, in-room products, signage and uniforms. Both resorts will incorporate the core of the Panama Jack business by housing retail stores complete with the brand’s clothing, home furnishings and beach products.Playa’s portfolio consists of 13 resorts totaling some 6,142 rooms in Mexico, the D.R. and Jamaica. Playa owns and manages Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva Cancun, Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall and Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall in Jamaica, Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta and Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos. The company also owns and operates three resorts under Playa’s brands, THE Royal and Gran Resorts, as well as five resorts in Mexico and the D.R. that are managed by a third party. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

first_img By: Mike Blanchfield and Stephanie Levitz Source: The Canadian Press Share Surprisingly fewer Canadians are being blocked at the U.S. land border under Trump OTTAWA — Fewer Canadians are being turned away at the U.S. land border in recent months despite mounting concerns that Donald Trump’s immigration policies are making it much harder to cross, The Canadian Press has learned.Refusals of Canadians at American land crossings dropped 8.5% between October and the end of February compared with the same five-month period a year earlier, according to U.S. government statistics.The total number of Canadian travellers denied entry also dropped: 6,875 out of 12,991,027 were refused entry, a refusal rate of 0.05 per cent.Between October 2015 and February 2016, 7,619 out of 13,173,100 Canadian travellers were denied entry to the U.S., a refusal rate of 0.06 per cent.The figures, confirmed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, contrast with recent anecdotal reports of Canadians denied entry into the U.S., with many placing the blame on the policies of the Trump administration, including its controversial attempts to ban arrivals from several predominantly Muslim countries.A further breakdown of the border data shows a sharp drop in Canadian refusals at the U.S. border in the first two months of this year as 2,600 Canadian travellers were denied entry, compared with 3,500 for the same two-month period of 2016.But Canadian immigration and civil liberties advocates caution the numbers don’t tell the whole story.Immigration lawyer Lorne Waldman said he is fielding more calls than ever from people planning a trip to the U.S. and wanting to make sure they have the paperwork they need. The decreased rate of refusal could be just that people are now better prepared than they used to be, and so fewer are being turned away as a result, he said.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truck“People in Canada used to take it for granted that they could just go to the border . . . but that’s no longer the case,” he said.“The heightened awareness because of all the publicity around immigration has led people to be much more cautious about crossing the border.”The new U.S. data doesn’t disclose the specific reasons for refusals; there are more than 60 reasons someone can be turned away and so it’s not clear whether there’s been a change in why people are being turned back.In the wake of Trump’s first executive order governing immigration, 200 Canadian participants in the Canada-U.S. trusted traveller program NEXUS did have their express-entry cards temporarily revoked, but it was never clear whether they were also denied entry to the U.S. or were allowed in after going through normal security screening measures.The fact that the numbers overall of people crossing the border are also down suggests fewer are also just staying home, Waldman said, a fact born out in recent days as a number of groups announced they were cancelling cross border trips.Among them is Canada’s largest school board which said Thursday it would stop the planning of future field trips to the U.S. indefinitely because of uncertainty about possible border restrictions.The Toronto District School Board, which has 245,000 public school students, said it made the “difficult decision” because it believes students “should not be placed into these situations of potentially being turned away at the border.”More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksFor now, the board said it would carry on with 24 U.S. previously planned trips, but says all students will turn back if any students with appropriate documentation are turned away.Earlier this month, Girl Guides of Canada said it would move pre-emptively to avoid uncertainty at the border by cancelling trips to the U.S. The organization said changes in U.S. travel regulations made it uncertain whether all Girl Guides will be able to enter the country, so it decided instead that none would travel.How many people are being turned away isn’t the only concern, said Brenda McPhail, director of the privacy, technology and surveillance project at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.“The other concern is that there’s been an increase in temporary detentions and increasingly invasive searches, including searches of electronic devices,” she said.“And so the numbers don’t say anything about whether or not the number of searches have increased, (or) whether or not the amount of time that people are being detained at the border before they are being let through has changed.”The new U.S. Homeland Security chief, retired general John Kelly, told The Canadian Press earlier this month that if a traveller is stopped for additional screening, or is turned away, it may be because his name has turned up on a watch list, or there is a problem with his credentials.“There is a reason why,” he said. “It’s not their race, it’s not their religion, it’s not the language they speak.” Tags: America, Donald Trump Monday, March 27, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

first_img TORONTO – While attending a Viennese High Tea Experience at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto yesterday, members of the media and travel industry partners got a first-hand look at how to make one of Austria’s most popular dishes: Viennese strudel.The trick? Use a lot of butter and don’t forget the walnuts!Hosted by the Vienna Tourist Board, Austrian Airlines and Vienna International Airport, High Tea included the added bonus of a strudel cooking demonstration by Gael Moutet, the Executive Pastry Chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto. The end result was a deliciously flaky, apple-filled strudel, which Elka Bachner, Market Manager Canada of the Vienna Tourist Board gave two very enthusiastic thumbs up.Gael Moutet, the Executive Pastry Chef at The Ritz-Carlton, TorontoFood, of course, plays a huge role in daily life in Vienna, the only city in the world to have lent its name to a particular style of cooking. Viennese cuisine, which draws inspiration from Bohemia, Austria, Hungary, Italy and the Balkans, can be enjoyed all over the city, from award-winning, five-star restaurants to the most unpretentious of eateries.Perhaps the best place to sample local flavours is at a Viennese coffeehouse, which was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2011. Vienna is home to approximately 2,400 coffeehouses that range from elegant traditional cafes to simple bistros with standing room only. According to UNESCO’s official report, “the coffeehouses are a place where patrons consume time and space, but only the coffee appears on the bill.”Aside from its cuisine, Vienna, which Bachner calls a very youthful and artistic city, has plenty to offer the millions of tourists who arrive each year. To see it all, the new Vienna Pass is now available in 24-, 48- and 72-hour options, giving access to over 60 city attractions.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaAccording to the latest numbers, Vienna achieved its best year ever in tourism in 2017, with 15.5 million visitor bednights, an increase of 3.7% over 2016. The city also recorded 7,097,000 arrivals, up 3.1%, and a room occupancy of around 76%.In an official release, Norbert Kettner, Director of Tourism, said that the Tourist Board will be “concentrating our priorities for the coming years on sustainable and value-adding growth, internationalization and even stronger networking of the tourist players in Vienna.”Kettner also noted that the city’s residents are considered a “tremendous asset”, and that according to its latest representative study, 96% of Viennese have a positive attitude towards tourism.In other words, the Viennese are eager and ready to welcome tourists, particularly those from Canada.According to Ernst Holzer, Senior Manager, The Americas at Vienna International Airport (VIE), arrivals from Canada are up 16% since 2013, with 2017 being a record year (+7%). With up to six flights per week out of Toronto, an average of 276 passengers arrive each day from Canada to Vienna, the majority of whom arrive for leisure (88%). Last year, VIE welcomed a record 24.4 million international passengers in total.Helping to bring Canadians to the city is Austrian Airlines, part of Lufthansa Group Airlines. Peter Daniel, Senior Manager Sales Products and Programmes for Lufthansa Group Airlines, commended Austrian Airlines for coming a long way since its first commercial flight 60 years ago. With 85 aircraft currently in its fleet and 130 destinations in 55 countries in its network, the airline flew a total 13 million passengers in 2017.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’ns“Austrian Airlines’ slogan is ‘The charming way to fly’, but it’s not just a slogan to us, the staff lives and breathes this slogan,” he said. “In the airline industry, we all have the same seats and offerings, but what differentiates us is our service and staff. It’s not just about the hardware, with Austrian Airlines it’s about the whole experience.”Daniel also noted that Austrian Airlines’ new myAustrian Premium Economy is now available from Canada. Benefits include seats that recline to an angle of 40 degrees, convenient footrests, adjustable headrests, power sockets, USB ports, additional storage space, 12-inch touchscreen monitors, 350 hours of video and audio entertainment on demand, a welcome drink, three- to four-course meals, a selection of beverages, amenity kits, and two-bag check-in privileges.The Ritz Carlton, Toronto is offering the ‘Viennese High Tea Experience’ until June 15, 2018, Monday-Friday from 12:00-4:00 p.m. For reservations, call (416) 585-2500. For more information on travel to Vienna, go to https://www.wien.info/en. 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